Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd Test, SSC, Colombo June 29, 2012

Misbah returns with Pakistan's unbeaten run at stake

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Match facts

June 30-July 4, Colombo
Start time 1000 (0430 GMT)

Big Picture

A team that has not won any of its previous eight Test series, following the retirement of its greatest bowler, against a team that has been unbeaten in its previous seven. No contest? Recent history suggested so but current form prevailed in the first Test. Like they had in the ODIs, Pakistan's batsmen proved brittle again, against Nuwan Kulasekara and Rangana Herath, and against umpires Steve Davis and Ian Gould. Would Pakistan have imploded had Sri Lanka's top-order batsmen not been reprieved by the umpires in the first innings?

What we do know is that Pakistan missed their captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who was banned from the Galle Test because of an over-rate offence during the fifth ODI. Going into the first Test of an away series - already without a warm-up game - without your captain, can be disastrous. When that captain is Misbah, and when that side is Pakistan, the absence seems magnified.

Not only have Pakistan won five, drawn two and lost zero series under Misbah, but he has also averaged 64.72 with the bat during that period. Reviled for his poor strike-rate, Misbah possesses what the thrill-a-minute dashers don't - calmness. During Sri Lanka's second innings in Galle, when another umpiring error denied Pakistan the wicket of Prasanna Jayawardene, Misbah's reaction in the dressing room was telling. He put his index finger up in a mock 'out' signal and smiled broadly, managing to hide all the disappointment and anger within.

Like a general who knows what makes his troops tick, Misbah goads Pakistan in the right direction, and keeps potential irritants at bay. He has squeezed consistency out of unpredictability. Such is his lot, though, that he gets brickbats from fans for taking the thrills of volatility away. Volatility was on display in Galle, and led to Pakistan's heaviest defeat to Sri Lanka in terms of runs.

The new ball was Pakistan's problem in Galle, while bowling and batting. Their quicks could not get it to do much, and their batsmen could not survive when Kulasekara got it to move. There is much quality in both spin attacks, and both dominated in Galle.

Sri Lanka did what winning sides usually do in the subcontinent, they batted big in the first innings, struck early with the new ball, and let the spinners take over. They will look to repeat the dose in Colombo.

Form guide


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Watch out for...

Younis Khan batted 304 deliveries in the first Test. Pakistan collectively lasted 327 deliveries in the first innings there. He was dropped for the final ODI, but showed in Galle why he is easily Pakistan's most important Test batsman. In a match dominated by spinners, Younis hardly looked like getting out to them, playing straight with bat firmly in front of pad and sweeping often. He fell to the umpires in the first innings and to the second new ball in the second.

Much has been said about Nuwan Kulasekara's Test record against Pakistan, and it is worth repeating. In five Tests against them, he has taken 25 wickets at 16.40. His record against other teams - two wickets at 121.50 against India, three wickets at 50.00 against New Zealand and no wickets in two Tests against England. It is the swing and seam movement; can Pakistan find a way to deal with it?

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground is expected to be good for batting. That is like saying rain is expected during Wimbledon. Almost every third game at the ground has been drawn. Consider the previous two games played here. Last year, Australia made 316 and 488. Sri Lanka made 473. In 2010, Sri Lanka declared their first innings on 642 for 4 only to watch India pile on 707. If Pakistan crumble at the SSC, even Misbah might not be able to hide his anger.

The weather has been warm and humid. There was a brief shower yesterday, and scattered thunderstorms are forecast on all five days of the Test.

Team news

Sri Lanka's only headache is the choice of the new-ball partner for Kulasekara. Nuwan Pradeep was quick and sharp in Galle but is prone to breakdowns. The problem is that the possible replacement, Dilhara Fernando, is more prone to them. Will they go for the much slower allrounder, Thisara Perera, instead?

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 Nuwan Pradeep/Dilhara Fernando.

Misbah will return for Pakistan, meaning that Mohammad Ayub, who did not do badly at all in his debut Test in Galle, is most likely to sit out. Junaid Khan looked flat on his comeback from injury in the first innings in Galle before responding with an energetic burst in the second. Will Pakistan go with either of Aizaz Cheema or Mohammad Sami in place of Junaid?

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

Stats and trivia

  • Four of the previous six Tests at the SSC have been drawn.
  • There have been three centuries by Pakistan batsmen at the SSC; two of them by Shoaib Malik.
  • Pakistan have never lost to Sri Lanka at the SSC.

Quotes

"We let them score nearly 500 and that put pressure on us. It's not just our batting, but we need to improve our bowling as well."
Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan's batsmen were not the only ones at fault in Galle

"We are trying to develop a bowling attack that will hunt in a pack. We don't yet have the experience of a Murali or a Vaas."
Mahela Jayawardene asks for more patience with Sri Lanka's bowlers

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | June 30, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @Naveed85: India have won twice in South Africa, remember the match sreesanth took 5 wickets & they won a test when they last toured as well, series was shared 1-1. SL never won a test match in India as well. We have won tests in England, 1 was under Dravid's captaincy when we won 1-0, we have won series in the pasts & won tests even under Dada's captaincy. Please check your facts before accusations.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Ameega,yep man i remember that india lost 0-4 to ENG&0-4 to AUS But i can not remember any match that srilanka lost 0-4 to anyteam at overseas:)

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Mr gould and davies you people are the jewels ,please do decide this game in two day ,you know how to do it better ,.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | June 30, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    After returning Misbah, Pakistan batting line will be strong.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 30, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @Naveed85, Sri Lanka have won 6 tests in Pakistan, 2 in NZ and 2 in England. Please check the facts please. Forgot how we won 2-1 in Pakistan in 1995 and 2000? We are a very good side and that was why we have won one test in South Africa. Pakistan have only won 2 tests in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Much slower allrounder? Abhishek, at least in the CB series in Aus, Perera was hitting the 140 mark on a regular basis. It's more the fact that he can get a bit wayward at times. Sri Lanka produce a lot of pacemen, but not a lot of them are any good. Kula is good, but he can't do it all alone.

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | June 30, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    pakistan can win if there is a fair game..its not easy to play against 13 players. between there is no doubt srilanka are good team at home and poor away never won a test match in Australia, India only one test win in south africa, england, west indies and a couple in pakistan, nzl

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    In TEST cricket, DRS is very important. Only one wrong decision turns the result of match.............

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | June 30, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    @Farrukh.91.: Whats the use of DRS even umpires if the player can decide himself out or not as you said about Younis's out in the second inning....lol.

    see the cricinfo comments: 80.5 Kulasekara to Younis Khan, OUT, and the new ball has struck first over, Kula is the man again, bowled straight, back of a length outside off, Younis pushing out from the crease, clear sound of a nick as it moves away slightly, through to the keeper, Younis hangs around for a bit and walks back in disappointment

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | June 30, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Pakistan's unbeaten run? Oh for God's sake. They win a match or two here and there, and it becomes unbeaten run? They don't even know how to even hold a cricket bat properly. 8 down for 32 runs recently is an example. You don't end up ranked at the bottom of every possible rankings for nothing. Unbeaten run my foot.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | June 30, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @Naveed85: India have won twice in South Africa, remember the match sreesanth took 5 wickets & they won a test when they last toured as well, series was shared 1-1. SL never won a test match in India as well. We have won tests in England, 1 was under Dravid's captaincy when we won 1-0, we have won series in the pasts & won tests even under Dada's captaincy. Please check your facts before accusations.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Ameega,yep man i remember that india lost 0-4 to ENG&0-4 to AUS But i can not remember any match that srilanka lost 0-4 to anyteam at overseas:)

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Mr gould and davies you people are the jewels ,please do decide this game in two day ,you know how to do it better ,.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | June 30, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    After returning Misbah, Pakistan batting line will be strong.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 30, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @Naveed85, Sri Lanka have won 6 tests in Pakistan, 2 in NZ and 2 in England. Please check the facts please. Forgot how we won 2-1 in Pakistan in 1995 and 2000? We are a very good side and that was why we have won one test in South Africa. Pakistan have only won 2 tests in South Africa.

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    Much slower allrounder? Abhishek, at least in the CB series in Aus, Perera was hitting the 140 mark on a regular basis. It's more the fact that he can get a bit wayward at times. Sri Lanka produce a lot of pacemen, but not a lot of them are any good. Kula is good, but he can't do it all alone.

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | June 30, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    pakistan can win if there is a fair game..its not easy to play against 13 players. between there is no doubt srilanka are good team at home and poor away never won a test match in Australia, India only one test win in south africa, england, west indies and a couple in pakistan, nzl

  • POSTED BY on | June 30, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    In TEST cricket, DRS is very important. Only one wrong decision turns the result of match.............

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | June 30, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    @Farrukh.91.: Whats the use of DRS even umpires if the player can decide himself out or not as you said about Younis's out in the second inning....lol.

    see the cricinfo comments: 80.5 Kulasekara to Younis Khan, OUT, and the new ball has struck first over, Kula is the man again, bowled straight, back of a length outside off, Younis pushing out from the crease, clear sound of a nick as it moves away slightly, through to the keeper, Younis hangs around for a bit and walks back in disappointment

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | June 30, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Pakistan's unbeaten run? Oh for God's sake. They win a match or two here and there, and it becomes unbeaten run? They don't even know how to even hold a cricket bat properly. 8 down for 32 runs recently is an example. You don't end up ranked at the bottom of every possible rankings for nothing. Unbeaten run my foot.

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | June 30, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    @gunnerz, well said. Sri Lankans are Lions only at home. Whenever they tour overseas, Eng or Aus, they loose 0-4. I am really impressed by your brave comments.

  • POSTED BY Rupster on | June 30, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    I think pakistan should watch out for Sangakkara because when he is in form, he scores heavy runs

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    be prepare to play against 13 player's team.... Good Luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 29, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Result depends on umpiring more than anything else.. But i hope pakistan wont get 10 decesions against them again because that was an achievemnt from umpires it must would have taken alot of effort to get.. so pakistan should compete well and hard.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | June 29, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka, I am an English fan but am delighted to see the resurgance of your side. Have toured the country twice and found the people very hospitable, polite and friendly. Also think that the fans are knowledgable. I think SL have the potential to become the best side in the sub continent if they can find a better spinner than Herath. He is decent but I think on tracks that don't suit him he may go the distance. I also think it is a particualrly positive and pro active move to make seaming wickets in the domestic matches as this will encourage seamers and improve the techniques of batsmen against the moving ball. If we had the weather in England I am sure we would try and create some dust bowls, but considering we have approx 1 dry day a week at present, this is almost impossible. I do expect Pak to come back strongly in the second test however and think the SL top order must ensure a solid start or else their attack could get their tails up. Should be a good game again.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | June 29, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    This match would be more likely a draw because of the bad weather. Anyway any team wins the toss should bat first. SL needs to be more careful about their bowling strength. I like to see Tissara gets an opportunity as SL's main seamers are out of injuries.

  • POSTED BY shakaibkhan on | June 29, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Younis is ok for tests but definitely not good for one dayers and twenty twenty.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | June 29, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    come on Sri Lanka, wrap up this series...all these stats about how SL hasnt won since Murali retired..are you surprised?He was the LEADING wicket taker in test HISTORY..it takes time to come back from a loss of a player that special but we are still performing well despite not maganging series wins...

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    It will be a different game compared to Galle test. The wicket will not assist spinners until 4th or 5th day. So pace bowlers from both sides will have a big task ahead of them. Pakistan need to make some changes in batsmen as well as in batting order. In the end no matter whatever they do their fielding needs big improvement. So far it has been well below par and Sri Lankan fielding is miles ahead. I do not think winning the toss will carry any big advantage as wicket will play true for first 3 days and will not be difficult to bat even on the fifth day. Personally I do not foresee any team winning here if batsmen apply themselves. Hope for much better standard of umpiring for the sake of game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Ist of all change the umpires n u people would b havng a changd result.2ndly pak need to dismis big trio(mahela,sanga,dilshan),if it hapens,sl can be restrictd to undr 200,3rdly,it z sort of pitch where if u win d toss,u cannot lose d match,its true,herath,kula r survivng at intrnatnl test scene jst bcoz troublng pak,they r pity average elswhere

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    If Pakistani team play as one unit and stop internal politics , Sri Lanka would be beaten easily..

  • POSTED BY am5786 on | June 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Why to replace Ayub why not Hafeez. Hafeez has been in poor form in this series he needs rest to he is the one who should give a way to Misbah.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | June 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    ''Younis Khan fell to the umpires in the first innings and to the second new ball in the second'', wrong; he fell to the umpires in both the innings, his reaction can be seen after getting out in the second innings, he is the sort of player who doesn't even wait for the umpire's signal once he is out, this happened in the 4th ODI when he started walking after he had edged the ball!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    PAKISTAN WILL WUN 2ND TEST I M 100% CONFIDENT

  • POSTED BY rukii on | June 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Last three test wins for sri lanka in home are recorded at Galle. so the series would end 1-0.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    @gunnerz,stop saying jokes,we srilankan never lost 8 test matches(whitewash) continuously in overseas,now whole world knows who are the real lions,india can win matches in only flat tracks!!!!

  • POSTED BY rukii on | June 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum if Pakistan bats better when Misbah is the captain but Pakistan bowls better when Hafeez is the captain (Also fielding). then misbah should capatain when they are batting and hafeez when they are bowling. @cricketpissek i dont know about thilan but it might be Dilshan a local news paper reported that dilshan would retire from test in the end of this year(newzeland series).

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Expecting double century from Sangakkara this time against his favourite opponent and centuries also from other SL batsman, as they have strong record at SSC and lastly series. Hoping SL will thrash Pak in this test also as in Galle.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    SL already won the series as remaining two matches will be won by either SL or will end in draws as heavy rain is expected.....but PAK cannot win as there Bowling and Batting are struggling a lot....SL need only Sangakkara, Kulasekara and Herath to defeat Pakistan as they have extraordinary records only against Pakistan....

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 29, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Stats: In 2006 Pak won both ODI and Test series against SL, SL won both odi n test series in 2009, in 2011 Pak won both odi n test series, and now SL won the ODI series, so they will definetly win the test series.....

  • POSTED BY romirom on | June 29, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    good to see misbah back.. he one of the great cricketer pakistan ever produced in test cricket, and another important thing in the opening spot. should open with azhr alli with the attacking batsman ( i.e umar akmal). com on Pakistan do something new so that your opponent team could not predict your game plan. and you need to find another bating wicket keeper. wicket keeper is the big problem for pakistan. they have never ever to produce the wicket keeper like gilchrist, sangakara, dhoni, or not like boucher. they should think about wicketer keeper serioulsly. i dont think there is any problem in bowling line up. gul, junaid, ajaml, are the best bowling line up currently pakistan have. just you need to think about the rehman. coz hafeez had done good enough to be the second front line spinner in the team. and last in test match hafeez could cum at no. 6 coz he is the allrounder.and odi and t20 he sud open as a hard hitter batsman not who score the runs quicker as possible. Best up luck

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 29, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @gunnerz, has India won a test series in Australia, South Africa even? Sri Lanka got the first test win within 5 years of getting test status but India took 19 years to record their first test win.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 29, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @gunnerz, Sri Lanka have won tests series in Pakistan twice. Check your facts please.

  • POSTED BY Classy.Nerd on | June 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Pakistan played alot better in Bowling/Batting/Fielding departments during 2nd Innings of Galle Test. I really think a change here could dent another gelling of strong unit. Pakistan SHOULD get their unit psychologically/technically strong. Just get the new guy back at the bench to fit the skipper.

  • POSTED BY Mohammad_Imran on | June 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Misbah, PLEASE play Mohammad Sami! i know he had a bad last odi, but his pace can do some serious damage on a flat pitch... His pace out of hand might show 145-150kph, but it's the pace of his delivery after it bounces & reaches the batsmen which is much faster than most other fast bowlers in the world.

  • POSTED BY gunnerz on | June 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    SL are lions only at home. Once they play outside, they lose. Without Murali, they have realised this reality. They have never won a series in India, Australia, SA, Pakistan.... Not even a test in India and Australia.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 29, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Hopefully Sangakkara will get a double hundred this time without a glitch. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY beeran on | June 29, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    instead of paranavitana ,open with thisara.he can bat better.his bowling will be an added advantage which will ease the pressure on kula and mathews.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Pakistan should not drop Ayub but Hafiz for this match. I would rather have Azhar Ali opening the innings together with Afaq Rahim or Taufeeq umar and keep Ayub in the squad. Hafiz has not performed for 12 innings where as Ayub showed a very good technique.

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | June 29, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    I would actually make three changes to Pakistan team. I think Ayub played very well for a debutant & deserves to keep his place. So I would bring back Misbah in place of Taufeeq & have Azhar open with Hafeez. Gul & Junaid were pathetic in the first Test, so I would drop them both & bring in Sami & Cheema. 1-Hafeez, 2-Azhar, 3-Younis, 4-Shafiq, 5-Misbah, 6-Ayub, 7-Akmal, 8-Rehman, 9-Ajmal, 10-Sami, 11-Cheema.

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | June 29, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Could this be Thilan's final test at his favourite ground?

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 29, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I agree with Mujaheed Ali, with the rains increasing the more likely result is going to be draw, thereby putting more pressure on Pakistan to win a test to draw the series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Taufeeq umar shuld be dropped !!! pakistan cld use a more solid opener ! Azhar ali has all the makings of a good opener and he can open .. i think faisal iqbal wld be a good number 3 .. he wld give more strength to the pakistani batting order... also we need to go with mohammad sami or a wahab riaz in tests to attack the opposition with pace !!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 29, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    I am so fed-up with Umar Gul that i won mind if in one match Sami is played instead of Gul. But better i would like to see some youngster in place of Gul or atleast cheema.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 29, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    With the type of selection and team balance at hand I don't expect Pakistan to win a single game, though some players are capable of putting up a good show. According to me Draw is the most likely result in the remaining matches because rain has increased and we are getting into thick rainy season. Otherwise also I dont expect the present setup to put too much presure on the Sri Lankans. Hafeez's batting is terribely out of form. Umar Gul has become a big liability but Misbah seems to have too much faith in Gul. With less chances of results in the remaining matches i hope they try some of the younger fast bowlers warming the beches.

  • POSTED BY ASA632 on | June 29, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Wish best luck to PAKISTAN ...... The Playing XI should be Taufeeq>Azhar ali>Younis>Misbah>shafiq>Ayub/Afaq Raheem/faisal Iqbal>Adnan>Abdur Rahman>Saeed Ajmal>Aizaz>Sami

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 29, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    A Test at the SSC. Get ready for some double hundreds from the SL batsmen. When was the last time Mahela failed here? Pak fielders will be looking forward to this one lol.

  • POSTED BY InsideHedge on | June 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Younis will score some runs in the 4th inns as Pak LOSES yet again. Just another mid ranking team in all forms of cricket.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 29, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    dilhara is much better than perera,he has speed pace,perera only good at T20&ODI bez his blowing speed around 130-136.i saw some says perera is much better than dilhara,what a joke,first try to understand the type of format!!!also perera fails previous in test matches bez of his lower speed,please do not get this wrong that i mentioned lower speed,kulasekara has also lower speed but he can swin the ball,perera could not..if you want to play better test match we need pace attack that why dilhara is better than perera in test matches

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I think if Pakistan want to come back in test series, they have to make two changes. Umar gul should be replace with Aejaz cheema and Misbah will come inplace of Ayub.Secondly they have to bring Hafiz down in batting order.Openning inning with Toufiq and Azhar. If Pakistan get a solid opening start then it is easy to put toal around 500.. Hafiz should be brought one change bowler when ball is new.He can decesive batsmen with his fast off break when batsmen try to cut him. They have to field realy well to win the match. Abdul Rehman should not afraid to flight the ball.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 29, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Aha! I worked it out! Pakistan bats better when Misbah is the captain but Pakistan bowls better when Hafeez is the captain (Also fielding).

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | June 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    So nervous for this match.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 29, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Please dont play Dilhara. Instead play Thisara Perera as he has not so far featured in a home test.

  • POSTED BY nitharsh on | June 29, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    My wish is to play Thisara Perera.But to be logical Nuwan pradeep deserves another chance instead of Fernando.Good luck lions.

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Records will be broken, as Pak will lose the series and SL will win the series comfortably as they won the first test...

  • POSTED BY Dominator66 on | June 29, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Why go with Paranavitana again??? don't understand this selection, he is mediocre, and what does it takes them to have a better opener?? why cant they have tharanga in opening with dilshan???come on some one has to realize this!! just because the other batsmen scores runs he gets away!!

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    SL will win this test easily as Pak batsman are struggling to cope with Kulasekara's swing, Herath and Randiv spin bowling and even Pak bowling is not in good form. so expecting series victory for SL in this test. SL need only 3 bowlers to win this test, they can play Perera in place of Nuwan Pradeep....

  • POSTED BY suve on | June 29, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    This is Mahela's Favourite ground, Sanga and Mahela put on 600+ in a partnership vs South africa at the SSC in 2006. I would go with the same team as Galle, Fernando hasn't done well at the SSC before. Good Luck to both Teams

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Go team Misbah go, Go and take the revenge for the first test! ;)

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 29, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    For heavens sake not those umpires again, other wise this match will not be watchable like the first one!

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  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 29, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    For heavens sake not those umpires again, other wise this match will not be watchable like the first one!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Go team Misbah go, Go and take the revenge for the first test! ;)

  • POSTED BY suve on | June 29, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    This is Mahela's Favourite ground, Sanga and Mahela put on 600+ in a partnership vs South africa at the SSC in 2006. I would go with the same team as Galle, Fernando hasn't done well at the SSC before. Good Luck to both Teams

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    SL will win this test easily as Pak batsman are struggling to cope with Kulasekara's swing, Herath and Randiv spin bowling and even Pak bowling is not in good form. so expecting series victory for SL in this test. SL need only 3 bowlers to win this test, they can play Perera in place of Nuwan Pradeep....

  • POSTED BY Dominator66 on | June 29, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Why go with Paranavitana again??? don't understand this selection, he is mediocre, and what does it takes them to have a better opener?? why cant they have tharanga in opening with dilshan???come on some one has to realize this!! just because the other batsmen scores runs he gets away!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 29, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Records will be broken, as Pak will lose the series and SL will win the series comfortably as they won the first test...

  • POSTED BY nitharsh on | June 29, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    My wish is to play Thisara Perera.But to be logical Nuwan pradeep deserves another chance instead of Fernando.Good luck lions.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 29, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Please dont play Dilhara. Instead play Thisara Perera as he has not so far featured in a home test.

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | June 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    So nervous for this match.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 29, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    Aha! I worked it out! Pakistan bats better when Misbah is the captain but Pakistan bowls better when Hafeez is the captain (Also fielding).