Pakistan v Sri Lanka | Final: March 8th | Pre-Match Discussion

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  1. Pako
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    Sharjeel Khan is nearly to 100% fit so he will most likely be fit to play tomorrow, Umar Gul was just a little bit stiff but he's coming out of it well, Ahmad Shahzad was struggling with his shoulder but he is responding well to the treatment just like Shahid Afridi, a decision on them will be taken tomorrow says Zakir Khan (PCB Media Manager).
     
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    hopefully afridi will play. If sharjeel comes back in did they say who would be dropped?
     
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    According to cricinfo the injuries aren't serious
     
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    Afridi would play 102%
     
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    Will play 102%
     
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    zkhan427 No, they just said he was probably going to be fit to play, they didn't say he was actually going to play.
     
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    All of us are acting like if Afridi is retiring
     
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    Well go with Sharjeel i think we need batting, our bowling is still good..

    This match is between Pakistani bowlers vs Srilankan bowlers

    Both team batting line up is pretty shit at the moment tbh
     
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    My starting XI for tomorrow: Shehzad, Sharjeel, Hafeez, Misbah, Umar, Sohaib, Afridi, Fawad, Ajmal, Gul, Junaid.

    We dont need Rehman tbh, he was pretty much useless in last game!
     
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    STAT: Pakistan and Sri Lanka has only played twice in an Asia Cup final in which Pakistan and Sri Lanka won a game.

    Pakistan won the final at the same ground which they'll be playing tomorrow.
     
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    the countdown ticker on the front page is wrong... it is saying 11 hours, although there are only 6.5 hours left...
     
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    STAT: Tomorrow = Captain's last match in his 30s. The next time he will play an international match he will the first Pakistan limited over player to play at the age of 40 and first in 60 years at test level to play at such an age
     
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    It's mostly wrong. lol
     
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    Mercenary baqir

    actually a correction... on home page its okay, on the FORUMS main page it is incorrect...
     
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    Almost time till tHe asia cup final!

    I know cricket is unpredictable especially when Pakistan plays but what do you guys think will happen tomorrow? Which side will have a stronger edge ? I don't think it will be a big scoring game though because both sides have great bowlers! Any thoughts?
     

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    SwingNSeam Boom Boom

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    inshaAllah ya Rab we will win!
     
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    iAd Sultan of Swing

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    From cricinfo.

    I don't know, why don't you ask him?
     
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    Jang says that Afridi will play with pain meds but Gul's chances are close to none. Shehzad and Sharjeel are good to go.
     
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    Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup final, Mirpur

    Pakistan thrill against Sri Lanka efficiency
    The Preview by Karthik Krishnaswamy in Mirpur
    March 7, 2014
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    March 8, 2014
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    After his team had narrowly beaten India, Angelo Mathews said Sri Lanka "do those little things right". In a tournament full of rash shots and missed opportunities on the field, Sri Lanka have committed fewer basic errors than all the other sides. It goes quite a way towards explaining their unbeaten record in the tournament so far.
    Pakistan, on the other hand, threw away a winning position against Sri Lanka. They were 117 for 6 against Afghanistan thanks to the shot selection of their top order. Misbah-ul-Haq has twice been run out in comical fashion. Against Bangladesh, Abdur Rehman was barred from bowling when he had figures of 0-0-8-0. And yet, despite all that, Pakistan may well start the final as favourites.

    After meeting each other in the opening game of the tournament, the two sides have taken divergent paths to the final. Sri Lanka, to put it a touch simplistically, have gone quietly about their business. Pakistan, on the other hand, have built up the sort of momentum that comes with winning thrilling matches. When you beat India by one wicket and chase 327 in your next game, you tend to believe you can win from any position.

    Pakistan's batsmen, after an uncertain start to the tournament, have also found form. There's Shahid Afridi, of course, but there's also Mohammad Hafeez, who has scored half-centuries in his last two games, Ahmed Shehzad, who made a century against Bangladesh, and Fawad Alam, whose return to the side suddenly gave Pakistan someone who could hold their middle order together. It's almost a good thing for Pakistan, perversely, that Misbah, the man who usually does that job for them, has scored 0, 1 and 4 in the matches they have won.



    Though Pakistan have a few niggles, their spin attack gives them a slight edge © AFP
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    Pakistan, though, have two major concerns going into the final. One is the form of their fast bowlers. Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Mohammad Talha - their likely first-choice combination - have all been expensive, giving away close to or over run-a-ball. The second is the fitness of four of their players. Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Afridi and Gul have niggles of various kinds.

    Of the four, Afridi, who picked up a hip injury in the game against Bangladesh, looked most in doubt, and showed signs of discomfort during Pakistan's training session on Friday. But their manager, Zakir Khan, said he was responding well to the physio's ministrations, and it seemed as if Pakistan wouldn't leave him out unless it became absolutely unavoidable.

    Sri Lanka, for their part, haven't completely convinced as a batting unit. Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne have scored runs, but the rest of the top six have been patchy. Kusal Perera has tended to throw away starts, while Dinesh Chandimal and Mahela Jayawardene have looked out of form. Sri Lanka bat deep, though, and match-turning contributions in a final are as likely to come from a Chaturanga de Silva or a Thisara Perera as they are to come from a top-order batsman.

    The pitches in Mirpur have been a little unpredictable, with one side of the square tending to produce uneven bounce and another throwing up good batting conditions. Spinners have played a massive role regardless of which pitch is used, though, and the most important mini-contest in the match could be the one between the two slow-bowling attacks.

    In Ajantha Mendis, de Silva and Sachithra Senanayake, Sri Lanka have one potential match-winner and two capable ODI bowlers. Pakistan's spin attack, with Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi seems to hold a slight edge, especially in terms of the experience they have bowling as a unit.

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    Lahiru Thirimanne struck an accomplished century against Pakistan in the opening game of the tournament, and has continued to look good at the crease without making any other big scores. Batting up the order seems to suit his game, and a good innings in the final could win him a longer run as an opener even after Tillakaratne Dilshan returns to the side.
    Mohammad Hafeez scored three centuries against Sri Lanka during the recent ODI series in the UAE, and has shown glimpses of that form in the Asia Cup. His bowling has been crucial as well, and he's done a useful job with the new ball. He'll probably do that in the final too, considering the number of left-hand batsmen in Sri Lanka's top order.

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    Ashan Priyanjan took two wickets with his offspin against Bangladesh and timed the ball sweetly during his brief stay in the middle. But he was in the side only because Sri Lanka had already qualified for the final, and he will most likely make way for Chandimal. Lasith Malinga should also regain his place, but it's hard to predict who they'll leave out in his place.
    Sri Lanka (likely): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Chaturanga de Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Sachithra Senanayake/Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

    Pakistan have a few fitness worries, with Afridi (hip), Shehzad (shoulder), Sharjeel (knee) and Gul (general soreness) at less than 100 per cent. None of the injuries are particularly serious, though, judging by the comments of their manager on the eve of the match, so they should be able to field their first-choice XI.

    Pakistan (likely): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Mohammad Talha, 11 Junaid Khan

    Stats and trivia
    Pakistan and Sri Lanka have met each other 12 times in tournament finals, and each side has won six times
    Among batsmen who haven't scored an ODI century, Misbah-ul-Haq has the most career runs. On Saturday, he will go out for the toss alongside Angelo Mathews, who is ninth on that list.
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    "I don't know, honestly. One day it looks like 200 is difficult, the next day on the same pitch you chase down 300-plus."
    Misbah-ul-Haq on the vagaries of the Mirpur pitch
    Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

    © ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
     
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    Srilanka is a well balanced side with strong Batting and adequate Bowling side. Sri-Lanka Batting : As long as Sanga or mathews are there while chasing runs, they have the benefit of the doubt. Both are very senior players and rise to the occasion.

    Pakistan on the other hand with their obvious stronger batting side and weaker bowling. Given afridi form. shehzad confidence and Misbah runouts, I think they have a better chance chasing a target.

    If we recall, the last 2 crucial matches, India and Bangladesh, Pakistan was chasing in both games.

    Comes back to the idea of keeping wickets in hand till about 35th over and then being explosive
     
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    In the last few months, Pakistan and Srilanka have tied the T20 series 1-1, the test series 1-1, and then pakistan won the ODI series 3-2. Here in the opening fixture of the asia cup Pakistan just fell short of the 300 target set by srilanka by a mere 12 runs.

    This means that in the last 2 months the ODI head to head is now 3-3.

    The game today can go either way, both teams head to head are even and tied. Both have players in form and firing on all cylinders. Going to be a cracker of a game!

    Toss is going to be a hard decision, misbah might just be glad to lose this toss.
     
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    Spinners arent that effected on this pitch, dunno what kinda pitch bangalis have come up with..
     
  23. Kashif Afridi
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    Final 11 would be a tough decision in today's Asia Cup final.

    Though there are some concerns of injuries but they are not considered big injuries and we hope that all players will be fit before the final match. I think Sharjeel should be rested from the today's game so that he could be fit for the t20 world cup.
     
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    I think Pakistan will win if they chase.
     
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    I merged your threads into the pre-match discussion thread.

    Thanks iAd
     
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    Pakistan and Sri Lanka have never played each other in the finals of a major ODI tournament (involving five or more teams). Of the 25 such tournaments they have played in together, this Asia Cup is the first time that both the teams are in the final.

    It has been nearly 15 years since Pakistan have progressed to the final of an ODI tournament involving five or more teams. The last such game for Pakistan was the title match of the 1999 World Cup when they lost to Australia. They have played in seven such finals and have emerged as the winners in five of these.

    Sri Lanka have played six such matches and have won three of them, not including the 2002 Champions Trophy, which was shared between them and India after the finals were rained-off. Unlike Pakistan, they have had a more recent experience of playing in the finals of a major tournament, having played India in the 2011 World Cup.

    Including the last Asia Cup, in the last five years, Pakistan have made it to the finals of any ODI tournament only twice, both these instance having come in Mirpur. They have however, made the best of these two opportunities by winning on both occasions. The fact that Pakistan haven't made it too often to the finals of an ODI series in the recent past has meant that half their current squad hasn't played in such matches before. Shahid Afridi - who has won them their last two games - has appeared in 31 ODI finals for Pakistan and is their most experienced batsman. Afridi - whose ODI career average is 23.44 - is their top scorer in such matches, having scored 621 runs at 20.70. Mohammad Hafeez is the only other Pakistan batsman to have played in at least five finals. His batting average in these matches, however, can do with some improvement: he has scored 61 runs at 12.20.
     
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    This should be the final 11:

    1)Ahmad Shahzad
    2)Mohammad Hafeez
    3)Fawad Alam
    4)Misbah-ul-haq
    5)Sohaib Maqsood
    6)Umar Akmal
    7)Shahid Afridi
    8)Mohammad Talha
    9)Umar gul
    10)Saeed Ajmal
    11)Junaid Khan
     
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    ehtesham

    I totally agree with you...
    Sharjeel and Rehman should be dropped from the final 11
     
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    I would like to have Anwar Ali for Umar Gul.
    Just one change. Anwar Ali for Gul.
     
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    Ahmad Shehzad / Sohaib Maqsood (if Ahmad is injured, swap with Sharjeel if so.)
    Mohammed Hafeez
    Fawad Alam
    Misbah ul Haq
    Umar Akmal (wk)
    Sharjeel Khan
    Shahid Afridi / Anwar Ali (if Afridi is injured)
    Bilawal Bhatti
    Saeed Ajmal
    Mohammed Talha
    Junaid Khan
     
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    I'm expecting another good innings from fawad alam. Would help if he bats higher up the order, we need a player who can hold one end and rotate the strike around. However, having said that it would be a shame if Fawad Alam is discarded again if he fails in the game; he's our top domestic scorer and a decent enough batsman to make the team.
     
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    I talked to him on the phone today morning. He said that a guy named Adnan was spreading false rumours and that he deserves a :slap
     
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    Well yet again our batting is letting all of us down :(
     
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    Sohaib Maqsood should have played instead of one of the bowlers. we already have 7 bowlers in the side as of now
     
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    seems like they didnt have much batting practice before the game
     
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    I am amazed to see sharjeel
     
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