Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: The toss of the PAK vs SL Super 4 match has been delayed due to rain as both teams jostle for a place in the Asia Cup final.

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Live Score: The start of the PAK vs SL Asia Cup match has been delayed due to rain. It started to rain around 1:50 PM, 40 minutes before the scheduled toss but relented soon.

However, with just minutes left for the revised toss time, the showers returned and the players scampered back to the dugout. With India already in the final, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are fighting for one spot.

The equation is simple, whoever wins today’s PAK vs SL match, will book a date with India on Sunday. But if it rains at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and the match is washed out, Sri Lanka will go through thanks to their higher net run rate.

The 228-run loss that Pakistan suffered against India has dented their run rate a lot but there is no shortage of confidence for the No.1-ranked team though.

Despite the rain predictions and a bit of confusion over the nature of the surface, Pakistan announced their playing XI on the eve of the match. They made three changes – two of them forced – to their XI in the must-win match. Mohammad Haris has replaced an out-of-form Fakhar Zaman.

Some positive news coming from Colombo. Rain has stopped completely and covers are almost off the ground. Lets Pray and hope for the early start now.
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Harris will open the batting with Imam-ul-Haq. While injured pacers Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf have been replaced by Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Zaman Khan. Captain Babar Azam, vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan, and ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi will have to take more responsibility.

Babar has not been amongst the runs after the record knock in the first match against Nepal and Rizwan is yet to come in his elementary. 

As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, they found a new hero in Dunith Wellalage, who almost single-handedly won them the match against India. Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka’s main concern, however, will be the pace attack and the underperforming top-order.

Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne have not been at their best in this Asia Cup. In the absence of Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera, their pace-attack appears to be pale. It will be interesting to see the nature of the pitch in Colombo. If it is anything like the India match then Sri Lanka will have an advantage due to the quality of spinners they have in their arsenal.

Key highlights leading up to the Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 contest:

1. The toss has been delayed due to rain at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo

2. Sri Lanka last defeated Pakistan in ODIs in 2015, losing eight matches against them since then. They last faced each other in an ODI in October 2019.

3. Babar has been in hot form against Sri Lanka in ODIs, in his last six innings. He has registered knocks of 103, 101, 30, 69*, 115, 31 (last).

4. Wellalage is currently the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament with nine wickets in four matches. He shares that spot with Pakistan’s Rauf, India’s Kuldeep, and Bangladesh’s Taskin.

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Live Score: Colombo weather report:

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Live Score: It is so far so good in Colombo but don’t count out the possibility of rain in the afternoon and evening.

Premadasa is a quick-drying ground, as we have seen throughout this tournament. If by chance the rain is relentless Sri Lanka will advance to the final. They have a higher net run rate than Pakistan, who took a beating against India a couple of nights ago. 

Hopefully, it won’t come to that and we have a result today. Remember, all we need is 20 overs from each side for a full game.

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