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Asia Cup 2022: Aakash Chopra said the batting lineups of Pakistan and Sri Lanka are a bit volatile and less mature. The teams will clash in the final on Sunday, September 11.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will clash in Asia Cup final on September 11. (AP Photo)
- Aakash Chopra said the Asia Cup final will not be a high scoring game
- Pakistan are looking to end a decade-long Asia Cup drought
- Sri Lanka are aiming to repeat their 2014 heroics against Pakistan
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will clash in the final of the continental tournament on Sunday, September 11 in Dubai. While Pakistan are looking to end a decade-long Asia Cup drought, Sri Lanka are aiming to repeat their 2014 heroics when they defeated Pakistan in the 50-over format.
In the 2022 edition, which is being played in the 20-overs format, Sri Lanka stunned Pakistan with a five-wicket victory in the Super Four match earlier this week.
“This should be a good game which is not really a high scoring game because when you look at these two batting lineups you feel like they are a bit volatile, a bit less mature,” Aakash Chopra said on Star Sports while previewing the final.
“And when you get to see such batting lineups, then you consider the pressure of the final on a fresh pitch, you realise that bowlers will have a more dominating role. I think once again the team that will win the toss will get a big advantage. I am expecting a 140-150 kind of score and whoever will chase will be on their toes.”
During their Super Four clash on September 9, hosts Sri Lanka bundled out Pakistan for 121. Pakistan, who were at one point 82/4, lost three wickets for just 28 runs before eventually folding in 19.1 overs. Wanindu Hasaranga took three wickets, while Maheesh Theekshana and Pramod Madushan shared four wickets.
In reply, Sri Lanka chased down the 122-run target in 17 overs but not before crumbling in the early overs. Pathum Nissanka stood tall with his fifty and Wanindu Hasaranga played a cameo role (10 off three balls) to ensure Sri Lanka remained unbeaten in the Super Four stage and finished at the top of the table.
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