Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Pallekele

Seamers set up comfortable win for Pakistan

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

June 7, 2012

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Pakistan 135 for 4 (Hafeez 37, Akmal 36*) beat Sri Lanka 135 for 8 (Thirimanne 42*, Gul 3-24, Sami 3-19) by six wickets (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Umar Gul struck early for Pakistan, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Pallekele, June 7, 2012
Umar Gul was the most incisive of the Pakistan seamers with three wickets © AFP
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It turned out to be a good toss to lose for Pakistan, as their seamers, led by Umar Gul, set up a comfortable six-wicket win by keeping Sri Lanka to a paltry 135. The ball nipped around, skidded, turned and bounced alarmingly and tested the technique and patience of the batsmen, with the cloudy conditions giving the bowlers an overwhelming advantage. Three rain interruptions in the first innings did little to help Sri Lanka's cause. They struggled to build momentum and sizeable partnerships, and following a lengthy rain interruption, the overs were culled to 42, leaving very few overs in the end to accelerate.

Pakistan too were tested by a probing opening spell by Sri Lanka's seamers, but they could afford to take their time and grind it out. Subcontinent pitches aren't known to produce too many low-scoring games, and based on the evidence so far in the three games on tour, watching the bowlers have a say has been compelling.

Runs off the bat were at a premium as Sri Lanka's top four failed to reach double-digits and their combined contribution was outscored by extras. It was a struggle, not just to pick the gaps but to put bat on ball. Sohail Tanvir's angle away from the right-hander kept Mahela Jayawardene playing and missing; Gul's bounce off a good length and incutters troubled Tillakaratne Dilshan, who looked like he hadn't yet shrugged off the Twenty20 hangover.

It was a battle of attrition at both ends. Sri Lanka had two of their most experienced accumulators at the crease - Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara - but the seamers found ways to avert a partnership. An indipper from Gul trapped Jayawardene lbw, before Dinesh Chandimal chopped one onto his stumps without using his feet.

The batsmen may have had their wallets nicked when they walked out to bat - they couldn't even buy a run. In the first ten overs, Pakistan didn't concede a run off the bat for 26 consecutive legal deliveries. In that period, the only source of runs was 13 wides. The first boundary off the bat - there were only six in all - came in the 12th over. Any semblance of a recovery was halted when Mohammad Sami nipped out two wickets in successive overs, leaving Sri Lanka five down at the 15th over.

Rain forced interruptions in the 18th over and again after the 24th. What followed after the second interruption were two of the most productive partnerships. Lahiru Thirimanne added 25 with Thisara Perera, and doubled that with Nuwan Kulasekara. It was still a battle for survival, and the frequent interruptions didn't help Sri Lanka's bid to find momentum to accelerate. Following the third rain interval, which stretched to an hour and a quarter, Sri Lanka had only five overs to bat out. Thirimanne slogged and swished at several deliveries and managed to fetch three boundaries, including one off the final ball. Subtracting the wides, Sri Lanka would have been defending a much lesser score.

Sri Lanka managed only six fours in their innings, hitting the first only in the 12th over. Pakistan hit their first four as early as the third ball, when Mohammad Hafeez punched Lasith Malinga past the covers. Malinga soon had Azhar Ali caught off a loose drive, and he continued to create half chances by shaping the ball away from the right-handers. Kulasekara posed questions by getting the ball to cut back in - his stock delivery - and one of those breached Younis Khan's defences, leaving Pakistan at 27 for 2.

The pressure created by that dismissal led to three consecutive maidens. Misbah-ul-Haq halted a run-drought that lasted 25 deliveries with a slash past point for four. While Hafeez gave Pakistan the edge with positive shots, including a lofted off-drive for six, what prevented Pakistan from imploding was Misbah's calm presence.

Pakistan were a batsman short, so it was imperative one senior player pitched a tent through the duration of the innings, which Misbah had all but achieved. It was a pressure-free scenario for Umar Akmal to play his strokes, as Pakistan coasted home to extend their recent domination over Sri Lanka, with their ninth win in 11 games.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 41-42 NB/Wides
Sri Lanka 196 6 0 24/3 (0.1-10.0) 12/1 (15.1-20) 18/0 (35.1-39) 11/1 1/23
Pakistan 165 16 1 27/2 (1-9) 19/1 (15.1-20) 1/6

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 9, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

When will Pak stop playing with 6/7 bowlers ? the cannot chase an score if they are one batsman short , also please keep in mind that Y.Khan is a waste and U.Akmal is very eratic and un-reliable. What do the expect from this batting order ?

Posted by Sports4Youth on (June 9, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Can someone please explain to me, What is Younis Khan doing in limited overs cricket ? . . I mean he is great in Test cricket, but he has always been a disaster in the limited overs cricket since the last 12 years (since he made his debute). Asad Shafiq is any time better than him. Also there are other younsters who need to be tested if you are to prepare for the next world cup. It looks that the Pakistan Board does not have the next world cup in mind.

Posted by sambudgie on (June 9, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

What on earth are Sri Lankan team & management trying to do. SL were one of the top/best teams up until the World cup final. What in the God's name has happened to the team. They are like headless chickens. Come on have some pride and play for your motherland and the millions of people who are behind you in Sri Lanka. IPL has got to all of you I see. Very sad!!!!!!!!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 9, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

@Raj934,certainly better than sachn scorng a tortursome hundrd against bd n getng thrashd out of tournament as usual,lolz

Posted by Nizam1949 on (June 9, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

Saad Aftab writing his commentary here has a case in point, after all. Gloating over Pakistan's current form in the Bowling department and going ga-ga over just one ODI win over a slumping Sri Lanka, thanks to the bowlers, doesn't yet make Pakistan a formidable TEAM. "One swallow doesn't make a summer". A good TEAM is one which has balance in batting, bowling and fielding, coupled with the temperament to withstand pressure, sadly which Pakistan lacks!

It would be premature to rest on the laurels earned in one low-scoring ODI with Sri Lanka, without any pressure situation, and think that it would be easy sailing ahead. "Delhi honuj dur'ast". Pakistan TEAM has to dig deep to bring out the best of their prowess in every department of the game before they are considered as a force to reckon with in the world of Cricket. Pakistan's current ICC rankings, - Test, ODT and T20- should be an eye opener for all. "Rome was not built in a day".

Posted by RAJ934 on (June 9, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

MISBHA DID WORLD RECORD WHICH IS NOT BREAKABLE 20+Runs he scored and less than 30Runs in 80Balls wow PAK

Posted by RAJ934 on (June 9, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Great PAKISTAN made it clear that is there is no difference in TEST and ONE DAY just to score 135Runs PAK tooks 200+Balls with 3Wickets down wow wonderful those who are test crazy always watch PAK one day games...And Captain MR.MISBHA did a non-breaking record in one day by scoring 20+ RUNS and less than 30 in 80Balls wow unbreaking record......BY A PAK CAPTAIN.......MISBHA IS A GREAT...

Posted by Nizam1949 on (June 9, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

Pakistan's chink in the armoury is its frail and fragile batting. Pakistan's bowling attack, on its day probably the best in the world with speed, spin and variations, may not necessarily always click on all the occasions to rescue Pakistan with batsmen not being able to carve out defendable totals.

Watching this ODI, I felt that Pakistani batsmen were bereft of both art and technique in scoring runs, even with such a low target! Laborious, grinding and generally grueling, Pakistani batting attack looked more or less out of sorts and out of nick. A flash-in-the-pan victory, especially after a Srilankan batting collapse,hardly offers anything else other than cold comfort for Pakistan, and nothing to be really elated and jubilant about. This batting line-up of Pakistan shall not be good enough for the World Cup.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 9, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

@Stark 62,we have way better young batsmen cming in future,bt nöne of them can b cmpard to misbha in terms of temprament,we need him desperately in tests bt also in odis to a certain extent.check out averages of youvraj,gambhir,raina,jayawerdna n then compare it with younis,cnsidrng formers have playd mostly on batng paradises throughout their carers,fact z pak's batsmen R nt secnd to lankans,indians,whild our bowlrs R way way ahead of these both n hence d difrence,pak z easily best asian side

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

imo , i think that pakistan has the best bowling attack for the odis. In tests i think it's a tie between England , SA and Pakistan. Australia's attack is good but they don't have a quality spinner. I choose SA over australia because their pace attack is easily the best but their spinner tahir has yet to make a mark.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 8, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

@maddy20: Pakistan beat Eng at the oval and beat Aus in Eng early summer conditions with a team full of inexperienced kids to draw the series, quite an achievement. You mention Pak getting bowled out cheaply, fine, forgiveable with kids, but what was Indias excuse with its greatest batting line up ever?? And mo India haven't beaten all teams, you got whitewashed by Eng which overwrites the 2007 achievements. And if Ban isn't Indias backyard then what does that make the UAE for Pak. It just makes their wins in "alien" conditions even more brilliant. Pak has drawn or won against all the top Test teams Aus, Eng, SA, the last time they've met each other. No other nation can say that right now.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 8, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

@AndyZaltsmanshair Since when was Bangladesh India's backyard? Also you are talking as if Pak has beaten Eng in Eng, Sa inSa and and Aus inAus! India has beatenall but SA and Aus at home. Mighty pak on the other hand got bowled out for under 100 4 times in Their tour to Engand was also whitewashed by Aus in Aus. Right now in test arena no teamis competetive in alien conditions!

Posted by Stark62 on (June 8, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

Not only will the pensioners not be around for the next WC but they are disastrous, when it comes to fielding!!

Ramiz talked about there not being a talent to replace Misbah, well he should check the FC circuit more carefully because N. Yasin is more than capable of taking over and he rotates the strike very well.

Also, only in Pak will a player with an average of 32 after 200 odd ODI games is still selected.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

It was good to see TEAM PAKISTAN win the first ODI. Their victory would have been even more emphatic but for the number of extras given and dropped catches. TEAM PAKISTAN need to tighten up these areas. Batting looks weak particularly as it only really goes up to number 5 with Yunus Khan and Azhar Ali not showing much of form in the first ODI. They need to come good in remaining ODIs. As far as Afridi is concerned he is bit of a lottery, some days he will come off with the bat, other days he is awful. Sarfraz still needs to proof himself with the bat but he is a class wicket keeper and seems like a team player. However, for the moment I would not make any changes to the team as the four bowlers (Tanvir, Gul, Sami, AjmaL) plus Afridi and Hafeez are likely to continue to bowl out Sri Lanka cheaply. Further, Tanvir, Gul and Sami can bat a bit.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@Min2_cric ,yes Pakistan Attack are better than England and Australia , unlike later Pakistan has plenty of depth in Pace as well s spin department.To beat Current no 1 Test side in a full fledge and full force England team 3-0 are not a joke.Yes England and Australia are too have good attack but bring them on a flat pitches against strong batting line up India they will clobbered, Yes England do have Swann but Australia spinner are not even in terms of club level.In third Test Pakistan Turn the table against England after dismissing for mere 98, Were as the Aussie team in fourth Ashes series faced the disastorus inning defeat after dismissing for same 98.

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (June 8, 2012, 13:29 GMT)

@maddy20: in that same competition, the so called greatest batting team got knocked out of the tournament at the group stages. Virat Kohli sums up India in a nutshell, lions in their own backyard only, on flat tracks. (P.S. Any team that wins a tournament deserves it. Luck doesn't come into it.)

Posted by maddy20 on (June 8, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

@Husain Reyman India did not get lucky! PAkiston got stupid. When you drop sitters you are not even eligible to smell the WC let alone touch it or win it! A friend of mine used to say "you cannot blame or undervalue others just coz you are stupid!" The great Pakistan attack was ripped to shreds by a 22 year old and chased 329 with 6 overs to spare against the so called "World's best bowling attack"!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

All those people who are asking for Kamran Akmal have absolutely NO clue as to how much of a negative influence K.Akmal has on the team! He is a very ordinary keeper and an average batsman, he does have flair and style but that does not mean he should be allowed back after what he did! Has everone forgotten the Sydney test where he dropped ample chances off of Danish Kaneria! Or the dreadful england Test series or the worldcup game against NZ? His blunders not only gift the opposition life lines but bring the moral of the bowler and eventually the whole team to a rock bottom low! Instead of bringing him back i think we should stick to Sarfraz. The guy who kept in the T20s was very impressive as well. he moved well behind the stumps and had a keen eye for catches! Why not give him a chance instead of bring back someone who we know will end up costing games?

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

PAKISTAN certainly has the best bowling attack inthe world right now. And the bowlers have always won matches for them

Posted by pkcricfan101 on (June 8, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Pakistan has good batting talent coming up in the near future. Babar Azam looks really good for a 17 year old is an opening batsmen and is the cousin of Umar and Kamran Akmal but looks technically better than both his cousins. Then theres Afaq Raheem who I hope gets a match in this test series. And of course they are always going to produce good bowlers like Rahat Ali, Sadaf Hussain, Zia Ul Haq, Raza Hasan. Hopefully Mohammad Amir will be selected once his ban is completed in 2015ish if he can still bowl well. Pak future looks bright.

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 8, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

@Husain Reyman "had Pakistan taken there catches Pak would have won WC2011",lots of Ifs and Buts cannot make Pak better than India.truth is that India in recent years have been overpowering Pak in almost every match.Pak were not better than India thats why they didnt make into the finals.what can India do if they reached the finals which was played at Wankhede.a worldcup winner means undoubtly the best side in the tournament its as simple as that.Tanvir intimidatin batsmen is also making me laugh

Posted by SuperSharky on (June 8, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

I like Umar Gul. One of the best seamers around. A pity he doesn't play on seamers-friendly pitches a lot. But he learned enough from Waqar Younis to produce the goods.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

SL is a good team and i believe in the current line up Mahela is the best option to lead the side.In my opinion SL plays too much cricket, senior cricketers like Malinga,Sanag,Mahela and Dilsahan are busy on tours or playing IPL.They are not having time to gel together as a unit.They prepared bouncy and seaming tracks to counter Pak Spin but it fired back with Pak pace battery.SL should consult Arvinda and Ranatunga to help out.On the other hand Pak batting still remains a wory even though we have few talented guys like Nasir Jamshed,Hammad Azam,Imran Nazir etc. A fan from Pakistan

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

mannn jus think if aamir n asif also r in contention for a place in pak team!! pak will be the team to beat!!!! mashallah

Posted by joseyesu on (June 8, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

I guess SL's are going downwards after the WC11. SL's are not playing as team and Dilshan has lost his form during and after the captaincy. Missing a fire power like- Great murali, Fearful Jayasuriya. Now SL's are piling up with useless/undependable allrounders Mathews, Perera, Maharoof.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

@sabir786 its tuktuk whose got some pride back into [pk cricket

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world(seamers+spinners). Only if the batsmen take a little responsibility and try to attack more then this team could b a deadly 1......Cheers!!!!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

pak certainly has bowling attack for all conditions, guys like riaz & junaid cant get a game the futures bright the futures green :)

Posted by applethief on (June 8, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully Lucky? If they held their damn catches, they'd win 95% of the games the played

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Min2 cric....Pakistan is the best bowling attack, look at Tanvir's physique, huge, and the very appearance can intimidate any batsman...India is lucky that they won that mohali semi final, because if only the fielding and dropped catches were taken India would not have gone past the 200 mark....this is a fact and also India are world champs in their own backyard, Pakistan was without doubt the best team in the 2011 world cup, and India got lucky....thats a fact

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

I'm a Pakistani and a Pakistani fan and i wish to request all Pakistani fans to GROW UP FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!! Every comment does not need to be about how Pakistan is better then India or how Pakistan is the best side in the world or how Pakistani attack is the world's best bla bla bla .... It is awesome that we managed to win but honestly, the game is bigger then all of this ... everybody needs to not lose perspective as there is more to it then just being better then India and winning one game isnt the end of the world .... I wish our side the best for the remaining series and the coming World T20 as well

Posted by truthhh on (June 8, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

drop dilshan,sanga from the team temporarily.actualy they are inconsistent,they have nothing to gain,now they are monied people.please save SRILANKA cricket.give chances to young players as more as would be nice joke that all aritical writers&commentators all the time saying that called 'trio(sanga,mahela,dilshan) are the players,actualy not,they are not perforimg well except mahela....the truth is they have nothing to gain,they are not mortivated to do so.....'

Posted by priceless1 on (June 8, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

SL has to drop those inconstant all timers like Dilshan, Mahela and build a team with young players , at least then they can look to the future .

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 8, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

@Subhahsh do u really think pak has d bst bowling lineup at present....if u compare wid dat of india its Ohk....but i suppose u hav forgot eng n aussies r too part of cricket and hav much better bowlers than pakssss....

Posted by Balumekka on (June 8, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Although I'm a SL fan, I must say that now they are batting like a high school team! If you get beaten on your home soil like this, no need of away matches!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

@joseyesu with due respect , Pakistani pacers have struggled for consistency on pitches which lack some bite like pitch in thjs match. Indian bowling was not full strength in Asia Cup, the actual attack is pretty decent . FYI, Harbhajan and most of Indian bowlers have a good records in Srilanka, your prediction of 280+ is ridiculous considering the CONDITIONS.

Posted by CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on (June 8, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

You look at sami not big built not a steven finn in height but the guy is the quickest og gul,tanvir and co. and has a classical outswinger which will trouble everyone at 145 kmph just goes to show to world and most importantly us indians that if you have a top class bowling attack you can build a very decent team we indians are too obssessed with batting but should realize that bowlers win matches and batters put in a position to win and if a batting collapse bowling can compensate it WE SURELY CAN LEARN THIS THING FROM PAKISTANIS THAT THEY STRESS MOST ON BOWLING AND HENCE HAVE BETTER WIN RATIO IN TESTS NO SHAME IN THAT THEY HAVE BETTER BOWLERS THEY DESERVE IT.Coming back to sami if he develops consistency I see no reason him being one of top bowlers in world and pakistanis are best death bowlers so you can bank on yorker stuff bowl after bowl and neither other than malinga can do be it steyn,morkel,finn,broad,anderson.Hope we get wasim or waqar as coach to yadav,aaron,dinda,ishant.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Pakistan are at the moment the Best Bowling attack in the World ,They cleaned up the opposition with paltry on the board which their fragile but capable Batting line up Pulled off.This is once again Blur print Concept that to be bets team you need your best attack even Average batting line up can be masked with better bowling resources.........The same problem which India are facing they have strong batting line up whom scores 280+ in ODI but their bowling so weak that they never guaranteed to defend that clinically, As per Srilanka are concern post Australian Tri series they are becoming worsed day by day and even Bangladesh,Ireland can swallowed them quickly

Posted by muzzafaraziz on (June 8, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

Undoubtly the pakistan team has got the best spin attack in the world right now and thus it may be difficult for the Lankans to prepare the wickets that suits them other than than spin coz they always rely on spin department too. If see the past pakistans bowling attack has always pose threats to so many big teams in the world and thus they won so many games too, although there has been setbacks to pakistans fast department with two of there best bowlers Aamir and Asif not playing still they are good. Hence if they two duo's would have been playing then the score of under 200 would have been pretty difficult for any team to score on. Honestly, they miss them and miss the likes of Inzi, yousuf and Saed too.

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 8, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

boring match.... quite boring...very boring...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 8, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

I think it will be the last time Pakistan can celebrate a win. They r gonna lose the remaining matches in the series...Pakistan is always lucky to get wins. In Asia cup they wr lucky enough to play BD even if they lost to India. They got last T20 win due to rest of Seniors in Lankan team. And now a pitch which is criticized from its opening game itself.

Posted by joseyesu on (June 8, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

PAK always seem to have best bowling attack. If the same SRI played against IND, the score would be 280+ and would have fooled fans.

Posted by drnaveed on (June 8, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Pakistan T 20 side should be 1 ) mohammad hafeez 2 ) nasir jamshed 3 ) imran nazir 4 ) ahmed shehzad 5 ) umar akmal wk 6) shoaib malik 7 ) kamran akmal 8 ) shahid afridi 9 ) uma r gul 10 ) sohail tanveer / mohammad sami 11 ) saeed ajmal.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

For all those Kamran Akmal supporters, Kamran scoring a century and dropping 2, 3 catches/stumping will loose the match for Pakistan. So it's better to play a wicket keeper who can keep the wicket instead of a keeper who can occasionally bat.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (June 8, 2012, 4:51 GMT)


Posted by truthhh on (June 8, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

dilshan must be dropped from the team temporrarily as a lesson.see how he batted in irresponsible way,not only in this match but also in eng vs sl test matches!!!!!!selectors do not depend on old players all the time,if they do not perform well,they should be dropped from the team temporrarily.see how that aus selecting commite works,they have given as many chances t young srilanka there are many young comers.such as anglo perera&so on

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 8, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Again a completely one sided affair, men against boys, I've said at the start of the series that Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan coming in straight from IPL are tired. It makes a huge difference when you play against top quality bowling. Not just the tiredness of it, IPL has eroded their techniques as well. A small country with limited resources is focusing so much on T20 cricket that they are quickly becoming the whipping boys at international level. Forget about tests, they cant even compete in ODI's.

Posted by Kyle_Jones235 on (June 8, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Well I saw this day coming. I always said that when Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela are done, SL will crumble. It seems like now we are witnessing the downfall now. The SL youngsters have the talent but are not mentally tough to win games by themselves, they need the experienced guys to also do well. None of them look like big threats in the international scene. Just looking at the way they play, they don't look hungry, they look scared...

Posted by Philippe on (June 8, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

80-90% of the test centuries made by mahela have come in Sri Lanka only.. which shows that he is not a world class player.. Sangakara is good player almost at all the conditions across the globe.. but he seems very tired may be due to over dose of cricket Sri Lankan team has got.. Dilshan too looks rusty due to over cricket team has played.. I think Pakistan will take ODI as well as Test series easily.. there is no comparison at this point of time in these two teams..

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Thanks to the IPL the top order sri lankan batsman are still in the T20 mode.They look jaded and totally out of sorts.It's time to wake up guys as money is not everything as we can see from performances so far.If they unable to perform to their potential it's time the selectors took some bold decisions and revamp the side to ensure that Sri Lanka cricket is on the upward trend.

Posted by Mr.Khb on (June 8, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

Sri Lanka 5 Loses in a row now. And in all those 5 matches batsmen havent done well for them. Top order is not in a good form. I suggest in the next match they should open with Tharanga and keep Mahela for the middle order. And Chandhimal should be dropped till he finds the form back. Thirimanna should come up at no. 5 and then Mathews. Hope Sri Lanka will do their best in the other matches.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 8, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

@Rashid Khan@legaleye,u seem to know nothng of agresion in a t20,odi match,i can bet u,kamran can b selectd on d basis of his battng(leave keepng),since pak R 1 batsman short,akmal would have been ideal choice here,n 4 upcming wc(t20),we need kamran,nazir in our side to b cald agresive batng side,wel 4 lankans,they stand only chance if prepare flat tracks,othrwise reslt gonna remain same,its strange they r giving hme advantage to pak,lolz,wel pak have always been a dominatng force in asia against sl,ind,hope pak cary on ths in futur as wel,go pak go,wc z ours!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (June 8, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

pak bowlers bowled brilliantly.they deserved to win this batsmen are not world class and giving bowler friendly condition especially to pak bowlers was suicidal.batsmen like mahela play well only in dead pithches like colombo ssc.pak will whitewash this amateur team.good luck pak.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

PAK played well good keep it up and win the series by good margin

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

giving bowlers friendly pitches to pak...not a good move sl, not a good move!!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

I think the problem is that our so called World class batsmen can only play at the slow, low turners at SSC and Premadasa. When they come across bouncy tracks made on Clay rich, Reddish Brown Earth soils in the dry zone, and on Pallekele, they cannot cope up! These Colombo bound Cricketers should practice more often on Dry Zone pitches so that they become adept at playing the bouncing ball.

Posted by Cricket_Anonymous on (June 8, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

Younis Khan hasn't been in the form of his life lately. He will probably not make it to WC 2015 either. It's time we give Asad Shafiq an extended run at no. 3. Pakistan needs more out of its top order.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 1:35 GMT)

may be mahela should come in to middle order and .... we should find a constant opener to open with dilshan !!!!!!!! anyways ...... good luck with the next game

Posted by ChrisPerera on (June 8, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

SL has no bowers now no one to bat. What has happened to Dilshan, Mahela & Sanga? all are failing at the same time. May be SL have to change their tactics and first consolidate during the first 10 overs without loosing wickets.

Posted by Legaleagle on (June 8, 2012, 1:28 GMT)

This Pakistan team is winning because Kamran Akmal is NOT playing. People should remember that at International level NO ONE gets unlimited chances. Kamran is a mediocre wicket keeper and even worst batsman. Good luck to the current team!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 8, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

Please prepare a batting paradise for the next match. Whats wrong with the ankan pitches?

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (June 8, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Sri Lanka is in downward graph, very boring team also

Posted by maddy20 on (June 7, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

Only 100 runs scored off the bat SL in 42 overs(there were 3o odd extras bowled by Pak), that despite Pak dropping 4-5 catches. While I am no fan of belters where Batsmen massacre bowlers, this is pathetic batting by SL.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

One positive aspect for Pakistan is the Coach's internal tactics to create a sense of competition at least in the bowling department. This is paying off, because all the quickies Gully, Tanvir, Sami are under pressure to perform, or else they would be replaced by the likes of Rahat Ali etc. The outcome all the quicks Sami, Tanvir and Gully have performed superbly in the 2nd T2O and the 1st ODI. I feel the same internal pressure for batting will bring out the best. Having said that, Pakistan is looking g8 beating SL in 9 out of 11 recent games played...and whats even great news is that Lanka is a Strong Team ! Wow Jiyo team Pak

Posted by TissaPerera on (June 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

Most Sri Lankan Batsman played like they are scared. I think Mahela's diplomacy putting a negative mindset on others. He was praising Pakistan bowlers as world class. That brings a negative thoughts in the dressing room. What about our players, we have so many world class players he never bother to praise and give moral pat in their back. I remember Arjuna was telling Shane Warne was just an ordinary Bowler (When Warne was a real world class bowler) That type of talk gives your own players some encouragements. Both Mahela and Sanga are way too diplomatic as leaders. Thats why we keep losing even though we have talent in my opinion.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

This was a bad advocate for ODIs... the Sri Lankans were playing the match as if it was a Test, literally! Even the seniors were unbelievably slow. Mahela 3 off 20 balls, Sanga 9 off 31 balls, Dilshan 5 off 9 balls (no surprise there). The "future of SL batting" pair of Chandimal and Mathews went for ducks. Only Thirimanne showed some fight and looked like he was trying to build an innings to launch later, but the overs were shortened so he couldn't do much. The Pakistan bowlers were excellent, right on the money. This series was already pre-determined as Pakistan having the superiority in bowling, while Sri Lanka have the advantage in batting. But now it looks like Pakistan hold the advantage in both!

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Those who are advocating for Kamran Akmal are either his relatives or have no clue about cricket. They don't relaize how many matches Pakistan has lost because of his shameful keeping and how many matches we could have won if he held even 50% of the chances that came his way. He got so many chances but there is no way he can improve his keeping because you can only improve something that is at least a bit decent. His batting is good but he is a joker as far as his keeping is concerned.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

Even though it is limited overs cricket we need batsmen with patience, concentration and application to do well. That was sadly lacking. Dilshan played in his usual reckless way and could have got out much earlier. Playing in IPL is not the best form of preparation for an international ODI series. Since SLC has apparently "sold" our cricketers to IPL the decline in standard of national team will continue. We might do better in remaining matches but after loosing the first match so comprehensively it is hard to see us coming back and winning the series. The final scores do not quite indicate Pakistan's dominance since with plenty of overs left to reach the target Pakistan batsmen took their time and were in no hurry to get there.

Posted by dmqi on (June 7, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

@saabir786. Without Baba Tuk Tuk your unpredictable Afridi, Akaml can not guarantee a stay at the wicket to score. Today, Baba Tuk Tuk made sure that Umar Akaml does not come and go, did you see Umar taking instructions from the baba. You do not have any reliable batsman in the Pak team except Mr. Tuk Tuk, the most successful Captain in Pak team. After his retirement, there will be no one to give stability.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

SL is a joke of a team. They are so preoccupied with IPL. Shameful

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

and YES KAMRAN AKMAL should get another chance as he is performing well in domestic cricket... His inclusion will be good for batting as he undoubtedly bats well in any format.....

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

I think Pakistan and SriLanka both teams need to improve their batting skills for bouncy pitches if we ever decide to beat South Africa or Australian team on their own ground, and i think Pakistan probably is the weakest team in their fielding.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 21:19 GMT)

Boys in green played well 2day but lankan's will bounce back...... Long Live Pakistan & Sri Lanka !!!

Posted by pk_cric_rox on (June 7, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

@Ian316 ... the ppl u r talking about r not cricket lovers, they r only batting lovers. they prefer to have ball throwing machine at one end and their star batsmen hitting that ball n decide the match if their batsmen can score 300 or not. lol

Posted by Usman.Zafar on (June 7, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. Umar Akmal, we want more consistency from u

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

both the teams really need to enhance their scoring skills on bouncy wickets..... they must learn to play on fast pitches like this one !!!

Posted by saabir786 on (June 7, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

brilliant performance by umar akmal and great reply to those who r critising him and praise azhar ali and shafiq.see umar akmal has got the average of 39 and str rate of 82 while others are way behind.see azhar ali stat avg.31 and str rate 63 and hafeez who had played now 100 matches have shameful stat he neither have average nor strike rate even baba tuk tuk is better than my request to those who r critising players like umar and shehzad that be patience and back them give them free hand they have the talent and technique they will surely deliver and players like hafeez,younis,azhar ali are the average players even indian ipl local players are better than him.the matchwinner in the pak are,Shehzad,Umar Akmal,afridi,Hammad,ajmal.Mohd amir and Mohd Asif.and the .proven match lossers are Baba Tuk Tuk,Younis khan,Azhar Ali,Farhat,T umar.these stats are for One Dayers and T20 only.For tests players like Younis,Tuk Tuk,Azhar Ali ,Shafiq,Ajmal are real matchwinners

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Great performance by whole team except dropped catches. After long time I have seen pace bowlers performing so good..brilliant. Nice to see Umar Akmal in his natural golden touch. I would suggest one change in this team..Kamran Akmal must be in replacing Sarfraz Sarfraz is not up to the mark as keeper whereas kamran should open innings and it will add one more solid batsman in the team. To be very honest Sami surprised every one with his bowling. Keep it up old man. I would prefer Asad Shafiq...if Younas Khan is out of form.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 7, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

@sabir786,personaly i m die hard anti misbah persn bt frankly speakng he z a real stabilizr 4 pak in tests in particular n 4 odis in genral,he did more than gd today cnsidring we were 1 batsman short,so wel done misbah,keep it up!,any way,lankan struglng against pak's bowlng doesn't come as a surprise 4 me as these sl cnditins r taler.made 4 pak spin(easily d best in wrld),pls 4 pak seamers,so i can easily see pak in top 3 in cming t20 wc,any batng line(no matr how strong) gonna strugle against pak here strugle against

Posted by Ian316 on (June 7, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

I must say, it's nice to play a team like Pakistan! Just reading all the comments is so pleasant! No fanatics or idolisers and just cricket lovers! Fantastic! Pakistan is ever welcome in SL!!! Some others, not so much ;-) btw, well played today Pakistan! Masterclass in pace bowling! ( if you ignore the wides though )

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Pakistanis played very slow....

Posted by applethief on (June 7, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

This article needs a mention about DRS, or rather the lack of it. Quite a few howlers made by the umpires in both innings today

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

sl batting line up is a having 5 openers in their 6 positions.v dnt hv any other batsman in d line up. So i thnk this mst b d batting line up here.dili,tharanga,sanga,chandi,mahela,thiri,angelo,thisara,jeewan,nuwan,malinga. Jeewan mendis cn create sme pressure to d pakistani batsman.opening partnershp is d crucial one.mahela in d middle wl gv d guidance to d youngstrs.angelo n thisara cn shw sme hard hitting @ latter part.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Good to see Akmal performed well!!!!!!!!

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 7, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Interesting to see how Sri Lankan top order bats. I don't understand why Mahela opens in Srilankan conditions where you need to bat long in middle of the innings just like Misbah did.

Srilanka will come back hard on Pakistanies but they need to stop giving away lots of extras and stop giving away runs to tailenders. I don't understand why Misbah did not try Shahid afridi today to get tailenders wickets. Quite surprised by that decision.

In the end good win for pakistan but it was hard pitch to bat on.

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (June 7, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

What Sl doesn't need to do is to panic, I am a Pakistani but I can say that the things may have been different if Pak would have batted first; moreover its not only SL, the Aussies have had a similar experience in this ground facing the Pakistan attack in the world cup group stages.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

well played pakistan but pakistan need abdul razzak instead of sohail tanvir to strong the lower middle order batting . If they have to chase anything above 200 it will be really difficult with this team .

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Congrates Team pakistan.. pakistan loves you..

Posted by Muttee on (June 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

what a brillinat performance by the pacemen, it was really needed since all the focus was getting on the spinners. Hopefully Sami and Gul keep bowling the same way and get their consistency on, then it will be easy pickings. Good luck for the rest of the series BOYS

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

Mjhammad sami played very well and also whole team played very well .

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

just wanna say something quick pakistan was just better in every field whether if it's balling or batting so hard luck srilanka and Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Pak has strangled hold on Sri Lankans for the last 2 yrs or so. We keep wining against them most of the times. I guess, Pak team knows SL players more then anyone else. Having said that, SL should know Pakistani players as well now since they all play against each other a lot. In my opinion, Sangarkara should bat two down since their middle order is quite streaky. Pakistan on the hand, needs to bat ball thru out the series else our bowling is too strong for Lankans.

Posted by saabir786 on (June 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

baba tuk tuk is making the target of 135 look like 250.come on baba show some aggression or give chance to boom boom and co

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain

You can't underestimate sri lankan future like that. As we saw in today's match,our young guns(thrimanna,thisara,kula) have brought us in to a considerable position under huge pressure

Also don't forget that after getting that 43 score,they have comfortably chased 300+ in SA. :)))))))

Posted by WTEH on (June 7, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

It looks like Sri Lanka need a major reshuffle with the batting order. This order just not seem right.

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

pakistan will also b in trouble

Posted by Kewl_Nemo on (June 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

Bad Luck for Pakistan.. They were hoping to finish up earlier.. but rain interrupted and gave chance to Srilankan to rest and get more tips from their seniors

Posted by   on (June 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Even Bangladesh played far better than this against Pakistan then Sri Lanka have in this match. I wonder what will happen to Sri Lanka once the likes of Sangakarra, Dilshan, Jayawardene etc leave the game, the future doesn't look good for Sri Lanka Cricket and looks like there will be a lot of changes in the Cricketing World soon. Don't forget it was this year that Sri Lanka got bowled out for 43 :)

Posted by Kushalagr007 on (June 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

"The visitors went in with six specialist seamers, including two spin-allrounders." This need to be corrected to six specialist bowlers as Pakistan only has 3 specialist seamers.

Posted by Ultra_Sl_Cricket on (June 7, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

.......hoYA sl win.!!! come on boys

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