Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Dubai November 14, 2011

Jayawardene, quicks help Sri Lanka level series

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Sri Lanka 235 for 7 (Tharanga 77, Jayawardene 50, Ajmal 3-61) beat Pakistan 210 (Umar 91, Malinga 3-36) by 25 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The ICC's latest fiddle with the rules was primarily responsible for the intrigue in Dubai, where the tale of two batting Powerplays decided the course of the second ODI. Sri Lanka stole 48 off theirs, to poke a slumbering innings to life and propel a surge that yielded 136 runs off their last 20 overs. Chasing 236, Pakistan were rocked by seam before Umar Akmal's dazzling strokeplay left them needing 93 off the last 15 overs, when their Powerplay came into force. A hat-trick of boundaries from Umar reduced the equation to 72 at under a run-a-ball, but he holed out attempting a fourth successive four in the restrictions. Sri Lanka roared back with two more quick breaches, pegging the Powerplay damages at 26 for 3, and steadily closed the game out thereafter.

If the match was played before October 1, Pakistan might have waited for the very end to call the field in, and Umar might have remained cautious until then. As it transpired, Umar heaved Dilhara Fernando over mid-on, before backing away and scything him through point and blazing him through the covers for fours in the 38th over. He looked to muscle the next ball over mid-on as well, but Dinesh Chandimal intercepted well to give Sri Lanka an opening.

Umar's exit ended a 62-run stand, and there was more trouble when Lasith Malinga removed the set Sarfraz Ahmed next ball, to a questionable lbw call, with Pakistan out of reviews. Thisara Perera then dismissed Umar Gul to put Sri Lanka on the brink, but Shahid Afridi kept fighting. Tillakaratne Dilshan, however, ended Afridi's cameo, and Pakistan's hopes, with a direct-hit from point.

Dilshan's athleticism at the end of the evening was in stark contrast to his sluggish footwork while at the crease. Sri Lanka weathered an exemplary new-ball spell from Gul through gumption and fortune - mostly the latter in the captain's case. Nine times in that spell, Dilshan groped and and missed balls that buzzed away off the seam, before shouldering arms to one that came in and passed perilously close to the stumps. Just when it seemed like Dilshan could get away with anything, Afridi slipped a patent faster one past a lazy cut to wreck his stumps.

Upul Tharanga had two escapes, dropped at cover by Imran Farhat, and by the keeper Sarfraz, but fought along gamely. Kumar Sangakkara, however, fell by the wayside, leaving Sri Lanka reading from a script similar to the first game: the pitch was drastically losing pace, and Pakistan's all-sorts middle-overs specialists were tying them down. Two maidens were played out, Dinesh Chandimal combusted, and Mahela Jayawardene conceded another maiden as Sri Lanka's outlook worsened by the moment. But the script was about to be rewritten in the Powerplay.

In the 36th over, Jayawardene sensed release and launched Afridi over extra-cover and the straight field for fours. Tharanga too cashed in, taking Saeed Ajmal for a raft of boundaries as Pakistan's spin gambit in the Powerplay backfired. Jayawardene pounded Gul for two more fours through the off side, and Sri Lanka had finally found their voice in the Middle East. The innings gradually decelerated thereafter, with Tharanga and Angelo Mathews falling at inopportune moments, but the Powerplay had provided enough momentum for Sri Lanka to post a respectable total. A 17-run final over from Ajmal helped the cause too.

With runs to back him up, Malinga bowled with a freedom that was conspicuously absent in the first ODI. His first ball was on the pads, and Mohammad Hafeez duly whipped it for four, but the radar came on immediately. Two balls later Malinga zipped one away off the seam, and Hafeez nicked behind as he tried to cover the line without getting across. Younis Khan then fiddled at the sort of ball he had avoided so assiduously in the Tests, and Sangakkara veritably flew to his right, to grab the edge in front of first slip. Thisara backed up Malinga with equally felicitous seam-work, and pinned Farhat with one that nipped in. Farhat left Pakistan in more trouble than they needed at 11 for 3, using up their only review on his way out.

Misbah-ul-Haq guided Umar through the troubled waters, blunting the new balls and saving resources for late. Umar interspersed Misbah's defiance with a streak of breath-taking strokes, starting with a flick and a drive off Malinga. Fernando hurried him into a pull against an effort ball, but the chance slipped past Mathews' lunge at short extra cover. Pakistan seemed to have restored parity when Umar hit back with two punchy fours, before heaving the first ball of Fernando's sixth over for a six. But Sri Lanka reclaimed control when Misbah walked into an inswinger in the same over. Abdul Razzaq's run-out gave Sri Lanka a firmer grip, but Sarfraz and Umar wrested the advantage back with 15 overs left. The Powerplay was about to provide the final twist, though.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • ThePakKiwi on November 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Cricket should be played as a sport, not a political campaign...Pak--Kiwi

  • ThePakKiwi on November 17, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Dear beloved Pakistani's,

    I am sure most of you people have innocently forgotten that, Sri Lanka came 2nd in the cricket world cup. So they are good. (Although we came 3rd) We should not underestimate them...

    Go Pakistan...Pak--Kiwi

  • likeintcricket on November 17, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Umer Akmal is no good with the gloves and he is no better than his brother Kamran. He is no match with SagaKara who is among top batsman and wicket keeper. I think he should concentrate more on one day and T20 batting alone as he is even not good for Test yet. Sarfaraz Ahmad is a good batsman and a much better keeper and should be given many chances to perform. Mohd Yousuf, Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam should be in the side in place of Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umer. Cheema is a hard worker but he is no good with bat which we really need. Hafeez, Asad, Yousuf, Younis, Misbah, Umer, Afridi, Sarfaraz, Razzaq, Gul & Ajmal completes the team.

  • cricket_slcsupport on November 16, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Sri-Lanka was lucky to win this match. Anyway this series will be won by Pakistan. Sri-Lanka has never performed well against Pakistan in the 50 over format. Sri-Lanka is strong in paper, they are really no good with top test playing nations. Dilshan should be dropped as the captain and Matthews should lead the pack. Hope Marsh does some magic ! ! ! ! ! Otherwise need to bring players like Aravinda,Murali,Arjuna,Vaas,Mahanama,Sanath etc. back to the team. lol

  • Mianwali_12chak on November 16, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    if snagkara who is world topest batsman now in the cricket is doing job of Wicketkeeping then why umer akaml not? Farhat should be dropped now atleast,extermy talented crickter Asad Shafiq is siiting on the bench and wasitng his talent. my team is..Hafeez,Asad,Yunas,Misbah,Umer,Shoaib Malik,Afrdi,Razaq,ajmal,junaid.. This time Hafeez Gone Deliver Hundred In 3rd ODI...He is only talented and fullfling his job....Best luck Hafeez and Best luck PAK

  • Bilal94 on November 16, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Pakistan defeated Pakistan as Srilanka was almost as bad as in the first match,Dropped catches, careless top order batting,Umar Akmal throwing his wicket and the runouts of Afridi and Abdul Razzaq were the reasons for their defeat

  • zerotollerance on November 16, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    A good wing for sl. Very lucky and bad batting by sl opener which put a lot of stress on the middle order.

  • on November 16, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Annoying as Farhat was, I wish he wouldn't be replaced by Malik, but I fear he will because poor Misbah daren't cross Zardari if he values his job, and Malik met with zardari... @Haleos: Oh for heaven's sake! We all know how unreliable Afridi is with the bat. But he was RUN OUT this time, yes he did escape a dropped catch but you probably haven't noticed he often escapes dropped catches, only he offers another. He didn't this time. He even hit a lovely straight drive, and other than the skier played uncharacteristically well. @Muhammad Umer Farooq: I'm no cricket expert but I thought Hafeez got out to a much better ball than Younis, who does have a tendency to chase balls outside off, and can be as stupid in ODIs as he is exceptional in Tests, for some reason only he knows. @shabbeee: Misbah is excellent at both ground fielding and catching, and running between the wickets, whatever else his faults. @Farhan Sheikh: Well said. It all boiled down to one run-out too many in the end.

  • DJyash on November 16, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    @goldeneye075 and who ever cretisise chandimal,he played aggresive cricket....yeah...it was he who lifted up srilankan runrate in the first odi,did you blame him for that?and this time did you notice how we were going from 20th-30th overs?we only scored 17 runs,that is why chandimal tried to score big shots to lift the runrate,and he played balls on it's merit he played aggressive for loose balls only but unluckly they didn't connect.don't forget nobody is perfect but when ever chandimal came to bat he looked comfortable in the crease.@ samindashj 2002 wicket keeper is an important position in a side it need experiance chandimal can keep wicket later but sangakkara is more experianced in the job,and if your point is true sangakkara can't field to save runs so then wicket keeping is the best position for him because he will not leak runs as a fielder,and i agree with you about randiv although his bawling is not enaugh to take wickets he can hold one endand support thisara and malinga

  • on November 16, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    @golde.-Dude Chandimal is a 21 yr old..What are you talking..He has decades left in him no he`ll going to be our next great batsman...At the age of 21 no one even knew about Sanga...Sanath became a decent player at 26..Dont you remember how Kholi played for India in his first tour to Sri Lanka ?..He looked like a school cricketer..Just give him time,he`ll be all right...@ others-I dont think Mahela should open...We need him at no 5.. Although he scores well at the top SL need an experienced player at no 5.

  • ThePakKiwi on November 17, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Cricket should be played as a sport, not a political campaign...Pak--Kiwi

  • ThePakKiwi on November 17, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Dear beloved Pakistani's,

    I am sure most of you people have innocently forgotten that, Sri Lanka came 2nd in the cricket world cup. So they are good. (Although we came 3rd) We should not underestimate them...

    Go Pakistan...Pak--Kiwi

  • likeintcricket on November 17, 2011, 0:47 GMT

    Umer Akmal is no good with the gloves and he is no better than his brother Kamran. He is no match with SagaKara who is among top batsman and wicket keeper. I think he should concentrate more on one day and T20 batting alone as he is even not good for Test yet. Sarfaraz Ahmad is a good batsman and a much better keeper and should be given many chances to perform. Mohd Yousuf, Asad Shafiq and Fawad Alam should be in the side in place of Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umer. Cheema is a hard worker but he is no good with bat which we really need. Hafeez, Asad, Yousuf, Younis, Misbah, Umer, Afridi, Sarfaraz, Razzaq, Gul & Ajmal completes the team.

  • cricket_slcsupport on November 16, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Sri-Lanka was lucky to win this match. Anyway this series will be won by Pakistan. Sri-Lanka has never performed well against Pakistan in the 50 over format. Sri-Lanka is strong in paper, they are really no good with top test playing nations. Dilshan should be dropped as the captain and Matthews should lead the pack. Hope Marsh does some magic ! ! ! ! ! Otherwise need to bring players like Aravinda,Murali,Arjuna,Vaas,Mahanama,Sanath etc. back to the team. lol

  • Mianwali_12chak on November 16, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    if snagkara who is world topest batsman now in the cricket is doing job of Wicketkeeping then why umer akaml not? Farhat should be dropped now atleast,extermy talented crickter Asad Shafiq is siiting on the bench and wasitng his talent. my team is..Hafeez,Asad,Yunas,Misbah,Umer,Shoaib Malik,Afrdi,Razaq,ajmal,junaid.. This time Hafeez Gone Deliver Hundred In 3rd ODI...He is only talented and fullfling his job....Best luck Hafeez and Best luck PAK

  • Bilal94 on November 16, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Pakistan defeated Pakistan as Srilanka was almost as bad as in the first match,Dropped catches, careless top order batting,Umar Akmal throwing his wicket and the runouts of Afridi and Abdul Razzaq were the reasons for their defeat

  • zerotollerance on November 16, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    A good wing for sl. Very lucky and bad batting by sl opener which put a lot of stress on the middle order.

  • on November 16, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Annoying as Farhat was, I wish he wouldn't be replaced by Malik, but I fear he will because poor Misbah daren't cross Zardari if he values his job, and Malik met with zardari... @Haleos: Oh for heaven's sake! We all know how unreliable Afridi is with the bat. But he was RUN OUT this time, yes he did escape a dropped catch but you probably haven't noticed he often escapes dropped catches, only he offers another. He didn't this time. He even hit a lovely straight drive, and other than the skier played uncharacteristically well. @Muhammad Umer Farooq: I'm no cricket expert but I thought Hafeez got out to a much better ball than Younis, who does have a tendency to chase balls outside off, and can be as stupid in ODIs as he is exceptional in Tests, for some reason only he knows. @shabbeee: Misbah is excellent at both ground fielding and catching, and running between the wickets, whatever else his faults. @Farhan Sheikh: Well said. It all boiled down to one run-out too many in the end.

  • DJyash on November 16, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    @goldeneye075 and who ever cretisise chandimal,he played aggresive cricket....yeah...it was he who lifted up srilankan runrate in the first odi,did you blame him for that?and this time did you notice how we were going from 20th-30th overs?we only scored 17 runs,that is why chandimal tried to score big shots to lift the runrate,and he played balls on it's merit he played aggressive for loose balls only but unluckly they didn't connect.don't forget nobody is perfect but when ever chandimal came to bat he looked comfortable in the crease.@ samindashj 2002 wicket keeper is an important position in a side it need experiance chandimal can keep wicket later but sangakkara is more experianced in the job,and if your point is true sangakkara can't field to save runs so then wicket keeping is the best position for him because he will not leak runs as a fielder,and i agree with you about randiv although his bawling is not enaugh to take wickets he can hold one endand support thisara and malinga

  • on November 16, 2011, 8:27 GMT

    @golde.-Dude Chandimal is a 21 yr old..What are you talking..He has decades left in him no he`ll going to be our next great batsman...At the age of 21 no one even knew about Sanga...Sanath became a decent player at 26..Dont you remember how Kholi played for India in his first tour to Sri Lanka ?..He looked like a school cricketer..Just give him time,he`ll be all right...@ others-I dont think Mahela should open...We need him at no 5.. Although he scores well at the top SL need an experienced player at no 5.

  • goldeneye075 on November 16, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Chandimal when he came, looked solid, he was great to watch in England... but some where between the line he has lost his way... He needs to be little bit carm and need to go back to basics... need to treat the ball on it's merits more... if he tries to go this way, he is only ruinig his carrier .. ;-)

  • Black_Rider on November 16, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    @goldeneye075:: Did you worry about Sanath when he was trying to attack??Some players are born to be aggressive.Let the kid play more and more.He will come good.

  • goldeneye075 on November 16, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    looking closely at Chandimal in the 2nd ODI , it seems he's playing all over the place... He was no where near the line of the ball>> to be treated as a potential candidate is one thing but seriously " HE WAS JUST SLOGGING" , "most of the time playing the wrong line" , please don't get me wrong , I have seen Maven, Sanga, Mahela when they started playing cricket, but they never played like this kid... If these are our future generation I am really little scared ;;;;; about SL cricket ?#***??

  • dmqi on November 16, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Let us all be little more rational when we criticize the captain. Why Misbah was too slow to score? Because he wanted to stay there as too many wicket fell at the beginning. Why Afridi was sent towards the end? As he is an aggressive player, good for scoring 20-30 quick runs. The formula would work well if Akmal would have controlled his aggression for another 4/5 overs, if he would not go for the 2nd run causing Razzaqu's run out. At that stage it was a target easily achievable. Why did Afridi not try to stay few more overs? Because that's the way he plays. Srilanka played very well and it is 1-1 now. So, there is no point playing blame game. Both teams played good cricket and I support both the teams. You can not have a perfect match. Australia is out for 49 runs in the last test. Is everyone blaming the captain? Be happy at the win and take the defeat with grace. That is called sportsmanship. Misbah is a sophisticated person I think, at least giving hope to cricket fans worldwide.

  • ThePakKiwi on November 16, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    Misbah is a good player. I know he's controlled his runs and this sometimes annoys me as well, but just look at the drastic improvement the whole side, everybody respects each other now all thanks to Misbah's control. Pakistani cricket is becoming cleaner with him playing. So next time just give him a chance before criticising him. Every match their is fall of wickets everybody loves him now for blocking and stabilising the team. Just take a look at his average score this year, 77. a He's done alot than what Younis, Malik and Afirdi did when they were captain.. they ruined Pakistan's name by getting involved in politics... Pak--Kiwi

  • on November 15, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    I have heard of various excuses for losing a match, but this is the first time the loss was atributed to the ICC !! Hugh

  • ICET on November 15, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    Just a few points I would like to add. All the fans on here believe Imran Farhat should be dropped and I TOTALLY AGREEEE...Please selection commitee we have so much talent on teh bench being wasted. Would like to see S Malik come in, and also drop Aziza Cheema...Also i think we should keep Misbah as captain the team are slowly getting results, and playing as a team, and to make a big change like that would be a negative. Slowly I would like to see Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal spearhead the middle order. With experince players like Afrid, Razzaq, S mailk, and also i think Y khan has got apart to play..I would like to see S Ahmed wicketkeep in all formats...Future captain I think M Haffez let the rest play thier natural game..

  • samindashj2002 on November 15, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Wwhy?........sangakkara still keeping wicket..?before ODI start SL selectors suggest Dinesh CHANDIMAL to keep wicket..can anybody tell us why it was`nt happen? WHAT i am thinking..sangakkara is a great in field but not a fast runner and he cant bend fast his body..if u watched last test sereis when he was not wikt keeper, u can find out..if there was 2 runs if sangakkara behind it batsman can get easily 3 runs

  • samindashj2002 on November 15, 2011, 18:49 GMT

    i think SRI LANKA played well balanced side yesterday..but i want Randiv to play with prasanna..jeevan mendis had tried.he is not enough crickerter for international.and if Mahela can open with Dilshan..no3 Tharanga 4 Sanga 5 Mathiws 6 wikt keeper(Chandimal) 7 Thisara 8 Randiv 9 Malinga 10 prasanna 11 Dilhara...this batting order can change if mahela & dilshan doing well sanga can come no3 Tharanga can go before Randiv..(HOPE HEAD OF SL SELECTOR WILL SEE MY COMMENTS)

  • ThePakKiwi on November 15, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Next match forecast: Pakistan winning....Pak--Kiwi

  • ssduk on November 15, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera...I saw your previous comments about Mahela. We won 3 matches in England Because of him. And now we won this match coz of him. So what are you trying prove here. He is a match winner not like Sanga. Sanga can not change the match but he is a good for test matches. If Sri lanka wants to win Dilshan or Mahela has to score well.It is not Mahela's fault that he has to take all the burden of the team playing at 5. He can not score freely as he is a natural striker of the ball and if does open the inning we can win many more matches. Im glad that most of Pakistanis have great admiration about Mahela and Sanga which some of our people don't look at. Anyways all the best for Lions...!!!!

  • AcrossTheSeam01 on November 15, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Why is everyone slamming the Pakistan selection and captaincy for the loss of one match, first of all, unless pakistan start having consecutive failures, then you can say they are not playing well, but for the loss of one match, it happens to all teams, good and bad! Also there was nothing wrong with the bowling except Aizaz Cheema, i can say the guy is too old to be making a debut for pakistan, Junaid Khan can perform more efficiently and better, (Cheema is 32 years old). Also Gul and Razzaq should have bowled more. The batting was a series of unfortunate stumbles, the start was a coincidental collapse, Younis in specific was the victim of a poorly calculated pre-meditated shot, and Farhat is a waste of space in the squad, Shafiq should be in the squad, and Afridi as opener. Afridi, although more of a crowd-pleaser than a player is looking in form, so he should be playing. 3rd ODI: Hafeez Afridi Younis Misbah(c) U.Akmal Shafiq Razzaq Ahmed(w) Gul Ajmal Junaid

  • ThePakKiwi on November 15, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    ome on people, Let's all (Pakistanis) smile at the occasion right now. Pakistan are in top form these days. Remember the thrashing of New Zealand, AT NEW ZEALAND!!! Coming 3rd in the World Cup!!! Beating those Australians (who doesn't like that?). So come on people let's all have smile and laugh, it's not the end of the world if Pakistan has lost today, so sit back and smile about what we can smile about. So lets look towards the future ehh.... Pak--Kiwi

  • Maduka43 on November 15, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    For PAK fans. As a sri lankan, don't blame to your captain for just one lost.It's just a game.C'on... give him more chance. Look at Dilshan. So, that's why I believe why SL fans different with others. Keep patience.

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Pakistan Good Luck for ur Next Game...

  • on November 15, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    Annoying as Farhat was, I wish he wouldn't be replaced by Malik, but I fear he will because poor Misbah daren't cross Zardari if he values his job, and Malik met with zardari... @Haleos: Oh for heaven's sake! We all know how unreliable Afridi is with the bat. But he was RUN OUT this time, yes he did escape a dropped catch but you probably haven't noticed he often escapes dropped catches, only he offers another. He didn't this time. He even hit a lovely straight drive, and other than the skier played uncharacteristically well. @Muhammad Umer Farooq: I'm no cricket expert but I thought Hafeez got out to a much better ball than Younis, who does have a tendency to chase balls outside off, and can be as stupid in ODIs as he is exceptional in Tests, for some reason only he knows. @shabbeee: Misbah is excellent at both ground fielding and catching, and running between the wickets, whatever else his faults. @Farhan Sheikh: Well said. It all boiled down to one run-out too many in the end.

  • on November 15, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    Very well written report by Nitin Sundar

  • salman_0902 on November 15, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    People mostly are talking abut the past. I mean this match. even though it has been won by Sri lanka. should would could and whys. It was a good game played by Sri Lanka in the Field. They bowled well but fielding helped them win the match. I thought there will be 2 reviews like they had in the world cup. even those were not enough. I was asking for three and to my surprise they had 1 review in this tournament. this whole DRS and sponsorship for on review? man its not enough just give the players a breathing space. I would say next game Afridi should come as opener and another batsman can replace Imran farhat. He is struggling to keep his place in the 11 members thats why he cannot score aggressively. Which hurts the team. Afridi will score as much as farhat can and another batsman can fit in nicely in the side. i would also try Junaid Khan in place of cheema. good luck to both the teams.

  • on November 15, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    Imran nazir should bacccckkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!"!"!

  • on November 15, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Well done SL boys Good luck for next game.....................

  • on November 15, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    I only wanted to see Pakistan Fighting Back and they did, After what they were at 11/3.

  • shabbeee on November 15, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I think we need a captain who will be a model for other players, not a lazy fielder, slow scorer, and no where to perform in bowling, Misbah wasted 53 deliveries for 21 runs any of our bowlers can bat that much, and what was the thinking of sending Afridi after Ahmed Sarfraz, everyone knows that Afridi in batting is like do or die, there have to be a batsman to support the team if he gets out. So I blame the captain!

  • on November 15, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    wonderful game..Inshallah Pakistan will strongly came back in next ODI...we have to improve our running b|t wickets ..mover over every one is blaming Misbah & Younius..but i think so..hafeez is also responsible for the result..no coments abouts Farhat..but a risky Ininings for akmal..but yesterday was no doubt his day..and he also gets some chances to built his ininings

  • on November 15, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Turning Point of the Match was Mathews dropping Akmal, if Mathews taken that catch i dont think PAKs score 200,

  • FaisalAsghar on November 15, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    We can all discuss the minute details of Pak's chase but lets be fair, any batsman can have one or two failures, why i say this is that Younis has been playing well on this tour although the shot selection for this particular match was questionable; bottom line is that we can't blame the Akmals and Afridis much and lets be a little forgiving to a team that has done rather well. The major problem is the openers, Its not a question of who bowled poor or if the bowling changes were debatable; question is if a team can't chase down 235 in todays era does it deserve to be called a top team? Lanka bowled well too but Pak should know that with Afridi, Farhat and Hafeez they enter the ground with 3 less, why because the team can't rely on them to finish the innings in a pressure game. Im not suggesting that Afridi and Hafeez be kicked out of the team, they are utility players but Farhat needs to go since his only job is to bat and he can't even do that may i also say that he drops catches too!

  • Haleos on November 15, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - there is a vast diff between the 2 players concerned though. One uses his brains while the other is just a bit of boom boom and then the eventual doom which follows. Average of under 25 proves it. You are right though. Afridi is just a bowler nowadays and an excellent one.

  • Haleos on November 15, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    @getsetgopk - lcuk ahs nothing to do with Afridi runout. He does not think. period. highly overrated batsman nowdays. unless u need 20 off 5 balls he is useless.

  • Haleos on November 15, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Congrats to SL. It was further proof how immature Afridi is. He could have easily won the match had he used a bit of grey matter. Ajmal is not a mug with the bat. Both could have taken pakistan past the score easily. But Mr Boom Boom wants to be a hero. When will he learn that quick fire 30s seldom win the match.

  • PiyushD on November 15, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    I wish for a India Pakistan ODI series at this point when both teams are in good One Day Form.

  • peshawarwazir on November 15, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    what pakistani team is doing exactly represents the level of our nation..we become loose if we win few matches...exactly whats happened yesterday.we are not consistent and we will never be consistent..i beg to captain and selector plz leave us from imran farhat and taufeeq..they both r not batsmen at all..Ahmad shahzad was good..include azhar ali instead of younis khan in odi..one good advice for razzaq he should be active and sharp on field..aizaz cheema has good future..a good swing and a seam bowler like wasim

  • on November 15, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Seems like people are jealous of SL cricket..When Malinga bowls well they say we depend totally on Malinga.Same when Murali gets wickets..When Dilshan,Sanga or Mahela scores they ask what will SL do when they retire..If Mendis get wickets its a fluke..If Mathews or Chandimal scores its just slogging..If Tharanga scores SL middle order isnt strong ! This pure jealousy. SL could have won this match easilly if we held on to the catches of Akmal & Afridi.The truth is SL lost earlier coz of our mistakes..If SL play to their potential Pak can hardily give us a fight.Just look at the team line ups..Pak dont have a single batsman anywhere close to Sanga,Mahela,Dilshan,Tharanga or Mathews..Malinga is way better than any Pak bowler.No caparison in fielding..We are runners-up & no 2 for a reason.So I think if SL play with confidence there wont be any close matches again in this series.

  • Stark62 on November 15, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    I don't know why people are blaming Akmal because he played a gem of an innings but the real failures were Younis and Misbah.

    Both of their roles is to build a partnership and stay there till the 35th over and build a platform for big hitters like Akmal, Razzaq and Afridi.

    Younis has played 228 matches and averages a meager 32.98. He needs to get out of the team because an average of 32 isn't good enough and never will be. On the other hand, Misbah made 21 runs off 51 balls and then gave his wicket away. Yes, Tharanga played a similar innings but at least he built a platform for the big hitters to come in and play their shots.

    Misbah was pro-active in his bowling changes but his fielding placements weren't that great!

  • on November 15, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Time for Farhat to go!!!!!

  • kalof123 on November 15, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Sri Lankan supports,: dnt blame dilhara Fernando, When he is bowlling, some thing happens, he gets wickets, also give some runs. but he is a partnership breaker. some thing allways happen when he is bowlling. there is allways a drama when he is bowlling. he adds variation to the bowling side. combination of malinga+ dilhara gives pace unit some nergy,its ok to bowl some wides , and gives fours and finally get valuable wickets. so support him.

  • on November 15, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    Hafeez & Sarfaraz should be opener and Asad Shafiq should be in middle order..

  • shantiratnamaj on November 15, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    weldone Sri Lanka, whilst everyone credits Malinga, one must realize it was also the pressure created by the leg spinners, SP and JM that kept the Pakistanis under check, PAK would have always played down Malinga and had a go at the other end bowlers if SP and JM were not bowling that amazing lines which kept the batsman tight, Dilshan no point keeping the field spread n let batsman score singles freely, obviously they will then go for the big shots easy as well, as you did yesterday keep the field within the circle, ask the bowlers to ball to a line and let the batsman take risk then you have more chances of getting the team out than letting Pakistan bat for full 50 overs! You can win match if you bowl them out, you can't easily win if you let them score for the full 50 overs! yesterday was the 1st time you did un-conventional things and you got the best result "WIN"

  • on November 15, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    finaly they won yesterday match. 1-1 go SRI LANKANS more, 3 matches to be play, congratulations

  • Kak-mal_Khan on November 15, 2011, 8:24 GMT

    I have to strongly agree with many that Imran Farhat (even though he is left handed batsman offering left-right hand combination for openers) does not warrant a place within this Pakistan team if Pakistan are to progress in ODI, he does not offer much in terms of attacking cricket and his defensive technique is also found lacking. It is disappointing that for a good ODI unit, Pakistan remain so low in the rankings. I would have players like Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shehzad or even Asad Shafiq vying for his opening position in the near future, as Mr Mohsin Khan said in his own words that no player should expect to just get in the team, and that there is healthy competition for their places. The line-up that I would most like to see for the next match are: 1 - M. Hafeez, 2 - S. Afridi, 3 - M. Ul-Haq, 4 - U. Akmal, 5 - Y. Khan, 6 - A. Razzak, 7 - S. Tanvir, 8 - S. Ahmed (wkt), 9 - U. Gul, 10 - S. Ajmal, 11 - J. Khan. This line-up comprises of 7 good bowling options and deep batting!

  • getsetgopk on November 15, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    Ramiz Raja jnr or even Azhar Ali would do a much better job than Imran Farhat, I'll criticize Misbah for Farhat's inclusion as he is the captain and should make sure that they pick the right and deserving XI apart from that Misbah is doing a great job. Pakistan was highly unlucky in this match two of the most devastating hitters in word cricket Afridi and Razaq got undone by run outs. They never really got going and that cost us the match in the end but still it was an interesting game that kept us all interested till the very end. Really looking forward to some carnage from Afridi and Razaq with the bat in the next match. Congrats to Lanka!!!

  • ThePakKiwi on November 15, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Come on people,

    Let's all (Pakistanis) smile at the occasion right now. Pakistan are in top form these days. Remember the thrashing of New Zealand, AT NEW ZEALAND!!! Coming 3rd in the World Cup!!! Beating those Australians (who doesn't like that?). So come on people let's all have smile and laugh, it's not the end of the world if Pakistan has lost today, so sit back and smile about what we can smile about. So lets look towards the future ehh.... Pak--Kiwi

  • thePakistanian on November 15, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    To every misbah hater there!! Yes he's slow & not agressive but you need guys like him in team as anchors of innings. & btw; just take some time to look at his Career Strike Rate: 77!! that's not bad at all!!

    & what's about his average: 43+!! Second highest in Pak cricket ever, & this year his average in ODI is 60~ & in Tests 71!! So whenever team loses please spare him! Let him be captain, have patience & pray that he should learn his mistakes, which are there!! & keep the team toghather & also to get rid of Parchi Farhat one day! & brings Asad / Malik in team & Azhar Ali for sure!!!

  • on November 15, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    On Pakistan's loss in the second ODI against sri Lanka I would like to say 2 things only It was not Sri Lank's Batting,Nor Bowling that made themwin the match BUT itwas THEIR FIELDING that gave themVictory The margin of 25 runs was equalto the runs that they saved while fielding # run outs explain's thet execellence.2 run outs were both match winning players for Pakistan.Secondly Misba-ul Haq is not a one day player nor a t20 player at all I am surprised why no body in the selection committe can see this (Mosin Khan) There are so many talented players in Pakistan that can play the one day game better than Misba.He is just a cool lucky Captain Please think Pakistan before its too late. Javed Sani,Los Angeles USA.

  • saransrl on November 15, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    well done Lankan Lions.still I requist the selectots to drop Dilhara fernnado Bcoz he is the main man for our loses. if you see hatrri 4s on last night........ Also we want to see Sanga & Mathews to score more runs to beat PAK and win the series.

  • on November 15, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Pak..........keeps alive the fighting spirit! Imran farhat don't deserve his slot as opener in team, he consistently missed incoming balls (Too much technical flaw). He needs to play domestic competition for at least 2 more years (Along with batting coach). Umar Akmal is talented but he plays too many risky shots, for example when score at 11/3 he consistently tried too many shot outside the off stump, tries to pull leg spinner on the leg side and keep missing these shots, although situation is not demanding but he keep trying to played these aggressive shots. He needs a specialist batting coach that should advice him how to draft a long inning in ODI. Turing points of the match:- 1. Imran farhat plumb IBW (Why he use the review, Younis Khan also support him on reviewing the decision). 2. Razzaq casual running between the wickets is also question mark. 3. Cheema don't deserved his spot in team, Junaid should replace him, experiment with Asad Shafique as opener in place of Imran Farhat

  • on November 15, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    well plyd sl 2 good things from yesterday match 1.sri lanka fielding 2.maiyya back to form hope for a series win cilax

  • on November 15, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    Good to see a win after long time.The selction commitee of Sri lanka,you may now wondering yourself why you have not selected Thisara perera for the original scode ahead of Dhammika prasa,Kosala Kulasekara and Dilhara Fernando.It is nice to see seekkuge Prasanna comes into good rythem and Mahela is back in his old touch.I quite wonder whether Dinesh Chandimal has palyed according to someone else directions.It is not that real Dinesh Chandimal at all.Dear coaches please ask the yung man to play his natural game.It is better he can paly at number 3 & sanga paly at number4.Though I am not a fan of Dilhara Fernando,I think he has turned the game on our way by get rid of Mishba and Umar.

  • peshawarwazir on November 15, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    Imran Farhat When in the Team i always count him as a burden on batting line...he has no batting techniques.he is neither hitter nor a defender.he has no defence techniques.abdul razzaq needs to be sharp..i always noticed him when he bowls in ist over,he always run loosely and bowls loosely.Also in running between the wickets he needs to run fast.Misbah is no more a good hitter of the ball.also you can not expect him to win a match by hitting anymore...Imran Farhat Should be out in next match with Shoaib malik in.Better would be Asad Shafiq in place of Misbah.Rest r ok.

  • sam_1234 on November 15, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    just get rid of Imran Farhat

  • on November 15, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    Optimum Pakistan Batting Line up in my opinion for 3rd one day 1.Hafeez 2.AbduRazaaq 3.Younis Khan 4. Umar Akmal 5.Misbah 6.Shoaib Malik 7. Sarfarz 8.Sohail Tanveer 9.Umar gul 10.Junaid Khan 11.Saeed Ajmal

    Do Think About it Mr Mohsin Hassan Khan

  • on November 15, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Oookkkk...... Can some one please explain to me why Misbah is in the team?? What is Pakistan trying to do with him..the man was responsible for a good number of losses ... the latest case-in-point - The World Cup semis and his strike rate in ODI is worse than Chris Tavare's test average (well, u get the drift)...and he still gets to play in the team. I am NOT a pakistani fan, but I tear my hair out whenever I see this guy bat.... 20 of 90 balls..what the...!!!

  • Hawk_Pk on November 15, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    come on Team pakistan you did not play to your true potential. get red of imran farhat for heaven's sake. well done Sri Lanka. we knew you will bounce back. no regrets on loosing to our brothers though. may the series be more closely fought.

  • cydra on November 15, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    i completely agree! Farhat should be axed! he looked scared out of his wits on field. I wonder if anyone told him that there were 48 overs left and there wasn't anything to panic especially considering our track record :P nice to see afridi finally hitting some shots after the 09 T20! It was bad luck and superb srilankan fielding that he got out which was (in my opinion) the main difference between the sides! (catches win matches -when will pakistan learn that!) yonus khan gift wrapped his wicket! Over all, it was nice to see pakistan fight it out till the end! thats what we supporters want! never give up no matter what the situation! no one wants a one sided series!

  • on November 15, 2011, 5:23 GMT

    Yeee SL, finally some relief for Dilshan and the men, We're ranked number 2 for a reason, yet people dont give the little island the credit when its due, however may I request the Pak fans to stop critisizing Misbah, He is the coolest captain around. When he was at the crease, its like theres hope for pak, he is the great wall of pakistan.

  • vakeel on November 15, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    What special by keeping Imran Farhat in the team. He hardly plays only 2 matches out of 10. Why Imran Nazir not getting many chances as other players get. He is the attacking opener, also his performance are good in domestic cricket now.

  • wazeemnavavi on November 15, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    its nice to see Mahela back in form. Pakistan beaware!!!!! Once the lions start to roar it will be difficult to stop them.

  • itisme on November 15, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    It was the stupidity of Misbah which cost the match for Pakistan. SL played well and that should be appreciated, but what on earth prompted Misbah to hold back Afridi until there was nothing to play for? Afridi should come after Umar Akmal, not after Razzaq and Sarfaraz. Misbah's batting position is also debatable, but that can be excused if he lets Afridi bat above Razzaq and Sarfaraz. That was a most ridiculous decision.

  • faizee02 on November 15, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Hi. It was a godd match of cricket. Batting powerplay was the main difference. I agree with most of the people that Imran Farhat should be sidelined. The team, in my opinion should be in batting order: Hafeez, Malik, Asad, Younus, Misbah, Umer, Afridi, Razzaq, Tanvir or Junaid, Gul, Ajmal

  • anver777 on November 15, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Its nice to see Mahela is back to form with a quickfire 50.........his innings really helped SL to score a reasonable 235/7 & they defended well in the end...turning point of Pak innings was Umar Akmal's stunning catch by Chandimal that gave the real hope for a SL victory !!!

  • Maduka43 on November 15, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Good bounce back for SL. Pak has to get ready for another three of that.

  • satish619chandar on November 15, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Farhat is pure liability.. THough Misbah rotated spinners well, he was not that good from 35th over(BPP).. Batting wise, they had everything covered but didn't click this day.. Farhat replaced by an attacking opener who an hit out(Imran Nazir??) With such a middle order, they can afford to have a player who clicks in 2 of 10 matches but wins match when clicking..

  • on November 15, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Get rid of Farhat. Hes useless as a batsman. Similarly, dismiss Sarfraz as keeper, make akmal keep and enlist Malik in the middle order or make him open with Mohd. Hafeez. Hes got a good record against SL and can handle Malinga pretty well. Also Akmal needs to come in between Misbah and Younis Khan to keep the aggressive instinct in the middle. Abdul Razzaq needs to be quick between the wickets. There was definately a two that ball and his slow running let him down.

  • nafdan on November 15, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    i agree with u mr. khurramsch... i think we can do a better team management than them...

  • on November 15, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    for goodness get rid of Farhat nd tell ILYAS the chief sekector to pity on Pak cricket.And U MISBAH be brave, do not let the team down with ur extra careful rather scared batting Rest is ok nd Pak gona win this series.

  • Navaid-Hussain on November 15, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    Pak is worst when it comes to play in bating power play they always tend to throw their wickets due to high risk shot selection. They were unable to take singles and played two over with out a single run. When will Umar Akmal understand the batting sense? It is obvious that he will throw his wicket during power play and he did the same. It is very shame the way Razzaq and Afridi got run out both did not dive to save the run out.

  • nafdan on November 15, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    only thing they can do is ask afridi to open the innings with hafeez, now afridi is not the captain so let him open with hafeez and give him a long run like say one or two series or atleast 10 matches that can regain his lost talent... mohsin is an opener let him teach afridi and bring back old afridi for us..

  • smbhayi on November 15, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    What the role Imran Farhat? I think Afridi must open batting or Razak batting up No.3 (Younis Khan opens with Hafeez) and select Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq! Where is Imran Nazir, Ahmad Shahzad and Fawad Alam? These guys a lot better than Farhat! These guys good fielders also!

  • on November 15, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Time and time again Misbah has failed the team, his approach is always the polar opposite of what would be the right way to tackle a given situation.

    Not only should he be dropped as captain firstly, his place in the team really needs to go to someone younger.

  • ThePakKiwi on November 15, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Next match ehh Pakistan...

  • 9ST9 on November 15, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    worryingly for Sri Lanka, It seems that there is now a dependency on Lasith Malinga to deliver- with his body-taxing action it's hard to see him play for longer. Thissara Perera's bowling to me was the most heartening thing - good to see Tharanga back accumalating runs - serious consideration as the future test opener.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 15, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    Wow. Pakistani Afridi fans are so similar to Indian Tendulkar fans. May I remind the fans that Afridi should have been out on 10 or something to Malinga when Fernando dropped a simple skier (was under the ball for a full 5-6 seconds). If he had held onto the catch, would you be saying he should open the innings? Afridi is in the team as a bowler btw, not as a batsman.

  • crictime11 on November 15, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    umar akmal finally scored big... awesome

  • Zahidsaltin on November 15, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    ALL THOSE who want Afridi to open the innings are totally wrong. With two new balls, Malinga operating on one end and the balls swinging as they did today, Afridi won't last an over. Azhar Ali could have been a very good choice to open the innings and see through the new ball. Hafiz has to be more composed and not try to hit each and every ball in first 6 overs. Imran Farhat is doing a good job too. Today he fell to a very good ball. He should not have availed that DRS chance so early in the innings without being dead sure about his case. Culprit of the day was YOUNIS KHAN who even knowing that we lost an early wicket played at a wide swing ball to start with. Question is, should we drop Chema and bring in Shoib Malik. Then we can operate with 4 spinners, Razaq and Umar Gul and have an extra batsman.

  • on November 15, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Razzak should bat in the end he never play well spiners .....Sarfraz should bat ahead of Afridi n Razzak.....

  • Zahidsaltin on November 15, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    Congrates Sirilanka. Not a big score but MALINGA, EXTRAS AND RUNOUTS did it today. FOR Pakistan I will say well played and hard luck as two runouts of Razzaq and Afridi took the match away from them. PAKISTANI COACH HAS A FEW THINGS TO ADDRESS: (1) BOWLERS bowling so many wides, it has always been a problem (2) YOU can't teach senior players, how to bat but at least work on UMAR GUL. He wants to play every ball to leg, even the fuller ones. Learn him to play with straight bat when the ball is fuller or on good length. I think same goes for Said Ajmal. (3) Umar Akmal may have scored 90 but his choice of balls to play shots on is still very poor. He could have been out several times in the begning of his innings flashing wrong balls. He has tried at least 3 times to pull a good length ball and hit upper half of the bat though he was lucky twice. (4) ONLY two batsmen lost their wickets to good balls; Hafiz and specially Imran Farhat. Others gave their wickets away as did Younis Khan

  • Deepfreezed on November 15, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    SL very lucky to win this one. Cannot count of luck all the time. Get rid of Dilshan and put a proper captain in.

  • pakflag on November 15, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    I hope Pakistan's batting doesn't become a worry, like India's bowling. If you notice, for ODIs, Pakistan don't look all that comfortable batting, especially chasing targets. Even at modest totals in ODIs, Pak find some way to mess up or almost mess up. For example, today, chasing 236 isn't all that big a task. 2011 WC semi final at Mohali vs India, they didn't chase down a 260-ish total and it was the place where they have scored 300+ in 2007. 2011 WC group match vs AUS, they won chasing 176, but lost too much wickets (6 I think). I'm not saying this problem is concrete, it's just something I've been starting to notice now. I hope they win this ODI series, inshallah.

  • dmqi on November 15, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Well, I agree with most of the comments that Asad/Malik will certainly be a better choice than Farhat. But it was the unnecessary run out of Razzaque which changed the course of the match. Then came Akma'ls poor hit for 4th boundary in an over and out. Poor greedy boy. Moreover when you have 3 for 11 runs in 3 overs, you do not expect to win against a better batting line up. Pak batting line up has no one close to Sanga and Mahela, take that fact. The superior Pak bowing could not take 3 wicket for 50 runs, right? It will be an exciting series and that is expected. 3-2 pak or 3-2 Lanka that is the question. Next game Pak will win with one batting change and one bowling change.

  • playitstraight on November 15, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka on your first win on the tour! Keep it up! They gave a really great show today despite scoring only 235. Mahela played brilliantly for the first time on the tour, where others could not score freely. Malinga showed why he is SL's ace, and Perera and Fernando supported him well. The fielding was great too. Spare a thought for Umar Akmal, who played a great innings of 91. Double disappointment for him, as he missed out on a century and his side lost. Misbah should have rotated the strike better and he managed 21 off 53 balls, really awful given that there were easy singles available. You cannot expect Afridi to slog everything and win the match although he played really well for his 29. Upul Tharanga deserves to be a Test opener, the way he played today, he seems to have the technique for Tests insead of his namesake, Tharanga Paranavitana. Anyways, pakistan should concentrate on their batting, the pitch was not that hard to score on.

  • goldeneye075 on November 15, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    well done sri lanka !!! Mahela batted well ,, ok why no one is saying that Mahela batted well ??? when he fails all of the jump on Mahela, but when he delivers no one appriciate ???? That's why he quite as captaining the side ;-) Congrads Mahela hope ur'll find the form ur searching //

  • likeintcricket on November 15, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Taufeeq umer in Test and Imran farhat are totally waste. If they wanna bring some one than bring in Mohd Yousuf and Asad Shafiq or Fawad Alam. I don't understand about Hafeez also. He is in such a good form but just a waste. Bowling is very good still but SL got lucky today. One drop catch of Tharanga and a very lucky Dilshan got Sri lanka to 50 odd otherwise the story was the same. But the Sri Lankan fielding was exceptional and that is the difference b/w two teams today.

  • on November 15, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    well sl congrats. pak cap muh's captaincy is good bt batting is poor.

  • tanvir1974 on November 15, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    totally wrong and defensive approach by misbah both in bowling and batting.exclusion of useless farhat can provide more attacking players in team in shape of sohail tanvir,asad shafiq and aiza cheema can rest in more matches junaid khan to be give chance now. afridi can open and umar akmal can keep wicket easily. 1.afrifi,hafeez,2.younis,umar,3.misbah,shafiq,4.razzaq,sohail tanvir,5.gul,junaid,ajmal

  • on November 15, 2011, 0:15 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka And good game for both team.Misba is a very good captain.But their batting is very poor.Good come back sri lanka.I think this winning momentum go through the other matches of this series.

  • on November 14, 2011, 23:46 GMT

    afridi should open the innings

  • JG2704 on November 14, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    Hey Pakistan fans , your team had been on pretty good form til this match. They strolled past Sri Lanka in the previous match

  • on November 14, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    We really need to replace Imran farhat for Asad Shafiq...they're wasting such a talent..Asad shafiq should be added to the playing 11 as an opener..and junaid khan foor aizaz cheem...that would make the perfect team!

  • ThePakKiwi on November 14, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Their goes that 5-0 win of the series we all Pakistanis were talking about... Pak--Kiwi

  • sAiyAnstAr on November 14, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    Finally, Sri Lanka has won their first match of the tour. Let's hope they can win the next 3 to have something respectable to take with them to South Africa.

    Upul Tharanga deserves to be the Test opener, so that is something the Sri Lankan management should consider.

  • salman_0902 on November 14, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    I have said this before and again. Afridi should open the innings with Hafeez. these wckets suit Afridi's style. It will let another batsman to come in the side. Afridi makes more or less the same runs as Imran farhat can make. but he can do it quicker. Misbah should consider that for the next match. Congrats to Sri Lanka for their win and making it an interesting series. otherwise we had lost all interest in it.

  • thePakistanian on November 14, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Not everyone in Pakistan wants AFRIDI in team & not everyone wants Misbah, let alone captain! But, what approx. 99 . 99999+ % people want; is to throw Imran Farhat out of team; but he isn't going! He scores a 50 in Zim & stayed for SL tour, now he got a 50 here, so he will be continued till Ban & Eng! We need Asad & Malik in team to strengthen our batting! & Azhar Ali should be added in ODI as well. We are doing the same thing to him, that SA did with Hashim Amla, when they put him in Test team for years with 45~ average before his ODI debut & now in ODIs he's got 57~ average!

    I'm not in for 10 guys a year making debut but guys like Umar Akmal, Azhar, Asad & Malik need to play! Especially Umar, Azhar & Asad; they are Pakistan's future! & if Umar Akmal can become a Keeper like De Villiers became in SA, he can ensure one more slot for specialist batsmen like Asad/Azar/Malik or even Bowler if needed!

  • Lord.emsworth on November 14, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    I agree with yorkslanka that Dilshan, in introspect, isn't capt. material. But then again there is scarcely anybody else to do the job either? KS refused to captain, MJ doesn't want it…Sam was dropped, so who's left?Fans talk a lot about Mathews but I don't know…He isn't exactly inspirational and charismatic though he has tons of experience from the junior level onwards. SL, as I have said before, are as good as the results show - a fading team. Don't expect miracles. For a small country with few club players, they have had an extraordinary run of success, especially in the short forms. (ODI, 20/20) However the cup seems to have dried out and they dont seem to be any replacements ala the class of Aravinda, MJ, Kalu, Chandana, Gurusinghe, Arjuna, Vaas, Sanath, Murali, etc anymore. Like the once invincible WIndies, SL are in for a long wandering in the dessert unless someone unearths some really classy talent pretty soon if.. er..there is any....

  • AbdulHanan on November 14, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Welldone srilanka, but again poor captaincy from Misbah like Afridi did in new Zealand with Razzaq. Razaq and hafiz bowled well but they were given only 7 and 8 overs. They only conceded 2.57 and 2.75 runs per over. Instead of Ajmal they both would have been given 10 overs qouta to complete.

  • on November 14, 2011, 21:40 GMT

    Well played.This is the Sril Lanka we need to see.Pakistan played their heart out and it is not fair to criticise them after one loss.good game after all and fierce competition we want see rather than paltry one sided games.well done Sri Lanka and credible display from Pakistan after loosing three early wickets.

  • ThePakKiwi on November 14, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    Again Umar Akmal, has show us what he is capable of. But yet AGAIN he has lost his wicket from complete stupidity! As if 3 consecutive boundaries in an over weren't enough! The boy need to slow down and be sensible, become a gentleman, because cricket's a gentle men's game. Yet 91 is comparable to "100", good job Umar, but think when you get that close to a ton in the next time ehh.... Pak--Kiwi

  • on November 14, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Strength of a team is measured by how it performs in tough situations and Pakistan has to learn a lot. They have this habit of losing easy matches and winning some but not all tough ones. Also, I admire all the recent victories of Pakistani team but I have yet to understand Misbah's mindset. He needs to show some aggression off and on the field otherwise he will confine Pakistani team to a test match team only.

  • on November 14, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Great srilankan team and excellent game. I must say that srilanka has potential to beat any team. Pakistan fought hard, but unfortunately they lost this game. Now, this contest is pretty open and i am really enjoying it. In the end, great win by great srilanka. Love you Pakistan and Srilanka!

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 14, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Any idea why Misbah stuck with Ajmal & Cheema ? Weren't Hafeez, Razzak or Gul better bets today ?

  • Rakim on November 14, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka went for win and they got it. Good game. Although Pakistan should drop Imran Farhat maybe give a try to Junaid

  • yorkslanka on November 14, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka for bouncing back and a good win.nice to see our "toothless" bowlers getting some wickets.more importantly nice to see our side with some of their swagger back. Still poor captaincy from dilshan but excellent fielding,which reinforces my point about him,pivotal to the side but not captain material. I don't want to sound arrogant,I know its still one all,but its character I want from my team even if results are not coming because as long as we play as well as we can,not much else we can do...to our Pakistani friends,dont turn on your coach after only one game, you are coming back towards your former best again...come on Sri Lanka..

  • wnwn on November 14, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    This would have been an easy run chase for Pakistan had they kept wickets in hand. A spinner should never bowl the last over especially if it is Saeed Ajmal who is probably still scarred from the Mike Hussey incident. If Umar Gul cannot be trusted than Junaid Khan should be brought in as he is a specialist death bowler.

  • khurramsch on November 14, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    ok game of cricket till end but pakistan need to consider these; drops of tharanga, 16 wides wich gave 16 runs plus almost 3 xtra overs. 2 stupid un necessary run outs of Afridi & razak ( SL did put presure on them for that) . Sarfaraz wrong lbw which could have been reviewd has Farahat not used it so irresponsibly. Umars asusual rash shot slection after scoring 14 runs in an over . i mean best exampl SL batting PP they scored 48 with hardly any risky shot with six 4s . in PP u dont need shot on each ball & throw like umar did. pak could replace junaid for aizaz. & if they want to make bold decision they can replace farhat with malik & malik can open

  • Morfi on November 14, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I just hope they drop Imran farhat in the next game and for all games to come. Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq are both better batsmen and can open - Asad has opened in T20s. Farhat is useless.... drops Tharanga who scores 77, wastes a review which wd have been costly... Also, I think Cheema shd be rested for Junaid Khan. The rest is ok. bad luck today as they played well. they lost it in the field not in the batting....

  • Stark62 on November 14, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Moshin is a failure as both coach and selector!!!!

    Firstly, why did it take him nearly two years to pick Sarfraz?

    Secondly, why does Farhat keep getting picked even though, we have Jamshed?

    Thirdly, why does Younis keep getting selected after 228 matches with an average of 32.98? We have Azhar, Alam and Yasin waiting to take over.

    Last but not least, how do Tanvir and Cheema get ahead of both Riaz and Sadaf? Riaz was rested for Zimb tour and now not selected whilst, Sadaf has been tearing teams apart in FC.

    Drop Farhat and play Tanvir with Razzaq as a specialist batsmen at the top with Junaid ahead of Cheema is well.

    Next ODI line up: Hafeez, Razzaq, Shafiq/Malik, Akmal, Misbah, Sarfraz, Afridi, Tanvir, Junaid, Gul and Ajmal.

  • on November 14, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Well done SL. Good win. Needed that one

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  • on November 14, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Well done SL. Good win. Needed that one

  • Stark62 on November 14, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    Moshin is a failure as both coach and selector!!!!

    Firstly, why did it take him nearly two years to pick Sarfraz?

    Secondly, why does Farhat keep getting picked even though, we have Jamshed?

    Thirdly, why does Younis keep getting selected after 228 matches with an average of 32.98? We have Azhar, Alam and Yasin waiting to take over.

    Last but not least, how do Tanvir and Cheema get ahead of both Riaz and Sadaf? Riaz was rested for Zimb tour and now not selected whilst, Sadaf has been tearing teams apart in FC.

    Drop Farhat and play Tanvir with Razzaq as a specialist batsmen at the top with Junaid ahead of Cheema is well.

    Next ODI line up: Hafeez, Razzaq, Shafiq/Malik, Akmal, Misbah, Sarfraz, Afridi, Tanvir, Junaid, Gul and Ajmal.

  • Morfi on November 14, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I just hope they drop Imran farhat in the next game and for all games to come. Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq are both better batsmen and can open - Asad has opened in T20s. Farhat is useless.... drops Tharanga who scores 77, wastes a review which wd have been costly... Also, I think Cheema shd be rested for Junaid Khan. The rest is ok. bad luck today as they played well. they lost it in the field not in the batting....

  • khurramsch on November 14, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    ok game of cricket till end but pakistan need to consider these; drops of tharanga, 16 wides wich gave 16 runs plus almost 3 xtra overs. 2 stupid un necessary run outs of Afridi & razak ( SL did put presure on them for that) . Sarfaraz wrong lbw which could have been reviewd has Farahat not used it so irresponsibly. Umars asusual rash shot slection after scoring 14 runs in an over . i mean best exampl SL batting PP they scored 48 with hardly any risky shot with six 4s . in PP u dont need shot on each ball & throw like umar did. pak could replace junaid for aizaz. & if they want to make bold decision they can replace farhat with malik & malik can open

  • wnwn on November 14, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    This would have been an easy run chase for Pakistan had they kept wickets in hand. A spinner should never bowl the last over especially if it is Saeed Ajmal who is probably still scarred from the Mike Hussey incident. If Umar Gul cannot be trusted than Junaid Khan should be brought in as he is a specialist death bowler.

  • yorkslanka on November 14, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka for bouncing back and a good win.nice to see our "toothless" bowlers getting some wickets.more importantly nice to see our side with some of their swagger back. Still poor captaincy from dilshan but excellent fielding,which reinforces my point about him,pivotal to the side but not captain material. I don't want to sound arrogant,I know its still one all,but its character I want from my team even if results are not coming because as long as we play as well as we can,not much else we can do...to our Pakistani friends,dont turn on your coach after only one game, you are coming back towards your former best again...come on Sri Lanka..

  • Rakim on November 14, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka went for win and they got it. Good game. Although Pakistan should drop Imran Farhat maybe give a try to Junaid

  • SRT_GENIUS on November 14, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Any idea why Misbah stuck with Ajmal & Cheema ? Weren't Hafeez, Razzak or Gul better bets today ?

  • on November 14, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Great srilankan team and excellent game. I must say that srilanka has potential to beat any team. Pakistan fought hard, but unfortunately they lost this game. Now, this contest is pretty open and i am really enjoying it. In the end, great win by great srilanka. Love you Pakistan and Srilanka!

  • on November 14, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    Strength of a team is measured by how it performs in tough situations and Pakistan has to learn a lot. They have this habit of losing easy matches and winning some but not all tough ones. Also, I admire all the recent victories of Pakistani team but I have yet to understand Misbah's mindset. He needs to show some aggression off and on the field otherwise he will confine Pakistani team to a test match team only.