Australia v Sri Lanka, CB Series, Melbourne March 1, 2012

Good that we aren't depending on favours - Jayawardene

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Mahela Jayawardene is confident Sri Lanka can take plenty of positives from the tri-series even if they fail to beat Australia at the MCG and qualify for the finals. However, the Sri Lankans have by no means given up on the tournament, despite a loss to India in Hobart that could have left them demoralised.

In his first series back in the captaincy, Jayawardene has the chance to guide Sri Lanka in to the best-of-three finals against Australia. To get there, they need either to beat Australia or share the points through a tie or an abandoned match, and while there will be showers in Melbourne on Friday it is unlikely there will be enough to force a wash-out.

Jayawardene said the loss on Tuesday, when India picked up a bonus point and stayed in contention by chasing 321 within 37 overs, was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting, which was a good sign for his side. And with two wins from their last two games against Australia, Sri Lanka have a strong chance to progress.

"Going in to the last game it's in our control, what we need to do," Jayawardene said. "It's a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us.

"From where we started on this tour, I think we've improved as a team and maintained a consistency. That's very important for us going forward. Whatever happens tomorrow we will definitely get a lot of positives out of this. Our challenge will be to try and keep this consistency going, because if we play the way we're playing now ... we'll win more matches than we lose. We're quite happy with that."

One of the most impressive aspects of Sri Lanka's series is that it has not just been the veterans who have stood up, although Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara were the centurions in the last match. Dinesh Chandimal has continued to develop as a dangerous middle-order batsman and Thisara Perera, 22, is second only to Lasith Malinga on Sri Lanka's wicket tally, which pleased Jayawardene.

"Going forward we've always wanted to have two or three allrounders in a team," he said. "These guys are taking responsibility. Angelo [Mathews] in the long run will probably be more of a batting allrounder than a bowling allrounder. We'd like Thisara to be more of a bowling allrounder so it fits in well.

"Plus [Farveez] Maharoof is a guy who can bat as well and he's bowling pretty well, he just needs to have a bit more confidence in his batting. All these three guys will be good options for us going forward. We just need a couple of spinning allrounders to come through and we'll have a really good balanced team."

Sri Lanka won't have Maharoof for Friday's game, however, after he suffered from lower back pain during the Hobart loss. His absence was a factor in Sri Lanka failing to defend their big total and Jayawardene said, while Virat Kohli had taken the match away from Sri Lanka, there were things his bowlers could learn from the experience.


"The [fast-bowling] guys did go to their strength, which is yorkers and stuff like that, but I think they [Indian batsmen] handled that pretty well," he said. "We didn't try too many things, that was probably due to the way the Indians were batting as well ... we probably just went with the momentum rather than trying to change it in the middle.

"Those are areas in which we can improve as a team … bowlers taking a bit more time and maybe having a bit more of a plan about what they want to do. Even if it's something out of the box, something totally different, there's no harm in trying something like that - which we didn't do. That's something we've spoken about with the bowlers because you have to expect these kind of situations in the future, we have to be prepared. Every game is a learning curve for everyone."

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

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  • POSTED BY LankaFTW on | March 3, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    V.Rajaa, I do admit India won the game against SL fair and square but who are in the finals of CB series now? India only managed to put on one good show, whereas Sri Lanka where able to put on many, including the game yesterday so i suggest you "mind it or move on."

    Mahela I doubt was taking a dig at the Indian Cricket team he is just hinting to Australia to play their normal game and not to go all soft because they are already in the finals and throw away yesterdays game.

    India are a good team on paper and I have always supported the Indian team. But their poor form slump and not taking the necessary actions to put together a good team is a bit disappointing. Hopefully after this series they can have a good hard look at themselves and make appropriate changes to become a competitive team to beat once again.

  • POSTED BY pak94fan on | March 2, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Umm, guys, when he said "Good that we aren't depending on favours", he was referring to the fact that SL had their destiny in their hands and didn't have to rely on results elsewhere to qualify, which means that the responsibility for qualifying was in his team's hands, and they have now qualified, having beaten Aus by 9 runs. However, having said that, everyone, including Jayawardene admitted that India batted well in the previous match, so you Indians need to get over it. It was a very good batting performance and the win was deserved- that's it. I hope to have a good Asia Cup contest now insha'Allah, and CB series finals should be interesting.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | March 2, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    INDIA IS A KING OF FLAT TRACKS., :-) and am proud of it., after all that is also a part of game.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | March 2, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    SL deserved to play in Final., An indian

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 2, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    funny to see SL fans crying for a place in the finals...lol...its just a game, baby...

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | March 2, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    mark2011, I am sure your are very naive otherwise it is all there to see who Mahela is taking a dig at and you are not able to see it. If he wanted to say, he could have said, it is now entirely on us to win and go to final instead of saying we are not dependent on favours. That is a direct (not even indirect) dig at India. Mahela has changed but doesn't know how to implement the changes. He comes across poorly in doing so.

  • POSTED BY V.Rajaa on | March 2, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Mahela,don't speak nonsense.Who is going to favour who?Or who did favour to whom, when and where?Its a game of cricket.u needs to win to qualify for d finals.Do concentrate on that.y digging d other team.If u wins 2day's match vs aus,then u might enter the finals.Thats it.Otherwise,both d subcontinent teams r very much equal in this series.But u cud have called Dhoni to bat instead of raina. If he came, he could have made things easier for u by delaying the victory:lol: But say me one thing..Were u srilankans favoured ind in d last match. I don't think so. They beat u fair and square. Fluke or luck.. that does not matter. They won comprehensively. U ppl did not gave them a favour. they took it. Mind it and move on.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    its amazing how some people still attribute the tie SL made -to the 1 ball that was not balled in the 30th over of that match.. it could have easily been a dot ball or a WICKET..

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Indian's would still be the best side in the world provided if they get rid of expired guys.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Whoever comes to final AUS is going to win the Title for sure.They have such a bowling as well as batting in that manner.Wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY LankaFTW on | March 3, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    V.Rajaa, I do admit India won the game against SL fair and square but who are in the finals of CB series now? India only managed to put on one good show, whereas Sri Lanka where able to put on many, including the game yesterday so i suggest you "mind it or move on."

    Mahela I doubt was taking a dig at the Indian Cricket team he is just hinting to Australia to play their normal game and not to go all soft because they are already in the finals and throw away yesterdays game.

    India are a good team on paper and I have always supported the Indian team. But their poor form slump and not taking the necessary actions to put together a good team is a bit disappointing. Hopefully after this series they can have a good hard look at themselves and make appropriate changes to become a competitive team to beat once again.

  • POSTED BY pak94fan on | March 2, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Umm, guys, when he said "Good that we aren't depending on favours", he was referring to the fact that SL had their destiny in their hands and didn't have to rely on results elsewhere to qualify, which means that the responsibility for qualifying was in his team's hands, and they have now qualified, having beaten Aus by 9 runs. However, having said that, everyone, including Jayawardene admitted that India batted well in the previous match, so you Indians need to get over it. It was a very good batting performance and the win was deserved- that's it. I hope to have a good Asia Cup contest now insha'Allah, and CB series finals should be interesting.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | March 2, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    INDIA IS A KING OF FLAT TRACKS., :-) and am proud of it., after all that is also a part of game.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | March 2, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    SL deserved to play in Final., An indian

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 2, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    funny to see SL fans crying for a place in the finals...lol...its just a game, baby...

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | March 2, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    mark2011, I am sure your are very naive otherwise it is all there to see who Mahela is taking a dig at and you are not able to see it. If he wanted to say, he could have said, it is now entirely on us to win and go to final instead of saying we are not dependent on favours. That is a direct (not even indirect) dig at India. Mahela has changed but doesn't know how to implement the changes. He comes across poorly in doing so.

  • POSTED BY V.Rajaa on | March 2, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Mahela,don't speak nonsense.Who is going to favour who?Or who did favour to whom, when and where?Its a game of cricket.u needs to win to qualify for d finals.Do concentrate on that.y digging d other team.If u wins 2day's match vs aus,then u might enter the finals.Thats it.Otherwise,both d subcontinent teams r very much equal in this series.But u cud have called Dhoni to bat instead of raina. If he came, he could have made things easier for u by delaying the victory:lol: But say me one thing..Were u srilankans favoured ind in d last match. I don't think so. They beat u fair and square. Fluke or luck.. that does not matter. They won comprehensively. U ppl did not gave them a favour. they took it. Mind it and move on.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    its amazing how some people still attribute the tie SL made -to the 1 ball that was not balled in the 30th over of that match.. it could have easily been a dot ball or a WICKET..

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Indian's would still be the best side in the world provided if they get rid of expired guys.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Whoever comes to final AUS is going to win the Title for sure.They have such a bowling as well as batting in that manner.Wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY Shehan4u on | March 2, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Mahela was spot on about Maharoof's batting.. He just needs think like a batsman when he goes into bat..He has the technique surely to be one..If he can consistantly score runs we have more options in the team..

  • POSTED BY p77gin on | March 2, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    am surprised by this comment of the sri lankan captain! no one does anyone any favours, Mahela! it was a fair and good match. SL was beaten fair and square. accept that and move on! you have a game to play today, concentrate on that rather than taking a dig at India! i had high regard for you as an individual! this tirade against India is definitely unwarranted and that "high" regard just took a big blow!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @@csowmi7. you said SL nothing achieved outside subcontinent. But SL win Emirates series in ENG which also SA included. And SL win bilateral series with AUS in AUS.SL win T20 series in AUS with AUS. Further SL whitewashed (5-0) ENG in ENG so far no asian team achieve that feat. But don't forget your 8-0 loss (Total whitewash in all formats) in ENG.

  • POSTED BY Lankanforever on | March 2, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    @ COOL2COOL Cricinfo might be wrong then. It says 19 away wins for SL. 7 of them against ZIM and BAN. 6 in Pakistan. Yeah its just 6 wins out of the Subcontinent. India on the other hand have 22 wins outside the sub. Are these stats?. Let's get the real stats.

    22/173 = 12.7% 6/52 = 11.5%

    Huge difference? SO my friend if you are putting stats here be careful and be truthful too. Let Sri Lanka Play bit more matches in the west and the percentage might get better still You could say you are better as you have won more matches. BTW How many matches did India win out of their first 52 games in west. Do you know? If you do please compare you'll see who is better in those conditions.

  • POSTED BY Nick0011 on | March 2, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    Good that we aren't depending on favours - Jayawardene

    It was a very good tri series. Both SriLanka & Australia got their share of favour. SriLanka - Opposition got one less ball to score, in a tied match; Opposition favoured them by not claiming Run-out opportunity, more than once. Australia - God's hand appeared in the form of Dadid Hussey's hand

  • POSTED BY Penny71 on | March 2, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    If IND plays finals, CB will be aussies since batting will crumble against quality Aussie pace attack. Aussies exploit all the soft spots for each Indian batsman as they did for the last 3 months. Aussies will not be that sure with SL in the final. SL has a better chance of beating Aussies in final than India.

    Don't get too carried away from a very very poor bowling performance by SL.

  • POSTED BY dnmrao on | March 2, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @Mark, "even 11th man scores century". I think you made cricket look too simple. Do you think Indian batsmen were always got out for good balls? Many times in this series they gave wickets and got out even to rank bad balls. If you say that India won because of bad bowling, you should also say that Australians won the test series because of bad batting, bad fielding and bad bowling by Indians. India lost to the last match to Australia due to bad batting, so nothing is great by Australian bowlers and fielders!!!????

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | March 2, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Who deserves to play Aus in finals? Should it be who conceded 3 bonus points to Aus? or Who defeated Aus thrice in a row? That's simple as the outcome of today's match! On the other hand this bonus point criteria should be amended. I have always told this; if someone concede a bonus, it should go from their pocket, that way it does not affect the third team adversely. & to Mahela be correct; out of two scenarios below, which is more probable? (a) SL Bowlers bowl good for 6 games and poor in one, or (b) Indian batters did poor for 7 matches and did 1 good.

  • POSTED BY Clara74 on | March 2, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Common guys, It's not a good game of a cricket. It was a DO OR DIE Situation for India and They had the Luck. Can they play this game all the time? Hell No. Just think what would you do when u about to sink in the see? you would do anything. you may even try to get help from shark. that's what exactly India done. ultimately they had the luck. That's all I can say about that game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Mahela - you should take part blame for the loss. As much as you are a great captain - its ok to do a mistake , but ownup to it would be nice. We still support you, we still support Malinga and we still support Sri Lanka.

    idk from Australia

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Mr. Syed, FYI, this is how the current series is being scored

    In the event of teams finishing on equal points, the right to play in the final match or series will be determined as follows:

    The team with the most number of wins If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points If still equal, the team with the highest net run rate

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 2, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    The one ball everybody is talking about, that was not given in the 30 th over men!!! why would a captain prevent his best strike bowler to bowl one ball short in the middle period of the game. Dhoni was waiting for that ball at the end of the innings. funny sentiment. And those who say it was umpiring error that cost india the macth 2 umpiring errors cost SL gambhir's wicket(plumb LBW 's) So SL was who were really deprived by umpiring errors. Do you see them complaining about it. I know indians wan't to forget and forgive whole australian summer and believe they are still world champions. No offence folks. All the games you won because of Gambhir,kohli and dhoni. Indian team is not a collective winning unit. Just these 3 always play well against SL. It doesn't happen always. sometimes these 3 click.

  • POSTED BY WChampions2011 on | March 2, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    Nobody is doing anybody any favors. We beat SL fair and square in 36 overs and got the bonus point. Mahela should focus on beating the Aussies and get into finals instead of taking swipes!

  • POSTED BY on | March 2, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    @penny-they already showed it in last two games against u guys.easy as u like.

  • POSTED BY dnmrao on | March 2, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Definitely going into final is not in India's control right now and SL has it in its control. But at the same time they have pressure of playing a final before finals; that too losing after scoring highest score in the series till that time. It is a contentious game for both SL and Oz. If Oz loses they are at the psychological disadvantage of losing to them continuously. I am sure Oz wants to win this game. If they win, since they have beaten Indians many times so they are in good position to beat India in finals. But now, it seems Indian batmen have overcome the fear of performing, it would be interesting if India meets Australia in finals.

  • POSTED BY MathewsAdelaide on | March 2, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    australia will lose todays match, ALSO THEY WILL LOSE NO.1 RANKING IF SRILANKA IN THE FINAL..THIS SERIES WIN BELONGS TO SRI LANKA,

  • POSTED BY MananWad on | March 1, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Guys... stop figting.. reality is none of these teams are best, Any given day nobody can bet on any team be it SL, Aus or India.. So chill and be sports lover... Being Cricket lover, I Strive for a good cricket match.. thats all...........

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    SHRI.MAHELA JAYWARDENE IS A GREAT CAPTAIN& A GREAT BATSMAN. THE TEST INNINGS HE PLAYED AGAINST THE MIGHTY SA IN SRILANKA ALONG WITH A BIG PARTNERSHIP WITH YET ANOTHER BIG HITTER OF SL SANGAKKARA WOULD EVER REMAIN IN THE HEARTS OF TRUE CRICKET LOVERS. IN THAT MATCH SA WAS VIRTUALLY IN A POSITION AS TO WHAT TO DO FURTHER.OF COURSE,THE ABSENCE OF SOME PROMINENT PLAYERS IN SA TEAM CAN NOT BE POINTED OUT AS AN EXCUSE FOR UNDERPERFORMANCE BY THEM AS ANY TEAM IS EXPECTED TO PLAY WELL WITH AVAILABLE STRENGTH.IF THEY CAN NOT ,THEY ARE NOT WORTHY OF A GOOD TEAM. IN THIS PARTICULAR MATCH JAYAWARDENE POSED A THREAT TO GREATBRIAN LARA ALSO.IT LOOKED HE WAS GOING TO SURPASS THE WORD RECORD OF LARA BEING THE HIGHEST RUNGETTER IN A TESTINNINGS ALONE.STILL HE MAINTAINS THE RECORD IN TACT.JAYAWARDENE WAS UNFORTUNATE TO MISS THE WORLD RECORD. HIS TAKING OVER AS CAPTAIN AGAINIMPROVES THE PROSPECT FOR SL IN NEXT WC IN 2015. BUT AT THE MOMENT,WHETHER HE COULD CLAIM A WINLOOKS DOUBTFUL,AS MATCH IS IN AUS

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    the net run rates show how consistent sri lanka has been in the tournament. its really silly to consider head to head wins without going by the NRR we deserve that spot

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | March 1, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    As u mentioned Mahela it is important 2 do something differnt in this type of situation.insted of doing the conventional attacking..like playing your key bowler or two whn they are being thrash continuously.best thing is first to stop the momentum or flow of batsman .. may be ask someno to ball who is not recognis bowler and set a differnt unconventional field for 1or2ovrs. may b then batsmen migt take too easily and play silly shot 2 get out..when evrythig planed isnt working why not do some thing very unsual or not seen in the game freqently? it may be issue to commentators or writers.. but as long as u confidence and justify .no matter....may be able get batsman out or slow down the runs...in past i hav seen so many matches changed drastically whn the opposition does somthig 2 stop the flow & momentum of the game which is going againt them..as u told here players need to b ready for this typ of surprise situations.Introduce som guerilla tactiks ..dont b too conventional always..

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | March 1, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    @Meety - "India clearly do not have the players (yet) to replace them" Thinks only you.. Everyone in India has seen the depth and quality of domestic batting talent we possess. Don't say there is NO ONE just because YOU haven't seen anyone.. And as for Australia, who would replace Ponting, Clarke and Hussey?? SHAUN MARSH?? LOL.

  • POSTED BY kdawg123 on | March 1, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    @zain syed you need to read the rules. If teams are equal on points then it depends on who has won more head to heads between sri lanka and india. Since they played 3 games and india won 2 of them india will go through. It has nothing to do with runrate anymore.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | March 1, 2012, 22:38 GMT

    Well, its Mahela! What else can we expect him? Have we all not read his columns?

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | March 1, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Jayawardene has got the right attitude towards their performance. However, against India in the last match, they have bowled and fielded very poorly. Everytime India was under pressure to get a boundary, there will be a 4-bye or wide and the fielders were consistently converting naught into singles and singles into 3's. That last over from Malinga was one of the worst ever by a world class bowler- he kept bowling at the same line and length to give 3x fours in the same area. Anyway, moving away, I beleive both SriLanka and India will find it very difficult to beat Australia with the new line-up they got. If anything, SriLanka seems more likely than India to beat Australia. One final note to the SriLankan and Indian fans. India now leads 10-3 head to head against SriLanka outside the subcontinent and they have been lucky to manage that superiority in this series as well. Seeing that happening after all the talks from the Srilankan fans, I am very happy as an Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Zain Syed it's because according to the by-laws of the tournament, head-to-head wins matter before net-run rates an, between srilanka and india, india have won 2, sri lanka 1 and 1 was a tie.

    Qualification rules are on the points table page:

    # The team with the most number of wins # If still equal, the team with the most number of wins over the other team(s) who are equal on points and have the same number of wins # If still equal, the team with the highest number of bonus points # If still equal, the team with the highest net run rat

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | March 1, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    @ 'Harmony11; re read what MJ has said. It was really poor bowlling from SL that gave a way match in 36 overs..Go and see the indian battings again where bowls have been picthed...far away from off and leg side of the wiket... even 11th man would get a century if you ball like that. Kholi did no magic than just slashing that wide deliveris...even AFRIDI can do this ..any time he is dangerous than this..what MJ said IS THE TRUTH,he should have told this before .. but his greatnes as cricketer he gave credit to kholi... India dont think that now ur batting problem is solved and u gonna win the CB series hoping AUS to win 2row.. if u want Aus to win tomorow, would you hope after that... next 2 matches also to be won by AUS...even if you Pray god to do that how can even god does it... bcos Gos is beter ..than current Indian Team!!!... hi hi...@ Thyagu5432 dont spk nonesense.. wat favour India done to SL? MJ has said that decison lies in our own hand whetr to go 2 finals it is 100% rigt

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    @Zain Syed, thats coz, India has earned a bonus point in the last match!!

  • POSTED BY kunderanengineer on | March 1, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Glad to see there is no rain in the forecast for Friday. At least now we know that Sri Lanka must earn their way into the finals. Hoping for a great game regardless of the result!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    SL lost last match so badly against India. One they managed to win...credit to them....lost 2 to India and tied one match ( courtesy 1 ball less in 30th over)....still India is considered as not better. Its funny how one can look at it that way with their " I see what i want to see " glasses on. Oh a reminder..India is the current world and asian champions....so despite bieng bad in tests recently they still are champions in LOIs...Remind me whom did they beat in the World cup and Asian finals last time...Was it SL.... na not possible they dont take favors do they.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | March 1, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @Zain Syed - because this CB series' rules are such that they count the wins and losses first before the net run rate. India are 2-1 over Sri Lanka so they will go into the finals regardless of whether Sri Lanka lose by 100 runs or 50 runs.

  • POSTED BY Penny71 on | March 1, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    It's pure simple for SL.

    Just play your game and show that you are a worthy opponent to Australia. If you do, you will go through. If not, a struggling opponent with one miracle under their belt, will be in the final just because SL played bad cricket the other day. If Malinga is a world class act, then he needs to prove it. Big positive is Dilshan and Sanga finally coming out blazing. A treat to watch.

    There is nothing better than you being the owner of your own destiny.

    Hobart is in the past and a lesson for the future.

  • POSTED BY EPJayapaul on | March 1, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    "Jayawardene said the loss on Tuesday, when India picked up a bonus point and stayed in contention by chasing 321 within 37 overs, was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting" Wouldn't they call it licking their wounds? Mind you MJW, you would be in INDIA after a couple of weeks....! Might consider changing your statement.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Here comes the Swarmy Army.. one win now their ego's gone up!!! All summer they had their tail firmly stuck between their legs.. what a bunch of jokers!!! wonder who's house they going to burn if India doesn't make the finals!!

  • POSTED BY HookeRandPulleR on | March 1, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    @Zain Syed....yeh I saw that too and still don't get it?

  • POSTED BY Harry_67 on | March 1, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    Dear Meety,

    No one is puffing the chest... whenever a team is down they have to find motivation from somewhere as often there is a case one dropped catch or one glorious six can alter the complexion of the entire game. That is exactly what the Indians are trying to moreover don't forget that they are not in the finals yet. Your comments are trying to take away from Virat Kohli what was truly spectacular display of ODI batting. I'm sure you wouldn't be making the same comments if the shoe was on the other foot and it was the Ausies who won a match after being down like India. just remember what goes around comes around so I wouldn't be singing the praises of the resurgence of the great Aussie cricket team prematurely if I was you!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    The word favor by Jayawardene is a give away. He already knows that SL's fate in the series is over. He is jealous that India from nowhere goes into the finals. Well Mahela, you needed to just make sure that your team doesn't lose badly in two games at the dead of the leagues. When you can't stop losing why would you be in the finals. Could you please take your sorry team away. That would be a big favor. Because they run their mouth all day night as Indian team being flat pitch scorers. On level grounds your team is beaten flat in your turning tracks every time by India in the last 5 years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    @Zain: If Srilanka loose, they will go by head on clash with India, where it favors India as they lead Srilanka by 2-1. Run rate comes to pictue only if they would have played even matches.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 1, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Sorry to Manoj Thibbotuwawa and yorkslank, I misread Jayawardene's comments, "Jayawardene said the loss on Tuesday, when India picked up a bonus point and stayed in contention by chasing 321 within 37 overs, was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting". I know he came out after the game and siaid that Virat Kohli played a wonderful innings. I pressed the trigger on my gun too early. My apology to him and Srk Lankan fans.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    You cannot convince me in million years that Indians who could not manage 200 runs in 50 overs came out like champions to score 320 runs in under 36 overs. It was not poor bowling. The match was fixed. Just look at ESPN commentary around the 34th over when Sri Lanka were batting one "Aman" asked, I quote "how many overs do India have to get the 320 runs to get the bonus point". Tell me that was a shot in the dark. Malinga and Kulasekera are subservient to Indians where there big buks come from IPL. They must never forget their mother country. Money is not everything. IPL will destroy cricket and international players. They give 200% when they play for the IPL and 30% when they represent their motherland.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    this will be a tough game for sri lanka, i just checked the weather, its not going to rain over MCG, austrilla should def look to bowl first, and attack sri lanka, on this huge ground

  • POSTED BY Full-Blooded-Wallop on | March 1, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Okay lets face a fact. Especially all the lankan fans who are saying Indians are flat track bullies. ''Who won the last CB series''?Were all the matches played on flat decks that time? Who is having a better record this series head-to-head? And India is still alive in the tournament.I am quite amazed at the naiveness of the comments being posted here :O

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    I dont know wht every one is blabbering here.Sl fans are saying that SL team deserves to be in the finals.Aussies aare predicting that the finals will be won by them.Assumptions are differnt from the results.Just don't be hasty and comment as if u wish.Lets keep the game and this area clean without bad blood.Some comments from the skippers or team players may be interpreted differently by the media.Ppl dont need to react abruptly to such comments.Every match is a new venture for every team.U may not be winner yesterday but u may be today and vice-versa.Pls avoid loose talk and let the match results talk everything.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | March 1, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    yeh yeh yeh yeh yeh Jaya, you talk a good game lets see you deliver!!

  • POSTED BY p0tta on | March 1, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Not exactly sure who is doing whom a favor. Captains like this should really stop making stupid statements when they don't know what they're talking about.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I dont understand why are they saying if srilanka lose they will be out their run rate is still better than indians so srilanka has to lose badly to be out of the tournament or atleast by 30 runs according to my rough calculations!!!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | March 1, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    J'dene is right as SL had scored 320 which shows that Indian bowling was as vulneerable as SL in the second innings. The pitch was tailored for runs as Aussies want India in the finals and not SL who are appearing to be able to give surprises to India based on their performances so far. Another factor is three finals and more indians than sri lankans will make to the ground primarily to see little master reach that illusive milestone and even see india winning this CB series. Aussies on the other hand can pick and chose and want India instead to further prove that ICC ranking is the real thing than the dead world cup win on the rank turners.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | March 1, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    @Harmony111 - LOL! One win (albeit a good one), & now your puffing your chest. Haha. The difference between Oz & India - was they competed in EVERY match they played in against India over the years. India in OZ this series were quite poor, arguably the WORST touring result since the 5nil demolishing of the WIndies about 10yrs ago - way worse than England's 5 nil defeat in 07 - because at least in that series England competed in some of the tests. As far as a simple chase v NZ - you are showing your lack of insight, on that pitch, (which was as Kiwi a pitch as NZ will ever get outside NZ), any team score over 200 would be good. As far as only winning at home - we won in SL - what was India's last result in SL (a draw?). VVS, Dravid & SRT are not far from retiring, India clearly do not have the players (yet) to replace them, you better be prepared to eat humble pie soon my friend!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Hey Guys @ethilan is asking hw can we indians be happy after seeing india loose 8 test in a row.Please let srilankans know that we indians know the ways to remain happy anytime.Win and loss are part of economic world and to change urself according to win or losses shuld not b part of human world.Win or loss brings out only a instant reaction abt the mood.But this win or loss will never decide for us to remain happy or sad in longterm.Yes,we know we are worldchamps.And not once but had been there twice.Hw many times r u there?And a better advice never compare urself with india.Srilanka is like a slipper haging on the back side of a big truck.The truck is india.THE POWERFUL!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    i dont understand the word favor used by SL captain. simple at the moment Ind is ahead of SL if they want to advance to finals defeat Aus. if SL beg Aus to loose agst them thats favour. but the ind tigers r shopping without bothering about it. cheap SL

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | March 1, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    @szaranger: And the best team on lively pitches scored huge 50 odd all out in ODI just about a month back and yet to win a single test match against India in India and against Aus in Aus.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | March 1, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    @James Anderson (Jothipal) - I know you are not an Aussie.. So stop saying I'm an Aussie, I'm an Aussie before every comment.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Cricket is a game that can change every prediction in six balls. Malinga was battered by Indians in SL last game,holding is history now. Yet the one-day record holding bowler is Malinga. We all know his 4 wickets out of 4 balls in a 'World Cup' series and the bowler to hold 2 hat-tricks to date, is Malinga!! This " Lion will Roar for sure on Friday"... then what an irony for the Indian team! It is best to get ready with your bags boys to fly back home to India on Friday as you deserve a good rest with no pressures as you had enough during your last match against SL. Victory is yours SL.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | March 1, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Uh oh.. the weather forecast shows there could be rain on Saturday.. Hopefully there won't be any rain on Friday

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | March 1, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    @Olivia Gomes:You said, "india has a history..... pryaing for other team to win or lose so that they can get in". I am very bad in history. Can you please tell me some occassions for this?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Mr Mahela (he he)...Its not about favour..."It's about prooving yourself"..If you have guts then beat Aussie and get yourself in to FInals..

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | March 1, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    @ James Anderson: Even your mighty Australian team has not done that great against India in India in tests. You have also lost 4 and drawn 2 of the last 6 tests played in India.

  • POSTED BY HimG_1990 on | March 1, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    Haha, has to say something in his defence after being defeated so ruthlessly.

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | March 1, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    @Nothingness: You are right mate, SL is way ahead of India and don't need flat wickets to win. Hence so far they have won 9 test matches away from home, 3 out of which are against mighty Zimbabwe. Sooner than later they will record a test victory against the weakest team India in India.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | March 1, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    As a matter of fact India aren't asking for favors from any team.. They have just finished all their league games before the other two teams and have to wait to see whether SL are better than them.. SL just have to prove that they are a better team than India by winning the last game. If they fail to win, then India go through DESERVEDLY and no favors will be done by any team to team.. Its as simple as that.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    LOL hes just saying that cause he got his ass whoooped by Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | March 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @pra_76- It doesn't matter who plays better against Aus.. Its about who is better among India and Sri Lanka, and INDIA is clearly better than SL and deserve to be in finals..

  • POSTED BY Costner on | March 1, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Sri Lankans should agree that last defeat as one of their worst defeats. But it is not the end of Sri Lanka Cricket. No point talking about the past, cos you guys should remember how Jayasuriya ripped off bowlers like Prabhakar and Prasad. Although we did not play well consistently, we did beat South Africa and Australia in their home soil in the recent past, which Indians was not able to do. We were always weak against Indians and Pakistanis as they play better with us rather than any other team. So guys it is was another game of cricket which could happen to any team on a given day.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    I think some of them over here are not following this series .Because its clear till now that it is sort of musical chair going in this series.India is better than srilanka,srilanka is better than aus and Aus is better than India.So none of the team has really played bad cricket.Yes,if you look the players indians have they shuld have performed better than this infact the best.But none of the countries in world cricket is best when they tour.Aus is just ahead of india and eng(there was a article on cric info just few days back).To prove the ongoing series stats please look in the details. India--8 matches(against sri --2 win,1 loss,1 tie)(against Aus--1 win,3 loss) Srilanka--7 matches(against Aus--2 win,1 loss)(against Ind--1 win,2 loss,1 tie) Australia--7 matches(against Ind--3 win,1 loss)(against Sri--1 Win,2 loss)

  • POSTED BY DaGameChanger on | March 1, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    @Mad_Max..Just hope SL dont do too many favors and get real committed to send India into Finals..Wont be surprised..SL have habit of choking too...BTW, Jayawardene is demoralising his own team members by saying they bowled horribly rather than giving credit to Kohli.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    forgive my powers of comprehension - but I dont get it. If Lanka win against OZ - you are a better team than India in this tournament - fair enough. But if you lose how are you better - u have the same points and head to head you've been masacarred by India. And if you lose - its because you are doing India a favor?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Jaya lost his one more fan from India. even as an Indian I still like malinga more than zahir, Murali more than bhajji, jayasurya was rockstar for me and was real fan of mahela... but it seams like they have host their cool and tongue against India since WC11 final. In earlier match including mankading event, rather than appreciating Sehwag, he was like "they should not have done that and i would never do that " kind a attitude ... at least England showed some gratitude to dhoni in "Bell" event. And speaking about India's away record he should have looked at his own performance since WC. At least we are unbeatable at home.... remember u lost test and odi series against AUS in ur "own backyard". Only Afridi was enough for u in UAE. saying this I am not impress with India either but at least we r honest with game. and as dia heart fan of indian cricket I will love and support my team in win or loss.

  • POSTED BY lokesh.agarwal on | March 1, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @pra_76.... Yeah.. you are right... Australia can easily beat a team, which beat Sri Lanka in the most humiliating fashion, and that is the reason the finals wont be a competition..?(and this is the reason Sri Lanka should qualify..?? not because its a better team..??) Dude, the difference between india and sri lanka in this series is one match. And may the better team go through to the finals. India has shown a problem with consistency, and this late surge could be a little too late. Sri Lanka has shown more promise in this series. But to make claims that Sri Lanka is "better", just shows lack of basic cricketing sense. Did we all forget 2011 already..??

  • POSTED BY cric_roch on | March 1, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Will he accept that AUS did them a favour by beating IND in the last match? For SL fans, If india is worst , then what would you call a team that couldnt win 3 out of 4 matches played against worst team. Leaving the test matches aside, All teams played more or less equally well in this series ,with AUS slighty ahead. SL won a match again AUS bcos of rain, other was a flat track.I dont know what the SL fans are boasting about.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    After the drubbings the Indian players have gotten in the hands of the Aussies and the English in the recent past, it behooves Indian fans to turn an eye to their own fallacies than criticizing other teams...

  • POSTED BY mmsandeep on | March 1, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Lol! The schedule did the Sri Lankans a favor by having them in the last game. Of course u have "control of ur destiny" .. Imagine if SL lost this and this was scheduled before the Hobart game! Tall Talk indeed!

    Anyways, I think SL have been the better team against Oz in this series so far. I hope they don't give India a chance to enter the final. Frankly, barring two matches this series, India have been woeful and don't deserve it. It would kill the chance to address issues that desperately need a look.

  • POSTED BY MeSL on | March 1, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Hahaha Well said Mayya! Well said. No favors needed, let's go through from our own battle. Sri Lankans are right behind you and the whole team. We will support our team no matter what. To be fair, this team has overcome many battles in the field and off the field. What others say don't matter. We know this team! They will try and change the game, the series.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanLions on | March 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Enough talking MJ. Lets beat the Aussies once again and kick the Indians out, leaving them with their big ego. Or just come back home safely, we won't burn your houses.

  • POSTED BY howzzattt on | March 1, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Well Mahela, nobody expects a favor at the international level. As for the Indians, India is currently the world champion and i believe Mahela has forgotten the thrashing he and his team received at the wankhede in the world cup final.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    or my gord this indians get angry,truth is they are not to finals and they will go like losers

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    where r all d disgusting sl fans???shouting 4 no reason..come on guys india won the cb series last time involving sl and if aussie play to their potential tomorrow then india will win this tournament again

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | March 1, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @SL fans -- Was CB series about which team plays better against Aus and therefore 'deserves' to enter the finals, or was it which team out of the 3 wins most enters the finals?? It was never about "deserving" as all teams had EQUAL chances. 1 managed, 2 haven't but 1 more could. If SL won twice against Aus then why couldn't they do the same against India when Aus did so easily? Credit given to SL for playing well against Aus but where's the credit for India playing well against SL? @Mahela - the only favor you could've done to India was by winning Match 11 but you didn't. Now most of Indian fans will suffer and get to see same old players in the team game after game. Mind you Dilshan and Sanga also scored their tons by some pathetic bowling; target was 250-270, not 320! And challenge was 40overs not 50! Without Dhoni's blunder that went to TIE from winning position, this moment wouldn't even come. Had this "favor" comment come from Dhoni, I bet there would've been an outrage here

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    @csowmi7. IND is playing Test since 1952, but SL is playing since 1982 that means SL played only 30years whereas IND 60.But SL achieve more things than IND in first 30 years.IND never win a single test away from subcontinent in first 30 years. And also SL never lost a Test to ZIM but IND lost not only a Test but also Test series. When times come SL will play better in those countries like they did in SA recently. In the mean time you said SL nothing achieved outside subcontinent. But SL win Emirates series in ENG which also SA included. And SL win bilateral series with AUS in AUS.SL win T20 series in AUS with AUS. Further SL whitewashed (5-0) ENG in ENG so far no asian team achieve that feat. But don't forget your 8-0 loss (Total whitewash in all formats) in ENG.

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | March 1, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @VANILA, u r really an ice cream which can melt any moment! World Cricket is not going to be the way u want to see!!

  • POSTED BY CaptainKool on | March 1, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    hah, poor excuse to hide their drubbing.

  • POSTED BY tashan329 on | March 1, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    If Sri Lanka losses the next match against Australia.....................how can be they better than India (trailing by 1-2 in this tri-series against India). And after receiving such a shameful defeat.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | March 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    The SL captain is just as delusional as the SL fans!!

  • POSTED BY pra_76 on | March 1, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Indians are not deserve to be finals after loosing 3 ODI out of 4, Sri lanka plays far better than Indians against Aus. Aus will make every effort to get Indians into the finals , then there will be no challenge for the cup !!!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 1, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @ffirefly India vs SriLanka Head to head this series. Played 4, India won 2, SL won 1, Tied 1. Now check the stats and agree with me that we are better than the Lankans anyday! Pattinson will rip them to shreds tomorrow. Its all set for an India vs Aus final and hopefully defending champions of CB series will make it two in a row.

  • POSTED BY keecha on | March 1, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    Yeah you better don't expect any favours, for you already had one when Dhoni called fatally to run out Gambhir. SL would have been out of equation otherwise. Well, lets see what happens tomorrow anyways

  • POSTED BY cric4india on | March 1, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    WOW! And Wow again! He became captain without knowing simple things in life. Lets teach him. SL plays last game -> means they have control over who goes in; Ind don't play last game -> they depend on favours from others!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @ffirefly: Bro i agree you guys have played well against aus in this series than the indians, but that doesn't make ur team better here, then why the hell did you ppl lose twice (once in a humiliating manner) and tied the other game??

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    SL has no other option than taking destiny in its own hand. Chandimal is good find on this tour. Its irony that SL couldn't perform as good against India as they are doing against Aussie. Aussies are very strong playing at home. Lets see how SL plays this game after the drubbing they received from Indians in the last game. It will be life time memory for Malinga and Kohli.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | March 1, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Being an Indian fan I do think that SL should go into the finals considering their consistent performance in this tourney but this guy Mahela has got big mouth which he needs to shut !! India beat Sri Lanka twice which is enough to show who has upper hand in recent times when it comes to 1 on 1.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | March 1, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Mahela, For god's sake shut up and win the game tomorrow!

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | March 1, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Of the 4 matches SL played against India in the series they managed to win only once.....still the SL fans talk as if SL won all the 4 matches.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | March 1, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting, which was a good sign for his side` It's a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us`.`These were two of the comments in this article. It seems like Mahela is trying to boost his troops`morale, and at the same time having a dig at India by saying that it is better to depend on oneself than rely on others to do the job for you. In a way he is correct, but then that is what has happened to India, but the way they performed in the last match must surely have given nightmares not only to SL but also to the Australians. If they do manage to get to the final against the Australians, and they perform as well as they did against the Sri Lankans, or even 90% as well, the trophy is theirs, for sure. Make no mistake, they are not world champions for nothing, they did beat Australia in the WC last year enroute to the Final(I know, I know it was in the sub-continent).

  • POSTED BY VANILA on | March 1, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    I am an Indian, but i prefer Srl & Aus in finals, Coz i don't want to see player like shewag , Sachin & Gambir playing anymore. I hope sachin & Gambhir fail in asia cup as well.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | March 1, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @Mad__Max hey man i hv never read a post like urs.it was funniest amongst the rest

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Looks like another defeat for our SL team though i wish best of luck !

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | March 1, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Nothingness: its an hilarious comment.....lol...this shows that the SL fans still could not digest the WC final thrashing....

  • POSTED BY montys_muse on | March 1, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    No favors??? Short term memory for Jaya...seems like he forgot Thirimanne's run out...bcoz of which he went on to play a match winning knock...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    unfair that india got 1 less ball 2 play with.. else SL would have already been out of the tri series.. the very fact that India did not protest this oversight and shared points with Lanka is in itself a favour to SL.. whether they like it or not..

  • POSTED BY ilu_sri on | March 1, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    ahahah Jayavardane, Sangakkara are doing great favor to India, if they loose...ahhahahah. dont loose your respect by talking like this. SL are kings on Flat tracks toooooo....

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | March 1, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    "jasonpete" its a good point

  • POSTED BY varunvinod06 on | March 1, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    SRILANKA DESERVES TO GET INTO THE FINALS ALTHOUGH I WANT INDIA TO GET IN. GREAT KNOCK VIRAT.

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

    Never forget, when you buy India's Map, SL's come free...

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

    Mahela simply don't want to admit the defeat his team has suffered at Hobart. He does not want to say that Indians have batted well, rather he's saying that his team has bowled poorly. Sometimes it's good to admit the defeats Mr.Mahela. If you're saying that bowling wasn't excellent from your side, then it's not going to be fair that you take credit whenever your team post a mammoth total against India, because India's weakness has been its bowling for a long period of time. It's very easy for any team to post a grand total against India. Dilshan can never take credit for his 165 nor do Sanga.. Because Indian's bowling attack is the weakest of all the teams in the world!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY dan_loves_cricket on | March 1, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    LOL....TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO MISREAD IT-MAHELA SAID "was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting" IT MEANS INDIAN BATTING ON TH DAY WAS FAR MORE SUPERIOR THAN LANKAN BOWLING...PPL DON'T GET IT WRONG.MAHELA IS A GENTLEMAN AND A CLASSY LEADER... HE ACKNOWLEDGES WHEN THEY LOSE AND HE GIVES CREDIT WHERE IT'S DUE....:-) UNLIKE MANY OTHER CURRENT CAPTAINS AT THE HELM...

  • POSTED BY jerryman on | March 1, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    overall a pity the way the points are tallied.. nrr should have been the factor if teams were tied.. Sl should have realised that.. so they can now realise how critical fielding is .. catches win matches .. that said they played better cricket .. like australia had lost only one game with bonus points .. However cricket is a game -- its never over till the game is over.. now India would have been in a bigger sweat if NRR was being used as SL would have had the higher NRR .. The NRR will prove which side was the superior team .. Good luck to both teams for Friday match.. may the better team win...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    No one is doing any favors to anyone by winning or losing. It's your stake, just like it was India's to win within 40 overs, which they did. If India hadn't won in 40 overs, it's not that they would have done SL a favor. It's just a matter of schedule. A match is still a match, and whether you lose or win is what matters. All this talk of favors doesn't make any sense. It's all numbers and two to one is still bigger, so SL is playing to save their skin rather than denying anyone else a favor. If Jayawardene thinks of the match that way, they have a better chance of winning.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | March 1, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @Vilander - according to ur argument India is better than Srilanka who are better than Australia so India does not deserve to play Australia. What sort of logic is that?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Good that we aren't depending on favours: It looks Virat's thrashing of Lankan team has really cut deep and has rattled Srilankans. It's nice Jayawardhane putting up some brave face.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    india has a history..... pryaing for other team to win or lose so that they can get in. lol............if in case SL looses tommorow.. still i think ...... SL played far better than india on these tracks........... and i am sure indians would agree with that......

    Agreeeeeeeeeeeed....

    I am an Indian.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Since Sri Lanka have done much better just before the last match, I hope Sri Lanka would win tomorrow game. Its really unfair if they cannot go to the finals. It was really a suprise match given that Sri Lanka had chances to win in all the games before. No one would have thought Sri Lanka would loss that badly, even in the worst case, many would have thought Sri Lanka would have brought the game until 49-50 over. I wish good luck for Sri Lankan team !

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    indians can only do something like on world best flat tracks only.they are just prvong it.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Common Mahela.Get on with the job.It doesn't matter whether poor bowling or brilliant batting resulted India's win.The equation is simple.If you win tomorrow you will be in the finals.If not you will be flying back home.Indians may not expect a favour from you or Michael Clarke.If they fail they will go back heads high.They deserve it after all with that batting display.Just give your best shot tomorrow and it may not be a 300 plus wicket.All the best and we are proud of you for the way you are playing at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Fine with us you take the positives and we take the cup... Hope India will repeat 2008!

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

    why dont anybody understand jayawardene is talking abut Dhoni waiting till we loose to get through to the FiNAL! thats the favour hes talking about.. indians jus want to feel then as champions still! accept it SL was good in all 3 department this series better than all 3 tems.fullstop.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    With all regards, Mahela, if India and Australia would have played the last match, and you would have lost your last match to Australia, then it was SL who would have depended on the outcome of the last match. It might have happened to SL and to other teams for that matter earlier, why are you making it a point?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    no comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY multipack on | March 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    less than a year ago we won the world cup and were the number 1 ranked test team. if that's flat track bullying please can we have some more? i really don;t understand this beef so many sri lankans have against india. we indians like you, the bcci regularly gives your board money so cricket in your country can continue. why the hate for us? for us indians pakistan, australia and england will always be bigger rivals. sorry if this upsets you but please stop trying to create a rivalry.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    for all indian fans who talking about 5 ball over.what about gambir 2 plumb lbws that not given ut in that match

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    india is a good team bt indian fans are very emotional.thts y

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    @csowmi7: Excellent said.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Australia might feels SL would be better oponent in the final than a re wamped India . They are a team which go to the ultimate things to win tournament. So tomorows result most likely would be a SL win favoured by Australia and they will face them again in the final with full power.

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | March 1, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @TheLathargic, that's exactly what Jaya is saying. That whether or not SL go to the finals depends on them. Unlike the position India is in now, which is to depend on Australia winning to go to the finals. What he means is, being in a situation where your progress doesn't depend on others' performances.

  • POSTED BY cheguramana on | March 1, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Mahela my dear, dont worry your head too much abt needling India. I know you and Sangakkara have some skills in sledging. But talk is cheap. Sri Lanka is very far behind India in terms of achievements. In the big games, in those that matter, India has hammered SL out of sight. Need we remind you once again abt the WC Final? Just keep your mind on beating Australia mate, lets see if you are really up to it !

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Of course many mistakes were made in the last match when Sri Lanka started bowling. Mahela in terms of captaincy and Malinga in terms of bowling. But everyone is entitled for a bad day on and off. However, it was a golden opportunity lost considering the fact that we made a massive 320 for 4. Herath should have been introduced early. Mahela should have planned his strategies for a 40 over game instead of a full 50 over innings. Malinga should have bowled more variations instead of repeatedly bowling yokers. Now against Aussies we should have a close look at the wicket, the weaknesses of opposition and pick the final playing XI. Beware of Watson who could on his day destroy any bowling attack. We should play Sachithra as well and use both spinners to contain their batsmen in middle overs.

  • POSTED BY ethilan on | March 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    India ...you only can play medium fast bowlers and flat pitches like india, sri lanka.. indian players score so heavily on those flat wickets, when it comes to Australia, England , they fail like school boys, Specially Suresh Raina, Shewag, and Tendukar. But Dhoni and Ghambir are better players by far from others..They struggled through out the whole summer, now indian fans talk like all forgotten people.. better team will quality.. let it be...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    hey guy's don't forget 100th 100....

  • POSTED BY street_smart on | March 1, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Since everyone has negatively remarked India as a flat track bullies, India will win the Asia cup thrashing all his asian counterparts.... coming back to CB series... SL will loose... & India gaining the confidence from the last match will beat Aus in final as well....

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    SL are deserved finalists they have beaten Australia , twice and badly. Being an Indian I say we do not deserve the finals. We are better off playing in the sub-continent. Completely agree with Mayan Mansilu.

  • POSTED BY RohithMedisetty on | March 1, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    It's funny to see srilankan fans calling Indians flat track bullies when they haven't won a single series in England , south africa and australia . All they did was to beat India once and australia twice. When srilanka defeated australia in hobart it isn't a flat track but when india defeated sl in the same ground it is a flat track right .

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    India after losing almost every game,finally wins a game and they think they are the best...lol...Sri Lanka will send them packing tomorrow..play both spinners please

  • POSTED BY SeamingWicket on | March 1, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Have to laugh at some of the commenters here. Mahela praised Indias batting in the last game and yet he is a 'sore loser' because he said SL dont 'depend on favours' to reach final? Hilarious!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @Nilankaraja. Australia always plays to win. Don't try to give a really stupid interpretation to Aussie's competitive spirit!

  • POSTED BY Ranagani on | March 1, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Guys calm down...any one is hero on the day they perform...Good luck Srilanka if you can beat Australia and get in to finals great...As dhoni said we have done our part...Imagine if SL had played their 7th game with Aus before India and lost...Then MJ would have never had a chance to say "we are not depending on favours".

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    absolutly a lame statement... my dear MJ its only bcoz ur mtch is hppns to be last match of d league u dont need favors... had it been ind aus tie 2mrw instead of urs it wud beyou nd ur teammtes who were prayin 4 favors frm d almighty .... so plz remain silent nd concentrate on winnin 2mrw.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    @Mark Fonseca. Mahela knows his English. Most readers also know their English. They don't need your 'interpretation'. Mahela could easily, and rightly, have said that their fate in this tournament's finals is in their hands, instead of taking a dig at others. Sanga was more direct in his India bashing, earlier. Now Mahela's dig is indirect. That's the only difference. And, both had been highly respected gentlemen -- not only in SL, but also in India. What got to them, now? The Indian Board going to the rescue of their Board, financially, so often, hurt their feelings or what? May be, any proud nationalist may.

  • POSTED BY 360review on | March 1, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    A lot of people are missing what Mahela is saying. He is clearly saying 1) Sri Lanka has the best bowlers in the world 2) Indians don't know how to bat - they just got lucky in the last game 3) Sri lankan's don't need any favor - instead India needs one to get into final. So essentially if Sri Lanka wins, they are the all mighty and if they loose they are doing a favor to India. I rest my case.

  • POSTED BY beatthat on | March 1, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    harmony11 jus because your country's captain dosen't appreciate his players enough and makes sarcastic comments about his players fielding, dont be jealous when MJ says something honest. just deal with it. i lyk ur user name harmony but actually its the opposite

  • POSTED BY nilb on | March 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    I do not understand why many are thinking about the lost delivery in the tied match regarding the position India is in the tournament now. Why cannot that ball be a dot ball or a ball crashing into the stumps making SL winners in that match?

  • POSTED BY Kays789 on | March 1, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    haha well said mate! its just so much fun to see the indian fans get riled up all over again! india have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that they can only do well on the flattest of pitches. put some grass in there and watch the so called 'gods' run for cover!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Mahela oh mahela seems like you lost it..trying to take pot shots at India by saying you aren't depending on favours..we beat you twice out of 4 times and one match was a tie bcos of the 5 ball Mali ga and you just won one game against us and your talking bat favours lol..your a joke mj......hahahaha

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    dont blame tournament rules ....... it was evident frm d strt of d tournament its nt dat sumbdy cooked dem in btwn to give india a favor..... nd i jz wanna make dis point dat even NRR is nt the best way to measure perfrmnces.... consider team A losin a mtch by 200 runs nd dey win 9 matches by 1 or 2 runs VIS A VIS team B which wins a match by 200 runs nd losin 9 mtches by a vry less margin , in this case NRR will gv u an entirely diffrnt picture... nd plz dont forget SA had to exit in WC 99 semi tie against aussies despite of d overall better series NRR

  • POSTED BY itsTIME4ELImination on | March 1, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Agitated Indians. At least Dhoni had the sense to go shopping.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Srilanka has to play the last match of pre-finale so that's why there fate in their hand and not becoz they are better team . If they loose than there equation will be equal to India's. In that case India has upper hand bcoz they had beaten Srilanka more often.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka will hopefully win this one, so our men in blue can get some rest before Asia Cup...

  • POSTED BY samindashj2002 on | March 1, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    YES INDIA WON BY CHASING 320 IN 37 OVERS BUT THIS KIND OF PERFORMANCE NOT POSSIBLE EVERY MATCH THEY PLAY..DONT WORRY SRI LANKA YOU ALSO HAVE DONE IT BEFORE CHASING 328 IN 38 OVERS IN ENGLAND..WE ALL SUPPORT OUR SRI LANKAN TEAM CAN BEAT AUS TOMORROW AND GO TO THE FINAL EVEN THEY NOT SRI LANKANS NOT GOING TO BURN OUR PLAYERS PICTURE ON THE ROAD...WE R NOT INDI YANS.

  • POSTED BY ravich07 on | March 1, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    There is simply no excuse for losing to India in 37 overs after scoring 320. I wonder why Herath bowled only 4 overs and Dilshan was not used at all. India had used a total of 4 spinners and this was a typical subcontinent wicket in Hobart and not having a 2nd spinner was a bad decision to beging with.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | March 1, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Dear Srilankan friends ,wait and make comments after 24 hours otherwise you should goggle and find out how to remove your comments ,otherwise will be becoming laughing stock like some of the comments after first innings of the last match.The funniest part of last match comments is that my best friend Bang La (very very quiet after the World cup )also tried to join the party and as always had to eat his words.

  • POSTED BY Sreek252 on | March 1, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    I just hope the Indian cricket team have read this article!! this kind of chatter will only help in keeping the motivation going given the fact that India and sri lanka play each other rather too often, atleast for my liking!!! and as far as king of flat pitches goes...we would rather be king of something rather than bieng of nothing!!!! again no offence!! peace!

  • POSTED BY venbas on | March 1, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Aussie win by 1 run, SL go back, India win first match by 1 wicket miracle, go down by 250 runs in second final, and thrash austalia in the last final courtesy a sachin double ton to take the series....nice dream eh?

  • POSTED BY taniap on | March 1, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    We love you SL. And we wont burn your houses even if you lose. :-)

  • POSTED BY sunny_18 on | March 1, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    it doesnt matter whether Indian team is a flat deck king or not.............the thing is that in last match..............sri lankan team was THRASHED in front of a large crowd...............like it happend in the final game of world cup.........and, sri lankan captiin must have guts to accept this fact.........rest, i will definitely comment after tomorrows match.................

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | March 1, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Sri Lanka played much better cricket. It is unfair if India qualifies. However India has dealt a terrible blow. SL's bowling quality has been exposed. If the opposition attacks SL cant withstand. They must do something quick.

  • POSTED BY ffirefly on | March 1, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    i think india ppl how do not want to see ............ india getting humilated further should pray that SL wins and india leaves aus as soon as possible.......... being a cricket fan i would like to see AUS - SL finals..........

  • POSTED BY ffirefly on | March 1, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    india has a history..... pryaing for other team to win or lose so that they can get in. lol............if in case SL looses tommorow.. still i think ...... SL played far better than india on these tracks........... and i am sure indians would agree with that......

  • POSTED BY fairness on | March 1, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    oh What a hiding!! Lankans will have nightmares for a long time!!

  • POSTED BY Nagu on | March 1, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    I just cannot believe that srilanka talks as if they are the masters of overseas tracks. statements like "we prefer the fast bowling attacks as we can hit the ball well" cut no ice as their previous performances are well known to the world.secondly, i cannot understand why the SL fans are so worried about the Indians, may be they suffer from a Big Brother Syndrome or have loads of Inferiority Complex, which is unfortunate

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Ever one is saying that Srilanka done favour to India by loosing the last match,highlighting fault of their skipper and strike bowler,addition to that if India manage to made up it in final at the expense of Srilanka s defeat to oz,They were hammered by oz as it serially happened throughout the australian summer.No one making up the point that India can win this series too if the enter in the final,In 1997=98 Australia were humiliated badly by South Africa in Tri series leagur matches but the same Aussie side turn the table to proteas 2-1 in best of 3 final even after conceeding the 1st final.Similailry in 2006-07 England were slaughted 5-0 in ashes and were almost down and out like India at the moment in tri sereis involving kiwis as third side but they came back and stunned every one by blanking the most powerful Australian side 2-0 in the final.Any thing can happened,Yes India played terribly and to be honest they not deserve to be in the final but being cricket is funny game any

  • POSTED BY fairness on | March 1, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    is that what his prezie ordered him to telll the press? it is ust that sl have a game to play and the outcome will determine whether they will go forward or not? cricket is just a game and NOT another stage to express hatred to another race!

    funny how this guys were playing vinay kumar and ashwin in the last game!

  • POSTED BY VJacc on | March 1, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    so if India stops funding then Lankan Star will lose shine... and will be unemployed Stars

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | March 1, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Its credit to SL that they are with a shot at the finals given the chaos the team has gone through in the last year - this is new captain and coach on their first tour. One of the things in the past year has been SL's inability to take the advantage when it counted - just like letting India win with a bonus point when it really mattered. They have one more opportunity to make it count when it mattered and possibly an opportunity to turn a corner. Its time to stand up and be counted but your couldnt pick a worse place than the MCG to attempt to beat the Aussies three times in a row!

  • POSTED BY vamwolf on | March 1, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    I think Jayawardhane is way too frustrated after losing to India yet again in a crucial clash.....And he should admit that they lost because Indian batsmen played to their status...

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | March 1, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Seems kind of strange that out of all the Asian teams people feel that India is a flat track bully. Sri Lanka and Pakistan have not been particularly great outside of their homes having been defeated by England and Australia and Sri Lanka have not even won a test in Australia showing how bad they are. Sri Lanka have achieved nothing outside their home while India won the previous cb series, the t20 worldcup in south africa, drew in south africa, won in England, New Zealand, West Indies, and drew in Australia. Two wins against the Aussies in the so called flat pitches of Hobart and Adelaide have suddenly made you champions. Keep dreaming MJ.

  • POSTED BY TheLathargic on | March 1, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I respect Jaya but what 'Favor' is he talking about? India pushed SL to a must win match, that was their effort, now SL has to win this one else they are out, will they be doing India a favor by losing? No . Australia on the other hand will do SL a favor if they lose.. You do a favor by losing not by winning.. Guess a hefty thrashing sometimes disturbs the simple equations of a calm mind

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    I don understand y everyone r complaining tat SL is better than India in tis series...India has won 2 matches n lost oly 1 n tied 1 against SL..so India has played better against SL n is a better team when compared between these two teams...SL hav played better against aussies n the aussies hav played better against India...the two teams which enters finals r the better teams n the winner ill be thebest team...

  • POSTED BY Agnar on | March 1, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Plain and simple! Who wins tomorrow will lift the trophy.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | March 1, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    I am an Aussie fan and personally I would like to see aus vs India final. Last CB tri series final India won against us, so it will be nice to beat them this time incase they reach final.Moreover I like both aus and ind on field antics.Personally I feel whoever reach finals are deserving finalist.If you consider srilanka,they are better in NRR but equal with india in points.Next scenario ,if India comes in final,it means they beat srilanka twice which requires to qualify for them when the opponent are in equal points..So at the end of the day,who ever matches the criteria will be in final.Regarding the flat pitches talk,I feel both subcontinent teams are good in flat tracks only.Srilanka beat us in Hobart and Sydney which is similar to subcontinent conditions .so it will be interesting to see them play in Melbourne with us.Good luck to both teams.For both SL and ind fans,don't take dig at each other ,you never know who will be in the final,so it will only invite wrath of words.relax.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    what that last match did is, it just sealed india's reputation as flat track bullies , nothing else and no offence, india are the flat track kings, peace . lol

  • POSTED BY Vilander on | March 1, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    India should have easily had a 3-1 head to head with SL, they were bowled 1 ball short in the tie. India have been trashed repeatedly by Aus except in 2 limited overs matches which india won. So this has been a poor series for India against Aus, although they have pretty much beat SL completely in the series they do not deserve to play Aus because SL beat Aus in two matches.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | March 1, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    So Jayawardene feels he will be doing India a favor if he looses. What a loser.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | March 1, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Aluthgamage, the Lankan sports minister admitted that monetary assistance from the Indian board to its Lankan counterpart was one of the reasons behind avoiding a showdown. "From time to time, the BCCI has been helping SLC with finances and we have high regard for the BCCI," he said.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 1, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    So Sri Lanka get thrashed inside 37 overs defedning 320 and this so called smart captain says it is a good sign for his team !!! I can't decide if MJ is a bigger loudmouth or KS.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 1, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs :

    Do you realize the inherent contradiction in your 1st two and the last two statements? If Dhoni is admitting his team's failures, is he being right or wrong?

  • POSTED BY Lord.emsworth on | March 1, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    As Mr.Covedales colleague Daniel Brettig said weak captaincy by Mahela and poor bowling from Malinga cost SL a final slot, Virats amazing effort not withstanding. I wonder if bowling just 4 overs per match in the IPL (Sometimes just 2 or 3) has made Malinga a lesser threat in 50 over ODI's. Cant see SL beating Australia again especially as Malinga is demoralized after that bashing.

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | March 1, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    If BCCI stops funding, there would be no cricket in SL. Mahela seems to have forgotten the fact...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    he he i had a really good laugh buy reading these comments after that final match ... man indian fans need to calm down here ..... i mn it`s not like that you guys won the series ..... you guys have only won a single match with some flair on it .... thats alll ... not a big deal......just because you came good on a flat deck does not prove any thing.........may be you indian fans might have forgot the past but for rest of us.................... indians are stl the""" FLAT DECK BULLYS""""" if srilanka wins, it will be a mouth watering final 3 matches if ausie wins tomorrow , please do not waste your time watching the finals

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    I think alot of people have missed what Mahela is saying, all he is saying is that the fate of the SL team in this competition is theirs and they arent depending on another team to win or lose to make it to the finals.

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 1, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Srilanka has won last 2 matches in melbourne. You can do it again.!!! Go SL Go!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    most of the indian fans including me are already expecting that it is going to be sri lanak vs australia final...if this does not turn out..then it is good..or else, it is same for us..but this match was awesome as it has shed the pains of seeing the defeat of indian teams to some extent..especially the manner in which the victory has been achieved

  • POSTED BY ethilan on | March 1, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    having loss 4 tests to England and another 4 to Australia.. how can u be a happy nation by a win.. be honest men..better team will play finals. u r world champs. i feel sorry about India tomorrow...SL can win and select to finals, but what abt India..it depends on others matches..so sad so sad

  • POSTED BY STondulkar on | March 1, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    This is an immature and foolish remark from Mahela. Seems he has taken the loss to heart. Instead of thinking about position of India, he should have talked about the SL vs Aus game on Friday. Nobody is doing anybody any favour. If Sri Lankans are good enough they will do themselves a big favour. This is a similar situation for Sri Lanka as it was for India in the last game. So hope they prove they can do it. Good for them.

  • POSTED BY Mad__Max on | March 1, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    Don't you all get it.India was struggling to chase 230 and suddenly scored 321 under 37 overs. SL done a huge favour by losing just to keep the excitement going but Don't worry India won't be staying for long.

  • POSTED BY Leggie on | March 1, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    one of the stupidest statements I have seen in recent times from a national captain. If the schedules were such that SL is not playing the last game, and they're tied on points with another team, I'm sure they'd be feeling the same way - the way India does. In a tri-series, many a times the last match decides the fate of another contender who is not playing that day. That's cricket and that's the way a tri-series works. SL need not be proud that they "can" decide their own destiny! They can be proud IF they win the match against Australia and get into the finals

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | March 1, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    @Shan16966 i still remember how malinga celebrated after getting sachin out in that WC final. That guy always gives his best. Leave him alone.

    talk about favours who can forget that famous noball or malinga himself denying century to sachin by bowling wide ball. Why dont you just accept that IND played better cricket on that day (much like SL has done in this series) and leave it at that.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 1, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Those Lankan fans who are saying that India won cos it was a flat wicket and a small ground take a big LOL from me. On the same ground you folks barely managed to chase 280 in 50 overs. And if it is not a big deal that India scored 321 runs in 37 overs then why couldn't Sri Lanka score more than 321 runs? They had full 50 overs after all !!! And now that Sri Lanka have lost the two times Dilshan has scored his personal best scores and when Sangakkara has scored centuries against India; doesn't it mean that Dilshan and Sanga are selfish players who play for their records and not for the team? Also, this also proves that Dilshan and Sanga are mere flat track bullies as Dilshan can score only in Rajkot and Hobart kind of flat wickets and Sanga is a well known wuss outside his Island nation.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 1, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Hello SL fans, As for this series, India had held upper hand over SL as shown by the results.. SL performing better against is a different story altogether.. But still, India had upper hand over SL for sure.. Even the tie match, India were having the upper hand and faltered..

  • POSTED BY KK_Cricket on | March 1, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    SL or Australia, may the best team win tomorrow... Aussies will be playing hard to eject SL as they have lost twice and 6 out of 8 times in games played in Australia and also looking only at THIS SERIES, SL have shown better ability to handle pace under pressure, which is Australia's strength.. So Aussies would want India to be in the finals..

  • POSTED BY amirza on | March 1, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    How are some of you saying SL deserves to be in the final? If they lose tomorrow, they will have won 3 out of 8, same as India. But India has been a better team than SL coz they are up 2-1 against them. So India fully deserves to be in the final. If SL win tomorrow, then they fully deserve to be in the final. It's simple, innit?

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | March 1, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Gee SL and Indian fans don't like each other at all do they??! lol Thats alright, healthy rivalry like Australia v. England, or Aust v. NZ, or Aust v. SA or Aust v ........well anyone I guess! I reckon Australia could do alot worse than follow SL's template and play more allrounders, especially bowling allrounders. They don't have to be anything special for ODI cricket and we do have a few. Why couldn't O'Keefe take Doherty's spot and maybe say Coulter-Nile take Binga's spot when he finally retires? They're so valuable in ODI's and our tail at the moment is pretty hopeless

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 1, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    Haven't Jayawardene heard the term don't feed the hand which feeds you? When India is pl;aying their best cricket there is no hiding for Sri Lanka anywhere in the world.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 1, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @James Anderson, Should I remind you about your 21/9 effort some months back? Or failure to chase a simple total against NZ? What about the 2 consecutive series defeats your team has had in India? What about the jettisoning of Australia from the WC by India? What exactly has this Assueis team done? Won at home? Considering that India's home wins are somehow supposed to be triviliazed, how is this Aussie team doing well? You have lost 2 matches to a team like SL, this alone shows the level of the team. India were losing when they were playing badly, not anymore. See you in the finals - keep your bluster for those 2 matches. India will retain the title anyways.

  • POSTED BY prabhakar61 on | March 1, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    no one is doing favour for India..SL will be in final if they win the match against aussie..India will be there if SL loose the match.. SL destiny lies in there hand..do well or get out..

  • POSTED BY Master_Mihil on | March 1, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    I guess we don't need more allrounders, just bowling specialists. After malinga there will be no one in our team, who can take on any side. We need a specialist spinner or pacer.

  • POSTED BY usernames on | March 1, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka should/will win the match. The last match aside, they have been fantastic and deserve more than India to be in the finals. I hope they lose though. :P

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | March 1, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @James Anderson,

    Should I remind you about your 21/9 effort some months back? Or failure to chase a simple total against NZ? What about the 2 consecutive series defeats your team has had in India? What about the jettisoning of Australia from the WC by India? What exactly has this Assueis team done? Won at home? Considering that India's home wins are somehow supposed to be triviliazed, how is this Aussie team doing well? You have lost 2 matches to a team like SL, this alone shows the level of the team. India were losing when they were playing badly, not anymore. See you in the finals - keep your bluster for those 2 matches. India will retain the title anyways.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    cricket is a game and its played at professional level. I dont think on serious note jayawardhane means any thing more than a way of expression when he stated this.

    As a senior cricketer he reflects asian modesty compared to aussies/english ruthlessness in body languages. But ultimately its the game and match and talent that wins and not any of these favours/ruthlessness/whatsoever.

    common guys. lets back the mere talent and let the better team on the day win. Like india won on its day in last match.

    all the best sl.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    Dear we have to appreciate indian batting.... bcoz even if lankan blowers were not doing good job, even if pitch was flat track... 321 to chase in 36.4 overs is incredible job.... If it was chased in 50 Overs all the above was applicable... lanka is not the team of standards like UAE, Canada to give excuses........We have to accept our loss and appreciate the winning team efforts........ @Saif... r u jealous of what BCCI is earning and giving bonus.. Even pak players can do that other than match mixing....It was very clear in worldcup 2011 quater final, accept ur failures...............try to make atmosphere in ur country peaceful... so that pak players dont have to take favors from UAE to play cricket.. If UAE was not the may be pak players would have got rusted just sitting idle...... @lucky.. please try to remember tours lanka played after worldcup....everything will be clear.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | March 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    I had always thought Dravid, Sanga and Mahela were the 3 gentlemen in today's world cricket. It is sad to see the two Srilankans have moved out leaving behind just Dravid in that list.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | March 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    well I am an Indian, but honestly speaking after watching the series, SL might give a better fight to Aus than India in the finals, unless India play out of their skin like they did in the previous encounter. So, in case SL go to finals I will not be disappointed at all. Its irritating to see people dragging 54 all out match, yes they did have a bad day with the bat, but that's too old for some one to even remember. Live in the present guys not in the past. We could also say SriLanka never ever won a test match in India even after having murali in their ranks, but that's useless now. Concentrate in the present and plan for the future.

  • POSTED BY guptahitesh4u on | March 1, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    what a stupid comment from Mahela. SL's chances of getting into finals are far less compared to India and still he is busy in maing such comments. Also, by giving all credit to indian batsment for the last match,he is giving his bowler freedom to throw more loose deliveries against aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Who ever is saying that Sri Lanka is a better team than India, and that Indians forget their past easily, let me tell you guys, lets go to last CB tri series, who beat the hell out of SriLanka and Australia to win the CB Series ???? It was India my dear critics! Talk about Past, even Sri Lanka didnt start off too well, had a poor series in South Africa and remember the thrashing they took from South Africa, India fared way better than Sri Lanka in South Africa. Just 3 consecutive wins doesnt make Sri Lanka superior or India worse, all teams are good enough and no one is doing anyone a favor here. Its just a 'Burnt' Jayawardane taunting here. He still cant get over the thrashing he and his team got from Indians on Tuesday. Signs of a bad captain!

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | March 1, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    it does seem that sri lanka and particularly malinga their supposedly best bowler did teh indians an obvious favour...u dont bowl so many straight balls when they are being hit to teh boundary each time...u try such things once or twice and should realize that u need a different delivery...Jayewardene should also realize that when u are obviously being hit out of teh park a rethink with the bowler is obviously necessary...when u are obviously losing than changing strategy should be a good think...

  • POSTED BY ha72 on | March 1, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    one win on a flat track and indian fan forgets every thing .....this attitude of indian supporters will not help indian team in the long run. Good luck to the top two teams.

  • POSTED BY Nothingness on | March 1, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    The reason Indian fans are so exited about the Indian victory in the last match is simple. Indian fans don't really have anything good to hold on to these days. The so called "Team India" is the worst cricketing outfit at the moment. They have lost the majority of matches outside of india in pathetic proportions. I believe that there is some freaky political/ financial hold placed on Sri Lankan cricket by India. That should explain very unnatural bad performances by the SL team in big matches against india. I firmly believe that even the world cup final was played according to an script.Thank god that shitty Indian money can't buy SA, AUS, ENG cricket. As for the SL India comparison, it is very clear that SL is by miles the better team. India should actually only play 20/20 since all they do is slog, that also is done well enough in flat tracks.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    SL will be in that 3 finals.And SL is surly taking the trophy

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Mahela should shut it and focus on the match. what afavour the SLC team gave India, no words to express it, best bowling attack of the series became the worst only in a session.Pathetic cricket by the SLC team, and Malinga should play for India.

  • POSTED BY marcs on | March 1, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Leaving aside what Mahela said, I feel each team has been doing favors to other teams in this competition. 1. India did favors to Srilanka by tie-ing a match which should have been won easily and giving bonus points to Aus in few matches when they did not deserve it.

    2. Srilanka returned favors to India by bowling so badly in match 11 (credits to India though) and the forgettable last 2 overs in the tied match.

    3. Aus returned the favors with some poor fielding in the close match against India and the brilliant decision to bowl the 'gentle' Dan Christian against Srilankans in the penultimate over

    Result - Group 1 (1st 3 matches) - Aussies were leading, Group 2 (matches 4 to 6) - India were the leaders, Group 3 (Matches 7 to 9) - Lanka were the leaders.

    Now it has all boiled down to Group 4 (matches 10 to 12), to actually decide the finalist. Luckily Aus scrapped through from the result of the first match and are in a position to decide who they wish to Favour :)

  • POSTED BY cricketforpeace on | March 1, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I find Jayawardena a stylish batsman and his captaincy during his second innings impressive. However, Jayawardene's statement that "India picked up a bonus point and stayed in contention by chasing 321 within 37 overs, was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting" seems not to give due credit to the Indian batsmen. Assuming even if the bowling were poor; to score 321 inside 37 overs requires some hitting and temperament. Even if a ball is very bad, it still needs to put away properly to get the maximum. And to do it in a consistent manner speaks of both technique plus temperament. Even though this Indian teams showing in Australia was pathetic; at least in this particular match Virat showed the way forward to his colleaguesl Sanga, another of Sri Lankan greats also seemed to give an impression of "sour grapes" after losing the World Cup finals in 2011. And now, Jayawardena. Mr Jayawardena you disappoint many of your fans here in India with such comments.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    australia is not a strong team eventhough they win against india!!!! its like india lost by themselves not outclassed by aussies!!!!!

  • POSTED BY ranuk on | March 1, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Don't worry Mahela, SL fans are not going to waste their time tomorrow as they know you are not willing to win tomorrow either. They will see you are fighting for a win again if only tomorrow's game going to be washed out.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Its a pitty that most of the commentors here have seen the article from an antagonistic mind seemingly either due to the vulnerable position of India or the poor understanding of English. What Mahela has told can be seen in different point of views, but I don't see anything that hurt Indians.

    Some (like here2rock) explains Mahela's saying "was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting, which was a good sign for his side" as Mahela hasn't respected Indian Batting. But, if he understood that clearly, it says the resullt was mainly due to the wonderful batting of Indians rather than poor bowling of Sri Lankans which was a good sign for the upcoming match against Australia in terms of his Bowling department. This shows how much Indians have got hurt by the status quo.

  • POSTED BY Shan16966 on | March 1, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    SL did India a big favour by coming up short in the WC final. Isn't it sort of a public secret? As a SL fan I never expected SL to win that game even if they got 500 and I never expect Malinga to do well against India. Both my expectations were met with unbelievable accuracy. Australia doesn't care who their finalists are. They've already beefed up the pace brigade and expect to steam role over anything in their way. Make no mistakes and wear your chest guards coz tmrw is going to be WW 111. but do us all a favour and drop Malinga.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    I don't think anyone is doing any favor to anyone .. Everyone is playing to win .. Its definitely agreed that the SriLankan team have played well this tournament starting miserably but coming back strong that India had to win a match with ridiculous target to even stay in contention .. but these rules were there since the beginning of the Series and Indians have given themselves this half-chance to the finals deservedly for the way they played that last match. It doesnt matter just to win .. it also matters to win when it matters and that's what the Indians have done to stay in contention .. Give credit where its due and play to win Jaya .. Its not like Sri Lanka is almighty fair-play to the other teams .. we all know how sri lanka are since the WC final toss to the run-out incident recently ..

    Simply put you guys deserve to go to Finals if you win and if you lose its your own fault and not Australia's favor to India and losing the last match was definitely yours.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | March 1, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Oh yeah! Than their board come pleading in desperation and ask for help from BCCI and then their players talk about "we don't need any favors". LOL! What bunch of selfish jokers these Sri Lankan cricketers are. If you have some self respect left, then at least don't talk big against those who helped your cricket to overcome crisis.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @ Johnathonjoseph and Damith, I totally agree with you guys. Superb comments. I am an Australian but I wholeheartedly support this SL team. Aussies will not do favors to anyone. They play their game hard way. I am sure the rain GOD will help SL tomorrow. The forecast of weather will not be promising tomorrow. SL deserves to be in this final. These Indians forget their past so easily . Remember the trashing you got from the Aussies in tests? Good luck SL. Yes! your fate in your hands. Win or lose you will be going home with your heads held high. You will be in the final with Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Take that one "Kohliveri" match out... Srilanka had been a better team than India. So, they deserve to be in the finals. Moreover, India will have an HONEST introspection, only if they get eliminated from the tournament. Now, even that is doubtful, since the euphoria of one, JUST ONE fantastic win may erase all honesty from India's introspection process -- which is badly required... at the players' level,... selectors' level ... and at the Board level.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | March 1, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    If India goes to the finals they will be easily beaten by Australia in all three games. Because finals are not in Hobart like pitches. So I think Australia will try to do a "favour" to India and also themselves by trying to beat Sri Lanka. Thats what it means. Get it?

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | March 1, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    We are in charge of our destiny ........

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    Go Aus Go..play with full strength side and Beat SL Comprehensively

  • POSTED BY LuckyLucky on | March 1, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @ G.Sri you mentioned teams like India, Australia, SA they are all the same as SL pal, jst one good performance in a flat track for the duration of last 2 months won't make you at top. That's what Mahela's talking about that's where he want's to be, it's called consistency.

  • POSTED BY iccchariman on | March 1, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    It reminds me Sanga's post match speech after the semifinal win IN WC2011 - " WE DON'T CARE WHETHER IT IS IND OR PAK IN THE FINAL!! And after the final, he said - IT IS REALLY TOUGH TO BEAT THIS INDIAN TEAM !!..In short Srilankans live in the PRSESNT and they don't know the PAST and clue less about the FUTURE. So any comments from them is to be ignored!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    WINNING can not be manipulated. LOSING can. So, Australia not trying hard enough to win against Srilanka is definitely doing a favour to SL, to let them in thru the backdoor to the finals! Is MJ begging Aussies for that favour? ( And pretending that the shoe is hurting in another leg! Srilankans were some of the friendliest and gentlemanly cricketers, for a long long time (except Arjuna's occasional tirade against India for some reason or the other). Now, suddenly what happened? Being the losing finalist in the last WC, or what! I can't fathom.Even Srilankan fans are talking strangely, in recent times. The only exception is their cricket administrators, for obvious reason... mentioning of which will be rather rude and unbecoming!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Mahela is a good cool headed skipper. I admire him. But I cannot understand the simple fact that why he kept on using Malinga when Indian players smashing one sixer after another against his balling. Why Rangana Herath whp had better control against their batting could not use at least to bring down the scoring rate? Why Senanayake - another good spin bawler who had better control in previous matches was only use as a fieldsman.Remeber Dalai Lama once remarked ,"When you loose, don't loose the lesson.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Sri Lanka Deserved to be in the Finals Even we are Having a higher net Run Rate but Rules Not Allowing us to be in the finals if we don't win i hope Guys will put up a good show to win the match

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | March 1, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    "Mahela Jayawardene is confident Sri Lanka can take plenty of positives from the tri-series even if they fail to beat Australia at the MCG and qualify for the finals." there it is guys straight from the Horse's mouth they know they are gonna lose tommorow...:)

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    "DEPENDING ON SOMEONE ELSE TO DO SOME FAVOUR FOR US" -- This tongue in cheek dig at India was not warranted. Quite unbecoming. Quite unlike the gentleman MJ, we all had come to know over the past few years. That match seems to have got into his normal self.

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 1, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    @Mr.Jonathanjosephs : Did you read the article or just came and commented without reading anything? Please read the article and you will find this "Jayawardene said the loss on Tuesday, when India picked up a bonus point and stayed in contention by chasing 321 within 37 overs, was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting, which was a good sign for his side."

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    i think india forget 54 all out in asia cup final , now they are talking about the match they chase 321 in 37 overs , Still nobody cannot believe may india given sometthing,something

  • POSTED BY cricPassion2009 on | March 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Mahela's classic understatements ! Something very nice about Sri Lankan players. They are down to earth. Sanga/Mahela/Dilshan good luck dudes.

    And something nice about Indian players too, they've always been sportive. ( Sehwag withdrawing Mankade dismissal of SL batsman even when chips were down for India ).

    Aussies, the least fair, least sportive, but most formidable team.

    Hope the best team wins.

  • POSTED BY sujxxx on | March 1, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Hey Guys....To be honest... India was lucky that day. They were not playing great shots. It was all FLUKE shots. Look at the previous matches India played in the series...they lost very badly and you guys were all after the team when they lose. Out of the blues they win a single match.....there you go again as if it is the best team in the world !! Guys the fact is.... Sri Lanka will be beat Australia and they will win the CB Series as well. THANK YOU GUYS HAVE A GREAT ONE !!!

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | March 1, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    @here2rock- read the text again it says LESS a result of poor bowling i.e due to good batting not poor bowling.. @muski- why do you think we are arrogant for speaking the truth,do your recent away results not show you are porr away from home? I am not expecting us to win tomorrow, so if we do it will be a bonus but it is great to see that we are playing decent cricket again and considering where we were eight weeks ago, we have come a long way..we have gained respect form Australia in the fact that they are back to considering us as real opponents rather than also rans and our youngsters continue to grow..remember this team has three 20 somethings in it who are performing at the top level so we are heading in the right direction..good luck SL but no matter what we are proud of you..

  • POSTED BY zapeta on | March 1, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Srilanka will now depend up on the favors from Aussie . This shows his lack of knowledge as a captain. Dhoni said before the Srilanka match that we still have chance to remain in the competition and proved that. A captain has to analyse and estimate the terms and conditions of the Tournament. Virat got Man of the match ahead of Dilshan who scored 30 more runs, which means India have won by great Batting Talent and made the ordinary Srilankan Bowling attack even poor. Malinga gave 96 Runs and mahela has to accept Great Indian Batting.

  • POSTED BY Brumby90 on | March 1, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Do people and the media realise it is simply impossible for Sl to be knocked out. Theay are already inthe final. Even if they are bowled out for ZERO. Wish the media would stop trying to make out this game matters with the result.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    If India qualify for finals, They will win the CB trophy as they deserved to be being the black horse just before their last innings against SL.

  • POSTED BY deepak_123 on | March 1, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I think tommorow SL will win according to their recent performances against Aus. They are the only team in the past that beat Aus in Aus consistantly and whenever they play against Aus they lift their game to the top level, that's what our team(INDIA) didn't do. In their last 7 matches they have won 5 of them agaist Aus. So as an indian i think we have only 25% of chance that we would be in the finals.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Mr Mahela. I request you to please realise that your bowlers had been thrased all over in last match by brilliant Indian batting and not poor bowling by SL. Please try to accept the facts and dont point silly reasons

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Mr Mahela.Please Stop your rubbish comments. Indians never asked SL or Aus to do favours. Never indirectly point Indians and make all the fans angry. If you win/tie this game , you will play finals. If you lose it, you go back home. Thats it. Indians are not waiting for any favors from you. By thrasing your bowlers all over the park, they are staying in the competition and gave lot of pressure to SL team , making tomorrow's game a must not lose game to you. Umpiring error had helped you to secure a tie or else now your team will be in a situation of must win match with a bonus point to secure berth in finals.

  • POSTED BY jackthelad on | March 1, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Here2Rock, Jayawardene is saying it was good Indian batting that won the game, he isn't trying to soften things by blaming the loss on poor bowling by Sri. They were outgunned by a team firing on every cylinder there is. Where's the 'poor loser' in that?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Entire srilankan team has been sold since last world cup !!!,so they can't win against INDIA again, so I'm sure SL won't win tomorrow either for sure !! I'm a srilankan though i hate the current administration of srilanka cricket.If someone can give more money for malinga ,I'm sure he will take enough wickets !!

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | March 1, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    i hope for a neutral fans SL go through so they can expect a good final,coz we all saw how poor ( if not pathetic) india plays the Aussies in the ODI''s and on the tests so if they go through it will be a one sided final ( and it will be a relieve for the umpires too no more India means " no more complains and whinings " about 5 ball overs ...etc)

  • POSTED BY Nirukshan on | March 1, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    What Mahela is saying here is that Sri Lanka's faith in the tournament is still in its hands, whereas the Indian team will hoping and praying for a Lankan loss, nothing more, nothing less.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    indian bowling is better than the srilankan bowling attack!!!!

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | March 1, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Dhoni is the bestest captain ever in Indian cricket history........

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    u already got one in the tied match against india from umpires (the five ball over)

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Lankan's beat Aussie's 2 times, and the one lost match was also close. So Lankans are definitely good over them. But I think Aussie will win tomorrow's match, simply becoz they cannot lose consecutively to Lankans in the home turf. Moreover, they dont want to lose against Lankans now, or they will mentally strong to when then take over Finals, which puts Aussies weak. So its Aus vs Ind Final! It is atleast good for Aus if they wanna win the triseries.

  • POSTED BY yusuf97 on | March 1, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    mahela talks about the favor....he shouldn't forget that 30th over against india where they bowled 1 ball less and umpire favored them...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Jayawardene, Fact is that, you have nothing to say after a big loss from India. why dont you just keep quiet and play ?

  • POSTED BY szaranger on | March 1, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    The fat track bullies aka Indians can't even get 200 runs on a lively wicket outside India. Lucky they were playing in Hobart. On any given day, these big fat Indian losers can fall like a stack of cards.

  • POSTED BY Lallubhai on | March 1, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    No matter how shellshocked your team must be at the moment , you dont need to pray for rain . The Aussies watched your team being demolished by India and will rather PRETEND to lose against SLanka at melbourne .That way they can avoid playing against India in the finals to avoid a good hiding .

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    I will not be disappointed if Sri Lanka win the trophy. For me, cricket should win in the end. India didn't do any favors to themselves by conceding those huge wins with bonus points.

  • POSTED BY karthik_ig on | March 1, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Jaya u shud move mathhews up the order. U r wasting him at no.7. Fortune favors brave..if that is true..India will be finals..Beating aussies at mcg will be tough one for any visiting team..it could be tough for the srilankans..

  • POSTED BY ChuckyDoll on | March 1, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Hey Jaya, Sour grapes .... eh ? I think 2 weeks ago, it was Sangakkara who said that "India are vulnerable". Let's see who is vulnerable against Aussies tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY truthhh on | March 1, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    hey mahela do yur best,we all srilankas with you,bring it home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY muski on | March 1, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    What does the heading of this article mean? Does it mean that India is expecting Australia to do them a favour by beating Sri Lanka. Is this not pure arrogance despite being handed out one of the most comprehensive trashing in ODI history. Of late the Sri Lankan cricketers are becoming like the Aussies in the speech. Guys like Sangakkara look decent- but their behaviour on and off the field does not seem so.The Randiv incident and his recent blaberring about Indians being bad travellers are case in point. The olden days of gentlemanly cricketers from SL like Murali and Vaas is over. Come on Aussie boys- take a leaf out of Kohlis book and give these arrogant boys a sound thrashing which should hurt them till 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    yes, if not sold out for India,,, LOL!!!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | March 1, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    As Indian, i wish my team is in finals.. But, I wouldn't be too happy to see a consistent team in the tournament to bow out too.. Maharoof is a sure miss but still, Senanayake can do the job.. More than Dhammika, i would prefer Senanayake.. It is discipline in bowling that was the biggest plus for SL and one bad match can be wiped of soon.. Wish a quality match and it lives up to the bill.. All the best SL..

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Wait, so he means India is dependent on getting a favor from Sri Lanka? or from Australia? That does not make any sense. Australia can only do India a favor if they win this match. It is entirely in Sri Lankan team's control to try and avoid that. In fact Sri Lanka are in a position to get a favor from Australia if the latter loses to them. Otherwise they will have to fight their way through.

  • POSTED BY Akheel on | March 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Keep repeating the hard work, SL. you'll have moree wins than losses.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | March 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Jayawardene is a poor loser by saying " when India picked up a bonus point and stayed in contention by chasing 321 within 37 overs, was less a result of poor Sri Lankan bowling than wonderful Indian batting". Most observers would agree that batting by Virat Kohli was one of the best seen in Australia in an ODI. It is shame really that he can accept the fact that Sri Lanka was outclassed in batting by India like many other times. Poor loser!

  • POSTED BY Stranger09 on | March 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Mr mahela .....stop taing about favors....when u ur self on the receiving end.if not for the tie u have been packing ur bags by now. The umpires did a favor to SL in the tie against India.....if not for that u were already out.....do what u can do to win the game rather than talking about favors.... Simple fact is that u have been smashed and unable to digest the fact.....good luck India in the finals.... U have psychologically killed th SL team and they can't come back and win....instead they need a favor from the weather or Australia to get that extra point or a tie

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | March 1, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Mahela, you're wrong. Your fortune still depends on how Aussie play. If they play well, you guys stand no chance. SL's fortune always depends on how the opponents play rather than their own level against the top teams like India, Australia, SA

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | March 1, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Mahela, Its true that now its in your hands whether to play in final OR NOT. But your comment " rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us" will surely hurt Indian fans and the players as it is just like saying that Team India is good for nothing and always depends on other teams to qualify for the finals ! Dude, its a tri-series and it is bound to happen that one team may depend on other team to qualify due to the same points etc..

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Go Lankans Go, win it and make it to the Finals as u deserve more than India to play Australia in the Finals!

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | March 1, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    When India's batting does click, it is hard for any bowling attack to contain them. If they come out blazing, in conditions that favour their methods, god help the bowlers. If India had batted first in this fashion, they would have posted 420-450. Mahela is better off just acknowledging they came up against a freakishly motivated Indian batting and encouraging his bowlers to believe that won't happen again... erm, until the Asia Cup at least.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    what sort of momentum you are talking about .you simply given away the match by giving Malinga the lot instead of slow bowlers. do what smart captains do.look what Dhoni did on rhe day .he used his slow bowlers very well.please do learn from them.what happened to Hera on the day .what napped to Angelo on the day .what happened to their balance overs,come on Mahela you just given away the match. please learn to play on merit of the bowler on the day.Please don't disappoint your supporters any ore. .,

  • POSTED BY --.-- on | March 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    "It's a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us." These guys leave no chance to provoke Indian fans and the players !!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Being an Indian I wish you good luck to Mahela & Srilankan Team on friday match. If u won, The Cup will be yours. If u lost...I am 100% sure Indian will win the Finals. Whtever..Aus is gonna loose.. :) Good luck guys...

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    come on lions...we can do this......i'm sure we will win against aussies and throw the indians out of the tournament.......... :)

  • POSTED BY vswami on | March 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    What Kohli showed was that Malinga is a two trick pony. Yorkers and slower ones .. if you counter that he has no other tricks in his bag. Sri Lanka would much rather bowl to non-Asian teams than ones who use short backlifts and wrists to attack low bouncing deliveries.

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    THE TITLE OF THE ARTICLE, SUGGESTING A HIT AT INDIA'S POSITION, SHOWS THE SPORTING SPIRIT IN THE MIND OF THE SL SKIPPER, WHICH, ACTUALLY, DOES NOT SHOW ANY. WOULD HE NOT ACCEPT AN EVENTUAL ADVANCE TO FINALS FROM THAT POSITION(EVEN AFTER THE WAY A VICTORY IS GOTTEN, LIKE INDIA GOT AGAINST THEM), AND AKIN TO HIS STATEMENT OF NOT GOING FOR A MANKADING OUT WITHIN RULES?

  • POSTED BY Precioustar84 on | March 1, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Good for you Mahela that your team can decide their own fate. Its the way it should be. Remember SL, Aussies DON'T like to lose!! They won't care if they have already entered finals or not. Their main goal is to win CB series and winning this match means gaining confidence before the finals. And ohh don't worry about us Indians ...Plenty Indian fans could care less if we go further or not. Believe me it will do whole lotta good for us if India DON'T enter the finals!! So cheers to SL and hope you win!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    "It's a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us"..... Let ur SL Cricket Board say SO!!!!!

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | March 1, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    i dont know what positive thing can take from the Tuesdays defeat fro Mahela and his team, its shows he cannot handled the pressure situations and they are the biggest chokers in the game now

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    dont worry mahela,our team is fighting team,they can fight with any team.tommorow aussis are loosers, sri lankans not given to chances to Indians.good luck boys

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | March 1, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    What a captain. Thrashed by the Indians and he doesn't blame the bowling attack, but says India was better. If it was Dhoni, he'd find some strange excuse about how his batting failed or his bowling wasn't good or because fielding wasn't good, or because the seniors weren't good. To be a true good captain, you must admit your mistakes. Even the legendary Wasim Akram has said he rates Jayawardene as the best captain in the world

  • POSTED BY BalaSenty on | March 1, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    You are right no result 2 points Mr Brydon, that means Aus should win but should lose in finals

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | March 1, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    @Jayawerdene - You just want allrounders. Good, if you have, bad if it is going to be the case like Irfan. I wonder it is more of a 6+1 batsmen job to reach the target and why do you want 8, 9, 10 and 11 to be an allrounder?

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    India don't deserve that No2 position ,check out the NRR ,This is what we called unfair points table, unlucky SL !

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    It's just a one bad day for SL, their NRR(+0.162) proves that ,Indian NRR is -0.593, india don't deserve to be in the finals ! But now this stupid tournament rules will add so much pressure in lankans ,feels sorry for them! SL deserve to be in the finals!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Hats off Mahela !.................................Indians have forgotten all their miserable performance in the summer....................4-0 twice against Aussies & England ! According to the Indians they only want to win @ least a single match on a tour and do some shopping and go back home......................well done INDIA , good attitude you will definitely win the 2015 WC in Australia ! Hugh hugh !

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Still shocked with this CBseries rules, SL hard work in the tournament will not pay off for them if they lose tomorrow even with a one run margin :( , feels for SL ,they deserve a place in the finals , unlikely indians they fought hard not only in one match ! totally shocked and disappointed !

  • POSTED BY BalaSenty on | March 1, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    If Srilanka has to get in FINALS, they need either to beat Australia or share the points through a tie. An abandoned match means India will enter finals as no pints will be given for abandoned match. Since India had beaten SL twice, India will enter Finals. So Brydon please correct your article! India will play finals, no doubt and Aus will loose

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | March 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    "no favours" ? Is Mahela still sore from the loss ?

  • POSTED BY sl_cricfan on | March 1, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Be positive mahela that's ur strength... U were too negative against the Indians... Let's beat Australia and send India home... We beat them twice we can beat them again... BE POSITIVE.... Good luck

  • POSTED BY sampathsl on | March 1, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Yes mahela you can defeat 2 teams by using single match.go ahead and do that.good luck for SL Team !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | March 1, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    I think Srilankan's have also started playing with their mouth too much these days just like the Aussies. If Srilanka doesn't need any favours now thats because India already had done enough favours before. We showed what we are really capable in the last match, Srilankans should thank their stars that Indian team was busy playing other games amongst themselves and forgot to play Cricket on the ground.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 1, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    "Good that we aren't depending on favors". Mr.Mahela you have dug this pit for your team, most likely to be the one you will not be able to climb off. For all the comments you and your buddies made about India, it is only fitting that they are the ones who put you in this position. I would love to see them pack their bags and leave by tomorrow night. With Pattinson back in the team that is a very strong possibility!

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    that doesn't make your team better than the indian team!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    fine...u take positives...we take the cup....Go India Go!!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    fine...u take positives...we take the cup....Go India Go!!!!

  • POSTED BY Solace1 on | March 1, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    that doesn't make your team better than the indian team!!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | March 1, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    "Good that we aren't depending on favors". Mr.Mahela you have dug this pit for your team, most likely to be the one you will not be able to climb off. For all the comments you and your buddies made about India, it is only fitting that they are the ones who put you in this position. I would love to see them pack their bags and leave by tomorrow night. With Pattinson back in the team that is a very strong possibility!

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | March 1, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    I think Srilankan's have also started playing with their mouth too much these days just like the Aussies. If Srilanka doesn't need any favours now thats because India already had done enough favours before. We showed what we are really capable in the last match, Srilankans should thank their stars that Indian team was busy playing other games amongst themselves and forgot to play Cricket on the ground.

  • POSTED BY sampathsl on | March 1, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    Yes mahela you can defeat 2 teams by using single match.go ahead and do that.good luck for SL Team !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY sl_cricfan on | March 1, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Be positive mahela that's ur strength... U were too negative against the Indians... Let's beat Australia and send India home... We beat them twice we can beat them again... BE POSITIVE.... Good luck

  • POSTED BY SRT_GENIUS on | March 1, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    "no favours" ? Is Mahela still sore from the loss ?

  • POSTED BY BalaSenty on | March 1, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    If Srilanka has to get in FINALS, they need either to beat Australia or share the points through a tie. An abandoned match means India will enter finals as no pints will be given for abandoned match. Since India had beaten SL twice, India will enter Finals. So Brydon please correct your article! India will play finals, no doubt and Aus will loose

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Still shocked with this CBseries rules, SL hard work in the tournament will not pay off for them if they lose tomorrow even with a one run margin :( , feels for SL ,they deserve a place in the finals , unlikely indians they fought hard not only in one match ! totally shocked and disappointed !

  • POSTED BY on | March 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Hats off Mahela !.................................Indians have forgotten all their miserable performance in the summer....................4-0 twice against Aussies & England ! According to the Indians they only want to win @ least a single match on a tour and do some shopping and go back home......................well done INDIA , good attitude you will definitely win the 2015 WC in Australia ! Hugh hugh !