Pakistan strive to keep momentum against Sri Lanka

SHARJAH, December 16, 2013 (AFP) – In-form Pakistan are seeking to build on their recent thrilling one-day triumph in South Africa when they take on dangerous but rusty Sri Lanka in a five-match series starting in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday. The remaining ODIs will be played in Dubai (December 20), Sharjah (December 22) and Abu Dhabi (December 25 and 27).
The one-day series will be followed by three Tests. Pakistan last month sealed their first-ever ODI series win against the Proteas, beating them 2-1 just weeks after a 4-1 drubbing against the same opposition in the UAE.

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq, whose side lie sixth in the one-day rankings, two places lower than Sri Lanka, hopes they can build on their confidence-building success, saying his players thrive under pressure.
“We have good confidence before another tough series and we hope to carry the momentum we gained in South Africa,” said Misbah.

“It is the Pakistan team’s quality that they produce better results when they are under pressure. We were under pressure before the South Africa tour and when the confidence is better we play well,” he added.
But Misbah warned his side against complacency.

“We must not relax,” he said. “Complacency comes when you beat a bigger oppone