Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Sri Lanka cruise to final with third win

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 3, 2014

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Agarkar: Lack of experience let Afghanistan down

Sri Lanka 253 for 6 (Sangakkara 76, Mathews 45*) beat Afghanistan 124 (Mendis 3-11, Thisara 3-29) by 129 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Two days after achieving their highest profile ODI victory, Afghanistan's diverse attack added to their growing reputation, against Sri Lanka, but in pursuit of 254, the batsmen could not muster the same pugnacity. Scuttled by Sri Lanka's own varied threats, they fell short by 129 runs. The victory, their seventh in a row, assures Sri Lanka a place in the Asia Cup final.

Afghanistan had muzzled Sri Lanka expertly in the early overs, before Mohammad Nabi's carousel of bowling talent exerted further control to induce a middle-order wobble. They had had Sri Lanka at 158 for 5, then 184 for 6 in the 42nd over before a calculating final surge from Angelo Mathews ensured Sri Lanka achieved the competitive 253 for 6 nonetheless. That finish had been set up by Kumar Sangakkara's third 50-plus score of the tournament, but Afghanistan may take pride in the fact Sangakkara was compelled to reticence against them. Runs had flowed freely from his blade against both India and Pakistan.

Mathews had arrived in the 37th over, but did not hit his first boundary until the 47th as he steadied the innings by working the field in the interim. Afghanistan had hidden their inexperience well for 90% of the innings, but could not maintain their standards at the death. Mathews prospered in the poorly-protected midwicket region, as the Afghanistan fielding waned, and the bowling grew more erratic. Mathews finished unbeaten on 45 off 41 as Sri Lanka took 49 runs from the final four overs. The beamer that forced Dawlat Zadran out of the attack in the final over epitomised Afghanistan's indiscipline at the close.


Kumar Sangakkara works the ball off his pads, Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur
Kumar Sangakkara held Sri Lanka together with his third half-century of the Asia Cup © Associated Press
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Thisara Perera and Ajantha Mendis had no such trouble and tormented Afghanistan with the ball, taking three wickets apiece to stifle any hopes of an upset. Afghanistan lost their first wicket in the second over, and they could not string together a stand that might have worried Sri Lanka. The last wicket fell in the 39th over. Only Lasith Malinga, who was being saved for the death, finished without a success.

Mohammad Shahzad had backed away to smear Suranga Lakmal over deep extra cover in the second over, but an attempt to repeat the shot two balls later ended with his off stump disturbed. Having never faced Malinga before, the Afghanistan top order could not quite decide what to do with him. Mostly, they played down the wrong line and missed. Asghar Stanikzai enjoyed the pace on the ball early in the innings, but when Thisara found modest swing into the batsman in the 13th over, a gap between pad and prodding bat allowed the ball through to uproot his off stump.

Predictably, Mendis proved no less an enigma to batsmen who had never faced him before. Noor Ali Zadran sought to whack his way out of the Mendis maze, but was caught off the outside edge at point. Then when two more wickets fell cheaply to pace, reducing Afghanistan to 73 for 5, Nabi began to plot a tentative course past the two-finger googlies and carrom balls. But when he fell to Chaturanga de Silva in the 32nd over and the last three wickets simply tumbled.

Afghanistan's prospects were significantly brighter in the afternoon when when Najibullah Zadran and Shapoor Zadran not only restricted Sri Lanka's opening pair better than Pakistan and India had, they also struck earlier. Shapoor got one to jag in off the surface to demolish Lahiru Thirimanne's stumps, while Kusal Perera was denied the width outside off stump he so relishes.

Sri Lanka had traveled at 2.55 in he first nine overs, before a frustrated Kusal sought to manufacture momentum. He prospered briefly, blasting Shapoor for a four and a six on the legside in consecutive balls, before mowing two more fours off Dawlat Zadran next over, but Afghanistan's response was swift and effective. Nabi made a bowling change at either end, and two maidens followed. Two more quiet overs later, he played on to his stumps, attempting a swipe through mid on.

There were glimpses of imperious form from Sangakkara - the checked drive through midwicket chief among them - but as Mahela Jayawardene fell cheaply again, Sangakkara omitted the risks that have lately introduced dynamism to his ODI batting. He reverted to a more familiar and watchful accumulation, while Nabi marshaled his considerable resources. Each new Afghanistan bowler - there were eight in all - was eager to play his part. None released the pressure his teammates had built. If there was an error in Nabi's strategy, it was that he did not bowl himself enough, as even Sangakkara failed to anticipate the bounce and turn he achieved.

Dinesh Chandimal contributed a stuttering 26 to a fourth-wicket partnership worth 74, while Sangakkara crossed fifty. Just as it seemed the pair would accelerate, they both went in quick succession. Chandimal was bowled aiming an expansive stroke over cover, before Sangakkara was run out for 76 thanks to a misunderstanding with Angelo Mathews.

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Posted by Sagitarius1 on (March 6, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

Congratz Srilanka. from Pakistanis

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

I agree Sri Lanka .s Team is so strong and they will win without Sanga and Malinga. Sangakkara needa a rest before the final.

SDGF

Posted by Tweety20 on (March 4, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

@look-ma-i-am-indian,posting defaming comments against other teams esp. SL goes to show how demented&pathetic you really are. Learn to accept the abilities&achievements of other players&teams,that's how one becomes a true lover of cricket not by spreading hatred comments. I can see that it pains you so much to see SL succeed that's why you write these kind of comments to console yourself. I feel sorry for you,be in peace my friend.

Posted by J.AHAMED on (March 4, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Yes... Mahela should be promoted up in the order. He got good average as opener. Kusal & Mahela Should open the innings followed by Thirimanne... Chandimal must be rested and Priyanjan must be given a chance. Sri Lanka have to play a good game with their Pack team. They have won 7 in a row. Bangladesh match is a must win game to keep on the momentum.. My opinion :

MDKJ Perera DPMD Jayawardene HDRL Thirimanne KC Sangakkara Ashan Priyanjan AD Mathews PC de Silva NLTC Perera Lasith Malinga Suranga Lakmal Ajantha Mendis

Posted by martin000 on (March 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

@tearshan , We are fortunate not to be SL'n where watching the sunrise itself was a big achievement (You know what i mean) and its stature in world arena. Winning a few games here and there in a sport doesn't make you the world's powerful island. And reg your prayer, most of the time it back fired!! lol

Posted by look-ma-i-am-indian on (March 4, 2014, 8:52 GMT)

Afghan played good cricket. They lost wickets to unorthodox bowlers who are disgrace to cricket. And only because one batsman in minnow team score if not for him yesterdays winner would not have scored eve 100.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 4, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

India is Home winners. Please do not change that attitude. Look at what happened even in NZ. Black Caps trashed India.

Posted by lionking1 on (March 4, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

I don't understand why some people calling jadeja "SIR JADEJA"...so overrated player.stop calling him SIR...Don't insult the word "SIR"....he is just an ordinary player...

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

Why ducky Chandimal again & again in team ????? may be he has strong link with selector ..... !!!! Ashin do well at last series with Bangladesh than Chandimal but what he has been paid back ..... rather excluded from team.....

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Mahela will come back strongly, but having him open against Bangladesh with Kusal (Ajith's suggestion) will be a great idea to give him the chance to get back into the scoring habit. Chandimal remains a major concern; selectors must be tearing their hair wondering what to do with him.

SL has to win the final to put to rest the choker tag which is sadly deserved after so many finals losses. Everything must be geared to winning the final, but it is mostly belief; what they need ie a psychological boost.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

hey ....atlast ....its a comfortable ....win for sl ....lol....

Posted by ajithabey on (March 4, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

It may be good to test the bench strength in the next game against Bangladesh by giving Vithanage,Prasad and Priyangan a match before the final.

Posted by Hikka_Machang on (March 4, 2014, 6:27 GMT)

@ CRLShamalka; You & priyanjana go one of those country & play for them, we dont care.we know how important chandimal than priyanjana. we are sri lankan.

Posted by nickexplore on (March 4, 2014, 6:23 GMT)

Credit must go to the SL selectors for the inclusion of Chaturanga de Silva from the SL A side, and for keeping the winning side together - just a clever change here and there - Mendis (3 wickets) for Lakmal v India, and Lakmal back (2 wickets) for Senanayake v Afghanistan. Sangakkara in scintillating form, and Mendis and Mathews both impressive so far. But spare a thought for Ashan Priyanjan waiting in the wings for his chance. Expect the selectors to give him a run v Bangladesh so they can be sure of SLs best eleven for the final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

I think Mahela should open the innings with Kusal. Left/Right combination is very good. His average is very high as a opener.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

india plz listen.. cricket is not for sale.. but it's just for gentleman. ..

Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (March 4, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Congrat Sri Lanka for the great victory. The way Afgan bowlers balled was brilliant. I must say they are much better than our mediocre bowlers. I was waiting for our match against Afgans. But, now I am bit scared about our victory against them as well. It is a pitty how we played in this regional tournament while we were boasting "Big 3", "No. 1" and so on. It is good we had our first match against Bangladesh, otherwise it would have been extending our winless streak further. Still, I am sad to see our away winless streak still continues against major teams (leaving Bangladesh out).

Posted by nickexplore on (March 4, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Such are the sheer weight of Sangakkara's ODI numbers, 344 innings and 12,498 runs, that even a score of 76 against Afghanistan, only pushes his pre-match average of 40.59 incrementally higher to 40.71.

Posted by byc89 on (March 4, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

From some of the comments here, it appears that some are still not able to digest the fact that India is still the biggest revenue source for cricket world. Always talking about BIG 3.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

chandimal should be captained SL team.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri lankan Team,Now there in the final,It is Difficult to understand Why India could not Reach to the final.Had suresh Raina Yuvraj singh or any other experience fast bowler been included to the team i am sure india would have been one of the finalist,sri lanka also did not have the services of dilshan and kulesekara.some how they managed with available players.certain batsman has not Scored up to there standed,sangakara has shown his batting skill and technic,afghan up coming cricket team has got good bowling side they have to develop there batting strength for future games,in the final better team will lift the cup.hope we all will get a good match,best regards

Posted by Nifras_Thahir on (March 4, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

Once again into the finals... plenty of memories back.....................

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

India out of the finals.What performances they have to say with England and Australia that they are the super of ICC. India will not come even for the semi final stage in the coming world cup T20. Their ICC rankings will come down further in all formats of the game

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

we should drop chandimal and bring in ashan for the finals......i think we should rest sanga,mathewz and malinga for the bngladesh mtch bcz they need rest.i am still unhappy about candimal captainig the T20 side.bt if he is the captain i think we should give him the captaincy for chandi in bangladesh mtch so tht he has a good practice before the world cup.... i thnk we should have bring in mahroof,lokuhettige fo the T20 side and let mathews to captn the side in T20 as well.bt with cahndimal in the T20 side i dont think tht we hv a very good chance in this world cup.we lack fire power down the order.... my T20 side would be mahela,dilshan,kusal,sanga,mathews,mahroof,thisara,lokuhettige,kule,prasanna,ajantha,sachithra,suranga,malinga,kapugedara/mubarak

Posted by tearshan on (March 4, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

@troll-dum : why do you believe that sanga is not a part of Sri Lanka? He is the world's greatest cricketer far better than your sachin. Im proud to be a Sri Lankan & fortunate not to be an indian like you. Bcz you all don't have the back bone to accept defeat. If you support pakistan it doesn't matter.that is your choice. I always love to see sri lanka wins the final. But if pakistan wins it is not a problem either. I always pray wherever indians play in whatever situation must end up with loosing.

Posted by shasam01 on (March 4, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

You can't compare Sanga's class with any other player. A true legend. You can say only good about him. Not only Star of Lanka but of World Cricket. Doesn't matter what his hatters say about him. His stats are enough to shut anyone's mouth. Love from Pakistan

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

Good show by Afghans although they lost the match. Their bowling department could be said is good as any other team in the competition. Their weakness is their batting although they have some good big hitters. The area could be developed with more exposure. All the best to Afghans.

Sri Lankan selectors should really look at replacing Chandimal. Sanga's reaction said it all at the stroke Chandi played to give away his wicket. Finals will be played at Mirpur where all current matches are played. The pitch could be another slow tracker. Ashan Priyajan would be a better choice in place to Chandimal. He should play the next match against BD to spend sometime in the middle.

Over to you Sanath and the team of selectors. The opposition will love to see Chandi in the playing XI. Mahela is saving his best for the last. He's a class act and a match winnerunlike Chandi and a player who will come back strongly.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 4:42 GMT)

Afghans have a very good bowling side. There batting has to be improved a lot. Give them test status, they will be a threat for all test playing nations in three years, which is good for the game of cricket.

Posted by mpm82 on (March 4, 2014, 4:40 GMT)

Afghanistan has a better bowling attack than India. Indian fans are talking about Sri Lanka . how wise these Indians? Please don't talk about others. Find a way to win the Afghanistan Match.

Posted by bootlicker on (March 4, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

wapuser, I fully agree with you. I neither support any team in this competition but I love to watch and analyse the way teams play the game. Having said so I will love to watch Mahela, Sanga, AB, Virat, Moagan, Clerk, etc. Out of all Mahela's touches, nudges, cuts, inside outs and late cuts cannot be seen any of the batters in the world today. If he comes to form I can imagine what wapuser noted in his comment.

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 4, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

In this wicket there is no lot of runs. Ball not coming to bat and uneven bounce time to time. Some body think Sri Lanka battered poorly but i think they were more cautious and otherwise they also follow BD. Now PAK think batting first or balling first in the final. PAK strength is batting first but dew coming later in the evening. But SL also love to bat first, but they have confidence to do either.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (March 4, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

@troll_dum: We will take care of our final. No need to worry. Since you cant beat SL you hope atleast others will do for you. What a pity scenario. Try to win the next game. So at least you guys have beaten AFG and BAN in the Asia Cup.

Posted by SLKfan on (March 4, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Shame for one of BIG 3!!! high talks..no colors...Very pathetic :) LOL

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (March 4, 2014, 4:04 GMT)

Isn't it hilarious that performing Ashan Priyanjan is benched for non-performing Chandimal? Unlucky for Ashan that he has born in a political influenced country. If these two players had born in Aus, SA or Eng, Ashan would be playing and Chandimal will not be in the squad even.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

@ i love my india..dont talk abt lions faults dude,..just think abt ur loosing team..gud luck

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:45 GMT)

Funny,some think bad of Kusal Perera.He is the best batsman for ODI's. Give him time, soon he will be like Sanath Jayasuriya, Unstoppable !

Posted by ramz_01 on (March 4, 2014, 3:37 GMT)

im a SRI LANKAN, Bt i love da way afghan playing, bcz thr r like old sri lanka. dis afghan hv a wrld class bowling side, thr batting is a big issue i thnk, anyway thr no need wry da way thy loss yday bcz the way thy r playing thy alrdy won many hearts of the fans all round the world. wish you all da best frm a sri lankan fan who captain against afghan side when toured here in 2009.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

troll_dum > So SL is nothing without Sanga ? The same as India is Nothing without Kholi & Pak is nothing without Misbah ?

Posted by mojo121 on (March 4, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

well played srilanka and congratulations for a win against AFG i would like to say thanks to every body they said good words about our AFGHANISTAN team please guys always enjoy the match dont fight win or lose is part of the game

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

@I_Love_My_India & @ troll_dum ... Sanga is a Class apart. we can't tell him to don't score runs. this is again fake hype that some haters trying to build up regarding future. only because they can not bear the way SL winning. Sanga is at the form of his life, and he will continue to be so. i newer saw any team where youngsters emerge by big numbers other than in SL team. look at the Indian team, they are highly depend on the Kohli and Dhoni, if they score and stays to score they gonna win, if those 2 out early, it's game over for India. almost 90% of the past games India won because of these 2 guys. that tells you the future of Indian Cricket. and look at the Pakistan Cricket, they still depend on Misbah, Afridi to get them over the line. When Sanga fails there's always some one to hang there and score big for the team. Thirimanne, Kusal, Angello, already in their prime form in this tournament. what i see is a bright future for SL, and 2015 WC for SL

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:27 GMT)

Afgies are good in their bowling dept, but their batting has to improve a lot. For now, best for them is to bat first and put up a total around 250ish and try to put the opposition under pressure... Nabi is impressive, but he needs to keep calm and use his bowlers wisely. If he did that right, he would have restricted SL under 230. Afgies should not think of chasing against india.. they should bat first, go at a rate of 4.5ish RR with wickets in hand and go berserk in the last 10 to 15 overs...

Posted by visualdp on (March 4, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

@John_Geo: Mate Sri Lanka, people do not worship players or celebrities like Indians do. I believe Sanga & Malinga should be rested & Kithruwan should have a chance up in the batting order along side with Mahela for the next game against BD. Because recently Mahela didn't show his caliber truly.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:18 GMT)

looks like paul fabrace is doing wonders to the sl batting. i've noticed an improvement in even chandimal's technique!

Posted by Ramansilva on (March 4, 2014, 3:13 GMT)

Bangladeshi players and fans, Did you see the demeanour of SL players. They respected the opposition and did not boisterously celebrate the fall of wickets. You guys need to be humble when you win and gracious in defeat. Trash talk will not win anything for you. Everyone from your captain to die hard tiger fans should learn that and conduct yourself accordingly. Then you will get some respect from others.

Posted by ajithabey on (March 4, 2014, 3:09 GMT)

A blend of youth and experience enabled Sri Lanka to win comfortably despite some early setbacks in batting and bowling. Hopefully they will maintain their consistency and momentum in the final. Afghanistan have proved to be a good bowling unit and with more exposure to international cricket will be a force to reckon with in the future. The Asia cup tournament has hopefully come to stay so that the Asian teams including Nepal in the future can make it a truly great tournament for Asian teams to showcase their talent.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

@ troll dum you r nothing without dhoni.do you think rayudu or karthik can be nxt dhoni?it's dream 4 u to chase big totals without dhoni mate.first try to find a good seam bowler.shami,bhuvi are no way near the afgan bowlers.it's pathetic to see you fast bowlers like yadev,varon struggles to bowl wicket 2 wicket

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 3:02 GMT)

No No Lasith Malinga is SL's best bowler that they ever had. See the bowling figures of SL bowlers. He must be dropped for the final.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 2:54 GMT)

lankans strats to roar !!!! again.. great win for lankans... in the other hand india was earning the 9 th straight lost so oi proves the future diretion of indian team... after the lankans win you could cook a egg on kohlis face... i wish him for the more captaincy and lose more games... about the final of asia cup.. no worryz who ever take the cup india is out so we are happy !!!

Posted by VinothSam on (March 4, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

SL doesn't depend much on Sanga. If Sanga fails some other will take up the team. On the other hand India always depends on Dhoni even when they plays at home. Just see how wonderfully SL played. THat is called team spirit whereas India is not even close to that.

Posted by Vikum72 on (March 4, 2014, 2:40 GMT)

Before this match, I said even a 2nd-string SL team could beat AFG. But they proved me wrong. They have earned my respect. Sri Lanka should always play them as a worthy opponent and never underestimate. I hope the 4 Asian test nations, especially the big 3 will help AFG to move on from here. If that happens, I see them becoming a test nation even as early as in another 2 -3 years!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

Well played by Afghanistan (to a certain extent). There is some potential for them to become a great team but will need the backing and investment by the ICC. If the "minnow" countries are ever going to compete, then the ICC AND Test Playing nations should all help them. Create training camps and even loan them coaches and ex-players. As Cricket is the #2 most played sport in the world, there should be more test-playing nations and the only way that will happen is if the current test teams help out their little brothers. Then we can have inter-continental championships (test or 50 overs) and then have them proceed to a finals system (much like the NFL). China is another big market that cricket can exploit and develop. Imagine the potential from the world's biggest country (and the money that it will bring). Go Lanka Go!

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

@troll_dum........ talking abt SL & Sanga? if there is no that Kohli what about your team? still in 2nd ODI rankings after losing 4 out of last 5 ODIs? cowards as always u were! go & see 5th ODI SL had against Bangladesh that shows how SL youngsters handled the game without senior players.......Realize the truth, Sanga is a LEGEND cannot compare with any indian player emerged in last 5 decades!

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

@ "the keeper"

Let us not bring our personal backgrounds a prerequisite to write in this blog. You may be a cricketing genius fortified with decades of local and international experience - but not everyone is as fortunate as you. However, that does not mean they cannot express what they believe is right. We are all entitled to our views and opinions. History is full of evidence where people inventing and discovering extraordinary things while having no background in that subject.

If cricinfo does not mind - what is the problem with others? If you really need to know, I have played club cricket and first division cricket for 4 ½ years. That together with 5 ½ years of school cricket makes it 11 years of experience. I have also coached a rural school team for 9 months (as a voluntary service).

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

sanga is best batsman and no doubt of that.india also depend on kohli..if kohli is not there I can't imagine the future of Indian cricket . fortunately kusal mathews & thirimanne have some form..it will help to sanga..

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (March 4, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

Sri Lanka in the final..that means Pakistan will win the Asia Cup..Sri Lanka no good in finals..

Posted by MeijiMura on (March 4, 2014, 1:40 GMT)

Credit to Sri Lanka for playing their strongest XI against Afghanistan and for playing in such a professional manner throughout. It wasn't easy to bat against a strong and committed Afghanistan bowling attack, but they did it with patience, turning the strike over, waiting for the bad balls and then when it came to bowling, bowling tight, disciplined line and lengths backed up by excellent fielding. Afghanistan have been good thus far. Their fielding can improve as can their batting, but their bowling continues to be really impressive. Sri Lanka, in ODI cricket at least, continue to impress and are the most likely winner of the 2015 World Cup Down Under outside of Australia and New Zealand.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 1:13 GMT)

Sri Lanka was always going to win. As for Afghanistan, in the beginning no body expected them to beat anyone, now that they have and shown promising signs, they are likely to beat the top teams in this decade if they improve in the current rate. The key is to only concentrate on the next game and not be overwhelmed by their rise to fame. So they should keep their heads high and go again on Wednesday against India. I pray for an afghan victory. Peace

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 0:46 GMT)

I'm so glad that those Mahela and Chandimal haters don't have a say in team selection. These people need to realise that we have a very small talent pool and we can't afford to discard players as other countries do. We already lost a good player in Kapugedara just because we were impatient. Hope he will come back strongly one day.

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 0:40 GMT)

@troll_drum yeah right just like India is nothing without Dhoni. Don't talk rubbish mate..

Posted by   on (March 4, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

To all poor Indians cricket fans. If you say Sri Lanka nothing without Sangakkara how about India nothing without Kholi.

Posted by SubContinentFan on (March 3, 2014, 23:01 GMT)

So, Afgans still couldn't pull off that much expected upset - If you know what I mean.

Posted by Tinybaba on (March 3, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

As we predicted very clearly Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga were too good for Afgans. Sanga was his usual brilliant self and it was unfortunate to see him go by the way of ruuning himself out. That was the only possible way Afgans could take his wicket. Afgans were at one stage 121 for 5 wickets and lost last 05 wickets with in next 03 runs. Now SL should rest Sangakkara and Malinga for the BD match as it is just two days before the final. So play a second string team against BD who are well below par now.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 3, 2014, 22:32 GMT)

troll_dum: Dude who cares who Indians support for??? As if it makes any difference. This match no one scored a 100. But previous 3 games SL batsmen scored 100's. Kusal,Lahiru and Sanga. How can we forget Matthew's contributions and the bowlers? You can find something and say Sanga only plays well but others have all contributed except Mahela and Chandimal.Your trying something to cover up your teams' loses and incapabilities. Good luck SL & PAk (The friendly neighbours)

Posted by Stat1977 on (March 3, 2014, 22:26 GMT)

@troll_dum-Really? Now you don't have anything to make your self happy except trying to bring your immaturity here. What about India when they are loosing 18 matches out of 19 away matches, just one win against BD(Who lost even to Afghans).All of your batsmen are world class and still can't win away matches and Out of ASIA cup right?.How come you are in the 2nd place of ICC ranking when loosing all 04 away series (ENG,AUS,SA,NZ) badly and now out of ASIA cup.Sour grapes isn't it?

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

Well done boys ! Wish you all the best in final

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

I am happy even Pakistan win the final because its not india . Big 3 my 3 Sri lankan fan

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

@troll_drum yeah right just like India is nothing without Dhoni. Don't talk rubbish mate..

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

People who say srilanka won the three matches they played thanks to sanga must also realise one man accounted for all three wins. Just imagine how hard it would be for India and Pakistan to beat this Srilankan set up if couple of other batters start firing. Let's not talk too much about crap Indian cricket and the very least I can do is just pity them. People who say Pakistan bowling attack is better than Srilankan bowling attack need to analyse the two sides. Who has Pakistan got at the moment apart from Ajmal? Srilankan bowling is much more balanced and varied than all other teams in the competition. Batting wise all srilanka need is two other batters to click at the right time. I mean come on how pathetic is Indian batting on good bating wickets. Now they can't even bat well on tennis ball tracks. Pakistan has never had good batters with the right technique after players like anwar etc and they are a very unreliable tea.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

@troll_dum, you probably would have also realized that without Dhoni, India is nothing ;).

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

@toll_drum "Without Sanga SL is nothing". Were you living under a Rock for the last couple of years. SL made 2 world cup finals , 2 T20 world cup finals thanks to the talents of Mahela, Dilshan, Matthews, Malinga .... Read more about cricket before you comment!

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (March 3, 2014, 21:39 GMT)

Yes Sri Lanka depends on Sangakkara. and Yes it is a worry. But how is that any different from the Indian team where Kholi is the key.

Posted by FawltyBean on (March 3, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

I_Love_My_India and troll_dum - If Kohli doesn't score India is nothing, if Misbah doesn't score Pakistan is nothing. So it is not just Sri Lanka that depend on one player to deliver. All three teams at most of the times depend on one player.

Posted by sasa19 on (March 3, 2014, 20:56 GMT)

@ troll_dum : yup it s sanga who contribute to the most of the winnings in previous innings in asia cup.But above all never give up never surrender attitude of sri lankan players provide the ingredients to that well deserved wins.so hopefully sri lankans will give a good fight under any circumstance.Good luck sri lanka for up coming matches.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Yes, we may meet Pakistan in finals. But it does not matter who wins because we are friends in every aspect of the game as well as outside the ground. The best performing team, on that day, will become the winners. Go Lions!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 20:44 GMT)

leave chandimal alone !! i cant understand who these people who hate him so much..He average 50+ in Tests 32 in ODIs and 37 in last 10 ODIs..

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (March 3, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

Great Victory for SL. I watched the match and was really surprised with the Afgan bowlers. I wish if we had one of them played for India. :D In near future, they will be a pretty good team unlike BD. Though Calculators tell India can get into the Finals, the waters will have to flow upside if that happens.

Though SL won all the matches, they struggled against all the opposition teams (including the mediocre Indian bowling team). Sanga rescued them from most of those situations. But, it is worrying for Lankans that they do not see the contributions are not coming from the young guns.....

Posted by troll_dum on (March 3, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

So its clear for Pakistan, get Sangakkara early, less than 50, and win the final. All the Best from India. Indians would be surely supporting Pakistan in final against SL. Writing is on the wall, if not for Sanga, SL are nothing, and would never have thought for top 5 in ICC ranking. GREAT show by Afgan brothers too!! All the best for match against India. I hope it will be a good match too learn for both inexperienced teams.

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

@John_Geo, Obviously you had not played enough cricket to know that every player goes through lean patches and every time they do if we drop them how will they ever continue? Like many other greats, Mahila had gone through bad patches and come through with flying colors and the selectors know that and that is why he will not be dropped ever. One can not score over 20000 runs in international level over 15 years without having a few lean times and they know how to come out of them and that is why they are called greats!!!! On a another note, as a player in Sri Lanka div 1 in the per test era, I think Afghanistan has a better bowling unit than we had at that time and if they can improve their batting they can compete with any of the top 8. Anyway keep at it Afghans, you are very close start feeding and nurturing the next generation and you will be a force to recon with soon. Good job Afghanistan and Great job Sri Lanka. Bring the cup Home Again.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

I feel that Mr. Paul Farbrace should be saluted, simply because i see that there is an improvement in the batting department of the sri lankan team. we get the feeling that batsman are trying to be consistent. the batters are trying to read the situation in the middle and go about it. reading the situation, what is required of the batters, reading the conditions of the pitch etc..., i think the coach has trained the boys to be consistent with these aspects in particular. last year the boys just went out there without knowing each's others roles. even kusal doesnt try to hit every ball. patients is another area that he has brought to the game as well. i think the coach is settling in nicely, and he knows exactly wat to do.

Posted by Jodhvir on (March 3, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

as india fan in the UK srilanka are playing great cricket at the moment in the asia cup and derserve to win the cup jaya and sanga are two great players and they are awesome cricketers to watch you lankans should be proud of ur team and hard luck afghanistan better luck next time from an indian fan

Posted by yohandf on (March 3, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

Before the game , i told that they willl be nothing much for Afghanistan today in the mid of all claims for their win . it proved . Wicket was bit of difficult side to bat so SL got only 253 . they looked like getting 220 from start but Mathews flurry lifted to 253 . Afghanistan had no clue in chasing . Afghan team should not be demoralized but to accept their status and look for future . it ll eventually be good . Sri Lanka has their issues in this series . they need Mahela to get back to form . Chandimal to take responsibility . I like them resting Sanga ,Malinga for next game to give them breathing space .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 19:43 GMT)

Think you guys are being too harsh on Jayawardene and Chandimal. You can't expect good batsmen to score all the time - they're going to have a lean run every now and again. Jayawardene's been through this before, he'll come back again.

And I'd say Chandimal played pretty ok - the wicket was quite tough to bat on; even Sanga couldn't cart Afghanistan around the place.

Don't drop anyone - remember Vaughan's words abt the 2005 Ashes when he refused to drop Giles: "You win as a team, you lose as a team, you draw as a team."

I have to also say...Afghanistan is a pretty damned good team.

Posted by kandykolla on (March 3, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

Take that Sri Lankan haters...!! To the Afghans ..!!

1. We Sri lankans also like you playing bottom division in international cricket and we became world champions in 1996. Go step by step, it will take time.

2. Don`t get carried away, look at the Bangladesh cricket team, a team that never learns from their mistake, and take Kenya. They beat West Indies in 1996 world cup and beat us in 2003 world cup and qualified for he semi finals. See where are they now ??

I`ll tell you again, don`t get carried away go step by step !! All the best for you guys..!!

Posted by Shajadul on (March 3, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

BD should learn from SL how to play cricket seriously. SL has mid level had working cricketers (except sanga and Jaya). They can beat any team. I hope SL wins the cup.

Posted by TheKeeper on (March 3, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

@ John-Geo - Have you ever played any real cricket? When I say real cricket I mean either college, club/first-class, etc. Have you spent years training as a batsman? Do you qualify to make the decision to drop Mahela? Obviously, it is NO to all questions.

Your ignorance should not be displayed here where there are fans who have much more knowledge than you. Let me tell you that you are talking through your hat, and please stop embarrassing yourself here.

Posted by gaindballa on (March 3, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

@ Naeem Nadeem Although extremely unlikely It is still mathematically possible for India to get to the final. If Bangladesh win both remaining matches and one of them with bonus point and india thrash afghanistan with bonus point and high enough run rate. 3 teams will be on 9 points and it will come down to run rate and india can go through . If bangladesh beat pakistan and don't win against SL and india do the above then pakistan will go through as head to head comes into play before run rates when only two teams (not three) are on equal points.

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Yes pak vs sl will play final but only is the one Pakistan will be the winner ok...................

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Best of luck team Afghanistan no problem we lost against Srilanka. I think SL is going to win the final also against Pakistan.

Stats

Sl played 475 odi and had odi on 1975

and Afg played 29 odi and had odi on 2009

Posted by amilag on (March 3, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

Lions roars! No body will come in the way of SL! They should be the champions of Asia! Go SL go...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

three down insha allha two to go for cup. keep go boys.

Posted by John_Geo on (March 3, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Let me qualify what I said earlier regarding dropping Mahela. No it is not insane to drop him - on the contrary, it is insane to keep people with no confidence in competitive sporting sides. Sorry Mahela worshipers, cricketers should not get selected to play for their past aggregates and records. They need to get selected to play based on their ability to score and the confidence they possess. Otherwise we can include Roy Dias, Sidath Wettaamuni, Sanath Jayasuriya and Aravinda De Silva in this team alongside Murali and Vaas and make an award winning team. Experience is not how many matches you have played - experience is how much you have learned and of that how much you can apply in practical situations.

Keep Mahela and see what happens. I will see you guys after the final in this blog.

Posted by randikaayya on (March 3, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

Who ARE these chaps who claim Chandimal should be retained. He's been an embarrassment since the day Mathews batted out 3 overs so that he can complete a century. That guy at best is selfish and plays for himself, and on other occasions is mediocre at best. drop him immediately and give a chance to another youngster. Those like Chathuraga De Silva who grab their chances well and establish themselves must be praised, they serve the nation well

Posted by CrackerDaddy on (March 3, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Just be patient SL fans...Leave Chandimal alone....ppl used to say the same thing about Jayasuriya when he was not performing back in the day! Just let the kid be , he'll make his doubters wrong...soon...plus why dropping him, he's bringing good luck to the team and yet loose as a Captain too.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 3, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

I think the team should play as normal except if wants to rest someone for his sake.In Barbodas the Aussies played the same team in the rubber game before the final whereas the Lankans rested their key players & the result we know.Playing as a unit is very important & let the management think differently this time as we need to get over this 'curse' in the final.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

drop chandimal? why? he had a crucial partnership with sanga yhar laid the foundation. half of you have no clue what you talk about. chandimal is a good player, ge will justify his place. also by asking to drop mahela, we can see how ignorant you are..seriously?

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

No matter what happen next, SL and Pakistan will play final. unless BD beat both SL and Pakistan with bonus point then BD will play final with srilanka.

India and Afghanistan have no possibillity now.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

If AFG bat first with IND , they might have a good chance of winning the match because I think any total close to 250 is defendable with their brilliant bowling attack. Hope this will happen!

Posted by wapuser on (March 3, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

India is definitely out of asia cup

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:43 GMT)

"Sri Lanka through to the Final" Sounds familiar!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

afgan batting is poor need to inject u 19 guys.

Posted by TheKeeper on (March 3, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

What are all these crazy comments saying drop this one and drop that one, or rest this one and rest that one. Are you guys gone mad? No body needs any rest and all the SL players should play as many games as possible before 2015 world cup.

There is absolutely no problems with either Mahela or Chandimal and those people calling for them to be dropped have no idea of cricket.

Well played AFG and awesomely played SL!

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 3, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

I hope now team India is formally out of Asia Cup or is there still a chance??

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 3, 2014, 17:19 GMT)

easy win for sri lanaka......not much Surprise.BD match is perfect opportunity to see how good our bench strength.malinga and sanga should be rested against bd match.SL clear favorites in this tournament!!!!!!

Posted by John_Geo on (March 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

It is quite likely, notwithstanding the mathematical possibilities to claim otherwise, that it will be a SL VS PAK final. PAK may have lost to SL earlier but it was a close game. Given the importance of the toss, it could be anyone's game in the final. SL being the known chokers, they are quite likely to choke particularly is Sangakka falls early.

Only way for SL to be competitive in the final is to drop Mahela and Chandimal. Even at the cost of losing the final, SL must try 2 new players (at least it will be an investment for the future). Mahela's time is up (was up 3-4 years ago in-fact) and Chandimal's time is yet to come (may be in 3-4 years from now). Unless the cricket board drops them, they being who they are, will never resign. Formula is simple. Keep Mahela (at least Mahela if not both M and C) and lose the final or drop Mahela and be competitive. It does not need a cricketing genius to say if Mahela cannot confront the Afgan attack, he is a walking wicket for Pakistan.

Posted by DreamCricketer on (March 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

DreamCricketer: Sanath Jayasooriya If you are reading my comments. Please drop Chandimal he is not contributing to our team and no support to Mathews and promote Thisara on the batting order and Mahela should be rested for some time and Dilshan as well. We should be fine with this young team. These players should not be included in the 2015 world cup team. As they are not contributing to the team success. Please do something. See Chandimal's numbers??.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Dreaming of Afghan beating IND will not happen . Sure not the best tournament for India still we are the World champs . Does no way take away any credit from other teams. Asia cup is not ultimate tournament

Posted by kovinbuddi on (March 3, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

AFG is a good side.They need some more playing time to beat Sri Lanka.They have a good bowling attack.SL treats every team as a serious opponent.Sri Lanka did very well. BD should not be ashamed for getting beaten by Sri Lanka bcos Sri Lanka is the best team in Asia at the moment.Weldone Sanga and Mathew.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

well played boys.. sri lankans have become over reliant on sanga. give him a day off and get chandi to open with kusal , or mahela..

Posted by Chinath on (March 3, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

Love to see Sri Lanka Pakistan Final. I think these two teams are the best talented two in the tournament. Boy Afghanistan needs to find a good batting lineup. They will shine for sure in near future. One day sooner they will beat ENG/AUS/IND.Well, they can still beat India in ASIA cup.

Posted by manojkris on (March 3, 2014, 16:49 GMT)

As expected a clinical performance by SL's. But well played Afghans. You guys are improving very fast. Agains Bangladesht we should rest Sanga, Mathews, Malinga, and Mendis. Must try out the bench strength along with Mahela and Chandimal, but if Mahela, Chandi can't make a impact, we should drop them for the finals, and instead go with the other younger guys. Anyhow it's much better to go with young allrounders than these 2 out form batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS to Afghanistan .. AFG is the team to watch out for . They have quality bowling unit and there are very focused team right now .

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

our team is good and balanced! all the people who told chandi should drop just listen what sanga told in presentation! he batted well with sanga nad build good partnership after mahela..chathuranga is good find! tight bowler sanga n mathews are the best duo in Sl cricket at the moment

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (March 3, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Good win to SL.always better even minnows not taken lightly. I think Mahela has series fitness issue. But SJ forcefully add him to the Team. I think it's better "Rest" him Asia Cup and T20 WC. He could play his final T20 matches in Engalnd Tour. Give chance to Priyanjan for ODI and Vitange for T20. One thing i should say about Mathews Captaincy. last month or so he became Superb Caption.highly appreciated.

Posted by rajcan on (March 3, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

I am not sure if Mathews doing any good to Tissara. Both started around same time and Tissara is a much winner. If the enough overs are given to him to establish, he will be a dangerous, single handed match winner.

What I see is, they are sending poor batters up in the order and wasting overs and destroying momentum and letting others to play defensive cricket. Bringing very late Tissara only giving him option to start hitting from first ball.

Come on, please send Tissara before chandimal, let him show some fire power. SL batting becoming boaring due to Thirimane wasting overs at the beginning and Mahela and Chandimal grinding...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

If you look at the table you'll see that Pakistan has 9 points with 1 match left (against BD). Bangladesh has 0 points with 2 matches left against Pak and SL. India has 1 match left against the Afghans. Both India and BD have a chance of going to final but certain conditions apply. If 2 teams are on the same points then the head to head result will be taken into account. e.g BD wins 1 match with bonus (5 pts) and 1 match without (4pts). Total = 9 which makes them level with Pakistan and if BD defeat Pak they'll obviously reach the final because of the head to head win. On the other hand, if India defeats Afghans with bonus point they'll also have 9. So, in that case all 3 teams will be on 9 points and in that case the net run rate will come into account and whoever of the 3 teams has the highest NRR goes to the final. However if BD lose even one of the matches both India and BD are out cause India can have a max of 9 pts which makes them equal with Pak and India lost to Pak head2head.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

this is for all the people who commented negatively about Sri Lanka l. learn how the champions play. they don't win games in the first over. they will score competitively and defend the target easily like we did here. we batted slowly but sensibly cuz we knew even 240 is enough. and we defended and won. you don't have to win every match in the first over but fight till the end and win. it's all about cricket. play your game to the potential and win. SL are champs. we batted sensibly because we didn't know their bowling. but poised a food total later. SL always champs.

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 3, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Highly unlikely scenario of BD beating both Pakistan and Sri Lanka with bonus points can stop a Pak-SL final. As both Afghan and India are beaten by Pakistan they cannot cross Pakistan even if they win with bonus point and better runs rate ( see rules). If Bangladesh don't produce the miracle of this century, the coming three matches are just exercise and exposure to new players. My prediction for the final is that any team (SL or Pak) who bats first will go on to win this. Despite Pakistan's collapses, I think all of their player are in good nick and have confidence. Misbah is due for a big inning as he missed out due to run outs and all other batsman are playing good. If Pakistan plays with Abdul Rehman ( 4 spinners) instead of umer Gul that could be interesting as he is a champion bowler on these tracks. Sanka holds the key for SL and if he got out cheaply than the game is over for SL. Pak has more confidence but SL is more used to these conditions. Its a 50-50 to me.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:50 GMT)

Afghanistan is a good side and they will become a demanding side very soon. Congratulations Sri Lanka and we feel we already won the tournament because you guys threw India out of the tournament.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

it was meant to be for Afghanistan to lose to much much better team SL. sir lanka deserves to win the cup. Afghanistan got lucky other day played better game against Bangladesh n they got beaten. sadly they showed how they bat against quality bowlers today. its one of those days somebody had a bad day (Bangladesh).

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (March 3, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

MJ is a good player, just a lean patch, having said that he averages less than 10 in his last 10 outings. Good if MJ can open the innings with Kusal & drop Thirimmane to no 4. Please Drop Dinesh Chandimal ! We also don't need Dilshan anymore. Young guys are good, may take sometime to get established.

Posted by Indian_Observer on (March 3, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

A good win for Sri Lanka. SL has been the most consistent Asian team in this tournament and should be the favorites going into the final. What can I say more about this guy Sangakkara...a Legend...Possibly the best Wicket keeper Batsmen of all time along with Gilchrist...

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:39 GMT)

Good patient cricket from SL today. Yet really good effort by AFG in 1st innings. If Chandi & Mahela can come in to form SL is more balance side. Kusal is taking risks yet Bringing up the momentum up front where Thiri is more calm.. Sanga will play the anchor roll and Angi, Thisara seems to be good finishers. here and there Silva,Sananayaka to do pinch hitting. This was what we saw through out the tournament and SL need to think about finding another attacking fast bowler to support Malinga. The way they handle pressure in all those last games I believe they will overcome there main weakness of failing in finals..

Posted by Varuna-Bhushana on (March 3, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

Well I would like to hear what Agakars explanation on this win. Is it Mathews single handedly won the match? I thought cricket is a team sport. Congrads AFG on brilliant bowling.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 3, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

@Nikko Chunn I dont see any Indian fan here claiming that we will go to finals. So please stop prejudice. Infact Mathematically also we are out of the tournament. Even if we win against Afg with bonus point Pak will go through(even if they loose against BD) because they beat us with equal points.

SL berth is confirmed but Pak berth is yet to be confirmed mathematically since BD can get 10 points(mathematically) in which case they will go through. But that is unlikely. Sl vs Pak is the final encounter and good luck to both teams.

Posted by yorkslanka on (March 3, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

congrats to Sri Lanka on reaching the finals with a good bowling performance today to get us the win. I was VERY impressed with Afghanistan's bowling attack which looks very good. I am sure that they will be a force to be reckoned with within the next five years and good luck to them.

Posted by Stat1977 on (March 3, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

It's a cake walk leaving big questions about Chandimal and Mahela. They must be dropped better late than never when there is enough young talent in the pool.

So many predictions and hype about Afghans.But predictors forgot that they are playing with Sri Lanka.Afghanistan are definitely a good team..I must say that they have a better bawling attack which comparable with SL & Pak and well above India.Only they could restrict Lankans around 250.That's certainly a good perspective.It's good see more competitive teams in the game.

Mathews and Sanga both praised Afghan bowlers and showed that they are real gentlemen giving due credit even though the surface has something for bowlers.That is what Kholi lacks and brings lame excuses such as dew, doesn't want to give due credit to the opposition. Dhoni at least good in that aspect.

Posted by jerryman on (March 3, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Good clinical performance by SL to win with a bonus point. Afghans bowled very well till about the 40th over. very difficult for run scoring in the 1st innings , seemed to get a bit better later on in the day . Afgans can put up a good effort against India and if there fielding is good , may put up a better fight . SL have qualified , at this time most likely going to be a SL -Pakistan final , unless BD pull off 2 blinders against Pak and SL and win both remaining games with a bonus point . SL missed Senanayake and hope he will be back for the final .. good luck to all teams in the remaining games . India at this time seems to be out of the tournament final ..

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Hussain Kurawadwala Then explain the runs made by Thirimanne and Kusal in the tournament.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

SL played good disciplined cricket not taking weaker opponents softly like BD did. Well done Sri Lankan team !!

Posted by FlatTrakBully on (March 3, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

Sangakkara is the key for SL now. Don't know what Mahela is doing there. All asian teams have have bigger worries in terms of batting. They need to raise their standards to compete at international level.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:54 GMT)

Thilanka K I hope your eyes have opened. Apart from Sanga only Mathews is great in this batting lineup ATM. Both Indian and SL batting lineups are pretty similar having two consistent guys with others chipping in.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:48 GMT)

Wow not letting teams pass 250 is a great achievement. As I said some of the many batting greats need camps for top associate teams such as Ireland and Afghanistan. Their bowling is great. ICC pls do something

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:42 GMT)

Oh no!!!! Shenwari out too.... lucky if get 130 now... 8-( Ah well.... Afghanistan will improve and beating Bangladesh was a good start. Their bowling has been impressive, overall: fielding and batting must improve.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:34 GMT)

Why are Indians still grasping at straws for a spot in the final?? I love the Afghani's fight, but SL bowling can likely defend this easily due to their more potent bowlers (than Afghanistan adn India for that matter). It will be a Sri Lanka v Pakistan final. India lost to BOTH teams. That's that really.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

I don't know who will win the match, but I can say, Afganistan won my heart.

Posted by John_Geo on (March 3, 2014, 12:30 GMT)

Can we please drop Mahela and Chandimal from the Sri Lankan team? They are a real liability to this team and of no tangible value over the recent past. In addition, they contribute to bringing the morale down of the entire team. There are many talented cricketers in Sri Lanka. Why are we consistently keeping them in the playing eleven when they are consistently failing? This is also unfair to the next generation of cricketers who are waiting for a chance to be given.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 3, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Afghan bowlers did a terrific job in restricting the Lankans to 253. They would have taken this any day before the innings commenced. But after the fall of Sanga, they could have been a little more aggressive. The extra 20-30 runs they gave away with the misfields and overthrows may haunt them towards the end. Their performance so far in this Asia Cup makes them a deserving candidate for the finals. But the Lankan bowling is a mountain to overcome for the inexperienced Afghans team. Let's hope their batsmen hold on to their nerves and play with a calm head. Unlike a bowler or a fielder, the batsman has one attempt, so hope the pressure don't get the better of them as it happened in the run chase against the Pak.

Posted by byc89 on (March 3, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Afghans can be a world class cricket team only if they improve their batting. There bowling already seem to be world class. It also appear that they will perform much better than Bangladesh on international stage.

Posted by Damian123 on (March 3, 2014, 12:11 GMT)

Afghans have a much better bowling attack than the woeful Indians!

Posted by WOW.WOW on (March 3, 2014, 12:06 GMT)

Afghanistan could have contained Srilanka at around 200 but after so many misfields, overthrows and dropped catches they should be happy that SL didn't get to 300.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Main issue with AFG is its batting. We have seen it in the previous game. They can do something only if the top order heaps up some runs

Posted by romirom on (March 3, 2014, 11:11 GMT)

what are these afganis doing? I mean They are not looking minnows by any mean. Defenitely deservs to win tis game after looking the game of 45 overs. Hop they bats wel. I think they are doing better bcoz the wish of indian are with them. The only way india cud qualify.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:55 GMT)

As long Sanga is there no worries for SL

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:47 GMT)

well done Afghanistan

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

No worries till Sanga is in crease. The wonder man of cricket as of now:) I think he is the best batsman in Asian pitches

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

you can snooze watching Sri Lanka play.the most boring side of universe.am hoping for afghan whn here.they are class players

Posted by ksquared on (March 3, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

SL should just milk the bowling and look for about 240-250 on this track it should be more than enough

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 3, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

SL is really struggling. They scored easily against 2 weakest team but cannot score easily against the best team. Go Afghan Go

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (March 3, 2014, 9:58 GMT)

Afghan looks a better bowling unit than India. There is a ubiquitous negative X factor that causes India bowling lolly pops. It is not just lack of pace. It is something intangible. Until someone intelligent cracks it India bowling will not improve. But will India be frank enough to accept their short comings to take action to improve? Or will continue bragging they won WC, CT....and so on?

Posted by ksquared on (March 3, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

Mahela and Chandimal have been woefully out of form SL should have played Priyanjan and Angelo Perea or Vithanage instead of them

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Ooooooops what a poor batting by srilanka 2 0overs 70 runs. srilanka playing test once again negative thinking captain mathews and others. i dont think Afghan is a good bowing unit now mahela gone hw is really out of form and chandimal already out of form over the last year sanga is a key now

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

I wish afganistan will win today

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:21 GMT)

Good Luck to Afgan from Bangladesh, If Afganistan Win Today I Maybe will be able to Forgive Bangladesh Cricket Team for Their Irresponsibility.

Posted by CezK on (March 3, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

"Haroon Mughal: "@IFFY, forget about WI, ZIM... Im waiting for the AFG-IND contest on 9th Mar. "... Lols Optimism is good dude... but fantasies are something else :) :)

Posted by tharindu_td on (March 3, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

Congratzz Jonty (Sachiththra), we will miss you for sure. I wish ICC consider the fact that BD is not good enough to play test though they tend to think they are improving. Afganistan is a far better side than this BD.

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Kusal Perera perishes again to an ugly slog with no footwork. His ODI and LA average is below 30. It will be interesting to see if he will be persisted with till the World Cup.

Posted by jayantak on (March 3, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal should be dropped and make way for other young talent. He has been "emerging plyer of the year" twice now. When will he finally emerge?Is there a political motive for his selection?Send Dinesh back to the drawing board and allow new talent in.

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (March 3, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

@@humi_cric: you are right in feeling about AFG bowling. I want good fast bowling attack in Asian teams and AFG will definitely produce pace batteries. But there are other factors for long term survival such as good fitness regime etc. Plus their catching has to improve a lot. I am sorry to say in fielding too they are like Pakistan. Had PK held catches well, the 2 W's. Would have ended up with more world records

Posted by Kh1234 on (March 3, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

Wow afghan bowling is too good! Guys don't rest ur top players against this team lol! Seems like it's really hard to beat them mm! Let's see what sl can do!

Posted by   on (March 3, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

Congratulations to Sachithra and his wife... Hope he'll be back for the finals.

Posted by humi_cric on (March 3, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

One wicket down, Afghanistan has an awesome bowling attack. I don't know why I always feel like, Pakistan is bowling. Afghanis are good in height, strong and atheletic, soon they will be among the top playing nations. Lets see how they play today and agaiinst India. Best wishes from a Pakistani Fan.

Posted by nadz55 on (March 3, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

Definitely Sri Lanka is the favourites in this match .But I don't think Chandimal scoring against teams like Bangladesh or Afghanistan classify as he is in good form even he manage to pull that off in this match. Based on his performance he doesn't deserve a place in Sri Lankan team. When you really see Chandimal looks like a burden sri lanka carries with them as he is in team to score runs and constantly failing in that when sri lanka needs him to play matching wining innings with major teams

Posted by nadz55 on (March 3, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

Definitely Sri Lanka is the favourites in this match .But I don't think Chandimal scoring against teams like Bangladesh or Afghanistan classify as he is in good form even he manage to pull that off in this match. Based on his performance he doesn't deserve a place in Sri Lankan team. When you really see Chandimal looks like a burden sri lanka carries with them as he is in team to score runs and constantly failing in that when sri lanka needs him to play matching wining innings.

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