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Sri lanka vs Pakistan: 2nd Test preview

Sri Lanka will be playing Pakistan in the second and decisive Test match at P Sara Oval, Colombo tomorrow. Pakistan will have the upper hand as they lead the series 1-0 as they won the rain stricken match in Galle by 10 wickets.

The Test match in Galle was hardly played for three and a half days as rain interrupted much of the play but Pakistan managed to eke out an unimaginable win mainly thanks to the leg-spinner Yasir Shah who claimed a 7 wicket haul in Sri Lanka’s 2nd innings.

Yasir Shah bowled a tremendous spell and was able to break the entire batting order of the home team. So he will the player to watch out for in this match. Pakistan’s batting too contributed largely, especially Asad Shafiq, who scored a century and wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed who missed out on his century by 4 runs. Pakistan were struggling initially but these two players came to the rescue which helped the visitors to take a important lead in the 1st innings. Left arm spinner Zulfiqur Babbar played an impotant role in the match both with the ball and with the bat. Pacers Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan too performed well. They too will be bank on their batting with experienced Younis Khan and skipper Misbah ul Haq in their batting line up.

Speaking of the home team, they will look to bounce back in this Test and level the series. Sri Lanka will be banking upon their batting consisting of legend Kumar Sangakkara who will be ably supported by Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal and Kaushal Silva, who scored a century in the last match. Talking of their bowlers, pacers Damika Prasad managed to get early breakthroughs but spinner Rangana Hertah looked out of form. Spinner Dilruwan Perrera was highly successful in the last match, as he picked up 4 wickets and will be keen to keep up the performance.

In short, we can expect a closely fought Test match provided rain does not play spoilsport again.

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