SL defeated Pak in odi series

Sri Lanka won the odi series after they defeated Pakistan by a major seven wickets in the third and final one-day. They also defeated Pakistan in the test series 2-0 during the same tour. 

Pakistan's defeat in Sri Lanka clearly shows their lack of preparation for 2015 World Cup which is just 5 months away.

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan 2-1 in one-day series
Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan 2-1 in one-day series. 

Former Pakistani player, Ramiz Raja said that team's preparations for World Cup are not up to the mark. 

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said that Pakistan team need fresh talent in order to win the upcoming World Cup. He also criticized the batting side & said that players have forgotten how to stay at the wickets & have lack of consistency in batting.  

Former captain Rashid Latif criticized the old players and said that Pakistan team are continuously playing the old players but they do not have trust in new players that's why their graph is going down with every series.

Latif also said that Misbah's future is in trouble as he couldn't perform in his last seven innings of the Sri Lanka tour & his captaincy was purely defensive.

In current situation Rashid suggested that Shahid Afridi should replace Misbah-ul-Haq as Pakistan's one-day captain in the upcoming series against Australia.

SL leveled odi series 1-1

Sri Lanka leveled 3 match bi-lateral odi series 1-1 after they defeated Pakistan in 2nd odi by 77 runs. Sri Lankan team showed an all-round effort in order to beat Pakistan by a huge margin. 

Sri Lanka batted first and lost 3 quick wickets for 62 runs. Captain Angelo Mathews batted sensibly as he scored his career best knock of 93 but unfortunately missed his first century. Mathews was accompanied by Mahela, who scored 67 off 74 balls including eight boundaries. Later on Perera joined the party with his quick knock of 65 off 36 balls to post a massive total of 310 in 50 overs.

Thisara Perera powered Sri Lanka to 310 in 50 overs
Thisara Perera powered Sri Lanka to 310 in 50 overs.

Pakistan started their chase sensibly with 2nd wicket partnership of 96 runs but soon all-rounder Hafeez departs for 62 off 49 balls. Weak Pakistani batting line-up scattered after Hafeez dismissal. Umar Akmal lost his wicket for scoring only 1 run. In slow chase Pakistan gradually lost wickets & their whole team couldn't even play 50 over game. Pakistan reached upto 233 runs in 43.5 overs for the loss of 10 wickets.

Sri Lanka won the 2nd odi match by 77 runs. Thisara Perera received Player of the match Award.

Ajmal's tests will be conducted on Monday

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said that Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's bowling action tests will be conducted on Monday. The tests will be conducted using the same testing protocol that were previously used for testing the bowling action of New Zealand's Kane Williamson & Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanyake. 

Ajmal's bowling action tests will be conducted on Monday.
Ajmal's tests will be conducted by Human Movement Specialists.

ICC spokesman said in a press conference that Saeed Ajmal's tests will be conducted at Cricket Australia National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, Australia. He also added that the recognized lead team of Human Movement Specialists will conduct Ajmal's tests under ICC management. He said that the bowler's action tests are conducted using ICC testing protocol for convenient and accurate testing.

The result of Ajmal's bowling action tests will be known within two weeks.

Indian team hopes for a better start in ODIs

India hopes that the change in format would provide their players better luck in ODIs. Indian team after losing 3-1 to England in tests thinks to play good cricket as they will counter new faces in one day internationals.

India hopes for a better start in ODIs
India hopes for a better start in ODIs.

Recently Pakistan has also lost the test series 2-0 against Sri Lanka but Pakistani team got backed up as they beat Sri Lanka in 1st ODI. After seeing the change in format has provided a better luck for Pakistan, Indian cricket team also hopes that they can beat England in one day internationals. Their one day squad may include an additional wicket keeper & also a third all-round spin bowler.

The upcoming 2015 World Cup is only 6 months away & will be hosted by Australia & New Zealand. Every single ODI played by the Indian cricket team will be a preparatory step towards defending the world cup 2011 crown.

Maqsood & Fawad shocked SL in 1st ODI

Sohaib Maqsood & Fawad Alam made a record-breaking 6th wicket partnership, leading Pakistan to a 4 wicket victory over Sri Lanka in 1st ODI.

Maqsood & Fawad beat Sri Lanka in 1st ODI
Maqsood & Fawad shocked Sri Lanka in first ODI.

Sri Lanka posted a good total of 275-7 in 45 overs game shorted due to rain. Pakistani batting line-up once again looked struggling at one stage as they had 5 gone for 106. Maqsood & Fawad took the game out of Sri Lankan hands. Maqsood made an unbeaten 89 off 73 and Fawad once again made a handy 62 off 61 balls. They both shared a record-breaking 6th wicket partnership of 147 runs in 117 balls. This is Pakistan's highest ever sixth wicket partnership in one day internationals.

Pakistan chased down 275 runs made by SL after scoring 277-6 with only one ball to spare. Afridi in the end finished the game in a style after hitting a boundary on the 2nd last ball of the inning.

Mahela's retirement from Tests

Sri Lanka are firmed to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement after series sweep against Pakistan. 

Captain Angelo Mathews said players were highly emotional in the dressing room before the match played at Mahela's home ground at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC)  in Colombo. They want to win the 2nd test to give Mahela's the best farewell. They also want to complete 2-0 series sweep against breakable team Pakistan. Sri Lankans are already up in the series 1-0 after beating Pakistan at Galle.

Mahela Jayawardene's retirement from Test Cricket.
Mahela Jayawardene's retirement from Test Cricket.

Jayawardene, who is 37 years old, has already took retirement from Twenty20 internationals. He will quit test cricket after this match, but still he will play one-day internationals till next year's world cup. 

Mahela has played 26 tests at SSC & has scored 2,863 runs which is the highest runs by any batsman at a single ground with an average of 77.37. It includes 11 centuries & a highest runs of 374 against South Africa in the year 2006.

Mathews statements about Mahela,
"It is an emotional moment for everyone," He added. "We want to win it for him. He has been the pillar of strength for us for so many years. We will miss him a lot.

"The best thing we can do is try and win the game and give him the best farewell that we could possibly give him."

Mathews believes that under his captaincy his team will complete 2-0 series sweep for Mahela.

"When you walk into a game, you want to win all the time," he said. "That´s the attitude we take, regardless of what´s happening around us. We want to keep our focus and play it for Mahela."


Sri Lanka fought rain to beat Pakistan

Spectators watched an extraordinary run chase on a last day of first test as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets at Galle. Rangana Herath clutched 6 for 48 as Pakistan was bowled out for 180 in their second innings. Sri Lanka needed 99 runs in a min. of 126 balls as dark clouds were floating over the stadium.
Captain Angelo Mathews didn't take the game light and continuously he scored boundaries to complete the chase in just 16.2 overs. After few seconds when the game was over drizzle started. 
It was the 4th loss by Pakistan team in a Test match after scoring 450 runs in the first innings. A really humiliating day for Pakistan Cricket.

Rangana Herath took 6 for 48 against Pakistan
Rangana Herath took 6 for 48 against Pakistan.

Mathews said,
"It was one of the best games I have played and Herath was unbelievable," He added. "What an unbelievable player Mahela is, hopefully we can win the next game as well."

England lead series 2-1

Indian batting crushed once again as they embarrassingly lost by an innings and 54 runs against England. Moeen Ali picked up four wickets as England lead the 5 match Test series 2-1.

Moeen Ali 4 for 39 against India
Moeen Ali 4 for 39 against India.

Off spinner Moeen Ali who is not a genuine bowler of England ended up with figures of 4 for 39. Indian batting collapsed from 53 for 2 to 66 for 6 on day 3 as England tried their best for an early win due to bad weather. England made a hard bowling attack even without paceman Stuart Broad, who got retired hurt after edging Aaron's quick delivery between the fence and crest of his helmet into his face, toward the end of the team's first innings.