Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2nd T20I

Danushka Gunathilaka
Danushka Gunathilaka
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The 2nd T20I of the three-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan were stunned by Sri Lanka in the first T20I of the series as chasing a target of 166, the hosts were bowled out for just 101 in the 18th over.

The loss came despite all the numbers being heavily skewed in their side. Being the number one-ranked team, Pakistan had not lost single T20I against Sri Lanka since 2013. Moreover, they had beaten Sri Lanka in the last six consecutive T20Is and the visitors, playing with a second-string side, were not really given a chance.

However, Danushka Gunathilaka set the stage with a flowing half-century despite a hat-trick from Mohammed Hasnain. Isuru Udana and Nuwan Pradeep then picked up three wickets each to leave Pakistan tottering in the chase as they lost by 64 runs.

There are a lot of questions to answer for the home side. First of the lot is their team combination. Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to include both Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad in the playing XI which is a questionable move. Especially, opening with Shehzad and leaving out Fakhar Zaman, who has been consistent for the side over the last couple of years. The selection of Faheem Ashraf is also contentious in these conditions.

Pakistan would have to win this match at any cost to remain alive in the series. They cannot afford to lose this series against a second-string Sri Lankan side, especially now that international cricket has returned to the country after 10 years.

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

Pakistan- Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Asif Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain

Sri Lanka- Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Minod Bhanuka, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep


Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*


Who will win the toss? - Pakistan

Who will win? – Pakistan

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Danushka Gunathilaka (Sri Lanka), Babar Azam (Pakistan)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Nuwan Pradeep (Sri Lanka), Mohammad Hasnain (Pakistan)

Most Sixes – Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka), Asif Ali (Pakistan)

Man of the Match –  Babar Azam

Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 160+, Pakistan 175+

Match Handicap Pakistan

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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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