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Pakistan last series win : January 2012
Pakistan last overseas series win : January 2011
Pakistan drew their test series with South Africa in the UAE just a couple of months ago, 1-1.
They won the first test and it wasn't due to Ajmal spinning a web or any particularly massive home advantage.
They're inconsistent, but they're a good team, and a drawn series is a massive, massive upset for Pakistan against SL. Pakistan would beat any team in the world in the UAE except for South Africa.
Last edited by hendrix; 21-01-2014 at 02:38 PM.
They drew 1-1 vs Zimbabwe too, what is your point exactly? I think this is twice in a row that they have struggled to beat SL in the UAE; forgetting SA, who does that leave? Australia - can't say. They might or they might not. India - not going to happen anytime soon but if it did I'd back India to win a close series. So basically that is saying they can beat NZ, England, WI in the UAE.
Pakistan on the other hand are unbeaten in the UAE, and were coming off the high of having beaten South Africa in a test and then drew the series. And even their batsmen were expected to score runs against bowlers that average in the 70s.
This is a massive upset.
No i agree with Hendrix that this is an upset to be honest. We havent played test cricket in a long time and its also our worst format of the game. Add to that, that we are are a team in transition, then i would have not expected anything but a loss in the test series. I did think we would get closer in the ODI's but that wasnt to be..Pakistan may be inconsistent but they arestill a very good team imho..
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Was a bit of an upset, but mainly because we didn't realise before the series that the Sri Lankan quicks were going to be so effective and that their new opening combination was going to work so well. You never know which Pakistan is going to show up before a series so it's hard to evaluate who should be favourites sometimes. While Pak-SL series' are usually close the home ground advantage has been pivotal in the last few, so I'd say it was a minor upset all things considered.
The main upset for me was how it happened, not the final scoreline
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