Pakistan vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2023 Live Score: Nissanka and Mendis Fifties Stun Sloppy PAK


Pakistan vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2023 Live Score: Nissanka and Mendis Fifties Stun Sloppy PAK

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Stay updated with the live scorecard and match updates of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in the ICC World Cup 2023, taking place in Hyderabad. Pakistan had a promising start with Hasan Ali dismissing Kusal Perera early, but Sri Lanka, led by Paathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis, have been dominating with a flurry of boundaries. Shaheen Afridi seems out of form, and Pakistan faced further challenges when Imam-ul-Haq dropped a straightforward catch at backward point.

Sri Lanka’s captain, Dasun Shanaka, won the toss and chose to bat, making one change by including Maheesh Theekshana in place of Kasun Rajitha. Meanwhile, Pakistan opted to replace the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman with Abdullah Shafique, who will open alongside Imam.

This encounter holds added significance due to the wounds Pakistan suffered during the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka eliminated Pakistan from the tournament in a virtual semi-final, ultimately losing to India in the final. Sri Lanka also defeated Pakistan in the Asia Cup final last year. Babar Azam and his team have faced difficulties against Sri Lanka in crucial matches in recent times.

However, in the context of the World Cup, Pakistan has an unbeaten record against Sri Lanka in ODI World Cup games, boasting a 7-0 record. The only exception was when their match in the previous edition was washed out without a ball being bowled.

Despite being a group-stage match, these Asian giants have their own history to rewrite and scores to settle. The action unfolds at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad, a venue that has become a home away from home for Pakistan, having practiced and played there for the past few weeks.

Babar Azam will be looking for a better performance from his team than what they displayed against the Netherlands in their World Cup 2023 opener, where their top order struggled, requiring a crucial partnership between Mohammad Rizwan and Saud Shakeel to secure victory.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, faced a tough start with the ball, conceding the highest total in World Cup history against South Africa. Kusal Mendis’s performance in the powerplay provided hope for Sri Lanka, and his record-breaking display added excitement to their World Cup campaign.

Key Points:

  • Hasan Ali claimed an early wicket for Pakistan by dismissing Kusal Perera.
  • Pathum Nissanka registered an impressive half-century and built a century partnership with Kusal Mendis.
  • Kusal Mendis was given a lifeline when Imam-ul-Haq dropped a catch.
  • Sri Lanka’s captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and chose to bat, with Maheesh Theekshana replacing Kasun Rajitha.
  • Pakistan made a change by including Abdullah Shafique and dropping the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman.
  • Pakistan maintains a flawless 7-0 record against Sri Lanka in ODI World Cups.
  • Sri Lanka suffered a defeat in their first World Cup match against South Africa, while Pakistan struggled to a victory against the Netherlands.


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