It is time for the final match of this years Asia Cup. We are definately seeing the two best teams facing off against each other here as India seemed less than inspired, the Afghanistan side are relative newcomers and Bangladesh deserve a post of their own considering how abysmal their performance was. It is good for the sport that no big upset were made and all is readymade for an amazing final match.
The teams have already met once before in the group stages where Sri Lanka claimed the victory by some outstanding bowling by Lasith Malinga who nabbed 5 wickets in the game. Sri Lanka seems to have Pakistans number as their head-to-head record is quite good.
But this is a big game and things like this is often thrown out of the window. You need to have players that can step up to the task when nerves are tensed up and the stakes are high. And such a player is Shadid Afridi. He got much flak for his start to this tournament, but he stepped up against Bangladesh and secured Pakistans spot in the final. He is known for being a man of big matches and with a strong team backing him when he is in form, this can help them turn things around.
The only thing standing between them and the trophy is their opponents which is a Sri Lanka team in incredible form. I don’t think that Pakistan is looking bad at all, the only problem is that Sri Lanka is in such amazing form that it is gonna be hard to beat the team. They should bat first as the bowling of Sri Lanka is simply sublime. They will probably be able to keep them from chasing as far as they did against Bangladesh.
Also with the presence of game changers like Sangakkara and Malinga, this Sri Lankan team is loaded and ready to go for this tournament. Pakistan is a strong team, and showed that in their latest game, but that was against a uninspired Bangladeshi team and since they are prone to collapse in their batting, my money is on Sri Lanka.
Betting tip: Sri Lanka to win over Pakistan, 1.90 (odds @ Bet365)