Mercurial Pakistan face stern Lankan test today


The first semifinal of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012 will be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday (Oct 4). This day/night match will start at 18.30 hours (PST).
It will be the 10th Twenty20 match between the two teams and fourth in the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan have won six and lost three in nine previous Twenty20 matches played against Sri Lanka. Having won two and lost one in three outings, the former world champions also have a good record against Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 World Cup.
Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 23 runs when two teams met last time in a Twenty20 match at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, on June 3, 2012.
HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALS: Pakistan recorded their highest total against Sri Lanka at Johannesburg on Sept.17, 2007. In the same match, Sri Lanka made 156 for nine in 20 overs – and that remains their highest against Pakistan.
LOWEST INNINGS TOTALS: Pakistan were bowled out for 95 in 17.4 overs at Hambantota on June 1, 2012 for their lowest against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s lowest against Pakistan is 99 in 19.2 overs at the same ground on June 3, 2012.
HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES: Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 64 at Lord’s on June 21, 2009 is the highest individual score for Sri Lanka against Pakistan. The record of highest individual score for Pakistan against Sri Lanka is held by Shoaib Malik, who made 57 at Johannesburg on Sept 17, 2007.
BEST BOWLING PERFORMANCES: Umar Gul’s four for 13 at Kings City on October 11, 2008 is the best bowling performance for Pakistan against Sri Lanka. Kaushalya Weeraratne who took four wickets for 19 runs in the same match to record best bowling for Sri Lanka.
HIGHEST MARGINS OF VICTORY: Pakistan recorded an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Lord’s on June 21, 2009 – their highest margin against Sri Lanka in terms of wickets. Their 52 runs victory at Colombo on August 12, 2009 is the biggest against the same in terms of runs. Sri Lanka’s five-wicket win at Kings City on October 13, 2008 is their best against Pakistan in wickets-fallen terms, and in terms of runs their best is 37-run victory over Pakistan at Hambantota on June 1, 2012.
Played Pak won S.L won
In England 2 1 1
In South Africa 1 1 –
In Canada 2 1 1
In Sri Lanka 3 2 1
In the UAE 1 1 –
Total 9 6 3
Team P W L T Success%
Pakistan 63 38 23 2 61.90
Sri Lanka 46 27 18 1 59.78
Pak v S.L 9 6 3 – 66.66