Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi December 25, 2013

Another Hafeez century gives Pakistan series

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Pakistan 226 for 2 (Hafeez 113*) beat Sri Lanka 225 (Priyanjan 74, Sangakkara 51, Ajmal 4-39, Gul 3-37) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mohammad Hafeez became the second Pakistani after Zaheer Abbas to make three hundreds in a bilateral ODI series as his side took an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Sri Lanka. Victory was set up by Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal, who limited Sri Lanka to 225 on a docile Abu Dhabi pitch after Angelo Mathews chose to bat following two losses while chasing.

The change of strategy did not work as Sri Lanka's batting floundered, before their innings was propped up by debutant Ashan Priyanjan's first half-century and Kumar Sangakkara's 83rd. The duo revived Sri Lanka after Gul had reduced them to 36 for 3, but the innings derailed again after Sangakkara's run-out made it 125 for 4 in the 29th over.

Priyanjan hit a sparkling 74, the highest by a Sri Lanka debutant, which was laced with aggressive shots, but fell three balls into the batting Powerplay, missing an adventurous scoop to fine leg off Junaid Khan. That did it for Sri Lanka, and though Mathews and another debutant Kithuruwan Vithanage tried, Ajmal's control meant there was no late release.

Gul continued a productive comeback after a long injury layoff, dismissing the first three batsmen. Gul had little to do with the first wicket, off his fourth ball. It was a put-away delivery, short and wide, but Kusal Perera smashed it to short cover, where Misbah-ul-Haq took a sharp catch. Gul had everything to with the second wicket, though, in the fourth over. He beat Tillakaratne Dilshan on the drive with an outswinger, and then moved the next one in. Dilshan shouldered arms, and saw the ball hit the top of off stump. In the eighth over, Dinesh Chandimal could not keep a drive down, and Misbah snapped up a harder chance at short cover, one-handed this time.

With two debutant batsmen in the XI, Sri Lanka needed Sangakkara to hang around. He did that, looking in no discomfort as he picked away the singles off his pads and drove elegantly on the off side.

It was the way Priyanjan batted, though, that would have pleased Sri Lanka even more. The 24-year old was a bit nervous at the start, playing everything off the back foot. But as soon as he drove Gul through extra cover for four off his eighth ball, he was a transformed batsman. A pull and a back-foot punch made it three fours in the Gul over.

Priyanjan still continued to prefer the back foot, but played with fast hands and immense confidence for someone playing his first international game. Anything just back of a good length he was quick to go back to and cut hard, and continued to pick up boundaries even as Sangakkara, intent on batting long, slowed down, Bilawal Bhatti squeezing in a few tight overs.

The partnership was still very much in control but was to end in confusion on 89. Priyanjan responded with a flurry of boundaries, lofting and pulling the spinners as Sri Lanka cantered past 150. However, his attempt to manufacture a boundary early in the Powerplay came unstuck.

Mathews had motored to 38 when he went back to a pitched-up Ajmal offbreak and was caught plumb in front. Vithanage, batting at No. 8, swung a few to the ropes to make 27, during which he was put down twice, both difficult chances. Ajmal spun out the tail to finish with four wickets, and handed his batsmen a bright chance to seal the series with a game to spare.

Hafeez put Pakistan on course with a 38-ball fifty. He added 84 with Ahmed Shehzad, the second-wicket partnership quelling whatever hopes Sri Lanka had of putting Pakistan under early pressure.

Before Sharjeel Khan fell in the sixth over to Mathews, he and Shehzad had started with a burst of drives that gave Pakistan momentum. Hafeez built on that with a series of solid pulls and cuts that put Pakistan well ahead of the asking rate.

Shehzad guided Suranga Lakmal to slip to depart in the 16th over for 44, but Hafeez continued unhindered, even hooking Lasith Malinga for six. Shehzad was on 17 when Hafeez walked in. By the time the opener reached 35, Hafeez was already celebrating his fifty. Sri Lanka's fast bowlers kept trying the short ball even after Hafeez had gone past the landmark, and Hafeez kept cracking pull after pull.

The century came off 98 deliveries, as Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood put on an unbroken 111 runs. Maqsood kicked on from a slow start to end on a brisk 46, but the night belonged to Hafeez, and the afternoon to the Pakistan bowlers.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • chechong0114 on December 26, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Another high class performance by a quality Pakistan side to silence the many critics and make their home fans happy. In spite of the criticisms levelled against the Sri Lankans I thought they played a great series but someone had to win and hats off to Pakistan. Congratulations to Mr Moin Khan as well for he in my opinion is the underlying and unseen factor that is driving this Pakistan team. Recently I had the pleasure of reading an article where he was quoted as saying that he was not pleased with the teams coaching staff and their overall performance, he went on to say something like he did not care what anybody thought about his comments but his only interest was in the success of the team and that he would do whatever it took to see the team win. Again we see this ruthless, obsessed with winning attitude paying huge dividens for a national team, the same attitude that Lehman has displayed as the Australian coach with great success. There is a lesson to be learned here people.

  • Square-Driver15 on December 26, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    What a way to end the year for Pakistan. Kicked the year off poorly by losing to South Africa in South Africa, and now finishing it with back to back ODI series wins against SA and Sri Lanka. A completely transformed unit as to what started out at the beginning of 2013, injected with young blood, with a completely different attitude and atmosphere around them, that of positivity. The return of Umar Gul has bolstered this Pakistani attack to a great extent, one can only imagine the attack's potential once Irfan also returns. With the top order consistently churning out runs this series, Pakistan may have found the perfect combination for the world tournaments. Now, they should persist with the same youngsters, Sharjeel and Sohaib, as they will make errors early on, but amend them as they spend more time at the international stage. Exposure to a greater amount of foreign conditions would still be nice, as the series in South Africa really woke up the then dormant batting order.

  • Habi on December 27, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    For SL-every new comer is starting to play like Jaysurya. When Kaushal debuted everybody hailed him like they hailed Chandi when he scored match winning 100 against IND-A led by Raina. Hope Priyan doesn't go their way. Now SL fans want more allrounders in team. IMO this will help in T20s but not in ODIs where rotation is also important. Merely picking young blood will not help. You need Big3 to guide them and they should do by rotating their batting order without thinking about their 50s/100s & avgs for team's cause. Tharanga is good in middle order as he showed during SA tour. On bowling front what wrong Mendis did? Just coz he was sorted out by teams you guys dropped him for WC final and since then using him sporadically affecting his performance and confidence. Atleast now give him long run. Post Vaas / Murali SL is struggling to take wickets. Ageing Herath alone can't win you matches. Now Mali has been sorted out by almost all teams they need bowlers. What happened to A.Dhananjaya

  • Habi on December 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    I am an Indian and happy for PAK's revival as it helps world cricket. PAK's revival started with the debut of Sohaib Maqsood as he eased pressure helping top n middle order of PAK. He has all the shots and cool temperament. Though Prof. scored three centuries he should improve his technique against quality pace bowling. Many criticize Hafeez citing pitch is flat, helpful conditions, dropped catch etc. yet one has to score and he did in splendid fashion burying the ghost of Steyn. (Same was the case with Kohli but he performed well in Oz and in SA also but the same cannot be said about Dhawan as he has to prove himself in alien conditions). Irfan being such a tall guy should be carefully handled as too much workload will only ruin his fitness...... contd.....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    What happened to Sri Langa's lions and tigers? I'm sorry that they are not able to win though their team is full of young lions and tigers guided by old lions and tigers. Bangladesh will hunt them down with the way Sri Langa is playing now. Getting beaten black and blue in Sub-continent. Sri Langa is the most over-hyped team in the history of cricket.

  • Desihungama on December 26, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Not that I am comparing Hafeez to the great but after 118 ODi's Saeed Anwar had 8 centuries with a 31.66 average. Hafeez certainly has room to improve. Sohaib on the other hand looks like a real find.

  • mensan on December 26, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Malinga needs to play some longer version cricket (first class) to bring variety in his bowling. He has become a 20-20 bowler, just one-dimensional, dependant on only yorkers. You need to have other kids of weapons too (bouncer, out-swinger, etc). I think quitting tests has certainly resulted in deteriorating his quality of bowling in longer term. It's another thing to bowl 4 overs in a local league (IPL, Big Bash, etc.) and then bowling 10 overs in an ODI against an international opposition.

  • Sri1967 on December 26, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It's high time SL drop Lasith Malinga and give the new comers more opportunities to lead up to next WC. Let him go early and play BIG BASH, IPL, Champions Leage etc. and make his money. Look at the way 2 debutants played. We need all rounders in a team not just 1 dicipline.

  • on December 26, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I am disappointed to see Sri Lankans performance. They are much better team than how they performed. I am a Pakistani but I was expecting good series and unfortunately it turned out to be one sided. Hope Sri Lanka will learn from their mistakes and give a tough time to Pakistan in the coming test series. Also hope Pakistan bear Sri Lanka in test series too :) good look Pakistan

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Great performances by the Pakistani batting line up. I think the bowling attack of Sirilanka is week, they must bring some new faces, i dont know where has the Ajenta Mendus gone? he is a great bowler

  • chechong0114 on December 26, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Another high class performance by a quality Pakistan side to silence the many critics and make their home fans happy. In spite of the criticisms levelled against the Sri Lankans I thought they played a great series but someone had to win and hats off to Pakistan. Congratulations to Mr Moin Khan as well for he in my opinion is the underlying and unseen factor that is driving this Pakistan team. Recently I had the pleasure of reading an article where he was quoted as saying that he was not pleased with the teams coaching staff and their overall performance, he went on to say something like he did not care what anybody thought about his comments but his only interest was in the success of the team and that he would do whatever it took to see the team win. Again we see this ruthless, obsessed with winning attitude paying huge dividens for a national team, the same attitude that Lehman has displayed as the Australian coach with great success. There is a lesson to be learned here people.

  • Square-Driver15 on December 26, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    What a way to end the year for Pakistan. Kicked the year off poorly by losing to South Africa in South Africa, and now finishing it with back to back ODI series wins against SA and Sri Lanka. A completely transformed unit as to what started out at the beginning of 2013, injected with young blood, with a completely different attitude and atmosphere around them, that of positivity. The return of Umar Gul has bolstered this Pakistani attack to a great extent, one can only imagine the attack's potential once Irfan also returns. With the top order consistently churning out runs this series, Pakistan may have found the perfect combination for the world tournaments. Now, they should persist with the same youngsters, Sharjeel and Sohaib, as they will make errors early on, but amend them as they spend more time at the international stage. Exposure to a greater amount of foreign conditions would still be nice, as the series in South Africa really woke up the then dormant batting order.

  • Habi on December 27, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    For SL-every new comer is starting to play like Jaysurya. When Kaushal debuted everybody hailed him like they hailed Chandi when he scored match winning 100 against IND-A led by Raina. Hope Priyan doesn't go their way. Now SL fans want more allrounders in team. IMO this will help in T20s but not in ODIs where rotation is also important. Merely picking young blood will not help. You need Big3 to guide them and they should do by rotating their batting order without thinking about their 50s/100s & avgs for team's cause. Tharanga is good in middle order as he showed during SA tour. On bowling front what wrong Mendis did? Just coz he was sorted out by teams you guys dropped him for WC final and since then using him sporadically affecting his performance and confidence. Atleast now give him long run. Post Vaas / Murali SL is struggling to take wickets. Ageing Herath alone can't win you matches. Now Mali has been sorted out by almost all teams they need bowlers. What happened to A.Dhananjaya

  • Habi on December 27, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    I am an Indian and happy for PAK's revival as it helps world cricket. PAK's revival started with the debut of Sohaib Maqsood as he eased pressure helping top n middle order of PAK. He has all the shots and cool temperament. Though Prof. scored three centuries he should improve his technique against quality pace bowling. Many criticize Hafeez citing pitch is flat, helpful conditions, dropped catch etc. yet one has to score and he did in splendid fashion burying the ghost of Steyn. (Same was the case with Kohli but he performed well in Oz and in SA also but the same cannot be said about Dhawan as he has to prove himself in alien conditions). Irfan being such a tall guy should be carefully handled as too much workload will only ruin his fitness...... contd.....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    What happened to Sri Langa's lions and tigers? I'm sorry that they are not able to win though their team is full of young lions and tigers guided by old lions and tigers. Bangladesh will hunt them down with the way Sri Langa is playing now. Getting beaten black and blue in Sub-continent. Sri Langa is the most over-hyped team in the history of cricket.

  • Desihungama on December 26, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Not that I am comparing Hafeez to the great but after 118 ODi's Saeed Anwar had 8 centuries with a 31.66 average. Hafeez certainly has room to improve. Sohaib on the other hand looks like a real find.

  • mensan on December 26, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Malinga needs to play some longer version cricket (first class) to bring variety in his bowling. He has become a 20-20 bowler, just one-dimensional, dependant on only yorkers. You need to have other kids of weapons too (bouncer, out-swinger, etc). I think quitting tests has certainly resulted in deteriorating his quality of bowling in longer term. It's another thing to bowl 4 overs in a local league (IPL, Big Bash, etc.) and then bowling 10 overs in an ODI against an international opposition.

  • Sri1967 on December 26, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    It's high time SL drop Lasith Malinga and give the new comers more opportunities to lead up to next WC. Let him go early and play BIG BASH, IPL, Champions Leage etc. and make his money. Look at the way 2 debutants played. We need all rounders in a team not just 1 dicipline.

  • on December 26, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    I am disappointed to see Sri Lankans performance. They are much better team than how they performed. I am a Pakistani but I was expecting good series and unfortunately it turned out to be one sided. Hope Sri Lanka will learn from their mistakes and give a tough time to Pakistan in the coming test series. Also hope Pakistan bear Sri Lanka in test series too :) good look Pakistan

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Great performances by the Pakistani batting line up. I think the bowling attack of Sirilanka is week, they must bring some new faces, i dont know where has the Ajenta Mendus gone? he is a great bowler

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    the best thing regarding this match was how shoaib maqsood played, very professional innings and that too under pressure. He showed maturity of a settled international player. Good sign for Pakistan.

    well played srilanka, am sure both countries will be playing T-20 final :)

  • on December 26, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Hafeez is an average player he always score runs on weaker bolling attack and shezad is good batsman he has the ability to score runs on good bolling attacks i good see the new shoaib maqsood the way he is batting

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Well done Priyanjan...Sri Lanka should persist with him..they have given enough chances to Thirimanne and Chandimal...well done Pakistan form Indian fan

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Hafeeez may have technical flaws or problems while facing the swinging deliveries especially on green tops but scoring three hundreds speaks volume of his consistency and dedication and above all in the situations where the number of critics was hazardously increasing day by day because of his poor run getting in SA series. But the world and his critics witnessed him victoriously and proudly coming out of those dark patches!He should be appreciated for that as he deserves it the most! We shouldn't forget the fact that why only he reached the zenith while many others struggles to even shine!His average may not be very impressive but that also goes to favour him as with that mediocre average he scored three centuries in a series. Very people batters have done that feat and that's also once in a blue moon!So hats off to him for his remarkable performance!His self belief and confidence is only next to the best!He's brimming with hope and always optimistic about the outcomes of hard work!!!

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Hafeeez may have technical flaws or problems while facing the swinging deliveries especially on green tops but scoring three hundreds speaks volume of his consistency and dedication and above all in the situations where the number of critics was hazardously increasing day by day because of his poor run getting in SA series. But the world and his critics witnessed him victoriously and proudly coming out of those dark patches!He should be appreciated for that as he deserves it the most! We shouldn't forget the fact that why only he reached the zenith while many others struggles to even shine!His average may not be very impressive but that also goes to favour him as with that mediocre average he scored three centuries in a series. Very people batters have done that feat and that's also once in a blue moon!So hats off to him for his remarkable performance!His self belief and confidence is only next to the best!He's brimming with hope and always optimistic about the outcomes of hard work!!!

  • IndianCoolGuy on December 26, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    @Saad Kiani : So unfortunate to see what has happen to Pakistan cricket. I would love to see other cricket nations touring to Pakistan. But I doubt no team is willing to tour Pakistan. Lanka has dared once, and I don't think they will dare again. Now the situations are better in Pakistan than 2 years before. Lets hope the best for Pakistan cricket board.

  • SLslider on December 26, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @ CricketFever11 I don't know when my fellow SL fans will understand that cricket has one more thing "WINNING" which we don't do. I have been saying this for so long that please see the reality and stop living in denial. Everytime we lose we have our excuses ready. Pitch was this, pitch was that, weather was bad for our Lions, Toss didn't go Lion's way, D/L didn't go Lion's way. Champion teams don't give excuses. SIR. We are declining and that too at a rapid rate. I hope we don't go to the bottom of the rankings.

  • on December 26, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Flat wickets, lousy bowling from SL...WHATEVER! Just give boys some credit for winning series hands down. Even a bad ball has to be hit and well timed to get to the boundary. Its a great confidence boost, especially for young blood.

  • mensan on December 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I am happy for 2 reasons:

    1. I can see some aggressive batting (4s and 6s) by Pakistan which has been missing for so long.

    2. Pakistan were able to chase a 200+ target with lot of overs to spare. That doesn't happen often. Usually Pakistan chases any target in last or 49th over.

  • CricketFever11 on December 26, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @ Saad Kiani: Of course brother. We Sri Lankans are always with you. Love you Pakistan. From Sri Lanka.

  • on December 26, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    We Pakistanis are cricket loving nation. We hope Srilanka will help us bringing cricket back to Pakistan. We don't expect any one else to tour Pakistan. So we are looking forward to Srilanka Vs Pakistan series in Pakistan.

  • on December 26, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    A low pressure series, average pitches, average opponent... hardly a test for anything!!! ...except masking deep rooted problems...

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 26, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Ok, so the pattern I am seeing here looks like a mission for the World Cup 15 (World Cup 96) : Ashan Priyanjan (Aravinda de Silva); Kusal Perera (Sanath Jayasuriya); Mathews (Captain cool Ranatunga); Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela (if they stay); Mendis (Murali); Malinga (Vaas) Vithanage for Mahanama maybe? I dont understand what people are exactly trying here to do, glorify the current players or devalue the good players SL had in the past?

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    yeah india is playing good cricket and thats mainly bcoz of their captain MSD and virat kohli.what a find he is.i respect his confidence and ability to handle best bowling attacks.but give him a year or two more.let him play against best bowling lineup on bouncy pitches.if he score big hundreds consistently then we can say that he is the best.i think pak shud give chance to ahmed shehzad in test matches.it will help him to get better.same is the case for umer akmal and sohaib maqsood. but hafeez cant play tests.he is neither a technically gud batsman nor the gr8 bowler.instead shehzad shud b playing. feeling sorry for srilanka.what happend to them srilankan bros? what are they trying to achieve from this series? kindly bring sanga or mahela as odi and test captain.matthews is not captaincy material. after injury his bowling starting to decline.srilankans were famous for their fighting skills in the field which I saw missing. last night they have an excellent chance to score 270+ but...

  • IndianCoolGuy on December 26, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    All out on a flat track? OMG, where Lanka is going? These days it has become quite common for SL to get all out. Clear indications that Lanka need international standard cricketers. All the best for them.

  • on December 26, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I am pakistani and pak cricket team fan.for me india and pak are nearly equal as india has better batting and pak has the bowling.but I think its too early to predict which one is best.we will be able to judge it after 2015 world cup bcoz its outside asia. still have doubts on m.hafeez and sharjeel khan.nasir jamshed will be better.hafeez cant score runs outside asia or against gud bowling. he needs to move down the order and let sohaib maqsood groom at no 3.sohaib also needs to work hard on his technique against short balls and the balls pitching on his legs.his head movement is not gr8. about srilanka, its time to get worried. they have to find atleast two pacers and one gud spinner. they also need to change their captain.bring sangakara or jaywardene as odi captain. and also they are playing too many alrounders which can be gud for twenty 20s but not for odis.best of luck to them

  • Yousafahmed11 on December 26, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    OMG!. Someone already said Priyanjan is a great find with just one game! At least let him complete 5 inngs and comment like that! We already have examples of great finds of Chandimal and Co.! Dear my fellow SL fans, you need to respect others first and then we will get respect.

  • IndianCoolGuy on December 26, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    In the recent past Lanka has all out number of times. Such a shame that a team cannot even utilizing the complete quota. It clearly states the lack of international standard cricketers. The result was expected for ahead that Pakistan is going to seal the series. Loosing is not an issue, but loosing with big margins is a factor to consider specially when those are not alien conditions. This is happening with Lanka so many times these days. The graph is going down in Test and ODI for SriLanka. Only t20 they are performing. 4 -1 is quite possible for Pakistan. All the best Pakistan.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan team for tests,

    Misbah*, Hafeez, Azhar ali, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad, Younus Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal+ Ajmal, Junaid, Abdur Rehman, Gul, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Talha.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Now Pakistan will have to be ready for the tests they will have a very hard time going through Sanga and Mahela and Pakistan batting is a poor when they are trying tuk tuk except Misbah, taufeeq umar and younis Khan andazhar ali too, lets see pak test team.

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    srilanka is best team in the t20 and ODI how ever last day was bad day for SL team. You can see the future of Srilankan cricket young srilankan players come up with experience

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Guys for your information Pakistani curators are not allowed to prepare UAE wickets, may be PCB requires a particular type of track but anyway i m pleased to see once a batting track you need it sometimes just to boost confidence of a batsman just like hafiz's although he struggles agains outswinging pace but still nobody is perfect, like said its human to err. and if one cant score at home how will he score away.

  • mark2011 on December 26, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    clearly Chandimal is no use, he hasnt made any significant contribution in his whole cricketing career so far except 100 in Lords about 3 years ago. since then just making 30-40 runs herer n there no real match winning efforts, even his fielding is ordinary.so many drop cathces.. misfielding can be seen in all the matches he played. Look at the Priyanjan and Kithruwan they looks good players.. real talented players can be decided by the almost 1st appearance of their.. unlucky Priyanjana couldnt make a 100 with a record...even that shows his selfishness.he looked for runs for the team not a 100 for himself..bcos we have seen in past how some selfish players tried to make personal records just scoring singles for their own sake at the expense of whole match. moreover this guy has range of shots, not like Thir & Chandi who are with limited ability to score.. both of them along with Malinga should be dropped.Mathews also need to do well,he also shown just below par perfromance often

  • ThilankaK on December 26, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    My ODI Team is ; Perera Dilshan Sangakkara† Mahela Priyanjan Mathews* Vithanage Thisara Kulasekara Senanayake SL Malinga

  • ThilankaK on December 26, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Look It's good that SL is experimenting with youngsters & we have found good two also !! don't worry about the results !! Priyanjan looks like a good prospect & he looks like Araravinda De Silva to me !!! WOW ! good good good !!!

  • on December 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I think Mathews is not the right person to lead Lions, he is clueless how to control the run rate. mahela and saga were far better captains. Well played Srilanka though. better come together as a team now for last match (dead rubber)

  • Solid_Snake on December 26, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Most Runs in a year and Breaking record of most 50's in a year..Misbah is still Raked 9th in ODI rankings lol Taking most wickets in a year..103..Saeed Ajmal is Ranked 1st in ODI..His Ranking in justified.He is the only bowler to take highest wickets in 3 back to back years..Also 103 wickets is the highest no of wickets taken by any bowler in the world..Hats Off to Ajmal..And some people wee comparing Ajmal with Ashwin lol...Ajmal is the king of Spinners right now..& Ashwin is just another bowler..No comparison

  • Cricket_Man on December 26, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    Pakistan's ever-consistent bowling looked a little fragile initially in the series but with Gul back in the team the bowling attack looks solid once again. Ahmad Shahzad has matured quickly and looks eager to score big runs. Hafeez had a point to prove and I think that though he may have lost his fights against Steyn, those fights made him mentally stronger and he showed that by turning fifties into hundreds not once, not twice but thrice in this series. However, I still feel that it is because of Sohaib Maqsood that the confidence level of this Pakistani batting unit has risen. Even on his bad days he scores impressive 20's. He has mostly removed the fear of a batting collapse looming in the minds of the Pakistani batsmen. He has a long way to go but his inclusion in the team is good enough a fact that it is time now that Pakistan starts trusting its younger talent that is knocking at the doors of international cricket.

  • aamir007 on December 26, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Guys, Pakistan played well and all the credit goes to them both with the batting, bowling and fielding. Sri Lanka was unfortunate to some bad selection of strokes. Kumar was excellent batting and guiding the young Priyanjan till he was run out and there was no guidance for the young batsmen. SL needs to keep the team together for little longer for them to click. It took a while for Pakistan batsmen to click but we will see the real test against Australia, England where the pitches are greener and faster with bounce. Till then hang in there and continue the positive attitude in the game.

    A Pakistani Fan

  • on December 26, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    @loveupak thank u very much for stats when he first came he was ordinary but even then he was an outstanding fielder and @Stark choke on these statistics i m not a stats guy but 1 thing i know for sure is that pak recently won their first ever series vs SA for that y blame only hafeez bash all other legends too even tendulker cuase even he cuoldnt win Ind an odi series vs SA in SA.

    @stark if u are not posting only for amusement from replies see if u can face it, Pak vs (SA ENG AUS NZ) in all formats matches: 334 won: 120 lost 138 tied: 2 draw: 70 NR: 4. And in danny style (now if u pleeez shut up about Hafeez.)

  • CricketFever11 on December 26, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Jayasuriya is not a good selector. It all started after giving T20 captancy to free riding Chandimal. Captancy should be given to Mathews in all three formats. Chandimal should be dropped.

  • CricketFever11 on December 26, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    It is time for seniors to hang on boots and blood youth to the team. They should have enough time to prepare for the world cup.

  • ImiiJaved on December 26, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Some ppl calling Misbah's captaincy poor for not making full use of Umer Gul, they should understand that Umar Gul has returned from injury which lasted for 9 months, and if Misbah makes over-use of him his injury can can rise again then what, then you will criticize misbah again for risking career of Gul, be positive, even a kid of class 5 can tell why Misbah didn't make much use of him, he had already done the damage which was needed from him.That is why Misbah was bound to use Hafeez in bowling. Secondly I would like to give credit to Sangakara on his runout, though it was his mistake that he stopped after taking 2 steps, but he realised his mistake and paid the price for it instead of going back to his own crease and sacrificing a debutant. This was a rare act shown by class batsman, otherwise you can see how many times Hafeez proved to be selfish while running between the wickets and sacrificed other players for his hundreds. Best of luck Pak for the final ODI.

  • on December 26, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    @Yasar Nazir the broadcaster is Sony SIX in india for SL vs PAK series.

  • matchfixerpkn on December 26, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    dear hafeez fans...du u know hafeez score in England ,s African pitches ...grow up. .he only scored runs against srilankan and Bangladesh and indian attack in sub continent pitches... this is only temporary success... i bet hafeezs score in Australia will be again same ....Pakistan will suffer in Australia world cup just for dropping technically correct naser jamshad and experienced no. 3 yoiunis khan..... due to technically unfit opener and no. 3 hafeez..pak will expse their middle order in Australian world cup .... instead of experimenting with hafeez etc..pak should look for technically correct top order players...

  • SyedArbabAhmed on December 26, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Well taking nothing away from Hafeez but his technique is still questionable against outswings of fast bowlers, against good fast bowling and in SA,AUS and ENG, SL team lacks wicket taking bowler

  • buddhi_SL on December 26, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal's shot selection was poor and lack of performance over the last few month continue. He should be in bench next time. Well done Priyanjan. Please don't rush and keep calm. Sri Lankan batting order felt again. Kulasekara role is bowler not a batman. Last match also shown that, in fact he hits two sixes. too many dot ball...Partnership means not time only runs. Avoiding dot ball is modern day cricket in fact in test match. Senior players need to give more for team else should leave before begins 2015. this time is good for that.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 26, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @ ms2000 : Okay, so we now have someone blaming politics.. How about this, we excuse the performance of players who are just selected/awaiting selection/dropped for wrong reasons; but I dont see why their so called legends Sanga, Dilshan & Malinga are not performing and I would be really interested in knowing how politics is affecting their game..

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 26, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    @ Messa1 : If at the start of the series, the number of players that needed to be dropped were actually dropped, SL wud have had a entirely new team playing this series. Here is the series I wud drop them in: 1) Kusal Perera, Sanga 2) Dilshan, Malinga 3) Chandimal, Mathews

  • BMDeep on December 26, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    First of all, Congratulations for Pak team for winning d series wid one match to go. They have really turned d tables around in d last 2 series's. And I really wonder wat Ppl expect from Hafeez. When he dont play well, d usual bashing and when he does play well, talk abt him being ineffective in SA. Man, this player score 3 centuries out of 4 matches and I still c comments saying that he is still a club level player nd they r still not satisfied wid his performances. IMHO, he still has to work on his technique but his recent frm wid bat certainly needs huge appreciations.Be it spine less attack r be it life less tracks,fr a person to play for 130-140 balls and scoring as many runs in last 4 matches is something of an achievement itself.He use to have a tendency of throwing away his wkt and it is good to see him putting some price on it. These surely r signs of improvement and for a player to perform at highest level, he need not be as solid as Dravid or Yousuf but he should be hungry.

  • DINESHCC on December 26, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Mathews is not at all a captain material. If Jayawardene is not agreeable, Chandimal is the right man to lead the team. He had shown better captaincy skills in series win (4-1) against SA recently.

  • SandipManjrekar on December 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    SL fans need to understand who should be replaced....Selectors not certain players. This was bound to happen but luckily earlier enough. The team is not leaded by Matthews but fully controlled by some individuals with & backed up by bunch of selectors.

  • DINESHCC on December 26, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Even after scoring 3 centuries pakistan fans still reacting hard on Hafeez

  • Johnny_129 on December 26, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan performing again - It is important for international cricket that Pakistan comes good again after all the controversy and lackadaisical performances. This team still has a way to go in order to reach the standards set during the Imran & Miandad days but they are finally moving in the right direction. Congrats to Pakistan. SL cricket is also looking bright - But they need to find successors to Sanga & Mahela.

  • CricketFever11 on December 26, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    What is the use of having Chandimal in the team.? What is the use of having malinga in the team? They just waste resources. What is the use of Marvan Atapattu as the batting coach? What is the use of having Vass as the bowling coach? Overall, What is the use of Sri Lanka playing test and ODI cricket? Therefore, it is time to stop playing TEST and ODI and focus only on T20's.

  • tallgrass on December 26, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Again the question is where is Sri lankan cricket going? What's the goal? Are we building for the future? Aiming for a better Test rank? or winning the WC? If there's a youth policy then what is Ajantha Medis doing in place of Tharindu Kaushal? What was Dimuth doing playing 2 ODIs in the middle order instead of Ashan or Kithruwan? What on the earth is Prasanna Jayawardene doing in the test squad when we have 3 young gloveman with batting potential? There is no stratergy unlike 1995-1996. This tour should have been prep for Asia Cup with a plan to develop a spin duo and a strong middle order which have become our Achillies heel. Not only spin bowling but batting against spin has become horrific in the post murali era. Once we get the spin dept right we need to focus on the pace combination of Eranga Lakmal and Pradeep and give them more opportunities in the right conditions (not to evaluate their performance on dead tracks)

  • on December 26, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    What has happened to malinga?

    It was sad watching him get walloped like that. His top speed was 85mph!

    That's sad....84-85 mph used to be his slower balls...

    he's 30...not 35!

  • on December 26, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    guys dont forget sl is without mahela & herath & also y sri lanka play eranga & mendis instead if lakmal & malinga?

  • kbilgrami on December 26, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @LankaGod, weak Pakistan team??? This is probably the strongest Batting/Bowling combination I have seen for last couple of years !! This is mainly due to induction of Sharjeel and Sohaib as our top order lacked Consistency. Still early days....as these young guns will have to prove themselves on Foreign seaming tracks but by the looks of it, they have sound batting technique. Best of luck to Pakistan team in last ODI.

  • shanepe2003 on December 26, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    For the ppl who asked to drop T.perera, now r u guys happy?....

  • on December 26, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @ LankaGod really over rated bowlers ?????? the same over rated bowling side still won against on dew effected days : ) Sharjah, dubai, Sharjah.... in 4th odi you batted fiest still managed only 225 ??????? Oh please if you cant face it .. shift to some other game ...............................

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on December 26, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    only positive in this match is Priyanjan's innings. all others shown null. start from Kusal he played very good shot straight to hands of misbah.same i have to say chandi's out. Dil start positive and but out like `15 years school boy cricketer. like earlier mathews get a start but couldn't make it to bigone. mali continue same mistakes. lakmal's effort good but not up expected.at least 2 wickets make him useful. sachie and kule shown they r not challenging competition against subcontinent teams and they may only useful to T20. finally poor captaincy by Mathews if Chandi is caption we might sow a fight.then we can reduce to 4 wickets lost not 8. if SL wanna to win 2015 WC we want a brand new team. even though Sanga,Dil perform reasonably well they have retire from ODI thinking about d future. what d point of having 2 seniors with 36,37 but still defeating more than 100 runs and 8 wickets.

  • on December 26, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @yasar it is telecasted on sony six in india brother.and btw congrats on wonderfull performance by your team :)

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 26, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. The overrated hyped team got thrashed again. Six of the batsmen out in single digits @ a Flat road! OMG! Seems like SL creating new records in loosing the game!fans must be ashamed

  • loveupak on December 26, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @stark62 after his comeback in 2010 hafeez averages 33.40 against england, 33.20 against newzealand, 35 against australia. against southafrica he has really struggled this year, in the previous series in uae he averaged 40 against southafrica. i am not saying these averages are pretty extraordinary or that makes him a world class batsman but if we count in the contributions he makes with the ball he is a real match winner.

  • ajithabey on December 26, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Once again a good allround performance by Pakistan to clinch the series. Their superiority in all forms of the game gave them the competitive edge against an inconsistent Sri Lankan team. Malinga's bowling which showed no signs of variety was a major blow to the team performance as well as irresponsible batting by most of the players who virtually gifted their wickets to the opposition. Senanayake should take a cue from Ajmal on how to improve his spin bowling. Priyanjan was pleasing to watch and should be given more opportunities as well as Vithanage and Prasanna. It is time that the selectors seriously think of getting the right combination of players and team management who may contribute to an improved performance in the future from lessons learnt in this series. Under performing players and management must be replaced before more damage is inflicted which tarnishes the cricketing image of the country.

  • Widura89 on December 26, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Overall we can say good performance by Pakistan.But in the 3rd game if mathews batted first at sharjah we might won that.Unfortunately, we already lost the series.But Ashan Priyanjan as a debutant , played a brilliant knock.He has some similarities of Mahela.Don't worry about the present.We need a good future.So, don't take loosing as a faliure.

  • ICKY on December 26, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    I think if someone doesn't like Hafeez personally, he should at least appreciate his performance with bat and ball as well as fielding. Even against SA and Aus his tight bowling spells and breaking crucial partnershipd have been instrumental. Even if you don't like some one's face, appreciate the accomplishments at least. Don Bradman and Tendulkar also had bad patches, it doesn't mean you dump a world class performer. Overall it was a a fighting performance with urge to win. SL is a very good team and comprehensively beat Sa and Aus not very long ago. Winning and losing is a part of game but please stay positive in your criticism.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 26, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    already looking forward to the SL vs BD series, hope SL will put up some fight there.

  • goldeneye075 on December 26, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Real great performance by Pakistan , congrats !!! I think limitaions in the Sri lankan team have been badly exposed in this tour. They do not have quality bowlers, Malingas bad form in late has a major effect to the sri lankan side, where every time Angello is looking for wickets he goes to Malinga, were it also has a huge effect and pressure has kept him performing well, and to make it worse no other fast bowler has looked like making any break throughs. Even though given many oppertunites, Kusal, Chandimal, thirumanee has not made any huge inpacts. Kusal is a very good prospect but has not shown he has the guts to hold on to the ODI spot for the time been, one big score in 20 or 30 ODI is not good enough at this stage. Although we have many young players with big futures NO one has made it count. Once Sanga and Mahela say goodbye it will be ominous signs for sri lanka in there batting department as well. God save lanka !!!

  • on December 26, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    Let me tell you the problem with SriLankan team. After 2011 worldcup, Sangakara/Jayawardane should not have relinquished leadership roles. They caused the trouble. It takes ages to raise a leader and his respect in the team. What is Mathews job leading the team with Sanga in the squad?

  • LankaGod on December 26, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    As a die hard SL fan, I am absolutely disgusted with this spineless performance in this series. No offence, but this is a really weak Pak team with under fire batsmen, an uninspirational captain and over rated bowlers. There is no way we should have lost a match forget series with our top players. When Sanga and Dilshan go, this team will have no fighting spirit left. Time to drop Malinga now and confine him to playing in the IPL. it is better for Sanga and Dilshan to go now so that we can prepare a nucleus for the world cup in 2015. Congrats Pak fans, but this is more poor cricket from the Lions than anything else.

  • on December 26, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Don't b jalousie guys pak played really well in this series

  • on December 26, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    who ever u r stark62 we don't care about the hafeez ave vs top teams we just wanna celebrate the victory and for your kind information sri Lanka is the one of the best team in the world they got world class player like sanga Dilshan Mathews and malinga so u can think what ever u want we r just enjoying the victory

  • on December 26, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    can any Indian friend what channel is broadcasting pak sl matches in india

  • hotcric01 on December 26, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    pakistan batting line up no longer depends only on misbash and akmal.They have found real talents like shezard and maqsood.Brilliant performance by hafeeze.Hofefully he will keep this performance against pacy and bouncy bowlers too.Srilanka should get rid of chandi and thiri as they are more suitable batsmen for test format not for shorter versions of the game.Ashan has waited so long for his chance.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on December 26, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    i wonder how mediacore this SL team bowling is! Bcz mediacore pak batting outplays mediacore SL bowling.

  • on December 26, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    Well played by Pakistan team and M Hafeez

  • on December 26, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan So proud of you. It was a gift victory on the country founder birthday :) Tough Luck Sri Lanka :( Best of luck for next ODI

  • Sugath on December 26, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    It is time Jayasuriya looked to blood new players as demonstrated by Priyanjan. Kula and Malinga are now pedestrian and easily picked by the batsmen. Try some new bowling combinations for next match. Why not try Ajantha Mendis and few new fast bowlers and there is a host of talent available in the cupboards. Better act now before Lanka sink to bottom.

  • Messa1 on December 26, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    MALINGA NEEDS TO BE DROPPED!!! He cant field, bat or even ball properly anymore. Even the Ind flat trackers go after him. It's time SL drop Malinga and start looking for some young talented true fast bowler.

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Very happy to see Pakistan win convincingly. No matter how many centuries Hafeez scores, there is no denying his obvious weakness to play pace and swing. This is the reason he could never achieve a status of a quality batsman, and never will. He is the weakest player of swing bowling and all these years he has not been able to improve even a little bit. But with that said, he is definitely a very important all rounder for Pakistan. I think there should be a rule for Hafeez' batting order in the team:

    Bowling Pitches: He should come in at No 6, after Misbah and before Afridi Batting Pitches: Number 3 is a good spot for him since he is an elegant stroke player when the bowl is not swinging.

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Hafeez has 30.95 odi average batting and 112 wickets with economy of 4.06. he ranked one of the top all rounder and bowler. I guess jealously does not let people see all this. No matter what you do guys some people are going to burn their blood anyway. All other teams have luxury of playing at home, international tournament and highly paid leagues, Does not matter Pakistani are still kicking ass in cricket still have lots of talent,, Way to go Pakistan Cricket..

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    @Eclipse0990: Regarding your analysis for Hafeez and Sohaib Maqsood, I am 100% agree with you. Still Hafeez is not able to make good score against teams like SA and Australia. Sohaib Maqsood's is really cool. Even his body movement is clearly an indication of a batsman with full of talent. A "Natural" batsman.

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    Agree with Sajid Bashir. Sohaib Maqsood is indeed a find for Pakistan. Cool as a cucumber and learning quick. Talented and did what he needed to today... and gave a good post-match interview. Maybe a bit early to talk of future captaincy but def one to keep an eye on. Reminds most of the Sultan of Multan. He may well become the next one.

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    now you have won the series give chance to haris sohail ,anwar al,i asad shafiq and zulifqar babar.Give some rest to ajmal afridi etc. sharjeel despite three failures still needs to be given one more chance

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    Congratulations to Men In Green for winning the 2nd Bilateral ODI series. Excellent batting by Professor Mohammad Hafeez and Rookie Shoaib Maqsood. Brilliant bowling by Umar Gul and The Megician Saeed Ajmal

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I wish Jaywardane and Herath were playing these ODIs too. Only then could we see the real strength of this Pakistani team. Hard luck Sirilanka but I love your cricket. Jivey Jivey Pakistan.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 26, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    @stark62, I totally agree with you here. Actually, its not only the tests, ODis and T20s which are different ball games, even playing in SA and Aus compared to playing in UAE and India are all together different ball games. Hafeez may be suited to the first but not to the other. I also want to say that I see a very big promise in Sharjeel. He is one of the better batsmen among the new commers but needs some small technical adjustments. I like his confidence and decisiveness in playing wonderfull shots.

  • on December 26, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Well done Pak,, Sherjeel has got serious flaw in his batting so he needs to work on it in first class cricket for now, I think Pak should give Sohaib chance in tests as well at no3,,Azhar is not performing lately n he looks more complete batsman then Azhar,,Pak should also make Umer Akmal their permanent test keeper batsman instead of wasting time with Sarfraz etc.

  • shahnbej on December 26, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    SL desperately need bowlers. Otherwise Hafiz caliber of batsman can score hundreds in every match.

  • CricketFever11 on December 26, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Mathews is so unlucky. Others do not support him. It is useless to have Chandimal in the team. I dont see anything done by Marvan Atapattu as the batting coach to this team. Mallinga is playing well for the IPL franchises but for the national team his contribution is nil. No surprise of loosing the series coz there no bowlers who can get couple of wickets in a match.

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    Hafeez making three centuries in ODI series with one match to go no doubt is good achievement albeit against very weak bowling attack and on batting tracks. Hopefully these performances will help him gain confidence to face successfully top class bowling away from home and possibly become a real asset for Team Pakistan. However, given his past record against top quality fast bowlers I doubt he will succeed and therefore if required Team Pakistan should only consider him in the XI against such teams as India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. It will be too much of a risk to play him in tests or ODIs against teams such as South Africa, England, Australia, Newzealand and even the West Indies especially away from home.

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    I think Pakistan has found a good winning combination for the next worldcup to come. I would suggest one change that is mohammad irfan in for bilawal bhatti as bhatti leaks too many runs. commiserations to srilankan team as well but i think they have some serious young batting talent coming .. the only worry for them is their bowling...i rate their bowling lower than even india...

  • Haz95 on December 25, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    This isn't good for the long term guys because if Hafeez' added to the Test side which, when he faces pace[genuine] will fail against...Maqsood is really proving all the hype about him and I'm genuinely happy for him. Hafeez is good but he must stick to limited over cricket

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    while I agree with the rest of the analysis and the stats, I don't think any chin music will have to be faced in the UAE. Mitch and co will have to put a lot more effort for that to happen. However there will definitely be some spin music. It will be an interesting series.

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    I truly think there are something cooking in SL dressing room that we don't know anything about . That's not the SL that I know , no effort and melinga with the beer belly what's up with that ??? Not taking any credit away from GUL and Ajmal bowling . Every one is chatting about Hafeez but I think maqsood and Shahzad are key players . Sure he made three centuries but what about his previous 15 innings not including Zimbabwe . We put folks up on the star with jus one series performance just like we did with Nasir Jamshed. Any way job well done but lots of work to do . I can tell you one thing SL will be giving tough time to Pak for sure in tests . Hoping they will rest GUL so that he is available for WC along with irfan.

  • roook on December 25, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    hafeez has a poor record against top pace bowling his averages against Australia, newzland, and south africa is just 17. For WC 2015 he should prepare him self for pace bowling as he faced in south africa. hafeez should not be carried away with his performances he need to set his record against steyn gun right. If we have players like which perform good only against asian then forget about number one

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    @ eclipse 0990 Yes, I agree. Hafeez is lame and an unreliable batter. Despite his efforts in this series, I think the old Hafeez will return in no time. Although the whole batting unit has clicked in this series, I think it'll be short lived. Maybe I'm a pessimist. Hope I'm wrong, though. Agreed on your Maqsood assessment, too. Let's hope he lives up to the hope. I wouldn't worry about Indian bowlers getting whacked by us, we make your bowlers look world class. :) Look at what we did for Imran Tahir... The guy was on 262/0 wickets with Australia, and we gave him career best figures. We made him look better than Ajmal.

    @ out Lankan brothers. Don't worry, guys. We were in the position a few months ago, you'll bounce back soon when your players find form again. I just hope it's not during the next test matches. Good luck, gents.

  • Vikum72 on December 25, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! SL can take heart in the performances of some of their young players. However the decline of players like Chandimal, Thisara etc. is a concern. Also it is a series that showed SL lacking of good match practice. To be fair to them, they were trying out new players and new combinations as well. Lets hope they learn from the experience.

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    @part of your theory is spot on but i am sure hafeez will perform well in any format in uae...the conditions in uae are easy and most asian batsman will make merry....australians though will struggle in the desert with pakistan having a confident new look...with shehzad,sharjeel and maqsood strengthening the pak batting...and pakistans bowling will be more ruthless with gul and irfan back in the side...australia may have done well to retain the ashes..but their susceptibility has been discovered by every team and they will have a tough time in uae...mark my word..

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    There is advise for Sri Lanka batting Don't play odi's as a t20 bcos 50 overs game is completely different. All their batsmen starts slogging every ball and rely too much on boundary and then they start loosing wickets. I did not like their attacking game still even they losing wickets they don't hang about and they try to hit boundaries. How they played was disappointed. I think they have too many all rounders they should have balance of specialist batsmen and specialist bowlers. Like pak management was trying to be clever to play alrounder sohail Tanwir becos he can bat little bit but he can't bowl. He made us lose few gamesof his poor bowling but he never helped to win by batting. So alrounder like him are match loser

  • on December 25, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    You've out the picture of Sohaib. The most talented youngster to come in a long time. But caption is wrong. It's not Hafeez.

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    where is fawad alam? Every pakistani should be asking this very question with every comment they make.

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    Well done green team.... nice plan and hard work in batting department ... hafee . Shahzad and sohaib .... also gul amd ajmal, junaid... thx for victory

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Runs on the board no matter how and against who. Haffez has ability..playing against white skin is harder for all subcontinent. No home for pak and all away series...great year for pakistan cricket ..a great team with some workable issues..better thsn team india

  • ProdigyA on December 25, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Hafeez have fun as much as u want before facing Steyn and look like fish out of water.

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Should be the same team for the next game. Keep the winning combination and improve the quality of game.

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Pakistani fans are really hard to please!

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Hafeez is not a 2nd Pakistani to score three consecutive 100s, he is a third one to achieve this milestone after zaheer abbas and saeed anwar...

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    @stark your hard work of finding statistics are gone in vain as we are celebrating victory of Pakistani team not looking for records. This year Hafeez played well and he is 2nd highest scorer and he played all of his matches in overseas. Take a chill pill bro and disgest his 1260 Runs thi year

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Sharjeel future doesnt looks bright. He will fall same as Saleem Elahi, M.Wasim, Jamshed and few other names who came to international cricket with a Bang and due to poor performance, just disappear. Lets hope what I am saying isnt true

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Its too early to conclude anything about Sohaib maqsood he is still to be tested in different batting conditions. Whereas Sharjeel looks be tailor made for T20's he should not be playing ODI. Hafeez should capitalize his form in 5th ODI as well.

  • yorkslanka on December 25, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan On a deserved series win. No excuses from me, we have been outplayed... The only positive from this series loss for me is that some of our new youngsters performed well but that still doesn't ease a series loss. Again congrats to our Pakistani brothers on their series win.. Delayed response as I am a Sri Lankan, Yorkshire man who is currently in Malta on holiday. Happy Christmas to all and god bless.

  • on December 25, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    It appears that Sri Lankan selectors have failed again on the spin front. After a promising start, new preferred spinner Senanayake has taken 0/195 in this ODI series - he has clearly been sorted out already and Seekuge Prasanna has only fired blanks. Meanwhile Saeed Ajmal took 4 wickets in this innings and 7 for the series indicating that conditions are conducive to spin. The world class player who could have made a difference, Ajantha Mendis has been crucified by Sri Lankan selectors since the final of the last World Cup. Other countries would have backed him and allowed him to evolve but his treatment by Sri Lankan selectors is ruining him.

  • proteasfire on December 25, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!! Congrats on winnings the series!! Hafeez is just making hay while the sun is shining. Wonderful hundred again. Third in the same series is quite a come back and one Pakistan will take happily with both hands. Maqsood is a great find for Pakistan and he will definitely get better and better with experience. Solid middle order player with great technique. Overall a dominating performance from Pakistan and SL were absolutely hapless,clueless and mediocre once again.

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    Sharjeel needs to play his natural game. I guess he has been told to watch and take it easy so he is confused now. He does not look so confident like he did previously. He is an attacking player and he should attack which is his strength. He has got nice shots but less foot movement like Sehwag and Rohit so he will adjust in every conditions as long as he has confidence.

  • kc69 on December 25, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    I wonder how SL players like Chandimal, Malinga get chances again and again this was bound to happen, who knows Chandimal can be captain(currently vice captain of ODI and Captain of T20 team) of ODI team despite his performance.As farcas Hafeez is concerned he should only play against sub continent teams.

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Not much to look into Hafeez's form with the bat. Its a very mediocre SL bowling attack. Have him face any quality opposition (SA, for instance) and he'll buckle again. Good to see Pakistan ending the year on a high though. Poor scapegoat for every Pakistan loss this year, Misbah, will be a relieved man.

  • K.M.Salik on December 25, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    great to know that pakistan didnt go at a snails pace....they chased aggressively which is a rare sight to watch it happening from pakistani team....sohaib maqsoods inclusion has balanced the team and has brought an element of aggression in the team...

  • AbdulRauf-99 on December 25, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @Stark62, FTP? is there series of Pakistan in Australia next year?, If it is then it's amazing!! i was hoping that Pakistan would go to Australia!

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Well Played Hafeez. I hope you can continues this form against SA,ENG and AUSIS :). Maqsood is a good find. he can continue this work as he is doing.

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    I m really happy to see gul back. would love to see irfan junaid and gul bowl together in WT20i

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    i wonder whether sri lanka is the team against which most ODI hundreds have been scored against..

  • D.Bullcock on December 25, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Will Sri Lanka ever beat Pakistan in any match?? Their record is abysmal against Pakistan and I think they are scared to play them.

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan .. After long Time our batting has done the series for us

  • on December 25, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Hafeez is a very good batsmen if he clicks and the positive thing about him is that he knows how to convert fifties into hundreds.but he need to work on his technique with the ball moving away .

  • Raheelkhan00 on December 25, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    i think Hafeez was afraid or was in self created pressure which styen trigger by his aggression on flatter traks he is good but on bouncy seaming wickets whole pakistani team is poor coz they play on flatter tracks in domestic and very rare movement of foot needed on flatter tracks but when it comes to fast bowler frndly wickets batsmen should adjust then in a blink of an eye ... Pakistani coach and players should work on this weakness .... with due appology i dont think sohaib maqsood has any guttz like great inzimam .. he plays ilke tennis bowl player his class will be seen when he will play on seam and bouncy tracks and sharjil as well

  • dmqi on December 25, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    I am disappointed at the SL performance, they are much better than what they did today. Gul is putting them in trouble in first few overs. Pak batting has changed with the two new batsmen. We have been trying to say to bring on new blood but the selector and captain took too long to understand that. It is better to be late than never. Hope to see more new players. Competition will produce better crop.

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    just to be clear, Hafeez is an allrounder. he is not a specialist batsman. not long time ago, he was the number 1 bowler in the world.

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    can anyone tell what is the highest score biletreal series of 5 ODI of an individual

  • zzby on December 25, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    @cricinfo this is not the picture of Hafeez...

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Haris, Anwar and A Rehmen should get a chance in the final game. Junaid, Hafeez and Ajmal should be rested. A good positive show by batsmen is making the life easier for bowlers. Sharjeel and Maqsood should have extended training sessions with coaches and captain, they should know the importance of their wicket and responding to a match situation in a proper way.

  • Riz000 on December 25, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    @ Stark62 I agree with you 100% I have been saying this for past few years that Mohammad Hafeez is not even a club cricketer i just dont understand why people dont realize he is a total failure against good teams like Sa, Aus and Eng or new zeland this guy will struggle big time. Please PCB put umar akmal in No 3 position followed by Maqsood and Harris Sohail.

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Its good to see some spark in the Pakistani batting. Though Hafeez has had a very inconsistent year he managed to deliver again a very fragile bowling attack. The truth is that Hafeez and the other Pakistani batsman only lack the attitude not the skills to post massive totals against any team. They got their confidence from the 1st ODI in this series and since then they all looked very stable taking singles rather than relying on boundaries all the time, which was a first for me after a long time. Thats how the great Javaid Miadaad did it and thats how the current players are required to do it. So I hope the understand this logic and follow it, if they go back to their old ways then it will be the same result we saw in UAE with S.A. One can only for the best.

  • shahnbej on December 25, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Gul you changed all blockbuster to flop one sided matches. You are the best.

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    mzm: agreed sharjeel has disappointing last 3 odis after a good start to his career. and might be dropped from odis. should play t20s. but for odis, nasir is still struggling in domestic. has not crossed score of 15 in any of the innings so far. i dont think he will be coming back unless he scores some ton soon. pak might have to look for some 1 else or our beloved imran farhat is always there to serve. lol

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Fantastic performance by Pakistan, hats off to hafeez. Love to see Pakistan playing like this. Poor performance by Sri Lankans costed them a series. Pakistanis you deserve this victory, from Sri Lanka. Always love Pakistan cricket

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    couldn't watch the match but a very well written & comprehensive match summary...thanks ! way to go greens !!

  • shahnbej on December 25, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    Thanks SL. You made Hafiz hero from zero.

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @ stark62 ..... Agreed that muhammad Hafeez average is not upto the mark. but can you see the improvement in him over the year especially after 2011. His average after year 2011 has increased alot and except for that Steyn-hafeez stuff. Hafeez has been tremendous during the year. So he got the guts to carryon the number 3 position of Pakistan with his current form

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Sohail Bhatti are you sure you are a Pakistan fan!?? Ok, this was not the strongest Sri Lankan team but are you forgetting Pakistans victories in the ODI's in India, West Indies and South Africa !?? Pakistan have improved their batting too - Shezad and Umar Akmal are improving with every game and Maqsood is a very promising player! Sharjeel Khan has amazing potential and will get better with experience! We also have Umar Gul back and, when Moh

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    looking forward to world cup 2015 in Auntralia/NZ add M.irfan to this inform bowling attack will be formidable now on bouncy aussie pitches/ and helpful NZ pitchs as long as they remain fit and inform. Batti in time will turn out to be star performer more so on bouncy pitches, so will Anwar Ali on helpful green pitches. Both will be needed as alrounders in world cup.

  • on December 25, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @Sohail Bhatti, what kind of a fan are you? You started of by saying SL are dismal, than you mentioned they have no bowlers but just before finishing the sentence you named two great bowlers. As compared to Pakistan who was playing with a rookie bowling line up for most of this series. Yes Hafeez was dropped, but he made 120+ after being dropped, so he made most of the opportunity. Sharjeel is young to the scene give him some space, his affect on the team performance and others has been positive. Time will tell when we play Australia, but we have already whacked India hard in their own backyard a year from now, so I don't know what you are talking about. Yes, Pakistan team is not perfect, but if you were a true fan you would have appraised this series win instead of bashing them. After all we haven't played at home for over 4 years now, and most of our players are yet to play a game at home.

  • jahanzebish on December 25, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @ Sohail Bhatti: Are you kidding man...have you got any sense of cricket at all? Indian bowlers have broken their own record of giving away most times 300+ runs in ODIs during a year and they could not bowled south africa out in the fourth inning in the recently finished test and gave easily 450 runs which is itself a shameful record. You think with that bowling standard they can bowl whole pakistani team out for 94? I am sure, they can't send back even zimbabwe or ireland for such a score with such a bowling.You need to grow up cricket-wise :)

  • Stark62 on December 25, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Hafeez is making merry now but here is his record against the top bowling teams: 17.75 vs Aus, 18.88 vs SA, 21.70 vs Nz and 24.68 vs Eng.

    These statistics, suggest Pak will never reach the no. 1 spot in ODI's because the no. 3 is a vital position to halt a team from going 2 or 3 wickets down early and shifting the momentum towards the opposition. Yes, Pak won in SA but that was down Shezhad's hundred, Masood's stay at the wicket and late order flourish in the first game by Bhatti and Anwar to post a defend-able total.

    Also, the worst news about his form, has been the talk of his return to the Test side, which would put Pak in further trouble because according to the FTP, he'll be facing chin music from Mitch and co. next year in the UAE and no amount of runs against SL will help him during that series.

  • Fogu on December 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    If PK can repeat these batting performances against other teams, they will be hard to beat, because they have the bowling to compete in all types of pitches, whether fast, bouncy or slow spinning. With Md. Aamir, Irfan, Junaid, Gul, Anwar Ali, Bhatti, PK has embarrassment of riches in fast bowling department. They can go to SA, Eng and AUS now and compete as long as batting holds up.

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Truly a champion's performance by a top class team! Way to Go Greens!

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Everything so far working for pakistan. The good thing about the whole series is sohaib maqsood. He is a cool head and is a potential candidate for captaincy in future.

  • on December 25, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Congrats to Misbah's men. Finally seeing some solidity in our batting line-up. I was extremely anxious for Pakistan's future in this dept. not that long ago, esp after the Champions Trophy debacle. Amazing what 2 good youngsters can do to a line-up lacking form and confidence. Feel sorry for SL fans as their big guns ie Chandimal, Malinga, Kulesekara just aren't firing. Things may change with Mahela and Herath back for the tests. I really think SL are playing too many allrounders. Either play specialists or allrounders start concentrating more on one discipline. Looking good for Pak and the world cups.

  • Solid_Snake on December 25, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Most Runs in a year and Breaking record of most 50's in a year..Misbah is still Raked 9th in ODI rankings lol Taking most wickets in a year..103..Saeed Ajmal is Ranked 1st in ODI..His Ranking in justified.He is the only bowler to take highest wickets in 3 back to back years..Also 103 wickets is the highest no of wickets taken by any bowler in the world..Hats Off to Ajmal..And some people wee comparing Ajmal with Ashwin lol...Ajmal is the king of Spinners right now..& Ashwin is just another bowler..No comparison

  • Eclipse0990 on December 25, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    In my opinion, Hafeez is still a mediocre bastman. Dunno if other fans would agree. Even after these centuries, all he averages is 30! On the other hand, I personally think Sohaib Maqsood is a very very good find for Pakistan. I am an Indian and I am saying that this guy is going to torture our bowling attacks in future. The fours he hits look almost effortless!

  • Solid_Snake on December 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    So when was the last time Pak chased a score of 200+ in around 40 overs.. It has been ages since Pakistan did something like that..And Pak only lost 2 wickets today..Amazing batting..Someone might argue with me that it was a batting pitch that's why Pakistan is playing well..If that's the case then how come SL not able to score runs on such pitches..I'm impressed by Pakistan's performance.Really Glad that today Maqsood did not throw away his wicket.He played nice.. Best of luck for test matches :)

  • mzm149 on December 25, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Hopefully this will be last series for Sharjeel Khan and Nasir Jamshed will come back instead of him. Sharjeel is one of those fluke players who show something in an innings or two and then they completely go off color.

  • drnaveed on December 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    well played Pakistan and muhammad hafeez. sharjeel should try to improve himself and overcome his weaknesses soon , otherwise , he will be another nasir jamshed.anwar ali should be given a chance in place of bhatti , in the next game.still there are areas of improvement for the Pakistani team.

  • KingOwl on December 25, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Poor performance by SL. But credit must go to Pakistan for the way they bowled. They no doubt have a great bowling attack. Good thing for SL is that a few young guys put in some solid performances. I am not too concerned about losing the series, although it is always disappointing to lose. SL never does that great in bi-lateral series. But come the world cup, they will be at the top, I have no doubt.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Team is in great form. Good job by Hafeez & Umer Gul. Please keep the tempo.

  • Haz95 on December 25, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Simple as, brilliance in all forms for Pakistan...I've been a critic of Hafeez but come on 45 avg even after his dismal performance vs Steyn and co...Ahmed is becomin really good...Misbah is Misbah..Maqsood is perfect for #4 or #3 so well done on not spoiling him and he's also maturing....Bowling has been brilliant ever since the departure of Tanvir..So yeh..Sharjeels has been disappointing but he has potential but a dismal technique...

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    Saeed ajmal and umar gul the real heroes of todays match and also well played hafeez

  • rezauk on December 25, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    with respect to "and they said Hafeez isn't a number 3 batsman" posted earlier today. Well he's not because untill you can bat 30 overs + in an innings against the fastest bowlers in the world you are below par in that position. It's a well known fact that the longer a batsmen stays at the crease the easier it's to score. This has been proven by his ability to defend and attack against Sri Lanka's bowlers. Has he suddenly found form after South Africa ?

  • Syed_imran_abbas on December 25, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Pakistan squad should consist of these players to work on for future: (1) Ahmad Shahazad (2) Sharjeel (3) hafeez (4) maqsood (5) Misbah (6) Umer Akmal (7) Afridi (8) bhatti (9) gul (10) Ajmal (11) Junaid..

    (12) Irfan (13) Haris Sohail (14) Anwar Ali (15) Nasir Jamshed

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Poor performance from Sri Lanka cost a series lost..Nice to see Ashan in action..Seems to be he has having lot to do for Sri Lanka...Time to think about Chandimal's performance....!..Excellent performance by Pakistan...You deserve it...!..from Sri Lankan Fan

  • yvivekcb on December 25, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Sri Lanka, show atleast some fight, pathetic performance. New minnows in world cricket at present.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    It was a good effort by Pakistanis -- Its good to see youngster raising , Maqsood was impressive , the only thing he lacks is misbah's Company -- He will make him a better player with strong temperament , Sharjeel was Good too , not Scored lot of runs but its good to see him getting practice at international level and for me he will be consistent soon -- Gul has a great come back as we all expected he is great bowler and deserve to be in Best Attack Side ,Ajmal was As usual

    Sri Lanka -- They were Not Good ,The only problem i am seeing is that they are playing with More all rounders than specialist -- Their Bowling line is bellow average and even Zimbabwe would have destroyed that And methews is not a Good Captain neither

    Overall Its Strong Pakistan Win Against Weak Sri Lanka

  • Cric_fever_forever on December 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    if u are a sri lankan fans then its going to be pretty embrassing to see the way there team played in this match. looked tired and less passionate in short lion had no hunger. so disapointment for them. they should ask A: weather matthews is right choice for leadership or not and B: weather they are giving cap to right talent. however as pak im reallly happy i had gut feeling we would do it today but never thought we gonna do it in style. gr8 job by men in green. they are on roll and hope it continues. cheers!!

  • Nadeemusman on December 25, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for winning the match and series. Priyanjan played beautifully on debut. Priyanjan, senanayake,Kaushal.p and Parsanna are good talents and finds for Sri Lanka. Misbah catch and anwar ali runout were the fielding moments of the day. Umar Gul and the magician Saeed Ajmal were superb in bowling complimented well by the rest of the bowlers. Congrats to Hafeez for completing 4000 ODI runs. He is the second Pakistani after Zaheer Abbas to hit 3 consecutive centuries. His innings was amazing and flawless. He did not give any chance today and rotated the strike regularly. His shot selection was safe. His defence was impregnable and offensive shots were a treat to watch.Good innings by Ahmed Shahzad and Sharjeel Maqsood. Good to see Sharjeel bat sensibly. Good luck to both the teams for the final match. I am sure it will be a close match and the crowds are going to love the quality and competition of cricket these teams are going to display.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on December 25, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Really pleased with Pakistan performance. Well done Ahmad Shahzad, Hafeez and Maqsood in batting. Bhatti needs some rest in next game and give a game to anwar ali. Pakistan must work on him and sharjeel for international level. Haris Should be given a chance as well in next game. Good come back by Gul. Junaid, irfan and gul will make a good bowling attack for pakistan along with spinners. Thanks God Umer amin and sohail tanvir are gone and i hope they will never come again in national side.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Well done Pak Congrat this is team sprit woooow

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    great inning by hafeez .welldone

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Well done Team Pakistan to win series against Sri Lanka comprehensively.

  • likeintcricket on December 25, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    I think Pakistan has played much better in the last two series against SA and SRILanka and they have a settled ODI team. Sharjeel is a fine player and they need to groom him up rather than dropping him. In Australia Pak just need to take Irfan and a left arm spinner. Indians might be better in their batting averages but Pakistan currently has best balance side for the world cup. I would say instead talking about who is the best, they need to play a 5 ODI series.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    The real difference in the Pakistan team for this series and SA series in UAE is MERIT. You establish merit, and all the sudden people value their place in the team and start performing. Couple of other strict moves, and Pakistan days of glory will be back. Sharjeel may have not performed in last couple of games, but look what happened, others players took responsibility and continued the momentum he started. Most importantly you sense the other team fearing him, once he gets going. He is not like other players who will waste many balls making a odd twenty than get out, he will either give you a flier and get out, or take you through the end, not putting pressure on other players. Bottom line, changes like Bilawal, Haris, Anwar, and Sharjeel gave a statement that performance will be awarded. Congrats to Pakistan, and best of luck to Sri Lankans. Happy B-DAY To our great leader as well.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Although Sharjeel is scoring some runs but today the way he got out suggests him to improve his technique.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    well played by pakistan. they bowled well . gul and ajmal were the stars of their bowling.

    and then good batting by hafeez maqsood and ahmed. good series win. job well done.

    hafeez has turned the tables for himself in this series. yes wickets are batting wickets and bowling was not up to the mark but still ending the year on 2nd or 3rd on list of top scorers with avg over 45 shows a lot. value playet in limited formats

    only issue is that bhatti not among wickets. bowling coach need to work with him.

    with series decided, i think anwar should be given a chance. sharjeel is a bit disappointing after early innings. 1 game remaining for him to show something.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    pakistan need more than that for upcoming wc..15...they need good fielding and nothing

  • roook on December 25, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    hafeez confuses me exceptional great record against asian sides with average above 40 against india,srilanka and bangladesh but against Australia newzland and south africa averages below 16.

  • on December 25, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    well done Pakistan team

  • ispaewbi on December 25, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Positive attitude is all what Pakistan needs and they can do wonders.

  • Durfitaymoo on December 25, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Shareel is fine, Because Pakistan has crap domestic cricket circle the only way we can build talent is in international games we have to work with the youngsters and keep working on them so they get better no point trying for one series and writing off players. not everyone is Shahid Afridi or Ajmal and even these lot have bad days. Cricket has changed a lot need to be aggressive no point sitting their then crying when the run rate is too low. Do or Die trying - that is the spark which is much needed in Pakistan batting and I have seen that spark in the youngsters put us one the front foot. If Sharjeel did not bat like he did in his first game I do not think the rest of the batting side would have had the same power - his innings really boosted all the batsmen and they all responded well. Sri Lanka have a great set of players but they just have not come together as a team. Good Luck and Thank You for decent spirited cricket.

  • romirom on December 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    maqsood at no 4 brings very charms in pak bating. we can score quickly when pak need jst like in last game. and now he has time so he is bating according to situation. previously pak has a problem of loosing quick wickets if one or two wickets got out. but due to maqsoon pak has got perfect balance in team with misbah to follow.

  • on December 25, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    and they said Hafeez isn't a number 3 batsman.

  • yvivekcb on December 25, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Looks like Sri Lanka will be last in ODI rankings, very poor show. Worst batting & bowling attack in world now.

  • Srini_Indian on December 25, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Hafeez who averages low twenties before this series has feasted on SL's "attack" and got his average to 30s. If he plays another 5 matches against SL, he'll average 32 which is the average of SL legend Mahela.

  • on December 25, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Hafeez the professor proved me wrong!!,Really happy for him and Pakistan:) He must continue his form against other top teams now.

  • vtn2222222 on December 25, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Good performance by Pakisthan. I am sadly disapointed about srilankans with every aspect batting , bowling , specially feilding. Starting from top order. No problem with dilshan and sanga. Kusal must find a way to get going during middle time of the innings. Chandi , after playing this many matches no responsibility and i even dont know why you are the captain of 20 matches. Proud about Ashan priyanjan and feel he is next number 4 batsman. Mathews is good but no help from others when it comes to chasing. Thisara perera you have become a bit technically sound but now you cant hit the ball and bowling is awful. kule you have to bowl bit pace not 120. Malinga IPL is not the only place you should show your talents. Others are ok, Selectors please explain why you pick dimuth to replace thiri when you have middle order batsman like ashan. Test 11 - Dimuth.K , Kausal Silva, Sanga , Mahela , Chandi , Angelo , Prasanna , Kule , Vishawa , Nuwan pradeed , Rangana herath .

  • on December 25, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    well bowled by Gul and ajmal. this target is below par on this wicket.

    sharjeel failed yet again. 1 game remaining and after his debut innings, he has done nothing in last 3 games.

    well played by Ahmed. he is maturing now and getting good runs. and playing sensibly.

    well played by Hafeez. he can end up on 2nd place in top scorers of the years list with a healthy average of over45. a great comeback after completely blown away by Steyn and SA during the year. 2nd time he has acheived 20 wickets and 1000+ runs in a year. which only kallis and Sanath jaysuriya did if i am not wrong. in 2011 he got 30 wickets with 1005 runs and this time wickets a bit less but more runs. shows inconsistency that out of 4000 career runs he has scored 2200+ in just 2 years and career is almost 9 years long.

    anyway deserves to be no1 odi all rounder in rankings. no doubt a value player in shorter format.

    i think on basis of this he will be recalled to the test squad as well.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on December 25, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    @ Prasanna Rupasinghe: Correctly Said. Lanka's best start would be to start from bottom of the ODI rankings. So that fans have minimal expectations. Why is lanka so bad these days? Arent there any good youngsters?

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Malinga should be given rest for rest of his life in Sri Lankan team, and Lakmal is "sorry" selection. I think Bangladesh and Ireland is playing better cricket than Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lacks proper bowling attack, no "teeth" go and attack opposition teams. Batsman play "half" shots, I think they don't have enough power to go for "shots" like Pakistan players. Overall Sri Lanka should be rated last on the ODI ranking! Disappointing performance from the visitors!!

  • mzm149 on December 25, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Sharjeel should be given next game and then he should dropped from the team. So that we don't get excuses from people that he didn't get full chance like Asad Shafiq. He cannot play on lifeless pitches of UAE against Sri Lanka. How will he play on lively pitches against Australian and South African bowlers.

    Hafeez is in the form of his life. He must have shut his critics up.

  • Garretjacks on December 25, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    The difference between the two sides in this series has been the bowling. Pakistan has quality fast bowling compared to Sri Lanka's average pace bowlers. Lasith Malinga who I think is still a very good bowler, looks very unfit and out of shape to be playing international cricket. He hardly touches the 140kmph mark and looks very lazy on the field. Sri Lanka really needs to find some decent pacemen if they are to even come close to winning any games in WC2015.

  • momer79 on December 25, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    @Ketaann: Priyaranjan came from proper system, he was under 19 captain in 2008 and he has shown some good character today.

    Bear in mind, SL cricket is creating a batch of batsman and bowler and going through testing period. Losing series here won't hurt them, and also there is upcoming series with Bangladesh which will be good for youngsters.

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    ashan priyanjan seems better than overrated chandi and thiri. he should be given chances as much as possible

  • on December 25, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    sharjeel Khan just need to play straight in beginning of inning especially the balls pitching on middle of stumps...all will be fine for him.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Sharjeel had to be normal not aggresive. Gul was better than last time he played i think this will be a easy chase if pakistan get of to a flyer

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    i think we have seen enough talent from Vithanage and Priyanjan to forget about Thirimanne

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to device a game plan which was not visible - A recognized batsman playing after kulusekra - No plan how to negotiate batting power play, technical stroke play is required not the slogging, loss of two wickets in two overs really resulted in nose dive of innings which resulted in fall of Mathews. - Mathews should bat at no 4 and spinner Senanyke should also be taken as a batsman as he has a very cool head. - Debutant who scored 70 odd runs is a good prospect with lot of time to play strokes and good balance, only issue is temprament, reminds of great Arvinda Desilva Pakistan is 60% likely to win but good luck Sri Lanka

  • Izzmail55 on December 25, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan is a fail at international level he should go back to domestic and never comeback to international cricket

  • ketaann on December 25, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    who is this priyaranjan? Why sri lanka gave him chance? when senior guy like tharanga is available.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 25, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Still Sri Lanka can win. Need a real fight!

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Please God let it be easy for Pak batters

  • Lion83 on December 25, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Pakistan is never a good chasing side they cant chase anything over 200 in successfull manner. Sri Lankan youngsters looked good.

  • momer79 on December 25, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    I know this game is not in SL's hand but all respect goes to sanga, really a class act. Not many player are there in asia like him. You have won our hearts.

    It will be good lose to SL as they are building up a team for WC2015 and we have already seen some good performances from young players. They just need to work on their bowling more than batting really.

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Umar Akmal†, Shahid Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul

    Take a look at our batting line guys. Ahmed is playing well, Sohaib is doing great, U akmal starts scrong and Hafeez is firing as well, Bilawal Bhatti can bat Misbah tuk tuk can bat and Guldozer can Guldoz in case if any problem arises. I think Pakistan will chase it

  • on December 25, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Priyanjan and Vithange looked better cricketer than the overhyped and underperfomed Chandi and Thiri. SLC please give these 2 new guys more chance they will definately do better. Drop Chandi and Thiri aswap for atleast a year so they can improve there game and can come back strongly when Sanga and Jaya hanged there boots. What About that guy who played very well in SLPL-1 as opener, gave him chance some times in national colours, he looks better for future. Best luck SL and win the match.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Mishbah is best batsman from pakistan, but worst captain. He kept using Hafeez despite him being expansive. Should have used best bowler Umar Gul.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    It will be a easy chase for pakistan

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    hoping for a classical Pak collapse :D

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    i am not confuse about srilanka beacause young players do their job quiet well...for such a good bowling attack..ashan and vithanage played well...vithange can't make it half century beacause he should go harder to get at least srilanka to 250...but well played....i think srilanka must played with this young guys in furture...i think mathews new style is very helthy but mathews and vithanage must come top order...I WANT TO SEE NIROSHAN DICWELLA IN SRILANKAN TEAM....HE IS CLASSY BATMEN AND HE CAN ROTATE THE STRAKE..CONGRATES TO SL AND PAK TEAM

  • Sports4Youth on December 25, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling figures In the last 2 years: LATEST UPDATE including this match.

    JUNAID K: 31 ODI'S, 53 wickets, Avg - 21.61, Eco - 5.00.

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

    UMAR GUL: 20 ODI'S, 24 wickets, Avg - 34.87 and Eco - 5.48.

    S.TANIVR : 15 ODI'S, 12 wickets, Avg - 52.66 , Eco - 5.37.

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

    S. AJMAL : 49 ODI's, 91 Wickets, Avg - 20.65 , Eco - 4.19.

    S.AFRIDI : 40 ODI's, 42 Wickets, Avg - 35.92, Eco - 4.78

    M.HAFEEZ: 50 ODI's, 35 Wickets, Avg - 45.08 , Eco - 3.95

    After 40 ODI matches Junaid is the 3rd highest Pakistani wicket taker behind Saqlain & Waqar. He is even better than Waseem Akram. .

  • alipk52 on December 25, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Now as Sri Lanka Posted over 200, it's game for them, really poor chasing side our team is, I just hope they prove me wrong, but Sri Lanka fans should feel better for what they have on the board, please Shehzad, Hafeez, Akmal don't fail us today, I beg you!

  • Fawwad_Siddiqui on December 25, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    The Gul who has returned is doing better than the Gul who got injuredu. Previously he was effective with the old ball, now he is giving early breakthroughs and now can swing the ball a bit too :D

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    with the pakistan style of chasing, i can say, the match will finish in the last over(if pakkistan managed to save wickets till then)

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    well done Pakistan...... keep on going.... :)

  • P4K1ST4N_7 on December 25, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Sanga is definitely a gentlemen...

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Pak will win

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Should be a easy win for pakistan.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    why was hafeez given 9 overs ? umar gul was taking wickets. He should have been given second spell early before bhatti.. It feels as if pakistan plays with a mind set of making the opposition bat full 50 overs.. Pretty conservative approach from captain.

  • on December 25, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Sanga and debutant played really well. If Pakistan lose from here, then they deserve to be shot publicly. 211/8. What a gent Sanga is for not sending the debutant back and sacrifices he's own wicket. Not many senior batsmen would do that.

  • Izzmail55 on December 25, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Pakistan put on your pads your going to chase a big one here. Good luck

  • romirom on December 25, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    come on what are the pak bowler doing. they are just giving srilanka chance to come bace. if srilanka will go pass 250 then it will be difficult for pak to chase.

  • on December 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    fielding not gud by pakistan

  • on December 25, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    letz c ... v hv good players but nt in the series.. with the politic our team is wasted...

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 25, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Oh another of the SL legend falling after barely managing a half century at the SR of 65 and people calling for replacing younger players with younger players.. No wonder SL team is doing so badly everywhere.

  • on December 25, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    respect for sangakara. usually batsman in this situation will try to save their own wicket. but he didn't go back to his crease

  • on December 25, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Sangakara out.pak back in match

  • on December 25, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    InshaAllah Pak win today and secure the series

  • partyanimal on December 25, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    well done Ashan,keep busy between the wicket and not to loose the wicket it will put pressure on Pak

  • roook on December 25, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Misbah lost the plot by making both batsman set poor captaincy you know you cannot chase more than 200

  • on December 25, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Sri Lankan top order gifted their wickets, they seem way too hungry for runs and played shots every ball. The pitch is amazingly good for batting, a bit dry which might bring reverse swing into play later in the innings, the key is to establish partnership in the middle. Gul really bowled well with accurate line and length and got early breakthroughs. Want to see Junaid gettin few aswell, go Green go :-)

  • on December 25, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Chandimal is a pain he needs to be dropped - very poor batting record look at stats it speaks for itself.

  • partyanimal on December 25, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Pakistan not impressive to let Srilanka settle down,Other hand Srilanka take it advantage as positive way. Ashan look like promising mid order batsman.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 25, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    and we have a flurry of wickets leaving SL in tatters.. SL shud consider playing with 11 batsmen..

  • Resultpredictor on December 25, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Good start by Pakistan but strong come back by SL. Sanga playing as he always plays against Pakistan and debutant is playing well. A partnership started and building steadily. No Pak bowler is looking threatening to take wkt now.

  • roook on December 25, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Msibah probability of losing toss is 90% he always loses toss out of four he lose 3

  • ProfMahmood on December 25, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Poor bowling changes might lead to a big SL score causing Pakistan to lose the game.

  • VKohlitheGreat on December 25, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Oh the one match wonder Kusal Perera is already back in the pavilion. hope SL show some fight here.

  • Haz95 on December 25, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    the 3rd ODi was a brilliant game but I simply couldn't watch it cos the Ind vs Sa test was much more interesting. This game I can't watch again knowing that the one of the greatest cricketer ever is retiring in his next match.

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    i have my mids paper tomorrow but can't keep myself away from keeping up to date from all the stuff going on cricket ground...cricinfo has made it possible for me to do so

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    i dont think sl comback in match well pak

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    chandimal fails again when sri lanka needs him...more work to do by ashan and kithruwan..

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    handy team for sri lanka.....

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    handy team for sri lanka....

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    gull you beauty

  • K5274 on December 25, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Sri Lankas plan to get on top of pakistan early on didnt work out as umar gul put them on the backfoot once again hoping for him to get a 5ver today

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Welcome back Umar Gul, good to have you back and hopefully we wont see Tanvir again Gul is better

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    great start by Gul and Pak

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Another toss win by SL and this time good decision. This is different ground than previous 3 ODIs and wicket become a bit slow in 2nd innings and 2nd innings average score is less than 1st. And if SL post a huge total then it will be difficult for pakistan. They are not good chasers. But certainly confident side because they have scored good runs in last 3 odis.

    But it only matters if SL post something big. At the moment Umar Gul is on fire and already 22/2.

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Another toss win by SL and this time good decision. This is different ground than previous 3 ODIs and wicket become a bit slow in 2nd innings and 2nd innings average score is less than 1st. And if SL post a huge total then it will be difficult for pakistan. They are not good chasers. But certainly confident side because they have scored good runs in last 3 odis.

    But it only matters if SL post something big. At the moment Umar Gul is on fire and already 22/2.

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    great start by Gul and Pak

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Welcome back Umar Gul, good to have you back and hopefully we wont see Tanvir again Gul is better

  • K5274 on December 25, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Sri Lankas plan to get on top of pakistan early on didnt work out as umar gul put them on the backfoot once again hoping for him to get a 5ver today

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    gull you beauty

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    handy team for sri lanka....

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    handy team for sri lanka.....

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    chandimal fails again when sri lanka needs him...more work to do by ashan and kithruwan..

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    i dont think sl comback in match well pak

  • on December 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    i have my mids paper tomorrow but can't keep myself away from keeping up to date from all the stuff going on cricket ground...cricinfo has made it possible for me to do so