Beginning on July 16 (Saturday), Pakistan and Sri Lanka will face off in the opening of a two-match Test series at the Galle International Stadium. Check Galle international stadium pitch report 1st Test
After taking a 10-wicket beating at this identical location during the first Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka, captained by Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka rallied admirably with an inexperienced team during the second Test to tie the series at one.
They would undoubtedly start as favourites since they had confidence on their side and a far better awareness of the field and the opportunities available.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would play the longest format after more than three months since their last encounter, which was a three-match series at home against Australia that they lost 0-1.
Pakistan won the series 1-0 at home in December 2019 when Sri Lanka and Pakistan last faced off in a Test match series.
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— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) July 15, 2022
Galle international stadium pitch report 1st Test
Tomorrow’s game at the international stadium in Galle will again feature a dry field. The spinners are extremely likely to dominate the action and may even be the determining factor in the outcome of the first Test match between these two Asian rivals, as has been the case in quite a few Tests at this location in the past.
Prabath Jayasuriya, who picked up 12 wickets in his Test debut against Australia a few days ago, is very certainly going to play, and on this spin-heavy ground, the side is probably going to field a total of three spinners.
However, despite leaving Sajid Khan out of their 18-person team, Pakistan will be encouraged by the return of champion leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who is making a comeback after nearly a year.
From tomorrow on, spin is probably going to rule in Galle, although the first few days are probably going to be the easiest for batting. Expect the captain who wins the toss tomorrow to choose to bat first.
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