Home > News >

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 1st ODI at Hambantota: Wounded Pakistan eye redemption against formidable hosts

Sri Lanka are going through one of best phases in their cricketeing history © IANS
Sri Lanka are going through one of best phases in their cricketeing history © IANS

Aug 22, 2014

As the dust settles in on the carnival-like farewell that Sri Lankan batting legend Mahela Jayawardene got from his teammates and countrymen alike, Pakistan, thirsty for victories under the new regime, plot a comeback.

Pakistan surrendered rather tamely in both Tests and were understandably roasted by the sword-wielding media back home. One of the primary concerns for this team, which is undergoing a transitional phase is the alarming lack of runs in the top order. The other obvious reason being the constant chopping and changing of personnel in the board and backroom staff. Pace Legend Waqar Younis is left to pick up the pieces and the team will undergo a few hiccups on its way.

The Pakistan One-Day International (ODI) outfit, however is a far more balanced and settled outfit. A middle order with Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam and  Younis Khan and Umar Akmal has everything going for it — a rare blend of youth, experience, power and finesse.  This should be Pakistan’s biggest strength going into the series.  Hafeez returns to the side after a successful Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign. The former Pakistani T20 skipper was in scintillating form the last time these two met. Playing in their adopted home in the UAE, Pakistan won that series 3-2 but Sri Lanka had the last laugh few months down the line when they beat the visitors in the Asia Cup final.

Sri Lanka are going through one of the best phases in their cricketing history. Angelo Mathews has been on the forefront of it all and so has Kumar Sangakkara. The return of Lasith Malinga will definetely make the hosts more formidable and the Pakistanis have struggled a bit in the recent past against the Lankan speed gun. After floating in dreamland with an Asia Cup, World T20 and ODI and Test wins in England, Sri Lanka were humbled by South Africa in the Tests and ODIs.

The crushing Test wins shows that the Lankans mean business and have more one-day specialists than their opponents. Sachitra Senanayake‘s ban means Rangana Herath can feature more prominently in the shorter formats for the Island Nation. These two teams play a lot of cricket against each other and the first ODI at the Mahinda Rajapaksa stadium in coastal town Hambantota is expected to be a run feast.  Nearly 600 runs were scored in the last ODI that was played here.

Time: 10:00 local| 10:00 IST

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (c), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Ashan Priyanjan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Rangana Herath, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv, Thisara Perera.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad,Sharjeel Khan,Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (C),Younis Khan, Umar Akmal,Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal ,Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Irfan

(R Vishal is a journalist and alumnus of Asian College of Journalism. He can be followed on Twitter @vishhell)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala

Videos

AB de Villiers speaks ahead of New Zealand ODIs

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Salaam Cricket South Africa West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Eden Gardens may host fourth ODI

WICB president Dave Cameron reportedly grilled by other executive members

Duleep Trophy 2014 Semifinal, East Zone vs South Zone: Laxmi Ratan Shukla feels Lahli pitch will suit East Zone pacers

Harbhajan Singh to miss Duleep semi-final against Central Zone,Gautam Gambhir to captain North Zone

Duleep Trophy semi-final: Upbeat East Zone take on South Zone

Pakistan’s chances in ICC World Cup 2015 bleak: Mohammad Zahid

Quinton de Kock equals wicketkeeping record with six catches in South Africa vs New Zealand 1st ODI

MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli as captain, and other points of interest from squad for first 3 India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: MS Dhoni gets much-needed break ahead of Australia tour

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20 ODI hundreds

Fan of the Day

Gautam Singh

Gautam Singh

474 Posts | 5 Fans

Video Highlights Mohammed Yousuf drops catch after watching a girl in bikini

Drink ginger tea to relieve a migraine naturally

WICB president Dave Cameron reportedly grilled by other executive members

Anegan teaser: Dhanush-Amyra Dastur dazzle you in multiple avatars!

Box Cricket League 2014: All you need to know about the sports reality show

NGOs pursue education for all

Duleep Trophy 2014 Semifinal, East Zone vs South Zone: Laxmi Ratan Shukla feels Lahli pitch will suit East Zone pacers

Allocate spectrum to telcos within 90 days after payment: Panel

How BMI and BMR play a role in weight loss

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: MS Dhoni rested for three ODI’s; Virat Kohli to lead India

Humsafar episode 7 review: Asher and Khirad confess their love for each other

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here