England v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Lord's July 3, 2011

Chandimal century seals crushing victory

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Sri Lanka 249 for 4 (Chandimal 105*, Jayawardene 79) beat England 246 for 7 (Cook 119, Pietersen 41) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

As South Africa's former coach, Mickey Arthur, once put it: "Mother cricket has a funny habit of biting you in the bum if you mess with it". Sri Lanka's 21-year-old matchwinner, Dinesh Chandimal, was clearly oblivious to those words of wisdom, as he and his fifth-wicket partner, Angelo Mathews, gave England a brief glimmer of an unexpected reprieve, before completing a crushing victory in the third ODI at Lord's.

In the end, victory was sealed with six wickets and ten balls to spare, but Chandimal's quest for a maiden Lord's century - which he sealed with a cathartic six over long-on in the 48th over, after Mathews had played out a maiden at the other end - left more than a few anxious faces up on the dressing-room balcony.

Mathews and Chandimal seemed oblivious to all the gesticulations from on high, and perhaps they had a point - despite the artificial drama, this was one-day cricket at its most one-sided. After choosing to bat first, England's 246 for 7 always seemed at least 40 runs below par, despite a determined 119 from 143 balls from England's captain, Alastair Cook, a player whose one-day credentials remain under severe scrutiny - not least from his No. 1 critic, Mike Atherton, whose post-match interview for Sky was noticeably terse after his recent denunciation of Cook as a "plodder".

Being a realist, Cook will himself know he still has plenty to prove. His guts and determination were not in question in this performance, but aside from another broken promise of an innings from Kevin Pietersen, no-one in the England team batted at anything like the tempo expected in modern-day one-day cricket. It is a moot point whether Cook was a factor in that failure or the only saving grace, but as Jayawardene and Chandimal later demonstrated, there's an art to unobtrusive run-making, and it's one that England's captain still has to master.

Jayawardene's preferred method is to caress rather than bludgeon, and that trait was on display once again as he took the lead in the first Powerplay, hoisting Sri Lanka to 61 for 1 in ten overs, compared to England's sluggish mark of 32 for 2 at the same stage. At the other end, Chandimal played the supporting role to perfection, before growing into his responsibility to see the game to its conclusion after each of the four current and former captains in Sri Lanka's line-up had departed the scene before him.

Despite an apparent susceptibility to the short ball, which England set about exploiting at regular opportunities, Chandimal announced his presence with two flashing boundaries in his first eight deliveries, then followed up by driving Bresnan on the up through extra cover for another four. He brought up his fifty from a steady 73 balls, then raised his aggression levels as the victory drew nigh, and that tantalising prospect of a century closed in.

With seven overs of the innings remaining, Chandimal had 87 to his name, and Sri Lanka needed only 17 for victory. Mathews' response was to block his way to one run from 21 balls, to give his colleague as much of a chance as possible. A Dernbach maiden in the 47th over briefly ended up with both batsmen at the same end, but two balls later - and after several gloves and replacement bats from an increasingly irate dressing-room - Chandimal cleared his front leg to Bresnan, and smacked him high over mid-on for the most joyful hit of his young life.

England's only other moment of real pressure had been of a less-contrived variety - between overs 24 and 34, when James Anderson and Dernbach located some handy swing to keep Sri Lanka's ambitions in check. By that stage, however, they were already some 40 runs ahead of the required rate, thanks to Jayawardene's effortless rush of runs in the Powerplay. As soon as the mandatory ball-change had taken place, the lateral movement vanished, and with it the threat.

After the failure of their pursuit of 310 at Leeds, England had resisted the temptation to tinker with their line-up, but the early overs of their innings set an unfortunate precedent. Cook had one major let-off when Jayawardene dropped him at slip on 15, but he did his best to prevent the run-rate from stalling with five boundaries in the first Powerplay, all square of the wicket. However, his first two partners, Craig Kieswetter and Jonathan Trott, managed five singles from 26 balls between them to reduce the tempo to a crawl.

It needed the arrival of Pietersen to transform England's intent. In one over from Lakmal he pounded three fours in a row, but the introduction of Sri Lanka's spinners stemmed the boundary flow and induced the error, as Pietersen climbed into a slog-sweep but top-edged his stroke to deep midwicket. It was the third time in three innings that he had fallen to Mendis, and two overs later, the legspinner had doubled his tally, when Morgan missed a quicker, straighter delivery, and was rapped on the pad in front of middle and leg.

At 88 for 4 after 22 overs, England had neither runs on the board nor wickets in hand, and though Cook did keep the home fires burning with a 127-ball century, his subsequent attempts to clear the boundary betrayed the shortcomings in his one-day game. He was badly dropped at point by Thilina Kandamby off Malinga on 103, and regularly lost his shape while winding up for the big shot, even though he finally connected with two fours through midwicket in the 49th over to give the run-rate a belated jolt.

Graeme Swann swiped ten runs from the last two balls of the innings, including England's only six, over midwicket, but even at that stage, Sri Lanka were confident of victory. Just how confident became clear when Chandimal and Mathews started toying with the game in the closing stages. When your opponents start taking the mickey mid-match, you know your strategies are in trouble.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rajakottaram on July 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    He is a good Emerging player in Srilanka.

  • BustIPL on July 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @CricSare, It will be ridiculous selecting a team based on SLPL as it will also be fun cricket like IPL/ICL. Look back to the history of IPL/ICL players. They form a team like the current Indian outfit in West INdies where only Laxman/Dravid standout. Is Raina an IPLer.

  • liteniro007 on July 5, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Mathews was very confident in Chandimal and by the way I think Dilshan should have more faith in youngsters...

  • fazald on July 5, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    England's ODI record is very poor having lost to the aussies last summer 6-1, then to minnows Ireland followed by an early exit in the world cup.Since the last ashes series where the ball swung both ways in the early part of the summer in Australia their bowlers have not been able to repeat the same performance except in the second innings of the first test against Sri Lanka on the last day on friendly bowling conditions Though Finn & Tremlett have been rested for the Indian series I am sure their services may be required if England wants to clinch this series against Sri Lanka. It's time to drop Broad since he has been struggling right along.

  • WTEH on July 4, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    It was about time for SL to play the youngsters. Should bring Bhanuka too. Think what could have achieved if these players were introduced in the world cup. Sad to see Sanath retire. Somebody should give this message to the two Chamara's too. They'll be doing SL a huge favor.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 4, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka ODI xi if picked on merit alone **

    U Tharanga T Dilshan M Jayawardene K Sangakkara D Chandimal A Matthews C Kapugedera T Perera N Kulasekera L Malinga A Mendis

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 4, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    Wow so the flat track bullies Mahela and Sanga managed to come to the fore, didn't they. Lords was as flat as the pitches in Lanka and no wonder runs were flowing. When the pitches were seaming a little bit during test matches these two TIGERS were not able to even touch the ball !!

  • Mandernew on July 4, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    During the era, after mahela and sanga sri lanka had a problem of quality batsmen.just because our school cricket was down for sometime. it was the path that almost every sr lankan cricketer came through. but few yeas ago it was re settled to its previous standerds , even better maybe, now its the time for the players who has been developed with that glamour of new verson of great school cricket to represent sri lanka. Angie and Chandi are the first flames of it. Lot to come..... Good luck sri lanka!!!!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Too much angry captain we have.............. SANGA miss u............

  • on July 4, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    although it was risky it is fine sportsman ship displayed by u mr.mathews.there is no dought that u & chandimal have a colourful path in sri lanka cricket.oncce ucome back hope wecan celebrate it at the old joes !thanks

  • Rajakottaram on July 5, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    He is a good Emerging player in Srilanka.

  • BustIPL on July 5, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @CricSare, It will be ridiculous selecting a team based on SLPL as it will also be fun cricket like IPL/ICL. Look back to the history of IPL/ICL players. They form a team like the current Indian outfit in West INdies where only Laxman/Dravid standout. Is Raina an IPLer.

  • liteniro007 on July 5, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Mathews was very confident in Chandimal and by the way I think Dilshan should have more faith in youngsters...

  • fazald on July 5, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    England's ODI record is very poor having lost to the aussies last summer 6-1, then to minnows Ireland followed by an early exit in the world cup.Since the last ashes series where the ball swung both ways in the early part of the summer in Australia their bowlers have not been able to repeat the same performance except in the second innings of the first test against Sri Lanka on the last day on friendly bowling conditions Though Finn & Tremlett have been rested for the Indian series I am sure their services may be required if England wants to clinch this series against Sri Lanka. It's time to drop Broad since he has been struggling right along.

  • WTEH on July 4, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    It was about time for SL to play the youngsters. Should bring Bhanuka too. Think what could have achieved if these players were introduced in the world cup. Sad to see Sanath retire. Somebody should give this message to the two Chamara's too. They'll be doing SL a huge favor.

  • Sanath-aiyya on July 4, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    Sri Lanka ODI xi if picked on merit alone **

    U Tharanga T Dilshan M Jayawardene K Sangakkara D Chandimal A Matthews C Kapugedera T Perera N Kulasekera L Malinga A Mendis

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on July 4, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    Wow so the flat track bullies Mahela and Sanga managed to come to the fore, didn't they. Lords was as flat as the pitches in Lanka and no wonder runs were flowing. When the pitches were seaming a little bit during test matches these two TIGERS were not able to even touch the ball !!

  • Mandernew on July 4, 2011, 20:04 GMT

    During the era, after mahela and sanga sri lanka had a problem of quality batsmen.just because our school cricket was down for sometime. it was the path that almost every sr lankan cricketer came through. but few yeas ago it was re settled to its previous standerds , even better maybe, now its the time for the players who has been developed with that glamour of new verson of great school cricket to represent sri lanka. Angie and Chandi are the first flames of it. Lot to come..... Good luck sri lanka!!!!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    Too much angry captain we have.............. SANGA miss u............

  • on July 4, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    although it was risky it is fine sportsman ship displayed by u mr.mathews.there is no dought that u & chandimal have a colourful path in sri lanka cricket.oncce ucome back hope wecan celebrate it at the old joes !thanks

  • MOONAMALPE on July 4, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    chandimal has proved with his match wining hundred that he is deserve to be in srilankan team as regular NUMBER three.Has kandamby proved any thing as such in his long one day career.He continues to look less capable of representing the Srilankan team.Cheers to mathews for his talent,skills,selfconfidence and contribution to the game.Mathews should be our vice captain now and will be our future captain after DILSHAN if Srilanka looking for a bright future.

  • on July 4, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Angelo you are brave(Lion)+big hart,Chanidimal-no dout of talent,with comming years you will fullfill our dreams.Give your hand to Dilshan.We salute all of team mates for the hard work done.

  • Nalinkjaya on July 4, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    Anji..... You are the Man of the match...!!! Country's victory is Individual victories... !!! Please understand......

  • cricketman123 on July 4, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    Replace Kandambi with Dimuth. Enough is enough. he lacks attitude and talent.

  • liteniro007 on July 4, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Mathews was very confident in Chandimal and by the way I think Dilshan Should have more faith in youngsters.

  • on July 4, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Anti-Srilankans however try to find a fault. This was a sign how Sri Lankans controlled the game. and we see the sign of a good captaincy (Anjelo). Anjelo helped his younger partner to achieve his milestone. Some have commented that Matthews should have got a single and give Chandimal a chance. He tried that and when he couldn't get it, he blocked the over, so Chandimal could bat on the other end. We have heard that Cricket is a gentlemen's game. But I am not sure whether it suits the English players.

  • fazald on July 4, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Unlike in test cricket these bunch of South African cricketers in Pietersen, Trott, Kieswetter & Dernbach are not helping England win just like their countrymen playing for South Africa & seem to flounder when it comes to ODI's. Now England needs to look elsewhere if they need to improve their performance in one day cricket as well.

  • Kyle_Jones235 on July 4, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    And to answer the question "why is kandamby in the side?"

    Well it is common knowledge that the Sri Lankan selectors always dedicate one spot for a batsmen that has no use whatsoever.

    Before it was kapugedera, but now his reign of getting out for single figures every game is over, we have kandamby to take over the post.

  • Kyle_Jones235 on July 4, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    So I saw the game, heard the comments from the commentators which i disagreed with, and expected coming here to view a plethora of comments undermining chandimal and mathews, bringing up 'spirt of the game' and all that jazz.

    But it makes me happy to see that people are not making such claims, and are even supporting the two youngsters.

    We have to put our selves in the batsmen's shoes. Chandimal, a very young boy, coming from playing club cricket in sri lanka, given an oppurtunity to cement his place in his nation's team, the chance to score a hundred in one of the most historical grounds in the world... Ofcourse he is going to take it.

    I am sure this is something that chandimal will not forget for his whole cricketing career. A career that currently looks very bright.

  • samincolumbia on July 4, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    First Australia plays a meaningless 7 ODI series to get to #1 and now it's SL's turn...Thank you England!!

  • WTEH on July 4, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    As long as the weather holds it is going to curtains for England. Watch out England, in future world cups only first 8 countries will be selected. Look like you guys have to fight with the minnows to get in.

  • cric_fanatics on July 4, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    @sanath007..you are the most forthright comedian i have come across...Mathews toyed with the attack..by scoring at a strike rate of 4.75...yeah..thats some toying..only a sri lankan could pull that off....

  • on July 4, 2011, 13:20 GMT

    Angelo got a big heart and calm heads. He showed true leadership qualities. He trusted his batting partner and complimented him. Thats a great sign of leadership. chandimal got talent, lets hope he continues in the same vein. I think sooner than later angelo should be made the captain

  • on July 4, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    well done sri-lanka! great day for SRILANKAl cricket This time it will be done 4-1. CAPT COOK NO MORE BUCCANEERING !!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    young chandimal showed his streanth his batting performances yesterday.i think he could be the finest batsmen in the future.he build his inning very well.go chandimal...go chandimal..

  • CricSare on July 4, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    SL had great players like Sanath,Murali,Vaas,Atthapatu in the recent years to guide SL to the vitories. Mostly these big names were highlited with Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan in SL cricket.most of them are gone now.Sanga,mahela and TMD is in their latter part of carriers.But here comes the latest strom of SLC to carry on their cricket for the future.Great to see young people perform very well at big stage.Stil long way to go.I m pretty sure that SLC identify some more talented yongsters at thier SLPL.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    @ go vikes- i don't think that you have watched the entire match. it's not the selfishness if chandimal. it is the spirit of lions. can you remember the ball that mathews played for square leg and chandimal went for the single & mathews refuse it.,ore than chandial, mathews want him to go for century. coz he knows a value of a century even he hasn't got one.

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    It was Mathews who scored the century...With all massages coming in from the dressing room and with the pressure...how he stand tall against all the odds...gr8 show mathews...and well done Chandimal....

  • wnwn on July 4, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    England should just concentrate on test cricket and play the reserves in odi and t20 matches. You never know, they might perform better than the first choice team.

  • ravindumal on July 4, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    When become a captain, He should have calm & cool mind.( Arjuna, Mahela and MS Dhoni are the best examples). But Dilshan didn't show that. He was nerves even there was nothing. In Mathew's role, He never got a Hundred in ODI or a test, But he got the full responsibility and support Chandimal like a real gentlemen.That is his cool mind & confident. So my "Man of the Match" goes to Angelo Mathews and I believe he is the best person to become a Next SL Captain.

  • nwsk on July 4, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    i think good cricket & family cricket. matiwes always helping to dinesh got the scores. but dilshan not happy about that. dilshan dont make joke parts

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    what hell Kandamby doing in SL team WHy no Thirimanna what the hell :\

  • Ayubowan on July 4, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Well played SL and of course Chandimal for his splendid century. As for the last few overs to reach it, I have no issue with that.

    Let's call it a STORM IN CEYLON TEA CUP.

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    I'm a sri lankan and that was a shameful display from Dinesh Chandimal. He's being given the great honour in representing his country yet he is willing to risk losing the game. Now how can anyone say that his century was match-winning when the runs were practically being distributed to him from the other end?

  • CRIC89 on July 4, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    I think Dilshan shows too much of temper in last few overs of Sri Lankan inning. It looked little unpleasant to watch. Dilshan should prepare him self much more better for leadership role. Otherwise he is an aggressive, confident leader. That's what we need right now.

  • FAB_ALI on July 4, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    I M NOT A SRI LANKAN FAN BUT I DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG IN IT. It was poor cricket from England which allowed Sri Lanka to play in any manner they want to, you cant snatch the allotted overs from them. It shows how poor was english bowling.

  • CSreekumar on July 4, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Excellent show by Lankans and Chandimal played his dream knock. It's nice to have century at lords and it will boost his confidence. Angelo did a great job to let him complete 100. There is no chance for England to win from that position and if Lankans finished match with Chandimal at 95 or so will be a shame. This shows how poor English bowling and Lankans burned them to ground. Go Lanka GO... Teach ENG a lesson before they face WORLD CHAMPIONS....

  • schathuranga on July 4, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Sri Lanka always producing great cricketers..step by step.

  • PremasiriS on July 4, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Though every SLn fan is very happy over Chandimal's perfomances, it could be a headache for few selectors as they can't bring in their favorites&other influential players ( which made de foreign cricket fans to believe that SL has gone short of quality players during de last decade&1/2). Chandimal & his club mate Angelo Perera (Highest R getter in the U-23 Tou& The Best Schoolboy Batsman 2009) Bhanuka R (1of de top 5 batsmen in the 2010 Y-WC&The Best Schoolboy Cricketer 2010)Dimuth(in the present sqd.1stCl.Bat.Ave.44+)Thirimanne (1stCl.Bat.Ave.43+)Khausal Silva(1stCl.Bat.Ave.47+) together with AngeloM should hve been brought into the Team straight from school ,as They've been very consistent batsmen from the age 15. Khandhambi Aged 29 who has a better technique(can play the ball willfully all along the ground right frm de bat a thing which most established bats can't do) should hve . brought very much earlier. Same scenario goes with our talented bowlers as well.

  • dilr on July 4, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    This Time 4-1 defeat To ENG surely.

  • vcvidath34 on July 4, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    As far as concern Mathew's,, I thought he got GOOD HEART... because he knew how Important that century for young Chandimal,,,, and good leadership quality from Mathew's because if SL hadn't won that match of-cause Mathew's had to answer and may be his career would have been in trouble if that went in vain,,,, Brilliant Guts showed ,,,, Well done Mathew's ... Cheersssssss.......

  • evadwij on July 4, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    To quote the writer: "Just how confident became clear when Chandimal and Mathews started toying with the game in the closing stages"..that says it all. Though Pieterson and Broad may have been churlish in their behaviour, it was the sportsmanship and skills of Chandimal and Angelo that showed that cricket is a lovely sport to play and watch when played with flair and calculated risks, and not so woodenly like the English players.

  • on July 4, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    SL is wasting the immense talent of Jeewan Mendis. He is not a slugger. He hit good cricket shots. He should open with Dilshan and let hit some shots over the fielders. Jayawardane can come next.

  • denwarlo70 on July 4, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Whatever David Lloyd and Nasser Hussein said at the latter part of the match, I agree and disagree with them. One, the both should have definitely finished the game much earlier and seconds, it's okay as anyone would want a ton at Lord's and they could have afforded to play around for a few overs. All in all, both situations were sorted out nicely and congrats team Sri Lanka for a good win in the 3rd ODI. We understand the dressing rooms anxiety and the general public's as a whole but in the end a job well done. At the onset of this series, I did say there will be no 5-0 for SL but any result that SL would end up on the winning side and looks to me it is happening. Congrats LIONS, you've done us proud.

  • CricSamraat on July 4, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    It speaks well of Mathews to sacrifice his runs to let the young star from his team to scrore his first hundred. Youngsters need support - otherwise your country's team suffers. Well done SriLanka.

  • on July 4, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    What a place 2 have an ODI century in his 6th appearance @ Lords. Appreciate Anjee's immense amount of support 4 d century which shows d greatfullness & d unselfishness of our Sri Lankan players 2 d whole world. ..

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    @Mr Go vikes dude the this is what we call Sri Lankan Style in Cricket............ it is unique.............. we are not only playing for victory, if there is a way we go for personal achievements!!!!!!!! there should be something to celebrate after the victory, something about bravery!!! we saw everything in that game.......... team spirit in the same time with the great hand of Angi.......... apart from the screams of Dilshan & Malinga, the seniors Mahela, Sanga & Marvan they showed the quality that the team should illuminate in for youngsters...... they are learning lessons & the best thing is let them to learn & appreciate their work................. it was a great day, a good match & happy moment for future SL cricket!!!!!

    ANANDIANz they dont give up anything!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CricSare on July 4, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    I wonder what will happen to England when Dilshan start to fire up??He is having the most powerful gasses in his tank than anyother SL player..More likely Dilshan will come to the party soon.With the help of great class behind him,England will earn 4-1 defeat form Talented Sri Lanka.

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka...!!!

  • SanasDoha on July 4, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    The way Chandimal and Angelo Mathews setup their minds to get 100 for Chandimal and winning the game is absolutely remarkable. They knew the target and remaining balls, so no hurry, well planed finishing. Good Luck Guys.

  • stormy16 on July 4, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    SL were in top form but what about this Eng team? Seems they need rain and more rain with just enough time to play cricket in totally damp conditions with assistance to the seamers and total no assistance to the spinners to even start to compete!! Not sure why guys like Dinesh and Jeevan didint get a chance before this? Dinesh is only 21 but Jeevan is 28 and looks a decent package. Eng need to re-think the Cook/Trott/Bell combination - I dont beleive its working.

  • manjithakumara on July 4, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    First of all, KP plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz concentrate on your own performance and don't try to act as Mr. Cricket.

    Secondly a brave knock from Chandimal. His first time in England. Had to face body line deliveries from broad. Bresnon sledged at him early in his innings. Broad was getting in Chandimal's way when he was running. KP and his herd were telling nonsense at Chandimal in the latter part of his innings. But never lost his concentration like KP did in his innings for nothing. It was tough going for the young man. But he stood up and gave a magnificent answer. Well done young man. You've got a bright future ahead.

  • CricSare on July 4, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Many people criticized English team by telling they are not a good ODI team.That sound strange.For me these two wins came because of the EXCEPTIONAL TALENTS of Sri Lanka.As usuall better side wins the match.Come on people here England taking On last two time WC runners up.they got a game here.Real tester for England.they are way behind of SL.Really happy the way Matthews supported his team mate to reach the mile stone.IT will be remembered in Chandimals heart forever.That is sportsmanship.To be united,these things are essential.This will be Kandambys' last series.Heard that SL has a player called Lahiru Thirimanne 21 years old.I remember Upul Tharanga too.he ll come soon after 3 months rest.Bhanuka Rajapakshe,the 19 captain is a real young talent for SL.What they have to do now is to find a match winning bowler or two like Murali and Vaas.once again SL got the Fast and Fururious persuit for WC2015.As a pakistani I am Really happy to see this much of talent form this little island.

  • anver777 on July 4, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    The game was almost sealed at that stage, so i think Mathews allowing young Chandimal to score an ODI century in Lords is fair enough..................SL will win the series 3/2

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    weldone Anji.. that was very good gesture and generosity to feel the importance of young Chandima's maiden ton at the university of Cricket! you were a passionate partner in the middle... and for chandima..its okay this time, but remember country before self and we had players like Mahanama, who had thrown away many TONS for the sake of the team and country...

    so next time be viiilant to understand and feel the need of the country and team before your parsonal gain.. that would be and the only will be insurance you would have for a enduring future as a team man...

    GOOD LUCK LANKANS>> GO go o .....

  • yatins11 on July 4, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    As an Indian supporter it gives me immense satisfaction seeing England loose. England are pathetic in ODI's and they think they are the best side in the world. By playing some decent cricket (only in Tests) at home does not make them the best team.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:21 GMT

    im dissapointed with dilshan's show. He is acting like a road captain. sanga and mahela wont act like this as a captain.come on mattews!. you'll be a good captain in future

  • shehanable on July 4, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    If they deliberately disobeyed Dilshan, then it's fair enough that they get a mild rebuke. All I know is that if Sri Lanka won the game with Chandimal not out and short of a hundred, the victory would not have been as sweet.

    SO, it rocked!

  • ashangamage on July 4, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    nothing wrong.mathives did right thing by giving scoring opportunity to chandimal.hundred @ loards Cricket ground is dream of every single player in the world.mathives sacrifice his runs for Chandimal.well done young man....

  • schathuranga on July 4, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    I think england will trying hard to come back strongly in next 2 odi.i like to see half century by j.mendis.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    SL are the real World Champions.......Kev P is a great batsman, but should not turn sour when a lad of 21 plays like a pro for his 100......Well done Chandimal you got a great and bright future, great job Angie M.

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    What is the use of thilina kandabbi.What is his role? Nothing...A good fielder -(I don't think so) A good batsman -(I don't think so) a good Bowler-(I don't think so).And also his is the wise captain.

  • SRT_GENIUS on July 4, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @sanath007: Exactly... and captain criticized the own team culture. That's the spirit.

  • Tamil_SL on July 4, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Nice to see encouraging comments for Mathews who was under lot of fire after the 1st ODI. Those asking Dilshan to be more patient, first learn to be patient yourself.

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I don't think we can be sure..but I wonder if KP's outbust and apparent outrage at Sri Lanka's 'tactics' at the end of the match...was perhaps an attempt to unsettle Chandimal and the Sri Lankan's?..perhaps he sniffed an opportunity and was looking to maximise this? I think this is professional sport these days...any opportunity to physiologically imbalance the batman/other team will be taken. Additionally Eng may use this as an opportunity to fire themselves up..create a 'revenge' mindset..and come out all guns blazing in the next match!...no doubt that both Chandimal and Matthews will not hear the end of the episode when they are next out on the field,how will they handle it? I think the 'theatre' is all seen as part of the game now..I only hope that the situation doesn' overspill into 'bad blood' between the teams/nations..as an Englishman whose parents are both Sri Lankan,I have love for both teams,historically the nations have great relationship, which should not be thrown away!

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Good inning by chandimal, however there is something a bit wrong about so clearly ignoring your own captains instructions, as it undermines Dilshan's authority. Some have criticized cooks century as too slow but it had almost exactly the same strike rate as chandimals. The difference is that the rest of the Sri Lankan players were able to build around the century.

  • shihan12 on July 4, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Angi did the right thing..hats of Angi..

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    Unbelievable Chandimal..You are amazing & we are proud of you arguably the best young batsman in world cricket & he will get better & better ~

  • on July 4, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    @Natesan333 well said muchan!

  • on July 4, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Well done young boy ...go ahead!!!!!!!

  • Gamaraala on July 4, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Didn't Dilshan do the same when the two teams met at WC quarter finals in Colombo, helping Tharanga to get his century? True that this wasn't having the same conditions but both Mathews and Chandimal did well in the game. They will learn with the time. Dilshan needs some patience. And to comment on his team mates a little better in public.

  • on July 4, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    WTH was wrong with the eng players..its up to the country whos chasing to decide when they wanna finish the game...NOT the team bowling..and come on people..the guy is 21 years in age..its a HUGE deal for him..and they knw the game was in thr hands..they were that confident..

  • sanath007 on July 4, 2011, 1:35 GMT

    Game was always in SL's hands, and Mathews toyed with it to allow chandimal to get to his century. tha'ts the team culture we have

  • on July 4, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    This Srilankankan team Is the best team than the world cup team...Go lanka go...But I dont no why kandamby is there?Chaindimal is Srilankas next Mahela!!Come on Mathews,u did a superb supporting innings give Chandi to Make Historic ton in a historic venue..1st match in Loards gets 1st ton..In t20 Worldcup next year Mathews should be Lions SKIPPER...

  • on July 4, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    Well done mathews! Way to go.

  • ncpasan on July 4, 2011, 1:00 GMT

    It was pleasing to see the way Dinesh Chandimal one of Sri Lanka's brightest future prospects batted against England. His confidence was pretty high and never was afraid to play shots. On the other hand Mathews showed what a calm and cool character he is. One day he's going to be the next captain COOL of Sri Lanka.....

  • Black_Rider on July 4, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Hats off to you Angie.....He was confident about the win and he wanted his friend to go for a hundred...That's all..Great innings by Chandimal.The pull shot and those crashing cover drives were just brilliant....SLC Selectors:Please give him more chances like you did for Mahela and Sanga...He will become great.He has the row talent

  • sAiyAnstAr on July 4, 2011, 0:06 GMT

    Please explain why Thilan Kandamby is still on the team? He has not stood up at all this series, nor the last he played. Is Chamara Silva injured? If not, then he should be in the side, or try Kaushal Silva as a batsman.

  • Natesan333 on July 3, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    I am an Indian fan, though it irks me that SL has a good chance of moving past India on ODI rating, it was still an exelent game by SL. I completly disagree with anyone calling Chandi selfish etc., he is 21 years old, this is a huge deal for him and they were well ahead of the much hyped english, so you can all shut it, especially KP, concentrate on your own game buddy, acting like Mr. Sportsman.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    Why such a fuss about Mathews blocking out deliveries to let Chandimal get his century? Dilshan did the exact same thing for Upul Tharanga, and that was in a World Cup quarter final. SLIGHTLY more important than this game.

  • yorkslanka on July 3, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka on another solid win. Well Batted chandimal on a great innungs. As I pointed out to someone whi said SL cricket is finished after mahela & sanga, chandimal is one for the future if SL cricket with mathews,thirimanne,lakmal,tharanga and randhiv. Interesting that kp not happy about what happened tiday, maybe he needs to realise that WE decide when ti win games, not the other way round? Also interesting that our "poor" bowling attack restricted England so well on a flat track and allowed our batsmen the chance to take the game. I am going to old trafford on sat and hopefully we will have won the series by then. go Lanka

  • cricket_for_all on July 3, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    SL can win whenever they want what is the wrong that. KP (stupid) is not SL captain and He should mind his own game first. Eng should realize that even 21 year younger guy thinks that ENG bowling is nothing to him (He had the confident that game was in his hand).

  • cyniket on July 3, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    what worries me most about this series is that it's going on too long. england have an important test series coming up, but they're wasting their time with odis that are some sort of training ground for cook's future captaincy. he'd be far better learning captaincy with essex in the champo, where you have to get batsmen out, rather than deceiving them into skying slower balls. equally, broad and anderson would be much better served getting some real overs under their belt with the red ball. 3 odis is enough, the themes for odi cricket are already clear; if the pitch is flat and slow, then the sri lankan batsmen are better at forcing the pace, but if there is swing, seem or pace and bounce on offer then sri lanka can't cope. we really don't need these last 2 odis.

  • Guernica on July 3, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Well one positive for England could be that this has showed that Jade Dernbach is not the answer. For some reason he's been fast-tracked into the side ahead of consistently better performers on the county scene. I can only think it's something to do with his South African heritage and the belief that he's 'tough'. Hopefully the selectors won't be fooled by his wicket off a long-hop and the two maidens at the end when Matthews was trying not to score.

  • nalincricket on July 3, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    Just one thing to say .as far as the Sri lankan Politics interference is over Better for Sri lanka Cricket, can see how it change sooner ICC has declared that..

  • on July 3, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    when you have confidance of victory then you can play like chandimal and angelo this is a part of game. century in 6th game at the age 21 deserves appriciation. why sumbody felt boring. M Akram

  • on July 3, 2011, 20:50 GMT

    Mathews was probably worried that there might be another 5 wides if he scored a few runs ;)

  • on July 3, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Chandimal is an awesome player with a bright future ahead.All the very Best......

  • cricketman123 on July 3, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Drop Kandaby, Drop Kandamby. Please SL board

  • sajni on July 3, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    I liked the arrogance exhibited by Mathews and Chandimaal. They were toying with England as if they were playing against a school team - taking their own time knowing fully well England are incapable of stopping them from a win.

  • Japan.Kolla on July 3, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I can't understand Kandambi's role in this team especially as a vice captain. He is similar to Thilan Samaraweera in many ways. poor in da field , wasting balls. i can't undestand why these guys take singles in middle overs. if u can't take singles you can't be a batsman in my view. in last match sri lanka did wrong when kulasekara came to bat before Jeewan Mendis. Mendis is a good batsman who can score runs quickly and kulasekara wasted balls also. in bouncey seaming conditions players like kulasekara and tisara perera cant score runs like they do in dead pitches. you need proper batting skills to do that. even english captain failed to score runs quickly after his 100. I dnt think Chandimal played for him self and Mathews gave his full support to reach his team mates 2nd century. it was a great team spirit in my view. Young player like chandimal scoring a century in Lord's is great for his future rather than in not out in 95 and sri lanka wining it 30 balls to spare. Gud Job :)

  • Lord.emsworth on July 3, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Congrat SL, Chandimal & Jayawardene. Naive and injudicious of Mathews to almost throw it away to allow Chandimals 100. Team wins must come over individual performances. BBC 5 live commentary had a lively discussion on Cooks batting. One of them argued that Cook made KP get out by putting him under pressure thru' his slow scoring at the other end, while the other (Phil Tufnell I think or was it the other way around?) defended Cook saying he wasn't at all slow. As a neutral fan I heartily agree that Cook is absolutely not a slow coach. Otherwise England look more and more like a test side and need an injection ala Patel or someone else to replace Trott and should push Bell up the order to match the storming Lankans.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    @Go Vikes. Chandimal did nothing wrong. It was Matthews who was playing down in order for Chandimal to get the 'ton'.

    When Matthews was holding on, Chandimal in his 90s, walks up to him and says in his mother tongue, "You hit, its no problem'. I don't think you should blame this 21 year old for lambasting the much talked about English bowlers to all corners of Lords.

    Hats off to Matthews and Chandimal.

    As a closing note: Most of the English team members are the worst sportsmen going in the world of cricket today. If you don't believe me, just look at their expressions during the last few overs. Hope you will be able to watch a replay.

  • Sulaimaan91 on July 3, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    @Go Vikes There wasnt anything selfish about what Chandi did.He deserved a century for the way he battled through his innings.Him and Angia knew perfectly well as to what they were doing just like Tharanga and Dilshan during the WC 1/4 finals.We ended up winning with 10 balls to spare.The concern shown by others wasnt necessary esp. from Pieterson and the other English players..SL could have well taken all 50 overs if they wanted, who are they to complain.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @Go vikess,That's bit harsh on a youngster who just claimed his maiden hundred at Lords for his country.Angelo knows what he can do and all credit for him for backing Chandimal to get his century.Well played guys.

  • deep123 on July 3, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    As usual English media highlighting the climax of the match and hiding the truth that Eng is beaten is so badly. 9 from 18 is easy target. There was no need to panic. I am surprised to see that Dilshan was so frenetic.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    What one saw was the cocksure confidence of the young vs the play safe apprehension of the elders. For them the match was in the bag and if young Chandimal could go on and get the much vaunted century at Lord's, why not? That is what the average SL fan would have wanted too. How unsatisfying it would have been if Mathews were to knock off the runs needed in one over and left Chandimal short so close to his century. Chandimal should not be accused of selfishness. It was Mathews who blocked his way through that maiden. He should be admired for his feeling for his colleague.

  • yorkslanka on July 3, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    well done to SL on another convincing win today..well bateed to chandimal, as i mentioned a couple of days ago, he is looking good for the future of sl cricket...Whilst england may moan about how chandimal got his ton, the point is WE decide when we win teh game and its a simple as that...one more victory and the series is ours..the only down side is that when i get to old trafford on sat, the series may already eb ours, if england win wed, then it will be a great decider....

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Go Vikes. In a way, Chandimal can be said sort of selfish. But a century in Lords, is really something, not only to Chandimaal, but also to us Sri Lankans. you should not miss this opportunity, once you get into 85 plus, with almost six odd overs to go and needing just 17. I am so so much proud of Him. A great Son of Mother Sri Lanka. One of our Future hopes.

  • BanBouncers on July 3, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @Go Vikes, everybody likes personal achevements. Chandimal got his century and won the match for SL. There is absolutely nothing wrong in that!

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    Well done Chandimal.We knew it is a matter of time for you.Keep it up and we will see more of you with the time to come.Splendid performances from Mahela and many others too.Cook held the innings together but he should have started the acceleration from the 40th over when they had wickets in hand.It was too late and too little at the end.

  • getsetgopk on July 3, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    well done lanka english boys are just good at test cricket. this side though trying way to hard to be good at odi's but thats just a dream.

  • on July 3, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Stop bashing Chandimal. How often will a 21 year old get a chance to score an ODI hundred at Loads? Srilanka needed 9 runs off 4 overs when that Mathews maiden came. With 6 wickets in hand and with a batsman set on 90+ and with the batting powerplay on you can get 9 runs within 2 overs aren't you? So they were going for the hundred till the 48th over. Had that hundred not come before the 48th over then Mathews would have gone for the win. So that was a perfectly executed finish. Nothing selfish about it there. There are many incidents of shear selfishness before and some of them have ended in defeats so this is no ugly act at all.

  • cricketman123 on July 3, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Lol at Mathews trying to get Chandimal his century. Anyway. As I always say. What in the blue world is Kandamby doing in the team.

  • RichAbIan on July 3, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Job well done Srilanka, although being a Srilankan I was having a minor heart attack along with Dilshan during the last 3 overs. Mahela is in top nick and should continue so as an opener due to his phenomenal success. Still for all I am puzzled at the inclusion of Kandamby. He has a very poor strike rate, limited range of shots, poor fielding and lazy running between the wickets. All the best wishes to Srilanka to win the next two matches and the series!!!

  • Roar911 on July 3, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Nice going lad, got a century at LORDS and became the man of the match at the age of 21! EPIC.... but please dont become another Tendulkar cz until now SL won as a team! we dont' need selfish record-greedy players ...Well played Cook and MJ, ....and i think KP needs a witch-doctor to break his hoodoos, yet always manages to find new curses! lol Good luck to both teams!

  • hawkeye30 on July 3, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    It was probably not the best way to go about it when you were watching the game live as chandimal and Mathews made a bit of a mess out of a match which seemed done and dusted 3-4 overs ago. However we as fans should realize the bigger picture too. Chandimal is only 21 years of age, lack of experience could be a factor in going for his century. Never the less one should realize that SL will only tour England in another 3-4yrs and it's not always one gets to score a century at lords. Hence the youngster made sure he reached his dream century at lords. And what's more commendable was the support mathews showed. It was apparent that Mathews was highly confident of securing the game even if chandimal had flopped. For all who keep saying SLankan batters only perform in sub continent wickets please take a note of this game. The ones who talk most have not managed to score over 300 runs in fast bouncy tracks in their current tour. Hence I suggest they worry about their own issues.

  • SriLankanLions on July 3, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    @ Go Vikes, It was not Chandimal's fault at all. He played a brilliant knock and he deserved the century. It was Mathews who was over reacting to the situation. Instead of playing the whole over he could have just got a single and give the strike back to Chandimal. Mathews took a great risk for his friend. But actually it wasn't needed. At the end of the day, it was a great humiliation for the English team. OOPS!

  • tdslbuwa on July 3, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    What a performance by SL.Well done chandimal.

  • Felix1025 on July 3, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Can't understand why criticize Mathews for helping Chandimal scoring his hundred in Lords. Instead, people must applaud Mathews for the unselfish innings he played for a youngster. He had enough confidence with both Chandimal and on himself that this was an easy task.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    well played to Mahela, Mathews & Chandimal!

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    Congrats to Chandimal! SL has an opener to support. The ending was a little nervy for the SL Supporters.

  • Faizal23 on July 3, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Wat stuart board is doing in England team useless. last 4 matches without wickets..... there r lot of guys waiting............. were is chris trem.. he is the most friend of umpires.......

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    England have a long way to go before claiming superiority in cricket. When WI and AUS dominated cricket, they dominated both forms of cricket, ODI and Tests equally. India though presently a good team still has some way to go before claiming that kind of hostile domination. England on the other hand, have a "decent" test team but an ordinary ODI team. Regarding their bowling attack, let their fast bowlers bowl in the subcontinent and we shall see how good they are. In the world cup, almost all teams plundered runs against their bowling. Greame Swann was dealt with effectively by Indian batsmen. He is no Warne or Murli, just as good as Harbhajan if not worse. Swann definitely cant single handedly win a match like Warne or Murli used to. So in conclusion, they better be ready to face the Indian batsmen who except for the 1st innings in SA against worlds best pace attack of Morkel and Steyn held their own and stood a chance of actually winning the series before Boucher on day 4.

  • heat-seeker on July 3, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Well played SL. I guess this is what is meant by "toying with the opposition!"

  • heat-seeker on July 3, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    Well played SL. I guess this is what is meant by "toying with the opposition!"

  • Champagne_Cricket on July 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    I really don't understand the comments of certain people. What the hell is wrong with this young man trying to reach his century at Lords of all the places? He truly deserved it for carrying the weight on his young shoulders with Mahela, when his captain and former captain both looked quite off colour. Hats off to young Mathews for not getting over excited by the antics of Dilshan. Dilshan's was quite a performance.

  • bobmartin on July 3, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Well speaking as an England supporter, if the aim is to be the number one team in the world in ODIs, there's an awful long way to go and one really wonders if there is sufficient talent in this squad to achieve that goal... or indeed if there are any better players waiting in the wings... I'm not holding my breath..

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    im srilankan but im really happy with there cricket team and there cricket fanz...and its very happy to see england fanz smile face and give claps for srilankan players also....and chandimal u did great job..and anjelo mathews u r da one of ma fav....

  • ramzi1985 on July 3, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    As the article writer (Andrew Miller) correctly points out SL had so much time to win the game hence the manipulation came from the 2 young players. While KP was having a blast at Chandimal for the tactics displayed by the youngster he would be better off thinking about his game plan on how not to get out to left arm spinners and leg spinners

    This was the 1st time in my life I have seen Nasser Hussain cheering for a Sri Lankan win :D:D:D

    Well played Chandimal and well supported by Matthews, it was not selfishness but team spirit that was displayed by those 2 youngsters & the England players didn't even have the courtesy to clap. Very poor sportsmanship by the English

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Well Go vikes - In another point of view, one could say that SL were so confident of winning it they toyed with the bowling. It was a rather bad way to treat the English team at lords - as if they were some practice net bowlers, obviously Kevin Pietersen was furious. But while it seemed a 'selfish' approach it was also arrogant, just to let England know " We win it when we want to and we really know you can't beat us."

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    Strikerate of 83 on scoring a 100 isnt bad at all! Why do people think hes slow when he does hold up one end stable! its idiotic to expect everyone to strike above 100 on a 50 over game, thats what the bloody Finishers are for.

  • wackwella on July 3, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    Five years ago Upul Tharanga got a century at Lords, at that time, he was 21 years old. Another man from Upul Tharanga's hometown (Ambalangoda) Dinesh Chandimal scored a century at Lords, he is also 21 years old. As I remember, Upul tharanga got his century in a fast, bouncy pitch in 2006, but today, it is a rather flat pitch. Congrats Chandimal, but I do not like the way Matthews batted at the end putting the team at risk.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    awesome dis play of game

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    @ Ajay. Are you okay? . . . . .

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka did another great job.. England is like Pet, they have same familiarity.. England can't perfume in good sunny days.. Pet cant perform in day times.. bt the way Mahela boosted and Chandimal helped lankan to have another luxuriousness victory..

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    Great wrk Angi !! after our great Cptn. Arjuna we saw some one did care abut young team meat ! Like Arjuna take care of Ara , Murali , Sana , Pramodya u did tc of Chandimal n take him to 100 ! good Singh of SL cricket next captaincy !!! Weldon Dinesh Chandimal too

  • jackiethepen on July 3, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Bell and Cook were compromised by the loss of three wickets for 9 runs and also the rate was under 4 an over. At 85-4 they had to stick in at all costs otherwise the result could have been a complete embarrassment. They could only hope they survived and build a partnership and then start to increase the rate. When they called for the power play Malinga was brought on. He is a thorn in the flesh to the England batsman. He is almost impossible to get away. Both Cook and Bell did struggle during their partnership because Sri Lanka had the upper hand due to the poor start and early collapse. Bell got out trying to go over the in field. Cook was there because he had survived a dropped catch. That's cricket. But the game was really set back by Kieswetter and Trott. Kieswetter is there to get a flyer. That is his job. If he can't do that put him down the order and get a proper batsman to take on the new ball. KP was out to spin again. It makes sense to open with him.

  • Black_Rider on July 3, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    ....CHANDIMAL......He will be our next great batsman.Just 21 years of age and already have two hundreds.He showed how to play fearless cricket.This is PURE SRI LANKAN TALENT GUYS......... ALL THE BEST BRO........

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Embarrassment is not the word for the English cricketers.. That lad who is 21 was just toying the game, at Lords in front of members and then a hundred with a whopping six.. Ha ha ha .. Amazing!

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    @Go Vikes > Chandimal is not selfish, if you are a cricketer you would know the importance of a Lord's' Century. SL had the win on their hands, so having balls and few runs to score, why not achieving the hundred. I think you saw the team spirit in the SL team, by how Mathews helped Chandimal.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    @popped - simply because he's manager is dilshan's manager.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    chandimal bashes,,,,plzz understand hez just 21 years of age.And the game was really in SL hands,If u think rationally .U got to feel for him.It really meant a lot for him.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    @Go Vikes, It was somewhat of a risk taken by Angelo and inexperience by Chandimal. Nothing more nothing less. A comfortable win was in the cards anyway. If anything it was Angelo who took all the risk to give his team mate a massive confidence boosting century in the number one stage of the game. Maybe he went a little too far but it should count for something.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Yes,I'm also a Sri Lankan fan.but last 4,5 overs were very unpleasant to watch.Country is before everything.but can not even blame young Chandimal or Angie.even one of the greatest of all time,Sachin Tendulkar, still not made a hundred at Lord's.so it's quite understandable that 21 years old young Chandimal's desire to get a 100 at Lord's.Angie was just supporting him.But this should not be happen anymore.Country is before EVERYTHING.

  • layya on July 3, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    yeah that was tense. But at the end SL won comfortably. KP and other english players can mind their own business specially when he can't clear the boundary himself.may be can have a lesson or two from Chandimal.

  • roshdbest on July 3, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    @ popped he was only brought to the team to give the vice captaincy,not for batting,bowling or fielding,as vise captain he should have taken the batting power play when Chandimal was batting with him.If he had done that no one wouldn't be complaining about Mathews & Chandimal now

  • Sakthiivel on July 3, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Where are those English Legends ? Telling the world cricket that Eng will Crush Srilanka and give the warning to the World champs coming to tour. It look like Srilankans have a nice good party out there, cooking the Cook's Team.

  • Black_Rider on July 3, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    @ Go Vikes::I think you didn't watch the match bro.....It is Angie who refused those singals not Chandimal....I'm pretty sure they learned a lesson from it.All the Best Sri lanka.Two more games guys..........

  • hris on July 3, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    england as usual, poor in one-day cricket. its surprising they are the t20 champs.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    don't think about what chandimal left...plz think what a inning he was played , he's not a selfish player , he is the future cricketer of Sri lanka

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Country before self comes in play when there is the chance that they might lose the match. Had this been against the Aussies, South Africans or the Indians the match would have been over a long time ago. Really shows the state of the English bowling attack.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    @Go Vikes- I cant see anythin wrong there, He's 21 and he was in 90s @ Lords..... So he should definetely go for the 100, There was no way that Sri Lankans gonna lose that match. So y dont they just enjoy the game a little, They'll win it when they want to win it :P

  • SaminSL on July 3, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    @Vikas: You are absolutely right in the theoretical background. Given the number of balls remaining and the runs to be scored... I think Angi has taken a risky but brave decision .. Which most of us can't even think of. Wish this surely raise the confidence in Chandimal and become one of the key members in the team....

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    No comment about this match .. umexpected falling wickets at that moment I mean last 5 overs .. we could have lost the game......... Not happy today eventhough we won it......

  • Sinhaya on July 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Great work by Lankans. Sri Lanka is definitely going to win the ODI series 4-1. Chandimal was not really selfish. It was Angelo Mathews who helped Chandimal get to his century. Chandimal has now cemented his place in the side. Angelo should have been keen to get singles rather than just keep defending non stop. But this shows how weak is the English bowling attack which was unable to get wickets when the Lankans kept defending.

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    New comers alone with experienced classy Mahela finish the game for SL. Nice performances by Jeevan mendis, Mahela & Chandimal. But the case is inexperiency was shown in the last 5 overs. Yes that's true, that getting a hundred in Lords is the dream achivement of every batsmen, but for that reason only you cant get risks. Both Chandimal & (experienced?) Mathews wasted the time of everyone. They souldn't do it. Any how at the end all we had a nice ending. I hope that this is a perfect SL team but when Kandamby is dropped out. I suppose when Tharanga returns, if he will be included the side shall be a balanced one. I cant even understand why thz Kandamby is there for no reason. Dropped catches, bowled expensive over , baddly batted....I dont identify the film running in the minds of SL interim .....

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Yes, England are playing like the champions everyone wants them to be. Earlier I thought that English press and people like Boycott and Botham are exaggerating as usual. I was so wrong - for first time I can see England's plan for world domination in all forms of cricket-working. India has been warned!!!!

  • ranga_s on July 3, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Chandimal is a great talent....awesome to see how he went about his business when Broad sent in those bouncers....He is a much more attacking player and as time goes and understand the game he'll learn to sustain while attacking.....Lot might criticize Mathews and Dinesh on how they finished it....But I'd say it's ok....the game was never in Danger so why not play around so that the new kid of the block get the century at Lords'..Hats off to Mathews.....1 off 21 is totally out of character but he took the responsibility and made Chandimal get the 100....That would have not happened if SL had to go 6 runs a over...so give break...well played new SL generation....

  • on July 3, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    What ever said thandone Dinesh Chandimal has to takemost of the burden of Sri Lankan batting in next 15 years or so , I can't see any wrong what he and Angie has done in order to get his hundred at the Lords. Angie always plays for team and for others not for him self. Thumbs up for him.

  • lakshangarusinge on July 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Well done chandimal !!!!! I dnt think he is selfish.Every player loves to get a hunderd at Lords.He make win us n get the hundred too. Proud to be an anandian n a srilankan too!!!!

  • BadMoodHesh on July 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    @Go Vikes: dude, u can't blame chandimal as he is only 21 and playing in his 6th match...Matthews on the other hand...anyway, it ruined what would have been a comprehensive win

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 3, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    SL is much better side in shorter formats. Now Seal the series.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    There was utter audacity and sheer flamboyance in the way Mathews and Chandimal played.We love such style of Chandimal and Mathews. Mathews playing out 20 balls so that Chandimal could score his second century in 6 matches. We love you when you take calculated risks to win in style.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    way too much whining going on about Chandimal taking a lot of time. I agree he took too long and Angelo should have went for more runs BUT the job is done. He got a match winning 100 and English players and commentary just need to calm down a bit. He is very young and he will learn, SL will worry about helping these youngsters, English players, especially KP should worry about his own and the teams performance. 2-1 series, rest of the matches should be very interesting. and again congrats to Chandimal and Mahela for their individual performance and the Sri Lankan team for a solid overall performance

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Yes, England are playing like the champions everyone wants them to be. Earlier I thought that English press and people like Boycott and Botham are exaggerating as usual. I was so wrong - for first time I can see England's plan for world domination in all forms of cricket-working. India has been warned!!!!

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    well done chandimal, you are the future of sri lankan cricket, well done sri lanka

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    I am a SL fan, but that was a most disgraceful display of selfishness by Chandimal. Somebody teach him "Country before self", please.

  • Nyt_Rider on July 3, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    ENGLAND ONE OF THE BORING TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

  • popped on July 3, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Can some one help me out here? why is kandambi in the SL team? drops catche, cant bat, cant run. and on top of that was given the ball to bowl one expensive over when there was plenty of other options available, how bizarre !! oh well all the better for ol blighty i guess

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  • popped on July 3, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    Can some one help me out here? why is kandambi in the SL team? drops catche, cant bat, cant run. and on top of that was given the ball to bowl one expensive over when there was plenty of other options available, how bizarre !! oh well all the better for ol blighty i guess

  • Nyt_Rider on July 3, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    ENGLAND ONE OF THE BORING TEAM OF INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    I am a SL fan, but that was a most disgraceful display of selfishness by Chandimal. Somebody teach him "Country before self", please.

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    well done chandimal, you are the future of sri lankan cricket, well done sri lanka

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Yes, England are playing like the champions everyone wants them to be. Earlier I thought that English press and people like Boycott and Botham are exaggerating as usual. I was so wrong - for first time I can see England's plan for world domination in all forms of cricket-working. India has been warned!!!!

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    way too much whining going on about Chandimal taking a lot of time. I agree he took too long and Angelo should have went for more runs BUT the job is done. He got a match winning 100 and English players and commentary just need to calm down a bit. He is very young and he will learn, SL will worry about helping these youngsters, English players, especially KP should worry about his own and the teams performance. 2-1 series, rest of the matches should be very interesting. and again congrats to Chandimal and Mahela for their individual performance and the Sri Lankan team for a solid overall performance

  • on July 3, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    There was utter audacity and sheer flamboyance in the way Mathews and Chandimal played.We love such style of Chandimal and Mathews. Mathews playing out 20 balls so that Chandimal could score his second century in 6 matches. We love you when you take calculated risks to win in style.

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 3, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    SL is much better side in shorter formats. Now Seal the series.

  • BadMoodHesh on July 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    @Go Vikes: dude, u can't blame chandimal as he is only 21 and playing in his 6th match...Matthews on the other hand...anyway, it ruined what would have been a comprehensive win

  • lakshangarusinge on July 3, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    Well done chandimal !!!!! I dnt think he is selfish.Every player loves to get a hunderd at Lords.He make win us n get the hundred too. Proud to be an anandian n a srilankan too!!!!