Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 25, 2014

Malinga five-for cuts Pakistan short

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Sri Lanka 296 for 6 (Thirimanne 102, Sangakkara 67, Mathews 55*) beat Pakistan 284 (Umar Akmal 74, Misbah 73, Malinga 5-52) by 12 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Lasith Malinga reasserted his skill for rattling chases in a tight finish, after Lahiru Thirimanne had proclaimed his relevance to the ODI format, as Sri Lanka sputtered to a thrilling win in the Asia Cup opener in Fatullah.

Pakistan lost their top order cheaply, surged, collapsed, then surged briefly again, in search of 297, but the total that had been set up by Thirimanne's 102 was 12 too many, despite half-centuries from Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal.

Malinga's 5 for 52 was his first in ODIs since January 2012, as he claimed the two last Pakistan scalps in an unflappable 49th over replete with tailing yorkers. Bilawal Bhatti and Saeed Ajmal had managed 17 runs from the previous over to whittle the requirement down to 17 from two overs, but Ajmal was caught in front by a yorker, and Bhatti had one clatter into his off stump. Bhatti's wicket was Malinga's 250th, and he achieved the milestone faster than any other Sri Lanka bowler, beating Muttiah Muralitharan by 11 matches.

Pakistan had earlier seemed in control, with 55 needed off 46 balls and six wickets in hand, thanks to the 121-run stand between Misbah and Akmal. But Malinga was vital to quelling that charge too. He struck twice in four balls in the 45th over, to swing the match strongly in Sri Lanka's favour, before dismissing Umar Gul in his next. All of his wickets came in his last 15 balls.

During Sri Lanka's innings, Thirimanne's 161-run stand, off 146 balls, with Kumar Sangakkara had been the centrepiece. The pair pushed the run rate close to six, promising a total well in excess of 300, but a stutter in the batting Powerplay and a focused Pakistan, led by Saeed Ajmal, in the late overs ensured they did not finish with force.

Thirimanne, backed by the selectors to open instead of Mahela Jayawardene, was fluent from the outset, and despite his strike rate of 92.72, was rarely ruled by aggression. A crisp cover drive off Gul brought him his first boundary in the second over, and that stroke - his favourite - proved equally productive against spin. Casually authoritative on the off side to begin with, Thirimanne eventually added a leg side element to his play, even swinging Mohammad Hafeez over deep midwicket for six, in the 31st over.

In between the sweetly struck fours, Thirimanne was also adept at measuring singles. Aided by a surface that offered little seam movement or turn, and by Sangakkara's enterprise at the other end, he eased to his half-century in the 20th over, then launched an offensive after the 25th.



For a batsman who has spent much of the past two months sidelined with injury, Thirimanne was as stoic as he was confident. The nineties drew no fidgets or hair-brained strokes. He flitted through them, as he had done throughout his stay, to record his second triple-figure score in ODIs. The milestone, fittingly, came from a cover drive. The celebration, typically, was understated.

Though Thirimanne had modeled his strokes and approach on his senior partner, Sangakkara had not been quite so mellow. Often he strode forward against the quicks to make length deliveries overpitched, and his initiative became Sri Lanka's impetus. He hit 67 from 65 balls, before thumping an Umar Gul bouncer to the only infielder on the leg side.

Angelo Mathews embellished his regained stature as a finisher with an unbeaten 55 off 50 balls, but with no secure ally at the other end, he could not attack freely at the close. Ajmal's varied final spell was Sri Lanka's biggest hindrance. He finished with 1 for 50 from his full quota, while Umar Gul, who strangely only bowled eight overs, took 2 for 38.

Pakistan had fizzled to 121 for 4 in response, before a measured Misbah and an impetuous Akmal fanned the embers of the chase, only to let it grow cold when triumph was in sight.

There was little to separate this Misbah half-century from the dozens he has scored in the past 14 months. A staccato of curt defensive prods and opportunistic nurdles broken by startling, occasional blasts: a whack over long-on off Thisara Perera and a slog over midwicket off Sachithra Senanayake cleared the ropes with ease. His innings could have ended at 44 when he gave a feather-edge off Suranga Lakmal, but as the only giveaway to Misbah's indiscretion was one muffled, woody note, the umpire was unmoved.

Akmal's progress was smoother, until he unleashed towards the end. He carted Suranga Lakmal for 16 in the 41st over and slammed two fours off debutant left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva in the next. Angelo Mathews bravely kept Lakmal on and the bowler was rewarded with an edge to the keeper that sparked Pakistan's late stumble. When Misbah leathered Malinga to deep square leg, it appeared Pakistan were all but done.

Lakmal had delivered four overs of accurate away-seam with the new ball, claiming Sharjeel Khan's wicket, but though he dismissed Akmal, his figures in the final overs suggested he has not yet developed a head for death bowling. Senanayake and de Silva took one wicket apiece, and Mathews himself took the key scalp of Mohammad Hafeez, who had been Sri Lanka's primary tormentor during the bilateral series in December.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • SILVERSANGA on February 25, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Great show off my Malinga... Like Blade-Runner said he is the best limited overs bowler in the world today! He is capable of changing games singlehandedly and has done that many times for SL .The critics who said he is not effective... take that! What's amazing is his ability to comeback and turn things around after several bad spells which he did today. And he did it against SA in 2007 WC too. He went for 6+ in an over after his first 7 overs but came back with 4 wkts in 4 balls! There have been only few bowlers who can make such IMPACT in the history of cricket.

    I'll be watching closely how he plays against India. He was not that bad when he played them last time at WI. hope he get the monkey off his back and perform against India too.

  • roni123 on February 27, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter and i am saying that BANGLADESH is good , SRI LANKA is better and INDIA is the best .No space for Pakistan and Afghanistan ( JUST KIDDING THEY TOO ARE GOOD TEAMS )

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    It was funny include Chathuranga De Silva excluding Seekkuge Prasanna. He was not included even for the squad. He was given only one T20 match and given only one over to bowl. Very unfortunate. Bad selection. Prasanna is a very good leg spinner and also a good batsman.

  • momer79 on February 26, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Just watched highlights and surprised to see that Misbah's caught behind appeal turned down. This match could have finished earlier if that was given but any way well played SL.

    Typical batting pitch, nothing for bowlers. I think team batting second has more chances to win the game.

  • RuwanFer on February 26, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Even being a SL fan I must say people are overrating Malinga's bowling in this match. Malinga himself said that his rhythm wasn't good. If anyone had watched his previous 5-fer against the same opposition in the Asia cup played in Sri Lanka, now that was a super spell of ODI bowling. Not just that he took some of those wickets from unplayable deliveries there were plenty of other deliveries that he genuinely trouble the batsmen. But the reality is there is no venom in his bowling now to trouble top order batsmen. If the batsman play sensibly against him Malinga is not a big threat anymore. But he'll remain a threat for the tail enders.

  • dhanuhskaS on February 26, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    As I have mentioned before, Thirimanne is an accomplished opening batsmen by nature, like Chandimal . Their natural capabilities & technique are well suited to bat in front order. Unfortunately, SL cricket admins prefer to fill the spot they created by UNJUSTLY eliminating another established young opener (Upul Tharanga), with a player initially slotted in to the side as a wicket keeper from nowhere (substituting for injured Sangakara, despite having 3 Wicket-keepers Chandi, Dilshan, Tharanga in the side to do the job). Some supporters of this unjustly happenings are the ones who are asking to eliminate Thirimanne & Chandimal. Yesterday Thirimanne DEMONSTRATED his solid batting skills as an OPENER against a formidable side.... he came up with an unbeaten CENTURY Vs AUSSIES (in Australia) in the other SOLITARY OCCASION he was given to bat in front order.THE CONTRAST in batting skills with perfect strokes around the wicket (compared to cross bat slogging at the other end) was visible.!

  • Zainnajam on February 26, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Well, Pakistan fought back but i have a feeling that Bhatti is responsible for alot of part for Pakistan's defeat, he Should have taken On Maling's Over and Gone for 11 from the final. But Anyways, i Think it was a good show by Malinga, a Good catch of Afridi from Chandimal but a Superb, Magnificent Knock from Umar Akmal topped it all.

    And about commentatory of Russel Arnold, i Think he is Slightly on the Sri Lankan Side, but is Still a Very keen Commentator.

  • SSM56 on February 26, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Congratulations Malinga on 250 ODI wickets; and what a way to get there. Despite being a Pakistan Fan, I love the Lankan Lions and their great ability to fight back.

  • A-dits on February 26, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Pakistan: Snatching defeat from jaws of victory!!!

  • Dhanu83 on February 26, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @ vipinchirackal : What a daydreamer.. Wake up man see whats happening

  • SILVERSANGA on February 25, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Great show off my Malinga... Like Blade-Runner said he is the best limited overs bowler in the world today! He is capable of changing games singlehandedly and has done that many times for SL .The critics who said he is not effective... take that! What's amazing is his ability to comeback and turn things around after several bad spells which he did today. And he did it against SA in 2007 WC too. He went for 6+ in an over after his first 7 overs but came back with 4 wkts in 4 balls! There have been only few bowlers who can make such IMPACT in the history of cricket.

    I'll be watching closely how he plays against India. He was not that bad when he played them last time at WI. hope he get the monkey off his back and perform against India too.

  • roni123 on February 27, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    I am an Indian supporter and i am saying that BANGLADESH is good , SRI LANKA is better and INDIA is the best .No space for Pakistan and Afghanistan ( JUST KIDDING THEY TOO ARE GOOD TEAMS )

  • on February 27, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    It was funny include Chathuranga De Silva excluding Seekkuge Prasanna. He was not included even for the squad. He was given only one T20 match and given only one over to bowl. Very unfortunate. Bad selection. Prasanna is a very good leg spinner and also a good batsman.

  • momer79 on February 26, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Just watched highlights and surprised to see that Misbah's caught behind appeal turned down. This match could have finished earlier if that was given but any way well played SL.

    Typical batting pitch, nothing for bowlers. I think team batting second has more chances to win the game.

  • RuwanFer on February 26, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Even being a SL fan I must say people are overrating Malinga's bowling in this match. Malinga himself said that his rhythm wasn't good. If anyone had watched his previous 5-fer against the same opposition in the Asia cup played in Sri Lanka, now that was a super spell of ODI bowling. Not just that he took some of those wickets from unplayable deliveries there were plenty of other deliveries that he genuinely trouble the batsmen. But the reality is there is no venom in his bowling now to trouble top order batsmen. If the batsman play sensibly against him Malinga is not a big threat anymore. But he'll remain a threat for the tail enders.

  • dhanuhskaS on February 26, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    As I have mentioned before, Thirimanne is an accomplished opening batsmen by nature, like Chandimal . Their natural capabilities & technique are well suited to bat in front order. Unfortunately, SL cricket admins prefer to fill the spot they created by UNJUSTLY eliminating another established young opener (Upul Tharanga), with a player initially slotted in to the side as a wicket keeper from nowhere (substituting for injured Sangakara, despite having 3 Wicket-keepers Chandi, Dilshan, Tharanga in the side to do the job). Some supporters of this unjustly happenings are the ones who are asking to eliminate Thirimanne & Chandimal. Yesterday Thirimanne DEMONSTRATED his solid batting skills as an OPENER against a formidable side.... he came up with an unbeaten CENTURY Vs AUSSIES (in Australia) in the other SOLITARY OCCASION he was given to bat in front order.THE CONTRAST in batting skills with perfect strokes around the wicket (compared to cross bat slogging at the other end) was visible.!

  • Zainnajam on February 26, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Well, Pakistan fought back but i have a feeling that Bhatti is responsible for alot of part for Pakistan's defeat, he Should have taken On Maling's Over and Gone for 11 from the final. But Anyways, i Think it was a good show by Malinga, a Good catch of Afridi from Chandimal but a Superb, Magnificent Knock from Umar Akmal topped it all.

    And about commentatory of Russel Arnold, i Think he is Slightly on the Sri Lankan Side, but is Still a Very keen Commentator.

  • SSM56 on February 26, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Congratulations Malinga on 250 ODI wickets; and what a way to get there. Despite being a Pakistan Fan, I love the Lankan Lions and their great ability to fight back.

  • A-dits on February 26, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Pakistan: Snatching defeat from jaws of victory!!!

  • Dhanu83 on February 26, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    @ vipinchirackal : What a daydreamer.. Wake up man see whats happening

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @Supreet Singh.... If you are cricket lover than you should have to change your mind set because you don't know the basics of the cricket.... 3rd class is really what I will let you know... For your info... the 3rd class performance is what India has done in newzealand not even a single ODI & test... 3rd class performance is what India done in South Africa.......At least for God Sake don't cheat yourself by posting these kind of comments.

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    @smartaminesh WO WO WO calling malinga a club level bowler???? do u watch soccer and comment on cricket??? I m a Pakistani supporter but give the guy credit where its due. he was under tremendous pressure in the last odi series against Pakistan and even his first spell he went for many runs. but came back really well. u would never have someone like malinga in the next 100 years.support ur team dude but be generous to other teams players aswell

  • on February 26, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    To be fair a meadiocre performance from Pakistan took a great Sri Lanka performance down to the wire. it comes down to that old chestnut...Consistency

  • CricSriLanka on February 26, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @ Posted by Facebook on (February 26, 2014, 7:18 GMT): I'm pretty sure you are the one who has not watched the series. Because the 1st match was won by PAK then the 2nd match was won by SL then the 3rd and the 4th were won by PAK and as you said the dead rubber was won by SL. So GET YOUR INFOR CORRECT before publishing. In any case this is not thrashing or bashing because it was neither 0-5 nor 1-4.

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    when malinga play for mumbai indians he is a hero for indian fans. but when he play for his nation he is just a club level bowler. i think this should understand by malinga the differance between play for money and nation, not by respectless indian fans (not all but some indians who do not know to respect other nations).

  • Messa1 on February 26, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka. Good performance all round, with the bat and the ball. Just want to know is Russel Arnold supporting Pak or SL? His commentary is the worst i've ever heard. I think they should replace him with Roshan Abeysinghe.

  • CricSriLanka on February 26, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @ vipinchirackal: for your record Thirimanna has score a 100 against AUS in AUS (2013) in a winning cause.

    @ SLslider: either you are not SL or you are a pathetic SL fan. We true SL cricket fan is SAD about you and EMBARRASSED by you commenting as SLslider.

    @ Smart_animesh: you are not a cricket fan AT ALL to call Malinga a club level bowler. Malinga has 411 international wickets. 236 Twenty20 wickets. and a total of 1243 wickets in his career. We SL fans appreciate good cricket and cricketers irrespective of their country. The likes of Sachin, Lara, Warne, Wasim, KP, A.Flower, Sakib, Danial Vittory and even Kholi. these are great past and present cricketers who have captured the hearts of their countrymen and otherS. So give respect when it is due. Past and present cricketers irrespective of the country has regarded Aravinda, Sanath, Murali, Vaas, Mahela, Sangakkara, Malinga as great players in their own way.

  • Sinhabahu on February 26, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Smart_animesh, remember how the club level Malinga took 4 in 4 against South Africa? How well did your world class Indian bowlers go against them, may I ask? Since you're "smart", I'm sure you'd remember what happened :)

  • birdz_eye on February 26, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Well played SL on the day you showed up better than Pakistan good luck for rest of the tournament. As for Pakistan they looked rusty & were caught napping. Besides their Asia cup record is not so great they won only two out of ten or twelve tournaments. For me since world T20 is around the corner & will be played on the same grounds. it will be good preparation for them coming in WT20, they just need to get back in momentum to unleash as they are a formidable side in T20s. Go Green Seize the Glory!

  • on February 26, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    the result... hehe... what happen to paki, u guys were so confident in blaming india now watch out ur own perfomance really 3rd class...

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on February 26, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I congratulate Sri Lanka for winning this match. Definitely, they were better team on that given day.

    Malinga last spell was a superb treat to watch, fast, firing and furious.

    Last but not the least Pak put a very good fight and in the end , all of spectators watched a very close finish!

    I wish that ASIA CUP is open like the last one where all teams have equal chances of going to Final. Foresee thrilling contests!

  • humi_cric on February 26, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Afridi really disappoint me, he is a good bowler and a worst tail under now. We have to groom Anwer Ali for the WC2015, as in Aus/NZ Ajmal and Hafeez are enough for the spin department. Anyway, a good match. Good luck to both Bangladesh and India for today's match, though India is clearly favourite and I just read that they decided to bowl first, so chances of India win is now 80 to 90%, as they are excellent in chasing any target in subcontinent condition.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Well played Srilanka..u deserve to win! In Pakistani team..SHAHID AFRIDI is the biggest culprit..more than 250 odi matches that he played..still he doesnt know how to bat..when pak team needs him to score atleast 10-15 runs he makes 4-5 runs...even tail enders in other teams now learned how to bat.but afridi is effortless and lameless in batting..he should be replaced by fahad alam...for AFRIDI fans..out of 250 odi matches that he played..tell me atleast 10-15 matces where he lead the team to win from his batting??? he should be retired..its over champ.

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Sri lanka are one OF the most competivie side in world cricket..if not the MOST. and for a country with a mere 22million, they should take real pride in that. I've lost count of the number of times SL have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Where as India or pakistan would simply capitulate.

    SL NEVER GOES DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT.

  • Waqs77 on February 26, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Since years I have been shouting Hafeez is not a no. 3 material. he should play no. 6 as an all rounder. Now next match against Afghanistan, a weaker side, he will perform as his record shows and again the team management will start praising him and continue him as no. 3 batsman. Pathetic approach.

  • kovinbuddi on February 26, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    It was a thrilling match.Mahela did not contribute as expected.Sanaga as my favourite did great.Thirimanne well done and should keep up.We have to improve our bawling.should be tactful.We bawled direct to the bat which should not be the case.There was not good variations from Lakmal like from Malinga.Weldone Mathew.Good Luck for the next game.

  • Blade-Runner on February 26, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 ; Ah..you've come outta hiding after your team got destroyed by the ranked no. 8 team. lol Btw when was the last time India won a cricket match? Too bad so sad. :) Ciao !!

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    @cricsrilanka @yousafahmed11 I guess both of u heard abt the series didn't get to watch it actually?? after the first odi Pakistan won 3 consecutive Odis and the last match was a dead rubber. 3-2 a fair indication of the sides and the series no.u still wanna call it a competitive series be my guest. and then srilanka leaking 300 runs in a world record chase when the series was in their grasp. Pakistan was definitely the better team. but I like the Lankan guys its just the fans who start calling themselves invincible after one match. I can really understand why.nothing much to write abt for Uae series

  • Solid_Snake on February 26, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    @animesh:That Club level bowler Malinga is far better than street cricket level bowlers of India lol

  • sheno on February 26, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Fast_Track_Bully why talk about the past, yesterday it was clear that sri lanka thrashed Pakistan and showed how bad pakistan batting is. it is true pak. has a good bowling attack but their batting sucks big time. i see pakistan has the better chance loosing to Afgan than any other team in this tournament. SL vs IND or SL vs Ban final

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Hahaha lol malinga super

  • Smart_animesh on February 26, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    Shame on Pakistan.. even a club level bowler like malinga is destroying them.. lol...

  • Rambo-123 on February 26, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    Fast_Track-Bullly you don't talk about Afgan beating Srilanka you see how Bangla is going to beat India TODAY.... Come on BAN you can do it.... you have the form playing with SL so don't allow the Flat Track Bullies to win....ALL THE BEST BAN FOR TODAYS MATCH.

  • LakshithaR on February 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully: In whose twisted definition an away series loss of 3-2 is considered a 'thrashing'??? Now, what happened to the much hyped Indian team in New Zealand on the other hand...... :-)

  • Rambo-123 on February 26, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Its a great match to watch and waiting to watch the on 28th, keep it up Srilanka.....All the best for the Srilankan young guns!! Will see how they shoot at Indian flat track bullies.....

  • Sinhabahu on February 26, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, obviously Pak has a better bowling attack but we have a stronger batting attack. But why are you so worried about us? Can't take it when SL wins anything, can you? Brings your huge insecurities out to the surface, doesn't it?

    I'd like to see BD vs India tonight. As Mortaza said, beating your team of over-hyped mummy's boys will be no upset.

  • LuckyGamage on February 26, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    In the few - months before, A lot of people in Sri Lanka blamed to Malinga and other SL Cricketers for "PLAYING FOR MONEY"..! But the thing that I can't understand is why didn't our people blamed to a lot of doctors, engineers and many more "HI - RAKED" positions who studied freely in Sri Lanka and went abroad and have forgotten our mother land.! BUT DON'T WORRY MY DEAR LIONS..! A real cricket fans who real lions blood in their body are always behind you and cheering you..! A unforgettable match was held yesterday and Malinga showed he is the "ONLY BOWLER" in Sri Lanka (And probably in the world) who can "BLAST" opposition team under pressure..! Well done lions and we're waiting for Asia Cup 2014..! May triple gems bless you and all gods will protect you..! I'm waiting for Friday and the last thing I want to say is "MALINGA MADE ME MAD.....!

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 26, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @ Taaro - Cricket is quite predictable mate. But some times fluke/luck factor does work. As per the team quality, the result should be as : Pak - SL - It should have been PAK. But due to fluke it went in SL way. that's fine it will make our job easlier for the finals. SL-Ind - Either way. But SL have advantage due to familiar conditions. Pak - Ind - PAK Finals - PAK vs Either Ind or SL. PAK winning with 5-6 wickets in hand or with 100+ runs margin. FYI, I am not considering the other two weaker teams. AFG or Ban might manage to win a match against SL at the best.

  • OverDcovers on February 26, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Pakistan's usual TOP 3 Lameness exposed! Why on earth Moin-Misbah dont understand that team's best batsman plays at #3 and we rely on team's worst batsman i.e. Hafeez! Hafeez should either open the innings OR bat above Saeed Ajmal at #8 as he's overstated by many as an off spinner! Younis should come bk to team as a #3 specialist to hold the fort at one end! Serious surgery is required for the prejudices carried by whomsoever against Younis Khan!

  • panzergruppe on February 26, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    Dream on Fast Track Bully.................

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    I think at the moment SL in supreme form and every team will strugle against them including India & Bangaladesh. Pakistan are strong side on paper only and shows their weakness in final over

  • on February 26, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    i think i was a good chase by PAKISTAN unfortunately failed. it is the time pakistan should compensate between afridi and umor gul to find a place for anwar ali. better off to leave afrridi and take anwar ali to stay in the hunt or to do some good in the tournament. or give afridi a last chance in opening position.

  • solankibhavesh on February 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    Both the team did well in match but in match malinga effect done tremendous job for SL

  • Prema1948 on February 26, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    It was good to see we won the match with 3 genuine bowlers, whereas all other countries field 5. It is also sad to see a World class bowler the class of Ajantha (1st Class Bo Av 21.83, ODI Bo Av 21.02, T/20 Bo Av 13.61 with 4 six wkt hauls in LO Internationals) has been side-lined to make way for henchmen. His confidence was brought to zero level by the Jokers after his brilliant performances at the WC 2011. This has been done so, was just to give Murali's place to their favorites henchman. Our is the only Country that allow players to play at International level sans clear record, while top Class school & Domestic Cricketers being completely and continuously ignored, even if they were picked for their continued good performances at Domestic level, they were always asked to carry water or sent to bat at odd places and the bowler were asked to bowl when the batters were fully set. I don't think that the Country derives any benefit in playing 2 senior players at these vital positions.

  • RoshJ on February 26, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    A very good match...weldone SL and PAK...good for cricket

    @ fast-track-bully..typical Indian mumbling...how on earth a 3-2 result become a thrashing? A THRASHED is when NZ remove the lather out of India's cricket team..get this..THRASHED 4-0!

    I am sure BAN will THRASH India today!!

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    but we everytime start celculation if Bangladash beat India and Sri lanka win aginst India then Pakistan go thorugh final why Pakistan not win a opning match and make sure esey going for final

  • ShahidAzizMughal on February 26, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka won the match but well played pakistan it was a huge total and pakistani batsmen done well after 4 wickets down. i always like umar akmal and he proved it again that he has a share talent although he could not finish the match but all the excitement in the match was just because of him he played a sensational inning. as well as sangakara appeal is concerned so i would say that sanga always make noise after take catch whether its nick or not.

  • Farhan79 on February 26, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Game was good, we should not always criticize players, This is game. both teams played well. This was a good fight...Malinga, Misbah and Umer were awesome in this game. Pakistan should focus on their opening slot. They are not performing from couple of months.Especialy young one, coach should teach that how they will convert their scores from 25 to 50 and 50 to 100.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Don not Criticize Mr Reliable..., He is a Rock and he is the spine of Pak team. U have to find man like him as he will play no longer for your team with his age. Cool headed man like him is worth hundred times more than so called reckless pinch hitters. keep in mind that had not been Mishba's preset with Umar, Umar would have been a spectator so early in the inning. Your team badly need a sculptor like Sanga or Daravid to shape your immense young talents otherwise they are in vain. Hope the best for the future. Good Luck!

    SL has very limited yong talents compared to IND and PAK, as a instance see Uder19 teams performance (previous and present) these two dominate the world, but what they lack is how to utilize those talent, on the other hand SL utilize our limited young talent far more better than any other team. That is why Lions are so special in world cricket.

  • SLslider on February 26, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    The only time our captain gets to touch the trophy when he is posing for a picture with other captains. A sad SL fan.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    but we everytime start celculation if Bangladash beat India and Sri lanka win aginst India then Pakistan go thorugh final why Pakistan not win a opning match and make sure esey going for final

  • SLslider on February 26, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    A fluke win by us. Any other team would have closed the match. I believe Afghan vs SL will be a cracker of a game with us losing at the end. Atleast we will go home with one fluke win and say how weather and other factors denied us another tournament. Sanga appealing at everything is really embarrassing. I don't know what our untalented youngsters will learn from him. Mahela again played as a speciaalist spectator, average of 33 after 400 matches. Chandimal following mahela's footsteps, No wonder we have not won a single test series out SL since 2001(excluding BANG and ZIM series). I bet Afganistan would have had a better record outside. An embarrassed SL fan.

  • RayyanAli on February 26, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Being a Pakistani fan, I first of all congratulate Sri Lanka for winning the match. Secondly, by reading the blog it seems that Indian fans were more thirsty for a Sri Lankan win than Sri Lankan fans. Make sense, but my question is, if they are criticising Misbah for not walking out, then, did any of their so called big great batsmen ever set an example of leaving the field (specially against Pakistan)? So I think Misbah should be given a margin of error. As he might not be 100% sure as well. At last we as Pakistani never mind loosing against Sri Lanka....as they are just like brothers to us....

  • VinodGupte on February 26, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    for so long as PAK cricket carries utterly irresponsible Afridi in their squad, it is impossible for the other young players to take responsibility. when a pampered senior in your team is not punished despite playing reckless shot after shot, you don't feel motivated enough to put a price on your wicket. PAK tail is the weakest in the international cricket and it is mainly because of afridi.

  • mrnutral on February 26, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    I am an SL fan. I really enjoyed both teams performing well. It was the day of Srilanka. So we won. We hope a PAK vs SL final and prefer if SL win. PAK win also ok. Regarding our bowling, we need to create bowlers in Malinga, Ajmal caliber. Ajmal seems simply unplayable in any pitch in ODI. He is a great asset to PAK and I feel the only match winning Spin bowler pak has. Best of luck in future matches both the team.

    Waiting to watch Ind vs Ban match tomorrow. it would be a touch one. But in absense of Sakib, I think india will win easily. But don't know. Good luck Ban and Ind.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    It is good to see the morale of Sri Lankan players which I see after a long time. I do not know whether SLC has introduced to the players some kind of incentive scheme for the performance and winning matches. If it is the fact then the correct step towards successful future for SL. Now, as per the bilateral FTP, SL team needs to come up in the ranking if they want to play the Big three. If they do not play big three often then the perks of SL players too will obliviously go down as the income to SLC will be low.

  • sam_screaming on February 26, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    More than malinga's brilliance it was bad batting from pakistan that lost them the game. The first three (game changing) wickets that Malinga took were bad shots from batsman and there was nothing special from Malinga. Infact Malinga looked ordinary and disinterested till the 8th over, he bowled. There were no Malinga special yorkers, slower bouncers etc (May be an IPL effect). As it was Pakistan, and they generally have a tendency to capitulate in such chases, the final few overs were played badly. Pakistan should look to restrict teams in the middle overs by using strike bowlers like ajmal, Junaid, and using Afridi and Hafeez from the other end. This will create pressure among the batting side and more often than not teams will lose wickets in middle overs. Also there is marked improvement in Suranga Lakmal's bowling.

  • FHZAHID on February 26, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Well Pakistan team's major problem is that no one is match finisher. This match should have been won with 57 runs and 42 balls and Misbah/Umer in the middle.

    Pitches are also not supporting. Flat pitch with no support for bowlers! I am afraid and have mercy upon bowlers in the Asia Cup. It will be a time that no one would like to become bowler keeping in view flat pitches in international cricket.

  • vipinchirackal on February 26, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    what a poor batting performance by both the team.though they scored 275plus both those teams have any new player who can follow the legacy of misbah or sangakkara.now sreelankan fans will start comparing thirimanne with sachin.frankly speaking his battinh is just below averge and he cant perform at australia or newzealand pitches with this sort of batting technique

  • dmqi on February 26, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    SL played a solid game in both batting and to some extent bowling too. They were the better side and deserved to win. If Misbah was given out caught behind, Pak would loose by bigger margin. Misbah and umar brought them close but no other batsman played with responsibility. Pak will not go to final, I think.

  • tanweer.arshad on February 26, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    every thing was ok just batting order ,Misbah must give chance bilaval bhati before afridi in such situation. afridi can make quick runs but not good partnership.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Afridi is always horrible batsman and a medium bowler.He should be kicked out now and give his place to a person who is useful to Pakistan in batting and bowler.

  • afaleel on February 26, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    very proud how our boys performed .keep it up and we will be with you always no matter what the results are as far as you are genuine and play the gentelmens game . hope malinga does the same with india and let them know that country comes first before money.

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Either Afridi should open or he should sit at home,,,,

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    this tme srilanka with balance team congrts srilanka

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    It was good entertaining Cricket till one but the last over it could have been anybodys game

  • kesy777 on February 26, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    I believe that a player should walk if there is no DRS been used. If DRS is there he should not walk where as option of reviewing is available for the fielding side. In a way it justify's what Sanga did in the Test match, because Pak had the chance to review, where as here SL do not have that option.

  • indiasupbangalore on February 26, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Really enjoyed watching a quality odi match between too good teams, the match ebb and flowed that is what exits a neutral fan like me, I really thought lakmal was going to throw all the malinga hard work away with that one over when ajmal took him for 17 runs, but malinga came back and finished off things. One thing that surprised me was neight perrara or malinga walked up to lakmal to tell him the obivoius it is a slow wicket if you bowl fast the ball nicely skids on to the bat, and perrara really bowled good slow balls. Overall the bating was closely matched, what winned the match was pretty clever bowling from SL. Misbah common dude you should have walked, it does not matter kholi, stuward board or misbah if you know you kicked it and it is obivious you walk otherwise icc penalize these batsman.

  • Taaro on February 26, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    what I learn from Cricket is, you cant predict team winning and lose. Sri Lanka didnt won any tournaments last couple of years. but now i realise it's due to selecting youngsters. other than 3 big guns all are youngsters in SL team. with lack of experience. but now they have won peoples heart. to people who says SL never won any tournaments, my answer is it takes time to build new young players. and now they are ready. i think 2014 is gonna give SL a beautiful feeling. and to be the best... but still as i said Cricket is not predictable. so win or lose it happens in games. noone can win every game. as a example India was a good team ( champions) but lost 4-0 to NZ. it doesn't mean they are not talented neither NZ is best. its all about Cricket Pakistan was really doing it great. i love the people of Pakistan, and Banga because they never show off like indian viewers. all should learn to respect teams. and there good Indians too. who have a good heart and respectable men. Cheers to all

  • FHZAHID on February 26, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    A good match. However, Pakistan needs to review their playing eleven for rest of the tournament.

    Anwer Ali should be given a chance in place of Bilawal Bhatti; Fawad Alam should be included in place of Sharjeel Khan. Afridi should open with Ahmed Shahzad. The rest is okay.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 26, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Pakistan thrashed SL in the last series 3-2 and still some SL fans believe SL won those matches! SL bowlers were more mediocre than Pak in all those matches.But SL Vs Afgan will be interesting as Afgan got a chance to win over a hyped team.

  • Sheikasif on February 26, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Misbah should be ashamed of his un-sportsmanship behavior today. As a captain, he should be setting example.

    @ Aqiq Iqbal,,,Pakistan and for that matter no human can bleed green. They will always bleed red win or lose. Dont insult Alah by writing such pathetic things

  • Desihungama on February 26, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    Oh C'mon. This was pretty much an expected result. Sri Lanka had been playing in Bangladesh for some time (wisely so) and Pakistan had a small lay off and were bit rusty as a team. I think fight put up by Pak team was commendable but credit should go to Sri Lankan batsmen for standing up to Pakistan bowlers and taking the fight right to them. Over all a cracker of a game and bode well for up coming matches. Watch out all other teams.

  • Prema1948 on February 26, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    It was good to see we won the match with 3 genuine bowlers, whereas all other countries field 5. It is also sad to see a World class bowler the class of Ajantha (1st Class Bo Av 21.83, ODI Bo Av 21.02, T/20 Bo Av 13.61 with 4 six wkt hauls in LO Internationals) has been side-lined to make way for henchmen. His confidence was brought to zero level by the Jokers after his brilliant performances at the WC 2011. This has been done so, was just to give Murali's place to their favorites henchman. Our is the only Country that allow players to play at International level sans clear record, while top Class school & Domestic Cricketers being completely and continuously ignored, even if they were picked for their continued good performances at Domestic level, they were always asked to carry water or sent to bat at odd places and the bowler were asked to bowl when the batters were fully set. I don't think that the Country derives any benefit in playing 2 senior players at these vital positions.

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Get rid of Hafeez and Bhatti, and bring in a specialist batsman and a specialist bowler instead. Also, batting order needs a lil tweaking. Send Afridi to open the innings. Misbah should go higher, he's not a finisher...a no3 would suit him better.

  • TZ9383 on February 26, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    After long time we saw real Maling and other thing is Mahela real struggle in no 4 if paly against India i think he will be bat no 6 or 7 or give place to Priyanjan he got runs very quickly, and for the next game give chance to Dammika Presad instead of Chathuranga De Silva

  • CricSriLanka on February 26, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    @ Sheharyar Abbasi: We lost 2-3 in the recent ODI series in UAE. and 3 of those matches were really close ones. So how can you say that SL got bashed!

  • CricSriLanka on February 26, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    @ Vishal Surana: Malinga last wicket was a off stump yoker, were you ever watching the match. If you were SA or AUS or for that matter PAk fan can say that Malinga was just lucky, because they have good fast bowlers, but you being a IND fan how can you say that Malinga was just lucky. With IND fast bowlers they should be lucky or else how can IND fat bowlers get wickets.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on February 26, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka ( in a closely fought/tight match). In hindsight, Pakistan played well and had the match in safe keeping till that "reckless shot" from U. Akmal. Pakistani bowling looked rather ring rusty and leaked too many runs, albeit on a batting friendly wicket. Pakistan should strip fitter during next matches and make amends. As is evident from the performance of U19 boys, there is plenty of raw talent available and Afridi need to replaced/dispensed with a young all rounder !

  • Sinhaya on February 26, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    As a diehard Lankan fan, I wish to state that I am a huge fan of Misbah Ul Haq and I was clamouring to see him score his maiden ODI ton last night. I was wanting to see SL win but Misbah get a ton. Whenever Misbah bats even against SL, I crave to see him score heavily and wish he plays cricket for another decade.

    Regarding the edge to Sanga, I dont think he should have walked because Broad did not do so last year and Ponting did not do it in the 2011 WC match against Pakistan in Colombo.

    Great to see Thirimanne score a ton and effectively signal an end to Dilshan's career. But our bowling remains a cause for concern. Should play Seekkuge Prasanna instead of Chaturanga De Silva for the next match. As for our fielding, what a brilliant catch by Chandimal to dismiss Afridi. For a while I thought whether he broke his fingers considering the ferocious speed at which the ball came to short cover point.

    As for Pakistani batting, Umar Akmal should come higher.

  • John_Geo on February 26, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    Should be rated as one of the better performances by Sri Lanka particularly given the fact they had to dismiss some Pakistan players more than once. What are the chances Misbah will be considered for 'spirit of the game' award next year?

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    at the end one side has to one but it was a good show by both teams, no doubt srilanka played better

  • on February 26, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    both are good fighters but end win by lanken best wishes rest of the team. thanks cricinfo for giving such a great app

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Poor umpiring and Mishbah is a bad cricketer. He should have walk out. SL would have win comprehensively if umpire made the correct decision. Well done SL. Hope SLwill win the Asia Cup.

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    @ GRVJPR bro, r u talking about some other match?

  • Yuosufahmed on February 26, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    @Sheharyar Abbasi: What are you talking about? As I heard the series was very competitive. Only the ODI Pak won by 3-2. Tests and T20 1-1 each. If this is a thrash for a team, Zim series of Pak should be utter humiliation.

  • bootlicker on February 26, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    To be fair for both sides, I think there was no fight there Pakistan had yesterday with SL if the umpire had ruled out Misbha was caught behind. It was so obvious he nicked and the head umpire was not in the match to adjudge it at all. Firstly he should have talked to the leg umpire and get his view. Then he should have referred to the third umpire and get his view because there were no other techniques available on ground. These things happen in cricket but the head umpire could have avoided the controversy by referring and talking to relevant people available. I don't think that kind of obvious mistake should have happened in a crucial match like this.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on February 26, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    It was only fluke win for SL. Otherwise our batting is not as bad to collapse from 242/4 to 284/10 against mediocre SL bowling. Anyway, better luck next time and Misbah / Akmal - please bat until end against Ind & BD.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 26, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    @ CricIndia208: Yes definitely Pak are the best team in the Asia Cup followed by Lankans. I am not sure of our place if ahead of Ban, between Ban and Afg or the worst based on our away performance lately. Half of this question will be answered by todays match.

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    Misbah was clearly out. He didn't show he is a gentleman cricketer especially as a captain. Only had winning mindset finally lost.

  • Yuosufahmed on February 26, 2014, 2:09 GMT

    We can't expect a different results to the previous Asia Cup which Bangali boys easily crushed us when we are in top form. With the current form, it is unlikely we beat them at home. We should focus on beating atleast Afg and stop our away winless streak.

  • on February 26, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    what did u say Agarkar? Malinga got lucky to get couple of wickets? really? wait for 28th of FEB........ we will show who is lucky & who is talented!

  • on February 26, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    as a Sri Lankan..... what i have to say is Pakistan played so well until Akmal collapsed! This was truly foolish 57 in 48 balls with 6 wickets and also with 2 well settled batsmen, even Afganistan will chase it easily. The problem they had is, they had no control great cricketers dont play ruthless shots every time coz it is a matter of time. Best example is Champion Sangakkara, watch how he anchored his inning against Bangladesh in last tournament. And also Mattews, extreamly well controled inning in this game where SL losing too much wickets. So If Misbha & Akmal controled their innings not going for slaughter but win the game with mind they would have ended up in winning side!

  • Manowara on February 26, 2014, 1:50 GMT

    @ DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement, Yes mate, He had seen lot of Tendulkar's more than few ocations and Koli lately does the same and may be he thought of leaving side the sportsmanship he had during the carrier. I beleave he was waiting to see the umpires signal on the noball. Batsman has the right to see how umpire see that.

  • Yousufahmed1 on February 26, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner LOL What a big two faced fan you are. I thought you didn't believe in ranking as they were flawed. SL climbed by playing only in SC. LOL.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 26, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Always pleased to see Pakistan lose...

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 26, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    well-done Lanka, I ( a Bd fan) supported you in this game . I wish umar Akmal bat up the order for pak .

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    I wonder who took the decision to mess up the Sri Lankan batting order; almost cost us the game. Sending Thisara and even Chathuranga before Chandimal with so many overs to go could only be the work of a mad man. In my thinking Chandi should have come in even before Mahela. He showed his class and returning form in the 3rd ODI against BD. But I guess SL management is blind.

  • Rizwanodayar on February 26, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Although Malinga took five wickets today as a whole srilanka had balance bowling attack that help them to get through tough situation. Mathew has made some good decisions during the game, specially the one he kept bowing Lakama afterl that bit of of gamesmanship with Umer Akma.l

  • on February 26, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    Way to go Malinga..................You are the best in bowling yorker in the world

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka from a Pakistan fan. It's good to see Malinga in form again, even though we were on the receiving end!

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    The turning point of the game was Umar Akmal gifting his wicket, though he made the match he also lost it for Pakistan for being irresponsible. We could have walked home from that position, don't know what he was thinking. Also, Misbah my-man you seem to have the worst of lucks, but there was no need for you to play that shot, when Bilawal was still there to take some blows. Overall, Pakistan messed it up in the strategy, good luck next game:) I am still seeing a PakvsSL Final, and therefore am glad that we lost this one, we will be hungry when it matters. Congrats to SL and thanks to the Bangladeshi crowd as well for being supportive of Pakistan. RESPECT!

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    Yes a gentleman should have walked off the fields. When an umpire gives someone out who is not-out then we hears things like it;s okay it all evens out at the end of the day. I guess I cant blame him for not walking off the field I am sure he must have been given out when he was not. So things even out.

  • saintsinister on February 25, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Talking about walking.. last series Sangakara didn't walk twice after nicks against Pakistan. The story is always different when the shoe is on the other foot. Funny thing though, both sides that didn't walk lost the matches :)

  • rezauk on February 25, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    Personally I'm sick and tired of this so called keep wickets in hand approach. This approach is only logical if you at least bat to no 10 !!. The best sides in the world are ahead of the over rate with 20 overs to go and expect to finish within the last 3 overs. If Pakistan are going to go forward and compete consistently then we need to get young players on board who aren't afraid to express themselves. I don't know who was responsible for bringing 3 players back for this series but I suggest they start to look to the future pretty rapidly. Yours ASTONISHED

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    superb display by lasith malinga, overall it is a team effort which won the game for sri lanka , well done sri lanka . srilanka now has shown better maturity in the form of captaincy, batting , bowling and fielding , keep it up.

  • KrikIndFan on February 25, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    I don't get the hpye over Afridi's batting, he's Pak version of Yousuf Pathan. But then Ind have lot of choices to not play Yousuf. The boom boom has started to become dum dum. Sorry Pak fans, I like Misbah.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    f Francis Mel is very right as when we expect who nick as in the case of Gillie, to walk themselves what about a situation, when the keepers make appeals of not serious nature, to hood wingk the umpires, where UDRS is not there. Moreover it doesn't behove of a player in the calibre of Sankakkara in indulging in such tactics, with a view to change the course of the Genlemenly game still !

  • wazza85 on February 25, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    i must first say good cricket by Pakistan although they felt the pressure in the last couple of overs. SL bowlers need to be more aggressive and attacking, Lakmal bowling was pathetic to see. Malinga is good on his day and needs to be more consistent.

  • GermanPlayer on February 25, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    That guy Afridi still playing? lol.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:16 GMT

    Does anyone remember when Sanga was caught at slip in Test Match ? When Ball clearly brushed his glove,, Did he walk? NO HE DIDN'T, Misbah's edge was just faint one, Not clearly visible , With so much noise of crowd, Umpire made Mistake, I'm sure, Misbah wouldn't have noticed that either. So stop Blaming Misbah for This.

  • on February 25, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    @vishal are you talking about the same Kohli and the gang that just returned from NZ? I m sure Mathews is shaking in his boots like Brenden McCullum did during Christmas! HaHa ha

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:49 GMT

    malinga fires in fathullah beating pakistan in a great style.congrattzzz malinga and congrattzzz to our lions

  • Cric_fever_notgoingdown on February 25, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    it was good game. but my heart is broken already... it becomes more difficult for us now.. :-( we would have more pressure against ind when we play them...!!!!

  • satchander on February 25, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    For Pakistan's sake I am happy that they lost by only 12 runs. This means that their NRR will not suffer much because of this loss. In such multi nation tournament, NRR plays a big role in the end to qualify for the finals.

  • Fogu on February 25, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Congratulations to SL. Good win for them. Good chase by PK but a couple of balls derailed them. Good match all around.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    @t20cric: You have listed not 4 but 19 possible teams. I think it is quite possible that one of these 19 will be correct. I will go with team 2f.

  • on February 25, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    While on the subject on walking after a knick, isnt appealing for catches when there is no knick, much worse? I am referring to Sangakara appealing like the knick was a clear one.

  • samincolumbia on February 25, 2014, 20:21 GMT

    Everyone is forgetting that Pakistan would have lost by 100+ runs if Misbah was given OUT correctly by the umpire. Even with that luck, Pakistan was not good enough (and never is) to win the game.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Afridi is gamble which one should play. It is better to play Gamble earlier so that you have time to recover. Afridi should open again and if he clicks he will give you great start. Seen lot of matches in recent where he had performed with bat but all of them were on losing cause as he doesn't have mindset to carry till the end. Malinga was lucky to get wickets today. His yorkers were on leg side down. Check him again how he bowls to Kohli and gang. I am sure he will be having torrid time against Kohli and gang.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    chathuranga de silva looks impressive..

  • amilag on February 25, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Mishbah is a selfish batsman and never walked off after a clear nick..he should be penalized...

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Afridi should be retired and put in a museum.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Very good and entertaining game of cricket. Well played Pak and SL. Hoping for a closely fought Asia Cup. Good to have Afghanistan as well... they have some exciting players to watch out for.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    everyone criticized....sanga last time when he didnt walk off in a test match............then today what happend...so called gentleman off the game mishbah..ul..huq..did he walk off...after clear outside edge.......pathetic cricket...justice..was done after all...he got out and we won..................

  • t20cric on February 25, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    For Pakistan to win they might have to make some changes. I think they have 4 possible teams for the next game.

    Team 1: 1. Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Sharjeel Khan/ Mohammad Hafeez, 3. Fawad Alam, 4. Sohaib Maqsood, 5. Misbah-ul-haq, 6. Umar Akmal, 7. Bilawal Bhatti/ Anwar Ali, 8. Shahid Afridi, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan/ Mohammad Talha

    Team 2: 1. Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Sharjeel Khan/ Mohammad Hafeez, 3. Sohaib Maqsood/ Fawad Alam, 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah-ul-haq, 6. Bilawal Bhatti, 7. Anwar Ali, 8. Shahid Afridi, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan/ Mohammad Talha

    Team 3: 1. Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Sharjeel Khan, 3. Fawad Alam, 4. Sohaib Maqsood, 5. Misbah-ul-haq, 6. Umar Akmal, 7. Mohammad Hafeez, 8. Shahid Afridi, 9. Umar Gul, 10. Saeed Ajmal, 11. Junaid Khan/ Mohammad Talha

    Team 4: same team as today.

  • haq33 on February 25, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Well played SL. Malinga proved he is a matchwinner again. Pak had chances but do not discount the ability of Malinga to induce panic in a team, which is exactly what he did here. Two well matched teams, SL played better today. Congrats Lions. Pak now need to win against India, who will be formidable even without Dhoni. Will be very interesting. Hope the pitches improve a bit too.

  • cric_sj on February 25, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Afridi first played an ODI in 1996 and in 18 years there is very little knowledge he has picked up about how to go for a tense chase. Anyone could have bet on their life that he will not score / fail compared to someone like Dhoni whom you can bet your life on that he will see through with ease.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    as an SL i have a huge respect for misbah ajmal gul hafeez youniz even afridi but akmal, he is the one who lost the spirit and make pak'ssafe passage to a havoc.. he didnthave to react so much towards lakmal when his captain has already denied a certain out appeal.. i think that is where pak got their turninig point...

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Aside the horrible camera angles and commentary it was a great game, both sides played really well and Misbas wrong decision almost cost Sri Lanka the match

  • t20cric on February 25, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    I like the fight Pakistan showed but the bowling needs to improve. Mohammad Akram hasn't really improved Bilawal and Junaid. Afridi and Ajmal did well but they usually do and they are rarely affected by changes in bowling coaches. The problem is that if Pakistan don't do good in t20 wc and asia cup then Moin Khan will lose his job (even though it was probably cuz of him that Pakistan fought til the end) when Akram really seems like a bigger problem cuz he can't improve our younger pacers. Pakistan must change their bowling coach to either Waqar or Wasim in order to get back to there regular bowling standards.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    slinga Malinga......Superb Action on the game.....no way to escape.........

  • Karthik78 on February 25, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Pak always love surprises and don't like consistency (like a girl friend). Thats why, they still stick with Afridi like players, who will play once in blue moon day. Everyone knows it and his bowling is just average compared to other Pak bowlers.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 25, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    I knew SL gonna win this match when they managed to post 296. Pakistani fan claims that their team is world's best and everything but the truth is Pakistan batting line up is very ORDINARY & Misbah is the only consistent batsman they have. Like always he was the one stood up and Akmal was a Bonus today otherwise a win for SL was expected. Congratulation SL & its fan. You were the better team even before the match started and the result of the match was expected.

  • on February 25, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    some of the comments here by some of the srilankan fans are hilarious to be honest. no disrespect guys but I think u have just forgotten the bashing u just received against Pakistan 2 months back. it was a good game of cricket with the balancing tilting either side after every 10 covers. Pakistan had the game in their grasp but they somehow lost. no worries still a long way to go in the tournament. but cmon stop drawing conclusions just mere on the basis of one match that srilanka is far talented or other non sense like that. Not so talented when they were in UAE. just appreciate good game of cricket and reserve ur Valuable input after the final of this tournament. this msg was not intended to the more sane Lankan fans.

  • Criktic on February 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Congrats SL and well played Pak .. it doesn't matter whoever wins when these two sides are playing against each other so i am happy for SL too : )

  • t20cric on February 25, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    Well this was a really good match but sad to see Pakistan to lose. Let's compare the most recent Pakistan match with the most recent Pakistan U19 match.

    Pakistan- 242/5 with 7.3 overs remaining needing 54 runs to win with 2 of there most experienced bats at the crease. Misbah is well set & Afridi just walked in but has a reputation to do well against against SL. They seem on top but end up losing by 12 runs and lose there last 6 wickets for 42 runs.

    Pak19- 142/7 with 13.1 overs remaining needing 63 runs to win with only 3 wickets in hand and inexperienced bats at the crease. None of them are well set and it is the semi-final of a very important tournament. They look like losing but end up winning without losing anymore wickets.

    I think our senoir team needs to look at the U19 team for some inspiration but on the bright side if some of these guys get to the senoir team we will be a stronger team.

  • Criktic on February 25, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Congrats SL and well played Pak .. it doesn't matter whoever wins when these two sides are playing against each other so i am happy for SL too : )

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 25, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    Good tight contest as exp. betw. the 2 sub cont. powerhouses-SL/Pak-showing why they are the 2 best teams on view this tourney.SL having the better on the day in the dress reh. of final.All other lesser teams will look to put up a fight though am sure.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 25, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    GRVJPR

    Here you go fantasising again and an embarrassment to your country's supporters.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Biggest problem with Pakistan; they let the asking rate increase in the middle overs and they always end up with wanting 10 an over in end overs.

  • Kavum on February 25, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Incredible. That's the only word that can describe SL's win. Pak had this chase well in hand and just threw it away. I rejoice with SL at the same time that I commiserate with Pak. When two brothers contest each other there is no real victor. Only cricket. Thirimanne and Malinga were champions but so were Akmal and Misbah to a lesser degree. I think 'umbly that the game was the winner today. Long may this keen contest continue. Good luck to all who play competitive cricket!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Stop blaming Misbah, he is your rock and we all know he can bat at high S/R but if he gets dismissed then the other batsmen will cause a collapse... think before you speak!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on February 25, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Very good match. Pak played very well so as SL. At the end the difference was the toe crusher.

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Congrats to SL for moving one step towards final!! Heartbreak for Pakistan fans to see their favorite team losing. It seems that SL outfit settled quiet nicely now with young & experienced combination. Thirimane shows his caliber today why he is being persisted by selectors even if failed. He looks like Marvan who was really class batsman. He along with experienced Sanga set the winning tempo & Malinga/Sena summed up beautifully. Sanga/Thiri played out of skin that Pakistani Bowlers looked mediocre on very helpful conditions. When pitch get bettered in second half for batting , Angello bowled really well to curb the Pak batsmen. At one point Pak looked cruising for easy victory. I am sorry for Misbah's behavior & one should remember episode of him with WI player who was penalized for suspension by ICC. Now it will be interesting how ICC acts to this to show some equilibrium. Pak fans need to be calm down as team's honeymoon period is over now....I mean Back to normalcy.

  • UK_Chap on February 25, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    samincolumbia & GVRJPR : The bitterness in your comments only highlights your envy of Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They both play good competitive cricket and really it could have gone either way. The game was intense right up to the last couple of overs, this is the first game of the tournament so your comments are rather childish. India have just returned from New Zealand do you really want to be reminded of minnows.. Lets see how the Asia cup develops and Bravado should only be for those that actually lift the trophy.

  • Diamond2017 on February 25, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Shabash maliga..well done mere sher :D

  • ksquared on February 25, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    What a load of rubbish the match telecast gave as stats at one point PAK win was at 18% even a die hard SL supporter wouldn't have predicted that!!!! Add to that the nonsense by Harsha Bhogle about the ALGORITHM which came up with the above it was quite hilarious!!!! I felt the camera work of the telecast was also very very bad!!!!!

  • SILVERSANGA on February 25, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Wow wow wow what show stealer that was! It was do or die situation for SL. And I have to admit this. It was like this. Had SL lost I'd have given up the chances of we winning this Asia cup doesn't matter even if we somehow qualify for the finals. But as we won this now I'm sure that we are so close to win the trophy this time. Every game is a pressure game in Asia cup. If you win you'll keep the momentum but if you lose it can be very costly.

    Both teams gave their 100%. The game was swinging one way another. After taking Kusal's wicket Pakistan were in the driver seat. But SL came back stronger with Thiri and Sanga partnership. Then Pakistan struck back and restricted SL for 296. I thought that was gettable on this flat deck. But SL bowlers dominated the first half. Eventually Pakistan came back again but only for SL to have the last laugh! Great game. No hard feelings for Pakistan. You fought hard.

    Now Ind vs Ban. 2 evenly matched teams. Will be another thriller.

  • YsaKaru on February 25, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    superb by lankans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!best of luck for rest of matches!!!!!!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    mr waqas afzal i think misbah is the only reliable batsman in pak team since last couple of years,you cant blame him

  • hamza893 on February 25, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    I am not disappointed from this effort boys, better luck next time.

    Chasing 296 against mediocre bowling attack or any bowling attack is one heck no matter if you have strong batting line up.Pakistan fight very hard till the last ball .

    Now ,next matches will be crackers specially Ind vs Pak .

    Go Team Pakistan Go #Believe #Strenght #faith #BleedGreen

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    The role of coach is very important here, Pak almost chased it and then gave it away. They need to define the clear roles for players and need to have backup plans as well, Akmal should have controlled his aggression, he didn't, Afridi should have waited to play it over the covers, he hurried into shot, Misbah had all the pressure and he succumbed. Bhatti shouldn't have played that shot to Malinga, target was reachable in last over. I mean so many little things which need to right in order to win in tight finishes, I have seen Pak players doesn't read the situation well often. When scoring is dried up they give easy wickets, need to learn from their own bowlers that how as a bowling unit they build pressure and trap the batsmen.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    @ramz_01...You all know that? How and what was the result when India played Pak last time??

  • jerryman on February 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Congrats SL and good fight by Pakistan. I thought SL had about 25 runs too short , but Malinga had a splendid spell at the end to change the game . Pakistan I felt threw the game with some reckless shots , especially Akmal & Misbah. Bust a wonderful start to the Asia cup. Good luck and may the best team win

  • shahnbej on February 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Peoples blaming Afridy come on guys if Misbah don't take responsibility for scoring runs while he was well set than what you expecting from Afridy after all it all about scoring runs. Misbah only can increase required run rate which producedpressure on all other bbatsmen.

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    Congratulations Thiri for excellent performance!!! @ Sri Lankan cricket pundits who criticized inclusion of Thiri in ODI squad: What do do you have to say now? Please do not destroy moral of young cricketers and their future by foolish comments hereafter. Please! Please!

  • adis26 on February 25, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    @GRVJPR There was no need for that. I think both these teams are very good and will give us a tough fight as well. It was a good game to see as well. Hoping for a solid Indian performance tomorrow.

  • Always_pakistan on February 25, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    @ adnan mahmud: one thing is for sure pakistan will beat bangladesh no matter how weak this team is lol. And better be ready for afganistan because the upset is one the cards. Cricinfo please publish

  • on February 25, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Once again misbah throw his wicket when team needed.Pakistan management had no plan why they attacked malinga rather than other bowlers.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    all the best India for tomma match

  • KingOwl on February 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Good start for SL. While 296 may sound like a huge total, on flat tracks, with a bit of dew, and all the new rules in favour of batsmen, this was a very chase-able total. All credit to the bowlers and Malinga was great. He claimed that he had lost his rhythm recently. Imagine what he would do, with rhythm! And his wickets included that of Misbah, one of the best finishers around. Great stuff!

  • Blade-Runner on February 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    And..Sri Lanka just climbed to no.3 in the ranking table. :)

  • sheno on February 25, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    it was a great match today. pakistan keep on failing to chase 250+. also i believe Ban has a better chance winning 2moro going with the reason form of india. but still if india manage to win 2moro, it clearly explains one thing india is only good playing in Asian country's and out of Asia they play like minnows.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan have talents more than brains and temperament while SL have more brains and temperament. Specially some of the players are remarkable as far as brains and temperament are concerned.

  • KANCHANA623 on February 25, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    I always knew that SriLanka will win, but as expected the second best Asian team gave a good fight. Tomorrow's game will be very exciting and odds for India to win without Dhoni would be 10:1

  • dammgood on February 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Fact : pakistan team has not won chasing 250+ since 2011. what they say : they are the best team ??

  • samincolumbia on February 25, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Pakistan keep their losing streak intact. Zero wins in the Champions Trophy and Asia Cup so far!

  • theoajith on February 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    I think Malinga and Thrimanna together won the game for Sri Lanka.As such I think they both should have been awarded as men of the match award. I am sure Malinga must be a little bit disappointed

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    I do mind watching a game that Pakistan lose. But the thing that hurts me the most is the kind of pitches we are gonna see in this tournament. It is just rubbish for the fast bowlers. This is no fair cricket by any means. Low bounce and slow pitch. At least the boundary should be big. Being a bowler myself its nothing but the death of fast bowlers.These teams from asia like to play under these conditions where batsmen hit sixes and fours and bowlers keep on raising their heads towards the sky watching the ball sailing. Batsmen paradise and hell for the bowlers. Please dont turn the cricket into a baseball game. I am sure people do enjoy good bowling as well.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    From now on the headache for sri lanka is choosing a eleven to put on the field. Finally the reserve pool is building up and it is a good headache to have. Hope the selectors choose the performers over their players with long resumes when choosing a eleven until WC 15! Angelo is maturing as a cool headed leader and a constant contributor for a common cause. Yes he still doesn't have a ODI 100 but the 40s 50s he brings at the last few overs are far better and they are solidifying his good leadership. Chathuranga played like a veteran on his debut (except for running between the wickets), bowling and fielding. Senanayake is cool as ever regardless he takes wickets or not but keep the rate lower and being a "Jhonty" on he field. Malinga's role will ever be to the specialist 49th and that will leave Thisara, Senanayake to deal with the final over. Lakmal is getting better by the day and he has come a long way since the last time I saw him few tours back.

  • royals1986 on February 25, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Just waiting the match Afghanistan v Pakistan at Fatullah Feb 27, 2014 where Afghanistan will crush minnows Pakistan comprehensively and Misbah will score a consolation 50 for them ha ha

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    I must say it was a bad decision of Misbah to bowl Junaid instead of Umer Gul in the end of Sri Lanka's innings which cost us the game. Bad captaincy!

  • Dhali_BD_Fan on February 25, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    MALINGA = THRILLER! Malinga is by far the best death bowler ever, I thought Lakmal was unlucky with the poor decision, he did a great job with his opening spell. Chandimal was perfect, Runs, fielding, sensational catch - Bravo Sri Lanka! Pak is definately going to fight back up - great performance all around!

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    INDIA will SURELY LOSE against Bangladesh tmrw. We SL, PAK n BD are vry strong teams. India dnt hv a Chance.

    btw Sanga n Mahela have ALWAYS walked when they edged unlike Misbah n Younis who hv done it 4 times now against SL.

  • royals1986 on February 25, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    I think pakistan did what they do the best terrorise....but always fall flat on their face

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Pak need a finisher if they are to win matches... Misbah is a good player no doubt; but hitting half centuries is of no use if they aren't taking the team across the finishing line... Having said that, no youngster in that team (Akmal, Maqsood or Sharjeel Khan) seems to be ready to take on that responsibility... Well bowled Malinga- he proved his credentials as a death over specialist after quite a while... the SL team seems to be getting into the groove nicely and I like the way Sanga is leading the youngsters by example!

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Over all not only match was interested but full of tense. Hope Pakistan will do better in future matches.

  • gauravm5 on February 25, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    @Prabhash1985: Instead of celebrating your SL fantastic win without some of SL key players, you are thinking about India-SL match. This time it is 50:50 as India would be missing some of their key players and have a completely new middle order. SL's today win came because of Malinga but against India, Malinga is nothing less than a club level bowler.

  • Srilanka-rules on February 25, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan is making a mockery on field while chasing. This game was on their hands but hopelessly don't know how to finish.

    Afridi got boom boom to dressing room as usual. He is a kid in that 35+ year old body. Why Pak keep on selecting that baggage? Already played 374 matches and scored runs @23 average. Just know how to swing the bat . No brain at all. More ridiculous thing is people comes from all corners have a card with boom on it. Only to see his back to pavilion.

    It seems talents are not coming up from that cricket starved 3rd country. Our young prospects like Chandi, Thiri , Priyanjan have already proved their worth. Pak got bilawal *lol.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 25, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Welldone Sri Lanka and Malinga.Great Come Back. I feel if Bhatti could secure his wicket end of Malinga over Pak might have a chance to win it. Even he doesn't get any runs 4 last 2 balls they have to get only 13 runs 4 last over. It's gettable target in current limited overs cricket. Then 50 over ball by Thisara or Mathews.both r less devastating compare with Malinga. Anyway Hope SL team will defeat India next game

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    pak's issue is that no 1 takes responsibility. sohaib almost gives up and done same in all gamed he played. umar akmal looks good while it lasts but realised the situation. misbah just cant be the finisher. not his thing. afridi , we all know we cant depend on him ever. bhatti is pretty new to scene. too much uncertainity in lower order. on their day they can pull few. but most of times they will fail. a weak batting unit like pak need either good finisher or solid top order who performs 9 out of 10 times. in this match56 of 44 should have been chased. but thy lost 6 wickets. there was really no need to play the shots umar, misbah and afridi played. and bhatti& gul didnt think either before attacking malinga. sharjeel cant get runs all the time with this technique will be 1 in few. maqsood has got starts in all games but thrown away . not learning at all.

    bhatti has batting skills but need bowling. he has pace but no control. faliure of bowling coach really. bring in anwar & fawad.

  • CRICITICS on February 25, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    And they thought they could win :P

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    i think afridi failing once again in crucial time caused the match,whenever pakistan need him,he failed,anyhow it was good match,malinga was outstanding

  • kumarsSansai on February 25, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Well played both team. 1. I was not expecting to SL will score near 300 against Pakistan due to Pakistan good bowling.

    2.I think Pakistan played really good but in the end their reliable source specially afridi failed. i don't want to blame here Misbah and akaml both. because both have done their job.

    3. Finally Malinga. he is really a great asset of SL team. Really Really great bowler. Indian Bowler must have to learn something from him and from Pak bowler.

    4. I am Indian supporter.

  • mrmonty on February 25, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    And, people thought Malinga is finished! I will take him any day on a close limited overs game with a tight finish over Gul, Steyn or whosoever on any continent.

  • not_a_Flattrackbully on February 25, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    whooh! what a game it was the BD series with lots of thriller finishes and fight backs. feel that Sri lankans are in a good mentality. and SL malinga did it for SL :). Too many people blame on recent months. have to say that in current SL squad he's the only bowler who can to such promising game change.

  • sonu77 on February 25, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik : talk nah?

  • xylofon on February 25, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Once again Bilwal fails with anything he touches and they only have trust in him to play 4 overs, then why play him? As for his batting under pressure once again we got the answer. And he could´ve played malinga they way they tried to play Gul & Ajmal, to show respect and target someone else, Bilawal failed with this method as well.

    Misbahs fate is easy to decide if he plays up the order and leaves the finishing touch to someone else - this is what he cant do. His naysayers are wrong that he cant contribute at all, he does, but he should play earlier.

    Hafeez, who gets greedy is dangerous for the teams chances. People get out because of him and find hard to get rythm around his play.

    Junaid Khan needs to open and play the early balls, then spinners turn. Basic stuff, Pakistan!

    Last overs...surely exprience in the face of Gul made him the man of the moment?

    No Nasir Jamshed & H Sohail, Im not rooting for Pak.

    And whats Fawad Alam doing on the bench??? Get him in!!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    A real cracker to kick things off

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    @GRVJPR I think u comment on next match (IND vs BAN)

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Entertaining game of Cricket by the two best teams in Asia. All those Indian fans who are writing drivel...Both SL and Pak will thrash you in this tournament and you may be lucky enough to beat Bangladesh...just. India is nothing without Dhoni...no bowling and no batting...Final SL vs Pak! May the best team win! A Sri Lankan supporter!

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    @GRVJPR: Equally matched teams will play tomorrow. Considering Bangladesh won last time they played each other, Indian win will be an upset.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 25, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    Not able to score 55 off 46 balls with 6 wickets in hand, shows how mediocre this pakistan team is. Then again choosing Bilawal Bhatti instead of much superior, statistically speaking, Anwar Ali shows the role provincialism, and nepotism plays in selection of Pakistan teams.

  • ksquared on February 25, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    @GRVJPR before they replace any other teams they should replace india with scotland or nepal as the WC 2015 is in AUS/NZ where india are performing worse than any of ur so called minnows

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    shahid afrdi should b drop and fawad alam should get chance afridi is like blue moon

  • Prabhash1985 on February 25, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    I think the Indian match is going to be a game of batsmen, as it has been as always. Sri Lanka should pack the batting card up to number 8, and only 3 specialist bowlers will be enough. I suspect from the political aspects of ICC, that the pitch for the next game is surely a paradise for batting. And, if you have to chase 400, or even 420, it will not be a wonder. If Sri Lanka loses the match with India, again we will go back to losing mode. If we beat them, we will be positive. It's a must win match. Vaas should help Malinga to battle with Kohli. Sri Lanka should attack, and should play with "do or die!" mentality. We need "sloggers".

  • JontyG on February 25, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    SL and India are always better than Pakistan at any ground in the world. Sri Lanka are a good team with right mix of youth and experience and also right mix with defensive and attacking batsman. bowlers with Malinga leading the pack is decent enough.

    Guess the finals would be between India and Sri Lanka !

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Pakistan would not be able to qualify for final,it would be india vs sri lanka.

  • Sri_numerouno on February 25, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    Good game. Malinga is a super bowler. Pakistan made a mess of their batting. Shahid Afridi has forgotten his batting... lols.....

  • cricaddict11 on February 25, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    @ shwn mash I like your comment man

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood has thrown away his wicket in each and every game he has played so far. He can't take his place for granted. This should be his last tournament if he continues to do so.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    @cricsnake. you should think about a way to win against BD tommorow. sri lankan has shown the talents with both teams already. depending on dhoni is the only chance to win i think. bet ya...

  • Prabhash1985 on February 25, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka. Wow! That was close! It was a see-saw game.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    typical Pakistan. Yet another easy chance of victory destroyed

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 25, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    @sidh78...Not sure why you respond to " comments under the influence". They legalized we...ed in SL.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Though I am big fan of Indian Team, I always love watching two amazing talents Misbha & Malinga. Malinga's day today. He is simply awesome.

  • kapsitash on February 25, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    Congrats to Srilanka and also to Pakistan who played very well but just missed out on some crucial moments. To Srilanka and Bangladesh fans saying they r the best teams the results in upcoming matches will reveal the truth.Stop name calling and enjoy the game.If ur teams r better than India than they will prove it on the Ground.So stop all comparison stuffs and if u guys want to declare urself best teams in Tournament, before a single match against all oppositions,than it would be nothing less than hypocrisy.Indian fans just chill if ur team is good than they will perform, just relax friends.

  • Mutukisna on February 25, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    The turning point of the match was when Misbah Ul Haq hit the ball that accompanied an excited commentator Arun Lal saying "what a shot" with ball then ending in Senanayake's hands well short of the boundary. Misbah was no doubt distraught but Arun Lal must have been very embarrassed by his inability to assess the impact and folly of Misbah's shot. It was good to see Arun Lal with egg on his face looking stupid. He should learn to control his emotions and exhibit them when justified.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    u got to make the strategy to win in 40 overs coz malinga's 10 overs are hard to face....

  • Blade-Runner on February 25, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    I hope I won't hear about about Pakistan's bowling superiority for sometime from now on. Pakistan bowlers may be effective against other teams. But SL batsmen treat them like net bowlers. We've proven it over 'n over again. TBH, Pakistani fans talk like Akram is still playing for Pakistan. lol SL bowling attack is far better and disciplined. Misbah not chosing to walk after nicking the ball was pretty appalling. Anyway, stronger team claimed the victory in the end. GO SL !!!

  • Sinhabahu on February 25, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    CricIndia208, you must be the expert on better teams, seeing how often India kept coming up against better teams lately!

  • GRVJPR on February 25, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    It was a match between two minnows and it looked that way. Unfit players, ordinary bowling giving away 300 runs almost (bot sides), street level batting, and third rate fielding. I think Pakistan and Sri lanka don't even deserve place in World Cup 2015. Give kenya and PNG chance.

  • ahassan on February 25, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    Misbah again failed to take Pakistan home. It is now very difficult for Pakistan to qualify for the final. They may lose to Bangladesh also if players like Shahid Afridi show the same level of responsibility.

  • Rawanaa on February 25, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    Well played Srilanka... Heard the Roar once again.. If Misbah was given out it could be end up early with big margin No matter what conditions Lions never give up untill the last ball... well played pakistan either... Srilanka began new era under the captaincy of Mathews... good job

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    is Arun Lal twelfth man?, he was playing for Pakistan till 48th over,

  • ramz_01 on February 25, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    @CricIndia208 yes mate pakistan better side then india, v all knw that.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Pak need a solid finisher at the end.. Afridi should come bit early. There must be someone reliable batsman or allrounder after him who can stay on wicket and hit. Afridi should be used as bonus at top or mid.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    His truckloads of runs in recently concluded Bilateral series against SL, i dont think Hafeez deserves his place in playing 11, so is for Afridi. Plz Socalled Megastar..retire now. Bhatti really needs to think about his bowling first. He is not there for batting alone. Anwar Ali is a better player. And finally Umar Akmal, seeing these pakistani batsmen, i realise somethings really never change. Absolutely, they adherently follow that dictum. They simply gift wraped the match and handed it over to SL. Not only this but all chases since 2011. How much more will Ajmal and Co carry Pakistan forward in this world? Shame real real shame.

    and grt grt comeback by Malinga.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    When BD lost to SL we have observed many grammatically/politically incorrect comments from Pakistani fans. Now let me tell you what, you are lucky that you still can play cricket. Now international games are taken away from you. But the way you are playing I fear , in few years you will be relegated with Afghanistan, Holland and Ireland. Bangladesh is an emerging cricket team. And they are improving day by day and they are on the right track. But seeing the poor situation in Pakistani cricket, both in field and out of field, I can conclude that you are deteriorating and you are derailed.

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    We need extra pace to play with india. Dammika prasad should play that match.

  • FawltyBean on February 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    @Mukib Shakib You make me laugh

  • cric60 on February 25, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    CricIndia208 obviously does not know the meaning of the word 'fluke', a true follower of the game I can see.

  • romirom on February 25, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    pak hav no hop to qualify into final. To go through to the final both srilanka an pak ned to win against india which is not likely to happen.

  • Gunston on February 25, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Its quite amusing to read a few Indian fan comments...for some reason they seem to think beating a certain team i.e SriLanka alone is suffice for them to think them to be world beaters...wow, didn't know they had such respect to a teeny island nation.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on February 25, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    I am really very pleased with this result... I hope Bangladesh also heap such a humiliation on this team...

  • on February 25, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Why everyone is complaining Misbah's catch , you guys have short memory, Sanga didn't walk twice in Test matches against Pak. Misbah played bad short on wrong time, Lakmal trick paid off when he winded up Akmal, Akmal needs to control his temper, Sharjeel no foot work, Hafeez flat track bully should stick to T20s. Sohaib should be dropped for Next game, Fawad should play instead of him, U19 opener Imam looks good player, he should be given chance , Pakistan needs to win all remaining matches to qualify for The Final. It will be tough task for pak, But Good Luck to Misbah and Co.

  • Blue-moon on February 25, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    What a wonderful game of cricket! congratulations to both teams. Always Sri Lanka and Pakistan have been shaving each other. It is once again same and we saw some poor decisions in both the teams when taking the advantage in a game to finish up. Yet we saw a wonderful game. Now a days Cricket is not the gentleman's game to leave the crease while knowing someone is out, Early days were gone that when a ball takes a nick, batsman leaves the crease and it was easier for the umpire to make decisions too, but now it is too commercialized, I will not blame the batsman or the umpire, and if this is the progress of the game I do not think of getting any better rather than pointing fingers to each other. Both teams are weaker in bowling departments except for Malinga, yet came at the last moment. Hope to see much improved decisions in the coming matches. Best of luck to all teams.

  • santhoo24 on February 25, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    To SL team, weel played. Congrats on hard fought win. To Pakistan team, better luck next time. Well fought game, but came in a touch short of victory. To all Pak supporters, I am just curious. Do you think Misbah does not have it in him to carry the Pak team across the winning line? I mean, yes, Misbah is the reason the team remains competitive and it gives moral satisfaction. But at the end of the day there is no use of moral victory if the team consistently comes close to a win but falls short. It's happening too many times, Misbah comes to rescue but the team falls short of a win. It would be nice for the morale of the team and inspires other batsmen if Misbah could win the games from a losing situation. Mind you I have no intentions of rubbing salt to injury. Anyways, good luck to the Pak team, and SL fans, stay classy. An Indian fan.

  • Shamithmudalige on February 25, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    The victory is well deserved and has proven once again that SL team is a very competitive team!! Think how good it will feel to be part of a winning side and enjoying your cricket. A successful team mean successful players and successful players are able to achieve their aims in cricket; bat with style and bowl tight lines all day. Every player seems to have a crucial job to do and goes about doing it.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Priceless1 What do you say about Malinga now mate? Get a life being a overseas spectator i have faith in him than you fellow countrymen, As we see him here he is the Dale Steyn in Asia!

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    well come back by srlankans where as Pakistani middleorder batsmen sacrificed their wicket without a reason, specially experienced player like afrid. he should have been had a good knock

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    why misbah did not walk out from the ground when he is dismiss for suranga lakmal and caught behind. He is not a good captain in this movement. non test nation countries better than him. But finally Pakistani lost. That is truth. Shame misbha.

  • Hanumall on February 25, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    The teams were well matched and fought hard and played out an excellent tournament opener. After having been practically edged out of the match by the brilliant Umar- Misbah partnership, the Lankans made an incredible comeback through Malinga's sensational performance. This match proves once more (well, actually twice more!) that if two batsmen who diligently set their team up in a strong position both leave within a short span of time, their team goes right back to square one. When one of two well-set players gets out, it is imperative that the other gives priority to caution over aggression and anchors the the innings.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Sri Lankan Lion Blood is True Blood in the World... Hats Off to the Slinga Malinga..True Legend....

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    We did really well again...Team is Good...everyone coming into form...really happy! Good fight back by Pakistan...Team looking equally good.

    CAN ANYONE COMMENT OR JUSTIFY WHY MISBAH DIDNT WALK AFTER GIVING A OBVIOUS EDGE??? Misbah n Younis kahn hv done this couple of times each before!! c'mon he is a 39 yr old captain!! he must walk. No respect to the game or sportsmanship.....

  • Lalithgem on February 25, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    If being an International Cricket commentator, Harsha Bhogle, does not know to CORRECTLY pronounce the names of LAHIRU THIRIMANNA & LASITH MALINGA, at least he should not take up the Presentation Ceremony. What a shame!!! On second thought, may be intentional?

    lalithgem

  • alipk52 on February 25, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Come'on guys at least any one would back Pakistan for the fight they shown when everyone was expecting them to falter early in this chase, this is the most impressive run chases by Pakistan in recent times, they kept everyone at the edge of their seats right till the last wicket, Only Afridi needs bit of common sense and match awareness, which I think he should have learned way earlier as a senior pro, his wicket brought our real downfall, but tail with Ajmal and bhatti shown good fight, but no need to go crazy over Pakistan team, they have done far more better than anyone would have expected, Keep it up Pakistan, no heart break for me, That's what we want, fight till the end! Afridi, forgod sake Keep your shoulders under control when you're batting, don't allow them to jump crazily every time to play shots in the air, you can do more nicely if you play ground shots.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    MAQSOOD should learn to build an innings by avoiding air-born shots until he comes close to 40. No one should criticize Misbah, as its not always his job to do whole of it. Non of the top four is reliable enough. These days, every one bowl Afridi out side of and he is genrous enough to oblige them each and every time.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Good Game is all everyone should accept..it was again a fine match between 2 good teams.

  • Sameeratennakoon on February 25, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    Malinga dig a win out of another thriller against Pak. What a player he has been for us. As always Mathews plans begun at the reach of the game. Coming closer to the game and BANG!!.. Mahela's fitness is a problem as we have seen he can't run. Cheers! go ahead Sri Lanka!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    I hope somebody didnt get a heart attack.PhewO:-)

  • TheKeeper on February 25, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    What fight Sri Lanka showed at the end to clinch the win. Superb bowling by Lasith and great ton by Lahiru. Sanga was in fine form until that one poor shot, but well done to him and also to a brilliant 55* by Mathews. SL made a tactical mistake sending Tissara and Chaturanga ahead on Chandimal, but that's okay after 296 proved to be enough.

    Pakistan played well in little spurts but overall failed to dominate and, also more importantly failed to use their heads. The wicket was very flat and one would say PAK bowled well, but they managed to take only 6 wickets, whereas SL bowled better and took 10 wickets. Batting too, SL showed a lot of class and PAK showed they couldn't handle the pressure. Misbah was lucky when the umpire gave him a life, but failed to capitalise and payed the price for batting negatively.

    Well Done SL!

  • Lakmalja on February 25, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Well done SL no words to say...

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Mr Malinga is the difference

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    The most reliable batsman in the team is Misbah and he almost certainly will not score a 100. Akmal and Afridi will self destruct. For this reason I feel India has a good chance against Pakistan. A decent batting effort will do the trick considering our bowling is average. Sri Lanka will play safety first cricket with a late flourish while batting. If the pressure is sustained and a brilliant innings from any of out batsman can take SL out of the game. India can definitely beat these sides and should believe they can. look forward to India Vs Pakistan game.

  • CricIndia208 on February 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Pakistan failed to learn from India on how to thrash Sri Lanka. This is a fluke win, pak is the better team.

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    Until Pakistan won't get a finisher, they will never cross the line. Every team wins due to a finisher. India has Dhoni. Australia has Faulkner and Maxwell. England has Morgan and Butler. South Africa has Morgan and Miller. New Zealand has Correy Anderson and McCullum. West Indies has Sammy and Bravo. Sri Lanka has Perera and Mathews.

    We have none. Afridi is past his selling date. We need Hafeez in his position at no.7.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    No wonder Bangladesh lost against Sri Lanka. They are tough team to beat

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Good game.SL deserved it after the appeal for Misbah catch behind the wicket was denied.We need DRS and impartial Commentators. Arun lal was batting for Pakistan untill 48th over.

  • m812 on February 25, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Pakistan got lucky in U-19 semifinal but could not get lucky today..Too bad luck is not a regular feature

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    well played SL..Bhatti was too extravgant..Boy could fininsh the game in last over but he tried to hit ruthless Malinga which was the turning point..Pak team should learn the lesson from U19 team.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Even with two chances Misbah could not make them to victory.........

  • Srilanka-rules on February 25, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Pakistan is a crippled side. They don't have any batting even in the subcontinent pitches. How much the likes of Sajeed and Junaid can take them to victory?

  • Yourslanka on February 25, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Congrats to Srilanka on a well deserved win! This win against a quality opponent like Pakistan should give them a huge moral boost. Kudos to Thirumanne for a well deserved century. He gives the much needed solidity at the top of the order. Pakistan too played well and if either Misbah or Umar could have stayed another two or three overs this match should have been won comfortably by Pakistan. In the end, it was an evenly contested match. Good luck to both teams in the upcoming matches.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    The same players are doing well against Srilanka. SL should concentrate again on Misbah, Akmal and the likes of it. They might have lost the match. It was a real nail-biter indeed. Well-done Srilanka! You fought till the end and came out triumphant!.

  • royals1986 on February 25, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    @Posted by JPNana on (February 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT) Bangladesh & India match will be thrilling to watch. both ae same caliber teams, and even India vs Afg will also be a great one. India does not posses strength to win against big teams like SL and Pak , they have sight chance against Afg and Ban for sure, only a slight chance. "

    Just like pakistan kept winning against big teams like zimbabwe and bangladesh..Oh not to mention their defeat against Bangladesh in WC when they were still condidered minnows. ha ha

  • I_Love_My_India on February 25, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Seriously, Pak lost? I am an Indian but thought Pak would win this one easily. When they fumbled at first, I knew that there is Misbah, Bhatti, Umar Gul & Akmal. With the partnership of Akmal & Misbah going, I thought it would be a walk in the park. After my meeting, I see Pak lost by 12 runs, I could not believe myself.

    I see many of my Pak friends blaming Umar & Misbah for not staying till the end. But I think they did their part. Umar got those runs on the board with this way of batting only. Misbah could start hitting before Afridi. But I think Misbah thought, Afridi would anyways swing his bat so probably would have resisted, but finally succumbed to pressure. I would say the front line batsmen, Afridi & Umar Gul should step up if they need to reach finals. Also, I wished if Bhatti was sent before Afridi.

  • Legaleagle on February 25, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant from both teams! In the end the difference was Malinga. Pakistan showed poise, courage and a lot of discipline up until the 43rd over. After that they ran into Malinga.

    Pakistan needs to cut lose Afridi now, he is done! He is not a game changer and have not won matches in a long time. Its time for him to go.

    Great start to the Asia Cup. Looking forward to other games as well.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Ha ha ha.Its a tradition these days.Multan boys got trounced again.

    Many turning points in this nail biter- SL inngs-

    1.Pakistan gave away 40 runs in the first ten overs. 2. But SL came back & scored 163 in the next 25. 3.Pak again turned the tide by taking 4 wickets in the last 15 overs but SL got to 296.

    Pak innings- 1.Pak got of to a bad start losing 3-88 in the first 15 overs 2.Misbah and Akmal led the charge and got them in a winning position 3.But when Akmal was dissmissed.Pak still had a chance 4.Malinga didnt have any wkts till the 7th over but he picked up 5-11 in 2.5overs

    Strange game these days.Well done SL.U won from nowhere.

  • Lion83 on February 25, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Great win for SL. But still there are few areas to improve. We need to have smart bowlers who can take wickets in the middle overs. Lakmal doesnt have much ODI experience so he need to develop skills like slower bowls and yorkers if he needs to play as a one day bowler otherwise Dhammika Prasad is better cos he is a strike bowler.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Bhatti's extravaganza was fatal...boy could finish the game in lat over but unnecessary muddle with ruthless Malinga proved costly

  • ms2000 on February 25, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Let's see what the flat track bullies can do in this series.BD will sure do better

  • sundersingh on February 25, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Ha ha ha ! seniors r not following juniors....... to my pak friends

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I thought Pakistan would win easily. Guess I was wrong. Hats off to my SL friends. You guys beat my team (Bangladesh) handily. Now with Pakistan's scalp you have shown u r world beaters. But watch out! We will beat you next time we meet, God willing. Go Tigers go! Hit the SL lion on his toe!

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    So how long Hafeez will stay in the team? Pakistan U-19 is in the finals. Pakistan Women won the champion. Pakistani men team needs to learn from them.

  • alipk52 on February 25, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    I think every team has just 2 real tailenders, but Pakistan's tail starts from Afridi, this is the real setback for us in my view, still a great fighting spirit shown by Pakistan, Who at one stage didn't even looked like getting to 200, but take a bow Umar Akmal..he showed his real talent today, no one can say we gave away the game right from the 2nd wicket partnership between thiri and Sanga, This game was on right till the last wicket, only weak link is Afridi, I think its time for him to say good bye and leave his place for a better player like Anwar Ali, Bilawal's batting keeps him eligible to play, but he really needs to get some bowling tips from Pakistan's greats, He has talent, just a few tips will make him perfect, I have no problems with any other player than Afridi, what a waste of wicket it turned out to be, Pakistan desperately needed him to get us close, but same old story with him.

  • asiacricket1234 on February 25, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Great start of Asia Cup. Really enjoyed the match. Pakistan was 242-4 & from their they got all out for 284. At that stage when Misbah and Umar was there it felt like Pakistan gonna win this easily but SL really got back to the match strongly. All credit goes to Malinga for his awesome bowling,

  • wnwn on February 25, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Malinga was the difference once again. The Pakistan batsmen still don't have a clue how to play him after so many years. They will be glad when he retires.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    blah balah...Pakistan batsman are failing again...it's not all fellas...it's sri lankan style....hahaha..

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    why pakistani selectors select shahid afridi. He is doing nothing in pakistan team. zulfiqar babar and sarfraz khan and so many talented players are available. now please take the retirement from sjajod afridi.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    what a match lions!!!! thank u soooooo much. great knock

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    That is why Pakistan is an average team. they just can't finish a match they almost won, this has been the story for them over last 4 years. Wonder they still don't seem to be coming to terms with this problem. Rash shots, loose heads & The ubiquitous Afridi failure. One good step would be to drop Afridi below Bhatti/Anwar or to number 11. Malinga was good but surely didn't deserve three of those wickets, which were gifted to him.

    Nevertheless, well done Malinga and SL, u needed it.

    it is Misbah and only He for Pakistan batting and thats the saddest part of their story.

    i can't see them going any far in near future. They just don't have the game in them anymore.

  • Manoj1234 on February 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Looking at this match from the Indian poerspective, I can see why Dhoni opted out. This is no challenge for him after WC and CT. Apart from Malinga , this match had no quality worth challenging a full strength Indian ODI team.

  • slazenger on February 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka. Moral boosting good start for the Asia Cup. Keep it up. I am very happy for Tirimanne. He must be given more and more chances like Chandimal to settle in. Sri Lanka needs more and more victories like these to gain confidence for the youngsters. Very happy with performance of Mathews. Keep it up Lions. Very good fight back from Pakistanis.

  • AltafPatel on February 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Bhatti shown inexperienced by trying to attack Malinga who had 2 balls remaining in spell, and expensive Lakmal was to bowl last over.

  • Cricsnake on February 25, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @Priceless1 Hah hah hah mate. Malinga became Man of the match. What a sarcasm? His last 3 overs made the trick. It was 25% performance + 75% Luck as I think. Anyway good luck for the next game. We should play Prasad & Lakmal against India & better if Malinga can be rested. Otherwise he has to workout hardly to come back to his rhythm.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    "@ seo7seo " Yeah! you got the miracles that you have not expected from bowlers;) Are you Happy now?

    Anyway, Love the way MALINGA bowled . Furthermore,Hats off to the Srilankan team for their well organization and fighting cricket.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Malinga 250 wickets! No talking but he keep taking wickets! well played Sri lanka! most balance team after some times! still we need to forcuss lot on bowling specially Lakmal and thisara! Lakmal dont ball short if you cant bowl that in Johnsons pace! cutters,yokers can be more handy!

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Best performance from malinga the slinga yorker...

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Don't worry boys, it was a well fought game. Well played Pakistan and hope for a better finish in games to come.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    weldone srilanka!

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    At one stage Pak needed 57 in 8 overs 6 wickets remaining but poor shot selections of Umer, Afridi and even Misnah cost Pak this match. On the other hand Malinga was spot on and bowled a match winning spell. Overall Sirilanka played well and rightly deserved to win this match.

  • sensation on February 25, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    40 balls 50 runs 6 wickets in hand.. Only team who can lose from this position is called "Pakistan"

  • Srilanka-rules on February 25, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Well, it goes without saying when the score is anything above 250, pakistan is bound to lose the match. Even there was a stats, which shows the fact that since 2011 pakistan had lost anything above 250. #staggering

  • LateefLabeeb on February 25, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Post match analysis from me you may or may not agree with me but I think Pakistan must get rid of Hafeez for a while and let Fawad Alam play instead and use Afridi at number 3 slot..let him play freely without pressure at that slot as every-time he comes into bat he succumbs to the pressure and gets out. Where as one down position the pressure will be lesser and it will be just like a gamble if he clicks the momentum falls in favour of Pakistan and if he fails still Misbah and company can do the recovery act. In the bowling we are missing Irfan...Sharjeel Khan must play an innings soon otherwise these 15 to 30 runs innings are not justifying his place in the side. The bowling line is fine only problem is bowling changes are sometimes not proper resulting pressure on the likes of Bilawal and Junaid.

    Fawad or even Haris Sohail must get a chance in place of Hafeez...enough is enough he plays according to his own requirement and choice.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    most importantly the slinga is back in form. .red alert to all other teams,,,, oh god someone pls tell sl that there is still a method called 'easy wins' it took hours to get my blood pressure to normal. well done lions. wish , the cup will be ours

  • royals1986 on February 25, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Heloooooo plz welcome the new chokers Pakistan. With all the bragging about their sucess of U19 may be they should field their U19 team atleast they will show some nerves of steel. Wonderful game by Srilanka

  • lionspaw on February 25, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    @priceless1 - I hope Malinga answered your question by taking 5 wickets today. Keep up the good work Malinga. You are still our best bowler.

  • Dr.Lakson on February 25, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    @priceless1 Malinga the 5th bowler takes 5. Malinga has dwfinitely gone down but he still has place in the team. Wished he had a Sanga like work ethic to fix his kinks.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    unless until Pakistan get rid of hafeez Pakistan cant win major tournaments. remember in cricket number 3 position is for outstanding strong batsman. Pakistan number 3 batsman is so weak he cant even qualify to be in the team. basic error in batting order..Pakistan needs to say good bye to hafeez.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    That is why people say cricket is uncertain...14 balls of Malinga..took the game away from pakistan which was literally their match with ease...But in pakistan point of view..you can not win against good side with immense form with that much of mistakes..Umar gul should have stayed more at that point..again Afridi fails when pakistan need him too score...Misbah could be little more patient but he was running out of partner too...But full credit again to Srilanka..they are showing great commitment..

  • shahnbej on February 25, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Misbah did what he is capable. Don't ask more from him. But always what he do not enough for team as a captain. Like this match after umar out he was well set why not he took driving seat? Why he always asked every new batsman to drive through finished line.

  • Cricket_Man on February 25, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Moin Khan, being one of the most street-smart cricketers of Pakistan, needs to inject some game sense into these cricketers. Even the U-19 boys showed that level of sense. It is very distressing to see players like Akmal, Afridi and all the lower order batsmen showing no match/situation awareness. Umar Akmal has to learn that a match is never over unless it is over. I hate the word "talented" being attached to him. I again hope that he learns from his mistakes because there are young cricketers knocking at the doors of Pakistan cricket. It is totally up to Umar and nobody else whether he wants to take his game up one more level or remain the average talented cricketer he is.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    Good game. Who says these 2 teams are not good to watch. 4 out of last 6 games between these 2 went to last 2 overs.

    Super spell by Malinga. 19 balls and 5 wickets. Well batted by thirimiane, sanga and mathews.

    Pak fought well but they did what they are best in doing. that is collapse out of no where. Top 3 had starts but failed. Sharjeel was playing too poorly. hit and miss.

    Maqsood was no way near his best. Was not comfortable and given away it.

    Well played by Misbah &Umar. they were going well at that time. a bit too much from Umar. he did hit few but got carried away really. Afridi was back to normal.

    Misbah played well but in the end disappointing. pak still had bhatti so all he need was to stay there till end.

    Simple thing Dont try to hit Malinga when he is on fire. and all did that. In the end bhatti was going ok. still an over left but trying to finish off malinga.

    Junaid was ineffective in bowling as hafeez. Bhatti disappointed with ball. now have to win all games.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood is no batsman, he is just pinch hitter who can't play along the ground. Bring in Fawad instead of him. He may have succeeded a couple of times but in longer run Sohaib is not a future batsman.

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Malinga you beauty! What a fight. Three cheers to Sri Lanka. Hip hip....

  • on February 25, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka !! Great nail biter and well played. It would have left more than a few people who were expecting Sri Lanka to lose speechless !! :)

  • Sinhabahu on February 25, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Well done, boys! Heat attack victory yet again lol. And where are those wise guys who said that Pakistan would make us look like minnows? I guess they've crawled back to their hiding places as usual hahaha.

  • yorkslanka on February 25, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    WELL DONE SRI LANKA!! that is a great win againsta quality team from Pakistan. I know our Pakistani brothers will accept defeat graciously..Well done to Thirri on a fantastic ton.. so glad for him, this is thetype of game he needs to play i.e as an accumulator as big shots are not natural to him...fantastic..Hopefully Sri Lanka can keep this form going throughout the tournament...

  • Cricsnake on February 25, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Congrats SL ! A well deserved victory ! Kudos to Pakistanis to provide us a nail biting context. Misbah was superb except his final shot which is quite poor. Nice tournament so far. Good Luck for both teams for coming matches !

  • Cricket_Man on February 25, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Congratulations Sri lanka for the victory. Pakistan team went on self-destruction mode in the last five overs. Pathetic display of game sense by U. Akmal, Afridi, Misbah, Gul, Ajmal and lastly Bhatti. Akmal's 70 odd runs equal to 0 in my dictionary because after so many games he just can't finish a game, it seems more like he doesn't want to finish them off. Afridi after so much experience throws it away again. I would not mind if he retires any time soon. Misbah's shot was surprising but he deserves benefit of the doubt. Gul only knows one shot- the whack towards square leg. He should have only gone for singles. Ajmal should not have taken risk on Malinga's bowling. Bhatti should have targeted the last over.

  • BanglaBandhu on February 25, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Well... Malinga won this game for Sri Lanka period. Anybody questioning his place should have their head examined. Pakistan showed true fighting spirit but not enough partnerships.

    This was a tense match, and you have to question how many more of these games can Sri Lanka handle? Already earlier this month, Sri Lanka had two last ball finishes with Bangladesh in the T20 matches and they had to come back from 68/8 down in the first ODI and now this match with Pakistan. Wow great ability to handle pressure but will it afffect them further in this tournament and the World T20s?

  • Nuwas on February 25, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    ok now all those SL haters can take a bow @ us. ACTION SPEAKS LOUD THAN JUST WORDS... Best bowling line up was tackled & scored 290+ & thanks to dumb umpire's blunder, Misbah could get his team till 49th over. Anyhow we who played the better cricket through out the most parts of the game WON eventually. Congratz & great to see you guys performing greatly.

  • ispaewbi on February 25, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    What a way to give up a wining match. All the hard-work by Umar and Misbah, they threw it away themselves. Misbah's wicket was the worst time to play that shot, no idea what he was thinking there.

  • seo7seo on February 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Pakistan need a safe pinch hitter like Moeen Khan. Criticism on Misbah is useless. Every team need a batsman like Misbah or Rahul Dravid. Misbah scores continuous singles like Miandad but there is no Inzimam, Moeen or Wasim who can snatch one or two good overs from the opposition. These are flat pitches where we should not expect any miracles from bowlers.

  • PakEditor on February 25, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    It is disturbing to see Umar Akmal still needs a father figure to helm his innings for him. He is immensely talented no doubt. But even more disturbing is the continued inclusion of Mohammad Hafeez; this ordinary player doesn't have a shred of talent. When will he stop weighing Pakistan down? Hafeez for IPL please.

  • Wajih1728 on February 25, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Misbah Ul Haq: Old Name: Tuk Tuk.... New Name: Mr. Reliable....

  • LateefLabeeb on February 25, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Finally Umer Akmal scores a fifty plus innings and for Misbah 50 is as sure as he will come to bat everytime..amazing run of form and superb concentration.

  • on February 25, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    Could it be the day for Misbah..can he get to his maiden hundred

  • SILVERSANGA on February 25, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Wow Thirimanne well done! that's what you got to do! You have your opportunity and you make most of it. BRAVE decision by captain and selectors to drop Dilshan and use Thiri as an opener. Now let me ask, where are all those guys who said SL is still riding on the top 3 lol? You see we have very talented youngsters. the difference is that we actually have 3 senior players who can solidify our batting where some of the other teams don't even have one! And as far as those 3 seniors are there, they'll score runs! With our brave youngsters + Seniors we can be a very strong side. Go Lions go! Make us proud!!!!

  • on February 25, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    ahmed was deceived by good ball. Hafeez fell to a technical thing. But both Sharjeel and Maqsood played nothing shots. Maqsood was going no where and gave it up. Sharjeel was trying to hit far too many.

  • Riz000 on February 25, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Selfish Hafeez is already back in the pavilion how can they allow safrashi players like hafeez in the team>?

  • priceless1 on February 25, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    what Malinga doing in the Team? to make up the fifths bowlers place? cannot bat cannot bowl , cannot filed ,..dont know for how long will it take the selectors to realize that they are playing with just 10 men in the middle

  • Sudu_putha on February 25, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    @sidh78 - First of all get a life. India is long gone.. They are flat track bullies..

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    heads of lahiru

  • on February 25, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    I can't figure out which team Bangladesh fans are supporting. Good to see that, good sporting spirit :)

  • mzm149 on February 25, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    I don't know how long are they going to persist with Sharjeel Khan. No footwork, no technique and no timing at all. Remember he has played all the games on docile pitches of UAE and Bangladesh so far and has been pretty bad. How will he face Australian, South African or English attacks on their grounds? He should be kicked out ASAP.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on February 25, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Malinga is conceding too much of runs, he is not also picking up wickets now a days, time to pick a young bowler who gives his maximum instead these obese lazy bowler.

  • sidh78 on February 25, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    @dear SL fans, SL is better than india outside SC(oversies)really? what a joke.india won CT in engaland,CB series in Aus, tri series & bi lateral series in westindies,T20 WC in SA,NestWest series in engaland, finalist in WC 2003 in SA,test series win in Eng,NZ,WI draw series in SA,Aus in last few years.show me any team in SC which have such sucsess.what SL won oversies just tell me.in last 14 years SL not won a single series outside SL(not consider BD series.but there also SL strugle to win.BD team have bad luck otherwise they beat SL in 2 t20& 2 odi) india beat SL in every part of the world.in aus(remember hobart) in WI ,in ban.even india beat SL in SL in last four bi lateral series.last series india won 4-1 in SL.but in this asia cup i think pak has most chance & second SL.because india have yong & inexperienced team.also not have dhoni raina yuvraj.without dhoni it is very tough for india becoz he is the best finisher in the world

  • Cricsnake on February 25, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    For the polite inquiry; Tests after WC 2011 - India away or neutral Matches 15 Won 01 Lost 10 Draw 04, SL Matches 17 Won 03 Lost 08 Draw 06

    ODI after 2011 WC; India away or neutral Matches 60 Won 30 Lost 25 W/L 1.20 SL Matches 60 Won 31 Lost 24 W/L 1.29 Pakistan Matches 35 Won 22 Lost 10 W/L 2.20

    Pakistan is superb in ODI's outside home, may be they play many matches in UAE. But I think Pakistan is doing well outside home. India is not that bad outside home as many fans say. Both SL & India has quite similar stats.

    Source: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;orderby=win_loss_ratio; spanmin2=12+Jun+2011;spanval2=span;team=6;team=7;team=8; template=results;type=team

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;spanmin1=01+May+2011; spanval1=span;team=6;team=8;template=results;type=team

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 25, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    Tremendous innings by Thirimanne.He keep the calmness always and keep the SR in 85-90 mark. He is ideal 4 opening with Kusal not the finisher role given earlier. This total is match winning total but since track is flat dead track it's important to Shezad and Hafeez out earlier. These 2 r the guys every time steal SL win. Hope Malinga and Sachie bowl well. Wishing a nail biting finish.

  • Blade-Runner on February 25, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    I'm kinda disappointed the way we play during the last 15 overs, 203 after 35 overs and 296 at the end of the 50th over. 93 runs from last 15 overs of an ODI game is below par TBH. We should have at least got 320+ . It was so annoying the our batsmen were taking useless singles in the death overs. It's not like we don't bat deep. So, its all on Captain Mathews now, whatever the outcome is gonna be.

  • on February 25, 2014, 11:45 GMT

    good batting by thirimane , sanga and mathews. could have got more than 297.

    pak bowled ok. gul was good and ajmal and afridi supported well. junaid was ineffective and expensive as hafeez was. disappointing from bhatti. i dont know what bowling coach is doing. we see no inprovement in bhatti from 1st game.

    huge task for pak batsmen. wicket looks ok and get able target but have to bat well. 1 of top 3 needa to go big.

  • jerseyno.10 on February 25, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    @ideal123 let them live buddy they cant even won a match and u r asking them how many series they have won

  • Practical_person on February 25, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    As a neutral observer I feel if Pakistani bowling can go for runs, must be nothing on this pitch. Pakistani batting should make use of these conditions while chasing especially considering the dew factor later on in the innings. Keeping wickets in hand is key.

  • on February 25, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    may be this match is the rehearsal for the final.two probable finalist.

  • ideal123 on February 25, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Sanjaya - i know how bad we are. I agree too. But, can you answer my question too please? How about your team? How good they are?

  • on February 25, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Good to see the support among crowd and good number of crowd present . earlier there was an article about political issues and support issues.

  • Solid_Snake on February 25, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Lol..Indian defeat is obvious after their 'Best Captain' came up with an excuse & ran away hiding somewhere..Dhoni knew what's coming so he ran away Hahaha.May be he thought that India might get another trashing by the hands of BD just like last year.This time even Afghanistan might give India some thrashing.. Champion's team 'Best Captain' thinking is like that :P India should go back home & play only in India,score piles of runs,get some more 200's in a match..Because once India visits another country,all of those things becomes only a dream :P

  • ideal123 on February 25, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Good for you Sanjaya - that Pakistan and srilanka are perceived to be better teams. By the way whats your record outside Asia? How many more test series you have won outside Asia when compared to India? Just a polite enquiry

  • kochumvk on February 25, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    @JPNana, you are such a terrific entertainer Bro. Also helped me to discover new ways to getrid off frustration.

  • on February 25, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    This pitch is as dead as it can get. there is absolutely no spin seam bounce. Srilanka will be hoping to get 300 plus runs on the boards keeping in view there could be dew in second half and the kind of batting power Pakistan has uptil Bhatti and even gullies at 9 10. from a Pakistani cricket fan its refreshing to see we have some good inform batting for a change. we dunt be a long tail anymore and lower not middle order is contributing. still a long way yo go in this match. may the best team win.

  • fair_paly_1 on February 25, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Is this a completely flat wicket? Even so chasing big score would be tough.

  • Naked_Cricket on February 25, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    WHO IS OPERATING THE VISION MIXTURE ? When ball been delivered camera on over side screen should select. We don't want to see that on other cameras.

  • jerseyno.10 on February 25, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    @aruna.b.herath India has won every cup on offer in the past 5 years what has your team won in those years . why do you think that your team do well against aussie,africa etc they have only won one match against australia home and away

  • Cricsnake on February 25, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Hats off to Sanga and Thiri. Sanga batted perfect, what a class? Pakistani bowlers did well but SL batters were exceptional. Good luck to both teams. Wanna see good fight.

  • on February 25, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    yes pak naver win 250+.like ind never win without home haha

  • on February 25, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    @CricIndia208: Biggest mistake India did was underestimate other teams... They thought they are the best team in the world, but 8th ranked team totally defeated them... If honestly say Sri Lanka and Pakistan are far better than India now. Hope you saw the recent matches....

  • on February 25, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    190/2: good batting by SL. conditions are ok so a big chase for Pakistan. Have to bat well to chase it. Apart from Gul and Ajmal , rest of the bowlers are not looking good. Hafeez, Afridi and bhatti totally ineffective. Bhatti disappoints more. I dont know what bowling coach is doing. no major improvement from Bhatti's 1st series.

  • on February 25, 2014, 10:12 GMT

    match is not over you must wait. hahaha

  • humi_cric on February 25, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    is it a wicket or road or highway for plane landing???? If these are the wickets for this tournament then India is a clear winner of Asia cup.

  • on February 25, 2014, 10:05 GMT

    I hope India will win this series to stay asian tiger

  • AkhilaDahanayake on February 25, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @DRS Flawed, I see a jealous Indian whining when Sanga is playing a superb knock. Bro, that ball clearly clipped the pad and then the thigh.

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    @CricIndia208: Biggest mistake India did was underestimate other teams... They thought they are the best team in the world, but 8th ranked team totally defeated them... If honestly say Sri Lanka and Pakistan are far better than India now. Hope you saw the recent matches....

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    pakistan have lost already ....cant even chase 250 on batting pitch

  • blthndr on February 25, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    its a 300+ pitch...nothing for bowlers......no seam no spin.....

  • King_Ravanaa on February 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Bangladesh & India match will be thrilling to watch. both ae same caliber teams, and even India vs Afg will also be a great one. India does not posses strength to win against big teams like SL and Pak , they have sight chance against Afg and Ban for sure, only a slight chance.

  • King_Ravanaa on February 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Bangladesh & India match will be thrilling to watch. both ae same caliber teams, and even India vs Afg will also be a great one. India does not posses strength to win against big teams like SL and Pak , they have sight chance against Afg and Ban for sure, only a slight chance.

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    we are waiting sanga 100 and thirimanne 100 what a knock young thiri and furure sanga well done srilanka keep going 300 is possible lets see thisara bring up up early before chandimal after end

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @CricIndia208 . India will whitewash everyone here. like they did newzeland by winning toss only.Sir jadeja will make a 400.

  • aruna.b.herath on February 25, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    @CricIndia208 Yep Sri Lanka's inability to perform against India does surprise me given that they always perform great against much better sides like Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa, both home and away, where as India always succumbs to defeats against those teams. I don't Pakistan would take this *easily* though they are the favorites both for this match and whole series.

  • CricIndia208 on February 25, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    pakistan should win this one easily. sri lanka are capable of defeating Bangladesh and Afghanistan but fall short when they play against the big teams, especially India. sri lanka lost to India twice in the Weat Indies tri series, lost to India again in the Champions Trophy semi finals, World Cup finals, Asia Cup, and also in Sri Lanka. In this series too, India will continue to own sri lanka.

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Ashan the man in form makes way for a new comer. As usual cut and chop policy from the all mighty selector

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on February 25, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    sanga not walking after nicking, bad sportsmanship.

  • on February 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Pakistan Will win In Sha Allah #Bleedgreen#4ever#

  • Cricsnake on February 25, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Again crazy batting order. Three lefties continuous on 1-3. Pakistani bowlers will put immense pressure on them & bowling powerplay will be wasted. Runrate will be below 4 in the first 15 overs & batsmen struggle until a RHB comes. Anyway good luck SL.

  • shakirpasha on February 25, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    good for PAK GUL and Afridi are playing

  • shakirpasha on February 25, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    good for PAK GUL and Afridi are playing

  • Cricsnake on February 25, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Again crazy batting order. Three lefties continuous on 1-3. Pakistani bowlers will put immense pressure on them & bowling powerplay will be wasted. Runrate will be below 4 in the first 15 overs & batsmen struggle until a RHB comes. Anyway good luck SL.

  • on February 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Pakistan Will win In Sha Allah #Bleedgreen#4ever#

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on February 25, 2014, 9:09 GMT

    sanga not walking after nicking, bad sportsmanship.

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Ashan the man in form makes way for a new comer. As usual cut and chop policy from the all mighty selector

  • CricIndia208 on February 25, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    pakistan should win this one easily. sri lanka are capable of defeating Bangladesh and Afghanistan but fall short when they play against the big teams, especially India. sri lanka lost to India twice in the Weat Indies tri series, lost to India again in the Champions Trophy semi finals, World Cup finals, Asia Cup, and also in Sri Lanka. In this series too, India will continue to own sri lanka.

  • aruna.b.herath on February 25, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    @CricIndia208 Yep Sri Lanka's inability to perform against India does surprise me given that they always perform great against much better sides like Australia, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa, both home and away, where as India always succumbs to defeats against those teams. I don't Pakistan would take this *easily* though they are the favorites both for this match and whole series.

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @CricIndia208 . India will whitewash everyone here. like they did newzeland by winning toss only.Sir jadeja will make a 400.

  • on February 25, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    we are waiting sanga 100 and thirimanne 100 what a knock young thiri and furure sanga well done srilanka keep going 300 is possible lets see thisara bring up up early before chandimal after end

  • King_Ravanaa on February 25, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Bangladesh & India match will be thrilling to watch. both ae same caliber teams, and even India vs Afg will also be a great one. India does not posses strength to win against big teams like SL and Pak , they have sight chance against Afg and Ban for sure, only a slight chance.