England v Sri Lanka, 5th ODI, Old Trafford July 9, 2011

Dilshan buoyed by youngsters' performance

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This tour of England has been a case of so near yet so far for Sri Lanka. A Test series lost in one manic session at Cardiff was followed by a one-day series defeat after they had two chances to clinch the trophy.

Sri Lanka understood before arriving that it would be tough to compete in the Tests, but the limited-overs matches offered a serious chance of silverware, as had been the case in 2006 when they won the one-day series 5-0. The limited-overs leg of the tour started promisingly with the Twenty20 victory and when they recorded back-to-back ODI victories at Headingley and Lord's the momentum was with them.

However, a juicy pitch and a crucial toss did them in at Trent Bridge and then they couldn't make the most of conditions that should have suited them at Old Trafford, where the pitch turned and lacked pace.

"In the last two months we've played some good cricket," Tillakaratne Dilshan said after the Old Trafford game. "We lost the Test series in one hour and again in this one-day series we lost three matches in about the first six overs of our batting. I think we can be a much better side than that.

"I have no complaints but we played some good cricket. We started badly but we restricted them to 260 and we were in trouble again at 29 for 3 but we came back from it. [Dinesh] Chandimal batted very well to put pressure back on England, but sadly we came out as the losing side."

It has been performances from the likes of Dinesh Chandimal, who followed his Lord's hundred with 54 at Old Trafford, Angelo Mathews, who showcased his talent with 62 in the deciding match, and Suraj Randiv, who took five wickets at Old Trafford, that have given Dilshan cause for optimism.

"We had a big issue in the last three or four years with the middle order not doing well for Sri Lanka," he said. "The top order was always getting runs but now we have more confidence in the middle order and that is good for the future. We can look forward to the upcoming series [against Australia] with these youngsters."

While Mathews was at the crease Sri Lanka had every hope of dragging themselves over the line. His most famous innings is the unbeaten 77 against Australia, at Brisbane, which carried them to a one-wicket win after they has slumped to 107 for 8 chasing 240.

"He has shown in the past he can finish matches, like in Australia, and we had a belief they could finish the game," Dilshan said. "When Jeevan [Mendis] was there we believed we had a chance and even at the end, too."

However, at the vital time the contributions of Mahela Jayawardene tailed off after his innings of 144 and 79 earlier in the series which, coupled with Dilshan's horrid trot where he made 17 runs in five innings, left a lot on the shoulders of Kumar Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka shuffled the batting order for the final match with Jayawardene moving back down to No. 4 to allow debutant Dimuth Karunaratne to open with Dilshan but the visitors were soon 12 for 2 when Karunaratne was caught at slip and Dilshan hooked to long leg.

"Dimuth is an opening batsman and we needed to give him a chance and he's scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket," Dilshan explained. "Also we wanted the left-hand right-hand combination and if he'd got some runs today it might have been a different story in the series. As a captain I didn't get any runs and I'm really disappointed with that."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 3rd_man on July 12, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    well played chandimal. also I thought mendis played really well. with bat and ball and also grate in the field. exiting young talent coming to the team. I would love to see Bhanuka join to the team soon. he seems to be class act. now problem would be most of those young players are top order batsman. now mahela wants to bat at the top, things bringing them could be tough. I think Thanranga should be in the ODI team very soon when his ban over. my personal view is sanga and mahela should bat middle order to allow youngsters bat freely. then they will get confidence. otherwise once these experience players fails they will be under pressure and more likely to fail.

  • Test-is-the-best on July 12, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Kapugedara can be tested as a top order batsmen with Mahela since Tharanga would not be available for the next series....Even Dilshan, Jayasuriya has not made any impressive knocks at the Early stage of the career at Middle order. He is a clean hitter of the ball.Would be better to use when the ball is new .. SL made a mistake by using him at the middle order.Dilshan could be at No 3, Sanga 4 .Chandimal 5, Maththews 6, Jeevan 7 .. SL fast bowling department has underperformed in the England series. Need to reconsider about their Fast bowling coach..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    @Sadjidh Omar. Eng too were not able to win that match, is n't it?? That means they are equal. And India lost only 1 match (against SA). Whats your teams status???

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    ohhhh man.....all thz indians have gt da reason dat SL won with ENG , NZ and IND won AUS nd PAK...hw stupid of them 2 have reasons like dat.....then y did IND drew with ENG .......y couldnt they win...if ENG were able draw da match they were also a good team....then y thez people say dat SL won with teams like ENG and NZ...and also ENG won with SA in da WC........thez people think dat india is da best team ,which is stupid and tryin 2 mak teams like ENG cheap

  • on July 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Hello to all the Sri lankans out there who have not really figured out what I was saying. I will try & explain it to you and hopefully you will "get it" this time. Winning and losing is in the mind. With India we believe we always have a chance of winning. In South Africa, we were expected by fans from your country and the other neighbors to be thrashed. We all know the end result. In West indies, we won all the silverware. Could it have been 2-0? Offcourse.You folks need to do is find out how many overs were lost due to rain and you will get your answer. Now you folks are desperately hoping, India will get thrashed in England. The answer is simple, whatever we do, we will be competitive. At no point in my paragraph,I said INDIA will win everything. All I said was, Winners win in the present and are cautious about the future. We do not go around giving excuses like we bowled second,Malinga could'nt grip the ball, Mahela should've opened, the sun should'nt have set...blah blah

  • on July 11, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Dilshan's cracking starts was missing in this series............Chandimal is having a great future ahead if he continues like this..................Bad Luck SL !! Well played Eng !! really it was anybody's game .....dilshan must lern from chandimal and mathews , only action bud didint show anithing in this one day seris,

  • marlondias on July 11, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Here is a good team that should play till the next world cup to really win it in Australia. Also Dilshan must adapt a more attacking fielding set with the following permanent & replacement players.Permanent players in batting order:2 openers:Tharanga & Chandimal,3:Sanga,4:Mahela,5:Dilshan,6:Mathews,:7 an 18/19 Year old talented batting allrounder orJeewan Mendis depending on ground conditions,8:Thisara Perera,9:Randhiv,10:Malinga,11:A young talented fast bowler for fastwickets orAjantha for slowerwickets.Other replacement players must be always young 18 -22 year old players. So these young players will take over as regulars after the next world cup.With the above batting order SL will have a strong middle order and a very dangerous bowling attack.SL selectors should stop bringing new players over 24 years old as our club competition is very weaker than the west.New comers over24 years should only play if they are true match winners.Can selectors see these simple facts before politics?

  • Sakthiivel on July 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    This is crazy out here. Why you SL fan doesnt give the credit to Winning team, Just keep on telling, Mathews must be captain instead of dilshan,murali injured in WC final,paranavitha better than dimuth. Always telling excuse for loss. Accepting loss doesnt means that you fail. You will win one day.

  • SudharsanVM on July 11, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    The real fact is SL found players for their vacant middle order. previously kapugdra and silva were wasting thier chances. now they have chndiml, mthws and mendis for spots 5-7. With tharanga back, its look like really a formidable batting lineup. with randiv and kula can bat, the tail can contribute at times. In bowling front malinga, randiv mathews Jmendis, kula+1 more bowler can be handy and they have good variety also. Its just that ENG got better on the particluar day. But anyhow they lost 4 wickets in 5 balls towards the end in 5th ODI is not accepatcble.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on July 11, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @ Hasitha Jayanath Wickramasinghe, you are very correct.. India got a very good ground support in the final & they were struggling when they bowled second. They lost to SA, & ENG managed to level the score as India only depends on their batsmen even in the home. Their bowlers were not up to standard in the WC. They won the final cuz they were lucky to meet SL in the final with injured Murali who contributes half of talents & without young talented player MATHEWS. Although in the home India didn't play an outstanding final match in WC. But we don't say they won just cuz of luck not with Talents. But Indian fans should not insult teams like SL just because They won the WC. India is not the only team to win the WC. Yes they have won at & away home. But other countries are also playing same CRICKET. Any country can win & lose. That's common to every & each team.AUS won three times in a row & lost in 2011. Who can say India will win every match in future cuz they won the WC. this is funny..

  • 3rd_man on July 12, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    well played chandimal. also I thought mendis played really well. with bat and ball and also grate in the field. exiting young talent coming to the team. I would love to see Bhanuka join to the team soon. he seems to be class act. now problem would be most of those young players are top order batsman. now mahela wants to bat at the top, things bringing them could be tough. I think Thanranga should be in the ODI team very soon when his ban over. my personal view is sanga and mahela should bat middle order to allow youngsters bat freely. then they will get confidence. otherwise once these experience players fails they will be under pressure and more likely to fail.

  • Test-is-the-best on July 12, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Kapugedara can be tested as a top order batsmen with Mahela since Tharanga would not be available for the next series....Even Dilshan, Jayasuriya has not made any impressive knocks at the Early stage of the career at Middle order. He is a clean hitter of the ball.Would be better to use when the ball is new .. SL made a mistake by using him at the middle order.Dilshan could be at No 3, Sanga 4 .Chandimal 5, Maththews 6, Jeevan 7 .. SL fast bowling department has underperformed in the England series. Need to reconsider about their Fast bowling coach..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 12, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    @Sadjidh Omar. Eng too were not able to win that match, is n't it?? That means they are equal. And India lost only 1 match (against SA). Whats your teams status???

  • on July 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    ohhhh man.....all thz indians have gt da reason dat SL won with ENG , NZ and IND won AUS nd PAK...hw stupid of them 2 have reasons like dat.....then y did IND drew with ENG .......y couldnt they win...if ENG were able draw da match they were also a good team....then y thez people say dat SL won with teams like ENG and NZ...and also ENG won with SA in da WC........thez people think dat india is da best team ,which is stupid and tryin 2 mak teams like ENG cheap

  • on July 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Hello to all the Sri lankans out there who have not really figured out what I was saying. I will try & explain it to you and hopefully you will "get it" this time. Winning and losing is in the mind. With India we believe we always have a chance of winning. In South Africa, we were expected by fans from your country and the other neighbors to be thrashed. We all know the end result. In West indies, we won all the silverware. Could it have been 2-0? Offcourse.You folks need to do is find out how many overs were lost due to rain and you will get your answer. Now you folks are desperately hoping, India will get thrashed in England. The answer is simple, whatever we do, we will be competitive. At no point in my paragraph,I said INDIA will win everything. All I said was, Winners win in the present and are cautious about the future. We do not go around giving excuses like we bowled second,Malinga could'nt grip the ball, Mahela should've opened, the sun should'nt have set...blah blah

  • on July 11, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    Dilshan's cracking starts was missing in this series............Chandimal is having a great future ahead if he continues like this..................Bad Luck SL !! Well played Eng !! really it was anybody's game .....dilshan must lern from chandimal and mathews , only action bud didint show anithing in this one day seris,

  • marlondias on July 11, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Here is a good team that should play till the next world cup to really win it in Australia. Also Dilshan must adapt a more attacking fielding set with the following permanent & replacement players.Permanent players in batting order:2 openers:Tharanga & Chandimal,3:Sanga,4:Mahela,5:Dilshan,6:Mathews,:7 an 18/19 Year old talented batting allrounder orJeewan Mendis depending on ground conditions,8:Thisara Perera,9:Randhiv,10:Malinga,11:A young talented fast bowler for fastwickets orAjantha for slowerwickets.Other replacement players must be always young 18 -22 year old players. So these young players will take over as regulars after the next world cup.With the above batting order SL will have a strong middle order and a very dangerous bowling attack.SL selectors should stop bringing new players over 24 years old as our club competition is very weaker than the west.New comers over24 years should only play if they are true match winners.Can selectors see these simple facts before politics?

  • Sakthiivel on July 11, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    This is crazy out here. Why you SL fan doesnt give the credit to Winning team, Just keep on telling, Mathews must be captain instead of dilshan,murali injured in WC final,paranavitha better than dimuth. Always telling excuse for loss. Accepting loss doesnt means that you fail. You will win one day.

  • SudharsanVM on July 11, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    The real fact is SL found players for their vacant middle order. previously kapugdra and silva were wasting thier chances. now they have chndiml, mthws and mendis for spots 5-7. With tharanga back, its look like really a formidable batting lineup. with randiv and kula can bat, the tail can contribute at times. In bowling front malinga, randiv mathews Jmendis, kula+1 more bowler can be handy and they have good variety also. Its just that ENG got better on the particluar day. But anyhow they lost 4 wickets in 5 balls towards the end in 5th ODI is not accepatcble.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on July 11, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @ Hasitha Jayanath Wickramasinghe, you are very correct.. India got a very good ground support in the final & they were struggling when they bowled second. They lost to SA, & ENG managed to level the score as India only depends on their batsmen even in the home. Their bowlers were not up to standard in the WC. They won the final cuz they were lucky to meet SL in the final with injured Murali who contributes half of talents & without young talented player MATHEWS. Although in the home India didn't play an outstanding final match in WC. But we don't say they won just cuz of luck not with Talents. But Indian fans should not insult teams like SL just because They won the WC. India is not the only team to win the WC. Yes they have won at & away home. But other countries are also playing same CRICKET. Any country can win & lose. That's common to every & each team.AUS won three times in a row & lost in 2011. Who can say India will win every match in future cuz they won the WC. this is funny..

  • on July 11, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    i think bad time for guys.forget what happened.N.T.paranavitha beter than dimuth who has very good avg in domstic

  • Sakthiivel on July 11, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    @Sinhaya : Actually I was mentioning about the SL & IND series. And as of now we are the current Asian cup Champions, Crushing SL by 81 runs at your home ground Rangiri Dambulla Stadium in 2010.

  • anver777 on July 11, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Dilshan's cracking starts was missing in this series............Chandimal is having a great future ahead if he continues like this..................Bad Luck SL !! Well played Eng !! really it was anybody's game .....

  • WPDDESILVA on July 11, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    I just hope the new batters like Chandimal, Mendis will perform really well that it will block Kapugedara, Silva entering the team!! Well done youngsters!!

  • JohnBhajan on July 11, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    @Hasitha Jayanath Wickramasinghe India Vs Sri Lanka On Neutral Venue 35 20 Won 13 Lost. You must be joking.

  • kasun1987 on July 11, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    hey guys weldone....nw we are havin anji,suraj,lahiru,jeewan and chandi...apart from this another young blood is seekin for his arrival..he z bhanuka rajapakshe...keep eye on him..an aggressive opener with sence of cricket..he can read the game as well..so with this blend sri lanka gonna be a fine team... gud luck

  • Sinhaya on July 11, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    @Sakthiivel, you have forgotten the times we beat India in ODIs in the recent past. In 2010, in the Zimbabwe tri series, India was out of the final. In last year's August tri series in Dambulla involving NZ, India was beaten in the final by SL. Also last year January in Dhaka tri series too India was beaten in the finals. In the 2008 Asia cup final in Karachi too, India was beaten by SL in the finals.

  • mrgupta on July 11, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Success is not luck my friend. India won the World Cup because we were better than Aussies in QF, Pak in SF and better than SL in the finals. You can cry out out as much as you want, SL always want to play in their own backyard as that's the only place they can Win. SL lost the finals on 2 occasions, now don't say Aussies Won fair and square but India was lucky. Indians won against better teams than Sri-Lanka. Don't forget the only major team SL defeated in the Entire Tournament were NZ and Eng. Whereas India defeated Aus, Pak, SL and WI and tie with Eng. Sri-Lanka's road to the finals was the easiest and India's far far difficult given we had to defeat Aussies and Pak before we decimated SL in the finals.

  • Dilanka009 on July 11, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Ary Srinvas....ur indian team wz too negative in drawin da 3rd test vs West Indies!!!dey shoud've gone 4 da victory as dere wz olny 181 neede of 32 ovrs!!!remember how Nz gv it a try when dey neede 280+ of 40 + ovrs n dey jst fell short of 15 runs..Indian team wz so defensive n so negative as dey played 4 a draw nt 4 a win!!!!!

  • roadhunter99 on July 11, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @ Hasitha.. India did'nt win the world just by luc. We won it fair and square.. We've beaten australia in Q/F and Pak in S/f where as srilanka has beaten Eng and new zealand. You should consider yourself lucky to be in the finals.. so imagine what would be the result if mahela got out cheaply. India would've thrashed SL.

    @SLcricketlovers, India is the only country to win the world cup at both foreign and at home..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 11, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    @Hasitha Jayanath Wickramasinghe . Do not comeup with lame excuses. You won the toss and elected to bat in the finals!!!. You do not know that??? You were in the final by fluke. If SA was in the semis with you, you will not be there. Be in the final 2 times and till not able to convert it to to a win! what a shame!

  • sanjeevmukherjee2006 on July 11, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    sri lanka is an average team, they havent won a single test in Aus, Sa and India, they havent won a test series in WI. they lost to india in Wc and in Asia cup, well asia cup was held in SL still they lost. They lost to us not only in WC or Asia cup but in many odi series preceeding the world cup. they have lost in many crunch games for eg World cup2007 and 2011 final, Asia cup final, T2o world cup final and now this last game against england...Kudos to England

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    im sure we will be the best cricket team with in few months.cuz middle order also now ok..im sure this is the best answer for indians..and be care full from us...and we r waiting u r performance in England Tour.......lol

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @Hasitha Jayanath Wickramasinghe.Now don't cry foul.u did same in 96,at that time u won.Now we won then u talking abt that u lose becoj u batting first. what a funny excuse.Accept it WE R THE BEST. @SLcricketLovers ..Plz check no team before us could one the World Cup in its home turf.We have done it in away(England,outside subcontinent)& home turf. Not like u who won it only in Subcontinent

  • Test-is-the-best on July 11, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    We'll see how OVERRATED indians play against well Set Englishmen... The main Weakness in SL team that exists from long time is their confidence in Winning when top order goes cheaply.. Since Arjuna's retirement SL has never found a good player @ the 5th spot.. Maththews has shown some courage but need some support.. In the ODI wing of This tour Dilshan, Kulasekara, Malinga performance become below their par..Dimuth may get two more chances to prove his position in the ODI squad in the future.

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    dear Mr.Wickramasinghe,

    Yes we couldnt defend 334 Vs England.But bear in mind that SL lost to Pakistan in World cup league matches. Our QF and SF opponents were much much better than SL's. We beat World cup champs Aussies and our arch rival Pakistan to whom you have lost in Semifinals. On the contrary you had weak team England and Newzealand.So India didnt wC just bcos of home condition.... FYI we have won world cup in 1983 away in England my dear.

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    In the last match i just feel the strategy to open with Right - left combination is quite OK. but it has to understand by dilshan that in form opener mahela has to be sent with Dimuth where Mahela can guide him. If that would be this story would be totally different. If i recall the way sanga guided chandimal when stuck with Swan is the same which expects from . Being Dilly is trying to find form it is better him to stay back & send in form players & back them up. But good try by Sanga, Chandimal, Jeewan , mathews & Randiv.

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:38 GMT

    @ ARY SRINIVAS you were just lucky to win a world cup....you won bcoz of batting second.....yours couldn't defend 334 vs england...couldn't defend 300 against SA...if final was held neutral venue like bangadesh, pakistan or colombo...LIONS surely won

  • WaldermaltCricketer on July 11, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    Ary Srinivas ..Have u forgotten that India also lost matches? Do u really believe that India will never lose again? So funny.. Losing & Winning are compulsory things in Sports.. We will see..how india is going to show their talents in ENG..At least they were UNABLE to win 2nd & 3rd Test matches in West Indies.. Worldcup is only another tournament my friend.. India is not the first & Last one to WIN world cup. India won the world cup in their own country..as all former champions achieved their victories away from HOME. Will see friends..how India is going to WIN EVERY MATCH they play as Ary Srinivas hopes.. All the very best to ENGLAND..

  • on July 11, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Please rest all the players, need so, before the Australian series, particularly fast bowlers such as Lakmal who played through out. Nuwan Pradeep must be fully rehabilitated for selection and he is a must for the South African tour. Lakmal and Welegedara have already booked the 2 positions for the tests. SL should not go with 5 bowlers as they did in England and almost lost the 2 remaining tests. 2 spinners should be Herath and Randiv. The 7th batsman can be selected after considering the performances of the players of the 3 day practice game against Australia. For that match, the good performances in the test in England of the A side players must also be considered for selecting players. Angelo Mathews must also play in that 3 day game to prove his superiority. Nuwan Pradeep may also be selected if he is 100% fit. Maharoof and Thisara must be totally ignored. Malinga too must be rested until the next WC as he is injury prone. Jeewan could have contained England in the last overs.

  • on July 10, 2011, 22:59 GMT

    Here is the key difference between Winners like the no.1 test team in the world and World cup champions India and losing teams like Sri Lanka. The WINNERS win in the present and are cautious about the future like humble world leaders and world beaters that we are. Now the ones that are optimistic about the future like Sri Lanka..LOSE too many in the present and can only be optimistic in the future. that is the difference my friends between WINNING and LOSING...Hamara Bharat is the greatest.

  • on July 10, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    It's deja-vu all over again, sort of. Just before a crucial game is not the time to play with your lineup. Dimuth may have promise, but needed to try earlier than persist with Kandamby.Mahela remains that throwback to an earlier era of gentlemanly players. In this age of sledging and psychological intimidation how many others would give helpful advice to opposing players.Cook's batting made immediate improvement after Mahela gave advice in his blog.No complaints really.One likes to see good cricket.Matthews is awesome really except in catching.Even in limited over cricket, Malinga is probably limited to opening and in the death. SL has to quickly find an economical workhorse for the middle overs. Dilhara could have been the obvious choice but could not get his act together..SL probably should rethink approach to batting at the start. Everybody is not Sanath.All in all, a brave performance from Sanga and the team, especially youngsters in adverse circumstances.Dilshan, in tests,too.

  • MOONAMALPE on July 10, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Selecting commitee bad selection has caused us to loose the series.Bringing in kandambi to the team who is continued to fail in all aspect of the game has left dilshan only few options since no other middle order batsman was included in the squad.Becoming a runnerup in the world cup is also a huge achievement.Therfore I do not know why the selectors left out samaraweera and kapugedera who were in the world cup final match team and included kandambi instead.We got batting line up all messed up due to unavailability of middle order batsman to replace kandamby in the yesterdays match.SO the selectors pls be more prudent when you select because this is not just a game this is the pride of Srilanka.One mistake you made has caused us a series win outside srilanka.Be serious on your duty and select players who deserve to be selected.

  • dalpadadu on July 10, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    T.M.Dlshan is out of form and slc should give him a relaxing time.we didnt see any possitive shots from him throughout the one day series and as a captain he should perform better than what we saw during one day series and at last we lost the series and dishan should take a desision about his future performance rather than talking.slc should negiotate with sangakkara to take the captaincy because now general public knows the genuine story inside cricket board.president is yhe one who apponted ds desilva as interim chairman but when people get to know his bad management president use to keep silent we need his comments and reactions regarding cricket board present situation.if he messup the board he should sort out the problems also before he gets bad impression.

  • Sakthiivel on July 10, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    @ SLsupport:Yes we Indian are also really bored of watching Srilankan team often playing with India and losing against India. From 2005 - now, there are as many as 9 ODI series of Ind vs SL where india leads 6 - 2(2006 series wash out of rain).In the current FTP SL will play only few series in next 9 Years with India. Which reported may loss of 2- 4 Billion dollar to SLC.Already SLC started begging for some adhoc series with India. But we request BCCI not to offer any adhoc series, As already our FTP is filled up with England, Aus and South africa.

  • on July 10, 2011, 17:10 GMT

    srilanka had continous batting failures in the odi series.. if dilhan wouldnt have shown his horrible figures in odi despite his nearly double century in the tests sri lanka could have beaten the english very easily. the whole tour i supported the sri lankans.. good luck from bangladesh :)

  • Alexk400 on July 10, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    I think england team is getting better in ODI with lots of SA batsman and bresnan (grat odi bowler). They need to find replacement for broad and anderson in ODI. They need few power hitting all rounders with strong mind like bresnan. England can win next Worldcup in ODI. They must replace broad and anders on in ODI. No question on my mind on that.

  • Venki_indian on July 10, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    @Robayeth Robs Why do pple pull india/india players into everything..its totally out of context here... Coming to this series I feel SL is definitely a better side than england.. they are a bit unfortunate to lose.

  • denwarlo70 on July 10, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    In the final match of the series, the decider at that, I would not have played around with the batting order and would have gone with the same combination even with Mr. VC in the squad. I don't know why that boy was included in a decider match such as this. Trying out young blood is good but not like they did last Saturday for sure where the balance of the side is at jeopardy. Well played Sri Lanka. Put this behind you and look forward to the home series in August.

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    @Shiva Prakasam and Satish00772, every1 knows dhoni is the greatest excusemaker in the world today . Every1 can pin point some facts and say that we lost it because of this rather than giving credit to the opposition.....which is ridiculous

  • on July 10, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Mathews looks to take over the mantle of the best limited overs all-rounder in the world. He shows remarkable composure during tight chases. However Srilankan bowling seems too reliant on Malinga. They need to nurture power hitters to partner Mathews in the slog overs.

  • SLsupport on July 10, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Sanga,Mahela and Dilshan should be given some rest before the austrailian tour.Becoz in sri lanka the condition are more tougher phisically and they will get tired quickly.A rest will be good for them mentally also.

  • Munkeymomo on July 10, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    @rana on the basis of 'That session' at Cardiff, yeah Sri Lanka shouldn't have lost that game, they're better than that. But no doubt over the course of the series England were the better side. While, IMO, theres not much in it batting wise, the bowling department is in a different league.

  • on July 10, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    While Mathews was at the crease Sri Lanka had every hope of dragging themselves over the line. His most famous innings was the unbeaten 77 against Australia, at Brisbane, which carried them to a one-wicket win after a chase of 240 had fallen to 107 for 8 ????????????????????????????

    What happened in Melbourne on the 3rd of Nov 2010 ??? lol DW the Lion will pounce on the Kangaroos soon enough n this tour will be all forgotten

  • SLsupport on July 10, 2011, 13:58 GMT

    I think current SL team is really talented.We should stop playing lot of matches against india and play with other teams.also in other countries like south africa,australia and newzealand.

  • cricketcrazzychick on July 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Angelo , the future star of world cricket

  • on July 10, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Lahiru Thilakarathne: Tests and ODI s are poles apart. Also one ODI series is different from another ODI series. Samaraweera has done exceptionally in test cricket and would have done well in ODIs too if he was taken in at a younger age. Still in limited opportunities he has scored two hundreds. You cannot name a squad based on a single series. Thisara Perera looked very promising as a bowler in last Australian tour and he was very pacy too clocking at times 145 kph. However, this England tour he looked pedastrian. I do not give much weightage to his batting in ODIs as he is a pure slogger. Chandimal should be given an extended run in all type of conditions. Once he is well established in ODIs or whenever there are opportunities in tests he can fit in. I believe a position in tests was there for him to grab but his failures particularly in England Lions game worked against him. The experience does count a lot and that is why Sanga and Mahela in spite of their age are contributing

  • on July 10, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    dishan i hope we got good combination & aggressive young players mathews-j.mendis-suraj randhiv- thirimana and yourself, mahela & sanga should show to the world our natural abilities and always do not struggles to spinner because we show to the world what is the "dhoosra" but we are sturggling such long specially ex-captain sanga so we hope keep going your natural game & we need improve.

  • on July 10, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    dishan i hope we got good combination & aggressive young players mathews-j.mendis-suraj randhiv- thirimana and yourself, mahela & sanga should show to the world our natural abilities and always do not struggles to spinner because we show to the world what is the "dhoosra" but we are sturggling such long specially ex-captain sanga so we hope keep going your natural game & we need improve.

  • KingOwl on July 10, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    I think England deserve to win at home in the early season, though by a tiny margin, especially given the numerous injuries that SL faced during the long tour. So, the 3-2 look fine and I think England are very happy with it. I think SL are disappointed that they could not pull off this one, but this is as good as a win in the 'real Summer'. So, they are likely to be pretty happy too with the young side. But the BIG disappointment for SL will be the Test series. That should have been a drawn series. Not a win for England.

  • Satish00772 on July 10, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    @Robayeth Robs, Every one knows the team playing better on that day only can win, dhoni is pin pointing the reason for the defeat.

  • on July 10, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    @Robayeth Robs........... Oh boy, u really need know more about cricket and dhoni.......... He never says excuses instead he ll say the facts.......... Hope u should know the diff between excuses and facts........

  • thejak on July 10, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    happy with youngsters performence .SL team will be in good postion in 3 years time...

  • on July 10, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    If Sri Lanka is planning to win the Australian series. They should get back Upul Tharanga and let Dilshan open with him because they carry the highest opening partnership and mahala goes 2 down and sangakara to follow him. They should leave samarawera and let chandimal continue to play for sl. Take in Nuwan Pradeep for Welagadara. leave Nuwan kulasakara because he has shiwn a por performance in England as well as World Cup and get in Suranga Lakmal. Summarising the squad Dilshan/ Tharanga/ Chandimal/Mahala/ Sanga/ Angelo/ Lakmal/ Mendis/ Nuwan Pradeep/ Maling. I can assure u that sri lanka will win if they play this squad for ODIs

  • Sakthiivel on July 10, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @Pankaj_INDIA : Man why are you often remembering the nightmare of WC finals.

  • Kodi on July 10, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Anjie please come and take the captaincy, DILSHAN PLEASE RESIGN FROM THE CAPAINCY AS YOU ARE NOT SUIT FOR THAT JOB>

  • on July 10, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Dear Dilshan ! good luck. England team is one of the best in these days. so we can be happy the way things gone .Youngestrs took responsibility. Hopes your thumb ok...get well soon.

  • Pankaj_INDIA on July 10, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    @aj_space: ya ajanta mendis played well in world cup, but he was DROPPED from the final against INDIA...you know why??? coz india plays him soo well, his confidence has been shattered by explosive indian line-up.. seems he is still recovering from shock of exclusion in the WC final.

  • Japan.Kolla on July 10, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    You were wrong man ! Sri Lanka lost da game @ Brsibane and won matches in sydney and Melbourne.

  • yorkslanka on July 10, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    forgot to mention, Mathews should be made captain asap with tharanga as his vc in odi's and he should stay as vc in tests for the time being under dilshan...

  • yorkslanka on July 10, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    i agree with the optimism for the future, despite being disappointed at losing this series...imho, karunaratne needs to be given a decent run,thirimanne should too, chandimal / mathews / jeevan / randhiv are establishing themselves as very good players at this level and i am confident that we can replace mahela and sanga( to a certain extent) when they decide to go...as for the bowling, jeevan mendis and randhiv have done well, I was impressed by prasad yesterday and lakmal is fast becoming a good bowler..From what i hear, nuwan pradeep is a pace alternative for dilhara and welagedara is maturing weel adn bowled well in the tests..add tharanga back into the mix and we are looking decent and like we can compete with the big teams, and that is what all sl fans want...All we need now is the meddling politicians to keep out and let us play to our potential..good luck for the aussies SL...always proud...

  • on July 10, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    First of all remove DILSHAN as a captain he didn't suite for captaincy post. He is just an top-order(opening) batsman for srilanka. Currently the srilanka team needs a captain like 'Sangakara and the same players like england tour performed well in future with Mr. Chandimal & Mathews power. If the same captain & players played with Aus then it will be 5-0 Aus... Damn Sure (No Doubt About It)...

  • on July 10, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Good to see dilshan made no excuse and accepted that eng were better on that day , at least he is not like Dhoni who always make excuses for defeat.....

  • aj_space on July 10, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Where has Ajanta Mendis Disappeared? I thought he did a good job in WC.

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Lanka's future looks good! All the best for Aus tour.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 10, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Dilshans broken thumb put him off rhythm and he couldnt score after that. Still SL, have found a better middle order player in Jeevan Mendis than the slow Chamara Silva and Chandimal looks like a new Aravinda De Silva. 'Just' the problem of the expensive Kulasekera/Lakmal/fernando and pegger Welegedera that needs adressing.

  • Shiroza on July 10, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    happy to see the sri lanka's middle order performing and the top order did not have a big performance,but sanga did some good job.the bowling side should have some variation i hope. surprisingly dilshan who is a part time bowler,having full time bowlers in side,had bowled 10 overs,and did not give the remaining 4 overs to prasad who was performing.i think the captaincy is lacking many things which sangakkara (a responsible and a respectable captain) had when he captained Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka should appoint a captain who is capable of doing a far more good job than what the present captain is doing.

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Actually I am very happy with what happened in this series..we lost but this series set the stage for Chandimal to announce him self to the world of cricket..He batted like an alltime great,still 20 & played only 4 matches..He has it in him to be the best in the world !+ first tour in England ! Mathews too is awesome..He is now super good..Nuwn pradeep is unfortunate to get injured.......When Upul Tharanga gets back This SL team will become the best SLn ODI team EVER .....

  • on July 10, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Lots of + even if we lost. Lower order collapsed. But Mendis is better than Chamara Silva, Chandimal is better than Kapugedara. Need 2 Hav the 2nd Malinga (Nuwan Pradeep) in the side 2 strengthen the bowling. He's also a great investment in Osi and SA tours.

  • sam9009 on July 10, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Andrew, the match Matews scored 77 was at MCG, where him and Lasith Malinga fought back to win it for SL, Angelo, Jeevan,Chandilam makes a good middle order that can be very sustainable for another 4-5 years. Also Jeevan Mendies looks to be utility player with a good cricketing brain. Sri Lanka has to appoint a captain that has the vibe to lead and also respect team members. Also i believe the bowling depth lacks too in terms of variation in a single bowler who could turn matches to an ad vantage.

  • on July 9, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    The game mentioned in the text was at the MCG, not Brisbane.

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  • on July 9, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    The game mentioned in the text was at the MCG, not Brisbane.

  • sam9009 on July 10, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Andrew, the match Matews scored 77 was at MCG, where him and Lasith Malinga fought back to win it for SL, Angelo, Jeevan,Chandilam makes a good middle order that can be very sustainable for another 4-5 years. Also Jeevan Mendies looks to be utility player with a good cricketing brain. Sri Lanka has to appoint a captain that has the vibe to lead and also respect team members. Also i believe the bowling depth lacks too in terms of variation in a single bowler who could turn matches to an ad vantage.

  • on July 10, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    Lots of + even if we lost. Lower order collapsed. But Mendis is better than Chamara Silva, Chandimal is better than Kapugedara. Need 2 Hav the 2nd Malinga (Nuwan Pradeep) in the side 2 strengthen the bowling. He's also a great investment in Osi and SA tours.

  • on July 10, 2011, 4:22 GMT

    Actually I am very happy with what happened in this series..we lost but this series set the stage for Chandimal to announce him self to the world of cricket..He batted like an alltime great,still 20 & played only 4 matches..He has it in him to be the best in the world !+ first tour in England ! Mathews too is awesome..He is now super good..Nuwn pradeep is unfortunate to get injured.......When Upul Tharanga gets back This SL team will become the best SLn ODI team EVER .....

  • Shiroza on July 10, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    happy to see the sri lanka's middle order performing and the top order did not have a big performance,but sanga did some good job.the bowling side should have some variation i hope. surprisingly dilshan who is a part time bowler,having full time bowlers in side,had bowled 10 overs,and did not give the remaining 4 overs to prasad who was performing.i think the captaincy is lacking many things which sangakkara (a responsible and a respectable captain) had when he captained Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka should appoint a captain who is capable of doing a far more good job than what the present captain is doing.

  • Lord.emsworth on July 10, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    Dilshans broken thumb put him off rhythm and he couldnt score after that. Still SL, have found a better middle order player in Jeevan Mendis than the slow Chamara Silva and Chandimal looks like a new Aravinda De Silva. 'Just' the problem of the expensive Kulasekera/Lakmal/fernando and pegger Welegedera that needs adressing.

  • on July 10, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    Lanka's future looks good! All the best for Aus tour.

  • aj_space on July 10, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    Where has Ajanta Mendis Disappeared? I thought he did a good job in WC.

  • on July 10, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Good to see dilshan made no excuse and accepted that eng were better on that day , at least he is not like Dhoni who always make excuses for defeat.....

  • on July 10, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    First of all remove DILSHAN as a captain he didn't suite for captaincy post. He is just an top-order(opening) batsman for srilanka. Currently the srilanka team needs a captain like 'Sangakara and the same players like england tour performed well in future with Mr. Chandimal & Mathews power. If the same captain & players played with Aus then it will be 5-0 Aus... Damn Sure (No Doubt About It)...