Pakistan win toss, ask Sri Lanka to bat in first Test

Misbah ul Haq-led Pakistan will look to extend their winning streak in Tests when they take on Sri Lanka Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Abu Dhabi: Oct 18, 2011

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has won the toss and decided to field in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq is hoping his team can build on their recent good performance while Sri Lanka are looking to end their drought when the two sides meet here in the first of three Tests from Tuesday.

The 37-year-old Misbah took over as Test captain following a spot-fixing scandal in England last year and has since batted superbly to help Pakistan draw series against a formidable South Africa and the West Indies. He also lifted Pakistan to away wins over New Zealand and Zimbabwe and hopes to carry on the good work against Sri Lanka, who have lost their last two series against England and Australia both 1-0 2 since Tillakaratne Dilshan took over earlier this year.

The newly appointed Sri Lanka coach Geoff Marsh is looking for his team’s first Test victory in the post-Muttiah Muralitharan era, when his boys take on Pakistan in the Test series.


Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Abdur Rehman, Adnan Akmal (wk), Aizaz Cheema, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan (c), Angelo Mathews, LD Chandimal, ANPR Fernando, HMRKB Herath, DPMD Jayawardene, HAPW Jayawardene (wk), S Randiv, CKB Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, NT Paranavitana, KTGD Prasad, KC Sangakkara, JK Silva , HDRL Thirimanne, UWMBCA Welegedara.