Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide

Hungry hosts chase follow-up victory

Daniel Brettig

January 12, 2013

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Match facts

Ajantha Mendis celebrates a wicket, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 11, 2013
Ajantha Mendis will hope to have greater influence on the contest in Adelaide © Getty Images
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January 13, Adelaide Oval
Start time 1350 (0320 GMT)

Big Picture

Unjustly labelled a B-team ahead of the series opener in Melbourne, George Bailey's Australian side demonstrated plenty of hunger and no little skill in dispatching Sri Lanka by 107 runs at the MCG. The emphatic nature of the result, and the composure shown by the team in achieving it, reflected handsomely on the national selectors' decision to refresh the squad following six Tests, allowing Phillip Hughes and Bailey in particular to enhance their reputations as limited overs batsmen.

A calf injury to Mitchell Starc should mean further opportunity for the bowlers in the squad, as one of Ben Cutting or Kane Richardson will get the chance to charge in at the Sri Lankans in Adelaide. Ahead of the looming returns of the captain Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade to the squad, Bailey's team will be doubly keen to push on to another victory in game two, in order to give the selection panel further welcome headaches about their options. Not everyone excelled in Melbourne of course, with Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja especially enthused about the chance to make significant scores before they return to the reserves bench.

Sri Lanka's display in game one reflected the difficulties experienced by the Test team on harder, bouncier surfaces than they are used to at home. Also perplexing was the lack of impact provided by Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis. The likely loss of Dinesh Chandimal to a hamstring strain is a further source of consternation for the visitors, who must win or otherwise be only a game away from forfeiting the series.

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In the spotlight

Until he fashioned a direct hit run out from mid off as Sri Lanka's chase stalled badly in Melbourne, Usman Khawaja had not enjoyed the best of ODI debuts. With the likes of David Warner and Michael Clarke expected to come back into the squad for the third match in Brisbane and Phillip Hughes already staking his claim for a more permanent place with a century in Melbourne, Khawaja will want to argue his own case more forcefully with a substantial score in Adelaide, the scene of some of his most fruitful innings for New South Wales before his move to Queensland.

When Ajantha Mendis was called into the ODI side for Melbourne, leaving Rangana Herath to sit on the sidelines, figures of 1 for 62 from 10 overs were not the sorts of returns he was after. Though Mendis did not have much difficulty getting past Aaron Finch, he struggled for impact against the rest, as the Australians quickly found that the MCG pitch did not offer enough spin for the bowler's variations to be truly dangerous. Adelaide may be a somewhat different case however, as the surface generally offers a little more lateral deviation for slow bowlers.

Team news

Ben Cutting for the injured Mitchell Starc is the most likely change to Australia's line-up, though the call-up of Kane Richardson as cover fro Starc will tempt the selectors to play the 21-year-old South Australian on his home ground.

Australia (possible) 1 Phillip Hughes, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 David Hussey, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Ben Cutting, 10 Clint McKay, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Dinesh Chandimal's strained hamstring is Sri Lanka's major concern, with the uncapped Kushal Perera poised to come into the team for him in Adelaide. Rangana Herath may also be in line for a call-up.

Sri Lanka (possible) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Lahiru Thirimanne, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Kushal Perera (wk), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis.

Pitch and conditions

Adelaide's forecast is for a mild and overcast day, while the pitch can be expected to be dry, even and potentially offering a little more turn to the spin bowlers as the game goes on.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia have won seven of nine encounters with Sri Lanka in Adelaide, though the visitors have been victorious in two of the past three matches
  • Kushal Perera will be the fourth Sri Lankan to don the wicketkeeping gloves on this tour should he debut in Adelaide
  • Mahela Jayawardene needs 29 runs to go past Adam Gilchrist and move into third on the list of alltime ODI run scorers in matches between Australia and Sri Lanka


"The confidence is quite high. I've never played an international game at Adelaide Oval, so it's something I'm really looking forward to. I really can't wait to get there on Sunday and hopefully score another big one and set up hopefully another win."
Phillip Hughes

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Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 13, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Popcorn- Finch deserved his shot because he has dominated at domestic level. If Khawaja followed through with the same domination he would be given extra oportunities. He is not in our best one-day side so he needs to take any opportunity given. Also stop your bleating about the runout it was Khawaja's fault and all but Khawaja supporters agree with that.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

1.TM Dilshan, 2.WU Tharanga(WK) 3. DPMD Jayawardene 4. Lahiru Thirimanne 5. Angelo Mathews 6. BAW Mendis 7. MF Maharoof 8.Thisara Perera 9. S Randiv 10. KMDN Kulasekara 11. SL Malinga

Posted by popcorn on (January 13, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Aaron Finch should be dropped.He may have performed well in the Ryobi One Day Cup, but when it comes to the Big Stage - International Cricket, he has failed on both occasions - MCG and Adelaide.

Posted by popcorn on (January 13, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

I continue to maintain that the Selectors are giving a raw deal to Usman Khawaja. He has been UNFAIRLY dropped for the second ODI. He did not get a chance to exhibit his skillsbecause his rival, Phil Hughes ran him out. There was no need to take Steve Smith fotr the second ODI - he is useless with the bat and ball, and been given ENOUGH opportunities. Sic.

Posted by PFEL on (January 13, 2013, 3:33 GMT)

Looks like the selectors agree with me about Khawaja. . . not even playing. Steve Smith is a much better One Day player anyway. Better Bat, Fielder and can bowl.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Malinga should bowl like he bowled in BBL, come on Malinge this is also a cricket match no mater if it is not a BBL or IPL match, but at least give your best for your team, where are the magic balls now??????

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 3:22 GMT)

In the Adelaide ODI against Sri Lanka last year the people of Adelaide were treated to a spectacular century by Micheal Clarke. One year later, Michael Clarke is still in magnificent form but the people of Adelaide, and the TV audience across Australia and the world over will be deprived of getting to see Clarkey in action

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 13, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

It is the B-Team though. Doesn't mean it's a bad team.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 13, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

As for that the Aussie fellow (I assume he's Aussie - and a 'he') who is complaining about SL being too poor and that they shouldn't be coming here so much - the series is not over yet! Both AUS and SL are going through rebuilding phases, so have a little compassion for our friends from up north. Here's hoping for a close game today!

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 2:35 GMT)

Today, hope to win this match by sri lankans. in 2010 Decemberat MCG our team showed who we are. beware of lions

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

no aggression has left in Sri lankan team.. only defensive shots.. thats why we lost all 3 tests and one day match.. mahela and company should remember that dot ball can not give runs... there is no reason to watch further SL matches if they loose again to AUS... but hope SL will win today.. best of luck for today game...

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

where is cameron white and steve smith..

Posted by MadAboutLanka on (January 13, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Play up, play up and play the game chaps.... what the heck has happened to Sri Lanka's game? They look a sorry and dejected lot who have forgotten their natural talent. Mahela also seems a little jaded now and I will not be surprised if he retires from all forms of the game after this series.....

Posted by hyclass on (January 13, 2013, 1:28 GMT)

The author of this article seems to believe that Khawaja is on a last chance, given the return of the main group of players in the 3rd ODI. Certainly, Khawaja running himself out for 3 in Melbourne and reinforcing Chairman of Selectors Inverarity's publicly stated low opinion of his running didnt help his cause. In fact a review of his innings for Australia in Test and ODI's reveals he has made 266 runs from 12 innings at 26.6 and a S/R of 39. His last 1st class game vs NSW saw him make a second ball duck and a painful 39 ball innings of 8. His season average stands at 39 to complement last seasons average of 29. These low numbers have seen his 1st class average fall from 54 to 43-an 11 run drop over the last 2 years. The good news is that he is playing a weak, beaten and cowed SL side on a famously flat pitch with short square boundaries. Most 1st class batsmen cash in at the Adelaide Oval.I cant imagine a better opportunity for any aspiring player of merit. Khawaja must deliver.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

I expect Shaminda Eranga to make it to the team. 3 pacers and a spinner should be good for SL with Perera and Jeevan Mendis combining for the 5th bowler. Aus on the other hand are spoilt for choice. It is only a matter of time before Finch and Khwaja come good. Is Hastings injured? Why isnt he in the team? I wonder what happened to the likes of Adam Voges. He wasnt bad enough to be aggressive batsman and an excellent fielder..and does anyone remember Callum Ferguson? He burst into the international scene with 50's in almost every game and got injured.

Posted by SLsupport on (January 13, 2013, 1:09 GMT)

@Perera32 - I also think opening bowling with perera would be a good idea.because i always feel malinga only takes wickets at the end, which is too late.

Posted by grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr on (January 13, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

Australia wont lose a game simple as that the aussie could feild a c lass country team and still bet these little fellas..

Posted by BravoBravo on (January 12, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

State of SL cricket is in shambles. I dont think they will win ODI series even. The problem with SL cricket is that they played too much cricket (test and ODI) with the mediocre team IND between 2003-2011. That non competitivenes inflicted heavily on SL cricket. By playing with SL, IND became ICC #1 ranking in Test and SL became #2. After that mediocre IND is struggling to keep #6 position and SL is just going through motions. In ODI, IND and SL were finalist in recent world cup and eveyone knows where the finalist stand now. SL is ahead in T20 ranking, reason is simple that they did not play that much with IND. SL played T20 with top teams like WI, PAK, AUS, SA, ENG.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 12, 2013, 22:45 GMT)

I dont mind Khawaja and definetely believe he should be playing the next test. One-day Im not so sure. But every article appears to be hijacked by the Khawaja supporters stating the same statements over and over again. Then after the last game the continual great run-out (It was good but there was at least 50 players in Australia who could have pulled it off) and he was unlucky (yes he was but blaming Hughes seems ridiculous as he should have made it back but for poor technique). So many exactly worded posts on Khawaja that Im sorry but Im getting sick of him. Can the supporters of Khawaja wait for him to do something before getting carried away.

Posted by Mitch069 on (January 12, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

@HycIass i also remember that you were critical of Khawaja and Hughes but good to see you acknowledge the hard work both have done in particular Khawaja who has come a long way under Lehman. @land47 i do agree that its time for the youngsters to convert their domestic form into international and I predict both Hughes and Khawaja will do it at the ODI and test level and both will be key players for the ashes. I have my tickets for today and it should be a cracker of a game.

Posted by yasask on (January 12, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Dimuth karunaratne is in such good form, and he looks like a fine odd player with attacking and aggressive abilities. He should replace tharanga. Also, if mindis fails again in is game, he should be replaced by Akila dananjaya.

Posted by ravikul on (January 12, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Mahela and co...what was missing was your controlled aggresstion.... what I mean is you need to be attacking and proactive (not defensive and reactive).... that's how you win with Aussis..... you guys have absolute talent and the Sri Lankan grit.... "fight fire with fire" you got to make thing happen and not wait it to happens.... want to see you guys talking more...encourraging each other more....! Wish you and team success....! Ravi k

Posted by Cvic on (January 12, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

lot of people questioning why Tharanga is playing? but his records against Australia (in Australia) not that bad 11 Matches 10 innings 1 no 297 runs 86* HS 33.00 Avg 62.00 SR. i think he should play but not as an opener. with his confidence level he will not productive as an opener. sometimes back SL was one of most innovative team. They discovered the skill of Jayasuriya and promote him to open the batting. When they had tough time in Australia during 95/96 they discovered the most explosive combination by promoting kaluwitharana as an opener. injuries and constant failures of Hathurusinghe create an opportunity discover one of critical success factor for 96 world cup victory. later they found another good combination by promoting Atapattu to top. Every dark cloud has a silver line only thing you need to think out of box. If Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana delivered results. why they do not try Jeevan Mendis as an opener. don't know whether he will be next Jayasuriya?

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (January 12, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

Learn fron Dhoni mr. mahela... Even if u cant win, at least try to fight till the end...

Posted by Perera32 on (January 12, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

I don't see the passion Mahela had when he was in Australia during the commonwealth back series last year. It looks like Mahela is in a hurry to give up the captaincy by the looks of his last outing, what was he thinking giving a spinner the last over of the innings!!. If Sri lanka want to win, then Mahela needs to open with Dilshan and drop Tharanga down to number 6. Open the bowling with Kulasekara and Thisara and leave Malinga for the middle and end.

Posted by Cvic on (January 12, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Agree with you lukecannon it was not the only match chandimal involve in run outs and same thing happened earlier as well. there is a team to support so they have to address this cos Chandimal still going thro his learning curve.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Please find out which side Malinga is playing for before letting him play tonight.

Posted by landl47 on (January 12, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

With Chandimal injured, it's hard to see SL coming back to win the series, though in the shorter formats every match is winnable if a couple of players have good games. SL would be better off picking Herath instead of Mendis the mystery spinner, whose mystery is that he flips his fingers but never turns the ball. Treat him as a slow seamer, wait for the ball and blast it out of the park, as David Hussey demonstrated.

I hope the selectors won't overlook Cutting. He'll be 26 in a couple of weeks, has put in several years of good work and deserves a chance. Richardson hasn't done much as yet and hasn't the experience to justify selection.

The debate about Khawaja will continue until he makes some runs at international level. Of course he has the ability to do so, but ability at domestic level doesn't always translate into international runs, where mental toughness is so important. Just mention Hicks and Ramprakash to England fans!

Posted by miles100 on (January 12, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

SL's fast bowling for one day is better than SL's fast bowling for test. But I cannot believe what Mahela did in the last over of the first ODI in Melbourne, knowing that on Australian soil there is a bigger chance of a spinner getting blasted in the last over of the innings especially when you have in-form batsmen in the middle. Mahela gambles a lot. Mahela may argue that his fast bowler Thisara or Mathews was expensive in the middle overs that day. But he would have been better off even with the worse fast bowler bowling the last over than the best spinner. Making 5 to 10 mistakes similar to this in particular in one match is what's costing SL the win. Countries like India, even Pakistan, Australia, SA, England makes less mistakes than SL when they play against SL.For some reason these countries hate to loose to us(SL).Our team is very generous to these countries gifting away the victories.Not sure whether it will become a new trend being generous to west Indies after WC final.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 12, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Hoping for a 4-1 win to the mighty Lankans. I will not accept anything less. A 3-2 win will not make any statements and not make up for the 3-0 whitewash . A 4-1 win followed by a 2-0 win in the 20-20 please. Come on Mahela do it for the proud Lankans. We must believe we can.

Posted by Sugath on (January 12, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

From the word go in this tour if one analyzes, unwise selection even from the team in Australia for each match has been the main course. Tour selection team bungled selection for third test which we should have won easily. Inability to make mind on when to call for DRS bungled the on-field performance as well. THen the first ODI, when Lanka should have played Herath and Akila, they were kept in cold storage and some who are in BBL selected. WE now know how they performed. With Dinuka in such fine form, he was kept away and Tharanga taken. For heavens sake include Dinuka, Herath and Akila in place of Kula, Jeevan and Tharanga or else it will be 2-0 by tomorrow night

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

I have to agree with Hyclass in that Khawaja and Hughes are the future of our batting lineup and unlike others on the website(i.e PELS) who wish others to fail I wish both of them all the best for the Adelaide test and for the upcoming Indian series as we will need both of them to be on top of their game. I remember well that Hyclass used to have alot of critisms of Khawaja and Hughes but now acknowledges their improvements which is fantastic to see. Similarly I was critical of Clarke when he became captain but you can't deny he is all class now and a very good captain. Its exciting times to be a batsman in domestic cricket now and these 2 are certainly the best among them.

Posted by vmystic on (January 12, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

I think Aus is having a great summer and sri lanka is having a bad one. therefore when a team is down keep them down and thats what australia is doing to the lankans. I hope to see dilshann come good and take over the series. I am talking from a WI fan

Posted by hycIass on (January 12, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

The fact is that if you look at my blogs from 1-2 years back I was very crtical of Khawaja where i beleived he was not putting his full talent to use and my widely known critisms of his trigger technique. But you have to give credit where its due and under boof he looks like a much more aggressive and confident player who has dominated not only his traditional shield tally but also Ryobi cup and Big Bash which were not his forte. I believe in giving credit where its due unlike the newly created Hyclass who are only critising certain players such as Khawaja and Hughes. I think both these guys are now the future of Australian batting and they will show their true colours in Adelaide. @PFELS you will be pleasently surprised by Khawaja over the coming 12 months as i predict both him and Hughes will be among our best batsman in the Ashes.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (January 12, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

@Hyclass you need to get your own name mate, I am sure i have seen HyIclass way before you came online so i think you might be the imposter. HyIclass used to be very critical about khawaja but as he made shield runs this year he started giving him more credit simply because he is performing and i was in the same boat as well. Khawaja has scored heavily in both shield and Ryobi and i think he will crack a big one tomorrow against a strong Sri Lankan attack that has Malinga, Mendhis and Herath and even if he doesn't at 26 he has a huge future ahead of him regardless of your unfair attacks. Also looking forward to seeing Hughes rack up another century tomorrow, how good is he looking at the moment.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

my odi team:1)dilshan 2)thisara perera 3)sangakkara 4)chandimal 5)sachithra serasinghe 6)angelo mathews 7) angelo perera 8)jeewan mendis 9)nuwan kulasekara 10)rangana herath 11) malinga

Posted by hyclass on (January 12, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

@PFEL...I think there's every chance that you are correct about Khawaja's chances.According to this article,it's increasingly a make or break game for him and I tend to agree.He will never have a better opportunity than a relatively weak & cowed SL attack on the famously flat Adelaide strip.Having run himself out in Melbourne & having a mediocre Shield season,he must succeed or go. I thought you might enjoy hearing from the real Hyclass and not the fanatical multi-profile emulating Khawaja-file who regularly poses his own questions and then agrees with himself, as long as it promotes Khawaja.It should be instantly obvious to the sharp-eyed, that he has been forced to use a capitial 'I' in his HycIass name because the one with the 'l' was already taken by me.His only interest is in refuting my observations and promoting Khawaja.Try looking at some of his older blogs.Its amusing.Interestingly,Ive been assured by site administrators that software to follow profile names arrives soon.

Posted by kc69 on (January 12, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

And they said Malinga and Mendis will give them an easy

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Mahela shouldnt play the rest of ODI'S See his average test matches in this serious

Posted by kc69 on (January 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT)

Well it may not be possible in Jungle but in cricket Baby Kangroo's is knocking out Old and weak lions.

Posted by kc69 on (January 12, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@Herath-UK its really funny when you can compare Sri Lanka and India even though your team is going down.Fun part is India atleast has a few yougsters who are performing or willing to perform just like Aussie's wheras the case for Lankan's is quite opposite.Hope they atleast win a single match this series.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 12, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

1. Thirrimanne 2. Dilshan 3. *Chandimal* 4. Mahela 5. Matthews 6. Kushal 7. Thisara Perera 8. Jeevan Mendis 9. Kulasekara 10. Malinga 11. Agantha Mendis If Chandimal does not play then Mahela moves up and Tharanga goes in at 4. We must bat second to prove that we are a great ODI side since batting second will be a bit tough.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 12, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

@jonesy2, Welcome back. There's an article featuring Ian Healy you may enjoy reading. ...

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 12, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

It was a poor show by the Lankans but then felt more sympathetic towards the indians seeing them in the doldrums they are in, losing in their home ground.Feel happy that England are making a very good progress in the one day arena and they are definitely a force to reckon with,come 2015 WC.I agree if Tharanga does not contribute in the next match he needs to be axed.Should consider getting better out of Thisara by sending him early and giving him more responsibility.The line up should change according to the match situation and he probably should have come out before Mathews in the last game to make an impact.Mathew is another chap who contributes once in a blue moon. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 12, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

We just want SL to win and be happy. So we got no choice other than supporting SL. Please don't disappoint us guys. You guys are champions. We need to have a winning streak to win the next world cup final. Otherwise we will always have better team than us on that day..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 12, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Total No of ODI played by the entire Baby Kanagroo team is less than that of Mahela's only.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 12, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

This would be another great victory for Baby Kangaroos. Adelaide is a paradise for fast bowlers. Fast bowlers of Baby Kangaroos are much much better than those of Lions. 5 deliveries in the over are on target from Aussie Bowlers where as 5 deliveries were rubbish in the over from SL fast men. That is the difference. Drop both Malinga and Kula and bring 2 new fastmen for SL to make a surprise. Then the fielding. SL hasn't gone down to current worst level in fielding from my memory. Even 1 throw out of 10 could not hit the stumps from SL whereas Aussies hit stumps almost every throw. Lalith - Sydney

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

Ausis r 2 strong at their home ground for lankins

Posted by popped on (January 12, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

@ dunger.bob absolutely agree with you buddy

Posted by popped on (January 12, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

Nothing perplexing about malinga not making an impact I have noticed with alarm for quite sometime now that he only gives 110% for his franchise teams only seems to be suddenly " out of form " 95 % of the time he plays for this country Strange indeed!!

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 12, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Really do not understand people asking for Tharanga to be kept in the side. He didn't make any runs last year when he opened in Australia and was always caught behind.He must not play next because he will just get out the same way. But I really hope I'm wrong and he goes onto make a descent score. Without Chandimal we look ordinary. Thirimanne must open since he can't accelerate when required in the middle order. But hope my man Chandimal can play. Love watching him bat. Just class.

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

There's a alot of talk about Australian B side beating SL. It's not quite true. McKay, Johnson, Starc always perform against SL, so they would have played anyway with Doherty. Plus Finch, Hughes, Khawaja are in a better limited overs form than most of the rested players. In a nutshell, this Australian side is as strong as the first choice side, therefore all the B side talks are nonsense!

Posted by PFEL on (January 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

I predict Khawaja to either (a) get out early, or (b) make a decent score but waste a lot of time getting there, eg. 75 from 95 balls

Posted by   on (January 12, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

we need to bring youngers to the team,evean we lost or win

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 12, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

I'm not trying to be nasty or anything but I can't see the result being too much different to the first game. SL will get closer if they can stop running each other out but I think they are shot ducks mentally and don't really believe they can win. .. not that deep down in your toenails kind of belief. .. I sort of hope I'm wrong about that but you can see the problems the Aussie quicks have posed to the Lankans campaign and I reckon it has just about sucked the juice out of them. .. if SL wins tomorrow I'll have egg on my face but I'll be happy to wear it. .. btw I can't see complacency in the Aussie camp being an issue either. Nearly every player in the side has something big to prove.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 12, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

My predictions tomorrow, Khawaja and Finch to get big scores. For the bowling Cutting and Johnson to have good games. And now that we won the first game convincintly the public will realise that this is a very good team in form and ready to win against a quality Sri Lankan team, i expect Sri Lanka to be very tough in the coming games, the toss will make a big difference, team batting first will win. The short boundaries on the square leg will suit the pull shot and that's where Khawaja and Finch can dominate. Hughes might also cut alot but they might not ball to his strenghts.

Posted by PFEL on (January 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Yes @HycIass, i did watch the game, i was a couple rows back. And 10 balls is plenty of time to tell if someone is "looking ordinary". Hughes looked fantastic early on, Khawaja didn't. He shouldn't even be close to the ODI team regardless.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

I have seen Richardson do some damage against the Bulls and i think he will do well, Cutting should get a go tomorrow too. I am also predicting a big one from Khawaja and Bailey too . Its a batting pitch so expect big runs tomorrow although Malinga and Mendhis will be a handful and our bowlers won't be easy to get away too. Expecting a sold out match.@Ross Khawaja's and Maxwell's fiedling was brilliant in game 1 and expect more of the same from our boys. Looking forward to the game.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 12, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

Nathan Coulter-Nile River or James Faulkner should be playing.

Posted by Mitch069 on (January 12, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

@Hyclass agree with you mate, i am predicting a big one from Khawaja too and also Hughes given its his homeground match. Its a batting pitch so expect big runs tomorrow although Malinga and Mendhis will be a handful and our bowlers won't be easy to get away too. Expecting a sold out match.@dan1234 Khawaja's fiedling was brilliant in game 1 and his runnign between wickets will be great, wait till he gets some time in the middle.

Posted by tallgrass on (January 12, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

As usual all that pre-match hype about one day specialists boosting SL has come to nothing. Sick of this undue praise for players like Tharanga, Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath. Agree with Sinhaya Dimuth should have been retained as the opener...just as he got some self belief the poor guy gets dropped. And with little or no tests next year he will just rust away in the sidelines. His technique and stroke play is a million times better than Paranavithana, Tharanga and Vandort and Waranapura combined!

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

HyClass like you mate I expect a big innings from Khawaja tomorrow, his felidng was fantastic with his run out of Dilshan a game changer as Sri Lanka were looking good at that stage but i am sure he will be on top tomorrow. Just needs to make sure the top order communicates and trust each other when running between wickets. I am looking forward to seeing Richardson as well, given its his home match in Adelaide he might get a run with someone like Mckay possibly rested.

Posted by hycIass on (January 12, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

I am expecting a big innings from Khawaja, watch out for him tomorrow as he has been one of the in form batsman of Ryobi cup. He was going to get a big one in Melbourne had he not been unlucky with his dive. PFEL Khawaja faced less then 10 balls and was unlucky to be run out yet somehow he looked ordinary to you, did you watch the game. Also expecting big things from Cutting tomorrow.Can't wait.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

@Rise-of-Sinhaya; Agree with you mate. I also back up Upul Tharanga. See the performance of Mahela also in this seiries. So it is fair to give Upul another chance. Hope he can make a 50+ score in next match.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

After this tour, Mahela is no more our captain. As a result Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela have to be among runs consistently to fix their places in the team. IT is youngsters duty to show their colors & add some pressure on the seniors. It is going to be a big positive for Sri Lanka. I feel that Mahela, Dilshan & Sanga have to work hard in coming years to retain in the team.

Posted by dan1234 on (January 12, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Would like to see Khawaja at least look like he can rotate the strike. He just doesn't look for any easy singles early in his innings, just knocks it away and hold the 'pose' for too long.

Posted by PFEL on (January 12, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Khawaja looked ordinary. Hopefully Finch can get a big score though. This would be my full stregnthAussie ODI team: 1. Warner, 2. Hughes, 3. Finch, 4. Clarke, 5. Bailey, 6. D.Hussey, 7. Wade, 8. Johnson, 9. Starc, 10. McKay, 11. Doherty. With Watson to come in later if in form, and reserve quicks like Pattinson, Hilfenhaus, Harris. Dave Hussey is a better bowler than Maxwell, by far.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

We have the talent & feel can win the next match. But it should be a hard work. We have the skills, but we badly need a win to achieve the winning momentum back.

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

I believe, Tharanga should be given a chance to go! According to the situation, it is better to open the innings by Mahela/Dilshan. It is sad to see the absence of Chandi for the next match. Hope he recover well. I stressed that, it is better if we can use Chandimal as a specialist batsman. Please, select another guy for wicket keeping. Give more oportunities to groom chandimal as a specialist batsman. He can be a world class batsman. Please don't overutilize him. He is an asset for SL. See what happened to Sangakkara after promoting as a specialist batsman. We can use Kusal as our ODI wicket keeper. Please, please, don't use Chandimal as awicket keeper & destroy him. He is a world class batsman with excellent wicket keeping skills. But use him purely as a batsman & don't over utilize him. Keep in mind this is a team game. Otherwise he may subjected to lot of injuries. He is a asset & we must priotect him.

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

@ Htc-Android: be happy he still averages 34, Sanath never managed to average more than 30 for most part of his career, MJ only recently improved his batting average from 32 or 33, so we must play him

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Tomorrow we should improve by losing by 60-70 runs, gradually if we show this improvement we can win the final odi which will be a huge boost to win the t20 series

Posted by colombo_SL on (January 12, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Come on Sri Lanka! Make Sunday is funday for us. We badly need a win here for a turnaround. Hope you will do it on Sunday!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 12, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

AUS will win..........................................

Posted by ShehanJ on (January 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Most SL fans felt good making themselves believe that the loss in the first ODI was due only to the three run outs. On paper the SL team might look good with lots of experience...but the Aussie team is far more committed, a far superior fielding side and also playing in conditions that favour them. If Aus are as committed as they were on Friday, they should win tomorrow as well. The sad fact is that Malinga plays well only when he plays for the IPL or Big Bash and Ajantha Mendis is a mystery to batsmen only when he bowls in the sub-continent.

Posted by durkheim on (January 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Strange Aus have overlooked Bird and Siddle. Agree with comments on Tharanga, he is unable to move his feet and as a result he will constantly find himself caught behind/in slips - he needs to rectify this or he will really struggle on Australian soil. This lack of footwork is reminiscent of Sehwag, and look how Sehwag has performed outside of the subcontinent.. Thirimanne opening seems a good choice. Jeevan also really needs to step up and make some big scores, he seems to have far more talent than his stats suggest. SL will also need Perera to bat far more sensibly than he did yesterday. His role in the team appears to be somewhat undefined. Mahela is reluctant to use him as a bowler (he was the 6th bowler to bowl yesterday) and he does not seem to have the temperament as a batsman. He was unable to reign himself in and bat for a lengthy time as was required from him yesterday. Let's hope SL can straighten out all these issues and that we can have a good game of cricket!

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Not particularly bothered about the results in these but more of the same intensity from Australia would be good. More important are good performances by Finch, Khawaja & Maxwell (bat and ball). Looking forward to seeing Cutting here & particularly in Brisbane & wouldn't be in any hurry to rush back Clarke, Warner & Wade just yet. Hopefully we will see Richardson a bit later with Starc & Johnson taking a break & Nathan Coulter-Nile being given a run out against the Windies.

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 12, 2013, 5:49 GMT)

definitely a case to play richardson as well as cutting and have mitch at 7. although dropping a batsman would be near impossible

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

@Htc-Android, I fully agree with you. Tharanga may be better for tests once Dilshan retires. Chandimal has his best scores outside the sub continent in testing conditions in England, Australia and SA. He only has just one fifty in SL. It shows he can be a future prospect on bouncy pitchers. Three out of his 4 test fifties are outside Asia. But I doubt if Chandimal will play tomorrow. I think Adelaide wicket being spinner friendly will help Mendis more tomorrow. Yesterday's MCG pitch had nothing for the spinners.

Posted by Htc-Android on (January 12, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

if chandimal is fit he should play as a specialist batsman and kushal can keep wickets. Chandimal has been batting well in these australian wickets and we just cant afford to lose him anymore. please drop tharanga. he is just a walking wicket. he is been very mediocre as an opening batsman. Look at his stats. he plays most of the matches as an opener and he averages only 34 at a strike rate of 73. He will score a half century once in every 20 innings and our caption will keep on picking him all the other youngsters. My team. 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Dinesh chandimal, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Kushal Perera (wk), 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis/Rangana herath

Posted by lukecannon on (January 12, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Tharanga must be moved down the order. find some form Tharanga. You are like a walking wicket.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 12, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

We made yet another mistake by sending Dimuth Karunaratne home. He was well used to the conditions. Getting Upul Tharanga down should not have happened. Getting Hughes and Bailey out early is the key for us tomorrow. If they settle down, game will be out of reach for us. We are better off batting first and posting 270 at least to be safe. Malinga better impress or if not it is obvious that his commitment is mainly for local T20s and not for the country. Hope Kushal Perera can cash in on the opportunity. It was pathetic that 3 out of our first 5 wickets were due to run outs yesterday. Better not run should we hit the ball to Maxwell's almighty hands.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

At the End of Second Match it would be 2-0 for Australia.

Posted by lukecannon on (January 12, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Good luck SL. Mahela Jayawardene, sir if you are reading this Please try to understand what SL fans are hoping for and give it the very best fight you have. Please don't fall like a pack of cards. When a wicket is lost SL youngsters must shift gears and try to build a partnership so that you can launch an atack whenever required irrespective of the fact whether they are chasing or batting first. We lost wickets in clusters the otherday 2s and 3s at a time. Chandimal is a top contender for the batsman who runs out his partner along with Gambhir. Why would you take a step and shout "yea" then take another step and scream "no". Just look at the ball and notice where the fielder is and if it's there you CALL and run. If it's not you SHOUT "No" . Simple. Lower order has to put their hands up and try to fight. Somebody should teach Thisara it's not all about swinging. Take the game to the last 5 overs and launch. Some quick boundaries and the Aussies would have been under pressure.

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