SL vs PAK Head To Head 1st Test
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Last Update on: July 24th, 2023 at 11:38 am

The much-awaited 2nd Test match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is scheduled to take place at the picturesque Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground, Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 24th Monday.

SL vs PAK Cricket Betting Tips and Tricks: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2023 – 2nd Test Match Preview:

The stage is set for an enthralling encounter as Sri Lanka takes on Pakistan in the 2nd and final Test at the iconic Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground in Colombo. The stakes couldn’t be higher, with Pakistan currently holding a 1-0 lead in the Test series. After a gripping battle in the 1st Test, both teams will be eager to assert their dominance and finish the series on a high note.

In the previous Test, Sri Lanka displayed moments of brilliance with the bat, putting up a respectable total of 321 runs in the 1st innings. Dhananjaya de Silva’s outstanding century, scoring 122 runs, was a standout performance that kept the hosts in the game. On the bowling front, Abrar Ahmed impressed for Sri Lanka, claiming three crucial wickets to trouble the Pakistani batting lineup.

However, Pakistan’s response was a testament to their batting depth and determination. Their powerful batting display saw them post a formidable 461 runs on the board, led by Saud Shakeel’s monumental double-century (208*). Ramesh Mendis, for Sri Lanka, was the standout bowler in the 1st innings, bagging a fifer (5 wickets) to keep Pakistan’s lead in check.

With a deficit to overcome, Sri Lanka fought back valiantly in their 2nd innings, but their efforts were met with stiff resistance from the Pakistani bowlers. Dhananjaya de Silva, once again, was the leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka with a vital 82 runs. However, Abrar Ahmed from Pakistan continued his impressive form, taking three more wickets to keep Sri Lanka’s score within a reasonable range.

As Pakistan chased the target of 133 runs in the final innings, the match was still in the balance. Imam-ul-Haq’s composed half-century (50*) provided stability, but Prabhath Jayasuriya’s four-wicket haul added a thrilling twist to the contest. In the end, Pakistan emerged victorious by just four wickets, clinching the 1st Test and putting themselves in the driver’s seat for the series.

Now, heading into the 2nd Test, both teams will be well-aware of the significance of this match. Sri Lanka will be determined to level the series and salvage some pride on their home turf, while Pakistan will be eager to maintain their dominance and clinch the series convincingly.

The Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground is known for its spin-friendly pitches, which could play a crucial role in the outcome of the match. Both teams boast talented spinners who will be eager to exploit the conditions and make an impact.

Head to Head Record in Test Matches:

Played – 58

Matches Won: SL – 17 | PAK – 22

Matches Drawn: 19

Key Players for Sri Lanka:

Dimuth Karunaratne: He is a left-handed batsman who serves as the captain of the team. He has played in 87 matches, accumulating a total of 6,573 runs at an average of 41.1. His strike rate stands at 51.1. He has been a dependable anchor at the top of the batting order for his team.

Dhananjaya de Silva: He is an all-rounder who has played in 50 matches, scoring a total of 3,234 runs at an impressive average of 39.4. Additionally, he has taken 34 wickets. In his last match, he displayed remarkable form by scoring a combined total of 204 runs in both innings.

Key Players for Pakistan:

Babar Azam: He is the captain and right-handed batsman who has featured in 48 matches. He has scored 3,733 runs at an impressive average of 47.9. His strike rate stands at 55.0. He has established himself as one of the premier batsmen in the world today.

Abrar Ahmed: He is a right-arm leg-spin bowler who has participated in 5 matches, impressively taking a total of 34 wickets with an economy rate of 3.66. In his most recent match, he showcased his bowling prowess by taking 6 wickets.

SL vs PAK Cricket Betting Tips and Tricks: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2023 – 2nd Test Match Squads:

Sri Lanka Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne ©, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Nishan Madushka (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Lakshitha Manasinghe, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dilshan Madushka, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Pathum Nissanka.

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam ©, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Huraira, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Aamer Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Hassan Ali, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

SL vs PAK Cricket Betting Tips and Tricks: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2023 – 2nd Test Match Prediction:

What will be the Final Score of team batting First?

The Final Score is expected to be 260

Who will be the Man of the Match?

Dhananjaya de Silva is expected to be the Man of the Match.

Who will be the Best Batsman (Runs scored)?

Dimuth Karunaratne is expected to score the most runs in this match.

Who will be the Best Bowler (wickets taken)?

Dhananjaya de Silva is expected to take most wickets in this match.

When will the First Wicket Fall?

The first wicket is expected to fall expected at 20 runs.

What will be the First Over Runs?

First Over Runs is expected to be 1.

What will be the First Ball Runs?

First Ball Runs is expected to be 0.

Who will score Most Fours?

Babar Azam is expected to score Most Fours.

Who will score Most Sixes?

Dimuth Karunaratne is expected to score Most Sixes.

Who will Win The Match?

Sri Lanka is expected to win the Match.

Disclaimer: These predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced so stay tuned.