26 July, 2014 / Ramazan 27, 1435

Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series against Pakistan by winning the second match by 76 runs. Man-of-the-match Thisara Perera took six wickets for 44 runs, the best figures for a Sri Lankan bowler against Pakistan, after Tilikaratne Dilshan took the hosts to 280-4. Pakistan were dismissed for 204 despite a heroic ODI best score of 96 from Azhar Ali. – Photos by AFP, AP and Reuters

Pakistani fans in the crowd at Pallekele ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani fans in the crowd at Pallekele ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was the highest scorer after Azhar, as the Pakistani batting collapsed. ? Photo by Reuters
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was the highest scorer after Azhar, as the Pakistani batting collapsed. ? Photo by Reuters
Thisara Perera celebrates with captain Mahela Jayawardene after taking six wickets that brought Sri Lanka victory. ? Photo by AFP
Thisara Perera celebrates with captain Mahela Jayawardene after taking six wickets that brought Sri Lanka victory. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistani and Sri Lankan players shake hands at the end of the second ODI. The next match will be played on Wednesday in Colombo. ? Photo by Reuters
Pakistani and Sri Lankan players shake hands at the end of the second ODI. The next match will be played on Wednesday in Colombo. ? Photo by Reuters
The match got under way in overcast conditions in Pallekele ? Photo by AFP
The match got under way in overcast conditions in Pallekele ? Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka got off to a good start with Tilikaratne Dilshan scoring a few quick boundaries. ? Photo by AFP
Sri Lanka got off to a good start with Tilikaratne Dilshan scoring a few quick boundaries. ? Photo by AFP
Tilikaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga walk off as play is interrupted by rain. ? Photo by AP
Tilikaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga walk off as play is interrupted by rain. ? Photo by AP
Upul Tharanga was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir and then Kumar Sangakkara was caught-and-bowled by Mohammad Hafeez. ? Photo by AP
Upul Tharanga was dismissed by Sohail Tanvir and then Kumar Sangakkara was caught-and-bowled by Mohammad Hafeez. ? Photo by AP
Tilikaratne Dilshan scored his 13th ODI hundred for Sri Lanka. ? Photo by AFP
Tilikaratne Dilshan scored his 13th ODI hundred for Sri Lanka. ? Photo by AFP
Dinesh Chandimal provided support to Tilikaratne Dilshan. ? Photo by Reuters
Dinesh Chandimal provided support to Tilikaratne Dilshan. ? Photo by Reuters
Shahd Afridi dismissed Chandimal, lbw, for 32. ? Photo by AP
Shahd Afridi dismissed Chandimal, lbw, for 32. ? Photo by AP
Thisara Perera caught Mohammad Hafeez brilliantly off his own bowling to give Sri Lanka their first wicket. ? Photo by AFP
Thisara Perera caught Mohammad Hafeez brilliantly off his own bowling to give Sri Lanka their first wicket. ? Photo by AFP
Azhar Ali was dropped by Kumar Sangakkara. ? Photo by AFP
Azhar Ali was dropped by Kumar Sangakkara. ? Photo by AFP
Saeed Ajmal then removed Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene but not before he scored 53 runs. ? Photo by AFP
Saeed Ajmal then removed Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene but not before he scored 53 runs. ? Photo by AFP
Azhar Ali was bowled for 96 by Nuwan Kulasekara. ? Photo by AFP
Azhar Ali was bowled for 96 by Nuwan Kulasekara. ? Photo by AFP
Azhar walks back after failing to complete his first ODI century and taking Pakistan home. ? Photo by Reutets
Azhar walks back after failing to complete his first ODI century and taking Pakistan home. ? Photo by Reutets

Comments (6) (Closed)


mian Riaz
Jun 11, 2012 02:16am
Mr. Ali Sami injured his index finger of his right hand.
zee
Jun 11, 2012 12:41pm
well i think thats not the case some of seniors are consistently failing and they dont wanna sit and take rest may be so that jrs can show their abilities. One of which Azhar Ali did. There is simply no reason not to play Razzaq and Hammad Azam both should be in the playing 11. Also batting has been failing consistently we need to find better players. Umar Akmal is not a true replacement of Inzi or Yousuf so we need to keep looking for better optioins.
sumbal
Jun 10, 2012 08:36am
sami got injured
umair
Jun 09, 2012 06:36pm
Pathetic performance! Pakistani batsmen never learn from their mistakes. Our batsmen are just pathetic. Whenever the bowling doesn't work, the team loses. When the bowling work, the team wins. Please get rid of Younis Khan. He is just a burden on the team. His average is just in the early 30's.Instead bring in Asad Shafiq, who has been quite consistent. What was the point of playing Rahat when Sami was performing well?
ashok k. bhatia
Jun 10, 2012 12:18am
I don't think it is a right approach of start condemning the players after one defeat.If that was a right thing to do then Sangakara, jaivardhanay,sehwag ,Gambhir should have long been gone from their teams.I don't understand why Cricket in India and Pakistan is played like a war instead of a sports ? When ever pakistan players failed to perform in a game the people who some time have no knowledge the sports want to hang their captain or some other scapegoat for a loss.. I think if failure in a match was a criteria for keeping in a team then A. Ali should not be in the team and I think it would have been a big mistake and Pakistan would have been big injustice to the youngster who is a terrific opner and a great find for pakistan.
ali
Jun 10, 2012 12:50am
i agree, younus performance is very poor he should be replaced by an allroundrer. Surprizinglly, why Sami was replced when he bowled so well with less runs given. Selectors should use common sense and their head instead of favortism.Hope selectors will learn from their mistakes. But what good these comments/suggestions will do when merit is not the first choice of selectors