Sri Lanka and Pakistan will clash in the fifth fixture of the Super Four stage in the Asia Cup 2023 on Thursday (September 14), with the venue being Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium. This contest is noteworthy as it marks the inaugural encounter between these two teams in the ongoing tournament.

In this particular ODI format, these two teams have a history of 155 games against each other. Pakistan emerged victorious in 92 of these encounters, while Sri Lanka claimed victory in 58 matches.

ODI stats and records at R. Premadasa Stadium:

  • Total matches: 158
  • Matches won batting first: 87
  • Matches won bowling first: 61
  • Average first Innings scores: 233
  • Average second Innings scores: 191
  • Highest total recorded: 375/5 (50 Overs) by India vs Sri Lanka
  • Lowest total recorded: 78/10 (33.1 Overs) by Sri Lanka Women vs England Women
  • Highest score chased: 292/4 (48.3 Overs) by Sri Lanka vs Australia
  • Lowest score defended: 170/10 (49.2 Overs) by West Indies Women vs Sri Lanka Women

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R. Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report

The R. Premadasa Stadium is known for its spinner-friendly pitch, offering favourable conditions for them to perform well due to the available turn and bounce. At the same time, the pitch provides certain advantages to the batters, thanks to its fast outfield and relatively shorter boundaries. However, chasing a target on this pitch can be quite challenging due to its consistent support for the spinners. As a result, the team captain winning the toss is likely to opt for batting first and defending the target.

Colombo Weather Forecast

Colombo Weather Report (Image Source: Twitter)

The game is expected to begin with showers in the forecast. Weather conditions suggest a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius, along with a high probability of precipitation, reaching 90%. Furthermore, humidity levels are projected to be approximately 84%, and the wind is expected to blow at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour.

SL vs PAK, Probable Playing XIs

Sri Lanka (Probable): Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana

Pakistan: Mohammad Haris, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zaman Khan

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