World Cup ODI 2023, PAK vs SL, Match 8 Preview and Fantasy Prediction

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                                                         Match 8: PAK vs SL


Pakistan and Sri Lanka will lock horns in match number 8 of the ongoing edition of the World ODI Cup on Tuesday, October 10 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Despite winning their opening encounter, Babar Azam and co would not be pleased with the way they started their World Cup campaign. They will look to come up with a much improved show against SL. Their Asian neighbours on the other hand lost their opening tie against South Africa. 

Pakistan are traditionally good against spinners but off late Babar and co have had a few problems against the slow bowlers. With the opposition having the likes of Maheesh Theekshana and Dunith Wellalage in their ranks, the men in green will be wary of the threat ahead. Both the spin bowlers, though, conceded plenty of runs in the 102-run thrashing by South Africa in Delhi. 

Positioned in the city for nearly 10 days now and having already played a handful of matches, including the two warm up games, the Shaheens are aware of the playing conditions at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. 

But still, they looked unsettled against Netherlands in their tournament opener, at one instance being reduced to 38/3 before Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel steadied the ship for them. Pakistan’s innings was wrapped at 286 with an over to spare. 

Their bowlers then finished the job, bundling out the associate nation for 205. Harris Rauf was Pakistan’s pick of the bowlers. He finished the game with impressive match figures of 3/43. 

The 1999 winners are coming off a hammering at the hands of Proteas who shattered quite a few records with the bat the other day. What could work in Sri Lanka’s favour in this match is that, unlike the Pakistanis, a lot of their players are familiar with the Indian conditions, having actively been involved in the Indian T20 League. 

Match Details

Match: PAK vs SL, 8th Match, World ODI Cup 2023

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Pitch and Weather Report

Pace bowlers will enjoy bowling in these conditions. However as the game progresses, spinners are expected to take over. Team winning the toss should opt to bowl first

Expect cloudy conditions in Hyderabad. There is a 2% probability of rain without any thunderstorms. 

PAK vs SL Squads

PAK: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim.

SL: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha.

PAK vs SL Probable Playing XIs

PAK: Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

SL: Kusal Perera, Patthum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana

Match Prediction

Having lost their opening encounter, Sri Lanka will be low on confidence. They will however be keen to open their win tally. Pakistan on the other hand will be striving to continue their winning momentum. They are the stronger side in this contest and we predict them to register a hard fought victory in this match. 

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