Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012

Hosts pin hopes on batting stars

Low-key start to high-profile series with well-practiced Pakistan holding a slender advantage

Kanishkaa Balachandran in Colombo

May 31, 2012

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Tillakaratne Dilshan plays a shot during practise, Hambantota, May 31, 2012
The performance of Sri Lanka's experienced trio of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara will be key for the home team © AFP
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Till recently, Pakistan's full tour of Sri Lanka for a series of two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three Tests existed only in the ICC's Future Tours Programme. The schedule was formally approved by the PCB a month ago and whatever build-up that existed was lost in the frenzy of the IPL. Despite its perfect positioning - the IPL is over, those from the two sides in question are free of other commitments and Sri Lanka is the venue for the World Twenty20 - the pre-series hype that usually accompanies a contest between two high-profile teams as Sri Lanka and Pakistan is missing.

One reason could be the fact that the tour gets underway in far-flung Hambantota, the country's newest cricketing venue; at the cricket board office in Colombo, though, there is little or no activity at the ticket counter.

For Pakistan, international cricket's nomads, it's another series away from home. Deprived of IPL activity, the lead-up to this tour for them consisted of a two-week camp in Lahore under hot conditions sure to test them in Sri Lanka. Fans showed up in thousands to watch a series of practice games between the best limited-overs players in the country. Nothing can substitute international action at home, but this is the best their fans can get.

Only a select number of Sri Lankan players, on the other hand, have had the benefit of rigorous Twenty20 match practice. Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga have been particularly busy in the IPL, while the others have been keeping busy training at home. Dinesh Chandimal, who failed to get a game with Rajasthan Royals, was released midway to join a training camp at home. A few more weeks in the dugout could have been detrimental to the fledgling star's development. Fitness is paramount in June's punishing cricketing conditions and it's an area both teams will have to address.

The series begins with Twenty20s in Hambantota, which from Pakistan's perspective will be more than just a preparation for the World Twenty20. The series marks the start of a fresh experiment with the captaincy, to see if Mohammad Hafeez has it in him to emulate Younis Khan's achievement in the 2009 World Twenty20. The sudden change in leadership may appear surprising but isn't seismic. A phased change of guard was a necessity given that Misbah-ul-Haq is 38. His own dogged batting style and experience created a sense of stability rarely seen in various Pakistan teams over the last 20 years. He may be the antithesis to some of his mercurial predecessors but his popularity has survived the initial doubts - as reinforced by the popular Twitter hashtag 'TeamMisbah.'

When teams are on a high, one issue that is sometimes ignored - with often catastrophic effects - is succession planning. Misbah wisely decided to step down as T20 captain, though he still harbours intentions of playing the format. His dropping altogether from the T20 squad would have stung him and his followers but his successor is cut from roughly the same cloth. The erudite Hafeez, known to his team-mates as Professor, has been Pakistan's most improved cricketer over the last two years. Given the respect he may have earned in that period, captaincy seemed inevitable. Like Misbah, he too has suffered being a discard, only to rediscover his game and skills when given another chance. Pakistan's immediate success in the format, at least, depends on how fast they embrace this change.

Sri Lanka are not making drastic changes yet, sticking to the same group that performed creditably in Australia though they limped out exhausted in the Asia Cup. A potential banana peel for the hosts in preparation for the World Twenty20 is the lack of match practice in this format as a unit. They're playing after a six-month layoff, with only three games planned in the lead-up to September. The planned Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) will serve as a warm-up but Jayawardene is confident the games are sufficient practice.

What Jayawardene could do with is better support. Sangakkara endured a tepid IPL by his standards and Tillakaratne Dilshan wasn't good enough to command a regular spot in the XI (10 games) unlike Jayawardene (16). The trio firing in unison will be key to trumping the best spin attack in the world. England managed to negate the group of Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi with such consummate ease in the one-dayers in UAE that it surprised everyone, including themselves. Sri Lanka may not be as spin-heavy, but the emergence of seam-bowling allrounders in Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews gives Jayawardene more options.

The limited-overs contests aside, what would give Sri Lanka greater satisfaction is success in the Tests. The fallout of Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement remains - they have won just one Test since. Instances of fast bowlers breaking down have increased the burden on their lone quality spinner, Rangana Herath. They now have to rectify those problems against the toughest subcontinent opponents. When Pakistan last visited in 2009, two incredible collapses gave Sri Lanka the series after just two games. The foundations appear less shaky for Pakistan this time, as demonstrated in their 3-0 whitewash of England, achieved through patience at the crease and unrelenting pressure provided by a varied spin attack.

Current form gives Pakistan the edge but Sri Lanka can swing it their way if their batsmen make an early statement.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

pakistani players shud play their natural game ,but wd resposibility.....in T20 ,they shud play as over wll progressing .....as...in 1st 5 overs runs40 plus and then next 5 0vers 35 plus ...next 5 overs 30 plus and then in last 5 0vers 45 plus its mean over 170 score we need for at battin 1st if wicket help seamer otherwise at spinning track over 155 runs r suffiicient...we have 3 great spinners , hafeez, s ajmal and afridi and can get 4th one if shoib malik play ....... lets wait for start of the match.....INSHA ALLAH Pakistan will win this match Ameen....

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

being a pakistani i want pakistan should win :) however i always support sri lanka while they play against other teams but atm pak is my 1st priority :).....hope for a good game :)

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Specially for T20 no need for super stars like mahela,dilashan or Sangakkara.But i think for ODI and Test it might work.But anyway Sri Lanka should go for different combination as we need youngsters to be performed .I would like to see dinesh chandimal etc to perform. On the other hand Pakistan is a team which you could not predict.And we as Sri Lankans always like to see Pakinstan and all the best for them too.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

pakistan iz the most talented side in the worldalthough they are a bit aged.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

My Playing eleven 1.hafeez 2.ahmed 3.latif 4.afridi 5.umar 6.azam 7.shakeel ansar 8.sami 9.umar gul 10.raza 11.ajmal

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

what tv channel broadcasting live on the uk? plz help me

Posted by Mathu. on (June 1, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

All depend on how good SL team can face the Pak spin attack keeping wickets intact while maintaining run rate.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

it is funny that RR could not use chandimal the world's best young batsman @IPL. if he will have a small hook Pakistanis will be over..

good luck sri lanka. god bless Pakistan ..

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

one Imran Nazir would have been enough but what can you do about the selection.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

I thnk venue is not suitable for t20 ckt in june

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

good luck pakistan. We are with you

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

who can under estimate sri lanka,sri lanka win any where in the world,they proved 100 times about that,take the records,it may be true for india,because they got very poor records in out of the country,india is 100% home champions,one thing is confirmed when sri lanka winning india out of the series and when sri lanka loosing india out of the series,result is equal.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 1, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

@iLUB.Chandimal,check out hafeez stats in t20(one of bst bowlrs in ths format),gul strugles in odis nt in t20 at al,dn't forget sami as wel pls malik z also useful

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Insha Allah Pakistan can't win today.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

name kapugedara,kulasekara for both t20 matches.they are inform now.i trust on them and they are capable of to the best.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

Misbah did not step back from T-20 captaincy he was removed forcefully. He should be removed from ODI captaincy also to train new captain for WC 2015.

Posted by Hate.ME on (June 1, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Agreed that PAK is a dangerous T-20 side but if you play out Ajmal and Afridi's overs quietly (say 40-45runs in 8 overs), Rest of the bowling line-up is ordinary. Gul can't bowl effectively with new ball and in death overs he has lost his touch, now his yorkers get misfired and go for plenty. SL batsmen should look to capitalize on rest of the 12 overs; Should Go really hard after other bowlers except Ajmal and Afridi and match is yours.

Posted by likeintcricket on (June 1, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

Pakistan always play better against regional teams and they have enough talent to beat Srilankans. Srilankans can only win on Green top bouncy wickets only because Aamir and Asif are not here. T20 is a lottery and anyone can win.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

really,an all rounder player from SL team, Fervees Mahrroof Has left from the team..he is not only a bowler,but have good experience in Batting As well..if he is there it is going to be a powerful side for srilankn Side..

Posted by Naveed85 on (June 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

all the best pakistan .Pakistan top favourites

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

@siri1234 i think you were sleeping for the past few years as pakistan has clearly been the rising star of cricket. They might have a 25% chance of losing one of the series but what younsaid was too far fetched

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 1, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

@siri1234,nice joke ,i hope u would join us aftr ths tour ends Lolz(bt i doubt though)

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Pakistan are the favorites yes.But dont underestimate Srilanka.Especially when they are at home.Otherwise you will end up like England.Who drew the series.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

good luck pakistan you are favourites

Posted by boundryhiter46 on (June 1, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

sri lanka should play kapugedera and senanayake..

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

check this out guys...i took it from http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/current/story/566823.html Top run-getters in Twenty-20 internationals ordered by average - (800-plus runs scored) Batsman Matches Runs Average SR 100/50 Kevin Pietersen 36 1176 37.93 141.51 0/7 Brendon McCullum 47 1352 34.66 131.00 1/8 Tillakaratne Dilshan 35 894 31.92 126.62 1/5 Mahela Jayawardene 35 953 31.76 139.32 1/6 Graeme Smith 33 982 31.67 127.53 0/5 Kumar Sangakkara 33 883 31.53 119.64 0/6 David Warner 33 866 26.24 140.35 0/6

Posted by siri1234 on (June 1, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

i think pak will struggle to win a single game in this tour.the best way for pakistan to avoid embrassment in this tour is to pray for rain.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Bring yusuf back in odi's n tests

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

i m very excited to this series and watching playing trio of afridi, ajmal, hafeez. i think it would be a exciting series.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

malik should play along with afridi hafeez hamad wow! Pak have very good allrounders razzaq is missing

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Malik is good addition to team he can play his part also imran nazir needs to be in 20/20 worldcup

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

we have ipl experience,dil,sanga,mahela,malinga,also chandimal,mathews and perera.good form,we can win the trophy.............100% sure.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

GO PAK WIN AND IMPROVE RANKING

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Gud luck Sri Lanka....mi team...mahela,dil,chandi,sanga,mathews,kapu/thirimanna,kaushal,thisara,kula,sachithra,Malinga Pakisthan people saying we are 4 players team.lolz.let's see what will happen

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

good luck team green !!! make us proud, our prayers are with you

Posted by abdullah75 on (June 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

inshallah pak is going to win

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Pakistan team looks stronger on paper, if they play to their potential they can win, SRL has just 3 big guns in batting, dilshan, jayawardene and sangakara, and in bowling only malinga, so team cannot win with just 4 players.... best of luck to team pakistan

Posted by Nimraz.4srilanka on (June 1, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

srilankan players had prove good performance in this year.......and i think srilanka will whitewash pakistan and prove their skill.....

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 1, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

@dmqi,umar akmal betr than chandimal,ahmd shazad betr than jeevan,mathews,etc,sanga,mahela r my favorits also bt i dn't know d reason these baters dn't win matchs against pak througout their carers,if sl prepare lake turnrs,they r in big big trouble n if they go with flat tracks then pak batng z more than capable of dismantlng any opositn mind it!

Posted by silvan on (June 1, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

ALL THE SRI LANKA. WIN OR LOOSE WE LOVE OUR TEAM

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 4:22 GMT)

it would be toughly fought series...

Posted by Ra_Thore on (June 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Insaallah SL will win both T-20s.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

there is no partner to bowl with malinga.try kulasekara and Dilshan.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Team Pakistan preparation was very good for this tour. And the selection for all formats is very descent. I hope Team Pakistan will perform extra ordinary SL. Gud Luck Team Pakistan. u r are Rocks

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (June 1, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

whenever pak plays it is always exciting but not this time they will beat this sl team in all formats convincingly.pak is the best t20 side in the world and sl in no way near to pak.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

The series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will undoubtedly be a tough contest for supremacy between two good teams.The performance of Pakistan will be a barometer to guage how much Dave Whatmore has succeeded in moulding the Pakistani players after he took over as the coach.His guidance and expertise could lift the standard of Pakistan cricket and enable them to overcome the Sri Lankans.However,Pakistan's lack of International exposure since the Asia cup matches is a definite disadvantage.It was in a way compensated by the opportunity they got to work in the camp under the supervision of their coach,who had time to impart some finer points to his charges to make them better players.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 1, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

Go pak go,go hafez go,show d wrld that we r d deservng no.1 t20 team ,i hope imran nazer returns befor t20 wc n then we dn't thnk any team would be able to beat u,go green go,go eagles go

Posted by kfaroo on (June 1, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

Mr. Babar,

The only reason we are not interested in the IPL is because there are no Pakistani players in it. Otherwise at least I would be very interested in it.

Posted by dmqi on (June 1, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

It will be a close series but SL has the home advantage. Pak is always unpredictable in batting with a better bowling attack. Pak has no match of Mahela, Snaga and Dilshan as batter. Can you name one pak player on which you can rely on run scoring? Well, T20 is a hit or miss game, if it works in nay particular day, it is your match.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 1, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

I see Pakistan trouncing Sri Lanka in their den 4-1 or may be even 5-0. The Lankan batting relies heavily on Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan and if two of them fail they are in a world of hurt. Mathews is good only on bouncy seaming wickets, and I doubt the Lankans would prepare such tracks keeping in mind the good pace attack of Pakistan.

Posted by LastLaugh_PK on (June 1, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

I always like the Sri Lankans they are passionate but well-mannered people. Let the best team win, no need to make any predictions because t20 cricket can go either way.

Posted by PAK-92 on (June 1, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

@Farrukh Qureshi, I would have the same team but just one change, Haris Sohail for Khalid Latif. Also Umar Akmal needs to bat number 4 so that he can have an impact on the game.My xi would be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Mohammed Hafeez (capt), 3. Haris Sohail, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Shakeel Ansar (wk), 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Hamad Azam, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Mohammed Sami.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2012, 0:15 GMT)

Lets give Mr.Balachnadran a break, let's say that Sri Lanka only won one test in Sri Lanka or One test in South Africa ( probably not after Murali) the truth is Pakistan are a settle side with more genuine match winner and a potent bowling attack but for Sri Lanka they have to come out of the match winners theory and play a team like they did Durban once and repeated the same in Galle

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (May 31, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

If u wana prepare for world cup T20 my team would have been..

(1) imran nazir (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafiq/ Haris sohail (5) Umer Akmal (6) Afridi (7) Kamran Akmal (8) Rana naveed/ Sohail tanvir/ Hammad Azam (9) Umer Gul (10) Sami (11) Ajmal

Beat this team and you are champs

Posted by hasnain1212 on (May 31, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

Best Of luck to both teams..... Pakistan will inshallah perform well.... all the eyes on Hafeez's captaincy ...... & Shahid Afridi will blast today.... :)

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (May 31, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

its going to be a good series.. what i like about these two teams when they play each other is that there is no personel rivalry in them.. they just try knocking each other by better performace. they admire each other,s game.. chandimal is good.. and i am looking forwards to return of ahmad shahzad and sami along with new comer haris sohail.. i hope he gets a chance and proves his talent.

Posted by Muttee on (May 31, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Looking forward to the contest. Will be a tight contest.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 31, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Oh really guys, with so few games being played now by these two teams can you blame poor Cricinfo for remembering just one win instead of two!? Is Afridi going to play or has he 'retired' again? Sangakkara wasn't just "tepid" in the IPL, he was disgruntled and inept. He needs to find some form fast. @TeamSelector: how about Sri Lankan team? Do you think Mendis deserves another shot?

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Sri Lankan team depends on four players and for pakistan full team can contribute. so pak looks a formadable side.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

should be a good series.. finally some real cricket.. will be starting.. Best of Luck Team Pakistan and.. best of Luck Srilanka guys as well :)

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (May 31, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

SriLanka will Win Both T20

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

Rally_Windies, Thilan Samaraweera is someone who quietly performs his duties to perfection. His test batting average is touching 53 and is second only to Sangakkara. Had he was not dropped from the team, a move well planned by the captain at that time in his attempt to hide in the batting order when he was failing after last England tour, Thilan would have been very close to top of test batting rankings by now instead of 8th position he is holding. He can play a very vital role as a reliable middle order batsman in ODIs too. He has scored two match winning hundreds in ODIs in a short career after being promoted to a middle order position. He always puts a heavy price tag on his wicket. He always look at ways of improving his batting. He had some weakness against pace bowling and playing in unfamiliar conditions overseas. But he has erased that chapter by averaging 50+ last summer in England and 65+ in SA. In fact he was the second highest scorer in last premier T20 tournament in SL.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Mr. Balachandran, you are wrong when you say "whatever build-up that existed was lost in the frenzy of the IPL". Pakistanis fans don't give a hoot about IPL. Our season now. IPL was a big yawn. And I was never interested in IPL after the first season. Speaking on current series, Pakistan can hold their own. Pakistan has performed extremely well and well beyond our expectations. In my piont of view, Pakistan has been the most consistent team in the last 1.5 - 2 yrs despite no big names. Go Pakistan Go! Make us prouder!

Posted by Dhushan on (May 31, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@ KelvinLTR, @Samira Palipana & @ Sinhaya: Take it easy guys. I think the writer means Sri Lanka won only 1 test "at home" after Murali retired. I know he hasn't made it clear in the article but I'm pretty sure that's what he meant because this is a home a series for the Lions. Come on you Lions. Show them what you got!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

1. Mohammad Hafeez, 2. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Khalid Latif, 4. Shoaib Malik, 5. Umar Akmal, 6. Shakeel Ansar (wk), 7. Shahid Afridi, 8. Hammad Azam, 9. Mohammad Sami, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Saeed Ajmal

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

@rally_windies, u may be mentioning about Samaraweera. he is not a T20 player. please check in the Test squad.

Posted by doctornikki on (May 31, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

will be a great series...pak have best spin attack in world

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

@cricinfo srilanka have won 2tests since murali's retirement.they have won against SA and England.That information is wrong.Instead of that if u mention 1 test win in homesoil after murali's retirement,it would be correct.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

i think its big test for hafeez t 20 capten if he done well i think could be capten for 50 50 and test.

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (May 31, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

If Srilankans play to their potential they should have no fear of being beaten, the problem with this side has been the sudden collapse of the their top and middle order batting that contributed to par low performances in the past one year or so. As long as top and middle order hang at the crease, the results have always been positive becuse there are variety of matching winning bowlers in the limited over version of the game. Every batter should value thier wicket same like Aussies, Englishmen and should have self belief on them when they come out to bat.

Also, please stop commenting on IPL anymore as there's no need for SL fans to talk about this two month old dragging tournament, which killed the interest on game as a whole. It's true that some SL players took part in those matches and they will in the future too. But at least for now, we should stop talking on this ridicuolus IPL.

Thank you.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

"England managed to negate the group of Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi with such consummate ease in the one-dayers in UAE that it urprised everyone, including themselves." - What cricket were you watching mate? Apart from the Pakistan pacers being underwhelming, it was actually the English bowling dominating Pakistan's disappointing batting that the ODI series was all about.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 31, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

It will be an exiting series indeed. Sri Lanka had good away runs in Australia and South Africa and thanks to Mahela captaining, we will be better than how we were in UAE under Dilshan!

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

With a new captain and some new players, it would be a challenge for pakistan.younger players like hammad azam, awais zia and raza hassan would have a good experience if given chance ahead of the world T20.

Posted by Sinhaya on (May 31, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Cricinfo, you are wrong. Sri Lanka have won 2 tests since Muralitharan retired! We beat both England and South Africa in tests in the post Murali era. We won test matches on the 29th of December 2011 and also on the 29th of March 2012.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

all the best srilanka.i expect sanga and mahela to fire.also expects a lot from chandi,angelo and dilshan

Posted by TeamSelector on (May 31, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

1-Ahmed Shehzad, 2-Khalid Latif, 3-Hafeez (c), 4-Haris Sohail, 5-Umar Akmal, 6-Afridi, 7-Hammad Azam, 8-Shakeel Ansar(wk), 9-Sohail Tanvir, 10-Gul, 11-Ajmal.

Posted by   on (May 31, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Correction, not just one win. Two wins to be precise. One against SA and one against England.

Posted by abdullah75 on (May 31, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

pakistan will win inshaallah

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 31, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

what happened to Swamerswera (i'm sure I spelt that wrong, these Sri Lankan names are a pain)

he is the 4th guy with a +50 average on the team, but no one ever talks about him....

Posted by KelvinLTR on (May 31, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

sri lanka won two tests since murali retired

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