Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy has turned out to be the Group of Death as we didn’t have any confirmed teams for the semifinals up till the final round of matches. However, India qualified and became the first team from group B to enter the semis.
The second spot for the semifinals will be taken by the winner of Pakistan vs Sri Lanka encounter. While Pakistan beat South Africa, Sri Lanka upset India in their previous games. Beating the two favourites of the tournament has helped boost the morale of both the teams.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka are at the 4th and 3rd position on the points table with 2 points each. The winner of this match with 4 points will confirm their seats for the semifinals.
Pakistan managed to beat the mighty South African side by 19 runs (DLS method). Earlier they restricted the Proteas for 218 in 50 overs. Hassan Ali’s performance was exceptional in that match as helped the team restrict the opposition. They need to strengthen their batting line up to give the opposition a tough fight.
Whereas the underdogs, Sri Lankan team made an unbelievable chase of 322 while playing against India. They managed to win the game by 7 wickets and kept their semifinals hope alive. Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Angelo Matthews played match winnings knock and helped their team get firm hold over the game.
Here are the probable XI’s of both the teams.
|Pakistan playing XI||Sri Lanka playing XI|
|Azhar Ali||Niroshan Dickwella|
|Fakhar Zaman||Danushka Gunathilaka|
|Babar Azam||Kusal Mendis|
|Mohammad Hafeez||Kusal Perera|
|Shoaib Malik||Angelo Matthews|
|Sarfraz Ahmed||Dinesh Chandimal|
|Imad Wasim||Asela Gunaratne|
|Shadab Khan||Thisara Perera|
|Mohammad Amir||Suranga Lakmal|
|Junaid Khan||Lasith Malinga|
|Hasan Ali||Nuwan Pradeep|