Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Hambantota August 26, 2014

Sri Lanka defend 310 to square series

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Sri Lanka 310 for 9 (Mathews 93, Jayawardene 67, Thisara 65, Hafeez 3-39) beat Pakistan 233 (Hafeez 62, Shehzad 56, Thisara 3-19) by 77 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The varying rhythms of the one-day game were on full display in the second ODI in Hambantota, where the spinners thrived and the quicks toiled in a high-scoring encounter. There were bursts of boundaries alternating with periods of lull, with Sri Lanka's run-rate sharply increasing and decreasing through their innings, till a final blast lifted them beyond 300.

The hosts began in a hurry despite losing early wickets, then counterattacked against the spinners before being becalmed through Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews who put on a big partnership, lost a bunch of wickets to Mohammad Hafeez, and were only bailed out by a brutal onslaught fromThisara Perera in the death overs.

No team has ever successfully hunted down more than 300 in Sri Lanka, but Pakistan were bursting with confidence after the back-from-the-dead chase in the first ODI. Though Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan in the fourth over, Hafeez hit a dazzling half-century that included six fours in his first 10 deliveries. With Ahmed Shehzad playing the supporting act, Hafeez tore apart the new-ball bowlers to drive Pakistan to 98 for 1 after 12 overs.

Then came the big squeeze from the Sri Lankan spinners. Seekkuge Prasanna was playing his first ODI since December and had messed up with the bat after being promoted to No. 6, but he flourished with the ball and was electric in the field. Prasanna and Rangana Herath exploited the help in the surface to string together loads of dot balls to pile the pressure on Pakistan.

After a six-over spell in which only 16 runs were scored, the wickets duly arrived. Hafeez missed a straighter one from Prasanna and was lbw for 62. With only two genuine spinners in the line-up, Sri Lanka turned to the part-time tweakers of Tillakaratne Dilshan. He responded by getting the dangerous Umar Akmal caught behind off his first delivery.

Those wickets resulted in a galloping number of dot balls as Misbah-ul-Haq took time to settle and Shehzad could not force the pace. By the 30th over, Pakistan had played out 100 scoreless deliveries. The quick-thinking Sangakkara produced a breakthrough with another superbly anticipated catch down the leg side when Shehzad went for the lap sweep.

When the Powerplay came along, Sri Lanka belatedly decided that Herath should have the responsibility of bowling three overs in the Powerplay, and not Lasith Malinga. Herath delivered, first dismissing Misbah and then the hero of the first ODI, Sohaib Maqsood.

It was not yet game over as Fawad Alam was still battling, and no one can tell what Shahid Afridi will do. Afridi began with some powerful boundaries, and with the spinners bowled out, Sri Lanka would have just started worrying when he holed out for 17. The tail did not last too long and Sri Lanka wrapped up a 77-run victory, though the match was tighter than the margin suggested.

The margin too would have been tighter had Pakistan's bowlers not lost their way in the final stages of the innings earlier in the evening. After having Sri Lanka down to 194 for 6 in the 38th over, thanks to Hafeez's triple-strike, they still gave away 80 runs in the final six overs as Perera and Mathews ran amok.

The power-hitting that makes Perera such a valued limited-overs player was in full display as he launched everything in his range over the leg side. From 15 off 18, he rocketed to 57 off 32 as the bowlers wilted under the blaze of big hits. At the 40-over stage, Sri Lanka would have been satisfied with a final score around 275, but the Perera blitz shot them past 300.

Mathews had been less spectacular but his 93 was the knock around which the Sri Lankan innings revolved. After letting Jayawardene dominate a 122-run fourth-innings partnership, and keeping his strike rate below 70 for much of his innings, he opened out with a series of muscular hits over extra cover and towards midwicket at the end. He went past 3000 ODI runs, and had time for a maiden century in the format, but he, as so often this year, perished in the 90s.

Jayawardene had been the stand-out performer in the first half of the innings, showing yet again that violent strokeplay was not necessary to score at a pace demanded by modern cricket. He used the lap sweep and the late cut past backward point, he scooted down the track to chip over mid-off and midwicket - there were four fours from him in a five-ball sequence against the spinners, and the pressure built by the early wickets evaporated.

Pakistan needed to capitalise once Hafeez provided the breakthroughs during the Powerplay, but their new-ball bowlers, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan, had days to forget as Sri Lanka ramped up the score to nearly unreachable levels.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • CoverPoint1234 on August 29, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage It is not a surprising factor that you want Tharanga in the Sri Lankan team by attacking not only KUSAL but also attacking players in the test team such as DIMUTH and KAUSAL in the recent past by heavily criticizing them in various ways and appraise Tharanga even for poor innings.

    If you don't know I can 100% certain that most people in our country don't give a damn about Tharanga compared to legends such as ARAVINDA, MAHELA, SANATH and SANGA.

    Even Kusal still haven't perform up to expectation they love him and they know that he will be a future star.

  • SLFan-2200 on August 29, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    According to some "pundits" S/R is the deciding factor for selections (we all know why- because there is nothing else to crow)! Then we should send Thisara Perera to open the inning because he has the most effective strike rate & variety of hefty blows that works in any condition on any deck! Unlike, other 12 ball Slogging Masters, Thisara has actually won us quite a few ODIs including the most recent one, even coming as a lower-order batsmen. If Thisara Perera was given 33 consecutive ODIs to Open (as some TOO-GOOD-DO-NOTHING busted hype-bubbles), I'm sure he would have scored at-least a few fifties & hundreds by now & won some matches for SL!

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    @andrew:: To you 74 of SR for an operner is acceptable.. But to the world cricket it is not.. Thats why all the operners in the world at the present have 75+ SR.. If tharanga's SR is less,, then he must produce the consistency which marven did when he played.. He has to keep his avg 38+.. And when marven played, sanath was there.. dont compare tharanga with marven, mahela and sanath.. You know, why tharanga cant score like he used to score?? its because no sanath at the other end.. and dilshan is out of form.. so runs doesnt come fast from the other end.. so he cant play his tuk tuk inning.. no point of arguing.. tharanga has played 4 test innings and 2 odis.. did he play up to the standard?? lets see the next few matches.. tharanga himself will answer to you.. when the runs doesnt come from the other end fast,, tharanga always gets out.. see the tomorrow match which will be his last..

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    @andrew: obviously my intentions are clear. We need our best XI. You think SR is not a measurement. So what will happen if tharanga and thirimanne open the inning against SA or AUS who can cross 300 often?? Or even against IND?? AVG alone cant measure batsmen in ODIs.. That can be done in test cricket.. These days only 4 fielders are out side the 30 yards.. So still someone play with 70-75 SR in every inning he is useless unless all the other players are big hitters. Everyone has to field, everyone saves runs, boundries.. Tharanga is the worst fielder in the side in this playing 11 other than rangana who is 36. can u name a player in this playing 11 who is worse than tharanga when it comes to the fielding? Dont compare tharanga with sanath. He has 91+ SR.. Mahela has 78 of a SR which with 11000 runs.. Tharanga in one of the 2 operneres in top teams who have his SR less than 75. Less than 75 of SR and 33 of avg?? You have to master one of these.. Either the SR or AVG must be good..

  • Andrew-Silva on August 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    @ TheAnalyzer: Strike Rate is not a measurement of batting consistency as you think, but batting average in career stats reflects the Consistency of a batsman. It is the measurement of overall CONSISTENCY but nothing else! By the way Tharanga' s overall ODI batting average 34 is a very significant one BETTER than MANY established current/former players in SL such as Mahela, Sanath, Marvan etc. Unlike TEST cricket, even Sanga's ODI Av is 40 (thehighest) Therefore Tharanga's ODI Batting Average is quite good and S/R 74 for an Opener is acceptable (Marvan had just 68), because he plays long innings that won many matches for SL! Nothing wrong with Tharanga's fielding as you say, if you have watched him fielding, you would have noticed how many 4s he saved even in the recent matches & took all the catches came to him, don't forget he is a wicket keeper as well. Your intentions are pretty clear, but you can't fool people!

  • SriLankaCricketFans on August 29, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage Please try to stop comparing Tharanga with Kusal, Tharanga always benefited from players like others such as Sanath and Dilshan in the other end where they scoring @90 Strike rate So that he can engage in 200+ record partnerships by playing moderate innings. He will never be the hero in those partnerships. Dilshan and Sanath will score 3/2 runs of those partnerships.

    Tharanga must have one of the poorest strike rates of the openers in world cricket at the moment if not the worst strike rate. Correct me if I'm wrong please. Can you check me and update with that details here.

  • SLFan-2200 on August 29, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @ CoverPoint1234: This is how he becomes the BEST At 29 yrs of age: Tharanga had scored more centuries than anyone at that age in SL. Also, no one has scored 5k runs at his age & quickest to reach 1k & 5k runs! His unbeaten 174* is the highest score ever played by a SL @ his age (2nd highest in SL ODI batting history). Highest number of 200+ partnerships is a World Record! So Tharanga has DEFINITELY done BETTER THAN ANYONE @ 29 yrs in SL ODI HISTORY.!

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @naleensa: He has played few T20 innings.. He was the man of the match several times.. that means he has won us matches.. Kusal is sent to the ground to score fast.. Seriously dont you get the point?? AVG 33.. SR 73.. So which category suitable for him?? Players like kallis, dravid, marven, sanga are slow players. but AVG is around 40.. sanath, gilchirst, sehwag, do not have a good AVG. but SR is 90+.. Tharanga is not a consistent player.. And not a pinch hitter.. Either he must have a good avg or good strike rate. he has neither. if he can bowl then its ok. but he cant. if he is very sharp in the field like dilshan, sachithra, kaushal or kusal, its ok.. but he is not. He still has the same weaknesses.. no foot work, cant play out side the off stump,, always edges to the keeper or slips, cant pull or hook etc. every bowler knows that. he played 2 ODI matches and few test innings.. With the time, you will realize that every bowler knows his weakness, and he can hardly cross the 50 now

  • naleensa on August 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @TheAnalyzer: anyway i was saying that what tharanga has to do to get in to the team. Coz he is in the team because he has performed well in the recent past so he deserve a place in the team. but according to you you want failing KJP rather than performing player. all i am saying just give the give the guy a chance. if he performs he can be in team but if not we can always replace with some one else. that how the selection should work every time. and about tharanga's fielding i believe he is decent fielder (Very Good Outfielder). and he has the best throwing techniques among the srilankan fielders. he throws flat and releases the ball quickly. just see some videos if you haven't seen him fielding.

  • SriLankaCricketFans on August 29, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    We all know that one day kusal perera will be the next sanath jayasuriya. so just stop comparing these two players where tharanga will never become a match winner.

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 29, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage It is not a surprising factor that you want Tharanga in the Sri Lankan team by attacking not only KUSAL but also attacking players in the test team such as DIMUTH and KAUSAL in the recent past by heavily criticizing them in various ways and appraise Tharanga even for poor innings.

    If you don't know I can 100% certain that most people in our country don't give a damn about Tharanga compared to legends such as ARAVINDA, MAHELA, SANATH and SANGA.

    Even Kusal still haven't perform up to expectation they love him and they know that he will be a future star.

  • SLFan-2200 on August 29, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    According to some "pundits" S/R is the deciding factor for selections (we all know why- because there is nothing else to crow)! Then we should send Thisara Perera to open the inning because he has the most effective strike rate & variety of hefty blows that works in any condition on any deck! Unlike, other 12 ball Slogging Masters, Thisara has actually won us quite a few ODIs including the most recent one, even coming as a lower-order batsmen. If Thisara Perera was given 33 consecutive ODIs to Open (as some TOO-GOOD-DO-NOTHING busted hype-bubbles), I'm sure he would have scored at-least a few fifties & hundreds by now & won some matches for SL!

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    @andrew:: To you 74 of SR for an operner is acceptable.. But to the world cricket it is not.. Thats why all the operners in the world at the present have 75+ SR.. If tharanga's SR is less,, then he must produce the consistency which marven did when he played.. He has to keep his avg 38+.. And when marven played, sanath was there.. dont compare tharanga with marven, mahela and sanath.. You know, why tharanga cant score like he used to score?? its because no sanath at the other end.. and dilshan is out of form.. so runs doesnt come fast from the other end.. so he cant play his tuk tuk inning.. no point of arguing.. tharanga has played 4 test innings and 2 odis.. did he play up to the standard?? lets see the next few matches.. tharanga himself will answer to you.. when the runs doesnt come from the other end fast,, tharanga always gets out.. see the tomorrow match which will be his last..

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    @andrew: obviously my intentions are clear. We need our best XI. You think SR is not a measurement. So what will happen if tharanga and thirimanne open the inning against SA or AUS who can cross 300 often?? Or even against IND?? AVG alone cant measure batsmen in ODIs.. That can be done in test cricket.. These days only 4 fielders are out side the 30 yards.. So still someone play with 70-75 SR in every inning he is useless unless all the other players are big hitters. Everyone has to field, everyone saves runs, boundries.. Tharanga is the worst fielder in the side in this playing 11 other than rangana who is 36. can u name a player in this playing 11 who is worse than tharanga when it comes to the fielding? Dont compare tharanga with sanath. He has 91+ SR.. Mahela has 78 of a SR which with 11000 runs.. Tharanga in one of the 2 operneres in top teams who have his SR less than 75. Less than 75 of SR and 33 of avg?? You have to master one of these.. Either the SR or AVG must be good..

  • Andrew-Silva on August 29, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    @ TheAnalyzer: Strike Rate is not a measurement of batting consistency as you think, but batting average in career stats reflects the Consistency of a batsman. It is the measurement of overall CONSISTENCY but nothing else! By the way Tharanga' s overall ODI batting average 34 is a very significant one BETTER than MANY established current/former players in SL such as Mahela, Sanath, Marvan etc. Unlike TEST cricket, even Sanga's ODI Av is 40 (thehighest) Therefore Tharanga's ODI Batting Average is quite good and S/R 74 for an Opener is acceptable (Marvan had just 68), because he plays long innings that won many matches for SL! Nothing wrong with Tharanga's fielding as you say, if you have watched him fielding, you would have noticed how many 4s he saved even in the recent matches & took all the catches came to him, don't forget he is a wicket keeper as well. Your intentions are pretty clear, but you can't fool people!

  • SriLankaCricketFans on August 29, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage Please try to stop comparing Tharanga with Kusal, Tharanga always benefited from players like others such as Sanath and Dilshan in the other end where they scoring @90 Strike rate So that he can engage in 200+ record partnerships by playing moderate innings. He will never be the hero in those partnerships. Dilshan and Sanath will score 3/2 runs of those partnerships.

    Tharanga must have one of the poorest strike rates of the openers in world cricket at the moment if not the worst strike rate. Correct me if I'm wrong please. Can you check me and update with that details here.

  • SLFan-2200 on August 29, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    @ CoverPoint1234: This is how he becomes the BEST At 29 yrs of age: Tharanga had scored more centuries than anyone at that age in SL. Also, no one has scored 5k runs at his age & quickest to reach 1k & 5k runs! His unbeaten 174* is the highest score ever played by a SL @ his age (2nd highest in SL ODI batting history). Highest number of 200+ partnerships is a World Record! So Tharanga has DEFINITELY done BETTER THAN ANYONE @ 29 yrs in SL ODI HISTORY.!

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    @naleensa: He has played few T20 innings.. He was the man of the match several times.. that means he has won us matches.. Kusal is sent to the ground to score fast.. Seriously dont you get the point?? AVG 33.. SR 73.. So which category suitable for him?? Players like kallis, dravid, marven, sanga are slow players. but AVG is around 40.. sanath, gilchirst, sehwag, do not have a good AVG. but SR is 90+.. Tharanga is not a consistent player.. And not a pinch hitter.. Either he must have a good avg or good strike rate. he has neither. if he can bowl then its ok. but he cant. if he is very sharp in the field like dilshan, sachithra, kaushal or kusal, its ok.. but he is not. He still has the same weaknesses.. no foot work, cant play out side the off stump,, always edges to the keeper or slips, cant pull or hook etc. every bowler knows that. he played 2 ODI matches and few test innings.. With the time, you will realize that every bowler knows his weakness, and he can hardly cross the 50 now

  • naleensa on August 29, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    @TheAnalyzer: anyway i was saying that what tharanga has to do to get in to the team. Coz he is in the team because he has performed well in the recent past so he deserve a place in the team. but according to you you want failing KJP rather than performing player. all i am saying just give the give the guy a chance. if he performs he can be in team but if not we can always replace with some one else. that how the selection should work every time. and about tharanga's fielding i believe he is decent fielder (Very Good Outfielder). and he has the best throwing techniques among the srilankan fielders. he throws flat and releases the ball quickly. just see some videos if you haven't seen him fielding.

  • SriLankaCricketFans on August 29, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    We all know that one day kusal perera will be the next sanath jayasuriya. so just stop comparing these two players where tharanga will never become a match winner.

  • naleensa on August 29, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    @TheAnalyzer: And Kusal havent won us any matches single handedly. but tharanga has done that in past. he has just given the team small boosts at the start. and that also rarely. look at his 33 innings, some of the innings are even slower than tharanga's innings.

  • naleensa on August 29, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    @TheAnalyzer: Buddy 96 WC and Coming WC is totally different game. Rules have changed now. you can use the same tactics but i dont think it will be that effective. So preserving wickets is the best trick. Nowadays teams score more than 300 easily. that is not because of top order hitting. it is hugely because of the late order hitting. now you only have 10 power play overs at the beginning. but you get 5 overs of power play and last 10 overs with fielding restrictions.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    @naleensa: The batsman who has 15 centuries in 157 matches,, you know his avg? its 33. And sanath and tharanga has same avg while sanath is having a SR which is almost 20 higher. so what is the point of a having 33 avg and 72 SR?? That show he is inconsistent as well as very slow. Who is the worst fielder in the team after ajantha mendis. So what is the point of having such a player?? Who cant ball also.. without kusal and thissara, it is very difficult for us to touch 300 mark. If kusal fails, others must take the responsibility like 96. when he fires, we will win the match single handedly.. He is an impact player.. Bowlers scared to ball at such players.. Tharanga is a disaster in fast pitches.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    @naleensa: As i mentioned here in one of my previous comments,, avg or SR alone cant win matches these days.. Tharanga started his career with 6 centuries in his first 30 ODIs.. People started to think that he would break sachins records. How many 100s has he scored in bouncy pitches? AUS SA and IND has batters who can easily pass 300 mark. And selfish players like tharanga and thirimanne will be a huge burden. You think tharanga can survive from styen, morkle, anderson, johnson, starc, southee, boult, irfan and junaid in fast pitches in AUS / NZ?? Then you are truly mistaken. kusal is playing the role which jayasuriya played in the past. we have players to play 50 overs. KS, MJ and Maththews are there. so we dont need tuk tuk playres if we want to win against top teams. Do you remember who brought us the world cup in 96? who was the man of the series? a slogger called jayasuriya. at that time he was exactly like kusal. so its better to go with new guns rather than toothless tharanga

  • naleensa on August 29, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @TheAnalyzer: So genius according to you SR is way more important than AVG... and you are comparing a guy who has scored more than 5000 runs with a guy who has scored about 750 runs. for me i just don't think it is even fair for tharanga. KJP is starting his careeer he has only 1 century and 3 fifties all in Sub Continent and from that 100 and 50 vs BAN. KJP got 25 ODD ODI on the trot. but i dont think failing tharanga got that much opportunities. he was always dropped after few failures. And another Thing in most opening partnerships there is an aggressor and an accumulator. tharanga never was the aggressor he had both sanath and dilshan for that. So when you think about that he has played good role. We are building a team for WC. and KJP's record in Bouncy tracks is shameful. So our best bet is Tharanga.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    @naleensa: Kusal is more than a mindless slogger.. Oppositions will love to see tharanga and thirimanne in our team.. You said kusal is a mindless slogger.. His avg is 26.. SR is 86.. Tharanga's avg is 33.. SR is 73.. avg difference is 7.. SR difference is 13.. If a mindless slogger has an avg of 26 with a SR of 86,, then a genuine, experienced, better opener who has a SR of 73,, must have a far better avg which tharanga doesnt have..

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 29, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Well said analyzer how do you ever comparing Tharanga's batting avg with a match winners such as Sanath and Mahela. Strike rate is ever as important as much as batting average in modern world.

    If a particular batsman has a higher strike rate then he is taking more risk for the team benefit and he can also have the likelihood of getting out. His average might be lower but he is saving some balls that later batsman can use and score for the team benefit.

  • naleensa on August 29, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    stop comparing tharanga with kusal. kusal is just a mindless slogger. just look at his stats. tharanga is also not the best one we have but he is still way better than KJP. \

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    @KavindaSalgado:: Dude,, sanath has a strike rate of 91+ .. Mahela has 78+.. Tharanga was never a threat to the opposition bowlers.. With 10 years of international expereince,, he still get out to the same ball,, same fashion.. Tharanga was safe till he batted with sanath.. Because runs came fast from sanath. same with dilshan. But after dilshan, will tharanga be able to take SL from 60-70 runs in first 10 overs?? We all know what dale steyn, morkal, johnson, anderson and boult would do to him in the next world cup. Playing at a strike rate of 70 and having a better average doesnt mean anything these days.. Since we dont have many power hitters as AUS, SA and IND, we cant afford players like tharanga and thirimanne in the team. If tharanga couldnt correct his weaknesses for 10 years,, its time for him to retire.. Same goes with kapugedara.. And tharanga is not a team player.. Look at him.. He doesnt field well. danushka and kusal are way better openers than tharanga

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on August 29, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    I still think Upul Tharanga is a better choice than Thirimanne and Chandimal for the world cup. The question is where is should bat when Kusal returns. In my opinion he shouldn't given a regular position to bat. If 1st witcket fails early Tharanga should bat and number 3 position. It will be same as opening the inning. Otherwise he should bat later After Sanga, Mahela and Mathews if there are still more overs to go. If last 10 overs he should bat after Thisara Perera.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    Its funny that some people think,, scoring 40-50 runs in 75-80 balls is good.. Ok that can be called consistency,, but for the entire team,, its a burden.. Tharanga, thirimanne, these players do not play according to the situation.. Instead they always play the same song.. Play at a strike rate of 70 - 75 in every match.. So the finishers have lesser balls to score runs.. So when the finishers fail, people shout at them, thissara didnt do the job, seekuge is pathetic, priyanjan is inconsistant etc etc. But the real problem is,, those who play such selfish innings.. SL team need kusal, thissara and priyanjan in the team who can easily clear the rope. If tharanga is so consistant, why is he having an average of 34? Even sanath has something like 32.50 (with 91+) strike rate. if tharanga's strike rate is less than 75, his average must be around 40. mahela has 33 but he plays according to the situation, he accelaretes, he goes for shots. dont compare this tharanga with legends dude.

  • on August 29, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    Honestly tharanga is one of the better left hand batsman Srilanka ever produced. I think Tharana is now old gun...we must give more chance impact player like Kusal perera who can blister in his own day..another important thing is Mathew has now nicely shaped himself as a caption with his immensely improved batting..we still have maiya and sanga with vast experience.....

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 2:37 GMT

    @KRTV: Here I agree with your team. It is same as my team, except its better to have matthes at no 6 who can play till the end. Chandimal can play between MJ and Matthews at no 5. Kule is good, may be eranga or lakmal will do better in fast pitches. Hats off for leaving tharanga and thirimanne LOL .. Tharanga will get out all the time by giving a catch to the keeper or one of the slip fielders. And thirimanne doesnt deserve a place in the 15. Kithruwan will be a better option. We have sanga, MJ and matthes to handle the pressure and stay in the wicket. Thirimanne will make the things worse there. Good team (Y)

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 29, 2014, 2:26 GMT

    @Compton-Effect : I am not trying to compare him with Kohli yet but he have the capability to go far as such and be a legend in future. Then why are you trying to say that Tharanga better player than LEGENDS such as MAHELA, SANGA, ANJELO and SANATH by saying " OVERALL better than all at his age!.? Don't even think to compare with them for such a in consistent player. It is baffling to understand how you could EVER COMPARING THARANGA WITH THESE GREAT LEGENDS !!!

    @KavindaSalgado Just understand Sanath is a match winner his STRIKE RATE is OVER 91.20. What is the STRIKE RATE OF THARANGA ? Strike rate make a big difference of CHANCE BATSMAN GETTING OUT NORMALLY.

    If a player have HIGH STRIKE RATE normally LOW AVERAGE If a player have LOW STRIKE RATE he can normally have HIGH AVERAGE.

    Don't try to compare average individually compare STRIKE RATE AND AVERAGE AT THE SAME TIME !!! Seems that both of you don't have a much cricket knowledge as forward difference said.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    ### Correction. Tharanga's avg is 34. Not 23. Typing mistake.. Sorry.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    And the most important point (obviously no one ever has noticed yet) is,, Tharanga played with sanath in his early years.. So sanath did the damage while tharanga played defensively. So tharanga must have a better average than sanath. Then tharanga played with dilshan. Same thing happend and dilshan played the aggresive part while tharanga played defensively. And when kusal starts the career,, everyone wants him to be the aggresive partner their. Not only us, even the SL team expected that from him. Tharanga and kusal played different types of roles. When dilshan retires, who is going to play the aggresive role? though tharanga can do it, he hardly play aggresively. As i mentioned in my previous comment, if we need to win against top teams who can easily score 300+ these days, we need players who can hit hard. And these people who speak against kusal would have done the same to sanath in his early days of his carrer.

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    @forward_diffence:: Mate,, I was going to type a message and I saw your's.. That was exactly what i was going to type. No slogger can slog against Steyn and Morkal. And the people who watched those matches know how he played those shots. Even the commentators from the other countries were impressed. The logic behind some people are so hilarious. If someone plays to take a place in the team, always score with a strike rate of 70 and score 40-50 runs,, he is a good player. Strike rate is second to none these days. Only the average or strike rate alone cant win matches these days. You people must have seen how easily Aus, SA and IND pass 300 in ODIs these days. We cant compete with them with the players like Tharanga, Thirimanne and etc. These players always want to put some runs for them and confirm the position in the team. But players like kusal, thissara even chandimal,, you must have seen how they got out. They always play for the team. Give some credit. We need such players

  • TheAnalyzer on August 29, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    Some people say that Kusal is pathetic, and Tharanga is the best. Tharanga scored 6 centuries in his first 30 ODI. And after that he lost his grip. Everyone in the world knows about Tharanga's weak point. And with 10 years of international experience (with the national and A team), still he hasnt made that correct. In case you haven't noticed, He can hit the ball hard. And clean the ropes easily. But he hardly does that. When he tries to hit a six, most of the time it clears the rope, unlike thirimanne and chandimal. But he is somewhat selfish and always tries to play defensively. But still his average is 24. Dont compare him with sanath, he have a strike rate of 91 and 13000 runs. MJ has done enough with the middle order because he plays aggresive cricket rather than tuk tuk. And, kusal, who is still 24 years old, very young and selfless. He tries to keep the score board ticking. And 10 times good as a fielder than tharanga. Teams cross 300 mark very easily these days. So we need him

  • dhanuhskaS on August 28, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    @CoverPoint1234: As you say If a player given more chances there is an every chance of getting a one big score, That is why the Overall Career Stats are there to judge the overall capability of a player! Tharanga has maintained a better career (Average 33.8) than even MJ (Av 33.0) or Jayasuriya (Av 32.2). Tharanga had scored more centuries & fifties than any SL player in history, while reaching 5000 runs in just 157 Inngs, which happens to be the 2nd fastest (just 4 ODIs more than Marvan)! And he has a career S/R 74 . So he has excelled in all departments & stats prove the facts!

    But Kusal Perera after giving 32 consecutive Odis did not manage a single hundred outside BD! Look at his stats, just a solitary 100 (vs BD) & just 3 Fifties (2 in BD & in 1 in Sharjah) FROM 33 MATCHES.!!! No need to remind again about his pathetic Career stats! As long as CRICinfo stats are there no one can fool others.

  • Ala-Wageda-Goa on August 28, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Tharanga and Dilshan will never be a good pair to start the inning. Either Tharanga or Dilshan. Hope Kusal return soon. Go by records will lead to the bottom.

  • trueSLfan2010 on August 28, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    @ CoverPoint1234: Are you trying to compare VIRAT KOHLI with Kusal..?? :)) Don't you see the obvious fact that Kusal is just another mediocre player who can slog hard on flat-tracks, but technically bare with no any proper cricket shots to attack or defend! He is clueless against spin as well! So please don't try to compare him with truly gifted players like Virath Kholi or Sanath Jayasuriya... Kusal is millions of light-years away from their standard & he would never succeed with his extremely limited abilities, no matter how hard he tried.

    Actually, Thisara Perera would do a much better job than him, if SL is MAD enough to insist on SLOG to Open an inning, because he has a variety of blows works on any deck.!

    Let KJP play in t20, where he may have a chance to do something constructive for the team (with his famous slog) rather than letting others to carry his burden on their shoulders forever in ODIs (at the expense of SL loosing a few more World titles like ICC- CT 2013 in Eng).!

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 28, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    Correctly pointed out by forward difference & KRTV.

    We must give more CHANCES to TALENTED and IMPACT player like KUSAL rather than just one or two tours of England. As I said earlier just because of VIRAT KOHLI failed in recent England tour make him to drop from the squad ??? Can't you guys remember when Kusal finished his first Aussie tour early 2013 all people tried to compare him with next SANATH.

    @Compton-Effect If a player giving more chances there is an every chance of getting a one big score like that but also compare that with STRIKE RATE of that whole tour. Any player can play a TEST INNINGS and boost his average and show it to real world by while hiding his STRIKE RATE. This is the main reason Kusal average is much lower. But if KUSAL played at the strike rate where Tharanga scoring he will have a much more BETTER BATTING AVERAGE !!!

    In that tour his scores are 3(18), 86*(112) and 28(53) BATTING AVERAGE 58.5 @ a BATTING STRIKE RATE OF 63 AGAIN !!!

  • SLMaster on August 28, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Kusal is injured. It could have been good time to test him and his potential towards WC.

    However, compared to Kusal, Tharanga is little better. Tharanga has a record, but Kusal is new. Tharanga however, slight edge Kusal, because of experience and his potential to stay in the wicket for few overs. Getting out early even after making quick runs most of the time doesn't help. A team needs runs as well setup. In the PAK match where SL scored 310, Tharanga set the standard. Openers' main job is to see off new ball, set the standard, and finally get some run. This helps number 2, 3, & 4. However, Kusal is promising prospect.

  • trueSLfan2010 on August 28, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    @CoverPoint1234 ; Tharanga had made Hundreds in (Eng/WI/NZ) & had an Unbeaten 86* in Aus (Vs Australia ODI Series, 2011 where his Av was 58.50)His Overall Average in NZ is 33.00 with a highest score of 103. No matter how you look at it, OVERALL better than all at his age!

  • SLCricketFan-72 on August 28, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    @CoverPoint1234 : Since you have dragged Tharanga to this with a SELECTIVELY NEGATIVE tiny fraction of his Illustrious Career(still much better than Kusal's overall stats), to cover-up Kusal's constant burden to the team exposed by another poster.. These ARE the FACTS that people with parochial minds & partial vision always FAILED to SEE or ACCEPT:

    All time SL batting record for players, who played in ALL COUNTRIES Aus/Engl/NZ/SA /WI with conditions CONDUCIVE TO PACE & BOUNCE in tournaments /series involving Host & ICC FUll-Members (excluding BD, Zimb) RANKING:

    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

    UPUL had scored 4 big HUNDREDS & 10 FIFTY PLUS SCORES on ALL JUICY PACE LIVELY DECKS in those countries & held the TOP until 2014 June tour of Eng (since Tharanga was left-out in 2013/2014 tours, he couldn't improve it). THIS IS REALITY..!!

  • KRTV on August 28, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    My world cup XI

    1. Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Anjelo 6. Chandimal 7. Priyanjana 8. Thisara 9. Kulasekara 10. Sachitra 11. Malinga 12. Thirimanne 13. Eranga 14. Herath 15. Maharoof

    Guys, Kusal Perera is INJURED and that is the reason for his omission from the ODI squad and he is still not recovered from it in order to name for the 3rd ODI when he his fully fit he will definitely be in the playing 11. Hopefully we will able to see his attractive shots in the CLT20 for Southern Express.

  • on August 28, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    what happen to Sachithra after that issue....

  • forward_diffence on August 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @KavindaSalgado : You don't know anything about cricket mate.If you can't see the potential of Kusal, You better watch soccer I guess. You have never watched Kusal in Australia against Australians. Kusal is an impact player and he can change a match single handedly. Nobody can slog Steyn if he doesn't have proper timing and a very good eye. Timing a slog against a super pace men is more difficult than timing a straight drive. And he can hit the ball a long way from the good length area effortlessly. Tendulkar is a consistent player. Sangakkara is a consistent performer. But players like Sanath does not score consistently. But he can change any match on the given day. Kusal is in the same category. No doubt he has a lot to improve. But for that, he should have enough opportunities to play games. Someday he will be the most aggressive opener for sure. At that time you wont talk about his average of the beginning of his career.

  • KRTV on August 28, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Stop arguing guys here, Kusal is INJURED that is why he has not selected for this series. When he is fully fit he will definitely play in the playing XI. If you take risk u might get rewards as well as you can get out. This is what Kusal need to concentrate on. He is a better player than Tharanga but need to take time to settle in first 20 balls and later once he settle he needed to go for a big score. My world cup XI 1.Kusal 2.Dili 3.Sanga 4.Maiya 5.Anji 6.Chandi 7.Priyanjana 8.Thisara 9.Kule 10.Sachitra 11.Mali 12.Thiri 13.Eranga 14.Herath 15.Maharoof @KavindaSalgado It is funny when you again and again trying to prove the same point here and saying that Kusal have only one stroke even though he have several strokes when you don't see Tharanga almost 95% failing to giving catching to slip or the wicket keeper and his low statistics in recent past other than his 174*.

  • KRTV on August 28, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Stop arguing guys here, Kusal is INJURED that is why he has not selected for this series. When he is fully fit he will definitely play in the playing XI. If you take risk u might get rewards as well as you can get out. This is what Kusal need to concentrate on. He is a better player than Tharanga but need to take time to settle in first 20 balls and later once he settle he needed to go for a big score.

    My world cup XI

    1.Kusal 2.Dili 3.Sanga 4.Maiya 5.Anji 6.Chandi 7.Priyanjana 8.Thisara 9.Kule 10.Sachitra 11.Mali 12.Thiri 13.Eranga 14.Herath 15.Maharoof

    @KavindaSalgado It is funny when you again and again trying to prove the same point here and saying that Kusal have only one stroke even though he have several strokes when you don't see Tharanga almost 95% failing to giving catching to slip or the wicket keeper and his low statistics in recent past other than his 174*.

  • on August 28, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    My pick of Pak X! for the 3rd ODI : with the focus of not just winning this meaningless bi lateral ODI series but to build up team for coming WC : replace Umer Akmal with Sarfaraz ( if he is available ) as W.Keeper and drop Akmal, give one more chance to Sharjeel, drop Junaid and replace with Anwar Ali. Do not include Saeed Ajmal - learn, exercise and get use to win games without Ajmal.

  • dhanuhskaS on August 28, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @CoverPoint1234 : I talked about the over-hyped, constant failure like Kusal, who never showed any potential to survive in conditions conducive to pace-men! You have answered none of my questions. Take a look at KUSAL PERERA's career stats as an Opener & face the REALITY :

    ODIs in Eng /WI/Ireland - 9 ODIs - 21 RUNS - AVERAGE 2.3

    ICC Champions Trophy-2013 in Eng where he managed just 14 RUNS @ 3.5 AVERAGE from 4 ODIs

    OVERALL ODI BATTING: Av 26.28 from 33 matches yielded just 736 runs!

    ODI Batting AVERAGE (without BD) 19.5 from 25 ODIs

    If anyone think, a PROVEN CONSTANT FAILURE like this who CAN't SURVIVE 30 BALLS can do wonders in Aus/NZ conditions, they must be floating on DREAMS or something must be wrong with COMPREHENSION.!

    Whether you like it or not, KUSAL PERERA'S SOLITARY RUN-MAKING STROKE (95%)! That UPPISH across-the-line SLOG to the deep squire-leg area.... WORKS ONLY ON SLOW-FLAT-TRACKS.! It is a PROVEN FACT, ENDORSED by STATs & repeatedly ENACTED before our EYES.!!

  • on August 28, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Thisara Perera is Sri Lankan Boom Boom. he should come after Mathew.

  • on August 28, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    My pick of Pak X! for the 3rd ODI : with the focus of not just winning this meaningless bi lateral ODI series but to build up team for coming WC : replace Umer Akmal with Sarfaraz ( if he is available ) as W.Keeper and drop Akmal, give one more chance to Sharjeel, drop Junaid and replace with Anwar Ali. Do not include Saeed Ajmal - learn, exercise and get use to win games without Ajmal.

  • on August 28, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    My World cup squad for SL.

    1.Dilshan 2. Kusal 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Matewes 6 Tharanga/Thrimana/.7 Thisara 8.Priyanjan/Kithruwan.9 .Kulasekara 10. Herath 11.Malinga .

    Outhers,

    Prasad. Mendis.

  • on August 28, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    very true Kaushalya........Lahiru and Chandimal must be given the confidence to play...mahela and Sanga were not demi gods when they started their careers....

  • gghdty on August 28, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    High time management and misbah himself realises he cannot rotate strike. Just cant do it. He should either change his game or not play one days and t20s. Only tests. With ahmad shehzad I think nasir jamshed should open. And in place of misbah if hes dropped for the shorter version anwar ali should come in.

  • sridoosra on August 28, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    2015 WC my team.01.Dilshan.02. Kusal 03.Sanga 04.Mahela 05.Mathews 06.Priyangana 07.Chandi 08.Thisara 09.kula 10.Malinga 11.Sachithra

    12.Dhanushka Gunathilaka 13.Binura.14.Rangana 15.Maharoof

    Coach.Stephen Fleming or John Wright or Andy Flower

    This is my SL team for WC

  • on August 28, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    fawad alam should brought up in order and send umer akmal down when har hitting is needed fawad is not big hitter of the ball misbah should think about it :P fawad is kind of player which rotates the strike and can build the innings and umer is aggressive player . hope someone note this :P

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 28, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    @KavindaSalgado Seems your opinion of Sri Lankan WC exit will look obvious if we select Tharanga as an opener during WC. If you want more statistics to prove yourselves here are his last 2 series batting performances in Australia

    4(11), 5(13), 0(2), 60(67), 71(122), 1(8), 0(3), 12(15)

    BATTING AVG - 19.125

    BATTING STRIKE RATE - 63.5

    Even his 60 and 71 came as batting at the middle order says how much he will show vulnerability to the new ball in Aussie conditions !!!. Because of this issue in both of the above series on the midway through he came as a middle order batsman and Sri Lanka had to open with Mahela and Dilshan.

  • SajithaD on August 28, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    If Kusal and Tharanga failed to achieve their places, should give some other young player opportunity... There is a player called Dhanushka Gunathilaka who perform really well past few months for Sri Lanka A team in England, Sri Lanka Bords Presidents XI agains Pakistanis, and Singapore t20 tournament...Plus he is a good spinner... Why not give him a chance...Anyway he will be playing for Southern Express in champions league T20 coming this month alongside Kusal and Dilshan... Looking forward to see this young players talent...

  • NuwanthaMahalpath on August 28, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    Kusal should definitely open in ODI cricket. Some users just trying to promote their favorite player Tharanga instead of Kusal who is a much better player and from technically wise. @Compton-Effect How do u make a judgement on Kusal is a slogger ? Kusal have a avg of 48+ in FC cricket while Tharanga have avg of 38+ in FC cricket. Look at Tharanga's previous 9 ODI innings as one said he only avg 16 with pathetic strike rate of 55 pressurizing all the top order including Dilshan and Sanga each. Dilshan also once said publicly he enjoys batting with Kusal as he is keeping the momentum of the run rate is easier him to concentrate on a longer innings.

  • on August 27, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    The only chance to win the series is if Misbah is banned cuz of over rate. Afridi should step inn as skipper.

    My team for 3rd odi

    Hafeez - Shehzad - Fawad Alam - Maqsood - U Akmal - S Afridi - Anwar - W Riaz - S Ajmal - Junaid - Irfan.

    Anwar will sit out if Misbah plays. Afridi needs to bat in the powerplay and should be promoted for powerplay. Good luck team Pakistan!

  • dhanuhskaS on August 27, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    @THEBEAST7 @ nuwaz & all who are totally blind to the obvious reality & harping about Kusal Perera's NEVER materialized, "dream world" match winning contributions... (after playing 32 consecutive ODIs & having a miserable string of failures ended up with a track record worse than a tail-ender)

    In addition to his pathetic career stats, How can you justify this..? During Kusal Perera's 31 inning Nightmare, he had survived JUST 9 times BEYOND 30 balls...(that is also mainly in Bang)! Also, it is astonishing to note that all 10 innings he had completed in Eng/Ireland/ WI/Aus, he failed to survive EVEN ONCE beyond 30 balls! IN FACT, he had survived even beyond 18 balls, JUST ONCE on those bouncy wickets in those countries, conducive to pace/seam bowlers ! No need to to talk further about this guy's run-making capabilities, because all facts are on STATS! Send him to next WC & face the reality with a Thud as already experienced in 13 ICCCT! Preliminary round elimination reserved 4 SL !

  • SLMaster on August 27, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Well done SL. Well done to SL fast bowlers doing well on a spin friendly pitch. Malinga, Kula, and Thisara did well to contain PAK whilst spinners take them apart.

  • t20cric on August 27, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    A lot of people saying that Misbah, Younis & Afridi need to retire. Maybe all these guys are out of form but they have still done enough for Pakistan to deserve to play the world cup in Australia. I think Misbah should probably step down as captain cuz he is a horrible captain but as batsman he is our safety net and shouldn't be dropped. If he batted more like Fawad then he would have less critics but thats another argument. These 3 players have all hinted that they will retire after the world cup and Ajmal will be 37 by the world cup so he might retire as well. That means a possible 4 positions for quality young players to come into the team. Amir's ban will also be over after the world cup. So if you don't like the current Pakistan team then you should know that by around March or April next year it may look like a completely different team. We might not win cuz if these seniors but they deserve to play this world cup

  • shahnbej on August 27, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    300 plus runs are now a days become a normal target. Why some of us blaming bowlers for lose. And some blame number 8 batsman Afridy for lose. These blame game looks funny and unrealistic. The simple reason for lose is poor strategy asking batsmen to play against their natural style. Look Hafeez out , he was got out as he tried to play like Misbah.

  • on August 27, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    chandimal is great on drive /off drive player with techniq. it is not easy to find out this kind of players who clear the boundries so effortlessly

  • on August 27, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    it is hilarious the way people expect chandimals,thirimaanes.etc to be ready made replacements for mahels and sangakkaras, forgetting how inconsistent they were in the beginning

  • Zetta on August 27, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    I wan't more from Dilshan! Awesome on the field and good with the ball, but poor with the bat recently! Anyway, the third game will see which team is really mentally strong.

  • on August 27, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    @THEBEAST...hehe oki,as a SL fan it would be great to see if chandi become the next mahela as you say..but just at the moment let us not compare chandi with mahela and insult a great player like mahela at the twilight of his career,and it would be help chandimal(to become mahela) and our team(to win matches) a lot if hes omiited fro the team for a while untill he remedies his weakness himself i guess..

  • trueSLfan2010 on August 27, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    @Herath-UK: It seems you don't understand the basic differences between the 2 entirely different formats of cricket! Slam-bang T20 circus is limited to just 20 overs! Your so called "impact" maybe possible with a flash-in-a- pan tail-ender type 2-3 over slogging burst from an opener, because there are 10 more batters to take care of the remaining few overs of that short span of 20 overs! But in 50 Ovr format, the most important thing required from an opener is to stay there & play a long inning beyond 10 overs, without opening the GATE & exposing the middle-order batters too early (while maintaining a run rate above 6/over). Otherwise it can end-up with a total collapse, because the number 3 & down will have to cope up with the initial spells of the new balls from the best pace-men of the opponents, from both ends! Initial conditions of an inning is entirely different from the rest. That is why the Openers r considered special & you need specialist to handle! Kusal is just a SLOGGER.!

  • on August 27, 2014, 11:42 GMT

    absolutely right @mahi kashmiri. the main reason pak lose is that they gave 100+ runs in last 10 overs twice. that's mean pak bowling in death over had failed

  • crickexp on August 27, 2014, 11:31 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 27, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    Pak vs Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Why Pak Lost ? Sri Lanka 200/4 39 overs Last 11 overs 110 (To many length, Full Tosses , short and Wide Balls ) Pak Batting Sharjeel :- No Foot Work, can't run 3 runs. Shehzad :- Block or 4th Gear, He doesn't know 2nd or 3rd Gear. Hafeez:- Always plays Good on Flat Track. Umar Akmal :- Still is in Glory days of Dream. Replace him with Sarfraz. 5:- Misbah No diffrence between him and Shehzad. Sohaib:- Needs to improve his batting Against spin. Afridi:/ from ball one wants to hit 6. Pak 1st 12 overs scored 98/1 Then next 6.2 overs 16 Runs (Turning Point Number 1) From over 19.2 to 35.5 Misbah Batted with Shehzad and Fawad. 16 overs they scored 77 Runs. Which wasn't bad effort in the middle overs. Shehzad 70 strike rate on that pitch was not acceptable . Misbah strike rate 70 was poor too. Over all Herath Bowlled well. He might doesn't know as many tricks as Ajmal knows, but he is more effective then Ajmal. I would make few changes in the last ODI ,

  • on August 27, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    bad captaincy again when two batsman hitting ball very well and you are well head of asking rate and captain vivid you slowdown and as they slow down they start loosing wickets and team got under pressure and loose bad captaincy I would say

  • Petershi on August 27, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Here we go , Thisara comes and blast ,, May be on his best day , he could win a match for SL.. Now the question is why he was not selected for the SA matches????

  • Herath-UK on August 27, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Is there any other opener worth trying eg Gunathilleke? If no one gives a stand out performance & shows in great nick, I would rather pick Kusal definitely; his impact on the game could be devastating (though not in big runs) as in the case against Steyn in T20.But of course not for long term if he does not improve but for the WC in Australia where he did well in the last tour.

  • on August 27, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    First of all a very good and committed performance by the Srilankan team they really fight back specially after losing early wickets.Pakistan balling sprays the ball all over the pitch mainly in the last ten overs of the first innings.Junaid and CO really don't able to pitch the ball in the block hole.Hats off to Mathews and Mahela the way they show resistance and right way of playing in that particular situation,Parera makes it more special.Pakistan starts the proceeding in the right manner other than Sharjeel who is still not come back from his Debut inning (Every day is not a Sunday).Hafeez really make batting easy and with Shehzad Pakistan is going well.Then as usual pakistan batting line up starts diffusing but Umar akmal make it more tough for pakistan.Misbah one more time make sure that the opposing team take control of the game,sohaib needs to adjust his technique,fawad manage a good start again,LALA looks very impressive as now he started to build his innings.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    @ Sachithra Gunarathna & Chandu Pelapolwatte : with all due respect, Chandi is not the next Sanga, He is the next Maiya, mate. Just wait and see what happens when Maiya retires from ODIs. chandimal will go on to become the next big thing in SL cricket. That boy got the technique to excel at the highest level. All good batsman have a place where they belong in the playing 11. Aravinda, Dilly, Sanga, Mahela, Dravid, Lara etc. Chandi's spot is @ 4.

  • on August 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Why not play Zulfiqar instead of Sharjeel? When your top and middle order doesn't perform, what's the point of adding another batsman.

  • on August 27, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    I think Fawad Alam should come before Umar Akmal & Misbah. Let Umar come late so only job he has to do is to hit. Pak was going well but 2-3 wickets here and there made the diff. Pak can win if they apply a little more.

  • on August 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    typical pakistan day of cricket...one day they are awsome next day u feel what are they playing..but thats the beauty of the pakistan cricket ...unpredictability...im sure they will come on hard at us the next game!!junaid doesnt seem the same bowler i saw few months back!! and too many old timers in pakistan team after these guys retire..which they have to soon they will be in trouble as we are going to be!! anyway good luck both teams!!

  • on August 27, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    @Crick_Expert: Misbah is still fine, there should be one player like him in each team.... Rahul Dravid in his early days was used to leave balls outside off-stump and we as a fan used to complaint about it... but Misbah is a very good player and he holds the team together. When he came to bat, Hearth was in attack and he was bowling well. The problem occured when Shezad slowed down and Umar Akmal went back for nothing....Shezad looks good but he could not even hit Dilshan even after several attempts....on the other hand Maqsood hit Hearth for a six pretty soon....He seems to be the best Pakistani batsman on form. He should have been sent in instead of Umar Akmal....3rd match should be a good one...cheers

  • on August 27, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    I dnt understand why pak bowlers are not bowling and Yorkers at the death they just keep bowling length balls. Waqar younus was one of the best Yorker bowlers in the world so why is he not teaching them to bowl Yorkers also sohaib and fawad need to bat up the order misbah can come in at 6 or 7 also sharjeel is making same mistakes over and over again

  • on August 27, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    @sachithra Gunarathna-well said,you put the real truth about chandimal to the people who are blindly in love with the boy,,,hehe

  • muhd_shuaib on August 27, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Misbah simply needs to learn how to cope up in middle overs. Hafeez and shahzad simply had set the platform with an amazing strike rate, as hafeez completed his Fifty Misbah started giving him signal to slow down , I simply dont understant if he is in a good form then what was he trying to do by giving him signal , as a result hafeez got out and then shahzad slowed down and then he also got out . Srilanka knew that they had to break the partnership and after while misbal will let them win the match.........

  • shahnoor-haque on August 27, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Problem with pakistan cricket is that we don't have impact players who can put pressure back on opposition.So,we shouldn't expect much from these players.Umar akmal has played 96 matches and hasn't learned anything from his mistakes.Same goes for misbah,he comes to the crease,consumes 40 deliveries for his 9 and gets out.In this match we played 100 or more dot balls and we still expect them to chase above 300 totals.I think Pakistani fans need to understand that these players are not fit enough to play at this level.Sorry to say but we are going to lose the series.So,advance congratulations to Srilanka.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 27, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @ Nuwas : Well said mate. IF anyone can remember this is how it went back then Sana, Kalu, Gura, Ara, Arjuna, Hashan, Mahanama, etc. Exact substitute for that great team is Kusal, Dilly, Thirimanne or Chandimal, Mahela, Sanga, Anji etc. Since we have fire power at the bottom with Thisara, Seeku, Kula OR Dhammika etc It is ideal to play Kusal and give him the licence to go berserk like Sana did those days. He will get out cheaply in some games yes. but then we have a very strong middle order to deal with that. Number 3 position is crucial. IF The guy who bats there can bat till the end with a strike rate of 75+ then others can bat around him freely. That's what Gura did those golden days. He always starts with 10 runs in 40 or 50 balls when he has to come out during the first 10 overs but end up after 50 overs scoring 80 or 90 not out after facing 110+ deliveries. Number 3 is the ANCHOR!

  • SLT20WCS on August 27, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Lasith Malinga has lost his accuracy, Lasith Malinga has gained weight coupled with a pot around his waist and as a result, he is ineffective and add insult to injury, he is leaking runs in the field too. It was so annoying to watch a one time hero of ours perform poorly. Yes, this may be a flash in the pan kind of situation for him, who knows but seriously, he should be working on his fitness and I guess he no longer keeps that shoe as a target and bowls to it hence, the loss of accuracy. However, all in all, it's heartening that we leveled the series and there is a game on in the 3rd and final ODI from ball no one. All the best Lions, go win the series on a high. Well played MJ, AM and TP. Spinners, what can I say? Our icing on the cake and doubts of Kula in the final eleven for me though?

  • on August 27, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    In short, inability of Misbah to rotate strike and go for run-a-ball approach, put pressure on the well-set batsmen and caused us this match slip from our hands. He is really becoming a weak link in the odi-side.

  • LoadRunner on August 27, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Agree with all what CoverPoint1234 & Nuwas said here when winning the 1996 world cup Sri Lanka had Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Karuwitharana as the opening pair and they both gave us tremendous eye catching starts and this has helped a lot to stabilized the middle order players such as Asanka Gurusinghe to play entire 50 overs without taking unnecessary risks. Sri Lanka should try to repeat that by using Dilshan and Kusal combination rather than trying wasting on giving chances to Tharanga who is never going to sort out his vulnerability to the outside off stump .

    May be we can try Tharanga at middle order if other players like Chandi, Thiri and Priyanjan failed considerably during the next few ODI's but Kusal should be the opener with Dili in ODI's for the wc.

    It will be a good move by selectors if Kusal give an opening role in test cricket as well in NZ tour to just before the world cup dropping one of the openers in order to acclimatize him more to the Aussie conditions.

  • on August 27, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    First of all thanx to cricinfo for providing a platform for cricket lovers. It provides a decent cricketing community. I would like to support good cricket, and enjoy the game, rather to trap in so called "patriotically supporting my national team"i.e Pakistan... Although its treat to watch wining by home team. This time Srilanka played a top game..but the match was evenly poised till the Herath done the damage . For me the difference was Herath. Pakistani Batsmen have no idea of his Straighter Deliveries..Match was interesting one..I am hopeful for Pakistan to make a good come back in third and the last match.

  • ksquared on August 27, 2014, 6:09 GMT

    It looks like a big mistake having unfit Malinga and out of form Kula in the side. It is high time the selectors try someone like Binura Fernando along with Dammika Prasad.

  • on August 27, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    @Ajith Gunasekara: Having such errors in his batting technique i dnt know how you concider chandimal as a replacement for Sangakkara in future. Clearly he is not. Every one thinks he is out of form but i dnt belive he is in out of form. when a player goes through a bad patch he struggles, but as soon as he hit a hundred or fifty he will be back in no time. Thats what happen to sanga just after 2003 world cup where he hit 2 centuries and proved that he belongs this level. But after having good A team tour in england still chandimal is not in form. Thats not because he is out of form just because all the international ballers have figured him out. So dnt expect him to become next no3 for sri lanka. In any team the best batsman play's at no 3 position and who ever take that possition must have a sound technique and the stable mindset which clearly chandimal dont have. Even if some how thirimanna fits that possition chandimal will not fit at all. So we need to find some new replacements for sanga and mahela other than chandimal who lacks that calliber.

  • Solid_Snake on August 27, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    If Afridi's shot had cleared the boundary for a six,all would have said..Woww what plyer he is,What an inngs.Afridi is the best.But when he gets out while trying to hit a six.Same people who would say.'Drop Afridi,he is the worst player out there'..I just don't get this mind set.lol

  • Crick_Expert on August 27, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @Agree with Asish Mishra comments. But if MR TUKTUK promote FAWAD, AFRIDI and MAQSOOD upper level, then how MR TUKTUK can do batting practice. MR TUKTUK whenever come to batting in ODI he reserved 10 overs (for his batting practice) to settledown at pitch, to become familiar with ground, to become familiar with bowlers. Then after settledown MR TUKTUK starts score 1 run per over or less, then how PAK can chase 300?

  • on August 27, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    I have a lot of respect for Chandimal's talent. However in reality has not lived up his potential and expectations. No matter where he bats in batting order, I have seen many ideal situations for him to rise to the occasions which were not made use of. His obsession to hook and pull drags him down more often than not. His shot selection explains his level of maturity and cricketing intelligence. I don't think he does not have to go far to learn this, just look at Sanga who does not have all shots in the book, but accumulating runs like a machine. Bottom line is he is not justifying his talent, potential and opportunities given in recent time.

    In my view Chandimal needs to grow up mentally and organize himself to be a consistent player who can be trusted!

  • Crick_Expert on August 27, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    CONGRAT to SL, they played with planning. SHAME to mr tuktuk not taking batting responsibility, Misbah should learn from Angelo Mathew. Mr tuktuk should leave batting practice habit during ODI and do some score. Otherwise leave your place for young cricketers, who can win the match for PAK.

  • Nuwas on August 27, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    I prefer Kusal as an opner for two facts; one: He takes the game back on to the opposition bowling unit while scoring rapid 30+,thereby unsettle them at the top. two: that makes it easier for Dilshan to have a STR of above 80 while making a 50 plus score at most times, more often that not it helps Sanga also to take his own time to score more. So that way most of the time one out of top 3 could make a 50+ & top 3 will be contributing an avg of 8-100 runs which is a better foundation for a batting unit. So if KJP is ready, he should not be dropped.

  • on August 27, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Sohaib Maqsood was sent in way too late in the piece. Pakistan management has this mental problem of not promoting their better players up the order even when they are in form. They are basically afraid of loosing Fawad and Sohaib early and that is why they kept them in dressing room for too long. This is a negative mindset and it cost them the match in the end. Keeping the batting order as it is may help them in general while batting first but in long run or in important matches (while chasing) they may have to pay for their negative mindset.

  • on August 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    still some people crying for chandimal..cant understand why ever?..so chandi can bat successfully at no 3 only?..and hes lack of from is because he is deprived of this no3 spot?and its not his fault but the seniors/captains fault that he is not in form...some unbeleivable excuses here..

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 27, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @Sam_Liyanage I have seen you several times heavily criticizing the competitors of Upul Tharanga in test matches such as Dimuth and Kausal as well as in ODI's Kusal to make your favorite player Tharanga better and be in the Sri Lankan squad.

    Don't make judgement on player's performance in one tour. Even world class player like Virat Kohli only able to get 138 runs in 10 innings in test matches (Compared to ODI' Test cricket easy) in England conditions does not make him to be drop from the squad.

    Apart from that Kusal have played well in down under during his first international series in early 2013.

    In ODI's 14* (16), 22* (28), 14 (30) In T20's 33 (22), 15 (17)

  • THEBEAST7 on August 27, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    @ Ajith Gunasekara Well said mate. Chandi will do wonders batting @ 4. But right now it ain't gonna happen as Mahela is still playing. So chandi needs to perform where ever he gets to bat! be it number 5 OR 11. If I was him, I would make sure I get singles, doubles rather than trying to be the next Thisara. That's not his strength. If you come to bat lower down the order, if you can get a single and get the other guy to his sixes, just do it. Get some runs under your belt with the strike rate on 100. Chandi can easily do that with his talent but he always let us, his supporters down real bad!

  • THEBEAST7 on August 27, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Ok fellow fans correct me if I'm wrong. Tharanga is in to play a longer innings so that others can bat around him. Isn't it? Scoring fast is Dillies job. Tharanga needs to do better than this to be in the 2015 World Cup squad I think. He needs to grab all these chances or else he will again be dropped after few matches. Aussie and NZ is not actually the sub continent so the ball does move a fair bit. When will Tharanga rectify his vulnerability away from the off stump? And when will he score big without giving a single chance???

  • THEBEAST7 on August 27, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Super show from SL. Really happy with the win. Come on MALINGA, you can do better than that. and you really need to reduce ur waist line. Really happy for Thisara as well. Also, Really glad to see Anji making use of Thisara as a bowler.

    Disappointing not to see Chandi in the batting line up but Seeku did a wonderful job with the ball. Chandi can't blame anyone but him self for missing his spot because when he got the chance last time (GOLDEN opportunity to shine) he ruined it. We need Chandimal for the 2015 World Cup but he always let his supporters down when he gets picked!

  • CoverPoint1234 on August 27, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    @DumithDSilva What nimal gamage said is true he has said he is considered in the last 10 ODI matches (9 innings) while u have add the Tharanga's 174* score to boost his avg score and total score.

    @KavindaSalgado Don't make mis-leading comments Tharanga scored 7, 6, 3 and 5 in his last 10 ODI innings.

    Kusal should be considered for the ODI squad in preparations for the wc in down under he can be a match winner and SL need a one at the top order.

    He is not a pinch hitter he have a definitely a good technique than Upul Tharanga and other in experienced players to survive in Aussie conditions

  • on August 27, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    @nimal gamage-tharanga last 10 inns 174(not out),7,6,11,43,3,5,24,18,27=ave 35.33 kusal last 10 inns 64,33,0,42,0,19,19,34,7,37=ave 25.8 kusal perera is like a bottle of soda,just spills over very fast,but tharanga has proved to be more stable as a opener,with a better record but ofcourse a lower strike rate,which does not matter as much for 50 0ver games as much as for 20-20.... when it comes to 20-20 yes kusal is a good opener....but not for 50 over games where you need more stability from the openeing batsmen

  • on August 27, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Chandimal is a good player. But he was not provided a proper place in batting line. He performed well at no.03. He will be useful at the wickets of NZ and Aus. Most batsmans are failing at fast wickets. But Chandimal was good at there as to the past records. Once Sanga and Mahela retires, he will perform well at top of the order.

  • yooonooo on August 27, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @yoonus@ can any body tell me wethr dambulla spiners ground or seemers??? If it z spiners beter v bring the same teame with one change replase kula with randiv, if it z seemers then replase him by prasad, plz tell me

  • Udendra on August 27, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    @DumithDsilva: Actually the average of Tharanga's last 10 innings is 16.00! Because it leaves out his 174 played on 02/07/2013.

  • dhanuhskaS on August 27, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    @nimalgamage: Whom are you trying to fool pal? Didn't you know that Tharanga had been laid-off for 13 months up to now? So how can you compare recent stats? Then you need to compare the last 10 ODIs he played in 2013, which includes an unbeaten 174 runs made in WI & Kusal is nowhere near him.

    Besides, Tharanga is a proven match-winning player with 5000-plus runs! Don't forget that Tharanga has maintained an Av 33.73 with a S/R of 73.74 appearing in 174 ODIs..... which is not an easy thing like, managing a few innings & also it is not something that anyone can achieve! The overall stats reflect the true caliber of such players. Trying to compare Tharanga's stats with Kusal's is something like comparing Goliath to Lilliput :))

  • ms2000 on August 27, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Dhammika instead of Kula would have made a big diffrence. Kula is out of form, He needs time to settle down. Thissara proved his ability. Good luck Sri Lanka for the 3rd ODI

  • wackwella on August 27, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @nimalgamage Don't misuse statistics for your favorite player's advantage. In last 10 innings Upul Tharanga averages 35.3

    and

    Kusal Perera Averages 25.5.

    I personally like Kusal coz he scores faster than Tharanga, but he was dropped due to his poor form. Don't forget that Tharanga is the fastest Lankan to get 1000 and second fastest to get 5000 and he has a career average of 33.7 which is not brilliant but decent enough and also has won so many man of the match awards in his career.

  • hellothereeveryone on August 27, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Why the selectors keep on playing Sherjeel again and again despite him failing again and again!!!!!

  • saintsinister on August 27, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    @ cricpanther. Pakistan not competing with Ranji teams?? Really? Didn't Pakistan beat India in India last time they were there? Also we see how well India is doing in England at the moment. Aren't we? Though I agree with some of your comments but this last one was utter rubbish.

  • anver777 on August 27, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    I think PAK lost the game in the last 10 overs of SL innings, where SL scored freely.. courtesy Thisara's rapid 65. Mathews & Mahela steadied ship in the middle overs, which gave Thisara the freedom in the slog overs.... series is still alive & wish the decider will be a another thriller !!!!

  • on August 27, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    hey.......selectors......play him for next match and 2015WC he is a good bowler and can bat too.......am talking about "DAMMIKA PRASAD"

  • DumithDsilva on August 27, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    @ nimalgamage Upul tharanga Last 10 inning Runs 318 Avg 35.33 Kusal Janith Last 10 inning Runs 255 Avg 25.5

  • dhanuhskaS on August 27, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    @Chandu Pelapolwatte; What you are saying is right... how could someone ask to bring back a looser like Kusal after messing-up so many ODis with hopeless failures? It is crystal clear that he has no ability to survive, even a few overs on any lively track. Other than a tail-ender type mighty Slog across the line to squire-leg area, basically Kusal's batting skill armory is empty!

    Reappearing after 7 yrs in Tests, In just 4 Tests, Tharanga had already done much more than the other openers did in recent past! Even in these 2 ODIs (playing after 13 months unfortunate layoff), Tharanga had done much better than Sanga & Dilly. He had stayed at the wicket in both innings until the first 50 runs are up on the board, maintaining more than 6 runs/over run-rate! He made sure the initial spells of the new balls are done, before Mathews & the rest of the middle order is exposed. It gave them a free hand to whack at spinners. Tharanga passed double-figure mark in all his recent 10 innings!

  • shahnoor-haque on August 27, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    This is our cricket bro.Funny things happen here which u can't see anywhere else.

  • Welay-White-Water on August 27, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Tisara storme with bat and ball against Hambantota wild winds.... SL favourites in the final if Malinga doesn't ball the way he balls to the .....kong.

  • on August 27, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Seems mathews will remain one of the great one day player without scoring century. that makes a sense thst he is playing for the team rather than thinking of century. I have observed many times dilshan reaches 50 in no time but.one he reach 80 his strike rate almost 50 then once he score 100 then his strike rate will be about 70 . He is more interested in scoring his individual millstone. regardless like tisara though there was no second run yesterday he ran and got out . If he was not out his average might have increased . These are all called team players. who put themself for the team as first priority then comes the individual milestones. I have seen some video recently of Thisara playing in big bash in Australia some of the sixes he hit it was almost out of the ground and un captured in camera . Good that he went there and played some cricket which will help him in this wc.

  • Kotuwegogoda on August 27, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilanka for the win today. Mahela, Angelo and Thissara batted with purpose to lift the total against some tight bowling initially and accelerating business end of the innings. But still we have vulnerability in the middle order which is not consistent. Need to find the right man as we seem to lose too many wickets so cheaply.

    Trust the final match should bring a larger crowd to Dambulla as the winner takes all. Hope both teams play cricket in the best way and let the better side win the decider.

  • MelbourneMiracle on August 27, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @Roshan Rabukwella: Cannot agree with you anymore buddy! This is the 1st time I'm agreeing with a Rabukwella. Andersons-Broads tried, Steyns-Morkels tried, Junaids-Ajmals tried. Seems like no bowler on this planet is able to dislodge Mathews unless if he perishes to his own mistake. Be it Tests, be it ODIs, be it T20s, he's there to rescue his country single handedly. I often wonder what is red-hot form means and now I know after seeing Mathews' batting what red-hot form means. If he doesn't deserve to be the Cricketer of the year, no body else too. Salute to the Incredible Captain!

  • nimalgamage on August 27, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    In last 10 ODI's of individual 2 players

    UPUL THARANGA

    144 RUNS in 9 innings @ BATTING AVG OF 16 and STRIKE RATE OF 55.3

    KUSAL PERERA

    255 RUNS in 10 innings @ BATTING AVG OF 25.5 and STRIKE RATE OF 89.8

    People who ARGUING compare these 2 figures and say who is better ? Yes, Kusal also don't have a good record in ODI's yet but we all know on his day he can be a match winner as Thisara and he had prove it many time in T20's

  • Crick_Expert on August 27, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    Sarfraz much better than Umar Akmal, so please give him chance in ODI. Fawad Alam should be opening in 3rd ODI. Sarjeel should be down with AFRIDI.

    PAK Team should be as

    1)Fawad 2)Ahmed 3)Hafeez 4)Maqsood 5)U Akmal 6)Sarjeel 7)AFRIDI 8)Wahad 9)Baber 10)Irfan 11)Mr tuktuk

  • Crick_Expert on August 27, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    As Pakistani I feel sad to seeing what Mr tuktuk doing in ODI. I am from Mr tuktuk home town but I am not fan of this person. He not meeting ODI standard, PCB should hire new CAPT for ODI next series and WC2015. I don't understand Mr tuktuk formula to play maiden overs, what a sense my GOD? mr Tuktuk played 6 maiden overs today, that mean PAK team need to score 310 in 44 overs. SL gave a fair and easy run rate 6.1, but Mr tuktuk scored 30 runs in 70 balls and run rate jumped to sky. Sarfraz much better than Umar Akmal, so please give him chance. Fawad Alam should be opening in 3rd ODI. Sarjeel should be down with AFRIDI.

  • Crick_Expert on August 27, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Congrat to SL they played so good..As Pakistani I feel sad to play Mr tuktuk in ODI. He not meeting ODI standard, nor he can plan based on match situation. Misbah should retire now, otherwise Pakistan will loose WC2015 on same circumstances. PCB should hire new CAPT for ODI next series and WC2015.

  • on August 27, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Kulasekara is a passenger. He is playing as a front line bowler but he can't bowl even his quota. He can bowl only first two, three overs. Without having pace, he is not successful in middle and depth overs. Please bring a bowler with pace. Suranga Lakmal is the best bowler. But unfortunately, he is injured. Why can't we use one of bowler with pace. Lasith Malinga is also questionable. Thisara and Prasanna are the players should not drop at any game. New pace bowlers are required for SL.

  • on August 27, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    he is in amazing form in this year.go on anji.

  • Rizwanodayar on August 27, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    I am happy finely Srilankan team found correct combination and attitude to win. By playing 5 main bowlers they had enough resources to put Pakistan under pressure despite there two main fast bowlers being less effective, and they kept pressure on disallowing singles by cutting down the angels. Although winning in Australia is different kettle of fish the principles are same. For Chandima he don't have to disheartens as he should be next replacement if any of the batsmen is unavailable and we should remember we have, more 30+ batsmen in line up and they are more injury prone. If Malinga is not fully fit I think it is time to experiment few other fast bowlers we are intending to use in world cup.

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on August 27, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    Very good decision by selectors drop both Thirimanne and Chandimal. We could use good all rounders instead. If we need to select a batsmen ahead of an all rounder he should be at least nearly good in bat as Sangakkara and Mahela. Otherwise there is no contribution to team. Yesterday Prasanna got out cheaply. But he contributed from ball. When Kusal come back he should open with Dilshan.

  • SLFan-2200 on August 27, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    @nimalgamage: The problem with Kusal is, he can't survive 12 balls on any bouncy wicket in seaming conditions as we have repeatedly seen during the past 12 months. He had been given 30 consecutive ODIs despite repeated failures. costing SL heavily! He is clueless facing spin as well. Kusal had been given ample chances, but unfortunately his slogging works only on dead-flat decks, similar to ones found in Bangladesh! Therefore, he is utterly useless in any other format other than T20. Look at his miserable career stats... just 736 runs from 33 ODIs @ an Av 26 is pathetic! His batting Av outside Bang is 19.

    SL already missed a possible opportunity to win another World-title 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England last year! Kusal struggled to survive and opened the "Gate" within 3 overs in all 4 ODIs, with a pathetic failure record: 0R-01B, 6R-10B, 4R- 2B, 4R-10B Accumulating just 14 Runs, Averaging 3.5. Such performances repeated in WI & in Ireland/England this year & he become a Burden

  • on August 27, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    As long as Misbah stays at the crease, bigger are the chances of defeat for Pakistan. Thats exactly what happened in last couple of years if you can analyze the records.

  • on August 27, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    its funny to see a some people wanting to drop upul tharanga and who has been at least getinng 25,30 and also made 83,92 in the past four test matches against pak/sa...92 which won us the match too...and its funnier when they want to include kusal janith whos inclusion will only lead to the 1st wicket being lost very early in the match and anyway was clearly said many times that he is INJURED....

  • Sinhaya on August 27, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Well we must be mindful that Ajmal not playing helped us, but then again Senanayake's absence too was felt by us. Once Sachithra comes, drop Kula to make way for him. Angelo and Thisara are good to open the bowling along with Binura Fernando. Drop useless passenger Malinga.

  • shahnbej on August 27, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Hifeez and Ahmed were playing according to match situation and captain was signaling to slow down .as both slow down sl bowlers dominated the game. Thanks Captain.

  • Sinhaya on August 27, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Glad we won, but well played both teams. Hafeez gave us a scare but I knew the moment that threatening partnership was broken, we will be back in the game. I am ecstatic that Chandimal was dropped to make way for Prasanna as if not we would have lost. Dilshan is a concern as he is off color. Malinga is a passenger as he just cant bat at all nor field as all he can do is just sling and Pakistani batsmen have nicely studied him. Binura Fernando is better than Malinga indeed.

    Mathews will perhaps not get an ODI ton for a while. Should he move up the order once Mahela quits, it could well be possible.

  • shahnbej on August 27, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    If you can't play a world odi standard why not give someone else chance. A message for Misbah

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 27, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    Thisara Perera not only rescue sri lanka he rescue Upul Tharanga,TM Dilshan,Nuwan Kulasekara even Lasith Malinga Also

  • on August 27, 2014, 1:00 GMT

    Pakistan should have kept the inform test wicket keeper for the ODIs also. Safraz was in such tremendous form.

  • on August 27, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    I am not sure why Misbah is in the ODI squad. He is a big load for the entire team. Pakistan was running so smooth towards the victory once they lost the wicket. Here comes Misbah, Every single delivery was blocked which needed to be dispatched into the stands instead it was wasted. I hope people realize this. Pakistan needs attacking batmen not old style test cricketers.

  • on August 27, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    Angelo Mathews for ICC player of the year! (or cancel the awards...)

  • Herath-UK on August 27, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Prasanna should be persisted with if thought he could be effective in NZ & Australian conditions. Kusal should return if he is now injury free. With his good returns in the Tests Dhammika should be looked at in the one day game too now. Priyanjan again shows inconsistency. Though Herath should be rested, it will be considered too much of a risk in the decider.

  • KingPower on August 27, 2014, 0:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka must score more than 350 runs EVERY TIME..........if they are serious about winning the World Cup!!

  • El_Toro_Loco on August 26, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    In order for Pakistan to win any games, Misbah must be dropped immediately OR send to bat at last spot. Last chance for Shehzad & U Akmal if they can't perform consistently, drop them. Bring in Sarfraz & Anwar in place. Ciao

  • cricpanther on August 26, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Well done Mathews, Parera, Herath and Jayawardane. Rest are just resting in team. Specially Dilshan, Sangakara, Kulasekara, Malinga!!!! I also not sure, why Afridi is hitting like street player??? Always, he is hitting but not good enough to clear boundary, not learning from long time, and look at to fawad, maqsood. Afridi in pressure chase situation, playing No Sense becomes nonsense!!!! Pakistan batman are not good to compete to Indian Ranji teams!!!

  • Umer.Lohya123 on August 26, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    I disagree with misbahs tactics he was extremely negative he was the one who stopped mohammmad hafeez to continue putting srilanka on back foot when hafeez made his fifty misbah signalled him to calm down.... Poor captaincy ...... upset pakistan need specialist keeper sarfaraz.

    Team for world cup:

    1. Ahmed Shehzad 2.Sami Aslam or Imam ul haq 3. Mohammad hafeez or imran nazir 4. Umar Akmal ( CAPTAIN) 5. Fawad Alam 6. Sohaib Maqsood 7. Sarfaraz Ahmed (WICKET KEEPER) 8. shahid afridi or abdul razzaq 9. saeed ajmal or zulfiquar babar 10. junaid Khan or wahab riaz 11.mohammad irfan

    Pakistan can win the world cup if they play well and give youngster the chance to shine. First target is to beat srilanka and win series...

  • gahapanmachan on August 26, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Solid but almost predictable win by SL. Good to see old brigade performing & youngsters pushing for places. We need the old brigade performing to challenge the WC. Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Angelo, Perera, Kula , Malinga all champs in fast tracks and many already doing good. This Prassana guy, a legbreak bat, is interesting & could be a champ.

    A breakt from the gruesome schedule this year so far will give Malinga the old sting and cant wait to see Kula swinging it in fast Aust tracks come summer. All good boys keep hitting.

  • on August 26, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    ohhh Misbah I don't wanna say this but you don't belong to the one day squad anymore, I agree it was difficult when you first came in to bat because even the settled players started struggling when the bowl was turning square but the way you threw your wicket away when Fawad made things go on the right track was pathetic. The game was turning in our favour if he did not get out. We had so many over left to chase this down just sad how we gave us so easily. The only reason I can see Misbah playing is if he was an inspiring captain but he is not even that, sorry Misbah you have to go i won't mind losing like this with a young team at least they have a chance to learn and improve.

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on August 26, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    To all of the people that are telling the seniors to retire(Misbah,Afridi,Younis). Guys use some logic. How do u expect a youngster to play on the fast bouncy pitches in Australia in the world cup. Seniors also know that they are going to retire after this world cup. More youngster are going to be added to the team after the world cup. Support ur players always instead of blaming them!!

  • Greatest_Game on August 26, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    For those who think that Misbah & Younis should be dropped, nothing would make the opposition happier! Go ahead, drop them, and all the other teams will be rolling Pakistan over. I'm not a Pakistani, & have no particular affection for them, but I know class when I see it - and I've seen it in them for years.

    Couch critics always have lots to say. When it comes to doing, it is guys like Misbah & Younis that keep on delivering. I have no idea why you wish to denigrate your greats, but I know that it makes no sense, no sense at all.

  • on August 26, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    As a Team Pakistan didnt played well. It seems like they need an additional bowler , may be an other spinner & replace Junaid with Talah/ Anwar. Ahmed, Hafeez, Misbah, Uakmal, Fawad, Sohaib,Afradi,Wahab, Anwar,Irfan,Babar

  • Equanimous on August 26, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    Get Rid of Misbah-ul-Haq. If we are going to lose, lets lose with a young team. 36 from 51 balls is not international standard anymore in ODI cricket. He is also very negative in his captaincy approach and lets the game drift. This isn't the 1990's. He has had a free ride for too long.

  • sami01 on August 26, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    they have to send Alam before akmal and sohaib...Alam rotate the strike which others unable to do...

  • on August 26, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    great win by srlanka. Mathew is amazing & so is perera. with three composed players at the middle we need to have a dasher at the top of the inning. Kusal janith P is the ideal player but not performing consistently. In my op he should be a given to open in test matches for a series or two and see how he performs and hopefully be carried the performances to one day games afterwards.

  • cooldxve on August 26, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    I don't understand why the Pakistani supporters are always after their two best batsmen Younus and Misbah. Misbah is the guy who has been at least scoring runs in the recent past for the team. Yes he has flaws in his technique but at least he tries to hold on one end of the crease so that the wickets stops to fall. And the other one Younus is the only 'proper' batsman in the whole Pakistan squad. He is the only Pakistani batsman now who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the current best batsmen in the world. Yes I agree that they are in the twilight of their careers, but they at least deserve to play the WC 2015. The batting should be built around them. Experience should be utilized.

    And if you guys really think that the old players should go to give chance to new ones, then throw out Afridi first. He has been blocking a place for a youngster for more than 15 years now. If he really cares about the team he would have either improved his game (or brain), or would have retired himself

  • on August 26, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    I think we must use the Dammika Prasad's rithm at the moment. He's Bowling at a good face to trouble batsmen and Hambanthota would have been the most ideal place for him to go and bowl.

  • SLMaster on August 26, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Two matches...in spin friendly pitches...fans want to dump leading SL fast bowlers. They cannot be replaced with inexperience on spin friendly pitches. Look at the PAK fast bowlers figures before commenting please.

    Someone suggested LAHIRU GAMAGE or DUSMANTHA CHAMEERA. That could have been disastrous for SL and those young bowlers.

  • on August 26, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    Pakisthan lost becuase of their batting order

    After Hafeez , fawad alam , Misbah, Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Afridi Today hafeez was silky smooth, i thought they will within 40 overs but Misbah and Shehzad consume lot of dots

  • on August 26, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Ahmed Shahzad always takes a lot of deliveries to score a fifty and then gets out. He plays a lot of dot balls. Once Hafeez was out, he should have taken charge.Ahmed wastes so many deliveries to score at a strike rate of 70 but people expect Misbah to start hitting when the well set Ahmed should have played aggressively.

  • on August 26, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Its great to see thissara performing but the real concern is our fast bowling attack

  • nimalgamage on August 26, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    For the 3rd ODI please drop UPUL THARANGA and include KUSAL PERERA and we must give him much more exposure to international cricket before the world cup as he is the other young player who can change the game very quickly. UPUL THARANGA is not suitable for SL team in ODI and he will always falling by giving catching practices for the slips. If he can't survive in SL conditions how he can go and survive in Australian conditions during the WC ?

    THISARA PERERA is a match winner and he again showed his class with captain ANJELO MATHEWS

    Please drop LASITH MALINGA as he is definitely out of form and include a quick pacer in to the squad. DHAMMIKA PRASAD won't be the ideal replacement as we have given him so many chances. Preferably include LAHIRU GAMAGE or DUSMANTHA CHAMEERA in to the squad.

    We must try to win the series but also try to experiment with new players in place of out of form players like UPUL THARANGA, DINESH CHANDIMAL, LAHIRU THIRIMANNE, NUWAN KULASEKARA and LASITH MALINGA

  • cooldxve on August 26, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Have to say this Umar Akmal is a failed prospect now. People say he has got natural talent, but he has to perform otherwise what's the use of the talent. He has got too many flaws in his batting technique. In fact most of the Pakistani batsmen do.

    You know what just leave the natural talents aside. Pakistan do not need to produce legendary batsmen like the past. What they need is a few good, technically sound batsmen who can score runs consistently over a period of time. The term natural talent is more used nowadays to cover up the flaws. Just get over it.

    Legends are not born. They are created. They discover themselves when the situation is demanding.

  • SLMaster on August 26, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Great win. Why are fans complaining Malinga and Kulesekara. These are not fast bowling pitches. They cannot do it every day. It was Perera's day after Spinner put the brakes on. So, hang on Malinga and Kula will perform well when it is needed and pitches matches. Enjoy the win...

  • nimalgamage on August 26, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    For the 3rd ODI please drop UPUL THARANGA and include KUSAL PERERA and we must give him much more exposure to international cricket before the world cup as he is the other young player who can change the game very quickly. UPUL THARANGA is not suitable for SL team in ODI and he will always falling by giving catching practices for the slips. If he can't survive in SL conditions how he can go and survive in Australian conditions during the WC ?

    THISARA PERERA is a match winner and he again showed his class with captain ANJELO MATHEWS

    Please drop LASITH MALINGA as he is definitely out of form and include a quick pacer in to the squad. DHAMMIKA PRASAD won't be the ideal replacement as we have given him so many chances. Preferably include LAHIRU GAMAGE or DUSMANTHA CHAMEERA in to the squad.

    We must try to win the series but also try to experiment with new players in place of out of form players like UPUL THARANGA, DINESH CHANDIMAL, LAHIRU THIRIMANNE, NUWAN KULASEKARA and LASITH MALINGA

  • Blade-Runner on August 26, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Angelo Mathews since June this year has scored 1075 runs in 18 innings at an average of 82.69 in all formats. Wow.. He is just too good for any opposition. He will definitely be the ICC Cricketer of the year 2014 !! What a player.

  • karachiite on August 26, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    umar akmal is an attacking player he z aggresve he z positive he brings energy to the team nd he has got natural talent.100 odis and we r yet to c tht natural talent .its ironic that rameez raja used to be an advocateof umar akmal palying at no 3 or 4 and now whn he s batting at no 4 and failed twice ramez raja thinks tht he should not be btting there but he stilll beleves tht he z natural talent i dont know wht ramez has seen in him he canot play spin bowling poor in his shot selection the only qualification he has and tht is being an akmal..its mandatory for pakistan to play an akmal in every match of every format check the record of last 12 years kamran 53 test and 150 odis 54 t20s umar 20 tests 100 odis 56 t20s adnan akmal 21 tests 5 odis..this is the only natural talent of umar akmal

  • t20cric on August 26, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    After being 114/2 in 18.1 overs we still should have won the match comfortably. For the world cup I think the squad should be 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Mohammad Hafeez, 3.Fawad Alam, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Mohammad Irfan, 11.Junaid Khan, extra players: Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Hammad Azam, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Raza Hassan, 2 leg spinners(I don't know any good young leg spinners), Umar Gul, Sadaf Hussain. This is a 21 man squad but they should arrive to Australia very early with this squad and play at least 10 practice matches to get the right playing 11 from these 21 and also get used to the playing conditions. This way they will also have a strong bench strength who have played practice matches which means they will be strong contenders to win the world cup in Australia again.

  • on August 26, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka....3rd OdI will be interesting... :)

  • on August 26, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    I know the pakistan will lose the game when misbah is batting..by default run rate will go up when ever misbah on crease..

  • Kays789 on August 26, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Malinga's lack of commitment and interest in the game is clearly showing. He needs to get his act together soon or his sell-by date will have come and gone before anyone realizes. I hope him and Kulasekera will do a lot better in the third game. These guys still have something to offer especially in Aus/NZ conditions next year.

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 26, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    @Naymar It is now 157 ODI 168 wkts ave 34. for Kule..Can we accept/ be happy with this figures of our one of leading fast bowler? It look like the batting all rounders bowling performance..Why other our young fast bowler hvn't got enough chances..Some are restricted only for test...Pathetic..This is same as Chandimal and Thirimanne..Selectors keep these players hoping they will perform in WC..Who can guarantee that these players perform well there considering their performances for last 12 months??? We hv 15 more matches till WC..In How many matches will we be in trouble if we keep these non performancers???

  • yooonooo on August 26, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    sl won but lool at our seemers, kula is wiketles, malinga shamles, just coming to bowld the final batsman, yes u bothe have done tht dznt mean u have fixed ur plase in the teame thre a planty waiting 4 any plase, openers,, keeping spinerd seamers all rounders, a real teame means u dont depend on any player, sanga mahela mathews or all players if they had to not to play thre shud be replasment, can any 1 tel me wich team z independend on any player, i mean as long as u have 11 players in the game u cant call it "not fully team" jst bkz u had miss those whom u depend on

  • kamilkhuwaja on August 26, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Pakistan always play with 10 players cause Misbah remains in the opponent 12 !! He is one of those cricketers who would not change their attitude no matter the whole world go after them.

  • Upyoursindia on August 26, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    Well all you CHANDIMAL lovers, what do you have to say now ? Do you still think he should be in the side ? Time and time again Thisara Perera has been dropped to include DC, and playes like Prasanna S have been deprived of a place because of DC, and see what they do can achieve when given the chance, TP scored more in this innings than DC has scored in his last 10.

  • on August 26, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    for me main stars were seku and hera ,hera was brilliant .his 38 for 2 was even better because he bowled 3 power play overs as well.his our main spinner for the world cup for sure.a true champion.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    thanks to Thirimana and Chandi to not play... yes malinga is a remarkable bowler, but you cant keep playing when you are not fit enough... Kula's time is over now

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Pakistan has no chance in the World Cup if Misbah remains in charge till then. He may win an odd match here and there on the back of an outstanding innings from a youngster like Maqsood but it cannot happen all the time. Pakistan needs young aggressive players in place of old 'tuk tuk' players like Misbah and Younis. They are very good Test batsmen but not fit at all for ODI's and T20's. If you need somebody to stabilize an innings in the middle then Fawad Alam is there. Take some risk and give captaincy to a youngster. At least you will have 50/50 chance in the World Cup instead of zero.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Misbah should retire from ODI team also Ahmed shehzad some time plays like Misbah.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    it would be good if team management check this space in cricinfo for making a better move with the team. let me comment about misbah' s captaincy. he has never changed the batting line up according to the situation. he goes the typical way always. I think now pa k has good batting line up. but should be reordered. misbah doesn't know how to use afridi. extreme talent he is and Pakistan is blessed to have him in team. but they only spoiled his talent. they never tried to mould afridi for a better team. they want him to come at 8 or 9 and hit some big shots. check his records he has good average in top positions. remember 2009 t20 wc, he came to bat 1st down and lead team to victory. younis Khan used him well. even without using him well, he holds many records both with bat and ball. If India had got afridi in team. he would have been a better cricketer.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    innings already stalled before misbah came in. 7 overs after 100: 19 runs with both hafeez and ahmed got stuck. Sl spinners did a great job to get things under control. hafeez got out due to that pressure. ahmed was clearly struggling in later part of his innings. misbah and ahmed partnership started slow as well. main point was overs 13 to 22 only 25 runs. misbah, alam, shehzad hafeez got starts but couldnt kick in. they were struggling after early blitz. even the. last 15 overs only 125 odd runs should be achieveable. they tried to hit a bit early. need to drag it till end.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Ish I agree Kusal should be playing opener and also I think Dananjaya is a good option

  • NAYMAR.JR on August 26, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    DEAR SANATH. please include one fast bowler and one new batsman who in good form like danushka gunathilaka for the playing 11 of next match.not for squad.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Well played SL. batted superbly. Mathews was superb once again. Well supported by Mahela but Parera was the excellent. Once again pak bowling about 10RPO in last 10 overs or so. death bowling has been a issue for a while now. and was exposed in these 2 matches. Junaid doesnt look like same junaid who bowls with new ball. Afridi was ineffective. Wahab was good early on. Only hafeez was superb.

    310 was far too many for Pak. Plenty of balls left unused. Not much runs-ball difference but nobody really kicked on. hafeez, ahmed, misbah, alam had starts.

    Sharjeel once agin failed. Umar Akmal as well. Hafeez played superbly & Ahmed in that partnership but SL spinners did well to get them under control. Ahmed was ok early on but got stuck in later part. Maqsood didnt kicked in. Afridi fell to a perfect trap

    They simply need to drag it till the end. No need to slog even with 12 overs left. Turning point was overs 12 to 24 only 24 runs. Before misbah came 7 overs for19 after good start.

  • t20cric on August 26, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Pathetic death bowling from Pakistan. Waqar needs to teach the pacers how to bowl yorkers in the death. Pakistan should drop Sharjeel for Ajmal in the next game, open with Shehzad & Hafeez with Fawad @ 3. Pakistan aren't being fair with Anwar Ali, they put him in the field whenever they can but don't include him in the team. They can experiment by giving Junaid or Irfan a break & selecting Anwar. If Misbah is banned for slow over rate then the team should be: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Mohammad Hafeez, 3.Fawad Alam, 4.Umar Akmal(let him get used to no.4), 5.Sohaib Maqsood, 6.Anwar Ali, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Wahab Riaz, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Mohammad Irfan, 11.Junaid Khan. If the pitch favours spin then either Irfan or Junaid can be dropped for Zulfiqar. If Misbah isn't banned then Anwar might have to sit out again.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Drop Umar Akmal, push Fawad Alam up the order at Akmal's place. Bring in Sarfaraz as wicket keeper batsman. Drop Sharjeel, he's of no use. Open with Hafeez, and bring back Haris Sohail in the middle order. There you have it, a very strong combination.

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:40 GMT

    Great all round performance form Sri Lanka. This is what Thissara Perera brings to the team, he wins matches on his own. Anjelo Mathews is now a run mahcine and he has learnt from the best in Sanga for sure. However need to drop Kule and bring in Prasad to add more firepower to bowling. Eranga is injured. Kule 7 games wicketless.

  • Kavum on August 26, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka won but it was not a commanding victory despite the big margin. When Hafeez was going at a rate of knots, Pakistan looked in total control. As Jeewaka9999 points out, pace bowling is the concern. Malinga was too expensive for one good wicket plus a tail-ender as his return. He may be saving his best for Mumbai Indians and, if so, needs to be informed as to where his priorities should lie. He has also developed an alarming paunch which may have been acceptable in the 1890s but not today. Kula is an honest trier whose persevering attempts to play at the top level must not be derided. However, his deficiencies are being exposed by the day and his ambitions to play must not override the national interest despite personal loyalties and club friendships. Without a proper domestic structure and governance, selectorial aberrations and arbitrariness will always be a part of SL cricket. SL fans can only hope for a better tomorrow.

  • NAYMAR.JR on August 26, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    dropping both mali and kule will never happned.but every one knows that is the best thing to do based on their form.so please drop kule.155 matches 165 wickets.what a record.im sure if player like lakmal,even eranga or any played that sum of matches they will surely cross 200 wicket mark.what a waste of a main position

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. Thisara Perera done extremely well, but Malinga is out of form. He has no enough pace, poor line, so itz easy to batsman to swing his arms without hesitation,

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 26, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    well played SL..But there r few concerns..Malinga has put some weights.He has lost his fitness..Even he can't catch the bowl cleanly..Main worry is our fast bowling attack..Malinga is out of form..Kule is now wicketless for the consecutive seventh match..There is no point of keeping him in the side to bowl few overs..His speed is equal to Matthews speed..So even Mathews can start bowling if need..Ple bring back good fast bowler otherwise it put extra pressure on other bowlers especially Malinga..ODIs u can't win without taking wickets..

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    misbah dont worry ! 36 good now msbh on runs go captain win 3 rd odi and go wc

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on August 26, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    First Congrats SL and Welldone. My is prediction became correct again. This became a victory because of 2 ignored players Thisara Perera and Sekuge Prasnna. Dilshan prove again he is just a walking wicket against Asian teams while Tharanga prove his inconsistency again. And most lucky player kulasekara became wicket less for 7 th Consecutive ODI. Today i tell another prediction if Tharanga,Dilshan replace with youngster and if Kula replaced with Chameera SL could win next game also. Othewise again may repeat SA series result.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 26, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    If Misbah fails to deliver in ODI series as well my question is will selection comity decide his future because after taking a lead in 3 match series it looks like we are loosing it as well and got white washed in the Test series. Misbah has captained Pakistan in 73 matches and still not able to settle the team and we have world cup round the corner.

    Moin Khan doing a good job as a team manager, he selected Fawad Alam and Sarfaraz two good players as well as Shoaib Maqsood. I hope we can have Afridi as ODI captain and Misbah out of the team before World Cup because 310 with the kind of start we had untill Misbah arrived it was Pakistan's game the way Hafeez was playing and when Misbah arrived Pakistan managed to score only 28 in 10 over that's where we lost it I reckon.

    Congrats to Sri Lanka and I've seen them coming out of the jail quite often so full credit to them as well for taking the pace of the ball and wicket of Hafeez which was definitely the turning point.

  • Nuwas on August 26, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    Weak-links in current team,no batsmen score a 50+ out of top 3 batters atm, seems to be Sanga is out of sorts trying to shift gears ; both pacers are failing, so one should be replaced, better it be Malinga, looking at his lame performance, Prasad is a handy replacement imo. Congratz Lions.

  • Cric_Janbaz on August 26, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    somebody needs to tell Misbah that you can't just block block in middle overs and then hope to get 100 of last 10 overs every match

  • on August 26, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    malinga looks fat and clumsy ,where are our young seam bowlers?

  • Jeewaka9999 on August 26, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    well played SL..But there r few concerns..Malinga has put some weights.He has lost his fitness..Even he can't catch the bowl cleanly..Main worry is our fast bowling attack..Malinga is out of form..Kule is now wicketless for consecutive seven matches..There is no point of keeping him in the side to bowl few overs..His speed is equal to Matthews speed..So even Mathews can start bowling if need..Ple bring back good fast bowler otherwise it put extra pressure on other bowlers especially Malinga..ODIs u can't win without taking wickets..

  • ispaewbi on August 26, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Misbah is a clueless captain who refuses to learn from mistakes. Umar Akmal needs to be dropped down the line-up. Should have sent in Afridi during PP instead of Maqsood, allow him to slog and take advantage of it. Misbah bowler's rotation was Godawful as well.

  • Ramansilva on August 26, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    I hope sanity will prevail with SLC and persist with Thisara Perera. He clearly showed his value to the SL team. Malinga is increasingly becoming a liability. That is a bigger concern I believe.

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    Keeping in view this wicket was dry and there was some turn if u go slow in air its an absolute mind boggling decision by Pakistan for not playing zulfiqar baber. Had he played Pakistan would have restricted them to around 270.Srilanka just took the game away in the last covers.srilanka benefitted with their extra spinner selection. Guys for heaven's sake put ur thinking cap on.

  • on August 26, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    Everyone cheers sri lanka won the game, hope to win this series 2-1

  • Sinhabahu on August 26, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Good to level the series but Pakistan gave us a real scare. Well played all!

  • thalagune on August 26, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    it looks as is malinga should be dropped from the team the way he is bowling,,,

  • Cricketlover_nepal on August 26, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Why r you taking negative about Afridi. In last game Afridi late knock much valueable. Do u forgot how he hit Ashwin for last ball six. If he plays half of his potential he can adjust Pak team very easily....

  • lukiboy on August 26, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    My SL XI for world cup: 1) Tharanga 2) Dilshan 3) Sangakkara 4) Jayawardene 5) Mathews 6)Angelo Perrera/Kusal Perrera 7) Thisara Perrera 8) Prasanna 9) Kulasakera/ other fast bowler 10) Malinga 11) Herath

  • Hewadmal on August 26, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    It is time for yorker specialist to bowl.

  • thalagune on August 26, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    pathetic bowling agian giving the game away after the batters did so well to get tto 310,looks like pakistan are going to win with around 10 overs to spare,solely due to poor bowling by likes of malinga....we will not be able to defend even 500 if we bowl like this...

  • chohan78 on August 26, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Keep Misbah down the line otherwise the run rate will go down >>

  • on August 26, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Hafiz doing some fun out there.. We are waiting for this so long.

  • on August 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    people kindly check gulz last 10 innigs economy you will never give his advice actually wc is near and pak dont have enough time to do experience. i think we should polish what we have now.

  • sl_supporter on August 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Who ever decided to leave Thisara out of the team should be drag on to the street and humiliated. This is the sad story of Sri Lankan cricket

  • Haleos on August 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    over rate of pakistan was unacceptable. with 2 spinners bowling they needed half an hour extra. hafeex and afridi are both known to rush thru their overs. ICC should come back with the overs docking penalty again. To top it up it should also add penalty runs.

  • Horaumpire on August 26, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    So it's once again Perera work. Selector please make sure he does not leave Sri Lanka in disgust.

  • Haleos on August 26, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    What is the purpose of Afridi? He did not even manage a single wicket in 2 matches and gave away over 5 an over. His talent as a batsman is way past its sell by date. Now his bowling is coming to an end too. Better to give a fresh player some chances. he may fail but will gain valuable experience. Asains are not know to step aside on their own. They have to be dropped to release a youngster needs a chance.

  • on August 26, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting bowling at the end, junaid either needs a break or he needs to finish his overs early, Umar gul is a specialist at the death, he needs a chance because giving 100 in the last ten twice in a row is not on

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Well played by SL. Once again superb by mathews. Have to feel for him . Deserved a 100. Well supported by mahela and excellent finish by parera. Was calculated but explosive innings.

    Once again SL able to score around 9-10 rpp in last 10 overs. Pakistan attack is struggling in later part of the innings. Junaid looks totally different bowler with new ball and when he is bowling after 40th. Afridi was again not effective. Wahab bowled well early on. Only hafeez was superb.

    Good total. This wicket is a bit slow than previous. What pak need is to keep their orevious performance in mind. Maqsood showed that you can maintain 120 sr without much risk. Alam finished run a ball without any risk.

  • Chaz_SL on August 26, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    IRON MAN take us pass 300 !!!

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Wish for the mathew's century

  • Chaz_SL on August 26, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    IRON MAN it's your day today !!!!!

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 26, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Prasanna instead of Randiv...what don't the selectors like about him? Hopefully its not some off-field thing. We have enough big hitters...just need a replacement for Senanayake, who can plan anchor role on a rainy day.

  • on August 26, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    No place for Umer Gull in current playing 11. Should give youngsters move chance.

  • thalagune on August 26, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    looks like another home series loss for us....away record seems better than home record of late....

  • on August 26, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Misbah must retire before world cup 2015 other wise no chance for Pakistan to win it

  • on August 26, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan's attacking seamers struggle without Umar Gul...

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  • on August 26, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan's attacking seamers struggle without Umar Gul...

  • on August 26, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Misbah must retire before world cup 2015 other wise no chance for Pakistan to win it

  • thalagune on August 26, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    looks like another home series loss for us....away record seems better than home record of late....

  • on August 26, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    No place for Umer Gull in current playing 11. Should give youngsters move chance.

  • SL_Fan_5 on August 26, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Prasanna instead of Randiv...what don't the selectors like about him? Hopefully its not some off-field thing. We have enough big hitters...just need a replacement for Senanayake, who can plan anchor role on a rainy day.

  • Chaz_SL on August 26, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    IRON MAN it's your day today !!!!!

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Wish for the mathew's century

  • Chaz_SL on August 26, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    IRON MAN take us pass 300 !!!

  • on August 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Well played by SL. Once again superb by mathews. Have to feel for him . Deserved a 100. Well supported by mahela and excellent finish by parera. Was calculated but explosive innings.

    Once again SL able to score around 9-10 rpp in last 10 overs. Pakistan attack is struggling in later part of the innings. Junaid looks totally different bowler with new ball and when he is bowling after 40th. Afridi was again not effective. Wahab bowled well early on. Only hafeez was superb.

    Good total. This wicket is a bit slow than previous. What pak need is to keep their orevious performance in mind. Maqsood showed that you can maintain 120 sr without much risk. Alam finished run a ball without any risk.

  • on August 26, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting bowling at the end, junaid either needs a break or he needs to finish his overs early, Umar gul is a specialist at the death, he needs a chance because giving 100 in the last ten twice in a row is not on