*Pakistan has won 8 out of their last 10 one day internationals whereas Sri Lanka has won 4 out of their last 10 one day internationals; however they have been contesting against stronger opponents.
*Pakistan has a 71/46 record against Sri Lanka in one day internationals.
*Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 3-2 in 2009 at home and 2-1 away in the same year. They have also gone further than the hosts in the last 3 Asia Cups as well as the 2 World Cups. They also won a triangular and quadrangular series which featured Pakistan in 2004 and 2008.
*Pakistan has won 17 out of 24 one day internationals this year which is the 2nd highest by mode after Australia who are currently on 18. Even if you take out the wins registered against lesser sides the record is 9-6. Sri Lanka on the other hand is 13 out of 23.
*Sri Lanka has won 7 of their last 11 against the hosts here.
*Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the world cup by 5 runs in Colombo during the 2nd encounter of the tournament on Saturday February 26th this year in a closely fought mouth watering contest which was right up there as one of the best in the 49 match tournament.
*Both these teams were in the top 3 in the world cup in terms of winning % and had the leading run getter and leading run scorer who were both captains during the grand competition, they are both featuring in this series.
*6 of the 12 leading run scorers in ODIs this year are featuring in this series.
*Younis Khan averages a staggering 117 in ODIs under Misbah in contrast to the below par overall career average he has which is in the low 30s. He comes into this series with 3 consecutive ODI 50s under his belt.
*Saeed Ajmal is the leading international wicket taker in 2011 across tests, ODIs and Twenty20s.
*Razzaq is back after Mohali for the first time. In between that time Razzaq has:
1) Won Leicestershire the county Twenty20 cup.
2) Become the 2nd Pakistani to feature in the CL T20 after Yasir Arafat.
3) Won the inaugural Titans indoor event as part of a 6 a side team.
4) Captained Pakistan to the Hong Kong sixes title 2011.
Pakistan’s last 6 ODI series
Lost 3-2 vs. England (away) September 2010 Captain: Afridi
Lost 3-2 vs. South Africa (UAE) November 2010 Captain: Afridi
Won 3-2 vs. New Zealand (away) February 2011 Captain: Afridi | vice captain formally: Misbah
Won 3-2 vs. West Indies (away) April 2011 Captain: Afridi | vice captain formally: Misbah
Won 2-0 vs. Ireland (away) May 2011 Captain: Misbah
Won 3-0 vs. (away) Zimbabwe Captain: Misbah
Pakistan’s last 3 ODI series in the UAE
Lost 3-2 vs. South Africa
Lost 3-2 vs. Australia
Won 3-0 vs. West Indies
Sri Lanka’s last 4 ODI series
Lost 3-2 vs. Australia
Lost 3-2 vs. England
Won 2-0 vs. West Indies
Won 2-1 vs. Australia