Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah

Afridi single-handedly delivers unassailable lead

The Report by Nitin Sundar

November 20, 2011

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Pakistan 200 (Afridi 75, Fernando 3-26) beat Sri Lanka 174 (Sangakkara 58, Jayawardene 55, Afridi 5-35)
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Shahid Afridi drives during his half-century, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah, November 20, 2011
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  • Shahid Afridi picked up a five-wicket haul to go with his half-century. This is the 15th instance of a player achieving the feat of a fifty-plus score and a five-wicket haul in a game. Afridi is the only player to do so twice.
  • Afridi's half-century is his 32nd in ODIs. Of his 38 fifty-plus scores, Afridi has a strike-rate over 100 in 35 of them.
  • Afridi's five-wicket haul is his sixth in ODIs moving him level second with Wasim Akram and Saqlain Musthaq among Pakistan bowlers with the most five-wicket hauls. Waqar Younis is well ahead with 13 five-wicket hauls.
  • The target of 201 is the second-lowest that Pakistan have defended against Sri Lanka in Sharjah and the seventh-lowest that they have defended overall at the venue.
  • Sharjah has now hosted 201 matches, the most for any venue. Among teams that have played at least 15 matches at the venue, Pakistan have by far the best win-loss ratio (2.27).
  • Pakistan's series win is their second in the UAE against Sri Lanka in the last four years. It is also their third series win against Sri Lanka since 1999-2000. In between, Sri Lanka have won three series too.

Sharjah's die-hard cricket tragics waited eight years to see their favourite team in one-day action. They got their fill on Sunday, treated to five unforgettable vistas of Shahid Afridi's trademark arms-aloft celebration, as he single-handedly pipped Sri Lanka in a dramatic finish. Chasing 201 to level the series, Sri Lanka were on course with Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara reducing the equation to 46 needed off 74 balls. Afridi was, however, reading from a script no-one else had access to. He derailed the lower order with a mix of legbreaks, googlies and fastish offspinners, as Sri Lanka floundered hopelessly to lose their last seven wickets for just 19 runs, and with it the series.

That Pakistan even had 200 to defend was down to Afridi again, after they had disintegrated to 97 for 6. The situation was dire enough to force Afridi to change his normally aggressive approach and play within himself. Not only did Afridi manage the feat, he also managed to accelerate and finish with a (by his standards) modestly paced 75 off 65 balls, setting up the first instance of a player making a fifty and taking five wickets in an innings, twice.

Afridi scarcely put a foot wrong today, except when a sliding stop went awry early in the chase. His knee got stuck in the turf, wrenching out a massive divot as he landed in agony. Afridi was helped off the field, but even that wasn't enough to keep him out of the action for long.

By the time Afridi and Saeed Ajmal came on, Sangakkara and Jayawardene had settled in after Aizaz Cheema's opening spell had accounted for the openers. Ajmal started off with a maiden to Sangakkara, before Afridi - limping, but buzzing with energy nevertheless - made him look ordinary in his first over. He beat Sangakkara with a googly, and got him to inside-edge a legbreak past the stumps. Ajmal then slipped a doosra past Jayawardene's outside edge for the umpteenth time in the series, and Afridi dipped a legbreak menacingly close to his off stump.

With the run-rate under control, Sangakkara and Jayawardene buckled down and focused on playing time. Only three boundaries came in the 17-over phase starting with the 18th over, but Sri Lanka were within touching distance at the end of that grind. Jayawardene and Sangakkara passed their 50s, and ten Pakistani shoulders dropped in unison. One man was not finished, though.

After troubling Sangakkara endlessly, Afridi slipped a quick fizzer through his gate in his sixth over. Angelo Mathews was beaten by an Afridi legbreak and two Ajmal doosras before feathering his fourth ball down the leg side. The Sri Lankan dressing room began to look uneasy once Afridi ripped Jeevan Mendis out with an offbreak that angled in from round the stumps and straightened at 84 kph.

With 34 needed off 7 overs, Jayawardene held the key, but Afridi lulled him into driving low to Mohammad Hafeez who held well at cover. Seekkuge Prasanna scudded his first ball low to the left of the pitch, but the ease with which Afridi swooped and plucked it made for as telling viewing as the X-man celebration that followed. Within the space of three overs, he had flipped the game open. It was only fitting that he got the last wicket, when Thisara Perera slogged into the sky with the game already out of Sri Lanka's grasp.

Afridi's impact was just as telling with the bat, if not as dramatic. Dilhara Fernando did the early damage before Sri Lanka's young spinners found their voice for the first time since Muttiah Muralitharan's retirement, exposing Pakistan's inability to read the variations. Hafeez holed out recklessly, while Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal were clueless against Mendis' googlies.

Afridi's methods were perfect for the situation, though. He picked the spinners from the hand more often than not, but when he didn't he gave himself enough time to read them off the track. When Sri Lanka landed it in his zone, he pummelled them. Lasith Malinga was crashed through the covers, Mendis was bombarded over long-on, but Pakistan's mess was about to become messier.

Misbah ran himself out for the second time in two games, and Sarfraz Ahmed fell by the wayside, leaving Afridi shepherding the tail. Like he would later in the evening, Afridi found a willing partner in Ajmal. Their stand featured some feverish calling and smart running in the batting Powerplay, as Pakistan's tally ticked over from the abject to the realms of the defendable.

With ten overs to go, Afridi targeted Prasanna, backing away and lashing him with the spin for a six over extra cover to bring up his first fifty in 16 innings. He then thumped him straight and hacked through the covers for fours, before launching another six down the ground. Fernando dropped him off the next ball, but Afridi could not extend the carnage as he perished in the 44th over. Perhaps, the man knew right then that he already had enough to play with.

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Posted by dariuscorny on (November 23, 2011, 15:26 GMT)

such a scarcity of players Pakistan is facing at the moment that player like Afridi is like a legend for them.once in 100 game performer.i mean u can debate over some other player frm Pakistan but Afridi does not even qualify for the same.Even Shakib Al Hasan is far better than him.

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 23, 2011, 11:16 GMT)

LOL some Pakistan fans seems to have got really frustrated after realizing how dismal Pakistan's record against top teams has been. 1 person said Indian youngsters don't perform outside home, dude check what the over rated Pakistan young players have done. Which series have they won outside sub-continent recently?? England? NZ? Aus? SA? WI? NONE. People speaking about WI's batting performance against Indian bowling in current test match, India HAVE WON THE TEST SERIES AGAINST WI IN WI. AND HAVE ALREADY WON THE CURRENT SERIES 2-0. What has Pakistan done? Could not even beat second strength WI team in test series in WI?? Without winning anything except this current ODI series they seem to think that Pakistan have become best team. But truth is India ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS, THEY ARE NO.2 IN ICC TEST RANKINGS.

Posted by Amjad.Khan on (November 23, 2011, 10:22 GMT)

For all those who says Afridi aint a legend. Check this out: In the 2003 Videocon Cup, in Amsterdam, Shahid Afridi before the start of the match claimed that Irfan Patan was no match for him and he would hit a 6 off the first ball. Shahid Afridi came with Yasir Hameed as the opening pair to the match, and Irfan Patan was the opening bowler. Yasir Hameed made 1 run and rotated the strike to Shahid Afridi, in which he smashed a 6 off Irfan Patan. The ball landed outside of the stadium and was lost in the nearby stream and a new ball had be brought in.... Check the Wikipedia...

Posted by AmjadZork on (November 23, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

@Rajchamp - You want statistics, here it is: Pakistan & India played 59 Test matches between them (PAK won 12 : IND won 9) - Pakistan & India played 120 ODIs (PAK won 69 : IND won 47) - Pakistan & India played 2 T-20s ( PAK won 0 : IND won 2, both T-20 World Cups)... Who is better now...

Posted by   on (November 23, 2011, 9:03 GMT)

further to rajchamps comment about number of matches won by india against pakistan in all formats and the number of wins recorded. First of all he has all his stats mixed up. Dont want to get into an arguement regarding that.What I have to say is he should stop comparing the 2 sides as far as the pool of talent available is concerned. come on, India can raise 20 or 30 test, ODI and T20 sides if it could have been so allowed to do by ICC.Yet we carry on seeing the same players manning the fort.They should put an age limit for players who should represent the Indian team to allow the Rahanes and badrinaths etc to be able to show their worth.

Posted by birdz_eye on (November 23, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

When did i say Pakistan batting is superb? Its not up to the mark just as incapable Indian bowling attack (witness the WI batting effort for current test as example). Regarding the talent sitting on Indian benches I don't know much about them but its good that we Pakistan fans will expect some challenge thrown at team Pakistan

Posted by   on (November 23, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

wake up rajchamp.Stop comparing the still bottle feeding varun to umer gul You can very well see dhoni's confidence or the lack of it in his pace bowlers right now on the first day of the 3rd test.He takes the new ball in the middle of the 84th over and come the 88th over and he has gone back to his spinners.India can only play spin and bowl spin.Like Shoiab Akhtar said in his book..."indian batsman are mostly scared stiff of playing genuine pace including sachin

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (November 23, 2011, 6:34 GMT)

@ raja champu (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, S Badrinath, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, C Pujara, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, R Ashwin, P Ojha) none of them is a match-winner, and they are school buys outside of their comfort zone i.e india....Caio

Posted by StarsnStumps on (November 23, 2011, 6:07 GMT)

ok so some more numbers to support the match winner afridi ... against Aus afridi has played 33 matches AWAY from home and scored 40 or taken 2 wickets in 9 of such matches when pakistan have won (27%) not 2% nor 7% :) ... SA 7 out of 21 (33%) ... England 8 out of 17 (47%) ... not good enough? ok the great sachin's numbers are very similar (marginally worse in fact) 11 out of 35 (31%) for Aus, 8 out of 34 (24%) for (47%) .... and ok his next fifty may come next year but his next 5fer may come today

Posted by AmjadZork on (November 23, 2011, 4:38 GMT)

@Raj Champ: u are saying '...Fact is that they have a very long way to go to be even thinking about competing with teams like India, Aus, SA, England.' --- How about this: '...Pakistan reaching to semis of 1999 & 2011 or winning T20 WC 2009 or in being semifinalits in three consecutive T20 WC's ' --- Have you forgot it was Pakistan that smashed AUS for the first time in the ODI's of the world cup after so many years when no one else could do it?

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 23, 2011, 2:55 GMT)

India have beaten Pakistan in every single World Cup game played between the two sides including the t-20 world cup. Since 2004 India and Pakistan have played 4 bilateral series between them. 2004 in Pakistan (India won 3-2), 2005 in India (Pakistan won 4-2), 2006 in Pakistan (India won 4-1), 2007 in India (India won 3-2).Both sides have played 4 test series against each other in last ten years. 2004 in Pakistan (India won 2-1), 2005 in India (Series drawn 1-1), 2006 in Pakistan (Pakistan won 1-0), 2007 in India (India won 1-0) So India have beaten Pakistan in all world cup encounters and have also won 3 out of 4 bi-lateral series played between the two sides in last 10 years. Add to that they have won 2 out of the 4 test series played between the two sides in last 10 years with Pakistan winning 1 and 1 series drawn. They are the current world Champions. And are on the verge of becoming no.2 in ICC test rankings.This makes it very clear that they are miles better side than Pakistan.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 23:40 GMT)

@Rajchamp Correction!

So other then England series India has performed well only in Home series :)

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 19:16 GMT)

@Sadaf Meher: "Above all he is not a dignified person". You would prefer a "dignified" person like Salman Butt I presume. One who was so dignified that he got the chance to show cricket instead of the captain Inzimam. Is there any country that would claim this dignified man? Please raise your hand. We would happily give him to you.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

lolz.. 27%.. i know numbers dont lie but u got to check one thing... against which teams afridi has made those match winning knocks and at what moment of the series.. and i am sure 27% would change to either 2% or 7%.. afridi is just a name that can't do anything... sachin, kallis, saurav, dravid, inzi, javed, imran, saeed anwer, razzak are real champs bcz they have scored against biggies.. whereas afridi has scored just against srilanka, bangla or india and its bcz of same type of pitches.. Stats are impt but its impt to understand the way we see it.. now lets see when will afridi makes his next fifty.. may be next year or after that... lolz

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 22, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

Talking about young prospects, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, S Badrinath, Ajinkya Rahane, Manoj Tiwary, C Pujara, Manish Pandey, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, R Ashwin, P Ojha are miles better than Azhar, Shafiq, Sarfraz, Ramiz, Hammad, Wahab, Hassan, Junaid, Cheema, Tanveer, Irfan, Talha.

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 22, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

@M.N.M. - What matters is to have wicket taking bowlers and not to have bowlers who can bowl at express pace and get hammered all around the park. And even so you if you are watching the current test series, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma all these 3 are bowling at very good pace and performing very well. They are definitely much quicker than Umer Gul, Cheema and Junaid Khan. And more importantly except the last series in England, India have performed well consistently at home as well at abroad in the last 2-3 years. They won series in NZ, Eng (2007), WI and drew the series in SA. They have won the World Cup. They are doing superbly in all 3 forms of the game. What has Pakistan done apart from beating teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and beating SL in this series?? Fact is that they have a very long way to go to be even thinking about competing with teams like India, Aus, SA, England.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

@ raj champy: well no doubt that pak were bowled out for 53 & 59 with the legends like WAQAR and SAQLAIN but at the same time u cn't forget that they just retired in the begining of 2003 and the all the other players were playing their 5-10 test match and were facing the spin of SHANE WARNE. Dont u remember the tri series of india employing the young talents of RAINA, ROHIT SHARMA etc and were beaten by bangladesh and zim. and were thrown out. It is right that pak didnt have much legends in batting but any total given by their batsmen to bowlers to defend was always defended whether by winn ing WC 1992 by reaching to semis of 1999 & 2011 or winning T20 WC 2009 or in being semifinalits in three consecutive T20 WC's.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

afridi,best all rounder of the world

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 15:22 GMT)

im nt AGREE WID U SADAF MEHER :(

Posted by StarsnStumps on (November 22, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

For all those who think Afrid or Sachin are not match winners listen all ye unbelievers ... There have been 92 instances out of 330 matches of afridi scoring at least 40 runs in an innings and pakistan winning that match ... or of him taking 2 for 50 or better and pakistan winning the match ... thats 27% better than 1 in every 4 matches that is very very effective ... similarly there have been 122 such matches for tendulkar (considering him as an all rounder) that also works out to almost 27% ... so there r the numbers and they dont lie

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 22, 2011, 13:32 GMT)

@birdz_eye u said Indian bowling attack not capable of taking 10 wickets well whenever i see Pakistani batting line up i just start laughing just look at ur batting line up ,ask urself , do u feel its of International standard ?And ur bowling is also nowhere near to the attack of 90s and mid 2000s.everytime u face India one of our batmen single handedly tears apart ur bowling attack.SL played badly not u played outstanding.SL gifted that win to Pakistan

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

@Candid Indian great response and totally agree that really india shouldnt even be brought up on here and it is totally irrelevent... pakistan have there problems and so do many other teams... If this conversation was about who the match winnrs are in the indian team tendulker wouldnt be on the top of my list...i would defo take dravid any day of the week... how he played against Englands bowling attack was a joy to watch anyways as you said this isnt about india.... I am just glad pakistan are actually playing to there potential for too long Paklistan have let themselves down.

Posted by birdz_eye on (November 22, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

@CandidIndian & Rajchamp, As a cricket fan I have only express my view and path I see to reach the top position of course beating India is a task as they are in the way & team Pakistan is capable of overcoming paper weight Indian side. In reply you guyz are referring 2002 or 2008 series I am talking about today mates, see what happened today 267/2 WI thats what reality is India just cant bowl out a side twice in test & once in ODIs. By the way Australian tour has always been least attractive for team Pakistan for various reasons like team politics, captain's boycott, change of manager or coach, selector's politics etc every Pakistan fan knows it that its not just about the challenge aussies put its the ditching ground to set the personal scores right. After going through all the conflicts last year team Pakistan is rolling & its good for cricket a passionate side is raising again to reach the top. So beware England, India, South africa & Australia are at cross hair.

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

Lolz.. i m really astonished to see ppl praising player like Afridi. one thing is for sure, when afridi plays pakistan wins. everyone would agree on that.. but everyone would also agree that probability of those days when he plays is 1 in 25 (4%). How can someone call a player, whose winning %age is 4%, a total match winner. lolz..Above all he is not a dignified person.. he is just another ordinary cricketer for me. Wasim, Saqlain are far better players. the thing abt tendulkar. for me, he is genius of the game. One impt thing here is that Openers can never be match winners, its the lower down order that has to finish. thatswhy u call yuvi and dhoni match winners. if in the past india weren't able to utilize sachin skills was bcz of lower order but sachin's responsibility was to give starts which he gave and thats why a true champion. no comparison with kallis bcz he is same, gives start for others to follow which SA players do most of the times.

Posted by M.N.M. on (November 22, 2011, 11:34 GMT)

So Pak cricket is moving up the ladder slowly & gradually. We are coming out of the self created mess & turmoil. On the other hand Indian team is still pretty much comfortably placed due to the presence of their batting greats (but for how long). Indian team is rite up there at the top. But look at all the resources u have in terms of population, funds, sponsors, International monopoly, competitions etc etc but still being unbiased & honest compare the new upcoming talents of the two countries. Not much to choose.

Just leave aside the argument the truth is we all love cricket. But without Indo/Pak series the fun/thrill element is missing, we love & respect your stars then so should you, give the due credit atleast.

Common Raj Cheer-up !!!

Posted by M.N.M. on (November 22, 2011, 11:24 GMT)

@ Rajchamp, hey buddy no disrepect to you feelings, but out of a population of 1.1 billion how many bowlers have u produced who hav clocked over 150km/hr consistantly?? Your bhajji still follows the doosra invented by Saqi. Compare the record of ur batting & bowling greats @ home & abroad & u shall observe a marked difference.

No doubt Sachin/Dravid/Laxman hav been rite up there among the best in the world. I agree that our batting is not as good as yours no comparison at all but then same is the case with your bowling.!!

BCCI have poured in so very much in the form of Cricket academies/IPL etc etc but still your young talents is not as good as your old greats. e.g Badrinath, Utthapa, Nayar,Sharma, Jadeja, Ashwin, Ojha etc. On the contrary our new blood Azhar, Shafiq, Sarfraz, Ramiz, Hammad, Wahab, Hassan, Junaid, Cheema, Tanveer, Irfan, Talha etc are rite up there in terms of persistence, talent & flare.

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 22, 2011, 10:11 GMT)

@birdz_eye- ROFL @ your hard core reality about Indian bowling attack. With this "in-effective" bowling attack India have won test series in WI, England (2007), NZ, Drew 1-1 in SA, won in SL, and lost the series against Aus for all the well known reasons in 2008. Still went on to win Perth test match in that series. Now with your "effective" bowling attack, Pakistan could not even beat WI in the recent test series.And even when they had their so called legends like Waqar, Saqlain in 2002, they got a drubbing in the hands of Aus in tests played in Sharjah being bowled out for 59 and 53 in first and second innings respectively when their legendary attack allowed Aussies to make 310 on same pitch. Please check what is the actual harsh reality which is that Pakistan's batting is just not up there with the test match standards.

Posted by M.N.M. on (November 22, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Hip Hip Hurray..!!! Pak cricket on a good roll, certainly heading in the rite direction. Afridi is back with a bang.. When Srilanka needed 50 of the last 13 odd overs, I had moved out. Then my bro yelled, bhai Sanga gone, then wickets started to tumble..But luckily I didn't miss much. Wow what a comeback by Pakistani team by overcoming the world-cup finalists. Congrats 2 ALLLL !

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

That is how cricket should be played.First Sanga and then Mahela scoring at a brisk pace. Unfortunate that the rest of the team could not face up to Shahids guile when he came back to ball. Nor could the SL bowlers find anything when he went on the rampage to score 75 when the pak team was in dire straits. Playing cricket for the sake of accumulating records like most of the players in the subcontinent should not be the only intention. You should be a match winner too. With due respect and appreciation of what Sachin may have achieved in his long carrier,I am sorry,his centuries have not given the Indian team the victories it has needed when required.To the WI I request them to please give him the opportunity to score his last milestone century so that we can see the back of him.BCCI have persevered with him till now just because they want it for him.And the cricket crazy indian public? My God..... they will raise a mere mortal to the level of god and venerate him

Posted by Sakthiivel on (November 22, 2011, 8:38 GMT)

Beating a two man Srilankan(Sanga, mahela) team with One man pakistan(BOOM BOOM) team.. Its redefining days of cricket.. Why these countries dont have people to play cricket... HAHAHA..

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 22, 2011, 8:00 GMT)

Asghar Maqsood -Who can disagree about richness in talent which Pak cricket posses ,best wishes from us(Indian fans).Only point i was making with my last post was bringing India into a Pak-SL series is totally irrelevant.Its kiddish that some people start writing against India whenever Pak wins.No disrespect meant for Pak cricket at all.@Zinnooran Tahir- Its a free world mate,you can prefer anyone you like.

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 22, 2011, 7:35 GMT)

birdz_eye-Thats not my view or perception,what i presented were hardcore facts and stats.But since they dont suit your view ,you are conveniently avoiding them.Stats does not suggest that your views are anywhere near to reality rather it was an attempt of virtual satisfaction by bringing India in Pak-SL series which is totally irrelevant.

Posted by lethal007 on (November 22, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

love to c green shirts when turn things to their way.....Pakistan has a rich history of producing players who can win matches lonely... .............lala rocks

Posted by MUsmanAwan on (November 22, 2011, 7:22 GMT)

BOOM BOOM fans!!! lets add in another laurel to our" BOOM BOOM" i.e. "the man with the golden arm"--he is far ahead of legend Mudassir Nazar

Posted by   on (November 22, 2011, 6:15 GMT)

@Haroon, not only is it a pathetic retort, its not even true what he said ;)

Posted by Q72941 on (November 22, 2011, 0:37 GMT)

Now that's what we all always wanted from Mr. SMSK Afridi as we all knew of his potentials all along. I believe if Afridi keeps this mindset, he can still perform for next few years.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 23:06 GMT)

@mushtanda that was the worst retort I have ever heard

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 22:02 GMT)

Wow Afridi has comeback in a big way. I myself was also doubting his return but the man this time let his action speak louder than words. Well played LALA!!! good to see you back in form.

Posted by Desihungama on (November 21, 2011, 21:55 GMT)

In my earlier post I commented on having a series between India and Pak now before their great retires simply because of the contest perspective. These two bring their best for the whole world to see. Like Ashes. Current Indian team is wise and experienced. Current Pakistan team is passionate and on fire. Sure, India has solid backups as Rohits, Ashwins but they are not Tendulkar or Dravid.

Posted by Mushtanda on (November 21, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

@"you can only win in you home grounds" - an dyou can't even do that! Remember, the home series you lost to India a few years back-- both ODI and Test? :)

Posted by addipakistani on (November 21, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

look look indian fans are geting hurt and asking to beat any test team but they shuld keep in mind that the pak is the only first team to beat aus in the world cups since 99 ok and thats not a ig deal that india keeps wining in their home ground because they made pictches acording to their strength if u wana se them away from home we have perfect example of eng series if pak got wite wash in aus then wat about the eng tour

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 19:04 GMT)

@CandidIndian: I myself totally agree with your comment just for the sake of cricket for oneself but on the other hand i totally agree with what @Hamza Khan has said. I prefer Kallis too over Tendulkar. A much bigger class in the world of cricket performing both with bat and the ball and more important than these things, he is a true gentleman coz if he nicks the ball in any match, he never waits for umpire's decision or UDRS. He just walkaway

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 19:01 GMT)

wel done shahid lala......u r truly a match winner..u r now the 9th best bowler of the world regarding total number of wickets in odis hoping to see u breaking the record of murlitharan! thanx for the victory it was really a one man show!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

For those Indian how are talking about Pakistan .... you can only win in you home grounds ...... take out all the records and then talk in front of us .

Posted by attilathecricketer on (November 21, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

I have been a sceptical about Afridi - seen him in England hit a couple of big shots and then get out. However, I was in Sharjah for this match and,my God,he was brilliant. It was like watching Flintoff in his golden patch. The fervour and concern the Pakistan fans showed towards him when he was injured (right in front of where I was sitting) was amazing. When Sanga tonked him for four over midwicket you could hear the place deflate as the crowd fnally began to doubt he could turn the game - the next ball he bowled a beaut through Sanga's gate. Thank you Afridi for a brilliant day from one rather cooked Englishman. Well done to Sharjah - a lovely stadium, cheap tickets (a tenner) and atmosphere was brilliant (compare stuffy Lords)- it does need to fix the toilets. The last time I saw Pakistan play was at Headingley v Aus on the first day when they skittled them - I deliberately went to support their effot to keep playing cricket. I hope there is no bitter pill to follow this time

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 17:34 GMT)

we all know Pakistan performance is not very good in abroad, specially against Australia, Pakistan team is in rebuilding process rite now. Afridi was not in the team for Zimbabwe tour, now he is back n he has proven the point.

well ! we r waiting for PAK vs IND series, lets hope we gonna watch exciting cricket. We will see who got the better bowling attack (still we hv lost our 2 main bowlers amir, n asif) but yet we r ready for this battle.. ! GO ON PAKISTAN !

Well DONE PAKISTAN.. AFRIDI he is truly a match winner !

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (November 21, 2011, 17:26 GMT)

wow over 200+ comments in praise of Afridi's performance, that shows how big fan base this guy has. Like to watch him perform like this for next few more years. A true & genuine match-winner UNLIKE the tenudu & sehwag of today's cricket.....Ciao

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 17:08 GMT)

Again a blast by BOOM BOOM...... His performance was a recall of sharjah's buzzer beater sixer........... I dont know why some people are so jealous of this fantabulous victory????? Anyways............we pakistanis donot care whatever the world says...!!! LOVE YOU AFRIDI LOVE U PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

That was a greattttt vitory

Posted by bulldawgs on (November 21, 2011, 16:43 GMT)

Afridi does well when not under the pressure of captaincy. Should not be the captain

Posted by PakistanZindabaadAlways on (November 21, 2011, 16:11 GMT)

All Afridi 'Haters' take heed, Afridi is back and here to stay !! Long Live the King of Boom Boom' King Afridi' :)

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 16:08 GMT)

I AM PROUD OF BEING A PAKISTANI :D BOOM BOOM PAKISTAN :D

Posted by deadmanic on (November 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT)

I agree with CandidIndian .. we dont have to discuss india in our victory, Tendulkar is a great player and no one doubt his abilites, so jst enjoy the victory and like a gentlemen accept other's hero as well .. :)

Posted by Stark62 on (November 21, 2011, 15:31 GMT)

Why are people talking about Ind and Tendulkar on this article?!?! o.O

This article has nothing, NOTHING to do with either of those two.

If you want to talk about Pak vs Ind then, talk about it when the article has the title with this imprinted on it "Pak vs Ind series arranged".

This is all about AFRIDI and Pak!!!!

Also, Misbah was rubbish and did nothing for this victory. He made good bowling changes but his negative mind set cost Cheema an early wicket of Sanga and his batting would have cost Pak the match is well, had he not been run out.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 15:16 GMT)

Whoever says tendulkar is a good player no doubt hez experienced but did u see the way he was struggling against Ajmal...he seemed to look like a debutant than a person who had scored so many centuries.i agree tendulkar was and will nvr be a match winner he playes for himself afridi plays for his country..whoever saw this math u must hve seen the way he got ingured but just for his country...if it was tendulkar he would hve walked off the field and would hve nvr returned becoz he wud hve been more interested in the series ahead of him.i prefer Kallis

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 15:13 GMT)

boom boom one man army.............

Posted by sunnymachoo on (November 21, 2011, 14:56 GMT)

is the number of comments linked to total achieved by pak in this match? =) .... 200 comments at the moment!

Posted by sunnymachoo on (November 21, 2011, 14:55 GMT)

welldone team pakistan! i am the proudest pakistani on earth but i somewhat agree with CandidIndian. i think someone here has mentioned Indian team and also tendulkar. I also suggest lets not start comparing and fighting. tendulkar is one of the greatest players in the cricket world and indian side is a very very good strong team, undoubtedly. Pakistan remains my fav team of course and as a pakistani, i believe Pakistan cricket team is the best! Best wishes for future Team Pakistan!

Posted by sharkwolf on (November 21, 2011, 14:16 GMT)

@ Rajchamp, The biggest issue with Pak team is thier poor board (management) and I m sorry if you really want to know what is worst then its nothing but a white wash of a worldchampion, i hope you got my point...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

Afridi always my hero , if he plays like he did he will definitely take a no. 1 place in allrounders.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

good bye to sl cricket may it rest in peace

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (November 21, 2011, 13:13 GMT)

Sri-lanka can achieve better than Pakistan only against Zimbawe, Bangladesh anyhow that's a 50/50 chance

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

congrats pakistan great win reminds me of the old days.... there is always going to be banter with the indian fans but lets just calm down a little...

@Rajchamp and CandidIndian agreed paklistan havent had a great series with some of the bigger nations likely to be because of the loss of some of our great bowlers of the past and future... i think you would however agree that even with all the termoil and no home games to play pakistan have done extremly well in the past 18 months... even in the UK one day series when we lost our strike bowlers. its all well and good stating previous records against aus in the same way i can start going back to the start of pakistan cricket we are talking about here and now

you can only play what is put infront of you and i think with the current crop they would do well against most teams

Posted by birdz_eye on (November 21, 2011, 13:01 GMT)

@Rajchamp & CandidIndian. Dear just as you have your own view about the game so do I. Being follower of Pakistan cricket I have firm believe (whether you like it or not) Pakistan has always been a fascinating side to watch & being Pakistan fan I want them to reach the top step by step. My view about beating the Indian side at the right time to climb up the ranking is purely based on playing good cricket. In-effectiveness of Indian bowling attack is evident to every one you can deny it but like i said its hardcore reality. We saw it in recent Zimbabwe, W.Indies & England tours. About Tendulkar being not a match winner is my point of view as a cricket follower not as a bias Pakistan Fan for me Yovraj is far batter match winner than Tendulkar & tis good for Indian cricket that they NOW don't look at him for victories. I am not fan of past records & stats I look ahead & with this present Indian side I am looking at replay of England tour so Cheers yet another disastrous Indian series ahead

Posted by Fasy.Nadeem on (November 21, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

i just need to clear some important things for our Indian fan. Dear you are absolutely fine. you have brilliant records in batting. this is accepted. now come another way, you told us about many examples of your winnings. it is an understood thing that your track record is really good. but a world champion in lost in England, Do you think it was just by chance, White Washed. don't think about Pakistan. we are passing through a tough phase but we are doing our best. we have no home ground advantage anywhere. so keep this thing in mind. yuraj singh is a match winning player, dhoni is also. but tendulker is not. if you can tell me 100 example of his match winning performance (So Called). i can give you 200 Example of his match losing performance. try to understand it. if you want to know, just check his century records. he is a great player but not match winner

Thanks

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 12:20 GMT)

i love boom boom, he is really a match winner and mare then a heart stealer :P

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:55 GMT)

Well done boys! Pakistan has now won 20 out of the last 26 odis played and have lost only 2 out of the last 13 tests played. And not a single match was played on pakistani turf! I doubt any other team currently can match this feat.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

no doubt afridi always rocks one of best all rounder of the world......

Posted by CandidIndian on (November 21, 2011, 11:32 GMT)

birdz_eye-Well i have immense respect for Pak team but since you brought India here would like to clear some points.One should give respect where its due keeping hatred aside.About Tendulkar not being a match winner and India being incapable of taking 20 wickets,it only shows that you dont follow Indian cricket at all, with so called weak bowling India won in Eng,WI,NZ,1-1 in SA and 2-1 in hardly fought series in Aus,then lost badly in Eng and won everything at home.Whereas Pak could not beat WI in WI, whitewashed in Aus ,lost in Eng.About Odis in last 4 years India won VB series in Aus,won Asia cup and World cup.I dont know why some fans like you have strange way of celebrating a Pak victory by writing against India.About Tendulkar ,he has won many matches for us,remember Sharjah against Aus, VB series final against Aus, 200 against SA,91 against pak 2004, 85 against Pak recently in World cup,i can give 100 other examples but unfortunately there is word limit here.Anyways congrats Pak

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:14 GMT)

Afridi is a great player, peopels love to enjoy his performance, any time he can change the colour of the match. Great Afridi great cricketer.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

well done but need to improve in fielding. if these guys improve their fielding, i guess not a single team can compete them. S A,AUS,NEW,ENG & SRI all these teams making 10 to 20 runs extra (running bet the wicket) while fielding they save 15 to 30 runs for their team and also their is possibility to grab 1 or 2 stunner (catches). it a big difference. players should be fit and active all the time.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 11:08 GMT)

Awesomeness . . . . Pakistan won the series . . . . Credit goes to Afridi . . . .

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 21, 2011, 11:07 GMT)

@birdz_eye - Just one series win against a rebuilding SL team and you are going ga ga over it and ridiculing Indian team?? And disastrous series in Aus?? If you want to know the meaning of disastrous series then just check Pakistan's test series results against Australia in the test series before 2010.3-0 Aus in 1999,3-0 Aus in 2002, 3-0 Aus in 2004, 3-0 Aus in 2009. Now that is called a disastrous series. Infact a disastrous overall test record against Aus. If there is one team that has competed against Aus in last 10 years, then its India. Last two times Aus lost 2-0 in India, in Aus 1-1 in 2003, 2-1 in 2008 (with that infamous Sydney victory). India have more than capable bowling attack this time as well with Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Zaheer, Ishant and Sreesanth as fast bowlers and Ashwin and Ojha as spinners. Let Pakistan beat one of the top test teams (Aus/SA/Eng/Ind) first, then you can say they can compete with top teams.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:50 GMT)

icc should thanx afridi 2 to bring xcitement and fans back 2 odis.....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

one man ARMY.........love u AFRIDI.he is the No 1 all rounder in whole World.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

I am proud of BOOOOOOOOOOM BOOOOOOOOOOOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is no word to express my feeling..........

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:24 GMT)

Nothing against any idividual. Previously retirement was taken so seriously that people thought twice or thrice before announcing their retirement. Now it has become a joke that people retire today and revoke their decision the next day. It is probably being used a threatening tool against the management. If you scold or raise finger at me, I would retire. Has cricket lost its reputation of being a "Gentleman's game"?. Nothing to take credit from Afridi though, he played a wonderful innings to help Pakistan survive and emerge victorious. Hope he wouldn't retire for more occasions and come back in future.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:20 GMT)

Boom Boom Pakistan <3

Posted by harshthakor on (November 21, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Sad to see the game twice slip from Sri Lanka's hands first when bowling,then when batting.It would have set up a grand finale in the final game.Anyway congrats to Shahid Afridi for his all-round brilliance to inspire Pakistan.In all 4 games the chasing team has lost.Had the Lankans played to their full potential they should have clinched the series as they seemed to be cruising home in both the last games.Their middle order seems vulnerable due to lack of experience.

Anway congrats to Pak for their resilience in staving off their opponents.It speaks volumes of their character.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 10:09 GMT)

Yo Afridi! Yo the man........................................................... .

Posted by kazimusman on (November 21, 2011, 9:37 GMT)

I must say, i like afridi but i am not his fan but i don't know why i cant stop myself watching him playing... I wouldnt be able to change a channel when he is batting or even bowling....may be thats y he has such a huge fan following....

Posted by stormy16 on (November 21, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

Pakistan were good with the ball, afridi was brilliant all round and sl were poor, very poor with teh bat.

Posted by Cricet_Fan on (November 21, 2011, 9:28 GMT)

Great game by pakistan. Although i am an Indian fan i congratulate Pak on such a thrilling performance esp Afridi. Its sad that Afridi has such a talent but performs only in say one out of 50 matches. Other thing i would like to say is it is such a pain to hear commentary from Sanath. He was a great player but such a sad commentator...

Posted by saqskhan on (November 21, 2011, 9:05 GMT)

Good show by Pak in this series, it was one of the tough series compared to Zimbabwe recently, but Pak played with potential, now the important thing is pak needs to be consistent in their performance..Shahid Afridi is no doubt a star and he has proved a bit in this series but he shud be more consistent now as there are lot of expectations from him.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:49 GMT)

Its the time for BOOM BOOM, wow what a performance, 75 runs in batting then he hurt his knee. That warrior didnt stop :) it was truelly boom boom performance. Not every great batsman is a good leader its now time to change the captain in SL. Dilshan should focus on thr performance.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

And this is the very reason, for why people all over the world go crazy for Shahid Afridi.. Afridi's passion for his game is remarkable! After facing a fall like that, which almost broke his knee, he still didn't give up. He truly is a winner. May he live long and never fall like that ever again! Ameen MashAllah! Boom Boom Zindabad ! <3

Posted by khurramsch on (November 21, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

good win & series won by pakistan. afridi really played well & have seen his such a responsible inings after a long time. & i think its been ages that he performed with both bat & ball in same match. its time to win 4-1 & move up towards icc rankings 1 place as bangladesh tour is coming up they have every chance to do so.

Posted by birdz_eye on (November 21, 2011, 8:30 GMT)

Read some1 praising as Tendulkar as match winner I disagree, You just only see 100s he made & the results of those games its a cursed 100 story for him. He is a good cricketer but not a match winner I would rather choose Youvraj over him in matcher winner category. While afridi is a shear match winner its a luck for opponents that he is inconsistent other wise Pakistan would have been A top spot side for a long period of time. Blood flows faster when he comes at the crease you can feel the cricketing aggression just watching this guy playing at the feild (unlike the unethical attitude of gambhir & bhajji). He is a treat to watch he makes people laugh he makes them cry thats the way he plays & even likes of Tendulkar & Ponting can not match with the charisma he brings to the game.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (November 21, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

@Desihungama : Check Indians bench strength ... India have started rebuilding process wayback before WC. we dont have benches in India its all occupied by Young talents. They are not only young proved well in International level. Virat kohli Runs 2617 AGE 23,Suresh Raina Runs 3172 AGE 24, Rohit sharma Runs 1505 AGE 24 . Even these player are fighting for the place in the team.

Posted by Saad.Navaid on (November 21, 2011, 8:13 GMT)

no doubt that Afridi single handedly won the match... a true hero he is...!!! May Allah grant him more and more success in the years to come... but we must also compliment Misbah on his excellent captaincy... his bowling changes, attacking approach and field changes were gr8 and perfectly timed... he kept the lankans on their toes even when they were cruising to victory... Well done team Pakistan... may Allah grant you more and more success in the days to come...!!!

in the end i must say...!!!

YYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.... we won we won... we won..!!!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:10 GMT)

AFRIDI "LION OF PAKISTAN" THE BEST THING I LIKE ABOUT HIM HE IS ALWAYS POSSITIVE AND TRYING UNTILL LAST MOVMENT.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 8:04 GMT)

For so Many people Afridi is the reason of Watching cricket, even for my more than 60 year old father

Posted by Sakthiivel on (November 21, 2011, 7:59 GMT)

@Bravobravo : Wonderful excuse for SL lose. India!!! What a joke tomorrow you will complain that BCCI will held responsible for Dilshan catch...

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:54 GMT)

Very well done team Pakistan....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

Alhamdulillah. congeatulation to afridi for his extraordinary performance.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 21, 2011, 7:34 GMT)

Reminds me of another game in Sharjah. Pakistan vs Sri Lanka in the late 90's. I think Sri Lanka were coasting and needed only 3 runs to get from 10 overs with 5-6 wickets in hand and the world's Number 1 Match Winner, Abdul Razzaq comes in and takes 3-4 wickets and the match ends up tied. One of the best matches I have seen and get that man Razzaq back in the squad. Its a crime to put him on the bench

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (November 21, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

i am not against misbah or his leadership, i even think that he has talent! but unless he changes his mental approach, he is doing alot of harm to Pak cricket, why is he in either 1st or 5th gear, i can not understand why he start blocking and put pressure on non strikers when he can easily take singles. loosing by smaller margins will never satisfy fans, but thats what he always try to do, his approach is, "not to loose by big margin" he thinks of miracle in last few overs that he has never comeup with. and in the end, he hits few boundries when they are of no use and bring his strike rate in 70's... he should learn the art of strike rotation, being #4 batsman, its emparative. he has skills, but he need to change his approach, to allow others play around him and win for Pakistan...

Posted by cric.info. on (November 21, 2011, 7:28 GMT)

.............Thats the beauty of team Pakistan......... and for sure , the team is beauty of cricket......

Posted by smalishah84 on (November 21, 2011, 7:25 GMT)

haha......I had switched off the TV when the SL required 80 odd runs and had 78 wickets in hand. What a surprise. Well done Afridi

Posted by Anwaar-Sandhu on (November 21, 2011, 7:23 GMT)

people you know what was the best thing that happened for Pakistan in the last game??? run out of Misbah! and um serious about it. He may have blocked so many deliveries because of his ultimate defensive approach and not rotating strike that Afridi would have lost head and played a false stroke very early in the innings, blessing in disguise.... Ajmal played a very valuable innings by giving strike back to Afridi everytime, and that allowed afridi to keep his cool and play a sensible innings.... Misbah did it in semi final and many times, seriously guys!!!

Posted by peshawarwazir on (November 21, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

well great win and Boom Boom fantastic fearless and a big heart character..Look at Pcb SELECTION COMMITTEE...they say that afridi needed to be selected on showing fitness and performance in domestic cricket..By that they meant that few months of afridi from international cricket should be wasted...His days need not to be wasted...He is a big match player and he always keeps his fitness on high level...Poor and traditionally pakistani Committee approach was that...(1)Mr.Ilyas u should think abt Imran Farhat..he wil never settlee as a batsman..and he is not a batsman...its another matter that sometimes a bowler on his day can make 50.Imran Farhat should be replaced by some new blood not by taufeeq ome.(2) Umer gul do not look to me any more a bowler who is aggressive and bowls the delivery with full strength..needs to be replaced with Wahab riaz (3)Good advice for shoaib malik is that his cricket days r gone..he looks not 100% in the game...he needs to watch sania mirza tennis matches

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:14 GMT)

Is there anything he can't do?

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

@ Mashood_ Pakistan : there was only One man show ...........

Posted by birdz_eye on (November 21, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

I am not in favor of an India Pakistan encounter in near future. Pakistan side is at rebuilding stage a lot is yet to be done to set the course right exposing them for a glamorous series with meaningless results & run fest is only hamper Pakistan's progress. I say let the Pakistan team nurture more with coming Bangladesh & England series while let the Indian folks mourning another disastrous series in Australia & then put them under the hammer. I am purely talking about the game here so no offense to Indian fans its a hardcore fact that Indian bowling is incapable of taking 10 wickets in an inning hence they cant stick around at the top spot for long & clinching the series win over them just at the right time may provide enough points to Pakistan to attain top position. All Pakistan needs is a bit of confidence in their batting ranks with good performance against Bangladesh & England, you'll find them at the top in no time.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 7:08 GMT)

It was Srilanka vs Afridi, and Afridi makes PAK proud again! Afridi's name in top 9 "ODI Most wickets takers", thats something amazing for a genuine all-rounder (while every other player in that list is a genuine bowler)

Posted by JustIPL on (November 21, 2011, 7:00 GMT)

We want India now. Kohli's and Raina's should have this experience as well.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 21, 2011, 6:59 GMT)

Well done Afredi and Pakistan. When misbah was runout that time i taught this will be some thing special day of Afredi. I never gave the chances for sri lanka still they had the settled pair of Sanga and Jaywardhene and was rooting Pakistan to win. After India i always support Pakistan in cricket as my second team.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

Now thts wat i call a performance with responsibility...there is no doubt tht Afridi has turned into match winning bowler but wat really surprised me is his batting in the last game..Man i was dying to see him play like ths!!Afridi u hve made us proud once again like u did in 2009 T20 WC..Pakistan is now playing like unit!!stick to it boys..

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:56 GMT)

One man army show "Shahid Afridi the great" "Pakistan Zindabad"

Posted by travelunlimited on (November 21, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Shoiab Malik is Use less. Dont uderstand how many chances he need. Should be remove asap.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 21, 2011, 6:44 GMT)

very worried. We can not go to South Africa like this and become the laughing stock of the world. Australia beat us IN Sri Lanka (not done for some 5-6 years) and they were bowled all out for 45 against the in form South African bowling unit. I do not want Sri Lanka breaking any records for least test score or fastest completed game

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

Well done afridi, Keep it up.

Posted by 19shd75 on (November 21, 2011, 6:24 GMT)

Afridi is Man of Moment, his sincerity with game and country i like most, I saw this fantastic match at stadium and it was unbelieveable performance as people were leaving stadium, but Afridi force them to sit with one of his all time hit performance. GEO AFRIDI GEO PAK

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

Boom Boom AFRIDI! Need I say more?? :D \o/

Posted by IshaqMalik on (November 21, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

@Naeem Jahangir: that would be going a little too far. It's just a support, there's no brothers/enemies here, just sportsman. and a Pak/India match is way more interesting than anything else.

Posted by AmjadZork on (November 21, 2011, 6:00 GMT)

LALA - Congrates... He truly is the man. @Molu - Whatever you say but Afridi is the reason i am watching cricket, not Tendulkar or Ponting !!!

Posted by ThePakKiwi on (November 21, 2011, 5:55 GMT)

Again thanks to Misbah, Pakistan have won yet, another series.....Pak--Kiwi

Posted by Mashood_Pakistan on (November 21, 2011, 5:50 GMT)

well played Team Pakistan. Keep it up and get going. Concentrate to be consistent

Posted by criccritez on (November 21, 2011, 5:46 GMT)

Very well done team Pakistan, Afridi proved once again that he can take the game away from any opponent single handedly. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:45 GMT)

SHAHID AFRIDI ROCKES SRI LANKHA SHOCKED

Posted by bMike on (November 21, 2011, 5:39 GMT)

Though Pakistanis celebrate their win in a grand style here I don't see any reason to do so. This Sri Lankan team hasn't performed well at all after the world cup & seems something going on there. No doubt credit of the 1st ODI of the series should go to Pakistan but SL could have easily won all 2nd, 3rd & 4th ODIs if they played their normal game. SL lost because of their silly cricket not because of Pakistani players' good performances or Misbah's captaincy.. Ajmal was the only bowler who threatened SL batsmen. Pakistani fans' comments prove that Afridi's yesterday performances are so unexpected. Except Umar Akmal there is no batsman in Pakistan team who can bat with momentum. SL didn't play their best ODI spinners like Ajantha Mendis, Herath & Randiv for this series. Even without them currently playing SL team is much better than this Pakistani team on any given day though SL lost the series. This Pakistan team could easily lose to Bangladesh even tomorrow.

Posted by StarsnStumps on (November 21, 2011, 5:29 GMT)

Shahid Afridi is the Peter Pan of cricket he nenver grows up and plays with the passion of a child ... for better or worse but its Afridi and there is no one else like him

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

A hero is always a hero. Well done.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

gr8 hero...........LOVE U AFRIDI

Posted by DJ-BLue on (November 21, 2011, 5:13 GMT)

A batting lineup that includes world-class batsmen like Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakkara and supported by talents like Mathews and Chandimal, is not easy to crack. This makes the win exceptional and extraordinary.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

Nitin Shab, a great article with uncompareable comparisons... X-man style... Reading script no body access to... Only one shoulder... Scarcely put a foot wrong except... Great stuff i saved this article to learn some better essay writing... It always interesting for writers if they got a chance to write about boom boom... Coz they can use all fantasy comparisons... :)

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

Wel done dilshan.....with your captancy you put down sri lanka team 5th in test ranking now 4th in one day ranking, now better to change your leadership,because back to back 3test and 3oneday series already lost,then dont try to loose to 4th series in south africa,its better for your batting perfomence too,if you try to lead the team you will be fail in batting too,then finally you will hard to find a place in the team, i like to question why sri lankan team not learning even when loosing, may be the prob of of more coaches insisted of head coach marsh, and another batting ,bowling and fielding coaches too....now sri lankan management also has to think about sri lanka cricket future,good luck for the next match,even we hope will win T20 game,........

Posted by smartguy786 on (November 21, 2011, 5:01 GMT)

AFRIDI!, WELL DONE this is what we have been missing, iJAZ BURTT ARE YOU THERE!

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 21, 2011, 4:56 GMT)

@Desihungama - Wilderness?? LOL!! India have a terrific bench strength in batting with the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, C Pujara, Rohit Sharma, S Badrinath, S Raina, Manoj Tiwary all fighting for the no. 6 spot. In bowling they have terrific young pace bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron to go with the more experienced ones like Ishant, Sreesanth, Zaheer, PK etc. Ashwin and Ojha are bright prospects as spinners and also have likes of Mishra, Chawla and many other promising young spinners. So stop dreaming that India will lose its supremacy when the legends retire.

Posted by seraju89 on (November 21, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

Great Win for Pak ,I like Afridi Booooooooom Boooooooooooommmmmmmm......

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:37 GMT)

wao Rippa.very stunning performance from Afridi took the match away from Lanka.I slept when 71 score left and after some time my bro get me up that 9 out of Lanka team.what a show of commitment. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by getsetgopk on (November 21, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

What a wonderful wonderful entertainer he is Afridi! In the 80's and 90's one man shows like these came from players like Imran khan, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Wasim, Waqar and so on and now its Afridi keeping that old tradition of pakistan cricket alive. Afridi is an asset and should be protected from some of these wolves still out there who will spare no effort to stop this man from doing what he does best. Cricket administration especially Zaka Ashraf has this responsibility to take care of assets like Afridi.

Posted by Rajchamp on (November 21, 2011, 4:33 GMT)

I am an Indian. I was a fan of SL team for their fighting spirit, and the ability to consistently do well in big tournaments against strong sides. But after world cup, they just doesn't look the side of the international class. I still cant believe non performers like Jeevan Mendis are preferred over Samarweera, Maharoof, Kapugedera, Ajanta Mendis, Kulasekkara, Thushara. Chandimal might be very talented, but his performances are just not good enough for him to get retained in the side. Even Nuwan Kulsekkara is miles better as a batsman than some of these so called top order batsmen. Unless they make the appropriate changes and give the deserving guys a chance dropping the non performers as soon as possible, prospects are not looking very bright for SL.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:28 GMT)

It shows how talented Shahid Afridi is, and how little justice he has done with himself. He should have easily become one of the all-time-great all-rounders, if only had he concentrated a bit more on his batting, like he did today. Its one of out of 50 innings we see him taking his batting seriously like today.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:22 GMT)

Needless to say, Boom Boom finished what he started, which is a total destruction and chaos in SL bowling and batting line up. However, I really missed having Razzaq there, if anyone does not know what I mean, go back and see his knock on Oct,2010 in 2nd ODI vs RSA. Shoaib Malik was waste of space and energy, his bowling sucked and he made 2 runs in 22 deliveries, worst even to Misbah's standards. If anything, give Malik another chance in next ODI and if he doesn't perform which I think he will not then let him be a bench strength only and bring Razzaq back on permanent basis. Just like boom boom is a match winner so does Razzaq, rest is all DUST and SHADOWS. On another note, Pakistan need true bowling and batting coach, as Umar Gul's bowling is not up to the par this series as well as Sarfraz can be groomed. Sarfraz is much better choice then his counterparts, Akmal brothers. I am really glad to see unity b/w Pakistan team after so long and only one lingering behind was Malik.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (November 21, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

great show Afridi..u hve got heart..just put mind in place..u are one of d best all rouners gng around with[broad,watto,shakeeb]

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:21 GMT)

@ Molu14: This is your unwillingness to accept what Afridi has achieved throughout his career that u r bashing him. I won't say he is a role model cricketer but definately a fantastic cricketer which even u know (even though u r not expressing). What he brings in to any match he plays is simply unmatched or say only a few have/had it in them. And yes FYI he's destined to go down as one of the finest all rounders of all time so far limited over cricket is concern. If u wonder why, Go & check his records and yes remember that it's stats/facts/figures what makes any player great be it Bradman, Sobbers, Richards, Gavaskar, Wanre, Lara, Akram, Murali, Tendulkar, Kallis.... n a few more.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

well did teem Pakistan, love u.

Posted by rohan024 on (November 21, 2011, 4:16 GMT)

this certainly is the time for an India-Pak ODI series..I say ODI and not Test series because both teams when playing test matches against each other play dull cricket, except for maybe sehwag...plus cant see test matches on dead subcontinent wickets...

Posted by rohanblue on (November 21, 2011, 4:03 GMT)

feeling bd fr srilankan cricket, dilshan should quit captaincy, they need someone like angelo mathews to lead , and why they r playing jeevan mendis and keeping ajantha mendis out? bt i hope srilanka will come back stongly in near future as world cricket need them...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 21, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

Poor effort by SL. They do not have a good backup strength like India even for the ODIs. They are still waiting for Sangakkara, Jayawardhane to win all matches for them!

Posted by dicky_boy on (November 21, 2011, 3:55 GMT)

Mr bravo bravo don't smash your keyboard in anger lol blaming India for ur teams loss haha end of the day we r wc winners and we lost just one England series were test no one for two years

Posted by Desihungama on (November 21, 2011, 3:52 GMT)

Pakistan should look to play India (preferably England, Oh it'd be mouth watering) before all their great retires to decide once and forever who is the Asian Tiger. I bet you wilderness is looming for India once Lakhsman, Tendulkar, Dravid, Yuvraj, Zaheer, Nehra leaves.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 3:48 GMT)

gr8 won pak team,,,,afridi day

Posted by dicky_boy on (November 21, 2011, 3:42 GMT)

Yeah Lanka is not the same team which we beat in the wc finals , losing with a minnow

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 3:29 GMT)

its nice to see him back..he i one of the great player who has never say die attitude ,thats how it should be and tats how it is!

Posted by likeintcricket on (November 21, 2011, 3:12 GMT)

Don't discredit Pakistan win by saying Sri Lanka is a weak side. They are #2 with India and not very far From Australia. Pakistan has always had enough talent to win matches against top teams but due to so many other factors they were so inconsistent. Now most of the factors are gone and they are a side moving up. It is just amazing who they are still standing after losing players like Inzimam( Early retirement), Yousuf, Salman, Asif, Aamir, Kaneria, to name the few. Consider the effect of one single Muralitharan retirement on Srilanka. When players like Abdul Razzaq ( Match winner like Afridi) and Suhail Tanvir on the bench than you have to appreciate the talent available for Pak and that is why top teams regards them very highly. After their Ill fated series in England where actually they won Test against Eng and Australia and beat Aussies in the one days, They haven't lost a single series and won many One-days including a march to world cup semi final.

Posted by dmqi on (November 21, 2011, 3:09 GMT)

WE WANT MISBAH, YOUNUS, MALIK, TO REST FOR THE NEXT MATCH. WANT TO SEE NEW PAYERS PLAYING. MISBAH NEEDS TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE. GUL ALSO NEEDS REST, NOT EFFECTIVE. AFRIDI MUST PLAY FOR SPECTATORS.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

afridi ripped thru the lower order, true, but he got sanga's game changing wicket too, which the article didnt mention, after that wicket nothing looked good for SL and afridi, well he truly is a match winner

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (November 21, 2011, 2:52 GMT)

SIRILANKA needs a new vision and planning. Chandimal should not come at no. 4, Its is big pressure on a young lad. After Mahela no SL batsman is playing any responsible cricket. And just on the top of it, this is the time when worlds best spin combination, Afridi and Ajmal are operating. Non of the SL batsmen ecxept Sanga and Mahela are good enough to play Afridi and Ajmal. The only other player I see in this team to play them well is Chandimal. Bowling did its job to keep pakistan to 200. They screaming for Murali loss but all along it has been batting which deserted them. Dilshan is doing nothing wrong in his captaincy other than that it is effecting his batting. Better luck next time to SL, but this time its us pakistanies to celebrate.

Posted by shamlaatu on (November 21, 2011, 2:51 GMT)

He is a true street warrior who never gives up whether it's against the opposition team or the PCB Chairman/Head coach. It's a blessing to live in this great era of Shahid Afridi, the only star left in Pak team.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 2:47 GMT)

Great Win for Pakistan, and hopefully they would continue with this mature winning ways, for a long time. Everyone did very well and worked to get the job done. Congrats to each and everyone of the Pakistan Team, including the Coach and his staff. I believe UNITY played the Greatest Role, as everyone was really wanting to win and were giving their 100% in the field. Keep up with these ways and remain UNITED.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (November 21, 2011, 2:38 GMT)

MRS. MOHSAN & MISBAH, congrates but consider (1) Umar Gul is out of wickets. In 4 matches, only once he got a wicket in his first spell. Where are his yorkers gone. (2) Bowling short on these pitches is a crime but our bowlers go on doing that time to time (3) Misbah might be successful captain but not taking two slips and attacking in start overs while you are defending 200, was unbelieveable. Every one wished that you were a bit more imposing and positive, specially when you are 2-1 up and when you defend a small total. Aizaz and pak lost two wickets due to your defensive mindset. (4) Would you consider giving a game to all the reserves? Let Sarfraz sit out and Umar keep for once. Hafeez, Afridi, Younis, Misbah, Umar Akmal (wk) Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, razaq, Abdul Rehman, Aizaz Chema, Junaid Khan

Posted by Nagu on (November 21, 2011, 2:32 GMT)

lol Srilankan fans, sore losers,blaming India for their series loss,where is the article from Mahela Jayawardena I say ;)

Posted by M.N.I.Rony on (November 21, 2011, 2:32 GMT)

Pakistan team is now well balanced. this is the time to play a series with India. I hope they do well.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (November 21, 2011, 2:29 GMT)

*sigh* Afridi again? This man is a miracle worker against Sri Lanka. What other team in the world has he dominated more than Sri Lanka? His fastest 50 from Sri Lanka. His fastest 100 from Sri Lanka. His bowling shocks Sri Lanka. He singlehandedly took the T20 WCup from the deserving in form Sri Lanka in 09. Sri Lankan team must hate Afridi

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 2:20 GMT)

missing good ol' days in Sharjah

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 2:16 GMT)

shame on u lankans... u have gifted the match away..i am aghast by your performance ... is it the same which made to the finals of the WC..

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 2:05 GMT)

Dilshan shold b removed first as a skeeper. why J mendis? look for new spinning option. Prasana bad bolling.

Posted by Molu14 on (November 21, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

@Desi hungama one or two lucky performances do not make a man a legend. Shahid Afridi is quite ordinary with the bat, failing to produce anything substantial most of the time. His bowling is all right but not outstanding. However, on days like this, people like you forget all the hare-brained slogs that have continously got him out in the past. The number fo games he has won for his country can be counted with your fingers; the number of times he has lost is incalculable. Too often, fans hope that he will responsibly win the game for them, only for him to combust stupidly. And his off-field behavior is despicable. I can never forget his ball-biting, which I think is just as atrocious as match-fixing. So please do not compare a man who embarasses cricket to Tendulkar, Ponting, etc who are regular matchwinners and will be remembered forever. And to all the optimistic ppl posting here, I believe you are over the moon for him simply b/c his performance is so unexpected!

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 1:54 GMT)

what a show from Boom Boom he has proved all his critics wrong and they should now learn a lesson for good. Afridi undoubtedly is the best one day cricketer of his generation having immense talent - we love you boom boom!!!

Posted by Kristy on (November 21, 2011, 1:53 GMT)

Ok.. now Sri Lanka has lost three good series in 03 different condition including home grounds. so what to say.. something is wrong there, Dilshan as captain not going to work anymore.. also Mahela and Sanga cannot make up to wining line, in recent matches they always get out at crucial time and once they failed there is no one to carry-on from there.. Well its time to SL to match against ZIM or WI and see where they stand now.. On the other hand Pakistan always has been better side specially when play with SL and generally.. they loose but they always come back nicely..

Posted by srcric on (November 21, 2011, 1:51 GMT)

without sanga and mahele sri lanka team wont be able to win a match vs kenya.half of the team's work is done by sanga,as a wicket keeper and the main batsmen.dilshan and some new guys are doing nothing for thier team.since dilshan took the captaincy sri lanka team lost every series.may be more to loose.there are new talented players who are playing well in A team.why dont selectors go for them?there should be pressure even for dilshan's and tharanga openning places.then they will start playing well consistantly.afridi did his allround job well.before there were allrounders lke jayasuriya who can change a match.but now no real allrounders in srilanka team.

Posted by bMike on (November 21, 2011, 1:50 GMT)

Well done Afridi and Congratulations Pakistan. It seems Sri Lanka has been showing far below performances since the would cup final. I don't understand what's going on. Sri Lanka definitely need a new captain and it shouldn't be Mathews because Mathews is yet to prove his captaincy skills & he still needs time to establish a permanent place in the team. In fact SL can't win the next world cup by only assigning a young captain. SL definitely need both Mahela & Sanga to play for the next world cup if SL still have a hope to win . So what's the problem giving the captaincy back to Mahela or Sanga? Both of them might not accept it as both of them resigned from responsibilities after the last world cup due to political issues but there is no other way Sri Lanka can survive now. SL need Samaraweera's service for up coming South Africa tour and he can easily replace Dilshan in test matches.

Posted by wc1992 on (November 21, 2011, 1:46 GMT)

Just got say this ......Dravid and Tendulker can score another 10000 runs but they will not ne known as Match winner ....... there is only one Afridi...He represent the Sprite of Pakistan ..dream come true i wanted to see afridi playing normal cricket i saw it yesterday... cauze when he does that opposition legs are shaking the whole time he is there ....

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 1:40 GMT)

Waoooow, I slept last night when Sanga and Mahela playing beautifully, I just wake up and I open cricinfo just to check by how many wickets Lanka won, Shocking, quite surprising, though i like it

I remember Razzaq won similar kind of match in Sharjah against Lanka under Waseem Akram

Better luck in next Series to Lankan brothers

Posted by WTEH on (November 21, 2011, 1:37 GMT)

SL cricket going down big time. For sure, some major changes needs to be done, if they ever want to change from this losing attitude.

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (November 21, 2011, 1:35 GMT)

@Congrats Pakistan & Afridi. I have a genuine question - Since when Afridi has started bowling offspin ? (was it always there or is it a recent phenomenon ??).

Posted by GreenGoat on (November 21, 2011, 1:32 GMT)

Boom Boom Afridi as u PAK supporters say - just brilliant. completely disgusted with our team. Waiting for Mahela to write his excuse-column on cricinfo. wht might he say this time?

Posted by bul98 on (November 21, 2011, 1:30 GMT)

It's sooooooo much fun to watch PAK cricket team than any other team of the world. There is always some thing about PAK cricket from Imran/Javed to two W's Saeed Anwer classic batting, Inzi..than Shoib Akther breath taking delevries. Now BOOM BOOM..And Ajmal's Doosra..Cricket is at his best when PAK is playin...The glamor of cricket is cuz of PAKISTAN..Can't wait for England when Ajmal's doora will destroy English Batting.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 1:14 GMT)

Afridi made me to eat in cricket and to live in cricket...what a sublime cricketer!!!

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (November 21, 2011, 1:08 GMT)

@3liteindia: LOL! Boss, the ladder is a FIXED SUM game!! (reg your comment: "Just look at other teams, they are all going up the ladder, SL is the only team which is going down").

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 1:07 GMT)

BOOOOOOM BOOOOOOM Afridi..!! amazed. :)

Posted by Mahaanama on (November 21, 2011, 0:59 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan! How come 155/3 became 174 all out? I'm a big Sri Lankan fan & thought SL was going to win yesterday.I didn't watch the last part of the match as I already knew its result & checked cricinfo this morning now I can't believe that SL lost their last 7 wickets for just 19 runs.SL cricket is ruining day by day since Dilshan was appointed as captain but it's not his fault as SL have some players in the team who don't have any role. See Mathews what he's doing there? Can he play any proper shot except one or two his favorite shots? I think he's playing for his personal records. SL should find a reliable batsman for no 6 position. Chandimal isn't bad & he's still young but I don't see any special signs from him that Aravinda or Mahela had when they were young. Some people had criticisms about the team that was selected for 2011 world cup but see how poor our current team comparing to that world cup team. This team would never make at least WC semis though Murali was playing

Posted by faisal_khan_1 on (November 21, 2011, 0:58 GMT)

Its great to see Indian fans supporting Pakistan and Afridi.

Afridi may not have great averages of Imran, Miandad, Anwar, Inzi, Wasim and Waqar but he is as big a match winner in ODIs.

There are lot of times he had disapointed, but then Pakistan owes a lot of its ODI victories to Afridi also!

boom boom we love you!

Posted by Chirs-Cry on (November 21, 2011, 0:52 GMT)

"I dont think Prayers will help Pakistan at this stage (SL 135/3)" - Russel Arnold. Well they just did. Again, nothing bad against Sri lanka, hopefully they have something positive to take from the series ! Dilshan is a good player but lack the leadership qualities. Sanga and Mahela both were exceptional as captains. I still dont know why Sanga refused to be captain after WC final ? No offernce but LMFAO after i heard, for the first time, commentator - "Here comes Srilanka's vice captain, Angelo Methews". I never knew he was the V.C or perhaps never seemed like one.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 0:51 GMT)

how could someone keep this man out of the game.he is someone who is born to entertain.i know the politics within the team and the bad administration led him to think of retirement.but cometh the hour and cometh the man.this game will never have a character like him.when he started out in 1996 I thought he had every thing in him to better every batting feat that Sachin was to make.but inconsistency and not doing justice to his talent call it what ever you want, he is no where near it.but that doesnot take away what hw has given to cricket and to the cricket lovers.he will be remebered (when he finally and seriously decides to call it a day) as one of the best or the best game changers (not an all rounder) the game has ever produced.Game changer because he can change the course of a match even without a ball or a bat in hand.Thanks a lot BOOM BOOM.

Posted by ghaleecha on (November 21, 2011, 0:36 GMT)

Pak is on a roll but for a SL team that has talent, this is disastrous if Sanga gets out ..its light outs and bed time for the whole team.

Posted by pak78 on (November 21, 2011, 0:21 GMT)

wow congrats team pakistan wot a win boom boom afridi hats off to you yar keep it up your the man but lets not 4 get saeed ajmal he bowled exellent and kept pressure on the lankans.

Posted by Suraweera on (November 21, 2011, 0:19 GMT)

I'm a Sri Lankan supporter. I would congratulate Pakistan though. A wonderful performance. Well done Afridi.

Posted by   on (November 21, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

Afridi's Black Magic spell is over now. He will take his team to new heights.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

though i am srilankan supporter ...this srilankan team ..just lost their way to win . now they should afraid of playing againist bangladesh and zimba..

Posted by dmqi on (November 20, 2011, 23:47 GMT)

Just AFRIDI factor casued SL to loose. What a show! Unreliable defeat for Sanga , Mahela and Dilsan. SL could not withstand Afridi pressure. They should have won this match.

Did Misbah and Younus get some coaching from Inzamam for running between wickets?

For the next match we want to see new players resting Misbah, Younus, Malik, Razzaque. Let Hafiz lead the team. More new blood necessary right now to train. Afridi has to be there for the spectators, right?

Posted by Desihungama on (November 20, 2011, 23:46 GMT)

The man is fearless and opposition fears him dearly. He's a one man show and his celebrations are testimony to that. He has now amassed 328 wickets in 327 ODI's noting he did not bowl in almost 100 ODI's. Closing in on 7000 ODI runs. Amazing amazing feat. When it's all said and done he will stand alone in the record books with the likes of Tendulkar, Ponting, Murlitharan. Truly lucky to have witnesses playing days of Afridi. Wonder how would we describe him to future generations? Boom! Boom!

Posted by sabee66 on (November 20, 2011, 23:45 GMT)

This is the message to the entire world of cricket that you can't put pressure on Eagles and Lions of cricket, the more you will supress more they will come better Well Done to srilanka for playing a great cricket but at the end AFRIDI is the difference in the cricket Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by touqeer777 on (November 20, 2011, 23:41 GMT)

I think Malik should come either one down or two down because that two positions suit his batting style.Look at his record at one down when he used to play under inzi bhai.he played lot of match winning innings at one down position or put him between Younus and Misbah because when misbah and younus bat together the run rate totally got down due to their slow batting style.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 23:37 GMT)

Today Afridi produced one of his BEST performance with the bat, balll and in the field after a VERY VERY LONG time. It is a good thing he is not captain. Pakistan needs him as a player and for Afridi to concentrate on all aspects of the game. What a difference it makes to TEAM PAKISTAN when Afridi is giving 100% as a player. May he continue to play like this as this will not only bring him success but also TEAM PAKISTAN. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!!!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 23:33 GMT)

Boom Boom Rocks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 23:17 GMT)

Shoaib Malik ... Please Leave!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 23:05 GMT)

shame on ijaz butt for depriving us all from the master work of afridi , his absence would have meant , pakistan 130 all out , srilanka 131/2 . another boring game and waste of time.

Posted by athusri71 on (November 20, 2011, 23:02 GMT)

Very sad period for sri lanka cricket.Bad team selection is the reason for this.Both openers and middle order have failed.We cant go south Africa with this team.I think these players are good for that tour.

Test team Thilan Samaraweera (captain) upul Tharanga,Tharanga Paranavithana,Kumar sangakkara,Mahela jayawardena,Anjelo mathews,Prasanna jaywawardane,Dhammika prasad,Rangana Herath,Chanaka welagedara,Dilhara Fernando,Ajantha mendis,suranga lakmal,Thilakaratne dilshan,Dinesh chandimal,Shaminda eranga

One day team Anjelo mathews(captain) Mahela jayawardene,Upul tharanga, Kumar sangakkara,Dinesh chandimal,Thilan samaraweera, jeewan mendis,Nuwan kulasekara, Suraj Randeew,Lasith Malinga,Dilhara fernando,Ajantha Mendis,Dhammika prasad,Thilakaratne Dilshan,Thisara perera

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 22:47 GMT)

Well, almost a year ago, It was another excellent all rounder RAZZAQ who snatched the victory from SA, now it is AFRIDI... Pakistan have always been gifted with such wonderful players. Congrats Afridi, congrats Pakistan. BUT lets not forget that RAZZAQ should have played instead of MALIK and JUNAID must play instead of CHEEMA. For the last match you could even include Asad Shafiq in place of Sarfaraz, Umar being the keeper

Posted by The-Janitor on (November 20, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

djarian1, your sooo right. I laughed out load when Pakistan won, that was the first thing that come to mind. Russell Arnold put a jinx on Sri Lanka, not to take away the fact pakistan bowled & fielded brilliantly. It makes me proud to see how well Pakistan are currently playing & from a distance there seems to be unity within the team. Long may this continue - PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD

Posted by playitstraight on (November 20, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

Well done Pakistan and Misbah on another series victory! And Boom Boom Afridi all the way!!! SL, when are you guys going to learn that if you don't permanently ban Tillakaratne Dilshan from playing any type of cricket (tests, ODIs, T20, IPL, first-class, etc.), then he will take his place for granted and not do the captaincy right and not bat properly either. Just look at other teams, they are all going up the ladder, SL is the only team which is going down, down and even more down after this. Losing has become a habit and collapsing like a bunch of cards has become a habit barring Sangakkara. Mahela played well but he should have stayed till the end. SL is probably weaker than the Zimbabwe test team (who almost beat New Zealand), which is pitiful but true. I'm sorry SL fans, but tell your selectors to take Dilshan out of the team permanently. Keep it up Pakistan!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 22:28 GMT)

fantastic and superb game by Lala Afridi,--- Ijaz Butt was danger for Pakistan cricket

Posted by BravoBravo on (November 20, 2011, 22:25 GMT)

This match was really a thriller. The fact is that only one team can win. It was a win for the game. @lankavigi, please dont call SL as pathetic. SL is a very good side. They have lost their competitive edge in recent past. The reason behind the lack of competitive edge that they played TOO much cricket with IND till 2010, these matches (meaning less games) which they played with IND were run fest and record making bonanaza for some batsmen. After the conclusion of those matches, IND won its 100 test match (after 75 years of playing cricket, big deal) IND became #1 ICC ranking (what a joke, bigger deal) team in Tests. Now during all this SL lost their competitive edge. Despite being #1, IND never had any competitive edge which was proven on their tour to ENG, SA, and WI and their inaability will further be established when IND tours to AUS by the end of this year.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 22:15 GMT)

Boom Boom is the man! Cricket is boring without this man. My all time favourite player :). Damn this guyyy is majestic

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

a good effort overall by the team and still hats off to the man with raised fingers and hurt knee !

Posted by SaudAlvi on (November 20, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

For all the Afridi lovers - ppl like me (Afridi fed-ups) wanted exactly this from him i.e. realize your potential deliver on the promise that you can be solid with the bat(be like shewag/j-suria i.e. consistent ) - you cant do wonders with the ball (think Anil kumble ).

He was aggressive with his decisions as a caption but not mature enough (well I guess it cant be easy to deal with the 7 or so morons in the team). When he does all this .. EVERYONE loves him .. even the fans of teams who are suffering :).

Posted by cric_freak88 on (November 20, 2011, 21:40 GMT)

well done Pakistan and LALA

Posted by popped on (November 20, 2011, 21:32 GMT)

well done pakistan!!..as for SL what Angelo Mathews is in the team is for Don't , he is an all-rounder yet,cannot bowl as he is "injured" and terribly out of form with the bat dont even seem to be trying wouldn't it be better if he had a rest form the this and the past series and got better instead of being a passenger in the side & hogging them down..must be something that we don't know... excellent performance by afridi ..

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 21:19 GMT)

i am an ardent cricket fan!!!n i dont know how bt i lve it wenevr the pakistan cricket team is under the hammer by icc or pcb,they fight back lyk wounded lions!!!afridi hats off to you man u still dsrv to b captain of that team in odi...

Posted by Afridipak on (November 20, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

well done Pakistan good coaching by mohsin to replace razzaq and tanvir and boom boom always the Best this is Why We love him Pakistan and boom boom zindabad

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (November 20, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

I don't know why, I may not have read or heard - but why was Razzak replaced by Shoaib Malik. I have nothing against Malik, I think he is a good player, but given that this was a series clinching game for Pakistan, and Razzak was likely to have found his range in this game, I was disappointed with this decision unless there was other circumstances related to the change. I hope that the Final match is played without Shahid Afridi & Saeed Ajmal, so that Pakistan can be confident without them as they have starred in all the games played thus far. My proposed line up: 1 - M. Hafeez, 2 - S. Malik, 3 - M. Ul-Haq, 4 - U. Akmal, 5 - Y. Khan, 6 - A. Razzak, 7 - S. Tanvir, 8 - S. Ahmed (wkt), 9 - A. Rehman, 10 - U. Gul, 11 - A. Cheema. My inclusion of Sohail Tanvir is to let him know that he has to produce a performance, as he does little to impress nowadays and his wrong footed delivery action is no longer a weapon in disguise, it just looks funny!

Posted by Garretjacks on (November 20, 2011, 21:17 GMT)

No matter what happens I will still backup SL cricket..... GO SRI LANKA

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 21:09 GMT)

Big innings that was over due off late, has been delivered and its nice to go with crucial wickets and that too in a tremendous pressure. He not only revive the match but popularity of his among his fans. Stars never disappears just get faded for sometime. Afridi is a true star for Pakistan. We luv u man!!!

Posted by Cannuck on (November 20, 2011, 21:09 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan from a SL supporter! Although you guys didn't put up a huge score, your bowlers starred again & got you the win. It shows that bowling is what wins matches. SL needs to address this immediately if they are to return to what they were. Everyone commenting here are worried about Chandimals, Banukas NOT getting a chance, but no one talks about getting our bowling together. Even our batsmen (supposedly experts on spin) have forgotten to use their feet. BTW you can see how bad the leadership is when Dilshan selfishly uses up the only review SL had for what was an obvious edge off his bat. This shows the make up of the team under him. Players seems to be walking on egg shells playing for their spot, rather than attacking when needed. Malinga should have played his natural attacking style instead of trying to defend, which he cannot. All this has to comes from the Capt. MJ, Sanga had the right instructions for their players, which eases things, making them perform.

Posted by Cannuck on (November 20, 2011, 21:08 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan from a SL supporter! Although you guys didn't put up a huge score, your bowlers starred again & got you the win. It shows that bowling is what wins matches. SL needs to address this immediately if they are to return to what they were. Everyone commenting here are worried about Chandimals, Banukas NOT getting a chance, but no one talks about getting our bowling together. Even our batsmen (supposedly experts on spin) have forgotten to use their feet. BTW you can see how bad the leadership is when Dilshan selfishly uses up the only review SL had for what was an obvious edge off his bat. This shows the make up of the team under him. Players seems to be walking on egg shells playing for their spot, rather than attacking when needed. Malinga should have played his natural attacking style instead of trying to defend, which he cannot. All this has to comes from the Capt. MJ, Sanga had the right instructions for their players, which eases things, making them perform.

Posted by tanvir1974 on (November 20, 2011, 21:07 GMT)

I was crying since last two months for selection of Afridi against srilanka, because he is very affective agains srlanka and south africa and all other teams too. a match winner player, one man show totally. anyone understand the replacement of Razzaq and Sohail tanvir by shoaib malik and cheema. guys be ready to win T20 WC2012 in srilanka by afridi again.

Posted by PAK-92 on (November 20, 2011, 21:03 GMT)

Shahid 'BOOM BOOM' Afridi: always involved in some sort of controversy, sometimes feels hungry on the pitch (ball biting incident), bats well on the rare occasion when most needed, a very good fielder which is rare for pakistan and a world class leg break bowler. THERE IS AND ONLY WILL BE ONE AFRIDI

Posted by Fawwad_Siddiqui on (November 20, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

Lala has always been a true match winner..earlier in his career with the bat...and now with the bowl...and yes...sometimes...u can see glimpses of his bat too....when he plays sensibly .....he assures that pakistan wins...like 2009 T20 semi final and final...and now today....his fielding..is a bonus...

as for abdur razzaq....he has been a great match winner too...but his abilities have started to fade...and the frequency of matchwining performances from him is decreasing.... an allrounder should be replaced by an allrounder....we should either look for a young alternative like hammad azam or something similar for abdur razzaq... as for malik....he is one of the best guys in the current squad who knows how to take singles....unlike our dear misbah ul huq

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

What can I say....Afridi, I have a deep respect for you. Your always there when Pakistan needs you, thank you!

@ SL fans: Don't say bad things about your team, Sangakkara is a realy good captain no doubt and SL has many magnificent players.

Posted by applethief on (November 20, 2011, 21:01 GMT)

Agree with @lankavigi - congrats to Pakistan and Afridi for reminding us all what he is capable of, but, just like how Pakistan lost the 2nd ODI more than SL won it, this was the other way around. Sri Lanka gifted this match away, they were in complete control yet made a complete mess of things with victory in sight. As a fan of Pakistan, I have no qualms about saying that Sri Lanka did more to deliver this victory for us than anything the Pakistan team, Afrdi included, did today.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:55 GMT)

well done keep it up guys..hat off to Pakistan

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:51 GMT)

jeeyo sher diler shahebzada mohammed shahid khan afridi!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:49 GMT)

Pakistan and India brothers in arm, as one team. We should play a tri-world series, Pak/India v's Eng/Ireland Aus/NZ v's WI/SA SL/Bang v's Can/? FOR WORLD Famine.AT Sharjah. in the Spring 2013

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:47 GMT)

What can one say about this match, that was an unbelievable thriller. It was just like Razzak did with South Africa a year ago. Have you ever seen a hen flying? No! but when a crow picks her baby chick up, she can even fly and fly like a flying bird. This was what Afridi did today, when he saw Lankans flying having his victory with them, he just flew and snatched his victory back from them. Best of Luck to Team Pakistan to see more victories like that and to show the world that they will never let other teams to be victorious easily regardless to the opponent.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:46 GMT)

Come on boom boom. You have played with your potential today. Feeling proud of u. Especially the way you batted. Still can't believe that afridi can be sensible when batting. He has won the series for Pakistan. Long live afridi

Posted by lankavigi on (November 20, 2011, 20:44 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Yes Afridi was the man, but I don't think he was the only reason behind this magnificent Pakistan win. The other reason for this is a "PATHETIC" SL team. A pathetic captain, and everything else is in this side is horrible. Looking at this match. SL were in total control when the score for Pak was 120-7.When a tailender is batting you've got to keep it tight and make him play big shots.But Dilshan didn't bring the field in and hence gave easy singles and more importantly most of the strike was with Afridi.The final score shud have been 150 or less, but instead they gave 200 and they did pay for this.Sanga and Mahela bat well, but always fall in the crucial moments.This only helps their personal rankings and nothing else. Sl have collapsed for the thousandth time this decade. U can't call this bad luck, it's just a useless team.I felt sorry for those die-hard fans who never gave up.Sl have nothing in their favour.SL have lost 3 test series on the trot and now 3 odis

Posted by Shayamantha on (November 20, 2011, 20:43 GMT)

Pakistan has done really well. Perhaps Sri Lanka should decide weather they are going to stop losing. Long time ago Arjuna decided so and the result is history. Sad to see the lack of fighting qualities in the team. Perhaps the positive is the good work of bowlers.

Posted by gujratwalla on (November 20, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

The Team management have been saved by this fantastic perfomance from Afridi else Pakistan was heading for a sound hiding!What is the logic behind recalling a has-been like Shoaib Malik for Razzaq who like Afridi can erupt like a volcano when he is stirred besides being a very useful pace bowler.Cheema is fine but i would try Junaid Khan instead.This Malik is bad for the harmony of the team and like Farhat is not here on merit but favourtism.I still don't rate Farhat...it would be better to open with even Razzaq!

Posted by Rici737 on (November 20, 2011, 20:41 GMT)

Come on guys!!! What is this? Sri Lankans are preserving good players for Bangladesh series. Is this end of Sri Lankan cricket for another two decades?

Posted by Ifty_Khan on (November 20, 2011, 20:33 GMT)

What a hero and match winner he is for Pakistan. And I cannot understand why Shoaib Malik was picked he cannot bat or ball any more we need to move on from him play Asad Shafiq or Azar Ali.

Posted by khansview on (November 20, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

on so many occasions i have pakistan giving after being unable to brake a partnership.but on this occasion as always afridi strikes and was well backed up by the rest of the team for once it looks like a team four different captains playing and still looks like a team.pakistan always had the talent but they lacked finishing skills and now thy have that in the form of a WORLDCLASS spin attack probably the best and most versatile in modern cricket for the last 3 years. THE X MAN leading them are well on course.but todays match should be called the amazing bowling of mr.afridi.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

as a sri lankan i am repeating message to sri lankan cricket board why not consider to play against spin i know some times very difficult to play spin but we should find solution why not using sweep shots or come down the wicket.

this message to honorable cricinfo editor that can you forward this message to sri lankan cricket board that at least try to recover this fault of failure against spin bowler our team when england arrived to sl for odi same thing happen we lost the match since that time we are very weak to spin. sorry to say before all world team afraid to play against sl team now what is happening 7 for 26 runs we are aggressive cricket nation so what is the solution \ sir, i need reply from cricket baord of sri lanka can i expect?????

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:31 GMT)

The X-man celebration..I like it!!Boom boom celebrates like X-man...Oh I love u man

Posted by wnwn on (November 20, 2011, 20:30 GMT)

I was watching this match when Sri Lanka were about 120-3 and now all of a sudden they have been bowled out for 174. Can't wait to see the highlights and especially Afridi's wickets. This again proves why he such an important member of Pakistan's limited over teams. His bowling is now so good that it doesn't matter if he fails with the bat.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:29 GMT)

Pakistan is the only team right now having 3-4 world class spinners as compared to all the other teams of the world having one or none. So when the ERA of Shane Warne and Muttiah Murlitharan comes to an end, spin department with class shifted to Pakistan. What a combination we have in spin AFRIDI, AJMAL, HAFEEZ and ABDUR REHMAN. Eagerly Waiting for England Series in UAE and this time, we will take revenge.

Posted by meelyan on (November 20, 2011, 20:28 GMT)

well done to afridi....................just a movement think of this srilankan team and take mahela and sanggakara out ..................end product worst team of all time..... plz selectors its about time dilshan not just goes from captaincy but from the team itself

Posted by honestno2 on (November 20, 2011, 20:27 GMT)

Hence Proved that there is no one o ya no one like SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI !!!

Posted by djarian1 on (November 20, 2011, 20:26 GMT)

I guess it was commentator Russell Arnold who said after looking at a Pakistan fan (a girl) who was praying for Pak, when Sanga and Mahela were batting that "Not even prayers can help you (Pak) now"? One should never say such things.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:25 GMT)

BOOM BOOM FIREWORKS! God bless you Afridi and to TEAM PAKISTAN. Keep this winning streak and show the world that as many troubles u impose on us, SONS of this soil shall continue to rise. Long Live Pakistan.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:22 GMT)

outstanding performance really a one man show sri lanka vs afridi

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

its not tendulkar on top of the world infact it is shahid affridi boom boom HE IS THE ORIGNAL KING KHAN

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

Objectively speaking, very few individual performances have turned games so lost in each half with bat and ball

Posted by Fazal123 on (November 20, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

I have to admit, I haven't been the biggest fan of Afridi's personality over the last few years (there was never a doubt about his bowling). But, today everyone has to take their hats off to Afridi. The most impressive thing was he never gave up even when we lost six wickets, he batted sensibly with Ajmal and didnt try to slog every ball. This innings of his deserves the Boom Boom title.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:14 GMT)

BOOM BOOM AFRIDI....What a legend.

Posted by SamAsh07 on (November 20, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

I turned off my Television set when SL were 150-3, I thought to myself "Afridi is limping, Ajmal is stopping runs only, Gul too, Cheema was taking wickets but not anymore....this match is over for Pakistan", after 30 mins I checked back on this site and I almost fell off the chair when I read the scorecard 170/8. Afridi was already all over SL. What a surprise!!

Posted by Rakim on (November 20, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

Proud to be Pakistani, fight that Misbah's men are showing coming from a rough situation is inspiring. Believe me people will talk about this team. Boom Boom ya'll

Posted by incredible52 on (November 20, 2011, 20:09 GMT)

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PAK

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:08 GMT)

Definitely the most charismatic player in the cricketing circuit. Take a bow. Shahid Afridi.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Cannot reply better than this to Waqar Younis wonder what else he would be Asking from him (Boom Boom Afridi)

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:05 GMT)

Fav son of KARACHI has shown his magic. somebody wants him to play domestic & show his form........... 4 matches 2 man of the match awards............wat do u want ....where is Mr Ejaz butt..........want to derail his career also, like Mohammad Yousuf.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Afridi proved it yet again this team aint goin nowhere without him...

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

well done Pakistani team....Really looking strong.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

Why they always do injustice with razaqqq!!!!! Why not get rid of you is for shoaib Malik and razzaq keeps his place...!!!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:02 GMT)

this is that unpredictable of 1980's & 1990's Pakistan who used to snatch unforgettable, unbelievable & thundering breath taking victory from their opponents what nobody knew, and finally today Pakistan had proved , yes, they did that unexpectedness win over any country like Srilanka. Pakistan players just now have to acquire self-confident, integrity, total team spirit with punctuality to disciplined activities, good relationship between each other, especially all the top order batsmen need more patience, sincerity, responsibilities & sense of understanding while they are going to take singles or even more. Finally , so many best wishes, congrats , compliments & blessings to the all the players of Pakistan & especially to Shahid Afridi for his outstanding supreme match winning performance by great batting along with stunning bowling charisma. May the Almighty Allah always help Pakistan team to become united forever.

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

You can never keep this man out of the game. He does things that others cant do. It was all about Shahid Afridi from start to the finish. :D

Posted by smbhayi on (November 20, 2011, 20:01 GMT)

I'm an Indian! But I love Afridi too! That Bcoz I love pakistan also! What a match this is! The 'X' Factor 'Boom Boom Afridi' Really Rocked And I thrilled! Wow....!!!!!

Posted by cricfan800 on (November 20, 2011, 20:00 GMT)

Go for 4-1 Pakistan!.....

Posted by Dilbar786 on (November 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

Simply the best team in last 2 years...Boom Boom Rocks..Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by BRAVEPAKISTAN on (November 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

Super Shahid Afridi's all-round super performance . Pakistan win the fourth ODI by 26 runs in a low scoring game . Afridi stroked a masterfull 75 to dig Pakistan from a position of 120-7 to a competitive 200 on a slow, sluggish track, where the ball was not coming on. He then bowled a magical spell of 5-35 as he prompted a collapse of 7 wickets for 19 runs as he made sure Pakistan lead and win the series 3-1 ..hopefully Pakistan win the series by 4-1 :) AFRIDI ROCKSSSS

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

Yet again AFRIDI proved that he was out of the team just because of Ijaz But

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

who says afridi is not a match winner he is a real match winner and he is proved today.Boom! Boom! afridi

Posted by Stark62 on (November 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

Now, imagine if butt was still in office and Afridi haters got their way. Pak would have lost the series by now because he was the main reason for Pak's win in the 1st ODI is well. Afridi= Man of the Series!!!!

Also, what is cheema doing in the team again? I'm pretty sure Junaid would have taken wickets is well but without conceding so many runs. It will be really depressing if both Sadaf and Riaz are overlooked again for some older guys like cheema and tanvir.

Lastly, what has Misbah done through out the series?

Posted by haq33 on (November 20, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

"Jayawardene and Sangakkara passed their 50s, and ten Pakistani shoulders dropped in unison. One man was not finished, though."......surely that should be TWENTY Pakistani shoulders Nitin?

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:58 GMT)

One more disappointing day for Afridi bashers. Perhaps in the next match they will get a chance to say he is overrated, and does not deserve a place in the team to begin with.

Posted by IshaqMalik on (November 20, 2011, 19:57 GMT)

Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka need to work on their batting. If it wasn't for Afridi, Pakistani batsmen had handed the game over to Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:56 GMT)

What a thriller of a match,,, BOOM BOOM All the way

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:55 GMT)

Go home dilshan. plz,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

BOOM BOOM LALAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Good Work Pakistan Good Work!!!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:53 GMT)

Fab work Lala! The only thing more dangerous than a fit and firing Afridi is a 'consistent' Afridi. Instead of on-off retirement switch he needs to let these kind of days do the talking ..

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

King of desert*Pakistan",undoubtedly!You cant keep this man away from cricket....cricket is not cricket without Afridi:)

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

Awesome ain't it? I want a series against India and South Africa now....

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

PAkistan WIN yet again in a thrilla in SHARJAH!! its like the 90's all over again!! PAKISTAN ZINDBAAD!!! oH and with that PAK win the series as well!!

Posted by   on (November 20, 2011, 19:48 GMT)

afridi zindabaad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nitin Sundar Social media manager Nitin spent his formative years perfecting the art of landing the googly, before blossoming into a book-cricket specialist. More excellence followed in the underarm version of the game before, like the majority of India's misguided youth, he started taking studies seriously. After four forgettable years of electrical engineering, followed by a rigorous MBA and 16 months in the strategy consulting industry, he began to ponder life's more profound issues. Such as the angle made by Brian Lara's bat with the horizontal at the peak of his back-lift. A move to ESPNcricinfo followed and Nitin is now a prolific nurdler in office cricket, with a questionable technique against the short ball.
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