Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 August 2, 2014

'Need to stop Jayawardene' - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq has said that Pakistan will need to keep a check on Mahela Jayawardene's scoring in the upcoming two-match Test series in Sri Lanka. The series will be Jayawardene's swansong from Tests.

"If we are to win the series in Sri Lanka, we have to ensure that their top batsmen, particularly Jayawardene, are not allowed to get many runs," Misbah said on his departure from Karachi. "I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved but we are going to Sri Lanka to win the two-Test series and we know how important it is for us to not allow their senior players to score."

Pakistan last won a Test series in Sri Lanka in 2006. That was also the last time they won a Test in Sri Lanka. They have toured the country twice since then. In those two unsuccessful tours, Jayawardene managed 267 runs from 12 innings at an average of 26.70. However, the Pakistan bowlers were made to toil by Kumar Sangakkara, who amassed 821 runs at an average of 102.62 in the six Tests.

"It is going to be a tough series because Sri Lanka have been playing lot of Test and other cricket. But we have prepared hard and I have confidence in our bowlers," Misbah said.

Saeed Ajmal was the second-highest wicket-taker over those two tours with 29 wickets, only one behind Rangana Herath, and will have the onus of leading the bowling group on the spin-friendly pitches in Galle and Colombo.

"Our spinners have traditionally done well in Sri Lanka but we are banking on our pace bowlers as well," Misbah said.

Pakistan have not won a Test series under Misbah's leadership since beating England 3-0 in 2012 in the UAE, and he will be nearly 41 when the 2015 World Cup arrives, but the captain said he wasn't thinking too far ahead. "I just want to focus on the match at the moment because that is important. No one knows what will happen after one day so why think about the World Cup," he said. "I take it one match at a time and carry on from there. And I am under no pressure because of the captaincy debate."

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  • on August 9, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Misbah no need to stop mahela he will automatically stop after this tournament. we miss u grate maheala.......

  • on August 8, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Hope Pakistan's batting performance in 'so called tough batting conditions' answered, lets see how game progresses on 4th and 5th day! Keeping fingers crossed

  • Fineline on August 5, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    After performing poorly against South Africa,the Sri lankans certainly would be prepared to pounce upon Pakistan by using their favored conditions.Meanwhile,Pakistan mustn't underestimate the ability of lankans and do something exceptional to outfox them at their own home soil.Hopefully both the test and ODI series would be exuberant to watch with some plentiful excitement.

  • CricketMaan on August 5, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Interesting phase for Lanka, with Jaya gone after these 2 tests, they will have a new look test team, some youngsters have done well although bowlers fitness is a worry. When Sanga and Herath hang thier boots, its going to be a long road to recovery something that Windies, Aus, Eng, Ind and to some extent Pak and SA have gone or going through.

  • katch47 on August 5, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    this is purely a tactical comment from Misbah cuz as we all know Jaya's days are over, he is nothing more than a liability now. Hope SL understand this

  • cricpanther on August 5, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Common Srilanka, Show Zero Mercy to Pakistan and win everything against them!!!

  • dmqi on August 4, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Poor old man, Who is going to stop Sanga and about half dozen good SL batsmen in their own known pitch? Then who will score runs for your team besides 2-3 dependable batsmen? As usual it will be a tough series between two friendly teams. Always enjoyable.

  • Sachit1979 on August 4, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Misbah and Younis with bat and Ajmal with bowl should really perform

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on August 4, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Misbah is diverting attention away from his batsmen. By concentrating on opposition and his strength in the team of bowlers. Truth is Pakistan will have to bat for 350+ scores and their malnutritioned batsmen have not got the temperament, ability and responsibility to do that. Sri Lanka would have to lose the tests, rather than Pakistan winning it.

  • karthik_ig on August 4, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Misbah playing the mind game by not mentioning about sanga.Obviously his main focus should be on sanga and mathhews as both of them are in their peak..I think srilanka will have problem in chosing the right pitch. Chosing a spin friendly or seamer friendly pitch will backfire srilanka as pakistan have strong spin and seam attack. I think batsmen friendly wicket help srilanka to gain some advantage as srilankans batting look more stronger than pakistanis.

  • on August 9, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Misbah no need to stop mahela he will automatically stop after this tournament. we miss u grate maheala.......

  • on August 8, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Hope Pakistan's batting performance in 'so called tough batting conditions' answered, lets see how game progresses on 4th and 5th day! Keeping fingers crossed

  • Fineline on August 5, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    After performing poorly against South Africa,the Sri lankans certainly would be prepared to pounce upon Pakistan by using their favored conditions.Meanwhile,Pakistan mustn't underestimate the ability of lankans and do something exceptional to outfox them at their own home soil.Hopefully both the test and ODI series would be exuberant to watch with some plentiful excitement.

  • CricketMaan on August 5, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    Interesting phase for Lanka, with Jaya gone after these 2 tests, they will have a new look test team, some youngsters have done well although bowlers fitness is a worry. When Sanga and Herath hang thier boots, its going to be a long road to recovery something that Windies, Aus, Eng, Ind and to some extent Pak and SA have gone or going through.

  • katch47 on August 5, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    this is purely a tactical comment from Misbah cuz as we all know Jaya's days are over, he is nothing more than a liability now. Hope SL understand this

  • cricpanther on August 5, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Common Srilanka, Show Zero Mercy to Pakistan and win everything against them!!!

  • dmqi on August 4, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Poor old man, Who is going to stop Sanga and about half dozen good SL batsmen in their own known pitch? Then who will score runs for your team besides 2-3 dependable batsmen? As usual it will be a tough series between two friendly teams. Always enjoyable.

  • Sachit1979 on August 4, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Misbah and Younis with bat and Ajmal with bowl should really perform

  • Aroundthelegsgoogly on August 4, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    Misbah is diverting attention away from his batsmen. By concentrating on opposition and his strength in the team of bowlers. Truth is Pakistan will have to bat for 350+ scores and their malnutritioned batsmen have not got the temperament, ability and responsibility to do that. Sri Lanka would have to lose the tests, rather than Pakistan winning it.

  • karthik_ig on August 4, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Misbah playing the mind game by not mentioning about sanga.Obviously his main focus should be on sanga and mathhews as both of them are in their peak..I think srilanka will have problem in chosing the right pitch. Chosing a spin friendly or seamer friendly pitch will backfire srilanka as pakistan have strong spin and seam attack. I think batsmen friendly wicket help srilanka to gain some advantage as srilankans batting look more stronger than pakistanis.

  • Snambidi on August 4, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene is going to play his final Test series against Pakistan before he retires from Test cricket. At the moment he is in extraordinarily good form.So Misbah is right in telling Mahela will have to be stopped at any cost.Once Mahela started sticking to the crease it is a Herculian N Task to remove him.SA frica knows this very well because earlier also along with Sangakkara Mahela had a record breaking stand at the crease. So beware of the veteran.He alone is enough to throw away Pakistan's ambition to beat Srilanka in Test cricket

  • siddhartha87 on August 4, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    hope Mahela ends with a pair of king pairs. And yes two innings defat

  • stuckwithcricket on August 4, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Its Misbah's bluff, wish I could get into his head and read whats his real target(s) are!

  • Sugath on August 4, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Reading the article, I get the strange feeling that Pakistan captain is trying a fast one. Just because one is about to retire, he will not be that much of a threat. The threat will mostly be from Kumar who is at his peak, and of course Mahela too will be a source of problems for Pakistan bowlers. May be the captain thought that by omitting to mention KUmar, he could get Kumar to try too hard and get him to fail. Misbah, in any way a nice try to fool the opposition but both mahela and Kumar are too smart to fall prey to these trivia.

  • on August 4, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    I am backing Kaushal Silva and Kumar to score big on the tour. Pakistan always had issues with batsman who just concentrate on long long innings. They need them out early if they are to make any impact. And of course Mahela will make a 100 at the SSC irrespective of the opposition or pitch.

  • on August 4, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    ajmal surely can spin the ball on any surface

  • johnathonjosephs on August 4, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Mahela would not be my priority on the worrying list. Sangakkara has been known for his love of Pakistani bowling and Matthews has been in incredible form. Jayawardene can be a threat, but so can any other player. Deal with the in-form players first and then think about the others

  • Welay-White-Water on August 4, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Can Misbah led Pakistan spoil Jayawardhana's farewell ?

  • crzcric on August 4, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Misbah is correct. People who comment here really don't know mahela. He is a player who can find his form any time.He was alaways the player who stand in big situations. He may not as consistent as sanga. But his knocks are very effective. So watchout for mahela. Hope he will end on a high.

  • Marcel_Ci on August 4, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    misbah during sunset of his career has called for mahela who is on sunset of his career. I think PAK should concentrate more on Sanga & angelo.... Mahela won't be a threat.

  • on August 4, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    Would the slingy Wahab Riaz turn into Johnson-like in this series?

  • on August 4, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    It's true that Makes has not been in the best touch since a couple of years but weren't we all surprised to see that sudden 160 against SA couple of weeks ago? Mahela lacks consistent form but he is in a good condition to surprise the opponents. I guess, that this is what Misbah meant. At the end of the day we all hope that Mahela would leave is career with flying colors and that there won't be much trouble from the weather.

  • John_Geo on August 4, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Need to stop Jayawardene? How can you stop someone who hasn't started anything over the last 2 years in the first place? Sri Lanka definitely not banking on him and he is the last threat PAK need to worry about. Perhaps Sanga and Angelo - definitely not Mahela. Mark my words on this. Mahela's time is up.

  • Welay-White-Water on August 4, 2014, 3:48 GMT

    @mekil Current bad weather will last upto early September according to forecasts, Play all matches @ Dambulla

  • mekail on August 4, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Could someone tell me what gonna be weather like during 1st test. Tx

  • PravHP on August 4, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    You won't be able to win by stopping Mahela. Sri Lanka is not riding on one man. Sanga,Mathews,Silva,Mahela..We win matches by teamwork. So Misbah stop Mahela. Sanga,Mathews and co will stop Pakistan.

  • Pardnerday on August 4, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    The motivation for Mahela is he will be off into the sunset. Whatever he does in this series, he has had a phenomenal career record. Congrats to him and S L. I hope he gets runs and enjoy his last two tests. But I agree with someone's comment above that Matthews and more so Sangakkara will be the ones that Misbah and Pakistan may have nightmares about. SL will have to be wary of Pakistan. They are unpredictable and they always seem to come up with one or two unknowns who are so immensely talented. And they can always surprise you. Their reputation for producing good fast bowlers as well as good spinners, not to mention batsmen and good all-round cricketers has been well noted and may come into play in this series, even though their fast bowling has fallen off recently. I think cricket needs a resurgent Pakistan.

  • vkumar_086. on August 4, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    @Prabhakar Muthukrishnan, Indian pitches are famous expressways with nothing for the bowlers. Boring useless draws are a feature of tests played in India.

    When SSC ratched up 600 plus against SA in 2006 and against India in 2008, Sri Lanka won by an innings. Take that! Cricinfo please publish.

  • on August 3, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    @People complaining about the Fast bowling department: Waqar Younis is back as coach so that means we have a legitimate qualified coach for fast bowling so no worries. I never liked Mohammed Akram, the way he went. Insisting that Irfan should be in the test matches knowing he's prone to injury. But if you look at it I think Pakistani bowling has improved by the looks of it. We weren't as good in the 2003-2008 period because most of our bowlers bowled at no more than 80-85 Mph. Our bowling is fine it's just that we get into trouble by not using our bowlers right (Irfan was sent out to bat yet he was injured, they should have kept him back) and others are axed. Asif and Amir have their own reasons. Waqar will and has made the bowling department special it's just that he's extremely unlucky.

  • on August 3, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Hope Mahela Produce Something Special in his Last Test Series.. Salute Legend

  • alipk52 on August 3, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Not only Jayawardene, But Also Sanga and Mathews, the latter two are the biggest threats, Hopefuly, Pakistani fast bowlers give best support to Ajmal & Co, Pace bowling department is where we're going down big time these days, I would pick Raza Hassan as well to bowl alongside Ajmal, I don't know what wrong this Kid did, He shown great potential and glimpse of being the future spin star for Pakistan.

  • roook on August 3, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Poor planning I donot expect much from pakistan pace bowlers 6 month of no test cricket that harsh and thown into tough condition and not even a warmup match was offer . Bowler need time to build rhythms and we donot have quality like steyn, wasim and waqar. Again pakistan chance of winning is dependent on saeed ajmal.

  • partyanimal on August 3, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Cricket is a mind game,Mishba knew that he already start it poor Mahela clueless now.

  • vkumar_086. on August 3, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa, you are wrong. Recall the first test in 2012 against NZ in Galle? SL won by batting 2nd. See below.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/582192.html

    Recall the 2nd test against Bangladesh in March 2013? Sri Lanka won batting 2nd.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/602473.html

    Recall the 2nd test against England at the P Sara Colombo in 2012? England won batting 2nd and so did SL by 1 wicket against SA in 2006.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/521226.html

    I know you just forgot as you never make factually incorrect statements.

  • on August 3, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Gd. luck Pakistan

  • on August 3, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    sohail khan must be picked, he is the best bowler in pakistani domestic

  • cric_lver on August 3, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    if pak want to win this series then they should attack (in form) sangakkara rather than mahela who is not in good touch. I don't like mahela making runs(becoz he has most against india), but this time i want him to make most. It will best if he can go past lara.

  • CricketChat on August 3, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Pak should worry more about Sanga than Mahela. Sanga has the nasty habit of making 100s or even 200s once he digs in, especially in sub-continent. Hoping Mahela would sign-off with couple 100s. It will be tough for Pak who haven't played tests for sometime now while SL is battle ready having played in Eng followed by SA series at home.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 3, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    I would say that Saeed Ajmal is a finer bowler than Herath or Perera. The difference is that the latter two will be playing on home conditions.

    As we know with Sri Lankan pitches. Whoever bats first wins.

  • on August 3, 2014, 10:25 GMT

    Good Luck Team Pakistan It will be huge test for Pakiatan's Under Construction Batting. Bowling have not much concerns in the presence of Magician Saeed Ajmal as well as young blood of fast bowling. Lot of hopes from Umar Akmal Sure he will have change himself and got some maturity. Misbah's Captaincy will be widely observed also.

  • on August 3, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    we saeed ajmal so dont be afrid misbah inshallah we will win

  • on August 3, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    On a serious note, Sangakara & Mathews are going to cause the biggest problems for the toothless bowling attack of Misbah ul Haq. Srilanka has to give Mahela a nice send off hence there will be dull and flat tracks and since Sri Lanka have a better batting attack, in form batsmen, and a huge advantage known as "Home Advantage" they will be the team who will be making merry out of this tour.

  • on August 3, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Mahela should play further in test cricket as there will be a severe blow in the sri Lankan middle order after his retirement. Please reconsider your retirement after this series against Pakistan.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    I think it is more about the attitude that wins you the games. Pakistan need to get their thinking right in terms in terms of the application. They have the potential now it is only about the execution. Pakistan need to put big runs on the board if there want to have any chances of winning the series as SRI have a tough batting line up & you cannot expect them to bowl out cheaply. After SRI defeat to SA they would surely be looking for results in both the games. So i would predict 1-1 because normally Asian team tend to become complacent after one victory & the other team take advantage of it. Same thing happened it previous series as well in SRI against SA, you see one team win & then the other team come back fighting to level up, Unfortunately it could not happen last time as SA manage to draw it with best efforts. Hopefully it would provide good competition.

  • nickexplore on August 3, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Misbah has every right to fear Mahela Jayawardene, whose 165 at the SSC was sheer poetry in motion. And it took a direct hit from the outfield to get him out. Perhaps Sangakkara and Mathews, 2 and 6 on the latest ICC Test batting rankings, pose an even greater threat to Pakistan, with both batsmen in devastating form. While Niroshan Dickwella at 7 provides the extra batting security missing from SLs lineup for sometime. Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan and co. will have to be at their very best to dismiss SL cheaply.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:31 GMT

    well said Misbah.misbah you beauty he is trying to put more pressure on mahela but yes sangakkara and mathews are the real threat!! but watch out for thirimanne he has good record against pakistan and there is no doubt sangakkara,mahela and mathews will score some runs atleast!! but what a player mahela has been for sri lanka he might not be able to get another century but just to watch him play is amazing.

  • on August 3, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @vkias. Yes you are true. Indian pitches are expressways. Even on them with all their "mystery" bowlers, SL has not been able to win a series. Moreover, 600 plus scores, world record scores of 900 plus, etc, are not regular in any other country than SL.

  • on August 3, 2014, 8:14 GMT

    I am worried how Mahela and team trying to stop Misbah and Ajmal duo. We Sri Lankans know how reliable Mahela is in any format of the game. His last scores in his favorite home ground (SSC) is 0, 3 , 165, 0 . (according to StatsGuru cricinfo)

  • yohandf on August 3, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    some rumors are arround in sri lankan cricket circuits that Sanga too going to retire after this series from cricket . if that happens , it will be a double blow and unbearable for our test team for while . Generally Sanga have 2 good year of test at current form . but he may be thinking to go out along with his friend or retire when he is at the top of the game . BUT I WISH HE WILL NOT RETIRE NOW .

  • on August 3, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    misbah you beauty he is trying to put more pressure on mahela but yes sangakkara and mathews are the real threat!! but watch out for thirimanne he has good record against pakistan and there is no doubt sangakkara,mahela and mathews will score some runs atleast!! but what a player mahela has been for sri lanka he might not be able to get another century but just to watch him play is amazing. fielding,batting or captaining the troops !! he is a LEGEND!!

  • vkumar_086. on August 3, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @NP_NY, keep dreaming. Sri Lanka are the BEST team in Asia as shown by the Asia cup triumph which unfortunately you cannot fathom!

    @Prabhakar Muthukrishnan, Sri Lanka have registered 3 test wins this year which shows they are a triumphant XI. Indian pitches are the famous expressways of the world.

  • on August 3, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    yes you keep trying to stop him and meanwhile sanga&mathews will keep scoring tons.... wrong approach

  • on August 3, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    I agree with the rest of the guys, It is not Mahela that PAK should be worrying. It is Sanga and Mathews. But it is greatness of Misbah trying to pay tribute to our Cricketing Engineer Mr Jayawardene on his fair well. Let the good time comes to watch some interesting cricket between two friendly cricketing nations. Cheers everybody. Cricket is love.

  • on August 3, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    If the Sri Lankans prepare turning tracks, Ajmal will blow them away. They will any how not prepare quick and bouncy tracks for they know that the quality fast bowling resources Pakistan has. This leaves them with only one choice - the usual flat tracks that you get in Sri Lanka, where mountains of runs are made, averages inflated and everyone goes home happy, after yet another draw.

  • on August 3, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    People are not able to understand what Misbah is saying !! He's trying to pay a tribute to mahela as it is his last test series....I mean thats the best he can do ,right ? He cant let them win the series.now for a farewell prize to mahela!! Well done Misbah (y) ... That's y u call cricket -A game of Gentlemen!! Good luck mahela...love from pak <3

  • iNsiDers on August 3, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Its time to play with the best cricketing nation again. Love from Pak

  • on August 3, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    everything on mahela is true...he is no longer classic mahela...pakistan has to be more careful on sanga n company...regarding ajmal no doudt a class act..but last time we played him the sl batsman totally read him...n if im right he took very few wickets!! this series is going to be very intresting!! good luck both teams!!

  • Cricket_Man on August 3, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Misbah's comment on Jayawardena is part of his pressure tactics, which is fine. Jayawardena hasn't been in great form these days and it is his last series. Pressure is already on Mahela to perform in his last series and Misbah is only trying to exert more pressure on his to weaken him mentally. I think it is a good move by Misbah. I am sure Misbah and company would also have plans for Sanga and Matthews.

  • Hassanmir on August 3, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Mr. Captain Sanga is the major threat !!! The 2nd most likely threat can be Mathews. Mahela is ofcourse a very good batsman but not in the same class of Sanga or not in the same form of Mathews

  • on August 3, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Jayawardene are not good from in these days!

  • on August 3, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    this will be a big test for sl and Mahela deserve a great farewell for what he did for not only for sl but also for world cricket over a decade. he is one of the icons in cricket today. we salute you maiyya... win it for him guys,... all the best and best of the luck.....

  • John_Geo on August 3, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    I do not know which planet Misbah lives on. Jayawardene need not be stopped. He stopped himself more than 2 years ago. It is good for PAK if Jayawardene plays. He has of late become a walking wicket and a complete liability in SL side. The threat to PAK lies in Sanga and Mathews. Pehaps Misbah was referring to historical performances or encouraging SL to keep players who are out of form for their benefit.

  • NP_NY on August 3, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Sanga is the real threat, not Mahela. There is not much difference on the batting front between the two teams, but as always Pak has an advantage with their bowling. Ajmal is a far better spinner than any SL spnner. Pak needs another good spinner though. Any way, good luck Pakistan - from India.

  • on August 3, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    misbah great he will win serise he,s bting very perfect and good style this is misbh,s golden serise .misbah and younus ajmal vry dangoures players vs sl

  • Desihungama on August 3, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    I just want to be thankful to Mahela for honoring fans with his wonderful years in cricket. Pak fan.

  • Diaz54 on August 3, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Surely the answer is both and other batsmen. As important is batsmen putting up decent totals so that bowlers can bowl,without pressure. Particularly first innings.

    When SA got first innings total, SL struggled and vice versa! Moral of the story is bat first but bat long,,even though there may be help,to seamers to begin with? Can Pak batsmen do that? Not consistently!!

  • on August 3, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    MJ will face Pakistani bowlers under pressure about his retirement...But Sanga is in a terrific form..Mishbah you should remove sanga from pitch within 30 minutes when he arrives,if you cant do it then He will be unstoppable...Dont think about MJ...I think Ajmal is the key for them...And SL should consider that Ajmal is better than Herath on spin tracks...

  • on August 3, 2014, 2:29 GMT

    Perhaps Misbah has been misquoted, but if Pakistan focus on only stopping Mahela they may lose. Mathews and Sangakarra have been the men in form for Sri Lanka in Tests of late

  • on August 3, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    MJ shouldnt be a problem for pakistan, its Sanga and mathews who are in form and will hurt pakistan , also Herath has a good record against pakistan so will have to watch out for him as well.

  • karachidude23 on August 3, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    to all people who perhaps grasps late -- Misbah is trying to pay tribute and show respect to Jayawardena on his farewell series by mentioning his name in particular, he 100% knows i am sure being the captain of a top cricketing nation and a professional cricketer that sanga and mathews are in form!

    we can also assume safely that jaya would try to give his best for these last two tests, what a good player hes been for Srilanka, kudos to him.

  • Sexysteven on August 3, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Interesting series this one providing the pitches ain't to flat mahelas last series plenty for Sri Lanka to play for and Pakistan well you never which team is going to turn up the talented Pakistan or the self destructing Pakistan well at they make it interesting cos you never know what's going to happen when Pakistan are involved that's for sure

  • on August 2, 2014, 23:31 GMT

    Sorry Misbha. 1-0 in favour of SL

  • on August 2, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Misbah understand Mahila is last test series he is tak without presure sri Lanka home anyway mahila last match at home ground in Colombo he record is exilent here avreg over 80 plus 11hundred incridble

  • on August 2, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    plz play with +ve minds Pakistanis

  • Agnar on August 2, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    It seems Misbah knows he cannot stop Sanga.

  • Herath-UK on August 2, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    With the unexpected loss to SA, Sri Lanka should ensure all loose ends are tightened to plan a series win over Pak. Mendis was a poor selection & with the A team doing well here wonder one or two of them should be recalled to the senior team.

  • t20cric on August 2, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Misbah has it wrong here. Mahela is a great batsman but out of form, if he gets in he COULD be dangerous but Sanga and Mathews certainly ARE dangerous in the form they're in. Thankfully Pakistan are blessed with Saeed Ajmal being in the form of his life. It will be very exciting to see Ajmal vs Sanga. I'm hoping Pakistan fast bowling will be hugely improved under Waqar Younis. But most importantly Pakistan batting will have to show some reliability and show us that talent that we know they have.

  • mzm149 on August 2, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Stopping batsmen from scoring should never be a problem for Pakistan on any surface because we've got one of the best bowling attacks. The problem is our batting which is a serious concern. How often will Misbah and Younus save us? Khurram Manzoor, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal are not reliable. They will score in one innings and will fail in very next. Pakistan will have to focus on batting if they have to win the series.

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Pak has variety actions bowlers and doing better bowling in past so we hope they will perform better then previous matches. This is last series of MJ so every bowler should keep eye at him and don't make him big score. Pak especially is relying on Saeed ajmal bz he is the best bowler for them and they want as much as he didn't settle the batsmen on crease for long time.

  • israrkhan-586 on August 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    It same time very biggest match play on pak vs sl the last time at srilanka

  • brainvin on August 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Mahela is the premier SL batsman even though Sanga is there as well. But Mahela is a more dangerous and stylish and attacking compared to Sanga. Hope he will end well on a high this series!!!

  • on August 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    and also watchout for sanga

  • Cricsnake on August 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    With a strong bowling unit consisting both quality pacers & spinners, Pakistan must strongly care about three batsmen; Sangakkara, Mathews & Tharanga. Jayawardana is slowly declining now, probably his last days are quite similar to Kallis's. Anyway I wish all the best for MJ for the coming series. Hope he could regain his form & bat with a reasonable care as the first innings of his latest game in SSC. He is a pure batsman with so much natural abilities but quite weak in selecting shots & temperament in test batting. Though he is one of the best tacticians in the field & one of the best captains SL had ever produced. But, however he is the best man in team SL to handle pressure in crucial times. He is so unpredictable. Anyway if he made a long inning, then it will eventually become a nightmare for Pakistanis. When he is on fire he's among the best entertainers in the world. Good Luck MJ.

  • on August 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    First stop Sangakara, he has been haunting Pakistan for years in test cricket.

  • majid36 on August 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I must advice pakistan cricket team (misbah 11) not to worry about jaywerdene. bcoz he is not mahela anymore as he were in the past. but the main worry for pakistan is the sangakkara bcoz he is in blustering form.so it is better to stop sanga not great jaywerdene ( who were not mahela anymore).

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  • majid36 on August 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    I must advice pakistan cricket team (misbah 11) not to worry about jaywerdene. bcoz he is not mahela anymore as he were in the past. but the main worry for pakistan is the sangakkara bcoz he is in blustering form.so it is better to stop sanga not great jaywerdene ( who were not mahela anymore).

  • on August 2, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    First stop Sangakara, he has been haunting Pakistan for years in test cricket.

  • Cricsnake on August 2, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    With a strong bowling unit consisting both quality pacers & spinners, Pakistan must strongly care about three batsmen; Sangakkara, Mathews & Tharanga. Jayawardana is slowly declining now, probably his last days are quite similar to Kallis's. Anyway I wish all the best for MJ for the coming series. Hope he could regain his form & bat with a reasonable care as the first innings of his latest game in SSC. He is a pure batsman with so much natural abilities but quite weak in selecting shots & temperament in test batting. Though he is one of the best tacticians in the field & one of the best captains SL had ever produced. But, however he is the best man in team SL to handle pressure in crucial times. He is so unpredictable. Anyway if he made a long inning, then it will eventually become a nightmare for Pakistanis. When he is on fire he's among the best entertainers in the world. Good Luck MJ.

  • on August 2, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    and also watchout for sanga

  • brainvin on August 2, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Mahela is the premier SL batsman even though Sanga is there as well. But Mahela is a more dangerous and stylish and attacking compared to Sanga. Hope he will end well on a high this series!!!

  • israrkhan-586 on August 2, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    It same time very biggest match play on pak vs sl the last time at srilanka

  • on August 2, 2014, 18:12 GMT

    Pak has variety actions bowlers and doing better bowling in past so we hope they will perform better then previous matches. This is last series of MJ so every bowler should keep eye at him and don't make him big score. Pak especially is relying on Saeed ajmal bz he is the best bowler for them and they want as much as he didn't settle the batsmen on crease for long time.

  • mzm149 on August 2, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Stopping batsmen from scoring should never be a problem for Pakistan on any surface because we've got one of the best bowling attacks. The problem is our batting which is a serious concern. How often will Misbah and Younus save us? Khurram Manzoor, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal are not reliable. They will score in one innings and will fail in very next. Pakistan will have to focus on batting if they have to win the series.

  • t20cric on August 2, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Misbah has it wrong here. Mahela is a great batsman but out of form, if he gets in he COULD be dangerous but Sanga and Mathews certainly ARE dangerous in the form they're in. Thankfully Pakistan are blessed with Saeed Ajmal being in the form of his life. It will be very exciting to see Ajmal vs Sanga. I'm hoping Pakistan fast bowling will be hugely improved under Waqar Younis. But most importantly Pakistan batting will have to show some reliability and show us that talent that we know they have.

  • Herath-UK on August 2, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    With the unexpected loss to SA, Sri Lanka should ensure all loose ends are tightened to plan a series win over Pak. Mendis was a poor selection & with the A team doing well here wonder one or two of them should be recalled to the senior team.