Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Dubai December 13, 2013

SL retain top ranking with series-levelling win

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Sri Lanka 211 for 3 (Perera 84, Dilshan 48, Sangakkara 44*) beat Pakistan 187 (Sharjeel 50, Senanayake 3-27) by 24 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Passive on Wednesday, punishing on Friday - Sri Lanka's top order were fearsome in their defence of the top Twenty20 team ranking, as they slammed 211 for 3 to set up a 24-run, series-levelling win. The total was the highest ever against Pakistan, and was held together by Kusal Perera's 59-ball 84, which began in a breakneck 100-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan, and finished in a blazing 78-run partnership with Kumar Sangakkara in the late overs.

Sri Lanka's reticence in the first match had allowed Pakistan's bowlers to strike a comfortable rhythm, but this time, their intent to define the action was unmistakable from the outset. Pakistan played two inexperienced seam bowlers in their attack once more, but Sri Lanka's openers shredded had Bilawal Bhatti's confidence and pummelled Usman Khan by the end of the Powerplay.

A six and a four over point off Perera's swift blade heralded the onslaught, before Tillakaratne Dilshan joined the melee with a scoop over fine leg, off his fourth ball. There was rarely a second's respite for Pakistan after that.

Perera and Dilshan were severe when the bowlers strayed, but many Pakistan frailties were also of the batsmen's own making. Dilshan was the more forceful partner in the opening stand, and the ease with which he hit to unconventional parts of the ground forced field changes that made other, more familiar areas accessible. It is exactly the sort of dynamic Sri Lanka have hoped to achieve with this hyper-aggressive pair. Nothing quite spoils an opposition game plan like a rampant opening stand. Once the bowling was despatched to the boundary, poor deliveries almost invariably followed.

In between the boundaries, Perera could not turn over the strike as effortlessly as Dilshan, but he gained ground with brief, calculated surges. Afridi had delivered his first over for eight runs, but Perera was determined not to allow the bowler to settle. He made room to chop the third ball of the tenth over for four, before running down the pitch to swipe the next delivery through square leg.

Still unsatisfied, he advanced again to play perhaps his most violent stroke of the evening - a whip-like slog that fetched the ball from outside the off stump and sent it into the midwicket stands. Afridi had been the most miserly man in Pakistan's attack in the first match, but the fact that he bowled no more than two overs in the second makes plain the dramatic shift in Sri Lanka's batting mentality.

Dilshan fell to a reverse-slog sweep after the score reached triple figures - his ambition getting the better of him perhaps, leaving him two short of a fifty. Seekkuge Prasanna was promoted to No.3 on debut, and made good on his pinch-hitter billing with an 8-ball 21.

Sangakkara's increasing prowess in limited-overs cricket quickened Sri Lanka's already rapid progress, towards the end of the innings, as he peppered the fine-leg fence with his lap-scoop, and hit imperiously down the ground as well. Perera built towards a crescendo alongside him, launching Usman for consecutive sixes in the penultimate over, but he was run out for his highest international score on the final ball of the innings, after Sri Lanka had crossed 200 earlier in the over.

Pakistan burned white hot in patches of their reply but, dramatic though these surges were, none were sustained for long enough to suggest they would complete what would have been the biggest Twenty20 chase in history. In his third Twenty20, Sharjeel Khan alone among Pakistan's top order married belligerence to good judgement, and he prospered through the early overs while team-mates lost their nerve, and their wickets, at the other end. Two gargantuan sixes off Prasanna in the tenth over took Sharjeel to 50 off 24 balls but, perhaps a little excited by the occasion, he walked across his stumps on the next ball and let an innocuous full toss bowl him around the legs.

The task was too steep for an in-form Shahid Afridi as well, and though he mauled Prasanna himself - helping plunder 25 from the 12th over - he sent one high off the top-edge on 28, which Sangakkara initially overran, then corrected brilliantly, to snatch with one glove.

Sohail Tanvir waged his own, valiant battle, largely with Saeed Ajmal for company, but even with a wet ball, affected by dew, Sri Lanka managed enough decent deliveries to protect their massive total. The ninth-wicket stand of 63 brought Pakistan to within 29 runs of victory with two overs remaining, but Lasith Malinga ensured his team would not falter at the close. Sachithra Senanayake took 3 for 27.

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

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  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 18, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    @ IND_girl . How can you forget that same legendary team got thrashed by BD and NZ at home!

  • MichaelBurton on December 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @Blade-Runnar : Don't be too negative on your team. Because they are playing well against strong Pak. You have very good young talent like Kusal and Senayake. Both played extremely well in the Pak match. Even, your SL team played extremely well in SA with 1 test win and 2 ODI wins. Your young players Thirimana and Chandimal faced facy and bouncy SA attack very well.Our socalled legends Kholi, Dhawan are sitting ducks in SA. We were whitewashed in ODIs and I am sure this will happen in tests too.

  • MichaelBurton on December 18, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @Blade-Runnar : Don't be too negative on your team. Because they are playing well against strong Pak. You have very good young talent like Kusal and Senayake. Both played extremely well in the Pak match. Even, your SL team played extremely well in SA with 1 test win and 2 ODI wins. Your young players Thirimana and Chandimal faced facy and bouncy SA attack very well.Our socalled legends Kholi, Dhawan are sitting ducks in SA. We were whitewashed in ODIs and I am sure this will happen in tests too.

  • on December 18, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    i think pakistan win this series 4-1,this seris i think only sanga,malinga,mathews are confidance payer any other not sure,pakistan bowling verry hard pakistan bowlers target only sanga,sanga and mahela only struck on pakistan bowling

  • Sports4Youth on December 16, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    It looks like the professors days are now numbered as a player and even as a Captain.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 16, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    NO:1 team thrashed by no:3 few days back and now luckily we escaped from other humiliation. Even a no:9 can score easily against our useless bowlers. Just wonder how long we can proclaim as world no:1. Even in T20 we are running on Dilshan and Sanga. We need to open our eyes rather than jumping with joy!

  • mark2011 on December 16, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @ anoop3301 on (December 16, 2013, 3:08 GMT); India the so called home champions were miserably defeated by SA for 2-0, it was eminent 3-0 white wash just survived due to rain... the so called Indian batting mechines collapsed and margin of defeats were huges......130+ in both games... wow no one can make such records...and even young DeCock scored 3 consecutive centuries angainst Indi's great bowling attack making them like street bowlers

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 16, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    It is pity that SL still running on oldies even in T20! In which T20 team seniors are playing? Ricky ponting, Clarke, Tendulkar, Dravid all give up T20 even if they had the opportunity. It is pathetic that SL seniors compared with the no:9 batsmen of opposition as both of them scored 40s.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    anoop3301 : LOL Your team is nothing but flat track bullies, recently trashed by junaid khan and co. at your home soil.

  • Sports4Youth on December 16, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI BOOM-BOOM was doing just fine in the shorter formats as captain. The team had made good progress. Against all hope They reached the semi-finals in the world cup. Then happened the Waqar-Afridi fiasco. Everyone agreed that Waqar should not have infered in Afridi's decisions as captain. Waqar should not have tried to force his choice of players on Afridi. But in the end Afridi had to pay the price. Even in Comentary WAQAR looks for every opportunity to criticise Afridi. THE FINAL RESULT IS THAT TILL DATE THE SELECTORS ARE TRYING HARD TO KEEP AFRIDI AWAY FROM THE CAPTAINCY AND THE TEAM IS PAYING THE PRICE OF IT.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 18, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    @ IND_girl . How can you forget that same legendary team got thrashed by BD and NZ at home!

  • MichaelBurton on December 18, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @Blade-Runnar : Don't be too negative on your team. Because they are playing well against strong Pak. You have very good young talent like Kusal and Senayake. Both played extremely well in the Pak match. Even, your SL team played extremely well in SA with 1 test win and 2 ODI wins. Your young players Thirimana and Chandimal faced facy and bouncy SA attack very well.Our socalled legends Kholi, Dhawan are sitting ducks in SA. We were whitewashed in ODIs and I am sure this will happen in tests too.

  • MichaelBurton on December 18, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @Blade-Runnar : Don't be too negative on your team. Because they are playing well against strong Pak. You have very good young talent like Kusal and Senayake. Both played extremely well in the Pak match. Even, your SL team played extremely well in SA with 1 test win and 2 ODI wins. Your young players Thirimana and Chandimal faced facy and bouncy SA attack very well.Our socalled legends Kholi, Dhawan are sitting ducks in SA. We were whitewashed in ODIs and I am sure this will happen in tests too.

  • on December 18, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    i think pakistan win this series 4-1,this seris i think only sanga,malinga,mathews are confidance payer any other not sure,pakistan bowling verry hard pakistan bowlers target only sanga,sanga and mahela only struck on pakistan bowling

  • Sports4Youth on December 16, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    It looks like the professors days are now numbered as a player and even as a Captain.

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 16, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    NO:1 team thrashed by no:3 few days back and now luckily we escaped from other humiliation. Even a no:9 can score easily against our useless bowlers. Just wonder how long we can proclaim as world no:1. Even in T20 we are running on Dilshan and Sanga. We need to open our eyes rather than jumping with joy!

  • mark2011 on December 16, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @ anoop3301 on (December 16, 2013, 3:08 GMT); India the so called home champions were miserably defeated by SA for 2-0, it was eminent 3-0 white wash just survived due to rain... the so called Indian batting mechines collapsed and margin of defeats were huges......130+ in both games... wow no one can make such records...and even young DeCock scored 3 consecutive centuries angainst Indi's great bowling attack making them like street bowlers

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 16, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    It is pity that SL still running on oldies even in T20! In which T20 team seniors are playing? Ricky ponting, Clarke, Tendulkar, Dravid all give up T20 even if they had the opportunity. It is pathetic that SL seniors compared with the no:9 batsmen of opposition as both of them scored 40s.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 16, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    anoop3301 : LOL Your team is nothing but flat track bullies, recently trashed by junaid khan and co. at your home soil.

  • Sports4Youth on December 16, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI BOOM-BOOM was doing just fine in the shorter formats as captain. The team had made good progress. Against all hope They reached the semi-finals in the world cup. Then happened the Waqar-Afridi fiasco. Everyone agreed that Waqar should not have infered in Afridi's decisions as captain. Waqar should not have tried to force his choice of players on Afridi. But in the end Afridi had to pay the price. Even in Comentary WAQAR looks for every opportunity to criticise Afridi. THE FINAL RESULT IS THAT TILL DATE THE SELECTORS ARE TRYING HARD TO KEEP AFRIDI AWAY FROM THE CAPTAINCY AND THE TEAM IS PAYING THE PRICE OF IT.

  • Sheezal on December 16, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    I strongly believe that cricket is game where captain is very important. I understand both Misbah and Hafeez are good players but worst as captain. In cricket captain is like manager in hockey or football. Just look at Manchester United after Alex in Premier league. Unfortunately in our current team i dont see any one as captain. We have very good talented players.I always say brig Younas Khan back as captain, though he is not in good form as player but believe me he is good captain. make him captain till world cup and see the results. With Misbah and hafeez i dont see wining any triangle. We had very narrow escape in match with Afghanistan.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I think this Pakistan series is the turning point for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was having a terrible time in the recent past. Now, our team has gained some confidence. Now, it's a matter of extending it further. Confidence is the key. Good job. And thank you very much for our Pakistan brothers, for warm greetings. Sri Lanka should have a plan for future. They should have enough Test matches, a good coach for sure, and should work for an objective together. I personally don't expect them to win all matches, but they should try to correct their mistakes and become better. All the best Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • anoop3301 on December 16, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    @ Blade-runner: Srilanka is indeed the no.1 T20 team.( the very format which tests skill, durability, longevity and consistency !) Here are more stats which you should be proud of. No test match victories in India. No test match victories in Australia. In fact only one test victory ever against australia.

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    I feel the ODI result will be 3-2 either way. Pakistani bowling will give them an advantage. I of course would love to see Sri Lanka win 3-2 or 4-1 but it will be tough as Pakistan are better placed after beating SA 2-1. I do desperately want to see Misbah score 2 tons in the ODIs and become the man of the series.

  • kandykolla on December 16, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Trust me.. I could see my heart coming from my mouth !! I thought we Sri Lankans are going to loose the match ..!! Mathews and Malinga came to my mind when they gave a Lion Heart performance against Aussies in a 50 overs and won the match and I really thought this Tanvir and Ajmal going to do the same...!! It`s only playing against with we Sri Lankans and Pakistanis- No one can celebrate the victory, till the last wicket go...!!!!

  • on December 15, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka, I support Pakistan, but Sri Lanka are my second favorite. If Pakistan had to lose and give away a huge total I'm glad it was against Sri Lanka. Congrats both teams on the draw, and Sangakarra/Jayawerdene on their awards

  • on December 15, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    if chandimal and Thirimanna bated in no 3 & 4 at 2nd t20 Sri Lanka could have lost the match. fortunately changed the batting order. well done.

  • Sports4Youth on December 15, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    HAFEEZ & MISBAH both are the worst Pakistani captains till date. During the last match of the South Africa series Misbah had made shocking changes when he changed four players in the most important last game. Pakistan had the chance of clean sweeping the series, But Misbah did not like to prospect of returning with a clean sweep. As if he was feeling bad for the South Africans.

    Now When Pakistan had a chance to go to the no.1 ranking HAFEEZ has done worst, may be he also did not like it. Consider this, Just 2 days back USMAN Khan made his debute. He was given only one over and after going for 9 was not given any more chance to make a comeback. NATURALLY HIS CONFIDENCE WAS ROCK BOTTOM. Then in this important game he decides to play him again ahead of JUNAID KHAN. Not only that he further decided to open the attack with a young roukie who has hardly played 4 first class matches and 3 List A games. The result was that once SL got off to flying start, there was no stopping to the plunder.

  • on December 15, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Kusal u rock !

  • RuwanFer on December 15, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    @Parackrama Maduwantha Liyanage Good answer, but two corrections; 1- Sanga's test average in SA is 35. 2- You hardly find green tracks in Aus (not for international matches at least). They are hard pitches with pace and bounce. Few advantages on these pitches are, as a batsman you are more secure against LBW and bowled dismissals (because of the bounce). Also you don't have to use your own power too much in stroke making (can use the pace of the ball coming at you, which means once you master it you can have less movements as a batsman, easier to maintain the balance and still time the ball). Vice verse, similar factors applies in other conditions where you have advantages as well as disadvantages. Once you grown up playing in one particular conditions, simply you can't say you are facing the harder challenge over batsmen who grown up playing in other conditions.

  • on December 15, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Congrats to Kumar Sanga for being selected for best cricketer of the year 2012.....2013.and also for best ODI player in the world.He deserves it as he is really a world class player. The same goes for Mahela Jaywardena who also won one award. Keep it up you have my best wishes.

  • on December 15, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    @ warneneverchuck, Before making comments please use the facilities provided by cricinfo. Don't make comments on here or mere say. People say if from subcontinent they are flat track bullies. Lets analyse Sanga's Performance in Aus. Tests- 5 matches he average 60.33, ODI - 28 matches Avg. 41.03, Only T20 - Not out 44, In Eng.9 Tests- 30.58, 15 ODI-61.90, 2 T20 - 64, In SA- 15 Tests- 48.64, 18 ODI- 31.94, He has not played T-20 in SA. I don't think his average is poor in those conditions. If we take Shane Watson's figures in Sri Lanka, 7 Tests-31.93, 3 ODI-17.92, 2 T-20 - 33.50, We consider him as a good player and not as a green track bullies,Any players perform average out.

  • amilag on December 15, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    I said SL will come back strongly after the defeat in first match. They are the best in the format and rightly deserved it so! The series was filled with good fighting cricket!

    All the best for two teams for the one the tournament! It will be a good contest of bat & ball!

  • on December 15, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    This is another turning point is SL cricket SL found another match winner .Kusal Perera had improve that .and I believe that if all the senior batsmen left out from the SL team (Sanga,Mahela,Dill) SL faced big vacuum but I believe it will be fulfilled by Kusal Perera some more.

  • Balumekka on December 15, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Now, one question pops up after reading some of the comments. Are fast green pitches superior than slow, turning pitches in Sub continent? If they are superior, is it due to the fact that fast pitches are merely in Eng, Aus, SA and NZ? The truth is, nobody is comfortable outside their own backyard. Many 'greats' from AUS, ENG, SA, NZ have failed miserably in the Sub continent and vice-versa.

  • on December 15, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    haters, we cant hear you from the top of the hill. and for all the ppl who says we r flat track bullies, wait till 2015 world cup

  • Messa1 on December 15, 2013, 0:51 GMT

    @ Faizan Khan well said mate. You are absolutely correct

  • on December 15, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    just love to read comments when ever we play against pakistan as each other respect each others players as it should be!! well played by fans from both countries!!

  • criclanka on December 15, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    @ warneneverchuck.i guess you couldnt bear Sanga being selected as Cricker of the 2012 and ODI player of the year 2013.who else deserve that award?? true enough we have not won a test mach in AUS. but in ODIs we have beaten Aussis and Saffers in their backyard. In 2006 SL whitewashed ENG in 5-0 in ODI series, if you want more facts i can give you many more.

  • criclanka on December 14, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    Series was tied.Both team played good cricket.some of the comments made by our pakistani brothers are overwhelming.good luck for both the teams for the rest of the tournament.

  • pak78 on December 14, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    first of all congrats to team lanka well played... its a very rare occasion our bowlers leak runs and its not easy against scoring runs against pk bowling attack whom is world class good luck to both teams in the odi

  • on December 14, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    I reckon this pak side wont be able to chase any big totals even if its t20 or ODIs they have no aggressions in batting they plays same like 90s era But now in modern games u have to bat and after the bowler coz every single bowl counts even in tests too nowadays cricket is very fast I have watched last night pak batting its not impressed me anymore you have to show like Dilshan and sanga firing...

  • warneneverchuck on December 14, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Sangakara is great player in asian conditions and same time he is just like an ordinary batsman when it comes to playing in aus eng SA

  • on December 14, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    People who are calling Sri Lankans flat trackers, absolutely have no knowledge of cricket. According to me they are the only Asian team that dominate and are suitable to play on the green tracks. For a country so small, they have done wonders in world cricket, and that is why neutrals like me follow their cricket and love them for their passion. Respect to Sri Lanka.

  • t20cric on December 14, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    The ducks of Akmal & bilawal really hurt, if those guys scored atleast 10 runs each we could have won. I think Hafeez's ego hurt us a lot as he wasnt prepared to let Sohaib come in at no.3 when he would have been great there. It was really nice to see Pakistans tail adding runs & Afridi coming back to from with the bat. All things said & done it was the huge difference in the fielding that cost us the match. SL took some very difficult catches & only mis-fielded near the end(I think they were going easy on us at that time) whereas we mis-fielded in the 1st over.Pakistan would have been a much better team in every format if they improved fielding.The T20 squad for T20 wc should be: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Hammad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Raza Hassan,& any in form t20 batsman as 15th man in the squad.

  • on December 14, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    What a wonderful match this was, SRI-LANKA totally dominated our inexperienced bowling attack, and showed us the importance of Irfan, Juanid, and Gul. Credits to Pakistan as well for chasing, and fighting till the last breath. Sharjeel was good as anything, unfortunate to get out at that time, otherwise i think we would have won. Umar Akmal always messes up when the team needs him the most, that's the difference between leading from the front and being stupid, same goes for Umar Amin. I think Anwar Ali would have sealed this match with Tanvir if he was playing instead of Bhatti, who for some reason is bowling too short, when he has an exceptional yorker. All in all, a very pleasant game, kudos to Lankan brothers, good luck for ODI's.

  • t20cric on December 14, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    This was a very rare instance when Pakistan were let down by their bowlers. Waqar Younis said in commentary that Pakistan seriously lacked experienced bowlers. I agree that if Umar Gul & Junaid Khan were there Pakistan may have restricted SL to a reachable 170-180. Umar Amin truly lost us the match this time. He had a chance of running out Kusal on 10 in the first over & if he got that run out SL batsmen may have respected Usman a bit more or Usman may have gained some confidence & conceded less runs. But then again you cant keep Pakistani bowlers away from the game & they made up for poor bowling by adding a combined 98 runs. Umar Amin on the other hand didn't make up for it & got a duck. I really hope this is the last we see of Amin, he may come back when he averages atleast 40+ in list A & 1st class. Sharjeel Khan was a big positive but I guess only one opener is allowed to be in form at a time as now Ahmed has lost his good form. cont......

  • Sageleaf on December 14, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    I really dislike people calling Asian teams flat track bullies and also disagree with warneneverchuck's comment here. If he considers SL can only play in slow tracks what about the Aussies, SA and England? Can they handle slow tracks? No they fall apart. They get beaten badly whenever they tour the subcontinent. I think any team is good in their back yard. England played very well in England and now look what's happening to them in Australia? SA performed very badly in UAE against Pakistan and Pakistan defeated SA in ODI's in SA. India played so well in India and now they are suffering badly in SA. Sure SL has not won in Australia and in India...but they have defeated SA, and even England in England. Just check the stats and SL is playing test since 1981. I'm sure other teams have been playing Test Cricket for many years. Sanga is a world class player if its hard stomach can't help it. He is becoming much better by age.

  • dmqi on December 14, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Congrats to both teams for the wonderful match. SL played better and deserved the win, they are #1 to justify the win too. Pak had a wonderful chance too. But Umar Akmal and Umar Amin could not play the shots. Also Hafiz was no match to SL top order. If Junaid Khan would play, it could have been Pak game. In a critical match you can not experiment with new bowlers.

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on December 14, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Congrats to SL for playing brilliantly.

    Pak however, don't seem one bit worried about squandering two chances in recent series (SA and SL) of becoming No. 1 T20 team.

    It seems player who fail everytime have no pressure to perform (Umar Akmal, Hafeez). No need to talk abt those who can't bat/bowl/field (aka Umar Amin) cuz they all probably know they'll be selected again. And a sad sight of seeing Sohaib Maqsood batting completely oblivious to the importance of the match. You can't play even for a club team if you are not dependable yet these ppl a given chance after chance.

    Oh well, hope to see some exciting ODI's. My advice to Misbah... expect another bad batting performance and be play up the order. You may get your elusive century this series (If you want it in the first place).

  • warneneverchuck on December 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Sanga and co. Can score only on these pitches. How many centuries sanga has to show in eng aus and SA wher it is difficult to score. Subcontinent teams r very poor ther and records show that SL has never won a single test in aus and not to Mention whitewash SL receive last time they tour mighty aussie

  • xylofon on December 14, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Where is the decider? This momentum demands a 3rd match. Other cricket boards wouldve made it possible but not pak or lankas, speaking frankly. A 3rd T20 tomorrow on Sunday could be arranged easily. Then two days off and then start the 1st ODI.

    I cant get in to all the details and players but basically Pakistan cricket is headed for a disaster, doesnt matter if we win a series here or there, overall PCB is run by evil evil people, until we get intelligent people who can build a platform tfor the future he team will suffer from year to year.

    It suits everyone perfectly that Afridi has no brain, if he did he would win EVERYTHING. He is the strongman of the entire cricket context today. But no brain is no brain. Pak have a lot to learn. We have to start being selfcritical in a constructive way. With cricket and everything else for that matter.

  • bouncer709 on December 14, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Well whatever the match result but now I think things are much clear for selectors, whom to go with for WC, Umer Gul to replace Usman, In place of Bhatti, Razzaq will be fine Bhatti is not doing any thing better than Razzaq in bowling, and for Umer Amin they need to pick some batsmen, and I think Imran Nazir will be picked. rest are fine, and I hope they will remove Hafeez from captain spot, this is the only way to make him play on other position otherwise he will stick to one down to disturb batting order.

  • Khans_word on December 14, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    For the T20 World Cup the selectors need to consider Imran Nazir who has had a great 2013. He was born for Twenty 20 and is in the same mold as Afridi. He shouldnt be wasted as he is in prime form currently. All rounders Hammad Azam or Abdul Razzaq should have been tried instead of the wasted spot of Umar Amin. Sharjeel Khan and Haris Sohail are liquid gold in the domestic scene so I hope they will light up Bangladesh. Haris should have been tried as he is the best middle-order prospect other than Misbah-ul Haq. Our batting depth looks good and will be more powerful once all the right players are in the team: Ahmed Shezad, Imran Nazir, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Bhatti, Tanvir, Ajmal

  • soumyas on December 14, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    If you add up all 3 format(Test,ODI,T20) rating points, Countries fare like this 1. South Africa-364, 2. India-362, 3. England-339, 4. Sri Lanka-327, 5. Pakistan-323, 6. Australia-317, 7. West Indies-305, 8. New Zealand-262, 9. Bangladesh-173, 10. Zimbabwe-135, 11. Ireland-125(without playing a test)

  • Hamid79 on December 14, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    211 in 20 overs - I like it !!!

  • mark2011 on December 14, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Congratulations to SL for brilliance performance to retain #1 position!!!. Also credit to Pak for showing great fighting as they are known to be... Its really nice comments here in this threading.. neither side is boasting nor degrading each other instead congratulating and self criticising which shows the sign of real fans as well as sportsmanship as these two countries have been, not like that one big country's fans who always boast themselves and insult their opponents... So SL & Pak are showing real sportmanship on & off the field by their teams as well as fans....Good luck for both Teams for rest of the matches!!!

  • ThilankaK on December 14, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Excellent cricket match ! this is what call T20 ! seems to me Kusal Perera began his new life of cricket ! hope he will be the next Jayasuriya !! he can do it because he has power than those new comers like kohli , dhawan or rohit !!!

  • Shaun_wick on December 14, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Great T20 match. No doubt. Both team well played and SL team showed their are good enough to hold rank no 1 even in overseas pitches. Good luck for both teams for ODI

  • Crick_Expert on December 14, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Good game from SL & PK side, Congrat to SL. sorry PK couldn't keep SL lion in the cage in this match. Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail should be in ODI/T20 team. Sarjeel and Maqsood are good found for PAK TEAM. Bhatti and Usman should go back and improve in domestic.

  • indiasucksgobd on December 14, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Why is bits and pieces player bhatti in the team

  • on December 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Excellent match , real 20/20 cricket flavor

  • many07 on December 14, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Well played to Sri Lanka.good luck both the teams for ODIs.

  • on December 14, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    well played Lions..good luck for Both teams...

  • birdz_eye on December 14, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Good furious display of batting by Sirilanka & a well deserve victory for them. Hopfuly the ODI series will be entertaining as well. Good to see Pakistan youngsters feeling the heat & learning the hard way. One thing I did not understand after S.A series why wickets were made dead flat when knowing SL has batter batsman & PAK has superior bowling armory. They should come out of the shell & play to their bowling strength. All in all a good display of cricket. Unlike the other SA vs IND on sided games.

  • on December 14, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    enjoyed a lot thou Pak lost nice cricket match but four wickets in two overs by own mistakes is a crime. looking forward for a thrilling one day series

  • on December 14, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Intentionally or unimtentionally hafeez made a good decision to bat second in both matches..... our players need practice to chase the totals as they are not used to it even at domestic level.... and you cant win a major event if you are simply relying on winning the toss and batting first in every game....... pakistan batting line did well in both games..... we need our batsman to be good enough to score 150 plus in each game because I am sure our bowlers surely wont let other teams to get that total in every game

  • Pindia on December 14, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Well played to Sri Lanka. Both teams will be dangerous at World T20. Sharjeel and Sohaib have made their claim for the shorter formats and possibly even tests. My best current T20 XI: Shehzad, Sharjeel, Jamshed, Sohaib, Hafeez, Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan...

  • on December 14, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Nothing much to worry yet for Pakistan as they wr without Irfan Junaid and Gul. Spinners were reasonably fine apart from Hafeez and Afridi's 1,1 overs. In batting, Pakistan has shown reasonable fight after being slipped to 85/7 from 82 for 2 ..Sharjeel along side Shehzad will do justice in odis and with Misbah n Sohaib in the middle and inform Akmal n Afridi, Pak batting is looking a bit better .

  • Blade-Runner on December 14, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    It was one heck of a game. It also showed that SL are not short of young talents. I really like our debutant Prasanna. He can not only hit the cover off the ball but he has shots around the wicket too. It was great to see Kusal playing sensible. He never let Ajmal fox him and gave respect to him by not trying to take him on. Unfortunately other Pak bowlers paid the price dearly for Ajmal's brilliance. And..words can not describe the class of King Sanga. It must be a painful experience for bowlers to bowl to Sanga. He moves around the wicket like a cat. He would pull you, drive you, flick you, hook you, cut you, shuffle across the stupms and scoop you. He doesn't have any weaknesses. Fielding was world simply world class. We're in a commanding potion among other T20 sides before the WT20.

    By the Way, where are all those Indians ?? lol I'm yet to read a real funny comment from one of 'em. Pls guys and come over here and say something funny. Just amuse us. Pls...

  • on December 14, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    pakistan bowling is incomplete without gul and junaid

  • on December 14, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    I think Pakistan is lacking with one or two aggressive, deadly fast pacers like shoaib, wasim and waqar

  • on December 14, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    I hope Sharjeel Khan doesnt follow Nasir Jamshed. Logically, all fresh comers dont perform well and they are encouraged and trained to become mature cricketers. In Pakistan its other way round. Youngsters work hard to find a spot in the National team and people are making brilliant starts like Junaid Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafeeq to name a few and then their performances drop to the bottom! I think its our national thinking of "Oh finally i made it. Now lets go and rest" mentality that is so much evident in all spheres of our lives. These guys need to practice and learn more once at the top and they surely are talented.

  • on December 14, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    awesome performance by Srilankan Batting side, but bowling is really not well, anyway SL won da match dats wht I Hope so.. I love our Srilankan Cricket team.. Best team and World No#1 T20 team.. Best of Luck guys... :D

  • on December 14, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Weldon SL very exciting match good luck for both teams next encounter ODI

  • AmmarRajar on December 14, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    1.shahzad 2.sharjeel 3.hafeez 4.haris/malik 5.umar akmal 6.sohaib 7.afridi 8.tanveer/junaid 9.baber 10.ajmal 11.irfan team for worldcup...Shahzad needs to perform good as opener..try to take singles rather then trying shorts

  • Talalthegreat on December 14, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Another tense match to follow up from the first. Pakistan seems to hve found a suitable opening pair at last

  • on December 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka .... respect from Pakistan

  • on December 14, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    At last it seems like Pakistan has found two genuine batsmen. Sharjeel and Maqsood look really good especially there relative calmness. Sharjeel Khan suits the opening position to the core and so does Maqsood. But its too early to get into the conclusion. Still to see Harish Shoail's performance. Opportunities given to Umar Amin is enough. He is looking like a total crap. Usman Khan does not look good, its still early days of his crcketing career. I think he should be given the good domestic exposure before getting into team again. Still waiting to see KAMRAN GHULAM and SAMI ASLAM in the team.

    Srilanka are the best Balanced side in the world. They have the best strike bowler and the best death bowler Malinga and varieties of spin options. Batting department looks awesome too. Destructive DILSHAN, Delightful SANGA, Quality Mahela, Srilankan version of TUKTUK THIRIMANNE, Updated version of sanath KUSAL PERERA, Dangerous THISARA PERERA and young MATHEWS

  • on December 14, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    In ODI Series must be given chance to Anwar Ali. He is a good bowling with excellent batting talent.

  • Test-is-the-best on December 14, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    We done SL tema. Hard luck for Pakistan team this time. What happened to Umar Gul?. He should have been included in T20 matches.

  • Samee0324 on December 14, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail must be in the side and why Anwar ali is not playing i have no idea of Mr. Prof. 11 players selection!! Hafeez must be out and Sharjeel should continue play

    Ahmed Shahzad, Sharjeel, Asad Shafiq/Haris Sohail, Shoaib Maqsood, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Anwar ali/Bhatti, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan

  • on December 14, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Great performance from the Srilankans. Showed character and truly deserved the win.

  • on December 14, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    A total gone case for pak at 85-7.But they came close in the the end just like in the India-Aus .series's final odi

  • yohandf on December 14, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Well what a match . pleasure to witness it live at ground with friends . fantastic atmosphere with almost packed ground . support for both sides but more for Pakistan . anyway Sri Lanka were up to it and won this to tie this series as well as to retain T20 No 1 ranking . Pakistan fought hard and they are great to watch . Well done lions and best wishes for ODI s .

  • on December 14, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Well played Srilanka, a pakistani fan.

  • on December 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    The number of chances Umer Amin has got are justified. You can't expect a player to perform if he's continuously dropped and picked, so i don't blame the selectors for that. However, he's been given enough chances and hasn't performed well at all so he should be dropped from the side.

    Pakistan need to make a few changes to their t20 side. Someone shld replace Umer Amin, i think Haaris Sohail is our best choice. Umar Gul seems to fully fit now (he took a 5 for in a recent game back home) so Usman should make way for him. If thy want to replace Bilalwal thy shld bring in Anwar Ali or maybe Hammad Azam. I'm a huge fan of Razzaq but his time's over now. He can probably still do wonders with the bat but his bowling is below Average.

    Anyway, it was a really good game, Congratulations to Sri lanka, they really played well and clearly had a plan in mind when thy came out to bat.

  • Naresh28 on December 14, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Well Done SL. You guys played with a lot of intensity and the result showed. Perera was the outsanding player. And Mathews played well as well. The seniors gave their heart out. From an Indian fan.

  • junaid_bhai on December 14, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    What the hell Hafeez was doing with young cricketers, I think he should learn from Misbah and Dhoni to handle the pressure and some ethics as well to deal players. as a captain one shouldn't harsh on fielders in the ground, miss fielding, bad throws, late reflexes should be rectify on nets rather in ground in front of 16 cameras, after all every player should be treated with respect as millions of peoples are watching u.

  • Nacyr on December 14, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, my favorite is Pakistan, but second favorite is SL, & I like my Lankan friend, & positive response not like Indian, not a single comments you can see with abuse & say bad against Pakistan or any opposite side… that the sprite I like it from SL, You won it & you deserve it for top T20 ranking….

  • on December 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Well done SL, tough luck Pak...

  • Roshini on December 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Lovely game of cricket played and enjoyed by both nations. Way to go Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Brilliant stuff where both must be congratulated for such a show. We certainly after a very long time had the glimpses of Sri Lanka of old. Pakistan was not far behind with their never say die attitude and kudos for coming so close. Having said that one gets the feeling that Pakistan literally didn't want to upset the Sri Lankan apple cart by going for the No # 1 ranking from the very outset. When you have proven bowling class of Irfan and Junaid to back Tanvir and magician Ajmal, what were the selection panel thinking by bringing in inexperience for a game of great importance? Were they carrying any niggles or did any one whisper in the ears of Hafeez and selection panel of the latest bi-lateral trade agreement worth over Billions both countries have signed leading up to the tour? Lol....

  • dreamliner on December 14, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Good batting and fielding display from Sri Lanka. Pakistan need to sharpen up in the field and having bowled first to avoid dew, the 14 extras conceded were excessive.

    Bowling: 4 bowlers with double digit economy- Dew aside, why was Afridi underbowled? and Usman bowl 4? Captain? Bhatti looked clueless- he needs to adapt his bowling plan to respond to pressure situations or he WILL be targeted. Tanvir's t20 experience showed despite what is thought of him. Bhatti, Usman out, Junaid, Gul or Irfan in (need experience).

    Batting: REPLACE Amin(failed consistently) with H.Sohail, Sharjeel impressed massively, Hafeez out, Raza Hasan in.

    Captain- Hafeez is an v.ordinary allrounder, ok spin(went for 24 in 1ov) & limited batsmen (can not play swing which is a huge liability exploited by teams). His captaining is circumspect; underbowling Afridi is just one example. So bring in spin specialist and make Afridi captain who has more experience and better attacking prowess for t20.

  • on December 14, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    our sri lanka cricket is awesome lion

  • on December 14, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    on the plus side it was a good game but we won but where is the decider?

  • on December 14, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    congrats sri lanka we are the world no 1 t20 team

  • akiW on December 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Great match! As a captain Chandimal is better than Mathews

  • Solid_Snake on December 14, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    About Usman:Donno what was wrong with him..He was clearly under a lot of pressure.He was hit by a six in the first over.His next ball was pitched exactly at the same spot & again ball went for a boundary.Don't know what was going through his mind.But you don't bowl there where you've been hit so easily on previous ball.You don't need to be a cricketer to understand this thing.. This is just common sense.Usman had really bad line and length.He came back in good shape but it was too late for him..Too bad..He will not be seen again in near future

  • on December 14, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Congrats to S.Lanka, Good fight by Pak. Hafeez is Pathatic,he ruining pakistan and young players, he do not know which player to select and how to back the players. There was no need to play Umer Amin in this match, why Haris Sohail is not played. Why did he not try Sohaib Maqsood to bowl. Hafeez is afraid of loosing his place and will never give bowling to any part time bowlers. Umer Akmal has no brain he is waste to try. Get Rehan Afridi (WK), Mohammed Talha, Sadaf Hussain, Hammad Azam and Raza Hasan or Wasim Imad. Remove Abdul Rahman for good.

  • Solid_Snake on December 14, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    SL were better in all departments..Top Class Batting,and then best fielding i've seen in years..Well played SL..You deserved to win.. Also it's a good thing that Pak just did not throw the match away.They kept on trying till the end.Sigh!...Did not have enough wickets or else this target was almost inthe hands:(

  • on December 14, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    what happen to umar gul and imran nazir????? both are match winners on thiere day.pak should have play at least 1 of them.

  • stormy16 on December 14, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Excellent game and good performance by both teams with SL's 200+ always being too much. Kusal batter brilliantly and importantly didn't go too wild and give it away. Good captaincy to promote the pinch hitter and SL needs to look at these sort of tactics more given the number of accumulators they have in the top order. Malinga was hot and cold but did the job when it mattered in the 19th over but he is no longer the force he was. Pakistan has plenty to take away, especially the young batters at the top of the order but concerns about continue to linger leading up to the world t20.

  • on December 14, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Umar Gul is being missed in death overs, Pakistan bowling was just ordinary in this game. Ruined the confidence of poor Usman Khan, he had no clue where to bowl, no line no length. In youngsters no comparison with Mohammed Aamir, that guy was so sharp. Anxiously waiting for his return. In batting you cannot afford to block even one single ball when you already have to achieve more than 10 in a over. Fearless batting was call of the day...still happy to see some fight from Pakistan.

  • Tariqroofi on December 14, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    AnwarvAli is bettet than usman khan....he coukd have sealed the match with sohail tanweer...he proved like bhatti but poor chap is from karachi so like fawad alam he is serving water...75% of the team is from punjab...shame on selectors

  • mensan on December 14, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Umar Amin is a joke in T20. He should be groomed for tests or at the most for ODIs. Further he is an alrounder. He doesn't have a place in team as a specialist batsman only.

  • fayyaz03 on December 14, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    SL Were at their best so they really got better of us last night. Congrats! And Great Game! Proud of you boys. Though you ended up on losing side but you displayed the fight. Selection of young boys is really working and that is the biggest positive point. Some more time, adjustment and experience and this team will start dominating in both limited overs format. Hoping for Quick recovery of Irfan and Gul.

  • mensan on December 14, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Very strange decision to chase after winning toss. I feel it was too early for Usman Khan. He just doesn't have the experience to perform against world class batsmen. Bilawal Bhatti, as has been my assessment since his debut, is a very average ability playey. His height is inadequate for a fast bowler. He can't be successful at international level. Hammad Azam is a much better player.

    SL batsmen made a lot of runs through unconventional shots. Pakistanis perhaps could not play a single unconventional shot. Sharjeel is a good prospect; I would give him a chance in tests also. Umar Akmal disappointed. Hafeez just can't play an outswinger.

  • mensan on December 14, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Hafeez just can't play an outswinger. He has the same problem for the last 10 years in international cricket.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on December 14, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Wow good match.. Bad luck my pakistani friends, I'm sure you guys will bouce back.. All the best for both teams in coming matches... It's so nice to see fans wishing each other well..

  • Htc-Android on December 14, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    I like the way Kusal batted in this game. He dint do any blind hitting in this game. Started with a run a ball 29 and then he just took off from there on. It was a very sensible innings from him. If he continue to play with this style, he is going to be much more consistent and will win many game for us.

  • Udendra on December 14, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    tremendous batting by Kusal Janith. well played.

  • Ray24 on December 14, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Good game by Pakistan batsmen. Only if the Hafeez, Akmal and Amin had done something. Hafeez was pathetic as a captain. Junaid was the bowler who should have played instead of Usman. Then, you have to take Usman off after his first over and slot him in here and there. The way Hafeez was screaming at Sharjeel shows how scared he is of the youngsters of taking over his opening role. I must say Sharjeel was very impressive, he has a solid technique and can make runs when required. He and Sohaib are very good finds - hopefully they will be persisted with. Umar Amin needs to go! Haris should play in his place for a few games. Umar Akmal showed why he cannot be a great player - he has no clue of the team requirements, he has no clue how to pace and plan an innings. Pak has some good batsmen but given the selectors history, I have little hope that they will be properly groomed. SL opener was ok, but the way he struggled against Tanvir shows he has a lot to do before he is worldclass.

  • on December 14, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka well played although, last few overs were brilliantly batted by Pak bowlers. Lasith Maling's indiscipline bowling should be corrected immediately. Promoting Seekkuge to No. 4 was an excellent decision. All the best to S/L,

  • on December 14, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Srilanka is victorx in right...

  • criclanka on December 14, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    congratulations.owsom performance by Sri Lankan team.To day we saw a emergance of a super batting power house.just the kind of one we have been waiting after the retirement of Sanath.Dilly,Sanga played well too..well done once again..good luck for both team in ODIs..we are looking forward to a great battle..

  • Siva-The-Human on December 14, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    WoW!!!!!!!Sangakara, What a game, A Real Flat Track Bully and this is the very bored T20 match I had ever seen.......But Pak you Played outstandingly with never give up.

  • Crick_Expert on December 14, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    What a good match, Congrat to SL. A good lesson for PAK Team to improve batting before the T20 WC.

  • Crick_Expert on December 14, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    CONGRAT to SL. SL Batsmen played great. Bad decision by Hafeez to bat first, while he knows his batsmen level. PAK lost this match due to weak planning, and played without calculation, how to reach 211.

    When SL scored 211 runrates was around 12, then AFRIDI should be sent as opener. AFRIDI always played great in powerplay, he can reduce runrate down upto 6 per over. Then PAK team can complete rest of score by single/double etc.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 14, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Well Played SL. special is when SL batting we found 23 years Sanga instead of 36 and 24 years Dilshan instead of 37. Well done 2 seniors if u played like this every match we can simply forgot age factor and even until 40 you can play to SL XI. Sensible playing from Kusal and he was the anchor role of SL batting less than his current Strike Rate 150% but it helps to pass 200. and can't forget little blaster from Prasanna 21 of just 8 balls. Nothing bad in batting but Bowling and Fielding are vary some time superb some times null. hope continue this Batting form and improve mistakes in Bowling and surely Lion has a great chance of wining ODI's. all the best.

  • wrathoflegend on December 14, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Well. We thought Srilankan's are our best friends. Their Batsmen showed no mercy to our young bowlers, and no respect to senior bowlers :( JUST KIDDING

    Well played Srilanka. Brilliant ! Congratulations!!!

    Brave move from Pakistani management, and captain , At least finally they are giving full go to youngsters. Which may cost few matches but will pay off well in the end. Compared to previous management/selection committee. Which kept on re-using dead meat and rendering to complete depletion of talent, and was still loosing. Should have included Junaid Khan in this match though in place of Umar Amin to be safe. Still gr8 fight , could have been victorious if couple of experienced batsmen wold have stayed. Should consider Hammad Azam(real allrounder) in place of Bhatti (inconsistent utility player). Bad day for Hafeez. Hope he will recover quickly to retain his place.

  • on December 14, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    have they dropped gul or is he injured?

  • on December 14, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Pakistan brothers , respect for u .What i see during the match was pakistanies waving boths SL and pak flags..well played both teams

  • Lion83 on December 14, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Sri lanka played like the no 1 T 20 team in the world and good decision to send prassanna up the order. Sri lanka must use their power hitters to maximum in this format.

  • on December 14, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    a brilliant performance by srilankan. outstanding effort to chase down big total by pakistan.we have to admitt HAFEEZ lost it.with HAFEEZ its all about me me and me, when he ever thing about country who has given him so much respect.what would have happen if he stayed out as of not well and let afridi captain side. probably or i say definitely be brilliant decisions from toss onwards. HAFEEZ get some rest when you need it and play when you are 100% well.

  • Sheikasif on December 14, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Lesson 1 for Pakistan fans-Never count the chickens before the egg hatches..Too much loud noises was being made about Pakistan getting to #1 spot. Well played SL. SL should show same determination everytime.With such play, SL will remain top of the world for long time.

  • SaadRocx on December 13, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    No Excuses Pak played worse T20 game ever and deserved to Lose..Well Done Srilanka Gluck for ODI series,..Pak Fan! :)

  • Pak117 on December 13, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Excellent Batting for SL...the youngster Parera is gem of a batsman and he played well along side a mentor Sangakara--a match winner...Great batting guys. Good to see my home boys fought...but that was a monumental task to achieve 200+

  • CricketChat on December 13, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Been waiting for a knock like this from Kusal Perera for ages! There were lot of expectations from him and finally, he clicked today. Hopefully, this will kick start his start & stop career. Great chase by Pak! No shame in losing like this!

  • Herath-UK on December 13, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    A wonderful game & well done Sri Lanka. To remain on top of the busiest format of the game,T20 league over a year says itself what an excellent outfit is this.Pak did a good fight but not yet as good as the Lankans. Prasanna played a good cameo & he should be groomed as such. Congrats to Sri Lanka. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on December 13, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    its very good cricket I ever seen. hafeez should open today.

  • Messa1 on December 13, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    where are all the Ind fans? they probably act as if they haven't seen the results. LOL

  • Messa1 on December 13, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    as I've predicted SL fought hard and came back on top. Well played Kusal. Also well done to both teams Sri Lanka ans Pakistan on their performances on both the T20s

  • on December 13, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    dam ncare about the ratings , whats good for the upcoming ODIs is that Lankans ve roared back at us in their typical style..... wud be gr8 to watch the ODIs between these two Giants of World Cricket ...best of luck PAK & SRILANKA

  • on December 13, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    one good inning u guys have the player sit on ur head n one n if the same player fails to score runs or pick up wicket u the same guy start to criticize n replace the player.comn grow up guys this is not a school or college championship! ok.

  • Nadeemusman on December 13, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Congratulations to the magician Saeed Ajmal for completing 100 wickets in 1 year. I hope you play for another five years and be one of the highest wicket taker in the world.

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    What i dont understand is ... this was our last chance to see our team in action before wc there is no more t20 atleast no scheduled one, so should have selected anwar ali and played him usman was selected in the first t20 but was not allowed to bowl at all, u have junaid khan, gul and irfan along with tanvir so u know ur team for the wc t20 junaid and tanvir will play so y did hafeez not played anwar in any game here? has the decision to keep or drop him has been taken already? well there is a def problem with top opening spot with ahmad failing itself is a problem, sharjeel improved with pressure so good but then he lost focus really quickly any way i am happy with our performance today showed only if we had one more bowling alrounder instead of usman we might have won the game ... anwar ali is the only player in our domestic circle who has hit 6 twice on last ball where his team required 7 to win, tied both games. he might have given us the WIN, get him IN he is our missing link

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Who is Umar Amin related to in the pak selection panel? No other reason can explain what he's doing in the Squad. Pakistan need a professional sport management company to run their cricket and a phychologist for each playerBr. Sharjeel must understand the cricket pitch is not a mosque and that a fifty was just the first step in a journey of a thousand miles. Sohaib Maqsood was clueless. he didn't understand the format of the game. Moh'd Hafeez is NOT a batsman and he's not a captain. Bring back Misbah.

  • Rocketman1 on December 13, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    It's good to see Kusal Perera finally let loose. Hopefully by 2015 WC he will be the reliable opener or a blaster down the order if he gets keeping duties. The 2014 T20 WC will be great exposure to him. Well played Pakistan. You got fairly close considering the strange selections made. SL suffer from the same problem at times. It might be a Pakistan vs SL final again next year.

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    pak win SL win, don-t know why I Feel win win situation.I think I LIKE THEN BOTH AS MY TEAMS,though am Pakistani and Pakistan's team fan...

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Well played SL. I am not surprised the way you played. If you re battling for top position in T20. You should play in a same manner.

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Pakistan has missed to become No.1 in T20 format. Pakistan has shown poor performance in all fields of today match. Umair Amin has still has a lot of " Ducks" in his bat. Give him more chance to get a golden " Duck".

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Well played Srilanka! Great courage shown by Tanvir and Ajmal. Even after that collapse they were determined. Good character shown by the tail enders even after a pathetic collapse in the middle order. If only our batsmen can learn from the innings of tanvir how to play under pressure

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Brave job from tailenders and lala ............But still a collapse in the Top-order and middle..... Hafeez should improve his batting style and work hard as a captain and shouldn't throw the wicket as a debutant player.. Why does Umar amin is given frequent chance with his lower quality batting,,instead a chance should be given to Harris Sohail or to the well-experienced Razzaq..... Giving chance to new bowlers is common but it should be fruit-full orelse a sudden change must be made by dropping the debutant and lending the experienced Junaid khan in the side.. A great new found by the Pakistani's was the Left-hand opener Sharjeel and he should continue it with great responsibility and should not panic,,he should learn from the seniors in the team.. A valuable message is that don't throw the wicket like that,instead try to play like a Pakistani SHERR..

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    world no 1 T20 side in the world......

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Pak's good fight back except the middle order. Didn't take much calculated risk. Never the less 398 in a T20 was def worth watching #PakvSL

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Match was given away by poor captaincy. Hafeez looked out of sorts clearly. Srilanka clearly does not have much to challenge Pakistan team at least in T.20 It was just due to some moments where if had Hafeez rested himself, Pakistan could have made a better come back. 12 overs 100-1 you do not expect SriLanka to score above 200. It was that very over of some very loose bowling from Hafeez which shifted the momentum. As we found out in the end a target of 180 odd runs was well within reach of Pakistan batting line up. Any ways Srilanka won the important moments and remained ahead of the game at all times. Although if they want to listen and understand the truth then they have to work on their bowling.

  • on December 13, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Poor captaincy by Hafeez, his body language was low through out and did not do any justice to a youngster Usman by giving him new ball. SL payed well to win but Team Shaheen showed glimpses of hope with young batsmen and Afridi in reaching near to line.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Seriously Pakistan's young team need a mentor in Batting and Bowling. Presence of Younis Khan (since other than him and Misbah we don't have any experience batsmen in Batting lot in domestic circle as well) and Umar Gul in Bowling will be quite handy to train this lot. They have talent but can not win matches!

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    It was yet a very good game by both of the teams. They've played very well. SL played adorable today so they deserved this victory and, have gotten one. I realized their (SL) passion when they started to play today. There was a considerable aggression shown by every single player of SL to defend their No. #: 1 ranking in T20. It was an awesome match today.

    Vividly, speaking I'm Paki and, would like to request Pakistan cricket team and management both that they should focus on the weaker areas such as poor fielding and batting. They must learn from the mistakes.

    Sharjeel Khan was cleanly bowled on a very convenient delivery for over-excitement. He should have continued with Afridi. But, for now forget it and lets wish Pakistan and all other teams the best of luck for the next time. J

  • shahnbej on December 13, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Field settings for Usman was very bad . I don't know why Hafiz did not place a third man fielder. As SA battsman said there was no third man fielder and that's way he went for scoop. It is deliberately or pore captaincy by Hafiz because most of runs scored behind the stump of Usman. What a poor captain WHO don't know how to set fielding for a fast bowler.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    What i like is respectable comments about cricket by fans of 2 nation. mutual respect and appreciation of game crIcket,really hope all fans of great cricket can be same way and enjoy the games

  • Hassan2528 on December 13, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    sharjeel a confident youngster along with sohaib maqsood, i hope maqsood will over come on this mistake of hitting good length balls high up in the air, overall good fight by pakistan in the end, this wicket nd dew factor surely helped in high scoring match, now one day series gona b a fighting series, with haris sohail in place of umer amin nd junaid khan in place of usman khan, also we can bring in zulfiqar babar in place of bilawal bhati if needed, he is also a good bat, Good luck pak nd congrats Lanka

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. Congrats from Pakistan. You deserved this victory. It's always a good contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. SL batters were outstanding and their fielding was brilliant, Pakistan took a gamble by playing with 2 inexperienced bowlers in Bhatti and Usman, and paid the price. Sharjeel seems to be a good find for us. Pakistan lost but not without a fight, and that's what we fans want from our side. All in all a good contest. Good luck to both teams for upcoming matches.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Umar akmal a total waste.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Shahid afridi deserves a trophy for making it to consecutive double figure scores....When was the last time it happened?

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  • on December 13, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    How many chances will umer Amin get.....? I think he should be dropped & give chance to another youngster...I do not see any talent in this guy...he cann't be word class batsman...

  • Hassan2528 on December 13, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    sharjeel a confident youngster along with sohaib maqsood, i hope maqsood will over come on this mistake of hitting good length balls high up in the air, overall good fight by pakistan in the end, this wicket nd dew factor surely helped in high scoring match, now one day series gona b a fighting series, with haris sohail in place of umer amin nd junaid khan in place of usman khan, also we can bring in zulfiqar babar in place of bilawal bhati if needed, he is also a good bat, Good luck pak nd congrats Lanka

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    (Cont.) Kusal played a marvelous innings. He scored boundaries and sixes with calculated risks. This shows how good he can be in the long run of his career. The important thing is how far he can carry his form which SL team would desperately need of him at least till the mega event,T20 WC 2014. Prasanna's cameo played an important role with bat and later on he also got 2 wickets though he was a bit expensive but defending a big total, bowlers usually also expect the opponents to fire. Overall SL played better than Pak so they are well deserved. The team SL proved today that being # 1 in T20 was neither coincidence nor fluke rather they had earned that by passing through many laborious and painstaking efforts. They didn't carry the crown for granted.Honestly speaking there would have been really a hell of enthusiasm had there been another match of the T20 series. Anyways both the team showed some unforgettable show and enthused the fans with climaxes and anticlimaxes.Bravo SL & Pak!!!!

  • Zahidsaltin on December 13, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Well played Sirilanka. Pakistan's choice of playing Bhatti and Usman both, was a very poor decision. Bhatti is nothing but a liability and so is our bowling coach. Bhatti has been hit all around the ground in every match he played. Are we gonna play him because he can sometimes score 10-15 runs? Had one of our middle batsman played a mini nock, we could have won this

  • SILVERSANGA on December 13, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    What an entertaining game for a Friday night! This is what T20s are all about. And SL once again made a comeback after losing the first game in a T20 series. We came hard at Pakistanis. And Kusal.. I'd like to give full credit to SL selectors for having faith on him. This guy is purely talented! A bright future awaiting for him. Looking forward for his performance in ODis. Hopefully he played as the opener in tests too which will help him to brush up his techniques.

    Overall a great show off from both sides. Have to admit that Pakistan bowled poorly while SL bowlers did comparably well even with the dew factor. Pakistani batsmen didn't bat sensibly. But we kept wickets in hand and had ourselves in a commanding position in latter overs.

    Nice fight back by Pakistan after being 121/8. Oh had they got wickets in hand it could have been a different story tbh. But that's T20 for you.

    More important Odis and tests are coming... Let the better team prevail.

  • deshwani on December 13, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @mzm149.. now u have been informed by sharjeel what he is :) I believe he will be more powerful in ODI because there will be much time for him to settle the inning and play shots on selected balls. But obviously he has big shots and it is what we were missing in opening. Umer Amin!! Wht shud i say about him? Itney chance mujhey miltey na to kam az kam 2 half centuries to bana deta main! I would have think tht Haris sohail replaced Amin but again haris missed another match and amin did same!! Gate him out forever now for God sake. Hafeez is dheet he cant replace his batting position and badly snatching 1down position from maqsood or any younger! He is very poor batsman. We would have been won this match if akmal or amin put some runs.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    wonderful t20 match. well done SL.

  • Rifard_SL on December 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    First of all its an awesome piece of cake. Not only Sri Lanka wins it..Pakistan too. They were 85/7 and it looked as they will have 100 more runs remaining aftrr all woods are taken off. Afridi came and fired allover to say its not over folloed by tanvur and ajmal to make it decent total of 187/10..usually u don't see this. Waitimg for the ODI series..well done sri Lanka..well done pakistan. Its Afridi who is more suitable for man oc the series in his format of game..

  • shahnbej on December 13, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Usman and Bahtti both are young and very little experience . If they are tried in ODI For longer spell definitely they will improve quickly. In t20 where there is every battsmen go for short It is very hard for new comers to get some experience. I hope both will get chance in ODI.

  • Nadeemusman on December 13, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Congratulations SL for wining this cracker of a match. Kushal p is a great find. His footwork is amazing and remind us of the great jayasuriya.sangas catch of afridi was the catch of this t20 series. SL played attacking cricket. Pakistan give away 30 plus runs because of bad bowling. When are we going to stop experimenting in crucial ties. Junaid khan was dropped for new bowler usman khan which is highly surprising. Usman has to learn alot. Umar amin, bilawal bhatti and umar akmal were dismissed for ducks. It is high time umar amin and umar akmal should be dropped and give place to sarfaraz ahmed and shan masoud. These guys have been given a lot of chances and they have not delivered. Sharjeel khan played beautifully. Sohail tanwir innings was a treat to watch. One thing is for sure this series is going to be a real cracker and the fans are going to love it. Good luck to both the teams

  • Sinhaya on December 13, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    I have to say that fans of both sides must not be harsh on their bowlers. No doubt the dew had an impact. Only the best of the best like Ajmal and Senanayake managed to impress.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Wow. what a thrilling match this was. well played Sri lankans. sanga you are the best. I dont know why whenever we playing against sri lanka and we loose I dont feel bad as i do if the opponent is any other team. By the way who is this Umar Amin and why is he there in the ground when the match is on?

  • Sinhaya on December 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well played Kushal Perera the KP of Sri Lanka and you are no doubt a clone of Sanath Jayasuriya. Once again, Sachithra Senanayake was our most economical bowler too just like in the 1st T20. Full credit to Sohail Tanvir for some late hitting adding much excitement. I guess Tanvir must go up the order. Well dew no doubt affected bowlers of both sides. Have to say thank you to the fans for going in large numbers on a Friday night as this level of interest will no doubt justify Dubai being a great cricket venue even for ICC events as the weather is the best there.

    Great that our youngsters KP and Senanayake are leading the way. Hopefully Chandimal will be among the runs in the ODIs. Pakistan will be tougher in ODIs as they proved their might in SA. Pakistani youngsters no doubt have performed better than SL young ones lately. I hope Misbah Ul Haq will be Pakistan's top run scorer in ODIs as he is my favorite of all Pakistani cricketers in history.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    In the end,the game of cricket won... a very good match.. very well played Sri lanka, not a bad fight from pakistan as well... anyways congrats to lanka for retaining no.1 postion,( from pakistan)

  • bouncer709 on December 13, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Can't understand why Umer Amin played here, he has been dropped from ODI team, they should have included Haris Sohail, who will be part of ODI. Shame that some PCB officials used to say Umer Amin is the future captain of Pakistan, but this happens only in Pakistan that a player who don't deserve place in team is made captain. Umer Amin has been given every opportunity to play 50+ score, to keep his place granted. But he could not. Umer Akmal once again disappointing, impossible to understand his problem. PCB should make him sit outside to bring his brain back to proper place. In place of Umer Amin they should include Imran Nazir in T20 Squad for WC and unleash him to do some damage to opposition early on.

  • Blade-Runner on December 13, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    And..That's why we're no.1 T20 team in world !!! Kusal "Master Blaster #2" Perera showed why he is called the next big thing in the limited over cricket AGAIN. What a match. Pakistan played well too. But SL bowlers did a great job with the wet ball.(even the ball had to be changed at 1 point). All those people who said that Sanga isn't a T20 player probably watched his innings. His SR was 200+. lol And this new guy, Prasanna.WOW.what a finding for Sri Lanka. Boy..he can hit the ball alright. He went for a few runs but kept his cool n picked up 2 important wickets.

    And Once again,King Sanga proved he is not only the BEST BATMAN in the world but also the BEST WICKET KEEPER in the world EVER. What a catch he took to send Afridi off.

    And, Sri Lanka as an unit proved that they r the best fielding side in the world, specially on that wet outfield.

    Anyway, It was a gem of a game. Well done Sri Lanka for winning the game and retaining the No.1 place and Kudos to PAK for that great fight.

  • Crick_Chater on December 13, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    People who mourn Pak batting should take a lesson. We are not short of talent, it is selectors who were picking or sticking with wrong selection. After all with so many cries and shouts, Pak got in Sharjeel, Sohaib and Harris Sohail.

    Please stick with them and add few more, such as M.Rizwan, Hammad Azam and keep this fellow Usman. He seems a great find and needs more chances.

  • ICKY on December 13, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    I fail to understand that why selectors ignored Umar Gul. Their excuse that he is not fit is totally wrong as he got 5 for 12 in 10 overs against ZTB today. It is selectors who spoil the career of experienced players by dumping them for vested interest and spoil the new debutant bowlers by playing them without having to sit outside as 12th man and bowl in nets with senior bowlers to learn for couple of series and then give them a shot. Umar Gull is the best in T20 format, I don't think he is as useful in ODI's though.

  • bouncer1021 on December 13, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Well done SL. 16 balls made the difference. 5 wkts for 22 runs. Experiments with Usman and Umer Amin fired back but with return of Gul, Irfan and Junaid...this looks like a string T20 squad.

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    poor captaincy by hafeez to give first over to debutant who knows nothing of seam bowling, keeps mid off up when tanveer was bowling last over with out side off yorkers bhatti saab is out of socks, thinks he is a sure selection, bold poor lengths and allrounder ssaab scores duck, v poor shahzad needs to learn as well, there is difference in slogging and well planned hitting , learn to rotate strike after 4 over 20 runs to hafeez was the turning point in match

  • on December 13, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    wowww what a match , I know pak lost, but man they put a good fight up, and thats what we pak fans want, give it the best, win lose part of game..good luck for ODI

  • Hassan2528 on December 13, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    sharjeel a confident youngster along with sohaib maqsood, i hope maqsood will over come on this mistake of hitting good length balls high up in the air, overall good fight by pakistan in the end, this wicket nd dew factor surely helped in high scoring match, now one day series gona b a fighting series, with haris sohail in place of umer amin nd junaid khan in place of usman khan, also we can bring in zulfiqar babar in place of bilawal bhati if needed, he is also a good bat, Good luck pak nd congrats Lanka

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    what a game its been..sri lanka played really well...have to give it to them...pakistan showed fight till their last breath...Sanga,dilshan,kusal and prassanna batted well while on pakistans side tanvir played the role of sanga...ajmal played the role like prassannas...afridi played like dilshan,about 10 runs short i think...if only sharjeel scored scored as much as kusal, a good innings nevertheless...pakistans batting showed that they can fight and i feel they will gel better as they progress...neway..good luck to both teams for the odi series...want pakistan to win though.. :)

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    poor poor bowling.. i really don't why umar amin is in the team ? why junaid is being replaced with Usman when you don't have any senior fast bowler and i mean fast bowler not tanveer. i think pakistani team need a psychologist. they really can't handle the pressure. they can make any situation worse and specially hafeez. he is like Pakistani politicians always manipulating playing with careers of youngsters.At least pick a balance team.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka... You really deserved to win today.. The way you played today really reflected that YOU ARE NUMBER.1.. Congratulations on retaining the top spot.. Loved Sanga today! Sanga you beauty! And very well played Pakistan.. I Seriously didn't expect such a fight... Thankyou for proving me wrong Love You..!! I'm happy we had a great game of cricket and as it should be, the better team emerged victorious... Nevertheless a drawn series is much better than a losing one.. Congratulations Sri Lanka.. Looking forward to a cracking one day series as well :)

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Let wait and the lame justificaiton for keeping Umar Amin. Let him rest a little

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Pakistan fought well while chasing !!

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    First Hafeez did bad captaincy as he gave Usman Shinwari another chance ahead of Junaid due to the media pressure.... and secondly in batting Ahmed Shehzad & Hafeez are the culprits the way he bat to chase 200+ runs... They both know I think the target is 212 not 120... I think they both are responsible for Pak defeat.. Well played SL to retain its first spot

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Pakistan played with 3 bowlers, its good and brave that they are giving chance to young guys.

    Srilanka played with full strength and did well, they deserved to win after posting 211 on the board.

    Misbah should replace Umar Amin, Razaq should be in for Bhatti, Irfan will replace Usman and that's deadly T20 team for up coming worldcup!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka..played like the best T20 side in the world. but should have closed out the game, well played Pakistan for never giving up!!

  • Blade-Runner on December 13, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    And..That's why we're no.1 T20 team in world !!! Kusal "Master Blaster #2" Perera showed why he is called the next big thing in the limited over cricket AGAIN. What a match. Pakistan played well too. But SL bowlers did a great job with wet ball.(even the ball had to be changed at one point). All those people who said that Sanga isn't a T20 player probably watched his innings. His SR was 200+. lol And this new guy, Prasanna.WOW.what a finding for Sri Lanka. Boy.. he can hit the ball alright. He went for a few runs but kept his cool and picked up 2 important wickets.

    And Once again, King Sanga proved he is not only BEST BATMAN in the world but all the BEST WICKET KEEPER in the world EVER. What a catch he took to send Afridi off.

    And, Sri Lanka as an unit proved that they are the best fielding side in the world, specially on that wet outfield.

    Anyway, It was a gem of a game. Well done Sri Lanka for winning the game and retaining the No.1 place and Kudos to PAK for that great fight.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    3 Ducks and 4 wickets Between 83-85 costs Pakistani team a lot while chasing a massive total

  • Stark62 on December 13, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    On the same day Pak get hammered for 200+, Sadaf Hussain picks up 8 wickets in an innings, along with Gul and Ehsan taking 5 each!!

    Sadaf Hussain has consistently been the best bowler domestically for 3-4 years, whilst Ehsan is having a spectacular 2013 and he impressed thoroughly last year too, in addition Gul isn't as good in Tests but he is still the best fast bowler Pak have in T20's and is useful in ODI's too.

    Also, both Amin and Shinwari were selected because of their solid showing in a T20 tournament but they have failed miserably, whilst Haris has been the best batsman domestically for the past 2 years, along with Fawad, Sharjeel and Maqsood (the latter two showing good potential).

    Lastly, a one-off chased total doesn't mean you are good chasers all of a sudden, especially considering it was Afridi who took you over the line.

  • shahnbej on December 13, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Both umars and Hafiz give away their wicket as gift to SL. What a bed captaincy. Captain should lead from front, but unfortunately to say those three are burden on team. Get rid of them if we want to win matches.

  • rukshan11 on December 13, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Yes Sri Lanka well played Lions!! ,, and whoa that is why we sri lankans love you pakistanis.. never ever give up without a fight.. What an awesome series this is gonna be!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on December 13, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    1st of all credit to Srilanka they out played us in all departments. Pakistan did wrong team selection as I said it earlier Usman's selection was per-mature had Junaid Khan been playing Srilanka wouldn't have scored that much also Junaid can bat a bit. Umar Amin only God knows what he is doing in the squad let alone playing 11.

    Not much contribution from the top order except Sharjeel Khan. Good fight from Afridi, Tanveer and Ajmal in the end but it was all late but still I believe if top order would have contributed a bit it would have be a lot easier for the tail to make an escape.

  • A.Adhami on December 13, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    why cant pakistan selectors understand that they ruining umar amin carrier by playing him every matche. he needs to learn batting first before coming on international arena, he needs to improve his domestic batting average which is in 20s at the moment. He has been failed on all the chances been given.

  • ICKY on December 13, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Hafeez's decision to play the game despite sickness was a selfish one. He can't give his 100% due to health issues then why risk own health and Pak chances, the answer, he didn't want to leave Captaincy for others to close the gap on slot. Totally immature and childish decision.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    WOW!!! This match was no doubt one of the best T20 matches. A match that was full of blitz,mastery,eloquence,dexterity and awesomeness!!! Both the teams again did well but this was SL who stole the show. The T20 cricket needs such matches to enliven the stage which is overall very good for the cricket itself. The T20 cricket has become no more hit and miss game as it was in its beginning years 2007 and 2008 rather it has been evolved into use of consistent use of talent coupled with the utilization of skills. M.Hafeez, after winning the toss earlier on expected the opponents that they will struggle to defend their total if it's there around 150 again but this time the team SL had some other plans. Chandimal and Co. knew well to score to that extent which may be very challenging despite of the dew factors which they achieved well. Kusal Perera was at his best by playing some elegant strokes all around the ground justifying his selection. He is a great find and good asset for SL. (Cont.)

  • tao585 on December 13, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Well done Sri Lankan Lions for retaining the Number One T20 Spot, and well done Pakistan for fighting it out especially tail enders (including Afridi but excluding Usman Khan Shinwari)

  • Prabhash1985 on December 13, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Congratulations... But, man! It was a great fight, especially by Tanvir!

  • yorkslanka on December 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    congratulations to both teams on a cracking match today. I am personally gald that we managed to pick ourselves up after losing the other day and also maintaining the #1 rank( i know its only T20 but better than nothing)..Well played to Pakistan too, great innings form Sharjeel and a fantastic rear guard effort from Tanvir & Ajmal.. just wating for the usual indian "fans" to come on and tell us how we were lucky/ bowled poorly/ held up by younsgters and finally how their batsmen would have knocked it off in two overs etc etc etc...probably say they would be glad if they were on fire as they would be warmer than everyone else..

  • kc69 on December 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Well Played Sri lanka..I agree it was a good knock by Kusal Parera but please don't forget the other 3 knocks that really got SL to such a big score.SL bowling is still a worry.Moving on to ODI's i would rate Pakistan as favorites.

  • Ramansilva on December 13, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Pakistan gave a good chase. Congratulations!!! to both teams for very entertaining cricket. The better team on the day won.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    tanvir justified his place for all his critics

  • Hira1 on December 13, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    how come Usman got preference over Junaid?, looks Pak is not serious in winning matches and is rather focusing on trying new players after every match, problem is even if new guys perform they get dropped after 1 or 2 bad performances. Owais Zia, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and too many players are wasted because of ill planned management.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Well played by SL. They lost 1st one but came back so strongly. they knew that dew will be a factor later on so they made extra effort in batting by scoring far too many runs.

    Well played by both openers and then final touches by Sanga on the eve of winning ICC award was simply awesome.

    And fielding by SL was awesome. Some brilliant cathes.

    hoping to see good Odi series between both teams.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Simply too many runs for pakistan and apart from sharjeel and afridi no 1 else from top 8 contributed much. nothing from Ahmed,hafeez, umar akmal, umar amin, bhatti.

    Maqsood got another start but again gone in trying to hit.in almost all of the games so far, he got starts but failed to make it count.

    Sharjeel played well. and was very good. Soft dismissal in the end. but looked good. Well played by Afridi for his little innings.

    Good innings from Tanvir in the end but too late and too many wickets lost.Showed that if wickets were in hand then pak had a chance.Even ajmal played well.

    When your no 9 and 10 are your 2nd and 4th top scorer then it shows what you have done.

    Another mini collapse. 4 wickets in 7 balls for 3 runs.

    Hafeez might have seen Steyn bowling instead of Kulasekra.

    Poor bowling today by pakistan. Only ajmal did something. rest were too expensive. Usman is not ready for this level.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    No matter who wins.. great game of cricket.. i wish pakistan win but if they loose still a great fight .. well played both srilanka and pakistan.

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    too many wickets lost in middle. 4 wickets in 7 balls for 3 runs.

  • yorkslanka on December 13, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    although he has saved us many times, its about time we drop malinga from T20 as he is bowling really poorly( unless he is in a mumbai indians shirt), cant bat for toffee and cant be bothered in the field ( again unless he has his other blue shirt on)..he needs to realise no one is bigger than the team..thanks for your services Mali..

  • Solid_Snake on December 13, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    @mzm149 :You are praising Sharjeel?Strange..You were saying that his technique is not good,he can't play etc etc.. Anyways..He was really impressive today..Great batting..

  • Tal_Botvinnik on December 13, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    I can say SL has the world's greatest fielding unit now, sanga, lahiru...

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    Bring in as many youngsters as you can. Usman need grooming. Umer Amin probably playing at wrong place ..

  • Solid_Snake on December 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    damn...66 runs 30 balls is chaseable.But no wickets left :(

  • on December 13, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    146 for 8 after 15 overs why they dont understand just play till the end just bad decision of hitting the balls.

  • mzm149 on December 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I must say Sharjeel Khan has impressed.

  • bouncer709 on December 13, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    our fate, again bring us to Afridi, Hafeez Simply disturbing Pakistan batting order, he is not one down material. Umer Amin is going wicket every time. but probably this is his last match for Pakistan.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Can someone please tell PCB that they need to get rid of Umar Akmal

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Sharjeel was tired of seeing wickets fall at the other end. he sure showed he is capable of batting. well played.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    well played by sharjeel but disappointing dismissal. missed a juicy full toss. but well played for his little innings. simply too many runs for pakistan. with no contribution from ahmed, hafeez and umar akmal. disappointing to see maqsood getting out like that yet again.

    Up to afridi once again.

  • mzm149 on December 13, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan has impressed. Listen @bouncer709 I am praising him :).

  • yorkslanka on December 13, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    this young man Sharjeel, seems pretty handy, looking good...Pak fans, forgive my ignorance on your domestic guys, is he a T20 specialist as he seems very good...

  • bouncer709 on December 13, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    People earlier wanted young players, now blaming young Usman, this is cricket, Can say fault of Hafeez or Usman fault, every body was leaking runs, and they could not get wickets, so it was expected that Srilankans were going behind the bowlers at the end. Difficult for Pakistan, but still they can fight, wicket is too easy to bat on.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    LoL, what a shot by hafeez for got out i dont understand why he is playing at No.3 why not including Maqsood at his number...

  • sweet2hrme on December 13, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Why its harsh to say Usman! A young bowler dnt hv sense. He is coming n bowling but not using his mind. U say its talent or just school boy. In these 2 matches i dnt find anything i dnt know how u say its talent.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Hafeez saw steyn's flashback instead of Kula... :)

  • sweet2hrme on December 13, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    I hv never seen this kind of wayward bowling by pakistan. Its like school boys. Plz change the whole team. Last time usman bowled only 1 wayward over this time 4. His over set the tone to show wayward bowling! What a blunder captaincy by Hafeez.. What a harsh pak dnt hv a talented players.. Pak future is going no where.. Its rare to see any talent that can compete on world level. Plz change the whole and bring new faces now im getting bore by see these old faces.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    how had more chances to win

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    bad umparing...shezad is out

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    only his 9th t20i, and already kusal perera is headed over for his THIRD man of the match award in the format. magnificent.

  • caromball on December 13, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    All the best to Seekkuge Prasanna.hope he will do a much better job with the ball than with the bat.

  • on December 13, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    kule what are you doing...

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    i am still saying thisara must send at top before sanga...if chandimal do dat we can easily take 15-30 runs..but well done by sanga,prassana,perera,dill...whole sl team

  • Ashfaq1971 on December 13, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    I dont agree with anybody who is criticising Usman. Its Hafeez fault for putting him to slaughter when they were going after everybody. Why didn't Afridi come forward to bowl when he still has 2 overs left!!

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Pakistan had a chance is they are chasing 214 in 50 over game.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    wonderful batting display by Sri Lanka ... They jst thrashed the ball to every corner of the ground. Usman is way too young to be introduced at this level. This is the frist time any team has scored 200+ against Pakistan so job well done by SriLanka. Lets see how our batsmen goin to chase that? due factor will definitely help them & yeah Ajmal again proved hes the best in the business :) Best of Luck Pakistan!

  • tao585 on December 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Muhammad Hafeez (Captain Pakistan T20), I personally apologize for criticizing you in first T20 for restricting Usman Khan bowling prowess to one over. Today you give him full quota of overs and he set the tone for Pakistan's expected defeat. That lad does not know to bowl a single ball on a decent line and length.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    good batting by SL. they knew that dew will be a factor later on so they made it up for that with good batting and some extra score.

    some poor bowling by paksitan today. every one was expensive only ajmal and tanvir did well. Have to do some explosive batting to win it from here. Very difficult.

    Well everybody finally seen usman's full quota today. He is certainly not ready. Domestic top performers should be selected. But top performers in a season or couple of season. He was selected on basis of only 1 game. he has got not much in other games he played. will be better by time.

    Pakistan's umpiring standards are also very poor. I wonder how these umpires make decisions in domestic events if their standard is so low for international games.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    u beautii kusal...sanga same as a rock

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan will be blown away this time

  • yorkslanka on December 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    fantastic knock from Kusal today, nice to see this young man fulfilling his potential..great knock- just hope that we can get Afridi early as everyone knows that on his day ( like the other day) he can chase any total...

  • roook on December 13, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Bad selection from pakistan junaid khan should be first choice give youngster some warm up games before exposing them.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    ordinary captaincy

  • asim229 on December 13, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Don't know why people rate Bilawal bhatti so highly and call him pocket rocket and bla bla. To me he is just an average bowler and batsmen and a weak link in pak team.Apart from that one game in SA he just looked an ordinary player.Even Anwar Ali is better and Usman if given confidence is also better than Bhatti.

  • on December 13, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Seriously get rid of misbah in some domestic tournament and get a visa in pakistani team..comparing anwar ali and junaid khan with a guy who just started his domestic career , selectors gave him a international cap, come on man this usman shenwari is too young, junaid khan is far better than this kid. dont ruine usman's career like hasan raza and many other youngsters..and i dont know why umar amin playing again.

  • on December 13, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    SL knew that dew will be a factor later on so today they will make up for that.

  • Waqs77 on December 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Too early for usman khan to play international cricket...the other day everyone was bashing and criticiziing hafeez not to give 2nd over to usman khan. But hafeez did the right thing not to give him another over reading the situation of match. Today he has been given first and 3rd over of the inng. No pressure at all...but he does not know the line, legnth and pace to bowl in t20. NO variation.

  • on December 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    A player who prformed well in domestic cricket should not b inserted in intenational match until he get some more training physicaly n mentally ngetting ready to play for country. Usman khan is directly come in international cricket without any experience. u c the result.

  • on December 13, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    best of luck pakistan. once again I expect top cricket from both sides.

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  • on December 13, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    best of luck pakistan. once again I expect top cricket from both sides.

  • on December 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    A player who prformed well in domestic cricket should not b inserted in intenational match until he get some more training physicaly n mentally ngetting ready to play for country. Usman khan is directly come in international cricket without any experience. u c the result.

  • Waqs77 on December 13, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Too early for usman khan to play international cricket...the other day everyone was bashing and criticiziing hafeez not to give 2nd over to usman khan. But hafeez did the right thing not to give him another over reading the situation of match. Today he has been given first and 3rd over of the inng. No pressure at all...but he does not know the line, legnth and pace to bowl in t20. NO variation.

  • on December 13, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    SL knew that dew will be a factor later on so today they will make up for that.

  • on December 13, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Seriously get rid of misbah in some domestic tournament and get a visa in pakistani team..comparing anwar ali and junaid khan with a guy who just started his domestic career , selectors gave him a international cap, come on man this usman shenwari is too young, junaid khan is far better than this kid. dont ruine usman's career like hasan raza and many other youngsters..and i dont know why umar amin playing again.

  • asim229 on December 13, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Don't know why people rate Bilawal bhatti so highly and call him pocket rocket and bla bla. To me he is just an average bowler and batsmen and a weak link in pak team.Apart from that one game in SA he just looked an ordinary player.Even Anwar Ali is better and Usman if given confidence is also better than Bhatti.

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    ordinary captaincy

  • roook on December 13, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Bad selection from pakistan junaid khan should be first choice give youngster some warm up games before exposing them.

  • yorkslanka on December 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    fantastic knock from Kusal today, nice to see this young man fulfilling his potential..great knock- just hope that we can get Afridi early as everyone knows that on his day ( like the other day) he can chase any total...

  • on December 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan will be blown away this time