Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Dubai November 18, 2011

Sangakkara run-out was turning point - Dilshan

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Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has described the run-out of Kumar Sangakkara during the chase as the turning point of the third ODI in Dubai, which Pakistan won by 21 runs to go 2-1 up in the series.

A 106-run stand between Sangakkara and Dilshan for the second wicket had seemingly put Sri Lanka on course to overhauling the target of 258 in Dubai, before a direct hit from Shahid Afridi dismissed Sangakkara. Dilshan rued the run-out and his own dismissal soon after, which allowed Pakistan back into the game.

"Sanga [Sangakkara] was run out and I got out off a really bad ball - that was the turning point," Dilshan said. "I should have finished the game after we had a set up a good chase. If I had stayed [at the crease] for another five or six overs then it might be a different story and we might have reached the target easily."

Dilshan, however, was still optimistic about the next two games in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, which give Sri Lanka a chance to take the series. "We did very well though we weren't 100% in a few areas. But we have to carry on with the positive things we did, especially for Sharjah, as we have to take one game at a time. We have to try to win the fourth and then go to Abu Dhabi and try to win the series."

Pakistan mainly rode on Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat's 151-run opening partnership that helped them to set up a moderate target. "They batted very well but our bowlers realised, after seeing their openers, that if we can try and keep them under 275, that is a gettable target," Dilshan said. "The last 20 overs we bowled really very well and to be able to restrict them under 260, it was a great effort as a bowling unit."

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, was in a relaxed mood after taking the series lead. "Victory is always good," Misbah said. "Batting second is [usually] slightly difficult on this pitch because the ball skids on, but today the pitch was different and it wasn't that difficult [like in the] first two games. Credit should be given to all the bowlers, especially to the spinners."

Misbah was concerned that despite the large opening stand his batsmen couldn't push on to a bigger total. "That was a wonderful partnership between Hafeez and Farhat. Even if we played normally [after that] we should have got near 300 but the phase around the Powerplay cost us many wickets," he said. "That was our setback, but Younis Khan stayed for a while and helped us to put up a respectable total. Otherwise, even 240 looked tough for a while.

"This is a concern for us and we have to improve. The set batsman in the middle should carry on their good work to finish the innings well."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    What a shame! The runner-up of WC is thrashed by a minnow! Show some fight guys! Where are the Lankan fan?

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    I think Dilshan needs to step down as captain its affected his batting. Playing silly shots and being caught ball watching in the run out of Sangakara shows he mentally tired. I can't understand Sri Lanka keeping Chandimal at number 4 because he has shown has been unable to keep a good strike rate or score enough runs. Jayawardne needs to play at 4 unless he opens the inings. Matthews should be at 5 and put Chandimal at number 6.

  • popped on November 20, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Sorry to Say at the moment I do not understand Mathews place in the team , he is an all-rounder , but at the moment he is not good enough to play in the team as bats man, further more wouldn't it have been more wiser to have given him a break to recover (if he was injured at all)and rested from the last 2 tours, and taken for the next one he would have been more than well recovered for the next tour? think there is more under currents to hs slection at the moment than meets the eye .. don't care if he is the vice-captain or not at the moment he is hogging the SL team down

  • on November 20, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    oohh wondefull match , we need intresting match and just need to wtch Afridis boom boom shot but he is not playing well wih bat, let him to start no 4 so it will help pakistan

  • dicky_boy on November 20, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Srilanka u were a very good team when we beat you in the wc finals , Stop losing to these minnows, u r the better team than this, see next year Pakistan will be blanked 5-0 by India haha

  • on November 19, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    What is Razzaq's role? Part time bowler and part time batsman. I think he should be given a more prominent role in the batting line up. He should bat #4, Akmal at #5, Afridi at #6, Misbah at #7. This will give batting the momentum.

  • RaoBobby on November 19, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Turning point of the match was that out of 33 balls Mathews only played 11 which he couldnt capitalize due to very good bowling of pakistanis and well backed by fielders. Unbeleivably srilanka is looking very very vulnerable w/out murali on other hand pakistani is still looking as dangerous as when players like asif amir and akhter was in the team. Well done pakistan

  • on November 19, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Mr Dilshan try to learn the art of repecting the other team since the Sri Lankans are sporting Nation.Tour selectors you must stop the always Dilhara fernando theory and try out welagedara.Mr.Angelo mathews you can not waste 8 concecative dot balls to get off the mark since this is 300 ball game.Team paid the price for your selfish start.Need to re think about the batting of Chandimal in between Kumar and Mahela .I suggest Chandimal as number3 and Sanga at number4since we need sanga-Mahela combination together.I wonder why Lasith maliga was promated inthe order before Jeewan Medndis and Thisara perera.It is nice to see Dilshan back into track .The other plus point is Thisara perera and seekkuge prasanna countinous their god work with the ball.

  • GreenGoat on November 19, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    cmon SL - lets square up the series and have a great tournament decider between wht seems to be (despite the one sided test series) evenly matched ODI sides. best luck to both team but i hope sanga and chandimal score a hundred each and win the next one for SL :)

  • on November 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    @dmqi: The commentators were wrong. Batsmen deserve the benefit of the DOUBT, if there's any. We could clearly see his foot coming further down after the bails broke. Since his foot couldn't have been going underground, it was obviously coming down from air. @Sohaibcheema: Only a fool would want Malik the politician in the team. He's great as a substitute fielder though!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    What a shame! The runner-up of WC is thrashed by a minnow! Show some fight guys! Where are the Lankan fan?

  • on November 20, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    I think Dilshan needs to step down as captain its affected his batting. Playing silly shots and being caught ball watching in the run out of Sangakara shows he mentally tired. I can't understand Sri Lanka keeping Chandimal at number 4 because he has shown has been unable to keep a good strike rate or score enough runs. Jayawardne needs to play at 4 unless he opens the inings. Matthews should be at 5 and put Chandimal at number 6.

  • popped on November 20, 2011, 9:52 GMT

    Sorry to Say at the moment I do not understand Mathews place in the team , he is an all-rounder , but at the moment he is not good enough to play in the team as bats man, further more wouldn't it have been more wiser to have given him a break to recover (if he was injured at all)and rested from the last 2 tours, and taken for the next one he would have been more than well recovered for the next tour? think there is more under currents to hs slection at the moment than meets the eye .. don't care if he is the vice-captain or not at the moment he is hogging the SL team down

  • on November 20, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    oohh wondefull match , we need intresting match and just need to wtch Afridis boom boom shot but he is not playing well wih bat, let him to start no 4 so it will help pakistan

  • dicky_boy on November 20, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Srilanka u were a very good team when we beat you in the wc finals , Stop losing to these minnows, u r the better team than this, see next year Pakistan will be blanked 5-0 by India haha

  • on November 19, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    What is Razzaq's role? Part time bowler and part time batsman. I think he should be given a more prominent role in the batting line up. He should bat #4, Akmal at #5, Afridi at #6, Misbah at #7. This will give batting the momentum.

  • RaoBobby on November 19, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    Turning point of the match was that out of 33 balls Mathews only played 11 which he couldnt capitalize due to very good bowling of pakistanis and well backed by fielders. Unbeleivably srilanka is looking very very vulnerable w/out murali on other hand pakistani is still looking as dangerous as when players like asif amir and akhter was in the team. Well done pakistan

  • on November 19, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Mr Dilshan try to learn the art of repecting the other team since the Sri Lankans are sporting Nation.Tour selectors you must stop the always Dilhara fernando theory and try out welagedara.Mr.Angelo mathews you can not waste 8 concecative dot balls to get off the mark since this is 300 ball game.Team paid the price for your selfish start.Need to re think about the batting of Chandimal in between Kumar and Mahela .I suggest Chandimal as number3 and Sanga at number4since we need sanga-Mahela combination together.I wonder why Lasith maliga was promated inthe order before Jeewan Medndis and Thisara perera.It is nice to see Dilshan back into track .The other plus point is Thisara perera and seekkuge prasanna countinous their god work with the ball.

  • GreenGoat on November 19, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    cmon SL - lets square up the series and have a great tournament decider between wht seems to be (despite the one sided test series) evenly matched ODI sides. best luck to both team but i hope sanga and chandimal score a hundred each and win the next one for SL :)

  • on November 19, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    @dmqi: The commentators were wrong. Batsmen deserve the benefit of the DOUBT, if there's any. We could clearly see his foot coming further down after the bails broke. Since his foot couldn't have been going underground, it was obviously coming down from air. @Sohaibcheema: Only a fool would want Malik the politician in the team. He's great as a substitute fielder though!

  • BRAVEPAKISTAN on November 19, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    I think this win is taken away by Pakistan bowlers , who bowled realy well and keep the things tight. Well done Pakistan ...n should go on to win the series from here by 4-1 :)

  • on November 19, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    well dilshan you wud never praise the better opposition ever, wud you? Thats a very bad attitide.. In my view, real turning point was the beginning of batting powerplay and the way ajmal choked runs, at that moment the chase was pretty much on, but ajmal did very well to contain runs and then eventually got wickets. Afridi's attitude and backing each player was also vital for the win. It was a whole team effort i would say, junaid should play instead of tanvir in next match

  • dmqi on November 19, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Very close game. If Srilanka would win the toss they would have won the game, because Pakistan would not cross 220 when they are chasing. So, if SL win the toss in the next match they are likely to win to level 2-2. SL has a better batting line up. They need to use that.

  • haq33 on November 19, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    I do also find Dilshan to be a bit arrogant sometimes in not giving credit when it is due. However, to be fair to him on this occasion, Pak did not actually outplay SL at all in this game. Apart from the opening stand and bowling at the death and during PP, SL were definitely on top. They could have and should have closed out the chase, so it was SL's batting mistakes and some bad luck that cost them the match - that's the way cricket is - but Pak were far from being the superior team today. Pak did well to persevere and take advantage of mistakes but played poorly for much of the game. Afridi's never-say-die spirit also helps a great great deal in situations like this.

  • Desihungama on November 19, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Dilshan you are not making too many friends lately. You need to learn the grace of game from your counterpart in this series, Misbah. Credit is sometimes due. At International level cricket, it's not only the batsmen who improvise batting shots but also the bowlers by throwing these "bad balls" to get the technically unsound "bad players" out.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 19, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    I am worried about UMAR GUL's first spell. He has no control over his line and length. He bowls a lot of short balls. Aizaz and Junid should play the 4th match. Abul razaq is bowlling good and he should be kept in the team. Next match should try Umar as keeper.

  • stormy16 on November 19, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    I thought the turning point was Ajmal who bowled brilliantly and got the key wicket of Mahela and Chandimal. Also I think Pakistan had too many quailty bowlers that SL could handle. Another key moment was Chandimal who threw his wicket when all that was needed was to hang around which was immature.

  • bilalAWAN on November 19, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    I think lankans should praise pakistan's work. Sangakara is the only player in srilanka team who have sportsman spirit.

  • on November 19, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    I just don't understand why Dilshan never accepts that sometimes winning team played better to won the game than you did bad. All i am trying to say is that we (Pakistan team) gave credit to Dilshan XI after winning 2nd ODI. Dilshan on the other hand NEVER gives credit to opposing team. I am following his statements after every match whole series and he is arrogant enough to admire Pakistan's better team play. Pakistan will take the series 4-1 by all means...

  • on November 19, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    yup yesterday pak got lucky with 2 lbw & i stumping desicion whatever looking forward to next matches come on lions chilax

  • on November 19, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    any body thinnk that mathews is playing with a fear of failure,may be its a confidence thing but he looks uncomfortable and restricted

  • on November 19, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    "The throw this time did not go to the keeper, but smashed out the stumps at the striker's end with Sangakkara well short. The cameras panned to the trademark celebration of the fielder, the only man in the Pakistan team who puts his arms out and soaks in the adulation. He repeated the celebration five overs later, when Dilshan somehow contrived to guide him from a foot outside leg onto the stumps via his arm. In a game of many heroes for Pakistan, Afridi had once again made the biggest moves." BOOM BOOM \o/

  • ahilcool on November 19, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    nice maatch but bad done

  • Sohaibcheema on November 19, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Pakistan Team Should make some changes in the next game. Junaid khan for Sohail Tanveer Malik for Sarfraz Ahmad Umar Akmal should play as wicket Keeper

  • dmqi on November 19, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    It was an entertaining match indeed, up and down for both teams. Mahela's run out was shown several times on replay and the commentator said possibly not out as his toe may have touched the ground. The batsman should have got the benefit of doubt according to the commentator. Then the result could have been different. Pakistan's middle order again failed to build up a total close to 300 with 150 for no loss. Razzaque, Akmal should have done a much better job. With a 258 target, Srilanka did an excellent job to chase, real good batting line up. Akmal, Gul and Hafiz did an excellent job at the end for Pakistan. Next two games will be close I think. Again one bowling change for Pakistan?

  • SpartaArmy on November 19, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Why do this guy always use "If.... different story..." story after the game.

  • REH223 on November 19, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Why every team has to depend on one or two players for victory. CRICKET is a team game GUYS.!!!!!!

  • on November 19, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Good work Misbah. All is well that ends well (at least up to this stage).

  • getsetgopk on November 19, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    No offence to the Sri Lankan fans but this Dilshan guy is never short on excuses just like those one eyed Indian fans. There are 5 match winners in Pakistan team, Afridi, Ajmal, Akmal, Hafeez and Gul not to mention Razaq, where as in Lankan team there are just two Malinga and Sanga, thats the core of the problem as far as Lanka are concerned apart from these two, Lankans mainly rely on opposition collapses and LUCK which unfortunately comes once in a while.

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  • getsetgopk on November 19, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    No offence to the Sri Lankan fans but this Dilshan guy is never short on excuses just like those one eyed Indian fans. There are 5 match winners in Pakistan team, Afridi, Ajmal, Akmal, Hafeez and Gul not to mention Razaq, where as in Lankan team there are just two Malinga and Sanga, thats the core of the problem as far as Lanka are concerned apart from these two, Lankans mainly rely on opposition collapses and LUCK which unfortunately comes once in a while.

  • on November 19, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Good work Misbah. All is well that ends well (at least up to this stage).

  • REH223 on November 19, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Why every team has to depend on one or two players for victory. CRICKET is a team game GUYS.!!!!!!

  • SpartaArmy on November 19, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    Why do this guy always use "If.... different story..." story after the game.

  • dmqi on November 19, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    It was an entertaining match indeed, up and down for both teams. Mahela's run out was shown several times on replay and the commentator said possibly not out as his toe may have touched the ground. The batsman should have got the benefit of doubt according to the commentator. Then the result could have been different. Pakistan's middle order again failed to build up a total close to 300 with 150 for no loss. Razzaque, Akmal should have done a much better job. With a 258 target, Srilanka did an excellent job to chase, real good batting line up. Akmal, Gul and Hafiz did an excellent job at the end for Pakistan. Next two games will be close I think. Again one bowling change for Pakistan?

  • Sohaibcheema on November 19, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    Pakistan Team Should make some changes in the next game. Junaid khan for Sohail Tanveer Malik for Sarfraz Ahmad Umar Akmal should play as wicket Keeper

  • ahilcool on November 19, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    nice maatch but bad done

  • on November 19, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    "The throw this time did not go to the keeper, but smashed out the stumps at the striker's end with Sangakkara well short. The cameras panned to the trademark celebration of the fielder, the only man in the Pakistan team who puts his arms out and soaks in the adulation. He repeated the celebration five overs later, when Dilshan somehow contrived to guide him from a foot outside leg onto the stumps via his arm. In a game of many heroes for Pakistan, Afridi had once again made the biggest moves." BOOM BOOM \o/

  • on November 19, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    any body thinnk that mathews is playing with a fear of failure,may be its a confidence thing but he looks uncomfortable and restricted

  • on November 19, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    yup yesterday pak got lucky with 2 lbw & i stumping desicion whatever looking forward to next matches come on lions chilax