Sri Lanka have produced many highly talented batsmen over the last couple of decades, from Aravinda de Silva to Sanath Jayasuriya and Marvan Atapattu to Mahela Jayawardene. Another name that would easily slot into this category is that of Kumar Sangakkara.
For Sri Lanka, the second Test at the P Sara Oval, beginning on Thursday, will have great sentimental value. After all, it will be the final international match of one of their greats. While India would be pleased to be part of the special occasion,
During the course of the fifth and final one-dayer against Pakistan, Sri Lankan veteran Tillakaratne Dilshan became the latest batsman to enter the 10,000 run club. Dilshan now has 10,007 runs in 319 matches at an average of 39.7 with 22 hundreds and 45 fifties
With the three-Test series tied 1-1, both Pakistan and Sri Lanka will look to go all out to clinch the series in the third Test at Pallekele. Pakistan won the first Test at Galle with ease while Sri Lanka fought back equally well to claim the second match at Colombo comprehensively.
Asian giants Sri Lanka and Pakistan will feature in yet another series when the Galle Test kicks off on Wednesday. While the matches between the two sides have been evenly contested, Sri Lanka have always had the advantage while playing at home.