Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Preview – 1st Test 16-20 July, 2022

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Preview

Despite all the crisis and uncertainties stage is all set for Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st test match at Galle for Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2022. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Preview, Team News, Record and other interesting info for our readers in below post.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lankan team is in the high spirits after series levelling win against Australia where their spinners and batters both shined. On the other hand Pakistan is short practice at highest level but have more experience in the side when comparing with Sri Lanka.

Cricket fans from both the nations can expect a tough contest between two equally balances teams.

Team News – Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 1st Test

Sri Lanka has announced their squad and retained young spinner Prababth Jayasuria who took 12 wickets against Australia on debut and uncapped spinner Wellalage. Sri Lanka might pick spin trio of Jayasuria, Wellalage and Ramesh Mendis as they took 18 out of the 20 wickets in last test against Australia.

Sri Lanka Expected Playing 11: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dunith Wellalage,

Pakistan on the other hand announced their playing 11 for 1st test match. Veteran leg spinner Yasir Shah is all set to make his comeback where as young all-rounder Salman Ali Agha will get his first cap for Pakistan.

Fawad Alam has been dropped from the playing 11 that last played for Pakistan. Nauman Ali has been replaced by all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz. So Pakistan opting for long batting down the order with induction of spin bowling all-rounders.

Pakistan Playing 11: Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Babar Azam (capt), 5 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6 Agha Salman 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 11 Naseem Shah

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka head to Head in Test Matches

Both teams faced each other 55 times in test matches. Pakistan winning 20 of those with Sri Lanka managed 16 wins. Whereas 19 matches ended as drawn.

Players to Look out For

Yasir Shah has an impressive record against Sri Lanka with 42 wickets in 6 matches at an average of 23.64. Making a comeback Yasir has a point to prove both with his form and fitness.

Angelow Matthews is currently the highest scorer with 1372 runs within both the squads and with rich form with the bat he will be a great threat for Pakistan.

Impact on ICC Test Championship

As Sri Lanka and Pakistan teams placed at 3rd and 4th spot in ICC Test Championship respectively this series is very important for both teams to improve their credentials for ICC test championship Finals.

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2AUSTRALIA10610308470
3SRI LANKA8430105254.17
4PAKISTAN7320204452.38
5INDIA12640207552.08
6WEST INDIES9430205450
7ENGLAND16570406433.33
8NEW ZEALAND9260102825.93
9BANGLADESH10180101613.33

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