Pakistan has edge over Sri Lanka in ODI series
KARACHI: Spectators are eagerly waiting for the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka as usually interesting contests have been witnessed between the two countries.
If the matches, played in the past between the two countries are reviewed, the facts and figures narrate Pakistan’s supremacy.
So far, 111 One-day Internationals have been palyed between the two countries out of which Pakistan won 67 and Sri Lanka could win 40.
Pakistan played 25 matches against Sri Lanka at home - won 15 and lost 10.
Imran Khan has been the most successful captain against Sri Lanka as Pakistan won 21 of the 26, played under his leadership.
Present captain Shoaib Malik has captained Pakistan in four ODIs against Sri Lanka and succeeded in two while failed in two matches.
129 by Mohammad Yousuf is the highest individual score by any Pakistani batsman against Sri Lanka while the most number of appearances against this country was made by Inzamam-ul-Haq, who also holds the record of scoring the most ODI runs against Sri Lanka. He made 2,265 runs in 63 matches against Sri Lanka.
The fastest ODI hundred, which was recorded by Shahid Afridi off 37 balls, was also scored against Sri Lanka.
Best ODI bowling against Sri Lanka was displayed by Waqar Younis as he grabbed six wickets in a match while Wasim Akram has been the highest wicket-taker from Pakistan with 92 wickets in 59 ODIs.
The highest individual innings for Sri Lanka against Pakistan was 134, scored by Sanath Jayasuriya while Sri Lanka’s best bowling performance against Pakistan was also in his name. He also tops the Sri Lankan batsmen in making the most runs – 2,354 in 75 matches – in One-day International cricket.
The most wickets taken by a Sri Lankan bowler against Pakistan are 57, by Muttiah Muralitharan.