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Sri Lanka vs Pakistan is a cricketing fixture steeped in history, with matches being played between the nations dating back to 1982.
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The two sides from the sub-continent come up against each other in the first of three Test matches on Wednesday in Galle and expectations are high for both teams.
Here, we look at the all-important stats that have defined the matches between the two nations over the past 43 years.
|In Sri Lanka||20||6||6||8||1986-2014|
|Series summary in Sri Lanka from 1986 to 2014|
|Month, Year||Mts||SL||Pak||Draw||Series won|
|Jul 2009||3||2||0||1||Sri Lanka|
|Jun-Jul 2012||3||1||0||2||Sri Lanka|
|Aug 2014||2||2||0||0||Sri Lanka|
|Series summary: Played 8: Sri Lanka won 3, Pakistan 3, Drawn 2|
|Overall series results|
|In Sri Lanka||8||3||3||2|
|The series in Bangladesh was the final of the Asian Test cricket Championships final in 1999|
|Highest team totals|
|644-7d||at Karachi||Feb 2009||(Drawn)|
|606-10||at Lahore||March 2009||(Drawn)|
|533-9d||at Galle||Aug 2014||(Won)|
|765-6d||at Karachi||Feb 2009||(Drawn)|
|600-8d||at Galle||June 2000||(Won)|
|594-10||at Dhaka||March 1999||(Won)|
|Lowest team totals|
|71-10||at Kandy||Aug 1994||(Lost)|
|73-9+||at Kandy||Apr 2006||(Lost)|
|101-9+||at Kandy||Feb 1986||(Lost)|
|+ one batsman absent hurt|
|90-10||at ColomboPSS||Jul 2009||(Lost)|
|100-10||at Galle||June 2012||(Lost)|
|117-10||at Galle||July 2009||(Lost)|
|Total individual 100s|
|Overall 85 (Sri Lanka 41 – Pakistan 44)|
|in Sri Lanka 36 (Sri Lanka 17 – Pakistan 19)|
|Highest individual scores|
|253||Sanath Jayasuriya at Faisalabad Oct 2004 (Won)|
|240||Mahela Jayawardene at Karachi Feb 2009 (Drawn)|
|231||Thilan Samaraweera at Karachi Feb 2009 (Drawn)|
|Highest in Sri Lanka: 221||Kumar Sangakkara at Galle Aug 2014 (Won)|
|313||Younus Khan at Karachi Feb 2009 (Drawn)|
|236||Taufeeq Umar at Abu Dhabi Oct 2011 (Drawn)|
|211||Ijaz Ahmed at Dhaka Mar 1999 (Won)|
|Highest in Sri Lanka||196 by Mohd Hafeez at Colombo SSCJune 2012 (Drawn)|
|2,809||Kumar Sangakkara in 21 mts, 41 inns, ave 80.26|
|1,687||Mahela Jayawardene in 29 mts, 55 inns, ave 32.44|
|1,490||Sanath Jayasuriya in 17 mts, 30 inns, ave 51.38|
|Most in Sri Lanka||1432 runs by Kumar Sangakkara in 10 mts, 20 inns, ave 89.50|
|2,019||Younus Khan in 26 mts, 43 inns, ave 50.47|
|1,559||Inzamam-ul-Haq in 20 mts, 31 inns, ave 59.96|
|927||Misbah-ul-Haq in 15 mts, 23 inns, ave 46.35|
|Most in Sri Lanka||796 runs by Younus Khan in 13 mts, 22 inns, ave 39.80|
|Most individual 100s|
|Sri Lanka: 10 – Kumar Sangakkara||(Most in Sri Lanka – 5 by Kumar Sangakkara)|
|Pakistan: 7 – Younus Khan||(Most in Sri Lanka 2 by Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Shoaib Malik,Younus Khan, Azhar Ali)|
|Best bowling in an innings|
|9/127||Rangana Herath||at Colombo SSC||Aug 2014||(Won)|
|8/83||Ravi Ratnayeke||at Sialkot||Oct 1985||(Lost)|
|6/48||Rangana Herath||at Galle||Aug 2014||(Won)|
|8/58||Imran Khan||at Lahore||Mar 1982||(Won)|
|7/118||Danish Kaneria||at Karachi||Nov 2004||(Won)|
|6/34||Waqar Younis||at Kandy||Aug 1994||(Won)|
|Best bowling in a match|
|14/184||Rangana Herath||at Colombo SSC||Aug 2014||(Won)|
|10/148||Muralitharan||at Peshawar||Mar 2000||(Won)|
|9/162||Somachandra de Silva||at Faisalabad||Mar 1982||(Drawn)|
|14/116||Imran Khan||at Lahore||Mar 1982||(Won)|
|11/71||Mohd Asif||at Kandy||Apr 2006||(Won)|
|11/119||Waqar Younis||at Kandy||Aug 1994||(Won)|
|88 Rangana Herath in 17 mts||ave 28.19|
|80 Muralitharan in 16 mts||ave 25.46|
|47 Chaminda Vaas in 18 mts||ave 37.06|
|Most in Sri Lanka: 52 wickets by Rangana Herath in 9 mts||ave 24.38|
|66 Saeed Ajmal in 14 mts||ave 32.88|
|63 Wasim Akram in 19 mts||ave 21.27|
|56 Waqar Younis in 13 mts||ave 22.73|
|Most in Sri Lanka: 38 wickets by Saeed Ajmal in 8 mts||ave 32.39|
|Overall Test record|
Kumar Sangakkara will get a chance to build on his prolific Test record before retirement when familiar foes Sri Lanka and Pakistan contest their fourth series in two years from tomorrow.
The 37-year-old has not responded to media speculation that he will play three more home Tests – two of the three matches against Pakistan and one against India in August – before ending his 15-year-career.
The left-hander is head and shoulders above other current Test batsmen. His 12,203 runs and 38 centuries far exceed second-placed Alastair Cook of England, who has 9,000 runs and 27 hundreds.
Sangakkara is unlikely to catch up with record-holder Sachin Tendulkar’s Test tally of 15,921 runs and 51 hundreds, but his 11 scores of 200- plus are just one short of Australian legend Don Bradman’s record of 12.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 16, 2015
In Sri Lanka’s previous Test, against New Zealand in Wellington in January, Sangakkara hammered 203 to continue a prolific streak that saw him make 221 against Pakistan and 319 against Bangladesh last year.
Sangakkara, who has already quit one-day and Twenty20 cricket, will meet Sri Lanka Cricket officials this week to decide how many more Tests he will play in the home season.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have already played six series in as many years, the last of which also took place on the island a year ago. The hosts won both Tests, leaving Pakistan without a win in Sri Lanka since 2006.
Pakistani captain Misbah-ul Haq, 41, hopes to rectify that record and build on a commendable 2-0 win over Australia in the UAE last year, followed by a 1-0 triumph in Bangladesh this May.
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— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) June 13, 2015
“It is always interesting to play Sri Lanka because both sides know each other’s game well,” said Misbah. “Pakistan has done well in Tests recently and that has given us a lot of confidence.”
Sri Lanka’s coach Marvan Atapattu said Pakistan will miss spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal, who was not selected after struggling with a remodelled bowling action on the Bangladesh tour last month.
“Now that he is not there gives us a psychological advantage,” he said.