Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 3rd day

Shehzad unhappy with Sri Lanka's 'negative' approach

Umar Farooq in Sharjah

January 18, 2014

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Ahmed Shehzad reached 50 off 150 balls, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 3rd day, January 18, 2014
Ahmed Shehzad was 'surprised' by the negative line Sri Lanka bowlers adopted on the third day © AFP

Pakistan might have been conservative with their batting approach on the third day in Sharjah, but their opener Ahmed Shehzad said he was "surprised" by the negative approach adopted by the Sri Lanka bowlers. He stated that the opposition got "afraid" and looked insecure despite having a hefty total on the board.

"I was surprised with their negative approach," Shehzad said. "Although they had 400-plus runs on the board, they had packed the leg side. But yes there are some captains who are aggressive and then there are some who are defensive."

Almost throughout the day, Sri Lanka had six fielders on the leg side, letting Pakistan score only 23 runs in the first hour of play.  

Pakistan still trail by 137 runs with four wickets in hand after what was a lengthy and toiling day for scoring runs. They might have shelved their plan to maintain a run rate of around three but still have a lot to do to think of a win. They crawled for most parts of the day and played with caution in the first two sessions but the final session saw fearless attacking as they piled up 122 runs in 31.3 overs.

"It's Test cricket," Shehzad said when asked about what took him so long to play his natural game. "Whatever the conditions are, you have to play according to that. We were just playing normal cricket, that's it. To build any kind of score it's very important to negotiate the new ball and do well with that. So that was our first plan and to score some runs as well, so yes we did well."

Pakistan lost four of their batsmen to edges behind the stumps. Azhar Ali took a bizarre review, even though he had edged a ball to slips, only to be struck down and Pakistan continued to struggle with their calls on DRS as day three saw all their reviews being unsuccessful.

Sri Lanka are already up 1-0 in the series and they adopted a safety-first approach. Rangana Herath frustrated the batsmen by bowling outside the leg stump with Shehzad facing 85 balls against him and scoring 37 from them. He negotiated well during his hundred but lost his patience and played an unorthodox reverse sweep to edge the ball onto his stumps.

"It was a tough time [in the end], I was trying to accelerate when my wicket fell," Shehzad said. "I was set and was seeing the ball well and tried to keep the scoreboard going, my wicket fell at a very difficult time. I think I should have stayed and scored more runs for the team. Had I not been dismissed, we would not have lost three wickets at a time which is difficult for any batsman.

"We had to move the scoreboard, we had no other choice. We had lost one match, it's a do-or-die match for us. But they can't bowl us out with negative bowling in a proper Test match, it's not possible. They were afraid after lunch that we would go after their bowling."

Along with the acceleration, Pakistan lost four wickets in the final session. Shehzad said he was not very optimistic about the result of the match. "The captain is playing and I hope he knows better than me," he said. "I think we should play two more sessions and equal their score, that's the present target. I think we will play normal cricket and we will try to come back into the match and then go for a result."

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Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (January 21, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

to all sl fans with deep sympathy i will love to have a feed back about ur imba tuc tuc strategy now when match is over

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 20, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

In hindsight, Lanka should have taken Shehzad's views to heart.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (January 20, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

@ Sri Lankan friends: plz be calm. Shehzad is not trying to teach Sri Lanka strategy here. i am sure Sri Lanka is pretty self sufficient, but you got to give the poor guy the right to express his thoughts at least. we need not to fight amongst ourselves specially when THE BIG THREE are trying to take over ICC. fans of the sport need to unite against the 3 board chiefs.

oh and btw @Ranuka do u like the "response" NOW :P :P

Posted by   on (January 20, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

hahaha!! Waqar thats funny.. If your team is good enough why didn't they bat so well? LOL! Different teams have different strategies, and the other team has to play accordingly. But what has happened here is PAK has failed to respond Sri Lanka's strategy. This is test cricket. Its all about avoiding defeat.

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

ahehzad out by fault shot selection

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

shehzad got to learn more from this tour he just play 2 matches and teaching others who played more then 100test like miahbah. this part of trick

Posted by I_LOVE_SLC on (January 19, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Shehzad is trying to say, "My hundred save the game for Pakistan". When he got to know it's not going to happen he is just shouting........... like in 2nd ODI he scored a hundred but Pakistan lost it.

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

This is not a war but a game for entertainment why do we play in middle and have spectators around ? End of the day spectators should be happy tht they spent time for a worthy cause .this attitude is killing cricket even with a positive approach eiether side could have. Won or gone for a draw wt matters is entertainment fun and play an exciting game .may be looking at the empty stadium the approach can be justified all are playing for personnel gains and to keep their place .even a war is not fought in this way .

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

we can manage our tactics u better focus on ur team and ur batting Sri Lanka is good enough to destroy u. Pakistan couldn't surpass our 1st innings also.shazad is still dreaming and boasting about things, go home............

Posted by yorkslanka on (January 19, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

well Mr Shehzad, dont worry about our tactics, quite simply as i commented before this match, our aim is to avoid losing this match and taking the series. this inlcudes batting time and playing for a draw as the end justifies the cannot think that we will play the game to suit the opposition surely?that would just be silly..

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

i dont know wht people criticizing his statement. he has said nothing new or strange here. just words different. otherwise sanga has explained that this was tge strategy to bowl on leg side. Sl were ahead so pak have to push harder for win. and bolwing around leg makes life difficult for batsmen. 3 well set batsmen fell to it so it worked. even many SL fans were saying yeaterday that too much leg side bowling. but SL is playing smart as they dont need to do silly.

Posted by Ray24 on (January 19, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

What Sri Lanka did was within the laws of the game and suited the outcome they want. SL are only playing not to lose so that they win the series. It does not advertise well for the game, but SL are one of the last teams who would care. Especially with a man like Sangakara in their midst, who believes he is the best thing that ever happened to cricket. What Shehzad is expecting is what Australia might have done, or maybe SA, but no other team would have taken the chance. The laws should allow a maximum of 5 fielders like in ODI's, 6 is a touch too many.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Well said Shehzad. I am amazed after reading such one sided comments. Probably, a school boy should teach Srilankans some cricket, so next time Pakistan U19 against Srilankans, even they would draw a match for Pakistan with similar Negative bowling.

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 8:23 GMT)

hey least you should comment like this after winning or atleast when you r notout. he is just criticizing the strategy that he fell for!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

shehzad bai don't look up to these matters just focus on your cricket & keep winning matches for Pakistan, we love u. zuhaib Kashmiri

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 8:17 GMT)

well what ever people say the bottom line is that Shazad scored 147 which no one else from either side scored..... and if he says its because of negativity of srilankans.... u got to ga with dat...

Posted by rohanblue on (January 19, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

i think this test match is d worst in d cricket history, no crowd, slow outfield, boring batting, it is looking like a 50 day match........

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Shehzad. Pl don't let our team down further with such amateur remarks. If this was Sri Lankan strategy, what was your counter strategy.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

@Nipun Alahakoon, bit ironic coming that from you. By that logic, you shouldn't be talking about someone who has even played 2 tests as I am pretty sure you yourself haven't gone even anywhere near the first class cricket.

Posted by bumsteer on (January 19, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

With such boring tactics from both sides is it any wonder that Test cricket attendances continue to fall in the subcontinent. Explains why shorter form cricket gets a better following.

Posted by pietersen on (January 19, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

absolutely spot on shehzad.....srilankans are so happy to win a series against pak that they forgot to win this match....this iz y srilankan team iz hammered all over the world...becoz of their negative attitude...

Posted by Balumekka on (January 19, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

LoL! What's this kid is upto? Why not appointing him as the captain of Pakistan? He seems to be lot positive than Misbah!!!!!! What he needs to understand is that he might struggle very soon even to get in to the playing 11. One good innings doesn't make you a genius, kid. Pakistan has a big history of making shooting stars and Shezhard is likely to be the next one!

Posted by Bdcricketdebator on (January 19, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Dear uncle shehzad i thought u r mature enough to understand test cricket but u really dont.please learn test cricket strategies properly then talk.

Posted by Tmalik on (January 19, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Well, whatever you may say Ahmed.. got to understand SL do not want to loose this game by any mean... so they will do everything possible in world to draw this game. SL got sense in first session that they are not going to get many wickets (though they did in last session) but it was approach fm SL that they do not want to win the game instead just dry the runs and see if wickets can tumble then. I would say they partly succeeded by with 290 already on the board Pak must ensure another 105 runs in first session and declare or get out, This match will bring result for sure. for Pak it shouldnt matter if they go 2 down doing so, but they got to do this and take chance to produce result, i am sure if this happens Pak will be winner of this game. Good Innings btw by Shehzad but very soft dismissal after great innings...

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

Well the captaincy is not all about be positive and go for attacking. If you are a good captain its all about tactics and understand the situation. But i am much more surprised is some school boy cricketer who already lost a match try to teach us how to play cricket haha. 2 test matches god damn :D he who try to teach us test cricket is a man play 2 test matches . Dude don't worry we have have enough seniors and best coaches in the world to decide what to do :)

Posted by wapuser on (January 19, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

This statement it self reflects the mindfulness of this kid about his own game. Criticizes the oppisition captain's strategy after being a victim for the same. It's funny for someone in Misbah's team talk about the opposition captain "being defensive".....

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

Can some one tell this guy "This is cricket"

Posted by RoshJ on (January 19, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Some insight into his was just a bad shot! 81.6 Herath to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, he's reverse swept it straight to his stumps! It was full and seeking the footmarks. He'd played the same shot to a very similar ball earlier in the over and got away with it. This time he gets a bottom edge and the ball dribbles onto the stumps. Shehzad is stunned. Holds his ground for a very long time as the umpires converse and finally give him out

Ahmed Shehzad b Herath 147 (275b 12x4 1x6) SR: 53.45

Posted by bumsteer on (January 19, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

I think you got it right Shehzad boyo. The part you don't understand is that ALL subcontinental teams suffer from negative captaincy. Mike Clarke's men would have been going for the jugular!!!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

"There was rough outside leg, to try and pitch the ball in...., lot of batsmen don't have the patience anyway when you bowl those kind of lines. It seems negative when you look at it from the outside, but the plan was quite positive - to try and get them to hit against the line, try and get one to turn from off the rough and see whether we can get something happening on that track" says Sangakkara. A batsman who played Test cricket lot more than the new 'pundit' Shehzad.

It's really pathetic to see these young players give big talks and 'expert' analysis just after they make one or two good innings.

Posted by RoshJ on (January 19, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

@Gustavxv, donno what you are mumbling is foolish to allow someone who had the "eye" and see the ball like a "football" to score runs in the areas he favours, yes? Such expert comments amount Angelo's batting...nonsense, his was a true test innings and when you consider it came from a naturally aggressive batsman it speaks volumes of his adoptation to test cricket. Want to remember "negative tactics" ... SA/IND 1st Test...5 overs 19 runs three wickets... India - all the fielders on the boundry line! SA - block and block and block Match drawn...great achievement?? Think not!

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

What does Shehzad want? Free Hits!! This is very astute captaincy by Matthews based on the match situation since the pitch though not conducive to stroke making is neither a minefield which aids the bowlers. Given that SL are carrying a 1-0 lead, and have 400+ runs on the board, they are well within their rights to make run scoring as tough as possible for the Pakistanis so that they will be forced to up the ante and fight to even the series. True it may not be attractive cricket, but Pakistan are the hosts who have prepared a dead wicket such as this which they thought would help to Ajmal and Abdur Rehman and now that their plans have backfired there is no use complaining. Pakistan have been totally out thought and outplayed in this series with the possible exception of the first innings in Abu Dhabi by a young SL team in transition, who have exposed Pakistan's weaknesses fully. Give Matthews and his team due credit for this.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Funny isn't it? A kid makes a century and he is explaining strategy to the opposition captain. My dear kido, look at the scoreboard, you have lost 6 wickets and still trail by 137. And you only have your captain to save you with a very fragile tail. I wonder why such a positive side like you let Sri Lanka score 400 and gave a debut batsman a 95? If you have given your thoughts to the captain, you could have got SL out for under 100 I guess. Try attacking and getting head of the game, after that you can define strategies.

Posted by Nuwas on (January 19, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

lol, this guy is the worst case I've seen after Kholi, read some books about test cricket if your old guns can not make you understand about it, until such time keep your mouth shut. This pitch has basically nothing for bowlers, SL took 6 even so & you are whining about keeping it in the leg side, YOU FELL FOR A DELIVERY FROM THE LEG SIDE kid..."negative bowling" ??? "They were afraid after lunch" stop being a drama queen....

Posted by F22R on (January 19, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

There is no negative approach. In this test SL objectives are two things. either win or draw. So they first cemented the draw (still 2 days to go). now they will look for a win. SL already won the battle (series) so why worry about this fight. Test cricket is all about testing the character, and its a process, that cannot identify in one incident like one test match. Anyway Shehzard is bit big head, still his first test series

Posted by GustavXV on (January 19, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

BULLS EYE Shehzad , thanks a for pointing it out. I am a strong SL supporter but thoroughly disappointed the way Angelo Mathews is leading the side. A captain of a team should have a positive mental attitude to win or fight for a win. Having such a negative captain to lead a test side is counterproductive to any cricket side. Maybe the non-cricketers are not aware of this but I am sure most of you know that after staying in the middle for a while you get the "eye" and after facing over 100 balls you see can see the ball like a 'football'. Even Angelo's batting approach is negative, after facing over 250 balls he was blocking the ball as if he was facing the first ball. He could have easily pushed / placed the ball for singles but he was defending like ….OMG. I hope Jayasuriya & the SL selectors appoint a positive leader if they want to progress in cricket. I admire the way of Pakistan's counter attack, though they are under pressure. Kudos Pakistan for your positive mental approach!

Posted by rshan on (January 19, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

Shehzad should first understand what test cricket is all about. If he doesn't, his captain or coach should tell him, and tell him how he lost his wicket by playing the reverse sweep and that was a trap that he fell in to for been impatient. SL is playing according to the wicket that is prepared by Pakistani curators.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

having six fielders on leg side doesn't mean that is a negative move !!! it all about identifying weakness and strengths of your opponent, build a strategy and play ... i think he should do some reading before make a statement otherwise it shows the level of understanding of cricket and other things... statement it self shows the effectiveness of the strategy :D

Posted by android_user on (January 19, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

Any Indian or Pakistani young batsman who has scored a big knock for the first time used to make stupid statements such as this. They are trying to be men with just single knock. So pathetic yet acceptable from people like them.

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

Talk Less Bat more Kid..........

Posted by Plal on (January 19, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

This is a joke by Shehzad. Shehzad has asked for SL to reduce the leg side field and let him score. Yes, SL got 400+ plus on the board. But Keeping packed leg side field is a positive approach. Because SL want to restrict leaking runs. As a result batsmen get panic and throw their wicket away. If SL could restrict Pakistan without leading them in the first innings, SL has a chance to a winning approach.

Posted by Ishfaq333 on (January 19, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

The best move in cricket (or any other sport) is the one your opponent least wants you to pursue. Your opponent wants to score runs - you make sure they don't.

Posted by kila995 on (January 19, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

As humans we all get stress out , this case Shehzad is kinda frustrate about the bowling by SL , but what to do this is a game where you hit big or go home :)

Posted by Lekamge on (January 19, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

"There are different types of wickets. A lot of people have different ideas of what Test cricket should be. What Test cricket should produce is a great contest, whether it's a test of patience or skills of players," he said. "When it's hard to get runs and it's hard to get purchase, to see how well the sides adapt to those situations. Those are signs of good Test players and, on this kind of pitch, maybe there wasn't anything for the fast bowlers with the new ball, but there was reverse swing. There can be a lot more turn in the next two days, so we have to wait and see how it plays."


You simply lost it Shehzad! ;)

Posted by KingOwl on (January 19, 2014, 3:03 GMT)

This is a dead wicket. There is nothing in it for anybody. Not for fast bowlers, not for spinners and not for batsmen. SL played based on the conditions. They knew that although run making was difficult, taking wickets was also difficult. They also knew that Pakistan had no choice but to make some quick runs. So naturally, they let Pakistan take the risks and they themselves avoided the risks. I can totally understand that strategy. But I can also understand Pakistan's frustration.

Posted by Lion83 on (January 19, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

This is test cricket and they can use whatever tactics you wish .either it is bowling bouncers, bowling outside the offfstump, sledging etc. its all part of the game. at the end of the day SL get 6 wickets and in a good position. Pak need to continue scoring fast and try to get close to SL first innings and give SL to bat after Lunch and hope they can dismiss SL under 200 and chase it in the last two sessions thats the only way they going to win this game now

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

I think statements should come at more senior level whatever personal observations. Sri Lankan are a friendly team, and many decisions are outside their control as players: likewise for a captain, it is survival in today's cricket. It wld also be too adventures to make premptive judgment on the reminder of the match while the cards are clearly on Lankans side. But great innings by young Shazad....Draft..

Posted by   on (January 19, 2014, 1:02 GMT)

As a Pakistan fan I would have liked to see Srilanka attack more and would have preferred 7 for 330 instead of 6 for 290. As it would give a chance for a result but Srilanka did what was right for them, they are up 1-0 in the series and are closing in to a remarkable away series win. Credit to them as they have outplayed Pakistan for most of the series and the way they have handled Ajmal is remarkable. As for Pakistan there are plenty of positives as well despite the results, Shehzad establishing himself in the test side after a year of solid performances in ODI side. Khurram Manzoor needs an extended run as well. Worry is Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali they both have fallen to the way side might be worth considering bringing back Umar Akmal in place of one of them. Bowling wise talha looked good and Junaid is now established. With Irfan and gul coming back Pakistan can be a very good team in the near future.

Posted by Gangnam_Gangsta on (January 18, 2014, 23:47 GMT)

Srilanka is a good team and even though they are languishing in tests and ODI rankings, I believe they are better team than that. However, they do have this tendency of playing negative and cynical cricket that actually rankles the opposition and makes people say' that is just not cricket'. Remember when one SL bowler bowled a no ball to prevent Sehwag from scoring a century ( it is symptom of the same mind set) or the ultradefensive tactics they are employing now. Who would remember who won this test series two years from now but everyone will remember 6 player on the leg side from first over field placing. It just produces negativity all around and gives cricket a bad name.

Posted by Garretjacks on (January 18, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

Hahaha, this article is actually quite funny. After all that rubbish written on the article in the end they are 6 wickets down and trailing by 130 ish runs ohh the irony..LOL

Posted by android_user on (January 18, 2014, 23:14 GMT)

i see all sl ppl talking here but guess wat pak made almost 300 hundred runs in one day and sl took 2 days to make 400 only still u think sl is not playing for negative mind set then dont even commment here thanks.

Posted by Stat1977 on (January 18, 2014, 22:37 GMT)

OMG..6 wickets down and who is in trouble here? Now they have found another excuse to add to DRS, Umpires,Pitch was not spinning..Same situation applies to opposition.Keep it up and SL win the series soon.Why on earth someone go for a DRS when it's a caught behind & crystal clear? What a silly approach is that? Nothing worse than someone know little about the tactics of the game.Let's se what would you say if you lose this..Is it going to be SL's fault?

Posted by Rightreason on (January 18, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

The odds are stacked against Misbah who has to protect the tail. If he can accomplish the impossible of leveling the score or taking a small lead it is game on. Ajmal and Rahman will be deadly on a wearing 4th and 5th day pitch. I feel the first session will decide the outcome of the game. The best team will win and for the time being that team is SL. As for negative bowling, it is a part of cricket. Pakistan's middle order perished due to poor shot selection, which is the norm of this batting side. SL has been by far the better team in this series.

Posted by A.SOFI on (January 18, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

well i thought he was negative , playing straight balls with dead bat . He was playing as if it was Wanderers. it was play through line pitch when he started in morning. He could have done better. He even frustrated khurram manzoor another Pakistani so called batsman. #

Posted by tennakoon63 on (January 18, 2014, 21:23 GMT)

Come Shehzad be a sport. You got your hundred and why are you bickering about SL packing the leg side field. That is the strategy every captain use in a situation like this. I am sure your captain would have done the same. Are you having some kind of animosity against SL? What did they do to you? During the ODIs you pushed Dilly and got your match fee slashed. Now your are whining about the SL captain packing the leg side field. Man up boy and be positive. Any way you played good crictet to get your team this far.

Posted by Sorcerer on (January 18, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

Sri Lanka may win the Test but underlined yet again why they can never be a top team. The approach which Mathews has wielded is negative, nothing else. Whoever defends a leg-side bowling tactic throughout, is fooling only themselves. So, they got three through glances down leg-side per Sanga, can justify that horrific marketing for Test cricket? with this attitude, days are not far when Sri Lankan fans would come to the grounds with sleeping bags. lol

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

I read the article from top to end and my understand is this Pakistani cricketer's words are very immature. He tried to highlight SL team and was telling how SL is bad, you know what, it shows how much you nervous about SL team. My Understand is SL team is playing with a good plan and they are on the track.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

This interview is proof that Mathews tactics worked. He wanted to frustrate the batsmen into throwing their wickets away on a placid track, and it worked.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

SL are the once leading the series and you PAKs need to play attacking cricket to win. SL will settle with a draw. I see no signs from Misbha of any attacking cricket. Finally Shezad. Your serious, just the 3 tests & talking about tactics. Play your self 1st to the team. Keep the talking for better days.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

What a cluless chap. Sl obviously took the safe route because the onus to win is more on Pak than SL. They are doing what any sensible team would do. You won't expect them to give it on a platter. Matthews excellent decision basically meant YOU GOT YOURSELF INTO TROUBLE, your frustration got them the wicket and the tactic was brilliant

What a joke, what does he expect, SL to just let them go about scoring and getting closer to the target. This 2nd rate battling lineup surely doesn't deserve anything from this test

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (January 18, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

I feel shezad is still upset about his dismissel. Release his pressure in this way. So the tactic worked for SL. This is a game. A team always focus on winning. Tactics are the keys to win. Anyone can't blame on that. SL changed the game on 1st test remarkably. And as the same pak should have the ability adapt to any situation and keep through! It's not the time to blame on opositions.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (January 18, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

As a neutral I do feel disappointed with Sri Lanka though. I mean, its this kind of stuff that make the few true Test fans stop going to the ground. As much as i don't want Test cricket to be interfered with, certain rules pertaining to field settings, might need to be changed. The most basic rule of limited overs is "no more than 5 fielders on the legside" should be adopted. Umpires should not hesitate to warn a captain about negative bowling. Some will disagree with me but cricket is a sport and true sports are entertaining and rarely dull. No football fan wants to watch his team keep the ball in their own half for the entire 90 minutes, Crickets fans surely shouldn't have it for 5 days.

To be continued...

Posted by HasithaRCG on (January 18, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Oh!! We are really sorry shezard, next time Sri Lanka will bowl to your strength and let Pakistan win the match... coz now it looks like the only way Pakistan can win a match too.. Sorry again..

Posted by usernames on (January 18, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

@Bladerunner -- Hahaha, you were the one who was very concerned about other teams' approach when your own club team can't play what's called cricket and is trying to save the blushes!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 18, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

@ferrari5107; What makes you think that SL aren't trying to win this match. The method SL use may be unconventional, but SL are very much in the game to win it. Pakistan were pretty desperate coming to this match after having lost the 2nd match. So, Sri Lanka used it to their advantage. First, they made Pakistan field for almost 2 days, then bowled outside the leg stump to restrict scoring. Generally, SL wanted Pakistan to self-destruct 'n thats exactly what happened. I thought that was a great plan which paid dividends.

Posted by TheKeeper on (January 18, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Those are very funny statements by Shehzad - mainly because what he calls negative all worked positively in favour of Sri Lanka. Just like the PAK commentators on the telly, Shehzad also knows nothing of what he speaks.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

When you read this article everyone could understand that Sri Lankans has done the right thing all day long. He is expressing his clear frustration of SL tactics. That is more than enough to understand why 3rd day was belong to SL. Anyway, well batted Shehzad.

Posted by ferrari5107 on (January 18, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

@Onebum, from negative mindset he meant SL is not trying to win, but trying not to lose. One can see SL is trying not to lose from their batting as well, they scored only 428 in two days of play, at one point SL run rate was 2.30 and that was on day 2. But again

SL played well in second test, so they dont have to win this one, and Pakistan are to be blamed for this. They should have won first test, and SL might not have played with negative approach in this test.

Posted by cric_roch on (January 18, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

whatever they do everyone regards SL as a mediocre team and Pak as an exciting team ..being an outsider i would pay to watch Pak , not surely SL

Posted by android_user on (January 18, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

sanga explained it very well and it worked. 3 top order batsmen including experienced younas and a well set playing on 147, with another set batsmen with 50 fell to that trap of leg side. so proved a good 1 in end.

Posted by android_user on (January 18, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

as sanga explained: SL plan was to bowl on leg side so that it will hard to score for pak and pak will play silly to score and give away wickets. and whatever you say it negative or defensive, the fact is that plan succeeded very well.

khurram and younas got out to glances down leg side and ahmed himself played a silly reverse sweep from leg side to his stumps.

so it doesnt matter if it was defensive or what. it succeded so many would call it a successfull approach.

for him, why did he need to play that reverse sweep when he was going well straight on?

pak scored at good rate in the end. almost 4 rpo which by pakistani standards is very good. however, they have lost extra wickets. some of them could have avoided it.

still a lot of work to do . and pakistans tail is long. there is no bhatti this time and new ball will be taken 1st up.

Posted by GihanW on (January 18, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

well, why dont you guys declare and let the SL bat nd get them all out then??? be the change you want to be, certainly misbah is not going to do that!!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (January 18, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

Does anyone know what he is talking about ??? lol Let it be a negative or positive approach, in the end, SL managed to take 6 wkts n get into Pakistan's tail. lol Shehzad says that he got frustrated, played a rash shot 'n got out. So, that was exactly what SL wanted. Duh... LOL "They were afraid after lunch that we would go after their bowling" lol Pls Shehzad, Pakistan batting is the last thing we worry about.

Posted by onebump on (January 18, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

That 'negative' and 'defensive' settings and mindset of the Sri Lankans meant you are six down and still 130 plus behind. See the irony? Nice batting though shehzad!

Posted by android_user on (January 18, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

Pakistan will have to pull out another one of their extraordinary bowling performances to win this match. Get SL all out for 150 odd. This is unlikely though as most of the collapses Pakistan have caused have had Saeed Ajmal playing a major role in them and he is currently out of form.

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