Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Match 11 of the ICC World Cup 2019 takes place at Bristol on Friday
Rain is expected to play spoilsport at Bristol on Friday when Pakistan lock horns vs Sri Lanka. Both teams currently have 2 points from 2 matches played.
The weather reports suggest that heavy showers are expected to be seen in the first five hours of the game. If the game gets washed out, both the teams will get one point.
The match becomes important for Pakistan as they will be facing relatively tougher opponents in Australia and India in their coming games. Hence, sharing a point here with Sri Lanka can potentially create problems for Pakistan in the end.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Green Shirts urged to stay ruthless
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has urged his team to “stay ruthless” at the World Cup as they train their sights on Sri Lanka after shocking England.
The notoriously unpredictable Pakistan side held their nerve to beat the hosts by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Monday, just three days after crashing to a seven-wicket defeat against the West Indies at the same venue.
That ended a sequence of 11 consecutive defeats in completed one-day internationals.
Arthur praised his team’s resolve after a shocking defeat in their tournament opener.
“It was just so good to see us go out and play with the belief and intensity that we had spoken about,” Arthur said.
He further added, “When we put all three disciplines together we know we can beat anybody. We now need to stay consistent and ruthless.”
History Is On Pakistan’s Side
Pakistan has won all seven of their World Cup matches against Sri Lanka dating back to the first tournament in 1975.
On their day off, the Pakistan team celebrated Eid and had a good bonding session.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 6, 2019
Sarfaraz Ahmed must feel like he is always sitting on a hot stove. After a loss, he has people questioning his fitness. After a win, the same people go ‘unpredictable Pakistan, mercurial Pakistan, cornered tigers’ and what have you. A week into the World Cup and the team has already experienced a roller coaster of sorts as they prepare to run into Sri Lanka.
It says much about Sri Lanka’s position that a win against Afghanistan is looked at as an upset in several quarters.
Pakistan have hinted at continuity, while Sri Lanka are likely to bring in Jeevan Mendis in place of Suranga Lakmal if conditions remain dry.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Hassan Ali, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Wahab Riaz
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Lahiru Thirimanne, 4 Kusal Mendis, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Jeevan Mendis/Suraga Lakmal, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Pitch and Weather Conditions
England made light work of a 359 chase against Pakistan just a month ago. If there’s another flat track, combined with the short boundaries, it could result in another hard day for bowlers. However, one factor outside anybody’s control is the weather, with persistent rain forecast for Bristol on Friday.
Match 11: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Venue: Bristol County Ground, Bristol
When: Friday, 06 June
Time: 02:30pm PST, 9:30am GMT