Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14

Bangladesh domestic experience will help us - Dilshan

Mohammad Isam

February 10, 2014

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Tillakaratne Dilshan flicks the ball off his legs, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd T20, Dubai, December 13, 2013
File photo - Tillakaratne Dilshan played for Mohammedan Sporting Club during the 2013-14 Dhaka Premier Division © AFP
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Tillakaratne Dilshan will bank on his Bangladesh experience as he prepares for three limited-overs events starting with the two Twenty20s against the home side. He was among 41 Sri Lankans who played in this season's Dhaka Premier Division, a domestic one-day competition.

Sri Lanka was the most represented overseas country in this year's tournament, followed by England, with 15 players, Afghanistan, with eight, and Zimbabwe, with six.

Ajantha Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Angelo Perera and Sachithra Senanayake, all members of the Sri Lanka Twenty20 team, have played for different clubs in the domestic competition. Dilshan made one fifty in four games, with an average of 37.00, playing for Mohammedan Sporting Club. In 2013, he made 154 runs at 25.66 in seven matches for BPL winners Dhaka Gladiators.

"We played a lot of cricket here on and off," Dilshan said. "But technology is there so we keep an eye on the newcomers. We have to play good cricket on the particular day, especially in T20 cricket. We can't make any mistakes. It is important to be on for all 40 overs. With one month left for the World Cup, this is good for both teams.

"Every single game playing now is important for us before the World T20s. We have to get prepared with the conditions and weather."

Sri Lanka has a good mix of young and experienced players, with Angelo Perera the new face. Dilshan, who will open with Kusal Perera, had words of praise for Dinesh Chandimal, the captain.

"I think [Chandimal] has done really well in last few series," he said. "He is learning every single game. I think it is good to give a youngster opportunity, and he is proving to be a good captain so far.

"Kusal [Perera] is a fine youngster we found. I am seeing his batting in the last two series. He is a specialist at giving a good start. It is helpful for me as well, the way he goes after the bowling in the first few overs. He puts the pressure on the bowler. Sachitra [Senanayake] is a very good offspinner. It is a very good bunch."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT)

i look for dis match for our little sanaths batting..lve him when batting!!!

Posted by Hasi21 on (February 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT)

Chandimal should score runs.. he is the only weak link in the team

Posted by Messa1 on (February 11, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

@Lahiru Gunathilake that's the worst team selection I've ever seen in my life. Good thing u r not part of SLC!

Posted by Messa1 on (February 11, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

@ Prema1948 what the hell u on about? u keep writing essays here but i don't think u know what u are talking about? Dilshan is the world no8 ranked batsman in t20 and he is one of the most destructive batsman. Also Dilshan considers the BBL and IPL as his resting period :p but when he come back to the SL team he starts performing extremely well.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

Sri Lankan players are in a different league. They have the experience, togetherness as a team. They do not have to experiment. Bangaladesh have all to work out. Less talk and proof on the pitch is my advice to Bangaladesh players.

Posted by NextSana on (February 11, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

I think the limited overs series will be 5-0 in favour of Sri Lanka but Bangladesh can pull up a one to finish it 4-1. It is tough to beat Sri lanka in limited overs matches. We have Malinga, Kusal, Mendis, Thisara all can do some damage and win a match single- handedly. Even without Mahela and Herath SL are way more better team than Bangladesh. Sanga is in prime form he will do some damage in ODIs for sure but I hope Kusal can score a ton in T20 and a double ton in ODI. I hope Bangladesh boys will give us a tougher challenge in upcoming matches.

Posted by Rambo-123 on (February 11, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

It's always thrilled to win SL with INDIA, not BD looking forward to see Asian Cup....

Posted by   on (February 11, 2014, 4:28 GMT)

T20 SQUAD Will be, Niroshan Dickwella ,Ashan priyanjana,Chathuranga de silva, Anjelo perere ,Kithruwan withanage ,Milinda siriwardena,Banuka rajapakse,Nuwan kulasekara, Tharindu kaushal,Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep...ALL THE BEST LIONS...

Posted by mainul079080 on (February 11, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

Death bowling...the weakest part of Bangladesh bowling. Mashrafee, plz dont get the ball in your hand in later part of the innings.

Posted by Prema1948 on (February 11, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

would do in the end of their careers) to the future players the likes of Mathews, KhausalSilva, Chandimal, Roshen,Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, Dickwella,Kusal Mendis… This is to persons who try to compare performances of Tendulkar with that of Sangakkara; when you compare players you have to compare entire careers of those players (and how they have made their mark, when the conditions were adverse to perform), but not just a part, then only, one can determine who the best is. It is very sad to note as a fan, many a brilliant youngsters that had maintained consistency during their entire school careers and soon, there after in the Domestic scene, couldn't taste international Cricket due to the incompetence of Jokers & Puppets in business, for the last 20 years or more.

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