They will play Sri Lanka on Tuesday in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, which is still happening at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Even though they got off to a shaky start, Pakistan won their first game in the mega cricket event against the Netherlands. This came after a disappointing Asia Cup 2023 campaign in which they lost their warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia. The Green Shirts’ head coach, Grant Bradburn, hopes the team’s top-order batting will improve, even though they haven’t played well in recent games.
Pakistan Vs. Sri Lanka World Cup Match 2023
At a news conference before the game in Hyderabad against Sri Lanka, Bradburn stressed that the team’s goal is to keep improving. This is making us feel better as a team and as coaches. “Even when we win, we like to give ourselves feedback on how we played,” the head coach said. When asked about Pakistan’s preparations against Sri Lanka, Bradburn accepted that Sri Lanka had been better than Pakistan in recent white-ball games. Still, he stressed that the players were very familiar with each other.
“We really know all of their players.” Micky Arthur is our secret weapon because he has taught them before. “That’s why Mickey was very helpful in meetings this morning because he could bring up some important points about their batters and bowlers,” he said. Bradley Burn stressed teamwork by saying, “It’s no longer about individuals; it’s about the group.”
He talked about how the team was working to ensure everyone knew their jobs and responsibilities in the squad. The Babar Azam-led team overcame a couple of batting collapses in their first game against the Netherlands to set a challenging goal of 287 runs and win by 81 runs. On the other hand, Sri Lanka came into the event after losing the Asia Cup finals to a robust Indian team the year before.
Sri Lanka lost their warm-up games against Bangladesh and Afghanistan, just like Pakistan did. Key players like Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga are not on the Sri Lankan side. In their first game, which took place in Delhi against South Africa, their bowling was terrible, and the Proteas scored a record-breaking 428/5 in their 50 overs, putting Dasun Shanaka’s team out for 326.
Pakistan must win this match to prepare for their much-anticipated game against India on October 14. On the other hand, Sri Lanka wants to build on their recent last-ball win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup and get their campaign back on track.