England Lions v Sri Lankans, Derby, 4th day May 22, 2011

Pacemen seal Sri Lanka outstanding victory

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Sri Lankans 266 and 448 beat England Lions 493 for 8 dec and 183 (Hildreth 38, Pradeep 4-29, Fernando 3-33) by 38 runs
Scorecard

The Sri Lankans gave themselves the perfect pre-Test tonic with an outstanding come-from-behind victory by 38 runs against England Lions. Despite following on 227 adrift they transformed the match and dismissed the Lions for 183 during the final session at Derby. Dilhara Fernando took three wickets in six balls including Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, a pair who had contrasting emotions after England's Test squad was named, while Nuwan Pradeep went through the rest with 4 for 29.

It was a superb performance from the Sri Lankans who were a distant second-best for the first two days. But they then batted with conviction in the second innings to amass 448 and bowled with real desire. The effort was led by Fernando's 11-over spell and backed up by Pradeep, who could well have bowled himself into the Test side, and he took the key scalp of James Hildreth who was the Lions' last real hope.

The second half of this match included a host of positives for the visitors, beginning with the 200-run opening partnership and then the performance of the fast bowlers who made the most of a howling gale from their back. Sri Lanka's pace attack is still their weakest suit heading into Cardiff, but they will have taken huge confidence from this performance.

Hunting down 222 in 73 overs, the Lions had moved to 58 for 1 when Fernando began to make inroads. Bowling with the wind - which was actually a gale - from his back he gave James Taylor a roughing up with some short bowling before trimming his off stump with an excellent delivery. In his next over he claimed Bopara, to complete a tough day for the Essex man, when another short delivery brushed his glove as he failed to get out of the line.

Morgan, who received good news last night from national selector Geoff Miller, came and went in a flash. He pulled his first ball to midwicket but two deliveries later pushed forward at a good length delivery and edged to second slip where Mahela Jayawardene, who dropped two in the first innings, was back in safe-hands mode.

During the afternoon session Dilshan largely used his spinners into the howling wind so that his quicks could benefit from the assistance. Hildreth and Samit Patel set about reviving the innings from 67 for 4 although Patel should have gone on 20 when he tried to hit down the ground with the wind and Thisara Perera, at long-off, made a mess of judging the catch. Patel then flashed a low catch to gully where the fielder was slow to move. Either side of his two lives he played some handsome strokes until being given lbw when height looked an issue to end a stand of 61.

After tea the Lions suffered another swift slump. Firstly Jonny Bairstow poked a catch back to Pradeep who took it well in his follow through and then Ajmal Shahzad was lbw to the first ball of a new spell from Perera, a pace bowler given a rare burst into the wind. Hildreth had played calmly for his 38 but then flicked a catch straight to deep square-leg where it was well held by Dinesh Chandimal.

It meant Thilan Samaraweera's stubborn 74, which extended the lead beyond 200, proved crucial. The Sri Lankans had lasted another 14 overs on the final morning as Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach wrapped up the innings. Dernbach, who took 5 for 44 in the first innings, ended with career-best match figures of 9 for 138 but, as Sri Lanka showed the fight that has made them such a successful team, they ended up in a losing cause. England will need to be switched on come Thursday.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • MeSL on May 25, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    What a shame. We fans are still fighting with numbers and don't enjoy the game? Like a big history book. Whoever becomes number ones will yet have to prove they are still on the top by playing with spirit forever. Let's put up a thrilling series Sri Lanka and England. Make us proud, Sri Lanka! Victory feels good, but if anything rather unfortunate happens, don't worry still behind your backs. I'm sure our team will try to do the best. Go SL!

  • on May 24, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen in Tests in England since 2000

    Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Mahela Jayawardene 6 502 45.63 2/ 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan 3 195 32.50 0/ 2 Kumar Sangakkara 6 336 30.54 0/2 Thilan Samaraweer a 2 17 4.25 0/ 0

  • achi82000 on May 24, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Dear Indian fans do u remember how many times we[sl] have packed u back.? 2006 world cup is one to mention.

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    @ radhakrishna rao......, for your information i must say only one thing. how many finals india have lost to sri lanka in major ivents????????? if you check when it comes to finals pakistan and sri lanka have done well if you go back to the history,and since 1982 sri lanka have reached 3 w/c finals for india they r playing cricket for 100 years and how long they took to reach that milestone lols.......

  • Rajitha88 on May 24, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    @radhakrishna -----INDIA lost major events more than Sri Lanaka............ in some world cups India didnt select for the super six as well....

  • on May 23, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    @Mihil: rightly said, if a country focuses on building a very good test team, all the other things will automatically fall in place

  • on May 23, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I think Dilshan will set the feilding standards high and motivate the team well. SL's past two captains rarely speak to the bowlers and dilly is sure to motivate them and lead from the front.

  • voma on May 23, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    That 20 /20 tournment that England won last year was that an icc recognised trophy ? . The only reason i ask is , that nearly every comment on here from indian and sri lanka fans .Goes along the lines of only india , sri lanka and pakistan are capable of winning these championships ! . As an England fan i personaly couldnt careless about 20/20 0r odi victorys .

  • on May 23, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Apartheid will continue in this world...previously it was colour-based...race-based or nation-based...now it could be cultural...based on language spoken..and so on... and someday there could be 'negative Apartheid' as well....so Mclashan is well within his rights to follow his Idols 'Mike Dennes,Darry Hair,KFC... or he could be serving his masters rightfully,just like Bucknor,Madugalle,Richardson and co did...

  • first_slip on May 23, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @Radhakrishna Rao, yes yes so call best team in the world won one coup after 20 or so years, with the help of money and bias UDRS person...world know that..

  • MeSL on May 25, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    What a shame. We fans are still fighting with numbers and don't enjoy the game? Like a big history book. Whoever becomes number ones will yet have to prove they are still on the top by playing with spirit forever. Let's put up a thrilling series Sri Lanka and England. Make us proud, Sri Lanka! Victory feels good, but if anything rather unfortunate happens, don't worry still behind your backs. I'm sure our team will try to do the best. Go SL!

  • on May 24, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen in Tests in England since 2000

    Batsman Tests Runs Average 100s/ 50s Mahela Jayawardene 6 502 45.63 2/ 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan 3 195 32.50 0/ 2 Kumar Sangakkara 6 336 30.54 0/2 Thilan Samaraweer a 2 17 4.25 0/ 0

  • achi82000 on May 24, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    Dear Indian fans do u remember how many times we[sl] have packed u back.? 2006 world cup is one to mention.

  • on May 24, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    @ radhakrishna rao......, for your information i must say only one thing. how many finals india have lost to sri lanka in major ivents????????? if you check when it comes to finals pakistan and sri lanka have done well if you go back to the history,and since 1982 sri lanka have reached 3 w/c finals for india they r playing cricket for 100 years and how long they took to reach that milestone lols.......

  • Rajitha88 on May 24, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    @radhakrishna -----INDIA lost major events more than Sri Lanaka............ in some world cups India didnt select for the super six as well....

  • on May 23, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    @Mihil: rightly said, if a country focuses on building a very good test team, all the other things will automatically fall in place

  • on May 23, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    I think Dilshan will set the feilding standards high and motivate the team well. SL's past two captains rarely speak to the bowlers and dilly is sure to motivate them and lead from the front.

  • voma on May 23, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    That 20 /20 tournment that England won last year was that an icc recognised trophy ? . The only reason i ask is , that nearly every comment on here from indian and sri lanka fans .Goes along the lines of only india , sri lanka and pakistan are capable of winning these championships ! . As an England fan i personaly couldnt careless about 20/20 0r odi victorys .

  • on May 23, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Apartheid will continue in this world...previously it was colour-based...race-based or nation-based...now it could be cultural...based on language spoken..and so on... and someday there could be 'negative Apartheid' as well....so Mclashan is well within his rights to follow his Idols 'Mike Dennes,Darry Hair,KFC... or he could be serving his masters rightfully,just like Bucknor,Madugalle,Richardson and co did...

  • first_slip on May 23, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    @Radhakrishna Rao, yes yes so call best team in the world won one coup after 20 or so years, with the help of money and bias UDRS person...world know that..

  • altaaf on May 23, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    @Radhakrishna Rao further for your information get your facts right.

    India Granted test status 1932 and played cricket since 1700's Srilanka Granted test status in 1982 and playing cricket since 1926. Pakistan Granted test status in 1952 and playing cricket since 1952

    Srilanka and Pakistan are better than India when comparing the time taken to improve and with the population and money India has. Within two years India will be back to where India was two years back in world cricket. we'll see in two years.

  • on May 23, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    someone here has said that sri lanka is the best asian team,where as india is playing cricket for more than 100 years..fact is tht evn sri lanka was playing cricket since long time, the name was ceylon..and secondly, they are a good side..no doubt..even rsa is a good side, but what matters is the champion ship events..thts what i would say that only 3 teams have capability to win major events, australia, india and the mercurial pakistan..others like sri lanka and rsa are consistent, but cannot simply win major events..england and nzl must be forget at the least

  • achi82000 on May 23, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    My team ... 1]TM 2]Paranawithana 3]Sangakkara 4]Mahela 5]Thilan 6]Chandimal 7]Thisara 8]Dilahara 9]Nuwan 10]Welagedara 11]Mendis

  • on May 23, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @ramesh_srilanka is a very good team.(i'm srilankan) But i think india is lot tougher in tests outside asia.it is evident when we go to aus for tests.Most probably that's because they have a decent support in any country.Please don't embarrass our cricket saying india win matches because they have been playing for 100 years.We too have been playing it over 100 years.India put lot of commitment to tests,because of that they have been more successful.

  • on May 23, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    Sri Lankan Lions beat the England Lions..

  • BandulaT on May 23, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    This Andrew guy's writing is totally biased to English. See what he had written during the last few days about Eion Morgan. At least the sense prevailed with the selectors.

  • Charindra on May 23, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Wow Dilshan you beauty!! I'm actually going to stick my neck out here and say that he will turn into the best SL captain ever. And the best thing about him is, win or lose, there'll never be a boring game. He captains like he bats, which is something I felt Sanath Jayasuriya should have done when he was captain. Can't wait for Thursday.

  • 5wombats on May 23, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    If I were a Sri Lanka follower - I'd be very pleased with the win. But there were a lot of mistakes in that Sri Lanka perfomance; putting the Lions in to bat and watching them get 450+, that mistake should have cost them the match, poor bowling to Lions 1st Inns, poor batting 1st Inns. The Lions only made one mistake; declaring in their 1st Innings. If Sri Lanka perfom like that in the Test then they'll get beat. See you in Cardiff.

  • denwarlo70 on May 23, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Well, I told all of you negative thinkers of our Cricketers (I am a Sri Lankan) that it's too early to write them (Lankan Cricketers) off and true to the word, look what the end result was???? as the old English saying goes, do not count the chicks before the eggs are hatched and I also said, cricket is a funny game and no one can predict a result until the last ball is bowled.

  • NGayanP on May 23, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    On another note: Chaminda Vass is performing really well in the domestic league for Northamptonshire. The Sri Lankan management should have asked him to help coach our fast bowlers on a short term basis, or offer him the bowling coach contract. Vass has been the only consistent Sri Lankan pace bowler in all formats, and we could really use his expertise to boost our fast bowlers

  • on May 23, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    @ Rogerproxy - Well mate in our part of the world Summer is better than your's so just live with it...We are gonna make our own summer in your own back yard and I belive England will be Chikens thios time!!

  • caromball on May 23, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep is the future of Sri Lankas fast bowling as he is the fastest man in the island nation.Faster than Malinga and Dilhara.consistantly hiting over 145 kmph mark.But still very young and raw.It is selectors and seniors responsibility to handle him very carefully.Dont ruin our future.

  • on May 23, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    This Andrew guy is 100 times better than Indian writers at least.. Indians dont e praise even if the oppositions win,.. SL is the best subcontinent team out side Asia..India won tests in Aus, & SA only bcz they are playing cricket for 100 yrs & played lot more than us.. c`ming back to this series, As I always said SL-the real LIONS are a better team than England in any format..But In England they can match us in TESTs..England did well last time to tie the series 1-1 even though they were trashed 5-0 & 1-0 in ODIs & T20s. So if we want to win this series our pace attack should do the same in TESTs & spines should back them..Fielding too should be top class .,If Batsmen play sensibly we can win this series 2-0.. In ODIs I dont think England team is good enouugh even to give us a fight

  • Rogerproxy on May 23, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka...don't count your chickens before they are hatched! Also remember that 2 swallows (practice match wins) don't make a summer!

  • on May 23, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    well-done guys, this is the 2nd fight back win for us on this tour. Ive been reading lots of comments from english fans as well as their media article about how they can clean sweep us out. I guess they got the confidence from their ashes win against new look aussie team. Dont 4get England this SL team also register their 1st ever ODI series win against aussie in aus in recent past. England might beat us or we might beat england but one thing for sure that's Dishan with his ruthless aggression will give good run for their money. Its damn sure he wont looking to bat down 2 days in a raw just to draw a test match just like evy england team does when they tour Sri Lanka !!!! Dishan and the co says Just bring it....!!!!

  • on May 23, 2011, 4:15 GMT

    Every body accepts that Prasanna should not be included. He casually tried to take a simple catch of Sachin and dropped. Thereby, India won. Dinesh should be the keeper unless Dilshan likes to keep. Randiv shall be included in the side for his batting. If not for his valuable contribution of 76 n. o., SL would have lost this game. He was the top scorer in the 1st innings, on a grassy pitch. But Prasanna is a better batsman than Angelo Mathews, in test cricket. Check the statistics. Don't degrade Prasanna to that extent. If Dilshan likes to keep, he can go in the middle order while Lahiru can open, dislodging Dinesh. Lahiru can wear the fast bowlers off, to some extent as he got the temperament. Now the history is no use for the test series and must plan out to consolidate the situation in tests. If SL have consolidated well, can plan out to win. Because England cannot be written off. SL proved that they can play well and must practice hard to improve further, to apply where it matters.

  • RohanMarkJay on May 23, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Many Many Congratulations to Sri Lanka on their victory. But the real deal starts on Thursday. England fans and media, please respect the Sri Lankan cricket team. They are one of the best cricket teams in the world. Plus it helps that Sri Lanka has great sunny weather all year round for their cricketers to practise in as well as Sri Lankan people have a real passion for the game. That is why I predict they are gonna be very successful this summer and make a clean sweep of England by beating them in the Test and One day series. Best of Luck to Sri Lanka for the first test. I am sure they will win.

  • on May 23, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    my line up tharanga,dilshan,sanga,mahela,dinesh,lahiru,perera,fernando,lakmal,pradeep/welegedera,mendis,herath. Sanga can kwk kick hapw jaywerdene out what can he do if srilanka want good batsmen they have to give experience no put wicket kepper out there.sanga world class wkeeper.sl can't always rely on mahela and sangaplus bowlers randiv only good for limited overs.mendis and herath should play benefit to have left and right spinner play at once. Nuwan pradeep and a right hander bowler.

  • Has6265 on May 23, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    if mathews was fit, then he shouldve replaced prasana and sanga should have keeped! then we gotta extra bowler (mathews) and a worldclass wicketkeeper who we can count on!

  • on May 23, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    come on guys, calm down. its still too early to give predictions about SL winning the series 3-0. Remember that England is a balanced side and SL still has an inconsistent lower middle order. I really think that Chandimal should keep wickets instead of Prasanna. That allows us to have another batsman or a bowling allrounder(Perera or Randiv) in the team. Prasanna is out of form and we should give him the same treatment as Pakistan did to Kamran Akmal.

  • StefanAbeysekera on May 23, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    Well, they said Sri Lanka's batting would be totally dependent on Kumar and Mahela. Wrong. Sri Lanka's spinners would get the wickets. Wrong. Sri Lanka would have a hard time on English wickets in cold conditions. Probably - but Sri Lanka still played magnificently and won against a very strong side. These so-called experts need to do their research instead of characteristically obsessing over Australia and their own players so much.

  • balajik1968 on May 23, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. But if it is Sri Lanka vs. England, I would always support Sri Lanka Good performance. The Lankans seem to have acclimatised nicely to the English conditions. But the real test will come at Cardiff, where England have quite a strong batting line-up. The Sri Lankans will have to rely on their pace attack, because traditionally, English wickets are very seamer friendly in May. It is only around mid June that the spinners come into their own. Let's wait and watch. In the meantime, all the best Sri Lanka, but believe me it will not be easy.

  • on May 23, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    @ 3rd_man, mahela scored 2 centuries in 5 odi's last time he toured england.. and in test he gotta 1 test 100 or more.. yes he have a problem with moving ball. but he's better than most. and who care's practice matches? wait for the real game. big players delivers in big games..

  • on May 23, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka for coming back well. From the reactions of some of the fans you would have thought that they have already won the series, calm down guys, the series has not even begun!

  • on May 22, 2011, 23:36 GMT

    @3rd_man. Dude i really do not how you can forget our past series. I don't have to emphasis how well he played in English conditions. If i tell you he has played only 4 innings at Loard's and the scores are in 2003 107 & 14* and in 2006 61 & 119. Also he he scored 2 centuries in ODI's in 2006. I really don't know what are you trying to point out here. He has scored centuries (away ) against Australia (100), NZ(140), England(119),WI(125), India(274),Pakistan(242), Bangladesh(165), Zimbabwe(100) & only 98 against SA. What more you can expect from a player??? Has anyone achieved like him ???? Who is there to compare with him ???? He is the best ever player Sri Lanka ever produced. His Century against India in WC final was the most outstanding & memorable Inning that he played for SL.I have no dought that he will play well in this series...All the best Lions

  • on May 22, 2011, 23:22 GMT

    Great performance indeed, Now all we need is for Mahela to fire. Wonder who the spinners will be? Herath/Randiv or Herath/Mendis

  • on May 22, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    well - weather its practise match or a test match its not easier to settle for the english conditions for any team - srilanka did so by winning both matches - one thing i like this current side the never say die spright - hope this will boost the confidence in test matches - what ever the article says srilanka will shine in all matches - GO LIONS GO - ALL THE BEST

  • Herath-UK on May 22, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Wow!this is as good as a real Test match(some Tests do end in 4 days). Why should we wait for the Test;sad this match was not telecast. Ranil Herath Kent

  • Anandsai on May 22, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    looks like the Lankan attack has acclimatised to the English conditions......... Could be a fascinating contest

  • on May 22, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    THE REAL LIONS DID FOUGHT BACK FRM THE BRINK OF DEFEAT...THIS IS JUST THE GLIMPSE OF THE REAL THINGS TO COME....

  • 3rd_man on May 22, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    well done Dilshan. see how much those two guys sanga and mahela ( Atapattu's best) contributed for this win. Mahela dropped 2 catches even. I think for me Mahela is the most over estimated player in SL side. we can see that in this series. if he such a good player then he should perform in this English conditions. Sanga is a class act i dont have any doubts. Dilshan , Paranavithana , Samaraweera and Dinesh all are very very good players. I don't know what Atapattu talking about. he don't have any idea about out players. we can see how Mahela poking balls out side the off stump and getting out very cheaply against English fast bowlers. most of the time he fail in fast bowling wickets. dead pitches he play big innings to maintain his batting average.

  • Quazar on May 22, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Very well played Sri Lanka. This sets up the Test series beautifully! And looking forward to seeing Pradeep... and if he's close to Malinga in action and speed. (those of us in India have still to see him)

  • on May 22, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    @Andrew McGlashan sorry for the accusations early,you're a good journalist.... but try to have an open mind.Anyway England beware there's plenty more to come......

  • on May 22, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    ok cool down SL fans , the real match has not started.

  • on May 22, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Wow what a turnaround. Halfway thru the game you thought the chances of Sri Lanka winning were as likely as Shane Warne pulling Liz Hurley. What ? You gotta be kidding me!

  • on May 22, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    well played Sri lanka you showed those people who criticized our blowing attack!! <3

  • stormy16 on May 22, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    WOW! I think some of you are overly sensitive about this article, get used to it, this is nothing new. About the game - SL were obvioulsy awesome in the second part of the game and great moral boost for the bowling attack which has been described as the weak link. I think plenty credit to Dilshan for his positive attitude first with the bat. Not may guys will bat the way he did when your following on but that's Dilshan for you. Next he also bowled himself before lunch and got a wicket - just being positive and showing intent deserves credit. The other positives are Thilan and Paranawitharana with the bat and of course Dilhara with the ball. Dilhara is the key with the ball and get some good wickets leading up to the test is vital. Finally folks can we not get test cricket mixed up with one dayers and T20's. SL being good at one dayers and T20 has nothing to do with test cricket.

  • achi82000 on May 22, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Well done SL.This is a good blow by SL to over confidence English fans led by McGlashan.

  • on May 22, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    i disagree with andrew... the pace attack definitely isn't the weak point... i think this is the first time SL team had a pace attack with actual pace rather than a bunch of medium pace bowlers... yes they're new.. but they're definitely talented and im sure they'll use the english conditions to their advantage (as they've shown in the 2 matches)... i feel the weak point is still the middle order... it needs to be much more consistent... hopefully chandimal and samaraweera can balance it out in the upcoming matches...

  • egs28 on May 22, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    Though Dili did not do as much as he was expected in the IPL he has displayed his batting n Captancy r on the mark. Its a good start for the 1st Test and hope they do well in the Test as well.

    Sanga and Mahela the big Guns need to settle soon and perform in the test else IPL saga may fall on them. The Test will show how well the SL team has done with much less practice compared to all previous teams.

  • jc_online on May 22, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    SL played positive cricket from the very beginning, that's why they won both practice matches. Mr. McGlashan in his article tried to say that weak SL pace attack took advantage of wind and bowled out England lions. It's a shame to describe well deserved victory that way. SL won because they played both matches with positive mind set. Mr. McGlashan doesn't have any other word than STUBBORN to described valuable inning of Thilan. Thilan is one of the best test player in the world and in this match he batted with late middle order batsmen with great responsibility.

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Sri lanka is going to the first test at cardiff with full confidence. Dilshance has proved his talents to be an emmerging captain. The forte of Dilshan is taking risks and proacive approach. England can not sit back and relax in a dream world of weak Sri lankan attack. They have to be vilgilant about Nuwan pradeep becasue he can be detrimental on his day with sliging action similar to Malinga

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    The English are paniced because they now know that SL are capable under any condition with any combination. Players will come and go but SL will win games because they have build a good brand of cricket since the 1996 glory. 2002 ICC Champions, 2003 Semis, 2007 Finals, 2009 T20 Finals, 2010 T20 Semi Finals, 2011 Finals, Beat AUS in AUS for the first time in late 2010 and now lets do the same with ENG. We are an example for many teams coming up. Go SL Lions Go!!

  • Jharsha09 on May 22, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    You have to bite your words, Mr. Andrew! Go Sri Lanka!

  • Mitsui on May 22, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I don't see any bias but Andrew sure does emphasize more on England than their opponents, but he is English so let him write about his own team. I'd rather read an article about how good/poor the English cricket team is rather than read all those articles about Sachin's hundred in 1999 and why Sachin is the 'best' etc by Indian writers. Atleast Andrew here writes both good and bad about England but no one can say the same about MOST of the Indian cricinfo writers. And the comments by Indian cricket fans - oh man!!! Andrew please keep writing about English boys, we are gonna win the series anyway, but please don't mention India or Sachin or call any batsman or team the best. Thank you

  • MeSL on May 22, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    I understand why some Lankan fans have commented in this particular article as being biased. Do you know that the bulletin updates every once in a while as a turning point of a match begins. When the fall of first three wickets of England lions, this article was not very supportive to Sri Lanka, not neutral and was biased. Now, it's updated. It's not actually the fault of fans for viewing their ideas, but they should be patient.

  • PremasiriS on May 22, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    The batting position does affect the performance of quality batsmen, e.g. Dilshan was a complete failure as a middle order Bat, interestingly he was dropped for the tour of Bangladesh in 2009.Since he had done well, as an opener in the following Dom.Tourn'ts, only,made him to get back into the team as an opener. Likewise AngeloM Chandimal ,Kausal, Thirimanne,AngeloP,DimuthK,RosenS,Bhanuka& other promising youngsters should be selected & used as top order bats. Seniors should be asked to bat low down and get ready for retirement soon without being burdens to the Team as in the case of Jayasuriya. They may like to stay forever as luxuries do come their way in the form of IPL Contracts, but The continuity of Countries Cricket is more important than interests of few greedy individuals. The responsible persons at SLC should educate the ignorant politicians, on these matters.

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Joke of the year Choking Ego Peterson's says "SL bowling is so much easy picking without Murali" "We can boost our ranks by winning 3-0"

  • elmajico on May 22, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    well played SL...and c'mon the article isn't that bad. In fact it would be fine if there was a bit more attention given to SL..but i'm guessing Andrew is an England fan:) I'm a SL fan but i know without malinga murali and mathews we are the underdogs in the test format against Eng..(in those conditions.) And contrary to popular opinion i think the series will be decided by how well the SL batsmen bat..if they bat positively it could be a great series..but on a green pitch they could be bowled out in no time.

  • cricfan100 on May 22, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    This is for all those indian and english fans who wrote off sri lanka by the end of the first day.It is always better to wait till the game ends to comment about the result of the game. Otherwise you'll make yourself a fool as it was in this case. cricket is a funny old game and it keeps on surprising us.

  • ranga_s on May 22, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    there were plenty of Indian so called fans some who even typed with CAPS on in order to make sure the Sri Lankan Team is poor....I think now they'd say this was just a practice match and real game will be against England and SL have not in India blah blah blah....wonder if that'd be the same if SL lost this....There were high praises on the English Lions and the fact they are better than most International teams means nothing now I think as this is JUST a practice match....so hilarious....I still have utmost respect towards England team and specially adore Eoin Morgan's innings but if SL can win against almost England in Derby they will win against England at Cardiff for sure...Really appreciate Dilshan's captaincy and hope he'd be a attacking captain with bold decision something SL lacked in the past to an extent...Wish SL best of luck and really hope Indians will mind there business so that SL and English fans can enjoy a excellent game of cricket...hope Cricinfo will publish this...

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I am a Sri lankan supporter and i dont see bias in this article.

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    I'm sure no 3-0 loss or big innings losses. This side can win max of 1 math if they play without putting Mahela in the slips. Mahela droped so many catches when Hashan was captaining SL against Ossies in 2004. 1-1 result is possible. SL teams need to shut Choking Ego Peterson's.

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    All you fellow Sri Lankans need to calm down... there' no such thing as objectivity or neutrality, we can only try... I'm glad someone is covering the practice games and giving some perspective of the performances. The Test Series should be interesting, SL have faired better in England than in Australia and South Africa... but still, there's a tall task ahead of them... a 1-1 result would feel like a win. As for England, this is the perfect preparation for their upcoming series with India... that should be very interesting but the real battle is still between South Africa & India...

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    This is how to do it. Andrew is good Writer but cant understand why he under estimate SL perfomance. Sri Lanka is the best Team in any format take 2003 WC Semi Fianl , 2007 final , 2011 Final , T20 2009 final , 2010 semi Final we are the most consistent team in the world no ever team achive this. England will taste this summer badly. and they going to suffer defenetly. outstanding win for SL and now i hope people will stop talking about Captancy about Dilly offcourse he is not best like sanga as captain but he will deliver for SL. Go Lanka Goooo.

  • cric_fanatics on May 22, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    @ Trickstar...okay..so the fact is that cricinfo is an INDIA based site...so we will not call it an english site anymore...and yeah its ok for a journalist to sway a bit in favor of his motherland,thats where the target audience is...

  • Optic on May 22, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    @nichalean You might want to go back and read previous articles, on the other days play were he wrote about the 2nd innings knocks of thees 2, in this article it doesn't mention Morgans hundred or Patel's either, just a run down on today's play. How is this been bias and not praising SL: 'It was a superb performance from the Sri Lankans who were a distant second-best for the first two days. But they then batted with conviction in the second innings to amass 448 and bowled with real desire....'

  • on May 22, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    well well i just wanna see the reaction of the ppl who wrote saying that england lions are too good for sri lankans, but the truth is sri lankans are too good for the poor englsih boys, no matter who plays for sri lanka, all the best for lions.. way to go

  • Optic on May 22, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Am I missing something here after reading the article, he praised SL on their cricket and talked about the key moments, it's not like he's heaping praise on England and not SL, I don't know what the SL fans are wanting but then again, after some of the ridiculous comments made by some of their supporters so far in since the team came to England it's no surprise at the sooking and it's funny this is the first anyone has written of it and he's been a writer here for years. @Dishan John ..'and for the record', what record, it's your opinion and one I don't agree with, the one thing he is , is a Hussey fanboy and loved him in the Ashes. Maybe it had to do with the fact there was no reason to praise the ineptness of the Ozzies, bar one game. Reading articles in Australia at the time of the Ashes were far worse than anything this writer posted.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    How can the England boys call themselves lions. Sri Lankan symbol has been the roaring Lion for well over 2600 years. Anyway it was only a warm up match. International teams are professionals young as they may be. They know when to put the foot on the accelarator and how to win a match. The true test of LIONS will be when matches are played in fair conditions. I mean not cold,overcast alien conditions to teams from abroad.

  • cricketman123 on May 22, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Andrew McGlashan says "Sri Lanka's pace attack is still their weakest suit heading into Cardiff". weren't they the one who won the game for SL. Both Nuwan Pradeep and Fernando bowl at 145 K + , and it was only Pradeep's second match.

  • inshaflive on May 22, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    the best part is that Mr.Moderator has published these comments..that is really appreciated :P

  • Stark62 on May 22, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    WOW!

    Brilliant performance and Dilshan is looking unstoppable at the moment.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    The most heartning news is winning without signficant contributions from Sanga and Mahela. It is a great win considering they were in arrears by 227 in first innings and were forced to follow on. In the absence of a single bowler who could run through a side Sri Lanka should consider playing 5 bowlers with bowlers who can bat like Hearath, Thisara and Randiv. This means dropping Prasanna who at No. 7 looks a liability. With No.6 Chandimal also failing with the bat and tipped to play his first test with low in confidence we cannot afford to have a long tail.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Sri Lanka won all 3 warm up matches. This is a rare feat for Sri Lanka. The two nest batters did not contribute at all than missing 2 vital caches.Based on this if someone says conventional and conservative captains would have cost Sri Lanka 2 Worldcups I would not blame that person. SL needs another Ranatunge and in Dilshan he seems to be going for the kill all the time while taking risks. With Angelo as his deputy the SL could be formidable like the Aussies sometime back.

  • Isra on May 22, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    I agree with you Mr.shamil......

  • SLfan on May 22, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Now McGlashan, who are the real lions ? Eng Lions or Sri Lankan Lions ???

  • Roar911 on May 22, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    ....Lose it, Draw it, Win it.. we dont care... but NEVER goes down without a fight! ..SriLanka is called the 'LION NATION' for a reason! \m/

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    @Mr. Andrew McGlashan

    Sl bowlers did not bowl well today, the wind had taken wicket as per his report??

    He told ENG to switch on comming Thursday.Why he is so unfriendly with SL.

  • sanath007 on May 22, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Sri Lanka proves England are no favorites going into the test series as pointed out by some biased writers like andrew

  • Ups1 on May 22, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @Trickstar: Please explain how espncricinfo is an English site as you claim in your post! I'm truly bemused.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    we are gonna stop logging on to cricinfo if they allow Andrew McGlashan to wirte anymore biased articles!

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Fernandos did it 4 SL LIONS.......keep up da gud wrk folks.....

  • Herath-UK on May 22, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Andrew,I wrote grudgingly when you said on the second day that 'Sri Lanka blown away'. Well you are wiser now specially when it comes to brilliant Sri Lankans. Do not worry but hope your future stuff will be more balanced and impartial. Ranil Herath Kent

  • DDviaBangalore on May 22, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    mi needs to win in exact 31 balls i.e. 5.254 overs to make it to no.2 !!!

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    What a come back by the REAL LIONS! This article doesn't show the full picture of the game.

  • Sulaimaan91 on May 22, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    SL could silence their critics for good if they could continue this kind of peformance throughout the tour.Good luck boys.....Lets do it

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    See how talented dilhara fernando is ??? i feel , SLCB did not get the use of this perfectly talented fast baller during the world cup as well...........

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    It is very strong come back after follow on.SL good fighters, Eng see SL all bowlers are doing well, among wickets now.

  • WTEH on May 22, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    I guess media went speechless already. The bulletin was not updated from the morning. Hey you fools even in the current article it should be "86 runs to win" NOT "86 runs to beat SL". Anybody in the right mind should have realized that was a difficult task. And for your test line up it does not matter either Morgan or Bopara, they both failed in pressure situations. Should have sent Morgan to IPL again, as he said he might learn few tricks from indians.

  • cricket_for_all on May 22, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    Hi Guys; We all know ASHES is the only match ENG's mind. They prepared for it and they won it (After the Ashes ENG were threshed in ODI's). SL will win ENG very simply mark my word.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    what a start well done lads and Nuwan pradeep awesome man come on lionssssssssss :D:D:D

  • SNND on May 22, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @Shamil. Hats off.................

  • RavinduM on May 22, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    is this the stiff challenge they boosted about..?yeah..rite..poor english supporters..they actually thought they had the game in hand..Its gonna be a really hard to defeat SL coz we don't give up that easily!!!Go SL!!best of luck for the test series.

  • Sinhaya on May 22, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    At Shamil and rest of Lankan fans, dont worry about Andrew McGlashan. He can write anything. Fact is Lankans have won both practice matches. Now our target should be to win the test matches 3-0 and ODIs 5-0. Thats what we must aim for from today. Our morale is high after these 2 wins. We must remember that though England won the Ashes, they are not such a fantastic side. If we hold on to our catches, we can win and no one can stop that from happening.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    we dont want see article from Andrew McGlashan again. What u say guys???

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    WONDERFUL Victory BY SL The truth is SL is better than Englan in all aspects.. batting,fast bowling or spinbowling

    Nuwan,Dilhara & Wela are bettr than English trio in any conditions Batting is 100 times better(we have 4 world class players but England have only Trott &..strauss,KP & etc cant score runs outside England & Aus ) Swann is overrated as we all know our only problem is getting used to this weather C`mon SL,win the TESTs 3-0 !

  • BanBouncers on May 22, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Now that Sri Lankans have beaten the Enlish Lions, coming from behind, let's see what Andrew will write.

  • cricketman123 on May 22, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    I remember in the last article. All Andrew McGlashan emphasized abt Dilshan's century was that he got a six that flew off the the edge of his bat. Seriously. He's living in his own little world. I come here to see if there are anything interesting written abt the new SL players. And I find nothing. He should not be a journalist in cricinfo anymore. He should go do an English only cricket site.

  • chamindavidanapathirana on May 22, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    @ trickstar,cant agree with you more.this is just a practice game guys.srilanka will surprise england with their new attack in tests anyway...

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    What an outstanding victory for SL! Great fightback having trailed by 250+ in the first innings. Congratulations team! And Mr.McGlashan, please write articles related to good play of cricket without writing articles solely on the basis of merit.

  • Balumekka on May 22, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Andrew McGlashan (as usual ) and the English fans underestimated SL players and now struggling to swallow their words!!!! REMEMBER SL ALWAYS PLAY A DIFFERENT AND UNCONVENTIONAL BALL GAME !!!!!

  • Truemans_Ghost on May 22, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka. This is why we watch 1st class cricket.

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    I never read who writes a particular article until I saw u bashing all the SL players on all ur articles. Remember in one article. All u said abt Dilshan's century was that he got a 6 that flew off the edge of the bat. seriously..

  • Agnar on May 22, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Does any pundit have questions about Sri Lankan inexperienced bowlers? If Mahela and Sanga contributes we will have good 3 tests.

  • KingOwl on May 22, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Andrew, it wasn't a walk-over for your favourite boys was it? I said this from Day 1, but none of my contributions was published!

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Great fight back by Sri Lankans this is the warning to England this time we can win test series.

  • Lakpj on May 22, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    great come back from SL. They have some improvements to do before the tests. But a very satisfying victory against a formidable Lions team. There is talent in this SL team just that most players in the squad lack the experience. If Sanga and Mahela plays well in the tests Eng will have their hands full.

  • Jharsha09 on May 22, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Surprise, surprise...Mr. McGlashan has finally written positively about the Sri Lankan cricketers. Perhaps, he saw your note, Mr. Shamil!

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    What a victory for the underdogs, and by the way, Mr.McGlashan may have to change his writing style for God sake.

  • Has6265 on May 22, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    "Srilanka complete Outstanding Victory" read that heading 1 more time! Lankan lions are fighters, no maliga, murali, vassy! dont matter, coz lankans know how to play cricket than the people who actually invented this (i.e Englands themselves)

  • danuk87 on May 22, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    srilanka won the 2nd warm up match, without there 2 best spinners & without contribution from there2 main batters,, lions are roarrr with young blood, they are so dangerous when they are unknown watch out england

  • on May 22, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Look at that Sri Lanka wins the 2nd practice match. Lets take all the plus points into the test series and win them

  • kumara307 on May 22, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    I think a journalist should be a neutral body. Good and bad things done by both teams should be included in the articles without making any hesitation in readers mind. Mr Andrew, please note that not to be a undesirable journalist among the cricket fans all around the world with this kind of a silly articles.

  • nichalean on May 22, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    @Mohammed Shamil:::: i totally agree with you .. Mr. Andrew Mcglashan you need to be neutral or atleast be fair with your writing ..yes strauss & morgan did play well but what about Dilshan??? Paranavithana??? they have 2 centuaries each..you had nothing to say about them??

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    woohooo.... that was a great fight back (after been 200 or so behind in the first innings).

  • shihan12 on May 22, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Even i cant understand what Mr. Andrew McGlashan trying to write. If Sri Lanka play good cricket that only chance.sad about these articles. SRI LANKANS runers up from 2007 & 2011 world cups so r they just a poor team??

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Why is cricinfo letting this Andrew McGlashan guy write all the articles. Sri Lanka made 300 + in the first innings without losing a wicket. both the openers retired out. and then the second inning they won it by 4 wickets. All talk abt was how well England bowled and Sri Lanka had a minor collapse in the second innings.

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    agree with Shamil....Andrew McGlashan is not poor but making himself poor.

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    for the record this Andrew McGlashan did the same during the ashes may be this is something that he inherited walking the streets of England

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    BIASED BIASED AND BIASED.This maglashan guy is trying to make hay while the sun shines LOL.This is the best test outfit England's got for the last 2 decades...... make most of it good luck:)

  • Trickstar on May 22, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    McGlashan is a writer that focuses mainly on England and English Cricket and this is a English site, just because he may not be waxing lyrical about the SL players, after all this is a warm up game and adulation, must be kept in keeping with the level that is been played. I am sure if the SL players get a ton in the tests he will praise them, so stop being so sensitive because your starting to sound like some other fans, from your part of the world.

  • nzcricket174 on May 22, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Both andrew miller and mcglashan are like this...can't appreciate good cricket from other countries. I bet when Sehwag goes to England he will describe it as slogging.

  • SLsupport on May 22, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    @Mohammed Shamil. 100% agree with u...........

  • on May 22, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @ Shamil- I agree with the above comment made as I belive Mr.Andrew is trying to feature more English Cricket than the whole of Cricket...does your pen limits you from writing about a good articale...or r u a poor journalist?

  • on May 22, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    hey, Mr. Andrew McGlashan ... What's the problem with the SL players?? I have not seen a single positive article about them from you from the beginning of this series. when Strauss scored a century you had praises... but when dilshan scored, is more of a thing when he got it by chance... Are the Future articles going to be the same?? small suggestion from a guy who is not a journalist, let's try to write abt cricket, not only abt english cricket

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  • on May 22, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    hey, Mr. Andrew McGlashan ... What's the problem with the SL players?? I have not seen a single positive article about them from you from the beginning of this series. when Strauss scored a century you had praises... but when dilshan scored, is more of a thing when he got it by chance... Are the Future articles going to be the same?? small suggestion from a guy who is not a journalist, let's try to write abt cricket, not only abt english cricket

  • on May 22, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    @ Shamil- I agree with the above comment made as I belive Mr.Andrew is trying to feature more English Cricket than the whole of Cricket...does your pen limits you from writing about a good articale...or r u a poor journalist?

  • SLsupport on May 22, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    @Mohammed Shamil. 100% agree with u...........

  • nzcricket174 on May 22, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Both andrew miller and mcglashan are like this...can't appreciate good cricket from other countries. I bet when Sehwag goes to England he will describe it as slogging.

  • Trickstar on May 22, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    McGlashan is a writer that focuses mainly on England and English Cricket and this is a English site, just because he may not be waxing lyrical about the SL players, after all this is a warm up game and adulation, must be kept in keeping with the level that is been played. I am sure if the SL players get a ton in the tests he will praise them, so stop being so sensitive because your starting to sound like some other fans, from your part of the world.

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    BIASED BIASED AND BIASED.This maglashan guy is trying to make hay while the sun shines LOL.This is the best test outfit England's got for the last 2 decades...... make most of it good luck:)

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    for the record this Andrew McGlashan did the same during the ashes may be this is something that he inherited walking the streets of England

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    agree with Shamil....Andrew McGlashan is not poor but making himself poor.

  • on May 22, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Why is cricinfo letting this Andrew McGlashan guy write all the articles. Sri Lanka made 300 + in the first innings without losing a wicket. both the openers retired out. and then the second inning they won it by 4 wickets. All talk abt was how well England bowled and Sri Lanka had a minor collapse in the second innings.

  • shihan12 on May 22, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    Even i cant understand what Mr. Andrew McGlashan trying to write. If Sri Lanka play good cricket that only chance.sad about these articles. SRI LANKANS runers up from 2007 & 2011 world cups so r they just a poor team??