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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, SL vs PAK, Today Match Prediction 16 July 2022

Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka

337/10 in 100.0


342/6 in 127.2

2.69 Star

Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets

Sri Lanka, Pakistan faceoff with eyes on WTC table

  • Earlier this year, Pakistan lost the three-match Test series against Australia played in Pakistan
  • Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi have been standout performers for Pakistan in the Test format this season.
  • Recently, Sri Lanka managed to level the two-match Test series against Australia.

Expect Pakistan to register a comfortable win over Sri lanka in the 1st Test at Galle.

Tournament: Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 | Format: TEST | Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka | Toss: To Bowl

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Sri Lanka will face Pakistan in the two-match Test series, starting on June 16 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

Sri Lanka will be entering the contest as slight underdogs after the performance against Australia, despite playing in conditions which were rather suited to the home team.

Regardless of the result against the Baggy Greens, the Islanders remain in the hunt for a spot in the top two in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship and the coaching staff will be hoping that the players will produce a much better display in the upcoming series

Pakistan will be coming into the series as slight favourites that too despite suffering a 1-0 defeat while playing at home against Australia in their previous five-day cricket assignment.

Both teams have competed in 55 matches in the five-day format where the Green Caps have a slightly better record with 20 wins compared to the Islanders’ 16 victories whereas 19 matches ended in a stalemate.

Sri Lanka Preview

However, the management will be slightly concerned with the overall performance of the spinners in particular in Galle against the Kangaroos where the conditions were extremely favourable for the slow bowlers.

Therefore, they will be hoping that the home team’s spin department will produce a much better display against the Green Caps.

The batting department looks extremely solid on paper in the presence of captain Dimuth Karunaratne, exciting top-order batter Pathum Nissanka, veteran all-rounder Angelo Mathews, veteran Dinesh Chandimal, wicketkeeper-batter Niroshan Dickwella and experienced Dhananjaya de Silva.

In terms of the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha and Jeffrey Vandersay to claim timely breakthroughs.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis/Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Prabath Jayasuriya, Kasun Rajitha.

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Angelo Mathews, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Ramesh Mendis, Oshada Fernando, Prabath Jayasuriya

Pakistan Preview

The series is extremely important for the Green Caps as well as a 1-0 or 2-0 win would take them to third spot in the ICC WTC rankings. Therefore, the management will be hoping that the players will produce better performance than they did in their previous outing.

In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on the likes of captain Babar Azam, in-form opening duo of Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, veterans Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam and star wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan to score the bulk of the runs and give the bowlers something to bowl with.

In terms of the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah along with the spin trio of Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali and Mohammad Nawaz to dismantle the home team’s batting lineup.

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI:

Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Afridi

Pakistan Actual Playing XI:

Yasir Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Abdullah Shafique, Salman Ali Agha, Imam-ul-Haq, Shaheen Afridi, Azhar Ali

W. speed
W. direction
1.18 mm.
4.48 k/h
From: W
2.60 mm.
4.08 k/h
From: W
1.38 mm.
5.38 k/h
From: W
1.19 mm.
5.87 k/h
From: W
0.49 mm.
5.1 k/h
From: WNW
0.17 mm.
4.32 k/h
From: WNW
0.78 mm.
3.78 k/h
From: WNW
0.58 mm.
4.51 k/h
From: WNW

Weather Conditions

The wicket prepared for the opening Test at Galle will be good for batting with some assistance for the bowlers. The weather forecast for the Test match is far from being ideal as rains are predicted for all five days.

Venue Details

Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle is going to host the opening Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Pakistan have won two Test matches out of five played at Galle International Cricket Stadium.

Toss: To Bowl

Both the teams will be keen to win the toss, bowl first given that overcast conditons predicted for the Test match. The average first innings score at Galle International Cricket Stadium is around 360 runs.

The fixture is going to be a historic one as it will be the first time when both teams will face off in a Test match in Sri Lanka after more than seven years.

On paper, both teams look very competitive as Sri Lanka have a more experienced batting lineup whereas Pakistan have a slightly better bowling attack with more wicket-taking options available.

In terms of the overall balance of the squad, the visitors seem to be slightly ahead of the home team and therefore, the prediction is for a Pakistan to win the first Test at Galle.

Expect Pakistan to register a comfortable win over Sri lanka in the 1st Test at Galle.

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Author: Shoaib Z.