Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the two giants of Asian cricket, are going to kick off their two-match Test series from Thursday, September 28, in the UAE.
Pakistan first faced Sri Lanka in 1982 in a three-match Test series at their home, which the hosts won by 2-0.
Sri Lanka took around 15 years to win a series against the Men in Green. During Sri Lanka’s tour to Pakistan of 1995/96, when the Islanders were in red-hot form, they defeated the hosts by 2-1.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka are familiar competitors, they have played 51 Test matches against each other, where Pakistan knocked Lanka down 19 times, whereas they conceded defeat in 14 games, rest of 18 contests ended in a draw. Numbers suggest that Pakistan has got an upperhand over their opponents.
Here are some of the statistics from Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test journey.
Highest team totals
Pakistan scored 765/6d against Sri Lanka in 2009 in the second inning, which is the highest inning total in a Test between the two sides. In this game, Younis Khan scored his maiden triple-ton, whereas, Kamran Akmal also scored a century.
In the same Test, Sri Lanka had posted their highest total against Pakistan in Tests. They managed to score 644/7d in the first inning of the game. Mahela Jayawerdene and Thilan Samaraweera scored double-centuries each, while Kumar Sangakkara struck 70.
Highest run scorers
The run tally is dominated by the two greats of both teams. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is the highest run scorer when Pakistan and Sri Lanka met in Whites, while Pakistan’s Younis Khan is at the second spot.
Sangakkara has piled up 2,911 runs in 23 Tests against Pakistan with the help of 10 centuries and 12 half-centuries. On the other hand, Younis Khan played 29 Tests against the Islanders and scored 2,286 runs, which include 8 centuries and 12 half-centuries.
Both the players have retired from international cricket.
Highest individual scores in an inning
Once again, Pakistan’s batting maestro is at the top here, Younis Khan’s mesmerizing 313 is the highest by an individual in an inning.
From Sri Lanka, the aggressive left-hander, Sanath Jayasuriya’s 253 is the highest individual score in an inning against Pakistan.
Highest wicket-takers head to head
Sri Lanka’s slow-left arm, Rangana Herath has created a lot of problems for Pakistan throughout his career. He has hunted 90 Pakistani batsmen in only 19 Test matches.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s forgotten magician, Saeed Ajmal had been a nightmare for Lankan batters. He has taken 66 wickets in only 14 matches against them.
Best bowling figures in an inning
Once again Rangana Herath is topping the list here. He dismissed Pakistan’s 9 batsmen in an inning in 2014 to register his career best figures of 127/9.
From Pakistan, it is the legendary Imran Khan who ran riot against Sri Lankan batting in 1982, where he claimed 8/58.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka last played a Test in 2015. It will be the first Test match after ages where the two teams will face each other without their legendary players Younis Khan & Misbah Ul Haq (Pak) and Kumar Sangakkara & Mahela Jayawerdene (SL).
Moreover, it will be the first Test series for Pakistan under Sarfraz Ahmed’s leadership.