After suffering from their fifth consecutive whitewash on Australian soil, Pakistan will be all geared up to play first Test series on home soil after 10 years. Host Pakistan will be looking to break their losing streak in Test cricket when they take on Sri Lanka in a two-match series that starts from 12th December.
The home side have announced their squad and made two changes for the two-match series against Sri Lanka. Usman Khan Shinwari and Fawad Alam have been included while Iftikhar Ahmed and Muhammad Musa have been dropped following their poor returns in Australia.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka have gone with unchanged set of players for the tour of Pakistan. Uncapped pacer Asitha Fernando comes in place of Suranga Lakmal after he was ruled out of the series due to dengue fever.
Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thiramanne have been included in the Test squad for the two-match Test series. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne will be hoping that the side can continue their decent form in Test cricket against Pakistan.
Here are some of most important statistics with regards to Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2019 Test Series.
6 victories for Pakistan out of last 26 Test matches played against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. 2015 was the last time Pakistan won a Test series against Sri Lanka.
2000 was the last time Sri Lanka won a Test series against Pakistan in Pakistan. Dimuth Karunaratne will be confident as the side has managed to win their last four Test matches against Pakistan in Test cricket.
48.16 is the average for Azhar Ali against Sri Lanka in Test cricket. Azhar has scored 1156 runs in 15 Test matches with five centuries to his name. H will be keen to find form with the bat in this two-match Test series.
17 wickets needed by Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Matthews to complete 50 wickets in Test Cricket. Matthew currently has taken 33 wickets in 83 Test matches at an average of 52.67.
10 wickets needed by Pakistan’s premier spinner Yasir Shah to complete 50 wickets against Sri Lanka in Test Cricket. Shah has claimed 40 wickets in 5 Test matches at an average of 21.65 with five five-fors to his name.
59 runs needed by Pakistani middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq to complete 1,000 runs against Sri Lanka in Test Cricket. Shafiq has accumulated 941 runs in 17 Test matches at an average of 42.77 with three centuries to his name.
164 runs needed by Sri Lanka Captain Dimuth Karunaratne to complete 1,000 runs against Pakistan in Test Cricket. Left-hander has accumulated 836 runs in nine matches at an average of 55.73 with two centuries to his name.
51 runs needed by opening batsman Shan Masood to complete 1,000 runs for Pakistan in Test Cricket. Masood has accumulated 949 runs in 18 Test matches at an average of 27.91. Left-hander has scored one century and six half-centuries for Pakistan in red-ball cricket.
246 runs needed by Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis to complete 3000 runs in Test cricket. Mendis currently has scored 2754 runs in 41 Test matches at an average of 36.23 with six centuries to his name.
269 runs needed by Pakistan Captain Azhar Ali to complete 6,000 runs in Test Cricket. Azhar has accumulated 5731 runs in 75 Test matches at an average of 42.45 with 15 centuries to his name.