After beating Australia, the Sri Lanka cricket team will now host Pakistan for a two Test-match. The first Test starts on Saturday, July 16 while the second Test ends on Thursday, July 28.

The home team will be high on confidence after beating Australia by a massive margin of an innings and 39 runs in the second Test match that ended on July 12.

Incidentally, Pakistan’s last Test match was also against Australia, when they hosted the Aussies at home for the first time since 1998. While the first two matches resulted in draws, Australia won the third match by 115 runs.

Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka and Pakistan was also supposed to have an ODI series, but the limited-overs affair has been cancelled due to the ongoing turmoil in the island nation.

Prior to the two-match series, Pakistan played Sri Lanka Cricket XI in a three-day warm-up match at the Colts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo. While the match ended in a draw, here’s how it panned out. Pakistan were all out for 323 in their first innings and Sri Lanka Cricket XI scored 375/8 in response before declaring.

Pakistan scored 178/2 in their second innings before the designated three days came to an end.

Following their win over Australia in the last Test, Sri Lanka are now in the third position on the World Test Championship 2021-23 table with a win percentage of 54.17, behind second-placed Australia and leaders South Africa.

Pakistan are one spot below Sri Lanka at fourth with a win percentage of 52.38. Both teams are very much in contention for a World Test Championship Final spot in 2023.

Sri Lanka vs Australia Test head-to-head record

Pakistan and Sri Lanka have participated in 55 Test matches against each other. Pakistan has the upper hand with 20 wins as opposed to Sri Lanka’s 16 victories. All the other 14 Tests have resulted in draws. 

The last time Sri Lanka hosted Pakistan was in June/July 2015, where the latter won the three-match series 2-1. Pakistan registered a 10-wicket win and a seven-wicket win, while Sri Lanka registered a seven-wicket win. 

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Tests 2022 squads

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Pathum Nissanka, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kamidu Mendis, Ramesh Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Niroshan Dickwella (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Chandimal (wicket-keeper), Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Prabath Jayasuriya, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Tests 2022 schedule and live India match times

All times in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and date




Saturday, 16 July 2022

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st Test

Galle International Stadium, Galle

10.00 AM IST

Sunday, 24 July 2022

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test

R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo

10.00 AM IST

Where to watch Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Tests 2022 live in India?

The Sri Lanka vs Pakistan two-match Test series will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels in India.

Live streaming of the Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Tests will be available on the SonyLIV app and website.

Featured photo: AFP / ASIF HASSAN