Asia Cup 2023

‘Write off Sri Lanka at your own peril’- Wasim Akram warns Pakistan ahead of Asia Cup Final

Sri Lanka will be looking for a sixth Asia Cup title.
Sri Lanka and Wasim Akram
Sri Lanka and Wasim Akram- Source (Twitter)

The Asia Cup 2022 final will see Sri Lanka taking on Pakistan for the second time in an Asia Cup final on Sunday in Dubai. The Lankans have been clinical so far in the Asia Cup 2022. After being hammered in the opening clash against Afghanistan, they made a strong comeback and went on to win four games in a row. They knocked out Bangladesh in the league stages and then defeated all other opponents in the Super 4, including Pakistan and India.

The Dasun Shanaka-led side is high on confidence and is looking for a second Asia Cup title win which would provide joy to the island nation and give a much-needed boost to the country’s cricket. But on the other hand, Pakistan would want to give it their all and bounce back from what they experienced in the final Super 4 game. The men in green will be wanting to give a beneficial reply to the Lankan challenge.

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes that the Men in Green will learn from their mistakes and perform better in the final. The pace legend also added that Sri Lanka couldn’t be taken lightly.

“The performance of the Pakistan team has been fabulous in this Asia Cup. However, in the game against Sri Lanka, the intent was missing in their batting. The bowling was decent though. Hopefully, they will learn from their mistakes. But still, I think, Pakistan are the favourite in the finals. But the exciting and young Sri Lanka team cannot be taken easy,” Akram said.

“Pakistan cricket lovers have been saying that our middle order is a bit inexperienced, and it was exposed in the last Super 4 game after Rizwan got out. But it will be a good wicket in the final, hopefully, they come back stronger,” he added.

I think he’ll do well in the final: Wasim Akram on Babar Aam

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has not got going in the ongoing Asia Cup. So far, he has managed scores of 10, 9, 14, 0 and 30 in five innings. But Akram feels he will be back among runs, it is just one good innings that is needed.

“Babar is one of the best players in the world and needs just one good innings. He struggled a bit because he might be worried about the lack of runs. But the good thing is, he has spent time on the crease and for any great player, that matters as well. I think he’ll do well in the final,” Akram concluded.

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