Injury-plagued Sri Lanka is set to take on familiar rivals Pakistan in their quest to recover from an opening-match setback. Pakistan, while securing a victory against the Netherlands in their first match, will aim to enhance their opening batting performance. The cricketing action unfolds in Hyderabad, southern India, marking the second match for both South Asian nations in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Pakistan faced a tense challenge from a determined Dutch side, ultimately securing a victory with two points and a healthy net run rate. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka experienced a substantial 105-run loss to South Africa in New Delhi, making their Tuesday clash against Pakistan a pivotal match.
Pakistan’s coach, Mickey Arthur, possesses in-depth knowledge of Sri Lanka’s “strengths and weaknesses” due to his two-year stint as their coach. Arthur expressed confidence in Pakistan’s preparations, stating, “They are a dangerous side, so we will have to be at our best to beat them.”
The Pakistan team is likely to maintain the same lineup for the match, extending an opportunity to opener Fakhar Zaman to regain his form. Arthur expressed optimism about Zaman’s capabilities, stating, “I am not worried about his form. He is a good player and is just one innings away from a big score.”
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, draws motivation from their recent two-wicket victory against Pakistan, which propelled them to the Asia Cup final in Colombo. Although hampered by the loss of three key bowlers, Sri Lanka received a boost with the clearance of off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana to play against Pakistan.
Captain Dasun Shanaka acknowledged the challenges posed by the absence of these bowlers but remains determined to face Pakistan with resolve. Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga had been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries.
As these two cricketing nations lock horns, fans can anticipate an enthralling battle of resilience and determination in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.