Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Hobart February 24, 2012

Jayawardene hails 'special' Chandimal

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Mahela Jayawardene believes Sri Lanka have found a special player in Dinesh Chandimal after his third half-century of the series helped set up a record chase at Bellerive Oval. Chandimal scored 80 and kept the chase on track after Jayawardene fell for 85, and although he was out to an ill-judged attempted paddle off Ryan Harris, he had done enough to allow the tail to finish the job.

Chandimal now sits on top of the series run tally with 306 at 61.20, and since the World Cup only Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have made more ODI runs for Sri Lanka. Jayawardene said Chandimal had embraced the No.4 position and had all the hallmarks of a long-term international player.

"[He's] definitely something special," Jayawardene said. "Even before the World Cup, he was very close to being in that 15 but we felt he didn't have the experience to be a part of that. But we made a decision soon after the World Cup that he was definitely going to be in the side permanently.

"It was just trying to find a position for him and I feel that No.4 is a good position for him to bat long periods, and he's got the big shots if he wants to. He's learning every day, which is great. He's a guy who learns a lot, asks a lot of questions as well off the field, which is good for Sri Lanka. Hopefully he will be one of those guys who will take us through the next ten years."

Together, Chandimal and Jayawardene were largely responsible for keeping Sri Lanka in the hunt after Australia posted 6 for 280. Jayawardene said there were some nervous moments towards the end as wickets started to fall, but he was impressed by the way Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews helped to steer the side into a winning position.

"These guys, a couple of them haven't had much experience, but I thought they handled the situation very well," he said. "They didn't go for those big shots, they just kept it going, singles, singles, and dragged the game as far as they could. And then when they wanted to hit that big shot, we knew that Thisara can do that, Angelo can do that, so we set it up nicely. They're learning, that's the most important thing.

"I saw the domestic matches and the Tassie (Tasmania) boys have chased some big totals. The wicket looked pretty good and it's tough to defend on this ground because there's big boundaries on one side and then the smaller one on the other. It was just about trying to get a couple of partnerships. That's what we discussed in the break."

The three-wicket victory has pushed Sri Lanka to the top of the series table and both they and Australia are now one match clear of India. India need to win both their remaining matches to be a certainty for the finals. Sri Lanka take on India in Hobart on Tuesday and Australia at the MCG next Friday, and a win in either of those games will be enough to confirm their place in the finals, which would be a fine achievement after they lost their first two games of the series.

"If we can control our destiny we should do that," Jayawardene said. "I'm quite happy with the effort. We knew we were playing good cricket, we just had to execute a few things better, which we are doing. Today also I thought we were probably a bit flat on the field. In that middle period we probably gave away the game but we managed to drag it back in the last six or seven overs, to a decent score, and then batted really well to finish the game off."

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • dhanuhskaS on February 27, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    It is really funny to see how some people are trying to misinterpret the obvious facts, with inappropriate junk.! Isn't it better to build a constructive point of view based on some sensible facts..rather than trying to describe the sky from a dark tunnel..? Who said the current form is a criteria for captaincy? According to some AMAZING fans, if a player can simply get a breakthrough, when bowling then he should be able to read the whole game and become an outstanding Captain like MJ..!!! What an easy way to decide the future Captain of SL,, selectors please follow this "highly productive" criteria..!!! :-)) If we really support SL cricket... shouldn't we forget about personal preferences and differences and go behind the best CHOICE to VOICE our support..? I think this what we are sadly lacking even among the cricket administrators.!!! :-(

  • Cannuck on February 27, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @ James Anderson: agree with you 100%. Lot of people are quick to throw names of players as future captain of SL. First of all MJ has accepted the leadership for one year. That's enough time for to figure out the best candidate. Just because a player does well on one tour, or even generally scores well all the time, doesn't translate it to be a good leader. Form is different to leadership skills, & MJ is a great example who was not on form, but never a question as a great captain. Opposite is Dilly, who was unfortunately thrown on to the captaincy, lacked the same ability as Mahela or Sanga as leaders. Angie may look out of sorts at times, with his slower rate etc., but he seems to be able to read the game & opposition batsmen similar to MJ. This is why he gets breakthroughs whenever he bowls. Finally fans who wants Bhanuka in right now do not realize, we have to drop someone else from a winning combination we enjoy now. Let's be patient till a spot opens for him as it did for Chandi!

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @-3liteindia the best explain u can give to bhanuka rajapaksha is..hes like crist gale when he hitting sixes and hes like aravinda de silva when playing middle of the game.....i thnk he will be more gud batsman and most importantly hes a leg spinner

  • dhanuhskaS on February 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @James Anderson: Pal.. what do you think a player SHOULD have to be a successful captain? AGE?? ...Rubbish... MAHAROOF is only 27 and MATHEWS is almost 25yrs. NECESSARY EXPERIENCE...PROVEN ABILITY...SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD leading a NATIONAL SIDE ??..YES....MAHAROOF is the ONLY YOUNG PLAYER who has ALL of it, being a former SL UNDER-19 CAPTAIN .! He even led the team in a Youth World-Cup..! He is a good TACTICIAN with a BALANCED-MIND who always gave 100% to the team..but the way MATHEWS play his cricket, unfortunately none of these qualities are visible.!!! So MATHEWS is NOWHERE near, compared to MAHAROOF (for Captaincy).! Pls read my previous postings in this regard: Kepili_Buster on (February 24 2012, 18:27 PM GMT) and Kepili_Buster on (February 25 2012, 14:45 PM GMT)

  • ameen85 on February 26, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    So far we have been performing well and hope to clicnh the trophy. Quite dissappointed with Sanga, but still he s the classy palyer we have got who have been consistenetly making big score away from SL....

  • Black_Rider on February 26, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @3liteindia:: He is very good buddy.You should see him bat.He is left handed Aravinda....

  • liontheway on February 26, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Chandimal, you are on the right track. I think that whole nation is being appreciated your performances. We are glad that our nation has produced an excellent cricketer. We are with you always!

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Angelo and Maharoof? I think we should compare apple to apple. Angelo is a batting all rounder where Maharoof is a bowling all rounder. Angelo may not be a good finisher but he could bat with the tail. Besides he is younger than Maharoof. I think he could be one of the best all rounders in the world, with some experience.As for SUKO 99, I do not think even BCCI can get this SL team to throw away a match. These guys are not corrupt individuals. Most of these guys are extremely rich. They are not being paid for over an year. Suko 99 you mean to tell me this is how India win matches?

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @Spelele - You must be mad to call Sangakkara a flat track bully ! he is the best batsman in the world.

  • samuda on February 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    HAIL MAHELA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dhanuhskaS on February 27, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    It is really funny to see how some people are trying to misinterpret the obvious facts, with inappropriate junk.! Isn't it better to build a constructive point of view based on some sensible facts..rather than trying to describe the sky from a dark tunnel..? Who said the current form is a criteria for captaincy? According to some AMAZING fans, if a player can simply get a breakthrough, when bowling then he should be able to read the whole game and become an outstanding Captain like MJ..!!! What an easy way to decide the future Captain of SL,, selectors please follow this "highly productive" criteria..!!! :-)) If we really support SL cricket... shouldn't we forget about personal preferences and differences and go behind the best CHOICE to VOICE our support..? I think this what we are sadly lacking even among the cricket administrators.!!! :-(

  • Cannuck on February 27, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    @ James Anderson: agree with you 100%. Lot of people are quick to throw names of players as future captain of SL. First of all MJ has accepted the leadership for one year. That's enough time for to figure out the best candidate. Just because a player does well on one tour, or even generally scores well all the time, doesn't translate it to be a good leader. Form is different to leadership skills, & MJ is a great example who was not on form, but never a question as a great captain. Opposite is Dilly, who was unfortunately thrown on to the captaincy, lacked the same ability as Mahela or Sanga as leaders. Angie may look out of sorts at times, with his slower rate etc., but he seems to be able to read the game & opposition batsmen similar to MJ. This is why he gets breakthroughs whenever he bowls. Finally fans who wants Bhanuka in right now do not realize, we have to drop someone else from a winning combination we enjoy now. Let's be patient till a spot opens for him as it did for Chandi!

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @-3liteindia the best explain u can give to bhanuka rajapaksha is..hes like crist gale when he hitting sixes and hes like aravinda de silva when playing middle of the game.....i thnk he will be more gud batsman and most importantly hes a leg spinner

  • dhanuhskaS on February 26, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @James Anderson: Pal.. what do you think a player SHOULD have to be a successful captain? AGE?? ...Rubbish... MAHAROOF is only 27 and MATHEWS is almost 25yrs. NECESSARY EXPERIENCE...PROVEN ABILITY...SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD leading a NATIONAL SIDE ??..YES....MAHAROOF is the ONLY YOUNG PLAYER who has ALL of it, being a former SL UNDER-19 CAPTAIN .! He even led the team in a Youth World-Cup..! He is a good TACTICIAN with a BALANCED-MIND who always gave 100% to the team..but the way MATHEWS play his cricket, unfortunately none of these qualities are visible.!!! So MATHEWS is NOWHERE near, compared to MAHAROOF (for Captaincy).! Pls read my previous postings in this regard: Kepili_Buster on (February 24 2012, 18:27 PM GMT) and Kepili_Buster on (February 25 2012, 14:45 PM GMT)

  • ameen85 on February 26, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    So far we have been performing well and hope to clicnh the trophy. Quite dissappointed with Sanga, but still he s the classy palyer we have got who have been consistenetly making big score away from SL....

  • Black_Rider on February 26, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @3liteindia:: He is very good buddy.You should see him bat.He is left handed Aravinda....

  • liontheway on February 26, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Chandimal, you are on the right track. I think that whole nation is being appreciated your performances. We are glad that our nation has produced an excellent cricketer. We are with you always!

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Angelo and Maharoof? I think we should compare apple to apple. Angelo is a batting all rounder where Maharoof is a bowling all rounder. Angelo may not be a good finisher but he could bat with the tail. Besides he is younger than Maharoof. I think he could be one of the best all rounders in the world, with some experience.As for SUKO 99, I do not think even BCCI can get this SL team to throw away a match. These guys are not corrupt individuals. Most of these guys are extremely rich. They are not being paid for over an year. Suko 99 you mean to tell me this is how India win matches?

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    @Spelele - You must be mad to call Sangakkara a flat track bully ! he is the best batsman in the world.

  • samuda on February 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    HAIL MAHELA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Don't change anything...keep going SL !!! Mahela is the best !

  • on February 25, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Might be Chandimal is getting matured as a cricketer..So he might have stopped hitting sixes ...The situations in which he came to bat actually prevented him from hitting 6's...

  • Kays789 on February 25, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    @Spelele : unfortunately you have no idea what you're talking about. if you actually are a south african fan i suggest you stick to talking about the SA team. sanga has easily been the best overseas performer for SL over the years in spite of not making a significant contribution in this series so far. even the record speaks of it and i highly doubt you actually did look at the stats. mahela has too has performed everywhere except south africa but sanga has been far more consistent. in fact on the very same bellerive oval he scored an incredible counter-attacking 192 a few years ago that was cut short only by a massive umpiring blunder. to tag sanga as a flat track bully just goes to show how absolutely clueless you assessment is. you really should just stick to what you do know.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    I think Graham ford is Graham Ford.

  • Sinhaya on February 25, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @3liteindia, Bhanuka Rajapaksa is a great left hand hard hitting batsman. Type his name on google to see his batting statistics and details.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    On Bhanuka Rajapakse .. so far,the first class profile of Bhanuka 15 innings, not outs 3 , 691 Runs ,174 of best, at an Average of 57.58 and strike rate of 75.85.

    He has so far scored a couple of 50s and 100s each in first class matches for SSC..I am quite amazed to see about that is, Both of His 100s are above 150 mark. The first one he scored , batting at number 6 , 166 runs off 167 balls... The next one, which was a match winning as the top 4 players failed badly , was 174 off 255 balls,slammed 12 fours and 6 sixes in the process.

    I'm a massive fan of Bhanuka. Pretty surely. He too w'll do wonders for Sri lanka cricket ,if he is given chances or finds a spot in the line up

    One worrying sign of SSC is that Bhanuka is not given much of batting time ...as he bats at number 5 , or 6, always happen to dig through tail endears.He should be sent ahead of Kandamby & the W.keeper captain Kausal silva.

    Wishing Chandimal and Bhanuka to do wonders for Srilanka.

  • dhanuhskaS on February 25, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    I think SL should shuffle the lower batting order appropriate to the situation and send Maharoof and maybe Kulasekara too before Mathews, if the 4th wicket fell close to 40th over, to prevent the asking-rate escalation due to slow batting of Mathews during the last 10 overs (specially when chasing targets). If batting first, probably they should send Mathews before Thirimanne for the same reason.

  • on February 25, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    of course Chandimal is an special talent..So is Bhanuka Rajapakse...

    Chandimal is more like, let's say Ponting who can be aggressive and very holding as well , as situation demands....Bhanuka is more like Gilchrist ..Often Bhanuka is aggressive and consistent too...

    Back to Chandimal... Luckily enough , Srilankan seniors have guided Chandimal so well...Mahela compromised his Number 4 spot for Chandimal...which i think is the best thing mahela could do for SL cricket apart from the fact he accepted the captaincy and moved up in the order .and Chandimal also gets to bat alongside Sanga and Mahela...which is so important to maturing player ... I like the way mahela pats on his head and encourages chandi...

    for next 10 or so years...Chandi will go on to do wonders...i'd predict he will average 42+...!!!

  • Ranga_1983 on February 25, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Well done Sri lanka.. I like to see team playing well in australia..Be positive...and we can beat any giants in no time..

  • dhanuhskaS on February 25, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    @LakC: I think MAHAROOF would be the BEST CHOICE to consider as the NEXT CAPTAIN, since (ONLY) he has the NECESSARY EXPERIENCE, ABILITY and the SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD as a former SL UNDER-19 CAPTAIN.! He is a good TACTICIAN with a BALANCED-MIND, who always gave 100% to the team. MATHEWS is nowhere near, compared to him.! As I pointed-out in my previous posting, MATHEWS seems to be a self-centred guy. The visible mistake repeatedly made, even in SA series shows, he needs to learn from his mistakes and change his batting approach towards the end-overs, to be a successful "finishing" player rather than a hesitant "near-finisher".....who only turns the ACHEIVABLE WINS to LOSSES! No matter what opposition you face or what conditions prevail, in 50 over cricket, final few overs are there to maximize your strike and not for RISK FREE PARK-WALKS to build the individual score and PUSH THE ASKING RATES BEYOND REACH.! Otherwise, you are certainly SINKING THE SIDE with you!

  • stormy16 on February 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Chandimal's main challenge was always going to be temperement and shot selection - anyone remember a young Aravinda De Sliva - mad max as he was known. Chandimal untill he made his test debut, had a problem with shot selection - usually hitting a bad shot to get out after getting a start. After his test debut he is a different player and not going for those glory shots. This is most promising for SL and who knows what other's stars are waiting to be given the opportunity.

  • on February 25, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    this is frm an indian - chandimal is the next big thing for both sri lankan cricket and a greattt odi player !! sri lanka is having great youngsters who perform when the team needs them !! like mathews,perera and chandimal now and thirimanne and senanayake are also going to join the list very soon.

    shame tht indian team is selected on basis of politics like jadeja and rohit in the team !! leaving rahane who can be a great odi player on the bench !!

    chandimal is consistent,his shots r great to watch and a great talent .forget tht 2 drpped catches he's gonna be the next big thing.

    and as sanga said sri lanka is wayy better when they play over seas against india its true.sri lanka last tym defeated aus in the odi series.and in this series they have shown they r the best team out of this 3 teams.

    hope india learns some lessons frm lanka !!! giv chance to deserving ones like rahane and tiwary and rahul sharma and stop giving chances to repeated failures like rohit ,jadeja and ashwin .

  • on February 25, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Met both Chandimal and sangakkara at Kingsgrove Sports Centre In Sydney. Great guys at one of the best cricket store in the world.

  • suko99 on February 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    indians & BCCI owns game of cricket now. that's the truth. they are shameless. so much so they can intimidate sri lankans by reminding them abou their IPL contracts durind lunch break & get them to throw the WC 2011 final.

  • ub_prasa on February 25, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    SL should bring Banuka now. Which will be good for 2015 world cup.

  • Vikum72 on February 25, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Don't know whether Chandimal is gonna be the best SL has ever produced, but I have never seen such maturity & consistancy in a young bat from SL. He did well in England, SA and now doing very well in Aus. Candimal's feat to become the leading run getter (up to now) in this kind of a series is unprecedented. All the best DC!

  • johnathonjosephs on February 25, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Chandimal can hit 6's, but for some reason is not doing so in this series. Look at past for confirmation. He has hit 13 sixes before this series in ODI cricket (in around 25 matches)

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    When a team does not do well, always you see the other team as better, indians must remember that less than an year ago the team was hot and good. Now the same team is not clicking. Coach? or Administration? Also SL was terrible just a couple of moons ago. That apart, SL players are more down to earth and has space to learn. Ex. Sanath J from lifetime middle order to open and pinch hitting. Indian players are under tremondous pressure - 1. to get a place from among one Billion (SL from 20 Million!!). 2. To perform for a less understanding and tolerant audience.

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Grate to be a Sri Lanka when I saw your temperament Chandi. And happy to be a CRAMBIAN when I saw your altruism Young Thrimanna. We wish you all the best to you From Melbourne.

  • truthhh on February 25, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    sanga please give yur best to the team,other than that every things are brilliant!!!brilliant captanciy by mahela!!play for yur country,bez of you guys,we can proudly say we are srilankas!!Commitment is the most important thing.i saw that commitment from lankans after 1996 world cup..especially from young guys!!!!BRING IT HOME!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    We all Forget one person.. That is our new coach mr. Graham Ford. I must say he is the man behind the success of this series. history said mr. Ford is a successful coach. mid 90s he worked with south Africa National team and created world class south african team. This series Sri Lanka played with 3 seam allrounders. this is exactly smiler to South african team in 1996-1999. Sri Lanka should be improve their fielding skills little bit. Then Sri Lanka can be a World class dominant team. all the best to mr. Ford and Sri Lankan Team.!!

  • LakC on February 25, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    @Kepili_Buster on (February 24 2012, 18:27 PM GMT).... agrees with comment on Matthews hence my lack of faith in him

    @Muru Gesh on (February 24 2012, 18:26 PM GMT)...yes Kohli should be given captaincy after Dhoni relinqueshes and nt to Gambhir...

    Tharanga needs to pull his socks up and maintain his confidence on playing shots just outside off stump...we need him if the big Mahe,Dilly or Sanga gets injured.

    Wonder who will captain the lankan team after this series is over????

  • WTEH on February 25, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Well it is happy to see the positive attitude of Mahela and the seniors. What is sad is that this should have started around the worldcup times. Chandimal was in prime form even then but he did not got an opportunity. Silva, Kapugedara and Kandammbi occupied the middle order for long time and failed most of the time. It is time for youngsters, nice to see Thirimanna doing well. They should also give a chance to Bhanuka too. SL should focus on the next world cup.

  • Lakpj on February 25, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Chandimal is not at his best in this tournament, he still has problems in timing the ball. He seems to have cut down most of his strokes to get the consistency in to his batting which is good to see from a younger player. Bring on Bhanuka as well if he, chandimal, thirimanne and mathews can fulfill their full potential SL could have a formidable middle order in the future.

  • zerotollerance on February 25, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    This is SL best team. Don't change it or bring tharanga back. Chandimal is the newest star in international cricket. Mahela the best captain. Go sl go

  • Laka_Kandy on February 25, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    Maharoof, Mathews, Chandimal & next should be Bhanuka Rajapaksha whose consistent performer for SL A & SCC

  • on February 25, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka is an amazing team. I really dont know how they do it in the field. Their administrators are not the best, high politicization, players are not paid on time, captains are changed, coaches are sacked and players are pressurized but they perform unbelievably well with all the problems in the world. Good example for any team. Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM) Well done keep going. To beat Aussies 5 times in 7 meetings in Australia is no fluke. Love SL

  • RThumma on February 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Currently I believe the difference between SL and India, Australia is death bowling. In India's last 2 matches they were consistent until 35 overs but after that gave lot of runs to opponents. Same with Australia in last match. So the only difference is Malinga's, Kula's final overs. Yes, truly Chandimal is a good player so far and hope he continues same.

  • on February 24, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    Chandimal is a product of great Ananda College Colombo, an institution that has contributed to our motherland with many heroes, in every field. In cricket, Chandimal follows the foot steps of many great sons produced by Ananda, including greats such as Arjuna Ranatunga, Marvan Attapattu, the Wettamuny brothers, the Samareweeras to name a few..! All the best Chandimal & long live our beloved Alma Mater - the Ananda matha...!!!

  • gularan on February 24, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Well, Well, Well, Keep that name in mind. DINESH CHANDIMAL - a young and immensely talented star is born. Now it is upto the Sri Lankans to manage him expertly so that he stays clear of injuries and fine tunes his talent to match whichever format he plays in. They should pay particular attention in improving his fielding skills and his physique. Well done mate best of British luck to you. May you take SL from strength to strength.

  • Spelele on February 24, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    As a South African, I have first-hand experience of the talent of this Dinesh Chandimal. He was amazing when Srilanka was down here. Wow! And it's so great that he is doing all this in overseas conditions. I can only imagine what his records will be when he gets to bat on those flat dustbowls in his home country. If he keeps up his overseas standards, he can be greater than both Mahela, and especially Sanga (they both struggle outside Asia as their records demonstrate). I really like Mahela though. I rate him far higher than Sanga who will always be a flat-track bully and never won anything for Srilanka, but played solely (like Tendulkar) for his own records. He is always missing in these kinds of significant victories. Mahela has single-handedly won WC semi-final matches for Srilanka before and has scored memorable centuries in WC knockout matches (more significant than school-boy hundreds scored in flat and meaningless dustbowls in Srilanka). He is still not too bad in Tests though.

  • playitstraight on February 24, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Chandimal is definitely the best young batting talent for SL, even better than Matthews, but he needs to finish the game off. I have heard of Matthews being described as having a cool head and all that, but he is the one who lost the game against australia by 5 runs and made a tie with india by giving a six off a full toss. Btw, who is this Bhanuka Rajapaksa everyone is talking about? Surely, is he that good?

  • on February 24, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Well done and well played SL. It was a great team effort. Bad luck Aussies but you took the defeat gracefully without silly excuses. Micheal good on you mate about your comments involving Thirimanne in the previous match. After all SL you have disappointed our Indian fans by winning all those matches. If I can remember they thought you would win only one match in the tournament. I believe Nalanda College has produced quite a number of SL international crickertes other than Mahela including Asanka, Roshan,Lalith,Kumar,Anura and many more.

  • radioumpire on February 24, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Chandimal; another great product from Dharmashoka College. All the best for bright future.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Umar akmal n asad shafiq, kohli, chandimal r future of sub continent teams

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    The best part of Dinesh Chandimal is, he is performing outside home! His abroad performance is mindblowing. We all saw how he bats, and he bats with a technique. One should learn from the SL team. Rohit Sharma, Raina are so hyped up, and we see their batting performance which is not upto the mark right not. But look at talented people like Chandimal, they are working hard. Money doesn't come to them easily. I can see passion for game in them.

    I'm not against Rohit sharma or Raina, I know they have performed in the past. But what I'm trying to point out is, there is lack of consistency which is very very important. When Mahela got out, Chandimal took responsibility. I did not see such responsible performance from Indian side. Disappointed. Well lets see how it goes in the future.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Well done boys, Best birthday present I could ever have recieved,

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Mayan - I agree 100%. He should have represented SL 2 years ago..he is more flamboyant even now but I think he did cut down his shots to gain consistency.But I am sure he`ll be next no 3 for SL.He can hit the ball amazingly well & have bradman like footwork..Although he is the highest run getter so far he is still not at his best and I can assure that..Inform Chandimal is good as anyone..wish u all the best Chandi !

  • Zookinii on February 24, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    The way this current SL squad is, do we really need Tharanga now? Maybe he can fit in in the middle order. Otherwise in my opinion this top order with Jayayawardene at no.1 should be kept.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    great ! He will become the best SL batsman ever. Chandimal can hit big sixes...just that he is not timing the ball in this series..No oone in Sri Lanka can loft the ball straight like him..Don`t u remember the inns he played in Harare against in India(hit 6sixes) and last series in England,,Ive followed his carrier and even coaching staff knows that he is an AMAZING six hitter..Its just a matter of time till he show that in CB series..

  • Nadeemgami on February 24, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    well done lanka i enjoyed Huge Six from Perera Australia need Quality Spiner in team

  • ashy2010 on February 24, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Chandimal (Consistency) Vs Rohit (overhyped and overpaid).

    Angelo Mathews (effective Allrounder) vs Ravinder Jadeja (IPL ony)

    Dilshan (agressive but sensible) Vs Sehwag (One innings wonder)

  • cri.lk on February 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    sl is doing well as far as ..chandimal is to be get more chance over Austalia and india ..because next world cup will be aus and NEw z......BHANUKA rajapaksa should given chance by sl ....

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Sri Lanka should play Senanayake in place of Herath in the next match at The MCG's bouncy track.He is a brilliant fielder and hits the ball really well and is a good offspinner who gets bounce with his height.( he got a match bag of 11 wickets against Australia A in Australia) Peter

  • yasask on February 24, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    dinesh chandimal is easily the most reliable and consistent batsmen that we (sri lanka) have. he averages 41.6 after 28 innings with 5 not outs, 2 centuries (against india and england) and lots of half centuries. he is the best young cricketer in the world at the moment. a super talent and superb find for SL. dinesh will be sri lankas next mahela.

    theres more talent in the sheds with the likes on banuka rajapakse, who will be the next sanga. GOOD LUCK SRI LANKA! the team is playing beautifully as a team with confidence.

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Great stuff! the rest of the team have shown character even without the likes of Sanga and Dilshan firing today. Dinesh C is a super find and has the calibre to hold things together when it matters or being aggressive as the situation demands. Mahela was just awesome today. I thought he played the role of Dilshan who was a mere spectator for five overs before he gave away his wicket. Dil can take the apponents to the gutters but it was not his day. I reckon Thirimane has great batsmanship and his style has a shade of Sanga (the on drive), though he must be careful in his shot selection. It was also good to get Parvez in, but I reckon they must not write off Tharanga and Senanayake who should be given equal chances. It is good to have uncovered talent by injecting new blood into the side. Yet, they need to find a specialist spinner and quick bowler as good as a Murali or Vaas. Sanga has not clicked thus far, but soon he will,for he is a class of his own in all formats of the game.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    This is what our selectors are not agreeing upon.Tendulkar became an International player when he was 16 and achieved what ever he has achieved. Aravinda de silva was 17...... I suppose and even Ranatunga was 15. Then Aravinda also achieved great highs for Sri Lanka.There are number of good young players around and they do not need to wait until they play four to five years of club,state level cricket to become a national player if they are identified and given the right opportunity and allow to stick around at the top level with out dropping them after one or two matches.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    SL is looking better than the other two teams, India looks to be huffing and puffing (can't blame them, its been a long series), and Australia seems to be struggling to put it together.

    Only SL is playing with confidence, which is nice to see after they got beat by Pakistan and SA recently.

  • amilag on February 24, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Arjuna-Aravinda, Mahela-Sanga, , SL has found the long going master-class duo............. the next one is.........Chandimal-Bhanuka/Thrimmanne......Go Lions..Go...

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    arrival of Dinesh chandimal is one of the best things that happened to Sri lankan cricket. he needs to work on temperament and technique a bit. all the best for the future!

  • lankavigi on February 24, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Good cricket being played by the Sri Lankans. They should continue this effort and just need one win to qualify. The situation to get the final may look complicated but is really not. But if SL lose, it will be complicated. They've got the players and they are improving by every game. They should not think about the finals. Their target shud be to beat india. SL have a huge chance of winning this triangular series. I once criticized this side and now applaud them. GO SL GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dhanuhskaS on February 24, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I think MATHEW's APPROACH towards the END in most games (last 7 overs) is counterproductive. He only tries to push things hard, when it is TOO LATE! To be successful you need to have the AGGRESSIVE-INTENT to the fullest extent in that crucial period. Even his body language suggests that is not the case. Look at this match, SL could have lost the game, that looked like, just a formality in the 44th over needing only 39, with six wickets in hand! If not for Perera's last moment high-octane effort, SL could have lost it! Take a look at MATHEW's BATTING during 44 to 49th. At 44th his score was 14 in 19b (RRR: 6.50). Ovr- 45th 2b-2r, 46th 2b-1r, 47th 2b-2r, 48th 4b-3r, 49th 2b-2r he managed 10r in 12b (equivalent to 2 OVRS)! RRR elevated from 6.5 to 14 from 9b. He averaged 5runs per over during this period. In the ODI lost to Aus in Perth, he managed exactly the same 5/Ovr average from 42nd-49th scoring just 22 from 26 balls, escalating the RRR from 7.2 to 18 required in the FINAL OVER!

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    but whole world should be careful to face young Indian team under Kohli's captaincy.wait and see things are not far away.

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    the great Aravinda and Arajuna handed over SL batting to sanga and Mahela when they departed and now history repeats when chandimal and thirimanne take over from the masters.. great fun to see all four together in this transition period ..

  • Cannuck on February 24, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Amazed to see some fans still not happy, saying we should've won easily & Angelo was slow etc. GUYS WE WON! Just enjoy! You forget some of these guys r only 22 years old, & they do get even better with time. Besides give some credit to Aussies, who are not easy to score off on their conditions. You can't expect us to have perfect games all the time. I was thrilled to see were Lahiru & Chandi playing together. They seemed to understand each other well, run well together, left right combination similar to Sanga & Mahela. They seemed to be similar age & I hope they get to develop together closely like KS & MJ. One thing SL had been blessed in the past is having 2 tight leaders side by side. Arjuna/Ara period & MJ/KS/MJ has given us our best cricket. They back each other when the other leads the team, no internal squabbles (India r u listening?). Hope this continues when Angie takes over as well. Unity & respect to the leader is the reason why SL's fortunes always turn around. Go LIONS!!

  • SibaMohanty on February 24, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Heartening to see Lankans doing well. They have leaders like Sanga and Mahela who are unselfish and always think for the team. Then there is Dilshan, a 100 percent man and then the young guns like Chandimal and the hugely-talented Angelo. Not paid their salaries for about a year but top class commitment. Way to go. A word about Chandimal, the guy has terrific temperament and now we all know why he has been snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for the IPL. It's captained by one Mr Rahul Dravid.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Well Said Jayawardene!!! Chandimal is a Very Talented Player!!! Good Luck Sri Lanka for CBS!!!

  • Cannuck on February 24, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    @Diyath Wijesinghe: Of course, all of us are proud of the NEW Anandian on the block... but wouldn't you agree it's proud to be Maroons, since Mahela is from my alma mater Nalanda :-))

  • crazycricketfan4life on February 24, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    It's great to see that SL batting seems to have found some fine replacements for the future to fill the shoes filled by greats such as Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Chandimal seems to be THE find out of them all. I remember watching his maiden century against England and you just knew he would be something special. Just one thing remains for SL to be a formidable side once again. Now I know a Murali comes just once in a life-time, but if they are able to find a bowling attack which will be formidable and be capable of taking 20 wickets in a Test Match anywhere in the World, I think we will see a SL team challenging for the No.1 spot in no time. Murali (and to an extent Vaas) carried their bowling attack throughout their careers, it is time to find 4-5 genuine attacking bowlers who would do the same for them. It is always good to see SL winning and hopefully they will play the Aussies in the 3-match finals series because that would be far more scintillating than an Ind-Aus finals series.

  • Romenevans on February 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    A star in the making. Enough said. Hope our "Rohit Sharma" will learn from him. Who believe that he is still young and inexperienced with over 70 ODI's already under his belt. When will they grow and start taking the responsibility?

  • PakistanZindabaadAlways on February 24, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Many congrats to team Sri Lanka from Pakistan, awesome win and also great find in Chandimal. Great job by everyone in the team, I hope you win the title..

  • on February 24, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    He was special silly.. You have missed trick on picking him in world cup otherwise Srilanka would have won the world cup...

  • asirigamage on February 24, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    welldone sri lanka. suddenly things are change for sri lanka. inclusion of farveez maharoof in to the playing 11 makes a huge difference to the team. now he is the most economical bowler in the series. and in the batting line up also balanced. and thisara perera also played brilliently. his feilding also improoved a lot. also maharoof is a good batsman too. he can anchor the innings well. mathews maharoof and perera these three players are the now sri lankas match finishers. well done all rounders. and y not chandimal and tirimanne hey are brillint in the middle order. now after first three sri lankans are depending on youngsters. chandimal. tirimanne, mathews, maharoof, perera, kulasekara, good luck young men.

  • abhi026 on February 24, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Chandimal looks a good prospect for sl ,as kohli for india.he is someone who can really inspire the new generation of cricket in sl.Wel job done by sl selectors for keeping him in side during rough patches.Sl need atleast two more batsman like chandi so that they can be assure after sanga and mahela.the best thing sl has got is those alrounders.How strange is that sl and pak two neighbours of india gets fast bowling alrounder constantly,but what is wrong about india?Noone knows.really a shame for a so rich country in cricket tradition.coming to the point chandi and young guns looking good .let see if they can give sl a much awaited foreign one day trophy.good luch boys.

  • SKR7 on February 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Future of Sri Lankan cricket..... Wish u all the best!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Chandimal is definitely the emerging player of the year...what a talent

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    I think, he's got a good technique, he's mature, he's calm, he's well composed. Good signs for an aspiring great batsman. he has brought stability in the Sri Lankan middle order. still has to see if he can bat long innings in test though.

  • SL_kamal on February 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Consider Sri Lankan ODI squad:

    Chandimal, Thirimanne, Thisara, (all less than 23 yrs), Mathews (less than 25), Maharoof, Tharanga, Sachithra (all just over 27), Malinga (28), Kulasekara (29). Add Ajantha Mendis (27).

    At least nine out of the above ten players will fit in to a single team. So they have built(or have a good process of building) bulk of their team for next 4 years(at least).

    Also the transition seems to have taking place really well: Mathews is trained as the next captain, Chandimal is a wicket keeper. It's better if Sanga can hand over the wicket keeping duties to Chandimal for one or two series' in the near future and see what will happen.

    Good Luck Sri Lankans....!!!!!

  • Balumekka on February 24, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    It seems that a high quality batsman in the making, looking at Chandimal's batting. He is really the best finding for Sri Lanka !!!!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Really Good show by SL. Thats why Aus never want them as opponents in Finals . India are easy to be beaten. Sl have good middle as well solid openers.good all rounders to control the game. lasitha maliga a very good death bowler. I wish they can win cb series. jaded indian team should fly back early.

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    finals will be AUS vs SL..

  • on February 24, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Marvelous win over Ausies. Keep it up and get into the best of three finals. Congrats to SL team and especially to Mahela, Chandimal, Anjelo, Thisara and perveez.

  • ChandraPrince on February 24, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Just few weeks ago, many of us were ready to write off Sri Lanka forever! To me, it's obvious Sri Lanka's new coach Graham Ford has injected new life to Sri Lanka cricket!

  • slcrickcrazyfan on February 24, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Well played Chandimal...!!! He should have been in the WC squad, he had played against INDIA in 2010 and scored his maiden 100 in Zimbabwe against the INDIANS...BUT SL selectors messed up and got all things wrong...!!! He would have won that for SL with experience against minnows and the aggressive batting would have helped...Yeah...! I TOTALLY AGREE with"Kyle_Jones235"...Get Bhanuka Rajapaksa in and give him match practice and give Senanayaka some matches along the way...as well as keeping THARANGA and SAMARAWEERA in the line up as well...!!!(If SL thinking about more stability and a better mix of players), and needs a good spin bowler...I'm not sure of a match winning spinner in the vicinity yet...!!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Well played CHNDi,Well sayed @rahulcricket...thats damn true..

  • KENNETH2007 on February 24, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    Well done SLs...I think Indian players should take the class of hooking the short deliveries ....

  • RohanMarkJay on February 24, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Congratulations SL. Good to see you back to winning ways again. :)

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Sri Lanka had middle order problems during the WC , it seems is solved with youngters Tirmanne, Tissara perera and Mathews coming to live

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Long live players like Mahela and Sangakara. They have represented their team on the world stage magnificently. If they can pull off some new ones of their calibre while they are still there, that will ensure Sri-lankan cricket a very shining future.

  • Shaksji on February 24, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I reckon getting Angelo Mathews out in the one before last over made SL to win the game. Angelo leaves everything to the last moment and fail to finish...

  • on February 24, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    well done dinesh chandimal

  • Nathan_123 on February 24, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Congratulations team SL. Very mature and intelligent performance by Chandimal, Thirmana, Angelo and Perera. This is the 3rd time SL had chased big scores batting second. Two against SA and today's one. The important think here is that Srilankan batsman have been able to play the short pitch bowling better than ever before. Who would ever thought that Brat Lee's fast short bowls would end up in the back row of the spectators. It's nice to see team SL wining games away from home especially in Australia. One must give credit to Jayawardana's leadership skills. It seems like the team is enjoying under his leadership.

  • priceless1 on February 24, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    he is good ,but not powerful enough to clear the fence , needs to work hard at the gym to put some mussels in his upper body :) good luck chandi malli :)

  • Kyle_Jones235 on February 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Although there are technical flaws in his batting, Chandimal is really making his oppurtunities count. Only 22 years old and already contributing so much more than Kapugedera and Silva did. Goes to show that if there is natural talent, young age isn't that much of a factor. Bring in Bhanuka Rajapaksa as well I say.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 24, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    INDIAN PLAYERS SHOULD LEARN FROM SL PLAYERS . THEY ARE NOT BEING PAID FOR ALMOST 1 YEAR & THEY ARRIVED LAST IN AUS , THEY DIDN'T GET EVEN A FULL PRACTICE GAME & YET THEY ARE PLAYING SUPERBLY WHILE OUR INDIAN TEAM WHOSE SALARY IS MUCH MORE THAN SL , MILLIONS OF MONEY EARN THROUGH AD FILMS , IPL , ARRIVED IN DEC . GET 2 PRACTICE MATCHES & YET ARE LOSING SHAMELESSLY & MORE OVER THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING THEIR MISTAKES .THEY ALWAYS BLAME LUCK .

  • Noball_Specialist on February 24, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    great game. good series out there in oz.

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Nice team work. Mahela show again how is leading the team at tough situation.

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    SL selectors wasted 2 years of chandimals career, he should have played for srilanka years ago,when he was 18, actually those days he was a better player than wt he's right now, now we missing flamboyant batting style coz he batting at number 4, he's at his best when he opens, and more dangerous , RR plz Let him open in IPL

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    This is the future of Sri Lanka. Chandimal, he is the best & he will shine as a star for next exclusive decade of cricket. Proud to be an ANANDIAN!!!! Hail Sri Lanka!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I as as a SL supporter could only say CANGRATULATIONS. Keep it up & high...

  • truthhh on February 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Chandimal is our future!!!!!guys bring it home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • SriLankanLions on February 24, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Who would've thought Sri Lanka could make such a huge impact on this tournament. Everyone thought Sri Lanka is no longer a threat in international cricket after losing so many series one after the other. But we, the fans had faith in our team and they are proving everyone wrong but their fans. That's the spirit of the mighty lions. I know this series haven't been finished yet. But I'm pretty sure we would make it to the finals and we have a great chance of sealing the series. We deserve it more than anyone else after going through such hard times. Win or lose we love you guys. The spirit you're playing the game is what matters to us. Long live Sri Lanka Cricket!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Definitely the talk of this tournament. What a player he has proved to be ? He will play a vital role leading Lanka after the current senior greats exit from the game.

  • Daran9 on February 24, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    SL has good blend of youth and experience where every one not just understands their role but try to execute the plan every time they get an opportunity. No one in the team is burden to any one any more. I would salute to Mahela to marshal his troops in the way as he reads the game. Mahela has good respect in the dressing room simply because he is one of the few top sportsman in the world who is down to earth and clever tactician! SL cricket is under safe hands. Hope politics will not intervene any more. SL started pinch hitting back in 1996. and every one followed afterwards. They are keep setting examples in many way for others to follow!

  • jasonpete on February 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Well played chandimal.you are a future star for srilanka like Sanga and mahela.good luck.

  • Sinhabahu on February 24, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I was always saying that Chandi has it in him to become a true legend, greater than even Aravinda de Silva. Great to see him and the other youngsters doing so well for the team.

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  • Sinhabahu on February 24, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    I was always saying that Chandi has it in him to become a true legend, greater than even Aravinda de Silva. Great to see him and the other youngsters doing so well for the team.

  • jasonpete on February 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Well played chandimal.you are a future star for srilanka like Sanga and mahela.good luck.

  • Daran9 on February 24, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    SL has good blend of youth and experience where every one not just understands their role but try to execute the plan every time they get an opportunity. No one in the team is burden to any one any more. I would salute to Mahela to marshal his troops in the way as he reads the game. Mahela has good respect in the dressing room simply because he is one of the few top sportsman in the world who is down to earth and clever tactician! SL cricket is under safe hands. Hope politics will not intervene any more. SL started pinch hitting back in 1996. and every one followed afterwards. They are keep setting examples in many way for others to follow!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Definitely the talk of this tournament. What a player he has proved to be ? He will play a vital role leading Lanka after the current senior greats exit from the game.

  • SriLankanLions on February 24, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Who would've thought Sri Lanka could make such a huge impact on this tournament. Everyone thought Sri Lanka is no longer a threat in international cricket after losing so many series one after the other. But we, the fans had faith in our team and they are proving everyone wrong but their fans. That's the spirit of the mighty lions. I know this series haven't been finished yet. But I'm pretty sure we would make it to the finals and we have a great chance of sealing the series. We deserve it more than anyone else after going through such hard times. Win or lose we love you guys. The spirit you're playing the game is what matters to us. Long live Sri Lanka Cricket!

  • truthhh on February 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Chandimal is our future!!!!!guys bring it home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    I as as a SL supporter could only say CANGRATULATIONS. Keep it up & high...

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    This is the future of Sri Lanka. Chandimal, he is the best & he will shine as a star for next exclusive decade of cricket. Proud to be an ANANDIAN!!!! Hail Sri Lanka!

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    SL selectors wasted 2 years of chandimals career, he should have played for srilanka years ago,when he was 18, actually those days he was a better player than wt he's right now, now we missing flamboyant batting style coz he batting at number 4, he's at his best when he opens, and more dangerous , RR plz Let him open in IPL

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Nice team work. Mahela show again how is leading the team at tough situation.