SL vs PAK 2nd Test Match Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka
SL vs PAK, 2nd Test
Following a crushing victory against Australia recently at the Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka were riding high on confidence. However, a humiliating loss to Pakistan in the most recent Test served as a wake-up call. The team led by Dimuth Karunaratne will be eager to bounce back from its most recent loss and win again.
The Sri Lankan batsmen must improve. The rest did not make an impact, but Dinesh Chandimal, Oshada Fernando, and Kusal Mendis did receive half-centuries. In terms of bowling, Prabath Jayasuriya continues to be their strongest option. In his second game, the rookie racked up a 9-wicket haul. To bring the visitors to their knees, the other bowlers must come up and assist him.
In the fourth innings at the Galle International Stadium, Pakistan did became the first side to successfully chase down 300 or more runs, but there were also chinks in their defence. Only Babar Azam and Abdullah Shafique had successful bats. Their bowlers were in excellent shape and intended to keep up their performance.
Babar Azam would like to maintain his team's winning streak at Galle, but the hosts are still tough opponents, especially with their recent acquisition Jayasuriya. The way the batters from both groups handle spinners on this track might determine everything.
Match: SL vs PAK, 2nd Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2022
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM (Jul 24)
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
The pitch at Galle is not ideal for batting. Spinners will get a lot of help from the surface and will play a key role in determining the outcome. The first first innings total at this venue is 278.
SL vs PAK Squads
SL: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay
PAK: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Agha Salman
SL vs PAK Probable Playing XIs
SL: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya , Lakshitha Manasinghe, Kasun Rajitha
PAK: Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam(c) , Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Nawaz
Expect SL to prepare another spin friendly track. They have great spinning options in their ranks and will look to make the most of this. We predict them to come hard against the visitors and level the series 1-1.
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