Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pallekele June 8, 2012

Another tough test awaits batsmen

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Match Facts

Saturday, June 9
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

The Big Picture

Weren't the limited-overs formats, especially in the subcontinent, supposed to be a batsman's game? The two Twenty20s in Hambantota and the first ODI in Pallekele have all been about the bowlers though, with the batsmen being tested in seaming conditions reminiscent of cricket in the early English summer. The frequent rain interruptions during Thursday's one-dayer added to that impression.

June is not cricket season in Sri Lanka traditionally, mainly due to the wet weather. Only two ODI series have been played in Sri Lanka in that month: the Nidahas Trophy in 1998 which had half its matches wiped out by rain, and the Asia Cup in 2010 which was held in the dry zone of Dambulla. Like the first ODI, rain is expected during Saturday's match.

Pakistan will like a repeat of the result on Thursday, but not a reprise of their fielding. They put down a handful of simple catches on their way to a straightforward victory, disproving the old adage that "catches win matches". Another aspect they will want to improve is the discipline while bowling - the 23 wides they bowled made up one-sixth of Sri Lanka's total.

Sri Lanka were pretty much out of the game within the first 15 overs, as their experienced top order failed against the swing and seam. They had slid to 68 for 6 when Saeed Ajmal was introduced. The form of Sri Lanka's top-three batsmen - Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, none of whom have crossed 20 in three games this series - remains a concern.

Form guide

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Pakistan WWLWW
Sri Lanka LLLLL

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Mohammad Sami, playing his first ODI in more than five years, got a dream surface to bowl on which the ball was jagging around so much, the batsmen could barely get bat on it.. Sami revelled in the conditions, working up some solid pace as he finished with 3 for 19.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was the top run-getter in the CB series earlier this year, but had an indifferent time at both the Asia Cup and the IPL. The lacklustre run has continued in this series as well, with Dilshan going for the adventurous hits even before gauging the tricky tracks on offer.

Team news

One question for Pakistan to ponder is whether to get in an extra batsman, given how difficult run-making has proved. They went in with Shahid Afridi at No. 6 in the first ODI, making their batting line-up look a little shallow.

Pakistan (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Sami

Despite the heavy defeat on Thursday, Sri Lanka are likely to go in with the same XI.

Sri Lanka (likely) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Upul Tharanga, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne, 7 Angelo Mathews, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Lasith Malinga

Stats and trivia

  • In their last 14 matches against Pakistan, Sri Lanka have crossed 250 only twice

  • With 30 wickets, Lasith Malinga is comfortably the leading wicket-taker of the year in ODIs

  • Sri Lanka are among Umar Akmal's preferred opposition sides: in 12 innings, he has a hundred and four half-centuries against them with his 506 runs coming at an average of 56.22

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    SL Must Change there Batting order Promoting Upul Tharanga as opener and Mahela as 5 Down Remember Tharanga scored 133 in Palekale Las WC in 10th march 2011 with building partnership as opening stand 283 with Dilshan I Like to See the Repeat the Same ....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I wish bst of luck to both friendly rivals,if pak gets sucesful in getng top 3 wickts then misbah should through d ball to afridi rather than hafez,since afridi can rip through midle n lowr midl ordr.Anyhow tuff day in d office 4 batsmen on both sides,i wish curators could have prepard a beter stuf than this.@Pak92,well done mate,

  • on June 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    This series will win by rain..

  • on June 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Open with Dilshan and Tharanga..........Mahela and sri Lanka is better off this way,The middle order becomes more stronger with someone like Mahela down there.....All the Best Sri Lanka.

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Azhar Ali is not an opner it is just wasting his skills.

  • Sumra_cric_lover on June 9, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I would be pleased to see asad shafiq replacing azhar ali for todays game because Azhar ali is a very limited player having no strokes at all for the liking of shorter formats of the game (ODI and T20).. while asad shafiq is a very exciting player to watch.. Pakistan desperately needs an opener who can give them quick as well as solid start and in my view, asad shafiq is a good blend of solidarity and aggression. He has got a really good technique against both pace and spin..

  • mazii on June 9, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    India has never got bowler that matches the caliber of Wasim, Waqar and Shoib. They even have never got anywhere near when it comes to fas bowling department. However, India has produced batsmen like Sachin and a few others. I have to agree that Indian team has never been a balanced team since its inception, if we draw a comparison between these two. But i do confess that the present Indian team is the most competent team ever. If Pakistan able to produce some batting giants like javed Miandad, Inzmam or Muhammed yousaf then I don't have any doubts in my mind regarding the effectiveness of this team.

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    National cricket team to that of a village tennis ball cricket team where the captain gets to bat first followed by the other big boys, Arjuna Ranatunga is a case in point. As the years passed and as he was saddled with responsibility he didn't promote himself up the order, but down and down he went and the end result was that he ended up with just two ODI centuries. He may have not got 20 centuries or many Man of the Match awards, but he won us a World Cup.

  • Kashif.79 on June 9, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Pakistan ll win the Match with big Total....... INSHALLAH

  • KarachiKid on June 9, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    To my Pakistani brothers, please dont get ahead of yourself, this match is anybody's game. Its cricket. And our team has proved time and again that we may be extremely talented, we are also known for our mercurial style and inconsistency. Finally we should not bring India in all this affair, they have beaten us in bigger stages many a times. Unless our team reverses this trend, I would keep mum.

  • on June 9, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    SL Must Change there Batting order Promoting Upul Tharanga as opener and Mahela as 5 Down Remember Tharanga scored 133 in Palekale Las WC in 10th march 2011 with building partnership as opening stand 283 with Dilshan I Like to See the Repeat the Same ....

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 9, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    I wish bst of luck to both friendly rivals,if pak gets sucesful in getng top 3 wickts then misbah should through d ball to afridi rather than hafez,since afridi can rip through midle n lowr midl ordr.Anyhow tuff day in d office 4 batsmen on both sides,i wish curators could have prepard a beter stuf than this.@Pak92,well done mate,

  • on June 9, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    This series will win by rain..

  • on June 9, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Open with Dilshan and Tharanga..........Mahela and sri Lanka is better off this way,The middle order becomes more stronger with someone like Mahela down there.....All the Best Sri Lanka.

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Azhar Ali is not an opner it is just wasting his skills.

  • Sumra_cric_lover on June 9, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    I would be pleased to see asad shafiq replacing azhar ali for todays game because Azhar ali is a very limited player having no strokes at all for the liking of shorter formats of the game (ODI and T20).. while asad shafiq is a very exciting player to watch.. Pakistan desperately needs an opener who can give them quick as well as solid start and in my view, asad shafiq is a good blend of solidarity and aggression. He has got a really good technique against both pace and spin..

  • mazii on June 9, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    India has never got bowler that matches the caliber of Wasim, Waqar and Shoib. They even have never got anywhere near when it comes to fas bowling department. However, India has produced batsmen like Sachin and a few others. I have to agree that Indian team has never been a balanced team since its inception, if we draw a comparison between these two. But i do confess that the present Indian team is the most competent team ever. If Pakistan able to produce some batting giants like javed Miandad, Inzmam or Muhammed yousaf then I don't have any doubts in my mind regarding the effectiveness of this team.

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    National cricket team to that of a village tennis ball cricket team where the captain gets to bat first followed by the other big boys, Arjuna Ranatunga is a case in point. As the years passed and as he was saddled with responsibility he didn't promote himself up the order, but down and down he went and the end result was that he ended up with just two ODI centuries. He may have not got 20 centuries or many Man of the Match awards, but he won us a World Cup.

  • Kashif.79 on June 9, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Pakistan ll win the Match with big Total....... INSHALLAH

  • KarachiKid on June 9, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    To my Pakistani brothers, please dont get ahead of yourself, this match is anybody's game. Its cricket. And our team has proved time and again that we may be extremely talented, we are also known for our mercurial style and inconsistency. Finally we should not bring India in all this affair, they have beaten us in bigger stages many a times. Unless our team reverses this trend, I would keep mum.

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    azhar ali is a middle order batsman and shud nt play as an opener imran farhat shud play and azhar ali shud specialise in test matches playing as an opener and nt performing will make his confidence low resulting in bad performances in tests too.............

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    india can win in indians grounds

  • and001 on June 9, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    i'm surprised with sri lankan pitches for the first time...it presents the same seam and swing as it does on English pitches....its a thrilling contest and will b good series overall.

  • imrulsh on June 9, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    I used to be a" MAD PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAMS FAN" but now a days their cricket do not attracts me because of there poor poor poor batting...... Thank GOD there bowling is good as always but BATTING??? .................CHEE!!! Azhar Ali, Misbah and Younus Khan should be replaced by new exciting young tallent......Brought back Imran Nazir in the Team...

  • on June 9, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    enough talks pak lets see what happen to u today

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 9, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Asad shafeeq should replace Azhar ali. He has far better technique. umer akmal should bat at number 4. Kamran Akmal should be back in T20.

  • stormy16 on June 9, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    SL are up against a top quality attack be it seam or spin conditions and with the experienced batters failing at the top more of the same is to be expected. The Pak attack has variety and quality that is second to none and SL will have to dig deep to stay competitive in the series.

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    @ PAK-92, Agreed Ur Comments regarding Pakistan are better than All Asian teams that include India..But I totally disagree with ur statement "Yes India won the extra world cup thats prove nothing",Thats prove many thing buddy.Its not important how many matches you have won Its much depend on how many important matches you have won.India have 5-0 World cup record against Pakistan.out of 5 Victories ,3 wins (1996,2003,2011)Virtually knocked Pakistan out of the tournament which comes once after 4 years.In your case victory in Petty One day games matter most but we value higher in the games played on big occassion. Further we beaten Pakistan in T20 final too in 2007,India win the Asia Cup many times than Pakistan.If nos of Victories are imp South Africa has been the best team in last two decades where they won almost everything but fade badly in knock out situation than what is use of those low profile wins...But stil i accept Pakistan r better than India even being an Indian

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    And when we talk about test matches Pakistan played 367 matches in total and won 115 and India played 462 matches and won 112.

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Pakistan won the most T20's played 55 and won 33 out of them 1 tied.

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Pakistan played 770 ODI's in total and won 416, India played 804 ODI's in total and won 397 Pakistan is only second to Australia in ODI's W/L ratio.

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    PAK ll loose this game badly................

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka should bring thilan Kadamby back..

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Although I'm Bangladeshi Fan.But....I'm agreed with PAK-92!!!.....Pakistan has a better track record than India/Sri Lanka.They have superior W/L Ratios than India and Sri Lanka in all formats.Ya I have to confess that Pakistan has some weakness playing "BIG STAGE" like World Cup/Asia Cup/Champions Trophy.Despite this weakness I think Pakistan is better team than India/Sri Lanka.

  • on June 9, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    SRI LANKA pls consider two Chamara's , Thilan Samaraweera, Chinthaka.select current best xi not popular xi if u want to win the series.

  • on June 9, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    umar akmal does rock ....endians watch out we are coming..... :p

  • on June 9, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    1-Upul Tharanga, 2-Lahiru Thirimanne, 3-Tillakaratne Dilshan, 4-Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 5-Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 6-Dinesh Chandimal, 7-Angelo Mathews, 8-Thisara Perera, 9-Nuwan Kulasekara, 10-Rangana Herath, 11-Lasith Malinga. also, you can drop Kumar because he is not in good nick.

  • on June 9, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    When popular xi play this type of results we have to expect. There lot of inform batsmen are there out of odi squad. Pls consider them.only weather god in sri lanka's favour.bcz sri lanka top order out of form.

  • on June 9, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Kamran Akmal is the answe

  • on June 9, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    both teams are OK, Omar Akmal as WK is not a good idea.

  • on June 9, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    chandimal should bat at number 3.drop tharanga and include jewan mahela,dilshan,chandi,sanga,lahiru,mathews,jewan,thisara,kulasekara,herath,malinga gud luck SL

  • on June 9, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    i will bring asad for azhar and open the inning with afridi

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

    SL gonna loose all the matches.. they just look too tired & doesn't seem to have winning fire in them.. players look fearful..

  • muh189 on June 9, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    If Mahela wants to be successful consistently, he has to let Tharanga open and he himself to go down to his traditional 5th slot. Reason--the middle order has always lacked experience and Mahela's presence would do a world of good. Its nonsensical when your most three experienced batters take the top 3 spots, and if they fail, there is too much expected from the unexperienced middle order

  • on June 9, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    It sure is going to be an exciting series.But i want the curators to produce some better wickets for ODI's, Both teams are full of exciting stroke makers..Just need a better pitch please!!!!!

  • myaqoob on June 9, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Mohd Hafeez Imran Nazir Younis Khan Umar Akmal Mishba-ul-Haq Abdul Razack Shahid Afridi Kamran Akmal Umer Gul Wahab Raiz Mohd Sami

    This Team is the best team

    Reserves Azhar Ali Asad Shafiq Saeed Ajmal Ahmed Shezad Suhail Tanvir Shaoib Malik Mohd Talha Anwer Ali

  • likeintcricket on June 9, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    @Sayantan Bhattacharya, Pakistan never get a chance to play India before 92 World cup in which they lost to India but won the WC. After that it was just bad luck For example in 96 in Banglaore Wasim didn't play. But Pakistan did win two big tournaments in India including Hero cup. Only recently India managed a series win in Pakistan after 50 yrs. Pakistan won two in India. Not a bad record altogether for a team with so many problems.

  • on June 9, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Sarfraz is a more solid batsman than people give him credit for however he is not flashy like afridi, akmal, younis, shehzad etc.

    playing him at no.7 is a waste he doesn't have a whole lot of big shots up his sleeves but i've seen him time some really sweet shots, would suggest giving him a run as either opener or after before or after umar akmal for some stability.

    If he clicks and is a solid number 3-5 we could have a good batting line up, right now we depend entirely on Misbah to make sure we don't collapse.

    Azhar Ali is not talented but is very patient, which is good for test match but not so good for ODI's, he doesn't know how to score runs, Much prefer hammad azam or Ahmad shehzad who are both very talented and just need more confidence show in them.

  • on June 9, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    I wanted imran nazir for this tour of srilanka but unfortunately he has not been selected.I dont know why but i just hope he gets selected for world t20 after his explosive performance in BPL. I think he should be selected for the test matches for this tour,I know he is not a test match player but he can give good start to the team and could create a good platform for the team so the next batsmen can bat comfortably and help their team to score 400+.India uses the same strategy.They use sehwag to give them an explosive and good start and then the next batsmen bats comfortably to help their team to a big score.

  • PAK-92 on June 9, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Just to add to my previous comment, I will now present the overall stats against all opposition, for all 3 formats for Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

    TESTS Pakistan- Pd: 367, Won: 115, Lost: 100, Drawn: 152, W/L Ratio: 1.15 India- Pd: 462, Won: 112, Lost: 147, Tied: 1, Drawn: 202, W/L Ratio: 0.76 Sri Lanka- Pd: 212, Won: 63, Lost: 76, Drawn: 73, W/L Ratio: 0.82

    ODIs Pakistan- Pd: 770, Won: 416, Lost: 332, Tied: 6, NR: 16, W/L Ratio: 1.25 India- Pd: 804, Won: 397, Lost: 366, Tied: 6, NR: 35, W/L Ratio: 1.08 Sri Lanka- Pd: 663, Won: 309, Lost: 324, Tied: 4, NR: 26, W/L Ratio: 0.95

    T20s Pakistan- Pd: 55, Won: 33, Lost: 21, Tied: 1, W/L Ratio: 1.57 India- Pd: 34, Won: 17, Lost: 15, Tied: 1, NR: 1, W/L Ratio: 1.13 Sri Lanka- Pd: 40, Won: 24, Lost: 16, W/L Ratio: 1.50

    Pakistan has been the best team in Asia in all 3 formats. They have superior W/L Ratios than India and Sri Lanka in all formats. India may have won an extra WC but that proves nothing. PAKISTAN IS THE KING OF ASIA!

  • on June 8, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    while talking about Younis Khan.He has always been like this through out his career just like Afridi but they are match winners as well ...He is brilliant fielder like afridi...so keeping them in the line up sounds like a wise decision for me.

  • on June 8, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Good luck to both teams.

  • Dadu786 on June 8, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Pakistan should play with extra batsman like Asad Shafiq, Srilanka need shuffle in their batting order and bring Jeevan Mendis.

  • TeamSelector on June 8, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Meanwhile ... Sri Lanka need to reshuffle their batting order as follows:- 1-Upul Tharanga, 2-Lahiru Thirimanne, 3- Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4-Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5-Tillakaratne Dilshan, 6-Dinesh Chandimal, 7-Angelo Mathews, 8-Thisara Perera, 9-Nuwan Kulasekara, 10-Rangana Herath, 11-Lasith Malinga.

  • TeamSelector on June 8, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    I agree that Pakistan's batting is weak & seems a batsman short, but I wouldn't dare mess with their bowling attack. This attack is 'arguably' the best in the world right now (especially their three spinners). Besides, it doesn't make sense to weaken a strength in order to strengthen a weakness. The only 'option' available to them is to have Umar Akmal do the keeping & replace Sarfraz Ahmed with Asad Shafiq. 1-Mohammad Hafeez, 2-Azhar Ali, 3-Younis Khan, 4-Asad Shafiq, 5-Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6-Shahid Afridi, 7-Umar Akmal (wk), 8-Sohail Tanvir, 9-Umar Gul, 10-Saeed Ajmal, 11-Mohammad Sami

  • doctornikki on June 8, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    hope no rain tmrw and we can enjoy the battle of two of the best subcontinent teams

  • Iddy on June 8, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I totally agree we MUST play Imran Nazir. Please do not waste anymore years than what has been already wasted with Imran Nazir and get him in all future ODI and T20 games. What is the reason for not playing him for all this time. He bats strongly and is an excellent fielder. Also please start playing Ahmed Shazad, Hammad Azam and Kamran Akmal. Kamran Akmal can bat and keep wicket. my playing team: Imran Nazir, Ahmed Shazad, Hafeez, U Akmal, Shafiq, K Akmal, Afridi, Hammad Azam, Gul, Ajmal, Sami. If these boys play in the same line up Pakistan will be very very tough to beat anywhere in the world.

  • on June 8, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    i m a sri lankan but have to admit that pakistan is a really good team both bowling and batting i wouldnt be surprised if pakistan takes the second win tommorow, 2-0 on the cards unless duckworth louis helps the sri lankans :P .

    sorry sri lankan fans i m not a traitor i m just telling we are out of form.

  • on June 8, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    dilshan,sanga,mahela please play well..remember always there 2b people looking at you..

  • on June 8, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    I think it's time for younis to leave the odi team. He's averaging 32 after playing for almost a decade. Players like usman salahuddin,umar amin,harris sohail need international cricket. On the other hand i believe that we are wasting talha. He's easily the quickest in pakistan. Sadaf hussain has to perform in one more season imo but if you can select rahat then why not sadaf? P.S: I see zia ul haq going to SA

  • Nabzzz on June 8, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Regarding the need for extra batsmen, I still don't understand why they don't get in Imran Nazir. I mean, he's a terrific batsmen, he has done well in the past and has a lot of cricketing talent left in him. I seriously would want to see him because the pakistani lineup has a lot of good bowlers but when it comes to batting, they dont have a genuine opener/hitter especially in the powerplay overs. Also, they can use kamran akmal just as a batsmen not a wicket keeper. I'm sure he will deliver.

  • on June 8, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    YOUNUS SHOLD DO BETTER TO JUSTIFY HIS PLACE IN THE TEAM

  • on June 8, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    hope there will be no rain. n expecting a tough game b/w the two equally matched sides.

  • Min2_cric on June 8, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    i dont know wat to say....

  • Extraz on June 8, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Sri lankan trio have to fire in the 2nd game or we'll take the game easily.best of luck to both teams.

  • on June 8, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I think Pakistan will win it Inshallah,@ Pak-92 well done on presenting such record

  • on June 8, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    azhar ali should be replace with imran nazir.i dont know where nazir has gone?he is a hardhitting batsmen.we want imran nazir back in our team?or either afiridi should come with mohammed hafeez in the opening slot?

  • on June 8, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Hello PAK-92, Check further into statsguru and you'll see that Pakistan is yet to win a World Cup match against India in any continent.

  • xChaos on June 8, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I wish they'd give Chamara Sukva something to do....

  • maddy20 on June 8, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Looking forward to see better captaincy from Mahela. One would ecpect him to set a more attacking captaincy when the opposition is 3 down for 50 odd. Tighten the flow of runs and force the batsmen to take risks. Instead he allowed Misbah and Akmal to pick easy singles. One more wicket annd they would have exposed the fragile lower middle order withe likes of Afridi to come.

  • akram343 on June 8, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    yes we win 5-0 series .good luck green team

  • pakwin on June 8, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Good Luck team Pakistan. Show sri lanka who is BOSS

  • cricket_fan_1980 on June 8, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Soild Pakistani performance in the first game, but questions remain about the depth and strength of their batting and fielding. I don't think we need the 4 bowlers, with Hafeez and Afridi usually always chipping in at a high level. All though all four are performing, either Tanvir or Sami need to sit out. Instead, I would bring in Asad Shafiq or rotate Azher Ali around and bring in Nazir or Jamshed at the top. Also, Younis has to find his form again, as Pakistan needs to eye the future and build a solid batting backbone. Hafeez, U Akmal and Misbah are really the only batsmen right now who have been decent for the past couple of years. The others are all hit and miss. I may bet on Azher because he buckles down when the pressure is high and we need that. Sri Lanka needs their big 3 to fire fast!

  • PAK-92 on June 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Just been doing some quick checks on Statsguru and it looks like Pakistan have dominated India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh throughout their history in all formats, with the exception of T20s against India, which there has only been 2, both in the 2007 T20 world cup.

    Pakistans TEST record vs other Asian teams (1952-2012: home, away and neutral)

    vs India: PD: 59, WON: 12, LOST: 9, DRAWN: 38 vs Sri Lanka: PD: 40, WON: 16, LOST: 9, DRAWN : 15 vs Bangladesh: PD: 8, WON: 8, LOST: 0

    Pakistans ODI record vs other Asian teams (1972-2012: home, away and neutral)

    vs India: PD: 121, WON: 69, LOST: 48, NR: 4 vs Sri Lanka: PD: 128, WON: 77, LOST: 47, TIED: 1, NR:3 vs Bangladesh: PD: 31, WON: 30, LOST: 1

    Pakistans T20 record vs other Asian teams (2006-2012: home, away and neutral)

    vs India: PD: 2, WON: 0, LOST: 1, TIED: 1 vs Sri Lanka: PD: 9, WON: 6, LOST: 3 vs Bangladesh: PD: 5, WON: 5, LOST: 0

    Just shows that overall, Pakistan have been dominant against fellow Asian teams!

  • Muttee on June 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Hopefully it goes rain-interuption-free. Good luck to both teams.

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    wish to have a clean day so we should have a good game of cricket

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    I sound like a broken record but the team is calling out for Imran Nazir. Either Azhar Ali or Younus Khan need to be dropped for him. This is ODI and not test match cricket therefore I can't understand why Pakistan have Azhar Ali, Younus Khan and Misbah Ul Haq in the team they only need two of the three. Thankfully the bowling unit is on fire therefore the batters weakness is not be exposed as much but against better bowling attack this batting line up would struggle therefore it is important you have openers have can take the attack to them.

  • avizzzy on June 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Another SL defeat on the card. Haiz. On paper this SL squad is the best but it isn't the case when it comes to the actual game.

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    although Malinga is the leading wicket taker this year because he has played twice as many games as any Pakistani played.

  • truthhh on June 8, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    drop dilshan and give that opening place to chandimal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    inshAllah 5-0 for team Green,

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  • on June 8, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    inshAllah 5-0 for team Green,

  • truthhh on June 8, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    drop dilshan and give that opening place to chandimal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    although Malinga is the leading wicket taker this year because he has played twice as many games as any Pakistani played.

  • avizzzy on June 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Another SL defeat on the card. Haiz. On paper this SL squad is the best but it isn't the case when it comes to the actual game.

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    I sound like a broken record but the team is calling out for Imran Nazir. Either Azhar Ali or Younus Khan need to be dropped for him. This is ODI and not test match cricket therefore I can't understand why Pakistan have Azhar Ali, Younus Khan and Misbah Ul Haq in the team they only need two of the three. Thankfully the bowling unit is on fire therefore the batters weakness is not be exposed as much but against better bowling attack this batting line up would struggle therefore it is important you have openers have can take the attack to them.

  • on June 8, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    wish to have a clean day so we should have a good game of cricket

  • Muttee on June 8, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Hopefully it goes rain-interuption-free. Good luck to both teams.

  • PAK-92 on June 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Just been doing some quick checks on Statsguru and it looks like Pakistan have dominated India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh throughout their history in all formats, with the exception of T20s against India, which there has only been 2, both in the 2007 T20 world cup.

    Pakistans TEST record vs other Asian teams (1952-2012: home, away and neutral)

    vs India: PD: 59, WON: 12, LOST: 9, DRAWN: 38 vs Sri Lanka: PD: 40, WON: 16, LOST: 9, DRAWN : 15 vs Bangladesh: PD: 8, WON: 8, LOST: 0

    Pakistans ODI record vs other Asian teams (1972-2012: home, away and neutral)

    vs India: PD: 121, WON: 69, LOST: 48, NR: 4 vs Sri Lanka: PD: 128, WON: 77, LOST: 47, TIED: 1, NR:3 vs Bangladesh: PD: 31, WON: 30, LOST: 1

    Pakistans T20 record vs other Asian teams (2006-2012: home, away and neutral)

    vs India: PD: 2, WON: 0, LOST: 1, TIED: 1 vs Sri Lanka: PD: 9, WON: 6, LOST: 3 vs Bangladesh: PD: 5, WON: 5, LOST: 0

    Just shows that overall, Pakistan have been dominant against fellow Asian teams!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on June 8, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Soild Pakistani performance in the first game, but questions remain about the depth and strength of their batting and fielding. I don't think we need the 4 bowlers, with Hafeez and Afridi usually always chipping in at a high level. All though all four are performing, either Tanvir or Sami need to sit out. Instead, I would bring in Asad Shafiq or rotate Azher Ali around and bring in Nazir or Jamshed at the top. Also, Younis has to find his form again, as Pakistan needs to eye the future and build a solid batting backbone. Hafeez, U Akmal and Misbah are really the only batsmen right now who have been decent for the past couple of years. The others are all hit and miss. I may bet on Azher because he buckles down when the pressure is high and we need that. Sri Lanka needs their big 3 to fire fast!

  • pakwin on June 8, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Good Luck team Pakistan. Show sri lanka who is BOSS