Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Hambantota June 2, 2012

Pakistan aim to square series

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Match facts

Sunday, June 3, 2012
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan landed in Sri Lanka with a new captain and a new coaching set-up. But then some old problems returned to trouble them. In the tour opener, the Pakistan batsmen squandered a good opportunity to take a lead in the two-match series. On Sunday, they can at best aim to square the series.

Pakistan have enough ability and experience in their ranks to bounce back. For that to happen, the batsmen will need to play a tighter game and rotate the strike more often - they played out 60 dot balls in their innings and crawled to 23 during the Powerplay overs.

Pakistan's bowlers were steady until the last few overs. However, the decision to play Mohammad Sami in the XI did raise a few questions. Players like Yasir Arafat and Hammad Azam, who are only part of the Twenty20 squad, could have been tested ahead of Sami, who has also been picked for the five-match ODI series.

Sri Lanka didn't play a great game, but were just a notch better - Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews made the difference. Sri Lanka's top-order trio which sporadically fired in the IPL, failed on Friday night. However, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara are as good as any in world cricket and if they can find some form, the talented middle order can put Pakistan under pressure on a slow pitch.

After a thumping win, Sri Lanka chose to stay away from practice on Saturday, while the Pakistan team trained in the evening. The match is expected to draw better crowds on Sunday as Monday is a public holiday in Sri Lanka.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Pakistan: LLLWW
Sri Lanka: WLWWW

Players to watch

Angelo Mathews had a forgettable IPL season with Pune Warriors. But he did bowl regularly in the tournament, his injury concerns taking a back seat. That experience seemed to help as Mathews bowled a mean spell on Friday. One of the most talented allrounders around, Mathews would look to translate his bowling success to his batting.

Like Mathews, Pakistan's Umar Akmal oozes talent. In the last year, though, he has lost his place in the Test team. But with his hard-hitting and technically-sound batting style, he continues to be a dangerous player in the shorter formats.

Team news

Pakistan's three allrounders - Hafeez, Afridi and Shoaib Malik - are more than handy given the conditions in Sri Lanka and with Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal being automatic choices, Pakistan could consider going for a batsman.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Khalid Latif/Haris Sohail, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Shakeel Ansar (wk), 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Mohammad Sami/Hammad Azam/Yasir Arafat, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Ajmal.

Sri Lanka may field the same XI that won on Friday.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Dinesh Chandimal, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Thisara Perera, 7 Lahiru Thirimanne, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Kaushal Lokuarachchi, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11. Sachithra Senanayake.

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan and Sri Lanka have played each other eight times in T20Is, with Pakistan winning five.
  • Shoaib Malik is the leading run-scorer in Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20Is with 195 runs.

Quotes

"A score of 132 was still chaseable but if your main batsmen fail then it's very difficult to win such games."
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez blamed the batsmen for the loss in the first T20I.

"I have enjoyed a fair amount of success as an opener in Twenty20, but my presence at the top depends on the team combination."
Mahela Jayawardene

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor with ESPNcricinfo

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  • awesomemantra on June 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan need consistent batsmen who won't collapse 4 out of 7 times if they wan't to have a chance to square up the series in hambantota . Why are shoaib malik , Mohammed sami , and shakeel ansar playing ? I know ansar is keeper , but can't you bring k akmal in to keep wicket . As for Sri Lanka they played well defending a paltry total , especially mathews , malinga , and kulasekara w/ the ball and debutants thirimanne , lokuarachi and senanayake . Sri Lanka should field the exact same playing 11 as last time , but jayawardene , sangakkara , dilshan , and mathews need to fire with the bat too , and chandimal should look to have a better impact in the next match . Both sides might want to try something new in preparation for the world t20 in Sri Lanka in October . Maybe Sri Lanka should give chamara silva , kapugedara , and both jeevan and ajantha mendis' another chance to prove themselves before the t20 world cup . And Pakistan could give misbah , younus , Arafat , and azam achance

  • on June 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    this should be a very interesting series . im waiting to see the five match ODI series. where is razzak,unis khan & misba. can we see them in the ODIs ?????

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 3, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    its too early to say but i this gota change this team quickly.. shakeel ansar, khalid latif and shoab malik is crap.. sohail tanvir is very ordinary and he was lucky to get three wickets in match.. batting was disgracefull.. you are not playing ur best 11.. for next mactch atleat change shakeel ansar with umer akmal with gloves.. bring haris sohail in along with hammad azam.. but as you dont have much choice in this worst sqaud get any of malik or khalid latif in as well. (ideally asad shafeeq was very suitable in middle order)

  • AMAZINGFAN on June 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @ilub.chandimal,pak is not an ordinary side.they are good team who are on their way to become no.1 team in the world.pak beat eng 3-0 in last series.sl drew the series with eng.they can't even beat eng even on a turning pitch.agreed pak lost 1st t20 but they will definitely comeback in this match and will win this match for sure.

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Drop sami, bring in Hammad Azam. Let Umar play at 3 or 4. Let Shakeel WK to play down. May God help Shoib Malik

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Afridi is not happy with captaincy of Hafeez which he showed by his negative body language in last match and he is trying to make a lobby again with akmal and that is not good akmal is full of talent n foolishness coz he should not folloe afridi coz he has achieved the maximum which he could now he is declining while its start of u.Akmal n he is destroying himself n making Pakistan suffer with ALL this

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    In Shah ALLAH Pakistan are win the t20 2nd vs sri lanka

  • MRPakistani69 on June 3, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    i agreed with most of them. best t20 players en allrouder imran nazir and razzaq are wat pakistan need. just waste of talant. i cannot understand pakistan slectors.

  • Vibhanu on June 3, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Although Mahela Jayawardane said his presence at the top depended on the team combination, I don't think he should change his position.As an opener he's been successful both one day and T20 format.Even in IPL 2012 he scored two half centuries as an opener in quick time, from few chances he got as an opener.I doubt Chandimal as a T20 player because he can't hold his nerves well.He dropped two catches an wasted 15 balls to take 9 runs plus, given away his wicket as a school boy.I tense situations he always showed incompetent attitude as an international player recently. Sri Lanka must check Kapugedara because if he finds his form then they can find a team combination which cannot be beaten easily.Hope everyone remembers last ball win over India in last T20 world cup where Kapu was on fire.

  • on June 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Why Shoaib i Playing????????????????????????????? Where is (Chief Selector) Iqbal Qasim?????? Why Abdul Razaaq or Imran Nazeer is not playing in T20 Formats????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • awesomemantra on June 3, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan need consistent batsmen who won't collapse 4 out of 7 times if they wan't to have a chance to square up the series in hambantota . Why are shoaib malik , Mohammed sami , and shakeel ansar playing ? I know ansar is keeper , but can't you bring k akmal in to keep wicket . As for Sri Lanka they played well defending a paltry total , especially mathews , malinga , and kulasekara w/ the ball and debutants thirimanne , lokuarachi and senanayake . Sri Lanka should field the exact same playing 11 as last time , but jayawardene , sangakkara , dilshan , and mathews need to fire with the bat too , and chandimal should look to have a better impact in the next match . Both sides might want to try something new in preparation for the world t20 in Sri Lanka in October . Maybe Sri Lanka should give chamara silva , kapugedara , and both jeevan and ajantha mendis' another chance to prove themselves before the t20 world cup . And Pakistan could give misbah , younus , Arafat , and azam achance

  • on June 3, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    this should be a very interesting series . im waiting to see the five match ODI series. where is razzak,unis khan & misba. can we see them in the ODIs ?????

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 3, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    its too early to say but i this gota change this team quickly.. shakeel ansar, khalid latif and shoab malik is crap.. sohail tanvir is very ordinary and he was lucky to get three wickets in match.. batting was disgracefull.. you are not playing ur best 11.. for next mactch atleat change shakeel ansar with umer akmal with gloves.. bring haris sohail in along with hammad azam.. but as you dont have much choice in this worst sqaud get any of malik or khalid latif in as well. (ideally asad shafeeq was very suitable in middle order)

  • AMAZINGFAN on June 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @ilub.chandimal,pak is not an ordinary side.they are good team who are on their way to become no.1 team in the world.pak beat eng 3-0 in last series.sl drew the series with eng.they can't even beat eng even on a turning pitch.agreed pak lost 1st t20 but they will definitely comeback in this match and will win this match for sure.

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Drop sami, bring in Hammad Azam. Let Umar play at 3 or 4. Let Shakeel WK to play down. May God help Shoib Malik

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Afridi is not happy with captaincy of Hafeez which he showed by his negative body language in last match and he is trying to make a lobby again with akmal and that is not good akmal is full of talent n foolishness coz he should not folloe afridi coz he has achieved the maximum which he could now he is declining while its start of u.Akmal n he is destroying himself n making Pakistan suffer with ALL this

  • on June 3, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    In Shah ALLAH Pakistan are win the t20 2nd vs sri lanka

  • MRPakistani69 on June 3, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    i agreed with most of them. best t20 players en allrouder imran nazir and razzaq are wat pakistan need. just waste of talant. i cannot understand pakistan slectors.

  • Vibhanu on June 3, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Although Mahela Jayawardane said his presence at the top depended on the team combination, I don't think he should change his position.As an opener he's been successful both one day and T20 format.Even in IPL 2012 he scored two half centuries as an opener in quick time, from few chances he got as an opener.I doubt Chandimal as a T20 player because he can't hold his nerves well.He dropped two catches an wasted 15 balls to take 9 runs plus, given away his wicket as a school boy.I tense situations he always showed incompetent attitude as an international player recently. Sri Lanka must check Kapugedara because if he finds his form then they can find a team combination which cannot be beaten easily.Hope everyone remembers last ball win over India in last T20 world cup where Kapu was on fire.

  • on June 3, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Why Shoaib i Playing????????????????????????????? Where is (Chief Selector) Iqbal Qasim?????? Why Abdul Razaaq or Imran Nazeer is not playing in T20 Formats????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • on June 3, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    hafeez is a good captain but he need time.

  • yorkslanka on June 3, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @Baundele- we are NOT out of form my friend, we have been, due to the poor captaincy of Dilshan but under Mahela, we have got back to winning ways...our youngsters are gaining form well also in terms of mathews,thirimanne,thissara ,and senanayake so we are shaping up well...

  • aakash12345 on June 3, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    my dream team for the w/cup is

    1.imran nazir

    2.nasir jamshed

    3.Ahmed shahzad

    4.hafeez

    5.Omar akmal

    6.kamran (wk)

    7. afridi

    8.razzaq

    9.gul

    10.tanvir

    11.ajmal 16 players total for wc 2012

    azhar mahmood,(allrounder)

    raza Hassan,(spinner)

    rahat ali,(fast)

    shah zaib,(opener)

    asad shafiq (middle order)

  • on June 3, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq and imran nazir should be included in the team...

  • Hate.ME on June 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    This Pak team is an ordinary one, Ajmal being an exception. Look @ their pathetic batting line-up, Except Hafeez no one plays proper cricketing shots. All sloggers. And who knows why this useless Shoaib Malik is in the team. He is ordinary in bowling. If he has been selected for his batting abilities then I must say, Pak don't have good batsmen in their domestic circuit. Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Misbah/Younis Khan should be in the team. Sohail Tanvir was lucky last match. Mark my word he will be hammered for plenty in upcoming matches. Dilshan / Sanga / Mahela should look to bat for 20 overs. 150 is confirmed then. If CHandimal or Matthews or Perera strikes even 180 is not difficult. All Sl bowlers have to do is to put ball in right area, the seam will do the rest. best of luck SL. Beat Pak team handsomely.

  • on June 3, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    First 2020 experiment over. Khalid Latif, Mohammed Sami and shakeel Ansar (cosidering he is as poor as umar akmal with the gloves) need to be replaced by Haris Sohail, Hammad Azam and Yasir Arafat. The batting in the First game was a disgrace and so was Sami's bowling in the initial overs, which gave the Sri Lankans impetus at the start. Its the age old comparison of Pakistan's wonderful and quite frequent bowling vs Pakistan's quite atrocious and always frequent batting collapses. Oh where, where, where are the batsman gone?

  • on June 3, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    SL have great chance of Winning this Tour ... SL have played More matches than pakistan during the past series ... also SL have more Match winners

  • on June 3, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    on which basis this shoaib malik guy is in team??if he is on the basis of distant past performances,then why NUMBER 1 odi allrounder of pakistan ever(razzaq) is out of team??i am sensing politics in team big time.iqbal qasim seems to be behind karachi guys like sami and khalid latif.asad shafiq is proven best young talent in pakistani batting,offcourse better than reckless umar akmal.my team for t20 world cup..1.imran nazir(automatic choice coz t20 is his format).2.hafeez(mainly as containing spinner who can hit some boundariesand now captain).3.afridi(that guy is brainless hitter and cant play under pressure.so give him freedom to play at top in powerplays).4.asad shafiq.5.umar akmal(keeper.coz he can maximum score 30,35 then he will throw his wicket.cant rely on him as specialist bat).6.malik.7.razzaq(born for t20).8.hammad.9.tanveer/aizaz.10.gul(best t20 bowler in world).11.ajmal(best offspinner in world).i bet this propsed team will be invincibles

  • Baundele on June 3, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Only Misbah could save Pakistan cricket and he is dropped. The best Pakistani batman (Yusuf) can not get the NOC even to play in the Bangladesh Domestic league. And people still think Afridi can win matches by his batting! Lankans are out of form; but Pakistani management is bad enough to ensure loss.

  • on June 3, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Hard luck captain your professary not work this time, poor team selection, no place for Sami, the old wicket keeper and as well as for Afaridi how never show his performance when team in trouble just playing the rash short. his bowling performance also decreasing day by day, where is the slogan of PCB > young players who performed in the domestic cricket will be given chance in the side. Is the new wicket keeper is young how long he going to keep the wicket, there is only choice for this place is Karachi wicket keeper who is the best one for all three type of cricket. the time is running out as the T-20 world series eminent and our board still experimenting , what shame is once we were world champion and now our position is below in the ranking

  • Rafelgibt on June 3, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    How Shoib Malik is in T20 team????Where is Imran Nazir????Really a doubtful team.>>>>>>>>>

  • surathvictor on June 3, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    I really don't know why Sri Lankan cricket fans criticize Malinga even if he performs well. Last friday he bowled well. Now they complain that he didn't bowl much yorkers like in IPL. They should remember that Malinga finished IPL as a player out of form where most of his wickets came in the first half of IPL. The last match he played for IPL was 0/41 in 4 overs. Therefore be happy that he took 2 wickets last friday and showing that he's willing to perform well for his country...

  • nafdan on June 3, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    @faizan thaver... ur team is good but u have too many allrounders...my 15 would be.. 1. nazir, 2. jamshed 3. hafeez, 4. malik, 5. u.akmal, 6. asad shafiq, 7. azam, 8. razzaq, 9.azhar mahmood, 10.gul 11. ajmal 12.afridi 13. tanvir, 14.raza hasan 15.kamran akmal

  • getsetgopk on June 3, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Pakistan will succeed in only two ways, Either make Afridi the captain or remove him from the team, period.

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    M agree with mr. faizan thaver.....

  • shamlaatu on June 3, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    There was hardly any excellence in Tanvi's bowling. All three wickets he got were not even close to a wicket taking ball. Batsmen played crappy strokes and he luckily picked three. Averages will catch up and if anyone of the SL top three batsmen fires up then u r looking at a score of 190+ if SL bats first. I am sure Tanvir will be butchered either way. Pakistan team with a few new comers and a couple of tried and tested failures looks no where near to be a world class side who could prove to be a challenge to beaten by any team in the coming T20 WC.

  • on June 3, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    my team of upcomg t 20 world cup is ,1.imran nazir 2.ahmed shezad.3.kamran akmal.4.umer akmal.5.afridi.6.malik.7.hafeez.8.hamad azam.9.sohail tanveer.10.umer gul.11.saeed jmal.

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Pak should win they have perfect team for 20/20 cricket give hafeez some time and arrange and sort batting order properly so that verybody knows his role

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Y they r picking player like khalid latif ,he doesnt have shots 2 play in ODI what he would do in T20 ....he shud be replaced by haris or azzam

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    even though we won the 1st match our batting was poor except tisara perera. Hambantota is bowling wicket. so we need more good batsmen.not more bowlers.because our batsmen are unpredictable.

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Where is Malinga's slinging yorker?he wasn't bowled a single in 1st t20.He isn't giving 100% his country.he Was completely different in IPL. Sad what money has done to the cricket.

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Insh-ALLAH! Pakistan will show some good stuff today. Hope, Pakistani batsmen will not miss the opportunities, and Gul & Afridi will come hard.

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Mohammed sami proved again that he is a world worst bowler and gave another lost to pakistan. He has given too many opportunities.Still pakistan selectors could not realize he is not good enough player for pakistan. Look his averages ( 35 test - 52.27 | 83 ODI - 28.44 | 4 T20 - 7 wickets but eco is 10.00 | 130 first class - 29.12 ). These stats shows he is not good bowler even in first class also and he is not consistent player too. He has only got speed which is not enough to perform in international cricket. He selected to this series bcoz he performed well in the last season. How we can identify a player's talent and consistency by considering one season. That's why pakistan still is a inconsistent team. When selecting players please consider their consistency also. This will surely make pakistan very consistent team the world.

  • on June 3, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka is taking things for grated, lucky for them they won the 1st t20, and now they haven't practiced on Saturday is going to be a big worry.They need to tighten all loose ends if they are to succeed in this format.Best of luck for SL.

  • on June 3, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    ahmed shahzhad is the big self fish player which he showed in bpl. When he hit the ball he want 2 runs when it is not possible but when the other batsman hit the at that time he dont want to take 2 runs. And in bpl it was the shortest boundary compare to ipl. And in 1 first match he just play to cement his play in the side. I know this all is negative comment but its the truth

  • on June 3, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    I would play three automatic t20 selection players: Ajmal, Hamad and Shazad. These are three match winners. @avmd sorry to rain on your parade Hamad is a winner and he will shine again. He is best bater in the team after Umar.I agree with @Faizan. We need to bring Rana, Imran Nazir, Razaq and Akmal. I didn't see any sense in Latif, Shakeel selection when players like Kamran, Abdul Razaq, Imran Nazir and Asad are sitting out. Imran Nazir alone can win a match in a hurry.

  • on June 3, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    common sri lanka take a good start and go ahead we can take t20 World cup

  • on June 3, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, errrrrrr that's highly ambicious. I would first recommend hoping for Sri Lanka to return to being as good as they were 5 years ago. All the players you have mentioned are good, potential talent, but there have been no indication whatsoever of forming a world class side, let alone a world dominating side! Without Murali, Sri Lanka is not half the team it was. It will take another miracle for them to return to top 3.

  • on June 3, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Lions Gonna Rock Today In Sha ALLAH!! 2-0 On The Cards!!

  • sl_supporter on June 3, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Which team win or lose, it really doesn't matter. Always matches between SL and Pakistan are played in very good spirit by two very good friendly nations. Good luck to both teams.

  • Shaun_wick on June 2, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    I think Sri Lankan team is well balance. Even Pakistan team also strong team too. So I guess 50-50 game. But comparing to talents SL team got including all youngsters and top class three seniors, I personally feel SL team is slightly in front...!

  • on June 2, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    h.azam should be included in place of khalid latif and r.hassan should get a chance in place of sami

  • Ra_Thore on June 2, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    SL will win tomorrow again...Insaallah....!

  • MAK123 on June 2, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Get rid of Sohail Tanveer and Muhammad Sami and bring in Yasir Arafat and Hammad Azam; things will fall in place automatically

  • on June 2, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    We will win this match and level the series.. we should go with the same lineup, hope they delivers this time. gl Pak !

  • hasnain1212 on June 2, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    pakistan will tommorow inshallah.... :)

  • on June 2, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Pakistan should do one or two change in the coming match hope they will win and level the series i think pakistan should go with these 15 players in the world20 squad 1.Imran Nazir 2.Ahmed Shahzad 3.Muhammad Hafeezl 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Shahid Afridi 6.Umar Akmal 7.Kamran Akmal 8.Abdul Razzak 9.Sohail Tanvir 10.Saeed Ajmal 11.Umar Gul 11.Rana Naveed Ul Hassan 12.Hammad Azam 13.Abdur Rahman 14.Asad Shafiq 15.Yasir Arafat in my opinion its a perfect squad for Pakistan to win the upcoming t20 worldcup

  • NAHEEM on June 2, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    tomorrow it will b the day of umar akmal and pak team we will the match.i m 1000%sure umar akmal will played superb inning n pak will level series..

  • avmd on June 2, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Yes, team had one bowler too many yesterday, let Haris play instead if Sami or Yasir Arfat, if needed an alrounder. But, no Hammad Azam, please, he is neither a batsman nor a bowler. Can someone tells me what is his role in the team. He batted well ony in under 19 WC, that was 2 years ago. This not under 19 cricket.

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Sami,Umar Akmal,Afridi just dont seem to learn from their mistakes !!!

  • khurramsch on June 2, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    all come back men have failed. malik was always good in domestic for past many seasons but international? khalid latif wasnt suppose to be t20. cant select players on basis of bpl. sami still problem exists that 1 good ball followed by many bad. they should develope a batting medium pace allrounder.hamad can bowl 1/2 overs for 10 runs like sami . should play hammad & haris for khalid & sami. malik didnt even bowled in last game so plenty of bowling options.umar should come up & where is the ahmed shezad who scored runs @ more than 110 SR in BPLs?

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    want to srr hamad azam in a line up as he is having bowling and batting ability . .wheras sami is only a pacer . .not useful in slow tracks of lanka

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Thirimanne is all class...Now SL have Chandimal, Thirimanne ,Bhanuka , Mathews and Tissara..All these are among the top 10 youngsters in world cricket..We certainly have the talent to construct an allmost unbeatable team in near future !

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Pakistan need a real wicket-keeeper batsmen. This new guy couldn't bat or keep! Even Umar Akmal can keep better than him! And I agree Sami has no place in this bowling line-up. We need proper batsmen. Poor Misbah who provided stability is gone. Slow and steady is needed when the entire team is getting bowled out for less than a 100.

  • Perera32 on June 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Jeevan Mendis should replace Lokuarachchi. I hope Mahela gets some runs because it's a delight to watch him play well. Im sure Pakistan will bounce back strongly in the next match. Should be a really good match unless it rains.

  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Hope Sri Lanka bat first and post 160 plus as that will put a lot of pressure on Pakistani batting. If Sri Lanka field first, must restrict Pakistan below 140.

  • on June 2, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Pakistan have been consistently bad in T20s, they'll probably lose this one and the ODI series too. Don't really care about pyjama cricket as long as they win the tests

  • on June 2, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Pak should win they have perfect team for 20/20 cricket after long time hope they do well!!

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Although Sri Lanka won that match, Lanka's batting is still a big concern. Even our best batters struggled to pick bowlers like Tanvir, Ajmal. Lankans must work hard to pick those bowlers

  • Abaa on June 2, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    If only Shahid Afridi could bat half as well as Watson or Kallis, he could easily be the best all-rounder in the whole world simply because his bowling is that good and everyone knows how capable he is with the ball ...

  • BustIPL on June 2, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Realy wonderful the first match real test of character. The competition between the countrysides and not the IPL and CLTs are real worth. The second match will also be a real fight. We need more competitive cricket and T20 has also proved to be so.

  • drsaadxb on June 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Pathetic team with pathetic performance. What is the point of puuting Hammad Azam in the team , if he has to warm the bench or fetch drinks. If the team wants to introduce new blood into the team , than why use spent forces like Sami / Malik / Latif ???. I have got no hope for this lot, no matter which coach they hire , if the selection system is flawed.....

  • Zahidsaltin on June 2, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Mohammad Sami is a waste just as he always been but Umar Gul can not just rely on reverse swing. He needs to check his line and length and find his yorkers back. His hot and cold bowling is a big concern. Its not enough to bowl a better spell once every 7 matches. And you cant keep him playing just because once upon a time, he was good. Let cheema take his place.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on June 2, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Just hope the Pakistani batsmen don't get bowled out for 75 runs again, and bring on another round of humiliation on their country.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Pakistan selectors must learn a few things here. (1) In ODi and T20 while chasing, pakistan has mostly lost because the top 4 batsmen bat at a very slow run rate and by doing so they creat a huge pressure on players like Umar Akmal and Afridi who always come in with a asking rate of around 10. And thus they fail while slogging. It is the same reason that Razaq lost his touch and the same is happening to Umar and Afridi. In the world cup PAKISTAN must play Afridi at 2 or 3 and Umar Akmal at 4. Lower order acceleration should be left to Kamran Akmal and Azhar Mahmood (2) Mohammad Sami, Shoib malik are not up to the ask and have been tried year after year.

  • farooqee on June 2, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    i predict the same will happen in the next game.Misbah captained in 46 matches in all formats and lost only 9 (including 6wins from 8 T-twenties). This is the best record for a captain in the cricket history of Pakistan. when u will remove such a successful captain,it will result in the same. My playing-11 for wc. 1. Shahid Afridi 2.Imran Nazir 3.Haris Sohail/Ahmad Shehzad 4.Misbah-ul-Haq(c) 5.MuhammadHafeez 6.Umar Akmal 7.Kamran Akmal/Sarfaraz Ahmad(wk) 8.Hammad Azam/Sohail Tanveer/Abdul Razzaq 9.Raza Hassan/Aizaz Cheema/Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal.11. Umar Gul

  • on June 2, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Should be a good game. Everyone talks about Thisara and Mathews but Lahiru Thirimanne's innings under pressure was very important and credit should be given to him as well.

  • just_chill_chill on June 2, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I am not sure which "batsmen" the author is talking about. Pakistani batters are at best high school level. The only way the Pakistani batters are going to do any better is if they borrow some batsmen from India.

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  • just_chill_chill on June 2, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    I am not sure which "batsmen" the author is talking about. Pakistani batters are at best high school level. The only way the Pakistani batters are going to do any better is if they borrow some batsmen from India.

  • on June 2, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Should be a good game. Everyone talks about Thisara and Mathews but Lahiru Thirimanne's innings under pressure was very important and credit should be given to him as well.

  • farooqee on June 2, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    i predict the same will happen in the next game.Misbah captained in 46 matches in all formats and lost only 9 (including 6wins from 8 T-twenties). This is the best record for a captain in the cricket history of Pakistan. when u will remove such a successful captain,it will result in the same. My playing-11 for wc. 1. Shahid Afridi 2.Imran Nazir 3.Haris Sohail/Ahmad Shehzad 4.Misbah-ul-Haq(c) 5.MuhammadHafeez 6.Umar Akmal 7.Kamran Akmal/Sarfaraz Ahmad(wk) 8.Hammad Azam/Sohail Tanveer/Abdul Razzaq 9.Raza Hassan/Aizaz Cheema/Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal.11. Umar Gul

  • Zahidsaltin on June 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Pakistan selectors must learn a few things here. (1) In ODi and T20 while chasing, pakistan has mostly lost because the top 4 batsmen bat at a very slow run rate and by doing so they creat a huge pressure on players like Umar Akmal and Afridi who always come in with a asking rate of around 10. And thus they fail while slogging. It is the same reason that Razaq lost his touch and the same is happening to Umar and Afridi. In the world cup PAKISTAN must play Afridi at 2 or 3 and Umar Akmal at 4. Lower order acceleration should be left to Kamran Akmal and Azhar Mahmood (2) Mohammad Sami, Shoib malik are not up to the ask and have been tried year after year.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on June 2, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Just hope the Pakistani batsmen don't get bowled out for 75 runs again, and bring on another round of humiliation on their country.

  • Zahidsaltin on June 2, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Mohammad Sami is a waste just as he always been but Umar Gul can not just rely on reverse swing. He needs to check his line and length and find his yorkers back. His hot and cold bowling is a big concern. Its not enough to bowl a better spell once every 7 matches. And you cant keep him playing just because once upon a time, he was good. Let cheema take his place.

  • drsaadxb on June 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Pathetic team with pathetic performance. What is the point of puuting Hammad Azam in the team , if he has to warm the bench or fetch drinks. If the team wants to introduce new blood into the team , than why use spent forces like Sami / Malik / Latif ???. I have got no hope for this lot, no matter which coach they hire , if the selection system is flawed.....

  • BustIPL on June 2, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Realy wonderful the first match real test of character. The competition between the countrysides and not the IPL and CLTs are real worth. The second match will also be a real fight. We need more competitive cricket and T20 has also proved to be so.

  • Abaa on June 2, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    If only Shahid Afridi could bat half as well as Watson or Kallis, he could easily be the best all-rounder in the whole world simply because his bowling is that good and everyone knows how capable he is with the ball ...

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Although Sri Lanka won that match, Lanka's batting is still a big concern. Even our best batters struggled to pick bowlers like Tanvir, Ajmal. Lankans must work hard to pick those bowlers