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23 Jul 2023
Sridhar Bhamidi 23 Jul 2023
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  • Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Second Test predictions to be played at the SSC in Colombo starting from Monday morning, IST
  • The last 8 Tests between these sides have seen a winner
  • Pakistan have won 5 of their last 6 Tests played away from home
  • Sri Lanka and Pakistan have played out 4 draws in the 6 Tests played at this venue
  • Can Pakistan put Sri Lanka at bay and return with the Test series honours?
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Second Test
Can Pakistan close out the series and win 2-0? (Getty Images)

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Second Test

Pakistan held forte and won the first Test at Galle on the back of an impressive first-innings performance against Sri Lanka. They now have a chance to close out the series in the second match starting at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from Monday.

  • Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Second Test
  • Head to Head
  • Sri Lanka Form
  • Sri Lanka Team News
  • Pakistan Form
  • Pakistan Team News

A close first Test saw both teams have their chances but it was Pakistan who came out deserved winners. Sri Lanka’s poor fielding cost them the game although they weren’t far behind the visitors. It is Pakistan who look dominant enough to take the honours. SSC is notorious for dishing out draws and the visitors won’t mind one here. I am backing Pakistan on the draw no bet market.

  • The last 8 matches between these side has seen a winner (Tests)
  • Sri Lanka have failed to win 5 of the 6 matches played at this venue against Pakistan (Tests)
  • Pakistan have won 5 of their last 6 matches played away from home (Tests)
  • Saud Shakeel has top-scored for Pakistan in the first innings of their last 2 matches (Tests)

Head to Head

There have been 58 Tests between Sri Lanka and Pakistan so far, with 17 wins for Sri Lanka and 22 wins for Pakistan with the remaining 19 ending as draws.  Four of the six Tests played here between these teams have ended as draws with both teams winning one each.

Sri Lanka Form

It was a case of missed opportunity for Sri Lanka as their top-order failed to deliver in both innings of the first Test. Scores of 54 for 4 and 99 for 4 in the two innings suggests as much.

The hosts had to rely on Dhananjaya de Silva (122 and 82) to give them some respectability in the match. Having three ‘keepers in Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal and Sadeera Samarawickrama didn’t quite help them.

Bowling has been largely about the spin duo of Ramesh Mendis and Prabath Jayasuriya who shared 12 of the 16 wickets to fall in the match.

Sri Lanka Team News

Sri Lanka may look at adding Pathum Nissanka to the side to beef up their batting strength.

Pakistan Form

Pakistan didn’t quite boss the first match but did enough to master different situations and come out on top. The visitors heavily relied on the 177-run partnership between Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman in the first innings which proved to be the difference.

The visitors will hope that captain Babar Azam recovers his form, as he endured a rare poor Test. The left-handed Shakeel has been a revelation though, with his first innings score of 208* winning them the match.

The bowling duties have been equally shared, which is a positive sign coming to Colombo for the second Test.

Pakistan Team News

Pakistan didn’t have any hiccups in the first match and could continue with the same team.

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What time does Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Second Test start?

This Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Second Test will be played at the SSC Stadium in Colombo, starting on Monday from 10:00 am IST.


Pakistan have been impressive in all departments in the first Test and that makes them favourites to continue on the result front here. I am putting my money on a draw no bet for the visitors. There’s enough evidence to suggest that Saud Shakeel could be the man for Pakistan and he is my outside pick to be their best batter in the first innings.

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