Sri Lanka’s next red-ball assignment will be against Pakistan at the Galle International Stadium from Saturday, July 16, in what will be the first match of a two-match home Test series.
The match will start at 10:00 AM IST (Indian Standard Time).
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan odds for 1st Test
Sri Lanka: 2.96
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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan recent form
Sri Lanka produced a performance for the ages as a victory by an innings and 39 runs against Australia saw the hosts share the spoils in the two-match Test series. The result meant the Lankan Lions earned their first Test win over Aussies since 2016 and put to rest a three-match losing streak against them.
Pakistan, on the flip side, are winless in three of their last five Test matches. After playing out two successive draws against Australia, Babar Azam’s men fell short while chasing 351 runs in the third Test at Lahore.
Sri Lanka: W, L, W, D, L
Pakistan: L, D, D, W, W
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan head-to-head
Pakistan lead the head-to-head against Sri Lanka in Test cricket, winning 20 of the 55 previous meetings between the teams. Lanka, meanwhile, have 16 victories while 19 games have ended in draws.
The last five Tests between Sri Lanka and Pakistan have seen both sides pick up two wins each and play out a draw.
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the last Test match between the teams in 2019, with a 174-run knock from Abid Ali laying the foundation for a 263-run victory.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan prediction and cricket betting tips for 1st Test
Pakistan are fancied by the odds to beat Sri Lanka and take a 1-0 lead in the two-game Test series. Hosts Lanka, despite not being favourites, will hope to carry forward their momentum from the recent Test series against Australia and register a possible odds-defying victory at the Galle.
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