Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan in 2008–09

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Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan in 2008–09
Teams
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Sri Lanka
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Pakistan
Dates 20 January – 5 March
Captains Mahela Jayawardene Shoaib Malik
Number of ODIs 3
ODIs won 2 1
Most runs (ODIs) Tillakaratne Dilshan 255 Salman Butt 162
Most wickets (ODIs) Muttiah Muralitharan 6 Umar Gul 10
Number of Tests 2
Tests won 0 0
Most runs (Tests) Thilan Samaraweera 469 Younis Khan 313
Most wickets (Tests) Dilhara Fernando 2 Umar Gul 9

The Sri Lankan cricket team was touring Pakistan in January and February 2009. The series was the first Test tour of Pakistan since South Africa visited in October 2007.[1] The tour was arranged as a replacement for the scheduled tour of India which was cancelled by BCCI following 2008 Mumbai attacks.[2] The tour included 3 ODI's and 2 Tests.

The safety of touring cricket teams in Pakistan had long been in issue. In May 2002, New Zealand abandoned their Test series in Pakistan after a suicide bomb attack outside their hotel: they have not returned to the country since.[3] In 2004 Lashkar-e-Taiba had issued a fatwa against playing Cricket calling it against Islam.[4] Australia had recently refused to tour on safety grounds.[5] In order to persuade the Sri Lankan team to visit, the Pakistan government offered to arrange "presidential-style security."[6]

During the Second Test at Lahore, the Sri Lankan team were attacked by masked gunmen in a terror attack. Six members of the teams' security detail and two other civilians were killed. No cricketers were killed but five were listed as injured including Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, and his deputy Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana.[7]

ODI series[edit]

1st ODI[edit]

20 January
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
219 (45.2 overs)
v
 Pakistan
220/2 (45.5 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 40 (70 balls)
Iftikhar Anjum 4/42 (8.2 overs)
Salman Butt 100* (117 balls)
Muttiah Muralitharan 1/42 (10 overs)
 Pakistan won by 8 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) & Nadeem Ghauri (PAK)
Player of the match: Salman Butt (Pakistan)

2nd ODI[edit]

21 January
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
290/8 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
161 (34.5 overs)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 76 (88 balls)
Umar Gul 4/58 (9 overs)
Salman Butt 62 (87 balls)
Muttiah Muralitharan 3/19 (7 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 129 runs
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) & Nigel Llong (ENG)
Player of the match: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka)

3rd ODI[edit]

24 January
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
309/5 (50 overs)
v
 Pakistan
75 (22.5 overs)
Tillakaratne Dilshan 137 (139)
Umar Gul 3/45 (9 overs)
Umar Gul 27 (35)
Nuwan Kulasekara 3/17 (7 overs)
 Sri Lanka won by 234 runs
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Umpires: Asad Rauf (PAK) & Nigel Llong (ENG)
Player of the match: Tillakaratne Dilshan

Test series[edit]

1st Test[edit]

21 February – 25 February
Scorecard
v
644/7 dec. (155.2 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 240 (424)
Danish Kaneria 3/170 (46.2 overs)
765/6 dec. (248.5 overs)
Younis Khan 313 (568)
Dilhara Fernando 2/124 (39 overs)
144/5 (31 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 65 (66)
Danish Kaneria 2/35 (9.0 overs)
Match drawn
National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan
Umpires: Steve Davis (AUS) & Simon Taufel (AUS)
Player of the match: Younis Khan
  • For the first time in history, both captains hit innings of 200 or more in the same Test.[8]
  • This is only the second Test in history to see three batsmen hit double centuries.[9] The other double century in the match was by Sri Lankan Thilan Samaraweera.''

2nd Test[edit]

1 March – 5 March
scorecard
v
606 (151 overs)
Thilan Samaraweera 214 (338)
Umar Gul 6/135 (37 overs)
110/1 (23.4 overs)
Khurram Manzoor 59* (71)
Ajantha Mendis 0/21 (8 overs)
Match drawn
Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, Pakistan
Umpires: Steve Davis (umpire) (AUS) & Simon Taufel (AUS)

Only Tour Match:Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI vs Sri Lankans[edit]

17 – 18 February
(scorecard)
Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI
395/4 (90 overs)
v
 Sri Lankans
283/5 (90 overs)
Ahmed Shehzad 146(retired hurt) (174)
Chaminda Vaas 1/27 (10 overs)
Kumar Sangakkara 100(retired not out) (176)
Mohammad Khalil 1/10 (4 overs)
Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI won by 112 runs
Southend Club Cricket Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Ehtesham-ul-Haq & Riazuddin (both PAK)
  • Players per side: 14 (11 batting, 11 fielding)
  • Maximum of 90 overs''

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cricinfo – South Africa in Pakistan Test Series, 2007/08
  2. ^ "Sri Lanka have confirmed tour – Pakistan board". Cricinfo Pakistan. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Where terror was never too far away". The Statesman. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ Islamists wage war against cricket, 'the other religion', The Australian, 2009-03-06
  5. ^ Knight, Ben (9 August 2002). "Australian cricket team cancel Pakistan tour". ABC News. Retrieved 3 March 2009. 
  6. ^ Perlez, Jane (2009-03-03). "For Pakistan, Attack Exposes Security Flaws". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  7. ^ Cricinfo staff (2009-03-03). "SL cricketers injured in terror attack". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Test matches: Batting records (filters: captaincy, innings score ≥ 200)". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  9. ^ "Test matches: Batting records (filter: 3 or more double centuries)". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

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