Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Hambantota August 22, 2014

Depleted attacks face off in series opener

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Match facts

August 23, 2014
Start time 1000 local (0430 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan's rustiness was a major talking point ahead of the Test series, and it could be an issue before the first ODI as well. Pakistan's last 50-over match was the Asia Cup final in March. They lost that game, the second time they had lost to Sri Lanka in a tournament where they had beaten everyone else. They were both matches Pakistan could have won, but Sri Lanka showed a clear edge when it came to handling the pressure moments.

It is an issue Pakistan will want to address before the World Cup, and the return of Younis Khan seems a step in that direction. What this will do, though, is disturb a middle-order combination that doesn't seem to require too much tinkering. Pakistan have a decent set of batsmen in the ODI format, with a group of younger players - Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Fawad Alam, who scored a terrific century in the Asia Cup final - settling in nicely among the more experienced names.

Younis' inclusion, in fact, could push either Sharjeel Khan or Sohaib Maqsood, or both, out of the eleven, and this is a sign of a team trying to arrive at its best possible batting combination. It isn't the worst problem for Pakistan to face. A bigger worry is batting depth. Shahid Afridi batted at No. 7 during the Asia Cup, and while he pulled out a couple of blinders, it still seems a risky ploy. Pakistan themselves seem to think so, judging by the fact that they played an extra batsman - Maqsood - at seven during their warm-up match in Moratuwa.

Pakistan's bowling is also a concern, without Saeed Ajmal, and potentially without Junaid Khan, the extent of whose recovery from concussion suffered during the second Test is as yet unknown. During the warm-up game against the Board President's XI, the pace trio of Anwar Ali, Mohammad Talha and Wahab Riaz went for 186 runs in 26 overs.

The batsmen who took Pakistan apart included Ashan Priyanjan and Thisara Perera, who both made half-centuries at over a run a ball. They might be vying for one place in Sri Lanka's eleven at Hambantota, while Lahiru Thirimanne, who captained the Board President's XI and scored a duck, is likely to play, considering he is Sri Lanka's vice-captain.

Sri Lanka see a lot of long-term potential in Thirimanne, and he illustrated this with centuries in both matches against Pakistan during the Asia Cup. But his form since then, in all formats, has been worrying, and it is also an issue for them that he tends to bat much better in the top three than he does at No. 5 - which is where he has slotted in for most of his recent matches. Perhaps he could open in this series, in the absence of the injured Kusal Perera, but he will need to score runs, one way or another, to justify the faith Sri Lanka have shown in him.

Thirimanne is only part of Sri Lanka's larger concern over their batting in the long-term, with Dinesh Chandimal also in the process of trying to re-establish his international career. Till the World Cup, though, they still have the services of the old firm of Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jayawardene.

Sri Lanka will need to sort out their bowling combination, however, particularly in the spin department. Sachithra Senanayake, whom they have depended on for economy over recent months, has been banned for an illegal bowling action, and the selectors still haven't made up their minds on Ajantha Mendis, who is out of the squad now but could well be back before their next series. Rangana Herath tormented Pakistan in the Tests and is part of the ODI squad, but Sri Lanka will probably use him sparingly, to manage his workload. Whether Seekuge Prasanna and Suraj Randiv will allow that remains to be seen.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)

Sri Lanka LWLWW
Pakistan LWWWL

In the spotlight

Tillakaratne Dilshan has been in sparkling ODI form since his return to the team after missing the Asia Cup with an injury. His sequence of scores in England and against South Africa at home read 33, 88, 2, 71, 28, 40, 86, 30. Pakistan will want to get him early, or their patched-up bowling attack could be in for a lot of punishment.

Younis Khan is back in Pakistan's ODI side after more than a year out. He was dropped for the Champions Trophy last year after a poor run, during which he averaged just 16.75 in 12 innings. He will need to make sure his numbers in this series are a whole lot better if he is to realise his hope of playing one last World Cup.

Team news

Upul Tharanga will rejoin Dilshan at the top of the order, with Kusal Perera out injured. Sri Lanka have a choice to make between batsman Priyanjan and seam-bowling allrounder Thisara at No. 7, while the spin attack will wear a new look with Senanayake suspended for an illegal bowling action and Mendis dropped. Lasith Malinga had an issue with his back and will undergo a fitness test before the match, but it looks like he will be fit to play.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Seekuge Prasanna, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Suraj Randiv, 11 Lasith Malinga

In the absence of Ajmal, who is flying to Brisbane for tests on his bowling action, Pakistan could include left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar. Younis' return to the ODI team could be at No. 3, with Mohammad Hafeez moving up the order to open in place of Sharjeel. Junaid has been practising with the rest of the team following the concussion he suffered in the second Test, but in case he hasn't fully recovered, Mohammad Irfan could take his place.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Mohammad Talha, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Zulfiqar Babar, 11 Junaid Khan/Mohammad Irfan

Pitch and conditions

Three of the last six ODIs at the Mahinda Rajapakse International Stadium have had no result, and a fourth, between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, was reduced to 23 overs a side. The forecast for Saturday isn't too promising either, with the Met department predicting rough seas and wind speeds of up to 70kph in coastal areas including Hambantota.

Stats and trivia

  • Randiv, if picked, will play his first ODI since August 2011. In that match against Australia, Randiv was Sri Lanka's top scorer and top wicket-taker.

  • Thirimanne averages 47.66 in nine matches against Pakistan. His next-best average against other teams apart from Bangladesh is 32.11 against Australia.

  • The team winning the toss will have a difficult decision to make: teams batting first have won five matches in Hambantota, as have teams batting second.

  • Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been neck-and-neck in their recent head-to-head in Sri Lanka. Both teams have won four matches each out of the last nine the two teams have played, with one no-result.

    Quotes

    "The one-dayers will be different and Pakistan will come hard at us. They are a good side and we have to be at the top of our game."
    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews

    "This is a good chance to assess ourselves since the World Cup is not too far away. Every one-dayer we play will tell us where we stand."
    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq

    Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 23, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    ohhhh,its better to have younis khan in odi....outstanding player

  • ground-boy on August 23, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Century from AM,UT,KS,MJ .........................

  • Masood_Indhar on August 23, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan should open with Shehzad don't waste his talent.

  • on August 23, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Inclusion of Younis in ODI is not a good sign for Pakistan. Sohaib Maqsood is new talented player and Younis will just try to make some runs to make sure he can play next game.

  • NAYMAR.JR on August 23, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    selectors should find two new batsmans who have somefirepower and confidance.to play no 6 and 7 positions.coz when the asking rate crosing 5.5 thiri,chandi,maiya(now),priynjan are nothing.we can onley trust mathew,sanga,and dilly.

  • on August 23, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Upul,Dilshi,Sanga,Chandi/Thiri,Maiya,Anji,Thisara,Kule,Hera,Randiv,Slinga/Prasad.....Should be great team.either chandi or Thiri should replaced by KJP when he is fully fit to play and Upul should bat at No-4....coz he is such a experience player.He can play against pressure...He proved that in bilateral series vs Australia in 2013....All the best Both teams

  • on August 23, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    What Fawad Alam And Younus Khan Are Doing There ?? We Must Change These Two With Sharjeel And Maqsood

  • dhanawardane on August 22, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    I think Thirimanna,Tharanga and Kulasekara are bad selection for the 15 squad.Kulsekara only suite for slower wickets like Dambulla. my team with batting order should be 1.Kusala perera 2.TM Dilshana 3.Dinesh chandimala 4.Kumara Sangakkara 5.Mahela Jayawardane 6.Anjalo mathives 7.Thisara perera 8.Seekuge prasanna/Rangana Hereth 9 Binura Fernando 10.Suraj Randive 11.Lasith Malinga

    if we want to win the world cup please keep Thirimanna and Kulasekara away from the squad.....

  • Zahidsaltin on August 22, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Pakistan's biggest concern is bowling even when their batting has always been the weakest point. Wahab and Talha will be torn apart and Anwer Ali should never been prefered over Bhatti.

  • on August 22, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    I just dont know why 3 or 4 bowlers were played in the test series. Now will they select 2 or 3 bowlers for one day series? Who is in charge??

  • on August 23, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    ohhhh,its better to have younis khan in odi....outstanding player

  • ground-boy on August 23, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Century from AM,UT,KS,MJ .........................

  • Masood_Indhar on August 23, 2014, 4:00 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan should open with Shehzad don't waste his talent.

  • on August 23, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Inclusion of Younis in ODI is not a good sign for Pakistan. Sohaib Maqsood is new talented player and Younis will just try to make some runs to make sure he can play next game.

  • NAYMAR.JR on August 23, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    selectors should find two new batsmans who have somefirepower and confidance.to play no 6 and 7 positions.coz when the asking rate crosing 5.5 thiri,chandi,maiya(now),priynjan are nothing.we can onley trust mathew,sanga,and dilly.

  • on August 23, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Upul,Dilshi,Sanga,Chandi/Thiri,Maiya,Anji,Thisara,Kule,Hera,Randiv,Slinga/Prasad.....Should be great team.either chandi or Thiri should replaced by KJP when he is fully fit to play and Upul should bat at No-4....coz he is such a experience player.He can play against pressure...He proved that in bilateral series vs Australia in 2013....All the best Both teams

  • on August 23, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    What Fawad Alam And Younus Khan Are Doing There ?? We Must Change These Two With Sharjeel And Maqsood

  • dhanawardane on August 22, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    I think Thirimanna,Tharanga and Kulasekara are bad selection for the 15 squad.Kulsekara only suite for slower wickets like Dambulla. my team with batting order should be 1.Kusala perera 2.TM Dilshana 3.Dinesh chandimala 4.Kumara Sangakkara 5.Mahela Jayawardane 6.Anjalo mathives 7.Thisara perera 8.Seekuge prasanna/Rangana Hereth 9 Binura Fernando 10.Suraj Randive 11.Lasith Malinga

    if we want to win the world cup please keep Thirimanna and Kulasekara away from the squad.....

  • Zahidsaltin on August 22, 2014, 23:13 GMT

    Pakistan's biggest concern is bowling even when their batting has always been the weakest point. Wahab and Talha will be torn apart and Anwer Ali should never been prefered over Bhatti.

  • on August 22, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    I just dont know why 3 or 4 bowlers were played in the test series. Now will they select 2 or 3 bowlers for one day series? Who is in charge??

  • on August 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    Come on Why Pakistan wasting their Talent Shoaib Maqsood and Sharjeel Better Misbah & Younas Should Sit out . Feel Sorry for Shoaib & Sharjeel

  • on August 22, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Younas and Misbah should now retire

  • ajju131 on August 22, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Shahid Afridi going to be rock in the absence of Ajmal

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    no saman , rangana is great no doubts. but compare the senanayake & randiv. randivs batting & bowling average in odi more greater than senanayake. randiv can make a wicket. randiv last series he play for just only 1st match of 3 match series. he make 41 runs from bat & 2 wicket from bowl against australia. it is best batting & bowling for sri lanka,but next match he axed. the reason is he change club ncc to bloomfield

  • roook on August 22, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Whoa Maqsood is sacrifice for younis , Fawad Alam, Younis Khan and Misbah all have slow strike rate and younis has poor ODI average for just 30 n . This batting line-up cannot chase more than 200 target. Misbah should be consistent with his selection and should have some trust on youth as other captains do. Changing batting lineup in every series will not help. If this is the batting line up for world cup in which nobody in top 6 averages above 40 except misbah and have poor strike rate god save us.

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    SARFARAZ? no too young for world cup,, its a big risk! but COME ON Sohaib Maqsood not playing !!!!!!! don't Pakistan know Australia & New Zealand is BOUNCY ! & Sohaib Maqsood is perfect the way he made two half Centuries in his FIRST MATCHES , HANDLED A BOUNCY SOUTH AFRICAN BOWLING , Plus he is tall also ! Pakistan Board, Come ON ! ok not bad to test Younis Khan but Sohaib need most opportunities because world cup is ahead , no checking pk board Please ! Sohaib is directly in for me becz he is tall , good technique , can play bounce , Spin BOTH ! COME ON Waqar bro, i trust u , i know u will not make a mistake Insha Allah !

  • on August 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    But Pakistan will miss definitely their inform Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed because this would be much tough than test series because they much more balance bowling unit than in the test series

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Why drop Maqsood for Younuis??? Younuis is at the end of his career. And, he was never a good ODI player. Maqsood is the future... especially for ODI's. We already have Misbah who plays watchful cricket in the middle order. Give Maqsood, Umar Akmal and Fawad as much chance to play before the World Cup. Give the younger guys the chance to play more competitive circket before the World Cup. And, I agree Shariq... only batsman inform in the test series was Sarfraz and they sent him back. He actually batted aggressively during the test series. Plus he is a specialist keeper.

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Sharjeel,shehzad,umerakmal,misbah,fawad,sohaib,hafeez,afridi,talha,junaid,irfan should b the team playing in sl

  • on August 22, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    why sohaib maqsood isn't included??

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Need Chandi for thirimanne and herath for randiv, that will looks better side

  • on August 22, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    If fawad alam can bowl left arm spin then why not play maqsood instead of zulfiqar bowling could be hafeez (off spin ) afridi (leg spin) fawad ( left spin) then two pacers

  • reverseswing97 on August 22, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Hafeez opening the innings......This should be interesting

  • SLMaster on August 22, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Thirimanne batted well against PAK. His failure was ENG. He should get couple of chances but not too many. He has the talent. Also, SL should improve the bowling side. They are good. Best bowling team always wins.

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Umer akmal should not keep don't understand why sarfaraz sent back to Pakistan after performing so well in the test match? really stupid decision from Pakistan team. WC is few months away and not selecting sarfaraz for world cup and this tour is a big disaster, except 10 to 15 runs from akmal who is the worst keeper. Irfan and Junaid must for ODi and they should have picked young Raza Hasan, a talented left arm spinner. No expectation from akmal and hafeez, and afridi performs once in a year

  • t20cric on August 22, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal & Junaid Khan are our best 2 bowlers. Ajmal won't be there for this match but it will be nice practice for when he retires. Junaid Khan as Misbah said is fully fit so hopefully he will play. I think Irfan will have to replace Talha if he is fit and the third pacer can either be Wahab Riaz or Anwar Ali. When it comes to spin Afridi & Hafeez can be a handful if they need a specialist spinner then Zulfiqar Babar can play or they can play an extra batsman. The team could be :1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Mohammad Hafeez, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Umar Akmal, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Wahab Riaz/Anwar Ali, 9.Zulfiqar Babar, 10.Mohammad Irfan/Mohammad Talha, 11.Junaid Khan or it could be 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Mohammad Hafeez, 3.Younis Khan, 4.Fawad Alam, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Umar Akmal, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Wahab Riaz/Anwar Ali, 10.Mohammad Irfan/Mohammad Talha, 11.Junaid Khan. So we're looking at a team with 3 spinners or 7 batsmen.

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Anybody but Thirimanna, he will drag the whole team down, regardless of his batting position..

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Although Pakistan's one day batting looks relatively stronger I've some reservations on strike rate of some of Pakistan's middle order. let's go back to Asia cup final where Misbah and Alam resurrected Pakistan's sinking ship but I still believe they left it a little too late for Afridi to come and have some meaningful contribution.Pakistan could have won that match with 20 plus runs. Now with younas also coming in the likes of Sharjeel and Maqsood have to sit out who are big boundary hitters. Umer is also very late in the batting order. so how these three you nas Misbah and alam play their overs could play a vital role in deciding the outcome of the series. Pakistan needs a one down player who not only rotates the strike but also a big boundary hitter. This also keeps pressure on the bowlers and helps achieving big targets.

  • on August 22, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Wahab Riaz is not ready for an odi return. He still bowls no balls and tends to bowl wides now and again. Mohammad Irfan needs to replace Wahab Riaz if Junaid is fit to play.

  • rawjns on August 22, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    I think Misbah should now step down shall make way for Sarfaraz to play as WK batsmen. Shahid or Younis should be made captain till the Worldcup and a vice captain Junaid or Sarfaraz should be groomed till then ... isay Shehzad bcuz he has been under 19 wc winning captain has been captaining many clubs and if supported by mangement and other players could prove areal leader from behind the wickets.

    Our WC line up should be Shehzad, Hafeez (who will be a total flop in australia as was in South africa just keeping him as he is a usefull bowler) younis, U Akmal, Alam, Sarfaraz, Afridi, Ajmal, Junaid, Anwer/bhatti and Irfan.... I bet we have a great chance of winning it ....

  • on August 22, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Looking forward for upul tharanga's good performance again

  • mensan on August 22, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    My PAK team: 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Anwar Ali, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Zulfiqar Babar, 11 Mohammad Talha

    We must persist with Anwar Ali. This will give him confidence. If Junaid is fit, he must play. Otherwise Talha or Irfan can play.

  • on August 22, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    If weather permits, I believe Pak will have a good chance to bounce back. Last time SL faced many problems with Z Barbar & Junaid is also a big headache to SL so does Afridi. Since captaincy burden is not there I hope Hafeez will play more freely.Yunis id there to absorb pressure situations. SL needs real good performances from out of form guys like Thiri & Candi and to some extent Mahela & Dilshan too. I am not that convinced with Surajs inclusion. there are lot of youngsters out there to groom. Suraj is a good bowler but too old as a future investment(now) & so does the tharanga (should have tried with an in form youngster)

  • Saman_WMA on August 22, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    I cant agree with Roshitha Chameera. Inclusion of Randiv instead of Rangana was a big mistake in the world cup final in India. Rangana should be an automatic selection. Anyone who doubts ability of Rangana should look at how he bowled New Zealand out in T20 semi finals in Bangladesh.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    one day again Siri lanka would not be easy task as they have much variation and variety in Spin and fast bowling department so it would be HEARTH'S 3 (Malinga,Kaulusekra and hearth) rather than one so good testing time for Pakistani's batsman

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    what is thirimanne doing in this team/

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Stats and trivia Randiv, if picked, will play his first ODI since August 2011. In that match against Australia, Randiv was Sri Lanka's top scorer and top wicket-taker

    see that with this performence why he cut from the team, only reason is to change the club

  • spellbinder76 on August 22, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Misbah is already making excuses. He is saying that Saeed Ajmal will be a big loss. The defensive mindset will cost Pakistan dearly. Pakistan already has three spinners in Hafeez, Afridi and Zulfikar Babar. I hope Misbah doesn't overwork Irfan to finish his career. Misbah should use Wahab Riaz, Talha and Anwar. If he selects Fawad Alam he is a handy change bowler so where is the problem.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    Well done Srilanka

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    i think younas inclusion will mean that maqsood and sharjeel out of side and hafez back to opening. hard to balance with him in with Misbah-Alam.

    Also pakistan needs Anwar to play in playing 11 as they badly need a medium pace all rounder. anwar has decent batting. Irfan shouldnt play if not 100%. Afridi and hafez might be enough and instead of baber, they should pick fast bowler. Sharjeel khan has no chance in playing 11.

    1- Hafeez, 2- Shehzad 3- Younas / Maqsood 4- Umar 5- Misbah 6- Fawad 7- Afridi 8- anwar 9- Wahab 10- baber/Irfan 11- Junaid.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Vice captain could be "Captain in Waiting" or in other words the player who is most likely to take over from incumbent captain. In that case it should be someone with good leadership skills and established his place in the side based on performance. The second scenario appears when such a player cannot be identified from the current most likely playing XI. In that case vice captain could be a very senior player (could be even a past captain who had stepped down) whose presence and advice on-field would be valuable to the captain. Thirimanne does not qualify to be vice captain under either scenario. He is only a good first class level batsman and nothing else. How good he is can be assessed from his test match performances. He has scored only 610 runs in 14 matches averaging just above 25 with a solitary century that too against lowly placed Bangladesh. Even in ODIs he averages below 30 after 71 matches with a strike rate below 70. He should not be in the squad even. I rest my case.

  • on August 22, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    My XI for First & 2nd Odis 1.Dilshan 2.Mahela 3. Sanga 4. Chandi 5. Mathews 6.Ashan 7 Thisara 8. Kule 9. Randew 10. prasanna 11. malinga

  • Hafeezbabar on August 22, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Mohammad Irfan would most effective against Sri Lanka, because Sri Lanka never faced him before. but i am worry about Mohammad Anwar, he has not proved himself as bowler, but he proved as batsman, he is good depth batsman.

  • Ray24 on August 22, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    One step forward and three steps back. Why would you select Yunus who has a average of mid 30 and a SR of 70! We already have a guy who blocks more than he scores, Misbah. Try and move forward please. Sohaib and Maqsood will get better if persisted with, Yunus won't!

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:42 GMT

    Best Of Luck For Team Pakistan By observing last performances it is clear that SL has edge in all departments. But still we hope for the best from Team Pakistan. On there day they can do anything unexpected both in negative and positive way. So lets see what happened Tomarrow.

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    It will be Much great if junaid and irfan play together because Irfan has never played against Srilanka and it will not be easy for the Lankans to play him first time around MY XI 1.Shehzad 2,Hafeez 3,Younis 4,Misbah 5,Fawad 6,Umar 7.Afridi 8.Anwar 9.Zulfiqar 10. Wahab/Irfan 11,Junaid And it will be Fawad the player who watched out for

  • on August 22, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Misbah, Younis, Fawad all in the playing 11. Concerning as a Pakistani supporter. Miabah has to change his old school tactics now. Please Misbah No more of sitting down and waiting for the opposition to take over charge. Please show some intent get in Sharjeel

  • Blade-Runner on August 22, 2014, 12:23 GMT

    I don't understand why they keep selecting Thirimanne. He is clearly out of form. Why don't they let him play some domestic Cricket, bash some club bowlers and get his confidence back ? Chandimal or Priyanjan should be in the playing XI instead of Thirimanne.

    My XI : Dilshan/ Tharanga/ Sanga / Mahela / Chandimal / Mathews / Thisara / Prasanna / Kula / Randiv / Slinga.

  • Hareendra on August 22, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Priyanjan, Thisara, Randiv, Kule, Herath, Malinga

  • TheAnalyzer on August 22, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Without KJP in the team,, the best with the batting order..

    1. Tharanga 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal / Priyanjan 6. Matthews 7. Thissara 8. Prasanna 9. Prasad 10. Herath 11. Malinga

  • zzby on August 22, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Pakistan dont have much bowling worries, Anwar,Talha,Wahab,Hafeez,Shahid,Zulfiqar would all be playing and that will give worries to opponenets. But that will make 4 allrounders(1 batting,3bowling) + 2 specialist(seamer+spinner).

  • Dharmarathne on August 22, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Looking back at the past performances of Thirimanne against Pakistan specially in the asia cup (2 centuries in 2 matches) I would prefer him to have a one last chance in the 1st odi but he should play as an opener anyway. If he can't bat at top 3, he should wait till sanga or dilshan retires, as he is a waste at the 5th spot. So Upul Tharanga needs to get into the middle order. If Upul playa as an opener, Thirimanna should be dropped and Priyanjan must bat at no.5 as he is a more solid batsman.

  • YsaKaru on August 22, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    MY XI FOR 1st & 2nd odis: 1.dilshan 2.mahela 3.sanga 4.chandi 5.ashan 6.mathews 7.thisara 8.prasanna 9.kule 10.herath 11.malinga GOOD LUCK BOYS!!!

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 22, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    It will be very unfair if Thiri and Kule will be given places in final X1 considering their current form. What has Thiri done to impress selectors? He is like early 90's batsman having Ave below 30 in every format. He kills the future of num of young SL players by hanging around..On the other hand Kule last 7 ODI 5 Wkts..5 runs..so I go with Russel Arnold's X1 Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Priyanjan, Matthews, Thisara, Prasad, Herath, Malinga, Randive/Kule

  • malavi on August 22, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Pls try Tharanga in the middle-order. He's done well there in the past and I think his game suits it. And if it works,it would fill a major current gap in the Sri Lankan side ahead of World Cup.

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Why thirimanne still in the team ahead of chandimal and ashan ? Look at chandimal's form in the recent series va ENgland lions and Newzealand A team. He is better than thirimanne. He should be in the team instead of thirimanne. Even ashan priyanjan is also better batsmen than thirimanne.

  • Cric-Aus-SL on August 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    thirimanne must be very very lucky to get this much of a long run despite of his flaws and failures

  • on August 22, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    There is a opener named Dhanushka Gunathilaka who performed very well in last Sri Lanka A tour of England... He should be in the team of last ODI... Or why can't MJ open batting while his place can be given to ashan priyanjan... Whatever happened, thisara perera should be in team because WC is nearing...

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  • on August 22, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    There is a opener named Dhanushka Gunathilaka who performed very well in last Sri Lanka A tour of England... He should be in the team of last ODI... Or why can't MJ open batting while his place can be given to ashan priyanjan... Whatever happened, thisara perera should be in team because WC is nearing...

  • Cric-Aus-SL on August 22, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    thirimanne must be very very lucky to get this much of a long run despite of his flaws and failures

  • on August 22, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Why thirimanne still in the team ahead of chandimal and ashan ? Look at chandimal's form in the recent series va ENgland lions and Newzealand A team. He is better than thirimanne. He should be in the team instead of thirimanne. Even ashan priyanjan is also better batsmen than thirimanne.

  • malavi on August 22, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Pls try Tharanga in the middle-order. He's done well there in the past and I think his game suits it. And if it works,it would fill a major current gap in the Sri Lankan side ahead of World Cup.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 22, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    It will be very unfair if Thiri and Kule will be given places in final X1 considering their current form. What has Thiri done to impress selectors? He is like early 90's batsman having Ave below 30 in every format. He kills the future of num of young SL players by hanging around..On the other hand Kule last 7 ODI 5 Wkts..5 runs..so I go with Russel Arnold's X1 Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Priyanjan, Matthews, Thisara, Prasad, Herath, Malinga, Randive/Kule

  • YsaKaru on August 22, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    MY XI FOR 1st & 2nd odis: 1.dilshan 2.mahela 3.sanga 4.chandi 5.ashan 6.mathews 7.thisara 8.prasanna 9.kule 10.herath 11.malinga GOOD LUCK BOYS!!!

  • Dharmarathne on August 22, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Looking back at the past performances of Thirimanne against Pakistan specially in the asia cup (2 centuries in 2 matches) I would prefer him to have a one last chance in the 1st odi but he should play as an opener anyway. If he can't bat at top 3, he should wait till sanga or dilshan retires, as he is a waste at the 5th spot. So Upul Tharanga needs to get into the middle order. If Upul playa as an opener, Thirimanna should be dropped and Priyanjan must bat at no.5 as he is a more solid batsman.

  • zzby on August 22, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Pakistan dont have much bowling worries, Anwar,Talha,Wahab,Hafeez,Shahid,Zulfiqar would all be playing and that will give worries to opponenets. But that will make 4 allrounders(1 batting,3bowling) + 2 specialist(seamer+spinner).

  • TheAnalyzer on August 22, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Without KJP in the team,, the best with the batting order..

    1. Tharanga 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal / Priyanjan 6. Matthews 7. Thissara 8. Prasanna 9. Prasad 10. Herath 11. Malinga

  • Hareendra on August 22, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews, Priyanjan, Thisara, Randiv, Kule, Herath, Malinga