Sri Lanka will lock horns with Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2022 final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, September 11. The match will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Under the leadership of limited-over captain Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka qualified for the Asia Cup 2022 final after winning all their three matches in the Super 4 stage. Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, finishing at the top of the Super 4 standings with six points from three matches.
Sri Lanka’s only defeat in Asia Cup 2022 came against Afghanistan when they suffered an eight-wicket defeat in their opening Group B clash on August 27.
On the other hand, Pakistan booked their place in the Asia Cup 2022 final after finishing second in the Super 4 standings with four points from three games. While Pakistan beat India and Afghanistan, they lost to Sri Lanka in their last match of Super 4 stage.
Earlier, Pakistan also finished second in their Group A standings after losing to arch-rivals India before hammering Hong Kong to qualify for the Super 4 stage.
SL vs PAK Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022 final
Having secured a clinical five-wicket win over Pakistan in their Super 4 clash on Saturday, Sri Lanka will hope to continue their four-match winning streak and do the double against Pakistan to clinch their sixth Asia Cup title and their first in T20I format of the tournament.
Furthermore, Sri Lanka have won four of their last five meetings against Pakistan in T20I cricket and will start as favourites to claim the coveted title.
SL vs PAK Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup 2022 final
Top tip: Best batter
Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka will be batter to watch out for in the Asia Cup 2022 final. The 24-year-old opening played a match-winning knock of unbeaten 55 runs off 48 balls to guide his team to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in their final Super 4 clash on Saturday. Nissanka has amassed 165 runs in five matches at an impressive average of 41.25 and a strike rate of 118.70. Having already accrued 281 fantasy points, Nissanka will be a worthy fantasy pick for the final at 9 credits.
Top tip: Best bowler
In the bowling department, Pakistan’s Naseem Shah will be a smart pick at 9 credits. After being rested in a dead-rubber against Sri Lanka, the 19-year-old fast bowler will be raring to go in the summit clash. Naseem Shah has troubled several batters in the ongoing Asia Cup as he has picked six wickets in four matches at an economy of just seven runs per over. He will look to add to his fantasy tally of 226 points on Sunday.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking the in-form Mohammad Nawaz in any fantasy team is a no-brainer. The 28-year-old has been the standout player in the ongoing Asia Cup so far, claiming eight wickets in five matches at an economy of 6.05. Along with his left-arm spin, Mohammad Nawaz has contributed with bat by scoring 73 runs at a strike rate of 158.69. Nawaz has accumulated 397 fantasy points - the most by any player involved in the final and will be a quality investment at 9 credits.
Pakistan Mohammad Rizwan pips Kusal Mendis of Sri Lanka for the wicket-keeper spot. Besides fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Rizwan is currently the second highest run-getter in Asia Cup 2022, only 50 runs behind India’s Virat Kohli. Rizwan has scored 226 runs in five matches at an 56.50 and a strike rate of 118.94 including two fifties to his name. Rizwan has amassed 313 fantasy points and will be a valuable pick to any fantasy team at 9.5 credits.
SL vs PAK playing XI (probable)
Sri Lanka playing XI (probable): Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Charith Asalanka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka
Pakistan playing XI (probable): Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain
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