Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates: Pakistan VsSri Lanka 1st Test at Abu Dhabi, Dec 31, 2013 - Jan 4, 2014.
Teams: Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan
Venu: Played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: Match scheduled to begin at 10:00 local time (06:00 GMT)
last five matches, most recent first:
Sri Lanka: W D L L L
Pakistan: L W L W L
The Abu Dhabi pitch retained a green tinge on the eve of the match, suggesting seam bowlers may prosper on the first morning, but the captains held contradicting views on how the pitch would play. Misbah expected the pitch to be slow after the initial period, but Angelo Mathews felt there was a little pace in it.
- Ajmal has dismissed Sangakkara only three times in nine matches, and the batsman averages 95.5against attacksthat feature the Pakistan offspinner.
- Pakistan have won the two most recent matches in Abu Dhabi and drawn the other two games.
- Rangana Herath's 51 wickets against Pakistan is the most he has taken against any opposition, but his average of 35.60 in the UAE is significantly worse than his career average of 29.52.
- Pakistan's only draws after January 2011 have been against Sri Lanka. The two teams have played each other six times and won one game each in that period.
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: (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