SL vs PAK Match Details
Match: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test | Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka
Date: Saturday, 16 July 2022
Time: 10:00 (GMT+5.5) / 10:30 (GMT+6)
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
SL vs PAK Preview
- Pakistan was defeated in a three-match Test series against Australia earlier this year.
- Pakistan’s standout Test performers have been Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi this season.
- Sri Lanka recently tied the two-match Test series against Australia.
The first two Test matches between Sri Lanka and Pakistan begin on Saturday morning in Galle. The hosts are coming off an innings and 39-run win over Australia earlier this month, and Pakistan’s most recent game in this format was a 115-run loss to Australia. The game begins at 10:00 a.m. local time at the Galle International Stadium.
Sri Lanka has had an up and down year in this format, but they were very impressive last week against Australia. Sri Lanka is a formidable force at home, especially on a spinning wicket.
Pakistan has lost all three Tests in a row and will be wary of a resurgent Sri Lanka in this match. They will, however, always be dangerous with a strong batting lineup.
SL vs PAK Weather Report
During this game, the temperature should be above 30 degrees for five days, with a good chance of rain on Day 2.
SL vs PAK Match Toss Prediction
Australia won the toss and chose to bat, and despite scoring 364 in their first innings, they were defeated by an inning last week in Galle. However, batting first and bowling last is the preferred strategy, and we anticipate that both captains will want to bat first.
SL vs PAK Pitch Report
The surface may be a little more helpful to batters, but we expect a turning wicket in Galle. The first innings’ par score will be 300-350.
Sri Lanka Team News & Probable Playing XIs
The hosts took a chance and made three debuts ahead of their Second Test against Australia last week in Galle, the same venue as this one. Kamindu Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, and Prabath Jayasuriya all received their first Test caps, and the same XI is expected to take the field for this match.
Recent form – W L W D L
Sri Lanka’s Probable XI
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, and Oshada Fernando
Pakistan Team News & Probable Playing XIs
Although Pakistan is at full strength for this Test series, they are well aware that they will need to be at their best if they win. There will be no concerns about the weather in Galle, but competing against a resurgent Sri Lanka team will be difficult.
Recent form – L D D W W
Pakistan’s Probable XI
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Nauman Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Naseem Shah
SL vs PAK Head-to-Head Stats (Last 5 matches)
SL vs PAK – 1st Test, Dream 11
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Dinesh Chandimal (c)
- Dimuth Karunaratne
- Babar Azam (vc)
- Angelo Mathews
- Faheem Ashraf
- Dhananjaya de Silva
- Yasir Shah
- Shaheen Afridi
- Prabath Jayasuriya
SL vs PAK Prediction
Winning the toss
- Sri Lanka – Dinesh Chandimal
- Pakistan – Babar Azam
- Sri Lanka – Prabath Jayasuriya
- Pakistan – Yasir Shah
- Sri Lanka – Niroshan Dickwella
- Pakistan – Hasan Ali
Player of the Match
- Pakistan – Yasir Shah
Team Scores Batting First
- Sri Lanka – 250+
- Pakistan – 330+
Pakistan is the favourites to win this match.
This should be an exciting Test series, with Pakistan visiting Sri Lanka immediately after thrashing Australia. Pakistan has a strong squad and should be at ease in Galle, but they will face a formidable challenge. We anticipate a close game, with Pakistan emerging victorious.