Who Will win Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI in Champions Trophy 2017 on 12th June 2017. Sri Lanka vs Pakistan today match prediction and tv channels coverage details. Pak vs SL match prediction and ball by ball live update.
- Event: ICC Champions Trophy 2017
- Match: 12th ODI
- Teams: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
- Time: 10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 14:30 PKT
- Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
So, it’s time for the second virtual Quarter Final in the Group B of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 where two hot-and-cold sides will be taking on each other to secure their berth in the semis. Both the sides have had their ups and downs in the tournament and it will now be the matter of who comes on top on the given day to decide who is going to join the other 3 semi-finalists. The stakes are high and both the teams will be putting in more than hundred percent to secure a win on the day provided rain stays away this time.
Our prediction for the next match? Well, we’d go with the unpredictable Pakistan side as they have already defeated World’s best ODI side in their last game and the morale will be high against an injury-striken Sri Lankan outfit. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, made great comeback against India in their last game but will miss a couple of batsmen who played key role in that victory. So, we can expect a good fight from them but it will still be 60-40 in favor of Pakistan.
The thing that is common in both these sides is that they had a humiliating defeat in their opening matches in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and then they rose big against sides lot bigger in stature and managed to keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Now it will be the battle of nerves between these two sides and whoever manages it at the end of the day will play in the semi-finals.
Pakistan did a great job against South Africa and showed great game awareness as they managed to win it comfortably on D/L method. The game was first set up beautifully by their bowlers as the spinners kept Protease batsmen strangled throughout the innings and then it was a blistering start from Fakhar Zaman which gave middle order batsmen a chance to settle down even when Pakistan lost a couple of quick wickets. Now going into the next match, one major decision that Pakistan have to make would be that if they’ll go with the same XI or they’ll bring in Fahim Ashraf in place of either of Shadab or Hafeez. Nevertheless, they will expect young Fakhar to give them another similar start at the top like he did with his quickfire 31 against South Africa. In the middle order they will expect Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik to show some character and help build the innings while keeping the run rate high.
Mohammad Amir, on the other hand, will be expected to pick up wickets early on and not just bowl in the right channels to keep the scoreboard halted. Junaid Khan and Mohammad Hafeez can also play a vital role against Sri Lanka.
The worries are still there for the islanders as they have already lost Kusal Perera due to hamstring injury and they will be relying mainly on flamboyant Dickwella at the top and Kusal Mendis in the middle to carry on with the momentum and help their side qualify for the semis. But quite evidently, Sri Lanka seem to be a comparatively inexperienced side on paper and will have to overcome their woes ahead of this crucial encounter against Pakistan. Besides Perera, they won’t have Tharanga due to suspension as well and Dhananjaya de Silva might have to come in straight into this game as he reaches England. So, a lot of concerns are there for Sri Lanka but they’d look forward to playing their best XI and come up with a performance like the one they gave against India in their last match. A lot will be expected from young Gunathilaka as well who played a brilliant 76 runs knock on the top before getting run out. Perera and Mathews can also play a crucial role towards the end of the innings.
The weak link for Sri Lanka, however, is their bowling and it is something that Pakistan may exploit at the end of the day. Malinga is clearly out of form as he conceded 70 runs in his 10 overs against India and picked up 2 wickets. Lakmal and Pradeep also conceded in excess of 70 and only managed to pick up 1 wicket each. So, Sri Lanka have to fill in the gaps here and come up with the best they can to challenge Pakistani batsmen who can destroy any bowling line on their day.