England v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Cardiff, 5th day May 30, 2011

Shocked Dilshan urges regroup

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If the first Test match played at Cardiff is now remembered for some over-my-dead-body batting on the final day, the second will be remembered for an extraordinary collapse. Tillakaratne Dilshan was at a loss to explain how Sri Lanka slumped to defeat on a day which began with the odds of an England win twice as long as it was in the famous Headingley Test of 1981.

"I can't believe we got out in just 25 overs with such a good batting line-up like we have," he said after the morale-sapping innings-and-14-run defeat. "We lost the match because we batted really badly today."

Dilshan called for better performances from his senior batsmen, who have been the constant in a season of change for Sri Lankan cricket. "We knew looking forward in the morning that they would declare, everyone knew that after Bell's hundred they would declare but I cannot explain what happened," he said.

"Our batting line-up has guys like Mahela [Jayawardene] Kumar [Sangakkara], Thilan [Samaraweera] and myself. We are experienced players and we need to regroup as soon as possible and come back for the next Test on Friday."

His two best batsmen had arrived in England a week after the rest of the squad due to IPL commitments, but Dilshan insisted that wasn't a factor in the defeat. "Mahela and Sanga came here late but they can adjust quickly to this format of the game, but unfortunately things went wrong."

He also said that the pitch had remained good for batting on the final day. "It was a very good wicket with a little bit of turn and a bit of bounce, it was a very good track. In the last two days it was good for batting, but we didn't bat well, that was the main issue, but it was really good for Test cricket."

Though he was distraught with the defeat, Dilshan said the immediate focus was on preparing the team for the Lord's Test starting Friday. "I am really calm, I can't be angry. We have to regroup and talk about it and try and get the maximum out of the young players and learn from the experience."

He admitted restoring the spirit won't be easy after the completely unexpected defeat. "It will be difficult to forget this Test match but we have to stick together as a team, do whatever we can outside of cricket to get together and forget about everything.

"We have experienced players. We can regroup and come back for the Lord's Test in a positive mind and then we can play some good cricket there."

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  • RohanMarkJay on June 1, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a far better side than the final last day collapsed suggest. I think the arctic like overcast UK weather conditions at cardiff also had an effect on the type of cricket Sri Lanka played there, Sri Lankans are used to playing in normally Sunny weather all year round. Like the type of weather they have in South Florida,USA or the Caribbean .That is how the climate is in Sri lanka. So experienceing Cardiff must have been like a shock to the system. That is no excuse of course, they should have been able to have batted to a draw, arctic like conditions are not what they are used to playing cricket in. If Sri Lanka's two frontline bowlers fit are and firing. The weather improves. Then I have no doubt Sri Lanka will do well in the next two tests. Go Sri Lanka!

  • poderdubdubdub on June 1, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    England were 94/7 at oval against Pakistan in the 3rd test last year, they recovered to score 233. Thats what the Asian teams lack, resilience.

  • Balumekka on June 1, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Swann took 4 wickets in SL's second innings, which is the most humiliating thing for SL cricket, I think. Forget wickets lost to quickies. If we are so called masters of playing spin, why letting Swann to take 7 wickets in the whole match? Mr. Sangakkara and Mr. Jayawardena...........open your eyes! Thousands of runs and over 50 averages mean nothing if you can't bat through 25 overs to save your country from defeat!

  • bigwonder on May 31, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Is this the same story as Pakistan had during test series in England?

  • Nampally on May 31, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    It was irresponsible & careless batting by SL which caused such a collapse in 25 overs.It is really left up to Sanga, Jaya & Dilshan to carry the team's batting. They should really ask themselves how did they batting collapse? SL spinners were just as ineffective in absence of Murali.Unless the team raises its commitment ans intensity, it is heading towards a lop sided series. Common Sri Lanka - Show some gumption by playing a better bland of cricket.

  • Philip_Gnana on May 31, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Our bowling is the weakness and that had been highlighted right through. We let England score 497 after we had batted first and scored 400. It is not the last innings that brought the real downfall it was the inability to have a strong bowling attack. The English conditions favour swing bowlers. We had the option to draft in Nuwan Kulasekera as soon as we knew about the injuries to the two. The bowlers never showed any vigour whilst bowling. No application or commitment was shown. It is still not too late to bring in Nuwan who has the experience of having played in tests. Sanga & Mahela were needed to stand up and be counted. Disgracefully they did not. Part ownership goes to them. The real issue is the bowling, which cannot get a team out. Remember this England team beat the Aussies in their own backyard. To add salt to the wounds test discard Vaas has taken 5-22 in Northants game....... Phil Gnana, Surrey

  • Waterboy_sixs on May 31, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    WE NEED CHANDIMAL AND BAHNUKA IN OUR TEAM....AT LEAST WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TEAM IN FUTURE... Nicely said Mr. Ranilranathunga. All these Chandimals and Banukas will play better and when they play better, are you sure that when a rich Francaise call them with more money they will not go?.

  • Waterboy_sixs on May 31, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    @popcorn, LAKSHANMV, WPDDESILVA and so on, can you stop this kind of immature comments on IPL, if you people were not happy why did you send your players play IPL, are you/ is your Srilankan Cricket able to pay half of the money which IPL franchise pay to your players. Hey Dude we live in a world were people look for fame, name, and above all ,money. When Muruli was playing you could prepare pitches according to his style, but now he is gone and instead blaming or bringing lame excuse try look for solutions. Look at the Pakistanis, they were not allowed to play in IPL they went to get money through other way and we all know the result, do you want these things happen to your players as well. By the way I am not an Indian but one who support sports who can bring cheer and relaxation to the people.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @Popcorn. It's ironic you say that because whenever England go down to all those "flat subcontinent pitches", the batsmen don't get runs, and the bowlers don't get wickets. You can't have it both ways. Subcontinent teams beat you in the subcontinent and they also come and lose here. I don't really know where the IPL fits in to that equation. So much for a world-class team in the World Cup. 10 wickets in the quarter-finals wasn't it? About as good as Bangladesh therefore. Classy.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Important to stress that no one saw this result coming. You would have made a small fortune at 3pm at the bookies by betting on an England win. A batting collapse is about the delicate balance between self belief and anxiety. You know you're a good player and those above you in the order are good players. But they're getting out cheaply. What is going on? You have to save the match, a match that was a certain draw minutes ago. You can see the modest target on the scoreboard. A few scoring shots and you can breathe a sigh of relief, surely? Some of the SL players looked like they didn't want to be there (but name one person who enjoys sitting in the rain with nothing to do waiting for the skies to clear and I'll show you a masochist). Dilshan has the right answer. Bad day at the office. Happens to the best teams. Won't happen again if everybody puts the work in, concentrates, and backs their undoubted ability with the bat (the SL bowling attack is another matter entirely)

  • RohanMarkJay on June 1, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a far better side than the final last day collapsed suggest. I think the arctic like overcast UK weather conditions at cardiff also had an effect on the type of cricket Sri Lanka played there, Sri Lankans are used to playing in normally Sunny weather all year round. Like the type of weather they have in South Florida,USA or the Caribbean .That is how the climate is in Sri lanka. So experienceing Cardiff must have been like a shock to the system. That is no excuse of course, they should have been able to have batted to a draw, arctic like conditions are not what they are used to playing cricket in. If Sri Lanka's two frontline bowlers fit are and firing. The weather improves. Then I have no doubt Sri Lanka will do well in the next two tests. Go Sri Lanka!

  • poderdubdubdub on June 1, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    England were 94/7 at oval against Pakistan in the 3rd test last year, they recovered to score 233. Thats what the Asian teams lack, resilience.

  • Balumekka on June 1, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    Swann took 4 wickets in SL's second innings, which is the most humiliating thing for SL cricket, I think. Forget wickets lost to quickies. If we are so called masters of playing spin, why letting Swann to take 7 wickets in the whole match? Mr. Sangakkara and Mr. Jayawardena...........open your eyes! Thousands of runs and over 50 averages mean nothing if you can't bat through 25 overs to save your country from defeat!

  • bigwonder on May 31, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Is this the same story as Pakistan had during test series in England?

  • Nampally on May 31, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    It was irresponsible & careless batting by SL which caused such a collapse in 25 overs.It is really left up to Sanga, Jaya & Dilshan to carry the team's batting. They should really ask themselves how did they batting collapse? SL spinners were just as ineffective in absence of Murali.Unless the team raises its commitment ans intensity, it is heading towards a lop sided series. Common Sri Lanka - Show some gumption by playing a better bland of cricket.

  • Philip_Gnana on May 31, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Our bowling is the weakness and that had been highlighted right through. We let England score 497 after we had batted first and scored 400. It is not the last innings that brought the real downfall it was the inability to have a strong bowling attack. The English conditions favour swing bowlers. We had the option to draft in Nuwan Kulasekera as soon as we knew about the injuries to the two. The bowlers never showed any vigour whilst bowling. No application or commitment was shown. It is still not too late to bring in Nuwan who has the experience of having played in tests. Sanga & Mahela were needed to stand up and be counted. Disgracefully they did not. Part ownership goes to them. The real issue is the bowling, which cannot get a team out. Remember this England team beat the Aussies in their own backyard. To add salt to the wounds test discard Vaas has taken 5-22 in Northants game....... Phil Gnana, Surrey

  • Waterboy_sixs on May 31, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    WE NEED CHANDIMAL AND BAHNUKA IN OUR TEAM....AT LEAST WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TEAM IN FUTURE... Nicely said Mr. Ranilranathunga. All these Chandimals and Banukas will play better and when they play better, are you sure that when a rich Francaise call them with more money they will not go?.

  • Waterboy_sixs on May 31, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    @popcorn, LAKSHANMV, WPDDESILVA and so on, can you stop this kind of immature comments on IPL, if you people were not happy why did you send your players play IPL, are you/ is your Srilankan Cricket able to pay half of the money which IPL franchise pay to your players. Hey Dude we live in a world were people look for fame, name, and above all ,money. When Muruli was playing you could prepare pitches according to his style, but now he is gone and instead blaming or bringing lame excuse try look for solutions. Look at the Pakistanis, they were not allowed to play in IPL they went to get money through other way and we all know the result, do you want these things happen to your players as well. By the way I am not an Indian but one who support sports who can bring cheer and relaxation to the people.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @Popcorn. It's ironic you say that because whenever England go down to all those "flat subcontinent pitches", the batsmen don't get runs, and the bowlers don't get wickets. You can't have it both ways. Subcontinent teams beat you in the subcontinent and they also come and lose here. I don't really know where the IPL fits in to that equation. So much for a world-class team in the World Cup. 10 wickets in the quarter-finals wasn't it? About as good as Bangladesh therefore. Classy.

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Important to stress that no one saw this result coming. You would have made a small fortune at 3pm at the bookies by betting on an England win. A batting collapse is about the delicate balance between self belief and anxiety. You know you're a good player and those above you in the order are good players. But they're getting out cheaply. What is going on? You have to save the match, a match that was a certain draw minutes ago. You can see the modest target on the scoreboard. A few scoring shots and you can breathe a sigh of relief, surely? Some of the SL players looked like they didn't want to be there (but name one person who enjoys sitting in the rain with nothing to do waiting for the skies to clear and I'll show you a masochist). Dilshan has the right answer. Bad day at the office. Happens to the best teams. Won't happen again if everybody puts the work in, concentrates, and backs their undoubted ability with the bat (the SL bowling attack is another matter entirely)

  • on May 31, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost because they didn't want to win.

    Their body language suggested that, inexplicably, they were confident of a draw, and inexplicably satisfied with a draw.

    They were trying to treat it as a practice match.. just go out there and go through the motions and get some practice in before Lord's. Well.. if you want practice games ask your board to schedule some, and then actually turn up for them instead of skiving off to play Twenty20 in drastically different conditions.

  • MangoDolittle on May 31, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    Let the death of test cricket begin. Hail to IPL or 20/20 format.

  • on May 31, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    IPL is the main problem. we might be champions in one day and t20. but we really have to improve our test cricket. i think they shud drop maharuf. Sri Lanka never has had two bad test matches. Hope we improve and please put chandimal. GUD LUCK SRI LANKA.

  • Mitsui on May 31, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    @cheeseburgers & @indiazen: Why do you 2 keep copy pasting your comments from other articles? To provoke us? hahaha but Dilshan & co played for their country didn't they unlike a certain Sachin Tendulkar who played the IPL but is too tired to play for India. hahahaha Joke is on you Indians, Last time we toured England we lost the 1st test but bounced back to win the 2nd test and clean sweep the ODIs

  • Darnakka on May 31, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    This is just the beginning. Without Malinga/Murali, SL are just going downtown. Dilshan is fit for nothing captain.

  • popcorn on May 31, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Sangakara,Jayawardene,Dilshan - think we are fools to believe that they are so brilliant, they can play slam -bang Twenty20 cricket in the subcontinent, the next day get off the plane in cold,damp, London, and immediately play good defensive Test Cricket. The day Test cricketers an Cricket Boards, understand the harm T20 is doing to their Test cricket, it will be too late. Thank you, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke,Mitchell Johnson, for having the gumption and vision to say two hoots to your T20 money. Hope Cricket Boards listen to Bishen Singh Bedi who does not mince words when he says T20 is the worst tamasha that happened to cricket. Mike Hussey played badly in the Test series against India after the T20 Champons League. Doug Bollinger was a disaster. He was responsible for Australia's loss in the first Test against India, because he was unfit to bowwl after heavy T20 cricket.

  • WPDDESILVA on May 31, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    Pathetic! Disgrace Sri Lanka. Totally blame Sanga and Mahela for missing the first practice game due to IPL. Coutnry comes first not money. Is this why you play Crciekt for your country? I can't believe they gave thier country's pride for IPL money. You can clearly see the temprement wasn't there. Both got out playing bad shots, bad test shots. Disgrace! Disgrace! Disgrace!

  • LAKSHANMV on May 31, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    ARJUNA HAS TOLD , ALLOWING THE PLAYERS TO PLAY IN IPL IT WILL RUIN OUR CRICKET, THIS IS THE STARTING ONLY.

    THIS IS A GOOD LESSON FOR SRI LANKAN TEAM.

    THE SAME STORY HAPPENING IN WEST INDIES CRICKET.

    WE NEED TO HAVE YOUNG PLAYERS TO TAKE THE GAME FORWARD AND THEY SHOULD BE COMMITTED FOR NATIONAL DUTY.

  • KarachiKid on May 31, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    I am sure Sanga and Mahela would hit back strongly. They are among the great batsmen of their generation. One thing that Sri Lankan fans must understand is that this English team is on rise right now and they along with India, SA and Australia are the top 4 teams. Sri Lanka would have been there if they had Vaas and Muralitharan. You quickly need to unearth a couple of good bowlers as batsmen alone cannot take all the pressure. Pakistan has the opposite problem, poor batsmanship and catching puts too much pressure on the bowlers.

  • Domzo on May 31, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    @cranaweera: Did you actually watch the last innings? Bowling mediocre? Okay horrible batting did contribute to the meltdown, but that horrible batting was certainly contributed to by some excellent bowling, particularly from Tremlett and Swann (see the balls to remove Jayawardene and Sangakarra respectively in particular). Underestimate Broad at your peril. He's frustratingly, hair pullingly at times, inconsistent - but when he gets it right he can be lethal (see Ashes test, Oval, 2009).

  • HOTCHA on May 31, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    Swan is over-rated. The best spinner in the world? Not a chance.

  • jrben on May 31, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    This lily-livered limp wristed performance by SL batsmen is a total disgrace to the nation. Never mind batting out for 51 overs these comedians could not survive half of that. What else would you expect when the top two batsmen in the team opt to play in the meaningless IPL rather than arrive in ENG a week earlier to get used to the moving ball. In Stuart Law SL have a coach who cannot stop talking about how good ENG team is instead of building the confidence of SL players . In Marvan Attapattu SL have a batting coach who idiotically states that a good performance in the test series will be a huge boost for the T20 and one day internationals(utterly meaningless in my view). Talk about priorities!A 3-0 drubbing is on the cards.

  • indianzen on May 31, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    bring back murali or atleast clone him to try atleast to draw matches...

  • indianzen on May 31, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    When SL can win against England in their own soil, how can they overseas ? as far as my opinion England and India are string contenders for the No1 test spots...

  • indianzen on May 31, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    Next tours for SL - Bangladesh, Kenya, IRELAND, zimbabwe and an injured NZ... to improve players and team rankings...

  • indianzen on May 31, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    As long as players like Samaraweera, Dilshan who are having attitude problems are in the team, the team will break up like Pakistan team... go ahead copy paste IPL as LPL and try to get more money, thats what lankans can do... sorry to Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de silva...

  • on May 31, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    This is really shame for Sri Lankan Cricket. In my openion is very clear inspection has to be done by the Sri Lanka Cricket board reguarding this unbelieveble defeat. We all did see the body language of some senior players during they fielding.

  • Nipaos on May 31, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I guess, it will only need Team India to defeat England. Anyways we are undefeated against them since 96'.

  • on May 31, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    some of the guys blaming murali retired coz of IPL? no way, murali is 38. how long u think he can play test? till 60? come on u guys, the guys who retired are retired. we cant use up malinga in test, we need him for ODI n 20-20. its randiv,mendis,rangana,nuwan have to step up

  • faizalsehwag on May 31, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    ha ha ha..very funny lankan cricket.... shocked dilshan!!!!!!! current lankan team= india a team.......

  • taniap on May 31, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    @imi905: I don't agree. It takes a different set of skills to play on subcontinent pitches - one is not necessarily better than other - they are just different.

    I think this is a good wake up call for Sri Lankans. I hope they give a better fight next time around.

  • on May 31, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    hey they could always call up Adrian Shankar to play for SL. He's got experience playing in SL remember. leading run scorer etc...

  • on May 31, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    Lets be honest English wickets in fact any wicket around the world is now prepared for flat track bullies. Why? because your beloved IPL and 20/20 cricket has caused this. These new jump on the 20/20 band wagon cricket fans just want good batting and when money is involved groundsman prepare flatter tracks for this and sadly good test wickets which offer something for bat and ball are virtually impossible to find. As for SL well their batting is pretty ordinary and they lack a really good leader.Their bowling is one of the weakest and they seem to lack cohesion in their team.If you studt SL's individual batting(tests) outside sub continent (and playing against good attacks) you will see how bad they are. So the collapse was inevitable.

  • Go_F.Alonso on May 31, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    To all those dissing Mahela, wasn't he a great test player first and then a player who adjusted to T20 and set the IPL ablaze for Punjab a season or two ago. As for Sanga, he's got class. I haven't seen the highlights yet but hopefully this innings is just an aberration. I support England, not so much Innings victories.

    Side note: Please could the Headlingley Test hyperlink be fixed? I'm too lazy to look for the scorecard myself.

  • on May 31, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    With due respect to some of the great SL players, SL have never been a good Test Team. They're too defensive on the field. A strangle-the-opposition-into-submission kinda approach works in limited Overs, but to win a Test, a team needs 20 wickets that don't just get gifted. They just don't have the mindset for that- not outside home turf. Of course Malinga & Murali would have been a different ball game altogether.

  • on May 31, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    @Harish H Subramanian- I completely agree with you.. The same thing happened last year when India toured South Africa. Their batting, which is considered to be one of the best in the world slumped to just 120 odd runs!! But they regrouped and came back to level the series, which happened to be the first time they ever did so. So just give these guys a break. They will make a strong comeback. Guys like Sanga,Mahela,Samaraweera,Dilshan have a great character. Any of these batsman can change the game on their given day!! SL fans should show patience and support their team rather than criticize them for playing in the IPL!!!

  • MeSL on May 31, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    How our players played in IPL caused them to cost the match? Why, always when the team is down, all everyone has to do is rant on them? Why not when we win? Why not when we win criticize the performance and the mistakes we did? Sanga & Mahela obviously contributed a lot to Sri Lankan cricket like many of our players did. Some few bad performances makes them to quit the team? In my view, I don't think SL players ever wanted to play in IPL after WC loss. Remember how BCCI & SLC had an issue about keeping cricketers in IPL. I'm pretty sure Sri Lanka will get back up. Murali & Malinga aren't options. Have to move on doesn't mean we don't have talent. One day will be ours. Till then I'm hopeful.

  • Icyman on May 31, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Dilshan is talking as if only Sanga and Mahela are to blame and shoulder the responsibility of the batting collapse. Other than the Lankan Top4 ,there are other players too in the squad who ought to play well. The IPL is most certainly a factor in the Lankan defeat. Without the IPL, Lasith Malinga would not have retired from Test cricket. They need a re-think on their priorities.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    @Harish You don't need to erase the deficit. You just need to bat out the overs.

  • on May 31, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Really hope Dilhara will be able to bowl fully in the next two tests. I feel Sanga and Mahela if they fail again in the second test or just make a fifty, we need to give youngsters like Chadimal, Dimuth Hetti and Bueneka a chance. Our cuppboards are not empty. Let the IPL boys play the IPL and earn money not fans.....

  • harshalb on May 31, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Man of the Match goes to IPL

  • george204 on May 31, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    In future years, I think we will come to see the 2010 English season, when the ECB banned the heavy roller & evened up the balance between bat & ball, as a landmark change.

    There are so many modern batsmen who average 50 without ever having their techniques properly tested. As we saw here, when the ball moves around, footwork was non-existent & some creadful shots were played/attempted.

  • on May 31, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    this is all due to lack of Prepn..and the dismal efforts by the Seniors..Mahela and Sanga...this is what IPL have done...had it been English players...playinng some fancy league..in australia...a week before..they tour to India...they would have lost the same way Sl has now...shame on this...IPL...stuff..

  • truebleue_cricfan on May 31, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    I think it was just a bad day in office for the SL boys. Concentrating for the last 2-3 hours in a match that you think is heading nowhere is difficult. And that's what happened. Srilankan players just didn't think they could lose and tried to play some casual cricket. Nothing to do with lack of skill, I feel. England bowled brilliantly and never gave up, you have to give it to them. But that doesn't mean SL players are not good enough. Their fans should back them. Remember Sydney 2008 anyone? India were in a similar sort of situation. They went into tea 2 or 3 down and nobody thought they could lose. But they did so shockingly. And guess what, they wont the next test. Cheer up Lankan fans!

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    I have posted my comment. i wonder whether you got it

    Ruwan

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    hey will see in the next match.SL will win it for sure

  • cheeseburgers on May 31, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    Sri Lanka needs to regroup asap...they need to call Bangladesh/Zimbabwe to play Test series...(so that Jayawardene and troupes regain their form)...bcoz here the ball is moving...and their feets are immovable overseas..lol:)

  • Charindra on May 31, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    We can bounce back at a sunnier Lords. And I'll bet that Swann is in for a reality check. He's a bowler without variety. But he does utilize flight really well. He's still in for a hammering though. And SL batsmen, especially Sanga and Mahela, BUCKLE UP!!!

  • on May 31, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    pathetic display of batting fr sure......but then this is what test cricket has to offer......glourious uncertanities.......:D.....a good game......tall strapping fast bowlers.....good sight to see......lookin forward to see if england have it in them to take out 20 INDIAN wickets......currently in wrld cric....INDIA-ENGLAND contest willl be the toast of all contests....

  • rustyryan on May 31, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    Its not tat SL is lacking talent. But they are not using it. Mahela and Thilan should play in home where as other youngsters lik chandimal and kapugedra should be given chances in away matches. Kapu should have been a bettter player but for some reason he has not played up to his potential. Much lik India's Rohit sharma. I'm an Indian. Even i was triggered at times by angry SL fans. But i feel bad when a sub continent team getting thrashed lik this. Thoug I dont believe Mahela and Thilan, I do believe Sanga to come good in next match. He is the stand out. And Dilshan not blaming the pitch and accpeting the fault shows he's gonna be far better cap'n.

  • RecordHunter on May 31, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    IF SL need to make a turn around, need to change the bowling department. Mendis, Maharoof and Lakmal to be replaced with Randiv, Dilhara and Welagedara.

    Its time to think about Malinda Pushpakumara,Sajeewa Weerakoon, Sachitha Senananayake, Tharanga Lakshitha in the next series.

    Im not sure SL will make much changes in batting in the next match. Those who give priority to play IPL over SL should be left out of the squad.

  • Rukhshan786 on May 31, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    Sri lost the match very badly, our main batsman didn't play to their potential. I think the team thought the match would be drawn even before they completed the match. K.Sangakkara & M.Jayawardena are world class batsman, they'll prove that they deserve a spot in the top 10 test batsmen. So, Lord's would be the turning point. Why do the Indians think that they know everything? We have talented youngsters such as D.Chandimal, L.Tirimanne, B.Rajapakshe, etc. They'll certainly fill out after seniors quit. Yes, England is strong, but if this test series was played in Sri Lanka they loose the series for sure. Even the so called, Almighty Indians haven't defeated us in a test series in Sri Lanka, in the recent past. All the best Sri Lanka, we are always with our Lions.

  • SangakaraFan on May 31, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Dilshan, Sangakarra & J'wardede prove today that they are FLAT TRACK BULLIES. Outside Srilamka we can only beat Kenya, Zim & Pakistan.

  • on May 31, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Dilshan, please resign from the damn captaincy, because you need not to take any blames on someone else's deliberate mistakes

  • ScriptWriter on May 31, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    The blame of this defeat should rest on SLC's shoulders. Why do cricket boards insist on sending players to a series when they do not wish to play? No one wants to play a test match in England in May. Traditionally, matches began in June. ECB has sold out to Sky and they have to have 7 matches a season. The weather in May favours the home team rather too much. Home advantage is all well and good but would the English feel equally magnanimous in their statement of home advantage if India were to play them in the mountains of Ladakh at 14000 feet above sea level? Barring Pakistan, no team has defeated England in a test match played in May. This is probably one way for England to win, I suppose.

    Let's not blame the SL players. Yes, they collapsed in a heap. That can happen to any line up any time. Who is to say that if they had played the warm-up matches they would not have collapsed?

  • denwarlo70 on May 31, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    The Lankans will bounce back. We are very good fighters specially when our backs are against the wall. File this loss in the "Forget" file but take the wrong and make it right and come strong at Lords. All the best TEAM SRI LANKA. What I would like to see is Sanga and Mahela living up to their standards of witch they are known of at Lords and if they do so, we've got a game in our hands. Just a solitary loss doesn't meant we are a weak and poor side.

  • ruwan_Abeysekera on May 31, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    No excuse can be given for Sri Lankan Team. The most of the responsibility must be taken by Mahela and Sanga. We all know that how friendly they are. They supported each other under their respective captaincies. Why not they help Poor Dilshan. Is that Dilshan belonging to a different class. This is a utter shame. The pride brought to our country by likes of Arjuna , Sidath has been destroyed by these fellows. One thing is sure. These fellows are very greedy and motivated by IPL. They would have come to UK to relax after tiring IPL. Sri Lankan cricket must soon appoint a committee to look in to this disastrous match and see whether any sabotage effort had taken place

  • mysay on May 31, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    SarathW, I agree with you. Let Sanga & Mahela stick to their losing IPL franchises. Sanga gave up captaincy saying they wanted to groom a captain for the next WC, and they appoint a captain who is 2 years older than he is??? Brilliant logic. Sack the IPL players from the international team, (Dilshan Included) as IPL is all that seems to matter to them anyway. I'm sure many Sri Lankan's had very high regards for Sanga & Mahela, but after a longer IPL stay, you guys can kiss your popularity goodbye. Get rid of these guys and give the team actual young blood, they will do better than these two on any given day, if not losing with them is better than losing with so called experienced players.

  • on May 31, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    What a match...boring up until the last 25 overs. Whose to blame? Who cares, it was a brilliant match :) Perfect for the spirit of Test cricket, too bad SL had to make the sacrifice...but then again only the SL fans really care...lol. Such is the nature of sport

  • ranilranathunga on May 31, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    SANGA , MAHELA PLS RETIRE & GO AND PLAY IPL...WE NEED CHANDIMAL AND BAHNUKA IN OUR TEAM....AT LEAST WE WILL HAVE A GOOD TEAM IN FUTURE...

  • on May 31, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    Come on. Give these lankan boys a break. Its always tricky, playing in a 5th day wicket with so many rain interruptions and also dont forget you need to erase the deficit too. Srilanka is a very good batting side. They will come back. Its just a one off debacle.

    Many teams lost in this situation. So they did commit any sin here

  • Ellis on May 31, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Some of the fair weather SL supporters are at it again! The IPL, greed, age, team selection, are all on the menu of reasons for the loss. Sangakkara and Mahela do not have Test averages in the fifties because they are bad batsmen. Nobody in the SL second innings batted well and the side knows that. They only lost one Test, not the series.The team is quite capable of fighting back in the next two Tests. No doubt the SL fair weather supporters will be full of praise for the fightback. With supporters like that who needs critics? Good luck to the SL team who are always saddled with unrealistic expectations by some of their supporters.Saner heads will prevail and SL will perform creditably in the series and the ODIs.

  • PremasiriS on May 31, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Murali was a nothing bowler compared to Mendis when their earlier careers are compared. Once late Hansie Cronge hammered him all over the park which made Murali to go into hiding & to get his shoulder injured while fielding, but neither the team management nor the captain then, ever thought of dropping him even for a single match after his comeback. That is how you should treat your quality players. Mendis should be asked to bowl his away-going delivery more often and use the off-spinner & straight bowl occasionally as weapons depending on the type of the batsman. If justice were done to him there wasn't a single rough spot to be worked with though Herath got enough, as all the fast bowlers are being right-arm over the wicket bowlers in this on-going match. Mendis is a unique bowler who can turn the bowl effortlessly with some marvelous accuracy. Desapite having many quality spinners in the Domestic scene S'tors always go for their hot-favorites (Herath&Randiv).

  • PremasiriS on May 31, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    Unlike many other sports a cricket team needs a leader who has calming influence over his fellow team mates, apart from being intelligent & tactful. Both the present & his predecessor lack these vital ingredients. Mahela, the best captain to lead the country after Ranjan Madugalle, was able to take best out of Mendis. He was intelligent enough to evaluate the special skills this loose limbed tall spinner has. With his deceptive variations, he could deliver an un-playable bowl on any moment with his extra loosed shoulder-joint that can be rotated at 360 degrees a thing other than conventional bowlers can't even think of. Neither Sangakkara nor Dilshan have had any respect for this timid world class bowler for things he has done in the past, they always try to isolate him for the slightest mistakes he does (i.e. b'cos he got famous in a very short period of time). (To be continued)

  • dsig3 on May 31, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    With two captains playing in the side that resigned because it was all too hard I think SL have a problem. Malinga doesnt want to play anymore and Murali is gone. Get used to it SL because you dont have any talent coming through.

  • SarathW on May 31, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    When Sangakkara and Mahela resigned as captain an vc from the Sri Lanka team many were under the impression it was because of political interference. Now it is very clear why they did it.GREED. They wanted to play in the IPL as long as possibleL.They are the highest paid Sri Lankan players and benefited so much from cricket. But that was not enough for them.Mahela implied he is so good and can change from 20-20 to test if the mindset was right.But obviously he is not so great. Sri Lankan selectors should learn from this. If the players cannot meet the deadlines and join the team, get rid of them.Give a chance to the young and up coming players.

  • Woody111 on May 31, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    You're quite right landl47 - if Sri Lanka's batting caused the loss what hope have they got? Aus couldn't get them out twice on home soil bar Perth and I'd wager Sri Lanka's attack is no better than Aus'. No doubt we can expect runs from either Mahela or Sanga (or both) in the next test but so will a few of England's batsmen. Seriously, England's batting looks as settled as India's or anyone's at the moment. KP is the weak link! This could well be a 3 zip rout to England. As an Aussie this is painful to say but I think England are the test team to beat at present.

  • khalidSami on May 31, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    I think they need to regroup, foremost they should ask for forgiveness and get Malinga and Murali to rescue them, otherwise the English batsmen will abuse them throughout the series. There were 3 centurians in one inning, where they lost only 5 wickets. Things will get worse for SL ask the Australians.

    Retirement / IPL fever should not be a excuse for Malinga & Murali they may available now.

  • KingOwl on May 31, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    This is even more emabarrasing because the wicket was still good and the bowling was quite medicore - let's face it, the attack consisted of two bowlers (plus Broad who is not a real threat). I think SL just couldn't handle the pressure. It sometimes happens. I am sure they will come back strongly. You can't keep SL down for too long!

  • narthana on May 31, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    @Lord.Sharma No adjustment issue huh? Let's just look as the performance of Sangakkara and Jayawardene: 11 & 14 and 4 & 15 respectively.

  • imi905 on May 30, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    The main problem with all the teams from the subcontinent is that they are so much used to play on the dead wickets that once exposed they lose all the skill and technique of playing on the seam and swing English conditions. I watched the whole second inning, it was disaster, absolute pathetic display of batting skill. No one was sure how to play, there was no foot work at all, feet movements were like lead. I truly believe, The real cricket is on English condition, as great King Richard had once said, if you cannot play on English soil, you are not a batsman. I see a complete dominance in making, if the English bowlers remain fit.

  • BnH1985Fan on May 30, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    Sorry, The pathetic display is not excusable. These players are paid quite well and are representing their country. This performance, bowled out in about 25 overs, is just not acceptable of a test team. Lots of disappointed SL fans I am sorry to say. Have to go in with a must win attitude @ Lords and, WIN.

  • Lord.Sharma on May 30, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    why is this adjustment issue being brought up? there is no adjustment issue. just have a look at the first innings. having said that, i didnt watch the match, just going off of common sense

  • Jharsha09 on May 30, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    way to go Dishan...we are fighters and do our best when our backs are up against the wall. We just had a bad day. Things like this happen but that is the glory of sports. We come back to win the next time. We need a strike bowler, though. Really hoping Dihara will be fit to play. Let's create history by winning at Lords.

  • RJ_Upasena on May 30, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Not to worry Dilshan, use the embarrassing defeat as an inspiration to restore Lanka's pride at Lord's. Belief is the key, what happened in Cardiff must be viewed as a valuable lesson that we can never be assured of not losing unless each batsmen commits to the cause. Likewise, you must believe that you can bowl England out twice come the second test. First bat with your familiar aggression and always play to our strengths... Do not change your game as that erodes belief! Here's wishing you and the team the best, I'll be there on Friday to cheer ya on!

  • landl47 on May 30, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    The batting isn't the problem. SL have world class batsmen and they'll come back strong. The issue is whether this bowling attack can get England out twice. There's nobody in this squad that looks remotely like a world-class bowler. Unless SL can find some decent bowlers quickly, they are going to be playing to save games all the time and as today showed, when all you are playing for is a draw, it's very easy to lose.

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  • landl47 on May 30, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    The batting isn't the problem. SL have world class batsmen and they'll come back strong. The issue is whether this bowling attack can get England out twice. There's nobody in this squad that looks remotely like a world-class bowler. Unless SL can find some decent bowlers quickly, they are going to be playing to save games all the time and as today showed, when all you are playing for is a draw, it's very easy to lose.

  • RJ_Upasena on May 30, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Not to worry Dilshan, use the embarrassing defeat as an inspiration to restore Lanka's pride at Lord's. Belief is the key, what happened in Cardiff must be viewed as a valuable lesson that we can never be assured of not losing unless each batsmen commits to the cause. Likewise, you must believe that you can bowl England out twice come the second test. First bat with your familiar aggression and always play to our strengths... Do not change your game as that erodes belief! Here's wishing you and the team the best, I'll be there on Friday to cheer ya on!

  • Jharsha09 on May 30, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    way to go Dishan...we are fighters and do our best when our backs are up against the wall. We just had a bad day. Things like this happen but that is the glory of sports. We come back to win the next time. We need a strike bowler, though. Really hoping Dihara will be fit to play. Let's create history by winning at Lords.

  • Lord.Sharma on May 30, 2011, 22:56 GMT

    why is this adjustment issue being brought up? there is no adjustment issue. just have a look at the first innings. having said that, i didnt watch the match, just going off of common sense

  • BnH1985Fan on May 30, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    Sorry, The pathetic display is not excusable. These players are paid quite well and are representing their country. This performance, bowled out in about 25 overs, is just not acceptable of a test team. Lots of disappointed SL fans I am sorry to say. Have to go in with a must win attitude @ Lords and, WIN.

  • imi905 on May 30, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    The main problem with all the teams from the subcontinent is that they are so much used to play on the dead wickets that once exposed they lose all the skill and technique of playing on the seam and swing English conditions. I watched the whole second inning, it was disaster, absolute pathetic display of batting skill. No one was sure how to play, there was no foot work at all, feet movements were like lead. I truly believe, The real cricket is on English condition, as great King Richard had once said, if you cannot play on English soil, you are not a batsman. I see a complete dominance in making, if the English bowlers remain fit.

  • narthana on May 31, 2011, 0:50 GMT

    @Lord.Sharma No adjustment issue huh? Let's just look as the performance of Sangakkara and Jayawardene: 11 & 14 and 4 & 15 respectively.

  • KingOwl on May 31, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    This is even more emabarrasing because the wicket was still good and the bowling was quite medicore - let's face it, the attack consisted of two bowlers (plus Broad who is not a real threat). I think SL just couldn't handle the pressure. It sometimes happens. I am sure they will come back strongly. You can't keep SL down for too long!

  • khalidSami on May 31, 2011, 1:06 GMT

    I think they need to regroup, foremost they should ask for forgiveness and get Malinga and Murali to rescue them, otherwise the English batsmen will abuse them throughout the series. There were 3 centurians in one inning, where they lost only 5 wickets. Things will get worse for SL ask the Australians.

    Retirement / IPL fever should not be a excuse for Malinga & Murali they may available now.

  • Woody111 on May 31, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    You're quite right landl47 - if Sri Lanka's batting caused the loss what hope have they got? Aus couldn't get them out twice on home soil bar Perth and I'd wager Sri Lanka's attack is no better than Aus'. No doubt we can expect runs from either Mahela or Sanga (or both) in the next test but so will a few of England's batsmen. Seriously, England's batting looks as settled as India's or anyone's at the moment. KP is the weak link! This could well be a 3 zip rout to England. As an Aussie this is painful to say but I think England are the test team to beat at present.