Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 14, 2012

Jayawardene unperturbed ahead of crunch game

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Sri Lanka's previous engagement before landing in Dhaka was the Commonwealth Bank tri-series, the longest ODI tournament outside the World Cup and the Champions Trophy. With eight matches per team in the league phase, Sri Lanka had to wait almost a month to find out if they would make the final. In the Asia Cup, they could be eliminated three days after their first game - a loss to Pakistan tomorrow, and an India victory on Friday would end both Bangladesh's and Sri Lanka's chances.

Mahela Jayawardene wasn't perturbed that Sri Lanka will most likely have to win tomorrow against Pakistan. "It is (a do-or-die match), but we are used to that. In Australia we had quite a few of those. It's still in our control so we don't have to depend on anybody else," he said. "I quite like that situation. We know how important the match is going to be tomorrow, so looking forward to that."

Pakistan took on Sri Lanka last November and comfortably won the one-day series, as the spin of Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal proved too good. "Ajmal has improved tremendously in the last year and it shows in his record. In Dubai when we played against him, we had good and bad times," Jayawardene said. "Hopefully we'll have to handle him better tomorrow because it's a one-off game for us. Umar Gul is also one of the top fast bowlers and Afridi can be a handful."

Sri Lanka's own bowling would get a lot more teeth if their pace spearhead is deemed fit enough to play tomorrow. Lasith Malinga was rested from the first game as he was recovering from an injury which he carried in the finals of the CB series. He didn't seem to be in too much discomfort as he bowled and batted during Sri Lanka's practice session in the afternoon, and they will be tempted to pick him, considering their final league match is against relative lightweights Bangladesh.

One of Malinga's biggest weapons is reverse swing, which he uses devastatingly to slow down teams at the death. Brett Lee has complained about how the use of two new balls was reducing the amount of reverse swing available, and as a result reducing the effectiveness of fast bowlers.

Jayawardene, though, said that was not the case in the subcontinent. "Probably in conditions in Australia and England to a certain extent, but even yesterday we saw after about 30 overs, our guys managed to start getting reverse back," he said. "Surfaces are much more dry here and the balls do get older. You still can reverse the ball. I thought that [Suranga] Lakmal, Kula [Nuwan Kulasekara] and even [Farveez] Maharoof, to a certain extent, did reverse the ball.

"In other countries like England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, you don't need reverse swing. With the two new balls and the wicket helping you (fast bowlers), it's quite a handful (for the batsmen)."

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 15, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    This SL side is just like a movie,they have two BATSMEN( MAHELA n SANGA) n rest of them r for supporting roles and just one bowler, this team is not competent in subcontinent itself (except BAN) forget about outside ASIA (except ZIM).

  • Inaz on March 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @lankanforever I am not surprised if Bhanuka Rajapakse is selected for the test series against England because our selectors love to give an opportunity for a player when he is not in form rather than when that player is in form. Seems like Srilanka will lose this match but still too early to make a call. If that happens I want the Pakistan brothers to win this asia cup.

  • miles100 on March 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Joby_George, Of course India is not a good side. Talented SLs are not cunning as the Indians, Paks and the Aussies. If Sri Lankans can learn to think more cunning like the Indians, Paks and the Aussies do yes Sri Lanka is the worlds No 1 Team.

  • Joby_George on March 15, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Obviously paksitan is far batter than srilanka. Srilanka depends much on MJ and KS. Another thing i noticed is that when Srilankan looses a game, especially against india, they will never say that India played well..but they say, we played some bad shots, we did not field well. A team can win only when they have gud shot selection and good fielding. Anyway paksitan will eliminate lanka out of asia cup today.

  • Vijay51982 on March 15, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    As far as now, my message is almost 100% perfect. Mahela did the mistake again and he is the sole responsible if they lose the match with Pakistan

  • maddy20 on March 15, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    So Malinga is in for today's game, just as I suspected. Wondered what scared the Lankans so much that they did not pick him for the first game against India. Me thinks it was the New kid on his first tour of Aus who thrashed the living daylights out of his bowling!

  • on March 15, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    MIDDLE ORDER OF PAKISTAN HAVE TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE IF THEY WANT TO WIN NO QUESTIONS ON BOWLING. THEY CAN EVEN DEFEND 200,210 WITH THIS BOWLING.

  • Haleos on March 15, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Malinga was rested? Seriously? nothing to do with the drubbing he got from Kohli then.

  • miles100 on March 15, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Why don't the SL middle order batsmen don't like to finish the game during the chase or even when batting first. Look at Tharanga, he built the innings and threw his wicket in 3 matches when we are few inches away from winning. Look at Sanga, scores about 60/70 runs and gives away his wicket. Mahela is the same.Dilshan never finishes a game with a win. he loves throwing his wicket all the time. Thirimanne is the same.Never finished a match. He has Talent but throw his wicket before winning the match. These guys are putting a lot of pressure on Mathews,Chandimal and the tale. Come-on SL batsmen, you cannot expect one player to finish matches like this. Or Marvan should point this out and take actions in practice or match simulations. This weakness is called "getting carried away"(PSYCHOLOGICAL WEAKNESS OF OUR BATSMEN). This is why the middle order is sometimes weak. Come fellas on lets fix this.

  • Lankanforever on March 15, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    I will give you some info on a batsmen who batted no 5 for the first 3 years of his career. Innings - 76 Avg - 26.16 SR - 69.92 100's - 0 50's - 9 HS - 85. you would say drop him coz here are the stats of Kapu who played at 7 most of his knocks innings - 74 Avg - 21.64 SR - 72.6 100's - 0 50's - 7 HS - 95

    Now if that first guy was dropped and forgoten bcos of his first 74 innings these are his career stats now. Innings - 304 Avg - 38.21 SR - 75.77 100's - 13 50's - 70 HS - 138* WE would have lost Kumar Sangakkara. He deserved to be dropped. but selectors had faith on him look what he has turned out to be?

  • on March 15, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    This SL side is just like a movie,they have two BATSMEN( MAHELA n SANGA) n rest of them r for supporting roles and just one bowler, this team is not competent in subcontinent itself (except BAN) forget about outside ASIA (except ZIM).

  • Inaz on March 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @lankanforever I am not surprised if Bhanuka Rajapakse is selected for the test series against England because our selectors love to give an opportunity for a player when he is not in form rather than when that player is in form. Seems like Srilanka will lose this match but still too early to make a call. If that happens I want the Pakistan brothers to win this asia cup.

  • miles100 on March 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Joby_George, Of course India is not a good side. Talented SLs are not cunning as the Indians, Paks and the Aussies. If Sri Lankans can learn to think more cunning like the Indians, Paks and the Aussies do yes Sri Lanka is the worlds No 1 Team.

  • Joby_George on March 15, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Obviously paksitan is far batter than srilanka. Srilanka depends much on MJ and KS. Another thing i noticed is that when Srilankan looses a game, especially against india, they will never say that India played well..but they say, we played some bad shots, we did not field well. A team can win only when they have gud shot selection and good fielding. Anyway paksitan will eliminate lanka out of asia cup today.

  • Vijay51982 on March 15, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    As far as now, my message is almost 100% perfect. Mahela did the mistake again and he is the sole responsible if they lose the match with Pakistan

  • maddy20 on March 15, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    So Malinga is in for today's game, just as I suspected. Wondered what scared the Lankans so much that they did not pick him for the first game against India. Me thinks it was the New kid on his first tour of Aus who thrashed the living daylights out of his bowling!

  • on March 15, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    MIDDLE ORDER OF PAKISTAN HAVE TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE IF THEY WANT TO WIN NO QUESTIONS ON BOWLING. THEY CAN EVEN DEFEND 200,210 WITH THIS BOWLING.

  • Haleos on March 15, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Malinga was rested? Seriously? nothing to do with the drubbing he got from Kohli then.

  • miles100 on March 15, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Why don't the SL middle order batsmen don't like to finish the game during the chase or even when batting first. Look at Tharanga, he built the innings and threw his wicket in 3 matches when we are few inches away from winning. Look at Sanga, scores about 60/70 runs and gives away his wicket. Mahela is the same.Dilshan never finishes a game with a win. he loves throwing his wicket all the time. Thirimanne is the same.Never finished a match. He has Talent but throw his wicket before winning the match. These guys are putting a lot of pressure on Mathews,Chandimal and the tale. Come-on SL batsmen, you cannot expect one player to finish matches like this. Or Marvan should point this out and take actions in practice or match simulations. This weakness is called "getting carried away"(PSYCHOLOGICAL WEAKNESS OF OUR BATSMEN). This is why the middle order is sometimes weak. Come fellas on lets fix this.

  • Lankanforever on March 15, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    I will give you some info on a batsmen who batted no 5 for the first 3 years of his career. Innings - 76 Avg - 26.16 SR - 69.92 100's - 0 50's - 9 HS - 85. you would say drop him coz here are the stats of Kapu who played at 7 most of his knocks innings - 74 Avg - 21.64 SR - 72.6 100's - 0 50's - 7 HS - 95

    Now if that first guy was dropped and forgoten bcos of his first 74 innings these are his career stats now. Innings - 304 Avg - 38.21 SR - 75.77 100's - 13 50's - 70 HS - 138* WE would have lost Kumar Sangakkara. He deserved to be dropped. but selectors had faith on him look what he has turned out to be?

  • Behind_the_Wicket on March 15, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Pakistan is going to lose again , If Pakistan bat 1st , They can't make 250 runs ,Pakistani Defense Minsters Misbah and Younas Khan will play 50 dots balls ( It is minimum).Then Mr Gul (3 Wickkets bowler without line and lenght) will give some assistance to Sri Lanka to get target in his few overs.If Sri Lanka bat 1st then 200 runs will be tough job for Pakistan to achieve.Sorry , I am Pakistani but don't like useless test players in ODI format.Best of Luck Sri Lanka you are our brother , We never happy when you lose even you play against us.

  • on March 15, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    sometimes you are in big dilemma.i am a pakistani.offcourrse i will support pak.but we pakistanis always supported lanka as we consider them our brothers.hence i will not want their defeat too...so what to do guys???

  • Lankanforever on March 15, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Every one of us including me are praising Banuka Rajapaksha and want him in the team. suddenly the guy has gone from hero to zero in domestic. don't feel he will be picked if he doesn't improve quickly coz no ones going to select him if no domestic performences. :(

  • on March 15, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    inshallah if our batting clicked no one can stop us to reach finals

  • Vijay51982 on March 15, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka team is over confidence nowadays which made them down again in the crucial situation. The problem is Captaincy. I think Mahela need to find out more from MSD. SL has got a very good side but the problem is batting line up especially in the middle order. They doesn't have much experience to play till the end of the game. It is better that Mahela should come after Sanga and stay for some time which make the rest self confidence. Opening the batting is not his role. Tharanga is a very good opener after Attapattu & Jayasuriya. Look out MSD. He started his career as a opener but now he read his side and playing as a middle order to stay alive till the end. Mahela is more experienced than Dhoni so he needs to track his statistics. Dhoni doesn't have an specialized bowler except Ashwin even though he is winning the match. MJ has to do something more better than last match. The whole island is looking for a trophy which is still pending for a long long time.

  • on March 15, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    If Sir.Kapugedara picked again, i know the result of match before it begins,

  • KaZsa on March 15, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Although I am a Sri Lankan, I must say that Pakistan have a really good chance of winning. Lankans look really tired after a gruelling series. Still they will fight til the end. They will not give up easily for sure. It has become a habit for them to fight til the last bone. But for me, I am looking forward for the next test series. We should give a break for our boys. At least turning up is an achievement after such a tough season. Still they are fighting like Lions. So proud of the boys. Just one small issue. Kapu has to go. Thilan or Jeevan must be the right addition.

  • on March 15, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka.Why do the selectors keep persisting with Kapugedera who has been given so many chances but has continued to fail miserably.Is it political or is he the blue eyed boy of some senior players for reasons best known to them.The middle order must be strengthened with a batsman or an allrounder who has the correct technique and not by half baked allrounders who have no clue on what has to be done during important stages in a match.Selectors give a proper balance to the team. I would go for 5 batsman,1 allrounder and 5 bowlers including 2 genuine spinners on these bangladeshi pitches.

  • Akheel on March 15, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    SL, All the way, today...........

  • Ganeshwaran on March 15, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    Hai gentlemen,i want to know from S/L cricket, that what kind of a role is been given to ruwan kalpage ? fielding coach!!,no body believe this !for e.g..take the case of chandimal,a good batsman but a very poor fielder,99% of the new comers are so poor in catching and collecting the ball from the deep,Ruwan pls try to understand your role in taking all these youngsters to a side and give them more fielding lessons,more fielding pratices,teach the basics of fielding! A batsman cannot be a complete player if he's poor in the field,'catches win matches' chandimal and a few new comers have dropped catches at crucial times and let SL down on many occasions,you only cannot rely on your batting skills alone,you guys have to sharpen your fielding skills as well,ruwan its over to you 'wake up man wake up' before its too late,Once upon a time our fielding is second to none,they are brilliant in catching,throwing at the stumps,diving to stop certain fours,Ruwan wake up man - Old Anthonian

  • nazim_ali on March 15, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    on da face of it, if pakistan wins, it will be because of sri lanka losing it. But m a pakistani, and hope that i prove wrong. as usual, pakistani hopes reside in their bowling which is becoming weaker and weaker by each day. Let's hope that it z a gud cricket match.

  • Kirikiththa on March 15, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    There's a high chance for SL to be in the series as long as both Chamaras' NOT playing! (Chamara Silva & Chamara (Hu)Kapugedara. Way to go Maiyya, I still remember the school cricket!!

  • Master_Mihil on March 15, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    I hope pak win Asia cup!! they should win it! to keep things in order and other teams don't get too far ahead!!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on March 15, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    With current pak's batng lineup and captain,they stand a very little chance to beat eithr of india or srilanka.Srilanka has best chance of wining ths event provided they let the bowl and bat do the talkng .India, on the othr hand has worst bowlng lineup among top 6 i.c.c ranking teams.

  • ZMPK on March 15, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Pak can beat any team in the world if they bat well . Today if Pak batting clicks i am telling you pak will take SL very easily no matter what kind of Form SL or any other team is in. I wish Gud Luck to both the teams ...

  • satish619chandar on March 15, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Always thought Tharanga will be out of place in middle order.. It worked in Australia as he had enough time to build innings and also, the conditions were such that a score of around 250 mark will be sufficient most of the times and his nudging game worked out well.. But here in BD, i dont think he ll have the same impact in middle order.. With NO Matthews, it will better for SL to move Sanga down to 4/5 and have Tharanga at 3.. They can spread over the experience to the middle order.. Mahela is having a dream run as opener and let him be there..

  • rajabojuna on March 15, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    CricketPissek said on (March 14 2012, 22:28 PM GMT): "i dont care who wins as long as Chamara Kapugedara isn't playing"

    I am sure there will be millions echoing that statement!!! He has had more chances than he deserves and should now perhaps go and coach an under-12 team or something where he cannot do too much damage!

  • AadeeSL on March 15, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    if kapugedara plays,dead sure we're out of the Asia cup.

  • Inaz on March 15, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    how many more chances kapugedara is going to get? I do not understand what earned him a call up. His average in ODI, List A and First class made me to raise this question. Its a shame that Srilankan selectors are showing the world Srilanka does not have better first class batsmen than kapugedara, when there is the likes Bhanuka Rajapakse, Kushal Janith Perera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Dimuth Karunarathne, Angelo Perera and many more. Atleast if kapugedera is selected bat him up the order since he cannot cope with the pressure. Srilankan selector should drop their attitude of bringing players into the squad then with one or two matches they drop those players for no reason. E.g I have seen Dammika Prasad in Srilanka squad for a long time and he has been given very few matches and then drop him from the squad even after he performs on those matches which he was given chance and bring in a player who never live up to his expectation.

  • on March 15, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    don't play kapugedara...play Eranga please

  • atkhan771 on March 15, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Misbah is not a good one day or 20/20 player. He has only few strokes. He loves to play dead balls. He does not know how to place a ball. Therefore Pakistan has lost 50/50 and 20/20 matches under his captainship against big teams like England. He is a defensive captain. He should quit playing one days and 20/20. Instead Pakistan should play with an all-rounder like Hamad Azam in place of him if Pakistan has to win games against big teams.

  • lankanlioncric on March 15, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    doesnt matter who wins, after all, pakistani r our brothers. let the better team win

  • johnathonjosephs on March 15, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Thank God Misbah is on the ODI team. He will make 100 runs out of 200 balls and Pakistan will reach a competent score of 190. Then Misbah can bowl Sri Lanka out for 180

  • johnathonjosephs on March 15, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Who cares if SL lose? They made it to CB Finals and beat Australia 4-3 on their own home. Thats a victory in its own right

  • 31dinu on March 15, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    hope Senanayake will have a chance.cuz both his tours were on fast tracks.some spinners did well,but this man was with out experiance...this is better place for spin.hope will have a chance.unless it will be another useless selection

  • CricketPissek on March 14, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    i dont care who wins as long as Chamara Kapugedara isnt playing :-D

  • drdani on March 14, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    its true that pak has a good record against sl n they have also beaten sl last time they played together..but with the current form sl can beat any team..they had a good series in australia n their 1st match against india also gave them a good practice..on the other hand, pak's recent form was evident with their match against bd where they JUST managed to be victorious..i just hope we see a good game today...its a pity that we have such a few games in asia cup !!

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Pakistan don't really stand a chance against SL, unless SL hand the win to Pakistan in a silver platter. It's pretty obvious that Pakistan's batting does not have the depth to score consistently. And if they persist with the current milddle order line up, they will never be able to win against top notch teams in ODI. Fast bowling department has a lot to be desired also. With Umar Gull not knowing where the stumps are even after all these years at international level, and Wahab Riaz not realizing at age 26 that he needs to learn to bowl with new ball, and inswingers. Cheema is still better than Riaz, that's for sure. If Misbah uses attacking fields instead of defensive fields with Cheema, he could definitely produce more wickets.

  • Andrew619 on March 14, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @sageleaf SL honorable losers ??? let the ball and bat do the talkin tomorrow, coz the last time watched Pakistan play they went down badly to England and i repeat england,,,,

  • pateltheking11 on March 14, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    misbah has become very defensive. after powerplay of 10 over he immediately opens up field. he should be looking to keep 6 to 7 players inside 30 yard circle for most part of the game. and if new player come at the crease he should immediately bring his deep long off, deep long on, deep point inside. so it will create pressure on new batsmen. he should also keeping slips for longer period. and must keep slip for new batsmen.

  • Sageleaf on March 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Sorry guys but Sri Lanka will have a early exit from Asia Cup. Sri Lanka's track record against Pakistan is very bad.Also Mahela stop talking just get the job done. Do you guys have what it takes to bring the Asia Cup? Doubt very much. Just becoming honorable losers...

  • CricketLover1984 on March 14, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Let the best team win! Cheers from Sri Lanka!!

  • ranga_s on March 14, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I really expect Eranga to play the tournament..He's definitely a first choice bowler for SL...It's a pity that Asia Cup is scheduled at this point as it adds no sense whatsoever...India spent close to 3 months in Australia and here they are playing...Sri Lanka can't remember a time they were at home since the WC..Evidently both teams have brought lesser teams...SL need there top 15 players to be fit and at this moment majority of them are suffering from injuries....For tomorrows game I expect Sanga would drop down the order..It would be great to have Mahela at 5 but he's doing wonders at opening slot so Tharanga should play 3..Please play 1)Dilshan 2)Mahela 3)Tharanga 4)Sangakkara 5) Chandimal 6)Thirimanne 7)Maharoof 8)Kulasekara 9)Senanayake 10)Eranga 11)Malinga....SL will do a better show....It's a pity they lost Matthews and Perera.

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    He is an amazing captain. Infact one of the best currently. Only if he can find good resources under him. Most of the captains tend to lose their grip on the match by allowing easy runs in the middle over, but Jayewardena always keeps the pressure on.

  • TaylorSwift on March 14, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    In my opinion, SL start this game as favourites. Pakistan's ODI outfit needs a makeover. However, with the 15-man squad currently available, here is the best XI for Pakistan tomorrow: 1) Hafeez, 2) Jamshed, 3) Azhar, 4) U. Akmal, 5) Misbah, 6) Hammad Azam, 7) Sarfraz (WK), 8) Afridi, 9) Gul, 10) Ajmal and 11) Wahab Riaz. Best of luck, lads!

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    tomorrow lankan lions will beat pakistan becz malinga threat will destroy them specially bolw will reverse in the later stages

  • Nadeem1976 on March 14, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    I agree the ball gets old after three overs in sub continent conditions. Sri lanka is easily going to win against toothless pakistan , if sri lanka lose this match then jawardne should quit captaincy too. Beating Pakistan currently as easy as cutting a birthday cake. Just do it.

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  • Nadeem1976 on March 14, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    I agree the ball gets old after three overs in sub continent conditions. Sri lanka is easily going to win against toothless pakistan , if sri lanka lose this match then jawardne should quit captaincy too. Beating Pakistan currently as easy as cutting a birthday cake. Just do it.

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    tomorrow lankan lions will beat pakistan becz malinga threat will destroy them specially bolw will reverse in the later stages

  • TaylorSwift on March 14, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    In my opinion, SL start this game as favourites. Pakistan's ODI outfit needs a makeover. However, with the 15-man squad currently available, here is the best XI for Pakistan tomorrow: 1) Hafeez, 2) Jamshed, 3) Azhar, 4) U. Akmal, 5) Misbah, 6) Hammad Azam, 7) Sarfraz (WK), 8) Afridi, 9) Gul, 10) Ajmal and 11) Wahab Riaz. Best of luck, lads!

  • on March 14, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    He is an amazing captain. Infact one of the best currently. Only if he can find good resources under him. Most of the captains tend to lose their grip on the match by allowing easy runs in the middle over, but Jayewardena always keeps the pressure on.

  • ranga_s on March 14, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    I really expect Eranga to play the tournament..He's definitely a first choice bowler for SL...It's a pity that Asia Cup is scheduled at this point as it adds no sense whatsoever...India spent close to 3 months in Australia and here they are playing...Sri Lanka can't remember a time they were at home since the WC..Evidently both teams have brought lesser teams...SL need there top 15 players to be fit and at this moment majority of them are suffering from injuries....For tomorrows game I expect Sanga would drop down the order..It would be great to have Mahela at 5 but he's doing wonders at opening slot so Tharanga should play 3..Please play 1)Dilshan 2)Mahela 3)Tharanga 4)Sangakkara 5) Chandimal 6)Thirimanne 7)Maharoof 8)Kulasekara 9)Senanayake 10)Eranga 11)Malinga....SL will do a better show....It's a pity they lost Matthews and Perera.

  • CricketLover1984 on March 14, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Let the best team win! Cheers from Sri Lanka!!

  • Sageleaf on March 14, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Sorry guys but Sri Lanka will have a early exit from Asia Cup. Sri Lanka's track record against Pakistan is very bad.Also Mahela stop talking just get the job done. Do you guys have what it takes to bring the Asia Cup? Doubt very much. Just becoming honorable losers...

  • pateltheking11 on March 14, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    misbah has become very defensive. after powerplay of 10 over he immediately opens up field. he should be looking to keep 6 to 7 players inside 30 yard circle for most part of the game. and if new player come at the crease he should immediately bring his deep long off, deep long on, deep point inside. so it will create pressure on new batsmen. he should also keeping slips for longer period. and must keep slip for new batsmen.

  • Andrew619 on March 14, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @sageleaf SL honorable losers ??? let the ball and bat do the talkin tomorrow, coz the last time watched Pakistan play they went down badly to England and i repeat england,,,,

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Pakistan don't really stand a chance against SL, unless SL hand the win to Pakistan in a silver platter. It's pretty obvious that Pakistan's batting does not have the depth to score consistently. And if they persist with the current milddle order line up, they will never be able to win against top notch teams in ODI. Fast bowling department has a lot to be desired also. With Umar Gull not knowing where the stumps are even after all these years at international level, and Wahab Riaz not realizing at age 26 that he needs to learn to bowl with new ball, and inswingers. Cheema is still better than Riaz, that's for sure. If Misbah uses attacking fields instead of defensive fields with Cheema, he could definitely produce more wickets.