Predicting the World Cup clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Pakistan is raring to go after their morale boosting win over England last time out. Their batting clicked and bowling was disciplined, which helped them put a big total against the favorites, and defend it.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan despite having a bad day with the bat. The rain gods smiled on them and the ball started swinging. along with strong movement on the pitch. Lasith Malinga looked like the bowler he used to be in his prime. The batting collapse, however, will dent their confidence and drastic changes are needed to revive the Lankans' fortunes.
It is a batting friendly pitch and 11 out of 17.matches played here, have been won by teams batting second. In earlier match of World Cup, Australia won chasing Afghanistan's total of 207 by the loss of only three wickets. So, same trend is expected.
There are reports of thunder storms and a wash-out is possible. A rain-curtailed match will end up being more competitive, however.
Pakistan to win as they can chase a score of 250 that can be set by Sri Lanka. In case Pakistan bat first, they have the capability to put 300+ runs on the board which SL will be unable to chase.
Players to watch out for
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera
Pakistan: Babar Azam.