Ireland v Sri Lanka, ODI series, Clontarf

Sri Lanka leave Ireland bereft

The Report by Ger Siggins

May 6, 2014

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Sri Lanka 219-8 (Kulasekara 43, Chandimal 39) beat Ireland 140 (Porterfield 37, N O'Brien 33, Mendis 3-27, Lakmal 3-29) by 79 runs

Ajantha Mendis, with the man of the match award, celebrates Angelo Mathews, Ireland v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Clontarf, May 6, 2014
Ajantha Mendis (left) collects man of the match award in Dublin with his captain Angelo Mathews © Cricket Ireland
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Ireland cricket fans have enjoyed the team's golden age of success, but they still take nothing for granted when they come to Clontarf. For 50 years they have been coming to watch Ireland at the Dublin club ground, and have yet to see them beat a full member. This was the 17th game since India first visited in 1967, and last year's tie against Pakistan and a 1980 draw against West Indies are still their best results.

Several times in recent years - especially early in the tepid Irish summer - William Porterfield's team has been in dominant positions only to find victory slip away from them, and this game followed that almost inevitable path.

Chasing 220 to beat Sri Lanka, the Irish batsmen found that the visitors' high-class bowlers enjoyed the seaming conditions just as much as their own attack had, and despite a couple of battling innings they went down by 79 runs, extending the Sri Lankans' winning run to ten ODIs.

Ireland's total of 140 was their lowest in an ODI on the ground.

The Irish seamers are well versed in using the local conditions, and kept Ireland on top until some late hitting from Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis hoisted the total over the 200 mark, which looked distant with ten overs to go and the score on 139 for 6.

The sky overhead provided its own narrative, with bright blue skies at the start giving over to a typically Dublin slate grey background, before the innings closed with angry clouds hovering as if a scene from Game of Thrones was about to be staged. Rain visited briefly, but not enough to drive the players from the battlefield.

William Porterfield called correctly and had no hesitation in asking Angelo Mathews to bat, and within four balls had reason for satisfaction. With the ball wobbling around, a good shout for leg before from Tim Murtagh was followed by an acrobatic diving catch by Kevin O'Brien at second slip as the ball left Kusal Perera.

Murtagh was almost unplayable as the Sri Lankans battled with the conditions to stay in the game. It took until the seventh over for the first boundary to be hit, and Lahiru Thirimanne was uncomfortable before Alex Cusack found his edge.

Before the game, Porterfield had called for his bowlers to keep the pressure on, pointing to the need to take wickets throughout the innings and not just at the start. His bowlers responded to the call, all bar Max Sorensen contributing to the wickets column.

O'Brien came up with another bit of gymnastic genius, this time off his own bowling, to dismiss Dinesh Chandimal just as he was looking dangerous. The Sri Lankan pushed an innocuous looking delivery wide of O'Brien, who dived wide to his left and clung on with one-hand. Next over Paul Stirling found Kithruwan Vithanage's edge with his second ball of the day, which went straight to Ed Joyce at slip and left the visitors on 95 for 5.

Ashan Priyanjan joined his captain to repair the innings but they were unable to find any fluency through the powerplay overs, which yielded just 20. Mathews was lucky to just clear Joyce at third man, but in the next over he pushed his luck once too often. Priyanjan tucked the ball around the corner and Mathews came half way down before being sent back. From fine leg, almost 40 metres away, Niall O'Brien threw the stumps down at the bowler's end and the Irish fielders erupted.

Kulasekara came in and smashed the only sixes of the day, sharing a sparkling stand with Mendis, but with Porterfield managing his bowling changes with skill, Murtagh returned to claim another scalp and finish with 2 for 21 off his ten overs.

The Irish innings started in rain, but there were soon more than drops of water falling. Paul Stirling edged Kulasekera onto his stumps, before Ed Joyce's deep purple patch ended when he wafted Suranga Lakmal to the keeper. At 5 for 2 Ireland's reply was in trouble, but Niall O'Brien counter-attacked and passed 1,500 runs in ODIs with his second scoring shot.

He and Porterfield played contrasting roles as they battled with the bowling. They had put on 58 - the only fifty stand of the day - when O'Brien nicked off. Clouds had gathered anew and D/L sheets were a'flapping when a flurry of wickets made them redundant.

First Porterfield called Gary Wilson for a tight run which was rejected. Porterfield continued his run towards the pavilion before the umpires called him back as he had overtaken Wilson. Two overs later Kevin O'Brien horribly mistimed a pull of Lakmal off the first ball he faced, watching in disgust as it fell in slow-motion into the hands of Senanayake at mid-wicket. The next over saw Stuart Thompson all at sea to Mendis, only using his feet to keep the ball from hitting the stumps, said the umpire.

That was 74 for 6 and all thoughts of that first win in Clontarf was gone. Porterfield battled on to make 37 off 87 balls and the tail clumped a few before Kulasekara was summoned to finish it off.

Any concerns that Mendis's fingers might seize up in the single digit temperatures were proved wrong with a man-of-the-match winning 10-1-26-3. The teams return to the same venue on Thursday with Ireland itching to level the series.

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Posted by VikumHerath on (May 11, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

@Akila93, Are you saying, SL should eliminate an established young player with so much experience, solid international track-record to prove his consistency & skills should be eliminated to include a flat-deck player like Kusal, who had been given ample opportunities and failed miserably outside Bangladesh (Av 14.2 from 21 ODIs)! Are you saying the SL player who has the Highest Batting Average (69.4) with more than 300 Runs in England vs Eng should be dropped, to make room for a Gate-Opener like Kusal ? Tell me a single valid reason, why a player like Upul had been eliminated from the Central Contract & Squads during the past year, despite having such an incomparable batting record in the recent past & whole international career? Facts & Stats can't hide! I hope the Selectors will do a proper job for SL this time, rather than batting for privileged!

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 11, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

@Akila93, I'll tell you why, scoring a triple century on a small club ground want make a player worthy at international level. There are so many other records like that from bowlers/batsmen in domestic history. But, every player who had that kind of instant domestic records didn't get selected for national side, because records based on CONSISTENCY, such as batting averages, accumulated runs, number of 100s, 50s are the significant things reflecting ABILITY! Sanga showed his potential & skills right from the beginning in domestic cricket with high averages as well as international level with decent scores in all conditions, without screwing the side like Kusal! Since July 2012 to the day he was axed July '13, Tharanga had played 20 ODIs-2 N/O, and accumulated 567 R at an Av of 31.5 on home soil & lively decks! Is this inconsistency for a player who had managed so many achievements right from the day he began his Career? People like you are just thinking about favorites, not about SL!!!

Posted by Akila93 on (May 11, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

those who are slashing Kusal, those who think he doesn't have a proper technique, those who think he is mediocre,then tell me why he is the only player to score a triple century in SL club history, c'm on people he only played 28 odi, you cant expect every young batsman to score like kohli, think about Sanga's odi career, people called him gandasthara, slashed at him, sanga's 1st 45 mtches- 3- 50's , average 21.10, and took him 70 or 80 matches to get his 1st 100, if people like you were there on selection panel, there will be no" great Sanga", on the other hand tharanga is tried and failed option, how many times he was given chances he scores once in a while and fail 50 times, it better give chance to much younger player

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 10, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Ireland match was a good eye-opener for the responsible people in SL. We are about to lose 3 front-order experienced batsmen in the near future. They were the players who shouldered and absorbed the early breakdown pressure in numerous occasions! (since, Kusal opened the gate within the first 5 overs, 10 times in 17 innings that he opened, since June 2013). Dil, Sanga or Jaya somehow managed to stable the dented ship and Mathews with the help of lower order guys like Kulasekara, Thisara, Sachithra turned many ODIs to a winning streak from a losing path! Is there any logic or sense, trying to develop a mediocre player like Kusal at the expense of (DUMPING) an established young opener like Upul (29yrs) with 5000+ Runs & a Batting Average 34.03 better than Jayawardane-32.77 or even Jayasuriya-32.51.??? Specially at a time like this.???

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 9, 2014, 11:28 GMT)

@ncpasan, Jayasuriya came as a bowler and played lower down in the batting order, during the first few years of his career. His batting average at that stage appropriate to the position he played as a bowler! But, remember from the day he became an opener, he showed his class playing everywhere! Being an outstation boy, otherwise he wouldn't have survived a day during that time!

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 9, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

@ncpasan, Kusal didn't open in that match, he came at number 4 and escaped twice due to dropped catches to score 22 runs , when chasing a small target like 75. Is this anything significant to brag about? Even Malinga had scored more than 50 runs, coming at number 11 to win a match against Aus in Australia. To be an OPENER, he should show some potential, in his technique. Unfortunately, anyone who had played cricket would see his bareness in batting technicality. Whether you like it or not, that is the naked truth pal!

Posted by ksquared on (May 9, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

@King_Loyal I hope u were joking when u said kulasekera should open. With all due respect to kula he is not a genuine batsman besides his main duty is to bowl SL don't need a Irfan Pathan. I agree kusal is not ideal in swinging conditions but he is still young and he will learn remember jayasuriya didn't have any textbook technique yet scored a double century in England.

Posted by ncpasan on (May 9, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

can't understand why all people are bashing KUSAL. People have forgotten that he's the only player who played with ease to Johnson and co in Australia in their 3rd ODI in Australia. That too was his debut series at international level.

FYI Jayasuriya's average in his first few years was BELOW 20. So stop comparing his overall stats with KUSAL. Give the lad some time to settle down. He'll be a great asset in the future especially against fast bowlers.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 9, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

Irish bowlers were really good, especially Tim Murtagh utilized the seaming conditions and opener Kusal Perera's inability to survive in such conditions, to the max! Irish fielding was superb throughout the match and they made SL baiting survival limited to the batting skills in the first hour of play! Too bad the 2nd match got washed away, they should have included a spare day. I'm sure Ireland will be the next test playing nation!

Posted by   on (May 8, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

He mantra lack of consistency is not Kusals problem.His performance is consistently poor

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

not sure if kithruwan has the tekkers to play at this level..kusal is still young stop bashing him !

Posted by Indians-love-flattracks on (May 7, 2014, 18:02 GMT)

I think there too much expectation on Kusal, people expecting him to be the second birth of Jaya and it win always remain a huge burden for him.

Jayasuriya was idolized by almost all Lankans, Kusal himself is a huge fan and he knows everytime he goes to bat, he's got big shoes to fill. I think it's going to be very difficult for him to get it off his head . but he's talented no doubt and very exciting to watch when he gets going. Just needs some confidence

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 7, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

Kusal should bat at number 8 (hopefully he will not have to face spinners or front line bowlers at the death). Let the other guys carry the burden collectively, as they always did during the past year. Kulasekara can open the inning with someone, so the number 8 position becomes vacant for Kusal. Need just 10 runs on the board, you are well set for life!

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT)

No need to bash kusal! he can continue! just drop kithruwan! he is very poor batsman!

Posted by SLANKA_FAN on (May 7, 2014, 14:24 GMT)

Agree with Kapili_Buster, Ramansilva, king_loyal, St.John. Hope Jaya, Mathew, Marvan and who ever responsible for the team selections will take these comments seriously. SL fans do not want to see another Mubarak episode where even Dilshan was side lined. It is a shame if you keep Tharanga the most experienced opener out of the team. Three cheers!!! to the Sri Lankan cricketers who performed well. Congratulations and Good Luck for the rest of the tour. Confident you will be successful throughout if the selectors consider seriously the comments by SL fans who truly love the game.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

Sri Lanka certainly looked the better side even without the 5 regulars. I do endorse the views on Kushal Perera. Lets give him a few more games. Hope he will come good and not disappoint . I think the Irish are very competitive. Wish they get more exposure against quality sides like Sri Lanka

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

No one can deny the visible facts & Stats! Can anyone justify a HYPED player like KUSAL to be included in the ODI side looking at his pathetic track record (17 Runs from 6 ODI Innings, Average 2.9 on fast-decks & poor overall average of 14.2 from 21 Innings-without Bangladesh & 26.95Av overall from 28 ODIs) ?? His batting skills: 90% of the shots limited to just a SLOG (swing across the line uppishly to the cow corner) similar to any tail-ender! In fact, Tailenders like Kula, Sachitra, Ajantha, Thisara etc. have displayed more strokes than him on any deck facing pace & spin.!! It's insane, trying to compare him with an accomplished stroke-maker like Jaya... who had an array of strokes around the wicket under any condition. Reborn "Avatar" hype-ploy cannot hide the reality! 50over ODIs are not T20 (where you may need tailender type hitting at the top) Even in T20, we clearly saw what happened in the two occasions that he had to face a spinner & a rare bouncy condition in Chittagong...!

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (May 7, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

At one stage Sri Lanka looked like they'd only manage 150-odd. Huge comeback from Kulasekera gave Sri Lanka a chance, then the Irish batsmen just wilted under pressure from the bowlers. Kulasekera was my man of the match. Ireland were on top for at least the first 1/3rd of the match, but after that late order fightback it was all downhill.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Congratulations to Sri Lanka team for keeping up the pressure through good bowling right through the match. Kulasekera's batting and Mendis's first spell made the difference. Keep up the good work.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

I think Kusal needs to bat down the wicket when he is playing swing bowling in English conditions. Those edges that go to slip would come off the middle of the bat more. There was probably not much Kusal could do.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Very nice to see old good Chandimal. His trademark pushes, flicks give us lot of promise. But the problem is Kithuruwan with his poor technique, can he play in this level? Kusal has the same technical issues, but we need him. He shouldn,t open in ODIs, maybe he has to bat at number 6-7. I think in few yeares he can open for SL.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

KUsal must learn what consistency is. If he plays like this he would be a forgotten star and Likes will fade away from him FB page

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (May 7, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

Kusal needs to use his head more! I know SL given him "license to kill" but please use some common sense. He can be great as Sanath if he actually uses his brains. Sanath was great because he hit the ball if it was there and and he also respected the good balls by using soft hands to take a single. That's why Sanath was great and Kusal has a long way to go to fill his boots.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

The lack of experience in the SL side was quite obvious. SL should have opted for an experienced player like Maharoof. Still, it's good to see Chandimal getting back on track...seems as if the captaincy burden really was the reason for his lean patch in form. And give Kusal a chance to prove himself. Yes, he is inconsistent, but he is still new to international cricket, and in time, perhaps he will become better...

Posted by St.John on (May 7, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

Kusal Perera's " Hit out or get out" batting policy wont do. SL found a Jayasuriya-like opener, yes, but he hasn't Sanath's consistency...Far from it. Top order batters look brittle. Middlesex bowler Murtagh (500 first class wickets) was almost unplayable...SL will meet many more like him on the tour.

Posted by android_user on (May 7, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

congratzz both of you...

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

@rk_ks I agree with you up to some extent regarding chandimal's situation at the WT20 cup. But we all know very well he is the best batsmen at fast track. In sob continental pitch he getting more trouble. That is the issue he has. See his away records. That's are excellent. He is a good young batsmen. As sri lankan we hope highly in future.

Posted by ChandimaEranda on (May 7, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

Hard fought win. It seems like associates are continue to fail with SL. Common Irish. Kick them on next game

Posted by yohandf on (May 7, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Thanks Ireland cricket for uploading in youtube . And guess what . there are no advertisements. Some Irish commentators .Primitive but i liked it .

Posted by yohandf on (May 7, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

Its virtually unwritten game but with lots of importance. Each an every game Ireland playing against full member is lot for their exposure . SL tried with youngsters to see how they look like . Good game and some dredit to Irish bowlers as they tightened our batsmen . it s their batting against our bowling let them down . I really don t mind an Irish win of Thursday . They deserve something .

Posted by katch47 on (May 7, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

@ rk_ks what about your Yuvraj? He won two world cups for India and you people condemned him for playing a single faulty innings? How patriotic is that?

Posted by Udendra on (May 7, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

yes, Malinga has been rested; to play IPL.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

@Kepili_Buster and @Ramansilva, you guys forgot how he played in Australia last time. He has the talent and surely will produce better results when the tour goes on. Mark my words.

Posted by Rawanaa on (May 7, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Mr. rk_ks Chandimal is one of future prospect for srilanka.. no need to remind his100 against england in their own backyard so hope you are an indian lad & what i have to say is this team rested their 6 seniors & still it is good in all areas than Ireland in their own conditions &this Ireland conditions are tough to adjust quickly & it was the first game so I'm not saying it was a great performance but lions will come back strongly in second match & then in the england series either.. Still kusal & vithanage need to find their feets in fast tracks

If the young blood find their feets & with seniors coming to scenario hell yeah it feel sorry about england.... Go lions Go

Posted by Ramansilva on (May 7, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

I support the claims of Kepili_Buster. Although Kusal Perera was hyped and given so many chances he was more dissapointing than entertaining. Sanath Jayasuriya probably wants Kusal to emulate him but so far he has mostly failed. Kepili_Buster's stats prove that. SL team should have a dependabel opener like Tharanga to hold fort not a gate opener like Kusal.

King_Loyal's idea is with wested interests I guess. He wants Chandi, Thiri, Priyanjan, Dilshan out and get politically connected mediocre players like Mubarak and Rambukwella in. Haliarious !!!!

Posted by nothingnew on (May 7, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

@rk_ks Chandimal is good batsman . but last few years he was not good with bat . He can come back his class act any time . Every batsman has such time . need time to adjust . hope he would be get going for this tour. Don't forget he scored 100 runs against England in Loards .

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Kusal has to learn from Jayasuriya how to play in these conditions.

Posted by Rajnal on (May 7, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

Malinga rested ? Is it a joke, he would be playing '16' T20's in India now , remember IPL

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

@Tinybaba seriously?? they are just rested for the two matches against Irelend. They are there for the English games.

Posted by Tinybaba on (May 7, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

We have rested ( or was it dropped) Mahela and Sanga from Irish leg of British Isles tour and with that goes out the most experience batsmen in the world now in these tricky conditions. Politics is killing sports like everything else in Srilanka. I earnestly hope , out so called administrators will learn a lesson from these things one day.

Posted by   on (May 7, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

@eZoha, Malinga is being rested along with the other seniors.

Posted by Kavum on (May 7, 2014, 1:24 GMT)

Well done SL in alien cold, wet and blustery conditions. It would be unfair to say that the SL XI was a second eleven. Kula, Angelo, Chandi, Sachitra (and even) Mendis are now senior players who have all but assured places in the first team. Add to that Kusal who is a selector's favourite and is undroppable right now and you have got a fair dinkum national line-up. That said, Thisara instead of Vithanage would have made a better balanced line-up. SL must help the Associates remembering its own cricket starved experience pre-1982. SL played Netherlands in 2006 and this time its Ireland. Maybe we can ask for reciprocal assistance with football and rugby union, respectively :)

Posted by rk_ks on (May 6, 2014, 23:50 GMT)

SL Fans bashed Chandimal during T20 Worldcup. But all of a sudden he has become the best batsmen, just for scoring 39 that too against Ireland. Awesome guys.SL fans claim their cricketers are very patriotic and spirited, will put country first and not selfish like other cricketers. But their greatest bowler Malinga is playing IPL, ignoring the SL team.

Posted by Dragonboyz on (May 6, 2014, 23:10 GMT)

Why Malinga is not selected?

Posted by VikumHerath on (May 6, 2014, 23:04 GMT)

I agree with the Loyal Fans, who are blind to the repeated failures of Kusal Janith Perera & Kithruwan Vithanage and insisting their continuous inclusion in ODI playing eleven. No matter weather SL win or lose, these guys plus a few other super guys like Mubarak, Rambukwella, Rajapaksa etc. should be eventually added to the side, eliminating a few more Batsmen like Chandi, Thiri, Priyanjan, Dilshan etc before the WC. They don't belong to the privileged class blessed by the lord. Therefore, easily dispensable like Tharanga, since there are no hype bubbles or power shields to protect. If someone is doing anything different, that is unfair! This is a must in SL cricket, purely for the sake of our own fantasy & enjoyment. I hope Sana will follow these guidelines, otherwise he will be a goner too...!

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 21:58 GMT)

@ ezoha,malinga rested for irish 2 odis,he will be on T20 & Odi series against England.

Posted by shakeena on (May 6, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

@ eZoha- No No Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan,Herath , Malinga been rested and will join in England on may 22nd for the first T20 and then the ODI's and Tests.. May Allah bless them all the Lions

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 6, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

The gate has been opened yet again by KUSAL PERERA for the SIXTH CONSECUTIVE TIME on fast-decks in pace friendly conditions with another FOUR-ball DUCK!! He has not survived more than 10 Balls in six consecutive matches, played in these conditions! If someone is trying to justify his inclusion… then it can't be for the interest of SL Cricket! This is his career record on fast decks: 0 Runs -(1 Balls v NZ -Cardiff -9/06/13) (6 R -10 B -v Eng- The Oval-13/06/13) (4 R-2 B -v Aus-The Oval -17/06/13) (4 R-10 B -v India -Cardiff -20/06/13) (2 R-1 B -v India -Port of Spain -11/07/13)( 0 R - 4 B -v Ireland - 06/05/14). The other Guy who DOESN'T BELONG IN THE SQUAD is KITHU VITHANAGE . He is the only other guy who couldn't survive 5 balls! UPUL THARANGA & DINESH CHANDIMAL Showed how valuable they are in these conditions. If not for experienced Upul's role as an opener, SL could have collapsed further from that 2 down situation,SL desperately need the service of Upul Tharanga in ODIs/Tests

Posted by Zetta on (May 6, 2014, 20:17 GMT)

It was a nice game and I enjoyed every minute of it. Big up to the Irish team, crowd and cricket board for providing the streaming for free. I hope the next game will be even more interesting.

@eZoha - he was rested, like most of the other seniors.

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (May 6, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

SL badly needs an experienced OPENER to stem the inning in upcoming ODI series & for the future, including WC. Wasting anymore time with a substandard guy, who was parachuted to the ODI side in 2013, at the expense of 8th highest all time Run-maker for SL, is a CRIME! Persisting with an unskilled, substandard opener like KUSAL would certainly cost heavily for SL, in the Eng series as well as 2015 WC! He has managed just 17 RUNS in SIX consecutive innings at an astonishing AVERAGE of 2.9 on lively Fast-decks! Whenever he appear in these conditions, the lacking skills are clearly visible! How on earth, a player like him GET REPEATEDLY SELECTED for 50 over games? IT is high time for Sanath to bring back SL's most experienced young 28yr opener Upul Tharanga, who has scored 13 CENTURIES + 28x50s all over the world in ODIs. This includes 2 CENTURIES vs Eng in England. This is Tharanga's Record in Eng: Batting Average 69.40 -S/R 84.42 - 5 Inning -347 Runs - 100sx2 + 50sx1 (HS 120)..!!!

Posted by Herath-UK on (May 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT)

The team is playing like champions showing fighting qualities to get over tight situations.This was in fact a second Sri Lanka XI beating an Ireland side.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

I do not agree with the statement "Chandimal is our best batsman…..". He shows promise but he is yet to prove consistency. Malinga was playing a couple of hour earlier at IPL and he is very much a MI key player. It is a shame that IPL gets the better of representing ones motherland. No doubt he will join the SL team when IPL finishes end of this month.

Posted by priceless1 on (May 6, 2014, 19:15 GMT)

Kula is our best batsman in these type of conditions! again he proved that! :D

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Another promising position thrown away by Ireland. It is no longer disappointing, instead rather frustrating to constantly see this happen

Posted by SLANKA_FAN on (May 6, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

@facebook User - N.Dickwella and C. Silva can get places ahead of Kithruwan and Kusal NOT Tharanga. Tharanga confirmed that he is the best opening batsman for SL ODI team.

Posted by shakeena on (May 6, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Easy as you like.. when ever we need you , you always there MR. stunning smile kule :) congrats my Lions may allah bless you all.. & its shivering here in kandy too.. can't imagine what a single digit temperature is like :)

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

@eZoha all the seniors are rested for this part of tour apart from kulasekara and matthews. Its a good win and very pleasing to c our seam bowlers bowling nice line n length. Trust me our bowlers gonna do well on this tour.. Specially in tests.

Posted by ksquared on (May 6, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

@eZoha no he hasn't the selectors are trying out all the youngsters as well giving them experience playing in those conditions before the England series

Posted by eZoha on (May 6, 2014, 18:19 GMT)

Has Malinga retired from ODIs too?

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Chandimal is our best batsman in these type of conditions! again he proved that! hope N.Dickwella and C.Silva getting chances next game ahead of tharnga and Kithruwan

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