Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle June 21, 2012

Sri Lanka, Pakistan have point to prove

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Match facts

June 22-26, Galle
Start time 1000 (0430 GMT)

Big Picture

Certain pre-series predictions have come to nothing at the conclusion of the ODIs. Recent form suggested that Pakistan began the one-dayers with an upper hand before the first ball was bowled, but in the course of two weeks, the balance shifted quite comprehensively. As a result, the Test series begins with an air of caution for Pakistan, despite their form in Tests being reassuring. They'll do well to remember that they are taking guard in a format that has rewarded them for their doggedness and consistency. Since the tour of England in 2010, they haven't conceded a series in their next seven, that run including a 3-0 whitewash of the No.1 ranked England in February this year.

Sri Lanka have failed to win a Test series since Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement in 2010, casting doubts about their ability to challenge the best, let alone win. Wins against England and South Africa are indicators that they're starting to learn how to win again. A 3-1 ODI series win has given them a kick too, but the question is if they can maintain that dominance in the Tests. That said, the Tests could be quite interesting as both sides have plenty to prove.

While the aim will be to inch up the ICC Test rankings, both teams have an opportunity to establish Asian Test supremacy. That's partly owing to India's sudden freefall from the summit. After two ruthless thrashings away from home, India has slid to No.4, with just a slender lead on Pakistan. Pakistan will need to win comprehensively to go ahead of India. Sri Lanka have a lot of catching up to do to get to either side, but a series win will narrow that gap nevertheless.

Change has been forced on Pakistan, with a new captain standing in for the banned Misbah-ul-Haq. Despite Misbah's lack of form, it's still not ideal for their build-up. Mohammad Hafeez isn't among the runs himself, yet he's been given the responsibility of leading the team. Fortunately, the nucleus hasn't been disturbed. Their spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Abdur Rehman remains. It will be interesting if Sri Lanka produces turning tracks, as it could be counter-productive for the hosts, who will rely primarily on one spinner. Since January 2010, Galle has been favourable for spinners and seamers, with 71 and 53 wickets respectively. Negating the spinners will be key to Sri Lanka's chances, irrespective of the surface. The weather, and expected rains, will be a factor too.

The DRS is unavailable for the Tests because the Sri Lankan board couldn't secure the funding for it.

Form guide


Sri Lanka LWLWL (Most recent first)
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Watch out for...

Azhar Ali: The only positive for Pakistan from the one-dayers, albeit a surprising one, considering he wasn't a regular in Pakistan's one-day plans. With the seniors misfiring, he took on more responsibility than expected. Unfortunately, due to lack of adequate support, he wasn't able to close out games. He puts a price on his wicket, and Sri Lanka will be wary of that.

Rangana Herath: Pakistan will have bad memories of facing him in Sri Lanka in 2009. With 15 wickets in three games, Herath was central to Pakistan's bewildering collapses in Galle and Colombo. Herath was rested after the first two ODIs in Pallekele on this tour, keeping in mind his expected workload in the Tests. Expect plenty of overs from him.

Pitch and conditions

The weather in Galle has been hot and humid with no rain in the immediate build-up to the game. Both captains didn't make any decisive comments about the pitch. Mahela Jayawardene said it looked a 'true' surface.

Team news

No apparent hints about the playing XIs either. Misbah's absence leaves a slot open in the middle order. If Pakistan choose not to risk a debutant when they're already struggling with the bat, then Faisal Iqbal could be recalled.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Taufeeq Umar, 2 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 3 Younis Khan, 4 Azhar Ali, 5 Faisal Iqbal, 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Adnan Akmal (wk), 8 Abdur Rehman, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Aizaz Cheema

Sri Lanka will have to decide if they want to play two seam-bowling allrounders, at the expense of a specialist seamer. If they decide against it, then Thisara Perera may have to sit out, since Nuwan Kulasekara has been recalled.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Tharanga Paranavitana, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Kumar Sangakkara, 5 Thilan Samaraweera, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Suraj Randiv, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Chanaka Welegedera

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan have played two Tests in Galle, winning the first (in 2000) and losing the next (2009)
  • Rangana Herath has taken 30 wickets in six Tests in Galle, with three five-wicket hauls and a ten-wicket haul
  • Mahala Jayawardene has aggregated 2017 runs in 19 matches in Galle, with seven centuries

Quotes

"To be honest, we're not thinking of that otherwise it will put unnecessary pressure on us. We'd like to take it one game at a time."
Mohammad Hafeez, when asked if his team was already focussing on moving up the rankings

"We need to give a lot of confidence to Suraj Randiv as he's a top-class bowler, and hopefully this will be a breakthrough series for him."
Mahela Jayawardene on getting Rangana Herath support in the spin department

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on June 22, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Missing Mr. Tuk Tuk in the 1st test, the best batsman of the time.

  • Head_gear on June 22, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Just Try out Chandimal instead of Paranavithana.@ all he too is an opener and more consistant.I hoped Tirimanne could retain the Opening slot after his performance in ODI's.But if Paranavithana or anybody else just keep scoring Ducks and 10s and if he suddenly scores a century he'll be taken in to the next game and won't think about his consistancy.IMO:the best thing to win matches is consistancy. We can expect weeknesses in Paistan batting order w/o Misbah.So it'll be better if we can try somebody like Nuwan Pradeep(A genuine quickee who can clock 90mph consistantly) and Jeewan mendis because it'll help all of us to build up a better team.

  • on June 22, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Probably the worst pakistani line up i see in years :( why dont our selectors know how modern cricket is played. Test matches do not mean select a line up full of TUK TUK TUK! the probable line up stated in the article with likes of taufeeq umar faisal iqbal and Hafeez who is totally out of form wont be able to keep the scoreboard moving... and Why is Sohail Tanvir not there! the only fast bowler that performed well all through the ODI series!!! Umar akmal should have been included as wel! cuz there needs to be someone who can score some runs at a decent pace it doesnt mean twenty 20 style it just means keep the score board moving! and plus he is a great fielder as well we cant afford drop catches in test matches!!!!!!!

  • samfras on June 22, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    No doubt, Sri Lanka has an edge over Pakistan in this test. Galle has been a happy hunting ground for them. Rangana Herath will be the key. Recent form of the Sri Lankan middle order will be a factor on the outcome of the match. It will be interesting to watch.....

  • 9ST9 on June 22, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    @Sinhaya i'm inclined to agree regarding Senanayake. But as far as Chanaka Welagedara is concerned I think he deserves a place in the playing XI. Yes,he has not been setting the world on fire,and was poor in the England tour but he has picked up two 5 fors in his last 5 Tests. Thisara has picked up 7 wickets in his last five games. (he has only played 5 btw)

  • 9ST9 on June 22, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Dean Frenkel - true that, The last full test series Mendis played was as far as i remember in 2010/11 against West Indies. He picked up Chanderpaul in almost every innings and claimed 6 for in the game that Gayle thrashed 333. Both Mendis and Randiv are better Limited overs bowlers - but certainly Mendis deserves another go - at the expense of Randiv who is to be honest a decent bowler albeit one not upto test level. It was not long ago Mendis picked up 6 wickets against Australia in a T20 - proving that there is still something left in him.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 22, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @Superstar100,evry team have its excuses,when lankans were clueles in uae,some of fans puttng up umpirng decisions n batng colapses as big factor,n what about "great team india"(worst in actual),my point z ist of all we dn't thnk that it z too easy 4 any team to win test series against pak nowadays,2ndly if any team wons off and on,then we deserve our share excuses lolz

  • Shujaat56 on June 22, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    So people please dont be aggressive, we as a nation are aggressive and dont understand what calmness can bring - i donot have any doubts in the abilities of Afridi or Hafeez, but i think right now the best man for Captaincy is Misbah (the tuk tuk), because we have had lots of Shahzad's and Latif's and many other who could hit it hard - but they did not take you to 9 wins out of 15 and the Asia Cup for so long - please try and understand the facts

    I still remember people used to shout for Sami to come back and say he is the best bowler, now we know why he was left out in the first place - for people who say that he is not to be used in death overs, goshh!! he is a bowler, he should know how to bowl in death overs...

    CONCLUSION - Let the selectors do their job - they know best what they are doing in circumstances prevailing - and No "My team for ODIs".. we dont knwo what they are upto and what conditions to play in... Relax and dont go with your heart - Use your Minds... Best of Luck

  • Shujaat56 on June 22, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Second - Afridi as a Captain - No doubts Afridi is a stalwart, and he has already proved his captaincy skills in the world Cup too... But i think if Afridi wants to be great, he should not let happen to Misbah what happened to him after the World Cup!!! He must support Misbah, which he right now is NOT!!!! (Sorry Afridi Fans)... He needs to get off the screen, concentrate on his bowling and batting, and do for the team what the team needs... Just like Younus, he is trying at least and not trying to become the Captain again... So Afridi needs to follow his footsteps.... as Afridi always says - Mei tau mulk kay liye khailta hun - Mare words dont do anything Khan saab, you have to support it with actions too...

    Third - Hafeez - I think he needs to concentrate on his batting, he has lost it since the time he took over as captaincy, may be he is too young to be given the responsibility as of now....

  • Shujaat56 on June 22, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Hello Guys.. I have been through much of your comments and i follow them all the times.. a lot of emotion i must say... Having played 2nd Class Cricket in Pakistan myself, i enjoy them too... I would like to comment on some very common comments that i often read..

    First - Misbah's Captaincy... Man are you guys kidding me?? He is the most mature head in Pakistan Cricket - Mind You guys.... Look from where he took up the role (England 2010), and look where we are today... in tests, even one dayers... who ever oppose him for his consistency in batting, please go check the records again... look at his averages, recent records and you shall find for yourself.. he is THE MAN in Pakistan Cricket Team right now.... Mature, Upright, Consistent -- Yes, i would disagree on his defensive role, but not everyone can be perfect -- He STILL remains the best option (As compared to the likes of Hafeez, Afridi, Younus)... and being the eldest in age, he is an inspiration for the YOUNG GUNS too!!!!!

  • on June 22, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Missing Mr. Tuk Tuk in the 1st test, the best batsman of the time.

  • Head_gear on June 22, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Just Try out Chandimal instead of Paranavithana.@ all he too is an opener and more consistant.I hoped Tirimanne could retain the Opening slot after his performance in ODI's.But if Paranavithana or anybody else just keep scoring Ducks and 10s and if he suddenly scores a century he'll be taken in to the next game and won't think about his consistancy.IMO:the best thing to win matches is consistancy. We can expect weeknesses in Paistan batting order w/o Misbah.So it'll be better if we can try somebody like Nuwan Pradeep(A genuine quickee who can clock 90mph consistantly) and Jeewan mendis because it'll help all of us to build up a better team.

  • on June 22, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Probably the worst pakistani line up i see in years :( why dont our selectors know how modern cricket is played. Test matches do not mean select a line up full of TUK TUK TUK! the probable line up stated in the article with likes of taufeeq umar faisal iqbal and Hafeez who is totally out of form wont be able to keep the scoreboard moving... and Why is Sohail Tanvir not there! the only fast bowler that performed well all through the ODI series!!! Umar akmal should have been included as wel! cuz there needs to be someone who can score some runs at a decent pace it doesnt mean twenty 20 style it just means keep the score board moving! and plus he is a great fielder as well we cant afford drop catches in test matches!!!!!!!

  • samfras on June 22, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    No doubt, Sri Lanka has an edge over Pakistan in this test. Galle has been a happy hunting ground for them. Rangana Herath will be the key. Recent form of the Sri Lankan middle order will be a factor on the outcome of the match. It will be interesting to watch.....

  • 9ST9 on June 22, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    @Sinhaya i'm inclined to agree regarding Senanayake. But as far as Chanaka Welagedara is concerned I think he deserves a place in the playing XI. Yes,he has not been setting the world on fire,and was poor in the England tour but he has picked up two 5 fors in his last 5 Tests. Thisara has picked up 7 wickets in his last five games. (he has only played 5 btw)

  • 9ST9 on June 22, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Dean Frenkel - true that, The last full test series Mendis played was as far as i remember in 2010/11 against West Indies. He picked up Chanderpaul in almost every innings and claimed 6 for in the game that Gayle thrashed 333. Both Mendis and Randiv are better Limited overs bowlers - but certainly Mendis deserves another go - at the expense of Randiv who is to be honest a decent bowler albeit one not upto test level. It was not long ago Mendis picked up 6 wickets against Australia in a T20 - proving that there is still something left in him.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 22, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @Superstar100,evry team have its excuses,when lankans were clueles in uae,some of fans puttng up umpirng decisions n batng colapses as big factor,n what about "great team india"(worst in actual),my point z ist of all we dn't thnk that it z too easy 4 any team to win test series against pak nowadays,2ndly if any team wons off and on,then we deserve our share excuses lolz

  • Shujaat56 on June 22, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    So people please dont be aggressive, we as a nation are aggressive and dont understand what calmness can bring - i donot have any doubts in the abilities of Afridi or Hafeez, but i think right now the best man for Captaincy is Misbah (the tuk tuk), because we have had lots of Shahzad's and Latif's and many other who could hit it hard - but they did not take you to 9 wins out of 15 and the Asia Cup for so long - please try and understand the facts

    I still remember people used to shout for Sami to come back and say he is the best bowler, now we know why he was left out in the first place - for people who say that he is not to be used in death overs, goshh!! he is a bowler, he should know how to bowl in death overs...

    CONCLUSION - Let the selectors do their job - they know best what they are doing in circumstances prevailing - and No "My team for ODIs".. we dont knwo what they are upto and what conditions to play in... Relax and dont go with your heart - Use your Minds... Best of Luck

  • Shujaat56 on June 22, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Second - Afridi as a Captain - No doubts Afridi is a stalwart, and he has already proved his captaincy skills in the world Cup too... But i think if Afridi wants to be great, he should not let happen to Misbah what happened to him after the World Cup!!! He must support Misbah, which he right now is NOT!!!! (Sorry Afridi Fans)... He needs to get off the screen, concentrate on his bowling and batting, and do for the team what the team needs... Just like Younus, he is trying at least and not trying to become the Captain again... So Afridi needs to follow his footsteps.... as Afridi always says - Mei tau mulk kay liye khailta hun - Mare words dont do anything Khan saab, you have to support it with actions too...

    Third - Hafeez - I think he needs to concentrate on his batting, he has lost it since the time he took over as captaincy, may be he is too young to be given the responsibility as of now....

  • Shujaat56 on June 22, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Hello Guys.. I have been through much of your comments and i follow them all the times.. a lot of emotion i must say... Having played 2nd Class Cricket in Pakistan myself, i enjoy them too... I would like to comment on some very common comments that i often read..

    First - Misbah's Captaincy... Man are you guys kidding me?? He is the most mature head in Pakistan Cricket - Mind You guys.... Look from where he took up the role (England 2010), and look where we are today... in tests, even one dayers... who ever oppose him for his consistency in batting, please go check the records again... look at his averages, recent records and you shall find for yourself.. he is THE MAN in Pakistan Cricket Team right now.... Mature, Upright, Consistent -- Yes, i would disagree on his defensive role, but not everyone can be perfect -- He STILL remains the best option (As compared to the likes of Hafeez, Afridi, Younus)... and being the eldest in age, he is an inspiration for the YOUNG GUNS too!!!!!

  • on June 22, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Extraordinary statement by Jayawardene about Randiv. If only this 'supportive' attitude had been applied to Ajantha Mendis. Mendis still has an excellent record but was abandoned after opponents used technology to work him out. He has not since been given the opportunity to respond to this. Dropping him from the WC Final (for Randiv) may have cost Sri Lanka the World Cup and Sri Lanka a world class spin bowler for the long term. Randiv has lucky charms that have not been justified by his performances.

  • on June 22, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    ayub dogar should play aizaz and ajmal too

  • Sinhaya on June 22, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    @pauliangenius, you are talking nonsense. Sri Lanka are a very great side and are no easy pushovers. We beat Pakistan 2-0 in tests last time they toured here in 2009.

  • S305 on June 21, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    1st_april: Pakistanis have a great team, but their mental part of cricket is very unpredictable. as we saw in the ODIs. I dont think they'll be able to hold their concentration for 5 days. It will be 2-0 Sri Lanka.

  • Mr.Shani on June 21, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    M Ayub should be there at no. 5 or A Raheem should open the innings with T Umar n M Hafeez should bat in the middle. Although Hafeez is not a good choice for test matches but now he is captaining the side so we cant drop him. very bad decision. he is struggling with the bat n not cosistent throughout his career then u select him in the test matches just because of his bowling. what a decision?

  • pauliangenius on June 21, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Pakistan will thtash srilanka. take my word

  • on June 21, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    For this competition, Kulasekera is the best bowler against Pakistan. For Pakistans sake, i hope they leave him out...Parera and Angelo are not genuine wicket taking batsmen in tests.

    Also, Faisal Iqbal has proven (like hasan raza, mohammad sami, etc) that he cannot handle the pressure of international cricket and score BIG runs. Granted he hasnt gotten consistent opportunity, but here is his chance...misbah is on the way out in probably another year...he should make big runs and secure his spot on the team. Personally, i dont think its gonna happen although at the domestic level hes a killer with spin bowling (very light on his feet like Michael Clark).

  • on June 21, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    seriously do u guys think pakistans batting is weak in tests. They hav 3 batsmen in the top 20 in the icc rankings and almost every batsmen averages around 30-50 which is excellent! Even Adnal Akmal who is not a regular batsmen has an average in the 30's!

  • on June 21, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is brittle and if their bowler do not perform well it will be very difficult to win for them. Except Azhar Ali no other batsmen seems to be in form and Misbah's absence has further weekened their batting. At the moment Sri Lanka has edge over Pakistan.

  • Desihungama on June 21, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Impressive recent form by Pakistan that probably the old Australia could display. Pak 11 looks very strong with every player knowing it's role in the team whereas SL, there may be a player or two I am unsure of. Good luck to both teams. Sri Lanka has an edge, series may be a draw.

  • ejsiddiqui on June 21, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    The best thing about tests is that, you get another chance to correct your mistake. Pakistan has bounced back from a bad situation in many matches in last 2 years.

  • mm.alibhai on June 21, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    My line up 1.Dilshan 2.Chandimal 3.Sangakkara 4.Jayawardene 5.Samaraweera 6. Mathews 7.Prasanna Jayawardene (wk) 8.Thisera Perera 9. J. Mendis 10. N. Kulasekera 11. R. Herath

  • rukii on June 21, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    sorry for the previous comment there is error in the srilankan cricket website they even name the well known sekkuge prassanna as a fast bowler too.

  • 1st_april on June 21, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Boasting about great test performances in the coming series, based on 50 over success, is a quintessential subcontinent habit , aptly put on display by SL fans here.....seriously...does SL have a chance in a 3 test series?...2 tests they might hold down to 1-1...as was case against ENG,SAF(after 2 tests)....PAK will thrash SL...albeit, catches must be held....Pakistan to win by 2-0

  • ahabib on June 21, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Faisal Iqbal preferred over Mohammad Yousuf? Mind boggling!

  • rukii on June 21, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    ashen silva should give a chance instead of paranvithana. it is good to see kulasekara back he average around 35 far ahead from other seaming option. i am not going to predict series result but sl have the edge in the first test bcz pakisthan is without misbah and with out form younis , hafees.

  • on June 21, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Randiv Waz Nothing....OMG.....he took 5Wkts against Eng in Eng at d last ODI and Selectors replaced him with Smeone who Took 5 against Eng A.... Then again he was very usefull in 1st Test vs Eng in Galle both with bowl and bat as Nightwatchman

  • on June 21, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    pakistani bowlers can bundle out sri lankan batting in one session.............but worries again in batting and fielding always remains concern for pakistan...........last odi we can win but we lost it due to poor fielding...... :(

  • Slesh on June 21, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Lankans!! U need to win this.. Surely Para will struggle against Pak bowlers..and if Dilshan throw his bat at everything, again we'll end up 3 wickets basicaly for nothing..we must have good start..!! Let Chandimal to open.plz dnt have 3 wicketkeepers in the team!! Apart from Taufique they dnt have any left handers.so plz no need of Randiv! Jeewan will be very usefull legspinner and he can bat too..so this should be the team. 1.Chandimal 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Samaraweera 5.Mahela 6.Mathews 7.Jeewan 8.Perera 9.Kulasekara 10.Herath 11.Welagedara 8 batsmen including 3 Allrounders and 3 bowlers who can bat a bit.I bet this team will work!!!! Gud luck lions!!!

  • on June 21, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    chandimal should play all three formats as he is one of the best in SL batting at the moment ..he was the key player and difference in both Sl s recently won matches against SA and ENg ..

  • Sinhaya on June 21, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, you must be talking about Roshan Jayatissa. Type his name on google and check his cricinfo profile. Cant ask for a better average of less than 15 and he is also a useful hard hitting lower order batsman.

  • superstar100 on June 21, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    (i think if pak will loose they will say we dont have misbah that's y they lost ) this will be comment of lot's of pak fan i think i am right ??

  • abdulsamad14 on June 21, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Sorry but Pakistan still hold the edge. Even when they were thrashing everyone in tests about 6 months ago they were still inconsistent in one days, and you cant use limited overs to judge test streagnth. Umar akmal simply isnt test standard and we dont realy need to waste time with him, we have so much better talent. Sri lanka will lose the Series.. You must take 20 wickets to win a test and Herath and Nuwan Kulasekara (the only two real bolwers the lankans have) cant bowl 100 back to back overs. Also the attack pakistan have, its crazy to see guys likeTharanga Paranavitana or Thilan Samaraweera coping for 100 overs and building innings against Raman, even cheema (admittatly ajmal is looking a tad off colour). Yh i said it....

  • WPDDESILVA on June 21, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Suraj Randiv is not a test bowler!! He doesn't turn the bowl to be a threat. Also Paranavithana should be dropped. The guy is a failure since the England tour. May be try a diffeent combination. You don't have to stick with the same players. Try out a youngster like Banuka Rajapakse!

  • Resultpredictor on June 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the best team now, they have all their batsman in form and bowling is also shaping good....Pak have problems in batting and there bowling form is also poor at present. So expect an easy series win for Sri Lanka and the contest will be onesided. SL will win 1-0 or 2-0...

  • on June 21, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    it will be too dificult for pakistan to win in absense of misbah but watch out for azhar ali

  • thePakistanian on June 21, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    It's really sad that misbah has to sit out but even worse is that now Umar Akmal couldn't be given a chance! Sure he's out of form but that's not something to worry about a player like Akmal! But he's not even in squad! Asad Shafiq & Umar Akmal the two youngsters needed to be in; untill misbah comes!!

    & WOW how incredibe & RARE it is to see Pakistan form guide WWWWW!! Well that's all due to Misbah. Younis isn't great ODI players but he's one of the best in Test in the World! So is Misbah & espacially as a CAPTAIN! He deserves lot of respect; espacially in TESTS (as ODI too!)

  • on June 21, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    INSHALLH PAK WILL WIN SERIES 2-0 OR 1-0 I M 100% CONFIDENT

  • Dambulla on June 21, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Chandimal should open with Dilshan (drop Paranavithana), Randiv's and Kulasekara's places to be given to Nuwan Pradeep and Jeewan Mendis. Paranavithana filed England tour badly and again same England tour Randive not impressed. Also, Kulasekara is not wicket taking bowler especially in test cricket.

  • on June 21, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    As usual Ajmal will be key but Umar Gul should also need to show some consistency in the series. and if possible bring Azhar Ali on one down then younus.

  • on June 21, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    pak will loose the series

  • johnathonjosephs on June 21, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I love that they are putting Randiv in the side, but the last series for England was horrible for Randiv. There is another young bowler in their Domestic Cricket who has bowling averages of 19 for both formats of the game (spinner). I forgot his name, but maybe they should try him for the 2nd/3rd test if Randiv fails in this one

  • truthhh on June 21, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    good luck srilanka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sinhaya on June 21, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Randiv is totally a passenger. Sachithra Senanayake is far better than him as his bowling average shows. Also play Nuwan Pradeep or Thisara Perera instead of this useless Chanak Welegedara. Also play Chandimal instead of Paranavithana who is no good.

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  • Sinhaya on June 21, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Randiv is totally a passenger. Sachithra Senanayake is far better than him as his bowling average shows. Also play Nuwan Pradeep or Thisara Perera instead of this useless Chanak Welegedara. Also play Chandimal instead of Paranavithana who is no good.

  • truthhh on June 21, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    good luck srilanka!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • johnathonjosephs on June 21, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    I love that they are putting Randiv in the side, but the last series for England was horrible for Randiv. There is another young bowler in their Domestic Cricket who has bowling averages of 19 for both formats of the game (spinner). I forgot his name, but maybe they should try him for the 2nd/3rd test if Randiv fails in this one

  • on June 21, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    pak will loose the series

  • on June 21, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    As usual Ajmal will be key but Umar Gul should also need to show some consistency in the series. and if possible bring Azhar Ali on one down then younus.

  • Dambulla on June 21, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Chandimal should open with Dilshan (drop Paranavithana), Randiv's and Kulasekara's places to be given to Nuwan Pradeep and Jeewan Mendis. Paranavithana filed England tour badly and again same England tour Randive not impressed. Also, Kulasekara is not wicket taking bowler especially in test cricket.

  • on June 21, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    INSHALLH PAK WILL WIN SERIES 2-0 OR 1-0 I M 100% CONFIDENT

  • thePakistanian on June 21, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    It's really sad that misbah has to sit out but even worse is that now Umar Akmal couldn't be given a chance! Sure he's out of form but that's not something to worry about a player like Akmal! But he's not even in squad! Asad Shafiq & Umar Akmal the two youngsters needed to be in; untill misbah comes!!

    & WOW how incredibe & RARE it is to see Pakistan form guide WWWWW!! Well that's all due to Misbah. Younis isn't great ODI players but he's one of the best in Test in the World! So is Misbah & espacially as a CAPTAIN! He deserves lot of respect; espacially in TESTS (as ODI too!)

  • on June 21, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    it will be too dificult for pakistan to win in absense of misbah but watch out for azhar ali

  • Resultpredictor on June 21, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Sri Lanka is the best team now, they have all their batsman in form and bowling is also shaping good....Pak have problems in batting and there bowling form is also poor at present. So expect an easy series win for Sri Lanka and the contest will be onesided. SL will win 1-0 or 2-0...