Pakistan seem solid
Sri Lanka brainless v SA
Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Tuesday 10 October, 09:30
TV: Live on Sky Sports
Pakistan v Sri Lanka World Cup team news
Pakistan may have got the traidtional wobble out of their system. Collapsing to 38 for three against the Dutch didn't prove disastrous and they should feel more confident with a win under their belt. We're not sure Hasan Ali is the right call ahead of Mohammad Wasim but Saud Shakeel's player of the match award means that dropping Agha Salman can't be criticised.
Possible XI: Fakhar, Imam, Babar, Rizwan, Shakeel, Iftikhar, Nawaz, Shadab, Wasim/Hasan, Afridi, Rauf
Sri Lanka proved they've not been paying attention at the back. Putting South Africa in after winning the toss on what looked like a flat track in Delhi? Jeez. Smarts they don't appear to have packed. Not a great look when they are already without Wanindu Hasaranga.
In reply to SA's 428 they had a right go with Kusal Mendis in fine touch. That should be a lightbulb moment for their batting but don't count on it.
Probable XI: Nissanka, Perera, Mendis, Samarawickrama, Asalanka, Dhananjaya, Shanaka, Wellalage, Rajitha, Pathirana, Madushanka
Pakistan v Sri Lanka World Cup pitch report
The Hyderbad pitch can be tricky for batters to start on. Witness Pakistan's struggle against Netherlands and then New Zealand runless for the first three overs on Monday.
But it gets easier and more than 300 should very much be on the cards.
Pakistan v Sri Lanka World Cup match odds
Pakistan are 1.558/15 with Sri Lanka 2.8815/8. That's a whopping gulf between the two sides, particularly when you consider that Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in the Asia Cup last month.
On that ocassion Lanka got up to chase 252, surviving a late collapse. It is possible we see something similar in terms of flips and flops on the market.
Pakistan v Sri Lanka World Cup player bets
Babar Azam is on a five-game blank for top Pakistan bat but he still returns at 32% in the last two years on the market. Sportsbook have boosted him to 11/43.75 for the win.
He averages 58 against Sri Lanka with one ton and three half-centuries in 11 innings.
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