Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Dubai December 12, 2013

Pakistan's shot at No. 1 ranking

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Match facts

Friday, December 13, 2013
Start time 2000 local (1600 GMT)

Big Picture

Mohammad Hafeez had been confident his side would head into the tour with more momentum, and Pakistan's victory in the first Twenty20 proved him correct. Pakistan's senior bowlers were sharp, quick-witted and collected, and their batsmen unruffled, as they chased 146 with five balls to spare. Sri Lanka may be the top-ranked Twenty20 side for now, but Pakistan were clearly the better-drilled and more fluent outfit, after their tough series against South Africa.

Pakistan will also take pleasure in the versatility of their XI from the first match. Left-arm seamer Usman Khan had debuted as a frontline bowler on Wednesday, but after a wayward first over, he was not required to bowl any more, as the spin-bowling allrounders delivered their quotas cheaply. Similarly, 22-year-old Bilawal Bhatti produced a crucial 10 runs from No. 8, providing support to Shahid Afridi, who was in danger of running out of capable partners. Hafeez has spoken repeatedly of blooding players for the World Twenty20 in March, and packing your side with high-impact allrounders is not a bad ploy in the shortest format. 


It does not help Sri Lanka that their best player of spin - Mahela Jayawardene - is on paternal leave, but Wednesday's match also served to highlight an emerging trend in the side: the youngsters' aversion to facing slow-bowling in limited-overs cricket. Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal are all more comfortable against the quicks, and they have yet to develop the ability to rotate the strike efficiently when they face high-quality spin. Mathews overcame his deficiency by pulling off several big shots, but Saeed Ajmal and Afridi will be encouraged by the number of dot balls they bowled at Sri Lanka's batsmen.

Pakistan's side remains an inexperienced one, however, and as such their performance is unpredictable. If dew arrives in the second half of the match, as it did on Wednesday, the toss may also play an important role in the outcome.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: LWWLL
Pakistan: WWWLL



In the spotlight

After the first match Shahid Afridi said he had focused on his bowling for the second half of his career, but admitted that consistent returns with the bat would have made him a more valuable asset for Pakistan. Afridi's innings are often decided by his own mindset. Occasionally he plays sensible knocks that harness his immense talent, but often he is ruled by carelessness, as he attempts low-percentage shots early in his innings. He has tormented Sri Lanka with the bat before, on international debut, and in the 2009 World Twenty20 final, and another good turn might push Pakistan to a series win.

Dinesh Chandimal made his first score over 15 in two years, on Wednesday. How unfortunate for him that the statistic is even worthy of mention. He arrived in 2011 as one of Sri Lanka's brightest, most ebullient talents, but he has faded rapidly in 2013, particularly after being saddled with the Twenty20 captaincy. He will have another chance to bat in the top four again, and if he can play a significant innings, he may help allay fears that he will be a non-contributing captain in the next World Twenty20.

Team news

Bilawal Bhatti finished with acceptable figures despite having bowled the most expensive over in the first match, and he is likely to retain his place in the side, particularly if Pakistan stick with their plan to blood youngsters. Sohaib Maqsood only made 13 but he may also remain in the team for the same reason.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Umar Amin, 8 Bilawal Bhatti , 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Usman Khan/Junaid Khan

Before the series, Sri Lanka had suggested they would like to trial at least one of the rookie spin-bowling allrounders they have brought on tour, and there is a chance they will do so in this match. Lahiru Thirimanne would be the most likely player to make way for either Ramith Rambukwella or Seekkuge Prasanna.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne/Ramith Rambukwella/Seekkuge Prasanna 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Stats and trivia

  • If Pakistan win this match, they become the No. 1 ranked Twenty20 side in the world, sending Sri Lanka to second alongside India and South Africa.

  • Dinesh Chandimal has only one score above 30, in 17 Twenty20 innings

Quotes

"In the last four-five years, I've been focusing on my bowling. But I know how important my batting is for us, and I have to thank Mohammad Hafeez, who keeps saying, "You're still the best. Keeep going and play your natural game."
Shahid Afridi

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

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  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | December 13, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I hope the youngsters like Sharjee, Bilawal, Usman & Maqsood do well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Hafeez should give full chance to Usman Shinwari to know for sure that what caliber does he posses..... I am waiting anxiously..to see him going...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 13, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Pakistan play will full strength to won this series with 2-0. Pakistan will become number one team in t20.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | December 13, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    If its a draw we will all be screaming for a 3rd match on Sunday.

    I cant understand why they play the shortest format only two matches.

    Its a blessing for Pak if they win and a curse because everything will be seen as normal when it fact it isnt. I dont know what to hope for but a win is a win I suppose.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | December 13, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    think rambukwella should play tdy instead of senanayake or mendis .. Also thissara perera should come 2 or 3 down ..he needs about 5- 6 overs to bat , especially in a 20 over game to get some runs.. we need to rotate strike with the spinners and get 6- 8 runs an over from them , singles and a few 2s , if we cannot get 4s .. Also we may want to open bowling with a spinner - either dilshan or senanayake or rambukwella we have to play to our strengths tdy in a must win game .. Good luck

  • POSTED BY Abid43 on | December 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Good Luck Team Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal should bat No-4 If he bat No-4 he can bat really good Even CB series he was bat really good.

  • POSTED BY C0l0mb0 on | December 13, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Stats and trivia Dinesh Chandimal has only one score above 30, in 17 Twenty20 innings.

    Says all about where SL Cricket heading.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @mzm149: Agreed with the rotation policy. but it should be sensible. at least a wonderful player should not be dropped in most matches. rested for some rather than playing for some. A player plays to learn and get polished on path of greatness. from good to great. I have not seen a player rest and prosper!

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | December 13, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I agree with the word on the street, Haris Sohail instead of Umar Amin. Junaid Khan instead of Sohail Tanvir. And if they play Usman Khan then let him play. ; )

    Hafeez at nr 3 - should we laugh or cry? Make Afridi the captain so Hafeez can be ODI captain, playing them both at the same time is too much!

    Ahmed Shehzad is not an opener? Ok player though.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | December 13, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I hope the youngsters like Sharjee, Bilawal, Usman & Maqsood do well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    Hafeez should give full chance to Usman Shinwari to know for sure that what caliber does he posses..... I am waiting anxiously..to see him going...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 13, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Pakistan play will full strength to won this series with 2-0. Pakistan will become number one team in t20.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | December 13, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    If its a draw we will all be screaming for a 3rd match on Sunday.

    I cant understand why they play the shortest format only two matches.

    Its a blessing for Pak if they win and a curse because everything will be seen as normal when it fact it isnt. I dont know what to hope for but a win is a win I suppose.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | December 13, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    think rambukwella should play tdy instead of senanayake or mendis .. Also thissara perera should come 2 or 3 down ..he needs about 5- 6 overs to bat , especially in a 20 over game to get some runs.. we need to rotate strike with the spinners and get 6- 8 runs an over from them , singles and a few 2s , if we cannot get 4s .. Also we may want to open bowling with a spinner - either dilshan or senanayake or rambukwella we have to play to our strengths tdy in a must win game .. Good luck

  • POSTED BY Abid43 on | December 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Good Luck Team Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal should bat No-4 If he bat No-4 he can bat really good Even CB series he was bat really good.

  • POSTED BY C0l0mb0 on | December 13, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Stats and trivia Dinesh Chandimal has only one score above 30, in 17 Twenty20 innings.

    Says all about where SL Cricket heading.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    @mzm149: Agreed with the rotation policy. but it should be sensible. at least a wonderful player should not be dropped in most matches. rested for some rather than playing for some. A player plays to learn and get polished on path of greatness. from good to great. I have not seen a player rest and prosper!

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | December 13, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I agree with the word on the street, Haris Sohail instead of Umar Amin. Junaid Khan instead of Sohail Tanvir. And if they play Usman Khan then let him play. ; )

    Hafeez at nr 3 - should we laugh or cry? Make Afridi the captain so Hafeez can be ODI captain, playing them both at the same time is too much!

    Ahmed Shehzad is not an opener? Ok player though.

  • POSTED BY bravetigersmustwin on | December 13, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Afridi has been my favourite even when he is playing against India. I simply could not imagine if he has good shot selection. He is truely a destroyer as a batsmen. Salute to the warrior.

  • POSTED BY bornon22november on | December 13, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Pakistan team will reman below the scratch, not matter how hard they try for a resurgence. The exit of some of their key players like Inzamam Ul Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Abdur Razzaq etc has disturbed the balance of the side- an issue they still have. They may boast of a few youngsters like Naseer Jamshed, Umar Akmal, but the bitter truth is that they're still light years away from the ex-cricketers who have retired from international cricket. It is good to see a few youngsters making their presence felt with their performances in bits and pieces. Shahid Afridi is no more a youngster now. However, he still has a big role to play in the next couple of years as he is the most experienced player in the side. It would be interesting to see how soon the Pakistani team get themselves out of the spot of bother which they're in.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Today's match has got immense importance for both the Asian giants in two ways. The first one is that if Pak wins then they would find them on the T20's throne which they will expect to have till the commencement of T20 WC. This will bring immense confidence to the team's players. The same can be said for the SL team. The second thing is also very important for both that by unleashing youngsters with seniors will help them determining the final XI for the mega event. Both Pak and SL should encourage and give more opportunities to the young blood even if they fail in one or two matches. Their inclusion in the team is the testimony of their talent and dedication. They also shouldn't take it for granted in the long run as well. Traditionally Pak and SL have very rich resources of producing some awesome bowlers predominantly. The former is producing fast while the latter spin bowlers which the ratio which is quite wonderful as well as encouraging for the world cricket!!! Bravo Pak & SL!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Best of luck team green... Hope u will win today's match as well... Sri lankans doesn't look to be much threatening as they used to be

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | December 13, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Hafeez doent deserve no3 position, its Sohaib Maqsood who should be battign there. Harris should play instead of Amin adn Juniad instead of Tanvir

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal has only 1 score above 30, in 17 Twenty20 innings. i don't understand what is the selection commitee is thinking about him..

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | December 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @ Majid Saleem: I think it is a wise decision to leave Junaid Khan out in t20s. He is a valuable player for ODIs and tests. If we play him in each and every game, he might get long term injury like Irfan. We should learn from South Africa who use their bowlers very wisely and consequently their bowlers are less injury prone.

  • POSTED BY Ashfaq1971 on | December 13, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    I wish some of you would back of Umar Amin. The poor chap has not been give an extended run in the team. How is he a failure according to some of you i will never understand. He has been coming in at 5-6-7 and most of the time when the game has already been lost. The tail has not wagged for him to have any confidence to play his own game. Every time he has been playing under pressure of his place. The real failures are Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Tanvir and Afridi. Guys who have been long enough to be doing better with the bat. I can't understand all the whiners going on about Malik and Razzaq not being in the squads. They have been finished for a good 2-3 years if not longer!! Groom Hammad Azam and give him playing time not bench warming duties like they have on 3-4 tours.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    It does not make me any sense... WHY Junaid Khan does not play in all formats? Even after greatly proving in 2nd ODI against SA(match and series winning spell) under immense pressure!

  • POSTED BY Saqtab on | December 13, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Bring Haris Sohail instead of Umar Amin. Sohaib should come after Hafeez. Good Balanced side and capable to beat any team in the world. Considering that the country is deprived of playing in home conditions, great achievement to compete for No. 1 Spot. Good Luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Send Tisara Perera before Chandimal, Thirimanna and Mathew. Let the guy swing the bat and score some runs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    I think haris sohai should b given a chance,instead of umer amin,he is not mently strong yet,umer amin has given so many chances.Why sohail tanvir is giving so many chanches,Drop him,n give a chance to Anwer ali.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Pakistan is unpredictable

  • POSTED BY Alikhan.dxb on | December 13, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    PCB should take notice .......... why Hafeez and Misbah keep juniad keep outside on bench.......................

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | December 13, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Usman has to play and bowl his full quota of 4 overs up front. Harris should replace Amin. And Sohaib is a no 3 batsman. Hafeez doesnt deserve to be a 3, he should come at 6.He should play as a bowling alrounder just like Afridi.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | December 13, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Good to drop Amin. He is a total failure. Would have loved to see Hammad, Talha and Usman in the team though.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal made his first score over 15 in two years, on Wednesday. How unfortunate for him that the statistic is even worthy of mention. He arrived in 2011 as one of Sri Lanka's brightest, most ebullient talents, but he has faded rapidly in 2013, particularly after being saddled with the Twenty20 captaincy. He will have another chance to bat in the top four again, and if he can play a significant innings, he may help allay fears that he will be a non-contributing captain in the next World Twenty20.

  • POSTED BY Nabeel.niazi on | December 13, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I don't understand why Hafeez and Misbah have stuck with Tanvir? He is an ordinary bowler and never an allrounder. Why junaid is sitting out? It's too early for usman, better be Talha as he is speedy.

  • POSTED BY AdilKhans on | December 13, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    Pakistan selectors doesn't seems to have an eye for talent, Usman khan just performed in a single t20 match and they got impressed whereas likes of mohammad talha and sadaf hussain are getting ignored repeatedly. Let me tell u sadaf is that kind of a bowler who is miserly in his spell and bowls to take wickets. He will be a real boost in test matches in the absence of mohd irfan, today he took 8 for 50 in the ongoing president trophy which tells about his potential and if selectors still can't spot talent like him then they are really hopeless IMO.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Good to see new faces in Pakistan team but am yet to understand why is umar amin in the playing 11................

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Muhammad Hafeez did very wrong in the last game... Usman Khan was specially called for T20 2 matches and you bowled him Just ONE over

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Pakistan is unpredictable, But never unpredictable against SL ever. But the recent series with SA, Pakistan team is never learning.

    This unpredictable quote can be happen.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Good Luck for both teams as a sri Lankan Fan i should support my team but i like to support both teams due to friendly Foe

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 13, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @lankanforever. yes dear bro. i m agree with u. some people by pakistsni and srilankan names are trying to devide the fans which always supporting from their hearts and souls. but as you guys know same we know thst and our reltionship and frienddhip will never be breaked. for me soulely the first choive is pakistan but if drilsnka wins we feel happy as our second home team have won the match. gudluck for both teams.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | December 13, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    we shouldnot worry much about the t-20.i am sure srilanka will dominate the series from dec 18 wen odi n tests starts.the win in t-20s may be bad for us once the tournament progresses.i still cant forget the series with australia in our home where we went on to win the two t-20 with ease but later found out big time once the odi n tests started.thats the result of complacency from the victory of winning t-20 i guess .watever happens today we should strictly focus on odi n tests without reading too much from this t-20 even if we win today.

  • POSTED BY sajid742 on | December 13, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    @Otuwa You remember Kusal decision but forgot to mention Methews plum lbw by Afridi who ultimately scored 50

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 13, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka and Pakistan ..

  • POSTED BY Lankanforever on | December 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Chill up people. In cricket world SL and PAK are the best friends. Do we need this banter of whose better than who? Both teams have great players and most fans accept this. Even though some guys hidden in Pakisthani names and SL names trying to put fire to our friendship we still will be friends after this tournament. So watch the game admire the players as we always used to do. :D

  • POSTED BY Dr.Lakson on | December 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Looking forward to a good match. No 1 spot may be at stake but I hope the cricketers will give their best and enjoy the game!. Talking about Mathews LB... looked out but there were so many other LB decisions in the Pakistani innings that looked out!

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Way to go yorkslanka. Rightly said. It doesn't matter who wins as long as the Pak-Srilanka Friendship wins and will always win. I am Pakistani and big fan of Srilanka cricketers especially Dilshan, Sangakara, Jaywardene, Rana tunga, Jayasuria. They are all great players and I truly respect Lankan cricketers and Srilankan Nation. Love you all.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I think as U. Amin has lost in place in the ODI, Haris Sohail will finally get his chance in this game. Hafeez was talking to experiment with different players anyway. Regarding the SL team, which has always been like our brothers, I don't think Chandimal is the right guy to lead them. He doesn't even justify his own selection in the team, let alone the captaincy. He would have though, if there wasn't any Sanga or Thirimanne in the team. Out of these 3, I think Sanga should be there (as always. He is a legend!) While these two should either be dropped or be asked to modify their gameplay a bit.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Your probable playing 11 is generally wrong.. Heres the correct one for you..

    (probable): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Haris Sohail, 8 Bilawal Bhatti , 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Usman Khan/Junaid Khan

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | December 13, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    @ JPNana : Oh come on, you cant be going on and on about these three as the top run scorers in all time T20 etc etc. The reality my dear friend is that they are simply not good enough to qualify for a IPL 11 let alone any Int'l team except SL.

    If the Matthews LBW can be reviewed SL wud have struggled to reach even a respectable total with those top runscorers. I believe the T20 trankings is ours to loose from here.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | December 13, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Harris Sohail in, Umar Amin out.

  • POSTED BY aliasad106 on | December 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Dilshan palys well against other teams but what happens to him against Pakistan ? Why can't he play well against Pak bowling ?

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka are a world class team,there is no doubt about that, being a pakistani and a fan of sri lankan cricket team as well, i am a bit disappointed by Kulesekra's bowling. he is one of my favorite bowlers .... i think he need to show his class. hoping for a tight match today. good luck Pak and Lanka. :)

  • POSTED BY slaughterofsoul on | December 13, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Though i am a supporter of Pakistan but I love SL too...so i would want Pak team to loose this game and let SL keep the 1st position as i personally think they deserve that position more then Pak does..they are more experinced and consistent then Pak team....GoodLuck SL

  • POSTED BY SWINGKINGPIN on | December 13, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @JPNana. Dude , you are spending way too much time on stats - Get a life !! Getting averages that they achieved on their home grounds is nothing compared to Pakistan getting them all abroad and - half of them on the most pacy tracks of SA rather than dust bowls of SL. Regardless the moment to show these flat-track run-getters are any better , is now ! Try and win this ODI series - I dare you :)

  • POSTED BY justshmad on | December 13, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Both teams are best in this format so everybody here should remember enjoying cricket instead of comparing and boosting of their players..... Pak and S.Lanka Roxxxxx :)

  • POSTED BY azisajid on | December 13, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @-otuwa- for your kind knowledge afrid's blue moon performance always comes against lankans. and your side is of not more than 120 side against our bowling unit. as this was evident in last match. if afridi could have got mathews which was plumb then again your side was not able to reach even 120. So forgot to dream no.1 position anymore, because we are the only team who have played semi finals of all t20 w.cups.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 13, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Haiderpakawsome... my stats based on this year 2013 not 2009 or past..

    Here's the first fact for you (2013).., Misbah is the 2nd Highest run getter in this year in ODI's, yes you are right. but he scored 1223 runs in 29 games. WHILE SANGA SCORED 1033 RUNS IN JUST 18 GAMES WITH THE AVERAGE OF 93.91.(Highest Average this year) Misbah has played 11 games more than Sanga. got it?

    Now here's the 2nd Fact for you (2013) in T20's Ahmed Shezad and Mohammed Hafeezs has played 11 matches this year so far, with the respective averages of 33.90 and 39.50.

    Both Dilshan and Sanga has just played only 6 T20 games and 4 T20 games (Bold it) respectively so far this year, but with the averages of 42.75 and 69.50 (Bold it again)

    Clearly look at the number of games they played and their averages. secondly if you take T20's alone overall top run scorers are Mcculum in 1st spot, Mahela Jayawardana in 2nd spot, TM Dilshan in 3rd spot, Sanga in 6th spot.

    so are they not T20 players?

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 13, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    To my Sri Lankan commenters: do not forget that Pakistan is our our cricketing brother lets not allow particular indian "fans" on here to cause us to argue with Pakistanis by inciting the conversations...keep the conversations focused on the matches and we should always remain good friends with our brothers from Pakistan as they are the ones we can rely on..cric would be nice if you publish this(this time) We need to get Thisara higher up the batting order and allow him time to bat. For me Chandimal is not a captain and should be Mathews with Chandimal as VC to learn.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Shahid Afridi finally played responsibly for his national Team not for the gallery. He has thus avoided a shameful exit from the cricket scene. Pakistan fought well because SRI LANKA is a world class team. The soccer style goaly catch of Shahzad by a Srilankan fielder will always be remembered in the annals of cricket history. Hafiz and shehzad played well. Umar Akmal dismissal was unfortunate. Good luck Pakistan in this tour.

  • POSTED BY Habi on | December 13, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Can anybody pls. inform which channel is telecasting this PAK V/s SL series in BD, India

  • POSTED BY Falew on | December 13, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    SandipManjrekar-What is the hell you're talking about?You said that SL avoid test matches and play only t20 match.Huh then i will say please check the stats before commenting here since SL have played just 23 matches in 2013 meanwhile Pakistan have played 39 t20 matches in this period.Number of matches SL have played is too low compared to other countries.Sorry to say that your blind logic failed.And then you were talking about our t20 ranking.You're not deserve to talking about home tracks.Just because your ODI ranking heavily depend on your home track performance.Otherwise your ranking would be 7th or 8th.You were talking as you're much superior out of the home.LOLZZ. :P

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | December 13, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Pak will win easily if they play their best bowling unit. Junaid khan should play, He is our best bowler. And Anwar ali should play inplace of umar amin. Although SL doesn't have any chance even if we play the same team. Against our bowling unit they luckily got to 145 the other day. After looking at their batsmen's recent performances and career SR and averages they will have to play out of their skins to score 135 which we will chase easily against wayward malinga and spinners kulasekra and matthews. No. 1 ranking here we come.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | December 13, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    @JPNana, again I want to repeat that today's match is being played in 2013 and not in 2009 or past. So I you really want to compare the records then talk about current year. Both Sanga and Dilshan strike rate are also much lower than that of Hafeez and Shehzad. @Hassan Ali, Not sure where I went wrong. I was only praising the agressive performance of the team. Is there any wrong in showing praising your own team?

  • POSTED BY Falew on | December 13, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling attack can be dangerous for others but not for Srilankans.We have seen many times Ajmal was caned by Dilshan and Sanga's hands.Ajmal's magic is not a tough thing for we Srilankans.Ajmal's bowling is a punching bag for our batsmen.Our batsmen scored 50+ runs for last 4 overs in last match without any effort.Unfortunately Kusal got out due to umpire's wrong decision.

    Actually Pakistan batting line up is the most inconsistent batting line up in the world right now.We all know Afridi performs once in a blue moon.So it's a cake walk for we Srilankans.Sorry Pakistanis t20 1st place is ours.Not yours. ;)

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 13, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Haiderpakawsome... Ahmed Shezad and Mohammed Hafeezs has played 11 matches this year so far, with the respective averages of 33.90 and 39.50.

    Both Dilshan and Sanga has just played only 6 T20 games and 4 T20 games respectively so far this year, but with the averages of 42.75 and 69.50. so what does it tell you.?

    it is not only about who scored most, but what is important is how many games they played at what average, and your ideology Sanga and Dili are not T20 type players just fade away. first thing first, have a respect for us, then you will have it from us. i always admired Pakistan Cricket team, even after we were attacked there. and it won't hurt by one Pakistan fan, who commenting in this section without a logic

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | December 13, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Lions become cup of tea when comes in front of Pakistan & this tour is no exception for SL. They became no.1 just because of Last T 20 world cup held in their own den. In addition to that all countries prefer to play T 20 format in premier leagues only as compare to international T 20 but SL doing exactly opposite to them by playing only T 20 format in both international & domestic premier league events avoiding Test cricket totally. Hence they don't deserve to be in top 6 of T 20 ranking but some how they are presently top of the ranking. On the other hand Pakistan deserve to be on top & I hope they will do in style with LALA's magic would please fans once again.

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | December 13, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Usman Khan should get more over than part timer Hafiz. Hafiz should respect youngsters because they are our future team. Maqsood should bat at number 3 . He scored more run at that position, so please don't mess with his batting order. Thanks

  • POSTED BY cricket.kudos on | December 13, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @MShariq you my brother along with everyone trying to have a dig at Afridi obviously has no regard for records rather you would go for what looks good to the eye - in the last ten years 2004 - 2013 Afridi has taken almost 239 odd one day wickets at an ave of around 33 and an economy of 4.75 that by all standards is good if not great considering that in the same period he has played some good innings for Pakistan including the twin centuries in the asia cup 2010 against sri lanka and bangladesh - his 73 against SA in SA this year - the second fastest hundred against India in 2005 the list will include his feats helping Pakistan win the Asia cup in 2012 when everyone sluttered in the final - why are people after his head - is it because he is able to achieve something that most of us just dream off? - give the guy a break he is a freak of nature - an entertainer - let the world enjoy it - there will never be another Afridi nor another Sehwag the flamboyance these guys have is unmatched

  • POSTED BY salman7246 on | December 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Pak Eleven Should be 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Haris Sohail , 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 8 Bilawal Bhatti , 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Usman Khan

    Hafeez should bat down the order to provide more depth in batting. He may rediscover himself there like Gilchrist did. Openers should be given open license to go after the bowling. If one falls, Afridi should be sebt one down. If it pays off, Pakistan crosses the line. If it doesn't, there would still be 5 recognized batsmen to come under him.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    come on lions !!!!! we are the number 01 team in t20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Connecters on | December 13, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Batting order for 2nd T20:- 1 Shehzad, 2 Sharjeel, 3 Hafeez , 4 Sohaib, 5 Umar, 6 Shahid, 7 Haris, 8 Bilawal, 9 Junaid, 10 Saeed, 11 Usman

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 13, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Haiderpakawsome.. Buddy You are talking about Highest run scorers in T20's in this year, while im talking about Most run getters in T20 format since it begin. not to mention SL played less T20 games than Pakistan this year.

    And you talked about Misbah is the 2nd Highest run getter in this year, yes you are right. but he scored 1223 runs in 29 games. WHILE SANGA SCORED 1033 RUNS IN JUST 18 GAMES WITH THE AVERAGE OF 93.91.

    @Hasan ALi.. i am aware of that buddy, but need to answer one when someone is in a dream world.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Chandimal should show colours by today's match. Otherwise there should be a change about the captaincy. Pakistan team also very good team and having experienced players like Afridi..

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @JPNana Sorry about whatever mr Haiderpakawsome said about sanga and dilshan, i personally fell sanga better player than dhoni and talking about dilshan in wt20 09 two best players were dilshan and afridi and both are there in the team, it it wasnt for the good catch by shehzad, dilshan could've done a lot damage same happened to shehzad but in more brilliant manner.

    and as far as haiderpkawesome is concerned we should take it easy on each other we won last match bcoz of Afridi and we know his inconsistency.

    in every match there is a winner and a loser and if we behaved the same way then a series which we started as best friends we will end up cursing each other at the end of the series. be good friends and dont be friends like ind and SA.

  • POSTED BY dani488 on | December 13, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Come on boys.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you can be the NO.1 team come on. I think u should go with the same team. Let usman khan bowl more than an over. it was his debut. Every youngster has a problem in his first match.

  • POSTED BY tharuka88 on | December 13, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    im a srilankan but i have to say i love to see afridi's batting and like this innings..wow...because he never chage his style that's his secret.well done afridi,but this time please give us a chance.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | December 13, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @ JPNana, I wasn't aware that you were talking about your fantasy cricket records. You may have Dilshan and Sanga as highest scorer or even highest wicket taker in your fantasy cricket. But in real cricket world both the top slots in T20 are taken by Pakistan, i.e. Shehzad with 339 runs and Hafeez with 316 runs. Dilshan with just 176 run is lost right at bottom in the list. Not to mention that Sanga with just 139run is nowhere closer as well. Also in ODI again Pak is on the top list with Misbah 1223 run. Sanga and Dilshan are just 1033 runs and 978 respectively. I wasn't aware of your maths where 1033 or 978 is considered as higher numbers than 1223. 

    Please follow the real cricket and not your fantasy cricket.

  • POSTED BY wijeya on | December 13, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @sriLankanYoungblood what are you on about play Ramith. I wouldnt have him anywhere near the team until he gets his fielding and fitness up to scratch

  • POSTED BY tharuka88 on | December 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    i think we chandimal need to bat down the order.and dilshan need to bowl as well.we have to keep trying on kusal because we need him for the 2014 WC.

  • POSTED BY greenluv on | December 13, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Do not ruin new kids future (usman) keep him with the team 1st polish him before putting him in front of giants ...he is young and a good talent but sadly he will be wasted the way they got him right away in 11. if he has to learn with 1st 11 s then please make sure that he gets the proper chance before getting unseen for ever. Since the media is playing his power cards these selectors and Caps should act responsible. You Cant produce talent like that you need to groom them.

  • POSTED BY MShariq on | December 13, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    I can only Laugh at Afridi commnets. He should not be in the team.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | December 13, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I wouldn't say it will be a shot at No.1 rather it would be a true reflection of the team once they regain the No.1 spot.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 13, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Haiderpakawsome.. i won't surprice at all about your less knowledge at all. highest run getters in 2013 in ODI's Sanga in 7th position and Dilshan in 8th position not to mention, Dilshan always regarded as ODI and T20 type player.

    Highest Run getters in T20 format..

    Mcculum in 1st spot, Mahela Jayawardana in 2nd spot, TM Dilshan in 3rd spot, Sanga in 6th spot. have some knowledge before showing who you are mate. i just couldn't stop my laugh when i see you commenting like this

  • POSTED BY TheAnalyzer on | December 13, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    With chandimail captaining the team and thirimanne is in the playing 11,, we are not going to make it.. Only kusal, mattews and thisara can hit a six.. People might think of SL as a place where big hitters are rare to find.. But we have kapugedara, angelo perera and ramith rambukwella who are capable of hitting sixes without much effort.. In his early days AB devillers needed around 20 balls before attarking.. But he could change himself very fast and now he is one of the biggest hitters in the T20 world.. This chandimal and thirimanne doesnt have the power to clear the rope.. Dhawan, dilshan, gambir these players are not 6 hitters.. But high profiles in T20s thats because of their aggresive batting style.. So its better chandimal and thirimanne leave T20s to the best and concentrate on OIDs and Tests..

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | December 13, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    if they expect due for this game it will put a huge importance on the toss. When Pakistanis were batting they got lot of full tosses due to heavy due. If this continues the interest in the ODI series will be gone. It would be like win the toss and you have more than 60% chance of winning the match.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 13, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    All the best boys... :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    I dont no why so many people highly harsh on Chandimal . He made 22 out of 22 it is ok for the situation . At that point some one scoring run a ball needed . So how about sanga's 21 out of 22 . Why is no one complaining . How about thirimanna's 23 out of 16 . it is good on scoreboard but in real time is it good . we have developed a good platform on first part of the inning . other than mathews other batsman was unable to capitalize it .

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | December 13, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    look like same team will play. then same result. Ashan,Kithruwan,Ramith,Sekkuge paid passengers whole over the tour. pls select at least Ramith Rabukwalla not as Young Match Winner at least as a Minister's Son. he is 3rd Match Wining Player after Kusal and Thisara. last NZ match 4-19-1 match win. every match he played against NZ-A and Kenya we wins.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | December 13, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @JPNana, I almost fell from my chair laughing. There is difference between Dilshan of 2009 and of 2013. You can't expect a 38 year old to perform like a teenager. The same logic applies to Sanga as well. I am sure you agree with my comments on Sanga. Both of them are only test material, at most One day's. But definately not T20's. Get ready for even bigger defeat than the 1st one. lol :)

  • POSTED BY Waseemtain on | December 13, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Umpairing is substanderd..mathews was plumbed LBW but not given, ICC should Introduce refral in T20 as well.

  • POSTED BY JohnSnider on | December 13, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Pakistan must play even the test match like T20. I mean v aggressively thus no bowler could take control. There is a need to score on every ball to help the score keep ticking continuously.This way they probably score 500 runs in 90 over that 540 balls with at least100 dot balls. Do the4 math and you would know Test match should be be played like safer T20. Not like molasses

  • POSTED BY JohnSnider on | December 13, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Whatever happened to biggest hitters Imran Nazir and Razaq. Sharjeel Khan looks very solid and was not nervous. He hase good future hope for Pakustan. Pakistan has few match winners like Shahid Afridi, Definitely Hafeez, Junaid Khan, Umar Akmal are match winners. Anwar Ali is fantastic but he needs some tips from Styn of Australia and from Two W'sm to become great bowler.

    If Imran Khan loves Pakistan as he says than why does not he gets involve in selection of talent and training and good scholarship. Zaheer Abbas was one of the worlds most prolific batsman along with Inzaman and Saeed Anwar, they should also volunteer for Pakistan in some capacity. Right now strangely Pakistan is improving very quickly most probably due to Waqar and Moin.

    They were great and now they seem to have control. Team manager should be previous one who was replaced by present one. I do not blame Sri Lanka for losing to most dangerous spinners.

  • POSTED BY Cricketlover54 on | December 13, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    @CricIndia208 Just like India doesn't deserve No. 1 in ODI. haha. Sri Lanka has won most of their T20's.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    As umar amin is dropped from the odi squad there is a bright chance that he will play final t20 and i think rightly so, though he hasnt impressed us with his batting thus far and i am not in his favour but everyone saying youngsters dont get enough chances this should be considered his chance.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Drop Kula . Thisara open the bowling with Mali. include Prasanna

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | December 13, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Haiderpakawsome.. so overconfident ain't you?, Dilshan is not a T20 type player??? what on the world are you living? he was the player of the tourament in 2009 T20 WC and continue to perform well in ODI's and T20's. such a underestimation of SL won't good for your health buddy. this game is just gonna be a cakewalk for Lions

  • POSTED BY shanazpk on | December 13, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    haris sohail in for amin and junid in for tanveer

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Rambukwella is the key. If he plays, SL wins.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    A senior at every stage alongside a youngster is important, Shehzad with Sharjeel, u akmal with maqsood (although sohaib seems more mature), hafeez with Haris and than Afridi.

    @t20cric on (December 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT) I completely agree with your team selection and order.

    1.Sharjeel Khan, 2. Shehzad, 3.Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Haris Sohail, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7. Afridi, 8.Bilawal , 9.Junaid , 10. Ajmal, 11. Shinwari

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | December 13, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Mathews has won several ODIs and a few T20s single handedly. Mr.Fidel, could you atleast mention atleast one instance where Chandimal or Kusal won single handedly? Why do you always talk about performing Mathews along with non-performing Chandimal? How long do you think that you could tarnish the reputation of Mathews just because you want to cover up Chandimal's ever so poor performances? You may not publish this as usual but remember that there are better places to talk about your biased reporting such as fb,twitter, google + etc.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    If one player in pak top 3 has skill to stay at crease for a while allowing other to accelerate, it will be good for pak batting and think sharjeel or sohaib can provide that stability if does so then hafeez should drop himself to no 5 in place of U. akmal to provide stability in finishing with another accelerator Afridi.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | December 13, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    @kasifdotinfo: Thank you so much for voicing out the opinion of whole nation. This is Cricket. Not politics. Selectors should take an immediate decision before they get unpopular among a whole nation

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | December 13, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka does not deserve to be no.1

  • POSTED BY Poholiyadda on | December 13, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Pakistan have a good chance of winning the series as the Lankans don't seems to have the luck with the umpires in critical decisions. In the previous encounter it was evident that the pair of Pakistani umpires have a Conflict of Interest in decision making, specially with regard to LBWs. ICC should appoint at least one neutral umpire for T20 internationals too, to improve the quality of the shortest form of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Pakistan is getting for chance to be top on first place so it has to win this match and become top team in T20. People will say if Indian is NO1 in ODI then Pakistan is also in NO 1 in T20. Pakistan has to win this match must......

  • POSTED BY Izzmail55 on | December 13, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    I totally agree with t20cric. Well said t20cric

  • POSTED BY Afta on | December 13, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with Dinesh Chandimal. I don't know what it takes to keep him in the team even after such poor performances for such a long time. I would have sent him home to improve on his poor technique, which obviously hasn't been corrected and to see such pathetic display. Moreover, I wonder what it takes to keep him as a T20 captain...! In my opinion, he shouldn't be considered to play for Sri Lanka at this moment.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    i think umar amin is technically stronger batsman than haris sohail at least he is contributing whatsoever more or less. i suggest that he would be captain of Pakistan team in future. no matter he is dropped from the side. carry on umar amin a short time away and you will get more polished.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    awais zia is much better than rest.he needs chance.

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal made his first score over 15 in two years, on Wednesday. How unfortunate for him that the statistic is even worthy of mention...................... he needs a drop.........

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Good luck to Pakistan and our friends, Sri-Lanka. May the best team win. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY Rifard_SL on | December 13, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Whenever I come across an article about Boom Boom Afridi my nerves automatically gets boosted.. Waiting for another tight enclosure..go sri lanka..go pakistan..!!!

  • POSTED BY chitrali_zaheeruddin on | December 12, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Umar Amin should not be there in the team, He is very good for nothing and must be given chance in domestic cricket only.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | December 12, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Once again Afridi shuts his critics... He need to be consistent, he is very unlucky where he took young and troublesome team into semi finals of t20 and ODI WC as a captain then instead rewarding he was removed from captaincy. He has to be captain Pak to stand any chance to win next WC... HE ALWAYS LEAD FROM FRONT WHETHER BOWL OR BAT..... AMin should b out and Harris in....this combination will be good for t20 and ODI

  • POSTED BY chitrali_zaheeruddin on | December 12, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Pakistan Team is strong enough but one change must be made in the team.

    Umar Amin is there for nothing in team, he is not fit for nay form of international cricket , I don't know why the Selectors not looking at his performance, He should not play the last t20 and also selectors have already removed him from ODI. Haris Sohail is better option and Usman Khan must be given complete overs quota in order to enhance him.

  • POSTED BY Navin84 on | December 12, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan playing so much T20s. At the end of the last match Pakistan had played 77 T20I compared to NZ 69, AUS 64, SA 63, ENG 62, SL 57, WI 51 and the biggest surprise INDIA 46 matches.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Taking T20 game as a Shorted version / Zoom out view of 120 balls game will be much more better approach for any team to carry on. Basic / Classic and most orthodox cricketing technique is.. take singles, boundry each over will pay atleast 7 to 8 runs minimum and averagely 9 runs which can easily take the runs pile to above 150 and in the mean while hitting the weaker bowler can easily give 170, 180 in 120 balls but today stradegy is very bleak and unorthodox.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    it will destroy the confidence of young usman khan if he is dropped just after bowling 6balls only .He has a potential to be another devastating bowler. I can recall the fate of poor irfan who was tried few years ago against England .But usman has the advantage of his age. It would have been better to announce the team for one day series after the 2nd. 20/20.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | December 12, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    First of all, God bless Afridi, who despite his flaws does have the attitude of an honest and patriotic Pakistani cricketer. Secondly, let's be honest, all SL have to do is make the right call at the toss and change their batting order and suddenly they will be a much tougher prospect. Pak's top order still has a tendency to collapse and with no Misbah around, collapse is the one inevitability for this team - it is just a question of when....maybe it can be delayed for another match. SL will not collapse, even of they are bogged down by spin they will hold onto their wickets and force a fighting total as they did in the first match. Pak would have folded for <100. We cannot rely on a tailender bailing us out every time. It is not good enough for a team contending for no. 1 spot.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 12, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    I feel like we're losing matches on purpose. In the last game, Chandimal (whose SR is below 100) got to play 22 balls and Thisara (whose SR is 154 +) got to play 2 balls. Its not really rocket science to figure out why we lost the game. I wonder whose brilliant idea it was to make Chandimal the captain of the T20 squad. Now, we can't even drop the dude coz he is the bloody captain. I think that the honorable thing for him to do is, step down as captain. Pls..pls.. send him at no.9 or 10 coz even Sachithra can score way faster than Chandimal. And I'd rather have a spinner (prasanna or Ramith) who can actually spin the ball than Mendis. Its a futile effort to send Mendis against sub-continental teams coz they play spin well. Top of all that, Mendis can't even spin the ball. So the end result is pretty clear. He is only good against the teams like Aussies, Saffers, Poms..etc. Pls..do something Sanath.

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | December 12, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    "FRIDAY THE 13th " today. But I hope it doesn't become too horrific for Srilanka and its fans when they lose their T20 top spot to Pakistan. Inshallah, hopefully it is going to be all too easy for Pak if BOOM BOOM Lala repeats his heroics. Top SL batsman Sanga and Dilshan are not of 20-20 game material. So they do not pose any threat. Chandimal and Pereira's do not stand any chance again quality Pak bowling. Mathews may score a few. But it should be manageable because at his best he will score run a ball which should be a problem at all. On the other hand Pak has a good mix of experience and talent such as Hafees, Ajmal, Sharjeel, Bhatti and ofcourse Afridi.

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | December 12, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Dont worry guys SL won't give up the top spot quiet easily. I'm pretty sure they learned a lesson from the last match and will win this match for sure!, that's a guarantee from me. Good Luck Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but I will be supporting SL!

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | December 12, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Let's hope Thisara bats higher up, even one down as Chandimal's slow innings was the cause for the loss in the first match. The captain looks that he needs more time to come to grips with his batting. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    not many changes required. just haris in place of umar amin is only change which can be done. usman should be given another go. it will be again a close game. though pak won 1st but there were still mistakes in that innings. a mini collapse, hafeez and sharjeel had starts but didnt make it count. we shouldnt take it easy as major performance was from afridi and we all know very well that how inconsistent he is so top 6 should do most of work. hoping to see another close contest.

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | December 12, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Hafiz should be rested for today match and give Zulfiqar a chance. He is way better bowler and batsman than Hafiz. Let try him.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    why everyone is after Umer Amin, his batting technique is perfect and can play in both roles, defensive and aggressive.just be patient and you will see him being praised for his contribution in next encounter.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | December 12, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Pakistan usually loose focus when close to some acheivement.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    i feel sorry for umar amin because i think he has got all the stokes and a good fielder and a potientially a future captian of pakistan but he did not avail chances given to him but i wish he gets a game in 2nd t 20 as well and performs well !!! fingers crossed.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Inshallah, though not wanting to take the title from our brothers. As long as we feature right at the top, than no problem. Good luck to both the teams:)

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Afridi is by far the greatest cricketer in history of T2020 cricket. We cannot expect Afridi to perform in every match. I think it's again time for talented umer akmal to play another match winning innings to prove Misbah the captain of ODI team that he can bat 2 down in ODI and win matches.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | December 12, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Pakistan must play Usman and give him a proper chance. One single over which is a nervy first for a Young lad is not enough. He must be bowled all 4.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    Amin should be dropped for Hair sohail Sharjeel , ahmed , hafeez , maqsood, umar , haris , afridi , bilawal , ajmal , junaid , usman This will the bets playing XI in recent years i have ever seen i know this wont happen because tanvir is doing good in T20's well we should rest tanvir for 1 t20 atleast and give chance to usman :) why always junaid gets drop and youngster gets a chance ? this time tanvir have to sit out

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 12, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    They must include haris sohail in place of umer amin' reat of the team is good

  • POSTED BY zzby on | December 12, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    If pakistan play agressive hitter instead of Amin that would be great but the dont have anyone and they are not searching for one in domestic also....

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @t20cric...My team would exactly be the same

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    mr.chandimal is yet to make is mark....with continuous low scores..hes been overated without any good showing...its a long series..hope the boys put up a good performance

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | December 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I'm expecting another thriller tomorrow as SL & Pak are still equally matched sides. Anyways just about every match Pakistan plays goes right down to the wire. Like others have mentioned Amin is useless & keeping out more talented people from the side. Haris Sohail is better and needs to be in the side. As for Afridi what he did in the 1st t20 is what he is truly capable of, if only he had consistency he might even be compared with Imran Khan as a great allrounder. Thankfully Pakistan is slowly but surely getting stronger.

    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.Sohail Tanvir/Junaid Khan, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Usman Khan Shinwari

    This time Usman must bowl atleast 3 overs & whould open the bowling. Insha allah this team will be strong enough to beat SL.

  • POSTED BY kasifdotinfo on | December 12, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Chandimal's record has generally lost much of its luster in translation from the domestic level to the international level. Looking at his international record, only his Test average is substantial, and without Bangladesh even that drops to 40.55. He seems to be in team for his domestic reputation and youth, and as a longterm replacement for Sangakkara. Unfortunately, all he is contributing at the moment is mediocrity.

    Chandimal doesn't seem to be getting better, either. He averages a paltry 19.41 at a pitiful SR of 64.81 over his most recent 35 ODIs. How long should he be persisted with in hope of him becoming something he might not? And should he really be captain of the SL T20 team and carried as dead weight as he has been, seemingly just so that he can have a spot in each playing XI?

    Chandimal's scratchy innings, which force partners to accelerate in panic, and prevent the likes of T. Perera and Kulasekara from getting in until too late, often cost SL dearly.

  • POSTED BY DrAqeelRaja on | December 12, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Pakistan In Sha Allah will be no.1 in T20Is.

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_forever on | December 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    it will be good match.... i can see another tense finish to this one. whoever wins hope that both team play competative cricket . srilanka starts as fav as they are no1. i would love to see them fighting back. best of luck to both teams goodluck.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | December 12, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    If 1st match is any thing to go by, this one will be another closely contested match. Both teams have some new comers in thier side and any spark of brilliance from any one of them can decide the match. Hope for a good game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    I think pakistan should give chance to haris sohail as umar amin has been dropped from odi. they shud give shanwari another chance and throw the ball to him to bowl to first over. keep rocking and go for the kill greens !!

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Good to see that Afridi maturing by age, he played last inning by a commanding style as he always does. The only loophole in Pakistani line-up is Umar Amin. Bringing another stroke player in the lineup will strengthen the middle order. Good Luck team Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    What would Shahid Afridi say about Hafeez? Hafeez displayed poor performance consistently and he needs to step down as a player.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    What would Shahid Afridi say about Hafeez? Hafeez displayed poor performance consistently and he needs to step down as a player.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Good to see that Afridi maturing by age, he played last inning by a commanding style as he always does. The only loophole in Pakistani line-up is Umar Amin. Bringing another stroke player in the lineup will strengthen the middle order. Good Luck team Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 12, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    I think pakistan should give chance to haris sohail as umar amin has been dropped from odi. they shud give shanwari another chance and throw the ball to him to bowl to first over. keep rocking and go for the kill greens !!

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | December 12, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    If 1st match is any thing to go by, this one will be another closely contested match. Both teams have some new comers in thier side and any spark of brilliance from any one of them can decide the match. Hope for a good game.

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_forever on | December 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    it will be good match.... i can see another tense finish to this one. whoever wins hope that both team play competative cricket . srilanka starts as fav as they are no1. i would love to see them fighting back. best of luck to both teams goodluck.

  • POSTED BY DrAqeelRaja on | December 12, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Pakistan In Sha Allah will be no.1 in T20Is.

  • POSTED BY kasifdotinfo on | December 12, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Chandimal's record has generally lost much of its luster in translation from the domestic level to the international level. Looking at his international record, only his Test average is substantial, and without Bangladesh even that drops to 40.55. He seems to be in team for his domestic reputation and youth, and as a longterm replacement for Sangakkara. Unfortunately, all he is contributing at the moment is mediocrity.

    Chandimal doesn't seem to be getting better, either. He averages a paltry 19.41 at a pitiful SR of 64.81 over his most recent 35 ODIs. How long should he be persisted with in hope of him becoming something he might not? And should he really be captain of the SL T20 team and carried as dead weight as he has been, seemingly just so that he can have a spot in each playing XI?

    Chandimal's scratchy innings, which force partners to accelerate in panic, and prevent the likes of T. Perera and Kulasekara from getting in until too late, often cost SL dearly.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | December 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I'm expecting another thriller tomorrow as SL & Pak are still equally matched sides. Anyways just about every match Pakistan plays goes right down to the wire. Like others have mentioned Amin is useless & keeping out more talented people from the side. Haris Sohail is better and needs to be in the side. As for Afridi what he did in the 1st t20 is what he is truly capable of, if only he had consistency he might even be compared with Imran Khan as a great allrounder. Thankfully Pakistan is slowly but surely getting stronger.

    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.Sohail Tanvir/Junaid Khan, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Usman Khan Shinwari

    This time Usman must bowl atleast 3 overs & whould open the bowling. Insha allah this team will be strong enough to beat SL.

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    mr.chandimal is yet to make is mark....with continuous low scores..hes been overated without any good showing...its a long series..hope the boys put up a good performance

  • POSTED BY on | December 12, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @t20cric...My team would exactly be the same