December 31, 2013 – Jan 4, 2014
Start time 1000 internal (0600 GMT)
Appetisers devoured, entrées done, a debate arrives during a categorical march with fans’ appetites good whetted. Five of a 7 limited-overs matches have been good contests, and a cricket has mostly been absorbing. Sri Lanka have won fewer matches, yet they are now increased by a lapse of their primary Test match-winner in Rangana Herath, and their best batsman opposite spin in Mahela Jayawardene.
Still, in a UAE, Pakistan reason a pre-series aces. Sri Lanka have not usually had no Tests given March, they have also foregone a use matches that are so mostly a bedrock of successful unfamiliar expeditions. Three transparent days between a final ODI and a initial day of a Test usually intensify their challenge.
Pakistan are also during a transparent advantage in another area – yet they are blank Mohammad Irfan for this series, their gait conflict is vicious where Sri Lanka’s is usually doughty. No bowler in Sri Lanka’s 16-man patrol is Junaid Khan’s equal, and nonetheless Umar Gul has a common record opposite Sri Lanka, a reverse-swing he gleans on dry pitches competence infer manly opposite a visitors’ fresh center order. In comparison, Suranga Lakmal has never taken some-more than 4 wickets in a compare and averages 65.75, while Shaminda Eranga has been distant from his best in domestic cricket over a past dual months.
Where Sri Lanka will wish to make a many belligerent on their antithesis is in a tip order. Kumar Sangakkara averages a towering 89.23 in 31 innings opposite Pakistan, and if Saeed Ajmal has a kryptonite, Sangakkara is his glowing, immature nightmare. In Sangakkara’s final 6 innings in a UAE, he has strike a double-ton, a century and dual fifties. When a teams final met for a three-Test array in Sri Lanka in Jun 2012, Sangakkara strike 490 runs during an normal of 163.3. How Pakistan find to stop his hazard competence go some approach in final a outcome of a series. They will maybe be heartened that Sangakkara has not been in meaningful hold in a ODIs.
Jayawardene has had reduction success opposite Pakistan and is clearly brief of compare practice, as he arrives from an extended personal leave, yet he is inspired to pull his Test normal over 50 once some-more and has a technique to pullulate in a UAE. With a slew of fresh batsmen around them, Sri Lanka’s juggernauts competence have to be a engine room of a team’s innings as a youngsters palliate behind into Test cricket.
Pakistan possess dual wizened pillars of their own. Younis Khan struggled opposite South Africa’s attack, yet will approaching find Sri Lanka’s bowlers a friendlier challenge, while it is substantially harder for Misbah-ul-Haq, on benefaction form, not to cranky fifty on a outing to a crease. Pakistan’s immature batsmen, like Sri Lanka’s, have copiousness to benefit from a series, yet some also have many to lose.
(last 5 matches, many new first)
Sri Lanka: WDLLL
In a spotlight
The Rangana Herath v Saeed Ajmal energetic has already been played down by a teams, but, with dual of a excellent spinners in a universe about to play on manageable surfaces, it is a many sparkling head-to-head of a tour. The final time they played in a same series, they finished adult as a tip wicket-takers, with a same array of wickets. Herath had a improved normal and economy rate, yet Ajmal struck in fewer deliveries. The Sri Lankan spinner weaves a web and waits for his chase to entangle themselves in it, while a Pakistan bowler steals tighten and pounces. It is a collision of slow-bowling philosophies, and it has a intensity to be a defining cause in a series.
Opening batsmen have undone both sides over a past dual years and, with Tillakaratne Dilshan’s retirement, Sri Lanka are now forced to margin dual rookies during a tip of a order. Kaushal Silva will lapse for his second army in a inhabitant side, and Dimuth Karunaratne will continue his preparation in a purpose after another excellent year in Sri Lanka’s A team. Pakistan’s multiple is reduction sure. Mohammad Hafeez’s Test normal in a final year is 10.2, yet given his implausible success in a ODI series, a group government will onslaught to leave him out of a Tests. They competence embody him during a responsibility of opener Shan Masood, yet they competence also have Hafeez nearing during No.3 instead of Azhar Ali. Either way, any of a illusive openers for both sides has an event to hide themselves in Tests over a following weeks.
Apart from a Hafeez/Masood/Azhar tussle, Pakistan’s XI competence be sincerely settled. If Hafeez does play, he competence concede Pakistan to play possibly an additional batsman, or perhaps, a immature quick bowler in place of a second frontline spinner.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Khurram Manzoor, 2 Shan Masood, 3 Mohammad Hafeez/Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Adnan Akmal (wk), 8 Abdur Rehman/ Rahat Ali/ Mohammad Talha, 9 Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan
Sri Lanka’s batting seems stable, yet detached from Herath, a bowling is reduction settled. Dilruwan Perera competence have a notation corner over associate offspinner Sachithra Senanayake, yet possibly way, one of them seems set to make their Test entrance on Tuesday. Quick and assertive Nuwan Pradeep would supplement corner to a attack, yet Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal are a some-more arguable bowlers. Sri Lanka will approaching select dual out of a three. There is also a possibility Prasanna Jayawardene competence pull Lahiru Thirimanne out of a side, holding a gloves in a process. The ankle damage Thirimanne postulated during a ODI array competence also play a partial in gripping him out.
Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Kaushal Silva, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4. Mahela Jayawardene, 5. Lahiru Thirimanne/ Prasanna Jayawardene, 6. Angelo Mathews (capt), 7. Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 8. Sachithra Senanayake/Dilruwan Perera, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Shaminda Eranga/Nuwan Pradeep
The Abu Dhabi representation defended a immature shade on a eve of a match, suggesting join bowlers competence pullulate on a initial morning, yet a captains hold contradicting views on how a representation would play. Misbah approaching a representation to be delayed after a initial period, yet Angelo Mathews felt there was a small gait in it.
Stats and trivia
- Ajmal has discharged Sangakkara usually 3 times in 9 matches, and a batsman averages 95.5 against attacks that underline a Pakistan offspinner.
- Pakistan have won a dual many new matches in Abu Dhabi and drawn a other dual games.
- Rangana Herath’s 51 wickets opposite Pakistan is a many he has taken opposite any opposition, yet his normal of 35.60 in a UAE is significantly worse than his career normal of 29.52.
- Pakistan’s usually draws after Jan 2011 have been opposite Sri Lanka. The dual teams have played any other 6 times and won one diversion any in that period.
“I am not endangered about Ajmal. we am endangered about my group and how we am going to perform.”
Rangana Herath is among a few who are not shopping into a Ajmal v Herath hype.
“Sri Lanka is a tip side and a rival one to play with so we need to be during your best to do well.”