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Asia Cup: Sri Lanka face Pakistan Today

Dhāka : Bangladesh | Mar 14, 2012 at 5:41 PM PDT
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Pakistan will face Sri Lanka in their second One day match of the Asia Cup today.

Its like decider of final. If Pakistan beat Sri lanka, than surely they can final in this tournament. If Sri lanka beat Pakistan than it will become shaky for Pakistan, but not much, than it will necessary for Pakistan to beat India.

All-rounder Angelo Mathews was today ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup tournament due to a calf injury, dealing a blow to Sri Lanka's chances in the four-nation cricket tournament. Lasith Malinga was also absent from the ranks.

The Sri Lanken team has to defeat Pakistan to stay alive in the Asia Cup.

After getting whipped by England in the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan's ODI reputation has sagged and the next few days are crucial for Misbah to strengthen his team's fortunes.

The teams:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afridi, Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema and Wahab Riaz.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof, Sachithra Senanayake, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Seekkuge Prasanna and Suranga Lakmal.

Umpires: Steve Davis and Paul Reiffel; Third umpire: Sharfuddoula; Match referee: David Boon.

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