Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dubai November 11, 2011

Shocking Sri Lanka hammered in first ODI

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Pakistan 132 for 2 (Younis 56*, Farhat 50) beat Sri Lanka 131 (Afridi 3-27, Ajmal 2-21) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's batsmen betrayed a shocking lack of stomach in moderately helpful conditions for the bowlers, to crash to an eight-wicket humbling in the first ODI in Dubai. After losing the toss, Pakistan rolled the years back with a vintage bowling display - their fast bowlers softened the prey, before the allrounders and spinners came on to make incisions. Sri Lanka responded with indecisive prods, and a rash of strokes each uglier than the previous. They were bowled out for 131 with 57 balls to spare, and Pakistan strolled home in the 22nd over of their chase to put an early end to the weekend crowd's evening.

Sri Lanka's train-wreck of an innings featured only five fours, all of which were hit within the first 20 overs, and three sixes. The last of those - a heave against hope hopen from Lasith Malinga - broke a boundary drought that had lasted nearly 20 overs. Such was the stranglehold Pakistan wielded in the middle overs, and their spin spearhead Saeed Ajmal had almost no role to play in it.

Only one man stood between Pakistan and the paltry chase, but Lasith Malinga wasn't at his best on his return to action. He overstepped twice in his first over, and went on to send down two more no-balls - one of them for height. His lines were inconsistent, and his famed yorker did not make an appearance at all. Suranga Lakmal's dismissal of Mohammad Hafeez gave Sri Lanka some hope, but Imran Farhat's free-scoring more than made up for the loss. Younis Khan too purred along smoothly with a series of typical whips and glances as Pakistan bolted to a 1-0 lead.

The felicity with which Pakistan made their runs put the conditions, and the earlier efforts of their bowling colleagues, in perspective. The strip had a wee bit in it for every kind of quick - Umar Gul's seam, Aizaz Cheema's swing and Abdul Razzaq's legcutters - and the Pakistan trio exploited it right from the get-go. Gul lay down the marker in the first over of the game, with a big swinging wide down the leg side, and an away seamer that bounced explosively past Tillakaratne Dilshan's attempted slash. Dilshan perfected the shot in first ball of the the next over, but perished four balls later when Cheema got one to buzz in sharply onto the stumps off the inside edge.

Despite being in prime form, Kumar Sangakkara could barely lay bat on ball. A rare couple of boundaries suggested a release, but they were promptly followed by a string of 19 successive dots. The returning Razzaq put Sangakkara out of his misery in his first over, coaxing an outside edge with a ball that angled across.

Hafeez then settled into a typically asphyxiating rhythm, mixing up arm balls with darts that straightened. Dinesh Chandimal counterpunched by launching Razzaq over long-on for six, before scything him through cover for four. The aggression wore off on Upul Tharanga, who had pottered around to 21 off 52 balls before slicing Hafeez for a boundary over the off side. He perished three balls later, hoicking rashly to mid-on, and sadly for Sri Lanka, the poor shot selection set in like an epidemic.

Shahid Afridi came on, his appetite for the limelight undiminished by his brief retirement. He tossed up four balls, the fourth of which Chandimal clattered over long-on for six. Afridi removed him with the next ball - the patent quicker one catching the batsman on the crease, followed by the trademark arms-aloft celebration. He then rapped Mahela Jayawardene on the pads, and had his vociferous appeal turned down. When he was captain, Afridi would have signalled the referral immediately, almost as an extension of the appeal. This time, he turned to Misbah-ul-Haq in the covers, nodding his head vigorously to convince him, before asking for a review. The referral went Sri Lanka's way, but little else did.

Angelo Mathews spent 31 balls at the crease without adjusting to Hafeez's lack of turn before running himself out. Kosala Kulaseakara, yet to open his account in his debut innings, chose to chip a full ball straight to mid-off. Jayawardene watched aghast as he kept losing partners, before contributing his bit to the madness by lapping Ajmal from outside off stump to short fine-leg. Sri Lanka's misery was complete soon after, with Afridi and Ajmal producing enough variety to brush aside the tail. Dilshan's men will need a drastic change in approach before the second game on November 14.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • murali_knair on November 14, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka has not done anything better for the past over six months, yet they are ranked second in the ODI, above India and South Africa. They lost the home series against Australia, yet they are ranked high. As some captaians say, this ranking system is not at all reflecting the actual position. How Sri Lanks gets this kind of favoritism is yet to find out.

  • FAMATH on November 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Please pay them their salaries & ask them to play..no one work without getting paid for last 6 months

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 13, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Very sorry to say about my SL friends about that they are blaming the selection more the short selection of the batsmen, I think this was the team plan to go for attack but they didn't make plan B , If Plan A is not works then they should go for defensive mode, stay on the wicket and try to get a reasonable total but I didn't see anything.I can assure you there is nothing wrong with players , they are capable but they need to play according to the situation. Being a Pakistani , I congrats my team on winning a A Test Series and 1st win in ODIs Series , KEEP IT UP , PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD

  • kalins on November 13, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka is keep on showing they are struggling and becoming worst. Its better that most senior and previous captains (Mahela or Sanga) to think about the country and get back and manage the side. Which means either one of them to take over captaincy and take back the proud again to SL.

  • gularan on November 13, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Why don't the srilankans adopt a leaf from Arjuna Ranatunge's very successful tactics book and always bat second irrespective of the state of the pitch in order to stem collapsing ina heap which seems to be the norm with them these days. I also think they have chosen a bum steer in Marsh as a coach. the whole coaching contingent seems to be busy with their own thoughts, glued to their seats and watching stoically instead of talking and advising the players like the Aussie coaching team. It is a sad and frustrating scenario for us die hard Sri Lankan cricket fans to see a very talented set of cricketers go to seed like this.

  • Maduka43 on November 13, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    First comments for espncrincinfo. I'm not die hard fan in cricket. But as a Srilankan, I don't like the way ppl who in this site comments on our small island boys. Please show some sportsmenship.everyone's has good and bad period.even sports like cricket.

  • cric_freak88 on November 13, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    i dont understand why people r saying its a rebuilding phase for SL cricket , only murali is the absentee since the worldcup final , ppl keep saying vaas and sanath have gone, but they were never in the selection contention,they werent even in the worldcup squad where SL did so well ! i think its more to do with poor team selection to go with the poor and reckless captaincy of Dilshan.

  • dicky_boy on November 12, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    What happened to the srilankans team we beat in the wc final....

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Credit goes to Trio, Butt,aamir,asif..hats of u guys...u guys saved pak cricket :D

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Lol it seems to me that every one is a selector here. Sirilanka is in rebuilding phase so hopefully they will bounce back. It happens wid every team who is in rebuilding phase but i must say one thing that sirilankan youngsters must cash these chances

  • murali_knair on November 14, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka has not done anything better for the past over six months, yet they are ranked second in the ODI, above India and South Africa. They lost the home series against Australia, yet they are ranked high. As some captaians say, this ranking system is not at all reflecting the actual position. How Sri Lanks gets this kind of favoritism is yet to find out.

  • FAMATH on November 13, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Please pay them their salaries & ask them to play..no one work without getting paid for last 6 months

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 13, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    Very sorry to say about my SL friends about that they are blaming the selection more the short selection of the batsmen, I think this was the team plan to go for attack but they didn't make plan B , If Plan A is not works then they should go for defensive mode, stay on the wicket and try to get a reasonable total but I didn't see anything.I can assure you there is nothing wrong with players , they are capable but they need to play according to the situation. Being a Pakistani , I congrats my team on winning a A Test Series and 1st win in ODIs Series , KEEP IT UP , PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD

  • kalins on November 13, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka is keep on showing they are struggling and becoming worst. Its better that most senior and previous captains (Mahela or Sanga) to think about the country and get back and manage the side. Which means either one of them to take over captaincy and take back the proud again to SL.

  • gularan on November 13, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Why don't the srilankans adopt a leaf from Arjuna Ranatunge's very successful tactics book and always bat second irrespective of the state of the pitch in order to stem collapsing ina heap which seems to be the norm with them these days. I also think they have chosen a bum steer in Marsh as a coach. the whole coaching contingent seems to be busy with their own thoughts, glued to their seats and watching stoically instead of talking and advising the players like the Aussie coaching team. It is a sad and frustrating scenario for us die hard Sri Lankan cricket fans to see a very talented set of cricketers go to seed like this.

  • Maduka43 on November 13, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    First comments for espncrincinfo. I'm not die hard fan in cricket. But as a Srilankan, I don't like the way ppl who in this site comments on our small island boys. Please show some sportsmenship.everyone's has good and bad period.even sports like cricket.

  • cric_freak88 on November 13, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    i dont understand why people r saying its a rebuilding phase for SL cricket , only murali is the absentee since the worldcup final , ppl keep saying vaas and sanath have gone, but they were never in the selection contention,they werent even in the worldcup squad where SL did so well ! i think its more to do with poor team selection to go with the poor and reckless captaincy of Dilshan.

  • dicky_boy on November 12, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    What happened to the srilankans team we beat in the wc final....

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Credit goes to Trio, Butt,aamir,asif..hats of u guys...u guys saved pak cricket :D

  • on November 12, 2011, 19:30 GMT

    Lol it seems to me that every one is a selector here. Sirilanka is in rebuilding phase so hopefully they will bounce back. It happens wid every team who is in rebuilding phase but i must say one thing that sirilankan youngsters must cash these chances

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Pakistan's strength is their bowling for quite sometime. Asif was mainly Test success therefore only damage to one day side is Aamir. Junaid / Azaz/ Tanveer are filling in the shoes well. When Pakistan will play stronger teams, they will miss Aamir. However, with better fielding/ good wicketkeeper ( Sarfraz) they can make up that in middle overs with their middle bowling which I think still is the best limited over bowling quad ( Afridi, Gul, Hafeez, & Saeed). Real problem is batting and they do need one strong opener & number four batsmen. SL is just going through bad patch and their batsmen are playing under pressure due to mediocre bowling. They need couple of match winning bowlers..

  • on November 12, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    selection mistakes in the 1st ODI:- Thisara inplace of Fernando,kosala in place of Randiv

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Yes indeed ..very friendly and helpful comments from our Pakistani brothers and sisters.Though I am a huge SL fan,I don't mind Pakistan winning this series(which is the most likely to happen).Please show our idiot selectors how to choose a proper XI.

  • timtom on November 12, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    All bad acts of PCB ex-chief Butt`s can be negated with one positive note. Making Misbah as captain.. How fortunes have changed !!!.. He shud be in the team for next 4-8 yrs in any capacity...

    SL marching ahead to glorious days of 80`s and early 90`s.. Even Sanga or Mahela will not make any difference as captain..They just dont have Murali or Vaas....results are going to the be same.... Sanga had foreseen this and gave up captaincy with Murali`s retirement.. But have to say Dilshan is a very bad captain..He has no temperment...Not a single young player in last 5 yrs who has shown promise except Angelo...

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    We want good management, We want Sangakara back as captain, We want kick Dilshan from as captain, We badly need some promising young players like India and Pakistan.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Just an opinion…… This is what I see as the SLC selection policy...."Once a team for a tour has been chosen they will not recall anybody else, unless someone get injured and unable to perform". However, there are quite a few who are unable to perform at the moment but unfortunately they are all in good health LOL... so, don't expect any replacement until something bad happens ….LOL Therefore the best option SL has is that they make sure they manage the resources @ their disposal to the Max!! Currently in our side I only see only 2 pure ODI batsmen (Dilshan and Chandimal)..Sanga and Angelo has the composure to fit into most situations but Tharanga and Mahela are the liabilities up front ( they are marvelous if they get going but in reality that happens about 20% of the time and I don't think that will give any competitive advantage in anything in life). TBC...

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    Great performance.Hope they win this series :)

  • Aax1m on November 12, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    ‎12 March 2006 at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg. Australia scored 434 for 4 off their 50 overs & in reply, South Africa scored 438-9. 9,10,11 November 2011 Played at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa 236 for 2 (Amla 112, Smith 101*) and 96 (Watson 5-17, Harris 4-33) beat Australia 284 (Clarke 151, Steyn 4-55) and 47 (Philander 5-15, Morkel 3-9) by eight wickets something fishy here hmmmm !!

  • on November 12, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    ooh god i never read such a friendly comments after a team crushed by another team and the fans of winning side not even say any thing wrong about the team lost. i really happy about you pak fans. as a hardcore sri lankan fan i found that the team is just playing to remove dilshan as captain. i dont think any come back from sl team coz there last 11 match scores like dis 121,309,247,174,252,208,197,286,132,211,131. i will feel happy if they not get under 35 against any team. but wat to do still im a sl fan still hope they will prove wrong.................. one question to pak fans will you comment like this if sl lose to pak 5-0 ?

  • CriticalMay on November 12, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    Not to take anything from pakistan. But the thing is that srilanka west indies new zealand are not someone who if they beat should make them think that they have achieved some kind of milestone. They are very weak now.

    Pakistan should be focused on getting a chance to play the world test championship

  • on November 12, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    Where is Ajantha Mendis?? Talent like that sat with his feet up while inferior bowlers always play....Something's not right there!

  • on November 12, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    hats-off pakistan mates ! Sure SL will come back again............

  • fearless69 on November 12, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Sri lanka under Kumar sangakara looked a different side.. // Pak is a far better site than lanka, they have match winner whereas sri lanka have incinsistent players.. they need to raise their game else they'll also go down in the rankings just like pak.. Shahid afridi's comeback in team is huge plus.. Keep improving Pak team.. Ohh btw i'm an indian..

  • iNsiDers on November 12, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    I was at the stadium and the kind of spirit Sri Lankan fans showed was awesome. they are good human being & great friends of Pakistan.

  • farhan_mct on November 12, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    i think Sri lankan players are hectic about their board i listened from the resources that they didn`t paid their payment of match fees since long time and i think its really effecting on their performance.

  • on November 12, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    this series still allive for sri lankans.next match some changes, will see next match.

  • on November 12, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    perera don,t worry i know SL will come back in series.pak can,t play in ipl and other lea gues except county which gives player little bit rest.player like imran farhat not an extr ordinary but pakistan domestic t20 event help them lot to imrove their skills.SL concentrate on their domestic events rather than ipl and other rubbish.wheres samarwera,mendis and kandambi.as a friendly neighbour i suggest plz appoint ranatunga or player like jayasuriya as coach and chairman.thats my first comment in cricinfo,PAK SL friendship zindabat.

  • yorkslanka on November 12, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    I thoroughly agree with changing the captain.dilshan is a great player for us BUT he is not a good captain. Trouble is,who will replace him,we can't go backwards as mahela and sanga,whilst being superb captains,seem to have had enough if the politics.mathews is the man but he is not fully fit and whilst I really rate him,imho he has to be dropped until he can bowl again.it is ok to play as a batsmen only if he is scoring runs,but he Is not. My solution would be drop him until he is fully fit and then bring him back as captain. We need randhiv in this team for his economical bowling and jeevan mendis played v well here in eng,so why is prassana ahead of him after only one series?politics perhaps? Really good to see our Pakistani friends doing well in cricket,despite all the tough times.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 12, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    poor Lankans...they do not have good young players

  • Hawk_Pk on November 12, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    all we Pakistani fans must extend our hands to our Lankan brothers to be up and fighting. just like they did to us after Lahore attacks. SL is a great team, although TM Dilshan would require some time to be mature in Captain's rule, their team has all the ingredients to become a champion team. May the best wins the next game. GOOD LUCK Pakistan. great spirit both by Afridi & Misbah both

  • ahilcool on November 12, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    pakistan can beat anyone in the world if they improve their feilding

  • on November 12, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    Srilankan's should do better with bat and ball remaining up coming matches.pay your normal game and have confidence.

  • napster82 on November 12, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Sri lankan players have not been paid since January this year (2011) for playing for team Sri Lanka. so can ppl expect them to perform with any zealous under this situation. Put them in an event like IPL then we can see hw they perform. that is something to do with the human sub conscious mind, no poit in blaming them. every man has his price...

  • smartguy786 on November 12, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    GReat Win, After a long time Pakistan has given a convincing All round performance. Keep it up Guys

  • KarachiKid on November 12, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    I think, Sri Lanka will back hard and it will be a closely fought series with scoreline like 3-2, not 5-0 or 4-1.

  • Rajchamp on November 12, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    SL's team selection is pathetic. I still don't understand the reason behind not selecting T Samarweera, A Mendis, F Maharoof, T Thushara. When C Sliva was in pathetic form he kept getting selected repeatedly, now he scored the fifty in the 5th ODI against Aus, and he gets dropped for the very next series. Baffling!!

  • denwarlo70 on November 12, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    I am an ardent SL fan and a SL citizen at that. I don't see this loss as a spanner in the works for them. They will come strong come the next game. Remember that the Lion's take defeat very seriously and they are known to come back strong. So, I wish them only the best for the remainder of games. All these armchair critics and chairmen of selectors, please leave it to the team to do the talking and you sit in your TV lobby and enjoy the game.

  • wrenx on November 12, 2011, 6:20 GMT

    Cracking start to the series for Pakistan. They had a great world cup, and have struggled with the handicap of constantly playing away, but have shown some real character. It is fortunate that the tour calendar has worked out well to allow for a good progression, with them moving through weaker teams this year, such as winning series in New Zealand, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe. They should really aim to solidify this by trying their hardest to go 5-0 or 4-1 in this series against a good opponent like Sri Lanka, and take advantage of a confidence-boosting tour of Bangladesh before they take on England in a more challenging series.

  • on November 12, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Pakistan have habbit of keeping good/better betterment during the normal tournaments but they are always caught in some controversies in major tournaments as well against the few countries like England, Australia. We need to think about it. If you peep in past you will find many examples. Is there some well planned policy being executed against such most talented side ?

  • on November 12, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    Malinga cn win matches 4 india not for sri lanka.........he take wickets in dead rubbers not in any important matches.........sinner please go and play 4 india not 4 my motherland.......

  • DINESHCC on November 12, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    SOMEONE IN THE NAME OF HERATH_UK APPEAR IN INDIA'S EVERY GAME, MORE PARTICULRALY FOR THE LOSING CAUSE, POSTING SOME GOOD(!) / FANTASTIC(!) / EXCELLENT(!) COMMENTS. I COULD NOT SEE HIM IN ALL THE SRI LANKA MATCHES FOR THE PAST ONE YEAR.

  • Deepfreezed on November 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan. As a Sri Lankan fan, what a disgrace... No point talking about it anymore.

  • on November 12, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    To me Dilshan is not a bad captain but he need to control two things. First he need to stop giving critical remarks of his players in the public, second he need to stop showing emotions on the field. When you show emotions easily on the field you show your weakness and that discourages or makes new players heart small. Jaywardane is really having a hard time playing anything. Only players I loved seeing batting was Chandimal, he did good with the bat and with decent strike rate but he lacks some experience as he lost his concentration right after hitting a six. Any good batsman would expend one of two things after hitting a six, either a loose delivery due to bowler being under pressure or either a perfect delivery due to bowler being world class but he choose to expect a normal delivery where he lost it and got LBW.

    Dilshan is a good fit for captain but I guess former captains should guide him to hide his emotions and how to encourage guys and set the goals. I am Pakistani American

  • on November 12, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    i think if sanga was cap pak would have lost..

  • Y.Raza on November 12, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    this happens to a team when key performers quit i.e. Pakistan after 2003 worldcup when wasim, waqar, saqlain, saeed anwar, ijaz ahmad left the team...australia after warne, glenn, gilly...it will take sometime for lankans to get back

  • on November 12, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    It is always the selection of best 15 players and out of them the selection of most appropriate 11 to play the match the problem with Sri Lankan side. When Pakistan was playing the whole series with 7 to 4 combination . They selected two fast bowlers and 2 specialized spinners along with a person who can bowl spin out of the batsman. What SL did was to play with 4 fast bowlers and 1 specialized spinner. Who reads these pitches and who takes these decisions. We could have played with 2 fast bowlers ( Malinga & Lakmal) 2 spinners ( Randiv & Mendis) then as an all rounder Thisara who can bowl fast medium. Further Dilshan can bowl spinners too. Always we keep Randiv out because Dilshan can think he can do all means bat, bowl, field , the captaincy and to open bla bla.We are not playing to our potential and not keeping faith on our strengths ( variation of spin attack) and trying to win matches with inexperienced fast bowling bench. When our cricket management start thinking wisely ???

  • top_SPIN on November 12, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Good Luck PAKISTAN, you deserve a win As a SL fan it is a waste of words if i say what to be done to get SL on track. For other SL fans, lets collect our matches in 1990's and watch them again.

  • on November 12, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Good luck next time SL friends. I am a Pakistani, however I consider SL as the closest friend of Pak in cricket world. Sanga should stay as captain. You don't remove a captain just because you lost one game(final). Series is still wide open and I expect an exciting series.

  • Mandernew on November 12, 2011, 3:11 GMT

    I don't know why sri lankan selectors act like blinds? Dilshan is NOT a captaincy material.At least hope they will appoint Mathews as the captain for the upcoming SA series.He has shown enough potential. Hope now sahithra has been released from that throwing accusation. sri lanka is actually lack in batting not in bowling.A team should have 7 reliable batsmen to perform 2 or three among them on their day. but there if Sanga or Mathews goes, its all over for the day.Chandi is a great find. should play him though he fails in between. Hope Bhanuka will show his colours in upcoming domestic season.J. mendis and Thisara must be given chances by concerning how many chances kapu chamara and suranga lakmal has got. so if i select there team it would be 1.Dilshan/Tharanga/Dimuth 2.Mahela 3.Chandimal 4.Sangakkara 5.Bhanuka 6.Mathews(c) 7.j. Mendis 8.Thisara Perera 9.Senanayake 10.Eranga 11.Malinga. BTW congrats on pakistan, and thanking for giving another point to open up SL selector's eyes.

  • goldeneye075 on November 12, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    All the best Pakistan!!! you guys rock !!! Finally we can see some constant performance , they did bowel and batted superbly. Seriously I can not understand what's wrong with Sri lanka, did they get up on wrong foot ?? I think it all started with the team selection, for the tests they have left out Samaraweera who has an avg more than 90% with Pakistan when playing away from home, next closest is sanga with an avg of 65. For the oneday's they have left kulasekara who is a better boweler. Seriously I do not think Dilshan is suited to captain a side, he is not deep enough and get fustrated easily.. Sanga and Mahela do not want the job,, so it's time to look in to Anjelo .. (But the best choice would be Mahela who is a born champ)

  • on November 12, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    imran farhat is much better player then Shafiq.....

  • on November 12, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    dilshan please step down!!!

  • me54321 on November 12, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    How can Sri Lanka produce so many good players about 10-15 years ago, but then not produce a single decent to one to replace/challenge the ageing greats over the last 10 years. Very sad to see a strong team declining, and so rapidly.

  • on November 12, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    we all miss Muhammad Yousuf he should be back

  • on November 12, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    I am srilankan supporter...but feeling very disappoint to see their performance. Tharanga never has the ability to destroy the bowling line up . he always make 30 run by 50 or 60 balls, thats run not counted at the end for win. Next few years for srilanka is not good comapring with india or other country . they will never have batsman like jayasuira or bowler like vass or murali :(

  • crictime11 on November 12, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    it seems like umar gul is more of a test bowler than a one day one... he's been consistently taking wickets in all 3 test matches in this series but here in this one day he got nothing ....

  • orangtan on November 12, 2011, 0:41 GMT

    A complete mismatch, Pak should win this 5-0 unless they take their foot off the pedal after going up 3-0. The pusillanimous display by the Lankans hints at team problems.

  • on November 12, 2011, 0:25 GMT

    I think Sri Lanka missed Nuwan Kulersekera. He was their best seam bowler after Malinga. Kulersekera swings the ball at the top of the innings and often got wickets at the top of the inings. My Team for the next match would be...

    Tharanga Dilshan(c) Jayawardne Sangakara (Wkt) Chandimal Matthews Tishara Perera Nuwan Kulersekera Randiv Malinga Mendis

    Sri Lanka must allow to have their best batsmen to have the most time in the middle. Hence,why the big 3 are in the top 4. Chandimal and Matthews have shown they are stronger in the middle order as they clear the ropes better than some of the top 4. Randiv comes in as he is economical and gets bounce from his spinners which will slow the scoring rate down. Mendis comes in as an alternative option to the off spinner. Thishara perera has shown he is stronger with the bat and ball than Kosala Kulasekara.

  • sachinisnogood on November 12, 2011, 0:14 GMT

    One thing is sure - talent wise Pak. is the best team in the world - they just need better management. The fans also need to shed the habit of finding excuses when Pak looses. If you think some one is performing below potential or acting funny that's your tema's problem not the opposing team's. You cannot use that as an excuse.

  • on November 12, 2011, 0:01 GMT

    Pakistan was great in bowing wicket to wicket.But the main match winner was Boom Boom Afridi. Sri lankans couldn't pick him at all,today and also in the world cup.But after the world cup they didn't putin any time to study his bowling.They should have.He is a very under rated but best Pakistani ODI bower.His arm bowl is very fast with the top spin,not easy to cross bat it.And the other key to his bowlig is the change of pace specially and anglel to bowl. After he took most wickets in the world cup,still most people are saying he is a part time bowler.No, no and NNNNOOO.He is one of the best odi bowlers in the world,and you need to be able to pick him, and if you pick him then you need to attack his bowling.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 11, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    SRILANKA should have kept SANGA as their captain until his retirement. Dilshan is under lot of pressure and his own performance has gone down due to captain factor. Sanga is a little genious in SL team and he as captain could have helped to build a young team until 2014 when Mahala and Sanga retire.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 11, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    IT'S Shameful of some Srilankan fans to criticize Sangakara who has just scored 500 in a 3 test series. His agregate score in test series is twice as much as the second best from both teams. Mahala, Sangakara and Dilshan are world toppers. The reason is that Dilshan and Mahala are going through a bad patch which each and every player, regardless of how great, has gone through. The great SL team always had Jayesuria to give them a flying start and now that he is gone Dilshan has to stand up and deliver.

  • Shan_Karthic on November 11, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Thank god they at least have Mahela and Sanga still. Even though those two can't score century every match, they at least keep overall performance up. Otherwise SL will be keeping company with Bangladesh and WI.

  • BravoBravo on November 11, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    SL is a very promising team. Seems like they are not putting their heart into the games. In that context MM is a legend. But as they say no one is indispensable, and no one is bigger than the game, same is true for any record holder. There is plenty of talent in SL team, and they need to put that talent into action. Mahela, Sngakara, Dilshan are world's finest batsmen, and Malinga has been very effective bowler. Though Malinga is spoilt by IPL and the substandard IPL matches. He need to put his act together. Hope that SL will comeback strong and put a competitive show. Having said that, i dont mean to undermine todays PAK win. PAK team was very professional and better of the 2 teams today. Good luck to both PAK and SL.

  • shaanidesi on November 11, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    @Thakshitha Perera- I can't agree with you more? why did they change Sangakara? isn't it enough that he took you guys to the world cup final? strange selection! dilshan's performance has gone down since he became the captain!

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Do not blame dilshan for this. What can he do when his top order players are not playing well. Sanga could not put the bat to ball.. Mahela also the same. Only player who play well was Chandimal. He should be the 1 down and then mahela. Sanga should be 3 down. Or we should start with mahela. We need the younger players to play well.. for that we need them to score freely without a presser.. but today sanga and upul wasted 10 overs and got out cheaply.. so chandimal had to score fast to keep up with a proper run rate.. If sanga and Upul scored at least 4+ run rate we could have done better than this.. All credit shoud go t Pak. They did really well and our players didnt had a proper plan.. Hope our team will bounce back soon! :)

  • lokesh.agarwal on November 11, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan! A clean thumping... a very comprehensive thumping. I think somewhere is there was a complacence by the Sri Lankans about their one day performances... but this was duly humbling. Should pave the way for an exciting couple of matches!

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    younus khan is the best

  • CharlesCrasto on November 11, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    @ Naureen Abubakar.......very true. Also I am afraid that after Imran Farhat's 50 today, he will get more chances and our torture will continue. Why not bring Shoaib Malik in instead of I Farhat? I suppose once Shoaib Malik's in, groupings will start again. But I think Misbah is showing strenght in keeping player power down and helping them to concentrate on their real task. Playing good cricket and winning!! I feel for the Lnakan fans. They have a great team, but ineptness has crept in. My thoughts only. Hopefully I will be proved wrong and we will have a rocking series. Good luck to both the teams.

  • NAZMO-CRICKFANN on November 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    its so wonderful and exciting to see pakistan returning after all these years with brilliance. kudos to pakistan. i am not a pakistani.i am a west indian resident and supporter, but am i ever happy for their cricket and fans. pakistan cricket has suffered more than any other country in the last decade. all the best to pakistan.

  • mrmonty on November 11, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan attempting to capture their former glorious past. Sad to see SL lose their way after Murali's retirement.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    Afridi iz best.. Misbah remains Unbeaten in ODIz.. Congarts to Pak Team and Fanz :) .. but even iam pakistani i am very much disappointed with this win! I waz hoping some fight from Sri lankanz.. Having malinga, Methews, Mahela , Sanga Dilshan + + they r still playing like minnows.. i am happy to see Pakistani team back on the track.. wish them very best of Luck.. and wish to have 5-0 .. Go Greenz Go.. Boom Boom Pakistan !!

  • jattkadanda on November 11, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Srilanka seems to be having trouble with captain agenda. I think in the long run Mathews or Chanda is a prime candidate. After Sanga They need a super strong player to lead the team. Jaywardene and Dilshan struggle most of the time. Good Luck..Pakistan will win the series inshallah

  • Distantfriend on November 11, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    i agree with Naureen Abubakar on the issue of Arfidi .. for rest of my sri lankan friends i wish them all the best for their team .. am happy on the performance of team Pakistan specially cheema v good in the start .

  • playitstraight on November 11, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, Misbah's captaincy is really amazing given the players he has. On the other hand, his counterpart, T. Dilshan, is failing so badly even though he has the likes of Malinga, Sanga and Mahela. He should really concentrate on his batting, there are too many careless shots from him these days, he bats like a tail-ender now, seriously. Look at Sehwag, he executes the shots perfectly and has good shot selection. Dilshan is all about power, no shot selection, and no execution, which is the definition of a tail-ender. Sanga really was surprising, 5 off 24 balls, in good conditions for batting. Mahela tried to steady himself, but in the end, it was in van as he went for 24 off 57 balls. Chandimal proved that he is a talent, as he was the top-scorer and he hit 2 sixes and 1 four. Good luck SL for the next ODI and you guys really need to step it up!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    They need a better bowling unit and some sense in the batting. they are batting badly and dilshan is leading by example. Even Saeed Ajmal was shocked at Lakmal's selection of shot, despite of picking his wicket. They need to bat better, make it more fun for the crowds.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:06 GMT

    yess pakistan I know my team could doit better luck next time sri lanka

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    well done pak,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 11, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    What is happening to jayawardene. Why is he not opening? Congrats to Pak.

  • on November 11, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    We played school boy cricket, I couldn't believe we gave away wickets so cheaply. I think its time to try out a new captain the Team doesn't gel around Dilshan. Mr. Dulip Mendis please be proactive give a chance to someone in form in the domestic arena. Be proactive rather than reacting to the situation.

  • Afridipak on November 11, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    good performance by Pakistan !!!!!! boom boom and Pakistan zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    Misbah done a good job and deserve the captaincy. Afridi only need to focus on his cricket rather then wrong statement against Great Waqar Younis.

  • trueindian on November 11, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    U Afridi! Deserve it. What a performance from this team! THey dominated the Test series. Now 1st ODI also dominated. Who says Pakistan is not winning this series? IN fact, the variety that this team has, they can just win the 1st 3 ODIs and then make around 5 changes and still win series 5-0.

  • asif_the_spotfixer on November 11, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    i must say a good win for Pakistan against a overrated Srilankan Team, Without Mahela and Sangakkara, Srilanka team looks like in a league of Bangladesh, westindies and Zimbabwe, no solid player apart from these two.

  • KingOwl on November 11, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    What a pathetic display from SL! Shameful. First of all, they should learn to read the wicket quickly. They continue to blunder batting first.

  • chintaka on November 11, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Change Dilshan as captain before the next one dayer and atleast appoint Sanga or Mahela for the rest of the series and groom Mathews for for the next series. So far not so impact from Marsh and the batting or bowling coaches? Why Maliga was rusty? Who was overlooking his training in SL? Once again SL cricket, Support staff, Captain and the players have to answer a lots of questions..???

  • NaniIndCri on November 11, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Lol, and this Joker SL team talks about others being home lions. Its better for them to shut up and look to themselves.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Very important period for Sri Lanka. If they do not get their act together soon, they will be in huge trouble for next couple of years. Sri Lanka seriously needs to get their act together and train long and hard. If this series is lost (which is most likely will be), Sri Lanka has a lot of work to do

  • thePakistanian on November 11, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    Great to see AFRIDI & Razzaq back & team getting toghather & performing well under misbah! But still feel Farhat has no place in this team! This is his one off innings (i hope not but that's what's going on with him)! We need Asad or Malik in Team! Asad is performing so well in ODI's, just as Azhar Ali in Tests & hes young too! Also U Akmal if keep wickets will be great! Gives us chance to put both Malik & Asad or an extra Bowler!!

    Anyways ALL THE BEST to TEAM PAKISTAN!

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    well this was expected as Pak being a better side and of-course on better run.

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Its that man again, AFRIDI!! Can't keep him out or quiet. A gem of a player, a true match winner and a big match player!

  • AtifFazal11 on November 11, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Good performance by Pakistan. Shouldnt be complacent for the next!

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Brilliant Performance By Pakistan. Man Speculation killed their performance. Once they be sincere to cricket they will rule coz Pakistan has highly talented boys. Cheers.

  • WeeBee on November 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan .. and sorry to say i hate this word "Clinical". I think the way Pakistan replied to the controversies it had from past couple of years , they really deserve better words. Good Luck to Afridi, He proved many things . . . Good Luck for the series

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    So nice to see happy news coming from Pak team Finalllllllllllyyyyyyyyyy.... :)

  • MENDIS_Forever on November 11, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    A very disappointing start for SL.anyway kudos to Pakistan for the allround performance.Our team had no answer to the top quality Pakistani bowling attack. BTW, who scheduled this series? They should be offered the "Fools of the Month" award,coz no cricket on weekend holidays.

  • Rakim on November 11, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Ladies and gentlemen!!! Guess who is back, back again.... ¡¡¡¡¡¡BOOM BOOM AFRIDI :D!!!!!!! Love to see Pak playin' their game!

  • Kheladi on November 11, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    A very well come back by Afridi. Go Boom Boom.

  • 5676 on November 11, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    my view is that thisara perera should be picked,while dropping dilhara fernando in the second odi because the pakistani's are stuggling against the medium fast bowlers.as seen in first odi lakmal has trobled the pakistani batsman and took wickets.so thisara perera should be picked ahead of dilhara fernando cheers lanka

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    what a start by Pakistan !!! Keep it up :)

  • Shakilpharmacist on November 11, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Congratulation good overall performance alongwith teams selection but junaid khan should be a regular member of team. Srilanka need to try something new in their bowling department.

  • Australian0007 on November 11, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Frankly SL should drop out of form Dilshan & Mahela, bring back more young players like Chandimal. There are some players who are in team for long time without any sucsess. SL should start the rotation policy for all senior players to make future team.

  • lakarhara on November 11, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    My first Comment on Cricinfo, Just want to say Gratz to Pakistan hope they continue to other matches also and Welcome Bck BOOM BOOM ....

  • ICET on November 11, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Great win..Always god to start positve, and keep the opposition on the back foot..Ever player played thier part, all round good team performance. I Farhat played well, but still with the current squad picked, would play S Malik ahead of him, better feilder, and another bowling option, and on his day can destroy an bowling attack. Also still early doors, but would like to see Safraz Ahmed wicketkeep in all formats, more attacking batsmen,and deserves his chance.Good to see thi swas'nt just about BOOM BOOM, all players chipped in..

  • on November 11, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    A refreshing win for Pakistan in a clinical manner which is not associated with them very often. The way Gul and Aizaz Cheema extracted life out of the track early on was a highlight of the match for me. The spin trio was expected to get support from the pitch but the execution of their plans is commendable. The versatility that Abdul Razzaq and Hafeez bring to this team is a key factor in Pakistan's better performances off late. SL on the other hand are short on confidence. The only way SL can come out of this slumber is if Dilshan starts firing at the top and put Pakistan on the back foot otherwise it's curtains for them. I am not a big fan of Misbah being a part of this ODI team but I have to admit he was outstanding today with his field placings and bowling changes. The only worry is his out of the order slow batting but I am hopeful he has great things to offer to Pakistan cricket. Best of luck Pakistan. You may win 5-0

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Afridi is genuine match winner. Though I am a supporter of india but Pakistan need Afridi`s bowling service as well as fielding and batting (When he is on song).

  • khankkk on November 11, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    is this the top class pakistani performance or the dismal srilankan display? folks,pakistan is a dangerous side and talent wise superior than the so called best sides of the world.they can defeat any team any where as they have the troops for all conditions.i wonder weather their prior inconsistency was due the dishonesty of players or they were really outplayed by opponents.u can all see that since the spot fixing controversy pakisatn has not lost a test series won all the one series and semifinalists of world cup.And mind u seminal is a match which pakistan coould and should have won,they were unlucky as well as unplanned.sachin was clear out at 17 to ajmal and then those dropped chances. i wonder y BCCI and its mouth pieces raise questions on UDRS when it does not favour its team,y did not they react to the mohali incident.was it because it favoured their team. cum on be the supporter of game!!! rest well done shaid,kudos to u n keep performing to parry off ur critics????

  • Perfect.Stranger on November 11, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    well done Misbah and co. It really was a demolition job. As for Sri Lankans, I think their problem lies in Dilshan being the captain. Watching them play just gives u an impression as if the team is not rallying behind him. They should appoint Sanga captain. just my views.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    congos Pakistan...soo happy to see u ppl back on the path of winning...congos!!

  • Prema1948 on November 11, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Though some media personnel consider these batsmen as technically correct, they find it difficult to play the ball all along the ground when it's really needed. Indian Cricket fans who were well educated by their wide media network, call our top order as FLAT TRACK BULLIES with some purpose. He may be the No 1 batsman on record but if the number of straight forward chances given in an innings is counted, he would have dropped to a very low position in the rankings. The selectors and other responsible people are keener in safe guarding the positions of seniors & other henchmen, rather than the future of the Country's Cricket. The young promising players should be brought in immediately when they are performing well at School &Domestic levels, when their confidence is at its peak and their bodies are in good condition, without keeping them out in the dark too long till they lose their vigor & enthusiasm.

  • SaudAliPk on November 11, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Team performing well under Misbah. All match fixers and gamblers are out of team and team is performing well.Good luck Pak team for england series. Test series against England will be important and tough, as england is no. 1 test team in world. But in odi its 50-50.

    hope to see some younsters given chances against bangladesh tour before England series.Good bench strength is the key to success.

  • yorkslanka on November 11, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan on a thoroughly deserved win. They out bowled us and the tight lines coupled with sone really poor shot selection led to an undefendable total. We were very poor 2day and didn't give ourselves enough time to adjust to the wicket. The new system of two new balls makes it different to score and we were poor. We must improve and play to our potential..

  • Prema1948 on November 11, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    This is what happens when promising youngsters haven't been introduced to the side at regular basis instead trying to continue forever with the underperforming seniors of slow reflexes. At a time a country has blessed with promising batsmen the class of Chandimal, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, Dimuth K, KhausalS, RosenS, Chathuranga de Silva, Lahiru Bhuddhika..reckless batting of 3 pros who have no control over most of the strokes they execute, are not needed. The fleet footed S'kara's(No 3) makes things difficult for the incoming batsmen. He (like Gurusinghe) looks elegant as long as he is in his defensive mood but it ridicules every ardent cricket fan when he tries to survive with his usual edgy loose strokes. After plodding for a bowl consuming innings of fifty he always gets out lobbing a catch to a close-in-fielder or caught in the deep mid-wicket area because of his inability keep his forceful strokes all along the ground (on the on-side). (to be continued)

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    oouch!!! poor performance by lankans. There seems to be a rift in the team. It just feels like they are cornering Dilshan out of captaincy. I was feeling sorry for the fellow. The two ex captains doesn't at all seem to support or advice him. poor

  • Romenevans on November 11, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    These are Sri Lanka's future players? Young-guns? God help them!

  • Australian0007 on November 11, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Frankly SL should drop out of form Dilshan & Mahela, bring back more young players like Chandimal. There are some players who are in team for long time without any sucsess. SL should start the rotation policy for all senior players to make future team.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    Finally playing to their potential...

  • sunnymachoo on November 11, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    Congratulations to Team Pakistan! Afridi made a wonderful comeback! All the best!

  • wnwn on November 11, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    This looks like a great Pakistan team and Misbah is exactly the right man to captain it. The only change i would make is replacing Cheema with Junaid Khan because of the left arm variety and also his death bowling.

  • getsetgopk on November 11, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    now who the heck said AFRIDI is an average player???

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    What was that??? Come on Srilanka waky waky. I was not expecting that from the side which played Final of the World Cup. As a Pakistani Cricket Fan I am happy for my team win but as a cricketer I would like to see a better contest.

    Who is to blame for this loss?? Its not the right time to blame anyone but every department need to work hard and bounce back from couch , manager to the bowler and Batsmen.

    I think Dilshan should be removed as captain and Sanga should be given this job role Back for some reason he do not look happy and confident the way he was before.

    Srilankan bowling was relying on Malinga and he failed today that teach a lesson that you must have more then 1 good quality Bowler in the team.

    Well anyways I wish good luck to Srilankan team and expect them to fight back and win the next game to make this series interesting.

    But My Prayers are with Pakistan Team, Go Team Pakistan prove the world that you are the best

  • salman_0902 on November 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Is Pakistani bolwing too good or S.L batting too bad? Is pakistani Batting too good or S.L bowling too ordinary? still wondering.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    Shahid 'Boom Boom' Afridi AKA the messiah of Pak Cricket team is back!!! And what a way to make a comeback!! #Legend #Respect \o/

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    Sad news for "Afridi bashers". They were hoping the layoff had rusted him, he would not live up to the "hype", and his myth would be busted. Alas, he lived up to the hype. LOL.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Congrats pakistani nation afridi is back again to entertain us INSHALLAH we ll win dis series too

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    A fine win for Pakistan, but we should beware of Lankans, they have the capability to fight back in next games, maybe clinching the series...

  • Okasha on November 11, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan is always clinical.The best ODI team in the year 2011,the 2nd best test team in the year 2011.They haven't lost any series in test and also in ODIs.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Et voila, as I predicted in preview comment, it was an easy victory for Pakistan. And with that team, I can easily see Pakistan winning this series 3-2 or even 4-1 comfortably.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    still not convinced about imran farhat.. but this score should secure his place in the team for another 10 games

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Pakistan outclassed Sri Lanka in all department of game. The first ODI indicated where the series will go.

  • Stark62 on November 11, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    MOM: Shahid Afridi

    He just put his haters to shame! LOL

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    good start by Pakistan,whe will the torture (imran farhat) end?

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    SL do not have the right captain to lead them.

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    SHAHID AFRIDI BACK WITH A BANG BOOM BOOM ROCKS

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Well done Pak. The bowling looks stronger now with afridi back in the team. Good all round performance :) keep it up

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I hope Pakistan will keep performing like this in rest of series. Well done boys. For Sri Lanka, you guys have to get rid of Dilshan as soon as you can.

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  • on November 11, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    I hope Pakistan will keep performing like this in rest of series. Well done boys. For Sri Lanka, you guys have to get rid of Dilshan as soon as you can.

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Well done Pak. The bowling looks stronger now with afridi back in the team. Good all round performance :) keep it up

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    SHAHID AFRIDI BACK WITH A BANG BOOM BOOM ROCKS

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    SL do not have the right captain to lead them.

  • on November 11, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    good start by Pakistan,whe will the torture (imran farhat) end?

  • Stark62 on November 11, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    MOM: Shahid Afridi

    He just put his haters to shame! LOL

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    Pakistan outclassed Sri Lanka in all department of game. The first ODI indicated where the series will go.

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    still not convinced about imran farhat.. but this score should secure his place in the team for another 10 games

  • on November 11, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    Et voila, as I predicted in preview comment, it was an easy victory for Pakistan. And with that team, I can easily see Pakistan winning this series 3-2 or even 4-1 comfortably.

  • Okasha on November 11, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Pakistan is always clinical.The best ODI team in the year 2011,the 2nd best test team in the year 2011.They haven't lost any series in test and also in ODIs.