Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Live Score: Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates - SL Wins Toss, Opts to Bat First


Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Live Score: Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates – SL Wins Toss, Opts to Bat First

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The city of Hyderabad is set for a cricketing spectacle as two former world champions, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, square off in the ICC World Cup 2023. Hyderabad’s unique weather conditions and renowned cricket pitch have always provided an intriguing battle between batsmen and bowlers.

In their storied rivalry spanning 156 One Day International (ODI) matches, Pakistan holds a dominant record with 92 wins, while Sri Lanka boasts 59 victories. However, it’s the World Cup statistics that stand out: out of their eight previous encounters in the tournament, Sri Lanka has failed to outpace Pakistan even once. Seven matches went in Pakistan’s favor, and one ended in a tie in 2019 due to rain.

Considering this historical backdrop, Sri Lanka might be feeling the pressure after their recent loss to South Africa, despite a valiant chase of 326 runs. South Africa’s imposing total of 428 has set a high benchmark early in the tournament. Conversely, Pakistan commenced their campaign with a convincing 81-run victory over the Netherlands, establishing themselves as strong contenders.

In today’s contest in Hyderabad, fast bowlers are expected to relish the initial overs. Seamers and swing bowlers may steal the spotlight early on, but as the day progresses, spinners are likely to dictate the tempo of the match. The expansive outfield of Hyderabad’s stadium promises to challenge players, especially batsmen in the second innings who will have opportunities to accelerate the scoring and convert singles into twos.

However, the weather may provide a slight twist. Clouds hover over Hyderabad’s skies, suggesting a potential, albeit minor, disruption in play. According to AccuWeather’s forecast, the chance of rain stands at a mere 2%.

Probable XIs for Pakistan:

  1. Abdullah Shafique
  2. Imam-ul-Haq
  3. Babar Azam (c)
  4. Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
  5. Saud Shakeel
  6. Iftikhar Ahmed
  7. Shadab Khan
  8. Mohammad Nawaz
  9. Hasan Ali
  10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
  11. Haris Rauf

Probable XIs for Sri Lanka:

  1. Pathum Nissanka
  2. Kusal Perera
  3. Kusal Mendis (wk)
  4. Sadeera Samarawickrama
  5. Charith Asalanka
  6. Dhananjaya de Silva
  7. Dasun Shanaka (c)
  8. Dunith Wellalage
  9. Maheesh Theekshana
  10. Matheesha Pathirana
  11. Dilshan Madushanka


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