Emerging Teams Asia Cup Final: Sri Lanka v Pakistan Preview

Venue: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
Date: 03rd April, 2017
Time: 14.00 Local time

A total of 12 league matches and two semifinals later, the second edition of ACC’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup has reached its finale. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to face-off against each other for the coveted trophy in what promises to be an edge of a thriller. India claimed the trophy in the inaugural edition of this tournament in 2013 against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka:

Road to Finals:
Lost to India by 35 runs
Beat Afghanistan by 35 runs
Beat Malaysia by 205 runs
Beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets

After a disappointing start to the tournament, Sri Lanka came back wonderfully well to reach where they are now. After their loss against India in the inaugural match of the tournament, the Lankans knew that they have to win every game and that added pressure has worked wonders for them.

Charith Asalanka (334) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (237) occupy the 1st and 3rd positions respectively for the most runs in the tournament. The slow left arm orthodox of Amilo Aponso has been crucial for Lankans in this tournament and he occupies the second position for most wickets with 11 scalps from 4 matches. Beating the hosts Bangladesh in their home conditions would have given them enormous confidence to challenge the mighty Pakistanis in the finals.



Road to Finals:
Beat Nepal by 6 wickets
Beat Hong Kong by 248 runs
Tied Bangladesh
Beat Afghanistan by 123 runs

Can the only unbeaten team of the Tournament so far carry on their form? Well, what we know now is that they definitely want to do so, especially Mohammad Rizwan and Hammad Azam as they were at the receiving end in the same stage in 2013. They were flawless in this edition so far, except a small blip against Bangladesh.

Inam ul Haq has been the destructor in chief for Pakistan in the league phase of the tournament with 2 centuries in 3 innings and a combined score of 238. However, we are not sure of his participation after he missed out the semi final clash against Afghanistan. Osama Mir, the tall 21 year old leggie, has taken the most number of wickets in the tournament so far (12) and his 7/14 against Hong Kong would have taken his confidence to a different level.


Sri Lanka:
Asitha Fernando, Amila Aponsu, Ron Chandraguptha, Avishka Fernando, Anuk Fernando, Chamika Karunarathne, Duvindu Thilakaratne, Wannidu De Silva, Lahiru Samarakoon, Charith Asalanka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kithruwan Vithanage, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Leo Francisco, Angelo Perera.

Mohammad Rizwan (Captain, Wicket Keeper), Haris Sohail (Vice Captain), Imam ul Haq, Jaahid Ali, Imran Butt, Khushdil Shah, Hussain Talat, Bilal Asif, Osama Mir, Zafar Gohar, Sameen Gul, Ahmed Bashir, Ghulam Mudassar, Ammad Butt, Hammad Azam.

Filed April 2nd, 2017