Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo October 3, 2012

Sri Lanka and Pakistan in familiar territory

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Match facts


October 4, 2012
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture


Pakistan didn't know until late on Tuesday night whether they'd have to keep their hotel reservations in Colombo for a few more days. But when South Africa's Robin Peterson gloved a ball for a single to take the score to 122 against India, a roar went around the Premadasa. It sounded as though Sri Lanka were playing, but the noise was from a legion of Pakistan fans who were celebrating their team's progress to the semi-finals on net run rate, at India's expense. There wasn't much separating the two sides, but Pakistan were better placed because they got their tactics right and won big against Australia earlier in the evening.

Spin has been Pakistan's strength in this tournament and their captain Mohammad Hafeez used his resources astutely. If that meant giving a rookie spinner the new ball and making the most experienced fast bowler wait till the 18th over, then so be it. The plan was to suffocate the Australians with turn on a sluggish pitch and it worked to such an extent that even Shane Watson had a rare, bad outing. The fielders made Australia's qualifying target of 112 seem distant. As a result, Pakistan play their fourth World Twenty20 semi-final tomorrow, but unlike on Tuesday, they will not have the lion's share of the support.

Sri Lanka are familiar opponents for Pakistan. The hosts were the more dominant side when Pakistan visited in June-July. Sri Lanka looked a more settled side in the Super Eights, making heavy weather of the chase against New Zealand (which culminated in a Super Over victory) and trouncing West Indies and England. The return of Ajantha Mendis has given their spin attack more bite and the seamers, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara don't offer respite.

It's ironic though that the semi-final is Sri Lanka's first game in Colombo during this World Twenty20. They love playing at the Premadasa and the pitch - not as quick as the ones Pakistan played on in June - should suit their spinners. Sri Lanka haven't had a world title since 1996. They are two games away from breaking the drought, at home.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WWWLW
Pakistan WLWWW

Watch out for


Spin v spin: Opening with spin has become the norm for Pakistan. Will Hafeez adopt the same tactic against Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene, who are fluent players of slow bowling? Hafeez, Hasan and Saeed Ajmal conceded only 53 in 12 overs and took all seven wickets that fell against Australia. The two Mendises - Ajantha and Jeevan - have played vital roles for Sri Lanka as well, and they also possess a largely unknown quantity in Akila Dananjaya.

Something's got to give for Shahid Afridi. He has looked a shadow of his old self with the ball, while as a batsman he remains unreliable. His three wickets in the tournament are at odds with his reputation for running through line-ups. Afridi still gets the odd delivery to grip and beat the bat, but Pakistan need more from him. His star value may not have diminished, but his wicket-taking and match-winning ability has.

Team news


Mohammad Hafeez didn't drop any hints of team changes. Pakistan wouldn't want to disturb their winning combination.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Kamran Akmal (wk), 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Shahid Afridi, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Raza Hasan.

Mahela Jayawardene stopped short of saying he would captain again after Sri Lanka's smart play-safe approach against England. He didn't hint at team changes either.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Angelo Mathews, 5 Jeevan Mendis, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Lasith Malinga, 10 Akila Dananjaya, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Stats and trivia


  • Sri Lanka have lost all four Twenty20 matches they've played at the Premadasa.

  • Of the 11 matches at the Premadasa in this tournament, only one has been won by the team winning the toss - by Australia against South Africa.

Quotes


"We may not have won too many finals but getting there itself shows that we have played consistent cricket."
Mahela Jayawardene

"T20 is all about giving surprises every time you play. We are trying to do that, and most of the time, we are getting some success in that. I have no idea what it will be [tomorrow], but you never know."
Mohammad Hafeez.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jordan1 on October 4, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Indiahahahhaha...dont forget the Aussie match...when you guys close ur eyes , you should all see how they thrashed you like minnows... you guys can support anyone ..that is not going to change any results...you guys have this much love towards Pakistan ...then why dont you play with them in their country and why dont you select any players for IPL... we have given you the WC last year...you did not WIN it...u guys know that. SL will win today...come back later and check the score ...(this is for all Indian Fans)

  • Naruto98 on October 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @ sobersfan : Sri Lanka and Pakistan are not MINNOWS !!! :(

  • ali3148 on October 4, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    no shoaib please, what sania has been upto him i dont know and dont care but he is currently most out of sorts player. he shud quit shud start coaching Tenis.

  • Glorizee on October 4, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    I sense Professor wears a bit confused look -- probably he is mentally in a much-hyped and pressured stat of mind ... Guess if he makes a mess of things with this much visible pressure in his eyes and facial features at the start of an important match.

  • on October 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    All The Best Team Sri Lanka

    Just Rock And I Wish U Will Get to Finals :)

  • Baber_Baloch on October 4, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Veryyyyyyyyyyyyy strange about Razzaq he must be in today...what they did???????????sohail nothing pak need batting not bowling

  • on October 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Great and young talent Raza Hasan will be the most unexpected success guy for Pakistani team , best of luck Pakistan.....

  • Glorizee on October 4, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    It is tragedy and very illogical to make out why Mr Hafiz has dropped Razzaq and guess what he picks Sohail Tanvi who will cost the match while Razzaq could have won it for Pakistan. This is the worst elimination in the tournament that one can imagine as a nightmare. Oh ... I tell you Sohail Tanvir is going to be bigger part in todays Pak loss and what a shameful decision .. Mr Hafiz can you ever .. ever justify this nonsense move of eliminating Adbur Razzaq.

  • NikhilVK on October 4, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    This year its gonna be Aussies..

  • on October 4, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    best of luck lankans,,so ur colors in up coming matches...do ur best god will rest,,,we r with uu

  • Jordan1 on October 4, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Indiahahahhaha...dont forget the Aussie match...when you guys close ur eyes , you should all see how they thrashed you like minnows... you guys can support anyone ..that is not going to change any results...you guys have this much love towards Pakistan ...then why dont you play with them in their country and why dont you select any players for IPL... we have given you the WC last year...you did not WIN it...u guys know that. SL will win today...come back later and check the score ...(this is for all Indian Fans)

  • Naruto98 on October 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @ sobersfan : Sri Lanka and Pakistan are not MINNOWS !!! :(

  • ali3148 on October 4, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    no shoaib please, what sania has been upto him i dont know and dont care but he is currently most out of sorts player. he shud quit shud start coaching Tenis.

  • Glorizee on October 4, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    I sense Professor wears a bit confused look -- probably he is mentally in a much-hyped and pressured stat of mind ... Guess if he makes a mess of things with this much visible pressure in his eyes and facial features at the start of an important match.

  • on October 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    All The Best Team Sri Lanka

    Just Rock And I Wish U Will Get to Finals :)

  • Baber_Baloch on October 4, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Veryyyyyyyyyyyyy strange about Razzaq he must be in today...what they did???????????sohail nothing pak need batting not bowling

  • on October 4, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Great and young talent Raza Hasan will be the most unexpected success guy for Pakistani team , best of luck Pakistan.....

  • Glorizee on October 4, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    It is tragedy and very illogical to make out why Mr Hafiz has dropped Razzaq and guess what he picks Sohail Tanvi who will cost the match while Razzaq could have won it for Pakistan. This is the worst elimination in the tournament that one can imagine as a nightmare. Oh ... I tell you Sohail Tanvir is going to be bigger part in todays Pak loss and what a shameful decision .. Mr Hafiz can you ever .. ever justify this nonsense move of eliminating Adbur Razzaq.

  • NikhilVK on October 4, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    This year its gonna be Aussies..

  • on October 4, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    best of luck lankans,,so ur colors in up coming matches...do ur best god will rest,,,we r with uu

  • Night_Fury on October 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    to be honest srilanka dont deserve to be in semi finals. I think Pakistan will trounce Srilanka. I am an India fan but i like flare in Pakistan team. They should win easily if they dont implode. Srilanka will loose and there captains will again say that they need to get to drawing board and blah blah blah :)

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Pakistan inshallah win the semi final & final

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan <3 Please win the cup :P

  • cric_roch on October 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Both your teams are good.It will be close match to predict. But SL slightly ahead because of their fielding and home advantage. Few jealousy folks from SL and PAK dragging IN into the discussion. India lost so badly against AUS,, so they are out. You guys have to go much much further achieve a percentage of India. In last 5 years we won ODI world cup, t20 world cup , and top raked in test for 2 years. Compare yourself before you comment.

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    For Pakistan, if Afridi is included today, then it is a cakewalk for SL.

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Good Luck Green Shirts... <3

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Happy to see the best of Asia playing WC T20 2012 semis.

    May the best side win!

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @sobersfan ... we can feel your angry... you cant accept this ...!!! sorry for you..!! Hope you will enjoy this Minnows Match. And your Super team also watching @ home.

  • MehrozKarim on October 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Pressure will be on Sri Lanka, Pakistan have definate advantage.

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    The difference between the two teams is minimal. Whoever holds nerves will win. The match will probably be competitive. Good luck to Slinga Lanka and Boom Pakistan. Whoever wins tonight will probably go on to lift the Cup.

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Best Of Luck Pakistan in my opinion "Dilshan" and "Mahila" will be suffer today pressure match and Paki Bowler will create the problem for both batsmen

    any way

    Pressure match and big match

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @Pakistan : All the best :) Our(India) support is for you..God Bless

  • shaz_690 on October 4, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    assalamulaikum best of luck to pakistan i luv u pakistan!

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Prediction: Professor will win the toss and elect to bat 1st. Pak will score around 155 and will win the match. Go Pak Go.

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Now Pakistan has a outright chance of reaching the finals!!!!

  • enuWorks on October 4, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Its so great to see the spirit from the two countries' fans before the match. I wish both teams the best. I have huge respect for the way the sri lankans play cricket. and sanga especially is a real gentleman. hoping for a great match.

  • Tahir_Anjum on October 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @sobersfan: Dear please try to learn to respect someone who deserve. Do Respect Have Respect. Its cricket don't make it war.

  • i_am on October 4, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    best of luck pakistan plzzz dont let pressure get to u- from india

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    In terms of batting, Sri Lanka has the edge. When it comes to bowling, equally matched teams they are. So who ever bats good, wins. Just saw the women's match earlier. Pitch is really turning! Batting will be hard on this pitch. May the best team win! (All the best Pakistan!!!).

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Srilanka has no chance against Pakistan if they bat first the score will not be more than 130 and if they bat second they will fall 20 to 30 runs short. Pakistan will reach to the final and they will surely win it.

  • maddy20 on October 4, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    None of the group B teams are gonna beat any of the group A teams. Pakistan and Australia will stroll to victory against the group B minnows, SL and WI!

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Sri Lanka has an edge as they are hosting the tournament. The crowd is a factor.

  • spirit_cric on October 4, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    It's really great to see those comments both SL & PAK fans.It seems IND fans are jealous of this great friendship & brotherhood.Imagine how the comments if IND play 2day.Good luck SL & PAK!

  • ANSO on October 4, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Congrats to both Pakistan & Srilanka for making it to the semifinal. Best of luck to both of you. May the best team wins. Love you both.

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Tough game to call.... lol at sobersfan battle of the minows so which minow country do you support!!!

  • on October 4, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @sobersfan You keep saying this Chokers fan Lol :)

  • spirit_cric on October 4, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    For thr first time, home team of Wt20 have reached 2 da semi-final.All the best lions.PAK is a dangerous team in this format.Hope we have a great game 2day!

  • Rifard_SL on October 4, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Kamran Shohail Thanks alot bro...V r together gonna win howeva...:) Cheers!!!

  • kusalawathi on October 4, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Who would India bet on? Don't tell me they'd given up on cricket altogether to lick their wounds..!

  • idealist on October 4, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    i remember october 04, 1999 when Afirdi score that memorable fastest century , come on boom boom , repeat the history

  • fan_of_good_cricket on October 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Nice to see even Abdul Razzaq posting a comment on this article, as @AHKA!

  • Robin-Hood on October 4, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan, but I sense Pak will win today, coz They r always up against SL. I don't mind who ever wins, both r friends. Give us a good nail biter for the money.

  • sanath1234 on October 4, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    its airport road to pakistan tonight

  • umar_jan on October 4, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Pak vs SL is always a great game to watch.......But InshALLAH pakistan will prevail...Each player of Pakistan 11 is a match winner

  • Pak_Team_1 on October 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Pakistan Insha Allah win this Game because Pakistan team is best in all respect and as Pakistani our all nation's pray with our team. Best of Luck Pakistan and bring the World Cup

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    inshaallah pak is going to win..........

  • eady0078 on October 4, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    best of luch pakistani team

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @Aththipatti: you said correct my dears.. Lions r back in their Circus Ring (i.e. IPL or ICL) They can show tricks & trips in there own Ring only...

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    100 PK WIN THIS MATCH :) INSHALLAHA

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Good luck Pak batsmen while facing Malinga..I hope Srilankans dont fell to Ajmal. Good luck everyone

  • starsuhail on October 4, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    60% chance for sri lanka

  • AMAZINGFAN on October 4, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    BATTLE OF MINNOWS.....ONE MINNOW WILL BEAT OTHER MINNOW....

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    If Ajantha Mendis happens to fire today against Pakistan, he could re-write the path for the rest of his career. At present he's been written off against Pakistan and India (and ODIs and Tests) even though he's only played 16 Tests. A big performance... even a moderately good performance and cricket world could be his oyster.

  • PakEditor on October 4, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Like to extend the best to both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The best of the tournament starts now!

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    good day to everyone, its quet obvious you can justify by these comments how much pakistan people love srilanka and srilankan people love pakistan, its nice to see each other well wishes for both teams

    if it were indian fans guess what would they write what we call this mentality of people

  • oops292 on October 4, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    @ Anushka Sachith AbagNale : That is what Russel Arnold said during an ODI match bw pak and sri "I don't think prayers will help this time "and the whole world say how Pak bounced back and took that match away from SRI . Go Lala Go .

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    My money is on Sri Lanka. If they beat Pakistan Australia Sri Lanka final is the one I like to watch.

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Insha Allah Pakistan will win and lift the trophy...........

  • hamdan22 on October 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    pakistan is playing superbly without their home games.pak vl win 2day.

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    best of luck pakistan team

  • dimag_kharab on October 4, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    aussies are going to win this one.......by defeating the new 'chokers' : SRI LANKA!

  • GCStart on October 4, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Imran Nazir should be out from the team and young Asad Shafiq should be in team

  • Avidcricketlover on October 4, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Might impressed with Raza hasan. This lad has potential. Don't slip him down the drain Pakistan. He was more calm and composed than even Saeed Ajmal. That's a trait that is extremely when it combined with the talent he has. He could be a great ODI and T20 spinner. He was better than Afridi by miles !! Afridi looks lost, seems he forgot what to bowl when !!

  • vishnu1503 on October 4, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    think it is safe to say that this is one of the poorest formats I have seen in an international cricket tournament . Usually T20 is a format where you see some good surprise performance and some of the "minnows" pull off great wins, but this T20 WC has been predictable and disappointing.To be honest it was only net run rate that decided which team went through to the Semi's. T20 is a format of cricket which is supposed to be exciting and is supposed to result in close finishes, how can you judge performance on NRR in such a format, the premise of NRR is big wins for some teams and not so big wins for other teams, however this cannot be the deciding factor in a T20 tournament, a win is a win and a loss is a loss, the margin does not and should not matter. as can be seen below very little separates the 8 teams, it is only NRR: SL PAK AUS WI IND ENG SA NZ Win 4 4 4 2 4 2 2 1 Loss 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 4 NR 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

  • ajeeshferdin10 on October 4, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    srilanka one of the hopeless team when it comes to knockouts so PAKISTAN will treash sl like anything band will keep sl fans mouth numb come on PAK...insallah PAKISTANI...

  • atiquenpj on October 4, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    I want this show, a nail biting match.......!!! Should be like semis.........

  • on October 4, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    its going to be SriLanka.... they can only stop loaded WI...

  • timathews on October 4, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    I think Pakistan will win this one but the WI will lift the Cup...!!!!

  • sanath1234 on October 4, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    no matter Afridi hit same day years ago,no matter SL won wc years ago... that is history...its up to best players to win. both teams got mastery spinners and well formed batsmen. Malinga will be a fact today as Pakistanis never faced him recently as Indians at IPL. and Malinga seems to be find his way of attack again. and Raza will be a threat to SL openers.Dananjaya will show what he got. may be RP stadium t20 history on SL team could change tonight.

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    INSHAALLAH PAKISTAN WILL WIN THIS MATCH JUST LIKE THEY PLAYED AGAINST AUSATRALIA.

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    well...i think that this is the toughest challenge yet for the Pakistan team coz of the single reason that the siri lankans play ...and i feel today is afridi's day...just get a feeling.....all the best to both teams....may the best team win

  • Criktic on October 4, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Aziz Rehmann That was one of the very very few times Afridi has performed with the bat. Its unfortunate that he has not grown as a batsman even after all these years. He is never ready to bear the responsibility, no matter what the situation he just starts to hit every ball. He should play for the country, not for his own sake. (sigh)

  • AHKA on October 4, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Hi Every one, I just want to tell that people who talking about Abdul Razzaq, they are all talking rubbish coz just see the match strike rate from all players except Afridi that he faced only 2 balls four runs Razzaq is the best strike rate. he is true match winner lonely and you people will see his performance in this match inshallah when he wins the match alone. he is true and genuine all rounder in pakistan team, you can't call hafeez or afridi coz they both look like bowling allrounders, hope every one is respect Razzaq and his talent and ability as he is fantastic legend of the cricket game. thanking you

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    I don't think prayers will help this time. this time for SriLanka....GO lions

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    If Sri Lanka play the same way they played against india in ODI WC Final then pakistan for sure will win. Becoz i think that was gifted by Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lank to Indian for IPL. IPL would have been a disastrus failure had india lost the WC2011. Pakistan by droping 5 catches and playing as Test match when after scoring 120. Australia by droping steve smith and playing white and Sri Lanka by 5 changes and bringing Murali after 25 overs.

  • Pathiyal on October 4, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    wish to see a great semi-finals in this week-end! don't know which team to support as i have my favorites in both the teams. the best thing is to wish both teams the very best....relax and enjoy!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 4, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    I predict a SL win as current pak team not able to do anything special sofar. They were lucky to get in to the semis!

  • ObjectiveCricketism on October 4, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    This really has all the makings of a classic. Good luck to both teams and may we be thoroughly entertained.

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    I'm an indian and my support is for pakistan..we love our pakistan brothers rathr than srilanks :))

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Good luck to Pakistan and Sir Lanka.... Lakans are our brothers..... i will support both team

  • Ali-Abid on October 4, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    First of all Good Luck to both teams and hoping a good cricket match. A message to our neighbor(indian) guys you are out of this tournament and by posting negative comments you are only losing respect so i request you to please dont do this as the best teams are now in semi finals and i expect now you guys to sit down relax and enjoy the cricket and plan for the next World Cup :) Cheers

  • 9ST9 on October 4, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I think whoever wins today will go on to win the tournament.

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    inshallah there will be tremendous victory for Pakistan .

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @Rifard_SL you Rock, thanks for great comments :)

  • gustakhcricketer on October 4, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    well this is boo boom's anniversary of worl's fastes hundred and that too against SL...it will be a huge contest and for all indians blaming indian managment get real gys..you won only one group match to qualify for super eight..you were thrashed by australians and you almost lost to SA(won by one run)..INDIA was never deserving team to be in semis...SA had hard luck but thats another story..its all over and best of luck now to SL n PAK..may the best team win..BOOM BOOM will fire tonight inshALLAh

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    pakistan all d wayy..:D afridi shuld hav a huge iimpact on dis game n hopefully he wiill rearing to see dis game.will be n xciting challenge :D

  • 12bil on October 4, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    sri lanka would win the match quite comfortably if pakistan bat 1st but on other hand if srilankan batsman put a great fight with the bat against pakistani spin mystery then it will be over for pak. not to stay long in sri lanka and come home without trophy........but let wait and see who is the real champ...

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    both teams are good l but i think pakistan has little advantage against Srilanka. there is 70-30 ratio.

    if pakistan batting click today then will impossible for srilanka. Afridi from pakistan and kulusakra from Srilanka.

    being a Pakistani my wishes with Pakistan. Best Of luck Pak Pak Pakistan

  • on October 4, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Good Luck to both Pakistan and Srilanka

  • nicktucker on October 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    pakistan is going to loose the match ..and that is sure ......they have to word hard ......so pack your bags kiddos and growp up ....and dont take the advantage of leading runs ...win.. the match as a real players..

  • mfmfaiq on October 4, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Srilankans Will Win Insha ALLAH!! We Will Renew Our Title List After 16 Years!! Come On Lions... All Muslims in Srilanka Praying for Your Win... Lets Rule the World!!!

  • wickyvick on October 4, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Last chance for Dilshan ,Mahela , and Sanga to deliver, one of them have to bat through 15-20 overs. Otherwise chance of lifting any cup is over.

  • on October 4, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Pakistan has a edge on SL by winning last match with great performance

  • Breezedubai on October 4, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Today Sri Lanka will win and i expect Pakistan to surrender without any fight... That's what happening in the previous years and i hope that to be repeated as usual. The local Pakistan media will become furious after their lose in Semi Final and some of the old cricketers will pass the comments about the weakness of Pakistan. What i believe that the most talented cricket players of Pakistan are wasted? I don't know? Some thing is missing seriously....

  • bravetigersmustwin on October 4, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan team and all the best for your finals(Pak gonna beat Srilanka anyways). Although im indian fan i still support pakistan in this match because truely they deserve to be in finals than srilanka. To me Pak is eney but still i respect them more than sri lanka because of their brave fight on the fields. They beat all the best teams and qualified for semi finals. But Sri Lanka are really lucky to be in semi finals. Definitely Pak is going to crush Srilanka.

  • abhi026 on October 4, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    SL vs PAK .I am an Indian and my support will be to pakistan.See the reaction of slankans when they lose today. It's not only India that can not lose to SL but also Pak in big stages. Best of luck to pakistan . I cheer 4 u.

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 4, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Pakistan and West Indies will win the respective semi finals.... West Indies team will be the Winner of t20 2012. Sri Lanka kiss the cup today ur journey ends here ha ha ha ..... Imran blast MENDIS & KULASEKARA :p

  • Msssheikh on October 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Expecting exciting match today. PAKISTAN will win INSHAHALLAH.

  • on October 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Pakistan have an edge over Sri Lanka inshallah Pak will win

  • on October 4, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    It is going to be one hell of a match as both the teams evenly matched,but my sixth sense says(not because i am a Pakistani)that Pakistan will take it in the end!!!

  • PakCricSpin on October 4, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Best of luck to both teams - Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Both have excellent players that respect each other so much. There will not be a loser in this game. :)

  • Htc-Baseball on October 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    @Aziz Rehmann.: What did you say. Afridi fastest fifty?Ask him to score atleast 20 doesnt matter hw many balls he takes..And FYI fastest fifty in t20 means in 11 balls..Do oyu think its ever gonna happen..

  • u.t.k.a.l on October 4, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Pakistan is gonna win this match.... I have feeling Umar Gul or Imran Nazir will be the Man-of-The-Match. Imran show the world what kind of shots U have in ur kitty, U r always one of my favorite player. Sri Lankans get ready to face the YORKERS from GuL. All the Best PAKISTAN Team.

  • SL-RokZ on October 4, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @ Rajiv Dutta : hey bro stop being so hatred towards other countries.... we all need some good quality cricket with competitive sportsmanship .....nothing else... wishing luck to both teams.... YET MA HEARTIEST WISHED TO SRILANKA to GRAB THIS MATCH & THE TITLE..... SL ROCKZZZZZZZZZZ ............

  • on October 4, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    @Rajiv Dutta Pakistan reaches semis by luck.... are you serious? Australia lost by 31 runs by hands of Pakistan …… the only team they couldn't defeat, Pak won 4 out of 5 in this tournament, even in ranking Pakistan stand 3rd ……. Kind of bowling attack they have is luck maybe? Or is that how you release you frustration ……. :-)

  • E.Ul-haq on October 4, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Being a Pakistani my heart will go with Pakistan team, but I will not be upset if Sri Lanka wins. Best of luck to Sri Lanka lions and Pakistani Eagles, I wish winner of this match also win the title .....

  • on October 4, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    today pakistan will show their natural game that they've never played against any team & today they will prove their self that they are the best cricket team in the world...... mostly Shahid Khan Afridi will be Man of the Match tonight... Insha Allah..

  • asithaSL on October 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Come ON SL... make it happens...!! U can do it brothers...... Pakistanis..., our friends......

  • navsl on October 4, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Anyway I want to remain T20 cup in South Ashia .

  • arshcrk on October 4, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    pakisthan team shud have enogh confidence 4 2days game.2days game is a very challenging in case of bowling as well in batting.pakisthan is gr8 in bowling but dey shud utillize it maximum.it but batting side dey r nt showing enough confidence as we 've seen it in the previous match.pakisthan players shud be concentrate more on batting.

  • S-OMAIR-ASHRAF on October 4, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    its Afridi Day: Come On LaLLa make it again :-)

    4 october 1996, Pakistan vs Srilanka: Shahid Afridi's 1st ODI innings & he made century in 37 balls (ODI Record) + 11 sixes in Shahid Afridi's innings

  • Ali_Aziz on October 4, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I am a huge Pakistan fan and am obviously supporting my team - but I really hope both teams play a great match today. And whichever team wins I hope goes on to lift the trophy. Sri Lanka is one of the few teams that have stood by Pakistan through thick and thin - we recognize your support and greatly appreciate it!

    Best of Luck to both teams!

  • arshcrk on October 4, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    srilanka's bowling makes a tough game 4 pakistan players to devolop a gud score.dey r focusing a start break to pakisthan's batting.if pakistan can get a gud starting den it will be an easy game 4 pakisthan.but,srilanka is having aggresive bowlers as well batsmen..ajmal,-hafeez-raza-afridi ..n seemers shud be aggresive 2 dem...in case of batting pakistan shud be strong enough to make a gud total...best of lucK ,,

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    ‎16 years ago, Today (04.10.1996) Afridi made fastest century in ODI against Srilanka.we would like to see a fastest fify in T20 now .....

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66057.html

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    I dont know why Mahela didnt give ball to Tissara. If he can ball he may damage Pakistan.

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Good Luck to both Pakistan and Srilanka though being a Pakistani supporter id be hoping to c my Country win but well lets face it we're playing against our brothers and that just makes me go 5050 so ya BEST OF LUCK TEAMS!

  • Gokhare on October 4, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Srilankans have chance to grab T20W Cup..

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    pakistan win insallah and u agree with me?

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Bestaluk both teams, I am expecting an awesome match today !

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Arts V/s Arts. Pure Cricket, Fun to watch today.

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    best wishes to both of you...

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    I can watch this contest in peace. No worries whose gonna win, just want to see a good cricket game. Pakistan or Srilanka lifting the cup isnt much of a difference. Infact the Lankans deserve to win this one, 2012 has been a great year for Srilankan cricket and this T20 may just be the feather in the cap that they would need.

  • DaCricketFan on October 4, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    All the best Lions make it happen. Cheers...!!!

  • Hira1 on October 4, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    whether Pak win or loose time to say good bye to some old folks and time to bring new comers atleast in T20 and one day....Pak is winning but only 5/12 are really contributing.

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    i thnks hafeez shud do some experiment by pushing Afridi or Razzaq up the order n tel them to attack...

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @Vishal Dixit: why would u like the preview. If it was written in favor of india u would have been jumping on your seat with joy and praising the article. Feel sorry for you guys.

  • yorkslanka on October 4, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    good luck to Sri Lanka, win or lose, we want you do try your hardest and continue to make your country proud..if we cant win it, then i hope Pakistan does...

  • on October 4, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    PAKISTAN will win not only semi final but also final match against West Indies INSHAHALLAH.

  • Dam_Nava on October 4, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    What we need to see is some exciting cricket from these two Asian giants. It was sad to see India went home early. For that India shouldn't blame their players. They should blame their own CASH RICH BCCI ... who tries to dominate even the ICC. Play too much T20 tournaments (e.g. apart from IPL now there is one more T20 Champions League). Furthermore this helps not to improve cricket this will destroy other formats of the game. Also this will be a huge headache for other countries cricking boards or authorities. I love T20's for entertainment but l think real cricket lover must know the importance of Test Cricket of fighting out for 5 days to achieve the real results. All the Best Sri Lanka (Because I am a Sri Lankan) and good luck to Pakistan too.

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Pakistan needs to bat well to win this match...

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    Pakistan main strength is spinners, & Srilankan players can play spinner very well, Pakistan fielding is also very poor..... I think Srilanka are more favourite than Pakistan.... But I pray for Pakistan, INSHALLAH Pakistan will win this match....

  • atthipatti on October 4, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    When the Lion is no more....its time for Hyenas & Jackels to make merry of the prey is what all I can see here.......good luck to Pak & SL.

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Lankan Lions lets GO !!!!!!!!

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Pakistan will be crushed by Sri lanka. Pakistan is no match to this Sri lankan team. Pakistan reach semis by luck but not Sri Lanka...go Sri Lanka!

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    All the Best SL!! We will be there to cheer you!!

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Green Shirts best of luck for today match.m sure u wil won.just go and show your class in T20

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Afridi admits that he is not a bating allrounder, he is a bowling allrounder. And as a bowler team needs him. His bating is just a bonus if he delivers. There could be a tough decision either to select Razzaq or Shafiq depends on if they want a punch hiter at the death overs or want to give some more strength to the middle order. it would be ok both ways because u cannot ignore Razzaq either. Both teams have 50 fifty chances. Best of luck team Pakistan.

  • Rifard_SL on October 4, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    I'm SRI LANKAN but I Support Pakistanis..they are our brothers.....I WILL BE HAPPY EITHER TEAM WINS..SL or Pak.. But one thing for sure... If Pakistan wins..SL and Paks Happy India sad.. If Sri Lanka wins..SL and Paks Happy India sad.. No matter wot happens ...V r still Happy...Comeon Sri Lanka..Comeon Pakistan.. I LOVE PAKISTAN, I Love Sri Lanka... Pakistan fan frm Sri Lanka... ALLAH bless both teams...

  • Mashook_Mushtaqui on October 4, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Pakistan need to concentrate in batting line up. srilanka also play well against the spinners. very tough match but i hope to pakistan go to final against west indies

  • Baber_Baloch on October 4, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    both teams have good spin bowling...both are 50%, 50% chances.

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    I like both teams, I am pakistan fan but still If SL win i never mind. india is out its enough for me.

  • sameera_jayasundara on October 4, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    BAD NEWS: 2ND SEMI FINAL IS DOUBTFUL AS HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED ON THAT DAY..IT MIGHT BE RAINED OFF...NO RESERVE DAY AS WELL

  • sidh78 on October 4, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    india not in sf disappointing.but happy to see pak in sf.they trully deserve that.but india also played very well.won 4 matchs out of 5.beating teams like pak-semi flnalist,SA no 1 ranked team,eng defending champs. all out oposite team 4 times with weak bolling.they out of sf due to NRR not by poits this is happen due to mistake of team managment & supporting staff.agaist pak they would be give massage to virat-yuvi to finish early in 15-16 ovs.they very well capable of that.also hard luck to indians that rain against aus match.bcoz spiner not grip.the ball due wet ball.otherwise that defeat was not so big.again last match Sa won toss and ball first.ifindia chasing the score that day india definately chase that within giving ovrs.like hobart against sl.also india top in his group gave eng most heavy defeats they ever have.

  • Right_into_the_block_hole on October 4, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Come on Green Shirts!! Take it all the way...we are with you!

  • AhmadSaeed on October 4, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Only one line for both the teams.. 'Luck favors the brave'. Everyone, just enjoy the quality of cricket, that will be at best today..:) '

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Don't worry! Srilanka will win.. But, SL always looses final????

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    COME ON LIONS!!!! ALL THE WAY!! We will win this and strive our best to win the tournament. Pakistan have a good line up but there mian bowling strength in the tournament, spin, will not work on us. Same in Sri Lanka's case but we have the SLINGA MALINGA and Kulasekara. Bad choice to ball spin to us at the beginiing anyways like you did to the aussies coz you saw what happened to nz when nathan mccullum bowled. ALL THE BEST LIONS!!!!

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    SL though look more settled side at the moment but Pakistan can surprise every now and then. Pak need to replace A Razzak as he is slow in the field, doesn't bowl and produces a lot of dots while he bats. Inclusion of a seamer at the cost of Razzak is not a bad idea. Tanvir though looked out of color but he may prove useful with new ball and may get a chance. Nazir we never know what he is upto, Hafeez would play him but i get a felling that opening with Kamran and replacing Nazir with Asad in teh middle order is not a bad option at all. Sl is top heavy like Aussies so getting early wickets would be the key.

  • on October 4, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    On paper, this is a Cracking Game. Hope the contest lives up to the hype. Even though Sri Lanka are playing some beautiful cricket atm, we often blow it up against sub-continent opposition. Hope we make it this time around. It's fascinating to see a pure cricketers like Mahela n Sanga are so succesful among the modern bashers. Good Luck Lions

  • ashguru123 on October 4, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    come on sri lanka...............LIONS LIONS LIONS this time attack very dangerous!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on October 4, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Go green army go.. you played very well guys... best of luck. I hope pakistan's batting clicks today.

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Didn't quite like this preview for a semi-final. The first two paragraphs mainly say how Pakistan got a semi-final berth and how they used spin vs Australia. Compared to that, barely a few lines on SL. They are also the finalists of the 2009 World T20, they have a history there.

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    All the Best Srilanka, and Pakistan

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Lions never give up! go srilanka go srilanka :)

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    This Time For Sri lanka.. Come on Lions !! you are the winners

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Today, again this is an excellent opportunity for the Pakistani players to demonstrate their massive skill, team spirit and capability how to turn the Victory. Effectively, you need to Bow down and focussed toward the objective. Don't take a pressure of a big match, only forefront with sense of responsibility and aim the target. Certainly, you will be in a final.

    We as a strong nation are praying for your success at utmost level. Best of luck with today match.....

  • doosra_inventer on October 4, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    As long as Pak Spins well and fielder do their part i think there's nothing much to worry about then....i Hope we will go through today

  • fan_of_good_cricket on October 4, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Playing Abdul Razzaq would be a disaster. He wasted too many balls in the death overs against Australia. Playing 3 dot balls to hit a boundary is not what is needed in T20. He is not required to ball either and is slow in field. Can we not include a 'proper' batsman in place of him (Asad Shafiq?) I am puzzled about Afridi though and I am sure team management would be as puzzled. Lets see what decision comes out for him! I think that would be good either way!!!

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Pakistan has got excellent bowling attack, i hope they bat good. Best of luck to Sri Lanka they played brilliantly throughout the tournament.

    Pakistan qualified because they played better then India, beat Australia by a big margin, had a close win with SA, just like India has a touch-closer-win against SA, but were thrashed by Australia in just 14 overs. Anyhow!

    I hope the best team wins! Cheers!

  • 123456abcdef on October 4, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    common srilanka u have to win it ....... mahela love u,,, u r my favorite .......

  • satish619chandar on October 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Bowling is almost even. Raza though doesn't look classy is very effective bowler with the new ball and is giving a great support to the captain. And, Gul in the last overs is a revelation. Giving nothing to score off. SL has a great outfit too. Malinga is usually effective against Pakistan. With enoumous options available to take the pace off the ball, they have a formidable bowling attack. On paper SL batting leads Pakistan by some distance. Two very good teams at it where Pakistan will start as underdogs as usual but you never know which Pakistan team will turn up. Though SL will be very challenging, if Pakistan's batting holds up decently, they might do the job.

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    16 years ago on 4th October 1996, Star All-Rounder Shahid Khan Afridi scored fastest ODI 100 in 37 balls with 11 6s and 6 4s.

    Today, again, SK Afridi is up against Sri Lanka again. Will he be able to celebrate the anniversary in the same fashion? INSHAALLAH We, Green Shirts, The Die Hard Cricket Lovers, ♥ BOom BOom Afridi. We Are With U with our ♥s.... Praying for your BIG return Performance with VICTORY. May Allah Pak Bless us all. AMEEN

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    best of luck to our lions....

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Malinga is difference between the two teams.Lets see what strategy Pakistan will adopt to counter his attack. Sangakara always perform well against Pakistan. In last tour of Pakistan to Srilanka he performed admirably in all forms of cricket. He scored almost 450 runs but Pakistan can surprise them.

  • sunnyid on October 4, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    It's a 50-50 contest - On paper both teams are good with Srilanka's batting being a touch better where as in the bowling department Pakistan have the advantage... If Pakistan can get Srilankas top three then they ll have a great chance of restricting Srilnaka to a low score... Also need to consider Pakistan will rely on their spin as their first bowlers have been below par and Srilankans are good players of Spin.... it ll all depend who performs on the day !!! Hope we get a good game of cricket

  • PadMarley on October 4, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka may have to replace one left hander with a right hander... Pakistan has too many off spinners... Dinesh Chandimal coming in?

  • irfan.siddique on October 4, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I'm afraid....I'm not looking Pakistan in final :(....I really pray from my heart it wont happen...

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  • irfan.siddique on October 4, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    I'm afraid....I'm not looking Pakistan in final :(....I really pray from my heart it wont happen...

  • PadMarley on October 4, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka may have to replace one left hander with a right hander... Pakistan has too many off spinners... Dinesh Chandimal coming in?

  • sunnyid on October 4, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    It's a 50-50 contest - On paper both teams are good with Srilanka's batting being a touch better where as in the bowling department Pakistan have the advantage... If Pakistan can get Srilankas top three then they ll have a great chance of restricting Srilnaka to a low score... Also need to consider Pakistan will rely on their spin as their first bowlers have been below par and Srilankans are good players of Spin.... it ll all depend who performs on the day !!! Hope we get a good game of cricket

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Malinga is difference between the two teams.Lets see what strategy Pakistan will adopt to counter his attack. Sangakara always perform well against Pakistan. In last tour of Pakistan to Srilanka he performed admirably in all forms of cricket. He scored almost 450 runs but Pakistan can surprise them.

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    best of luck to our lions....

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    16 years ago on 4th October 1996, Star All-Rounder Shahid Khan Afridi scored fastest ODI 100 in 37 balls with 11 6s and 6 4s.

    Today, again, SK Afridi is up against Sri Lanka again. Will he be able to celebrate the anniversary in the same fashion? INSHAALLAH We, Green Shirts, The Die Hard Cricket Lovers, ♥ BOom BOom Afridi. We Are With U with our ♥s.... Praying for your BIG return Performance with VICTORY. May Allah Pak Bless us all. AMEEN

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • satish619chandar on October 4, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Bowling is almost even. Raza though doesn't look classy is very effective bowler with the new ball and is giving a great support to the captain. And, Gul in the last overs is a revelation. Giving nothing to score off. SL has a great outfit too. Malinga is usually effective against Pakistan. With enoumous options available to take the pace off the ball, they have a formidable bowling attack. On paper SL batting leads Pakistan by some distance. Two very good teams at it where Pakistan will start as underdogs as usual but you never know which Pakistan team will turn up. Though SL will be very challenging, if Pakistan's batting holds up decently, they might do the job.

  • 123456abcdef on October 4, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    common srilanka u have to win it ....... mahela love u,,, u r my favorite .......

  • on October 4, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Pakistan has got excellent bowling attack, i hope they bat good. Best of luck to Sri Lanka they played brilliantly throughout the tournament.

    Pakistan qualified because they played better then India, beat Australia by a big margin, had a close win with SA, just like India has a touch-closer-win against SA, but were thrashed by Australia in just 14 overs. Anyhow!

    I hope the best team wins! Cheers!

  • fan_of_good_cricket on October 4, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Playing Abdul Razzaq would be a disaster. He wasted too many balls in the death overs against Australia. Playing 3 dot balls to hit a boundary is not what is needed in T20. He is not required to ball either and is slow in field. Can we not include a 'proper' batsman in place of him (Asad Shafiq?) I am puzzled about Afridi though and I am sure team management would be as puzzled. Lets see what decision comes out for him! I think that would be good either way!!!