The Pakistan women’s cricket team takes on Sri Lanka in the first T20 International of the three-match T20I series at Southend Club Cricket Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday, May 24. The match starts at 2:30 PM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Pakistan Women vs Sri Lanka Women odds for 1st T20I
Pakistan Women: 1.55
Sri Lanka Women: 2.48
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Pakistan Women vs Sri Lanka Women recent form
Pakistan Women are coming off a 0-3 T20I series defeat to West Indies Women away from home. The results meant that the hosts are still searching for a win to end their ongoing slump - two victories since 2020.
In their last outing, Pakistan were bowled out for 102 after they won the toss and elected to bat first against the Windies. When it was their turn to bowl, the Javeria Khan-led Pakistan could only restrict the hosts to 106/4 in 19.1 overs with West Indies women skipper Stafanie Taylor hammering a 41-ball 43.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last five T20Is. Chamari Athapaththu and Co. were last seen in action in the 2022 Commonwealth Games Women's Cricket Competition Qualifiers. There, the Sri Lanka cricket team beat Bangladesh in the final by 22 runs to complete the eight-team lineup that will compete in Birmingham.
Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 136/6 in 20 overs. After dazzling with the bat - 48 runs off 28 balls, Athapaththu scalped three wickets for just 17 runs as her team reduced Bangladesh to 114/5.
Pakistan Women: L, L, L, N/R, N/R
Sri Lanka Women: W, W, W, W, W
Pakistan Women vs Sri Lanka Women cricket head-to-head in T20
The Pakistan Women vs Sri Lanka Women head-to-head record is evenly matched, as both teams have won six of the 13 previous meetings. One game, in 2013, ended without a result.
The last head-to-head game saw Pakistan register a 23-run win. Put to bat first, Pakistan Women recorded a score of 136/4 in 20 overs. Sri Lanka, in reply, were restricted to 113/9.
Pakistan Women vs Sri Lanka Women 1st T20I prediction
Pakistan Women will start as favourites on Tuesday given their overall ranking in the T20I team rankings (7).
A primary reason that aids the odds of victory for Javeria Khan’s team is the hosts’ record at the venue - three wins, one loss and one draw in five T20I outings at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium in Karachi.
However, based on form, Sri Lanka will look to extend their ongoing unbeaten run in the format to six games come Tuesday.
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