GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss under overcast conditions and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in the first test on Wednesday.
Pakistan has not played a test for seven months but retained the same team that defeated Sri Lanka in the famous run-chase at Sharjah in January to level that series.
Since then, Sri Lanka has been on a roll and won the Asia Cup, World Twenty20 and the test series in England before losing to South Africa at home last month.
Sri Lanka's most accomplished batsman Mahela Jayawardene will be playing his last test at his favorite Galle International Stadium and will retire after the second test at his home ground in Colombo.
The stadium was decorated with giant hoardings and billboards of Jayawardene to pay tribute to the great Sri Lankan, who has scored over 10,000 runs in both test matches and one-day internationals.
Jayawardene led the team onto the field with children giving him a guard of honor with raised bats and his team-mates clapping from the sidelines.
Both teams will rely heavily on spin, with Pakistan featuring Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman and Sri Lanka including Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera.
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan.
Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Kaushal Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga