Pakistan lived up to its reputation.
Two Asian tigers fighting and the result was a nail-biting finish. Neither of the teams gave up at any point of time. The Premdasa Stadium at Colombo was thrilled with the match proceedings, off course not the way it ended. But the Pakistani bowling machines snatched victory out of Sri Lankan strong batting lineup. And with this, Sri Lanka lost their first WC match at home.
A tremendous batting effort by Younus khan and Misbah and well done bowling by Captain himself. He scalped four Sri lankan batsmen to be at the top of bowling figures for this edition of World cup. Sohaib Akhtar looks in form and has delivered quite good with 4.2 economy and 2 crucial wickets. Finally, today I agree to the fact that Shahid Afridi can bowl 😉 . He was adjudged man of the match.
SriLanka need to introspect, why were they beaten? Two main batting mainstay of Lankan team, Jayawardena and Samarweera were out for paltry scores. I guess that made the difference. No I’m not denying credit to Pak expresses, never. They deserve a pat. Sri lanka could not get that start for which they are known for. Pakistani bowling machines performed their job splendidly. They never made any pair to stick longer, wickets fell at regular interval, when it was needed the most. The famous cuddle (I remember it was Indian team who started it all under Ganguly) could not help Srilankans to fall prey to Pakistani bowlers.
Any way, if I had to rate todays Pakistan performance viz a viz India’s performance against BD. I would rate Pakistani all round performance better than that of India.
For now…Tomorrow is a big match. India playing against England. Stay tuned…
- Aus Vs New Zealand match
- India Vs Bangladesh
- England Vs Netherlands
- Pakistan Last Match
- Heavyweights clash at R Premadasa (espncricinfo.com)
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