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Pakistani Cricket Team In Sri Lanka In 2009


Pakistani Cricket Team In Sri Lanka In 2009

Pakistan in Sri Lanka in 2009
Sri Lanka
Dates 29 June 2009 – 12 August 2009
Captains Younis Khan Kumar Sangakkara
Test series
Result Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 2–0
Most runs Shoaib Malik (262) Kumar Sangakkara (331)
Most wickets Saeed Ajmal (14) Nuwan Kulasekara (17)
Player of the series Nuwan Kulasekara
One Day International series
Result Sri Lanka won the 5-match series 3–2
Most runs Younis Khan (244) Mahela Jayawardene (218)
Most wickets Mohammad Aamer (9) Thilan Thushara (9)
Player of the series Thilan Thushara
Twenty20 International series
Result Pakistan won the 1-match series 1–0

The Pakistan cricket team is touring Sri Lanka. The team is due to play three Test matches, five One Day Internationals, and one Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka. This tour is the return tour of the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan in 2008–09, where during the second test the match was abandoned due to a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team which injured seven players, three staff and killed six Pakistani policemen and two civilians.

Pakistan played a first-class game against Sri Lanka Cricket XI which was drawn. They will play a List A game. The tour will continue from 29 June 2009 to 12 August 2009.

Build up

The Series comes just two weeks after Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in ICC world T20 cup final. The Pakistani coach Intikhab Alam was satisfied by the security being provided by the Sri Lankan government, but was concerned about his team shift from T20 cricket to Test cricket. He said,

"The key to winning the series against a strong Sri Lankan team will be our ability to adjust to demanding Test match cricket in hot and humid weather. We can’t afford to look back. Winning the Twenty20 title will mean little when the first ball is bowled in the Test series. It’s a different ball game."

Pakistan has never lost a series in Sri Lanka, winning past three, and drawing two.[1] The Pakistani side has been boosted by return of Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq.

From the 19 Test matches played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in last five years, Pakistan have won 13, lost 2 and Drawn 4.

Kumar Sangakkara, for whom this is the first Test series as a Captain, brushing aside the effects of Lahore attacks and loss to Pakistan in ICC T20 worldcup, said that;

"Lahore is not on our minds, the team has done a really great job mentally getting over it, it was heartbreaking to lose the Twenty20 final but we had a great tournament. I am proud of the way the team played in England and I am confident we will do as well in the Test matches."

Test Squads

Sri Lanka Cricket XI for pre-series matches


  1. Thilina Kandamby (C)
  2. Gihan Rupasinghe
  3. Kaushal Silva
  4. Farveez Maharoof
  5. Chamara Kapugedera
  6. Nuwan Pradeep
  7. Tharanga Paranavitana
  8. Muthumudalige Pushpakumara
  9. Dilhara Fernando
  10. Suraj Mohamed
  11. Milinda Siriwardana
  12. Upul Tharanga
  13. Lahiru Thirimanne

Test series

The test series will consist of three Test matches at Galle International Stadium in Galle, Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium in Colombo and Sinhalese Sports Club Ground also in Colombo.

1st Test

Muttiah Muralitharan was ruled out for First Test after injuring his knee during fielding practice. He was replaced in the side for the first test by Rangana Herath.[5]

4 – 8 July
292 (80.2 overs)
Tharanga Paranavitana 72 (125)
Mohammad Aamer 3/74 (19 overs)
342 (94 overs)
Mohammad Yousuf 112 (186)
Nuwan Kulasekara 4/71 (24 overs)
217 (56.2 overs)
Tharanga Paranavitana 49 (58)
Mohammad Aamer 3/38 (11 overs)
117 (44.3 overs)
Salman Butt 28 (53)
Rangana Herath 4/15 (11.3 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 50 runs
Galle International Stadium, Galle
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Daryl Harper (AUS)
Player of the match: Rangana Herath
  • Pakistan won the toss and elected to field

2nd Test

3rd Test

20 – 24 July
299 (89.4 overs)
Khurram Manzoor 93 (263)
Thilan Thushara 5/83 (20.4 overs)
233 (68.3 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 79 (199)
Danish Kaneria 5/62 (20.3 overs)
425/9d (123 overs)
Shoaib Malik 134 (372)
Rangana Herath 5/157 (46 overs)
391/4 (134 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 130* (471)
Danish Kaneria 2/114 (36 overs)
Match drawn
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo
Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG) & Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Kumar Sangakkara
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field

ODI series

There was five ODIs and one T20 International, played between 30 July and 9 August. They were played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla and R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

1st ODI

2nd ODI

1 August 2009
168 (47 overs)
 Sri Lanka
169/4 (43.4 overs)
Mohammad Aamer 24* (32)
Thilan Thushara 3/33 (9 overs)
Chamara Kapugedera 67* (97)
Mohammad Aamer 1/35 (9.4 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
Player of the match: Chamara Kapugedera

3rd ODI

3 August 2009
288/8 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
289/4 (46.3 overs)
Umar Akmal 66 (65)
Angelo Mathews 2/41 (10 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 123 (108)
Saeed Ajmal 2/54 (9 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Dambulla
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Asoka de Silva (SRI)
Player of the match: Mahela Jayawardene

4th ODI

7 August 2009
321/5 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
175 (36.1 overs)
Umar Akmal 102* (72)
Malinga Bandara 2/44 (10 overs)
Upul Tharanga 80 (89)
Rao Iftikhar Anjum 5/30 (8.1 overs)
 Pakistan won by 146 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Gamini Silva (SRI)
Player of the match: Umar Akmal

5th ODI

9 August 2009
279/8 (50 overs)
 Sri Lanka
147 (34.2 overs)
Misbah-ul-Haq 73 (82)
Mohammad Aamer 4/28 (9 overs)
Thilina Kandamby 42 (71)
Nuwan Kulasekara 3/46 (10 overs)
 Pakistan won by 132 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Gamini Silva (IND)
Player of the match: Naved-ul-Hasan

Only Twenty20

12 August 2009
172/5 (20 overs)
 Sri Lanka
120 (18.1 overs)
Shahid Afridi 50 (37)
Thilan Thushara 2/37 (4 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 38 (31)
Naved-ul-Hasan 3/19 (3.1 overs)
Saeed Ajmal 3/18 (4 overs)
 Pakistan won by 52 runs
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Asoka de Silva & Tyron Wijewardene
Player of the match: Shahid Afridi

Tour matches

First class:Sri Lanka Cricket XI v Pakistanis

29 June – 1 July
Sri Lanka Cricket XI
345/5d (89.4 overs)
Lahiru Thirimanne 116 (171)
Abdur Rauf 2/62 (15.4 overs)
400/8d (90 overs)
Fawad Alam 83* (114)
Khurram Manzoor 83 (136)
Suraj Randiv 4/120 (30 overs)
137/2d (37.4 overs)
Tharanga Paranavitana 48 (102)
Danish Kaneria 1/37 (9.4 overs)
54/4 (18 overs)
Salman Butt 22 (28)
Chamara Kapugedera 2/6 (5 overs)
Match drawn
Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
Umpires: LE Hannibal (SL) and RD Kottahachchi(SL)
  • Players per side 13 (11 batting, 11 fielding)

List A:Sri Lanka A v Pakistanis

27 July 2009
Sri Lanka A
348/6 (50 overs)
333 (50 overs)
Mahela Udawatte 161 (135)
Abdul Razzaq 4/70 (9 overs)
Umar Akmal 103 (76)
Dilhara Fernando 3/50 (9 overs)
Sri Lanka A won by 15 runs
Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala
Umpires: Dilshan de Silva (SL) & Ruchira Palliyaguru (SL)


Tight security has been arranged for visiting team, with Sri Lankan government deploying more than 100 Special Task Force personnel for VIP protection. Stringent measures have been put in place, particularly focusing on security along the routes from hotels to match venues.[6]

Fireworks, musical bands, glass bottles, tin cans, sharp objects, laser pointers and mirrors are banned in the Stadiums. Except national flags of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, no banners, posters and discriminating slogans will be allowed in the ground.[7]

The series has started just a month after the Sri Lankan Civil war came to an end.[7]

Match fixing

Pakistan team management complained with hotel management in Colombo over the presence of suspected Indian makers. Express, a mainstream Urdu daily, claimed in a report that some unidentified Indian bookies approached several Pakistani players during the second and third Tests against Sri Lanka in Colombo earlier this week. Yawar Saeed, the Pakistan team manager said that the incidents did happen but the team management took appropriate steps to erase any chances of further contacts between the players and the bookies.

Media coverage

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