England v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, The Oval

All-round Jordan brings a smile back to England

The Report by David Hopps

May 22, 2014

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England 247 for 6 (Ballance 64, Bell 50, Root 45, Jordan 38*, Senanayake 3-30) beat Sri Lanka 144 (Jayawardene 35, Dilshan 33, Jordan 3-25, Tredwell 3-38) by 81 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights: England dominate in between rain delays to win by 81 runs on D/L method

For Sri Lanka, this was a one-day international that will not live long in the memory, a match ruined by rain. But that is only half the story. For England, it was much more than that. It was a match worth remembering: a match that uplifted spirits, created smiles and brought hopes that after a tormented tour of Australia all was not lost. And it was a match that insisted, not for the first time, that England had a new entertainer in their midst.

England won not just because of the rain - although the second interruption, during Sri Lanka's innings, came along at a convenient time - but because of Chris Jordan. His unbeaten 38 from 13 balls at the end of England's innings swung the game in England's favour. His three wickets confirmed that Sri Lanka would not remedy what had become an impossible situation. His fielding was pretty spritely, too.

Several rain interruptions wrecked the game - just utter the words Duckworth-Lewis and people lose interest, the only thing worth analysing being the bottom of a warm pint of beer - but Jordan made a celebration of it all the same.

With all the talk of a new start in place, with a new coach, Peter Moores, talking of encouraging individuality, Jordan was just what England needed: a blithe spirit. He ran riot in the closing overs and much later after another stoppage he browbeat Sri Lanka with three wickets. England, living off his positive mood, felt powerful again.

Jordan's ebullience has made him one of the most appealing faces in England's new order. Sixty runs spilled from the last four overs as he smashed an unbeaten 38 from 13 balls, finishing with a length-ball six over long on against Lasith Malinga and a meaningful tuck of bat under arm, job done. As many as 93 came from the last seven overs. Malinga, so often England's tormentor, had never conceded as many against them in an ODI: 71 from eight wicketless overs.

Sri Lanka's chase of what started as 259 in 39 overs - before that became something else - foundered from the outset. Lahiru Thirimanne, back as opener after Sri Lanka dropped Kusal Perera to find room for Dinesh Chandimal, fell lbw for nought to an inswinger from James Anderson in the first over; Kumar Sangakkara was not the first to work out the cranky bowling style of England's left-armer Harry Gurney and dragged on.

Then came the rain; then came Jordan. Three balls after the resumption, Tillakaratne Dilshan flung the bat at a wide one and perished to a neat catch by Gurney at third man. Chandimal and Kulasekara, promoted in desperation, both followed to catches at the wicket.

There was a big wicket, too, for James Tredwell, so bereft of first-class form for the past year that he has been left out by Kent, but shrewd enough to sneak out Mahela Jayawardene at midwicket. He, too, finished with three wickets, but without the same pzazz. Such is his lot. "Poor effort by the whole team," said Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka's captain.

Three wickets for Sachithra Senanayake, an offspinner with the additional sleight of hand rarely seen in the English game, had kept England in check until Jordan took charger. His variations were subtle, but certainly effective as he dismissed Eoin Morgan, Gary Ballance and Ravi Bopara to record 3 for 30, his best return in 30 ODIs.

Ballance acquitted himself well at No. 3 with a punchy 64 from 72 balls, surviving the rain interruption midway through his innings. He is not the most elegant batsman in the world, but his impressive first-class form has suggested a good business brain and he exhibited that here.

Ian Bell's orderly half century brought tranquillity and a sense of organisation to England's top order in the first of these five ODIs. He was dismissed to the last ball before rain intervened for the first time. Deceived by Mathews' slower ball, he helped it to Malinga at short fine leg. He had survived a Sri Lankan review earlier in Mathews' over: Mathews' lbw decision refused both by umpire Rob Bailey and the TV adjudicator.

Bell, whose most authoritative blow was an easeful straight six in Thisara Perera's first over, was again the emollient figure at the heart of this England side: England's favourite moisturiser to help them through a dry, sore phase in their history. Alastair Cook's form needs more moisturiser than most: his awkward stay ended when he edged a wide one from Kulasekera to the wicketkeeper, Sangakkara and he was also dropped on 1 in Kulasekera's first over, a tough chance to Dilshan, diving high to his right at backward point.

Morgan was promoted to No. 4 after the skies cleared, but he fell third ball to Senanayake, chopping on a ball flicked out of the front of the hand. Ballance holed out at deep midwicket and Ravi Bopara, who was playing despite dislocating a finger just before the toss, fell lbw sweeping.

A jaunty contribution from Joe Root, England thought, might only bring 225. At the end of the game, the discussion might be of Senanayake and of England's frailties against unconventional spin. A lusty burst of rain, and an even lustier bout of hitting by Jordan soon put paid to that notion.

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Posted by Rajesh_India_1980 on (May 27, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

@Dhoni48: There are some other interesting statistics as well. See the win/loss ratio of SL,IND,PAK and BAN against SA,AUS and ENG in away/neutral last 5 years.

Overall (Test,ODI,T20): SL-1.04, PAK-0.53,IND-0.46, Ban-0.20 Test: PAK-0.54,SL-0.16, IND-0.10, Ban-0.00 ODI: SL-1.14, Ban-0.50,IND-0.45, PAK-0.40 T20:SL-2.33, IND-1.00, PAK-0.75, Ban-0.00

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=11;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=3;spanmax1=27+May+2014;spanmin1=27+May+2009;spanval1=span;team=25;team=6;team=7;team=8;template=results;type=team

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 24, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

@Dhoni48, yes I agree Sri Lanka has not won a test match in India and not won a bilateral ODI series against India since 1997.

Ok but see how long India took to create history in Pakistan. Took 72 years since getting test status to register the first ever test win against Pakistan in Pakistan which only happened in 2004. Sri Lanka already has 6 test wins against Pakistan in Pakistan.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

@Worldcricketlover on (May 23, 2014, 19:39 GMT), completely wrong! Yes Sri Lanka is poor in ODI cricket outside sub continent and that is why they won against England 5-0 in 2006 right? Because Sri Lanka are poor in ODI cricket which was why they won 2-1 in Australia in late 2010? Because they are poor in ODI cricket was why they won the Morocco Cup tri series in 2002 ah? Then what about the ample tournament victories for Sri Lanka in Sharjah??

Also look at the the test wins for Sri Lanka in NZ and England since 1998 as we have 2 each. India only have 1 win in NZ and just 2 test wins in England. So you are totally wrong. Look at India, only 1 test win in NZ for the last 19 years and only 2 test wins in England for the past 18 years. Because Sri Lanka are weak outside sub continent it managed to tie a test series against Pakistan in UAE this year right?

Ok so world T20 win this year was a fluke? I see your mentality and no surprise.

Posted by Mud-Catcher on (May 24, 2014, 12:54 GMT)

When you think about the upcoming Test series in Eng, the obvious question is, do we have any opener with experience to partner Dilshan in those conditions? We have Kaushal Silva, who is new. Although, Tharanga had been given just 15 Tests, he had accumulated 713 Test Runs, Averaging 28.52 , 165 HS + 3 x 50+ scores during that short period in Test format.

When you consider his ability to stay at the wicket, in any condition, and his recent performances in SL-A, I think Tharanga is a worthwhile option to try out in Tests too, especially in England.

His unique record of long partnerships in ODIs, is a Golden Testimony for his ability to stay at the wicket to play a long inning. Which is the prime factor required from a Test batsmen.

Upul Tharanga is holding the WORLD-RECORD for the MOST number of 200+ PARTNERSHIPS in ODI. He has involved SEVEN times in 200+ PARTNERSHIPS for SL!. The only other player in the world, who has equaled this World Record, is Aussie player Ricky Ponting

Posted by kartcric on (May 24, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

@harmony111.Ok i got those stats wrong but now these wont be wrong.Srilanka hasnt won a bilateral odi series against ind since 1997.sl hasnt won a test in india till now

Posted by CodandChips on (May 24, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

@Nutcutlet re Carberry's elevation I think it happened by accident. I think he was picked ahead of Compton as a better 12th man. England were to open with Root. Cook got injured for the first warm-up so Carberry played and scored a fifty. He earnt the right to play the next match where he scored that hundred. Then England had to give him the test place.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 24, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

@Nutcutlet @JG2704 Carberry's time must surely be up. He has just looked uncomfortable throughout his brief England career. I'm pretty certain in tests that England will go with Robson and have Ballance in the top 5. Add in Root, Cook and Bell, and there's no room for Carberry unless they only pick 4 bowlers.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 24, 2014, 1:53 GMT)

@Shane Bond, no it was definitely Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana who pioneered the first 15 over blitz approach. That was what helped Sri Lanka win the 1996 world cup and give Jayasuriya the man of the series award. In that 1996 world cup, it was the first 15 overs which decided the game. Atherton following the quarter finals against said that authorities must take action to change the rules following the Jayasuriya blitz in Faisalabad.

When you talk of ignorant people commenting here, look at what Dhoni48 says. He says Sri Lanka have not won a single test in England and NZ when actually we have won 2 tests each in both countries.

Posted by Worldcricketlover on (May 23, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

well all asians know that Sri Lanka is poor in test cricket and ODI outside subcontinent . This is again prove that . They were high bcz of ODI win against BD who lost against associate nation too now days. One fluke final win in WCT 20. But i appreciate the fact that Malinga bowled brilliant final over just few days back in T 20 when he was captain but in ODI. May be he need captaincy in ODI too. I still remember how he shamelessly he caught world cup trophy not even called poor chandimal.

Posted by John_Geo on (May 23, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Hardly any surprise for me in this game. It was absolutely certain that Sangakkara would fail - he can only bat on Asian wickets. Mahela was supposed to get a mediocre score - and he did. Malinga is becoming increasingly predictable - and he was (backed by poor field setting). Angelo was supposed to play a lone hand - and he did. Chandimal - I do not think he deserves to be commented upon.

SL is quite likely to lose the next match too. By playing conventional cricket with dull cricketers, SL will never do well in England. With full respect to seniors and their records, SL cricket will only prosper once these so called big 3 retires. Having dropped Sangakkaara, Mahela, and Chandimal and included players such as Kusal, Vithanage, and Tharanga SL will have some opportunity to save the blushes. At least that will be an investment for the future.

Posted by SLMaster on (May 23, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Chandimal should be dropped because irresonsible batting, not because of low score.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

This match was a total failure. Bowling changes weren't up to standards - Malinga and Kulasekara were being put into bowl when they were going for runs. [There are some people here, who we didn't see when Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup and World Cup, saying that 'the so called best death overs bowler went for runs'; even the best bowlers in the world can have bad days!!! Kusal slapped Steyn all round the ground for 17 runs an over in the WC but that doesn't mean Steyn is not class?!?! Grow up!] A pinch-hitter (Thisara or Kulasekara) should have been promoted before the asking rate was too high that even they couldn't handle it.

However, this is only the first match of five and let's see how we do in the next few. This is a good wake up call for our guys and shows that you can't keep winning everyday - you will lose a match someday. Hope the rain keeps away and our boys come back with a bang after this joke of a match.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

CONT…

BTW, the selectors know perfectly well that Kusal had a devastating time during the Champions Trophy, so why didn't they choose an experienced opener for the ODI squad who can take Kusal's place if he repeats that mess. Yes, Kusal needs to be given chances to get used to the conditions so that he can perform but time is running out... Maybe Mahela should open with Dilshan until we have the series in the bag and then they can try Kusal again.

There are less than nine months for the World Cup - where we play the first bloody match of the tournament, AGAINST THE HOSTS - and we haven't even found our winning combination yet... good luck Sri Lanka!!!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Why do some people still say that Chandimal should've been dropped? He is one of our best batsmen on these fast, bouncy tracks and you want him to be dropped?? He has always done well in ENG, and he even performed well against IRE, and in the warm-ups when he was forced to bat at No. 7!! If this match was in the SC, I, too, would doubt his place in the XI because he's pretty average in Asia. Moreover, he is constantly being pushed down the order and forced to slog at Nos. 6 or 7! Why can't the management see that Thiri is not an opener, especially in these conditions (though they had no choice here 'cause Kusal has been woeful), and Chandi cannot bat below No. 5?? Let Thiri and Chandi play in the top 5 and make the seniors bat around them or have them in the XI on a rotational basis. The seniors automatically get the Nos. 3 and 4, take ages to settle down (Dilshan isn't any better), put pressure on the inexperienced youngsters and take up youngsters' places while they're at it! CONT...

Posted by Nutcutlet on (May 23, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

@JG2704& @ CnC: to my mind, Carberry's a sht-format player. I was surprised with his elevation to Test status in Aus. I think he has this ODI series v SL to show his stuff and if it isn't forthcoming, then Eng must move on. His evident fallibility in the field (despite his aggressive ground fielding) has to be a factor, esp. at the Test level. Jordan has as good as been told that he'll be playing TC v soon, so he must start at Lord's. I suspect that Broad will not be ready, so that suggests that he, Jimmy & Bres will play. There is likely to be a 4th seamer in the absence of a frontline spinner: Gurney may be considered, being left arm - a variation that Moores rates (while Finn is a masterpiece in progress). Spin will have to come from two part-timers: Ali & Root, with Ali the better of the two, IMO. As for w/k, CnC, I deeply regret the recent thinking that the w/k has to be a poss ton scorer. One of the joys of watching TC shd be seeing a top w/k at work. We have two: Foster & Read.

Posted by BigINDFan on (May 23, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

Disappointed by SL performance. Jordan was not lethal and Tredwell was so one-dimensional in their bowling. SL lost the match that they should have won. Chandimal, Matthews and Kulasekara threw away their wickets. Hope they play better rest of the series.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

@Harmony111. The use of powerplay overs was first used for slogging was used by Mark Greatbach in 1992 world cup. I see how many ignorant people actually comment here.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 23, 2014, 15:32 GMT)

Sri Lankans play a great fascinating exciting brand of cricket. I just cannot describe the entertainment. Easily the most exciting team in world cricket after Australia is Sri Lanka. Australia is exciting in test cricket, but in both other formats, definitely Sri Lanka are the most exciting. They added so many new dimensions to cricket such as the first 15 over blitz as pioneered by Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana to dil scoop followed by worldclass fielding and the list never ends. Looking forward to an exciting game on Sunday in Durham.

Posted by KavindaSalgado on (May 23, 2014, 15:14 GMT)

Mr Andrew-Silva@: As a true fan of Cricket & a well-wisher of motherland SL, I wish to thank you for the valuable insight provided for the betterment of SL Cricket. Your 4 POSTINGS filled with intellectual substance, were the best I have ever seen in a Cricket forum. I wish, we have intellectual people like you among SL cricket administrators, local SL media and our fans. Thank you Sir, for the valuable assessment & input!

Posted by EnglishSaint on (May 23, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

England by default are getting close to the correct ODI team: Hales for Cook Vince for Bopara Broad Gurney Stokes Jordan Anderson in rotation and who knows :)

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 23, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Look at Sri Lanka's amazing ODI record. Sri Lanka in England against England starting from 2006 till yesterday have played 12 ODIs and won 8 out of them which include a 5-0 whitewash in 2006.

Look at Sri Lanka in Australia in ODIs since 2008 where 19 ODIs have been played with Sri Lanka winning 9 losing 9 and 1 no result which was last year. No visiting team has beaten Australia this much in ODIs in Australia other than Sri Lanka. Definitely Sri Lanka are favorites for the 2015 world cup.

Posted by vkumar_086. on (May 23, 2014, 14:46 GMT)

Sri Lanka are definitely good overseas. Look at their T20 record against England in England. Out of the 3 T20s against England in England, Sri Lanka have won all 3 meaning success rate is 100%.

Look at Sri Lanka's T20 record against Australia in Australia. They have played 3 T20s and won all 3 of them making it a 100% success record. No doubt Sri Lankans are great tourists with an excellent away record.

Posted by SLMaster on (May 23, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Chandimal should be replaced by Vithanage or Tharanga. Perera shouldn't bowl as he set the tempo to ENG bastmen. Because of it both Kulesekara and Malinga goes for runs.

Posted by SLMaster on (May 23, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

It is just the first game. Bowling should adjust in next few games. However, need to replace Chandimal with Tharanga.

Posted by Mud-Catcher on (May 23, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

@Blade-Runner, @Lord.emsworth Amazing to see some comments like Yours! When did this happen man? Kusal was a throughout burden for other batsmen in ODIs, outside Bangladesh. Please open your eyes and look at the Reality with an open mind! Can you justify your point?

This is Kusal's record for your information: Disgusting ODI batting Average of 2.9 on seaming fast-decks in Eng/Ireland/WI (since June 2013) & poor Overall Average of 14.2 from 21 Innings-without Bangladesh, in all ODIs! Hilarious to see, so many fantasy world dreamers, still floating on hype bubbles :))

He struggled to survive and opened the "Gate" within 3 overs in all 5 consecutive ODIs, played in Eng/Ireland with a pathetic failure record: 0R-01B, 6R-10B, 4R- 2B, 4R-10B, 0R-4B Accumulating just 14 Runs, Averaging 2.8! Are you joking or really thinking that Kusal should be the opener in places other than Bangladesh.???? Please be sensible when posting some thing. Otherwise, it is an open insult to all SL fans!

Posted by geoffboyc on (May 23, 2014, 13:33 GMT)

One swallow (a welcome win against under-performing opponents) doesn't make a summer, but it's a win with a couple of plusses attached. England's problem is that too many of the squad are effective county cricketers yet to demonstrate they can make the transition to international cricket, but they have to start somewhere. At the opposite end, Tredwell and Bopara are presumably still playing with the World Cup in mind. Surely they are not the future of England cricket and if persisted with for too long might hold back that future. If we don't develop better options within eighteen months or so, the team will still be struggling.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 13:26 GMT)

Rain has interrupted the ist ODI in oval,that does not mean srilanka lost Because of the Rain.SL Fast Bowlers Malinga and Kulasekara had given so many Runs to the English Batsman.Mathew should have completed his 8 overs.there was many Error in the fielding setting.The question is why srilanka did not includ Kusal Perera and vithanage.these young players should have given a chance to attack English Bowling. instead Lakmal they should have included Chaturanga to promote the batting order.hope the Management will select Balance team for the Next game,England bowling was very good Congatulation to England team,

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

@JG2704 re the dropped catch yes neither are/were blameless

@Nutcutlet @JG2704 The wicket keeper position is a hard one to call. I hope they don't go for Buttler, as his keeping is still a work in progress, and he still is trying to establish himself in white-ball cricket. He'd benefit from some county games. I hope even more than Bairstow is not picked. His record as an England batsman is poor in all 3 formats, and his keeping has been unconvincing as well in international cricket. I liked Davies though this season he hasn't bought a run and gave up the gloves last game. I suppose Kieswetter is an option though I'm not a fan of his keeping or batting, and he hasn't had a great season either from memory. Foster or Read or any genuine keeper would be good. Michael Bates really impresses me, though the Hants fan inside me would hate to lose him to England, and also I doubt England will pick someone who isn't too good with the bat (though he's better than many think).

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

@dunger.bob I'm surprised by your reaction because I thought he looked very uncomfortable when playing in Australia

Re Taylor perhaps I'm building him up to be a world beater purely because he has an excellent domestic record but is not the side, at the side hasn't had much success in recent times.As is inevitable with all young players they do get built up to be something which they aren't, but hopefully Taylor can rise to the expectations.

@JG2704 Tredwell is the best white-ball spinner we have (unless you count Bopara as a spinner). Though nonetheless some of his recent performances have worried me. Hopefully it's nothing. Briggs and Parry can perhaps consider themselves hard done by, but Tredwell is the best option. Graeme White had a good FLT20 last season, so maybe an eye should be kept on him.

Re the test spinner, I'd pick Kerrigan as a front-line, or go with 4 front-line seamers plus Borthwick. Yes he bowls dross but takes wickets, and can bat.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (May 23, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

Andrew-Silva , I agree - We need to get Tharanga to open in England and the world cup - Kusal can come in at the death and create mayhem .

I also believe BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHE , the former Royal Captain must be given an opportunity as he as explosive as Thisara Perera but possesses a better technique

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (May 23, 2014, 12:59 GMT)

Before the match this actually looked like quite a well balanced side, and the emergence of Ballance at 3 and an aggressive hitting fast bowler in the name of Jordan, combined with playing Root where he should have been for the last 12 months, to me seems that Moores might move us in the right direction. Plus a bowling attack that stood out for its variety. Moores will inevitably be tempted to play Stokes instead of Bopara or Gurney, but unless Stokes can prove he can bowl tightly enough and not leak runs he shouldnt be in the side. Oh yeah, and where do you play Broad?!

Posted by Afta on (May 23, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

Understand the rain interruptions, but then, its not like a full length game. We always make room for Chandimal and we loose all the time. Thank God, sanity prevailed in the T20 world cup to keep him out. Thirimanne shouldn't have opened. he is a no. 5,6 bat. We had a choice, either Kusal or Tharanga, but both were left out. cannot understand the selection. Chandimal doesn't deserve a place in the team.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 23, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

@Nutcutlet on (May 23, 2014, 9:39 GMT) It's a conundrum. Do you think Carberry's days are over? I'm not saying he should play but he seemed to indicate that he was told he still figured? I aways said I thought Swann would be a biggesr loss than KP and I stand by that. I wonder if they'll go for a batsman who can bowl a bit of spin - Patel,Borthwick,Ali or whether they go for a spinner. It seems the main men vying for that spot - Monty and Kerrigan add very little with the bat. Something tells me they'll go without a frontline spinner as we have a defensive mindset and Monty and Kerrigan maybe aren't seen to be consistent enough to merrit a place with ball alone. Think they're more likely to go with one of the JBs - regardless of keeping ability - than go for one of the 2 veterans. Jordan over Bres and Stokes may weaken the batting a bit more but I feel Eng would gain more from what he'd add to the bowling than lose from his batting comp to the other 2

Posted by wouldlovetoplayagain on (May 23, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

Wish this game had been on cable tv in here Australia. Chris Jordan was one positive to come out of your tour here and I am glad to see he got picked and did so well.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 23, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

@Codandchips - Still think Tredwell is by far the best SF spin option we have. Most country's spinners go for runs at some point with the exception of Narine and to a degree one or 2 others. Also re the T20 game

Whatever way you look at it re the dropped catch , both players must have a degree of blame attached to them. If Carberry called he should maybe have caught it (even with Morgan's presence) but Morgan would be to blame for not backing away. If neither called it was a poor show all round.

Posted by SLcric54 on (May 23, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

@Blade-Runner- I don't agree with you. Age is not the factor lowering Dilshan's strike rate, it is the added responsibility as a senior batsman. So now he is looking to bat through the innings instead of going all guns blazing and losing his wicket. In addition to this we can't blame the team for sticking with their plans that worked superbly in the past games. Also we can't always rely on Kusal Perera to provide a good start. If he struggles for a short period he most likely gets out. But he has the talent and I hope he would adapt to such situations and do well in the future.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

SL is looking with so called seniors in the side. Let them retire and lets lose giving some opportunity for new guys. If so it will be an investment for future but now we lose and no point in losing. People need to leave when time is right, Seniors are legends but you can't justify blocking new comers with that.

Posted by dunger.bob on (May 23, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

@CodandChips: Thanks for all that. I've heard a bit about young Taylor and look forward to seeing him. It sounds as though you've got some confidence in the others so I guess it must be a pretty interesting time over there. New coach, new players, new start sort of deal I expect.

The only time I've seen Ballance play was here in Au and I thought he looked really organised at times and was batting pretty well. Then he'd have a brain explosion and try to guide it down to 3rd man and nick it or something like that. Nearly every time he helped out a bowling attack that was already doing OK. .. I'm not saying don't play shots, he looked good when playing straight, but cut out the funky stuff against decent bowling. He's got to get out of that but it's only very early days for him so he's got plenty of time.

Finally, mate, I'm more than happy to talk about cricket in a civilised way with anyone who'll do the same. It's a pity there aren't more of us. Cheers.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 23, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

1st ODI showed again, the VALUE of MISSING EXPERIENCE at The TOP! SL MISSING the services of a stable, EXPERIENCED OPENER, who can stem the side and play a long inning in these conditions! Opener should be able to stay there, until the middle order is exposed (min. 25 ov), while Dilshan is making the initial impact from one end. Otherwise, its going to be a real burden for others in front/middleorder, as repeatedly seen during the past 10 months! Middle order cannot handle this pressure as they did in subcontinent The only SL opener who can prevent this is Tharanga. His track record proves it!

Tharanga was the Main Architect of 5-0 rubbing in 2006, His STAY AT the WICKET average is 26.2 OVERS! He also had the highest Batting Average 69.4 with 2 x100s !

120 R - 76.92S/R v Eng-Lord's(Thar 48.4 ov) 17 R- 56.66 S/R v Eng-Oval (Thar 9.0 ov) 41 R - 95.34 S/R v Eng-Chester-(Thar 16.4 ov) 60 R- 75.00 S/R v Eng-Manchester(Thar 24.5 ov), 109 R- 106.86S/R v Eng-Leeds (Tha 31.5 ov)

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 23, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

Why SL desperately need an experienced Opener? In addition to the posting I sent just now, here are some more facts to prove our best option's current batting form: Tharang has steadily maintained his batting form to date, with Two recent Centuries against Eng-A side (two months ago) and Centuries in recent domestic games plus 24 valuable runs in the solitary ODI given in Ireland last week, withstanding a hostile attack of seam bowling in a spring morning session. Worthwhile reminding, just before he was dropped from the national side, Tharanga had scored an unbeaten 174* on an extremely Bouncy fast track, in Kingston, WI July 2013. His ODI form at that point, (most recent 12 months) July 2012 to the day he was dropped in Aug 2013, Tharanga had played 20 ODIs - 2 n/o, & accumulated 567 Runs at an Av 31.5 at home & away on lively decks! Therefore, there is no issue at all, with his current form. Please read my previous posting for some interesting performance Stats on fast -decks.

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 23, 2014, 11:01 GMT)

As I have said many times before, without an experienced OPENER, SL will constantly have a massive problem in ODIs outside subcontinent! Among the current players, Tharanga is the most Experienced, most Consistent Opening Batsmen to tackle the conditions that we saw today in Eng. He holds the Highest Batting Average (69.4) in Eng for a SL player. He has the HIGHEST overall Batting Average (34.5) for a SL player in countries (Eng, Aus, WI, SA, NZ ) on Seaming, Bouncy Fast- Decks! He had played 51 innings, scoring 1687 Runs (with 2 N/O) maintaining almost 35 runs per inning Average!

in England - 5 Ing- 347 R -120 HS- Av 69.40 in West Indies - 18 Ing- 571 R- 174*HS - Av 33.58 in South Africa - 5 Ing- 176 R- 66 HS - Av 35.20 in Australia - 15 Ing- 329 R- 86*HS -Av 23.50 In New Zealand - 8 Ing- 264 R- 103 HS - Av 33.00 I can't believe how SLC, & SL Media can overlook, such a valuable young player (a humble guy)? No one can deny FACTS & STATS, HE IS THE BEST..!!!

Posted by USA_Res on (May 23, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

I don't see many mentions of Gurney. I live in the US, and therefore I dont really keep in touch with County Cricket. The T20 on Tuesday and yesterday's ODI were the first time I have seen him, and I have to say, he impressed me on both occasions.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (May 23, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

My team played to understand where they are sitting right now. No doubt they need to improve in all departments. Give these 11 another 2 matches then selectors can think making changes. I think we need 3 fast bowlers and 1 spinner for NZ/AU WC. Rangana might be a better bowler than Sachithra in NZ/AU. We also need Tissara to improve the length. - Best wishes for the Next Match from NorthRydeGilMart

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

@Eppingjagoris Agree with you. The seniors are only hurting, not helping. The T20 proved that SL do not need Sanga and Mahela anymore. Not only are they sidelining youngsters and neglecting them international exposure, they are also preventing them from batting in their comfort zones. Chandimal is practically incapable of scoring while batting below no.5, while Thirimanne is only at his best in no.3. Neither of them are pinchhitters, both are strokeplayers. Why puzzle over whether to play Chandi, KJP or Priyanjan, when you could drop two seniors and play all three. Play the seniors on a rotation policy; one of them at a time, it will benefit SL...

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

@dunger.bob final comment

Cook and Bell are both test regulars. Therefore you'd expect them to be missing a lot of ODI games through being rested. Surely then they should be ignored for ODIs, and the squad selected should be one that can be stuck with for a period of time.

Also another serious consideration is rain-affected matches. If you have too many plodders in your team who are unable to raise the tempo, if the match gets shortened they become ineffective. Having somebody that can both bat through and clear the ropes solves this problem

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

Suranga Lakmal should replace by Dammika Prasad Why does Angelo comes to bat before Chandimal? Still doesn't have Trust with Chandimals batting ability..then let him keep away from 1st 11 Lets give one more chance to Thrimanna as opener before bring Kusal in to the Team. England always weak against Spin bowling..Why dont u use Dilshan as a Second Spinner? If Dilshan Cannot bowl ,keep Thisara and bring Second Spinner in to the team

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

@dunger.bob (continued) Taylor scored a 77 ball hundred against my beloved Hants. Taylor's county record is similar to Ballance's, which suggests he can bat through as well. But he is inexperienced.

Ballance played well yesterday so he could play in that top 3 instead of Taylor. He however struggled to raise the tempo when needed, despite being billed as a destructive player. The advantage of Taylor would also be he is a much better fielder.

But I certainly feel that you need a steady batsman. ODIs are not an elongated T20.

I am being harsh on Bell given he averages 50 in recent times and has scored reasonably quickly. But it does not inspire me with confidence when he is batting for too long.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

@dunger.bob thanks for your views. It's nice to see people from other countries offering balanced views without hatred.

My comment with the batting order was part 3 of 3. In the other 2, I mentioned that Bell played really well. However he and Cook are meant to bat through, and surely scored between 70 and 100? However we seems to score over 6 an over when neither of them go big. Like in the recent series in Australia. The thing is, I don't really want Bell and Cook batting after the 35th over, because they seem unable to really turn on the run rate.

In Lumb and Taylor, I've mentioned 2 guys who I believe capable of batting through and clearing the ropes later on. Lumb when he played his ODI debut was far from the slogger in T20s, so surely he could bat through then start having a go. James Taylor has an excellent county record in all formats, so would be capable of batting through, then clearing the ropes easily. (continued)

Posted by Blade-Runner on (May 23, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Well, there is no need of jumping to conclusions coz it was just the 1st match and there are 4 more to be played. Anyway, Sri Lanka had a woeful day yesterday in all departments. Sometimes it happens. Nevertheless, I thought that SL bowlers went overboard with those slower balls. At one point, It became so predictable that England batsmen were camping on backfoot waiting for those slower stuff. And with all due respect to Dilshan (has been a great servant of SL cricket ) its so apparent that the age is catching up with him. We can't expect him to be that dashing batsman he used to be. But he is still good in the opening slot to hold line from one end but can't be expected to give those blistering starts so regularly. So we must persist with Kusal. I hope we will come back strong on Sunday to even the series 1-1. Go Sri Lanka !!!!

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

@JG2704 Bopara and Tredwell would be in my team for now. Especially Bopara who is our best-white ball bowler this year, and has improved as a batsman.

Decent result. But at home we should beat eveybody else. Our conditions are unique, so surely any other result would have been considered a failure. No doubt Sri Lanka are a magnificant team, but at home nobody should really be a match for us.

Would such plans work down under? New Zealand won't be too different to this, but Australia. Anderson is a worry in Australaia, and so is Tredwell if teams start to go after him. Jordan's pace should render him good, but he needs to improve his control, and will also need to not get injured. Gurney looks really good so hope he can keep it up. He was the pick of the bowlers for me.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (May 23, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

I don't agree that the shortened game favoured England at all. The second rain break may have benefitted them slightly more than it did Sri Lanka but only because they were already well ahead in the game by then. I actually thought the longer break would suit Sri Lanka, as England were already well placed at 102-2 to make a more than challenging total in a full 50 overs, but then had to come back out and try and set whatever they felt would be a competitive total in 39 overs, which they did in the end but only after Jordan gave the innings some impetus in the last three overs

Posted by Nutcutlet on (May 23, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

Clearly, Chris Jordan is going to play Test cricket. The more interesting question is where he will fit in. Is he going to be England's 4th seamer after Jimmy, Stuart Broad (when fit) and Tim Bresnan? Does his front-runner status now reduce the chances of Woakes? What about Stokes (when fit)? For what it's worth, this would be my team for Lord's next month: Cook, Ali, Bell, Root, Ballance, Stokes (?), Bopara, Foster/ Read (let's have a proper w/k for a change!), Bresnan, Jordan and Anderson. If Stokes and Bopara taken together are regarded as too much of a good thing, then James Taylor should play in place of one of them. Up for discussion.

Posted by Eppingjagoris on (May 23, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

SL should have tried the same squad of T 20 (With Lot of Young Talent) allowing Sanga and Mahela to take part of series later.Whole team of T 20 were on rampage to demolish English attack.Though it is different format of the game should have retained YOUNG BLOOD to prove their talent in a different format of game. Out come of first 50 over game I see as failure of replacing players who are not in form though they r senior.It os natural.Can not blame players.But selectors should have thought the best way of dealing with game.Hope this is a eye opener for them.GOOD LUCK SL .I am great SL supporter from Sydney

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

@prem2248 are you blaming herath he is the best spinner we have by some distance a ajantha is good but need to play more test so he will learn the art of off spin he use his variations too much.he should play together with herath then he will learn more.dont just the best spinner we have who played a major role in world cup win with very little match practice.

Posted by dunger.bob on (May 23, 2014, 9:02 GMT)

@ CodandChips: Your team for the 2015 WC looks to have a bit more zing in it than the current lot. Cook and Bell are both a bit uncomfortable in l.o cricket because they're both grinders. Bell can go a bit I suppose but it's not really Cooks natural game from what I've seen. On the other hand there are definitely times when guys like that are a godsend. 50 overs can be a very long time if you lose too many early wickets. In the six you named Root is an obvious one who could play that role but I can't see another one there. .. not that I know much about English cricket mind you. And I could be wrong about needing a few steadier batsmen as well.

Posted by Sasi91 on (May 23, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

SL should try with Kusal as opener because in the World T20 he played well. Considering his form Kusal should play instead of Chandimal.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

The big 3 seem to have used up all their glory days, I don't think they would actually benefit SL much from here on. SL should rebuild their team using young and promising talents. Future squads should look like this: 1. KJP 2. Munaweera 3. Thiri 4. Chandi 5. Ashan 6. Tharanga 7. Mathews 8. Kula 9. Sena 10. Slinga 11. Dananjaya extras: Thisara, Maharoof, de Silva, Tharindu Kaushal, Vithanage...................... Chandimal and Thirimanne's failures have mostly come when they bat out od their comfort zones. Munaweera is a genuine opener, Priyanjan brings solidity to the middle order, Tharanga's swinging ball weakness can be neautralised if he bats in the middle order, and Mathews and the tail can end the innings with a flourish. Oh, and SL's loss in the first ODI may be a blessing in disguise. Having won so many recent matches, some of the players may have become a bit overconfident. So a harsh slap of reality was needed, and they got it via some brilliance from Jordan and England.....

Posted by hambat on (May 23, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

Good on England. But it shouldn't get too excited given the influence of the weather. For me England's middle order still looks fragile. Isnt it better to leave out Morgan, who can never rescue England when needed, and bring in Notts' Patel. He provides left arm spin option to strengyhen the bowling dept and is presently more dependable than Morgan as a batsman.

Posted by kartcric on (May 23, 2014, 8:07 GMT)

@as7777. We also know about sl poor form overseas forever

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

I have been saying for sometime that Allistair Cook is a specialist test batsman and he is not a limited over player . England become No1 in test when Allastair Cook played only test cricket . My strong recommendation is that Allasatair Cook should only play Test Cricket and I am certain both himself and England will return to the top in test cricket. It was Peterson , Bell and Cook who batten England to the top in Test Cricket, but Bell and Peterson did well once Cook laid the foundation and Anderson and Broad had more runs to defend . So Please Selectors lest return Cook to test cricket only and he will regain his form. He should a be relived of the captaincy . The WI Selectors finally listen to me and have replaced the Sammy the Passenger with Ramdin as Captain which means the WI can now play to full strength . For England The problem was never Peterson English Cricket began to fail when Cook was given the captaincy and began playing limited overs he lost his patience in batting

Posted by Kavum on (May 23, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

Opening slot for SL: why not try a specialist opener? Cook is no dasher but is a solid batter. If Dilly cannot connect with the scoop, and cannot hit a six if Tuan Mohamed's life depends on it - what is the reason for keeping him in this pivotal slot? Kusal has a hundred million miles to go before he can become a Sanath. What happened to Dilshan Munaweera, to Akila Dananjaya and to all those promising youngsters like Bhanuka? Is it politics, the old school-tie or just willful blindness? SL would be world champs if we were not our own worst enemy. Money makes the world go round so I do not hope for much better. Angelo must be given the freedom to rebuild the side in his own time and with some freedom to make mistakes without those old creaking limbs of D,S & M and N & LM hampering his burgeoning style. If he fails, so be it, but at least he would have had a fair go. Be ruthless as Mahela was with Marvan in 2007. Cut the jetsam adrift and WIN. If you lose, lose with respect and dignity.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 23, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

Root did ok. He struggled to get going initially. I do believe he is not a natural finisher, though can do the job- his first few ODIs in India, New Zealand and the Champions trophy he was averaging 50 at a very healthy strike rate. Though perhaps he'd be better suited in the top 3.

So there are many top 3 options. As I've said, I'd rather not Cook and Bell because you don't really want them batting for too long. Lumb and Taylor are my preferred choices. Hales or Vince opening is attractive. Both can score quickly. If Hales were to bat as he does in T20Is, and we agree not to get angry if he gets out early, would be very useful. Averaging 35 is better than many in ODIs. And he'd get an extended powerplay, and more overs vs seam. Vince as a posible alternative scores qucikly playing proper shots, and can bat through while scoring quickly. Though I'd try Hales in Australia, which would allow Root at 4.

Perhaps in Australia: 1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Taylor 4.Root 5.Morgan 6.Buttler 7.Bopara etc

Posted by JG2704 on (May 23, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

please publish this time. This post was re the T20 game the other night but there were technical issues when trying to post and at least this about Eng/SL unlike some you've published

@CodandChips - Re Bopara - both he and Tredwell were expensive yesterday and both got smacked vs Scotland but they'd still be my 1st 2 bowling options in the side. At 7 he can't stagnate the RR and seems to have shown a little more urgency.The Sky commentary team always seem to want to move every batsman up the order but few have suggestions about who moves down the order and many have short memories re some of Ravi's lethargic offerings with the bat. I quite like Jordan still and would like to see them give him and Gurney a run. Not sure re Woakes but if it means seeing Bresnan stay in the background with the high viz slipover (for the reserve(s) it can only be a good thing. I get something of a feelgood factor from seeing a glum faced Bres high vizzed up

Posted by AS7777 on (May 23, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

Sri Lanka should stick to their brand of cricket rather than thinking too much about conditions. Kusal should open the batting and big three should take responsibility if they really want to play 2015 or leave with respectfully allowing youngsters like Vithanage, Kausal Silva to play . Secondly if the wicket is good and sun is out always batting first is the best choice. Lately SL won more matches defending the totals. Loss is a loss but nothing to worry too much. This is the first ODI loss in this year anyway. Its amazing all the Indian stat gurus and pundits come out when ever Sri Lanka loose and SL fans need not to go after them because we all know their capabilities lately in overseas.

Posted by testcricketfan123 on (May 23, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

if we go years back like u did to consider India's history in ENgland than India had an impressive series victory in 1986 in England it was in early summer n it was pretty wet summer n India won a 3 match test series 2-0 where india dominated ENgland the first 2 tests n the third one was close one....so u claiming that Sri Lanka's one off test victory against a pretty avg England side of 90's without Nasser Hussain n Atherton their couple of regular players to better than a series domination against an englad side which had the likes of Gooch,Gower,Lamb n Gatting???

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Mali became a bit too predictable with only bowling yorkers. He is a champion and he will come good in the next ODI. England batted well from start to end. Btw it is funny how indian cricket fans come up with their big cricket analyses after one game.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (May 23, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

It's been just two games: a narrow loss to the T20 World Champions and an ODI win in the rain, but already the signs are that the doom and gloom were overdone. Sri Lanka's form since coming to the British Isles has been imperious, barring a bad evening against Essex, so it is not fair to say that they are just a poor team: they are a pretty decent team in the shorter formats and not to be despised in Tests.

Yet another big display from Chris Jordan. It looks as if he has been the find of the winter. The side from the Australian ODIs has just had a couple of small tweaks and already looks stronger and more confident. Has anyone missed Broad, Trott or Bresnan in this game? I thought not!

People on here love to go big on English doom & gloom. Thinks were never quite as black as they looked last winter: the talent is there, it is just a matter of finding it and using it correctly.

Posted by kartcric on (May 23, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

@Andrew Schulz.we have won more series in eng(3) than so.we have won more tests in Australia(5) than sl

Posted by testcricketfan123 on (May 23, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

@ Andrew-Schulz true India had a bad overseas test record since 2011 but i don't remember Sri Lanka setting the world on fire in away tests in recent history...n how do u claim that Sri Lanka's 1-0 victory to be far more impressive than India's when India won the 1st test by 10 wickets n almost won the 3rd test indian bowlers couldn't clean out the tail......n if ur going 15 to 20 years back to justify that sri lanka has a good overseas record it tells us the story that Sri Lanka typically like any other sub continent team has a poor away record..

Posted by Lord.emsworth on (May 23, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

The fresh faces in the England team played top ODI cricket. They gave an iota for death specialist Malinga and the 2 SL batting legends. SL needed a good start but were let down. In spite of Kusal Perera's many failures I still think he should open. There are 5 ODI's and he is bound to come good in at least 2 or 3. I'm afraid Legends Sangakarra and Jayawardene caved in badly. Mahela as always plays delicate, elegant strokes, but has no power. The SL team need fresh faces (Like England did) They should be bold and include Vithanage and Kusal. Even Chandimal's position must be considered (again) There are 5 matches and it wouldn't hurt to drop him and select Chatarunga de Silva or Priyanjan now and then. At least they will have an extra bowling option.

Posted by kartcric on (May 23, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

@Andrew schulz.Dont talk of just one series win.We have won 2 or 3 times in eng

Posted by Kadmin on (May 23, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

It was an off day in SL point of view. Every once in a while any team could run out of steam. Let's see how they are going to bounce back. Rain is not an excuse, and I don't think Mathews has given such excuses. Correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, it's not about the loss, what they can learn out of the loss.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

Chandimal OUT Kusal IN Thiramanne down the order, Kusal to open

Posted by ground-boy on (May 23, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

Jordan hit to Amman and enshrined English music book in song interrupted DL domination. Its a good win by ENG closing down SL for the time being... Wake-up from t20 fanta world, lion hearts and take on robin hoods on the mat with free styls optimized against....... for great entertainment and crickting spiritual liberation..................................................................................................................................................................

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (May 23, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

@ andrew-schulz And how many tests have u won in AUS and IND. According to u SL winning a one off test in ENG is better than IND winning a test series in ENG. LOL. Good for you mate. Typical sri lankan fan.

Posted by jb633 on (May 23, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

@slankan, but we are not in the sub continent here and we are not playing T20 any more. Just deal with your loss. Moaning about conditions is pathetic and Sri Lanka are a very average side when conditions don't suit. The fact of the matter is that the last 3 global events have been played in Asia which suits you. In Oz and New Zeland I expect the likes of Oz, SA, NZ to give you a good hiding. Stop making excuses and deal with it

Posted by andrew-schulz on (May 23, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Dhoni48, SL haven't won a single Test where? New Zealand and England? They certainly have. Their 1-0 win in NZ IN 1995 was far more impressive than India's in 2009. And their one-off win in England in 1998 was far more impressive than anything India has done there. And no Indian should be pointing to recent performance in Australia in terms of this argument. Or recent performances away anywhere.

Posted by Udendra on (May 23, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

We needed Thisara to do a "Jordan" yesterday. It was that kind of wicket.

Posted by Herath-UK on (May 23, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

It only emphasises how good was the 5 nil triumph by Jayasuriya's team. It is cheese & chalk to compare the ODIs that will be played in the summer with India as the weather & pitch will be world apart. Sri Lanka would love to have those conditions.Should play a second spinner in the rest of the games seeing how good was Sachithra.

Posted by priceless1 on (May 23, 2014, 4:26 GMT)

it was overcast weather and as expected it was one sided game

Posted by kartcric on (May 23, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

@Vinoth srinivasan.We won in eng in 2007 and nz in 2009(test series) .sl have not won even a single test there.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (May 23, 2014, 4:12 GMT)

What an utter humiliation, but good thing is that SL fans are used to it whenever their colombo track bullies travel outside. Last time when they visited SA they were bowled out for less than 50 in ODI. SL is among the worst two teams in the world today but a typical SL fan will not see it.

It was so funny to read the match report for SL vs Ireland match. Chandimal scored a 30 odd against Ireland and some funny SL fans were saying he is back in form. What form??? Has he ever been in form?? Your best batsman has an average of 33 after playing 400 matches, kind of like SIR Jadeja's average. Both are legend but at least Jadeja can run and bowls as well. LOL.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

Just a bad day in office for Sri Lanka. England certainly the better team and richly deserve to win. Excellent performance, but they are professional enough to understand that Sri Lanka can bounce back very hard. The Lankans are quick learners. It is appalling to note that the think tank forced Thirimanne to open, to make room for Chandimal. I am not barking at Chandimal, the truth hurts though, but is Chandimal turning out to be a stroke less, non scoring wonder ?

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (May 23, 2014, 4:03 GMT)

@ Vinoth Srinivasan " I agree srilanka is better team than India in away conditions" What are u on mate?? SL is yet to win a single test in AUS and IND, they have not won a single test series outside Sl since 2000(forget about outside sub continent). They are yet to win a single test series outside SC, They are yet to win a single ICC tournament outside SC. FYI IND has done those things multiple times.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (May 23, 2014, 3:49 GMT)

Sri Lanka players are always helpless out of country in ODI and TEST cricket . They cannot win in England ....

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

Sri Lanka lost out in my view due to poor team selection. Why did they take 5 seamers who were seen to be pedestrian and just one spinner who only took the wickets. What made them keep Mendis away. Poor planning all in all.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Good luck for the next game boys. Bad luck yesterday. Bring in Shaminda Eranga if he is in the ODI squad. He will do well in these conditions. Also open with Kusal and Thiri. Dilshan can be effective in the lower middle order. The rain didn't work in our favour. Series should be ours if rain stays away for the rest of the ODI's. Also Malinga getting a little predictable. Harry Gurney looks like a bright prospect for England. Jos Buttler has to bat higher up and work on his temperament. What a talent

Posted by Ekanayaka on (May 23, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

The harsh reality may be that the frivolities of the T20 game apart Sri Lanka may increasingly struggle to win the longer version of the great game ODIs and even more so test matches

Posted by shakeena on (May 23, 2014, 3:25 GMT)

Hey take it easy. Just a bad day for everybody except sachithra. Congrats England. You guys played really well and you deserve this win.

Always remember "A win is so precious only because you never can keep on winning forever"

Indian fans showed the whole world about their passion in cricket the day they stoned their best all rounder Yuvi's home. So better watch IPL and keep quite :)

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 3:20 GMT)

I saw many comments which has been blaming India for srilanka's lose I don't understand y. I agree srilanka is better team than India in away conditions but yesterday they overall played bad cricket in all departments they were over confident and underestimated England team. So srilanka may bounce back or England can also dominate lets wait and watch. You can talk about India when they tour England. So kindly think before posting comments this is series between srilanka and England not India vs srilanka.

Posted by rk_ks on (May 23, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

@Chandu Pelapolwatte: But the same team won against WI in T20 worldcup through D/L and it was superb performance for SL. OMG you guys are hilarious.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

What Marvan atapattu has to worry about is why Mahela Jayawardene is getting caught at mid wicket all too often in the recent past. Marvan and Mahela should sort this out before it is all too late.

Posted by kartcric on (May 23, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

@stat1977.You are talking as if you have won plenty of overseas tours recently.Pls talk about your losses to eng in 2011 and also aus whitewash.And you are keep on talking about single final loss.also tell about 4-1 loss to us in 2012 and that too at home

Posted by Senaratne77 on (May 23, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

Its a good wake up call for the entire squad especially the likes of malinga and thirimanna. Malinga especially was getting a bit ahead of himself with the whole world cup win, captaincy etc.... stops tinkering with the side too much as we have less than 10 months to go for the world cup. We better find a winning combination and stick to our guns with that. Thirimanna is definetely not opening material though he could be useful to anchor at the/the top order. In my humble opinion, Jayawardena has to open irrespective of who his opening partner is. Just look at the stats, they speak volumes!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

sachi's wonderful spell wasted by malinga and kula! mathews should have change bowling when they going for runs!

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

Sri Lankan 3 seniors keep destroying our young guns! they 3 batting top order and sending chandimal at number 6 ask him to slog and when he failed his haters barking to drop him! please let him to bat top of the order and please mahela or sanga go down! 1.thiri 2.dilshan 3.sanga 4.chandi 5.mahela 6.mathews 7.chathuranga 8.thisara 9.sachi 10.kula/lakmal 11.malinga

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 2:38 GMT)

Surprised to see so many critical comments about how Bopara's batting. In my view, he always comes in at a time when there is too much to do with the top order not having contributed. May be Cricinfo's Rajesh can publish some stats and put this argument to rest.

Posted by Stat1977 on (May 23, 2014, 2:36 GMT)

@KingJadeja-Lol at your comment..before you talk about other teams talk about your team.You were thrashed by England at home and away both 4-0..You lost NZ 4-0,you lost to SA 2-0..Its funny when you are say other teams can't face moving ball..joke of the day.By the way we can understand the pain of loosing T20 wc..your batting giants just managed to score 130 yeah?

Posted by Nikkel1978 on (May 23, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

Its only the first game of the series, SL will take time to acclimatize. They are a great one day side and will bounce back once they work out their lengths, shots to play etc. Not discrediting England, but the true test will be in the subsequent matches.

Posted by Prem2248 on (May 23, 2014, 1:49 GMT)

High time for 3 sticky footed, reckless hitting seniors to retire, they can do nothing in 2015 WC on those Australian pitches. The S'tors should know, Country's future is more important than the future of the 3, 3 should have been dropped long time ago soon after their sorry performances in Z'bwe Nov08 & B'desh Jan 09, the career stats of the 3 shows,times when they had failed 15-25 at a stretch(stats Cricinfo) particularly on foreign soil. Incidentally the Country's fans are made to suffer due to the deliberate intention of S'tors to bring Ajantha's (only SLan to take 4, 6-wkt hauls in LOs)self-confidence-gained under Mahela, to zero level, to make way for a henchman (left-arm) afterMurali's retirement,thus Ajantha was always asked to bowl@ wrong times when the batters were fully set. Both Ajantha & S'nyake have been under used and the best left-arm spinner MalindaPushpakumara 27(Ave of 21 with 350 1st Cla Wkts) is completely ignored to carry on with the henchman.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

Sri Lankans were lackluster and lethargic from ball 1 & I felt never going to win. More so, Sri Lanka have never been comfortable in rain reduced games. One game lost doesn't mean the end of the world. We'll see a better competition from now on, whether the weather is fickle or not.

Posted by bjcm12 on (May 23, 2014, 1:24 GMT)

Foolish decision to bowl first. Matthews should have read the weather report before deciding to bowl first. Malinga was horrible. Not the best death bowler - he made SL die.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 1:15 GMT)

It was a poor performance by our team and the rain and the duckworth lewis aded to the misery....anyway the jist is a pretty poor performance against a medicore team like england....

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (May 23, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

Selfish innings from Dil and Mahela. 3 Seniors at same time SL team make in balance. Should want a rotating policy 2/3. And it's shame (Chandi) best batsmen in these conditions playing No6 as a sloger. Kusal should play instead of Dilshan or Mahela and Chandi should bat No 4. Chathuranga instead of Lakmal

Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

Surprised that SL, which is brought up on a steady diet of excellent spinners lost three wickets to Tredwell! Tredwell, you tread well, very well indeed, to fill the vacant tracks left behind by Swann, if not in words & dramatics, but in deeds. That is a true silent worker-performer.

Posted by Patchmaster on (May 22, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

Bopara's innings / stats are very deceiving - in the last T20, he was scoring way too slowly, and then at the end when it was too late and the game was lost, he swung a couple of sixes - this is classic Ravi, playing for your averages before you play for the team. I'd rather see others coming through the ranks now - he's had many chances to win games and play a major role - but has failed, time after time.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (May 22, 2014, 23:22 GMT)

Sri Lanka are overrated. They look great when the ball is not moving and pitch is low but on lively pitches especially in England where the ball moves about they look clueless and pathetic. This England team is completely new, young and inexperienced whereas Sri Lanka has their trio senior batsman with over a 1000 ODI games between them but still badly lost. I feel bad for Sri Lanka Cricket once they retire officially. Every team declines. Take Man U for an example.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

SL were very poor in every department yesterday. specially in the death bowling. malinga with all hype could not deliver. of course it is not all the time that you deliver but he was bowling like the first time thinking whatever he bowls Batsmen will defend or get out. This tour is gonna expose SLs weakness of swing. Sl will hve to pick up early in the race or else ENG might roll over them in this tour before they even realize

Posted by Andrew-Silva on (May 22, 2014, 22:58 GMT)

It showed yet again, the VALUE of the MISSING EXPERIENCE at The TOP! SL missing the services of a stable, experienced opener, who can stem the side and play a long inning in these conditions! Opener should be able to stay there, until the middle order is exposed (min. 25 ov), while Dilshan is making the initial impact from the other end. Otherwise, its going to be a real burden for others in front/middleorder, as repeatedly seen during the past 10 months! Middle order cannot handle this pressure as they did in subcontinent The only SL opener who can prevent this is Tharanga. His track record proves it! Tharanga was the Main Architect of 5-0 rubbing in 2006, His average stay at the wicket is 26.2 Overs! He had the highest Batting Average 69.4 with 2 x100s 120 R - 76.92S/R v Eng-Lord's(Thar 48.4 ov) 17 R- 56.66 S/R v Eng-Oval (Thar 9.0 ov) 41 R - 95.34 S/R v Eng-Chester-(Thar 16.4 ov) 60 R- 75.00 S/R v Eng-Manchester(Thar 24.5 ov), 109 R- 106.86S/R v Eng-Leeds (Tha 31.5 ov)

Posted by SLRevSwing on (May 22, 2014, 22:29 GMT)

Losing is a part of the game though SL does not play to lose. SL crowds and the players understand this. That is why their smiles are eternal. England played too well for SL today and deservedly is the winner. Malinga got hit today just like the likes of Dale Steyn etc. who get hit regularly at IPL. No big deal, they all will bounce back.

Posted by dunger.bob on (May 22, 2014, 22:22 GMT)

I think you Poms are on to something with this Chris Jordan fella. He's busy in the field, can swing a late order bat and his bowling looks very good. .. He reminds me of a cattle dog. He seems to be just busting to get in the game and then gives it absolutely everything.

Anyway, that's a good start for the New England. Let's see if you can keep it up.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 22, 2014, 22:11 GMT)

Nice to see everyone's talking about the game and players involved rather than going off in silly tangents about teams not involved in the game. Must confess I didn't see too much of it. Cook seemed to struggle again whereas Bell seems to be playing in a more expansive manner and I wonder if he could captain the side and have Cook just playing tests? From the scorecard it looks like everyone contributed but why not keep Bopara at 7 where he has been doing better? Are these people listening too much to the Sky commentators who seem to want to move every batsman up the order but without dropping anyone which obviously doesn't fit? Gurney seems to be a good find for the shorter formats

Posted by SLankan on (May 22, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

Winning one match in the cold rainy weather won't make England a better team than Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka ruled the world in T20.. Sri Lanka is not only T20 world champions and every format needs talent and only sportsman and sensible people can understand that!! Can 11 Grandmas win T20 world cup? Sri Lanka was also OD world champions in 1996 and reached the finals and semi-finals on several occasions in recent years. Only Sri Lankan and Australians are consistent performers in the world cup. England has never even won the world cup??? I can never see England ever reaching the quarter finals.…Talking about test match is there anyone in the England team like Sangagara or Jeyawaderna? I never seen any England player in Top 10 batsman or bowler in the ratings…Sangagara's test average is better than anyone in the world and statistically he is the number one batsman in the world.. Singh is frustrated by India losing to Sri Lanka in the T20 world cup finals..

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

Sri Lanka played badly in both bowling and batting today and they should have batted first when sun was shining. SL should play two spinners and Lakmal should be dropped. Also, Mahela should open the batting with Dilshan. While England young guns on fire Sri Lankan young guns were sent home. Where is Kithuruwan?

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

@FreddyForPrimeMinister Re Bopara I think he has started finishing off matches. Dublin, plus a couple of others in WT20 and West Indies. Though there are still times when he fails.

Re Woakes I meant is a guy's first class stats good enough to show their white-ball credentials? Woakes recently in white-ball cricket for England has looked a bit innocuous, so maybe his new found pace will reduce this. But as I said before his championship stats suggest he should be in the test side ahead of Stokes, though this season he has batted poorly.

Posted by VillageBlacksmith on (May 22, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

ian 'dot' ball again gets out to the soft dismissal, confirming his terminal trait of never getting the job done, never seeing it through… something an opener should do more often than not if he wants to stay in the side… bopara has played a similar amount of odis, over 100, and is another serial under performer never delivering the winning innings enough to stay in the team… and as for morgan, he is looking like a show pony, blaming the bowlers and not able to score a run himself… its exciting times for the new boys and time to jettison the 100+ odi old guard who have never won anything… and also time to get rid of saker in the clear out … and get finn back… i understand middx wont let finn anywhere near eng while saker is still around, totally understandable ..….. youth is the way forward … (apart from ali)… 1 - 0 to the Emperor's New Clothes XI …

Posted by St.John on (May 22, 2014, 21:00 GMT)

SL came with a Test team. There has to be a few aggressive hitters in any ODI team, SL had none for the day. Dilshan can still motor on, but he isn't the fearful player he was. Sangakarra cant really force the pace, while Mahela plays deft, gentle, strokes with no power. Both are essentially Test players as is Thirimanne. The rest (barring Thissera P) can't get an ODI scoreboard rattling. England on the other hand have unearthed and unlike SL are unafraid to include newcomers like Jordan, Balance, Buttler, and Hales (Didn't play). And then there is Bopara. When England got 247 at 6.33 it was 'game over'

Posted by Revelation3_7 on (May 22, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

All around good performance by England, Sri Lanka could have had a chance if this game went on for 50 overs, hey, this is Cricket, the team that plays well on that day, wins the game.

Posted by YsaKaru on (May 22, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

POOR POOR POOR batting by chandimal................ He will never ever learn from his mistakes.......

Posted by FawltyBean on (May 22, 2014, 20:36 GMT)

Malinga no longer an ODI bowler, he doesn't have the stamina to do 10 overs. SL need to find few young fast bowlers with brains. Playing out-of-form Mahela and Sanga just because they are Mahela and Sanga not a good thing either. Play in-form young players.

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (May 22, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

@yorkshire86 - I agree that Ali is by no means the finished article as a bowler but the fact is that we don't have a world class spinner orang thing close. I'd dispute that "most games are decided by spin" and I believe that Ali and Root between them can cover at least 10 overs and both are young enough to improve. The fact that both can bat well too - Ali needs a proper run in the side before you can really judge him as he's done ok to-date - and provide good enough cover until we unearth a top spinner. I still hope Kerrigan will develop into that in due course!

Posted by DreamCricketer on (May 22, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

DreamCricketer: First of all well played England Team! Sri Lanka did not get it from the first ball. They had just little over 6 per over and they were all over the place. Wrong decision to ball first and then they just gave 90 runs in 7 overs,. Also this time Chandimal has a excuse because the whole team failed. They did not read it well at all. They better come up with a better plan than just going out there and hitting the ball.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

SL lost this match... cue the SL-haters. LOOOL

Poor poor poor performance by SL. Well done, England. Eng batted and bowled well. This should boost England's confidence massively when a lot of people weren't expecting them to put up a fight against Sri Lanka in the ODIs.

First ODI loss for Sri Lanka in 2014. Only 1 T20 loss in 2014 so far. Funny, they were both against England...

Know that the boys will bounce back. Good luck! :)

Posted by rajcan on (May 22, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

SL lost due to bad bowling change and batting order. Dilshan didn't bowl any over. When asking run rate is high, they should have sent Tissara and Kulasekara early enough. When both came to crease, asking rate was unmanageable, so they went into hit out or get out mood.

Posted by shakeena on (May 22, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

OK just bad luck and terrible weather with lots of mistakes from both bowlers and batsmen.. We will bounce back with flying colours in Sunday.. really sad but we fought hard.. may allah bless all our heros to regroup and bring back the courage !!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (May 22, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

Well well... What a difference a change in format can bring. The good old British weather is back to its usual self, and at long last there are a few glimmers of some England players coming back as well. Keep it up England!

Posted by nimal183 on (May 22, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

Today the conditions suits for England. I am sure England will struggle when the weather is warmer.

Posted by rajcan on (May 22, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

Surprising Dilshan didn't bowl a single over. Ever since Mathew became captain Dilshan's use of bowler has minimized.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (May 22, 2014, 18:28 GMT)

Ali looked nowhere near competent enough with the bat to play international cricket. To put him as the number six and main spinner in Tests is asking for defeat. Most games are decided by Spin and to have someone who isnt even trusted to bowl as your main spinner?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

yousuf ahmed - neither your so called world champions .lol

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (May 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT)

@CodandChips - I agree Bopara has improved in recent times and indeed I look on him as a front line white ball who can hit a ball in the lower order but with the emergence of Jordan and Gurney, I'd prefer to have them in the side. Where I'd disagree with you is that Bopara hasn't, in my view, won many matches with his late order hitting (though I agree the top order don't score quickly enough and leave too much for the middle/late order to do) and usually he smacks a few boundaries at the death in a losing cause. It will be interesting to see if he bowls his full quota today as his batting alone isn't good enough to keep him in the side.

As far as Woakes is concerned, how else can you judge a player apart from his stats unless you give him a good run in the team? He looked composed as captain of the recent Lions side where he also scored runs and took wickets. My pet hate is the cry for 90mph bowling - McGrath, Pollock, Vaas. Hadlee etc were all world class bowling at early-mid 80's!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

gsingh - yeah we can still remember so called world champion ballers 8-0 record out side the subcontinent lol. by the way we didnt see you guys april 6th

Posted by gsingh7 on (May 22, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

malinga may be useful on low slow subcontinent pitches but on fast bouncy tracks he is mediocre. remember kohli's assault on malinga in 2 consecutive games in australia. srilanka looking at a big defeat here as 1 wicket down on zero score.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (May 22, 2014, 15:19 GMT)

I am happy. My team is playing today by Chandi is playing for Kusal and Lahiru is openning with Dilly. Also Sura is playing for Ajantha. I am pretty sure this team will bring glory.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

@FreddyForPrimeMinister I've changed my tune re Bopara. My attitude was that he could nedver get England over the line. Now he has started to. Also I thought he played the big innings less times than he played the absolutely abysmal innings. That tide is turning too. Also he has probably been the side's best white-ball bowler recently (suppose that says more about the other bowlers such as Bresnan, Dernbach and Rankin). Also Bopara has on occasion been left too much to do.

Agree Woakes has an excellent first class record but is that worthy of an ODI place? Perhaps a test place ahead of Stokes. But Woakes has put on some pace so might be improved.

I'm not too convinced about Ali. His England time with the bat was disappointing, though he was underuesd with the ball.

Also Tredwell's record is outstanding, though it has concerned me that when teams commit to going after him he just goes, as he did at home vs Australia.

Posted by rajcan on (May 22, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Good team selection for SL, definitely Kushal is not an opener outside of sub-continent until he proves otherwise. He has been given enough chance at the expense of few lost.

I would have preferred Tharanga. He should be given chance. He has proven talent and a real good batsman with good technic.

Posted by FreddyForPrimeMinister on (May 22, 2014, 13:01 GMT)

@CodandChips - agree with most of your comments and it's disappointing Taylor isn't even in the squad. With what we have however, I'd swop Tredwell and Bopara for Ali and Woakes, switching Root to 3 and Ballance to 4 or even 5 after Morgan. Ali and Root can share Tredwell's overs and I'm keen to give Woakes an extended run in the side, especially in Test and ODI games. His FC record over the last 3-4 years is streets ahead of any other all-rounder. Bopara is rapidly making a name for hitting a few late lusty blows in a losing cause - unlike Dhoni however, he never actually seems to win the game for us!

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

Just thinking if Bopara was struggling why not give Woakes a game? Surely the whole point of a series where you're trying to find your best side is that you give everyone a go?

Meanwhile England have struggled in the Powerplay as expected. But not only have we got hardly any runs but we've lost a wicket. Sri Lanka are bowling well and the conditions are good for bowling, but surely if we're gonna lose wickets we could do so while trying to score runs.

Ballance doesn't look completely comfortable yet again.

Posted by CodandChips on (May 22, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Carberry or Ballance probably won't make much difference as both have looked very uncomfortable when playing for England.

Gurney instead of Woakes or Bresnan is good.

I'm still not too convinced we need both Cook and Bell at the top. In English conditions we probably need 1, though James Taylor or Joe Root in the top order could surely add the needed stability, but have the potential for fireworks at the end. Same with Lumb who is really hard-done by, given he got a hundred on debut, can bat through or play shots. He is far more than just the slogger people think he is. Hales should get a go in Australian conditions, but maybe not in England. If he did play I would want him to play as he does in T20s. His T20I average of over 35 is better than many in ODIs, and he'd enjoy the longer powerplay and more overs against seam.

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