A day ago people were talking about a white wash for Pakistan.
That was before the real Sri Lanka turned up and played a bit of something we like to call – cricket.
It involved the top order getting off to a hectic start. Osman Samiuddin wants to know who or what Dilshan is, something the Sri Lankan team and selectors have wondered too. But he’s taking to opening like its his divine right.
Still the technical issues exist, that waft to mid off, in the first over of the day shows this, but Dilshan quickly puts that out of his head. He has only one gear and its the 7th. He starts on it, cruises on its, takes corners on it. With the PPs in place, Dilshan’s tactics pay off, but for how long ?
Sanath can still butcher a few over the covers, so this combo seems to work. SL have had good starts in both games. Cant argue with that.
Sangakkara looks solid as ever, but he’s not scoring runs, but he still has some credit in the bank, although if he continues run others and himself out it might be time to turn theflyslips wrath on him.
The question on everyones mind was how many runs would Mahela get, so it was kind of a kill-joy when Kandamby walked out. Now Thilina’s a guy I’ve been wanting in the test and ODI team for a while.
And yesterday he showed that runs in the domestic set up wasnt a fluke, and he looked rock solid – and thats no pun on his size. At the very least he is keeping Mubarak out of the team – so well played Thilina.
See, my theory is you dont need a player to score 100s in ODIs to win them, as long as you have 3-4 guys getting close to 50 and a couple getting around 70 you are always gonna end up with a good total.
Sri Lanka’s problem has always been that if they get a good start, they flop at the end, if they don’t they flop anyway. Yesterday everyone got in the runs and 290 was a winning total.
Pakistan did their best, but only Gul and bRAOdman impressed. Their opening bowling might need a look at. Akthar is not fit and he’s no where near quick enough to scare anyone.
Tanvirs wrong footed himself into bowling no balls and wides. This equates to almost no pressure at the start of the innings and SL have got away both times.
Lack of spin options is also a worry for Pakistan, Shoaib Malik, bless him, comes no where close.
A day ago, SL couldnt buy a wicket, but today they got 3 for next to nothing.
Murali possibly turned the game with his mid innings spell where Pakistan were slowing regaining a bit of speed. Mendis looked ordinary at the start but got better when he got a wicket and had some confidence.
In fact this may have been the first time Murali outbowled Mendis since Splendids been on the scene. The old masters still got a bit left in him it seems. Dont bet against his 500th in the last game.
So from being white washed to a series leveling win, see what happens when you play cricket.