Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Match Prediction 19 Dec 2019

Sri Lanka Tour of Pakistan, 2019

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Match Prediction

2019-12-20

National Stadium, Karachi

National Stadium, Karachi
National Stadium, Karachi

Pakistan

3.21 191/10 in 59.3
3.37 64/3 in 19.0

Sri Lanka

3.21 191/10 in 59.3
3.37 64/3 in 19.0
National Stadium, Karachi
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first

PAK vs SRL Prediction

S. Bhatarjee

The big battle between Pakistan and Sri Lanka to take the series!

  • Babar Azam is in the form of his life for Pakistan and is proving to be the difference between the two sides
  • Sri Lanka’s bowling attack looked toothless in the last game. Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara failed to trouble the Pakistani batting
  • Pakistan will have a noisy crowd supporting it at Karachi and this will be a huge advantage for the side

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Match Preview

It was a shame to see the first Test Match in Pakistani soil in close to 10 years being washed away by rain. A little over five sessions of play was possible in the last game. There wasn’t much of a moral victory for any of the sides but Sri Lankans would have felt good after putting a score of over 300 runs on a difficult surface.

Pakistani batsmen did well in the time they spent in the crease and would have been happy to have seen a good show from their main players in the game.

As the sides head into the next game they will hope to see full five days of cricket. It is a winner-takes-it-all scenario in the next game and we expect a good show from both the teams. Pakistan wouldn’t like to lose the first Test series at home in a decade while a victory for the Sri Lankans would do a world of good to their confidence given the poor run they have had over the last couple of years.

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Teams Preview

Pakistan

Azhar Ali would have been happy with the way his side batted in the last game. This would have provided some healing touch to the young skipper who was completely at sea during the recent tour of Australia. He would want his bowlers to come out with better effort in the next game after they failed to take advantage of a good pitch in the last game.

Shan Masood fell for naught in the last game and shall look to do well. His opening partner Abid Ali slammed a ton in the last game and looks in good form. Babar Azam is having a great time and scored yet another hundred in the last game. Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, and Mohammad Rizwan add depth to the batting and shall look to play well on a flat surface.

Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi bowled well in the last game and so did Naseem Shah. The trio will look to pick early wickets which they failed to do in the last game even though the pitch was offering assistance. The skipper would hope to see better efforts with the ball from Usman Shinwari in the next game.

Pakistan Actual Playing XI:

Yasir Shah, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Azhar Ali

Pakistan Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
A Ali 109 201 11 0 54.23
B Azam 102 128 14 0 79.69
A Ali 36 81 4 0 44.44
Bowlers O M R W Econ
N Shah 27.0 5 92 2 3.41
S Afridi 22.0 7 58 2 2.64
M Abbas 27.0 9 72 1 2.67
Bowlers O M R W Econ
N Shah 27.0 5 92 2 3.41
S Afridi 22.0 7 58 2 2.64
M Abbas 27.0 9 72 1 2.67
Of Sri Lanka Tour of Pakistan, 2019

Pakistan Predicted Playing XI

Azhar Ali (c), Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne would have been relatively happy with the way his side played in the last game. His batsmen did well and stitched important partnerships in the game. He would be hoping for better efforts with the ball form his side after they managed to pick only 2 wickets in 70 overs. At the top Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando looked in good touch.

In the middle order the Sri Lankan side had few sit backs in the last game and the likes of Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, and Dinesh Chandimal will have to bat well. Dhananjaya de Silva looks good down the order after his hundred in the last game.

It is the bowling attack where the side seems to be struggling at the moment and injury to Kasun Rajitha has added to their problems. The skipper would rely on Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara to bowl well with the new ball. Dilruwan Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva will enjoy bowling on this surface where the ball is expected to turn sharply.

Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:

Niroshan Dickwella, Lasith Embuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Vishwa Fernando, Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
D de Silva 102 166 15 0 61.45
D Karunaratne 59 110 9 0 53.64
O Fernando 40 81 6 1 49.38
Bowlers O M R W Econ
K Rajitha 6.0 2 5 1 0.83
L Kumara 14.0 4 46 1 3.29
V Fernando 13.0 1 49 0 3.77
Bowlers O M R W Econ
K Rajitha 6.0 2 5 1 0.83
L Kumara 14.0 4 46 1 3.29
V Fernando 13.0 1 49 0 3.77
Of Sri Lanka Tour of Pakistan, 2019

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Embuldeniya

Pitch And Weather Conditions

After the rain-marred 1st Test Match the weather predictions between December 19 and 23 look good. While there will be odd clouds over Karachi on the first two days of the game, the weather would be clear on the remaining days. The pitch is expected to be a typical Karachi track where batting would be good on the first two days and the spinners will dominate from Day 3 onward. Fast bowlers would enjoy bowling on the surface on the first two days with the cloud cover.

Venue Details

National Stadium, Karachi has always been a good batting surface where the ball comes on to the bat nicely. The flat track makes it easy for the batsmen. Spinners also get a good turn and bounce on this surface as the pitch starts wearing down. This venue has witnessed several high scoring Test Matches in the past.

Toss Prediction

It’s been more than a decade since the last Test Match was played at this venue. But in the last five games that have seen results here the side batting first has won all of them. Batting here in the 4th innings is a challenge and hence we expect the side winning the toss to bat first on this wicket.

Winning Prediction

The second Test match becomes a series decider after the first game was washed away due to rain. Both sides had their positives from the previous games and batted well.

Going into this game the hosts would be relatively confident given the kind of strength they have in their batting. Sri Lankan batting still doesn’t look settled and their bowling attack looks weak in the absence of injured Kasun Rajitha. It is a close call but Pakistan with home advantage and a better bowling attack shall start as favorites in the game.

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