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Sri Lanka bats first against Pakistan

cricket Updated: Feb 22, 2009 00:24 IST

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against Pakistan at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Pakistan - playing its first test for 14 months - awarded test debuts to 22-year-old opening batsman Khurram Manzoor and 24-year-old fast bowler Sohail Khan.

Sri Lanka gave a first cap to left-handed opening batsman Tharanga Paranavitana, 26.

Sri Lanka has lost all its previous four test matches at the National Stadium and is looking to give a winning farewell to Jayawardene, who will quit the captaincy after this two test series. Pakistan also retained middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal and all-rounder Yasir Arafat, who both performed well in the most recent test against India in Dec. 2007.


Pakistan: Younis Khan (captain), Salman Butt, Khurram Manzoor, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria, Sohail Khan.

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Malinda Warnapura, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara Fernando.

Umpires: Simon Taufel, Australia, and Steve Davis, Australia. TV Umpires: Zameer Haider, Pakistan. Match referee: Chris Broad, England.