Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Colombo June 16, 2012

Perera hat-trick stuns Pakistan

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Sri Lanka 243 for 8 (Sangakkara 97, Jayawardene 40, Hafeez 2-37, Tanvir 2-43) beat Pakistan 199 (Ali 81*, Misbah 57, Perera 4-42) by 44 runs
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Pakistan have been abysmal chasers in recent years in ODI cricket. Three hours of accumulation offered hope that tonight wouldn't end in another failed pursuit. And then, as if all the accumulation had stretched their patience too taut, the dam broke. From 166 for 2 chasing 244, Pakistan disintegrated to 179 for 9. In less than four overs. Thisara Perera followed up his 6 for 44 in the second ODI with a hat-trick. Pakistan registered six ducks, and their 15th defeat in 18 chases of 240-plus in the last three years.

In the end, the match was decided in the two batting Powerplays, with Sri Lanka surging in both. A cramping Azhar Ali, who became the first player to carry his bat in ODIs in more than a decade, and Misbah-ul-Haq had put on 113 for the third wicket, leaving Pakistan with 78 to get from 76 deliveries. In the 37th over, the second of the batting Powerplay, Misbah refused a tight single with Ali having run more than half way up the pitch. The effort required to get back worsened Ali's cramp, making it harder for him to accelerate, like Kumar Sangakkara had earlier after a similar slow fifty.

Three balls later, Misbah departed for an efficient 57, with Nuwan Kulasekara taking a sharp low catch at mid-off off Lasith Malinga's bowling. Umar Gul had put down a much easier chance at long-on off Sangakkara, who went on to add 62 off 48. Malinga stepped it up after Misbah's departure, pegging Umar Akmal back with three successive sharp bouncers. Akmal drove at and edged his fourth, off Kulasekara, to the wicketkeeper.

The fight had gone out of Pakistan. Younis Khan, held back till No. 6, edged a rising Perera delivery to the keeper. Shahid Afridi either explodes or implodes. He did the latter, punching his first ball to extra cover. Sarfraz Ahmed obliged Perera with the hat-trick, guiding him to slip. The persevering Ali was reduced to a spectator, all his hard work undone in minutes of chaos.

Like Sri Lanka, Pakistan hadn't found run-scoring easy in the first half of their chase, but Ali and Misbah kept the visitors going, taking their team to 100 four overs earlier than Sri Lanka had.

Pakistan's top order continued its wobbly ways when Mohammad Hafeez collected his fifth duck in his last 12 international innings, pulling his fifth delivery from Malinga to long leg. Kulasekara kept Ali and Asad Shafiq under pressure with a probing opening spell of five overs for just 16 runs.

Still, like Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan had for Sri Lanka, Ali and Shafiq ensured Pakistan weren't bogged down completely. It was the left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon, bowling for the first time in international cricket in his second ODI, who got the breakthrough with his 10th delivery, trapping Shafiq in front on 25 with a slider. The combination of Ali and Misbah was never going to blaze away, but it made sure the asking-rate stayed below six, and under control, finding the boundary just when required. Little did they know of the pandemonium that was to ensue.

Not remotely on the same scale, but Pakistan had fallen apart in the field too after being disciplined for more than three-fifths of Sri Lanka's innings. Gul dropped Sangakkara off Afridi, when on 35 off 82 deliveries. Then came the batting Powerplay. Sangakkara carted 62 off his last 48 deliveries, and Sri Lanka reached the kind of total Pakistan have struggled to chase in recent years.

Till Sangakkara was put down in the 31st over, Sri Lanka had been tied down, first by Pakistan's fast bowlers, and then by their spinners. Sangakkara and Dilshan did add 55 for the second wicket, but they were hard-earned runs, and Dilshan's departure immediately after the first drinks break meant Sri Lanka had to continue with their cautious approach. The absence of scoring opportunities consumed Dinesh Chandimal as well, after which the expected rain came down to force a 70-minute break.

Pakistan's spinners continued with the run-squeeze after the rain interruption. The next few overs were quiet, but Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene took complete charge in the batting Powerplay, which went for 49. Gul, who was feeling some pain in his right index finger, was to suffer the most. He had given just 16 off his first five overs; he disappeared for 26 in two overs in the batting Powerplay. Sangakkara stepped out to launch the first ball of Gul's second spell for a straight six. When Gul overdid the bouncer in the next over, Sangakkara pulled him for six more over fine leg.

Sangakkara dominated the 110-run fourth-wicket partnership with Jayawardene, who played some innovative strokes. He was quick to lap-sweep and sweep the spinners, and even reverse-pulled Saeed Ajmal for four over point. Pakistan managed to dismiss the duo in the 44th and 45th overs to limit the damage, but most of it had already been inflicted. Pakistan's self-destruction later sealed the issue.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • anishpai80 on June 18, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    I am from India and fan of cricket, i see amazing talents in Pak however they are being ignored. Why the hell is this Imran Nazir is not in the team. He is the best opener currently in international cricket. He has the technique,Attitude and style. Add him to the team and make them unbeatable.

  • AsZa on June 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    what a win by sri lanka...hats off to your never say die spirit boys..awsome fast bowling spell by malinga triggered the collapse and thisara put icing on the cake with the hatrick...and about pakistanis....well, the common sense of a batsman how to chase down a total when you need only less than run a ball=NON EXISTENT.......

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    why is Hafeez not going down the order????

  • Asif111 on June 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    best pakistan playing 11 in batting order ... (1) Kamran Akmal, (2)Hammad azam, (3)Mohammed Hafiz, (4)Asad Shafiq, (5)Misbah Ul Haq, (6)Azar Ali, (7)Abdul Razzak, (8)Shahid Afridi, (9)Umar Gul, (10)Saeed Ajmal, (11)Mohammed Sami.....With this Attack pakistan will have 2 pacers (Gul/Sami) & 1 Medium Pacer (Razzak) & 3 Goods Spinnners (Hafeez/Afridi/Ajmal)......Thins on this playing 11 ....no team will be able to beat them ......

  • CRIC_or_CRIC on June 18, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Pakistan was a walking Grenade Ready to self destruct...

  • maddy20 on June 18, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Its about time Pakistanis stopped considering Afridi as a batsman. Play Afridi and one other spinner, 2 fast bowlers. They need to play Shoaib Malik instead of Younus. This batting lineup is doomed to fail.

  • VinodGupte on June 18, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    why does shahid afridi bat at all? isn't it about time he retired as a batsman and played only as a bowler?

  • on June 17, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    misbah is a smart and good captain...hafeez however is a joke.

    the naughty professor can please go teach a class what is he doing on the cricket field, as T20 captain no less....really Shoaib Malik would be a better choice for captain than Hafeez (not by much, but better).

    Non inclusion of hammad azam is pretty sad considering the guy has talent, you see his shots especially against pace they are better than any of our other batsmen who don't have the strokes to make runs against pace.

    they are all decent at slogging the spinners again'st pace they can barely make singles.

  • on June 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    kick hafeez and younus out from odi. Muhammad Yousuf is better than hafeez and younus. Muhammad Yusuf should be in test side. Afridi should open with Nasir Jamshed

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    I am not surprised at all (batting) Younus is a finished product.whenever Pakistan needed him the most he turned his back. He is good only for Test Cricket. Hafeez has a poor record when chasing big totals.when u r chasing 240+ totals u need a good start . Atleast 70-80 in first 10 overs, even if u loose 2 wickets.

  • anishpai80 on June 18, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    I am from India and fan of cricket, i see amazing talents in Pak however they are being ignored. Why the hell is this Imran Nazir is not in the team. He is the best opener currently in international cricket. He has the technique,Attitude and style. Add him to the team and make them unbeatable.

  • AsZa on June 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    what a win by sri lanka...hats off to your never say die spirit boys..awsome fast bowling spell by malinga triggered the collapse and thisara put icing on the cake with the hatrick...and about pakistanis....well, the common sense of a batsman how to chase down a total when you need only less than run a ball=NON EXISTENT.......

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    why is Hafeez not going down the order????

  • Asif111 on June 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    best pakistan playing 11 in batting order ... (1) Kamran Akmal, (2)Hammad azam, (3)Mohammed Hafiz, (4)Asad Shafiq, (5)Misbah Ul Haq, (6)Azar Ali, (7)Abdul Razzak, (8)Shahid Afridi, (9)Umar Gul, (10)Saeed Ajmal, (11)Mohammed Sami.....With this Attack pakistan will have 2 pacers (Gul/Sami) & 1 Medium Pacer (Razzak) & 3 Goods Spinnners (Hafeez/Afridi/Ajmal)......Thins on this playing 11 ....no team will be able to beat them ......

  • CRIC_or_CRIC on June 18, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    Pakistan was a walking Grenade Ready to self destruct...

  • maddy20 on June 18, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Its about time Pakistanis stopped considering Afridi as a batsman. Play Afridi and one other spinner, 2 fast bowlers. They need to play Shoaib Malik instead of Younus. This batting lineup is doomed to fail.

  • VinodGupte on June 18, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    why does shahid afridi bat at all? isn't it about time he retired as a batsman and played only as a bowler?

  • on June 17, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    misbah is a smart and good captain...hafeez however is a joke.

    the naughty professor can please go teach a class what is he doing on the cricket field, as T20 captain no less....really Shoaib Malik would be a better choice for captain than Hafeez (not by much, but better).

    Non inclusion of hammad azam is pretty sad considering the guy has talent, you see his shots especially against pace they are better than any of our other batsmen who don't have the strokes to make runs against pace.

    they are all decent at slogging the spinners again'st pace they can barely make singles.

  • on June 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    kick hafeez and younus out from odi. Muhammad Yousuf is better than hafeez and younus. Muhammad Yusuf should be in test side. Afridi should open with Nasir Jamshed

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    I am not surprised at all (batting) Younus is a finished product.whenever Pakistan needed him the most he turned his back. He is good only for Test Cricket. Hafeez has a poor record when chasing big totals.when u r chasing 240+ totals u need a good start . Atleast 70-80 in first 10 overs, even if u loose 2 wickets.

  • saeed101 on June 17, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I am absloutly disgusted with this performance from my team i was shell shocked when i was watching it. Still we have found a solid opener in azhir and i will always support my team no matter what. Guys what do you think of this team for ODIs Sorry for spelling mistakes:

    Nasser Jamshed Azhir Ali Asad Shafiq Umar Akmal Usman Salhaudin C Harris Sohil Hamad Azam Jamal Anwar wk Anwar Ali Raza Hussan Sadaf Hussain

    I would have Amir in place of Anwar ali if he was avalible.

    Reserves:

    Sharjeel Khan Sehzad Ahmed Umar Amin Umair Khan Afaq Raheem Azem Ghunam * i forgot his name but he was the captin of under 21 world cup Junaid Khan Mohammed Talha Mohammed Rameez Rahit Ali Bilwal Bhatia Ikramullah Khan Usman Qadir

    All coached by Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram Strength and conditoning included And with this team fealding will be very good as they are young if they drop catches they do 10 laps for each catch dropped in traning?

  • wnwn on June 17, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @avmd- If you remember the recent Asia cup final in which Pakistan were really struggling at 70-4 after 21 overs it was Hammad Azam's controlled but aggressive batting that shifted the balance of power in Pakistan's favour. Although he made 30 off 37 balls in a partnership of 59 with Umar Akmal, he gave Pakistan the momentum to get to a winning total of 236. He is a much better batsman than Afridi and Umar Akmal and you can't judge a player after only 8 matches.

  • smjr on June 17, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    We lost the match due to some of the players who are match winners and difference makers like Afridi, Ajmal, Gul did not fire. I am sure we will keep on losing ODIs if these players do not perform. The likes of Hafeez, Azhar, Asad, Akmal, Misbah, Younis are not difference maker they do not have improvisation or wide variety of shots in their batting needed to create pressure for the opposition. If our bowlers did not perform than the afore-mentioned batsman have not the skill to chase a target of 250 against a good fielding side and bowlers who do not give width. Now this put our bowlers under a lot of pressure keeping in view the poor fielding as well. It is the responsibility of selection committee and coach to find batsman (at least two) who have wide variety of shots , play on the back foot as well on the front foot. It is also seen that Prera got hat tricks on nothing balls. Our batsman have tendency to play vertical bat shot than horizontal bat shot on balls short in length.

  • FaaaoaE on June 17, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Simple is that they need allrounder who is actually an allrounder and wicket keeper batsman who is actually a wkeeper and a batsman,,,

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, I agree what you say and that was why I said we won the last series we had with India. Anyway, dont under estimate us as we beat Australia 4 times in the CB series and they beat us 3 times this year. Hope we erase the recent trend of series losses to India at home.

  • truth1 on June 17, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Lots of comments.No need for panic. This is not the first time it happened to Pak or any other team. There are some adjustments that are needed in Pak team if they have to go up. If experience is the issue then Yusuf should replace Yunus in at least ODI as Yunus is purely Test batsman(By the way Yusuf scored 2 centuries recently for Lashings in England and just returned home).Sohail can't be in team as pure bowler, all rounder is needed, from future point of view Hammad Azam is the man(No risk policy requires Razzaq). Sarfraz is waste of space, Zulqarnain is better(if issues with him then Kamran for the time being until another keeper surfaces).Likely Pak will win next match even with current team.Good luk to both teams.

  • getsetgopk on June 17, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    @Stark62: Your spot on captaincy, Afridi is tailormade for captaincy, a natural leader and he can do it effortlessly, unlike the self proclaimed useless professor who doesn't even know what end of the bat to grab after being appointed T20 captain. Afridi thrives on challenge, when someone criticize him, he comes up with even better performance, its just a total waste letting Misbah continue as captain in limited overs, even Hafeez is a waste, they cant handle the added pressure of captaincy.

  • avmd on June 17, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Can anyone remind me any ONE performance anywhere at any level after under 19 WC two year ago, based on which Hammad Azam deserves a recognitions, or stop mentioning his name.

  • on June 17, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    All the players must know what their role is in the team. An opener must not think about his bowling rather focus on his batting. Hafeez has been such an inconsistent player even after making a good comeback for nearly three years. His job is to score runs, not to take wickets. Same is the case with Afridi. He always says i m a bowling all rounder, if he is (which is quite evident from his non serious batting attitude), he must be demoted down. Take Misbah out of this team and we would see collapses like this every time Pakistan chases a target. Azhar Ali has been very effective, reason being his attitude towards test cricket. He has adapted so well to the shorter format that his critics have been silenced. Pakistanis have never been good chasers, except for a certain period where Inzamam was at the top of his game. Players like Asad and Umar must learn from Misbah how to build an innings and get the game till the end. Our basic problem is the short temperament.

  • Fayyaz786 on June 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    In think imran nazir and ahmed shahzad must be given a chance our opening is crumbling for a very long time and these two have performed well in the recent past and we should try tem in the ODI's at least for a one or two series can't waste such good talent talking of talent what about Anwar Ali where on earth he has gone what he did in the under 19 world cup was simply unbelievable why the pakistani board wasting this promising talent. Kamran Akmal is far far better batsman then sarfaraz ahmed give him a chance for once series or even try Shakeel ansar in the ODI's rather then reserving him in the T20's only. Our team has got great talent it's just the mind set that needs to be improved and give good players at once a chance to show what they can do in the international arena.

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @Stark62, how about also Usman Salahuddin and Babar Azam? They are great batsmen for sure. Disgusting to see Faisal Iqbal in the test squad.

  • cooldxve on June 17, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    I cannot understand how this Perera is getting wickets. There is nothing in his bowling, but still Pakistani batsmen are giving away their wickets to him. This was a very poor performance by Pakistan. Azhar and Misbah worked so hard but it was useless. Well, Pakistan's squad for the 5th ODI should be the following: 1. Azhar Ali, 2. Asad Shafiq, 3. Shahid Afridi, 4. Hammad Azam, 5. Mohammed Hafeez, 6. Sarfraz Ahmed, 7. Misbah-Ul-Haq, 8. Sohail Tanvir, 9. Mohammed Sami, 10. Umar Gul, 11. Saeed Ajmal.

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    its not captains fault!! its the batsmen fault who scored nothing!!! shud bring shoaib malik insted of yunis!!

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    WOW! what a batting performance by Pakistan . I was watching match yesterday and let me tell you ( without much exaggeration ) Pakistan's batting is worse off than a club team. Some of you guys are criticizing Misbah and Azhar. Well, I dont know why but these are the only 2 guys who made decent runs yesterday. Strike rate 0f 70 in yesterday's match wasn't that bad though I support many of you in saying that Pakistan should have more aggressive batsmen. so called allrounders Afridi/Hafeez are pathetic in batting specialize in making low scores when pressure is there. Though their bowling performance means that they deserve a place in this side. I guess Pakistan first should kick out Younis Khan, try to find better WK than sarfaraz, he is a waste. Kick Hafeez to no. 6/7 position. Bring an aggressive young opener at opening. Give 1-2 chances to Umar akmal or kick him too. i know he is talented, this will give him a warning, he will come back strong.. Start finding a substitute for Misbah

  • on June 17, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I wrote earlier when pak lost 1st t20 about Mr. Afridi, who did not play a single match of domestic cricket and still the best player of pak cricket team, with this thinking how a team can go ahead and perform well, our selector are blind and foreign coaches are totlly misunderstood pak players attitudes, and i must say again look at Aus, India, SAfrica their openers are best they use the power play and the modern cricket say that you have to use the power play but i never understand the philophy of pak team to waist power play hold the wickets in hand and then when needed average goes high then lose the wickets in frustration like yesterday, just remember the matches of Saeed Anwar and Amir Sohail how they were playing in 1st 15 overs and even if you remember Afridi as opener against India ...you can better judge that what i am saying, so whenever pak openers who ever would be i dont know but whenever they will not play agressively in 1st 15 overs our middle order will never perform.

  • tdslbuwa on June 17, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Wow what a performance by SL . Thisara is getting better day by day.give more opportunities to young players like him.give chance to Bhanuka , angelo perera & dimuth to prove themselves @ international level.give sanga and dilly a rest in upcoming India odi series and give youngsters a chance.....good luck SriLanka.

  • Legaleagle on June 17, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Umar Akmal should be removed from all forms of the game. Why is he included in the team? He is a school level cricketer with no chance of improvement. He should be sent back to domestic games for 1 year to show his worth.

  • rahulcricket007 on June 17, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    @SINHAYA . IN 2008 INDIA WON BY 3-2 IN SL , IN 2009 INDIA WON 4-1 IN SL , IN 2010 INDIA WON ASIA CUP IN SL , YEAH WE LOST THE TRI SERIES IN 2010 BUT THAT WAS ONLY 1 SERIES COMPARE TO THE 3 SERIES LOSSES WHICH SL SUFFERED AT THEIR OWN HOME SOIL BY INDIANS .

  • samfras on June 17, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    The pakistan team will look to level the series with a win of the 5th one day match. But, the momentum with the Sri Lanka team.They have the match winners like Malinga, Thisara, Dili & Jayawardena. No doubt tomorrow's match will be a thriller. Hope Sri Lanka will win.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on June 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    I'm serious about this! Hafeez has been so predictable for me in the Eng series and this. My reaction is this: "Yawn... Hafeez blocks out 3-5 overs and will edge a ball to the slips". Hafeez WAS a good batsman, until he focused too much on his bowling. I can't believe the way the PCB give out debuts. It goes like this: any talented player at a young age will get a debut at age 32. This mindset is from the idea that these players will get years of experience at domestic games. How will that help them get experience at the international level? Us Pakistan fans need to realise that the lineup shouldn't be 1.) Imran Nazir 2.) Imran Nazir 3.) Imran Nazir 4.) Imran Nazir 5.) Imran Nazir 6.) Imran Nazir 7.) Imran Nazir 8.) Imran Nazir 9.) Imran Nazir 10.) Imran Nazir 11.) Imran Nazir. He is a good choice for T20's but not for ODI's. He will get out cheaply and will put pressure on the batting lineup. He's already 30 so we need to groom Ahmed Shehzad. Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal.

  • Rafelgibt on June 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    The loss of PAK was obvious............But why people got so much amazed???If you just look at their Batting stands then all your woes and shouts will be cleared.....just look at the stands......1.Hafiz 2.Azhar Ali 3. Younus Khan 4.Asad Shafiq 5.Misbah 6.Umar akmal 7.Afridi and so on.........Would you believe this 1 to 6 except Hafiz and Akmal, nobody can play shots straight away........Then how could you expect to win???So, PAK will loss on a regular basis that for a sure in ODI..........

  • pk_cric_rox on June 17, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    agree or not, i m sure captaincy is the problem with pakistan. misbah is way defensive and he waits for one of his player to produce extra ordinary performance and win the game for him. look at sri lankan players they r near retirement too but they still improvise and innovate. pakistan team was much weaker and down on moral in world cup but they still produced excellent result. bcoz afridi is aggressive and does not wait. in one day cricket u dont have time to wait . mentality of the captain becomes mentality of team and misbah is just too defensive he puts the whole team in a box

  • Slesh on June 17, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Whoo this is some commenting..almost 200 comments in well under 24 hours.. Certainly lots of people have shocked..specially pakistanis..

  • Stark62 on June 17, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum

    I almost agree with your line up entirely!

    I think it's time to give Afridi the captaincy back because under him, this is the same pathetic batting line up that topped the group and got to the semi's.

    The team is shaped around the captains philosophy and Misbah is too defensive, hence why Pak are abysmal at chasing but under Afridi we had that fighting spirit, like it was when Imran captained.

    Give back captaincy to Afridi in both ODI's and T20's. Take out: Younis, Misbah, Sami (he got lucky), Farhat, Cheema, Rehman and maybe Sarfraz. Bring in: Shezhad, N. Yasin, H. Sohail, Talha, N. Abbas, Hammad and maybe Kamaran.

  • on June 17, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    Afridi bowled 10 overs for 36 and he could have gotten the wicket of Sanga, had Gul not dropped the catch. I am tired of people talking of him like a batsman. Wasim was called an allrounder and his batting average was like 16. Afridi is a match winning bowler and an important part of our bowling unit. He is past his batting prime and his runs are a bonus.

  • SaadRocx on June 17, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    I dont even have a Single word to say..apart from saying that Its the Most Pathetic Batting Performance..i've ever witnessed in my life..

  • on June 17, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Azhar Ali is fine, and so is Misbah, They have played always according to situation... LIKE what? isnt 82 off 78 balls Alright with having 6 wickets left... Pfft.. Stop blaming them, Azhar played quicker the innings before this... It's all according to situations...

    Hafeez has totally lost it, and needs to go down the order. The batting order should be like this. 1. Naser Jamshed 2. Azhar Ali, 3 A batsmen.... 4 A batsmen 5 Tuk tuk 6. Hafeez 7. Keeper 8. Afridi 9. Sohail 10. Gul 11. Saeed.

    Keeper can go wherever in the slots of 3,4 or 7 depending how good his batting is, Literally we alrdy have a lot of class bowlers, but if they want just, get 1 more batting allrounder with another batsmen. we have 2 bowling all rounders ... afridi n hafeez, hafeez doesn't deserve opening.

    Younis is done, Umar Akmal needs to go back to domestic and understand the importance of international. And Safraz? Man stop bringing players that cant play cricket...

  • on June 17, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    pak odi sideshoud be 1.nasir.2.shehzad,3kaman,4)Umar akmal.5)Mallik.6)haffez.7)afridi8)razzak9)tanvir10)sami11)ajmal t20 squad:1)shehzad2)imran nazir3)razzak4)kamran5)umar6)mallik7)afridi8)hammad9)tanvir10)gul11)ajmal test squad:1)hafeez 2)azhar ali 3)shafiq 4)younis 5)mishba 6)yousuf 7)sarfraz 8)sami 9)gul 10)ajmal 11) youngster

  • superstar100 on June 17, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    it's right time for younus to retire otherwise he will be taken out of odi team by selelctores

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    pak bowlers bowled wonderfully well they restrict lankans to modest total.hafeez,tanvir and afridi were wonderful and ajmal also bowled ok.as far as afridi is concerned he is doing well wih the ball he is a bowler who can bat he won us the t2o world cup and also the 2nd t20 match agaist lankans so the people who are criticisng him have to shut their mouth he only gave away 36 truns in 10 overs.as far as batting os concerned im always saying that this is the worst batting line up in the world.the top 5 hafeez,azhar,shafiq,mishbah,younis are all the test players,azhar and mishbah only add pressure to the side,azhar should be only for test when the side is chasing around 300 this side will loose 1oo times out of100 and people are asking for indo -pak series .pak will loose all the matches as long a players like mishbah,younis,hafeez,azhar and shafiq are playing

  • ExplicitPlatinum on June 17, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    I'm lost for words. Next tour to Australia. No mistakes. Just choose talent that will succeed. ODI Team: 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Shahid Afridi 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Haris Sohail 6.) Misbah ul haq (C) 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Sarfraz/ Kamran (WK) 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan/Rahat Ali

    T20 team: 1.) Nasir Jamshed 2.) Imran Nazir 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar AKmal 5.) Shahid Afridi 6.) Mohammad Hafeez (C) 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Kamran Akmal (WK) 9.) Sohail Tanvir 10.) Umar Gul 11.) Saeed Ajmal

    Guys listen, when Misbah wants to "Beef up" the middle order with a batsman, he means another test match blocker. You need a free flowing middle order batsman like Haris Sohail, or a allrounder like Hammad Azam. Shahid Afridi is a pressurised batsman. He needs to bat at NO. 2 to be a destructive force. Hafeez should be a professor at NO. 6, if he wants to open then he should be a duck farmer! I literally knew that Hafeez will get out for a duck in the Eng series and SL series!

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Kamran Akmal,IMran Nazir must be given a chance in oneday team.

  • umair_khan88 on June 17, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    pakistan need mohammad yousuf...

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Kamran Akmal,Hammad Azam,IMran Nazir must be given a chance in oneday team.

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I think Pakistan team selection board i major problem they have good coacher but why they not picking right players. Asad shafiq, Azar ali and shafraz ahamed these three players not suitable for limited over games. My opinion is Watmore take this seriously and Insha Allah this team will be good enough for Pakistan team

    Imran nazir, Mohamed yusuff, Shohaib Malik, Mohamed sami, and i think kamran Akaml band is over Pakistan selectors you should must take these players for the limited overs

    Imran nazir / kamran akmal open pair Shohaib mailik Mohamed yusuff Misbah ul haq umar aklmal Shaid afridy Mohamed hafeez umar gul / Saeed ajmel abdur razack sami /shohail tanvir

    Please consider this

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    nice win Lions !! lets rap up the series and get ready for the indians......... and we should go with bowler friendly pitches just like this even though they are not the conditions usually in the island. Because the flat track indian bully brigade lacks any skill to navigate bowler friendly pitches :D best of luck for Pakistan and Lanka for the last match ............. A Lankan fan

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    give afridi chance to open the innings and asad and akmal r not quality players thats proved alot of times ! send them back home and bring malik , ahmed shahzad and imran nazir

  • on June 17, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    give afridi chance to open the innings and asad and akmal r not quality players thats proved alot of times ! send them back home and bring malik , ahmed shahzad and imran nazir

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, forgot the SL, India and NZ tri series in Dambulla in 2010 August? Sri Lanka beat India in the finals and Dilshan scored a ton in it.

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @sobersfan, you cant admit your predictions going wrong. You said Pakistan will thrash us in the ODIs but you were wrong 100%. We are not flat track bullies and that was why we beat Windies in a test match in 2008, SA in a test match in Durban last year, NZ in 2 tests in NZ, Pakistan 6 times in tests in Pakistan and 2 test wins in England. Sri Lanka will win the tests indeed. Rain never saved us in England. In the 3rd test, we were well placed as rain only denied Samaraweera a ton there. We are a good side and that was why we beat the no.1 test team in March this year. Our last test match wins have been against the top 2 test teams in the world.

  • rahulcricket007 on June 17, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    OH MY GOD , PAKISTAN , HOW CAN YOU LOSE 7 WKTS IN 13 RUNS . @SINHAYA . IN 2008 , 2009 , 2010 YOU WERE SAYING THE SAME THING THAT SL WILL PREPARE THIS THAT TRACK & WILL CRUSH INDIA EASILY . WHAT HAPPENED THEN ? ALL THE SERIES WERE LOST BY SL , LOLZ . AND FOR GOD SAKE STOP CARING ABOUT INDIA -SL ODIS , THERE HAS BEEN AN OVERKILL OF ODIS B/W THESE TWO NATIONS , I WANT EMPTY STANDS FOR IND-SL SERIES . BOTH BOARDS ARE RUBBISH .

  • on June 17, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    What an ordinary performance by Pakistan.Street boys can play better cricket than these players.All these players like Yunus,Afridi,Umar Akmal,Sarfraz must be given rest forever.Players like Kamran Akmal,Hammad Azam,IMran Nazir must be given a chance in oneday team.

  • on June 17, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    It was a total self destruction by pakistan.there was nothing extraordinary in the srilankan bowling except the bouncers of malinga.pakistani batting was more than miserable and totally non professional.can hafeez and younis defend their batting performance in the calender year 2012.umar akmal has disappointed the fans as well.fielding was even poorer.umar gul dropped sanga and it costed too much to pakistan.shameful performance

  • on June 17, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Its just about the defensive mindset and approach of Pakistan. Misbah has made every player to play like him. Every type of cricket demands a particular type of approach. Azhar and Misbah may score very heavily but they are not helping Pakistan. Add to that we have so many slow scorers who are killing Pakistan One Day cricket. Whole natiion is sick and tired of that idiotic philosophy that Misbah keeps his head and finishes the game. Now, the baselessness of that argument has been badly exposed. Its high time that Misbah is forced to sit out of all limited overs cricket. If he accepted all the credit of white washing England, only he has to be blamed for these losses from winning positions.

  • Feroz_khan on June 17, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    It is really SAD and Shameful that these cricketers are getting Hundreds of thousands and some of them are getting Millions of Rupees for tours, but there performance is NIL, Umer Akmal Category 'A' Player scoring ZERO, Hafeez Known as (So called) Professor scoring consecutive DUCKS, when I see the recent add of a soft drink in which all these clumsy cricketers standing with their biggest ever advocate Mr. Rameez Raja who is exaggerating them as GUL DOZER, TIMER, MAGICIAN, PROFESSOR, not only this but his comments for Umar AKaml are always too much, UMAR whatever you have got the talent is useless if you do not perform for the Team, Azhar Ali, he scored 81 , OK but how slow he was, because of his slow batting Middle order got the pressure, when plyares will be selected on personal liking then no one can stop this type of results .

  • on June 17, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    totally agreed with Zahidsultn

  • on June 17, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @bismoy: Most of people would agree with you of course including me. India and Sri Lanka have played hell of a lot of matches recently in sub continent and Indian batsmen have mastered against our bowlers much more than our batsmen have done (in sub continent). it is a talent obviously. But consistently winning matches against Sri Lanka at sub continent will never make team india a great one. We all saw how pathetic those so called great batsmen at England and Australia (in tests as well as in CB series). When comparing, Sri Lanka is much much better all round team. There recent performance at outside Asia is miles better than WC India. It is a must that we should learn how to beat India at sub continent and for sure something is lacking in that aspect. But this WC team India has much bigger point to prove to the cricketing world.

  • on June 17, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    @bismoy: Most of people would agree with you of course including me. India and Sri Lanka have played hell of a lot of matches recently in sub continent and Indian batsmen have mastered against our bowlers much more than our batsmen have done (in sub continent). it is a talent obviously. But consistently winning matches against Sri Lanka at sub continent will never make team india a great one. We all saw how pathetic those so called great batsmen at England and Australia (in tests as well as in CB series). When comparing, Sri Lanka is much much better all round team. There recent performance at outside Asia is miles better than WC India. It is a must that we should learn how to beat India at sub continent and for sure something is lacking in that aspect. But this WC team India has much bigger point to prove to the cricketing world.

  • getsetgopk on June 17, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Hafeez needs to be shown the door as someone rightly pointed out, he just had a few good months and all of sudden being hailed as a great batsman. He is mediocre at best. Yasir Hameed is a much better player with sound technique should be brought in to replace Hafeez, Ramiz Raja Jnr should be given a chance to see if he's got anything of substance, clearly U Akmal, Hafeez and Younus Khan are not up to the task

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @bismoy, Sri Lanka will prepare bowler friendly pitches for the ODIs as we are preparing for the Australia tour end of the year. Hope we prepare pitches like Hambantota and Pallekelle for the India ODIs.

  • on June 17, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    @ Ramesh Dharshana - no it should be corrected as 7 , Malinga (3) Vaas (2) Maharoof (1 - india) Thissara (1)

  • Baber_Baloch on June 17, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Pakistan need to change opener...asad ahfiq ans azar ali should be opener...or try with afridi....Hafeez brig down also Plez Younas should be just for TEST....Bring back Kamran AKmal & Imran nazir ..if you think Yousaf bette rthan Younas......Also we no need Umar AKmal afer long time he still same ... we don,t need talent ...which give us more anad more eggs.Misbah is very good for oneday He is doing well.Plez PCB we need keper like Kamran Akmal.Afridi..Umar AKaml and YOUNAs khan not ,,never be a match winner they just entertainer afer 4,,, 5 match.Must drop umar akmal.

  • on June 17, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @bismoy yeah man when kohli scored a century india will lose the series lol xD

  • asithaSL on June 17, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    wow...!! just mind-blowing performance by SL..!! Wicket taking Malinga show d way, n Thisara, U beauty baby..., did all d damage. Ali n Misbah done really well, but without Yonus Khan performane, itz too heavy for Pak. Good Luck SL...!!

  • jr2012 on June 17, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Time for Afridi to retire. Looks out of place. Afridi was never a cricketer, just a glorified slogger. Afridi is what is wrong with today's game, and what ails pakistan cricket. Afridi an over-rated domestic slogger granted international status.

  • on June 17, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    I can't comment on this page

  • Rokkk on June 17, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    People who is saying Thisara Perera is an average bowler should check the stats again. He averages 22.75 with the ball and has 3 five-fors and 2 four-fors in his short career. Important thing is Sri Lanka won every one of those matches.

  • on June 17, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Weldone lions,we will win this series for sure.................Still I think we need an attaking spin bowler who can take the wickets in the middle overs!

  • jmcilhinney on June 17, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Jayawardene played a reverse pull? What's next? A reverse square cut? ;-)

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @bismoy, Sri Lankan ODI bowling attack is very good and that was why we beat Australia 4 times in the CB series in contrast to them beating us 3 times. We were jaded in the Asia cup and that was why we wanted to go home soon to be fresh for the tests against England. In the CB series, India's real win against us was only in the Hobart game. Adelaide match was tied, Perth game was a hard fought win for India and of course we beat you all in Brisbane. So dont write off Sri Lanka for the upcoming ODI series as we are a very good side. We could have won the ODI series in South Africa but rain in the 3rd ODI cost us the game making the result 3-2 SA.

  • on June 17, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    I was really angry with the way pakisthan batted onestage when Misbah & Ali on the crease i hoped to see the end of the match quickly as possible to watch Euro 2012 Then they just pushed the ball Loll & to hear Russia is out Pak doesn't have a batsmen to attack but to leave & block the ball from stumps

  • on June 17, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Pak News: hafeez afridi and akmal wants captaincy thats why they are underperforming......WoW!!!! they are nothing players [including yunis]. i swear had i been given the same amount of chances as afridi got i wud have become a legend. bring hammad azam, imran nazir, shahzaib and rana

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    @bismoy, Sri Lanka last beat India in an ODI series in 2010 August when a tri series with NZ was held in Dambulla. We beat you all in the finals. Check your facts.

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    @Bruisers, hope you can understand that Sri Lanka has great players other than the fab 4 as you stated. Thisara Perera will be our Jacques Kallis if he can excel in tests too. Our batting has not rocked still cos we have also started preparing bowler friendly conditions in our own backyard when no other sub continent team has done it so far. Good move in a way to get used to conditions outside the sub continent by preparing bowler friendly pitches.

  • ICCexpert.... on June 17, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    i feel PCB should send some club cricket team, i am sure they will do much better than this current Pak team.....shame on PCB and this Pak side......

  • AMAZINGFAN on June 17, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    @sinhaya,lol ur sl batsmen are flat track bullies.how many test series u won in eng,sa,wi aus.u guys can not beat india in india.pak has world class bowlers and they need to find good batsmen who can atleast play in batting freindly condition.don't worry pak will beat sl in test series and they will also win their next odi match against sl.u made a great joke by saying perera is like kallis or pollard.if ur batsmen made centuries in england then why didn't they won that series.sl have to thank rain because eng could have won the last test and the series wud hav been 2-0 in favour of eng.even with poor batting line up pak beat eng at oval and they also drew the test series against aus in alien conditions.

  • hawkeye30 on June 17, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    ANGELO watch out. Thisara is performing so well and you could see his determination and hard work on the field. Where as Angelo's interest is diverted towards money making leagues. Angelo is no way suited to captain Lanka. Mahela will have to do the job until he finds a dedicated guy for Sri Lanka cricket. Its time we started playing games without Malinga too. We need cricketers dedicated to Sri Lanka and not anything else. Coming back to the story of Angelo, leaving aside the captaincy in time he would not be granted a place in the squad if he doesnt perform soon enough as thisara is starting to become a force to reckon with.

  • khurramsch on June 17, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    very poor by pakistan. Sl bowled tight but there was nothing in pitch & special in bowling. It was more than a self destruct thing as usual. & this time there was no score board pressure.younas should be rested. Umar akmal also under scrutiny. he hasnt scored much in recent past. hafez is also not in good shape. & on top of that their fielding is going down affter new fielding coach. missing 3/4 run outs each game. they cant hit wickets for once. Gul's on off situation is now more regular. 1 game on then off. also pak need a batting medium pace allrounder.

  • swat1999 on June 17, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    This is one of the most shamefull defeat of Pakistan Cricket Hisotory. Seems Pak cricketers are unable to take pressure despite of no pressure of this match. Most likely their problem is lack of cricket. they are not wel trained, they don;t know how to play cricket shot. They have no idea how to own the spectactators heart and mind. they are completely useless. I cran't compare this line up even county cricket team also. I very worry about the future of Pakistan cricket. Yunos Khan needs to retired immediately. Umar Akmal and Hafiz needs some rest for few matches.

  • Aaryabhatta on June 17, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    somebody said-`umar akmal is better dan virat!!!!!!` lol....... bring bk razzaq n kamran......

  • on June 17, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Oh Guys don't Jump on "Nagkuldeep" like this :P obviously he might be great fan of Sachin (the God), but even I can't help my self not to mention that if you are saying sachin carried the bat, don't go that far because then Dilshan also carried the bat at the second ODI.

  • on June 17, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    I BELIEVE India is a good team to beat

  • MichaelBurton on June 17, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    This Pakistani team has to be undergone a drastic change. Otherwise, they are not prepared to play with the teams like AUS, SA and ENG.

  • iknowsports on June 17, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    way 2 go SL!!! Love u thisara.....gosh I don't luv u okay just love the way u are playing and wot u are doing 2 SL!!! awesome job !!pity sanga couldn't get his 100!!better luck next time....... KEEP IT UP SL!!! MAKE US PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 17, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Beware Lion!!! Pak will come back very strongly in the next match and thrash Lions.

    That is why PAK are unpredictable. Everybody expected PAK to win easily when they were 116 for 2. But they did the unpredictable thing.

    Therefore do not blame PAK players PAK team or PAK selectors. Because PAK selectors are unpredictable as they select the players that should not be in the team.

  • bismoy on June 17, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Tired of this low scoring matches,when WC india will come 300 scores will be scored for a change.

    India will won easily against sl, mostly by 4-1 scorecard.

    Don't remember when was last time sl beaten india in a series,be it sl or india

  • bismoy on June 17, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    if WC india chasing this 244 score they would have finished by 25 over with 9 wickets to spare.

    SL real challenge will come next when WC india will come 5 match series.

    Dhoni ,raina,gambhir and shewag will love this sl bowling.Kholi will love any bowling.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 17, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    The difference is the fielding.

  • MichaelBurton on June 17, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Gul and Ajmal are good bowlers, but not great as Malinga and Murali. Perera is better than all the other Pakstani bawlers. This Pakistani team is not good enough for playing with the great ODI teams of the calibre of Australia, South Africa and England.

  • kbilgrami on June 17, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    I have failed to understand what Younis Khan is doing in the team? What has he done in last 15 -20 innings? Has he even been averaging 10 runs in last 15 innings? Pakistan's troubles started when they let Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq go in ODIs.

  • samfras on June 17, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Congrats! to the Sri Lankan Team. Bowlers did a wonderful job to restrict the Pakistan team under 200 , hope Sri Lanka win the Series.

  • 9ST9 on June 17, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    There was once a guy called "karthik666 " who said that Perera is a one match wonder. I hope he is reading this now.

  • Mr.Khb on June 17, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    It was a great match to watch. 1st Sanga and Mahela smashing the ball, then Perera's hattrick. Welldone Sri Lanka. Everyone did a good job and its good to see superman perera getting better & better. But I should say SL missed so many runouts early. I hope they will continue this form in the next game as well.

  • on June 17, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    afridi and hafeez batting order can be exchanged and younis if in the team should play at 3

  • csowmi7 on June 17, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    @sinhaya it is FAR too early to compare Perera to the likes of kallis. Perhaps in the recent past his bowling has looked good against a lack luster Pakistan batting outfit but his batting simply lacks the technique to be compared to Kallis. His batting average in Odis is 17 while in tests it is 14. And the real test for him will come against the better batting sides in world cricket like England,India, Australia and South Africa. As of now he is a good bowling all rounder capable of a quick fire 30-40 down the order. Nothing more nothing less....

  • getsetgopk on June 17, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @BABashar: Agree that Akmal and Hafeez are useless more often than not but dont agree with Farhat, he has been given plenty of chances that he quite leisurely put to waste. @Stark62: I would normaly blame Misbah and Azhar's slow batting but in this case things were perfectly normal, if you lose 7 wickets for 13 runs either the batsmen got themselves out deliberately or they are simply useless. Maybe its an attempt to down Misbah maybe Afridi have a beef with someone i dont know but things dont look 'normal' here.

  • on June 17, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Pak seriously needs changes in batting order and batting faces asad shafiq got alot of chances in the past and umar akmal and younis needs to get out of team and wicketkeeper too should bat a little atleast

  • on June 17, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Dav Whatmore is screwing up the Pakistani Team...I am sure Pakistan has wonderful coaches within the country ...oh well .

  • on June 17, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    its limit man Pak seriously needs something to do with batting and fielding hafeez should b changed in batting order and younis if played should play at 3 or out of team and what umar akmal is doing ??showing styles and getting out

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    @sobersfan, your predictions were all wrong! Sri Lanka wont lose the ODI series as you wished. Sri Lanka has a very good batting lineup bowling attack and great fielders. Thisara Perera is like our Kieron Pollard or Jacques Kallis. Our batting is very great and that is why our batsmen can score centuries in England. Last year when we toured England, Mahela, Sanga, Prasanna Jayawardena, Dilshan and Chandimal all scored tons. Take that!

  • on June 17, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    well done SriLanka. need consistency..

  • on June 17, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Thats Y I started hating Cricket... What they did last night... ... Openers never give a gud start... i dunt know Why they made hafeez a capt.. ... Azhar played an innings like he is playing in test.. wasting balls and so increasing preasure on lower order.. ... Lala's cricket is finished, indeed Lala's cricket never started.. dunt know why we dunt wana him to leave this team.. ... Younas Khan, Umar Akmal.. Shame on U... ... 6 ducks.. it should b a record... __________________________________________________

    there is only one solution to this, whoso ever, i mean even captain is not giving the performance for 5 matches, should be given a warning, and after next 3 matches he shows no improvement .. so he should be dropped from central contract and the one who is at top in domestic should be given chance...

  • cjchanaka on June 17, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    quality team effort by lions................keep it up

  • on June 17, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    Thissara is the Impact player Sri Lanka was looking for, i think he already have 5 MOM awards, becoming a real match winner. Target would have been much higher if Mahela wasn't bowled, off a NO-BALL umpire missed.

  • QingdaoXI on June 17, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Wow Thisara doing very well this days, Mumbai Indians should really think next year and play thisara over over-hyped Pollard. Thisara is my choice for best allrounder in making miles ahead of overhyped Angelo, Russell, Christian n Pollard. Best wishes for thisara for next match and hope to see u playing in test matches vs Pakistan. And Yes Sri lankan should try Banuka Rajapakse and Dimuth Karunaratne after t-20 world cup its high time 2 seniors out of 3 should make place for this youngsters. Srilanka need young blood to go and play next world cup2015. My Choice Mahela should be there and Dilshan and Sanga should go out of ODI team. My Playing XI: Tharanga, Dimuth, Chandimal(WK), Rajapakse, Jaywardhene(C), Thirrimane(VC), Mattews, Perera, Senanayake, Kulsekara, Malinga, extra: A.Silva, Eranga, J.Mendis, Mahroof. This new batsmen will take time to settle but it will good for srilankan cricket in future.

  • mohdateeq on June 17, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen failed repeatedly to hit into gaps

  • on June 17, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    @Nagkuldeep BV.....Carrying the bat is defined as an opener batting through the innings to remain as the not out batsman with the team all out. It does not apply to a team in ODIs batting the complete 50 overs with wickets still standing. Please follow the link below to get your facts right......http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283150.html Azhar Ali is definitely the only batsman in ODIs in the last 10 years who carried the bat today.

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

    Another defeat for Pakistan owing to poor batting performance! I think Vatmore has to do a lot of work to shape the Pakistani team as a good chasing team! Lot of changes need to be made in Pakistani team. All those who are not giving performance should be kicked out especially Hafiz, umar akmal and sarfarz ahmed. Kamran Akmal should be brought back.As far as his performance as wicket-keeper is concerned in my opinion its equal to the all options avilable today to Pakistan. But one thing that takes him above all the wicket-keepers is his batting. Abdur-Razzak or Hammad Azam should be included in playing eleven. Pakistan is in a dire need of batting all-rouders.

  • nitharsh on June 17, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @Nagkuldeep B.V. Carrying the bat is defined as an opener batting through the innings to remain as the not out batsman with the team all out. It does not apply to a team in ODIs batting the complete 50 overs with wickets still standing.Ya I know sachin has been notout for many a times.But that doesnt fall into this category

  • on June 17, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    NagkulDeep B.V, first understand what carrying the bat means. It means you play out your other batsmen innings, you are either the last man standing or the last man out in the innings and not the alloted overs. Atleast 9 wickets need to fall, and an opener should be around at the crease.

  • on June 17, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    for chasing good targets, pakistan need to have batsmen who can stick around the wicket and score runs consistently. It doesnt mean they dont have quality batsmen but they are not clicking at the moment.

  • gullee on June 17, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    To whoever was saying Tendulkar carried the bat in 2010, here's how carrying the bat is defined, according to the other article also posted today:

    "Carrying the bat is defined as an opener batting through the innings to remain as the not out batsman with the team all out. It does not apply to a team in ODIs batting the complete 50 overs with wickets still standing."

  • on June 17, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    This defeat clearly shows the sign of differences in the team.There is a conspiracy to let down Misbah as captain of ODI. As I have wrote before the management has made blunder by disturbing the winning combination.If you look the history of Pakistan cricket, there is always a conspiracy. Forced retirement of our great players like Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad,Inzamul Haque, M.Yousuf,M. Mushtaq, Abdul Qadir,Saqalain Mushtaq are few example.

  • nitharsh on June 17, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    #Dont complain umpiring.Mahela was out for a front foot noball.#In T20 when mahela caught the ball with fingers underneath it 3rd umpire gave it not out.But he gave out for sanga.#Anyhow my sanga rocks.Perera is tuning into a good all-rounder.Bravo Malinga.And Kudos Mahela's captainship and his never give up attitude

  • on June 17, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Azhar Ali definitely is not the first player to carry his bat in ODIs in more than a decade. Sachin Tendulkar carried his bat during his knock of 200* against SA in 2010!!!!! Please get your facts right!!!!

  • on June 17, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Not saying whether Sanga was out or not yesterday, but similar catch as was claimed by Mahela in 1st T-20 was given not out. Strange ways... Anyways a typical approach by Pakistan batsmen, nothing new in it.

  • AMAZINGFAN on June 17, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    pak bowlers can not win them every match.pak still hasn't found an good batsmen who can bail team out from tough situations.umar akmal has been dissapointing and he may hav telent but u need to score runs every match.hope azhar ali scores consistently for pak.and i wish pak to beat sl in final match

  • BABashar on June 17, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Being a Pakistani patriot citizen its hard to digest such a defeat which wasn't sensed even after the departure of Misbah - whom I classify 'Misfit' for ODI's. Chasing an easily reachable target of 244 was turned unreachable by the batsmen to follow. Akmal playing at the cost of Hammad Azam and Hafeez occupying his place despite of poor performance. He never impressed me even when I saw him playing domestic cricket - he is simply a liability. Then comes Azhar - another test player and the veteran Younis who has almost reached to the end of his cricketing career. Why Farhat is ignored. The signs say there might be something wrong in the dressing room - which is nothing new for the team in green shirts at any given time. It happens and will keep happening until the selectors select the players on merit and not those who are backed up by powerful contacts. In the absence of international cricket in Pakistan and involvement of powerful people in the PCB affairs - the win will be a luck.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on June 17, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    You cannot score 240 plus against the best bowling attack in the world as someone suggested the best is not best yet...Against the best you bowled out under 200. ..Indians bowled out at 183 against West Indies the best in bowling in world cup of 1983.

  • on June 17, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    well done srilanka ! keep the lion flag flying all the time. its a team effort no matter who is the man of the match. perera is going to be the man of the series. well done THISARA , YOU WILL BE A FUTURE GREAT !

  • IAS2009 on June 17, 2012, 1:21 GMT

    Pakistan have to really workout on the run chases, if they get good start he middle order fails, most of the time the top order loses game in first 15 over of the chase, 243 was gettable on that pitch specially at 166 for 2 in 37th over. Azhar Ali although scored runs but in both defeats he did not scored freely at very critical time that put too much pressure on the middle order, i think YK should really leave the ODI, it is time for some one new to try. Pakistan lacks the finishers in the middle order, Misbah plays too slowly and most of the time fails to accelerate when needed. with the batting talent Pakistan has I think it will not be bad to try Kamran akamal as bastman, it was a game only Pakistan team is capable of loosing. Good luck in next game. I don't know how many games can bowlers win for team. ODI is batsmen game.

  • Lakpj on June 17, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    really good comeback by SL, this team seems to be have the best lineup that SL have had for a long time, may be after the golden era of 96/98 with youngsters combining very well with the senior players. As dilshan had stated in his interview it is upto Mahela to groom the side for the future. Talented players like Bhanuka, Dimuth and few others in the wings, with chandimal, thirimanne settle in nicely SL could form a formidable side in the future. one area that they can try to improve is to find an attacking spin bowler, that will add another dimension to their bowling.

  • Herath-UK on June 17, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Great win by the lads and the team looks to have allround capability.Though Pak batting gave a good fight initially,there was the nagging feeling it was just going to crumble; Younis Khan's form is a big worry to them I thjink.Sri Lanka should not concede a win in the last game. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on June 17, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Well done Sl, well done Thisara

  • on June 17, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @desihungama well said. This Pakistan side is good. They play all their matches at different venues. They have a new coach. Guys give them a chance. Pakistani fans are humble and do not attack opposition teams. Well done Sri Lanka.

  • on June 17, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    If Indian batsmen and Pakistan bowlers form a combine team, then no team can beat them, as it will offset both teams weaknesses. Anyway, bowlers cant make team win ODIs and T20s because they are mostly batsmen games. PAKISTAN CANT WIN WORLD CUP ANYMORE cause they can hardly produce reliable batsmen as INDIA and AUSTRALIA...

    THIS IS TRUTH, EVERYONE WILL ACCEPT THIS....... LOOK AT PAKISTAN RECORD ONLY MATCHES THEY HAVE WON WERE DUE TO THEIR BOWLERS.

  • just_chill_chill on June 17, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    WOW what thrashing for Pakistan. Brought back to the earth with a loud thud. Time for them to schedule matches against Zimbabwe and Tanzania, and assert their superiority.

  • Natesan333 on June 17, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Thank god Pakistanies weren't allowed in the IPL, if they were then half the comments here would be about the "IPL effect" and how IPL has ruined pak cricket blah blah blah

  • Ijazu on June 17, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    The correct one day team would be, Zia, imran nazir, umarakmal, kamran akmal, afaridi, abdul razaq, sohail tanveer, umargul, saeed ajmal, hammad, hafeez, azhar ali. This team can lead pakistan to world cup victory. nothing else will results any better results

  • Happy_AusBang on June 17, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    I have been saying this for a while: Umar Gul should not be an automatic selection for Pakistan every time. Surely, it is time they tried someone else occasionally in his place. One thing that has gone out of Pakistan batting is big hitters. Shahid Afridi could have fit that bill except that you cannot count him as a batsman. They need to have one player in the middle order who can take control and take the team ahead in the game. Umar Akmal could be that player perhaps, but for that he needs to get up the order. Pakistan had control of the game at the batting stage for a long period but because they had not put themselves ahead of the game when SL were down, you always felt one wicket could unravel everything and so it did - with the loss of Misbah's wicket.

  • nilb on June 16, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    Pakistan has the one of th best bowling attacks in the world with a ordinary batting lineup. SL had to work really hard to accumulate 240+ runs against Pak bowling. Pakistan batting is very unpredictable, sometimes it fires sometimes it just misfires really really badly like in this match.

  • PAK-92 on June 16, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    With so much young players, who are full of enthusiasm and potential, why play old has-beens like Younis and Misbah? Players like Hamad Azam, Ahmed Shehzad and Fawad Alam are not playing as PCB are scared they may lose a few games. We need to groom these players so that one day, they can become world beaters. Umar Akmal is being under utilised at number 5 and 6. Younis and Misbahs times are up. I have no doubt that the youngsters, if groomed early will do well for Pakistan in a few years time. Yes we may lose but rather lose fighting with youngsters, as opposed to collapsing in gettable chases time and time again. A good ODI team could be: 1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Nasir Jamshed/Imran Nazir 3. Shafiq/Azhar Ali 4. Umar Akmal 5. Fawad Alam 6. Hafeez/ Hamad Azam 7. Sarfraz Ahmed 8. Afridi 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan This team will do much better than the one that played today. Afridi is at no. 8 as he has not been a batsman for a few years now. PCB need to start the rebuilding soon.

  • on June 16, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Does Pakistan really want to win the world cup? Or do they just care about test cricket, like the 3-0 defeat on England earlier in the year. That now seems a distant memory. Lift your game Pakistan, your bowlers can't bail you out all the time. Well done to Sri Lanka.

  • PAK-92 on June 16, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    WOW! An absolute masterclass performance by Pakistan in showcasing how to lose a game which you have virtually won. No other team in the world could have done this other than Pakistan, as they have perfected this skill- (SARCASM). If there were awards for 'Droping catches at crucial moments' and 'Losing wickets in a flury and collapsing to defeat when the game is yours' - Pakistan would have them all for games involving them. This happened in the semi-final last year, many a time before that and today. Unless PCB take this matter seriously, this will continue to happen. If we want to have any chance of doing well in the World Cup 2015, we have to get rid of old, test players like Younis and Misbah, and invest in young talents like Hamad Azam and Ahmed Shehzad. And please PCB, if Hafeez is there mainly for his bowling, stick him at number 6 and promote Umar Akmal to number 3 or 4. Change is needed to the ODI setup, and is needed fast. Or this will continue to happen in the future.

  • 14.08.1947 on June 16, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    This remembers me on the "fresh" old time of Pakistan Cricket...When you expect to win, you loose everything....i would give younis khan a last chance in the next match. Also Hafeez sucks with his batting performance...The fault is by the team selection committee...Even Azhar Ali, who fought well, should be a regular TEST MATCH player...We have a lot of Players in the domestic circuit, who could bat well. I mean you forgive them for doing mistakes than a Younis Khan etc..... But the most CURRENT HORRIBLE Player is UMAR GUL.... He should get rest until the T20 World Cup....Best XI for the 5th Match: 1.Farhat 2. Younis Khan 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Misbah 5. Umar Akmal 6. Hafeez 7. Afridi 8. Safraz 9. Sohail 10. Sami 11. Ajmal.....

  • on June 16, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    @SLhesh - NO team including India have chased anything over 250 in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka..

  • on June 16, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    pakistan need have strong batting line up your top 4 batsmen have to score the runs thats how you win they need bring back sami

  • on June 16, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Sri Lankans have taken 5 out of the last 9 hatricks..all together our bowlers have 7 of them.

  • on June 16, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    All those Pakistani fans who are criticizing Misbah and Azhar for their strike rates are fools and I really believe that they lack proper cricketing sense especially when you consider as feeble batting line up as of Pakistan.

  • goldeneye075 on June 16, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    good win by sri lanka. At half way stage,(more than that) it was Pak match, but they lost it. It all comes down to handling the pressure in the middle. Although it was won by sri lanka, it was not a perfect game. The balance of the team need to be looked at close point of view. At the moment, when they want to get a wicket, build pressure they always look towards "Malinga" , which creates some added pressure on this great man. Today it worked, but the current team need another genuine bowler, to shear the work load, to be groomed with. Playing with 3 bowlers and 2 allrounders is a very risky thing, some times it will come out correctly and sometimes not. Playing the game with 7 batsman is pointless, today only 2 out of seven did fire, most of the time it's the same. If 6 batsman couldn't do the job, there is no point of relying on another. Some thing to think for the next game.

  • Desihungama on June 16, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    We should all now put this theory to rest that Umar Akmal needs to bat up the order. He is no where near the class of Virat Kohli. With Afridi, I have noticed if bowling first he does not take a wicket he sort of loses interest in batting too. Hafeez is for no reason carrying the burden of twenty20 captaincy to his ODI role. He just needs to relax. Constant shuffling of keeping is not letting any of our keepers settled in. Decide on one and move on. At this point, maybe Kamran should come back for shorter versions.

  • on June 16, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    When SL crumbled against Pakistan similarly in Sharjah I wondered how have they done it that way. It was Sanga and Mahela who were batting and the victory was appearing just like a formality.All of a sudden the collapse started due to great spin bowling of Pakistan.How fortunes change is unbelievable. What a changeover. Great team work and Thisara will be the new shooting star.One thing is for sure.Every dog has it's own day.In Sharjah it was Pakistan's and today it is ours.

  • Desihungama on June 16, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Common guys cut Pakistan some slack. They haven't got a single game at home. Name a team having to play all their matches abroad and still post a winning percentage in last 2 years? Though the collapse was monumental but we can identify Azhar and Asad as our future. Well played Sri Lanka.

  • Haleos on June 16, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Its high time people stop calling Hafeez and Afridi as all rounders.

  • on June 16, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    LMAO at the guy, who said ashwin is better then saeed ajmal!

  • leeluk on June 16, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    I am asrilankan fan but allways my second team is Pakistam because pakistan is srilankas true frind and allso very talented team but still I could not understand how pakistan lost today I think pakistans main problem is still did not find the right combinations so my advice is to our Pakistani friends do not panic very soon under DEV they will put things in the right track and allso well done SRILANKA

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 16, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    The difference is the fielding.

  • CricketRockStar on June 16, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Brilliant Lanka...Pakistan batting is a shamble. Umar akmal is the most stupid player and think himself Ponting without much deliverered. Asad should be groomed instead of Younis for future and Akmal to be kicked out to get him back into senses. I am not a fan of ALi and Misbah innings today as they add runrate pressure but seeing the result today they might be acceptable.

  • Mr.Chandu on June 16, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    joesphian maphia lol comments were awesome!!!

  • agupta429 on June 16, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    @gayansumeera well said.

  • on June 16, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Younis Khan should be dropped from the ODI squad. His irresponsible batting during batting second is costing us heavily. 1,2 runs and he is gone? Is this a joke? He should only play test cricket. Give someone else a chance. Misbah and Azhar played good today but the rest sucked! Excellent bowling by Perera, no doubt. The match reminded me of the match played in UAE between the same two sides some years ago when Sri Lanka was in a comfortable position during chase and suddenly their batting order collapsed the same way. History repeated itself but in opposite way.

  • deepak_123 on June 16, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    OMG..!!! so called world's best Spinner ''Ajmal'' trashed to all parts of the ground in two consecutive matches. 2nd ODI 10 overs for 49 runs, this match 10 overs for 50 runs. even our mishra could bowl better than this overhyped over rated bowler. Ashwin is far far better than Ajmal. I have no doubt that he will get trashed by the great INDIAN batting line-up when PAK play with INDIA in the feture.

  • shakki on June 16, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Pathetic from Pakistan! Misbah and Azhar set the game up perfectly the rest of the batting line up are clueless! Younis and Hafeez the so called "big players" haven't made a contribution in atleast 10 innings.

    Very average side pakistan are in ODI's whitewashed by England and now losing from winning positions. SHOCKING!

  • on June 16, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    I want ask all Shahid Afridi fans to answer me. How many matches has Pakistan won because of Shahid Afridi's bowling than the matches Pakistan has lost because of his batting? With Shahid in our team, our tail becomes longer than any international cricket team. He can barely play an inning of 13 runs. As long as he's there, we ll keep losing. I have no problems if he comes in every other advertisement, but that should not be the criteria for a player to be selected. He should play as an all rounder and score at least 30 each innings, instead of under 10 every inning. Keep Younis inside team and I can assure you we ll lose every second match we ll play. Is there any category above A in which we can include Umer Akmal? If not, form a new category called A1 with higher salary than A category and put Umer Akmal in it. He is a champion batsman and the most consistent batsman we ever had. Keep Muhammad Yousuf out of team because he has high average and will increase our chances of winning.

  • Black_Rider on June 16, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Wow.......Our fielding was just brilliant.....Weldone LIONS.....

  • binojpeter on June 16, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    From 166/2 to 199 all out. Oh my!!

  • yorkslanka on June 16, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    very pleased to see thissara fulfilling his potential finally..long may it continue..

  • Bruisers on June 16, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Pakistan are easily the worst chasers in recent times. As I had said after the last match, "Pakistan should take a leaf out of India's book on how to chase big totals with ease" This wan't a BIG total though.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on June 16, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Who said Pakistan made 3 teams for three formats, T20 no doubt they made new team and I think T20 team played better than this ODI team.Umar Akmal and Afridi will be out and then same team will play test.

  • TANVEER14 on June 16, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan is so unlucky as it is playing with 10 players because younus is just a burden on the team for a long time. He performs once in 15 matches and i seldom see him playing a good stroke. It is painful to watch him playing. i strongly suggest that PCB should give him permanent rest now.

  • kashifateeq on June 16, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    lots of criticism on younis khan i saw the sports channels.. but i am still big fan of him .a man who has win no. of matches for pakistan and still far better than the more other players in the team even better than azhar ali ..he is a team man .exciting fielder..and i still believe that pakistan need him at 1 down position

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I think Waqar was a bi harsh on misbah and Azhar Ali partnership...They are the one who actually bring Pakistan back in to this game. But Our middle order/lower order has been a problem since razzaq, azhar mehmood, moin khan and Wasim akram left:(...

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Being a pakistani cricket fans I am embarrassed by this pathetic Display . Well done Srilanka.

  • H-Shakil on June 16, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Also congrats to Srilanka brother on such a great game!

  • Kak-mal_Khan on June 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Firstly, well done SL you deserved the win with doing basics right and showing patience. Akmal, Younis, Afridi, Sarfraz that was pathetic batting when the others had worked so well to lay foundations to go and win, Perera is a ordinary to good bowler, all other int. teams will torment him in years to come, he never had a hat-trick before in any form of cricket. Pakistan have this annoying habit that when they manage to negate the threatening bowler, they offer their wkt (without any value) to the lesser bowlers of a team. Once again why is Afridi not used as an opener, he is so unreliable lower down the order, I just see him as part of a long tail. I think Younis needs to call it a day, he has no fight in him and has that bad habit to hang the bat away from the body, what a generous batsmen he is. For those that call for Misbah to go, the only reason Pak achieve a reasonable score is because he is there. Pak batting is so weak, apart from Azhar and Asad, who will be very good players.

  • H-Shakil on June 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Its a shame really that players like Wasim, Waqas, Inzi, Miadad, Zaher Abbas, Hanif M, and many past legends; are associated with such a phetahic team. Misbah and company, i hope u can read my message, you people have really crushed the heart of me and whole of the cricket loving nation :((

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket Team has produced top level bowlers not only for their own team but for oponents as well.... today they made an average bowler a star.....

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    what a wonderful game of cricket.well played srilanka.3-1 is NOT FAR AWAY..Hats OFF

  • mueenhameed on June 16, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Azhar Ali, made 81 runs with striking rate of 64.28 ....though he carried bat but during test match this SR is ok but not in ODI...when Misbag occupied crease RRR was 5;30 and when he left after 113 runs partnership RRR was 6;23. Misbah made 57 runs in 111 mintues 77 balls striking rate 74. Again its ideal for test match certainly not for ODI. Now look at irresponsible shot played by Afridi who was playing his 346th match..OMG...this guy has some "PROBLEM" the way he was fielding today, left some serious concerns ...his "performance" must be taken seriously .... let us talk about "new" w/k -batsman ...he did his best to complete the hat-trick..Sarfraz Ahmed, warding off calls for a return of Kamran Akmal. He has dropped two catches already in current series. And we all believe, if Pakistan has to live with a faltering keeper, then we'd prefer the batting of Kamran Akmal...one hopes he will be back with improved keeping skills, having him in playing eleven we can add another all rounder

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on June 16, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Well done to SL for a fantastic victory. Didn't give up. As for Pakistan this is the final wake up call to change things up with the ODI batting. Can't keep picking the same failing players. They said Azhar Ali was only a Test specialist and yet looks more suited to ODIs than many of his colleagues. Time to bring in more new blood like Azhar. Younis Khan must make way. Stick to Tests, his ODI days are over. Hafeez should bat at 6 as finisher. Ahmed Shahzad should be brought in as long term opener with Azhar. Shafiq and U Akmal bat at 3 and 5 respectively sandwiched between Misbah. Afridi either needs to be sent up the order and gambled early on or viewed as tailender. He's not a finisher. As for the keeper, I honestly don't know. Only position that Pak doesn't have ready made replacements for.

  • samincolumbia on June 16, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    At least Pakistan is consistent with their choking abilities...

  • pkcricfan101 on June 16, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    First of all congratz to parerra for the hattrick. Now its high time that pakistan realize that hafeez and afridi are bowlers and not batsmen, hafeez needs to move way down the order and the top order needs to stop leaving so much for afridi to do. Sarfraz needs to be replaced with a keeper who can bat or else the team will never be balanced. The biggest worry is the fielding the only world class fielder in the team is umar akmal. Umar gul is very inconsistent with his bowling and at best a mediocre fielder he needs to be dropped to motivate him to improve. Younis khan...no comments other than he is a senior and needs to show responsibility. The positives were azhar ali he is going to be pakistan's backbone after misbah retires. Also all the bowlers did well other than gul. Pakistan need this odi XI: 1)Nasir jamshed 2)azhar ali 3)asad shafiq 4)misbah 5)umar akmal 6)hafeez 7)kamran akmal 8)shahid afridi 9)sohail tanvir 10)mohammad sami 11)saed ajmal

  • LeoSPC on June 16, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    What an awsome game of cricket..Well played boyz..Sanga,Mahela and specially Thisara played really well..!! gud luck 4 da nxt match as well..!!

  • Sinhaya on June 16, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    This was a great performance by Sri Lanka and no one can deny that. Sri Lanka's fielding was simply excellent.

  • Sinhaya on June 16, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Thisara Perera can even be Sri Lanka's Jacques Kallis once he starts excelling as a batsman and bowler in test matches.

  • Sinhaya on June 16, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Where is sobersfan? I like to hear his comments now after he predicted Pakistan to thrash Sri Lanka in the ODI series.

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @asadejaz - today its not Pakistan who had a bad luck. Its Srilanka today. MJ was out to a NO BALL.

  • Slesh on June 16, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    @ asadejaz no decision went against Pak today! Did u c Mahela got out for a NO BALL!!! that did shorten SLs total by atleast 20-25 runs.even sanga's dismissal could have change if u talk so.but i agree DRS should bring in atleast in test. Anyway great performance by Sri Lanka!! Awesome from Sanga n Perera too!! He deserve a hatrick..keep it up!! But Pak should have gave it up and accept the loose just aftr SLs 243.Lol.. coz no one in the world ever could chase more than 240 in Sri Lanka!!!(Apart frm india though) :-D

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Only Pakistan can lost from such positions - only Pakistan. Its high time to make. Its time for this YK to say good bye to ODIs or he should be kicked out from the ODI side on immediate basis. Hafeez should be demoted down the order. All these new damn wicket keepers after K Akmal have proved to be useless. Karachi's parchi Sarfraz has already missed two chances in the last 2 matches so its better to include Kamran back into the side after all he can bat. Ahmed Shezad should replace YK. Its not a rocket science for Whatmore to figure this out now.

  • on June 16, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Kick out Younis from this team, He should play test matches only......

  • pauliangenius on June 16, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    i cant believe it!!!! this effectively means we can never have faith in Pakistan's batting. I switched channels after misbahs dismissal and then after 10 min, i switched back again only to see a different match being played. Pakistan should get rid of these irresponsible players like younis khan and umar akmal should be kicked out. His should take his talent to home and use it to make ducks for breakfast.

  • Sinhaya on June 16, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @asadejaz, Sri Lanka had bad decisions too. Mahela was dismissed off a no ball. Also Sanga's dismissal it is inconclusive.

  • KelvinLTR on June 16, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    now don't moan about umpiring.... MJ was out on a no-ball if you didn't see. those things happen

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    PAK better start playing with China and ZIM to improve their cricket. Younus/Misbah are to be rested as they are very old for cricket.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    please PCB .....Drop hafeez....and bring in hammad azam....y u people dont understand ....he is next Abdul Razzaq....please drop Younis khan also...his days as one day are over....infact all in his career he didnt win pakistan a single game.....

  • s.a.91 on June 16, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    This loss was an absolute shocker. I don't understand what just happened. But I'm guessing this was more psychological than because of poor form/unfitness etc etc. Younis Khan and Umar Akmal were clearly disappointing. For Hafeez, it must be difficult to bowl 10 overs and then open for a team which has probably the poorest batting lineup in the world. That's a lot of pressure to deal with. But Younis and Akmal were terrible. Afridi either fires or doesn't so I don't have any comments about him.

  • johnathonjosephs on June 16, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    My god, thissara perera's bowling has improved. He is indeed making a better case of being in that Test Squad than Lakmal

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    DRS should be there..... no comments about the performance... :(

  • agupta429 on June 16, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Awesome Cricket Sri Lanka.

    @asadejaz I'm sure you'll find BCCI to blame that on.

  • drnaveed on June 16, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    it is time , umar gul should be given a long rest from the game ( all three formats), it is difficult to find in which part of the game ,ie bowling , batting, or fielding ,he is worst . bowling badly ,batting poorly , and dropping sitters while fielding. he is our man of the match today.we lost firstly because of his poor commitment in the game, others come after him .

  • suve on June 16, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @asadejaz: Decisions go against teams with or without DRS mate, just like Mahela was out of a no ball but he would of still been out if there was DRS. But I hope they have DRS in the Test matches. Well done again Sri Lanka !!!!!, our bowling looks pretty good now, hope the batting gets better in the last ODI. I think this was pay back after Sri lanka's collapse in Sharjah last year. Well done to Thisara Perera for picking up his Hattrick too.

  • superstar100 on June 16, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Younis 0 afridi 0 sarfraz 0 tanveer 0 gul 0 Umar Akmal 0 Hafiz 0 i hav no worlds to say !!

  • pradeep_dealwis on June 16, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    @ asadejaz....while i do agree the umpiring has been below par, the decisions have gone against both teams, for example the no-ball that bowled Mahela today. Maybe they went 55-45 against PAK, but really there's nothing to howl about there...however DRS would have been good.

  • RANA1610 on June 16, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    HAFEEZ SHOULD BE OUT OF THE TEAM, AS HE IS BEING TAKEN AS A BOWLER, OR HE MUST BE PLACED IN MIDDLE ORDER.

  • Balumekka on June 16, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    @asadejaz: Yes we badly need DRS. When Mahela and Sanga were on full flow, all of a sudden Mahela was bowled by a Tanvir's front-foot no-ball which was not called as a no-ball by the umpires. That actually cost Sri Lanka at least 30 runs in the end!

  • Zahidsaltin on June 16, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    They can't field. They can't bat. Umar Gul should be shown the door. He only bowl good in every 5th match and drops catches in each n every match.

  • surathvictor on June 16, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Josephian Mafia once again completed victory for Sri Lanka...Well Done...

  • gayansumeera2 on June 16, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @asadejaz Didn't you see that Mahela was out to a no ball? If he had played till the end sri lanka would have got at least 270 runs,please try to understand pakistan's incompetence of chasing targets more than 240 rather than blaming other facts to reason their defeat.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan are using Misbah and Younis especially Younis, these two players are not suitable for limited overs Cricket and one of the major reasons why Pakistan lose. Most of Pakistani players in their national teams are pretty old so they have no future anyway plus are not allowed to play International matches at their home :)

  • Zahidsaltin on June 16, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Since 2009, 23 times asked to chase 230 or above Pakistan did it only 5 times. Is that against major teams?Look at their strike rate and u will find them all in 60s where as all other nations batsmen stay in 70s and 80s. (1) UMUR GUL only bowls ok in every 5 matches even after years of experience. He drops easy catches in each and every match (2) SOHAIL TANVEER can't be played as an allrounder as he scores lesser than even Said Ajmal (3) MOHAMMAD HAFIZ might have had a better year but he is no batsman and needs to be played down the order as an allrounder or shown the door (4) YOUNIS' time is up for saying goodbye to ODIs (5) SARFRAZ is not fit to play ODIs, he could be ok for tests (6) They go on for 10s of years with bit & pieces batsmen who rarely perform but wont try Haris, Usman Salahuddin etc. (7) Pakistan is tail is too week in batting both Razzaq n Kamran Akmal are needed to strengthen it.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Those three bouncers by Malinga changed the flow of the match!! With the rules these days, it takes a bowler with quite a character to do that three times in a row.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    yuniskhan its time to leave from cricket

  • Stark62 on June 16, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Where do you begin? Who do you blame? Gul for dropping a sitter? Misbah and Azhar playing too slowly? The batsmen that came after Misbah's dismissal? Hafeez for getting another duck? Too many defensive batsmen upfront?

    It's all very complicated but Gul should have taken the catch, Misbah and Azhar could have possibly upped the tempo a bit earlier and the total was definitely chaseable.

  • yorkslanka on June 16, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    come on Sri Lanka..great win and keep them coming..the new coach is proving his worth and importantly he is bringing on youngsters from our team...excellent bowling performance defending a average total...keep going SL.. @asadejaz- this is a fiendly series so no requiremtn to have DRS, also decisions go against both teams..

  • johnny62 on June 16, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Once again the same story with pakistan. There are no fighters in this team. They are good at fighting within the team. So, if they play against quality teams, they get exposed like this. How could they loose this match!

  • saabir786 on June 16, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    another poor chase plz throw younis and hafeez out of side

  • yoongguns on June 16, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    plzzz do not blame misbah.... its afridi and co who lost it for pakistan......

  • superstar100 on June 16, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    once again poor bating by pakisthan .... poor fielding also... you dont win match with your bowling

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    MJ is out for a no ball, umpire should have to see that. Umpires are all humans too.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    younis, akmal , sarfraz and umar gul is sure been out from pakistan side after this series,...............

  • yakironi98 on June 16, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    This is a disgraceful performance by Pakistan, even by their standards! Mohammed Hafeez is not a batsman, he is a bowler who could bat when lucky, The Pakistan batting is going to lose them so many more matches in the future.

    Srilanka were amazing tonight, especially Sanga and Perrara, they look good going in to the world 20-20

  • cisco420 on June 16, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Asad, Azher and Misbah are the only proper batsmen in Pakistan.Everybody else needs to go home. These 3 should be playing all the formats.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Hey there Mr.Boom Boom and others you PEOPLE ARE DOOMED! Great job guys~

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Pakistan needs to sort out their batting and batting order. My XI: Kamran Akmal (wk), Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Mohommad Hafeez, Misbah ul Haq, Hammad Azam/Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema.

    Leaving you with a solid batting line up and the likes of Ajmal, Gul, Cheema, Afridi, Azam/Malik, and Hafeez to bowl.

  • Waqasahmed92 on June 16, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Did this really happen.....Was I watching the same match OMG Wt....... I cannot believe this.....If this is what our batting is capable off then I guess we are better off playing 10 bowlers and a keeper rather than pitching in useless batsmen in the line up...At least that way we won't have to bowl with people like Younas Khan in the middle overs

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    what a hat trick from thisara n brillian catch by kule

  • Sheeerazz on June 16, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Today after the dismissal of Misbah no other batsmen was confident to score runs. For Pakistan team: matches are won by brave batting not by long batting line.

  • wrenx on June 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    We really saw some of the best of Sri Lanka, and the very worst of Pakistan today. Hopefully the tests will be different, but a close contest is a proving to be somewhat elusive in this series

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    shame on pakistan players n specially chief selector who added his resources in this team........ inform batsmans out awfull players r in this team .....

  • Perera32 on June 16, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    That was an absolutely Brilliant performance by Sri lanka. Thisara Perera showed he isn't a one trick pony. I think Sri lankan Bowlers have 6 ODI Hatricks now. Sri lanka's fielding was once again outstanding. The Pakistan callapse is one of the biggest callapses i've seen, Hope Sri lanka win the final match and win the series.

  • on June 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    What a effort by Lions ! PERERA was Amazing..Great bowling by MAli and Mahela and Sanga was unbelievable !

  • Ra_Thore on June 16, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Pak will never win any series on the road as long as they keep playing third grade batsmen like Younis Khan and Afridi.

  • Indianpunjabi on June 16, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    World Record Made By Pakistan Cricket Team

  • Ra_Thore on June 16, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Insaallah Sri Lanka will win.

  • on June 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    hafeez as an opener is becoming a joke...i dont know any opener who has had as many ducks as him, hes a good spinner but is completely out of form when it comes to batting.

  • gr8asad84 on June 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Its been in all matches that at least one decision regarding dismissal goes against pakistan...where is DRS?

  • Shamsuddin_Channa on June 16, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I hope rain doesn't interrupt the match today. All I want to watch a good match. Either Pakistan wins or Srilanka, I only wish today we watch a full match.

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  • Shamsuddin_Channa on June 16, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I hope rain doesn't interrupt the match today. All I want to watch a good match. Either Pakistan wins or Srilanka, I only wish today we watch a full match.

  • gr8asad84 on June 16, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Its been in all matches that at least one decision regarding dismissal goes against pakistan...where is DRS?

  • on June 16, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    hafeez as an opener is becoming a joke...i dont know any opener who has had as many ducks as him, hes a good spinner but is completely out of form when it comes to batting.

  • Ra_Thore on June 16, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Insaallah Sri Lanka will win.

  • Indianpunjabi on June 16, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    World Record Made By Pakistan Cricket Team

  • Ra_Thore on June 16, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Pak will never win any series on the road as long as they keep playing third grade batsmen like Younis Khan and Afridi.

  • on June 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    What a effort by Lions ! PERERA was Amazing..Great bowling by MAli and Mahela and Sanga was unbelievable !

  • Perera32 on June 16, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    That was an absolutely Brilliant performance by Sri lanka. Thisara Perera showed he isn't a one trick pony. I think Sri lankan Bowlers have 6 ODI Hatricks now. Sri lanka's fielding was once again outstanding. The Pakistan callapse is one of the biggest callapses i've seen, Hope Sri lanka win the final match and win the series.

  • on June 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    shame on pakistan players n specially chief selector who added his resources in this team........ inform batsmans out awfull players r in this team .....

  • wrenx on June 16, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    We really saw some of the best of Sri Lanka, and the very worst of Pakistan today. Hopefully the tests will be different, but a close contest is a proving to be somewhat elusive in this series