SL vs PAK Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Jul 16, 2023

Pakistan will kick off its fresh World Test Championship campaign as it plays a two-match series against Sri Lanka. The first match will begin on Sunday and will be played at the Galle International Stadium.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan head-to-head record

Both teams have played 57 Test matches till now. Sri Lanka has won 17 of them while Pakistan has won 21. 19 matches have ended in a draw.

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SL vs PAK Team Previews

Sri Lanka

Fresh off its successful campaign in the ODI World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe, the Sri Lankan team will be hoping to put up yet another good performance. However, Test cricket is a different ball game altogether and the home team will have to play out of its skin as it faces a quality opposition.

Sri Lanka is expected to go with an almost similar squad that whitewashed Ireland in the 2-match series earlier this year, barring a couple of changes. Leggie Lasith Embuldeniya is likely to miss out and will be replaced by Praveen Jayawickrama, who will be joined by Ramesh Mendis and Prabth Jayasuriya in the spin attack, while Asitha Fernando, who is recovering from a fever, might be unavailable for the series opener and will be replaced by Dilshan Madushanka.

The other bowlers in the pace attack include Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando. The batting will be one of the biggest strengths for Sri Lanka. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was in excellent form during the ODIs and will be joined by Nishan Madushka as the opening partner.

The middle order will consist of Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya De Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Matthews, and Dinesh Chandimal. Overall, Sri Lanka has a well-balanced squad at its disposal. 


Sri Lanka Playing 11

Dimuth Karunaratne, Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha.


The Pakistan team showed good form in the warm-up game where they scored 342 runs against the Sri Lanka President’s Eleven. They will now hope that they can manage to continue with the same momentum in the upcoming match.

Babar Azam will lead the team here and will be banking on the support of fellow senior players including Sarfaraz Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Imam ul-Haq, and Abdullah Shafique. The latter two opened the batting in the practice match and got a decent start, but failed to convert it into a big inning.

Aamer Jamal and Muhammad Huraira, who have shown good form in the domestic circuit off late have earned their maiden Test call-ups and might find a place here. The visitors will have a potent pace attack at their disposal as Shaheen Shah Afridi makes a comeback in the red-ball squad after a gap of almost a year.

He will be joined by Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah, both of whom are excellent seamers. The spin attack will be led by Abrar Ahmed, who is the only specialist spinner on the squad. However, Pakistan has plenty of all-rounders who can chip in, including Mohammad Nawaz and Nauman Ali. 


Pakistan Playing 11

Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Agha Salman, Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmad, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah.

SL vs PAK Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss will likely opt to bat first here. 


Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at Galle is considered to be good to bat on. The surface is flat and offers a good amount of bounce. However, the quicker bowlers will need to be disciplined with their line and length or they will be taken for runs.

The average first-inning score on this ground is 366. The spinners will find some turn as the match progresses. Anything over 200 will be difficult to chase here in the 4th inning.

The skies are expected to remain overcast and there is a forecast for rain throughout the next week. 


SL vs PAK Betting Tips

Both, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have a strong squad at their disposal and there is little separating the two teams at this stage. However, we feel that the visitors have a slight edge in this game. While both teams have a strong batting line-up, it is the bowling that will be the differentiator and Pakistan has a slight edge.

Bet on Pakistan to win. 


Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Babar Azam 1st innings Total Runs

    Over 37.5 (1.83)


Babar Azam averages 48.63 in the Test format and his performance against Sri Lanka is even better, as he has scored 572 against them at an average of 63.55. We are therefore backing him to play a good inning in this match as well.

  1. 10CRIC


    Pakistan Fall of 1st wicket 1st inning

    Over 29.5 (1.83)


Iman ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique have done well as an opening pair for Pakistan. They have put up an average of 59.94 runs in their 17 matches together and we expect them to play well here.

  1. 1xBet


    Nishan Madushka 1st innings Total Runs

    Over 27.5 (1.83)


Nishan Madushka has just made his international debut earlier this year and appears to be quite promising. He is averaging 73.00 in his 4 innings and seems to be available for a reasonable price right now.

Today Match Prediction

Pakistan To Win the Match, 2.70

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Who will win SL vs PAK

Sri Lanka 64.29% (27)
Pakistan 35.71% (15)
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