About the Match
Now that the glamorous T20 days are over with the Mumbai Indians lifting the IPL trophy, we move to England where eight teams would clash to take home the ICC Champions Trophy. Although the main event is going to start on 6th May, warm-up games will be fetching lots of interest and audience. Sri Lanka and Pakistan are about to start their campaign in England with their warm-up match to be played on 30th May at 12:00 GMT. This match might not be important from the points table’s perspective, but is really important to get used to the conditions and take mental advantage before heading into the games that matter.
Pakistan team has been in these conditions for quite some time now due to virtue of their tour to Scotland and Ireland. Their tour to Ireland wasn’t convincing enough as one game was tied and they won the second won just by a couple of wickets to take the series. Ireland gave tough competition to the side with Test Status. Pakistan is known to produce good quality quick bowlers and they really have a good pace battery to fire quick deliveries upfront. Their batting is the issue of concern as their openers failed against Ireland and rest of their batting isn’t experienced enough. All the players would be relatively fresh as no player took part in IPL. It would be interesting to see how the team fares up against a strong lineup after facing tough competition from spirited Ireland.
It has been a long time since Sri Lankan cricketers played a 50 over game. Now captained by Angelo Mathews, their side has a perfect combination of youth and experience. Although the IPL campaign wasn’t that good for some of the players in the Sri Lankan squad, they can really turn the heat on in the cool weather of England. The performance of experienced duo of Sangakkara and Jayawardene would be crucial along with the start by Tillakaratne Dilshan. Lasith Malinga came back to the form with his match winning spell against CSK in the IPL final. Their bowling attack is led by Malinga and Kulasekara well supported by Senanayake who troubled one and all with his variations in IPL. Sri Lanka looks to be a strong team on paper, but it must be matched with on-field performance if they have to challenge Pakistan.
Pakistan has already adjusted with the English conditions and would be fresher as compared to Sri Lankan players. Sri Lanka has the more experienced side with a reasonable balance between batting and bowling. With batting and experience going to be a key role, I think Sri Lanka might win this game due to their better batting ably supported by their bowling and poor batting form of Pakistan.
Sri Lanka, 1.90 @ Bet365
Pakistan’s opening pair hasn’t been this season evident from their poor show against Scotland and Ireland. They’ve been slow starters and losing wickets early. On the other hand, Sri Lanka would be relying upon Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is naturally aggressive player, to get them to good start. Due to above mentioned factors, following bet might prove to be profitable as well.
Team to Make Highest 1st 15 Overs Score:
Sri Lanka, 1.90 @ Bet365