Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Hambantota August 25, 2014

Sri Lanka seek to stall Hambantota slide

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Match facts

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Start time 1430 local (0900 GMT)

Fawad Alam has scores of 62, 114* and 74 in his three ODIs this year
Fawad Alam has scores of 62, 114* and 74 in his three ODIs this year © AFP

Big Picture

The locals in Sri Lanka's southeast had been hoping for heavy rains to rejuvenate their crops and refill their wells. The rain though, has been in Colombo. Hambantota gets extra cricket instead. Given Sri Lanka have now lost three on the trot at the venue, that may not be much of a condolence prize.

Sri Lanka is often thought of as a tough team to beat at home, particularly in limited-overs cricket. But since 2006, they have lost seven bilateral ODI series at home to the six they have won. In the last two years, they have also drawn against New Zealand and Bangladesh.

Pakistan now have the chance to inflict a successive ODI series loss on the hosts, after South Africa beat them 2-1 last month. Angelo Mathews already has one eye trained on the World Cup, and had said he would experiment with Sri Lanka's combination in this series. But he will be tempted to shelve those ambitions for now, and pick his strongest team.

Pakistan, meanwhile, are out to get silverware out of this tour. They had seemed sunk on Saturday until two batsmen with fewer than 50 ODIs between them put on a partnership worthy of seasoned one-day cricketers. Perhaps the wisest thing about their 147-run stand was that neither batsman seemed keen to rely on Shahid Afridi.

Saturday's was the kind of win that fills a batting unit with confidence. If they can win a chase from five down, 160 adrift and the required rate touching seven an over, they might feel anything is possible. Moreover, Misbah-ul-Haq now seems to have some level-headed company in the middle order. They will be without their other middle-order anchor though, with Younis Khan returning home due to personal reasons. They will also need to make do without ace spinner Saeed Ajmal for one more match, but even without him, the bowling and batting appears to have the depth and variety to deal with whatever the temperamental Hambantota venue serves up on Tuesday.

Form guide

Sri Lanka: LLWLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan: WLWWW

In the spotlight

Upul Tharanga's reintroduction to the top teams has been well-earned, but he is still working on locking down a place in both the ODI and Test teams. He top scored in the Test victory at SSC, but the edginess outside off stump that has always been his bane has not yet been fully dealt with. There is now competition for opening spots, across all formats. If Tharanga wants a place in Sri Lanka's World Cup side, he will need consistent scores.

Sohaib Maqsood was the star of Saturday's chase, but alongside him for much of his innings was Fawad Alam who has begun to carve a niche for himself as the busy engine-room batsman in Pakistan's middle order. There is nothing eye-catching about Alam's batting, except an ability to find gaps, and an opportunistic streak that sees him squeeze out runs when most would see none there. He has a bandit's beard and hairstyle, to match his style of play. Alam has crossed 50 in all his three ODIs this year, and an average of 47.38 after 28 innings suggests Pakistan unearthed something valuable.

Teams news

The only place in Sri Lanka's top order that does not seem settled is the Dinesh Chandimal-Lahiru Thirimanne spot. Elsewhere, Sri Lanka may be tempted to bring in offspinner Suraj Randiv, if only to prevent Rangana Herath from disintegrating into the molecules that comprise him, given his workload this year.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Lahiru Thirimanne/Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Ashan Priyanjan, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Nuwan Kulasekara 11 Lasith Malinga

In Younis Khan's absence, Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad will open, while Mohammad Hafeez will be pushed down to No.3.

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

Pitch and conditions

Strong winds are almost always a factor at Hambantota, but the seamers may find something in the pitch under lights as well. Good weather is forecast for the duration of the match.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka have lost five out of the nine completed matches they have played against Full-Member opposition in Hambantota
  • Mathews has had an outstanding year in ODIs as well, averaging 57.27 with the bat, while contributing economical spells with the ball
  • Pakistan have won 11 matches and lost nine against Sri Lanka since 2010

Quotes

"If one gets going he needs to play well and post a good total for the bowlers to bowl at. We can't expect all seven to perform well everyday."
Angelo Mathews on playing seven batsmen

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • on August 26, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    thank god no chandimal and thrimanne today,two walikng wickets not playing,it gives us more chance of giving a fight playing with 10 wickets rather than 8...

  • ajaychiniwar on August 26, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    expecting a good game... hopefully lankans will fight back .. but you never know because its cricket...

  • on August 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Chandimal is out today..

  • on August 26, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @Thusitha Balasuriya, Can't agree more. I'm always wondering why people (mostly Sri Lankans, Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are crazy about team selection, just sit and enjoy the game, win or lose get back to your job or family and attend to your usual life. Don't be crazy about winning or losing, Sometimes I can't stop laughing while reading some comments, people are so into the game I wonder how many of them are broken hearted and angry for days. LOL! get a life people!

  • yogicoolboy on August 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Wont be a bad idea to play 2 spinners against pakistan

  • katch47 on August 26, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Sad to see SL's only spin option is Herath. Mendis is not even good to call a part timer. He started his career with bundles of glory and fame and now he is next to nothing. he never reached the level 2 where he didn't invent something new for the batsmen to think of. Look at Ajmal. He started his Mystery spinning career in 2008,the same era as Mendis started his, but he still a threatening spinner (Maybe the most dangerous in the world). He just leveled up but Mendis didn't

  • mzm149 on August 26, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @Desihungama: I don't think so you are so naive that you don't know the difference between conditions of Asia and outside. Pace, bounce, swing and seam is the difference if you don't know. He should consider himself lucky that he was not in South Africa. Otherwise he would have been part of the team which got all out on 49. There is no need of changing the captain immediately. Even if there is need I would prefer Hafeez or Afridi because they have performed all over the world and captained in one form or another. Now don't get started on Hafeez's batting alone. He is an all rounder and is no. 1 ODI all rounder and is rightly placed there.

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Younis Khan not playing today will work as blessing for Pakistan which will give sharjeel a fair chance of proving himself right for the big stage expecting something good from sharjeel .. !

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    misbah today i want century

  • sara2a on August 26, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @MarcusPerera : The problem with Mendis is that he depends almost entirely on deception. If the batsmen cannot pick him, he will single handedly win the match for Sri Lanka… But the moment batsmen start picking him, he is powerless and doesn't have any other weapons in his armory… When this happens, he loses confidence and leaks a lot of runs... He is a "1 or 0" bowler… His good days are unbelievably good, but his bad days are bad beyond any acceptable limit... It's very difficult for a captain to go into a match with that uncertainty...

  • on August 26, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    thank god no chandimal and thrimanne today,two walikng wickets not playing,it gives us more chance of giving a fight playing with 10 wickets rather than 8...

  • ajaychiniwar on August 26, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    expecting a good game... hopefully lankans will fight back .. but you never know because its cricket...

  • on August 26, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Chandimal is out today..

  • on August 26, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    @Thusitha Balasuriya, Can't agree more. I'm always wondering why people (mostly Sri Lankans, Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are crazy about team selection, just sit and enjoy the game, win or lose get back to your job or family and attend to your usual life. Don't be crazy about winning or losing, Sometimes I can't stop laughing while reading some comments, people are so into the game I wonder how many of them are broken hearted and angry for days. LOL! get a life people!

  • yogicoolboy on August 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Wont be a bad idea to play 2 spinners against pakistan

  • katch47 on August 26, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Sad to see SL's only spin option is Herath. Mendis is not even good to call a part timer. He started his career with bundles of glory and fame and now he is next to nothing. he never reached the level 2 where he didn't invent something new for the batsmen to think of. Look at Ajmal. He started his Mystery spinning career in 2008,the same era as Mendis started his, but he still a threatening spinner (Maybe the most dangerous in the world). He just leveled up but Mendis didn't

  • mzm149 on August 26, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    @Desihungama: I don't think so you are so naive that you don't know the difference between conditions of Asia and outside. Pace, bounce, swing and seam is the difference if you don't know. He should consider himself lucky that he was not in South Africa. Otherwise he would have been part of the team which got all out on 49. There is no need of changing the captain immediately. Even if there is need I would prefer Hafeez or Afridi because they have performed all over the world and captained in one form or another. Now don't get started on Hafeez's batting alone. He is an all rounder and is no. 1 ODI all rounder and is rightly placed there.

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Younis Khan not playing today will work as blessing for Pakistan which will give sharjeel a fair chance of proving himself right for the big stage expecting something good from sharjeel .. !

  • on August 26, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    misbah today i want century

  • sara2a on August 26, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @MarcusPerera : The problem with Mendis is that he depends almost entirely on deception. If the batsmen cannot pick him, he will single handedly win the match for Sri Lanka… But the moment batsmen start picking him, he is powerless and doesn't have any other weapons in his armory… When this happens, he loses confidence and leaks a lot of runs... He is a "1 or 0" bowler… His good days are unbelievably good, but his bad days are bad beyond any acceptable limit... It's very difficult for a captain to go into a match with that uncertainty...

  • on August 26, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I think a good match will be there. Pakistan has to fight well, because srilankans ll surely bounce back, as this game is the matter of their life and death, as for as their prestige is concern for the on going series. they have already lost the home series against South Africa. They might not be able to accept another series lost, at the time when the cricketing critics are predicting them the next world cup champions.Today's defeat will be a morale defeat for them for the upcoming world cup. Anyhow despite the winner. hoping for a good match...and for me Srilanka has an edge over Pakistan.

  • hellothereeveryone on August 26, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    The best replacement for Younis Khan is Nasir Jamshed who is a proper batsman with a good technique. Sherjeel Khan is good only for T20s as he is only a slogger with a faulty technique not good for making big scores which is a requirement in tests and also ODIs. I am not sure if Pakistan will miss Ajmal much as his replacement Wahab Riaz bowled well and is a good handy batsman. In Aus and NZ in the WC the wickets are not expected to be spinner friendly so playing three spinners makes no sense. The other two spinners (Hafeez and Afridi) are all rounders who are needed to give depth to Pak batting. If Afridi continues his poor form and doesnt make a comeback then Ajmal can replace Afridi otherwise playing three seamers is a good option in Aus and NZ. As pak is not playing a lot of ODIs before WC they should finalize the playing eleven ASAP and then continue playing them till WC to give them the confidence they need. Please like always dont keep on experimenting/changing till the end.

  • Banneh on August 26, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    All chandimal need is a one good knock to change everything and become his usual self. Hope he will have bit of a luck today. Otherwise it is SL team suffers.

  • on August 26, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    Guys there is a nominated selection panel which is head by one our great cricketers. They are paid and they have more experience than any one of you. There analyze all the aspects of players from domestic level to international level. Pls cant you realize your cricinfo comments will not even seen by them. To whom are you suggesting? Pls take care of your family and watch cricket match what happen. There is no way you guys to select the team.

  • InternationalCricketFollower on August 26, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Couple of things I think the lankans should do to get the best out of the team:

    1. Bowl most of Kulasekara's overs at the start (probably 7-8) because he is most effective when the ball is moving around. 2. When a team is 5 down for nothing, bowl your best bowlers and finish it off. Do not bowl part timers, drag the game and give the opposition a chance.

    Pakistan played well, but the two mistakes stated above and Sanga's stumping chance were also contributing factors.

  • crickexp on August 26, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    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.

  • on August 26, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    yes I agree with above two statements. Chandimal is not performing, he should take out from the squared even. Seeku is better replacement for him. SL cricket authorities should build a best team for 2015 world cup.

  • on August 26, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Pakistan needs to understand the ability of a certain player and rotation according to that Sharjeel is a player against pace and pathetic against spin so against the oppositions like Srilanka, India n bangladesh he has all the chances to fail miserably. Hafeez and Shehzad pair against these teams n shehzad and sharjeel pair against the others might do wonders for Pakistan Irfan junaid and Wahab right now must play consecutively even if we have to give rest to Ajmal We need to have in form pace battery comprising of Irfan junaid Gul and wahab before WC15 with Afridi Hafeez and Ajmal the spinning options Fawad and ahmed shehzad should ball regularly. Shehzad can be the next yuvi in bowling due to the amount of drift he gets and exceptional control being a part timer

  • Ramansilva on August 26, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    @ms2000, If the national team is selected based on the comments of arm chair critiques like you and me, we do not need a selection panel. I believe Sanath Jayasooriya and company look far ahead when selecting players for the pool. They rotate young players before selecting the best team for next world cup. So chill out man. Have some patience.

  • ms2000 on August 26, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    I have repeatedly said that Chandimal should not be included. I was proved right once again. Both Chandimal and Thirimanne must play in the A side at least for another 2 years before they are selected to the National Team. Seekuge Prasanna should replace Chandimal. wny not Dhammika Prasad instead of Kulasekera who has failed in the last 6 games. He is out of form. He needs time to settle down

    Please NO THIRIMANNE and CHANDIMAL

  • ajith0813 on August 26, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Better to replace Chandimal by Seekkuge Prasanna and Kulasekara by Prasad. Please don,t include Thirimanna.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 26, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    2015 WC XI: 1.Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Chandimal / Vithanage 6. Matthews 7. Priyanjan 8. Thissara 9. Rangana 10. Malinga 11. Eranga / lakmal

    In fast pitches like AUS and NZ other spinners cant do much besides rangana. He has the experience and he is like a fox. So he can do something. Kulasekara's 120 kmph will be thrashed all over the park.. He is loosing his pace. Eranga and lakmak are faster and more accurate and more threatening. People will argue against kusal's position, but everyone in the world knows how weak tharanga is in fast pitches against quality bowlers. Steyn, morkle, johnson, starc, anderson, broad, boult, southee, junaid khan and irfan will send tharanga back very easily. He hasnt been able to correct his weakness after 10 years, so if someone thinks that within 6 months he will do that, they are truly mistaken.

    Chandimal may do something in fast pitches but it is good to have vithanage as a backup, No thirimanne in the squad but danushka gunathilaka.

  • MarcusPerera on August 26, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Why is not Ajantha Mendis in the squad his ODI strike rate is 27.2 economi 4.48 4w haul 6 times 5w haul 3 times No of Wks 135 Date of birth 21st March 1985

    Rangana Herath figures 45.1 higher by about 60 % of AM ecco 4.3 4w haul 1once 5w haul 0 times No of Wks 57 less than half of AJ Date of Birth March 1978

    S Senanayake strike rate 45.1 ecc 4.62 4w haul 1once 5w haul 0 No of wks 40 Date of Birth Feb 9 1985 over a month elder to AM

    From the above it is apparent not having AM in the playing eleven is a big loss to our country also to AM and to Cricket

  • on August 26, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    Today Pakistan will be win

  • Ubbi_Shah on August 26, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    In the absence of Yonus Khan, I don't understand why the management don't bring in Nasir Jamsheed? He is one talented batsman and far better than Sharjeel Khan, who has been tried and tested over and over again. And above all, Nasir Jamsheed is a left hander who can disturb bowlers line and length if he opens the inning for Pakistan.

  • on August 26, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Not a bad selection at all Mr jayamanna

  • Nigah on August 26, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    @mzm149 yours comments shows that he is really a talented batsman. Sooner or Later you will see his grooming performances outside of Asia too than please don't say that you wanna see him playing out side the globe :)

  • on August 26, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    @Pawanjaya Jayamanna: Next WC is in Australia and NZ where wickets have more bounce than in SL. Even on low and slow SL wickets, Kitruwan didn't gave a clue against the short pitched bowling of South Africans. How do you think he's gonna face Johnson and Co in Australia? In the last Australia tour, Chandimal was our best batter in the ODIs. How do you justify Kitruwan's place in your WC team over Chandimal?

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on August 26, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    Please don't give another chance to Thirimanne,

    1. Dilshan 2. Tharanga 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6.Priyanjan 7. Thisara 8. S. Prasanna 9. S. Randiv 10. Prasad 11. Malinga

    Very good batting line up. Positive players. Plenty of bowling options.

  • on August 26, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Yes, you are right Ismail. He (Asad Shafiq) didn't took a continue chance to build his confidence. should have to play these two matches and more after. Thanks

  • on August 26, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    Chandimal has had many opportunities but he failed to capitalize. How good a player he is and how good his average was in last tour of Australia does not matter. If at present he is not scoring runs he should not be in the team. This series could be his last opportunity to clinch a berth in 2015 WC squad. If he fails, selectors will have to look elsewhere. Priyanjan may not be that talented. But coming down the order he is scoring runs when they are most needed. Therefore, he deserves a promotion up the order. It is unfair to comment on his technique right now. He was playing the situation and that required playing some unorthodox shots. Dilshan is not out of form. He was success in last ODI series in England. He just failed in one match. He should be the permanent opener because of his added value due to bowling and fielding. Ideally we need a left hander to partner him. Both Tharanga (experience in WCs) and Kusal (explosiveness) can be there in the squad as alternatives in WC.

  • on August 26, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Time and Time again repeating the same mistake . If they want to enter atleast semi final of the world cup which had been feature of sri lanka cricket they have to modify the batting order from today match. winning combination mahela and dilshan must open the batting . 3 sanga followed by chandimal that's his position not at no 6 . then thiri and then mathews and thisara. enough batters and fill up the bowlers accordingly. mahela has to bat at the top he and dilshan running between the wicket and understanding is amazing . they always give good start more often than not . which all saw in Australia. chandimal can play mahela role in the middle overs. don't push chandimal down the order he can't perform. hoping this team and the batting order will click for sri lanka.

  • Sageleaf on August 25, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    Well just one match and as expected all Sri Lankan fans have ruled out many players. I think there is nothing alarming and it was a great match. I keep saying SL does not try to do anything differently but to be comfortable with the situation if they are winning. There is no innovative thinking and that's one of the reasons for their down fall in ODI's. But I'm sure they will bounce back and do well with the right mix of players soon. Sri Lankan young players still cannot handle body line bowling. The best example was Dinesh Chandimal. Pakistan attacked him with few short pitched deliveries and he fell in their trap so well. But I hope SL will play Chandimal again. He is too talented to be dropped. Coaching staff should think wisely how to bowl at Pakistan batsmen. Fawad Alam has played so well against SL in the past and do they know that Pakistan always play ODI's well against SL. So what could SL do differently to win?

  • zashrafi on August 25, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be given a long run both in Tests and ODIs. It's a shame first overseas debut centurian was discarded after only three test! PCB should teach a course in how to distroy promising careers. Remember Asim Kamal? Boot Akmals and bring back Serfraz for goodness sacks!!!!!!

  • Desihungama on August 25, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    @mzm149- Most of the current batsmen have faced the likes of Steyn, Morkel, Anderson, Broad and what have they got to show for? Let him play outside of Asia? As if HE does not want to play outside of Asia. Well, he had not been picked to play in SA. And there is no such thing as playing in Asia. It's either you play at home or don't play at home and none of our players play at home. Conditions differ from India to SL to Bangladesh. And Dubai is not home buddy. His Test debut was in SriLanka and he scored 168. His last 3 ODI's is there for all to see. I have been following his career for last 5-6 years and he almost went the way of Asim Kamaal. Yes he is not flashy or stylish but he is useful middle order batsmen who knows how to READ a situation and that's enough for me for a captain. Who else you have in mind? Afridi? Hafeez?

  • IdreesAhmed95 on August 25, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Fawad Alam is the most important batsman in the Pakistani team. I used to think Misbah was, but Alam really is a great batsman. He needs to be in the test team ASAP, replacing Misbah/Younus, while Azhar Ali might profit being in the ODI side, or Asad Shafiq. In the next match i just hope a good showing from Irfan, as getting his form back is a MUST with WC15 coming up

  • IdreesAhmed95 on August 25, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    I would have Babar in for Younus Khan personally, as we'd therefore have 4 straight bowlers, as sometimes Afridi/Riaz can be expensive, and left arm slow bowlers usually have some success, just like how Herath was a success in tests. Only thing that concerns me is that Sharjeel may be a bit rusty, so even Shafiq would be a good batsman to replace Younus. I've never seen Pakistan bat so deep before, but it's good to see that although we're conceding a few runs, we're able to CHASE them! Good luck Pakistan!

  • on August 25, 2014, 21:23 GMT

    sharjeel khan is a best choice for opening with ahmed shahzad

  • on August 25, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    i think anwer should be included he is a good allrounder and webneed medium pace allrounders for world cup in aus and nz so he should be given confidence and groomed properly

  • t20cric on August 25, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    I think the suggested team is good but the order must be switched. After seeing Fawad's innings I think everyone understands that he needs to come in earlier so that he can set up his innings in time for the finishing overs. Sharjeel Khan can now come in as opener cuz Younis is not there but he might be dropped in the 3rd ODI to make room for Ajmal unless if he performs in this match. The team should be 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Sharjeel Khan, 3.Fawad Alam, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Wahab Riaz, 10.Mohammad Irfan, 11.Junaid Khan or they could try 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Mohammad Hafeez, 3.Fawad Alam, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Anwar Ali/Zulfiqar Babar, 9.Wahab Riaz, 10.Mohammad Irfan, 11.Junaid Khan

  • Peternarendra on August 25, 2014, 20:35 GMT

    Proper ODI batsman should have the ability to strike hard when it requires and save the wicket when it requires. Only batsman in the team who has both of those abilities is Mathews. The other reliable batsman is Sangakkara who can save the wicket though his striking ability is not sufficient. Batsman like Tharanga, Mahela and Priyanjan will definitely get troubled by Australian fast bowlers like Johnson and Starc during the next world cup. So, selectors should find out real batsmen at least now. Though Chandimal and Kapugedera failed at other positions they have proven that they could bat at number 4 in Australian tracks. If Selectors select Tharanga ahead of Kusal during next world cup, it will be a big mistake. Also, Prasanna should be given more chances ahead of Randiv or Mendis. Selectors should look at how Australia prepares their batting order with big hitters. Mathews is a great plus for Sri Lankan side as the allrounders like Aravinda and Jayasuriya in the history.

  • on August 25, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I think sananayakaye should be bought in attack in replacement of bowler with hearth

  • on August 25, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Asad Shafiq should be in this team in place of younus give him confidence and send him on number3 he will be helpfull

  • on August 25, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    My WC2015 XI 1.U Tharanga 2.T.M Dilshan 3.K Sangakkara 4.M Jayawardena 5.K vithanage 6.A Priyanjan 7.A Mathews 8.T Perera 9.S Prasanna / R Herath 10.N Kulasekara. 11.L Malinga

  • nimalgamage on August 25, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka only have two bright sparks among the young batsman currently and those two are ANJELO MATHEWS and KUSAL PERERA. Others are utter waste of talent

    SL Best XI for the World cup

    1. KUSAL 2. DILSHAN 3. SANGAKKARA 4. MAHELA 5. ANJELO 6. KAPUGEDARA 7. THISARA 8. KULASEKERA 9. SACHITRA 10. HERATH 11. MALINGA

  • on August 25, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    Ashan Priyanjan and Fawad Alam will be two future stars because they are reading the game more than the so called talented batsmen, Fawad is rotating strike in the start and he is accelerating well in the end stages .Priyanjan ( I saw only one match of him) is intelligent in his shot selection as well and he is having a good range

  • mzm149 on August 25, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    @Desihungama: Let him face world class bowlers like Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Johnson, Starc, Anderson, Broad and the likes before making such tall claims. Let him play outside Asia at least. 3 good innings on flat pitches against easy opponents and one them in loosing cause and you are making him next captain.

  • on August 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    This Pakistani side is a winning combination. With Sharjeel coming a more stable top order is in place if he plays his natural style of Cricket. Shehzad should keep up the good work but convert his scores to 100's. Umar Akmal is a 100 run bat and has to bat with responsibilty. Instead of playing chip shots he should play drives and full loft shots. He always gives his wicket away, I don't see bowlers taking his wicket. Hafeez should go to make partnerships. A good 30-40 from him would be good. Misbah needs to bring that batting form back. Fawad and Maqsood should bat the same way they did in the last match. Afridi should play his natural striking game. The tail should contribute as much as they can if they have to bat anytime. If Pakistan executes this stradegy then Pakistan will have a great winning combination.

  • Karnain on August 25, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Nuwan Kulasekara hasn't picked up a single wicket in his last 6 ODIs. He may still be a potent weapon for SL with the new ball in Australia, but on these conditions... We need a wicket taking bowler instead of him.

  • Upyoursindia on August 25, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Malin I agree with you 110%, I cannot understand why most fans are still singing the praises of Chandimal and insisting he be in the side, when all he has proved in the past 12 months that he is nothing but an utter failure, Priyanjan is a positive thinking cricketer who deserves this place, and Chandimal's place should be given to another youngster who can be groomed from now for the WC.

  • ahad555 on August 25, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    my team should be Ahmed 2 hafeez 3fawad alam 4 umar akmal 5 misbah ul haq 6 shoaib maqsood 7shahid afridi 8 wahab riaz 9 zulfikar babar 10 junaid khan 11 irfan

  • RAJ18 on August 25, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Drop Malinga, he has lost a lot of pace and presently bowls around 134km, which is not good enough, you want your strike bowler to bowl between 140km-145km , then only will his variations have an effect. After all he doesn't play Tests anymore, only ODI's and T20's. So there is no excuse. If he doesn't perform in the next match, Prasad should be drafted for the last match.

  • FROSTBITE on August 25, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    please bring chamara kapugedegera........................ please he is a match winner.........

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 25, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Despite the last loss SL has high probability of wining this match. Because when we thinking of last 2 series against Eng fist match SL Loss second match SL won. Against SA 1st match Lost second match won. So if SL lost one next one they will win. In other hand Pak if one won other lost. That does not mean SL will win the series. Pak has high probability of wining the series 2-1.

  • on August 25, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    sarfraz should get a chance one he is professional wicket keeper and also a good batman which he proved in test and will continue his form in odis ...go pakistan need a revenge of test humiliation

  • on August 25, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Its totally not understandable why Sadaf Hussain is out of the team? why he do not get chance to represent Pakistan? when he will be in Green team?

  • NAYMAR.JR on August 25, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @nishanth ravindrakumar.100%agree with you.i dont think even maiya was at a team like aussie,sa he will have a place in national team over the past few years due to inconsistancy.players like thiri,priyanjan never.actually i would like to introduce MATTEWS as a gift of cricket god.unfortunatly sl usually produce thiri,chandi. type batsmans in nature when other countries introducing miller,KOHLI,maxwell,warner,simmons,buttler type players.i still remember what was happned to indika de seram.

  • cdk1980 on August 25, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    My teams 1 tharanga 2 dilshan 3 Sanga 4mahela 5 chandimal 6 Angelo 7 priyangan 8 t.perera 9 prasad 10 herath 11 malinga

  • BlueJayBanter on August 25, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    I would like to agree on the fact that Pakistan have "unearthed" a talent in Fawad Alam but I would be lying. The PCB should really employ either a statistician or get some high speed internet. Alams stats say that he should be a lock for the test team and it might just happen now that he is performing in limited overs. Now, we need some help in the bowling department. (Sadaf Hussain would be good)

  • haq33 on August 25, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Do not bring Sharjeel Khan in as his mind is permanently in Afridi mode...only ONE Afridi is needed at any one time and Afridi himself is still the best Afridi around. Of all the options available to replace Younis Khan, there are two that would work. If an extra bowler is needed, bring in Babar. If a batsman is needed, play Sarfraz as wk-bat and let U Akmal be specialist bat. I guarantee Sarfraz is a cool headed run-a-ball nudger and stealer, perfect for odi cricket.

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Unfortunetly younis khan has gone home due to the death of his nephew

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I don't know why people are so unconvinced on Priyanjan's inclusion in the team. He has only played 16 matches and in them he has scored 74(93), 60(97), 22(19), 43(33), 25(15), 30(46) and 39(15). Most of these were scored batting at number 5,6,7,8.

    Not only that, he is a good part time spin bowler. I think he deserves a place in top order more than Chandimal or Thirirmanne considering their poor performances. He has a really bright future than any of the other youngsters.

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    i think Pakistan must chanc to sarfraz Ahmad in odi

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    i think pak's batting is still very deep as babar n wahab can bat, so we should bring in babar as a frontline spinner instead of shargeel khan

  • LAKINGSFAN on August 25, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Gone are the days where teams struggled to chase 250+. With more and more T20 cricket,it will be more and more in ODIs. Teams easily chase 90+ runs in last 10 overs where earlier days chasing 90+ in last 15 overs was considered a phenomenal achievement.

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    i am a srilankan but i can say this srilanka team losing the odi matches with over confiedence why? sanath is a worst selector i don,t know why chandimal thirimanne tharanga is still playing cricket and Dilshan is out of form , mahela blue moon risen next 5 matches 7 13 8 21 2 so sanga is good but his unlucky starting he missed stumping in 1st match. malinga playing mumbai ipl team for money kulasekara is worst hearath is oldest than any spinners in now- srilanka going to down 2-0 mark my words srilankan fans

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Again Thirimanne has 3 centuries and 5 half centuries with a average of 29.3. Vidanage's List A average is only 16 but he is more capable player but still he has not proven it. people love Kusal bcs his Sanath jayasuriya style. Otherwise he has nt proven any thng except 1 century against minnow Bangladesh. His average is still at 26. But I believe he should be in the team. With all statistics Chandimaal is the best young player after Mathew. As Mathew said SL has 16 match left before word cup. Not enough matches to bring another batsmen like Dickwella. Sl should rotate these youngster and find the best combination. But it's nt the batting an issue for Sri Lanka. It's bowling.SL should bring wicket takin bowlers. On the other hand people must know that Players are playing for his country. They success, fail watever happend don't hate them.

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    I remember there was a time ppl compared Thirimane to Sangakkara and Chandimaal to Mahela. because of the 1st inning of the Dikwella then they started to compare him to sangakkara. Bcs of yesterday inning ppl started to compare priyanjana to Mahela. Priyanjana is not a Mahela jayawardane. he has no techniques at all. yesterday he got the chance to hit the ball and he is good at it. but without any footwork and techniques he can't play at no 3,4,5 or 6 positions. Chandimaal is the obvious selection for no 4 or 5 position. Yesterday he got a chance but he failed. It is nt the world end. He should understand his weakness against short balls. I wander why ppl wand him out o the team. There is no other proven batsmen like him. He was the highest run scorer for Sri Lanka in many series for example Last VB series in Aus, Last Pak series in UAE, his 1st zim series and 2nd hiest in 2011 Eng series with 2 centuries and 11 fifties with an average of 30.

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Chandimal should play this match.. even he fail he should be add to the 2015 world cup because we all know his aveage in home is very low but if we compare his avarage in Australia , England and South africa (He didn't play anu matches in NZ) he has the best average after the Virat kohli. ( I mean only asian batsmen) We need to win the world cup not this kind of small matches.

  • on August 25, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Looking forward for another youngsters show tomorrow by pakistan... please drop hafeez for God sake and include asad shafique, dont know when shehzad is going to prove his worth

  • SLMaster on August 25, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Our fast bowlers cannot get optimum in SL pitches. There is no support from pitch for Malinga, Kulesekara, and Co. They will for sure perform well outside of SL. The best is to play three spinners and one fast bowler in SL pitches. Leave out Malinga so that he is worn out before WC.

  • saifkhanBD on August 25, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    The best thing about Fawad and Maqsood's partnership was how quickly they rotated strike and their excellent running between the wicket. Both players complemented each other's batting and in my opinion, should bat higher.

    Shahzad, Sharjeel, Hafeez, Fawad, Maqsood, Misbah, Akmal, Afridi, Riaz, Junaid and Irfan.

    Bilawal Bhatti showed great deal of promise as well and should be persisted with. Bowls with great pace and can contribute with the bat as well.

  • MughalKhurram on August 25, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    why selectors does not select sadaf hussain gr8 younger bowler

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    younad is gone back home. ajmal will not be available. i think they should include Anwar ali. we need a medium pace all rounder and should give him chances. many people have asked for baber. i think on this ground, spinners have not that good record. amd also SL plays them ok. hafeez and afridi are more than enough. on this ground fast bowlers did much better than spinners. so it should be anwar or sharjeel if going for batting option. though sharjeel is also not good and not done much since his 1st innings.

    hafeez, ahmed, umar , misbah , sohaib, alam, afridi, anwar, wahab, junaid and irfan.

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Good Luck team Pakistan....

  • MughalKhurram on August 25, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    pak need sharjeel as a replacement of yonis khan

  • PoeticCricket on August 25, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I don't want to see Chandimal playing for Sri Lanka in near future, because he will be doped by the bounce in Australia. Upul Tharanga still hopless in ouside off stump line. I can still remeber how he was dope by Zahaer Kahan in WC finals & Sri Lanka was restricted in the first 10 overs. The best strikers of bounce is Kusal & Sanga. Thirmanna has a better technique than Chandhimal or Priyanjan. T hisara has done well with his ball im Australia. Tharang & Chandimal must be out of WC in Australia

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

    An opportunistic streak that sees him squeeze out runs when most would see none there. That is what's special about Fawad Alam. I had him in Pakistan line up long long ago but I guess selectors see something altogether different. He should be our next captain after Misbah.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 25, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    SL lost 3 out of last 4 ODIs mainly due to bowling weakness..SL ODI side doesn't hv wicket taking bowlers at the moment .Malinga is out of form.Kule is worst..Last 6 ODIs he went wicketless..There is no point of Playing kule tomorrow.We need wicket taking bowlers not 120 km/h speed,low full tosses bowling bowlers. Kule's economy rate is 6.43 per ove in last 6 matches.. Ple drop him..Hope Sanga doesn't miss his 5th consecutive stumping chance. Ple Sanga don't let any disadvantages to be taken to ur haters..U r a great player.

  • saifkhanBD on August 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Sad to see some young players being held back due to bad players selections. The likes of Hamad Azam, Haris Sohail. Umer Amin, Bhatti, Anwar Ali etc should be given more chances, especially in the ODI's. There will be setback and failure but unless you give proper chances to the players, how can you expect to find new talents!! I'm all for Misbah remaining captain because he has proven how reliable he can be in recent years. But he shouldn't resort to defensive tactics and field placements. All the best to Pakistan and our SL bros. Later

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka should go for kill ..... aggressive approach batting and bowling. Fielding should be in top class level to beat Pakistan. Hope Sanga will not miss any stamping chances

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    as a experiment chandi should open the innings with dilshan. tharanga can bat in no 5..

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  • on August 25, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    as a experiment chandi should open the innings with dilshan. tharanga can bat in no 5..

  • on August 25, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka should go for kill ..... aggressive approach batting and bowling. Fielding should be in top class level to beat Pakistan. Hope Sanga will not miss any stamping chances

  • saifkhanBD on August 25, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Sad to see some young players being held back due to bad players selections. The likes of Hamad Azam, Haris Sohail. Umer Amin, Bhatti, Anwar Ali etc should be given more chances, especially in the ODI's. There will be setback and failure but unless you give proper chances to the players, how can you expect to find new talents!! I'm all for Misbah remaining captain because he has proven how reliable he can be in recent years. But he shouldn't resort to defensive tactics and field placements. All the best to Pakistan and our SL bros. Later

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 25, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    SL lost 3 out of last 4 ODIs mainly due to bowling weakness..SL ODI side doesn't hv wicket taking bowlers at the moment .Malinga is out of form.Kule is worst..Last 6 ODIs he went wicketless..There is no point of Playing kule tomorrow.We need wicket taking bowlers not 120 km/h speed,low full tosses bowling bowlers. Kule's economy rate is 6.43 per ove in last 6 matches.. Ple drop him..Hope Sanga doesn't miss his 5th consecutive stumping chance. Ple Sanga don't let any disadvantages to be taken to ur haters..U r a great player.

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

    An opportunistic streak that sees him squeeze out runs when most would see none there. That is what's special about Fawad Alam. I had him in Pakistan line up long long ago but I guess selectors see something altogether different. He should be our next captain after Misbah.

  • PoeticCricket on August 25, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I don't want to see Chandimal playing for Sri Lanka in near future, because he will be doped by the bounce in Australia. Upul Tharanga still hopless in ouside off stump line. I can still remeber how he was dope by Zahaer Kahan in WC finals & Sri Lanka was restricted in the first 10 overs. The best strikers of bounce is Kusal & Sanga. Thirmanna has a better technique than Chandhimal or Priyanjan. T hisara has done well with his ball im Australia. Tharang & Chandimal must be out of WC in Australia

  • MughalKhurram on August 25, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    pak need sharjeel as a replacement of yonis khan

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    Good Luck team Pakistan....

  • on August 25, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    younad is gone back home. ajmal will not be available. i think they should include Anwar ali. we need a medium pace all rounder and should give him chances. many people have asked for baber. i think on this ground, spinners have not that good record. amd also SL plays them ok. hafeez and afridi are more than enough. on this ground fast bowlers did much better than spinners. so it should be anwar or sharjeel if going for batting option. though sharjeel is also not good and not done much since his 1st innings.

    hafeez, ahmed, umar , misbah , sohaib, alam, afridi, anwar, wahab, junaid and irfan.

  • MughalKhurram on August 25, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    why selectors does not select sadaf hussain gr8 younger bowler