Sri Lanka and Pakistan face off in the first of three Tests at Galle starting from Wednesday and this could go down to be a thriller. The Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st betting tips can be found below.
Shocker! Pakistan have turned this around from being 14/1 to win this Test to actually win the game! They have registered a 10-wicket victory thanks to Yasir Shah’s seven-for.
Day Four Preview:
Pakistan were struggling at 118 for five after Sri Lanka got to 300 in their first innings. What this means is that Pakistan are yet to save the follow-on – 33 behind that mark – and could be in a spot of bother on the final day if Sri Lanka can bowl them out quickly on the fourth day and then smash a good few runs.
Sri Lanka have shortened to 11/2 while a draw is still a favourite at 5/18. Pakistan are 14/1 to win this encounter.
Day Two Preview:
It rained the whole day on day one, so much so that even the toss wasn’t possible. And with rain forecast on all the remaining days as well, it looks like a drawn game will be the most likely result. As a result of that, a draw is at only 2/11, while a Sri Lankan win and a Pakistan win are at 6/1 and 10/1 respectively.
Story so far:
Angelo Mathews will lead Sri Lanka in their first international assignment since losing in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final and it will be interesting to see whether the hosts can shrug off any rust from that prolonged absence.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have featured in a couple of series. Their first came against Bangladesh where they lost 3-0 in the ODIs but retained their form in red-ball cricket to crush the opposition, while this was followed by the historic series at home against Zimbabwe.
They won all their matches against Zimbabwe but this will be a different kettle of fish – winning against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka has never been as was their problem even last year when Pakistan went down 2-0 at Galle and Colombo.
While Pakistan’s ODI and T20I teams have undergone a lot of transition, they still rely on their experienced line-up consisting of Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez in Tests. Saeed Ajmal will be missing from the bowling, which has been described as a huge “psychological advantage” by the Sri Lankan management, but the rest of the bowling has a lot of firepower.
Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz can be expected to lead the pace bowling department while Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar are their spin bowling options.
Sri Lanka’s last Test series came in New Zealand, where they lost 2-0 but they were coming off a 2-0 win over Pakistan before that.
It will be a series in which Kumar Sangakkara will begin to bid his final adieu, having decided to retire from international cricket after the first Test against India. With Mahela Jayawardene having already retired, the onus will therefore be on the likes of deputy captain Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal and the recalled opener Jehan Mubarak.
In the tour game leading up to this Test, there were fifties for Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan in the first innings while Shan Masoon chipped in with a half-century in the second. But the star performer for Pakistan was Babar who grabbed a six-wicket haul.
Having retired from all other forms, Misbah is in the twilight of his international career. And he will want to continue with the same form he’s shown in recent times, one that has seen lift his Test average lift to 49.18. He made 9 and 82 in the last Test he played against Bangladesh and while he had a below-par series against New Zealand, there had been scores of 69, 101, 101* and 102* in its lead-up.
Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka):
I will let Herath’s figures do the talking here. His overall record is good, having picked up 261 Test wickets in 58 games but against Pakistan at home, Herath has 53 wickets in nine Tests at an amazing average of 24.37. Pakistan will have a huge hurdle to pass in the form of Herath if they want to continue with their good form in Test cricket.
Sri Lanka v Pakistan Tests head to head:
In series head to head, Pakistan are 8-4 ahead, while overall, they lead 17-13. This record has obviously turned in favour of Sri Lanka in more recent times, with Sri Lanka having won three of their last six Tests and lost just one.
Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st Test betting tips:
Sri Lanka to win
Angelo Mathews to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman: 7/1
Misbah to be Pakistan’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 10 am local time (0430 hours GMT) on June 17.