Preview: Sri Lanka aim for series win at SSC

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Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 18:18 [IST]
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Preview: Sri Lanka aim for series win

Colombo, Jun 29: Sri Lanka will look to win their first Test series at home for nearly three years when they face Pakistan in the second Test here at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) from Saturday.

Following the retirement of their greatest spin bowler and world record holder, Muttaiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka have failed to win a Test series in their conditions.

Sri Lanka's last Test series win (2-0) came in August 2009 against New Zealand. Since then, the Islanders have lost five and drawn three series.

The hosts will be hoping SSC will bring them success. At this venue, they have not lost a Test since 2004 and won six of their previous 11 five-day games here.

The opening Test of the three-match series was won by Sri Lanka with a big 209-run margin.

"We have to be positive. There are two more matches to go and we need to put the Galle match behind and keep improving. We need to be a lot more consistent with bowling, batting and fielding," said Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene.

He added: "A lot of hard work is required going into the next Test. We need to handle the conditions at SSC very well. We need to try and get on top of the opposition and keep the pressure."

Pakistan will welcome back their regular skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who missed Galle Test after being suspended by ICC for poor over-rate.

Misbah is not thinking of the past and wants to do well here.

"We know Sri Lanka play well at home, they know the conditions well. But this is a new Test match and both sides will go out there to win," Misbah said on Friday.

"We have to forget the past and be positive going into the match This is how cricket goes, you just can't afford to remember the games you have lost," he added.


Pakistan: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Mohammad Ayub, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Afaq Raheem, Aizaz Cheema.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dilhara Fernando.


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