Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur claims that. He is intimately familiar with Sri Lanka’s “strengths and vulnerabilities” due to the fact that he oversaw his Asian competitors for a period of two years.
The match between former world champions Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take place on Tuesday at the ICC World Cup 2023 in Hyderabad.
This will provide Arthur with the opportunity to reacquaint himself with players. Who were under his tutelage as a coach during the months of December 2019 and November 2021.
Pakistani Coach said
“Yeah, I know their strengths and weaknesses. So we will have plans put in place for all of them,” Mickey Arthur said in an interview with the AFP.
They are a dangerous team, so we will need to perform at our absolute best if we want to win against them.
On Friday, Pakistan kicked off their World Cup campaign with a victory over the Netherlands in Hyderabad, where they won the match by 81 runs despite a tense performance.
Pakistan Coach on Rizwan and Saud
They came back from being down 38-3 to score a difficult 286 thanks to half centuries from Saud Shakeel and Mohammad Rizwan. This allowed them to overcome a failure at the top of their batting order.
After that, they restricted the Netherlands to 205 runs in 41 overs and bowled them out.
“I loved the first win, even if it wasn’t a fantastic effort,” Pakistan coach Arthur said. “It was a great experience overall.”
But our efforts were sufficient, and when the game was on the line, we had guys willing to put their bodies on the line for us.
Pakistan Coach on Fakhar Zaman
The out-of-form opener, Fakhar Zaman, who scored just 12 runs against the Netherlands, is likely going to get another chance to bat on Tuesday because Pakistan is likely going to use the same line-up they used against the Netherlands.
“I am not worried about his form; he is a brilliant player and is just one inning away from a big score,” remarked Mickey Arthur, the only Pakistan batsman to have struck a double century in one-day international cricket.
South Africa defeated Sri Lanka
South Africa defeated Sri Lanka, the ICC World Cup champions in 2023. By a score of 102 runs in their opening match of the ICC World Cup 2023 on Saturday in New Delhi, but they will take heart from their valiant response. South Africa scored a record-breaking 428-5.
The victory over Pakistan by two wickets that Sri Lanka achieved one month ago and which catapulted them to the Asia Cup final in Colombo will also serve as a source of inspiration for the team.
Dasun Shanaka, the captain of his team, acknowledged that the absence of three quality bowlers has been a factor in the team’s performance.
Due to injuries, Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga will not be able to participate in the competition at all. On the other hand, Maheesh Theekshana will continue to be a part of the team despite suffering from a hamstring injury.
Shanaka stated after the match against South Africa that “it was difficult to manage things without three essential bowlers, but that is part of the game.” Shanaka was referring to the absence of three crucial bowlers.
Dasun Shanaka Praise about positive intent
“I am satisfied with the positive intent we showed with the bat, and the first ten overs with the ball were also good,” said the captain. “I am also happy with the positive intent we showed with the ball.”
Charith Asalanka (79) and Shanaka (68) resisted the South African assault before Sri Lanka was thrashed for 326 in 44.5 overs. Kusal Mendis smashed a blazing 76 off 42 balls, including eight beautiful sixes.