In just about 4 hours Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take the field again for the 2nd test match of their series.
The 1st test last week set the tone for a fast paced, action packed series between the two; if the initial reports coming in regarding the nature of the pitch are true, then this morning will see yet another exciting test match kick off.
After Pakistan's dramatic collapse on the 4th morning of the previous test, there were a number of reactions from various quarters.
Shoaib Malik and Salman Butt received a lot of criticism, Fawad Alam's exclusion raised eye brows, while some even questioned the omission of Abdul Razzaq and Danish Kaneria.
Personally, I don't think there was anything wrong with the XI that Pakistan fielded in the 1st test.
They dominated the test for 3 days, before collapsing in a heap.
What does the team composition have to do with that?
An Alam, Razzaq, or Kaneria would not have prevented defeat last week for Pakistan.
I don't see a reason why Pakistan should tinker with its line up; the only change I would like to see is Fawad Alam or Faisal Iqbal in place of Shoaib Malik.
I am not a fan of make-shift openers; particularly in test matches, hence I see no reason to separate Salman Butt and Khurram Manzoor.
Sri Lanka is likely to go in with the same team, unless they want to bring in an additional pacer, which I highly doubt.
Here are a few things that I am looking forward to seeing:
King Sanga and Younis Khan, after their double failure last week; big innings from the captains.
Ajantha Mendis with a point to prove or three; a few more wickets than he has managed thus far against Pakistan.
Umar Gul after a lacklustre perfomance; a breathtaking opening spell.
Another Mohammad Yousuf century; don't count it out.
Rangana Herath being smashed around; how I would love that!
More magic from Mohammad Aamer; this boy has it in him.
Another failure from Mahela Jayawardene; it'll take some time for him to get back to his best. Or will he ever?
Dilshan with a fiery cameo before getting out playing a scoop; don't think he will stop doing it.
Misbah finding yet another way to lose his wicket; you can surely count on that!
And a Pakistan victory; it has to be 1-1.