India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah

Sangakkara ton gives Sri Lanka tense win

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

February 28, 2014

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Sri Lanka 265 for 8 (Sangakkara 103, K Perera 64, Jadeja 3-30) beat India 264 for 9 (Dhawan 94, Mendis 4-60, Senanayake 3-41) by two wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Agarkar: Sangakkara won it single-handedly

Kumar Sangakkara engineered an under-pressure 83-ball century, the quickest of his ODI career, to steer Sri Lanka to their second straight win and to the brink of a place in the Asia Cup finals. After India had posted what seemed an insufficient total, Ravindra Jadeja and the other spinners sparked an unlikely comeback midway through the Sri Lankan chase, but with Sangakkara making light of a tricky surface, India were never really favourites.

India's age-old problems with death bowling were exacerbated by the dew, and Sangakkara captialised on a series of full tosses and seemingly put India beyond the game, caning 32 off three overs to boil it down to 12 off the final two overs. When Shikhar Dhawan misfielded in the 49th over at deep square leg after another full toss, it brought up Sangakkara's 18th ODI century and victory seemed a formality. Sangakkara allowed himself a fist pump to mark the milestone. Yet another full toss spiced up the game, though, as Sangakkara miscued a waist-high delivery from Mohammed Shami to leave Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis needing seven off nine deliveries.

There was more low-quality cricket in the finale, as Ajantha Mendis levelled the scores with a thick outside edge past the keeper for four. With one needed in the final over, and two wickets in hand, Thisara chipped the first ball to Dhawan at mid-off, and was delighted to see a straightforward chance put down. A panicky single followed on the next delivery to finally confirm Sri Lanka's win.

Kumar Sangakkara drives authoritatively, India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah, February 28, 2014
Kumar Sangakkara needed only 83 balls to score a century on a surface plenty of others struggled on © AFP

Such anxious moments weren't on the cards when Sri Lanka's openers began brightly and with starkly contrasting styles - Kusal Perera all brute force with an everything-must-go mindset and Lahiru Thirmanne more of an old-fashioned stylist, thriving on precision strokes. They put on 80 before R Ashwin, switching between his new-fangled Narine-style action and his conventional one, had Thirimanne lbw for 38.

That only brought together Kusal and Sangakkara, who coolly put together a half-century stand. The score was 141 for 2 when Dinesh Karthik failed to take off the bails on the first attempt after a leg-side take to reprieve Sangakkara. It was a miss, but with Sri Lanka coasting, and India looking listless, it didn't seem like it would matter much.

Instead, Mahela Jayawardene chipped a catch straight to extra cover, and Jadeja produced a ripping turner next ball to knock back Dinesh Chandimal's off stump and hand him a golden duck. With the spinners, including part-timer Rohit, finding some rhythm, the middle-order collapsed, but Sangakkara remained immoveable, placing the ball perfectly and rarely needing to slog as he orchestrated the chase.

India's middle-order had floundered against the spinners as well, its first serious test in the absence of vastly experienced trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. The stutter came after India's best phase of the innings, with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan putting on 97 for the second wicket on a surface where the ball was staying low and not coming easily onto the bat. Dhawan was uncharacteristically subdued, hitting only seven fours and a six in his 94 - far fewer boundaries than you would expect from a naturally aggressive batsman.

The stand was broken by Mendis, who continued his love affair with the Asia Cup by grabbing four wickets to take his tally to 21 at an average of 9.76 in six matches. It was his zipping carrom ball that sent back India's best batsman Kohli for 48, and later Dhawan for 94 in the 40th over, just as India were getting set for a final onslaught.

Ajinkya Rahane had plenty of time to get his eye in, but holed out for 22 attempting his favourite shot, the loft over extra cover. Dhawan's exit put the responsibility on Ambati Rayudu and Karthik, neither of whom are certainties in the XI, had to shepherd the team in the final ten. Both fluffed it: Karthik lasting only three balls as he miscued to mid-off, and Rayudu picking out the man at long-off as he chipped Chaturanga de Silva.

Sri Lanka backed up the bowlers with some top fielding, throwing themselves around in the deep to make several sliding stops and also hitting the stumps several times from close-in. Lasith Malinga fired in his yorkers towards the death, and though a couple of mighty hits from No. 11 Shami took India to 264, it ultimately wasn't enough in the face of a Sangakkara masterclass.

The result also added more pressure on India ahead of the marquee clash against Pakistan on Sunday.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by CricketGuru365 on (March 4, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

I just love all of these "if" and "buts" on this forum. They did have what most will say fully loaded Indian team for most part during all of their offshore series and we saw the results- complete white wash. To me it's an issue with their attitude more than of aptitude. Their players know even if they won't play for country IPL will absorb whatever thrown at them. So simply put not much incentive to play and perform for country when IPL is their to fill its crack with whatever players it gets.

Posted by Temuzin on (March 2, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Prema1948: the two Indians ,Dhoni and Raina,who had demystified Ajantha after his successful debut were not playing. Mendis will not be a weapon if Dhoni and Raina are on the pitch cause they read him well and thrash him all over the park.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 2, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

Not to degrade, but for the best to happen, this sort of pitches we played against India, are not good for cricket. Today, the pitch Pakistan and India play is a better one with more bounce. Definitely for the T20 world cup, Bangladesh should provide better pitches unlike this. Yes, we won, but I think if we keep on playing this sort of pitches, (of course in Sri Lanka, same situation except P Sara and Pallekele), we will not have good fast bowlers with enough experience. A guy like Shaminda Eranga should be a permanent member (I think he is having injury), and Lakmal should be playing. Somehow we won, but I'm not happy with the way things going. 50 over cricket is too much volatile, it's getting changed far too frequently than it should. I just hate the four fielder rule, two new ball rule so and so. It has become a slogger's game. If you want to see pinch hitting, why not watch T20? Sanga played well, but now you see, the roles should switch immediately, last 10, you have to smash!

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 2, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Just something in my mind for a long long time. I like to see Sri Lankan team wearing our 1996 shirt again. It was the most beautiful dress code we had ever. And I just watched Lasith Malinga bowling in a Test match. I wish to see him bowling yet again in Tests, at least one. He reverse swing the ball. I hope the two new ball rule will be removed. It just killed the game. I love to see fast bowlers charging in. Not just Perera like batsmen hammering the ball out of the park.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

murli vijay , pujara should be brought in odi team along with zaheer.bowling unit pandey, yadav and aaron if trained can be a vital weapon if the length and line r good in wc at aus and nz. dk plays well overseas. what about parvez rasool

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

To think that Ajanhta Mendis wasn't even an automatic selection for this game. One only has to look at his extraordinary record to suggest that he's far better than Sri Lanka's third best spinner.

Posted by cmili on (March 2, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

Sangalization : getting milestone with boundary

48.2 Mohammed Shami to Sangakkara, FOUR, that's his hundred!Sanga's 18th hundred

26.2 Mohammad Hafeez to Sangakkara, FOUR, lhalf-century No. 84 comes up

42.2 Rubel Hossain to Sangakkara, FOUR, holds his pose as he pounds this through extra and touches gloves with his captain to celebrate his century.

42.3 Mahmudullah to Sangakkara, SIX, reaches his fifty with a thump over deep midwicket

62.5 Mahmudullah to Sangakkara, FOUR, a neat little tickle to the long leg boundary fetches Sanga a flawless century.

86.5 Al-Amin Hossain to Sangakkara, FOUR, full and homing in on leg stump but Sanga is too strong there, whips it away through midwicket to signal his 150.

108.4 Mahmudullah to Sangakkara, FOUR, there it is! another double for Sangakkara,

136.6 Sohag Gazi to Sangakkara, FOUR, turns it into a full toss and launches it over mid-on to register his 250

147.5 Shakib Al Hasan to Sangakkara, SIX, six to reach 300

Posted by cmili on (March 2, 2014, 2:50 GMT)

Thank you India for just waste one ball for Chandimal.

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 2, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

Ajantha,S'nayake & MalindaPushpakumara(the leading left-arm spinner) are the most outstanding spinners in our Domestic Cricket since 2007. The loose-limbed Ajantha with his extraordinary skills(won the most coveted price of being the best, Emerging Player of the Year & one of the best performers in the '11 WC)wasn't included against the matches against IND&PAK, WC'11,due to an idiotic assumption made by a puppet, just to prevent Murali's place being taken over by quality player like Ajantha, after MM's retirement. A time when AUS,SAfcans weren't successful against Ajantha, how can INDians & PAKs be successful against him, all the time? Ajantha1st Class Bo Av 21.83, ODI Bo Av 21.02, T/20 Bo Av 13.61 with 4six wkt hauls in LO Internationals). S'nayake 1st CL BO Av 19.69,MalindaPushpakumara1st CL BO Av 21.11,RoshenSilva,Chandimal,AngeloP,.. they all were fully qualified to be included in that team 2011WC. However Country's Cricket is hugely benifited by Ind Media.(Stats CRICINFO)

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (March 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

for the commentators who define SL bowlers as street level bowlers. : OH! :P you guys always like dhoni after a defeat. Well ok. Take SL bowlers as street level ones. And I feel very sorry for the legendary outerclass international players who faild agaisy the street level bowling. Cheers! :D lol.

Posted by templetops on (March 1, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

India should think about another option instead of Rohit as an opener (for this series Rahane can be a better option). I still believe that, Veeru and Yuvi can do better than Rohit, Raydu and DK. Or give chance to young talented players.

Posted by hnlns on (March 1, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Indian team selection continues to be THE BIGGEST PROBLEM. They drop Aaron after just one bad performance, but they retain Rohit Sharma in spite of his miserable, seemingly endless run of failures. Have the selectors got different yardsticks for different players ? Is this not the reason why Indians are struggling to win an ODI for so long against well-established teams like SL, NZ, etc.? How long will this self-destructing tactics continue ? Why do they send players like Ishwar Pandey, Pujara, and Binny on tours if they cannot even get a decent chance to show their talent ? If Aaron does not get the backing to learn and improve from his mistakes, how can Team India ever find a genuine quick bowler ? The answers must be found this year, else India will find themselves near the bottom of the table in WC 2015.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

i am srilanka. now i support pakistan because pakistan is our friends- it is tough challange for both teams .and some intersting moment exchange words each others umar kholi junaid jadeja rohit some timesother nice to see pak will win and srilanka vs pakistan final good luck pakistan and respest ur lankans

Posted by Indika-Bahrain on (March 1, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Match winning batting from geant sanga,result of past unperform Indians, shows some of great players loose their confident against Sri lanka. but wonderful come back against India

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

@GRVJPR you are a vintage Indian supporter who can't handle defeat. How about you go burn some houses. as I always say to supporters like you it not only india. learn to accept defat. Not all Indian supporters are like you and you make it ugly for most.

Posted by TRAM on (March 1, 2014, 14:00 GMT)

@yogicoolboy, @Jose Puliampatta, Try RSharma in middle order, AGAIN? You want to give him chance after chance in every position in batting order?? WHY?? I would prefer youngsters and hitters like Samson to open with Dhwan and both should play freely. DK is fine at 4/5. Currently there is no hitters in India and hence India is very unlikely to win any tournaments. India won the WC by players like Srikkanth, SPatil, Kapil and later by SRT, Yuvraj, Sehwag etc. It can not win by Pujaras, Rahanes, etc who are technically sound and should be used for Test matches only.

Posted by GRJVPR on (March 1, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Sri Lanka outplayed us! what a knock from Sangakarra! treat to watch even though I am an Indian...

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 12:20 GMT)

@yogicoolboy on (March 1, 2014, 11:53 GMT):

You wrote:

"I feel Rohit is struggling in the opening position. He should bat at nos 4 position and ask rahane or pujara to open. Wont be a bad idea for karthik to open, as he has done well."

Agree with every bit of what you wrote. Hence quoted verbatim.

Posted by bobbo2 on (March 1, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Great innings by Sangakara. Wonderful player. Unfortunately with limited bowling India will struggle to defend anything, as we saw in NZ.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

Captaincy: I have been among the critics of Dhoni, on two issues. 1) Personal biases in choosing the playing XI. And, 2) not realizing that the brilliant strategies and tactics which works in short format, need not work in test matches.

But, I have come to agree with the view that Dhoni's role as Captain should not be disturbed till the next World Cup is over.

Dhoni seems to know, very many things, which Kohli seems to be finding out now. Like: A better understanding of the players who were NOT included in the playing XI, like Binny, Rayudu, Aaron (from his own Jharkhand) etc. 2) Knowing better, as to who in the playing XI can be fielded where! Kohli seems to be struggling a bit on that score.

Yes, Kohli, however, is the man for the future. With more experience, the typical "skippers maturity" (in words & deeds) also will come about.

Posted by yogicoolboy on (March 1, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

I feel Rohit is struggling in the opening position. He should bat at nos 4 position and ask rahane or pujara to open. Wont be a bad idea for karthik to open, as he has done well.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (March 1, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

My ODI XI dream team will be certainly interesting this year-1)AMLA 2)DHAWAN .Few people might be surprised with his inclusion.But showing a great zeal and determination in CT '13 and caribbean tour including his pacy innings in NZ test matches I will still be happy with this R-L combination 3)KOHLI 4)ABDV 5)SANGA 6)DHONI .Both sanga and dhoni are cool headed with enough power to finish the game.7)COREY ANDERSON.we do need a fast bowling all rounder and after the 36 ball century one would be fool enough not to take him. 8)JADDU .A must spin all rounder.He paces the innings very aggressively in last few overs. 9)MORKEL. I prefered him over Steyn here bcoz of his abilities to completely dry up the runs. 10)MALINGA. No one is as best as him at death overs n effectiveness with old ball .Even the power hitters like Dhoni and ABDV gets wrapped up with his yorkers 11) JUNAID KHAN. His zeal was shown against the mighty batting line up of India on FLAT TRACKS 12)FAULKNER.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

more than anything else, fumbles in the field cost india the match. having said that, india should take heart that they dint allow SL to run away with the game. slight rub of green & the match could have gone india's way. anyway waiting for India vs Pakistan.

Posted by yogicoolboy on (March 1, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

I think India played a batsman to many. If they had a extra bowler they could have won the match. Lack of bowling options cost India and drop catches. Hope they get their selection right this time. Play pandey/ Mishra instead of a batsman

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (March 1, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Sandeep Pawar

In captain's remarks, some credit needs to be given to the winning team. These are sporting etiquettes. Just as Michael Clarke and Graham Smith both did to the winning team in their series.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

Several palyers should not have been selected by India like Rohit Sharma, Rahane and Dinesh Kartik.

Posted by kr_kinshuk on (March 1, 2014, 10:48 GMT)

Btw, Angelo Matthews showed incredible smartness yesterday by not bowling Malinga when Kohli was there. That's how a captain should shield his best bowler when he realizes that his premier bowler has a mental block against a particular batsman.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

@All who are blaming Kohli for not praising Sangakkara for his brilliant hundred:

We are not playing/watching cricket for praising others performances, we need to improve our own skills.

Posted by AlbertPintoGussaHua on (March 1, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Why is Rohit still opening when Rahane is in the team? Heck why is Rohit in the playing XI while Pujara is carrying drinks? Why is Binny playing on spinner-friendly tracks while Mishra is warming the bench? Why is Karthik the default option when Dhoni is not available? Too many questions?

Posted by wackwella on (March 1, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

@GRVJPR I can see the pain in your mind when reading your comments. Relax man, when India lost a match, it should be luck, dew, bad umpiring, injuries to main players blah blah blah yeah!. Anyway India can get rid of bad umpiring by changing their stand about reviewing system.

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

Here's the Fact in India. Indian media is the main reason why most of the Indians fans acting like this. through Indian media they created a hype that India are "Invincible" India is world within country. so many states with different languages and different eternities, unfortunately most are not know there's world out side of India. and there's so many great players and teams apart from their team. India always being a mediocre team. SL with great Fielding and all round team, always treat to watch. no wonder why so many Australians love to see Sri Lankans touring Australia, specially in T20's and ODI's they are the only subcontinent team who fight neck to neck with Australia in past 5 years time. Aus vs SL games become treat to watch.

Posted by NFALIM on (March 1, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

what so ever its hurts toooo much india.after loss any one can give various reason why its not change the defeat!!!!keep that in mind..SL won,Ind lost.. drop catches miss stumping it happening all matchess..its hapeen both the teams..thats nt the fact.sanga handle the pressure well even RRR was around 9.thats how champs are working not stareing at othes!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

@Insiders. Didnt all the batsman in the top 7 make runs in the NZ and SA tours? Almost all of them made centuries and half centuries atleast.

Posted by ramz_01 on (March 1, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

@hogwarts_cricket you hav every sign of becme a g8 indian captain, hav a thousands of reason to say in a defeat

Posted by buddhikapm on (March 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

BCCI should try and bring one more resolution or so called revamp to beat SL in ODI's..

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

NextSana. You need glasses mate. Sangas dismissal was legit. The ball was dipping unless you saw it going skywards defying laws of gravity. The point of contact was slightly above the waist but his knees were bent. He managed to cut the ball with decent contact which would have been diffIcult if it was too high. I am sure the third umpire is qualified enough to make that analysis. Anyway Karthik should have whipped the bails out when Sanga was 27 and then we would have seen a classic SL collapse.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (March 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

India..Plz go home & play IPL...Your team is good for IPL only..

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 1, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

@ Subhash Devadiga, not at all, it was drop catches (15 of them), stumping of sangakkara, 4 plumb lbw not given by umpires, ugly filthy slog of slogger perera, and dew is what cost india game. India bowlers created more chances than Sri lankan street level bowlers.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 1, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

@ NextSana - Nice comic relief from your comments. Considering that India has consistently beaten (nay thrashed) SL in the recent 4-5 years, it is the Indians who will be happy to play SL in the final. You will do well to remember that last time India toured your country, you guys had no place to hide. Thrashed brutally 4-1. You just won a close game where India missed the worlds best ODI finisher. Enjoy these moments while they last. Because they don't come very often for SL against India. hahaha

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 1, 2014, 9:23 GMT)

Sangakkara, great player?? what a dismal act on your part. Clearly nicked one in the slips but as always he never walks. I will remember you for this pathetic act whole life. Thank you once again for disgracing game of cricket. Kusal what a slogger you are. You and afridi are legend sloggers. But slogs don't come off everyday.

Posted by crickarrr on (March 1, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

To indian fans who criticize our victory: win is still a win.admit it.we know it is not very convincing and luck went our way, but still do u think u deserve the victory with such a performance?and for those who criticize sanga FYI he's a sri lankan and we didnt import him 4m somewhere else.i'm sure when he's retired somebody will take his position as we have good youngsters to fill his place.Majority of indian fans are open minded and have a good sense of sportsmanship.but still there are very few who makes lame excuses for the loss. To all Sri lankan fans:we are known for our modesty and humbleness.unlike other fans we support our team in victory and loss in same manner.I saw few comments which mock indian team over their loss.I know this was much awaiting match to prove ourselves to the world but you guys are bit overreacting & it really shouldn't be done.If by any chance india won the match,some indian fans will be all over us but that's what makes us different.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (March 1, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

As someone mentioned earlier, what's wrong with the cricketers whose first name is Dinesh ? LOL Dinesh Chandimal - got the swagger like Sir Viv, but bats like Chris Martin in ODI, dominates bowling attacks in fast 'n bouncy conditions (avg 50+ in Aus, Eng, SA) and fails miserably in home conditions (avg in 20s). Dinesh Karthik - batting and keeping wickets, all are appalling. Dinesh Ramdin - nothing good to say about him either.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Death over bowling cost India the game

Posted by goldenpower on (March 1, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

After Sanga, mahela, dilshan and nearly malinga, Lankan team really feel how to won continuous matches. But current youngsters never fulfill their places.

Posted by siri12345 on (March 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

by winning both the games of asia cup we hav once again proved that we r the best side of the subontinent .no doubt ind has won couple of fluke trophies one by opposition player getting injured in semifinal n other by dew in wc 2011 final but wen it comes to consistency sl has advanced to most wc finals n semifinals that too only after playing 30 yrs of cricket compared to other two subcontinent sides that too only with a population of 20 million compared to 1.2 billion.

Posted by NextSana on (March 1, 2014, 9:03 GMT)

Excellent win by Sri Lankan but I thought we could have bat first and win with a bonus point. Anyway some sense less comments by Indian fans as always. For those fans:

Sanga is given out it looks above waist high. Not only Sharma De Silva came down the track but given LBW. I think Binny's save is 4 runs clearly. We can always assure dropping at least couple of catches whilst playing against India cause they are the worst fielding team in Sub Continent. LOL talking about dew we bowled well against Pakistan in dew and won and I guess India is lucky to bat 2nd against BD cause dew played a major role in that match. SL match it came into play in last 5 overs.

But I hope Indians can win next two games somehow so we can thrash them again in the finals. Hope Kohli will win the toss to bowl first cause mighty Indians are too depended of dew. It is players who win the match not the dew. LOL We'll thrash you no matter bat 1st or 2nd.

Posted by jagfoss on (March 1, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

New theory in cricket: When India is beaten, it is because of DEW, TOSS, DHONI is missing and thousands of IFs and BUTs. When other teams are beaten, it is due to the pure talent of INDIA. So, ICC should bring rules as soon as possible to let INDIAN team do whatever they want without having a toss. And if they are missing a major player other team should have to drop a major player. As the trend goes, it wont be a surprise to see after few years that they play 50 overs and the other team has only 40 overs. This is what money can do.

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 1, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

In my views Kohli is not making a good captain.The best batsmen have to be allowed to be themselves.It might affect his batting. Dhoni would have made the difference but alas he is not around. Dhoni might not be the best captain abroad but one should look at the resources he has and how he executes through those limited ones.His pacers let him down now and again. Kohli tried yesterday, no doubt but yet I have this feeling that he might not be the best suitor for the captain's post. The sad thing is there is no one else either, apart from Dhoni. With nobody performing , we cannot think of anyone apart from Kohli who can be permanent fixture in the side.Rohit Sharma leads MI and leads good, but when it comes to int'l matches he lacks what it needs to stay at highest level.Its bad days for team India. I sincerely hope they come out of it sooner rather than later.A good fast-bowling unit is the sheer requirement of the hour.Hope BCCI and team management do something about it.

Posted by iNsiDers on (March 1, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Its funny to see some Indian Batsmen scoring runs, Oh i forgot this tournament is played on flat pitches... for sure they will score !!

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

just like SL outplayed Ind from 1996 - 2010, India started to have upper hand from 2011-2013, but looks like that same cycle repeated, from 2014 it will be SL's chance to give a lesson to India, about their true status in Cricket arena. which is mediocre of course

Posted by Premkumarguna on (March 1, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

India definitely missed Suresh rania.In the place of rayudu /suresh raina should be there.he was very helpful in spinning dept yesterday.He can control run and make sanga to make mistake. Rohit has to go bat in middle order.My Team for Against Pak. Dhawan/Pujara/Kohli/Rahane/Rohit/karthik/jadeja/Ashwin/Mishra/Bhu.Kumar/Mohames Sami. India should find a bowler like Zaheer who can produce yorker/Variation ball in the final 45-50 overs. Until he find the Two best bolwers he cant compete in 2015 world cup.

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 1, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

All the credit goes to Sangakkara for keeping his head cool and utilizing the opportunities he got his way to a brilliant hundred.We have already seen five hundreds in Asia cup, but this in my view along with Akmal's vs Afganistan are the best ones. He didn't let his SR fall rather kept hitting boundaries now and then and never let the run-rate climb up.He kept taking singles and two's.Now this is how one should bat and this a great learning lesson for all the batsmen around the world.Had he lost his cool and thrown his wicket, I am pretty sure it would have been a daunting task for lower order batsmen to take SL home.Though I knew that despite taking seven wickets India stood no chance with only seam bowler's overs remaining.India played a spinner less.Binny was a mistake to be included as he purchased nothing from the opportunity he was provided.I am sure there are few players in domestic ranks who would perform much better and give 100% if the get a chance to represent India.

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 1, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

Most people try to degrade SL, though it has the same Cricketing history similar to India started in 1830s. It is a case of how the Game is handled & promoted within the Country for the last 20-25 years that matters most. Our Cricket has been competitive ever since we started playing International Cricket, however the Game is suffering in the hands of Jokers & Puppets and the local media for the last 25 years. These J&Ps & media have different interest; 1st they hate the batters the class of Roy Dias, Attapatu, S'weera with total control over their stroke play,( always preferred reckless hitting, half-batters & half-bowlers) even if one such player was picked occasionally he is always used as a lower order batter,thus there is no one to control the innings in case of a collapse; 2nd there's always an itching, henchmen to be included in the Team, therefore quality players the likes of Ajantha,S'nayake, AngeloP have always been confined to carry water (as they did until recently)2bCNTD

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

I think it SL middle order fault to make these untalented worst Indian Bowling line up make like a great one. they should have played sensibly, i see great future in SL. Ind will go down as they are already over depend on Kohli and Dhoni to win them games, i see no chance for them in up coming WC 2015, it is bitter but that is the truth.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

What a class act from Chandimal and Dinesh Karthick

Posted by hogwarts_cricket on (March 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

Not only the 4 dropped catches but the the boundary saved by Mahela also should have been declared a boundary. Even Bhuvneshwar's stumping was marginal and should have got the benifit of doubt. Kushal was clearly LBW to Bhuveneshwar but no given but Rohit's was given by the same umpire even though he was long was down the pitch. Mahela padded his first delivery from Ashiwn which looked out in real time but no replay was shown. So many factors contributing to India's defeat. The only good performance from SL was Sanga's magnificient innings but he too owes to Dinesh Kartik.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Good fought for India & a perfect lesson from sanga to all younsters. here many cricket pandits critiize kohli's captaincy compared with dhoni. actually Kohli wasn't bad to utilize the bowlers in this match & he was led the team which try to defend the match till the last over with this insufficient total. moreover the so called "cool headed" dhone not got such a young team in his early days . he had a well settled team to grab all the titles under his belt(forget about T20 WC where hard hitting bashers are treating like champs) . so Kohli can make a team like Dada which will bring back all the things for India again.

Posted by MuniBob on (March 1, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

once again batsmen failed to score or maintain good partnerships.. I would blame Rohit for this lose..The way he is scoring runs is not a good sign given the time we have for world cup. I feel he should be replaced with someone who is good as opener.. i don't mind if it is Gambhir.

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

India are over dependent on Dhoni and Kohli, if you go through all their past winning games you can clearly see the clues. don't know what will happen to India, once Dhoni retires. they do not either posses physical strength to do brilliant in fielding. and most are sloggers, like Dhawan, Dhoni without any proper technique. it is actually a hype created by BCCI, but reality is India always was and are a mediocre team. i always rate SL as a best subcontinent team. they do not do big talks, just answering through performance it self.

Posted by FlatTrakBully on (March 1, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Great Innings from Sangakkara. This is his fastest ODI century.

Posted by Ammo666 on (March 1, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

As usual illogical excuses from IND'n fans goes on & on again:D Seems like they need individual specialists batsman to face individual SL'n bowler for example (Sehwag was not there thats why Mendis was not countered) lol & then again after losing Kohli said dew & toss both made the difference...if really this was the case then BD would have won also against so called legendary IND & IND won with only 6 balls remaining in that match with enough batting to come & BD was easliy 25 runs short the way they batted...IND'n fans were talking about Razzak when he said the dew was a factor & made it much hard at the end...& the time Dhawan dropped Thisara's catch it wa already too late(scores were leveled) & SL had another 2 batsman to come to & take just 1 run & win:) Sangakara was just absolutely fantastic & unstoppable what a vital hundred that was!! Congrats SL!

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 1, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Sanga is better than Tendulkar. Tendulkar was no good in T20 and was not that good in ODIs. It was boring to watch Tendulkar from 50 to 100. Kohli is better than Sanga at the moment and will end up that way but up to now (Kohli has not played enough cricket yet) again Sanga is best South Asian batsman if a full careers are looked at even though he is not good at T20s. Sanga, Tendulkar, Javed Miandad, Gavaskar........

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 1, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

contradictory to the best team win yesterday the best team lost.india was far better side than sreelanka but poor fielding along with sangakkara beaten them

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

Here's the Fact in India. Indian media is the main reason why most of the Indians fans acting like this. through Indian media they created a hype that India are "Invincible" India is world within country. so many states with different languages and different eternities, unfortunately most are not know there's world out side of India. and there's so many great players and teams apart from their team. India always being a mediocre team. SL with great Fielding and all round team, always treat to watch. no wonder why so many Australians love to see Sri Lankans touring Australia, specially in T20's and ODI's they are the only subcontinent team who fight neck to neck with Australia in past 5 years time. Aus vs SL games become treat to watch.

Posted by ms2000 on (March 1, 2014, 7:37 GMT)

Indian team outside India looks a medicore club team. A lot is needed to improve their standards to match at international level OUTSIDE INDIA. To me, surely India can find a better 11 than the present team. There may be some very good players whos talenst are hidden or die in wilderness. The present team in a liability to India.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 1, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Obviously India's biggest problem is their bowlers. When sides rack up century after century vs India its shows our quality. On this basis people have branded India the worst team. I dont blame this view. REALLY INDIA NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. Also its time to bring in the better fielders iin ODI's - Raina should come back in the ODI squad. He ,Dhoni and maybe Yusaf Pathan(or even Saurabh Tiwari) or even Yuvi as the big hitters.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 7:22 GMT)

Chandimal should voluntarily stay at home and start watching D division , U13 cricket matches

Posted by amilag on (March 1, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

@cricketsubh.....please take caare of your own business....go through last ODI records of last few years see what happen if Kholi and Dhoni are not there for Indian teams...what the rest has done? LOL

Posted by Allen.Arendtsz on (March 1, 2014, 7:20 GMT)

Well Done Mr.Sangakkara, hats off to you sir..another great innings under pressure.. Hopefully SL keeps the winning streak going india did well too by takin the game to the last over..the only thing that annoyed me was Virat Kohli's complaning All in all good match!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Great captain and a great batsman is not the same!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

If India play with Dhoni but without Koli , then India will win .

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully ... I do not think you are intelligent Cricket fan at all. you are biased towards your team, which is extremely Ok. but what is wrong is you thinking your team is Invincible and thinking as world beaters, which is unfortunately not true. India always being a mediocre team and can newer regarded as world beaters.

From a Bangladeshi fan

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Reading through these comments lines, the most intriguing aspect is, the majority of Indians who criticized our tiny Island nation's "Cricketers" which is smaller than their smallest state for our achievements in the cricketing Arena! disgusting aptitude though and Sorry Sportsmanship.

Posted by Smart_animesh on (March 1, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

Good effort bySrilanka. But they should consider themselves lucky as Indian fielders has given them too many chances.. They still are miles behind India as a team..

Posted by JustTalkCricket on (March 1, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

asiacricket1234 - your bowling is worst than AFG and least said about battiing is better.

My teams are Ind and Pak and both are champions.

Posted by Cricgeek213 on (March 1, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Many say it was the luck of Srilanka. The truth is that it was bad cricket played by india, catches are a important part of cricket so if team india dropped them, it was bad cricket from their side. {Hope this gets posted}

Posted by byc89 on (March 1, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

Overall a bad game of cricket. Both innings revolved around individual performances and there was practically no team effort. Indians were too near the target yet too far away. Can an international match against SL be won only because of batting from Kohli & Dhawan, bowling from Jadeja and Ashwin and fielding from none. Sami was okay up to an extent but rest 6 players contributed almost nothing. Cricket is a team game and can not be won by contribution from only 4-5 players. Still, India needs to take heart because they were almost near to the victory and did not loose very badly. Sanga is a brilliant player and he again proved it yesterday but unfortunately also for SL that there were only few individual performances and it was not a team effort from them either.

Posted by cricketsubh on (March 1, 2014, 6:51 GMT)


Posted by Cricgeek213 on (March 1, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully Srilanka didn't win because of luck, they won because of the bad cricket india played. ultimately catches are a part of cricket, so if team india dropped them its basically bad cricket from india. learn to admit defeat mate.

Posted by wackwella on (March 1, 2014, 6:49 GMT)

@Sahil Jay -->>> India's fumbles in the field was not our luck, it was entirely India's fault. Not only against India, there were bad decisions against SL as well. Dew was only there after 40th over as you saw clearly on TV. Ashwin completed 8 overs even before 30th over as I remember and also Jadeja completed 8 overs before 40 overs without dew. SL won against Pakisthan with dew, as SL bowlers used towels regularly. Do not forget that in the WC final SL had to face dew for more than 25 overs. I am not insulting Indian team, I always give respect to other team. Plzzzzz give credit to the winning team without give senseless excuses.

Posted by asu101 on (March 1, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

I have been a die hard Indian fan for the last 20 years.

In the recent past India has rightly earned the tag of flat track bullies. Our overseas performances have been nothing less than shattering.

MS Dhoni is no good as a captain. He always blames the pitch or the condition for all our losses. Lets face it our bowling attack is below bangladesh.

Rayadu, Rahane and Karthik are just not good enough for ODIs. We need yuvraj and raina back. Both of them would have proved handy against SL.

It was refreshing to see Virat Kohlis aggressive captaincy. He had catching men at the right times.

Unfortunately the batting collapse cost the India team. Barring dhawan and kohli no Indian batsmen has been consistent. No point blaming the toss or the dew

When we won against Bangladesh I did not hear virat complain.

on current form its going to be tough for India to beat pak.

India needs a score of 320 plus to win games with this bowling line up

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

@black_bird Do not talk about bad umpiring decisions. its you guys who opposed to DRS. If India is not playingin this tournament we will definitely have drs here. So unfortunate cricket is in bad hands these days.

Posted by Ara247 on (March 1, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

A great inning by one of modern day great. But, SL needs few changes. Mahela is going through a bad patch. So, bring back him to open the innings with Kushal where he feels more comfort. And thirimanne go down the order. Please drop chandimal for Ashan Priyanjan

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

What a class act, What a class cricketer, What a match. Well done Sri Lanka, Well done Sanga.Good luck in the finals.

Posted by Kashi0127 on (March 1, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

Don't worry so much folks. India still needs to play Afghanistan. I think they have a 50-50 chance there. So if they make it that would mean 2 out of 4 game win assured. I think asking anything more would be too much. And anyway that betters Dhoni's record by a mile!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 1, 2014, 6:26 GMT)

@ ThilankaK. If you consider last 10 matches only, then India will be at 8th or 9th or 10th. But unfortunately for you, ICC ranking it is not like that. they will consider In that case, NZ will be no:1 Claiming for a good spot in the ICC ranking based on 3wins over 9th ranked BD is too much. I donot think SL can overtake India in the rankings as you will get a maximum of 1 point if you win against Afgan (But you will lost 2 at least). Still India has 2 games left (at least) to accumulate 1 point each. So overall you can only dream about no:2 rankings. lolz

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

India actually deserved this loss. You can't win match after dropping so many catches. Other than that, what a super inning from Sanga.He stood like a rock and delivered for his team. What a player!! As I had said in my earlier comment SL were favorites in this match and they proved me right. Hope India pull their act together against Pakistan as that will be a very tough game to play against a world class and in-form team. Congrats Sri Lanka!! You deserved victory....

Posted by HDG1978 on (March 1, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

To be very honest, this is a very mediocre Indian team that has no intent or desire to win. This Indian team as somebody rightly has a number of passengers and liability players (Sharma, Ashwin etc). If Indian fans including me are expecting India to win the 2015 WC in Aus/NZ with India's worst fielding side in decades, we can only call it wishful thinking. Only two world class players (Kohli and Shami) cannot raise the abysmal standards that the current Indian team is setting. God only can save Indian cricket from a free-fall like what happened with the WI team in the 90s. Wishing Team India more thrashings that would somehow wake up the money and power-hungry BCCI from its slumber.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 1, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

First of all India almost defend 264 with no real contribution from half of the team. As you know extremly poor fielding by the team. Especially from Karthik and Dhavan. We cannot wish for a win even after dropping that much chances. 2) It was a India Vs Sangakkara. No real contribution from anyone else. 3) You know what happened to Mendis after his 1st game against India or any team. Once the opposition read his variations, he is a treat for batsmen. Hopefully we can see it in final. 4) No:2 ranking will be a BIG dream for SL as long as India lost this game. Do not assume that luck will help you everytime!

Posted by ultrasnow on (March 1, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

I think we Indians need to give credit where it's due and look at the lighter side of things like basking in the glory of Bhuvi joint-entering the record books for that awesome diamond duck!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

SriLankanY I saw a very lame question asked by your comment about Mahela, haven't you watched SL play before this match or what? And you need Chandimal to control the game after Mathews left? So silly of you haha, Chandimal can not handle him self alone , who is a specialist fielder and an immature player how on earth will he handle an international team under pressure against a team like india mate? Really you need to grow up idont think you have been a part of a sports team every in you life thats, Thats why sri lankans have succeed no matter when or how every team mate put their hand up when the team needs it, specially Mahela as captain has done really well for you people and he was the best person to handle a situation like that, looking forward for series between SA and SL, Regards from SA Thank you Hope this will be published

Posted by VJGS on (March 1, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

Whether you think Dhoni should remain the captain or not, I think we can all agree that he was the difference between victory and defeat for India. He could've taken some crucial catches as a keeper and his stumping skills are definitely in a completely different league. But most importantly, Dhoni the batsman could've provided at least 20-30 more runs in the last 10 overs of the Indian innings. Hats off to Sangakarra and the Sri Lankans, though. They absolutely deserved the win. If India wants to win against Pakistan, bring in Pujara instead of Binny. Binny just doesn't seem international material to me. He might play well in IPL and in the domestic circuit, but International matches are completely different from those. And is Vinay Kumar being completely ignored? First by RCB, and now the BCCI.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

They said India has won when Dhawan scored 50+, Kholi scored 30+ And Ashwin Got 2 Wickets.... Over and Over Again & Again! BLuff bLuff bLufF!!!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@isuru lakmal. everyone knows that india is not doing well since sa tour, sl barely won yesterday courtesy by fumbles in the field, bad umpiring and dew as well, and sl won against Pakistan, because pak panics at the end, and you are predicting indian team future, indian team has won enough, and we are very proud of that and we can forgive our team for some losses. u better worry about your sl team, one man army, what if sanga didn't click, what if he missout by any reason, not everyday teams gonna drop twice parera, anyways sanga played well, congrats to him n sl team, next time just be careful before opening ur big mouth, and keep in mind still u haven't win the final, wait for it, india will b coming hard.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 1, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Half of the Indian team played brilliantly and half played poorly. There is no real contribution from DK, Biny and Rayidu. DK was a big failure. He do not have any keeping skills. He can blame himself for the stumping chance of Sanga and dropped catch at the end overs. India need to think about Samson instead of DK as keeper. Dhovan needs to learn basics of catching. He put down 2 catches in this game itself. But with all odds, Jadeja and Rohit bowled brilliantly to bring back Indian in to the game.

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 1, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

What is india doing with gambhir,Shewag and harbhajan.Bring those people to indian team.Gambhir is way better than dhawan. Shewag is miles better than nohith.Oh..sorry rohith.Bhaji is always better than ashwin.Don't distroy your once great team.Advice from a sri lankan fan.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

Pakistan made the worst mistake of cricket history in uae by beating SL in odi series and last east that too in bad light what were you thinking Pakistan?

If pak had got themselves whitewashed by SL in uae Sl fans (some specific) would have been loving the pakistan team as they love BD now.

but pakistan was unable too see it coming due to bad light.

Posted by aranga on (March 1, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

@black_bird : No comments, Your name tell you all.

Posted by cmili on (March 1, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

India's last 10 ODI status, LLDLLDLLWL.Only one victory and its against rank no 9 team(BD). What a shame??. But the point is, still Indian fans thinking they are world champions.How can they??Lol Lol.. same result in Sunday also and will knock out from Asia Cup too.They cant win in fast tracks in SA and NZ same as subcontinent pitches too.They are only heroes in INDIA in front of their home crowd.Really sorry about Indian Fans.You are just boasting.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

india and pakistan both r going down SRI is my favourite to win this asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

Sanga, there is No one like him, in the world of cricket Today !!

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

@vish2020::: we can understand Indians pain with your comment after the match,, doesn't matter, try to win against afg,,

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

A very good game of cricket but not so good cricket from India, didnt expect it from them, Virat absolutely made no mistake in using his limited resources but the same problem of both India and Pakistan fielding they have been good in recent past in field but cant guess what happened. About Sanga he is truly a class act, Sanga, AB, Kohli, Amla are todays best batsmen cricket has (Mahela is a little out of touch).

@ Blade_runner: I read a few comments by you on PAk AFG game (AFG screwed over by umpires, pak won due to umar's drop) If take these things into consideration, did SL really deserve to win? only openers getting 2 lives each, 3 dropped catches and a lbw not given, five catches dropped in total and an lbw and stumping missed still it took you 10 batsmen to cross the line and with all the luck on your side too.

Its not what i am saying its what sl fans commented on PAK AFG game.

Big fan of SANGA (has a reserved his space in Hall of FAME)

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

bad cricket from India interpreted as luck of Sri lanka, Indians fans are just like their new captain. feel sorry!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

This may have been mentioned before - 1. Dropped catches and sloppy fielding in NZ cost us 300+ runs off a single bat and two tests. Dropped catches and sloppy fielding in Asia Cup cost us a match we could have won. Learn to CALL man! highschool kids can do it successfully, whats wrong with our "professionals"? 2. We have barely any fast bowlers - and Yadav is warming benches and serving drinks. If you play him once a year he can hardly build up any accuracy or learn. How come Ishant gets to come up with ONE good performance all year and is STILL assured of a spot? 4. Stop the "talent" song for No-Hit Sharma (yeah he hit runs on a dead track at home in ONE series - that doesn't assure a spot for the next ten years). 5. Stop talking about Gambhir and Yuvraj. If we're going to lose, atleast blood new young guys like samson or chand. They can't do WORSE than the current crop! 6. Ashwin needs a partner! Play Ojha/Mishra. If u cant do it with 6/7 bats...nuff said

Posted by JoseZah on (March 1, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

@GRVJPR - Typical Indian fan. Nuff said. Thats why India will never ever be able to sustain their world beater tag. It was a one off in 2011. Learn to appreciate and be graceful in defeat.

Posted by kumarsSansai on (March 1, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

@CricketFever11: Yeah all know who is Sanga but All also know what SL against India. I know these day India not playing good cricket. But check last 2-3 years statics against India.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:08 GMT)

sanga's innings changed the game... he was just brilliant and as usual pretty ordinary fielding effort by dhawan in the 49th and 50th over... dropped a dolly and also stumbled a boundary... we all know karthik is not a conventional keeper... he is a batsmen but not a keeper... he added it to his armery but keeping is a talent only few can posses... the two games are an example he cant pick the spinners and during the bangladesh game we saw him leaking boundaries behind him and in sl match he missed a stumping and also was not agile.... his batting was a bit wavery... he had plenty of time to settle but didnt use the chance he has... all the middle order batsmen and also rohit the exceptional are dhawan and kholi... i think rohit didnt even show what jaddu,shami and ashwin did at the end with the bat.... he needs to step up or leave way for some one else... middle order needs to understand that atleast one of them needs to stay till the end if Virat is dismissed early

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

India loses now every where S.A L,L NZ L,L,L,D,L Asia w,L what a future?

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 1, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

@ Ahmedpakistan6 ; sanga is & was a walker man ! when he's out he's walking but that incident ball touch his glove some times cricketers doesn't know & this is only one incident in his entire cricket career !! you have to play cricket to know this mate !!!

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

indians, now go and complain to BCCI, request them to bring back shewag, and gambhir. Indian bowling was not that bad to be complained about, it's there fielding which let them down.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 1, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Well played Sanga and the Lankans. A well deserved Victory. Their bowling department did a terrific job in restricting the Indians. A total of sub 300 is never was never going to be easy for our bowlers, but still they did a commendable job. A great show from our young Captain Virat. The bowling / fielding changes did create chances, but we failed to capitalise on all of them. Had it been the case then it would have been a different story all together. Fielding has let the Indians down this time. This batting collapse clearly shows that MSD is the backbone of the Indian line up. Hope they let this one go by and reorganise for the next challenge against Pakistan. That will be a great combat and wish both the team the very best. Cheers.

Posted by tarukmann on (March 1, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

i feel for india and Their fans,but the ugly truth is India can only play in india, they are struggling outside their back yard even in Bangaladesh where your can find flattest of cricket tracks. for an example Rohit sharma made 200 in a odi in india but else where he is struggled to get double figures. Indian team consist of over Rated players like R.Sharma, R.Ashwin, B.Kumar,S. Binny( He reminds me Robin Singh) no wonder they stuggle like fish out of water when they play out side India.

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

@vish2020 class is not always mean high average.anyway sanga's ODI average is higher than most of them(40).he is a good gentleman in gentlemen's game(cricket).india is the worst team whitewashed by Ban 4-0.but india have been whitewashed by nz that one too.i think Pakistan will win in Sunday.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 1, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

I wonder how India 2nd place in world rankings with result of L W L L T L L N/R L L last 10 matches ! should be 8th place with this results !

Posted by TEROSHAN on (March 1, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

Poor INd u miss Baji/Yuvi/Raina and laxmnpathi Blaji and what surprise me was Y IND cant find the death bawles from 1.2 Billion People as Sl has only 20 milin and we have malinga saminda and thisara kule

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 1, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

as far as I'm concern Sanga is the GOD OF CRICKET !! in test no one can beat him with triple hundred with second innings hundred , double hundreds and best average !!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 4:54 GMT)

Wonderful innings by sangakkara.. Please remove rohit for teams sake.. He doesnt rotate strike and puts unnecessary pressure on other batsmen.. V have given him enough chances..

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

I was curious to know from SL fans - whom do they regard as a better batsman amongst Sangakkara and Jayawardene ?

It's difficult to choose but purely on overseas performances I d regard Sangakkara as a better batsman.

Posted by randikaayya on (March 1, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

Guys please, I understand that Indian fans need to vent their frustration of loosing several back to back matches but you got to be reasonable so as to not make a mockery out of Indian cricketing sentiment. The common excuse of missing Dhoni for this loss is hilarious. Are you seriously suggesting that only 1 person out of your 1200 million sis capable of standing up to the 11 put forth by our nation of 20 millions? That's a real shame then

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

No doubt Sanga is a world class player and he showed his class yesterday.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

if Rohit sharma plays at such speed! i wonder what will happen when he will play in world t20 as an opener! Pathetic decision to not to include Gambhir in squad! if he was in team then it would be a difference of 30 40 runs at least which may not have costed us the match!

Posted by jayah on (March 1, 2014, 4:44 GMT)

welldone are a was a treat to watch u.indians are blaming dew came into play in last few overs.jadeja and aswin bowled well bcoz there was no dew.india hasn't any good death bowlers and without dhoni they will always end 20-30 runs short.u indian fans better teach kohli to respect opponents

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 1, 2014, 4:43 GMT)

@ Disce_aut_Discede I don't know how people like you get the audacity to make comments about other's performances outside. Please mention your teams achievements outside home ........... waiting for your reply. And do try to match them with India's achievements. India has two world cups outside ASIA.

Posted by SL_legacy on (March 1, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

@All Sanga haters... he's accepted by world as a true great of modern day cricket. not just for his on field abilities but for the gentlemen qualities he's shown off the field also which was pretty much the case with a true legend like Dravid. We all SL fans love and admire Dravid for his sportsmanship, and I have seen our coaches, in school arenas, taking him for a regular example. We should give credit when its due for a player. that's the spirit which should be shown in us. but you haters, just like your captain (standing though), have no idea about what respect is. Hats-off o the Indians and non-Indians who have had the decency to admire a great innings and great player. Cricket is a beautiful game and players like Sanga & Dravid make it much more beautiful. All the best Indians and Pakistanis for the big clash tomorrow. May the better team win !!!

Posted by sheru-sher on (March 1, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

India is number 1 in big 3 but continue to lose matches all over the world. India will soon be a minnow when the 3 tier system come into place .That will be the cricketing irony of the century

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

@prassana . Lol are u comparing wasim shoaib and waqar the workedxsgainst every team while sanga sacchin worked against poor bowlers and especially when tendulkar used to make century usually india lost that much as that was individual innings when bowlers like wasim waqar shoaib bowl tendulkar started shivering especially against shoaib

Posted by aranga on (March 1, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

@vish2020 :If you are the world champions, your team should find a way to win the match. Dropping catches and missing stumps should not be there. And don't blame dew. We know that dew is a huge factor when we are playing in subcontinent. You have to find a way and bowlers should bare it. Yes We can understand your feelings and try to make your self happy by posting bullish post.

Wish you all the best on Sunday. Hope your WC will win.

Posted by ketaann on (March 1, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

bhuvaneshkumar can never be good bowler. Dhawan is very ordinary fielder. He was reponsible for many chances which were put down. Gambhir is good choice for him. Rayadu n binny is not capable to hadle pressure of international cricket. Irfan should be call back. It is also psychological problem for bowlers that they lose half match when they see total of below 320 to defend.

Posted by mohanram82 on (March 1, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

if india never need for DRS and they will protest for onfield umpires that means the BCCI will protest that" only if batsmen feel its out. then its out ,orelse they can play till they got out".. days to come BCCI, jus wait..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

Absolutely marvellous knock by by my all time fav Sangakara ,,,,, really Thrashed Endian weak bowling attack ,,,, well done

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

vish2020 LMAO how pathetic you are! & how you are fighting with your feelings.just be cool man! take a nap & think! you saw today what is class. we don't have SRK, Amir khan,Salman or hulk to save SL. but we have K. Sanga to do that! we are a small country, but that's not mean that we can't produce class players. This small country has done lot of things during last 30 years it's cricket.

Posted by sunnygav on (March 1, 2014, 4:05 GMT)

@Vish2020 Be humble when win and gracious in your defeat. It has been really frustrating to read all these rubbish comment from fan from different teams to belittle the opposition. If Sanga, who has topped the test batsmen chart in past and been winning games single handedly over the years, is not a class act then I don't know what is your definition of class act. Come out of the stats world and appreciate real cricket. Both team played really well and gave a good game of cricket. Hope India can pick their game from here and sort out some team selection issues. Go India.........

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

@StatisticsRocks, well said mate. u saw & got the backbone to appreciate oppositions talent when it deserves. what many fellow Indians failed - even many of their cricketers.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

Why everyone state about the absence of Dhoni as an excuse? And also Raina and Yuvraj? It seems they totally forgot about the absence of 3 Big guns in Sri Lanka Side.... TM Dilshan, Kulasekara and Herath!

Posted by black_bird on (March 1, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

At last srilanka have a win against india after so manu humiliation. See you at final, and india is going to take it. Due to poor umpiring decision, india lost it. will be back very much strongly.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 3:55 GMT)

Can the same person make the most POSITIVE and the most NEGATIVE impact in the same match? Yes; Dhawan has proved, in yesterdays match, that this apparent contradiction is possible!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

Dhawan shelved his natural aggressive persona, and slowly built up his innings. That 'unnatural act' seems to have affected him in his fielding. In everything we do, we have to be our natural self to be fully effective

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 1, 2014, 3:53 GMT)

Some Doubt in this mind regarding this. When Mathews left the field due to Injury Jayawardane rushing and giving commands to fielders. So then Acting Caption is Chandimal(Vice-Caption) or Jayawardene?. That MJ behavior is not acceptable at all. As a Senior giving advices to Chandimal is OK.but acting as Caption when vice caption is in the field is truly unacceptable. And Other things it seems cold war going on between Mathews and Chandimal on Captaincy. There r some pros and cons of this.what if cons>pros then?

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 3:51 GMT)

sanga well infront of other cricketers like sachin dravid. world class num 1 player is sanga

Posted by GustavXV on (March 1, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

Both scored runs, both gave comments, There, Sanga showed his class & Kohli showed his classlessness. Even Dhoni would have given credit for Sangakkare for his match winning knock!

Posted by birdz_eye on (March 1, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

Big three have bitten the dust in U-19 World Cup recently. England lost to WI, Aussies are being bullied by Styen & Morkel & India been beaten by NZ & now likely to be thrown out from Asia Cup. Big Three Deserve it!

Posted by Cricgeek213 on (March 1, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

vish2020 sanga is definitely a class player and one of the greats in cricket, his stats are amazing ( test avg of 58, 11151 runs and odi avg of 40.5 , 12422 runs). He has better stats than all the other players you mentioned with the exception of the God of cricket (sachin).

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 3:44 GMT)

Shocking - if Binny is not good enough to complete 10 overs, then why play him? Is he good enough a batsman to replace say Raydu? Then play him instead and then the Binny overs will be a bonus. India has never had a great bowling attack - never. So their strength was the spinners. In the olden days they would bowl a few overs of medium pace and then resort to spin. Thus, India must pick excellent spinners. How many good bowlers India has produced? Kapil, Srinath, Zaheer and Kumble, Harbajan. Yes some others were there to help. But India never ever had a set of fine bowlers. Even with the money no one is keen to build a long term solution. In subcontinent conditions why play an extra batsman? India must always play 5 bowlers plus 2 part timers. Else they won't be able to win. when batting it is very rarely that the extra batsman makes a difference. So play Binny as a batsman who can be the 6th bowler - not the 5th. But then sadly no one cares...

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

why Bangla can't beat India i think Bangla have that potential, for me INDIA is the easiest team to get thrashed by any team , looking forward to seeing Afgan thrash India

Posted by Nuwas on (March 1, 2014, 3:41 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 please don't thrash talk mate, yeah we won the match yesterday & we've all the rights in the world to brag about our team, but please don't condemn other teams like few of those insensible commentors. I am pretty sure most of the indian fans are not in the same mould , they do respect their opposition unlike their current captain & few others(but they don't like it either). Look at the whole thread & see how all most all behave decently here. thanks

Posted by yohandf on (March 1, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka . Sangakkara once again proved to be the anchor of team. Now we are almost in finals but should play really well against Afghan & Bangali teams . We still need to swap final xi as well . Kusal , Thri , Sanga , Mathews , Thisara , Malinga ,Sachitra , Mendis are automatic choices for me in this series . But has an issue with Mahela , Chandi s places . when both fails SL middle order looks poor but we also have ashan priyanjan who can play steady cricket . With no replacements for spinning all rounder , Chaturanga De Silva should play . Anyway hope SL will continue to do well to win this Asia cup . Pakistan vs India match will be a more of a semi final .

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

India's slow run rate against Ban can proof detrimental for the team. BD is no more push over and with inclusion of Sakib if they beat PAK and SRL (which they did before too) and Pak beat Ind then run rate will be serious issue.

Posted by Cricgeek213 on (March 1, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

@vish2020 Since when is Kumar sangakkara not class. Lets look at the stats shall we, he has a test average of 58 ( highest by any batsmen with more than 8000 runs). he has a odi average of 40.5 ( 12422 runs, 4th highest in the world, also the highest runs by a currently active player). And yet you say that he is not a class act like Dravid. If you compare the stats of dravid and sanga, you'll see that sanga has better stats overall, ( No doubt dravid is a great in cricket). vish2020 your clearly delusional please keep your redundant comments to yourself.

Posted by nickexplore on (March 1, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

Plaudits to the SL selectors - Mendis for Lakmal turned out a treat! Sangakkara in superlative form. The Asia Cup looking more and more like Sangakkara versus Kohli - whomever stays in the longest almost guarantees success for their team.

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

@vish2020 & many other indian fans Try to learn to appreciate talented guys regardless of their relation to u. thats what intelligent fans do & ordinary people do otherway round just like u & many Indian fans do here (but not all).- just hate if he is not indian! :( Have u notice that in this forum fans of other countries hate Indians even their team is not playing the game? why? All because u guys never appreciate others talent & u guys do not know how to even criticize others when it's deserved FYI buddy how on earth u call VVS is a class cricketer while calling Mahela is not classy. U need to improve ur cricket knowledge & as many indians u try to see everything with figures/averages. stats show quantity not the quality bro. yes Mahela should not be in the team now but it doesnt mean that we should forget what he did for yrs. he is a classy & don't humiliate sachin or dravid or akram by comparing vvs with them.VVS is a good test player but not classy like dravid or Akram or sanga

Posted by thaikkathameed on (March 1, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

Please drop Rohit Sharma from the team. If at all, if there is an unwritten rule that he should be compulsorily taken in the team then please send him 7 down or 8 down in the batting line up. Sending him as an opener is putting unnecessary tension on the other opener and the batsmen to follow. Normally he is taking 3-4 overs to open his account. Please take him in the team when India are playing only in India. HE IS A PROVEN FLAT TRACK BULLY.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 3:29 GMT)

vish 2020,... what ever u say, ur @ the loosing side. Indians drastic drop is not yet over... Sanga is a Class n Mahela too.. I have played cricket over 10years n i know about the Class. And feel sorry about u poor man. We as SL fans, never disrespect the ledgends like Sachin, Dravid. We know there values. But, u show how uneducated that u r.. feel sorry about u. N wish Pakistan for a great win against the weak indian side ....... cheers!!!!

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Well so to all lankans claiming Indian team as pathetic,we have beaten your "world class" team black and blue in last 5 years.check your records first.And how many tests you won in India? Australia? ZERO!! Surely its a case of hatred cz your stars retire from test to play in our IPL.Get a life and use some logic

Posted by keerthitommy on (March 1, 2014, 3:22 GMT)

Can anyone tell is bhuvi swinging the ball or not ? He is not taking wickets in his early spells.He is used to take early wickets .Please answer me

Posted by CricketFever11 on (March 1, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

@vish2020 : I think rohit is classy than Great Sanga. Lol. We understand your pain. Apply some cold water. World knows who sanga is. I tell this once again. Dear India, Please try to beat Pak and come to Finals. Lankans are more than happy to meet you in the finals. We have players from merely 2o million people who can perform all around the world. All the best from Sri Lanka to India for tomorrows game. Cheers.

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

rohit is playing for survival. This attitude is making him commit more mistakes than he usually does.Time is running out for him.gambhir is getting back to form slowly. India should play Amit mishra instead of binny.... drop bhuvi and bring in ishwar.... it was a good show by young Indians even though we lost.we could challenge this Sri Lankan side with our young team. way to go for Indians.good luck for next match against Pakistan.

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

@vish2020 I can understand your pain dude. You don't think that Sanga is a classy legend right. well read the comments here. Most of them are not from Sri Lankans and they know how good Sanga is. I personally don't like Virat Kohli, but he is a one hell if a batsman. Don't let the pain cover your judgements :-D :-D

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

Very good proactive captainship by Virat Kohli to make a match out of it.We need Mishra and Pujara in for the balance of this team.Binny should be given more chances and utilized properly as a batsman and not just for slogging! He would be useful in Australia during WC.Again fielding cost us the match but Sangakara played very well.Hoping for a better performance by our boys against pakistan.

Posted by Prats6 on (March 1, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Sanga was the difference between a two sides. It was kind of a mediocre yet exciting game. India gifted wickets once they looked to be set for a score around 300 and SL did the same in the middle order. Add to it, India were pathetic in the field. Everyone knew, if Sanga did not get out, there was no way in the world India were winning it! Well Played!

Posted by shiro1019 on (March 1, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

we had witnessed one of the nail-biting match and it gave us a reason to believe that why COOL HEADED MS. DHONI is a great captain as well as how he handled the pressure until last ball is been balled. he react to any pressure situation so calm and his body language is same as normal.flip side of the coin is Virat Kholi is totally opposite of MSD and he is so panic and balling changes are pathatic. All credit to Sangakkara for highhandedly taking game away from Indians. selectors must consider that experience cost a lot and which is very much lack in Indian team. we have the reasons to believe that experience players can handled the pressure more consistently like What Sanga did even with sharp balling from Jadeja.they should bring back Youvraj and Ghambir to balance the consistency.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

Congratulations To Sangakkara, What A Beauty.Never Played A False Stroke, It Was Well Calculated Aggression.Sanga Is A Legend Among The Great Cricketers. A Magician At Work. Good Luck To Sri Lanka.

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (March 1, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

Bangladesh tour before the Asia Cup for SL was the ideal tutorial for the greatest student of Cricket! Sanga is reaping the benefits of hard work. Wished others can learn from him. Talented cricketers such as Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan, Chandimal, Jayawardene, Kusal, do not need to put in the hard work because it comes naturally but imagine what it could be!

Posted by nothingnew on (March 1, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Well played by kumar Sangakkarat . Today sri lankan bowled really well . specially ss and ajantha. They controlled the game in the later part of the game . in the end SL bowled really well as we know jadeja is depth over specialist . he can hit bigs anytime but SL didn't give enough room to jadeja specially Lasith malinga . He delivered 6 yorkers in last over.That was really impressive . Indian spinner jadeja did great job . He opened the door for india to win the game but they couldn't capitalize it. I believe if Amish Mistra played instead of Binny. It would be really impact on the last .SL fielding was superb. Indian bowlers were really discipline . They gave just only 1 wide .Virat was really good as captain today . He tried every possibility. That should be admired by us . Both Team played really good cricket . Good luck for both team to rest of the tournament

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

vish2020, yes true, Sanga is not a Class act, Because he is a Master Class.... !

Posted by Chatsworth on (March 1, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Nothing special of this Indian team though the Indian fans love to gloat about. Heroes only in their own backyard.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

India is so overrated. they have been losing so many games and so many resent series. one wonders how India is still deemed to be No 2 in the world. Even on flat tracks they seem to be becoming minnows.

Posted by BDrox11 on (March 1, 2014, 2:46 GMT)

@Vish2020.. by readng your comment i was just fall out from my chair. Sanga is not a Class?? really??? i mean really really??? he is not infact aa class he is a legend , and the only player right now who could challenge Tendulkars 15000+ test runs.. 12000+ runs in both test and ODIs both Mahela and Sanga are not only class acts they are legends. only few has achieved it so far in 200 year old Cricket history. if you go and say this in front of any expert he would laugh at you.

Don't comment on your jelousy, cause it can clearly show your class.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

Sanga..Truly a LEGEND..!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

Sanga is as good as anybody in SC, current or past. He himself admitted dew was assisting him. And say who has not benefited from missed chances first, before belittling him.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 1, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

India really got unlucky. Yes we could have got more than 64 in final 10 overs as sri lankan bowling was on the mat, but inexpereinced batting showed. Bowlers created chances right from first over despite dew. Kusal parera slog came off today, he was plumb LBW and at least 5 catches dropped. Sangakkara stumping missed. Won't happen every day. A lucky win for Sri Lanka!

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 2:12 GMT)

Dhoni or not. India is falling. we saw how Virat lost his head as a captain yesterday. Kohli as a captain to SL 2-0.

Posted by Viratkohlirocks on (March 1, 2014, 2:11 GMT)

india lost ony becaus eof kumar sangakarra. wat a legend

Posted by android_user on (March 1, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

first of all the indian fans should stop suggesting players from east to west when they loose. this is what they do every series and eventually they fail and they suggest another set of players. secondly they should stop with excuses just like their captain Dhoni does. SL won with Pakistan with dew. Pakistan won with Afghanistan with dew.Though Bangladesh lost to India they never complained about dew either. Man up guys. accept it the flat tracke bullys cant even win on flat tracks anymore. why fussing about Sangas missed stumping? that is something for you guys to worry about. it is not our problem. Besides if Bangladesh had fielded well they Kohli wouldn't have scored that century either, so pls..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 2:00 GMT)

Dropped catches and some misfielding once again shows the true Indian weakness... fielding needs more attention. Bowlers did their best and batsmen did well too except the opener R.G.Sharma who wasted too many balls to make so few runs! Usually the openers are the moral boosters of remaining batsmen. This is limited balls game my dear, not a test match. Here every ball counts and if you are slow to generate runs, you could be the cause of match loss! Along-With Dhawan, for those limited over games we need some-one like Sehwag, Farookh, Gavaskar and so on, who can be reliable run-machine. We should change our coaches to some good Indian retired players like Madanlal and Tendulkar. And over anything else our players need to have some extra heavy sessions of physical training for fitness and quickness. They should learn to follow Australian, SA and NZ way of fielding and for catches they should have magnetic hands for the ball and practice Yoga to boost their self-confidence.

Posted by ramz_01 on (March 1, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

itz funny to hear ppl saying wt wil hapan to SL without sanga and mahela my dear indian friends plz give me a answer to dis, wt wil hapan to india without kohli and dhoni?

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara is Master of Masters..........hats off to him....

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (March 1, 2014, 1:50 GMT)

I wonder in which dictionary can you call a player with an average of 33 as 'class', 'legend' etc etc after playing his entire life???? May be in the dictionary of Sri Langans where any player with an average of over 25 will be hailed as a legend - Ranatunga, Aravinda, Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, Asanka Gurusinghe.......a never ending list of 'legends' indeed. Mahela is the latest entry in that list of 'legends'. Sri Langa got lucky with over-zealous keeping from DK. Congrats to Sri Lanja on your lucky win. They huffed and puffed to victory in the final over with 6 life-lines. The 7th life-line is the biggest of them all - DEW - as Sangakkara mentioned it during the presentation ceremony.

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (March 1, 2014, 1:47 GMT)

India have to peak some players from under 19 team. There are some player showed talent and there are some spin all-rounders which will add strength to indian team. India will play with mishra for sure but he has to manage his line and length because he don't have height to do that.

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (March 1, 2014, 1:39 GMT)

Rohit Sharma is getting back to his usual inconsistency and frustrates the hell out of a fan like me. PAK bowlers won't let him breathe either, so opening pair would be better of with a tinkering. Dhawan Rahane Kohli Kartik Rohit Binny Ashwin Jadeja Shami Pandey Aaron.

Posted by LeftArmRTW on (March 1, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

Gem of an innings from the unflappable Sanga !

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 1:22 GMT)

Really disappointed to see India lose on a flat track. As masters of flat tracks Indian batting was weak and lack killer instinct. India has no hope on good wickets and it seems like there are not able to bat well even on flat tracks. No point talking much about India bowlers but surprisingly they managed to give a better fight. One bad habit of lankans is the fact that they think India is a tougher opponent to beat and the past big match defeats are still hanging over the lankan heads. It's very important they realise soon that Srilankan cricket overall is better than Indian cricket and finish matches that are easy to win in an easy way just like srilanka used to do when sanath jayasooriya and the rest were playing.

Posted by ShanNachimuthu on (March 1, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

Clever batting by Sanga. Just over 'run a ball' required in the last 4 overs. Shami & Bhuvi were asked to bowl yorkers, in which they are not really good. Sanga clearly read the intentions of bowlers. He scored one and two in good deliveries and waited for full tosses to score boundaries. He knows it is going to come because of wet conditions. Poor strategies by Kholi. Anyway, Well played Sanga. Indian fielding is school boyish. Why they NOT are calling while attempting skiers? These are intl.l cricketers. This may lead to serious injuries, apart from dropping catches. Not learning from mistakes. Considering the playing conditions both batting and bowling are OK. One can not expect the team to score 300+ all the time. 260+ is decent target and bowlers did well. India lost the match because of poor fielding and umpiring. Drop Rhoit and bring Mishra for next match. He will not only spin the ball also can score the runs what Rohit may have score 15+ runs. Missing MSD.

Posted by superguru14 on (March 1, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara got lucky by the mistake of Karthik and that change the whole game. Indian players got lots of opportunities to win the game, but the poor fielding, dropped catchable balls and poor stumping that cost them the game. Indian openers need to stop playing like test cricket.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 1:11 GMT)

Even if SL beat Afghanistan they may not make the finals. Because if Bang wins all their remaining games they will tie SL on 12 points. Then if India beats Pak and Afg they will also have 12 points. Pak will have 5 and Afg 0. In that scenario it will come down to NRR and SL could be edged out. A bonus point win by Ind against Afg means SL are definitely out on head-to-head v Bang.

So, assuming SL beat Afg they will want Pak to beat India because then India cannot reach 12 points, and only one of Bang and Pak can reach 12/13 points. On the other hand, if India do beat Pak then SL will want Pak to beat Bang to be guaranteed a final spot.

If Ind and Bang both beat Pak, and other results go as expected, then the final league game between SL and Bang will be pretty significant with the winner probably joining India in the final.

I find this interesting because normally, beating both India and Pakistan would be considered a sure place in the Asia Cup final, but not this time

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 1:09 GMT)

@vish2020......another funny Indian...probably one of those guys who slam their TVs when India loose.....May be he forgot how Sri Lanka used to beat the hell out of India in all the major cups....may be they forget how they lost at Eden Garden 1996. I wonder how many times Sachin scored a century and won the match for India....stats doesn't lie mate...Once Kholi become the Captain India will be in a fast sinking more thing.....if it's not for IPL India would never ever win a world cup again........

Posted by aus-j on (March 1, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

@ vish2020 , do you know the meaning of class?? as to you class is Dravid, sachin, laxman, inzy, wasim, misbah, really you have no idea, yes, sachin is world class, so as sanga, if you think misbah has class, then kallis, lara, sanga, sobers, viv rechards, ponting, botham, and many others dont have class?? go back to facts and see, laxman, inzy, misbah cannot get close to others that i mention in class, yes, most of cricketers has class, but only hand full few has world class...

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 0:54 GMT)

@vish2020: did you mean wasim raja or wasim bari? not sure how either of them is a class act. Also, how is an average of 30 (laxman) class in your "book" if 33 is not? please go back to your ipl and enjoy.

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 1, 2014, 0:50 GMT)

since the 2 together MalindaPushpakumara(the leading left-arm spinner)have been brilliant in Domestic Cricket since 2007. The loose-limbed Ajantha with extraordinary skills(has won the most coveted price of one of the emerging players of the Year & the fast to take 50 wkts with minimum No of International matches)was one of the most outstanding bowlers in the '11 WC, but wasn't included against the matches against IND&PAK due to idiotic assumption made by J&Ps, just to give Murali's place to their favorite henchmen. A time when AUS,SAfcans weren't successful against Ajantha, how can INDians & PAKs be successful against him, all the time? Ajantha1st Class Bo Av 21.83, ODI Bo Av 21.02, T/20 Bo Av 13.61 with 4six wkt hauls in LO Internationals). S'nayake 1st CL BO Av 19.69,MalindaPushpakumara1st CL BO Av 21.11,RoshenSilva,Chandimal,AngeloP,.. they all were fully qualified to be included in that team 2011WC. However Country's Cricket is hugely benifited by Ind Media.(Stats CRICINFO)

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (March 1, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

India needs minimum two of these four- Yuvraj, Raina, DK and Pathan. Also, if you look at the dashers like Yuvraj, Raina and Pathan- all 3 can comfortably bowl 5 overs. At the same time we can afford only one of these four tuk-tuks: Rahane, Rayudu, Rohit and Pujara. These 2 dashers +1 tuk-tuk + Kohli, Dhoni, Dhawan make the 6 bastmen. Dhoni formula works very well in the sub continent- gone are the 250-260 wins- nowadays you need 300 to win.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

It is now clear that Sri Lanka's best wicket-taker and most dangerous bowler is not even an automatic selection in the team. This has been the scenario for years. What is wrong with its selection processes and the powers that be?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

I think with the current batting and bowling india only can win against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

@vish2020, buddy ya comment was a bolt form the blue . I'm Not a fan of Sangakkara but he is way better cricket player than anyone who ever u mentioned above . Just check his test average and u will understand how far he is ahead then other players .

Posted by TRAM on (March 1, 2014, 0:14 GMT)

@JustAnObservation, re your advice to Aaron I differ in only one point. It is not CSK membership that takes a player in to the Indian team. It is getting in to Dhoni's or Gavaskar's good book. Of the two, of course Dhoni is the first choice. Example: Badrinath was dropped after 56 against Styne/Morkel bowling and was totally ignored. CSK member did not matter. Topping first class cricket averages for consecutive years did not matter either. Leading South Zone & TN for years or being a fantastic fielder even now ... none of them mattered. There was no commentator to call him "immensely talented", "high potential" etc.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 1, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

Here comes the reality to be faced by Indian cricket team.. The most over rated team and club level players.. How can you leave Yuvraj out of the team what all success Dhoni has got that coz of sr player not by his presence .. Virat is good player but his ego is bigger than him these kind of player comes and goes this attitude will not make Sachin.. Sachin, Dravid, laxman, Ganguly and Harbajan never had attitude like Kohli does .. He is biggest failure as captain ... Cheers Indian

Posted by bjcm12 on (March 1, 2014, 0:05 GMT)

Well played Sanga ! Once again Chandimal fails. His T20 average is only a mere 13 and one day average is only 31. Take Matthews, Sanga or Mahela there averages are very much higher - definitely over 32 in both versions. I cannot understand why this chap is kept in the side giving so many chances when there are many good players who could be tried out.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 23:55 GMT)

We never call any innings is minnows. just because great kapil dev 173 against Zimbabwe in the 1983 world cup was against minnows. still it's rated as one of the best ODI innings. . try scoring 300 against BD and see how difficult with their variety of spinners. Sanga arguably the best in the business whole world praise Him . guys start appreciate on his his great knock than bashing around. virat also score century 2 days ago. If he didn't india might have loss the match against the team we call it as minnows. If see the BD overall victory they defeaten ed india and Zimbabwe more often than any other international team. so being defeated by minnows is good but scoring century is rated low. lol.. grow up guys.. Cheers sanga..

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 23:17 GMT)

sanga was brilliant today.... karthik is not a international standard keeper.... the precise reason why he hasn't played a lot more is because of his fidgity nature and doesnt have the right temperament. he was the reason india lost today.... coming bak to sanga I firmly believe he is the greatest cricketer from Sri Lanka after great murali... he is probably the best example along with kohli on how to pace an odi innings... an indian fan but more so an admirer of gud cricket....

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

Well vish2020 it's pathetic that you don't have the courage to admit that Sanga is a great player.His ODI average is 40.59 not 33 mate and his test average is over 58 where as Sachins is 53.78.No expert rate Dravid ,Laxman , Inzy or Misbah(I don't know how you compare wasim who is a great bowler toa batsman) to the class of Sachin,Lara,Sanga,Ponting.Of course they were good players but not great players like Sachin,Lara and Sanga. It looks like his Indias defeat has hurt you that's why you are posting hypocritical comments.Learn to hale the talent and performance regardless of the country of the player.We love to watch Koli & Tendulkar batting .Learn to love the game mate.

Posted by alansimms on (February 28, 2014, 23:06 GMT)

@ vish2020 mate seriously you need a head check & an eye check , most of those seems like you are the one who is using the term "class word " loosely was that your intention ? unfortunately for you buddy you could find only 2 excuses today eh? dew & karthik better try harder next time you comment , and as for sanga's Average that would be 40.59 (not 33 as you seem see to think) in 349 innings ,meaning he averages 40 runs each in 349 innings( since you dont seem to understand this simple fact).

It is people like you who give fans a bad name ..shame this was a great match why do you want to marginalize your country by trying to put down others!!

Posted by Dooossraa on (February 28, 2014, 22:59 GMT)

Finally India looses a toss and is forced to bat first. Kohli you are bad luck. India does not know how to set a total. Fish out of water!!!

Posted by Messa1 on (February 28, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

what a game. Well played Sanga, our king, and also Kusal on his brilliant knock(bit disgusted with the way kohli send Kusal off by yelling at him). Next game i think Mahela should be dropped and priyanjan needs to come in. Chandimal got an absolute beauty first up, so can't blame him. Anyways a really good game, well done and well played to SL.

Posted by TRAM on (February 28, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

@Rahul Parmar, RGSharma fullfilled your prediction (maiden over) almost in the 1st over and completely in the 2nd over. At the end of 4 overs, he was at 3 of 16 balls. That is, he had already made it 48 over match for India! Just imagine what will happen if every batsman does that! It will be 28 overs Indian batting only, which no team in the world can win.

And whats that surprise he shows when he was in line with the stump blocking with pads? It was middle of middle stump. What kind of defense technique! Keep it up Gavaskar and the selectors, keep calling it the "immensly talented".

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 22:38 GMT)

first of all Gambir should be back and rohit sharma should come at number 4.As Rohit's defensive policy is putting pressure on dhawan and then middle order.We have seen many matches now he plays so slow in first 10 overs.First he play slow and by the time he settled he looses his wicket.Yuvraj should be in too.we can't depend on kohli all the time.As for team selection concern why selectors choose a player in the team if there is no place for him in the playing 11.Any player comes in the Indian team he have to serve drinks for 20-30 matches.Then he got the chance.if you see Aus Eng S Africa they straight way give the chance to new players.I Pandey deserve the chance now.He should be in against Sri lanka.But we have seen in the past as well at least three- four series a player is only comes to serve the drinks.pandey Umesh Yadav Amit Mishra Ojha and many more they r just to serve drinks.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (February 28, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

My ODI XI dream team will be certainly interesting this year-1)AMLA 2)DHAWAN .Few people might be surprised with his inclusion.But showing a great zeal and determination in CT '13 and caribbean tour including his pacy innings in NZ test matches I will still be happy with this R-L combination 3)KOHLI 4)ABDV 5)SANGA 6)DHONI .Both sanga and dhoni are cool headed with enough power to finish the game.7)COREY ANDERSON.we do need a fast bowling all rounder and after the 36 ball century one would be fool enough not to take him. 8)JADDU .A must spin all rounder.He paces the innings very aggressively in last few overs. 9)MORKEL. I prefered him over Steyn here bcoz of his abilities to completely dry up the runs. 10)MALINGA. No one is as best as him at death overs n effectiveness with old ball .Even the power hitters like Dhoni and ABDV gets wrapped up with his yorkers 11) JUNAID KHAN. His zeal was shown against the mighty batting line up of India on FLAT TRACKS 12)FAULKNER.

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 28, 2014, 22:33 GMT)

Listen to us Kohli. Pls bring in Pujara. He is the second best in India after you. Have Pujara open with Dhawan and bring Rohit down the order replacing Rayudu.

I know it's not fair on Rayudu as he deserves more chances but this is a do or die situation and there is no time for experimentation. This is not a bilateral tournament.

Rohit can play the role of Dhoni in big hitting down the order.

As far as the bowling goes, I'm as confused as anyone. But with the above change, I think India will have a good chance of winning against pak in a do or die match.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 22:19 GMT)

Overrated under-skill Indians got the treatment again well done Sanga

Posted by jagfoss on (February 28, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Next, India will beat Afghanistan for sure, and go back home. Must be very happy beating BD and AF.

Posted by SchoolGirlCricketCaptain on (February 28, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

Sandeep Patil, are you watching and taking notes? Please select the best 15 or 16 next time. PLEASE.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 21:55 GMT)

Sangakkara is the best left-hand batsman since Lara.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

Not very smart of the Indian batsmen to take Ajantha Mendis lightly. Not very smart of Kohli to send in Binny before Ashwin. Binny was going to be all nerves against a spin attack in full flow. Now India need to beat Pakistan to qualify. N Srinivasan is on the phone even as we speak.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 28, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

@ Retour

Do not think that SL in the final. SL beat 2 weakest teams in the tournament. SL need to play 2 more very toughest matches next.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

I was just checking Jadeja profile. 100 match 115 wicket only. Why cricinfo praising him only? He just just a normal player. No all rounder type qualities he have. His fielding also normal nothing special he do on the field. Didnt understand why he is in the playing XI always. Its always better for opponents to see him playing for india

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

Well done Ajantha Mendis and there is no better time to tackle a few myths. Myth (1) Mendis is rendered mediocre by top batsmen and when he is found out. ACTUALLY there is a list of top batsman including Tendulkar, de Villiers, Kohli, Dhawan... who would attest this is incorrect. Myth (2) - as promoted by A Fernando: that Mendis is at best a Twenty/20 bowler. Recent hauls in Test and ODI's including the world's top batsmen blow that myth away. His recent success also raises the question about why Sri Lanka has under-estimated his abilities, preferred other spinners and not backed him. This is a triumph for Mendis.

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (February 28, 2014, 21:34 GMT)

@ Blade Runner Shame on you, You are still didn't forget that Misbah thing. Did you? Remember in the 3rd test between Pakistan and Srilanka 1st innings when sangakkara was struggling for runs and was on 34, Abdur Rehman bowled to him and there was a clear edge but he didn't walk because the umpire didn't give him out . Every Srilankan including you said he is respecting the umpire's decision but what about Misbah. Didn't he respect the umpire's decision.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

@vish2020 your comment is pathetic. You got to learn to admire great cricketers. Its not all about India and there players. I loved watching Sachin, Dravid and other greats like gilchrist pointing and lara. You need to learn to accept both win and loss in the same spirit and stop taking horse crap about class players. Just a few fans like you spoil it for all the other open minded people in this form

Posted by haq33 on (February 28, 2014, 21:32 GMT)

Dinesh Akmal.....i mean Karthik's performance today was hilarious.

Posted by kc69 on (February 28, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

So we do have a finalist today in the form of Sri Lanka as they have 2 left to play- against Bangladesh and Afghanistan which they will win,The most interesting part is now the clash between Pakistan and India has become a virtual Semi final which means the winner of this Ind Vs Pak will most probably go to the final.I know all SL fans would be supporting Pakistan,But imagine the team which lost all their matches in last edition(SL) is winning all games now then as per the trend the team which was knocked out on a close margin last year(India) should be the other finalist.Cannot wait for Sunday now.

Posted by Dilbar786 on (February 28, 2014, 21:15 GMT)

Congratta SL from Pakistan

Posted by Jumpupndown on (February 28, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

Difference between Dhoni and Kholi was very evident in this match. Miss you Dhoni.

Posted by Ibanezfan on (February 28, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

Congrats to SL for the win. Great batting by Sanga, turned up the heat at the right time. Such effortless class! Even that 6 over midwicket was hit with class. :) India's fielding shoddiness continues. Dhawan's fielding is appalling, he leaks more runs than he saves. And much as I would like to give Karthik a couple of matches to settle in, he really needs to be at the top of his game, especially when the opposition's premier batsmen are at the crease. Also, as a batsman, he is expected to contribute substantially. Get the feeling this Asia Cup is pretty much his last chance. The people picking on Binny (who's playing his 2nd ODI) need to focus on Shami, the most expensive bowler of the match by some distance. Sub-par bowling at the death and put away by Sangakkara far too easily. Too many Indian cricketers have too many bad days too often. This team lacks the discipline required of a professional international level team.

Posted by Dani-Successful on (February 28, 2014, 21:05 GMT)

Great knock by Sri....India need to play IPL or in home grounds only..they are child and totally unaware of attitude what is required for the professional cricket....Dhawan was great in the start of his career but he seems to feel trouble in playing short pitch balls....Being a pakistani fan I personally believe India is nothing without MS dhoni... Waiting desperately for the mother of all see what will happen.

Posted by TimeKiller on (February 28, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Binny should have bowled his full quota of overs. What's the point in asking Rohit/Rayudu to bowl? What is their bowling record in domestic cricket? If they are not successful bowlers in domestic cricket, how can you let them bowl successfully at international level? If Binny fails at international level, drop him. What's the point in getting him into the team and not letting him bowl his full quota of overs? This is the second time this has happened. Prejudice/Bias written all over this decision.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

Most of the times our Indian selection is joke, why do we need two keepers don't we have a specialist batsman. And also why cant we find a spinning all-rounder there are many like Jadeja but no one gets chances. Only NoHit, Rayudu, DK gets rotated again and again.

Posted by Bloodwrath on (February 28, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

Can't we open with Ashwin ? Amit mishra and Ishwar pandey can come in place of binny and Rohit . XI - Ashwin,Dhawan,Kohli,Rayudu/DK,Rahane(or middle order ll look fragile),Rayudu/DK,Jadeja,Bhuvi,Mishra,Shami,Ishwar. Atleast this way we get to play 5 bowlers plus DK and Rayudu have good batting acumen, so hopefully they find their touch later in the series :)

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 20:53 GMT)

mr.Temzin if you are so sure you should have been selector binny is very talented player and you will notice it shortly

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (February 28, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

@bouncer709, Indian team is depending Dhawan, Kohli, Rahane for batting and they have been playing well. BTW I didn't say Indians batted well and I agree they failed to post decent score especially against a not so strong team like SL. I just said Indians did good job by taking the match to last over despite making low score because this should have been chased very easily. My question to those SL fans was "when you think SL is strong and can easily beat India why did it struggle to chase such low score?" A team like Bangladesh, who have no experience, struggling is acceptable. Hope you understand who is a fool now.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 20:48 GMT)

mahela shot selection is awful. he should be dropped, because sri lanka has lot more talent to come forward.

Posted by thozar on (February 28, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

@bouncer709, before asking other people to stop making fool comments, you need to take a good hard look at yourself. India has the world's best batsman in Kohli but dont forget we also have Dhawan, Pujara (who does not even get a look in), Rohit, and many others. Above all, we also have Dhoni. SRL has only one good player and that is Sangakkara.

Posted by thozar on (February 28, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

It may look like excuses but India were again unfortunate today. Obv, it is difficult to replace a player like Dhoni but the dew was a huge factor. Bhuvi bowled very well earlier but after the dew, the Lankans took advantage of him. Shami also bowled very well. Despite the dew, the Lankans could only win in the last over speaks volumes of how well our guys played. But Sangakkara played well and due credit to him. Looking forward to the game against Pak which promises lot of fireworks. Hopefully lady luck will not desert us again. And SRL fans and Pak fans should know that one game doesn't change the fact that India is the best team in Asia and possibly the world as far as ODIs are concerned. These games are more like practice. Think about all the times we have thrashed Lanka for fun over the last several years.

Posted by SL_legacy on (February 28, 2014, 20:34 GMT)

Its really amusing to see how these Indian fans change their mind. After the NZ tour they needed Dhoni to be sacked with immediate effect. Now one loss, they need him back for good. All praise how good a captain he is and what not!!! I remember one fan in a separate article saying "it's good that Dhoni opted out". He might be resting, so don't interrupt. All & all excuses won't matter here as a win is a win either by crook or by hook. I strongly believed before the start of this match even, given that India lose, fans will come up with two excuses for sure. DUE & DHONI. exactly what happened. adding another one in the form of FIELDING. Please for cricket's sake, stop overrating your team and appreciate we have a wonderful game to enjoy!! Cricinfo, pls publish

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

@vish2020 One would say classy, when a players batting/ bowling is pleasing to watch. Slog hitting isn't considered classy and having very good average or a strike rate doesn't really mean the player is classy. It's like comparing Tendulkar and Dhoni. Tendulkar is classy. and so does Sanga, Mahela and Steyn.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

At the end it results which matter, but India did come very close, congratulations to Srilankan team and Kumara for one hell of an inning.

Posted by UK_Chap on (February 28, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

Wapuser : Does the word duplicitous mean anything to you ?. It was a good game today, and again either team could have won right down to the last over. Sri Lanka played well and made their own luck. That does not by any stretch mean that they are going to win the tournament though. It`s still wide open for all three big teams, the crunch games come now for India and Pakistan. I do wish Indian fans would stop whining about decisions ....LBW`s and he knicked it and the umpiring was unfair ...blah blah blah.... . What you are complaining about is the normal ups and downs of any cricket match, just grow up. Remember it was the BCCI that voted against DRS. It`s not perfect but it was never stated to be, it was intended as an additional tool to help the umpire and reduce total howlers.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 20:15 GMT)

I dont know for what sake is India carrying a big burden for last few years , the mighty burden "ROHIT SHARMA". Many says he has class, but even after playing 100+ ODI's, he proves again and again that he doesn't a place in the team. He wastes lots of balls in the start of the innings which makes Dhawan under pressure and he takes risk and gets out. Ghambir should be bring back to the team , he along with Dhawan can be handy. Also, what is wrong with Irfan Pathan? undoubtedly he is the best all rounder in India. Exclusion of these two players makes doubt in the selection.

Posted by marlboro19 on (February 28, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

@Tearisle sure you would have 'rattled' the score, but confused and scared score still need to be chased :). I am pleasantly surprised to see how close Sl and Ind encounter was. Now I would say Ind are slight favorites in Ind Vs PAk.If our bowlers made 264 a competitive total, and almost won the match for us in tougher-dew-conditions, unfavorable decisions, and unsupportive fielding , they would be an even better unit against Pak batting( which is avg).

Posted by vimal03 on (February 28, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

Good game of cricket. Sanga really showed how to hadle the pressure situation. I fell Rohit is very talented player but remembering what Andrew Symond said he is lazy. I think most Indian players are lazy (no offence). They have good talent but lacking fitness comparing to other international players. This is also a main reason why India can't cultivate good fast bowlers. Even after so many international matches they are making school boy errors. I hope Dilsan would replace chandimal and India reconsider their club level fast bowling.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

vish2020 - what a ridiculous statement. Any player who has scored 11,000+ test runs at an average of over 58 is class. Also he averages over 40 in ODIs. Before posting any further comments in the future, how about doing some research beforehand? You insult Sanga and all his fans (which is pretty much the entire cricketing world).

Posted by gahapanmachan on (February 28, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

BCCI is doing the right thing by blocking India relegating as only bureaucracy can help them. Soon Banga & Afga will start beating them.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Okay so is that video a match analysis or an "indian analysis". I would like to remind cricinfo that; not only Indians played in this game, Sri Lanka as well.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Sanga is the best! Now everyone should wrapup and go to sleep except non asians

Posted by Sultan2007 on (February 28, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

Rayudu and Binny in the starting eleven. Give me a break!

Posted by ram91106 on (February 28, 2014, 19:53 GMT)

@SL fans such as amilag benard fernando...though most of us Indian enjoy the Sri Lankan method of pla...with smiles,flair and ankles us when you start extolling your own players by trashing Indian legends some of them acknowledged by the world to be one of the greatest to have played...And hence all the trash talk...if you are going to keep rubbing today's defeat in our faces let me start by saying most of us Indians would be happy if SL had won without KING KUMAR scoring...I would kindly request all you SL fans(amilag,bernard fernando not bladerunner(started posting some real good comments-hats off)) to keep celebrating these wins you have by KING KUMAR,MAHELA,HERATH,DILRUWAN PERERA,DILSHAN....all of whom may i add are 35+....we would have been worried if Chandimal,KJ Perera,Thirimanne,Mathews or Thisara had played a major role in your win...while the Indian team has started rebuilding we don't see you doing that...keep winning till these legends walk into the sunset...

Posted by anuradea on (February 28, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

WOW, indian fans can not take defeat. Now the excuse is Dhoni's absence!! Yes, India would have certainly won if Dhoni, Kapil, Gavaskar, Vishvanath, Bedi, Chandraskar, Azar, Sachin, Ect.Etc had played!!!!. They can not understand how Sri Lanka can find 11 players from 20mil people to beat india with 1.2 billion people. They better start winning again or BCCI may include a clause that india has to win in the new ICC agreement (Joke). Well done SL keep it up.

Posted by jerryman on (February 28, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

India should play a horses for courses team rather than just being rigid in selection . Next match is an important game for both India & Pakistan . Pak are playing 3 spinners in Ajmal ,afridi & hafeez and they are some of the best spinners in the world .India too must play 3 spinners instead of part time bowlers to strangle the runs and keep a few overs of Jadeja for the end. rohit should not open , if they wish to play him in the middle order it is fine . May want to open the innings with Dhawan & Pujara . I find it difficult to understand why a talented player like Pujara remains on the bench. This is a 50 over game and you need a player who is solid to stay the course like Sanga for SL . Pakistan batting is not the best but Indian bowling is not the best either , so I think the team that holds on to their catches is likely to win . If India bats first they need to post at least 280+ . Good luck and I think another cracker of a match is on the cards .

Posted by Nampally on (February 28, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

Congrats. SL & Sanga for pulling off a great win. Indian pace bowlers let India down from a winning position via a whole series of full tosses which helped Sanga to score over 40 runs from 19 balls! That was the turning point of the match. Kumar & Shami lost India a Wnnable match! There is no point in trying Yorkers if they are ending up as full tosses! You need to think on your feet instead of persisting with it. Kohli as a Captain needed to be more involved instead of leaving India at the mercy of these 2 Bowlers. Earlier in the Indian innings Rohit, Rahane, Rayudu & Karthik all performed poorly just totalling 57 between them. Is Pujara's Benching justified in absence of reliable middle order?? Replacing Aaron was good move. But Binny was given just 4 overs instead of 10 overs. He failed in batting too. Pandey was a better replacement as a bowler. Inexplicably Rayudu (WK) bowled 1 over for 9 runs! Poor XI Selection & Leadership were again evident despite Dhoni not being in the team.

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (February 28, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I think the SL batting has a long way to go yet. The middle order looks woeful. Nobody lower than Sanga scored more than 12!!! They need to consistently make runs. at least get a 20 or 30. The win was due to the good bowling and fielding efforts and Sangakkara's batting. As for Kholi, he should remember to congratulate or at the very least acknowledge the other team in the presentation. No mention of Sangakkara who scored a brilliant century.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 28, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

@ mzm149 ; Are you serious ??? Sanga is one of the few batsmen (Mahela is among them) in the world known for WALKING. Here is an example.

Pakistan v Sri Lanka ODI Series - 1st ODI 2011 - Dubai

" 10.5 Abdul Razzaq to Sangakkara, OUT, got him, a wicket in his first over, short of a good length outside off that held its line, Sanga tried to pinch a single by opening the face there, got a faint tickle and the keeper took a good, low catch. Sanga walked "

In fact, Other SL players have learnt it from Sanga himself. He sets standards and others follow. Thanks !!

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

There was a reason Dhoni was not selecting Karthick Rayudu, Binni, Mishra etc. If Mishra is selected against Pakistan, he will go over 80 runs in his 10 overs. Just like Binni showed 0 and 0/22 in 4 overs. You heard it from me. Kohli did not feel like letting Binni complete his quota. Instead Rohit Sharma bowled 5 of Binni's over.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 19:32 GMT)

Take a Bow Cricketing World, SangaKKara One of the very few Cricketing Greats left from Yesteryears. We are all lucky that we got to see the Making of so many Legends like Sanga, Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Dravid. The standards they have set are so high that it will be extremely hard for upcoming talents to match. Good gave SL and IND from a Bangladeshi Fan

Posted by vish2020 on (February 28, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

Sanga is a good player no doubt but he is definitely not a class act like Dravid, sachin, laxman, inzy, wasim, misbah.. in fact, SL fans love to use class word very losely. they also say mahela is class. the guy has played so many innings and has ODI average of 33 in what book is that class?? sanga got lucky with karthik and no dhoni for stumping and dew. oh well, best two asian teams will face off on sunday so let's go, india!!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

We would love to see a Asian t20 tournament

Posted by bouncer709 on (February 28, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy: and Indian team is also depending on one player, that is Kohli, you are asking Srilankans to feel shame because of chasing the score in last over, as you say it was batting paradise then why don't you guys feel shame that your team could not score a good total on batting paradise?... don't be fool, win is a win, and fact is that Srilanka won the game, so accept the defeat. Don't make the people laugh by making fool comments.

Posted by Naresh28 on (February 28, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

@al Bundy - agree with you when you say we need one big hitter to back up Dhoni. Yuvi has gone nd its left a hole in our team.Maybe Saurabh Tiwari or Yusaf Pathan. should come in. I actually like Pathan as there are times when he fires and thats what we need in ODI.

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

Well played kumar sanagakkara I felt indian batting was weak and felding was wast

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

two dowen insha allha 3to go, for the cup. again brilliant sanga. u beauty. keep go. fast track bully where r u .

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 28, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Bernard Fernando

"ban Cricket in India"!!!

I am glad you are not a president of BCCI then.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Next Asia-cup participants would be Bangladesh , SL , PAk , AFG and Nepal

Posted by tearisle on (February 28, 2014, 19:13 GMT)

You Indian fans never cease to amaze say that if Dhoni had played you would have won,well sri lanka played without dilshan and kulasekere, had they played you would not have scored 200 and we would have rattled the score in under 40overs.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

two dowen, insha allha another 3 to go. for the cup. brilliant sanga again. fast track bully where r u now.

Posted by bplusa on (February 28, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

By beating India today SL has almost ensured its place in the final. Now the match between India & Pakistan on sunday 'll be more exciting.If Pakistan Batsman clicked and managed to get score about 280 plus then India 'll find it difficult to chase considering the versatile bowling attak of Pakistan. Let see what happens.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

Sanga is on a batting purple patch.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

If I m the President of BCCI, I will effectively and immediately ask the government to ban Cricket in India, because after winning every ICC trophy to win, IND team go down inch by inch from match to match. There is no future for Indian cricket

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 28, 2014, 19:02 GMT)


But should Pakistan win, would you pretend to be their supporter as you do with every other team?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

India surely missed MSD at the final stages of their batting innings; there was no one to up the ante and they ended up with a below par total (by their bowling standards)... I don't know if India will ever find a world class pacer atleast comparable to zaheer in the future - Shami was really expensive and that proved to be crucial... somebody please talk to ashwin and ask him to stick to his own action which fetched him 100 test wickets... Jaddu was great with the ball... Guess we need to bring back Gambhir who has been in form with the bat; hope he performs in the IPL and comes back... also we need some power hitters at no.6 - don't know who that will be but guess we can try out uthappa or even yusuf pathan... rohit needs to go out... my XI - dhawan gambhir virat pujara rahane/rayudu/rohit/pathan dhoni jadeja ashwin shami bhuvi/aaron umesh

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

Compared to Dhoni, Dinesh Kartik is nothing even in batting and keeping time too. India needs to consider Irfan Pathan, Rishi Dhawan or Parvez Razool in place Ambati Rayadu. Today Kohli have no more option from bowler side in last overs. Still India have one bowler short in team, but only bowler not good for batting side, So think about all rounder. And also give more chance to Stuart Binny, please don't decide suddenly about him.

Posted by kovinbuddi on (February 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Weldone Sanga - once again you save Sri Lanka.Team selectors should re-think using Mahela and Chandimal.

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

Someone said that India needs to get in habit of calling 'mine' while going for the catch. Well thing is that both fielders call mine and go for it. They need to hear well.

Posted by RS77 on (February 28, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Close game. Both sides had upper hand at some point in the game. Great batting by Sanga but the dew made it slightly easier. Awesome bowling by Jadeja too in the middle overs which India have been missing. I just feel Harbhajan/Ojha might be better option over Ashwin given Ashwin's form. Going forward, on the days there is dew, toss is going to be most important factor. Specially matches between good teams like India, SL, Pak. Just wondering why can't they start the game 1-1.5 hour earlier to compensate for the dew ?

Posted by phunny_game on (February 28, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Well played Sanga... Though I knew even when the SL openers were batting that a collapse is just around the corner, he completely nailed it. Amazing... Really disappointed with indian middle order. Cant say they will make the same mess evertime but surely it was a good launchpad for them to hit some lusty blows... this game in some ways reminded me of Ind-SA match in the world cup. Things unfolded exactly like they did in that match.

Also I really lile DK but his effort in the field was simply not upto the.mark. he cant even collect the ball cleanly. Hope sanju samson is taking note of this. We are used to dhoni's electric stumpings. Binny deserves a few more chances as he did not bowl his full quota even today. The fieling is unacceptable and though the chances dropped by jadeja were quite difficult evrything else was pretty straightforward. This coaching and support staff needs to go away and destroy some other

team. We need better coaches for god sake

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:51 GMT)

Sree Lanka was a better team today. India Miss a few catchs and one stumping chance of today.That was crucial especially Sangakara's stumping chance. Indian Bowling coach has to be replace. Dhawan and Rahane must open the innings Rohith is far better late the order. Try more bench strength. Jedeja is the only one who fight well today even if he got the bowl after the dew fall. Ashwin bowl fair but he is yet to take 4 wicket in a match through out his long carrier. India need some seam bowlers whose ave sud be less than 5, Only Bhuvi has that. Yadav and Ishanth ave is around 6.

Posted by basusri133b on (February 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT)

Unless our opening pair and middle order batsmen fire, we are in risk of repeating a similar performance. Rohit Sharma needs to be replaced by Pujara. We need to tighten up on the field. Numerous chances were let go. Karthik's Wicket Keeping skills ( or lack thereof) are very modest to say the least. Is this the best that we can can put up ? We will face a sterner test against Pakistan.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

Fatulla has become another lions hunting ground... hats off for you sir.. Mr Master class Sanga... :) :)

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

With so much under pressure India will clobber pakistan comes Sunday. One double ton and two centuries for India in that match. Or in another more likely scenario pakistan's batting will collapse under pressure.

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 28, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

after scoring 300+ against BD some people said "Oh sanga scored a triple against the minnows" "that person scored that much against that team"..etc .according to my view, I have to say that BD are not minnows of the game. They played some good cricket and the problem with them was they didn't hold the nerve till the end. and anyone here think that sanga Should get out without scoring by thinking that BD a low level cricket team. what the kind of hell you people talking about ? Are Sri lankans the only test team playing against BD? I think You've got the answer. This is not a legendary talk about him or his ability. just put this to state my opinion. hope this one is unbiased.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Nonetheless MSD was missed today. IND fell short of 20-30 runs but today IND have fought really well, could have won the match handsomely if DK didn't miss stuimping of Sanga.

BOL for Sunday's CLASH OF TITANS........

Posted by GrindAR on (February 28, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

New rule anything under 300 is insufficient total... Batting kind of screwed it up... Mendis the key than anything else... he got 4 key wickets in key moments... good show by both teams with comeback efforts by Indian bowlers.... Kohli handled the bowles well. its just a bad day for Shami.... thats all I can say...He got wickets and the run-rate is too expensive... Next will be a lethal show by him... wait and see...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

A prediction : Koli's begining of the end! Lol

Posted by Noni on (February 28, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Kohli did allright. Made a huge game defending a not impressive score of 265. It is the Indian fielding and catching that has lost the game today. Kohli used bowlers in a great way. Used Rohit also who was not so bad. But we dropped some st forward and some difficult chances. Thye have to still learn the basic of calling a catch "Mine". This is 3rd time in the last one month that two fielder collided with each other and then dropped the catch. Shikher Dhawan's fielding was the worst today. Rohit should be dropped and Pujara should open to give some stability to the opening. Rydu should make way for Mishra.

Pujara, Dhawan Kohli Rahane DK Binny Jadeja Ashwin Mishra Bhuvneshwar (use his 8l overs before 30 overs and keep 2 just in case) Shami

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

rohit sharma should play aggressively at the looks that rohit waits for a loose delivery and bowlers would bowl do this only when they try different if a batsman takes risk.rohit doesn't take any risks and I'm a big fan of rohit and very frustrating to get him out after wasting deliveries.he should just try playing all his shots for at least one game.hope he plays well against Pakistan.

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (February 28, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Congratulation SL on a well deserved victory. Gr8 knock by a gr8 human being Sangakkara. As an Indian I don't understand whats the problem in giving credit to a class batsmen & gentleman like Sangakkara. Rahul Dravid was the only guy who used to give credit to the opposition. No, it was not the dew that was responsible for our loss, but the brialliance of Sangas batting and ofcourse our pathetic bowling. I am surprised the match had to be so tense and SL did not chase it with ease. Somehting for SL to watch out for. Bring in Pujara as an opener along with Dhawan. Enough chanes have been giving to Rohit, time to let him go.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Sanga is in superb form ! Indians gave their best effort but evidently not enough to stop him or his teams. Some fans should realize big talk is better avoided .

Posted by Basuz333 on (February 28, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Now DK fans...U realise why dhoni is best wicket keeper batsmen in India...missed completely the stumpings of Sanga and got out in such a situation being experinced himself putting lot of pressure in middle order.Lets try for Pujara in the opening slot instead of IPL hero Rohit.Rohit was so much given chance by Dhoni that he could have prove himself by now.So he should be completely ignored or dumped.The pitces here seem to be spinner friendly so Mishra should given chance against Pakistan which ll be do die match. Congrats to should be Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane,Ryudu, DK,Jadeja,Aswin,Bkumar, Mishra,Shami. Sorry for Iswar Pandey...coz spinners are causing problem here.But for future matches Gambhir should be recalled for providing soldity in middle order.Here Ryudu is given chance coz useless rohit cannot be trusted enough.He should be playing IPL only in India.Ryudu though does not seem to be having gifted..but no option for this series.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (February 28, 2014, 18:38 GMT)

Well played Sanga. You proved it again that you are a champ. At the same time SL fans always focus at Indian fans but you don't realize that SL is still depending on only one player since ages. In fact you should be shameless because SL struggled to chase the low score on run paradise pitch and you are boasting as if SL won it so easily. What would SL do if Sanga is not playing for any reason? India still had chances but Indian bowlers were not smart enough in the end. Finally I congratulate Sanga for leading SL in victory and India for taking the match till last over.

Posted by SL_WorldChampions on (February 28, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: you are giving a list of advices to Indian team. I will add a couple to your list: Dear Ind team, admit that you are not good outside india, admit that you don't have good bowlers, and to Ind fans admit that you guys are whiners with tunnel vision!

Posted by not_a_Flattrackbully on (February 28, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

It's really great to hear some valuable and unbiased comments from my Indian friends. really appreciate it. This one for the commentators who stated kind of comments in recent past as follows "without sanga and mahela we are the better team" "we Should have" "we could have" and ended up in utter failure. so my question is Did we import sanga and mahela from Neptune or Pluto ? both of them are playing their part in the Sri lankan team guiding the young players who are around.

Posted by sumit1982 on (February 28, 2014, 18:35 GMT)

First Dinesh Karthik got out by playing a horrible shot then he miss the stumping chance of one of experience batsmen of Lanka after Mahela.

I think kohli rather giving rohit 5 over he must continue with binny.

I think against Pakistan My XI will be.


Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

what about Dhawan fielding? involved in the crucial drop catch. missed a crucial boundary and then a straight forward catch

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

Sanga and koli, Mathews and Dhoni, Dravid and Mahela has more similarities than differences , when considering their roles to play.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Sanga undoubtedly played good innings but same time Indians also bowled bad in those last 6-7 overs.

There are lot of problems in this Indian team. I don't know how this squad plays in next WC. The conditions are hostile and many batsmen lack skills in facing quality bowling(Particularly pace bowling). Indians even has problem in facing spin bowling. They can't face quality spin bowling as well. They were poor against against Sajeed ajmal, Muralidharan. Couldn't face Monty panesar and Greame swan as well. Faced problem aganst Ajantha mendis. In NZ series, Nathan mccullum bowled well than our Spinners.

If I am selector/Captain, I will

First, Remove Rohit and bring Pujara into team. Second, Create a pool of fast bowling allrounders available(Rishi Dhwan, Irfan Pathan, Binny, Abhishek Nayar). Third, Cahnge the batting order. Fourth, Try startegies different from routine(Eg. Srilanka succeeded in 96 world cup thru such stategies) Fifth, Sack Fletcher and bowling coach.

to continue...

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

what a player !! what a beauty sanga !! if i was to pick top 5 odi players today..i would pick devilliers,sangakkara,kohli,misbah and amla....

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Its like the apple of my eye, it's that lovely. Very nice controlled shots throughout the innings which Ipl cant buy or produce.

Posted by ThusyNathan on (February 28, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Well handled pressure Sanga! Hats off. Youngsters should should learn from you..

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

Khohli is not mature enough to be a captain.

Posted by UniversalCricFan on (February 28, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

ODI cricket at best: both teams played a great match. Perhaps India were just a few runs short and both teams' middle orders were at trouble. Just a word about TV commentators, who sometimes overdo their task by predicting winners by stats, such as "every match where Dawan has scored a 50 or more, India went to win the match." That comment is OK, but some commentators went on to say, India is going to win this match, before even a) India completing its innings and b) Sri Lanka has an inning to bat. Too many stats proved wrong. That is the beauty and unpredictability of ODI cricket. Congratulations to both team and this match indicates we have a lot of exciting cricket to watch during coming weeks.

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 28, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Kohli needs to learn how to be gracious in defeat instead of following Dhoni's example. He gives credit to his own bowlers after the match but surprisingly none to SL efforts.

Posted by StreetView on (February 28, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

It annoys me to no end when people call Rohit Sharma talented/classy. What is wrong with such people! He is destroying the team balance for his selfishness :(

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

Sri lanka surely will have another final to lose and the winners are yet to decide on Sunday

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

sri lanka won the game with better display of all round performance. They have beaten india in a much better way actually rather than what looks from the score card.They are very likely the champions in this asia cup. Though I am a pakistani fan things seem to roll in sri lankan favour.The game between pak and india will be very tense if india beats afghanistan. So I think India pakistan final is not going to happen. Enjoy every bit in that game.

Posted by Ramansilva on (February 28, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

India dearly missed Dhoni today. Kohli can't emulate Dhoni. Dhoni would have used the same bowlers differently.

Posted by f0x88 on (February 28, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

if indians were out of sorts against Mendis,then you guys better watch out for Ajmal Below par batting performance....inconsistant

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Ladies will love it, SANGA!

Posted by StreetView on (February 28, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Pujara in for Nohit and Mishra for Binny if the pitch is very slow and low. And without Dhoni our middle-order is very ordinary. Rayudu is struggling to make runs consistently. 20s and 30s wont help at all. Finally good to see our spinners bowl well. Ashwin look potent today and Jadeja was tidy!

Posted by slazenger on (February 28, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Chandimal and Mahela should be replaced. I think the selectors are giving way more chances t these two players.

Posted by thinkgood on (February 28, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Kohli should have retained an over of Ashwin for the death. This would have changed the outcome. This is the difference between Dhoni and Kholi . Calm and collected Dhoni would have foreseen the death bowling before using Ashwin's full quota before death.Bbut brash Kholi could not.

Posted by SLSup on (February 28, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Aha! All Indian hats off to Kumar Sangakkara

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Not a word of praise for the post match presentation what a sore loser Mr Kohli is.... disgraceful. ... the match was lost because of the dew..... not Sanga's brilliance

Posted by fair_paly_1 on (February 28, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

What a tight match it was. Sanga is such a good player and a good finisher. He has done it a number of times. Mathews and Mahela too have often been good finishers for Lanka.

But for India, aside from Dhoni and occasionally Jadeja, I don't recall any consistently good finishers not even the past legends.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

Shamii as usual from the start bowling hear and there. He is one of the best Indian bowling talent. Indian bowling coach sud be changed. Rahane must open the innings and rohith must bat down the order. Now india don't hv allronders like Raina,Yuvi or Pathan. India must play with 5 bowlers. Jedeja show great control even if he got the bowl after the dew fall.

Posted by DreamCricketer on (February 28, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

DreamCricketer: Congrats to Sri Lanka and Sanga for making this a win for SL and India for making it a fight to the end. I still can't believe that Chandimal is still playing for the team. A" duck" today and when will he perform for SL. I hope Sanath Jayasooriya opens his eyes and do something to this as he warned few of other players and now they are serious.

Posted by LakmalPhysics on (February 28, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

Brilliant Sanga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by RD_CricFan on (February 28, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

Its first time Indian batting is looking weak after a long time...time to include Gautam Gambhir as opener and Yuvraj Singh in middle order as world cup is coming next year...Youngsters are still struggling and it will take time to settle down...need to build the team after world cup with these younsters

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

I just so the most classical, technical, beautiful , (whatever the word ) cover drive by any cricketer , from Sangas one particular drive if this innings and I will surely search for the video recording of this match to cut it off and save it to show any Sanga haters to show

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

I think Rohit needs to come down the order .Bhuvi and Shami bowled well .There was a lot of dew so anyone would have struggled to get yorkers right.We need to even experiment with slower bouncers.I remember in the WC semi final it was Nehra bowling to Umar gul and for me I think that is the best over in limited overs cricket history even if the batsman was umar gul.Nehra started with slower bouncer,yorker,yorker,slower bouncer,yorker and then last ball was almost yorker length which got gul lbw.Also why did binny bowl 4 overs only? Thats why I am not a binny fan he is a batting allrounder/batsman who can bowl a bit .If dhoni would have been there we would have scored 10-15 runs more and the result could be different.Kohli needs to get 4 bowlers he cant go on with part timers like rohit rayadu. Rohit gave 4 overs for 20 which is reasonable but his 5th over went for 9 runs and then the slide started .Suresh Raina sgould not have been dropped he thrives playing spin.

Posted by lionspaw on (February 28, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

My fellow Indian fans will come up with excuses like dew factor or young Indian team. Any other excuses my friends?

Posted by mzm149 on (February 28, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: Sangakkara must learn something from him too.

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

Well done Sangakkara! Beating India couldn't come at a better time. They are next to Australia not as much as by sport itself, rather by arrogance !!! NZ series and this will cool them down

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

it's pathetic to see some fans criticising Karthik only because he replaced msd as keeper.. team India played really well today.. happy to see the bowlers putting up a fight in defending a modest target as per the standards of the ground. Kohli did an great job marshalling his bowlers wonderfully and extracting the best.out of them. for the next match, they should consider replacing rayudu with pujara and then swapping him for Rohit.. Rohit can be a good finisher in the absence of msd.. regarding binny please be patient enough and give him some more chances. u can't judge him wit single match..

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Hats off to Kohli. The way he spoke during the post match presentation. Dhoni would have easily said 'Bowlers didn't bowl well and top order batting failed'.

Posted by amilag on (February 28, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

SL is reaching top of ICC rankings! wonderful! c consecutive wins! SL can kick off low quality Indian team from No.02 pretty soon. They deserve it!

Posted by call_a_spade_a_spade on (February 28, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Part 2

Of course, at this point, comparison will inevitably start to be drawn with the number of chances given to the utterly hapless Rohit Sharma. It is as if the crass favouritism displayed by Sharma's selection should be used as a template to keep different contingents happy by selecting their local heroes. At any rate, one may be pardoned to wonder whether Sharma's widely discussed 'talent' actually lies in influencing the powers that be to reserve a permanent spot in the team. Then there is B. Kumar, who seems intent on carrying the legacy of V. Kumar and P. Kumar of not only bowling insufferable death overs, but also be a bowler, who, one invariably knows, will never reach any great heights. The less said about Stuart Binny the better. The poor lad himself confessed to be surprised at being picked during the last tour.

Posted by call_a_spade_a_spade on (February 28, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

It has to be said that India carry far too many ordinary players to aspire to be reckoned with as a force. This, in conjunction with the blatant partisanship that is practised by the Dhoni-Srini syndicate in the name of "giving opportunities" to a number of cricketers, paints a rather bleak future for Indian cricket. Kohli has so far shown little sign of disturbing this culture by refusing to pick Pujara. It doesn't take a deep understanding of the game to realise that Rayudu will hardly rise above mediocrity. There seem to be a lot of D K supporters in this forum, who are probably fuelled by regionalism, but I fail to understand how his performance and abilities as a wicketkeeper inspire them with any confidence whatsoever. His batting, too, does not make any great impression in the international arena. Those talking about sporadic chances given to him should understand that it is not due to any diabolic design but solely due to his own limitations that he is in and out of the team.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

I think Afghans can beat india if they can bat well.Afghans have a good bowling attack than indians and they field well.If they can bat well we have a good game in the hand

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

sirilanka was always favorite to beat india pathetic medicore indian team fought well.

Posted by amilag on (February 28, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

well said Bladerunner ! Kusal is a true gentlemen!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

It was like a match , played in three grounds. First half of Ind inings there was nothing for bowlers, except for low bounce. Then in second of Ind and first half of Sl inings there was some turn for spinners. Finally there was lot turn for spinners and dew in the final overs. SANGA had to adopt quickly to survive and he did it by a memorable century

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

I think India would have won if they bat 2st... but as they bat 2nd SL is much better..India could loose to anyone batting 2nf

Posted by kevepere on (February 28, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

mahela falls early and makes it a big burden in the middle order. he is a class batsman but once he gets into his shell pushing around , he eventually gets out. I dont know what wrong with chandimal. when he first started he was playing well. now he has become very poor. he is not even suitable for the team in the current form which has been poor for sometime now. I think they should bring kaushal silva or priyanjan in to stabilize the middle order more. 1. Kusal 2. Thiri 3. Sanga 4. Silva/Priyanjan 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Chathuranga 9. Sachithra 10. Eranga 11. Malinga.. bowling options are higher with 4 fast bowlers and 2/3 spinners

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

credit must b given to sanga for brilliant 100.indians get ready for sunday's clash!!!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (February 28, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

I feel sorry for players like Saurabh Tiwary (the left hander from Jharkhand) who played a few ODIs for India and did well in each game. You can check his record in statsguru. But, for no reasons at all he was dropped, and all these guys like Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, and now Stuart Binny have been brought who simply have no talent at all, but are being given long ropes. Anyway, this time around, haters don't have a Dhoni to blame. I wonder who will they blame now?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

The difference was simply India was short of 1 spinner. The track was easy to bat with quickies in operation. So India cannot blame the fast bowlers for leaking runs. May be we should have taken a opening wicket or not given too much runs in the first 10 overs. India clearly lacked the batsman who can bowl spin as in the days of old when we had Shewag, Raina who were decent spinners. Rohit is much lower standard compared to them. I think Yusaf Pathan would have been a better choice considering the situation of team and pitch.

Rohit has been very inconsistent with bat, even with his best form (with 200 few months back) he has not scored runs consistently. He is too slow to start with and scores at the pace of a snail. In ODI if you are not interested to score runs then anyone can bat as most teams don't look to take wickets early on. They will be happy to have you on strike. This is how Rohit is hitting those 20s and 30s not because of his skill. He should be dropped.

Posted by playboy142 on (February 28, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Dew is not an excuse for dropping catches and poor shot selection by Indian players.

Posted by Htc-Android on (February 28, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

In the past 4 or 5 months we have been winning a lot of close games. But I dont really mind that as, it gives some exposure to our players to perform and win under pressure. I rate these wins much higher than the ones we win it by 100 margin runs with zero pressure.

Posted by bddhika_harindat on (February 28, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

You beauty Sanga and congrats to another birlliant knock. I am sure those die-hard indian fans will start to curse Sanga the way he built his innings. Just wait to see more good stuff from a young SL side that has shown good prospects for the future. Good luck!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 28, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

After their first win all of their fans were showing off to other fans and claiming that they are the best. Wonder what they are gonna say now. According to them SL can only win against lower ranked team not with others so what happened today? and JustTalkCricket very soon your team will be below others so rather than commenting about mine you should worry about your home track heroes haha

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

This was a game which clearly showed the Difference in the two team. SANGAKKARA !!!!!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 28, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

Today Kusal Perera, an inexperienced 22 yr old did something that experienced 40 yr old Misbah hadn't had the guts to do. KUSAL WALKED !!!! for the second time in his short int. career ( 1st one was in a T20 against BD). He edged one (a faint edge) to keeper off Ashwin, looked at the keeper to see if he caught it, then turned around and started walking without even having a glance at the umpire. That's GOLD !!!. And played a good knock too.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

sanga the boss

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

Congrats to SL for the win. Especially the monumental effort of Sanga :-) The Asia Cup is electrified now! @amilag - a polite request to you (and to whom it may concern), the team is Bangladesh, you could call them BD or BAN or Bangla. Could we refrain ourselves from calling it something like Bangala please?

Posted by Nawab67 on (February 28, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

@amilag...seems like lot Frustation to me...Vent it out?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

@Leg-breaker, I agree with you man....I don't know why Dhoni said that this IND side is the best fielding unit during the Champs Trophy....well let's hope they do better next time. Rayudu is not made for Intl. cricket. Period....IND should bring Pujara for PAK clash. For Binny, I would say see him for another match. Frankly, he doesn't look good in IND colours. My XI against PAK _ Rohit,Dhawan,Kohli,Pujara,Rahane,DK,Jadeja,Ashwin,Bhuvi/Mishra/Pandey,Shami,Aaron.

Although SL looking fav, they might get dump in FINAL......

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

India has continued the pour form of fielding and bawling, that they had in New Zealand. SL bawling was very good to restrict the Strong Indian batting lineup. Good fight from India but SL was too strong!

Posted by alipk52 on (February 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Ohh my..unexpected result..but I was certainly badly wanted SL to win, this is exactly what happened, it opens up the match on Sunday..simple equation for both India and Pakistan, win and go through (virtually) I hope this time Pakistan absorb the pressure of that game, as they don't usually faltered by any kind of poor show but pressure is what costed them indo-Pak games in the past, have to see what pitch has to offer, I hope they'll show a good fight this time around, Pakistan is very young team just like india, a team which absorb the pressure well will win.

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (February 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Well played Sanga! Kholi didn't even have the manners to congratulate Sanga for his brilliant match winning 100 which any other captain including Dhoni would have done. If India are to have a future with Kholi he should learn to respect other players and teams.

Posted by sam2044 on (February 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

@cricsnake which match are you talking about ? According to you, sri lanka india bat better than sri lanka and also balled better than sri lanka. Then how come sri lanka won ?

Posted by mzm149 on (February 28, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

Its interesting to read Indian excuses after every loss.This time around the excuses are 1) there was no Dhoni and 2) there was dew in second innings.

Posted by CandidIndian on (February 28, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

Congrats to SL fans, Sanga is a great player and he does ti again for his nation. For India i am surprised that they are not ready to understand a simple thing that Karthik is not good enough to play international cricket. He is filling the space of Ishant by making sure that opposition is benefited from his poor temperament. Rahane , Rayudu and Dhawan will learn with experience hopefully like Kohli. SL played this one very smartly, they knew that India would go for those extra 20-30 runs to push the score near 300 keeping dew factor in mind, hence they executed their plans well when Indians tried to play big shots in last 15 overs. SL look favorites to win Asia Cup, as other posters have written, India-Pak match will be a knockout.

Posted by CandidIndian on (February 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Congrats to SL fans, Sanga is a great player and he does ti again for his nation. For India i am surprised that they are not ready to understand a simple thing that Karthik is not good enough to play international cricket. He is filling the space of Ishant by making sure that opposition is benefited from his poor temperament. Rahane , Rayudu and Dhawan will learn with experience hopefully like Kohli. SL played this one very smartly, they knew that India would go for those extra 20-30 runs to push the score near 300 keeping dew factor in mind, hence they executed their plans well when Indians tried to play big shots in last 15 overs. SL look favorites to win Asia Cup, as other posters have written, India-Pak match will be a knockout.

Posted by Blackholesun on (February 28, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

With Rohit failing, I think Sehwag might be given a chance ! At least he plays fast !

Posted by anupkeni on (February 28, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

. India innings

. Sri Lanka innings

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

It was a tensed match, Sri Lanka came on top of it. I am really happy to see a small island in the asian region defeating the giants of Asia ( INDIA & PAKISTAN ) , a good team effort spearheaded by sangakkara, well done SL boys.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

don't panic Indian fans;India will come hard against Pakistan the most vulnerable team in this competition. I would have love to see Indian wining this match it would have increased the chances for Pakistan to stay alive even if she loss to India now its a do and die for both teams srilanka is certainly through to finals after winning this match for arch rivals margin of error is zero .period

Posted by SILVERSANGA on (February 28, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

Sanga is the true master class. And he is the most consistent batsman today be it ODis and tests. No one can match his consistency.Sanga > Kohli

Posted by ksquared on (February 28, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Good grief!!! in my opinion any match telecast showing Sri Lanka playing should come with a warning label for heart patients!!!!

Posted by bdcricket_crazy on (February 28, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

India's bowling lineup is just too horrible!!! All the pacers are very expensive right from the start of the tournament! And among the spinners, only Jadeja maintained some economy! Otherwise, they were just out of the bench! They don't have the strength to defend a total of 260+!It is a fact! Damn sure, India will not win the competition!

Posted by Iyer_Brain on (February 28, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Rayudu & Rohit are passengers with no ticket on this team... I wonder how much more we have to deal with non-performers from powerful boards plaguing the Indian Team's performance! I still can't believe how Rayudu made it to the team with a domestic average of a PALTRY 44 and how Rohit is in the team, by just score 1 50 every 10 matches!

Posted by Chncricfan_2k0 on (February 28, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Good game of cricket, finally SL won with the help of some dropped catches, poor bowling, and pathetic fielding by the Indians...This Indian team needs better players who play the game on merit and play with the mentality and spirit to win matches rather than not like just participating, bcoz they lacked the intensity and spirit in the field ..This guy Rayudu I don't think possess a talent to play for Indian team, he is just an IPL player, Pujara and Ishwar Pandey to be brought in place of Rayudu and Binny for the next match against PAK..Still I hope this Indian team would do world of good to win Asia of Luck guys..!

Posted by stormy16 on (February 28, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Another great match and SL keep being on the winning side of these tight games. I think 6 of the last 7 games SL has played in Bangladesh have been tight finishes and once again SL hold their nerve, only just. Yet another master class from Sanga and how good is this guy considering he keeps wickets in the one dayers. Thirimane continues to impress at the top of the order but SL still have issues with Mahela and Chandimal but if they keep winning, guess it doesnt really matter.

Posted by Hanumall on (February 28, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Another gripping and exciting match and congrats to SriLanka for a great win. Superb century by Sangakkara! Having said that it wasn't India's day.They had a terrible middle order collapse and slumped from 175 for 2 to 215 for 7 coming at the wrong time, they dropped catches, they got Sanga out just a couple of overs too late, they had the dew issue. And remember , win (through brilliant batting or finishing) or lose, Indian players have always to play with the millstone of their strike bowlers' profligacy round their neck.

Posted by KingOwl on (February 28, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Well done SL. Exceptional knock from Sanga. Close match, but it is great to keep winning close matches. It is a sign of a team able to handle pressure.

Posted by call_a_spade_a_spade on (February 28, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

Part 3

Rahane is still finding his feet and notwithstanding the 70-odd against BD hasn't shown much to cheer about in the ODI arena, especially to those who remember his travails against Pakistan in India. It makes one angry trying to deduce why Pujara isn't an automatic choice in the team. The guy has already proven himself in the toughest format of the game, has a great List A record, is arguably most technically sound of all the Indian batsmen and always shows a great hunger for runs. It beggars belief that a Rayudu or a Rohit Sharma or even a Rahane would be more dependable than Pujara against a rampant Pakistan attack or in the pace-friendly conditions of the next WC venues. Indeed, the zen-like calm, patience and endurance shown by the team management to disregard popular opinion in favour of selecting the two Sharmas in the recent past should have been reserved for the ilk of Pujara.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

Thank u Dhoni for your prayings for a SL win

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (February 28, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

I feel sorry for players like Karthik, Binny, and Rayudu, who obviously have zero talent to succeed at this level, but due to wrong reasons are selected and thrust to play international cricket. But it does them no good, because they embarrass themselves like this in front of the whole world. Ditto about Rohit Sharma. When you can't bat, bowl, field, or keep, then why do you wanna play cricket? Does Stuart Binny have any qualifications other than the fact that his dad is a national selector. With so many passengers in the Indian team, I am surprised that we lost so narrowly. SL should have finished this game in the 45th over max, with 6 wickets to spare. And finally, I am glad that Dhoni has taken time off from this series. He is getting much needed rest, and also it is clear now that there is no one good enough to replace him as a batter, as a keeper, or as a captain.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

India desperately lacked a spinner today. Amit Mishra would have been very useful. Don't know why Mishra is being neglected while useless players like Binny is given chances.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

kholi is a top class batsmen...but he need to be free minded. remember wht hapnd when dilshan was doing the captancy for sri lanka. ?and how about if afridi doing it for pakistan... ? thats why aussy keeps george baily as captain too. sri lanka is well going with mathiws... sri lanka is in good possition in sub cont.. I'd say SL , Pak & India. are great even teams. pls dont under estimate any of these... well done Sri lanka. all the best...

Posted by onebump on (February 28, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

Fielding and the one spinner missing cost the Indians. Super show from Sanga

Biggest worry is only sanga does this for Sri Lanka on a regular basis. Need others to step up. Been waiting for others to step up for a long time.

As a SL fan nice to beat India for a change, even in a close game. Great game. Bring on more please.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (February 28, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

So sad how Malinga has been affected by the new rules. He used to be one of the best ODI bowlers in the game until they added the 2 new balls rule. After that, his economy rate has skyrocketed and he doesn't get much wickets anymore

Posted by Nuwas on (February 28, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Congratz to SL on their hard-fought win. I would've said that this should've won more convincingly, but as usual Cricket is unpredictable as always and the results are based on not just great performances,but also on few factors such as luck,toss, pitch,conditions & etc. So I'm not surprised at all seen the way the sudden change of conditions(pitch started to assist spiners considerably) played a part in today's game which made life difficult for our batters after 25th over till 40th over or so. Good to see Indians kept it tight though with the dew came into play after that. Though I am so much pleased with the way our young guns are rising upto the occasion & handle pressure with oldguns, I am no fan of Chandimal & his cricket, This guy's been pumping pressure unnecessarily on other middle order batsmen for a while now & selectors still continue with him. MJ needs to retire from ODIs soon & concentrate on T20s & Tests. All in all SL is performing well than the past year.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

I agree with Harshit.. MSD is the best in world to win 50 50 overs match and most dangerous player. How he treated Malinga in the final overs of World cup, all MSD haters and media, recollect your thoughts.. Get Raina in, he is a super fielder who saves 20 runs or more in each innings, Jadeja and Raina are the best fielders in the game.. No point calling Sehwag or Gambhir, they are very poor fielders and have no place in 20 or 50 overs match.

I like Virat.. he will be great captain after couple of years... He needs to learn the MSD traits to win the games which he will.. Good luck India...

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

varun aaron should be brought in again...might go for runs...but would like to see some really pacy stuff being hurled at Pakistan...hope to see a close match on sunday...and hopefully an Indian win...

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (February 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lankan team! It was awesome! Well played Sanga. But Sri Lanka should try to correct their mistakes, such as bad defensing techniques of Chandimal. I don't know whether Mahela does, but for me, it seems Mahela doesn't care much about practice sessions like Sanga. If Mahela concentrates more on his games, he can do wonders. I think that's why Mahela can score well in finals, because he concentrates more, and wants to win more. Anyway it's great to win, and was waiting for this day for a long time. Very happy about Sri Lanka. But I must say that India fought really hard, so did Sri Lanka. Well played both teams. It's great to see we have a good opener, reminding Jayasuriya, but I hope he will play carefully in the next game. Had those chances not missed, it could have been much worse. Try to be more consistent. Sri Lanka was never consistent, and it's part of our team which is ok to some extent. But try to be, which is much better.

Posted by amilag on (February 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

This indian team consist with IPL zeroes. With a lot of difficulty they beat Bangala. They will struggle against afganistan for sure...

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (February 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Amazing inning from Sanga.with pure class and pure timing.totally risk free cricket. It's spiritual demonstration of how could play in a slow,low,spinning wicket with minimum calculated risk not only to youngsters it's prime example some top rank batsmen who struggle to find the rhythm in this type of surface. Apart from that lot of drop catches from IND and Kusal's struggling 64(not best of innings i sow) and 80 runs opening partnership with Thiri, Mendis and Sachie's intelligent bowling and Mendis's healthy edge which goes for 4.

Posted by anupkeni on (February 28, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Dew or no dew, Team India scoring just 89 runs off the last 15 overs when they had 8 wickets in hand is simply unacceptable. Shikhar Dhawan has to be the main culprit behind Team India's defeat as he first missed out on a 100, by getting out slogging to Ajantha Mendis on 94. Then he prevented Ajinkya Rahane from taking a skier of Kushal Pereira. Then he misfileded on the boundary line to allow Kumar Sangakkara to complete his century. And then finally with Sri Lanka needing just 1 run to win off the last over he dropped a dolly of Thisara Pereira. Dinesh Karthick is another culprit as he got out playing a rash shot and also missed the stumping of Kumar Sangakkara when he was batting on 30. Overall Team India have themselves to blame for this defeat. with Sri Lanka now almost assured of a place in the final, the match between India and Pakistan on Sunday will be the virtual semi-final because the loser of this match will virtually get knocked out of the Asia Cup 2014.

Posted by uboatlover on (February 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

i think most comments are against rohit sharma; wonder if this was same when he scored a double ton in india against australia

Posted by on (February 28, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

My playing 11 for next match is 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. kholi 4.pujara 5. DK 6. Ashwin 7. jadeja 8. Mishra 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Pandey. Ashwin had capable of playing at 6. Both rohit and rayudu are useless Mishra can bat well than them. For future series 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. kholi 4.pujara 5. DK 6. MSD 7. jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Yadav 10. Shami 11. Pandey.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Pakistan, India and Sri lanka have equal chance of winning this cup. we have seen pakistan lost the match from winning position and it was close match today went in last overs so its all about holding nerve and touching the finishing line. people should not boost too much about their teams

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Don't jus blame bowlers for loss. Batting failed too. Fielding was pathetic with three drop catches by Rahane Jadeja and Dhawan. a missed opportunity by DK made this happen

Posted by Leg-Breaker on (February 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

come on India, learn to catch - this is international cricket where we cannot afford to drop the likes of Sanga and McCullum and expect to win games. How many games are we going to lose not doing the basics right?

I am watching the under 19 world cup and even there the difference between other teams and India is for all to see.

When a catch is dropped, it tells the batsman to focus more; gives him the confidence that this is his day; the fielding team is disappointed and the bowler gets frustrated. Just imagine if Dhawan had taken the catch. Even with one run to go, the fielding team would have been pumped up; SL would be under pressure because it would have been the last wicket...this is frustrating....

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

It seems that Indian cricket team never wanted a thrilling win over their opponents. It shows how they use their bowlers. Against Srilanka India deserves a win but asked for a defeat by not using the proper bowlers at the proper time. Bhuvaneswar kumar is best at his continuous spell a second or third spell is disastrous especially when there is a day and night match. and bowling second. Muhammad shami has been very expensive. Allowed the batsman to bring down the asking rate. India could have used their spinners to the maximum. It seems that run restriction is not as important than wicket fall. Once you can restrict the run at early stages the opponent team will come under pressure and they will fail infront of any bowlers at a later stage. The spectators do not understand the policies of Indian Captains and their advisers.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 28, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

A clinical demolition of Ind by SL led by Sanga.Only will get tougher for Ind.Up next-Pak. Oops ! -:)

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

Its all Dhoni's fault. He should not get hurt. If Dhoni was there result would have been in India's favor.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

4 dropped catches, 1 poor umpiring decision in the very first over of SL inning, missed stumping of THE GREAT SANGAKKARA PLUS DEW made India loose this match. To be very honest, SL played better than this inexperienced & poor fielding Indian team. The way SL got back into the match in the last 12 overs of India inning deserves BIG APPLAUSE. First, Dinesh Karthik played a irresponsible shot to get out and then missed the stumping of Sanga; for me Dinesh Karthik is responsible for this defeat.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 17:20 GMT)

During last month,I saw people commenting that sanga is middle class batsman who scores mainly against BD and zim. Today,he showed his class to entire world.eventhough dew came in last overs,the way sanga handled the game during middle overs were fantastic.class is permanant.....well done sanga

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Lame excuses can't take this win away from Sri Lanka. Sub continent pitches always have that dew factor. And that's how India won matches in past, chasing totals. Same applies for other teams as well. People have to admit that without Kohli, Dhoni and Dhawan; India cannot score past 250. That's the bitter truth. Their so called IPL heroes are zeros when it comes to international level. Anyway good fight back. Learn to respect Sri Lankans for their win without making lame excuses. That attitude which most of the Indians fans and Kohli have is India's biggest downfall.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

people please understand the oppurtunity dk missed was not a stumping it came rebound of sangas pad and its down its not coming to his hand its in ground if he hits in time it would have been brilliant but overall it was good keeping from dk and for those who thought dhoni would have made it he is taller than dk and he is not as acrobatic ad dk

Posted by cricfansince91 on (February 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

With due respect to Sangakkara, India was let down today by poor captaincy.. Kohli has been disappointing as Captain(just like he was in Zimbabwe), he seems to carry MSD's legacy of unimaginative, listness style and Conservatism of Duncan Fletcher seems to have imbibed him tool!!! Ashwin's decline and roller coaster performance of Shami & Bhubaneshwar Kumar indicate that they need a thinking and stern captain.. not someone who is only intent on saving runs... Our Bowling is not as bad as poor leadership from MSD (& now Kohli) and the useless support staff has led us to believe and consequently make them also think along the lines that they just can't defend any score below 300!!!!!

Posted by ProdigyA on (February 28, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

Santa proved to be the difference helped by DKs missed stumping chance. This is where Dhoni, the player would have made the difference by adding the extra 20 runs in the end. Nevertheless, a good fight by India.

Kohli should seriously try to fit in Pujara, either by dropping Rohit or by bringing him down the order for Ambati. With the wicket assisting spin, I think Mishra for Binny would not be a bad idea.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

A vintage indian performance indeed :P

Posted by Criclockology on (February 28, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

The numbers of players who got a chance after a superb Ranji trophy season and went on to make debut for the national team is less than the number of players who made their debut playing fro CSK.... What is the need of such a tournament if it is of no use and all these players just become backups.... :@

Posted by mzm149 on (February 28, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

@Nawab67: Congratulations on Sri Lankan win.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

@damit.. mate pls don't say that your sangakara is cool under pressure.. u just cant compare him with dhoni in that. if dhoni was ther things would have been different .. india missed gud depth batting , wicket keeping nd rotating bowlers in depth overs. if dhoni was ther india would hv won easily :)

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

@ Mohammad rafi: Kohli cant be Dhoni. And more importantly. with this bowling unit no captain will be able to win anything. Dhoni with his street smartness was able to atleast win in SC conditions.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 28, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Well played Sanga to take Sri Lanka home. I knew the chase will be tough as since Senanayake and Mendis got wickets, knew that Ashwin and Jadeja too will be troublesome which was exactly the case. Top order did well for both teams as proven by Kohli, Dhawan, Sanga and Kusal Perera (KP). If Indian fielding clicked, India would have definitely won indeed.

Sri Lanka has discovered a good long term opening pair and KP and Thirimanne seem perfect for it. Concern now is that if SL beat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, that will mean the chances of choking in the finals will be high as by then, SL has recorded 8 consecutive ODI wins since the 5th ODI against Pakistan last year. The winner of the India Pakistan game on Sunday will decide who will meet Sri Lanka in the finals.

Well played both teams and hope the India Pakistan game on Sunday will be a cracker.

Posted by ram91106 on (February 28, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

by Rohit which adds pressure on Dhawan and a paper thin bowling line-up is able to stretch this hugely experienced team to the last over chasing under a dewy night a modest total with the most contribution by King Kumar isn't it a worrying aspect???? The SL A team is also getting hammered by the England Lions at their home...Can the SL fans be really satisfied with what they saw in the match?? For how many more years will KING KUMAR carry the team for them??? On the other hand,we have proved to ourselves that without Yuvi,Raina and MSD in the middle we lack a strong spine and we will once again become too dependent on one player...earlier Sachin now Kohli...worrying signs but bowling could be termed most encouraging...Ashwin without his weird styles and ridiculous run-ups is a far better spinner...Good contributions by him and Shami...Jadeja is coming into his own against every team...EXCITING DECADE AHEAD FOR US INDIAN!!!GO INDIA!!!BLEED BLUE!!!!

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

after a long time I'v seen a great inning, Sanga you a beauty!

Posted by mohanram82 on (February 28, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

remember razzak and gazi from bangladesh is good spinners.. but the dew factor cost them them the match after razzak dismissed 2 early wickets without dew..

Posted by MJ-Sid on (February 28, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka. They deserved this victory. Poor fielding by team India. Batting issues are still haunting them in the middle order. I don't know what planets have to get in alignment to get Pujara in the team? What a talent is being wasted by BCCI!

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

@chris Silva : Oh pls.. We Indians beat you in your own back yard.. Beat you in Champions trophy, In West Indies, And Dont forget the world Cup Final.. N still you say that onky when factors help, we win.. So hilarious. I wonder how will Sri Lanka will even win a single match when Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan retire :.. Cric Info pls publish

Posted by JustTalkCricket on (February 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

@asiacricket1234 - What are you trying to prove you are very ordinary team and will remain so for next 50 years or so. Stop worrying about others.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:10 GMT)

Kohli cant be Dhoni.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

well played sl!!! its hard to beat india nowadays on these type of pitches , india really missed msd in the middle ,india were 175/2 from 35 overs at one stage and usually the score is nearly doubled from that stage but sl spinners did well and the indian middle order was simply clueless against mendis , india didnt finished their innings well enough and in the last 10 overs of sl innings simply dew played an impact in indian fielding which is regularly good in such circumstances .But then again sl played really well

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

Well done Lions... Try to stop Sri Lanka if you can

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Even though I am an Indian supporter, I am a cricket junkie before everything else, and I must say congratulations to Sanga for another eye-pleasing century. He was that small difference between the two sides. We Indians gave it our all, but evidently, the other team had the upper hand today. To all the Dhoni haters - hope you see why Dhoni is necessary. Nobody finishes off the batting better than Dhoni...we would have had 10-15 runs more if he was there. And nobody does the mid-innings choking strategy in current times better than Dhoni. A captain is only as good as the team he has, and we can see that our current team has some limitations, namely our bowling (although they bowled their hearts out today) and our middle-order, who has very, very inexperienced. Maybe calling back Raina or Gambhir, or even Sehwag for an interim period wouldn't be such a bad idea. Super-Kohli can't save the day everyday, can he?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Now I waiting to read the interesting comments on cricinfo about the Indians after loosing this match, defi they pointed out there are no Dhoni, n blaming the indian players. It's all about Sir Kumar Sangakkara keep calm head to match toward the winning momentum. That's how another nail biting match ended

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

weldone sanga legend srilankan

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 28, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

Wow what an innigs from sanga... It is not the 100 what is fantastic but the way he carved his innings under tremendous pressure... He absorbed it all... But donot worry there will be haters around still who calls this as flat track bully etc... That is just hatred.. Nothing more than that..I cannot heal that jealousy and do not need to...Sanga gave a proper answer to all crtics who said during BD tour he was scoring only against minnows..Here you will have an answer..Not a txt book type but practical answer,, :) U are a legendary man !! ... 12422 runs and counting...++++++++++

Posted by IAS2009 on (February 28, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

most indian fans have proposed almost everyone who played in first class games and there were lot of people in the team from suggestions too, the end result is same since SA ODI, the real problem India has is quality bowling, for so many years they get away with poor bowling because they have Sachin and Ganguly at top of the order, Dhoni helped a bit also later times, but with new rules of 5 fielders will not cut it with poor bowlers, the real quick one bowls without radar on and good ones are too slow to make any impact. this match was close because of pitch assisted jadeja and ashwin otherwise it would be over in 40 over time frame. kohli's batting will not win all games against good team.

Posted by ram91106 on (February 28, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

An imperial and regal knock by King Kumar...HE is geting better with age like wine...the more we see of him now the more complete he is...encouraging knocks by KJ Perera and L Thirimanne....However the most worrying aspect for the Lankans would be the non-contribution of the middle order containing a giant of the game like M Jayawardene...Is thebench strength for SL good enough against the best teams?? If an Indian team weak in the middle,overly dependent on Kohli,slow starts and added pressur

Posted by uboatlover on (February 28, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

i see indians blaming dew and umpires well, when dew helped them against bangladesh, y did the indians not complain then

about umpires, who stops india to adopt DRS, india has no right whatsoever to bleat against umpires since they themselves want umpires and not DRS

Posted by siddharth_WC2011 on (February 28, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

The batsmen let us down, 260 odd was never going to be enough. Rohit Sharma needs to be dropped, he just wastes balls at the top and puts pressure on the rest. But I guess we don't have any good match winning talent coming up either so have to be content with the mediocrity for now. SL have a stable team with Sanga & Mahela with them. I think we are going to see a SL Vs Pak final unless Ind can produce some miracles, which is highly unlikely with the current team, except Kohli.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Dhoni you are so awesome man just come back even pakistani's are missing you now.

Posted by Nawab67 on (February 28, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

Drop Karthik, bring Pujara in to the team. Let Rayudu keep the wickets. As for as opening, Rahane or Pujara open the innings. Make Rohit bat in the middle order. Make him aware that this will his last chance!!!. Lets see why he wouldn't bat good.

Posted by bootlicker on (February 28, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

People can say anything but it was anybody's game. Both teams were evenly strong and experience. However as I said yesterday it was SL who can go through because their bating depth is better than India. Spinning dept of both teams are equally good but the combination of Sachithra and Ajantha is slightly better than Ashwin & Jadeja. Finally better team clinch the match

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Nothing taken off Sangakkara. And i would have been the disappointed one if he missed his hundred. As for the run out/stumping chance.. Very rarely a player like Sanga gives you such opportunity. You cannot give a class player like Sangakkara a chance. He will make you pay and he did. We were lucky to get Jawardane's wicket so cheaply no matter what people say of his form. And it is not easy to restrict a team and take wickets under dew, especially when you are 30-40 runs short of the target that shud have been achieved in the first place. And miss catches and other opportunities.. A class hundred and completely under pressure. Also, its fair to say that the team who played the best, won.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:58 GMT)

Well People say lots of things. but Sri Lanka played well to win the game today. But credit should also go to India to bring down the game to last over with having due factor.. The difference was Dhoni I think.. India missed his Captaincy and batting. I hear lot say that Kholi is Better Than him.. But He is the only captain who brought all possible trophies to his mother Land. Captain cool.. At the end of the day Sri Lanka had the class of Sanga but India Missed the class of Dhoni.. Kohli is an outstanding player yet he has lot to learn.. Sri lanka Should think about Chandimal's form though he is the vice captain and India should bring Misra in..

Posted by martin000 on (February 28, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

I knew it the moment DK missed the stumping of someone of the class of Sanga!!! Mannn!! He singlehandedly won the match for SL!! We really did well throughout the match without any help from Binny, Rayudu and DK which means we literally played with 7 players and those 7 players too forgot how to do the fielding. We are never gonna win this tournament with this kind of fielding and a clueless middle order. I don't feel good abt this Rayudu guy. He is neither a big hitter nor a technically sound player and for him Pujara is warming the bench.

Posted by SevereCritic on (February 28, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Too many passengers in this Indian side. Kohli can't win everything on his own. Sanga - brilliant & flawless knock.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:55 GMT)

Dissapointed by India but they showed great fight and congrats to SL.This has to be one of the most tense matches ever

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

jadeja bowled well. nex match with pak.. we should focus in batting.. our middle order is poor.. better we should give chance to open pujara and amit mishra.. better give rest for raydu and binny.. virat, send rohit in no5. it should be much better middle order fo us.. anyway we reall gonna miss msd .. now team is look like a one man army when batting.. always what should virat only?.. if he is in crease every one cool and playing if he got out others are nothing there. everyone throwing there wicket in underpressure.. play cool india.. always try to keep run rate over six.. try to give strike always..

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

India can only win when other factors come into the game. A straight forward game of cricket Sri Lanka will beat then most times. We are so happy SL showed metal and got on with the game.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Since NZ series the slogan following Indian team. Catches win matches. We lost NZ series only due to dropped catches and today itself we lost due to dropped catches only. But India fought well. Nice to see Young Indian team fighting hard. Low scoring game went till last over. All the best for the next match.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Well if dew or a toss will decide the games then it seems turn on the TV wait untill the toss and thats it you are done watching cricket because you already know the result. Where is the fun.?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Well played both teams. Hats off to Sanga. India did not do very bad either. So it was a good game to watch. In the end the team which played better on the day won. But there was nothing much to separate both teams except the experience of Sangakara. What a champion he is. Good knock by Dhawan also.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

india need genuine fast bowlers like styn lee shoaib. BK SHAMI only new ball bowlers. hope india look in this factor to bring fast bowlers not medium fast ones proving harmless to the opponents in the depth overs.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

First up, congrats to Sri Lanka for their win and for making this such an exciting game. And to the Lankan fans, you guys should be expecting the trophy and nothing less in this series. Pakistan has a good bowling line - up but their batting is too thin.

Btw, I was surprised how close the game got. And it's even more remarkable that this was the case in spite of the fact that everything that could go wrong for India, did go wrong. (the toss, two dropped catches besides a couple of extraordinary attempts by jadeja, two LBW appeals not given, the Sangakkara stumping missed, and finally, the dew)

But the narrow margin shouldn't be allowed to hide the limitations of rohit's game, the foolish display by the middle order, and the fielding lapses that probably proved the costliest. Yes, Dhoni, had he been there would probably have shifted the game's balance back in India's favour but, this team must not become a team dependent on two individuals. SA / Aus would have killed us today.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 28, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Pak vs Ind = Semi Final the Winner will face SL in the Finals. (Pak batting looks Ordinary than Ever while Indian bowling is not so good).

Posted by Winner_Stands_Alone on (February 28, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Great win by Sri Lankan team and Indian team nearly won the match with Jadeja's bowling wasn't for Sanga's knock! Well played both teams as I was expected it was quite a nail biter too. Waiting for the Sunday's match and Good luck for both Indians and Pakistani Teams.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:48 GMT)

Sanga, you are a legend, your innings out of the world, brilliant. You might get a SOS from one of the teams in the IPL. Well done Sri Lanka. We all hear very proud of our team.

Posted by FawltyBean on (February 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Sri Lanka always does well in early stages of a tournament, problem is to lift the cup. Hope with new young players they can turn the tide.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Sangakkara is Super-Duper !!!

Posted by Rashen on (February 28, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Guys its sooo lame to select the India XI all the time ... same applies to SL fans too... its not us who decide who plays and who doesnt ... and selectors have to think in point of giving opportunities to others as well let me ask you this. Why Dilruwan Perera is not playing in the ODI? Why Rangana Herath dnt get more ODIs? Why Upul Tharanga never gets a chance in Test Macthes Why Kusal and Thisara not given a test cap ? Its all about developing cricketers for the future ... not playing your best ODI all the time let the younger ones breath too

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

i think we OWE BANGLADESH A DEBT OF GRATITUDE , not just for the long tour before the asia cup , but also for the tough matches that we came through especially in the limited overs.. TWO days ago with pakistan and today with india once again we came through tight situations.. lest hope we go on to bigger things here and even bigger and better things in the t/twenty world cup.. but definitely some nail biting cricket never-the-less..

Posted by prakash_mishra on (February 28, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Now I would like to ask Indian team management few questions .. why they have selected such pathetic pacers for Asia Cup ?? B.Kumar has lost his initial magic of swing and he is no good while bowling with old ball. Shami is erratic. If they dropped Aaron (which I think was not appropriate) they should have played an extra spinner in Amit Mishra as Spinners had a lot to purchase from this surface and it was evident yesterday during Pak-Afgan match as well as today during both innings.If Jadeja is to bat at no.7 and Ashwin at no.8 then I don't understand why to play binni? what good was he today? didn't score any and bowled only 4 harmless overs. I think both captain and coach failed to read the pitch. may be they thought they won't loose the toss. Batting could have been better but its understandable that it was not the easiest of surface to encounter spin. SL had 3 spinners and all of them bowled well. Indain spinners also bowled well though I expect Ashwin to be more penetrating.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

It comes down to Pak v Ind on Sunday, more like a Semi Final the one who wins will meet Srilanka in the Final..

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

SL got away thanks to Sanga brilliance. But Chandimal should be dropped before he become another kapugedera. Ashan should be playing .he gives spinning option and better player for spin. Lakmal should be new ball bowler. Play de Silva higher up in lower middle.

Posted by YumMBeE on (February 28, 2014, 16:44 GMT)

This is a travesty. No NON BIG THREE team should be permitted to register a victory against big three. ICC needs to modify the rules, only a BIG THREE team can win against BIG THREE - or make it more reasonable, like non big three team can only win if they complete the run chase with more than 10 overs remaining, or have margin of victory by 100+ runs.

This is a travesty - how dare a country that generates so little revenue beat the cash cow of cricket.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 28, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

In past few months I have seen many Indo-Pak fans claimed that SL is a very ordinary team who can only beat lower ranked team and will have no chance against them. I wonder what excuse they have now? Because against the same team Pak's world's finest bowling line up gave 280+ run and World's best batting line up could not score more that 264 and yes they both lost the match lol. I have said it before and I was mocked for saying this that "SL is the best Asian Cricket team". They proved it why they are. Well Done SL. Great knock from Sanga. Congratulation and good luck for Asia Cup. Hope you win it.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Please don't include Binny in next match. Amit Mishra should play and Ashwin needs to learn from the opposition spinners else he will not have a place in Indian squad. But overall it was a good and competitive game.

Posted by pritpalpabla on (February 28, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

I think for this particular tournament, they are playing with bad combination. a) Rayudu doesn't look like giving any strengh to batting order as well as bowling. Bring Pujara in instead of Rayudu, so Batting order will look solid. 2. Binny also looked confused selection, so bring Mishra in, so Bowling department will look great too... I saw in today's match, India badly need third specialist spin option. Jadeja and Ashwin can play role of all rounder... So final XI for next match should be 1.Rohit 2.Dhawan 3.Kohli 4.Rahane 5.Pujara 6.Karthik 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Mishra 10.Shami 11.Bhuvi

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

congrats sanga, very impressing today.. what kind of players bcci celected for asia cup.. very poor middle order. specially raydu and binny.. binny how is he bowling?. no class there.. poor than rohit.. he is not ecepting to play in a national team.. throw him soon.. raydu may be not enough for a sub of yuvi/raina. we need a quick run scorer in no 5 spot.. and mine mistake is rohit open with diffensive mind.. ones he change the attitude or send down him to no5.. let's try ones pujara to open.. and we miss much dhoni.. his absend effected much india in batting and wicket keeping.. virat is good captain.. exelent work.. congrats him.. he tryed much.. good ideas.. but indias feelding and bowling there is some missunderstanding.. shami got 2 wicket.. good.. but he should try to deffence the economy rate.. don't bowl all to wicket.. bhuvi done first six over exelent swinging.. but try to keep the sime mind in final overs too.. dk, dhawan, feelding poor.. best of luck india

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

what Chandimal is doing? rather than contribution da team to win he and mahela put others under pressure

Posted by shakeena on (February 28, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

I'm a Sri lankan and I have this crazy idea that from over millions and millions people in sub-continent India why they can't find a proper wicket keeper batsman to replace great dhoni in an emergency ??? now they have a keeper who can't keep, can't bat and can't bowl.. in Sri Lankan team they have three genuine keeper batsman sanga, Chandimal and Kusal janith (+ Dilshan)...

Posted by priceless1 on (February 28, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

SL cannot play both Chandimal and mahela in the team at the same time , both are the most inconsistent ( its almost predictable that they both fail in this crucial match ) better try Priyanjana in the place of Chandimal in the next game

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

Shami takes wickets alright but concedes too many runs.Bhuvneshwar has lost his guile and at present does'nt appear to be intl. quality.India must try its fasf bowling bench strength for providing shami with a similarly effective partner.Alas we could have Vinay kumar in the side!He is by far the best fast bowler in the country.Where are you selectors?Pujara is not as effective in the shorter format as in the longer formats.Give Binny a few more opportunity.He is a bit nervous.Once out of mental pressure he would be a class act.

Posted by Fazaljamee on (February 28, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

so try to bring tendulkar, kabildev,ganguly dravid srinath and all to beat SL

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (February 28, 2014, 16:41 GMT)

@fazu obviously SL is "good" !!!India....(you know pretty well.) ha ha.Now don't come up with bad jokes here!!Don't bring your previous records here.You know it won't be good for you in any case.what I mean is SL were brilliant "today"!

Posted by roshboy on (February 28, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

Sanga... u r a legend... what a beautuiful hundred that was... well paced according to the situation... there is no word to describe... beating India on an asian pitch... always give a pleasure to watch...

Posted by subhfloyd123 on (February 28, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

After Kohli and Rahane,no real man to stabilise the innings together with controlled agression.Dhawan played an innings of a snail,not suited for an opener.he scored 94 in 34 odd overs,which is ridiculuous in ODI cricket's present scenario.Just spoiling the legacy of Viru who has dominated over the past 10 years,and just giving his wicket at crucial phase.Shami took wickets but was expensive.India were a bowler short of sure.Binny was just like a dead man in India's jersey.Kohli always can't deliver,someone must step up.If India are to win against Pak,middle order must contribute solidly against the best bowling attack of Asia.

Posted by karnamgiridhar on (February 28, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Why every one is targeting missed stumping chance and clash of kohli and dhawan. It was just a hard moment gone in a good game of cricket. Were there no dropped catches ever and losing match. Well that's the winning standards Men in Blue have set I world cricket. They just did not meet their own high standard. I can see all Paki and SL fans bouncing on the Indian mistakes.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

What a Match! Although Sri Lanka win but its a real victory for India that they pull down till the end. Now Indian team needs to focus on Fielding because that's the main reason of today's defeat. I'm impressed with Kohli that he go for wickets throughout the match instead of defensive approach but he should make changes in team for next match as Mishra/Pandey for Binny (Clueless everytime), Rahane for Rohit in opening and bring Pujara in middle order. Get ready for High Voltage match on Sunday and now Pak will be most worried for their next match. all the best to Team India for Super Sunday...

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

well played sl!!! its hard to beat india nowadays on these type of pitches , india really missed msd in the middle ,india were 175/2 from 35 overs at one stage and usually the score is nearly doubled from that stage but sl spinners did well and the indian middle order was simply clueless against mendis , india didnt finished their innings well enough and in the last 10 overs of sl innings simply dew played an impact in indian fielding which is regularly good in such circumstances .But then again sl played really well

Posted by ishaan1997 on (February 28, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Great game of cricket, i feel only experience was the difference. I was not impressed by dhawans fielding though, he had dropped two catches and conceded as many as 3 misfields. And karthik also, who missed a crucial stumping at a crucial time. MSD would have easily got that one. Kohli's captaincy was also good, atleast he showed aggression in field setting. I feel, India should have gone with mishra in place of binny, since at the toss he told that they chose binny for slow pace, but he was not that effective. Pujara needs to come in place of rayudu and open and drop rohit to no.6, he would be a good finisher. Overall, sanga was the difference, he is great legend of the game.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

please remove rohit sharma along with fletcher and fielding coach...

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Dropped Catches and Missed stump comments are comming!

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Well done SANGA!!! Congrats to your brilliant knock! Wish u all the best in the final so!

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

see ... this is all about dhoni.. now indian fans missed him. as always india needs dhoni to fight SL. and he is very good at it. such a great heart he got... did you see the frustration of kholi when kushal got out. let me tell you. if you are nt playing dhoni, then give the captancy to rohith. and sir Ravindra Jadeja was outstanding today. what a player...

Posted by Balumekka on (February 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Great win for us (Sri Lanka). What a player Sanga is! He yet again showed his class. India resisted very well, and Ashwin and Jadeja bowled superbly well. Kohli also seems to be a good thinking captain. In this kind of match, India must have missed Dhoni so much. Best of luck for both the teams.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Good cricket on both sides, but quite average batting but for couple of players form both teams. Sanga brought his experience to stay there and nailed it in his style and kudos to him, while Dhawan could not carry on a good start. Kusal for SL and Kholi for India did support but again could not carry on. SL has momentum, but still vulnerable as all thier recent wins have been close, while India is some rut. Team selection to try out some new names in big game ahead of WC is good, but lack of Yuvi, Raina and Dhoni will hurt. For Lanka, they are building a good team with some good pacers on bench. Sanga, Mahela, Malinga and Dilshan will have one last go at the WC but after them it will be similar to India, so got to try a couple of players ahead to keep the bench healthy

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

wen considering the newness of this Indian team this is not a convincing win at all..if there were Doni we would definitely lose this match too. we should seriously think why we cannot beat India regularly like late nineties. its not a good sign that we can't do anything without sanga. someone like thirimanna should come down to strengthen the middle Oder and Chandimal should be immediately dropped from the side

Posted by r1zzy on (February 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

India are a poor excuse for a cricket team. They have Kholi who is simply brilliant other than that the rest are all hit and miss. Hope Bangla and the Afghans really hurt the over rated indians. Well done to SL and Sanga you are a legend, regardless of the team he's facing, regardless of the pitch he's batting on he is always brilliant. Might get vilified for this but i think Sanga might actually be one of the best wicket keeper batsmen ever!

Posted by wakaPAK on (February 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Sanga the champion! never raised his bat after completing his century. I think India will come hard on Sunday against Pak after losing this one. Pak wilt under pressure situations against India in big matches so I won't say for sure we'd win on Sunday. But we do have a a good chance against India especially with India missing Dhoni. We should contain Dhawan and I think Junaid can get him. Kohli definitely is the big wicket.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

a well deserve century and a well deserve victory.

Posted by Knights_Watchmen on (February 28, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Well played SL -Congratulations for beating world cup champions,Helped by a valiant century by Sanga!!! of course they will say Dhoni was not there ,they fielded badly as if it is by design .Sri Lanka defeated India that is the final result. i think that giving the captaincy to Virat Kohli, india is losing a good batsman ...Dhoni's absence was naturally felt.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 16:36 GMT)

Dhoni haters got what they wanted. Bhushan B and Nampally wanted Binni and Karthik Rayudu and rahane and then there is Rohit- Nohit- Sharma . India will never win with substandard players like Mishra, tiwari, pandey, karthick and Binni. Bowling is bad and except jadeja no body deserves to be in the team. Any way Nothing taking from Srilanka, Great win and they deserved it completely.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Haha..pack your bags India.Pakistan will crush you..what you need is NOT a fielding coach, you need a coach to teach you how to be "HUMBLE".

Posted by JustTalkCricket on (February 28, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Well done Srilanka and Sanga! Beware whoever Srilanka meets in final will get tough time from Pak or India.

Mohd Shami is one of the luckiest bowler ever played for India just keep getting wickets on nothing deliveries. On other hand Ishant Sharma is one of the unluckiest guy despite bowling well but doesn't get wickets.

We are wasting time with Bhuvneshwar Kumar must bring Yadav and Varun along with Ishant just need good bowling coach mentoring the three.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Well played Sanga...guy is a beast. I hope its clear to the BCCI selectors by now that this Indian team will most likely crash out of the WC next year in the first round. People like Nohit and Rayudu are good only for IPL. Even Dhawan should be put on notice for his sloppy fielding.

Posted by s.g.a. on (February 28, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Sanga what a brilliant cricketer u are, As srilankans we proud of u. u are great servent of srilanka cricket. u shown every one how to winning the match under presser situation.WELL DONE SANGA.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Money vs Cricket... yes you will draw more money for sure. India really need to get back to their drawing boards and start playing the game of cricket. A million dollar team lost to a poultry team you thought Sri Lankans were... Yea none of the players were worth for IPL a sheer team effort played off well played Sri Lanka and hats off to the legend he is Sanga

Posted by karnamgiridhar on (February 28, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

well, somebody is hurt by Indias success of young guns. targeting kohli for wicket celebration. he is talking as if Pakistanis mourn after taking a wicket. Lol

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

next match against pakistan Rohit sharma will make first run on first ball...mark my world.second run may come in 50-60 balls that is other thing.he still in the team,throw him out with fletcher....please.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

It has been a close game.Both teams used spin option effectively.Middle order of both teams not delivered what is expected of them.SL team management should be congratulated for bringing in Ajantha Mendis.He turned the match for SL.Mahela,s good innings may in the next match.India really miss MSDm

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

No Dhoni, Kohli out below 50. The key to win against India IMO. :)

Posted by bouncer709 on (February 28, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Pakistan will get Bonus point against BD and India will be out of the tournament. Final Pak vs Srilanka

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 28, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Another great match and another tribute to the greatness of King Sanga. What a brilliantly composed knock. First 50 balls - 40 runs and next 34 balls - 63 runs. lol This man is a beast. If you listened to what he said during the post match presentation, you would realize that its not only his batting that makes me an ATG, but who he is too. Anyway, well played Sri Lanka !! everyone did their bit and was electric on the field. It was very good team effort. Btw, it would be great if we could grab that no.2 place in the ranking table by the end of the Asia Cup. :P

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

The BIG ONE bites the dust again. But at least they did beat Bangladesh this time.

Posted by Razor_Sharp on (February 28, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

I love the way sanga celebrated his century, it shows how humble he is.. What a player

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 28, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

In past few months I have seen many Indo-Pak fans claimed that SL is a very ordinary team who can only beat lower ranked team and will have no chance against them. I wonder what excuse they have now? Because against the same team Pak's world's finest bowling line up gave 280+ run and World's best batting line up could not score more that 264 and yes they both lost the match lol. I have said it before and I was mocked for saying this that "SL is the best Asian Cricket team". They proved it why they are. Well Done SL. Great knock from Sanga. Congratulation and good luck for Asia Cup. Hope you win it

Posted by joza on (February 28, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Indian batting let the side down today. I say Pujara should open with Dhawan and let Rohit strengthen the weak middle order by going down to #5. Lots of pressure on Kohli with this lineup so when he gets himself a platform, he needs to focus on batting through until the end - very disappointed to see him bowled on 48. Also disappointed in Rahane/Rayudu, both are better players than what they showed today - especially Rahane.

Pretty decent showing by Indian bowlers. They did their job. Unfortunately, the Indian batsmen were 15-20 runs away from a defend-able total. Credit to SL and especially Sangakkara for great batting under some pressure.

Posted by British_North_America on (February 28, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

Now Indians know why Bangladesh did not win. 1.Toss(Batting first) 2.Dew.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

The good thing is that we have some good cricket to watch. Winning or loosing doesn't matter in these kind of matches. Pak vs SL was a good competition so the Ind vs SL, Hopping to see some good cricket on sunday too.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Brilliant stuff from Sanga. Sachithra was also up to the mark. He is a developing player. Hope to see chandi doing well with the bat. Waiting for the sundays game.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

it was only one show all over the match! it is PROF.SANGAKKARA! He prooved himself a GOD today! well played Sri Lankans!

Posted by scarrule on (February 28, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Whoever saying that indian bowling was weak might need a mental doctor. I still remember in half-innings many were saying its a cake-walk for sri-lanka, well we all saw it, despite dew playing a big-role nd also i think that our bowlers are good they just need attacking captain. Hattsoff to sir jaddu..

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

So guys today it is decided SL is better than india. OK, no more fights on whose better.

Posted by Kh1234 on (February 28, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

According to the commentators, india wins if shikar score more than 50 lol. what happened? anyway i'm not against india. only jadeja bowled well but shami proved why india has the worst bowling. India played well and bowling was better, surprisingly haha. On sunday, pakistan should allow india to bat if they win toss coz if its chasing kholi will chase on his own. Good luck pak vs india. I'm looking forward to Sl vs pak final.

Posted by Fazu on (February 28, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Dear Indian fellos, now decide which team is good in Asia

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

well played to both teams, played like real champions. what can I say about Sanga, he's a genuine

Posted by Nawab67 on (February 28, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Drop Karthik, bring Pujara in to the team...let Rayudu keep the wickets. Playing Binny was a stupid move. Yuvi or Irfan should have been in the team.

Posted by Dyut on (February 28, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

Drop 3 catches and still want to win? Are the Indians living in a dream world? Kohl is a good captain and needs good fielders too.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

this wud be the best xi in odis for india. 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. Kohli 4. Pujara 5. Rohit/YUVRAJ/RAINA 6. dHONI 7. Irfan Pathan 8. Jadeja 9. Ashwin 10. Buvaneshwar 11. Shami

Posted by MiddleStump on (February 28, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Just a week ago at the end of the New Zealand tour many Indian 'experts' here were sure that India's defeats were caused by poor selection. I wonder what their excuse is going to be now. Binny, Rayudu, and Karthik did virtually nothing. Aaron was dropped after the game against Bangladesh. And Kohli was made the captain who was supposed to lead the team to the promised land. When will people realize that there hardly any talented players in India today who are good enough to perform at the international level? It will be at least a few years before the team can be rebuilt. Dhoni must be laughing at his critics and enjoying his break from the game.

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (February 28, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Congrats to Sri Lanka for a good thrilling win . Sangakarra showed why he is known as a champion player . Well done sir. Indians fought hard but with this bowling attack you have a feeling that they are inadequate .But they gave everything they have . SL is now almost sure to go to the final .Another finalist will most probably be decided on Sunday with Pakistan as favourites to do so .

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Despite the Sanga's knock India had the chance to win. Poor fielding cost the match. Jadeja almost grabbed the much by very good left arm spin.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

Awesome Sangakkara! You are a legend. Congrats Sri Lanka, what a great win.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka. Sanga again showing what a class he is. Not pleased with Mahela throwing his wicket away. We have now made a habit to win close games. Good too see congratulating comments from Indian fans. Hard luck today.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

cogratz to sanga. G8 innings. He proved that he is 1 of the best in the game again. Cool calm steady and good sportsmanship. All who criticized he will only score against Bangladesh. He gave his reply with the bat. To all Indian fans to you your cricketers are heroes and legends to us Sri Lankans our cricketers are heroes and legends. So bear it. Also respect a true sportsman like sanga.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:19 GMT)

Worrying signs for Sri Lanka though is that it is once again one of their three champions doing it for them with precious little contribution from the junior lot. Sri Lanka has been carried through most, if not all of their ODI wins in the last 2-3 years by the legends Sanga, Mahela and Malinga (and Dilshan against weak bowling attacks). Most of the others who have come in haven't looked in intl cricket. Mathews, Chandimal nowhere as consistent as Lanka would like. Thirimanne for the first time is starting to look good. Kushal Perera is a wild slogger (I know he got 64 today but look at his innings and you will know how lucky he was. Never going to get runs based on luck everytime) and will be sorted out by the bowlers more often than not. Sri Lanka must be wanting their big 3 to play on for ever! Hats off to Sanga!

Posted by CricketFever11 on (February 28, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

Dear India. Pls try to beat Pakistan and come to the finals. Lankans are waiting to meat you in the final again.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (February 28, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Good grief, my heart (and that of millions of other Lankan fans) really can't take these tense finishes any more! Thank goodness for Sanga's brilliance and the poor Indian fielding. I still haven't stopped shaking with all the adrenaline!

Posted by Fogu on (February 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Very good game. Well played by both teams. I think all games at this times should be day games. Dew makes a big difference. It hampers sides who bowl second and makes winning tosses as the most important factor.

Posted by Dhanu83 on (February 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

What a victory... Sanga you legend proud of you. Your century never ever forget. what a beauty..

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

What a great knock by Sanga! Take a bow Legend!! Mendis bowled well too, and not to forget Kusal.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

sanga you beauty amzing! but i think spinners did the hard part! hats off to Sachi whom bowl in power play overs and gave away 41 and 3 wickets! Mendis back with a bang! chathuranga did well too

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

Seriously what does Chandimal brings to the team?? He never learns from his mistakes and always let the team down...

Posted by WTEH on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Super Star Sanga!!! The whole world salute you. What a talent, and to see how humble gentleman he is. Congratulations Sri Lanka.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

My hearty congratulations to BRAVE SANGA.Really happy for this man. He is one man I would always love to see batting from lanka.Obviously one of my best player in my dream team.Not at all disappointed with India's performance.Both in fact were superb with bowling .The basic difference was Sanga.That's all !! Again (jokes ahead) only if DK had stumped him.ah! Anyway proud of both my team and neighbour.Really looking forward for some baseless comments from @mzm149 @sllinga @blade runner and @Thilanka .!!

Posted by BandulaG on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Well Done,Sri Lanka! It's NOT over as yet, so keep marching on & don't allow complacency to set in.

Posted by surepush on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Some guys shout everything against DK for one match but what is their no hit doing in the team.

the fault of DK is going for the stump if he had let the ball go no one should have said anything

Posted by shakeena on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Sanga total respect & this proves how much difference there between an IPL match and an ODI... Same players same talents but in a ODI it's the way that talent is been used and how to face the situation using ur brain.. No matter how many wickets u have taken in IPLs, infront of sanga's brain and experience u are just children :)

Posted by on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

@Al_Bundy1 : Check with MSD keeping status how many catches and stumping misses, just one stumping miss u said saha is better than. What saha done so far?? Even he not play well in A series also. If we select Yusuf pathan then we need to wait 25innings to score. He play once in a decade. Look at his expectation in IPl(9.7crores). He proved??? Never. If he plays 20matches means he can score one remarkable 50 or 100. And I accept Rohit is useless in opening. But he got always chance in squad.

Posted by asthomas911 on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Credit goes to Virat for the brilliant captaincy for what he has done with the resources he had! Sri Lanka played really well though. I think Pujara should come in for Rayadu and Mishra should come in for Binny in the next match. Rohit puts the team under pressure right from the word go hence he should come down in the order and promote Karthik to open with Dhawan.

Posted by blackswan571 on (February 28, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

I see all indians are complaining about whom they have to choose when the seniors get injured. It goes to both teams. the deferent is Sri Lanka have to choose from 22 millions people and India has 1.5 billion. No shows who is superior in cricket field.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Stuart Bunny 0 run & o wicket, what an all rounder?

Posted by dharam_16 on (February 28, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

The collision for a catch at the start & the drop catch in final over!!OMG...!!!! 'that really sums up the match for Team India'

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:13 GMT)

Well played SL india bowling is no threat to any team the only way india win matches is if they bowl first then even if their bowling is hit for 300 plus their batters can get that but not the other way round what a joke and embaresment this indian bowling is

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

what miss stumping, what dew its the better who wins on the day. Sanga a calm guy leading thw chase in a prodessional way. welldone Srilanka

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

B3CC big three cricket concel needs to help out india

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

In a way its good that we lost. else Rohit's performance would have been again unnoticed. Rohit may score a 50 next match.. but still he is such an overated cricketer. I initially thought he is playing the waiting game ever since he was made the opener because Dhawan was attacking. But when Dhawan is not scoring too quickly and when rohit need to score atleast at a SR of about 80, he can't.. He couldnt get bat on bowl. And always react he only gets the extra bounced ball or the ball that kept low. Rohit can play well only once in 5 innings only and that too consuming lot of balls. High time we need a replacement..

Posted by XiTiZ_P on (February 28, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

WoW...India rather BCCI..get a bowling coach and also a fielding coaching I only checked the updates on cricinfo but could see 3 misses by Dhawan(collision, Sanga century and second last ball drop).

What is the coach doing? All the players should be given targets or rather apprised as to what mistakes they are doing. India dont seem to have a bowling plan...only plan I see is lets bat better.

@Haleos: Ashwin just need to improve on just 3 things: bowling, fielding and batting(that last of which I think he is already doing)..all the pun intended..I feel he should concentrate on improving his bowling and fielding/fitness.

Posted by Lion83 on (February 28, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

Sangakkara is a absolute legend he prove it again SL in the finals now and will win the cup.

Posted by Emy_men on (February 28, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

to NP_NY, whether its a win after 12 matches or 50 is still a win....Congrats to /sl boys.................

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

People are complaining about the dew. where were they during the pak vs sl match. same dew was there at that time :D

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

India vs Pakistan becomes a virtual semifinal now, assuming Bangladesh lose to both Sri Lanka and Pakistan (most probably the case). India doesn't stand a chance on sunday if 1) they are batting first and defending under 320. 2) they are chasing above 270 against Pakistan's bowling line up 3) they keep missing catches and stumpings like they did today. I would suggest Pujara for Rayudu and Mishra for Binny. We miss Dhoni, but we could have tried Samson instead of Karthik, who has never been a match winner really.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

After Sunday .. We'll have confirmation of SL vs Pak final and whoever wins I don't mind ... SL is always my favourite team after pakistan... Kind people and humble players unlike men in blue who get one wicket and expression of Kohli and party was like fighting a street brawl and bad language .... What a benchmark they are setting so called celebs of cricket ... Shameful

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

Aaron needs to play more games get him ready for the world cup Australian pitches will help bowlers like Aaron

Posted by Razor_Sharp on (February 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

The way the things kicked off i thought SL will win comfortably but what a bowling performance by Jadeja.. He made the difference because of the pressure he created so that the other bowlers also had the chances to take wickets.. Good fight back by India.. Sanga is brilliant

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

And now we know why MSD never lets B.Kumar bowl at the death. He never seems to be able to bowl those yorkers. But even the angles he bowls is senseless. To Sanga he was bowling over the wicket and across Sanga, making it easier to cut. As it is we are thin on the bowling front and with Bhuvi bowling only the opening spell, we dont get 10 overs out of him.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Rohit Sharma must give his place to Pujara for team interest. I really cannot understand his inclusion in team as an opener when he's a middle order specialist. Kohli must do it if Dhoni comes back he will run Rohit for lifetime...

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Congratulations to SL, well played indeed. Sangakkara played a match winning knock... what an inning.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

As expected, Sri Lanka wins. I knew this Indian team can't beat the Lankans this time... better luck next time, India...

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

one more match i will be dead . .i have almost already lost my all the nails ....!!

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Such a stupid and dead wast player (Shiker Dhawan) has to removed from the team, then only we can win the match

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

India vs sanga , sanga wins!

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

sanga u beauty

Posted by dharam_16 on (February 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Fielding was the only difference between the two sides & a better fielding side won!!!!

Posted by ankit_cricketfreak on (February 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

No analysis , no grudges for fellow Sri Lankan fans ! Well Played Team Sri Lanka , it never hurts to lost to teams like Lanka , but not individuals like Sangakara ! I'm his true fan , Lanka had a rough patch against India in last three years , but they seem to have revenged that at the right stage :) , this isn't the best Indian team you'll see on field , Kohli won't lift the Asia cup with set of useless players he has got , so it's more of rivalry with Pakistan that would matter on Sunday.

As a cricket fan , Pakistan has an edge on Sunday. As an Indian , we will sail through. But , history isn;t repeating itself , so may be it'll be Pakistan on Sunday .

Weekend spoilt due to this defeat :'(

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (February 28, 2014, 16:06 GMT)

Excellent performance by Empire which made sl win. What a pity,, Stuart binny was not out as LBW, but was given out. Tirumanne was clear plumb in front of the wickets first over as LBW, but given not out.. lol.. Ashwin hit a boundary on malinga's over, in the last, Jayawardane's foot was out side the boundary, and stopped and was not given boundary.. LOL.... At least SL can win in this fashion.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

SALAAM. I just wanna ask one very simple question to my indian friends. Who is team india fielding coach. if indian fielding was good they would have won this match. what more I can say about this match.

Posted by kc69 on (February 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Clearly the difference between win and loss was the class of Sanga but taking nothing away from SL bowlers but India's missed chances cost them the match.However they did a great job without the likes of MSD, Raina and Yuvi.But I still don't understand why Kohli tried binny who was not good at all instead of Mishra I bet his spin would have done wonders and can also bat a bit.

Posted by Varuna-Bhushana on (February 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Feel sos sorry about indian feilding. What a class knock of 103 by Sanga. Indians have a lot to learn from SL boys. welldone SL!

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

We must not use Rohit as an opener. Playing first means no pressure for our batting, but too many dot balls by Rohit puts extra pressure. Let's use Rahane as the opener. We may even replace Rohit with Raina, a left hander, consistent and good run rate, and a better bowler.

Posted by jb633 on (February 28, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

India need to find a way they can win games when they have to bat first. They are a very good chasing side but simply do not have the bowling attack to defend totals. Jadeja was excellent but the seamers were toothless. India miss MSD like a hole in the head.

Posted by Yourslanka on (February 28, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

Wow! what a match! Great to see SL fight back & snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Incredible innings from Sanga under pressure. He is simply a class apart. India bowled really well & a bit unlucky to be on the losing side. All in all it was one hell of a match. All the best to both teams for once again providing with a Thriller of a match.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

we can't discount Dhoni just like that. His decisions, his observations are all immaculate. They condemned Dhoni for not giving fair chance to Binny. Today he got 0 and 0/22 in 4 overs. So we need to understand where I'd Dhoni coming from.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

Great game! Can we please not insult each other? Also, I fail to understand what Priyanjan has done wrong to miss out over Chaturanga Silva.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

people of india. please just give sri lanka credit for a desereved victory. sri lanka bowled as well at pakistan dint they.and they won.just that indian bowling is week.i am a big fan of indian cricket as well but just give credit to the man sanga and his team.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:03 GMT)

My ideal playing XI for India: Openers: Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane Middle Order: Cheteswar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, (Dinesh or Rayudu - Wkt keeper), Ravindra Jadeja Bowlers: Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami

Posted by sundersingh on (February 28, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

29.5 match lost there.... check it

Posted by nothingnew on (February 28, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

What a performance by sanga . He was with oool head .doing brilliantly .Great stylish batsman . there are 2 stylish batsman handle cricket arena these days . Virat Kohli , Sangakkara .Today is sangakkara's day . good luck sanga .u r the best

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

virat is not a captaincy material.rohit is useless anywhere you put him.he skows his stupidity showing faith in MOST TALENTED LAYER OF UNIVERSE MR ROHIT LIABILITY SHARMA..

Posted by Great_Lion on (February 28, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Take a bow master sanga. You are real champion.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Way to go Sri Lanka! Keeping your nerve in the death overs! Its about who can take the pressure in close games.

Posted by SanjeevHN on (February 28, 2014, 16:01 GMT)

When you take slow medium bowlers like Bhuwanesh Kumar, Vinay umar, Unadkat, Mohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma and many others who bowls at a very slow spped of 125m/h or so you will never win any matches. I do not what Duncan Fletcer is doing also. Even England lost 5-0 to Australia when he was the coach. Please change the support staff along these slow bowlers

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (February 28, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Congratulations to Lanka. Team which played better cricket today won, so we Indians should not feel let down. Our players also tried hard. Now Dhoni haters must realize that Virat as a captain, is no match to Dhoni. And Dinesh Karthik, OMG, what a joke of a keeper he is. Feel sorry for him, can't bat, can't keep, and can't bowl obviously. So why does he wanna play cricket? Now Dhoni haters must understand why big shoes of Dhoni are virtually impossible to fill for a long time to come.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

No surprises from Sangakkara - classy as always. My question to Joe Dawes - Why has Bhuvneshwar lost his swing ?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Big 3, India Ha hA ha ha ha ha ha!

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Wat ever result today Sri Lanka deserve to win played outclass inning by sangakarra well done .....but just remember india is big three

Posted by nilb on (February 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

No no Sangakkara is definitely NOT a legend.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

This is how we can win.Good going for Asia Cup..

Posted by jerryman on (February 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

what a match , sl always takes it to the wire. Should have won more convincingly however lost wickets to soft dismissals well played both teams

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

well played by SL. they batted well. I said it before tournament that being in BD for more than a month will really help SL. and all the batsmen are in form and looks hot favorites. India recovered ok but bowling was an issue like always.

With this win of SL, Pak vs India game will now be more important. Who ever will lose , will be more likely out of race.

Posted by nothingnew on (February 28, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

have u seen the different between sri lankan's no.1 and indian's no.1 batsman. Sanga is the best man u see . how pressure was handled by him . fortune favor for bowler when sanga's wicket. but he is a great

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Well played Sanga, a true champion. He was the only difference today. Great fightback by India but the three dropped catches, the two LBWs turned down against the openers and the dew hurt them. But proud of the fightback. Now to look at the team balance - briing in Pujara for Rohit and Amit Mishra for Binny and the rest of the series will be a cake walk for India, especially the final against SL.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

DK if only you had stumped Sanga! What luck.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (February 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

Good match. It was Sanga again. I wish if DK could stump him in mid 30s. But that is how the game of cricket is. Again! What a game.....

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT)

WELL DONE to Sri Lanka, fantastic innings from King Sanga and we should hopefully be into finals all those who were making silly comments like " India will score 350" and "Kohli will make 200" , don't you look silly now.. Well done to India also for fighting to the end. It wasn't your day today but all honours go to Sanga and Kushal...go Sri Lanka

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

My man of the match - Dew on the outfield

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 28, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Missed stumping of Sanga cost India this match. That aside India is playing with too many non-performers - Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Binny, DK. Cricket is a team game - we can't win if only 7 players are contributing. We have better players waiting in the wings. Rahane can open instead of Rohit. Yusuf Pathan/Kedar Jhadav are better than Rayudu, Irfan Pathan/Rishi Dhawan are better than Binny, and Sanju Samson/Saha are better than DK

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

I think shami was unlucky today.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

Well played to Srilanka and Sangakara. They thoroughly deserved to win. And this is coming from Indian fans. Congratulations. Indian fans however should not get too much depressed. Their favorite players such as Binni, Karthick, Rayudu Rahane had off day today. I believe Karthik will prove better than MSD and Binni the best al rounder after kapildev. Just have faith in them Kohli also proved to be a great captain. He attacked all the time. No matter if India lost the match.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Looks like SL finally getting the better of India, but only just. This will only be their third win in the last 12 outings against India. Good fight by India defending only 264 with a wet ball. Showing a lot of character even without Dhoni. Good sign for the future even if this game is lost.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

MSD nevet trusts B Kumar with the death overs. Interesting to see how he bowls. His first over has gone for 11 with 3 full tosses.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

Why Kohli is not bowling Binni? Binni is such a great all rounder. We should utilize him more and give him more exposure like Ishant sharma and Rohit Sharma even if India lose the match. Binni must be nurtured. One day Binni too will prove himself by making half century or century.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Sangakarra... what a player guiding the chase calmly, class apart! Respect.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

All the players go through a bad patch and poor run of form. It is selectors / captain's responsibility to be brave enough and rest them and pick players who are in form. Dhoni has a habit of stcking with the same players , it seems to be a question of showing loyalty. Rohit and Ashwin have been in poor form and should have been rested. There is so much Cricket being played these days that it is natural for players to get tired physically and mentally. There is a need for selectors to keep players fresh with the World cup not being far away. There has to be a pool of 25 players and some key players need to be rested and kept fresh. I feel for players like Kohli who have been performing day in and day out. We need to keep these key players fresh and ready for the World Cup.

Posted by mahboobihsan on (February 28, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

Now I've got why India is against DRS. They want all close decisions in their favor; as evident from all LBW decisions today against SL batsmen.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (February 28, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

I am just enjoying these!! Great exhibition from both sides.Doesn't matter who wins. Just enjoy it!

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 15:18 GMT)

Why people are blaming karthick? Its just one time failure. He is best wicket keeper batsman in India. Give him as many chances as Rohit Sharma got and he will prove himself one day. MSD is no match to karthik. Go KD go.

Posted by Haleos on (February 28, 2014, 15:10 GMT)

Ashwin is one confused bowler. God know when we will replace him. Jadeja more often than not out performs him. Time and time again.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

Sanga doing it again calmly. India missed its best ODI batsman/finisher today, but SL still has it's best ever batsman to do the job for them.

Posted by on (February 28, 2014, 15:07 GMT)

When we remove rohit from opener means only india can win matches like past otherwise need to struggle every match to win. What he playing in opening just to waste balls. His batting is look like 1970's opening batsman. From Ganguly sachin era they can score atleast 50runs from 1st ten overs. Later sehwag era india can cross 60 to 70runs in 1st ten overs when rohit starts india not able to touch 40runs in 1st ten over. Especially 1st 3 to 4 overs run rate in under 2.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (February 28, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

I think it's high time that Mahela retired from ODIs. He has failed to make a good score now for a very long time. Chandimal also needs to figure his game out.

Posted by on (February 28, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Peoples blaming ashwin, and said bhajji is better. Bhajji not perform well for so long that's y ashwin came in and he is the fastest 100wickets by any indian in test. So he is better than bhajji.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

How expensive will be Karthik's run out blunder of Sangakara ?

Karthik disappointed with the bat as well, he had a perfect opportunity to make his mark. There was no thought in the shot he played after he had already hit a four on the first ball he faced. This is the reason he has not been able to keep his position in the Indian team.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (February 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

The occasion gets the better of Dinesh Kartik in every opportunity he gets at international cricket. He is not cool enough; too fidgety to focus; no future.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 28, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

No matter what statistics and performance in the matches says, Karthick is better keeper and batsman than MSD. Same is true for Binni, he is miles ahead of Jadeja and other allrounders.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 28, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Agree with @Haleos - @All the DK supportes : he has proved he just had a little purple patch before. MSD is the best keeper India has. Saha is a much better keeper than DK. Look at DK in this match. Simple stumping gone. Batting is below average. Why should he be in the team if MSD is back? We have Pujara waiting. Same with Rayudu. Send him home ASAP and bring back Yusuf Pathan.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

I used to be DK supporter but not anymore. He keeps on squandering all opportunities. I still believe he has skills but implementation is shoddy. May be he will never realise his potential.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 28, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

In the absence of big hitters like Dhoni and Yuvi, India needs a big hitter like Yusuf Pathan to score a quick 30-40 runs. Yusuf is a decent off spinner. On current form, Yusuf is a better bowler and batsman than Ashwin. Ashwin is finished - changing his bowling style every day clearly indicates he has no confidence in himself.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Utterly unimpressed by Kushal Perera. Just throws his bat at the ball. Was lucky to be dropped and many mistimed balls not going to fielders. This man stands no chance against a decent bowling attack. He probably timed just 3 balls in his entire innings. Average defense, hard hands at the ball. There was a phase when he was batting with Sanga at the other end. Class oozing at one end and ugly slogging at the other.

Posted by Basuz333 on (February 28, 2014, 14:35 GMT)

What this so called talented (Regarded by some great Indian living legends and our captain cool) Rohit Nohit doing in this team.Please tell our captain to try for Pujara instead.May be he will consume some balls atleast , he wont be making some ridiculous face, and ll instead provide solidity to the top in any conditions.He wont be getting apradise pitch like India everywhere, either it will be pacy or spinners delight.No talent Regarding the middle order, Gambhir has still some cricket left in him.Coz without Dhoni our middle order look frazile.Give Rahane more chance at no. 4 as he has sound technique though he lacks power hitting but will make it with his timings.In this asia cup, Gambhir should have been selected considering his experince in the middlke order. For Aaron, dont blame me , our long hair Ishant had so many times leaked run. Just groom him, how many fast bowlers in India clocked 149km/ this Asia cup...becoz of conditions.better be playing spinner orslow bowler

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 14:33 GMT)

No worries!!! sanga is still on the bat.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Can someone explain why Dinesh Chandimal is still in this team?

Posted by Haleos on (February 28, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

@All the DK supportes : he has proved he just had a little purple patch before. MSD is the bets keeper India has. Look at KD. simple stumping gone. Batting is below average. Why should he be in the team if MSD is back? We have pujara waiting. Same with Rayudu. Send him home ASAP.

Posted by Big_Poppa_94 on (February 28, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Also why does everyone harp on about Yuvi and Raina? Sure, both are power hitters but are USELESS overseas.

What India needs is to nurture any genuine pace bowler that comes along (like Aaron and Yadav) as well as producing technically sound batsman like Pujara and Rahane. A bowling all rounder akin to Flintoff wouldn't go amiss either. Or just clone Kapil Dev and those early 1930s/40s bowlers like Mohammed Nissar.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

I was surprised to learn that Mahela's ODI avg against India is only 35. And just as I type he holes out to midoff. He often gets out to catches at midoff.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (February 28, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

I can't believe this; Ashwin has taken 2 wickets!!!

Posted by Big_Poppa_94 on (February 28, 2014, 14:12 GMT)

I also wanted to add (I ran out of characters lol), that our players should be playing county cricket in England instead of the joke that is the IPL.

Let us use the IPL and Ranji Trophy to find talent. When that talent is found, harness their abilities by exposing them to overseas conditions. A player will learn far more by playing county cricket in England. Batsman will learn how to play the swinging ball, bounce etc. The bowlers will learn how to swing it.

I'm sure the likes of Dravid, Ganguly, Zak, Tendulkar etc learnt a great deal by playing county cricket in England. So why not encourage our players to do so?

Instead our players get caught up in the BS that is the IPL. Power, money and glamour of the IPL is ruining Indian cricket.

Also, too much politics within the BCCI. Get rid of Duncan Fletcher. He is TRASH. There's a reason why the England team flopped under him as well (the Ashes victory in 2005 was fluky imo).

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 14:06 GMT)

Wicket starts turning - for Ashwin it must be like fish back in water !!

Posted by andaman99 on (February 28, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

ASHWIN only took the wicket. This is a high scoring pitch looks like 264 is not enough. Rohit Sharma should be dropped and Suresh Raina should be brought in and also we are missing Dhoni.

Posted by Big_Poppa_94 on (February 28, 2014, 13:41 GMT)

The selection by the management is so poor and perplexing.

Rohit Sharma is putting too much pressure on the team and needs to be dropped. He's no doubt an elegant player, but he just eats up too many deliveries or wastes starts. Drop him down the order or drop him completely.

Either Rahane or Pujara needs to open. Both have a sound technique and can play to the situation (and conditions).

For bowling the pace needs to be Shami, Yadav, Aaron and Pandey. Why include Aaron? Because pace is still crucial and 4 pace bowlers gives us options in overseas. Bhuvi gives us control though. I think it is best that Aaron gets some coaching by a PROPER bowling coach, so he can harness his pace. If he can do that, our bowling attack will be lethal. The spinner should either be Ashwin, Jaddu, Ojha or Mishra. OR Parweez Rasool can slot in as an all rounder. Or even Rishi Dhawan.

My squad would be: Rahane, Dhawan, Kohli, Pujara, Rayudu, Dhoni, Jaddu/Rasool/Rishi, Bhuvi, Yadav, Pandey and Shami.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

What is all this hype about ASHWIN ? I think he is the most ineffective spinner India has ever had, he is a poor fielder to add to his qualities.

It is hard to understand Ashwin is playing and Harbhajan is sitting outside ???

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

2 dropped catches, 2 good lbw appeals turned down. When you only make 264 on a proper batting track you need the luck to go your way. Not happening for India. I guess we are missing Dhoni's luck too :).

Posted by Rajsrimaan on (February 28, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

India probably 25-30 runs short but we shall see soon. Pacers tend to leak runs without taking wickets (except Bhuvi). Rohit still an albatross around the team's neck, but still an elegant one. A young team under an aggressive captain can still pull it off. MSD missed in the middle order.

Posted by Santyment on (February 28, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

I am seeing ppl crying for Aaron...There is one more player who is with the team who was better than Shami and Unadkat in SA for India A, who took most wickets ahead of Ishant and Zaheer in warm up game in NZ...still could not get a single chance yet...Aaron got three chances in NZ and was expensive and last chance he got here was pathetic......Pandey was very accurate and partnership breaking bowler in SA and even NZ warm up game, he was find of that India A tour..he has ranji performances to back that which Aaron do not have. India need genuine bowler to take wickets not a third allrounder Binny, no point of selecting a batting allrounder to come at no. 8...I have followed Pandey's performance from last two years, he is genuine wickettaking bowler, almost all of his wickets have been bowled, lbw or caught behind. He has good yorkers too, just bad management and selection..dying to see him bowl because none of his matches were aired, just got commentry on cricinfo..

Posted by wapuser on (February 28, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

We are having a false sense of security, our bench strength has depleted to great extent, need fresh legs and hands and unbiased selection. Don't forget this time the tournament is down under and none subcontinent teams stand a chance....

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 12:44 GMT)

Can someone tell the Indian players to call for the catch. This is the most basic thing in Cricket. Children at 7/8 , are taught this when they start playing Cricket.

Today is the 3rd time I have seen Indians collide going for the catch in the last 2 weeks. What is Fletcher doing???

Posted by sumigopi on (February 28, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

For heaven's sake, don't try Rohit as opener. If his selection is inevitable let him bat at 9 or 10. He is just an IPL great and doesn't deserve a place. Because of the lethargic opening the team suffers a lot.

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (February 28, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

41/5 from 9 overs. (36 to 44).37/1 from 10 powerplay overs. If India want to win WC2015, they should think with onther mindset.Don't you think we need some brave steps?

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Nuwas. What are you talking about mate? Who in their right mind would call Mathews a positive Captain? My point is what if India would have won the toss and put SL in to bat? And there was dew? Wouldnt it have back fired big time?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

There are a few problems with this batting line up: 1. No left hand bats after Dhawan till Jadeja. 2. None of top order batsmen bowl decently (compared to Shewag, Sachin, Ganguly, Raina, Yuvraj). Yes Rohit used to but seems to have lost the usefulness. 3. Rohit is inconsistent although classy.

Another thing to add here is the fact that Yosuf, Gambhir, and Dhoni have played both mendis and malinga well. In fact mendis has been completely nullified. malinga too had been take apart.

They should have played Binny for raydu or even rohit. Karthik is an opener. And picked up Mishra or Pandey. Experiment now than later. India can lose the asia cup and concentrate on more important matches. Why haven't India got a good batsman who can bowl decent spin?

Posted by jerryman on (February 28, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

My prediction in the preview was correct. SL to play 3 spinners . Mendis was a bit expensive at the end ,however he got wickets . Any bowler that can 4-5 wkts and give 60 runs is ok ,as long as you get wkts. I don't see Lakmal or tissara getting 4 wkts in 10 overs .. Hope SL batsmen settle in , run scoring will not be easy for the first 30 overs . must try to score @ about 4 -5 per over to avoid pressure. Should be a good match

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 28, 2014, 12:07 GMT)

@Cricsnake ; "Altogether poor bowling from SL." ?? Are you kidding me ? SL bowlers conceded only 63 runs in the last 10 overs ,claiming 4 wickets, that too on a flat deck. Was that poor bowling ?? It seems you don't know much cricket, do ya ? I thought they bowled extremely well today to restrict the opposition for 263 on a flat deck.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Rest of the world, please wait and see how we kill the golden goose. We are right now in the middle of destroying our best ODI batsman and our best captain. Talk about biting the hands that feed you.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Indian Opener would have accelerate the game, since Indian Middle Order is fresh player. Karthik would have lead the middle order batting. Also at-last jedaja should have accelerate the game. Ashwin batting performance is ok. Again, Jedaja and Aswin proved their batting, though they took less run, that which helps india to reach 250.

Batting Order Should be like tis, D.K,Rohit/Dhawan,Kholi,Rayudu,Rahena,Jedaja,Ashwin,Binny,Bhu,Shami,Aoron. Aoron and Binny can be tested again.

This should be correct order according to tis squad.

All the best India !!

Posted by Valavan on (February 28, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

@Fast_Track_bully, you are asking India to do something which they never did in past (BOWL and FIELD brilliantly). Goodluck. Bring sehwag to counter mendis, bring sachin to counter malinga. and please make comments relevantly instead pointing fingers and loathing could have would have.cricinfo please publish.

Posted by nothingnew on (February 28, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

whatever anyone say something bad about Dhoni , Dhoni is the kind of player can make really impact to the team . He is a great at the last 10 overs. cool minded , what ever happen he is calm and waiting for time to enter . but Virat is far from him .I don't think know one can closer to Dhoni . I believe he is the great in ODI finisher that i ever seen .

Posted by Bokesh on (February 28, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

difficult one I would say for India. Malinga surprisingly has never been so successful against India, but he always been a threat.I have not seen any other bowler in international cricket, except Wasim Akram, who can bowl yorkers at will. Mendis I don't know why is taken so seriously by indians they play him really well however,not to be today. Slow pitch with uneven bounce,I wish Ashwin succeeds today.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

How can indian team defend this small total becas we cant defend 300 scores, Ambati Rayudu cant sustain in international cricket, why pujara not included in the team wt happend indian team management ..? why kholi not giving chance to pujara last time in Zimabwe tour same thing happend tht time kholi was captain,,pujara is important player at no 3 in Aus world cup, wt coach is doing i cant understand team logic,,

Posted by Iceman29 on (February 28, 2014, 11:57 GMT)

So as expected SL has played better than Ind so far making full use of the inexperienced middle to give full credit to SL though, they read the pitch very well and included Mendis who was the architect of Ind batting collapse....SL will now chase this score easily...this will be a batting practice for Sanga and Mahela...

Posted by Vikum72 on (February 28, 2014, 11:53 GMT)

If the dew comes, SL will have an easy win. if not it will be a tough chase I believe. Runs from Sanga and Mahela essential I think as they are the best players of spin in this team. India might even open the bowling with a spinner.

Posted by Nuwas on (February 28, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

I'm pretty sure Mendis already had answered people like "Cricsnake" who question his presence in this team today.

And stop being ridiculous with comments like "we're going to score 350+ today & thrash you" coz you commentors are no where near the grounds even and its nothing but a complete display of idiocy.

So Just watch the match & keep silent if you really don't know how to put some sensible comments here.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 28, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis + Asia Cups = Bad sign for India. A master class bowling by Mendis. What a spell. I have to admit now that It was a brilliant thinking by Mathews to pick Mendis today. It worked perfect. And Slinga... yorkers on demand. What a champ. He bowled 6 yorkers with the pin point accuracy in the last over. Well, That's why he is the best limited over bowler in the world. Sri Lanka should chase this target of 264 easily. Great bowling and fielding efforts by SL. GO SRI LANKA !!!!

Posted by Malik_Murad on (February 28, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Those 14 runs in the 49th over can make a difference as I assume this will be a tight and close finish. Although Indian bowling is not very powerful but beware of low bounce on this wicket which will help Ashwin who is now the only hope for Indians. Looking forward for a good fight by both the teams in 2nd inning.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

Hey guides. Don't be panic. Our young Indian team will give there best to bowled out SL before 264. Just buck up them. I know due to very high expectations we often wants Indian players to do well always. But please remember. If I am not wrong current Indian team is the youngest international team of the world. Please please give them time to settle. Rohit, Rahane, Binny, Ashvin will perform their best definately. Don't pressurise them. All the best. Come on India.

Posted by Nuwas on (February 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

Posted by Francis Mel on (February 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT) Just as I predicted. Mathews prefers to bat first because SL often chokes while chasing but negative captaincy made him field first to prevent India from chasing.

And then

Posted by Francis Mel on (February 28, 2014, 8:21 GMT) How can Mathews take such a huge risk playing 3 spinners when there was a point 5 probability he would be bowling second with dew?

Just hilarious mate. You call Mathews a defensive captain & within minutes you're questioning his positiveness. You should keep silent if you can't read the game & comment sensibly.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 28, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

264 ...umm tricky target. In experienced middle order is the problem. Youngsters do not have clue about Mendis. There is no Sehwag to guide them how to counter Mendis.But, can defend it if we bowl and field brilliantly. Pitch seems to have un-even bounce. Some balls kept low. Binny needs to show his worth by picking up wickets. All the best India.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Hats off to Mendis & Senanayaka. They bowled better that I expected before. Anyway Mendis is very expensive & SS was brilliant. T Perera out of form. Altogether poor bowling from SL. Indian batsmen played very ordinary shots. Most of the boundaries come from poor deliveries on to pads. SL should bowl more bouncers outside off. It's a tough task for SL batsmen to score in this slow low pitch against the likes of Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin & Jadeja. Binny also can be dangerous with his medium deliveries. Anyway expecting long innings from KJP, Thiri, Sanga & Mahela. Good Luck SL.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 28, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

Hats off to Mendis & Senanayaka. They bowled better that I expected before. Anyway Mendis is very expensive & SS was brilliant. T Perera out of form. Altogether poor bowling from SL. Indian batsmen played very ordinary shots. Most of the boundaries come from poor deliveries on to pads. SL should bowl more bouncers outside off. It's a tough task for SL batsmen to score in this slow low pitch against the likes of Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin & Jadeja. Binny also can be dangerous with his medium deliveries. Anyway expecting long innings from KJP, Thiri, Sanga & Mahela. Good Luck SL.

Posted by SachinRao on (February 28, 2014, 11:31 GMT)

What a horrible mess. I dont know how we are continuing with duncan fletcher. We need a fresh perspective and better preparedness. I cant understand how some people oscillate between fresh legs and experienced players.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

Ok, so if you have to watch the replay that many times and it's still inconclusive, shouldn't the benefit of doubt go to the batsman. Not that it will make a huge difference to the score but that's just terrible third umpiring.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

Except Mendis's ball that got Kohli all the Indian batsmen got out playing very ordinary shots. Batting was never a problem for India but it is now with this brittle middle order. This game is a lost cause (anything less than 300 can be chased down with or without dew) but the think tank really need to look at the middle order, have Karthik open with Dhawan, Pujara at 3 and Kohli at 4 and Rahane at 5.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 11:04 GMT)

In this situation. I hope srilanka will control ..and keep india as minimum score ..and got target easily

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 11:02 GMT)

There you go. There is the young Indian middle order exposed, without Yuvi, Raina and Dhoni. 5 wickets falling for 40 runs. This was always on the cards.

Posted by jb633 on (February 28, 2014, 10:58 GMT)

Sri Lanka will win this game with ease, unless India can pile 100 in the last 10 overs. It goes to show everyone how good Dhoni actually is. As soon as you remove him that middle order would not scare anyone.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

I am really happy for Mendis. He always plays well against us. I dont mind us losing to such clever spin bowling.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

There's Jadeja and Ashwin and Binny.. Yet there are only five bowlers.. Strengthening the batting instead of the bowling is sheer stupidity.. What is the point of strengthening the batting which is already the strength?? Drop a batsman.. Preferrably Rohit Sharma..

Posted by eilsaky on (February 28, 2014, 10:44 GMT)

The way Indian think tank is using Binny is aimed at kicking him out rather than integrating him into the side. He should have been sent in place of Rayudu to unsettle the spinners. Rayudu, Kartik are short on confidence and expecting them to score at brisk pace is harsh on them. Instead Binny should have been sent in as a pinch hitter.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (February 28, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

This is an opportunity for the Indian middle order to show their mettle. Chasing A score of under 300 would be a walk in the park for the Lankans, taking Indian current bowling performance into consideration. Lankans have one of the best balanced team in this tournament. They managed to break partnerships at the right time, before they changed the gears. This is going to be a good contest.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 10:30 GMT)

Kh123. What are you saying man. Dhawan scored a 100 and 96 in the NZ Test. He also scored a higher 50 in the ODI.

Posted by priceless1 on (February 28, 2014, 10:25 GMT)

SL will have to chase 350+ today , there is no pressure on the batsmen , Mathews is giving them easy singles

Posted by JustAnObservation on (February 28, 2014, 10:23 GMT)

Dear Varun Aron sorry. We do not know who told you that there is a long rope for every one who represents India. This long rope and innumerable chances are only for the few exceptionally talented cricketers of this small country, viz., Ishant, Vijay, Rohit, Raina, Ashwin, Jaddu, etc. Others, including you, will be given one or at the most two chances. So either you perform or perish. Once dropped, you will have to again perform unbelievably well in Domestic circuit and when a few ex-cricketers start rooting for you for a few months, then only you shall be selected again. Even that selection would not guarantee a place in the playing eleven, you shall just be a part of the squad for a few series before being made a scapegoat for the team's loss. And if there is no outcry over your non-inclusion, then you may have to wait for a miracle to happen like Rishi Dhawan, Parvez Rasool ,etc. Or try and secure a place in the CSK team next year. This year, its already too late. - By - You Know Who

Posted by Kh1234 on (February 28, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

commentators stop praising shikar dhawan. what did he do for india in NZ and SA series. He is a flat track bully. lool

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 10:08 GMT)

I have a brilliant suggestion. I suggest that he face 10 overs in the nets before he comes into bat. He can block all 60 balls and get it out of his system.

Posted by chaskamaska on (February 28, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

I think rohit sharma is elected not selected because he plays all the time whether perform or not perform kya recommendation hai, until is 5year tenure is finished

He opens the batting on flat wickets and wastes lots of balls and then gets out same in south africa then new zealand now asia cup...........whats happening India losed the series in newzealand because of this rohit sharma and he is not learning he is doing same things it puts lot of pressure on virat kohli to play each and every ball shot that's the reason virat is getting out.

Such a big 7th largest territory in the world cannot find a opener who wins matches for india........ great selectors

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 9:55 GMT)

Time has now come to replace ROHIT SHARMA with PUJARA. But RAHANE needs to open with Dhawan, Rahane has a sound technique to open the innings especially with WC coming up in AUS. Rahane has scored runs at the top of the order in England and is the perfect man as he can change his game according to the match situation. Pujara should bat at 4 , as he is good at playing a consolidation role.

Not sure about Binny's credentials as a bowler. Pandey will be a better proposition.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Anything around 335,340 Srilankan batsmen will go out with full confidence that if they can score 300 against Pakistani bowling lineup, than 35,40 additional runs won't b an issue provided that dew can come into the play as well..So India's target should be to score above 350 runs at least and now as kohli departed its going to be a challenging task! I m hoping an Indian victory here so that tournament's finalists would be decided after India Pakistan game quite clearly

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 28, 2014, 9:37 GMT)

Mendis is familiar to many Indian batsmen as he played in IPL. Chaturanga De Silva has slight advantage but he's inexperienced & not much attacking bowler. Mathews is part time bowler and SL do not have proper bowlers to attack. T Perera is not much impressive and Malinga also having quite bad record against them. India has 70:30 upper-hand unless SL batsmen fire.

Posted by zaink_5 on (February 28, 2014, 9:36 GMT)

I do have to say, being a Pakistani, I really do miss Dhoni. The Indian cricket team doesnt feel complete without his presence.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 28, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

SL donate the match not picking up a supportive bowler to Malinga. Spinners will just keep run rate quite low during the mid overs without wickets but vulnerable at the death. India has the chance of posting 300+ with this toothless attack. It's all about batsmen's game.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Binny May play major role in this match his bowling strength is wicket to wicket.

Posted by Cricsnake on (February 28, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

It's a crazy move to use Mendis over Lakmal. Mendis will bowl worse than Lakmal during mid overs. Lakmal is better opener and early middle overs but he's worst in power plays and after the 40th over. Better lakmal bowl early & save sum runs in the beginning. Indians are familiar with Mendis and will finish with 7+ RPO. Dhammika Prasad would be better than him. SL winning chance is minimum unless Kusal, Sanga etc. fires while batting.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

why rohit sharma does take this much ball for warming up and still not warmed and got out after wasting lots of balls. He should be coming lower the order or should be replaced by Pujara

Posted by wackwella on (February 28, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

SL selectors made an error by removing Suranga Lakmal from the team and use Ajantha Mendis for his place. Although Indians struggled against Mendis earlier in his career, Indians handled Mendis so easily recent times. Yes Lakmal struggled in the final overs in the last match, but he is capable of troubling batsman and getting few wickets. Getting wickets is the key especially against Indian batting lineup. Of they may use another batsman to strengthen the SL batting lineup. SL will get paid for that mistake.

Posted by SunnyAvfc12 on (February 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Really dont think India's middle order is that strong. Rely too much on Kohli to get big scores.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

I hope the match referee would just ban Rohit Sharma for reacting against the umpires decision. It would be a blessing in disguise and Pujara will get a much deserved chance. Rahane is a more than capable opener..

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 8:57 GMT)

mr arun lal, we have no doubt on your cricketing acumen n knowledge but pleeeeease spare us from your irrelevant n boring commentary...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Can ajantha mendis unknown commodity fr young indian team becas youngster not used to mendis becas no seniors r not in the team, can he destroy our batting lets see.

Posted by venkateswarlu84 on (February 28, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

Can anybody has idea of what rohit's role in team? To waste first 10-15 overs and get out? If board ask some school kid to play the same, m sure with edges they make better than this guy. Common Indian board, whole cricketing world is watching ur idiotic selection.

Posted by Iceman29 on (February 28, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

How many failures as opener does Rohit has to go through...when will the selectors learn that Rohit does not deserve a place in the team...we are loosing the oneday matches mainly due to bad start from Rohit sharma..he is destroying our team...

Posted by indikalocal on (February 28, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

Why were you surprised, when the ball went straight on to the middle strupm, Mr. Rohit?

Posted by FRpunk on (February 28, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Just Hope that a Talent like Varun Aaron is not Banished Straightaway . Have him Work with Kapil Dev . Get his Line right . Its not often that you would an indian who can bowl @ 145 + . Aaron would be very useful in Australia . Aaron , Shami , Yadav playing together in a Test Match would either be Terrific or be a Nightmare but then again after having Lost 10 away Test Matches , We Should have a Winning Mentality .

and Gone are the Days when Sachin and Sehwag would often Provide Explosive Starts at the Top of the order , I know that Preserving wickets at the start is important but its just that i find it very Boring . But thats just my opinion .

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

everything has a life cycle. India's is in a decline stage. thanks to the power greedy bcci. SL is emerging and will survive while we should be able to see India back in its due place. remember Australia friends.

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT)

Rohit Sharma needs to be replaced with Pujara. He's been given enough chances, wastes the powerplay overs and gets out. He was lucky to survive all those inside edges too. Does not look comfortable at all in his crease.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

Ahswin should not be playing...

Posted by wackwella on (February 28, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

SL selectors made an error by removing Suranga Lakmal from the team and use Ajantha Mendis for his place. Although Indians struggled against Mendis earlier in his career, Indians handled Mendis so easily recent times. Yes Lakmal struggled in the final overs in the last match, but he is capable of troubling batsman and getting few wickets. Getting wickets is the key especially against Indian batting lineup. Of they may use another batsman to strengthen the SL batting lineup. SL will get paid for that mistake.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

BIG DAY for the likes of Rohit and Dhawan, it is time they put their hand up and come to party. IT IS NOT ALL DOWN TO KOHLI.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

@Francis Mel, it's the due factor. don't be too quick to judge mate. They are professional players and know what they are doing. It is easy to comment about things but it is the players who play the game.

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 8:21 GMT)

How can Mathews take such a huge risk playing 3 spinners when there was a point 5 probability he would be bowling second with dew?

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

I am happy that India are trying out new combinations. It doesnt matter what the resultat is as long as we are trying out all our options.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (February 28, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

as an indian fan, i am begging indian team management pleaseeee drop rohit sharma... He has been a headache in the top of the order. He creating a lot of pressure for middle order by tok tok tok tok. Today 3 from 15*

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

It looks like Kohli is a true successor of Dhoni. like him he also very conservative and rigid in team combination. Binny should not be in the team in place of a bowler but a batsman. This bowling already very weak and thin and replacing a bowler with a batting all rounder will further hurt our chances. Now when India batting second, I don't see Indian victory. But who knows cricket is a game of big uncertainty.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

@Rahul.. Well Said.. Oh Rohit... What are you doing in all ODIs and Test matched as opener. You know who were opened before you for India and game. Rohit is not suited to open the batting ;) Neither he can rotate or hit at initial stage of innings. Make him caption of test match and send him to middle order like MI did. RG Test Caption, VK ODI Caption, MSD T20 Caption :)

Posted by beggars on (February 28, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

Harsha Bhogle said Angelo Mathews is on the medium side of medium fast bowler. Line and length bowler with variations. His ten overs will prove to be crucial considering the slow nature of pitch.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

Great !! Rohit Sharma again started with a bunch of dot balls...What this guy thinks that Singles are just not worth it ?? He will eventually get out making a lethargic 20 and putting a lot of pressure on the fellows to come !! Finally SL included Mendis, hes too goood a bowler to be left out.

I hope there is a good game at our hands, and guys please dont be enemies here...We are neighbours and should respect each others good showing !!

Posted by dganger on (February 28, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

as usual disaster and mindless Dhoni types team selection. No Pujara.....and as feared Aaron dropped. Really shame.....Ishant can get 100 matches to perform in his 101th match, and Varun Aaron/Umesh Yadav performs badly in one match u throw them out.....even if India wins Asia cup, with this team management future is bleak. God save India. Dissapointed with Kohli...nothing new

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

Rohit sharma will once again will refuse to take singles and rotate strike and India will continue to play him. Pujara is the right man to open with Dhawan.

Posted by cookiemonster80 on (February 28, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

The equation is quite simple, really. India has a player called Virat Kohli whose career ODI average is twice as high when chasing than when setting the score. Any team playing against India would notice that. It's almost a no-brainer to send India in so they have the regular 11 batsmen, instead of getting "12" because of the Kohli effect.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (February 28, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

I'm a bit uneasy about SL's decision to go with an all-spin attack. Lakmal should have played today.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 28, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

I will be surprised if sharma gets on mark in first over!!

Posted by android_user on (February 28, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Just as I predicted. Mathews prefers to bat first because SL often chokes while chasing but negative captaincy made him field first to prevent India from chasing.

Posted by yorkslanka on (February 28, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

looking forward to a cracking match, i am naturally hoping for a SL winbut good luck toboth teams..little bit disappointed that we are playing three spinners given that India are good players of spin but time will tell...

Posted by NP_NY on (February 28, 2014, 7:56 GMT)

Partly cloudy day so the dew factor will come in. Bad luck for India but I guess we had it go our way in the BD match, so it all evens out. Mathews would have chose to field anyway with or without dew because, he knows no matter what they score first, Kohli will chase it down in 35 overs :).

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 7:53 GMT)

My Expected Batting Line up is Dhawan, Rahane, Kholi, Rohith, Ashwin, Karthik, Jadeja, Binny, Mishra, B Kumar, Shami. Believe this team is good enough in sub-continent ;).. Anyway All the best Team India

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