Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Mirpur February 22, 2014

'Kusal showed maturity today' - Mathews

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Kusal Perera's well-paced maiden ODI century helped Sri Lanka clinch the ODI series 3-0 and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said the opener had shown maturity to set up the win in the absence of the team's senior players.

"Kusal Perera showed lot of maturity today," Mathews said. "We didn't have senior guys and someone had to step up. I am glad that he and Dinesh Chadimal did. He doesn't change his game, at any point. We have always told him to believe in himself and he batted brilliantly.

"We never say anything to any of our batters unless it is absolutely needed. We always told him [Perera] to enjoy and bat the way he does because if he gets the start, he will win more games for us."

The opener began quietly but opened up with a four and two sixes. However, he did not hit a boundary between the 10th and 23rd overs when Sri Lanka needed to rebuild after quick wickets. Along with Dinesh Chandimal, Perera ensured Sri Lanka were able to control the required run rate in spite of a few quiet overs.

While his first 50 came off 80 balls, the next fifty runs took 38 balls as the batsman surpassed his previous best of 64 against Pakistan. It was also his second fifty-plus score against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka were also helped by Suranga Lakmal, who bowled the most economical spell of his 21-match ODI career. He gave away 24 runs and took two wickets, and his use of the crease, lengths and change of pace were apt in all situations.

"Suranga [Lakmal] was brilliant today. I thought he bowled eight overs for eight runs. We didn't have Lasith Malinga so he had the burden of bowling well and he did exactly that," Mathews said. "I am very pleased with the way he bowled today, as well as Dinesh Chandimal who ran into good form today."

According to Mathews, Sri Lanka's rally from 67 for 8 to an eventually match-winning total of 180 in the first ODI was the turning point of the series.

"We had the fighting spirit," Mathews said. "When we were 67 for 8, most of you guys would have thought we would have given up the game but we hung in there.

"Thisara [Perera] played a really good knock and from there onwards it was just going on. We always believed in ourselves, believed in our team spirit. We never give up. We are really pleased with the guys."

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

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  • nilb on February 25, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    @sysubrceq0 Yeah your right it's still early days. I'm talking about how well he batted in Aus not the final scores. That 22 not out was in a fast pitch to a good bowling attack under pressure and in a low scoring match.

  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 24, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    While Sri Lanka batted well, Bangladesh bowling is very ordinary due to their coaches who have been very poor.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 24, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Bangladesh need to get rid of Razzaq and Rubel Hossain who are always very expensive

  • sysubrceq0 on February 24, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @nilb- kusal may be a good player but the way u boast abt him is like he is already a great player. Against Aus is he good? 22 highest score and one 50+ with pak thats all. Less than 10 avg against india, england, nz and SA. His 3 50+ scores are in subcontinent and 2 against BAN. For now he is below avg player lets see how he turns out to be in future.

  • on February 24, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Lakmal should have been regular ODI player. He will be a good supporter to Malinga.

  • pull_shot on February 23, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    @nilb well india is beaten by bangladesh but ur srilanka is beaten by every team and i think u lost all 3 matches

  • sysubrceq0 on February 23, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    @Sinhabahu - outside subcontinent SL is more competant than India? Can you tell how many series SL won outside subcontinent exclude ZIM?

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    @neanderthal I'm talking about Kusal Perera's batting in a article about him not about IND. You are talking about IND in a article about a SL player in a SL vs BAN match. So who's jealous here? Are u afraid IND is going to be smashed by BAN again?

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    @neanderthal I was talking about Kusal Perera's batting against good teams in my answer. About what you said: Given the days with test status SL has achieved better results than most. One world cup and countless finals. IND with all the IPL money and a huge population cannot even find a decent fast bowler and the batsmen can hit the ball only in dusty flat tracks in their own backyard. If you were not born yesterday you would've known that IND has been the favorite punching bag of BAN, PAK and SL. Jayasuriya's favorite bowlers were INDian "fast" bowlers.

  • on February 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Damn it one pleasing presentation from the Sri Lankan Captain after sometime... that's the spirit boys..keep it up..

  • nilb on February 25, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    @sysubrceq0 Yeah your right it's still early days. I'm talking about how well he batted in Aus not the final scores. That 22 not out was in a fast pitch to a good bowling attack under pressure and in a low scoring match.

  • naimurchowdhury32 on February 24, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    While Sri Lanka batted well, Bangladesh bowling is very ordinary due to their coaches who have been very poor.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 24, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    Bangladesh need to get rid of Razzaq and Rubel Hossain who are always very expensive

  • sysubrceq0 on February 24, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @nilb- kusal may be a good player but the way u boast abt him is like he is already a great player. Against Aus is he good? 22 highest score and one 50+ with pak thats all. Less than 10 avg against india, england, nz and SA. His 3 50+ scores are in subcontinent and 2 against BAN. For now he is below avg player lets see how he turns out to be in future.

  • on February 24, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    Lakmal should have been regular ODI player. He will be a good supporter to Malinga.

  • pull_shot on February 23, 2014, 22:42 GMT

    @nilb well india is beaten by bangladesh but ur srilanka is beaten by every team and i think u lost all 3 matches

  • sysubrceq0 on February 23, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    @Sinhabahu - outside subcontinent SL is more competant than India? Can you tell how many series SL won outside subcontinent exclude ZIM?

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    @neanderthal I'm talking about Kusal Perera's batting in a article about him not about IND. You are talking about IND in a article about a SL player in a SL vs BAN match. So who's jealous here? Are u afraid IND is going to be smashed by BAN again?

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    @neanderthal I was talking about Kusal Perera's batting against good teams in my answer. About what you said: Given the days with test status SL has achieved better results than most. One world cup and countless finals. IND with all the IPL money and a huge population cannot even find a decent fast bowler and the batsmen can hit the ball only in dusty flat tracks in their own backyard. If you were not born yesterday you would've known that IND has been the favorite punching bag of BAN, PAK and SL. Jayasuriya's favorite bowlers were INDian "fast" bowlers.

  • on February 23, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Damn it one pleasing presentation from the Sri Lankan Captain after sometime... that's the spirit boys..keep it up..

  • on February 23, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    SL side is looking good.I'm happy that the selectors took a mature decision to rest the seniors and give the young guns a go.We must do this more frequently - Because in a couple more years we will not have the services of dilshan,Sanga and Mahela.Our test team is okay,we need a good bowling allrounder like Imran khan or Kapil dev, other than that quite pleased with how the series turned out.Kudos SL cricket team!

  • neanderthal on February 23, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    @nilb, haha practice match in champions trophy? And what happened in the actual semi final match? Do you remember that? If you have so much to say even after losing so many times to India then it's pointless to have any argument with facts with you. All I can see here is some extremely jealous SL fans. Who know that in last few years no team has own as many trophies as India. Our test record outside subcontinent has been abysmal in recent years, but please don't pretend that it has been any different for SL.

  • on February 23, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    nothing new BD lost the match again due to bad luck hahahah

  • Sinhabahu on February 23, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    @ahmedfaysal, maybe India is a better side in sub-continental conditions, but SL can actually compete outside that.

  • Prabhash1985 on February 23, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Fighting spirit is golden, but you need to be consistent. Sri Lanka should try to be more consistent in batting, bowling and fielding. It requires a lot of practice, practice for technique, and a good set of strategies. Otherwise, we will win a match or two, and will not be able to win enough. Sri Lanka was always inconsistent. They can come out of deepest pitfalls, by climbing up the steepest walls, but they don't crush down other teams unlike Australia or West Indies in 80s. You have to come to that point. May be that's not in our intrinsics. We never wanted to attack anyone. But, to be called "greatest of all", you have to be really attacking, and surviving. Good, but not good enough.

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    @Specified Abhijit Kusal has performed against better teams than IND already. Namely BAN and AUS. Kusal smashed the IND bowlers in the practice match against IND in the champions trophy.

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    @ahmedfaysal India has been beaten by BAN in Asia cup before and BAN might do that again. IND is the weakest team in the subcontinent maybe only slightly better than BAN.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 22, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Bangladesh have been destroyed by their coaches Jurgensen, Mcinnes and Anderson who have done nothing at all and are incapable of doing anything.

    They are just too soft, nice and friendly to the players and allowing them to get away with repeated mistakes.

  • on February 22, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    @ahmedfaysal we'll be able to see whether India is a better side than Sri Lanka when they meet for Asia cup. The Bangladeshis doesn't have a good record against Sri Lanka. But certainly it will be really difficult for INdia to defeat them at home.

  • on February 22, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Asia Cup or Twenty20, whatever it is, it's no one is going to take the cup easily, against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. The are a mature team now. ( only black mark - SHAKIB ) Hope no other players take his attitude. 3rd ODI, Gazi was warned by the umpire unnecessarily at the keepers end.

  • on February 22, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    This kusal guy is an asset for SL cricket ..he got amazing Bat speed, which is the key behind his powerful strokes. If he can play with much control, as he did today he can become a consistent, match winner 4 SL...wish you all the best for the future...!!

  • cricaddict11 on February 22, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    some of friends here think that it is so easy against Bangladesh. But i think that it is not. you guys should these matches closely to see otherwise. they are a really good side in these dyeing turning wickets. Anyway we can clarify that more clearly in the coming Asia Cup.

  • ahmedfaysal on February 22, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    The series win was a fluck. India is much much better side than srilanka. They should be whitewashed by bangladesh. India will win the asia cup easily.

  • on February 22, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    kusal palyed well....but no one counts the runs against againts bangladesh.....so he has show his class against india and pak in asia cup....and bangladesh should have wiin against afganistan for their fans...

  • Cricsnake on February 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Kusal getting matured with time, but the real issue is his consistency. He should keep the momentum and work hard like Sanga to be more consistent. That's the key for his success. Good Luck for young KJP !

  • on February 22, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    ya very good day for us! seeing chathuranga form for SL A he should come for our team because we still short of a good spin allrounder my line up for asia cup kusal,mahela,sanga,chandi,ashan,mathews,chathuranga,thisara,sachi,lakmal,malinga 9 batsman 7 bowlers! balance team

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  • on February 22, 2014, 18:07 GMT

    ya very good day for us! seeing chathuranga form for SL A he should come for our team because we still short of a good spin allrounder my line up for asia cup kusal,mahela,sanga,chandi,ashan,mathews,chathuranga,thisara,sachi,lakmal,malinga 9 batsman 7 bowlers! balance team

  • Cricsnake on February 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Kusal getting matured with time, but the real issue is his consistency. He should keep the momentum and work hard like Sanga to be more consistent. That's the key for his success. Good Luck for young KJP !

  • on February 22, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    kusal palyed well....but no one counts the runs against againts bangladesh.....so he has show his class against india and pak in asia cup....and bangladesh should have wiin against afganistan for their fans...

  • ahmedfaysal on February 22, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    The series win was a fluck. India is much much better side than srilanka. They should be whitewashed by bangladesh. India will win the asia cup easily.

  • cricaddict11 on February 22, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    some of friends here think that it is so easy against Bangladesh. But i think that it is not. you guys should these matches closely to see otherwise. they are a really good side in these dyeing turning wickets. Anyway we can clarify that more clearly in the coming Asia Cup.

  • on February 22, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    This kusal guy is an asset for SL cricket ..he got amazing Bat speed, which is the key behind his powerful strokes. If he can play with much control, as he did today he can become a consistent, match winner 4 SL...wish you all the best for the future...!!

  • on February 22, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Asia Cup or Twenty20, whatever it is, it's no one is going to take the cup easily, against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. The are a mature team now. ( only black mark - SHAKIB ) Hope no other players take his attitude. 3rd ODI, Gazi was warned by the umpire unnecessarily at the keepers end.

  • on February 22, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    @ahmedfaysal we'll be able to see whether India is a better side than Sri Lanka when they meet for Asia cup. The Bangladeshis doesn't have a good record against Sri Lanka. But certainly it will be really difficult for INdia to defeat them at home.

  • AbdulMohamad731 on February 22, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Bangladesh have been destroyed by their coaches Jurgensen, Mcinnes and Anderson who have done nothing at all and are incapable of doing anything.

    They are just too soft, nice and friendly to the players and allowing them to get away with repeated mistakes.

  • nilb on February 23, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    @ahmedfaysal India has been beaten by BAN in Asia cup before and BAN might do that again. IND is the weakest team in the subcontinent maybe only slightly better than BAN.