Sri Lanka and Pakistan go head to head in the second and final T20I of the series on Saturday at Colombo. The Sri Lanka v Pakistan 2nd T20I live streaming, betting tips & predictions can be found below.
Pakistan won by one wicket with four balls to spare.
It wasn’t too much of a surprise when Pakistan ran off to an easy win in the first T20I against Sri Lanka. A team that is struggling so badly in all forms of the game, Sri Lanka didn’t have much of an outing in the opener and went down by 29 runs.
There were three batsmen who scored 46 for Pakistan – Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal – and thanks to their knocks at those different stages of the game, Pakistan were able to pile up 175 for five in their 20 overs.
Captain Lasith Malinga, who has been one of those deemed unfit by the selectors, went for 46 from his four overs, while only Jeffrey Vandersay’s 0/25 from four overs helped them back into the game. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, none of their batsmen managed to top Milinda Siriwardana’s 31.
Making a comeback into the side, Chamara Kapugedera also hammered a 16-ball 31 but by then the game had long gone from Sri Lanka’s hands.
Can Sri Lanka bat and bowl better than what they did in the first game or will Sohail Tanvir, who bagged a three-for and Mohammad Irfan make life difficult for the hosts again?
Players to watch out for:
Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka):
ODI and Test captain Mathews had an in-between game, conceding 33 runs from his four overs after sharing the new ball and then getting out at a crucial time for 23. After having used up 26 balls for it, he would have been expected to bat longer and convert his start.
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan):
Afridi did not have a great first game, as he was dismissed for eight and then bowled his four overs for 31 while going wicketless. As a captain he will be pleased to see his side win but given this is the only format he plays, it would please him a lot if he can lead them from the front.
Sri Lanka v Pakistan T20Is head to head:
Pakistan head 8-5 on head to head in T20 cricket against Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st T20I betting tips:
Pakistan to win: 4/5
Hafeez to be Pakistan’s top batsman: 7/2
Match starts at 7 pm local time (13.30 hours GMT) on August 1.