The 2-Test series in the UAE ended in a 2-0 win for Sri Lanka, which was the first defeat for Pakistan in the UAE since they moved there in 2010. The earlier series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE have had an 1-0 win by Pakistan in 2011-12 and an 1-1 draw in 2013-14.
Here is the summary of all Tests between these teams:
As we can see, the teams have been quite evenly matched-particularly in the UAE which has seen an equal number of wins by Pakistan, wins by Sri Lanka and draws.
We now look at individual statistics.
Batting: Most runs (750 and above):
Sangakkara is far ahead of Younis who is also far ahead of the next (M. Jayawardene). Among those who played in this series, Azhar Ali is the only one with above 1000 runs although Asad Shafiq and others are catching up.
The most centuries are 10 by Sangakkara, followed by 8 by Aravinda and Younis.
The most scores of 50+ are 22 by Sangakkara, followed by 14 by Younis.
Highest individual scores (150 and above):
This includes a triple century and several double centuries. This series was somewhat low-scoring as the highest score was “only” 196 by Karunaratne. Note the Test at Faisalabad in October 1985 where two Pakistani batsmen scored double centuries in the same innings which were almost equal (203* and 206).
Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, average 30 and above):
Sangakkara is well ahead of the others, while the next two Inzamam and Mathews have almost identical averages. Among those who played in this series, the highest averages are by Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Kaushal Silva.
Now for bowling:
Most wickets (20 and above):
Herath has moved ahead of Muralitharan (like he has done against a few other teams). Saeed Ajmal has the most by Pakistan. Other current players here include Yasir Shah and Dilruwan Perera.
Herath has the most fivers (8) while three others have 5.
Herath is also the only one with more than one tenner.
Best innings bowling (all instances of 6wi and above):
Herath and Yasir Shah appear from the current series.
Best match bowling (all instances of 9wm and above):
Herath’s 11-wicket haul is the only one from the current series.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):
The two Ws lead this table followed by Muralitharan and Herath.
To be precise, the best bowling averages are by Akram followed by Younis.
The best economy rates are by Akram followed by Abdur Rehman.
The best strike rates are by Younis followed by Akram (a reversal of the rankings for bowling average).
Now for fielding:
Most dismissals (15 and above):
Moin Khan has the most dismissals. However the fielder M. Jayawardene has more catches than him (37 to 35). Sarfraz Ahmed has the most stumpings (8). Younis Khan also has more catches (33) than any keeper other than Moin.
Note that several Sri Lankan players have played significant numbers of Tests as keepers and non-keepers. One of them (Dilshan) even took a few wickets as a bowler which theoretically makes him second to Walcott among the “triple all-rounders”.
Most innings dismissals (4 and above):
Chandimal is the only keeper with 6 dismissals. Two fielders have 4 dismissals.
Most match dismissals (6 and above):
The lesser-known of the Jayawardenes (the keeper, not the fielder) has 9 dismissals followed by K. Akmal and Chandimal with 8. However, Sarfraz Ahmed has the best innings and match performances in the current series.
Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450 and above):
Headed by Moin Khan followed by Tillakaratne. Azhar Ali and Kaushal Silva appear from the current players, although Sarfraz Ahmed has not played enough in this series. However, he is soon likely to head this list.
Best overall all-round figures (see table for criteria):
The two best all-rounders of their teams at that time.
Best all-round match figures (fifty and fiver):
Includes Saqlain (not really an all-rounder) and Dilruwan Perera from the current series, apart from Akram.