Pak vs SL: Sri Lanka search Galle turner to pay again Shaheen-less Pakistan

Pakistan’s Babar Azam (L) performs a shot as Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella (2R) watches throughout the fourth day of the primary cricket Check match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan on the Galle Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Galle on July 19, 2022. — AFP
  • Shaheen’s absence because of knee damage will damage Pakistan.
  • Thriller spinner Maheesh Theekshana dominated out because of finger damage.
  • Batter Pathum Nissanka returns to staff after he contracted COVID.

GALLE: Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka will look to bounce again within the second Check beginning Sunday towards an upbeat Pakistan staff that’s contemporary off a morale-boosting win.

However the vacationers have been hit by an damage to tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi, who performed a key half within the staff’s four-wicket victory on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka have witnessed contrasting outcomes on the Galle Worldwide Stadium prior to now three weeks and now head into their sixth straight Check on the venue since November.

Within the first of their two Checks towards Australia on the floor earlier this month, the hosts first misplaced inside three days on a vicious turner, then bounced again to beat the vacationers on a radically completely different wicket to finish the collection stage at 1-1.

For the primary Check towards Pakistan, the pitch was as soon as once more fully completely different, with little assist for the spinners, even on the ultimate two days, when Asian tracks normally flip.

“There was an enormous distinction within the wicket we performed towards Australia and right here,” Sri Lanka vice-captain Dhananjaya de Silva stated.

“Usually on a Galle pitch, the fourth and fifth days do not assist the batters.”

Left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya has stood out since his debut within the second Australia Check, the place he obtained a match haul of 12 wickets.

He then bamboozled Pakistan with a complete of 9 wickets within the opening Check of this collection.

However de Silva, an all-rounder who bowls off-spin, stated Jayasuriya obtained little assist from the opposite finish towards Pakistan.

“Solely Prabath bowled a constant line and size and we leaked runs from the opposite two spinners,” stated de Silva.

“It’s tough to maintain a good subject if you end up leaking runs from one facet.”

Thriller spinner Maheesh Theekshana has been dominated out because of a finger damage and de Silva could also be anticipated to play an even bigger position with the ball alongside Ramesh Mendis and Jayasuriya.

Batter Pathum Nissanka returns to the staff after he contracted COVID in the midst of the second Australia Check.

The venue was shifted from Colombo to Galle because of the political unrest in Sri Lanka, and it’s the hosts’ closing Check of the season, with their subsequent red-ball collection a tour to New Zealand in March.

‘Stay constructive’

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam believes Jayasuriya stays Sri Lanka’s “most important weapon” however was assured in his batters capacity.

“We are going to stick with our strengths and as batters stay constructive,” he stated.

The guests rode on opener Abdullah Shafique’s unbeaten 160 to chase down a report 342 on the venue on a tense fifth day. The win gave them a 1-Zero collection lead.

Shafique is in elite firm after the primary six matches of his Check profession, with 720 runs from 11 innings, behind solely India’s Sunil Gavaskar (912 runs from 12 innings), Australian nice Don Bradman (862 from 12), and West Indies’ George Headley (730 from 12).

Shaheen’s absence because of a knee damage will damage Pakistan, who depend on their quicks to get early wickets even on turning subcontinent pitches.

“Pakistan has at all times produced quick bowlers they usually have additionally gained matches on flat tracks,” stated Azam, who went with three quicks, together with Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah, within the first match.

“However let’s have a look at, we are going to sit and focus on earlier than the subsequent match what combos to play.”

Pakistan may make a number of adjustments to their staff, together with bringing in left-arm orthodox bowler Nauman Ali to bolster their spin assault.

Essential World Check Championship factors can be up for grabs for each groups, with Pakistan third and Sri Lanka sixth within the present standings.

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