Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Sydney November 4, 2010

Sri Lanka seek first series win in Australia

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Match Facts

Friday, November 5, Sydney
Start time 14.20 local (03.20 GMT)

The Big Picture

Losses don't come much more demoralising than the one-wicket defeat Australia suffered on Wednesday. To fail having had the opposition at 8 for 107 chasing 240 is a massive confidence-sapper. Australia have now lost six internationals in a row since July, and three weeks from the first ball of the Ashes that's a worrying position to be in. More immediately, they must find a way to bounce back at the SCG, or Sri Lanka will win a series in Australia for the first time. The Australians will be back under the leadership of Ricky Ponting, who missed Wednesday's game to attend his grandmother's funeral, and after their lacklustre bowling effort to Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga, don't be surprised if there are changes to the attack.

Sri Lanka, for all their joy at achieving one of the most remarkable comeback wins in ODI history, know that they too have much to work on before the second game. Kumar Sangakkara said after the Melbourne triumph that he was disappointed with their fielding, and the incredible efforts of Mathews and Malinga should not mask some top-order worries. The shot selection from several experienced batsmen was poor, none more so than the ugly cross-batted swipe from Chamara Silva, early in his innings, that resulted in him being caught at mid-on off a top edge. There could be a couple of changes to the Sri Lankan side, despite the win, as they aim for a historic series victory down under.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Australia LLWWL
Sri Lanka WWWLW

Watch out for...

Xavier Doherty made an impressive debut on Wednesday and after his first two overs had the remarkable figures of 3 for 3. He altered his pace and spin cleverly, collecting wickets with his skiddy arm ball as well as his more traditional turning delivery. Doherty should enjoy the Sydney conditions, and will be aiming to add to his World Cup credentials.

It's extremely unusual for Lasith Malinga to be celebrated for his batting, but his maiden half-century was a key part of Sri Lanka's opening win. However, it was easy to forget that he'd also done a fine job with the ball, keeping things tight if not exactly running through the batting order. He is known for his slingy action and speed, but his slower ball is particularly dangerous, as Shane Watson discovered at the MCG.

Team news

Ponting will come back and it is likely to be more-or-less a straight swap for the injured Shaun Marsh. Callum Ferguson is in the squad but it is hard to see him ousting any of the existing top six. Steven Smith hurt his back in the field during the series opener and was unable to bowl in the second half of the innings, and if he is rested, Nathan Hauritz would be the natural replacement. The selectors are also keen to see some new faces before the World Cup squad is chosen in early January, so it seems illogical to make the young fast man Mitchell Starc keep carrying the drinks. He probably won't replace Mitchell Johnson, though; despite his wayward bowling on Wednesday, the feeling in the Australian camp is that resting Johnson only makes him rustier.

Australia (possible) 1 Shane Watson, 2 Brad Haddin (wk), 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Cameron White, 7 Steven Smith / Nathan Hauritz, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 John Hastings, 10 Xavier Doherty, 11 Mitchell Starc.

Sri Lanka's top-order batting was a worry at the MCG, and if anyone is in danger of being dropped it is Silva. Jeevan Mendis was the 12th man in the series opener and could come in to calculations, especially as he would give them some more variety in the spin department on a Sydney surface that could provide some turn.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (capt, wk), 5 Chamara Silva / Jeevan Mendis, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Suraj Randiv, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Muttiah Muralitharan.

Pitch and conditions

The SCG usually offers some spin, and both teams have good slow-bowling options in their line-ups. The forecast for Friday is for isolated showers and a top temperature of 18C.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia's six-match losing streak across all formats is their worst since 1996-97, when they suffered six straight defeats to West Indies and Pakistan. Earlier that year they lost seven on the trot, beginning with the final of the Singer World Series in Colombo.
  • Sri Lanka have won four of their 14 ODIs at the SCG, including two of ten against Australia
  • Doherty's 4 for 46 was the fourth-best bowling effort by an Australian ODI debutant, after Tony Dodemaide, Stuart MacGill and Carl Rackemann

    Quotes

    "We kept bowling bouncers that were chest high rather than head high, we bowled a few wides, we bowled a few slower balls that we didn't land properly, and we didn't really do anything out of the ordinary."
    Australia's coach Tim Nielsen knows there is much room for improvement in the bowling department


    "Come Sydney, we can't afford to make most of the mistakes we made today and expect this to happen again, because it doesn't happen often. Let's keep our heads down, our feet on the ground and start again."
    Kumar Sangakkara wants a more complete performance from his men.

    Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on November 6, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    @Sai Prasad. Anybody can beat AUS.SL beat them AUS in AUS not only ODI but also T20 which no other team has done sofar.That is the SL team.I think IND is having all the Ego problem that is why they never appreciating any other teams performances.

  • delboy on November 6, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Scrap the ASHES NOW! and start the match fixing investigation before the AUSSIES turn things around and force England to do it as in their series against PAKISTAN....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 5, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    CA(Cricket Australia) needs to invite ZIM & BAN for 3 or 5 ODI series before the World Cup(WC). That would probably help to end losing streak of 11 ODI's, (assuming AUS looses next ODI against SL & 7 ODI's against POMS) and to experience winning feeling. CA needs appoint John Howard as the CEO of CA, because he has the ability to turn around any thing.

  • on November 5, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    As per "finncam" mate I don't no what you are addressing for, no one mind where these commentators from or what they do off the feild when you're out there commentating is what important... if you wanna cheer your country should go on stands be a spectator by them selves... Any ways even this is washed out Sri Lankas will do well in "Gabba" on sunday to Like we did in 96 World cup final.....

  • longdonkey on November 5, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    While Smith plays Australia loses. I don't see what he brings to the XI. While I think he will end up playing for Australia as a number 6 batsman he has been brought in 3 -5 years early and should be given time to develop his game like any other player not from NSW. Why did they add Ferguson to the squad and not play him? As for the bowling we are sorely missing Rhino Harris' line and length bowling and I hope his injury is healing fast.

  • djfw666 on November 5, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win again, because Australia use fast bowlers willy nilly in the search for youth for the World Cup. Brett Lee's back to scaring people for NSW and can't get a look in...

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Come on Ponting. Burst the Sri Lankans' inflated ego balloon!

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is back guys,what else do you expect....THE LEGENDRY PONTING WHO IS RATED NEXT TO DON IS BACK AND I SECOND fan84,Punter will slam his critics and take away the 11 WC home.I am an Indian but support Aussies one and only for RICKY PUNTER PONTING.PONTING-THE EVERGREEN CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • elephasMaximus on November 5, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    @ Fan84 : After a good fifteen years, if the cricketing world still 'needs to be told' by mere mortal fans like you and I how great a player ricky is, dude, there must be something seriously wrong with the chap! Ricky a 'wounded lion'? Sure. And an old and hyped one too.

  • Bagman on November 5, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Marsh & Smith out, Punter & Ferguson in.

    The faster you bowl, the further it's hit. Use your noggin fast bowlers. Don't just bowl stupidly, mix up the pace, a bit of variety & bowl @ the pegs !

  • on November 6, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    @Sai Prasad. Anybody can beat AUS.SL beat them AUS in AUS not only ODI but also T20 which no other team has done sofar.That is the SL team.I think IND is having all the Ego problem that is why they never appreciating any other teams performances.

  • delboy on November 6, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Scrap the ASHES NOW! and start the match fixing investigation before the AUSSIES turn things around and force England to do it as in their series against PAKISTAN....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 5, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    CA(Cricket Australia) needs to invite ZIM & BAN for 3 or 5 ODI series before the World Cup(WC). That would probably help to end losing streak of 11 ODI's, (assuming AUS looses next ODI against SL & 7 ODI's against POMS) and to experience winning feeling. CA needs appoint John Howard as the CEO of CA, because he has the ability to turn around any thing.

  • on November 5, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    As per "finncam" mate I don't no what you are addressing for, no one mind where these commentators from or what they do off the feild when you're out there commentating is what important... if you wanna cheer your country should go on stands be a spectator by them selves... Any ways even this is washed out Sri Lankas will do well in "Gabba" on sunday to Like we did in 96 World cup final.....

  • longdonkey on November 5, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    While Smith plays Australia loses. I don't see what he brings to the XI. While I think he will end up playing for Australia as a number 6 batsman he has been brought in 3 -5 years early and should be given time to develop his game like any other player not from NSW. Why did they add Ferguson to the squad and not play him? As for the bowling we are sorely missing Rhino Harris' line and length bowling and I hope his injury is healing fast.

  • djfw666 on November 5, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win again, because Australia use fast bowlers willy nilly in the search for youth for the World Cup. Brett Lee's back to scaring people for NSW and can't get a look in...

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:28 GMT

    Come on Ponting. Burst the Sri Lankans' inflated ego balloon!

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is back guys,what else do you expect....THE LEGENDRY PONTING WHO IS RATED NEXT TO DON IS BACK AND I SECOND fan84,Punter will slam his critics and take away the 11 WC home.I am an Indian but support Aussies one and only for RICKY PUNTER PONTING.PONTING-THE EVERGREEN CHAMPION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • elephasMaximus on November 5, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    @ Fan84 : After a good fifteen years, if the cricketing world still 'needs to be told' by mere mortal fans like you and I how great a player ricky is, dude, there must be something seriously wrong with the chap! Ricky a 'wounded lion'? Sure. And an old and hyped one too.

  • Bagman on November 5, 2010, 1:38 GMT

    Marsh & Smith out, Punter & Ferguson in.

    The faster you bowl, the further it's hit. Use your noggin fast bowlers. Don't just bowl stupidly, mix up the pace, a bit of variety & bowl @ the pegs !

  • shanlanka on November 4, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Although I am a massive SL supporter, I must admit that we got out of jail with the win on Wednesday. If not for Mathews and Malinga, the dismal performance of some players would have been more transparent. Players need to be held accountable. Sorry to all you Sanga fans, but the way he got out was absolutely disgraceful. After losing 2 quick wickets and being 4/84, we needed our captain to show some fight and consolidate the innings, not walk across his stumps and play such a risky shot, especially when he was batting so well. Chamara Silva's shot was disgraceful & both Tharanga & Kulasekara struggled with the bat & ball respectively. Team for today's game should be: Jayawardena (comfortable at the top), Dilshan, Chandimal, Sangakkara, Mathews, Kapugedera, T Perera, Suraj, Malinga, Murali, D Fernando (needs to be rewarded for T20 performance) *Must groom youngsters like Chandimal for the World Cup. Guys like Silva & Tharanga are not consistent enough to hold a place in the 1st XI.

  • dawsonmox on November 4, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Two words, BRAD HODGE! Also, please get rid of Michael Slater and Ian Healy from the commentry team. Their bias comentry is so painful!

  • finncam on November 4, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Earnest Liyanaarachchi - Aussie have lot a foreigners as commentators, mate. Grieg is a foreigner, Roebuck is foreigner, Nicholas is a foreigner ... pardon us for having a few locals as well. Anyway, there won't e a match today - it's raining here in Sydney.

  • on November 4, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Sydney pitch has been a very good track for spin and srilankans have enjoyed playing there i think chandimal should be given a chance by dropping tharanga as he only scored 3 off 18 while Jeeven Mendis should be in for Chamara silva. Bowling was quite good the other day so no change for the bowlers. Fotr the autralians i rekon furgeson should be in for White and since Ponting is back he would defiantly do a better job than Pup

  • on November 4, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    Aussies should hire commentators rather than spectators for that match this has been happning Australia and South Africa as long as we could go back 'cos there is no commentators from other countries playing with them, as resently last mach against " Slater" was keep commenting how Australia never loose this match repeatedly in the other end fantastic individuals like Richie Benoud, Tony Greg, So we don't want to listen how Aussies win if they are we can see that too, may be these guys sould go to radio commenting than TV and Cricket is gentlmens game as been former players.

  • Molu14 on November 4, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    I hope the next two matches rain out so that SriLanka takes the series 1-0 just like India...then Aussies would have lost two series on the trot after two extremely close matches hahahahahahaha

  • meatballeditor on November 4, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    I hope that Australia wins this game to tie the series. That will make the third game far more interesting, and might even encourage the Australian fans to get out and support their team. The support from their fans that Sri Lanka had in the first game was fantastic, and I'm sure that the players appreciated it. I'm hoping that Sri Lanka win the series...after the Aussies tie it up. Much more exciting than a whitewash.

  • on November 4, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    i love all these selectors, let the selectors do their job, win or loose Sri Lank did us proud on weddnesday

  • Firefly on November 4, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    I think the Aussies would do well this time if they could exploit the middle order colapse again of the Srilankans and believe in themselves that they can win and they will. The Srilankans seem to have some very confident youngsters who have gelled together well, just watch out.

    Found this video this chap singing of his love for cricket, watch and have fun

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVNIdyutsyA&feature=related

    I hope more talented people would post their videos about cricket.

    Regards to all cricket fans.

  • xenon555 on November 4, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Australia should play: 1) Marsh (i know hes injured but for the world cup), 2) Watson, 3) Ponting, 4) Hussey (he is much better than Clarke and deserves the extended batting time), 5) Clarke, 6) Cameron White,7) Brad Haddin (yes 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers), 8) Nathan Hauritz (I pick hauritz over smith because there are already 7 very capable batsmen and Hauritz is a better bowler), 9) Mitchell Johnson, 10) Bolllinger (don't even question dougie he has become top 5 in ODIs) 11) Ryan Harris Rest of squad: David Warner, steven smith, shaun tait, callum feguson, and James Hopes

  • Fan84 on November 4, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    @ vikramreddytric ,, THANKS for SUPPORTING RICKY BUDDY,, i know ur also an INDIAN,, let the cricket world know what a a great player RICKY HAS BEEN ...

  • Fan84 on November 4, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    @ Razor88 .. Hey BUDDY,, i bet man,, RICKY is a WONDED LION,, he is GONNA lift the HATTRICK worldc up.. u take my words for sure,, IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A PACE ATTACK,,OZ have that calibre,,if u stres on having a SPINNER ,, sEE what MICHALE HUSSY did TO THAT PAKISTHANI bolwler during the T20 EPIC SEMIFINAL,, ALWAYS BETTER TO HAVE PACE ATTACK ,,IN THE ORDER OF THEIR STRANGHT TAIT..LEE,, SIDDLE,, JOHNSON,, coming to BATTING,, GILHRIST like (WARNER is absolutely replcaes him in EASE) AND WATSON should give a solid start,, ok

  • Fan84 on November 4, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    @ Razor88 .. Hey BUDDY,, i bet man,, RICKY is a WONDED LION,, he is GONNA lift the HATTRICK worldc up.. u take my words for sure,, IT IS BETTER TO HAVE A PACE ATTACK,,OZ have that calibre,,if u stres on having a SPINNER ,, sEE what MICHALE HUSSY did TO THAT PAKISTHANI bolwler during the T20 EPIC SEMIFINAL,, ALWAYS BETTER TO HAVE PACE ATTACK ,,IN THE ORDER OF THEIR STRANGHT TAIT..LEE,, SIDDLE,, JOHNSON,, coming to BATTING,, GILHRIST like (WARNER is absolutely replcaes him in EASE) AND WATSON should give a solid start,, ok

  • vikramreddytric on November 4, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    It's not a cake walk for SL's to win the series against Aussies. Legend Ricky will be back. ALL THE BEST AUSSIES.

  • on November 4, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    The best 11 4 da 2row match should be>> 1-Dilshan,2-Chandimal,3-sanga,4-Mahela,5-kapugedara,6-Angelo,7-Thisara,8-Mendis,9-Randiv,10-Malinga,11-Murali (There should be an extra spinner, because usually SCG is good for spinners) ---------------thanx--------------

  • Pavithra on November 4, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    For me, there should be 3 changes to be done. Dilhara should in for Kulasekara. Kulasekara is not efficient in these kind of pitches. And tharaga must drop and Chandimal in. And Chamara Silva out for J Mendis/ Kapugedara.

  • CricketpunditUSA on November 4, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    This is a long tail for Australia. What's going on here?!! With Shane Watons, M Clarke, and C White, why do you need Stephen Smith or N Hauritz..?? You need an extra batsman...

  • Razor88 on November 4, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    @Fan84 - Guess you don't want ponting to have the Idea Of winning the world Cup... because If he is gonna Select 4 Pace Bowlers,its not gonna take him anywhere but an Early trip back Home.. and its all the More Surprising that there is No Genuine Spinner in your Squad....Lol God save the country in which you would be leading the selector panel

    Plz Aus n Punter... Bring back the Habit of winning... Because Your fan's won't accept India(Not the past,But Since 2009) is a better team unless Beats you in-Form.Oh!!...

    @rukamax - Lol!!! kangaroo soup.... Sound Delicious!! :D

  • Agnar on November 4, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    I don't think it is fair to criticize Tharanga this much. To be fair in the last match he was run out by excellent fielding and he was bit unlucky. I can not completely defend him also. He has not performed lately and has not improved some of his technical faults. one could argue that he deserves a chance in the second match. I don't think we fans can advise selectors. But I hope that all good players, at least the players in this squad, get a chance to show what they can do and test their form so that we can find the best squad for the world cup. I would like to see each player in this squad of 16 players given at least one of the remaining two matches. I would even rest a senior, if necessary to do that. It is important that Sri Lanka win this series, but the world cup is more important.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 4, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    @All Sydney Lion Supporters!!! Come to SCG wearing Lion Jersey, Flags, Caps, Banners. Bring all musical instruments, trumphets, drums, etc and make SCG into a real Sri Lankan ground. Make it a party and dance at least 2 hours after the match outside SCG like in 2008. (Do not worry about the result because Aussies are worrying about it)

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    please, please, let mahela open. Tharanga wasted so mnay balls & he puts Dilshan under so much pressure to up the runrate. this is terrible. we should not waste the first power play with players like tharanga. my team would be. 1. Mahela 2. Dilshan 3. Tharanga 4. Sanga 5. Chandimal 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Randiv 9. Kulasekara 10. Malinga 11. Murali

    i would like to see our selectors introduce Sachithra Senanayake & Kulatunga to the ODI side.

  • Agus2010 on November 4, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    It is really a good sign that Asian team dominating in world cricket (Bangladesh beat NZ, India beat Aus, SL beat Aus. and India beating NZ except Pakistan, maybe if they concentrate their batting maybe they will join this list as well), it shows that one of the Asian team will hold the World cup 2011 (Definitely not Australia this time, lol) all the best Asians, we should show this world that we are the champions.

  • Fan84 on November 4, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    PLease My dear SELECTORS,, GIVE DAVID WARNER A CHANCE TO PLAY In teh ODIs, we would love him to OPEN THE INNIGS with Great WATSON,, y don't u understnad this,, and LEE has promised that he will bowl over 90mphs every ball,, and failing to do,,he would call it a DAY,, pls make sure that the WORL CUP TEAM LOOKS LIKE,, WARNER.. WATSON .. PONTING .. CALRKE(PLs perform mate) HUSSEY ,WHITE. HADDIN .. SIDDLE(147 KMPHS) JOHSNON (148 KMPH) BRETT LEE (150 KMPH0 AND the GREATEST WAEPON TATI(156 + KMPH) to be in the squad ,, RICKY,,TAKE MY WORDS ,if u want the world cup..iam an INDIAN,,but i love u so much,, u r the legend..

  • on November 4, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    the tharanga fiasco will continue tomorrow as well,cz he is sangas favorite,as posted earlier he has no leg side shots no pull,and very weak against quality pace bowling,my granny can play much better than tharanga and the shocking thing is that sanga is persisting with him,the best thing that can happen to srilanka is 4 tharanga to flop again..why on earth cant sanga realize that mahela was an instant success as opener not only in t twentys but in the final against india.or has sanga another agenda to bring back sanath for mahinda.chamara silva is another headache cz he is touted the next aravindha,he is not quality certainly in bouncy pitches in Australia,and his fielding has got weaker.kulasekara failed miserably in the first power play overs,omitting dilhara who bowled so well was a shocker from sanga.this is why people dont consider sanga a great captain which he could easily become with the exiting young talent we have.please don't ruin the future of chandimal and kapugedara..

  • on November 4, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Give pacy Prasad chance instead of Nuwan...Plz

  • SLJohn on November 4, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    why all are forget about chamara kapugedara,and why Mathwes not counting as a genuin bowler,

    01, Upul 02, Dilshan 03, Dinesh chandimal 04, Mahela 05, Sanga 06, Mathwes 07, kapugedara 08, Thisara 09, Randiv/Murali 10, Kulasekara 11, Malinga

  • on November 4, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    SL played their B game and won against Australia B+ game. Unless Australia play their A game their is no hope in hell for them to Win it. Unless SL drop their game from B, which I doubt with the form they are in they will. SL will post 300 average score 8/10 times. I also think SL batsmen didnt respect Doherty hence their down fall. He is much better than they thought. But with giving wickets foolishly they have not only put the guy high in confident but now they are under pressure to play him. I recall Shane Warns break through tour of SL. Till then he wasnt that effective. Then he was unstoppable. SL do make ordinary players in other teams in to heros. Watch out for Dohery he could be next Shane Warne.

  • NALINWIJ on November 4, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Australia has taken the 3 main contenders for the world cup in succession- India, Sri Lanka and England and will expose any fraility of this side. Ausralia's main weekness was the inability of their spinners since Warne to suffocate the oponents in the middle overs and this would be necessary in the subcontinent. They may have finally found a solution in Doherty and possibly Smith. Sri lanka's middle order collapse was a concern and the importance of a stabiliser at 5 or 6 would be necessary. Samaraweera may be a regressive or a necessary option with world cup nearby but I believe Chandimal would be the player of the future and Jevan Mendis may not be ready to play the back to the wall innings like Hussey or Ranatunga and Silva may not be solid.Otherwise Sri Lanka tcks all the boxes in batting, bowling and Fielding. This is a close world cup with South Africa playing Pakistan as the only 6 teams that can win the world cup and the knockout from quarterfinals mean even Pakistan can win.

  • SLfan on November 4, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    To Kumar Sangakkara - Let Mahela open the batting with Dilshan. Despite both of them are right handers, that combination works well due to several reasons.

    1) Both are aggressive openers & it cause them to take out the pressure from the other player. Yesterday, Dilshan was got out early due to the pressure situation which was building around him, mainly because Tharanga was not scoring quickly.

    2) Dilshan is a dasher & Mahela is more likely a touch player who can rotate the strike very easily. You know, it's very important to rotate strike frequently, specially when chasing a big target. So, when ever it is hard to hit boundaries, Mahela can keep the score board ticking by playing his elegant strokes.

    Instead of Chamara Silva, Chandimal or Kapugedera can be given a chance. But I think, (who ever he is) that player should play at no.3 position & Kumar can play at no.4. That will make the batting line up more stable. Also Randiv should come ahead of Thissara.

  • on November 4, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    Where is kandambi ? drop tharanga - he got plenty of chances to prove, nothing worked. give promotion to mahela as opener with dilshan. bring kandambi and /or kapugedara in.

  • Gnanapaladagreat on November 4, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Y da hell should Tharanga be in da probable starting 11. and y is Chamara silva even considered....The best 11 should be. 1.Dilshan,2-Mahela,3-Chandimal,4-Sanga,5-Kapu,6-mathews,7-thisara,8-malinga,9-Randiv,10-Murali,11-Dilhara

  • rukamax on November 4, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    hey lions, we need a kangaroo soup for dinner tomorrow as well. Go SL Go Lions roar...

  • Agnar on November 4, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    No argument that Sri Lanka was lucky that Malinga and Angelo clicked to pull that win. But win is win and fighting spirit of Sri Lankan team was a factor also. Now we are 1-0 and Australians are under pressure. If Sri Lanka's top order perform on Friday, the "luck" will continue. I wish for a tight competition. I don't think we can have a funeral for Australian glory yet. They definitely have lost their edge. But, specially at home, they are easy to beat for any team. Go Sri Lanka!

  • on November 4, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    I need chandimal !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is good as any youngster in the world

  • DwightR on November 4, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    SL should bring in Dinesh Chandimal for Silva at the 5, the kid is a much better batsmen with much larger potential for both the World Cup n long term, give him the chance & experience and he will prove to be a solid top order batsmen, Lets go SL, lets finally beat the Aussies in thier own backyard!

  • crowned66 on November 4, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    One Question where was the sandshoe crusher@ 145 kmh + to Malinga and mathews ????????

  • on November 4, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Aussies should win the remaining two matches to justify their odi rank.. Wish it to happen... Go aussies go....

  • on November 4, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Why can't Sri Lankan selectors realize that Chamara Silva is only a domestic hero. I can't remember any occation where Chamara Silva playing a breath taking innings after 2007 WC. On the other hand it is true that Upul Tharanga is a sub continent specialist who doesn't have any leg sidish shots. Though he has the ability to score runs in sub continent, it is also inside the power plays. After that he is putting immense pressure on rest of the batting order. The soluion for these problems is not naming Thilina Kandamby or Jehan Mubarak, in place of Tharanga and Chamara. Allow Dinesh Chandimal to play at no 3 or 4, and shift Mahela to open the innings. Then the team will have a lot of balance and variety. After the world cup we can consider about people like CHATHURA PIERIS, BHANUKA RAJAPAKSE. My 11 for the world cup 2011 is, 1.Dilshan,2.Mahela,3.Chandimal,4.Sanga,5.Angelo,6.Samaraweera,7.Thisara,8.Kulasekara,9.Suraj,10.Malinga,11.Murali

  • Rosh1 on November 4, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    SL needs stability in the middle order. To be frank I feel SL was lucky to have won that game. The middle oder looks very weak. The burden is quite heavy on Kumar and Mahela. Why on earth have the selctors not picked Thilan Samaraweera? He is that guy who could hold an innings together and would have been the perfect candidate for a situation that arose in the 1st ODI.

  • Baundele on November 4, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    Sri Lanka were losing the first match terribly, except that miracle. Australia will win the series 2-1. But they seems to be confused with their team combination. Warner was so high in confidence and you do not drop a guy like that. Bowlers like Harris or Bollinger are not in the scene. Why keep testing with the younger ones when you have Harris, Bollinger and Johnson with Brett Lee regaining his fitness?

  • sean_kelly on November 4, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    Go on SL! Stick it to them Aussies

  • Lakpj on November 4, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    It is unfair to expect lot of things from Ponting, he no longer has the quality that was available to him sometime ago. Gilchrist,Hayden,Langer,McGrath,Warne,Lee even Gillespie are no longer there. Now even Ponting is not in his prime. Only batsmen that could pose a real threat are Hussey and White. If SL win the toss in SCG and post a good score, then I don't think Aus would have a chance to chase it down against the SL attack.

  • on November 4, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis.....scenario ===== Jehan Mubara Scenario.... Hi Fi guys trying to influence even in blogs... let's give a chance to Dinesh Chandimal... from Colombo 10, middle class people's school....

  • on November 4, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    SL people remember some were bashing Mathews though he as won many games with his allround abilities as per Sanga yesterday. Why are they doing this. Some are trying to push in Jeewan Mendis at the expense of Mathews or Kapu. Unfortunately Kapu though abundant with talent is yet to win a game for SL if I am not mistaken. But he being the same age group as Mathews was in the SL ODI team from the age of 18, Mathews despite having a better record was given a change only when he was 21. Same for Tissara Perera. Many forgot he got 5 wickets in the match when the M & M partnership overshadowed everything. Chandimal is a superb player and so is Dimuth Karunaratne who is surprisingly ignored. He should be in the touring team instead of Chamara Silva.

  • rajrele on November 4, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Australia is now officially in the doldrums, I dont see what difference one Ponting is going to make, if batsemen nos 9 and 10 can score at 6 runs an over for 17 overs you have a problem on your hands......they need some stomach...maybe allan border should travel with them for a while....right now they look like ripe lambs on offer.....

  • on November 4, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    where is ajantha mendis? if he had come, i guarantee u he would have cleaned up the aussies :)

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal ... :) ....Y cant they replace Dinesh Chandimal for Upul Tharanga? .... :)

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    It was totally a Michael Bevan type of show that Mathews and Mali did yesterday. Awesome!! But I have small worry about SL batting that they have started to collapse whenever there is a good left arm spinner is around. This happened in the last test against India and now here as well. They try to play for spin that's never there and become LBW victims. Need to keep a close look at whether this trend continues.

  • SLfan on November 4, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    To Kumar Sangakkara - Let Mahela open the batting with Dilshan. Despite both of them are right handers, that combination works well due to several reasons.

    1) Both are aggressive openers & it cause them to take out the pressure from the other player. Yesterday, Dilshan was got out early due to the pressure situation which was building around him, mainly because Tharanga was not scoring quickly.

    2) Dilshan is a dasher & Mahela is more likely a touch player who can rotate the strike very easily. You know, it's very important to rotate the strike frequently, specially when chasing a big target. So, when ever it is hard to hit boundaries, Mahela can keep the score board ticking by playing his elegant strokes.

    Instead of Chamara Silva, Chandimal or Kapugedera can be given a chance. But I think, (who ever he is) that player should play at no.3 position & Kumar can play at no.4. That will make the batting line up more stable. Also Randiv should come ahead of Thissara.

  • cricket_slcsupport on November 4, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Happy to see a win for S.L hat's off to Angelo and Malinga. I don't know why Tharanga in the squad after repeated failure, how come Chamara Silva in the squad ? letting down the team when it mattered the most. Mahela should open with Dilshan and the rest should be fine. We don't get X'mas daily in a year but Lankan have to fire in the top order.

  • roxap on November 4, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    i dont understand why they have dropped tim paine, he must be shattered as he was performing so well at all level and haddin deserve not to be in the side, they should include phil jaques, david warner and cameron white in the team, where is ryan harris he did well in ODI

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka shouldnt be over confident because of the Wednesday's victory. If we have OC moments, it will lead us to a defeat for sure. Other than that I'm pretty sure we are in good hands with a powerful team like Sri Lanka.

  • on November 4, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Best SL win in Australia ever! From a 100 something for 8 to chase 240 with 5 overs to spare was sheer brilliance! If Mahela can find form they can really be on their way!

  • on November 4, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Clarke's making Ponting captaincy look better.. the team's on the wane. Aus ODI ranking is inflated by its wins against WI and Pak and now it is being exposed. Its time that Aus infused some youth into the side...

  • Marcio on November 4, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    So, Chaindra, if the Oz side is mediocre by world standards, what does that say about Sri Lanka, who beat them by one wicket with a miracle once in a liftetime late order surge;, or the Indian team in the first test that beat them by one wicket (again, a miracle come from behind win) and then conceded 290/3 in the one-dayer, then winning by just 1 over against a second 11 bowling attack? Finally, how do you explain the fact that Australia is ranked #1 in one dayers? Methinks that you are talking through prejudice, regardless of fact. Your comments about Ponting's sportsmanship are equally puerile. Beyond the last 20 minutes of the Sydney test 3 years ago, what has he done that is unsportsmanlike? Maybe its time you guys got the chip off the shoulder, and opened your eyes to what is real. Without Ponting's sporting decision to grant Laxman a runner in both innings of the first test in India, India would have lost the test, and possibly the series (pressure to win in the 2nd test).

  • on November 4, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Lankans on a Roll.... Its Impossible for the Aussies to Bounce back...

  • peter333 on November 4, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Oh , What has happened our cricket heros. We thought & act like mad bulls (in the past.) But Murali's team has taught us a lesson. We cant bear it (as always.)

    Darrel & Co

  • on November 4, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    a great win yar. meradepalpur.blogspot.com

  • catalyst213 on November 4, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    What a great match it was yesterday, I stopped watching when Sl were 107/8 but when had a look later and couldnt believe the turn around. Simply awsome it was. An Indian supporter for Sl.Go Lanka !!

  • on November 4, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    With the captaincy of Ponting it will be a great competition, this series will give a perfect view for the WC 2011..

  • Zookinii on November 4, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    It was a remarkable comeback by Sri Lanka in the end. Who would've thought they would have won that game? That ODI was probably one of the best I've seen all year. Kumar's comments about the top order failing are 100% correct though. It's times like this I wish Samaraweera was playing as he is perfect for coming in and stabilizing things, sadly he wasn't selected. I think instead of Chamara Silva maybe Chandimal or Jeevan can be given a game. It might be good to see Jayawardene open with Dilshan - but realistically speaking that wouldn't happen unless Tharanga is out of the game. And though I'm a fan of Tharanga I'm still not convinced of his capability in playing outside SL. Hope all goes well for the next match!

  • on November 4, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    sri lankans can go top of ODI ratings after won next 2 matches.

  • on November 4, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    I sure hope the Sri Lankan crowds travel to Sydney for the match, that was an INCREDIBLE atmosphere they created at the MCG. The Crowd cheers and the flags were truly amazing to behold, would have thought the match was in Colombo instead of Melbourne !!

  • Kencrick on November 4, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Beware of the Lions....look forward to it..

  • on November 4, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    real heros of today Maththews & Malinga smile after srilanka complited the win.

  • 9ST9 on November 4, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    It is tempting to have jeewan mendis in the line up but that would mean 6 bowlers and 5 batsman. Silva was obviously in the XI as he played well on the A tour to Aus and since he has been in touch during that tour worthwhile giving him another go. But yes the sydney pitch might assist mendis[jeewan]

  • Pramoda on November 4, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Some how Sri Lanka wins... its great.. but apart from Sanga and Mathews others are struggle to bat wel.I talk about the batting.. I think Silva must replace by Kapu or Chandimal.. Thisara also learn to play in every situations.. Not only hitting.. I prefered Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Sangakkara,Mahela,Mathews,Thisara,Randiv,Nuwan,Malinga,Murali... If Mathews fit to ball we can left Nuwan related to his current bad form.. But he is a great bowler..Because Mathews,Thisara,Nuwan all are same type bowlers, Its good to add Kapu.. He must improve his batting. He is also a great fielder..Sri Lanka some days struggle with their batting.. so its good to bat deep.. So when Mathews fit to bowl my lone up is Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Snga,Mahela,Mathews,Kapu,Thisara,Randiv,Malinga,Murali.. We have 6 bowlers with Dilshan to fill 50 overs..

  • Charindra on November 4, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    So where are all the other Ponting bashers now?? Ponting should give up captaincy and let Pup handle it ha? Let's face it, Clarke ain't ready, and Ponting ain't over. Ponting's batting is not as great or as good as Sachin and Lara, and he lacks sportsmanship, but let's give the devil its due. The guy is doing a tough job with a mediocre team. They're mediocre not just by Australian standards, but world standards. In fact, the only reason they're still fighting is because of the never-say-die Aussie attitude.

  • cricfan100 on November 4, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Snaga, no tharanga here after , such a lazy cricketer, and include chandimal instead of him. and give a chance to jeewan mendis as well. and let mahela open, that is where he is more comfortable. nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thranga here after.......................................

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Best of luck to Sanga, Mahela and the boys!!!!!!!! keep the winning habit intact :)

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Excellent performance by The Lankans they outplayed Aussies, they should concentrate on this series rather than the ashes. i am really dissapointed with some of the media, especially the indian based medias always try to ignore the Srilankan victories yesterday the match was live telecast in Star cricket but after that they dont even telecast the highlights but they did the repeat telecast of Kenya vs Ind 99 world cup match not less than 6 times in Star Cricket and ESPN . i wonder how many times a indian suppoter watch the same highlight again and again ..its not media justice

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    No body can deny the fact that Mathews and Malinga played a special knock, But yet Clarke's ineffective captaincy contributed more towards the Srilankan victory. Ponting z a totally different material. He z experienced and more aggressive as a captain compared to Clarke. Therefore there are all the possibilities for a strong Australian comeback tomorrow at the SCG. But again you v got to say that the Srilankans are the favorites on that spinner friendly surface.

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    we had the match all sewn up, & we let it slip through our fingers - i hope australia shows big improvement in next match against sri lanka

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  • on November 4, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    we had the match all sewn up, & we let it slip through our fingers - i hope australia shows big improvement in next match against sri lanka

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    No body can deny the fact that Mathews and Malinga played a special knock, But yet Clarke's ineffective captaincy contributed more towards the Srilankan victory. Ponting z a totally different material. He z experienced and more aggressive as a captain compared to Clarke. Therefore there are all the possibilities for a strong Australian comeback tomorrow at the SCG. But again you v got to say that the Srilankans are the favorites on that spinner friendly surface.

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    Excellent performance by The Lankans they outplayed Aussies, they should concentrate on this series rather than the ashes. i am really dissapointed with some of the media, especially the indian based medias always try to ignore the Srilankan victories yesterday the match was live telecast in Star cricket but after that they dont even telecast the highlights but they did the repeat telecast of Kenya vs Ind 99 world cup match not less than 6 times in Star Cricket and ESPN . i wonder how many times a indian suppoter watch the same highlight again and again ..its not media justice

  • on November 4, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    Best of luck to Sanga, Mahela and the boys!!!!!!!! keep the winning habit intact :)

  • cricfan100 on November 4, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Snaga, no tharanga here after , such a lazy cricketer, and include chandimal instead of him. and give a chance to jeewan mendis as well. and let mahela open, that is where he is more comfortable. nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thranga here after.......................................

  • Charindra on November 4, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    So where are all the other Ponting bashers now?? Ponting should give up captaincy and let Pup handle it ha? Let's face it, Clarke ain't ready, and Ponting ain't over. Ponting's batting is not as great or as good as Sachin and Lara, and he lacks sportsmanship, but let's give the devil its due. The guy is doing a tough job with a mediocre team. They're mediocre not just by Australian standards, but world standards. In fact, the only reason they're still fighting is because of the never-say-die Aussie attitude.

  • Pramoda on November 4, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Some how Sri Lanka wins... its great.. but apart from Sanga and Mathews others are struggle to bat wel.I talk about the batting.. I think Silva must replace by Kapu or Chandimal.. Thisara also learn to play in every situations.. Not only hitting.. I prefered Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Sangakkara,Mahela,Mathews,Thisara,Randiv,Nuwan,Malinga,Murali... If Mathews fit to ball we can left Nuwan related to his current bad form.. But he is a great bowler..Because Mathews,Thisara,Nuwan all are same type bowlers, Its good to add Kapu.. He must improve his batting. He is also a great fielder..Sri Lanka some days struggle with their batting.. so its good to bat deep.. So when Mathews fit to bowl my lone up is Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Snga,Mahela,Mathews,Kapu,Thisara,Randiv,Malinga,Murali.. We have 6 bowlers with Dilshan to fill 50 overs..

  • 9ST9 on November 4, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    It is tempting to have jeewan mendis in the line up but that would mean 6 bowlers and 5 batsman. Silva was obviously in the XI as he played well on the A tour to Aus and since he has been in touch during that tour worthwhile giving him another go. But yes the sydney pitch might assist mendis[jeewan]

  • on November 4, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    real heros of today Maththews & Malinga smile after srilanka complited the win.

  • Kencrick on November 4, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Beware of the Lions....look forward to it..