Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Hambantota June 3, 2012

All-round Shahid Afridi helps square series

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Pakistan 122 for 6 (Afridi 52*, Kulasekara 2-13) beat Sri Lanka 99 (Afridi 2-17) by 23 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Shahid Afridi rescued a limp Pakistan innings from despair and built his team a middling total with an aggressive half-century that was pragmatically constructed. He then proceeded to tenaciously defend his hard work, and by the time he was through with his spell, Sri Lanka had severely depleted resources to complete an arduous task. The upshot was that Pakistan left Hambantota with the series level at 1-1, and Afridi with his seventh Player-of-the-Match award, a Twenty20 record.

The second T20 played out in a manner remarkably similar to the first, two days ago, only with roles reversed. On Friday, Sri Lanka had chosen to bat and then collapsed, before a hard-hitting cameo lifted them. Today, it was Pakistan. On Friday, in pursuit of a modest total, Pakistan had been dismissed for less than 100. Today, it was Sri Lanka.

Pakistan's innings was a non-starter until half of it was over, with the Sri Lankan bowlers providing meagre opportunities to score while running through the top order. Nuwan Kulasekara bowled sharp inswingers and struck the first blow; Isuru Udana, playing for his country after nearly three years, started with a maiden; and the legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi had success in his first two overs. Sri Lanka, who had rested Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga, had Pakistan for the taking at 41 for 4 after 10.1 overs.

Afridi and Malik started the recovery by rotating strike frequently. When Afridi showed intent by driving the offspinner Sachithra Senanayake to the cover boundary twice, Malik began to play second fiddle, but that did not stop him from taking three consecutive fours off Lokuarachchi in the 15th over. Malik stepped out of his crease to loft the first ball to long-on and drive the second through extra cover. Predicting the bowler would flatten his trajectory, Malik stayed back, and pulled the short ball through midwicket.

Their partnership of 68 had a lot of urgent running between the wickets before Afridi began to shift through his gears. He whipped Thisara Perera to the cow-corner boundary, a stroke that had a resemblance to MS Dhoni's helicopter, and lofted inside out through cover. Afridi was dropped on 42 but Malik was not the very next ball. Afridi ended the 19th over with the innings' first six, a blow back over the bowler's - Perera - head. He had begun the over by hitting the ball straight as well, only that went for four. He got to his 50 off 30 balls and dragged Pakistan to 122.

Sri Lanka had reached 19 for 0 before Kumar Sangakkara slapped Yasir Arafat, who was playing his first international in two years, to cover point. Kulasekara walked in at No. 3, to the surprise and amusement of Tillakaratne Dilshan waiting in the middle, presumably to pinch-hit. He wasn't as good against the new ball as he was with it. All Kulasekara did was play three dots before giving Arafat a second wicket in the fourth over, which cost Pakistan only one run. The third over, from the nippy Sohail Tanvir, had cost only one as well.

Afridi made his entrance in the eighth over, with Sri Lanka 38 for 2, and what an entrance it was. He had two confident lbw appeals against Chamara Kapugedera and another thunderous shout against Dilshan turned down in his first four balls. All those deliveries were quicker ones going on with the arm. Dilshan tried to cut the fifth. He missed, and Afridi did not need the umpire this time.

He and Saeed Ajmal began to squeeze the batsmen; only 25 runs came in the five overs they bowled in tandem. In the last of those overs, the 12th, Kapugedera clubbed Afridi for six over long-on, relieving pressure for Sri Lanka. The next ball was a slider that slid between bat and pad and bowled him. Lahiru Thirimanne once again eased the pressure by taking 10 runs off Mohammad Hafeez's only over. Afridi heaped it back on by conceding only one run in his last over.

Sri Lanka now needed 48 off 36 balls and Afridi could do no more. Tanvir, however, all but shut them out of the game with another miserly over in which he dismissed Dinesh Chandimal. The asking rate was approaching 10 an over and the lower-order batsmen found Mohammad Sami's pace too quick to score off. Three perished while trying.

The game ended when Angelo Mathews, the youngest Sri Lankan captain since Arjuna Ranatunga, mis-hit the ball towards long-off in the final over. The fielder ran in from the boundary and tumbled forward to catch the ball and dismiss the hosts for 99. It was Afridi.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Afridi always plays a crucial part in this pakistan line up.I'm looking forward to the test matches and ODI's.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 6, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    funny to see Pak fans talking about India in this thread. But it is a fact that Pak team at the bottom of the table in test and ODIs...and in t20 India do not have much matches as they have IPL.

  • pkcricfan101 on June 6, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Boom Boom! What a show he put on. But what is hafeez doing if he is going to stay at the top of the order he needs to make some runs or else come down and play at no.5 or 6. Afridi should have been made captain he has the most experience in t20 cricket.

  • on June 5, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    lol @ the indians, they always manage to bring their stupid arguments in every pak thread. And btw Pakistan still has a better winning rate and we have more wins against you at home and away. Yes we haven't defeated you yet in the worldcup but you haven't beaten us in the champions trophy either.

  • Prem2248 on June 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    It appears that S'kara's,D'shan's days are over as front-line batters as their aging, lethargic,foot-work would make things difficult for the rest to follow and it is also an heinous crime to include henchmen in the National Side at a time one can find dozens of better batters of S'weera's elegance & quality. These SLan authorities are yet to learn the importance of employing batters of S'weera's skills as front-liners. Though he's been an outstanding batter since his age of 15 who never allowed his Test batting average to go below 40 mark, he's always been given a step motherly treatment by this long standing selectors. A thing which is very noticeable was his employment as a bowler in his debut and sent to bat at No 11,at a time he has been adjudged as the most outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer twice successively, and another occasion he was dropped for the SA Tour 2002, to make way for a henchmen though his Test Bat Ave, at the time was around 80.

  • g.narsimha on June 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    WIKYROYPAKLOVER - See during the entire last decade which team dominated thrashing in home & away ,gone are the days when in 80s-90 s u r team used to win matches against us every where, with those wins u r ahead in over all on which u people always whining ,now the senario changed , even our use less sachin, sahwaag &co thrashed u r great bowlers in u r place scoring tripple, dubble centuries , let the crecketing ties rusume we all see who stands where, we are hoping by the end of this year a series wil be played lets wait & see , congrats on a great win on a deplated sl, without its key players i think it was a good juncture on the part of the sl,

  • g.narsimha on June 5, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    IRFAANKHAAN- WE NEVER HOST CANADA , IRELAND every body including u r team is in q to play in india

  • SuperSharky on June 5, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Wow, Shahid Afridi is definitely one of the best 20/20 all-rounders from what I have seen. And one of the most important and best 20/20 players on the planet. No wonder Pakistan have already a 20/20 World Cup Trophy in their Trophy case. Afridi can really entertain and he can play the other formats too. One of the Greats like Jayasuriya, Tendulkar & co.

  • on June 5, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Pathetic display by the Sri Lankan batsman after a wonderful display of bowling to restrict Pakistan to a small total without Malinga.Dilshan & Sangakkara looked totally exhausted (thanks to the IPL) as shown through some indisciplined and ordinary batting.Why not get Chandimal to keep wickets and get Sanga to focus on his batting.The team looks competent but the seniors Mahela,Sanga & Dilshan should fire to help the Sri lankan cause as they did in the IPL to justify their places in the team.

  • on June 5, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    compare with Asian teams India has very big names.but in International level their batting is poor.we saw it last Asia cup and how they played in out of India.

  • on June 6, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Afridi always plays a crucial part in this pakistan line up.I'm looking forward to the test matches and ODI's.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 6, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    funny to see Pak fans talking about India in this thread. But it is a fact that Pak team at the bottom of the table in test and ODIs...and in t20 India do not have much matches as they have IPL.

  • pkcricfan101 on June 6, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Boom Boom! What a show he put on. But what is hafeez doing if he is going to stay at the top of the order he needs to make some runs or else come down and play at no.5 or 6. Afridi should have been made captain he has the most experience in t20 cricket.

  • on June 5, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    lol @ the indians, they always manage to bring their stupid arguments in every pak thread. And btw Pakistan still has a better winning rate and we have more wins against you at home and away. Yes we haven't defeated you yet in the worldcup but you haven't beaten us in the champions trophy either.

  • Prem2248 on June 5, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    It appears that S'kara's,D'shan's days are over as front-line batters as their aging, lethargic,foot-work would make things difficult for the rest to follow and it is also an heinous crime to include henchmen in the National Side at a time one can find dozens of better batters of S'weera's elegance & quality. These SLan authorities are yet to learn the importance of employing batters of S'weera's skills as front-liners. Though he's been an outstanding batter since his age of 15 who never allowed his Test batting average to go below 40 mark, he's always been given a step motherly treatment by this long standing selectors. A thing which is very noticeable was his employment as a bowler in his debut and sent to bat at No 11,at a time he has been adjudged as the most outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer twice successively, and another occasion he was dropped for the SA Tour 2002, to make way for a henchmen though his Test Bat Ave, at the time was around 80.

  • g.narsimha on June 5, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    WIKYROYPAKLOVER - See during the entire last decade which team dominated thrashing in home & away ,gone are the days when in 80s-90 s u r team used to win matches against us every where, with those wins u r ahead in over all on which u people always whining ,now the senario changed , even our use less sachin, sahwaag &co thrashed u r great bowlers in u r place scoring tripple, dubble centuries , let the crecketing ties rusume we all see who stands where, we are hoping by the end of this year a series wil be played lets wait & see , congrats on a great win on a deplated sl, without its key players i think it was a good juncture on the part of the sl,

  • g.narsimha on June 5, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    IRFAANKHAAN- WE NEVER HOST CANADA , IRELAND every body including u r team is in q to play in india

  • SuperSharky on June 5, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Wow, Shahid Afridi is definitely one of the best 20/20 all-rounders from what I have seen. And one of the most important and best 20/20 players on the planet. No wonder Pakistan have already a 20/20 World Cup Trophy in their Trophy case. Afridi can really entertain and he can play the other formats too. One of the Greats like Jayasuriya, Tendulkar & co.

  • on June 5, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Pathetic display by the Sri Lankan batsman after a wonderful display of bowling to restrict Pakistan to a small total without Malinga.Dilshan & Sangakkara looked totally exhausted (thanks to the IPL) as shown through some indisciplined and ordinary batting.Why not get Chandimal to keep wickets and get Sanga to focus on his batting.The team looks competent but the seniors Mahela,Sanga & Dilshan should fire to help the Sri lankan cause as they did in the IPL to justify their places in the team.

  • on June 5, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    compare with Asian teams India has very big names.but in International level their batting is poor.we saw it last Asia cup and how they played in out of India.

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover let me remind you my dear friend India defeated Pak last time these two teams met.that time Pak had a very strong squad,they had strong squad even in 2004 but still lost in Pak.but this Pak team by no means can be said a decent side its weak when you compare it with India.so dont argue accept that anytime anyplace India will thrash Pak your bowlers just cant contain even our younsters.how mediocre may our bowlers be but they are certainly not mediocre like your batters...........JAI HO

  • JG2704 on June 4, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    @stormy16 on (June 04 2012, 09:52 AM GMT) It's obviously a risk but then again so is having a top 5 which gets you off to slow starts. Personally , I would try Afridi opening the batting for a while. I remember him doing it for Hants vs Somerset in a (English) T20 semi final last year and he did some real damage - purely on memory he scored about 80 at a SR of 200.

  • on June 4, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If Pakistan realisticaly want to regain the T20 crown they need to make the following change to the team Khalid Latif out and Imran Nazir in. In T20 cricket you need match winners and out of the two players I and most Pakistan fans would agree on who is the match winner.

    The bowling has always been good and I think its a smart move to drop Gul and bring back Sami and Arafat.

    Below is the team I would go with for the World Cup.

    1. Imran Nazir 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Mohammed Hafeez 4. Umar Ukmal 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Shakeel Ansar 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. Yasir Arafat 10. Mohammed Sami 11. Saeed Ajmal

  • Desihungama on June 4, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi - lol, with that kind of numbers he should be awarded a million dollar contract come next IPL. Now, you know why bowlers suck in IPL?

  • Indianpunjabi on June 4, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    AS I SAID....AFRIDI IS A MEDIOCRE BOWLER LOOK WHAT HE HAS DONE AGAINST INDIA IN ASIA CUP....BOWLED 9 OVERS AND GAVE 58 RUNS AND 0 WICKET

  • 30-30-150 on June 4, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @mhb1- Overrated Sehwag and Kohli? Someone is dreaming over here. Maybe you're too jealous of them because it was the same old Sehwag who scored the triple-ton destroying Pakistan's bowling attack in Multan in 2004 to be called 'Multan Ka Sultan' by one of your own commentators.. And it was the aggressive young Kohli who bludgeoned your pathetic fast bowlers all over the park recently in Bangladesh and won millions of hearts in Pakistan too.

  • 30-30-150 on June 4, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Oh my God. We have a three way debate here Ind-Pak-SL. Wonder why India got into this debate.. Let me tell you guys something, very honestly. Among these 3 teams, India has the best batting line-up in all formats. Pakistan has the best bowling attack for all formats. Sri Lanka has the best fielding unit. Accept this truth okay. Cheers.

  • 30-30-150 on June 4, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Kapugedera? Seriously, that guy is the worst batsman in the history of cricket to have played more than 100 international games. He has no skills. Yet termed as a future prospect for SL. Shows either the lack of batting talent in SL or the serious lack of intellingence of the selectors. He's 25 now and if he plays upto the age of 36-37, he would have played about 300 ODIs at this rate. Wow that's some lucky achievement. Anyways, good that he won't be playing this ODI series. Good for SL that is.

  • on June 4, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Finally, Afridi did it. He is a man who could break many world records but he just does not use his talents as often as he should, takes a long break and then comes back furously after 6-8 games. His first T20 two days ago was a dismal performance but he got on his toes and did the unthinkable in the second T20

  • on June 4, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Kapugedara is an extreamly talented player.when he sets he is capable of to change a match.so he should be given more chances. he is young and can play for a long time.don't criticize if you don't know about him.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 4, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    @dariuscorny,pak vs eng in eng 3.1 goes to eng,pak vs aus in eng 1.1,pak vs eng in uae,3.0 goes to pak,i m waitng when ur team would b able to draw series even at ur home(forget wining),had our batsmen would have playd in india,they certainly would have way way highr averages than at present,mark my words ur team cannot win test series at any ground,any pitch against us simple as that!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 4, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @dariuscorny,pak vs eng in eng 3.1 goes to eng,pak vs aus in eng 1.1,pak vs eng in uae,3.0 goes to pak,i m waitng when ur team would b able to draw series even at ur home(forget wining),had our batsmen would have playd in india,they certainly would have way way highr averages than at present,mark my words ur team cannot win test series at any ground,any pitch against us simple as that!

  • on June 4, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Sanath jayasuriya is a good lesson every one,without wasting balls,he gonna hit hard.but unfortunetly that happens rareily in precent but i saw chandi can d it for future.sl wasted 78 balls,wasting ball s means that they are not talented,simply they can get singles and can stay&protect their place in the team 4 long time!selectors must take some action

  • priceless1 on June 4, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Afridhi always looks a different player when he plays against SL( both with a bat and ball) but against all the other teams he is just a useless all rounder

  • BravoBravo on June 4, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Very well written article. I just want to make a general comment that there is no other team other than WI and PAK which produced the cricketer of such flair over the years like Richrads, Sobers, Holding, Roberts, Imran , Mushtaq, Akram, Javed M to name a few. People, other than it is all points, grades, formulas nothing else, all on paper nothing spectacular on the batting or bowling pitch. Now Shahid Afridi is a match winner and player with 'panache', when he delivers on his days (though those days are getting very rare) PAK wins. Its like when Izamam scores big, PAK wins. But SL team has lot of talent, and players like Dilshan, and MJ. Good luck to PAK and SL for ODI series. We can enjoy cricket as the circus named IPL is over.

  • Sinhaya on June 4, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Pakistan simply proved their credentials by being able to be named as the team that last beat England in a test match in England. Ever since that August day in 2010, England has been a fortress for England in tests.

  • BABashar on June 4, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Well done BOOM BOOM - you are indeed a player who could win the match single handed on a day that belongs to you. Regardless of so many records achieved by other players none could match the two One Day International Centuries in 37 balls and 45 balls, not against weaker teams, but strong sides like mighty Sri Lankans and self-proclaimed reigning ODI Champions. The nation is proud of you and pray for your everlasting performances which brings glorious moments for all those who are your sincere admirers and well wishers - Keep it up my boy - Almighty Allah may grant you blessings and power to repeat so many times the splendid performance that caused panic to the opponents but to no use. I know and everyone knows you had a showed mercy in Kanpur otherwise a mediocre off-spinner couldn't have taken your wicket, it was your greatness to save them from a greater disaster.

  • on June 4, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    By picking Chamara, selectors may be getting their "Kappu" of joy!

  • boundryhiter46 on June 4, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @ All kapugedera criticizers,...

    It is very unreasonable to blame kapugedera in the yesterday match.He was the top scorer of sri lankan inning.He hit the only six in the sri lankan inning and played the reversed sweep magnificently.He got out by a great dilivery by Afridi anless he may have guided sri lanka home.he is such a talented player with great variety of shots.he should be a permenant member of the sri lankan squad.look at the dismiisalls of sanga,dilshan and chandi they played irresponsible shots to get out..

    People who have proper knowledge about cricket may not blame a prospect like kapugedera...

    Kapu we are with you!!

  • on June 4, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    to make it simple alhamdulillah we won ;)

  • on June 4, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    loseing to Pakistan is not a problem,but the biggest misfortune is how come that the Sri Lankan selectors yet want to try on Chamara Kapugedera when there are other young talented players around and they dont get a chance........i personally think that Chamara has had many opportunities and we should bring in someone young and give them a fare chance.........Let us think about the future of Sri Lanka Cricket and not just about the present situation........

  • PakPacer on June 4, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I hope we have realized how much we still need Misbah, to all the Misbah haters. You always ALWAYS need one anchor batsman. If not him then put Asad in the T20 squad, b'c as well as Afridi played even the most diehard Afridi knows this happens once every 6 or 7 games where Afridi bats like this.

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    @Hasnain Butt so Indian conditions differ to that of Pak?strange excuse!so,that was the reason Pak were not able to win the WC....ya why not, they were not used to these easy conditions.........isn't it

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on June 4, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara's best performance in the IPL 2012 was when he dropped himself and kept the bench warm. Looks like it's time he did this in international T20's as well. P.S. love him as a test player... obviously not so much as a T20 player.

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @Hasnain Butt you seem to have enjoyed the most when MS lift the WC 2011

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    @Hasnain Butt we admit that we were whitewashed in Aus and Eng coz of our ageing batting line up.but this very line up made us a potent force till 2011.Pak won only 1 game outside SC in recent past.we will see when they tour SA or AUS,how ur world beating side performs.infact Pak gets whitewashed at their own backyard UAE(their supposed homeground).but anyhow i was talking about recent Ind-pak clashes.where India had the better of Pakistan.any day, name it Team India will thrash Pak

  • on June 4, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @hasnian butt..lol. wt do u mean by saying india's cricket is jst limited in indian topology. Then if u luk england's cricket is jst limited in english topology. wen they came to india they were thrashed 5-0. bt ur so called undefeatable pak team managed to lose 4-0 to england in favourable conditions. pakistan is not evn dominant wn playing in favourable conditions.

  • on June 4, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @indiasupbangalore: Interesting. I suppose it seemed appropriate to mention the 4-0 ODI loss but it would have hurt you to mention the 3-0 test win, especially because English fans accord far more importance to tests, and their team is ranked #1 there. As for your questions, it is elementary really. Bowling alone can win test matches AND most limited overs games where we bat first, no matter how badly. However, even a great bowling side like ours needs a mediocre batting lineup to win when chasing, and our batting is mostly not even mediocre, something we have never been stupid enough to deny.

  • PakFan1209 on June 4, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    This was outstanding and very responsible batting from Afridi he should bat like this in every match and he also had full control of his shots.I think Imran Nazir,Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq should be included in the squad Kamran Akmal bats really nicely is doesn't get out early kamran is way better than the keepers we have so he should be included in the squad imran nazir and abdul razzaq bat really well and are consistent with their batting

  • on June 4, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @Ja_wahar: Oh, so 0-8 is a false stat? And you choosing selective stats to make your team look good and ours bad is acceptable? Neither 0-8 in tests nor 0-7 in world-cups apply here on a t20 thread, where incidentally, India is currently ranked below Pakistan. @indiasupbangalore: Cricket is cricket no matter the format, and it is ridiculous to torture poor bowlers just because it happens to be t20.Might as well use bowling machines who lack feelings instead! @Indians: Can't you people see for once, that just because for you it is more important to beat Pakistan than to win the series it doesn't apply to Pakistanis? Pakistan WON the Asia cup, which happens to be all that matters to us. The world-cup was different because there we got knocked out, and THAT was what we minded, not losing to the great team India. I'm sure you have also forgotten how warmly we welcomed our team back that time, with garlands!

  • Sinhaya on June 4, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    @sobersfan, Herath will be very effective against the Pakistani batsmen. He helped us win 2-0 when Pakistan toured here in 2009. Where were you then? Senanayake bowled well in the 1st T20 taking 2 for 20. Sri Lanka has won already 1 of the T20s against Pakistan against your wish, so that clearly means we can win ODIs and tests if we bat well.

  • on June 4, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @dariuscorny... get a life man.dnt u rememberthe patheticperformance of india against england and aus..... every1 knows how india won the 2011 cup....because it was played in india....india's ckt is jst limited in indian topology and when hey go outside they are nt thrashed infact white washed and white washed comprehensivey.....u knw Mr. this is true....

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    @mhb1 you are trying to say whenevr India wins against Pak its bcoz of the easy conditions whereas when pak wins ,its a win in tough conditions.so friend let me tell you if the conditions are easy they are easy for both sides.it seems u guys are jealous of India overpowering Pak in almost every match be it a tough pitch or a placid pitch.and one thing more i wud like to add with this world beating line up of Pak(especially bowling;batting is substandard)they should win every match ,why did they lose the 1st t20 and why did they lose all the odi matches to England i.e 4-0.......

  • getsetgopk on June 4, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    What is Hafeez's contribution to this Pak side? He wants to bowl as he knows he certainly dont know which end of the bat to grab. Hiding behind his mediocre offies wont help you keep for too long in this team. Same goes for U Akmal? When is he going to perform? Untill the next blue moon I imagine, expecting Afridi to do the cleaning after the batsman wont work all the time. Its about time they start learning how to stand on their own feet.

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @Kafle Binod hahahaha funny lines

  • stormy16 on June 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    I wonder if Pakistan are not considering opening with Afridi again - he could be another Galye. I think he bats too low in the batting order as it is - if this bats for 10 overs he will win most games for Pakistan.

  • mhb1 on June 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    indians refering to the matches the most recent they played against pak & cheering their batting & over rated sehwag kohli for their performances against pak well let me tell you indians both of those matches were played in india i bet these mediocure batsmen who are match winners for you guys wouldnt be lasted for a min on pitch against pakistani bowling & thats the fact which u gues disguise that it took 50 years for your team to win a series in pakistan yes 50 years and do u know when pakistan won their first series ???

  • on June 4, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    It is good to level the T20 series. But it was not a serious match as far as SriLanka is concern. So there is no need to joy on this victory. We Pakistanis appreciate the good bowling and fielding of our team, but we are concerned on our batting failures in both the games.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 4, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @GerrardLK O YES! Dilshan z afridi's bunny,he doesn't want to learn lessn,similarly u don't want to learn lesn as wel,man! Pitch was gravyard 4 batrs unlike ur flat tracks with smalr grounds n quickst outfields in d wrld,@Ja.wahar,its a great fun readng indians on pak's page ,as they always tend to opt 4 jealousy,enviablity rathr than logic,reality,critical thnking,U R NO exceptn man!,.... Any how ,i dn't thnk thre z too much issues with pak team(i would have said that even aftr ist t20),ths z so pitch z d real culprit here n any batng line would have strugld here,what sl batsmen did in ist t20 since they were far more experiencd than pak's,they must b thankful to gull n hafeez's generosity i gues,i can stil see pak in semis of wc 2012,we need 2 changs 1.kick out gul,misbah 4rm upcming t20s so that they can realize its nt a joke plyng 4 elite pak team,2. Bring in imran,kamran n we r gonna wrld champs again ├Čn 2012(inshallah)

  • Philippe on June 4, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @tharindu.. dude dependency should be checked atleast 2-3 years in advance.. you can not check the dependency over these players over a mere period of 2-3 months.. experience is something.. wat crap did you write.. they guy below quoted appropriate thing.. malinga & mahela should have been rested outta IPL match.. wat is the need to rest them in international matches.. & that too for their own country.. same is happening with lots of players these days.. such things should be taken care of.. i think tournaments like BBL, BPL IPL have crushed the cricket.. everyone is playing for money these days.. if you can not play or perform for your country then its waste of talent.. club cricket is nothing..

  • on June 4, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    "brilliant innings by afridi.. (which comes once in 100 times he goes to bat)" @ rk0007: The fact that u ppl simply can't get Afridi is what caused u to put on that shameful statement in itself; u ppl r jealous of his style of play, craze and his fan falling and above all such a massive crowd puller is of Pakistan. U can only imagine had he been in Indian team what would have happened. FYKI Afridi has 39 scores of 50+ in 317 innings of ODIs i.e. score of 50+ every 8 innings and add 344 ODI wickets to that as well and 4 fifties in 48 T20Is innings, i.e. one 50 in every 12 T20I innings, add 58 wickets to this too; so get your calculations right and still if u get it wrong, then go back to school and/or take tuition on Maths. Conclusion: u can't digest Afridi's popularity and prowess and lament of not having anyone of his caliber, even close, in your team!

  • on June 4, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    mahela and maling rested bcz SL does not want to depend on them and give youngsters chance. win without them give a good confident.with the world t20 coming up its necessary to do experiments and choose suitable team.why all the mahela & malinga bashers cant understand that.

  • JG2704 on June 4, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi on (June 03 2012, 23:31 PM GMT) and what did India as a team do vs Pak in the Asia cup?

  • hussainiiiii on June 4, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Mahela and Malinga must be fine for rest...playing for IPL ant resting for National team datz not fair.

  • Philippe on June 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    brilliant innings by afridi.. (which comes once in 100 times he goes to bat).. SL players looks exhaust of cricket.. I have never seen dilshan & sangakara playing so irresponsibly in whole of their careers.. This is probably happening because of the overdose of the cricket they have been playing.. New guys from both teams are obviously look good & energetic.. Hope to see good test series..

  • on June 4, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    afridi fire agian keepit up well

  • on June 4, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    With all due respects to Tanvir, who conceded under 4 per over, it is my opinion that he is not international material. Pakistan should refer him to their Academy, where his bowling delivery can be sorted out. He has no follow through and will be more successful if he had a decent follow through He delivers the ball square chested at the batsman.

  • AMAZINGFAN on June 4, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @sinhaya,what happened to ur next murali senanayake.he went for 8.5 runs per over.well ajmal is the best spinner in the world.it is unfortunate that he played for pak so late.he is the only spinner now who can challenge murali's record but age is not in his side.after murali there is no good spinner in sl.ur herath will be ineffective against pak batsmen in test series.

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    @Blueangle before giving away links to others you should rather visit this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/asia-cup-2012/engine/match/535798.html ,which gives you full information about the most recent match between Team India and Pakistan team.one younster swallowing the whole Pakistan bowling line up,hope you will enjoy this one

  • on June 4, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Great Win for Pakistan They repeatedly showed again and again what great Bowling attack capable off.Sri lanka too played decently but they never catched up to this spirited Pakistan unit.I m an Indians but I put Pakistan one of the Favourites to win the cup in Upcomming T20 World cup.Their Batting is worry little bit

  • on June 4, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Kapu ruined the match,he wasted 21 balls to get 9 runs,1 down should have been chandi,that 21 balls mostly in powerplay,kapu should be dropped or he should play 4down!finally he hit 6&4,so his full total were 19 within 23 balls,it does not matter because he wasted 21 balls just only t get 9runs.

  • on June 4, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Very sad day for all lankans,hope they can come up more harder in next time!

  • Extraz on June 4, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @indianpunjabi...yeah we saw afridi against india and his mediocre performance of 45 balls century which include 10 fours and 9 sixes yeah boy that was mediocre!!! we also saw your team's great performance in Asia cup against BD and in england and australia 0-8.

  • on June 4, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Dear mndsm,

    If your team is so highly rate then why do they play in the IPL?

  • GerrardLK on June 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Pak top order was playing test cricket in a T20 match (Hafeez, Latif etc) SL on the field had butter fingers (Perera / Dilshan). SL spin attack is worse than Indian domestic spinners (Kaushalya / Sachitra). Sanga knows to give away his wicket & Dilshan keeps cutting Afridi's bowl & gets bowled (you can count them but they never learn). And so on............ (POOR INT"L STANDARD OF CRICKET)

  • dariuscorny on June 4, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @shahswar yes you should also receive one where you will see Sehwag singlehandedly mauling this Pak team.a glimpse was given in 2011 WC SF mauled your premiere bowler for 5 consecutive fours in an over..........Afrid'si once in 100 attempts innings ........lols

  • khurramsch on June 4, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    good win for hafez & pak. they won coz of rare afridi batting & some good bowling. but still many questions to find answers before t20cup. team selection still a problem. ahmed shehzad was never comfortable & so does khalid latif. you cant select players on basis of BPL or other leagues.yes sami & arfat bowled really well yesterday but still sami's place in t20 a question. Malik was solid yesterday but he should be more solid than this. umar should understand hos responsibility in t20 side.still a batting wicket keeper required.& pakistan need to find a batting medium pace allrounder if there is no razak.

  • on June 4, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    It is not a test mach where we keep specialist wicket keeper, in this formal we need WK who can bat well. Just take a look, Sngkakara, Dhoni, Aus, Ennglish even BD keeper is a good bats man. Ansar is not answer to this format. Either bring back Kamran otherwise let Umar Akmal keep wicket in 20:20 matches.

  • mndm on June 4, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    @ indiasupbangalore.. I tend to disagree with you,, t 20 is a form of cricket n not a form of just batsmanship..cricket includes bowling as well,it was good to see interesting low scoring games...n in terms of excitement, watching sami consistently bowl at 145 + was an awsum sight at least for me...boy he was pacccyyyyyyyy.........

  • on June 4, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    afridi always come to rescue of sinking pakistan cricket he is a great player and a great allrounder

  • mndm on June 4, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    @ indian ; well mr. Indian , SL is a much higher ranked t 20 side than your indian side, so if afridi does well and consistently well against them it means that he is a world class performer and a champion because whenever he performs, Pak wins..not like Mr. Tendulkar for whom opposite is true..so Afridi is not a mediocre, he s definitely a champion and wold's best leggie at the moment by far

  • Dhiman87 on June 4, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Pakistan team selectors should be careful about the team selection. They have quality batsman but not getting chance for worst team selection...

  • on June 4, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    last night Afridi played main role to equal the series 1-1 with srilanka ,good job by Pakistani bowler's

  • cricket91fan91 on June 4, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    why upul tharanga wasnt given a chance to play ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • indiasupbangalore on June 4, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    After watching ipl for 2 months, cannot watch this match between SL vs Pak very boring so guys, first of all this is a 20/20 game why in the world that SL choose to prepare a bowler friendly pitch is beyond my comprehension, keep that for test cricket guys make it interesting, second there was nothing to extra element like music to make this 20/20 a little exciting when the cricket was already boring, the stands were empty no energy in the field. The only good thing came out of this short series was all round effort of afridi which was commendable otherwise a dull and boring 2 games.

  • AmjadZork on June 4, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Good to see M. Sami getting back in the game !!

  • SHAHBABA103 on June 4, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    o wow what a tremandous performance by shahid afridi after a long time and yesterday by the hard work of shahid afridi he obtaines the title of main of the match and he prove that he is the real boom boom for pakistan god bless you shahid. and other thing i was very shocked when i saw Annie khalid what a great entry of her

  • RAJ934 on June 4, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Hafeez realised his mistake he did in 1ST T20 by not making LALA to ball his 4overs he rectified it better Hafeez support your best player Afridi otherwise you will vanish with your captaincy...............

  • RAJ934 on June 4, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Dont know when other pak players will learn from Afridi to win matches speially Misbha,Hafeez and Umar akmal who are just being in team without any use...Is there any match were Misbha performed like afridi or any current pakistani player all are good for nothing and anti afridi always try to critisize him knowing that he has done records which are unbreakable whether it b 36 BALLS 100 OR RECORDING BREAKING MAN OF THE MATCHES AND TAKING 5WICKETS AND SCORING 50RUNS HAS MSIBHA OR HAFEEZ OR ANY CURRENT PLAYER HAS ACHIEVED WHAT AFRIDI HAS ACHIEVED THEY ARE 10% OF AFRIDI

  • on June 4, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    great performance by Pakistan and afridi... amazingly all the catches are taken by the name starting with S when pakistan was bowling :-d

  • RAJ934 on June 4, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    afridi always come to rescue of sinking pakistan cricket he is a great player and a great allrounder...He has lots of enemies tooo as he has lots of fans but his one inning can burns all critics ....................

  • Sinhaya on June 4, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    It was a good idea to drop Mahela and Malinga. Afterall, they wont be there forever. Remember Sri Lanka won the last 2 ODIs in SA this year when Mahela was dropped.

  • Bilal_Choudry on June 4, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Mahela and Malinga need to get there priorities sorted out ... playing for IPL resting for national team is not good

  • Deep_Point on June 4, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Pakistan did a great job and Afridi was massive - aside from the runs and the great bowling spell, he caught an absolute blinder to close the innings. Great to see Arafat back in the team again too - underrated player and hope he gets a run in the team now.

  • on June 4, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    sl should include j.mendis instead f lokuarachchi n chathura perera instead of udana.wt d hell kapugedara is doing dere?gv d chance to sme youngstr.i thnk v hv 2 fill 3,4 spots in d WC squad. Dilly,mahela,sanga,chandi,thirimanne,angelo,thisara.kule n malinga wl definitely play there.so v hv to fill up 6 slots.i recommended j.mendis,chathura perera. S.randiv,b.rajapakse,s.eranga,a.mendis for d squad. N v hv a SLPL coming too.v cn identify d young guns there too. Come on lions !!!

  • El_Toro_Loco on June 4, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    @ indianpunjabi, hmmm remember Afridi's innings at Kanpur when he mauled your bowling attack with a 45 bowl century & earned the nick name "Boom Boom" awarded by your own elite commentator, Shastri? Nuff said....

  • goldeneye075 on June 4, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Congrads for Pak team, for winning the match, it was a great team effort. For those who blame Mahela and Malinga for not making the team... Shame on you people who blame the two great players... These players do give all they had for the team for a long time, and when you(people) get an opportunity, all of them try to give a fist full of every thing they can get hold of, and throw every thing at these great players. Why are we so blind to see what these players have to go through, are all the people blind ?? dont you read any thing , dont you hear anything, can't you think.... 1) sri lanka need to look towards new players, so they need to give opertunities to new people 2) if they do not give them opertunities these young players may never get experience 3) players like Mahela , Sanga, Malingas work load need to be managed , otherwise they will hit some injury and we may never see them. 4) IPL is an opetunity for them to get some sort of money,as SL board do not give enough

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 4, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    @Bruisers,@Gerrardlk,there u go people!u indians n ur mindless thoughts,remembr afridi has transformd into a wrlds finest leg spiner at d moment,his batng z a bonus bt ths mediocre afridi have thrashd ur below average bowlng so many times at ur home(about which u boast of so much),o yes! PWI Z a great team! They could have easily score 20+ here against pak bowlng,i know 1 thng,even ur RCB,CSK, Would have strugld to scor 3 figrs here@All lankan brothrs,its al d same whether pak win or sl,bt mahela,malnga would nt have made 2 much difrnce,i dn't thnk any batng can survive to long here against ths pak atack on these responsive pitches.If these pitchs r also 4 tests,i thnk pak gonna easily dominate d series as pak has 1 of bst batsmen of spin.

  • on June 4, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Wow what a performance By Pakistan specially Mr.Boom Boom....I was there at the ground and enjoyed brother Afridhi's wonderful match winning performance live and its a great chance I wished him too(with Asslalamu Alaikum) with a handshake..............Masha Allaah.....

  • Ra_Thore on June 4, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    @Sara Khan, you are delusional. India's record against Pakistan is 7-0 in world cups. Don't post false stats and save yourself embarrassment. 7-0 is the proof Pakistan can't perform under pressure in high profile games.

  • pak78 on June 4, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    lanka missed a trick by nt playing there 2 big Ms one things 4 sure if pak had won the first t20 they would have nt rested ajmal or afridi they should have gone 4 the kill never the less congrats pak team and afridi. pak shuld open with umar akmal and afridi from know and get em ready 4 world t20 at least they gna go 4 there shots and shazeb num 3 and hafeez 4 and malik 5.

  • Balumekka on June 4, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    Resting Malinga and Mahela for the decider when you are 1-0 in a 2 match series is something I cannot understand. However, it won't take anything away from Pakistan. After some time, Afridi used his brain while batting (But when bowling he usually uses his brain).

  • on June 4, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    @Indian. Your team needs to worry about it's own performance, especially after getting mauled for 0-8.

  • cricketistheway on June 4, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Pak and SL are more or less equal in standards these days, SL may be a little better had their full team played. It will be a good series because teams are equally mediocre.

  • on June 4, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    On these kind of pitches, the team who bats first wins. Simple as that.

  • on June 4, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    A gamble that crumbled with the 'Afridi factor'. A two match T20 series. Wonder what made SL rest two key players just after 1 game. Well, had they wanted to try out Angelo as a skipper they should have given him both matches. Now, what is the big point proved with this defeat? On the other hand a win under Angelo's belt might have also confused the board and fans a lot with the choice of captaincy at the forthcoming T20 WC.

  • on June 4, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    @Chaddi Indianpunjabi. Lol, Afridi displayed his worth numerous times in the past when he single handily won matches against the overrated Indian team. India should stick to playing at home against teams such as Canada or perhaps Kenya. That way they can at least win some matches and allow Tendulker to keep scoring his centuries. Anyway, the whole world saw how meekly India gave up against teams such as England and Australia, and got hammered for 0-8. lol.

  • Prem2248 on June 4, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Because of petty interest of some persons, harmony among players has been continuously disturbed, as a result SL is not in a position to perform well, these corrupted persons have no concern for the good-will of the Country, they continue in playing under-performing seniors & other henchmen who've done nothing at Domestic level& don't deserve places in a National team,. It is all the more difficult to bear as a fan, as these under-performing players have been used as front-liners while making life difficult for players who have performed well in their recent tours to; Eng, SA & AUS .

  • on June 4, 2012, 1:22 GMT

    @ Zahidsaltin- Azhar Mahmood is a Brit citizen not pakistan citizen. Pakistan didn`t value him so he went to England.

  • on June 4, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Congratulations Team Pakistan.

  • AMAZINGFAN on June 4, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    There were many people who bashed afridi last match but adridi proved he is a class act.afridi needs to contribute with bat consistently.he is such a dangerous batsman in this format.he was well supported by ajmal.pak batting is a cause of worry.hope the batters will put up a good show in coming matches.sl is not the great side pak can beat them easily in test and odi's if they play well consistently.their bowling can defend any total so if pak batsman put up a good score on the board.pak will thrash sl in test and odi's.

  • haseeb.ahmed on June 4, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    @GerrardLK and @Bruisers after seeing your biased comments, all i can say is that you guys have zero knowledge about cricket. You are comparing PWI who batted in batting paradise pitches of india with Pakistan and Sri Lanka who were playing on seemers pitch. Believe me PWI could not even score more than 30 runs on this pitch and even i dont see any ipl team who could make 100 on this pitch as they always score 180+ score on batting friendly pitches

  • dilscoop_uk on June 4, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @indianpunjabi mediocre afridi? read above in blue this mediocre has 7 man of the match records .At least when he performs Pakistan wins unlike Tendu , who is the most selfish player In the modern era , scored his 100th 100 against Bangladesh .whenever he scored 100 India Loses the match.Now he is becoming liability for poor MS Dhoni. BTW if you have a short memory I can send u some links of his performances with Bat or ball against India in India.

  • on June 4, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    Congratulation to all for Pakistan victory.Once again it is quite clear that Pakistani batsmen lack technique in negotiating a swing ball.This victory is due to fine bowling and good captainship.Our fast bowlers bowled well and to the field.Afridi has the potentials to play as a batsman but he should have to keep his emotion in control.Umar Akmal has to learn when to play risky shot.He should develop his mental strength to stay at the wicket.I think he should be droped till he comes to sense.

  • Blueangle on June 4, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    @Indianpunjabi! Either you were not born at that time or you have memory problem. here is link, go to cricinfo and read the commentary of first 14 overs to refresh your memory. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64942.html

  • Zahidsaltin on June 3, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Pakistan Has big problem in their top order. Not only they lose quick wickets but they score at very slow rate. This ha been a problem for Pakistan in ODI too. When a wicket falls, they all go in to their shells. Take example of WC semifinal or the recently lost T20, their slowness puts a huge pressure at no. 5,6 and seven who are supposed to score at 10 per over to win a game. Pakistan needs Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shehzad, Afridi and Umar Akmal in the top order. Hafiz has been a burden in batting more often then not. Kamran Akmal is badly needed in the team and Azhar Mahmood could also be an assets going in to the WC. Firing Misbah was a big fault too as Pakistan needs him or Younis to save the collapses.

  • Indianpunjabi on June 3, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Lol this Mediocre Afridi can only play against Lanka...we saw what he did against INDIA in ASIA CUP :D

  • fizzy09 on June 3, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Lala+good captaincy+team effort= victory...whataayyy performence!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Congrats to Afridi and his team but I swear Pakistan and Sri Lanka have already played eachother in a Full Series last year? Man no wonder Cricket gets boring at times.

  • Bruisers on June 3, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    @GerrardLK - Well said mate, have to agree with you somewhat. PWI minus Ganguly would surely have a good chance.

  • Bruisers on June 3, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    This shows how badly SL will perform if they lose a couple of their FAB players. Their selectors aren't even bothered at finding the next Mahela or Malinga. IMO Mathews is too overrated, he is a very good player, yes, but he is no class act as some people mention.

  • drnaveed on June 3, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Pakistan T - 20 eleven should comprise of the following players 1) mohammad hafeez 2) imran nazeer 3) shazaib hasan 4) ahmed shehzad 5)shoaib malik 6) umar akmal (wk) 7) shahid afridi 8)yasir arafat/sohail tanveer 9)umar gul 10)mohammad sami 11) saeed ajmal

  • on June 3, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    The bottom line is "Pakistan is unpredictable and so as Boom 'Afridi' Boom". @shikeb - Mustified

  • Ra_Thore on June 3, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Yay..Way to go Pakistan. Great consolation win against the team with no star players like Malinga and Jayawardene today!

  • on June 3, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    SL really thought they can win by resting 2 key players ?! The experiment failed terribly.. the timing was not good imo, they should have played the best 11 and dominate the series .. it was solid chance for sl to wrap up the t20 series with 2 wins... and who made schedule ? t20 to kickoff the tour of, there should be Odi or test so player can used to the condition and adjust themselves, we all know in t20 batsman dont have luxury to settle down check theirs shot... now i hope we will do better in odis and test !! Gl to both teams !

  • ilovecricket1234 on June 3, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Eagerly waiting to see Afridi next year in the IPL2013!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Excellent game of Cricket. Both teams performed well but the Pakistani bowlers did well to take wickets at crucial stages of the match. The upcoming one day series should be interesting. All the best to both teams.

  • on June 3, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    i was not hoping that pakistan can won!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Great Come Back By Team Pakistan ..

  • on June 3, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    its always funny to see 1 caption,1 vice caption, 2 (or more) ex-captain ,3 or 4 players dreaming to be caption (who are not the caption material anyways) play for Pak...point is, either caption-ship gets over their head or the board chooses the wrong player to be a caption...Guess players themselves are confuse over who should lead the team...amidst all, their gifted talent is getting wasted...interesting and disappointing as well...

  • on June 3, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Perera32. Good to see a positive comment from you. We should support our respective teams but avoid saying bad things about each other, like immature fans. Good luck to you folks. I have been to Sri-Lanka with fellow Tamil friends, and found the country to be very beautiful.

  • on June 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Kudos to the Pakistan side, Sri-Lanka played well too but due to their batting, they couldn't finish well. I am really looking forward to the remaining series. It should be competitive. Lastly, hope Afridi's form continues with the bat and he keeps scoring runs. Personally, I feel that he should open the inning or perhaps bat at no.3.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 3, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    He played like he should try playing always... very good performance.. a super return of Muhammad sami as well.. pakistan need a pace man again.. he can fill a gap of pakistan,s fast bowling lagecy.. congrates to team pakistan but i am still not happy with team selection.

  • on June 3, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @Vibhanu: Right about the seniors but Pakistan would probably have lost the 1st game even in their absence and still won this one had they played. We defend paltry totals as well as we chase them badly, regardless of pitch, conditions, and quantity of star players. @GerrardLK: Your idea of entertainment is boring indeed. I would watch 122 being defended gladly even if it happened all the time, but watching 222 NOT being defended, becomes a drag even for the most enthusiastic of cricket lovers, if it happens all the time. I thought cricket was a battle between bat and ball, not the bat ANNIHILATING the ball. @Lord__Dravid: Pakistan aren't changing for the worse. In limited overs internationals for the past 2years at-least, we lose chasing regardless of conditions, and when defending, few totals are too tiny for us. @ iLUB.Chandimal_The.RISING.Star: Pakistan put Marcus North on the Lords honour board with a 5wicket haul, much to his own surprise. We don't need stars to collapse!

  • on June 3, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    In both matches so far, the pitch does not look suitable for batting. Hope the pitches are not the same for the upcoming one day series. Anyway, good luck to Pakistan and Sri-Lanka. My favorite Sri-lankan player has always been Murali, Aravinda, Jayasuriya and Sanga.

  • JG2704 on June 3, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Again proof that if you have the quality bowlers you can get away with posting a lower total. Also is Mendis injured at the moment? ICC has him at 2 in the T20 players rankings.

  • Sageleaf on June 3, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Well I knew this could happen. The same result will be in the limited over series too. Sri Lanka will not win the limited over series. Why is Sangakkara and Mahela are playing for the T20? They didn't do well in IPL either. It time for SL to introduce young blood and just drop some of the senior players. Hey the world T20 is just few months away. What are we going to gain by playing the same squad? Why should Mathews captain the side? I think he should go for rehab and make himself fully fit to play. Otherwise SL will suffer. There are so many young players knocking on the door and it's time to use their service. Some senior players should gracefully retire like Kevin P. I think they wait until the fans get sick of them.

  • Perera32 on June 3, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, your bowlers deserved to win as they did a great job. I dont see the point in resting Mahela and Lasith when there is an opportunity to win a series. Dissapointed with Matthew's batting, even though his bowling was good he hasn't played a match winning knock since the one vs Aus at the MCG back in 2010. All the best for both teams for the ODI and Test Series.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on June 3, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    TOLD YOU FOLKS THEY WILL RECOVER AFTER BEING SHOT FOR 90 ODD IN 1ST GAME,TELL U WHAT EVEN WITHOUT ASIF,AMIR AND GUL NOT PLAYING THIS GAME PAK QUICK BOWLING HAD VARIETY PACE,SWING AND EXPERIENCE FROM SAMI,TANVIR,ARAFAT RESP. TO GO WITH A WRIST-LEGGIE AND AN OFFIE SUCH VARIETY EVEN THOUGH NOT PREFERRED LINEUP MAKES ONE ENVIOUS OF THIS TEAM THEY ARE A BIT LIKE FRENCH RUGBY TEAM INDEED LIKE POLLOCK SAID IN AN INTERVIEW AS AN INDIAN REALLY AM JEALOUS OF PAK BOWLING ATTACK CHEERS GUYS U TRULY DESERVE IT

  • DaDaL0G on June 3, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I was Surrprised to see Malinga and Mahela were`nt playing they played every IPL match without Rest ab performed well and yet they are tired for home side, such shame full step of captain, But Well Played By Shahid Afridi and Pakistani Squad to snatch the victory.

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    what a player! performs when it really matters! what a match winner! Boom Boom Afridi! :D

  • drnaveed on June 3, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    the top four Pakistani batsmen played as if they were playing a 50 overs game, were they playing for the Pakistani side or the Sri Lankan side ? . had Pakistan lost this match ,they should have been the 'men of the match'.

  • AP_88 on June 3, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Afridi owns T20! Today he batted very similar to his two innings in the 2009 T20 WC and then sucked the life of the SL batting with his mixture of legspin, sliders and googlies!! Also very refreshing to see sami steaming in and showing pace can make a big difference in this format!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Not to forget here is the fact that Pakistan are coming in this series with high confidence, having won consecutive series against Srilanka, England and Bangladesh and performing great in all formats. Pakistan has been an amazing side in T20 cricket with 3 Pakistani bowlers hitting the top wicket-taker's list in the format. Former world champion too. If one talks about the sides, both sides have tested their bench strength in this series. Pakistan playing a couple of new faces and also those who have been performing well in domestic circuit and county (Yasir Arafat has been a county star). The bench was tested for its strength siting the World T20 coming in a couple of months time. There must be no regrets at not having won the series anywhere as the minds which understand cricket strategy making and managing a team would know what they did.

  • Desihungama on June 3, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    @Lord__Dravid- You may want to reconsider after you see the Test line up. They may be old but not weak. Afridi, I think he was pumped up after yesterday's comments made by ex PCB chief Ijaz Butt about Afridi not being good enough to have a place in the team.

  • cisco420 on June 3, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    If Srilankan players can play the whole IPL, they should not be rested for the country. Country comes first before any IPL. As for a Pakistan goes, they got lucky today. They seriously need to get Asad Shafiq in the line up to Bat 20 overs especially when they dont have misbah. Afridi might not be scoring any runs for the next 20 games. He has never been reliable.

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    LaLa at his best! No doubt he is a real match winner.

  • Muhtasim13 on June 3, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Mathews has to take the responsibility for the failed run chase. During the last few overs, he should have kept the strike instead taking singles to give away the strike to Senanayake & the other tail enders. The run chase could have been much closer had Mathews batted a bit more smartly

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Have any one noticed that dilshan is bowled several time to afridi..in the same style of playing cut shot....??? I remember a few times

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    The most interesting thing is that the TOP PERFORMERS OF IPL are just ordinary players in international matches .. so shameful

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    BOOOm BOOOOM Afridi is playinG well toDay..

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    hi every1......lankan don't miss malinga but they defintly xperience of mahela if mahela was in the team than lankan team would had easily cross the line

  • on June 3, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Yes, Mr. Dravid. India is such a strong team that they get hammered 0-8 and still take pride in it. Better worry about your team and players, who are paper tigers. Even Sri-Lanka has better players than India.

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    No Wonder afridi Comes to Rescue Again.....He is the Man !!! King !!

  • hasnain1212 on June 3, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    awesome one man show..... ' shahid afridi'.... he really made the difference ... malik and the bowling also played a vital role in the win.... :)

  • Paddey on June 3, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    AGAIN one man show..? no i dnt think so coz pakistani bowlers did well and kept the lankans bat down on the truf. In the fielding area pakistanis shd hve cut down the singels at least they had tried for. Two former captains made the difference as they played inteligently are meant Afridi and Malik. It seemd Afridi's show but offcourse it was not coz contibution was there ( as he said himself too ), but afridi is the main piller of the team for sure holding 7 times man of the match and leading in the world crickters shows his celiber and skill He's 1000% BOOM BOOM Afridi and God bless him. On the otherhand pakistani team is weak especially in batting area, offcourse in cricket can happen anytime and on any ball but though players like Umer Akmal must show better character and attitude towords the batting. Wicketkeeping was good too ansari did well and can be trusted in future. Sammi shd be given contintly chances though his wide balls are headache..hehe. Good luck for ODI PAK

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    its surprising why mahela and malinga didnt played...if they would have played they might have win this match.Overall poor selection and on the underhand pakistan outclassed them espeacilly LALA.

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    shahid afridi is great plyayer in the cricket since last three four year he bowl very ball

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    THAT's What Happens When LALA STRIKES ,,, This is a slap to all the Ashl's whi has been criticising AFRIDI's performance,, remember when he deliver he will take u to victory... 100 Salam to LALA AFRIDI

  • Sinhaya on June 3, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Poor batting really by Lankans. I thought Kulasekara should have come later. Also, Thisara failed today cos he only won it for us on Friday.

  • getsetgopk on June 3, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    Hafeez should be licking AFRIDI's boots for saving him from the humiliation that nearly befell Pakistan. In the last match Afridi was treated like a nobody and Pak got thrashed black and blue. Hafeez should realize that there is just one match winner in his team and that is HIM. Glad you learned your lesson pretty quickly! Yeah LALA keep showing them exactly what they are.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 3, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    First of all great performance by Seniors and they supported Hafeez in this match. Once again Afridi proved that he is best T2020 allrounder in the world by far. Haters just go to sleep.

    Finally happy to see real pace from Pakistani bowler Sami. Other than one bad ball he bowled superb today and was used at proper time against tailenders and when ball is old. Real fast bowler is treat to watch in any format of game. What a pace.

    Thanks Misbah is not coming back as captain of T2020 team.

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Boom Boom takes his tally of Man of the Match Awards to 7, more than any other T20 player in the world. Yet his critics would say he is overrated and compare his figures with guys who score big against minnows like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Kenya etc

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    selectors.why didn't include Kapugedara to ODI squad and not given a chance to Upul Tharanga.

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Nicely defended the lowest total ..... weldone Team Green..... but should work hard on batting , coz u cant always win with bowling....!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Matthews is not matured enough for captaincy.Kapugedara,Thirimanna,dilshan and Chandimal played well with bat.

  • Bilal94 on June 3, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Afridi is the Sobers of T20 cricket

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    PCB must bring Hammad Azam, Asad Shafiq in to the squad the middle order is no good and we have no time for experimentation. Quite frankly "THEY NEED TO FIRE UMAR AKMAL" he does not have the mind set of a responsible batsmen, he is just reckless!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    lanka wanted to show off that they could win without mahela/malinga (who performed awfully ANYWAYS!) and now that's their excuse, smart... pakistan selectors need to make better selections, they need to play imran nazir, fawad alam and hammad azam (these guys are younger and more talented in limited overs) and find a keeper who isnt 33 and making a comeback!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    great win by pakistan. sri lankan deserved this as they dropped mahela and malinga as they thought they go could defeat pakistan without them (mind you, they were poor performers in the first match anyways). pakistan need to give fawad alam, imran nazir and hammad azam chances, they havent had enough chances and are much better than this crop of players. also no need to include a 33 year old wicket keeper, too late for a comeback or another misbah situation!

  • shazzar on June 3, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Slight improvement for pakistan batsman from the first innings, at least this time 3 players got to double figures or did sri lanka resting a key bowler play a part. Guess we only really won because we better defending a score rather than chasing. Malik and sami had good game but still not sure i see them as match winners or consistent enough to be in the team on a regular basis.

  • SyedAbidHussain on June 3, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    52* off 33 balls, 4-0-17-2, One superb catch. Man of the match. First player to play 50 T20Internationals, Cant get better than this. Boom Boom.

  • on June 3, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @ GerrardLK Let the batsmen from IPL play Pak and SL bowlers on this track and you will come to know the difference of IPL and international T20.

  • on June 3, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    this is afridi's own game.

  • torsha on June 3, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Ridiculous decision to drop Mahela and Malinga. You got to play to win the series. Poor tactics by SL.

  • Hate.ME on June 3, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    lol can't believe this actually happened. Pathetic batting display !!

  • johnathonjosephs on June 3, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @Gerrard, after 5 seasons of IPL, your Team India hasn't even won a single match in the group stages of the last 2 World Cups. What are you talking about? Very upset about this game because Mahela and Malinga sat out when there was a full crowd. I don't get it. They can play for Indian crowds, but not their own people's crowd? And what in the world is Kapugedera still doing in the team? I fail to understand. Surely 90 ODI matches at an average of 20 is horrible! He wouldn't even make it to a Bangladeshi side, let alone a Sri Lankan one.

  • shamszameer on June 3, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Now at this time when Pakistan is so close to victory, it seems that leaving mahela and malinga out of the playing squad was a big mistake. I would really go with some of the comments that money has really changed the course of the cricket.

  • on June 3, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @ everyone who claims Mahela and Malinga rested by themselves simple explanation. 1. with this set of selectors some1 has to not play in order for Kapugedara to worm his way into the team so may it be Mahela. 2. The chairman of selectors do not like Malinga cause he has an ego and wants to show that we don't need Malinga.

  • on June 3, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    SL put MJ and LM on rest and sent 2 umpires to ground for helping out SL. In this way SL can beat any team in world.

  • smbhayi on June 3, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Pak considered Afridi as a bowler, he shows he can bat also! I really need him as an opener or 1down or atleast 2down. If they do that they will benifit with it (remember wct20 they won). I like Afridi anyway!

  • Hate.ME on June 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Don't blame Mahela and Malinga for it. We saw in first match the kind of ordinary squad Pak have come up and having won the first match, it was a good decision to rest your main players. Even without Malinga, SL bowled out Pak batsmen for 120 odd runs and I'm sure 123 runs target should not be difficult for SL batsmen (Commenting when 2 SL wickets Sanga & Kula have fallen).

  • AzAb12754 on June 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Pakistan are becoming a weak team now as most of their senior players are getting old and their new inexperienced players apart from a few like Shezad and Umar are not talented. Sri Lanka are just too strong on their turf.

  • GerrardLK on June 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Two average sides playing mediocre cricket. I thought IPL witnessed a better standard of T20 cricket. PWI would beaten these two Pak & SL sides comprehensively.

  • farooqee on June 3, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Misbah was punished by removing from captaincy and T-Twenty side due to one defeat after 6wins. How will Hafeez be punished due to two defeats after O wins ?

  • Vibhanu on June 3, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Mahela and Malinga are rested because SL have to check other players in international format before the world cup starts.We only left one chance to do that against India.I wonder why people cannot understand that fact.Without those match winners SL can still win the match without much effort.

  • on June 3, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    well done Sri Lankan lions

  • WTEH on June 3, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Oh come on Mahela and Malinga. How can you do this your faithful fans. Pls try to play for you country with the same enthusiasm that you play for the IPL!!!! Well yes, Sri Lanka cannot pay you guys just as the franchises pay you. But, come on! you are playing for the country!!!! for the fans!!!! does it means anything to you? Remember in the old days guys scarified a lot more to play for the country and they never got paid back with money, like you do now. But we the fans respected them lot more for them than you two. Because it always should be the country before yourself!!!!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    nice squad chosen by Pakistan. I hope this team clicks now. And Mr. Ijaz Butt Hafeez is the right choice for captaincy although Misbah's achievements cannot be undermined. GO PAKISTAN :)

  • on June 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    who rested them selectors or players? both of them play every IPL game bt resting when playing 4 COUNTRY...DARK CLOUDS hanging over SL cricket coz GREEDY players and sl cricket board!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Mahela and Malinga can play every game for their IPL franchise as long as their fit but cant play 2 games for their own country,hahahaha

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  • on June 3, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Mahela and Malinga can play every game for their IPL franchise as long as their fit but cant play 2 games for their own country,hahahaha

  • on June 3, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    who rested them selectors or players? both of them play every IPL game bt resting when playing 4 COUNTRY...DARK CLOUDS hanging over SL cricket coz GREEDY players and sl cricket board!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    nice squad chosen by Pakistan. I hope this team clicks now. And Mr. Ijaz Butt Hafeez is the right choice for captaincy although Misbah's achievements cannot be undermined. GO PAKISTAN :)

  • WTEH on June 3, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Oh come on Mahela and Malinga. How can you do this your faithful fans. Pls try to play for you country with the same enthusiasm that you play for the IPL!!!! Well yes, Sri Lanka cannot pay you guys just as the franchises pay you. But, come on! you are playing for the country!!!! for the fans!!!! does it means anything to you? Remember in the old days guys scarified a lot more to play for the country and they never got paid back with money, like you do now. But we the fans respected them lot more for them than you two. Because it always should be the country before yourself!!!!!!

  • on June 3, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    well done Sri Lankan lions

  • Vibhanu on June 3, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Mahela and Malinga are rested because SL have to check other players in international format before the world cup starts.We only left one chance to do that against India.I wonder why people cannot understand that fact.Without those match winners SL can still win the match without much effort.

  • farooqee on June 3, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Misbah was punished by removing from captaincy and T-Twenty side due to one defeat after 6wins. How will Hafeez be punished due to two defeats after O wins ?

  • GerrardLK on June 3, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Two average sides playing mediocre cricket. I thought IPL witnessed a better standard of T20 cricket. PWI would beaten these two Pak & SL sides comprehensively.

  • AzAb12754 on June 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Pakistan are becoming a weak team now as most of their senior players are getting old and their new inexperienced players apart from a few like Shezad and Umar are not talented. Sri Lanka are just too strong on their turf.

  • Hate.ME on June 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Don't blame Mahela and Malinga for it. We saw in first match the kind of ordinary squad Pak have come up and having won the first match, it was a good decision to rest your main players. Even without Malinga, SL bowled out Pak batsmen for 120 odd runs and I'm sure 123 runs target should not be difficult for SL batsmen (Commenting when 2 SL wickets Sanga & Kula have fallen).