About the Match
Sri Lanka will host Pakistan in a 3-match Test series, the first of which is scheduled to be held from 17th June at Galle; the two nations have faced each other several times in recent years with the previous test series at Sri Lanka resulting in an emphatic win for the hosts. Pakistan will be resolved to break the jinx whereas the home side, who are looking for young talent, will use this opportunity to strengthen their position against a familiar opponent.
Pakistan has not won a test series in Sri Lanka since 2006 but with a renewed squad that’s determined to do well, the team will surely come out all guns blazing to change their fortunes. Misbah-ul-Haq has been the most successful captain for the side and sets a fine example for the youngsters; they will draw confidence from their recent win against Bangladesh and a comprehensive win against Australia last year. The batting line-up is impressive with specialists like Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed and old horse Younis Khan rendering their services. On the bowling front, Wahab Riaz has been in good form and being the main wicket-taker for the team, he will lead the squad from the front. Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Shan Masood and all-rounders like Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Ehsan Adil will provide variety and depth to the bowling attack. Azhar Ali with his role as the vice-captain will be a worthy assistant to Misbah and can contribute with both bat and ball when situation demands. Overall, they are a strong unit and can definitely put up stiff challenges for the hosts in the upcoming series.
Kumar Sangakkara has 12,203 runs under his belt and is only one double-century short of Bradman’s record of twelve; his experience is key to the team’s batting strength and he will be eager to wrap up his career on a high. Angelo Mathews will lead the side and has time and again proved his capabilities as an all-rounder; he will be supported by batsmen like Thirimanne, Chandimal, Karunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera and Kaushal Silva. The bowling department will be guided by the in-form Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep who are known for their wicket-taking abilities. Dhammika Prasad, Kithuruwan Vithanage and Jehan Mubarak bring variety to the attack while all-rounders like Tharindu Kaushal and Dushmantha Chameera will try to support with both bat and ball. The team has a well-balanced mix of bowlers and batsmen, who can step up when situation demands. Sangakkara is close to retiring and will do his best to guide the team yet again towards victory; they have the motivation to succeed in front of the home crowd and we will definitely see them firing from all cylinders against Pakistan in the upcoming match.
The two teams have met each other many times and are quite aware of the tactics that will be used by the opponent; while Sri Lanka has the home advantage, Pakistan will be eager to avenge its previous defeats with a better performance this time around. The competition will surely witness some amazing feats both from the home team as well as the visitors and Sri Lanka might just have the advantage to successfully overcome the challenge and continue with their unbeaten record. However, given that rain is expected on each day of the test match and with teams almost equal on paper, we expect a draw