England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street May 25, 2014

Sri Lanka skittle England for 99 in huge win

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Sri Lanka 256 for 8 (Dilshan 88, Priyanjan 43, Gurney 3-59) beat England 99 (Senanayake 4-13, Kulasekara 3-15) by 157 runs
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Highlights: Sri Lanka inflict 157-run defeat on England after bowling the hosts out for 99

On the eve of this one-day international, Sri Lanka's coach Marvan Atapattu talked of his belief that the team's fighting spirit would earn them a way back into the series. His charges proved him right in commanding fashion, skittling England for a paltry 99 to condemn them to their heaviest ODI defeat on home soil. Nuwan Kulasekara knocked off the top order and Sachithra Senanayake improved his career-best for the second match running to earn a crushing 157-run victory

It required a reverse sweep from James Anderson to take England past their lowest ODI total - 86 against Australia, at Old Trafford in 2001 - and a six over deep-backward square leg from Eoin Morgan to avoid a record runs defeat. Alastair Cook, the injured captain who missed this match meaning Morgan was in charge, could well have been pondering what had changed in the three days since The Oval as he watched on from the balcony.

Sri Lanka's batting performance was workmanlike in tricky conditions, having been put in. Tillakaratne Dilshan top scored with 88 - his first ODI fifty on English soil - and a sparky contribution from the recalled Ashan Priyanjan, who struck two sixes in a 33-ball 43 after being dropped on 5, revived a flagging innings in the final 10 overs.

Still, a total of 256 did not suggest how one-sided the second half (or quarter) would be. England's top order was dismantled as Kulasekara took 3 for 1 in 11 deliveries while Lasith Malinga extracted Joe Root's off stump as the innings slumped to 29 for 4 - it was a score England remained on for 25 deliveries.

Michael Carberry, who had been recalled in place of Cook, could not take his opportunity when he edged Kulasekara behind and in his next over Ian Bell nicked a cut shot which was well taken by a diving Kumar Sangakkara away to his right. Kulasekara's third of his decisive opening burst came when he straightened one on Gary Ballance to win an lbw - Morgan confirmed to Ballance there was no point in reviewing.

England were being outdone by what they would see as their own methods: a hint of seam and swing against batsman with uncertain footwork. England's bowlers had, in fact, not used the morning conditions well, failing to find consistency and, in all, offering 15 wides in Sri Lanka's innings.

Losing four wickets inside seven overs did not quite condemn England with Morgan still at the crease, but the middle order could not form a recovery of any sorts.

Ravi Bopara could not pick Sachithra Senanayake at The Oval and fell to him again here, flummoxed by a delivery that did not really do too much on its way to hitting off stump. Jos Buttler, who it is often said does not have enough time to build an innings, lobbed a catch into the covers from Angelo Mathews' first delivery, a strange dismissal where the ball appeared to stop in the surface.

Hitting out at the end of an innings is one thing, but Chris Jordan could not expect to repair this damage and also fell to Senanayake. The offspinner had said Sri Lanka would find a way to overcome the cold and while his spinning fingers may have been a bit stiff they worked to impressive effect.

Dilshan and Sangakkara had laid a foundation for Sri Lanka by adding 96 for the second wicket before the innings lost direction, including Mahela Jayawardene's run out from third man as he laboured for a third run, until a fifth-wicket stand of 66 in nine overs between Mathews and the Priyanjan gave the innings some energy.

Anderson was the only bowler to strike in the first half of the innings when he had Lahiru Thirimanne caught at second slip. Thirimanne's innings was a curious one: for the majority of his 37-ball stay he could barely get the ball off the square but, out of nowhere, picked up a length delivery from Harry Gurney and launched it over midwicket for the day's first six before nicking to James Tredwell in the slips.

Dilshan was more confident, slotting two straight drives off Gurney's second over, and later collected another boundary when he perfectly bisected deep square leg and long leg with a pull off Jordan. Having passed 15,000 international runs during the innings - the fifth Sri Lankan to do so - he went to his half-century from 63 balls. He appeared set for his 18th ODI hundred before receiving an excellent delivery from Jordan which nipped back between bat and pad.

Sangakkara was largely kept quiet by the England attack until he advanced at Tredwell and lofted him over mid-on but Tredwell held his nerve in the contest and lured Sangakkara into a top-edged slog sweep. Jayawardene then gifted England his wicket when he dawdled after Dilshan had edged the ball towards third man.

When Dilshan was cleaned up Jordan, England had a grip on proceedings, helped by the fact that Morgan had been able to hustle through some relatively cheap overs from Tredwell and Bopara. However, England's fielding let them down as Priyanjan was dropped at third man by Gurney on 2 and Mathews was also given a much simpler life by Bopara on 24.

Priyanjan cashed in against Tredwell when he was brought back for his last over having previously bowled nine in a row. The over cost 16 included two sixes for Priyanjan - one straight driven and one over midwicket - and sparked him on to a very handy contribution, which also included a reverse lap off Jordan before he spliced to midwicket. At the time, it appeared he had done no more than make Sri Lanka's total competitive. Just a couple of hours later it was so much more than that.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dunger.bob on May 26, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    That Kulasakerra is one hell of a bowler. He was nipping the ball around beautifully in Australia so it's no surprise to me that he took wickets in this match. He's just about the perfect bowler if the pitch is doing a bit and if there's any swing around he becomes a major threat. .. Good on him. He's the best swing bowler in l.o cricket at present by the length of the straight.

    The new spinner has got some good figures too I see. That's ominous for every one else.

  • Ninj on May 25, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Well it was a match that no Sri Lankan can forget, A good comeback from the Team, Having the Seniors in the Team puts the opposition on defense true to now they have not delivered but would you rely on a fully young team!, its not the runs one can score or the wickets one can take but to be there in the middle and take the pressure and I think only experience can handle the pressure at that level and it will be a privilege for the youngsters to be there with the seniors to feel and experience the pressure and learn from it, it certainly proved well at the Asian games Final and not to mention the T20 finals we beat the best two teams on that format.

  • Sinhaya on May 25, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    What a splendid allround performance by the Lankans and a big thank you for the Lankans fans who came to support. Great thing about this win is that we won in cold conditions in Northern England and this is our 2nd win against England in Durham.

    Next week the weather is even better as it passes 20c favoring us. Very impressed with Priyanjan's batting. Guess Thirimanne needs to be rested and time to give Kusal a chance in Manchester. Oh Senanayake is a real find as his domestic bowling averages suggests, he is easily our best bowler. May be Thisara Perera better be played instead of Dhammika Prasad for the next ODI.

    Feel sorry for England. I am sure they will come hard at us on Wednesday to make mends for today's debacle. I think Cook's absence was costly but still their batting is good on paper and no way should we under estimate England. I am sure this series will be exciting and the remaining 3 ODIs could well be nail biters.

  • Lion83 on May 27, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka should continue with this team for the remaining games. Only change I can see is drop Chandimal and bring Chathuranga in he can add spin option and decent with bat.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 27, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    In the future SL should bat first if they winthe toss in any condition. I think in the first ODI also if SL bat first it would be a very close or win for SL. Sl's bowling is suitable for 2nd innings. I think SL has got best bowling among all nations for T20 and ODIs if they bowl in the second innings.

  • CodandChips on May 26, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK I'm not calling for change just on the back of this defeat. It's more I think more change was needed for the start of the series given failures over the last year. However as I pointed out hardly any changes have been made so we can continue to expect more victories mixed with the most abysmal performances.

  • SLSup on May 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Carberry is the Al Sharpton of cricket. He'll get his "elongated" stay with ECB less than average ability as a cricketer will see him out - unlike Al who gets a prop here.

    I enjoyed the STAND-UP-COMMEDY by some asking for Mahela to be dropped. Only, no one's laughing. And some even question other Sri Lankans being TRUE Sri Lankans if they don't agree (and go to great legths to copy & paste thier comments all over! Now THAT is a tickle!

    The funniest comment EVER was by "sachin_equal_to_bradman" - Hmmm... in REAL cricketing terms, there are THREE Bradmen - Don, George Headley, and Sangakkara. SRT does marginally better than Sanga in ENG/SA and when playing AUS in SL. I think this is WELL established.

  • Sinhaya on May 26, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the most effective in getting opposition teams all out for less than 100 in the 50 over and 20 over formats as so far they have got teams all out for less than 100 in 17 instances which is the best among all.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I stopped following the game about half-way through Sri Lanka's innings, hence the huge gap between posts. Awful result to come home to... I did think Sri Lanka would rack up a competitive score, even though I thought England bowled O.K. (especially opening overs by the likes of Anderson), but to make such a mess of the chase/reply was surprising. Agree with dunger.bob re. Kulasekara; great bowler in these conditions, and once again proving that pace isn't everything.

    Not sure where England should go from here. @CodandChips: no apologies needed; with such erratic results like this from England we're all entitled to change our minds a lot! One abysmal game oughtn't to bring about any major/knee-jerk changes, but I'm sure us fans can't help but feel "here we go again...".

  • on May 26, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Although SL won by 157 runs. I can't understand the captaincy by Matthews, when ENG was 8/73 and with 2 tail enders batting and staring down at their lowest total of 86.Matthews allowed the game to drift, without bringing back Malinga and killing the game then and there. Surely, our coach should have sent a message or was he sleeping at that time? Malinga ended up with more than 6 overs remaining. This sort of thing happened in down under too, with AUS 9 down for forty odd, finally ending up with 74. Read the game more closely, Matthews/Marvan.

  • dunger.bob on May 26, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    That Kulasakerra is one hell of a bowler. He was nipping the ball around beautifully in Australia so it's no surprise to me that he took wickets in this match. He's just about the perfect bowler if the pitch is doing a bit and if there's any swing around he becomes a major threat. .. Good on him. He's the best swing bowler in l.o cricket at present by the length of the straight.

    The new spinner has got some good figures too I see. That's ominous for every one else.

  • Ninj on May 25, 2014, 21:47 GMT

    Well it was a match that no Sri Lankan can forget, A good comeback from the Team, Having the Seniors in the Team puts the opposition on defense true to now they have not delivered but would you rely on a fully young team!, its not the runs one can score or the wickets one can take but to be there in the middle and take the pressure and I think only experience can handle the pressure at that level and it will be a privilege for the youngsters to be there with the seniors to feel and experience the pressure and learn from it, it certainly proved well at the Asian games Final and not to mention the T20 finals we beat the best two teams on that format.

  • Sinhaya on May 25, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    What a splendid allround performance by the Lankans and a big thank you for the Lankans fans who came to support. Great thing about this win is that we won in cold conditions in Northern England and this is our 2nd win against England in Durham.

    Next week the weather is even better as it passes 20c favoring us. Very impressed with Priyanjan's batting. Guess Thirimanne needs to be rested and time to give Kusal a chance in Manchester. Oh Senanayake is a real find as his domestic bowling averages suggests, he is easily our best bowler. May be Thisara Perera better be played instead of Dhammika Prasad for the next ODI.

    Feel sorry for England. I am sure they will come hard at us on Wednesday to make mends for today's debacle. I think Cook's absence was costly but still their batting is good on paper and no way should we under estimate England. I am sure this series will be exciting and the remaining 3 ODIs could well be nail biters.

  • Lion83 on May 27, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka should continue with this team for the remaining games. Only change I can see is drop Chandimal and bring Chathuranga in he can add spin option and decent with bat.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 27, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    In the future SL should bat first if they winthe toss in any condition. I think in the first ODI also if SL bat first it would be a very close or win for SL. Sl's bowling is suitable for 2nd innings. I think SL has got best bowling among all nations for T20 and ODIs if they bowl in the second innings.

  • CodandChips on May 26, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK I'm not calling for change just on the back of this defeat. It's more I think more change was needed for the start of the series given failures over the last year. However as I pointed out hardly any changes have been made so we can continue to expect more victories mixed with the most abysmal performances.

  • SLSup on May 26, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    Carberry is the Al Sharpton of cricket. He'll get his "elongated" stay with ECB less than average ability as a cricketer will see him out - unlike Al who gets a prop here.

    I enjoyed the STAND-UP-COMMEDY by some asking for Mahela to be dropped. Only, no one's laughing. And some even question other Sri Lankans being TRUE Sri Lankans if they don't agree (and go to great legths to copy & paste thier comments all over! Now THAT is a tickle!

    The funniest comment EVER was by "sachin_equal_to_bradman" - Hmmm... in REAL cricketing terms, there are THREE Bradmen - Don, George Headley, and Sangakkara. SRT does marginally better than Sanga in ENG/SA and when playing AUS in SL. I think this is WELL established.

  • Sinhaya on May 26, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka are the most effective in getting opposition teams all out for less than 100 in the 50 over and 20 over formats as so far they have got teams all out for less than 100 in 17 instances which is the best among all.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    I stopped following the game about half-way through Sri Lanka's innings, hence the huge gap between posts. Awful result to come home to... I did think Sri Lanka would rack up a competitive score, even though I thought England bowled O.K. (especially opening overs by the likes of Anderson), but to make such a mess of the chase/reply was surprising. Agree with dunger.bob re. Kulasekara; great bowler in these conditions, and once again proving that pace isn't everything.

    Not sure where England should go from here. @CodandChips: no apologies needed; with such erratic results like this from England we're all entitled to change our minds a lot! One abysmal game oughtn't to bring about any major/knee-jerk changes, but I'm sure us fans can't help but feel "here we go again...".

  • on May 26, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    Although SL won by 157 runs. I can't understand the captaincy by Matthews, when ENG was 8/73 and with 2 tail enders batting and staring down at their lowest total of 86.Matthews allowed the game to drift, without bringing back Malinga and killing the game then and there. Surely, our coach should have sent a message or was he sleeping at that time? Malinga ended up with more than 6 overs remaining. This sort of thing happened in down under too, with AUS 9 down for forty odd, finally ending up with 74. Read the game more closely, Matthews/Marvan.

  • CodandChips on May 26, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    One excellent win followed by an abysmal loss. Not sure what to make of it. Considering we're at home, and therefore should be winning, comfortably, I reckon the signs are bad.

    After such a performance you can't single anyone out to blame. Kulasekera, Dlishan and Senanayake all played well, but I feel the loss was mainly due to poor play by England. Carberry probably should be the fall guy if anyone is to go, based on his poor international career still continuing. Arguably though a batting collapse like yesterday isn't the time to follow up by bringing in Hales.

    Not too sure what to make of the new regime. What concerns me though is that there have been just 3 debuts, of which 2 belong to the same player (Gurney in ODIs and T20Is- and he was in the West Indies series squad don't forget), and 1 to Carberry in T20Is despite his poor previous performances for England. Picking the same old players but expecting better than results just seems mad.

  • Andrew-Silva on May 26, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    In my Previous postings, I have emphasized the importance of an experienced opener who is capable of playing a long steady inning (min. 25 Ovs), where Tharanga becomes the solitary choice with his unbeatable track record. I was happy to see, Dilshan's (who's neck was at the Gillette of some shortsighted critics) transformed inning yesterday, to bring that convincing win. His atypical inning DEMONSTRATED what I have been saying, from word-to-word! This is the ESSENTIAL ingredient that we are missing in our formula, to win outside subcontinent. It worked out yesterday, thanks to Dilshan's superlative experience. But in a crunch situation, chasing a huge total could have crumbled Dilshan, since his natural capabilities are different. In my view, if SL to succeed in WC, recall Tharanga to the squad immediately! That is the only way forward.

  • Vickar on May 26, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Sachithra Senanayake .... The GEM

  • anver777 on May 26, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    What a clinical performance by LANKANS !!!! restricting ENG for below 100 in a ODI on Eng soil is always a great achievement. A good team work !!!! KEEP GOING !!!

  • on May 26, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    it was really bad to send chandi at #7.he is not a slogger by any means.it's just a waste of a great talent.it's so amazing to see how those 2 seniors are greedy for their batting positions.chandi should be sent at #3.thirimanne struggles a bit in these conditions.but he is better than kusal who swings recklessely and gift his wicket to oppositions.he should learn how 2 bat in these conditions.best of luck lions.cheers

  • on May 26, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    One of the best wins... To perform like that in English conditions well done Sri Lanka.. Now let's win the series

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 26, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    At the beginning of Poms innings sound of the Bell was not good and they lost the Balance. Because they were upRooted by Kula and Toe Crusher. Only the Butts were left but got spun by Sachi.

  • priceless1 on May 26, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Surprises to see many people are asking Thisara to be included in the next game , from what i have seen of him so far , he is all at sea against quick bowlers when the ball is hard and new or seaming around , so it will be a position wasted if they include him in the next game

  • Udendra on May 26, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    England beaten by Spin & Swing/Seam! big problems.

  • hambat on May 26, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Well done, SL! England bowlers are always short on ideas when faced with aggresive batting. Similarly, its batsmen are so easily fooled and cowed by bowlers that display a bit of variety.

  • on May 26, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    My collegian Nuwan's performance in the match was excellent. Sachithra bowled well and Dilshan and Ashan batted well. Ashan showed signs of guarantee of the future of Sri Lanka team. I think mahela should open with Dilshan and Lahiru should bat at No. 04. Good luck for rest of the matches. Congrats Sri Lanka !!!!!!

  • on May 26, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Most of the expert thought it favors SL if it was a full game, so it proved. It will be foolish to imagine that SL will have an easy time in the next 3 games. ENG seem to have some really good late order talent in Jordan and Bopara. In these days of big bats n all, one innings at the death can change everything. It would be wise on SL's part to get everything rolling with this victory otherwise these young Englishmen can be a real threat. Hoping for 3 full games and lots of excitement.

  • on May 26, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Great game from a Sri Lankan perspective. England will learn that in modern day cricket you can not take any team for granted. Sri Lankans were mediocre at the oval last Thursday, but they are known as quick learners. I think Chris Jordan got to work hard in all departments of his game. He is vulnerable against spin, with the willow and as a bowler does lack a bit of rhythm, in other words not consistent. The English were poor in all departments, but I am optimistic, they will come back. Please trust them, they are a good team, with or without Cook.

  • wazza85 on May 26, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Good performance. But they should drop Kushal and bring in Tharanga.

  • JG2704 on May 26, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @Lakpj on (May 26, 2014, 3:09 GMT) All it shows is England are a very inconsistent side who on their day can beat/mix it with anyone but can be woeful but if you want to say it's just conditions that's your opinion. By the way England have collapsed like a deck of cards with KP in their side.Was KP not in the side for every game in the last Ashes? Sure he was the top scorer but not by much and Stokes averaged better than him.

  • on May 26, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Giving thousands of chances for poor performing Chandimal and not giving a chance to Thisara to play in this match is not a good decision.

  • on May 26, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. Give them a full day of cricket and a little sun shine they will do wonders. They read the wicket much better than the English. I like the way the captain handled his bowlers. Few options/changes they need to look at . Some batters need sense of cricket not to make a hash of it every time they walk into bat. Some bowlers too should concentrate in taking wickets than bullying the batsmen. We need good cricketing sense which many of our cricketers have, the rest should catch up with the m. Have a wonderful match on Wednesday.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on May 26, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Congrats to SL !!! great achievemnet...You did what we indians were unable to do!!! But still this english side can be beaten by any decent team now... When we played them, They were much stronger...But no excuses...Win is a win...Congrats for SL...INDIAN FAN HERE

  • on May 26, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Very good Performance by SL really watchful next match also going to be very interesting

  • Front-Foot_lunge on May 26, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    As an England fan there are only dark days ahead. In normal circumstances 'rebuilding' usually has with it. massive fluctuations in performance. One day your great, the next: worse than before. However, this is due to the influx of new players, and inconsistent performance that comes with it. The problem with England, we're getting the hammered using the same players before! The very same that lead us to the shameful white wash in all formats against Australia and W/C loss to Bangladesh. Add to the fact we're gone backward and selected Moores as coach. I hope English fans, now see their crowing during our 'purple patch' was misplaced and arrogant. Hard times for England cricket for the foreseeable future. Winter has come!

  • Lord.emsworth on May 26, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Big win but, Sri Lanka must to look to the future and the WC in 2015. The ageing SL legends must make room for fresher, younger, more aggressive players. Mahela is never consistent (Last 16 ODI's, one half century) while Sangakarra never really gets the scoreboard rattling. Dilshan motors on, but for how long? It's time to be bold and include YOUNG, new players like England have done. Suggest Vithanage as one new batsmen for all forms of the game. There are more waiting in the wings.

  • Mervo on May 26, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    That 'resurgence' didn't last long ...

  • on May 26, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    For last 16 matches Mahela has scored only 288 runs at the average of 18 but few people are sugesting to Drop Chandimal and get Kithuruwan and drop Thirimanne and get Thisara Perera but I think all of them should be in the team. They are the future of SL cricket. What should have been actually done is inconsitant Mahela Jayawardane should be Dropped from the team allowing more chances to the youngsters.

  • RoshJ on May 26, 2014, 5:18 GMT

    "Carrebery"" Roots" did not taste good,"Ballance" was lost 'cos the "Cook" wasn't there? What Can a Butler do when the Bell wasn't tolling and only Irish Cream came to the party? Oh Moore you were eating "fab Rice"

    Well played Sri Lanka...a masterclass in alien conditions...rest of the world "take heed"!

  • ksquared on May 26, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Wonderful performance by the bowlers shows that one off game doesn't take anything out of real quality. Batting still looks rudderless apart from Dilshan, Mathews. They really should drop Chandimal if they can't bat him up the order he's not a no.6-7 batsman. Thirimanne still looks out of sorts specially in these conditions. Sanga and Mahela don't look like they are inform but I'm sure they will perform when SL really need them to. Vithanage should have been part of the squad he's probably more secure than Kusal and more aggressive than Thirimanne. Bowling wise not sure about Prasad he may have the pace but lacks control and more importantly a bit of cricketing sense. I would be tempted to include Mendis in the team if we have a similar pitch in the next ODI. Ideally Herath should have been in this squad.

  • Yousufahmedl on May 26, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka, win the other 3 ODIs too! You have my full support. If you lose the next game, people will say that yesterday's win was a fluke. Sri Lanka you are the best best best!!

  • ramz_01 on May 26, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    everyone talking abt englands poor show bt no one notice da captancy of morgan whr seaming condition morgan allow SL batsman to get in while bowling party timer bopara nd spinner tredwell, if thy try to pick up wicket by bowling anderson or jorden thy cn make inroads thats whr eng lost da match i guess.

  • Yousufahmedl on May 26, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Here are 2 changes for the next game as far as Sri Lanka is concerned. Drop Chandimal and get Chaturanga De Silva. Drop Thirimanne and get Thisara Perera. Thisara must be trained to open batting. Good luck Sri Lanka.

  • fkhawaja on May 26, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    looks like england have still got some way down before they start getting better.

  • ajithabey on May 26, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Good professional performance by SL despite the fact that England arrange tours in early summer but very cold conditions hoping that the opposing teams succumb to these tactics. Unfortunately, teams that play professionaly come out best with their superior performances.I still think in form Vithanage should play instead of Chandimal who is not applying himself fully. Keep the momentum going SL and wrap up the series convincingly.

  • Hareendra on May 26, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    I can only mirror what Saman_WMA said. Ridiculous sending Chandimal at no 7 and leaving Thisara out. And what on earth are they doing (or not doing) with Shaminda Eranga? I think he is our third best fast bowler behind Malinga and Kulasekara

  • John_Geo on May 26, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    Sorry to be critical of SL after they won, but there should not be too much praise for SL considering the way they batted (exception Dilshan). Starting with a poor team selection, they were clearly 30-40 runs short than what could have been an acceptable score. Sangakkara was at his utmost selfish wasting 11+ overs for uninspiring 40 runs (which puts all other players under heavy pressure to score fast) and Mahela is consistently failing (is anyone noticing Mahela's performance of late?). Somehow Mahela and Sanga's substandard performances get masked by the good performance of others and they get away very lightly.

    The match was won purely by good bowling and fielding complemented by an extraordinarily lackluster performance by England (which cannot be expected to repeat). Nice to see Malinga getting it right this time. It is about time Mahela and Sanga are given an ultimatum - "do it or let someone who can".

  • on May 26, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    lions be cool we need to win at least two games. go go go... u can do it

  • nothingnew on May 26, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    When you are playing for internationals cricket .Don't think about the place . think about what you can do for team. You imagine opening batsmen play 40+ overs partnership . No.3 batsman is Chandimal . Then how you justify chandimal at that time. Chandimal is good player . but he lost his form since 2011 . he would come back very soon. I love to play Thisara perera instead of Dammika Prasad in the next game . But we need to give enough space for Ajantha mendis to play for next couple of odi matches .Might be SL will decide Eranga would be back for Dammika Prasad . English Batsman are struggling with spinners in English condition all the time .This is good move for SL to play 3 spinners for Test

  • Prem2248 on May 26, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    even for 2nd XI matches. S'nayake on the other hand found places in theODI squads since 2011 but has always been forced to carry water allowing Herath to earn a name in ODI Cricket though his ODI Ave was always above 40 (till he managed to take few wkts in ENG in the Champions Trophy 2013 forcing S'nayake to continue carrying water.)Interestingly the selectors were very careful to play Herath on spin-friendly pitches only. On the other hand the confidence Ajantha gain in becoming the Emerging Young player of the Year 2008 under Mahela's captaincy was shattered by the captains that followed him because a long-standing selector wanted one of his henchmen to be the leading spinner of the Team after Murali, thus Ajantha has always been ousted from the Team for every slightest mistake he did (strangely & purposely he was always asked to bowl very late in recent matches, when the batters were fully set to attack therefore he was somewhat vary about his own confidence (Stats Cricinfo)

  • Prem2248 on May 26, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    More often than not, it is our bowlers that win matches for us since 2007 though sticky-footed reckless hitting, inconsistent seniors are always being hailed by the local media for their occasional erratic bating performances. On current form, consistency and neat(clean hitting) stroke play Angelo Perera,KhausalSilva,Khandamby, RoshenSilva, GayanManeshan stand way above the 3 seniors even Niroshan Dickwella(in the Squad) and Kusal Mendis (U-19 Captain) would have been far better choice than the 3 that find it difficult to middle and time the ball even after too many unwanted opportunities they are given.Chandimal the most ideal No 3, too has been badly handle by the Team mangement to entertain aging 3 seniors. S'nayake 1st Cl Ave 19.69, Ajantha21.23,MalindaPushpakumara 21.00 have always been the 3 leading wkt takers in the Domestic scene since 2007. Malinda's record in 1st Class Cricket has always been very exceptional though the selectors' very careful not to include him 2bCNTD

  • on May 26, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    @s.g.a this is not a t20! that was a t20 knock in a batsman paradise pitch! Don't you know kihruwan not even in the squad?? Did chandimal failed this match to drop?? Let him to bat at number 3! if you watch practice ODI matches chandimal way ahead of kithruwan,lahiru,kusal..don't be biased against chandimal! SLC giving chances to him because they know cricket better than you!

  • Htc-Android on May 26, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    Yet again our team management is not showing enough faith in Chandimal. His best performances came out in these kind of wickets. So he has to bat at No.4 to get the best out of him. Dont forget he will be our future Wicket keeper. So we should persist with him. Priyanjan proves us that he can be a good finisher. He has his own shots like Reverse sweep, Scoop..etc. So he should be persisted as well. Mahela is the man who should be dropped at the moment. This will allow Chandimal and Priyanjan to bat at No.4 and No.5.

  • on May 26, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    It is better Mahela open the innings with Dilshan and send Chandimal at no.04. Chandimal is a very good batsman.

  • Lakpj on May 26, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    @JG2704 This shows that England is a team that heavily relies on the pitch conditions. Last game with some rain the pitch had freshen up a bit hence made England bowlers unplayable. But as expected their bowlers will trouble when there is no seam. Apart from Morgan there is no batsman in this England lineup whom any opposition would fear. They might survive without KP in England but when they travel they will miss him the most.

  • on May 26, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    It is always great to see Sri Lanka getting a huge win in tough conditions outside subcontinent, against a decent pace attack, pitch with moisture in the morning with seam movement. Congrats to our team.

  • on May 26, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    I agree with Tilana that it is unfair as well as bad tactics to send Chandimal at 7. He should be sent at 3 .

  • Saman_WMA on May 26, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Even though SL has won convincingly, I can't agree with the team selection and the batting order. If I were the captain, I would never leave out Thisara who was the man of the match few days ago. Few months ago Dammika Prasad lost his place even in the Sri Lanka A side. He has never proved his ability even against a lesser side. Of Course Chandimal should bat ahead of Angelo. It is unbelievable that how Carbery has been selected ahead of Alex Hales who has a better record against Sri Lanka. I still remember two years ago how Alex destroyed SL A team when he toured SL with England A team.

  • on May 26, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    why on earth aren't Sri Lanka playing Herath ? England need KP, to bring skill, character, and back bone to the team.

  • s.g.a. on May 26, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Well done srilanka keep going, also please drop chandimal & give that place kithruwan. i dont know why slc favouring chandimal So much. please see the T20 match again how batted kithruwan without fear 1st match of the england tour, he is very talented get him to the team dont spoil his carrier.

  • on May 26, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    this is indeed sweet revenge for what england/rain/and duckworth lewis did to us on thursday,,,,,

  • cjchanaka on May 26, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Great come back lions,very very poor batting by englishmen.Knick knite,botham,david & co have plenty to analyse before 3rd ODI.We have also some problems,specially our batting order is not stable.I can't understand why selectors are using chandimal as a slogger for final 5 overs.It is absolutely waste of talent.If he will bat at no3 or 4 certainly 60 or 70 runs sure.Bacause he has the required technique.Unless this will happen his pesence will useless,thisara will be a better option.

  • Sri_Lankan_Cricket_Fan on May 26, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    My Team Selection,

    Dilshan, Kithuruwan, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Mathews, Priyanjan, Thisara, Kule, Senanayake, Malinga

  • on May 26, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Well Done Boys..Dilshan, Priyanjan, Kulasekara and Senanayake played very well. Agreed with Dushan Senarathne. If he is in the team, he should be given fair chance. In the team, holding him, coming to bat at low down, out with few runs and drop from the team would be disappointing. So, if chandimal is not getting enough chance in the middle, it would be better to use thisara who is a hard hitter.

  • ruester on May 26, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    England could not of asked for better conditions to play. Sri Lanka, cold, overcast, moisture in the air and pitch, it was made for us. This really does show how low we have fallen. Well Mr Cook and MR Downton are you still convinced that the supporters will still back you, I haven't seen much improvement in England since you weeded out the cause of the ashes debacle. Nice to see England's record run scorer get some runs though in the IPL at last.

  • on May 26, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Chandimal is not a #7 batsman. Selectors coaches and kumar Sangakkara pushing him to chopping board. Sanga done great things as a #3 batsman. But its time to someone else to train that position. best way to do is let a guy like chandimal to perform freely. its always better to keep in mind if chandimal fails, sanga comes next. otherwise its a huge pressure on new #3 to perform without sanga n mahela in their back up. 1. Thirimanne 2.Dilshan 3. Chandimal 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Priyanjan/Thisara 8.Senanayake 9. Kule 10. Prasad/Lakmal/Mendis 11. Malinga

    ppl will ask where is Kushal Perera... but he definitly need to learn how to bat against moving ball.

  • Patchmaster on May 26, 2014, 0:00 GMT

    Why oh why do the selectors stick with Bopara ? He never finishes games with his batting, and he occasionally picks up a wicket, but usually gets murdered. Surel;y county cricket has something better it can bring to the squad ? What about Trego or one of the Yorkshire lads ? I think Carberry's time in the team has come to an end, great bloke I'm sure, but just not up to it. Pathetic squad selection, time for fresh young faces please, out you go Bell and Bopara.......

  • Ms.Cricket on May 25, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Is this the worst ever Engliish XI that has taken the field in an ODI. Except for Bell none of the other players (Anderson in current form included) are worthy of international caps. The selectors must be sacked ASAP.

  • on May 25, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    overall it s a fantastic display of all round skills of srilanka. they batted very well with the bat to survive early in the innings from swing bowling. infact they wanted a better score than this. but kula was awesome so did malinga and senanyake. Eng was beaten by something at which they were best. "swing". dilshan innings were crucial as they proved at the end . someone last time here said Sl is a hit and giggle t20 side now . ha ha ha

  • on May 25, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    Herath should play for rest of the games

  • RandyOZ on May 25, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    Haha, yet we are told to worry about England in the next Ashes series. The perennial underachievers, Moores and Cook, continue to under perform. With no talent coming through, and only a few imports keeping them afloat, there are some seriously dark days ahead for the old dart.

  • roberto666 on May 25, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    So what do you learn after a humbling performance in Australia. Yes, be positive, look forwards oh and pick a 33 year old opener who failed and showed he was not up to the standard? Are we really lacking so badly in depth in this country and have we no other ideas beyond Carberry and Bopara a name associated with a fair personal average but repeated team failure as he ensures that by the end of the innings there is often 6 6s required off the last over. If this is the beginning of the future lets pick a team that's going to get stronger otherwise scores like todays will be repeated again and again this summer.

  • JG2704 on May 25, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    Baffling.

    Didn't see much of the game but I noticed that on the same day our batting crumbled KP scored his 1st 50 of IPL 2014. Hard to know what to expect from England these days. SL finished their inns well and credit to them for some innovative batting. Strange how a team who looked so dominant in the previous game can struggle to get near 100 in this one. It'll be interesting to see which England turn up for the next one

  • Herath-UK on May 25, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    An English performance by Sri Lanka showing what a good unit are they under a Sri Lankan coach.The bowling & fielding coaches too are Sri Lankan and with the appointment of Hathurusinghe & other Sri Lankans to Bangladesh unit,show they are making a mark now in this field too.If Sri Lanka continues to make a mark in the tour England may consider getting Vass as the bowling coach, who knows!

  • howzat86 on May 25, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    I thought Sri Lanka score of 256/8 off 50 overs was a good score however i would have expected England to chase this score and make it a competitive match but instead they got bowled out under 100 which is disappointing as it could have been interesting match however credit to Sri Lanka for putting an excellent bowling effort though.

  • Revelation3_7 on May 25, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Ernaga, well said, an excellent analysis, perhaps time for Mahela to depart.

  • Lmaotsetung on May 25, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    This is the growing pains of a rebuilding side. Some days good some days bad, and like today some days horrible...no need to think the sky is falling.

  • KazukoOhtha on May 25, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Ah Ah Hahh! Wasn't it just 3 days ago somebody very important said "England summer cricket begins from today". Well this was the better summer day of the two, wheels seem to have come off just after one uninterrupted match. England always boast about SL's bad record in England. This is what happens when SL play cricket in England in cricketing weather. as far as I know cricket is a summer game.

  • Tweety20 on May 25, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Good job lions.You showed the fighting spirit.A good answer to all the critics and haters who mocked you after the 1st ODI defeat.commiserations to England. jaya sri

  • on May 25, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    For the next match drop Chandimal and Prasad and bring in Thisara and Prasanna. ENG will surely prepare a green top for Old Trafford.

  • Newlandsfaithful on May 25, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    You know it needs to be said.... the whole English side including coach Downton really, really looked totally disinterested.

  • balajik2505 on May 25, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka; pathetic batting performance by England. They were done in by their own style of bowling. Kulasekara bowled like an English bowler today.

  • on May 25, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    England is back to normal. If England has to have even the flimsiest chance in the World Cup in 2015 KP should be brought back immediately.

  • Dr.Lakson on May 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Great game for SL! Excelent comeback. I feel saddened by the comments on this game about the SL top order batting. It seems as most do not watch the game but follow it on cricinfo and comment by looking at the stats..... compared to what happend to the english top order when the ball was not moving.... Sanga/Thiri made a significant contribution to the game

  • Herath-UK on May 25, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    What a perfect performance by Sri Lanka in the English den. They bowled so well making to wonder whether the teams have switched places. No other Asian team would bat & bowl as Sri Lanka did on this tricky conditions. They played like a very confident team & gave the England their heaviest defeat on home soil is no uncertain manner, England just avoiding the lowest total. Go for a 4/I victory Lanka!

  • SLSup on May 25, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    This is turning out to be an odd but interesting series. SL fans must have thought after the 1st ODI that it is a good thing SL doesn't play that way often. It was an off day. ENG fans must feel the same after this 2nd ODI: this is not how ENG play in conditions that favor them best. Glad there was no DL involvement which has a killjoy effect on cricket that must be unique in all of sports! Can we get someone with an IQ above plant life look at DL please?

    Reaction to Eranga: Cricket is not all about averages. It's a lot more than that. There is much Mahela brings to the overall stability of team that a Priyanjan cannot even IMAGINE. I doubt Priyanjan can ever be the cricketing legend Mahela is. In all of cricket's history, there are only 13 Asians who enjoy legendary status: Miandad, Dravid, Murali, Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Sangakkara, Mahela, Younis Khan, Imran Khan, Mohammed Yousuf, Akram, and Waqar.

    Mahela could help us win 2015 WC, not Priyanjan's newbee average.

  • on May 25, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Good win for Sri Lanka. But i don't know why Mathews come earlier than Chandimal. He should bat at No.04 or 05 position. Mathews should come after that. For England I think Hales should include to this match. His T20 records are excellent against sri lanka. This is not T20 format but i think he should get a chance because he deserve it.

  • on May 25, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    People criticising Chandimal on him not getting enough fifties, I think whoever manages the batting line up is to blame for that. Chandimal works best at either 4 or 5, he averages nearly 40 in those positions. Which genius decided to put him down at 7 or 8? How can you expect him to get back confidence and form if he bats too low down to make a difference? Or how can you expect him to score even 20, when there is less than 15 balls left when he finally does come out? For the next match, SL XI should be: 1. KJP 2. Dilshan 3. Thiri 4. Chandi 5. Sanga/Mahela 6. Ashan 7. Mathews 8. Kula 9. Sena 10. Slinga 11. Prasad/Eranga (Let the youngsters bat at where they are best at, the seniors aren't going to be around for much longer anyway)

  • Farooq3 on May 25, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    That should take care of Downton's claim of making a fresh start! Fresh start indeed but in the wrong direction! There is not a single world class batsman in this entire line up!Common ECB wake up - bring back KP before it's too late!

  • disco_bob on May 25, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    When I first saw England's score I thought it was a D/L

  • SixSmasher on May 25, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    I don't support England anymore. I support their opponent. This has become into a contest of teams rather than nations. I support my favourite team. I don't care about who they are representing anymore. I cannot support England ever again after how they treated Pietersen. Glad to see England lose.

  • nlpdave on May 25, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Rubbish, from England and commentators. First get rid of players not good enough: Tredwell, Carberry, Bopara, Buttler. Secondly bat first on a pitch like this. Don't forget all SriLanka's runs were scored in the first quarter of the game. Significant movement off the pitch did for half of Sri Lanka's side and all England's. When the ball is moving you need to be watchful. As it turned out on this surface no one would have reached that score. Still dissatisfactory though. Hooray for Peter Moores??

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    England 99 all out. Sri Lanka win by 157 runs. The universe is back to normal!!!

    Batsmen played well in the challenging conditions and bowlers bowled very well. Ashan was awesome on his debut, in alien conditions. Hopefully, Dilshan's form will last another three matches - we need at least one solid opening batsman. Two good signs for SL this tour - Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ashan Priyanjan.

    Malinga's hand in his pocket when he walks back to his mark and Dilshan's ear-warmers were the highlights of the match! :D :D :D

    The two matches we've lost, so far, this year were played in very heavy dew/after rain. Shows that the dew/rain were the real winners... The sun wasn't even out today...

    Well played, boys, and keep going!! :)

    @SriLankanYoungBlood on (May 25, 2014, 11:35 GMT) Well said!! If they don't let Chandimal bat in the top five, just don't have him in the XI at all. All three seniors shouldn't play in the same match.

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    it was a great victory after the unexpected defeat in the 1st ODI.well done to entire team.

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ! Good show. What happened to the new find English cricketer Chris Jordan whom they spoke about so much after the first game?

  • CricketChat on May 25, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    SL just annihilated Eng today. As for SL to achieve better balance, Thisara Perera should come in for Prasad, who is faster but lacks control and goes for plenty most of the time. Just seems Jayawardene is coming to end of international cricket and may not last until 2015 ODI WC. As for Eng, they should find a better opening batting combination than Carberry and Bell. Carberry should be played in tests only, if at all. Hopefully, the remaining matches will be more competitive no matter who wins.

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Practicing against the swinging ball under wet and cold English conditions will stand in good stead for the Sri Lankans in the on coming World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. It is opportune that we were accommodated there in the early part of the English summer. We mustn't worry too much about winning or losing. Make use of the opportunity to give our young guys plenty of practice in seaming conditions. Nonetheless congratulations to the SL team for a crushing victory.

  • VillageBlacksmith on May 25, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    well played SL… a totally laughable performance by Eng… time to jettison carberry, and bopara, bell & morgan fail yet again, root needs a break, ballance not as good as he thinks he is, & neither is Buttler… who wd want to pay money to see this team? there just isnt a convincing player amongst them apart from JA… hopeless fielding, dropped catches, clueless batting i can watch rubbish like that for free at the local park… And cook says he thinks the fans will stick with them?? got to be joking mate if they cant even be bothered to catch a ball or play a slow bowler…. there are better players out there than this tired selection of never will bes…

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Most of people may not agree but in ODI team without T.Perera seems more balance.. if he played instead of ashan we would have been lost My team for next match dilshan,mahela,sanga,chandi,ashan,mathews,chathuranga,kule,sachi,prasad/thisara,mali

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Play chandimal at 3 or 4 Sri Lanka! playing him at 7 make no sense! please senior players gave young players to chance at top of the order! thirimanne what you were doing today??

  • saifkhanBD on May 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    What an excellent comeback by the SL side. Well done. Always knew you guys would bounce back. All the best for the remaining matches :)

  • on May 25, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    We can perform any where in the world..... We bowl out Ausi in Ausi less than 100 runs no we bowl out England in England for less than 100 runs

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    I'm not sure England will make any changes for next match. If Cook is fit maybe he'll come back in for Carberry, but where does this leave Hales. It makes the call up of Hales seem pointless. Surely the reason you select a squad is partly so that there is back-up if needed.

    Personally I hope Carberry never plays for England again. Although I'd love him to be successful, he inspires me with no confidence as an England fan, and as a Hants fan I'd love him back in county cricket.

    I still feel Taylor and Lumb should be in the squad. But after such a batting performance you can't single anyone out.

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 16:03 GMT

    Another painful performance. To have played so well on Thursday and then following it up with this is just disgraceful.

    The bowling wasn't too bad. Gurney and Bopara bowled some rubbish but generally it was pretty good. It was the fielding that let Sri Lanka get to where they got, as well as the good innings from Dilshan and Priyanjan.

    But the batting was really poor and you can't single anyone out. Kulasekera bowled excellently first up but the batsmen should have done better. Carberry once again struggled though in this instance he got bowled an excellent ball. The spin struggles also continued. It's a real area of concern that our batsmen can't seem to play it.

    Credit to Sri Lanka. Conditions must have been horrible for them. But they performed really well considering, especially in the field. Village and club cricketers in England know what it's like to have to catch the ball when it's cold. And the skills of the bowlers were excellent

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on May 25, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    How will this one be blamed on KP? Where there's a will there's a way I suppose ......

  • on May 25, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    you deserve it SL..... But need further runs from the deapth... Thisara is a must in this format... love u guys.... uuuuuummmmaaaaahhhh..............

  • SLankan on May 25, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Crushing victory for Sri Lanka..Even the cold wet weather couldn't save England because Sri Lanka is still too good...!!

  • Sinhabahu on May 25, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    A brilliant victory! In cold conditions away from home, the batting put up a good score and the bowlers simply obliterated England. Proud of the boys.

  • on May 25, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    OK, we won. But how dare you drop Thisara Perera? I know Chandimal has promise, but he hasn't delivered. We can count on Thisara Perera to deliver in any circumstances. I do hope he didn't play because he was injured. He must be a part of any limited over Sri Lankan team. Don't waste our resources. We are the best, let's play our best players.

  • on May 25, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    So many are in the IPL mindset. Everytime they think the batsmen should SLOG from the very first ball. In proper cricket you can't do it every time. You have to adjust to the situation (pitch, conditions, bowlers, etc.). In that sense we can't devalue the innings of Thiri and Sanga. They absorbed the pressure situation and laid the platform for the others. Look what happened to the England's innings, there was no one to lay the base. So please get out of this IPL mentality and follow PROPER CRICKET. Cheers.

  • on May 25, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Mahela jayawardane has been totaly inconsistent for last couple of years,But his place in the team is still secured and everyone talk only on new comers failures which is totaly unfortunate. Mahela's place actually blocking new comers like Priyanjan, Kusal,Kithruwan to the team.That's very unfortunate. We could see very matured and attacking inning by Priyanjan today. For last SIXTEEN matches Mahela has scored only 288 runs at the average of 18. But see young Priyanjan has scored 274 runs from just NINE matches at the average of 34.25. But not yet a permanant place in the team.Mahela's place is blocking youngsters coming to the team.

  • Puffin on May 25, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    so much for "resurgent England" I thought I read recently here

  • Sinhabahu on May 25, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    @KingJadeja, yes I liked how the seniors scored 80-odd in the last 10 overs. I especially liked how the seniors left the England batting line-up in tatters when we bowled.

  • godshand on May 25, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    KP is being missed !!! Will ECB wake up from slumber and recall him now or wait for a similar slump against Zim or Bangladesh !!!

  • on May 25, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    After seeing Senanayaka bowling, Herath may be a good choice for the rest of the games. Herath for Prasad and Kusal or Vitanage for Tirimanne. Wow no place for Perera still. Good to see young talent fighting for places.

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Excellent by the Sri Lankan seamers.

    Time for Morgan and Bopara to step up and play like they did in Dublin. Bopara can prove that he has improved both in skill and temperament. At least it shouldn't be too unfamiliar for Bopara to come in early as he used to be an opener.

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Carberry failing once again. It's not nice to see. His England record is still poor. England should let him go from the squad and bring in Lumb or Taylor for the top order (and I'm not just saying that because I'm a Hants fan, though I'm sure that is a factor).

    Ironically this situation is where we need Bell. He has started fluently once again. But will he actually bat through for once? And will he not score too slowly as to not create pressure on the chase.

    Gurney and Jordan were a bit expensive but did ok. Gurney bowled some poor stuff but some good stuff. It's early days for these bowlers but I like what I see with them. The issue with Jordan is his back. With his bowling action it's clear to see why he's had problems with his back. His run-up seems pointless to me.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 25, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka may be one and only team in the Word whose best batsmen in current conditions playing No 7. And One and Only Team have bunch of talented Youngsters out of Squad/Playing 11 and Still depend Heavy on more than 37 Old Tired Seniors.

  • dns07 on May 25, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    @cricat16 are you really out of your mind??? Chandimal is lucky to be in this SL side, he's a player that should have dropped long time back, he has done enough damage to the side, I dont know why Sana still stuck up with chandimal, he should be dropped and should ask him to take a break, play some first class and find his touch!! SL better off with out CHANDIMAL!! so sad to say this even he's from my own school!!

  • cricfan100 on May 25, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    Seniors are making a mockery of the batting order by holding onto their places and putting the future of young talent in jeopardy. This batting order is a complete mess. None of the young players have a fixed batting position while seniors are fixed to their slots, irrespective of their form. I for once can't understand how mahela holds on to no 4 for a decade now, being so inconsistent. Time for him to move down or move out. He is talented no doubt, but he has very little time left in his career. Some one has to be groomed into his place sooner rather than later, but certainly not this way, asking the youngsters to do the clean up work.

  • Lion83 on May 25, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Best thing happened was Eng won the toss and put SL in otherwise if SL had won the toss , They would have put Eng in and SL has to chase A big score. Thirimanne is strugling to open the innings and I think Kusal Or Mahela Should open. We need to get back Kithruwan in to the team he looks a good talent.

  • GVCRIC on May 25, 2014, 13:40 GMT

    @ KingJadeja i guess your the usual Indian supporter....my friend don't forget about your team who lost the last test series in England 4-0 and your untalented set of youngsters who just kept on failing and just depended on your senior at that time rahul dravid to score all the runs...so don't discriminate young SL talent who are performing well enough to keep winning...but just another 20 runs short!!!

  • kohli_is_future on May 25, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    handy score on a pitch that seems to be favouring seamers ..comeon lankan broyhers we Indians are with you.

  • cricat16 on May 25, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Poor chandimal . He is given small amount of balls . If someone need to find tell player is fail or some one really need to give chance to a fail player to stabilize they will give him some balls to score and test him . Chandimal proven he is the best player in the conditions by playing positive and well in Ireland and also in practice matches. But god he is playing at No7 and every one counting his 100's and 50's (Can he score 15 ball 50's 100's) . Other giants in SL team will play not out at that situation but chandimal went for the county and scored 14(9). Is something personal going on ????????

  • Captainman on May 25, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    As usual Sri Lanka relying on their seniors to do the hard yards. Future don't look great with this untalented group of youngsters they have.

  • ruester on May 25, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    Ravi had better hope. Downton is not watching him, laughing and joking about his terrible fielding. Downton may think he is disengaged!

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK I actually think that this innings shows the weakness of the England tactic. Too cautious a start can put too much pressure on the finishers and leave them with too much to do. While Sri Lanka may go and finish well, or may bowl very well and win the match, it's quite a risky tactic. Also a couple of quick wickets and suddenly you've got no runs and lost too many wickets.

  • on May 25, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Who has DOCUMENTED Mahala's Recent struggles?, Mahela's recent 15 odi innings...7,11,22,42,17,24,12,1,46,13,9,14,0,75,35, total =286, Average=286/15=19.06. Shall we compare Mahela to Chandimal?

    Chandimal's last 15 ODI innings,

    9,15,46,44,36,5,64,13,9,64,19,0,26,39,8, Total =397, Average=28.17.

    So it's clear Chandimal is performing better than Mahela..But Mahela's struggles not documented yet.

  • on May 25, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    its so boring bad game of cricket........poor pitch preparation ........just like a test match.......

  • John_Geo on May 25, 2014, 11:50 GMT

    Completely selfish innings by Sangakkara - he wasted 11+ overs for mere 40 runs. If Sri Lanka loses, this will no doubt be the key reason for SL's downfall. Not only has he wasted so many deliveries, he has created a high-pressure situation for new players to start scoring fast right-away. What SL need is selfless players who play for the country. To top that it was a pretty ordinary team selection too.

    By playing conventional cricket with aging cricketers, SL will never do well in England. With full respect to seniors and their records, SL cricket will only prosper once these so called 'seniors' retire (perhaps with the exception of Dilshan). Having dropped Sangakkaara, Mahela, and Chandimal and included players such as Kusal, Vithanage, and Tharanga SL will have some opportunity to minimize the embarrassment. At least that will be an investment for the future.

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    So friends, just tell me whats your thought on Alastair Cook in batting... He hasn't been pro active in batting.. If he gets off to a slow start, he needs to make a big score.. But he's not doing that...instead leaving the team under trouble straightaway inside the first 10 overs. Since he's not scoring, when he gets out the scoreboard reads 26/1 in 6 overs and hence they finish around 35-40 runs in first ten overs... I can understand if its overcast.. Even on a bright sunny day, last year against New Zealand, Cook wasn't at his best... However, when they chased above 300 against New Zealand in second ODI, he showed some intent... So I feel Alex Hales could be a great choice to open with Bell in ODIs...Despite having technique,, Cook is struggling to tackle swing...

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 25, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Totally negative batting by Thirimanne. Now same thing following by his elder brother Sanga. No Thisara today.so who will increase the run rate in last 10 Overs. Look like this is 300+ batting track with not much giving to bowlers,

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    many people are unhappy about the team selection.Thirimanne open the innings on behalf of Kusal perera has he given good start? we must thanks to Sangakara playing well and bringing the score to reasonable total.hard hitting Perera not in the team.if chandimal play well then selectors are correct will wait and see how much Score SL will produce on there 50 overs.

  • vkumar_086. on May 25, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Oh no Thirimanne was way too slow today. He was aggressive in the T20 game but what on earth happened today? Our selectors completely forget that we must play in form players. Ideally Vithanage should have been played based on his T20 blitz. Ok lets recall Kusal Perera for the next ODI and give Thirimanne a break. Glad Dilshan is in good nick.

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Slightly surprised Carberry got a go ahead of Hales. But if he's in the squad I suppose there's no reason not to select him (despite his poor international career up to now).

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK In response to your post on the other thread. Apologies for the mixed messages re Bell. I am to harsh on him so occasionally overcompensate by trying to be nice to him. While I can certainly see the value of Bell, I'd rather a batsman who can bat through and then score quickly at the end, like Lumb or Taylor in the top order. Again I apologise for the confusion

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Marven has not picked right, need a good opener, surely not thirimanne. Kusal or vitanage should open the batting. For Gods sake wheres Perera?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Well not exactly a blistering start by Sri Lanka. I hope all those people continuously bemoaning the likes of Bell opening for England are starting to realise that ODI cricket has to be played to the conditions. Good platform set here now for Sri Lanka, and in fact just as I write, Dilshan and Sanga are starting to target Tredwell here...

    Scoreboard pressure could be a significant factor for England's innings later.

  • cricat16 on May 25, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    It is time to SL to get the message correct. Thirimanna is only a score board hero . He do not score for the team . He only has a personal agenda . Please Maven , Sana and Mathew dont harm Kusal, Chandimal , Priyanyan's future by puting thirimanna in the places those people deserve .

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    It seems Sri Lanka are doing to Thirimanne in ODI's what England did to Root in tests... Allow the players to get experience and comfort in the middle order where they belong, but then suddenly hoist them up the order to open where they are all at sea! You have my sympathy Sri Lankan fans. Yes people argue that the likes of Root open in County Cricket, but come on: international is a big step up, no? Some players perform best in the middle order. Leave them there.

  • on May 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Can't help but can't watch this ODI series. It is so boring especially when IPL is on. Poor timing from ECB.

  • on May 25, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Thirimanne has opened with Dilshan and as usual he is good only to keep his wicket. 27 Balls and just 3 Runs. He put his partners under pressure and then go for personal scores.

  • on May 25, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    Thirimanne has opened with Dilshan and as usual he is good only to keep his wicket. 27 Balls and just 3 Runs. He put his partners under pressure and then go for personal scores.

  • on May 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Can't help but can't watch this ODI series. It is so boring especially when IPL is on. Poor timing from ECB.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    It seems Sri Lanka are doing to Thirimanne in ODI's what England did to Root in tests... Allow the players to get experience and comfort in the middle order where they belong, but then suddenly hoist them up the order to open where they are all at sea! You have my sympathy Sri Lankan fans. Yes people argue that the likes of Root open in County Cricket, but come on: international is a big step up, no? Some players perform best in the middle order. Leave them there.

  • cricat16 on May 25, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    It is time to SL to get the message correct. Thirimanna is only a score board hero . He do not score for the team . He only has a personal agenda . Please Maven , Sana and Mathew dont harm Kusal, Chandimal , Priyanyan's future by puting thirimanna in the places those people deserve .

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Well not exactly a blistering start by Sri Lanka. I hope all those people continuously bemoaning the likes of Bell opening for England are starting to realise that ODI cricket has to be played to the conditions. Good platform set here now for Sri Lanka, and in fact just as I write, Dilshan and Sanga are starting to target Tredwell here...

    Scoreboard pressure could be a significant factor for England's innings later.

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:22 GMT

    Marven has not picked right, need a good opener, surely not thirimanne. Kusal or vitanage should open the batting. For Gods sake wheres Perera?

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Slightly surprised Carberry got a go ahead of Hales. But if he's in the squad I suppose there's no reason not to select him (despite his poor international career up to now).

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK In response to your post on the other thread. Apologies for the mixed messages re Bell. I am to harsh on him so occasionally overcompensate by trying to be nice to him. While I can certainly see the value of Bell, I'd rather a batsman who can bat through and then score quickly at the end, like Lumb or Taylor in the top order. Again I apologise for the confusion

  • vkumar_086. on May 25, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Oh no Thirimanne was way too slow today. He was aggressive in the T20 game but what on earth happened today? Our selectors completely forget that we must play in form players. Ideally Vithanage should have been played based on his T20 blitz. Ok lets recall Kusal Perera for the next ODI and give Thirimanne a break. Glad Dilshan is in good nick.

  • on May 25, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    many people are unhappy about the team selection.Thirimanne open the innings on behalf of Kusal perera has he given good start? we must thanks to Sangakara playing well and bringing the score to reasonable total.hard hitting Perera not in the team.if chandimal play well then selectors are correct will wait and see how much Score SL will produce on there 50 overs.

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 25, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Totally negative batting by Thirimanne. Now same thing following by his elder brother Sanga. No Thisara today.so who will increase the run rate in last 10 Overs. Look like this is 300+ batting track with not much giving to bowlers,