Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Hambantota August 23, 2014

Maqsood, Fawad power Pakistan in stunning chase

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Pakistan 277 for 6 (Maqsood 89, Fawad 62) beat Sri Lanka 275 for 7 (Mathews 89, Jayawardene 63, Wahab 3-50) by four wickets (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Three-fourths of the way through this first ODI, the match seemed to be over as a contest. But just when the spectators at Hambantota might have resigned themselves to watch the game drag itself to a stultifying finish, Pakistan staged one of those incredible revivals that sprinkle 50-over cricket with a dash of magic. The protagonists in this drama were Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam, who added 147 runs for the sixth wicket, in 117 balls, to bring Pakistan back from the dead and drag them over the line with one ball left to play, after all manner of final-over drama. It was only the second time in the last three years that Pakistan had successfully chased a 250-plus target.

In a match shortened to 45 overs a side following a shower that began six overs into the game and lasted just under an hour, Sri Lanka had set Pakistan 275 to win. They had recovered from 75 from 4 in the 18th over, thanks to Angelo Mathews, who made his highest ODI score and put on 116 for the fifth wicket with Mahela Jayawardene, and thanks to an unbeaten 15-ball 39 from Ashan Priyanjan, who had thrown Pakistan's pace bowlers off their line with his movement around the crease.

Having sent Sri Lanka in and had them in trouble, with his trio of left-arm seamers exploiting the bounce and overcast conditions, Misbah-ul-Haq had seen the game slip alarmingly from Pakistan's grasp. His own tactics had played some part in this momentum shift - he brought spin on from both ends and spread his fields almost as soon as the Jayawardene-Mathews partnership had begun - and Sri Lanka had taken full toll, scoring 60 runs from their last five overs and 105 from the last 10.

Halfway through the chase, Pakistan had lost even more momentum and were sinking without a trace. Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan and Umar Akmal had perished trying to boost a sluggish scoring rate, and Ahmed Shehzad, who had looked good without quite getting beyond third gear, got a good ball from Thisara Perera, which nipped in off the track and bowled him through the gate. When Misbah-ul-Haq gloved an attempted sweep to the keeper, at the exact halfway point of the allotted 45 overs, Pakistan needed 169 runs at 7.5 an over.

Maqsood scored at a run a ball right from the time he walked in, but Fawad at the other end was struggling. The required rate was creeping up towards nine an over when Maqsood ran down the pitch to the first ball of the 33rd over, and was beaten by extravagant turn from Rangana Herath. So was Kumar Sangakkara behind the stumps, however, and Maqsood had a life and Pakistan four byes.

Having let Maqsood off, Sri Lanka's worries grew as he began finding the boundary roughly once an over. He punched a waist-high full-toss from Thisara Perera between the bowler and mid-off, sliced a length ball from Herath deliberately through the vacant slip area, and whipped a low Malinga full-toss - in the first over of the batting Powerplay - into the narrow gap between midwicket and deep square leg. Fawad, who till then had looked to bring Maqsood on strike whenever possible, then struck two fours off one Kulasekara over.

With three field-restricted overs still remaining, Pakistan now needed 72 from 48. Maqsood and Fawad, already sprinting frantically between the wickets, upped their game: in the next over from Malinga, they ran three doubles in four balls. Nineteen came off the next two overs, and Pakistan now needed 45 from 30: Pakistan were in routine Twenty20 territory.

All they needed was that one big over, and it came off a bowler who had tormented them during the Test series. The two batsmen at the crease hadn't been around for Herath to inflict any psychological damage on them, though, and all they saw were the gaps in the field. Fawad drilled Herath through cover, Maqsood swept him square, Fawad swept him fine. Fourteen came off that over, and Pakistan were coasting.

This being Pakistan, though, a bit of late drama was in order. Shahid Afridi provided it, predictably enough, after Fawad fell to a slower ball from Malinga. Afridi walked in with 22 required from 18, and he and Maqsood brought it down without too many alarms to five from the last over. Having given away singles off the first two balls, Kulasekara bowled a dot ball to Afridi. Three from three.

Afridi swung at the next ball, a short one, and missed. Maqsood hared out of his crease, trying to steal the strike. Afridi sent him back. Sangakkara underarmed a throw to the bowler. Maqsood was miles out. Kulasekara was at handshaking distance from the stumps. The ball slipped from his grasp and missed the stumps.

Kulasekara sent down the fifth ball. It was short and wide, and Afridi smacked it past point for four. Pakistan had lost this match more than once, but they had won when it counted.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Upyoursindia on August 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    All of you who are still harping on the fact that Chandimal should be in the squad are living in a dream world, DC has failed miserably in the past 14 months, and his inclusion is now dragging the side down with his repeated failures, furthermore he is also depriving another player from playing in the 11. We lost this match because of his 2 fielding blunders, and his putrid batting. nuf said.

  • on August 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @ prem2248 u got no point mate. fielding wise Dili Mahela doing better than youngsters. and Heraths fielding is not that bad-def average or above average! we know Sanga is not the best w/keeper but as a batsman-> u can't complain! definitely we need to changes our top order batting. Chandi/Thiri should play higher up if they r going to be in the side. this match (like last UAE test match) Angi also did a mistake. when the fawad/maqsood building the partnership he should hv atleast try Priyanjan a few (like the said test he didn't use Dilruwan a single over) hope he will learn to change tactics more innovatively!

  • Zetta on August 25, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Yet another exiting match. Not too happy to see Sri Lanka lose, but really enjoyed the game. What are Sri Lanka and Pakistan win/loss ratios in Hambantota by the way? Does someone know?

  • on August 25, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    @ sara2a -u r correct on many man!Selectors ruined him frm the beginning.When he ws performing well, then selectors delayed his inclusion to the team for yrs & even after coming in to the team as he started to settle,they unsettled him (changin his position here&there,not givin matches etc I guess now he is not that psychologically settled due to what he experienced in the past. saying that I don't think its an excuse to include him to the team now.Let he develop well before dragging back so fast @ THEBEAST7 -Definitely he was better in the higher up&need to give more chances to bat higher up.But@the moment he is mentally not settled.He definitely need good supp to settled mentally.&SL batting order is also not at it best.Mahela (or if Thiri is included Thiri)should open with either Kusal or Dilshan.Dilshan seems to be going out of form. kusal needs to be more consistent.U cn b consistent while being aggressive!need propr ODI w/keeper.Sanga should be a pure batsman!

  • Yasi_Gee on August 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I thought Priyanjan is an all-rounder; if yes then why didn't he bowl a single over? We need to prepare for the world cup and select a team who can bat and bowl in bouncy wickets. I don't think this team well do at all in Australia and New Zealand.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 25, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ sara2a: Yes you are correct on that one mate. Chandi should grab all those opportunities that comes his way because the way he is failing at the international level and since Thiri is also on the bench (having a better chance than Chandi since he is the VC in one format). Chandi will not get many chances Im afraid to prove he belongs unless like u said he makes some good runs in the next couple of games.

  • sara2a on August 25, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @ THEBEAST7 : :-) Getting your preferred batting position is a bonus. If you're lucky, you will get it. But majority of the players around the world earn their place by performing down the order. If you are good enough, you have to be able to perform to a reasonable level at any slot in the batting order. Of course there are positions where you do better, but not getting your preferred slot should not be an excuse for continuous failure...

    On the other hand, none of the recent dismissals of Chandimal were results of the match situation. If he got out trying to slog for example, then he can put the blame on his batting slot... But match situation didn't have anything to do with his recent failures, so it's just a lame excuse...

    That said, there is no doubt that he is a very exciting talent... I think the selectors are ruining a very bright future by picking him at this moment, and by not letting him work on his game...

  • THEBEAST7 on August 25, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @ sara2a: Chandi will come good surely for the world cup mate. He just needs to bat at 4. Mahela should open with Dilly, Sanga or Tharanga at 3 playing the anchor role while Chandi coming in at 4 followed by Tharanga or Sanga. If SLC needs Chandi to give his best, give him his place.

  • sara2a on August 25, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    @Danuka Perera ; You make a valid point, I too agree that Chandimal plays better on fast and bouncy pitches. But with the current form he is in, it's a huge risk to go to the world cup with him purely counting on his previous record on fast tracks... Giving him continuous chances to see if he regains form means that simultaneously we are losing our opportunity to try someone else... Unlike when he first came to the team and succeeded, his weakness at the bouncer is a well known fact now. In each of the recent series, bowlers exploited this to great effect. I don't think it's a safe bet to go by his previous success on bouncy tracks...

    Cricket is a funny game... if we play Chandi, he might even end up as the man of the series in the world cup... But leaving that uncertain nature of cricket aside, I feel it's just too much of a risk to persist with him given that we don't have much time to play with...

  • Desihungama on August 24, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    It was atrocious to play Fawad Alam in T20 and then drop him based on his performance in the particular format. The fans have always maintained Fawad is best suited for Test and ODI Cricket and look how the move is paying dividend with his classy rescue batting in last 2-3 ODI's. They need to immediately bring him into Test squad. On Afridi, before this series is over he will have at least one MoM performance to his name. Umar Akmal has now been given the bat up the order chances quiet few times and he is not utilizing it. I am not worried about Misbah and Younis but Wahab has turned out to surprise most with his decent control on ball. Irfan should play just last ODI now.

  • Upyoursindia on August 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    All of you who are still harping on the fact that Chandimal should be in the squad are living in a dream world, DC has failed miserably in the past 14 months, and his inclusion is now dragging the side down with his repeated failures, furthermore he is also depriving another player from playing in the 11. We lost this match because of his 2 fielding blunders, and his putrid batting. nuf said.

  • on August 25, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @ prem2248 u got no point mate. fielding wise Dili Mahela doing better than youngsters. and Heraths fielding is not that bad-def average or above average! we know Sanga is not the best w/keeper but as a batsman-> u can't complain! definitely we need to changes our top order batting. Chandi/Thiri should play higher up if they r going to be in the side. this match (like last UAE test match) Angi also did a mistake. when the fawad/maqsood building the partnership he should hv atleast try Priyanjan a few (like the said test he didn't use Dilruwan a single over) hope he will learn to change tactics more innovatively!

  • Zetta on August 25, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Yet another exiting match. Not too happy to see Sri Lanka lose, but really enjoyed the game. What are Sri Lanka and Pakistan win/loss ratios in Hambantota by the way? Does someone know?

  • on August 25, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    @ sara2a -u r correct on many man!Selectors ruined him frm the beginning.When he ws performing well, then selectors delayed his inclusion to the team for yrs & even after coming in to the team as he started to settle,they unsettled him (changin his position here&there,not givin matches etc I guess now he is not that psychologically settled due to what he experienced in the past. saying that I don't think its an excuse to include him to the team now.Let he develop well before dragging back so fast @ THEBEAST7 -Definitely he was better in the higher up&need to give more chances to bat higher up.But@the moment he is mentally not settled.He definitely need good supp to settled mentally.&SL batting order is also not at it best.Mahela (or if Thiri is included Thiri)should open with either Kusal or Dilshan.Dilshan seems to be going out of form. kusal needs to be more consistent.U cn b consistent while being aggressive!need propr ODI w/keeper.Sanga should be a pure batsman!

  • Yasi_Gee on August 25, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I thought Priyanjan is an all-rounder; if yes then why didn't he bowl a single over? We need to prepare for the world cup and select a team who can bat and bowl in bouncy wickets. I don't think this team well do at all in Australia and New Zealand.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 25, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    @ sara2a: Yes you are correct on that one mate. Chandi should grab all those opportunities that comes his way because the way he is failing at the international level and since Thiri is also on the bench (having a better chance than Chandi since he is the VC in one format). Chandi will not get many chances Im afraid to prove he belongs unless like u said he makes some good runs in the next couple of games.

  • sara2a on August 25, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    @ THEBEAST7 : :-) Getting your preferred batting position is a bonus. If you're lucky, you will get it. But majority of the players around the world earn their place by performing down the order. If you are good enough, you have to be able to perform to a reasonable level at any slot in the batting order. Of course there are positions where you do better, but not getting your preferred slot should not be an excuse for continuous failure...

    On the other hand, none of the recent dismissals of Chandimal were results of the match situation. If he got out trying to slog for example, then he can put the blame on his batting slot... But match situation didn't have anything to do with his recent failures, so it's just a lame excuse...

    That said, there is no doubt that he is a very exciting talent... I think the selectors are ruining a very bright future by picking him at this moment, and by not letting him work on his game...

  • THEBEAST7 on August 25, 2014, 5:39 GMT

    @ sara2a: Chandi will come good surely for the world cup mate. He just needs to bat at 4. Mahela should open with Dilly, Sanga or Tharanga at 3 playing the anchor role while Chandi coming in at 4 followed by Tharanga or Sanga. If SLC needs Chandi to give his best, give him his place.

  • sara2a on August 25, 2014, 1:46 GMT

    @Danuka Perera ; You make a valid point, I too agree that Chandimal plays better on fast and bouncy pitches. But with the current form he is in, it's a huge risk to go to the world cup with him purely counting on his previous record on fast tracks... Giving him continuous chances to see if he regains form means that simultaneously we are losing our opportunity to try someone else... Unlike when he first came to the team and succeeded, his weakness at the bouncer is a well known fact now. In each of the recent series, bowlers exploited this to great effect. I don't think it's a safe bet to go by his previous success on bouncy tracks...

    Cricket is a funny game... if we play Chandi, he might even end up as the man of the series in the world cup... But leaving that uncertain nature of cricket aside, I feel it's just too much of a risk to persist with him given that we don't have much time to play with...

  • Desihungama on August 24, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    It was atrocious to play Fawad Alam in T20 and then drop him based on his performance in the particular format. The fans have always maintained Fawad is best suited for Test and ODI Cricket and look how the move is paying dividend with his classy rescue batting in last 2-3 ODI's. They need to immediately bring him into Test squad. On Afridi, before this series is over he will have at least one MoM performance to his name. Umar Akmal has now been given the bat up the order chances quiet few times and he is not utilizing it. I am not worried about Misbah and Younis but Wahab has turned out to surprise most with his decent control on ball. Irfan should play just last ODI now.

  • t20cric on August 24, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    I wonder who Pakistan is going to drop now to bring Ajmal back into the team. 1.Ahmed Shehzad- Good opener who hasn't done anything to deserve being dropped, 2.Mohammad Hafeez- Scores plenty of runs against SL & in the whole sub-continent overall. Also is an economical bowler, 3.Younis Khan- Needs time to adjust to ODI format since his experience will be needed in WC, 4.Umar Akmal- Only keeper in the squad & scored a century few months ago, 5.Misbah-ul-haq- Is captain & usually scores runs, 6.Fawad Alam- In good form, is left arm batsman, can bowl good part time spin, 7.Sohaib Maqsood- Scored match winning knock, is a good batsman, 8.Shahid Afridi- can be dangerous bowler & batsman, 9.Wahab Riaz- Took more wickets than anyone else & is a reasonable hitter, 10.Mohammad Irfan- Is a good bowler who can win games in short spells, 11.Junaid Khan- Won't bowl this bad all the time, usually gets wickets for Pakistan.

  • t20cric on August 24, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    This was a great match for Pakistan. When I woke up I saw the score Pakistan were 96/4, when I checked a few minutes later I saw Pakistan were 110/5 chasing 275/7. I still decided to follow the match and I am amazed (like most other Pak fans) that we pulled off this chase. Fawad had a strike rate of about 60 for most of his innings but Maqsood kept the board ticking with boundaries while Fawad gave Maqsood as much strike as possible. In the end Fawad finished with a 100+ SR. That is the difference between Fawad & Misbah. Misbah, although being a good batsman also starts off with a poor SR but can't quite accelerate to finish with a good SR. He usually ends with a SR near 80 if he gets to accelerate. Misbah should learn from Fawad & rotate strike so he can have more match winning innings. It was a good win by Pakistani young batsmen. For Fawad this is another one of his sidekick type innings where he helped another batsman to score more runs & win us the match.

  • Priyantha_P_Gunaratna on August 24, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Prem2248: As usual you must be watching some other cricket matches somewhere else. Dilshan in spite of his age is one of the most agile fielders we have got. Next time just watch an ODI very closely and see how many runs Dilshan is saving in the point area. Sanga missed one stumping but that can happen to any wicket keeper. What happened in the past and how someone remained in the team in spite of failures in the past is immaterial. Those who score lot of runs and take wickets or contain batsmen are in the team. Chandimal's weakness against short pitched bowling is now well known and every team is exploiting that. Either he should learn to keep the ball down when hooking or avoid short pitched stuff by ducking. Thirimanne is just an average over hyped club cricketer. All those seniors batted lower down the order when they started but moved up the order through performance. Your favourite opener Kusal failed miserably in England in two consecutive series. I can go on and on....

  • Prem2248 on August 24, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    There shouldn't be places for Sangkkara, Mahela, Dilshan & Herath (Despite being a weakest fielders in world Cricket &his ODI Ave was above 40+ till June 2013 & needs spin-friendly pitches to take wkts) they aren't fit enough to play in AUS & NZ fast tracks with their aging inflexible bodies. The Country is immensely benefitted by playing deserving youngsters that could build a strong Team for the 2019WC.

  • Prem2248 on August 24, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    ENG top- order (in lastAshes tour). Fielding sides would always do this to the best batters of their opposition at the early stages of batter's innings, that they think it was difficult to dislodge easily, provided they have the right weapons(MohamedIrfan). The blame should go to selectors as well for the position that Chandimals is in, but not Chandimal himself. If the selectors of those days could tolerate continuous failures of Mahela & Sangakkara in the WC 2003, ODIseries ZIM in Nov 2008,Tri-series in B'desh Jan2009 & many matches against INDIA, present selectors should be intelligent enough to help Chandimal&others(Thrimmane,RoshenS,AngeloP,Bhauka,GManishan,KusalJanith,NDickwella,KusalMendis,SadeeraSamarawickrema) to get establish in the Team. Chandimal's school &c1st class career both at Home and Away is 2nd only to Mathews; therefore he should be well looked after by the officials. The ideal Openers for the future & the WC should be Kusal Janith & KausalS or Dickwella.2bCNTD

  • Prem2248 on August 24, 2014, 17:11 GMT

    It is difficult to tolerate the poor media culture we are experiencing, that highlight weaknesses of promising youngsters only, it was not so about 30 ys ago, the Cricket correspondents were very much thorough in their knowledge, having played the Game at the highest level and even we could get ourselves educated, in studding their writings. It was times that the highly talented schoolboys could walk straight from schools into the National Teams & could bat at their accustomed positions. Today's schoolboys aren't that fortunate though they aren't second to any in the past, even better, that is why they excel well in almost every youth WCs of recent history, without any prior training given, however ignorant officials have always ignored, quality performances of these deserving youngsters. What has happened to Chandimal in this innings can be subjected to any batsman, even Sir Bradman wasn't immune to this kind of attacks, Micheal Clarke recently by SA bowlers&the whole of 2bCNTD

  • NAYMAR.JR on August 24, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    is tharanga the onley young opening batsman in sl?he was good but not now.no need past data anymore.what is this joke?.WHEN tharanga faild in A match some people contiously posting numbers,data.can data win an odi match?he was good.but every player cannot perform well in his entire career other than legends(sanga,sachin etc.)but he is good option to middle order than thiri.

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    someone has suggested that chandimal should be dropped.but he has proved his talents in fast bouncy pitches in aus.also recently in Eng.so selectors should persist with him if not it is end of our world cup campaign because therer are very few batsman in sl who can succeed in these conditions .mathews and sanga are other two. so the bulk of run have to score by these three batsman.on the othr hand thirimanne can open with dilshan

  • ispaewbi on August 24, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    What a Partnership. What a Chase. What 'Maturity' by Youngsters.

  • on August 24, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    I don't know why younis khan is back in the odi he's been tried and tested he should only play test matches. playing him is wasting a chance for a youngster I don't know when will our selecters learn a lesson

  • pakfanfromnepal on August 24, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Well played Maqsood and Fawad.. both the future of Pakistan cricket. But still think the batting position is not right for both players. Forward is definitely a no.3 player who can rotate the strike very well. Maqsood has shown good ability at No. 3 initially and can be considered for No 4 position.Besides, Sarfraz Ahmead should selected for ODi as well as proper WK. He has shown enough qualities as a good WK/batsman and his recent forms in test is well known and he can play aggressively too. YK and Misbah's position is questionable as both bats slowly and their batting nature is same. I think H Sohil must also be selected for ODI for completion of the full strength. Need to make bold decision. My Dream team would be: A Shazad, M Hafeez, F Alam, M. Ul Huk/ Y Khan, H Sohil, S Maqsood, S Ahmad (Wk)/ u Akmal, S Afridi, S Ajmal, W Riaz/J Khan/ u Gul, M Irfan

  • on August 24, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    SL needs a good penetrative fast bowler to get the upper hand in these tight finishes.

  • El_Toro_Loco on August 24, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Younus K must be dropped immediately from ODI squad & Misbah after this series. The team should be: Shahzad, Sharjeel, Hafeez, Fawad, Sohaib, U Akmal, Afridi(c), Sarfaraz(wk), Anwar, Wahab, Irfan. Ciao

  • sara2a on August 24, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    It's really worrying to see Chandimal struggling with the world cup just a few months away… I think selectors should take a decision now. They have the option of playing Tharanga at 5, but they need to give themselves & Tharanga enough time for the experiment... If Tharanga fails, they need to have enough time to try someone else at no 5… (someone who may even be less talented than Chandimal, but someone who delivers to the best of his potential). Time is running out Sanath..., it's time you accept the fact that the world cup will have to be played without Chandi…

  • THEBEAST7 on August 24, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    ALSO, Am I the only one who think Malinga has put on and his run up wasn't the best in the last game. He was too predictable at the death with yokers or low full tosses.. Kula does his best during the first half of the game but latter part batters take him to the cleaners. What happened to Suranga Lakmal? Injured? And where on earth is that spinner who came up during the T20 WC in 2012 Akila Dhananjaya?? I think the selectors really need to look for a new face in both fast bowling and spin bowling departments. Hope Sachithra Senanayake will come good after remedial work on his action, Hope he will not end up like Ajantha Mendis..

  • THEBEAST7 on August 24, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Oh c'mon fellas, Just got to know after this series, SL has a 7 ODI series here in SL. (Which is AWESOME) BUT, No TEST matches! UNBELIEVABLE!!! NO TESTs only ODIs. C'mon ICC, give our guys a fair chance in TEST matches. 3 tests and 3 ODIs with a couple of T20s would have done a world of good to both teams. Specially for guys like Tharanga/Chandimal etc. PATHETIC move from both ICC and SLC

  • Rock_cricket on August 24, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Very good win for a deserving team !!! :)

  • najeebulhassan on August 24, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    it is great to see Pakistan chasing targets.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 24, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    If SL win this match there may 500 + comments 80% of them from SL fans.If i post 3 comments only 1 will publish because of overflow of comments. And atleast 3 people argue with me But today it's vice- versa Only few regular commenter's commenting here. According to me this might be the Reasons 1. They only with their team if wins not lost 2. They might blind the faults of their cricketers specially the seniors 3.They might think opposition team is better than their team 4 They might think opposition team has better luck than their team 5 Like Mathews they do believe this is just bad day at office.

  • Sexysteven on August 24, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    I knew Pakistan would be more competitive in the odis they may even win the odi series nothing would surprise me with Pakistan they have so much talent that they should be beating the big teams more often then they actually do

  • nimalgamage on August 24, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Drop UPUL THARANGA and bring back KUSAL PERERA

    Drop DINESH CHANDIMAL and include players like KITHURUWAN VITHANAGE, CHAMARA KAPUGEDARA, ROSHEN SILVA, YASHODA LANKA

    Consider the places of LASITH MALINGA and NUWAN KULASEKERA in future.

  • man90 on August 24, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    It was one of the greatest comebacks by Pakistan. At 106/5, SL had every chance to win the match. But Maqsood and Alam really brought Pakistan into the game. Maqsood and Alam both look good prospects. By the way, where is sarfraz, i felt he is much better wicket keeper batsman for Pakistan.

    Best wishes for Pakistan team to win 3-0

  • waqas-mazhar on August 24, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Wonderful batting display from Fawad and Maqsood. Pakistan team should go with Haris Sohail instead of YK.I hope one of PCB selection committee member views my comment.

  • Blade-Runner on August 24, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Missed a very difficult stumping and they want Sanga to give up gloves - Sri Lankan fans <facepalm>

  • Petershi on August 24, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    Once again the Selectors had considered Dinesh Chandimal and mad him to fail. Let him have more games played before introducing him to International Arena. By selecting him again and again in Short period , The selectors will destroy his future when he fails .. Also depriving more young and talented players.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 24, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    If Maqsood can come out at a position when Pak were 5 down for 106 and score so briskly why cant Misbah ? he always says he comes out at a pressure situation. But the reality is he cant score, he is not talented enough to score run a ball. Why cant Pak selectors understand this and drop him from one day team.

  • ICCexpert.... on August 24, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Thank god Sanga took Misbah's catch had he stayed there Pak would have lost the match because he would have score 15 of 65 balls.....lol

  • CricketFirst on August 24, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    To win ODIs you need aggressive batsmen and wicket taking bowlers. Kulasekera isn't the type of bowler we can take to WC. He is not a wicket taking bowler anymore & will be punished severely on Aussie wickets. Replace him with Prasad for the next two ODIs.

    Tharanga should be in the WC squad as a back up player in case of an injury to a front line batsman. We need to open with Kusal Perera who's capable of giving the momentum to the innings. It is very crucial in shorter formats of the game and another fact is that SL doesn't have players who can clear the ropes in middle overs. In modern cricket it is a must to make maximum use of Power Play overs. Include Kusal & ask him to play a long innings.

    NEVER forget that we are going to play the WC in Aus & NZ. Talented aggressive set of young players must be in the team to support the experience of Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela & Malinga. Taking a bunch of OLD people to the WC will repeat the result of 1999 WC in Eng.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 24, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @ crickexp: Well said mate. Chandi is the next best thing in SL cricket and also Thiri. Chandi NEEDS TO BAT AT 4! Otherwise he will be dropped again after low scores. Chandi also should grab all the opportunities that comes his way. Yesterday was one where he could have hang around to play a big innings. He missed it. He needs to think real hard before he is put back with the A team. If he does not cement his place during this tour, we might never see him again! C'mon Chandi, don't let us down. Show all your haters what you can do!

  • Imrizvi on August 24, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Sanga did two big mistakes, missed stumping chance of Maqsood and took a catch of Misbah to let Maqsood in.... would Misbah be there Pakistan may need 15 an over in last 10 overs...

  • crickexp on August 24, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    @Compton-Effect- The reasons why I am saying next Sanga/Mahela is Chandimal- 01)His techniques is equally competent to Sanga/Mahela 02)His striking ability is equally or more to Sanga/Mahela 03)He holds the best average playing in tough conditions outside of sub-continent (Sanga is next to him, Mahela is no where near to both of them) 04 If u compare the first 2-4 years of Sanga and Mahela's career's, Chandimal is ahead than both of them.. 05)He is the only SL player who got selected to under 25 world test X1 06)While he captaining the school 11 he led in 13 outright wins in a season, rewriting the history of Sri Lankan school cricket. 07)He was the first schoolboy cricketer to exceed 1,000 runs, with an aggregate 1,580 runs, & won the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2009 08)While he captaining the Sri Lanka T-20 team, he could manage to bring the SL team the world no 1 T20 team. Well, he may not be the next Sanga/Mahela, buthe will be first Dinesh Chandimal.

  • getsetgopk on August 24, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Misbah needs to be shown the door ASAP. A captain's job is three folds, a tactician, a player (whether a batsman or bowler or WK) and a source of inspiration for the rest of team. Misbah maybe a good enough player to make it to final XI but as a tactician and a source of inspiration he's got no idea of what those things are! Even with the bat, I can't recall when he stood out and finished a game on his own like Maqsood did yesterday. A slow and dull 50 that leads the team no where is as useless as a pair of torn off slippers. Each time he bats, he bats only for his customary 50, and remain aloof to what actually the team needs and the game situation. Scoring 50's is good but anyone with a little brain would know that there are no draws in ODI's, you knock or get knocked.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 24, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Instead of blaming caption when defeated its' time to drop some under performing and odd players. kula should drop from odi while let him to play T20's. need to find fresh seeming all round instead of him. since Sekkge or Chathuranga is best replacement for him Let Tharanga to play Test but should drop from Odi when Dilshan retires he could join ODI team again. Instead him Kusal perera if he injured Gunathilake It's high time to Sanga to hand over his gloves to young wicket keeper. may be Chandimal or Dickwella. If Chandi played he should played before 5.other wise no point of include him. If Chandi not played priyajan should bat NO4 while Mahela has to step down to 5

  • Sinhabahu on August 24, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Great show by Pakistan and congratulations to them on a stunning comeback! Tough luck on Sanga, he must be kicking himself for that missed stumping. Hope we come back in the next 2 ODIs.

  • Rizwanodayar on August 24, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Again I have to say SriLanka payed the price for depleting there bowling attack in order to play extra batsmen. If you watch the match it is understood that pressure on Pakistan was released as soon as Part time bowler(Dilshan) was introduced. SriLanka could easily afford to play a tall hit the deck heard type bowler like Prasad instead of Chandimal, who also can provide few extra quick runs . It is funny on the day SriLanka's fastest bowler was Thisara, and all other's are skid y type bowlers who couldn't expect to get much bounce yet we are preparing world cup in Australia and we were playing at least slowest pitch in SriLanka.

  • nickexplore on August 24, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Phenomenal run chase from Pakistan. Maqsood and Fawad were superb. SL played very well, and the Mathews/Mahela partnership was faultless till the runout. It's just that Maqsood and Fawad's partnership was even better.

    Now for the 2nd ODI at Hambantota, and for SL, Randiv deserves his chance for Herath, and Prasad for Kulasekara. Chandimal continues to confound, his off-drive for four as sweetly-timed as any shot in the match, and his hook shot shortly after suicide. While Ashan Priyanjan played a blinder, at a strike-rate around 250, and has ensured his place in the team.

  • mensan on August 24, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Misbah has been good as a captain and as a batsman. But as time has passed on, he has become too defensive as captain and age is catching up on his batting as well. You can't win world cup with his captaincy and batting. I think he should announce retirement after this series. We are thankful to Misbah for his services but everyone has to go. It's good time for him.

  • reason-galore on August 24, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    bring nasir jamshed back... with people like waqar and moin watching the team i hope that misbah won't be able to destroy the cricket of talented players by making them his brand of cricket... everyone knows that in odis you need to take singles to stop building of pressure and scoring big runs and get set in the process but misbah thinks stopping the ball is all that takes to win matches... he has lost us more matches than anyother player in the history of cricket... he scores and then get out while chasing at the absolute critical moment ALWAYS... never won us a match... EVER EVER... the worst finisher of all times... should take lessons from players like dhoni and de villiars... anyhow.. ahmad shehzad/nasir jamshed/fawad alam/shoaib maqsood/umar akmal are the future of our batting lineup and they should be groomed and given confidence to play their natural brand... finally they put fawad alam who can show misbah how to take singles...

  • Ray24 on August 24, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    Well played Sohaib adn Fawad. Although Sohaib got almost 90 N.O but he can be considered lucky as he could've been easily stumped by Sangakara on 37. The way Fawad puts a price on his wicket and runs for everything is what is required of Misbah and Yunus, strike rotation is so crucial. BTW, Pak doesn't need three nudgers in Misbah , Yunus, and Fawad - maybe one or max two. I'd say Yunus doesn't deserve a ODI place, he is your best test batsman and should be kept there.

  • VikumHerath on August 24, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    @crickexp: Your posting reflect the general overall stats related to all matches played OUTSIDE subcontinent. Which includes countries like Ireland, Holland, Kenya, Zim etc. & also any opponents faced in tournaments played in those countries, INCLUDING Ban/Zim & all associate countries (minnows).!

    The following are the ACTUAL stats for all time SL batting record for players, who played in ALL HOST COUNTRIES, LIMITED to Aus/Engl/NZ/SA /WI in tournaments /series involving Host countries & any ICC FUll-Member Opponents involved in those tournaments (excluding BD & Zimb) :

    1) KC Sangakkara: 121 ing - 4060 R - 37.59 Av - 76.45 S/R 2) WU Tharanga 48 ing - 1631 R - 35.45 Av - 72.65 S/R 3) MS Atapattu: 79 ing - 2468 R - 33.80 Av - 70.21 S/R

    Until 2014 June tour of Eng, Tharanga held this record (since Tharanga was not selected in 2013/2014 tours, he couldn't improve it). Sanga improved his stats with the Centuries he made in June this year & Now on top!

    (Continued...>)

  • VikumHerath on August 24, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    @crickexp: Chandi & Mathews had not played any ODIs in NZ yet! The ACTUAL stats for all time SL batting record for players, who played in ALL HOST COUNTRIES, LIMITED to Aus/Engl/NZ/SA /WI in tournaments /series involving Host countries & any ICC FUll-Member Opponents involved in those tournaments (excluding BD & Zimb) :

    This is how they have performed (without NZ), according to the above criteria:

    LD Chandimal: 34 ing - 986 R - 37.92 Av - 75.96 S/R (Not played in NZ) AD Mathews: 39 ing - 1043 R - 35.96 Av - 85.42 S/R (Not played in NZ)

    Your posting reflect the general overall stats related to all matches played OUTSIDE subcontinent. Which includes countries like Ireland, Holland, Kenya, Zim etc. & also any opponents faced in tournaments played in those countries, INCLUDING Ban/Zim & all associate countries .!

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 24, 2014, 2:18 GMT

    Please drop Kule. He is out of form...last 6 ODIS He is wicketless. Economy rate is 6.43 per over..Please find good quick bowler as a main bowler. Kule overall performance is also not impressive..156 matches 168 wickets( 1 wkt per match) is it enough as a leading fast bowler? So keeping him in the side put extra pressure on other bowlers Bcoz they hv to take wickets..that is why when Malinga fails . We are in trouble..We can't expect Malinga to take 3 -4 Wkts in every match..Pls don't keep players due to past performances. Past is past..It is enough for Kue...Kule's 120 km/hr speed is not good at international level..

  • IdreesAhmed95 on August 24, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    A few things I must say to some really dim Pak fans: 1) Cannot drop Misbah. He was there when we were a failure and now he's just on some bad form at the moment. Plus why replace him when WC15 is close?? Use your brains. He'll retire after that though. Even though he does utilise a lot of balls we get a solid foundation because of him. I'd rather have a score of 230 than 150 all out. 2) Don't make dumb comments about swapping a bowler for a batter, as this is the heaviest I've seen our side as a batting unit. I saw a comment "replace J. Khan with Sharjeel" ?!? Crazy 3) Younus Khan is back in the ODI side because he's the only one with experience from Aus pitches. Give him some time, he needs a run of games.In fact give all the team a chance. Hafeez included - his economy rate is superb and that pressure creates wickets. U Akmal have patience with him and even W Riaz is bowling better after putting confidence in him and having games.

    KEEP FAITH WITH PAKISTAN!!

  • on August 24, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    i think fawad should come up to bat at no#3 or no#4 because the way he play it will suit his style i love the way he put price on his wicket every time he come out to bat and maqsood was brillient today it was amazing to watch. irfan was v.good too shezad was ok too but he was looking confused haffeez was looking good but as usual he through his wicket on 120kph speed bowling of methews misbah was unlucky it was the brilliant catch from sanga otherwise misbah was looking good today too as usual idk why afridi still trying to go for a six when we jus needed 3 off 5 balls.

  • anserazim on August 24, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Flash in the pan. Got to be more consistent. Pakistans batting depth is impressive.

  • CricketChat on August 24, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Sensational win by Pak from a near hopeless position. Someone stood up to fight for the team after the test wash out. Around 100/5 or so, I stopped watching the match live thinking SL would win easily. Glad I was proved wrong. Fans need performance like this to arouse interest after watching one sided matches in SA-Zim and Eng-Ind series.

  • Senaratne77 on August 24, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    Ranil Fernando : You said Mathews needs to attack right ? Okay, then by going for wickets he did attack. FYI., bowling dots outside off is defensive cricket. So i don't know what you are talking about? BTW., Mathews did the right thing. One thing we need to brush up is our fielding . Kulasekara should have been behind the wickets and should have gathered that ball. This is school boy basics that these people are facing. Lasith Malinga needs to do some serious work on his fitness and on his bowling skills with Mr. Vaas. He's erratic, less potent and is fast becoming a bit of a burden frankly. We lost the match during overs 40-46.

  • Sunny3031 on August 23, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    I dont know y r ppl criticising misbah so much,he is da guy who has always saved pakistan from nowhere but ppl r still pulling his legs. Pakistan team at dis stage is nothing widout da workload he has got on his shoulder is far too much n dere is no1 to share his workload n today wot happened it happens once in a blue moon in pakistan cricket so misbah is da lone warrior n saviour of pakistan cricket,we should boost his confidence instead shaking it as world cup is just around da corner n believe me we need misbah badly in da coming worldcup as we know how da pitches play especialy in austrailia.i think sarfraz ahmad should come in for younis khan if he doesnt perform well in da remaining matches of dis series.cricinfo plz publish

  • Crick_Expert on August 23, 2014, 23:03 GMT

    Great game from both sides SL vs PAK. MAQSOOD played Inzmam & FAWAD played like MIANDAD. Keep up good job. Lala KHAN & Mr TUKTUK should retire from ODI and give room to new young talented players. PAK should drop JUNAID and add SARJEEL/Babar.

  • cooldxve on August 23, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Good win by Pakistan. Though the Pakistani supporters shouldn't get much excited about it. You guys are seeing just one aspect of the match. Yes Maqsood and Fawad played brilliant knocks, but the top order failed miserably, again. You cannot expect these two young guys to chase down very total in every match on their own. They need support from the top to set a platform for them. Otherwise they may start playing poor as well.

    I like to see teams winning with a collective performance from all the players, rather than by individual brilliance.

  • Umer.Lohya123 on August 23, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    Sohaib played brilliantly even Fawad Alam played well. Pakistan played brilliantly without ajmal . Irfan was exceptional...... Pakistan Zindabad

  • Priyantha_P_Gunaratna on August 23, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Ahmed batted brilliantly. However, SL were very ordinary in the field during their match winning stand. Fielding was sloppy and basic things like the bowler getting behind the stumps to collect the throws were not followed. The standard of fielding has got nothing to do with the age. See how brilliant is Dilshan on the field. Fielding has been below par for quite some time. Malinga is ageing. He has lost a lot of pace. The fast inswinging yoker is no longer one of his armoury. Instead he is bowling far too many slower balls which are predictable. He is finding it difficult to maintain the same degree of intensity throughout the entire duration of the inning in an ODI. Kulasekara has also lost a lot his venom. It is good that these things are getting exposed at this stage so that remedial action can be taken before 2015 WC. SL needs an out and out quick bowler in ODIs. I am not sure whether Dammika Prasad is the answer as accuracy is also important.

  • immi2711 on August 23, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    as a PAK fan, it looked like and IT IS a FACT, Srilanka is far far better team of players and professionals. It is unfortunate that they lost, otherwise the script was already written. for PAK the run-rate was slow, the players looked amateurish, it was such a disappointing seen until Fawad and Shohaib came to the crease.

    Pak looked so pathetic, even in the win. Misbah had no clue what was going on in the match, you can tell from his comments, he was lost, did not what happen, what was going on. As much as I like Younis, he does not belong in ODI, Hafeez is on the border....

    I expect SL to come out swinging in next 2 ODIs, and beat Pakistan easily. I do not see any weakness in SL team, no weak players....

  • saifkhanBD on August 23, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Don't underestimate Misbah just because he played a few poor innings. He is the same guy, Pakistan relied upon to get them out of trouble many, many times. He was the top scorer for the calender year in international Cricket and his stats from previous years prove, how important he was for Pak. I have issues with his captaincy but as a batsman and a leader, he doesn't deserve flak from arm-chair critics.

  • Felix1025 on August 23, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    SL should persist with Dimuth K, Chandimal, and Thiri. They all have been tested. But better to leave them when they r going thru a bad patch. They are better than Upul Tharanga. Nuwan Kulasekara, and Malinga ???? Need quick replacements. Suranga, Eranga , Prasad and even Chameera and Nuwani Pradeep can be tried focusing WC in AUST and NZ.

  • lionspaw on August 23, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    wow what a performance by Maqsood. He is the next imzamam. Look at the way he played his innings. He was very calm and quite. Love the way you played Maqsood keep it up the good work. from a Sri Lankan Fan

  • on August 23, 2014, 19:11 GMT

    We strongly requir an opening partnership in order to make an impact in this series. but Pakistanis were impressive. as Srilankan fans we normally dont feel bad when Pakistan wins. we always remember the support they gave in 1996 worldcup fibals at Lahore

  • on August 23, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    if pakistani team really need to make good team so remove misbah and youns khan then team more strong and power full

  • on August 23, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    young guns at their best

  • Damageinc on August 23, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    First of all i would like to say that Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Ahmed played stunning knocks to win this game for Pakistan,Fawad has proved his critics wrong once again, who always say that he is not an ODI material. And what is Younus Khan doing in ODIs? enough is enough he must leave a place for youngster liek Asad Shafiq who should be given more chances at the ODI level.

    And we are sick of Rameez Raja's nostalgia about Inzamam (Inzi) Javed Miandad was a far far better batsman than Inzamam.

  • RD_CricFan on August 23, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Excellent batting by Maqsood and good morale win by Pakistan...beat the srilankans to their knee

  • keptalittlelow on August 23, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    How many more times poor Fawad Alam has to prove himself? Yunus Khan should still be given a few more chances as we need a player of his stature to play a sheet anchor role in the forthcoming world Cup. Misbah is only playing as the skipper.

  • on August 23, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Give more chance to sherjeel and haris Sohail... Misbah and yunus should be drop from team

  • Worldcricketlover on August 23, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Not Many Lankan fan here . Great win by Pakistan. After so many years most convincing win . Sohail and Fawad played great innings . But both team suffered in middle overs as Senyake and Ajmal were not part . Herath is test bowler . Dont compare it wil Murli as he was best in any form. SL depends heavily on Malinga if he fails then SL one day side failed. In T 20 Malinga bowls heart out because he is captain. But not same in ODI. Also in the batting they depend heavily on Dilshan so he failed again SL batting is in trouble. Though 275 was good total . Hope Pakistan keep momentum to win all matches.

  • Saadcricketlover on August 23, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Get lost younus khan. All these seniors should be ashamed and stop blocking good players like these 2 and there are many more not getting chances. Younus should only play tests and after 2015 wc we should get rid of both Misbah and hafeez.

  • on August 23, 2014, 18:01 GMT

    Great win by the Pakistani shaheens amazing fightback by the youngsters indeed kudos to Fawad the saieen and Maqsood inzi 2.0 However, Pakistan should look to control the damage up front by sending these two up the order and not when the game is lost. Younis and Misbah are a liability at top in ODI's and only one of them can play. My team for the next match will be as follows assuming Ajmal returns : Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Misbah ul haq, Shahid Afridi, either of (Wahab Riaz for bowling heavy or Anwer Ali for batting heavy line up) followed by Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan. Good luck Pakistan! hard luck Sri Lanka.

  • Zain-Khan94 on August 23, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    kartcric. I didn't mean to offend anyone but just stating what I have noticed on this site. If you are honest with yourself than you will notice on many articles, many Indian fans go out of their way to belittle Bangladeshi, Sri-Lankan and Pakistan teams etc. They say nasty things about players and teams, which are quite absurd. Anyway, some Pak fans are guilty as well and that's why i said, fans from all nations needs to grow up and appreciate good cricket. All the best to Indian team :)

  • on August 23, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Lol resultpredictor please change your name. What a horrible prediction :p

  • cricketistheway on August 23, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    Where is Zia-ul-Haq, the U-19 left arm fast bowler? He is really good and should be among the probable to train with senior team. Well done Maqsood and Alam. It seems like the weak links in the team are the two senior batsmen now-- Misbah and Yunus..

  • KarachiKid on August 23, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    spot on @SabrinaKhanSydney.

  • Sinhaya on August 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    @LAKingsfan, where were you during the SL Pakistan test series? Your prediction of Sri Lanka folding up for 230 im Galle went all wrong and now back since we lost. No surprise.

  • cricchanel.com on August 23, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    A happy win by Pakistan at last. What a performance by the young man Sohaib and the Fawad. Fawad won last there matches for Pakistan in chasing, which is a needy for Pakistan cricket because Pakistan historically is poor in chasing. Being the first win of the tour it will energize the camp as well.

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 23, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    Agree Thisara deserves a permanent spot in the odi side.... I think he needs grab this opportunity and not let petty issues keep him from playing in the side. Priyanjan...finally a solid late order batsman. Let's hold on to this guy. Get real.... there is no chance of winning the WC without Mahela and Sanga. This is just one match.... Let's get the best team in the middle for the next one. It's time to start building momentum for spring 2015.

  • LAKINGSFAN on August 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Expected result. If SL can score 275 from 70/4 why not Pakistan against mediocre SL bowling. Malinga lost his venom and potent ever since 2011 World cup finals (And Kohli's blast against him at Hobart in 2012). It's going to be an interesting series as two more matches to play.

  • kartcric on August 23, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    SabrinaKhanSydney,You have actually commented the opposite.I would put it right.Pakistan and Srilankan fans don't get tired on commenting negative about India.I have typed Pakistan bcoz you have unnecessarily dragged India.On Srilanka,their fans always start with,'Srilanka are better than India', even when they India has a better record against them in both tests and odis.Pls stop this to maintain the Spirit of Cricket

  • on August 23, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Cornered Tigers Pakistan steal the show from no where....Congrats to all Pakistan is around globe.

  • mensan on August 23, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    This is very strange that Sangakarra kept wickets in the presence of Chandimal. Malinga looked a bit rusty. Priyanjan looks a star for future.

  • mensan on August 23, 2014, 15:23 GMT

    Pakistan won first match but they must understand that Younas, Misbah and Fawad, all three can't be part of the same team. Only 2 of them can play a match. They are all of the same TUK TUK style. One day cricket has changed a lot and its a suicide to have 3 batsmen of same TUK TUK style in a team.

    Misbah has been great servant to PAK team but looks like age is catching up. Being on the wrong side of 40, he doesn't have much chance of getting better. My point of view is that he should retire after this series. Younas should be made captain in Tests and One dayers and Afridi in T20.

  • mzm149 on August 23, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    @ Rishikesh Chidhambaranathan: Thank you for your good wishes.

  • Zain-Khan94 on August 23, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    BTW, before any angry posts are directed at me, what I said in the earlier post was not meant to be derogatory towards Indian fans but encourage all fans, including Pak ones to ignore the negative comments and support fellow Asian teams; India, SL BD and Afghanistan. So, let's support good cricket and sensible debate about the game. Bye :)

  • on August 23, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Your best batsmen need to bat most of the overs and bat in the top 5 fawad and maqsood should be batting in that position probably maqsood at 3 and fawad at 5 younis can drop to 4 due to experience 6 misbah 7 akmal as he keeps then 8 afridi and bowlers we need to look at the future and World Cup if Pakistan can from now till the WC settle on some sort of an order that will be good the worse they can do is chop and change match by match plus please don't have a one dimensional attack all left arm pacers next game give anwar or Talha a chance plus we desperately need some one like Razzaq or azhar Mahmood who can bowl and give you at least 2 wickets and then hit big as well still not confident about the openers get nadir Jamshed back in the team he is solid then sharjeel khan or give Sami Salam a chance he could be the surprise package in the WC

  • thalagune on August 23, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @Crickexp...whatevr the stats and potential chandimal is supposed to have what is the use if he fails to perfrom at international level chronically just burdneing the team?...only loigical solution is to drop him and replace with another player...thats what would happen anywhere else in the world,except here..

  • Zain-Khan94 on August 23, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Yes, someone rightly said, Cricket wins here. Great game from both sides. It won't make our Indian friends happy, who tirelessly troll day and night saying negative things about Pakistan and Sri-Lankan Cricket on this site. Time for fans from all nations to grow up and appreciate positive Cricket :)

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    congrats Pakistan. u made indians smile !!

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    fawad alam has this astonishing ability and belief to put pakistan in reaching distance of an impossible chase . Not only that he plays an innings which provides tons of confidence to his partners although he always ends up as a wing man but look at what he has achieved pakistan vs southAfrica at Abu dhabi where he worked with A.razzaq and A.razzaq blasted a century to win it , Pak vs bangladesh with pak chasing almost 350 , he gelled in with ahmed shahzad , ahmed shahzad scored a century and then afridi did his thing , and today is also another addition to such match winning contributions . I am a fan of Fawad Alam:-)

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Want an entertaining day of cricket it has been nice too see young Pakistan players played really well this game was just handling the pressure and maqsood n fawad really done well and I am overjoyed to see Pakistan batsmen and hope Pakistan will win the series comfortably. I want to see more from the top orders and also from afridi it well good to see that if afridi play little sensible then we all know what afridi can do

  • Sunny3031 on August 23, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    @resultpredictor think before u speak n dont say anything before time n u were calling minnows,minnows dont win matches like this dey only give away matches like dis ,anyways congrtas tp pak n hats off to fawad n sohaob for playing such a wonderful cricket n i hope dey will take dere same form to the next match as well n pakistan will emerge as victorious in da series too

  • Sinhaya on August 23, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan as you all thoroughly deserved to win. Poor bowling and fielding by Sri Lanka. As a Lankan fan, I am glad we lost since playing Chandimal instead of Prasanna was a grave mistake. I knew Chandimal will fail today and it happened.

    Glad Mathews and Priyanjan excelled. Seems an ODI ton will be elusive for Mathews. Priyanjan may be better off moving up the order. Thisara batted well but his bowling is a worry. This defeat had to come as Pakistan was no doubt determined to fightback after losing the tests. We all know that Pakistan are an unpredictable team indeed.

    For the next ODI should Tharanga not play due to the injury he suffered whilst fielding, worth calling up Dhanushka Gunathilaka.

  • Zaheer63 on August 23, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Great chase by Pakistan in Sri Lanka today. After a long time they chased a big target against a top ranking team. Sohaib, Umar Akmal and Fawad will become the nucleus of Pakistan ODI team for the next decade. If Irfan would remain fit till WC in Australia he will be unplayable on those bouncy tracks.

  • Balumekka on August 23, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Sanga must give up wicketkeeping, and play purely as a batsman. Chandi can be the wicket keeper. With Sanga keeping wicket, 2015 WC hope is a remote possibility!

  • crickexp on August 23, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Also, don't forget, Dinesh Chandimal is the best SL batsmen outside subcontinent (in Aus/Eng/SA/NZ) averaging 47.57 (in 25 innings), he is in the 2nd place among the Asian batsmen list where No 1 is Virath Kholi averaging 51.55, next SL batsmen is Sanga averaging 39.89, he earned the 7th place in the list where Gambier/Zaheer Abbas/Dravid/Ganguly hanging in between. This guy is going through a bad patch, just leave him alone and let him come back, the people who like to have short term fun does not understand the value of SL cricket future.., yes there are good batsmen/hard hitters but it's not easy to find a batsmen in this caliber..

    I can remember same people who praise Mahela now wanted him to leave the SL team in 2003, Sanga in 2004, Mathews in 2012..

  • Realistic_cri_fan on August 23, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    After a huge success in CPL,it's surprising to see Malik sidelined by the selectors.They need an experienced player like him for the worldcup.He is in great touch so better use him when he is form.BTW great chase by Pakistan.Winning Srilanka in Srilanka is not easy.

  • crickexp on August 23, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    ppl who compare Priyanjan as the next Mahela please learn cricket, 1 inning does not make any one a champion, dn't forget even Kapugedara/Mubarak/Chamara Silva/etc has played such innings but in the end they could nt make any difference to SL cricket..and pls don't compare Chandimal over Priyanjan, they just belongs to 2 different batting leagues..the people who think great batsmen make runs at every batting positions just go through the stats of Mahela and Sanga.. Mahela= 3rd-34.4/4th-34.3/5th-27.9/6th-25.8/7th-22. Sanga=3rd-42.4/4th-41.5/5th-33.8/6th-28.2/7th-17.6. Now look at Chandimal's stats-3rd-53.3/4th-33.3/5th-19/6th-22.7/7th-12. 1st four specially 1&2 down batsmen plays a key role of an inning, that's why players with such a class belongs to 3/4 batting positions,they are the anchor of batting line up, so don't expect what Thisara Perera/Priyanjan/Seekuge Prasanna do in the tail end from Chandimal,do u think even Mahela or Sanga would play an inning like Priyanjan did today?

  • Cricket_guru_4_u on August 23, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Lot is said abt missed stumping chance of maqsood..It happens in cricket . players commit mistake .. what abt missed catch of jayawardane.. srilanka would have been bundled for below 150... so be practical and admire the game and the players .. sanga is one good wicketkeeper batsman n no1 in srilanka can match him.,,,, Hats off to both teams for entertaining stuff... After all cricket wins here...

  • getsetgopk on August 23, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Appalling captaincy from Misbah, when you have a guy that is 7 foot tall and two other very competent fast bowlers and the opposition is 4 down at 74 you just dont spread out field and let the spinners bowl. That was just ridiculous from Misbah. Mathews and Mahela were new to the crease and Misbah just let spinners bowl and have huge gaps in outfield. That just flushed all the good work done by the pacers down the gutters. No doubt the same batsmen carted the fast bowlers in the last 15 overs, they had at least 20 overs of batting practice from the spinners. And to top it all, Misbah even gave Alam an over, that further shattered all the confidence and hard work of the fast bowlers, it was a nose down from there on. Pakistan winning the game is a miracle indeed since both Sri Lanka and our captain Misbah made sure Pak loose it. Misbah has no idea of captaining a side and he is a useless batsman in this format, let him stick with test cricket, ODI team has no place for him.

  • on August 23, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I think sanga should concentrate on his batting and should come as a pure batsman for one days also. his keeping become not that good and it will ruin his image as well. I suggest to keep sanga as a pure batsman in the one day also with bringing good w:keeper like Dikwella or somebody into chandimals position. Dikwella can score as well.

  • SMKhanRizvi on August 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Take nothing away from Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam. They put their heads down, constructed a record 6th wicket partnership and also found the boundaries along. Am really happy for Maqsood n fawad...Sl too played well

  • K_S_Kartheek on August 23, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    I think the turning point of the match is the missed stumping of Maqsood by Sanga...an i think sanga should quit as ODI wicket keeper too and chandi to take over ... he missed stumping of de kock in 3rd odi against SA .... and giving some unnecessary byes......

  • LoveCric1975 on August 23, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Pakistan needs a couple of left handers in the top 7 as it becomes difficult for opposing bowlers if there are left right combinations as evident from fawad / maqsood partnership. Today they only had 1 lefty in the entire line up as even the three left arm quicks all bat right handed.

  • AS7777 on August 23, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Once again SL let the match slip away after sensing that they could win comfortably. Its hard to imagine Selectors go for new blood rather than persisting with failures likes of Chandimal, even Kulasekara. SL need some venom in their pace attack. Still not too late to infuse players like Gunatilake, Dickwella to the team. May be Dickwella for Chandimal and relieve Sanga from the keeping as Dickwella is brilliant behind the wicket.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    wow what a stunning contest between these two sides as expected good to see that Pakistan chasing down a very good total especially from youngsters Pakistan bowling was disappointed but batted really well especially Ahmed, sohaib, fawad and to continue this form and win the series for Pakistan afridi should get his form in this series and carrying that to the world cup. Pakistan need this victory to get some momentum going really enjoyed it

  • Stieprox on August 23, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    tremendous batting display by sohaib and fawad.great chase.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 23, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Let's go Kule u need 12 more matches to equal ur num of wickets as our leading fast bowler ( 156 ODIS 168wkts) Last consecutive 6 ODIS He is wicketless. He is terribly out of form. I know he tries his best but his pace has become too easy to handle.. It is enough for him also. Please drop Chandi and Kule..bring Prasad and Randiv for next match

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Another disappointment at home for the Lankans after the failure against the south Africans.. After some wonderful batting by Mathews, Ashan and Mahela it was the disappointment of seeing out of form Kulasekara and co. making no progress at all on the field. I am sure SL missed Senanayake in this game. I really hope Sekkuge Prasanna will be selected for the next game and will be given a chance to play few matches without being dropped after one game.

    Tharanga and Chandimal should also be given another chance since we all know how talented they are.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    I have seen so many times Mathews holds back when SL are in a comfortable position like today. He needs to attach and don't allow singles to be taken easily. When required rate at 9 he should have asked Malinga to ball outside off and ball dot balls but he went for wickets and lost the game. When they were 5 down he should have attacked and kept his overs for latter stage. At the end no changes were available and Kulasekara is not a good depth bowler.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Pakistan wins. Senior players are not brave like fawad and maqsood.

  • suri111suri on August 23, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    Grt to see SL coming down to Earth,,,,, R Herath can get wickets only on Srilankan pitches....

    Tigers @ Home.....

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    Today Tisara Perera bowled better than Malinga and Kulasekara and scored quick 13 runs with a six . Selectors can not keep him hidden anymore.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 23, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    SL so called seniors couldn't catch a ball properly. Mali couldn't catch a Dilshan's throw and miss a chance to get out Massod. Kula did same thing in last over. Sanga miss stumping is difficult one so could give some excuse for that. Nuwan Kulasekara should immediately drop from squad. 7 matches only 5 wicket less than 10 runs. neither wicket taking nor economical.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 23, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan. U played well. I think SL should deserve this..It should be again and again eye opening for brainless crazy our selectors. We don't hv enough wicket taking bowlers in our ODI Squard. Malinga and Mendis r the only strike bowlers we hv even though they r little bit expensive... if they fail we will be in trouble..We need to find good strike fast bowler who can help Malinga..

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    well played by Fawad Alam and Maqsood. superb innings with out much risk. they showed that a- you dont need to hit everything in power play & still can manage healthy run rate.maqsood showed that you can manage a strike rate of around 120 without trying to hit everything. hardly any shot like that in his innings. super stuff. ahmed need to take some rsponsibility. some times he starts ok but gets slow when nearing 50.

    alam was good. a bit slow early on. but ended really well. younas- misbah- alam can not play in same 11. younas is disturbing balance of team. it was ok in absence of ajmal but when ajmal back, then what will they do? hafeez& ahmed can get a but slow as well. ideally they should play anwar as we need medium pace all rounder badly. wahab bowled well, hafeez and irfan were good. junaid and afridi both were totally ineffective & expensive.

    well played SL, mathews was good as usual, well suported by mahela & finish by young man. couldnt held their nerves in the end.

  • thalagune on August 23, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    poor bowling lost us the match after getting into a good position 275,cant understand what players like chandimal add to the team,getting 5-6 runs each game,mere scapegoats for the other team with thirimanne,guess the pair must be related to the selectors,they are spoiling our cricket team along with the pairs careers...

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    as I said earlier, SL should have brought in form youngsters like young Gunathilake and even Spinner chathuranga rather than dragging in some old horses like upul or even Dilshan. But I think SL played really well though they let their grip to be loosen in the second half with few luck/unluck also!

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    So where is everyone disappeared ... Who we're criticising Pak team ???

  • Cric_Janbaz on August 23, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    @Captain_Tuk_Tuk dear friend extras dont come by themselves,Pakistani batsmen forced errors out of Sri Lankan browlers and also Pakistani bowlers gave extras,they were also added in SL total so every run counts in the end no matter how they come

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Both team played well, Pakistan played as usual they play cricket so no worries at all, Love u Pakistan

  • Hasheem on August 23, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    Lanka were pathetic in the field.Malinga does his best for MI and takes SL for granted. Pak got away and won.Nothing great.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    You cannot underestimate Pakistan Cricket team ,Where the hell is ur prediction

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 23, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Sanga u r my favourite cricketer but what has happened to ur keeping? Last 4 ODI u missed 4 crucial stumping opportunities. First 2 ODI U missed Amla's stumping he ended up in 2 centuries . 3rd ODI U missed de cook's one.. he scored century. Today u missed Maqsood one..Even though they r tough ple don't miss golden opportunities against good teams..

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Good chase and nice win by Pakistan. Great to watch

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. It was a great come back. SL looked bit rusty with their one day game. Far too many mistakes on the field. Malinga seems not 100% with his fitness and if so he should be rested. Hope we can come back and with the rest of the games and the tournament.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:09 GMT

    Great Win, team Pakistan!

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    yes yes yes pak won plz misba retire plz

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Nervous game , but finally pakistans make it easy, good batting, bad bowling, economy rates are very high,, malinga, kulasekara is always away from the game

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    wow Pakistan. many congratulations from indian fan. After long time this is our only happiness !!!

  • Ultimate_Cricket on August 23, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! You showed some determination and courage today in this match and everyone enjoyed the match till the last ball.. - Sri Lankan.

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Well, Sanga has won many a game for Sri Lanka, but his missed stumping chance lost us the game today....

  • on August 23, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    Its funny how this game reminds us of the fact that u can't take things for granted in cricket. I mean some of the Lankan fans were so much busy celebrating pre match victory that they didn't realize Fawad and Maqsood were busy getting Pakistan back into the match. Take that Sri Lanka.well played Maqsood well played Pakistan.

  • osteo on August 23, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    without winning this match some came to talk about wc2015. first you win the match in your home after that talk others

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Misbah fails again so my question. If Misbah continue failing again and again will he take retirement as he has never contributed in winnings anyway. Also we need a new leader, if Sri Lanka lose today they'll loose because of extras leaked.

  • on August 23, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    5 overs before power play pak scored 40 runs without much risk. need to go normal in power play

  • on August 23, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Younis Khan should not be in the team same as Misbah should not be the captain. Senior cultures destroyed our cricket.

  • on August 23, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    i am srilankan fans, starting to say srilanka is a clear favourite for upcoming wc 2015, they have good batting bowling fielding and Attacking captain Angelo he is in his life, and batting sanga Angelo mahela tharanga Dilshan Kusal thirimanne chandimal Ahan piriyanjan bowling malinga kulasekara lakmal eranga spinners senanayake Allrounder thisara perera At no7 it iis good srilankan side for wc 2015 i am sure lanka will won the wc 2015 Against England mary may words from switzerland

  • on August 23, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Jeewaka9999 - Thanks for the compliment. I agree 100%. Nos 6 and 7 do not have to make hundreds. They have to play the situation. Mathews will move up the order at the appropriate time. I think he should not move up more than up to No. 5 since his bowling is equally important and since he is nursing a dodgy knee.

  • on August 23, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Afridi must retire, with veterans like him not bending his back as usual (injuries, age) taking his inclusion in the team for granted (Mind you I've always been a die-hard Afridi fan). Misbah with his usual defensive mind set, despite of my favorite support staff (Waqar, Mushi etc) and some youngsters showing promise (who will eventually end up swarming the bench) I don't see anything close to bright for PK in the upcoming WC. Sri Lanka my new favorite, Angelo my new Leader. Pakistan will respectfully (or not) bow out before the serious end of the tournament! (Please mark my words)

  • on August 23, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    ashan priyanjan, what a player he is ! he is next mahela when considering his elegant batting style and the technics

  • on August 23, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Pakistan team is finished. They need some serious changes. They will lose 3-0 series

  • Resultpredictor on August 23, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    SL win by 48 runs and Matthews will be MoM.

  • Resultpredictor on August 23, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    SL playing like champions and dominating Pakistan in every match. Pakistan is new minnow of international cricket. SL already won this match and will win series 3-0 easily. Pakistan team only knows losing.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 23, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    Agree 100% with Priyantha...Other Great Example is Mathews...he bats at num 6..if eventhough he doesn't score 100's frequently he has been among runs for sometime..He is so consistent.As a result he has asked to bat higher up order now..Everybody suggest him to bat num 4 after Mahela's retirement..He also earns higher batting position due to continuous performances.Batting position are not excuses for Chandimal and Thirimanne's Failures...If they play for the team and they r professional cricketers they should be able to bat any position depending on the situatiion... As cricket lovers we don't expect 100's from Chandimal/Thirimanne when they bat at num 6 or 7...but we expect consistency from them

  • Resultpredictor on August 23, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    SL playing like champions and dominating Pakistan in every match. Pakistan is new minnow of international cricket. SL already won this match and will win series 3-0 easily. Pakistan team only knows losing.

  • on August 23, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Well played Mathews ayya ,great knock

  • Ramansilva on August 23, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    What a player this Priyanjan guy is. He is so cool an calm and lovely to watch.

  • on August 23, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Those who were shouting out loud about preferred batting positions for Chandimal and Thirimanne, how Priyanjan played today should be an eye opener. Throughout my comments I have stressed the point that preferred position should be earned rather than granted. If Priyanjan can continue to play like this for a while coming down the order I am sure he will earn a promotion up the order. In my opinion in the long run he should be a good No. 4 or 5. He is not slogger and what he did was execute some intelligent stroke play according to the situation. Chandmial has now fallen 4 consecutive times to the dreaded hook shot. All opponents have figured out how to dismiss him. Today he looked good, fresh from his exploits with the A team. But as soon as bowlers started testing him with the short stuff he lost his composure. He should have taken few more body blows and weathered the storm. Had he done that he would have made a big score. Yet, I still prefer him over Thirimanne as future stumper.

  • on August 23, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Number of limited overs (45) of the match was finalized after 5-6 overs in the Sri Lankan innnings. Why aren't they setting a DL target?

  • lazyone on August 23, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    Don't know what the D/L method is. How does the target reduce. It should be increased when the number of overs decreases.

  • on August 23, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Well played Mathews, Mahela & Priyanjan...

  • on August 23, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Are batsmen allowed to bat on stilts when Mohammad Irfan is bowling?

  • cricket_first_priority on August 23, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Remember Chandimal is the only one who turned down IPL glory. Because of that, even if he keeps scoring 5-10 runs per match, he should replace Sanga as the keeper and play on the team as a specialist keeper at least.

  • on August 23, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka 2015 WC Chamions! Farewell to Mahela and Sanga

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 23, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Well Played Mathews. Now u don't need to 3 seniors and Hearth to win a Match. Without those u can win a match 4 sri lanka

  • on August 23, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    this is really good total and SL in better position. Afridi, Junaid have been totally ineffective and expensive. Irfan looked good. Wahab and hafeez bowled well. with 8 batsmen , pak should be able to chase it. but, having younas-alam-misbah in same playing 11 may backfire. even shehzad and hafeez sometimes get stuck.

    Well played by SL. superb innings by Mathews. He is having a great year. Well supported by Mahela.

  • on August 23, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    good long batting line up by pakistan. i would have preferred anwar ali as we need medium pace all rounder.going in with Younas-misbah-Alam in middle order is not that much good idea.

  • Cricketlover_nepal on August 23, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    200+ target will be tough to chase against SL attack..Go lions go!!!

  • NIPPY_89 on August 23, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I dont know if anyone noticed. But when Afridi bowled to mahela, their match aggregates were exactly 800 (379+421). I dont know if any batsman bowler combination has had more match experience (Unless jayasuriya bowled to Tendulkar which aggregated higher).

  • priceless1 on August 23, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Dont know why Chandimal is still in the Team and he Still playing cricket

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 23, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    I rest my case with Chandimal. Thirimanne has been out of form for 4-5 matches. I don't remember Chandimal playing a match winning innings for years. Just baggage. He can not be in our top 11. At least not right now. Agree about wanting to bench Thiri bc of his form... If we are only playing players in form... I don't see how Chandimal is the pick. Vithanage played better than him in the practice match.

  • on August 23, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    @SL_Fan_5 Chandimal scored about 35 runs in the practise match. How many runs did Thirimanne scored? How many ducks he did score in his last 15-20 international outings? We should get rid of him and give in form youngsters chances to play international games... Good team selection in my point of view.

  • on August 23, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @SL_Fan_5 look like you have man crush for thrimanna may be due to he plays like a lady .as for facts of performances) chamari athapaththu or ishani kaushalys should replace him, if you remember chandimal scored 2 hundreds 79 and even 38 in practice match where your crush pluck a duck as regularly ...like late kapugedara and chamara silva plaguing Sri Lankan middle order for years because of that talented aggressive all round players like Tissara perera, kithruwan, prasanna, chathuranga de silva and so many don't get opportunity..suppose guys in management still love his lady like punches and drives like you and have a man crush.

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    chandimal is better option for lahiru.chandi will be score

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    sanga wanted score century

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @SL_fan_5 so u r suggesting to drop Chandimal who scored 37 in the practice game (and had a decent list A outing in England) and replace him with Thirimanna who scored 0 and hasn't scored more than 35 in nearly 10 international outings.....?????

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 23, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Dili's bad time start with Paks. He is only get runs against Eng and SA.his average against Pak,Ind even BD also poor. Afridi might like Kula in playingXI slow length bowler who continuously failing with ball and bat.

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan Gooood Batting line up but shold included one more spinner

  • sidanthan on August 23, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Sri Lankan Manager, T20 Skipper must know how to stand/ respect the national anthum because you're representing a nation

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 23, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Chandimal? We are not helping his come back bring him back so quickly. Randiv or Thirimanna were the better option. We need to think outside of Mendis and Chandimal ahead of the WC. Disappointing selection. What would be worse is if he gets a chance 50 and another chance. I realize that there are few fans for Chandi...but just don't see him more than a backup wicket keeper. at least until the WC is over. He didn't even score well in the practice match. Let him regroup outside of the first 11.

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  • SL_Fan_5 on August 23, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Chandimal? We are not helping his come back bring him back so quickly. Randiv or Thirimanna were the better option. We need to think outside of Mendis and Chandimal ahead of the WC. Disappointing selection. What would be worse is if he gets a chance 50 and another chance. I realize that there are few fans for Chandi...but just don't see him more than a backup wicket keeper. at least until the WC is over. He didn't even score well in the practice match. Let him regroup outside of the first 11.

  • sidanthan on August 23, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Sri Lankan Manager, T20 Skipper must know how to stand/ respect the national anthum because you're representing a nation

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Pakistan Gooood Batting line up but shold included one more spinner

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 23, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Dili's bad time start with Paks. He is only get runs against Eng and SA.his average against Pak,Ind even BD also poor. Afridi might like Kula in playingXI slow length bowler who continuously failing with ball and bat.

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    @SL_fan_5 so u r suggesting to drop Chandimal who scored 37 in the practice game (and had a decent list A outing in England) and replace him with Thirimanna who scored 0 and hasn't scored more than 35 in nearly 10 international outings.....?????

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    sanga wanted score century

  • on August 23, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    chandimal is better option for lahiru.chandi will be score

  • on August 23, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    @SL_Fan_5 look like you have man crush for thrimanna may be due to he plays like a lady .as for facts of performances) chamari athapaththu or ishani kaushalys should replace him, if you remember chandimal scored 2 hundreds 79 and even 38 in practice match where your crush pluck a duck as regularly ...like late kapugedara and chamara silva plaguing Sri Lankan middle order for years because of that talented aggressive all round players like Tissara perera, kithruwan, prasanna, chathuranga de silva and so many don't get opportunity..suppose guys in management still love his lady like punches and drives like you and have a man crush.

  • on August 23, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    @SL_Fan_5 Chandimal scored about 35 runs in the practise match. How many runs did Thirimanne scored? How many ducks he did score in his last 15-20 international outings? We should get rid of him and give in form youngsters chances to play international games... Good team selection in my point of view.

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 23, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    I rest my case with Chandimal. Thirimanne has been out of form for 4-5 matches. I don't remember Chandimal playing a match winning innings for years. Just baggage. He can not be in our top 11. At least not right now. Agree about wanting to bench Thiri bc of his form... If we are only playing players in form... I don't see how Chandimal is the pick. Vithanage played better than him in the practice match.