Pakistan v Sri Lanka | Final: March 8th | Pre-Match Discussion

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  1. Passionate Pakistani
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    that too when all fawad, shoaib and ahmed can bowl few overs if needed!

    so basically everyone can bowl if needed except misbah, sharjeel and umer.
     
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    Pakistan should bring in Bhatti for Umar Gul. Despite Afridi's good form, the tail looks too long and Umar Gul is hardly contributing with the ball anyway. Not the same Umar Gul as he was a few years ago. Talha deserves another chance and isn't too bad a batsmen either.
     
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    team seems good except for bilawal, talha needs to replace him
     
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    Talha deserves another go, played well in first game.
     
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    Match facts
    March 8, 2014
    Start time 14.00 local (0800 GMT)


    Big Picture
    After his team had narrowly beaten India, Angelo Mathews said Sri Lanka "do those little things right". In a tournament full of rash shots and missed opportunities on the field, Sri Lanka have committed fewer basic errors than all the other sides. It goes quite a way towards explaining their unbeaten record in the tournament so far.

    Pakistan, on the other hand, threw away a winning position against Sri Lanka. They were 117 for 6 against Afghanistan thanks to the shot selection of their top order. Misbah-ul-Haq has twice been run out in comical fashion. Against Bangladesh, Abdur Rehman was barred from bowling when he had figures of 0-0-8-0. And yet, despite all that, Pakistan may well start the final as favourites.
    After meeting each other in the opening game of the tournament, the two sides have taken divergent paths to the final. Sri Lanka, to put it a touch simplistically, have gone quietly about their business. Pakistan, on the other hand, have built up the sort of momentum that comes with winning thrilling matches. When you beat India by one wicket and chase 327 in your next game, you tend to believe you can win from any position.
    Pakistan's batsmen, after an uncertain start to the tournament, have also found form. There's Shahid Afridi, of course, but there's also Mohammad Hafeez, who has scored half-centuries in his last two games, Ahmed Shehzad, who made a century against Bangladesh, and Fawad Alam, whose return to the side suddenly gave Pakistan someone who could hold their middle order together. It's almost a good thing for Pakistan, perversely, that Misbah, the man who usually does that job for them, has scored 0, 1 and 4 in the matches they have won.

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    Though Pakistan have a few niggles, their spin attack gives them a slight edge © AFP
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    Pakistan, though, have two major concerns going into the final. One is the form of their fast bowlers. Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Mohammad Talha - their likely first-choice combination - have all been expensive, giving away close to or over run-a-ball. The second is the fitness of four of their players. Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Afridi and Gul have niggles of various kinds.
    Of the four, Afridi, who picked up a hip injury in the game against Bangladesh, looked most in doubt, and showed signs of discomfort during Pakistan's training session on Friday. But their manager, Zakir Khan, said he was responding well to the physio's ministrations, and it seemed as if Pakistan wouldn't leave him out unless it became absolutely unavoidable.
    Sri Lanka, for their part, haven't completely convinced as a batting unit. Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne have scored runs, but the rest of the top six have been patchy. Kusal Perera has tended to throw away starts, while Dinesh Chandimal and Mahela Jayawardene have looked out of form. Sri Lanka bat deep, though, and match-turning contributions in a final are as likely to come from a Chaturanga de Silva or a Thisara Perera as they are to come from a top-order batsman.
    The pitches in Mirpur have been a little unpredictable, with one side of the square tending to produce uneven bounce and another throwing up good batting conditions. Spinners have played a massive role regardless of which pitch is used, though, and the most important mini-contest in the match could be the one between the two slow-bowling attacks.
    In Ajantha Mendis, de Silva and Sachithra Senanayake, Sri Lanka have one potential match-winner and two capable ODI bowlers. Pakistan's spin attack, with Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi seems to hold a slight edge, especially in terms of the experience they have bowling as a unit.

    Form guide
    Sri Lanka WWWWW (completed matches, most recent first)
    Pakistan WWWLL


    Watch out for
    Lahiru Thirimanne struck an accomplished century against Pakistan in the opening game of the tournament, and has continued to look good at the crease without making any other big scores. Batting up the order seems to suit his game, and a good innings in the final could win him a longer run as an opener even after Tillakaratne Dilshan returns to the side.

    Mohammad Hafeez scored three centuries against Sri Lanka during the recent ODI series in the UAE, and has shown glimpses of that form in the Asia Cup. His bowling has been crucial as well, and he's done a useful job with the new ball. He'll probably do that in the final too, considering the number of left-hand batsmen in Sri Lanka's top order.

    Team news
    Ashan Priyanjan took two wickets with his offspin against Bangladesh and timed the ball sweetly during his brief stay in the middle. But he was in the side only because Sri Lanka had already qualified for the final, and he will most likely make way for Chandimal. Lasith Malinga should also regain his place, but it's hard to predict who they'll leave out in his place.

    Sri Lanka (likely): 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Chaturanga de Silva, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Sachithra Senanayake/Suranga Lakmal, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis
    Pakistan have a few fitness worries, with Afridi (hip), Shehzad (shoulder), Sharjeel (knee) and Gul (general soreness) at less than 100 per cent. None of the injuries are particularly serious, though, judging by the comments of their manager on the eve of the match, so they should be able to field their first-choice XI.
    Pakistan (likely): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 4 Sohaib Maqsood, 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Mohammad Talha, 11 Junaid Khan

    Stats and trivia
    • Pakistan and Sri Lanka have met each other 12 times in tournament finals, and each side has won six times
    • Among batsmen who haven't scored an ODI century, Misbah-ul-Haq has the most career runs. On Saturday, he will go out for the toss alongside Angelo Mathews, who is ninth on that list .


      Quotes
      "I don't know, honestly. One day it looks like 200 is difficult, the next day on the same pitch you chase down 300-plus."
      Misbah-ul-Haq on the vagaries of the Mirpur pitch
     
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    The Asia Cup has reached its finale. In what came as a breath of fresh air, the tournament will be remembered for some quality cricket being played.

    Afghanistan proved themselves as a worthy ODI unit, India cursed their bad luck after heart-wrenching losses against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Bangladesh let their cricket mad fans down after losing all their games. Pakistan and Sri Lanka set up the tournament with a well contested opener and it is only fitting that the two teams will clash for the trophy.
    Sri Lanka have been the form team in the tournament and a perfect all win record in the league phase illustrates that. On the contrary, Pakistan have Shahid Afridi to thank for their presence in the title round. Twice in as many matches, against India and Bangladesh, Afridi pulled his team from certain losing situation into victories.

    With the World T20 round the corner, a win in the finals will be a major confidence booster to both teams. In short, Saturday's match will be a clash between the flair of Pakistan and the consistency of Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lanka

    Angelo Mathews ' men have been a picture of consistency right throughout the tournament. Kusal Perera, granted a confirmed slot in the absence of regular opener Tillakaratne Dilshan has provided the spark at the top of the order but it is Kumar Sangakkara who has once again held the middle-order in good stead. With 248 runs, Sangakkara has been the leading run-scorer in the tournament so far.

    Skipper Mathews has led from the front and has been dismissed only once in the tournament so far. While Mahela Jayawardene 's poor form is a cause for concern, the presence of quality all-rounders down the order more than makes up for it.
    On the bowling front, Lasith Malinga has shown signs of returning to his best and so is Ajantha Mendis . The team does depend heavily on the magic of these two men but also boast of adequate support staff. The three all-rounders, Mathews, Thisara Perera and Chaturanga de Silva provide plenty of balance to the side. Add Sachithra Senanayake , the wily off-break bowler, Sri Lanka's bowling looks quality.

    Pakistan

    Pakistan's route to the finals have been on the back of single handed efforts from Afridi. India and Bangladesh were left watching haplessly after a certain victory was stolen right under their nose. Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez worked well as a pair against Bangladesh, and with Fawad Alam playing superbly on his comeback, it will only mean Pakistan might not be forced into bringing back Sharjeel Khan . Misbah-ul-Haq is due for some runs, surprising considering the sort of form he has been ever since last year. Umar Akmal scored tough runs against Afghanistan, but up against the big Asian boys, his temperament has come under immense scanner.
    Pakistan's strong point is their bowling though. Saeed Ajmal , the magician never seems to have an off-day while Junaid Khan and Mohammad Talha have held their own in the pace department. Junaid was left out in favour of Abdur Rehman for the last game, but the left arm pacer should be back for the finals, not just on the back of Rehman's horror show the other day.

    Stats and Trivia
    The last time these two teams met in a multi-nation tournament final was the 2000 Asia Cup in Dhaka. Pakistan won that match by a convincing margin of 39 runs.

    The last time the two teams competed in a finals was at Sharjah in April 2002 where Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by a whopping 217 runs.

    Only three players ( Shahid Afridi , Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ) were a part of either side when the two teams last featured against each other in a cup final.
    Team News

    Sri Lanka will welcome back Lasith Malinga who was rested for the inconsequential encounter against Bangladesh. Suranga Lakmal will be the man to sit out. Dinesh Chandimal might be back in place of Ash Priyanjan despite his shoddy form off-late.

    There are some minor injury worries surrounding Umar Gul , but the Pakistan management is confident about his availability. Junaid Khan might replace the off-colour Abdur Rehman
    Quotes

    'He [Jayawardene] normally bats very well; it's only in the last three to four matches he has failed. He's a legend of cricket. He can come back very strongly at any time. He's our key batsman along with Sangakkara. Hope he comes back to form against Pakistan: Thisara Perera passionately defends the out-of-form former captain.
    I just knew that both the matches were important for Pakistan to win. There are many reasons that I won't like to discuss, but both of them were very important for me as well as the country: Shahid Afridi , on his new found batting form.

    Teams:
    Pakistan (From): Ahmed Shehzad , Mohammad Hafeez , Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sohaib Maqsood , Fawad Alam , Abdur Rehman , Shahid Afridi , Umar Akmal (w), Umar Gul , Mohammad Talha , Saeed Ajmal , Sharjeel Khan , Anwar Ali , Bilawal Bhatti , Junaid Khan
    Sri Lanka (From): Kushal Janith Perera , Lahiru Thirimanne , Kumar Sangakkara (w), Mahela Jayawardene , Ashan Priyanjan , Angelo Mathews (c), Chaturanga de Silva , Thisara Perera , Sachithra Senanayake , Ajantha Mendis , Suranga Lakmal , Dinesh Chandimal , Lasith Malinga , Dhammika Prasad

    http://www.cricbuzz.com/live-cricket-scores/13606/Pakistan-vs-Sri-Lanka-Final
     
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    Jayawardena and legend? Lol

    What is Perara smoking?
     
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    Bilawal and Junaid for Rehman and Gul. Maybe Sharjeel for Maqsood.
     
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    After the injury of SHARJEEL KHAN , not so good form/luck of SHOAIB MAQSOOD , some ir-responsible run of UMER AKMAL , very rare but currently out of form MISBAH-UL-HAQ , very uncertain around the off-stump MUHAMAD HAFEEZ , dream come back of FAWAD ALAM , always in-form AJMAL , BOOOMING SHAHID AFRIDI , indescribable incident of ABDUL REHMAN , absence of Yorkers from UMER GUL , dream début of MUHAMMAD TALHA , in and out JUNAID KAHN , what will be your playing eleven for asia cup final against SRILANKA ??

    MY PLAYING 11 !!

    1. SHARJEEL KHAN
    2. AHMED SHEHZAD
    3. MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ
    4. MISBAH-UL-HAQ
    5 . FAWAD ALAM
    6. UMER AKMAL
    7. SHAHID AFRIDI
    8. ANWER ALI
    9. UMER GUL
    10. SAEED AJMAL
    11. JUNAID KHAN


    DO YOU AGREE ?? (if not then what is yours' )
     
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    Shahid afridi out of final according to Majid bhatti live from Dhakka.

    Shahid has taken pain killers and keen on playing but team management isn't in favor of playing him and his chances are very less to play tomorrow. :clap
     
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    It will be very sad if this happens ,its a crucial match.
     
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    Oh No! It will be a big blow to the confidence of our team. But I am sure Lala will play no matter what.
     
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    They should not risk, might miss t20 worldcup if it gets worse.
     
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    If lala's out then it's a massive blow. In that case go for Anwar and Bhatti instead of Afridi and Rehman.
    Ajmal, Talha, JK, Hafeez ~ 35. Anwar, Bhatti, Fawad ~ 15. That way team bats till no.8
     
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    I hope lala wont miss this match ,he will try his level best to join the team and win the match for us..am so desperate to watch Misbah hold the cup for Pakistanis.
     
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    I know but as far as I know Lala he will insist on playing. But lets hope the injury don't get worse. We need him more for the T20 WC.
     
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    Really looking forward to this game. We ran them close in the group game and had we not collapsed we should have been coming in to this game unbeaten. We know we can't underestimate the Lankans but feel we have what it takes to become champions of Asia again.
    Looking forward to following this game with my fellow Cricistanis here. Don't forget to participate in the match thread once the game is on
     
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    plz pry for lala he is very important for tomorrows match
     
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    Afridi was taking part normally in the practice session today. That must be old news.
     
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    That will be a huge blow if he doesnt make it. Sri Lanka will get a massive boost if he doesnt make it.
     
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    He will make it, I am pretty sure.
     
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    He is not.
    The Jang says he is going to play.
     
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    No big deal.

    Bring Afridia in the first 15 overs with the directions that he is going to play 40 balls.
    The rest will be history.
     
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    All the talk is around Afridi after his heroics in the last 2 games, hope this is taking the pressure off the rest :p
    Surely Misbah can't get run out 3 games in a row?
     
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    What is Afridi's injury anyway?
     
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    I'm going to watch the final of the 2000 Asia cup in anticipation.
     
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    Personally I think he will play, not sure what the actual injury is? Hope they are playing mind games
     
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    If he doesn't play, we need to strengthen our batting and bring in Sharjeel for him. Fawad can cover some of his overs.
     
  29. Passionate Pakistani
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    Groin injury.
     
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    Let's hope the umpires have a decent game too, way too many bad decisions so far in this tournament. Have been well below par
     
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    I hope so, he's been in fine form and with the small boundaries his mishits are going for six lol. Hope they keep the boundaries like this for the T20 World Cup. It will help lala keep his form lol
     
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    I thought that was just cramp in the last game? The Pakistan media do like to exaggerate though.
     
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    Don't know much yaara but his agent majeed bhatti said that Shahid is unwell .. Don't know exact story.
     
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    Yeah, unfortunately we've had 4 decisions to go against just us in the last 2 games. Overall, there must have been 10 blunders already.
     
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    Oh ok, then it must have truth to it. Afridi is part of the charm of Pakistan, especially when he's been playing well.
     
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    Ahmad's chances of playing aren't that great either. Sharjeel on the other hand is fully fit. Might be a straight swap.
     
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    Shub, shub bolo desh vasi.
     
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    Ahmed was playing football today. Where the hell are you guys getting your news from?

    Why would he play football if he is injured?
     
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    According to a media outlet cum forum, everyone is fit
     
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