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
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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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  • 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

  • Pathiyal 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.

  • PremasiriS 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.

  • JawusungBatta 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.

  • JawusungBatta 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.

  • SLCricMonitor 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.

  • SLCricMonitor 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.

  • CandidIndian 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.

  • 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.

  • randikaayya 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!

  • 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

  • Pathiyal 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.

  • PremasiriS 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.

  • JawusungBatta 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.

  • JawusungBatta 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.

  • SLCricMonitor 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.

  • SLCricMonitor 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.

  • CandidIndian 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.

  • 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.

  • randikaayya 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!

  • on October 23, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    well said JawusungBatta.... well i always think he is much better player than his stats!!! check Angelo's stats he also looks same but we all knows how good he is. Kapu never got enough chances to bat.. getting to bat only in last few overs and don't expect him to score a century or sumthing... If mahela and dilshan is going to open i thinks Kapu should be promoted to no 3.. but then again thats my idea....!!! :)

  • Rajeev334 on October 23, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    It's still too early to say too many things.. Anyways all the best Lions!!!!

  • on October 23, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    good start .....get the series a complete sweep

  • JawusungBatta on October 23, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    @ PHANTOM-X Buddy, nobody could hit the ball out of the ground when it's balled at Yorker length or just short and not many have it big when balled slower either. In each of the occasions you have mentioned it was Kapu's crafty batting which had made those into half volleys or bad balls (Charging down the track to Nehra in the T20 WC & getting into a perfect position to lift Bret Lee delivery) Any way you've got to be someone more than just a cricket follower to spot a talent that's exceptional. That's why I said men like Aravinda and Sangakkara and many more in the local scene regarded him really high and believe he could match the heroics of someone like Mahela and even go beyond. What he needs is careful grooming. It's applied to any field, be it sports, business or any other thing. Once you spot a talent it needs to be managed properly and that didn't happen with this guy. Stats and records don't always give a true picture about everything which has been proven time and time again.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on October 23, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    I need tough competitive cricket. I do not care who wins. I also need SL drums, SL music, SL songs & other SL entertainments at Sydney Cricket ground on 05-11-10. Please all SL supporters, come with wearing your SL Jersey, SL Cap, Banners, Flags and most importantly, The Sri Lankan Flag. Make SCG like your own ground in Sri Lanka. Also after the match please all gather outside the ground and play drums, sing and dance for 2 hours. We do not get this opportunity every year. ( Remember we did last time in 2008) Go Lions go go !!!!

  • PHANTOM-X on October 23, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    @JawusungBatta

    sending Kapugedara @ no. 3 is a sensible thing ? r u nuts...This Kapugedara guy is inconsistent. He has got so many chances more than anyone else in the side who fails regularly.( oooh I remember one bloke who got more chances...Jehan Mubarak. in the end he was " a barak to the team and was leftout ). His average and strike rate is sooooo low. I remember he hit Brett Lee and Asish Nehra out of the ground for sixes but if u analyze closely the balls were half volleys. He cant hit the ball when the ball is bowled Yorker length, Just short of length or pace taken off the ball.

    JawusungBatta said...

    he's one of the best among Sri Lankans who could face fast balling and has one of the best techniques also. Jeez man r u Kapugedara....??? ; )

  • rko_rules on October 23, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @van_hauz I think D is Bangladesh and A is India, right??

  • donbanda on October 23, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    When a bowler bowls a ball its called BOWLING. BALLING can have an entirely different meaning even if the word is not in the dictionary.

  • Vilander on October 23, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    best chance fro SL to win in Aus, just that i am jealous that india is not tourig Aus now, we might not get a chance in near future to win there, even if its only ODI's..best of luck SL.

  • van_hauz on October 23, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    A subcontinental team's tour to Australia has barely begun and already the whining and whingeing is overflowing from the comments section. Here's how it goes: A, B, C and D are subcontinental teams. If A is on a tour to Australia, it follows predictably that A supporters will be extremely sensitive to anything said, even if someone says A's opener wore a red hat. They'll still whine and allege racism because it was a scarlett hat, not red per se. Next, B and C supporters will jump into the comments arena and downplay all of A's achievements, call A's players rubbish and generally say that no one scares the Aussies like B or C does. D fans usually tend to keep themselves away from this nonsense. Then, when A picks up a victory, fans are fuming that it wasn't called the best victory of all time or the greatest win ever. That's got to be the Aussies or B and C at work and so it continues, until A gets thumped down under and comes home.

    Note: Any guesses who D is?

  • LakmalPhysics on October 23, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    CRICINFO is a biased website for Indians.

  • on October 23, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    I totally agree with the proposal to play Mathews and Chandimal in numbers 3 and 4. Sanga and Mahela is reserving the best positions for themselves to play without pressure and these youngsters will be the future backbone of the SL team after 2011 when Sanga and Mahela become seniors at a age of 35+.

  • JawusungBatta on October 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka did a very sensible thing by sending Kapugedara @ no 3.He should be given a fair opportunity to show what he is capable off. Beside he's one of the best among Sri Lankans who could face fast balling and has one of the best techniques also. Ideal man for the No 3 position since he could counter attack if required or defend and rotate the strike and set the game up for Sri Lanka. So well done team management.

    @ those who say he has not done any thing to be in team and should be discarded;

    Please don't discount the fact that a men like Aravinda and Sangakkara who has great cricket acumen adamantly support this young man and believe in his ability. Issue is he was not managed properly in the past and has not being consistent in the way he was given opportunities. These type of talents (In India a similar case would be Rohith Sharma) has to be managed properly or would go waste.

    So this time hope the management team will give him a proper opportunity and be patient with him.

  • ArunaK on October 23, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Welld done sri lanka roties from india please look after own team

  • on October 23, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    :) :) GO SRILANKA

  • devanayagam on October 23, 2010, 3:33 GMT

    sri lankan cricket team is the best team in the world.i think australians will be in a really trouble with sri lanka.

  • KP_84 on October 23, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Many touring sides have been embarrassed by Australian state teams over the years. That SL managed to beat QLD convincingly - while resting their best spinner, their best paceman, and two of their three best limited overs batsmen - suggests that they are the real deal. Unlike on previous tours, this SL side comes to AUS while in form good form and without any off-field problems to distract them. Add to that the fact that AUS can't figure out who their best XI are at the moment, and will start the series underprepared after an Indian tour, and SL must surely start favourites to win the series. Past contests between the two sides are irrelevant, as the current AUS side is not comparable to that of the previous era. This will be a contest between two evenly matched sides, so preparation might prove the difference.

  • on October 23, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    nice start sanga & co, going to see the T20 in Perth. hope its going to be a good win

  • PremasiriS on October 23, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    A Cricket fan even of an average knowledge can't agree of sending the 2 most complete batsmen ( Chandimal & Mathews, 1st class Bat.Ave in the 50s) in the team, who have been showing their class since their schooldays to bat at very odd places in contrast allowing very ordinary batsmen( ODI Bat. Aves. still in 20s & 1st Class Bat.Aves.in 30s) to bat at very important positions who are yet to prove their worth although they have been included in almost every touring side since their teenage days. Both Sangakkara & Mahela (in their 34th year) should give away their No 3 & 4 in the batting order to the promising future players as it happens in other countries (India, South Africa England,Australia,...).

  • on October 23, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    I only got there in time to see the 2nd innings, and I'd just like to comment on two things. 1, Sri Lanka's fielding will have to drastically improve if it is to challenge Australia. 2. I'd love to see Craig Philipson get a run for an Australia A team in limited overs. He had a stellar season last year in one dayers and has started this season strongly.

  • sAiyAnstAr on October 22, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    Why does it always seem that the only people who say bad things about Sri Lanka are Indians and Australians? Not all of them do, but generally when there is something bad to say, it comes from them?

    Is it because they are threatened by Sri Lanka? I would then, take every negative comment against Sri Lanka as a compliment to their abilities to win games. Sri Lanka has definitely firmed as an excellent all-round team and their ability to play overseas has improved greatly.

  • klgcnd on October 22, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I SAW IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS, LOT OF INDIANS COMMENTING ABOUT SRI LANKAN CRICKET, COZ U KNW Y? THEY R AFRAID OF US!!!!! y?????? HEHEHHE!!!!!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    srilanka will loose these series 3/0 .

  • maruti123 on October 22, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Good start Srilanka we have to keep the Momentum going. Austrailian tour is very Crucial in preparation for the World Cup . The Ultimate Prize is the World cup 2011 We should keep our Eyes focused on that Prize . Go Srilanka we need to perform and Show the rest of the World that we are a nation to be taken very seriously.

  • on October 22, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Why doesn't the headline read as Queensland thrashed or Crushed by Sri lanka. Had Sri lanka made 189 and Queensland made 301..your headline would have read like Sri Lanka crushed by Queensland.

  • Kalum_Wickramatunga on October 22, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    "The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle." Well done SRI LANKA!! Go Ahead..

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on October 22, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    @nipo10847: Sorry. Jayasuriya is totally out of world cup roster. There is not even a slightest chance for him to make it to the squad. I also am a huge fan of SL cricket and WAS a huge fan of Jayasuriya. True he is old and the best way he can help in the WC is by staying away from the squad. No I am not jumping on you. Note: All above things are bound to happen only if selectors are not manhandled by some political influence...

  • Philip_Gnana on October 22, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. Sanga already imposing himself. A very good unit here on tour. Good combination of fast bowlers, spinners and of course the super athletic all rounder Angelo Mathews. Any side will want Angelo in their team. A winner right through and through.. Mahela has to get on the ball quick here. He likes the pace so should do well. I do remember his first hundred...sad Murali was called at that time. Times have changed. Sanga and boys need to keep their heads on their shoulders and do the Aussies in their own back yard. Philip Gnana, New Malden, Surrey

  • ranga_s on October 22, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    @Maestro_of_Cricket: What do you mean QLD didn't field their strongest XI. If you check with senses you'll find 10 players who played the final against Victoria played here..If this a weak QLD side they got a big bench issue...Only Ryan Harris comes in to head as a player who could have caused a threat apart from the 11 already played.. @sathishbabu4u: If they are not good players of bouncy balls wonder how they came this far in recent International tournaments held in WI, SA and Eng. Obviously SL team is not the best team going around against the short pitch bowling because they are not build on bouncy tracks..But so does India, Pakistan and Bangladesh..But they are good players of Spin..Likewise Aus, SA, ENG, NZ, WI..play spin horridly..unfair to say AUS and SA play spin horridly..but they too are average..not exceptional..Teams have their strengths and weaknesses...SL have over the years has improved as they showed in ENG, SA, and WI in recent WC's..so don't dream SL being massacre

  • Roshini on October 22, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    Good start SL..but the real test of character will be at the ODI's..Aussies are Aussies...Even without the likes of Hayden, Gilchrist, Macgrath and Warne they can still be dominant against a side like SL..But having said that I feel the Aussies are bit down on confidence especially after the Test defeats to Indians..This ODI series will be one heck of an opportunity to give back what we have been receiving bags full.. SL have had more than it's fair share of beatings at the hands of Aussies so it would be nice for the big talking SL cricketers to walk the talk and restore some pride down under....Show em! It's now or never....Remember we still do not boast of any ODI series victory away from home against the top three cricketing nations i.e. India, South Africa and Australia and this applies to Test cricket as well. Roshini Vaas - Homagama - Sri Lanka.

  • 3rd_man on October 22, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    My friend Osanda, don't rush in to conclusions too quickly.remember Mathews comes from an injury.look at his first class record. average over 50, it speaks about guys ability. other hand who else had such high first class average.the guy have good brain above his shoulders.when he plays i always noticed that he want to do best he can. last few innings he couldn't contribute much in bat and ball,but he got this habit of breaking partnerships, and taking wickets from no where.remember the guy is just 23,i think he is great prospect for sri lanka.for batting only comment I have, is he need to improve offside play. play well in leg side.I am personally disappointed contribution made by Kapu in the recent past, hopefully he can change his game this time around.Hope chandimal given more chances, like Mathews, he looks to be very serious about his game, not like aravinda throw his wicket in his early part of his carrier.hope he don't change his game thinking about his position in the team.

  • on October 22, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    expect big things frm sanga now on..he has become a perfect batsman nw

  • ramz_01 on October 22, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    anyway itz too eirly to say abt this series bcz aussies hard ti beat in thr own back yard.lets 4gt abt bouncy slow or spining wickets nd time to proferm guys.

  • on October 22, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    @nipo : mata then ask him to come and play for your team , sanath is now nowhere near old sanath and it s the time for youngsters ,

  • ramz_01 on October 22, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Osanda plz dnt count a player on just a single match ok.angelo done soo much whn v in a trable.angalo is must 4 evry game SL plays evn a one day test or T20.nd abt jeevan i think he deserv a place in ODI s bt nt 4 T20.

  • nipo10847 on October 22, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Off-topic but is Jayasuriya totally out of world cup roster? Any slight chance he can make it to the world cup? Besides my own country (Bangladesh), I am a huge fan of srilankan team and Jayasuriya is hands down my all time favorite cricketer. I know he is old and all that but I have always felt he might help them in the world cup. But that's just me. Don't jump on me because I am biased on my favorite player.

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Dont play Anjelo Mathews in ODIs and even T20 if he doesnt prove himself as a specialist batsmen, he sored just 5 in 11 balls this match , instead give the chance to Jeevan Mendis bcz he can bat and ball as well, consider him or Chandimal,Mathews dosent look ready for a specialist batsmen, selectors Sangakkara,Aravinda,Mahela are you listening.

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    weldone sanga.......best way to start...keep on goin .But remember the goal world cup

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    We are ready for the World Cup..........!

  • on October 22, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    welldone sanga,dilhara,kapu & silva.... :-)

  • Pavithra on October 22, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    hope chandimal will get the chance to play the whole series.

  • boris6491 on October 22, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Ominous signs if Sanga is in form. They will be a handful against the Aussies with their diverse bowling and solid batting. Despite their ability however, Sri Lanka's record overseas usually isn't great so they will need their big game players to step up. An encouraging start for SL. Hopefully the rested players will hit form against NSW to increase interest in what will be an absorbing series.

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Good practice for the Sri Lankan team against a tough Queensland team, great to see Sanga guiding his team to a spectacular win by a crushing 112 run win , hope to see better things to come in this series.Also Chamara Silva,Kapugedera batting and Dilhara,Mendis and Prasad with bowling take a bow,we played without our 4 star players Murali,Dilshan,Mahela and Malinga, hope the team make history in Australia,I wish them the very best.

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Well done SL.. Gd start for the tournament.

  • LDuminda on October 22, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    Well Done Lions....Sangas hit an excellent century and hope he will continue.MJ and TD will bolster the top order once they come back and Malinga will strengthen the pace department.

  • on October 22, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    i was there at the game!! was a wonderful game!! sanga in full flight!! hopefully they do well this time in aus they have theyr best full strength side i rekonggg

  • prikand on October 22, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    great Sanga.But these are Garandias.Real Naya is waiting.All the best.

  • sathishbabu4u on October 22, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    srilanks won't win any series in aus for next 10 years.. not only in aus, they won't win at South Africa also.. they lack to bat in bouncy wickets..

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Well played Sanga & Co. Hope Dilhara Fernando performs in the series, as he mainly does well in warm-ups... Hope to see Sanga lift the trophy for the first time in Australia!!! All the Best!!! Gooooooo SL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Hopefully Sri Lanka do well and win this series, further exemplifying austrailia's demise in the game. Something tells me that they won't win in perth, but brisbane and melbourne are our best chances. Go Sri Lanka !!! :)

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    wel....this tym it seems like a change in altitude........weldone sri lankans...a win in australia wil be great for the moral cz a world cup is comming on........

  • sadSajith on October 22, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Comments in Sri Lankan articles goes lke this. Before the tournaments - 60% indians If Sri Lanka loose a match - 80% indians If Sri Lanka won a match - 5% indians If Sri Lanka loose a tournament - 90% indians If Sri Lanka win a tornament - 0% indians

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Way 2 go lions.... Now where r those boasting Australian supporters.........ah....?

  • cricfan100 on October 22, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    It is nice to see sri lankans just showing what they are capable of.come on Sanga we can do it this time.Not just a series win but a whitewash.

  • WannaBeRusta on October 22, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Impressive start Sri Lanka. Carry on the good work for the rest of the tour. Good Luck.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on October 22, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    QLD were not fielding their first choice XI (due to some injuries), so this SL victory isn't worth much. Sangakkara is world class no doubt but other batsmen would need to get accustomed to Aussie conditions pretty quickly. SL should have played Murali at least, as he was out of match practice in the past few weeks...

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    good start...lions can win their 1st series in aussie

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  • on October 22, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    good start...lions can win their 1st series in aussie

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on October 22, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    QLD were not fielding their first choice XI (due to some injuries), so this SL victory isn't worth much. Sangakkara is world class no doubt but other batsmen would need to get accustomed to Aussie conditions pretty quickly. SL should have played Murali at least, as he was out of match practice in the past few weeks...

  • WannaBeRusta on October 22, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Impressive start Sri Lanka. Carry on the good work for the rest of the tour. Good Luck.

  • cricfan100 on October 22, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    It is nice to see sri lankans just showing what they are capable of.come on Sanga we can do it this time.Not just a series win but a whitewash.

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Way 2 go lions.... Now where r those boasting Australian supporters.........ah....?

  • sadSajith on October 22, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Comments in Sri Lankan articles goes lke this. Before the tournaments - 60% indians If Sri Lanka loose a match - 80% indians If Sri Lanka won a match - 5% indians If Sri Lanka loose a tournament - 90% indians If Sri Lanka win a tornament - 0% indians

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    wel....this tym it seems like a change in altitude........weldone sri lankans...a win in australia wil be great for the moral cz a world cup is comming on........

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Hopefully Sri Lanka do well and win this series, further exemplifying austrailia's demise in the game. Something tells me that they won't win in perth, but brisbane and melbourne are our best chances. Go Sri Lanka !!! :)

  • on October 22, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Well played Sanga & Co. Hope Dilhara Fernando performs in the series, as he mainly does well in warm-ups... Hope to see Sanga lift the trophy for the first time in Australia!!! All the Best!!! Gooooooo SL!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sathishbabu4u on October 22, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    srilanks won't win any series in aus for next 10 years.. not only in aus, they won't win at South Africa also.. they lack to bat in bouncy wickets..