Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo June 12, 2012

Tussling teams chase consistency

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Match facts

Wednesday, June 13
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

After the Twenty20s in Hambantota and two ODIs in Pallekele, the series now shifts to Sri Lanka's third World Cup venue - the R Premadasa Stadium. It's hard to predict how the third ODI will pan out: almost nothing seemed to go Sri Lanka's way in the first one-dayer when they limped to 135 for 8, but two days later, and on the same pitch, their batting was back to near its best and they piled up a match-winning score.

One thing that didn't change for Pakistan over the two matches was the abysmal fielding. Catches were generously put down in the first ODI and a number of run-out opportunities were spurned in the second. While Pakistan were largely unpunished by the mistakes in the field in the first game, Tillakaratne Dilshan made the most of his reprieve in the second game, going on to make an unbeaten century.

After Dilshan pushed Sri Lanka to a big total, the lack of depth in Pakistan's batting was shown up. Younis Khan has been out of sorts in recent matches, and the unpredictable Shahid Afridi comes in at No. 6 - one position higher than his usual slot in recent years - putting plenty of pressure on the remaining four batsmen. Sarfraz Ahmed played a crucial hand in the Asia Cup final, but is yet to convince as a long-term No. 7. In the absence of allrounders such as Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik, Pakistan may consider playing an extra batsman in an attempt to shorten the tail.

For Sri Lanka, the thinktank will be pleased Dilshan shrugged off a run of low scores. One difference from his century on Saturday to previous recent innings was that he took his time early on to gauge the conditions, instead of going on an all-out assault right from the start. The decision to shift Mahela Jayawardene down the order also worked as he struck an innovative half-century to pilot Sri Lanka's late charge.

The one thing the home board will be worried about is that heavy rain is predicted for Wednesday afternoon and evening in Colombo.

Form guide


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Azhar Ali has often been pegged as a Test specialist given his leisurely rate of scoring (slowest in Tests among all current cricketers with more than 1000 runs), but showed in the second ODI that he could adjust to the demands of the limited-over formats. Thrust in as an opener, he scored at a run-a-ball early on.

Kumar Sangakkara is the second-highest run-getter in ODIs this year, but hasn't been at his best in this series, and was off-colour during the IPL as well. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, though, wasn't concerned about the lack of runs. "I don't worry about Kumar's form for a second," he said. "He's a kind of batsman who needs to spend just half an hour in the middle and you will see what difference he makes."

Team news

Pakistan are still waiting on the fitness of fast bowler Mohammad Sami, who is recovering from a thumb injury but not yet 100%. If he is deemed fit, he will take the place of he listless Rahat Ali. Shahid Afridi was down with a stomach bug, but is expected to recover in time to play.

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/Rahat Ali

Sri Lanka have already made one change to their squad, bringing in 34-year-old left-arm-spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon in place of Rangana Herath, who has been rested ahead of the Tests. They have to decide which of the three spinners in the squad to pick: Weerakoon, Jeevan Mendis or Sachithra Senanayake.

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 Sachithra Senanayake, 11 Lasith Malinga

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan have won eight of their previous nine ODIs at the R Premadasa stadium.
  • Left-arm spinner Weerakoon, who is yet to make his international debut, has 693 first-class wickets
  • Dinesh Chandimal averages 15.50 in his eight ODI innings against Pakistan, but averages 45.04 in 29 ODIs against other opposition

Quotes

"Our fielding has been an on and off problem for us for a long time now. We have not been consistent in this department. In the last few days everybody has been practicing hard on their fielding."
Misbah-ul-Haq knows one area where Pakistan need some serious improvement

"I think I have done enough to convince them that I deserve a place in the Sri Lanka team."
Sajeewa Weerakoon doesn't mince words

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 13, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Few tips to SLC in organizing tournaments like this . Don't limit one dayers only to Hmabantota - Pallekele & Premadasa . Give oppertunity to Galle and SSC .So these games will be day matches . if it is fixed on Sunday or holiday , it ll attract more crowds than present day nighters do . there is a big sector of fans who are reluctant to come grounds due to late night transport difficulties. Galle fans never tasted a ODI for years . This will give additional income for sure. reduce power consumption and game will be more balanced. Plz have 1 match in daytime every series .

  • POSTED BY azeesajid on | June 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    To all fans of Hammad Azam,it is for your knowledge that he is not in ODI squad for the series. And why all the crirticism is for younis khan Hafeez is also out of form, and it only take a single match to get regain one's form back. Thing that matters is how match far that gane is.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | June 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    The rain may be the winner this time!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I Would Like Younis Khan Be Replaced By ASAD SHAFIQ.

  • POSTED BY mrmuqaddar on | June 13, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    If Pakistan play younis khan then he should be at number 5 or 6 because he only play well when there is no field restriction. he is never comfortable at number 3.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    younis khan is not in his form . pakistan will play hammad azam in place of younis khan.Hammad azam is powerful striker of the ball.and also in place of umer akmal sarfraz ahmed is better than umer. pak should also give chance to youngsters.my third odi pak team is - azhar ali, hafeez, misbah -ul - haq, afridi, sarfraz ahmed , hammad azam,gul,ajmal,Mohammad Sami/Rahat Ali,tanvir,aizaz cheema with this team i assure the pak victory i request pak board this is the best team for third odi against sri lanka

  • POSTED BY mrmuqaddar on | June 13, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    From Pakistan: I think shoib malik should be there in middle order. Our current middle order is too much pathetic they never accelerate the run rate they always leave too much for the last 15 overs. which normally cost us losing the matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    well looking at our batting lineup we badly need a wicket keeper who could bat as a batsmen : sarfraz is very ordinary both with gloves & bat

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    The most Problematic area for Pakistan is their batting and fielding ,They are tested even if they are chasing 220 and their Fielding is so worst that they make the habit of giving 3or 4 retrive for the opposition batsman.Yes their bowling is world class no doubt about that but you need those men who pouch the ball to hand a wickets to their bowler.Its all upto Pakistani attack to single handedly win the game for theri team

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Weather is perfect for Cricket. No sign of a rain in Colombo. Can expect same in the evening.

  • POSTED BY yohandf1984 on | June 13, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Few tips to SLC in organizing tournaments like this . Don't limit one dayers only to Hmabantota - Pallekele & Premadasa . Give oppertunity to Galle and SSC .So these games will be day matches . if it is fixed on Sunday or holiday , it ll attract more crowds than present day nighters do . there is a big sector of fans who are reluctant to come grounds due to late night transport difficulties. Galle fans never tasted a ODI for years . This will give additional income for sure. reduce power consumption and game will be more balanced. Plz have 1 match in daytime every series .

  • POSTED BY azeesajid on | June 13, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    To all fans of Hammad Azam,it is for your knowledge that he is not in ODI squad for the series. And why all the crirticism is for younis khan Hafeez is also out of form, and it only take a single match to get regain one's form back. Thing that matters is how match far that gane is.

  • POSTED BY Farrukh.91. on | June 13, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    The rain may be the winner this time!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I Would Like Younis Khan Be Replaced By ASAD SHAFIQ.

  • POSTED BY mrmuqaddar on | June 13, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    If Pakistan play younis khan then he should be at number 5 or 6 because he only play well when there is no field restriction. he is never comfortable at number 3.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    younis khan is not in his form . pakistan will play hammad azam in place of younis khan.Hammad azam is powerful striker of the ball.and also in place of umer akmal sarfraz ahmed is better than umer. pak should also give chance to youngsters.my third odi pak team is - azhar ali, hafeez, misbah -ul - haq, afridi, sarfraz ahmed , hammad azam,gul,ajmal,Mohammad Sami/Rahat Ali,tanvir,aizaz cheema with this team i assure the pak victory i request pak board this is the best team for third odi against sri lanka

  • POSTED BY mrmuqaddar on | June 13, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    From Pakistan: I think shoib malik should be there in middle order. Our current middle order is too much pathetic they never accelerate the run rate they always leave too much for the last 15 overs. which normally cost us losing the matches.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    well looking at our batting lineup we badly need a wicket keeper who could bat as a batsmen : sarfraz is very ordinary both with gloves & bat

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    The most Problematic area for Pakistan is their batting and fielding ,They are tested even if they are chasing 220 and their Fielding is so worst that they make the habit of giving 3or 4 retrive for the opposition batsman.Yes their bowling is world class no doubt about that but you need those men who pouch the ball to hand a wickets to their bowler.Its all upto Pakistani attack to single handedly win the game for theri team

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Weather is perfect for Cricket. No sign of a rain in Colombo. Can expect same in the evening.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    still no sign of rain in colombo,that rain forecasting is totally wrong.

  • POSTED BY azamscar on | June 13, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Colombo 12.25 the sky is absolutely clear, hardy any clouds temperature 31' C i think we are good for a 50 over a match in Colombo

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    I would like to see Hamad Azam in place of Younis Khan since he is a good all rounder batsman.I dob't know why Younis Khan is still in team he has not shown his performance for a long time,its time now to give chance to youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    To- rk0007, to prove...........win a WC and then you can boast.

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | June 13, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    @ just_chul_chul. I suppose winning one game here & there is lot better than getting thrashed 0-8 overseas consecutively & exactly like your team india, no flukes there....

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    PAKISTAN's batting is total CONCERN.... HAFEEZ is not been his BEST which left you with only one ONE DAY match-winner batsman UMAR AKMAL bcz MISBAH, YOUNIS and AZHAR cant assure you VICTORY. I think MALIK is badly MISSED here!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Sri Lanka'S victory depend on Dilshan,Mahela and Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 13, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Razzaq should hav been selected for this series. these are kind of pitches where he would have been v useful. As t20 world cup is in these picthes.. pakistan should look for Razzaq to play as third seamer and number 8 Batsman till world cup. Haris Sohail should have got chance but...

  • POSTED BY HamidYakub on | June 13, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I will be glad to see Rahat again he can be a quality bowler he should be given one more chance in place of tanvir if sami is fit because tanvir is not a quality bowler he does not have good pace i accept he got swing but in todays cricket where flat pitches are most often used therefore there is need of pace bowlers to take wickets i

  • POSTED BY HamidYakub on | June 13, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    Assalam-u-Alaikum it will be good for Pakistan to play aggressive cricket.They should try to attack from the very first ball against Sri Lanka in todays match.They should not worry about the results but they should play aggressive cricket and also Pakistan desperatly need fireworks from Misbah otherwise he should leave the team and give captaincy to Hafeez

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    today my team is 1.Umer Akmal, 2.Asad Shafiq, 3.Shoib Malik, 4.Misbah, 5.Hafeez, 6.Afridi, 7.Sarfaraz, 8.Gul, 9.Ajmal, 10.Azaz Chima 11. Abdur Rahman pakistan can play Danish Kaneria Agenst Asian contryis.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 13, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    In more than 50 years Pak has not learnt fielding. Drop catches are routine matter. Now they have one of the poorest batting line up. So, it will be a miracle if they win the 3rd match. Only hope they have if their bowling clicks to contain SL runs score.

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | June 13, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Bagladesh is the best team in Asia & will be champion in coming years.. Shakib al hasan is the best player of all the times..

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | June 13, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Colombo 8.55 AM : No rain yet but it certainly is overcast and dark We'd be lucky if we get a full match , probably we'll get a curtailed game or even a washout.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    I think if three of your top five batsmen fail the extra batsman will struggle to win you matches. So I say keep the same balance and play Cheema if Sami is not fit. The only other possible change would be to maybe bring in Asad Shafiq for Younus Khan. But thats a tough call even though Younus has averaged only around 22 in his last 10 ODIs. The main area of concern remains our fielding. If we continue to gift 20-25 runs and miss catches and run outs then play whatever combination you like, Pak will still struggle to win matches apart from those where some individual's brilliance shines on the day.

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | June 13, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    I won't be surprised if Pakistan get thrashed again. They only win 1 match here and there by fluke - and in this series they have managed to win 1 match , so I think the result of this match is known already.

  • POSTED BY on | June 13, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    There are many best players in Pakistan side. Razzaq, Kamran Akmal, Nazir, Shafiq, Shehzad...... why management not care about them? at least Asad should play in place of Younus Khan.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | June 13, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    Inconsistent seniors have to be dropped as it happens in other countries if not future of SLan Cricket is very bleak. By the way, Sajeewa should have been brought to the Side long time before Herath when we had performed brilliantly against all touring 2nd XI teams about 5 ys back. His 1st Cla- Bow-Ave of 20+ with a tally of 693 1st Cla wkts, would speaks volumes of his capability, but at this vintage stage of his bowling career I've my doubts in his ability to spin the bowl as his fingers could have been stiffened. These local selectors of last 25 ys have been messing around with henchmen too long thus making brilliant prospective players to lose heart over their skills, as it always happen the best schoolboy crickters produced during the last 25 years have never or hardly represented the Country even World Class players the likes of A'patu,S'weera,Ajantha,S'nayake,..were under used. You can't ask seniors' opinion to include a promising youngster cos they've their petty interests.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | June 12, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Fielding is not about practicing it in the national squad, it is more about the cricket culture.

  • POSTED BY PakPacer on | June 12, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Play Asad Shafiq in place of Yunis Khan and when Nasir is ready play him place of the extra bowler.

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | June 12, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Since the selectors decided to pull a Titanic & omit Razzak/Hammad from this squad, Pak have no choice but to play 3 seamers plus Ajmal. That leaves room for only 7 batsmen, which means that Umar Akmal will have to do the keeping & Asad Shafiq should replace Sarfraz Ahmed. Younis is so out of nick, I'm desperate enough to replace him with Farhat (yeah you heard me right). 1-Hafeez, 2-Farhat, 3-Azhar, 4-Misbah, 5-Shafiq, 6-Umar Akmal (wk), 7-Afridi, 8-Gul, 9-Tanvir, 10-Ajmal, 11-Sami/Cheema.

  • POSTED BY Indianpunjabi on | June 12, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    if Srilanka Bat first and Score minimum 245-250 pakistan will lose the match by atleast 20-40 runs

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    this game will rained out. Why would you arrange a tour of SL in june-july and not have a game in the dry regions like Dambulla?

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

    1.hafeez 2.azhar 3.yunus 4.umar 5.asad 6.misbah 7.afridi 8.sarfaraz 9.ajmal 10.sami/rahat 11.gul ...this should b the team IMO we already have a strong bowling line up so wats the point of going in with 6 bowlers? 260 or 270 is a regular one day score so we should have a batting line up that can score 270 in 50 overs rather then expecting our bowling attack to get the opposition out under 220 or 230.if 5 good bowlers cant get them out before 220 , 6th bowler cant do it either. so we need an extra batsman bcoz out of form yunus and slow misbah are already occupying two places and u cant leave them out of team. sohail tanvir is not a batsman wat so ever and he is not a 10 over bowler so better leave him out n take advantage of sami's pace with new ball.i m not a fan of sami at all but if you want to give him chance, then give him proper chance to play rather then using his express pace as a third seemer.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    PAKISTAN BEST TEAM......1 .KAMRAN AKMAL 2 ,HAFEEZ,3 .ASAD SHAFIQ.4.AZAR ALI..5.UMER AKMAL.6.SHOAIB MALIK.7.Haris Sohail l.8 SHAID AFRIDI.9.HAMAD AZAM,10UMER GULL 11.SAEED AJMAL.................................................NO MISBA NO YOUNIS

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | June 12, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    The Pakistan, or Sri Lankan, elevens will be what the professionally paid directors of cricket say they will be, why on earth do people keep posting their own nonsensical 'elevens'?

  • POSTED BY AdilKhans on | June 12, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I think pak should play asad shafiq in place of sami/tanvir. this will add muscle to their fragile batting lineup.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | June 12, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    As SR says rain might be a spoiler. Matches played during May-August are all in the danger zone as the South West monsoon is in full flow affecting the West coast, South and hill country. Still I suppose all international matches cant be played in the dry months and one gets what one gets. It would be great to see the day when a fllexible (open & shut) glass dome will cover cricket grounds in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    They need to play Aizaz Cheema for Sohail Tanvir or Mohammed Sami! He has been player of the match his last odi and t20, he is unlucky not to be selected.

  • POSTED BY iEmrans on | June 12, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    We're need of youngsters like Hammad and I Nazir, the other seniors are all busy with FLT20

  • POSTED BY Mr.Shani on | June 12, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Pak needs to play with A Shafiq at no. 3 n Misbah, Umer n Younus should bat at no. 4, 5, n 6 respectively with Afridi at 7. There is no place of Sarfraz bcoz Pak looking for a lead in the series. Rehman should play if Sami is not fit. But i am strongly in view that Afridi should open the inning to vacant a place for a specialist batsman in the middle r a WK batsman if Pak finds someday. S Malik n K Akmal r strong contenders to take that place.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @Akash How much cricket have Pakistan played since Asia Cup? Younus Khan will recover to anchor the team. I think Pakistan must consider playing Umar Akmal at Number 3 and Sarfaraz Ahmad at Number 4. This will push Younus and Misbah lower down. Sarfaraz is a solid batsman but he cannot be expected to blast away at 8 rpo like he is expected to when he usually comes in. I think Cheema should be given a chance as well if even for one match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Miss the formation where we had Kamran Akmal, a huge asset in the batting order and a treat to watch when he came out to open the innings.

  • POSTED BY hasnain1212 on | June 12, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win.... :)

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 12, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Agreed, Asad Shafiq should be in the team instead of Younus Khan, Umar Akmal should start scoring runs, it has been ages since he performed with the bat, Hafeez should shorten his professary a bit and focus on scoring runs and stop thinking about his bowling, misbah needs to score and score fast. when the top order scores 150 odd in 30 overs and then expect AFRIDI to score at around 10 an over for the last 20 overs is a ridiculous way to go about one day cricket. Afridi should come either as an opener or when only 60 or 70 runs needed. But the most important thing right now is their fielding, catching in particular, Whatmore should arrange a two hours catching session every day for these guys, they are slipping big time, catching has already cost us a WC semi final when will it stop, and oh yeah how are we going to make our keep act like a wicket keeper rather than being a goal keeper? Maybe sticky gloves will do for him?

  • POSTED BY a.syed81 on | June 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    It's time for Younis to open No 3 position for Asad. With the current available resources the team should be like this

    1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Sami, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11Rahat Ali

    We're badly missing attacking players like Ahmed Shehzad,Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and Hammad Azam.

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | June 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    ALL LEVEL AT THIS POINT AT THE SERIES.... PAKISTAN NEED TO IMPROVE A LOT THEIR FIELDING... YOUNIS FORM IS A BIG WORRY BCOZ HE IS OUR MAIN BATSMAN.... ASLO PAK NEED TO STRENGTHEN THEIR BATTING LINE UP....LANKANS ONLY NEED TO AVOID FROM PRODUCING A WICKET WHICH GIVES ANY HELP TO BOWLERS..... THATS PAKISTAN STRENGTH

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 12, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    pakistan eleven in future should be.

    (1)Hafeez (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Asad Shafeeq/younas khan (4) Umer Akmal (5) Misbah (6) Kamran Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Sohail tanvir/razaq/ rana naveed (9)sami (10) gul (11) ajmal.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 12, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Bring Umar up the order!!

    Bringing in Shafiq won't make a difference because he is a defensive batsmen is well and the top 4 has too many.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Sarfraz might be suitable in test matches only. pakistan has to get kamran or umer akmal to keep. I still beleive azhar is a test material. they have to bring Nasir jamshed as opener and bring asad shafeeq in place for azhar ali or younas khan. sami was badly missed in second ODI. Misbah doesnt know how to lead in ODI,s.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Pakistan should go with Asad Shafiq at 3 instead of Younas Khan who is completely out of touch since Asia Cup. Pak can also consider Abdur Rahman is as an other spin optionif Sami is not fit.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Pakistan should go with Asad Shafiq at 3 instead of Younas Khan who is completely out of touch since Asia Cup. Pak can also consider Abdur Rahman is as an other spin optionif Sami is not fit.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 12, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Sarfraz might be suitable in test matches only. pakistan has to get kamran or umer akmal to keep. I still beleive azhar is a test material. they have to bring Nasir jamshed as opener and bring asad shafeeq in place for azhar ali or younas khan. sami was badly missed in second ODI. Misbah doesnt know how to lead in ODI,s.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 12, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Bring Umar up the order!!

    Bringing in Shafiq won't make a difference because he is a defensive batsmen is well and the top 4 has too many.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 12, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    pakistan eleven in future should be.

    (1)Hafeez (2) Nasir Jamshed (3) Asad Shafeeq/younas khan (4) Umer Akmal (5) Misbah (6) Kamran Akmal (7) Afridi (8) Sohail tanvir/razaq/ rana naveed (9)sami (10) gul (11) ajmal.

  • POSTED BY MianMoosa on | June 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    ALL LEVEL AT THIS POINT AT THE SERIES.... PAKISTAN NEED TO IMPROVE A LOT THEIR FIELDING... YOUNIS FORM IS A BIG WORRY BCOZ HE IS OUR MAIN BATSMAN.... ASLO PAK NEED TO STRENGTHEN THEIR BATTING LINE UP....LANKANS ONLY NEED TO AVOID FROM PRODUCING A WICKET WHICH GIVES ANY HELP TO BOWLERS..... THATS PAKISTAN STRENGTH

  • POSTED BY a.syed81 on | June 12, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    It's time for Younis to open No 3 position for Asad. With the current available resources the team should be like this

    1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 8 Mohammad Sami, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11Rahat Ali

    We're badly missing attacking players like Ahmed Shehzad,Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and Hammad Azam.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 12, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Agreed, Asad Shafiq should be in the team instead of Younus Khan, Umar Akmal should start scoring runs, it has been ages since he performed with the bat, Hafeez should shorten his professary a bit and focus on scoring runs and stop thinking about his bowling, misbah needs to score and score fast. when the top order scores 150 odd in 30 overs and then expect AFRIDI to score at around 10 an over for the last 20 overs is a ridiculous way to go about one day cricket. Afridi should come either as an opener or when only 60 or 70 runs needed. But the most important thing right now is their fielding, catching in particular, Whatmore should arrange a two hours catching session every day for these guys, they are slipping big time, catching has already cost us a WC semi final when will it stop, and oh yeah how are we going to make our keep act like a wicket keeper rather than being a goal keeper? Maybe sticky gloves will do for him?

  • POSTED BY hasnain1212 on | June 12, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win.... :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Miss the formation where we had Kamran Akmal, a huge asset in the batting order and a treat to watch when he came out to open the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | June 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    @Akash How much cricket have Pakistan played since Asia Cup? Younus Khan will recover to anchor the team. I think Pakistan must consider playing Umar Akmal at Number 3 and Sarfaraz Ahmad at Number 4. This will push Younus and Misbah lower down. Sarfaraz is a solid batsman but he cannot be expected to blast away at 8 rpo like he is expected to when he usually comes in. I think Cheema should be given a chance as well if even for one match.