Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 3rd day December 16, 2012

'SL unlucky with reviews' - Dilshan


Tillakaratne Dilshan put Sri Lanka's misadventure with DRS down to misfortune. The team has made poor use of the review system in the Hobart test, failing to overturn any decisions with their three reviews while choosing not to review a call that would have been changed in their favour. Sri Lanka do not have the review system available in most home matches, largely because of the board's financial woes.

The visitors had been unsuccessful in their only review while bowling in the first innings, before both Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews unsuccessfully challenged lbw decisions that were found to be hitting the top of the stumps. Rangana Herath was also given out lbw, but had inside edged the ball onto his pads, and was unable to review the decision because Sri Lanka's reviews had already been spent.

Late in the day, Nuwan Kulasekara trapped Ed Cowan in front with a ball that straightened off the seam, but despite having both reviews available, Sri Lanka opted not to refer the decision to the third umpire.

"Everyone thought that the ball hit the bat," he said. "There were two sounds and we were in two minds. Now we know from TV that the sound was the bat hitting pad, but that's how the game goes. The reviews didn't come our way unfortunately, but I think we were just unlucky."

Dilshan was bullish about Sri Lanka's prospects in the Test, even if victory seems to quickly be slipping from their grasp. Sri Lanka conceded a first innings lead of 114, and trail by 141 at the end of day three, with all ten Australian second innings wickets intact. Australia lost Ben Hilfenhaus to a side strain, which will also make Sri Lanka's task easier in the fourth innings, Dilshan believed.

"Still the wicket is very good and the only thing is it was a little bit up and down. We'll have to see what target Australia will set us. First thing in the morning if we can take a couple of wickets we can put the pressure back on Australia. That will be our main target in the first session tomorrow.

"If they are giving us a target they have to know that they have only two genuine bowlers with Shane Watson. The wicket is still not helpful for the spinners - it is still a really good wicket. If the target is gettable we should go for it and try to win the Test."

Angelo Mathews helped Dilshan put on 161 on day three - a record for Sri Lanka in Australia, for any wicket. Mathews' share of the partnership was 75, and Dilshan lauded his teammate's maturity, after the pair had injected fight into Sri Lanka's performance, after having slipped to 87 for 4 at the end of day two. 

"It's good to see youngsters put their hands up. Especially Angelo, because he is being groomed to be the next captain and with the help of the senior players, he is batting really well. That's important for Sri Lankan cricket that youngsters are performing. Dimuth Karunaratne coming into the side is another plus point for us. In a few years time, players like myself, Sanga and Mahela will retire, and it's time we gave the young cricketers a chance."

Dilshan was visibly jubilant when he reached his first ton in Australia en route to 147, and backed his teammates to also find form as the tour progresses. Neither Kumar Sangakkara nor Thilan Samaraweera could progress into double figures in the first innings, while Mahela Jayawardene only made 12.

"Good thing for us is that they know how to adjust quickly and they know how to bat here. I have nothing to teach them about batting - both Sanga and Mahela have passed 10,000 runs."

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent

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  • Prashan on December 18, 2012, 16:15 GMT, Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan will soon be gone. They wont play even for more than one more year. We have Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Angelo Perera, Sachithra Senanayake, Roshan Jayatissa, Kaushal Janith all ready to takeover. Of course in the recent England India test series, unending umpiring howlers. If not for Dharmasena special, Alastair Cook would never fail in the Nagpur test. Nagpur test was just the tip of the iceberg. There were lot more howlers in the other 3 tests too.

  • Prashan on December 18, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @Narbavi, I also missed Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Atapattu too among greats who are hard to fill in. My Durban theory is spot on right. Have a close look at the South Africa 2nd innings and see the dismissal of De Villiers and Boucher. I dont want to waste my time as I have seen the match details many times. We played very well against Pakistan in Galle and Sanga was never helped by umpires in his 199. I dont care whether you disregard our achievement in Durban last year or our series win against Pakistan, but our wins will forever be registered.

  • Prashan on December 18, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, yeah India drew test series in Australia after playing how many test matches? HAHAHAHA! We have barely played a dozen tests in Australia so stop gloating. We have players to fill slots of Sangakkara and Mahela and we are fine. You dont know when Sri Lanka defeated India in a test match? Of course we beat you all in the Galle test in 2010 July. India of course won all tests in history due to umpiring help. India needs the help of 13 men to win matches and not 11.

  • Jojy on December 18, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Sinhaya mate, just checked up the cricinfo records, SL have won just 1 home series (against Pak this year) in the last 3 years......don't know why you keep boasting about your team! SL have done hardly anything of note in both home and away tests in the past few years!

  • Cric on December 18, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Sinhaya, don't know when cricinfo updates the comments that i have posted, it has been a long time now since i have posted some....looks like they are going to soon close comments for this column......all i want to tell you is to remember the old saying "those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones at others"!! I know you are waiting for everyone to post their comments before you give one final reply to everyone.....but at the end of the day you sound like a loser all the way and guess what your team SL lost today as well.....isn't that a lovely co-incidence? Hope that the scoreline in the test series against Aus does not end up as 3-0 thrashing!!

  • Ranveerr on December 18, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Sinhaya, in your post on Dec 17,2012 at 14.21 pm GMT you ended with a concluding statement that "So we(SL) have done well in test matches"......this must be the joke of the year 2012!! Please tell me the ICC test rankings of the SL team for the last 18 months.....were they in the top 2?...NO!! were they in the top 4.....?NO!! Have they been in the top 5 at all in the last 12 months....NO!! So i accept your famous conclusion "So we have done well in test matches" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

  • Jojy on December 18, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Mate Sinhaya, being an Aussie i suggest that you stop posting your comments on this column till the SL team wins something.....that will give you some bragging rights against the Indians!! Sorry to say this, but can't see the current SL team winning any of the test matches against Aus......better luck next time mate!!

  • shyam on December 18, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Sinhaya..ya ya ..srilank rebuildng team...when they rebuild team sangakara,jayavardane wil be aroiund 60 year old :)

  • shyam on December 18, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Sinhaya..srilanka still not won single test match in australia...:) now dnt give statistics .etc.. india already draw a series in asutralia ..

  • shyam on December 18, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    poor srilankan not ready to accept defeat ..dnt lie.. dnt knwo wehn srilank defeateed india in test match :) and lucky to defeat paksinta recently due to umpire help ...

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