The hosts Sri Lanka are getting ready for s test series win in three years as they face visitors from Pakistan in the second test match at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo from June 30 to July4.
Sri Lanka compeletely dominated Pakistan in the first test at Galle and beat the visitors by hefty margin of 209 runs with a day to spare. Sri Lanka lead Pakistan 1-0 in athree test matches series. Earlier Sri Lanka also won the 5-ODIs series 3-1, with one ODI wshed away in rain.
It may be added that Sri Lanka has not won a Test series since defeating New Zealand 2-0 at home in August 2009.
Pakistan with a very weak batting side has not been able to make a mark against the hosts so far. It is only its bowlers that are saving shocking defeats as Pakistan's spinners claimed 11 of 14 Sri Lankan wickets at Galle. saeed Ajmal came out on top with seven wickets.
Pakistan with its Misbah less first test series had all its batsmen playing with their batteries almsot discharged and could not take advantage of the superb performance of their bowlers.
What happen from tomorrow onward can be anybody's guess.
The opposing teams for the second test are:
Sri Lanka: DPMD Jayawardene*, AD Mathews, LD Chandimal, TM Dilshan, ANPR Fernando, CRD Fernando, HMRKB Herath, HAPW Jayawardene†, S Randiv, KMDN Kulasekara, BMAJ Mendis, NT Paranavitana, NLTC Perera, TT Samaraweera, KC Sangakkara
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq*, Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal†, Afaq Raheem, Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Ayub, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Sami, Saeed Ajmal, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Gul, Younis Khan
The test match is scheduled from June 30 - July 4 2012 daily at 04:30 GMT at Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC), Colombo.
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