Sri Lanka in Bangladesh 2013-14 February 10, 2014

Bangladesh domestic experience will help us - Dilshan

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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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  • on February 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT

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

  • Hasi21 on February 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on February 11, 2014, 10:27 GMT

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

  • Hasi21 on February 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Prema1948 on February 11, 2014, 2:31 GMT

    What is so big about Dilshan? He shouldn't be in this Team in the 1st place. A time when his performances in the last BBL &IPL too were very pathetic ( BBL : 4 Inns-62 Runs @ Ave of 15.50, the same in the last IPL 5 Inns- 76 runs @ ave of 15.20) These 3 seniors may have scored runs against teams like B'desh on flat tracks. Their overall performances against other countries on lively pitches weren't that rosy. Ours is the only country that gives more value for henchmen (from Panadura in particular) rather than extremely talented youngsters. The main cause for that is, the jokers & puppets appointed weren't suited for the job, as much as their thinking & knowledge about the Game (too is very much unorthodox). Sangakkara should give his No 3 position to a young batter, the class of Tennekoon, Dias, Aravinda, Attapattu that has proper forceful neat strokes all around the wkt (even though he has started to perform better in his latter career like any other average Cricketer 2bCNTD

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    I believe SL should win the 3 T20s without much trouble. However BD has a good chance in the ODIs. Sri Lanka's ODI performance in the recent past has been very inconsistent and BD on the other hand has done well. I would even say there's a chance of SL losing the series, if they are not careful.

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Looking forward to see Kusal Janith Perera batting ...and that is it about this tournament.

  • on February 10, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    @Sajjad Hossain Jibon Just want to know how did you come to your final score line, did you happen to check recent rankings of the 2 teams? Anyway SL is not NZ. SL has no problem on playing on slow tracks and slow bowlers, so dont think about Banglawashing SL. Last time they lost to BD in asia cup due to player fatigue. (SL were in SA, then in Aus playing competitive cricket, same goes with India as they were also in Australia). Result was both teams kicked out of the asia cup. In SL they won one game ,because of a shorten game with slippery conditions to make matters worse by the time rain came SL has bowled 4 overs of Malinga and 3 overs of Sachithra as SL were planing for a 50 over game. Then look where the ODI matches will play, its in Dhaka (Remember what happened to BD in Dhaka pitch in the test match) Pitch has some grass and some carry we all know what that means. I m waiting for this tour to be over to listen what excuses that BD fans and there captain would say. Please publish

  • on February 10, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Come on boys. This is just fodder for you SL boys. Bangaladesh team has become all talk. They need to win matches before they talk too much.

    Show them how T20 are played. You have beaten them comprehensively in the Test series. Was it an innings and 278 run defeat?

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on February 10, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    Bd will lose if the very expensive Mortaza plays but I dont care who lose or who wins becuz the important thing to me is that Bd takes lessons from this games to prepare the coming t20 wc. I support Sl after I support Bd and hoping for interesting/exciting games.

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    Lions are now Tiger's arena, in T2Os lions are favorite, and we believe, score should be 1-1 or 2-0 in favor of BD Team. And in ODIs,, Tigers are favorite in home condition. 2-1 is the better result but i think it can be 3-0 . Another Banglawash. however what happens,, i love Bangladesh Cricket Team ... will be forever with Tigers !!!

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    srilanka team is good but only bad thing worst captain chandimal and his batting poor selector . now i think u 19 team captain kusal mendis is far better than chandimal

  • Htc-Android on February 10, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    I hope our selectors will a chance to Angelo perera. He is a power hitter and a good finisher like Mathews.

  • bdcric4ever on February 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Bangladesh has consistently been a good performer in 50 over matches for couple of years. They need to improve a lot in T20. Beating Srilanka in this format will be a tough job to do. However, I am eagerly waiting to see the performance of the new youngsters and also hoping that Tigers will make the full use of the home condition.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    I predict 1-1 ... even but ODI will be interesting!

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    SL and IND have good chance to win WCT20 on paper.

    If Pakistan get to semis or finals, its just their mercurial self. Though, WC is happening in Asian conditions, I still have grave concerns about Pakistan's performance. Good thing is, they are not the hot favourite to win. That's the thing about them, you can't predict what you gonna get from them.

    BD, its there home ground, but like WC2011, it doesn't make much difference.

    Rest of the teams, if you get well adjusted to the slow conditions and played spin properly, you have a better chance than any Asian teams.

  • ncpasan on February 10, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    can't wait to see the KP [Kusal Perera] strokes :D

  • jerryman on February 10, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    good luck lions. Hope Dilshan & kusal can provide some explosive starts in the T20 . let the T20 & ODI -calypso type cricket begin

  • shuhailyoonus on February 10, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    We might go through difficult times in the future fr nt supporting the big 3.. bt nw this is the time fr our lads to go out their and perform to the max of their ability with watever games they gt.. lets start by winning the world t20 and then the 50 over world cup..prove the world we might be financially down bt performance will increase our market value.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 10, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Just forget about Test Matches In T20 's Dilshan is player of history.like Sanga Only Mahela is in some kind momentum. In Current SL team one and only match winning player is Kusal. Thisara and Sachie is out of form. Sekuge Prasanna is still new to International T20's If BD handled Kusal properly BD could tie the series.1-1 With superb effort he might win.............................. 2-0

  • Lakpj on February 10, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    I think SL had done the correct thing by going with the most probable players for the T20 WC rather than doing any last minute experiments. Given that the tournament is played in Bangaldesh SL will get a first hand experience of the conditions before the other teams. I think SL should win the T20 matches with out much of a problem. But should watch-out for Bangladesh during the ODI matches.

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  • Lakpj on February 10, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    I think SL had done the correct thing by going with the most probable players for the T20 WC rather than doing any last minute experiments. Given that the tournament is played in Bangaldesh SL will get a first hand experience of the conditions before the other teams. I think SL should win the T20 matches with out much of a problem. But should watch-out for Bangladesh during the ODI matches.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on February 10, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Just forget about Test Matches In T20 's Dilshan is player of history.like Sanga Only Mahela is in some kind momentum. In Current SL team one and only match winning player is Kusal. Thisara and Sachie is out of form. Sekuge Prasanna is still new to International T20's If BD handled Kusal properly BD could tie the series.1-1 With superb effort he might win.............................. 2-0

  • shuhailyoonus on February 10, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    We might go through difficult times in the future fr nt supporting the big 3.. bt nw this is the time fr our lads to go out their and perform to the max of their ability with watever games they gt.. lets start by winning the world t20 and then the 50 over world cup..prove the world we might be financially down bt performance will increase our market value.

  • jerryman on February 10, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    good luck lions. Hope Dilshan & kusal can provide some explosive starts in the T20 . let the T20 & ODI -calypso type cricket begin

  • ncpasan on February 10, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    can't wait to see the KP [Kusal Perera] strokes :D

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    SL and IND have good chance to win WCT20 on paper.

    If Pakistan get to semis or finals, its just their mercurial self. Though, WC is happening in Asian conditions, I still have grave concerns about Pakistan's performance. Good thing is, they are not the hot favourite to win. That's the thing about them, you can't predict what you gonna get from them.

    BD, its there home ground, but like WC2011, it doesn't make much difference.

    Rest of the teams, if you get well adjusted to the slow conditions and played spin properly, you have a better chance than any Asian teams.

  • on February 10, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    I predict 1-1 ... even but ODI will be interesting!

  • bdcric4ever on February 10, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    Bangladesh has consistently been a good performer in 50 over matches for couple of years. They need to improve a lot in T20. Beating Srilanka in this format will be a tough job to do. However, I am eagerly waiting to see the performance of the new youngsters and also hoping that Tigers will make the full use of the home condition.

  • Htc-Android on February 10, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    I hope our selectors will a chance to Angelo perera. He is a power hitter and a good finisher like Mathews.

  • on February 10, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    srilanka team is good but only bad thing worst captain chandimal and his batting poor selector . now i think u 19 team captain kusal mendis is far better than chandimal