Sri Lanka will hope to take something away from the series against Pakistan as they face off in the first T20I on Thursday. The Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st T20I live streaming betting tips & predictions can be found throughout this article.
Pakistan won by 29 runs to go 1-0 up in the series.
It’s tough to see how can Sri Lanka come out of the mire they find themselves in against a side that has suddenly found its mojo. And this is a format that Pakistan most enjoy.
Sri Lanka did win their last ODI but that was when the series was already dead and Pakistan had qualified for the Champions Trophy by winning the series. And with Sri Lanka now rooting for youngster, bringing in five new players, life could get difficult.
Captain Lasith Malinga has a lot to prove anyway after having been dropped by the selectors for the final ODI because of fitness issues. He will now have the company of T Dilshan and Angelo Mathews as the two senior-most players in the side and that will be something for the side look at as they look to come away with something from the Pakistan tour.
Shahid Afridi-led Pakistan have their own set of youngsters but in terms of T20 experience they are a few notches above their hosts. Afridi, keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Akmal can all do their bit with the bat and ball and it would be surprising if Pakistan didn’t scoop up this mach as well.
Players to watch out for:
Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka):
He’s coming off a terrific century in the final ODI and slowly and surely regaining some of his old form that had elicited comparisons with Sanath Jayasuriya. Interestingly, both matches that Sri Lanka won in the ODIs were thanks to his batting and his will be a wicket that Pakistan will be desperate to get rid early.
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan):
Having retired from both other formats, captain Afridi will look to stamp his authority with the bat and ball in the T20 format. He has been in touch with this format and only recently was involved in both, the NatWest T20 Blast and the Caribbean Premier League.
Sri Lanka v Pakistan T20Is head to head:
The head to head is 7-5 in favour of Pakistan .
Sri Lanka v Pakistan 1st T20I betting tips:
Pakistan to win: 11/10
Afridi to be Pakistan’s top bowler: 9/2
Match starts at 7 pm local time (13.30 hours GMT) on July 30.