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

Jayawardene inspires Sri Lanka to second WT20 final

The Report by Sidharth Monga

October 4, 2012

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Sri Lanka 139 for 4 (Jayawardene 42, Dilshan 35) beat Pakistan 123 for 7 (Hafeez 42, Herath 3-25) by 16 runs
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Mahela Jayawardene plays the reverse sweep, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 4, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene: as delicate as he was delightful © Getty Images
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On a crumbling, turning, brute of a pitch by Twenty20 standards, Mahela Jayawardene responded with a T20-size classic. His 42 off 36, as delightful as it was delicate, proved to be the difference between the two sides in a tight semi-final. It was a bitterly disappointing night for his opposite number: Mohammad Hafeez outmanoeuvred a rampant Kumar Sangakkara in a crucial moment in the first innings, he came back from a horribly slow start to his own innings, but fell on 42 with some way to go for Pakistan.

It was Sangakkara who returned the favour with a superb stumping off a grubber to send Hafeez back with 48 to defend in 35 balls. Hafeez, who had just opened up with an extra-cover drive, a reverse-swept four and a punch through covers, was this close to making this his own night, but it was to be Sri Lanka's, who won their first Twenty20 international at R Premadasa Stadium, in the process successfully adjusting to a third venue in this tournament, the most for any team.

The powdery surface began to explode upon impact by the third over of the first innings. This was no place for average batsmen who stand there and swing from the hip. This would need a quality batsman. On turning tracks, they don't come better than Jayawardene. With the ball turning square at times, he stayed low, swept and reverse-swept often to play with the spinners' rhythm. Tillakaratne Dilshan, his opening partner, seemed to be batting on a different pitch.

It was not just that Jayawardene was sweeping and reversing, it was the range of that shot, able to beat the two square fielders on either side. He connected with four reverse-sweeps, scoring 12. Then there was the regulation sweep and the lap shot. Jayawardene's effort here was reminiscent of his hundred in the semi-final of the 50-over World Cup of 2007. Just when he was running away with this thing, he failed to connect well with a lap off Afridi, giving Pakistan their first wicket.

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  • Sri Lanka became the second team after Pakistan to reach two finals in the World Twenty20. They also improved their record against Pakistan to 4-6 and 2-2 in World Twenty20 matches.
  • Sri Lanka have now won eight and lost seven of their 15 home Twenty20 internationals including one Super Over win over New Zealand. They have however, won just one game at home chasing.
  • The target of 140 is the second-lowest defended by Sri Lanka in Twenty20 internationals. The lowest target (133) defended was also against Pakistan in Hambantota earlier in 2012.
  • Rangana Herath's 3 for 25 is fourth on the list of best bowling performances for Sri Lanka against Pakistan. It is the second-best performance by a Sri Lankan bowler against Pakistan in the World Twenty20.
  • Kamran Akmal became the first wicketkeeper to aggregate 50 dismissals in Twenty20 internationals. Kumar Sangakkara is a distant second with 35 dismissals. Akmal also has the highest number of stumpings (30).
  • The number of runs conceded by Saeed Ajmal (33) is the fifth-highest for him overall and the third-highest in a World Twenty20 game. The highest (46 runs) came in the 2010 semi-final against Australia.
  • The number of dot-balls in the second innings (59) is the second-highest for Pakistan in World Twenty20 matches. The highest is 63 dot-balls in the Super Eights game against South Africa.
  • Shahid Afridi now shares the record for the most ducks (6) in Twenty20 internationals with JP Duminy and Luke Wright. Remarkably all his ducks have come off the first ball he has faced.

That didn't bring them any relief, though. Sangakkara began with a four to midwicket first ball, and later displayed a lovely chip over extra cover. Hafeez was about to get into the game now. Watching Sangakkara move too much around the crease, Hafeez pulled out before a delivery. When he did bowl, he bowled it wide and out of reach of the moving Sangakkara, and prised out a catch in the deep.

Now, with Dilshan looking to break free, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal bowled three big overs. Gul got the better of Dilshan, who was looking to break free after having been nine off 18 at one point. Ajmal, who conceded 20 off his first two overs, came back with a six-run 19th over. Gul missed his yorkers by the slightest of margins in the last over, Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews took toll of it, and Sri Lanka came out confident of defending 139.

Pakistan never managed any flow to their reply. Imran Nazir swung from the hip. He hit some and missed some before playing on a quick delivery from Ajantha Mendis, making it 31 for 1 after six. Hafeez, having a horror time with the bat, had just begun to recover in company with Nasir Jamshed when an umpiring error turned the game around.

It was a slower offcutter from Mathews from over the stumps, hitting the middle stump of the left-handed Jamshed, but he was given out by Rod Tucker, despite the ball pitching outside the leg stump. In the same over, another offcutter sent Kamran Akmal back. The game had turned. Hafeez now began to swim against the tide. In what was now becoming a contest of the captains, Jayawardene prevailed.

He had brought in Rangana Herath, who is slower in the field than most, but Herath it was who bowled the decisive over. He needed help from Sangakkara, who reacted exceptionally to a shooter, and stumped Hafeez in a flash. Shahid Afridi fell for another golden duck, and those waiting for the Umars, Akmal and Gul, to do something special were willing the lightning to strike twice. It didn't.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 NB/Wides
Sri Lanka 52 17 0 34/0 39/2 1/4
Pakistan 57 11 1 31/1 31/1 0/9

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 6, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

@Zohaib Ahmed just one question to you: what was the advantage you got being in the semis? one more loss in your credit!

Posted by g.narsimha on (October 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

SULAIMAAN 91 - NO body from INDIA IS TRYING TO say big things we are just responding , if we were about to lose to AFG what about the thrashing u r team got from us u peop-le boast of u r great bowling & degrade ours but couldnt score more than 126, take 2 wickets only so who are worth proved it is not u r team which beat us ,

Posted by Johnny_Dolittle on (October 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

@greatkhan: you said that "Pakistan has the Best Bowling Attack & worst batting among the test Playing Nations." Well, India has one of the best batting record and possibly one of the weakest bowling in the world, while Bangladesh is still trying to build its Cricket team. I guess the British divided us and made us weaker but it's a pitythat most of us still keep fighting with each other...!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (October 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Judging by the amount of comments on team India , I'm guessing they qualified for BOTH semi finals which I have to admit is a great achievement

Posted by greatkhan on (October 6, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Dear All, Watching Pakistan chase any kind of target is like watching a Baby,s delivery live. They just simply find it or make it extremely difficult chasing any kind of target & against any opposition. Easy to criticize Afridi & Nazir, but the truth of the matter is that, until & unless Pakistan produces quality Batsmen i dont think this problem will ever finish. Pakistan has the Best Bowling Attack & worst batting among the test Playing Nations.

Posted by   on (October 6, 2012, 0:21 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody Just one question for you. Who made the semis.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (October 5, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Just one question for Pakistan. What is your net run rate now? :)))

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 5, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

@Harmony111, India are also lucky to win tests against NZ. DRS is the only solution to umpiring howlers but when you Indians oppose it, be happy to accept umpiring blunders. Hey, if say a Lankan batsman got an umpiring howler on Thursday night and if we lost it, I know YOU WONT UTTER A SINGLE WORD ABOUT IT! You want to PREVENT Sri Lanka winning any game by any means. That is your sole ambition, but has failed so far in this T20 world cup.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 5, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

@JG2704, you are 100% correct! Many Indians are saying that Sri Lanka was in an easy group. What a joke! Then how come 2 teams from our group entered the finals? England were no doubt the former T20 champions and I was sad to see them leave. I am eagerly waiting to see the return of KP into the side.

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (October 5, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Wish you Good Luck Team Sri Lanka for the Final match!!! Hope you will win. From your Pakistani Brother.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 5, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Starting from 2008 onwards..Pak was never white washed except one Series in Aus..Rest we won at least a match or 2 against ENG,SA,NZ,AUS..So no white wash..Just one during this time period.If we go back a was 2004 our tour to Aus when we were white washed.Indian team performance is also like that.They win a match or 2 outside but winning a series against Aus,Eng and SA in their own homeland.Even India has not done it yet.India won series in Eng but it was long ago even before i was born lol..Same as Pak which won in England long ago.. So in short..Both teams have been either winning a match or 2 outside or ending up in a draw.Only exception is the last 2 Tours of India to Aus and Eng..If you count it in then Pak team is better but not behind

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 5, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

If you talk about bowling,people always call our bowlers as over rated. We always lose due to our batting.In our Last Aus tour..There were times when we strangled Aus with our bowling.Our Pacers made them dance.But when it came to batting,we were always a flop show.Can a team of over rated bowlers strangle Aus in a test match and bowl them out on 88 and on a fast track which Aussies are used to?Very few teams have guts to do it and Bowl like that.. Our batsmen i agree are pathetic,but when people call our bowlers as over rated..Well i dont have to prove anything.Records speaks for themselves..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 5, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

I never called Indian Batsmen as over rated..They are not.I have a great respect for them. Talking about white wash-->Our Last tour to Aus,it was a complete disaster.That i agree.I was comparing the performance of both the teams in last few Series.. If we go for a white wash record then Pak surely has been white washed several times.We are not the ones to survive it..But the point is that we played against Eng in Eng and won a match.Played against Aus in Eng and won a match..Our series with Aus ended in a Draw.We were hosts there.Imagine Pak hosting Aus in England..A big Lol..So these were our last few performances.If you go back a little,then it comes that Aus tour where we got thrashed.though many times we lost after going so close to victory.I still remember that Sydney test in which we were given a target of 150 runs..Imagine Aussies giving you a target of 150 on their own home ground.But we lost.Thanks to our pathetic batting.

Posted by MyFineLeg on (October 5, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

@jith_blore. If your India is a top team, why did they get knocked out. Don't cry about the rain vs Aus. In case you forgot Sri Lanka are the T20 top team ICC rankings. Now stop being jealous and prepare for your champion IPL cup or whatever you call it.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

2011 wc was a gift from sl to ind. It was a so boring match.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 5, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket on (October 05 2012, 13:17 PM GMT) SL are in the finals on merit. They were unbeaten in the super 8s and only lost one (reduced to 7 or 8 overs) match in the whole tournament. Also funny how the final is made up from 2 teams from the EASIER/MINNOWS group or I suppose they (the semi finals) were BOTH fluke matches?

Posted by Gunston on (October 5, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

@ Jith_blore on (October 05 2012, 17:31 PM GMT)...dude...check out ICC rankings before going near keyboard mate. Teams were pooled as per ICC rankings and the way teams have progressed shows its correct and no team is rated as per hype.

Posted by fguy on (October 5, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

man what boring matches this t20 tourney has had. these pitches would've been ok for a test tournament but t20?? the 2007 one in SA has been the most exciting one ever. infact SA & india pitches always produce the most exciting cricket & thats what one looks for in limited overs. t20 is suppose to attract new followers to the game not drive away the ones that exist!

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 5, 2012, 17:43 GMT)


Posted by Jith_blore on (October 5, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

So srilianka close to sneak a world cup without really winning against top 3 teams. SA, Aus, IND

Posted by Narbavi on (October 5, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

@Ahamed Afker: Ya and that minnow has repeatedly thrashed lanka, infact in the last 4years that thrashing has been happening in lanka's own soil as well!!

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 5, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake: Mate! relax no matter how much you write, the fact remains that Pakistan has bunch of cheer leaders and one decent batsman and bowler. Hope next worldcup your teams has a good team! - ALl the best.

Posted by jasonpete on (October 5, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

@solid_snake, I beg to differ.India got whitewashed only in the last two series against England and Australia.But before that they won test matches every where.They did well against Australia between 2000-2008. I remember Pakistan got whitewashed too against Australia in 2009 in all forms of the game. ( I guess) India won series in England ,won series in New Zealand and West Indies too.They drawn last test series against SA in SA 2011.So it wrong to say that they got whitewashed outside subcontinent.Apart from last two test series ,India played well in away series.Kindly check cricinfo stats. The reason for India last two series debacle is aged batting line up ,anyway they are in transitional period.But calling those great players like sachin,dravid,laxman as over rated is bit extreme and as you say ,they never got whitewashed all the time in away series( except last two).Thanks.

Posted by thisaradoc on (October 5, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

SL is superb. All the best SL. We Indians wish all the very best to lift the cup.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (October 5, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 05 2012, 15:03 PM GMT), first of all I was replying to wickyroy pak lover who keeps saying Indian batsmen are over rated.India got whitewashed in eng and aus last year due to the only reason that their batsmen were aged and beyond passed their limits.But before that two series ,India did extremely well in Australia ( 2008 and before ), england ( won test series in 2007) SA 2011 drawn (1-1) and won test series in NZ ,WI. The players like dravid,laxman and tendulkar played extremely well in those condition barring the last two series there.So it's not acceptable to call Indian batsmen over rated .I remember even pak got whitewashed in 2009 both test,odds and t20 against australia in australia.But just two series failures don't undermine any talented batsmen as over rated,which is what I was replying that fan.cricinfo please publish

Posted by LankaGod on (October 5, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Pakistan destroyed... West Indies next... March on lions!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (October 5, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake. Do you wanna talk about white washes? See this and comment: And rather talking about whitewashes, think what u had achieved with ur great bowling unit!!! At least we won WC and all matches against ur team in WC. Whats urs??

Posted by OttawaRocks on (October 5, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Am following the Windies clobbering Aussie. The first innings has ended and if indeed they do blast Aussie away that's the team I will be supporting in the final. Go Windies!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 5, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

@ mathewjohn2176 ->Still with our such a pathetic batting,we dont get white washed on every tour outside subcontinent.Everywhere we go,we manage to win a test match.See our recent performances outside subcontinent.And compare it with your Indian team with such a great batting line up that could not save the team from getting white washed.Someone please correct me if i am wrong.Last time i heard,England was not in subcontinent.The place where we won a match against Aussies and Eng.With such a pathetic batting,we Pak still winning test matches outside Subcontinent.It surely is an achievement when i see Indian team having such a great batting line up but still getting white washed

Posted by ssiddiqi on (October 5, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

In early days of T20 cricket, players were just came to crease and were smashing for 4's and 6's but nowadays they are getting more intelligent and plan their innings but unfortunately yesterday's pakistan innings were brainless. Have you seen any example better than this that they dropped Razaaq, who contributed well against Australia, and picked Tanvir. They could drop Afridi or Shoaib who have not performed well in this T20 world cup. Misbah was better captain than Hafeez.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (October 5, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 05 2012, 12:59 PM GMT), LOL,if Indian batsmen are so over rated,then what can I say for Pakistan batsmen who struggled against SA and got shot out for 128 against India especially against a weak Indian bowling attack? Pakistan bowling so good but still Indians won easily against your superior bowling attack and they batted better against SA as well.By looking at the current ranking, India no.3 in ODI, no.2 in t20 and 3 points behind Pakistan in test rank.So by repeating over rated word again and again in every post don't make your batsmen better than Indians.Its a known fact India produces good batsmen whereas Pakistan produces good bowlers.It will be interesting when your team play cricket away from UAE pitches and I am looking forward to it.Hope they don't lose the current rank in any formats which is around 4 or 5th place and slide further.Good luck.

Posted by SalmanShakeel on (October 5, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

I am from Pakistan... I want to congratulate Sri Lanka on behalf of Pakistanis...It was a good game and in the end, the better team won! Now we would support Sri Lanka to lift the cup because for us, Sri Lanka team is really respectable. We consider them as best friends.

Thanks for crowd support for Pakistanis. It was like a 2nd home for Pakistan.

Go Lions Go and lift the cup. All Pakistan will support and Cheer for you

For Pakistani fans, no need to disappoint, with all the bad patches we had during last few years, Pak team keeps coming up and performing well in these World tournaments .IA we will do more good in future

Good Luck to Sri Lanka from Pakistan for the finals!

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 5, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@ Eat_sleep_play_cricket can you remember your performance against Australia and even Afghanistan? admit it YOUR TEAM KNOCKED OUT that simply means all other remaining teams are better than your team plus your team just managed to score 150 against relatively poor spin attack of SA so 140 against world best spin attack on very spin friendly pitch is more than enough

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

@sobersfan and other haters. Minnows alredy went home 3rd consecutive time better you compete with AFG team.This minnow have only 2 wins out of 9 in super eights and always waiting for others to win or loss to register their place for semis.Earlier 8-0 in Test now in WC T20 real shame for this minnow.

Posted by John_Geo on (October 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

Hello Sanjey Manjrekar

Any more negative comments from you about Sri Lanka? What do you have to say now?

Posted by Niketh2000 on (October 5, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

Well Done Sri Lanka! Pakistan played really well in the tournament and even in the match, they were on top at one point but great captaincy by Mahela and the bowlers supported him very well. The Indians deserved a place in the semis, but got unlucky with the grouping, got to admit that even as a die-hard Sri Lankan fan.Expecting the support af all Indian and Pakistani fans too for Sri Lanka.


Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Well played S, u guys were awesome... And Pakistan good game guys, you'll did well... You'll played well throughout the tournament and respect to the Pakistani fans, for being good sports... And for anyone who is saying about the groupings on the series, the best teams prevailed at the end... Australia was ranked at 9 on T20 rankings, but today they one of the teams to be reckon with... And plus to all whining Indian fans, SL never had to depend on another team to lose to move on to the semi's like your team is it... At least admit, you'll lost, move on look for the next match, dont come to other teams pages and articles and bad mouth them, be a good sport... Even if SL wins or loose we are happy with our team, and will back them all the way... All the best Lions... Lets lift the cup... :)

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (October 5, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Pakistan is defeating Australia so regularly in ODI / T20. That is not a small achievement.It also means, that you can perform to high potential against a never say die team liike Aussies. Meaning mental strength can also be very high. So, this defeat with Sri Lanka is a surprise for me. The way you played suggests, the match was lost much before the end. How do we account for such a poor batting? Was the SL bowling so threatening? Is this something Pakistan never faced? Is this a pressure filled match as in Ind Vs Pak? Also, run rate was well within the reach at 91 in 14 overs. Better luck next time

Posted by nomanpk on (October 5, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Umar Akmal scored 125 runs in 5 inns with an average of 40.66 and strike rate of 120.19. He played match winning inngs against South Africa, remains not out 2 times in the tournament. I hope Pakistani selectors promoted him up the order in future. While scoring with good avg. in tournament he is not highlighted as it should be.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 5, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover: Yeah mate! we saw how wonderful pak performed in their t20 matches. Thank you for making Semi Final truly a Test championship. I hope your team gets some good BATSMEN who can play sensibly! As of now except Jamshed no one can bat and except Ajmal no one can bowl, with occasional Gul's performance. Cheers Mate.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (October 5, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

although hafeez does not deserve place in team but still he did one good decision by including tanvir who justified his place by bowling good. abdul razzaq should be in for shoib malik who is good for nothing. hafeez is not a brave captain and pakistan need a brave captain like imran khan or wasim akram. afridi was good choice if he would prove himself in the torunament but sadly he needs rest of atleast not less than an year to clear his head. but for GOD sake pcb , get rid of hafeez or prepare your self to lose every close game and series because hafeez nerves start to tingle once situation gets tense. we desperately need steel nerve captain to handle the situation and lastly. no need of losing money in international coaches like dave whatmore who is good for nothing. bring back local coach and lastly ged rid of kamran akmal and shoib malik asap.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 5, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

@Harmony11: Well Said mate! Lanka fans themselves know they are in Finals because of easier pick and little bit of luck that went their way against NZ in group stage and amazing performance (EPIC FAIL) of PAK in SF. We all saw how lanka played against SAF! 37 seriously dude! I would be ashamed to even boast of reaching semi finals. Cant do much now.. Good luck for them as they keep building false hopes. See you lanka later in West indies and I hope Mahela has some good excuses this time around! Cheers.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 5, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: Hope your team has a safe flight back home! they played well (very well!) If this is how Pakistan performs in SF, ICC would have put them in Group 1 so that they could have played with Minnows and boast of reaching Seimifinals / Finals. Cheers mate!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (October 5, 2012, 12:59 GMT)


Posted by Grasian on (October 5, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Jeevan Mendis' ponderous innings nearly cost SL the match. He is a batsman of limited ability who should be coming in after Matthews, Perera, Thirimanne and Kulasekera.

Posted by ibbani on (October 5, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

@Prasanna Kasun Gamage - again runner up - they are the worst team ever. Better compiet with BD. Your team has a curse of every Indian. Your team will be ripped by Gayle. Mark my words.

Posted by zn264 on (October 5, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

wow a lot of rubbish comments on here! We all know New Zealand should have been in today's semi final...there you go I've just added another one! But seriously, they should have been...

Posted by K.A.K on (October 5, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

It was a great game to watch / follow. Congrats to SriLanka, they deserved it. Good game Pakistan, better luck next time. Thoroughly enjoyed the game! Looking forward to the next semi final and the final.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 12:13 GMT)

both played well but 1 had to win , i just love the lanakans had outplayed the pak , so best of luck sri lanka , u deserve this world cup .........

Posted by Wakenaam1103 on (October 5, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

What Shahid Afridi is still doing in the team is a great mystery. He is not making runs or taking wickets, only making a lot of noise on the field. Playing on past performance. Doesn't Pakistan with so many thousands of talented cricketers has anyone better?

Posted by GRVJPR on (October 5, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

SO once again ICC Gifts Final Birth To Sri Lanka. Most Undeserving. Nepal would have better suited.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 5, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Also i have not heard anyone complaining the Wrong LBW decision of Nasir..After Nasir,Pak team totally collapsed.A Big umpiring error which cost Pak too much. If it was Dhoni,he would have said this thing in press conference.Making it as an excuse of defeat.But we know that Nasir's out was no big deal.Rest of the batsmen played really bad cricket so nobody cares

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 5, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

@ g.narsimha ->Dude..with this pathetic line up we won a test match in SA,ENG.. Defeating SA,ENG and AUS..yes i still remember Pak bowling out Aus on 88 runs in test match and we won in it.After that Series India went to ENG and AUS and i dont want to recall what happened to Indian team there. With this pathetic batting line up we won in NZ also.. All these places are far away from UAE..So its a pretty good performance.T20 is unpredictable.We thrashed Aussies but we got defeated by Indians..So by that Logic India should beat Aus easily..But it never happened.Aussies beat India so easily without a sweat.We cant compare teams like that..

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 5, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Well We feel ashamed that we the owners of IPL has failed to reach Semifinal for three consecutive times.OK thats enough BCCI world is teasing us.Send our Cricket team to Srilanka just after the World cup so that we can restore some pride by trashing the so called lions.

Lets us do what we are best trashing SL all over the world.

Posted by Glorizee on (October 5, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Afridi says: "I Know many of you people just sleep after watching the match but you remember after loosing last T-20 semi final against Australia which we lost due to saeed ajmal last over and then when he returned to his home his father kicked him out of his house and after 6 months later he is able to join his own home in Faisalabad. Do you understand what's the situation of players & their families right now? Are they sleep or not ? and you are criticizing Shahid Afridi due to his poor performance".

Posted by Glorizee on (October 5, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

This is what Afridi's status says:

Posted by Glorizee on (October 5, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

In fact, to sum it up, Pak fans! Don't forget that we are 'Pakistan'. These 11 men are our heroes. They are, indeed, champions. They have made us proud. They are the sons of our soil. Their heart also throbs for Pakistan. We, the Pakistani nation, are their strength. We are their courage and their real zealot. For once, just for once, embrace them warmly and I assure you that results would be magnificent. When a whole nation gets behind her team even in predicament then nothing, and I mean nothing, can stop the team from clawing back triumph. Pakistan Zindabaad, Pakistani team Paindabaad! Nevertheless we love Sri Lanka -- beyond cricket too and too much.

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (October 5, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Whether Winning Or Lossing, we just cant accept SL as a good team.Yeah they are OK thats all Not more than that.For us Its Pak,Aus,SAF the toughest opponents followed By Eng.But SL its a cake walk for India.Maybe If pak has played like this against Ausise then we would have been in Finals.But we dont guarantee that we would have won the cup as Final would have been tough and if it were Australia in Final then it would have been tough.We seriously curse Australians for failing that match or else we would have been the first team to reach Finals.

Posted by SL-NMK on (October 5, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

I am a srilankan and I'm very proud the way our lions going through roaring against every team that we play against. Hats off to you pakistan team. You always play good cricket even though you don't have the exposure to IPL or not being able to play matches in your country. I'm very happy to see pakistan players batting in SLPL. Hafeez is a great captain for you guys and best captain to me next to our hero Mahela. Hats off to Pakistan........ and this time cup will be lifted by the lions.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 5, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

@mathewjohn2176 ; furthermore, even If we had lost the match yesterday, we would have never blamed Mahela. We're way better than that. We love good cricket. If a Victory comes our way, we will accept it in a very humble fashion. I dont know if you've seen, when our team arrived from India after losing the WC final, thousands of ppl had gathered out side of the airport to welcome the team. Its you who can't handle the defeat as in 1996 WC semi final, Fans lit up the stadium, in 2007 Dhoni's home in Ranchi was vandalized, and the mob in the city chanted "die dhoni die". For Sri Lankans and all the nations, Cricket is just a sport. Win or lose,We will alway love and treasure our players. It seems you don't care about Cricket or anything, but winning...sad...:(

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT)

@Gamaraala: That is precisely my point mister. SL fans need to learn from Pak fans how to handle defeat. We have thrashed you so much that we are now practically sick of even playing you and yet you guys refuse to accept just how mediocre your team is and keep giving excuses one after the other. You ppl have not even spared your own Malinga and have made insinuations that he deliberately under performs against India since he plays in the IPL. just look at the lows you ppl go. Everyone remember how bitter SL fans have been after India won the 2011 WC. I am yet to see a single SL fans saying anything good for Kohli. And as far as this SF goes, it is a fact that SL were lucky to win it since Nasir Jamshed was plain unlucky to be given lbw and Pak just did not plan their chase properly else SL had no chance. In place of Pak had it been India then they would have done it easily as we have been doing it so regularly. If you ppl respect Ind then we will respect you else be prepared.

Posted by g.narsimha on (October 5, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

SRI SANKA-Yaa preaching is easier than done u had advised INDIANS to apriciat where it is due , yes but at the same time u mocked INDIAN bowling saying had it been INDIANS the score would have been 200 now tell me IND played 5 matches won 4 that too making opponents all out PAK WAS OUT FOR 120 + except AUS no team could dominate us, even few days back our bowlers made u r batters strugle , in t-20 matches u r team could not post 120+ in even in practice match , i am not making tall claims but had it been india yes we could have chased easily every body have+ & - pak batting is not at all world class now thier bowling when faced ASIAN terams doesnt count , mark my word .they will have problems inplenty once they move out UAE with this pathetic batting & spinners only .

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (October 5, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

The pitch wasn't the best, and that was the only disapointment. though since both teams were spin-heavy, that did not give anyone an unfair advantage. and the toss hardy matters in T20 games, because they are so short. However, hoping for a better pitch on Sunday. Well played Sri Lanka, and good fight Pakistan. Looking forward to the final.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Umpiring was not good in this tournament. Will like to have review system in T20 as well

Posted by kushnish on (October 5, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

once again mahela showed us how captain should mangage his assets... well done mahela and the team... wish you all the very best for win that big final on sunday... ! ! ! !

Posted by ALA1 on (October 5, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

A country where international matches are banned , a country which never been invited in IPL. A country whose bowlers are number one in Cricket and they weren't inducted as even a nominee for the ICC 2012 awards. Still reaching in Semi final is the most remarkable and awesome efforts by green team.... Pakistan didn't lost a match but they have won the courage in taking them to the Semis non stop since 2008. Pakistan Zindabad !!

Posted by AdeelBajwa on (October 5, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Congratulation to Sri lankan team & all their supporters.Best of luck for the final.I am from pakistan butt still i love to watch the lankan lions roaring in the stadiums.yesterday i didn't feel bad when sri lankan won the match bcz they played really well and they deserved the win. Thanks to all sri lankans who supported pakistan team really well during this tourment & we never feel that our team is playing away from home.

Posted by crazylankan on (October 5, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Srilankan deserve to this terrific win against Pakistan. It is not easy to derail lankan classy batsmen using spinners like Aussie batsmen. Hereth's selection was awesome.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Love From Pakistan, Best of Luck Srilanka for the Final.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (October 5, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 05 2012, 08:06 AM GMT), If it was a batting paradise,then why srilanka made only 272? Not every Indian batsmen were in form.Chasing a huge total in final against malinga and murali is a hard task.Dhoni made a huge contribution with bat along with Gambhir and kohli.So don't take away the good performances by Indian team as well the captain.It was Sanga who praised the team and I never heard of mahela giving credits to opposition.He always say ' we did this mistake,didn't bowl or bat well but never said " opposition played good".And if your captain doing good job,keep praising it ,but it doesn't mean you need to degrade some other country captain.In a short span of his captaincy ,he did wonders to Indian team which mahela still trying to do for srilanka.So give respect n earn respect.At the end of the day if herath didn't take single wickets yesterday, then all will blame mahela only.So relax n be happy for your team performance.cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

Go SL Go bring back the cup to Asia, All Asian teams played well. Our support will always be there for SL,Pak and Bangladesh but not for Aus. Indian Fan.

Posted by kirankumar55 on (October 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

i was ver very happy that lanka finally reached last game as we indians never ever support pak malinga really bowled very well despite wicketless performance if windies go through final that will be easy for lankan's to win the game and well captaincy from jayawardene. Finally i was happy pakistan lost the match.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Lanka !!! Best of Luck For Final :) Our prayers For You....

Omer Akmal Really impressed The way of Ur fighting, Don't get desperation, Proud Of you PAKISTAN, "Its a remarkable For a country who can't play at home to make it to their sixth consecutive semi final of an ICC tournament is an outstanding achievement."

Posted by Wasim4Life on (October 5, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Congratulations Lankans (I was rooting for India). Well deserved place in the final. It is not the first time or will the last where the Pakistani batsmen have let their team down. ICC should look into the stupid "Wide" tram line. Unless you have a reach of Gayle or Watson, batsmen cannot "Middle" the ball purticularly full length deliverys. For short stuff, batsmen can go back and across to cut it.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (October 5, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

I see a lot of criticism for Dhoni here for making use of part-timers during India match against SA. Dhoni tried to be a little unconventional. As it is I don't think India had a great chance to skittle SA out under 121. He did try out the specialist and they didn't do anything which would have made it possible for us to get them out under 121. We should have picked up 4 wickets in the PP itself to have had any chance and that didn't happen. So Dhoni tried his luck with Rohit and Kohli to see if the batsmen would get out making mistakes. There was no harm in trying.

Posted by JG2704 on (October 5, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Well played SL. As I said before the match I have mixed feelings about who I wanted to win. The Pak fans were by and large very respectful to England fans when they stuffed us in the test series earlier this year so I'm sad to see them go out. However there were plenty of rubbish comments saying about the difference between the strengths of the super 8 groups and that SL were lucky to be in the easier group so maybe that helps put this theory to bed. BTW , I thought India were out of the tournament

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 5, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Kamran Akmal can be blamed for the Loss in the semis. Kamran dropped Dilshan on 8 and he went on to make 35. Those runs were very crucial in the context of the game. Some how it appears that Kamran has a right to drop catches. and not get criticiesed. Just to accomodate Kamran in the team he was promoted to no.4. That was not fair on the other other batsmen viz Umar Akmal. What wrong had Sarfraz committed when he was batting lower down the order and certainly produced better results than Kamran. Kamrna never bats in important matches or even against stronger opponents. HIs batting in the last few games was pathetic. I hope this time he is dropped for good.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (October 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

All the very best Lankans..bring back the cup to Asia..

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 5, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Persisting with Shoeb Malik through the tournament was a grave error on the part of Hafeez. Malik never looked like getting in any kind of threatening form. While it is true that Malik recieved a good delivery, but never was he looking any good. Asad Shafiq would have been a better choice, especially as he was in great form in the Sri Lankan tour.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 5, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Hafeez played too many bowlers and ended up being a batsman or two short in chasing the 140 runs on a tricky wicket. Tanvir bowled 3 for only 11 runs. One must question the wisdom of removing Tanvir from the attack when he was bowling beutifully well. At first i thought Hafeez wants to bring him at a later stage, ofcourse that did not happen. Dilshan & Jayawardane were clearly strugglling to play him. He bowled only one bad delivery on the pads that was put away for a boundary. Inspite of that he gave only 11 runs in the 3 overs he bowled. And dont forget the catch dropped by Kamran Akmal off Tanvir. At that time Dishan was on 8 from 15 balls. If Hafeez did not plan to bowl him at a later stage, then he should have continued with his fourth over. That could have produced the wicket.

Posted by SureshBravo on (October 5, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@ SLDude : If you made it to final doesnt required to teach us. We know what to do ? Better take care about your captain and the team on final. Dont choke. Good luck.

Posted by sampatir on (October 5, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Pak desparately need one good batsman

Posted by abhyudayj on (October 5, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

@Prasanna Kasun Gamage - they are reach finals beating less oppenents and when they face tougher opponent in finals they loose,let hope this the fourtune change for srilanka

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 5, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

@jindal priyank; thank you very much for your honest comments throughout the series.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 5, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

@Sandeep Kumar; With all due respect, In the WC final 2011, Dhoni didn't make any incredible tactical move. SL made 272 with 100 RUNS COMING FROM LAST 10 OVERS. The pitch was a paradise for batsmen and having in-form 7 batsmen (but now they are completely out of form except Kohli ) who were each capable of cracking a 100 at anytime, India comfortably chased the target down. You don't have to make a rocket scientist out of a Cricket captain to do that. And during the presentation Sanga gave full credits to India by saying "India would have chased even 350 on that day" and without making any silly excuses like Dhoni. If had seen WI-SL or PAK-SL matches during this tournament, you would have seen the, most recent, brilliance of Mahela's captaincy. I wonder about the strategy behind the use of Rohit as bowler when India defending 121, and getting hit for 13 runs. Having said that, Good captaincy is not only about winning, but being humble at victory and taking the responsibility at defeat.

Posted by Solomon2005 on (October 5, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

SL has won the T20 Championship by beating Pakistan. The final is casual either with Australia or W/Indies as they are not capable to beat SL on home pitches having best spinners-cum-fast bowler combination. The only possible concern is SL has to win the Toss in Final and repeat the same story what they have done with Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SriSanka on (October 5, 2012, 7:52 GMT)



Posted by johnmartin1 on (October 5, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

yah..very well done by sri lanka...although they win,im really sad about sri lankans.look how malinga play for his nation and much difference..actually i cant understand why he doesnt give his best for his nation..he told that he doesnt play for tests for sri lanka, during IPL..if he say like that he shoud give his very best for shorter format...but it doesnt happened so far in this icc world T20.....!!really sad about him....his all performance just only shown in IPL..but actually nothing for his country....but however all the best for lankans....

Posted by Criket_Fan_03 on (October 5, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka, great game of cricket. In my opinion you guys are the only balanced team in south Asia. Indians lack in bowling and Pakistanis lack in batting. I think last over from Gul made all the difference, 14 runs of that over took SL to a decent total. SL team selection was brilliant as well. Unlike Pakistan, dropping Abdur Razaq who could bowl and bat for Sohail Tanweer who in the end only bowled three overs.

Posted by jayaboy on (October 5, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

proud to be a srillankan.hopefully this time no jinx in the finals,thanks for the pakisthan,india and bangladesh fans for your support.we'll make ASIA proud....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Well done mighty then, amidst all the frustrations and anger in Pakistani fans, this is the time to make minor but important changes yet sticking to strengths. Afridi should be sent home, high time as he is just a burden, been seen cursing on fellow players yesterday and start focusing on new talents like Jamshed and Raza. Hafeez should be retained for a long time with Dev as he has an attacking and thinking approach. I'd say Hafeez should be given charge even of the regular one day side. I'd sincerely hope that the board officials don't intervene, make sensible decisions, and give Hafeez & Dev time ad chance to shine and develop on strengths.... Once again, congrats to the Lankans and may the cup comes back to the Asian continent.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

actually i really don't think dropping razak have anything to do with cricket... it is totally a politics game as for my little knowledge of cricket goes .. i really feel very very bad for him :(

Posted by AllahKeBande on (October 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

@ Prasanna Kasun Gamage: yes I do have some comment..2007 T20 WC champ, 2011 World i didnt include the 2003 final here..unlike Olympics there is no silver medal for runners cricket the winners takes hurts more to lose in a final of mega event..the 2003 final still hurt us more than 1996 and 2007 (btw there is a gap of 7 years between 1996 and 2003, so dont know what it has to do with consistency..and btw you missed the 1999 WC in between:) )

Posted by srinideva on (October 5, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

oh well this guys play look like that..but somehow they were beaten my the one team - india..Start from mallinga to mendis..pretty intresting, isn`t? any way guys played well and this one was your day...go and enjoy

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lankan fans, amazing talent from a nation of 20 million only.

Posted by rob_damn on (October 5, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

@Prasanna Kasun Gamage... yes, better luck this time...

Posted by PPL11 on (October 5, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

One thing SL make sure yesterday that we will have new T20 champ this time 4 edition and we will have 4th Champ... that's where i think T20 has changed the picture of World Cricket....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

oh what consist team sri lanka. 1996 50over world champ, 2003 50over semi, 2007 50over final, 2011 50OVERS FINAL. T20, 2009 - Final,T20, 2010 - Semi Final, T20, 2012 - Final, any comments

Posted by Joey213 on (October 5, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Malinga is having the worst tournament hope he comes good in the final

Posted by kristee on (October 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

Aamer badly and Asif quite are yet to be replaced, whatever damn reason they disappeared for. Period.

Posted by AayAan0334 on (October 5, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

what a great pitch 4 the t20 mtch .match was decided by just the flip of the coin .oh now the main question plz somebuddy tell me who is the captain for sl in the final ? i think munaweera is a gud choice.aus favourites for me they will beat so called lions handsomely

Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (October 5, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

@ kunalx we have many losses as well mate.. dont forget big whitewashes in Aus and Eng too

Posted by Dbatsman on (October 5, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

It seems like that lanka are going to win this cup because India win against PAKISTAN by defending the total 250 in 50 overs and Lanka defended the total 139 in 20 overs. Both the team defended the total in semis to enter the final. Just stating one of the statistics

Posted by tanstell87 on (October 5, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

@ all Sri Lankan fans - Congrats on reaching Final....go & win the World Cup...want to see my favorite 2 teams after Team India, West Indies & Sri Lanka to make play in the final you guys from hardcore Team India supporter from Mumbai.....MALINGA MALINGA MALINGA !

Posted by sanasarwar on (October 5, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

( form a Pakistani Fan) salam SL fans ..gr8 going guys . u r a good and positive side to loose our semi final too. If Pakistan couldn't win I am all for u guys to bring the cup home .. u win or we Pakistani win it is one and the same thing for us ... yesterday was like loosing to ur best frnd or a true brother ... all over it was a good game .. i am proud of Hafeez to have a such a +ve attitude even after loosing .... the currents even though it was a semi was very pleasant between both the sides .. guys win the cup for us .. well done both the teams ...

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 5, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

I love to see Nuwan Kulasekara is smiling at pressure situations. Very cool character. Most players show their stress at pressure situations. But Kula is very cool. Wonderful performer.

Posted by nepal48 on (October 5, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Best of Luck SL you need to lift this WC. Being PAK fan, bad luck however Hafeez lost this game before starting when he replaced Razzak with Tanvir. Why all captain of PAK do not use Razzak as a trump card. He is good all rounder. Don't know why always PAK fails due to selection of player in every important match. In future they need to replace Afridi, K. Akmal, Tanvir & Mallik with young players like Safiq, Fawad Alam, Razzak etc. T20 is not for test or ODI player it is meant for young player. Also now board need to give warning to U. Akmal and need to omit in few games so that he can improve his games. When U19 was there U. Akmal was good then V. Kohli but how Kohli moved ahead and U. Akmal went backward. He now need to utilize 100% of him otherwise need to drop him too.

Posted by smjr on (October 5, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

The inevitable finally has happened. It happened on numerous occasions, last time it was in Mohali. There are many reasons for Pak debacle but to me following are solid one (i) Pak batsman lacks wide range of shot and basically single dimensional. When the bowler give them width their technique works, they extend their arms, but when bowler bowl within stumps and with slow pace and turn they have no clue (ii) Pakistan bowlers are attacking ones especially they bowled fast and Over spin the bowl too much, tried many different thing on slow pitch. They are good at test match level or when the pitch is doing too much for them. (iii) Their captain and coach approach is rigid the old formula that winning combination is to be kept not work all the time. If you are professional than every player in the squad should be prepared for 'stand and delivered'. (iv) Lack quick adaptability to playing conditions i.e pitch. These mistakes are repeated time and again since last 25 years.

Posted by Hate.ME on (October 5, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

I would like to Congratulate all Sri Lankan Brothers on this beautiful and Hard-Fought Win. God Bless you. Win The Cup for us. Would be glad if Cup returns to Asia. Go SL Go ! Make us proud. - Die hard fan of Team India.

Posted by R_Mr_Dependable on (October 5, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

From INDIAN fan -------- congrats to u sri lankan fans and friends .. bring the cup back to u all !! u fellows can do nothing wrong :-) ..,..

Posted by ABLcric on (October 5, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

Well played Pakistan!! Qualifying for all previous (4) semi finals in WT20 tournament is a great achievement on its own!! This shows consistency!! Lots of lessons learned. Now, we support Sri Lanka to bring the T20 Cup to Asia. GO SRI LANKA GO!!!

Posted by --.-- on (October 5, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS to MY Sri Lankan Brothers. Cheeeeerssss..!! Go for the Kill !!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

Where Pak went wrong ? Dropping Razzaq, who showed in the last match he is in decent touch with bat, was a blunder. Afridi can nevr never be trusted with bat. So basically Pak were playing with 6 batsmen. Raza Hasan has been doing well for Pak but man Pak already have so many spinners to bowl. Hafeez, Afridi, Ajmal and even Malik. What else u need ? And why in World one would play with 4 spinners and just 2 seamers against SL, a team who plays spin bowling really well ? Was Sami just for warming the bench ? Instead of Raza, Razaq should have been in side. Anyway, these scrutinies will never end. lol I being a dejected Indian fan can understand how my Pak friends would be feeling after the defeat. But this is not the end of the World for Pakistan. By the time we realize, we all would be cheering for our respective teams, in coming 2 yeARS :)

Posted by haq33 on (October 5, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

Dear Sri Lankan brothers, congratulations. The better team won. SL's bowling is actually slightly superior as a unit and while in my opinion the raw talent of the batsmen is equal on paper, your batting showed greater maturity and focus and dealt with our combined bowling threats better on the night. The selection of Herath was inspired. No complaints here as the better team came through. The support of Pakistan's entire cricket community stands right by your side for the final. Sri Lanka Zindabad.

Posted by DINESHCC on (October 5, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

I reiterate my comments posted in all the columns where pakistan played. If Pak continue to include Afridi in their team, it is a cakewalk for other teams.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

thx pak brothers SL Can lost Australia and won this cup Shane watson, david Warner, david hussy, Mahela , Sanga, Angelo Xavier Dohetry, Brad Hodg Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath Mithell Starc, Lasith Malinga Big Fight Big Match Wish Sri lanka

Posted by senthil25 on (October 5, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

Well Played Srilanka, after puting lowest total in the board, U defended superbly. but Pakistan is very good team......their bating is big problem, pressure & nerves they cant handle such things......i think only one batsman in Pakistan team that he can bat well Nasir Jamshed, Unfortunate for him..........Pls Srilankans fans pls enjoy your victory, dont criticizes all know the truth. India can win srilankan anypart of the world.......If india were in semifinal means the story will be different......... srilanka score 170+, and india will chase quite easily..kholi 70+ not out......Malinga 4overs 50+runs, Mendis...4overs 40+runs.........

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka, a well deserved victory. Pakistan should take lessons from this tournament. We need to cultivate true openers. Mohammad Hafeez is not a true opener, Imran Nazir is good for the domestic circuit. Nasir Jamshed should open. Also, Pakistan has so many talented young players. Why do we persist with out of form players in their thirties?

I am rooting for the Lankans, who are intelligent, calm, polite and very positive in their approach. Hope you win.....a Pakistani supporter.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

It is really nice to see most of the pakistan fans supporting sl team and we will never forget pakistan's support for our country through out the yeras. i feel pakistan team didnt played their best game and they miss someone lik azar ali or younis khan. they need atleast one good test batsman.

Posted by Sudhir_Jangam on (October 5, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

I dont really understand Afridi batsmen. I dont know what there is in mind. Just imagine if Afridi stays on 50 balls. As Indian, Afridi on pitch always scare us. Do mindset can be like 11 batsmen.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

Congratulations to all Sri Lankans and Team SL fans - from INDIAN FANS. U guys deserve to win. Pakistani fans also need not to feel low. Some of the tactical errors like dropping Razaaq may have cost the match. Glad to have Pak in Cricketing World. Without Pak, Cricket would have been boring. So Cheers ! everyone. @elakollap Kindly restrict your comments to the match only. Why drag MSD ? Even Wasiim Akram said on air that the pitch was not suitable foe the semi-final, What u have to say abt. it ? Bro, celebrate ur win but don't bash other teams. Rise above Hate ! Good luck for finals. I'm sure Sl will lift the Cup !

Posted by kunalx on (October 5, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

INDIANs - please don't fight like who deserve and who's not. Let SL win this cup. They haven't won any since 1996. We and Pakistan already have one each. So let them open their account too :) No need to be sad for India, we have 2 50ovr WC, one 20 ovr WC and 2 U19 WC. We also became no 1 test side. What else we need guys? It's time to cheer for SL for pick this WC. Go SL Go.....

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

A great job once again done by Sri Lanaka!!!!!! Pakistan had a chance to win until 17th over. good call by caption for 18th over Ajantha! i expected mahela would call Kulasekara or Mathiws but Ajantha was pefect call by Mahela, and The Malinga done very well. All the team was perfect!!!!! As a Sri Lankan i respect the words of Mahela at the presentation to answer the question of rameez. "Who ever meet in the final we play our game and will try to win the game". The Game is in our hand play the game and win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck my boys. Insha Allah who ever in the final we will WIN THE GAME!!!!!!

Posted by bulandari_dada on (October 5, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

India vs South africa - result (pakistan won) Sri lanka vs Pakistan - result (india won) Sri lanka vs Australia or West indies - result (india won)

This will be a sweet revenge for all indian fans as both srilankan and pakistani fans were cheering a couple of days ago for south africa to surpass the total of 121 to avoid india going to the semis (why not malinga and party still fear VIRAT), pakistan is already out and if srilanka lose the finals then it will be india's win....LOL

Posted by zak1980 on (October 5, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Congrats to All Srilankans for victory in semifinal both the teams played good cricket.. and now i pray for Srilanka for final and All Pakistan will support you in final i am Pakistani and i am proud of it the Pakistan is the only team who played semifinals of All the editions .....Good luck team Pakistan for the future and don't lose the heart and Good luck Srilankan team for the final.....Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by ruwani_101 on (October 5, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Why does this report not talk about the knock in the last over of SL innings. It was the highest scoring over and had Thisara and Angelo not pulled off, we would have lost !

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

They should have included Abdul Razzaq in place of Afridi,,,,,, We really need to scratch our heads when he last scored some runs,,,, He is explosive player ,, no doubt about it,, evenif he is not in form , he can put that impact on other's minds when he walks in. He should take a break for some months and bounce back,,,,

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Congratulation Sri lankans well played, Good luck for Final . I am sorry to say, Malinga Bad fielding!!

Posted by Zeb1978 on (October 5, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

first of all heartiest congrats to all the Srilankan fans with thanks as they supported the pak team throughout the tournament. i am a bit disappointed but not that much disappointed bcoz we lost to SL and SL is our 2nd home team. i wish the SL team best of luck for the final. i hope they will crush Aus or WI and win the cup.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

@ all indian fans- u all talking abt ur team can beat SL by chasing did u foget dat 140 was scored against pakisthani bowlers...specialy ajmal hafeez nd gul...these guys are the most wicket taking bowlers in T20 cricket now...if SL team played against indian bowlers they would reach @ least 160 or more...nd chasing down it wit SL bowling could b a realy difficlt dnt talk foolishly.v all know ur team is talented as the all other 8 teams in super the most talented nd balenced ndwel captuned team wil win the final..behave like gentlemens ma indianfriends...

Posted by on (October 5, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Umar akmal and Asad Shafiq shoul always at no. 4 and 3. I. Nazir was always gonna be a failure here. I am surprized that they stuck with him right throughout. Pakistan played too many rubbish players like Nazir, Malik, Arafat, Tanvir and Sami in the squad leaving so many talented players in Pakisran and that`s why Pakistan is not in the final.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

we Lankans salute our Pakisthani friends to the fullest.there have been admiration between the two sides for the real of lose is a part of well played lanka and tough luck for will be much much easier than this match.both teams sholud have played final.

Posted by AsifMaqbool on (October 5, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Srilanka played well...But Pakistan played very well on a pitch where most of the balls keeping very low. However, pakistan could have won, had Afridi replaced with even Sami if not Abdur Razzaq.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Today : Looking forward to Watson vs WI .

Yesterday: Congrats to SL - Played outstanding performance to defend 139 on a crumbling,variable bounce, turning pitch.

Pakistani team did put up a great effort with the bowling yesterday (and they were decent with their fielding too). Restricting SL for 139 was a great effort...Herath (3 for 25) made the difference unless Pakistan would have easily won this game.Overall a decent tournament for Pakistan.

Hafeez (Pakistani Captain): Accept the defeat without giving stupid excuses. He didn't blame to umpiring decisions nor the wicket. Handled Rameez Raja's frustration diplomatically. He did accept it as a gentleman. So much respect for him for his "never give up" attitude. Its a wonderful job he is doing with skills available within his team.

From SL to Pak: We have not forget the past, which you gave us a great support back in 1996 World Cup Finals.

On Sunday: This is now SL's trophy to win.

Posted by anver777 on (October 5, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

Superbbbbbbbbbbbbb Game !!! what a performances by Mahela & co......this time I think it was Pak's turn to choke at a vital stage of the tournament.... SL fans love to see a SL vs Aus finale !!!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Both teams played well and best of luck Sirilankan team for final

Posted by ooochi on (October 5, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Well Played played better cricket and dats y you r in the Finals..Lift the cup this time. Best wishes from a Pakistani fan

Posted by denwarlo70 on (October 5, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

I really like the Pakistani fans comments and respect to one another. Yes, we Lankans were better than your team yesterday. having said that, we don't write team Pakistan off. They are a very good side and they accept defeat with honour. Seriously, Hafeez never complained about his team mates like the other skipper from the neighbouring country does. We've been bridesmaids or groomsmen of four or five previous occasions and this time around, I want to see my team be the bride or groom instead. Best of luck to our LIONS for Sunday's final. A Sri Lankan cricket frantic

Posted by Dilruksh on (October 5, 2012, 4:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka a tiny island with only 20 million people and only half of the country playing cricket its really a great achievement to enter a fourth final winning is not important you have shown that you are one of the bests in the world.Sri Lankans they are very good in and out of the filed they show their respect to every batsmen and also very well behaved.

Posted by on (October 5, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

I cant` understand the stand of ICC on DRS. In some useless series they use it and in major tournaments like this one they have just missed it. Had jamshed not been given out that way, Pakistan could have done much better. Pathetic policy by ICC.

Posted by bhrangi on (October 5, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Congrats SrilLanka.,., I think only India can defeat this SriLanka but fortunatly they knocket out in Super 8's., I bet on Sri Lanka in finals., No body can defeat Mahela & team in their own Den

Posted by Rajavel-cricket on (October 5, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

One more final for srilanka,, and result will be the same. They gonna lose in final again, And mahela will say atleast we have reached final.. Hahahaha

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Backseat drivers commenting from home should take into consideration how easy or hard it is to bat on this wicket. Everything depends on the conditions on the day and even though it was a slow start both Mahela and Dilshan did exceptionally well to chip away and not loose too many wickets. That helped us launch a better score in the end (PAK just kept loosing wickets at regular intervals). The only criticism I have is the 52 dot balls in the innings. We need to show a bit of cunning and try to score singles when a boundary or 2 is not an option. 20 more singles would have put us at 159 with possibly much less risk.

As for Malinga's fielding, it was definitely below standard however we must consider no one goes out there to field poorly, he had a bad day but still ended up bowling possibly one of the best T20 spells you would see (though he was wicketless), brought us right back in the dying overs.

Posted by solankibhavesh on (October 5, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Again spin blowing done good job for srilanka and help to home team to reach T20 WC final second time and also Mahila did good captaincy in semifinal so best of luck Srilanka team for final. Pakistan also plyed well but not enough well to won the semifinal

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

one of the best death over bowling seen in recent times. Clinical performance by Srilanka.

Posted by mysay on (October 5, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

cric2fan2, I think Pakistan is packed with great hitters, who just did not click on the day, specially on a difficult pitch. Even in the last over I was on pins as I know what Umar is capable off, just could not connect. Anyway well done to Pakistan who enjoys victory and graceful in defeat, some neighbors ought to take a leaf from your book, as nothing but sportsmanship that makes a great team. Not teams that blame the weather.

Posted by dmqi on (October 5, 2012, 3:47 GMT)


Posted by abdullahiqbal on (October 5, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

iam pakistan cricket fan but good bowling by srilinkan they defet 140 target but i want from afridi to retire and give chance to young boy and worest dicision from tucker agianst jamsheed on my think austrilia will be champion and watson will be player of the tornament lets enjoy from 2nd smifinal and final pak team should learn some think from this game

Posted by Remoz on (October 5, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Indian fans always talk about they won 4 out of 5 matches. Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia also won 4 out of 5 matches on end of Super eights.

Posted by Kavum on (October 5, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

Prep for final - Malinga should be given fielding drills for 6 to 8 hours today. He was a disgrace to a good (but not brilliant) side in the field. A Mendis (if not unfit) and Herath could join for 3 to 4 hours. If JeevanM is not bowling, he could be replaced by Chandimal. He can play ugly hoicks as well as JeevanM and perhaps can get a few at a +100% strike rate. Hope the wicket for the final is a more sporting one. MJ, Sanga, Dilshan, Mathews, Thisara, Kula, and (despite his fielding) Malinga pick themselves. AjanthaM is unfit 'cos of injury. 4 places up for grabs in the big final. Go SL!!

Posted by deadite11 on (October 5, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

Actually it was a slow pitch and batsman struggle to find a way to score couple of boundaries and sixes, and the last over must be a turning point for sri lanka as perera-mathews scored in gul's over. Hope good team gets cup!

Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (October 5, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

"Its time to take that title again..." Virath Kohli hehe... now taken ?

Posted by aranga on (October 5, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

@Narbavi Good side needs to perform well against their oppositions. So you point is not valid mate. If IND was the favourite they should win matches and needed to reach to the finals and SA is the same. But both packed their bags early indicates need to think lot more about their lineups.

Posted by Lalankan_sri on (October 5, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Good Luck to Pakistan for their upcoming series. Well, We have reached another grate finals and this time the cup will be our for sure. And Indian fans you can keep on bluffing and we don't even care.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

All Super 8 teams played competitive cricket. Lets love the game, So we dont need to put down other teams. It will be tough fight between SL and Aus/WI.

Posted by cric2fan2 on (October 5, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Congratz to Sri lanka they played well and deserve their win. I am a Pakistani fan a bit disappointed Pakistan didn't win but we need to some good batters. I hope PCB is working on getting some good fast bowlers and batsman. It was a good match.

Posted by elakollap on (October 5, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

@ All PAK fans. Your team played really but lost to the team that played better cricket on the day. I'm really like the words of professor Hafeez at presentation. He accepted the defeat as a true gentlemen. If MSD was there he would have has thousands of complaints.. Thanks for all the help your fans and players gave SL at SLPL. We never forget how your country supported us at WC final 1996... Congratz SL Lift the cup lions.........

Posted by elakollap on (October 5, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

First of all congratz to SL and bad luck to PAK.Both teams played well but SL played better and deserved winners.MJ innings was an excellent one in a crumbling wicket. All the best to SL lift the cup on Sunday.

Posted by joseyesu on (October 5, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

Team not able to chase 140...

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

well done both teams.All the best to SL for the final.From an Indian cricket fan.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

great performance by Sri lankan team!good captaincy by Mahela jayawardena.picking Herath was a good decision.Pakistan played well too.To pakistani fans-don't loose you heart your team gave a good fight under pressure.however I personally respect pak fans cz they accepts their defeat while some fans from other team doesn't.Hope SL will lift the cup this time!

Posted by TheIndiaRockers on (October 5, 2012, 2:34 GMT)

@All - Humbling request from a cricket fan. Cricket is the game which makes good relationship b/w other countrys . Some stupid people make rifts, stopped all the .......... Just enjoy the cricket. All the best to lankans from indian fans

Posted by KingMSC on (October 5, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

Good game of Cricket the better team on the day won. Well done Sri Lanka, we could have chased it down had Hafeez not lost his mind but it happens. Congrats Sri Lanka and good luck in the finals. I am supporting you guys.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 2:30 GMT)

Any way it was another nail biting game. Finally, we won the game. I am not happy with malinga when he was on the field. But his last overs decreased the Pakistan's score. It was a tough luck for pakistan..

Posted by Mahaanama on (October 5, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

In case SL team management sees this comment please don't send Jeevan Mendis ahead of Thisara, Mathews and Thirimanna. Jeevan could be a vital player to make it a balanced XI anyway his quality of batting is not good enough to play him at No 4 possition. He can't contact with the ball 90% of the times he faces quality bowlers. He might hit couple of boundaries but still he eats around 15 balls in between those two boundaries. We were lucky that Jeevan was out for the first ball of 19th over and then Mathews & Thisara could score around 20 runs for the next 2 overs. If Jeevan was there until the end of 20th over SL could have been short 10-15 runs and that would definitely cost SL the match as well.

Posted by ac_Indian on (October 5, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka, commiserations for Pakistan. SL are looking the team to bet on at the moment with their batting and bowling both clicking nicely. I think the wicket of Shoaib Malik was the turning point. Pakistan certainly did look to be pretty much in the game for the first half of their innings.

Posted by n_jraman on (October 5, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

good job srilanka..They played well..It was not one of the easiet pitches to play T20./..but srilanka adapated and didnt got for more score and rash shots.. u need some different strokes when the ball is not coming like reverse sweep etc to get advantage..I think srilanka clicked as a team in the tournament and now they have all bases covered..every one chips in from 1-10..thats a good sign..if u take AUS WI PAK they palyd well..but mainly becoz of 1 or 2 individual performances won the game...SO SRI looks good to win the tournament...PAK needs to rethink their batting as its very fragile ...we have another new winner this time in T-20..which shows the format is very unpredictable and consistency is a problem for teams...of course pak and sri are exceptional..AS next 2 years the t-2o is gng to happen in ban and ind..this cup iwill remain with asians for quite a while

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 2:13 GMT)


Posted by ComeIndiaNo1 on (October 5, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Congrats SL from Indian fans.. Wish u all the best for finals. You are far better than our minnow Indian team. Im sad ab8 our team and our fans who are commenting against SL.

Posted by SpartaArmy on (October 5, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

I was expecting more from the first semifinal, but well done SL. I was a bit disappointed when SL reached semifinal. I don't hate SL but they don't have exciting players like Jayasuriya any more. KS, MJ are good odi/test players but you won't see them play real aggressive often. Thanks to their very good bowling unit batsmen hardly need to play out of their skins. I wish WI reach the final, most of their batsmen are see and hit.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Congrats SriLanka.,., Go and get the cup, its urs.,, Cheers.,,Dont let the cup move away from Asia..,,Indian ( hurted by both SL and PAK comments )

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka. We are so proud of you.

Posted by MahaTee on (October 5, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

first of all congrats to the sri lankan team :D now that they are in the finals, nd they r the only south asian team remaining, i hope they win the cup inshaAllah :) good luck!!

Posted by silverhawk on (October 5, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

Mahela you are smiply superb.Being a Pakistani it is my emotional duty to support my team whenever it plasy with other but if the opponent is you, i feel a bit relax and the amount of tension is bit low that whosoever i will be satisfied. You are superb, accept my congratulations and wish you best of luck for the Final..:-)

Posted by Kulaputra on (October 5, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

congratulations to the groundsman !!!!! a great wicket for T20. !!!!

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 1:39 GMT)

It was a nice game and congratulations to SL for reaching the finals... Pak had good spinners but I guess SL batsmen were prepared for the challenge.. let's see who are they going to play against in the finals..

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 5, 2012, 1:04 GMT)

@SLFan: Rightly said. I cannot understand some of my fellow Indian fans. This is ONLY a sport guys. There will always be another tournament or competition and India can definitely bounce back to win those. Let's cheer for some good cricket in the coming days and put all of this behind us. It ain't the end of the world. BTW, more and more non-Indian fans should be like you my friend. Good on you. :)

Posted by heathrf1974 on (October 5, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

Well done SL. Good effort by Pakistan to reach the semis.

Posted by kristee on (October 5, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

All those speculations of 'a certain team chasing down 140 if they had got a chance' are preposterous; this team's very incapability to restrict the target to 140 was their ultimate undoing in the first place.

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

To mr farooq atleast pakistan played semifinal yes indeed it did but pakistan did not deserved to be in semifinal cause because of flawed net run rate rule pakiatan qualified for that s.f India beat pakistan comfortably and if india had played this semifinal 140 would have been easily chased down. this defeat of pakistan was bound to happen ,unfortunately it happened in s.f and u r heartbroken. india on the fact got out of this tournament on a win and I am proud of my team india

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 5, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

@RJ-Indian, hope more Indians can be like you. @Cpt.Meanster, thanks for your positive comments as an Indian about Sri Lanka. I really get sad by seeing anti Lanka flak by Indians but I have restrained myself to just defending Sri Lanka rather than attacking India in my responses.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 5, 2012, 0:53 GMT)


Posted by Sinhaya on (October 5, 2012, 0:47 GMT)

I can see the amount of anti Lanka flak by Indians. It is fair to say that of all the cricket fans, Indians hate Sri Lanka the most. I recall when we beat South Africa in the Durban test match, NOT A SINGLE INDIAN congratulated us on cricinfo. Plenty of Pakistanis congratulated us for recording a historic triumph. To all Pakistani fans, I am sorry to see you all depart. As per the ICC FTP, you all are due to host us late next year (UAE or Pakistan) and looking forward to an exciting series. Good luck in your tour to South Africa.

Posted by alisaqib610 on (October 5, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

Why was there no review system in this tournament? If Jamshed was not given out the outcome of the match could have been very different.

Posted by Mahaanama on (October 5, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

Congrats Lions! You deserve to lift the trophy. @Pakistani fans: You played some competitive cricket throughout the tournament. Thanks for all the support! @unbiased fans from India & other countries: Best of luck next time! @few Indian fans who have made rash comments here: Before coming to this T20 WC India had consecutively lost their last 6 super8 matches in T20 WC they had played. India were ranked 7th before starting this T20 WC and India had always been below SL and Pakistan in terms of T20 rankings during last 2 years. So you deserve to go home earlier. If India lost WC finals 2011 Dhoni would be still talking about dew in finals. Hafeez showed the spirit of cricket by NOT making silly excuses. Best of luck SL, WI/Aus for finals!

Posted by DSN CRIC CLUB on (October 5, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Many Congratulations SL..Herath did well as always he did, @sobersfan,,hok// when your team unable to reach at least for the semis,it`s no wonder to see other Brilliant Teams as Minnows,Congratulations to Pakistan played well

Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

Well done Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan and the rest. We are proud of You.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 5, 2012, 0:16 GMT)


Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 5, 2012, 0:14 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 5, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Shahid Afridi -that same looser who was the sole reason when Pakistan won the T20 World Cup 2009, he is that same looser that led a bunch of sheep & turned them into lions and single-handedly took them to semi-final in 2011 World Cup, he is that same looser who holds the most world records from Pakistan, most sixes in odi, most man of the matches, won most of the matches for pakistan, fastest century in both test & odi which is still intact btw after many many year, fastest spinner ever in cricket history, leading wicket takers in T20, one of the all time leading wicket takers in ODI, Only bowler who is a leg spin drifting master, he is that same looser who strikes fear in bowlers & almost ended their careers. According to ICC he is an Einstein of cricket, favorite of Lara, one of the greatest batsmen according to Tony Greig, Ganguly said: we used to do special training for bowlers if Afridi was playing and Yuvraj said: I hit 6 sixes but didn't even get as popular as Shahid Afri

Posted by SLfan on (October 5, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

@ Rohan Kapoor - What you guys have now is only "IFs" and "BUTs"...Feel sorry about you people. Try to get over that defeat Indians, because after all it was just another game and you will bounce back again, right ? Cheers !

Posted by SLDude on (October 5, 2012, 0:09 GMT)

Good all-round cricket from Pakistan team but at the end of the day only one team would win. Hafeez earned lot of respect at the presentation. Hat off !!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

atleast pakistan played semi final and why not pakistan proudly can say out of 4 T20 cups played 4 semi finals and 2 finals..yes like other teams they also done some mistakes ,so they lost,Indians are showing their furstration bcz they out of semi final.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Congrats SL. You are the only Asian team left now in the tournament..So make us proud.

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (October 4, 2012, 23:47 GMT)

@Vishal Garg agree With you. Instead of the 3 Groups Round Same first Round and then have the 2nd Round everyone have to paly each other, then the semi and Finals. Maybe longer but will choose a Proper Winner.

Posted by Right_into_the_block_hole on (October 4, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

The 16 runs from that last over basically killed it. It just got Pakistan under that extra pressure in the end. The pitch was horrible and wouldn't be fair on any team batting second. Well somebody has to loose and unfortunately it was Pak. But we are still proud of our team and won't thrash our players like 'some other' so called fans! Good Luck SL

Posted by Faiz_Malhi on (October 4, 2012, 23:32 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

I feel so sad for pakistan loss but now i will support our sri lankan bothers.. They deserve to lift the ICC T20 Trophy more than any other team.. Wish you all the best sri lanka.. Hope you guyz win :)

Posted by Nawab67 on (October 4, 2012, 23:31 GMT)

Pak bros love SL brothers , SL bros love Pak brothers LOVE FEST huh....UMMMMMMMMMMMMa

Posted by Ra_Thore on (October 4, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

All the eyes and wishes for WI.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 23:04 GMT)

20/20 is a delight to watch. I still feel 3 match round robin is not enough to decide the ultimate winner. All 8 teams are good. We do not need 2 groups to decide the winners. Having each team play the other 7 and then decide the winner(s) would have been a better format. Something for ICC to note. This is short and sweet, but I don't think it is good enough to pick a deserving winner. But, for next time let everyone watch more matches. This is not good enough. I am sure they can make a lot more money if they do that too.

Posted by ALA1 on (October 4, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

Now really check this out. Mohammad Hafeez has only 2 fifties in T20's and that too against Zimbabwe. His stats against good sides is just miserable.;template=results;type=batting

Posted by Ra_Thore on (October 4, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Pak's entry to semis was a fluke and so was India's 4-1 winning streak. I feel that Afridi is aging faster than most of the Asian cricketers are. Seniors need to dropped from all the Asian teams because they keep embarrassing. Congrats to SL, your spinners clicked at the right moment. Playing low spins was the key for both sides just as it was for Pak-Ind. Looking forward to Watson vs WI tomorrow.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Hey net run rate dependers:) can U still qualify for final if aus loose to windies by a good margin:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Posted by Majid_gaffar on (October 4, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

I am a pakistani Fan and I agree that we did'nt deserve to be in semifinals.We lost badly to India and won luckily against South africa.The win against Australia appears to be favour done by Australians to keep India out.Our batting has been very ordinary.Anyway Srilanka definately will win this cup as they are the best team to play on this slow and low pitches after India.I really feel sorry for India If they would have been in semifinals Srilanka would have been undone by their own trick.

Posted by SLDude on (October 4, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

Dhoni should learn from Hafeez how to accept the defeat without giving stupid excuses. He didn't blame to umpiring decisions nor the wicket. Handled Rameez Raja's frustration diplomatically. He did accept it as a gentleman. It was 50-50 game no one wasn't sure who will go through the final till the last over. good game of cricket. I think it was Pakistan's game till the 14th over.

Great sportsmanship Hafeez !! Good Luck SL in the finals

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 4, 2012, 22:39 GMT)

Not a single Pakistani batsman played with any authority at all. Some of them like Hafiz, Imran and Umar were just lucky to have succeeded in scoring a few. We screamed for inclusion of Asad Shafiq in the team in matches against subcontinental teams but Watmore and Hafiz had their own Ideas. Asad is the best player of spin among pakistan squad of 15. Now it must be the time to take Afridi, Shoaib, Mohammad Sami, Arfat and Sohail Tanveer of the self. It is time for Zia-ul-Haq, Talha, Usman Sallahuddin, Fawad Alam, Haris sohail, Naveed Yasin and other new talent to take over. IQBAL QASIM should be ready to stop reelecting those who are discarded tens of times and select young talent otherwise pak cricket fans will let him exist as a selector.

Posted by Gamaraala on (October 4, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Well, well... Look at all the trash talks from fans of teams who couldn't even reach semi finals... Guys, you had your time and you lost that... Enough of your would haves and could haves... Learn from Pak how to handle a defeat... They played better cricket than you guys and still no excuses when they lost a game... Having said that, I must say we have to improve in our fielding, at least Malinga has to... @Harmony111 : Are you all right mate? You sound desperate... ha ha...

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (October 4, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

I saw the best of Mahela as a captain. He changed the bowlers and fielders exactly to counter attack when PAK got the advantage. He was calm and used his tricks. He was not panic at all even after Malinga dropped the sitter from Hafeez. He was smiling even Malinga misfielded. Mahela is the roll model in world cricket today for young captains. Anyway well done PAK boys you gave everything to make a very good semi final. Both teams are equal for the task but Mahela's captaincy won for SL. Lalith -Sydney

Posted by Kanwar-UK on (October 4, 2012, 22:25 GMT)

My Big question is...why we ICC don't use technology in T20, is this mean that in T20 Umpires has have got 4 esys and 8 ears. Well if batsman is out then umpires ask to the " 3rd umpire to.check for the no ball, WHY NOT umpire check with TV umpire wheather ball was pitched in line. It take same amount of time when umpire check for the NO Ball And I think it would be a faire call I hope ICC implement this option to make fair game

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

@shooting0987 yes mate, as a matter of fact "IF & WOULD HAVE BEEN".!

Posted by sirviv on (October 4, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

As for those fans who are saying India deserved to advance more than Pakistan... stop crying, there is always next year. Just be careful to advance instead of helping your DEAR NEIGHBOR do so (examples- Asia Cup and T20). As for those fans who are sad for Pakistan should, by now, realize this team is unreliable and super combustible, yet still manages to entertain. Their contributions in this tourney were horrific.They are consistent, but unfortunately, in showing how quickly they can crumble. Congratulations Sri Lanka. We hope you go on to lift the trophy after whipping (West Indies im assuming) the maroons

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

Bad umpiring became the main reason for Pakistan's loss. Nasir could be the difference between the two sides. Dropping Razzaq was a match losing decision but we still love our team and we still love Afridi. We will back with a bang in future. Pakistan hasn't been playing home for years, given this fact, Pakistan progress to 6th consecutive semi final is highly appreciable.

Posted by solefight on (October 4, 2012, 21:46 GMT)

Out of the three (WI, AUS, SL)... I would LOVE to see WI taking the cup home.. its a T20 cup.. and no team has entertaining T20 players like WI.. Gayle, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Narine.. though they weren't upto their reputation recently.. YET they deserve it.. Go Windies go.. kick-off Ausies & defeat SL in their own yard..

Posted by PakPunch on (October 4, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

As I already said, there were issues with the squad picked by team management; missing out Junaid Khan and Hammad Azam is above understanding. Hafiz's comment "Afridi's presense is enough to make difference" was just an emotional outcome which has now cost us semifinals. Afridi should have been out longway back to give way in to Abdul Razzak. Abdul Razzk's 22 brisk made difference in last game against Australia and could have added value today with both bat and ball. Pakistan bowled badly on a bowler friendly wicket. I already highlighted the fact that Ajmal and Hafiz are effective only in the conditions suiting them and that does not make them world class. Moving forward, Afradi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Imran Nazir should be replaced with Hammad Azam, Abdul Razzak, Junaid Khan, Assad Shafiq. We should also consider replacing Kamran Akmal with a good wicket keeper batsman. Umar Gul should be Junaid's backup..... And I can gurantee fantastic results against any team.......

Posted by fizzy09 on (October 4, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

As a Pakistani, im really sad that Pakistan did not win.. but happy for my Srilankan brothers...wishing them all the best for the finals..hope you win it this time..truly you all!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:35 GMT)

@ Asim Abbas I hope everyone fears you while Our Men In blue keep spanking you..just for ol' times sake ..

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Congratz SL to reaching in the final.. I must say pitch was pathetic today - totaly different as we compare to the previous matches, we have played here 3 matches but still it wasnt that bad for a t20 match till today.. umpire error cost us huge - thats not an excusess for losing, sl played better cricket than us.... I hope now SL will lift the trophy..

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 4, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka...Mahela, you beauty...a brilliant..brilliant..brilliant captaincy. On the other hand, Pakistan fought a fearless battle until the very end. It was a good game 'n good Cricket were played by both teams. We wish you (Pakistan) all the best for your future tours. FOR PAKISTANI FANS; Pls don't blame for Hafeez for the loss today. As a Sri Lankan ,I have so much respect for him for his "never give up" attitude. Its a wonderful job he is doing with skills available within his team. And He is humble at victory and willing to take the full responsibility at defeat (no stupid excuses like know who :) ) I call those are the qualities of a true leader. I put him right up there with Mahela 'n Sanga. And about Afridi, I dont know about his form...But he still scares the hell out of bowlers :D .

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

SL played a great game and better than ours. They used innovative tactics and just when Hafeez realised what to do about it, he got out and the game was effectively lost.

Winnnig the toss helped and shouldn't be forgotten, but that can go either way of course. Some interesting comments from some armchair players here. Pakistan were on par with Sri Lanka for a large part of their innings and ultimately it was who could handle the pressure better was going to be the deciding factor.

Shame about the sour grapes from some suporters of other teams, but I want to mention the excellent comment from RJ-Indian. I am in complete agreement with your whole post and well said.

Great article on the SL players too. :-)

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (October 4, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

Whose idea it was to stage another match ( WT20 SEMI) on a "CRUMBLING/VARIABLE PACE/LOW BOUNCE" wicket before all important Men's Semi ????? Toss virtually decided the outcome long before the game started. HARD DONE BY, Pakistan!!!

Posted by solefight on (October 4, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Out of the three (WI, AUS, SL)... I would LOVE to see WI taking the cup home.. its a T20 cup.. and no team has entertaining T20 players like WI.. Gayle, Samuels, Bravo, Pollard, Narine.. though they weren't upto their reputation recently.. YET they deserve it.. Go Windies go.. kick-off Ausies & defeat SL in their own yard..

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

@Late-Cut : i think you have forgot World cup final 2011. Now you saying "By the way if Dhoni had had even a 10% of brain which Mahela possesses India would have been in the semi's".

It was Dhoni Mind on that final when india beat sri lanka after 276 run. every your bowler dancing even murli. so Please don't blame do dhoni. he is Great ever. We respect your win. But don't blame to india. India also played well. but some time luck....

Posted by AbdulHanan on (October 4, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Thanks Allah, I didnt watch match, that was a brurtality and injustice against a player who performed well in the previous match. Mr. professor should explain his captaincy, which he doesnt deserve to be. Dropping Razzaq who played well in the last game is a big blunder. If you had to drop a player anyway, it should be Shoab Malik. You kept him throughtout the tournament. Poor Razzaq, during the ODI world cup he was Afridi's victim, now of Hafeez. Razzaq would be the turning point. Hey, if u look at the comments, u will find almost 80-90% in favour of Razzaq. Now Professor, u have to pay the pippers like Afridi who had already paid it. U both had played with the fate of an innocent player.

Posted by hash98 on (October 4, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

Yes there was a bad decision, it happens. But i think sri lanka held their nerves, they were under a lot more pressure than pakistan! We made it to the semis with "NO BATTING LINE UP" its an achievement that we must be proud of.

Posted by crickdoc on (October 4, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

To all Indians saying india wud have done this, india wud have done that, why dont you just accept that indian team just wasnt good enough in this tournament and come out of your wonderland, atleast pakistani fans admit that they lost to a better team on the day and to be honest on a pitch that many experts are now saying was almost impossible to bat on during the second innings bcoz it was crumbling and breaking up with every passing over as was evident from k. Akmals shot who drove the ball to cover and was caught at mid wicket just bcoz the kind of pitch it was

Posted by mark2011 on (October 4, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

@ solomon54 on (October 04 2012, 18:20 PM GMT); mate.. pls stop ur shud have/ wud hav theory.if ur team was here today, SL wont restricted to 139, it was Pak good bowlling attack did that, we saw how ur great bowlers were thrashed by Watson/Warner..had it been India I can say SL wud hav score 180+.. then how u say Ind gonna chase down.. its no point of having dreaming or foolish imagination without being able to play into semifinals by your own.. better u learn to appreciate others.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (October 4, 2012, 21:09 GMT)

Congrats SL, you played very well. To my all fellow Pakistanis don't loose your heart, It was a very hard fought match. Both teams played very well on a difficult pitch. I feel for U. Akmal the most this guy has not been given the good opportunity to perform, not even in the ODIs. In my view, he was the our best batsman and they sent him on 6. He is the only player we have who can consistently take singles as well as hit the ball for boundaries as required. Pakistan destroyed team balance due the wrong selection of Imran Nazir.

Posted by alipk52 on (October 4, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

First of All my Heartiest Congratulations to All SL Fans, hammer either Aussies or W.I and receive your Glory! SL truely deserves it, yes it hurts when Pakistan put in their best throughout the tournament, and throw it away by foolish mistakes, also Pakistan's farewell came when our only consistant Batsman Nasir Jamshed wrongly given out, but it's how it goes, but i will not back Hafeez and Selectors to take Razzaq out of the playing 11, in such a crucial game, your best should be there really, he would have made a lot of difference when Sohail Tanvir came to bat, simply i won't mind seeing joy among SL Fans, you guys gave us home support when we played against other teams! We love you! Go SL, give our continent this beautiful cup.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

Congrats - Sri Lanka played "OUT OF THEIR SKIN" ! Outstanding performance to defend 139 ( albeit on a crumbling/variable bounce/turning pitch ). Top draw captaincy from Jayawardene under pressure ( esp. when Pak were 91/4 ). Brilliant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pakistan fared well to reach semis. Professor did well with limited resources ! A number players at his disposal were "EXPIRED/OUT-DATED" articles ! Inclusion of AFRIDI, NAZIR, KAMRAN, RAZZAK, TANVEER etc. was "BIZARRE" based on past performances/achievements (NOT ON MERIT/PRESENT FORM). For Pete's sake; Their "SHELF LIFE" EXPIRED YEARS AGO! Sadly that's the way ( MURDER of MERIT ) things have been (and will remain) here. Many a upcoming/promising youngsters were deprived of chance to show case their talents due to PCB persevering with "DEAD WOOD" !

Posted by cjscanada on (October 4, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka and hard luck Pakistan. Though I wanted Pakistan to win but I must say Jayawardene played a good knock. I would want WI or Sri Lanka to win the finals. @Nampally, what is with you? India beat Pak, who beat Australia and we lost to Australia, so what do you want. Accept the better team won. You cannot be a winner always and I hope the Indian fans who are wondering why the world is against you, you remind me of how arrogant the Aussie's were. If you cannot take it then stop criticising the others. Win or Loss is all in a game. India tried hard but it was not good enough, so now just give it a rest. Yes the Lankans are playing at home so what, they still have to work hard for their win and let us relax, watch and enjoy the game. It is not about India, to me it is about enjoying cricket. Be proud of what India achieved, it is hard to go out that way but those are the rules. Sometimes it is goiod to give credit where it is due. Good luck to all the team.

Posted by kevepere on (October 4, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka !! Herath was the man ! great bowling... Some complain about the lineup... thisara should come before and all.. As russel arnold said he is not consistent enough ... he is a hard hitter ! calling jeewan ahead is a good call as Russel arnold replied to ramiz raja,, thisara perera is a finisher ! If he does it every day then its ok to send early! jeewan and mathews will play a vital role of rebuilding if the big 3 goess and finally thisara to finish is so far the best way to go by far!!!

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (October 4, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

Great great performance by Srilankan lions. The most terrific thing about this win is that they defended a small total, which other teams couldn't do. Just before this game, Sanjay Manmanjrekar had said that SL was not a team who should've been in semis. He should withdraw his biased commnets about this SL team. Just becuase India cannot enter semis, they should not make such silly comments. This a great achievement and we don't care what others think. Good luck in the finals to great lions.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Dhon can.learn from hafeez how to accept de defeat after loosing without giving stupid excuses..nd ppl who r saying gayle wl tharash sl in final plz watch sl vs WI match in super8

Posted by khuram501 on (October 4, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

congrats to siri lankan team, after pakistan all our best wishes for you to become a world champion

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Sri Lanka played better and deserved to win. Also brilliant captaincy by Mahela - his decision to bring in Herath for this game (knowing Pakistani batsmen struggle against left arm spin on turning tracks) paid off. I think Herath made the difference unless Pakistan would have easily won this game (with all due respect).

Overall a decent tournament for Pakistan, which could have been better if team selection would have been better.


1) Afridi: Time to take some rest buddy.

2) Fast bowling: Need to search for a fast new bowl bowler.

3) Imran Nazir and Shoaib Malik: Imran Nazir should only be playing county and league cricket from now onwards; he is made for that. Mr. Malik is a decent batsman but Asad Shafiq is a better batsman then him.


Emergence of Nasir and Hassan: These are are future of Pakistan along with U. Akmal and Asad Shafiq.

Posted by Nmiduna on (October 4, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

now this something special guys!...instead of all the bashing and hatred i see pakistanis congratulating sri lankans and sri lankans feeling for pakistanis, may be coz they cheered the pakistanis all the way, sp the crowd in col...looks like some kind of a bond has been created, sometimes u wonder whether sports makes brothers enemies, but this is a great example of brotherhood standing above the competition..really touching to see//:) hope some cricinfo writer note this and points this out..its certainly worth writing about!

Posted by PakFan1209 on (October 4, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

sorry we would have required 15 frm 12 balls if pak would have given away 10 runs in last 2 overs

Posted by Shaghef on (October 4, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

What a team selection with five full time bowlers (Gul,Tanvir,Afridi,Raza,Ajmal), forget hafeez and shoaib can and did bowl. Saving the t20 specialist Gul for couple of overs to save runs at the end, means he is unable to pick wicket at the start! Out of form Nazir, Kamran, Shoaib, Hafeez ( having lowest strike rate for opener). Sending the most inform batsman, Umar akmal, at the end...! That needs Einstein's planing!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

I realy miss younus khan today cuz he waz so good under presure hafeez one of my favrit but not good captain i wish we cud have younus khan on da field today

Posted by kc69 on (October 4, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Like many others i did underestimate Sri Lankan team.but they are looking unbeatable in this tournament.Pakistan did play well but some players need to be dropped(especially seniors).However on behalf of India-Congratulations to Sri Lanka.This time i will be happy because a new team for sure is winning the world T20 trophy.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (October 4, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Again now go check the commentary if ajmal and gul would have given only 10 runs in last overs SL 127 so pak required 27 frm 12 and if the target would have been 127 pak would have required 14 runs frm 12 balls easy for umar akmal and gul to reach

Posted by AselaH on (October 4, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

Dear Pakistan,

You Played A Gentleman Game With Us In The Semi Finals Of T20 World Cup 2012.Tough Luck,Winning And Lossing Is A Part Of The Game At The End Of The Day Best Team Will Lift The Cup. Our Relationship With Pakistan Value More Than Anything. We Have Not Forget The Past, Which You Gave Us A Great Support Back In 1996 World Cup Finals. We Are Asians And We Respect You.....!

Posted by PakFan1209 on (October 4, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Every one go check the commentary compare the last two overs between the both sides PAK bowlers gave away 22 runs and SL bowlers gave away only 10 runs so if pak would have given 10 runs in the final 2 overs SL would have reached only 127 and we reached 123 only four runs difference and we would have reached the total cuz our batsmen would have been in less pressure even afridi would have been in less pressure even u.akmal would have been in less pressure and even hafeez,gul and tanvir would have been in less pressure

Posted by SureshBravo on (October 4, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Time for Srilankan brothers to wipe Pakistan brothers tear. Pakistan brothers really love srilankan brothers win. lol

Posted by intrepid_khan on (October 4, 2012, 20:29 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka you were really the better team today :) this is our problem we show up differently in every match we play !! so disappointed that we couldn't chase a meager 140 target!! some tough decisions must be taken now !!

I hope Srilanka lift the world cup this time !! :) best of luck dear !!

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 4, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

The attitude of the Pak fans here is praiseworthy. They are not bitter losers like the SL fans are. They never are. Pak fans must be very disappointed to see their team going out and know very well that Nasir Jamshed's dismissal was a big blow in their chase but they are not making too much noise about it. The SL fans need to learn from this and should now become sporting. We have seen in the past how much the SL fans cry and make silly excuses when they lose a match. Pak fans must be proud of their team for being so consistent as they hardly get any cricket at home. I still feel that had Pak planned their chase a bit better they would have won this easily. They were too slow in the beginning and the pressure got too much in the final overs. How can Umar AKmal come in so low in a crucial match like this? The best batsman ought to get the most overs unless Dave Whatmore thinks Shoaib, Kamran etc are better than Umar. SL the perennial losers on and off field will lose this final too. Ha.

Posted by ilyas_US on (October 4, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Go SL job is not done yet its ur trophy best regards from Pak.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

India deserved to be in semis more than Pakistan .but rain ruined the chance... India would have won the cup hadn't it rained that day in the match against Aus

Posted by PakFan1209 on (October 4, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

i dont think people will agree with me but i think we lost because of gul and AJMAL AJMAL 4 overs 33 runs 1 wicket GULl 3 overs 26 runs 1 wicket every one bowled better than these two .Ajmal SHOULD have given at least 20-24-28 runs in 4 overs and gul SHOULD have given at least 18 - 20 runs in 3 overs and we would have easily won the match

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 4, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

@Late-Cut: Couldn't agree with you more. Dhoni is really LOSING it when it comes to tactics. Something is wrong with him. India had all the talent to progress to the semis and then blew it. They have nobody but themselves to blame. As for today, Pakistan proved they are unfit to go to finals. They should have attacked from ball 1 while chasing such a low target. I simply cannot understand why Shahid Afridi is still in the team. He's useless as a batsman and during this tournament he was even more useless with the ball. Simply too many mistakes in the game by PAK. SL just played their natural game in conditions tailor-made for them. Both WI or AUS won't fancy playing SL in the final. This is now SL's trophy to win.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

Please print my openion and suggestions.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:17 GMT)

Pakistan has to prepare for world cup 2015 from today.We have to look for the good fast bowlers, Technically sound batsmen, couple of good alrounders and above all we need good fielders and a experience captain.We also have to look for young leg spinners.We have tried Yasser Shah as leg spinner and he was successful.We should look those players from our A team and under 19 team.I belive we have good openning batsmen and good young fast bowlers in Pakistan. so we have to bring them in team against India and have a special camps for fast bowlers and opening batsmen.I am very much disappointed with the performance our all coaches.I think Pakistani coaches like Mohsin khan,Ejaz Ahmed and Aqib Javed were far more better then present coaches.Our selectors are also not coutageous.They have selected these players on their past performance not their capabilities and technical knowledge.We also need psycologist for our team and strict manager.

Posted by PAK_TIGERS on (October 4, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka , excellent display of cricket. Even if Pakistan won today it would not been a fair deal and I am saying this as die hard pakistan supporter. Pakistan didnt deserve to be in the final sad to say but NOW Sri Lanka MUST PICK UP THE TROPHY . Good luck guys.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Pak as always has managed to loose by its poor strategies....I am amazed that Dav whatmore's presence has changed nothing...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

@Late Cut If Mahela had even 1% brain of what dhoni has, India would not have defeated srilanka 4-1 at their home in ODI series or in the world cup finals.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (October 4, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

PAKISTAN should not have dropped razzaq and i would request ICC to keep atleast 1 review for t20 world cups because of bad umpiring pakistan batting went down and im very very dissapointed the way kamran akmal,hafeez,nazir got out

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

Wrong decision by the umpire had a role to some extent in turning the match against Pakistan. There should be DRS in such big matches.

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 4, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

WELL DONE LANKA. HARD LUCK TO PAKISTAN. The poor pitch spoilt the contest.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 20:03 GMT)

Another brilliantly performance played by Sri Lanka cricket team, I hope our Asia's team will be champion t-20 world cup 12.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (October 4, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Luv u pakistani team -from a Sl brother...

Posted by KarmatBaig on (October 4, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

Sri Lanka deserved this win, all the best for the Final. Pakistan's batting performance was pathetic and they did not perform during the Super 8 and expectedly in the Semi Final. Asad Shafiq should have been played instead of Shoaib Malik and had opened with a left and right hand combination. Hafeez should have batted at 5 to bloster the middle order and I think this match should be the final call for some players like Imran Nazir,Shoaib Malik, Razzak, Kamran Akmal & Shahid Afridi. Raza Hasan and Jamshed stood and must be preserved as they have a bright future.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Sri lanka deserved it! they played much better than us... i dont know why pak has this habit of start playing slowwww when the target is small to chase... they make it far more difficult for themselves... had they attacked in the powperplay sri lanka would have felt a lot more pressure... in the end sri lanka was a stronger side but i cant forget that sight UMAR AKMAL taking off his helmet to a fast bowler just so that he can concentrate better and smack a six somehow :( a really sad moment :( hope he is sent up the order from now on... RESPECT for umar akmal always shows passion to win it for pak

Posted by Sharif_Islam on (October 4, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

why do you guys always victimize abdul razzak. why didnt you take him for this match? haheez, professor u r not a challenge taker, just an analyst. plz go join commentry, resign captaincy. can you tell the use afridi at number 7 when u r chasing? i dont understand why u could not chase 139 with srilanka.

Posted by Late-Cut on (October 4, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@ Eat_sleep_play_cricket on (October 04 2012, 14:57 PM GMT); sorry to disappoint you..but we won. By the way it showed how much you know about pitch conditions and cricket itself. It was an incredible task to reach 139 on such a slow pitch. OH..AND MAHELA SAID "WE MADE MANY MISTAKES ON THE FIELD. BUT IT DIDN;Y COST US." humble as ever. By the way if Dhoni had had even a 10% of brain which Mahela possesses , India would have been in the semi's.

Posted by PakEditor on (October 4, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Great contest of Cricket. Pakistan lost to worthy opponents. Go SL!!!

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (October 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

A good test team nation will win the cup...

Posted by Glorizee on (October 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

Salaam Sri Lanka, today you really proved a better side and despite losing the game, we people of Pakistan love you and will continue to love you, with a bright hope and prayers that you lift the ultimate trophy for World T20 2012 too. God bless you, and frankly we only have to blame ourselves for not finely adjusting to the pitch and bowling length during the course of batting. Malinga, Mendis and Herath proved a bit too much for the Pak batting. Well done Sri Lanka. We will continue supporting our Asian leader in this format for the grand finale on Sunday. Go Go and crush the Aussies as we people of Pakistan will stand by you always .. just always, and loss or win is all that is cricket .. we love you for your hospitality and wonderful show of support for Pakistan on all occasions. Best luck tigers!

Posted by Asvidu on (October 4, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Hafeez earned lot of respect at the presentation:Salutes!! Handled Rameez Raja's frustration diplomatically. Great sportsmen Hafeez !!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Congrats to Srilankan team. Both teams played very good cricket but in the end Srilankans got through . Though i am sad but somebody has to win and its better somebody who deserves it does . Pak boys ...We are always at your back and you guys are the real heroes. God Bless you always . Go Green Go ...

Posted by asim229 on (October 4, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Again hafeez lost it for pak by going into his shell similar to the way he played against india. We cant afford so many dotballs in t20. Anyways goodluck to srilanka to win the final from a pak fan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Well-done Lions! Excellent performance by Mahela. As a Sri Lankan fan its really sad to watch Pakistan defeat.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

I feel for PAK fans but they lived up to expectations by failing to deliver under pressure. They had the game in their hands. Capt played the worst shot and gave his wicket away at crucial time.

Posted by Afridynamite on (October 4, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Razzaq needed to be in there, by not choosing him, Pakistan gifted the match to Sri Lanka. Now I hope West Indies wins the Cup!

Posted by RuchiWijesinghe on (October 4, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

*********HEY PLEASE READ THIS IF U R AN ASIAN************..As a Sri Lankan I think the tripod Sri Lanka ,Pakistan & India are very much best in cricket & in huminity. We are Asians. We are Tigers ,Lions. So please dont blame each other my friends from India & Pakistan. All 3 countries are best.. WISH SRI LANKA TO HAVE CRACKING FINISH by defeating the next best team, no matter who Sri Lanka have the confidence to hold the their 2nd ICC title. Hope All cricket fans who like & love Sri Lanka give their best support to this tiny island people.

Posted by kovinbuddi on (October 4, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Well done Sri-Lanka.I hope the same team will play on Sunday.Malinga need to improve a lot in fielding.If he did not miss in the fielding Sri-Lanka would have won by good 30 ~ 40 runs.Good Luck to Sri-Lanka Team on Sunday.We had a fantastic match today.Mahela's captaincy was superb today.We watched very good Team effort and success! Good Luck!!

Posted by m_shafique on (October 4, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Pakistani team did put up a great effort with the bowling today (and they were decent with their fielding too). Restricting SL for 139 was a great effort... Honestly speaking SL bowling didn't inspire me much... Instead, our batters let us down :( Hafeez, who by the way never inspires me with his batting, turned the game in favor of Pakistan, however, it was him who ruined it too :@... He must had held his end and asked Umer Akmal to hit hard... I knew anything less than 140 would be hard to chase for Pakistan... And trust me, had SL made 150+ runs, Pak would have comfortably won the match... That's how our beloved team is... Sad but true about Pakistani team :S Anyways, we Pakis are gonna support SL now... I expect Indians to support SL too :)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

To my Pakistan brothers.....we understand ur dissaapointment but afterall its just a game.Better luck for the future...Never loose hope,

Posted by nomanpk on (October 4, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Congrats to SL from a Pakistani. Well tried Pakistan. We have rare chances of playing international cricket but our team is still pride for us. They played so much well in whole tournament. T20 champion (ENG) out in super eight, t20 no.1 (SA) team out in super eight, odi champion (IND) out in super eight, but we still manages to qualify for the semi final. That's great. There were some huge errors in team selection, that was the big reason for our defeat. Why Abdur Razzaq dropped? Sohail Tanvir is a big purchi (not a bowler, nor batsman and very ordinary fielder. Who cant even pick the ball properly). Imran Nazir a big flop. He must be replaced with Asad Shafiq (at no. 3rd) nd Nasir Jamshed should be promoted as opener with Hafeez. Due to no DRS Nasir Jamshed was given LBW by the blind umpire.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Now afridi has to be a Nice Gentleman to arrange a news conference tomorrow and announce his retirement from all the format. Afridi time is totally OVER!!! enough chances given and 0 result produced.. Time for new aggressive players in the side, otherwise pakistani team will detoriate more with this type of selection.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka....Selection of hearth is the best decision since He is always a trump card against Pakistan..... However not satisfied with the batting order again...We were about to paid the price....They must know how to utilize the Angelo and Thisara ..Angelo must play as the usual number 4 and Thisara perera must play at first wicket fall after 10 overs....According to todays match.....Thisara should have played after the fall of Sanga....and Mathews should have played at number 5.Please use Jeewan mendis as a finisher...

Posted by 9ST9 on (October 4, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

@Night_Fury - actually the over rated weak team made their exit on Tuesday. And their skipper was talking about rain.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Pakistani skipper thanks the people of pakistan, when asked about the about the wannabe pakistani supporters in sri lanka? I think thats what ramiz raja was asking about.

Posted by xylo on (October 4, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Younis Khan/Misbah would have been an ideal anchor to bat around in this match.

Posted by IshaqMalik on (October 4, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lankan Brothers, you guys played better and deserved to win. Now we Pakistanis will support you in the final.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

I wish the Lankan team that they can repeat the same performance in the Finals and become the T20 Champions.My advice for the Sri Lankan team is which ever team qualifies for the final WI or AUS it does not matter, just be confident and play to your strengths. Promote Mathews up the batting order.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Sad to see the Greenshirts lose but they were the second best tonight. A stupendous bowling effort by the Lankans, especially by Herath. The pitch and some umpiring decisions weren't exceptional but well such kind of situations do arise in cricket.

I am backing the Sri Lankans still...go on win the cup. You deserve one after all these years :)

Posted by LakC on (October 4, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

TO SL Fans from SL fan: Nothing wrong with pitch dnt blame the pitch...suprised Akila did nt play Mendis nt required if Akila is playing we cnt hvcant risk Ajantha Mendis with his side strain in Final no please NO.

we need to improve our boundary fielding high spinal catches sliding saves dives and throwing POWERFUL NON-STOP DIRECT FLIGHT TO WICKET throwing...our fitness on field dubious why Thisara, Ranga Malinga Matthews Jeevan Mendis panting with tounges out after fielding...apooo pot belly stomachs no ABS in it compare to physical fitness of Mahanama Kalpage Dharamasena Upul Jayasuriya Vass they were genuine boundary riders top class.

need to hv gd bowling-field plan now for Watson Warner White and Hussey...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

One thing to be sure,, Shahid Afridi is Big Player & Will be, He can,t play on lower numbers, In Tough matches, He should open the Innings, because to set the better average on score card, Openers are very important.

and for sure, We still love Pakistani team Ups and downs are part of game. we are with you Pakistani Team

Posted by SnowSnake on (October 4, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

I think T20 needs some revision. First, the wide ball line on the off side should be brought closer to the off stump and D/L should be revised for T20 game. Currently, I feel that Malinga is bowling very negatively and against the spirit of game. I don't know if Pak. played bad or negative bowling put pressure on Pak. players where they got out due to pressure to score. In either case, Pak. played honarable and, barring Malinga, everyone else is playing fair.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Dear Pakistan,

You Played A Gentleman Game With Us In The Semi Finals Of T20 World Cup 2012.Tough Luck,Winning And Losing Is A Part Of The Game, At The End Of The Day Best Team Will Lift The Cup. Our Relationship With Pakistan Value More Than Anything. We Have Not Forget The Past, Which You Gave Us A Great Support Back In 1996 World Cup Finals. We Are Asians And We Respect You.....!

Posted by RJ-Indian on (October 4, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Was absolutely wonderful to see a neutral cricket match (i'm a fan of the men in blue). And well played SL, just amazing death bowling under pressure on home grounds. Pak should hold their head up high for reaching 4/4 semis but your batting has to be reworked. Imran Nazir is a better player than to try and slog hit in the first 2 overs.

On a separate note, I am saddened a bit by some comments going back and forth re: India, Pak and SL. Might I encourage people to stop responding to obvious trolls eg. a SL fan who responded to a comment that they were minnows. You should not even dignify that comment by replying.

And all non SL fans must read Wright Thompson's heartwarming article:

Posted by ForwardDefence on (October 4, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Hats off to Hafeez on how he handled the post match presentation.Spoken like a true statesman.Well done Hafeez.

Posted by Htc-Android on (October 4, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Small request to mahela. Please give atleast 5 or 6 overs to one of mathews or perera. u can send jeevan mendis when we lose too many wickets earlier on. we could have easily scored 160 if one of those guys came earlier.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

The most impressive thing in the match was both the teams played the match in very good spirit and Paksitani captain admitting that they lost the match by a better team.

Posted by kunalx on (October 4, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

I don't like sl fans but I like their players today's performance was top class. Respect mahela. Yesyerday I called pak as fluke. Hopefully today it is justified. They are really fluke. Sad to see much better team is out of semis. India not only has better batting but bowling. We made 4 team bowled out. Anyway it's all luck. Hope sl brings cup and keep it inside asia - from an Indian

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka! Great composure by the bowlers and fielders.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Ours is a team feared by the whole world and that fear remains in them everyday while the cups come and go! And I prefer teams fearing us everyday! Thank you Team Pakistan for making this competition competitive! We still love you =)

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (October 4, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

Awesome - Jayawardene delivers under pressure, deserve all the accolades. Pakistan batting caved in (again) on a "bowling friendly track". Overall, Hafeez did well to carry the team this far (semis) with so much of "DEAD-WOOD". All of Afridis, Razzaks, Nazirs, Kamran selection is questionable ( these players had been failing last few series and blocked path of deserving youngsters ). Their inclusion was glaring example of "PLAYER POWER". PCB should cue from ECB ( KP's case ) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARRGGGHHHH!!!!!! Oh' Pakistan !!!!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

All I can say it not playing Razzak when he scored 22 runs against Aus and looked good....too much politics of Afridi boys...

Posted by ALA1 on (October 4, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

First of all Congratulations to Sri lanka. You guys played really well. For Pakistan, I will say that Hafeez made a blunder of not playing Abdul Razzaq. Imran Nazir had to do all the scoring and Hafeez was 3 runs from 15 balls when he got out. Nasir Jamshed got a tough call. He has been our most consistent batsman. For a team with no home cricket it is a great effort to reach the semis for the 4th consecutive time..

Posted by Sorcerous on (October 4, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

Well done Srilankan Bros.........You are my second heart fav. team after my country Pakistan. INSHALLAH you will lift the cup. we and our support and prayers are with you. we never mind, bcoz we lost from you, our second are always our fav. Im seeing u like my country. From a pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

AWWW MAN!! Well, Good Luck Lankan Lions! Hope to c the trophy in your hands :)

Posted by kikhan83 on (October 4, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

2007 T20 World Cup Finals. 2009 T20 World Cup Champions. 2009 Champions trophy semi finalists. 2010 T20 World cup semi finalists. 2011 World cup semi finalists. 2012 T20 World cup semi finalists. They say Pakistan is unpredictable and not good enough yet in global ICC events they are so successful. Proud to be a Pakistani. Proud to be a fan of the Pakistan Cricket Team.

Posted by khurramsch on (October 4, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

poor by pakistan, Sl read pitch well. it was not a hit pitch and pak players were trying to hit it out of park. Poor umpiring cost Jamshed, & poor shots by imran, afridi, kamran & hafeez. gul's last over was too much. Leaving razak out was a problem. After this i think afridi should retire. Malik & imran again showed that they are only now domestic and league players not international anymore.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

It was a very good match and in the end the better team won the match. Congrats to Sri Lanka for making it to the finals. They deserve it.

Posted by ransr5 on (October 4, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

i dont know why Indian fans are barking here. it was a good game regardless who won the Game. Atleast Pak lost the game in SF , ind didnt even qualify for SF. End of the day its just a game. And it doesnt make SL the better team than Pak . or Pak being the better team than India. but what matters is, SL played better than Pak. and talking about Pak got lucky to be in SF. well guess what its india whose net run rate was lower than Pak, not the other way around. dont get me wrong, i was rotn for SL myself but i dont see why India fans are getting so excited ( they didnt qualify to play in SF). Congrats to SL . good game.

Posted by Adamaromus on (October 4, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

- One poor decision can change a match. One by Umpire & other by Pak selectors by dropping Razzak. I need to know the logic behind it.

Posted by LakC on (October 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

To Pak Fans from SL Fan: Sorry that Jamshed's wicket contributed the collapse if nt Pak could hv won....Afridi needs to open with Nasir in crunch matches like this....Malik is vital partner for Hafeez dont drop him, Malik-Hafeez are good bowl changeover partners just they need to give more rip to the spin....Umar Akmal behaviour inexcusable, would be suprised if NOT fined for dissent..DROP Umar to bring in Misbah but in t20 Misbah is a reluctant runner heee ideal for Run Out..Afridi cant handle pressure was trying to be too coool. Abdul Razzak is good replacement for Tanvir or Umar...WELL PLAYED PAKs we were expecting to score 160...Afridi will continue to be liable at no.7 in both formats T20 and ODI in crunch matches.

Posted by CricInfo_IndianFan on (October 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Congratulations SL! A very well deserved accomplishment !! Favorites in the finals!

Posted by SaadSuleman on (October 4, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

Well not a very fine performance from Pakistan...our batting problem has to be sorted out... but still reached the semis and lost to the team that is a better one...Sri Lankan's are in great form to win this Tournament... Pakistan has their support with the Sri lankan's same as we supported you in the Odi WC-2011 you will win...

Posted by Chanda87 on (October 4, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Sad story for Pakistan,real spoiler was the batting position of Umar Akmal.......In 1990s,it was very common that people watched Pak batting for Saeed-Anwar,, then it was Inzi and then Yousuf...(..and thats very much the case with followers of other teams as well,...You pick an attraction-package hero for yourself and love following him..)...........Now Its useless to watch Pakistan batting because Umar Akmal is the one we want to watch batting but they just wont promote his batting order.I m sure if they keep him so lower down in the batting order i wont b watching Pak Batting anymore. Pretty sure that i wont be the only one.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

well i agree with @sitarah it wasnt the pitch for T20s where you expect shots to go for boundaries. but you simply cannot blame the entire outcome of the game on the mistake caused by one umpire. After all pakistan didnt get all out. i would say Mahela's bowling changes were effective. Even though there were a few fielding mistakesparticularly by Malinga the Sri Lankan team deserved the win

Posted by Dilbar786 on (October 4, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Tough luck Pakistan(we always love u Pakistan Team)..Congrattss Sri Lanka...good luck in final

Posted by Lion57 on (October 4, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

What a game ... well done Sri Lanka also Pakistan ... excitement, pressure, tension to the last over. Its dificult to defend such a small total, but the better team won..... Sri Lanka you deserve to win the finals.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

When you dont learn from mistakes -

1. playing your best player up the batting order, i.e. Umar Akmal, Kamral Akmal, Shoiab Malik, Nasir Jamshed.

2. Sending Imran Nazir over all of those above players and playing afridi as a later order hitter are one of those mistakes. Afridi clearly does not contemplate on his batting anymore and is basically worse than Even Saaed Ajmal now-a-days, can easily be suited as a No.11 batsman in anyteam, whose blind shuffle with the bat comes off every 15-20 matches.

3.Sending Gul below Sohail Tanvir, not just the batting.. but also in the bowling order. Tanvir and Sami have been the weakest links in pakistani seam attack for years, but donno how they still hang around with the team despite of having bowlers like Junaid and Tanveer Ahmed as options.

4. Ignoring the experience of Abdul Razzak who can bat anywhere the team wants, is a BIG MISTAKE.

5. Hafeez held himself back as a bowler , bowled only 2 overs inspite of having one of the best records

Posted by ranilb on (October 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

It is funny to see Indians commenting about India winning this match. Please.... India did not make to the semis! Live with it. Sri Lanka would have score more if it were India that was in the final.

Sri Lanka did make many mistakes including 9 wides. Also they did not capitalize on having so many wickets in hand owe to the irrational playing of Dilshan. Pakistan struggled with the bat, not only because of some quality bowling from SL but also due the deteriating pitch as going late into the evening.

It is quite like to have Aus in the final. Either way, hope Sri Lanka would not make similar mistakes in the final.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Such a beautiful thread it is..All Lankan fans coming up with positive comments.. As a pakistani i am upset about our defeat but on the other hand i am happy that it was a good match and a better team won tonight.At least we put up a decent fight tonight. Well Lankans Congratulations on a big win..Go and get the cup. All pakistan fans would support you :)

Posted by Kays789 on (October 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

very impressed with the way Hafeez handled the post match presentation interview with rameez raja. when asked about the pitch he was adamant that it was a good pitch and that the better team won in the end. contrast that with that clueless captain of excuses dhoni and you see why the indian team isn't viewed favorably outside of india. same reason why im not surprised the author of this article calls the pitch crumbling,turning, brutish etc and stops just short of wrenching away all credit from SL for a well deserved victory.

Posted by MianMoosa on (October 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

congratulation to srilanka & specially to mahela jayawardene,, lankans today are in final only due to mahela captaincy ,,, well palayed PAkistan,,, but poor batting let us down,,, imran nazir prefrence over asad shafiqe.. nasir jamshed rough decision by umpire,,, middle order collapse were reason for our defeat,, now i can only pray for shahid afridi,,,,

Posted by Lala_Amarnath on (October 4, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Turning wicket, ideally suited for Srilanka with the home crowd support. But Srilanka did play like champions - they deserve to with the final as well. Lot of positive energy on part of Srilanka and excellent planning and strategy from bowlers. At Pak 91/4 it was anyone's game and spinners took it away.

Posted by crickdoc on (October 4, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Must say was really dissapointed at the pitch they produced fr.a t20 S.f , i mean just one six in the whole match; Congratulations to Sri Lanka though, they played really well on a difficult pitch; wish Pakistan had made the right team selection for this match i.e Asad shafiq and Abdur Razzak for Nazir and Tanvir; but we still love u Mohd Hafeez and company, u tried hard. Go grab the cup SL, Pakistan will be praying fr u

Posted by RuchiWijesinghe on (October 4, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Hey guys always the better 2 teams should go to the finals. This is a just a remember to the heart broken poor county fellows that some biggest guns already out of reach from this contest.

Posted by ranilb on (October 4, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

It is funny to see Indians commenting about India winning this match. Please.... India did not make to the semis! Live with it. Sri Lanka would have score more if it were India that was in the final.

Sri Lanka did make many mistakes including 9 wides. Also they did not capitalize on having so many wickets in hand owe to the irrational playing of Dilshan. Pakistan struggled with the bat, not only because of some quality bowling from SL but also due the deteriating pitch as going late into the evening.

It is quite like to have Aus in the final. Either way, hope Sri Lanka would not make similar mistakes in the final.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 4, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Whether SL face Aus or WI they will be thrashed in the finals. Both of them have stronger batting than Pak. Pak were unlucky in losing this match, had they planned their innings wisely the could have chased 140 easily. I think even die hard Pak fans are now getting extremely frustrated at the way Afridi bats these days - in fact he just can't bat can he? Nazir was unlucky in being bowled, Jamshed was given lbw when he was not, Hafeez played a lone handle but even he did not bat all that well. Had one more batsman supported Hafeez then Pak would have won the match. In the finals Watson or Gayle will blow away the SL bowlers and SL will find it difficult to handle these confident batsmen who unlike Pak batsmen are not afraid to hit the ball hard in the air. Hats off to Pak for being so consistent in ICC Tournaments even though they hardly get any cricket and Pak is a better sporting nation too unlike SL. Bad luck Pak, you guys lost to a team that got lucky.

Posted by Sidath346 on (October 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Soo happy SL won the semi finals. The problem is the finals. We reach the finals everytime and lose it there. Hope SL can break the jinx this time and win the T20 world cup. Anyway, the subcontinent teams: India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have all played really good cricket.

Posted by rob_damn on (October 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

@sanjith4... yes you are right but let me do a little correction....

"we are no.1 in the t20 ranking 13 points ahead of SECOND RANKED India".. There is no point having bad blood mate.. while most of indian fans are congratulating both teams today, there would always be some negatives... and yes it is equally replicated by SL or PAK fans when we lose or win..

This minnow thing started when few of SL fans came up with flattrack-bully tag for India last winters... lets rise above this blame game.. and look for the positives... congratz to your team and also for Pak.. both played well in the tournament

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

hey guys chill not a big issue its our fourth semi final in a row ...well played team pakistan its a game some times u win some times not the game goes on..........................

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (October 4, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

First of all, well done Sri Lanka and well played Pakistan. Now what the hell the ipl club cricket loosers doing here. someone thinks india would have chased it easily but for that you need to have good bowlers in first place not third rated bowlers like balaji, pathan etc. Sri lanka would have posted huge total on you ipl club cricketers who couldn't reach semi final on their own.

Posted by Night_Fury on (October 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

SL is a weak team. Pak deserved to be in final..they r more talented...SL can only win matches in SL...I hope WI win the tournament...

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (October 4, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

SL manage to progress based on home conditions, and suitably tailoring pitches. The most undeserving team among all the teams in Super 8.

Posted by coolitbaby on (October 4, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Well the same old story is going to play again. Sri Lanka is going to choke in the finals. SL just does not know how to win big games and tournaments. Mark my words.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

3. Not having the the extra man in the 30 yard circle after every time a wicket fell, he was happy to spread the field n always the new batsman took that easy single. This was very defensive captaincy. After Ponting, Hansie Cronje had the best winning ratio as captain, well the reassn was he always attacked n never gave that easy single to a new batsman.

4. The decision to bowl Thisara today was crazy, he didn't bowl in the SLPL & never bowled a ball in the tournament till today, letting a bowler to bowl after 1 1/2 months & also on a semi final was absolutely crazy.

We wont win on Sunday if Mahela continue these shortcomings & defensive tactics, the reason why we lost to Australia in 2007 world cup , India last year & to Pakistan in T20 WC in 2009 was due to Mahela & Sanga's defensive tactics. Would like to see Mahela leads the team like cornered tigers in Sundays final.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

Not entirely happy with Mahela's captaincy today.

1. Having Malinga & Herath at long on, you should always have your best fielder at long on or long off after the power play in T20 cricket, Australia always had David Warner (never seen him drop a catch) at long of or long on. Malinga dropped a crucial catch & herath was slow to a catch.

2. Not having a slip for Mendis & hafeez got a boundary through first slip position. It was a catch had a first slip was there.

Posted by ObjectiveCricketism on (October 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

An excellent match. Pakistan had every chance but its middle order cracked as so often before. Well played Sri Lanka. Good luck in the final.

Posted by Tokai69 on (October 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

It's not a good pitch to watch for the semis anyway, congrats SL and hope you raise the cup. Well-played Pak you luck did not favor this time. Cheers for Lanka from Dhaka

Posted by LankaGod on (October 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Here's my ranking of teams in T20 today... 1. Sri Lanka 2. Australia 3. South Africa 4. England 5. Pakistan 6. India 7. West Indies 8. New Zealand

ODIs 1. Australia 2. Sri Lanka 3. South Africa 4. England 5. India 6. Pakistan 7. New Zealand 8. West Indies

I am not sure if New Zealand should be one of the top 8s, they should now be considered super-minnows like Bangladesh, a little above the rest of the minnows.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

I am Afridi. I am Imran. I am Wasim. I am Waqar. I am the Final at Melbourne. I am the Final at Lord's. I am Asian Champion. I am the Last Ball at Sharjah. I am the Inventor of the Doosra. I am inventor of the Reverse Swing. I am the Sultan of Swing. When they wouldn't let me play at home, I drifted wherever I could. I am the Cornered Tiger. I am the Fastest Ball. I am the Quickest Hundred. I am t he Biggest Six. I am the Shattered Stumps. I am the Aggression. I am the Passion. I am the Nightmare between wickets. I am the 100 miles/hr Rawalpindi Express. I am the Boom Boom. I am the Bang Bang. I am the Professor. I am the Fauji. I am the Unpredictable. I am the 175 Million Hearts. I AM CRICKET PAKISTAN !

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

I love my team paksitan... and now its S.Lanka I support for this T20....C'mon guys and get the cup...... Paksitan make into Semis with thier effort...and thanks to poor indian bowling as well... I wonder how many IPL they needed for on quality fast bowler or spinner for that matter......

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. Great win defending a low score. Sri Lankans deserve this win. Good luck for a great win over the the Big Final.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Well played Srilanka. Congrats..... In my openion slow deliveries made major difference in WIN. but I am happy by Pakistan performace in this T20 world cup 2012. When we start we are at no 7 and now we are at no 3 with many positive perfomances like 'Hafeez capatancy','Hassan Raza','Nasir Jamshaid' etc. Pakistan team you did great in this tournament. You are the first team in world T20 history to reach in all Sami's

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Pakistani's gave us quite the match. Kudos to you guys. Good match.

Posted by fahad_kashmiri on (October 4, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Throw Afridi out and brood some new talents... A die heart pakistan fan here

Posted by mark2011 on (October 4, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

@ Rohan Kapoor on (October 04 2012, 17:25 PM GMT); it is no point of chewing on past.. u r team coudnt qualify for semis and finals in last three series..insted of insulting and telling this and that wud hav happend, better to find out how to win and go to final match in a big tournament... SL has consistently done that, 2007, 2009, 2011 and now 2012 although SL missed out final one.. SL is capable of coming to that position by their own.

Posted by Abu.Ashhad on (October 4, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

One of my srilankan friend was disoppointed after srilankan innings but I told him that match will be intresting . anyway we lost the match but Srilanka always like our second team and we dont know the reason :)... anyway go lanka go and this time you have to lift the cup! Team Pakistan, I still love you guys:)))))

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (October 4, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

good game! way to go Sri this, it means that all sub-continent teams (barring the low rated Bangla and Afghan) will clintch the t20 WC !!!! 4 of 3 go to sub-continent...meaning, t20 dominated by subcontinent teams..

I want AUS to loose in semis........hope WI can take out watson and warner in first 4-5 overs.

If AUS don't lose in semis, I hope they lose in final...go SL go...pls ruin AUS....winning a tournament with one man's (Watson) ability is not fair for AUS team...

Posted by Widuror on (October 4, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

@sanjith4 nice comments bro this is the best answers for indians who called us minnows

Posted by CaptainKool on (October 4, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Ridiculous to pick afridi again and again after so many failures. Overrated without a doubt. Razzaq should have been there. Not that I'm a big fan of T20 rankings but I have to say pak should have been ahead of England, who are 3rd in rank. What a joke that is!

Posted by binojpeter on (October 4, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Congratulations SL from an Indian fan. You deserved this victory. Hope you win the final also so that we Asian teams win 3 of the 4 editions of World T20 tournament.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

well played sri lanka! and very well played pakistan! an amazing semi final! - a very happy sri lankan fan!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Congratz to lankan Lions ..!! a close game but the better team won the match... but Sri Lanka team need to perform better than this in the final with cutting down the silly mistakes which they have made when they were fielding .. Cheers Sri Lanka...!!

Posted by mashed_potatoes on (October 4, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

@ddlj26 Looks like some Indian fans can't seem to get over the fact that they were kicked out fair and square eh? To Sri Lanka- well played and congratulations. To Pakistan- good job and thank you for being decent, humble opponents. I'm sure you guys will be a force to reckon with in the future.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

What is similar with Pakistan and SL team, Pakistan chokes in Semi and SL in finals. It will be WI all the way. Go Windies Go.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (October 4, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. Now keep the CUP home! Wishing you all the best for final. I will be rooting for you guys because since my childhood SL is my favorite team. I have to admit I became Cricket fan seeing SL cricket and a special thanks to my all time favorite batsman Sanath Jayasuriya. Sri Lankan fans are the best like their team.

...A Bangladeshi fan.

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka on winning the semi and getting into the final...To our pakistani brothers,well played, a very close game which could have gone either way and we are sorry to see you leave the competiton.. As for SL, we need to give Mali some serious fielding lessons before sunday as he could cost us the cup fielding like that... All the best to Sri Lanka for the final..continue to make us proud...

Posted by CaptSparrow on (October 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Sri Lankan Team is mighty enough to defeat any team so no worries Mr.ddlj...Sri lanka wudav won against India also!!they looked a stronger bowling line up!!no doubts!!

Posted by sanath1234 on (October 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 04 2012, 17:50 PM GMT)

Nazir Jamshed's LBW decision was poor. Please bring DRS to every format without spoiling victories. one poor decision really wasn't the reason to pak defeat.even Rameez Raja was very much with the umpire till the hawk eye comes to play.It means naked eye in a split second got to see it super 8 Sanga was given caught behind but ball never touched the happens... btw,MJ did a great job to mix up bowling plus Rangana did the worst to Hafeez and Afridi....that was it. many crickinfo fans wanted a great victory to Pak...the hero took it all.... even many SL ppl supported to Pak for silly reasons. but great to watch our lions beat then all in all the way...lions will raise the cup on Sunday.

Posted by sanjey on (October 4, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

@ddlj26: i am sure India would have scored 150 chasing- easily as you say........ only thing is that the rubbish bowling attack that India has would have leaked at least 175-180.....

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (October 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

congrats to srilanka ,,,, but wicket for semi final game was bad it was more fun if they made good track for it ..... any how hope srilanka win the cup

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

If spin can talk so much to Pakistan(subcontinent) batsman I can imagine what would be Aussies or WestIndies plight when SL spinners rolling their fingers out.

I am seeing SL holding Wt20 2012 already.

Posted by ForwardDefence on (October 4, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

@ddlj26...Why are we talking of India here.They were not good enough to get to last 4.Nuf said. Pak you played well,but SL held their nerve.That was the difference. Good luck to Aus/WI for tomorrows game.May the best team lift the cup.

Posted by golgoal on (October 4, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Sri Lankan lions will roar in the finals mmeeeoooowwwww. Yet another classic SL CHOKE is in the offing !!

Posted by indikalocal on (October 4, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Congrats SL lions. I'm rather upset that once again Indian fans were dissapointed.According to them pakistan are a poorteam. My logic is that the poor team bettered the great Indian team.that shows how much poor the Indians are.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

@ddlj26; Yes india may have chased that target easily. But i don't think your bowlers can't restrict us below 150.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

@Rohan Kapoor: India didn't even qualify for the semi finales. What do you want other teams to do ? Help India at least qualify for semis ?

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

This game was between SL and PAK. Both teams played very well to qualify for Semi Final. I am not understanding why some of them still talking about India in the column. India was disqualified for Semis and they were gone. :)

Posted by stormy16 on (October 4, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

It was a master class by SL on how to win on a tricky wicket. Their best batters batted for long enough and their bowlers were simply brilliant. Pak had the perfect attack for that wicket but Sanga and Mahela nullyfied that with batting. Perera's last over was another vital against the tide batting. Again every batter made a contribution so did the bowlers. Mathews and Malinga were brilliant but the star was Herath who came from no where to get three vital wickets with brilliant deliveries. I thought the stroke of genius came from Mahela first by selecting Herath ahead of Akila. Herath is an experienced hand and on that wicket it was a great selection. Next was Mathews bowling when Jeevan or Dilshan looked an option and Mathews got two wickets which put Pak on the back foot. Malinga was brilliant at the end and the Pak batter just couldn't cope with the variety and presssure. What a show by SL and it amazing the way they adapted to this wicket so quickly. Full marks to Mahela and SL.

Posted by jb633 on (October 4, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

Sri Lanka deserved their win and I am happy they reached this final (from England). However I think the state of these pitches are making for pretty dull cricket. I know that people may say it is sour grapes that England can't play spin (which is true) but T20 cricket should be about sixes and fours, not dot balls. I think the pitches in India are really well suited to T20 cricket as they are flat and have enough pace. For test matches sure lets see the ball swing and spin, but in this format people want big scores and entertainment. I am sorry to say it but these pitches are making for dull cricket.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Come on Sri Lankan team. Put your best foot forward & win the final. Make Sri Lanka proud of you. Let WI or Aus to be runner up this time & retain the cup in the home soil. We are eagerly waiting for a World Cup again. Sanga & Mahela yet to taste a world cup victory. Make sunday your day.

Posted by KarachiKid on (October 4, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Both teams played well, Sri Lankans were better and got through. I am with Sri Lanka for the title. All the best !!! As for Pakistan, batting is too damn brittle as always. Some dead weight on the team needs to be gotten rid of like of Imran hit/miss Nazir, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Well Played Lanka......Go for the cup

Posted by ultracoach on (October 4, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

@ddlj26. Common!! Like captain like fan. When India loses Dhoni blames the rain. When India did not even reach the semis ppl are dreaming of what would have happened if it was India. Why can't we accept failure and give credit to those who succeed. Sri Lanka succesfully defended the total they put on the board. Is India the only team that can / should win?

Posted by Hira1 on (October 4, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

@SalamNameste we are only playing with 5 player rest are just liabilities ..why only blame afridi? how about shoaib malik, imran nazir, sohail tanveer and others...

Posted by mark2011 on (October 4, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Congratz for SL.. good tense match.. both side fought hard and end of the day SL was better side.thanks for wishes from Pak brothers... it is nice to see in this thread that no thrashing and it is pest free today since comments from one big country is not there..pitch may be not the ideal but it demand for good criket to be played. thats better one way.. T20 shud not be slogging all over it shud be as far as possible even for bat and ball.that is where contest sided thrashing matches... good sportmanship was shown by Pak players and fans.. it is nice to see that's happening in the middle of big contest. hats off to Pak for great character... best of luck for SL in the final and hope Pak fan too would support SL..

Posted by Dove_Mission on (October 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

My prediction came true. But Pakistan should get rid of players that were brought on reference (sifarish) like Imran Nazir, Sohail Tanvir, Sami, Kamran Akmal, and Shoaib Malik. Afridi should go home too. Congrats to SL brothers.

Posted by crindo77 on (October 4, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

The only surprise this week was Mitt Romney's performance in the debates. Hilarious- remember how all the media cricket pundits were talking about SL pitches having changed in character and having grass and bounce. Well, the grass disappeared in the Super 8's and by the semi-finals literally puffs of dust were coming out of the pitch within the first 10 overs; even Dilshan was staring down in alarm. Welcome to Colombo. Wow, certainly made the match more interesting. Now if only Bangladesh had hung around, they would be worthy adversaries, with their gazillion left arm spinners and hack-n-poke batsmen. As for Oz and WI, whoever goes thru, will be tied up into knots by this time Sunday. Congrats to SL in advance. Pakistan will feel dejected; they had the best bowling attack, and potent batsmen. But still its only t20 cricket. Food for thought ; maybe Umar Akmal, who is clearly the best batsman in his team, should be in sooner than later. If only he had 3 more overs.....whatsay Whatmore?

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

I can't understand what has happened to Afridi's batting ability. My god, he is a good batter. He gives his wicket away too early these days. He do well with the ball.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 4, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

A big big congratulation to Sirilanka from pakistan fans. Well played brothers and we wish to see Mahela lifting the trophy as no one else deserves it more than you do. They must plan for Watson and Hussy now. Good luck our other home Sirilanka.

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 4, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Whether SL face Aus or WI they will be thrashed in the finals. Both of them have stronger batting than Pak. Pak were unlucky in losing this match, had they planned their innings wisely the could have chased 140 easily. I think even die hard Pak fans are now getting extremely frustrated at the way Afridi bats these days - in fact he just can't bat can he? Nazir was unlucky in being bowled, Jamshed was given lbw when he was not, Hafeez played a lone handle but even he did not bat all that well. Had one more batsman supported Hafeez then Pak would have won the match. In the finals Watson or Gayle will blow away the SL bowlers and SL will find it difficult to handle these confident batsmen who unlike Pak batsmen are not afraid to hit the ball hard in the air. Hats off to Pak for being so consistent in ICC Tournaments even though they hardly get any cricket and Pak is a better sporting nation too unlike SL. Bad luck Pak, you guys lost to a team that got lucky.

Posted by solomon54 on (October 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

We should have played the semifinal today in place of Pak.

1] India could have easily won Pak with 2 more overs to spare, in addition to what they had won, obviously due communication breakdown from Mr Cool captain or Duncan and our run rate would have been comfortable.

2] Sehwag/ Gambir / Dhoni should quit forthwith from T20 FORMAT, as they cant give any excuses now.Dhoni's cricketing skills/magic touch etc have drained.

The so called Captain Cool seem to have tried for a win instead of restricting the Proteas below 121 for qualifying for semifinals. What a shame in his explanation as to why he had used Rohit the Great, instead of Ashwin and donated 14 valuable runs !

Rohit despite being given a long rope, the reason best known to the selectors had totally goofed up and switched himself to ODI mode and made 25 valuable runs from 27 balls ! contributing well to the disastrous defeat. Rohit should be sent to the Bangalore academy for rehabiltating himself immediately.

Posted by romanov690 on (October 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Pakistan always on the verge of knock out in the world cups........ never looked lyk a Champion Team...... SL always a fighting team but not a champion outfit..... Well played both teams but lacked the champion stuff in both teams..... My prediction for final SL vs WI, won by WI in the final

Posted by Sunil_Canada on (October 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Pakistan is a funny side. Can someone answer these 2 questions? 1) Why the best batsman of Pakistan (Umar Akmal) comes so lower down the order? 2) Is Afridi a bowler, batsman or an all-rounder? Based on his past performance he should have been one of the best T20 player. Talent wasted for lack of mental (& batting) coaching.

Posted by Nampally on (October 4, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Congrats. Sri lanka for a fine win. Pakistan with poor batting finally ran out of luck. Umar Gul won the game for Pakistan Vs. SA, using the long handle, from an impossible position. While SL came to the semis with 3-0 win in their group, Group B had 3 teams at 2-1 win. Pakistan made it to the Semi's based on T-20 rule of better run rate than India, even though Pakistan got totally outplayed by India. I still believe when the 2 teams are fighting for one spot on equal win/loss record, the team which won on head-to-head clash should advance. ICC should consider revising this rule. Biggest proof came today when Pakistan could not get even 140 runs, due to their weak batting. India would have fared much better with the strongest batting of all teams & with a bowling designated by critics as "Weak" but getting 4 teams out of 5 "All Out". Only time India failed to get the side "All Out" was when they had to bowl with a wet ball with 4 spinners Vs. Aussies! Good Luck in the Finals SL.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@ddlj26 , Dude, just stop with that. Sri Lanka would have been happier to shred India's weak bowling and put a massive score (or chase as Aussies did). Pakistan did well to contain. Yes, India is a better batting unit, but not in a pitch like this under lights. At some point the whole 'our strength is batting' excuse was meant to back fire, and it did this time. So stop belittling the people who did qualify to the semi's with, 'we are soo much better' nonsense because India clearly weren't.

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Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Congrates Sirilanka. But a poor decision by umpire and ofcourse Sirilanka's leverage of playing first helped them to take the match. In the first 7 overs of the match, ball didn't turn as much and Mahela took that advantage. Even the rest of the first innings was not turning as big as it did in the 2nd innings. Pakistan spinners failed to take wickets due to flateness of the wicket in the first innings. Pakistan management faltered by not including Asad Shafiq and Abdul Razzaq and had only six batsmen. They didn't learn to the fans even after winning big against Australia du to inclusion of Razzaq. Good bye Afridi, it is not about one series, 5 matches or 10. It is a long time since u started going down to first and second ball. Even Said Ajmal is better.

Posted by Solomon2005 on (October 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Pakistan lost due to wrong team combination and over expectations that spinners will work like previous match against Australia. Spinners role is justified for teams like England and Australia not against Asian teams who knew very much how to play against Quality Spinners. Abdul Razak must be part of team. Why old players like Shoaib Malik was part of T20 Semi Final Match who is even not fit for one day or test match format?? Wrong planning produced the undesired result just like Indian lost against South Africa having top batting order but stil could not manage to post sizable score of around 180.

Posted by Divinetouch on (October 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Glad BCCI cannot be blamed for Jamshed's dismissal. Had it been the case the whole of Pakistan and the muslim world have belittled BCCI.

Sri Lanka got a cheap wicket - Jamshed's. SL's 12th player showed up and silently they are happy the DRS was not employed.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

We will be the first country to play an international cricket match on Pakistan soil in coming years. We want you to help you in your harder times. You helped us in our harder times very well. We also remember how you cheered us in Lahore, 1996 WC final. "Sindabad Sri Lankaaaa."

Posted by LankaGod on (October 4, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Six first ball ducks for Afridi.. way to go! And all the Indians and Aussies commenting here, remember the humiliation of 1996 world cup, when the lions first woke up to their potential!

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 4, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Pakistan is missing quality batsmen that is the reason why they lost this match....its really Sad to see that Ind is missing quality bowlers and Pak is missing quality batsmen...Is this a curse to our beloved countries....

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (October 4, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

@all Indian fans trying to talk about what India 'could' have done.First get there and then talk because no one is interested in discussing a team which nearly lost to Afghanistan. Great respect for Pak fans and players esp Hafeez @ the presentation, accepted defeat like a gentleman and did not give excuses like someone else. Congratz Mahela and SL team but need to brush up on fielding and sort out batting as well.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 4, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Regarding Kamran Akmal there can be so many things to say, but now I am getting sick of even his name.Last time with the selectors dropped him after the World Cup in india, they said that his keeping is getting from bad to worst and he never bats in important games. I did not see anything improving this time. Even today He dropped Dilshan of all people early on in the match. That denied Tanvir the fruits of his hard work and Sri Lanka ended strongly. Kamran could not bat lower down the order so to accomodate him at no.4 the rest of the batting order had to be pused down. Please spare a thought for the specialist batsmen. I thought Asad Shafiq was a better choice at no.4 and Umar Akmal at no.5. I hope this time again Kamran is dropped and for good also. I short the balance of this team was just not right.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

first i am a pak cric fan..nice team effort from srilankan team....its time to celebrate...we also happy to see to see u in semifinal...go and win the t20 cup..u deserve it....pak whole nation will support u..

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Well Played Sri Lanka!!! It was a nail biting game!!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Welll the match was even until the 14 over of Pakistani innings. At that time Pak needed 50 off 36 with 6 wickets in hand. Hafeez just needed to play risk free cricket for 2 overs just to get the target down to 35. Instead he played that rash shot at wrong time which started the demise. To me that was the turning point because Afridi was always supposed to fail. OTHERWISE the teams were pretty even.

And finally congrats to Sri Lankans as they seized the moment and won easily.

And no Indians plz as u were even worse than Pakistan to be knocked out earlier. so stop saying India could have chased etc. India could never chase because India had already been kicked out.

Posted by subbu85 on (October 4, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Shahid Afridi now shares the record for the most ducks (6) in Twenty20 internationals with JP Duminy and Luke Wright. Remarkably all his ducks have come off the first ball he has faced.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

"Shahid Afridi now shares the record for the most ducks (6) in Twenty20 internationals with JP Duminy and Luke Wright. Remarkably all his ducks have come off the first ball he has faced".......very interesting!!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Umar Gul is an exciting cricketer. We are eagerly waiting to see he play for UVA NEXT in the Champions League.

Posted by sujithl143 on (October 4, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Well played Pakistan! and well played SL! great match. And a BIG thank you for all the Pakistanis. it is exciting to watch u guys play.!

Posted by Sachin_the_god_forever on (October 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Pakistan reach the semifinals by fluke and thrashed by the poor lankans and heading for the dont deserve to be in the semifinals unlike India..bye pakistan..srilanka will choke on sunday and follow you soon .

Posted by LOVEUCRIC on (October 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

it was a great tournament and we enjoyed to much, but today i was expecting Razzaq to be there the man of the crises but unfortunately he was not included in the squad, and i request shahid that it is a good time to resign from the all the format of the game without making any new drama so, what if you are not the captain of pak team you should realize that you have been playing for pakistan not for Hafeez or your self or etc. and many congratulations to the team sri lanka well played well done pak players are more professional but it need strong heart and mind to deliver your best on the day, and i don't know how our team reached to semi final. need serious and positive steps to please don't play with the Nation emotions always. Fida Mohammad from k.s.a

Posted by sumit176 on (October 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

a big thank you to SRI LANKA,,,,,,,

Posted by chamil111 on (October 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

congrats lions. Sri lanka deserves this place because of there performance. Anyway pakistan is also did good. But thats not enough to win. Thats the matter.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (October 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

The moment I saw Tanvir on the field instead of Razzaq, it was "game over" for Pakistan. Razzaq is match winner & same sort of medium pacer as most of SL bowlers & a much better batter than Afridi, Tanvir & Gul. Ciao

Posted by PakCricSpin on (October 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

It was a very hard fought game on a very difficult pitch. In the end the better team won. Congratulations to Sri Lanka. You guys deserve this! From a Pakistani fan.

Posted by lankavigi on (October 4, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

Great Win for SL. It's jus gone bananas here!!! SL deserved it. 140 wasn't enough.But getting to 140, was always gonna be difficult against the mighty Pakistanis. Jayawardene was the key, he attacked against the Pakistani spinners who were great. I don't think any other side would have scored this against Pakistan, but SL did. It was a team performance with everyone chipping in. Mahela, Sanga's aggresiveness, Dilshan's patience, Perera and Mathew's finishin. Then when defending, Mahela again for his captaincy, Mendis and Herath's spin, Malinga and Kula were perfect in restricting Pakistan and also held their nerves. Everyone did those small things right and deserved it thoroughly. If you are Pakistan, you'll be dissapointed. The most menacing bowling line-up ever and a decent batting line-up, you've got back yourselves up to win this T20 world cup easily. Their batting always fails in the key moments. Afridi's time is up, he shud retire!!! Pakistan have to improve their mindset!!

Posted by SunnyFernando on (October 4, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

I wouldn't call the SL win was a gift by Pak. Actually SL gave Pak the gift and they did not take. Someone would have reminded Dilhan this was not a Test match. SL showed the defending character well.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Dave Whatmore is our hero. We never like to see he & pakistan unhappy. But this is the nature of cricket. We can't exactly say what happen on sunday. Pray for a win for SL.

Posted by subrops on (October 4, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

All pak supporters were boasting that we have reached the most semifinals in ICC tournaments since 2007. What use is reaching a semi final when out of all these attempts you have only 1 cup to show and only two victories in semi finals. very very happy that this run continues in 2012 as well. Afridi is the champ player

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Go SL Lions...its Kangaroo in the menu next...Well played....I can see the excitement, the tension and the hunger in Mahela's eyes to win the will surely win this have all our support...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka for the win , you played very well today . Wish you win the final as well .... Love From Pakistan ♥ =)

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 4, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Sami got spanked in the practice games so bad that Hafeez did not risk him any further. I am glad that Hafeez did that. But why was he picked in the first place.?. Why not Junaid Khan? Even if Junaid did not get a game, he would have certainly lernt a lot from the Wprld Cup experience evem from the bench. The Selection of Raza was a positive. But on this wicket Pkistan played one spinner too many because then Hafeez could bowl only one over and Mallik nothing. Now every one will agree that on present form Mallik cannot be your specialist batsman, Shafiq would have been a better choice.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

The Best Captain in the world at this moment Mahela Jayawardene.........

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 18:06 GMT)


Posted by CricketFundas on (October 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

@ddlj26 I'm an Indian fan, but i disagree with ddlj26. Let's not grudge the Pak or SL team their place in the Semis. India sucked against Australia and we paid the price for it. Pakistan on the other hand creamed the Aussies and earned their place. So let's shut up and give them due credit. Personally, i was rooting for the Pakistan team today. On their day, they can really thrash any team. Sad to see such a flamboyant team leave the tournament, but they fought well. Good luck to SL in the final. Hoping to see a sub-continent team hold the cup aloft - so hoping that SL will go all the way.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

woow what a victory with outstanding tremendous performance... Lions are in form! beware kangaroos..!

Posted by subrops on (October 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Very Very happy that Pakistan players will be packing their bags. A very highly over rated team just depending on one bowler and he did not click on a turning pitch and guess what he is the best spinner in the world. Good Win for Lanka Congrats (but do not forget to thank the umpire for the wonderful gift that you got)

Posted by farhan.ahmad on (October 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Hey! Common guys. Great job. When you went there everyone considering you under the feet, but 4th world cup and 4th consecutive semi, really great job. Who comes even close to you. Thumbs up to Green Shirts

Posted by Sachwid on (October 4, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

CONGRATZZ MJ & SRI LANKA!! you guys were the better side in the match today..better luck next time Pakistan, u guys did a good job.. hats off to hafeez for being a true sportsman and a leader UNLIKE DHONI..

Posted by tanzeelfdy on (October 4, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

pakistan played very well....... but lankans played better..... it was a good game of cricket........i am happy for sri lankans....... go lankans...... win the final and lift the cup..... neither Australia nor WI can stop you......... you deserve it guys....... (cheers from pakistan)

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 4, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Well done SL....well played too Pak but your batting is very fragile....I am not hurting my Pak brother's feelings but it a fact...It is similar to our Ind team bowling dont know when they will fire....but if they fire they will win for sure....But Pak had a great chance to beat Aussies if they would have won this match..however it is up to SL now...Our full support and Prayers are with you..go get the cup...ultimately the winners should be from subcontinent...thats my wish....

Posted by InnocentGuy on (October 4, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

I don't know why they keep sending Afridi so far down the order. Even the first T20 WC final, he came and went in a jiffy. They should have sent him at #3. But anyway, congratulations to SL. Now go win the finals too, please. From here on, it looks like 1996 WC. SL in the final, Aus vs WI in the other semifinal.

Posted by abubakrrr on (October 4, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

1st of all congrats to slankans . if a team cant chase 139 in wcup semi thy dnt deserve a final .. simple ... well hafeez tried his level best to get out early but lankans were nt taking his catch at the ned stumping was the only chance in his pockets . and he did it with effieciency bravo hafeez .. now for the next match please v need a batting pitch v need gayle and watson show rather thn narine and hogg show ..

Posted by shaalim on (October 4, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

I am Pakistani, I don't know why I am happy to see Srilanka in final... It seems srilanka is my second team.... Before match I prayed if It's gonna repeat like world cup final against Australia (Pak 132) then It's better Sri lanka go ahead. Praying for Sri lanka in Final... Good luck SriLanka

Posted by Paul_Wright on (October 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Mahela's captaincy was the difference! What an amazing captain, was spot on with the bowling changes and picked a more experienced team for the semi-finals! Great game on the whole, Pakistan were the favorites at the half way mark but SL just hung in there. For SL's sake I hope they win the finals they have been the most consistent side at the major ICC events even though they have had the least resources!

Posted by Rajiv007 on (October 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Now...we will see some Sri Lankan fans commenting Pakistan played well and they are such a great side, sad for their exit.........making fun of them this....what a great method to make opponent lose.

Posted by Dilruksh on (October 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Congratz to Sri Lanka...played really well...and good captaincy by Mahela...also Pakistan they played really well gave us a good semi final...also nice to c Pakistan fans roaming around Colombo they have come all the way from Pakistan to cheer their team that was really great to see.hope they will support us in the finals as well.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

PAKISTAN is a better team than INDIA who couldn't even make it to the semi finals. Congrats both SL and Pakistan for the awesome match

Posted by saad2605 on (October 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

First congrats to Sri Lanka. You guys played a great game. I am just disappointed by first the decision of umpire against Nasir Jamshed, and the way Hafeez got out. This game would have had a completely different outcome otherwise. I feel Afridi needs to calm down and settle at the pitch. Once in he can't be stopped but who is going to explain that to him. Anyways very well played both teams. Both are winners today for accomplishing such tasks on a very difficult pitch.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 4, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Hafeez bowlerd 6 bowlers and he had Mallik up his sleeves if required.He himself bowled only 2 overs. I think he played atleast one bowler too many (if not two). Abdul Razzaq was requred in this match at the expense of any of the bowlers. Also the Sril Lankans were bowling 90% slower delivery. So Razzaq would have been handy on this track. Also I think when the selectors gave this team to Hafeez they make one thing very clear that Asad Shafiq was selected because of his great form shown on the Sri Lankan tour. But the poor lad did not get a single game. All of this while Mallik kept failling game after game. Jamshed got two bad desisions in 5 games that is really bad luck. Must feel for the young lad.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (October 4, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

I am not sure why some stupid indian fans still complaining about luck, ifs and buts. Come on guys! Get some life! I am an Indian fan and I guess without doing some basic home works India went to this tournament and lost it. I wished if they were there. But unfortunately, it did not happen. That's it. Let us hope we will learn from the mistakes, prepare well and play in the next tournaments well.

I was always a big fan of Afridi and Razzak. I wish he could play well today and he dissappointed me. Hafeez' wicket was the turning point and Umar Akmal could be brought up earlier. Enough with the ifs and buts, but I believe SL held their nerves and better team won it. If they face WI in the final, I will be with WI otherwise with SL to win the cup. Go Lions!!!

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 4, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

Whether SL face Aus or WI they will be thrashed in the finals. Both of them have stronger batting than Pak. Pak were unlucky in losing this match, had they planned their innings wisely the could have chased 140 easily. I think even die hard Pak fans are now getting extremely frustrated at the way Afridi bats these days - in fact he just can't bat can he? Nazir was unlucky in being bowled, Jamshed was given lbw when he was not, Hafeez played a lone handle but even he did not bat all that well. Had one more batsman supported Hafeez then Pak would have won the match. In the finals Watson or Gayle will blow away the SL bowlers and SL will find it difficult to handle these confident batsmen who unlike Pak batsmen are not afraid to hit the ball hard in the air. Hats off to Pak for being so consistent in ICC Tournaments even though they hardly get any cricket and Pak is a better sporting nation too unlike SL. Bad luck Pak, you guys lost to a team that got lucky.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Yaaayyy !! A big hand for Srilanka... Congrats.... Well played team pakistan :) Ofcourse you cant win every worldcup... But we managed to reach semis again.. and it is an achievement :)!

Posted by PakCric786 on (October 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Well done SL now go and the final we Pakistanis are with u.. Pak played well and we are proud of them.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@ Rohan Kapoor : India didn't even qualify for the semi finals. What do you want other teams to do? Help India to come to semis ?

Posted by mazii on (October 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

The team that could beat Australia was Pakistan and now they are out. No chance for anyone to stop Australia to grab this cup. By the way well played Sri Lanka. I don't want to say that Jamshed's wrong LBW decision cost us the match. But for me it was the turning point of that match. Sri Lanka were lucky today to beat Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

It was a Pakistan vs Sri Lanka game and the Pakistani's are being very sportive about their loss..WHY ARE YINDIANS FIGHTING HERE?!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

@Rohan Kapoor, Well then ... Since you pretty much explained the expression 'sour grapes' in your first comment, do you have anything meaningful to say? Plus when Sri Lanka lost one test in England, India lost 4 in a row. Just sayin man.

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

I'm very happy to see the good relationship between pakistan & Sri Lanka fans even before this match. I went through all the comments. Happy to win matches, more happy to see good relationship.

Posted by LankaGod on (October 4, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Bye Bye Pack-istan! Mahela showed what a classy batsman he is... Pakistan never had a chance with the hopeless batting line up and really average bowling line up, how they reached semi- final of both one day and T20 Wc is a mystery! Way to go Lanka, let's demolish the Aussies!

Posted by LastKnight on (October 4, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Well played SL Congrats and Best of Luck for Final....... As a Pakistani i m sad only for Umar Akmal...One has got to feel for the youngster.....When,When and When will PK Captains realize that Umar Akmal has to bat @#3/4..Other players i m OK with bcaz they are OK-Players,But feel sad for Umar Akmal.. He cant do all the work @#6.When he comes to crease , commentators say LAST-RECOGNISED-BATSMAN IN,,,,irony is that he is the ONLY RECOGNISED BATSMAN.beside Gul i mean.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

Indian friends please go and watch the Champions League mukabula with your IPL warriors. Let the big boys play the World T20. Well played Pakistan. Making it to the semi finals is a huge achievement and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Good game from both sides

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

srilanka show there real talant we appreciate..i think its time to take hard decision..shahid afridi along wid shoib milk and sohail tanveer should retrie from put young tallent on the of luck srilanka in final we will support u..

Posted by Sachin_the_god_forever on (October 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Pakistan reach the semifinals by fluke and thrashed by the poor lankans and heading for the dont deserve to be in the semifinals unlike India..bye pakistan..srilanka will choke on sunday and follow you soon

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Bye bye pakistan team. You did fight well in this tournament. Happy because our team in the final & sad because you are out. Your country helped our SLPL very well.

Posted by Hardy1 on (October 4, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Not to be anti-Pakistan but it'll be nice to see a new winner of the World T20. Not a fan of any team in particular but it'd be nice to see a home victory, give the people something to cheer about.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

well played srilanka you played much better and strong and competitve cricket then us and u really deserve to be in finals and i as a pakistani will be cheering for you to win the worldcup go srilanka go and for pakistan you win or lose i still love you pakistan cricket team and afridi please take some time off from cricket and do some commercials please lolxx

Posted by Sports4Youth on (October 4, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

With the type of team selection that Hafeez was playing with this was on the cards, Infact I surprised that he made it to the semis. Chasing 140 on a tricky & turning wicket with one or two batsmen short was going to be almost Impossible. But having said that Jamshed got a bad one from umpire Rod Tuicker and that was the crucial difference. Because Jamshed was the Gun batsman for Hafeez. Hafeez picked Tanvir over Razzaq and gave him only 3 overs, inspite of the fact that Tanvir was bowling beutifully well till that point of time. I did not see the point of removing him tanvir from the attack since he had given away only 11 runs from his 3 overs. About Gul it appears that Hafeez had planned to give him only 3 overs because Gul came only in the 16th over. Now I dont understand this, because they are you specialist bowlers. You dont pick a specialist bowler for 3 overs. It would have been different if they had got some beating. Hafeez used 6 bowlers with Mallik not used.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (October 4, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Congrats to SriLanka for reaching final.hope this time Cup will be ours. extremely impressed with Hufeez . He accepted their mistakes and unlike Dhoni he did not blame about conditions. Reality is 140 is a below par score even in this track but today is not Pakistans day.I dont know why they send UMAR AKMAL who has great talent such low down the order.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Pakistan Team should be Investigated, especially Shahid Afradi. He is done, in all forms of cricket.

Posted by SMageshwaran on (October 4, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

A good thing happen to Pakistan cricket in last 10-12 months is Md.Hafeez.Impressed by the way he led the team.He has the rare quality of being calm and focused in the field unlike the other Pakistan captains in over 10 years or so.This is the right time him replacing Misbah as captain in Tests and ODIs

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

Sri Lankan fan here. Congrats to Sri Lanka and well played Pakistan. PAK has some humble and talented players in their squad who can go a long way. And Hafeez is a calm captain without much drama. Well played indeed.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

First of all congratulations to Sri Lanka for making the Final.

Where did Pakistan go wrong today against Sri Lanka? Lets analyse. 1) It was a crumbling, turning wicket which was very hard for playing shots and not suitable for a big tournaments like Semi Final. Pakistan needed different game plan and technique. They played too many dot balls which cost them in the end. 2) Wrong team selection for the game. They did not learn from previous games and still persisted with mediocre batsmen like Imran Nazir and out of form Afridi. Asad Shafiq could have been a better replacement for Razzaq. 3) Last over by Umar Gul to give away 16 runs which was exactly the margin of victory for Sri Lanka - Where did Empire go wrong? To give Nasir Jamshed LBW on a ball that pitched outside the stumps.

Posted by ddlj26 on (October 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Firstly Sri Lanka will be thanking the stars that it wasn't India they played against on that pitch.... India with the ability manaover the spinners would have won this game handily and going by recent history India always have SL's number, but anyway congratulations to SL for the 3rd final in 5 years... do they have it in them to cross the line though or choke, we never know?

Pakistan on the other hand would be wondering why did we make this trip to the semi's and be embarassed like that, India would have chased down that target easily... I think Pak have a long way to go chasing targets and with the batsmen they have who most of the time are sloggers than actually cricket players i dont see how long an ageing balling attack can keep them in contention for next World T20 or World Cup in 2015 unless of course they find another ajmal... i have huge respect for that guy

But all in all this was a pretty one sided final, Pak never looked like they were in it when they were batting !!

Posted by sanjith4 on (October 4, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Those who call us Minnows go and check this link we are no.1 in the t20 ranking 13 points ahead of India.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

well played srilanka......good luck for da final,,,from a pakistani

Posted by Rajiv007 on (October 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

I know Sri Lanka will win...they came to SF by their own merit...unlike pakistan helped by aussies and saf and sri lankan support ( they must laughing in their minds ).

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Nazir Jamshed's LBW decision was poor. Please bring DRS to every format without spoiling victories.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Well done Lions! Thanks for a thrilling semi, Now towards finals...

Posted by suve on (October 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

To Pakistan Fans: Thank you for all your support to the Sri lankan team during the campaign and we Really appreciate it. You guys gave us a nail biting finish in the Semis, and Pakistan were very exciting to watch in the tournament. So thanks Pakistan Brothers. This was a team effort from Sri lanka, Dilshan, Mahela, Thisara and Mathews at the Really gave us a decent total and the bowlers were outstanding especially Herath. Cmon Lions we need that Trophy

Posted by Green_Shirts on (October 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

Really sad that Pakistan lost.......but the better team won!! Go Lankans grab the cup....yu deserve it!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

congrates My Loving Lions, Mahela you are superb captain in world cricket amazing ability to handle players well sri lanka lucky to have legend like you better luck for final

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Even with an old experienced Pakistan team they still couldn't reach the final. I wonder how Pakistan of the future will be as strong when these top players soon retire I mean an 8th place finish at Under-19 level says it all but all the best to Sri Lanka in final :)"

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Pakistani's will support Sri Lanka all the. Bring this baby home

Posted by DilumSL on (October 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Congradzzz SL!!! and wel played Pak!!! really appreciate the way Hafeez and the team reacts to the defeat, no complaints. India should learn from him. And the fans who are saying these two teams are ordinary please tell me a word to describe teams who aren't in the semis........... may be minnows

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

First of all congratulations to Sri Lanka for making the Final.

Where did Pakistan go wrong today against Sri Lanka? Lets analyse. 1) It was a crumbling, turning wicket which was very hard for playing shots and not suitable for a big tournaments like Semi Final. Pakistan needed different game plan and technique. They played too many dot balls which cost them in the end. 2) Wrong decision to give Nasir Jamshed LBW on a ball that pitched outside the stumps. 3) Wrong team selection for the game. They did not learn from previous games and still persisted with mediocre batsmen like Aamir Nazir and out of form Afridi. Asad Shafiq could have been a better replacement for Razzaq. 4) Last over by Umar Gal to give away 16 runs which was exactly the margin of victory for Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

The more I see Malinga, the more I am convinced he is the best fast bowler in the world today, up there with Steyn... What an awesome 19th over!

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

At a certain point i felt the bitterness of defeat. I made my mind up that occasion because we are going to loose to a true neighbour. But, ultimately we were able to win. 1. Very happy since SL in the final. 2. Very sad since Pak is out of the final. Don't worry Pakistan brothers, because we lost WC 2011 final to india & T20 WC final to you. Thats the nature of game. But we really appreciate your sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Well played Pakistan... You were not disgraced. Actually it was a good game and we came out as winners. But Pakistan showed alot of heart. Well played again.. And Thnks Mahela & team for en living our hopes...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

i would say rather it was a gift frm a new brother, it was bad batting then good bowling, u c all the wickets fell, its a real gift given by Pak. i knew will be waste discussion about this match in Pak.I am sorry for so called greatest batsman Afridi am i right i hardly seen him playing him a single over ( a six ball ). ok good brotherhood have a great time i hope SL players go to Pak and dont attacked by some good brothers, and SL fans tell ur team to travel pak. Good Luck.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

well played lions.............v a in d finals now

Posted by Rushi727 on (October 4, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

@ sobersfan - of course while ordinary teams playing semis, poor team completely out of the tournament!! No hope.. how zaad.. :)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

My comments on the post.

First of all congratulations to Sri Lanka for making the Final.

Where did Pakistan go wrong today against Sri Lanka?

1) It was a crumbling, turning wicket hard for playing shots which needed different game plan and technique. Pakistan played too many dot balls which cost them in the end. 2) Wrong decision to give Nasir Jamshed LBW on a ball that pitched outside the stumps. 3) Wrong team selection for the game. They did not learn from previous games and still persisted with mediocre batsmen like Imran Nazir and out of form Afridi. Asad Shafiq could have been a better replacement for Razzaq. 4) Last over by Umar Gal to give away 16 runs which was exactly the margin of victory for Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Hats off to Sri Lanka. They mad back to back world cup finals in 2007 and 2011 and now the Twenty20 WC final again. I hope they win they deserve it for their consistency and have been the most solid team in this tournament. Good luck from an Indian Fan.

P.S: Indian fans do not fret and we can be proud of what the boys did.. we beat Pakistan, SA and England who were all ranked ahead of us. We did pretty well in this tournament and lost 1 game bowling 2nd with a wet ball and due to a brilliant performance by shane watson. Let us not put other teams down and cheer them on as they deserved to be in the semi-finals.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

What a tournament. We Sri Lankans salute all participated countries who showed excellent performance including two super over displays. Actually we are proud of the performances of our Sri lankan team so far made . So we congratulate them and pray for our second world class title in Cricket. But we equally thank all countries who came to Sri Lanka to make this event a big success.

Posted by jerryman on (October 4, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Well played SL , Congrats now you need to hold your nerve for the final .. The difference is that SL played the spinners a little better than Pak did.. but it was a difficult pitch for batting .. kudos to Pakistan as well , still think they had one of the best bowling sides in terms of variety .. Sl is possibly the next best bowling side on these conditions .. Thought Herath should have been MOM today .. good team effort , they will need to improve on their catching , dropped a few easy ones tdy.. Dilshan is one of the best fielders to watch .. All the best to Australa & WI for tmrw ... will see one of u in the finals ..

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Pak's golden run was bcos of its bowling.....their batting is poorest..... if india had one bowler like gul or malinga they would hav won this cup

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Congratulation Everybody, Lankan Lions Into the Grand Final....anyway well played Pakistan..Better luck next time.....Well played Mahela,sanga,Dille,Herath,Mendis,Mathews,Kula and Mali...All the best for Final..we need to wave flag of Srilanka as a Champions.....

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Don't worry Pakistan brothers. You played really well. This game could have gone either way within a fraction of error. Ultimately we won. Don't worry. This win belong to both countries. We never celebrate your defeat. You provided good brand of cricket here. I love it. Sindabad Pakistan!

Posted by Just_love_it on (October 4, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Well not surprised by Srilanka win because honestly Pakistan batting is not even top 8 ! Yes Not in top 8 because 3 other semi finalist have much better batting line up plus ofcourse India new zeland England sa and honestly Bangladesh have better batting than Pakistan .yes pakistan bowling is good but u cannot win just because of good bowling ! Look at their all matches in entire tournament their batting never clicked except vs Bangladesh even England bowled out them 99 defending some 122 ! It was pure lucky they won vs SA despite dismal batting ! Anyway well played Srilanka deserve to be in final now hope gayle fire tommorow :)

Posted by shanepe2003 on (October 4, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Well done S/L, also Pakistan its grate fight but I feel need to send U.Akmal top of the order. Would have been a very interesting game...

Posted by Trigger123 on (October 4, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

very well played sri mahela is a true champ in captaincy..and its bad luck of Pakistan..they are really good talented team..and thanks for all Pakistan fans who support SL in finals ..cheers pakistan brothers and sisiters !!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Well-done Seri-Lanka well-done! You Seri-Lankan Cricket team did the right thing tonight. Very good! You beat Pakistan, and that was what we wanted.

Posted by aranga on (October 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

@Rohan Kapoor Still you guys are talking about India, who are unable to qualify for the semis, even though you were the world champions. Sri Lankans feel so sorry about you guys. No worries. Just chill.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket, what are you talking?? We won! As if Dhoni gave any credit to Mahela's ton in the world cup finals. Look at the trash talk by sobersfan! How can their be any unity with Indian fans. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are great sides and no one can deny it. Sri Lanka remember has beaten Australia 8 times out of the last 15 times they met in ODIs. So Sri Lanka is NOT AN ORDINARY SIDE! PAKISTAN HAVE WON 2 TESTS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND MANY TESTS IN ENGLAND AND THEY TOO ARE A HEROIC SIDE!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Pak's golden run was bcos of its bowling.....their batting is poorest..... if india had one bowler like gul or malinga they would hav won this cup

Posted by pakcricketgirl on (October 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

congratulations Team Sri Lanka! you deserved the victory. I hope you win the cup. i really do. :D kove Pakistan

Posted by Tusker17 on (October 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, you've got nothing to be ashamed of! It was great cricket from you guys! Good luck Pakistan!



Posted by TestsAreMilesAhead on (October 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

what a great captain is , Hafeez.unlike dhoni ,when rameez raja asked "is the issue,the pitch?", and he said 'no'.these players are real cricketers who don't blame the other factors about their defeat.good luck in the future.

Posted by T.R.GHANCHI on (October 4, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

As a Pakistani, we did not deserve to be in the final. Sri lanka truly deserve to win this world cup! BUT all I have to say is that i am truly disappointed with the way Hafeez got out. As a captain and getting out in that manner in a crucial match at a crucial stage, O boy.


Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

When Pakistan decide to get rid of Mohammed Hafeez,Imran Nazir,Shoiab Malik and get some proper batsmen. We may stand a chance of chasing a target

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

well played sri lanka , very consistent throughout this tornament , i felt pakistan were still in at requiring 49 of 36 balls but hafeez and afridi lost it , afridi should have watched a few balls before attacking .

Posted by colombo_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Congratulation Sr Lanka. Very well played. Go & lift the cup lions!

Posted by walidabbas on (October 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Sri Lanka played better cricket. So no complaints except razzaq not playing ;)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Only time will tell whether pakistan is better than India or not. Wait till this december.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

Great win for Sri Lanka...4th World cup final since 2007...Pakistan tried hard...great tense game..Lionss Roar

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

i hope lanka win this cup .....................

Posted by St.John on (October 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

One feels for Pakistan. They have some back from so much adversity. The fighting in their country, unable to get international teams to play on home soil, the disturbances caused by Butt & co. etc. etc. Yet look at their team today. What talented, decent guys, guided by the affable Dav Whatmore. I support no team but I was genuinely sad Pakistan didnt make it to the final. Still, congrats to SL...

Posted by crzcric on (October 4, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

tht was a nail biter.both teams played well. both deserved to be in the final. i wish that was the final. not happy abt the pitch for the semi. the par score should be 160.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

I m pakistani.. Again defeat in semis for pakistan but still i proud on my team.they played well , fight well till the end and important thing was they did not weap like indians. @Salahuddin misbah. u r right man no exposure of IPl , International Cricket at home Still our guyz are entertaining the cricketing world. They are known as Entertainers and will remain EntertainerS INSHALLAH.

Posted by ashguru123 on (October 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

yehhhhhhhhhh lions finally did it!come on get the TITLE..

Posted by walidabbas on (October 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Congratulation Sri Lanka from Pakistani fan well played

Posted by DylanP on (October 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Good game of cricket- Batsman and bowlers both needed to step up on this pitch, a really hard fought game! Pakistan and SL fans looks like you are getting a mouthful from the jealous Indian fans here. Its good to see Pakistan and SL fans united and enjoying a good game of cricket. Hope tomorrows semi final will be as interesting and SL good luck for the finals!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

In five years four finals..Amazing stuff buy the brainy lions..GO LIONS GO it's your cup this time..hats off to Mahela and Sange for guiding this young unit and you both are true champions overs the years to bring the lanksn's in to four finalsiun five years with limited resources......

Posted by tgr999 on (October 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

well done sri lanka...hooo hooo.. Very clever to pick herath against pakistan...every contributed well and the endit was a team the big one...which we have expecting for...need make sure we feild well in the final...who ever the oponent is the side feilding well will need to practise hard and make sure you take every half chances offered in the finale..

Posted by Harmony111 on (October 4, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

SL lucky to win this match as Nasir Jamshed was given wrongly out lbw. That was a shocker and put Pakistan back a great deal.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

i ama srri lankan fan i love 2 watch thhis 2 teams in the final but that diidn't hpn wel pld sri lanka ,and also pak i love this two countries becz they produse great players .. pak i love us much ........ this is not adefeat 2u guys ,pak played awesome in this tournment sad 2 see them go out............

Posted by nickcarter80 on (October 4, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Sri Lankans were the better team on the day! Well played Pakistan too, they fought till the end.

Posted by sanath1234 on (October 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

@ ashraf....thanks for great brotherhood. actually limit on 140 was great effort by pakistan.for that Hafees did a well planed method as keep gul for the end....and changing. i think the turning point was the needless hurry by cpt himself and next ball dismiss of afridi. sl was never won a single game in the history changed.hope we will win the next game too.bring back the cup to asia is most important.we hope for the best as always.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

First of all congratulations to Sri Lanka for making the Final.

Where did Pakistan go wrong today against Sri Lanka?

1) It was a crumbling, turning wicket hard for playing shots which needed different game plan and technique. Pakistan played too many dot balls which cost them in the end. 2) Wrong decision to give Nasir Jamshed LBW on a ball that pitched outside the stumps. 3) Wrong team selection for the game. They did not learn from previous games and still persisted with mediocre batsmen like Aamir Nazir and out of form Afridi. Asad Shafiq could have been a better replacement for Razzaq. 4) Last over by Umar Gal to give away 16 runs which was exactly the margin of victory for Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Really a bad wicket for Semi Final. It destroyed the most entertaining match of the WC with variable bounce and spin. that's ridiculous... but good cricket all round and the better team won. Congrats SL and Better luck Next time PK..

Posted by loke_cricfan on (October 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Congrats SL...................... Pakistan lost due to Afridi's very poor performance.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

well done Lions.. you rocks the game and make every fan happy who loves cricket. you brings the life to the game which is called Cricket. go ahead and lift the cup with style. this wishes from your ever loving Sri Lankan Cricket fan. jaya wewa Sri Lanka, Chak De Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka zindabad.! we love our heroes.

Posted by nimzz on (October 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

honestly i'm a sri lankan fan & really delight about the win . it was a real battle ! Pakistani brothers we salute you!!!

Posted by bobmartin on (October 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Well done Rod Tucker... An absolute howler probably gifted the game to Sri Lanka whose luck must run out soon.

Posted by amilag on (October 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

This is the land of lion's body will survive here. SL are well balanced,talented,most deserved team to win the cup!

Posted by Perera32 on (October 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Well done SRI LANKA !!!!!. What a brilliant game of cricket, the last 10 overs were so tense. I think Sanga's short innings gave us the win, because he gave us momentum in the middle overs to get 140 instead of 125. To PAKISTAN FANS: You guys have been brilliant this tournament, Pakistan really gave us a good game. Good Luck SRI LANKA in the FINALS !!!!

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (October 4, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Sri Lanka deserve it. All round better than Pakistan who again fail when put under any sort of pressure. I hope Sri Lanka win the cup now!

Posted by Aragoth on (October 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Sri Lanka all the way! When Shohib swung from the hip and missed I knew we were in the final. Mahela is just toooo good.

Posted by ScoreField on (October 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

it was a classic display from mahela - he proved that "you don't have to be ugly to aggressive" not brutal killing but timing measurement of pitch and Intel he possess about the game let's hope he can display one more in finals - thumbs up

Posted by pakflag on (October 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

Honestly, not surprising for the reason Pakistan lost (middle order batting, ugh!). Well played SL and it's about that you put a second icc trophy in your cabinet! Lions for the win!

Posted by SLfan on (October 4, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

@ Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket - LMAO...Now what you are saying ??? Is it still a bad choice to play Rangana Herath ? Even he should be the Man of the Match of this game. You should be more 'LOGICAL' than that mate...:P

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Clearly, Aus did a gr8 favor to PK, like they have done in past, like loosing to Bangladesh. Now lets see if they can kill themselves tomorrow with WI. It will be a gr8 self-destruction. Go Narine.. :-)

Posted by immithegr8 on (October 4, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Well played SL. You were a deserving winner tonight. Hope you win the world cup :) For Pakistan, they have been inconsistent with the bat and obviously, it was difficult for them to chase on this wicket against such quality bowling line up. Afridi needs to retire now. And for Indians, we played much better than India in last 3 T20 World cups, so chill guys (including this one where we again reached the semi final) :P

Posted by Ish_ on (October 4, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

ENTIRE 19th over was WIDE.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Sri lanka are lucky to be playing against poor pakistani team.If they were to play against INDIA earlier in the tournament,they would'nt have even made to the semi finals.India humiliated them in a bilateral series in lanka not so long ago and both mahela and sanga who are flat track bullies{mahela-22 out of 31 test tons at home and sanga-20 out of 30 tons in lanka}were running away from media after that series.

Posted by aranga on (October 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Finally Minnows(According to so many cricinfo fans) reached final. Well done Sri Lankans. Well played today...

Posted by nomi.qadri on (October 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Although i m an indian kashmiri and my team is Pakistan....but i will support sri lanka in the final....congrats to sri lanka ...they played exceptionally well today.

Posted by spirit_cric on (October 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Well done lions it's a good match!But the better team of the day wins!But PAK played well through out the tournaments!They made 4 out of 4 times into semis!

Posted by dushank on (October 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Well done Lions boys...... it was a nail biting and so exciting victory....... Well played Pakistan too and thank you for giving us such a wonderful contest. You played the entire tournament brilliantly. No matter what team won... you are equally good to be in the finals...........!

Posted by nmnaleem on (October 4, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

superb ..... lions makes proud the country....

Posted by 10Devils on (October 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Pakistan paid the price for not picking Abdur Razzak. Afridi should have been out on the bench.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

The only team that could have bet in this tournament be it groups super8's semis or finals is INDIA.!!!!! Finally Ind won this WC by beating PAK..thats enough for us then..Ind need a captain like Mahela..

Posted by ssiddiqi on (October 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Congrats!!! to Sri Lanka. You deserve to win the cup. Pakistan had also potential to win but their foolish mistakes/decesions kicked them out.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Boom Boom afridi we love you!!!! Everyday is not a Sunday doesn't meter!

Posted by Criktic on (October 4, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Well done and congrats Sri Lanka, you played well and totally deserve to be in the final. As for Pak, we rely too much on luck instead of performance. Cant understand the problem Hafeez has with Razzaq, and Afridi, please retire, you might still be 16 years old but we have seen enough of you.

Posted by Ramansilva on (October 4, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Four times bride's mate but not yet the bride. I feel sorry for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

Dear Pakistan that was a awesome game of cricket :).. u guys always been a tough opponent :)Greetings from SL

Posted by dada_speaks on (October 4, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

well played lanka...may this tournament help to consolidate the harmony n unity in the country... go n grab the cup for indian.

Posted by SalamNameste on (October 4, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

It is about time Pakistan kick out Afridi out of the team.... we cannot carry on playing handicapped with 10 players

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Well done MJ and Herath. MJ controlled the whole game when he batted and in field..But its a horrible pitch for a semi final..hope tommorow match will be on some other pitch...this is the hardest game for sri lanka in the whole tournament...PAK was the hardest opponent and they had the match on their hands for some time, bad luck guys but well there will be some fans from some other country and will start thrash them by words...dont take it hard PAK friends, if we had been lost the match it could have been same for us...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Well played Srilanka!!! you deserved some thing . Now go and win World cup too dont disappoint us double time. But i m not happy with the pitch they gave for a t20 semifinal... Anyways good luck Srilanka but i m still proud of our team Pakistan..

Posted by cooljack_143 on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)


Posted by Hira1 on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Please get rid of this shoab malik, imran nazir, sami, sohail tanveer, kamran akmal, if they deserve to be in the team than better bring back Misbah...but time to include fresh blood...Pak was only playing with 5 players and looking at this was a great performance from them

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Umar Akmal is better than most other Pakistani batsmen. he should be promoted up the order so that he gets time to do what is needed. most of the time he is left with a big task right at the end.

Posted by Bouncypitches on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. I thought Pakistanis lost their bottle - especially Umar Gul - just like the last 1-Day World Cup.

Posted by on (October 4, 2012, 17:22 GMT)

LOVE U PAKISTANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN..... very well played, saw some very good cricket, but to my wonders was that there was no dew factor tonight, pitch performed quite strange than what we observed previously, it was taking too much bounce, to add to all was nasir jamshed's wrong dismissal :(,, and secondly GOOD DONE SRILANKA, A LION PERFORMANCE, hope you will fetch the worldcup.. all the best from Pakistan :)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Really need to hats off to Pakistani captain about the comment he made @ the end. you need to have courage to accept loss unlike dhoni who always blah.blah. blah & continuously do so. Be humble. I thought that pitch was more suites to Pakistan than sri lanka though, 20th of sri lanka innings & 10th/14th overs of Pakistani innings just decided the match. Really it was a heart pumping game to the end.

Posted by jamfai on (October 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka on winning the semi final and hope you do well in the finals The difference today was Mahela , a true classy batsman Also would give it to Hafeez especially the way he handled the post match presentation No excuses made on playing a dicy second innings pitch, accepted defeat graciously. Dhoni man up and learn how to accept defeat graciously!!

Posted by ssiddiqi on (October 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Hafeez's quotes "Every person gave 100%". He must clarify, in loosing or winning???

Posted by JBerger on (October 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Congratz to SL, better team won. Pak as usual committed the expected mistakes, Openers wasted too many balls. Dot balls were not defended but wasted by irrational shot selections especially by openers hence created undue pressure later on. Tanveer had the rush of blood when it could still be won by single & twos or occasional Fours. If PCB has any sanity left a few no good amateurs must be fired and blood new young players waiting in wing. Best of luck to SL for the well deserved final.

Posted by SL-RokZ on (October 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

GREAT STUFF BY BOTH TEAMS.............BIG CONGRATZZZ TO SL......... not a great pitch for t20 semi at all !!!!!!!!!! I still believe PAK has the best bowling attack of this tournament & to score 139 on this bad pitch against them my opinion about SL having the best batting lineup , proves to be true by all means.... dont rest Malinga for the remaining two days & plz teach him to at least stop the ball with these two days, coz superb bowling alone doesn't win matches forever..... I still believe neither Aussies nor Windies has any sort of chance against SL which is having the best batting lineup & second best bowling attack in this tournament... THAT'S A FACT...... GO LIFT THE TROPHY LIONS.........ROOOOAAAARRRR..... SL ROCKZZZ FOREVER..... !!!!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Well played Srilanka!!Pakistan were outplayed by smart spin bowling and malinga having dropped hafeez bowled magnificently at the death....

Posted by Zinnooran on (October 4, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

My heartiest congratulations to Sri Lanka being a Pakistani. They deserve to be in the finals. Our bowling was at it's best but our batting was again below par. The main problem is our team selection, deserving players are sitting on benches and Junaid Khan is dropped. Our board always chose players with references over talent so such results are always expected. best of luck to Sri Lanka for finals. Very much happy for them.

Posted by Ish_ on (October 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

ENTIRE 19TH OVER WAS WIDE. LAW 25 Page 184 2004 Edition (Somebody has borrowed my late edition). "The striker is under no obligation to move in order to try to hit the ball". For a short batsman wide ball can be within the lines drawn on the pitch. Ishrat Ansari Umpire in Canada.

Posted by Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on (October 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

well played Pakistan! went down fighting like true worriers! i am a Sri Lanka fan and I am very happy with our boys and their performance.couldn't be happier about the outcome. FYI: I would have had Pakistan beat us 100 times before India beat us once! "Bye Bye India!" hahahahaha. GO home India! hahahha

Posted by Narmak on (October 4, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka! hope they get to lift the trophy! well done to Pakistan! we'll get it next time!

Posted by SL_roar on (October 4, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

congrads to SL team! u guys r awesome!!!! well deserved win to get to the finals. Pakistan we are sad to see u go. SL fans will always support ur team.N here comes the brickbats frm r neighbours:))) it was a low score n anybody's game. SL did a good job defending it even with the malinga blunders bt maly bowled well. @ ibbani BTW, we love r team NOT ashamed of it n never will be, we will leave tht job to u!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Congrats and Well done SL, and well done Pakistan as well for making it to the semis.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Today our Pakistani team hurt its fan who loved the cricket and its team a lot. Other than Hafeez and Umar Kamal none other batsman showed much contribution. Afridi who is coming all the time in adverstisement hitting sixes, the way he was bold on the first ball the height of his dissapointed world cup 2012 tour. Pakistan could have done better having a rather better start, but they fell regularly. Sirilanks really earned a derserving win on this match, but Pakistani team was just not upto our expectations at all.

Posted by Balumekka on (October 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Great show by SL lions. Sri Lankans are at very best of their game. I am bit disappointed as our Pakistani brothers go out of the tournament. Really It would be so nice if it would have been a SL vs PAK final.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Pakistan is very unpredictable team sometimes they win matches from nowhere and mostly they lose matches those they are about to win.So today I was very sure they have a small target and they will make it look big.I was sure they will lose. Have a nice flight back to Pakistan.Tomorrow pakistan fan can WELCOME their players.Have a nice flight

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

For some reason it feels like we beat ************* @ Indian fans on cricinfo.Well played Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Itz Sri Lanka all the way! very gud performances by every member.not like other world cup dz tym middle order firing! again SL death bowling wonderful.Malinga need catchng practice! weldone LIONS

Posted by shazzar on (October 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Well done sri lanka, you deserve the win. I'll be supporting you in the final. Pakistan simply did not learn anything from the india match, yet again hafeez played so slowly at the start, yet again akmal and jamshed got out in quick succession to spin, yet again afrdi did zilth, yet again the 5th bowler (tanvir in this case) hardly made any runs, yet again 4 spinners was not good enough against a good spin playing side. Surely should have playe razzaq instead of raza to give some balance to the side and moved a few players around.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Congrats SL.What a nerve wrecking match.Both teams played their heart out.Pakistan played brilliant Cricket throughout the tournament and they can go back keeping their heads high.

Posted by NithinSDharan on (October 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Hey Pakistan team ... Wait till tomorrow, Aussies is also planning to come with you guys...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Cricket is just a game not a war. It's the time to show sportsman spirit. Let's now tell the world that we are Pakistani.

Posted by joshwbd on (October 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

no complaints plz pak brothers..dont find just lost...LOST..haha

Posted by Dimuthu_SL on (October 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket we have to say yes sri lanka is consistent what do you have to say?

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

First of all many Congrats to Sri Lankan fans! & Yet again Pakistan showed how Poor batting line up they have lol. yeah 27 of 12 wasn't that difficult but but but its Pakistan batting line up againt Malinga most successful bowler in depth overs. Wow for the great LALA! didnt even knew it how he bowled by Herath. So the defeat was good at least someone will get a chance instead of Afridi, Imran and blah blah u know it who! lol. For the first time in my life even after defeat em not sad, but will hope Will Pakistan be able to chase some decent score comfortable in future Big Question mark!... Congrats SL! looking forward to see you winning Trophy InshaAllah best of luck! Pakistani fan...

Posted by ScoreField on (October 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Cpt.Meanster - you were very gentle on India on previous day, just posted a below par comment to PAK, comomn Yaar, grow up - It was a very nice game, always held its nerve not a single sided game, full of presure on and off the ground. Well played both teams!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster LOL. Typical indian bigot. When India were knocked out he was here taking the moral high ground and how people should admire indian team for effort and now look at him....hypocrite.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (October 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Congrats Well Played SL... The best team won today. Im not that much sad as SL is always my 2nd favorite. I wish SL win FINAL too. Wish you all they best. With Love and Respect from Pakistan.

Posted by NithinSDharan on (October 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Aussies played slowly in last match to avoid playing against India in the Final . They were expecting Pakistan to beat SL in semis and thereby enters Final and there they can beat Pakistan comfortably. I am sad that Aussies plan didnt work.They are gonna taste Malings yorkers & Mendis carrom ball.

Posted by Garretjacks on (October 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

I am happy Sri Lanka won the game as I am a lankan my self. Pakistan played really well too, and I felt really sorry when they showed Pakistan supporters with their sad faces on the ground. Safe journey home.

Posted by luls_guy47 on (October 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

well done SL !! well a great game and as a fan I loved both teams GREAT GAME !!!

Posted by yasid on (October 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Pakistan, it was an awesome game and well played. don't worry. we will bring the cup to Asia. Three hearty cheers for Pakistan and their Genuine Pakistani Fans.

Posted by imirza10 on (October 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Well played SriLanka under the circumstances, wish you good luck for the Finals!!! Keep Going n Roaring --- Lions :)

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

now we want SL friens be champion...go LS go our PAk fans good wishes with you

Posted by india_better on (October 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

hahahahahahaha oh my god look at the faces of pakistani celebration of reaching semifinal is similar to afridi innings too short lolz

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

hats off to Hafeez...... he didn't blame it on the pitch or the bad decision or any other excuse...... true sportsman..... as i feel PAK made more mistakes than Sl.... that's what cost them the game...... n SL played slightly better than PAK.... hope SL will improve their game on Sunday........4rm a SL fan (nt a PAK hater)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Pakistan bowled really well! Batting was not upto the mark to be winner specially skipper should have be there till 20th over especially after getting that many chances. But some credit goes to the Mr.Rodney James Tucker:( Well Best of luck to SL for the Final. Finally one thing Pakistan can't play Defensive this is what they did against SA, IND. result was in front you. Where was Abdul Razzaq????????????

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

I think umar akmal is a good batsmen,stayed till the end of pakistan today.He is much better than Inhamam and mianded,as they couldnt even score 9000 test runs even when playing against poor indian bowlers most of the times.Anyways,enjoyed very much pakistan's defeat.

Posted by SoulTaker on (October 4, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

come on SL win this world cup and make everybody proud.....congrats SL team and fans....well played Pakistan you have a tremendous bowling attack but the fact is you have a very fragile batting lineup...dont mean to hurt my Pak brothers..but it is the fact....we are with you SL go get the cup...from Indfan....

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (October 4, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Well Played SL.. now lets win the World Cup.. Herath was Sensational.. all the best from a Pakistani Fan

Posted by rob_damn on (October 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Allright... so a new champion... neways well played pak... go home and prepare for CLT.. I know SL would submit to Oz .. but I want to see WI taking this cup..

Posted by vish2020 on (October 4, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Chalo BOOM BOOM PHIR SE...phislaaa!!! hahah as i said from beginning, let's go WI's! Beat the lankans!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Man of the Match..... Rod Tucker

Posted by yorkslanka on (October 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

WELL DONE SRI LANKA..congratulations on reaching final and for defending a low score well against a very well organised Pakistan team.consolations to our pak brothers and thanks for such a great game of cricket which could have gone either way.. As for Sri Lanka,hopefully we can build on today by giving malinga some fielding lessons, which he is clearly in need of !! Hopefully we can end our run of getting to finals and losing but who knows...good luck for Sunday and continue to make us proud boys...

Posted by dada_speaks on (October 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

dn't make this an arena of pitty south asian politics...this is cricket enjoy it...INDIANS should accept that they lacked the will shown by PAK n variety shown by far as AUSSIES r concerned they r in their limit to protect their interests... better to focus on our weaknesses... may we get sm sensible selections in next edition... till then best luck SRI LANKA.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka. This year it belongs to you. Being Pakistani, I think, Pakistan played well in the tournament. Abdur Razaq should have played today. But that is how this beautiful game is, it goes on. I want to see Sri Lanka and WI in final :-)

Posted by NithinSDharan on (October 4, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

Shahid Boom Boom Afridi.... He is really explosive. Every time when Pakistan bats, i will be in front of TV eagerly waiting for Shahid Afridi's turn. As you are aware, when wicket falls there will be a short break for Ad's and at that time i use to change channels for checking other programs. Most of the times when i return back to cricket channel there will be another advertisement running after Shahid Afridis wicket. I am very much upset, that i haven't got a real chance to watch him batting. I hereby request Afridi to play at-least 2 or 3 balls so that we can watch you bat.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Pak friends come quick we r waitin u at the airport!! Aussies ur next!!Congrats SL U handle pressure well!!!Had to say Pak is over dependent on umar and jemshed just like we on kohli and yuvaraj! Best of luck WI !! SL v/s WI final which should end up in a bowled out

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Thought WI would lift the WC after 33 yrs... but SL is very tough in these conditions. bad luck pakis.. I cheer for West Indians since when Indians left :)

Posted by Fazal123 on (October 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

We probably would of won if misbah was there to finish with umar akmal. Hafeez was pathetic with bat. Whats the use of playing so slow if your not going to stay till the end, he had 2 catch drops.

Posted by AneYako on (October 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Looking back all these insults thrown towards the SL team is hilarious now. Eat_Sleep_Play is going to not sleep so well now.

Posted by 10Devils on (October 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Well Done lionz!! Many many cogratulations and good luck for the next :)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

If they don't know how to bat they don't deserve to be there in the first place Afridi should retire and Hafeez should play as a bowler only he should not open Jamshed and kamraan akmal should open and nazir should be out as well umar akmal should come before everybody else seems like he is the only batsman in pak team !

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Shahid afridi is the most irresponsible and waste player in the history of cricket,another duck in a crucial match.He scores once in fifty matches and most of the times gets hammered while bowling against quality teams like india. INDIA will celebrate today.

Posted by karacasia on (October 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Srilanka played great cricket, and now i think they should go ahead and win the cup...they surely deserve it!

Posted by Criket_fan on (October 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

Lions Roar.We are again in the final.We are the champions.Lov u mahela and sanga.Herath oh man,I totally changed my opinion in u.I regret.Dilly try to score fast.Lov u guys.Oh umar i feel sorry for u.Dont worry bros.You will be back.Malinga u showed who u are.Kula u are always a world class.We continue to rock the world.

Posted by joshwbd on (October 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

well played lanka,see u in the finals...unfortunatly losing as always..luck wont play a factor there...make another low score and Aus or WI teach u a good lesson

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

This was really great to see Sri Lanka playing for the win... I was never expecting Pakistan to win, the way they left Razzaq out and let Shoaib Malik in the playing 11. Shoaib should have been replaced with Asad Shafiq. Well played Sri Lanka and perfect lesson for the Hafeez rivalry with Razzaq.

Combined score of Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi is far less than the average of any good batsman in this tournament. Sri Lanka deserved the win. I hope they take the cup too... :)

Posted by Narbavi on (October 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT)

bad decisions cost pakistan?? oh i didn't know that, anyway should have known when i heard that lanka won, pakistan fans deserve this by the way for the way they mocked us along with lankan fans, lol, so much for the partnership!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

proud to be sri lankan.. but have to say pakistan played really well in the tournament..... hope sri lanka will win the cup........lions roar.....yeeee

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:04 GMT)

This is the last and final call to all Pakistani fans traveling by Pakistan International Airlines to pack your bags, wipe your faces and say good bye to your SL friends and board the flight to Pakistan immediately. Thank you

Posted by Sidura on (October 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

@Night_Fury, mate....time to root with your backyard bully cricketers. This is not your game. So leave this space for genuine brothers in cricket!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Well played Team srilanka ov luck for the finals

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

wow fakistan have won the t20 world cup 2012,,,,,,,,,,,,,hahaha

Posted by Solace1 on (October 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

@Sinhaya: Hey congrats man, your minnows have made it to the finals, be happy because your joy is shortlived, you won't win the trophy,

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Hafeez ur a looser u should have picked Abdul Razzaq, boss old is gold and he has done it for pak in the pass.... Not a good selection for the match that is very important bro.............

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

School boyish pakistani batsmen have made a poor sri lankan score into a match winning one.What a great batting lineup pakistan has,couldnt even chase 139.There are greater batsmen in every street of india than mohammad hafeez and kamran akmal.Pakistan were lucky to go through to semi finals,india would have chased this score with 5 overs to spare...

Posted by Eastgreen on (October 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

.... And Man of The Match goes to "Rod Tucker" who turned the match around by 'getting' the wicket of Nasir Jamshed...............

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

hahaha.... let the haters begin bashing........!!!!

Posted by SaadRocx on (October 4, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Bye Bye Afridi.....Well done Srilanka.Hope u will go on and take the cup (a pakistani fan )...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Srilankans held their nerves and dint seem short on confidence that they were going to win. Well wishes for the finals. This is Sri Lankas year. From a Pakistani fan.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (October 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Well playd Sri lanka....from India Nahit Afridi has dthroned Nohit Sharma :-D

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (October 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Well playd Sri lanka....from India Nahit Afridi has dthroned Nohit Sharma :-D

Posted by PMadhavarao on (October 4, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

Isn't that a wonder semi final match. I enjoyed wickets falling for spin. Oh no, oh no what happened. India beat Pakistan and Sri Lanka beat Pakistan. now who is packing bags home ? lbw execuse. oh poor boy out LBW, therwise pakistan would've gone to the final ...

Posted by alwaysindia on (October 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

@risingpak now you are blaming the toss mate , blame your street level batsmen. as far as support is concerned ,the srilankans supported you because they didn't want to face india in sf

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Pakistanis love Shahid Afridi for the brand of cricket he has played over the years but Lala needs to retire. so does Kamran Akmal(plzzzz),Shoib Malik and sohail tanvir just needs to dropped perpetually. he is an embarrassment to Pakistan proud fast bowling history.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

this not the pitch for semifinal\

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (October 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

Well done SL. I'll be hoping for a SL-WI final.

I don't know what it is with the PAK team that they have to contend with more than their share of bad umpiring decisions so regularly. Before today we did not see any howlers from the umpires in this tournament. It had to happen to today to one of their best batsman Nasir Jamshed who was looking good.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (October 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

well played srilanka is yours as you have better batting and good spin attack in shape of herath and mendis . other teams are weak at playing spin. go sl go you are the champions of t20 2012....(from pk)

Posted by Narbavi on (October 4, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

So lanka in finals, and two teams namely SA and IND who are better than them have been knocked out just tells you the story of this bizarre world cup, ICC are you watching?? Change back to the old rules were the groupings are fair!!

Posted by pakirates on (October 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

congratulations SRILANKA!!

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (October 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Hafeez lose make this match and lose after making a game he don,t know how to make a match,,,second now you can know why Razzaq was not in,,,replace shoaib malik,,nazir,,sami...all should out....good play by SL,,afridi don,t have his brain.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

good pakistan lost west indies will win this year chris gayle will destroy all the bowlers

Posted by rob_damn on (October 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

Gul was teh hero against SA for batting... Is the poor guy going to be villian tonight... not is fault anyway... these 2 were left with a lot to do...

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (October 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

LOL LOL LOL .......... YEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH -----Have a nice flight back home Green shirts!!! ... Bye Bye... Please drop Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi from the plane if you can!!! :-) And please no umpiring excuses .. think of something better today!!!

Posted by GTA_CricFan on (October 4, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

I blame Umar Gul for giving away 16 runs in the last over he bowled. It's about the same amount of runs Pakistan lost by. Umar Gul shows inconfidence and immaturity in his bowling. Time and again he has bowled and conceded a few too many runs when all he had to do was bowl sensibly.

No surprises there in Pak's batting, inconsistent and unpredictable like always. The new chokers indeed.

Posted by alwaysindia on (October 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

what happened pakistan, cant chase even 140. haha now you all must accept your batting is really the worst and your bowling average. no one can beat srilanka on their home turf except india who keep thrashing them at every place in all formats.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

To all Pakistani fans: It was easy to laugh at India's exit wasn't it ? Well it's your turn to pack the bags. Hope you know which way the airport is ! Have a nice flight. Congratulations SL.

Posted by Inumlakhan on (October 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Rob_Damn is the real fan of Pakistan, lolz

Posted by davidatlas999 on (October 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Ok last 6 ball 23 rq i know now the result good luck to our Brothers srilankas.hope you do not play too slow in next match because you have to win now the of luck from pak.

Posted by IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on (October 4, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

Frankly speaking what have Pakistan really got to show from this tournament.Hardly anything but yes luck on their side. A thumping from India their arch rivals was surely no acievement was it?. A lucky escape to Semis courtesy Hussey effort to knock out India, other wise even India had same 4 wins in 5 matches ratio. Then once again a loss in SF after 2010 and 2011 now in 2012. It has happened so many times now that Chokers tag would slowly now be Pakistans crown, because SA does not choke they just dont perform well to get into choke position. If you analyse correctly and honestly, even in 2010 Pakistan were lucky to go to semifinal based on Super 8 results. However despite luck favoring them so much they choke in Semifinals be it T20 Worldcup or be it ODI World cup. If one really goes ahead with honesty any neutral fan will rain iintervention helping Pakistan in 1992 then again luck played big part else ENgland had them almost kicked out before rain intervened .

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (October 4, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS SL..What a GAME very well played both teams. GO SL and win the T20 CUP. I hope it is WI in the final.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 4, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Well played SL !!! Well Pakistan, hope you enjoy your flight HAHA !!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:56 GMT)

Welcome Back Pakistan,No International Cricket, No Exposure of IPL, No Home crowd advantage still Pakistans is the team who manages to ply all semis in T20 and played 2 finals. Hats Off Pakistan........Love Pakistan

Posted by Nehans on (October 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

why on earth umar akmal is batting at number 6 and shoaib malik good for nothing at 5 and kamran akmal at 4

Posted by A.Ashraf on (October 4, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

I am a Pakistani...but honestly... i am happy that Sri Lanka is in the final. You played better cricket than us and i hope you will win the world cup ... you have deserved it most... comon my sri lankan brothers... You are the champions of the World T20 2012!!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win the tournament too. No doubt about it.

Posted by ssiddiqi on (October 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Hafeez is the real culprit. He initially slow down the game and also they did not pick hard hitter Abdur Razaaq.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Have a nice flight back to Pakistan wow

Posted by Ozzbozz on (October 4, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka, better team on the day won, usual mistakes for Pakistan so no need dwell on them.

Posted by rob_damn on (October 4, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

well... now 23 off 6 is also possible... if anyone had watched 2010 world cup or IPL...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

It's Pakistan today and roaring lions (meows) on Sunday. WI will win the cup this time.

Posted by productivity on (October 4, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

Pak reached semi again but its again by luck.................Hafiz luck can't be always with u this time it will be with SL...........Cheeeeeeeeers indians fans

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 4, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

why the hell Umar Akmal changed his gloves when the umpire stopped him. This wrong.

Posted by rob_damn on (October 4, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

27 off 12... not difficult... wish akmal and gul had watched last IPL edition...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Pakistan, the new chokers of International cricket.

Posted by ChicagoTailEnder on (October 4, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Glad Pak is taking their flight tonight.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 4, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

we have been tossed and tuckered away. bad pitch to play the semi final where the spin of the coin decides the result. but well done Srilanka for seizing the advantage. it makes it easier going down to Srilanka rather than any other team as their supporters have been so good to our team. Umar Akmal is still their so hope against hope as a Pakistani

Posted by Resultpredictor on (October 4, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

Pakistan once again loses in the semis as was waste and poor batting. Pakistan richly deserved the defeat

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lankan team, you played well!

Posted by shazzar on (October 4, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Just knew pakistan would take harath too easy, there was no need to lose wickets chasing especially on this pitch and with only 6 batsmen. Should have played razzaq he would have keept his cool and is a bitter striker of the ball from the crease then any of them.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (October 4, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

LOL ... Lala is gone for a 1st ball duck !!! Can't defend .. Can't Slog ... I hope you retire for the 3rd time and stay retired for good!! .... Can't wait for all the excuses for umpiring errors now !!!!

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (October 4, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Well .. Either team which loses has to be prepared for the barrage of taunts/comments from the indian fans - remember last tuesday guys? - Both your team's fans rejoiced India's exit and ridiculed them .. Well its your turn now !! You reap what you sow!!.. Btw - SL with their below average bowling attack are looking like favorites here... Talk about setting the cat among these pigeons --- we are already hearing the Meows!!!!

Posted by Night_Fury on (October 4, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

I am an Indian and just hope pak plays well...for change I am rooting them...SL is utter waste team...look at the pitch..they r turning square...and malinga drops hafeez...very nice..and they say SL are good fielders...over rated and weak team

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 4, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Oh no, my apologies to Pakistani fans! Umpiring howler can be deadly for Pakistan! Jamshed should not have been given out. But surely what is the meaning of this LBW rule? If a ball pitching outside off is eligible for LBW, what is wrong with a ball pitching outside leg?? ICC must re check this rule really.

Posted by dmqi on (October 4, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

3 down for 60 runs, 10 over passed. Pak will loose by 10 runs or so. SL-AUS Final.

Posted by Ajayvs on (October 4, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Hope the bad decision does not turn the flow of events against Pakistan. The bad decision led to another dismissal which is unfortunate.

Posted by Legaleagle on (October 4, 2012, 16:03 GMT)


Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 4, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@Versatile Mani: It was the same wicket where India, Aus, Pak, and Saf played and they had no problem scoring 150+. It just shows the quality of the batsmen!- CHeers mate!

Posted by dontlikecricket on (October 4, 2012, 15:55 GMT)

Decent score by SL on a difficult wicket. It will be difficult for Pak to win. I think the key will be to keep wickets in hand and try to find a weaker bowler to score against. Its not going to be easy for Pak to win. At this time not entirely sure which team is going to win, there is about 50 50 chance for both teams (I have posted these comments at the begining of 7th over of Pak innings)

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (October 4, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Another Choke on its way here - Action replay from last Sunday against India !!!! Love you Hafiz - Gifting the match on a silver platter eh ?.. Misbah has new competitor here !! Sigh - 4 dots & 1 four in the over is just awful !!!!

Posted by ibbani on (October 4, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Minnows batting cant score 140 in a SF. Ashamed of you team SL. INDIA beats the Lankans so badly all these years due to this reason. They are worst than BD hahaha.MIND MY WORDS, SRILANKA out of T20 in the next 1 hour.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Pakistan won by 32 Run and manage to pass india into the semi finals................. Abdur Razzaq contributed 22 runs of just 17 balls......remember he was playing his first game and it was a BIG pressure match and he gives more then 100%................................ I am shocked why he was dropped from the semi finals lines UP!!!!!!!!!!!

lets hope his replacer can get pakistan into the finals ............

Posted by Inumlakhan on (October 4, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Hafeez is now in its turtle mode. This extra runs are giving a good view of the score board, rather its worst. lets see it will be a close contest, i guess.

Posted by ssiddiqi on (October 4, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

At this moment, Hafeez has played many dot balls. He is building pressure for upcoming batsmen.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

these two teams just not able to generate any sort of interest at all. Atleast against india, either of the teams would have had their rivalry in mind. Hope Aus vs WI doesnt turn out to be this kinda stuff... But Windies are real entertainers. Hoping for some real action tomorrow, and for today, i gues i'l just watch the soap operas!!!

Posted by LakC on (October 4, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Sorry did nt knw that Akila is not in, its goin to be a tough game to win...pak batsmen can win against Herath and Mendis nt big spinners.

Posted by Inumlakhan on (October 4, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

Its going to b an interesting match.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Dilshan did well for PK they couldn't ask more 4m him and its time to analyze his performance against pk in deciding matches

Posted by pakirates on (October 4, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

we've got to win PAKISTAN<3

Posted by AliSyedain on (October 4, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Maha's was one of the best T20 innings I have seen. Those worrying about Herath needn't. Pakistan are notorious against left arm spinners.

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 4, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

@ Eat_sleep_play_cricket, Mahela's reason will be dew .He will say dew has hampered our bowling.Note my words

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

Ordinary teams showing ordinary sort of play....

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

@sobersfan - That is why they both are playing semi-final. right?

Posted by LakC on (October 4, 2012, 15:16 GMT)

All depends Akila now...selection must be justifed crucially.....cant understand y Dilshan wasted so 43 balls it should have been less than 10 or 5 balls for that kind of runs....SL batsmen were scared to leave the crease and go for the long shots after 14 over. Should have thrown the bat and lost one wicket for every 8 runs in the last 6 overs. Matthews and T.Perera could have a chance to throw themselves early at the spineers rather b4 facing Gul.

Well we need to field like dogs with rabies. Hope we open with a spinner herath rather than J.Mendis and keep Malinga 2 start bowling at 17th over.

Pakistand deserve to be in the finals. From SL fan. Fingers crossed on Mahela's captaincy. Hope he reads this Jamshed, Shoaib, Hafeez dangerous players. 4 quick wickets in first 8 overs needed

Posted by shazzar on (October 4, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

very suprised too they dropped razzaq, but i can see why they brought in sohail. Maybe they could have dropped raza instead, hafeez been bowling ok as 5th bowler. Gul messes it up again in the last over, we we going fine. Just need pakistan to bat like they did against australia and keep wickets in hand , the only expection being nazir and afridi ,not sure both know how to play it safe or any good doing it.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

Really a bad wicket for Semi Final! tooo bad.. It will destroy the most entertaining match of the WC with variable bounce and spin. thats ridiculous..

Posted by KunzMan on (October 4, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

So our LIONS score 139. More than enough I should say. Our wily spinners will spin Pakistanis into submission. Come what may my Sri Lankan Lions will CRUSH this Pakistan team. Should be a good one sided semi final. Because we are the Lankan Lions and WE ROARRR......MEOW!!

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 4, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Good toss to lose for Pak as Cricinfo commentary team suggested there is a bit of dew that has started.No way Srilanka is going to win this now as Dew and wet field are the worst enemies of a bowling team and hence congrats Pak.

Posted by ind_26 on (October 4, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

srilanka will lose hahah come on pak kick them out of tournemt

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (October 4, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@Sinhaya: What do you have to say now regarding the most consistent team performance? I'm just waiting for Mahela's excuse today. Will he say Pakistan Bowlers bowled well? or will he say Lanka batting was horrible today? or will he say he has a captain did not lead from the FRONT? - It is easier said than done! - Cheers mate!

Posted by Alive2cu on (October 4, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

130 will not be chaseable here on this pitch, with good srilankan bowling and below average pakistan batting line up..

Posted by Sadiqahmed on (October 4, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka is well set to lose the match and crash out of the final. It seems like a test cricket rather than T20. Not one six and its the 18th over. Well done Pakistan.

Posted by Criktic on (October 4, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Its ok, SL deserves to win after all the efforts they have put in. I will be as glad even if SL or WI lift the cup. Pak team depends a lot on bowling and luck, whereas our batting seldom clicks.

Posted by karacasia on (October 4, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

sanga gone!! intelligent cricket by the proffesor!!

Posted by karacasia on (October 4, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Tanvir has bowled well so far, and has been very unlucky....i hope we restrict them to below 150

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (October 4, 2012, 14:07 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

crush the pakistani spinners. don't think this is not Australia to salute ur spinners because we r lankans and roaring lions against spinners. pakistani spinners salute them. Go Lanka Go.

Posted by Ansari0007 on (October 4, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

Why Abdul Razzaq is drop? This is a big mistake from team management/selectors…… He is a perfect all-rounder in all over the world..

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Disapointed to see Tanvir in the lineup :S i guess we are playing to lose

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Pakistan shouldnt have droped Razzaq.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 4, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Pak team going out with only 6 specialist batsmen.. Add Afridi in as a no batsmen and out of form bowler. And 4 Specialist Bowlers..I think this is the worst combination.. How on earth are you going to face Mendis and Herath on this type of pitch.. Oh God..Tanvir i hope you make your today's pick as a right decision

Posted by Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on (October 4, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

NO! No ! NO! NO! NO! why are u picking Rangana Herath for such a crusial game! he is not a t 20 bowler! he is sluggish in the field! NOT A T20 cricketer! why leave Akila out of the game? he is doing so well! Pakisthan is a such a good side against spin bowling and herath is gonna get hammered garentied! why change a winning side! This decision might cost us the game!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

what the hell Abdul Razzak is not playing, Sohail Tanvir such a loser, bad decision made by Hafeez, But Still I am supporting my Team :) Good Luck

Posted by ssiddiqi on (October 4, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Whey they did not pick Abdur Razaaq? He contributed well in batting against Australia. It does not make any sense. Tanvir always ends up giving more than 35 runs in every match. Please explain Mr. Professor???

Posted by Solid_Snake on (October 4, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

Why Hafeez why picking up a bowler who is not in form..A bowler who took beating during whole WC,suddenly he is given a chance in such a big match ie semifinal. Why dropping Razzaq who can bat well..Pak batting line was already pathetic.And to make it worse,Hafeez picked up Tanvir instead of Razzaq..Things are going well for Pak..First we lost the Toss.Now we have to chase and have to face bowlers like Herath and Mendis.We should have picked Razzaq as he is a decent slogger and can take the match away from opponents. I hope Tanvir Fires today or else there is a big question mark coming up on Hafeez captaincy

Posted by ASub on (October 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Why is Tanvir there in place of Abdul Razzak. I cant understand the team selection here

Posted by mumerashfaq on (October 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Stunned that Razzaq Dropped, and SL picked Herath.........this is Gonna be a sesational Match.

Posted by u.t.k.a.l on (October 4, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

Nice move by PAKISTAN team.... Sohail Tanveer is best choice against Sri Lanka.... Go Pakistan Go and crush the Sri Lankans.

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