Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Pallekele June 9, 2012

Perera, Dilshan deliver easy Sri Lanka win

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Sri Lanka 280 for 4 (Dilshan 119*, Jayawardene 53) beat Pakistan 204 (Azhar 96, Perera 6-44) by 76 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Tillakaratne Dilshan batted through the innings with a century to take Sri Lanka to 280. Azhar Ali looked set to match Dilshan's feat and nearly reached his maiden ODI ton. Ultimately though, it was Thisara Perera's six-wicket haul, aided by his own brilliant fielding, which helped Sri Lanka level the series after a disappointing showing on Thursday. Perera's efforts were all the more special because four of those wickets included top-order victims. In the process, he bagged the overall best bowling figures against Pakistan in one-dayers.

Pakistan gambled with their line-up by playing only five specialist batsmen in both games. It didn't matter in the first ODI, where they were chasing a paltry target. However, in their chase of 281, their over-reliance on Azhar bit them. As the required-rate increased, Azhar's own strike-rate dipped. None of the others passed 50, the next highest being 27.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, didn't gamble with theirs. Thursday's batting meltdown necessitated a reshuffle and the change gave the hosts a greater sense of security. It was imperative that at least one of the seniors - who were struggling for consistency - batted through. Upul Tharanga returned to the position he's best known for, while Dinesh Chandimal was sandwiched between two experienced players to ease the pressure off his shoulders. It led to an efficient batting effort, led by Dilshan, who dropped anchor and batted with the intention of playing 50 overs. The foundation he provided allowed the likes of Mahela Jayawardene, dropping to No.5, the freedom to innovate in the slog overs.

A drier pitch, devoid of the moisture present in the first game, made life easier for the batsmen, allowing them to play across the line. Two boundaries whipped off the pads early on gave Dilshan the confidence to settle in and take on a leadership role at the top of the order. After looking like a walking wicket in the first ODI, he was more sure of his off stump and was prepared to leave deliveries angling across him. Sohail Tanvir troubled him with a few that beat the bat, but he played out his spell and cashed in when debutant left-arm seamer Rahat Ali strayed too wide of the off stump.

Dilshan shared shared stands of 37 with Tharanga and 47 with Kumar Sangakkara. Chandimal and Dilshan ensured the run-rate didn't drop after that dismissal, knocking the singles and scoring boundaries when the spinners, in particular, erred in length. A sweep off Afridi brought up Dilshan's fifty.

Afridi trapped Chandimal lbw but there was no respite for Pakistan as what followed was Sri Lanka's most productive partnership, of 86. Jayawardene, no stranger to unconventional shots, unsettled the spinners with a delicate late cut, a Dilscoop, a paddle sweep, reverse sweep and a conventional sweep.

Dilshan nudged and punched the singles during the stand, allowing Jayawardene to play the aggressor. Though Dilshan slowed down after getting his century, it didn't cause a slowdown because Perera tonked two fours and two sixes in a 14-ball 24 to lift Sri Lanka to a challenging score.

Pakistan got more than what would have expected from a makeshift opener. Azhar did well to shrug off the tag of being a 'Test-match player'. It was classical batsmanship on view as Azhar relied purely on timing to fetch his boundaries. With minimal foot movement, he managed to drive on the up and yet place it in the gaps through the off side. The pace at which he scored would have surprised Sri Lanka. The short of a length deliveries were punched off the back foot, while the fuller ones were driven through the covers.

Sri Lanka's seamers may have failed to make early inroads but Perera more than made up for that. He sent back Mohammad Hafeez off his first ball, flinging himself in the opposite direction of his follow-through to pull off a return catch. He then had Younis Khan nicking to the wicketkeeper and later sparked Pakistan's slide by trapping Misbah-ul-Haq lbw.

The boundaries dried up for Pakistan after the 20th over. Misbah's departure left the inexperienced Azhar marshaling the unpredictable Umar Akmal and Afridi, both of whom failed to turn the game around. Perera had Akmal caught behind - a doubtful dismissal - and then got rid of Gul to register his third five-wicket haul. The game was all but over when Azhar's leg stump was taken to pieces by a Nuwan Kulasekara yorker. Sri Lanka's emphatic comeback has set the series up nicely for the last three games in Colombo.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 12, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Sports4Youth I'm happy to hear that you agree with my XI, but considering the NO. 9, I would've re-shuffled the XI if there wasn't a lack of batsmen for the ODI squad. I would've squeezed in Abdul Razzaq, Hammad Azam or Haris Sohail. If only Nasir Jamshed wasn't injured then the T20 and ODI series would've have been completely different.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 12, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @nilankaraja - O really? Then you tell me how many times in the last two years has Pakistan chased down a total of 230+ in ODIs successfully? My guess in once or twice and that too against some sub-standard teams like NZ or Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    pak will loose the series take my word

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 12, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Totally agreed with the team suggested by ExplicitPlatinum except one: - . The XI should be 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Azhar Ali 3.) Umar Akmal 4.) Asad Shafiq 5.) Misbah ul haq (C) 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Batsman or batting all-rounder 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Rahat Ali ... I dont see the need of playing 6 bowlers when you have the weekest batting in the world.

  • POSTED BY my2ndself on | June 12, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Yet another defeat, Green Shirts maintained history after failing in chase of score beyond 250.

    Dav & Pak Crick punters are trying to establish an ODI side with 05 specialist bowlers, besides the presence of professor, above average sixth bowler in a line up even better than some quickies. The composition even India (the batting power house) have never practiced regularly.

    So, Green shirts must understand that they can't rely on Umar Akmal and Afridi in the middle order, moreover Afridi is total wastage at No. 6 and Green shirts must no pin up hopes on him, therefore batting order must be re-shuffled, so as to filter out Avg and below average batsmen in a lineup.

    1. Azhar Ali 2. Afridi 3. Younus 4. Misbah 5. Hafeez 6. Umar Akmal 7. Asad Shafiq 8. Keeper 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. any bowler

    3 - Specialist bowlers 2 - All rounders (Afridi, Hafeez) 1 - Keeper 5 - Batsmen

  • POSTED BY fjedai on | June 12, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Without Kamran Akmal PAK team is incomplete. KAMRAN opens batting with Hafiz and Azhar Ali can bat 1 down. Believe me Misbah is best available player for the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | June 11, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Misbah Should take few captaincy clases with Mahela .... but i dont think it worth as Mahela lead from the front where Misbah Take whole team in deep hole to unrecoverable position (i.e WC semi final) ........ I think Misbah should retired respectfully and let Hafeez (or someone else) learn captaincy and get ready b4 next WC ....

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Continuation

    Now teams are paying Srilanka back in their own coin. When you talk about India's record in Srilanka, we also need to speak about Srilankan record in India. Srilanka has a disastrous record in India and most of their Indian tours have been lopsided. India has convincingly won the matches irrespective of whether it has been tests or onedayers. If you say that India's record in Srilanka is worst, Srilanka in India has been humiliation of sorts. How many tests have Srilanka won in India? Nothing at all. Pls check the facts before making tall claims, do not distort history according to your convenience. Records never lie.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Hi Ramesh Perera, You have got your facts absolutely wrong. Infact, India's record in Srilanka of late has been great. You can take a look at the record of India in ODIs against SL in SL, you can see that from year 2008 till now, India has done remarkably well in Srilanka. India won 3-2 in 2008 and won 4-1 in 2008-2009 India won the Asia cup in 2010 / Compaq cup in 2009 Srilanka won the Triseries in 2010, where N Zealand was the 3rd country. They have won lot of matches against Srilanka in the above tournaments. If the above record is worst according to your estimation, I am not able to comprehend your understanding. My point is that Srilanka is no more invincible at home, particularly for teams like India and Pakistan. Aus/Eng have also been successful in Srilanka. Gone are those days when Lanka can score less than 250 and put the opposition under lot of pressure with their spinners and part time spinners who used to become lethal in the conditions. To be continued

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Truly Professional performance by the SL team. Way to go, now that the seniors have realized their individual responsibilities.Hopefully we will see a consistent performance by all. Despite Sanga's brilliant keeping I think Chandimal must take over the gloves so that Sanga can play freely and focus on improving his batting performance which is under par at this moment.It will good to see senanayake playing in the rest of the matches on the slow premadasa stadium pitches and drop thirimanne as we already have 5 batsman and 2 allrounders plus kulasekera,malinga and herath.over to you the wise owls -i.e. the selectors

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 12, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Sports4Youth I'm happy to hear that you agree with my XI, but considering the NO. 9, I would've re-shuffled the XI if there wasn't a lack of batsmen for the ODI squad. I would've squeezed in Abdul Razzaq, Hammad Azam or Haris Sohail. If only Nasir Jamshed wasn't injured then the T20 and ODI series would've have been completely different.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 12, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @nilankaraja - O really? Then you tell me how many times in the last two years has Pakistan chased down a total of 230+ in ODIs successfully? My guess in once or twice and that too against some sub-standard teams like NZ or Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    pak will loose the series take my word

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 12, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Totally agreed with the team suggested by ExplicitPlatinum except one: - . The XI should be 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Azhar Ali 3.) Umar Akmal 4.) Asad Shafiq 5.) Misbah ul haq (C) 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Batsman or batting all-rounder 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Rahat Ali ... I dont see the need of playing 6 bowlers when you have the weekest batting in the world.

  • POSTED BY my2ndself on | June 12, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Yet another defeat, Green Shirts maintained history after failing in chase of score beyond 250.

    Dav & Pak Crick punters are trying to establish an ODI side with 05 specialist bowlers, besides the presence of professor, above average sixth bowler in a line up even better than some quickies. The composition even India (the batting power house) have never practiced regularly.

    So, Green shirts must understand that they can't rely on Umar Akmal and Afridi in the middle order, moreover Afridi is total wastage at No. 6 and Green shirts must no pin up hopes on him, therefore batting order must be re-shuffled, so as to filter out Avg and below average batsmen in a lineup.

    1. Azhar Ali 2. Afridi 3. Younus 4. Misbah 5. Hafeez 6. Umar Akmal 7. Asad Shafiq 8. Keeper 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. any bowler

    3 - Specialist bowlers 2 - All rounders (Afridi, Hafeez) 1 - Keeper 5 - Batsmen

  • POSTED BY fjedai on | June 12, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Without Kamran Akmal PAK team is incomplete. KAMRAN opens batting with Hafiz and Azhar Ali can bat 1 down. Believe me Misbah is best available player for the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | June 11, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Misbah Should take few captaincy clases with Mahela .... but i dont think it worth as Mahela lead from the front where Misbah Take whole team in deep hole to unrecoverable position (i.e WC semi final) ........ I think Misbah should retired respectfully and let Hafeez (or someone else) learn captaincy and get ready b4 next WC ....

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Continuation

    Now teams are paying Srilanka back in their own coin. When you talk about India's record in Srilanka, we also need to speak about Srilankan record in India. Srilanka has a disastrous record in India and most of their Indian tours have been lopsided. India has convincingly won the matches irrespective of whether it has been tests or onedayers. If you say that India's record in Srilanka is worst, Srilanka in India has been humiliation of sorts. How many tests have Srilanka won in India? Nothing at all. Pls check the facts before making tall claims, do not distort history according to your convenience. Records never lie.

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Hi Ramesh Perera, You have got your facts absolutely wrong. Infact, India's record in Srilanka of late has been great. You can take a look at the record of India in ODIs against SL in SL, you can see that from year 2008 till now, India has done remarkably well in Srilanka. India won 3-2 in 2008 and won 4-1 in 2008-2009 India won the Asia cup in 2010 / Compaq cup in 2009 Srilanka won the Triseries in 2010, where N Zealand was the 3rd country. They have won lot of matches against Srilanka in the above tournaments. If the above record is worst according to your estimation, I am not able to comprehend your understanding. My point is that Srilanka is no more invincible at home, particularly for teams like India and Pakistan. Aus/Eng have also been successful in Srilanka. Gone are those days when Lanka can score less than 250 and put the opposition under lot of pressure with their spinners and part time spinners who used to become lethal in the conditions. To be continued

  • POSTED BY on | June 11, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Truly Professional performance by the SL team. Way to go, now that the seniors have realized their individual responsibilities.Hopefully we will see a consistent performance by all. Despite Sanga's brilliant keeping I think Chandimal must take over the gloves so that Sanga can play freely and focus on improving his batting performance which is under par at this moment.It will good to see senanayake playing in the rest of the matches on the slow premadasa stadium pitches and drop thirimanne as we already have 5 batsman and 2 allrounders plus kulasekera,malinga and herath.over to you the wise owls -i.e. the selectors

  • POSTED BY umair_khan88 on | June 10, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    sarfaraz should be replaced by kamran akmal as soon as possible...

  • POSTED BY umair_khan88 on | June 10, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Pakistan missing legendary Mohammad yousuf here everybody should realize it.. he was the back bone of pakistan middle order in both odi and tests look at his track record..he wants to play for pakistan pcb should give him a chance...pakistan batting has been a real failure without him for along time...

  • POSTED BY Lankan_Fan on | June 10, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    listen,SL team is a really confidence side in a past years.Surely that's make how game goes and so sri lankans had that confidence in last 5,6 years and that help them to do a impact in world cricket.but sadly they slip away that confidence after the last world cup.so really needed to wake up now.. any way this match played with right spirit and now they got some confidence but.. but..don't get over confidence that makes you a lazy cricketer and that happend to pakistan,because they coming to this match with a over confidence.they never expect that kind of challenge against sri lanka.that's what good team can do to you.both team should be aware of that . Thank you

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 10, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I don't care what Misbah decides on the XI in the 3rd ODI. The XI should be 1.) Mohammad Hafeez 2.) Azhar Ali 3.) Umar Akmal 4.) Asad Shafiq 5.) Misbah ul haq (C) 6.) Shahid Afridi 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Mohammad Sami 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Rahat Ali This lineup is accurate and is compeltely balanced. In the 2nd ODI, Pak had blockers and anchors close up and with the best batsmen with a healthy run rate (Umar Akmal) at the bottom with a matchwinner (Shahid Afridi). It is important that Umar Akmal makes runs and that he has the freedom to play. Just think of how many hundreds he would make! Umar Gul MUST open the bowling with Rahat Ali. Sri Lanka have done their homework on Sohail Tanvir, Tanvir is a T20 bowler and not an ODI bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is too weak and inconsistent and as long as batting is not sorted TEAM PAKISTAN cannot hope to be top ODI team. In my opinion it is time to drop number of players and those remaining should not be guaranteed a place as we need to prepare for the World Cup in 2015. From my limited knowledge of Pakistan cricket particularly domestic my current XI would be: 1. Nasir Jamshed, 2. Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Azhar Ali (v. captain), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Asad Shafiq, 6. Mohammed Hafeez (captain), 7. Kamran Akmal (w/k)?, 8. Shahid Afridi, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Mohammed Sami / Saeed Ajmal. It is time to say good bye to Yunus Khan and Misbah Ul Haq who have been GREAT servants of Pakistan cricket as they are not likely to be around when World Cup is held in 2015. Saeed Ajmal may also not be around and we should only play him if it is spinners wicket, otherwise Sami should be included in the XI. My XI strengthens the batting as well as maintaining good bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Umar akmal/kamral akmal shouldnt be in team as for wicket keeping they both drop so many catches for what ever reason and that proves crucial to loosing the game, we should play imran nazir,Abdul Razzaq,Hammad Azam ,Muhammad Yusuf,Asad Shafiq just play any of them instead of Misbah ,Umar Akmal who almost never play any innings. As for Misbah Captaincy please remove him we got Afridi , Hafiz who can do that . Also why play umar gul when we have Sami as umar gives away huge runs by loose deliveries either its his intent to loose; not sure,but he is not a new bowler to bowl so awful.

  • POSTED BY Setmax79 on | June 10, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    First of all Srilankan played better cricket than Pakistan. I guess Pakistan should have given chance to Asad Shafiq instead of Younus.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Umar should do the keeping so that we can have one more slot for Asad Shafiq + bowling needs to include Sami and Cheema. Else Pak may loose the series its that simple. Good luck in the remaining series , wake up PCB / wake up playing 11 before its too late. Hammad Azam and Razzaq would have played wonders if they are included in the playing 11.

  • POSTED BY Iddy on | June 10, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I don't understand why we are not playing the following:- Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Shezad Ahmed, Asad Shafique and Hammad Azam. We should drop Misbah, Younus and Sarfraz Ahmed. Also please play Umar Akmal at number 4 position. Someone out there please take note as most of us are asking for the same players, Thank you.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    It's time to drop Younis and bring in Asad Shafiq. Younis Khan has failed in too many ODIs. Azhar Ali proved batsman with proper technique and temperament can succeed in any form of the game.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 10, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    @Simply.Cricket- No, you are not thinking out of the box. Saw this guy Azhar Ali bat for the first time in England in 2010 and was duly impressed with this control,temperament, shot selection, technique and knowledge of the game. Before that on tour to Australia with Pakistan A this guy batted long spells multiple times. To face Australians quicks on their ground for that duration tells us a lot about the talent and when I saw him batted first I had thought that we Pak found our new Javed Miandad, though he is not as eccentric and lacks Javed's flamboyancy but boy he is solid.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @Simply.Cricket,thanks 4 doing me a favor in replyng me,u seem gd at defyng d facts n realities i gues,tel me what z ur yard stick to judge which team z best n which z worst?obviously by watchng d whole no. Of stats,facts n figrs,by ds count,pak r easily beter than sl,ind in al 3 formats,it was nt merely based on jst ist odi,ok forget history lets talk about recent performances,so u should b gd enuf to tel which z best of the 3,i m personaly dis.apointd by ds batng performance as it was gettable since malinga n to a certain dgre kulasekara were d only hurdles so lets nt get ovr.board.U Mean if pak wins nxt match,then it wil again bcome d best team,hahaha@Sinhaya,i gues u need to watch sarfraz's clip once again,i hope it would b fair n square 4 rest of tour n umpires would nt give sl d "HOME ADVANTAGE as 4 ur team's victory i have nt at al any prblm acceptng it.

  • POSTED BY Iddy on | June 10, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I don't understand why are the following players not in the team: Kamran Akmal the best wicket keeper / batsman we have and also A. Shafiq instead of Younis Khan and also please please bring back Imran Nazir, Ahmad Shezad, Nasir Jamshed, Hammad Azam. Lets drop Younis, Misbah and Sarfraz Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY mazii on | June 10, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    After reading all the comments by SriLankans, I have only one word to say and that is don't speak before the conclusion of th series. Srilanka have already lost their 9 ODIs out of their 12 against Pakistan. If my Srilankans brothers are suggesting that that was the case of complacency then I don't have any word to say. If just the one win giving them the hope that they are a better side than Pakistan then let them be internally satisfied. SriLanka lost to Pakistan in the world cup match played between Pakistan and Srilanka in the first round. I have a deep sympathy for those Srilankan brothers who are ignoring the facts and just concentrating on hurling diatribes. I think they have forgotten the humiliating 4-1 defeat inflicted on Srilanka by Pakistan in UAE. I'm giving them benefit of doubt considering them jingoist. The fact is that Pakistan enjoys a better record against india and Srilanka in the tests and ODI's. Let this series be completed then vent your anger.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    then how about NUwan Kulasekara's ball to Azhar Ali ? is that also not out ?

  • POSTED BY Extraz on | June 10, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @Aamir khan...sami was injured therefore he was not available for the game but hopefully he'll be back for the 3rd odi.Batting has always been a concern for Pak i think it's time that younis should step back and give youngsters a chance,babar azam is looking promising i think he should be a given a chance.As far as 2nd odi is concern sri lanka played some good cricket their fielding was outstanding and they deserve the win.best of luck to both of them for the next match from PK.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 10, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover, Misbah was out there was no bat at all. Sarfraz's LBW may have clipped leg. If you are telling umpiring was bad last night, then there were umpiring howlers in Pakistan's favor in UAE when we toured there last year. Sri Lanka played well and we were the clear winners.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Bring in Asad Shafiq in place of Younas Khan. Younas is not in form & also bring Aizaz/Sami in place of Rahat.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    i think misbah made a blunder by not picking sami for the game and released pressure of lankans ! hope they do best in the rest of games

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    well plyed srilanka,keep it up and try to win the series .It is not difficult with the present form shown by the team. stick to the same eleven and the batting line up.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 10, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    The fact of the matter z ,super talent like umar akmal z being hugely wastd ,partly by batng ordr,partly by his mental unstablity n most importantly by worst empiring decisins,2nd odi was nt d ist one ,i can recolect that it did hapen in asia cup about twice,so al ths would result into inconsistently n consequently him been thrown out of nationl team in near future,n evry body knows how dificult 4 a youngstr z to get a chance in pak's nationl team,n it z even more dificult to make a comeback,so al in al,tuff luck to pak team as wel as him it would be.Our fieldng z worst in d world,othr gd outfits(sa,aus,eng n even sl),tend to hold on half chances as wel as save about 20 to 30 runs n we r Accostume to do it othrway round.its such disapointng to see

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | June 10, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    guys before this series started i thought the only way pakistan can win this series is if srilanka will be complacent.and srilanka was complacent in the first match.then in the second match the real picture where r both the teams at this moment could be found out.i think srilanka should just remain focus and they can win this series 4-1.with ease.

  • POSTED BY Moeid_ibrahim_381 on | June 10, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    * Sami's exit made a big difference!...Perhaps Rahat's inclusion was an experiment-which was not successful of course. Pakistan need a genuine fast bowler at this stage. Sami has come back with a lot of criticism chasing him already,...but he really has delivered in two matches.

    * 280 is an achievable target, but looking at the techniques of Pakistani batsmen, 280 didn't seem achievable. PCB talks about averages of batsmen, when selection is made,...but the batting technique is often ignored. If you observe Misbah and Younis closely, they offer the bowlers a lot, when they bat. I've picked these two because they are arguably the best in the Pakistan line-up. Umar akmal, if he plays with temperament, can be very dangerous to the opposition, but unfortunately he was given out by a false decision.

    * credit must be given firstly to the Sri Lankan team management for doing such good homework on Pakistan team, and secondly to the team for performing so well according to the match plan.

  • POSTED BY Hate.ME on | June 10, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    @ WickyRoy.paklover - Thanks, I know I'm good at it. And read my post again. I put Pakistan above BD and Afghanistan so that doesn't make Pak the weakest Asian team. :) After SA it is Pak that chokes in high pressure games. And less I say about Pak's Batting and fielding, better it is ! Ohh ..and just like Pak became Strongest Asian team after winning 'a' match (first ODI against SL), it became weakest one after losing the last ODI :) !!

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 10, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @Sinhaya,sangakara was clear out as yorkers tend to hit wickts 10 out of 10.THARANGA WAS wrongly judgd not out,while misbah's decisin was cntroversal,since hot spot could have provd it othrwise with bowl touchng bat befor colidng with pad.UMER,SARFRAZ Decisin were nt controversial,thy were clear nt outs@Stark62,younis was instrumental in pak's postng n chasing big scores n he was never a big hitter n was more of a nudgr n accumulator n was reasnably succesful if shafiq can replace him whats bad in it.He seems to have great temperament pls recently added gd shots in his armoury n he deservs a permanent place 4 atleast one year in pak's test side pls gd no. Of odi matchs

  • POSTED BY AmjadZork on | June 10, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Umar Akmal was wrongly given OUT in this match & the previous one as well !!

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | June 10, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    for the 1st time(during last 9-10 ODIs) Sri Lankans batsman played positively against Pak spinners. see the result. Afiridi and Ajmal are kind of bowlers that if u attack them they would get frustrated and ball rubbish. it nearly happened yesterday. Mahela should bat in the middle then he can control the innings and guide the youngsters. even they though they have the talent guys like chandimal, thirimanne are not experienced yet.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 10, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TEAMS IS FIELDING, NUMBER ONE AND BATTING NUMBER TWO. EFECTIBE FIELDING COULD GET PAK 2/3 RUNS OUTS AND RESTRICT SL BELOW 250, A WINABLE TARGET. POOR BATTING LINE UP, GOOD AGAINST BD/ZIMB ONLY. BOWLERS WERE INEFFECTIVE TOO, SO WHY PAK SUPPORTERS COMPLAIN? REST YOUNUS AND BRING ASAD, DROP ONE POOR BOWLER AND BRING HAMAD AZAM/ANOTHER BATTING ALL ROUNDER. POOR CAPTAIN AND COACH DO NOT UNDERSTAND SIMPLE LOGIC.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    I don't know why people want Shafiq in place of Younis because that is a like for like replacement and someone like Jamshed, Shezhad or N. Yasin is needed.

    The problem has been the run rate, when chasing and only an aggressive batsmen can counter that, hence Umar needs to bat in the top 4.

    The only reason why Misbah has never got an ODI century is because he plays too slow.

    Also, Rahat looked like a really good find and needs to be given a chance because Imran also had bad start to his careers.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 10, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover, from what you say then Sri Lanka also suffered from bad umpiring in the 1st ODI!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 10, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @Simply.Cricket, last year was not bad for Sri Lanka. We beat South Africa in a test match in South Africa. Also we did well in our test matches in England except in that Cardiff debacle on the last day.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 10, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    If pcb z sensible enuf to make immediate changs in batng like asad,nazir,shazad,jamshad(hard luck to him),imran nzir in odis,t20,pak would nt only be best in asia bt also in d wrld as simple as that.Watchng these pitchs in lanka,pak z hot favourite to take t20 wc in sep.pak,sl r already in semi,while ind need ashwin to groom to bcome 3rd team in semis,bye bye non.asian teams,@ALL My lankan,indian friends,ths very paki team chasd 300 pls scores against ind in india with 4,5 ovrs to spare in recent times.AS per my knowlege,ths hapnd about 4 times,which z nt a co.incident,so stp ths rubbish now,we still see pak have more than 50 % chance to win nt only odi series bt also cming test series(as we have one of most formidable test teams in d world)

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Sami is injured that why not included

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | June 10, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    poor performance by pakistan in batting and also i would say bowling as well as fielding. they surely missed many run out chances.they cant hit wickets. & bowlers were expensive. gul as usual on/off situation. 1 on then few off.misbah has acheived much as captain but sometimes his bowling changes are hard to understand. Also pakistan batting line is very thin. gul,sami/rahat, ajmal, pure bowlers, sohail tanvir not in allrounders category. they say him so but not. & afridi we know cant make big all time. & keeper who cant bat. so so 5 + afridi makes batting line up more thin. on top younas not in form. akmal got bad decision.pakistan need a batting medium pace allrounder. 3rd seamer must b a batting allrounder not bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    i dont understand what sort of captain misbah is ?? y he dropped inform sami ??? who was bowling very good with pace and line and why he included rahat who is not a class bowler from any angle ?? i dont got his point and younis ??when he will score??

  • POSTED BY sambudgie on | June 10, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka played the way they should. They have been like headless chickens since the world cup for reasons unknown to us. Forget the politics, forget the damn IPL that is ruining world cricket, play for your country and the millions who are behind you all the way.

    Pakistan will need to bring back Wazim, Imran and co. Abdul Razak and Afridi are yester year cricketers. Pakistan and indeed Sri Lanka have to look ahead and expose our young cricketers/talents and nuture them.

  • POSTED BY nitharsh on | June 10, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @to all who says poor umpiring cost the match for Pakistan In first ODI also when Sri Lanka needed to rebuild their innings and started to increase their run rate Thisara Perera was given lbw for an inside edge.Sanga's lbw also seemed to be wrong.So stop complaining.Accept the fact Srilanka played well like Pakistan played last time.I am looking forward for a interesting series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    ok..India once chased 247 , 3 years ago but other than that no team has chased a 245+ score..So SL won every time they score a 250 in SL soil..@ Indians - India`s record in SL is one of their worst !..

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | June 10, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    well done team srilankaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...we are always with you

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 10, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    I hope Rahat Ali is given a fair chance. I hope he is tried in place of Sohail or Gul.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 10, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @Simply.Cricket,i m greatly impressed by ur cricktng knowledge,so do u mean one match would make pak worst team in Asia lolz,keep it up!@Bruisers,my frnd azhar has already provd by playng sachin inings in midle overs when he passd 70 runs,his strike rate descended 4rm 95 to 92 n then 78,@Sinhaya,i hope U also remembr d tharanga decision in ist odi ,all in all below average empirng with pak suferng more than lankans,it was 300 pitch.ANY way pak need nazir,kamran,nasir jamshad n Ahmd shahzad ,asad shafiq 4rm now on n they should b given suficient chances n pak would b on right track,we dn't need to take leaf 4rm any body' bok.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 10, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    Younis Khan took a belated but wise decision by retiring from T20 cricket. He should do the same for 50 ovrs cricket. Somehow the selectors don't realise that he is not fit for the shorter format. A.Shafi is anytime better than him. They are also a batsman short. M.Hafeez has lost his touch as a batsman, now he should be treated as a specialist batsman who can bat. U.Akmal is unreliable. Misbah should put more trust in his regular bowlers and play only 5 bowlers. Now A.Ali is in the team he can send down a few leg spinners if required. Pakistan's weakness is in the batting department. They cannot chase down any score. they should streanthen the batting.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | June 10, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Posted by  Ramesh Dharshana Perera on (June 09 2012, 23:37 PM GMT), hope you check this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/slvind2009/engine/match/386530.html India chased 246 runs in 48 overs. @ nilankaraja ,the truth is India very good in chasing and of course they won't lose embarrassingly as you say than Pakistan.india strength is batting whereas Pakistan strength is bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Well played.A sensational win and a great team effort. Outstanding performances by Dilly and Thisara.If there is a way of handling Pakistan's strong bowling attack in bowler friendly wickets ,we will be fine.They will come back strongly in the next few matches for sure. Interesting series.Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY Mani_Majra on | June 10, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    I believe Pakistan has the Most talented Players in their Country but in addition to that they have most poor Management and administration.If we saw the Current team in Pak they can not chase 220 if Shahid Afridi would not score.Their Top 3 put pressure to the middle order which always panic in chase.Look at Top 3 players of other team ..IND Sachin Sehwag Gambhir Aus Watson Warner SL Dilshan Tharga Mahela/Sanga RSA Smith Amla NZ B.Mccullam Ryder Guptil Eng Cook Kiewitter KP . All have at least 2 aggresive players in top 3 and PAK has Most slowest in top 3 ..I dont think this team progress a lot without making any changes to Batting line. Misbah is OK for Test Cricket but need to DROP from Limited Overs cricket as he is very passiave Captain. He is not going to captain team in WC15 so PAK need to find a long term captain May be hafeez in ODI and Misbah in Test .

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 10, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Sarfaraz could be a better choice in test matches. And trust me misbah is captaining very well in test matches but he isnt a good ODI captain. why did he change hafeez when he took 1 wicket in 2 overs and gave only 2 runs??? they might have to bring razzaq back as well as sixth bowler and 8th number batsman to stretghen batting line up.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 10, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Pakistan Need to bring Nasir jamshed at opening. Bring kamran akmal back in odi and t20 side as you dont have a better choice at the moment. my team would be..

    (1) Hafeez (2) Jamshed (3) Asad Shafeeq (4) Umer Akmal (5) Misbah (6) Afridi (7) Kamran Akmal (8) Sohail Tanvir/rana (9) Sami (10) Gul (11) Ajmal

    I must say that sami was badly missed in last match.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera, I meant Thisara Perera will be our Kieron Pollard when it comes to batting. Hope he can be our bowling trump card when we tour England in 2014 cos cloudy English conditions will help him have a field day.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 10, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    I must say umpiring statard was very poor. Akmal,s bat was nowhere even near the bat. I wonder why austrailia, england and india dont get these umpires in their series? Good performance by srilanka but luck favoured them as well. All in all it was srilanka,s day.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @getsetgopk, yes I agree Umar Akmal got a terrible decision. But dont think that cost Pakistan the match. If you see that way, Thisara Perera got a bat and pad LBW in the first game and that was unfair as well.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    no one chased 245+ against sri Lanka in sri Lanka thank god world cup finale was not in sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | June 10, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @Ayazbabar Khan - That team that you are dreaming up with Afridi at '3' would fail to last 10 over match let alone 50. Hats off to Sri Lanka they played a great game, and were rewarded for their patience as Pakistan got off to a good start for once. Mistake for Pakistan, why was debutant given a game when series is yet to be decided, only 'team Pakistan' can be so complacent and would expect Mr Whatmore to know better, especially with first hand knowledge of Sri Lanka team playing in their own backyard. @imranmujtaba - you forget that Yousaf last few games for Pakistan he was not scoring and was very bad in the field, he is also in the same 'old' league as we are now finding Younis and Misbah. I do agree one of them has to go and be replaced with Asad Shafiq, who like Azhar Ali can bring solidity with quick running between wickets and controlled, well paced innings, not hammer and tongs as we have Umar Akmal & Afridi (should open). Pakistan has good balance, just need to tinker a bit!

  • POSTED BY Hate.ME on | June 10, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    But this guy Azhar Ali impressed me. He looks calm, soft-spoken and focussed just like Rahul Dravid of India. He has a great future ahead ! Good find for Pakistan. He doesn't go for big shots but is still effective up the order. Can he be Amla of Pak ? or am I thinking out of my box ?

  • POSTED BY Hate.ME on | June 10, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    And Afridi is an over-rated player. Agreed that he is an excellent bowler but his batting is just pathetic. He contributes with bat once in 10 matches and pretends that he is an all-rounder. Abdul Razzq ia way better than him; Afridi is a selfish player when it comes to batting. All he looks to do is to hit six and increase his tally of sixes. What is the use when u hit two sixes and immediately get out. It will just increase ur tally of sixes but team will lose. Razzaq should be IN, as he plays for team NOT for his records !! And who is the fielding coach of Pak ? fire him ASAP as even school boys field better than Pakistani players. Let alone catching, their ground fielding is horriblec too.

  • POSTED BY Hate.ME on | June 10, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    LMAO. A couple of days ago, some ppl were claiming that Pak is the best Asian team. hehe.. What happened ? Couldn't even play Thisera Perera ? The Fact is Pakistan is the weakest side when it comes to Fielding, Batting & Handling Pressure (especially in big matches); Pak have got some serious bowlers that is the only reason they are surviving in World Cricket. India have got some serious batting strength, even if their one batsman click on a given day, he takes the match away like Kohli did in recent matches but they don't have good bowlers to defend Smaller Targets. BD have only Shakib and Tamin to talk about. But SL have got a well balanced team with two genuine all-rounders in Matthews and Perera. Agreed that last year for SL hasn't been good but they are a more balanced team of all Asian Teams. I would rate Asian teams, based on team balance, as follows :- 1) SL 2) India 3) Pakistan 4) BD 5) Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY shah.khan on | June 10, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    what the hell is going there,i never saw a single match in which pakistani batting chase a decent total.Very poor batting line up as compare to other teams.They always relying on therir bowling.PCB Plz take pity on pak cricket to bring young blood in the team.with this kind of batting lineup i don't think that they can chase a target above 200.PCB should bring Ahmed Shahzad,Imran Nazir,Kamran Akmal,Asad Shafiq,Hamad Azam in the odi and t20 squad.

  • POSTED BY saabir786 on | June 10, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    what he hell are the pak selectors are doing.picking younis khan again and again.he should be kicked out of the side permanently also select some talented players like what indian and aussies are doing.as far as dav whatmore are concerned he is a very defensive coach.i still remember he was not selected as a coach of indian side sunil gavaskar rejected him and saying he is very densive and negative coach by seeing his performance for bangladesh.also please get rid of Mishbah he is the nemises to the side

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | June 10, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Good match. Played by both sides with the spirit of the game in mind. Gul patting Dilshan on the back after his century a good touch. Cricinfo's commentary though feisty and entertaining for the most was a bit obnoxious at the start. Quote the commentator saying at the commencement of proceedings regarding Sangakarra 'I am okay with whatever he says to the media, but I hope when it comes to influencing decisions, he shows more care and thought for the game of cricket' Wow…Notice the 'I' 'I' …sounded like the oracle of cricket…

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    We really need Abdul Razzaq back in pak team

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    where is abdul razaak, mohmed yoysuf?????,wt happen to kamran akmal??.. i think pakistan has the talent but there not utilizing it to perfection . on the other hand srilanka played really well in this game. much improved team performances. as in the late 80s we now has anjelo mathiws & tissara perera the two match wining all rounders to replace ravi rathnayaka & rumesh rathnayaka.it adds more depth to our bating and bowling. our administration must cautiously handle these two resources we have.remember after playing well they both got injured in australiya in the C.B. cup & we lost the finals without them. a grate leadership shown by mahela. no doubt for me that mahela was the best captain we have ever produced.looking forward to a thrilling last three games. good luck Srilanka

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | June 10, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Tiger Afridi, Pakistan batsmen Didnt hand over 6 wickets to perera. he bowled good deliveries to get them. give credits if and when it's due.k

  • POSTED BY Nizam1949 on | June 10, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Plodding, prodding, poking and ploughing aren't part of cricketing history, and nor are they the quintessence of Batting dynamics and chemistry, which Yunis, Misbah, Umar Akmal, et al, glorified in the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka yesterday! They proved the point that Pakistan's batting is archaic, monotonous, cowardly and capitulating, if not puerile and pathetic.

    If ODI batting isn't the forte of these noble Cricketers, how and why did the Pakistan selectors choose them for these games, in the first place? Pakistan Cricket merits to begin from square one,- on a clean slate with thinking Cricketers or aficionados of the game doing the selection for heroes and heroics and NOT mediocre minions for meek surrender. Time for Pakistan to go for "Horses for courses". To do that one needs brains. Pakistan's Board of selectors might need an infusion and injection of that rare matter before it is too late.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Younis Khan should be replaced. Keep him for the tests only

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Hi Guys Incorrect info by Ramesh Dharshana Perera. Atleast once a score of 245 by Srilanka has been overhauled by India. Very convincing victory at that with 5wickets and almost 2 overs to spare. Please check on the below link for the details of the match. http://www.espncricinfo.com/slvind2009/engine/match/386530.html Not sure whether there are other instances. Srilanka has lost the aura of invincibility at home long time back. I can recall teams like India/England/Australia have been winning one day tournaments in Srilanka. It is definitely going to get more tough with Murali not around anymore and Srilanka is very much dependent on Malinga on the bowling front. Similar to India, Srilanka also has to unearth some good youngsters to strengthen their bowling attack or else the bowling will be a worry, which has been India's perennial issue.

  • POSTED BY RAJ934 on | June 10, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Pakistan will only win SHAHID AFRIDI performs otherwise its not 11players performing team..;Even if Umar Gul or sohal tanvir restricted Srilankan team for 200RUNS PAK WUD HAVE LOST IF AFRIDI WONT SCORE 50+++

  • POSTED BY BABashar on | June 10, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    The first win was a luck that Misbah enjoys since captaining the side but not this time. He is neither a T20 nor an ODI player - for these two format he is simply a liability, then comes Younis Khan, another liability for any format. At 38 and 34 respectively they MUST voluntarily announce their retirements from International Cricket for national interest. Hafeez, as I commented earlier, is a misfit for these formats either. He is no match to Afridi's all round skills and capabilities to turn the table with one man show. There are lot of promising and talented youngsters. But with deep regret I am forced to say - please bring loyal faces to decide the fate of Pakistan Cricket and get rid of the present set-up in the administration - the only way to combine professional eleven with really deserving youngsters. Until and unless we get rid of Misbah & Younis the results will remain disappointing enough to put the nation in embarrassing situation.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Highest successful chase against SL in SL seems to be 247 actually: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;groupby=match;home_or_away=2;host=8;innings_number=2;opposition=8;orderby=runs;result=1;template=results;type=team

    The top 4 chases in the list are from subcontinent teams.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | June 10, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    Where is Asad Shafiq? What does he need to o to cement his place. By far the most consistent of Pakistan's batsmen over the last year or so. Umar Akmal has all the talent but his temperament is very questionable. And Yunus should be dropped from ODI's.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Drop Misbah From Captaincy & Also From The National Team. While Captaining The Side In The Field, He Always Defend The Opposing Team In The Later Half Of Every Match. And While Batting, He Always Stop The Ball. Looks Like He Thinks That He'll Win Every Match Single Handedly By His Own Batting. Someone From The Cricket Administration Should Teach This Foolish Captain That Cricket Is The Team Game, Not One Man Show.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 10, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover, you are wrong. Wicket had something for the bowlers as Russell Arnold said it was 50-50 and that was why Thisara Perera bowled superly. Pakistan's batting woes were exposed again. We were determined to do well by all means. Yes we are aware of Pakistan's strong recent record at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo so we wont take it lightly. But anyway, in this series if the side batting first gets 220, match effectively won. Premadasa Stadium is a spinner's wicket by all means.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Can some body tell me what happen to Kamaran Akmal , Mohhamed Yusuf. Those are great batters for PAK team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Well done SL.Mahela,playing in the middle really stabilises the innings.Yes,Umar Akmal was the victim of poor mpiring.But remember in the first match also Perera was given lbw for inside edge.DRS is badly needed in the series. Thisara Perera was excellent.Kulasekera also did his part.Dilshan's knock was very nice.Sangakkara got out when he was gradually finding form.Sanga needs to score.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka, completely outplayed Pakistan. for SL if they can post a decent score in this series, they can win every game. cuz Pak strength is their bowling

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 10, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    Pakistan is good at playing slow at around 4 runs an over, their batsmen are incapable of scoring at higher rate. The top order batsmen played well till the 30 over mark but when its time to push the paddle and accelerate they just fell like nine pins. Pakistan's fielding as usual very poor, missed countless runouts, SL on the other hand gave nothing back, Pak got some poor umpiring decisions as well, Umar Akmal's decision was a howler. Congrats to SL.

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | June 10, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    i think atleast there is no place for younus and sarfaraz in this team, it is time younus should seriosly think about his retirement from one day cricket or the board should do the same to him as they did to misbah in 20 overs format. umar akmal should work on his keeping and he should keep wkts also.

  • POSTED BY azmaftab on | June 10, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Credit must be given where it is due, the srilankans bowled very well in the middle overs. The bowled the dot balls, built the pressure and fielded exceptionally. Contests to Srilanka for such a fine display all round. Pakistan's main problem is not it's young guns but it's old heads, hafiz is out of form along with younis khan. Misbah even though at times comes good after soaking a lot of pressure (read playing dots) but this time it didn't work and that is exactly why there was no plan B to fall on! In my opinion Sarfraz should he stuck with and with the few deliveries he did face I thought he batted with a straight bat, so here is an idea, either make him open or bat him in the no.3 position. Rest younis khan and play Asad Shafiq in his place. That way the team will be utilizing the wicketkeeping batsman without sacrifing the bowling unit. Where is it written that the keeper has to be a flashy opener or a middle order blaster? Why can he be a genuine no.3/4 batsman?

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | June 10, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    i think atleast there is no place for younus and sarfaraz in this team, it is time younus should seriosly think about his retirement from one day cricket or the board should do the same to him as they did to misbah in 20 overs format. umar akmal should work on his keeping and he should keep wkts also.

  • POSTED BY KOLHAPURI on | June 10, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    For anyone concerned with Kumar Sangakara please note that his tank is exhausted. Look at his last 18 months scores. I doubt anyone would love to see him underperforming like that. Is it not better for him to make way to someone more talented now? Tilakratne Dilshan, I would state is an unlucky guy. Under his captainship none of the senior pros performed well. The moment he got himself out of the way, Jaywardhane started performing better as usual. Look at Dilshan, he is a consistent performer for the Lankans but could get nothing out of any of the plyers when he was at the helm. God is Great!!! Of course, that may be the punishment for his "no sporting sprit" on show when he "shoutstructed" Suraj Randiv for a 'no ball' when Sehwag on the brink of the famous century.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    LOVE YOU SRI LANKA! <3 Hail SL

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | June 10, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @ Ramesh Dharshana Perera: But i think u should take a look at india's record against lanka in your own backyard!!

  • POSTED BY S305 on | June 10, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Hi Sanga, What was that? That was just a "uda bat" of a high schooler . What's happening to your concentration ( and of most SL batsmen) these days? 100% concentration, 99% success. With Best Regards

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | June 10, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    This is the most balanced side that SL can field. With Mathews bowling SL has 3 allrounders in DILSHAN,MATHEWS,PERERA The middle order is stabilised with Jayawardene at 5 with Chandimal at 4 and Thirimanne at 6 and this relieves pressure on the younger players. Mathews.Perera and Kulasekera at 7,8,9 gives the firepower and dapth. On the otherhand the Pakistani side is not balanced and when SL made 280 the match was over before Perera cleaned them out.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 10, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    there are some bowlers in cricket who doesn't look threatning but somehow have the ability to pick wkts . like thisara perera who doesn't look threatning in his bowling but already has 3 fivers . it 's the case that batsmen underestimate him . the same was the case with yuvraj singh who some how was sucessful in every wc match despite he doesn't have any weapon .

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

    Memorable events of yesterday's match: * Dilshan's 13th ODI century. * Unusual playing style of Mahela.(Playing Dilscoop & Reversed sweep) * Azhar Ali's highest score in ODI. * Kulasekara wicket broken dismissal of Azhar on 96. * Sanga's 300th ODI catch. * And specially Thisara Perera's maiden 6 wicket haul & 3rd 5 wicket haul.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | June 10, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    FAISALMASOODTIGERAFRIDI-Had it been u r bowler we would have seen flood of coments declaring him as the best in entire world, in internation cricket nothing is given on plater, u will have to earn, PARERA batted , bowled beatifully in this match as done by U R GREAT AFRIDI in the previous match , learn to give credit where it deserve, PARERA already had 3 five wicket haul in his short carrear he is a class player , accept u r players could not handle him.

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | June 10, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Wow what great performance from GREAT pakistan team. Not time to lose to Zimbabwe and Timbuktu also, and after that win 1 match against Somalia and start claiming to be top team in world cricket.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | June 10, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @Bruisers No man i think India would've lost it far more embarrassingly. I don't think Pakistan would take leaf from India's book about anything.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | June 10, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    Replace Younis with Shafiq, rest is OK. I was also not a fan of Kamran Akmal but looks like we have no choice but to recall him for limited over games. Sarfaraz is useless. Selectors should have selected Ahmed Shahzad and he should have opened and Azhar should play at # 3. Rahat looked promising, he should be given a long run.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 10, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    THE BIGGEST PROBLEM with pakistan is that each and every batsman only trys to save his wicket (unsuccessfully) by blocking and blocking. In each and every chase, the first 4 batsmen leave the crease with asking rate increased to the double.When ever they chase, it is the same story. Why dont they pace their innings irrespective of fallen wickets because in the end they will lose anyways due to an asking rate of above 10.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera - shows how good the SL bowlers have been while defending targets. But while chasing, SL don't have such a good record.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    no team has ever chased any thing over 245 against SL in SL soil !

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Pakistan lost the chase in the middle overs, and how did they manage to give 6 wks to Perera?!?!

  • POSTED BY pkcricfan101 on | June 9, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    Sad loss but there are some positives as well. Azhar Ali batted really well we need a solid opening batsmen and he looked good although he got most of his boundaries on the offside and the sri lankan are gonna load the offside with fielders from now on for him. Rahat Ali had an ordinary debut but he looks promising with decent pace and control and should be given another chance. Younis khan needs to be replaced by asad shafiq right away. And sarfraz ahmed is throwing off the balance of the team we desperately need a keeper who can bat or else were going to have to weaken our bowling line up. Im definitely not a fan of kamran akmal but i think the situation needs him right now. Hafeez is not a batsmen he is a bowling allrounder and should drop down the order.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 9, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Smart change in batting order b SL. Playng the big guns at the top is always risk. If they get out, the youngsters will be under pressure. Mahela batting at NO.5/No.6 really stabilizes the shaky middle order. As for Pakistan, if the pitch favors batsmen, they have a 1\100 chance of winning it . They need batsmen to complement their potent bowling attack.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 9, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Pakistan should take a leaf out of India's book on how to chase big totals with ease.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | June 9, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    What is MOM means? In top 5-6 ICC ranked team, first 4 batsmen has maximum number of MOM. However, in Pakistan team in top 4 (excluding Hafeez) has got minimum (if not any) MOM in regular playing 11.... Misbah and Younis, how can they justify theor position in playing 11 - if they never won any game for Pakistan? compare them with Yousuf, then why yousuf is not in team. Also, Misbah and younis are blocking preparation of new players for next WC as well!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Please Pakistan if you choose the team i am about to show you will win all the time

    my pakistan 11: Hafeez- good all rounder,very handy with the ball A.Shezad- pakistan need explosiveness at the top so he should be in A.Shafiq- Young and needs some time to get, very talented batsmen Misbah- He can be there all the way through the innings can smash it when he wants Umar Akmal(wk)- bring some explosion to the middle order Hammad Azam- Good all orunder able to replace the legend Abdul Razzaq Shahid Afridi - Mainly for bowling but can pull of a big innings while batting Sami- pakistan need some pace and he has come back into form Saeed Ajaml - for obvious reasons pakistan best spinner Umar gul- Very good at the start nd deadly at the end Junaid khan- young and brings some varition to the attack with his left arm over and he is young and will only improve

  • POSTED BY mzshan78 on | June 9, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Pakistan always heavily rely on their bowling attack, Being in the same region India, on the other hand, heavily rely on their batting abilities (India failed to produce outstanding bowlers). Pakistan always looking for match winners hence promoting the individualism rather than a team effort. I think, This is the main reason of Pakistan's downfall. On a bowling pitch Pakistan can give tough time to any team in the world. On the other hand, Pakistani batsman lack solidarity and consistency. Controlling the game is an art which Pakistani players need to learn if they have to be a competitive team. Having done too well due to not controlling the situation Pakistan lost the game today.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | June 9, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Again Pakistan is victim of Misbah poor captaincy and as he is stuck number 4 with younis at no. 3 and Azhar no. 2 .... poor Umar and Afridi are left to do all the work again without good start ........... Pakistan can not score more then 200-240 runs until unless Umar Akmal & Afridi play number 3 & 4 or Misbah & younis get out early !!! Indeed Pakistan is missing class of YOUSUF at number 3 ..... FINISH POLITICS BRING YOUSUF back!!!! GET RID OF MISBAH!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    I THINK SRILANKA PLAYED WELL TO DAY I THINK AFRIDI SHOULD BE BATTING AT NO 3 AND MISBAH SHOULD BE DROPPED AS CAPTAIN AND THEY SHOULD BRING IN IMRAN NAZIR AND IMRAN FARHAT AND DROP YOUNIS KHAN AFRIDI IS A LEGEND MASALAH

  • POSTED BY zulfi43 on | June 9, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    umer akmal is victim of poor umpiring in four matches two time given out wrong .

  • POSTED BY ikmal--syd on | June 9, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    well, done everyone, perera was excellent and he is a true allround cricketer, he bowled straighter at the stumps or just outside with movement and that's when he's dangerous, shouldn't always ball too wide of off stump. Dilshan was excellent, and mahela is class, disappointed not to see thrimanne but if the team wins, who cares. well done sri lanka

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Why Sami was dropped. Can anyone justify his exclusion. No Pakistani batsman took responsibility and Azhar batted for himself only........

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 9, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Totally agreed with ExplicitPlatinum. Also Rahat Ali was not given a fair chance to make a come back. Sohail Tanvir gave awaay 10 runs in his first over, but made a comeback in his next over. Rahat was not given resonable opportunity. Also Edges flew to tbe boundary. He bowled with a lot of heart. Has great atitude. I liked him from what ever i saw. But understanding the Pak team, i dont think he will get any furhter chance. I think now he will be made to warm the benches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Amazing win by the Sri Lankans. They were great in all fields; batting, bowling and fielding. Dilshan's 114* was a delight to watch and the small contributions of Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela and Perera were a big helping hand in the win. Perera's 6-44 was fantastic, not to mention his fielding was at par. Overall, a great game. Can't wait for the next match! :)

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 9, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    What is Younis Khan doing in the limited overs format? Also why does Misbah needs 6/7 bowlers, when only 50 overs are to be sent down ? . At his rate with about 1 batsman short and Y.Khan doing nothing usefull and U.Akmal being so eratic and inconsistent, No Total is chasable by Pak team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    Gr8 victory for Lankan's.............

  • POSTED BY smbhayi on | June 9, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    You cant win if your top order batsmen plays too many dot balls...... Yeah, Azhar Ali played wery well but he not scored half of the ball he faced.... This is right time bring Afridi and Umar Akmal in top of the order. Bcoz pak top order batted too slowly....!!!!

  • POSTED BY saabir786 on | June 9, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    i think pak has got probably the weakest and most defensive batting line up in the world.all the 6 top batters have one dimensional approach to the batting.the top 4 r just the blockers and next 2 are the sloggers.azhar played well to his ability he cannot bat faster than this he has very poor technique,younis is probably the weak link in the side.openers were over cautious both r openers have very very low strike rate.hafeez need to play as an bowling allrounder and should bat at no.7.he has poor stats as an opener even after played over 100 odi.shafiq should replace younis khan.pak odi side should be.1)shehzad 2)jamshed3)shafiq 4)umar5)afridi 6)Haffez 7)Kamran8)razzak9)sami10)Gul 11)Ajmal,T20 squad should be 1)I Nazir 2)Shehzad 3)Razzak 4)Umar 5)hafeez6)Afridi 7)mallik 8)Kamran 9)Tanveer 10)Gul 11)Ajmal.pcb and pak people take my words this squad can rule the the world and pak can champion

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Oops, Pakistan squad lacks the services of all rounders who can bat at no 6/7 and can bowl a handy spell of 5-6 overs. Afridi is the only one supposed to do this job, this squad looks more like the cricket teams in 90s. selectors should consider this as it seems to be the weakest link in the squad.

  • POSTED BY zulfi43 on | June 9, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    @ mohammed iqbal mirchent I think sarfraz need to be rested and asad shafiq should be in for sarfraz and not for umer akmal umer akmal is being wasted by misbah and Pcb in past and he and asad shafiq should must be in for all three formate of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Hasan999 on | June 9, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Younis should be given a rest (hopefully permanent one), and Ahmed Shahzad should replace him

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Asad Shafique should be brought in place of Younis, also one all rounder needs to be included in place of third seamer.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Ali Riaz, Sami is unfit . He injured his thumb I think.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | June 9, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Thumping win for SL, Pakistan could learn a lot from the way they play. Sad to see Hafeez & Younis throw away their wickets with soft dismissals. The dismissals of Umar Akmal and Sarfraz underscore the desperate need for DRS in this series - the ODIs between Pak & SL in UAE last year had them, why haven't the SLC returned the favour??

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    All we need is a flat track for RPS..Pakistan batting is no where near Sri Lanka..Pitch curators should prepare pitches that suit home team..Every other team does that so why not Sri Lanka ? I think Anuraudda Polonnowita should be sacked for not making wickets that suit SL type of play !

  • POSTED BY ExplicitPlatinum on | June 9, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    See, I told you. I TOLD YOU! Sohail Tanvir is just a T20 player and HE IS NOT AN ODI OR TEST BOWLER! Mohammad Sami just had a finger injury so Rahat played today. It was the fielding that didn't assist Rahat but that doesn't matter, as Wasim Akram didn't impress in his first ODI match. Rahat Ali has all the ingredients for a good fast bowler. A positive thing about him, is that he relies on swing bowling. However, Azhar Ali is a good prospect for Tests and ODI's only and he should replace Younis Khan in ODI's, but I would prefer Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal to be in the same squad in ODI's. Pakistan's batting has only two gears; Block or blast. This does not benefit us at all.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    @Sinhaya - Tissara is 100 times better bowler than Keroin Pollard ! His bowling average is 22 in ODIs..3 five fors and a 6wkt haul !

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Well played SL, finally they got their batting order right in my opinion. I am still surprised not to see Cheema in the bowling line up. Dont want to blame the new guy Rahat but unfortunately his inexperience and inclusion cost us the match the today. YK cricket in limited overs is finished, he should stick to test cricket only. Lastly if Pak has to missed a chance behind the stumps in every match then why not opt for Kamran Akmal again, at least he can bat better then likes of YK, Hafeez etc. Too many new keepers have been given chances but they all have turned out to be average.

  • POSTED BY doctornikki on | June 9, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    good match...parera is the man for future...azhar ali will become a class act in coming times..pakistan should play more batsmen and get rid of sarfraz ahmad and bring akeeper who can bat..sri lanka congrats...

  • POSTED BY pauliangenius on | June 9, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Well played AZHAR ALI !!!! we pakistani's loved the way you played. And all other batsmen were just a BIG disappointment!! well bowled perara

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | June 9, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Thisara and Mathews.... what a combination to have for any team! Both can bowl, bat and field just as the team want!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    This loss is nothing new for Pakistan.As per record Pakistan lost many matches when they have to chase a decent total. Reasons are 1-They lack mental strength.2-Batsmen do not play their shots as per situation 3-Captain do not change the batting order as per situation of the game.4-Bowlers do not bowl as per batsman and as per his field.5-Game plan should be changed according to situation in the match 6- our fielding require lot of improvment.7-Running between require attention

    We are giving plenty of chances to Umar Akmal while ignoring regular performer like Asad Shafiq. We have Abdul Rehman in squad who is very economical in ODI.Younus has a bad patch so we should bring Asad Shafiq at no.3. Misbah should come at no.6

    Next match side should be Hafeez,AzharAli,AsadShafiq,Younus,Misbah,Afridi,Sarfraz, Shohail Tanvir, Umer Gul,Ajmal and Rehman/Sami as per wicket and weather condition.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 9, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    How many times does it need to be said; BAT UMAR HIGHER!!

    You can't have Azhar, Younis and Misbah clustered together or else, Pak will never be able to chase down anything above 250.

    Also, it's time for Younis to retire in ODI's and try to expand his career in Tests because I can't remember the last time he made a century in ODI's or match winning 50 and Rahat Ali deserves another chance.

    Lastly, the umpiring has been horrible and it begs the question as to, why is there no DRS? If Umar wasn't given out wrongly, then who knows what would have happened!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    straight question where is sami?????

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Well done lions,love you always!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    C'mon Sanga score some runs!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    This series could be the last nail in the coffin of Younis khan's career.His recent average in ODI's is quite mediocre.Someone like Asad shafiq sitting in the dugout is quite baffling. Pakistan urgently needs to sort out their batting order.Akmal must come up and one of the bowlers can be rested , giving a chance to an extra batsman. Younis khan is still an excellent choice for tests but i think he must give way to youngsters now.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    simply brillient by sri lanka.mahela,dilshan fired so no agument sri lanka will win! thisara s awasome,gud knocks bi dil,mahela,chandi n thisara! gud luck SL

  • POSTED BY Min2_cric on | June 9, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    wat happenned now...y no one is commenting..yesterday toh everybody was saying dat SL is weak, Dilshan should be thrown out...wat now satisfied...Lanka is a gud team compared to pak...

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    pak did not bat good to win the match and miss field did not the pak team in trying ring to win the match

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | June 9, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Big win for Sri lanka. Thisara Perera was outstanding with the bat, Ball and in the field. I think Sri lanka got there batting combination correct this time around. Mahela should bat at this postion in ODI's and Kulasekera bowled well again today, he is very underated in ODI cricket. And SL's bowling performance was outstanding, they didn't ball a single no ball or wide in the whole innings. Now the series is 1-1, it's going to be very fun to watch the rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY Alphabaig on | June 9, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Azhar Ali played well but he needs to develop his leg side game as well as rotation of strike (emphasis on rotation of strike). Those dot balls in the middle overs reduced Pakistan's run rate and Azhar's strike rate while increasing the asking rate and pressure. To be fair it was only his 6th ODI and he can definitely learn. The best example for him to follow can be Hashim Amla and Alistair Cook, who are proper Test match batsmen. They are not big hitters but very good timers and they maintain their strike rate by placing the ball for ones and twos. In fact, all Pakistani batsmen need to learn to work the ball around for singles. It is always either hit, dot or out. That was the problrm today, too many dots and outs and not enough hits. To put things in perspective, the first single of Pakistan innings came after 2 maidens, 4.5 overs, 5 fours, 22 dot balls and 25 runs.

    Also, if 3 teams is the way to go then the players coming in different formats must have some sort of match practic

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 9, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    R Premadasa Stadium which will play the next ODI is a good venue for Pakistan where they have won their last 5 ODIs. They include 2 against Sri Lanka in 2009 and 3 of their 2011 world cup preliminary round wins against SL, Canada and Australia. So we must play really well and not be over confident after today's win. Azhar Ali did give us a scare. Pakistan's fielding was below par today as well.

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | June 9, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Dilshan... you are awesome man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Excellent work guys,,,,keep it up the good work,,, all the times we would like to see the consistency from Sri Lanka cricket team

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 9, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    "First of all thanks to Allah(GOD),All d boys plyd vry wel"LOLZ,well done lanka,flat wickts z d way to go in ds series 4 u.Misbha mised d script today,a young lad makng hs debut on a gd batng pitch deservd to be given necessary cautions at cover,extra cover n slips,bt it was nt to b,2 of easiest chances went a begging in slips of rahat,s bowlng,even if he fails 4 anothr 2,3 matchs,there z nthng to panic as he z jst 23,I was laudng sarfraz 4 hs keepng n he graspd 1.One batsman short problem have realy playd on d mind of batsmen 2day,hafez,misbah r respnsible,wel done azhar

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 9, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    It was a great team effort which they needed badly to regain their lost confidence and prestige.Hope they will build on this with the eye on the T20 cup. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 9, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Who says Sri Lanka is all about Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan? Thisara Perera is Sri Lanka's Kieron Pollard! I agree that Umar Akmal got a dreadful decision but if arguing on that, remember that in the 1st ODI, Thisara too was given LBW for a bat and pad. Please dont write off Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Great win for Sri Lanka..Tissara can become a world class ODI player

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  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Great win for Sri Lanka..Tissara can become a world class ODI player

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 9, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Who says Sri Lanka is all about Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan? Thisara Perera is Sri Lanka's Kieron Pollard! I agree that Umar Akmal got a dreadful decision but if arguing on that, remember that in the 1st ODI, Thisara too was given LBW for a bat and pad. Please dont write off Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 9, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    It was a great team effort which they needed badly to regain their lost confidence and prestige.Hope they will build on this with the eye on the T20 cup. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 9, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    "First of all thanks to Allah(GOD),All d boys plyd vry wel"LOLZ,well done lanka,flat wickts z d way to go in ds series 4 u.Misbha mised d script today,a young lad makng hs debut on a gd batng pitch deservd to be given necessary cautions at cover,extra cover n slips,bt it was nt to b,2 of easiest chances went a begging in slips of rahat,s bowlng,even if he fails 4 anothr 2,3 matchs,there z nthng to panic as he z jst 23,I was laudng sarfraz 4 hs keepng n he graspd 1.One batsman short problem have realy playd on d mind of batsmen 2day,hafez,misbah r respnsible,wel done azhar

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Excellent work guys,,,,keep it up the good work,,, all the times we would like to see the consistency from Sri Lanka cricket team

  • POSTED BY bigdhonifan on | June 9, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Dilshan... you are awesome man!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 9, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    R Premadasa Stadium which will play the next ODI is a good venue for Pakistan where they have won their last 5 ODIs. They include 2 against Sri Lanka in 2009 and 3 of their 2011 world cup preliminary round wins against SL, Canada and Australia. So we must play really well and not be over confident after today's win. Azhar Ali did give us a scare. Pakistan's fielding was below par today as well.

  • POSTED BY Alphabaig on | June 9, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Azhar Ali played well but he needs to develop his leg side game as well as rotation of strike (emphasis on rotation of strike). Those dot balls in the middle overs reduced Pakistan's run rate and Azhar's strike rate while increasing the asking rate and pressure. To be fair it was only his 6th ODI and he can definitely learn. The best example for him to follow can be Hashim Amla and Alistair Cook, who are proper Test match batsmen. They are not big hitters but very good timers and they maintain their strike rate by placing the ball for ones and twos. In fact, all Pakistani batsmen need to learn to work the ball around for singles. It is always either hit, dot or out. That was the problrm today, too many dots and outs and not enough hits. To put things in perspective, the first single of Pakistan innings came after 2 maidens, 4.5 overs, 5 fours, 22 dot balls and 25 runs.

    Also, if 3 teams is the way to go then the players coming in different formats must have some sort of match practic

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | June 9, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Big win for Sri lanka. Thisara Perera was outstanding with the bat, Ball and in the field. I think Sri lanka got there batting combination correct this time around. Mahela should bat at this postion in ODI's and Kulasekera bowled well again today, he is very underated in ODI cricket. And SL's bowling performance was outstanding, they didn't ball a single no ball or wide in the whole innings. Now the series is 1-1, it's going to be very fun to watch the rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    pak did not bat good to win the match and miss field did not the pak team in trying ring to win the match