Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Complete Guide to the Third T20

Ed Hawkins

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:48 AM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 6:48 AM UTC

Surely Babar Azam won’t let us down again in Lahore

<div><h2>Pakistan vs Sri Lanka</h2><p><strong>9 October 2019 at Gaddafi Stadium</strong></p><p>If you weren’t warned off the first time, Pakistan made doubly sure the second time around. Hammered in game one by an experimental second-string Sri Lanka, for good measure Pakistan folded cheaply again in game two. We repeat: never back Pakistan at odds on.</p><p>The series, then, belongs to Sri Lanka. They have an unassailable 2-0 lead in what has been one of the most remarkable upsets of the year. Pakistan are the No 1 team in the world. Sri Lanka were ranked at No 8 and had left most of their best players at home. But they have barely broken a sweat.</p><p>Something has gone awry. Occasionally, things happen in cricket that defy all logic and the one common denominator is Pakistan. Even accounting for the unpredictable nature of T20, a 2-0 lead for the tourists makes no sense.</p><p>Not surprisingly, we will leave the match odds markets well alone. And we pray that normality is restored in the side markets. For the first two matches we have backed Babar Azam for top Pakistan runscorer. After a failure in the first match in the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore we doubled our stakes because he had a 55 per cent win rate in the market.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></p><p>It’s a test of our nerve, then. Do we go in again, wary that another double staker could result in an overall five-unit loss for the series? Or we do place out faith in his ability and the two-year form study that says, in fact, he should be odds on. The layers know it, too, as he has actually been cut for honours.</p><p>The value law says: hold your nerve. Grow a pair. Get your head down and get through it. Whatever mantra you like. Babar should be much shorter than the 3.2 (11/5) that Betfair offer. And really, that’s all we need to have a bet. The only other consideration is form. And although Babar has chalked up two poor scores, it was only four innings ago that he was taking a century of Sri Lanka in the ODI series.</p><p><strong>Best Bets</strong></p><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 3.2 Betfair</strong></em></a></p></div>
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