Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20, Hambantota June 1, 2012

Perera, Mathews fashion massive win in low-scorer

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Sri Lanka 132 for 7 (Perera 32*, Tanvir 3-12) beat Pakistan 95 (Mathews 2-8, Malinga 2-12, Kulasekara 2-13) by 37 runs
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Sri Lanka threw their wickets away through reckless shots, conceded 17 runs through wides and about 10 through misfields, but thanks to the Josephian Mafia - a moniker Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews have earned from the school they shared - still won by a whopping 37 runs. It was an unremarkable night of cricket with most of the wickets owing neither to the bowling nor the pitch, but many will argue it's a trait that can be attributed to Twenty20 cricket in general because of the devaluation of a wicket.

Perera and Mathews, though, stood out. Perera first scored a two-a-ball 32 to give Sri Lanka a fighting chance from 89 for 7. Mathews then bowled a testing spell of outswing for eight runs and two wickets. The two came together when Perera flew at third man to catch Shoaib Malik off the bowling of Mathews. Perera and Mathews were the highlight of the night, which featured a lot of inexplicable cricket otherwise.

At the top of the innings, having won the toss, three Sri Lankan batsmen used to Twenty20 cricket of late in the IPL, got themselves out in Sohail Tanvir's first three overs. Jayawardene got a leading edge before judging the pace of the pitch, Dilshan picked out fine leg, and Sangakkara dragged a full and wide delivery on. On another day all three could have gone for boundaries, and the bowler and the pitch would have had just as much to do with it.

The remaining batsmen struggled to find balance between rebuilding and keeping the rate up. Both Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews survived run-out chances before slogging and connecting with thin air.

Thirty-three-year-old debutant wicketkeeper Shakeel Ansar then missed a chance to stump Lahiru Thirimanne. The batsman proceeded to add 22 to his eight then. Ansar made a comeback, though, when he broke 24-run partnership between Thirimanne and another debutant Kaushal Lokuarachchi with a direct flick. Thirimanne followed it up with a reverse-sweep straight down short-third man's throat. At 89 for 7 in the 17th over, Sri Lanka threatened to not even bat out their allocation.

Perera, though, turned the momentum a little with some clean hitting. Most of it came off the bowling of Umar Gul, whose last two overs went for 30. Still, going into the break, Pakistan were the favourites. Only for two balls. Two inexplicable deliveries when first-time captain Mohammad Hafeez and Ansar indulged in a spot-the-point-fielder contest. Nuwan Kulasekara laughed his way to two wickets with short and wide deliveries. Last checked, Hafeez and Ansar were watching replays and arguing as to who found Dilshan better.

The others didn't find fluency at all as Pakistan confounded all by not sending Umar Akmal in before No. 6. Ahmed Shehzad played a long innings, but his strike-rate of under 100 could have worked if other batsmen had hung around. Mathews got Khalid Latif and Malik, and at 46 for 4 in the 10th over, Akmal felt obliged to hit out. Except it's not easy when Malinga is bowling. A top edge ended it for Akmal, and it was all over bar Shahid Afridi.

That lasted two deliveries as Afridi heaved at offspinner Sachitra Senanayake, and edged him to third man. The formalities were finished soon, with Perera fittingly taking the last wicket.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 4, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    What's the big talk about Shehzad all about?? One good tournament of some gully cricket BPL has made him the star. I can't believe it. Imran Nazir is Pakistan's best T20 batsman without a doubt. Shehzad is nothing, he has a long long way to go.

  • POSTED BY iknowsports on | June 4, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Way to go mathews!!!!!!and perera!!

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | June 2, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be treated as a bowler. He is not an all-rounder. He is an amazing bowler who can bat a bit ... He should not be classed the same way a Kallis or a Watson is.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | June 2, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    as it was on the cards, Pakistan again lost by batting fumble. As for srilanka, a good win as none of their main players made a main contribution; Mahela, Dilsha, Sanga, Malinga, still the others took them through!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 2, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @sobersfan, Ajmal has not many years left. He will have to retire in 2 or 3 years maximum from now. Sachithra Senanyake has plenty left in him and will be our future match winner.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @Sheela ahhhhha lool u trying to invent a new kind of match or joking??!! lol

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Pakistan need one or Two solid batsman who can keep one end going otherwise wicket will gonna fell from both the side and they shattered

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Mathewes and Thisara jus showed glimpse of the true Josephian Class they posess......Hail tha lions!!!

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | June 2, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    In T20 boundaries are shortened. With 10 wickets available for the reduced 20 overs, batsmen take undue risks and subsequently resulting in spectacular battting or abject failures. These are basic facts and no amount of argument can make T20 a scientific cricket match. First of all minimum boundary distance should be 80 yards from the centre. Large number of 6s hit would get substantially reduced if boundary lines are at 80 yards. Another suggestion is that team can be considered to be all out if the team loses 7 wickets and this will automatically reduce reckless shots.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | June 2, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @sinhaya,pak will beat sl in next t20.i disagree with ur comments on senanayake.ajmal is the best spinner in the world and he is the next muralidharan.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 4, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    What's the big talk about Shehzad all about?? One good tournament of some gully cricket BPL has made him the star. I can't believe it. Imran Nazir is Pakistan's best T20 batsman without a doubt. Shehzad is nothing, he has a long long way to go.

  • POSTED BY iknowsports on | June 4, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Way to go mathews!!!!!!and perera!!

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | June 2, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Shahid Afridi should be treated as a bowler. He is not an all-rounder. He is an amazing bowler who can bat a bit ... He should not be classed the same way a Kallis or a Watson is.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | June 2, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    as it was on the cards, Pakistan again lost by batting fumble. As for srilanka, a good win as none of their main players made a main contribution; Mahela, Dilsha, Sanga, Malinga, still the others took them through!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 2, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @sobersfan, Ajmal has not many years left. He will have to retire in 2 or 3 years maximum from now. Sachithra Senanyake has plenty left in him and will be our future match winner.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    @Sheela ahhhhha lool u trying to invent a new kind of match or joking??!! lol

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Pakistan need one or Two solid batsman who can keep one end going otherwise wicket will gonna fell from both the side and they shattered

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Mathewes and Thisara jus showed glimpse of the true Josephian Class they posess......Hail tha lions!!!

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | June 2, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    In T20 boundaries are shortened. With 10 wickets available for the reduced 20 overs, batsmen take undue risks and subsequently resulting in spectacular battting or abject failures. These are basic facts and no amount of argument can make T20 a scientific cricket match. First of all minimum boundary distance should be 80 yards from the centre. Large number of 6s hit would get substantially reduced if boundary lines are at 80 yards. Another suggestion is that team can be considered to be all out if the team loses 7 wickets and this will automatically reduce reckless shots.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | June 2, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    @sinhaya,pak will beat sl in next t20.i disagree with ur comments on senanayake.ajmal is the best spinner in the world and he is the next muralidharan.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | June 2, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    pak fans don't blame hafeez for this loss.it was collective batting failure that led to this defeat. u expect any batting side to get 130 odd runs.but the batsmen failed to get that. t20 is just like lottery u can have a good day and bad day in this format.i'm sure he will imrove his captaincy and let's give him some time.

  • POSTED BY greatkhan on | June 2, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Good to see SL win the match. Pakistan cricket team is full of entertainers. Please we want to see cricketers & not entertainers. PCB Please please please remove Umar Akmal. Let him find a place in movies, bcoz he is an entertainer, you guys have givem him enoughf opportunities. I hear a lot of commentators saying that Umal Akmal has got talent, but iam extremely sorry to say that people who perform once a year cannot be deemed as talented. Talent without results means nothing. Umar Gul where are your yorkers, why are you trying something different, when it is your yorkers that have earned you reputation as one of the finest bowlers, i fail to understand why to try something different. Mohammed Sami deserves another chance.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Pakistan and Sri Lanka both are disaster team for me. Both are loser for me and I think they should play qualifying matches before t-20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    come on thrash its only 20/20 dont get to excited if pakistan and sri lanka play tests then u will see who plays the better cricket 20/20 batting bowling and team records dont mean anything dont know how you can rate it

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Pakistan is a talented team.They born with cricket in their souls just like us "The Lankans".Want to see more competitiveness from pakistan. At the same time SL must improve in all departments to be consistent. If not teams like England, SA will overcome both Pak and SL in WT20.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 2, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Why are people making Afridi the scapegoat?

    He is the highest wicket taker in T20I's but only bowled 2 overs?!?! o.O

    Hafeez is not a better bowler than Afridi and his captaincy is very poor!

    Remember, Afridi won the T20 WC by himself and under his captaincy, Pak made the semi's of the WC and the last T20 WC but lost because of a freakish innings from Hussey.

    Misbah is not required but players like Hafeez (who don't deserve a place in the side) should NOT be made captain!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    get rid of Aridi he never plays for Pakistan as waqar told him many times. He should quit or be ejected Lala is joke s is another Lala umar gul when he expected to win matches he proves he is over the hill. He should not be in t20. Afidi is cause of this loss. He has a spot and he needs to fulfill his obligation and we should not sami ever again.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    Thissara shows precisely why he should have played more games for mumbai indians

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | June 2, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    pakistan's new jersey is realy nice, i wonder why indian team cnt come up with something new like this, we r using the same old boring jersey all the time, jst changing d colour , sometime very blue , some times medium blue, some limes less blue.....

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    fine guys....you did what the country expected.... please continue the good work....but as it happened always bowlers should not be overburdened... batsmen also must keep their shoulders....

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    what a win....well done ......

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 2, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Its about time to remove Hafeez out of captaincy, one match is just too many, a captain is an inspirational figure, Hafeez has no such thing, leading an international side is not something you can 'plan' and 'calculate' on paper, it takes leadership qualities and they are natural, you can't have those qualities no matter how much you plan and give in your professorial feedback, you just dont have it in you. Afridi should be the captain or else his playing days for Pakistan are over.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Weill Won Sri lanka but u cant write off Pakistan any time .The most Badly they loose the First The most chances are their they will bounce back in the second .Expect the great game of cricket in next match..

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 2, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    @sobersfan, I was waiting to hear from you. No surprise in what you say. Whatever you say, Sri Lanka are a good side anywhere. We dont need Mahela and Sanga to excel. Angelo and Thisara did it all. No Pakistani fan wont make comments like you. We all know that both sides are good and cannot be taken lightly. Our Sachithra Senanayake will be the next Muralitharan. Dinesh Chandimal scored a century at Lords and twin fifties on test debut at Durban. So he will be our future Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 2, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Sami bowled two overs giving away more than 20 runs, those two overs could have been bowled by Afridi, one of the best spinners in limited overs cricket is being put to waste. If Malik is not required as an allrounder since he didn't bowl a single ball then why not replace him with a stable bat like Asad Shafiq. Hafeez bowling full quota of 4 overs, why isn't he focusing on his batting for a change? Everyone in this team can bowl including the new wicket keeper(but old at 33 years of age). Who he heck is going to bat? Hafeez, the little bit of batting he knew will lose even that while he is thinking of bowling all the time. This is a comedy of a team.

  • POSTED BY mansoor777 on | June 2, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka, You deserve the Win. Dont want to see the match when Sifarshi Shoiab malik played. Dont know whay he played when Abul razak is better T20 Player . remove Shoiab malik urgently

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    continued..

    The 3rd umpire had seen the footage and made the decision. It was over. Mahela should have just let it go. period.

    There's a lot more cricket left here and I'm looking forward to a good series. the fact that both sides are generally unpredictable only makes it more interesting for me!

    Pakistan Zindabad and Go SL Lions!

  • POSTED BY rukii on | June 2, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    I am happy with the current XI but sanga should bat no 4 and chandimal at 3. though mathewws is a batting all rounder(and a great fielder) and thisara is a bowling all rounder. they exchange their roles in this match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka!

    One of Cricket SL's biggest woes has been the 'containment strategy' mindset which has seen us let slip sure victories too many times in the past. You look at how Australians play the game and how attacking and aggressive they are even lower down the order despite early loses and how that contributes to so many of their victories. Although I think of Mahela as possibly the best captain we've ever had, he too has been guilty of over-defensive play in the past. The low total in last night's match made us a bit more aggressive than we would otherwise be and I think that's the main contributing factor for the win.

    Anyway, best of luck to both teams and I want to make it clear to Pakistan fans that we very much enjoy playing and support your team despite some unsporting comments made here by a small minority of our fans.

    I also don't think Mahela should have continued to speak to the umpire about the missed catch as it's not very fitting for a captain to do that.

  • POSTED BY mansoor777 on | June 2, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    Keep on Playing Shoaib Malik............................................................. result will be the Same ....... Loss . Sri Lanka will win all T20 , ODIs and Test Matches. Where is Mohd Yusuf

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    I'm an Indian and watching Pakistan win tournaments is not exactly what I want to see. But I really feel sad for Umar Akmal. Why don't you give him more opportunities at the top? He has got more talent than many other upcoming Pakistani players. The innings he played in T20 World cup semi finals again Australia is a brilliant one. Persist with him and persist with him at the top order. He'll turn out to be a solid batsman for you.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    The least Pakistani's cricketers could do was to play 20 overs. we dont want them to win all the time!!!!!! they wer handing catches like a rookie player, inexcusable .lose, but with respect thats all we ask of you seasoned players. Hafiz was gone but what about 3rd ,4th, batsman. Shoaib Malik is just a bench warmer,he just is nout of form from National cricket. Bowlers and fielders did excellent job, the batsmaen let us down again

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 2, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    This Hafeez is a joke of a captain, What makes him think that he is somehow a better bowler than Afridi? Just two overs? And comes in to bat at 7, whats he doing in the team I wonder. If you are treating a senior player like this and then expect him to clean up after you when you are all gone for a mighty DUCK then keep dreaming to get anything out of AFRIDI. Even Misbah knew a thing or two of how to treat a player like Afridi. This tussle between senior and junior has started in a spectacular fashion. I'll be amazed if Pakistan win anything in T20's and ODI's.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 2, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ BABashar on (June 02 2012, 06:32 AM GMT) :- I Agree. I think the captaincy gamble will fail with Hafeez. He is not getting the combination right. He is also not using his bowlers well. I THINK FINALLY THE LIMITED OVERS CAPTAINCY MAY GO BACK TO SHAHID AFRIDI.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 2, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    The balance of the team is totally wrong. Too many bowlers, No any good batsmen. Instead of Sami and Gul, Specialist hard hitters like Hammad Azam, Awais Zia, Abdul Razzak should have been playing. A.Shafiq is always better than Shoeb Mallik if if Mallik is not used as an all-rounder. They are not getting their combination right. At this rate they will loose all the matches. Also the spinners were doing a great job untill they were removed and Gull was given the 18th and 20th overs. In 6 overs Gul and Sami had given away 65 runs, the remainig 67 runs came off 14 overs out of which 10 overs were spin.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 2, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Well Done Sri Lanka. Great game. well played in all departments. Specially fielding and catching. Some of the cathes were impossible by Pakistani standards. But traditionally SL have always been best fielders because they believe in the saying that cathes win matches, which ofcourse the Pakistanis never believed. Apart from that i dont know what the pakistanis were doing with 7 bowlers. (Gul, Sami, S.Tanvir, Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, S.Mallik). Out of these seven bowlers Afridi was given only 2 overs (9 runs) and was removed for no fault of his, not withstanding the fact that in the last 2 years Afridi has been a match winner with the ball and not with the bat. Sami a specialist bowler - 2 overs (but good he was removed). And S.Mallik - not a single delivery. AS I SEE THIS TEAM, THEY CANNOT CHASE ANY TARGET THAT THE OPPOSITION HAS SET , BECAUSE THEY ARE CLEARLY 2 BATSMEN SHORT. Also S.Mallik can play only as an all-rounder and not as a speciallist batsment in T20 (he is too slow).

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Poor cricket from our Pakistani Bretherns ! More inexplicable was the shot selectin by top three Sri Lankans. All in all T20 has devalued the quality of Cricket. We yearn for more Test Cricket than what is dished out here.

  • POSTED BY Ksaminda on | June 2, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    There is one thing that every one needs to understand this is not IPL and we r playing in sri lanka therefor you will not see only 666444 its all abt hard work singles twos r so very important even the experience dilshan n mahela forgot it they tryed to play like in india we all know indians make flat batting wicket in little grounds to make batting hero's for them self's but he its not the same... im waiting till t20 wc to see the way players adpt to lankan conditions.. sure pksthn do hv the best bwling line up bt wt abt batting??? t malik again n again ??? and abt sri lankan team true they do not hv the best bwling unit but they playes this game with a amzng spirit thats y they are allwys at the top lvl... they dnt care abt the salary's, cricket boards they just play for there loving fans...

  • POSTED BY mazdonal on | June 2, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    The same old story. "Sifarshi" Shoaib Malik again incuded at the "request of the captiain". Our Pakistani commentators said the same about him when he was included in the one dayers in the UAE. So is that the only way this "great player" can be included and not on his own merits? Throw the baggage out please.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    A good win for the Srilankans.Hope to be the next match be a good and fighting one.Lets wait for Sunday

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    well done Srilanka.They finally made us happy after dissapointing CB final and asian cup.Good to be back on track.This is a excellent T20 lineup.If needed lokuarachi may make his way for Isuru Udana.Pakistan seriously missing some experianced batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Piease Delete All the newcommers that played in this match The wicketkeeper was absolutely hopeless domestic cricket is different from real t20 cricket.If you dont remove these so called newcommers Pakistan You are going to loose all the one day and t20 matches Mark my word The Coach has failed completely in the selection of the team for this match The Result shows it. Javed Sani Los-Angeles USA.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Good all round performance by SL! My only concern is Sanga. He had a horrible IPL run this year and seems to not have broken out of it. He is becoming too impatient in his shot selection and not confident at all.

  • POSTED BY RAJ934 on | June 2, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    HAFEEZ MUST LEARN FROM BROAD WHO ALWAYS ENCOURAGE GOOD PLAYERS LIKE KEVIN PETERSEN HAFEEZ HAS TO SUPPORT AFRIDI IN BALLING AND BATTING DEPT HAFEEZ MUST QUIT HIS BALLING AS HE IS UNDER PRESSURE AND AFRIDI IS THE ONLY PLAYER WHO CAN RESCUE HIM.....

  • POSTED BY T.R.GHANCHI on | June 2, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Good win Srilanka! I am a Pakistani supporter and i did not feel bad after losing to srilanka. They like our brothers so chill out people, lets enjoy this series and respect each other and the teams.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 2, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    welldone team srilanka,we are always forever with you!!!!

  • POSTED BY BABashar on | June 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Its not an encouraging start for an skipper with limited potentials. His overall performance never deserved him the captaincy with the exception of couple of performances against weaker oppositions like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. I don't understand the philosophy beyond his selection to lead such a team with high class wicket taking bowlers and strong batting line up.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | June 2, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    sl fans don't be happy for winning this t20 .pak will definetly come back hard at sl.i'm confident that they will beat sl in next match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    For Pakistan there is no need to panic by this defeat. Pakistan traditionally always a slow starter. The new Captain, recall of old guards and insertion of new blood inducted is not a settled combination. Team building process is going on, so don't loose heart. Keep going Pak team. Nothing is taken away from Team Sri Lanka for their all round performance. Congratulation.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | June 2, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    This is usually the way Pakistan starts. They become noticed only at the QFs. But it is important for Sri Lanka to look for the reasons of their low score.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    I think toss also played vital role in the match, if Pakistan batted first, the match belonged to Pakistan. Totally bad luck for Pakistan in such a pitch which is a bowler's paradise. Hope Pakistan will make superb comeback in next match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    when pressure was climbing & pak need to score 8 runs per over what would you expect Afridi to do at that stage? this is his style of play & so many times he released pressure by hitting on or two boundaries early in his innings & then he usually start playing careful.unfortunately i didn't happen yesterday. but i must criticize the decision taken by PCB to made Hafeez captain & bring back sami in the squad...world cup is on the corner & we are experimenting with the new captains & player, what is this rubbish? cruel forces never let pakistan cricket to settle at any stage of cricket....only the time of Afridi's captaincy was wonderful, he was mercurial, enthusiastic & inspiration as well. moreover, don,t forget it was shahid Afridi who single handedly won pakistan T20 world cup & many crucial matches. remember he has been man of the match in record 28 matches, none of the pakistan's current or past players ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    What a Debut For Me....If You Asking What Is "Com back" Ask Shrewd Mahela!!! What Amazing Support For The Lions!! Incredible Team Spirit!! Lions Hunt Started!!

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | June 2, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    too early to start judging hafeez's captaincy. One of the gretest captains ever Mark Taylor also got a pair in his first test match as a captain.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Congrataz SL!!!!!! The Main Point of Yesterday Match was All 11 SL Players had a Batting Ability.That`s why they returned back after early loss,,That`s good enough T20 line up to SL for upcoming WC.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | June 2, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    miserable life for a pak fan without misbah .

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | June 2, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    not totally unexpected !

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | June 2, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    ha ha ha ha ha what a start !!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Well done SL, we deserve the win by total allround performance

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 2, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, dont under estimate Pakistan! They will come down hard. Our batting is better than theirs but their bowling is far better. Remember Sri Lanka's has won 9 test against Pakistan and 6 out of them have been in Pakistan. So tests could well be 1-1 or 2-1 for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    GIVE THEM SOME TIME!!! They are a good bunch. Hopefully Pak will play the same XI and know if these 11 players are good enough for the WorldT20 cup

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 2, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @priceless1, what nonsense are you talking! SL batting is the 2nd best in the region! Our batting is by all means better than Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY PakCricSpin on | June 2, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Pakistan just has a team filled with newbies. Such a loss is not unexpected. They will need some time to mature and gel together. Some of the criticism here is simply unwarranted, given the freshness of the Pakistani team. Its alright. Let them play cricket. Sri Lanka as expected played excellent. Its all good.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    guys credit should go to their great field. we saw some stunning efforts from sri lankans almost after time of romshan mahanama, upul chandana left. love to recall that time.there was a time we were defending very small totals with fielding against giants .that is how we came to front . it is nice to see some juniors take the lead. let them do the same. we just remember how arjuna, aravinda give front line to mahela, sanga at their last years. let it be. let lahiru, chndimal, anjelo, thisara take front places now. better to sanga and mahela to go back until 5,6 in the next match and make use the young talents on top.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    very lucky to have got 2 wickets in the first over.that was the key to the win.mahela handled the situation brilliantly. Sanga should drop down the order to have a more stable middle order and have Chandimal and Thirimanne promoted.Tisara as always do the job for you when given a chance.This is the ideal team for the ODI as well. Never under estimate Pakistan. That Gul guy sure will come up with a superlative figures in the next match. Congrats SL.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Congrats to the Sri-Lankan side. Wining and losing is part of the game. What is important is that the Pakistani side rectifies some of their mistakes and makes sure they don't repeat it in their next match. Better luck next time.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | June 2, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    I am happy that Misbah is out of the T2020 team, it's better to play T2020 like it should be and lose it. There is nothing wrong in losing a match but i don't like when misbah play T2020 like test match. No to Misbah.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    This is a perfect team for T20, I am not in favor of hafeez to play but I guess if pcb has made a worst decision then this should be t20 team for up coming world cup if Pakistan wana win. If they wana loose then they can play with the same team that they played today against lankans. My team for t20 world cup ( i wish no hafeez)

    Nazir/Nasir Shahzad Hafeez Malik Razzaq Hamad Afridi/Azhar Mahmood Sarfaraz/Shakeel Ansar ajmal Sami Junaid khan/Riyaz

  • POSTED BY Thusha2744 on | June 2, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    The credit should go the the Mahela Jayawardene. Incredible captaincy. It was great that set fielders/changing bowlers/booming team's moral & so on.......

  • POSTED BY cricketistheway on | June 2, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Completely baffled by selection of Shoaib malik, Shakeel Ansar, Sami. This new policy of giving chances to a 32 year old fast bowler (Cheema) and 33 years old wicketkeeper means we will be looking for replacements in couple of years. Besides, the keeper was nowhere near international standard. Our selectors need to understand international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Firstly, Kudos to the SL side; they played exceptionally well. I think the pitch was tough to bat on but SL did well to accumulate some handy runs at the later stages. Personally, I feel that Pakistani's team selection does not make much sense; Malik, Sami!! Anyway, the new team should be given time to settle. Looking forward to watching some good competitive Cricket this series. Good luck to SL and Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | June 2, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    well,sl thrash pak although i never expected it but credit goes to sl bowlers.they were also helped by ordinary batting from pak.hope pak will comeback stronger in the next matches.

  • POSTED BY Muralibomb on | June 2, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Thats what I love about the Sri Lakan cricket. It's not the win it's the way we win we have such a fighting spirit. Perea's quick thirty two. All the bowlers were fighting from the start. That's proven by the first over. Also our score wasn't even a very high score and we still won.

  • POSTED BY mohammedshuja on | June 2, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Pakistan has to play specialists for all the three formats. If I was given to choose the team for the 3 formats my teams would be. T20i. 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Imran Nazir 3) Kamran Akmal (wk) 4) Umer Akmal 5) Mohammad Hafeez 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Abdul Razzaq 8) Hammad Azam 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Umer Gul 11) Sadaf Hussain. 12) Asad Shafiq 13) Sohail Tanvir 14) Yasir Arafat 15) Shahzaib Hossain ODI: 1) Ahmed Shehzad 2) Asad Shafiq 3) Younis Khan 4) Umer Akmal 5) Mohammaed Hafeez 6) Kamran Akmal(wk) 7) Shahid Afridi 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Umer Gul 10) Saeed Ajmal 11) Sadaf Hussain 12) Junaid Khan 13) Shoaib Malik 14) Imran Nazir 15) Nasir Jamshed TESTS: 1) Mohammed Hafeez 2) Toufeeq Umer 3) Azhar Ali 4) Mohammad Yousuf 5) Younis Khan 6) Misbah ul Haq 7)Zulqarnain Hyder (wk) 8) Abdul Rehman 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Mohammad Talha 11) Junaid Khan 12 ) Nasir Jamshed 13) Umer Gul l 14) Fawad Alam 15) Yasir Hameed

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Pakistan's woes in T20 continue, despite the retirement of Misbah. Misbah actually had a good record as captain in T20 and people were calling for his head because he was too slow. Now since he is gone and Pakistan fans have got what they asked for, will Misbah come out of T20 retirement and help Pakistan level the series?

  • POSTED BY Andrabi10 on | June 2, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    take out khalid latif bring in asad shafique;take out sami bring in cheema umar akmal is WK if he fails bring back shakeel ansar and replace him with asad shafique :d selectors cum on lets win the 2nd t20!!!!!

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | June 2, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    @yorkslanka you're right, Mahela should be proud of the performance he gets out of his team, which was not something Dilshan excelled at. Losing the captaincy ought to help his own game too. Big win for SL, wish Pakistan sort out their selection issues quickly (particularly the joke that is Shoaib Malik). Where are Azam, Razzaq, Azhar, Zia, Misbah, Rehman? Why did they not choose a single dependable batsman when they are known for batting collapses? Why has Hafeez not addressed his poor batting form of the last 5 months? Did they really think they picked a team that was capable of beating a full-strength Sri Lanka? Terrible for the series if the matches are so uncompetitive.

  • POSTED BY kandykolla on | June 2, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    I was so impressed by the writer mentioning the two Josephians Thissara and Angelo !! Another Josa boy is Chaminda Vaas ! Sri Lankans are so proud of their respective Alma mater , let it be from the village or from cities !!( We have a rugger match with these Josa boys today !!) Well done writer for studying the Lankan values !!

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    I squarely blame the IPL for the bad performance of Sri Lankans; I totally blame the IPL for the Pakistan team's performance;LOL. I think BCCI conspired against Pakistan by ensuring that Shahid bowled 2 overs only. It is Tendulkar's fault as well.Ha Ha:)

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I'm not disappointed by the Lost but what the pathetic team SELECTION, i really can't believe how the players like Khalid latif, Malik and Sami gets the chance again and again and the Players like hammad azam and Asad Shafiq (proven best batsman in current line up) ignored all the time ?? This is really a biased and pathetic Playing X! selection. According to me Pak team for T20 should be 1-Hafeez, 2-Ahmed shehzad, 3-Umar akmal, 4-Asad shafiq, 5-Haris sohail, 6-Hammad azam, 7-Afridi, 8-Shakil ansar(wk), 9-tanvir, 10-Gul, 11-Ajmal.

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    all u guys are scolding afridi but as a srilankan supporter i really admire his bowling capacity let alone the batting. i think he shud be in the team to support ur bowling. anyways its jst my thought.loved our guys fielding gave me goosebumps.cheers

  • POSTED BY on | June 2, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka will firm up and win this year's World T20 - their first success after a long time in a major final- having lost World Cup, CB Series etc (against Aus although better team for that tournament); then Asia cup etc

  • POSTED BY Nadir_Khan on | June 2, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Why Shahid Afridi only given 2 overs to bowl? Bad captaincy from Hafeez.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 1, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    MR. IQBAL QASIM & WATMORE, pakistan does not need a third seemer in T20. You need to have two specialist bowlers in Said Ajmal and Umar Gul/Cheema. Sami's place must go to AZHAR MAHMOOD who is a good T20 bowler and a stable contributer in batting. KAMRAN AKMAL still is the best option available in T20s. Khaled Latif must be replaced by Nasir Jamshed. After losing Misbah & Younis, there is no one to hold the batting together. Shoaib Malik is a burdon on this team. For WC it got to be (1) Hafeez (2) Ahmad Shehzad (3) Nasir Jamshed (4) Umar Akmal (5) Haris (6) Kamran Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Azhar Mahmood (9) Sohail Tanveer/Hammad (10) Umar Gul/Cheema (11) Ajmal (12) Imran Nazir (13) Hasan Raza. Pakistan while chasing in ODI or T20 should stop batting so slow in first half of the overs and the expect allrounders to score at 10 or 11 in last overs. This has been happening for two years now.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 1, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    They field like some street kids. have hand with glass bangles. Umar Gul can't even hold a ball cleanly. Compare their fielding with SL and you will the difference between professionals and amatures.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 1, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Something is clearly wrong in Pakistan team (1) Sami was never meant to be in the international cricket. He may perform a bit better in the next match but when a bowler after playing 15 years of top class cricket still can't control his line, then he should not even be selected in a first class cricket. (2) Shakeel's keeping made me name Kamran a superior keeper on all counts. I doubt his batting is up to the mark on the international scene (3) Shoaib Malik was never a top class batsman but since last couple of years, he is just no one. (4) Umar Gul should be a reserve bowler behind Cheema if you go by his recent form. He plays one good match to be instrumental in losing next few. (5) Khaled Latif needs to learn to pull properly before even considered in Pak camp.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    its a new look side and we should give them some time to settle. shakeel ansar was under pressure in his first game

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    And such people will never understand that how long a team will keep on carrying an Old DOG ( 38 years old ) , a team cannot win every matches but this youngster team will build very quickly and they will be mature as series progress......

  • POSTED BY hasnain1212 on | June 1, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    there are many matches left people... today pakistan was a bit unlucky... they will show you in the upcoming matches.... =p

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    hahaha pakistan have own the match!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    As a Pakistani supporter, all i can say is that was a truly amateur performance. The looked like a bunch if kids out there.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    It's only the first match, no need to panic folks. There are still a lot of matches left to be played. Furthermore, SL is a very good side at home. Pakistan will have to perform really well to win the remaining matches. Anyway, this Pakistani sides bowling is excellent but the batting needs to improve. Some of the new batsmans needs to be given time to get used to international Cricket. Anyway, well played SL.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    nice to see the lions winning. :D was a fabulous all round effort from the team, but we need to improve our batting a bit more and also incorporate new youngsters at the top of the order :) nhow best of luck for both the teams and im sure the paks will give us a run in the next one !!

    a lankan fan

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | June 1, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    good to see SL back to our winning ways - amazing what havng a good captain can do isnt it?dont get me wrong, dilly is a good player but not captain material...people should not underate Pakistan, they are a good team and will be a good bet for the worldT20( if we dont win it)..keep going SL and hard luck this time to our Pakistani brothers...

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    A team is not as good as its coach but a coach is as good as his team...

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 1, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    I miss Misbah. I miss Misbah. I miss Misbah. Did I say it clearly? We need his discipline.

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 1, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    @Nadeem1976. What senior players would you like to be considered? Afridi? He is the most fickle of performers himself. The only senior player worthy of captainship is Misbah and I believe he was pressured out due to fans who don't understand what sound cricket strategy is. There is no other senior player who fits. Now that the decision is made we need to give Hafeez a chance and the other players, young and mature, need to fall in line and perform or they should be axed no matter how much hyped they are (hint: first name starts with A).

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    Do one thing. Throw the over-rated Shahid Afridi out and bring in his place Hamad Azam. Sarfraz Ahmed was doing fine job so Pakistan selectors brought in Shakeel Ansar who left a stump and got out first ball. Forget it, as long as we are stuck with big names such as Afridi, Hafeez- and such selectors, we are not going to win a single match.

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 1, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Well well well... What do the Mohammad Sami supporters have to say now? He isn't cut out for international cricket anymore. This lineup was attrocious. The XI should be 1.) Mohammad Hafeez (C) 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Umar Akmal 4.) Haris Sohail 5.) Hammad Azam 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Shakeel Ansar (WK) 8.) Sohail Tanvir 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Raza Hasan How many times do I have to say this, no more of Mohammad Sami in international cricket! Same with Tuk Tuk Shoaib Malik. He has lost his touch. We need to move forward and play for a tie in the series. I'm not sure if Dave Whatmore is a batting coach or just a head coach, but we need a batting coach that can teach Pakistan on how to play the game accordingly. Our routine is to have 15 runs on the board when 5-8 overs are gone. Listen, maidens should NEVER be played in T20 when chasing the target. Ahmed Shehzad has proven that he deserves his spot.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    At Sinhaya - Dont forget Upul tharanga..HE is a MUST in ODIS..This team is good for T20s but for ODIs we need a one more batsman

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    SL should win this T 20s 2-0 , ODIs 5-0 , and TESTS 3-0..Pakistan is a poor team and their batting is no where near SL batting lineup

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | June 1, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    I thought SL batting is the worse in the region , but after seeing this i don't know how to describe Pakistani batting..

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 1, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    @Sehwagologist. Being a Pakistani all I can say is the likes of Fazal Mehmood very early on laid the foundation of good seam bowling which was then followed by Imran and that made every pakistani boy dream of bowling like them. IIt also requires a certain level of aggression and boy do we have plenty of that. Spin has not had the same level of legends but the asian pitch conditions naturally produce good spinners, so that should not be a surprise.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | June 1, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Still don't understand why PCB made Hafeez the captain when Senior players are still playing for Pakistan. Performance like this from Pakistani team was expected. Hafeez will never get senior players support because WC is so close and every senior player want to be captain of the team for WC. Sad to see Hafeez is going to lose this series easily.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    so far so good. Big size cricket field good for T20, Hard & bouncy pitch so 120~130 is very good score for SriLanka

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | June 1, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    ohh dear........................................................

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 1, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Sri Lanka should stick to this same XI for the ODIs. But might as well drop Kaushal Lokuarachchi if needed to make way for Isuru Udana or Nuwan Pradeep. Pakistani bowling was no doubt better than ours but their batting let them down. For those who said Sri Lanka wont stand a chance, learn a lesson now

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    dont wory kep it up.......

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Today our hero Thisara Perera.Thisara Perera's best fielding & bating performance...

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | June 1, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    WHAT A PATHETIC START OF SERIES FOR PAKISTAN!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    poor performances by both teams.this will not be good for ICC T20.

  • POSTED BY landsite on | June 1, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    This is the Pakistan we know,you can hate them to-day and love them the next match they play.Pakistan have been recently showing signs of weakness in LO cricket and I cant see them being a threat in the T/20 WC or even the 50 over WC.

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | June 1, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    oh boy when terrible is the name of the game! This batting line up of Pakistan is a big LOL. The keeper average is around 15, how come he got chance? Shoaib Malik's footwork and balance was all wrong. The positive was Sohail Tanvir's bowling, otherwise the selectors need to put up a good team for to be Pakistan even be slightly competetive in International T20. Only a good bowling line up cant win right? Also needs a decent battling line up.

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | June 1, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Bad luck pakistan but I wont judge them with this loss they are the most successful T20 international not for nothing its a bit inexpericed lineup but mercurial neverthless- an ardent indian cricket fan envious of pak bowling stocks which are never ending would love what is the gift in them that they produce talented quicks and spinner hhopefully i would get an answer and not abuse

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    let me set batting order hafeez and shehxad to open then umer akmal one down afridi two down. give your match winning players maximum overs this is what waseem akram did in 99 world cup and what younus khan did in 2009

  • POSTED BY NipunaLaksitha on | June 1, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Yeah.......! That's how its done...... Sri lanka is the best, no Ajmal can shake Lions of this island.... Go Sri Lanka Go......!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Whole pak team plays around Misbah result would be different. Without great captain Pak are looser. Bad lecture from Professor. We love you Misbah-ul-haq. Imran awan from Haripur Hazara KPK

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Pakistan has usually bowled well in recent times.It is the batting which has let us down. Umar akmal playing so down the order is beyond me and so is the mediocre shot selection of Afridi given that he is the most experienced player in the team right now.I thought Haris sohail is a better option instead of Khalid lateef. Well let's see how the series unfolds...

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    There were so many award presented. Honestly, I feel Kula deserved at least one of it..

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | June 1, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    This is what happens when you have 4th rate 5th rate players in the team who will not even make it to BPL forget about any national team. If you cant give Afridi his quota of overs dont bother playing him.

  • POSTED BY farooqee on | June 1, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    The only difference b/w this eleven and the previous one is Misbah.He is a match winning captain. if u have any doubt about my comment,please check his captaincy record. His captaincy record is better even imran khan.He provided this side stability & the habit of winning. he can b changed after T-twenty world cup but not at this crucial stage. Misbah : v miss u in T-Twenty.

  • POSTED BY suve on | June 1, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Brilliant performance by SL, the pitch was good and 160 would of been a good score but Sri lanka's Bowling and Fielding was outstanding. Angelo's spell was brilliant and well backed up by all the bowlers. If Thisara could improve his Bowling a little more, he would become a very good allrounder alongside with Mathews. This tour is going to be very fun to watch. Im sure Pakistan will come back hard in the next match.

  • POSTED BY Hate.ME on | June 1, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    What a professional performance by SL especially the bowlers. Perera gave just the tonic SL needed @ the end to take them to 130. And then SL bowlers made sure they just do the needful. Kulasekra, U Rock ! Pak batsmen proved yet again they are ordinary except Younis and Misbah, when ball swings and bowlers bowl in right channel i.e. outside the off stump, though I feel Pak bowling was excellent as usual, Ajmal is in such ZONE where he picks wickets at will. It is Pak batsmen that generally let them down as they don't have right technique unlike Misbah and Younis or even Hafeez to some extent. Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga will have to make sure they don't lose their wickets early as there is always a danger of batting collapse if this trio fails. Waiting for my favourite CHandimal to show what he really is. Bring it on !!

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | June 1, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    What a Classy allround performance by Sri Lanka. Almost everyone in the team contributed at one stage. The fielding was brilliant too. Matthews could of had figures of 4 overs 3 wickets for 4 runs, if Chandimal did a little better in the field. It's really nice to see the younger players do well too (Perera, Matthews, Thirimanne, Sachithra)

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    pakistan very disappointing! SMH

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 1, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    I think this article is not giving credit to the quality of bowling, albeit in helpful conditions. This is not a flat track where bowlers have no chance. Is was a tough wicket to bat on and the better batting side won.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    what an garbage game and garbage performance by pakistan...it was as if i was watching a junior cricket match...horrible...they better wake up and get things together for the next game other wise there are some serious changes required..

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    This is team srilanka I love SL

  • POSTED BY S.S.H.K on | June 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    For Misbah's haters..... It was always easy to blame Misbah 4 Pakistan's losses even though the other 10 players never supported him in batting..........now Misbah is not in T20, so who will be the next scapegoat??????????maybe Ahmed Shehzad 4 guarding one end, like misbah used 2 do.....

  • POSTED BY Bangla_Boys on | June 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    What type of cricket is playing by srilanka and pakistan in SL? What type of pitch in Habontota, historically quite boring cricket for the viewers across the world. Very unstatisfied in tv watching ? Poor quality cricket.

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Ahhh. Lost in Pakistani fashion. I miss Misbah already. We should have kept him in the team at minimum. Without him we are back to the same recklessness as in the past. I rarely criticize the team selection, but this one is puzzling. Ansar picked to play T20 based on a single local performance, when we should be focusing on the worldcup prep. And 4 specialist bowlers. Really? Back to the lack of steadiness, when I think about this team there is not a single batsman who can play with a mature mindset.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    it's a bowlers game..congratz sri lanka...

  • POSTED BY surathvictor on | June 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    There were Sri Lankan cricket fans who were criticizing malinga & mathews for not performing for national side, but performing well for IPL..For them, malinga & mathews gave a very good reply today. Well done....

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Shut up call for the critics of Misbah.....now he was not in the team and v still managed poor runrate, moreover all team out at mere 97..... if Misbah wud hv been there than atleast match wud hav gone closer...............now who want to eliminate misbah out of ODIs... want to tell them if Misbah is not in ODI than Pak team will come in Pavilion in jst 30 ovz........Misbah gives stability and keeps one end tight with less or no wkts falling............

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Great show by Perera and Mathews! However batting is still a concern for SL as all top three went cheaply. SL fielding seems outstanding. With this team, SL will be strong contestants for T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    must win for sri lanka to return back in winning form

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 1, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Now I feel bad about not having any Pak players in the IPL. As a CSK fan, I loved to have had a few of them in KKR side!!

  • POSTED BY rockhardabz on | June 1, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    can't believe how pakistan threw away that game, painful to watch.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 1, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    i dont agree with this talk that players get match wining practice from ipl bpl ppl or slpl or whatever. if this was tru india would have won all 3 t20 cups or in finals of all 3. last ipl was just before t20 cups.even this match most of league players didnt performed too well.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    very poor from pakistans specially all the come back men, only ahmed shehzad stayed a bit longer. rest of them very poor. khalid latif havent got 20 over strike rate more than 100. you cant pick only on basis of bpl. sami failed as ever. shoiab malik always good in domestic for past many years but international comebacks very poor.

    afridi & akmal played iresponsibly as usual. umar gul was also expensive. pakistan should have played hamad azam or 1 more batsman. they didnt even bowled malik & afrid also not bowled full.they badly need a batting medium pace allrounder. even hamad can bowl an over or two for 10 runs like sami

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  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    very poor from pakistans specially all the come back men, only ahmed shehzad stayed a bit longer. rest of them very poor. khalid latif havent got 20 over strike rate more than 100. you cant pick only on basis of bpl. sami failed as ever. shoiab malik always good in domestic for past many years but international comebacks very poor.

    afridi & akmal played iresponsibly as usual. umar gul was also expensive. pakistan should have played hamad azam or 1 more batsman. they didnt even bowled malik & afrid also not bowled full.they badly need a batting medium pace allrounder. even hamad can bowl an over or two for 10 runs like sami

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 1, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    i dont agree with this talk that players get match wining practice from ipl bpl ppl or slpl or whatever. if this was tru india would have won all 3 t20 cups or in finals of all 3. last ipl was just before t20 cups.even this match most of league players didnt performed too well.

  • POSTED BY rockhardabz on | June 1, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    can't believe how pakistan threw away that game, painful to watch.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 1, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Now I feel bad about not having any Pak players in the IPL. As a CSK fan, I loved to have had a few of them in KKR side!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    must win for sri lanka to return back in winning form

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Great show by Perera and Mathews! However batting is still a concern for SL as all top three went cheaply. SL fielding seems outstanding. With this team, SL will be strong contestants for T20 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Shut up call for the critics of Misbah.....now he was not in the team and v still managed poor runrate, moreover all team out at mere 97..... if Misbah wud hv been there than atleast match wud hav gone closer...............now who want to eliminate misbah out of ODIs... want to tell them if Misbah is not in ODI than Pak team will come in Pavilion in jst 30 ovz........Misbah gives stability and keeps one end tight with less or no wkts falling............

  • POSTED BY surathvictor on | June 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    There were Sri Lankan cricket fans who were criticizing malinga & mathews for not performing for national side, but performing well for IPL..For them, malinga & mathews gave a very good reply today. Well done....

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    it's a bowlers game..congratz sri lanka...

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Ahhh. Lost in Pakistani fashion. I miss Misbah already. We should have kept him in the team at minimum. Without him we are back to the same recklessness as in the past. I rarely criticize the team selection, but this one is puzzling. Ansar picked to play T20 based on a single local performance, when we should be focusing on the worldcup prep. And 4 specialist bowlers. Really? Back to the lack of steadiness, when I think about this team there is not a single batsman who can play with a mature mindset.