Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka managed to secure opening wins last time out, although it was Pakistan with their 14-run win over England that captured the attention. As for Sri Lanka they may have scraped home against Afghanistan, however they were far from impressive. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we bring you plenty of value with our selection of enhanced odds which can be found in our FanBoosts section.
Sri Lanka Well Below Par
Sri Lanka’s tournament seemed to be going form bad to worse after they followed up their 10-wicket defeat to New Zealand by collapsing against Afghanistan to a measly 201 total.
Fortunately for them though, the minnows batted even worse than they did, and they were able to put in an impressive bowling and fielding performance themselves.
However, the Lions still look well short against top-class opponents as they’ve won just three of their last 15 matches, and two of those came against Afghanistan and Scotland.
Pakistan are doing their best to maintain their reputation of not knowing which side will turn up. They were woeful in their opener versus the West Indies but responded by outplaying England in every department to stun the hosts.
That result was a warning sign to the rest of the teams, as they started the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in a similar fashion before going on to lift the trophy. However, given how erratic they can be, we’d avoid them at 1.33.
Pakistan v Sri Lanka Betting Tips
Bowlers are having a much greater influence than many predicted at the World Cup. The Pakistan attack that were previously thumped 4-0 by England were a world away from the one that defended their 348-total on Monday.
None of Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir or Wahab Riaz appeared in that series and they took eight wickets between them at Trent Bridge.
Previously castaway, 38-year-old Riaz is an out-and-out strike bowler and after seeing the Sri Lankan line-up get blown away by some aggressive Kiwi bowling, he should be taken as Pakistan top bowler.
Interestingly, Kusal Perera was promoted from three to open against Afghanistan for Sri Lanka. He duly obliged by top scoring with 78 and looks a little over-priced given his new position.
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