Queensland v Sri Lankans, Brisbane October 22, 2010

Sangakkara warms up with matchwinning 110

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Sri Lanka 7 for 301 (Sangakkara 110, Silva 75, Laughlin 3-54) beat Queensland 189 (Philipson 69, Fernando 4-41, Prasad 3-43) by 112 runs

Sri Lanka rested four of their stars but Kumar Sangakkara's century was enough to kick off their tour with a comprehensive win over Queensland. The visitors left out Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan, but still managed to register an imposing 7 for 301 after winning the toss at the Gabba.

Sangakkara racked up a brisk 110 and had strong support from Chamara Silva (75) in a 100-run partnership, after he also combined with Chamara Kapugedera for an 87-run stand. He brought up his hundred with a six off the legspinner Cameron Boyce, before he eventually fell to Ben Laughlin, caught at midwicket off a full toss.

It was an impressive effort given that Sangakkara shook off a hamstring strain to take part in the match, the first of three warm-ups before Sri Lanka begin their limited-overs series against Australia. The bowlers also enjoyed the outing and Dammika Prasad began the defence by running through the local top order.

Prasad finished with 3 for 43, including two wickets in the 14th over, and from there Queensland were never in the contest. Craig Philipson held off the Sri Lankans with a run-a-ball 69 but Dilhara Fernando troubled the lower order with 4 for 41 and finished off the Bulls in the 37th over.

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  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    Osanda Prashan Gunaratna - Are you against Angelo Mathews as he made a blistering 130 not out against your school St, Peter's in the Annual Big Match ? Do you think the sixes ( 8 in all ) he played against St. Peter's damaged your ego. So he cannot bat ? But he hammered your college's bowlers around the park ? ha ha ha.... lol

  • Vinod on October 26, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    hope kumar will continue with the same form. he is a terrific player to watch and so is dilshan, malinga, nuwan, dilhara, angelo and MAHELA of course. i wish them all the best against aussies. hope they will get the series outside home which they were searching for so far.

  • Sarath on October 24, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Some are trying to justify the continuous selections of2 Chamaras , but the truth is there are promising players equally good as Mathews & Chandimal who could easily replace any senior batsman in the team. If we don't create opportunities for these gifted youngsters now, future of our cricket won't be that rosy. I request U to recollect the manner in which 2 greatest batsmen in the present side batted in the 2003 WC, when their bodies were in their peak condition. The authorities of last 15 years have persisted with them even if they had continuously failed 101 times; as a result many a brilliant batsmen couldn't represent the country. Even if some were selected they have always had to bat at very odd positions, thus they couldn't secure their positions in the team. Like the 2 senior pros the 2 Chamaras too have found places in every touring side despite their poor batting skills. The consistent performances of the promising youngsters are quite immaterial to those who are responsible.

  • Nuwan on October 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Continuing….. We should be ever thankful to whoever responsible for having someone like Aravinda in charge of these players and we can rest assure that he would manage this pool of talent properly. One needs to be patient with these players. Remember Atapattu…. Who was discarded after no of failures and given a chance only after six odd years… imagine what would have happened had someone spotted the issue with him earlier (again MIND), we could have had the service of Atapattu for six more years and he would have won us so many matches and broken so many records. So patience should be the name of the game now with all these young players there has to be a proper system in place to address and strengthen the psyche of the players.

  • Nuwan on October 24, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    @those who commented @ Kapu's technique, would selectors and SLC coaching staff allow any player with such deficiencies to play if they identify it? In fact Kapu was fast tracked to International cricket after the Development coaches were very impressed with him and if there were any issues with the technique that would have been spotted at that level. Issue here is not the technique but the MIND. That's why I said grooming and mentoring is a very important factor in unleashing potential. That's in fact a basic HR principle and in the past those who were responsible failed in that. Just think about so many talented players we have lost because of player mismanagement. I don't want that to happen to any of these youngsters. Opportunity given should be measured in context rather than in numbers. That's why those are advocating Kapu are saying that he wasn't given PROPER opportunity.

  • Wenushka on October 24, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    I am continuing ... , But look @ how Angelo Mathews reads the game and plays. Thats what Kapu is lacking of. /He has talent but needs to improve quickly.

    And srilanka should be careful with if they are playing Angelo, Tisara, & Kapu. i think either Kapu /Angelo should play and Tisara should play, because Angelo cant ball, playing only as batsmen. in the balling category, Malinga, Murali, Kula & Tisara. But i feel there is a bit of lacking variety here. Sp picking Jeewan Mendis/Suraj Randive/Dilhara should be considered by the selectors. In the rest of batting , Tharanga, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Chamara Silva should play. After Silva, Either Angelo/Kapu/Chandimal should play. Keep in mind how talented Chandimall is. He has already proved it. therefore SL has carefully select the 11. it may changed match to match depending on the players performances. but not many matches to experiments. Because this time SL should win. because they have the talent spirit to win.Good Luck SL.

  • Wenushka on October 24, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    It was a great performance, because SL payed without their 4 starts and they won comprehensively. now SL should pick the right 11 for the remaining matches (T20 & 3 ODI). Since several guys commented on Kapu, I would like start from him. Kapu is a talented player. thats sure. but he hasn't proved it yet. Y? one thing i have noticed is his technique. Specially his kind of technique is not suitable for facing spin balling. Therefore he has to adapt his own technique for spin balling as well. See Indian Captain MS Dhoni, he is a greate player, but look at his technique, its not good as Sachine or dravid. but end of the day he plays his part. He know his limitations and plays according to that. See how nice he rotating strikes when the singles are needed. but Kapu laking rotating strikes even for the fast bowlers. So he has concentrate it. If Kapu should watch past videos to correct his mistakes. And Kapu needs to read the situation of the game well. He is not doing it up to good level.

  • Gaurav on October 24, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    I would like to see Srilanka winning against Australia, if India can do it by convincingly beating Aussies in back to back matches of CB series final,SL too can do it with Murali in the side.Now its the time for Asian teams to dominate the world cricket.It wont be easy for Srilanka to achive this though as Aussies may be somewhat weak in Tests nowadays but in ODIs they are still the best especially at home.Its sad though to see Indian and Srilanka fans fighting with each other in different forums as India and Srilanka has always been great friends in cricket and in general too.I would like to see an India Srilanka final in world cup.For now all the best to Srilanka hope they beat Aussies. P.S- I am an Indian.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    I think Kapu has a problem with his technique.He goes a little hard at the ball all the time.And he is not as wristy.That is a big disadvantage for him.Also he has to show a lot of temperament as a cricketer to survive at the big stage.Especially considering the competition for his place is heightening with Jeewan and Chandimal coming to the side.

  • Randika on October 24, 2010, 1:50 GMT

    If not no. 3 Kapu should be given atleast no.5, in a consistent run. Also, as he is a more technically correct batsman, innings builder rather than a dasher, he should be given a proper run in tests as well. In the limited amount of test cricket he has played he's shown a lot more promise than his limited over stats read! SL are bettter off with Kapu and Matthews both settling into slots!

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