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

Don't lap sweep when Sangakkara keeps

Plays of the day from the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in Hambantota

Referral of the day

Tillakaratne Dilshan had begun the innings in typically flamboyant fashion, hitting three early boundaries before there was a caught-behind appeal off Junaid Khan in the second over. The umpire turned it down, but the wicketkeeper Umar Akmal was absolutely certain, signalling for the referral at least a dozen times as he walked up to discuss with his team-mates. His confidence convinced Misbah-ul-Haq to go for the appeal though neither Snicko nor Hot Spot is available this series. There was a sound as the ball passed the bat, but hardly anything that could be deemed conclusive evidence. The third umpire S Ravi thought otherwise, and sent Dilshan on his way.

Double-reprieve of the day

Upul Tharanga was beginning to open up after some moments of discomfort early on. He looked to push down the ground when a thick edge sent the ball towards the boot before lobbing back towards the bowler. Junaid coolly snagged a one-handed catch and appealed. On first look, the ball seemed to have bounced off the boot, but when the third umpire was called in, the replays showed it landed just next to his shoe. The next ball he was given out caught-behind, but with the sketchy DRS not offering much for the third umpire, the decision was overturned and Tharanga survived again. Only for four more overs though.

Misleading start of the day

When Ahmed Shehzad was called on to bowl his part-time legspin, he began with a ripping delivery that turned past Angelo Mathews' bat and nearly got him stumped. If Misbah-ul-Haq expected more of that to control the raging run-rate, he was disappointed. Shehzad showed the trouble with part-time legspinners, and even some full-time legspinners, as he struggled to land the ball for the rest of his spell, and the experiment with his bowling ended after figures of 2-0-15-0.

Anticipation of the day

In the first ODI, wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara had seen Misbah shaping for a lap sweep, and immediately shuffled to the leg side to pull off a stunning catch. He was at it again today: this time his victim was a well-set Shehzad, who popped a catch down the leg side to an agile Sangakkara. He tried to do it several other times in the game as well, but there was no more success. He was once struck on the helmet off a Misbah reverse-sweep, and later nearly pulled off a direct-hit run-out that after Fawad Alam stepped out of the crease after making a hash of a slog-sweep.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sachit1979 on August 27, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Pak team has all the ingredients to become champions. They just need to inculcate that confidence within themselves that they can win. Misbah was in good nick yesterday, he should have tried to stay till end and should have asked Fawal Alam instead to take the aerial route.

  • MelbourneMiracle on August 27, 2014, 3:08 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!

  • android_user on August 27, 2014, 1:34 GMT

    calm down Slankan fans there is still one game left. as for pakistan it is ashmed that a bowling coach cannot get the bowling dept straight and batting we had few clicked today and then threw wickets away.

  • LankaPuthra on August 26, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Hold your horses B-R, what I meant to say was that if Sanga had taken that stumping we had a good chance of winning the game by breaking that partnership which won the game for Pakistan.

  • Blade-Runner on August 26, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    LankaPuthra ; That's rubbish. So, according to you, we lost the 1st match, not because of the poor death bowling of Malinga and Kula or other missed easy run outs and bad fielding efforts, but due to that missed stumping by Sanga. That's a very very poor analysis.

  • Kavum on August 26, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    There is no unbridled joy for SL in winning against Pakistan (unlike against some others). We are brothers on the field and under the skin. Hope both teams take the "positives" from this series, build on the experience and meet in the 2015 WC final. Will be tough against AUS and NZ, but the two teams have the spirit and the desire to outdo the opposition. Among the others, AUS seems a gigantosaurus. For WI, Chris Gayle's continuing failures are ominous, he may be in top form come Feb 2015. Or not. NZ, ENG, SAF are renowned "almost" specialists. It remains for IND to get their act together garnering their limitless talent and challenge AUS, SL and PAK for the prize. Not forgetting a wild-card for WI.

  • dummy4fb on August 26, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Umar Akmal has two problems: 1. His mathematics is poor to calculate the run rate and then strategies the innings accordingly. 2. Rather than backing his abilities to play the normal game and stay there untill end no matter what happens to the match, he thinks there is only one person on earth to win matches and that responsibility lies on his shoulders- what that means is he has score-board phobia- great players never look at the score board , they back their own abilities to keep the game going ahead without bothering too much. Misbah, one of my most favourite bateman has come of age now. He thinks along the same lines that no other batsman can win matches for pakistan and this is his job only- while thinking so he slows down the game so much so that 2-3 batsmen get out in the process of improving the net run rate. he then hits couple of big hits and gains the whole sympathy- he is simply a disaster now, not even Einstein can help him to realise how he kills time and game suffers.

  • wapuser on August 26, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Well done SL. Keep going and clinch the series. Feel sorry for pak.

  • LankaPuthra on August 26, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Sanga is an excellent wicket keeper, probably the best in the world at present. His missed stumping chance in the 1st ODI could have cost SL the match though.

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