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Herath spins Sri Lanka into World T20 final


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Mohammad Hafeez scored 42 runs for Pakistan but it wasn't enough to take them past the Sri Lankan total of 139. – Photo by Reuters
Mohammad Hafeez scored 42 runs for Pakistan but it wasn't enough to take them past the Sri Lankan total of 139. – Photo by Reuters

COLOMBO: Veteran spinner Rangana Herath grabbed 3-25 to lift hosts Sri Lanka into the World Twenty20 final with a 16-run victory over Pakistan in Colombo on Thursday.


Sri Lanka, restricted to 139-4 after electing to bat, hit back to keep Pakistan down to 123-7 in a thrilling semi-final before 35,000 screaming fans at the Premadasa stadium.

Herath, the 34-year-old left-arm spinner playing only his sixth T20 international, was supported by two wickets each from seamer Angelo Mathews and unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis.

It was Sri Lanka's second appearance in the World Twenty20 final, having lost to Pakistan in the 2009 title clash at Lord's.

It was also the first time in four editions of the tournament that began in 2007 that a host country had made it past the semi-final round.

Rival captains Mahela Jayawardene and Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for their teams with 42 each, but the other batsmen struggled to force the pace on a sluggish pitch that hampered stroke-making.

“I think we were about 15 runs short although 140 was a par score on this wicket,” said Jayawardene.

“We made quite a few mistakes in the field but that did not cost us a great deal.”

Jayawardene said he decided to play Herath in place of Akila Dananjaya because Pakistan were reputed to be weak against left-arm spin.

“It was a tough call to keep out Dananjaya on his birthday, but we all know what a champion bowler Herath is. He has delivered when the team needs him most and he did the same again today.”

Hafeez said the loss of quick wickets in the middle overs cost Pakistan the game.

“It was disappointing not to have a partnership going because 140 was certainly gettable on this pitch,” he said.

“But I am still proud of my players because as a team we played well in the tournament. If anything needs to be worked on, it is the way we chase targets.

We need to plan a way to get where we want to.”

Sri Lanka wasted a sound start to plod to 123-4 in 19 overs, before Thisara Perera smashed three boundaries in the final over of seamer Umar Gul, which realised 16 runs -- ultimately the margin of victory.

Pakistan's openers Hafeez and Imran Nazir began the reply on a confident note, putting on 31 for the first wicket in six overs.

Mendis, brought on to send down the sixth over, broke the stand with the last delivery by bowling Nazir for 20.

Pakistan moved to 55-1 in the ninth over when Mathews grabbed two wickets in four balls to swing the match Sri Lanka's way.

Mathews first had Nasir Jamshed leg-before -- an unfortunate dismissal for the batsman since replays showed the ball pitch outside the leg-stump -- before getting Kamran Akmal caught at mid-wicket.

In the next over, Herath bowled new batsman Shoaib Malik for six to leave Pakistan tottering at 64-4 in 11 overs.

Hafeez, dropped by Lasith Malinga on 24, added 18 more runs when he was stumped off Herath, who then bowled Shahid Afridi first ball.

Earlier, Sri Lankan openers Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 63 in 10 overs, a slow start by Twenty20 standards but crucial nevertheless with their team having all their wickets in hand.

Jayawardene liberally employed the reverse sweep during his knock 36-ball 42, but was caught at fine-leg while attempting the same shot off Afridi.

Dilshan was unusually subdued during his innings, taking 43 balls to score 35 with the help of three boundaries.

Australia and the West Indies will clash in the second semi-final on Friday. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Comments (145) Closed

Ch.subba Rao Oct 05, 2012 04:01pm
as i said earlier pakistan batting is very weak and unless batting improves pakistan can not take on big teams
Neo Oct 05, 2012 03:02pm
well partially agree with you... its not the best team in T-20 for sure..
Umar Oct 04, 2012 08:45pm
Stop blaming umpire. You loose. you loose.
LOC1947 Oct 04, 2012 08:20pm
reality of pakistan!!! :-0 pak fans were so happy wen india was its dr turn....TITFOR TAT!!!!
efti Oct 04, 2012 08:39pm
Main culprit in pakistan defeat is their Captain, Hafeez. Pakistan only needs 7/over and he comes out of the crease to play that kind of shot. It was straight ball and he missed and this was the turning point. Before that he should have send Shoaib Malik after Nasire Jamshed got out After Malik it should have been Umar Akmal, Afridi and then Kamran Akmal. At the end there were too many balls to hit but there was no body to hit over the boundary lines. Wrong strategy on Hafeez part and wrong shot for him to get out at that time. If he would have stayed there for 20 more runs, Pakistan would have crossed the winning line. Umar Gul needs some intelligence lessons. Seriously, some body needs to tell him that when you have 40 runs to score in 14 balls, you hit the ball, not left the ball.
Genius Oct 05, 2012 05:05am
Umer Akmal and Shoaib Malik are the real bad performer in this T20 worldcup for Pakistan. They should be penalised and must not represent Pakistan any further. Shoaib Malik throughout the series scores 37,7,9,12,28,4,6 ....not even a single fifty he should left international cricket forever. Umer Akamal scores at 2,10,23,43,21,9,29 ... having no fifty and poor poor strike rate. The big problem with him is the attitude of Misbha he has with batting he has not have capability to increase sttrike rate and too much dot ball playing is his biggest mistake, besides this he hasnot have the capability to play with tail ender and a bad finisher, every now and than in last few overs he just give a single to a tail ender and enforce tail ender to hit boundry rather than striking self. We have the example of match against south Africa where all the responsibility lies on Umer Gul to finish the game and he (umer Akmal) played 43 with 42 ball preety much selfish attitude as Misbah approach. He should have to left the Internation Cricket too for the sake of Pakistan.
SJay Oct 05, 2012 05:01am
There is no luck. Improve your game. Period
Khurram Oct 05, 2012 05:00am
No point blaming Afridi. He is a good bowler. He can't be blamed for his batting. The overall problem is we lack quality batsman who can play longer innings at good strike rate.
SJay Oct 05, 2012 05:04am
still building castles in the air. Grow up and improve your game. Your team went out of the game before the semis. Needs bigger improvement.
impala Oct 05, 2012 02:16am
He has been useless for long while now.
impala Oct 05, 2012 02:18am
Mr Santosh Pakistan was lucky to be in semis but, India were simply not good enough to be there.
impala Oct 05, 2012 02:16am
Azhar (Pakistani) Oct 05, 2012 02:12am
I wish Sri Lanka lift the trophy cause they are better team.......
Sajid Oct 05, 2012 02:07am
Gull last over with 16 runs at the end made the difference...
Azhar (Pakistani) Oct 05, 2012 02:07am
Our team is for sure better than India. There is no Q about it. However, I agree that we must send Afridi home. He is disaster. He should have scored at least 20 to save the match. His overall performance as he too agreed was pathetic and not up to the mark. Sri Lanka Spin was superb and I congratulate Sri Lanka to win the game and wish they win the world cup. Our all support and prayers are with SL team. Well done Sri Lanka! Best of luck.
jasus Oct 05, 2012 02:03am
totally agree with you!
jasus Oct 05, 2012 02:05am
correct! that is the truth, pure luck let pakis in semis!
porkchop Oct 05, 2012 02:01am
How long you can ride on luck?? India should be there in semi finals, pure luck got pakis through, they don't deserve to be in semis!
umar Oct 05, 2012 01:55am
Please do not blam to umpire. This is not true.
Yawar Oct 05, 2012 01:53am
I cant understand the logic behind selecting the team and the batting order. The batsmen in best form, Umer Akmal and Nasir Jamshed should bat together on top of the order. And why did Sohail Tanvir bat before Umer Gul? Is that why Umer Gul did not show the agresssion Pakistan needed after Tanvir got out? Too many questions. It is time we put some brains behind the team.
sunny Oct 05, 2012 01:47am
Something never changes This is Pakistani cricket team -- superlative one day, ordinary and self-destructive on another day. BTW, I am an Indian fan and was rooting for Pakistan. Why? They produce great cricketers by the truck-loads, but do not know how to win crunch matches.
WorldCupDreamShattered Oct 05, 2012 01:31am
Eventually you are out of the World Cup... No matter how intelligently you played against Australia
suman Oct 05, 2012 01:37am
come on guyss this is cricket and in the cricket anything can happen in anytime, no need to take any kind of mentally pressure .... more cricket coming soon so just enjoy ..... congratz shri lankan team for their final berth...
WorldCupDreamShattered Oct 05, 2012 01:28am
Poor team, they somehow managed to get into the Semis, but Sri Lanka the rightfully deserving candidate goes to Finals. Pakistan team does not have what a Genuine World Champ is all about.
Abhishek Oct 05, 2012 01:19am
absolutely correct... i think Afridi is not understanding his game... what is there role in the team... once in blue moon he become a hero... then after he is a useless baggage with team. if selector give that amount of time to any youngster he will also perform and become a asset to the team... right now he is liability on Pakistani cricket team like Sewag in India.
modd Oct 05, 2012 01:15am
Pakistans batting is pathetic .Srilankans deserved this victory as they are a better team. Afridi should resign immediately.
SJay Oct 05, 2012 05:11am
India is not the best team either. That's why it couldn't even make to semis. Both Pakistan and India need to improve their game
Irshad.Ahmad Oct 05, 2012 01:12am
Razzaq is really a experienced and an excellent allrounder,,,It surprieses me when he showed away to Auastralia in the last game,suddenly he is droped in the important and a crucial match.I hope pakistan board should learn some lesson from the BCCI
haleema dheen Oct 05, 2012 01:03am
pakistan, so sad. why did they keep taking afridi, when he failed in every match. If Afridi loves his country, he should have withdrawn, knowing well he cannot bat. Umar gul giving 16 runs, cost the game. nasir jamshed given out and umar akmal should be shown the door, one or two matches he does ok, and important game does not think and bat. Subhanalla. I think Hafeez is good captain, but he cannot keep praising his team, when simple things they did not do well. May Allah guide them. ameen
Shankar Oct 05, 2012 12:34am
I think Pakistan did not play to their full potential yesterday. 9 out of 10 times this team would have easily chased down 140 runs with an over to spare. I was hoping Afridi would click yesterday and silence all critics, unfortunately it did not happen. Pakistan is a very young and exciting team. They have been playing without the home advantage for years now. That they have come this far in itself is something great! I request Pakistan to stop all witch hunt and give the young team an encouraging a pat in the back!
Sakib Oct 04, 2012 07:26pm
Why was Razzak dropped??? This is politics. Afridi was not dropped. Shoaib Malik was not dropped but the player who performed was dropped. So to stay in the Pakistan team one needs to make sure that they are not performing. Can someone answer this.
abc Oct 04, 2012 07:23pm
yes. Winning or loosing is a part of game. however, the way they selected to bat after winning the toss against India. where it is a known fact, that Indian batting are capable of chasing any total in any format of the game. also, the way they dropped the most potent player in the team, Razzak. Pakistan chose to loose the matches deliberately. It all looks, that the Pakistan captain might have been lured by the match fixers. this angle needs to be checked by PCB: It is just my opinion and observation.
Sandeep SIngh Oct 04, 2012 06:12pm
Luck was there on both occasion...Period
Raffi Oct 04, 2012 06:18pm
Could not agree with you more. I being a Pakistani supported my team but I think West Indies , NZL and Sri Lanka are the best looking sides. Now I am hoping windies win tomorrow. At least agony and anxiety phase has gone and now i can focus on other things
guggan Oct 04, 2012 06:33pm
You must be an indian fan. Indians can never accept that they lost but instead keep looking for other things to blame. They can also never accept the fact that Pakistan can actually win from Australia. Shame on you!
Musthak Oct 04, 2012 06:34pm
dawn when is Pakistan next series please update. Guys any body knows means update
zafar malik Oct 05, 2012 02:34am
we must have a thorough soul-searching.imran nazir,kamran akmal,shahid afridi & shoaib malik should voluntarily retire ,if not they should be sacked.also Ms.Firdaus Ashiq Awan should also be sacked who forcefully got selected shoaib malik.selection should be done purely on merit.plenty of players with potentilaeaalavailabee
khan Oct 05, 2012 02:39am
i do not think so pak played good game aganist aust. Aust. planed everything pak team is worthless i do not rember they win any game they should. the way pak player was getting out was laughable, does not look profisional player look like player from high school. i will be better than afridi for sure and i even did not play cricket from last 10 to 15 yrs.
SM Oct 05, 2012 02:49am
Well done Srilanka. It is just a cricket my dear. Donot raise your blood pressure. Take care.
David Oct 05, 2012 04:10am
Why dont you say the old adage now ..".LUCK FAVOURS THE BRAVE"
impala Oct 05, 2012 04:10am
And even luck has betrayed India on every occasion.
SJay Oct 05, 2012 04:59am
Well done Sri Lanka. Happy now?
Muhammad Rizwan Oct 04, 2012 08:23pm
Pakistan should think of inducing some new raw talent in to the team, Imran Nazir+Afridi+ Razzak+Malik are spent forces sooner or later they have to go. I think pakistan Cricket Academy should sent its young raw battesman to Australian Academy for training for at least one year and then give the guys chance in international team. Spinners are good but i am afraid we are loosing ground in fast bowling department , no new faces after Gul ! . I know Asif + Amir got banned due to their activites but our acedmy should bring new talent. Last but not least Hafeez was gracious enough to accept the defeat and say that better team win , although he could have made the case of crumbling pitch which did changed in second innings. On the contarary the Indian Captain chose to blame the rain of couple of miniutes for their loss and eventual exit from Super Eight. Hafeez u did made us proud
Umar Oct 04, 2012 08:22pm
Cricket is not one man show. Need team work. And there is nothing to see it.
mehroz Oct 04, 2012 08:31pm
yeah pakistan get what he did , as always it is shows an unpredictable result today, as everyone was expecting a victory against sri lanka , but what we can say it was a bad luck indeed
JJ Oct 05, 2012 07:43am
Sri Lanka played with a strategy. Pakistani captain did not have one. It
Sy3d Oct 04, 2012 09:06pm
Well at least Dawn poll was right !!! a lo of us said yes, but then I said no cause reaching semis is not a "yes" unless you make it finals. 139 is a low score but then like someone said, it's not the same team anymore it used to be. RIP Afridi & thanks for not contributing anything but just taking up a space for a player who could play.
Raffi Oct 04, 2012 09:03pm
.Never stop supporting your National Heroes.. This is how we can pay back to the amazing services & pride they gave to our beloved Pakistan ! I am Afridi. I am Imran. I am Wasim. I am Waqar. I am the Final at Melbourne. I am the Final at Lord's. I am Asian Champion. I am the Last Ball at Sharjah. I am the Inventor of the Doosra. I am inventor of the Reverse Swing. I am the Sultan of Swing. When they wouldn't let me play at home, I drifted wherever I could. I am the Cornered Tiger. I am the Fastest Ball. I am the Quickest Hundred. I am the Biggest Six. I am the Shattered Stumps. I am the Aggression. I am the Passion. I am the Nightmare between wickets. I am the 100 miles/hr Rawalpindi Express. I am the Boom Boom. I am the Bang Bang. I am the Professor. I am the Fauji. I am the Unpredictable. I am the 175 Million Hearts. I AM CRICKET
asif Oct 05, 2012 03:26am
They need to throw Afridi out from the team.He should be banned from playing any kind of cricket now. Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal Umar gul need to be dropped for ever.
Nishat Oct 05, 2012 03:21am
How this team ever wins! They can't make 130-140 runs. Entire team bats one way - swing or miss, all bowlers bowl 'intelligent' bowls, everyone drops catches, they leak runs in field and miss runs while running. How this team ever wins! Fluke, fluke, fluke!.
Jameel from Pakistan Oct 05, 2012 04:14am
The time Nasir Jamshed was given out "WRONGLY", that was the turning point of the game. Inexperienced umpire to blame for the loss. Will umpire be held responsible for his wrong decision. Will his fee be cut 50% for the wrong decision? Umar Akmal should have been sent for batting at no. 4 or 5. He is capable of scoring runs but he could do too little too late to keep the pace due to limited overs in hand. No doubt Afridi played a major role in demolishing the game and the winning moral and attitude. Good Luck Sri Lanka for the good performance and wish Sri Lank lift T20 Trophy.
Shankar Oct 05, 2012 12:26am
This proves that conspiracy theories are not the forte of Pakistan alone. Indians seem to be better at it.
dhaval Oct 05, 2012 04:44am
atleast india won against you and gave our nation a reason to rejoice...wat did pak giv to its nation ..another semifinal defeat
Jey Oct 05, 2012 04:38am
More or less I would say its the typical 'OZ' plot. The OZs knew that if India were to be in semis, they would have to face India in the finals again.
dilshad Oct 05, 2012 04:21am
brother am an Indian. bad luck for pakistan.I think Afridi should be thrown from team he is good for nothing he don't know how to play after so much international games he has played.
Anil Oct 05, 2012 03:52am
Well played pakistan but Sri lanka was better team yesterday !!!
Truth Oct 05, 2012 03:38am
We all know how Pakistan got hammered by India yet again on Sunday. If not for Aussies Pakistan would have packed their bags long ago! The most overhyped team with below average batsman! Afridi can sell eggs with all his ducks, unmarked Akmal can only remove his helmet and pray that bat hits the ball and Imran Nazir only know how to swipe! If not for unmarked gul, they would have lost miserably against South Africa also..go get a life and real about your team!
Amit S [India] Oct 05, 2012 03:34am
Had expected a lot from yesterday's semi final touted as the battle of the spinners. In the end the match turned out to be a damp squib. I don't have any soft corner for Pakistan or support their ideologies but due credit must be given where it is deserved. They have really played as a 'TEAM' and the word team is of utmost importance out here. They showed some true grit & determination in adverse situations. Their fielding is mediocre, batting is avg but all that is compensated by their world class bowling unit. For some odd reason I fail to understand as to why the Pak mgmt is against Abdul Razzaq who playes T20 cricket world over but does not find a place in the Pak playing XI. Afridi's days are numbered and now is the right time for him to hang his boots gracefully before the Pak mgmt takes that decision. Anyways now wish Windies sweep aside the Aussies and lift the trophy.
Truth Oct 05, 2012 03:33am
He can be useful for selling eggs with all his eggs and for cleaning with all his swipes in the air!! Most overhyped player in the world.
JohnJ Oct 05, 2012 03:26am
Sri Lanka played with a strategy. Pakistani captain did not have one. It
mmymasood Oct 04, 2012 06:59pm
Oh man you are still angry, let me help you, Well Done Srilanka.
mmymasood Oct 04, 2012 06:58pm
Pakistan reached in semi final with his bowling side not by luck. Furthermore, by beating Australia with such a great margin Pakistan Knocked out India indirectly.
mmymasood Oct 04, 2012 06:56pm
Afridi is really over, and the Captain hafeez is not suitable for T20.
mmymasood Oct 04, 2012 06:56pm
yes, after this type of match Pakistan team official should must modify the team and there will be a good and tough match.
rehan Oct 04, 2012 06:55pm
hafeez dropped razzaq
Mohammed Oct 04, 2012 06:46pm
Now, it's umpiring decision against one player which cost the game, what an ridiculous excuse. Let's see what excuse, SL's have on Sunday.
sayeed Oct 04, 2012 06:44pm
some questions need answers. Shahid Afridi and Shoab Mallik.What are they doing here? Why is Razzak on the bench? Have the captain & coach heard of rotating the bowlers? Saad
Bib Oct 05, 2012 05:46am
well played Srilanka & Hard luck Pakistan.immature shot selections & a pour decision made srilanka through !
Abhishek Oct 05, 2012 05:43am
After India lost, I prayed Pakistan should win the WC. But when i read comments by Pakistanies on Indian website I changed the wish.
Noorani Oct 05, 2012 05:42am
We all are so quick in demanding accountability of a team of eleven players and wish to send everyone packing, why then do we tolerate continuously for years on the established & recognized corrupt legislators and do not demand similar accountability of them.
Mohsin Khan Oct 05, 2012 05:24am
India played well but rules are rules my indian mates. You cant say that Pakistan reached semis by luck they had also won 4 out of 5 matches as do India. As far as semi is concerned....pure captaincy had cost them a match. Umar akmal should come before elder akmal as he has a potential of run chase by taking 2's and a odd boundary in an over. I like the Virat's chase for india against any opponent. He never tries to take 15 runs in an over ..jus concentrate on knocking around and take singals and 1 odd boundary in an over. thats how target is chased. Any ways well played lankans!! Now hoping to get rid of all old guns from Pakistan team and fresh blood should be inducted in likes of Junaid khan, hammad azam, zia ulhaq, asad shafiq etc in the sqaud and prepare for WC 2015.
greatiamtoo Oct 05, 2012 05:28am
for me the tournament ended the day india beat pakistan.
Hello1 Oct 05, 2012 06:29am
Wrong field placement in the death overs, especially the lst one coupled with chronic failure of people like Afridi led to Pakistan's downfall. They remain an erratic and unreliable bunch of individuals nota cohesive well knit team.
Mohammad Raza Oct 04, 2012 07:21pm
I think there was nothing wrong with the bowling. It was the pressure that an international team must take. Added to that was the hype and baseless confidence from Pak camp. They do not deserve winning a game if cannot get a mere 140 runs target. Good that they lost. A deserving team is on it's course of winning the cup.
Mohammad Raza Oct 04, 2012 07:16pm
Very well done - Sri Lanka. Really nice to see a deserving team progressing forward. Wish Sri Lanka wins the cup. An example of team play and effort.
mmymasood Oct 04, 2012 06:54pm
Good to see your great thinking man,
MKB Oct 05, 2012 07:52am
My comment is the repetation of earlier Dawn head line. Thank you Srilanka.
Syed Oct 04, 2012 06:51pm
I am actually now wondering what would this team do against india on indian tour with this mental fitness where real crowd turns up and pressure mounts 3 times lol...
WellWisher Oct 04, 2012 06:50pm
my suggestion to to keep your suggestions to yourself please... and learn to spell ppl name's right...its Wasim Akram..not Waseem! Cheers!
Syed Oct 04, 2012 06:48pm
Yeh i agree there biggest issue is they panic in pressure situations , cant believe its the same pakistan team who used to thrill everyone when they used to walk in ground with wasim , waqar and shoaib A and opens in the light of saeed anwar and aamir sohail with inzy to follow... yup i agree old horses has to leave now to compete against tough opponents.
Syed Oct 04, 2012 06:39pm
i totally agree with Rajesh .. this has been a debate of sending U Akmal up the order but seems like they have different plans which is clearly not working
Rajesh Gupta Oct 04, 2012 06:26pm
No, your assessment is totally wrong. Pakistan being a good team, but today's match they'd played as an ordinary team. The total could have achieved, had Hafeez sent the U.Akmal much before. Anyway, I hope Pakistan selector will not send inexperienced team to India, otherwise it would be waste for both the sides? Con. to S.Lankan team.
vasist Oct 04, 2012 06:25pm
why cant you now say WELL DONE SRILANKA, if it is WELL DONE SOUTH AFRICA.
Ashish Mittal Oct 04, 2012 06:25pm
You are always called Loser especially against India. My only advice for Pakistanis to change your team mates and invite youngsters. It will really nice to see the killing instinct again in Pakistan team which they had at the time of Imran Khan and Waseem Akram.
ahmed Oct 04, 2012 06:24pm
nasir jamshed out is a turning points in the match. wrong decision?
Janan Oct 04, 2012 06:36pm
I no longer watch cricket since cricketers become satta baaz, however I would say like any other sporting event winning and loosing is part of game. May be next time.
Dawar Naqvi Oct 04, 2012 09:35pm
Sri Lanka played better. Our team was not selected on merit. Kamran Akmal , Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazeer, Sohail Tanweer, Yasir Arfat , Abdul Razzak should be out from the team as soon as possible. Anwar Ali was a hero of under 19 world cup in 2006, Pakistan won the tournament due to his performance but never had a chance to play for Pakistan.Now they changed his bowling style. Asad Shafiq is a best bastman but they kept him in the dressing room, Why???? Fawad Alam plays better than Malik and Afridi. If Shahzeb Hasan, Khalid Latif , Fawad Alam, Sami, Asad Shafiq plays only one match bad they are out from team, Why same people are giving continuous chances to Malik, Afridi, Imran Nazeer, Kamran Akmal and Yasir Arfat.
Musthak Oct 04, 2012 06:12pm
Today umpire give wrong out to Jamshed. That is turning point. Icc pls send experience umpire like Simon Taufel. Today another umpire was waste. From one wrong decision one game totally changed.
a Oct 04, 2012 06:11pm
That's a whole load of crap. Pakistan played a very intelligent match to beat Australia exploiting their weakness against spin.
Truth Oct 04, 2012 06:08pm
In the end justice is done, a very ordinairy Pakistani team`s run of generous luck finally runs out. Shahid Afridi has been nothing short of a national disgrace. The Pakistani skipper time and again trys to fool the opposition that he has a world class spin attack. Against India Saeed Ajmal was reminescent of a local club bowler hammered to all parts of the ground.
s.m.mustafa Oct 04, 2012 06:08pm
horrible to watch the pakis when they were chasing. same old story. the burden of the team afridi should retire now if not then he must show the door for ever. still not understand why razzaq was droped after batting so beautifully in last game. did hafeez or the management want to loose the match. if not then why they drop razzaq. can pccb take strong action against hafeez ? now all is over so pccb should renovate the team and bring some new and talented players. one thing is very clear that present players are bunch of shameless people. only soloution is that most of these present players kick out from the team. and replace by youngsters. one thing is very clear that you cant expect afridi, tanveer, nazeer, shoib, sami, and few others will improve because they dont want to perform in crunch time. so its better they should show the door for ever.
Malik- Aus Oct 04, 2012 06:07pm
Pakistan cant chase 140, they are not worth champion... i dont know why HAfeez keeps Umar Akmal to come at number 6 when he know he is the only one who can win us matches... i dont think they understand the game well.... first of all i was surprised with keeping Razzaq out and Tanvir in, ok he did bowl well but why keeping umar akmal on the dugout until match is out of hand.... he is the only one wins matches single handedly.... what a shame we could not chase 140... shame on team, captain and afridi... time to heads roll out.......
bilal Oct 04, 2012 06:07pm
very poor show.. glad the best teams went to finals. I feel india should have been in finals.
Musthak Oct 04, 2012 06:07pm
dont blame umar gul. Again SA he only bat well. And in this match he bowl well he did his job well. In final over Hafeez dont knw how to set field for perara. Hafeez waste captain and afridi pls you retired
raja hindustani Oct 04, 2012 06:03pm
Hard Luck Pakistan...!!! But Srilanka palyed better cricket than Srilanka deserve this victory.
VRM Oct 04, 2012 06:01pm
No offence meant, however, Pakistan was lucky to have played in the semi final. Like India, they have players who are past their prime. It is high time that both countries induct fresh blood into their respective teams, T20 is a very different kettle of fish, where agility and nimbleness is the key to success. Good Luck to Sri Lanka in the final. Hope the trophy stays in South Asia,
Saad Oct 04, 2012 06:01pm
hahaha...atleast they played semi final. and why do you say it was back door entry. They won 2 games, beat Aus handsomely, didn't get hammered like India did against Aus. India was close to losing to Afghanistan. Get a life and grow up.
Musthak Oct 04, 2012 06:01pm
hafeez showed immatured. In one situation pak need 49 runs from 36 balls its achieve able but hafeez did mistake. If he not come out frm greeze means pak may win. Hafeez watch dhoni batting and he not get panic and not give presure to opposite batsman but in the begining itself u giving presur to opp batsman. Pls don't be a captain. And advise to afridi to retire
jd shami Oct 04, 2012 06:01pm
Afridi gotta go. he is useless for Pak at this time.
shahid Oct 04, 2012 06:00pm
Winning or loosing is a part of game but the way Pakistani team loose, it raises several doubts regarding their foolish decisions and mistakes. For example, dropping Razaaq, keep electing Afridi and Malik even they are not their in forms, slow start by Hafeez during Pakistan innings by playing dot balls etc.
Aamir Oct 04, 2012 05:58pm
I think Pakistan did ok, they got the jitters. Sri Lanka played a better game. They kept their cool. Pakistan certainly deserved to play in the Semi Final. Afterall, we beat Austraila. The rules were very clear before the T-20 start so if your team wanted to play the semi final they should have won all their games. Unlike you guys I enjoy cricket. Best of Luck Sri lanka, West Indies and Austraila!!!
manghirmalani Oct 05, 2012 12:12am
Sri Lanka , you did excellent job- congratulations
Aamir Nawaid Oct 05, 2012 12:02am
Well done SL. They were a better side today. As far as we are concerned, we did not have a regular batsman in the team. We believe T20 is the game of senseless hitting. This is why we did not have any regular batsmen. On the other hand, SL relied on its regular batsmen who carved out a well planned innings. We also lack a genuine wicketkeeper who can take catches. I believe that a genuine wicketkeeper must not be sacrificed for a comparatively poorer wicketkeeper cum batsmen. Lastly, the captaincy throughout the tournament was substandard and not aggressive enough to steal the initiative from the opponent. Hafeez lack leadership, intelligent decision making and attacking attitude.
Chen Oct 04, 2012 11:49pm
Congrats Pakistan, Even after your fate let you in the semifinals with the support of other two teams against The Champions Indian Team... you proved you are good for nothing...
N.Zaidi ( California ) Oct 04, 2012 11:03pm
MR singh graps are sour so dont cry dont worry about pakistani team, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD GEEVAY PAKISTAN
Shrikant Oct 04, 2012 10:54pm
where was the intelligence gone in Semi-final or when Pak was playing against India?
kirtherSG Oct 04, 2012 10:50pm
Win or loose is part of the game but one must learn from past mistakes which Pakistan has not done, again selection issue, Sohail Tanweer has passed his peak and not even given good performance in this t20 world cup, why Abdul Razzak was not given preference specially when considering that he is a world class all rounder-- this is a non professional attitude.
Perali Oct 04, 2012 10:50pm
Pakistan should play more games with afghanistan in pakistan, so they can get to the final for the next world cup.since no team will play in pakistan, they should invite afghanistan and play bilateral games
a khan Oct 04, 2012 10:32pm
why would leave out in form batsman and a hitter Razzaq, these guys can not bat afridi should retire and let the new guys take over. hafeez is not a leader.
HawaHawai Oct 04, 2012 10:20pm
Thats why Aussies thrown up their match to Pakistan. They knew they can't go ahead from there. If India would be in Semis... It was really tough for them to beat.
Rajesh Oct 04, 2012 10:21pm
I am Indian, but can feel your pain. Which is why I wasn't too disappointed that India had been knocked out. Losing in the semifinals is more painful than missing out on net run rate.
Asif Khan Oct 04, 2012 10:00pm
If Pakistan wants to win in future then they should get rid off Shaid Afridi, Sami, Misbah and other older players. Pakistan must bring in young players and give them a chance and make a team of dependable and performers and not mear boom boom.
Nadeem Oct 04, 2012 09:51pm
Rajesh..couldn't agree more. U Akmal needed to be sent up theorder way before bit and pieces batsmen like Shoaib malik, K Akmal. He had the third highest average of the tournament. They should show confidence in him to develop him like they are doing with Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Azhar, Asad Shafiq. Speaking of Asad Shafiq why was he not there instead of Shoaib Malik.
Hassan Ahmed Oct 04, 2012 09:49pm
Yes it was clearly a wrong decision, How can an umpire give an lbw decision to a right hand bowler bowling over the wicket on an off cutter , if the ball is going to hit the stumps then it has to be surely pitched outside leg. pathetic decision, I would also like to add about the wicket, that was probably the worst wicket on this tournament. You will the toss and you virtually win the match, that should not happen in such a big game.
Rmalik Oct 04, 2012 09:35pm
i think India had a good chance to be in the final if Australia intentionally did not lose against Pakistan. They wanted Pakistan to win so that India could not advance. It is quite possible that Australia did not want to face India. It is disgrace that Australia will play this cheap trick. I think the ICCB should disqualify a team that loses intentionally. A team that is in Top form will not score that low just to lose toa team out of form. This matter needs to be investigated. It was a fixed match and Australia should be investigated..
Raffi Oct 04, 2012 09:29pm
Dear Santosh, Though I think that Pakistan did not play well today, I don't agree with you that Pakistan won against Australia due to Aussie"s poor performance. I think Pakistan was very clinical and don't forget they recently beat Australia 2-1. On the whole I think my team did not have the class and consistency to go all the way. They went beyond expectations as to me they were not equipped to be champions. On top of that we have a defensive captain like Hafeez who amazingly dropped Razzak. I think both Indian and Pakistan lost due to the poor selection and arrogance of their captain. Cheers buddy.
impala Oct 04, 2012 07:59pm
Afridi, Afridi, Afridi. Please leave the team.
anirudh Oct 04, 2012 08:00pm
get umar akmal to bat at no.4. he is the best attacking batsman in pak team. it is such a shame to see him at the losing end with nothing really could be done from his no.7 position.
impala Oct 04, 2012 08:01pm
Not a heavy enough hammer Mr. Truth. They still as in the past failed to make it to semis.
G1 Oct 04, 2012 07:53pm
Pashtoons are distancing themselves it seems.
Shafiq Oct 05, 2012 10:20am
At the end of the day India only have themselves to blame. Only if they had made Australia chase the target in a few more overs. Only if they had chased pakistans target quicker. At the end of the day India won 4 out of 5 matches and so did Australia and Pakistan. Its a game of 'Only ifs'. Take it on the chin!
Obaid Oct 04, 2012 07:41pm
Poor umpiring and rattled nerves cost the game-well it is hard to tell who won.
Muhammad Rizwan Oct 04, 2012 07:42pm
Need to check your facts, Australia lost two T20 matchs with big margin against Pak in UAE few weeks back, they do struggle against PAK bowlers. On the contaray Aussies gave India hammering ;) Just Facts no hard feelings
Thomas Periera Oct 04, 2012 07:46pm
But the fact of the matter is that we thrashed Pakistan and have been doing so in every WC match till date. I am sure this history shall keep rankling you.
Muhammad Oct 05, 2012 02:27am
We need the following players youngsters to be revive Pak Cricket. 1. Owais Zia 2. Anwar Ali 3. Junaid Khan 4. Wahab Riaz 5. Hammad Azam 6. Rahat Ali 7. Ahmad Shehzad 8. Any good wicket keeper who can bat. How long Parchi players keep on destroying the career of young cricketers..
Muhammad Rizwan Oct 04, 2012 07:31pm
Well luck is part of T20 Cricket
khan Oct 04, 2012 05:46pm
in such environment i still support pakistan team where there is no international cricket from so many years best of luck for future
dev Oct 04, 2012 05:41pm
Drop Afridi and Kamran Akmal immediately. Surprised not to see Razzaq. Also, why Tanvir not bowled his quota? Why Shoaib malik before Umar Akmal? Imran nazir have played his last match for Pak I guess. Although It was not quite Pakistan's day, but to win WC you need to win even in you bad day. But always be with Pak. Best of luck for the next series.
hussain Oct 04, 2012 05:39pm
why was abdur razzaq dropped? what was his fault? he was the one who scored 22 in 17 balls against mighty aussies.
AmanK Oct 04, 2012 05:38pm
Agree. It is me and me ONLY. No teamwork effort.
AmanK Oct 04, 2012 05:36pm
There we go again Mr. Afridi!
Ajeen Oct 04, 2012 05:33pm
well ..this was bound to happen. Teams that reach the top have to have the winning mojo in them. They bulldoze their way to the world cup. Pakistan looked shaky right from the match with India, and thereafter somehow they got a back door entry into semis, thanks to India and South Africa. But how long can you just go with luck and favors. At some stage boys will be separated from men.
SAM Oct 04, 2012 05:34pm
Pakistan get entry in semi final by luck purely...but any how well done pak....wish from India
piroShah Oct 04, 2012 05:36pm
Ha ha Mogambo khush hua. Jeetega bhai jeetega SL jeetega...
Ihtesham Oct 04, 2012 05:32pm
Very immature run chase, may be they were chasing 'run' in Punjabi and falling for her.
arslan Oct 04, 2012 05:51pm
Older players should now retire from team respectfully as there is still chance of dignity and pride.
Mukesh Oct 04, 2012 05:50pm
Have nice flight back home
Rajesh Gupta Oct 04, 2012 05:49pm
I really believe that Pak. Selector should ignore Afridi and S.Malik. These two players are waste for the country. No doubt Hafees is good and calm captain but he needs support from other players. A.Razak should have played in place of useless S.Malik. In case of Afridi, he is good for nothing and W.Yonus had said correctly about him. They are coming to India also by end of this year and if they continue to play like this, I don't think there would be any charm to watch matches, if it is one sided? Barring few players, most of the players are inexperienced. So, think about your team for India tour and do not send useless team where there won't be charm at all, irrespective of who win or lose but there should be fighting game. All the best to tiger Lankans for their maiden T20 WORLD CUP FINAL. Rajesh Gupta, Bangalore India.
Indian Oct 05, 2012 07:02am
Very sad to see pakistan out of this tournament. It's a team game and everyone should take the responsibility. though i feel Naseer's decision was unfortunate. Hafeez seems to panic under pressure situations, might improve in future but clearly, this is one of the biggest weak points. I used to like Shahid earlier mainly during 2009 T20WC but he is refusing to take any responsibility as far as batting is concerned. i echo most of the commneters' sentiment to send U Akmal up the order, he can help Pak win many matches if they send him up the order. Never the less congratulations for reaching all the semi finals. No mean feet either. From India
Amol Choudhary Oct 05, 2012 08:13am
Common bhai!! It was this very poor umpiring which won you games in Sharjah in the 80s and 90s. Certainly one bad decision and that too very close one cannot decide the result of a match. This pakistan team didn't deserve to be there in the semis itself with such pathetic batsmen. U should consider yourself lucky to have reached the semis as this team actually deserved to get knocked out in the group stage itself.
An Indian Oct 04, 2012 05:53pm
First of all, the Pakistani team were overrated as favorites to win the World Cup. It was pure bad luck that prevented India from reaching the semi-finals, otherwise India would have won the World Cup hands down. Anyway, better luck next time Pakistan.
Ahmed Oct 04, 2012 05:56pm
what do you mean luck ? better run rate is luck ? or the match against SA was luck ? in that case how about India winning 2007 T20 by 4 runs pure luck ?
D Oct 04, 2012 05:57pm
Well, I am not surpised! It's turned out exactly the way the Australians had choreographed. Fan couldn't digest the fact that Pakistan COULD win against Australia, ONLY because Australia had chosen to lose against Pak to keep India, a formidable opponent out of the semis and eventually the finals! The bottomline is Pak's exit from the semis has been as easy as it's entry in the semis! Karma boomerangs, after all!
santosh Oct 04, 2012 05:57pm
Sri lanka deserved to be in finals..............pak was in semi's due to intelligent Aussies....who lost in a big margin to pak ........ keep india out of semis............Pak was in semis by luck
Zubair Oct 04, 2012 05:58pm
Wow - boys getting separated from men ! so you mean to say Indian team got separated from real men two days ago ?