New Delhi: Along with India, one among Sri Lanka and Pakistan were the pre-tournaments favorites to make it to the final of the Asia Cup 2016.
But the heroics of the home side Bangladesh now means Match 10 of the tournament is reduced from a potential winner-takes-all clash to a dead rubber.
Underwhelming performances from both Asian giants have left their fans disappointed. Hence this Friday clash serves as an opportunity for both teams to restore some respectability to their respective positions on the points table.
Moreover, it gives Shahid Afridi and Lasith Malinga's men to another chance to test their preparations for the big World T20 tournament that lies ahead.
Sri Lanka's 15-man squad
Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Lasith Malinga (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Shehan Jayasuriya, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Dushmantha Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Sachithra Senanayake, Niroshan Dickwella.
Pakistan's 15-man squad
Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Hafeez, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Sharjeel Khan
Date: March 4, Friday
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
Timing: 13:30 GMT | 19:00 IST
TV listing: Star Sports 1, 3, HD1 & HD3
Live streaming: Star Sports website, Hotstar