Match: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test (SL vs PAK)
Date: July 24, Sunday, 10 AM IST
Venue: Galle International Stadium, Galle
Pakistan are in Sri Lanka to play two Test matches, the first of which was won by the visitors by four wickets. After taking a lead of four runs in the first innings, Sri Lanka set Pakistan a target of 342, which the visitors chased down successfully. This is Pakistan’s second biggest chase and their biggest successful chase of 377 also came against Sri Lanka in 2015.
Opener Abdullah Shafique starred with the bat in the chase, scoring an unbeaten 160 off 408 balls. Skipper Babar also contributed significantly, scoring 119 in the first innings and 55 in the second.
Sri Lanka recently drew a Test series 1-1 against Australia, and will be eyeing another draw in this series. In the current ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, Sri Lanka are at the third spot with four wins and three losses in eight games, while Pakistan are fourth with three wins and two losses in seven games. A 2-0 win for Pakistan will increase their chance of making the WTC final. They will miss the services of Shaheen Afridi in the second Test due to a knee injury, and he is likely to be replaced by Haris Rauf.
Ahead of the second game in Galle, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.
Weather update and pitch report for SL vs PAK, 2nd Test
The pitch at the Galle Stadium is spin friendly and the batsmen are likely to have difficult time negotiating spin. Sri Lanka have played their last three matches in Galle and spinners dominated in all three games. A total of 40 Test matches have been played at this venue, of which 21 were won batting first. The average first innings score is 361, while the highest and lowest total recorded is 638 for 10 and 73 for 10.
The weather in Galle will be mostly sunny and the skies clear. The temperature will fluctuate between 25 to 32 degrees.
Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI
Team news: All-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva, fast bowler Asitha Fernando and spinner Jeffrey Vandersay are back in the squad after missing the second Test against Australia due to Covid19. Meanwhile, Pathum Nissanka, who missed the first Test due to Covid-19, is available for the second Test. But Oshada Fernando, who replaced Nissanka in the first Test, could retain his position in the playing XI after putting up an impressive performance.
Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamindu Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay
Predicted XI: 1 Oshada Fernando, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Dhananjaya de Silva, 6 Dinesh Chandimal, 7 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 8 Ramesh Mendis, 9 Dunith Wellalage, 10 Prabath Jayasuriya, 11 Asitha Fernando
Pakistan team news and predicted XI
Team news: Yasir Shah is back with the Test team for the first time this year. He was sidelined after sustaining a thumb injury in the National T20 Cup last year. Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi is out with a knee injury, and he is likely to be replaced by Haris Rauf or Nauman Ali.
Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah.
Predicted XI: 1 Abdullah Shafique, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Babar Azam (capt), 5 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6 Agha Salman, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Nauman Ali, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Yasir Shah, 11 Naseem Shah
Head to head record
The two teams have played 56 Test matches, of which Pakistan have won 21 while Sri Lanka have 16 wins. Remaining 19 matches were drawn.
Total games – 56
Pakistan – 21
Sri Lanka – 16
Draw – 19
Five players to watch out for
Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI SL vs PAK 2nd Test
Yasir Shah – bowler, Pakistan
Veteran spin bowler Yasir Shah, who made his comeback to the Test team after nearly a year, picked up five wickets on his return. He was also Pakistan’s best bowler against Sri Lanka in the 2015 Test series, picking up 24 wickets at an average of 19.33. In all, Shah has played 47 matches from which he has 240 wickets and is a good pick for your fantasy cricket team.
Prabath Jayasuriya – bowler, Sri Lanka
After a record-breaking debut against Australia, in which he claimed 12 wickets – the best haul for a Sri Lankan on Test debut and overall the fourth-best for a debutant – Jayasuriya continued with his fine form against Sri Lanka, picking up nine wickets in the first Test. This has made him one of the most sought after players across fantasy platforms.
Babar Azam – batsman, Pakistan
Captain of the Pakistan team, Babar Azam is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy. Babar Azam scored a century and half century in the first Test against Sri Lanka, before which he scored a century and two half centuries against Australia.
Dinesh Chandimal – wicketkeeper batsman, Sri Lanka
Dinesh Chandimal scored a knock of 76 in the first innings and an unbeaten 94 in the second innings. Prior to this, he scored a double century against Australia a few weeks ago. In all, he averages more than 43 in 69 Tests.
Abdullah Shafique – batsman, Pakistan
Abdullah Shafique scored an unbeaten innings of 160 in the first Test and will be looking to deliver a similar performance in the second game.
MPL fantasy XI – SL vs PAK, 2nd Test
SL vs PAK – where and what time to watch the match live in India
The Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Test series will be televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 10 AM IST on July 24.
Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.