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

Dilshan disapproves of century go-slow

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Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan admitted he was 'disappointed' with how his team crossed the winning line at Lord's, as Angelo Mathews blocked out overs and declined singles to allow Dinesh Chandimal to reach his second one-day international hundred. However, he added, the value of that innings to a young batsman would bring huge benefits for the team.

England's captain Alastair Cook, on the other hand, was less fulsome in his praise of the slightly farcical scenes. At one point the 12th man tried to come on with a pair of gloves but was waved away by the umpire only for Mathews to signal he needed a new bat. Kevin Pietersen then became involved in an exchange of views - in what is becoming a slightly bad-tempered series for England - before the situation was ended two balls later when Chandimal swung Tim Bresnan for six over long-on to reach his hundred.

As Chandimal celebrated, the England players stood stony-faced in their positions. "It was different, I've never seen that before," Cook said. "They were perfectly entitled to do it if they want but it was a bit strange and the cricketing gods may look at that in a bit of disgust."

The instructions hadn't come from the Sri Lanka dressing room and Dilshan could be seen becoming increasingly restless, especially when Mathews turned down a single with Chandimal almost sharing his crease at the striker's end. "I was disappointed when Mathews didn't take a single, but they haven't played too much cricket," he said.

"I'm really happy he got a hundred. We are working as a team, it shows we are playing like a family and everyone saw we are a unit. Getting a hundred at Lord's is special. Overall I'm really happy at the end result."

There was never any real danger of the result being impacted - even if Cook thought "it got a bit close" - and it was the venue that was the motivating factor behind Sri Lanka's tactics. "I'm very happy because it's an historical ground," Chandimal said.

Dilshan was able to appreciate the meaning of three-figures at Lord's having made 193 during the Test match, but Chandimal won't have his name up in the dressing room as the honours boards only cover Tests. "Any cricketer wants to have a hundred at Lord's. I came here and did it in the Test match," Dilshan said. "We still talk about the older Sri Lanka cricketers who got hundreds at Lord's and we want to leave something for the youngsters who come in 10-15 years' time."

While the finish was slightly messy and undignified, it shouldn't disguise another impressive performance from Sri Lanka. That Chandimal, at 21 a player for the future, played such a key role only bodes well for the development of the team. He has spent a lot of time on the tour carrying drinks, and managed to run himself out at Headingley having replaced the retired Sanath Jayasuriya, so this innings showed resolve.

"Chandimal played like an experienced guy and batted throughout the innings and he finished the game which is a good sign for Sri Lanka cricket," Dilshan said. "With guys like myself, Mahela and Sanga we have a good unit and we have played well in the last two matches."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • samiki on July 6, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Somone might want to tell Cook continually subbing your players on and off the field is also somthing ''cricketing gods may look at that in a bit of disgust."

  • yorkslanka on July 5, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    ultimately it doesnt matter as we got the result and the young man got his well deserved ton..

  • dvs.vos on July 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    If the Gods were truly angerd or disgusted they should have allowed Bresnan to smite his oponent down. Instead the Gods gifted Chandimal a 6 to get his century at :ords. Perhaps the Cricket Gods are just not English any more.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Well not bad tactics. Many times we see batsmen stranded in 90s and we think "aww, maybe he should have kept strike this over". And allowing the other batsman to get a century is much better than 'bowling a no-ball to deny the opposition a century'. Thankfully, the bowlers' didn't get so frustrated that they went on to bowl a no-ball

  • Devapriya on July 5, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Cook says 'it was a bit strange and the cricketing gods may look at that in a bit of disgust' Interesting! What would he have said to Alec Stewert's tactics in the 1998 test that England were about to loose by 10 wickets - he got his bowlers to bowl balls that the batsman could not reach (big bouncers, just wide deliveries etc) to use up overs to prevent a deserving victory. Of course he did not bargain for the greta innovator, Sanath Jay and England lost. Disgusting I would say. And God may have an even stronger word!

  • taniap on July 5, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Country before self - that is my brother's school motto. How I wish our younger generation learn that and learn that fast. I expected Angelo to be more mature and guide the youngster - but that didn't happen. Now I understand why Dilshan was appointed the captain instead of Angelo.

  • Balumekka on July 5, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    @Vineeth Murali: 100% agree with you, Sri Lankans must have learnt all those things from Sreesanth and Bhaaji I reckon!!!!

  • The_sirpoka on July 5, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    I think Dilshan's "disappointment" is justifiable as a captain . After the incident in 1st test final day he surely can fear the worst. Give him time. He'll learn. congrats Chandimal. Now is the time to go on. Bravo Angello. If this confidence of yours stays Sri Lanka will be very fortunate .

  • Kyle_Jones235 on July 5, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    @ Vineeth Murali

    I don't understand how this was agaisnt the spirit of the game... Mathews was not toying with the english, nor was he being cocky or arrogant in anyway. He simply wanted his young teammate to score a memorable hundred and knew there was not much risk in his actions.

    Comon this was a great display of team spirit and shows that the boys are looking after one and other.

    The commentators, obviously frustrated by england's abismal performance tried to build suspsense and started up this whole incident, but the situation was always under control.

    Forget dilshan, did you see mahela and sanga during that period, the real leaders were calm and not phased.

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    What Matthews did was perfectly ok.. There was no risk of loosing the match and it was the Team Spirit at its best... We don't have to play Aussie or English brand of cricket, we have our own brand.. Dilshan has done the same to Upul Tharanga and if I can remember correctly Great Arjuna R did the same for Little Kalu.. We are no Aussie nor England, lets not try to judge our team from their cultural yard sticks... With our brand of cricket we were/are so successful so lets not change it just because English or Australian commentators/players don't like it....

  • samiki on July 6, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Somone might want to tell Cook continually subbing your players on and off the field is also somthing ''cricketing gods may look at that in a bit of disgust."

  • yorkslanka on July 5, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    ultimately it doesnt matter as we got the result and the young man got his well deserved ton..

  • dvs.vos on July 5, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    If the Gods were truly angerd or disgusted they should have allowed Bresnan to smite his oponent down. Instead the Gods gifted Chandimal a 6 to get his century at :ords. Perhaps the Cricket Gods are just not English any more.

  • on July 5, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Well not bad tactics. Many times we see batsmen stranded in 90s and we think "aww, maybe he should have kept strike this over". And allowing the other batsman to get a century is much better than 'bowling a no-ball to deny the opposition a century'. Thankfully, the bowlers' didn't get so frustrated that they went on to bowl a no-ball

  • Devapriya on July 5, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Cook says 'it was a bit strange and the cricketing gods may look at that in a bit of disgust' Interesting! What would he have said to Alec Stewert's tactics in the 1998 test that England were about to loose by 10 wickets - he got his bowlers to bowl balls that the batsman could not reach (big bouncers, just wide deliveries etc) to use up overs to prevent a deserving victory. Of course he did not bargain for the greta innovator, Sanath Jay and England lost. Disgusting I would say. And God may have an even stronger word!

  • taniap on July 5, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    Country before self - that is my brother's school motto. How I wish our younger generation learn that and learn that fast. I expected Angelo to be more mature and guide the youngster - but that didn't happen. Now I understand why Dilshan was appointed the captain instead of Angelo.

  • Balumekka on July 5, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    @Vineeth Murali: 100% agree with you, Sri Lankans must have learnt all those things from Sreesanth and Bhaaji I reckon!!!!

  • The_sirpoka on July 5, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    I think Dilshan's "disappointment" is justifiable as a captain . After the incident in 1st test final day he surely can fear the worst. Give him time. He'll learn. congrats Chandimal. Now is the time to go on. Bravo Angello. If this confidence of yours stays Sri Lanka will be very fortunate .

  • Kyle_Jones235 on July 5, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    @ Vineeth Murali

    I don't understand how this was agaisnt the spirit of the game... Mathews was not toying with the english, nor was he being cocky or arrogant in anyway. He simply wanted his young teammate to score a memorable hundred and knew there was not much risk in his actions.

    Comon this was a great display of team spirit and shows that the boys are looking after one and other.

    The commentators, obviously frustrated by england's abismal performance tried to build suspsense and started up this whole incident, but the situation was always under control.

    Forget dilshan, did you see mahela and sanga during that period, the real leaders were calm and not phased.

  • on July 5, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    What Matthews did was perfectly ok.. There was no risk of loosing the match and it was the Team Spirit at its best... We don't have to play Aussie or English brand of cricket, we have our own brand.. Dilshan has done the same to Upul Tharanga and if I can remember correctly Great Arjuna R did the same for Little Kalu.. We are no Aussie nor England, lets not try to judge our team from their cultural yard sticks... With our brand of cricket we were/are so successful so lets not change it just because English or Australian commentators/players don't like it....

  • A..G.. on July 5, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    dilshan should have thought about himself first what he did to allow tharanga to score a century against england in wc quarter final. and also anyone can remember how dinesh karthik was criticised for not allowing tendulkar to make a odi century against sri lanka. tendulkar was not out on 96. mathews did what would benefit sri lanka most. higher confidence of a young player in the upcoming matches is much desired than finishing a match two overs earlier.

  • sachinsjaihindustan on July 5, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    I like Dilshan's attitude. Country and team always come first!!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 22:33 GMT

    remarkable inning By Southern Sri Lankan Boy...Chandimal....& great Support by Man with the Golden Heart ..Great Angello Matthews ... we love this 2 young heroes play like Real Sri Lankan Sons...

    Proud, 2 Boys Good luck in Future........SL Cricket ..

  • Roar911 on July 4, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Guys, quit bashing Dilshan... he is no Arjuna or Dhoni by any means. his one and only objective is to win the game, like Ponting. (Sanga lacked this attribute) ...so it is natural for him to get nervous. none of this would have happened if this wasn't at Lords! ...we gave Dily the captaincy, so we can't expect oranges from an apple tree. so let him do his job the way he wants it! cheers...

  • popped on July 4, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    By hook or by crook seems to be the way for English players when they do not get their way and starts loosing ,poor souls using sledging when they don't get their way!! I have nothing against a bit of aggression mind you , even the sri lankans were giving a bit when eng were batting ,but really they should know better theese tactics against sub-continant teams dont work anymore

  • ceylonSCL on July 4, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Dilshan must apologize for his stupid reaction n he must remember that he did the same thing for UPUL THARANGA at the world cup against the SAME team.

    even Australians did the same thing at a recent tour.

    it was a clear win for Sri Lanka n Matthews did what he supposed to do as a player coz if Dilshan was that close to get the century, he IS EXPECTING the same thing from the other player.

    Dilshan is FAILED so far n thats y he was reacting in that way coz he didn't play the last test COZ OF THE ODI series but so far, HE IS FAILED.

    DILSHAN, YOU BETTER N MUST APOLOGIZE.

  • bharath74 on July 4, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    Dilshan is definitely not Mr. Captain Cool like Dhoni,Waugh,Sanga,Mahela or Cronje.

  • on July 4, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    The Lankans are now making it a habit to not play in the spirit of the game... remember the Randiv Sehwag incident in Dambulla.. and now this

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

    Come on Guys, Give them a break. The way Chandimal and Mathews played in the end was a humiliation to the bowlers and the whole England team. They were so confident that they dint mind playing for personal records too. Its for the England bowlers to show them what they are now. Cook is obviously frustrated as he knows that his team was humiliated. Talk of cricketing gods and disgust is non-sense. Cook, You need to accept that your bowlers did not even scare SL team.

  • Charindra on July 4, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Well done Mathews! That was brave and brilliant. He's definitely a future captain. And it shows that SL is good enough to win big, even when taking it easy against England. Like Usain Bolt in Beijing '08! :D

  • on July 4, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    this whole century go slow is a non-issue. Dilshan should have kept a poker face and laughed it off...really immature.

    As a fan of the only Asian team that has won two world cups, we are happy that we might FINALLY have a team that challenges us in the sub-continent as we are BORED of thrashing the competition around the world:):)

    I agree with the comments which says lets celebrate talent without comparisons..ponting is ponting..dravid is dravid..if rahul overtakes ricky does not make one better than the other. chandimal is a good talent, so is virat...

    good job angelo...we need great asian role models and you are destined to be one of them.

  • aarifeenar on July 4, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    i agreed totally with the ' Ranendra30'', dilshan wants to travel long to get a good leadership, we earlier know about dilshan's captaincy in the srilanka tour of india T20 match..................?????? why Anjee is not selected to the captain of Srilanka????do immediate actions to mederate these things

  • on July 4, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Everything seems right now as SL won the game. What if they got into nervous situation by loosing couple of quick wickets in 48th over ?? People who are hailing Angelo will surely want him to get sacked. And I don't think England can really comment on how SL got there. They got their own problems which needs to be addressed.

  • CricEshwar on July 4, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    We always find something to crib on. He wants a hundred and there seems to be no impact on the result, then there is no problem. It would do wonders to the confidence of the young batsman to see his teammates doing something to help him achieve his personal landmark. If at any point they had put the result of the game in jeopardy, I would definitely not support that, in fact condemn it, but this is definitely alright.

  • on July 4, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    hey,

    i love it , england was humiliated to the fullest in his own backyard. ow my god

    what is happing with england ,

    did they beat australia?. is this the team beat australia?.

  • on July 4, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    hey, Humiliated england would have been happy , sri lanka taking a risk . Good work by angelo mathews. Do not do that very often, this time it is really calculated guess and show some kind of confidence in both the players.. i love it . specially when chandimal got his hundred and looking at england stony faces.

    hey england next time we will bring our under 19 team.

    I think we have a another Sachin Tandulkar in the making. watch out

  • on July 4, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Whether he has the wherewithal to lead an ODI team or not, Cook really claims able to read the cricketing gods' minds.Cricketing gods have seen a lot, from bodyline bowling to offensive rude language and behaviour to obstructing batsmen to sledging. One hopes they smile down understandingly and obligingly at the confidence of two youngsters who if at all erred harmlessly in their innocence. The apprehension of Dilshan and others was understandable. They were probably thinking of the UNLIKELY possibility of England bowling three maidens in a row. Matthews, you are the Man. One waits to read Mahela's blog. Again, what is Arjuna thinking?

  • on July 4, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Most important thing is win the match for country not century. This guy 21 year old go for century thats not good for sri lanka.i think for sri lanka century have big means . When sehwag on 99 they bowled no ball to avoid him for making century and this time not run singles for making century. For sri lanka century really means

  • La_Bangla on July 4, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Sorry but it was very unsporting and farcical. When the England was down on the turf and completely out of the game and you just can't keep beating them like this. But then again you can't expecting nothing better from Srilanka..

  • omeirzahid on July 4, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    i dont know how its strange, dont captains declaration usually come after a bastsman milestone has been achieved? and its not the first time where the other batsman has allowed team member that glory. for me its real teamwork. i can understand Dilshans issue - he wants to project Mathews having low sportsmanship. and Cook, while English team are complain about everything.

  • on July 4, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    Dilshan does't have the right to say delayed win.

    He also involved in the contoversial no ball to Shewag to avoid getting century.

  • SteveThurgood on July 4, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Hey! KP please ring the BELL and enter with a BROAD smile as we have the SWANN by the neck and we could COOK it with ONIONS....... Having said that, Let me congratulate Matthews of a matured and an awesome innings he played to support his junior. I was wondering had Kandamby not got out what the results would've been? had Matthews just finished it off without giving the young fella a chance what criticism he would've been subject to! in my opinion the only next capable captain for Sri Lanka after Sanga and Mahela is Mr. Matthews. You have won the hearts of your fans and I believe after this unselfish innings of yours you have won many more than even Chandimal for his 100. Great innings Chandi keep going. We were wondering as to why you were hidden all this time. Time to Rise & Shine. Good luck for the rest of the tournament......

  • on July 4, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    I don't understand why these English whine so much all the time. Somebody has to knock some senses in their head and tell them that they are not the center of Universe. Snap out of it!!

  • Sri_Lanka_Forever on July 4, 2011, 13:15 GMT

    Dilshan should remember the fact that he himself is still a rookie as a captain, and criticizing a small thing of 2 young batsmen publicly when he should have done it in a more quiet private manner, will not do any good to these 2 youngsters' confidence, especially when they had made the win almost secure. Angi did what's right in the right team spirit and the whole country knows angi is more suitable and capable as a skipper than Dilshan. Dilshan got the captaincy only for this series because Angi was injured and I hope he will replace Dilshan as the skipper after this series. Dilshan should not act like utterly biased English commentators and should learn the art of captaincy from guys like Mahela and Sangakkara who didnt act like you and Malinga did. Anyway congrats for Chandimal, he's gonna have a bright future. Well done Angi and well done Chandimal.

  • snavaratne on July 4, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    no matter what happend on the field, a sign of a good captain is shown when he defends his players. Dilshan had failed this in my eyes. He didn't show the temprement needed, he looked agitated in the dressing room. Everybody knew that the match was under control. We had matthews ou there, one of the Sri Lankan match winners. After this poor show by Dilshan I say make matthews the captain. He will be agreat SL captain, who will gain the respect of all players. The comment Dilshan should have made goes something like this

    " we have great respect for the English team and realize how diffcult it is to beat them. Having said that I also have to give credit to Angi for guiding younger chandimal to his century. This is a great achivement for a young player like chandimal, getting a century at lords and will do lot of good to his confidence. This was not about the english team, it was about us winning the match. I have 100% in my players"

  • cricodile on July 4, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I am an Indian fan. This is the plight of Srilankan Cricket - they put too much value of individual milestones ( Murli affect - although he himself never worried about milestones). Chandimal and Angelo here put team's self respect and victory on the back burner. Few years ago - I remember a Srilankan bowler bowling a no ball so that Sehwag would not get to his century ( I think Sehwag hit him for six anyway) No wonder Srilanka did not win the worldcup and I think this culture forced Sangakara to quit.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    i agree with most of you guys. With what Angie did yesterday, it showed a lot of MSD in it. I'm comparing here, but Dhoni has good heart. And we need to people like him captaining teams. Who can be inspired by the youngsters. I agree with Angie in what he did. Dilshan was clearly over reacting all the other seniors too. Where were they when so many time other would have done same on the field. I think it's time all of the leave this team let this run by people like Angie. And Make him the Captain.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    I did not watch the match, but what i read, let me tell you, Mathew is the man for future and Dilshan either must understand what is Cricket is about , it is not enough to play the game mate, you need to understand the philosophy of the game too. It is a team game, and mind game, not brute force. congratulations Chandimal and Mathews. Dilshan lean to lead, it is a different quality mate, cheers Dr.Herath, Psychiatrist, Australia

  • Sendoh on July 4, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    Hahaha Cook & KP should actually be thankful that Angie let Chandimal score a century. Atleast they made the game a bit more interesting, it's quite boring to watch England getting walloped. England, mind your own business and please get a more aggressive captain. Cook was weak enough to not get advantage of the batsmen's experience. Strauss, Dilshan, Ponting, Smith or Dhoni would've tried to exploit it instead of whining in press conferences after the match. KP can go try play Mendis better.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    I remember in the 1999 World Cup Australia started playing slowly in the last few overs of their win against West Indies, with the sole intention of keeping New Zealand out. Why was that not considered worthy of criticism. At least on this occasion the intent was not cynical. Cook must shut up about Cricketing Gods, with his boring batting he is guilty of the most heinous crimes against them

  • itisme on July 4, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    What is the fuss about Chandimal's century? What is wrong? This is not unusual to help a team-mate getting a hunded by not scoring if the result of the match is a forgone conclusion. There are enough precedents. I remember a match between IND and NZ in the 1987 WC in which Gavaskar scored his first and the only ODI 100. The situation was the same and the batsman at the other end was Azharuddin and he did exactly the same as Mathews in this macth. That was not wrong and nobody complained about it, so why the fuss now? Give some credit to the youngster.

  • on July 4, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    Sorry i need to add another comment but a lot of you are saying that the result was never in doubt and that Mathews did a great thing. Well let me remind you about a match between Sl and WI, one day international a few years ago where SL should have won that match. WI needed 30 runs to win off last over. Vaas was bowling to chanderpaul and guess what happened??!?! Chanderpaul hit 5 sixes! just goes to show how quickly a match can turn around. I am Part sri lankan and i think the problem with some of its fans is that they are ruled by emotions. Sri lankans by nature are very very emotional people and sometimes forget the bigger picture.

  • CMBKK2003 on July 4, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Dilshan you are experienced enough to understand the situation!! Not a case that how many matches you are played, its to understand the situation too. A young lad to score a century at Lords will give him full of confidence. Angie knew the situation well and what he done the right thing. We wish big heart fellow to became a leader of our team. He is hero to little to Chandimal whenever he remeber the Lords 100. Dilshan & some of senior guys' expression in the pavalion at that time is harmful to the youngester. We dont want to see always 40-42 uncles playing cricket in international matches!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Mixed opinions on the Mathews-Chandimal scenario. I personally think that what Mathews did was crazy. Any true cricket fan will know how quickly matches can change in the space of one over and how much pressure can be caused by this. I think Dilshan is a poor captain but i also believe Mathews would make an even poorer one.

  • on July 4, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    I saw some people comparing Chandi and Kohli. to me kohli ahead of chandimal at this moment. he has a proper technique but both will go head to head in next 10 years. our selectors was blind ,chandi should have play for sl 2 years ago

  • Pathiyal on July 4, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    nice batting by dinesh. it was the confidence level which resulted in the so called 'go slow'. i dont think there is anything wrong. angela has always been a good player to watch.

  • gohramang on July 4, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    long as sri lanka wins dont care how many extra overs or few mins being wasted for a youngster gettinrg his 100 at lords. WELLDONE Matthews for being so caring to your team mate. not many in world cricket would do the same for thier collegues. Best Of The Luck CHNDIMAL in the future . GOD bless

  • VivGilchrist on July 4, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    How slow was Cooks century?

  • HiranSL on July 4, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    I have read all messages sent by cricket lovers and all are good comments according to their knkldge sentiments about teams, players and their attitudes, depend on d countries game is played. English players play d game with great spirit and ethics and every cricket lover should salute them for that. On d other hand in SL team Angie played an extraodinary role to help DC to get his ODI century simply, can be compared with one and only Arjuna Ranatunga's qualities and attitude towards your country and team. My future Captain is Anjelo Mathews without any doubt to carry SL cricket forward and to have a spirited team. This is the best example of blend of attributes/qualities of a future captain i.e. confidence & ability, love for your country, game and also very importantly to your fellow players. We love Dilshan too as we love Mahela and Sanga before. Arjuna was exceptional and Angelow Mathews too would be exceptional and he has already proved that what is he all about. Good luck

  • pull2open on July 4, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    England should be harshly stung that they've been toyed with in such a manner as this. Thrash a side by all means, all sides try to do that, but don't insult them on top of it! Not part of our great game at all, and very disappointing to watch.

  • Arthaurian on July 4, 2011, 9:41 GMT

    I guess it all boils down to the deep essence of cricketing culture in a nation because I kid you not, if a South African pulled that stunt, it was maybe gonna cost him a bit more than a lecture...

  • myrperera on July 4, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    ANGELO was un-fuss and calm. to have faith in him and in his team mates reflect leadership.......... and Dilshan should believe in Angelo not the media. he had won us games when we are down and out DILI must be better that diz...

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Well!well! there was a bit of chaos out there in the home of cricket and I think i was a bit of team vs individual achievement but alls well that ends well, England grumbled and SL mangement including Dilshan was fuming but if u could see in the dug out Mahela n' Sanga wasnt that bothered they knew what really was happening there. Mathews trying to give the scoring only to the one who really deserved it and Chandimal needed it,Century at Lords first ever game there is not like taking ''Candy from a baby'' but winning the game was ,as there was complete defence session from Mathews to give his buddy his deserving Century both players young and inexperienced at the game still.It was very brave from Mathews to hold his ground even when Cap Dilshan was fuming 'Angie!!*%$!'#@ to last second to let Chandimal make his day.If there's anyone Chandimal has to thank getting his 100 it should be no one other than Mathews who is the biggest find ever 4 SL , in the recent past,MATHEWS IS THE GREAT

  • Main_Culprit on July 4, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    England played 50 overs.... should Sri Lanka finish early? I don't see why the hurry... :)

  • on July 4, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Matthews encouraged to chandimal to made century... which shows good team spirit among the team members.....

  • RecordHunter on July 4, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    @ Cricsare- Nice Comment friend... Chandimal for SL= U.Akmal for Pakistan

  • on July 4, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    This is the show of a confidant leader, how to motivate young talent, I'm sure Sanga and mahela are very happy about it, while the sri lankan team and the management including Dilshan, was shiwaring in the dressing room, I dont think Anjalo is suitable to leed, he is suppose to play the matches and get mature with cricket to be the caption after next world cup, and jeevan mendis is the future of fighting cricket.

    Im waiting for Sangakkaras book on world cup final 2011,

  • on July 4, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Sri Lankan boys showed how to be united and play as a team. It was good to see young players such as Chandimal and Angelo could take control of the game and ensure the young batsman got his century at Lords. The one who was out of order was Mr.Bitter Kevin Peterson to wag his fingers and stand on the pitch. He is not the captain although he seems to be belly aching about it. He is not the spokesman for the team either. I bet the ICC and the ECB will do nothing about Kevin Peterson. He should be brought to order and disciplined. As for Captain Cook you should not endorse bad conduct of your players like Stewart Broad. One can be aggressive but not downright rude to the umpires.

  • RecordHunter on July 4, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Pls do not hinder the future progress young guy who could be an asset of SL team. He was dropped from WC squad ealier after making a 100 in the same style againt India last year .What these selection comimitees need from Sri lankan players?...Do you need those who cannot win a one single match for SL , those who cannot be a Man of the Match for one single match..???????(AS We got players in the Middle order in last 3 World Cups) Do not forget that Chandimal did it Twice for his 6 Appearances.Will SLC give this no 3 spot to Chandimal after this series?..We'll See..

  • crazyworldthis on July 4, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    These poms find a way to create hype even when they are playing ordinary cricket. There was nothing wrong in letting him complete his 100. SL still got through with 10 balls to spare. It shows they knew what they were doing

  • on July 4, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    I am with Angie also, he knew what he was doing.To young Chandimal its a memorable moment in life.Getting a century at Lords..

  • on July 4, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    At Aalia Ahmed: Who ruined the spirit of the game. It is just that England were humiliated because Angie was just toying with them. He helped his team mate get a hundred when he knows the team is already safe and within the reach. I don't think anyone ruined the game here. KP should concentrate more on his own cricket than poking nose into all the other players. If they could stop him from getting a hundred, they should have done that. They did not have the bowling power to get him. Shame on England for criticizing others and hiding their inability. Now India is gonna maul them I guess.

  • dilpickle.abey on July 4, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    who cares that it took a few extra overs to win. i think ten more minutes of batting is worth someone gettin a 100 if they know they are going to win anyway

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 4, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @ ramesh dharshana , kohli is 22 yrs old and not 24 as u say..he also achieved many things when he was 21 yrs..he already has 5 centuries and many more 50 with a good average..chandimal also very good player..he is looking very promising at his age and will come a long way.just to put one player in highlight don't put the other player in bad perspective..both are talented..learn to appreciate both..

  • RajasH on July 4, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    Chandimal is half the age of Sanath, and this will give you a lot of confidnece. Imagine if the powers to be decided that Sanath play all the 5 ODIs. ?

  • on July 4, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    Absolutely they played good cricket...Mathews did the right thing to achieve that great milestone for his team mate...well played chandimal as a youngster...2 ODI centuries out of 6 ODI matches...good luck 4 other two games,,,Lions...

  • CricSare on July 4, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy_Well mate,the whole world care about ODI cricket.Do you know that, the Dogs bark at moon because they can't reach there.Do you know what is the birth place of T20 and ODI?If ENG don't care the shorter version of game, they should have organized a test world cup in 1975 and they should not have introduced 20-20 game in to the world.

  • Ranendra30 on July 4, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    I think Mathews should immediately appoint as a captain of SL. I think Dilshan shows too much anxiety in his expression. Its harmful for the team. He should have had full confidence in Mathews. There was not any point of time it looks SL can loose the match. Match was totally under control. Why such anxiety. Truth is the way mathews showed his confidence and support to Chandrima, whole SL team didn't do. Why coach, captain, other senior players were so worried. No compliment is enough for mathews. He is a true leader and he possesses a very big heart. I think SL is very lucky to have got some one like him. He will be the super star days to come. For chandrimal wish him best of luck. Should start his new journey from here on. Well played young man. For mathews carry on guy. You r going to lead SL sooner or later. For dilshan u r experienced enough to understand the situation. I think there was no need for twelveth man .Match was totally under control.

  • stormy16 on July 4, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Cook may have never seen it but most of his team mates would have watched Dilshan block a whole over in the last WC qtr final to allow Tharanga to make a hundred. It might not be a big deal for the English but for touring teams its a huge deal to make a hundred at Lords and for a 21 year old it must feel like a fantacy come real. So lets not focus on the only possibel negative aspect but on the great SL win and Englands continued inability to compete unless the conditions suit them perfectly and these instances are adding up this summer.

  • CricSare on July 4, 2011, 6:01 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.

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:41 GMT

    Angie Knew what he was doing and and he also knew that they will win the match which they did at the end. Chandimal was luck at the end end he played dil scoop and was luck that wicket keep did not caught it and then was a big six and every body was quite. I do not disagree with KP if i would be there i would do the same, he did not need the gloves neither did he need the bat and they also knew what the message would be from the team. But it was interesting to see them all and Angie play for his young colleague i like it both team were good, English team was good as well they did what anybody would do at that time if not anybody i would do the same. Best of luck to both the team for the 4th ODI.

  • anver777 on July 4, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    Young Chandimal is a bright prospect for SL cricket & i think he should represent SL in all 3 formats in future....well done & keep performing !!!!!!

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 4, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    lol...i think England is not happy because Angelo was just playing with them. The same way Dilshan did at the WC Quarter Finals, when Tharanga was in his nineties

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Fantastic how evryone seems to have forgotten that it's the team that comes first and not individual records....Chandimal had played a brillinat innings but he ruined it by doing wat he did towards the end of his innings.....Being a neutral viewer in this innings, i was expecting some good cricket.....hopefully the young man learns how to play in the spirit of the game, and that means playing an sacrificing for ur team....not ur buddies and team-mates!!!!!!!

  • melvn on July 4, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    He is young and a century means a lot to him, so no probs. But what about denying your opponents century by throwing a legside 5wide (Sehwags case) by the same Lankans.

  • on July 4, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    If you are sure you do the right thing, do not care about what others say. Most recent example is Angelo Mathews : enabling Dinesh Chandimal to score his century while securing the win.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on July 4, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    If Angelo had made Chandimal get century at the cost of Winning the match, it would be a blunder,he did it when SL almost won the game and let the young Chandimal get lot of confidence for future matches with this century. This is highly acceptable thing. The English didnot play to full mark and give the Lankans a good target. Can't blame Angelo for allowing his partner to score a hundred which is so special that too at Lords- The Mecca of cricket.

  • layya on July 4, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    "It was different, I've never seen that before," Cook said.Well well. England's new captain hasn't seen the WC quarter finals where they lost in the same manner. too bad

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Remember when sehwag on 99, they bowled a no ball to stop him to reach 100.. but england dosesnt do it....... but SL do it again.. victory is more important then doing 100 or stoppeing sombody from making it

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    I missed most of the match - and being an England supporter its never fun to loose :-( That said, from what I've read Angelo Mathews deserves a pat on the back! People often talk about the 'spirit of cricket' and as far as I'm concerned this was a positive example of 'spirit' - Sri Lanka were in a situation where they were far enough ahead that they could choose how they won the game so why not let a youngster get a ton if possible? There's nothing in the rules that state you HAVE to win the game in the shortest possible time - I think it was a great show of team spirit, and lets not forget that cricket IS a team sport after all.

  • cricfan100 on July 4, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    Dilshan learn to act as a captain. Take some lessons from angie. There were several times i was more disapointed by your doings. That no ball........................... So stop being dissapointed.

  • REH223 on July 4, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    WHAT ABOUT STRAUSS LETTING BELL COMPLETE HIS CENTURY IN THE 1ST TEST. THOUGH ENGLAND WON THE MATCH BUT WASN'T IT INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT VS COUNTRY??? SO ENGLAND ( INCLUDING COMMENTATORS) STOP CREATING FUSS AND PRAISE THE SL TEAM UNITY. WELL DONE CHANDIMAL AND MATTHEWS

  • manjithakumara on July 4, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    He is just 21 and a promising player. It means a lot to him. And SL were never in danger. So give him a break. I've got only one thing to say to cook and kp. Just concentrate on your own batting not others. Neither of you could finish the game. yes cook got 100. But he wasn't there when it most mattered. But young chandimal was in the middle until the end. Good luck young man !!!

  • sweetspot on July 4, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    Anybody who is criticizing Angelo is totally out of their mind. The guy gave his teammate something special to celebrate for the rest of his life, without hurting his team in any way. I would have mentioned it in a special way if I was Dilshan. I cannot believe he is complaining. To win the game for the team, AND to take care of a young team mate speaks of great maturity and ability. Cheers Angelo! Totally LOVE what you did! - An Indian cricket fan.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:32 GMT

    rember the semi final of wc2011 , u did the sme 4 THARANGA .

  • zekky on July 4, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    ...and England did not ball wides to deny the century?? ha ha ha, Chandimal should be glad England players has class..and good sporting etiquettes...

    Still likes Sanga... but lost respect for the team..

  • Roar911 on July 4, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    This is why we need Sanga as captain and Mathews as vice cap'n.... Dily is ok but he need to have a cool head like Dhoni/Arjuna... love'd the way how malinga came while eating, shouted a few words, n went back to dinner! lol

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    Chandmal must be the best young batsman.. @Ruwan P Perera- Kholi is 24..Chandimal is 21..& Kholi was no where close to Chandimal when he toured SL at the age of 21,in 2008/09...Chandimal is a FREAK against spinners, although we havnt seen that today..+Chandimal has got an amazing bat speed & better foot work.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:14 GMT

    I think the Dilshan and Dulip Mendis.. animated too much in the dressing room. Dilshan look really frustrated...but i m sure with the experience in T20, getting 9 runs from 24 balls was not a problem..specially when we have Jeevan mendis and Kulasekara there..What Anji did was truly awesome and thats what we need as a team..true team spirit, the confidence and maturity to control a situation in the optimal manner. Showing the Long faces from the Dressing Room's Balcony won't help the cause rather than adding more pressure to the people in the middle.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    Srilanka cricket has some grate young guns to come 2015 worldcup team will be 01 upul tharanga(wcp) 02 Dimuth Karunarathna 03 Dinesh Chandimal(wk)04 Lahiru Tirimanna 05 Angelo Mathews(cp) 06 Jeevan Mendis 07 Thisara Perera 08 Suraj Randeev 09Suranga Lakmal 10 Lasith Malinga 11 Kaushal silva 12 Bhanuka Rajapaksa 13 Tharanga Lakshitha 14 Nuwan Pradeep 15 Sachitra senanayeka ..... wow we have some more supper guys we are going to dominate the cricket world in years to come we have talent...dinesh all da best for your hundred keep the good work man

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 4, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Well played mahela and chandimal..very convincing win ..why so much fuss about the century? He is a young guy who really played well yeserday and deserved to get 100..at any time srilanka was never in danger of losing that match..in the end they had many overs to get those runs..mathews helped chandimal to get those runs..England was already frustrated and it showed clearly in the end.well done srilanka,go ahead and win the series.

  • Udendra on July 4, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Angi did the right thing. The way he handled the situ, i see a future captain in the making.

  • on July 4, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Angelo absolutely did the correct thing! he himself know how hard is it to miss a 100! (he got run out for 99 in a test!) , so good on him for not letting Chandimal be stranded on 90s.. I feel Dilshan is succumbing to the pressure by the English media! this is not what a good captain should do

  • Sonamt on July 4, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, mak102480, well said. One day cricket is a game for players of limited ability. It is time for England to recognise this. The type of players who excel in one day cricket are so often shown up in when it comes to the real game - test cricket. You do not need to be a great batsman to do well in one day cricket. You need to be a free scoring, big hitting batsman. There are plenty of these in English first class cricket, but the selectors seem to prefer technically brilliant, orthodox players like Cook, Trott and Bell. In modern one day cricket, there is room for only one of these three at the most. Not only do they not score fast enough themselves, but they put pressure on our natural one day players like Kieswetter, Pietersen and Morgan to take more risks than they should really need to. As for the Chandimal situation, compare it Alex Tudor's 99no against New Zealand in 1999. It shows that some teams are more interested in personal milestones than others.

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Well done Dinesh..........u make us proud.don't take what others say to you.scoring a century at Lords is a massive achievement.England watch out there's more to follow.when Dilshan gets going you are dead England.Dnt blame the youngsters Anji know whats he doing.even he can get the runs in the final over too.....Well played SL.Keep up the good work.beat the Englishmen 4-1.England can win if the Rain comes only....Don't worry Lions you make you're mother land Proud.............We all behind with you always..........

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    who cares about one day cricket ha ha its sour grapes at the moment and for chandimal i dont blame the guy imagine he s in his 6 th game century at lords would do gr8 things to his confident and as for cook may the cricket gods see the way u and trott bat in odi atleast chandimal had his team almost home before playing for himself but cook to prove a point made a well patient 100 so blame urself mate ...... wait till next months till we give u a real hiding in tests too the champions are arriving mate

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    Leave the kids alone. Let Cook worry about England's failure. What is Dilshan's problem? They played by the rules and won the game handily. That is all that counts, get over it Cook. Congratulations to Chandimal.

  • Dilum1985 on July 4, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Dont blame to anji....dilshan did da same thinng in 2011 World Cup quarter final

  • Baundele on July 4, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    People that think it was a country vs self achievement are completely wrong, because his self-achievement did not cause any problem for the country's cause, SL's win was never in question.

  • Baundele on July 4, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    What is the problem with England? Batsmen allowing partners to achieve a milestone when the match result was never in doubt is a common scenario. Angelo did a completely right thing. The opposite could be worse, if he denied his partner a deserving century when there was no pressure of scoring.

  • 850401 on July 4, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Angelo did the correct thing any how SL won the match

  • on July 4, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    Angie did a great job to make sure Chandimal got to that great mile stone as a youngster who would be another Mahela J.......good job well played Angie and Chandimal.

  • Shan16966 on July 4, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    Hey England! stop worrying about Sri Lanka and look at mending your own mistakes.For Chandimal it has been sometime coming.. Well done young man. Somehow it raises the question why the lad was not played in a sub continent world cup. Then again its useless crying over spilled milk. Angelo.. good on you to give your partner the chance to make that 100. I only hope you were confident of the decision you took because had Chandimal got out, scenes could have changed. Were you trying to show everyone that you have the maturity to deputy the side? Interesting...

  • kishanwira on July 4, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    We have to appreciate not criticize what Angelo did. He sacrificed his career strike rate etc. to allow his buddy to reach a historical milestone. That's what team spirit is all about. The victory was not problem at all as both of them are very good hitters and if it was really required, they could have gone after the bowling and finish off the match in style. It was a very good gesture to watch. Keep it up Angelo !

  • gyansmgr on July 4, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I can't see any wrong with angie or chandimal.. Anybody will love to have a hundred in lords against England and as a team member who has very good connection each other will do what angie did.. KP was irritated coz they r loosing and he has no rights to interfere...cheers guys..

  • Mfalme on July 4, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Hail Angelo !!! They way he played letting deliveries/overs run out, possibly letting the match get to a close finish, to help Chandimal to reach his century shows his self belief and the confidence he had in his partner to pull out the victory. Self belief and confidence is very important in life let alone cricket. That was what lacking in Sri Lankans in their test defeat and perhaps in the 1st ODI. All said and done I doubt Mahela or Sanga would have reacted the way Dilshan did. Did anyone notice that Attapatu was unperturbed.

  • on July 4, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    We have just finished our breakfast. the main topic of table was Chandimal. we know how great player he is. He is the best young asset in sri lanka.May be second to Koli in his age. What could be a difference if this guy was there in world cup..??

    But main point of day is mathew's patience & confidence given to his youngster. 20 balls for one run for best match finisher in the world.:).?? He has shown again & knocking door for captaincy. yes mathews you are in for that. It is only cause of time as chandimal as your deputy.

  • on July 4, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    Wat wud Dilshan do if he was close 2 a century....so don't complain!!! It's nice to see the youngsters getting their runs & trying to get a permanent spot in the squad. Angelo Played like a true Partner !!! He did what was best!!! Eng media...Sorry that U lost the game....Now go fly a kite!!!

  • on July 4, 2011, 2:43 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! I remember dilshan doing the same when tharanga was reaching for his hundred in WC quarters and that was against England as well.. England should really worry about them than blaming it on Chandimals century.. Top cricket from SL.. Keep it up guys.

  • Nimesh_De_Mel on July 4, 2011, 2:43 GMT

    The RRR never went above 3 runs per over and they think it was close :P yeah right maybe for cook and his team. "It was different, I've never seen that before," Didn't u watch the WC semi finals :D,,,Hats off for Mattews U did the right thing

  • on July 4, 2011, 2:25 GMT

    Watching the match it did feel a bit selfish, i've never seen this before in an ODI, i remember brad hodge sitting on 99 no and i think 97 no because the aussies just wanted to win the match. I think its all well that ends well, Mathews was in a hard situation, either chandimal wouldn't like him if he didnt let him get his hundred, or his team wouldn't like him for playing like that, if i was chandimal or mathews, i would have done the same thing. It was funny because it actually made a mocery of englands score and their batting , and the thing is that mathews could block 1 run off 21 balls and still the match was won comfortably, while chandimal turning down singles at the other end. Chandimal is a class act and he should have been in the tests and the WC but he has his chance now

  • zamith on July 4, 2011, 2:21 GMT

    Well i dont see what Englands problem is if we delayed winning. It was a matter of concern to SL and Dilshan. Not Eng or any other opponent. And talking abt farce, anyone remember cardiff? England coming out to bat just for Bell to get a hundred. Since SL folded cheaply, alls well that ends well? What if SL were 9 down and England just needed 10 more minutes to bowl the last man out? So England stop trying to blame SL for the 'farce'. SL well within their rights and within the spirit of the game. I dont think Dilshan was worried abt "the spirit of the game" rather if there was a chance SL would lose it, which is a fair point.

  • Meety on July 4, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Wow - I really can't believe that what Matthews did was an issue! Batsmen taking it easy for the other guy to get a 100 has been happenning in ODIs for as long as I can remember. Did the English press want a slaughter so they could turn on Cook? Cook btw - must be a little bit concussed to think it got a bit close - balls to spare was low but the scenario really was in hand 8 or 9 overs earlier. @ mak102480 - I disagree re: Trott. He is statistically quite good - his career S/R of 78 is a pass. The problem is that with Cook (who I think will be a better captain then Strauss), the emphasis is on the middle order to go hammer & tongs - KP managed to, but Bell failed. It was Bell's innings that really killed the England momentum. Cook will need to raise his career S/R from 73 to around 80.

  • WinSL on July 4, 2011, 2:15 GMT

    Priority for personal milestone or Country?????

    I think if one wicket gone after 46th over, England was capable of pulling for a win. 1 from 21 balls , may cause problem?? answer : better to see whole game , then we will get all commitment for win!!!!

  • Shafi79 on July 4, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    1) Cook has only his own team to balme - England were so poor that it allowed Angelo to block 20 balls. 2) Why is everyone talking of team over self? Was there any doubt that the teams cause would be effected? There was no was Sri Lanka could lose needing 18 from 9 overs and Angelo knew that. 3) What is Dilshan's problem? didnt he do the same in the world cup QF to help Tharanga to a hundred against the same opposition??? 4) If anything this signifies more team spirit than anything else, the manner in which Angelo backed up the youngster was wonderful to see.

  • RednWhiteArmy on July 4, 2011, 2:08 GMT

    Who cares about 50 over cricket anyway?

    Test matches are the ultimate test and expose any weakness in the team. Sri Lanka NEVER looked like troubling England. If it wasnt for rain it would have been 3-0

  • Secunderabadi on July 4, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    @mrmonty That was a no ball that denied Shewag his century. Anyways that a thing of the past. There was no need for Dishan to panic as they had plenty of balls to spare. What was there for KP or Cook to be irritated. Did they think their concentration to bowl out SL was being disturbed...haha... Two more ODIs to go and I want SL to thrash Eng.. Then when India plays Eng.. they too should give them a trashing, especially KP. I think the match referee should fine KP for trying to be a pain in everybody's ....Good work SL

  • on July 4, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    Cook thought it got a bit close? Seriously? Ha ha. I think Angy Mathews did the right thing. Don't blame the youngsters.

  • on July 3, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Quite sad, the display by Chandimal. Freshman or not, this kid needs to know his responsibilities as a player representing his country, and that it is "Country over self" during a game.

  • mak102480 on July 3, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    Maybe cook should look at his own team.......247 runs on THIS pitch? nowhere near enough. In today's ODI world, the england team looks way overmatched against the top sides. There is a reason classy players like Dravid and Laxman haven't been playing ODIs for India the last 3-4 years. Cook and Trott are very valuable Test players (maybe even great test players one day) but in ODIs you cannot have either in the team let alone both................Cook and Trott pretty much provide an insurance against major collapses and ensure that England always get to a respectable score but they also ensure that England won't reach a match winning score more often than not. Strauss was the same.......NOW is the time to get some new blood in the team when the WC is still 4 yrs away.....Cook and Trott should NOT be long term plans............Look at the Indian team - all 8 of their top batsman have the potential to go off at any given moment - they even have the luxury to drop one (pathan or raina).

  • on July 3, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    initialy it looks veryt strange.but it was very thoughtful from angelo.keep it up guys

  • on July 3, 2011, 22:28 GMT

    sri lanka didnt do anything wrong by the rules or didnt cause any damage to the sprit of the game. we finished the game late, thats our wish. we bowled u guys 50overs n dont get disappointed with us coz we didnt finish the game by 40th over.

  • SRT_GENIUS on July 3, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Dilshan seems to have a healthy grudge against other batsmen getting centuries...! :)

  • dinith_sw on July 3, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    He had good fun, Chandimal. Scoring a hundred at Lords in his 6th game. I think in some ways, giving him as a person that wonderful opportunity was even far bigger than winning the game. Just see how happy he was and how glum KP was. :)

  • Herath-UK on July 3, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Cook is so irritated because of his team's failure and trying to take it on Chandimal.Can he remember the farcical scenario England created with the last pair at Cardiff against Aussies? Well, Mathews was adding salt to the injury and rightly so! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • ZainRizvi on July 3, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I believe that it was completely the batsman's choice as to how to finish the game, if Angelo decided to let Chandimal get his century then it is fine; as long as the team, which in this case was Sri Lanka, won the match.

  • Vilander on July 3, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Typical English media attitude of sour grapes, accept that SL did well. Whats farsical about making a ton?? how many 21 year olds you have who have made an international hundred ? Well done SL for an outsider this looks like a fine future for your cricket. Cant wait for Ind tour..

  • mrmonty on July 3, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Dilshan, didn't you block Sehwag from getting to century by asking your bowler to bowl a wide! Now, dude, this is your own teammate. What was the harm him delaying the win by a few overs. You guys won with 2 over to spare. Have a heart.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    England can be as "stony faced" as they like. They lost, so they have something to be "stony faced" about. No one will care what they think until or unless they start winning.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    I think there's a lil too much outrage shown by some of the players... words like disgust, undignified... are waaaaaaaaay too strong... England are feeling a bit of sour grapes at the end of it... and perhaps some humiliation although that wasn't Sri Lanka' goal at any point of the game...

  • cric-procrastinator on July 3, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    This sri lankan team is so strange. sri lankan team went out of there way to make sure sehwag did not get a hundred by throwing 4 wides but when it comes to them scoring hundred they will do things that will force other captains like cook to say "It was different, I've never seen that before," that the brand of cricket sri lanka plays, hope they learn to be better players.

  • D.S.A on July 3, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    What a complete overreaction by some of the England players, the biased commentators and even Dilshan. The match was well under control, even before the over where Chandimal hit a six to get his century, Sri Lanka needed 9 from 18 balls, which is extremely comfortable with someone on 94 and the other having faced 18 balls. It's not as if either of them hadn't faced a single ball. Also, they STILL had Jeevan Mendis, and Kulasekara and Malinga can smack a ball…at least to score a MASSIVE nine runs. It could and should have been completed faster, but the result was not at risk. A complete over-reaction by the aforementioned parties.

  • Sulaimaan91 on July 3, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Dilshan showing his inexperience as a captain.You dont criticize a small mistake by a team player,esp when his overall performance was good, openly to the media and others.A quiet word with both of them would have been enough.This would work against the youngsters' confidence.

  • Kavum on July 3, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Wish that Chandimal had Sanga or Mahela to translate at the post-match presentation. [Quote]"I'm very happy because it's an historical ground," Chandimal said [unquote], seems to be a figment of a feverish imagination or some creative Gnashing.

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  • Kavum on July 3, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    Wish that Chandimal had Sanga or Mahela to translate at the post-match presentation. [Quote]"I'm very happy because it's an historical ground," Chandimal said [unquote], seems to be a figment of a feverish imagination or some creative Gnashing.

  • Sulaimaan91 on July 3, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Dilshan showing his inexperience as a captain.You dont criticize a small mistake by a team player,esp when his overall performance was good, openly to the media and others.A quiet word with both of them would have been enough.This would work against the youngsters' confidence.

  • D.S.A on July 3, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    What a complete overreaction by some of the England players, the biased commentators and even Dilshan. The match was well under control, even before the over where Chandimal hit a six to get his century, Sri Lanka needed 9 from 18 balls, which is extremely comfortable with someone on 94 and the other having faced 18 balls. It's not as if either of them hadn't faced a single ball. Also, they STILL had Jeevan Mendis, and Kulasekara and Malinga can smack a ball…at least to score a MASSIVE nine runs. It could and should have been completed faster, but the result was not at risk. A complete over-reaction by the aforementioned parties.

  • cric-procrastinator on July 3, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    This sri lankan team is so strange. sri lankan team went out of there way to make sure sehwag did not get a hundred by throwing 4 wides but when it comes to them scoring hundred they will do things that will force other captains like cook to say "It was different, I've never seen that before," that the brand of cricket sri lanka plays, hope they learn to be better players.

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    I think there's a lil too much outrage shown by some of the players... words like disgust, undignified... are waaaaaaaaay too strong... England are feeling a bit of sour grapes at the end of it... and perhaps some humiliation although that wasn't Sri Lanka' goal at any point of the game...

  • on July 3, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    England can be as "stony faced" as they like. They lost, so they have something to be "stony faced" about. No one will care what they think until or unless they start winning.

  • mrmonty on July 3, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    Dilshan, didn't you block Sehwag from getting to century by asking your bowler to bowl a wide! Now, dude, this is your own teammate. What was the harm him delaying the win by a few overs. You guys won with 2 over to spare. Have a heart.

  • Vilander on July 3, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Typical English media attitude of sour grapes, accept that SL did well. Whats farsical about making a ton?? how many 21 year olds you have who have made an international hundred ? Well done SL for an outsider this looks like a fine future for your cricket. Cant wait for Ind tour..

  • ZainRizvi on July 3, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    I believe that it was completely the batsman's choice as to how to finish the game, if Angelo decided to let Chandimal get his century then it is fine; as long as the team, which in this case was Sri Lanka, won the match.

  • Herath-UK on July 3, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Cook is so irritated because of his team's failure and trying to take it on Chandimal.Can he remember the farcical scenario England created with the last pair at Cardiff against Aussies? Well, Mathews was adding salt to the injury and rightly so! Ranil Herath - Kent