SL-Pak 2nd ODI Review: Perera and Dilshan propel Sri Lanka to resounding win

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  1. 1137moiz

    1137moiz Tracer Bullet

    Jun 30, 2011
    Perera and Dilshan propel Sri Lanka to resounding win

    by Ibrahim Moiz
    9th June 2012


    Sri Lanka squared the series in style with a clinical 76-run rout over Pakistan at Pallekele. Though it was Tillekeratne Dilshan whose fluent, mature unbeaten century set up a daunting total of 280 for 4, the night’s highlight was a terrific six-wicket swipe for allrounder Thisara Perera, whose nippy seamers collapsed Pakistan after young opener Azhar Ali had set up a deceptively promising platform.

    Perera’s haul of 6 for 44—his own best and the best by any bowler against Pakistan—sliced through the cream of the lineup in a fine display of swing and cut; no less than thrice did the allrounder strike off the first ball of a spell. It rounded off a superb allround display for Sri Lanka; Dilshan’s excellent unbeaten 119, with 11 fours and a six, anchored them to a powerful score, with some late help from a delightful Mahela Jayawardene cameo.

    Pakistan had begun the chase on a much brighter note; though it took 16 balls for the visitors to open their account, the classy Azhar, belying his reputation as a long-format accumulator, set off on a sparkling flurry of boundaries; having offered a rare opportunity on nought when the slips were late to react to an edge off Nuwan Kulasekara, Azhar laid into a delightful exhibition of classic square drives, punched off either foot, and once on bent knee, through cover. A stylish cut took him to his fifty off as many balls, and only in the middle overs did the boundaries dry up for the fluent opener.

    Perera drew first blood on his first ball, swooping across the wicket in his follow-through to snaffle a one-handed return catch off Mohammad Hafeez to end a 48-run stand. And in the second powerplay’s first over, he outfoxed Younus Khan with two lovely leg-cutters; though one edge was dropped by Kumar Sangakkara, the keeper made no mistakes just three balls later (78 for 2). Though Azhar—who dealt nearly exclusively in boundaries early before dropping a gear into the middle—began his 49-run partnership with captain Misbah-ul-Haq (27) fairly promisingly, the required rate steadily began to rise, exacerbated when Azhar abandoned his orthodox style and unsuccessfully tried some innovation in a fine maiden from the frugal Rangana Herath.

    That maiden immediately preceded Sri Lanka’s breakthrough, Perera’s next spell beginning with a sharp off-cutter that removed Misbah. Umar Akmal was rather unfortunate to go, missing a supposed edge to Sangakkara, but the slide had begun in earnest and Perera had four out of four. Left with no option but to attack against a rapidly spiralling required rate, Azhar—whose leg-stump was splintered lengthwise by a crackling Kulasekara yorker—and Shahid Afridi, whose attempted steer off Lasith Malinga gave Sangakkara a 300th catch at this level perished swiftly to effectively close out the game. There was time for Perera to take a third first-ball strike, as well as the long tail to pursue some largely futile runs. Umar Gul managed to buffet a six before his miss across a fuller Perera ball gave the allrounder the first haul of six wickets against Pakistan. And the rout was over once Sarfraz Ahmed (20) swung wildly across a Kulasekara in-swinger to level the series.

    Dilshan had set the foundation with a fine hundred and a rare exhibition of playing through the fifty overs. The ominous early boundaries that he hit off the new ball were familiar, but less expected was the sensible circumspection and controlled aggression with which he batted after that. His defence against good balls was respectful and his attack on the bad ones ruthless.

    Though Sri Lanka lost left-handers Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara for 18 apiece (84 for 2)—Sohail Tanveer finding the edge before Hafeez accepted a first-ball return catch—Dilshan effectively shouldered the burden. The right-hander began with customary aggression, whipping straighter balls through midwicket and crashing width on the up through cover. Mistakes were few and didn’t cost him; a Gul in-swinger jagged past leg-stump and the debutant left-arm seamer Rahat Ali caught a flashing edge through a vacant cordon, but Dilshan romped past fifty in 60 balls when he flicked a leg-side slider from Afridi too many to the fine leg boundary.

    At the seamers’ end, young Rahat found both swing and bounce—including a sharp lifter that struck the unusually nervous Dinesh Chandimal—and certainly outbowled the four overs for 34 runs that betrayed his inexperience and occasional inaccuracy. Chandimal rarely looked in form but managed to hang on in a 70-run partnership with Dilshan; curiously Saeed Ajmal was hardly bowled till the closing stages, and by the time Afridi broke the stand, there was a solid platform.

    Ajmal bowled excellently in the Powerplay, once getting a teasing leading edge from Jayawardene before Sarfraz dropped a catch behind the stumps. But nobody else managed to trouble Jayawardene, whose frenetic improvisation earned him a superb 44-ball half-century, laden with eight fours. Though he drove and pulled the seamer Gul, Jayawardene warded off the spinners in a near-obsessive romance with the sweep and reverse sweep.

    The captain’s cameo cancelled out his partner’s relative circumspection in approaching his nineties; by the time Ajmal finally bested Jayawardene (240 for 4), Dilshan had reached the landmark, off 120 balls, and celebrated by thumping Tanveer for six over midwicket. Perera’s two sixes in a cameo full of savage straight blows rounded off the innings, and his splendid strikes in the evening capped off a crushing win.
  2. Energy

    Energy Cornered Tiger

    Apr 22, 2012
    Poor result, the chase was always going to be difficult considering our batting form and depth. Perera's been our nemesis right from the start of the tour.
  3. Markhor

    Markhor Talented

    May 9, 2010
    Sri Lanka outplayed us so credit to them as they batted really well. Dilshan with a cracking hundred. You can't really back Pakistan to chase 280 under lights. Chasing is becoming a big problem now. We are at least one batsman short.
  4. pak_fan_4_life

    pak_fan_4_life Talented

    May 14, 2012
    Sri lanka played well, and pakistan needs to depend less on their bowling as they should have learnt today,
    btw the image on top of the article is from the t20 match:good(its got ahmed shehzad there:good)
  5. isaacking

    isaacking Talented

    Jul 16, 2010
    Unless Pakistan get rid of this fear of chasing,we must forget about ever been able to top the ranking. This monkey has been on our back for far to long & every other team try to use it against us.

    Even our bowlers turn out to be ineffective once the opponent over 200 hundred, from there onward the score start swell like anything , by 50th over we are doomed & at the mercy of some miracle to happen.
  6. Energy

    Energy Cornered Tiger

    Apr 22, 2012
    Its definitely a mental affliction as you've rightly mentioned. The moment 280 went up on the board, half of Pakistan would have resigned to the defeat straight away. Need to get this element of fear out and build upon some mental confidence.
  7. Nadeem

    Nadeem Emerging Player

    Dec 22, 2009
    Outplayed in all departments and therefore credit to Sri Lanka. The problem continues to persist with the batting side of things in regards to having a weak lower order. I'd favour hammad over rahat who i believe has potential to be a good bowler. Whatmore's biggest challenge will be to bring consistency to this pakistan team.
  8. Victorious Pakistan

    Victorious Pakistan Smooth Operator

    Feb 29, 2012
    We all know were the problem lies, and it is kinda sad one batsmen nearly scored half our full innings total, that just shows heavily reliant we are on our bowlers and how rubbish our batting really is. I mean, you give credit to the Sri Lankans sure, but the inability to chase, on a flat pitch against a attack full of medium pacers, just shows how diobolical our batting really is. I must admit, after we was 90-2 i had to leave and couldn't watch further, but until then did pretty ok, Azhar Ali played some wonderfull shots, and a really good innings , but that second part of his innings was far to slow esp with the fact we was chasing 280 and he didn't look to pick up singles, but on the whole he did pretty well. Up top though Younis failed again, and Hafeez was pathetic again, and begs the question why is he opening?

    Honestly i don't think we are suprised at how poor our batting is and to find them collapsing and batting like that then don't expect to win games chasing, Just shows how one dimensional Pakistan really is (Meaning there nothing without the bowlers).

    If Pakistan expect to win anything further, they better hope to win the toss and Bat first, cause in no way shape or form are we going to win a game chasing.
  9. Disco Lemonade

    Disco Lemonade Design Artist

    Dec 17, 2009
    Cant bat to save their lives these people. Should rather retire from cricket and open a pan shop in their respective areas. If you cant freaking build an innings together you cant freaking do anything. Galli k bowlers they cant play, story of our lives.

    I was following the game and we were like 100 odd from 1 or 2 down. Saw in news that we lost by 76 runs. There is a thing called TEAM. It wont matter if we have razzaq or hammad or anyone else. We would still loose because these people hardly talk to each other regarding building an innings. Im telling you they enter the ground thinking about their respective innings/careers and team means jack shit to them when they have the willow in their hands. Thats why we have a player like afridi as our senior most player.
  10. saquib

    saquib Youngsta Beauty

    Sep 19, 2010
    From the beginning I was not in favor of Hafeez as ODI n T20 opening batsman, and they made him captain which was quite disappointing for me, going into wt20 with him as opener, we dont have any chance.. Yeah he has played some innings in past n helped our team but when we looked at that he mostly played good innings against minnows or 1 or 2 after a long run against good teams... In todays time we need good attacking opening pair.. We need to try out good attacking openers in both formats like Shehzad, Jamshed etc. But to give them long run we need good solid middle order... During the time of afridi we had middle order likes of Inzi and MoYo or to some extent Younis who controlled the innings after early fall... We never counted afridi's wicket as an opener we knew if he will come good it will be one sided affair for us... Like in todays game, Azhar was free flowing from the start and Hafeez was just like a wastage as he always is... He could have taken pressure off from Azhar and counter attacked which could surely sent SL into shells... He never delivered for us especially during chase.. either he falls early and eat up balls which adds more pressure to our more ball eater middle orders... I just want to make a line that we need good attacking openers then only we could chase down easily... May be not Shehzad or Jamshed but anyone who is good at it... We are in big trouble in terms of batting it needs to be sorted out... For God sake leave Hafeez from T20 captaincy n make some aggresive captain....
  11. sheikh

    sheikh Emerging Player

    May 10, 2010
    I think its time for younis to call time on his ODI career. Umar akmal should move up the order to number 3.....and bring in asad shafiq. Afridi cannot be considered as an all-rounder anymore. He must be treated as a specialist bowler only....therefore we lack a pure all-rounder. We also require a wicket keeper batsman...without one, the ODI side will never be balanced. Kamran Akmal should return since he is the best we've got...(Sarfraz dropped catches as well so its pointless...kamran can do the same and make some quick runs)
  12. iZeeshan

    iZeeshan Whispering Death

    May 22, 2012
    It's a depressing state of affairs for Pakistan at the moment.

    If the bowling comes off, we'll win. If it doesn't we'll lose. That batting line up is just atrocious.
  13. 1137moiz

    1137moiz Tracer Bullet

    Jun 30, 2011
    I wouldnae pull out all the stops but Mohammad Hafeez's position with the bat needs to be reconsidered, Younus Khan needs to be dropped for Shafiq/Salahuddin/Shehzad/some other laddie buck, and the keeper needs to start delivering afore this series is done.

    Ideally I'd have this liddle lot in say an upcoming series:

    Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal
  14. AZK

    AZK Emerging Player

    Mar 3, 2010
    the umpires once again screwed us big time, both Misbah and Umar decisions were terrible.

    Azhar's needs to work on his game against the spinners.

    Younis and Hafeez, the less said the better.

    FAIZAN KHAN Youngsta Beauty

    May 10, 2012
    i liked only azhars game in the match
  16. Fawad

    Fawad Sultan of Swing

    Sep 1, 2010
    Still pondering on exactly what Sami did to get dropped. *facepalm*

    Edit: Just remembered he had a minor injury or something, nvm.

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