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06-15-2010, 09:40 AM #1
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka preview..: Asia Cup 2010
Defending champion Sri Lanka faces Pakistan in the first match of the Asia Cup Cricket 2010 on 15 June at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla. Both sides look to have a winning start in the tournament.
This opening match of Asia Cup Cricket 2010 kicks off on 09:00 GMT and 14:30 Sri Lanka time. Pakistani cricket fans can watch the match from 14:00.
Sri Lanka is pretty much confident after their recent success in Tri-nation Series in Zimbabwe. Having a good start is important for Sri Lanka in their pursuit of defending the Asia Cup title.
The tournament seems to be even more important for Pakistan. The significance of the Asia Cup to Pakistan goes beyond their on-field performance. Discipline has become a big issue for Pakistan in the recent time. With Shoaib Akhtar and Shoaib Malik coming back to international cricket in this tournament, it would be interesting to see if Pakistani players can maintain discipline and perform at their best in Sri Lanka.
Shahid Afridi has been appointed captain of Pakistanís ODI team recently. So, the series is important for the all rounder too. However, he knows it very well that anything less than an appearance in the tournament final would be considered as a failure.
Sri Lanka has an experienced batting line up that features captain Sangakkara, Dilshan, Jayawardene, Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga who could pull the string for the hosts.
Sri Lanka may feature 3 pacers and 2 spinners against Pakistan. Muralitharan and Randiv would fill in the spinnerís slots, while their pace attack could include Kulasekara, Mathews and Malinga. However, Sri Lanka may also play Maharoof in place of Malinga.
Pakistanís batting relies on the likes of Butt, Akmal brothers, Shoaib Malik and Afridi. Afridi and Ajmal would lead their spin attack, while their pace attack would most probably feature Asif, Aamer, Shoaib Akhtar and Razzaq. It is less likely that Pakistan would play any of their three uncapped players: Asad Shafiq, Shahzaib Hasan and Umar Amin- against Sri Lanka....being a human...