Home advantage counts for little

Updated: 22 June 2012 15:22 IST

Sri Lanka and Pakistan play each other so often these days the two teams know each other inside out. There are few weaknesses that go unexploited and each team plans for the strength of the opposition immaculately.

Home advantage counts for little

Mumbai:

Sri Lanka and Pakistan play each other so often these days the two teams know each other inside out. There are few weaknesses that go unexploited and each team plans for the strength of the opposition immaculately.

What's evident also is that the similarity in conditions in the two countries means that neither team is able to make full use of home advantage. As the table below shows, Pakistan have tasted disproportionate success in Sri Lanka, and Sri Lanka haven't done too badly when touring Pakistan.

First match: at Karachi, 5-10 March 1982 (Pak won by 204 runs)
Last match: at Sharjah, 3-7 Nov 2011 (Match drawn)


Matches
Pak SL Drawn
In Sri Lanka
15 6 3 6
In Pakistan 21 8 6 7
Neutral 4 2 0 2
Total 40 16 9

 

Series (Venue) Matches Pak SL Drawn Series Won
1981/82

(in Pak)

3

2

0

1

Pak

1985/86

(in Pak)

3

2

0

1

Pak

1985/86

(in SL)

3

1

1

1

Drawn

1991/92

(in Pak)

3

1

0

2

Pak

1994/95

(in SL)

2

2

0

0

Pak

1995/96

(in Pak)

3

1

2

0

SL

1996/97

(in SL)

2

0

0

2

Drawn

1998/99

(in Pak/Ban)

2

1

0

1

Pak+

1999/00

(in Pak)

3

1

2

0

SL

2000

(in SL)

3

2

0

1

Pak

2001/02

(in Pak)

1

0

1

0

SL

2004/05

(in Pak)

2

1

1

0

Drawn

2005/06

(in SL)

2

1

0

1

Pak

2008/09

(in Pak)

2

0

0

2

Drawn

2009

(in SL)

3

0

2

1

SL

2011/12

(in UAE)

3

1

0

2

Pak

Total

40

16

9

15


+ won Asian Test Championships 1999
++ won Asian Test Championships 2002

Since both teams play spin well, it's not a surprise that tall scores have been racked up when the conditions have not helped Pakistan's fast bowlers. Equally, though, neither team has been immune to drastic collapses, and subsequently there's a yawning gap between the highest team totals and the lowest.

Highest team totals:
for Pak: 765/6d at Karachi, 2008/09 (in SL: 600/8d at Galle, 2000)
for SL: 644/7d at Karachi, 2008/09 (in SL: 467/5d at Kandy, 2000)

Lowest team totals:
for Pak: 90/10 at Colombo PSS, 2009
for SL: 71/10 at Kandy, 1994/95

Total individual 100s: 68
for Pak: 34
for SL: 34

Highest individual scores:
for Pak: 313 by Younis Khan at Karachi, 2008/09 (in SL: 168 by Fawad Alam at Colombo PSS, 2009)
for SL: 253 by Sanath Jayasuriya at Faisalabad, 2004/05 (in SL: 207* by Marvan Atapattu at Kandy, 2000)

Leading run-getters:
for Pak: 1559 runs by Inzamam-ul-Haq (20 matches)
for SL: 1830 runs by Kumar Sangakkara (13 matches)

Sri Lanka's traditional strength against spin, a combination of nimble footwork and the ability to read the ball out of the hand means that Pakistan's slow bowlers have found the going tough. It's not a surprise that the best bowling analysis for Pakistan, and the leading wicket taker, are quick men. For Sri Lanka, you can't keep Muttiah Muralitharan out of a bowling list, irrespective of the conditions or the opposition.

Best bowling (in an innings):
for Pak: 8-58 by Imran Khan at Lahore, 1981/82 (in SL: 6-34 by Waqar Younis at Kandy, 1994/95)
for SL: 8-83 by Ravi Ratnayeke at Sialkot, 1985/86 (in SL: 6-98 by Muttiah Muralitharan at Colombo RPS, 1996/97)

Best bowling (in a match):
for Pak: 14-116 by Imran Khan at Lahore, 1981/82 (in SL: 11-71 by Mohd Asif at Kandy, 2005/06)
for SL: 10-148 by Muttiah Muralitharan at Peshawar, 1999/00 (in SL: 8-58 by Nuwan Kulasekera at Colombo PSS, 2009)

Leading wicket-takers:
for Pak: 63 wickets by Wasim Akram (19 matches)
for SL: 80 wickets by Muttiah Muralitharan (16 matches)

Most appearances:
for Pak: 20 Inzamam-ul Haq
for SL: 22 Arjuna Ranatunga

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