Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Colombo

Mathews gem seals series for Sri Lanka

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

June 18, 2012

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Sri Lanka 248 for 8 (Mathews 80*, Chandimal 54, Tanvir 3-42) beat Pakistan 247 for 7 (Farhat 56, Akmal 55*, Mendis 2-30) by two wickets
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Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara celebrate a hard-fought victory, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 5th ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, June 18, 2012
Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekara celebrate victory after a thrilling finish © AFP
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  • Sri Lanka's two-wicket win is their narrowest margin of victory against Pakistan (in terms of wickets). It also equals their closest win in terms of the number of balls remaining (two balls).
  • The target of 248 is also the highest chased by Sri Lanka in ODIs against Pakistan at the Premadasa stadium. Overall, it is the third-highest target chased by any team at the venue.
  • The series win is Sri Lanka's third in their last four series (bilateral series) against Pakistan. Their previous two series wins were 2-1 in Pakistan (2009) and 3-2 in Sri Lanka (2009).
  • Angelo Mathews' 80 is the highest score in a chase by a Sri Lankan batsman against Pakistan at the Premadasa stadium and the third-highest for them against Pakistan at the venue.
  • Mathews' strike rate of 105.26 is the highest for a Sri Lankan for a fifty-plus score against Pakistan at the venue.
  • Umar Akmal's half-century is his 15th in ODIs and fifth against Sri Lanka. He averages 51.27 against Sri Lanka while his overall average is 38.48.
  • This is the fifth occasion that Mahela Jayawardene has been dismissed for a first-ball duck.
  • Mohammad Sami conceded 75 runs off 9.4 overs. This is fourth-highest on the list of most runs conceded by a Pakistan bowler against Sri Lanka and the highest by a Pakistan bowler in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan's journey to defeat in the final game that decided the series was an emotional ride, which had several moments of satisfaction and relief, but ultimately ended in frustration and regret. The satisfaction was because of a significantly improved batting performance that cast aside memories of a dispiriting collapse in the previous ODI, they experienced relief after wriggling out of difficult situations they'd created, the brief-but costly-spells of wayward bowling were a source of frustration, but the emotion that will linger will be the regret of an insipid fielding display that undermined each forward step. Amid all this, Angelo Mathews was a figure of calm and assuredness, and not for the first time he rescued Sri Lanka from trouble and fashioned a thrilling victory with the tail.

Not quite the "tail", since Sri Lanka's No. 9 - Jeevan Mendis - has nine first-class hundreds. Nuwan Kulasekara did his bit too, but Mathews' presence was the key. With his team on 138 for 6 in the 35th over, Pakistan were the favourites. Mathews didn't flinch. He was selective in the balls he picked to dispatch, displayed confidence in his lower-order team-mates, indulged in a lot of touch-play and placement to work the gaps, all the while reminding his opponents that his was the decisive wicket.

Those reminders weren't enough to prevent Pakistan from letting their guard down. Outfielders failed to prevent twos that should have been ones, and those inside the circle failed to run the batsmen out at least three times, missing their targets as the chase approached a thrilling end.

With 12 needed off five balls, Mohammad Sami - replacing the "rested" Saeed Ajmal - bowled a juicy length ball that Mathews launched over long-on. Another poor throw and two runs later, with four needed off three, Mathews cracked a short ball over point to seal the win.

There had been several mini-conferences between overs, parallel discussions between fielders, all summing up Pakistan's struggle to close the lid despite climbing to positions of advantage. The run-outs of Thisara Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne deprived Mathews of two capable partners, but Pakistan were in for a surprise soon when Mathews ceded floor to Mendis, who kickstarted the counterattack.

Just when the required-rate had gone past nine an over in the 44th, Mendis smashed Sohail Tanvir's slower ball for six over long-on before driving and glancing Umar Gul for two boundaries. Tanvir eventually got rid of Mendis, but Kulasekara hung on, even collecting a fortuitous boundary past third man off Sami. The pair of Kulasekara and Mathews knocked off six singles in the penultimate over, leading up to Mathews' final surge in the 50th that included another missed run-out.

While poor ground-fielding produced the reprieves towards the end of the innings, it combined with poor catching in the first half. Misfields and a ball kicked for four in the outfield preceded a straightforward catch dropped off Kumar Sangakkara on 25 by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. The run that lapse conceded brought about a half-century stand between Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal. It had helped Sri Lanka recover from two early blows inflicted by Tanvir, who castled Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga. Even though Sarfraz reacted sharply to run out Sangakkara for 36, the Pakistani heads continued to sink in their hands as the fielding woes didn't stop.

Chandimal, too, was given a life on 35 when a mistimed pull off Gul in the 30th over was put down by Azhar Ali at deep square leg. Ali was several yards in and failed to hold on as he back-pedalled and was unable to keep his balance. Chandimal went on to score a further 19 runs, those extra runs proving a major contribution in the outcome.

Pakistan replaced an experienced Younis Khan with Imran Farhat, who opened the batting and delivered to make a fluent fifty, with shots relying heavily on wristwork and backed up with flourish. He built a solid partnership with Ali, who then formed a steady association with Asad Shafiq. Each of the three batsmen, however, gave their wickets away - Farhat and Ali were caught off avoidable shots while a moment's hesitation for a single accounted for Shafiq.

Umar Akmal gave the innings impetus with his attacking, unbeaten 55. He thrice flicked Lasith Malinga past short fine, struck Perera for two sixes and promised to take Pakistan past 260. At 220 for 6 in the 44th over, that was well within reach. Akmal was picking Malinga's slower ones, but that changed soon as the seamer got his yorkers on the mark. Akmal made room, moved across, swung hard, tried to scoop, but Malinga had the better of the contest at the death. His thrift ensured Akmal managed only nine runs off his last 19 balls, and Pakistan just 27 off the last six overs. It would hurt Pakistan in the end, but not as much as their fielding.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by g.narsimha on (June 21, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

WICKYROYPAKLOVER - M y stand is simple based on stats , if u claim that u r players are the best in the world than substantiate it with stats , i never insulted u r players as u people do nor i coment on u r loses as u people still celebrating our 2 loses & i have all ready made it clear in my erlier posts that our crickers doesnt need certificates from out side as we are more than enough , one billion that metter only , i have thoroughly enjoyed this series & i kwen if SL top players nutralises AJMAL, AFRIDI , no one can stop them as several time made it clear now u r team is totally dependant on spin , if u play non asisn teams in our plce ok but SL, IND , EVEN BD had made u sweet in ASIA CUP FINAL almost through. how can u declare a player worlds best if bowls well in a series that in loosing the series3-1.

Posted by Meety on (June 21, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

@dariuscorny - I can tell you with absolute certainty, that the team that Oz felt they had the edge over mentally & skillwise was India. SL are far better adapted to Oz's large grounds & bouncier pitches. We beat India in ODIs more times duirng the qualifiers than we beat SL. So I would say Oz were hoping to play India in the final.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (June 21, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

lot of people have understood there is no point of having sanga in the one day team. he is too slow

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 21, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

@dariuscorny, you are wrong! Aussies never favored us at all. We were good enough and that was why we beat them 4 times and also stretched them to 3 finals. Also forgot how we beat them 2-1 in 2010 when Mathews and Malinga put on 133 for the 9th wicket? We have beaten India many times before like eliminating India from the Zimbabwe tri series, winning the August 2010 tri series in Dambulla featuring India and NZ so nothing can stop us from winning yet again. Also forgot how we beat you all in the last T20 world cup? Of course I will be here as well as at one of the venues.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 21, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover, hope the tests will be exciting.

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 20, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

@Sinhaya keep dreaming, defeating Aus(although Aus did favour you,to avoid India in the finals,as they knew India wud defeat them)does not mean SL can tame India.Nevertheless India had the upperhand against SL always...we will watch,how can you beat us?i can promise you i will be there......

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 20, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

@Sinhaya,wel i wish d same for prera n thirmanne.THIRMANNE LOOKD D MOST ACCOMPLAISHD AMONG LANKAN YOUNGSTRS,

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 20, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover, I know we had a few arguments in this article. Anyway, I honestly adore Pakistan a lot and I hope to see Usman Salahuddin and Babar Azam representing Pakistan soon. They will excel for sure.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 20, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

@dariuscorny, Sri Lanka whitewashed consistently? No way. We have beaten all test teams in test matches and that is a fact. We played very well in England last year except for that Cardiff debacle on the last day last session. We will definitely beat you all next month cos it will be no problem beating you all cos we beat Australia 4 times in the CB series early this year. Fact is no matter whether we beat England and South Africa as we did recently in tests, Sri Lanka are woeful to you. You have forgotten the thrashing India got in England and Australia. See you during the SL Pakistan test series when it starts on Friday.

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 20, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

@Goshitha Seneviratne for years SL has been whitewashed consistently.perhaps at recent past they started playing decent cricket.they struggled to win a single test in AUS,SA,IND(identical conditions though)seems you are least interested in those.no one in the world would count losses as achievements.dont go far just watch what happens at your own den against Pak in tests and later against India in odis?then we will talk untill then buy....i would like you to share your thoughts then.i would definitely come back at that point ,for now enjoy SL's win.iam sure you will recognise me,will you?hope for the best for both of us............

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 20, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

@Meety. Wel no desrespect to lankans,they r my 2nd favorite aftr pak,bt any bdy who has watchd d series must accept d fact that it was catchng n ground fieldng which made d difrence in d end,which z no doubt a great skil our plyrs fail to realize evry time,no doubt ind n pak r worst fieldng sids while lanka fairly above.@g.narisma.i gues u havn't watchd d series n as usualy baselesly tryng to force ur issue,at one point u seem so concernd about so cald"batng gods" n on othr side leavs no stone unturnd in negatng suprstars 4rm pak,remembr afridi's bowlng have improvd a lot in last 5,6 yrs that he z easily bst leg spinr in d wrld,u should b ratiƶnal enuf to acept that al thes lankan big names were privilgd with drop chances against afridi,ajmal,

Posted by janaka8511 on (June 20, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

it is very good to see and see that match ....

Posted by janaka8511 on (June 20, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

superb mendis and Mathews....

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

SL are prove it that ,without vass or murli they are able to win games,hats of to SL team...

Posted by Meety on (June 20, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover - I think you need to chill out. Pakistan got beaten by a side that played better cricket thru the series. SL field way better than Pakistan (& all other Asian teams), & the old saying is "catches win matches". Pls give credit where it's due. From my recollection, most SL fans were generous in their praises of Pakistan winning the Asia Cup. == == == For a side that has finished 2nd in 2 consecutive W/Cups, made the final of the Ozzy tri-series over the top of India, & won a series in Oz, I am surprised that SL are ranked 5th, behind England AND India? I would of had them THIRD behind the Saffas & Ozzys! == == == Despite the ODI series loss, I expect Pakistan to win the Test series. Hopefully it will be played a bit more positively than the UAE series, which was quite attritional.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

@dariuscorny : by top quality standards you mean 8 back to back defeats with two two white washing's ?? lols !! nhow we have been doing way better than u guys on any level and specially out of our home turf !! lols my friend, not being able to find proper replacements for aging players is just a very sorry excuse mate.

Posted by g.narsimha on (June 20, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

WICKYROYPAKLOVER-U R Claim that AFRIDI is best allrounder in the wolrd is not true, the stats available in this site proves he is noway near to KALLIS, WATSON either bowling or batting all rounder -see the stats AFRIDI-T-R-1716-AVE 36.5 - W-48-AVE-36.6 ODI-347-R-7068-AVE-24.4 -W-347-AVE-33.5,KALLIS-T-152-R-12379-AVE-56.7-W-276-AVE-32,ODI-321-R-11498-AVE-45-W-270-WATSON-T-35-R-2328-W-59-ODI-150-R-4457-AVE-41.6-W-153-AVE28,so the stats presnts defferent story AFRIDI who took 347 wickets in exactly 347 matches that means only 1 wicket for every match than how can u claim he is the best , as he is u r player u can think of in what ever manner but dont compell us to accept he is the best i know any thing which is u rs thats only best others nothing but my dear performance stats dont lie ,at the start of the series alot of huge claims now see the result , whether u r fielders helped sl it doesnt metter sl won u may not agree the truth is the LANKANS NEGETIATED U R SPINNERS , AJMAL, AFRIDI

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

it is shame on pakistan. must learn from the gutsy srilankan that never say die attitude brought improbable victory. even the pakistani crickerters not proffesional.and no nothing how to read match situation and keep going keep the score board ticking. thats what happened in fourth odi which pakistan lost evn when they well within the target. so they are not planers but fluke hitters. which bring some time victory. batsman in the middle must learn to read the situatilon and plan.

Posted by Balumekka on (June 19, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

@piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: One team of "fast trackers" got thrashed in 8 consecutive tests in England and Australia, and then in ODIs even! Oh may be they had to play on flat tracks in those matches!!! LOL

Posted by cooldxve on (June 19, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Men of the match: Pak fielders. Without their fielding performance SL couldn't have won. They are the real match winners (for the opposition). i think men of the series award should also go to them.

Posted by iknowsports on (June 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

superb playing Anji!!!way 2 go SL..

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 19, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Pak fielding... wow man... our galli team can do a better job than this current Pak team..Is this really an international side?

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 19, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

@Goshitha Seneviratne yes i do remember the embarrasing we were handed.when i say embarrasing that's coz,in recent past India set up huge standards of quality of cricket at home and away.thats why we are taking measures to prevent that and bring back the lost honour.but it seems it doent matters to you guys after series series after humiliation when u loose you blame and complain of fatigue.we lost coz our ageing batting line up thats not any excuse.we played not up to the standards that does not mean we cannot reach the height of extreme supremacy....but SL have been associated to strings of losses and inspite of those dreadful losses you guys dont pay heed to those....are you?wait and enjoy till Team India touches SL soil.....

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Great win, Lions never give up. Hard pitch to bat, even Afridi spinning the ball alot.Well done Lions!!

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@dariuscorny, Sri Lanka are a very good side and can win the test series. We have won test matches too recently and that is a fact.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 19, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

@Sinhaya,all in all,our fieldng led us down,nt ur so cald great batsmen,who always need 2 to 3 chances in evry match to survive against pak,prera must cnsidr himslf luckiest to win man of series,

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

c'mon no1 admits the fact that mathwes should bat up the order hah!@

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

What a Performance.good chance to mentally win against India.keep on mathews

Posted by LaiqRana on (June 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Why Hafeez, masbha and gul in pakistran team....?? Do they deserve...??

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

@dariuscorny : ha ha well i guess u have forgotten the white washing's u guys r receiving lately :D :D

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 19, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

@@WickyRoy.paklover, also remember though we lost 4-1 in the ODIs in UAE, we came close to winning and squandered. Also dont forget in that series too there were umpiring howlers against Sri Lanka. We were the clear winners here so admit it.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 19, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

sobersfan got it all wrong! No wonder he has not commented today.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 19, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover, of course Dilshan and Sanga dominated your bowling and that was why Dilshan scored a ton and Sanga scored 97. Ajmal not playing was your choice, we never asked him to be dropped. We were a far better side in the ODIs, so admit it. Sri Lanka have good players like Chandimal, Mathews, Thisara Perera and Thirmanne who can excel against any team.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

@siri1234,R u talkng about sanga,mahela,dilshan....wel these so cald great batsmen can never dominate pak bowlrs even at their own backyard if they r nt provided with 2 to 3 chances by pak fieldrs,so u must cnsidr ur team luckiest enuf n must b thankful to pak fieldrs,ur dilshan,sanga have no clue of sohail tanvir,hats off to pak bowlrs who took ths match to final ovr n we had more than half a chance if misbah could through d bal to any othr bowlr,we were competitive even without great ajmal,d scorline should have been 3.1 to pak had our fieldrs could exhibit only d average intrnatnl standards of fieldng nt even great

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 19, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

@Goshitha Seneviratne very well said mate.that is why SL are playing worst cricket(although before this series,lets see what happens in tests)without any fear coz they have nothing to loose(just one WC,which might have got rust).mind you SL won a series at their home after a longgggggggg time............

Posted by Nair_saab on (June 19, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

I always had a strange feeling that Munaf patel & Ashish nehra would win any ay the gold & silver medal for worst fielders in the world, but after watching yesterdays match i realized that the usual saying "Pakistanis are more talented than any other cricketers" is 100% true...LOL...really felt sorry for Umer akmal ,Asad shafiq & Azhar ali. @ranilranathunga:yours are some cheap comments for a man who is of sangas stature, pathetic....

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

after world cup sri lanka won the tea cup......:p:p he he he he

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 10:42 GMT)

Good work Sri Lanka.Maintain the consistency in the test series too.Hopefully the openers will focus on giving a good solid start with Dilshan avoiding his cowboy approach and batting more responsibly for a guy who has played over .The test combination looks good but in form senanayake should have been preferred to randiv who has been in the wilderness for sometime especially on the notorious Galle pitch which rarely goes to the 5th day.Maybe Randiv might exploit the situation as well.Good Luck Sri Lanka.Keep the momentum going through the series.

Posted by Sachwid on (June 19, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

good show by Lions! congratz

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

To being Pakistan cricket fan.. What misbah is doing in team ? He should me omitted from ODI team. Give Afridi another chance for captaincy. My ODI team would be ODI Team :- 1. Nasir 2. Shehzad / Hafeez 3. Shafiq 4. Malik 5. Umar 6. Kamran 7. Afridi 8. Hammad 9. Ajmal 10. Tanvir 11. Gul T20 : - 1. Nazir 2.Shehzad 3. Hafiz 4. Nasir 5. Kamran 6. Umar 7. Afridi 8. Hammad 9. Tanvir 10. Ajmal 11. Gul and Test Team :- 1. Hafeez 2. Taufique 3. Azhar 4. Younis 5. Misbah 6. Umar / Shafiq 7.Kamran 8. Ajmal 9. Rehman 10. Gul 11. Junaid Khan

Posted by nitharsh on (June 19, 2012, 9:58 GMT)

Dont forget the tight bowling by kula and malinga which made umar akmal to jump here and there.Contributions from jeevan,sanga,chandimal were vital for the yesterday.Obviously the hero is mathews.Dont worry pakistanis.

Posted by nitharsh on (June 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

WHO SAID ONE DAY MATCHES ARE GOING TO OVER.What a sensational night for Srilankans.Dont worry if you are pakistan guys.You are always a hard opponents.Your bowling is of worldclass.Your batting needs to improve,Dont blame misbah for the course.

Posted by siri12345 on (June 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

last of all i want to say to sobersfan and wickyboypaklover that though ur bowling is slight better than us but our batting is like 50 times better than that of pak.and test series also the best pak can hope for is a draw that too 0-0.because if sl manage to win a test somehow thats the end of series in sl favour because pak can hardly beat sl with this batting line up and with herath n samaraweera back,so the best pak fan must hope now is for a draw.

Posted by siri12345 on (June 19, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

loool the asia cup champions lost 3-1 to the team who was last in asia cup.this only shows how tired we were in asia cup.and pakistan must also have known the difference between tillakratne dilshan and mahela jayawardene as skipper.and before the tournament started there were many many pak supporters who were claiming that they will whitewash srilanka,it is a very easy series for them etc etc only based on the facts that they beat us in uae n asia cup.guys a new series is a new series mind it and now u guys must have realized it too as action speaks louder than words lol.i love the smart stats point number 3 very very much.even i was not aware about that fact.that fact only shows that we were a better team than pak for last 4 years.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

@piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda : keep the cup safely tucked in mate !! the way india is going ICC might take it back lols

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

iqbal qasim and misbah what a combination we have .selectors din't pick our best finisher razzaq and captain drop yes drop ajmal.agree with u x.2 kamran is better then what we r trying but he shud also bat down bcs we have jamsheed as a good opener and umar akmal must bat no3 with asad no4. one more important is to have a young fast bowler in a team and misbah shud not be captain bcs he is to defencive and not pro active.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (June 19, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

@veerakanadiga,why can't u see afridi as a bowlng alroundr,kalis,watson R betr batng alroundrs while afridi z d best bowlng alroundr in d world,i hope u would nt try to defy d reality next time@Rafelgibt,since u been d fan of worst ever crictng nation ever in d wrld,so i can undrstand ur frustratn,lolz@Simply cricket,dude pak z best in tests nt only in asia bt also in d wrld along sa,u always seem gd at wishful thinkng,even pak's odi,t20 r nt too bad eithr,we have enuf fire power to dominate d asia(atleast),bt jst need 4 to 5 changs ,it z uptn managment now,hope they learn d lesson,these 4 to 5 replacements can be easily found as pak have always d best raw talnt in d wrld.SL,IND HAVE ALWAys been on recievng end in past,what's big in it if they won ths time

Posted by Rage468 on (June 19, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Thanks to a remarkable fielding display by Pakistan... They literally awarded the last two ODI wins to Srilanka..

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Misbah has by his astute and tenacious leadership and his straight to the game attitude has almost revived this floundering team.

Shahid Afridi is very patchy these days. His batting contributions are few and far between to really entitle him to be rated as an all rounder now. But he may be carried a little longer. However there is no place for Sami to hide in this team. Pakistan need at least two new, penetrative fast bowlers.

Posted by zoberuddin on (June 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

I am a die hard fan of Pakistan cricket and whenever I got hurt for pakistan defeat i just see one inning of abdul razzaq against southafrica in abu dhabi i just dont understand why they are not selecting razzaq hats off selectors.................

Posted by kesy777 on (June 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

With the 2 new balls its difficult 2 score runs upfront in seaming conditions.it can see from both teams approach. with no reverswing in final overs its up to the low order batsman to score fast. Since sanga comes very early, his approach is very much ok. Somebody has told he should learn from chandimal. But he struggle big time in last few games. He could have dropped if he haven't score something in this game. Mendis's innings kept SL in the game and with a proper fielding side Mattews could have run out very early. It will be very difficult against India. But SL team balance is excellent. so t will be a even sereise.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

Pakistan is definately missing a razzaq if he is playing in place of sami he will bowl better than him plus a proven hard hitter and match winner in the lower order like mathews.......and misbah why u did not saved umer gull for last overs instead of sami......why saeed ajmal was not playing..........why umer not send at 4 insted of asad shafiq......the best bat should play the more deliveries.....

plz get back yousaf and razzar and kick out misbah and younas as well as sami....

Posted by greatkhan on (June 19, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

I think, people who are saying that Sami shud be dropped have no knowledge about the Game. You need a fast bowler like Sami who wud push the batsman back. Yes he went for 75 runs in this match, but still he bowled with pace. Unfortunately, this was not his day, it could happen to anyone. Please Please Please Please PCB dont drop Sami as he will prove his mettle. Coming back to today match, guys the one who is to be blamed for todays loss is u.akmal, what was he doing in the fianl over, the last 12 deliveries he faced, he managed only 5 runs, isnt it pathetic???? & you guys keep on shouting at Sami. Please bring back Kamran Akmal instead of Sarfaraz, he had his chances. Bring in Imran Nazir, Bring in Razzaq & please get rid of Misbah, dropping Ajmal was a very unpardonable mistake by him, he is nuts. Please we need captains who have vision, captains who makes things happen & not captains, who wait for things to happen. Misbah as a batsman is very good but as a tactician is below zero.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Pakistan was basically defeated due to wrong selection. Resting Saeed Ajmal in a do-or-die match was not understood. Replacing him with Sami was a blunder. I do not know what Dave Whatmore is doing in Pakistan team. Is he a chief coach or a silent spectator? How he agreed to replace Ajmal with Sami? If there was any problem with Ajmal his natural replacement was Raza Hassan who is a brilliant spin bowler.

Posted by X.2. on (June 19, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

First of all bring back KAMRAN AKMAL i m not fan of him but i think he is better then other 3 keepers playing right now becoz of his batting and hitting ability in top order and he can open the inning also with whoever PCB want except MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ. he will come down the order in place of ABDUL RAZZAK maybe at the time when 3rd powerplay will be taken bcoz PCB dnt want a to play with seaming allrounder like ABDUL RAZZAK OR HAMMAD AZAM.

Second send UMAR AKMAL one down ( at the fall of first wicket ) and tell him that take your time first get in and then start playing your shots he is one of the better batsmen we have so utilize him properly dnt use him as a slogger in lower down the order.

Play ASAD SHAFIQ in place of YOUNUS KHAN and give him regular chance he is also a good prospect and can hit the ball also.

Use SAEED AJMAL as a strike bowler not a powerpllay bowler becoz he is a strike bowler not a containing bowler.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

wow what a game it was.well played srilankans.i think paks have lot to improved. i think the captaincy is under lot of pressure .the hole team feels that pressure as well.on the other hand just look at srilankans rally around mahela's captaincy. it was truly good leadership qualities shown by him.paks was heading towards 260-270 plus score.but some real good bowling & fielding from sl reduced them to 247 where its with in our reach. nice to see jeewan mendis was givan a chance at last. it really gave us the extra edge we needed in the end.

Posted by asithaSL on (June 19, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Wow...!! wht a victory...!! Mathews u r true classy...!! Mendis need more chances in limited over matches.., coz he can spin d ball both ways.. valuable crickter.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

I wonder why ajmal was out. and i have no idea why misbah went with three seamers. and Umar gul won many matches for his team in death over's. surprisingly Sami bowled last over as a result not only they lost a match but entire series. Shahid frustration on-field was acceptable. Here the big question Misbah is a right captain!!!! Like an Indian movie LAGAAN,, all players will suggest him. But finally i would congrats srilankan team dey deserve d victory because of discipline in fielding and catching.....

Posted by shahrozlander on (June 19, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

fielding cost them in last odi....

Posted by Meety on (June 19, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Funny thing about Pakistan, a year ago, I would of said that Pkistan is a better ODI side than a test team. I always rate Pakistan as they can beat anyone anywhere anytime even if half the side is injured or as more often the case either not selected or just unavailable! The Asia cup aside, I think Pakistan are now a better Test team than in short forms, (IMO it is better to be that way). Look fwd to seeinf how the Test series pans out. SL lose so much with Malinga not playing tests, although their spinners are better at test level than in ODIs. The test series will be hard to call, although I was very confident that SL would win the ODIs as their fielding is miles better than Pakistan. IF Pakistan could field like SL, they would be the best asian team in any format. If I had to make a prediction, I would back Pakistan to narrowly beat SL in the tests, their bowling is so much better. SL will need Sanga to lift to win!

Posted by javed.agrawala on (June 19, 2012, 6:49 GMT)

Sorry, my eleven, intimated earlier, would have Hafeez at no 6 instead of asad shafiq because of his bowling prowess!

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

@Nadheem Richard nope mathews did same in Australia , now thatz the Best match ever won by lower order and steady Angelo

Posted by cricfan100 on (June 19, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

I really can't understand sanga's approach towards the one day game. He takes lot of balls upfront. let it be batting first or chasing a target. Then once pressure gets to him in the middle overs finds a way to get out and put the rest of the batsmen under immense pressure. His usual 70 balls 40 runs display keeps him in the team no matter what the end result is . It is high time that sanga retires from onedayers and t20s . knowing our selectors i can't see sanga being dropped. his so called experience does very little in crunch situations.

Posted by Black_Rider on (June 19, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

@just_chill_chill ::: He is way better than Rohit Sharma and Raina outside Asia....They are the real flat track bullies.....

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Misbah is not at all suitable to lead the ODI team. The team does not have decent records under him except the UAE win over SL; where SL had some poor execution of plan throughout.

I still doubt he will get uncapped from ODI coz surely as a rightful test captain he will bounce back in the test and will overshadow the ODI failures.

Posted by truthhh on (June 19, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

well done team srilanka,love you guys!!!anyway i have some advise for selecting-drop upul tharanga,he is useless!!give that opening place to lahiru or mahela!!!sanga is too defensive as a result of that srilanka scored small totals!!sanga please learn about batting from chandimal,see how he is batting,without wasting balls..sanga is mostly test batsman!!!i think angleo now ready for captanciy.angleo all the time batted in last few over as a result of that he could not show his real talent..i saw dilshan says that angleo is not ready for captanciy..i bet if angleo opens the innings he would do better job than dilshan&i;am not saying mahela is not good captain,he is brilliant!!i;am saying angleo should be captain in next world cup!!please give chances for new comers..there is a question.if young batsman come to team&stay 16 or 14 years in the team what will happen to other youngplayers they are also talented..please give chances to young players,every year new players coming from schools

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Was at the RPS yesterday!... and Pakistan were playing against themselves... Horrible fielding, poor captaincy an no team unity.... Great Knock by Mathews, quite entertaining... And Mendis' cameo helped... Sri Lankan running has to improve, they put unwanted pressure on themselves... Good Captaincy and good death over bowling by Malinga... Sri Lankans played as a Team, and they are the deserved winners.... High Spirit and the never-give-up attitude helped... All the Best Mahela & Co.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

For the ODI's Jeevan Mendis seems a better option than Rangana Herath as he has the edge in batting and fielding.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Pakistan should have win this seris 3-1 but lack of basics and willing to fight made the prospect result reversed

Posted by veerakannadiga on (June 19, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

Somebody wrote on this page that Afridi was no Boom Boom but a slogger. I have to agree with him........... Afridi is a bowler who can slog occasionally. With 340+ games one expects him to perform much better. Yesterday the stage was set for him to play a real match winning cameo..........30 - 40 runs from him could have made a huge difference. Anyways well done SL. Mathews is the future captain.Everybody speaks of Malinga.....no doubt he is very good, but guys, spare a thought to the selfless workhorse Kulasekara.........he gives more than 100% on the field.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Best match ever won by lower order and steady Angelo

Posted by DilumSL on (June 19, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

well played Anja. it's relly good to see SL winning again. Also every one did their job right. all the best for the test series. and for PAK, they say U can win a match with 4 top quality bowlers but still without bowlers like sami and and that bad fielding. PAK has worst fielding unit of em all. that cost them the game

Posted by Philippe on (June 19, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

finally pakistan showed that they are lacking batsmen of calibre.. this is the main problem with them in last 5-6 years.. you can never bank upon players like afridi.. he doesn't put his mind while batting.. now i guess sri lanka will take the test series as well.. but in addition in my view apart from sangakara right now all the players of SL team are like their country bullies they have great records on their home soil including some1 like mahela.. but they fail to show performances in outside.. they have to improve this a lot..

Posted by nilb on (June 19, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Please, selectors, learn from this series don't bring back Chamara Silva and Fervees Maharoof ever. Batting ability of Jeevan Mendis, Chandimal, Thissara, Angelo, Thirimanne and even Kulasekara is more than enough. The handling of pressure by the young talent in Sri Lankan cricket is awesome. Kapugedara should learn from this. I believe he should get another chance.

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 19, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Man, it's been a while since we last won a bi-lateral series against noteworthy opposition I think this is the first since beating Australia in November. correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by JB-HI-FI on (June 19, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

@Udendra Do not try to be that optimistic. He is way away from being the greatest man, he only succeed max two or three games with his extraordinary clam attitude. He has lot to learn and hope he get bit more aggressive in future otherwise Sri Lanka will loose more matches because of him.

Posted by anver777 on (June 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

A stunning knock under pressure by Mathews....... & well supported in the end by Jeewan & Nuwan !!!!!!

Posted by AkDoN on (June 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

LOL before starting this ser. many pple here were referring poor performance by SL in Asia Cup & were thinking that PAK will get this one very eaisly. Mant harsh comment were passed by PAK fans on SL & Now PAk has disastrous end for ODI series. SL is best & PAK should learn cricket first they need to improve on all aspect

Posted by just_chill_chill on (June 19, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

Sri lankans must be so proud. Won 1-2 matches against weak teams on flat tracks tailor made for them. Wonder waht hapepned to these so called super talented players like mathews outside sri lanka

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (June 19, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Flat track bullies Lankans are at it again. BRAVO !!

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (June 19, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

@Goshitha Seneviratne : It doesn't matter. WORLD CUP is what matters. Good luck flat track tigers Sri lankans.

Posted by RAJ934 on (June 19, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Pakistan batsman are confusing down order batsman and due to that down order batsman are not getting settled.Misbha scored 32 runs in 48Balls Farhat scored 50 in 64 Balls and Azar Ali is provingevery match that HE is only a test player he cannnot rotate the strike like Hussey brothers orVirat Kohli...

Posted by AmjadZork on (June 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

Its high time the captaincy is given back to Afridi... Afridi was not in favour of giving the last over to Sami. And i think we should bring back Kamran Akmal, he surely can bat like hell. Also, well played Mathews !!!!

Posted by Mr.Khb on (June 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

He proved it again. That the game is unfinished if he is still there. Great work by Mathews. J.Mendis, Chandhimal, Kule also did their part. I should say Sri Lankas death bowling is superb. Thats the turning point of the game. And Pakistan things didn't went your way. Hope they will practice more fielding!

Posted by WildAmigo on (June 19, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Very well played SriLankans. They are becoming a very good side despite having lost some good players young guns showed that they are worthy. Especially the two allrounders Angelo and Parera. These defeats bring Pakistan down to earth once and for all. We have been saying that the selection by PCB is poor through out. If young players given a proper chance we will digest these defeats but the problem lies with the same old players given chances over and over again. This time Pakistan might lose the Test Matches as well. Not picking Yousuf and Talha in the Test squad is certainly a blunder.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 19, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

The two matches that Pakistan have won so far on this tour, one T20 and one ODI, Afridi was MOM in the T20 and Umar Gul was MOM in the ODI, its funny when some ignorant commenters call for their removal, at least they play well once in a while and when they play well they make sure Pak win, the problem lies with the batting, Umar Akmal's 50 is a strange case, in the death overs, he just seemed to lost how to hit the ball, backed away too much, wasted some precious deliveries, we need some power hitters, I remember Moin Khan back in the day would take a mediocre score to a competitive one in the death overs, we've been missing that badly, a batting finisher though yesterday any Pak bowler could have easily defended 15 in the last over but Sami failed, throw Sami out as well, he is pacy by wavered.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

angi can be the captain after 2015

Posted by Rafelgibt on (June 19, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

Good to see SL winning and PAL losing.......I think SL deserved to win the series.....And what i say about poor PAK players and supporters..........You guys might try with us (BAN) but im sorry to say this time you are going to loss heavily....Bad luck to all PAK.............

Posted by Hate.ME on (June 19, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

When was the last time Pakistan produced a Good Wicket-Keeper Batsman ? Sarfaraz Ahmad ? lol ! Producing wicket-keeper batsmen like Sanga, Gilly, McCullum, Dhoni & DeVilliers must be a DREAM- for Pakistan !

Posted by Hate.ME on (June 19, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

What has happened to Pakistan fast bowling factory ? Has it been sealed ? Is Sami the best bowler they have to represent Pakistan @ international level ? Umar Gul can't bowl his yorkers now and has lost his speed; Tanveer is an old horse who bowls hardly above 130; Sami is as useless as he was before. Only Afridi n Ajmal bowl effectively. And btw who rested Ajmal ? LOL Really a Masterclass.. HAHAHAHA !!! Having said that Pak is the weakest Asian team right now, Even BD is mch better. Pak winning Asian Cup was just a fluke. SL was going through rough patch; Ind had pwned them badly; Both the matches against BD were too close, Pak just got lucky to get away. Congratulations to SL, Matthews, Perera and Chandimal for showing Pakistan yet again their place !

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

SL is very close to find the super combination of young n experience together.They have done well in last few series in Aus SA and this.Specially MJs captaincy and young people responded very well.Resent Concern was the facing to magical spin by Pakistan.But finally they got better on that too. SL got 9 proper batsmen(6 + 3 genuine all rounders). Looking forward to see IND vs SL.Pakistan is better than India.Lankans will grind India for sure.We lankans love to see Pakistan doing really well.Mind you test matches are so different.So we will see a great battle between two good sides.

Posted by siriherath on (June 19, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

Well done SL. Bad luck Pakistan. Or is it? Since the 70s, Pakistan had the most exciting bunch of cricketers in the world CONTINUOUSLY to date,( bit like ManU, whether one's a fan or not). The reason for the yo-yo effect of Pakistani performance is undoubtedly due to the school-boy antics and personal whims and pompous antics of its administrators. The number of rebellions, walk-outs, pre-mature retirements, retirement withdrawals that has infested Pak Management & players is a chronicle of several pages. Through all this though, Pakistan produced players and performances to match the best. The present scenario of highly talented players performing below expectations is just a continuation of the old decease - inept and bickering management. Mind you, not that Sri Lanka could moan of not ever being under this dastardly spell - They too had bucketfuls of it too, and still do. The difference is - SL manage to deliver in spite of it; whereas Pakistan succumbs because of it.

Posted by Udendra on (June 19, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

is Mathews currently the greatest finisher in the game?

Posted by ProdigyA on (June 19, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Just saw a 50 Cent commercial, man he resembles so much like Maliga. LOLLL.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

well done Anjelo Mathews.You changed the match.jeevan mendis and nuwan bowled well and supported to win the match.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 19, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Moin Khan and Rashid Latif were the last of its kind in Pakistan, we have been badly cursed in wicket keeping department, we have never had this problem in our entire cricket history but since Moin and Rashid we haven't found a decent WK, WK primarily keeps wickets and in most cases bats pretty well at No 6 or 7, but in our case he cant keep wickets and certainly cant bat, im increasingly in favor of Kamran Akmal now at least he cant bat a bit, had Sarfaraz caught the sanga catch before he went for two more boundaries, Pak would have still won. Throw Sarafaraz out of the team please

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 19, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Matthews can genuinely thank IPL for his confidence and self-belief...It also helps that he was playing against a weak opponent, who have produced more self implosions than victories!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 19, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

May I say this again? Under Afridi's captaincy the same bunch of players played really well, fielded probably the same way but atleast they had a fearless and attacking mindset, its high time the ODI captaincy is given back to Afridi. Before Hafeez was made captain for T20, many people were advocating for Hafeez to be captain but I was always of the view that since our batsmen are already poor, thrusting captaincy on them would erode their already thin batting skills and exactly the same has happened, Hafeez had a very good 2011 but since then its been raining ducks for him.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

@ DrDevarshi Bhattacharyya : ha ha ha well yap we remember the wc finals !! but we also remember all of the rest of the tournament that india played after the wc finals as well :p specially the parts that got u white washed.......... twice :p so lets c how the flat track indian brigade play in SL pitches this time around

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 19, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

@maddy20: Check out India's record in SL its 26 loses to 16 wins compared to Pak its 16 loses to 14 wins. A team that has been taken for back to back whitewashes should just stomp on that cup and sell it as scrap metal LOL

Posted by mtalhas on (June 19, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

the game was more about mental toughness in which pakistan have failed badly.this normally happens with them in chases of above 200 and while bowling in the death overs as well where bowlers gave up..people criticise sami but gul has also been disappointing in recent games..i fielding fell below par which is not something expected at international level..mohsin gave the team confidence which proved..lets see if the two coaches can do something with this team which is full of average talent..this series should be taken to identify the errors if the management and team is willing to work on it..the positive aspect for pakistan was the discovery of azhar ali as a solid ODI batsman..whereas lankans have gained more confidence as a team which will make them a favourite unit for the world t20..

Posted by tearshan on (June 19, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

yes i was there. the best match i have ever witnessed. super work Angelo. deserve to be the next captain.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

Out of mahela's 26 career ducks 10 has come from this ground (RPS-Colombo) and that is 10 out of 11 ducks he made in SL.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

@ ranilranathunga - couldn't agree with you more. SANGA's style of batting @ number 3 puts so much pressure on the rest of the batting and not to mention consisting of youngsters. He definitely should come down the line-up and give a chance to someone like Thirimanne who has a lot of potential. At his day and age lot of other players have done this so that youngsters get their chance at the top and seniors chip-in in a crisis. (Here it is the other way around) I respect SANGA for his class and talent but the time has come for him to look more at the team

@ yorkslanka - It's true SANGA got us a total in the end. But imagine the situation if GUL caught that catch of his... The entire team would have been in trouble since SANGA has consumed far too many deliveries. He doesn't get enough singles and the score board pressure mounts... When there is talent of this quality down the order SANGA should make up his mind.

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

@Ramesh Dharshana Perera : Dhoni is the world's best ever odi finisher...you should know that very well. Remember WC final?

Posted by ranilranathunga on (June 19, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

@yorslanka- ya Sanga did give us a decent score but even in that one his strike rate is even below 80. His type of batting might work in few situations like that but most often his batting style will put our batting in trouble because he is too slow for a top order batsman. today his strike rate is below 60 and is the lowest out of all the batsman. Sanga takes more time to settle down and even when he settles he struggles to get big shots going. People will realize this soon.

Posted by gsamiru on (June 19, 2012, 2:15 GMT)

witnessed one of the greatest cricket matches, nothing say........ "Well done Lions !"

Posted by Dbatsman on (June 19, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

ODIs 347 321 20 7068 124 23.48 6211 113.79 6 33 647 298 112 0 this is Shahid Afridi's ODI RECORD

Posted by crictalk123 on (June 19, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

I think the winning mindset has eluded the Pakistani team. Mohsin Khan helped gel this team together and should have been retaines as coach. Then again that would have been too logical for Pak cricket bosses.

Posted by gabrialgihan on (June 19, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

I am a srilanka but a huge pakistan fan.. its true that ajamal is missed in the match but common guys.. Pakistan all ways been a team who had 5 6 genuine fast bowlers akram ,waqure,aktar they need to find few good fast bowlers.. other than gul every fast bowler is useless..........

Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

need a like button in cricinfo ....... some comments are deserved a big LIKE ...

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 19, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

I was surprised how Azhar Ali approached Chandimal's catch cos he never wanted to catch it, but instead stop it from going over the boundary when the ball was almost azhar ali's height. Great that Chandimal got his first ever fifty in all forms of international cricket at home. Also, it is clear that Chandimal, Mathews, Thisara Perera and Thirimanne are our future big 4. Once Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Angelo Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne join, Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan will be well replaced. We should have another spinner instead of Upul Tharanga. I dont think we should depend too much on 4 fast bowlers. Probably Jeevan Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake (instead of Upul Tharanga) should be our ODI spinners.

Posted by agent001 on (June 19, 2012, 0:35 GMT)

Had predicted SL will win series 3-1 in the preview. Time to play TV coach and analyst ! Positives for SL: Great leadership from MJ, Great bowling at death by Malinga who choked up the runs, excellent fielding and catching ability, when the top three fail, others can step in and do the job, good chemistry between players. Pak should revisit their failures and take corrective measures: Poor strike rate from the captain which puts pressure on the team, failure to notice that spinners were outstanding starting from Mendis, should have utilized Farhat for a few overs to take the pressure off the misfiring fast bowler at death, Gul should have been rested not Ajmal, fielding coach needs to earn his keep, pathetic fielding and catching ability, batting immaturity by Akmal in the last 6 overs with too many wild swings and misses and yes retain Farhat for the Tests.

Posted by YS_USA on (June 19, 2012, 0:16 GMT)

Obviously, SL is a better team than Pakistan, except that Afridi is a super hero, who won one match all by himself, like Inzie, KP, Dhony and Yuvi.

Posted by KingOwl on (June 18, 2012, 23:37 GMT)

I said at the beginning of the tour that if the wickets give a fair chance to the bowlers (i.e., no flat tracks like in India), then SL will win. It has so far been the case. Batting has not been easy and the side with superior batting skills on tough pitches has won. One can find pathetic excuses about fielding lapses and the like. But the bottom line is that Pakistani batting could not take the heat.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

i see people talking about afridi batting....they are laymans and nomads...he is used as bowler and he is among the top ten wicket takers in odis....and he performed with the ball in this match too....wat do u expect....ther are openers and batsmen who play at the strike rate of 70 and at the run rate of 4......n u want afridi to come at no. 7 ....after 40 overs usually...and make centuries at the strike rate of 200.........................see the statistics hafeez and farhat...both have same average as afridi.......but if u make arfidi make open , u have one 1 advantage....till which over god knows run rate is above 6...not like in this series like the run rate of 3....................AFRIDI IS 8TH HIGHEST WICKET TAKER IN ODIs AHEAD OF SHANE WARNE AND KUMBLE AND SOON...LET PRAY AHEAD OF VAAS AND MACGRATH....SO IF HE MAKE RUNS THATS PLUSPOINT....NOT EXPECT LIKE MACGRATH , KUMBLE, BRETT LEE TO MAKE 50 IN LAST FIVE OR TEN OVERS...

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Good Show Pakistan.!!! Thanks for the great sportsmanship as always..... and welldone lion boys !!!

Posted by nak3113 on (June 18, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Trust our guys to take a winning team and screw it all up...

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 23:00 GMT)

Well played team.Angelo was to deliver and we were waiting for that day. Here we go .He made it in a stunning display. I thought Sang almost sold the match. He batted like the solo batsmen in the team as if he has to carry the innings until up-to to the end.The run rate was dropping and he virtually played a test knock.His logic is understandable.To keep the wickets until the pace off of the ball.We have seen it before.But cannot forget the importance of ticking the scoreboard with singles without wasting too many dot balls.Hopefully he would come out more positively next time .No more complains otherwise.Great team effort.Splendid performance .

Posted by yasser211 on (June 18, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

Pakistan should have played Ajmal instead of Hafeez as a spin bowling all-rounder. Unbelievable!!! The future captain of a once great cricketing nation who cannot get the ball off the square. Misbah's captaincy lacked imagination - was just plain dumb infact. Reminded me of when he chose to play 5 spinners and 1 solitary spinner in an ODI against England recently. Please get rid of Farhat, Hafeez, Shafiq, Ali (last 2 are decent enough but boring as hell), Y Khan (for ODI's) and bring back proven performers like Razzaq and go back to the experience of S Malik and K Akmal. Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed should be made permanent openers. Umar Akmal should be played at 4. Pak fell short by at least 30 runs today because he keeps batting at 6. Hammad Azam should be brought back (why was he dropped in the 1st place) and made an understudy to Razzaq. Batting should revolve around U Akmal, N Jamshed, Shehzad and Malik and bowling around Gul, Ajmal and Junaid Khan (once fit).

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Sri Lankan youngf brigade is the most talented..Great inns by worlds best finisher

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

There is seriously some thing wrong with this Pakistani one day squad and the positions these players are batting and bowling. Sami was never a last overs bowler and attacking Ajmal has been turned into a defensive bowler by Misbah now as he uses him in power play overs only just to contain the side rather then thinking about getting wicket. When the hell we will introspect ? Can't they still get it after loosing to average English side (their ODI team) by 4-0, nearly lost both the games to the minnows Bangladeshis in Asia cup and now 3-1 defeat against Sri Lankans where the last two matches were lost from the jaws of victory. The balance of the team is totally wrong. No allrounders despite of having Razzaq and hamaz Azam. On the other side, have a look at SL,,,their all rounders Perrare and Mathews won them the series.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

As a Pakistani i congratulate Srilanka for the ODI series win. Well done, it was great entertainment, (I thought Jeevan Mendis's knock was as vital as anyone else).

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 18, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

@ranilranathungha- did you not notice the 97 that Sanga scored in the last match and actually gave us a total to bowl at?

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

@Kak-mal_Khan

Well in limited overs cricket (ODIs +20-20) I am afraid we need K Akmal back again "unfortunately". He can at least provide some cushion at top of the order and we may see Hafeez batting down the order then. Which may work for just not Hafeez but for the team batting balance over all. Had we blessed with good batsmen then no one could give a thought about K Akmal return. For test matches, we can try slightly better keeper then him, no issues but in limited overs cricket ,,we are missing the trick...some time tactical risks may turn out to be smart moves at the end of the day.

Posted by sohail_khan01 on (June 18, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

who is sarfaraz ahmed...he is just a very ordinary player school boy, nobody can trust him at all...hafeez, yunus, asad, they r just nothing but an ordinary player...afridi have just the name of his past only 5 century in his career, and he played approx 350 odi, worst opener, worst fielding i must say...misbah is a good player but extra defensive alwayz causes his team by him...quick 30 runs alwayz better than 50 runrs of 80 balls...akmal any time he through his wkt, afridi my god...now he shud call only spin bowler, bcz any bowler can bat better than him...this is truth of pak team and every body shud be accepted...

Posted by sohail_khan01 on (June 18, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

i am an indian,and i also like pakistan cricket...but what i am seeing now a dayz its level is decresing day by day. except mibah nobody have 40 or more average...haffees he is an opener first than a bowler, but he is a very ordinary batsman..yunus khan forgot how to play cricket, look at afrridi every time he fails when his team needed him desperately....not ever total 30 runs in this series. pak dnt have any trustful match winner, trustful opener....one thing is only spin bowling is up to the marks, but every time shud not be dependent on spin....fielding is worst worst and worst i think more than that........how can an international team win?

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 20:20 GMT)

WELL DONE SRI lANKA THEY WON THE ODI SERIES 3-1 PAKISTAN SHOULD BLAMED THEM SELVES, DUE TO POOR FIELDING AND SAMI BOWLING HE SHOULD BE SENT BACK TO Karachi BY THE NEXT AVAILABLE FLIGHT. THERE IS ALSO CAPTAINCY ERRORS WHY HE ALLOWED TO GIVE SAMI LAST CRUNCH OVERS WHILE OMUER GUL ALWAYS BOWLED THE LAST OVERS, OK WHY NOT GIVEN BOWLS TO AFARIDI OR HAFEEZ, WE DON'T EXPECT ANY GOOD RESULTS IN THE COMING TEST SERIES ASWELL

Posted by Pakistani_Pessimist on (June 18, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

Pakistan T20 and ODI team needs an overhaul or we have no chance in the T20 World Cup, Pakistan need to go with a 'young / new'' atacking team who will use the experience for future benefit.... 1. Imran Nazir - one of the most explosive players int he world 2. Nasir Jamshead / Ahmed Shehzad - new opener for the next few years 3. Umar Akmal (WK)- he has enough experience to take responsibility now 4.Asad Shafiq / Azhar Ali - the accumulator in the middlle 5. Mohammed Hafeez - Experience middle order batsman 6. Haris Sohail 7.Hammad Azam 8.Shahid Afridi 9.Sohail Tanveer 10.Saeed Ajmal / Raza Hassan 11. Junaid Khan / Umar Gul / Any fast bowler with potential NOT Mohammed Sami!!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

An electrifying final match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan today! Absolutely amazing! I thought I was watching an IPL match, when there was 12 required off 5 balls! A job well done by the entire Sri Lankan Team. Congratulations!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

Nice finish Lions !! and Mathews u beauty :D :D ur tooo good !! and also good game pakistan u guys also held on till the very end. all in all great game and its usually never this exciting in a t20 ha ha. hope we rap up the tests as well and india better be ready to receive some pay back ;) A Lankan fan

Posted by Pakistani_Pessimist on (June 18, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Im truly disappointed in Pakistan's tour of SL - all the progress of the last few months under Mohsin Khan seems to be getting wasted....we are starting to go backwards- no confidence, no backbone....Dav Whatmore needs to have a look at himself - why is he holding training camps and then selecting players like Sami and Farhat and Sarfaraz....surely in the camps we would have talented new players who should be given a chance....in the AlFalah Bank final there were atleast 2 players Imran Nazir and Haris Sohail who stood out....if we cant find a domestic wicketkeeper and we dont TRUST Kamran Akmal then we should have Umar Akmal keeping...its not like hes setting the world on fire with his batting and he needs a definite reason to stay in the team too much potential not enough application.... There are 2 many problems with the current squad to go through everyone, but a few starters would be out with Sami, Farhat, Misbah, Sarfaraz from the t20 and ODI's team...forever NO MORE COMEBACKS

Posted by smjr on (June 18, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

We lost the match due to non professional attitude of some players. It seems that players are just fed up and do not have hunger for win and they are under unknown pressure. The side is not a well knitted unit that is why the performance in this ODI series is not consistent. In the last five overs Pakistan lost the initiative due to Ukmal playing nonsense cricket (he knows one or two shots just like Afridi) and when he did not get ball in his zone then he failed to connect.The fielding is the main cause of defeat although Matthews played an exceptional innings full of maturity. Test matches are starting in few days time and I think that will be a different ball game that suits Pakistan batting because there is no run rate or pressure for playing wide range of shots and improvisation which our batsman lacks.

Posted by ranilranathunga on (June 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

Sanga is not good for one dayers. He is wasting too many balls and his strike rate is always very low. He is a test match type batsman. because of his batting its too much pressure on the other batsman and making chases very tough. Make him bat low down the order.

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (June 18, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Pakistan players should learn from Sri Lankan- NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!! Congrats to Sri Lanka from a Pakistan Fan.

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (June 18, 2012, 19:55 GMT)

Pakistan is no Match for SriLanka...pakistan should now play zimbabwe and ireland i doubt they would lost to them as well

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

I love Sri lanka Thanx bro........

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

Mathews done it again, he is becoming the worlds most dangerous finisher for cricket world in sooner he already proved what he can do and more to come on future... And also we played as a team that's why we won the game and Pak lost... We hope that Sri Lanka can dominate the test series also...

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Ajmal was not the case.. Pakistan got 8 wkts ... Azhar Ali & Imran Farhat should have bowled few overs to contain Sami and Gul's depth overs. Chandimal's drop catch and Mathews 80* not out can be credited to the 12 missed run outs & his doubles taken on singles.

Still Pakistan managed 2 run outs but Sri Lanka had 9 batsmen thrimanne j.mendis and Kulasekara at No. 10....

Pakistan has only lost test series in Srilanka once (2009) ... i hope another disaster waiting to happen

Posted by cricfaninlv on (June 18, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

great game!!! T20 is great but 50 over cricket has better drama and theatre than T20. got a say Waqar is one underrated commentator. always enjoy listening to him. and good luck to pak team and go lions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by kashifateeq on (June 18, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

it is v.strange to see ajmal was not playing game.i thought sami will replace gul .but it was v.strange to see ajmal dropped..and also i am still saying younis khan in the side .class player .lift the fielding standard.azhar ali only playing for his spot as we saw he played some good innings but every time his innings didnt help the team at all..pakistan need kamran akmal. abdul razzaq and malik back into side.

Posted by kashifateeq on (June 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

it is v.strange to see ajmal was not playing game.i thought sami will replace gul .but it was v.strange to see ajmal dropped..and also i am still saying younis khan in the side .class player .lift the fielding standard.azhar ali only playing for his spot as we saw he played some good innings but every time his innings didnt help the team at all..pakistan need kamran akmal. abdul razzaq and malik back into side.

Posted by Stark62 on (June 18, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Had Pak played a bit more aggressively upfront, then Pak would have made around 260-280 comfortably!!

Enough of these Test blockers and time for some young aggressive batsmen to be included.

N. Yasin and H. Sohail are great at rotating the strike and are badly needed, not blockers like Azhar, Misbah, Shafiq and Younis, plus we'll have to wait another 15 games before Farhat is dropped because he only performs once in every 10 games.

Also, dropping Ajmal was sinful and I told you Sami had gotten lucky previously.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

PAK has the worst fielding unit in International Cricket!

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (June 18, 2012, 19:12 GMT)

@Salman Zahidi - I'm also disappointed in Sarfraz Ahmed, but by NO means should Kamran Akmal be allowed back as wicketkeeper! Adnan Akmal should play all formats or even consider finding Zulqarnain Haider, but I plea to all Pak fans, pls do not ever forget the Sydney Test. I think one positive that can be taken, is that we can all safely say Sami is not a pressure player, and this should be his last game as far as i'm concerned. In the 48th over, he had such a worried look on his face, I had thought that he had returned a more mature composed man, but those final overs saw Sami retreat back to his scared little boy phase, he just did not want to be there, and certainly did not relish the fight - come on Pakistan get it together, I don't think fielding coach has ever worked for Pak team, just need to hire a good phsycologist who can toughen up these guys for competition at the highest level - India have managed to do it, why have Pakistan become so SOFT!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

@ TOPIC .... I can understand Pakistan's poor fielding, ordinary batting and inability to handle pressure in tight situations BUT Ajmal excluded from playing XI. LOL.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

weldone lions proud about you!

Posted by priceless1 on (June 18, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

Sanga almost made a mess of the Chase , he should be dropped down the order or from the side , he is keep on making thing difficult for the rest of the bats men with his selfish Test match style batting

Posted by cricketfan86 on (June 18, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

I want to ask misbah that when he realized that sami was the most expensive bowler then why he was given the last over.why "the best" ajmal was out.when you rely much on bowling,then what was need to take out the best bowler in a very important game?

Posted by SLMaster on (June 18, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

Good knock from Mathews. I think Mendis made the difference.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:58 GMT)

oh pak lost bcz of dropin ajmal ds match..?!!! bt,i saw him playin in the 4th ODI..isn't it?? still pak lost the 4th ODI..isn't it :P

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Rested Ajmal cost Pakistan a match....poor captaincy by Misbah.before 40 over sami must finish his overs.....Now sami is also in Test squad and best bowler Tanvir is out of squad....wat a selecttion.................I think Pakistani people can select a better team than selecters......

Posted by cricketfan86 on (June 18, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

Pakistani bowling is nothing but spin and feilding is not upto the international standard.i can't understand on which merit players are selected in national team.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

Don't understand why after all these years of lame performances, Sami continues to get picked.

Posted by Exmaxer123 on (June 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Keep Cool Pakistan sisters nd brthers.... its not your day... Its belongs to LIONS..... Ajmal was not the case.. paks must imprve their basics and then try to challenge SL. Who can stop Mathews...? Is he Ajmal...? Now not at all... As I recn this will b the Result Of Test Series if thre isnt any rain..

SL 03 PAK 00

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Todays srilankan bating order could be the strongest bating order srilanka had in recent past. 10 player out of 11 got ODI half century and the only man who didnt scored a half century scored rapid 48 against Aussies as his personal best.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

well done lions....................

Posted by khurramsch on (June 18, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

poor performance from pakistan once again. 1st they couldnt finish off batting thats why a batting allrounder medium pace is required. umar was very slow in last overs. then as usual their fielding was very poor dont know what coach is doing they surely misfielded about 15--20 runs. then again missing few clear runouts which is no good. cant they practice hit wicket ? drop catches as well. sarfraz droped sanga. so if it is going like this why not kamran? leaving ajmal out is proved to be a crap decision. 1st misbah never used him as attacking option just used to contain. then left out. sami is again same old sami. 1 good game then bad . on this tour has played 4 matches. 2 bowled good 2 very expensive. good match but surely pakistan blamed themselves for this & previous loss.

Posted by UsamaFazalMithani on (June 18, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

MAthews is getting better nd better...Good played mathews.....

nd for pakistan..Please win Test series for us....

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (June 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Ajmal was dropped from ODI team is the reason pakistan lost the match. Mathew played well but Sami has 12 year long failure career , i don't know why Ajmal was dropped from the team. Misbah has lost his mind. Craziest decision of year 2012 . So dumb.

Posted by Maduka43 on (June 18, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Good game. Good to see SL fighting spirits are back. Hope to see fair a Test series. Good luck for both team. Tokyo Singhe

Posted by Riz000 on (June 18, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

@ naumianas those days r well over mate players like Saeed anwar Inzi yousaf cant be replaced with likes of hafeez ext maybe if they bring imran nazir in atleast we mite see sum entertaining in first 10 overs plz GET RID OF MOHMAAD HAFEEZ

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Sami is back albeit we all want to see his back.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

sl team got da revenge of da UAE series defeat........well played angelo,chandimal,sanga,thisara and entire sl team.......they were brilliant in all three departments.....im quite happy about sl cricket future.......:)))

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

I dont agree with Misbah that we were short of 15/20 runs ....Umar Akmal tried his best but Sri Lankan bowlers bowled superbly in last 4 overs......we must give due credit to opposition as well....secondly ..wicket keeper and other fielder gave away many runs .....it was bad fielding display by most of the Pak cricketers....that is why we lost.....Suhail Tanvir conceded 13 runs in his last 2 overs (Superb bowling under the circumstances ) and Sami gave away 15 in last 4 balls------------------now look at striking rate in batting----- Umar Akmal 55 runs SR 90.16-----Imran Farhat 56 runs ..SR 88.88------Asad Shafiq 38 runs...SR 82.60------TUK TUK # 1 (Misbah) 32 runs..SR 66.66-------TUK TUK # 2 (Azhar Ali)..30 runs ...SR 61.22....If u want to win ODI the SR must be above 80 ....otherwise players must go home.....honestly... Sami's bowling spell in last ODI ... 9.4 over ...75 runs.....no wicket.......Sami should continue to play club cricket in Karachi ...... that is right place for him..

Posted by avmd on (June 18, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Poor captaincy by Misbah. Sami is a nervous guy and not a dead overs bowler. Now we are stuck with Imran Farhat for some more time ? Dropping younis was the right move, Hafeez should have been dropped at # 6 also Azhar and Farhat should have opened.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Sami was Sri Lanka's match winner today for sure. Even if Ajmal was dropped, Aizaz Cheema should have been given the chance in place of Sami. Aizaz Cheema bowled that fantastic last over in the Asia Cup and as a result he was dropped. Besides fantastic fielding, we have pathetic selection. With Shahid Afridi in team, Pakistan has the longest tail with 4 bowlers i.e Afridi, Gul, Tanvir, Sarfraz. Even Kulsekera can bat better than Afridi. Just look at the difference between our batting and Sri Lanka's batting strength. We have the talent but then we have Shahid Afridi who cannot be dropped because of his lobby. The only reason match went to wire was somehow Younis was dropped cuz of sharp criticism. Still Younis has done enough to cost us the series. We cannot win with this team and this selection committee. Umar Akmal thanked God after reaching 50 for he cemented his place in the next match and he did not bother to hit a boundary afterwards. We have lost another match we could win.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

yea. well played SL. ANGIE, U ROCK :D

Posted by Rafah-11 on (June 18, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Mathews once again became a hero for Sri Lankans...........

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Bad fielding cost Pakistan the match really. Angelo was too good today indeed. I think Ajmal was dropped because so far in this series he has not been at his best and also Misbah may have wanted to give Ajmal a rest cos the 1st test is barely 3 days away.

Posted by Rokkk on (June 18, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

Wow! What a match! Absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. In the end Sri Lanka were the better team. It was simple as that. So my dear Pakistanis, you guys shouldn't be finding excuses blaming this, blaming that. Remember when Pakistan won 4-1 in UAE? I'm sure all of you were praising them with the same mouth when that happened. Just back your team when they need. Every team goes through phases like this. Anyway good luck to both teams for the upcoming test series. Looking forward to an exciting, eventful one!

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 18, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

what a SUPERB innings from Mathews to give us the victory and the series...All those who come on and criticise him for his performances seem to have gone quiet now??The only mistake we made was the experiment of promoting Thissara for the powerplay but to be fair that cant come off all the time...Great effort for Sri Lanka and nice to see us winning series again now we have a good captain back...good luck for the tests SL

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 18, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

We dont need another batsman turned spinner in our team, we can afford it, there is this thing called batting that needs to be done, hafeez is useless batsman, please someone throw him out of the team. umar akmal as usual batted but slow, why was he backing away from each and every ball? you should watch the ball and hit it accordingly or atleast move when the bowler is into his delivery stride, another useless fifty, had Ajmal bowled that Sami's ten overs we would have won easily but full marks to mathews, pakistani batsmen should learn a thing or two from him, well played SL you deserved it, a better team.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

'Resting' Ajmal in a must win game? really? We need Kamran Akmal back. Sarfraz is a waste. Kamran was a top class opener. Hafeez should be rested or dropped down the order, What happened to the likes of Shehzad and Nazir?

Posted by maddy20 on (June 18, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Yeah pak fans! Talk na. SOmething ye' all said about Pak being the deserving world champs! A side that scored 180 against canada does not deserve to win anything!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

What a game of Cricket LIONS ON ROCK ,Keep GOING BOYS,

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

tanveer was trying to impress c. Ronaldo by kicking ball over the ropes so that he might be included in quater final for portugal LOL poor filding , bowling was ok but no ajmal that's the main reason for match loss . mathews was awsome great work keep it up man

Posted by Perera32 on (June 18, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Angelo Mathews was outstanding batting in the pressure overs, he kept his nerve and got SL over the edge. All the Sri lankan Youngsters did well today Mathews, Chandimal and the pocket rocket Jeewan Mendis. Sri lanka won an ODI series at home after some time now, mostly Thanks to Jayawardene's captaincy. Sri Lanka have a very good ODI team now. We need to find some more Fast bowlers for the Test matches, and the inclusion of Samaraweera and Herath will add more experience to our Test Side. Good Luck to Both SL and Pakistan for the test matches.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Congratulations SL Lions!!!!!!!!!!!!! As before,,, the main reason for winning this match was our good batting line up.that`s a useful trick for future selections.All rounders should be always in & other normal bowling players out.That`s the best way to go for Achievements..

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Mathews gem seals series for Sri Lanka.

Posted by AnotherCricketer on (June 18, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Umar Gul needs to do some sole searching. For a long time now, he is good sometimes and very bad at other times. And for Misbah, knowing Sami is returning after a long absence, he shouldn't have been saved for the death overs. I guess he didn't have a choice since Mr Gul is running in off mode and cannot be relied upon. All in all, it is better to see the ground now against Sri Lanka in order to get serious about the series against Australia.

Posted by Zafar_Abbas on (June 18, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

will the Pakistan selectors still persist with Sami? I am fed up watching this loser remain in Pakistan colors without any performance of substance for the last five odd years... for heaven's sake PCB management there are many other bowlers to go for less than 7.5 an over in a match where most bowlers went for less than 5

Posted by sachin_champ on (June 18, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Another infamy fielding performance by " The great Pak Team " . How can you drop 20 catches in a series and missed stump by more then 10,000 times ..lol. And please don't forget the 4 captains ( Hafeez, Afridi , Ajmal and the lonely one Misbah ). And one the other hand Srilanka won clinically . A M showed a great maturity and experience of IPL . He played like MSD who know when to hit six . Great going Lanka .

Posted by applethief on (June 18, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

Finally, a close contest... good on Sri Lanka for building on their better results this year under Mahela and playing as the much-deserved winners of the series. Pakistan proved to be their own worst enemy yet again

Posted by MichaelBurton on (June 18, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Pak will never beat India with such a poor bunch of players.

Posted by citizenkc on (June 18, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Well, I think that is the end of Sami's ODI career. Too bad. He was/is a talented bowler; however, to some extent, Misbah has to take the blame for this. Why on earth is Sami bowling the final over when Pakistan have Umu Gul, one of the finest closers in the game? Or even Tanvir? This was a crucial error, one which cost Pak the match. Of course, the many misses in the field were to blame as well. Congrats to SL. They deserved to win. Let's hope that the test series is more competitive.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Big punishment for Pakistani team, because they plot against there former coach Mohsin Khan..........they lost all ODI's against England after wining Test series. actually the purpose is to take out mohsin khan from teams'coaching.......you ask the players "kay wo kitnay main bikay?"....or is main ICC or ECB shamil haiiiii... Actually you have also brain, eyes and ears to evaluate performance as compare to past 6 months when Mohsin Khan was the Coach.........This is a Punishment.....

Posted by cjchanaka on (June 18, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Absolutely fantastic victory, although lions tactics were not 100% correct, amaizing cool calm mathews gave the pride. All the best to continue these performances in test series.

Posted by Black_Rider on (June 18, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Anjelo you beauty.Well done Sri Lanka.Please play J.Mendis regularly.He is a great all-rounder.Some SL fans wanted Chandimal and Mathews need to be dropped.I think they are eating their words right now.Give this youngsters more and more chances.They are getting better day by day.Congrats SRI LANKA......

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 18, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

EVEN AFTER 12 years SAMI doesnt know where to bowl. His is waste of pace. Enough is enough with donkeys at selection board.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

as i predicted pak lost the series 3-1 after england white washed them.comon selectors wake up and select the talent rather than useless experience

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (June 18, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

THE WORST FIELDING TEAM. No one wants to dive specially the three fasties. No one can hit stumps and there throws never ever land close to stumps. Bowlers bowl wide after wide after wide. Shamefull act. Shame for fielding coach too. SAMI comes back just as every one who has played for Pak once, will come back again n again. Batsmen with 20+ averages will hang on for decades. IQBAL QASIM you always think that what ever you think is right! it isn't.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

hafeez is a joke batsmen...a good spinner but he should not be opening for us

Posted by foooooooooooooooooo on (June 18, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

HO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

SRI LANKA HAS WON THE GAME

HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE

PAKISTAN LOST THE GAME

I AM INDIAN AND I AM VERY HAPPY TODAY

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Sami is horrible...way too expensive, blew that game completely

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

what was the use of playing Sami in place of ajmal ? mind boggling decision by the captain and think tank

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

All these new wicket keepers are even worse then K Akmal over all. At least Kamran Akmal was scoring some runs. Sanga drop was his third easy missed chance in the series, which might cost Pak the match in the end. I was of these people who wanted to see K Akmal drop from limited over cricket as well but now after seeing these new bunch of ordinary keepers, I have been proved wrong. Bring Akmal back.

Posted by IndvsEngseries on (June 18, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Poor batting by Pak in the last overs, SL will win comfortably as their batting is one of the strongest unit in the world...

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 18, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

It is easy for SL to chase this score.

Posted by JBerger on (June 18, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

There should be correction: UmarAkmal was picking up the short balls well but was totally out of sort against deceiving slower balls from Maliga the Slinga. If only Dav could knock some sense into Akmal he could be the next big thing in smaller package from South Asia. Glad to see Younis dropped but not Ajmal definitely don't like to see Imran Farhat back in the fold while much more talented Imran Nazir is nowhere near the team!

Posted by azamscar on (June 18, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

only thing Sl have to do is get tru d initial overs. with Ajmal out, there is no absolute threat in this track just keep on taking singles. after all the momentum is with Sri Lankans from the last five overs of d PAK innings

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

ajmal has undoubtedly performed very well... but idiot misbah has not used him well... jst gving him overs in powerplay whrhe need to be on defensive... lets see wat sami is going to do in place of ajmal.

Posted by KarachiKid on (June 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

I hope Umar Gul is in "gul" mode rather than off-late typical "lul" mode. Which one will turn up in the field ?

Posted by naumianas on (June 18, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

where are those days when pak love to make 80-90 runs in last 10 overs????????

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 18, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

It is easy for SL to chase this score.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 18, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

To all Pak brothers/Sisters who criticize dropping Ajmal. This is called PAK selectors are unpredictable.

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 18, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

gud decision to rest ajmal...he wasnt quite able to click...those who r shocked by d decision just go to the stats of the tour...ajmal has avg.40 s.r.50 wic.3 and eco.5 sami has avg.16 s.r.30 wic.3(he played only 3 matches) and eco.3.5...far bttr then ajmal...

Posted by RockcityGuy on (June 18, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

come on guys...be realistic...i mean ajmal has been quite good over the last 18 months or so...but calling him a legend...???:-Dhis only stand out performance is against 'wecantplayspin' england...others are only against zim...so get a grip...

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

o lord!! please get misbah out quickly , he and his boring slow cricket is unbearable.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

PAK keep saying things here and watch you losing tonight :D

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

ajmal hasnt performed. misbah made a good bold decision. sometimes stars need spark.

Posted by anver777 on (June 18, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Ajmal is a wicket taker & whatever the pitch conditions i think Ajmal should be in the playing XI always...Misbah missed the trick here !!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 9:27 GMT)

u could bring imran farhat to the strike and bring hafeez to three no

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

How can you justify leaving the best bowler on your side on the bench? A small amount of desperation evident if Pakistan's actions...

Posted by khurramsch on (June 18, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

i think whole selection for tour was wrong as there is no medium pace allrounder in 15 men squad to balance side. again going with 5 bowlers today. & more surprisingly Ajmal left out? who is your best bowler? he has been used in defensive mode by misbah just to contain instead of wicket taker in past few months. & now rested?

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

I do not understand the logic behind dropping the legend Saeed Ajmal. Pakistan should change the order of their batting line up. Hafeez is also not performing well - should try him to another position.

Posted by Widuror on (June 18, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

ajmal left out good for sri lanka

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 18, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

SL got 6 batters and 5 allrounders. Pak has to score at least 275.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Dropping Ajmal makes no sense. Sami should had been in the side in place of Gul. Yonus Khan has been rightly dropped but Ajmal decision may cost Pakistan the match in the end if their total doesn't surpass 250.

Posted by Min2_cric on (June 18, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

gud decision to keep younis out....bt y ajmal has been rested...

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Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele - Jul 8-12, 2012
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC) - Jun 30-Jul 4, 2012
Match drawn
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle - Jun 22-25, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 209 runs
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Jun 18, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS) - Jun 16, 2012
Sri Lanka won by 44 runs
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