Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Abu Dhabi December 27, 2013

Chandimal, Mendis edge home in thriller

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Sri Lanka 235 for 8 (Chandimal 64*, Junaid 3-31) beat Pakistan 232 (Misbah 51, Malinga 4-57) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It had been widely noted that Dinesh Chandimal hadn't made an ODI fifty in nearly a year. He chose a thriller to end the drought, guiding Sri Lanka home in the last over, with the No. 10 Ajantha Mendis for company. Sri Lanka went into the Tests with a scoreline of 2-3, but it could easily have been 1-4.

Pakistan made the target of 233 look like 333, despite Kusal Perera's quick 47 at the start. They absorbed those early blows, and came back with venom, their spinners tying Sri Lanka down and their fast bowlers taking crucial wickets. Chandimal and Mendis battled through all that pressure to engineer a win from 195 for 8, their unbroken stand of 40 coming in only 4.1 overs.

It had looked all but over for Sri Lanka when Pakistan nipped out three wickets in three overs, and 38 were needed off 27 balls. Saeed Ajmal, who took two of those three wickets, then seemed to have effectively ended the game when Mendis was given out leg-before first ball in the 46th over. But even as Mendis started to walk away, Chandimal persuaded him to review. Over half of the ball was shown to have landed outside leg stump, and Mendis survived.

Sri Lanka then took nine off Junaid in the 47th over, Chandimal continuing to hustle between the wickets and pulling a four. Next up was Ajmal's last over. Sri Lanka could have opted to play safe and targetted the last 12 deliveries, but Mendis went after Ajmal. And then came the moment where Pakistan let it slip. Mendis hit an airy drive to cover's left, but Sohaib Maqsood could not hold on to the sharp chance. Not only did Mendis escape a second time, he ran two. He then opened up and cracked a reverse-sweep for four off the last ball of the over.

Sri Lanka still needed 18 off 12, but the issue was sealed in the penultimate over. Chandimal got underneath Umar Gul's first delivery and swung it for six over deep midwicket. Not to be outdone, Mendis stepped out and lofted Gul for six over extra cover three balls later. Game over. With two needed off the final three balls, Mendis hit the winning runs with a slap over extra cover and let out a scream.

The match seemed heading for an early finish when Perera pulled four sixes in Sanath Jayasuriya style on his way to 47 off 41. His opening stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan was worth 75 in 12.2 overs but Pakistan got the opening when Perera tried a reverse-sweep Mohammad Hafeez and was lbw.

The spinners found turn and the runs dried up. Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara tried finding release against the pace of Junaid but succumbed. When Junaid pulled up to leave the field, Gul arrived to complete the 31st over, and induced Ashan Priyanjan to edge to the wicketkeeper first ball. Angelo Mathews was given caught behind as well, on review off Anwar Ali, with replays not indicating an inside edge onto pad but the two sounds settling it for third umpire Richard Illingworth.

Sri Lanka teetered on the brink of defeat losing a clutch of late wickets, but Chandimal kept knocking the ball around and held his nerve along with Mendis.

It was a gutting end for Pakistan, especially for Anwar. Drafted in for the final match, he clubbed an unbeaten 41 off 38 to lift Pakistan to a fighting 232 after they had slipped to 194 for 8.

Sri Lanka's attack finally turned up in the series, Lasith Malinga picking up four wickets. Barring the end, Pakistan rarely got going and when they did, they lost wickets to lose whatever momentum they had managed to build.

Misbah-ul-Haq's departure came the next ball after he had swung Malinga for six over deep midwicket to reach his 15th half-century in 32 innings in 2013. The leading ODI run-getter of the year had just showed signs of kicking on from a watchful start but his dismissal and Umar Akmal's in the next over, meant Pakistan's long tail had to bat out the last ten overs.

Coming in at No. 7 in the absence of Shahid Afridi, Anwar managed to do that. He was on 7 when he was put down at slip by Mathews off Mendis in the 42nd over. He was then given out lbw in the 47th over off Malinga, but reviewed successfully, the ball shown to be missing leg stump on replays. He responded by lofting Malinga for successive boundaries in the 49th over, which went for 16.

The late push meant Pakistan had a reasonable score to defend on a track that Mathews, at the toss, had expected to play slow. He had read the pitch superbly, for he opened the bowling with his medium-pace and went on to concede just 26 off ten overs, also dislodging the seemingly irremovable Hafeez for 41 with an incutter.

Hafeez, the Man of the Series, hit back with the ball by removing Perera, but Chandimal, after quite some time, showed again why he is considered such a bright prospect.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 31, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    lol. SL escaped here. With all these legends like Dilshan, Sangakkara, Mathews and Malinga in the team and still they lost the series 3-2 and almost lost this game too!. Funny to see they are coming with few players who are not in the team as excuse!

  • POSTED BY electric_waco_WAP4 on | December 29, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    World's best batsmen is Hafeez. No question !

  • POSTED BY Andrew-Silva on | December 29, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    In the absence of Afridi, Pakistan spin trio Ajmal, Hafeez & Rehman demonstrated how good they are and exposed the skills needed to tackle them, by immediately halting the brief slow track carnival. They transformed run making limited to true batting skills. Once again, it exposed the need of a genuine opener with solid batting skills to thrive under any condition. Such a partner would help Dilshan to put up long partnerships on a consistent basis. If SL is seriously thinking about 2015 WC, they should promote Thirimanne or Chandi or recall experienced young opener Upul Tharanga (163 ODI innings -5228 Runs - 174* HS - 33.94 Average the e- S/R 73.86 with 13x100 & 28x50). 5th Best batsmen in 2011-WORLD CUP (395 runs - 133 HS - 56.42 Avg - 472 Runs - 83.68 S/R - 2x100 +1x50). He was eliminated even from the squad, a few weeks after making a match winning score of 174 Vs India in WI, July 2013. WHY.....???

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Sangakkara doesn't do the number 3 batsman's role well. He alwasys convert easy task to a difficult target.Even in this Sanga wasted 48 balls to score 22 runs. This created a extra pressure to the new comers. For Sri Lanken fortunate he was out at 29th over. Otherwise match would have ended Sanga notout 100 but Sri Lanka 195 All OUT. Well played by Young Chandimal...

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I am happy for Chandimal, for he can only improve from here onwards. We have also found new talent in Ashan Priyanjan and Kithruwan Perera that bodes well for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Finally, this youngster has answered his critics.. Can't find fault with this talented guy for not scoring a 50+ in last x matches.. He is scoring consistently than others.. He has the technique, temperament, skill to prove himself.. a lineup with

    Kaushal, another youngster, Thirimanne, Chandimal, another youngster, Mathews, spinning hard hitting all-rounder for Bangla series help to build youg team.. No Sanga & Dilshan & Mahela for Bangla series please... Let youngsters come in.. Give JK SILVA a chance as opener in ODIs/Tests.. He is a talent..

  • POSTED BY Heshan3500 on | December 29, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @Former_Player - 100% agree with you. When chandimal was not performing well in last few months some people wanted to eliminate him from the team, & that time he didnt have a permanent place. Now he has got his potential place & playing well.

    Even Thirimanne still has not got his permanent place but he was consistent with his batting. If he's given with his place @ No.3 will definitely reach his maximum..

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 28, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Why we are blaming our bowling defending 232 on this pitch was a great effort. I blame misbah and umar akmal for losing theirs wickets on crucial time. Misbah got slow fifty and got out. Pakistan team will remain 5/6 under his leadership. Pakistan were definitely 35/40 runs as our tail was exposed in 40th over without any recognized batsman. Umar Akmal is on a nose dive as his career average has plunged from 42- 35 and Pakistan should use him as a opener as he is a utter disappointment at no 6.

  • POSTED BY galle61 on | December 28, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sri lanka needs two things to be world beaters Greg chappel as their coach.they have great talent but don't have the confidence to execute and paly the natural game sri Lankan style,Greg is the only guy who can do that All the senior players like jayawardena,dilshan and sangakkara should leave the team to give the youngsters a chance.how many youngsters have lost their carriers and their confidence while playing under these guys for all these years.it is only in Asian countries that our guys go on forever and don't realize that they need to step down at their peak.if this happens now it will give the youngsters the chance of developing as players

  • POSTED BY RAJ18 on | December 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    True, that SL somewhat redeemed themselves, but questions need to be answered,our bowling currently is very mediocre, we don't have bowlers who can go for the kill, like when PAK was around 180/8, we allowed them to get to 232.Clearly, our strategy of choking the oppositions, by pushing the RR higher or drying up the runs won't work with the current 4 fielder rule outside the circle.We shd always go for wickets and to do that we need penetrative bowlers and not stock bowlers.Lasith must increase his pace back to 140Km/ph and get rid of his pot belly. Further his fielding needs a vast improvement, can't hide him in a ODI with only 4 fielders outside the 30 yards circle.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | December 31, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    lol. SL escaped here. With all these legends like Dilshan, Sangakkara, Mathews and Malinga in the team and still they lost the series 3-2 and almost lost this game too!. Funny to see they are coming with few players who are not in the team as excuse!

  • POSTED BY electric_waco_WAP4 on | December 29, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    World's best batsmen is Hafeez. No question !

  • POSTED BY Andrew-Silva on | December 29, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    In the absence of Afridi, Pakistan spin trio Ajmal, Hafeez & Rehman demonstrated how good they are and exposed the skills needed to tackle them, by immediately halting the brief slow track carnival. They transformed run making limited to true batting skills. Once again, it exposed the need of a genuine opener with solid batting skills to thrive under any condition. Such a partner would help Dilshan to put up long partnerships on a consistent basis. If SL is seriously thinking about 2015 WC, they should promote Thirimanne or Chandi or recall experienced young opener Upul Tharanga (163 ODI innings -5228 Runs - 174* HS - 33.94 Average the e- S/R 73.86 with 13x100 & 28x50). 5th Best batsmen in 2011-WORLD CUP (395 runs - 133 HS - 56.42 Avg - 472 Runs - 83.68 S/R - 2x100 +1x50). He was eliminated even from the squad, a few weeks after making a match winning score of 174 Vs India in WI, July 2013. WHY.....???

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Sangakkara doesn't do the number 3 batsman's role well. He alwasys convert easy task to a difficult target.Even in this Sanga wasted 48 balls to score 22 runs. This created a extra pressure to the new comers. For Sri Lanken fortunate he was out at 29th over. Otherwise match would have ended Sanga notout 100 but Sri Lanka 195 All OUT. Well played by Young Chandimal...

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I am happy for Chandimal, for he can only improve from here onwards. We have also found new talent in Ashan Priyanjan and Kithruwan Perera that bodes well for Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | December 29, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Finally, this youngster has answered his critics.. Can't find fault with this talented guy for not scoring a 50+ in last x matches.. He is scoring consistently than others.. He has the technique, temperament, skill to prove himself.. a lineup with

    Kaushal, another youngster, Thirimanne, Chandimal, another youngster, Mathews, spinning hard hitting all-rounder for Bangla series help to build youg team.. No Sanga & Dilshan & Mahela for Bangla series please... Let youngsters come in.. Give JK SILVA a chance as opener in ODIs/Tests.. He is a talent..

  • POSTED BY Heshan3500 on | December 29, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @Former_Player - 100% agree with you. When chandimal was not performing well in last few months some people wanted to eliminate him from the team, & that time he didnt have a permanent place. Now he has got his potential place & playing well.

    Even Thirimanne still has not got his permanent place but he was consistent with his batting. If he's given with his place @ No.3 will definitely reach his maximum..

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 28, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Why we are blaming our bowling defending 232 on this pitch was a great effort. I blame misbah and umar akmal for losing theirs wickets on crucial time. Misbah got slow fifty and got out. Pakistan team will remain 5/6 under his leadership. Pakistan were definitely 35/40 runs as our tail was exposed in 40th over without any recognized batsman. Umar Akmal is on a nose dive as his career average has plunged from 42- 35 and Pakistan should use him as a opener as he is a utter disappointment at no 6.

  • POSTED BY galle61 on | December 28, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Sri lanka needs two things to be world beaters Greg chappel as their coach.they have great talent but don't have the confidence to execute and paly the natural game sri Lankan style,Greg is the only guy who can do that All the senior players like jayawardena,dilshan and sangakkara should leave the team to give the youngsters a chance.how many youngsters have lost their carriers and their confidence while playing under these guys for all these years.it is only in Asian countries that our guys go on forever and don't realize that they need to step down at their peak.if this happens now it will give the youngsters the chance of developing as players

  • POSTED BY RAJ18 on | December 28, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    True, that SL somewhat redeemed themselves, but questions need to be answered,our bowling currently is very mediocre, we don't have bowlers who can go for the kill, like when PAK was around 180/8, we allowed them to get to 232.Clearly, our strategy of choking the oppositions, by pushing the RR higher or drying up the runs won't work with the current 4 fielder rule outside the circle.We shd always go for wickets and to do that we need penetrative bowlers and not stock bowlers.Lasith must increase his pace back to 140Km/ph and get rid of his pot belly. Further his fielding needs a vast improvement, can't hide him in a ODI with only 4 fielders outside the 30 yards circle.

  • POSTED BY Criktic on | December 28, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @ms2000 I agree with you : )

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | December 28, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Don't forget, Pakistan was without their talisman Afridi. Whenever he's on the field magical things happen for the Pakistanis (especially against SL)! Mahela might just have tilted the balance a bit in our favour - but he sought the soft option of playing some stupid domestic tournament in Colombo. If this Pakistan series is prep for the WC 2015 why was MJ not there since that event is to be his swansong?? Defies logic. Hope Afridi's daughter and the rest of the family are in the best of health. Best wishes for 2014 to Afridi's family and all. SL and Pak fan.

  • POSTED BY Andrew-Silva on | December 28, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    I am amazed to see the absurd thinking many SL fans. Up to yesterday, they were screaming to discard a talented young player like Dinesh Chandimal.! Now they are demanding to eliminate a dependable young batsman like Thirimanne, who has proved his talents with consistent performances under pace-friendly conditions in Aus & Eng. Unlike, some slotted make-shifts with nothing significant to show, he is a natural opening batsmen never been tried as an opener (like Chandimal). This is how he performed on fast decks in most recant 12 ODIs (with an unbeaten 102 and 2x50 vs Aus) 62 v India Brisbane 21 Feb 2012 24 v Australia Hobart 24 Feb 2012 51 v Australia Melbourne 2 Mar 2012 14 v Australia Brisbane 4 Mar 12 30 v Australia Adelaide 8 Mar 12 0 v Australia Melbourne 11 Jan 13 102* v Australia Adelaide 13 Jan 13 7 v Australia Brisbane 18 Jan 13 1 v Australia Hobart 23 Jan 13 9 v New Zealand Cardiff 9 Jun 13 57 v Australia The Oval 17 Jun 13 7 v India Cardiff 20 J 13

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 28, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    @Ahmedpakistan6, I fully agree. Pakistan were clearly the better side in this series. But the biggest mistake we made was in the 3rd ODI where Malinga dropped the sitter chance Hafeez gave. That was I think the series decider.

  • POSTED BY buncers on | December 28, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Well done Ajanta - SL would not have made it without you. Batting tactics were bad after Sanga went. Mathews should have pushed it along.

    How did Ajanta do it - confidence and bravado. Maybe Marvan has been working with him - could we have another Sanath in the making (spinner to basher transition) - LOL

  • POSTED BY Ahmedpakistan6 on | December 28, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    One thing Iam noticing in the Srilankan comments is that they lost becaause of their own mistakes, Yes it is rue but they must accept Pakistan was too good for them. Pakistan lost 2 matches because of mistakes otherwise it could have benn much worse. 5-0. You have to accept that Pakistan were better in all three depatments. 1st and 2nd highest run scorers are from Pakistan. Shehzad and Hafeez. 1st and 2nd highest wicket takers are also from Pakistan. Junaid and Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | December 28, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Well done SL.great work by Chandi and Mendis I agree with @yohandf.well said bro. Event though I am a SL fans must say Pakistan played Superb cricket. From the Seniors to New Comers Like Masood,Anwar Ali. Good Luck 2 both teams in Test Series.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | December 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Good that SL won thhe match, but they made it so difficult by their own, that's poor cricket. bcos SL had a good start by 10th over scoring 68, but after 1 wiket, what they did? such experienced senior players couldnt continue the momentum and r/rate droped unbelievebly. its hard to believe r/rate of 6 dropped to 3 rpo level.this the weaknes of SL middle orders, they cant keep up with req.run rate even though it is provided by the openers. So basically they gave the match to opposition, they allowed bowlers to dominate the match and went on to bigger hole. There's no point wasting excessive numbr of balls in the middle overs thinking u can catch it up later.. this is the way most of the time SL middle order follows and results showed that didnt make any good. It may be good bowling and difficult to bat in the night but still you r there to score runs, no point of saving the wiket and wasting balls, bcos at 1 point u r got out, then there's nothing has finally resulted.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 28, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    even though present sl bowlers hammered all over the park in theses flat tracks. I still believe they will be quite handy in aus pitches in wc 2015 .

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | December 28, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I request everyone to comment with respect the match and teams on whom this page is all about. I agree that Any true lover of the game can comment here,but do not use cricinfo forums for spamming and bashing alone.

  • POSTED BY PIA786 on | December 28, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    What a great all rounder Anwar has become. His bowling is fast and fiery and bats with flair. I hope the selectors stick by him. Pak future looking great at last!!!

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | December 28, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    Every time sri lanka wins people say they won because other team gave the match to them, i would say it's other way around, SL lost this series because they made some school boy errors, specially in the field and batting, time to get rid of our bowling,batting and fielding coaches and bring oversees professionals. dont know what is our current corp of coaches doing at the moment.

  • POSTED BY arslaan1 on | December 28, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka. We Pakistanis Love you because you are capable of winning any match at any place. We need you no. 1 in ODI also. Best Of luck for test series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Great Finished ODI Pak played very well SL need more consistent in all the department specially balling & Fielding all the best to both team for Test match

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | December 28, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Pakistan has settled most of their problems by now. Sri Lanka is not even close to the Pakistan team. Of course our team is full of talented players, but what can made them achieve a goal? We now, don't have a wicket taking bowler, whereas Pakistan's almost all are wicket taking bowlers. Every delivery they bowl, is difficult to face. What process will benefit our team? What will make them better? As a unit,Pakistan is very dangerous. To be honest, I don't see how our team can even draw the match. I think Sri Lanka needs to analyse everything carefully, both their own mistakes, and the ways to deal with opponents. They need to be creative. May be like Micky Arthur asked Australian team to write on what their plans are. Something like that... We have to improve a lot.

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | December 28, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Well played lions. But i am really concerned that chandimal will occupy the space for atleast next few months which he is blocking,where some other young blood could be tested. We have a lot of people contributing in domestic circuit. Why don we try the best here?

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | December 28, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    As a die hard fan , i got dissapointed after yest s game than ones we lost . coz we were chasing a low score and had a good start (74 of 12 overs) by then we needed 158 of 38 overs with rrr is just above 4 . moreover we had two most seniors out in the middle (dilshan & sanga) . but what happened next? they got just 51 in next 17 overs @ 3 rpo . required rate has gone up almost to 5 . both of them got out leaving the rest a stiff task . Is this the responsibility of seniors .Also there were no hitters yesterday to do the job . so somebody has to examine this . i m loyal to them but they have suck the momentum of games too often . specifically sanga . perhaps chasing personal milestones over team wins . They put the team in the brink of loss . Had not Mendis stayed , we would have lost .this is pathetic .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    you could see junaid khan really angry at the presentation ceremony.

  • POSTED BY hasa555 on | December 28, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    I'm SL fan, But I honestly believe pakistan is the best Asian team among the other Asian countries simply because of batting attitude and the bowling power they have

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Guys it was a close game and touch and go. It could have been any body's game in the end. I dont think bowling changes would have made much difference. all bowlers were bowling good. and i think most of us would have preferred GUl to bowl at that stage knowing his reputation of yorkers. but that was a poor over. More importantly, i think most die hard SL fans would not have thought that A Mendis will play a match winning cameo . After that catch drop, he hit Ajmal for 4 and then a great 6 to Gul and sealed it. the basic reason was below par score and even then Pak bowled well and almost defended it. Just couldnt finish it off in the end. mainly with poor fielding and 1 bad over. But it happens in cricket.

    SL also fought well. they bowled better than last 4 games and fought till end. it was a great game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | December 28, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    VKohlitheGreat, mate you seem to be a bit confused about the series? Only the 4th ODI was a one-sided affair while the rest were quite close, unlike the ODI series another Asian team just finished in South Africa. We appreciate your concern for our team, we're also concerned for our neighbours India as they couldn't win a Test match even after having 450+ runs to defend!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    well played sri lankans we love u all :) From Pakistan

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | December 28, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Great news for other teams. Chandimal has cemented his place till the WC now. scoring this meaningless fifty.

  • POSTED BY SL_rockz on | December 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    well done to both teams.. I am a SL fan ..But surely PAk outplayed us in all departments...But i will take 3-2 as positive..Not humiliating as 4-1... It would have been a 4-1 easily with the form that pak showed during the series... :) .... I must say i am very pleased to see the comments of pak and SL fans here... Both fans are really good.They compliment each others' success and criticize their own failures without lame excuses... See the difference between the comments of SA and IND match and this... Fake boasting and lame excuses and typical disrespect is not seen among the 2 nations which is awesome............. Coongrat for both teams for tests...

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | December 28, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @VKohlitheGreat U keep giving us lectures about how to play games/which players needed to be included. I seriously dont know how ur team is going to perform in Aus end of next year. Just take this for an example-Steyn who's bowling at an ave speed of 140-143 kph got SIX wickets in the Ind innings. M.Johnson from Aus bowl at around 150+ and his average is 146-149kmph, can u imagine how many wickets he'll take?!! come next year. So can u please just worry about ur team's ability to perform outside the sub-continent without spamming this page(which has no relevance for u) cas next year Johnson would be breaking record after record+make sure u get ready some extra players to send to Aus cas there will be injuries. Believe me

  • POSTED BY Messa1 on | December 28, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @ VKohlitheGreat I know u can't believe SL won but again we proved that we won't give up till the last wicket fall unlike ur group of flat trackers(Ind). Also i know u are highly disappointed with India, as they are currently in the process of getting hammered by SA in the final test match (well no surprise there)

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 28, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @RuwanFer, I agree with you. We need to ideally win ODIs with the help of top order recognized batsmen and not tailenders. Lower order sloggers will throw their bat and it will work in 1 in 3 games and that was why we won just 2 games as they will never help us win series. We have at least something to take forward on our batting still.

    We must understand that we lost 46 wickets in this ODI series is because Pakistani bowling was good enough to run through us but we took only 26 wickets of theirs. We must play 3 spinners always and it should be Senanayake, Mendis and T Kaushal (once Herath quits). Angelo can be our 2nd pace bowler along with Eranga or Pradeep. Pace bowling has not been and will never be our strength. Kushal Perera will be our best batsman on fast tracks as his batting average is 50 in ODIs in Australia.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | December 28, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Just after the two matches UMAR GUL back to his usual self. His last over was bad. JUNAID would have certainly done better. Especially the first ball of the last over by Gul was absolutely pathetic. Very Full on the leg stump, that was easy picking for the well set & sublime Chandimal. Gul has always been a bad death overs bowler.

    JUNAID has been a much better death overs bowler. I dont know why MISBAH chose to take him off. In the series JUNAID has taken 13 wickets @ avg 16.07 & eco 5.11. Yet in the 5 games he played Junaid has bowled only 40.5 overs. ABOUT 9 OVERS LESS. In the last ODI if Junaid would have opened the bowling with Gul or Anwar things would have been much better because Junaid is a wicket taker. He should always be used upfront with the new ball. Series Stats below.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=8411;type=series

    .

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | December 28, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @ Sinhaya, yes Im agree with you Hafeez nearly lost his place in the pakistan team after failing against quality SA attack recently even in flat middle east wickets. Just like indian batsmen he is a flat track bully & sri lankan bowling was very average in the serious that allowed Hafeez to get back to form

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | December 28, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @ Samitha Suranjan Dharmasiri : Chandimal = Kholi of sri lankan team??? Sir, compare him to Ranatunga, aravinda, mahanama, atapattu, jayasuriya or anyone els for that matter but please excuse Kohli out of this.. I am happy to accept kohli as a flat track bully or even a slogger but please dont compare him to chandimal, I hope you will understand.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | December 28, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner : If the 3-2 scoreline is any misconception to you, I hope this will give you more of a real feel as to what the series was all about. The highest wicket taker from Pak was with 13 Wkts and from SL was with 6 wickets. The highest run getter from Pak was with 445 runs and SL was with 195 runs.

    Good Luck with the tests, see you there, Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    It turned out be a very good match to end the series. Chandimal shoed lot of maturity. It was a good 2013 for Pakistan and two Pakistani batsman are leading the batting charts and Two bowlers too. 7 series win in 2013. Now Test matches. Pakistan has a little upperhand because have played more test matches in 2013 than Srilanka. but we will have to see whether SL are up to the mark or not. best of luck to both teams. :)

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 28, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @VKohlithegreat, I agree we made heavy weather out of both wins and our bowling is weak and needs to be addressed. Since Vaas and Murali quit, bowling has been our problem. At least Senanayake was economical in the 4th and 5th ODI and hope he takes wickets sooner.

    But I disagree with your comments on Priyanjan. He played well in our losing cause. Chandimal had a good series averaging over 45. Kushal Perera is a great find and he has already achieved more than Sanath Jayasurya as he took over 30 ODIs to get his first 50 as he came to the team as a bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Com'on guys accept it we lost due to poor poor fielding, bowlers did nothing wrong, and as for umar gull if one of those loafted ones could have gone high in the air you would have been calling him gem of bowler, SL players had to go big in that over and they did could have been gone either way.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | December 28, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @ lion83 : I cant believe we are about to play the 'had.could.would' game. Funny as your comment is, how about this? how about there was no chandimal? OR how about there was M. Irfan avlb for this series? OR how about this series was played on moon?

    P. S. : Since I was not able to see any stand out performances from SL, I had to see the stats and what did I get to see, Chandimal is the highest run scorer from SL for this series, lol, what a rising talent. Chandimal, you are the new Marvan Atapattu.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 28, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    @lion83, please dont say that. We have to raise questions as to why we helped Hafeez score so freely as a mediocre batsman! Fact is that oyr bowling is so weak helping out of form batsmen get back into form which is pathetic. Dale Steyn must be laughing to glory looking at how we are leaking runs to his favourite bunny.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Well thats cricket 4 you and fantastic cricket for you, what match i mean what a match, Congratulations to SL on win and To PAK on victory, ended the best way it could have been ended, both teams happy one took series other took match. and good to see Malinga and Chandimal answering to their critics. Now you know bowling is also done in partnerships and thats what Pakistan does Rehman didnt got the wicket but still successful. Malinga needed the runs to dry out for him to strike and he did beaytifully.

    and now its gonna be tough very tough for Pak, Sanga got out almost in all innings looking for runs by his own mistakes when they are tied by Pak bowlers but since that will not be that wont be a concern in tests it will be very very tough to get through his defence and Mahela's class in not hidden from anyone.

    So gear up for the Clash of Asian GIANTS, Best of luck to Both.

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | December 28, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Without hafeez pak could hav lost 1-4 it was one man show for pakistan

  • POSTED BY RaadQ on | December 28, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    Congrats to SL for nipping one back. Close contests are a lot more fun than one sided affairs. I think Anwar Ali will be a good replacement for Afridi PERMANENTLY, Pakistan simply cannot play two spinning allrounders with a specialist like Ajmal or Rehman in the squad in the build up to World Cup. Pakistani batting is improving although there a few problems which will hopefully be resolved in the next year.

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | December 28, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Finally Finally Finally, something of a reprieve for SL. They held their nerve to get past this thriller. Credit where there is due, Chandimal played really well ystdy, finally living upto his reputation as a talented cricketer. Nothing to be said about Pak bowlers, they tried their best bt it was just not their night. It is a good sign for SL now that DC is setting a price on his wkt as lately he tend to throw it away after putting in al the hard work. now coming to Pak batting, perhaps it is too early to judge Sharjeel but I dont think he belong to int standards. IMHO,he is becoming a bit like KPerera version of Pak where he clicks in a match or two and failing in d rest.KP played well ystdy, succeeded in taking d attack to d opposition but failed as usual after setting a nice platform.Finally, I wud like to end making a note dat big three will not b there forever for Sl and these boys should learn to go past d line without them and I mark ystdy as a chapter of new beginning for them

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    All matches PK won, Hafeez had tons. But we don't have tons even the games we won. Anyway good series :D.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    great series of ODI cricket. Almost all games going down to the wire. Well played Sri Lanka and Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Anushika on | December 28, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Yeah, a super series SL & Pak. Pak played better cricket. So they deserve to win the series. SL have a major issue with their bowling. Mainly about the pace bowling attack. Nearing the world cup, SL please find a consistent fast bowler soon. Otherwise you wont make it to the super six even. I feel other departments seems to be ok. With little bit of a brushing up those areas would be fine. So work hard on your bowling boys. Anyway a great series which we saw some lovely cricket. Only dark patch was Ahama Shzard's very poor behavior. SL & Pak have always been very good allies. The penalty given to him is not enough. At least 2 matches could have been suspended. May be because Shazard had a immature mind he acted like that. Hope such incidents wouldn't occur in the test series. Would like to see SL doing well in the test series and coming up in the top. Play with a heart boys. All the best to both teams. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY VKohlitheGreat on | December 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Okay so after Aravinda in Priyanjan (who was out twice in 5 balls) we have the new jayawandene in Mendis, WOW, good good good....

    As I said earlier 3-2 is not a fitting result to this series since the 3 have been all convincing wins with SL never looking like winning any of those matches but the 2 saw all SL legends failing and their itsy bitsy sloggers throwing their bats around and SL barely reaching the line in last 1-2 balls of the match. Chandimal's once a year performance was a beauty, cant wait for Dec, 2014 for the next one.

    All in all, we saw SL doing what they do best, either be the bridesmaid or winning meaningless dead rubbers.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | December 28, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    A match should have been won easily. Suicide mistakes by SL batsmen that took them to almost loosing the match. Lack of international standard batsmen. Should need some more time to get to that standard. Chandimal performed in this match, and no one knows when again he performs.. till then some people keeps telling take him into the team, and some people tell to drop him...

  • POSTED BY Lion83 on | December 28, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Awsome game finally chandimal shows why he is among the best of young players in sri lanka. Kusal will be a big force in the next year up to the world cup.

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | December 28, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Criktic, you are spot on. Yes Sri Lanka Pakistan matches must be the most friendliest games played in the world, Let keep it up and enjoy the Game. Congrats for your series win. Missed the entertainer Afridi y'day.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 28, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    well done chandi. sl wish u all the best test series & 2015 wc

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | December 28, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    We need to play more test series next year if we want to secure our ODI existence in the long run. let Kusal play for test series, he needs to be matured, he got vast talent, more patience, better defense, heck of power left in him. WE NEED MORE TEST MATCH EXPOSURE, NOT LAME T20 TOURNAMENTS.

  • POSTED BY BDrox11 on | December 28, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    although Pakistan have won, they have big worry about their future. all who performed for Pakistan are their seniors. Hafeez who scored centuries uncharastiscaly, what would happend to Pakistan if he fails earlier, and then Misbah, earlier matches Afridi contributed with quick fire 30's. and in bowling it is mainly again Ajmal, hafeez, Gul and Afridi. Senior guys, and some oldies who are about to retire. what will happend to Pakistan after they gone. Shoaib Akthar already told this in one of his interview.

    on the otherhand this become a great training curve for youngsters of SL, Priyanjan, Kusal, Chandi, Mathews, Seekuge, Senanayaka, Vithanage, and etc. this time around contribution from sanga and Dilshan was minimum, although we lost the series, definately we put huge leap towards future, specially when you are targetting 2015 wc. great prospect for SL.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | December 28, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Lions new little pocket rocket. Kusal Perera. Very small guy. But amazing talent. But he needs to be more consistent and careful about shot selection.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | December 28, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    No Matter who wins....Who Lose.......Long Last Sri Lanka and Pakistan friendship... Cheers.............

  • POSTED BY KCMathews on | December 28, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    totally agree with SLWATERBOY....has to give thirimannes place to priyanjana...thirimanne is totally a test player and rarely looks comfortable in the middle and not keen on rotating strike...looks like priyanjan is a good prospect..if u saw the first game he is very positive and looked comfortable against all bowlers....hope he wont be dropped after this series...

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | December 28, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    If both Misbah and Hafiz so called captains only having a game planned for sick of their own record than how could they have a time to plan something for win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    I am disappointed with the overall performance of the Team Pakistan. Against this Sri Lankan bowling there was an opportunity to win the series 5 - 0. The reason they lost the 2nd ODI was because they persisted with Tanvir in the XI who in my opinion is simply not good enough to be in the team. Team Pakistan lost today's match through careless and indiscipline batting. It seems the batsmen tend to relax completely once series has been won and the same thing happened against South Africa where Pakistani batsmen performance was poor. If Team Pakistan wants to become one of the top sides in the world the players must learn that when they are winning they should not take their foot of the accelerator. Team Pakistan's current ranking either in tests (4th), ODI (6th) and T20I (4th) remains unsatisfactory. Furthermore, at the moment probably there are only two players who would make the world XI, Ajmal (ODI and T20) and Gul (T20).

  • POSTED BY partyanimal on | December 28, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Welldone Pak almost defend the low score,What exactly wrong with SL i don't know they have good players look like Coach / Captain need to be review the team performance and take Action if they really need new captain then they need to find some one soon.

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | December 28, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    @Eshantha Perera, Despite the 3-2 result I don't have any illusion who is the better team in this series. But a win is a win and Sri lankans showed a great fighting spirit to win 2 matches. If Its SA they could have lost it at half way. Also a Lost gives you a clear picture of the weaknesses you have and a win hide it all. Despite being a wonderful bowling attack, Pakistan do not have a strike bowler in the class of Akram or Waqar and that is why they need to to utilize their bowlers to the full. Sri Lankans despite these wins could easily lost both the ODIs and than there will be few heads taken out. Like Malinga is a spent force now, Chandimal has a good day but overall he is ordinary and this bowling is not gonna take Sri lanka anywhere. The two players who impressed me are Kushal and Prassana and they are the future of Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | December 28, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Well done Ajantha Mendis. Many are surprised at your match-wnning performance but few have come to acknowledge that you're a big game player and a potential match-winner. Sri Lankan selectors should back your bowling and - who knows what you'll evolve into.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | December 28, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    PK bowling unit is outstanding. They almost defended a below par score. They consistently did that against SA as well. If PK batting can hold up their end, this PK team will be difficult to beat. They need their top order batsmen to train in AUS, SA condition so that they can play the new ball consistently. SL fought valiantly but were not a match for PK this time around but they have uncovered a couple of young players. Hopefully they will develop into great players as all SL fans are hoping for. I always admired SL for their great professionalism and PK for their flamboyance.

  • POSTED BY Andrew-Silva on | December 27, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner: Suddenly "Kusal is turning out to be a real star" overnight by once-in-a-blue-moon whacking display similar to tail-enders such as Kula, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra etc. After having a batting Av 12.5, worse than them in his previous 10 ODIs! At least this time he utilized the benefits of initial power play & the hard ball without putting the pressure on other front-order batsmen! By the way, that was the slowest track encountered in the whole series. If not for the 3 ODIs he played on similarly slow flat decks in Bang, his ODI career average would have been even worse (18.0) instead of miserable 23.7. This is his pathetic record on pace friendly fast tracks in Aus, Eng & WI: (14* v Aus Adelaide - 22* v Aus Brisbane - 14 v Aus Hobart - 0 v NZ Cardiff - 6 v Eng Oval - 4 v Aus Oval - 4 v Ind Cardiff -2 v Ind Port of Spain) Accumulating mere 68 runs in 8 ODIs, Averaging just 11.3. Is this how "he dispatch you into orbit all day" when given real pace friendly conditions?

  • POSTED BY radioumpire on | December 27, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    SL must play vastly experienced ODI batsmen Upul Tharanga at least as a middle order batsmen. He is one of the top six ODI players in SL cricket history and still young. SL shouldn't waste such a valuable cricketer if they need to enter the WC finals in 2015. Upul has largely contributed to SL ODI team to reach both WC finals in 2007 and 2011.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    As mentioned also in the article chandimal is a bright prospect . But sri lankan management misused him and put here and there to bat before pakistan tour . He is a kind of batsmen who must have some place to bat up in the order . Even in a presence of mahela , Chandimal should bat at 4 and mahela at 5 . Why im saying this is then he has opportunity to bat with sanga and mahela most of times and have the their advises according to the situation . In my perspective if chandimal is the perfect 3 batsman who can become Kholi of sri lankan team .

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Anwar Ali has proved that he can fill in the position of fast bowling batsman that Razzaq had vacated. However Afridi position of spinner batsman needs to be filled as he is aging and not doing so well with the bat. Wicketkeeper batsman position is long vacant since Rashid Latif / Moin Khan

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | December 27, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Congratulation Srilanka, well played both teams. Pakistan were all out in last over, and nothing scored in 50th over, that was the difference at the end. and Pakistan could not used their review on Abdul rehman bowling and paid for it. Anwar Ali justified his place with bat and i think bowl too. He gave away few runs against Kusal Parera, but parera was going behind every bowler, and was in good form, so acceptable for Anwar Ali, but he produced good swinging deliveries too.

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

    As i had mentioned earlier that the last match is going to be a cracker, superb match today also. Misbah,hafeez and anwar were stars of pakistani batting. anwar Ali is better than Bilawal Bhatti. The total was 20 runs short of a winning target. Kaushal p played a blinder. He is a sheer treat to watch.icing on the cake was Chandimal innings. A great knock by him. Rotated the strike initially and final onslaught at the end. The dropped catch of Mendis by Maqsood was the turning point of the game.SL played like champions today.it was heartening to see SL players congratulating Pakistan team on winning the series . Shows the good cricketing relations these nations have. Congratulations to SL on winning the game today. Congratulations to Pakistan for winning the series.Rest be assured that the test series is going to be as exciting as the one day and T20 series.thank you Pakistan and SL for quality cricket.Good luck to both the teams.

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | December 27, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    I think Pakistani bowling was superb but if you scored below the par and dropping catches in field than the result is what we see today.

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 27, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Disappointed we didn't win but thrilling match nevertheless. From the beginning victory looked like SLs but with our topnotch bowling, we fought and Sri Lanka did well in reply as Chandimal finally found form. I didn't mind losing 1. because its our friends SL and 2. We fought until the last over. Guls over was the reason we lost but oh well. Anwar Ali seems like a batting allrounder and he should definitely have a role in the Test Squad as he can get in on his bowling(what FC figures say) alone but more injustice. Very very entertaining series tho I must say Pak was on top in parts of the game they even lost...

  • POSTED BY Reverse-_-Sweep on | December 27, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Well played both teams. It was a cracker of a game. Even though pakistan lost, but they still showed us why they are the best in the world while defending small targets. Hoping for great test matches as well.

  • POSTED BY India_Rules_Everybody on | December 27, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    A 3-2 series score line still does not answer the question as to which is the more mediocre team from the subcontinent though Pakistan seems to have their neck in the front for the number 2 position in the subcontinent behind India. Both SL and Pakistan need to learn from India as Nepal and Afghanistan are catching up with them fast.

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | December 27, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Could have been easily 5-0 to Pakistan. But in the end it was good for the sake of spectators that few SL tail-enders have shown some guts giving us three nail-biters.

    Overall Pakistan was the better team and deserved winners of the series. SL needs to address the bowling deficiencies as quickly as possible. Try few new bowlers (just like we did with the batsmen). Batting dept. itself will come along slowly but surely.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 27, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @gaindballa ; Calm down pal, Sri Lanka played without 2 of their best players -Mahela and Herath and they still managed to win 2 games and almost won the 1st match. Mahela is one of best players in the world on slow pitches. So, enjoy your "3-2 " series win and stop talking like Pak won the series 5-0.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 27, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    P.s well done to chandimal for getting some decent runs and more importantly keeping his head to get us over the line...hopefully onwards and upwards for him from here.SL fans,show this young man some faith please,he is part of our future IMHO and he is hopefully learning from his mistakes...

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 27, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lanka on winning today but we were outplayed in the series and Pakistan clearly deserved the series win-congrats brothers. our batting has been woeful this series and well below where it should be. Yes we have had some positives in that some of the new youngsters have stepped up but a series loss is another series loss. Thanks to Graham ford for his efforts but hopefully my fellow Yorkshireman Paul Frabrace can move us forward without too much interference from those in Sri Lanka who can barely spell cricket but have the role of overseeing it...

  • POSTED BY SLWATERBOY on | December 27, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Well Done Team SL! Finally Chandi clicked. The 1st ODI 50 in almost a year. Chandi has to work a lot about his game. Specially facing slow bowlers in slow pitches. He is batting at Mahela's position. We missed Mahela a loy in this series. Mahela knows exactly how to build an innings in slow pitches with quality slower bowlers bowling at you. Chandi should watch and learn. Also please let Ashan Priyanjan to continue instead of Thirimanna. Priyanjan looks like he is a very compact player, who can rotate the strike & also blast out when situation demands. He can also bowel and a safe fielder. All the best for the rest of the series!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    ohh come on pakistanis if u had afridi u wudnt have had anwer..so he did the job of afridi.dont just comment guys..u guys hv been playin cricket for so long and still cant read a game..cheers

  • POSTED BY roook on | December 27, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    It was anybody game and both team give there 100% batting was poor from both sides. Misbah, umar akmal both failed to finished once again with tailenders facing last 10 overs. Great knock from anwar ali to give something to bowl at. Anwar Ali can be good replacement for Afridi.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 27, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Pakistan won the series and won one match by just 11 runs whlie the other two matches were won by a margin of 113 runs and 8 wickets.The two matches which sirilanka won were very almost won by Pakistan. This shows that Pakistan is the better team.In overall rating Pakistan is better.This series could had been 5 - 0.

  • POSTED BY Equanimous on | December 27, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @ Rumesh Chamara

    Are you Kidding mate. You barely hobble across the line in the two matches that you won. You still loose the series and you think you "prove" something. You are right. The results could have been different. you could have lost 5-0 . I hope all sri Lankans don't think like you as the key to recovery is first accepting your deficiencies

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Very nice match. Pakistan had full control of the match until the last two/three overs where maqsood dropped the catch of Mendis when he was on 2. Pakistan need to be consistence in winning. Congrat to sri lanka for fighting back. Pakistan also had well series overall with bat and ball. looking forward for test series

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | December 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    That was one heck of a game. Chandimal may have gone thru a rough patch over the last few months, but today he showed his class. He also showed a lot of heart. Those are the tell-tale signs of a player who has a bright future ahead of him. All we need do is have a lil faith. Kusal is turning out to be a real star too. He will be a nightmare for bowlers on pacy Aussies tracks in the upcoming WC2015. Give him some pace, he will dispatch you into orbit all day. Finally, Mendis. OMG.. He totally played a "Mahela Jayawardene" knock. That lofted drive over extra cover for SIX had "MJ" written all over it. lol All in all, it was a good series and waiting for a good test series.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Would you believe it ,If i say that was mendis first ever ODI six ? O.o

  • POSTED BY Criktic on | December 27, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    hey SL fans, congrats on a great win. awesome match, awesome series. its so good when pak is playing against SL as it doesnt matter whoever wins. good series, except that ahmed shehzad behavior.. peace.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | December 27, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Good to see chandi back in to the form!!!!!Good luck lions for test series !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    On the contrary what if he had brought the field in close and Srilanka having got to a flier continued hitting boundaries its time we accept Misbah as a good captain albeot unimaginative

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    I completely disagree with Mathews given out when there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision. Split screen proved that the sound came after the ball passed the bat and hit the pad.Just because there was two sounds it can't be given out. Two sounds was because it hit the flap of the pad on the way. Its time to rethink about technology...

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Honestly, a lot of people spend their times criticizing how Pakistan should've managed their bowlers and bla bla bla. I think this entire series was a highly entertaining one which saw both teams at their high points. People make mistakes. No one has a picture perfect team. Enjoy the game of gentlemen and stop trying to out-think the selectors and whatnot, even if you may be right. For all you know, you might have made the same decision and realized your mistake later. Fabulous performance by both teams though.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | December 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Gul has lost pace and his ability to bowl yorkers!!

    Also, Pak missed Afridi's quick fire 30's today, which were game changers in the first two ODI's and his knack of picking up wickets.

    In addition, I think Sharjeel is a fantastic talent and needs to be given a good run because he didn't play his natural, aggressive game today and got bogged down but I hope the selectors persist with him and give him another chance.

    Lastly, U.Akmal is a better keeper than his two brothers and on par, with Sarfraz who is a wicket-keeper specialist but he is miles head with the bat and he needs to be promoted up the order and given a chance, before being dropped.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | December 27, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan, glad that we pulled off a win but have to admit that Pakistan were the better side and deserved to win 3-2. May be with a bit more effort, Pakistan may have made it 5-0. But no doubt Pakistan showed their clear superiority in the 3rd and 4th ODI and of course the 1st ODI could have been anyone's game. Have to say thank you to DRS or if not, Mendis would have got an erroneous LBW and that would have turned the game.

    For Sri Lanka, relieved that Chandimal is back in the runs after a lengthy lean patch. Kusal Perera too seems good but must convert starts into big scores. Pakistani batting has improved a lot but I think Sherjeel Khan should be dropped. Maqsood is a good find. Hope Hamad Azam returns to the side soon.

    It was the Pakistani bowling which was streets ahead of Sri Lanka and that is why Pakistan took 46 out of 50 Sri Lankan wickets and Sri Lanka managed to take only 26 out of 50 Pakistani wickets. This is a big worry which SL must addressed immediately.

  • POSTED BY shahnbej on | December 27, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I think Misbah did not realized that today there was no Afridi in game, and that is why we short of quick 25 runs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    this is a perfect answer to all..that criticised...srilankan team..cannot..perform..underpresure....even though.pakistan won the series..we prove..why we are ranked over pakistan in odi.....level..they perform well this series..but....on a onther day....results..could have been differnt..

  • POSTED BY weera87 on | December 27, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Those who blame Dinesh chandimal can eat their words now... He would have been a much better player had he been playing in a permanent position in the batting line up.. you have to keep in mind that these SL player are selected base on their talents and the performance in the local level.. And if they are not good enough to you.. Sorry mate thats all we got..

  • POSTED BY weera87 on | December 27, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Those who blame Dinesh chandimal can eat their words now... He would have been a much better player had he been playing in a permanent position in the batting line up.. you have to keep in mind that these player are selected base on their talents and the performance in the local level.. And if they are not good enough to you.. Sorry mate thats all we got..

  • POSTED BY Yasi_Gee on | December 27, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. What Matthew was doing? Scored 8 runs off 31 balls and he nearly lost the match for SL. It wasn't captain's inning, was it? Well done Chandimal, Malinga and Ajantha. Sanga is Junaid Khan's bunny. How many times he got out to Junaid? Good luck with the test series but will be tough.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    @Sports4Youth: you are spot on mate plus Junaid should have bowled one of the last 2 overs as well, preferably the 49th over!

  • POSTED BY likeintcricket on | December 27, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Congrats to Sri Lankans but Pakistan loose because of some poor bowling changes which left Hafeez and Junaid unfinished with 4 overs. Infect both the matches which Pakistan lost are due to some bad miscalculations by Misbah. In the 2nd ODI he left Afridi with 3 unfinished overs. Pakistan wasn't sharp in the fielding either and Omer Gul showed that despite how much experience you have but still if you are getting old and loosing your speed It is always hard to compete with young guys. He is still a very good bowler but once a batsman starts hitting him his expression less face says it all. I think we need to groom Bhatti and other fast bowler for ODIs. However despite SriLankans pulled off this wonderful victory Pakistan showed how classy their bowling is. Abdul figure doesn't show how good he bowled as he troubled the batsman in every over. The pressure he created resulted in wickets falling from other end. If Pakistan batsman play better in test It is hard for Sri Lankans in the Test.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    well played. congrats to pakistan to win series.

    top 2 run scorers are from pakistan. well done both misbah and hafeez for that.

    top 2 wicket takers are from pakistan. well done ajmal and junaid.

    mixed year for pakistan but ending on high with 2 series wins.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    if amir and asif was not ban this would had been best ODI bowling of all time AMIR,AISF,JUNAID,IRFAN,AJMAL,ADRIDI,HAFEEZ.it has every thing swing,pace,bounce,spin,variation. batsman would have lost their sleeps playing against them

  • POSTED BY Cric_fever_forever on | December 27, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    thats ok. atleast that was good match all though series is still ours.a ny way i must say that anwer ali is team man like steyn and jadaja. enjoys every role even if its super sub. but i think hafeez should hav played as opener today with ahmed as sharjeel was pretty poor. he was reminding me of nasir jamshed poor fielder and equal poor opening technique. should hav played haris sohail instead of it or if not haris sohail then should hav promoted umer akmal up the order. he is turning to be keeper batsmen these days. congrats to lanka good game again. helps pak to be on there heels for the test. cheers!!

  • POSTED BY Prabhash1985 on | December 27, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Well done Ajantha and Chandi...

  • POSTED BY abdubaba on | December 27, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    There's no initiative, no experimental leg slip, no field placement which makes the commentators, the audience go hmmm what's he up to now. he's more than happy to let it just happen. today we needed some initiative, forget that, today we just needed to attack, bring the field in close, suffocate the batsman, make them think, put them under pressure, have multiple eyes up close glaring at them but no, they were given a wide wide berth and allowed to go on their merry way to a victory. the sad bit is that Misbah is one of our better batsman regardless of what the public perception is and his performance really improved after he took on the mantle of the captaincy therefore if that were to be taken from him, he may no longer be the same bat that he is now. even more sadder than that, we don't have an option besides him :) Well played Lanka, poor job Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY abdubaba on | December 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    There's no initiative, no experimental leg slip, no field placement which makes the commentators, the audience go hmmm what's he up to now. he's more than happy to let it just happen. today we needed some initiative, forget that, today we just needed to attack, bring the field in close, suffocate the batsman, make them think, put them under pressure, have multiple eyes up close glaring at them but no, they were given a wide wide berth and allowed to go on their merry way to a victory. the sad bit is that Misbah is one of our better batsman regardless of what the public perception is and his performance really improved after he took on the mantle of the captaincy therefore if that were to be taken from him, he may no longer be the same bat that he is now. even more sadder than that, we don't have an option besides him :) Well played Lanka, poor job Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | December 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    YAY! finally,we made it.It was a nerve wrecking game.Good work by chandi and Ajantha. Would have been disappointed if we lost it.Congrats to Pak for the series win.Keep it cracking for the tests LIONS!!!!!!JAYA SRI.

  • POSTED BY abdubaba on | December 27, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    a captain's prowess, skill and command over the situation is not revealed when his team has scored 300 + scores and his bowling attack is well within their capacity to defend it. the game is on autopilot then. a captain's acumen as a cricketer and a strategician is revealed only when his batsman fail to put up a total which can only be defended by a hard fought battle by his bowlers. and that's when it truly matters how the captain utilizes his bowlers, how he changes them, whether he brings his fielders in or spreads them out and Misbah utterly hopelessly failed in that department today. Our bowlers nearly won us the game regardless but it was not meant to be. Today Misbah's failings as a captain were revealed like never before. He is one of the most passive captains I've ever seen, taking no command of the situation but rather letting it play out on it's own and hoping for the best. Continued...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 27, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Good Jop from chandimal and malinga

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | December 27, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling figures In the last 2 years: LATEST UPDATE including 27/12/13

    JUNAID K: 32 ODI'S, 62 wickets, Avg - 21.06, Eco - 4.98.

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

    UMAR GUL: 21 ODI'S, 25 wickets, Avg - 35.24 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 : 50 ODI's, 93 Wickets, Avg - 20.67 , Eco - 4.19.

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

    M.HAFEEZ: 51 ODI's, 36 Wickets, Avg - 44.83 , Eco - 3.95

    Today Misbah should have started the bowliing with Juanid-Gul or Junaid-Anwar. Misbah should not have left Junaid out of the opening attack. The Problem with the pair of Gul-Anwar was that both of them were of exactly the same type. Both were right handed and both were around 133 kmph & roughly similer heights. FOR THE BATSMEN IT WAS AS IF THE SAME BOWLER WAS BOWLING FOR BOTH ENDS. JUANID would have provieded a difference.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilanka..they played well against pakistan..chandimal was good but it was ajantha mendis who deserves to be the man of the match..he is the one who snatch victory from pakistan..when needed, he batted superbly even much better than chandimal..its good to see anwar ali, he deserves to be in the squad...finally, pakistani team is united, a comba has been set with good batting line up along with new bowlers...

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | December 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    So Chandimal scores runs in a dead game and keeps his place alive in the team , which means when MJ comes one new guys will loose his place and we will see this same old under performing / inconsistent team in the next tournament also

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    What a wonderful game and a great win by Sri Lanka. The dry pitch is assisted the quality Pakistan spinners and it was a fight for every run after Kusal blitz with the new ball. Well played Sri Lanka. But i completely disagree with Mathews given out when there was not enough evidence to overturn the decision. Split screen proved that the sound came after the ball passed the bat and hit the pad.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 27, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    What a player kusal Perera is ... he is just quiet amazing player lanka has ever found after 2011 WC!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    where were umar guls yorkers? 15 off49th over he bowled and 6 from mendis. poor fielding and over throws etc were the difference. over all good performance to make it so close.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    well played kusal chandi & mendos @ the tail sure well gv back a gud fight & win or at least draw test series with the return of mahela & herath

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | December 27, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    What a cracker of a match.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | December 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    In close games Sri Lanka has the upper hand.

  • POSTED BY CricketFever11 on | December 27, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Forgive me Malinga and Chandimal. After last game I blamed you guys. Today you proved that you are real lions. Your are world class players. You deserved to be in the team. Forgive me again.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    I think Maqsood & Gul combined & loss match for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    close game. well played by both teams. infact well bowled by both teams. batting was not up to the mark from both teams.

    surprise package was A mendis. amazing batting. well played by Chandimal and kusal. Sl bowled well with malinga finally came in to action.

    pak came close but some poor fielding in the end and overthrows. anyway simply not enough runs on the board. sharjeels weakness exposed and technical flaws in his batting. too many poor shots and soft dismissals ahmed, hafeez, maqsood. misbah also got out so cheaply on leg side. Well played by anwar, gul and ajmal. scored about 52 runs in the end to make it a fighting total. anwar played sensible and scored good runs. it was not tailender's slogging.

    pakistan bowled well. but some fielding mistakes let them down.

    congrats to misbah to end year on high. top scorer. hafeez at no2. after poor time vs SA. congrats to ajmal for leading wicket taker & junaid at 2 nd. ending mixed year with 2 series wins vs SL & SA well done guys

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    whenever misbah scires over 50 pak definitely looses. #respect misbah

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | December 27, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    If Pakistan lose this game then it is definitely due to their bad fielding.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 27, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    God pls Pakistan win the game....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @pindia: yes but difficult to play all in 1 game. :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    game out of hands

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | December 27, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing the combined force of Gul, Irfan, Ajmal and Junaid. Should be dangerous in any conditions. Also two fast bowling all-rounders in Ali and Bhatti and the mercurial talents of Afridi and also Hafeez. Should be enough to challenge in either of the next ICC tournaments...

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 27, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    @Abdul Rauf- thanks bro,I don't mind losing when we are not playing well enough but it annoys me when the selectors want to make things even worse by silly decisions. Even if we win today,too late as the series is gone but if we have to lose,at least it was to you guys-our cricketing brothers and long may our friendship continue and strengthen.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    What about this team - kushal perera, kaushal silva, shehan jayasundra,Ashan priyanchan,vithanage,Mathews ,Prasanna,Senanayake ,kulesekara,malinga,a.mendis,eranga,j.mendis,welegadara,karunaratne. And chandimal &lahiru. Should out after retirement of 3legends

  • POSTED BY Pindia on | December 27, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    SL batting well but the spin master Ajmal now begins weaving his spell. Think Pak's fortunes have changed for the better and they might even pull this one out of the bag. Anwar Ali looks a good all round package including his fielding. Still think 230 is a good score on this pitch and with the Pak-bowling-attack.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    sharjeel has failed badly and his weakness has been caught by SL quickly. but it was ok selection to test new opener. he was top domestic performer and they selected him on basis of it. it was not1 of those selections where the criteria of selection is unknown to all. like farhat or umar amin. nasir was out of form and they tried new guy. and he is also a faliure in odis. so the search continues for Ahmed's partner. nasir is still struggling in domestic games. but next assignment is in Feb so plenty of time remaining for him to get back his form.

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Misbah's last 3 50's have ended up in a losing cause. Lets keep our fingers crossed, this is Pakistan lowest total of the series batting first.

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

    Anwar Ali saab back in the team at last already making an impact. misbah and hafeez both looked good for the respective scores but sharjeel and shezad didnt look good today at all. Maqsood and akmal both played poor shots and gifted their wicket to the sri lankans. Unfortunately the tail where unable to stand with anwars great performance. lets hope gul can lead the fight, but we have no afridi so bowling might be a little week

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    good fight back by pakistan i hope they gonna win again today

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    sharjeel khan has no place in this pakistan team he has no foot work and is technically flawed. on the other hand a player like Anwar Ali should always have a spot in the team I feel he is being trated exactly the same way as Abdul Razzaq both of who obviously dont have long arms in PCB he has great tallent and will pushed out.I am a great believer of this young lad PCB must change.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Hafeez playied really well. good come back SL. Good chance to finish this series 3-2

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    fighting total. not perfect but fighting 1 after they were7 down at 176. some soft dismissals. sharjeel has failed badly after 1st innings. ahmed played shot which was not required. hafeez couldnt repeat heroics. umar akmal played bad. he was going no where and got out softly. misbah was going ok but too soft on leg side caught behind.

    well played by anwar, gul and ajmal for partnerships of 18 and 34. the best thing about anwars innings in SA and this 1 that it was not mad tailender slogging. it was pure and sensible innings. and a decent score.

    russel arnold said that its slow wicket and 230 would be good score. and pak has bowling to defend it.

    Sl bowled well this time. the difference was malinga. and mendis was also economical.

    hoping for a good fighting game

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 27, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    so Akmal gave away his wicket once again. I admire this young lad alot and want him score loads of runs(like Kohli), but his shot selection and decision making always lets him down. Even though I understand that wkt keeping is affecting his batting but sometimes you have to face the fact that life can be so cruel and unfair and that everyday is not a Sunday. Sometimes you have to adjust yourself in any role you've been given(lower batting order or wkt keeping). Today was the oppertunity and he made a mess of it once again...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka team is best

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | December 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan should be kicked out from ODIs. He is a failed player with technical flaws. Where is @ICCexpert who was quite supportive of his inclusion. He has done nothing special to be retained for long.

  • POSTED BY afrozhawari on | December 27, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    everytime shezad. gets out as first wicket. and pak wickets start falling

  • POSTED BY Basamba on | December 27, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    that's a soft dismissal by Umar Akmal really a chip to Dilshan. Pakistan are struggling to find a competitive total. I still think Pak might win.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 27, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @ yorkslanka Don't worry, bro. Looks like you guys are gonna win today. Pakistan back to their struggling self. Don't think they'll even survive 50 overs from here. Surprised if they do. 182/7 42 overs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I dont understand why afridi is not there....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    wickets at wrong time for Pakistan. they need to play full 50 overs and look to score around 230. wicket is a bit slow and pak has bowling to defend it.

    sharjeel has failed again. and apart from 1st game , done nothing. ahmed fell to a rush of blood after already scoring 10 in 2 balls.

    maqsood got out on a special catch by dilshan. hafeez couldnt repeat his heroic again. and misbah played ok for 50 but wicket at wrong time and on leg side.

    pak already 1 batsman less today. and umar akmal looks bit uncomfortable early on. lot depend on anwar and umar akmal.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    You will never find a good batsman and a great captains like MISBAH and A.B DIVILLERS

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    will be a memorable day if misbah scores first 100 of his carreer on last match of the year as a highest scorer of 2013.

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

    misbah ul haq best beting

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Jawad Hassan his daughter is not well. Think before you say anything to him.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 27, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Come on come on misbah it is your turn to make maiden hundred and give us 2014,s gift

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Inside source reports Shahid Afridi knew Pakistan will be losing this match so instead of wasting time and energy he left. Therefore, all my money on Sri Lanka to win the match with Paddy Power and William Hill. Gonna be rich by the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 27, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Good playing today every pakistani palyer

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Not entirely satisfied as My Sohail who hasn't been allowed in the test squad(which he's tailor made for with almost 52 FC avg) hasn't even been allowed in this game. We know that Maqsood now owns the #4 spot hopefully for years to come and we could have rested him or Misbah for Haris Sohail as that kid has tremendous technique, on par with Shafiq and he's also consistent which we will need for the inevitable departure of Misbah And Younis...He's a test player perfect for #4 of #5 and those are important batsmen. Please don't ruin him like they did with Fawad Alam making him play formats which he doesn't suit(but Haris suits pretty much all since he has 60 twenty20 avg)

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    So let me get this straight, our batting has been poor all series and the response from the selectors is to weaken it further by bringing in mendis and dropping kula and keeping in Malinga who is bowling rubbish,can't bat or field???? This stupidity amazes me...this on top of expecting debutantes to prop up the already fragile batting order.. Simply crazy..

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Anwar for bhatti is understandable as bhatti's bowling was not up to the mark. I dont think Rehman is odi material. they should have included Haris sohail in playing 11.

    Russel arnold tweeted earlier that umar gul is getting some support for his knee before warm ups. I think Gul should have been rested if he is not fully fit. he is in test squad so might be in playing 11 for 1st test.

    It is almost full strength team so a 4-1 result should be achieved. and enter the tests with full confidence.

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  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Anwar for bhatti is understandable as bhatti's bowling was not up to the mark. I dont think Rehman is odi material. they should have included Haris sohail in playing 11.

    Russel arnold tweeted earlier that umar gul is getting some support for his knee before warm ups. I think Gul should have been rested if he is not fully fit. he is in test squad so might be in playing 11 for 1st test.

    It is almost full strength team so a 4-1 result should be achieved. and enter the tests with full confidence.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | December 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    So let me get this straight, our batting has been poor all series and the response from the selectors is to weaken it further by bringing in mendis and dropping kula and keeping in Malinga who is bowling rubbish,can't bat or field???? This stupidity amazes me...this on top of expecting debutantes to prop up the already fragile batting order.. Simply crazy..

  • POSTED BY Haz95 on | December 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Not entirely satisfied as My Sohail who hasn't been allowed in the test squad(which he's tailor made for with almost 52 FC avg) hasn't even been allowed in this game. We know that Maqsood now owns the #4 spot hopefully for years to come and we could have rested him or Misbah for Haris Sohail as that kid has tremendous technique, on par with Shafiq and he's also consistent which we will need for the inevitable departure of Misbah And Younis...He's a test player perfect for #4 of #5 and those are important batsmen. Please don't ruin him like they did with Fawad Alam making him play formats which he doesn't suit(but Haris suits pretty much all since he has 60 twenty20 avg)

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 27, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Good playing today every pakistani palyer

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Inside source reports Shahid Afridi knew Pakistan will be losing this match so instead of wasting time and energy he left. Therefore, all my money on Sri Lanka to win the match with Paddy Power and William Hill. Gonna be rich by the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | December 27, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Come on come on misbah it is your turn to make maiden hundred and give us 2014,s gift

  • POSTED BY on | December 27, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Jawad Hassan his daughter is not well. Think before you say anything to him.

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

    misbah ul haq best beting

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    will be a memorable day if misbah scores first 100 of his carreer on last match of the year as a highest scorer of 2013.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 27, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    You will never find a good batsman and a great captains like MISBAH and A.B DIVILLERS