Who will win SL vs Pak Champions Trophy 2017, 12th Match?
Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan in what will be a virtual quarter-final at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. This 12th and the final group-stage fixture is scheduled to be played on the 12th of June. The winner will get a ticket to the semis while the loser will have to go home. Live telecast of the game will be begin at 10:30 AM local time.
SL vs Pak CT 2017: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports 1, Fox Sports, SkySports, Channel 9
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Bet365, Foxtel
Sophia Gardens has hosted 17 completed one-day internationals till date of which 11 have been won by the side batting second. So toss is going to be crucial here and whichever team wins it will probably look to go for a chase. We predict Pakistan to win the toss in this match.
Read on for team previews, latest betting odds, betting tips and match prediction for SL vs Pak, Champions Trophy 2017....
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
Top-order batsman Kusal Perera was forced to retire hurt while batting in the last game against India after he started to have troubles running between the wickets. There has been no official word on the status of his injury but he is expected to recover in time for this game.
Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews all scored fifties against India in the last game and Sri Lanka will want them to make good contributions against Pakistan as well. Skipper Mathews is the team's most experienced and reliable batsmen and he will hold the key to Sri Lanka's batting. Thisara Perera was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with reasonably good figures. The pacer bowled particularly well at the death and he could cause a few problems for the Pakistani batsmen.
Sri Lanka will be delighted after putting up a strong batting display against India in the last match. It was a good batting surface and their batsmen made the chase look pretty easy in the end. Sri Lanka will now be coming after winning two of their last three ODIs.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
AD Mathews (c), N Dickwella (wk), MD Gunathilaka, BKG Mendis, MDKJ Perera, DAS Gunaratne, LD Chandimal, NLTC Perera, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga, N Pradeep
Pakistan Team News & Playing 11
Pakistan are likely to field the same eleven against Sri Lanka that were part of the team's 19-run victory over South Africa in the last match. None of their players were reported to be injured at the time of writing.
Fakhar Zaman showed grit and determination in his very first game of the Champions Trophy against a fiery South African attack and so there will be plenty of expectations from the young man going into this game. Azhar Ali hit a fifty against India and he too will be backed by his team for a good score here. Hasan Ali was brilliant with the ball against South Africa with three wickets to his name and he will be the biggest threat for the Sri Lankan batsmen.
Pakistan's bowling regained its sharpness as they deflated an intimidating South African batting lineup in their previous match. It has been a very impressive comeback from the team after being hammered by India in their first game.
Pakistan Predicted Playing 11
Sarfraz Ahmed (c/wk), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Sri Lanka: W L W L L
Pakistan: W L W W L
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Head to Head in ODIs
Pakistan have an upper hand in terms of head-to-head count with 84 wins and 1 tie in the 143 one-day internationals against Sri Lanka. The two teams last faced each other in 2015 in a five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka which Pakistan ended up winning 3-2. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have never met in an ODI at the Sophia Gardens.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Betting Odds
Sri Lanka have played three 50-over matches at this ground and have faced defeats in all three of them. Plus, there are some question marks on Kusal Perera's availability and it will be a big blow to the team if he doesn't play. Sri Lanka thus start as outsiders for this game at 2.16 with Betfair and 2.10 with Bet365. Pakistan are evenly matched in terms of batting firepower but takes the edge when it comes to bowling. They are favorites to win at 1.8 with betfair and 1.72 with bet365.
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Prediction
Pakistan have one win and one defeat in the two completed ODIs they have played at the Sophia Gardens. They played their last game here against England and chased down the target of 302 set up by the hosts quite comfortably. Though Sri Lanka will feel pretty confident after their victory over India, they will also be wary of the fact that they have never won an ODI at this ground - something that could play on the back of their mind and affect their performance. Pakistan have won two of their last three matches against Sri Lanka and we predict them to win this match and book a place in the semi-finals.
Final Verdict: Back Pakistan to beat Sri Lanka in the Group B match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at 1.8 with betfair and 1.72 with bet365.