Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: Ranking All 28 Players from the 2013-14 Test Series

Chris TealeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka: Ranking All 28 Players from the 2013-14 Test Series

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    Pakistan’s three-Test series against Sri Lanka ended in a 1-1 draw after the hosts grabbed a stunning five-wicket win in the final match in Sharjah.

    It was a close series, with both teams competitive throughout as their bowlers and batsmen all enjoyed good moments in the United Arab Emirates.

    With Sri Lanka’s tour now at an end, let’s take a look at every player who played the Test series and rank their performances.

    Read on for a power ranking of both teams from this series.

     

    All stats courtesy of ESPNCricinfo.

28. Rahat Ali (Pakistan)

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    2 matches
    8 runs; 2.66 average; 8 highest score
    2 wickets; 146.50 average; 2-131 BBI

    It was a luckless two games for seam bowler Rahat Ali, who saw a number of edges drop short or be dropped and continued to concede runs.

    His only two wickets came in the first innings in the second Test in Dubai, although his time will surely come again.

27. Adnan Akmal (Pakistan)

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    1 match
    6 runs; 6.00 average; 6 highest score

    Pakistan’s wicketkeeper for the first Test before he was jettisoned, Adnan Akmal made just six runs in his only innings of the series before being dismissed by Shaminda Eranga.

    He looked tidy with the gloves, but was part of the home side’s collapse in Abu Dhabi as they lost their last six first innings wickets for just 82 runs.

26. Sachithra Senanayake (Sri Lanka)

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    1 match
    5 runs; 5.00 average; 5 highest score
    0 wickets

    Another who played the first Test before being replaced, Sachithra Senanayake was enormously disappointing with the ball.

    Expensive and wicketless in both innings, much more had been expected of the off-spinner.

25. Asad Shafiq (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    61 runs; 15.25 average; 23 highest score

    One of Pakistan’s specialist batsmen, Asad Shafiq had plenty of chances to score big runs and failed to do so on every occasion.

    He has shown good ability at international level, but this series was a step back for the 27-year-old.

24. Bilawal Bhatti (Pakistan)

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    2 matches
    70 runs; 35.00 average; 32 highest score
    6 wickets; 48.50 average; 3-65 BBI

    A decent debut series for Bilawal Bhatti, with the seamer showing some promise.

    He was expensive with the ball however, hence his relatively low ranking here.

23. Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    125 runs; 25.00 average; 89 highest score

    One of Sri Lanka’s younger batsmen, more was expected of Dinesh Chandimal in this series.

    His run aggregate is slightly skewed by his 89 in the second innings of the first Test in Abu Dhabi, as he failed to pass 20 in any of his other stays at the crease.

22. Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    29 runs; 9.66 average; 21 highest score
    10 wickets; 42.10 average; 3-53 BBI

    One of the best spin bowlers in the world, far more was expected of Saeed Ajmal, who was expensive and struggled at times for control.

    On pitches that offered little for the spinners, he suffered greatly and perhaps is starting to show the strain of a hectic international career.

21. Khurram Manzoor (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    181 runs; 30.16 average; 73 highest score

    Pressed into action to open the innings for Pakistan, Khurram Manzoor endured something of a frustrating series.

    Guilty of making starts but not pushing on for a big score, he passed 50 twice but could not carry on for a century.

20. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    166 runs; 33.20 average; 55 highest score

    Compared to his usual high standards, this series was enormously disappointing for Kumar Sangakkara, who only passed 50 twice and could not push on for more.

    He remains key for Sri Lanka although this series may be the one that shows his powers are starting to wane.

19. Sarfraz Ahmed (Pakistan)

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    2 matches
    134 runs; 33.50 average; 74 highest score

    Tasked with keeping wicket in the second and third Tests, Sarfraz Ahmed showed some ability despite his lack of international experience.

    He did play a crucial role in Pakistan’s win in the third Test however, as he scored 48 from 46 balls to aid their chase of 302.

18. Abdur Rehman (Pakistan)

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    1 match
    2 runs; 2.00 average; 2 highest score
    5 wickets; 31.40 average; 4-56 BBI

    Just the one match for Abdur Rehman, but he put together an encouraging performance in Sharjah.

    His four wickets in the second innings—at an economy rate of just 1.69 an over—helped stifle Sri Lanka’s batsmen and set up a fantastic chase for Pakistan.

17. Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    198 runs; 39.60 average; 62* highest score

    A young batsman making his way in the international game, this was a good series for Dimuth Karunaratne at the top of the order.

    He will have been disappointed to not push on for a bigger score after making a number of starts, but he has shown plenty of promise as an international opening batsman.

16. Mohammad Talha (Pakistan)

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    1 match
    2 runs; 2.00 average; 2 highest score
    6 wickets; 27.33 average; 3-65 BBI

    Top of Pakistan’s bowling averages is Mohammad Talha, who played just the second Test of his career at Sharjah and did well with the new ball.

    Three wickets in each innings shows his potential and barring injury he will surely be given an extended run in the side now.

15. Nuwan Pradeep (Sri Lanka)

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    1 match
    3 runs; 3.00 average; 3 highest score
    5 wickets; 22.40 average; 3-62 BBI

    Selected for the second Test only, Nuwan Pradeep was another to show great promise despite limited opportunities.

    Known for his great pace, Pradeep managed to bowl with control too even sharing the new ball in the second innings in Dubai.

14. Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)

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    2 matches
    113 runs; 37.66 average; 80* highest score
    1 wicket; 56.00 average; 1-11 BBI

    One of Pakistan’s senior players, Mohammad Hafeez had a decent series but did not set the world on fire.

    His unbeaten 80 came as Pakistan batted for a draw, and he was another who made starts but was then removed without pushing on for a high score.

13. Prasanna Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    161 runs; 40.25 average; 63* highest score

    Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene again looked decent with the bat and gloves.

    Gave good support to Angelo Mathews in Abu Dhabi with 63 not out, and he made starts on occasion but failed to capitalise.

12. Dilruwan Perera (Sri Lanka)

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    1 match
    103 runs; 51.50 average; 95 highest score
    1 wicket; 71.00 average; 1-71 BBI

    Selected as a bowler, it was with the bat that Dilruwan Perera impressed during his only game of the series in Sharjah.

    On debut, Perera stroked a superb 95 in the first innings to help his side move past 400, eating up time as Sri Lanka tried to secure a series victory.

11. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    227 runs; 45.40 average; 129 highest score

    Still one of Sri Lanka’s top batsmen, Mahela Jayawardene scored a crucial century in Dubai and looked in decent form.

    He will have wanted to convert more of his starts, but Jayawardene still looks a class act at international level.

10. Suranga Lakmal (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    16 runs; no average; 10* highest score
    12 wickets; 33.75 average; 4-78 BBI

    Sri Lanka’s joint-second leading wicket taker in the series, Suranga Lakmal was consistent with the ball despite the batsman-friendly wickets.

    He only went wicketless in one of Pakistan’s six innings in this series, and he was a constant threat with the new ball.

9. Shaminda Eranga (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    56 runs; 18.66 average; 25* highest score
    12 wickets; 28.75 average; 4-60 BBI

    A regular wicket taker, Shaminda Eranga combined this with a low economy rate on tour of just 2.64 runs per over.

    His consistency was rewarded with 12 wickets, the second-most among Sri Lanka’s bowlers.

8. Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    273 runs; 45.50 average; 147 highest score

    Having shown promise before, perhaps this will be regarded as the series when Ahmed Shehzad really stamped his authority on the Test arena.

    Still only 22, his 147 in Sharjah kept Pakistan in the hunt while his unselfish 21 from 20 balls helped launch their chase in the second innings.

7. Kaushal Silva (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    307 runs; 51.16 average; 95 highest score

    Another player with little Test experience who staked his claim for a permanent place was Kaushal Silva, who may be a real find for Sri Lanka.

    His three 50s—including 95 in the second Test—helped set a solid platform for the tourists in the face of Pakistan’s varied bowling attack.

6. Azhar Ali (Pakistan)

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    1 match
    111 runs; 55.50 average; highest score 103

    Just the one appearance for Azhar Ali but it was a memorable one as he stroked 103 from 137 balls to help propel Pakistan’s chase in Sharjah.

    Scoring at a strike rate of 75.18, Ali’s knock helped Pakistan believe they could chase 302 to win the final Test.

5. Younis Khan (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    285 runs; 57.00 average; 136 highest score

    Still one of Pakistan’s most consistent batsmen, Younis Khan maintained his high standards throughout this series.

    His 136 came in Abu Dhabi as he propelled Pakistan towards a big lead in their first innings, although it was not quite enough for the win.

4. Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    6 runs; 1.50 average; 6 highest score
    14 wickets; 36.64 average; 5-125 BBI

    Sri Lanka’s highest wicket taker and their only man to take five wickets in an innings, this was a very good series for Rangana Herath as he led their bowling attack well.

    Shouldering the burden almost alone since the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan, the 35-year-old was crucial for the tourists.

3. Junaid Khan (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    24 runs; 12.00 average; 16 highest score
    14 wickets; 28.71 average; 5-58 BBI

    Pakistan’s leading bowler and their only man to take a five-for in an innings, Junaid Khan was key for the home side.

    Still very young, this series shows that he is enjoying Test cricket and looks set for a bright future.

2. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)

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    3 matches
    364 runs; 91.00 average; 135 highest score

    Misbah-ul-Haq manages to shoulder the responsibilities of captaincy while topping Pakistan’s run-scoring charts, a superb achievement despite being in the twilight of his career.

    It was apt for him to hit the winning runs for Pakistan in Sharjah after a sparkling 68 not out, especially as he only failed to pass 50 on one occasion.

1. Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

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    3 matches
    412 runs; 103.00 average; 157* highest score
    2 wickets; 62.00 average; 1-52 BBI

    Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews tops this list after a series in which he scored the most runs of all players, took wickets and led his side to a creditable draw.

    Perhaps he could have encouraged his batsmen to be more positive and not stall the game in Sharjah, but that was the only negative in a very successful series for him personally.