Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Colombo June 17, 2012

Stunned Pakistan seek to save series

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Match facts

Monday, June 18
Start time 1430 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan's batsmen deprived their team of a chance of winning the series, collapsing to lose seven wickets for 13 runs after reaching a position of advantage in the chase in the fourth ODI. An implosion of that nature can be dispiriting, the painstaking yet determined progress by their captain and an emerging top-order talent decimated by the ineptness of those followed. Not too long ago, in 2009 in Sri Lanka, such collapses cost Pakistan the Test series; they have another game to get their batting in order before the Tests.

That's if the weather permits them, though there's the insurance of a reserve day. The balance of power has shifted from spin to pace in the Sri Lankan bowling line-up, and the hosts' seamers have shown there's sufficient ammunition to defend a competitive score. Their batting has improved significantly, led by their experienced trio, after a forgettable performance in the rain-affected first ODI. Sri Lanka are a team on a high; Pakistan, with some sloppy fielding and misfiring batting, not so.

This Premadasa track is not the one that made the venue a fortress of sorts for the home team in the previous couple of decades. They face a good bowling unit but Pakistan's batsmen have a bigger challenge - that they don't end up becoming their own biggest threat.

Form guide


Sri Lanka WWLLL (Completed games, most recent first)
Pakistan LLWWL

Watch out for...

When he first began making a mark as an opener, Mohammad Hafeez's problem was that he squandered good starts, playing a false shot after settling in well. On this tour so far, he's struggled to get even the starts, with three ducks, two of them consecutive. His offspinners have been economical, but he isn't doing justice to the sound technique and solidity he usually offers with the bat.

Upul Tharanga has had a quiet series so far, with scores of 10, 18 and 4. He's just as much in need of a push; if picked tomorrow, he'll play his 150th ODI.

Team news

Sajeewa Weerakoon will think he's done enough to retain his place in the XI, picking up 1 for 49 with his left-arm spin. Sri Lanka could remain unchanged.

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

Umar Gul received treatment on the ring finger of his right hand during the fourth ODI. He was impressive at the start, but faltered in the batting Powerplay. For reasons of injury, or otherwise, Pakistan have Mohammad Sami to fall back on; he's recovering from a thumb injury himself.

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

Stats and trivia

  • This year has been an expensive one for Umar Gul in ODIs. He's taken 15 wickets at 35.06 - his worst in a year - and has gone for 5.71 an over. His worst year, in terms of economy-rate, was 2010, when he went for 6.25 an over.
  • Among players who've scored more than 2500 runs in ODI cricket and not scored a single century, Misbah-ul-Haq has the highest average - 42.30.

Quotes

"We needed six an over, and everything was under control. I don't know what happened after that."
Misbah-ul-Haq is speechless about Pakistan's harakiri

"Lasith gave us that momentum. A couple of overs of aggressive bowling put them on the back foot and created a bit of doubt in their minds."
Mahela Jayawardene credits Lasith Malinga for triggering Pakistan's collapse

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • foooooooooooooooooo on June 18, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I WANT SRI LANKA TO CRUSH PAKISTAN AND TEACH THEM A LESSON

  • NaMalik on June 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Todays lineup Should be:

    1) Imran Farhat 2) Azhar Ali 3) Umar Akmal 4) Shahid Afridi 5) Hafeez 6) Misbha 7) Sarfraz 8) Tanvir 9) Gul 10) Sami 11) Ajmal

    Pk Allstars Linup: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Imran Farhat / Nasir Jamshed 3) Umar Akmal 4) Kamran Akmal 5) Shahid Afridi 6) Hafeez 7) Misbah 8) Razzaq 9) Rana/Asif 10) Aamir 11) Ajmal

  • Asim136e on June 18, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    i m not able to under stand that y our people have no idea about cricket, when they love it so much.

    Every one start to blame , misbah , Younas , Azhar ALi , Asad Shafeq , and other players who build teh innings. but they love Afridi , Abdul Razzaq , Imran Nazer , Umer Akmal & coo who come and smash.. if hit wel then fine and if got out then we again shouted on them & hate and critise them.

    My only request to u all that can u have better playing 11 for Pakistan colour so then plz post that. and dont only crisise the team. tell the solution not the problem.

    TOLD US YOUR BEST 11 FOR PAKISTAN. WHO will do this. i will wait

  • 9ST9 on June 18, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @Laka_Kandy - Yes, It's stopped raining but it does not look promising at all...

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    It rained bit earlier today, but now seems fine

  • QingdaoXI on June 18, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Perfect Pakistan XI: Kamaran Akmal, Ahmed Shezhad, Nazir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Mohd Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Sahid Afredi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohd Sami, Saeed Ajmal.

  • Haleos on June 18, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - for how many more years will people give the reason of team split and egos. Are these guys not professionals? where does ego come into picture?

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    sri lanka selectors should give chance to all in the squad.but always play same 11 even if they played well or not.that is unfair.

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Insaalla pakistan win today is gemes i am bangladeshi

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Why Pakistan includes Younis khan in every format of games? He has been in a bad show since the world cup.

  • foooooooooooooooooo on June 18, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    I WANT SRI LANKA TO CRUSH PAKISTAN AND TEACH THEM A LESSON

  • NaMalik on June 18, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Todays lineup Should be:

    1) Imran Farhat 2) Azhar Ali 3) Umar Akmal 4) Shahid Afridi 5) Hafeez 6) Misbha 7) Sarfraz 8) Tanvir 9) Gul 10) Sami 11) Ajmal

    Pk Allstars Linup: 1) Imran Nazir 2) Imran Farhat / Nasir Jamshed 3) Umar Akmal 4) Kamran Akmal 5) Shahid Afridi 6) Hafeez 7) Misbah 8) Razzaq 9) Rana/Asif 10) Aamir 11) Ajmal

  • Asim136e on June 18, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    i m not able to under stand that y our people have no idea about cricket, when they love it so much.

    Every one start to blame , misbah , Younas , Azhar ALi , Asad Shafeq , and other players who build teh innings. but they love Afridi , Abdul Razzaq , Imran Nazer , Umer Akmal & coo who come and smash.. if hit wel then fine and if got out then we again shouted on them & hate and critise them.

    My only request to u all that can u have better playing 11 for Pakistan colour so then plz post that. and dont only crisise the team. tell the solution not the problem.

    TOLD US YOUR BEST 11 FOR PAKISTAN. WHO will do this. i will wait

  • 9ST9 on June 18, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @Laka_Kandy - Yes, It's stopped raining but it does not look promising at all...

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    It rained bit earlier today, but now seems fine

  • QingdaoXI on June 18, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Perfect Pakistan XI: Kamaran Akmal, Ahmed Shezhad, Nazir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Mohd Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Sahid Afredi, Sohail Tanvir, Mohd Sami, Saeed Ajmal.

  • Haleos on June 18, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - for how many more years will people give the reason of team split and egos. Are these guys not professionals? where does ego come into picture?

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    sri lanka selectors should give chance to all in the squad.but always play same 11 even if they played well or not.that is unfair.

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Insaalla pakistan win today is gemes i am bangladeshi

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Why Pakistan includes Younis khan in every format of games? He has been in a bad show since the world cup.

  • khurramsch on June 18, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    after this series i think younas need to be only in tests. azhar has done enough to be no 3. & most important pak need to find a batting medium pace allrounder hammad or razak or whoever but medium pace batting. & more importantly keeper who can bat. i am very much against kamran but after 3/4 keepr testing i think kamran is better option. in my opinion best team can b. (5 players) hafez,misbah,afridi,ajmal, + medium pacer allrounder (hammad/razak)-- then any 2 seamers from ( sami/gul/cheema/sohail/junaid)-- & keeper ( kamran / batting keeper) & rest of 3 battsman from ( azhar/asad/umar/nasir jamshaid/ahmed/or anyother opener)

  • on June 18, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Chandimal & Umar Akmal almost same..The have talents for sure,but not getting the results.I like to see Thiriamanne higher the order,His six of Umar gul was superb.He is going to be the next star of SL Cricket.Azhar Ali is showing that he is a good ODI batsman also.I noticed new PAK batsaman tempt to play lot of shots and thatis their downfall.Shafiq,Ali,and Hamad Assam can be a future batting nucleus for PAK.All the best SL & PAK - A true cricket fan form INDIA.!

  • DanialNoori on June 18, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    most importantly let Afridi to open with Azhar .. I am sure he will give a good start. As a good alrounder and a senior player if he bats at 6th or 7th position for sure he will loose the rythm of his batting .. give him a chance in this match, he will obviously rock

  • Laka_Kandy on June 18, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Can anybody update about weather at colombo at the moment. im from Kandy & i asked from my friend at colombo & according to him there is no chance to play today due to rain. Is it correct

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I cant understand why still Chandimal coming at number 4. Thirimanna should come at number 4. He is in good touch with bat. He is very successful with Pakisthan.

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Misbat needs to go first followed by Younis. Make hafeez ODi captain as well. These two are messing us up BIG time.\

  • azamscar on June 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    negative - I really doubt we can play today as the sky looks milky and the sun is no where around in Colombo at 12:17 PM.

    Positive- I can go to the gym

  • ihaq1 on June 18, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    younis khan and hafeez both seem tobe failing and they have only teh option of imran farhat...they cud open with afridi and farhat and followup with azhar and nazeer, misbah, umar akmal..drop sarfraz ahmed and play either an extra bowler or extra batsman...not having an attacking opening batsman poses problems...nazeer cud be replaced by abdur rehman...when u send in afridi and tanvir tell them to slog...

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @sameem7604 lmao ......bro...u remind me of inzyyyy :P :P and d pakistan team isnt gonna obey u...dey r so stubborn i tell u :P

  • jr2012 on June 18, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Too many mentally and physically weak batsmen in the pakistan batting line-up. They have no batsmen who rotate the strike and have no batsmen capable playing big shots outside power play. I mean this side go white-washed by England on flat pitches, who pathetic is that. Who looses to England in ODIs!, Sorry to say that but the reality is Pakistan ODI is just below average side, below West Indies and on par with Bangladesh.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 18, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    I know 1 thing,difrence btwen pak and victory=personal ego issues of senior plyrs with misbah ul hap,as simple as that,on any othr day and on any pitch,pak would have been thrashing ths avrage lankan to all parts of ground.THS LANKAN Batng z nt gd enuf to make 250 against ths pak atack But PROVIDED,PAK HOLD ON THEIR SITTRS AS WEL AS HALF CHANCES PLS they wil have to do somethng to hit d wickts

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    younis khan should be dropped from odis as he is dropped from t20s and hammad azam should be drafted in odis and t20s

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Good win with a fine allround performance.Good to see Sanga coming back strongly.Hopefully SL should make a sweep today if all the players contribute as in the past 2 matches.I think Senanayake will be a good addition instead of weerakoon who looked ordinary in the last match.Good Luck Sri Lanka.

  • AasifS on June 18, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Pakistan needs to rethink, better to give chance to young blood and phase out the oldies they have done their job in the past, now giving chances to new would be better. We lost with experience players so no harm if we loose with young blood but that will give confidence. We need to get rid of players who think the are then best such as Umar Akmal, he may be talented but it is a waste of space if you don't click and he has not, catches win matches failed with Pakistan simple catches are dropped. Big names not always do the trick that was in the old days but now cricket has progressed so we need to make sure we have the right players. Don't blame Misab all the time, he plays his role but to win all 11 have to do their job!

  • Sameem7604 on June 18, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    AFRIDI IS GOOD BATTING PLAYER , HE IS MATCH WINNING PERSON TOO , PROBLEM IS HIS LINE, LET HIM TO BAT 4TH DOWN , THEN HE WILL HIT OR PLAY SLOW FANS WILL ENJOY AND KEEP HOPES ON OTHERS , SO WE NEED WINNING TEAM NOT LOSING TEAM, PLS BRING HIM FRONT DREW , DROP HAFEEZ 6TH DOWN, IMRAN FARHAT - AZAR, ASAD AKMAL, AFRIDI , MISBAH HAFEEZ ,

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Don't over react over 2 success against PAK. today will be different match . GOOD LUCK PAK TIGERS

  • Sameem7604 on June 18, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    pakistan team has all talent but they dont know where to use, in my view yonus khan no need anymore bcz they have many slow batting player , Azar ali, Asad shafig , Misba, so they should need some one who can rise up the score in opening, Hafeez also not playing well nowadays so bring imrAN NASSIR AND OPEN WITH AZAR, THEN ASAD SHAFIQ THEN BRING UMAR AKMAL , THEN BRING AFRIDI, IF THIS GUY PLAY OR NOT AFTER ARIDI DISMISS THEN WE HAVE HOPES MISBAH , AND OTHERS, THIS AFRIDI COMING LATE AND KEEP HOPES ON HIM, THIS IS BIGGEST MISTAKES , ONCE HE GOES ALL ARE DECIDING MATCH HAS GOING TO LOSE, AND ALSO OPPOSITION TEAM GETTING SPIRIT THAT THEY CAN WIN MATCH EASILY, CYCOLOGICALY OPPOSITION GETTING STRENGTH SO PLS FOLLOW MY ORDER TODAY MATCH , IMRAN FARHAT-AZAR , ASAD AKMAL AFRIDI HAFEEZ MISBAH SAFRAZ AJMAL TANVIR GUL/SAMI, TRY THIS AND WE CAN SEE MANY CHANGES,

  • on June 18, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    It is wonder why Chandimal couldnt hang it around in his motherland.Although Sucessful in Eng,Aus,RSA;Jeewan should be given a chance at the end.Off spiner is esential. Sachithra should be recalled since Slow left armer-Jeewan can be much harmful to PAK batsmen than Sajeewa. Tharanga will reform in final game.He had shown that he is very useful cricketer at similar stages.

  • on June 18, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    I simply think tht pak team needs a batting coach which cn giv tips to young btsmen like umar akmal and asad shafiq. As far as younis khan is concerned he is a specialist at number 3 spot and sending him lower down the order is insane.

  • on June 18, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    pak should go for all attack against lankans today give afridi chance to open and bring in ahmed shahezad and sami must for today game !

  • KP_84 on June 18, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    The 4th game just reiterates that if you get at least a moderate score against Pakistan, you will win more often than not. Pakistan don't know how to chase. Look at their record starting from the beginning of ODIs in the '70s - they've never been good at it. Their collapse in Saturday night's game was particularly disappointing when you consider that there was no scoring rate pressure. They really should address that problem.

  • Black_Rider on June 18, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @randhira ::: Really......Sanga wasn't this good when he arrived.Lots of people called him 'gadaskkara'. Look at him now.He developed because he got chance.Give this youngsters chance.They will come good one day.

  • rukii on June 18, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    @sobat it is true current sri lanka team dosen't have a quality spinner(excluding herath) but unlike australia there are few upcoming spinners in the domestic circuit (roshan jayathissa, dulanjana mendis ) but unfortunetly our selectors do not pick them at least for A team. For me the main issue is there is no quality fast bowler in test arena. thisara is a good ODI bowler but i doubt his ability of taking wickets in tests. @ johnathonjosephs well said mate.

  • on June 18, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Why is it that when SL win its suddenly a bad batting line up? If you read the articles it was Pakistan Hold Aces or Stats Pakistan have edge. It was expected that the Pakistan bowlers would blow SL away. But in truth SL have out fielded and bowled Pakistan and the batsmen have done well to counter the threat. The series is not over but should be an interesting final game.

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on June 18, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    So three games in a row, Younis has failed to put a performance only to save hos own skin in the game; four games if you count the washed out game. He should be dropped. Let Hammad Azam into the 11. he really needs exposure. It's now or never. Batting like always, failed to pick up causing the loss. I will be honest, Azhar's great batting consistency has been overshadowed by the team's horrible performance, batting obviously. Bowling like usual was good. Nothing to take away from Sri Lanka. They played a terrific game and it seems that they are starting to build some tam chemistry and they harmonizing well. Let's get a great finale from the final game of the ODI series. Looking forward to it!

  • Philippe on June 18, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    the main problem with this pakistani team is their batting.. they dont have world class batsmen in their side who could win matches or sheet their innings well.. you can never bank on the players like misbah or yonis as they have failed to dominate opponents in past.. afridi is failure most of the times.. he plays without using his mind most of the times..

  • on June 18, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    kick hafeez and younis n safraz out

  • on June 18, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    I too believe Mathews should be in bench for couple of games...i SL board gave him wise captaincy too early....he simply take it to the granted....he should improve his batting and play his normal aggressive style. Moreover, his leadership tactics was poor in the past games...just simply giving strikes to tailenders at the critical time of the game...keeping to to last minutes like MS Doni is not something we expect from future captain of Sri Lanka.

  • on June 18, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Bring Sachithra for Weerakoon. let him to learn under brilliance of MJ, KS and TMD There is no point of bringing in a person who is not special at the age of 35.Are we planning for WC2015?The other case is matches are at RPS,Galle and Kandy in best rainy season of SL.Dambulla has completely ignored.Hambanthota is not getting sufficient matches.Who takes these crazy decisions? Structure of SLC must change prior to all. Congrats to both teams IF the match plays at least for few overs.Colombo is under heavy rain.

  • Navaid-Hussain on June 18, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    Again Gul proves the point that he cannot produce consistence performance. How can a team make good plan when they consider Gul as spear head of his bowling attack. Afridi as always played his instinct rather then the situation. Such an arrogant player always refuse to play for team, you cannot make or execute any plane. The way things are going on for Hafeez, we will hear very soon that like Afridi, Hafeez too will say that "I am a bowling all-rounder".

  • 9ST9 on June 18, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Onus on - getting the game underway on time! Rain in the morning in colombo. At 9AM no rain but it's pretty overcast. Signs not at all looking good. We do have a reserve day though.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on June 18, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    @Ekanayaka,check pak vs sl odis,tsts,t20s records,check pak vs ind,pak have dominatd asia most of time,one fluke victory in previous match mainly due to pak,intrnal difrences doesn't make average n mediocre sl team a great team.WE HAVE OUR ISSUES WITH BATNG,BT WE HAV ENUF FIREPOWER 4 FUTURE.Also check pak vs sl in sl.pak vs sl on neutral venues,pak r some light years ahead

  • dmqi on June 18, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    All Pak supporters, be realistic. SL converts half chance to full when it comes to catching, Pak drops sitter. SL has a fairly good batting line, Pak has 2 batsmen, Azhar and Misbah. SL has low profile but effective bowlers, Pak has big talk ineffective fast bowlers. So, what is the fuss, SL will win. When Ramiz Raja's special talented Umar Akaml is scared to death by Malingas 3 bouncer, you know the outcome. 4 zeroes in last match, there will be few zeroes and tens in tomorrow's match. SL got the moral booster in the last match, so they will win, my prediction. Younus, Afridi, U Akaml, GUl must be dropped from next match.

  • Ekanayaka on June 18, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Pakistan is a highly overrated team. Beating England was just a passing mirage in the desert that gave the wrong impression. Getting smashed by Sri Lanka sets the record straight and shows up Pakistan for the ordinary unpredictable team that they really are.

  • Kadmin on June 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    What I think is SL will go with the same team to keep the momentum. I haven't seen how weerakoon plays, but my gut feeling is to replace him with Sachi. Sl you can finish this in a high note. GOOD LUCK!

  • on June 18, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    well this is all team politics batting line up is just not supportive. Yonus and Umar are giving worst performances for quite some time they need to be benched for couple of series why on earth are we not bringing Hammad Azam and where is Abdul Razzaq and Zulqurnain ?? Sarfraz is a bad choice for ODIs . Boom Boom needs to improve his batting he is just too predictive on his shorts !

  • SitharaAriyarathna on June 18, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    jibi bhai -sri lankan tail also can bat.in CB series 1st final sl lost 6 for 144 ,chasing 322 and lost the match only by 15 runs

  • randhira on June 18, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    I simply can't understand about Chandimal. He was very keen in his batting during the series of South Africa. Now he is failing at a stretch. May be he is complesant now. I saw him dropping some simple catches in recent games. You must understand that you are playing at International leval and give your 100 % to the team. We saw what happened in the last game. Gul dropped Sangakkaras catch and it changed the entire game. I strongly believe they should drop him for few games until he finds his form again. What's wrong with Matthews. He is not contributing at all. He has just become a defensive player. If he tries to play some shots he just gets out. Middle order is not strong at all. Just to bowl 3 or 4 overs in a game does not deserve a place in the National team. He too should be dropped until he gets his form back. Finally, Tharanga. Man ! He is lost. He is not the opening bat who opened batting for Sri Lanka with Sanath. Totally lost his batting form. Drop him.

  • on June 17, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Are u kidding me, put Younis on the bench, Farhat should open the batting with Hafeez. Also, remind Shafiq that he is playing a One Day match not a Test match. and Afradi, what do you say about Afradi, the only reason he is playing is because he is a crowd favorite and come on can Pakistan find another wicketkeeper...

  • on June 17, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    well... best of luck pakistan.... :) U are really better than lankans ....

  • on June 17, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    need to drop Younis, he is rubbish in ODIs now, even if that means Farhat getting a game.

  • BravoBravo on June 17, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    SL is good and competitive team, and they achieved well deserved victory. It is not just that PAK played in an erratic way, but the fact of matter is that SL planned very well and executed their game plan very effectively. The full credit goes to SL for this win. Their (SL) win can not be undermined by projecting the weakness in other side. Most of the team, except ENG and WI, have pathetic batting line. It does not matter what other teams claim for their batting lines when they are unable to reach even 200+ mark. Congrats to SL, and SL win the next ODI.

  • Mr.Shani on June 17, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    1) A Ali 2) I Farhat 3) A Shafiq 4) U Akmal 5) M ul Haq 6) M Hafeez 7) S Afridi 8) S Tanvir 9) M Sami 10) S Ajmal 11) A Cheema. Younus is not scoring enough runs to make in the squad n this is a must win match for Pak so there is no other option except Farhat. Younus is no more a limited over batsman so Pak should look at some other young talent. And when will Sarfraz make runs to justify his selection? Experiment it but not in this match. Umer can play as a WK batsman atleast for this really important match. And there is no need to have only two seamers and total five bowlers. Three seamers & three spinners makes a strong bowling attack. It does not make sense to bring in an additional batsman n cut one bowler off. U r playing international cricket not a street cricket. Gul is not in the form and proved expensive in the entire series so Cheema deserves a chance. If not then why he is there with the squad.

  • on June 17, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    i know pakistan will win this one iam willing to place a bet on it...younis khan please retire your time is up you are hogging a spot in the team where it better belongs to others like imran nazir and hmmad azam

  • pintu01 on June 17, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Drop Umar Akmal and Younis Khan (definitley Umar Akmal needs to be dropped, can any body mention when he had any contribution to the Pakistan team win?) Yes, please bring back great Yousuf and also Imran Nazir.

  • coolitbaby on June 17, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Well after this kind of humiliation, it is going to be difficult for Pakistan. First they have to find some international quality batsmen. Currently, all batsmen seem to be tail enders and will not even find a place as No. 11 of any other international team.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 17, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    First of all wrong selection of squad for ODI and secondly wrong selection of team. Its full of test players. anyhow among current team. I would take this 11....

    (1) Hafeez (2) Imran Farhat (3) Asad Shafeeq (4) younas khan (5) Umer Akmal "WK" (6) Misbah (7) Afridi (8) Hammad Azam (9) sami (10) gul (11) Ajmal

    unfortunately i have to put imran farhat as well in team beacause he is among very few odi players in squad

  • agent001 on June 17, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    SL should go in with a settled team and take this series 3-1. Pakistan would be better off by "resting" Umar Gul, and Younis Khan as well as giving Rehman a game before the tests. They are short on ODI batting skills. Both the ODI and T20 team selection has been poor.

  • jr2012 on June 17, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Can't see anything beyond a SL win. Expect a hammering from SL. If SL bat first, then even 200 will be enough against this pathetic Pakistan batting line-up.

  • on June 17, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    like see j mendis for thurange and thrimanna open with dilshan.

  • on June 17, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    We are not new to such things... so be happy :D

  • smjr on June 17, 2012, 19:19 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.

  • on June 17, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Pakistan always try silly things,,if they can try different things why they dont change batting order of haffez and afridi with each other just for last ODI,, and with afridi who knows

  • on June 17, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Zakasahab please drop misbah and younus khan from one-day team immediately. Pakistan need some young players who are sensible but can take some calculated risk.Azhar,Shafiq are talented but more suited to test formet. younus khan's record in limited overs has been below average in his entire career. He averages only 32 after playing hundreds of maches and that too at very low strike rate. Misbah is to slow aswell. Sangakara,Jayawardene,Dilsan they all know attack and deffence While pakistani batting line lacks firepower. It will be great to have couple of left handers likes of Umar Amin and Fawad Alam. Fielding should be included in salection crieteria aswell. Pakistan's batting too slow,bowlers giving lot of extras and bounderies and their feilding is rubbish as it's always been. Why pakistan keep on selecting worst opener of their history by the name of Imran Farhat? please can some one explain. Pakistani batsmen taking unnecessary pressure against average srilankan bowlers.

  • on June 17, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    If the top 5 batsman of Srilanka gone back to the pevelion before 150 then they will not be able to scroe even 200.we can look at the last match when jawardne n sangakara gone out it was 205/5 and then the wickets start falling at quick succession..so if pakistan bowling can take 1st five out scoring 150 they cant even score 200.we can look in first odi or dubai series.ONLY FIRST FIVE BATSMAN R THE DANGER MAN.So PAKISTAN BOWLIG need to bowl the first five out in a quick succsession.BEST OF LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN MY PRAYERS R WITH U...

  • avmd on June 17, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Hers's my team in atting order 1-Ali 2-Farhat ( yes we all had enough of him, but he is a better option that Younis) 3-Akmal 4-Shafiq 5-Misbah 6-Hafeez 7-Afridi 8-Sarfaraz ( the only option, unfortunately to kep wickets)9-Sohail 10-Gul/Sami 11-Ajmal. Don't waste Akmal at #5.

  • Slesh on June 17, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Sri Lankans!!! Dnt miss this chance.u got to win the series.dnt take it for granted!! Bring in Jeewan mendis in place of Chandimal.but im nt sure whethr they do so.or else Sachithra in place of Sajeewa.plzz do some change.u wont get collpases,miracles everday..simply we need another spinner. Gud luck Lions!!!

  • on June 17, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    All the praise for Jayawerdena and his men, he is so aggressive and creative captain, always thinking out of the box and is never short of ideas. i have always liked him as SL skipper, though Sanga did a good job as skipper but Mahela is my man. He brings in so much energy to their unit. Also youngsters are doing well so we can expect anything from fresh looking SL.

  • on June 17, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    as said earlier, Pakistan is short of a quality all-rounder who can bat at 6/7 and can bowl medium pacers. batting was same and it will keep on surprising us. there is no point in appointing Afridi as skipper as few fellows have suggested, every loss doesn't mean whole team should be scrapped. Right now, our pace bowling needs discipline and out of form YK needs rest in last game. i would also like to see Abdur Rehman in action in last ODI, just to give him some practice before tests.

  • wrenx on June 17, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    A year ago, Hafeez made a bunny out of Devon Smith and effectively stalled his international career - Malinga's getting close to doing the same to Hafeez now

  • humtojeetengey on June 17, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    PCB plzzzz bring muhammed yousuf back. He is in a great shape(met the guy last week) and ready to play and its not going backward at all as there is no need to waste talent like yousuf. Not just a great player but absolutely great person too.

  • Sobat on June 17, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    This is really good cricket from Sri Lanka but the Deep Problem with the Sri Lanken Team is they dont have a spinner with quality to challenge a good batting line up in the middle overs ... Sri Lanka was known for Spin bowling in Murali Era and so many good spinners had to stay away to give room 4 murali as many did for Warne in Aus..... But today the position is vacant and nobody to take it.... the problem is so bigger when i see Weerakoon making a debut in the age of 35??????????? wonder the policy of selectors now... or SL dont have a spinner to fit in ....????

  • on June 17, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    i really want younis khan out of the squad. he is the worst one day batsman in pakistan side. i really think selectors should realize their fault by selecting so many bowlers in their squad. gul, tanvir, hafeez, rahat, cheema, ajmal, rehman, sami. there are 8 bowlers in the squad. there is no genuine allrounder pace. either razzaq or hammad should be in the team. bring kamran back because playing sarfaraz pakistan is going nowhere. in batting pak need a explosive batsman at the top. azhar ali has a good technique but he is yet not ready for one day. he need to find more shots. misbah is doing well as a batsman but he should come at 5. the team should be such 1. jamsed 2. shahzad 3. hafeez 4. umar 5. misbah 6. kamran 7. razzaq 8. afridi 9. gul 10 ajmal 11. tanvir extra hammad, nazir, rana, shafiq

  • Mr_Attitude90 on June 17, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Agreed with priceless1..Tomorrow toss will be crucial. Pak must bring M.sami in place of Gul.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 17, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    we cannot beat sri lanka in sri lanka at all. I have no hopes from this hapless team which can only chase 120 runs in odi or T2020. I think it's time to bring new blood to ODI batting line up. These oldies are not good enough. Time for change.

  • cricpolitics on June 17, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    It's about time that Younis Khans hangs his boots in ODI. He has a meager average of around 32 and it's even worst for the last one year or so. Give chance to new batsmen. If we can find Azhar and Shafiq why not more.

  • cooldxve on June 17, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan batting has this problem from a very long time now. They can play the primier bowler (e.g. Malinga), but they get out to the part-time bowlers (e.g. Mathews, Perera). Well I was very shocked that Perera got a hat-trick without doing anything.

  • on June 17, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    seriously i don't know why Umar Gul is still in the team.Lets see what Umar Gul done in last two series. 1)-Series with England: Played 3 matches 0 wickets with the Econ of 7.04 2)-Asia Cup he took 9 wickets but still Econ of 5.77 let us remember Kamran Akmal. who just drop few catches and been out of team till now,.ok that we can understand,and till now we have problems in wicket keeping..if kamran can be droped due to some drop catches then why not umar gul who already droped some simple catches too. soo long in this series he is took only 4 wickets with Econ of 5.11 . comon seriously this Econ is not for fast bowler and specially one who is main bowler. let me ask the selectors.. they don't have a good fast bowler then umar gul? Now lets see the wicket keeper,why kamran akmal is not there.may be he is little bad in keeping but more better in batting.younis should be droped and replaced with Ahmed shahzad.i don't know when we can see a perfect pakistani team?

  • priceless1 on June 17, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Its all depends on the Toss , if PAK wins the toss tomorrow they have to bat , put a decent score on the board .SL will not chase any target around 220 against the quality PAK spin attack

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Dear Pakistan selectors you 've very bad team to sri lanka. poor selection.your young batsmen can'T coop with experienced sri lankan batsmen

  • ahmed.shahrukh on June 17, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    sami should instead of gul & hamad amam instead of younus khan.. younus khan is playing a big role in recent defeats of the team.. he should only in the test squad

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    appeal to chairman of pcb plz plz save pak cricket give captain back tp afridi and bring yousuf back in the test.give proper chance to players like shehzad,shahazaib,hammad,ramiz,imran nazir,haris sohail,kamran and save pak from the curr

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    muhammad hafeez should be out from pakistani team . why the hell the selectors are ignoring Muhammad Yousuf . Yusuf is better than Hafeez and Younus therefore he shoiuld be given a chance to play for pakistani team. If selectors dont want Muhammad Yusuf in ODI team then atleast they should recall him for test series

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    surely they will loose another match as long as players like hafeez,mishbah,younis,sarfraz,azhar,shafiq,gul in the side they will keep losing.plz plz give captaicy back to afridi look at his performance in the world cup he was highest wickettaker in the wc and pak performed really well untill mishbah and younis throw them out of the world cup.he is the best captain pak can have at a moment.zaka ashraf sir plz plz save pak cricket

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Pakistan can't improve as they haven't Abdur Razzak or Hammad Azam..This is main fact for Pakistan.....Hope Dev and Misbah realize that.......

  • johnathonjosephs on June 17, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    The problem was that the track needed people who were at the crease. This track was not a high scoring one. Even though pakistan had 8 wickets in hand with a required run rate of 6, that was already too much on that track. Even if Perera had not gotten that hat trick, it would have been amazingly hard for Pakistan to pull it off since the ball did not come to the bat for the new batsmen

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I think its time that Younis Khan, Akmal and Afridi should be given a serious talk and if they dont perform with the bat they should be sacked. With this misfiring line up Pakistan can hardly chase anything.

    Currently, Pakistan is making a Mcgrath out of mediocre medium fast bowling of Mathews and Thesera

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    plz bring sami in place of gul and hamad azam for younis khan and lets hope becuz hope is life

  • TeamSelector on June 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    No, no, no .... absolutely not Sid, .... your squad for Pak is totally wrong ..... you cannot keep playing the same failures & hope for success ... anybody else will be better than the batting lineup above. I say we drop all of the so called 'batsmen' (except Azhar & Misbah) & play the reserves on the bench. 1-Imran Farhat, 2-Azhar Ali, 3-Asad Shafiq, 4-Misbah ul-Haq, 5-Mohamed Hafeez, 6-Umar Akmal (wk), 7-Shahid Afridi, 8-Abdur Rehman, 9-Saeed Ajmal, 10-Aizaz Cheema, 11-Mohamed Sami.

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Misbah ""I don't know what happened after that"".... lol

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Malinga Bandara should get a chance for Sujeewa Weerakoon, his bowling wasnt that effective at all, it was just the Pakistanis pressure. i am sure tommorows Match is going to be a revenge match for Pakistan and Sujeewa can be blasted all over the park.

  • Resultpredictor on June 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win comfortably tomorrow as their bowling and batting is superior, and Pakistan batting is worst.... Best of luck for SL...

  • nitharsh on June 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Srilanka is well placed to win the series.personaly i will be happy if senanayake/jeevan mendis replaces sanjeewa weerakon.come on lions

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Congtrzzz SL, gud luck guys.....! Pak should drop afridi n play sami...but i know they never do it

  • RANA1610 on June 17, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Hafeez should be in the middle order.

  • Stark62 on June 17, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    No point in playing so many batsmen because we need aggression upfront and Jamshed has been sorely missed during this series.

    I hope this is the line up we get tomorrow: Azhar, Afridi, Shafiq, Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Sarfraz (wkt), Tanvir, Gul, Ajmal, Rahat

  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Please dont play Sajeewa Weerakoon cos he lacks variety. Play Sachithra Senanayake instead and also play Jeewan Mendis instead of Chandimal. Chandimal does well only away when the tracks are fast like in England, Australia and South Africa.

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  • Sinhaya on June 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Please dont play Sajeewa Weerakoon cos he lacks variety. Play Sachithra Senanayake instead and also play Jeewan Mendis instead of Chandimal. Chandimal does well only away when the tracks are fast like in England, Australia and South Africa.

  • Stark62 on June 17, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    No point in playing so many batsmen because we need aggression upfront and Jamshed has been sorely missed during this series.

    I hope this is the line up we get tomorrow: Azhar, Afridi, Shafiq, Akmal, Misbah, Hafeez, Sarfraz (wkt), Tanvir, Gul, Ajmal, Rahat

  • RANA1610 on June 17, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Hafeez should be in the middle order.

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Congtrzzz SL, gud luck guys.....! Pak should drop afridi n play sami...but i know they never do it

  • nitharsh on June 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Srilanka is well placed to win the series.personaly i will be happy if senanayake/jeevan mendis replaces sanjeewa weerakon.come on lions

  • Resultpredictor on June 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win comfortably tomorrow as their bowling and batting is superior, and Pakistan batting is worst.... Best of luck for SL...

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Malinga Bandara should get a chance for Sujeewa Weerakoon, his bowling wasnt that effective at all, it was just the Pakistanis pressure. i am sure tommorows Match is going to be a revenge match for Pakistan and Sujeewa can be blasted all over the park.

  • on June 17, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Misbah ""I don't know what happened after that"".... lol

  • TeamSelector on June 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    No, no, no .... absolutely not Sid, .... your squad for Pak is totally wrong ..... you cannot keep playing the same failures & hope for success ... anybody else will be better than the batting lineup above. I say we drop all of the so called 'batsmen' (except Azhar & Misbah) & play the reserves on the bench. 1-Imran Farhat, 2-Azhar Ali, 3-Asad Shafiq, 4-Misbah ul-Haq, 5-Mohamed Hafeez, 6-Umar Akmal (wk), 7-Shahid Afridi, 8-Abdur Rehman, 9-Saeed Ajmal, 10-Aizaz Cheema, 11-Mohamed Sami.

  • on June 17, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    plz bring sami in place of gul and hamad azam for younis khan and lets hope becuz hope is life