Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Melbourne

Australia aim to level series

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

January 27, 2013

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Match facts


Dinesh Chandimal caught Aaron Finch, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 11, 2013
Aaron Finch is yet to really grab his opportunities in the national team this summer © Getty Images
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January 28, MCG
Start time 1935 (0835 GMT)

Big Picture

Sri Lanka's impressive all-round performance in the first match in Sydney has given them a 1-0 lead and their tour of Australia ends with the possibility of making it 2-0 during the final game at the MCG. Whatever happens in Melbourne, Sri Lanka will remain the world's No.1-ranked Twenty20 side and Australia will stay at No.7, but for Angelo Mathews' men this is an opportunity to at least claim superiority over Australia in one format on this tour. For Australia, victory or defeat in this outing means little in itself, but for individual players it is a means to show the selectors why they should win further opportunities. Australia have few T20 engagements this year and for men like Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Adam Voges, James Faulkner, Ben Cutting and Ben Laughlin, every game is a chance to firm up a claim on a T20 position for future contests. After all, the next World T20 tournament is only just over a year away.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
Australia LLLWW
Sri Lanka WLWWW

In the spotlight

Aaron Finch is a batsman of enormous potential but he hasn't shown his best during his outings against Sri Lanka so far this month. A clean striker who hit the roof of Melbourne's Etihad Stadium while playing for the Renegades this season, Finch has the potential to be a an important top-order man for Australia's T20 side alongside David Warner and, when he returns, Shane Watson. He just needs to grab his opportunity.

Before the limited-overs games began, Kushal Perera was almost unheard of in Australia. But when he got a chance in the ODIs due to Dinesh Chandimal's injury, he showed himself to be a promising strokemaker as well as gloveman. On T20 international debut in Sydney, he made a crisp 33 from 22 balls opening the batting and was a key factor in Sri Lanka's chase going so smoothly.

Team news

James Faulkner was the 12th man for the first game and he is likely to be included for this match. Ben Laughlin, who struggled to replicate his BBL form in Saturday's game in Sydney, could be the man to miss out.

Australia (possible) 1 David Warner, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 George Bailey (capt), 5 Adam Voges, 6 Matthew Wade (wk), 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Ben Cutting, 9 James Faulkner, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Xavier Doherty.

Sri Lanka's success in Sydney might encourage them to retain the same side, although after the victory the captain Angelo Mathews said Tillakaratne Dilshan would need to be assessed, having been struck in the face by a bouncer from Laughlin. "Not really sure. The physio will have a look at him and we'll decide tomorrow or the day after," Mathews said of Dilshan's availability.

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

Pitch and conditions

The pitch at Sydney's Olympic Stadium was a little up-and-down and the MCG should provide a slightly truer batting surface. "I think it will be a little bit flatter in Melbourne," said Glenn Maxwell, who has played plenty of T20 at the MCG with the Melbourne Stars. "I think it will be a lot more consistent and there will be a lot more runs scored." The weather forecast for Monday is clear.

Stats and trivia

  • In the first match, David Warner's unbeaten 90 from Australia's total of 137 was the highest percentage of a team's total ever scored by one batsman in a T20 international
  • Only three members of Australia's team for the first game in Sydney had played at least 10 T20 internationals; by contrast, Sri Lanka's side featured only one - Kushal Perera - who had not played at least 10
  • John Ward will be making his debut as an international umpire in this match. He will be the 11th Australian umpire to stand in a T20 international, the record number for any one country

Quotes

"Very disappointing. We felt like we got outplayed in all three forms [batting, bowling an fielding], which is not a good thing"
Glenn Maxwell on the Sydney loss

"I think we're a very good unit when it comes to the one-day and T20, but I wouldn't say that it is at the expense of Test cricket."
Angelo Mathews

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Posted by SuperSharky on (January 28, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

Thank heavens Channel 9 is 'so called' biased and giving us the kangaroo view rather than some rock in eskimo-land's view. Personally I prefer channel 9's commentators and think that they have some of the best cricket commentators in the world. Not only can they spur up those who want to be spurred up, but they have seen a lot of good cricket and talk with experience. And the odd tale is always also welcomed. Actually I like all cricket nations' commentators and prefer to listen to the host nations leading commentator's channel. Biased or non-biased, in the end you get international language spirit of cricket.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

Jayzuz - The list of offensive items is large, Johnson breaking fingers, wearing squash balls in the gloves, not playing on a wet pitch, commentators saying thats Crazy which actually meant unbelievable, not calling the ramp the dilscoop although 100's of players are using it. You name it, to some Sri Lankans whatever you say is offensive.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 28, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

The channel 9 commentators are fine. You are always going to be biased towards the country you played for, but some SL fans just seem to be obsessed with the idea everything is unfair. One here whinged that it was absurd that one suggested that AUS would be with a chance if they got a wicket when SL needed about 15 off the last two overs. They didn't say AUS were going to win, nor that they were about to take s wicket. In fact what they said was perfectly reasonable. The problem here was not the commentators, but those condemning them merely for doing their job.

Posted by AshD on (January 28, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@Harshanie Pereira : MCG crowd at boxing day - 67000. (Whole test match - over 110,000) Do you get that many people for your home test matches even if you consider all your matches in an year... ???? ha ha... Keep dreaming...Advice for u - Try to improve test cricket, otherwise there will be no 'cricket' in the future... just some wielding of a bat - I.E. T20...

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Harshani - Your right we are playing so poor so why have you only beat us in a meaningless T20. You couldnt beat us in the one-dayers and you were flogged in the tests. We're saying if you need Channel 9 to telecast dont get so pissed off with the commentary, I saw heaps of excitement from the commentators towards Dilshan ramp shot and Malingas bowling. It will always be biased as its Australian commetary for Australian audiences.

Posted by sydneysider1 on (January 28, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

What is happening with channel 9 commentators all the comments are one-sided, atlases they have to think of getting a one commentators from any other country. This is only happening in Aus. It is becoming a joke now. Channels 9 really need to think what they have to do next summer.

Posted by rohan024 on (January 28, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

@ BDForever - One thing you can be assured about is that no matter how hard you try to peck up BD on ur imaginary list in any format , Bangladesh will Forever be the last on the list. No:4 today but it could be No:8 or No:18 depending upon when other countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Malaysia start playing cricket.

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

@ Penny_Panther some years ago people like u were saying sl cricket will never come to certain level now entire world talk about this young talent , now u talking about finance situation of sl cricket. Wait for few years aus cricket will ask us to send some spectators to ur country (the way aus players playing it will chase all the aus spectators from da ground)

Posted by ruwanrw on (January 28, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@ Mr.niceguy abs. true about commentators. should mix the commentators between playing countries, @ Dona007 will take month or two?. till then kusal gonna show his colors. :D.

there is akila too.. :D

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

I'd love to see SL bat first for the first time in The whole 7 short games. And it does get a little disorienting trying to work out who half the AUS players are every game. Still, very confident of an AUS win here. Warner isn't the only guy who can bat in the team, and I think you'll see that tonight. The criticism of Marsh is a bit harsh, given he only faced 17 balls and it was early in the innings. Voges' batting was inexplicable, though. With 7 wickets left he should have been taking risks, not hitting singles along the ground to outfielders. He prevented big hitters like Wade, Maxwell and Starc from getting a much bigger score. It would have been better for the team if he'd gotten out.

Posted by BDforever on (January 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

This is how I would rate Asian teams in consideration of their recent form.

ODIs:- 01) Pakistan 02)Sri Lanka 03) Bangladesh 04) India T20s:- 01) Sri Lanka 02) Pakistan 03) Bangladesh 04) India Tests:- 01) Pakistan 02) Sri Lanka 03) India 04) Bangladesh

Irrespective of so called rankings I took both home and away matches into account. Also strength of bowling attacks those teams faced is considered.

Posted by ashtonreeves on (January 28, 2013, 6:04 GMT)

as for Thirimanne, he's someone who like Atapattu. but aggressive. we should take a genuine T20 batsmen for his place. someone like kapugedara, I know he got lots of chances and he failed, but it's not fair for him. everytime they bring him in, after couple of games, he goes out. then same things happens again and again. so he's under pressure everytime. because whenever he gets a chance he plays for his place. and only 1-2 chances he gets.

to my eyes, also to our former player/captain Arjuna's kapugedara is a great player. they should reconsider him as a genuine t20 player.

also, when one of our fast bowlers got injured, Dilhara Fer. comes. why are we not finding anyone else? there are lots of great cricketers in the country.

same thing happened to Aus,

McGrath gilchrist Symonds Warne Lee ponting

went and AUS started losing matches against everyone they plays, they look like NZ team now. but the talent is always there. it takes time...

Posted by ashtonreeves on (January 28, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

hello everyone, just registered on cricinfo. so go easy on me. first of all I have to say I'm a Sri Lankan. so let's get that out of the way.

Aus team is clearly the better team in this series. our Sri Lankan team won some of the limited over games because we had a better side. test matches, we can't win except sanga, mahela makes runs (now there is no murali). so there is only a draw on card, except other teams decides to throw their wickets away (or luck). and also the current SL test fast bowlers sucks! they should bring few young spinners. what's the point of hiding young Dananjaya? I hope he will get today's game. do you want me to remind the shot samaraweera played in the tests? also Prassna Jaya.. wkt keeper?

as for t20 (as of now), our sril lankan is the better side. but I don't think we could have won the last game if it's not for Malinga's bowling. also kulasekara's. we should bring a another batsmen in to the side for Thirimanna.

continue next comment...

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 28, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Too much trash talking on here for me. I think it's obvious that Aussie selectors have used these ODIs and T20s as trial games and have paid the price. Sri Lanka are no doubt a good short form team but most cricket people understand Tests are where the true skills come out. Look at SouthAfrica and England(also known as South Africa 'B'). The shorter the format, the closer the bridge.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

I listened to the commentary and heard them get massively excited when Dilshan produced the ramp for 6, I heard them consistently talk about the brilliant bowling of Malinga and Kulasakera, constantly refer to Thishare PErera ability to hit 6's. the brilliant catch of Perera as well as the sensible batting from Angelo Mathews. We are in Australia the commentators are Australian of course there will be an Australian bias as there is everywhere else in the world. Sri Lanka certainly received a fair hearing, can we just have one game without a Sri lankan fan whinging about such monor issues.

Posted by Penny_Panther on (January 28, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

buwr...if a SL television channel would outlay the required dollars to make it happen then you would most probobly get your way..untill that happens (never) you can turn the sound off !

Posted by landl47 on (January 28, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

There seem to be a lot of Sri Lankans in this forum who think that if they win the T20 series they have proved they are a better side than Australia. Wake up, guys- you lost the tests and tied the ODIs. T20s mean nothing in cricketing terms. SL have put in a good effort, but the Aussies were clearly the better side.

Posted by buwr on (January 28, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

"can we please change the commentators for this match !! can't stand to hear what they say about just one team even when that team isnt doing great" This post show to cricketing world what all about Australian cricket

Posted by lukecannon on (January 28, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

@No_1_again- I m a SL supporter and i was here all the time posting comments. I never left. Your comments are untrue because many SL fans kept on commenting and couraging our players. We never left. That's faith.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Dont get me wrong Sri lanka are a good side and I find them entertaining. They have a lot of players I really like but to the misguided fans stop putting down Australia because the reality is the only format you can call a draw on is T20, the others have been in Australias favourite in recent history.

Posted by Anil_Koshy on (January 28, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

Good to see Austalia losing in their own backyard, Srilanka can take some pride that they dominated in the shorter version of the game, they should have won the one day series as well, had rain not interupted.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 28, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Vimal03 - Mighrt I remind you Hughes two one-day international hundreds and a couple of 80's in the test - showing a lot more than the promise of the Sri Lankan youngsters. Wade a hundred in the tests, Bird's bowling in tests, then we have Pattinson, Cummins 5 for on debut against South Africa. Khawaja will come in to the test team now. Your right no poromising youngsters. @Shaun_Wick - Everyone in the world knows that Sri Lanka are a dominant ODI side - WOuld you like to answer how many series victories from the last three series against Australia - If you dont know the answer is none. Yeah your right Australia are struggling. YOu ask the question how would Australia go in tests against Sri Lanka that was answered 14 months ago, we won. You say without a doubt Sri Lanka would whitewash Australia in ODI's in Sri Lanka - guess what we won the one-day series in Sri Lanka just 14 months ago. And if Sydney didnt rain Australia would have won we had too many runs on the board.

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 28, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

@Shaun_wick - How can you be so confident Sri Lanka would have won? How short is your memory that you forget their struggle to chase the score of 74? If the rain stayed away there was no guarantee they could have chased 220+. You all need to get over that match because if Sri Lanka was good enough they would have won the series in the final match.

Posted by Mr.niceguy on (January 28, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

can we please change the commentators for this match !! can't stand to hear what they say about just one team even when that team isnt doing great. these tv commentators suppose to be experts analysis and neutral when commentating. Who is that james brayshaw guy ?? only Mike Hussey gave expert commentary on that day

Posted by No_1_again on (January 28, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

It makes me LOL after reading Lankans comments, where were they when 3-0 thrash in tests. This is after-all a T20 win. We know you are good in T20 and respect it. OZs take time get hold of things. No other teams have dominated better than us and we don't only play cricket. OZs have shined all the sports they play. So play it thoughtfully.

Posted by krishnalin on (January 28, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

@ Rohan 1210 are you sure that u are supporting team India? with Australian win what would you get? sri Lanka is a small island with limited facilities not like india or oz and with that we are very proud to challenge big countries like india any way as an indian you people always fear sri lankan thats why being an Asian you support Australia instead of another asian country .. you have more than one billion people in yr country but still you will not find the correct 11 players to dominate world cricket tell me a single reason not adhere DRS system in india?

Posted by   on (January 28, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

@OzWally..Now things have changed and by the retirement of Ricky Ponting,Mike Hussy who were the last remenats of Australia's World champion Team, Now This Aussie side looks a weak as a Batting unit and there is'nt any big player who can change the game like (hussy,symonds,ponting,gilchrist,Hayden) i really admire these players..Michal Clarke is also a superb player...But now these youngsters dont have enough capabilities...If they are so talented then, why Australian cricket board made so much changes in batting order? a big list of new players give chances to fit in the team...but still they coudnt find any match winner..james hopes, brad hodge, Cameron White and many more.. where are these players now? Still team looks weak.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 28, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

@Gona007, When Sanga returns, Sanga will be dropped.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 28, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Only lost 3 wickets setting a target - and lost. That says everything you need to know.

Posted by x-sl-boy on (January 28, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

watch out for Kusai tonight....

Posted by Shaun_wick on (January 28, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

@OzWally, Hey Mate, your comment makes me bit laugh. As we all know Aussie team is a test team compare with SL team, and if we compare them with SA, we seen what happened to them recently. Lost. Entire world knows SL team is a dominant ODI team. We can't compare ODI with Test. Totally two formats.

If SYD 50 overs match hasn't called off, Aussie would lost ODI series too. If aussie team play a test match in SL, can they win like they won here. For me its doubt. but one thing is sure, SL team would white wash all ODI matches if it were in SL.

Posted by fazald on (January 28, 2013, 0:31 GMT)

Master Mihil: Even with Sangha, Kula and Prasanna playing in the first test Sri Lanka lost the first test very badly. I wonder what would have been the fate of Sri Lanka if not for the spate of injuries and the so called silly rotation policy if all the aussie players were available for the tests,ODI's and T20's. The test matches would have all ended in less than half the time in innings defeats like the Melbourne test. The ODI series and the T20's would have been no different. An injury free minus the rotation policy Australian team would have the likes of Watson, Pattinson, Cummins, Harris, Clarke, Hazlewood, Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Marsh to choose from and the present bunch of players Finch, Voges, Maxwell, Laughlin, Henriques and Cutting would never have made the numbers in this Australian side. Atleast if you win the game today you will have something to crow about and the consolation prize is all yours for the taking courtesy of the Australian selectors rotation policy.

Posted by vimal03 on (January 28, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

It's quite simple to separate both teams in this tour. Srilankan young cricketers are much talented and enthusiastic about their cricket but the only people enthusiastic about Australian cricket is the COMMENTATORS AND THE SUPPORTERS not the young faces of Australia. The youngster are still not quite cable of handling international leave pressure. If a Australian supporter can't agree with this statement their cricketing future will be horrible.

@ OzWally its not SL who managed to draw the series its AUS idiot.

Posted by Zoro_1 on (January 27, 2013, 23:41 GMT)

SL should open batting with Kushal Perera and Thissara Perera.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 27, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Sri Lankan fans that would have you believe that Sri Lanka have dominated Australia for many year- THe rotation is called tinkering with a team, looking at possible players coming up to more important one-day fixtures rather than a meaningless series, and also resting important test players who in the future will play in much more important series than these one-day fixtures. We havent underestimated Sri Lanka as we always knew they were a good limited overside. It is more that the series itself doesnt mean as much as future test series, ICC champions trophy, World Cup etc. If you look back at recent one-day fixtures against Sri Lanka Australia drew the current series, won the Tri -series here last year and the most recent series in Sri Lanka. THe last 3 series that is Australia 2- Sri Lanka 0. T20 there has onky been two tournaments of note the World Cup and we like Sri Lanka have lost a final and semi-final which puts us on equal footing. However test series is another story.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

@OzWally>>Yes Ozs won 3 nil due to lack of good bowlers in the SL side. In the shorter form we have Malinga, Thissara, Ajantha which makes a strong team with the young batsmen like Kusal, Thirimana, Jeewan & Chandimal. SL tied the ODI series. Giving excuses it was a Oz B team is not valid. The A team was bowled out for 74. How many Ashes matchers have Ozs won when England were not having good teams. There were no issues then. Once England picked up Ozs started loosing. So admit that the current Oz line up is weak than ever.

Posted by Sidura on (January 27, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

@ Randy Oz, Imagine what SL could do with 100+ years of experience with test cricket, not having had to fight a civil war which started even before gaining "Test Status" and lasted 30+ years (more than numbers of years they have been playing test cricket), if ICC let them play more test cricket and if other countries tour them more regularly? Have you ever thought why SL fans follow their team irrespective of the final outcome? Because, unlike any other test playing nation, SL is the only nation who play the gents game as it should be. It is just a game, so, win or loose, just enjoy the moment and give the credit to the winner and respect their worthy opponents.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Being an Indian and Australian Supporter, I wish Australia will win and level the series. Good luck Australia.

Posted by OzWally on (January 27, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

@Musab Shakeel Mallick - you Sir are either looking for a rise from an Oz supporter, know nothing about cricket, or are truly an idiot. Your choice.

We just finished whitewashing you 3-0 in a Test series. Does your memory reach back that far? Also, our Test team has the best winning % of any Nation over the past 18 months. Yes, you managed to draw an ODI series, when we played many new faces. And yet, after 1 victory in a T20 game (where we played a team made up of Big Bash all-stars, not really a representative Oz team), you're ready to proclaim us dead.

Stick to critiquing your own team, you obviously know very little about anybody else's.

Posted by Dona007 on (January 27, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

Big question is who srilanka will drop when sanga get back in to the team? Hopefully the poor young kaushal perera..... this is a good sign for future srilankan cricket but the young man may lose his consistency

Posted by 21tu on (January 27, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Well done SL you are NO;1 in T20.If you win or Lose this match still you retain the No;1 spot. Why not introduce Akila to the OZ's since this is the last match.Give a chance to the young lads...you can beat the Oz's.Good luck boys.

Posted by Rohan1210 on (January 27, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

Being an Indian supporter i want a must win for Australia as Srilanka's moving far away with the no.1 spot. N from australian point of view not only this match but they should make some back to back wins as they do not seem to be around the contest for top ranks.

Posted by SanjeewaUOM on (January 27, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

come on let Akila play guys. He's a too good player to be on the bench. He's got better variations and spins it a far more. Surely he has to be a test prospect in the future. Anyway SL are handling younger players far better now. Hope Angelo Perera gets a chance in the middle order. His List A strike rates about 120 and a very good average to go with it.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Good show from SRILANKA....Australian team is now a weak team, worthless youngsters who cant play spinners..the dominance of Aussies in cricket is now ENDED...

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Tomorrow Aussis could find the rainy way to level the series !!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 27, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

No end of joy in the New Year Minnow Big Bash. Sri Lanka prove better than a weak Australia, and the squirming has almost reached it's climax. How true cricket lovers pine after a decent series played in which good cricketing skill is employed. You won't find that in the Minnow Big Bash I'm afraid to say.

Posted by RandyOZ on (January 27, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

You'd think Sri Lanka had dominated us for years based on the comments here. Well I can assure you they haven't. We have 4 world cups to their 1 and they still haven't won a test in Oz.

Posted by SinhalaBuddhistRacistfromSriLanka on (January 27, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

mahela is not tha captain

Posted by Master_Mihil on (January 27, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

@fazald - you are wrong mate. Don't give your opinions on something you really don't know. SL test team was entirely different from ODI team. Only the ODI and T20 teams are the same. We had Sanga and kula, welagedara, prasanna injured in the test series. And we lost it heavily. And in the second Odi chandimal got injured and we used wicket keeper batsmen kusal perera. That's 4 keepers for the entire series. It was a rotation in itself, but we have coped with it. Fact of the matter australian talen pool has gone very thin and young players are really not upto the job.

Posted by priceless1 on (January 27, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

Chandimal has to something justify his inclusion in the T20 team, so far he had a free ride

Posted by fazald on (January 27, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Barring David Warner the other batsmen like Finch, Marsh, Bailey and Voges couldn't get going at all. They were more or less trying to settle down and were more concerned about securing their positions in the team rather than score runs. Voges was only scoring runs in singles and two's and failed to hit a single boundary facing 29 balls for his 27 n.o. It was in vain because Mathew Wade an aggressive batsman never made it to the crease after Australia had lost only three wickets to score 137 runs which was not a good total. Australia still had a chance of winning the game until Ben Laughlin bowled some full tosses in the 19th over conceeding over 16 runs to win the game for Sri Lanka.

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 27, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

@Sinhaya: I think the best ODI team in Asia is a hard one to choose. We have done well against Pakistan recently and not against India. While Pakistan have just beaten India in India. I agree about the Tests though and the 20-20.

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

@ Sinhaya Your last comment perfectly correct . Although i need Akila for Ajantha , i doubt mahela will change the winning team

Posted by mark2011 on (January 27, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

@hawlkeye; neither of them... Akila Dhananjay...shud b givn a chance...

Posted by fazald on (January 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

While the traditional cricket playing countries like South Africa, England and Australia dominate test cricket the rest seem to like the hit and run game called T20 for the consolation prize. A nations cricketing prowess is gauged by it's standards in test cricket rather than T20 cricket which came into prominence less than ten years ago. Unlike test cricket T20 cricket is not meant for the record books and is forgotton in no time and is only an instant form of entertainment for the spectators.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 27, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Actually i dont think giving chandimal the test captaincy at this stage will be a good idea because at this point of time we need chandimal the batsman to perform for us in tests.putting the responsibility of captaincy on such a young shoulder that too so early in his career may hamper his batting to a great deal.actually angelo is the perfect man for us to lead in all forms of the game.

Posted by fazald on (January 27, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

While Sri Lanka has used virtually the same team right through the test series,ODI's and the T20's the Australian selectors have been been tinkering with their team since the test series resting their top players and this so called rotation system which has proved a total disaster altogether. Except for Warner,Marsh,Bailey,Wade,Starc and Doherty the rest of the team are all new faces.The aussie selectors simply don't seem to care about the country's reputation or the cricket fans anymore making crazy decisions regarding the composition of the team. No wonder the poor crowd response at the venues this summer.No doubt the current chairman of Selectors John Inverarity's decisions have become a major concern in aussie cricketing circles lately as well as proved to be a laughing stock. As a result Australia has managed to win only a test series against Sri Lanka and lost the test series to S.Africa,a 2 all drawn series in the ODI's and already a loss to Sri Lanka in the T20 with one to go

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

@counterstrike1.6, I disagree. Actually Pakistan are the best test team in Asia, India the best ODI team in Asia and Sri Lanka the best T20 team in Asia. Thats in my view. We have to win tomorrow.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (January 27, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

All of a sudden SL looks the Best Asian team.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

I think we better field first if we win the toss. In all our T20 wins against Aussies, we have won by chasing. Even in our most recent ODI wins against Aussies, wins have been by chasing.

Posted by Mayan. on (January 27, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

@Jayzuz , now Sl have beaten aussies 4 times in a raw in t20, surely this is going to be 5th

Posted by fitzy99 on (January 27, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Finch is merely keeping Watson's place in the top order warm until his return.It's one thing dominating a domestic league it's entirely another stepping up to international cricket.Having said that I hope he gets a score in the 2nd t20.If he doesn't then it might be a while before he wears the green and gold again.We certainly need a good backup for when Watson breaks down again.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

We better play Akila tomorrow or if not it is a real waste. He has simply come to Australia on holiday from what you see.

@Number23-TMDilshan, of course I am glad Sanga got injured at the MCG. Regarding you saying our cricket has a long way to go, yes especially in tests where we have an awful home and away record against Aussies.

@trav696, Sri Lankan media sources are talking about Chandimal being our next test captain. Cricinfo wont let me publish the names of other web sites here.

Posted by bootlicker on (January 27, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

Ajantha Mendis or Herath? Crucial decision to take as far as the final Sri Lankan squad is concerned

Posted by   on (January 27, 2013, 12:05 GMT)

Guys to make it 2-0 include Akila in the team and use Kusal to keep wickets and Dinesh as a batsman. See you sent Thisara before Jeevan and the result two massive sixes in successive balls. It may be good to leave Jeevan out and take Kusal in. Jeevan has played all 6 matches but not much has happenned. Have you done the match SWOT?

Posted by TrueLankan on (January 27, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

Come on selectors. You granted my wish of Kushal playing the first game now please let Akila play instead of Thirimanne. Akila can save the runs that Matthews or Perera give away. Mendis doesn't seem to be a spinner, he simply bowls slow balls that are meant to spin but don't so hopefully he gets a chance to bowl in the second innings as there will be more spin. We were robbed in Sydney in the ODI but this time we have a genuine chance to claim glory as the umpires can't save the Aussies and say there is an unfair advantage. The only unfair advantage there will be is that the Lankan band will play non stop and bring confidence to our team.

Posted by Jayzuz on (January 27, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

The good thing for AUS is that there is a huge gap between the way they played in the first game and their potential. I can't see them playing that bad again, and SL have a settled team which isn't going to change much. There's a huge score just waiting to come out of that Aussie batting lineup, so I'm predicting an AUS win here, esp in these conditions.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 27, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

I need Akila to play in this game to see how he can bambooze Aussies.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (January 27, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

@Sinhays U forgot 3 Tests.

Posted by siri12345 on (January 27, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

I really hope that we give akila a chance tommorrow .mendis nolonger looks threatning and herath is growing older and older.so i think the time has come for us to groom a new spinner and akila atleast so far has looked promising .he just need some backing,confidence and experience and he can be a very good bowler .

Posted by siri12345 on (January 27, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

Yup @sinhaya not only in tomorrows t -20 game i really hope kaushal perera should be promoted to open our batting in odis from now onwards.the couple of shots i saw from him yesterday i feel this guy has it in him to be our new sanath jayasurya.and he can gain some valuable experience and tips opening with dilshan.once dilshan retires chandimal and kaushal perera can open the batting for us in odis.i just hope kaushal is given an extended run even if he fails in some matches

Posted by Zoro_1 on (January 27, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Sri Lanka should open batting with Thissara Perera and Kushal Perera.

Posted by Herath-UK on (January 27, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

What more praise you need than the top T20 batter ,Warner to say that Malinga is a genius,what a credit to Sri Lanka's bowling unit considering the heap of compliments Kula too got probably only secondary to two Ws in the past to any subcontinental team I mean.A few years ago any win in Australia,be it a win over a shield team or a sigle ODI was a great acheivement to Sri Lanka but now you see they have gained superiority over Aussies over both formats of ODIs.Soon Tests wins will be also just a formality,the only way to prolong that is Aussies to schedule Tests once in a blue moon.Sri Lanka to maintain top T20 status beating aussies in their land, so many teams would be jealous of,what a pride to the Lions! Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 27, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

The problem with picking a side on BBL form is the gulf of talent in the league. One one side you have the top-class Innternational imports and on the other you have guys that aren't even first-class fringe players. So stats can be misleading. For instance a batsman such as Marsh gets picked on BBL form, but how many runs and at what strike-rate did he score off of the top-class bowlers? Or did he mostly cash in on fringe Shield players (Alex Keath) and part-timers. And a bowler such as Laughlin, how many wickets were against top batsmen and how many off scrubbers. Food for thought. Both Marsh and Voges played extremely selfish innings the other night considering there were plenty of wickets in hand. This is not the time to be selfishly auditioning for the ODI team at the detriment of your team mates. I hope they bat at no 10 and 11 for the next game.

Posted by D.Fonseka on (January 27, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

I agree with @findleg, SL still has a long way to go cricket wise, and exaggeration isnt going to help.

Overall amazing effort by SL, didnt actually think Angelo will be a good captain till yesterday's performance. Shows that he also has the keep-calm-stay-cool perspective that Mahela has, which will be crucial in captain ship.

We still need to work on the middle order batting, although sometimes Sanga's injury seems a gift when seeing the youngsters performing, other times like yesterday when the middle order fell at regular intervals it is a very heavy burden.

Very good choice by Mahela to let Kusal open batting with Dilshan. And hoping to see them dynamic duo opening tomorrow as long as Dilly's alright.

Best of luck SL. Make us proud!

Posted by lukecannon on (January 27, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@findleg- Nope. He isn't. He's here to make us look cheap.

Posted by fineleg7 on (January 27, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Dear @Sinhya. I don't know whether you are really a Sri Lankan supporter or pretender. Some of your comments really make SL very cheap. Please mate, if you are a real Lankan just think twice when you are commenting. Nothing personal.

Posted by inzi1995 on (January 27, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

All depend on Marsh,Finch,voges and capt how they play and marsh 6 (17) n voges 24 (29) ! was that t20 ?Profile----- ben lauhgin is a joke. good for oz they didnt pick ben again in any format otherwise

Posted by trav696 on (January 27, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@Mayan, where did you hear that Chandimal is tipped to be SL's next Test captain?? @lukecannon, not just play smart but also sensibly towards the situation that is required. They lost around 4 wickets that weren't even to good balls in the 1st T20 (played nothing shots) trying to going for 4's and 6's when it wasn't needed. They need to know when they have to go and when they have to keep wickets in hand and work the singles. It would have been tight if Thisara didn't hit those 2 consecutive 6's. Hope SL wins in tomorrow's T20 and they should put a price on their wickets when batting, don't just throw them away...

Posted by chilled_avenger on (January 27, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

@Sinhya When you say 'we thrashed Aussies',do you mean the 3-0 whitewash in tests or the 2-2 drawn ODI Series!

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (January 27, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

why no akila dananjaya? he's name is not even mentioned...

Posted by Mayan. on (January 27, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal is strongly tipped to be appointed as the next Sri Lanka test captain succeeding outgoing skipper Mahela Jayawardene...... Wow

Posted by lukecannon on (January 27, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Best of luck SL. Dont give into the pressure and play smart. Dont choke this time.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 27, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

Better get Kushal Perera to open with Dinesh Chandimal. We already have 2 good wicket keepers for the future. We have to improve our fielding or if not we are going to lose.

Australia giving Faulkner a chance is good looking at his bowling stats. For a while I felt Hazlewood should have been considered. Warner will be the key for Australian batting yet again.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (January 27, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

That won't happen, we will thrash aussies again like we have been doing throughout the tour and show the world that westindies beat us in the final due to luck, we should have been the original champions

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