Pakistan chased down 344 in the fourth innings of the 1st test match to win the match by 4 wickets on the last day. It was an amazing effort from the visiting side. Abdullah Shafique score 160* in the 2nd innings while Babar Azam scored another test century in the first innings. Mohammad Nawaz took 6 wickets in the test match and Shaheen Shah Afridi took 4 wickets in the first innings. Afridi is injured and is out of the second test match. That should not worry team Pakistan as they have enough pace battery in Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah. Sri Lanka will be looking to bounce back in the second test match but Pakistan appears to be a stronger side between the two.
Sri Lanka fought really hard in the first test and scored 337 in the second innings thanks to brilliant batting once again from Dinesh Chadimal. Prabath Jayasuriya took 9 wickets in the test match and he was probably only one bowler caused difficulties for Pakistani batters. Sri Lanka will need to bowl better in the second test match. Angelo Mathews is the most experience batter from Sri Lanka side and he needs to fire only a couple of batters cannot take them to a great score. Dimuth Karunaratne also will like to lead from the front; he could not contribute with the bat in the 1st
Galle pitch played beautifully for all five days in the first test. In the second innings batting conditions gets relatively better. Spinners are expected to dominate in the test match. Pacers will get swing in the first hour or so.
SL vs PAK, 2nd TEST
- Date: July 24 – 28, 2022
- Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
- Time: 10.00 AM (IST)
- Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network
Probable Playing XIs
CRICOPIA Predicted Playing XI PAKISTAN:
Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Aahraf, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah
CRICOPIA Predicted Playing XI SRI LANKA:
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Ramesh Mendis, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Prabhat Jayasuriya
TOP FANTASY PICKS:
Babar Azam scored 119 runs in the first innings and a very important 55 in the second innings. He is in form of his life at the moment and looks like he is batting on a different planet all together these days. He is a must pick in the fantasy 11.
Captain – Babar Azam
Vice-captain – Dinesh Chandimal
Wicketkeeper – Mohammad Rizwan