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Are you looking for Sri Lanka vs Pakistan prediction? The hosts Sri Lanka will be hoping to draw the series when they take on Pakistan in the second Test at Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo from July 24. Pakistan are slight favourites heading into the match with the odds of 8/5 (2.60) while the hosts Sri Lanka are set the odds of 2/1 (3.00).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test
- July 24-28, 2023 – 4 AM GMT
- Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
- 1 Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
- 2 Sri Lanka vs Pakistan – Match Predictions
- 3 Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Preview
- 4 How to Watch Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo has historically produced flatter surfaces, where batters can score big especially on the first three days. Expect the pitch to provide more turn as the match progresses. The average first and second innings score here reads 332 and 344, respectively.
The weather forecast suggests there could be showers on the first three days of this Test with over an 80% chance of precipitation. However, there could still be enough play for a result.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan – Match Predictions
Talking about the last five encounters between the two, Pakistan have won three while Sri Lanka have been victorious once. Pakistan were superb in the first Test of the series, winning it by four wickets. They have a stronger batting line-up, and also have a better pace attack.
Imam to be Pakistan's Top Run Scorer
Naseem to be Pakistan's Top Bowler
Top Run-scorer First Innings
Imam-ul-Haq is coming off an unbeaten fifty in the second innings at Galle. He has 1468 runs in Test cricket at an average of nearly 40. Bet on him to be Pakistan’s top batter at 3/1 (4.00). Dhananjaya de Silva was magnificent in the first Test, scoring 122 and 82 in two innings. You can back him to be the top batter for Sri Lanka at 13/4 (4.25).
Our Prediction: Imam-ul-Haq to be the top run-scorer for Pakistan in the first innings at 3/1 (4.00).
Top Wicket-taker First Innings
Naseem Shah had taken 24 wickets in his last six Tests. He picked three wickets in the first innings at Galle and could trouble Sri Lanka batters here. Bet on Naseem at 13/4 (4.25) to be the top bowler for Pakistan. Prabath Jayasuriya claimed seven wickets in the first Test. He has 57 wickets from just eight Tests and you can back him to be Sri Lanka’s best bowler at 9/4 (3.25).
Our Prediction: Naseem Shah to be the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan in first innings at 13/4 (4.25).
Man of the Match
Babar Azam missed out in the previous game but has the ability to make an impact in both innings. He has 3733 runs in Test cricket at 48 average. You can bet on Babar to be the player of the match at 12/1 (13.00). Among others, Naseem Shah, Dhananjaya de Silva and Prabath Jayasuriya are top betting options.
Our Prediction: Babar Azam to be the Man of the Match at 12/1 (13.00) odds.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Preview
12 points towards the World Test Championship will be on offer when Sri Lanka and Pakistan go head to head in the second Test. Let’s take a look at two teams ahead of the clash.
Sri Lanka were on top at Galle when they had Pakistan reduced to 101/5, having posted 312 in their first innings. But they ended up conceding 149 runs lead and lost the match by four wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva starred with the bat, scoring 122 and 82 in the match.
Nishan Madushka was preferred over Pathum Nissanka for an opening spot in the first Test. Kasun Rajitha did not bowl in the second innings and could make way for Dilshan Madushanka.
Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka
Pakistan would be delighted with Saud Shakeel who bailed them out after they were reeling at 101/5. He made a magnificent unbeaten double century while Agha Salman added 83. Abrar Ahmed bagged six wickets in the match while Shaheen Afridi claimed five.
Mohammad Rizwan could not make the playing XI in the first Test, with Sarfaraz Ahmed and Agha Salman preferred ahead. Noman Ali and Abrar Ahmed formed the spin unit. Expect them to be unchanged for this game.
Squad: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (c), Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Agha Salman, Noman Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Abrar Ahmed, Naseem Shah
How to Watch Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
The Sri Lanka and Pakistan Test series will not be televised in the UK.
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