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

Sangakkara run-out was turning point - Dilshan


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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  • 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?

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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

  • dummy4fb 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 :)

  • dummy4fb 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!

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