Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st T20, Dubai December 11, 2013

Afridi leads Pakistan to tense win

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Pakistan 146 for 7 (Afridi 39*, Malinga 3-26) beat Sri Lanka (Mathews 50) by three wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Maturity is an adjective that, at best, can only be sporadically applied to Shahid Afridi, but it was the hallmark of his blitz against Sri Lanka, as he struck an unbeaten 39 from 20 to lift his side to a three-wicket win in Dubai. Arriving at the crease with 50 to get off 35, Afridi was discerning in his attack, even as wickets continued to fall at the other end. The crowd may remember the big blows that carved chunks from the required total, but Afridi's thoughtful singles were as vital to Pakistan's victory, as he lionised the strike while Pakistan's remaining batting talent dwindled, largely thanks to Lasith Malinga, who took his best Twenty20 haul in over a year.

Afridi had been instrumental with his sharp, varied legspin as well, conceding only 20 from his four overs as Sri Lanka spluttered to 145 for 5. Though this score was only five less than captain Dinesh Chandimal had hoped for at the toss, it seemed insufficient on a decent batting surface, not given to extravagant turn. Mohammad Hafeez' hope that dew would hamper the side bowling second also came to fruition, as Sri Lanka delivered occasional shockers that sealed their fate.

Two sixes from Afridi off Nuwan Kulasekara's 16th over was his first definitive play, as he walloped a knee-length full toss high into the stands, before crashing one over deep cover when Kulasekara resigned himself to going full and wide. After that over Pakistan needed 29 off 24, with five wickets in hand, but immediately, Malinga's four-run over, in which he also claimed a wicket, reclaimed ground for Sri Lanka.

Thirteen runs off Thisara Perera's 18th over, though, all but secured the result for Pakistan. Malinga delivered another miserly six deliveries in between, but with six needed off the final over, Afridi knelt and swept Kulasekara's first ball over long-leg.

Before Afridi arrived, Pakistan's leisurely innings had not seemed so different from Sri Lanka's. Both sides had largely progressed at around 6.5 an over, with several batsmen earning starts but falling before achieving a substantial score. Sharjeel Khan plowed on through the early overs, as he and Hafeez put on 57 for the second wicket, but they both fell against the run of play. Sohaib Maqsood had also seemed promising in his 13.

Mathews had rode good fortune to his 34-ball 50, surviving an almost-plumb lbw shout off Afridi on 17, before being dropped in the 18th over, in which he also made his most dramatic gains. In his fourth Twenty20, right-armer Bilawal Bhatti pitched full and then short early in the over, and Mathews took consecutive boundaries in front of square on the leg side. The next ball was back of a length and Mathews' top-edged heave should have been caught by Hafeez, running back from cover, but he failed to settle under it. Mathews would strike one more to the fence, taking the over-tally to 18.

Hafeez had known his experienced slow bowlers held the key to restricting Sri Lanka, and he began the bowling himself, before bringing Ajmal and Afridi on in the middle overs to keep Sri Lanka's modest run-rate in hand. Only the occasional loose delivery marred the Powerplay overs, in which a vital dynamic was established: if Sri Lanka wanted boundaries, they would largely have to manufacture them at some peril.

Aside from that Bhatti over, Pakistan stamped down on every Sri Lanka surge, as the batsmen rarely found release apart from when they skipped down the track or played pre-meditated strokes. It did not help that signs of rust were evident for almost every Sri Lanka batsman. Kusal Perera and Kumar Sangakkara were timing the ball well, but neither excelled in shot placement, and both departed trying to find spaces in the outfield. Though Mathews' power sent his big strokes to the fence, he will also reflect that it was far from his most fluent knock.

Mahela Jayawardene's absence allowed Dinesh Chandimal to push himself up to a more-favoured No.3, but although he hit his first Twenty20 score in excess of 15 in over two years, he was trapped in front for a run-a-ball 22. The ball that drifted in and straightened from Afridi was almost the right-handed equivalent of Kusal's dismissal, for 15, to Ajmal.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on December 11, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Good match - I think Pakistani team combination is getting better and better in the limited overs game. Young blood is showing its colour and players like Shoiab Maqsood and Bilawal Bhatti are now an important part of the puzzle. I still have doubt over Sharjeel's technique - even though he is a very dangerous player like Jayasuriya, who can take the game away from the opposition on his day but the Pakistani camp needs to work on his technique.

    Umer Amin for me does not fit into the T20 version, he is suited for test cricket. If they really want to have someone solid in the middle, Haris Sohail is a much better option.

    It is a bit too early for Usman Khan. Even though he is a good option for the future but I do not see him playing for a long time as Junaid Khan and Muhammad Irfan are better bowlers then him and Muhammad Amir is coming back in a year.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Both teams played some good and attacking cricket but at the end it was Pakistan's players who held their nerves. Afridi who is in the autumn of his career yet blossomed again! The combination of youth and age is a per-requisite for both the teams keeping in view the forth-coming World Cup T20. Lasith Malinga did well and showed some of his old class. By this win, Pakistan's team must have got confidence as they chased a fighting total which for the last some years they struggled. This would also help him for the WC preparation. Hafeez again led from the front though he was not feeling well as Afridi also mentioned in the post match ceremony. We, being fans of Pak and brother country SL are anxiously waiting for the 2nd match. I hope both the teams will entertain us again by their superb performance!!! Good luck to both the teams!!!

  • Asif_Mehmood on December 17, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Insha Allah Pakistan will win ODI series against Sri Lanka.

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Well done Afridi 4 superb performance....I couldn't understand why Hafeez give only one over to Usman khan by doing this his confidence level must be low he must hve given more overs to show his skills and Hafeez should stop to play the future of young players and i couldnt justfy Sohail tanveer inclusion while we hve better bowler thn him he has strange action with no speed....!!!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    well done Afridi 4 the superb performance....I couldnt understand why hafeez gve only one over to usman khan he shouldnt play with the future of Pakistan his confidence level must be down bcuz of Hafeez stupid dicission...we need to gve youngster fair chance to show the skills...And i dont knw why sohail tanveer getting always chance while we hve much better bowler then him he has strange action with no speed....!!!!!

  • dmqi on December 13, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    SL is a good team and can win a match against Pak, but they probably think Pak is a better side. SL must give up that mentality that Pak is a better side. I think SL will win the next match. I like to see 1-1, then next match will be more interesting. SL has better fielding unit.

  • pak78 on December 12, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    well played lalla keep it up... as a pakistan fan i want my team to win but my heart goes to the lankan team as they are my second favourites love u guys...

  • fchaudry26 on December 12, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    I dont knw why people r criticizing Hafeez for batting second. I think if we were bowling second, the dew would have hurt our spinners. Secondly, the fast bowlers were going for runs and giving an over to Usman would have damaged pakistan and would have hurt the youngster aswell. In my opinion he shudnt have played the match yet because he still needs to prove himself in domestic cricket.

  • on December 12, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    SLPK are really friendly foes. Love to read comments of both sides supporters. Seems SL is second favorite side for Pakistanis and PAK for Sri Lankan fans

  • Nadeemusman on December 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Pakistan played very well against the no.1 T20 team in the world. It was an evenly matched contest with fantastic display of skill level demonstrated from both teams. Pakistan is gelling well with the induction of fresh blood in all forms. The only thing this team needs is exposure and non stop cricket to prove its mettle. Still Pakistan requires maturity in batting and mental strength. Kaushal p is an exceptional talent from Sri Lanka.he is one of the most powerful strikers of the ball. Good luck to both the teams for the second match.long live cricket.

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Good match - I think Pakistani team combination is getting better and better in the limited overs game. Young blood is showing its colour and players like Shoiab Maqsood and Bilawal Bhatti are now an important part of the puzzle. I still have doubt over Sharjeel's technique - even though he is a very dangerous player like Jayasuriya, who can take the game away from the opposition on his day but the Pakistani camp needs to work on his technique.

    Umer Amin for me does not fit into the T20 version, he is suited for test cricket. If they really want to have someone solid in the middle, Haris Sohail is a much better option.

    It is a bit too early for Usman Khan. Even though he is a good option for the future but I do not see him playing for a long time as Junaid Khan and Muhammad Irfan are better bowlers then him and Muhammad Amir is coming back in a year.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Both teams played some good and attacking cricket but at the end it was Pakistan's players who held their nerves. Afridi who is in the autumn of his career yet blossomed again! The combination of youth and age is a per-requisite for both the teams keeping in view the forth-coming World Cup T20. Lasith Malinga did well and showed some of his old class. By this win, Pakistan's team must have got confidence as they chased a fighting total which for the last some years they struggled. This would also help him for the WC preparation. Hafeez again led from the front though he was not feeling well as Afridi also mentioned in the post match ceremony. We, being fans of Pak and brother country SL are anxiously waiting for the 2nd match. I hope both the teams will entertain us again by their superb performance!!! Good luck to both the teams!!!

  • Asif_Mehmood on December 17, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Insha Allah Pakistan will win ODI series against Sri Lanka.

  • on December 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Well done Afridi 4 superb performance....I couldn't understand why Hafeez give only one over to Usman khan by doing this his confidence level must be low he must hve given more overs to show his skills and Hafeez should stop to play the future of young players and i couldnt justfy Sohail tanveer inclusion while we hve better bowler thn him he has strange action with no speed....!!!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    well done Afridi 4 the superb performance....I couldnt understand why hafeez gve only one over to usman khan he shouldnt play with the future of Pakistan his confidence level must be down bcuz of Hafeez stupid dicission...we need to gve youngster fair chance to show the skills...And i dont knw why sohail tanveer getting always chance while we hve much better bowler then him he has strange action with no speed....!!!!!

  • dmqi on December 13, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    SL is a good team and can win a match against Pak, but they probably think Pak is a better side. SL must give up that mentality that Pak is a better side. I think SL will win the next match. I like to see 1-1, then next match will be more interesting. SL has better fielding unit.

  • pak78 on December 12, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    well played lalla keep it up... as a pakistan fan i want my team to win but my heart goes to the lankan team as they are my second favourites love u guys...

  • fchaudry26 on December 12, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    I dont knw why people r criticizing Hafeez for batting second. I think if we were bowling second, the dew would have hurt our spinners. Secondly, the fast bowlers were going for runs and giving an over to Usman would have damaged pakistan and would have hurt the youngster aswell. In my opinion he shudnt have played the match yet because he still needs to prove himself in domestic cricket.

  • on December 12, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    SLPK are really friendly foes. Love to read comments of both sides supporters. Seems SL is second favorite side for Pakistanis and PAK for Sri Lankan fans

  • Nadeemusman on December 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Pakistan played very well against the no.1 T20 team in the world. It was an evenly matched contest with fantastic display of skill level demonstrated from both teams. Pakistan is gelling well with the induction of fresh blood in all forms. The only thing this team needs is exposure and non stop cricket to prove its mettle. Still Pakistan requires maturity in batting and mental strength. Kaushal p is an exceptional talent from Sri Lanka.he is one of the most powerful strikers of the ball. Good luck to both the teams for the second match.long live cricket.

  • Asadjahangir.15 on December 12, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Its Stunning victory of pakistan team, which is help out in odi series

  • Fastcric on December 12, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Well played pakistan...Afridi played sensible. and good to see him he lionlised the strike well. while other remaining bating order once again dwindeld...afridi plays vital role with the bat otherwise. he was plagued by constant deterioration with batting in recent..he played with sporadic maturity thats why he became fruition for team..

  • on December 12, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    That was really an impressive performance from Shahid Afridi. He looked extremely furious throughout the match which is very unlikely from him. I'm still unable to figure out the reason though. Still not much hopes from his batting but he showed some maturity which is a good sign. Sharjeel looked so confident & played some good shots so its good to see another fresh talent after Sohaib & Bilawal.

  • warneneverchuck on December 12, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    My prediction SL wil not win single match on this tour

  • on December 12, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Afridi played sensibly, same like he did in 2007 T20 world cup final against the same opponent.

  • CricketChat on December 12, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Afridi's surprise knock is the highlight of the for me. Sees like eons since he made any useful contribution with the bat to help in a win. Obviously Pak are battle hardened after tough series with SA only couple of weeks ago. SL bowling looks so weak compared Pak. If you take Mailinga, rest doesn't even look international class. Bowling will decide this series.

  • mzm149 on December 12, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    @Stark62: You cannot judge Shinwari on just one bad over. He is raw and needs to learn other skills apart from Outswing specially when conditions are no favorable. But calling him failure is a bit harsh.

  • on December 12, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    They should let the sharjeel play with his natural technique ' wen chris gayle came everybody was critising for his technique and he slapped all of them by hia performance

  • on December 12, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Despite the batting weak links , Pakistan means business !

  • vimal03 on December 12, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    I agree with the close contest and better performance from Pakistan. However I believe due in the ground also helped Pakistan to beat Srilanka in the first T20 and will be an important factor in the next game. It is disappointing due is plying a major role in Asian venues and will be crucial issue in 2014 T20 world cup. Hate seeing umpires making mistakes when there no review system left. Please bring world class umpires or DRS system for international cricket matches. A match shouldn't be affected by umpires fault.

  • Stark62 on December 12, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    The likes of Zia, Ramiz Raja jnr, Amin and now, Shinwari have all been selected after doing well in the T20 tournament but all of them have been failures in domestic cricket and it's no surprise, they failed/are failing in intl. cricket too.

    When will the selectors learn, that a flash in the pan T20 performance will not help you survive in intl. cricket?

    Also, for the people criticising Sharjeel's technique really need to open their eyes because the likes Lara, Jayasuriya, S. Waugh, Chanderpaul, Smith, Cook (does fall over sometimes) and countless others have flawed techniques but were still successful.

    Lastly, Shafiq most likely has the best technique in Pak but he averages 39.11 in Tests (at no. 6) and a pathetic, 26.09 in ODI's after 46 matches. Malik and Amin also have good techniques and look very solid but look at their domestic and intl. record.

  • on December 12, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Boom Boom had a last laugh, at last, very mature batting, i never seen that maturity, i hope he should keep doing well.

  • Afzal_RANA on December 12, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Yeah, completely agreed with TexanBlue on Usman Khan, how can you make that quick decision? A player who just showed performance in Pakistan in domestic cricket got a Pak cap! ISN'T IT POLITICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • warneneverchuck on December 12, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @waaka u dont care abt ranking bcoz u r sure that your team is never gonna reach among top 3. Dont worry abt aus performance. U can see that in last 15 days

  • ajithabey on December 12, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    SL should fine tune their batting line up based on the situation of the match in progress. I think Thisara Perera should have come to bat earlier to boost the score which was not enough against a good opposition.

  • Harmony111 on December 12, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    So Sri Lanka lost yet again? I guess no surprises there. Nor is it a surprise that SL lost on a Flat Track. They lose everywhere so nothing new there.

    What IS a big surprise is how did Sri Lanka become #1 in T20s? What did they win?

  • waakaa on December 12, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    @warneneverchuck: dude..who cares abt ranking anyway..after watching the ICC ranked number 1 team getting white washed in SouthAfrica..i have some serious doubts on the authenticity and relevancy of ICC rankings. Secondly, i would suggest u to start worrying abt Aussies and their volatile batting line up..T20 world cup isnt far away..i can see aussie batsmen dancing on ajmal's tune already...:-p

  • TMuhammad on December 12, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Dear mzm149 you are wrong here. I believe there is some mistake here please check the commentary which says and I quote" Junaid Khan to Duminy, OUT, JP is gone! looking to seal this match sooner than later as he looks to pull one through midwicket, and hits it sweet enough for Anwar Ali, stationed at deep midwicket, to run forward and take the catch. Can South Africa do it? 8 needed off 4. This game is not over just yet" and in the end they say "JP Duminy c sub (Umar Amin) b Junaid Khan 15 (29m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33" Duminy was caught by Anwar and not by Amin and this can be verified through the website of ICC

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 12, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Need I remind you India thrashed your team 4-1 in SL. So does it mean you offer flat tracks or does it mean India won on juicy tracks against you? And our flat track bullies have won CT in ENG where our slogger Dhawan won golden bat, Won series in WI, won 2007WC in SA, won a ODI series in AUS, won tests in AUS, a one day series in ENG, a test series in ENG, drew a test series in SA last time, 1983 WC, World chamionship in 1985. Now please mention what your team has won outside sub continent. yet to win a single test in India and in AUS as well, That tells us that you are equally pathetic in Sub continent and overseas. I know you will not answer to my comment coz you have nothing to say. So read my comment and soak in your anger.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 12, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @Blade-Runner. I can see your fear of losing your ranking in T20 too.lol. Test ranking is apt to explain your pathetic team. The slogger named Dilshan were not able to face 10 delivery in a flat pitch either! That shows the real picture.

  • warneneverchuck on December 12, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Johnson can get out players like sanga and mahela at least 3 times in one over on a bouncy wicket. They r most overrated batsman in the world

  • Tweety20 on December 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @yousufahmed1....so nice to see our loses (SL) creating reconcilliation between india&pak fans who not long ago were bitter rivals. I guess the new 'bitter' rival for India now are the SL fans..lol. Anyways,as long as it doesn't go out of control....''All Is Well''.

  • Blade-Runner on December 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @Yousufahmed1 ; You really think that I care about what others say about my team and get upset about it. Dude, I'm not 12 yrs old unlike you. " hide behind morality to have PAK fans not disrespect SL team" ???? LOL Dude, you need to grow up. LOL I've never said anything derogatory about Pakistan team or its fans. I can assure you that I have no respect for FTB Indian team and its fans. Yes, I said "Sanga's favorite opponents are Pak" coz its true. That conclusion was made after reviewing the stats. Sanga averages 89.00+ aganist Pak. So how is that disrespectful ? I feel ashamed to have a conversation with a person like you. But I had to.

  • on December 12, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Tissara Perera should bat at No.3 why keeping him way down even in T20's. he could have made the difference with the bat with taken the score to 150 plus.

  • True-Analyst on December 12, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    I am really sorry if I am hurting Umar Amin's fans. But i don't see any kind of potential in this guy. Somebody, here has suggested that, he should be in TEST team. But I am really afraid, a person's technique is not good enough even for T20 or ODI, how can he be picked for most highest quality form of cricket, i,e TEST cricket. Amazing, if he at all should be seen any where around international cricket field. I don't know, what kind of source is behind him, which is still keeping him around the national squad?

  • on December 12, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @ yousufahmed1, wonder you haven't seen how they neglect srilanka.beacause of that sl fans commenting against them .thats nothing wrong .they neglect not to srilanka..for whole world of cricket....and shown their real culture..cric info plz publish

  • AbdulHanan on December 12, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Good game overall and well played by Afridi. Afterall, he found his form against Srilanka as he had been before. He turned Hafiz's mistake of batting 2nd into a strategy. Further, Hafiz did the same thing with Usman what he did with Razzaq... just giving them one over and kick them out. Oh professor! Usman is not an alrouder who can compete with you for cementing his place like Malik and Razzaq did. Pl. dont ruin him. One over (9 runs/over ) is not enough to judge ones capability. if u people are going to give him another chance, pl. atleast try him for two overs. Lastly, in my opinion, Hafiz is very a selfish and has tried to kick out those players who can compete with him. I think Atleast, he doesnt deserve to be a captain Pak team in any of the format.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 12, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    @Blade-Runner . It is better be at least home track than no hope team! lol. Even a BD and NZ team can thrash you at home. And now the no:1 T20 team got thrashed even with some legends in it! A fluke catch by mediocre thirimanne inspired you that much! Even Ishant can do that in a given day! You need to check the run outs made by Kohli, Jadeja, Raina and Yuvaraj in earlier matches and learn from it. You could ask your own Ajantha Mendis first how to catch a ball. SL fans know what is waste of time, thats why they (including you) posting in Indian matches than own matches.lol

  • Ramansilva on December 12, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan fan but I do not think our team deserve the tag of No.1 T20 team at the moment. It will do good for them if they come down the ranking before the T20 worldcup in BG. It will open-up eyes of Sanath and company for better team selection. My favorite in the SL team is Chandimal but I agree with many fans that he doesn't deserve to be even in the T20 team let alone captaincy of the team. Unfortunatley SLC does not give any priority to test cricket any more. Otherwise, he should be groomed to take the captaincy of the test team.

  • on December 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Chandimal always talk about shortage of runs after losing a match,SL should bat aggressively than this match,it is not suitable to play T20s with players like thirimanne to win ,they are only for ODIs and Tests,useless to talk about run shortage after the match

  • warneneverchuck on December 12, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    One reason why these two teams will never come to top 3 in ranking in odi and test is their poor batting line ups. They cant even score 150 in 20 20 on such a flat wickets. Wonder what will they score wen they face bowlers like Johnson and harris on aus pitches.

  • TexanBlue on December 12, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Giving Usman just 1 over proved that both the selectors and the team management were wrong to rush him in the team. What did he gain from that 1 over? Is the Pak ODI cap this cheap to be handed over like that? If he was picked up to play then the captain should have trusted him in giving a couple of more overs to see what he's capable of at the International level. IMO he should spend some time with the team and share the dressing room atmosphere while practicing with his seniors then give him a go at some point during the ODIs while managing the work load of Junaid. Amin has been given way too many chances to the extent that other players like Haris and Anwar Ali are being overlooked. Sharjeel looks positive and he'll learn more with every game. He looks far better than Jamshed and Farhat. The best thing is he rotates the strike and doesn't throw away his wicket cheaply. Great finishing by Afridi; that's what expected of him when he bats, play sensibly and finish the game with victory

  • on December 12, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Question is how we gonna get umar gul back with junaid, irfan, bhatti, anwar, asad, ehsan, sohail, wahab and this new lad usman whilst all these young fast bowlers r coming out of the academy and then ontop of that mohammad amir is coming back from ban in 2015. pakistan hav a lot of thinking to do.

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Any intelligent person can see your attempt to hide behind morality to have PAK fans not disrespect SL team. Whenever your team wins you disrespect other teams so much. Anybody can check previous comments by you. I have seen you demean PAK team so much and infact in one of your comments you said "how PAK is Sanga's favorite opponent and how PAK has no clue when Sanga and Mahela are batting. And Sanga will tackle Ajmal easily" Have some dignity for yourself. Its really pathetic to see you change in a space of one match.

  • xylofon on December 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Afridi admitted his batting is "once in a blue moon" in the interview right after the match. He also said "I want to be more consistent with my batting performance." This clearly shows he knows the situation of his batting, there is no point in defending his batting. I cannot understand those who are trying to do that.

    As for Sharjeel we havent learned much yet. So calm down everyone. He does look like an ODI player however but if hes an opener he could do really well in T20s as theres some time to settle if you play that early.

    Will the win get to Pakistans head? They have to remember Lanka is a good team especially in T20. 2-0 would be really nice.

    I havent seen Malingas bowling in a long time, always a treat. : )

  • Blade-Runner on December 12, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully ; Hasn't your home track champion team got whitewashed ? LOL Shouldn't you be concerning about the pathetic performance of your own team ? LOL I dare any of your mediocre fielders to take a catch like Thirimanne did yesterday. Even SA spectators can catch the ball better than Indian fielders do. India is the worst fielding side in the world. They dropped 4 catches yesterday. LOL There is no point of talking about their batting n bowling skills. Its waste of time. Flat track bullies got OWNED !!! lol That FTB slogger Dhawan could last only 2 balls on that spicy track .

  • sak00n on December 12, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    From PAK: It does not matter who win or loose in pak Vs Sri match... :-) it was a good cricket match and that it... Cricket is gentleman game.. well played srilanka and pakistan...

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner You are easily the most two faced commentor I have come across. You disrespect india so much on Indian forums and always support the team playing against. So here we are supporting our brothers PAK and want them to win against you. Even we don't need you in Indian forums the day you stay away from Indian forums we also will not bother about your team. GOOD DAY.

  • humi_cric on December 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @mzm149, I also noticed that you always have some discriminating remarks about other regions players. I am a regular visitor of this site, just a sincere advice, all players are Pakistani and our heros. Weldone Pakistan and Sri Lanka, best wishes for both teams.

  • Pankreap on December 12, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Well,If you ask me India has a way way better batting line up than this srilankan cowards and pakistani 'not so dare-devil'.Just look at our youngsters like rohit,virat,dhawan and so on.If 4m srilanka,sanga and dil. Are excluded what you'll get are maybe bunch of failures.Except in last 2 matches in sa,indian batters have battered every bowling attack in the world.Our team just did'nt got the time for adapting to the conditions after playing mostly in subcontinental conditions.One thing for sure:india'll win test series:1-0 and 1 will be draw.

  • bouncer709 on December 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @mzm149: I think you got reply from him (cricket.kudos), because he understood your intent. and he is aware of the history of your posts here.

  • Dr.Ishaq on December 12, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    it was another great performance from boom boom. Lets hope he carries this form for rest of the series......

  • mzm149 on December 12, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @cricket.kudos: I think you need to improve your comprehension. Where in my post did I write Afridi is from Punjab? LOL. I was not promoting discrimination. It was my response to bouncer709 who accused me of not bearing any player other than Punjab. Please read the comments in context before making accusations.

  • Blade-Runner on December 12, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @ CricIndia208, IndianCoolGuy : Both SL and Pakistani fans don't want you here.Nobody cares what you say or do. If you have some dignity or self-respect, stay away from SL-PAK forums. G'day !!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 12, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    No wonder why SL fan worried about India more than own team! No hope in local bradman and co. lol

  • Blade-Runner on December 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    It was one crazy match. For fans like me who were watching the game on TV, it was a nail-biter. We were on the edge of our chairs. But, players and spectators at the ground were having a blast. Malinga was firing toe-crushers one after one and Pakistani fans were chanting Malinga...Malinga... along with SL fans. lol The whole audience was cheering for every wicket and every boundary. Dilshan was fooling around on the field (as always), daring Afridi to go for the second run while the ball was in his hands. Afridi declined the challenge with a smile. Malinga appealed for a LBW, umpire declined and then he had a laugh about it with Afridi. LOL Ah..man.. that was a good game..good Cricket..played in the way it should be played.

  • bouncer709 on December 12, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @mzm149: You said "Sharjeel has poor batting technique which will become more obvious in future games", can you please explain what is wrong with his technique, and how do you know it will become obvious in future? Please explain technically...

  • saadrasheedarain on December 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Booom Boooom Afridi izz back once again we always underestimate that man but he is the one who made 1000 runs and 50 wkts in the format................how many other players did that..............no doubt he is next to AWWWWsomeeeeee.................

    And congrats to Waqar younus and Pakistan for the feat you are one just Legend...................Long LIVE Pakistan

  • dayada on December 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    really funny to see indian fans giving predictions about SL batting after this match.

    Anyway well played pak & afridi

  • Yousufahmed1 on December 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @ yorkslanka WOW, Well where do you get the energy from when you have lost 80% of the matches to India in the last 2-3 years. And you don't even have an excuse that you won at your home against India. You have lost in England, Us, WI, Sl, IND. WOW. Plz Publish.

  • on December 12, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    on what basis sohail tanvir is in team for so long , he is one of the most crappy bowler i have ever seen . . .

  • on December 12, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    I m huge fan of srilankan cricket.i love to see malinga sangs dilshan etc playing with our pakistani player.i never feel bad if pakistan lose against srilanka.i love nd enjoy the game.really srilankans are real entertainers of the game.and I wish if india give tough time to south africa because they are asians we all should support our neighbour countries.best of luck team pakistan

  • cricket.kudos on December 12, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    @mzm149 I hope you know your regions well - Afridi is NOT from Punjab he was born in the Khyber Agency and represents Karachi as he lives there - now coming to the cricketers being from different regions - does it really matter? In the end they all play for Pakistan and are proud of it themselves so please don't bring this division and discrimination thinking into play here - Fact of the matter is that Afridi because the way he plays gets criticized the most in the team without most critics realizing that since Wasim and Waqar he has been the lynch pin of the teams bowling unit and has handled it well - I my memory serves me right he was an average bowler who batted rather blasted - it clicked he was a hero otherwise a zero - now he is an excellent bowler over the last 10 years good average good strike rate - analyse his stats by dividing into two halves - Afridi 1996 - 2004 and Afridi 2004 - 2013 massive difference - and has had positive impact on the teams performance

  • on December 12, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    i think pakistan got lucky as their important wicket fell very fast. i dont think that pakistan would have won this match if the SL had not lost their early wickets . as for the pace bowling Pakistan's was very bad. hope pakistan win the next match. good wishes for SL too.

  • Ibrarhunzai on December 12, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Its his lucky hairstyle..........

  • on December 12, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    srilanka is runner up in last icc major tournments..thats why so many them critizies srilanka perfomence..but lates see ODI SERIS COMMING UP...all the respect to pakistanies not neglecting srilanka or any other cricket playing nation..cric info plz publish this

  • yorkslanka on December 12, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Wow, nice to see that indiancoolguy &cric208 had enough energy to post after completing their rain dances to save their team..they must be tired!!

  • on December 12, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    It was a decent performance by Pakistan.I wont say it was convincing as once again Pakistan started to lose wickets at crucial time which created unnecessary pressure on middle and lower middle order.Pakistan should improve this as strong team like Australia wont slip the match from their hands in such situation. One more thing was the debut of Usman Khan Shinwari.If he,s included in the team, than why he was just thrown to fielding only after bowling just 1 over.Such attitude by captain will bring his confidence to lower side.Umar Amin once again failed after looking in good shape.Fielding still needs improvement. Only positive point of the match was Afridi getting runs at crucial stage which is good for Pakistan but don,t think that he,ll repeat it again and again......

  • mzm149 on December 12, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @bouncer709: If you read my comment, I wrote "Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin should not take their place for granted in the team. They will have to deliver to remain in the team." They both are from Punjab. I praised Afridi who is not from Punjab. You have some insecurities against Punjab players, which you show in your posts time and again.

    BTW I have news for you. Remember 2nd ODI played between Pakistan and South Africa in Port Elizabeth. I said Umar Amin took Duminy's catch in Junaid Khan's last over. You were insisting it was Anwar Ali and you made some very funny comments. Check scorecard now. You will be amazed.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-pakistan-2013-14/engine/match/685733.html

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 12, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    since none of my criticisms Posted by CricInfo .i just say best wining SL T20 team 4 next world cup and future matches. 1. Kusal 2. Munaweera 3 .Kapu 4. kituruwan/Jeewan Mendis 5.Mathews 6.Thisara 7.Prasanna/Ramith 8 .Kula 9.Sachie 10 A.Mendis 11 Mali if last match SL team goto Next World Cup they definitely quit from the first round. same thing i have to say PAK team other than Afiridi.

  • on December 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    well done Team Pakistan & Shahid Afridi ....he silent his critics in style....he has done this numerous occasions for Pakistan but i don't know why people always criticize him only??? He is one of the greatest player of Pakistan n what he has achieved is the only point to consider, as people say he would have achieved much better than that....

  • on December 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    SL would not have made 145 if Pak played with its full bowling attack ie with Junaid & Irfan instead of Usman and Sohail Tanvir. Umar Amin is the future of Pakistan in test, but doesn't look like he is cut out for T20

  • Pak_Guru on December 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    I must say i was surprised to see Usman play, but a good move by the management, though I did not get to see the kid bowl and he only got one over. Sharjeel Khan may have some technical issues, which is common amongst all Pak batsman, but this young man has the temperament to take singles and looks very good with over pitched and good length deliveries. Hmmm... I think he can be useful in ODI's. Mr Amin must surely be a very special talent or else I fail to understand his selection in T20 side. Imagine to have Misbah in this T20 side the strength he will provide to the side in close finishes. All in all a balanced T20 side. Tanvir needs to buck up his performance. Good Show Afridi.....

  • Iceman29 on December 12, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Really impressed at Afridi's performance over the years...even though he is a senior player in Pak team, he either contributes with either bat or ball for his team's victory...in every Pak victory Afridi would have played ateast a small role in it....hats off to you sir...he is a real fighter and dont take his place granted in the team...Sehwag, Gambhir, Ishant, Bhajji etc should learn from him...I think its all because of the extra money our Ind players are becoming like couch potatoes...no real enthusiasm or no interest in learning from their past failures......their egos are bigger than their talent...this is where I miss Sachin, Dravid and Lax...gud luck Pak...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 12, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Pathetic SL cannot even win in Flat pitches. Fans were claiming BIG before the match. SL no:1 in T20 is a joke. Now I got why SL fans were more interested in Ind Vs SA game. Even they do not have hope in their club level team!

  • on December 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Finally Afridi has contributed with the bat... good for him and the team . His form has come off at a very crucial stage . the bigger the player the bigger the hopes r attached ......... well done keep it up . the only difference was Afridi in both the teams , and please get rid of Umar Amin and Sohail Tanvir and induct some fresh blood , both of them r even lesser than the ordinary . Their continuous inclusion is making this belief firm that they r " parchee " people or r allied with the Hafeez group.

  • on December 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    well played Pakistan and well fielded by srilankans

  • on December 12, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    1. this is called a match not like ind v sa mismatches, 2. Pak was always a little ahead in the game, when afridi came it seemed pak is falling short considering afridi's recent form but otherwise always ahead but a little and pak has a habbit of taking it down to the wire, 3. Criticizing hafiz and sharjeel batting wake up they set the platform, one says run a ball was bad other says poor shot to lose wicket for sharjeel (he had to accelerate and before has to set platform, did well) 4. even i thought bating second is bad decision but with dew it proved right and if afridi made it right then he was also in XI not from outside, 5. usman is a good bowler i also thought should have allowed to bowl 2nd ov but you should have seen his bowling not runs conceded and 2 overs to get ur line right in t20 u gotta be kidding and where would have been confidence if he had bowled the same lines in 2nd and hammered for 12-16 runs.

  • TMuhammad on December 12, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Superb game by Sharjeel Khan and Shahid Afridi. It was Sharjeel who started building inning for Pakistan otherwise all the big name like Umar Akmal and Amin were back to pavilion. Bring Haris Sohail in Place of Amin and Junaid and Anwar in place of Tanvir and Usman. Usman though a good prospect but need to be with the team for some time to be groomed.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Where will Pakistan go if Afridi is a consistent performer in the batting, he himself said my batting is once in a bloom. Anyways he really performed well an it was total Afridi show. Thumps up Pakistan

  • bouncer709 on December 12, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @deshwani: LOL you support Shajeel Khan because he is from your city even he played a bad innings? :) No need to ask him (mzm149) about his cricketing mind, all the people know him here, he can't bear any player other than Punjab. What a negative mind he has got, he bashed Sharjeel Khan even he played good innings, but cleverly didn't say any thing about Hafeez innings. and very beautifully avoided to write any remarks for Umer Akmal irresponsible run out. He call him unlucky, Umer Akmal bat was well inside the crease, about one foot, but was in the air, he did not follow the basics of running between the wickets.. and about Umer Amin? this guy didn't wrote any thing about him, as he don't know Umer Amin was also playing. Had there been Anwar Ali given 18 runs in one over, he would have come with excellent remarks about him...

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan impressed me with his calmness and positive attitude, and moreover he was rotating the strike which was missing by any opener Pakistan tried in lst few years. Its unfair to give a single over to debutant Usman Khan. Anwar Ali and Junaid Khan must be included inplace of Tanvir and Usman Khan. Go Pakistan Go :-)

  • alipk52 on December 12, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Although Pakistani selectors now looking very keen to try new blood as senior pros are going to retire soon, but i am still not impressed with the regular inclusion of Umar Amin despite several failures from past 3 years or so, he's currently the only weak link in the team, Sohail Tanvir seems to be improving as bowler with every match he plays, i am certain, its great time to bring in new blood, and i hope our selectors will learn that world is not end on Umar Amin, there's more talent to look at, with Haris Sohail being the premier Batsman Pakistan ever produced,if you watch him batting once, you'll know how good this young lad is, way way way way btter than Umar Amin.

  • King_Ravanaa on December 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    with all due respect for Pakistan, Lankans Keep Calm and wait for Tommorow to Roar Back. it's just one or two little mistakes eventually we lost the game. admire the way our boys batted, and the way they have fielded and bowled even in heavy Dew condition.

    If SL win the toss they surely gonna bowl first, even if they loose the toss, they'll be look to score more 15 or 20 runs more than the first one. as i said earlier Pakistan's Batting line up isn't strength enough and unpredictable. wait for next game for Lankan to Roar back. wishing both the teams best of luck

  • ICCexpert.... on December 12, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    why did Hafeez use Usman for one over, worst captaincy ever, why did he demoralise the youngster ? and why is Umar Amin given so many chances, why not Harris Sohial ?

  • ICKY on December 12, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    The win was not as tense as the heading suggests. 12-15 more runs could be scored in 5 more balls. In T20 a win inside 19 overs is considered an easy win. The headline and the commentary was pretty biased.

  • bouncer709 on December 12, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy: You do care about Indian team, and don't worry about Pakistan performance please. Give some suggestions to Dhawan, Kohli and Ishant. Thank you very much for showing disappointment over Pakistan bad performance.

  • shahnbej on December 12, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Why all youngsters in team suffered from captain decisions. For today match either Ballawal or Usman has been given first over and maqsood should be on number three or four. I don't know why Hafiz and Misbah shuffle Maqsood betting order, without any obvious reason.? What he achieve doing so. ?

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Boys just celebrate the win, i don't understand why the people keep on criticizing although team is winning , matches are won by one or two main performances and the team work, in last T20 all the batters Played well infect they are technically good, all the boys are quite impressive as for as talent is concerned. And for shairwani its too early to get into international arena. i still back umer amin as he will be great prospect for middle oder, one change should be in this Pakistan side as Junaid khan instead of usman shaiwani.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Once again Afridi proved his worth as an all rounder and replied his critics with much needed match winning performance, another man-of-the-match under his belt. Mind it whenever he performs Pakistan wins but there are 10 other players who also have to show their mettle, you can't depend and criticize one player all he time. Anyways well done Pak team.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    AT the and of the day better team won ...congratzz pakisthan.. well played SL too (SL Fan)

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @hasan cheema and UAE is his favourite place to unleash himself. GOOD game he is match winner and one thing match winner does is they just perform or not. they don't score 15 20 runs like average players in every match. they would just simply complete the task and finish the match whatever situation there are in doesn't matter.

  • Bladerunners on December 12, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @Cricindia208 nd@IndianCoolGuy,i almost fell from my chair by laughing.your comments r so funny.it seems you guys were ready for sometimes with your computer to write about srilanka when they loose.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    145 is not a good total when it comes to t20 of 2013.SriLanka failed to defend the total .Pakistan on the other hand failed to restrict SriLanka behind a low total despite having a good bowling attack.Usman Khan i think is good bowler but he need time to get in position of a strike bowler.Afridi is showing some maturity which is a good thing for Pakistan.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Afridi should retire after this good innings..................

  • Bladerunners on December 12, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Poor batting from top order.if we want to win next wt20 we should change captain.chandi nd thiri r both test players.they cant do the job in t20.theyr way ti slow.kula is not effective if the ball doesnt swing.the batting let us down.

  • on December 12, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    well played Afridi. Now a days Pakistan is making habit to win matches in last over. Well they deserve this win. Good to see that they are getting some promising talent in every series. I think their continuous foreign tours have made them very strong from inside and they have got fighting spirit. While my team (India) have been leaning in this regard.

  • deshwani on December 12, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    @mzm149.. i think you dont have cricketing mind.. Sharjeel Khan is best opener now Pakistan got.. he has excellent technique and he need some more matches to improve himself.. He played a super inning and didnt threw his wicket easily and saved one end.. if he doesnt stayed on wicket Pakistan's judgments was same against SA in UAE. it was Sharjeel who saved one end enabling Afridi to finish the match. Maqsood is best player and played very good short inning which were needed there at that stage.. Amin should drop now as he got enough chances and didnt improve himself.. he is an avg player.. think before saying anything..

  • UAETigers on December 12, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Why Sohail Tanveer is in the team? He is referred as an All Rounder but I have never ever seen him bat!!! Second why drop Junaid Khan and third Why dropped Anwar Ali.!!! Also in T20 PAK top order need to improve their strike rate to post and chase big totols.

  • on December 12, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Although I wanted to see Usman bowl at least one more over however, I agree with Karun Shrestha;s assessment of the situation. Also, Pakistan did not have a tight grip through out SL innings to use Usman for one more over Good Game

  • on December 12, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan, may be criticized for his calm, run a ball inning but he reminded all of us the importance of rotating the strike even in this shorter format as well. A batsman hits a boundary or a six in the first 1 or 2 deliveries and wastes the other deliveries in only attempting to clear the ropes,its better to take singles when u know the bowl is not easily coming on to bat. Rotating the strike is good strategy to avoid run rate pressure, similarly not allowing the bowler to settle up on any single batsman. The way Srilanka bowled in the first 10 overs, I think Sharjeel did a tremendous job of not giving them wickets. As you can see immediately as he departed Pakistan lost 3 to 4 consecutive wickets. With knowing the batting indiscipline and uncertainty, i think his inclusion has only increased stability. I think he will still be criticized of playing like Misbah but a better version who does not block block block, rather than takes singles.

  • CricIndia208 on December 12, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    And Lanka are no.1 in this format? Hahahahha!

  • IndianCoolGuy on December 12, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    I am so disappointed on Pakistan performance today. First of all they have given 145 runs in 20 overs which is too many according to Pakistan standard bowling against a week team like SL, and they have chased in 19 overs. they should have packed SL below 100 and should have chased it within 10 overs. Anyway all the best to Pakistan from an Indian fan.

  • King_Ravanaa on December 12, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Congrats for Pakistan. But real deference is Afridi nothing else. SL bowled superbly managing Dew conditions well until few hits of Afridi. and i think SL fielding Batting has been clicked today. and far ahead in those 2 departments than Pakistan.

    Apart from Afridi, Pakistan Batting has been vulnerable, once guys like Hafeez, Akmal or Afridi gone theirs not much in their Batting line up. i say it was close match, but Sri Lanka will gonna win the next one without any difficulty at all

  • Muddassar_Baig on December 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Good Match & Congrats to Pakistan...I don't understand why Umar Amin in the final 11...He is not a good player at all...Haris Sohail is much better & he should be given a chance...I hope he will do well...

  • alidaas on December 12, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Problem starts where when a batsmen gets a start and doesn't consider his wicket important and simply throws it away just like Sharjeel Khan did. I wish we can have openers like Saeed Anwar, Amer Sohail or get back last years in-form fearless Nasir Jamshed.

    There is clearly lack of self-belief in our youngsters when they get into the national team. Main reason being the system that is supposed to groom them. The most destructive habit is a worry and the greatest problem to overcome is fear in our batsmen's mind.

    Let us all wish for a better future and hope to restore our most prized possession, i.e. INTEGRITY in cricket and in our nation.

  • amilag on December 12, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Excellent match. Congratulations to Pakistan for winning the by holding their nerves at the last moment. But we will come back on second game!

  • bouncer709 on December 12, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Excellent Afridi! You guys won't believe Afridi batting average (42.75) in T20 in 2013, :) can't believe?......... Well played Sharjeel, few people who don't know ABC of cricket are blaming him for run a ball, but actually he throughout his inning was going 100+ strike rate, it was actually Hafeez who was playing less than run a ball, and build the pressure, but at the end equaled the equation with a SiX and a four. Maqsood could not score big, but showed his class with a wonderful boundary, when Pakistan was under-pressure and both batsmen were new at the crease....Hope this will be the last match for Umer Amin, and Usman Khan get another chance in next match. Umer Akmal as always , once again very unprofessional, wasting his talent, can't understand his problem.

  • Htc-Android on December 12, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    With Chandimal captaining the team, we are not going to do well in the next T20 world cup. My request to Chandimal, Please give back the captaincy to Mathews. You are not suitable for this format. Let another Hard hitting youngstar like Kithruwan/Angelo Perera / Kapu to play. They are much more suitable for this format. 1st Chandimal comes in eats up deliveries, then Sanga comes in and does the same. Thirimanna is also a similar type of player like these two. With this team How can we do well in T20 world cup?

  • Htc-Android on December 12, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Congrats to pakistan. The team who played better cricket won the match.

  • getsetgopk on December 12, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @asim229: Agree a captain like Imran Khan would have given Usman a few overs if not his full quota. But Hafeez is no way near IK. Hafeez is there to just hang on to his post of captaincy, that has completely blind folded him the fact that there is a youngster, 19 years old, on his deabut and that he could use some support and backing but no, Hafeez was so consumed with the idea of winning that nothing else mattered. It takes courage too to let lose a youngster on deabut and back him up to that end, courage that Hafeez clearly lacks. Usman, in his first over was bowling legside, looking for that away swing which wasn't there, that rang fear in Hafeez that the youngster is actually melting under the pressure of International cricket and that was enough for Hafeez to abort the experiement and get back his tested bowlers. 9 runs in his first over, hardly a matter of concern, poor captaincy I would say.

  • on December 12, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Great win, credit should be given to the team, but what wrong did Usman do? Also, some fans are complaining about Sharjeel's approach, well let me tell you that he played according to the situation with a solid strike rate of 110. What is wrong with that if he can score runs without taking risks. I guess we Pakistani fans are just not used to controlled and sensible aggression which this kid has.

  • on December 12, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    i think srilanka need to put 2 15-25 runs short...srilanka aiming 145 in the toss and they got that...kule must repalce with suranga lakmal that srilankan team manegment never do...and thsara must play top order.his talent is wasted...but well played srilanka..we are with you whether you lose or won..and well played pakistan too

  • on December 12, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    I see a lot of post complaining about Usman getting only one over. Cmon people, if you watched him bowl, he was not bowling one bowl in line. He was extremely lucky to give away with just 9 runs. Hafeez was spot on to immediately take him off the attack (as all sensible captains will do). It was an international cricket, not a place to get a bowling practice! Usman is a talent, fine, but he needs time to practice first. Nice to see subcontinent giants competing. Hope afridi continues to bat with the sense he finally showed today.

  • on December 12, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Sri lanka and India are two most favourite teams Afridi would like to bat against.

  • RaoFarhanPervaiz on December 12, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Wonderful Match Indeed --- Mathew was plumb on Afridi ball but its the part of game. ................. There Must be a change in 2nd T20 Harris sohail in place of Umer Amin

  • Ray24 on December 12, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    Take out Afridi's part from either bowling or batting and Pakistan would've ended up on the losing side. People have been very unfair in criticizing him, altough there are many more mediocre players in this mediocre side.

  • anver777 on December 12, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Chandimal's game is not suited for T20 format..... there are better options in SL !!! What happen to our bowling all rounder Lokuhettige, who can do better in this format !!! over to you SL selectors.....

  • on December 12, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Its a good performance by Pakistan.....but they should need to focus on their death bowling........ they concided too many runs in last 5. and that can be decisive at times.

  • TheAnalyzer on December 12, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Thirimanne scored 23 off 16 balls.. But if he faced 40 balls he would have ended with 50 runs.. He is the worst T20 player in the world.. 86/4 in 14th over.. And chandimal sent thirimanne ahead of perera and kulasekara.. Only 36 balls were there with 6 wickets in hand.. So there was nothing to protect.. They just had to hit the ball hard.. 160 for 9 wickets is always better than 142 for 5 wickets.. Since chandimal also is a defensive player,, he plays a defensive game.. If we have dilshan and sangakkara,, 2 of the most senior players in world cricket,, and mattews at no 5, arguably the 2nd best finisher in the game,, and chandimal, a player who can play a solid inning,,,, What is the point of having another defensive player in the team?? Only 120 balls are there,, with sanga, dilshan, chandimal and mattews in the team, we can definitely play the 20 overs. Kulasekara and sachithra too can bat.. So thisara, ramith and prassana(BIG HITTERS) for the other playing 11 will make us strong..

  • on December 12, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    its totally a injustice with any debutant to bowl single over to prove himself...again hafeez showed his immaturity and willing to groom young lot....shame on hafeez well deliver afridi and proved himself a best alrounder in the world of cricket

  • nssmac on December 12, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    well I tell you guys, this man Shahid Khan Afridi is phenomenon on this day and I still do want Paksitani Batsmen should take responsibility and bat well, I strongly want Misbah to be in the side instead of Umar amin or probably shoib malik who is matured enough to stay the wicket and anchor the innings. Lucky escape with victory for Pakistan. 2 Mistakes by Hafeez, 1- He under used Usman and another he fielded after winning the toss. what you say freinds?

  • on December 12, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @Suresh Gayara. Experinced Sanga's strike rate also was below 100 in this match ( 21 from 22 Balls ) . As a younger player/captain we shougd happy on Chandimal's performance scoring 22 from 22 balls ahaid of Sanga's strike rate.

  • on December 12, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    talented play from s.afridi

  • Marain_Khan on December 12, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Afridi is our "Tall Master"..Good chance for Pak to get no.1 rank..

  • hotcric01 on December 12, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    congratulations boom..boom..But I can't understand why afridi is so destructive against Sri lanka while he often struggles against teams like Australia, South Africa. Anyway what a fantastic player! He looks more comfortable against spin.He should be consistent with the bat.Sri lanka were execellent in fielding.But below par with the bat.Angelo's innings was beautiful but he was lucky with the umpiring decision.Otherwise SL should have been restricted around 130.Harris sohile should be included for Pakistan and this should be the last time for useless umar amin.Junaid kham or anwar ali also should be included.These two teams are the best in t20 cricket.Expect another tight game.Pak have a slight edge.

  • on December 12, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Congrats to boom boom Afride

  • Hadi50 on December 12, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Created should be given to Sherjeal khan play very sensibly according to situition He will be our future gayle . Unfortunatly Usman shinwari find a flat pitch on debut and there no body can swing the ball Good luck team Pakistan

  • on December 12, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    team - pls amend, it was T20 and max a bowler can bowl is 4 over, your scorecard say one number and your story says another

    He had been instrumental with his sharp, varied legspin as well, conceding only 20 from his five overs as Sri Lanka spluttered to 145 for 5.

  • dani488 on December 12, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    well done Pakistan. Pakistan make it 2-0 to be the best team in the t20s(number 1 ranking). bring junaid khan in place of sohail tanvir for the next t20. and u will win. don't leak runs like bhatti did in the 1st t20.

  • on December 12, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    this is why we love to shahid Khan afridi

  • on December 12, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    If a player wants to play professionally, our boys are 2nd to none. Congrats Pakistan Cricket Team for win.

  • Asif-Nawaz on December 12, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Blue-Moon performance by Afridi, lovely to watch off course, I wish he can repeat this in future matches too. But then who will call him Boom Boom Afridi

  • Kover_Drive on December 12, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Afraidi is the best caged entertainer.

  • Perera32 on December 12, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    Congrats Pak today. Better than Sri Lanka with the Bat today, their batsmen read the conditions well and paced the innings perfectly. Sri Lanka were 15-20 runs short, I'm sure they'll bounce back next match though.

  • on December 12, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Afridi brings another victory for Pakistan....thats good for pakistan and afridi. keep the momentum for this series.

  • on December 12, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Good innings by Afridi after maybe 5 years??? Now he can relax till he retires.

  • TouseefAhmad on December 12, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Shahid Afridi bowled four overs not five overs. No one can bowl five overs in T20. Please correct that

  • FarPinIrf on December 12, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Afridi needs to be the T20 skipper for this team to be consistent, after IK, WA & Inzi he seems to be the only natural leader that has the respect of the team.

  • on December 12, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Afridi u r best , pak chased down 145 this is a gd sign in the start of series

  • on December 12, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    One thing I was very disappointed about was why include Usman Khan in the XI if you are not going to utilise him. Usman bowling only one over was an insult to him and surely cannot be good for his confidence. Mr Hafeez if you want to be Captain of T20I please get your act together. Do not undermine upcoming youngsters.

  • aravind1997murali on December 12, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Correction: Afridi conceded only 20 from his four overs not five overs... You can only bowl a maximum of four overs in a T20I

  • Jhangakkara on December 12, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Congrats pak. Hope SL will lose 0-2. SL also cannot win away games :-D

  • Karthik78 on December 12, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    It is enough for Afridi to loose more matches in future.

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    it was all about Boom Boom, he is on fire now a days with bat and specially with ball, hope he will continu with Boom Boom

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    well played both the teams ..... these teams are so evenly matched that u cant take nothin away from the looser too , well fought LANKANS but this one was for LALA .... and yes SHEHZAD's catch was sumthing dat doesnt happen too often , CLASSIC ...

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Mature Innings and Shahid Afridi don't tend to go together but after his innings tonight they can. If only he constantly played like this.

  • GoldenAsif on December 11, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Afridi became the first player to score 1000 runs and take 50 wickets in T/20. Well done.

    Good to see Afridi take responsibility with the bat at last

    Let's just hope that after this BOOM BOOM he doesn't go BUST BUST with the bat for the next 20 games! That has sadly been the trend over the past 17 years of his international career

  • on December 11, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    how come maling bowled 5 overs???

  • Baba_Sehgal on December 11, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    Forget these Budhas: Afridi, Hafeez, Ajmal, Tanvir....

  • drnaveed on December 11, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    well played our team Pakistan .Congratulations on another win.we have won our last 2 T-20 matches in the last over of the game, and also win or lost one day 50-over matches with smaller\narrow margins recently , unlike some other top ranked side.our team for the next match 1) shehzad 2 ) sharjeel 3 ) m.hafeez 4 ) u.akmal 5 ) sohaib 6 ) haris 7 ) afridi 8 ) bilawal\ anwar ali 9 )sohail tanveer 10 ) ajmal 11 ) junaid.

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    malinga's five overs? :)

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    congrats pakistan & boom boom afridi

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Well played Lala:) You keep on surprising us ..... All the best of luck for the next game too:)

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    fantastic victory by pakistan & brilent play of boom boom--congrates pakis & best of luck in next match --win & get no 1 position in T20"""

  • worldcric.com on December 11, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    i am sorry to say about chandimal . you are not capable to have captain . you need more time to establish it . don't be selfish . give someone to lead. i didn't see after you became a t20 captain. you didn't score 30+ .you had only run a bowl runs . to keep your place. give no 3. to Sanga.he can drag the game what for good innings .

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I didn't like why usman was only given 1 over. the rest everyone did their part and pakistan deserved the victory. shehzad played good strokes but was unfortunate. sharjeel showed he can play but every now and then he wanted to go big. hafeez did his part very well. akmal was unlucky. maqsood and amin although scored little but good thing they didn't waste balls. afridi was due an innings with the bat and he performed his part. ajmal tanvir bilawal as bowlers were perfect.

  • Ashfaq1971 on December 11, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Great win for pakistan!! If they win next game i think were at the top of tree again in t20!

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    We won with a once in a blue moon (Saturn) performance and thats probably our 1 in 50 matches chance. Well it is a matter of fact that Afridi has a comparatively better record against Srilanka / India in all formats of the game.. Strange!! but true. T20 is cricket spoiling format so nothing is to comment / debate about the ethics or critics. Lets see for some more gun fires and bails breaking performances from both the side. Record books historify / glorify Pakistan in Gulf pitches but you never now.. because records are meant to be broken!.

  • I_Love_My_India on December 11, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Afridi played sensibly and he was the difference between both the sides. Though it was a low score for this pitch, it seems to be adequate till Afridi came in. SL seriously need some young guns to start converting 20s to 50s in T20 and 100s in ODI.

  • Desihungama on December 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    @asim229- Spot on but then Imran never cared for his position in the team did he? Now, that was called playing for the country unlike guys like Hafeez, Misbah, Afridi who are afraid of giving chances to others thinking if the lad does well, one of them will be on the chop.

  • Herath-UK on December 11, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    It is a case of not enough runs on the board on that good pitch and waste of talent of Thisara. Although Thirimanne did well had Thisara come above him that would have made the difference. Hopefully they are wiser now after the event. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Desihungama on December 11, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Not that I am his big fan but Shahid Afridi by now should be holding record for most MoM's? Certainly something to be proud of.

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    A foolish captaincy by Hafeez he is so bias towards Usman Khan..Being a Debutant he has to bowl the full quota of his 4 overs but hafeez just give him only one Over..

  • Haider-pak-awsome on December 11, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Well done boys. Yet again LaLa has delivered. I don't think there is any lethal weapon than Afridi when it comes to T20's. Lankans get ready to give the No 1 spot rightfully to Pakistan. As I said in the match preview get Sanga and Dilshan cheaply and rest of SL batting will collapse automatically. Looking forward to even bigger win in 2nd game.

  • Messa1 on December 11, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    what the hell is chandimal doing at batting no.3 he should give that chance to Thisara Perera and Thirimanne should give the chance to Kulasekara. Both Chandimal and Lahiru aren't good t20 players

  • dreamliner on December 11, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    It was 9 against 10 today as Usman was not utilised beyond his 1st over and so really only contributed to the game as a fielder. He could have been given an extra over but captains orders- as Pakistan won they should persist with him rest Tanvir for Anwar Ali or Junaid.

    I actually liked the way Hafeez kept Sri Lanka guessing about who'll bowl in the next over- it creates uncertainly in the minds of the batsmen and denies them the opportunity to develop a rhythm to play each other over.

    Now then batting line up: Ahmed, Sharjeel, Hafeez, Maqsood, Akmal, Afridi, Bhatti...lots of partnership potential. Too many starts only and not enough conversions(50+); can't blame openers who need to play their strokes in face of PP and new ball, and you can't blame late middle order because they have to ensure the run rate does not go beyond achievable. So I would say the batsmen playing at no 3 & 4 are key to setting up the chase after the first wicket falls. It kind of worked today. Amin out

  • likeintcricket on December 11, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    If you are keeping world T20 in your perspective than this Pak team isn't qualified for that. There are too many loop holes in both batting and bowling. They need to bring Junaid and Irfan in bowling and Misbah in batting. There is no one to play a solid inning in the middle and no one to carry the bowling. Honestly I think Sri lankans are better talented to win the T20 and I would bet on them to win the second T20.

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan

  • Usman_Jilani on December 11, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Awesome match and credit goes to both teams! Well done Pakistan and respect to Sri Lanka!

  • on December 11, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Good motivating win for Pak in 1st T20 and good entertainment by crowd. Well deserved win and Afridi showed that he's still a match winner!

    Poor performance from the opener Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez again playing a bad shot to get out LBW. Fridays game will be more exciting and hope Pak clinches the T20 series on Friday!

    Can't wait to watch the next game and as crowd will throng the beautiful stadium on Friday!

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Boom Boom did it, good batting by Afridi, hopefully the team can continue the momentum going forward.

  • shahnbej on December 11, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Today match was one man show. Hafiz should give some respect to youngsters. He was mad and upset when some youngster misfield and his self did big blunder. So it not fare, you're a captain and behaved like gentleman. One more thing you should bolled maximum 3 overs in t20 and give chances to main boilers. Today if you give one more over to us man it would be not worse than your last over and in that way we also get some idea about him. And I am 100% sure for next match he will be rested and Junaid will be in playing eleven, which is not fare with Usman.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    It was expected that the match will finish with tense. One point is remarkable that PAK took singles on regular basis in this match whereas they could not apply this against South Africa playing in Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

    I must say Sharjheel has shown real temperament as an opener, some of us would not agree with this but I saw his calmness, positive attitude & quite nice shot selection approach. Especially the straight bat & steering down to the third man with good control.

    Bowling was not up to the best mark today for sure as they did successfully against SA. Bilwal should come up with more aggressiveness, he seemed unfit today. Lets see what next waiting for PAK.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    I think nasir jamshed is still better than Sharjeel khan he was just playing for himself not for pakistan he scored 30 od runs on same number of balls why everyone was saying he is very clean striker of cricket ball idon, t think so

  • aztecs on December 11, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Good game, i hate winning against SL. Shame as it gives the Indian fans a dig at our brothers. Also love the way Saffas have shown who are the real number one odi side, fantastic.

  • abidurrehman on December 11, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Awesome Performane by BOOM BOOM, If he play with this maturity in 7 out of 10 matches then No one can stop PAKISTAN to become DON of cricket.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    any of new players who gona be playing under hafeez and misbah they gona play pathetic coz the strategy they have for them same they letting others to go for not to score at all just be at the crease nd in the end loose wickets nd the pressure is already mounted which they never come over thats the reason most of the matches pak loose

  • Riz000 on December 11, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    Afirdi & Hafeez can only score against week teams like Sl, Bangladesh Zim and Ireland what happens to so called Boom boom agaisnt likes of South africa? what happens to Hafeez agaisnt likes of styen? Pak fans need to wake up and see the reality haffez is no good to to Pakistan and its future talent look how he treated Usman? its time 2 say bye bye to hafeez a flat track bully agaisnt week teams who's got an avg of 28 in odi since 2003 unbelievable he is still in the team.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Heckle and Jeckle would not bother you for some time now Afridi.

    Usman looked real nervy. Brave from Pakistan to give him a chance. Should be groomed before getting another chance.

  • Fijicricket on December 11, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @ Madubashini on (December 11, 2013, 19:45 GMT- I can assure you no one in India bothers if SLanka or Pakistan wins or loses. Both are ranked well below to spark any interest in Indian fans

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    well done Pakistan. no team here had been over rated they were equally matched so it could have ended in favour of any1.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Excellent win by Men In Green. Congrats.

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    @hate.me....it makes me laugh when you say things as such...any sane cricket follower knows that 147 is below bar...a format thats ruled by batsmen...180's. And above have been overhauled...a target of 147 is by no means a thrashing...and i also asure u that even if sri lanka won today...i wouldnt mind because it was a good game...unlike team flat-pitch-only who get hammered and struggle to put bat on ball...

  • ICCexpert.... on December 11, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    poor captaincy by Hafeez, and why is Umar Amin in the team ?

  • AbdulRauf-99 on December 11, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Well done Pakistan And Shahid Afridi, Well played Mathews but the total apparently was not enough, Again well played Afridi although he should've had 2/20 but nevertheless a good all round performance, I am a bit disappointed by Hafeez as a captain to not let Usman Khan bowl even 2 overs, Nevertheless a really good cricket match to watch, And i won't be disappointed if Sri Lanka wins the second T20i as we are brothers in cricket :)

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    substandard umpiring but its wrong to criticize sharjeel he has supported the inning well

  • on December 11, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    great work afridi,thts thd sprite of great pathanz

  • Tariqroofi on December 11, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    I believe mzm149 has to realise the impact of 57 runs between Hafeez and Sharjeel....selfish inings...I believe it is lack of cricket sense otherwise all commentators were praising about his batting....I feel ashamed when people talk without looking at stats...who won u series against west indies ...umar akmal...who sent morkel in tatters by consecutive sixers ...umar akmal.....pls give confidence to the youngsters

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @madubashini don't worry about what indian fans are saying about SL or PAK, they don't see the latest version of their team lolx they chase 350+ on flat pitches but never touch 225 figure in SA. but good show by both teams in first t20i. well done team pak and afridi

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Like Sachin Tendulkar, just another overrated player from the subcontinent, who has had more than his fair share of chances due to popularity amongst fans

  • ICCexpert.... on December 11, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    why is Umar Amin in the team ?

  • Omar-Briganto on December 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    @ Walking Distractions , agree what you wrote Usman Khan deserved atleast one more over if not a full spell. I hope he plays the next game as-well and get the opportunity to show his real potential.

    Well done Pakistan though.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    afridi + consistency = no way out for the opponents

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Pakistan win t20 thanks to afridi save

  • ICCexpert.... on December 11, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    So playing Usman Khan was just like my father taking me into his company matches in my childhood where he let me play try balls and then gave me toffees to sit in a corner and enjoy the match while eating them..poor captaincy by Hafeez

  • CricketFan1967 on December 11, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Lucky for Usman Khan that Pakistan won; he will most likely be retained for the second match otherwise, PCB is known to finish bowlers' careers by just one bad over (and the single over by the poor chap was not the worst one). Usman may have been selected too early but once he has been selected, he should have been given a chance to bowl more overs. Also, the win will most likely hide the pathetic strategy of Captain to change the bowlers in round robin style without any reason.

  • ICCexpert.... on December 11, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    So playing Usman Khan was just like my father taking me into his company matches in my childhood where he let me play try balls and then gave me toffees to sit in a corner and enjoy the match while eating them..poor captaincy by Hafeez

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 11, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Well done PAK. From SaF fan. Most Balanced Bowling attack in the world at the moment. PS. We could've dispatched India 3-0 but unfortunately the gods couldn't take watching their poor cricket anymore and they were saved by rain.

  • t20cric on December 11, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    A great match today between equally matched sides. For most of the match it looked like the match could go anyone's way but Afridi fired today and that proved the difference for us today helping us win. When Pakistan lost the important wickets of Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez & Umar Akmal in quick succession and then from there on kept on losing wickets at key stages it looked like we might lose but Afridi thankfully didn't play any crazy shot today. Usman's debut went unnoticed cuz he only bowled 1 over I think he should have had more of a chance.

    My XI: 1.Sharjeel Khan, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Haris Sohail, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Bilawal Bhatti, 9.Junaid Khan/Sohail Tanvir, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Usman Shinwari

    Once again Amin gave a mediocre performance & no reason to persist with him if we have Haris Sohail in the squad.

  • Rifard_SL on December 11, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    It's an awesome piece of cricket..special credits for boom boom afridi.. And Sri Lanka too played exceptional cricket.. Did you giys miss something... Pakistan fans cheering sri lankan boundaries..and sri lankan Fans cheering Pakistan..Pakistan...!!! Amazing to watch such cricket folks.. Waiting for the next peice of cake..

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Lots of record and milestones.

    Waqar getting his fame Afridi now have 13 wickets, most from Pak against Lanka joint with Gul at 13. Most runs from Pakistan against Lanka, Afridi at 250 beating Malika t 228. Afridi 1st player to score 1000 with 50 plus wickets. Afridi got his 9th MOM, most in T20. Afridi got his 40th MOM in all formats, most by a Pakistani in all formats.

    Lastly, well played fellow Lankans :)

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    won the first t20 game against srilanka

  • zzby on December 11, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Yasir Ali and Muhammad Talha are better bowler in Pakistan domestic t20s.....

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @hate.me Mathews are star of ipl isn't it world knows pak has best bowling attack nd India has world class spinner Ishant sharma

  • ICCexpert.... on December 11, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    why the hell is Umar Amin given so many chances ??

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Mzm all are bad so pak can chose u to play are u on in senses Pakistan. Always Hv raw talent Shirjeel will be the good find

  • Aane_do on December 11, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    it was not a tense win....

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Come on Pakistan! Just one more win and we are at the top of the rankings. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • mzm149 on December 11, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Usman Khan's first over was not good. But he should have been given another one just to boost his confidence. He may not be suitable for International standards yet. But when you choose a bowler you cannot judge him on just one over. Was Hafeez expecting a wicket maiden over from him that after a 9 run over he completely ignored him. If he is a swing bowler, he should have been given the very first over of the game when ball swings the most.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    This is my piece for this game: A robust, unbeaten 39 from the experienced and exuberant Shahid Afridi engineered Pakistan to an exciting three-wicket win in the first T20 match against Sri Lanka on Wednesday at the neutral Venue, Dubai. The right-hander clobbered three effortless sixes and two fours in his 20-ball stay at the crease as his team surpassed Sri Lanka's challenging 145-5 with five balls remaining. Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka's top-scorer with an attacking 50 as ace spinner Saheed Ajmal and Sohail Tanvir picked up two wickets each. The two countries will clash again on Friday in the final game at the same ground.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Really Enjoyed Afridi Playing Today... I Wish And Pray He Keeps Doing This... And What In The World Is Umar Amin Doing In The Team..?? COME ON..!! Send Him Home Get Haris Sohail In.. And The Selectors Are Not Fair With Junaid Dropping Him Every Now And Again.. You Can't Do That To Your Current Best Bowler Please Get That In Your Mind Or Else You'll Spoil His Career... And Last But Not The Least.. Very Well Played Sri Lanka Lots Of Respect To You And All The Lankan Cricket Fans.. I, On Behalf Of Whole Pakistan Offer You Loads And Loads Of Respect For Your Response And Brotherly Behaviour... Hats Off To All You.. Love You All..!! :)

  • Cric_fever_forever on December 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    srilanka must be pulling there hair. making afridi come back in batting form. whats with afridi and his love for lanka bolwers?? i thought srilanka didnt posted good score creadit to pak bolwers as always. anyway good day for pak team although i just dont get it y usman was played when he bolwed just 1 over that was rubbish part of hafeez captincy i would pray he is played again coz he was never tested properly. best of luck to both teams for nxt game. cheers

  • BowledYa on December 11, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    I am not an Afridi fan as 90% of the times he plays senselessly. Today is an example of how many games he could have helped Pakistan win if he had played sensibly. With 14 runs to get in 14-15 balls it is foolish to go for risky big shots when all you need are safe singles and doubles - but who will convince Afridi to play smartly? Today he did and got the result, tomorrow he will be back to his old self. Yikes!

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    "He had been instrumental with his sharp, varied legspin as well, conceding only 20 from his five overs as Sri Lanka spluttered to 145 for 5.". Afridi didn't bowl five overs but only 4 overs. The maximum overs one can bowl in a T20 is four overs.

  • Shayaq on December 11, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    What Justifies Umar Amin's selection in the team?? Even Dinesh Kaneria was a better batsman than him...

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    He is simply awesome with both bat and ball keep going lala

  • BravesBattallionXI on December 11, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Commiserations to our Lankan brothers. It's alwz amazing to play against. Srilanka coz winning and losing doesn't matter but good cricket to watch for sure. What an amazing catch to get Shejzad out and Maling's deadly accurate slinga's are delight to watch. Am sure that Lankan lions will bounce back and a very good match on friday. Gud show by Afridi after a long time.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    welldone lala, great player

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Afridi is a great cricketer,We Sri Lankan Like him very much.

  • ICCexpert.... on December 11, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Hafeez was not feeling well before the match but he still played because he knows that he doesnt play Harris Sohial wll take his position. And also he showed worst captaincy by demoralising the youngsters Usman by giving him only one over, even a bowler like Steyn takes one or two overs to get into rythm. How would Usman be feeling after this game. Shame on hafeez

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    What i dont understand is the continued preference of selectors for Umar Amin. I think he has had his many chances. Haris Sohail deserves a chance.

    Moreoever what was disturbing today was Hafeez's prefernce for Usman Khan. The guy swung the bowled beautifully in the recently concluded domestic t20 hence his call to the team. If he is given a chance to play fot the team he should have bowled more. I love his action, seam position and bowl delivery. Hafeez should play a role of a memtor too besides a captain.

  • bouncer709 on December 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Excellent Afridi, You won't believe me Afridi batting average in T20 in Year 2013 is 42.75, do you believe ?... I also can't believe, and Afridi himself too won't believe this..but this is true... Congratulation Pakistan, Well played Sharjeel, and Sohaib though could not score big, but showed his class, once released pressure with wonderful boundary when both batsmen were new at the crease, and then hit a six when it was really required. Good show by Sharjeel and Hafeez. Umer Amin and Umer Akmal disappointing. Specially Umer Amin need to be dropped for Haris Sohail.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    well done .. Pakistan Zindabad...

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    If it is a tense win then what will be the easy win... Piece of cake for Afridi.....

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    well played both teams.... Mathew and Afridi were awsome.

  • on December 11, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    shahid confess can bat once a blue moon...... sharjeel is poor in fielding.... should work on his fitness....

  • wakaPAK on December 11, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Usman should have been given at least one more over, his ball was moving a bit and he'd pace. I was expecting him to bowl the 18th...

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    OK ! this was a win for Pakistan , and this match is done and dusted now , I suggest .. that from now Fast bawlers should be reduced and instead A spinner like Babar or another batsman , should be inserted in the team slot ... this was Pakistan will be able to win the 2nd ODI .........

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan! Well played Afridi, keep up the good work.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Afridi perfome with the Bat like that This is right way to shut the mouths of Hater Best of luck we Love you

  • Sports4Youth on December 11, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @ shahnbej : I agree. Once Hafeez chose to play the young fast bowler, then he should have given him atleast one more over to prove his worth. Because now the youngster will feel demoralised.

  • Teesra_googli on December 11, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    well played pakistan and same for Srilanka , both teams played well and the difference is shahid Afridi today i mean he really played well and used his brain after a long time , pakistan bowled very poorly at the end no Yorkers from Bhatti and Tanveer and methew played a good knock he was lucky early on against Afridi he was plumb, all in all a good match where we saw the salinga malinga the mandis ,ajmal and afridi bowling and last but not the least the catch of the year woow that was a beauty one the best Best wishes for both the team ,

  • Sports4Youth on December 11, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Congratulations to Shahid Khan Afridi for another record. Now Afridi is the first man in the history of T20I to have more than 50 wickets and a 1000 runs.

    By the time BOOM-BOOM retires his name will be there in all sorts of records in the limited overs formats. Eventually this record will be broken because T20I started just 5 years ago and the younger players will get to play this format for a longer period of time (ie. more games), But till then he is the first one to be there.

  • mzm149 on December 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Umpiring today was very sub standard. Hafeez became victim once again. Afridi was denied one wicket too. Unlucky dismissal for Umar Akmal. Sharjeel Khan threw away his wicket after a very selfish innings of run a ball in t20. He was clearly playing for cementing his spot. He has poor batting technique which will become more obvious in future games. Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin should not take their place for granted in the team. They will have to deliver to remain in the team. Afridi once again played well against his favorite opponents.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    congrats team pak inshallah 2-0 on 13 december 2013.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    pakistan zindabad

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    unjust with usman khan , why hafeez !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    pakistan got best bowling attack

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Boom Boom shines. Better give him rest in the next matches just to save him 4 the World Cup.

  • ispaewbi on December 11, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Afridi is still a match winner if he plays sensibly, which unfortunately has become a rare sight.

  • Tweety20 on December 11, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    good chase pak....u won. SL played well too but needed more runs......don't worry prepare well for the next match. For the Indian fans who are gonna make fun of SL due to this loss,I suggest you worry about your team performance,they were saved by the rain 2day,no offence. And no team here had been over rated they were equally matched so it could have ended in favour of any1.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Its Boom Boom's day..!!

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    When Haris sohail will pick in playing 11 .

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Hafeez showed today that he was not happy with rhe selection of Usman Khan.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    congrats Karachi, congrats Pakistan

  • Zahidsaltin on December 11, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Umar Amin is NOT a T20 player, he can't play big shots before at least he has played some 10 overs. For God sake take him out. Enough is enough. The boy doesn't desrve to be in any format but is being pushed up the lader by the backers. Secondly, why did you include Usman for a single over. He might have had nerves in his first over but he needed an other over to build the confidence. Thirdly, our uper order needs to score a bit faster so that you don't build the asking rate upwards, Afridi won't make it every time and there is no other big hitter.

  • likeintcricket on December 11, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I think it is time for Pakistan not to try too many new things before T20. Misbah, Junaid and Irfan should be in the team or else they will find themselves in trouble. Chasing is a very big problem for them and they need to find someone to guide them through. They survived this match but they might end up loosing in the second one if they maintain same approach. Yeah, Bring in Misbah and play their best 11.

  • Solid_Snake on December 11, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Afridi..You Beauty :) Today Afridi was a different Afridi..Ball was coming onto his bat nicely & kept on hitting hard.Result..He won the match single handedly..Mt Hafeez our Captain almost given this match to SL by dropping a crucial catch..That catch cost Pakistan 20-30 more runs.Today it was Afridi who did the job.What'll happen tomorrow when another catch is dropped? And what's up with Umer Amin..I man come on..How many more chances will he get.He is tried and tested Failure.Are selectors really blind.Select someone else who would atleast score 10-20 runs.Amin can't even get past 10 runs.What good is he.

  • TMuhammad on December 11, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Once again Karachi Guys did it Shahid Afridi and Sharjeel Khan.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    well played team pakistan

  • yorkslanka on December 11, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    congratulations to our Pakistani brothers on a good win today, the difference between the teams today was Afridi..A very controlled innings from him using all his experience. Shame we couldnt win but as i said before the series, we dont mind if we lose to Pakistan. Hopefully we can come back in the next match and level the series. Good innings from from Mathews and interesting to see that it was our youngsters who scored today.. @cricindia208- you're right, it was a poor score, but it was only one less than your boys scored in 35 overs in your last outing so was it that bad?

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on December 11, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Welldone Pakistan...........Boom Boom ........ Afridi blitz came at good time.

  • mzm149 on December 11, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Umpiring today was very sub standard. Hafeez became victim once again. Afridi was denied one wicket too. Unlucky dismissal for Umar Akmal. Sharjeel Khan threw away his wicket after a very selfish innings of run a ball in t20. He was clearly playing for cementing his spot. He has poor batting technique which will become more obvious in future games. Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal should not take their place for granted in the team. They will have to deliver to remain in the team. Afridi once again played well against his favorite opponents.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Well played by Pakistan.

    If usman is not bowling then select anwar ali. and haris inplace of umar amin. we need more batting.

    Sharjeel played well for his innings but little bit disappointment to see how he got out. Its the problem with pak batsmen . They get starts but just dont make them count. Hafeez and sharjeel got good partnership but fell on wrong time.

    The find of Bhatti and Anwar ali give pakistan more depth in batting. Anwar ali should work on his bowling and be given more chances. we need players who can bat a bit in the tail.

    Well played by Afridi. His innings was due for long now. And finally it came today. And played sensibly. taking singles... Not seen him playing this sensibly for many games. 1st man to 1000+ runs & 50+ wickets.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Equation is still in control just need to drag it till last over and play sensibly. Afridi playing good today.

  • laho111 on December 11, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    How many chances will give to umer amin. Anwer Ali should be there with junaid khan Usman Khan is good but early for him to play. There is no place of sohail tanveer.

  • on December 11, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Usman should not have been in playing 11 for todays game. He landed today morning and if you are not going to give him bowling then no point to play him. Others were also bit expensive today so usman should have been given more overs.

    Haris sohail should be better option than Umar amin,. Good little partnership by Hafeez and sharjeel. both got starts but gave away.

    Disappointing dismissal by sharjeel. There was no need to give away. Need to learn the importance of his wicket.

    Umar akmal, amin both fell cheaply. Depends a lot on maqsood.

  • shahnbej on December 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    I don't know why Hafez did not give second try to Usman? It's shame. It's obvious that anyone get nervous for first try.

  • SaadRocx on December 11, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    So Youngster Usman Khan 19 year Old was Being Brought in the team just to bowl 1 over in his Debut? Wow! Classy Captaincy from Hafeez! Even the Best of Bests Bowlers in the World require an Over or Two to adjust their line and Lengths! Utterly Stupid...

  • CricIndia208 on December 11, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Poor score, Pakistan will easily overhaul this score of 145. Anyway Sri Lanka hardly has any bowlers. LOL!

  • on December 11, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I don't why the put USMAN KHAN in the team...just for one over???

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    supeerb effort from srilanka...they should win this easily with their attacking bowlers....good luck srilanka

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    This Wasn't a Good Decision To Ball First They Had To Bat When Everybody Knows They Have a Good Bolling Attact Which Can Defend Any Total That too on Their Home Ground.

  • Blade-Runner on December 11, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Its a crime how they use Thisara's talents. He has a strike rate of 154.00+ in T20s. Yet, he gets to play only 2 balls. Chandimal, Pls step down from the captaincy and let a real T20 batsman a chance.

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    If Sri Lanka post 150 on the board it may well prove too much for the boys in green. Keep your fingers crossed

  • Hate.ME on December 11, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    "Best Bowling Attack" being hammered by an average batsman Matthews ? Man !

  • asim229 on December 11, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    What was the reason of playing Usman Khan if they dont want him to bowl his full quota.The captains like hafeez and misbah are expert in shattering the confidence of the youngster rather than giving him confidence.If it was Imran khan or any other good captain he would have let Usman bowl his full quota and would have tell him to bowl fast without pressure of conceding runs.Thats how the youngsters are developed which skill unfortunately our current captains are missing.

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    So our captain exceeding expectations again. Scoring 22 which is 9 more than his career average and scoring at a breathtaking SR of 100 which is again 9 more than his career SR. WHAT A PLAYA.

  • syednaseer on December 11, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    I think usman khan was underprsher

  • syednaseer on December 11, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    I think usman khan was underprsher

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    So our captain exceeding expectations again. Scoring 22 which is 9 more than his career average and scoring at a breathtaking SR of 100 which is again 9 more than his career SR. WHAT A PLAYA.

  • asim229 on December 11, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    What was the reason of playing Usman Khan if they dont want him to bowl his full quota.The captains like hafeez and misbah are expert in shattering the confidence of the youngster rather than giving him confidence.If it was Imran khan or any other good captain he would have let Usman bowl his full quota and would have tell him to bowl fast without pressure of conceding runs.Thats how the youngsters are developed which skill unfortunately our current captains are missing.

  • Hate.ME on December 11, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    "Best Bowling Attack" being hammered by an average batsman Matthews ? Man !

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    If Sri Lanka post 150 on the board it may well prove too much for the boys in green. Keep your fingers crossed

  • Blade-Runner on December 11, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Its a crime how they use Thisara's talents. He has a strike rate of 154.00+ in T20s. Yet, he gets to play only 2 balls. Chandimal, Pls step down from the captaincy and let a real T20 batsman a chance.

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    This Wasn't a Good Decision To Ball First They Had To Bat When Everybody Knows They Have a Good Bolling Attact Which Can Defend Any Total That too on Their Home Ground.

  • on December 11, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    supeerb effort from srilanka...they should win this easily with their attacking bowlers....good luck srilanka

  • on December 11, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    I don't why the put USMAN KHAN in the team...just for one over???

  • CricIndia208 on December 11, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Poor score, Pakistan will easily overhaul this score of 145. Anyway Sri Lanka hardly has any bowlers. LOL!