Pakistan Sri Lanka revive one-day rivalry: Pakistan and Sri Lanka open their rivalrly limited overlapping in cricket since the five-match one-day series which begins here on Friday promises fierce competition from both sides with talent.
Pakistan won the last three-Test series 1-0, but their captain Misbah-ul Haq, he feared a strong recovery of the population of Sri Lanka, which are the world number two in the sixth place in the ICC of the opponent (Council International Cricket) Classification.
Sri Lanka was also runner-up in India in the World Cup this year in Pakistan were the semifinalists.
“Sri Lanka is a very good one-day side, so we know that against good competition, but our focus is and I think it’s a 50-50 game because if he reached the final of the World Cup, which were semi-finalists “Misbah said.
The Misbah 37-year-old was named captain of the three formats of the game in June this year after Shahid Afridi walked out in protest at being sacked as captain of a day.
Afridi, who was 21 layoffs window maker joint leadership in the World Cup with Zaheer Khan of India, returns to the team after reversing his decision to retire earlier this month.
Misbah Afridi expected return will boost Pakistan.
“Afridi is a versatile bike very well and every time you play is a threat to the opponents,” Afridi said Misbah on who holds the record for the fastest one day hundred, took 37 balls against Sri Lanka in 1997.
However, the versatile 31 will be under pressure to carry out both in batting and bowling after a bad series of one day against West Indies in May, after which they fell with the then coach Waqar Younis.
Sri Lanka will also be bolstered by the return of its deep paceman Lasith Malinga to action earlier this year retired from Test cricket, but still represents a big threat in the limited over games with his lethal Yorkers.
“Lasith gives support to bowl well on top and that is why we have a decent team one day and had a good one-day series against Australia at home two months ago,” said Capt. Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka.
But no series win as captain Dilshan in both tests and one day, since taking over from Kumar Sangakkara in May this year.
The opener 35 years old, still believes his team lead to some positive aspects of the test series.
“We take the positive aspects of the evidence, bowling is very experienced and Lasith Dilhan (Fernando), both have played well and our batting is very strong, so we have a good chance,” said Dilshan.
The remaining matches will be played in Dubai (November 14 and 18), Sharjah (November 20) and Abu Dhabi (November 23). The parties also have a Twenty20 in Abu Dhabi on November 25.