Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 4th day October 29, 2011

All our bowlers are match-winners - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has said the key to his side's victory against Sri Lanka in the second Test, in Dubai, was that they had four match-winning bowlers. He was full of praise for his team's "thorough, professional performance" that earned him a fourth win in nine Tests since taking over the captaincy, following the alleged spot-fixing in England last year.

"We don't really have one key bowler we rely on because all our bowlers are match-winners," Misbah said. "In this Test, Umar Gul took wickets in the first innings, Saeed Ajmal in the second and Junaid Khan took wickets in both innings. Abdur Rehman also chipped in and in the first Test Aizaz Cheema had several wickets.

"I think it was a thorough, professional performance and I am really happy about our progress. I think our bowlers put a lot of pressure [on Sri Lanka], we got Kumar Sangakkara early. His was the key wicket because he is a world-class player, that boosted our confidence and put theirs down."

Sri Lanka had begun the fourth day on 88 for 1 with Sangakkara batting on 29. He added only one more run this morning before Abdur Rehman trapped him lbw. Saeed Ajmal spearheaded Pakistan's victory push, taking 5 for 68 and bowling Sri Lanka out for 257 with enough time left in the day to secure victory. Pakistan had played a second specialist spinner in Abdur Rehman in this Test and he contributed four wickets.

"I think we have played a lot of cricket here and normally this pitch helps the spinners. On the basis of that we decided to play with two spinners and that was the key," Misbah said. "Ajmal is a world-class spinner and a match-winner, and so is Rehman. They did very well for us."

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has asked his batsmen to apply themselves better following Pakistan's nine-wicket victory with a day to spare in the Dubai Test. Sri Lanka were dismissed for 239 in their first innings, conceded a 164-run lead, and managed only 257 in their second, setting Pakistan a target of 94, which was achieved in the 25th over. Pakistan lead the three-Test series 1-0.

"The batsmen should apply themselves. They must trust their own game plan and play their own game," Dilshan said. "If we had got 350 runs in the first innings, it would have been a different game."

Kumar Sangakkara, who scored 78, was the only batsman to make a half-century in Sri Lanka's first innings. And if not for Chanaka Welegedara's 48 at No. 10, they would have been bowled out for fewer than 239. In the second innings, only Tharanga Paranavitana and Angelo Mathews made half-centuries, when Sri Lanka needed a monumental effort to save the Test.

"As a batting group, we have to improve and come out stronger," Dilshan said. "Bowlers, again, did a good job, but we have to keep our heads up and come out hard in the third Test."

Both captains said they were in favour of using the DRS after a few questionable decisions in the Test. In Pakistan's first innings, Mohammad Hafeez was given out lbw to one that seemed to be headed down leg side while Azhar Ali had got a a bottom edge onto the ball that was adjudged to have trapped him in front. Sri Lanka had two iffy lbw decisions - against Sangakkara and Dilshan - hurt them in their second innings, while Angelo Mathews survived a pretty adjacent call.

"I will always go for the DRS because it helps the teams and the umpires and produces good cricket," Misbah said.

The third Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka begins in Sharjah on November 3.

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  • on November 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    yea being a pakistani fan i would love to back Misbah Decision to go with rehman instead of cheema and that's paid of the result .

  • orangtan on November 1, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost 1-0 to England, India were whitewashed 4-0, now Pakistan poised to win series against Sl, you do the math !!

  • on October 31, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    dn't forget Aizaz cheema ..He showed some talent + Heart !

  • ste13 on October 31, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Very decent effort from Pakistan, but they should have one the first test as well if not horrible fielding. For Sri Lanka it is a huge downfall since the summer in England, when at least they put some good batting displays. Attack is still second-rating, but at least they bowled Pakistan out in this last test. I think the third test will be a copy of the first two, but let's see.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    SL do not have any wicket taking bowlers like Murali or Vass...they cannot ask for double hundred in every matches from Sanga or Jayawardhane....Dilshan is not a good candidate for tests...Captaincy increased the pressure on him.

  • ajayrcs on October 31, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Totally agree with Misbah, so now its time to improve in batting and fielding

  • psu19976 on October 31, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    I think Mohsin should stay on as coach

  • on October 30, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    why nuwan kulasekara is not playing in tests he could have been handy in these conditions

  • likeintcricket on October 30, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are the future of Pakistan Test cricket. They might not be jenious of stroke making but they know how to stay on the wicket. They showed that they want to play cricket and they cannot become a victim. I still have hopes with Umar Akmal but he has to learn to play for the team and occupy the crease. Mohsin is right to gave him a rest and show his talent in the domestic first. He will surely gets another chance but it could be his last one if he still play stupid cricket and waste his talent just likeAamir Nazir did. But Yes we still has a opening slot open for grab as Taufeeq Umar just could not improve. I hope Pakistani selectors don't waste player like Fawad Aalam ( Averages 60 in domestic cricket) like they did it to Misbah. Mohammad yousuf ( younger than Misbah) is still a wonderful player to have in our team for couple of years. Move Azhar Ali to open and Yousuf One down may still be the ideal combination.

  • on October 30, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Ajmal has got to be one of the toughest bowlers to play against. Usually Pakistan's pacers get all the spotlight but Saeed Ajmal is the best offie in business today. I hope he continues to improve.

  • on November 1, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    yea being a pakistani fan i would love to back Misbah Decision to go with rehman instead of cheema and that's paid of the result .

  • orangtan on November 1, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost 1-0 to England, India were whitewashed 4-0, now Pakistan poised to win series against Sl, you do the math !!

  • on October 31, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    dn't forget Aizaz cheema ..He showed some talent + Heart !

  • ste13 on October 31, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Very decent effort from Pakistan, but they should have one the first test as well if not horrible fielding. For Sri Lanka it is a huge downfall since the summer in England, when at least they put some good batting displays. Attack is still second-rating, but at least they bowled Pakistan out in this last test. I think the third test will be a copy of the first two, but let's see.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 31, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    SL do not have any wicket taking bowlers like Murali or Vass...they cannot ask for double hundred in every matches from Sanga or Jayawardhane....Dilshan is not a good candidate for tests...Captaincy increased the pressure on him.

  • ajayrcs on October 31, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Totally agree with Misbah, so now its time to improve in batting and fielding

  • psu19976 on October 31, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    I think Mohsin should stay on as coach

  • on October 30, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    why nuwan kulasekara is not playing in tests he could have been handy in these conditions

  • likeintcricket on October 30, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are the future of Pakistan Test cricket. They might not be jenious of stroke making but they know how to stay on the wicket. They showed that they want to play cricket and they cannot become a victim. I still have hopes with Umar Akmal but he has to learn to play for the team and occupy the crease. Mohsin is right to gave him a rest and show his talent in the domestic first. He will surely gets another chance but it could be his last one if he still play stupid cricket and waste his talent just likeAamir Nazir did. But Yes we still has a opening slot open for grab as Taufeeq Umar just could not improve. I hope Pakistani selectors don't waste player like Fawad Aalam ( Averages 60 in domestic cricket) like they did it to Misbah. Mohammad yousuf ( younger than Misbah) is still a wonderful player to have in our team for couple of years. Move Azhar Ali to open and Yousuf One down may still be the ideal combination.

  • on October 30, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Ajmal has got to be one of the toughest bowlers to play against. Usually Pakistan's pacers get all the spotlight but Saeed Ajmal is the best offie in business today. I hope he continues to improve.

  • Desihungama on October 30, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Calling back Misbah from the wilderness and appointing him Captain sounds like a stroke of genius by Ijaz Butt eh?

  • AnotherCricketer on October 30, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is in danger of becoming the new Umar Akmal, the victim. Even Azhar's timing with the bat needs a lot to be desired. My predictions were unfortunately right about Taufeeq Umar. He needs a long rest after costing Pakistan a draw in the first test and being a no show in the rest of the 3 innings across 2 matches. With Asad Shafiq and Ahmed Shehzad as better options for opening the batting for Pakistan, why keep using the worst option available? Why not play Umar Akmal at number 3 and use his skills to strengthen the team than to play a less-confident and shaky newbie like Azhar?

  • Rakim on October 30, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Way to go Misbah!! kudos!! Good luck in 3rd test!

  • on October 30, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Yes! a job throughly done! But Pakistan also has to take the next and while the Lankans will go for win, but may just as do with a draw to maintain their rating. Dilshan is a star strike openermuch in likes of Indian Sehwag, and W.Indian( ?) - both with two tripples.

    Teams can suffer through bad days by batters and fielders alike - good bolwers can always return to take wickets provided physically O.K

    Pakistan, once lacking experinced in batting and fielding, then legendry Fazal Mahmood singularly won some matches. Pakistan latter produced good batters, but lacked match winng bowlers untill Imran Khan came along with his squad.

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    pakistan have taken all 40 wickets of srilanka but srilanka have managed only 19 wickets of pakistan in 2 tests and yet Pakistan seem to be more enthusiastic filled with energy in the field... +1

  • kothumalli11 on October 30, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Even after seeing Pak outperform SL in 2 tests both in bowling & batting (except fielding), it's amusing to see SL fan's (and selectors) failed to see the facts. i.e. SL does not possess international level test bowlers who could take 20 wkts in a test match. Some of the bowler's have big mouth, thinking they are world beaters by representing their country, but get hammered all over the park. Even in seaming/swinging conditions in England they failed to pose any threats. SL must find wicket taking bowlers and fans stop whingeing about bring back Samaraweera, Chandimal, Aravinda, Roy Dias etc. Whoever you bring the result will be the same, because no one is there to take 20 wkts.

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Very surprised to see Mahela playing so irresponsibly as a batsman and also dropping catches. Is there some friction in the team ? The bowling is toothless without Murali, Randiv must be brought in for the 3rd Test. on the other hand, Pakistan's bowling attack is superb, arguably the best-balanced one in world cricket and now that their batsmen have started to deliver,Pakistan should march up the rankings rapidly. I am sure they will prevail over England in the upcoming ' home' series in the UAE.

  • on October 30, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Pakistan has done really well under the calm and sensible captaincy of Misbah, they did well in all three departments in the Dubai test, they quickly rectified the fielding mistakes from the first test, the slip fielding positions were spot on, i feel the three slippers should be misbah, younis and Tuafeeq. Playing two spinners was a master stroke. I still believe Ajmal should bowl slower using his faster deliveries as a surprise weapon, his average speed should be between 80 to 84kph max, so he can extract more spin in the air and off the track, meaning giving more flight, he did much better this test match. Pakistan's young guns asad, azhar and Junaid did them proud. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned they have to get the selection right, i wonder why they dont play upel tiranga in the side, Samaraveera should be a natural inclusion, moreover they need to get over Vaas and Murli's retirements...the selection was poor, it has to quickly stand up on its two feet!

  • Stone-Aamir on October 30, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    I pray that Azhar Ali remain a true player and will not involve in power politics of Pakistan cricket that has destroyed many talents of Pakistan cricket. Pakistani bowles are doing good and getting 40 Srilankan wickets on those tracks where opponents only manage 19 is a true indication of their effort. I am surprised to see the sudden downfall of Srilankan team after the retirement of Murali. He took the soul of the team with him. This is somethig very similar to what Pakistan team faced in early 80s when Imran sidelined for 2 years due to his fractured foot and a world class team suddenly forgot the art of winning and just focused on not losing a match even on home soil.

  • Herath-UK on October 30, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Saw some selfish attitude from Mathews who scored a run and strolled to the other side giving No eleven batsman to face five balls especially when he is supposed to be the vice captain.His body talk seems to be here I'm scoring runs but you lot look after the rest. Selectors should drop him from vice captaincy. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on October 30, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Hafeez is a very useful bowler too. Good to see Pakistan gaining strength after some tough times.

  • on October 30, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    i am sure dilshan cant doing captaincy,and must return samaraweera in test side,also mahela pure perfomens,now srilanka team going same like 1980 dulip mendis not good captain and not good selectar, slc need new cheif chirman selectin commity,like arjuna ranthunga,

  • rohanblue on October 30, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    dnt knw abt others bt junaid is surely a champion bowler.......

  • tick on October 30, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    pakistan have taken all 40 wickets of srilanka but srilanka have managed only 19 wickets of pakistan in 2 tests..another thing that stand out of excellent pakistan bowling is that they bowled out srilanka in all 4 innings by bowling in 4 innings to lankans as compared to lankans who have only bowled to some length in 2 pak innings and yet pakistani bowlers were still more energetic than lankans

  • khurramsch on October 30, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Sri lanka bowled well on this pitch than the 1st one but still their batting is way out. & dont know how they will come back in last test unless somthing special from some one. otherwise this test whole 4 days & in 1st test you can say first 4 days pakistan were all over them except the session of fielding collapse on 4th day. sri lanka was left chasing the game in both tests. it will b hard but not imposible to come back.

  • on October 30, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    Paid the penalty of dropping Samaraweera.Dear selectors you must consist with your selection theory.So can u give any more chance to Dilly in the team by appliying the same theory.So Dily failed as a opner.Faied in the middle.failed as a captain.So why can not u drop him from next tour.Please recall Thilan and give him the captaincy and see.I know he is a better test batter and better captain than dilly.Need the better right left combination and posiitive mind in batting..Though scord a half century with the help of fielders.thirimanne is not that possitive mode batter.The most surprise is Pra J is injured,batters are contiously failling and the young dynamic Chandimal is still in the bench.So to balance in left right combination and to give possitive play display, recall chandimal for the last test.It is a better idea to move up inform Angelo.Give a chance to bench bowler 4 LakmalMy team is 1.para 2.chandi 3.sanga 4.angi 5.Mahe 6.dilly 7.pra j 8Randi/kule 9prasad 10 hera11 wela

  • SL-CricLover on October 30, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Angelo Mattews played the most selfish test inning I have ever seen in the 29 years old Sri Lankan Test Cricket History. He neither tried to get few more runs to trouble Pakistani batsmen nor protected the Sri Lankan tail. He exposed the lower order batsmen to Pakistani bowlers and remained unbeaten. Very Sad :(

  • KarachiKid on October 30, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    I think Sri Lankans should ugently draft in chandimal and samarawera. Isnt the latter the one who scored tons of runs against Pakistan. And his batting average is close to (if not above) 50 ? IF thats the case, then its really a shame he is not playing.

  • dinner on October 30, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Pakistan are a better unit now especially their bowling.Its very maintained and well co ordinated.I would say pakistan still should work on their batting although they have been good with the bat

  • VEGHA on October 30, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    I am Indian and I used to watch many matches.I was really impressed the way Azhar Ali Batted .At this young age he got better temperament and commitment while batting.One down is very important position and he is having a bright future.Only I am worried he should not be victim for Pakistan Politics. Otherwise he is good potential and he can score more consistent runs for Pakistan.

  • donda on October 30, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    Good win by Pakistan but we are playing in dessert and any thing can happen in last match. Dilshan is right, if srilanka apply themselves well in batting then they can put pressure on pakistan to level the series.

    I don't think that looking into past history we as Pakistanies should start celibrating the victory , we need to draw the last match to win the series.

    I think Srilanka will come back strongly in last match and pakistan should play carefully to win a test series against a good test team in years.

    This is the time to take precautions and play solid test cricket to not lose the last match. If we do lose then all effort goes into dessert and we will have noting to cheer.

  • on October 30, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    dilshan 1st stop talking let you bat to talk...come to open..get thilan back and mendis..your useless captian when your talking all rubish you said before 2nd test you have something is this lost..isnt it..

  • Roshini on October 30, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    For Sri Lankans it's an urgent case of going back to the drawing boards and trying few different things to salvage some pride in the remaining test. But deep inside us we know how difficult the task is given the very ordinary bowling attack, under performing skipper aided by the lopsided nature of our unforgiving selectors. Wakeup panel the Whipping boys of test cricket tag is not far away. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • Roshini on October 30, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan for superbly out gunning Sri Lanka with a wonderful display of masterly spin bowling. Defeat was a foregone conclusion once Sangakkara was back in the hut. If only Pakistan had held on to their catches in the first test they would be now savoring a crushing series win with a 2-0 margin finishing us off each time inside 4 days. The simple truth is we Sri Lankans had no answer to Pakistan's relentless bowling attack. We have to admire Pakistan for its shear ability of producing jaw dropping world class bowlers year after year. A strong Pakistan is very good for the game and it's a real shame these magnificent bowlers are not able to showcase their talent in one's back yard for whatever reasons it may hold. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka

  • on October 30, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    It proves again and it is not Dilshan's fault but it is selectors fault. Dilshan may be good at captaining a T20 side but not a test or one day game. He him self has degraded as he is good at facing fast bowlers and not to spinners. Because of his bad performance as an opening batsman, Samaraweera had to pay the price. SL should have elected Samaraweera as the test captain. A team cannot win matches by the 11 they elect why it is not always the best. Where is Ajantha Mendis, Dilhara, and why Sachitra ( opening batsman), Thisara are not selected. Why Chandimal is not playing. Why Suraj is on the bench where Pakistan is playing with 4 spinners and 2 fast bowlers? Some one or few people at the administration are out of their mind.

  • Lakmalnj on October 30, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Dilshan prove your performance first. You and SL selectors drop Thilan samaraweera from the squad to give a chance to You(Dilshan). Thilan is best test batsman in the middle order specially against Pakistan. I think Thilan is the best captain for test team,Mathews for ODI and Dilshan for T20.

    My team for SL test team:

    1. Dinesh Chandimal 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Mathews 5. Mahela 6. Thilan(Capt) 7. Prasanna J(wk) 8. Suraj Randiv 9. Nuwan Kulasekara 10. Rangana Herath 11 Welagadara

    Sub: Paranawithana, Sajeewa Weerakoon, Suranga Lakmal,Dhammika Prasad

  • on October 30, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Love the balance of the attack. Get in Sadaf Hussain and we shall have an awesome attack of fast bowlers (Gul, Sadaf, Junaid, Cheema, Wahab) and we also have great spinners to back them up (Ajmal, Rehman, Raza Hasan.) Perfect balanced attack - range of options to chose from depending on the pitch!

  • surferboy on October 30, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    Agree entirely with you Zahidsaltin! Why on earth would you drop one of the greatest SL batsmen ever in Samaraweera? Basically it was only done to accomodate Dilshan in the middle order, because he has lost all form and confidence and can no longer make runs, even though he should still be opening the batting. Paranavitana is a solid first class opener, but barely up to test match standard. Thirirame is similar. I would have Dilshan and Chandimal opening, drop both openers, and bring Samaraweera back at 5. With Prassanna Jayawardene keeping that is a very solid top 7, which SL need very much because their bowling is now very weak without Murali, Malinga, Mendis or Vaas. Why does Dilshan not play 2 spinners on this wicket with 3 pace bowlers who are all equally ineffective? Where is the chance for Mendis or Randiv to cement themselves in the team? It is always just the negative containing SLA of Herath which to be fair is not going to win you to many matches. Selectors open your eyes

  • khiladisher on October 29, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    SHABASH PAKISTAN-WELL DONE HAVE ONCE AGAIN PROVED THAT EVEN WITHOUT ASIF,AND AMIR STILL ONE OF THE BEST BOWLING ATTACKS IN THE WORLD-SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEADING 2-0 AS OF NOW IF NOT FOR CATCHES DROPPED-SRI LANKA IS A POOR SIDE AND A SERIES RESULT OF 2-0 IS THE MOST FAIR RESULT FOR THIS SERIES.SINCE DECEMBER 2009 SRI LANKA HAS A VERY POOR RECORD IN TEST MATCHES PLAYED -17-LOST -6- DRAW-10-AND ONLY WINNING JUST 1 TEST MATCH .

  • on October 29, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    This goes to show that without SL key batsmen performing, they could slide down in the ICC rankings and end up competing against Ban and Zim. With many players who are 34, 35 retirement will come in a few years and it is time to blood and develop new players. Don't overrely on Sangakkara and Jayawardena, Dilshan has not being performing so his 193 was just a fluke then he struggled after that. 3 test series defeats in a row all by 1-0 margins, means they have the batsmen who can bail them out but not the bowling to take 20 wickets. Add in the ODI losses to Eng and Aus, SL are no longer the force they use to be.

  • Nathan_123 on October 29, 2011, 22:35 GMT

    Congratulation to Parkistan! You deserve this win after letting the Srilankan off the hook in the first test. The positive thing about parkistan cricket is their youngsters, especially the bowlers. I am so impresed with the young Junaid. His confidence and skill with the ball are 2nd to none. He remind me of great Wasim. The embarasing thing was every time Dilshan come to the crease Misba has given the bowl to Junaid and Dilshan had no clue how to play the inswinging ball. What Srilankan pace bowlers lacking is the skill of swing the bowl. At this level you need to Swing the bowl to trouble the batsman. I think Srilanka should hire a bowling coach from Parkistan to teach the art of swim bowling, and encourage the up and coming young fast bowlers to swing the ball rather than bowling just up and down. If Ajmal continue to perform like this; it wont be very long that he would be next best spiner in the world.

  • on October 29, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    get rid of selectors.let the teams to come clean.Mahela ,Dilshan time is up this is not twenty/twenty.selectors are paying the price for dropping inform Samaraweera it is a crime against humanity.Chandimal what happened to him.he is a future star.Please dont ruin his carrier.

  • DaniyalZ on October 29, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    captain should lead by example !!!!!!!!! apply yourself first then you have the right to ask others in the team.

  • on October 29, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    i think he should first be worried about his own poor form in batting, he cant even justify his place in team, let alone being captain of it.

  • azmaftab on October 29, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Awesome display by the greens! Showed true grit! Even during the patches when the game was taken away fr them they stuck to their guns and made sure they didn't give lankans too much. Junaid is turning out to be a really good fast bowler, azhar finally got his hundred! Promising signs from the young cricketers! Now more than ever they need to put their heads down and instill the winning mentality. That's the only thing lacking in the unit, the killer instinct, so to speak an eye of the tiger ;)

  • on October 29, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    I can think of only 3 possible reasons for SL's pathetic and negative test match cricket over the past 12 months or so... 1) Uninspiring captaincy by Dilshan 2) Loss of self belief after the loss of Murali 3) Divisive acts by the senior members who are unhappy seeing Dilshan captaining... Which reason I'm not sure but somebody has to put this right before SL end up like WI or Bangladesh. Truly sad state of affairs.

  • tick on October 29, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    dilshan gives very funny comments..if we had scored 350 in 1st innings it would have been different.. what a joke..accept as a sportsman that you were out played for 9th consecutive day of series..when i say that what if pakistan hadn't dropped 7 catches in 1st test.. then series would have been won by pakistan..it doesn't matter if time has passed.. must have the courage to accept defeat..

  • Zahidsaltin on October 29, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and better luck next time SiriLanka. axcept from bowling, Sirilanka have a few strange things which contributed to this defeat. Dilshan must open the innings and not playing Smarawera who has always been a heavy scorer against pakistan, was a sin. Saeed Ajmal is proving him to be a top class spinner and it is so sad that our PCB politics kept him away until he was 30. The win is a welcome gift to Zaka Ashraf.

  • Ellis on October 29, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    First, congratulations to Pakistan for a well planned and executed victory. When Pakistan play as a team, they are very difficult to beat under any circumstances. As for SL, Dilshan would do well to heed his own advice and set an example to the other batsmen. Dilshan's shot selection is poor and he certainly does not give the impression that he is prepared to fight it out.Also, when he has to bowl sixteen to twenty overs in an innings, something is wrong with the team selection. Where is Randiv? Not everything can be blamed on Dilshan, however, his form as batsman is poor and his captaincy weak. Leaving Samaraweera out has not been a good move. Credit to the SL bowlers for giving it their all. However, they are well short of Test class. Heavy weather ahead for SL.

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    We want Dilshan to resign from captaincy- very angry Sri Lanka fan

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    This is coming from T20 Dilshan?, :P...

  • KosalaDeSilva on October 29, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    What else Dilshan can say? where are those great bowlers they was talking about when they wanted to get rid of Vassy? can you explain? then Samaraweera? how long you going to play this kind of games in side cricket team? Players should get chances depends on performance. why not drop Dilshan? call Samaraweera in?or may be a Give a rest to Mahela? also they can play some IPL, all batting went wrong after they started to play more T20s. In England it showed well and now here in much better condition. Shame.

  • Desihungama on October 29, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    A sole act of Ijaz Butt appointing Misbah Captain now looks stroke of a genius. So strange things are. I wonder Misbah still has somewhere his burnt kit?

  • playitstraight on October 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Dilshan, what do you mean?!?! You need to apply your game first, let alone others. Mahela needs to focus on his batting, I don't know what's happened to him all of a sudden. SL can't always keep relying on Kumar Sangakkara to fire all the time, it needs to be a team effort, not a one-man effort. If SL had got at least 400 in first innings, then Pakistan would have had to chase 250-odd runs, and I doubt they would have chased it, or they could have collapsed. In England SL lost a match, reason: batting collapse for 88 all out. In SL v australia Sl lost a match, reason: batting collapse for 105 all out in 1st innings and 250-odd all out in 2nd innings. In UAE, SL lost a match, reason: batting collapse for 239 all out in 1st innings, and 267 all out in 2nd innings. So, its not the bowling that SL should be worried about, it's the batting!!!!! Dilshan needs to get his batting right, along with Mahela. If these two can fire in the next test, the surely SL have a chance of winning! GL SL!

  • KabaabRoll on October 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Jayawerdene (SR) needs to step up, along with you Dilshan.

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Dilshan should apply himself as a batsman, and go back to his opening position before saying anything! he is not doing the team or himself any good by batting in the middle order while selfishly sacrificing Samaraweera!

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Heartening to see such performances after a turbulent few years.

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  • on October 29, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Heartening to see such performances after a turbulent few years.

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Dilshan should apply himself as a batsman, and go back to his opening position before saying anything! he is not doing the team or himself any good by batting in the middle order while selfishly sacrificing Samaraweera!

  • KabaabRoll on October 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Jayawerdene (SR) needs to step up, along with you Dilshan.

  • playitstraight on October 29, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Dilshan, what do you mean?!?! You need to apply your game first, let alone others. Mahela needs to focus on his batting, I don't know what's happened to him all of a sudden. SL can't always keep relying on Kumar Sangakkara to fire all the time, it needs to be a team effort, not a one-man effort. If SL had got at least 400 in first innings, then Pakistan would have had to chase 250-odd runs, and I doubt they would have chased it, or they could have collapsed. In England SL lost a match, reason: batting collapse for 88 all out. In SL v australia Sl lost a match, reason: batting collapse for 105 all out in 1st innings and 250-odd all out in 2nd innings. In UAE, SL lost a match, reason: batting collapse for 239 all out in 1st innings, and 267 all out in 2nd innings. So, its not the bowling that SL should be worried about, it's the batting!!!!! Dilshan needs to get his batting right, along with Mahela. If these two can fire in the next test, the surely SL have a chance of winning! GL SL!

  • Desihungama on October 29, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    A sole act of Ijaz Butt appointing Misbah Captain now looks stroke of a genius. So strange things are. I wonder Misbah still has somewhere his burnt kit?

  • KosalaDeSilva on October 29, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    What else Dilshan can say? where are those great bowlers they was talking about when they wanted to get rid of Vassy? can you explain? then Samaraweera? how long you going to play this kind of games in side cricket team? Players should get chances depends on performance. why not drop Dilshan? call Samaraweera in?or may be a Give a rest to Mahela? also they can play some IPL, all batting went wrong after they started to play more T20s. In England it showed well and now here in much better condition. Shame.

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    This is coming from T20 Dilshan?, :P...

  • on October 29, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    We want Dilshan to resign from captaincy- very angry Sri Lanka fan

  • Ellis on October 29, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    First, congratulations to Pakistan for a well planned and executed victory. When Pakistan play as a team, they are very difficult to beat under any circumstances. As for SL, Dilshan would do well to heed his own advice and set an example to the other batsmen. Dilshan's shot selection is poor and he certainly does not give the impression that he is prepared to fight it out.Also, when he has to bowl sixteen to twenty overs in an innings, something is wrong with the team selection. Where is Randiv? Not everything can be blamed on Dilshan, however, his form as batsman is poor and his captaincy weak. Leaving Samaraweera out has not been a good move. Credit to the SL bowlers for giving it their all. However, they are well short of Test class. Heavy weather ahead for SL.

  • Zahidsaltin on October 29, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and better luck next time SiriLanka. axcept from bowling, Sirilanka have a few strange things which contributed to this defeat. Dilshan must open the innings and not playing Smarawera who has always been a heavy scorer against pakistan, was a sin. Saeed Ajmal is proving him to be a top class spinner and it is so sad that our PCB politics kept him away until he was 30. The win is a welcome gift to Zaka Ashraf.