Pakistan vs Sri Lanka build-up: Despite a devastating opening when they went down to West Indies in the first ICC men’s World Cup 2019 match, Pakistan will be riding high on confidence when they take on Sri Lanka in their third match in Bristol. Pakistan stunned favourites England, who had the home advantage, by 14 runs in a high-scoring contest at Trent Bridge to get their campaign back on track. Having come into the World Cup on the back of 11 ODI defeats, downing Eoin Morgan’s men had helped settle the nerves in the dressing room.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have made a similarly patchy start, capitulating to New Zealand before seeing off a determined Afghanistan in a thriller. Flower said Dimuth Karunaratne’s team cannot be taken lightly.
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka build-up:
SL Probable XI
Sri Lanka Probable XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne/Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga
PAK Probable XI
Pakistan Probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c&wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir
Pakistan legends inspired Riaz's journey to World Cup fame
Pakistan pace bowler Wahab Riaz says he would have been watching the World Cup at home without the help of inspirational advice from Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Riaz was not on the selectors' radar for the World Cup following a costly spell of 8.4 overs which yielded 89 runs against arch-rivals India in Pakistan's Champions Trophy match two years ago. He was only a last-minute inclusion in the World Cup squad after another left-arm paceman, Junaid Khan, was short of fitness and form in the one-day series defeat against England just prior to the tournament.
Sri Lanka not to be taken lightly
Flower said Dimuth Karunaratne's team cannot be taken lightly. "You have always got to be respectful and they have got good bowlers. I have just come out of a batting meeting to see their skills. And it should be a good game," former Zimbabwe batsman Flower added. "Hopefully the weather stays away. It's a bit poor, the forecast. But I don't think we'd be targeting any one individual though they have got some good seamers and some spinners with very good skills."
When Inzamam ul Haq gave wings to Wahab Riaz’s dream sequence
Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s hero from the last game against England, has a filmy World Cup 2019 back story. The man whose blazing three wickets at Nottingham the other day silenced, at least for now, that migraine-inducing ‘Cup is coming home’ chants at venues, wasn’t part of Pakistan’s provisional World Cup squad that was announced last month.
Karunaratne backs Sri Lanka batting to find form against Pakistan
In order to not repeat another shoddy batting performance in the World Cup, Dimuth Karunaratne has his belief in his team and hopes they can overturn their form and put on a show against an inspired Pakistan side.
PAK vs SL
Pakistan take on Sri Lanka today at 3pm IST in their third match. After a disastrous start, Pakistan brought their campaign back on track by beating hosts England. Stay tuned for all the live action off the field ahead of the match including the Predicted Playing XI