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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1st Test

Babar Azam in action

The first match of the two-match Test series on the Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi.

Sri Lanka and Pakistan have played a total of 19 Test series against each other out of which Sri Lanka have won 6 and Pakistan have won 8. 5 of them have been drawn.

The last Test series between the two teams was played in 2017 in UAE, which Sri Lanka won 2-0.

Shan Masood was very impressive for Pakistan in the Test series against Australia. Although he scored only 156 runs at an average of 39, he looked a solid player. Babar Azam also seemed to have come of age in Test cricket and scored 210 runs at an average of 52.50 against Australia.

The two would expect to get the support of skipper Azhar Ali who is undergoing a lean patch and experienced batsman Fawad Alam who has been called up in the Test side after 10 years.

Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah are likely to be the three pacers who will make the cut with Yasir Shah providing the spin variety.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne will open the batting for Sri Lanka, with Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Angelo Mathews forming the middle order.

Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera and all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva will be their bowling options. In the absence of Lakmal, Kasun Rajitha is likely to make the playing XI as well.


Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:

Pakistan - Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali (c), Yasir Shah, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail/Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood, Fawad Alam, Usman Shinwari , Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi

Sri Lanka - Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Lakshan Sandakan/Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Embuldeniya

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka

Who will win? – Sri Lanka

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shan Masood (Pakistan), Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan), Dilruwan Perera (Sri Lanka)

Most Sixes – Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)

Player of the Match –  Dimuth Karunaratne

Team Scores Batting first – Pakistan 300+, Sri Lanka 430+

Match Handicap Sri Lanka

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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.

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