COLOMBO: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq chose to bat first in the second Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval in Colombo.
Misbah said he wanted his bowlers, specially the spinners, to have the advantage of bowling last on a pitch that’s known to be result-oriented.
The presence of a green tinge on the track did not bother the Pakistan captain too much who believed it was unlikely to have a major impact in the heat.
Angelo Mathews said he would have bowled first had he won the toss to allow his seamers the advantage of bowling in helpful conditions for the first couple of hours. Sri Lanka were forced into one change, and chose to make another.
An injury to Dilruwan Perera, who split the webbing of his hand in the Galle Test, meant that offspinner Tharindu Kaushal was picked for his second Test, while fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera – who made his ODI debut earlier this year – was handed a Test cap in place of Nuwan Pradeep.
Pakistan went in with an unchanged side and it will be interesting to see how they approach the fifth-bowler quota, a role that was filled by Mohammad Hafeez in the first Test. Hafeez was reported for a suspect action at the end of the Test, the second time in a year. Most of the focus, however, will be on Younis Khan, who became the fifth Pakistan player to play 100 Test matches.
Sri Lanka 1 Dimuth Karunaratne, 2 Kaushal Silva, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews (capt), 6 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 7 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 8 Tharindu Kaushal, 9 Dhammika Prasad, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Dushmantha Chameera
Pakistan 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Azhar Ali, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Zulfiqar Babar, 11 Junaid Khan