Pakistan started the game off the wrong foot from the very first ball of the match; literally!
It kept getting worse with Dilshan and Jayasuriya going great guns.
But then, as always Afridi came on and boom boomed with the ball like he has always done, and brought Pakistan back into the game.
Ajmal provided wonderful support and Gul finished off brilliantly to restrict Sri Lanka to a chaseable total.
Was quite a fight back then.
But Pakistan, who now show their mercurial nature in the same match as well, started their innings of the wrong foot once again.
Salman Butt beaten all ends up of a Matthews dopply bopply. I still don't understand why they continue to persist with him!
Shoaib Malik started off watchfully but got his act together before throwing it away.
Kamran Akmal hardly faced any deliveries and was run out, for which only he was to blame. That 2 second hesitation did him. Why? Why stop? The single was on!
Misbah disappointed. He just couldn't get going.
Shahid Afridi, well what do I say. He's lost it with the bat. He just can't do it anymore and the sooner Pakistan realise that they can't count on him with the willow the better. Let him dominate with the ball.
Despite what everyone has said about Younis Khan being an average captain, not a capable twenty20 batsman, one that doesn't take risks, he has done really well with the bat in all the matches.
But he has had no support from anyone else.
His 50 off 37 deliveries today followed scores of 46* off 31 deliveries against England, and 36 off 20 deliveries against Netherlands.
Good scores, good scoring rates, but no one to support.
That has been the story of Pakistan in this ICC World Twenty20.
They managed to keep the Dilshans, Jayasuriyas, and Sangakkaras quiet, but at the end the Lankan M factor - Malinga, Murali, Mendis, and Matthews proved too much for them.
On the brighter side though, we are still not out.
Pakistan can beat New Zealand tomorrow, and Ireland on Monday to still qualify for the semi finals.
However, for that to happen, they have to get their batting act together. And fast!
Good news is that Razzaq will be back tomorrow, and Pakistan always does well with their backs to the wall.