Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Complete Guide to the Second T20

Ed Hawkins

Sunday, October 6, 2019 8:16 AM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 8:16 AM UTC

Keep faith with top-bat bet Babar Azam for home team in Lahore

<div><h2>Pakistan vs Sri Lanka</h2><p><strong>7 October 2019 at Gaddafi Stadium</strong></p><p>Just when we thought that Pakistan, the world No 1 T20 team, were reliable they went and produced a performance that only Pakistan can produce. Against Sri Lanka’s reserve team – and at odds as short as 1.33 – the hosts were smashed to pieces in game one at the Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.</p><p>Now, we are never dumb enough to bet such skinny odds in a format as chaotic and unpredictable as T20 – 1.60 is about our limit – but the 64-run beating did serve as a reminder that Pakistan are a team punters should never trust at odds-on.</p><p>After conceding 165, Pakistan would have expected to nail the chase. They have shown to be excellent at going after a total in their romp to No 1 in the world. But they fell apart, being bowled out for 101.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>What was almost surprising as Pakistan’s defeat was Babar Azam’s poor return. The opening batsman went into the game with a record of 11 wins in 19 on the top-bat market in the last two years. But he could manage only 13. It was a particularly galling loser because the top score was only 25.</p><p>For game two, we keep faith with Babar. In fact, we do more than keep faith. We bet him for double stakes because of that extraordinary hit rate. It’s ;dipped’ to a breathtaking 55 per cent. With Betfair going 3.3 (23/10) we still have a massive edge in our favour. No less than 24.7 points. We’d be mad not to get involved.</p><p>One man we won’t be returning for is fast man Mohammad Amir, although it’s not his fault. Amir had a good record for top bowler, but he likes to get first go with the new ball and he was down the pecking order at second change. That doesn’t suit us. Muhammad Hasnain, a real tyro, is a coming force in this field, too, and we want to see how he gets on after he nailed a hat-trick in the first match.</p><h2>Best Bets</h2><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Cricket Betting Odds"><em><strong>Back Babar Azam top Pakistan bat 3.3 Betfair</strong></em></a></p></div>
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