England v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Chester-le-Street May 24, 2014

Resurgent England wary of backlash

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Match facts

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Start time 1030 local (0930 GMT)

Big Picture

Thursday's success has earned Alaistair Cook's men respite from the cycle of defeat that had defined them for much of the past six months. It is just one win, and that in a rain-hit match, but England have proved to themselves they can topple Sri Lanka, and importantly, to dominate the visitors' bowling. The upcoming matches may determine whether the Oval victory was the first ray of sunshine in a resurgent summer, or as their last win against Sri Lanka had been: a brief moment of warmth before howling winds lash again.

Weather of the literal kind that threatens to shape Sunday's encounter most. Rain is expected to arrive in the early afternoon, just as the first innings winds down. If a result is possible, dampness and cloud cover may suit England well. The hosts' bowlers enjoyed the increased zip off the Oval surface after the second rain break, and are more capable of harnessing swing in colder climes in general.

Sri Lanka's death bowling fell apart in the first game, after it had carried them through the World T20, but there is enough experience in that attack to refocus and recover quickly. Encouragingly for Sri Lanka, Sachithra Senanayake's variations were effective through the middle overs, and there's plenty more where that came from, in Ajantha Mendis.

It is the batsmen who ought to be more concerned, after they failed to mount a competitive riposte, albeit to an imposing total. Several of them failed to cover for bounce when the bowlers hit the deck, and others struggled to combat the swing, early on. There have not been pervasive technical issues among the batsmen in recent years, but the England bowlers will be spurred to dig balls in, after Thursday's evidence. One loss in 11 does not make Sri Lanka a poor team, however, and they will back themselves to adapt quickly, and go on to claim the series.

Form guide

England: WWWWL (last five matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: LWWWW

In the spotlight

Having broken into England's ranks with some good form, Gary Ballance's aptitude for busy batting was evident in a 72-ball 64, which set England's innings up on Thursday. Sri Lanka will have learned a little about him now, and would have a clearer plan on Sunday. If Ballance responds with more runs, he will further bolster his claim to a middle-order spot in the Tests.

Sri Lanka batsmen take time to mature. Almost no one averages 30 in ODIs before their 50th match, and fewer still regularly play match-winning innings. Dinesh Chandimal did both when he first arrived, but his recent struggles are well-documented. England have sought to bounce him out so far on tour, and they have done it with enough success to suggest they will stick with the plan. Sri Lanka will want to give Chandimal more time to settle, but with Ashan Priyanjan waiting in reserve, Chandimal will hope for a good score soon.

Teams news

England will probably be keen not to change a winning formula but the news that Alastair Cook has a groin problem means they may be forced into one. He will be assessed in the morning and Alex Hales has been drafted into the squad. Either he or Michael Carberry would replaced Cook.

England (probable): 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Gary Ballance, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Joe Root, 6 Ravi Bopara, 7 Jos Buttler (wk), 8 Chris Jordan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 James Anderson, 11 Harry Gurney

Sri Lanka will be tempted to bring in another spinner, but with cloud cover likely to be around, they may opt for four seamers again. Lahiru Thirimanne will likely stay as opener to allow Chandimal to remain in the side.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Lahiru Thirimanne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Suranga Lakmal/Ajantha Mendis

Pitch and conditions

Chester-le-Street often offers plenty for the seamers, but hosted a high-scoring draw in the county championship early in the month.

Stats and trivia

  • Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have usually enjoyed batting in England, in ODIs, averaging 44.9 and 50.6 respectively. Jayawardene is by some distance Sri Lanka's top scorer in the country, with 1123 runs

  • Alastair Cook has been similarly impressive against Sri Lanka, averaging 46.4, but has had a rougher time in 2014, when his average has been 28.4

  • Sri Lanka won the only match the teams have ever played at Chester-le-Street - an eight-wicket victory in 2006

Quotes

"It has been amazing ... to walk out on the pitch with the Three Lions on my chest It's a dream come true - probably beyond my dreams, growing up ... and I want to carry on doing it for as long as I can.''
Harry Gurney reflects on the early days of his England career

"It's difficult conditions for us, because it's so cold. We can't control those things. But we are confident of coming back in the games to come.''
Sachithra Senanayake prepares to wrap up warm

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    @CodandChips (continued): Don't forget Bell's also a fantastic fielder. Can the same be said of Carberry and Hales?

    I'm on the fence re. Cook, especially in his current abysmal form. Decent slip fielder and I haven't lost faith him as a batsman in tests; ODI's I'm not so sure and T20's definitely not. If anything I'd maybe say it's time to let him focus on tests alone, and let Hales take the opening slot in both ODI's and T20's. Morgan can captain the short formats (and Broad's done it as well, but I'd prefer Morgan does it).

  • Wanige on May 25, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Strange Innings - Strange selection - comes to an end with Thirimanne going mercifully for the Sri Lankans.

  • Wanige on May 25, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Why not even Kithruwan - anyone better than Lahiru

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @CodandChips (post on May 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT): Mate, you seem to change your mind every day. A few posts ago, weren't you agreeing with me that Bell is an intricate part of England's ODI team, and is perhaps even more crucial now that Trott is away?

    In dry, bouncy countries/conditions like Australia and South Africa, Australia have undoubtedly shown us that you can pretty much attack from ball one and this works well; but just about everywhere else in the world (U.K. included where we get swing and seam galore) I still maintain that a steady grafter-type player is needed at the top of the order (and probably another one in the middle order) to build an innings. 50 overs is a long time. Teams full of guys that simply come out swinging at every ball have been- and will be- skittled out for next-to-nothing against any good bowling. Bell in for me, and then if he does get out in the middle-late overs, the likes of Morgan/Buttler/Jordan are more than capable to finish off.

  • Wanige on May 25, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Who selected Thirimanne to open ? 3runs in 27 balls as opener in an ODI !!

  • on May 25, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Who has DOCUMENTED Mahala's Recent struggles?, Shall we compare Mahela to Chandimal? Mahela's recent 15 odi innings...7,11,22,42,17,24,12,1,46,13,9,14,0,75,35, total =286, Average=286/15=19.06.

    Chandimal's last 15 ODI innings,

    9,15,46,44,36,5,64,13,9,64,19,0,26,39,8, Total =397, Average=28.17.

    So it's clear Chandimal is performing better than Mahela..But Mahela's struggles not documented yet.

  • RednWhiteArmy on May 25, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Cmon lads. Hope Ballance scores a million!

  • Sageleaf on May 25, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Hey... Yousufahmed1...I have to support the team I like and I like Australia too. I started liking cricket because of Australian cricket team and it is only my opinion...if you feel otherwise, well i respect your opinion too. Since 2007 out of the most World cup tournaments, SL has come closer to winning or being runners up. So I feel SL is the best team. Can any other team say that? I'm very much realistic about how I feel...may be the entire universe feel otherwise...that's fine by me...

  • on May 25, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga should be included to the team only on ROTATING Basis.That will enable more oppertunaties to the youngsters. Other thing is Mahela's previous records proves that he is only good when matches are played in SRI Lanka ( SSC ) > So Chandimal should be provided more oppertunaties because he is the FUTURE ARAVINDA DE SILVA of Sri Lanka.....

  • rickyvoncanterbury on May 25, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @ CodandChips on (May 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT) Mate you say 'It was a good win but this set-up will not work too well outside of England imo. How much world cup preparation are we actually getting?' After watching England last summer just getting a settled squad playing on friendly conditions where they can gain some confidence is probably the best preparation they can get, only the future will tell us if India's summer in Australia is good preparation or not.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    @CodandChips (continued): Don't forget Bell's also a fantastic fielder. Can the same be said of Carberry and Hales?

    I'm on the fence re. Cook, especially in his current abysmal form. Decent slip fielder and I haven't lost faith him as a batsman in tests; ODI's I'm not so sure and T20's definitely not. If anything I'd maybe say it's time to let him focus on tests alone, and let Hales take the opening slot in both ODI's and T20's. Morgan can captain the short formats (and Broad's done it as well, but I'd prefer Morgan does it).

  • Wanige on May 25, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Strange Innings - Strange selection - comes to an end with Thirimanne going mercifully for the Sri Lankans.

  • Wanige on May 25, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Why not even Kithruwan - anyone better than Lahiru

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 25, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    @CodandChips (post on May 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT): Mate, you seem to change your mind every day. A few posts ago, weren't you agreeing with me that Bell is an intricate part of England's ODI team, and is perhaps even more crucial now that Trott is away?

    In dry, bouncy countries/conditions like Australia and South Africa, Australia have undoubtedly shown us that you can pretty much attack from ball one and this works well; but just about everywhere else in the world (U.K. included where we get swing and seam galore) I still maintain that a steady grafter-type player is needed at the top of the order (and probably another one in the middle order) to build an innings. 50 overs is a long time. Teams full of guys that simply come out swinging at every ball have been- and will be- skittled out for next-to-nothing against any good bowling. Bell in for me, and then if he does get out in the middle-late overs, the likes of Morgan/Buttler/Jordan are more than capable to finish off.

  • Wanige on May 25, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Who selected Thirimanne to open ? 3runs in 27 balls as opener in an ODI !!

  • on May 25, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Who has DOCUMENTED Mahala's Recent struggles?, Shall we compare Mahela to Chandimal? Mahela's recent 15 odi innings...7,11,22,42,17,24,12,1,46,13,9,14,0,75,35, total =286, Average=286/15=19.06.

    Chandimal's last 15 ODI innings,

    9,15,46,44,36,5,64,13,9,64,19,0,26,39,8, Total =397, Average=28.17.

    So it's clear Chandimal is performing better than Mahela..But Mahela's struggles not documented yet.

  • RednWhiteArmy on May 25, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    Cmon lads. Hope Ballance scores a million!

  • Sageleaf on May 25, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Hey... Yousufahmed1...I have to support the team I like and I like Australia too. I started liking cricket because of Australian cricket team and it is only my opinion...if you feel otherwise, well i respect your opinion too. Since 2007 out of the most World cup tournaments, SL has come closer to winning or being runners up. So I feel SL is the best team. Can any other team say that? I'm very much realistic about how I feel...may be the entire universe feel otherwise...that's fine by me...

  • on May 25, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Mahela and Sanga should be included to the team only on ROTATING Basis.That will enable more oppertunaties to the youngsters. Other thing is Mahela's previous records proves that he is only good when matches are played in SRI Lanka ( SSC ) > So Chandimal should be provided more oppertunaties because he is the FUTURE ARAVINDA DE SILVA of Sri Lanka.....

  • rickyvoncanterbury on May 25, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    @ CodandChips on (May 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT) Mate you say 'It was a good win but this set-up will not work too well outside of England imo. How much world cup preparation are we actually getting?' After watching England last summer just getting a settled squad playing on friendly conditions where they can gain some confidence is probably the best preparation they can get, only the future will tell us if India's summer in Australia is good preparation or not.

  • on May 25, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    chandimal should be coming as one down instead of sanga,sanga should give youngsters an opportunity to smoked the English bowlers.... if they fail then seniors can bear the pressure and bounce back...

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Ballance has played himself into a test place. I assume Robson has also. Add in Root, Bell and Cook. There's the top 5 in whatever order.

    My top 5 would be different due to my own personal biases. I think Joe Root should open. Robson played well for half of last season and the start of this season. Has he done enough? I think Root should have another go of establishing himself as an opener. Bell should bat 3 and take some responsibility. Then at 4 and 5 put the best and most complete batsmen in county cricket- Taylor and Ballance.

    This will never happen but: 1.Cook 2.Root 3.Bell 4.Ballance 5.Taylor

  • CodandChips on May 25, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    As I've said before we don't need Cook and Bell in the team. Yes you want some stability. But Cook and Bell rarely bat through and score 70-100 like they're really supposed to do. Yes Bell scored a 50 and at a good tempo, but I don't think England need him. Also Cook and Bell are not the people you want batting for too many overs, because they seem unable and unwilling to raise the tempo too much. Also they won't be available for too many ODIs as they are often rested. Surely the side would benefit from consistent selection.

    Hales is a pleasing call-up. I hope if he plays he bats as he does in T20Is. He'd enjoy the longer powerplays and more overs against seam. But does his call-up mean they've lost faith in Carberry? Probably fair enough given his disappointing England career, but if so can you give him back to Hampshire?

    It was a good win but this set-up will not work too well outside of England imo. How much world cup preparation are we actually getting?

  • Yousufahmed1 on May 25, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @ Sageleaf Please be realistic don't be a typical SL fan. You are claiming SL as the best. How many tournaments has SL won outside ASIA. Not a single one. If they were the best they would have won something outside Asia.

  • on May 25, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    We are lions. Don't be too defensive.. Please, Marvan include kusal in the team. If you want win the games..

  • Kelumj on May 25, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Kithruwan should be brought in to the top order because of his current form shown in UK conditions. He looked so positive in his approach.

  • Sageleaf on May 25, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Good gosh...just read most of the comments made here...guys it's just one match...please give SL some credit. Don't judge the players in one game. I understand it's all about being professional but up to a certain degree the weather is also hampering their performance. We all know SL is a very much better team than other teams in the world ...may be the best. They do not fear any team in the world. SL team is different than other teams. The players are different and innovative also play the games differently. That's why SL is a very special team

  • on May 25, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    What Ever Strategy Srilanka introduce to the team most of cricket fans eagerly Expecting KUsal Perera and Vithanage to be in the Today.s game.SL Possess good bowling Attack. With Malinga, Nuwan, Mathew and Perera will cover 40 overs. Senanayaka will complete the rest 10 overs,Then why Lakmal SL need a Hard hitting batsman in the lower order.Chandimal place must be given to either Kusal or Vithanage. Rotate the team and see the different Mahela and Sanga is used to play in english condition.First try to win a game then management can come to decision which player is suitable for english condition

  • on May 25, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    As rain is focused for the eve give a chance for kusal to a lightning start and leave out lakmal as overs reduced Slinga, Kula, Angi and Sena can take the main responsibility of the bowling where Perera and Dilshan can be share the rest..

  • Rocketman1 on May 25, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    1. Dilshan. 2 Thirimanne. 3. Sanga. 4. Mahela. 5. Matthews. 6. Chandi/Priyanjan. 7. Kusal. 8. Kula. 9. Sachithra. 10. Malinga. 11. Eranga.

    This is the time to try different things.

    Drop Mr Thisara Perera for this game and let Kusal Perera come in for some quick runs down the order. He may actually perform better lower down. Thisara's bowling goes for a lot of runs and his batting is not consistent. Chandimal actually performs better against seam bowlers as opposed to spinners. He is just going through a very lean patch like everyone. Does anyone remember Mahela having a good 18 months of lean runs? Use this time to try a new player like Priyanjan or a spinner.

  • saifkhanBD on May 25, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    Good luck to SL. They are the team in form at the moment and still back them to take the ODI series. Good luck

  • Mervo on May 25, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Resurgent???? After losing 5 tests and several ODI's they win one against SL and they are 'resurgent"??/

  • on May 25, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    "One loss in 11 does not make Sri Lanka a poor team, however, and they will back themselves to adapt quickly, and go on to claim the series." well said Andrew!!!

  • on May 25, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Eng always win D/L at home!!

  • on May 25, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Mahela dilshan sanga chandimal thirimanne mathews thisara... its the perfect lineup if D/L is there for making high scores against england seemers in cloudy environment... All d Best teams... #indian

  • priceless1 on May 25, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Hope the Weather stays nice and clear, then we all can see a good battle , otherwise it would be an another one sided Match :(

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on May 25, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    If SL need to win here they should come strange tactics. Either Dishan or Mahela should play with Kusal. If Kusal play quick 30 others can play their normal game. Chandi should bat 4 Thiri be at 5 Chathuranga instead of Lakmal. Open the bowling Mathews with Sachie. Malinga/Kula could start after first 6 overs. Quick rotation of bowlers. with maximum 3 overs. It's unlucky Priyanjan not played he is more than useful all rounder as well as Kithruwan who more intelligent Batter than a Hard Hitting slogger. eg:he used short boundary very well in last T20 My Team 1 Dili/Maiya 2 Kusal 3 Sanga 4 Chandi 5 Thiri 6 Mathews 7 Thisara 8 Chatu 9 kula 10 sachie 11 Malinga

  • Kadmin on May 25, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    I think the best bet will be to rest Dilshan and bring KJP to open with Thiri. Depending on the conditions, might have to bring another spinner in expense of Lakmal. Seekuge or de silva.

  • Upyoursindia on May 25, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    cannot understand why Chandimal is in and Kushal is out. Chandimal has proven time and time again that he cannot cut it at this level. LEAVE HIM AT HOME

  • Htc-Android on May 24, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Everybody is talking about Chandimals Poor performance, but why nobody is talking Thisseras place in the team. He cant take wickets, gives away too many runs with the ball. With the bat he is a very limited batsman. He cant connect when the ball is bowled outside the off stump. I would suggest them to drop Thissera and bring chathuranga or priyanjan into the team. We already have 4 seamers in the team.(Lakmal, Kula, Mathews, Malinga), So we dont need a 5th seamer. Plus his batting average is 17. Its not something you want to see from a No.7 batsman.

  • on May 24, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka have better individuals in their team than England but playing England in England in England conditions is a different matter I sense a very close series don't know how to fit him in to be honest but I would definitely have James Taylor in England side in bul formats to make us stronger

  • ThilankaK on May 24, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    ENG will ball lot of short balls , so my team will be ; 1. Kusal Perera 2. Dilshan 3.Sanga 4. Thirimanne 5.Mahela 6.Mathews 7.Kithruwan 8.Thisara 9.Kula 10.Senanayake 11.Malinga

  • on May 24, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    SL XI should be: 1. KJP 2. Dilshan 3. Thiri 4. Chandi 5. Priyanjan 6. Sanga/Mahela 7. Mathews 8. Kula 9. Thisara 10. Sena 11. Slinga

  • on May 24, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    Keep bringing more foreign players England to balance the team. When will England ever have a team of players born in UK. Never is the answer. England are very good importing and buying in talent. Does not speak much for England does it.

  • Herath-UK on May 24, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    It is miserable weather today & same is forecast for tomorrow. England will make merry of these conditions not any foreign team and so a loss in this series should not make any disappointment to Sri Lanka. How can you play a reasonable game in this dismal weather & ECB should push these series towards more summer because these results become meaningless to judge their real ability. That's the England problem because their bowlers will struggle in Aus or in Asia when do not have these favourable conditions.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on May 24, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx I am expecting a very competitive England against Sri Lanka at home and if the curators remember there is no SWANN anymore they could whitewash India again.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 24, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    I still think Sri Lanka are missing a trick by not having Mendis as one of the first players on their list for the team! O.K. he was taken apart by Hales in a T20 recently, but what bowler wasn't? I can see him skittle England for next to nothing.

    Hope the weather holds up for a full game, and England prove the first game wasn't a fluke...

  • BlackHawk on May 24, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    A lot of optimistic Sri Lankan fans. England are an excellent side at home. Furthermore, Hales is set to play tomorrow for an injured Cook apparently. Should never underestimate them!!!

  • markatnotts on May 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @RohanMarkJay, you are very misguided if you think an England team going through transition is very weak in English conditions at Test cricket - particularly early season. I suppose should England win either or both the ODI and Test series it won't count as SL won't have been playing to potential.

  • xtrafalgarx on May 24, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    England are still a good side. I've been surprised by supporters of other countries joining the bandwagon saying that England are rubbish. Have you faced them yet? England lost to Australia, not the rest of the world. Beat them first before you judge them, and i'm not sure many teams bar Australia and South Africa can.

  • RohanMarkJay on May 24, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka I hope you win tomorrow. Summer conditions in England can be tricky. I am sure Sri Lanka will acclimatise quickly. Sri Lanka is the better team and should win the ODI series even in early summer wet windy damp conditions despite England having home ground advantage. Sri Lanka should try and play as well as possible on this tour because I don't think Sri Lanka will have a better opportunity of winning a test series as well as limited over series together making it a clean sweep on an England tour. This will go well with their T20 triumph. They should make this tour a success because England are a weak team at the moment and are their for the taking if Sri Lanka play to their potential. Best of luck and here's hoping for all success for Sri Lanka for the rest of the tour. All the best Sri Lanka!

  • cricat16 on May 24, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    If Lines needs to roar Lions must play .Not sheep . Please let Kusal open . Chandimal No3 or No 4 . Leave Thirimanna ....

  • THEBEAST7 on May 24, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    I cant say I do not agree with you Dark Man X. There are few things on the SL team we can't seem to understand. Why not send our best batsman, Mahela to open with Dilly? So Thiri can bat at 3? If they play Chandimal, let him bat at 4 and Sanga can come in at 5. And why on earth did they leave Herath behind? Im sure he would have done a wonderful job with the ball. Apart from Cook, Bell, Root and Anderson, I do not think the others will play the test matches. Really baffling tactics from our camp!

  • Balladeer on May 24, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I'd actually have put Cook as my one to watch, rather than Ballance. Perhaps Ballance has more to prove, and more at stake should he fail to prove it, but he put on a good showing last time and seems to be in sterling form. From the Cricinfo commentary, Cook seemed to be struggling long before he got out. And since him being dropped is about as likely as a certain South African-born player (who shall remain nameless) coming back into the side, he'd better show that he deserves it!

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    clinical sri lanka will win tomorrow match,they know that how to control the game,sure sri lanka will give success reply to english team!!!!!

    "ALL THE SUCCESS SRI LANKA!!!"

    "LIONS NEVER GIVE UP"

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Why on earth preserv Herath for tests? half this english team will not play in the test matches. whos smart idea was it to rest their best spinner while Sachithra, a second class bowler picks up wickets and keep the runs down? way to go SL. really smart move. Next best is to bring back Ajantha Mendis so the english men can score 100 in 10 overs.

  • Sinhaya on May 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka enters into colder territory in England and must take heart from the fact that the 2006 ODI against England in Durham was convincing. I just saw the BBC cloud movement forecast for Durham and it gives a favorable outlook. Ideally hope no rain interruption at all. I think Sri Lanka must try the same XI tomorrow as worth giving everyone another chance before making any changes. Kusal's failures are too many lately as Chandimal in contrast has shown more skills in English conditions.

    Sending Chandimal at no. 3 is better and Sanga should come lower down. Call Priyanjan for the 3rd ODI should Chandimal fail to pass 40 tomorrow. Lakmal should like the Durham conditions. Not sure if Senanayake will enjoy Durham though. I guess batting 2nd will be my choice and keep England to 260 or less.

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Let mahela open the innings with dilshan. It is not easy for left handers to handle English seamers early in the innings.

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    srilanka is not strong side. poor captain mathews srilanka ever had. 2nd odi will same d/l it is going to be a tough task for lions

  • LeoE on May 24, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Why are we sacrificing Thirimanne at the top ? He is not an opener. He is best down the order where he has proved himself. Not many players will wish to face the English seamers under cloud cover. But Mahela is the best opener to partner Dilshan. Chandimal must go. May be just one more chance. Thissara must bat higher. If he fires we will win the game 9 times out of 10. Malinga bowls four slower balls in a row. The world has watched him and has learnt how to deal with the slow yorkers outside the off stump. He is getting too old and weak to bowl the fast toe crushes as in the years gone by. Very soon he will lose his place in ODI's. He is still the best T20 bowler in the world. But is he fit enough to bowl 10 overs in a ODI match.? In the last year he has been thrashed mercilessly in the 50 over format.

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    kusal in n chandi out that's good side

  • YsaKaru on May 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    chandimal MUST bat at no 4........ Kusal should be open..... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

  • cricat16 on May 24, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I dont know why Chandimal is in the Andrew Fidel Fernando's topic every day . Mathews do not let him to play in a place to handle the game . When a high scoring match comes Thirimanna , Sanga , Mahela most probably cry . Every one taking about a high score at No 7 .If Chandimal is not given chance in higher in the order we can always argue about he is not scoring a high score . Even Murali did not score high scores :-P

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  • cricat16 on May 24, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    I dont know why Chandimal is in the Andrew Fidel Fernando's topic every day . Mathews do not let him to play in a place to handle the game . When a high scoring match comes Thirimanna , Sanga , Mahela most probably cry . Every one taking about a high score at No 7 .If Chandimal is not given chance in higher in the order we can always argue about he is not scoring a high score . Even Murali did not score high scores :-P

  • YsaKaru on May 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    chandimal MUST bat at no 4........ Kusal should be open..... GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

  • on May 24, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    kusal in n chandi out that's good side

  • LeoE on May 24, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Why are we sacrificing Thirimanne at the top ? He is not an opener. He is best down the order where he has proved himself. Not many players will wish to face the English seamers under cloud cover. But Mahela is the best opener to partner Dilshan. Chandimal must go. May be just one more chance. Thissara must bat higher. If he fires we will win the game 9 times out of 10. Malinga bowls four slower balls in a row. The world has watched him and has learnt how to deal with the slow yorkers outside the off stump. He is getting too old and weak to bowl the fast toe crushes as in the years gone by. Very soon he will lose his place in ODI's. He is still the best T20 bowler in the world. But is he fit enough to bowl 10 overs in a ODI match.? In the last year he has been thrashed mercilessly in the 50 over format.

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    srilanka is not strong side. poor captain mathews srilanka ever had. 2nd odi will same d/l it is going to be a tough task for lions

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    Let mahela open the innings with dilshan. It is not easy for left handers to handle English seamers early in the innings.

  • Sinhaya on May 24, 2014, 15:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka enters into colder territory in England and must take heart from the fact that the 2006 ODI against England in Durham was convincing. I just saw the BBC cloud movement forecast for Durham and it gives a favorable outlook. Ideally hope no rain interruption at all. I think Sri Lanka must try the same XI tomorrow as worth giving everyone another chance before making any changes. Kusal's failures are too many lately as Chandimal in contrast has shown more skills in English conditions.

    Sending Chandimal at no. 3 is better and Sanga should come lower down. Call Priyanjan for the 3rd ODI should Chandimal fail to pass 40 tomorrow. Lakmal should like the Durham conditions. Not sure if Senanayake will enjoy Durham though. I guess batting 2nd will be my choice and keep England to 260 or less.

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    Why on earth preserv Herath for tests? half this english team will not play in the test matches. whos smart idea was it to rest their best spinner while Sachithra, a second class bowler picks up wickets and keep the runs down? way to go SL. really smart move. Next best is to bring back Ajantha Mendis so the english men can score 100 in 10 overs.

  • on May 24, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    clinical sri lanka will win tomorrow match,they know that how to control the game,sure sri lanka will give success reply to english team!!!!!

    "ALL THE SUCCESS SRI LANKA!!!"

    "LIONS NEVER GIVE UP"

  • Balladeer on May 24, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    I'd actually have put Cook as my one to watch, rather than Ballance. Perhaps Ballance has more to prove, and more at stake should he fail to prove it, but he put on a good showing last time and seems to be in sterling form. From the Cricinfo commentary, Cook seemed to be struggling long before he got out. And since him being dropped is about as likely as a certain South African-born player (who shall remain nameless) coming back into the side, he'd better show that he deserves it!