Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Mirpur February 21, 2014

Sri Lanka aim for sweep without Big Three

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Match facts

February 22, 2014
Start time 1300 local (0700 GMT)

Big picture

The ODI series has been won by Sri Lanka after they took the second game in Mirpur by 61 runs, but for a 3-0 sweep they will have to win without Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene. Sri Lanka have not been without any of them in an ODI since Sangakkara made his debut in 2000. It gives a hurting Bangladesh an opportunity to salvage a victory and head into the Asia Cup with some confidence.

Compounding Bangladesh's problems, brought on by their batting capitulation in the first two games, is Shakib Al Hasan's suspension, after the allrounder reportedly made "an inappropriate gesture on television" during the second ODI. Their top order has not fired collectively, and when the team has made a start, no one has made it count. The more capable middle order is having a poor time too, especially Nasir Hossain and Mahmudullah, and will be weakened by Shakib's absence for this ODI. The bowling attack has blown hot and cold, particularly the seam bowlers. Offspinner Sohag Gazi has been mediocre in this series. The problems are many and the team has faced mental barriers in crucial times.

There are expectations of this Bangladesh team but it comes from their improving record at home. They have failed against Sri Lanka, though, a consistently tough opponent for Bangladesh over the years.

Sri Lanka won the ODI series, in addition to the Tests and Twenty20s, because they papered over their cracks. The openers Kusal Perera and Dilshan contributed little in the first two games, and Dinesh Chandimal's form is also a concern. Sangakkara produced another hundred in the second ODI, but with him being rested for the final game Sri Lanka will want more from Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan. Their bowling looks a little thin without the extra pace bowler, despite the presence of Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews in the attack.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)

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Watch out for

Angelo Mathews hasn't scored an ODI century but he remains highly effective as a middle-order batsman. He made an unbeaten 56, his 17th ODI fifty, in the second ODI and transformed Sri Lanka's total to a formidable one.

Mushfiqur Rahim top scored for Bangladesh in the second game but the innings went in vain. With the captaincy weighing on him, he needs to continue to lead from the front with his batting.

Team news

Bangladesh do not have room to experiment but there are some form and fitness concerns. Once again Mashrafe Mortaza's fitness will be assessed on the morning of the match. Mahmudullah is under scrutiny but could retain his place after Shakib's suspension. Naeem Islam may replace Shakib in the side.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Shamsur Rahman, 2 Anamul Haque (wk), 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Naeem Islam, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Arafat Sunny, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza/Al-Amin Hossain, 11 Rubel Hossain

Sri Lanka are without Dilshan, who suffered a hand injury in the second ODI. He is returning home but hasn't been ruled out of the Asia Cup yet. Dilshan had failed in the first two ODIs and his absence is an opportunity to give someone else a chance. Lahiru Thirimanne will join the squad as a replacement. Sangakkara has also been rested for the final game.

Sri Lanka possible (possible) 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Dinesh Chandimal, 4 Ashan Priyanjan, 5 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Angelo Perera 9 Sachitra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis

Pitch and conditions

The pitch will be similar to those in the first two ODIs. Dew is likely to be an issue for the team bowling under lights so a large first-innings score is vital.

Stats and trivia

Quotes

"We need a win to get out of this bad phase."
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim

"If we can beat them 3-0, it would be ideal. But we will see how it goes and approach in a positive way as well in the next game and try to win the match."
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews

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

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  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | February 22, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    SL plays without Big 6 today. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga, Kulasekara and Herath.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | February 22, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    First of all congrata to our team SL for series victory . it was not straight froward but our guys won key moments of these matches . Bnagladesh fought hard but could not finish games . i m so eager for today's' game where SL team is gonna play with out big 3 . Mahela and Sanga were pillars of SL batting after Aravinda , Sanath retired . Dilshan too joined to big set with all round performances . But as we all knows these thre will retire from ODI s after 2015 WC . So SL should get ready to accept it . this is a golden opportunity for all of us to have a look on youngsters . my xi for today - Kusal , Thiri , Chandimal , Priyanjan , Mathews , Kithruwan , Seekuge , Thisara , Sachitra , Malinga , Mendis . So we got a power hiiter + spinner in Seekuge to balance the side .

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 22, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    encourage quality players like, Khausal Silva, Roshen Silva, Angelo Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, and other promising Schoolboy Cricketres that come out of School at regular basis, coming into the Team, but they are very happy and do encourage batters of lesser skills than them, coming, that is why once (Oct 2007 against England @ RPS ) there was no objection to the inclusion of a batter whose 1st Cla Bat Ave was just 23, at the time (with 100+ 1st Cla Inns experience) and was placed 186th in the batting list in the order of Run aggregate and 235th in the order Average in the Premier Div LO T'ment (2006/07)immediately prior to the Englishmen's visit in '07(Stats refer Cricinfo or any other good Cricket website). Ours is the only Country that doesn't take into account the consistency of a player. The Country's best and the most consistent left-arm spinner since'07 has always been overlooked (he is not allowed to play even against the visiting English Lions in the on-going Tour2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 22, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    There is nothing so big in the performances of these 3; they should have been dropped 4 -5 years back. They have been allowed to continue despite their failures. There were periods that they have failed 15-25 times at a stretch.( Ref. Cricinfo)Bcause of the 3, we could hardly won a series at home since the day Attapattu left from the Top-order, These 3 have an in-born inability to perform under pressure, on lively pitches it is still worse. Due to the ignorance of Jokers & Puppets (of last 20 years) that prefers reckless hitters as front-line batters, the Team has found it difficult to maintain a winning consistency. The Country badly needs knowledgeable Cricketers as selectors, the ones we had about 25 years ago. The players has to be picked on performances and consistency, the manner the other countries do, but not on one single risky reckless batting performance with 101 straight-forward chances like the present Joker had done in his entire career. By the way 3 seniors don't 2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | February 22, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    oh great! now Thirimanna also in the team, another burden, but Chandimal will be relieved to have someone aboard with him for sure... we need performers not those kinda weight-downs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Now is the time SL can experiment . Why nor try Tissara or Vithanage to open. They may come across another Jayasooriya.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    We want convincing win against team like BD. We got enough experience to beat these cats. Even if we lose it will be good experience for young players.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | February 21, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    I think Chandimal should open the innings. He likes to play Arial shots. With fielders up in the circle, this will be ideal for him. Also he plays better against the fast bowlers.It worked for Indian team when they tried Rohit Sharma. Thirimanne can bat at No.3 where he is capable of stabilizing the innings.

  • POSTED BY Ravanaa on | February 21, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    BD needs serious fielding improvements as a collective team. Fielding standard is far low to be competitive in international games. Batting and bowling needs improvements too. One last thing is the matured game mentality. Every game is not 20/20. You need to change your game as per game and the situation. Sangakkara is one good example. SL will continue to support BD (example: Pakistan) cricket even no other giving them matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    All I can say is, this is the real test for Sri Lanka. I don't know why every one going on about Thirimmane should not be playing. He did quit well comapring most other batsmens in pressure situations. Only problem that Thirimmane does not really look like a team player. I really think Chandimal should open batting. Left and right hand combination. Priyan maybe a good batsmen but not promising. You get this one too he made two 50s in odi but if he was chandimal he would already out of the side. Vitanage should remain in the team for sure.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | February 22, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    SL plays without Big 6 today. Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan, Malinga, Kulasekara and Herath.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | February 22, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    First of all congrata to our team SL for series victory . it was not straight froward but our guys won key moments of these matches . Bnagladesh fought hard but could not finish games . i m so eager for today's' game where SL team is gonna play with out big 3 . Mahela and Sanga were pillars of SL batting after Aravinda , Sanath retired . Dilshan too joined to big set with all round performances . But as we all knows these thre will retire from ODI s after 2015 WC . So SL should get ready to accept it . this is a golden opportunity for all of us to have a look on youngsters . my xi for today - Kusal , Thiri , Chandimal , Priyanjan , Mathews , Kithruwan , Seekuge , Thisara , Sachitra , Malinga , Mendis . So we got a power hiiter + spinner in Seekuge to balance the side .

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 22, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    encourage quality players like, Khausal Silva, Roshen Silva, Angelo Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, and other promising Schoolboy Cricketres that come out of School at regular basis, coming into the Team, but they are very happy and do encourage batters of lesser skills than them, coming, that is why once (Oct 2007 against England @ RPS ) there was no objection to the inclusion of a batter whose 1st Cla Bat Ave was just 23, at the time (with 100+ 1st Cla Inns experience) and was placed 186th in the batting list in the order of Run aggregate and 235th in the order Average in the Premier Div LO T'ment (2006/07)immediately prior to the Englishmen's visit in '07(Stats refer Cricinfo or any other good Cricket website). Ours is the only Country that doesn't take into account the consistency of a player. The Country's best and the most consistent left-arm spinner since'07 has always been overlooked (he is not allowed to play even against the visiting English Lions in the on-going Tour2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | February 22, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    There is nothing so big in the performances of these 3; they should have been dropped 4 -5 years back. They have been allowed to continue despite their failures. There were periods that they have failed 15-25 times at a stretch.( Ref. Cricinfo)Bcause of the 3, we could hardly won a series at home since the day Attapattu left from the Top-order, These 3 have an in-born inability to perform under pressure, on lively pitches it is still worse. Due to the ignorance of Jokers & Puppets (of last 20 years) that prefers reckless hitters as front-line batters, the Team has found it difficult to maintain a winning consistency. The Country badly needs knowledgeable Cricketers as selectors, the ones we had about 25 years ago. The players has to be picked on performances and consistency, the manner the other countries do, but not on one single risky reckless batting performance with 101 straight-forward chances like the present Joker had done in his entire career. By the way 3 seniors don't 2bCNTD

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | February 22, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    oh great! now Thirimanna also in the team, another burden, but Chandimal will be relieved to have someone aboard with him for sure... we need performers not those kinda weight-downs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 22, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Now is the time SL can experiment . Why nor try Tissara or Vithanage to open. They may come across another Jayasooriya.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 23:51 GMT

    We want convincing win against team like BD. We got enough experience to beat these cats. Even if we lose it will be good experience for young players.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | February 21, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    I think Chandimal should open the innings. He likes to play Arial shots. With fielders up in the circle, this will be ideal for him. Also he plays better against the fast bowlers.It worked for Indian team when they tried Rohit Sharma. Thirimanne can bat at No.3 where he is capable of stabilizing the innings.

  • POSTED BY Ravanaa on | February 21, 2014, 23:19 GMT

    BD needs serious fielding improvements as a collective team. Fielding standard is far low to be competitive in international games. Batting and bowling needs improvements too. One last thing is the matured game mentality. Every game is not 20/20. You need to change your game as per game and the situation. Sangakkara is one good example. SL will continue to support BD (example: Pakistan) cricket even no other giving them matches.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    All I can say is, this is the real test for Sri Lanka. I don't know why every one going on about Thirimmane should not be playing. He did quit well comapring most other batsmens in pressure situations. Only problem that Thirimmane does not really look like a team player. I really think Chandimal should open batting. Left and right hand combination. Priyan maybe a good batsmen but not promising. You get this one too he made two 50s in odi but if he was chandimal he would already out of the side. Vitanage should remain in the team for sure.

  • POSTED BY Wahid59 on | February 21, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    If Mashrafe does not play, Bangladesh would also be without their Big3!

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 21, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    To me there are 2 sides to Chandi's situation. I agree that we should have patience with a talent like him. But the question is how long do you wait? 1 tour? 2? Or realize he should play only in certain faster tracks, & not in slow ones. Also look at a player like Tharanga who like Chandi has some technical flows, but is no where in the squad anymore. Unfortunately it's also a SL fans nature to put someone high on a pedestal & then pull them down right away. One failure & they are questioned. I think SLC has to take responsibility for Chandi's failure. He should NOT be the capt. of any SL team right now. THAT was too early. If my memory serves right, even MJ was appointed as VC very early & he failed miserably. After removing that responsibility, he came back & look what a he became. Giving that position sometimes could make a player think his position is a lock. Even if he practices hard, mentally he feels secure. Take it away & he will put more value to his wicket, guaranteed!

  • POSTED BY Frds on | February 21, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    If Shakib bats like that he should be at no 6....

    I suggest the asia cup team as per batting order should be: Tamim, Shamsur, Mominul, Mushfiq, Nayeem, Shakib, Nasir/Mahmudullah, Mashrafee, Gazi, Razzak, Al-Amin/Rubel

    For the 3r ODI Against SL: Shamsur, Anamul, Mominul, Mushfiq, Nayeem, Mahmudullah, Nasir, Mashrafee, Gazi, Arafat Sani, Al-Amin.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | February 21, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    With Shakib not playing I can't see why this inexperienced side could not finish the series 3-0. He posed the only treat to them with the ball. Kusal needs to be bit more careful at the beginning he seems to be in good touch but he gives his wicket by trying to play lot of shots.

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | February 21, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    BD Tigers need to play with head, manage pressure, stay calm, focus on big picture, not looking at runs first, preserve the wickets, then runs will come later, a minimum three or four fifties warranted from top/ middle orders, - stick with this approach in your heart, and then success will come. They need a win right now to boost their moral before going into AsiaCup next week. In bad times or good, always say Go Tigers.....

  • POSTED BY vkumar_086. on | February 21, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    @priceless1, Sri Lanka have won plenty of games without the help of the big 3 so it is too easy. Kushal Perera, Senanayake, Thisara Perera and Mathews have won man of the match awards many times. We can easily survive without the so called big 3. When we won matches im UAE, big 3 had very little to do.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    How does the "Over rated" thirimanne crawl back to the top order? He is a very slow striker at the beginning and if doesn't make it past 20 (he does roughly in 20% of the time)...he will eat up plenty of balls that even a tail-ender can convert into a decent total. If SL is looking to create added pressure to the middle order...Thirimanne is the ideal man to ruin it at the top. I would give that chance either to Thisara perara (with the same instruction that was given in the 1st ODI...stay and try to build a partnership before going crazy with the bat) or Kithruwan...they are attacking players. I will make Thirimanne the 12th man so he can really put some work on those ankles and get ready if he is needed in the future (i mean if another 2-3 get injured)

  • POSTED BY Al_Entity on | February 21, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    It is really nice to see the enthusiasm of Bangla supporter when they hear that Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela is not playing! lol Just shows how frightened they are of our Sri Lankan players. There silly logic that Srl young guns have no potential falls flat due to the simple reason that Mathews, Thisara, Kusal, Chandi and co have all performed well all over the world in ODIs! This includes SA, Eng and Aus Also the same silly comments were there when Arjuna,Aravinda,Mahanama and Gura retired. Then it was there again when Marvan then Vaas, Jaya and then Murali retired. Yet we always prevailed. The fact that we have produced so many great players throughout the years shows our countries ability to continuously produce great cricketers. the youngsters need some time just like sanga, mahela , arnold and dilshan took time in the early 2000s.As for BD do you know that 14 years after getting test status we won the world cup! What have you done so far after getting test status about 14 years ago!

  • POSTED BY LionsCric on | February 21, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Yeh .. Thats a pretty much good decision to keep sanga rested & withdrawing dila. I Hope Thira could continue his natural game at no 3 spot. where as Chandi can open up the inning with BOOM BOOM PERERA :D.....

    Young angelo can have a go with next game, So mathews has soo many young batting talents to work with his experienced Bowling unit . Last game bowling was much impressive unless Bangladesh spoiled their rhythem. specially I'm really impressed with Lasith Malinga for his great presentation of opening up the bowling with captain . I hope Next game squard gonna ba

    1 ) K Perera 2) D Chandi 3) L Thira 4) Ashan Priyanjan 5) Angelo perera 6) Angelo mathews 7) Thisara Perera 8) K Vidanage 9) Sachi 10) Mali 11) Menda

    Good Luck Lions .. We Hope for a White wash :D

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Nice to see will face kusal with "THISARA PERERA".Sure,No way to Bangaladesh except lose..........

    All the success for tomorrow match young SRI LANKA TEA

    "LIONS NEVER GIVE UP"

  • POSTED BY ATtaraya on | February 21, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    with out sanga or without big three doesn't matter....matter is how the youngsters gonna handle the pressure. Sri Lanka have much talented players this is a chance that SLC selectors gave them which BCB didnt give to the new players. Anyway no need to highlight Sri Lankan team going to play without big three and bla bla bla. Sanga even debut in 2000, beside that in those days we have big guns like Jayasuriya, Attapaththu, Aravinda etc. I dont know why bangaladeshi fans suddenly got excited. In future with or without those three we have to win and we will win Next match also a another win to Sri Lanaka.

  • POSTED BY Rizwanodayar on | February 21, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Sri Lankan should not underestimate the value of the two quality fast bowlers bowling in upfront, Problem with this attack is when there is a bad day in office for one bowler there is no cushion to cover but have provide plenty of cushions for failures of batsman.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 21, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Selectors are keep spoiling chandimal and keep disappointing other good young players(FYI fans too).This is blind and dumb thinking. Give that guy a rest and a chance to develop. After next match Asia cup, then world t20 then tour of England. I can't even imagine how strasful he is.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Mahmudullah gets enough opportunity but did not capitalized. He should drop. Nayeem can get a call or some others. Gazi was also disappointing. If there are replacement then Gazi should drop. He was not in his starting touch. Gazi needs some assist from a spin coach and get his confidence or variation back . More over BD needs a win and gets back their lost confidence.

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 21, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    Would all you armchair pundits and naysayers please stop criticizing Dinesh Chandimal. I say armchair because I doubt you know what you speak. However, if you have played cricket at any recognised level (i.e. college, club/FC) and have endured years of training as a batsman, then I would be humbled to listen to your opinion and stand corrected. IMO Chandi is destined to become one of the great batsman of the upcoming generation of world cricketers. He may have some minor issues, which to me are mostly around shot-selection and temperament (ball/shot/risk assessment, when to use soft-hands, putting a price on your wicket, that kind of thing), but once the issues are worked out his naturally gifted physical attributes coupled with a solid technique and the right mental development will make him unstoppable. A hawks eye, dancing footwork and every shot in the book - the batting coach's dream.

    Remember Jacques Kallis? Debut 95 - only became recognised as a batsman in 2000 India tour.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | February 21, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Finally our younger players get to show their mettle without any senior players. Can they absorb the pressure . Need a calming influence in the middle like Sanga or Mahela to steady the ship. Hopefully Matthews , Vithanage & Priyanjan can get into the groove. Should be Chandimals last chance to shine, if not he should be replaced with Kaushal Silva in the Asia Cup. Bowling is a bit weak especially on the pace attack . Tissara Perera seems to leak runs . would be better to open with senanayake or priyanjan with mali . Just play your A game . A real test of charcter for the younger players . SL without the big 3 plus Herath , BD must be salivating at the thought of a win . Good luck lions , keep roaring and fighting . maybe dinesh could be rested and his place given to Lakmal . Might be a better side .. more balanced , since he hardly scores

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | February 21, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    Some fans need to not post here and show the world their ignorance, arrogance or just hatred. Silly comments make every decent fans cringe. I can understand fans talking up their teams but disparaging other teams is un-gentlemanly. I would like to see BD play Shamsur, Anamul, Mominul, Mushfique, Naeem, Shakib, Nasir, Gazi, Sunny, Al-Amin and Rubel. Mash needs to rest and Mahmudullah needs to take a break and get his head right. Even when Tamim comes back, I would replace Gazi and fill his quota of overs with Nasir, Mominul and Naeem. We need a deeper batting line up since we can not convert our starts in to big innings. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY Big_Brother_of_Cricket on | February 21, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @ Dudley Leelananda: Wow, what a great selection criteria. Chandimal has a great attitude so he must be selected although he fails everyday. We better search for 11 guys with the best attitude and allow them to play Cricket for Sri Lanka, and hope they win matches. You better face the harsh truth, man. Any cricketer who is not performing consistently shouldn't be in the team fullstop. This is the basic principle followed by every great team. See Aus or SA, do they have players who doesn't score a fifty for more than 10 -15 games but still in the team. This is what's wrong with subcontinent teams like Sri Lanka. We better change the attitude of so-called SL fans first.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 21, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    tommorow our youngsters will gave them a good fight and win. what ever happens our fans who went to the ground will never let them alone.thats how we different from india pakistan and bangladesh. we are watching the game untill the last wicket and admire the no 11 runs too.go lions go.thanks selectors this is good opportunity to kusal and chandi to play a major role. we are with you youngsters make motherland proud.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    So, for the first time in 15 long years, we finally get to see a SL XI without the names Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, or Tillakaratne Dilshan. This should be interesting...

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | February 21, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    Lets hope this so call young guns in SL score more than 150 to have a real game at least

  • POSTED BY AshfaqurBMC on | February 21, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Guys! Chill out and enjoy the game. :)

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    So far in his career whenever Chandi Kept he looked good with the bat. Let's see what happens tommorow.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | February 21, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Come on guys shall we pratice some compassion here which we are taught to do. Think of the jubilation,elation,exuberance & happiness on the face of the poor & suffering BD fans supporters & players if they win this game.This site will be full of remarkable comments by their loyal fans about their skills & bravery so would be their media.Credit to SLC resting Sanga giving them further opportunity. So let us together wish honestly a BD win!

  • POSTED BY Kavum on | February 21, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Why Mahmadullah is playing is as great a mystery as why Chandimal is persevered with. With this batting line up, SL may well be 60/6 in 20 overs. Get your pads on early Thisara and Sachitra! Rahim showed some guts and ability when everyone else in the BD team slashed, hoicked, slogged and swung with gay abandon. If one or two other BD batsman show the kind of judgement and discretion that Mushfiq-ur demonstrated, this young SL top and upper-middle order can be shown up quite easily by their counterparts. Shakib, Rubel and the surprisingly good Sunny can create havoc with the ball among the SL batting ranks. Sadly Mortaza did not seem even 70% fit. In terms of SL's bowling, Malinga and Mendis have lost their potency and the others are too inconsistent. The only discipline that SL seems to have the advantage is their catching and fielding. May the better team on the day win and carry valuable momentum going into the Asia Cup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    I fully agree with Shanthimudalige's comments that a few perhaps with memory loss and with vested interests are hunting for Chandimal's head.He has plenty of talent, is very young, technically sound except in a few areas and represents Sri Lanka's future. His ' attitude',well he earns 100%. To hand over the burden of captaincy of the T20 Team at such a young age may have been a bit too much but accepting it without the usual ifs and buts show the courage and class of this individual. So don't keep on mentioning thisgs like ' he has not a made a 50 in the last so many matches' ( and by the way that song cannot be repeated anymore) etc. and instead encourage and protect young and talented players like him.What I like in him most is his attitude.Keep going Chandi !.

  • POSTED BY Shamithmudalige on | February 21, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    During this tour Sri Lanka have experimented with several players as fast bowling all-rounders before UK tour,The experiment was successful, as they have found some good players and managed to win all 3 formats. BD had a good chance to beat them but see what has happend, always bD's immaturity is showed. for loosing side there will be 1000 reason for loosing the game,., but for winners there will be only one reason that is hunger for win.... wining or loosing is either side of the coin, but we want our team to perform good, not to surrender in front of the opponent...

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | February 21, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    LionsofLanka: you talk big. let's hope SL put up a good show so that you guys can keep on trash talking. Out of curiosity, have you ever played proper cricket (anything other than street level)? You (or any other person for that matter) wouldn't open your big mouth had you done so. I am a SL fan (in case you think otherwise), but this trash talking against BD is abysmal.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Finally lets see how they play without seniors! No Herath as well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    Are you sure that Thirimann joined the squad ?

  • POSTED BY LionsofLanka on | February 21, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka without Big Three.....Take out 5 more & replace with guys from Papua New Guinea or Namibia or Canada. I assure guarantee that SL will thrash BD at any place on any day & any time.

  • POSTED BY Shamithmudalige on | February 21, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    I am seeing so many comments against Chandimal here. Its funny to see how some of our fans quickly forget the good things that he brought to the team and start criticizing for his recent failures.The same fans will start praising once he wins any trophy. Why do you expect him to win all the time? remember SL star playerMarvan Atapattu, masterblaster sanath, worldclass MURALI even Dilshan, how they started their career ?

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    good move from srilanka...sanga and dilsan should have been rested before....no one counts the runs they get against bangaladesh .....its gud that they are rested coz they will play against india and pak in asia cup.....and there shold be qualifier matches for the asia cup for teams like bangladesh etc....for competation as no one watches the bangladesh mathches

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Chandimal should be tested as an opener as india did with Rohit sharma who is doing well now. This will give more confidence to him ,specialy he is better payer against the fast bowlers. Its time to SL selectors to re-think of using dilshan in future since he looks that he has lost form and energy.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    i think chandi and kusal should open in this game.that could be a good chance for chandi to get in good form.and he should be the keeper.bcuz he is not a good fielder.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | February 21, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    Go Ban go. At least one match. This will make confident before Asia Cup

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Srilanka should ball first... Should OPening the batting with kusal and chandimal. No 3 great thirimanne 4 ahsan Priyanjan..................

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    it's time the youngsters warming the benches step up & perform without being passengers in the squad.

    1. Kusal 2. Thiri 3. Chandi 4. Ashan 5. A. Perera 6. Kithu 7. Mathews 8. Prassana 9. Senanayake 10. Prasad 11. Lakmal

    Thiri is a stable opener, Chandi should bat at no.3 which is his most comfortable position & should score big! No excuses for him, Ak perera should get a game. Prassana, Prasad & Lakmal should play & perform or else no point naming them in the future tour squads especially prassana because Chaturanga De silva needs a look at.

  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | February 21, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Chandimal failed due to his weakness against spin on slow tracks. Better Chandimal open with Kusal Perera. He'll do much better against fast bowlers. Thirimanna also a good asset as an opener. Those players play at least in T20's from here on instead of aging seniours. I think Dilshan, Sanga & Mahela will retire from ODI & T20's after 2015 WC. We need quite experienced youngsters to fill the gaps. Main issue is with the pace battery. There should be another couple of young fast bowlers bowling along with Malinga or Kule in T20's and ODI's and they need to be groomed under the guidance of seniour bowlers. SL has capable batsmen & spinners for the future. But pacers are the issue with us.

  • POSTED BY Reggaecricket on | February 21, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Is it possible that Dilshan has reached the end of the road? His form has been dismal and there are youngsters knocking at the door.

  • POSTED BY SuchaSL on | February 21, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Back to the Future, we gonna watch a match in 2019. All the best young team. Malinga should have been rested. Dear Sri Lankan fans, be patience with Chandimal. There should be a valid reason for Sanath & co to give him such a extended chance. Every cricketer has a bad period.

  • POSTED BY ErangaMahesh on | February 21, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Wrong URL for Bangladesh's highest runscorer in ODIs.it navigating to the same article

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    I Have Watched Chandimal Bat. Selectors Should Drop Him For Tomorrow's Match. He Is Having A Big Technical Problem When He Is Playing On Slow Tracks, His Feet Movement Is Horrible. That's Why He Plays Better On Fast Tracks. The Problem Is His Wrists Are Very Stiff, As A Result He Can't Make Quick Changes In His Stroke Play, Just Watch Sanga And Mehela Full Of Wristy Strokes. And Also They Can Improvise Very Well, Which Is Useful For One Day Matches. I Think Mevan Attapathu Can Put That Right. Just Love Mevan's Cover Drive And Leg Glance.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    It is Great News that Sanga Dilshan Mahel not playing Final Match tomorrow Young stars can prove them self good luck boys

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    @wapuser on what basis are you saying Bangladesh is better team than Pakistan. In Batting, bowling or fielding. I respect Bangladesh and Srilanka equally but I don't agree with you bro.

  • POSTED BY wackwella on | February 21, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    @Ali_Chaudhary What are you talking about? looks like you are so poor in mathematics. Since Sanga played so many ODI matches, getting a hundred won't boost his average that much. Same thing applies to a low score. Not only against Bangladesh, he has also scored so many hundreds against good sides on tough conditions. Before Bangladesh test tour, Sanga's test average was around 56.5 and after scoring so many runs including a triple century, his average only boosted by one run.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | February 21, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @Black_Rider ; Yeah, I also think that Thiri is a very good young prospect. Some of these fans really need to go easy on these guys. Both Chandi and Thiri are only struggling in Asian conditions. It can be rectified over time. These guys are like fish in the water when they play in Australian, England or South African conditions. That's something remarkable coz many SC batsmen find to hard to excel in those conditions. So, its too early write these guys off. It took 89 games for Sanga to score his first century and he had scored only 6 50's before that. I would rather have slow learners/ late bloomers than some one-hit wonders.

  • POSTED BY AneYako on | February 21, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    SL playing without Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga, Herath and Shaminda Eranga. I think this is a good opportunity for the youngsters. Should be an exciting match. Although I think Thiramanne is good choice to open since he is a more careful batsman than Kusal (would be a nice complimentary/support batsman) , I think maybe opening with Chandimal or Vithanage might be also interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Oh. massive contest in tommorow match. srilanka playing with out sanga, mahela and dilshan it is great conrest. and good news thirimanne back in the team,Angelo perera gets a chance finaly,it is time to dropped chandimal

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 21, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Sri_Lankan Spot on mate!

  • POSTED BY sarcasticbd on | February 21, 2014, 9:24 GMT

    Is it the opportune time to salvage some pride? As Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan out of the fray, could Bangladesh ask for more to handover a defeat to visitors in the final match of the tour?

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    like to see KJ taking the gloves instead of chandimal

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    this would surely be an interesting game to watch

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 21, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    bangladesh better team than pakistan team.respect from sri lanka

  • POSTED BY Ali_Chaudhary on | February 21, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Very strange that Sanga will not play the match. He is the guy who loves such matches where he can make his average boosting 100´s. He always make sure that he makes in such matches enough runs to not let his average below 40. Even if good bowling side in crunch matches in tough conditions on big occasions gets him out as usual cheaply average because of such meaninless 100´s will remain healthy aka King Kallis.

  • POSTED BY rezmata on | February 21, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I just hope Chandi doesn't score a 50 here - that will cement his place for another 30 matches at least by the selectors even if he doesnt perform in them. I blame the selectors for Chandis demise. Gave him a guaranteed spot in the squad even when he had'nt proved him self.

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | February 21, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I know lots of SL fans go hard on me for saying this. I think Thiri is a good selection. Hundred he scored in Australia was brilliant. He will come good. He has a good technique. Remember Sanga was not this good when he came.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    We were in the same situation when Sanath,Murali,Vass exit. But we found Dile,Herath & Malinga.I think Kusal , Chandi & Ange will be the future.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | February 21, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    wow would've been super youngsters macth.go and win sl youngsters!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Sri_Lankan_Fan on | February 21, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    BANGLADESHI FANS ARE TO BE BLAMED FOR FAILURES OF THE TEAM. I remember there was a bangla fan who said they'll white wash SL and give one T20 to SL as a consolation price . I'd really like to see the face of that fan now !! Fans over value their team and give them stardom, and then they think they're bigger than the team. In last match Gazi dived and saved a boundary and threw the ball to the ground in disdain as if he took a world class catch , in last Asia cup tamim scored 4, 50's and pointed to the pavilion and counted 4, as if he scored 4 centuries !! These are below par players who are hyped by fans and media. Thats why when the captain screams from the dressing room not to slog they go and slog in the next ball. Cos they think they're bigger than the team.. That's the diff between SL and other Asian teams also, in SL players not stars or gods ,they're just players and can be seen in a hotel lobby or at a Rugby match and fans would just wave, that's it.

  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | February 21, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Very very good move. That has to be done long before. Those Youngsters must prove their capabilities as a team and SL lost the team spirit and heavily depends on those top 3. I think Lasith Malinga should be replaced with new fast bowler. We need to protect Lakmal & Eranga for England Tour. Need to fing new young fast bowler who can move the ball both ways with decent pace to suit ODI's and T20I. Malinga and Kulasekara are gone as bowlers but Kule can bat when needed. SL urgently needs a new battery of pace bowlers who can change the game.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 21, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    They will do better as the only impact creating one is Sanga now

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | February 21, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    It's surprising that at least one of the BIG3 have been playing in all games for 15 years. Just Makes you wonder what huge impact they have had on SL, i've always wondered how SL would fare without the 3 well we can find out 2mrw.

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    wow, waiting to see how these youngsters do! I wouldn't mind a defeat here!

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  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 8:36 GMT

    wow, waiting to see how these youngsters do! I wouldn't mind a defeat here!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | February 21, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    It's surprising that at least one of the BIG3 have been playing in all games for 15 years. Just Makes you wonder what huge impact they have had on SL, i've always wondered how SL would fare without the 3 well we can find out 2mrw.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 21, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    They will do better as the only impact creating one is Sanga now

  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | February 21, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Very very good move. That has to be done long before. Those Youngsters must prove their capabilities as a team and SL lost the team spirit and heavily depends on those top 3. I think Lasith Malinga should be replaced with new fast bowler. We need to protect Lakmal & Eranga for England Tour. Need to fing new young fast bowler who can move the ball both ways with decent pace to suit ODI's and T20I. Malinga and Kulasekara are gone as bowlers but Kule can bat when needed. SL urgently needs a new battery of pace bowlers who can change the game.

  • POSTED BY Sri_Lankan_Fan on | February 21, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    BANGLADESHI FANS ARE TO BE BLAMED FOR FAILURES OF THE TEAM. I remember there was a bangla fan who said they'll white wash SL and give one T20 to SL as a consolation price . I'd really like to see the face of that fan now !! Fans over value their team and give them stardom, and then they think they're bigger than the team. In last match Gazi dived and saved a boundary and threw the ball to the ground in disdain as if he took a world class catch , in last Asia cup tamim scored 4, 50's and pointed to the pavilion and counted 4, as if he scored 4 centuries !! These are below par players who are hyped by fans and media. Thats why when the captain screams from the dressing room not to slog they go and slog in the next ball. Cos they think they're bigger than the team.. That's the diff between SL and other Asian teams also, in SL players not stars or gods ,they're just players and can be seen in a hotel lobby or at a Rugby match and fans would just wave, that's it.

  • POSTED BY YsaKaru on | February 21, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    wow would've been super youngsters macth.go and win sl youngsters!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 21, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    We were in the same situation when Sanath,Murali,Vass exit. But we found Dile,Herath & Malinga.I think Kusal , Chandi & Ange will be the future.

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | February 21, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I know lots of SL fans go hard on me for saying this. I think Thiri is a good selection. Hundred he scored in Australia was brilliant. He will come good. He has a good technique. Remember Sanga was not this good when he came.

  • POSTED BY rezmata on | February 21, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    I just hope Chandi doesn't score a 50 here - that will cement his place for another 30 matches at least by the selectors even if he doesnt perform in them. I blame the selectors for Chandis demise. Gave him a guaranteed spot in the squad even when he had'nt proved him self.

  • POSTED BY Ali_Chaudhary on | February 21, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Very strange that Sanga will not play the match. He is the guy who loves such matches where he can make his average boosting 100´s. He always make sure that he makes in such matches enough runs to not let his average below 40. Even if good bowling side in crunch matches in tough conditions on big occasions gets him out as usual cheaply average because of such meaninless 100´s will remain healthy aka King Kallis.