Worcestershire v Sri Lankans, tour match, New Road

Jayasuriya helps Sri Lanka to warm-up win

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 22, 2011

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Sri Lankans 351 for 5 beat Worcestershire 294 by 57 runs

Sanath Jayasuriya struck 10 fours and three sixes in his 60-ball stay, Worcestershire v Sri Lankans, Tour Match, New Road, June 22 2011
Sanath Jayasuriya's controversial return to Sri Lanka started well against Worcestershire © PA Photos

Sanath Jayasuriya warmed up for the upcoming series against England by making 78 from 60 balls to help Sri Lanka to a 57-run win over Worcestershire.

Jayasuriya has not played an ODI since December 2009 but had been recalled to the side on the direction of the Sri Lanka government for the Twenty20 at Bristol and subsequent first ODI at The Oval before he retires. It's a move that has been criticised in many quarters and it's understood that senior players in the Sri Lanka squad are deeply unhappy about the decision to allow Jayasuriya back into the team.

He will, however, be buoyed by the performance, which included 10 fours and three sixes. Angelo Mathews, on his return from injury, made 81 and Jeevan Mendis contributed a rapid, unbeaten 99 as the runs flowed at New Road.

Having posted 351, Sri Lanka could have expected to cruise to victory but received a major fright from Moeen Ali, who made a career-best 136 from 90 balls. At one stage Worcestershire were 229 with 20 overs left and Moeen still at the crease but ended up losing their last seven wickets for 61 in 12.5 overs.

Matthews' return from a leg injury will be significant for the rest of the ODI tour. He has been a key component of the Sri Lanka side with bat and ball over the last few years and was missed during the Test series as Sri Lanka struggled to balance the side in his absence. Though he didn't bowl his 81 from 90 balls was crucial. Mendis, the 28-year-old allrounder, struck 11 fours and three sixes in his 71-ball stay, sharing a stand of 163 with Mathews.

The only respite for Worcestershire came from Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal's 10 overs on his club debut. He took three wickets including Mahela Jayawardene for 18 and Dinesh Chandimal for a duck.

Worcestershire's reply started with Lasith Malinga removing Jack Manuel in his second over for 4 before Moeen and Alexei Kervezee added 109 in 11.2 overs. After Kervezee departed to Ajantha Mendis for 45 Moeen found support from James Cameron. The pair took Worcestershire to 233 for 3 but Moeen was snared by Mendis and the chase tailed away. Malinga mopped up the last two wickets to finish with 3 for 25 and helped Sri Lanka return to winning ways ahead of the limited-overs international summer.

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Posted by niranjanfer on (June 24, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

How does the reporter know to state the Government selected SJ? Did any of the senior players mention to the reporter that they are not happy with SJ's selection. SJ is and will be the guy who turned One day cricket on its head. He is still the fittest amongst the SL players and definitely fitter than the English.

Posted by flyingmachinee on (June 24, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

@layya...Sanath was in ipl tv shows in india ..............sanath wud have also gone wit ipl if he was givn a chance 2 play..........

Posted by Aussie_Mike on (June 24, 2011, 7:16 GMT)

Either SJ should have been selected for the whole ODI series, or not at all. No man is bigger than cricket.

Posted by flyingmachinee on (June 24, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

@mendis.....Sanath is a great player ...u call him a uncle???hes fitter than anyother in the team ...if he feels hes nt fit he wont be playing...hes a fighter ......actually 50%fit sanath is mre dangerous than anyther fit guy n the team,still hes an atheletic fielder...get ur stats rite mate.........Thn u say srilanka lost the wc final coz of murali????it was a collective failure by the team.indians played murali well that doesnt mean murali was unfit or didnt bowl well.....murali and sanath are fighters they wont give up easily.........witout murali and sanath srilankan cricket wudnt have gone this well in world cricket.........

Posted by gayanprr7 on (June 24, 2011, 3:14 GMT)

sanath jayasooriya - the master blaster of world cricket has back in to the side. but why SLC selectors this is decision not take in world cup final . very unfortunately. SJ is price less property of srilanka cricket. if SJ was played to world cup final in 2011 , definitely sri lanka won the match . very lucky for india coz there was not played SJ. SJ power is back to srilanka cricket but too late. very best luck to SANA BROTHER all srilankans with you

Posted by layya on (June 23, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

@navindra80: I really agree with your comments. Those senior boys who don't want SJ back in the side are the ones choose IPL over SL. SJ would never have done that and he is one of the root cause why SL is considered as a top cricketing nation. Just think of him being the high scorer of all highest totals in all three formats when SL hold the record. He is the father of modern ODI cricket. He was great to watch. Since his absence how many of you have seen a simple flick off the leg that flies over the boundary line, how many players square cut for six consistently.

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (June 23, 2011, 17:07 GMT)

Im not a political fan of any party in SriLanka, but Im amazed and shocked to see people comment about a great servant of both world and international cricket just because Sana is not in their supporting party. How can people so soon forget the honors brought by him to SriLanka. Definitely they are not cricket lovers.....Im certain that 99.99% consider Sana as an asset of SriLanka and world cricket...I hope that all commentators get it right and not insult the national heroes who have done wonders to make mother Lanka proud. All the best to Sana for his final encounter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by sai1991 on (June 23, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

Jayasuria could have opted retirment at the end of the series

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (June 23, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

Sana scoing a fifty and taking 2 wickets is good.But giving a chance for a fit,satisfactory farewell is not that good,considering that we have to win from ODI #1.If sana plays that ODI,then SL is playing 10 people + uncle.Doing well against a national side is so difficult that doing that against a county side.Giving a fit farewell to murali in the WC final cost us the cup.(coz Murali was unfit and couldn't bowl or field well.That was obvious.See the Videos.).SL, dont do that kind of mistakes...!!!

Posted by priyantha123 on (June 23, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

The article says ""Jayasuriya has not played an ODI since December 2009 but had been recalled to the side on the direction of the Sri Lanka government" - this shows how much political pressure is there in Sri Lankan cricket. Forget about jayasuriya's 78 which is not a big deal. if not him some body else would have done the same. Most important thing is the game should be governed by independent authority without ant governmental intervention.

Posted by navindra80 on (June 23, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

What I can say is Sanath Jayasooriya wants to play for Sri Lanka desparately regarless of other privately owned teams such IPL or English counties. Based on that he is good son of Sri Lanka & he always knew that his root (the country he plays) is important than other cricket gambles.

Cricket fans need their country to win over or play at best agaist internation level. Jayasooriya always try his best to give that to his fans and he is cricket legend (even some critics dont like it or not) He proved that, how far a small time cricket boy can go with his enoumous tallent as an all round legendary cricketer.

Posted by stormy16 on (June 23, 2011, 9:41 GMT)

Good win and nice to see some of the guys get some runs but Dilshans absence means he will come in cold to the games. Great to see Anji back in action but I note he hasnt bowled which takes out that all important balance to the team. Sanath saved further embarassment by making runs but I guess SLC should consider him for tests as well!! The really insane part is this probably is on the minds of the powers to be at SLC who are clearly not having Cricket in mind but personal agendas and I guess in those circumstances anything is possible - hey recall Murali and Vaas - that would be a great way to re-build for the future.

Posted by hawkeye30 on (June 23, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

@Denwarlo70, it isn't inaccurate that part of the SLankan community has a issue with Sanath simply because he is a politician. You point is, old guys in the game should pass their place to the youngsters which is the right way to go. But not at the expense of players like Sanath. These kind of players are not made, but born. Its going to take another decade or who knows, maybe never to see talents such as aravinda, murali, Vaasa, Sanath. When these players are fit enough to perform at the highest level it's an asset. As Sanath has proved he is still very much good enough to perform at this level. Its unfortunate that he was not given an opportunity in the WC squad as it would have made an huge impact. Sanath was left out. Selection was granted to two chamara's (Youngsters) where are they today and what did SLanka cricket gained in the WC due to these kind of players.

Posted by DCDC on (June 23, 2011, 8:32 GMT)

Great Answer by senior man. Its not the age, what matters is performance. 78 runs and 2 for 17, what great masterpiece which gave much needed guts to the young players to shine. Looking at the way our team played and mindset in the tests , there was no aggression or dire intent could be visible.

It must be said that its not up to fellow players to decide whom their team mates will be. It does not work like that.

Jayasuriya should be asked & requested to continue playing for the country as long as performs. Age is not a selection criteria but performance.

Posted by taniap on (June 23, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Good luck to Lankans! Hope they will do better in the shorter version than how they did in the longer version of the game. I hope Sana will have a good farewell.

Posted by HLANGL on (June 23, 2011, 8:08 GMT)

This shows what J'ya is really capable of. Basically he plays with all the flair, not playing a greedy game as some other senior SL players by curbing even the last drop of flair in the game merely for the sake of building better averages. Every decent innings of J'ya has been mighty influential & has made far greater impact towards the end result of the game than the ones played by S'kara, Mahela & co in 99% of the games.The fact that this man was simply dumped from the SL lineup & unavailability of of any other single player to fill his sheer match winning skills (Dilshan might have been a reasonable impersonation, but not quite exactly the same when it comes to the influentiality & the ability to control the game even at the most crucial stages are concerned) left me nothing but whole-heartedly disappointed even before the WC2011 began.I still prefer the fact that ultimately they really felt the absence of a true match-winning batsman in their side, when it all matters in the end.

Posted by Mitsui on (June 23, 2011, 6:18 GMT)

Good to hear jayasuriya playing well. I hope he goes out with a good knock in his last game. Afterall, he is one of the reasons why we can call ourselves former world champions and also is a person who revolutionized both SL and international cricket. Good to hear that Angie is back. Since SLC is gonna be overhauled after this tour, let's hope some sensible people gets appointed and they make sensible decisions like appointing Angie as vice captain of the team. Good knock by Mendis as well. Good to see the new players joining the band wagon. Go SL lets win the ODI series

Posted by anver777 on (June 23, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

"Master Blaster" Sana desperately want to finish his international career in high note.........hope he will blast Eng bowlers in Saturday's T20 too !!!!!!

Posted by denwarlo70 on (June 23, 2011, 5:47 GMT)

@hawkeye30, I think your thinking of the thinking of the Sri Lankan public is totally wrong/inaccurate. The whole of Sri Lanka is proud to own a player in the caliber of Sanath Jayasooriya. The thinking is that the old dog should hang his boots and allow the younger players to get a chance. That's all...

Posted by randika_ayya on (June 23, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

@Masud_BITK: Its Jeevan Mendis the all-rounder not Ajantha Mendis the bowler!

Posted by cricPassion2009 on (June 23, 2011, 5:16 GMT)

How lovely to hear Jayasuriya among runs. Sanath, all your fans rooting for you. We missed you at WC, but wish you good luck from your Indian fans.

Posted by Udendra on (June 23, 2011, 5:11 GMT)

Well played Jeevan! you deserve a place.

Posted by visualdp on (June 23, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

@Masud_BITK: Mate this is Jeewan Mendis(a good all rounder) Not Ajantha Mendis :) :)

Posted by hawkeye30 on (June 23, 2011, 3:30 GMT)

Jayasuriya has proved his critics wrong again by scoring a 60 ball 78. Jayasuriya always will be one of the greats although some in SL does not appreciate what SJ has done for SL cricket and still continue to do so. Sana is back where he belongs even if it's for a few matches.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (June 23, 2011, 3:00 GMT)

We will miss Jayasurya but see some one like Moeen...Go Moeen Go..like Hashim Amla...WOW Mendis can also bat...surprised...

Posted by Ellis on (June 23, 2011, 2:44 GMT)

One swallow does not make a summer. So, let us see a repeat of this performance by Jayasuriya in the International matches. Mathews return is good news. Jeevan Mendis could be an important all rounder for SL if given a chance. However, it seems that sombody up there does not like him. All wins are a boost. SL have a chance of doing well in the short formats.

Posted by RecordHunter on (June 23, 2011, 2:33 GMT)

Well done SANA...Gud luck for the matches ahead...

Posted by katandthat3 on (June 22, 2011, 21:46 GMT)

I've been pretty impressed of what I've seen of Moeen Ali in the games we get back in Australia, very wristy, would have been a great knock to watch.

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