Pakistan and Sri Lanka lock horns in the second of five One-Day Internationals, and the visitors will be hoping to bounce back from the demoralizing defeat in game one. Sri Lanka have been short of form in recent ODI’s and that form continued in the first match as Pakistan dominated throughout. They are without talismanic captain Angelo Mathews and will need to significantly improve their performance if they are to avoid yet another series win for the hosts. Pakistan have enjoyed a year where they won the Champion’s Trophy, but will be keen on improving their ranking ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
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As we look at the second match of the ODI series in more detail, our cricket betting tips suggest that Pakistan will continue their dominance and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Pakistan have the upper hand in both form and ability and will be confident of doubling their lead in the series. Pakistan have enjoyed plenty of success over their opponents in recent times, and have made their adopted home of the UAE somewhat of a fortress. Sri Lanka have never won a series against Pakistan in the UAE and on current form, don’t look like changing that this time round.
Pakistan were utterly dominant in the first match of the ODI series and will be full of confidence heading into the second match of the series. Having not lost a five-match one-day series to Sri Lanka in almost a decade, as well as having never lost a series in the UAE to their current opponents, Pakistan will be optimistic of getting a second win and edging them closer to a series win. Everything went right for the hosts in game with the batsmen setting a solid platform to post a commanding total before the bowlers took over and finished the job off well, putting the squeeze on at key times and stopping the Sri Lankan batsman from scoring. Pakistan are 4/7 to win the match with William Hill which is a great price given their form and dominance over Sri Lanka in recent times.
Despite setting a formidable total in game, Pakistan started slowly, and lost Ahmed Shehzed early which checked their progress in the opening exchanges. The hosts kept wickets in hand for the latter stages of the innings, before propelling themselves up to a good total. Sri Lanka by contrast, knew they had to start fast in order to get ahead of the rate and chase the runs down. They lost wickets at regular intervals and never got close to the eventual total. Looking ahead to the second game, if Sri Lanka bat first they will be keen for a positive start so they don’t get bogged down in the middle overs, with Upul Tharanga key to their chances. If they are to chase as they did in the first game, expect them to start positively as well. With that in mind Sri Lanka to have the best 15 overs of the two sides at 21/20 is great value.