Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka today, who had a loss to New Zealand and a win against Afghanistan in last two matches at World Cup 2019 in England.
Ahead of the crucial tie, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has urged his team to "stay ruthless" at the World Cup. The victory over England ended Pakistan's sequence of 11 consecutive defeats in One-day Internationals.
Arthur praised his team's resolve after a "shocking" defeat in their tournament opener. Pakistan posted an impressive 348/8 against a potent England bowling attack, with fifties from veteran Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Sri Lanka at the same time cannot afford another sloppy batting display if they are to beat a resurgent Pakistan and record a first World Cup win over their subcontinent rivals.
Sri Lanka claimed a narrow win over outsiders Afghanistan in Cardiff after the 1996 World Cup winners were bowled out for a modest 201. It was the second consecutive match in which Sri Lanka’s batting failed to deliver, having been bundled out for 136 in a 10-wicket defeat against New Zealand.