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Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup 2011, Group A, Colombo

Afridi's record, and the advantage of batting first

There were a few records set in the match, and it was the toss that played a huge role in the result

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

February 25, 2011

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Shahid Afridi roars in celebration, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, World Cup, Group A, Colombo, February 26, 2011
Shahid Afridi has the double of 6000 runs and 300 wickets in ODIs © AFP

Pakistan's 11-run victory was the fourth in their previous 11 matches against Sri Lanka, but more importantly they maintained their 100% record against Sri Lanka in World Cup matches. Pakistan's fourth win in eight matches at the Premadasa Stadium puts them second on the list of visiting teams with the most wins against Sri Lanka at this venue.

Sri Lanka hardly had any useful partnerships in their innings while Pakistan managed quite a few, including the century stand between Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq for the fourth wicket. Pakistan made the most of the first ten overs, during which they scored 65, and the batting Powerplay - 36 runs. Sri Lanka scored 42 runs in the first ten overs, and were not aided in their big chase by an extremely slow innings by Chamara Silva, who scored his first 11 runs off 41 balls, and was eventually dismissed for 57 off 78 balls.

This was Sri Lanka's first defeat in a home World Cup game. In 1996, Australia and West Indies forfeited their games against Sri Lanka because of security issues in the country and Sri Lanka defeated Kenya and Zimbabwe. In their opening match of the 2011 tournament, Sri Lanka had defeated Canada by 210 runs.

Top ODI allrounder
Shahid Afridi produced yet another superb bowling display in the middle overs to give Pakistan the upper hand. He picked up the vital wickets of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews during his spell of 4 for 34. In the process, he took his 300th wicket in ODIs, becoming only the 11th bowler to do so.

He also became the second player after Sanath Jayasuriya to reach the milestone of 6000 runs and 300 wickets in ODIs. Afridi has been superb in ODIs since 2008, picking up 89 wickets at an average just over 31.

Another record for Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan, currently the record holder for most wickets in ODIs, surpassed Wasim Akram's tally of 55 wickets in World Cups becoming the second-highest wicket taker in the tournament. His tally is only behind Glenn McGrath's record of 71 wickets. In his first two World Cups, Muralitharan took only 13 wickets, but added 40 in the next two. His wicket tally was instrumental in Sri Lanka making the semi-final in 2003 and the final in 2007.

Muralitharan's record in World Cups
Year Matches Wickets Average ER 4+ WI
1996 6 7 30.85 3.77 0
1999 5 6 26.33 3.67 0
2003 10 17 18.76 3.63 1
2007 10 23 15.26 4.14 2
2011 2 3 24.33 3.84 0

Woes of chasing teams in Colombo
The bad luck for chasing teams continued at the Premadasa Stadium, where they have won only five of the 25 matches played since 2005. The record is worse when the match is played under lights: only two out of 19 matches have been won by teams chasing. Among grounds that have hosted at least eight matches since 2005, the win-loss ratio for chasing teams is the worst at the Premadasa.

Record of chasing teams at subcontinent venues (min eight matches played)
Ground Played Won Lost W/L ratio
Jaipur 10 7 3 2.33
Chittagong 9 6 3 2.00
Mirpur, Dhaka 44 27 17 1.58
Dambulla 27 15 11 1.36
Ahmedabad 9 5 4 1.25
Mohali 8 3 5 0.60
Premadasa, Colombo 25 5 19 0.26


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Posted by dummy4fb on (February 28, 2011, 5:48 GMT)

@Tariq Niazi: You're right in everything you say, except... "better teams". India and Srilanka were the joint favourites according to betting sites. What team could be "better"? @csbest: If we start imagining hypothetical situations there is no limit to it. I can make a lost of "what if" questions but Id rather focus on the ground realities.

Posted by fadms on (February 28, 2011, 5:36 GMT)

The world cup is still a long way off and as a die hard Sri Lanka supporter i still have so much faith in our team. This is only but a learning curve and knowing the difficulties of chasing at Premadasa, i think SL did very well albeit a few areas of improvement. Firstly our bowling could have been better so as to reduce the target to chase. Well done SL and all the best in your remaining games. Now we have to definitely win against Aus and New Zealand and the remaining Minnows so that we qualify in the top 2. Well done Pakistan. You played really well. It was an awesome match though it left a bitter taste in my mouth since my team lost.

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 28, 2011, 5:34 GMT)

ever since Afridi said he's a BOWLER, he has thankfully set out to prove it.

Posted by csbest on (February 28, 2011, 3:42 GMT)

toss is the main reason in that stadium,you know even india can't chase a 250 in that pitch under lights.but it's a proper ground to bat in the day.so i think it's not good to LET THE TOSS TO DECIDE WHO WILL WIN.for world cup matches,we should use pitches which behaves equally in day & under lights.

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 28, 2011, 0:48 GMT)

Afridi deserves to come later on, but our low confident cptain and coach are usless.

FYI: IF you tell afridi to send razzaq at number 3 I am sure he wil reply its not possible under IC rukes number 8 batsmen can not bat at number 3.

Difference Between afridi and razzaq

Razzaq play under any situation and a guy who dotn take stress

Afridi low confident and scared batsmen.

Razzaq clean hitter

Afridi depends on luck

Razzaq plays for the team

Afridi selfish.

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 27, 2011, 17:30 GMT)

hope pakistan will win the wcup...

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 27, 2011, 7:06 GMT)

Anyone out there who still thinks Pakistan are not dangerous contenders for the World Cup? With tremendous poise and skill in the middle overs, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan propelled Pakistan, who were on a tricky 105 for 2 in the 21st over, to a strong 277, before Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akthar produced bits of magic to derail the chase. Chamara Silva threatened to pull off a thrilling heist with a flurry of boundaries, and Nuwan Kulasekara made one heroic last-ditch effort to reduce the equation to 18 runs from the final over. Umar Gul, however, held his nerve to steer Pakistan home and end a mesmeric exhibition of high-quality cricket in Colombo

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 27, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Fair play, Afridi's bowled well in the last couple of games, but (although I like him) he's stupidly over rated. If Paul Collingwood plays 315 ODIs he'll probably have almost as many wickets and at least a 1000 more runs. Yeah, so Afridi is a match winner, but what about those 49 games he plays between match winning performances in which he does nothing at all?

Posted by csbest on (February 27, 2011, 5:30 GMT)

batting under lights in R.Premadasa stadium is impossible even for the world champions.you can check past records of the stadium,the understand how the pitch behaves in night & under lights.so if SL win the toss,they wouldl win this surely with a vast gap of marks!pakistani have no even a bitter chance!

Posted by cricfan26202176 on (February 27, 2011, 2:35 GMT)

Win the Toss Win the Match saga continues at Premadasa Stadium

Posted by another_cricket_lover on (February 27, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

sometimes i wonder how long cricket would survive if so much depends on the ground itself and not the player. and to someone who said it was surprising to know afridi has taken 300 wkts..just a note, 175 of these 300 have come here in asia. anyone who knows how to roll an arm is a bowler here.

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 27, 2011, 2:04 GMT)


Posted by wc1992 on (February 27, 2011, 1:33 GMT)

well Mr tghafoor i am not sure how hurt you are from Pakistan win but here is some more for you .. Pakistan beat home team with suppoter around 35000 ..Sl is one the favourite to win the WC ... Pak win despite good bowling at death by SL Pak win despite teh good start by Sl Pak win despite theire socalled bad fielding etc Pak win despite ICC don't want us to win as it make them look bad (don't believe me go watch the game again and watch the Pak and NZ series with unmatched umpring blunders) Pak win despite millions of indian like to soo SL win .... SL still happy to tour Pak despite tariest attack by india in Pakistan, because we kink you ass in SL got all the indain dog out of SL.. you want some more why we are excited

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 27, 2011, 1:12 GMT)

@tghafoor: I think you are not aware of the current standings. SL is up in ranking and was hot favorite. Pakistan's ranking is in on the lower side and the current performance was pathetic. Win of an underdog is always exciting, and if the winning underdog is your team, there is every reason to be excited.

Posted by wc1992 on (February 27, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

i said this on commentry between Pak and keya .. when you wtch Afradi you are watching a Legend enjoy i have watched the Legend of Imaran Javad Inzi waqar and Wasim, people were ver critial of them when thay were playing but now those same people feel previlaged to have live era and watched those legends .. so you are watching the Legend of One and ONly Afradidi ...he even special among the Legends ...... he represent the sprite of a Boy from Pakistani street .. who goes out to win

Posted by qwaker on (February 26, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

Amazing how Afridi rose to the occasion! The way he plays, if it rubs off, there's no stopping Pakistan!

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 26, 2011, 21:43 GMT)

Boom boom Afridi is now a bowler.

Posted by Anniy on (February 26, 2011, 21:12 GMT)

@tghafoor..ur team wins a match n u get excited is a very normal reaction dude..n if u cant understand our excitement & happiness thn u're soo abnormal...we are excited coz Misbah & Yonis played brilliantly.we are excited tht however sgort his inning was but Kamran Akmal played a better innings thn any Sirilankan player.we are excited coz coz Afridi bowled beautifully n led his team to victory.we misfielded but mistakes do happenjust,for example: as HOT FAV Sirilanka lost it today..reason enough

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 26, 2011, 20:58 GMT)

Congratulations team Pakistan and all Pakistanis on their win and to afridi for his personal milestone! You have shown teat Pakistan is most dangerous team!

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 26, 2011, 20:34 GMT)

Well done Pakistan for the win. I amm happy for the win, but have to be critical of fielding, with dropped catches and stumpings. We should have won this match, about 5-6 overs earlier and by a greater margin. I don't like changing teams but having seen and heard about Kamran Akmal, I would think it'll be suitable to do so, as most of the remaining matches are going to be against better teams, who have shown and proved winning games by having superior fielding, and taking all catches when offered. We cannot remain obstinate about Kamran's continued lack of wicket-keeping abilities, and hope and pray he'll change. I think his younger brother Adnan kept them better. I am sure there are other deserving wicketkeepers in Pakistan. I think he is the luckiest cricketer in the world, to be kept in the team despite poor performance. A Rehman should give way to S Ajmal. The last 3 o fthe 5 overs could have been given to A Razzaq.

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 26, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

hope pakistan will continue with more wins good luck

Posted by dummy4fb on (February 26, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

Brillaint Afridi. Great cricketer.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (February 26, 2011, 19:32 GMT)

It is nice to see a good match between two good teams playing under subcontinent conditions. A perfect score of over 270 and a perfect reply of 260 runs. Thats why i say make WC 10 teams and we will have more competetive games than ever before. Good job afridi and well played srilanka.

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (February 26, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

Afridi, you deserve this! Good luck

Posted by wnwn on (February 26, 2011, 18:57 GMT)

I was astonished to learn today that afridi had taken 300 odi wickets. I never thought he had taken so many.

Posted by HS_11 on (February 26, 2011, 18:49 GMT)

mashaAllah boom boom afridi has done it again. this world cup is ours inshaAllah...good luck Pakistan...keep playing like this and keeping like this.Ameen

Posted by tghafoor on (February 26, 2011, 18:43 GMT)

Not sure why Pak fans are getting so excited. Decent win but toss was crucial, intelligent re-building from Misbah & Younus. SL bowled beautifully at death. Afridi bowling was key, decent ground fielding from Pak but terrible catching and missed stumps with poor throws. SL should not have got close to that total. Pak v Aus game at same ground and one of the SFs - again toss will be big factor under lights which is a shame. Well done Afridi for stepping up on the big stage.

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