India v Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Bank Series, Adelaide February 14, 2012

'Must be ruthless in finishing games off' - Jayawardene

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It was a bittersweet night for Sri Lanka.

They were set for a big total at 3 for 168 after 35 overs with the batting Powerplay at hand, but they contrived to end up with only 236. Angelo Mathews, the man who brought Sri Lanka heartbreakingly close in Perth against Australia, let the game slip with two full tosses in the 49th over of the chase, and then pulled it back with two direct-hits. Lasith Malinga bowled these four overs towards the end to keep Sri Lanka alive: four runs in the 39th, a maiden with a run-out in the 41st, five in 45th, and four and wicket in the 48th. Then, in the final over, he failed to make two collections and would have got them run-outs, and went for three over extra cover off the last ball. And spare a thought for the young Dinesh Chandimal. Yet another good innings, but one that ended in a suicidal run-out and short of being the decisive one.

The overall fielding, too, went from being flash to flaccid. There were four direct-hit run-outs, but Kumar Sangakkara dropped a sitter, and then Malinga missed those two run-outs. It can be difficult to decide how to feel after such a night. Mahela Jayawardene wouldn't blame the fielding for sure. "But I think the fielding got us into the game," he said. "The run-outs and the way we stopped at least 20-25 runs on the field, on a hot day, on a bigger ground as well. We didn't give them any easy twos. Only the last few fumbles. That's the thing. Make or break situations. We have got to be ruthless."

Jayawardene said his instinct told him to trust Mathews, and that he will learn a lot from this night. Mathews bowled the 49th over with 24 runs required and Malinga to bowl the last. He slipped up, though, and bowled two full tosses - one of them a no-ball - that went for six and four. "This is how these guys are going to learn," Jayawardene said. "The more games these guys play, they will become better finishers and they will take more responsibility. That's probably why I had my gut feeling, giving the ball to Angie in the 49th over.

"I feel he is ready now to take more responsibility. Apart from those couple of bad balls, I thought he bowled a very, very good over. So let's put them in these situations, let them learn. I am quite happy, we are headed in the right direction, we are close, playing two top teams. Once we get that win we can get come momentum going."

Malinga's bowling is the reason why Sri Lanka not only came back from the dead but were the favourites in the last over. With the ball, Malinga hardly faltered, except - if you were harsh - with the final ball, which Dhoni went deep into his crease to get under. "He [Malinga] bowled beautifully," Jayawardene said. "I mean, you love to have a guy like that in the field. You know he is going to deliver for you. He did in the last three-four overs.

"He changed ends as well. It wasn't a problem for him. He didn't give a single loose ball. He created the pressure for us. Otherwise we probably would have lost in the 46th-47th over. Lasith has been the difference. He has been in these situations, you know. We have lost some matches, he has won some matches for us, no issues with him. He will come back strong."

However, with Malinga, when you have three runs to defend off the last ball, you expect him to pull through. Jayawardene thought so too. "Well, 10 overs to go, they had a run a ball, I am sure they will be disappointed," Jayawardene said. "I was disappointed when we had one ball, four runs. I would back Malinga to finish it off. I am happy with the two points after the amount of mistakes we made in the last few overs and in the entire game. To come back with two points, it is always good. But not a win in our column. Hopefully we get that and some momentum going forward."

Jayawardene felt that India would be more disappointed with the tie, but know his side needs to start winning games. They now need four wins from their last five games, which is a tough ask. "The last bit, we aren't finishing games off, we are making mistakes," he said. "But overall I thought we came back strongly in this game. 230 was not good enough on this surface. After making so many mistakes, I should be happy, but at the same time the way we are making mistakes we need to be a bit more focussed. And try and be ruthless in finishing games off. That's what you expect, especially with these two teams."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    There is no need to talk so much.Indians think no end of themselves and got thrashed by Australia in the test series. Sri lanka will perform well and you guys will eat the humble pie.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 16, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @James Anderson. Funny to see that you are mixing ODI with tests! and you were not able to find 'competitive cricket' when India beat Aus in the last ODI and T20 before that! You still found 'competitive cricket' when SL lost to Aus!!!

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 16, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully y you allways only talk about the looses of srilanka get a life dude you guys just came over a white wash and a nd a double white wash against england in both formats.. you accept the defeats first.. stop talking like you won every match after the world cup.This is the the first time i have seen a team getting absalutely hammerd all over after winning a world cup and still pointing at others lmao

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 16, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @KelvinLTR. Do you know the difference between ODI and Tests? How can you forgot your 1 match victory over pakistan in a condition which is similar to your home? How can you forgot the defeats from Australia in your home ground?? Not to mention anything about 43 allout performance too!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    @Black_Rider. Why not? India is going to play in the final and your team will be out of the tour with one more defeat.We were in a position when 9 rns/over was required and only 4 wickets left. But still we wre able to reach there. Thaks to the 5 ball over. Otherwise we could have win easily. @Ahamed Afker. If you loose, blame umpires..:P...how can you forgot the 5ball over error?!...You lost almost all games(against PAk, SA) after WC with and without DRS, right? then why the fuss? dude, aceept the defeat gracefully...

  • POSTED BY Habi on | February 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Neither I am an IND nor SL Fan yet its great match. I donno why IND / SL Fans hate each other. Common folks IND has upper-hand and more so against SL. True IND lost ODIs in ENG but almost all the matches are affected by rain. For Gambhir LBW note that Gambhir was wrongly given out against AUS. For DRS only use it if its foolproof and till now its not a foolproof. Umpires are human and can commit error. SL fans note that umpires in AUS are not indians. IND fans forget 5 ball over i.e., what if run was scored and note that IND might have lost a wicket. One thing I have noticed that Mahela/Sanga/Dilly always comment on India on the eve of the match. I believe that Sanga told that out of IND, India can be beaten but in India its difficult to beat them as witnessed by both SL and ENG in their last visits. Actually he complimented IND. Also SL is playing hard cricket and both AUS & IND have not played true to their potential till now. Anyways good games ahead and chill & enjoy

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene should open the match with dilshan..Upul Tharanga is :useless:

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    you gotta be ruthless by bowling five balls / over

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 16, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @ James Anderson, oh by the way I'm an Aussie,so obviously i dont support india or srilanka,but comparing odi team with test team not reasonable.we beat 4-0 in test but they are world champions odi cricket?Dont you think it's not correct to judge a team in odi matches through their test forms? We are no.1 in odi rank for a very long time but we lost the world cup ,don't we? And we lost two ashes and ranked below in test even though no.1 in odi.Both forms are different and the team composure also different.Give credits to all the teams this CB series is very competitive .Hope srilanka starts winning games instead of talks in the press.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Jasonpete and fast track bully, I am neither an Indian nor a Lankan.Yes I support SL for their freshness and talent that they bring on to the table.As for my team we have just beaten world cup holders 4-0, in an one sided affair. We like to see some competitive cricket after witnessing a boring summer of cricket. That can only come from SL. Well done SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 17, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    There is no need to talk so much.Indians think no end of themselves and got thrashed by Australia in the test series. Sri lanka will perform well and you guys will eat the humble pie.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 16, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @James Anderson. Funny to see that you are mixing ODI with tests! and you were not able to find 'competitive cricket' when India beat Aus in the last ODI and T20 before that! You still found 'competitive cricket' when SL lost to Aus!!!

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 16, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully y you allways only talk about the looses of srilanka get a life dude you guys just came over a white wash and a nd a double white wash against england in both formats.. you accept the defeats first.. stop talking like you won every match after the world cup.This is the the first time i have seen a team getting absalutely hammerd all over after winning a world cup and still pointing at others lmao

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 16, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @KelvinLTR. Do you know the difference between ODI and Tests? How can you forgot your 1 match victory over pakistan in a condition which is similar to your home? How can you forgot the defeats from Australia in your home ground?? Not to mention anything about 43 allout performance too!

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    @Black_Rider. Why not? India is going to play in the final and your team will be out of the tour with one more defeat.We were in a position when 9 rns/over was required and only 4 wickets left. But still we wre able to reach there. Thaks to the 5 ball over. Otherwise we could have win easily. @Ahamed Afker. If you loose, blame umpires..:P...how can you forgot the 5ball over error?!...You lost almost all games(against PAk, SA) after WC with and without DRS, right? then why the fuss? dude, aceept the defeat gracefully...

  • POSTED BY Habi on | February 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Neither I am an IND nor SL Fan yet its great match. I donno why IND / SL Fans hate each other. Common folks IND has upper-hand and more so against SL. True IND lost ODIs in ENG but almost all the matches are affected by rain. For Gambhir LBW note that Gambhir was wrongly given out against AUS. For DRS only use it if its foolproof and till now its not a foolproof. Umpires are human and can commit error. SL fans note that umpires in AUS are not indians. IND fans forget 5 ball over i.e., what if run was scored and note that IND might have lost a wicket. One thing I have noticed that Mahela/Sanga/Dilly always comment on India on the eve of the match. I believe that Sanga told that out of IND, India can be beaten but in India its difficult to beat them as witnessed by both SL and ENG in their last visits. Actually he complimented IND. Also SL is playing hard cricket and both AUS & IND have not played true to their potential till now. Anyways good games ahead and chill & enjoy

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 16, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Mahela Jayawardene should open the match with dilshan..Upul Tharanga is :useless:

  • POSTED BY on | February 16, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    you gotta be ruthless by bowling five balls / over

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 16, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    @ James Anderson, oh by the way I'm an Aussie,so obviously i dont support india or srilanka,but comparing odi team with test team not reasonable.we beat 4-0 in test but they are world champions odi cricket?Dont you think it's not correct to judge a team in odi matches through their test forms? We are no.1 in odi rank for a very long time but we lost the world cup ,don't we? And we lost two ashes and ranked below in test even though no.1 in odi.Both forms are different and the team composure also different.Give credits to all the teams this CB series is very competitive .Hope srilanka starts winning games instead of talks in the press.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Jasonpete and fast track bully, I am neither an Indian nor a Lankan.Yes I support SL for their freshness and talent that they bring on to the table.As for my team we have just beaten world cup holders 4-0, in an one sided affair. We like to see some competitive cricket after witnessing a boring summer of cricket. That can only come from SL. Well done SL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Mahela seems to have no respect for Dilshan's bowling ability. Even if he could not trust him with the 49th over, he could have bowled a couple in the middle overs, thereby saving Kula for the 49th. It needed a mature bowler. Mathews for all his talent is still a bit immature. And in this match his mind was somewhere else shown by his stupid runout and the way he got his partners run out. Hope there was something for Mahela to learn too. Like his batting, in captaincy too he spoils great show by a careless action in the end.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | February 15, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    I think the heading "Must be Ruthless --" gives a wrong meaning.Nobodu plays the match to lose. You need to hold your nerve and do the job ahead of you.You can do it calmly but with a lot of intensity. Malinga was facing Dhoni, one of the best ODI finisher. What does Jaya expect ? Dhoni had hit a huge 120 M Six of the Aussie fast bowler in the previous ODI. Malinga should thank his lucky stars that the last ball did not go for a 4 or a 6!. Full tosses can get wkts. as proven by Sehwag getting out 3 times on full tosses on this tour!.So Mathews' 2 full tosses in this case got hit but could also have gotten wkts. So Mahela, in "death overs" both the sides are trying hard to win. Quite honestly, SL should thank their lucky stars that they got 4 run outs - It is not often you get 4 direct hits in a single innings.I am sure Dhoni would be blaming himself more for not winning this game because he got 3 guys runout!.Trading a single run for a wkt is "crazy"!.So Dhoni made bigger Errors.

  • POSTED BY Jarr30 on | February 15, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Suddenly these flat track bullies from SriLanka started talking after getting a tie.NO WIN but one tie in 5yrs outside Srilanka. Please give these Lankan batsmens some flat tracks to play on.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    For SL to improve Mahela should open. Ax the useless Tharanga ASAP. Tharanga's early wicket is putting unnecessary pressure on Sanga and Dilshan. By now they should realize that opening in Aussie wicket is not about flashy starts. Even the notoriously overrated Aussie slasher, David Warner is struggling as an opener in his home turf. Mahela is by far the most technically sound SL batsman. And he needs to play the role of anchor and bat as many overs as he can while the team builds their innings around him.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 15, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    @ahmad afker, I guess you need to know that during aus vs India match in which India chasing 270 ,umpire gave wrong out to gambhir who was 92 at the same time,but India went on to win that game against us. All I am saying by giving incorrect out to gambhir,India still won the game.so when chandimal got incorrect decision against us,srilanka still couldn't win the game.you can't just blame solely on one decision for loss and win cause.

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | February 15, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    I think Mahela is talking rubbish here. I would like to ask Mahela will you ever want to win against India. You guys play a better game in IPL. I would like someone to evaluate the whole game specially the credibility of Malinga and Mathews. Malinga is not bowling well and his fielding somewhat was the down fall of the match. He couldn't run Dhoni out twice and bowling the last ball wide to a world class batsmen like Dhoni… are you kidding me. He was lucky Dhoni did not hit him for a six on the off. Mathews is horrible…first he got Chandimal run out and then he did a favor by running him out later that last over ruin the whole match. Come on guys you don't give full tosses as gifts to top Indian batsmen. Mathews should be dropped and send for rehab. Sri Lanka if you want to win get young players in the side. If Chandimal can play so well why Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Mathews and Tharanga cannot play? Against the Aussies 45 over ruin the match for us again bowled by Mathews.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey True SL played there best but still AUS and IND not played at their potential.And also we have seen how IND was played at their full potential in ENG 0-8 is the results that too in all format.That is your true potential isn't it? SL can not win is true as because always umpires against SL only.If not Gambir's LBW SL already won a game and same way if not Chandimal's out SL could have won AUS matches as well.

  • POSTED BY fadms on | February 15, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    We love you Sri Lanka, continue entertaining us. All the best in the coming games. You are not down and out yet. Love you to bits.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | February 15, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @KelvinLTR " runner's up won 0-1 in the tests anainst ENG in ENG" dont be too emotional. SL lost 0-1. IND werent/aren't as bad as you thought in ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Over-all it's was excellent captaincy by Mahela.On hind-sight one may even feel now that Sri Lanka could have won the world cup under his captaincy.

  • POSTED BY ateek10 on | February 15, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Dnt wry men lets say tht we make a velan 'tie' day.. Bt m ensuring u Gauti will make a century in nxt game, be ready..

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 15, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @Apoorv Pandey "srilanka will not win a single game they played best and aus india still not played up to potential" lmao.. hell ya india didn't play up to potential they are not gonna get white washed here amazing well done..

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Mahila/Sanga, please stop Coments and learn something from INDIAN cricket team,

  • POSTED BY mohanan on | February 15, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    The SL bowling attack should turn from toothless to ruthless.

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | February 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully:Don't be too much happy dude.We nearly won the match by posting a nothing total.It was India's game all the way.But we didn't gave up.And by the way read Sanga's comments correctly.What he said was India can be beatable out side India.He never said India is vulnerable.READ IT...May the Blessings of the Triple Gem always be with you

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    It is encouraging that SL are playing to potential in the current series and fighting it out with two of the top teams in world cricket. Now that Tharanga is failing by mostly playing away from his body against good fast bowling it may be prudent for Mahela to open with Dilshan and strengthen the middle order with Thilan.It was also good to see two genuine spinners in the bowling attack which added more balance & variety. Good luck to the team in the rest of the matches in this series.Hopefully SL will make it to the final with an improved display of Batting,Bowling & Fielding.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    srilanka will not win a single game they played best and aus india still not played up to potential still they won now they will play up to potential and i dont think lanka has talent to beat india aus outside records shows

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    srilanka will not win a single game they played best and aus india still not played up to potential still they won now they will play up to potential and i dont think lanka has talent to beat india aus outside records shows

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    not ruthless lankan team is toothless tied match 21 16 for india two for lanka in aus eng sa lolzzz sanga says we beat india overseas lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • POSTED BY Rahul_78 on | February 15, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Thank god Mahela is back where he belongs that is Captaining the Lankan side. He has been fantastic yesterday with his bowling changes, field placings and use of Malinga. No one should forget that he was left to defend 236 against the Indian side with Pathan and Ashwin coming in at 8 and 9. He made India earn every run and was himself brilliant in run out of Rohit and catching of Jadeja. There are 3 very good captains featuring in this Tri series and we can expect more closely fought matches. Too bad Sangga let the team down in the end overs with dropped a catch, I am sure Lankan fans will remember him fluffing to collect a throw from deep against Pakistan in AbuDhabi T20 which went for 4 overthrows where in the last over Malinga was left to defend 11. Dilshan was the unfortunate captain at that time.

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 15, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @ Dinith Adikari: you are spot on brother. Most of the commenters here have absolutely no idea about the game, or ever played it in any form including tennis ball. They are quick to jump on band wagons, subjective memories. As someone else pointed out, some are gunning for Tharanga's head, when not long ago they praised & considered him as a captain. Same with Sanga, when he scores he's a hero, when he fails he talks too much. I am sure these same couch potatoes praising Chandimal now will want his head on a platter when he goes on a slump, which is inevitable for all athletes. These fans expect everyone to hit every ball out of the park, get a wicket with every ball... sort of like our neighbouring fans! The team is looking good, playing hard & it's only a matter of time before we win. People forget that form is temporary, but talent & class is forever. Sadly these type fans have come to exist with the expansion of the web. Everyone is an expert, & has too much time on their hands!

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    @Ranjan Paranavithana: With all due respect, you really can't say if Mahela did or did not give credit to Chandimal, just by an edited version of his news conference posted here. Besides, he only answers the questions posted to him. In this case the questions seemed to be more about his choosing of Mathews to bowl the 49th over, not about Chandimal's batting. People need to stop making judgments purely based on videos edited by the media to fit their story lines!

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    As a Sri lankan I can say two things.till the point chandimal and mahela's partnership was goin SL was in a reasonably good position.After that SL couldn't make a competitive total,but SL bowled and fielded well to make a match out of it. On the other hand as far I am concerned it was a match India should hv won after restricting SL to 236.Although SL ended up at 236,after trying so hard it was dissapointing to see da match ending in tie fr SL.Anyway Good luck fr da australian game.

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 15, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    @Lord.emsworth ha ha lmao you talk about mahela and mathews has not learn anything how many matches has tendulkar played he cant make a smallish contribution to chase a score of just 236 ask from him first what he has learn....

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | February 15, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @jeevanslouisxi go back to the last year and see how many matches srilankans won lmao look whos talking we never got white washed no need to go one year back just go back three weeks and see what happend to india..

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | February 15, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    @ James Anderson, It's height of hypocrisy. At the end 3 matches,srilanka couldn't beat Australia and India.In case of Australia and India ,they both beat srilanka and they each lost 1 match among themselves.So the clear indication is srilanka more vilnerable which twice they couldn't beat India in this CB series.guess you understood now which team is vulnerable? Yes it's srilanka.Oh before start bashing me i don't support India nor srilanka

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    m(rhotair)wjkalana, india started their testcareer in '32 with genuine pair of fastbowlers amarsing &nissar.srinath regularly clocked 93mph.agarkar,i.sharma,v.aron all of them clocked 145 plus

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    @All SL Bashers. Yes you can win more matches with SL because umpire is supporting you.If umpire is nuetral SL could have won easily.SL playing with 11 players only but not 12 or 13.Why IND is fear to UDRS?...

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | February 15, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Some of the SL fans comments here are very funny (just like sangakaras). @wjkalana yeah we will wait and see how many points INDIA will get. you are one of those fans who suffers from 'small country acheived big' syndrome. Mate we have our own problems with the population. get over it.

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 15, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    @maruthudelft Sri Lanka is all talk and no show. Sri Lanka have lost every match against India in Australia and need to resort to mind games via sangakarra to even compete. Dont forget that your team is down at the bottom of the table and that India have won much more matches against your so called 'lions'. I think you are quick to forget the world cup final. The Sri Lankan batting is completely useless with the exception of chandimal and will always be second best.

  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | February 15, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    @Fat tarck bully: yeah there is... runner's up won 0-1 in the tests anainst ENG in ENG while champs lost 0-4... and even in the ODIS SL lost 2-3 while IND couldn't manage a single win. Not to mention IND's supreme performance in AUS tests

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 15, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    please use mahela jayawardene as a opener for next match,drop upul tharanga&give a chance for Lahiru Thirimanne in middle order,if u do it we can definitely win next match!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!we need good start in 1st 10 power play,no need test playing start in 1st 10 overs

  • POSTED BY Mid_Wicket on | February 15, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    what has happened to sri lankan cricket. remove marvan and kalpage first. we all know how mavan played in ODI cricket. its pity to see a batsman who couldn't hit the ball over 35 yard circle, being a batting coach. BATTING COACH SHOULD BE MORE AGGRESSIVE. if we lose 1-2 wickets, the batters come next are usually bogged down. this is purely because of the batting coach. see how Aussies are playing at least.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Why this pointless bickering between SL and Indian fans. In the end it was a classic and we all ought to feel happy about it!

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully. Yes true IND won 7 matches over SL in AUS.Same way other teams too.But most of them with umpires support.If not SL would do much better than IND for sure.Lets take this tied match.Incase umpire is not biased Gambir would have been out much much earlier and I will end SL favour. Same way AUS match Chandimal was given out wrongly.This how most of the teams winning against SL.They never give single decision SL favour.Why IND is fear over DRS?..

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Well done SL ,talking about vulnerability in oversees. SL were way better than india Admit it. SL didn't loose series like 5-0 complete flush outs , at least had some wins.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 15, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    @ Pri Kand - We should really expect this from umpires..You know we're not a financially powerful country even though we always play out of our skin... This is the reality mate and most of you may understand by now why India is so much against UDRS. Let's accept the fact and learn to play in a ruthless manner so that umpires' decisions are no longer needed to win a match.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Srilanka is a good team, luck did not favour them otherwise they could have won the last 2 matches they played. Hoping for a SL win next match.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | February 15, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Mahela has to defend his bowlers...... i wonder they are performing better than the main batters in this series (except Chandimal).... when will the batters will contribute to the team ???? SL won the crucial toss in the last match & they were well placed & looking good to reach 275-280, but they crumbled again in the batting PP !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimal is a talent. When he was run out, Sri Lanka ran out of talent...;):)

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | February 15, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    One of very good batting performance from SL but still, they could have used the batting power play to good effect.. Chandimal will be the next good middle order bat after Sanga and Mahela.. Matthews bats in Dhoni mould.. Taking time to get settled and then hit it out later.. Such batsmen need the batsmen at the other end to make it up for their settling time.. Yuvi did it for Dhoni most times.. Better for SL to send in Kula when a settled batsman is playing so that he can start hitting from ball one.. Not sure why they are not using Malinga's hitting.. he was in decent form in recent times..

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 15, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Funny to see that the SL fans not able to defend 'vulnerable' comments of Sanga. I just wonder how many times SL lost to India !. They won only 1 game in Australia out of 7 games against India. Still talking about their supremacy! LOL

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | February 15, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    @James Anderson ...ha ha ha and you forgot that your team is much more vulnerable away from home!!!. Your team gonna pack their baggage now...and well done Dhoni for his heroics effort to bring India back to the game...SL yet to learn how to beat India, mate...There is a difference between WC winners and runners-up.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    you can do it, next matches,mahela& company will fight for cup, good luck boys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY rockyyy on | February 15, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    umar akmal can be next sachin!!!! chandimal lacks firepower!!!! pakistan shud back him!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 15, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    WE NEED GOOD HARD HITTING BATSMAN FOR OPENER,LIKE SANATH JAYASURIYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OUR OPENING PAIR IS WASTED!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    to restrict india/aus, u need 260 or more. both teams have long batting line up, hence till they r 9 down, u got to fight

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | February 15, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    this is advise for SL selection-we need atleast 1 batsman for openin,who can hit hard&get more runs than balls..Tillakaratne Dilshan did that in the past,but now a days he is gonna d what the middle order batsman d,bez without gettin runs can not saty in the team,if we can get as an example 40 within 20 balls,that the real job of opening pair.sanath did it well,hats off to him..please find a hard hittin batsman,if we wanna get good score...without gettin good start can not inplement score gettin in the middle order..if we use Mahela Jayawardene as opener,that is mush better..Upul Tharanga is wasted !!!!!

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | February 15, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @wjkalana..mate India where there are 1.3 billion people, does have genuine fast bowlers who can rock any opposition, too bad, they are not given chances in Int'l games. For SL however, to win all four games looks an uphill task. and it is SL who looks to go out of this tournament. Dont be surprised if even Aus. is shaken by this young Indian team. The only drawback of this Indian team is the non performing seniors up their batting order.

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | February 15, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    After 16 years I see an SL captain communicate a lot to the bowlers and fielders in the middle like Arjuna used to do.When Mahela was captain back then,he didn't communicate enough in the middle,I thought he had less control over the players in his previous captaincy.Maybe because he had to deal with senior players like Sanath,Murali,Vaas and other seniors and I guess he was too polite to them.Now I can see all the players respect Mahela and listen to him alot.That's a good sign.But it was sad to see such a talented player like Dilshan looses his way after scoring some runs.He gets out by playing technically incorrect shots.He should get some some cricket lessons from this fabulous youngster Dinesh Chandimal.Middle order is strong only because chandimal played well.This team will be world's best for the next 4 years if Dilshan & his opening partner steps up continously as well as having a sharp effective long term fast bowler like Malinga and the spinners must step up strong.

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Dear Mahela, As an experience captain why only defend your players.when you talk so much about Angelo you forget to give some credit to young Dinesh Chandimal who scored a brilliant half century , the only one in your innings. If he didn't play that innings you will be in the loosing side before 45 overs.Next time when you speak to the media appreciate all the deserve ones.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 15, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs:

    I don't know what appeal you are talking about, Herath had appealed voceferously many times - one very strong appeal was made when he was bowling round the wicket and Gambhir had missed the ball but it was clear that the ball ha dpitched outside the legstump. There was one appeal just before he gor runout when the ball's impact was a shade outside the legstump and the ball wasn't spinning. The only genuinely good appeal was made early on and it wasn't properly replayed in the telecast. The Hot Spot replay was shown just once and only fleetingly. No Hawk Eye path was shown for it and the ball might have gone down the leg stump or just brushed it. And it was Umpire's thinking and not India's fault. But the umpire anyhow HAD to count 1-6 properly. A judgement can't be compared to a simple calculation.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 15, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @James Anderson:

    LOL, that same Sanga scored 31 of 56 balls and got out in an ugly fashion and then missed a lollypop catch at a crucial point and ended up giving 2 runs where it should have been a Wicket. SL is still to beat India in 6 matches in Aus. The scoreline is 4-0 India LOL.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | February 15, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    @James Anderson, was Sanga right that India were vulnerable away from home? Sri Lanka in the end couldn't beat India. I think in this case the Indians fans criticised Sangakkara because Sri Lanka are in a similar boat. Both teams are vulnerable away from home. So it smacks of hypocrisy.

  • POSTED BY darkmon.SL on | February 15, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Also well done Dhoni for almost pulling the match again,damn you man you did this to us in the WC final,now here.You are killing SL lol.Also you know despite most of Indians hate SL & side vice versa,I kinda respect,admire Dhoni after hearing his post match speech and the way he talked.Very good sportsmen ship.Respecting your opposition.Anyway good luck MJ for the next match,must win for SL.Also for Sunday match good luck India :P pls win so SL won't be out of competition yet...lol

  • POSTED BY darkmon.SL on | February 15, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Before trying to be more ruthless first try to bat sane and RUN SANE in the 50 overs.Mahela gave his wicket away.Angelo MADE Chandima to give his wicket away for a run that was never there.And later Angelo gave his wicket away :/ That is not good running or trying to be best runners,that is insane match loosing running.If Chandimal was there at least around 47th over with a ton scenario would've been lot different.Anyway as a 21 years old Chandimal looks just wow,never seen SL youngster this good,I think he even tops MJ and Sanga when they were around 21.Good luck Chandimal,one of the biggest future stars for SL.Also send Mathews higher the order and drop and Mahela should be the finisher who should score odd 30-50 at the end of the innings.Also that not given LBW decision of Ghambir is baffling,nice umpiring :/ Also since Tharanga looks out of form maybe why not try Mahela,Dilly opening combo ? This combo won us matches before & MJ is a waste at down the order anyway :/

  • POSTED BY Cannuck on | February 15, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    @ Dinith Adikari: you are spot on brother. Most of the commenters here have absolutely no idea about the game, or ever played it in any form including tennis ball. They are quick to jump on band wagons, subjective memories. As someone else pointed out, some are gunning for Tharanga's head, when not long ago they praised & considered him as a captain. Same with Sanga, when he scores he's a hero, when he fails he talks too much. I am sure these same couch potatoes praising Chandimal now will want his head on a platter when he goes on a slump, which is inevitable for all athletes. These fans expect everyone to hit every ball out of the park, get a wicket with every ball... sort of like our neighbouring fans! The team is looking good, playing hard & it's only a matter of time before we win. People forget that form is temporary, but talent & class is forever. Sadly these type fans have come to exist with the expansion of the web. Everyone is an expert, & has too much time on their hands!

  • POSTED BY on | February 15, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Well played SL. I was not fortunate enough to see one of the best ever ODI's .Cricket is kept alive with these nerve wrecking finishes.Congrats Mahela, forget the pundits and lets get back to winning the next few games.We do need minimum 260 if we are to beat India or Australia.Luck also plays a role, in the old days we called it " Cricket by chance."Tilak

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | February 14, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Well Played Sri Lanka. Keep it up.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 14, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @vswami :-

    Excellent point man. In such cases all fans (including me and perhaps even you) begin to nit pick our team's smallish mistakes - Dhoni giving one over extra to Jadeja, Gambhir hitting the ball straight to Dilshan twice, Ashwin wasting one ball for a useless heave, Sangakkara dropping a catch and givng 2 runs, Angelo going for a nb-6, Malinga missing Dhoni's runout and so on. And then we assume that in an ideal world our team would have played flawlessly but the other team would still have made the same mistakes and so our team would have won by 8 wickets in 35 overs. Ha Ha. Even the umpiring errors can be included in this kind of analysis. But the major diff here is that we can't compare a case of the umpire counting of 123456 to a case of the umpire analysing the ball's path and deeming if it was lbw or not. Also, we can't mitigate that counting mistake by saying that a wicket could have been lost. What MUST have happened can't be compared with what might have. You agree?

  • POSTED BY gularan on | February 14, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    It is time for Mahela to walk the walk and not talk the talk. Put up or shut up old chap, UR getting to be a big pain in the butt. Let UR bat do the talking old fruit cake! Ditto goes for Lawyer Sanga, less talk mate and more with the WK gloves and the bat old Sausage.

  • POSTED BY gpm86 on | February 14, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    @bigwonder - your comments are completely ridiculous. DRS is the way of the future, India, the BCCi and their players need to get over themselves and conform with the rest and support drs.

  • POSTED BY Vedahametham on | February 14, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    I can count innumerable games that India converted from easily winnable games into difficult propositions and lost also. This is nothing new for India. If India were really ruthless in their approach their percentage of wins in all type of games would have been some where between 76-79%. Its not the opposition, they themselves brought upon the upheaval over their head and shoulders. History is re-pleat with clear discernible instances. Even against the invincible Clive Lloyd's great team India has sent half the side into pavilion before a score of 200 were on the board. Later they relaxed and lost the test matches. Like in Chess Indian cricket gurus do not know how to play the end game to perfection. They need a good coach and analysts to teach them how to overcome this bringing the problem onto themselves

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 14, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs:

    I don't know what appeal you are talking about, Herath had appealed voceferously many times - one very strong appeal was made when he was bowling round the wicket and Gambhir had missed the ball but it was clear that the ball ha dpitched outside the legstump. There was one appeal just before he gor runout when the ball's impact was a shade outside the legstump and the ball wasn't spinning. The only genuinely good appeal was made early on and it wasn't properly replayed in the telecast. The Hot Spot replay was shown just once and only fleetingly. No Hawk Eye path was shown for it and the ball might have gone down the leg stump or just brushed it. And it was Umpire's thinking and not India's fault. But the umpire anyhow HAD to count 1-6 properly. A judgement can't be compared to a simple calculation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    THaranga is a terrific batsman. you cannot drop a batsman based on two or three games. SL need to win the next game to have any chance of making it to the finals. Lets stop the chatter and actually win some games.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | February 14, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @James Anderson:

    LOL, that same Sanga scored 31 of 56 balls and got out in an ugly fashion and then missed a lollypop catch at a crucial point and ended up giving 2 runs where it should have been a Wicket. SL is still to beat India in 6 matches in Aus. The scoreline is 4-0 India LOL.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    why again questions being raised of india not worthy of becoming world champs!? we did it and we will do it again.......and for srilanka they watched us in world cup finals and can watch us in any of the game. india may be less dominating outside.....but who doesnt? even australia is tamed in our courtyard ...rest the case of england who surrender without any fight and then give an exuse of no time to rehabilitate. for team like srilanka taming india will always be an uphill task.....whether the match is in india or some neutral venue........logout!

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | February 14, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    India lost because of spinless performance of the middle order and slow scoring of Dhoni in the middle part of his inning. The exuse would be wickets falling at the other end. However, little bit of calulated risk in 42-46 overs to accelarate run rate would have ended the game with India on the winning side. I find it difficult to accept that Herath could not be milked little more when too many fielders were kept in one run saving positions.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    Well done SL. Sanga was right with his remarks yesterday, about this Indian team although some of their fans were taken his comments out of its proportions. This Indian team is highly vulnerable away from home. It was really nice to see few tight and close matches in this CB series. We were really bored with those one sided test matches involving an ageing Indian team. Well played Dinesh and Dhoni.I think we will see more tight matches during coming months. Please do not drop Tharanga. I am sure he will be fixing his problems at Sydney.

  • POSTED BY bigwonder on | February 14, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, World Champions has nothing to to with DRS. DRS is still an unproven technology with severe limitations. Phew, there, I have said what BCCI was going to say. Now the real facts, have you bothered to watch Eng Vs. Pak one-day lately? Did you know how DRS limitation caused PAK to be without any DRS appeals when they really needed them? I'll tell you what, if your DRS can predict all ball trajectories, I can predict when the world will end. Peace out.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Reading the comments below, people seemed to have gotten used to batsmen getting 50+ scores being the norm (though, most international batsmen average in the 30s or early 40s). The very nature of the game is changing, with two new balls and restrictions leading to overall scores that are less than 270 being more competitive (as we saw here). Get used to it. Another thing, the amount of comments saying that Mahela and Sanga talk big and don't deliver, as well as Mahela's defence of Matthews. What do you expect? To talk negatively about themselves? They know mistakes were made and they'll work hard to rectify them. Those aren't excuses. An excuse would be something like, "If Gambhir was given out for LBW when he was on 87 then we would have won." Overall, I'm glad the SL team has faith in themselves. It's time for the fans to do the same thing.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | February 14, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    @pri kand, the umpires said it was pitched outside leg which was ridiculous because it actually pitched outside off stump and turned in. There was no inside edge and it hit the stumps comfortably. This was the result of having no UDRS in the system. I really don't get India's theory for UDRS. If they are truly world champions, then would using the UDRS really hurt them that much? It surely didn't hurt them in the match against Pakistan (Tendulkar Lbw 30) and it really hurt Sri Lanka today and cost them the match. That said, great performance by the Indians, especially Dhoni. His average and reputation is just gonna go up

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    It is bit puzzling with the LBW decision, which was given not out against Gambhir.Had Herath got that wicket the script would have written differently for sure.Was there any bat in it or why wasn't it given out by the umpire.

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | February 14, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    'Thats how these guys are going to learn'. Ha! Mathews has been around for several years and before that in almost all the junior teams from all age groups upwards. If He hasnt learnt by now, he's never going to 'learn'. Its not learning but he did bowl a bad over..Face it and move on as Boycott would say. As for Mahela himself he hasn't learnt too much after so many years either. Why does he otherwise gets out so often these days when the team is depending on him for a BIG score?

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    I can hear several comments now saying Tharanga should be dropped. But there were many who wanted him made captain/vice captain during last SA ODI series. The fact is that based on performance in a single series a player cannot be judged. After failing repeatedly and eventually getting 40 odd runs Mahela has started his big talking again. The fact is that as a responsible senior batsman he should have pushed on from there and helped to build a formidabale total. If that was the case we would have clearly won this match. Sanga also talked too much on India's problems in pre-match chatting. But when it came to delivering goods he also failed.

  • POSTED BY jeevanslouisxi on | February 14, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    THIS SRILANKAN SIDE IS BIG ZEERO PLZ GO THROUGH LAST 5 ONEDAY SERIES, HOW MANY MATCHES THEY HAVE WON?

  • POSTED BY jeevanslouisxi on | February 14, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    THIS SRILANKAN TEAM IS BIG ZERO, PLZ GO THROUG THE RECORDS OF LAST ONE YEAR, SRILANKANS TALK TOO MUCH OUTSIDE-IN PLAYING THEY ARE BIG ZEEROZ.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    Chandimal has the talent to become easily the best Sri Lankan batsman ever..I have never seen a 21 yr old bat like him after Sachin..hopefully by another 5 yrs he will become one of the greats of the game

  • POSTED BY Gishan_Buddhika on | February 14, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Improved performences by SL.In the next match Upul Tharanga should be droped,and Lahiru Thirimanne should open with Dilshan.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | February 14, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    Dinesh chandimal has temparament to be good player. he is run hungry. Mathews overhyped bits and piece player. Senanyake showed the intent. Kulasekara should player down. Never bowl to dhoni direct ...dhoni misses ball outside offstump often

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | February 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka kept improving over the 3 games played! So a win this Friday against Australia is imminent!

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    tharanga shud be replaced for da next match otherwise sl will go nowhere...

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 14, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    "Apart from those couple of bad balls, I thought he bowled a very, very good over." Those two bad balls effectively cost the team 11 runs off a single legitimate delivery and eventually the match. Doesn't really matter if the rest of the over only went for single. The deed is done. Seems to me jayawardene will wait until 20-30 runs are scored in the penultimate over to call it a bad over. Angelo Mathews bowled a terrible over and succumbed to pressure. End of story.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    exaggeration is high in this report.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Its high time we got our act together.. so many excuses even after making excuses we say no point in making excuses then but we do it again.. positives of the match is the wonderful knock by the young man Chandimal and text book depth bowling by Lasith. I was hoping for Chandimal to get another ton but he was impressive. Its time the big boys get the team a win and actually do some thing without talking too much..

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Why does Dhoni always contrive to make it a hit or miss kind of situation? He needlessly got Pathan run out after Pathan had hit a six in the previous ball. It would appear almost as if Dhoni wanted to hit the winning runs himself!

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | February 14, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    And india will have tough time agains australia and SL in coming matches in brisbane,Hobart. But Sydney is again a similar pitch to indian conditions so they might play good cricket there but having seen they batted in the test match on sydney its doubtful. Well mark my words 11 is the only points india will get in this series. (unless theres a wash out). We saw how they perform against Engalnd in seaming conditions and how SL perform in england in seaming conditions. And sachin is becoming a sanath jayasuriya for india by holding out his place for a youngster by not retiring. These are important experience that the youngster like thiwary can get. And I m glad that after like 100 years india found a baller who can ball more than 140 kph. remember this is from 1.3 billion people in the country and only managed to win a 1 gold medal in last olympic and China won 51 golds with the same population) where as SL has only 20 mil people and still they have 3 ballers who can ball 140 kph. LMAO

  • POSTED BY wjkalana on | February 14, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    Oh oh here we start a fight, Before my indian friends start to complain about the missing ball in the 30th over let me talk some things happen to sri lanka. Gambir was a plumbed LBW when he was on 87 and and umpire didnt give that, it was hitting middle and leg stump as we saw in the ball tracking. If the decision review system was there SL would have won the match because gambir scored 4 runs after that and we all saw how many balls it took for other batsman to score 4 runs. So lets just stop vining about umpiring errors regarding the missing ball lets just thank to both teams who provided us a wonderful cricket match. (having said that gambir again proved that he is a flat track bully by scoring two 90s on a flt track which is similar to indian pitch) and I think gambir will return to his normal services on brisbane, hobart and sydney pitches. SL just had to face Ind on their first game on the series and in the 2nd game they came close to beating australia and now a tie, its game on.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Its high time we got our act together.. so many excuses even after making excuses we say no point in making excuses then but we do it again.. positives of the match is the wonderful knock by the young man Chandimal and text book depth bowling by Lasith. I was hoping for Chandimal to get another ton but he was impressive. Its time the big boys get the team a win and actually do some thing without talking too much specially in the batting department...

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | February 14, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    MJ is a super attacking captain and made a match out of nothing by placing attacking fielding. So kudos for that, but the biggest weak link in SL is Sangakkara, who speaks a lot and does nothing and then drop dolly catches as well.

  • POSTED BY givemefood on | February 14, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Mahela.. I can't say both teams played well. Only India weren't just as bad. Admit it.. for India to come out with 2 points out of a tie scores much better in the point system because they have 2 prior wins. Chances of SL winning a game are the same as Sehwag scoring 40+ against Australia in Australia.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 14, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    I have a feeling that most Sri Lankans are happy about the way things happened during last couple of weeks, even though we have n't won a single match yet...The reason for that is, we see our guys give 100 % in the field while having so much distractions like salary issues etc. Really proud you guys because you're proving day by day that you play this game only for PASSION not for money.When fans get that feeling, always they are behind you no matter you win or lose...Keep doing bro's and definitely results will follow. Hats off.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | February 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Why does Umesh Yadavs bowling speeds always show less in hawk eye ? he was bowling 150 ks today but hawk eye says 79 mph fastest thats one of his slwo balls.

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | February 14, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win the next 2 games against India. Indian batting is no good.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    dhon i made india to cost this match

  • POSTED BY vswami on | February 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    If every team were to stop making mistakes, every team would be a world champion at this level. Its ridiculous to say if we didnt make mistakes we would have won the game , it applies to your opposition as well.

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | February 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    next game . would replace tharanga with thirimanne and have mahela open.. thirimanne can bat after sanga , chandimal ... also give maharoof a game .. can replace thisara perera .. that shud make it a bit if of a better bowling attack.. fielding must improve to win matches .. learn to finish off games ... fielding let us down tdy.. its ok to lose if u put up a fight... keep fighting to the end ..

  • POSTED BY 5676 on | February 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    BRING ON THILAN SAMARAWEERA.HE WILL BE A GOOD BATTING OPTION

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Very Very impressed by Dinesh Chandimal. He's already as ruthless as Mahela & Kumar. And for some one who's been here (international level) only for a short time period - he already knows he can thrive at the highest level. As an Indian fan, this is a scary thought!

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  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Very Very impressed by Dinesh Chandimal. He's already as ruthless as Mahela & Kumar. And for some one who's been here (international level) only for a short time period - he already knows he can thrive at the highest level. As an Indian fan, this is a scary thought!

  • POSTED BY 5676 on | February 14, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    BRING ON THILAN SAMARAWEERA.HE WILL BE A GOOD BATTING OPTION

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | February 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    next game . would replace tharanga with thirimanne and have mahela open.. thirimanne can bat after sanga , chandimal ... also give maharoof a game .. can replace thisara perera .. that shud make it a bit if of a better bowling attack.. fielding must improve to win matches .. learn to finish off games ... fielding let us down tdy.. its ok to lose if u put up a fight... keep fighting to the end ..

  • POSTED BY vswami on | February 14, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    If every team were to stop making mistakes, every team would be a world champion at this level. Its ridiculous to say if we didnt make mistakes we would have won the game , it applies to your opposition as well.

  • POSTED BY on | February 14, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    dhon i made india to cost this match

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | February 14, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka will win the next 2 games against India. Indian batting is no good.

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | February 14, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Why does Umesh Yadavs bowling speeds always show less in hawk eye ? he was bowling 150 ks today but hawk eye says 79 mph fastest thats one of his slwo balls.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | February 14, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    I have a feeling that most Sri Lankans are happy about the way things happened during last couple of weeks, even though we have n't won a single match yet...The reason for that is, we see our guys give 100 % in the field while having so much distractions like salary issues etc. Really proud you guys because you're proving day by day that you play this game only for PASSION not for money.When fans get that feeling, always they are behind you no matter you win or lose...Keep doing bro's and definitely results will follow. Hats off.

  • POSTED BY givemefood on | February 14, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Mahela.. I can't say both teams played well. Only India weren't just as bad. Admit it.. for India to come out with 2 points out of a tie scores much better in the point system because they have 2 prior wins. Chances of SL winning a game are the same as Sehwag scoring 40+ against Australia in Australia.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | February 14, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    MJ is a super attacking captain and made a match out of nothing by placing attacking fielding. So kudos for that, but the biggest weak link in SL is Sangakkara, who speaks a lot and does nothing and then drop dolly catches as well.