Dec 31, 2013
South Africa failed the challenge when they played Pakistan in October – also their first since February – and lost in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets.
However, the Proteas, ranked number one in Tests, went on to level the series 1-1 with a win in the second Test in Dubai.
Kumar Sangakkara accumulated a mammoth 516 in the three Tests in 2011 and then amassed 490 in three Tests when Sri Lanka beat Pakistan at home last year.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq vowed his team will carry the confidence of a 3-2 one-day series win over Sri Lanka last week.
Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (wk), Bilawal Bhatti, Saeed Ajmal, Rahat Ali, Junaid Khan.
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Prasanna Jayawardene (wk), Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.
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