Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Sharjah December 18, 2013

Adamant Afridi and a fiery debutant

Plays of the Day from the first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Sharjah
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The riposte
Lasith Malinga's first ball to debutant Sharjeel Khan was a well-directed bouncer that the batsman tried to duck but copped on the shoulder, sparking an appeal from behind the stumps. Smelling easy blood, Malinga pitched the next one short as well. Sharjeel, though, had been waiting for it. Quickly he shuffled back and connected with an unflinching hook, sending the ball high over deep square leg to strike the top of the stand. Malinga tried a yorker next but Sharjeel had anticipated that as well, moving across to flick it to fine leg, and another four in the over completed Sharjeel's counter-punch that let Sri Lanka know he wouldn't be messed with, debut or not.

The fortunate waste of time
Ahmed Shehzad was desperate to stay at the crease when he was given out lbw in the seventh over, but given he had been in line with the stumps when the ball hit his front pad, he needed his partner's approval to justify using a review. Sharjeel wasn't sure and as the pair talked, the umpires counted the seconds. Eventually Shehzad asked for a review, only for the umpires to tell him he had taken longer than the allocated 15 seconds to request one. Shehzad argued that decision for a further 30 seconds, but thankfully for Pakistan the umpires did not budge. The ball had been hitting the stumps and had Shehzad been allowed the review, it would have been wasted.

The pliable captain
While they had preserved their review while batting, Pakistan found a way to squander it in the field, somewhat amusingly. Shahid Afridi slid one across Dinesh Chandimal to hit him on the pad, and when he was turned down he turned immediately to Misbah-ul-Haq and gestured furiously for a review. Behind him wicketkeeper Umar Akmal was suggesting the ball would have missed leg stump, but Afridi was being so adamant and Pakistan were so far ahead in the match that Misbah agreed to ask for a review, like a parent indulging a child. Even before the final decision was given, though, other members of the team began ribbing Afridi for wasting a review, and when Akmal was proven right by the projection, Misbah led the teasing himself. Embarassed, Afridi hid his face with his hands.

The attempted piggyback
Perhaps because Mohammad Hafeez was running so well between wickets, Sachithra Senanayake contrived to make life tougher for the batsman in the 15th over, when he climbed halfway up Hafeez's back at the non-striker's end. Sharjeel had defended a Senanayake delivery on the leg side, and Hafeez took two paces forward before his partner called "no". Senanayake, meanwhile, had moved to field the ball, but before he could bend down to pick it up Hafeez moved into his way and bent slightly over. The much taller Senanayake ended up somewhere near Hafeez' shoulders before they disentangled themselves, and both men returned to their places laughing.

The catch
Hafeez had taken a good catch on the leg-side boundary to dismiss Tillakaratne Dilshan, but Sohaib Maqsood completed a better grab to send Lahiru Thirimanne back in the 30th over. Afridi tossed one up to Thirimanne, who got low and swept it powerfully square, without getting a lot of elevation. Maqsood had some ground to make but the ball was travelling at great speed. He had moved quickly to his right and eventually made the catch seem more comfortable than it was, taking it around his ears.

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

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  • SaudAlvi on December 19, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Tanvir has been a good option to open- Stats don't tell complete story - look at his first spell vs second spell.

    Remember the T20 when Usman opened - that is what happens when the other teams gets on top from the start.

    Tanvir won't hold his position because Pakistan has better options available - but in current squad he has a role which he is playing decently.

    Junaid has promise but is not Aamir yet needs more pace/swing and get his length right.

  • salman_541 on December 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Good Win yesterday however I do think Pakistan need to work on their bowling. I like Junaid and I think he is good bowler but he is not having a consistence run in the team. when he starts to pick up some rhythm they drop him. only if Misbah showed same confidence in junaid then he has shown in Shoail he would be leading the attack by now. Shoail is nothing but average bowler!

    on a positive note, very happy to see Sharjeel doing well in his last 2 inns, Shoaib did really well, he built his inns very well and hw was unfortunate to be run out. missed out on TON.

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    In the last 2 years the bowling figures

    JUNAID K: 28 ODI'S, 52 wickets, Avg - 21.94, eco - 5.03 ,

    M.IRFAN : 25 ODI'S, 39 wickets, Avg - 25, eco - 4.57.

    UMAR GUL: 18 ODI'S, 18 wickets, Avg - 43.38 and eco - 5.57.

    S.TANIVR : 14 ODI'S, 12 wickets, Avg - 47.83 , eco - 5.29.

    W. RIAZ : 17 ODI's, 10 Wickets, Avg - 66.60, Eco - 5.86.

    S. AJMAL : 46 ODI's, 84 Wickets, Avg - 20.95 , Eco - 4.2.

    S.AFRIDI : 37 ODI's, 39 Wickets, Avg - 35.51, Eco - 4.71

    M.HAFEEZ: 47 ODI's, 33 Wickets, Avg - 44.18 , Eco 3.86

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    JUNDAID KHAN has played 28 ODI games in the last 2 years and taken 52 wickets @ an avg of 21.94 having ecomomy 5.03. Stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/259551.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    What is wrong with thest stats. He is a real wicket taker and recently MISBAH has been preferring W.RIAZ AND S.TANVIR over Junaid. Such a shame.

    .

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    For UMAR GUL lovers: Gul has played 18 ODI matches in the last 2 years and taken 18 wickets @ avg of 43.38 and ecomomy 5.57. stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43524.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    These stats are not good for a PAKISTANI fast bowler having more than 10 years of experience. BETTER TO START TRYING NEW YOUNSTERS AND GET RID OF THE FAILED OLDIES.

    .

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    @ Captain_Tuk_Tuk : one mistake in your comment. Afridi made 34 from 12 devlieries and not 24 as you said. BOOM-BOOM had a booming strike rate of about 280.

  • Pak_Guru on December 19, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Afridi is gaining confidence in batting... but my real worry is Umar Akmal's wicket keeping. He is fumbling took many times and has some serious technical flaws. Hope the team management notice it and warn him accordingly. Also, the fast bowling coach should talk to the bowlers, even with new ball none of them are able to consistently swing the ball. If Akmal does not improve soon we will have a major problem as a confident wicket keeper gives extra confidence to a bowler. Also a good team should relax only after the match is over and not let the opposition come back in the game by underestimating the opposition's talent. The SL spinners have shown the team's batting dept. All in All a good show by Pak, but do not get complacent, analyze your mistakes and try not to repeat them. This is a good SL ODI team and defeating them will be a confidence booster. The batting coach should talk to Shehzad, he is moving too much on the crease for an opener, but he looks in good touch.

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Why does MISBAH trust S.TANVIR so much. In the last 12 months Tanvir has played 7 ODI matches and taken only 6 wickets @ avg 50.33 and economy 5.54. stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43265.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2012;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    in the last 2 years Sohail has played 14 ODI matches , taken 12 wickets @ avg 47.83 and economy 5.29. STAts below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43265.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    I find these numbers highly unexceptable at this level.

    .

  • Regata4 on December 19, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    well, my first impression was out but when Umar Akmal said it was not out, I was sure it was out. however replays proved, for the first time, that Umar Akmal can also get a review right

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    its 2 in a row now for pakistan that they have given so many runs ... 1 in T20 and the other in one dayer .... now they really need to do some re thinking in their bowling department. Nothing serious though.

    I really liked the way bhatti was bowling... 140+ KPH is some serious pace

  • SaudAlvi on December 19, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Tanvir has been a good option to open- Stats don't tell complete story - look at his first spell vs second spell.

    Remember the T20 when Usman opened - that is what happens when the other teams gets on top from the start.

    Tanvir won't hold his position because Pakistan has better options available - but in current squad he has a role which he is playing decently.

    Junaid has promise but is not Aamir yet needs more pace/swing and get his length right.

  • salman_541 on December 19, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Good Win yesterday however I do think Pakistan need to work on their bowling. I like Junaid and I think he is good bowler but he is not having a consistence run in the team. when he starts to pick up some rhythm they drop him. only if Misbah showed same confidence in junaid then he has shown in Shoail he would be leading the attack by now. Shoail is nothing but average bowler!

    on a positive note, very happy to see Sharjeel doing well in his last 2 inns, Shoaib did really well, he built his inns very well and hw was unfortunate to be run out. missed out on TON.

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    In the last 2 years the bowling figures

    JUNAID K: 28 ODI'S, 52 wickets, Avg - 21.94, eco - 5.03 ,

    M.IRFAN : 25 ODI'S, 39 wickets, Avg - 25, eco - 4.57.

    UMAR GUL: 18 ODI'S, 18 wickets, Avg - 43.38 and eco - 5.57.

    S.TANIVR : 14 ODI'S, 12 wickets, Avg - 47.83 , eco - 5.29.

    W. RIAZ : 17 ODI's, 10 Wickets, Avg - 66.60, Eco - 5.86.

    S. AJMAL : 46 ODI's, 84 Wickets, Avg - 20.95 , Eco - 4.2.

    S.AFRIDI : 37 ODI's, 39 Wickets, Avg - 35.51, Eco - 4.71

    M.HAFEEZ: 47 ODI's, 33 Wickets, Avg - 44.18 , Eco 3.86

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    JUNDAID KHAN has played 28 ODI games in the last 2 years and taken 52 wickets @ an avg of 21.94 having ecomomy 5.03. Stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/259551.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    What is wrong with thest stats. He is a real wicket taker and recently MISBAH has been preferring W.RIAZ AND S.TANVIR over Junaid. Such a shame.

    .

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    For UMAR GUL lovers: Gul has played 18 ODI matches in the last 2 years and taken 18 wickets @ avg of 43.38 and ecomomy 5.57. stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43524.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    These stats are not good for a PAKISTANI fast bowler having more than 10 years of experience. BETTER TO START TRYING NEW YOUNSTERS AND GET RID OF THE FAILED OLDIES.

    .

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    @ Captain_Tuk_Tuk : one mistake in your comment. Afridi made 34 from 12 devlieries and not 24 as you said. BOOM-BOOM had a booming strike rate of about 280.

  • Pak_Guru on December 19, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Afridi is gaining confidence in batting... but my real worry is Umar Akmal's wicket keeping. He is fumbling took many times and has some serious technical flaws. Hope the team management notice it and warn him accordingly. Also, the fast bowling coach should talk to the bowlers, even with new ball none of them are able to consistently swing the ball. If Akmal does not improve soon we will have a major problem as a confident wicket keeper gives extra confidence to a bowler. Also a good team should relax only after the match is over and not let the opposition come back in the game by underestimating the opposition's talent. The SL spinners have shown the team's batting dept. All in All a good show by Pak, but do not get complacent, analyze your mistakes and try not to repeat them. This is a good SL ODI team and defeating them will be a confidence booster. The batting coach should talk to Shehzad, he is moving too much on the crease for an opener, but he looks in good touch.

  • Sports4Youth on December 19, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Why does MISBAH trust S.TANVIR so much. In the last 12 months Tanvir has played 7 ODI matches and taken only 6 wickets @ avg 50.33 and economy 5.54. stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43265.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2012;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    in the last 2 years Sohail has played 14 ODI matches , taken 12 wickets @ avg 47.83 and economy 5.29. STAts below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/43265.html?class=2;spanmax1=19+Dec+2013;spanmin1=19+Dec+2011;spanval1=span;template=results;type=bowling

    I find these numbers highly unexceptable at this level.

    .

  • Regata4 on December 19, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    well, my first impression was out but when Umar Akmal said it was not out, I was sure it was out. however replays proved, for the first time, that Umar Akmal can also get a review right

  • on December 19, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    its 2 in a row now for pakistan that they have given so many runs ... 1 in T20 and the other in one dayer .... now they really need to do some re thinking in their bowling department. Nothing serious though.

    I really liked the way bhatti was bowling... 140+ KPH is some serious pace

  • on December 19, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    with review, i think both afridi and Umar akmal are not trust worthy.we have seen many times that afridi thinks that it is plumb and ask for review. And umar akmal, i think yesterday was the 1st time we have seen him saying that it will not be out. Otherwise, he always appeals even if ball passes miles away from the bat. so cant trust him on it. The best is to go with who ever is confident and experienced enough. in this case it was afridi and he was very much confident. So captain had to go with 1. And most of time he goes with bowler. About afridi's bowling-batting thing, he is not there to do bowling only. He bats at 7. and with the state of our batting we need batting contributions from him So that is why he is praised more for his batting. You cant have 5/6 full bowlers. Same goes with hafeez. They both are there to score some runs. and we badly need them Otherwise we will have 5/6 bowlers who cant bat. Cant trust ajmal/tanvir/junaid/bhatti.

  • 96NotOut on December 19, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Misbah and Afridi seemed so playful, happy and relaxed on the field! The way Misbah gave Lala a slight push and the whole team laughed, it seemed real nice!

    Loved the whole game, overall. Really tense, taking it to the last over. Almost losing a won game, it was amazing!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on December 19, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Afridi taking review was most amuzing part of the game. I am Afridi's fan but I see funny side of it and most important thing I witnessed was that Afridi and Misbah were like friends on field unlike there fans off the field.

    Also great move by Misbah sending Afridi up the order that sure made heck of a difference because 24 on 12 balls and we won only by 11 runs so some quick runs by Afridi always make a difference I hope he continues his good form with the bat and had there been no dew he would have bowled his full quota and Srilanka wouldn't have reached near to the target I was hoping that Srilanka chase it down though as they really played brilliantly and deserve to win it as Pakistan have made such wonderful escapes in the past and its wonderful to watch.

  • on December 19, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Merey Kuchh faisley chhey samajh naa aayen but still they are my decisions , that what Shahid was doing and no one in the team did understand his "Faisley" so they made a fun out of it and of course it is for sure Misbah should show himself as a captain not be so lenient that he should waste a chance for the team, just take the control in the ground as a Captain

  • bouncer709 on December 19, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @stormy16: First, I think you need to get understanding of cricket, you just saw Afridi batting yesterday, and didn't see his bowling?, he did good bowling yesterday, and this years he is very consistent with bowling (7/10). What Afridi can do for people like you, who just watch cricket for batting. 2nd thing is that Afridi can not take review, signaling review sign doesn't mean he is asking umpire, it is the responsibility of Captain, Afridi was thinking it was out, he signaled it to Misbah, Umer Akmal was signaling to Misbah that the bowl was missing the lef stump, but the way Umer Akmal was signaling to Misbah behind Afridi back tells the story that he was not confident...He should come clear and loud that I think it is was going to leg side, at the end it is the captain to take the decision. and Misbah had to believe one Afridi or Akaml, looking at the Afridi confidence signaled it to umpire.

  • aamir007 on December 19, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Sorry Misbah needs to manage team better by using his authority and ask the keeper. Secondly he should have used Shahid Afridi to bowl remaining overs as its hard to play leg spinner at the depth when your medium fast bowlers are leaking runs. They need to Bhatti and have Anwar take his place or better get another spinner play as seems like this wicket suits spinner better.

    Another thing Maqsood do bowl as well so they need to use him as well. Lastly they need a specialist wicket keeper in the 11 as Umar Akmal is a pathetic behind the stumps. Also get some one fresh not Sarfras or another Akmal brother who you can groom.

  • Usman034 on December 19, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @ TrueIndian4ever Like supposedly best batting attack failed to score even 150 in South Africa...Honestly..

  • S.h.a.d.a.b on December 19, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Pakistan cricket needs a lot of wins. This is the only sport which keeps the nation united. No comment for this match as win is a win and it counts if occurs so often. We need more wins boys.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on December 19, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    even the world's best bowling attack can have an off day..esp in odi..eng two finest broad and anderson are a prime example !

  • stormy16 on December 19, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Sharjeel is an exciting prospect but the issue with Pakistan batting talents is, despite showing plenty of talent get lost in the system. This guys though has something special and remains to be seen if he can survive the Pakistan talent maze!

    I was really dissappointed with Afridi's call for a review. His methods just lacked respect for the game and his team mates which is pretty much his problem with the bat. Firstly he cannot call on the DRS to the umpire and surely as a senior player he knows this. Next he must consult at the very least his wicket keeper on LBW who would have told him what was obvious in the first place. Bascially it was Afridi to himself which is pretty much the way he bats which is not acceptable in a team sport. Yes he did well today and for some reason keeps doing well against SL but you get my drift? 9/10 times he will hit one up in the air when Pak can do with some team work from him.

  • bouncer709 on December 19, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I couldn't see Sharjeel Khan batting yesterday, but In T20 I saw him, the way he comes down the crease and then play the ball towards the point remind me Aamir sohail, and playing a bit short ball toward square leg in classic Gordon Greenidge style. I think looking at Sharjeel, Ahmed Shahzad should learn that attack is the best defense, he should open his arms too.

  • on December 19, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    it wasnt the best bowling attack mind you my indian bro...irfan junaid gul was the best trio who beat indians in india remember...n mind you they will be back soon

  • Durfitaymoo on December 19, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Both team made the best of this pitch - However If people think Pakistan Bowling had issues then check the average score on this ground and you will realise Pakistan's score was just below par for this ground and not to forget the dew factor was making it very hard for the bowlers to bowl accurately. Hafeez did bat very well but because of him Maqsood got run out if Maqsood has stayed another five overs may be Pakistan's total would be 340-360 that would have been par score for this ground. Hafeez was more worried about just doing his hundred and did not want to give up his wicket even though it was his call to run two. Siri Lanka Played their best game just fell short, next ODI is the one to focus on now.

  • on December 19, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    I am very sorry for the Pakistani bowling, who don't know how to bowl in depth overs, very weak captaincy, Misbah just follow the tides and don't interrupt till the match ends.........We need a Captain who can lead rather lead by others or being dictated by the match terms..........Come up Misbah wake up

  • PAKCOP on December 19, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Good game of cricket... Love the little battles

  • on December 19, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Good to see the guys from both sides are having fun. This is what a match should be all about. Sledging and in your face attitudes take all the fun away. Then its not sport anymore; more like war.

  • DaDaL0G on December 19, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    another waste of review by Afridi ! Misbah also took it immediately he should've listen to the wicket keeper either but well it was good Pakistan dint need any review later which could take the match away !! but seriously Pakistan team should have another Coach " Review Coach/Consultant" who Teaches them how to make the most of review in field or batting.

    And about Sharjeel(My Name Also) i guess if he proves himself as a worthy part of the team World wont miss Chris Gayle.

  • Rahim_A on December 19, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    This the second occasion that Misbah has indulged one of his bowlers and asked for an incorrect review, even though the wicket keeper has correctly adjudged the pitch of the ball. He must really stop this and take the emotion of the bowler out of the equation like England do otherwise one day this will come back to haunt the side and also it could stop Umar Akmal, who has proved to be a good judge, to stop paying as much attention if he is not going to be listened to. C'mon Misbah you're the captain - lead the team and stop pandering to the cry babies!!!

  • Najam2010 on December 18, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    well well well , they did it....but the game was out of their hands . well done srilanka for good fight .

  • TrueIndian4ever on December 18, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I would have to say pakistan was a bit lucky to escape with a win. I almost lost it towards the end. How can the supposedly best bowling attack give away over 300 runs. Lets be honest.

  • on December 18, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    win or lose- a credit to both teams. Very well played , great entertainment. Played in a very friendly manner

  • on December 18, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Today our batting line up played thinkfully by mainly relying on singles, doubles and crunching 4's, 6's one of the over and not going for big shots while 34 runs of 11 balls cameo by Afridi was topping on the ice cake. In contrary to that, today our balling was below par average and fielding utterly disappointed us. We ungrabbed nearly 2 catching chances and nearly missed one(Anwar Ali). At the end the margin of win were just those 11 odd runs scored. Srilankan played really superb / spirited in balling by balling tight line and length while Pakistan batted well and their batting run chase remained intact however they remained unlucky to fall short of just quite q dozen runs only. Well done Team Pakistan! and Good luck Srilanka!

  • MJ-Sid on December 18, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Both teams played well. I hate blowout games. This match was well contested.

  • SunnyOO7 on December 18, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    it was a great match overall, had great commentary, fun and thrilling moments. The kemo by afridi was mind blasting also

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  • SunnyOO7 on December 18, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    it was a great match overall, had great commentary, fun and thrilling moments. The kemo by afridi was mind blasting also

  • MJ-Sid on December 18, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Both teams played well. I hate blowout games. This match was well contested.

  • on December 18, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Today our batting line up played thinkfully by mainly relying on singles, doubles and crunching 4's, 6's one of the over and not going for big shots while 34 runs of 11 balls cameo by Afridi was topping on the ice cake. In contrary to that, today our balling was below par average and fielding utterly disappointed us. We ungrabbed nearly 2 catching chances and nearly missed one(Anwar Ali). At the end the margin of win were just those 11 odd runs scored. Srilankan played really superb / spirited in balling by balling tight line and length while Pakistan batted well and their batting run chase remained intact however they remained unlucky to fall short of just quite q dozen runs only. Well done Team Pakistan! and Good luck Srilanka!

  • on December 18, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    win or lose- a credit to both teams. Very well played , great entertainment. Played in a very friendly manner

  • TrueIndian4ever on December 18, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I would have to say pakistan was a bit lucky to escape with a win. I almost lost it towards the end. How can the supposedly best bowling attack give away over 300 runs. Lets be honest.

  • Najam2010 on December 18, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    well well well , they did it....but the game was out of their hands . well done srilanka for good fight .

  • Rahim_A on December 19, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    This the second occasion that Misbah has indulged one of his bowlers and asked for an incorrect review, even though the wicket keeper has correctly adjudged the pitch of the ball. He must really stop this and take the emotion of the bowler out of the equation like England do otherwise one day this will come back to haunt the side and also it could stop Umar Akmal, who has proved to be a good judge, to stop paying as much attention if he is not going to be listened to. C'mon Misbah you're the captain - lead the team and stop pandering to the cry babies!!!

  • DaDaL0G on December 19, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    another waste of review by Afridi ! Misbah also took it immediately he should've listen to the wicket keeper either but well it was good Pakistan dint need any review later which could take the match away !! but seriously Pakistan team should have another Coach " Review Coach/Consultant" who Teaches them how to make the most of review in field or batting.

    And about Sharjeel(My Name Also) i guess if he proves himself as a worthy part of the team World wont miss Chris Gayle.

  • on December 19, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Good to see the guys from both sides are having fun. This is what a match should be all about. Sledging and in your face attitudes take all the fun away. Then its not sport anymore; more like war.

  • PAKCOP on December 19, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Good game of cricket... Love the little battles