Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota August 4, 2013

Bowlers, Miller set up series win

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South Africa 145 for 6 (Miller 36, Senanayake 2-18) beat Sri Lanka 123 for 7 (Sangakkara 39, Tsotsobe 2-17) by 22 runs
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It was South Africa against Kumar Sangakkara again, this time in Hambantota, and the visiting bowling unit overcame to guarantee their side a trophy. In vicious winds, South Africa's attack held their nerve to defend a challenging total and ensure the series was won with a game to play.

Sangakkara was the only batsman to mount a challenge and lacked the support South Africa's line-up gave each other, albeit somewhat scrappy. Their top order showed slight improvements and two partnerships in the 30s helped them post a sizable target but, as was the case in the first match, the bowlers were tasked with winning the match. Led by Lonwabo Tsotsobe upfront, they struck regularly to ensure Sri Lanka were always an arm's length from the total.

Sri Lanka stumbled from the get-go when Mahela Jayawardene, who was brought back into the XI in place of the rested Tillakaratne Dilshan, lasted five balls. Tsotsobe got a short ball to angle across him and Jayawardene edged to Quinton de Kock. Kusal Perera took three boundaries off Morne Morkel to threaten his first score of substance in the series but lost another partner early on. Dinesh Chandimal chased a wide one from Tsotsobe and was also caught behind.

Then, Sri Lankan hearts were set aflutter when Perera and Kumar Sangakkara could have been dismissed three times in the space of six balls. Perera pulled Tsotsobe in the direction of two fielders but found space, while Sangakkara outside edged Parnell past a vacant slip area and then inside-edged inches away from his stumps.

The pair managed six runs off the next 15 deliveries before Perera was trapped in front trying to reverse sweep an Imran Tahir googly. Replays showed it had pitched just outside leg but with no DRS reviews in the shortest format, Perera had to go. He did, shaking his head all the way.

Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne rebuilt but picked the wrong bowler to take on when Wayne Parnell was brought back. Thirimanne tried to heave him over midwicket and was bowled off a full delivery. Angelo Mathews holed out but Sri Lanka's challenge ended when Sangakkara was caught by David Wiese at extra cover.

Wiese was playing only his second match for South Africa and has not done too much of note yet but he back-pedaled to take the catch over his head and ensure Sri Lanka had too much to do. They needed 56 runs off the last five overs and, as South Africa's batting showed, that was always going to be unlikely.

South Africa's opening stand failed again when Henry Davids was bowled by a Nuwan Kulasekara inswinger. De Kock showed improvement with a more aggressive approach and used his feet better to come down the track, especially against the spinners. He took it too far though and was stumped off Sachithra Senanayake's bowling.

AB de Villiers and JP Duminy put on 38 for the fourth wicket, which proved the difference between the two sides. De Villiers looked well set when he was run-out but had helped lay a small foundation for David Miller to capitalise on.

Although South Africa's finishing was not explosive, Miller managed two big sixes in his favourite area down the ground. He eventually fell on his sword but the 36 runs he put on was enough to earn him the Man-of-the-Match award.

South Africa's record against Sri Lanka in T20s on the island is vastly different to the ODI form. While they have only won two fifty-over matches, South Africa have triumphed in all three T20s played against Sri Lanka in their homeland.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on August 5, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Well played South Africa for yet another win and clinching the series with a much improved and committed performance. It was strange to see Sri Lanka resting the in form Dilshan and bringing in out of form Mahela for an important match which would have an impact on the series. Chandimal at no. 3 was another mistake as tirimanne would have been a better option. Now that the series is lost SL might as well rest Sanga who has been the livewire for SL during this tour & the other seniors and expose some youngsters with the future in mind.SL selectors should embark on finding specialists for this format of the game instead of playing the same old team in all formats of the game.

  • proteasfire on August 4, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa!! Excellent win again and a thoroughly professional performance!! Faf is getting better and better as a captain and the T20 team looks calm and composed under him. Miller played a beautiful cameo in the middle ably supported by JP to set up a challenging total. Tsotsobe gave a great start with the ball and every bowler backed it up well. Fielding was good too and Wiese's catch summed it up. The top order showed a lot of intent today and looked positive but still need a better performance. AB was in sublime touch today,its unfortunate that he ran himself out. Every bowler did his job and cannot ask for a better performance. Sri Lanka always struggled in the chase and no one could get going except Sanga. Kusal played attacking strokes upfront but the lack of experience and temperament cost his wicket. Keeping the Lions quiet in their own den, it was Proteas flower that bloomed on a windy evening!! Congrats Faf and team!! Go and make it 3-0!!

  • Unomaas on August 4, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    The presence of Tahir in the squad is a big boost for the team. The variety and attacking nature that he brings to the team is encouraging but most of all, its his attitude towards the game that is infectious! He lifts the team by being a positive person. The middle period he bowled was economical and his extended use of his googly kept the batsman quiet. Im sure many saffas want to see his promotion to the ODI side....

  • on August 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Not much is being made of Tahirs immense contribution to the side. He gave away 5/over and took some wickets compared to Phangiso/Perterson who went for over 8 in the one dayers with fewer wickets. Why have the selectors not gone with him earlier and why is he still on the sidelines in the one-day format. Perhaps its time Perterson and Phangiso were dropped along with Ingram and McClaren who both turned in mediocre performances. McClaren is not a one-day allrounder and not suited to the finishing role Also DeKock still seems too immature for one-day and plays a high risk game suited to t20. He needs time out too.

  • on August 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    It's only the bowlers who are providing the base for sri lanka's ranking in the T20's - the batting is abysmal - there is no consistency in the middle order, nor is there firepower in the initial over and the latter sategs - except perhapsa a little bit in Perera and Mathews. Contrast that with SA - Miller, Duminy, Albie -- India - Dhoni Raina Jadeja - WI - Pollard, Bravo , Sammy. At least we should have explosive openers like Aussi (Watson/ Warner ) (Newzealnd - Brendon Mccalum ) to compensate - Kusal is not in the same league as Jayasuriya, but he can be given a few more chances maybe in the middle - but Chandiamal and Thirimanne are woeful - Thirimane especially is a waste in T20's as he does not have a second gear. Chandimal has been give so many chances but he has not put in a significant match winning performance for as far as I can remember - Contrast that with the likes of Arjuna and Aravinda who were not only solid but could turn a match around at will

  • Sinhaya on August 5, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I see lot of worries about our youngsters. Yes Thirimanne better stick to tests and ODIs as he has shown signs in these 2 formats. Kushal Perera needs to be persisted with like Marvan Atapattu. Chandimal should be dropped as he has failed to cross 50 in internationals since March. Dimuth Karunaratne is good but not sure if he fits T20 cricket. Our bowling is not a worry indeed especially for ODIs and T20s as Senanayake is a great find. Dhananjaya may be better than Ajantha Mendis. Our fault also for not giving good batting friendly conditions to our young frigate to boost their confidence.

  • on August 5, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka may do well to send Mathews and Thisara and in the first 4 for T20s. Mathews bat at no 4 for his club and used to bat at all positions for school including opening. I also feel that Angelo Perera should bat at the top 4 as well as a experiment. Let Mahela, Sanga bat later to accelerate. Unfortunately Chandimal has lost his flair and he is not hitting well now. It may change any time but as of now he is not T20 material. He is a brilliant batter of course. May be bring in Kapu as a wild card may play dividends who knows. Our bowling looks adequate but not the boundary clearing.

  • on August 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    For all those guys who are bashing Chandimal here. I will keep saying that "He is the next 'big thing' in SL cricket" despite his poor shows. He has changed his game a lot which has affected his batting quite significantly. I dont know the cause behind him. One possible reason wud hav been Marvan's pedagogy. Chandi just needs to be the same as he when he entered the int'l scene with 2 attacking tons(Harare & Lord's). From those 2 innings, this guy's talent was evident. Just stick to him and let sumone advise him to play his natural game n u will see this guy producing laurels for SL cricket. I too wont exclude Thirimanne from the team given his stable batting. I agree wih ppl saying he is not T20 material but T20 is not all abou hitting. Its about playing quality shots too which Thiri has but needs more time to develop. High time that Angelo P shud be given a chance.

  • on August 5, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Wonder, whether Chandimal is heavily over-rated? There is a huge gap in the captaincy skills of Sanga & Mahela on the one hand and those of the two youngsters SL is trying to groom into taking over the roles performed by those two contemporary legends in SL Cricket, in such an exemplary manner! A long way to go!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 5, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    SL's win loss ratio was 0.29 till 31st Dec 1990. It was 0.68 for next 5 years till 31st Dec 1995. It improved to 1.06 for next 5 years ending at 31st Dec 2000. It was 1.07 till 31st Dec 2005. It was 1.33 till 31 Dec 2010. It is 1.05 from 1 Jan 2011 till date now. SL fans thought they were good post WC 1996 but if you looked at stats, they were constant from 1991 to 2005. This period belonged to Arjuna, Arvinda, Murli, Vaas. These guys put SL on the world map and raised their previous standard. The best period was between 1 Jan 2006 to 31st Dec 2010 where it raised to 1.33. It is par now if calculate from 1 Jan 2011. It could be better if IND had not good record recently against them. SL fans should not be worried at all. Looking at the comments here, I would say they are too harsh on the team now. They maintain average win/loss ratio in spite of transition period. They should be given free space without their 3 current seniors. Only then they will prosper. Surely. Let them stand alone.

  • on August 5, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    Well played South Africa for yet another win and clinching the series with a much improved and committed performance. It was strange to see Sri Lanka resting the in form Dilshan and bringing in out of form Mahela for an important match which would have an impact on the series. Chandimal at no. 3 was another mistake as tirimanne would have been a better option. Now that the series is lost SL might as well rest Sanga who has been the livewire for SL during this tour & the other seniors and expose some youngsters with the future in mind.SL selectors should embark on finding specialists for this format of the game instead of playing the same old team in all formats of the game.

  • proteasfire on August 4, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Congratulations South Africa!! Excellent win again and a thoroughly professional performance!! Faf is getting better and better as a captain and the T20 team looks calm and composed under him. Miller played a beautiful cameo in the middle ably supported by JP to set up a challenging total. Tsotsobe gave a great start with the ball and every bowler backed it up well. Fielding was good too and Wiese's catch summed it up. The top order showed a lot of intent today and looked positive but still need a better performance. AB was in sublime touch today,its unfortunate that he ran himself out. Every bowler did his job and cannot ask for a better performance. Sri Lanka always struggled in the chase and no one could get going except Sanga. Kusal played attacking strokes upfront but the lack of experience and temperament cost his wicket. Keeping the Lions quiet in their own den, it was Proteas flower that bloomed on a windy evening!! Congrats Faf and team!! Go and make it 3-0!!

  • Unomaas on August 4, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    The presence of Tahir in the squad is a big boost for the team. The variety and attacking nature that he brings to the team is encouraging but most of all, its his attitude towards the game that is infectious! He lifts the team by being a positive person. The middle period he bowled was economical and his extended use of his googly kept the batsman quiet. Im sure many saffas want to see his promotion to the ODI side....

  • on August 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Not much is being made of Tahirs immense contribution to the side. He gave away 5/over and took some wickets compared to Phangiso/Perterson who went for over 8 in the one dayers with fewer wickets. Why have the selectors not gone with him earlier and why is he still on the sidelines in the one-day format. Perhaps its time Perterson and Phangiso were dropped along with Ingram and McClaren who both turned in mediocre performances. McClaren is not a one-day allrounder and not suited to the finishing role Also DeKock still seems too immature for one-day and plays a high risk game suited to t20. He needs time out too.

  • on August 6, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    It's only the bowlers who are providing the base for sri lanka's ranking in the T20's - the batting is abysmal - there is no consistency in the middle order, nor is there firepower in the initial over and the latter sategs - except perhapsa a little bit in Perera and Mathews. Contrast that with SA - Miller, Duminy, Albie -- India - Dhoni Raina Jadeja - WI - Pollard, Bravo , Sammy. At least we should have explosive openers like Aussi (Watson/ Warner ) (Newzealnd - Brendon Mccalum ) to compensate - Kusal is not in the same league as Jayasuriya, but he can be given a few more chances maybe in the middle - but Chandiamal and Thirimanne are woeful - Thirimane especially is a waste in T20's as he does not have a second gear. Chandimal has been give so many chances but he has not put in a significant match winning performance for as far as I can remember - Contrast that with the likes of Arjuna and Aravinda who were not only solid but could turn a match around at will

  • Sinhaya on August 5, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I see lot of worries about our youngsters. Yes Thirimanne better stick to tests and ODIs as he has shown signs in these 2 formats. Kushal Perera needs to be persisted with like Marvan Atapattu. Chandimal should be dropped as he has failed to cross 50 in internationals since March. Dimuth Karunaratne is good but not sure if he fits T20 cricket. Our bowling is not a worry indeed especially for ODIs and T20s as Senanayake is a great find. Dhananjaya may be better than Ajantha Mendis. Our fault also for not giving good batting friendly conditions to our young frigate to boost their confidence.

  • on August 5, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka may do well to send Mathews and Thisara and in the first 4 for T20s. Mathews bat at no 4 for his club and used to bat at all positions for school including opening. I also feel that Angelo Perera should bat at the top 4 as well as a experiment. Let Mahela, Sanga bat later to accelerate. Unfortunately Chandimal has lost his flair and he is not hitting well now. It may change any time but as of now he is not T20 material. He is a brilliant batter of course. May be bring in Kapu as a wild card may play dividends who knows. Our bowling looks adequate but not the boundary clearing.

  • on August 5, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    For all those guys who are bashing Chandimal here. I will keep saying that "He is the next 'big thing' in SL cricket" despite his poor shows. He has changed his game a lot which has affected his batting quite significantly. I dont know the cause behind him. One possible reason wud hav been Marvan's pedagogy. Chandi just needs to be the same as he when he entered the int'l scene with 2 attacking tons(Harare & Lord's). From those 2 innings, this guy's talent was evident. Just stick to him and let sumone advise him to play his natural game n u will see this guy producing laurels for SL cricket. I too wont exclude Thirimanne from the team given his stable batting. I agree wih ppl saying he is not T20 material but T20 is not all abou hitting. Its about playing quality shots too which Thiri has but needs more time to develop. High time that Angelo P shud be given a chance.

  • on August 5, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Wonder, whether Chandimal is heavily over-rated? There is a huge gap in the captaincy skills of Sanga & Mahela on the one hand and those of the two youngsters SL is trying to groom into taking over the roles performed by those two contemporary legends in SL Cricket, in such an exemplary manner! A long way to go!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 5, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    SL's win loss ratio was 0.29 till 31st Dec 1990. It was 0.68 for next 5 years till 31st Dec 1995. It improved to 1.06 for next 5 years ending at 31st Dec 2000. It was 1.07 till 31st Dec 2005. It was 1.33 till 31 Dec 2010. It is 1.05 from 1 Jan 2011 till date now. SL fans thought they were good post WC 1996 but if you looked at stats, they were constant from 1991 to 2005. This period belonged to Arjuna, Arvinda, Murli, Vaas. These guys put SL on the world map and raised their previous standard. The best period was between 1 Jan 2006 to 31st Dec 2010 where it raised to 1.33. It is par now if calculate from 1 Jan 2011. It could be better if IND had not good record recently against them. SL fans should not be worried at all. Looking at the comments here, I would say they are too harsh on the team now. They maintain average win/loss ratio in spite of transition period. They should be given free space without their 3 current seniors. Only then they will prosper. Surely. Let them stand alone.

  • AltafPatel on August 5, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Miller absolutely fits at 6, plays role like Klusener with same style. Though SA will be missing for bowling support from Miller. Tahir proved his inclusion in ODI might have changed the result. Faf should be given captaincy in ODIs as well. SA have good chance to level the account 4-4 by winning last match, clean sweep will be the extra bonus !

  • on August 5, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    well done SA..it was good come back After 4-1 loss.I am still With SL and Chandimal..it was good performance even though they on loosing side.turning point for me is..no 3 batsman of SL Chandimal.no 3 is not for chandimal..it should either go with Sanga or thirimanna..but chandimal is no 4 for sure.. LOoking at the performances..I am happy sri lankan youngsters..Chandimal is better than mathews as captain,where he is so fluent in creating pressure and bowling changes.Mathews is far way back.I felt kusal is pretty unlucky and Sri lanka did well in bowling except MAlinga.Malings is out of form for me rather he should be in bench and shamind should be back with the pace 140+(I didnt see 140+ pace variation from malinga for while).Sri lanka did well in batting under windy conditions.Il tell conditions were worst than SA innings.Anyway..Sri lankan young batsman need to find their Sweetmusic.Anyhow..it was good performance from SA but Sri lanka is not second from youngsters point

  • AltafPatel on August 5, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Faf again showed is ability with captaincy. Same as in first game, he wisely used bowlers to defend comparative total. Using Parnel in death shows tactical skills of Faf and he should be considered to lead team in ODIs as well particularly when option for DeVilliers is started to be considered.

  • Naked_Cricket on August 5, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    OInly one reason, Person who not in the Team in Last world cup T20 , now captaining the SL. Bad selection by Selection Team and Management.

  • mark2011 on August 5, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    other than Chandimal & Thirimanna, do SL not have talented batsmen in the country?

  • on August 5, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    if tirimanne has a place in the xi, it should be no:3. but he is not a T20 player, He has no clue when chasing 170+ score. But considering our resources i would play him at no3,As he is still better than all ther youngsters. chandimal should be dropped at least for 1 match due to poor form. If he continue to play, he will loose his place in all formats in near future. Tisara should be send before mathews. Tisara is not a finisher. He always sacrifise is wicket for pressure situations. But he could be useful at 13-18 overs.Mathews should undertake finisher's job where he has proven he should be. Bawling is perfect with Kula,sachitra, mendis, mali. Hope SL keep no 1 ranking after this series.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 5, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    No mattter how many times, ppl comment here... no matter how many suggestions we came across, SA just need to take 2 or 3 wickets to win the match... but SL need to plan n get 6-7 wickets of opposition team, n some time even 10. coz best partnerships comes from #10 n 11.

    Chandimal, Thirimanne, Not suitable for T20 format. In fact Chandimal hanging in ODI team just coz he doesnt bat most of the time.

    Kusal, Thisara need to improve their batting. Kusal is an easy LBW candidate. Thisara simply doesnt hv enough shots. never saw him playing high elbow cover drive (Correct me if i am wrong).

    SL need to increase their bowling options. They simply cannot fill the team with pure batsmen who cannot bat.(this is why i said SL cannot rest Dilshan) SL need to search for All rounders. there r whole bunch waiting. they just need to hv a chance.

    To improve SL batting, they need to play more n more test matches rather than short format.

  • Peternarendra on August 5, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka should bring Aravinda De Silva as the batting coach. I think he can teach the batsmen to handle pressure and hit sixes when it is needed. Atthapatthu's coaching is not effective for T20 s.Under his coaching, Dinesh Chandimal can't clear the boundary as he did early in his career. For T20 s, it is not a good idea to put number of consolidators. If Sangakkara plays, Thirimanna shouldn't be included in to the final 11. Also, Munaweera and Kapugedera should be given chances instead of old Dilshan and Mahela as they can clear the boundary easily. Meanwhile, Angelo Perera should also be included in to the final 11. If Sri Lanka won't be able to do modifications in to the team, they may be the runner up or semifinalist (except championship) in future world cups with this Sangakkara and Mahela as in 2003, 2007, 2009 T20,2010 T20, 2011, 2012 T20. Selectors should concern that many other T20 teams in the world have 3 or four hard hitters in their team in addition to bowling all-rounder

  • colombo_SL on August 5, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    @Eranga Abeygunawardana; Thanks for the reply bro. Mahela was under the captaincy burden most of the time in his career. Count this factor is also into account. You said, "Only reason Mahela to be in the team is, his past performance". I would like to modify it like this. "Only reason Mahela to be in the team is, our juniors present performance". These juniors should realize that, bat n ball is not sufficient to play cricket. They should possess sufficient amount of brain to be smart cricketers. Hope it may develop by giving opportunities for youngsters. Until then, we have to be patient!

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 5, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I'm wondering why the SA performances suddenly improved in the T20's..is it the captaincy? First and foremost they need to stick with Tahir as the spinner (ODI included). The Sri Lankans looked nowhere near as comfortable with him as they did with Robby P. He bowls aggressively yet was still economical and brings a hunger and postive attitude to the side. Ok he can still work on fielding (and running on the wicket) but his main job is spinning and he does that well. Parnell also suddenly looks like the bowler he always threatened to become. Maybe they put him in international cricket too early. He was bowling with pace and swing and his death bowling was tight. Plus he can bat. The batsmen also played more smartly. Whatever the approach they need to try and transplant it to the ODI team now and execute.

  • on August 5, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    I m a Pakistani and i like srilankan team but this time I m with a S.Africa coz if they win in the third t20i pakistan will top the t20 rankigs.

  • mark2011 on August 5, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @ Eranga Abeygunawardana on (August 5, 2013, 8:16 GMT); poor comparison.. just looking at no.of centuries alone how cann u say Tharanga is better than Mahela. both averages almost same. Tharanga is a opening batsman, so he has every chance of getting a 100 if he bats well, but MJ is not opening batsman he has played many position from # 1 to # 5, so even if he bats longer time there wont be chance him to get a 100..Yes MJ also not in good form, no consistancy..but he has better skills than Tharanga... if Tharanga can rectify his obvious weakness of poking outside the off stump ball, he could be much reliable batsman, but dont conclude Tharanga superiority over MJ based on centuries...

  • sachinisawesome on August 5, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner No opinions today. Please enlighten us what did you think about the game yesterday.

  • on August 5, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Mahela is not a good T20 batsman at all. He proved that in last IPLs also. He was not scoring runs at all.

  • gsamiru on August 5, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    @ Shavoi Believe that SL need some senior members to guide the young captain. On the other hand apart from two seniors all the others were youngsters, so there's no question about feeding the young blood into the team. Replacing all the seniors with youngsters is not a good idea at all. My feeling is all, Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan will play for the next T20 world cup in march and if so they also should be with match practice by then. Which means this is not a good period for SL to make huge changes and transfers if they want to win the T20 world cup.

  • mgsperera on August 5, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Well Done , They plaled well !!! but SL point of view Mathews , Thirimanne should be droped from the T20s..thier contribution is less & not up to the T20 standards..bring back Kapu & Angelo P/ youngster to the team ..We didnt use pour batting order effectivly..Thisara shud bat at number 5/6 insted of 7/8/9...we dnt have finishers like DONI ..therfore shud not wait till last overs ..do the impact in 12th to 17th overs ..this is what we didnt capitalized...

  • mark2011 on August 5, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    SL has a real problem in chasing targets in T20 in batting second as record suggest. SL dont have good boundery/six hitters except for Thisara all others are more of accumulators.. they need lot of time to get into the game and play on.although that works in to some extent in ODI matches where there is enough time to get use to the situation, in T20 you dont get same amount of time, so with the lower Strike Rate players like Chandi,Thiri,Mathew cant accelearte the inning when required.clearly Thiri is not at all suitable for limited over games. he is OK for test.He has shown his inability so many times wasting balls of the match. Chandimal is very poor in his fielding & batting,during last 2 matches he misfield so many times and gave away runs. yestday also he got out playing a rash shot..Its high time for those youngsters to take responsibility & show performance now, if not they shud be droped, otherwise they wont learnt hard way, bcos enough chances have been given to them so far..

  • Falew on August 5, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Yes true Sanga scored well at last two matches.But we must drop all these seniors in t20 team.Also with that Rangana Herath.I can't understand why these seniors playing in the t20 team.All these 3 seniors haven't to prove anything to world what they can do.Why do they can't sacrifise their t20 spot to the young ones.The only possible reason for that is they want to play IPL as long as possible.That is the one and only reason.Please our cricket selectors.Drop that 3seniors as soon as possible.

    T20-[1]Kusal[2]Munaweera[3]Thirimanne/Chandimal[4]Angelo Perera[5]Mathews[6]Kapugedara[7]Thisara[8]Kulsasekara[9]Malinga[10]Sachithra[11]Mendis/Eranga-rely on conditions

    ODI-[1]Mahela/Dilshan[2]Kusal[3]Thrimanne[4]Sanga[5]Chandimal[6]Mathews[7]Kapugedara[8]Thisara[9]Malinga[10]Sachithra[11]Kulasekara/Mendis-rely on conditions

    Test-[1]Dilshan[2]Dimuth[3]Sanga[4]Thiri[5]Mahela[6]Mathews[7]Chandi[8]Welagedara[9]Eranga[10]Herath[11]Lakmal/Randiv-rely on condition.

  • on August 5, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    @ colombo_SL ,I'm not going to compare Dilshan to Tharanga since Dilshan is undoughtly the most consistant batsman in the team. But like to compare Tharanga to Mahela, Mahela has 16 centuries from 378 innings at 33.39 Average.But Tharanga has 13 Centuries from just 163 innings at 33.94 average.So it's very clear Tharanga is better than Mahela. And Tharanga has most runs ( above 200 ) partnership in many times.that's also a good sign for consistancy. Only reason Mahela to be in the team is, his past performane.

  • colombo_SL on August 5, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    @Eranga Abeygunawardana; Upul Tharanga has scored 13 centuries in 171 odi's. Do you mean, he is consistent than Mahela, sanga & Dilshan?

  • munish_info on August 5, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    well played miller,,,,,good captaicy of faf,and he just need to improve a batsman,,abd u always rockin....i like you beard abd,,,,,,i just love to see batting of miller in the next game.....................................

  • on August 5, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    The new generation sril lankan crickets are just not talented enough like the trio of Mehala, Sanga and Dilshan. These inexperienced guys don't seem to learn also as they repeatedly commit the same mistakes time and again, Its like watching a replay all the time. When a set batsman like Sanga is playing good why do these future stars of sri lankan cricket throw away their wicket by playing rash shots and trying to end the game in one over? The expression on Sanga's face said it all when Matthews threw away his wicket. The issue cannot be with the selectors who pick the players based on their performance at the domestic level/talent identification. The real issue is in the mindset of these youngsters who don't seem to respect the likes of Sanga and Jayawardene and learn from them.

  • BLACK-BIRDS on August 5, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    SA...These two matches show southafrica a new way and possibilities....Tahir 's bowing and inclusion convay a massage.SA need a varity spinner who will be usefull in spinning condition (Asia,Aus,ENg ) Legbreaker and googly always creat a big doubt for the batsmen and DE Kock is aggerssive Wicketkeeper and openner,JP plays a new role of allrounder (he was already ,but Smith always ignored him that s why SA management lost his ability) MOrris, Wiese can also be an allrounder showmen .....if SA would call ** ELGAAR then all kind of batting and off spinning+ (Tahir ) bowling problem will be solved easily ...thus FAF showed a positive approach...So a captain can help to make a fighting team ...but it is too early...good luck

  • on August 5, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Eeveryone talking about poor performance of Lahiru thirimanna and Dinesh Chandimal. How about Mahela's poor performance? Why dont people talk about that? is that because of his past performance? Chandimal and Thrimanna are youngsters. They should be enough chances to groom.Our cricket future is depend on the.

  • Dhakshika on August 5, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    I totally agree with what DilumSL said earlier.Chanidmal not even suitable to deserve a place in the team.i also commend kapu should be in the team.we have truly believe we haven,t six hitters in the team except tissara.so Mr.sanath i should believe give all the 03 seniors to rest even all the T20 & give younger players to chance.good luck sri Lanka.

  • SLWATERBOY on August 5, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Enough is enough. Chandimal, Thirimanna, Kusal should not be in the T20 side for sure. At the moment three of them, the art or the ability is not with in them to be International T20 players. All three should go back to domestic cricket and develop their game a way lot to be considered at T20 International level. It's just a year left for T20 world cup in Bangladesh and time is not enough for them to develop their game and mature by then. Even all three of them do not fit in ODI either . Please do not rate these players in the catogary of Mahela, Sanga, Aravinda or Arjuna for sure. I personally know these players and at the age of 20, Mahela, Sanga, Aravinda or Arjuna were so high quality they could fit in to the national side straight-a-way. Instead please give reasonable chance to players like Dilshan Munaweera, Ashan Priyanjan, Shacithra Senanayeke, Bhanuka Rajapaksha in national side, not just a game here or there or limit them to A side/ Development squad, but a fair chance.

  • DilumSL on August 5, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    How can chandimal become t20 skipper. He is not even deserves to be in the squad. SL needs good t20 players. only solution bring back Kapu and give A.perera to bat in the top. we have already lost the series so leave out all the seniors for the next game. my XI: 1.Kusal 2.Munaweera 3.Thirimanne 4.Kapu 5.A.Perera 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Nuwan/Chathuranga 9.Sachitra 10.Eranga/Lakmal 11.Mendis

  • Marktc on August 5, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    THis further enhances my point that Faf should she the captain of the ODI team as well.

  • Mass_Hypnosis on August 5, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    What a team @ Srilanka!!

    The captain of the team has average of less than 13 in t20's. In any other team he would not have made the playing 11. @ Chandimal

    Poor Srilanka. Bangladesh has much more stable batting line up than this.

  • gsamiru on August 5, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    For me, non of these so called youngsters have any enthusiasm to win matches. If we take Sanath, Kalu, Vaas, Dharmasena or Murali in their young ages, they were so much enthusiastic to win matches, fought hard always. But unfortunately modern day youngsters in SL are too lazy to at least show some fight. One thing is certain, Kusal is not the next Sanath ........

  • nalinrr on August 5, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    At least now try to win the next match. Any team's first priority should be to win matches. Not to experiment. Now because of this stupid idea of Chanimal and the selectors have already cost us the series. Now if we lose the next match it woll cost us the no1 ranking which was not easy to gain. I guess Chandimal wants to get more chances fot him to play. That's why all these experiments go on. There are two more years in the seniors at leat. So with the 3 seniors try out some other new guys who are actually perfoming in domestic level. rather than making a failing player like Chandimal a captain and keeping him. And for god sake give these players some beef to eat. no one hv the strength to clear the field.

  • on August 5, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Contd. with my previous comment

    Yes, there are 11 payers who can win any match without Sanga, Mahela, and Dilshan, but they are not in the team because they do not have any political blessings. Chandimal is a good player T20 is not his for mat. Thirimanna definitely Sanga in making.Mathews Definitely a great player than he get complimented for and should be in the team for all three formats. He has class which is permanent than performance. If you don't believe me, compare what we thought about sanga when he first cam to the one-day side. selectors, do you want to experiment, use this 11 for the last t20, Names are according to te batting order, Angelo Perera, Thisara Perea, Lahiru Thirimanna, Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunarathne, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suraj Randiv, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal or Lasith Malinga. They are the best t20 team without seniors and I feel Lasith Maling or Lahiru should be the captain. Try this team for next five T20 matches.

  • on August 5, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Ok, This is pure stupidity, Some times the word stupidity may vanish while trying to moderate this comment, but is their any other word to describe the selection process of Sri Lankan Selectors. There was a great opener called Mahela Udawatta, who never got a fair opportunity for his talents. Why is this Kusal Janith coming back to the team. When i see him batting it reminds me of the time when we were young we played french cricket, which you have to bat and bowl from the opposite hands, means if you are a right hand batsman you will bat as a left hander and same for the bowlers. What wait a minute, this is what kusal is doing playing french cricket. The only reason i can think of him being in the team is that Sanath like to hear his name from the commentators, because they always mention Sanath when Kusal Bats. We have a better 11 than this for any format. I thank for Kumar, Dilshan and Mahela for their efforts. But there are 11 who can beat any side without them. Contd.

  • on August 5, 2013, 4:11 GMT

    In any situation there is need for inspirational thinking. Once again sadly it has not happened. Time and again I have stated here the need to do the match SWOT and sadly as I can see it has not been done. Clearly in this match one of the threats was from the weather, the wind which if any of the Lankan selectors or coach or the skipper has listened to the weather forecast would have known would be far more gusty than usual. So you needed someone with muscle to muscle the bowling at the top four and that should have been Thisara Perera, and again he is sent after Thirimanne and Mathews who has not shown aptitude to to take the attack by the scuff of the neck. By the time Thisara came as in first T 20 it was too late. Does not the coach or the skipper or selectors know to do the situation SPIN, my guess is not. Cricket is not just a game of brawn but brain as well. Hope saner council will prevail in the next T 20 even though it is too late. may be Chandi should have sent TP before him.

  • on August 5, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    I think they need to reduce reliance on seniors slowly,, DIlshan, Sanga and Mahela should stop playing T20s,, SL may lose some matches but young guns will fire one day,,,,

  • Prema1948 on August 5, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    The J&Ps have always picked players for few exciting strokes they possess but not the quality of the player. That is the main reason why players like Munuweera, Kusal, and Thisara are given 1st preference over classy players that have maintained consistency from their young age. SL's problems mainly lie with the J&Ps, Politicians and its politics. (One can verify stats at any good websites like Cricinfo)

  • Prema1948 on August 5, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Sangakkara may be in his best of forms but I still feel that the all 3 seniors have to be removed from this T/20 Side. Sangakkara with 570 odd Internationals, Mahela with 650 odd Internationals being in form or not isn't a big issue. It was totally due to J&Ps in office for the last 20 years that these 2 have come this far. In other countries, there is a policy of dropping players when a player has failed 5-6 times at a stretch, but it doesn't happen here, for certain players, even if they had failed 15-25 times at a stretch. Because of this shocking behavior of J&Ps many International class players produced by the Country of last 20 years couldn't show their worth. One good example is The Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the year (Ian Daniels)2000 & one of the 3 top batters in the Youth WC 2000(together with GraehamSmith&JacquesRudolf) Though his performances immediately after leaving School was brilliant at Domestic Levels, wasn't given single opportunity to represent the Country. 2bCNTD

  • Fan01 on August 5, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    I am confused where to put Mahela ..great or good or in average batsmen list...In few innings he has playing marvelously...2011 WC final..what a wonderfull innings that was..But if I look at his number of matches and the runs scored or his average..he looks ordinary..And in test matches too, if i see his record against good teams..he looks ordinary...But any day i love to watch this guy playing..pure class....

  • gibbs.175 on August 5, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    HI SA FANS.....I like the aggression from SOBE ...Southafrica need this kind of aggression because most of SA' players lack it .They play cold cricket ,First DALE does this but these days he does nt show anymore,KALLIS SMITH,AMLA,AB FAF ,JP,MORKELL all are cold showman ..that is why SA' record goes down and down ....THEY should follow the tacts like MCGRATH,PONTING,GANGULY,AMBROSE,JAVED MIANDAD...so......THANKS FAF and his team for this small series and DE KOCK should be giving opportunity continuously in ODI and T-20 ....good luck

  • kevepere on August 5, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Sad to see the youngsters who does not perform at all. People talk about some not performing. But for jeewan and angelo perera the justice should be made. Bring them up the order and see if they perform. I remember jeewan performing well in t20 worldcup bringing him up the order did all good. But now they expect these guys to perform at the low order everytime. it has been an uphill task when they arrive to the crease especially in odis. So dont blame them for lower averages. But thirimanne and chandimal has been given chances up the order but we cannot be happy with the performances which are inconsistent. chandimal who has a higher batting FC average is not doing well enough yet. sad to see these things.

  • DreamCricketer on August 5, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    DreamCricketer I was a strong fan of SL cricket I loved my cricket. This is a shameful and disgusting to see the way some our new cricketers are playing. Just bring new youngsters to the team. We are anyway loosing matches now. So just get new youngsters and try them. Please we are all loosing faith in our team. Get Chandimal,Kausal and Poor performers and failures out of the team! If anyone in the SL Cricket Board reading these comments.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on August 5, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    WAHo......SA team saved its respect.....t-20 ...? something is batter than nothing ......i m happy and thanks to FAF for giving a chance to DE KOCK .... SA is superb to save their target .....Tahir should be played in ODI .....good luck

  • F22R on August 5, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Kusal Perera is a Work in Progress. (6 T20 Matches/ 16 ODI's). Showed his inexperience. Bit unlucky but the attacking attitude need to continue. I am okay with given him persistence run in the team. But Chandimal, Thirimanne, Mathews should show some responsibility in batting. Congrats for SA

  • LORD ERANDA on August 5, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    shot selection is the key.. take kusal..cut shot only, no real confidence shown executing others. chandimal- drive and cut. thirimanne-drive and cut, has potential though, but has no real boundary making shots. mathews- drive to the long on boundary or sweep shot to the leg side, no drives or cuts to the offside. thissara- pull shot to the midwicket area and that's all he knows. jeevan mendis- pull or hook. now take sanga, mahela and dilshan and the arsenal of shots they posses. like bowlers, batsmen needs variety too. youngsters needs to identify their roles and take responsibility. its no good getting a fast fifty in one game and getting out for duck in the next ten. you need consistency. that is how you become a master of the game, and its common to all sports.practice and experience will get you there, but the key ingredient here is test cricket, that is where youngsters should be thrown into, you survive there.. you can survive anywhere.

  • sudath224 on August 5, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Keep saying Thirimanne is not a one day or T20 player. But unfortunately looks like he has a big favor from selectors putting team behind.This is the time we need good selection panel who think country first. As I mentioned previous comments, very clearly indicate that Thirimanne does not have shots to score quick runs.Turns bats to fine leg and towards third man score singles. Ridiculous. He comes killings balls and build pressure for the rest of the players. After that it is very hard to tale enders follow the target. Kusal Perera has a clear intention to score runs not to keep his place in the side.Hello selectors open your eyes and keep Thirimanne and Jeewan Mwndis for ever out of short format games. Bring Angelo Perera in and let Thisara Perera to open the Bat. At the same time teach Malinga how bat as a tale ender and stop stupid full tosses cause lots of runs.

  • Cricdew on August 5, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Great performance by number 1 team in their own backyard

  • on August 5, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Eranga Abegun;wawardana; Upul Tharanga 13 centuries Only 164 odi, but ge dropped.

  • on August 5, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    as A BIG FAN OF srilankan team i m really happy with the results.. and even a whitewash from SA l give more happy to all our fans..just bcoz the poor selction on uncapable batsman..kindly request on our selectors to wakeup kausal, chandimal, thirimanne should drop nd bring kapugedara, mahroof and tharanga

  • Herath-UK on August 4, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Need to change the strategy .Thisara did not bowl at all and why is he sent always when chips are down? He should have come in instead of Thirimanne at that time so that he would have had some time to get used to the pitch before start whacking. Either play him up front or drop him, a few lusty blows once a blue moon not going to help SL cause much. Try someone else for Thrimanne.Is Tharanga lower down instead of him not an option? Kusal should be given more time just because he is in attacking mood as an opener & shows some skills but needs to be coached on his temperament. Mathew's batting is so out of form now ;the captaincy issue has affected him. Well Chandimal's form is a burden to the team. Aren't there batsmen other than Angelo P.to be tried? That young guy Tyronne who scored a gutsy century against the Indians why not give an early opportunity to see his mettle? We need to unearth some talent before the T20 next year. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • CricketChat on August 4, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Identifying the next pool of players to replace the seniors is a more like a discovery process which will take time through lot of experimentation. Since the T20 series is already lost, I urge the SL selectors to continue in the same vein and rest all seniors for 3rd dead rubber (Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan). No Angelo nor Thirimanne either. Pick new players to give them a taste of international cricket.

  • dragster21 on August 4, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Good result for the selectors to finally open their eyes and see reality. Chandimal should never have been the T20 captain or the ODI vice captain. He simply does not even have a guranteed place in the side to begin with. Matthews should take up T20 captaincy too or someone like Dilshan should until another younger player is groomed. For god sake Chandimal and Thirimanne are not T20 players. Isn't there anyone else in SL who can hold a bat? Are we that short of talent in the country? This is the format to groom new players on the international stage, so bring in some new talent. Maybe as fans we should realize that Selectors are the real problem here, bad choices of players for the wrong formats. Why are they carrying Angelo Perera around like baggage if you never intend on giving the poor guy some time in the middle. Sanga should do himself a favour rest his body and give youngsters a chance. Its time to push the team into the deep end. ENOUGH SUGAR COATING!!

  • top_SPIN on August 4, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka : An unbalanced team.

    They do not have any Batting All Rounder in their top 5 except Dilshan, even if this is not significant in T20 format, in ODIs it's clearly visible. Earlier they had Sanath,Aravinda, who made contributions with ball as well. This will definitely hurt them in future when their senior 3 retires.

    Mathews can't be counted as a batting all rounder given his contributions with the bat. It's difficult to understand the logic behind having both Mathews & Thisara which makes one position short for a genuine batsman.

    If Chandimal and Thirimane are considered to be their future "BATSMEN" then now it is high time for them to go up the order and play some cricket.

    It is no brainer that T20 is n't the format to breed new talent.Since SL doesn't get many test matches as Aus ,Eng,India they got to use ODI matches to test new players.

    If Thisara is the only trump card left, you've got to play it before death bowlers come in.

  • on August 4, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @ devesvd i agree with you

  • on August 4, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Less said about SL selections the better. In oher countries it is the coach who has a big hand in selections. Here it is Sarath, Sarath and Sarath. And the 3 seniors are playing with ulterior motives. If a junior is brought in, or even a mature senior after a lay off, they sud bat high up. ODI results are forgotten unlike Tests. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • kc69 on August 4, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Myself, being a huge fan of Sanga believe that he is taking too much burden on himself with respect to SL batting. Because any opposition previously had a equation to get 3 wickets(Sanga,Mahela and Dilshan) against SL to win the match but now it has become simpler, which is to get only one wicket(Sanga) to win the match. SL really needs to bring a new set of youngsters in.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 4, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    A heart burnt 4-1 defeat. Hosts were on the fire. Visitors were morally down & looking for miracle. Who thought Proteas would revive themselves with fascinating T20 series win. A written script was come out of dream. A win at RPS changed the path for determinant SA. It was on the card when you took 5 of 7 SL wickets within or behind the stumps. 3 caught behind, 1 lbw & 1 bowled spoke the bowling class of Proteas. Lopsy's initial burst, Tahir's variety & Parnell's comeback spell did the trick for this win. Miller, JP & AB's contribution were equally important. But credit goes to bowlers who really work in tandem. They deserved this win & the series most than anybody. SL should think seriously about their batting flops. They have a chance to test their talents in home condition & I feel they lost this golden opportunity against best bowling unit not by giving full rest to their seniors at least for T20.

  • on August 4, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    worrying signs for sl. when seniors fail, the youngsters are incapable of winning the match.no talented batsman coming through.they have chandimal and kusal who have failed to have any impact for their teams.young bowlers like eranga lakmal have been listless. future looking bleak for the sl team.

  • bddhika_harindat on August 4, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    So.. this should be the team for 3rd game: 1. Dilshan 2. Mahela 3. Angelo Perera 4. Sanga 5. Dinesh 6. Thisara 7. Angelo Mathews 8. Kulasekera 9. Sachithra 10. Malinga 11. Ajantha / Shaminda

    This will give an opportunity to test our batting order in this format of the game while role of Angelo Mathews is needed to be tested, mainly as a batsmen. We know he brings in balance to the side, but cannot afford to have him when not performing as a batter.

  • bddhika_harindat on August 4, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    SL Selectors.. Time has come to stop making experiments any more.. time and again the youngsters have been given more & more opportunities and it's quite clear at this point of the game, they do not use those opportunities whether we win or lose. Please stop using Kusal as a opener any more and opne with two seniors, Dilshan & Mahela, until a better soutopn if found, because we cannot let our rakings go down due to brianless work of both Selectors and useless captain, Dinesh, who him self cannot find any form except for his talk about experiments. Most people have been critizing about Thirimanne, however, time and again, he seems to be the better find over Chandimal given his adaptability to the situation. Then a big question comes about Angelo Mathews's role in T20, he's not doing the role of a finisher with horrible stroke making???. For the 3rd T20. we should give a chance to Angelo Perera while dropping Kusal.

  • sweet2hrme on August 4, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Me and my father both were watching the game. When Thirmane bold by Parnel he said what a bowl. I just replied it was not just a great a bowl but it was one of SL youngster.. He just starts laughing.. so as I. A very much ordinary player playing just run a ball and when time to hit boundaries they through their wickets. Its not just Thirmane only but there are so many stupid bunch of players SL carrying these days. Chandimal, K Perera, Thirmane Jevan Mendis what they are doing?? Please tell me SL you dnt have any other talent in your country?? You are making us down

  • on August 4, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @Lanka Enews , Even the IPL did not want Chandi or Thiri in their teams but these two continue to play for our National T20 team. They are good Test/ODI players however their batting style doesn't suit T20 format.

  • scwijaya191 on August 4, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    Thirimanne is a Russel Arnold type. Lose wickets early, he will stabilize and build. But there can only be one such player on a T20 team. Sad truth is Tissera and Kula are the best T20 batsmen after the 3 seniors, when they come 7 and 8 down, match already lost. Chandimal bad form should get back to domestic. Kusal playing russian roulette on a cricket pitch!

  • vsuria on August 4, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    An expected win for South Africa.

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    My comments might be hard for Sanga fans but I am also a fan of SANGA. Sanga should win the previous match for SriLanka. Any other senior player from the world who stand till end and on the losing side chasing only 116 that is something which my mind not excepted. Today also Parnell got his 2 concecutive edges in start. I am sorry but this is not a great show from Sanga in my opinion.

  • Blackcaviar on August 4, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Great character shown by the Proteas. Very disciplined bowling and fielding performance..but the match was set up brilliantly by Man of the Match David Miller for his quick-fire knock at a strike rate of 171. Parnell and Tahir have added a very good blend to this Protea attack.

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    No doubt congrats and well played Proteas. You were clearly the better team in the two. Twenty twenty encounters. 145 is a tough total to chase on that pitch and your fat bowlers exposed Sri Lankan susceptibility to good pace. Thank you to all the incredible senior players for their critical and irreplaceable roles in the team. Would the media please stop over hyping young players and comparing them to people like Mr.Sanath Jayasuriya after just one game or so? Why not let the youngsters price themselves as match winners against tough teams and overseas before we try to compare them to real giants if the game who earned their onions the hard way and now have the credentials they earned and deserve?

  • Blade-Runner on August 4, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    @Eranga Abeygunawardana ; That's a pretty lame argument. One doesn't have to hit centuries to be consistent. Sanga has got 79 50+'s in addition to those 16 100's. And You have to consider no. of innings, not no. of matches.

    Sanga : 331 innings - 16 100's and 79 50+'s. That means , he has scored 50+ in every 3rd innings roughly. That looks pretty consistent to me. Pls do the math for Mahela as well n see how he's done.

  • vildoc on August 4, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    2 losses and srilanka are just 1 point ahead of pakistan in the Icc t20 ranking. They have fallen down from 134 to 125 points. One more loss to the saffas and they go to no. 3. The saffas on the other hand have a chance to be no.2 if they win the third t20, and pakistan getting to be no. 1 in the t20 rankings.

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 4, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    It wasn't long ago when SL used to unearth some talented batsmen. Sanga and Mahela came through those ranks when Ranatunga, Aravinda, Asanka, and Atapattu retired. Can't believe how poor some of these youngsters are. They have the skills but they are failing to execute them on the field. Chandimal is spoken as the next 'big thing' of SL cricket; yet he continuously keeps disappointing. A lot of work still needs to be done.

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Point Proven again. Thirimanne is just a waste for T20. Need some power Hitting Middle Order. Chandimal also not delivered for a long time. Why keep them? Who is behind them?

  • ADARSH100 on August 4, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Today also the senior player Sanga shone. I seriously cant undrstand why Chandimal and Thirimanne are in the t20 squad. Please remove Chandimal from the captaincy position. Its not good for future as they hope but the present form of Chandimal is awful. Make Thisara or Kula or Malinga as captain of t20 or make Mathews as the captain in all the 3 formats.

  • BMDeep on August 4, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    So much talk abt being d no 1 team in t20 crckt.Well,now one can undstnd wat rankings mean in t20 crckt.I dont remember even a single team hanging on to no 1 rank for more than 6 months. Anyway,coming to d match,congratulations for SA for turning d tables around wid collective team performances.This is just d beginning of end for SL. One have to describe SL team with these lines.A team which relies heavily on d ppl who r knocking d door for retirement. A team whose young brigade is utterly ill performing and unable to take d responsibility from d seniors. A team whose captain is arguably d most under performing player of playing XI. I sincerely hope SL selectors r wid some answers for upcoming series's. While it is heard to digest d captaincy issue with chandi, it is even more disheartening to see thirimanne play.I dnt comment on his abilities as a t20 batsman but not every ball is there to hit.Lastly good to c Sanga reaching to Kusal after his wild shots.It will mean so much to him.

  • on August 4, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Pls Consider bellow statictics when selecting a proper batsman for a match.

    Mahels has 16 Centuries from 404 Matches ( odi )

    Sanga has 16 Centuries from 354 Matches

    Dilshan has 17 CENTURIES from only 267 Matches.

    So it's very CLEAR DILSHAN is more consistant than Sanga or Mahela..

  • rajcan on August 4, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    What SL is doing is, buying the horse with 3 legs and asking him to run the race. SL selectors choose players who are not T20 material and asking them to perform. Chandimal is not a T20 material and he is leading the team. Thirimane is another person who is not suitable for T20. Kusal was given more than enough chance. Tharanga is still out of line up, Angelo Perera is out.

  • on August 4, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Mahela is totally inconsistent batsman. Compare his any TEN consecutive innings. You will see he score well only in one inning out of TEN. Dilshan is consitant batsman.He scores well everytime.He should NOT be dropped.

  • endianuwagona on August 4, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Keep playing run a ball players Sri Lanka....still you cannot make 120 runs....I just love the way Thirimanne plays. Wow what shots! If not for Thirimanne, I dont think SL will not even get close to the target. The fact that he keeps batting slowly and tiring the bowlers and frustrating the fielders is just brilliant.

  • on August 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Really sad to see excep the magnificent Sanga, how the over-hyped youngsters failed.

  • endianuwagona on August 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Our heartful thanks to Mr. Marvan Attapattu who during the last two years have gone out of the way to make SL one of the weakest batting units in the international circuit. Free flowing batsmen are curtailed and now lost to Sri Lanka. Mahela is a sitting duck to the keeper/slip cordon irrespective of the bowler. Well done Marvan. We cannot thank you more for what you have done.

  • Jadejafan on August 4, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket looks pretty bad without their senior guys. Their youngsters are just not good enough :)

  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Congratulations and well played South Africa. Well questions arise over Chandimal's place in the T20 XI. Thirimanne did something. Kushal Perera (KP) was unlucky to be given LBW but he was nearly run out before. He needs to learn to wait longer. Better not put pressure on him by bringing up Sanath Jayasuriya. Wind was no doubt an issue but cant give any excuses because it did impact both teams. The power hitting ability of SA players meant they withstood the wind better.

    Sachithra Senanayake is no doubt a great find for us and hope he gets an extended run. He deserves a place in the test XI too. Chandimal's average in T20s and the fact that he has not even passed 50 in any international since March this year is a cause for alarm.

  • on August 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @Shekar WOW, I can surely see the contribution made by Chandimal and Thirimanne xD

  • on August 4, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    The Biggest Thing i Noticed during last few matches is How Sachitra has become a Giant Killer. All the wickets he has taken are performing and Top Order Batsmen and his work is unsung. He seem to be the Next Permanent Spinner for sri lanka after Herath.

  • on August 4, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka can not win T20 games as long as Chandimal and Thirimanne in the team.

  • on August 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    The presence of Mahela jayawardane gives lots of confident to the sri lankans ... i wish kushal perera does something special today .. i recognized one thing about him that he is hurrying and batting under stress ... kumar sangakara is the senior player in the sri lankan line up .. he knows his role ,. best luck for sri lanka

  • on August 4, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    masterclass mahela is back..king z back nw!

  • on August 4, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    masterclass mahela is back..king z back nw!

  • on August 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    The presence of Mahela jayawardane gives lots of confident to the sri lankans ... i wish kushal perera does something special today .. i recognized one thing about him that he is hurrying and batting under stress ... kumar sangakara is the senior player in the sri lankan line up .. he knows his role ,. best luck for sri lanka

  • on August 4, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka can not win T20 games as long as Chandimal and Thirimanne in the team.

  • on August 4, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    The Biggest Thing i Noticed during last few matches is How Sachitra has become a Giant Killer. All the wickets he has taken are performing and Top Order Batsmen and his work is unsung. He seem to be the Next Permanent Spinner for sri lanka after Herath.

  • on August 4, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @Shekar WOW, I can surely see the contribution made by Chandimal and Thirimanne xD

  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Congratulations and well played South Africa. Well questions arise over Chandimal's place in the T20 XI. Thirimanne did something. Kushal Perera (KP) was unlucky to be given LBW but he was nearly run out before. He needs to learn to wait longer. Better not put pressure on him by bringing up Sanath Jayasuriya. Wind was no doubt an issue but cant give any excuses because it did impact both teams. The power hitting ability of SA players meant they withstood the wind better.

    Sachithra Senanayake is no doubt a great find for us and hope he gets an extended run. He deserves a place in the test XI too. Chandimal's average in T20s and the fact that he has not even passed 50 in any international since March this year is a cause for alarm.

  • Jadejafan on August 4, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket looks pretty bad without their senior guys. Their youngsters are just not good enough :)

  • endianuwagona on August 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Our heartful thanks to Mr. Marvan Attapattu who during the last two years have gone out of the way to make SL one of the weakest batting units in the international circuit. Free flowing batsmen are curtailed and now lost to Sri Lanka. Mahela is a sitting duck to the keeper/slip cordon irrespective of the bowler. Well done Marvan. We cannot thank you more for what you have done.

  • on August 4, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Really sad to see excep the magnificent Sanga, how the over-hyped youngsters failed.

  • endianuwagona on August 4, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Keep playing run a ball players Sri Lanka....still you cannot make 120 runs....I just love the way Thirimanne plays. Wow what shots! If not for Thirimanne, I dont think SL will not even get close to the target. The fact that he keeps batting slowly and tiring the bowlers and frustrating the fielders is just brilliant.