SL vs PAK: Sri Lanka's Predicted Playing XI Against Pakistan, 1st Test

Published - 16 Jul 2022, 09:23 AM

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Sri Lanka is set to face Pakistan in an upcoming Test series. SL vs PAK 1st Test begins on July 16 (Saturday). The venue of the match is Galle International Stadium in Galle. Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2022 will witness 2 Tests. Sri Lanka is led by Dimuth Karunaratne in the SL vs PAK series.

Babar Azam is the skipper of Pakistan in the series. Pakistan lost their previous Test series to Australia 1-0. Sri Lanka tied their last Test series against Australia 1-1. Ahead of SL vs PAK 1st Test, here we talk about Sri Lanka’s predicted playing XI against Pakistan in the match.

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SL vs PAK: Sri Lanka’s Predicted Playing XI Against Pakistan, 1st Test

Pathum Nissanka

Pathum Nissanka, SL vs PAK
Pathum Nissanka (Credits: Twitter)

Pathum Nissanka might be the opener for Sri Lanka in SL vs PAK 1st Test. Nissanka is the permanent opener for the team across formats. In the recent Test series against Australia, Nissanka could not impress with his batting. He scored 43 runs in 3 innings.

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Dimuth Karunaratne (C)

Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dimuth Karunaratne is the skipper of Sri Lanka in SL vs PAK Test series and will lead the team in the 1st Test as well. He will be the other opener for the team. Karunaratne showed good form in the recent series against Australia. The left-handed batsman scored 137 runs in 2 Tests at an average of 45.67, hitting 1 fifty.

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis
Kusal Mendis (Credits: Twitter)

Kusal Mendis might be the no.3 batsman for the team in SL vs PAK 1st Test. In the previous Test series, the right-handed batsman scored 96 runs in 3 innings with 1 fifty. Mendis will be a good choice for the one-down position for Sri Lanka.

Angelo Mathews

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Angelo Matthews might be a middle-order batsman for Sri Lanka in the 1st Test against Pakistan. Matthews is an experienced Test player for Sri Lanka. In the recent Test series, the right-handed batsman piled up 91 runs in 2 innings at an average of 45.50. He also hit 1 fifty in the series.

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Dinesh Chandimal

Dinesh Chandimal
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Dinesh Chandimal will be another middle-order batsman for Sri Lanka in the 1st Test against Pakistan. Chandimal will get all the limelight in the match after his impeccable performance in the recent Test match against Australia. Chandimal slammed a double century against Australia in the 2nd Test which helped his team to grab a victory. Overall, he scored 219 runs in 3 innings.

Niroshan Dickwella (WK)

Niroshan Dickwella
Niroshan Dickwella. (Photo: AFP)

Niroshan Dickwella might be another batsman and wicketkeeper for the team in SL vs PAK 1st Test. The left-handed batsman scored 66 runs in 3 innings in the recent Test series. He slammed a fifty in one inning. Dickwella is an experienced Test player for Sri Lanka and he is also the best wicketkeeper option for the team.

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Ramesh Mendis

Ramesh Mendis
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Ramesh Mendis might be an all-rounder for Sri Lanka in the 1st Test against Pakistan. The right-arm spinner gave a brilliant performance against Australia in the recent Test series. The off-spinner hunted 7 wickets in 2 games at an average of 40.86.

Prabath Jayasuriya

Prabath Jayasuriya (Image Credits: Twitter)
Prabath Jayasuriya (Image Credits: Twitter)

After his astonishing bowling show against Australia in the recent Test series, Prabath Jayasuriya might get a chance in SL vs PAK 1st Test as well. He played just 1 match against Australia and scalped 12 wickets in the match at an average of 14.75. He played a major role in the team’s victory in the match. Hence, he might be one of the pacers in the playing XI against Pakistan in the opening game.

Kasun Rajitha

Kasun Rajitha 
Kasun Rajitha  (Credits: Twitter)

Kasun Rajitha might be another pacer for Sri Lanka in the 1st Test. The right-arm pacer picked 2 wickets in 1 Test against Australia recently. In 11 Tests so far, Rajitha has picked 38 wickets at an average of 27.08. Hence, he has superb stats in his career so far.

Asitha Fernando

Asitha Fernando

Asitha Fernando might be another pacer for the team in SL vs PAK 1st Test. In 6 Tests so far, the right-arm pacer has picked 19 wickets at an average of 21.53. In the recent series against Australia, Fernando played 1 Test and picked 2 wickets in the match at an average of 18.50.

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Maheesh Theekshana

Maheesh Theekshana
Maheesh Theekshana, Image Source: Twitter

Maheesh Theekshana might be the full-time spinner for Sri Lanka in the match. The right-arm spinner made his Test debut in the recent series against Australia. The right-arm spinner picked 3 wickets in 1 Test at an average of 25.33. He is a strong spinner for the team and at home soil, Theekshana will be a very useful bowler for the team being a spinner.

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