England v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Lord's May 30, 2014

Sun could shine on Sri Lanka at Lord's

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England favourites but series unpredictable

Match facts

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Start time 1030 local (0930 GMT)

Big Picture

Eighty-one runs was the difference between the teams in the first match of the series. The margins have expanded alarmingly since, to 157 runs, then 10 wickets and 227 balls. They might not be numbers that suggest a compelling series, but Sri Lanka's tilt at England has held interest, if only because of the unpredictability of the results.

Sri Lanka arrived favourites at the first match, on the back of a T20 international win and an unbeaten 2014 in ODIs, then faltered dramatically. England appeared to hold the aces at an overcast Chester-le-Street, but were shot out for 99. Then the hosts outskittled the skittlers at Old Trafford, to almost everyone's surprise. Even the weather forecasts have been way off base, with heavy rains failing to materialise in the second and third matches. Conditions have been no indicator of results. Sri Lanka have at various times seemed well-adjusted and at sea in the cold and the damp.

Lord's is expected to be rain-free and somewhat less chilly on Saturday, with temperatures expected to peak in the high teens. Sri Lanka appear to be the more vulnerable side at present, but they have traditionally done well at the venue, and when the sun shines. These are all just facts. They may not mean a thing.

One trend that will have been pored over by analyst and coaches in the Sri Lanka camp, is their batsmen's frailty against Chris Jordan's hit-the-deck pace. Jordan has not relied on great movement nor even a tight line and length. He has instead created trouble by generating good lift, and by having batsmen play too early or too late. His ambling approach to the crease explodes abruptly into an energetic delivery swing, and though many bowling coaches will see this as a flaw needing correction, it appears his pace has not been easy for Sri Lanka batsmen to judge.

If Sri Lanka fail at Lord's, they will have comfortably lost a series. It will mark the end of their remarkable 2014 run. England, meanwhile, will hope it begins their resurgence.

Form guide

(last five matches, most recent first)
England: WLWWW
Sri Lanka: LWLWW

In the spotlight

Jordan may be taking most wickets, but there is no doubting the influence James Anderson's pinpoint opening spell exerted on the last match, when he claimed both openers and conceded only 10 runs from his seven overs. Skilful, probing and relentless, he is exactly the kind of fast bowler Sri Lanka's batsmen don't like. They failed in their plan to play him out safely in Manchester, and even if they alter their outlook for Lord's, Anderson is not an easy bowler to gain control of.

Mahela Jayawardene was among those who attempted to bat slow and long in Manchester, but he changed so much about his normally free-flowing game, he tangled himself up against an innocuous James Tredwell offbreak. Tough situations often coax him to his best, and as he has set the 2015 World Cup as a target, a regular flow of good scores will serve his confidence well.

Teams news

England will have learned little about their batsmen from the brief Manchester chase and will likely be unchanged.

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

Angelo Mathews suggested Lahiru Thirimanne will be given a longer run at opener after the last match, but they may be tempted to bring in Kusal Perera into the side, displacing Thirimanne down the order. The visitors will hope to play two spinners, but have Thisara Perera in reserve if the conditions are more suited to quick bowling.

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

Pitch and conditions

The recent T20 double header saw the wicket go very slow for the second 40 overs and several Championship matches have seen some low first-innings totals but Lord's wickets for internationals are generally excellent. The weather forecast is dry.

Stats and trivia

  • Sri Lanka rode a Dinesh Chandimal century to victory in their most recent ODI at Lord's in 2011, which was Chandimal's last ODI hundred.
  • Alastair Cook needs 90 to move to 3000 career ODI runs. Ian Bell is the highest run-getter in the team with 4788 runs.
  • Lasith Malinga has the worst figures of any bowler who has delivered more than 10 overs in the series. He has taken one wicket at an average of 101. His economy rate is 6.73.

Quotes

"Sometimes you can get on one of those roles on a wicket where you lose two or three quickly and it's difficult to turn the tide. That's probably been the case in the last two games."
James Tredwell identifies the cause of both team's collapses in this series.

"We had a bad day, we are looking forward to Lord's. The boys are practising hard. We just want to forget what happened in the last match."
The Old Trafford collapse is quickly behind Sri Lanka according to Lahiru Thirimanne

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

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  • Serandeeb-LK on May 31, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Good Luck SL play with full confident you will get good result try with Kusal as a opener

  • JG2704 on May 31, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @ Lanka Manjula on (May 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT) It's great to have such broad minded comments on here.Well done

  • LeoE on May 31, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Some crazy suggestions about dropping Sanga and Mahela. Please understand that in England one day cricket is played at test match pace. You cannot have Kusal or Thissara or the Priyanjans battling seaming swinging balls at 86 MPH, leaping up at your throat. Did you watch Jimmy Anderson's seven overs for 10 runs. That's test cricket stuff. Only Mahela managed to play him with any confidence. All the others failed. Who won the T20 world cup for us ? A completely out of form Sanga. Champions are born champions. You cannot create them.You are either a genius or nothing. We have two such players. Lets respect them.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    guess this will be anther failure for us if the same failing players like chandimal are forever in the team without being dropped..

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    If any one reading the comments from beginning, except Methew, Malinga, Kula and Saci all others are criticized and want to kept out so each have there different thought but all can't be represent in a single game. There can be failures in resent past but we have to look forward for 2015WC. Are we going with mix bunch of Seniors and Juniors? or young inexperience bunch of crickets in which most of them have just started their carrier??? especially batting unit? if we drop the seniors just imagine the batting unit which will face the 2015WC? How many of them would have played in NZ&Aus?

  • Lassie.Perera on May 31, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @ Compton-Effect. Yes, you have a point. I'm not going to deny that. But we have to select players within the given squad and therefore we have to take in to account that who is better for the right situation. We all know that Kusal has some similarities with SJ and even great player like him had a bad start to his international carrier. Luckily on those days selectors kept their faith on him and eventually he became a world class cricketer. I specially mentioned Kusal because he has this so called xfactor in batsmen ship and at least they have to try him for the next two remaining matches. Thanks for expressing your view.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    all are talking about chandimal & thirmanne. So what about mahela & sanga? At-least they didn't give any chances to younger players.. they always bat at no.03 & no.04. When they got out youngsters have only 15 or 10 overs. If we need to win 2015 world cup we should have to build a good team. can't depend only on Dilshan , Mahela & Sanga.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    If Sri Lanka is looking for a great future in Cricket, then they have to give Chandimal either opener instead of Dilshan( one of the seniors in team ) or 1 down position instead of Sangakkara ( one of the seniors in team )

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I think kusal should come back to the 11 and opening with dilshan.because he can give some awesome start to the srilankan inning

  • AS7777 on May 31, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Everyone is talking about failures of Thirimanna, Chandimal, Kusal etc. What was the contribution of Mahela and Sanga ? Mahela is a total failure. Half of the team deserved to be dropped but selectors scared to take decisions that would make issues after issues and media will having a good time too. But the sake of SL teams future selectors must act immediately. Its too early to call some of the players should be in the team likes of Vithanage, Kausal Silva etc but without giving them a chance no way of knowing rather than persist with failures in the with the sake of their big names. Its high time SL to try out Kausal silva, Dikwella, Tharindu Kausal, Charith Jayampathi, even Binura Fernando.

  • Serandeeb-LK on May 31, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Good Luck SL play with full confident you will get good result try with Kusal as a opener

  • JG2704 on May 31, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    @ Lanka Manjula on (May 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT) It's great to have such broad minded comments on here.Well done

  • LeoE on May 31, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Some crazy suggestions about dropping Sanga and Mahela. Please understand that in England one day cricket is played at test match pace. You cannot have Kusal or Thissara or the Priyanjans battling seaming swinging balls at 86 MPH, leaping up at your throat. Did you watch Jimmy Anderson's seven overs for 10 runs. That's test cricket stuff. Only Mahela managed to play him with any confidence. All the others failed. Who won the T20 world cup for us ? A completely out of form Sanga. Champions are born champions. You cannot create them.You are either a genius or nothing. We have two such players. Lets respect them.

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    guess this will be anther failure for us if the same failing players like chandimal are forever in the team without being dropped..

  • on May 31, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    If any one reading the comments from beginning, except Methew, Malinga, Kula and Saci all others are criticized and want to kept out so each have there different thought but all can't be represent in a single game. There can be failures in resent past but we have to look forward for 2015WC. Are we going with mix bunch of Seniors and Juniors? or young inexperience bunch of crickets in which most of them have just started their carrier??? especially batting unit? if we drop the seniors just imagine the batting unit which will face the 2015WC? How many of them would have played in NZ&Aus?

  • Lassie.Perera on May 31, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    @ Compton-Effect. Yes, you have a point. I'm not going to deny that. But we have to select players within the given squad and therefore we have to take in to account that who is better for the right situation. We all know that Kusal has some similarities with SJ and even great player like him had a bad start to his international carrier. Luckily on those days selectors kept their faith on him and eventually he became a world class cricketer. I specially mentioned Kusal because he has this so called xfactor in batsmen ship and at least they have to try him for the next two remaining matches. Thanks for expressing your view.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    all are talking about chandimal & thirmanne. So what about mahela & sanga? At-least they didn't give any chances to younger players.. they always bat at no.03 & no.04. When they got out youngsters have only 15 or 10 overs. If we need to win 2015 world cup we should have to build a good team. can't depend only on Dilshan , Mahela & Sanga.

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    If Sri Lanka is looking for a great future in Cricket, then they have to give Chandimal either opener instead of Dilshan( one of the seniors in team ) or 1 down position instead of Sangakkara ( one of the seniors in team )

  • on May 31, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    I think kusal should come back to the 11 and opening with dilshan.because he can give some awesome start to the srilankan inning

  • AS7777 on May 31, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Everyone is talking about failures of Thirimanna, Chandimal, Kusal etc. What was the contribution of Mahela and Sanga ? Mahela is a total failure. Half of the team deserved to be dropped but selectors scared to take decisions that would make issues after issues and media will having a good time too. But the sake of SL teams future selectors must act immediately. Its too early to call some of the players should be in the team likes of Vithanage, Kausal Silva etc but without giving them a chance no way of knowing rather than persist with failures in the with the sake of their big names. Its high time SL to try out Kausal silva, Dikwella, Tharindu Kausal, Charith Jayampathi, even Binura Fernando.

  • on May 31, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Never gona be easy for Sri Lanka unless jaya n sanga contributing

  • cricat16 on May 31, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Believed or not real failed player is Thirimanna . Why SL replace him in someone's place . Giving him chance to hide to he is a fail player ? Replace Thirimanna with Kusal . Move Chandimal Up to 3 . Add Thissara to team and drop mahela let Priyanjan bat at his place(4) . Sana, Maven , Mathews do this as even a test .

  • CodandChips on May 31, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    I hope Woakes gets a game or is released to Warwickshire if they're playing a championship game this week

  • sambudgie on May 31, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    I hope SL would have learnt from the experience and open with Kushal and Dilshan. We need the senior players. Thirimanne should bad after Mahela and co. Chandimal has got to get back to the first class set up and earn his right to be considered for the team. How many opportunities he has been given beats me. I can think of a few other players who had the same immunity. How we do not know. It is going to be a warmer day and I cannot see how England can dream of beating Sri Lanka. SL are a better team when all things are equal?

  • Hammond on May 31, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    @Qaaid Mowlana- I live (thank God) in a part of the world where test cricket is still the most important version of the game, and attracts the biggest crowds. 91,000 people turned up for the first day of the boxing day test last year. 271,000 watched that test and over 20% of the Australian population watched it on TV. I just feel sorry for the parts of the world that have forgotten what cricket actually is. They are the ones missing out.

  • Patchmaster on May 31, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    Please can we try someone else instead of Bopara ? Pretty please ?

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    If Srilanka is looking at the future should bring in Thisara and Kusal at the expense of Chandimal and Mahela since Kithruwan is not in the Squad.No big names should come above the country.What is this hype about these so called seniors Sanga/Mahela and even Dilshan.Present form should be the main crieteria for selection.The only one warranting slection at present is Dilshan.Look at India.They dropped Gauthan Gambir,HArbajan and Shewag .If these three were born in Srilanka would have played for the country until they reach the 40's irrespective of their form.That is why India is at the top the cricket word even though they lost the T 20 final.They are the ODI world Champions.SO SELECTORS please encourage the youngsters who are performing and give them the oppotunity.There should be no guarantee for anybody in the team who doesnt perform.This will in fact make the seniors to fight for the places and would bring the maximum out of them.

  • on May 31, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    @Hammond I would think it's too late to save what cricket was supposed to mean. T20 has become far too hyped up, and test matches attract very little interest to today's generation. ODIs still hold fair interest, but T20 has completely captured the interest of people nowadays. Cricket has become, from a game evenly balanced between bat and ball and full of class, to a game of snappy entertainment and a batsman's game with rash shots. The metamorphosis of cricket...

  • Prem2248 on May 31, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    position No3, destined for strokes filled (all around the wkt with control) batters of lightening reflex (Balance & Root of ENG)that can send the ball, all around the park, such as Aravinda,Atapatu,S'weera of past did, incidentally S'weera one of the outstanding batter to emerge from school in '94&'95 had always been sent to bat No 8-11 positions in his early matches though the selectors continued with two very unsuccessful pinch hitters, that was a complete flop in the '96 WC except for 2 Ings & thereafter, thus ruining careers of many promising youngsters emerge from school. This love affair the selectors have been having with reckless hitters and other average players will ruin entire Future of SL's Cricket, though we do still produce batters of quality exhibited by Ballance but the problem we are facing is the local selectors' are yet to understand importance of employing such class batters. One may accommodate only one reckless hitter at a time.(StatsCricInfo)

  • Prem2248 on May 31, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    the early ODI career Aves of overhyped 3, S'kara's 25.31 in 75 matches btwn 14Jul'00-18Mar'03;M'ela's 29.92 in 112 matches btwn 22Aug'99-7Jun'03 & D'shan 27.72 as a MiddleOrder bat in 118 matches btwn 11Dec'99-27Aug'08, thus they can't be rated as better bats than the present day young, with their risky approach to batting making things difficult for the bats to follow. It is total ignorance of selectors, to give this much of opportunities at the expense of World class bats produced by SL schools of last decade &1/2. C'dimal 1st Cl Av 55.28 (was around 60 at the beginning of '11), not included in theWC though he,AngeloP &S'nayake were very strong contenders for that WC squad ) is not a batter to send here & there in the batting order, while a batter of limited strokes (hardly find any forceful stroke in his leg-side-play apart from lofted pulls,drives & pre-planned sweeps) has been employed (his style of batting tends to boost confidence of opposition bowlers) in this vital

  • VikumHerath on May 31, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @Hammond: 100% Agree with you!. This is the menace ruining the great game of cricket...! They should be watching base-ball instead of cricket. No wonder why these people shout like this, because they have no idea about the finer points of this inteligent game!

  • THESlasz on May 31, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    Chandimal is a very unlikey player, when he gets a opportunity in top of the order, he always make runs for his team, in vb series, in loads last England series, he did that, but if he come to bat at no 5 or 6, he does not make runs for his team. he made 2 centuries batting at no 3.. now every one thought he is not a good player and he is not deserved to part of the team. mahela didn't make an inpact in odi side in last 2 years.. selectors should change this, get chandimal a fair chance to bat up the order.. thirimanne get 3 chances to bat up the order an he fail. today match at loads it is a very good batting track over the years. According to the local reporters in today's match selectors will remove chandimal and replace him with a kusal. If thirimanne or kusal make runs.(most probably they do on flat track) then probably we never see chandimal play for his country until the end of the next world cup..

  • on May 31, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    please drop 1 of senior player and play chandimal up in the order and open with kusal

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 31, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Cange the captain to Malinga. He is most luckiest Man in the Team. He will bring glory.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on May 31, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Win the Toss Bat First Finish the match in 30 Overs.

  • Hammond on May 31, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    @Lanka Manjula- sad for you that you can't enjoy a different aspect of cricket played in another part of the world. I for one am sick of all matches being played under hot and dry conditions. all matches are meaningless limited over contents in flat spinning conditions. batsmen swing at every ball and there is no spectacular bowling only defensive leg stump lines, no five-fors, no hat tricks, no stumps flying nothing, players are fielding with sweat dripping down everywhere. spectators know nothing about cricket , with most of them under 40 with loud screaming and all sorts of uncivilised behaviour. Older generation are very rare in the crowd, why should they come to ground to watch this boring batsman dominated slog fest? T20 will kill cricket for sure, cricket got famous due to the fact that test cricket and odi's are a batsman's AND a bowlers game.

  • VikumHerath on May 31, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    @ Sinhaya: @ Lassie.Perera: What do you mean by saying "Kusal deserve a fair lengthy run" ??? Didn't he get more than enough chances than anyone in recent history, ignoring his total failure? Despite repeated failures, he was given 28 CONSECUTIVE ODIs..!! Are you asking other players to carry his burden forever & sacrifice the winning opportunities of SL further, just to include him? Don't you see.... Kusal is a complete failure in ODIs even in Asia, without Bangladesh! Averaging 14.2 without Bangla in 21 ODI & Averaging 2.8 in Eng/WI/Ireland... would he deserve a place even in SL-A side? How can a player with blank technicality to face, bounce, pace, swing or spin can survive in such environments?

  • lazyone on May 31, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    Thisara perera should play in any condition. Chandimal should bat up the order.

    Thirimanne, Dilshan, Chandimal, Sanga, Mahela, Priyanjan, Mathews, Thisara, Kulasekara, Senanayake, Malinga

  • lazyone on May 31, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    These matches are boring. One sided games, scores less than 100, dull weather. At least they should provide some batting friendly wickets.

  • bilgeworth on May 31, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Lets kill off the game totally and play under sunshine and hard pitches every game. The whole point of competing internationally is for cricketers to test their skills in any conditions in any form of the game. The English bowlers and batsmen need to adapt when they go to SL too. This is what separates top teams. Whomever can adapt and use the conditions the best will remain at the top. Where did cricket come from ? It has evolved on principles based on playing under different conditions. Nothing more boring than game after game on a hard pitch with blazing sun and boundary after boundary. Batsmen admiring themselves after hitting the ball on the up......boring.

  • cjchanaka on May 31, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    After a shameful defeat what should we do? First of all english bowlers were outstanding so far. But the main problem was our batsmen played negative cricket throughout the ODIs.We won the 2nd due to aggressive bowling by kule,mali & sachi.Otherwise 256 was a par score on that wicket.So if we want to do something specially in tests we have to play positively,we have to stick with our brand of cricket.Otherwise huge loses can be expected.Nevertheless GOOD LUCK............

  • gularan on May 31, 2014, 2:01 GMT

    Here we go again! THE INCONSISTENCY OF SL. Lions one day and meek peahens the next. When will it end. One cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel,especially with glaring errors in team selection et al.Why are the selectors persisting with Thirimanne and Chandimal and for that matter Jayawardena when there are young promising players knocking on the doors.England will be cock a hoop after the thrashing meted out at the last match and will be hard to beat.I hope SL will win the toss and put England in as another dismal collapse first up will be the kiss of death for the series for SL.

  • nickexplore on May 31, 2014, 1:35 GMT

    Clearly SL must make changes for today's game, first among them returning the fast-scoring Kusal to open with Dilshan and putting Thirimanne at 3. Thisara is a better option than Herath and will bolster the lower-order batting. Spinning allrounder Chathuranga, who played so well in SLs Asian Cup win, has been overlooked so far and also deserves his chance in this series. SL needs to reassert its one-day best and for that to happen 3 or 4 of the batsmen must fire.

  • on May 31, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    sanath if you think mahela must be part of 11. then please let him by as opener. automatically runs will flow from his bat 6 out of 10 times. He and dilly got good understanding between wickets too. sanga at 3 and chandi at 4 & thiri at 5 and mathews .. quite simple don't understand why wasting energy of mahela sending late. If he doesn't perform on top then better leave him. stats shows he is good opener and score plenty of runs quickly rather than blocking for 30 odd balls and make 4 runs and get out. just go back to last time they played in Australia the moment he started open so winning streak started. He likes t20 cricket than odi. He likes to play like t20 . The best place to play t20 brand of cricket being an opener.

  • on May 30, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    @Lanka manju,

    You are the first person to explain to me why this ODI series is worth following. It's sounds great when you describe it.

  • dunger.bob on May 30, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    I hope the sun shines and the Sri Lankans get exactly the conditions they all seem to be craving. Then I hope they get rolled for 50 or so and see what they can invent to whine about next.

  • SL_Fan_5 on May 30, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Chandimal can not be considered over Kusal Perera because of a century at the same ground 3 years ago. Personally, I think he has lost his hunger. Maybe things have been too easy for him. SL A team is a good place to start and redeem himself. Need the best team out there to square the tournament. Kudos to England, they are playing extremely well. Also, really wish Thisara bowled a little well to keep him in the side permanently. With all the shortcomings, to me, he is still very promising for the team.

  • 5wombats on May 30, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    @Lanka Manjula on (May 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT) no-one is obliging you to watch this series or comment on it. If you like watching LPI and that is your thing - then fine - enjoy, but don't come here whineing about English conditions and only 12000 in our stadiums. The last time we watched Sri Lanka playing England in Sri Lanka in ODI those grounds in Sri Lanka were actually empty. Maybe IPL had something to do with that.....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 30, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    @Lanka Manjula (post on May 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT): You turned up at the wrong pitch mate; should have taken a left after the traffic lights, not right.

  • on May 30, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    I wonder if the people who comment on this actually know anything about cricket, or any international sport. They are calling for drastic changes to the main playing eleven of a national side.

  • on May 30, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    I am srilanka fan . i like to say srilanka is a very good side , if selectors make the right move my team 11 for 4th match at Lords 1 kusal 2 dilshan 3 sanga 4 mahela 5 chandimal 6 mathews 7 thisara perera 8 senanayake 9 kulasekara 10 malinga 11heath . it is sunny day . lets hope we will see a full 5o over match , suryly loins will bounck back for their huge defeat after3rd odi in manchester good night all the fans , and good luck srilankan boys i am in switzerland , tomorrow my time swiss 11.30 match start

  • onebump on May 30, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    If kusal is back England will put a deep point and deep square leg. Then Anderson or Jordan will have him caught there. Go with the same order. Play with attitude.

  • on May 30, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Why is Chandimal still playing? For heavens sake drop him and bring Prasanna in his place. But Chandimal seems to be a pet of Sanath.

  • on May 30, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Sunil Narine's mystery balls can be decoded but it is more than impossible to find hidden talent of Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Chandimal.

  • on May 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    i'm a sri lankan fan. but watching club level IPL is much better than watching this ODI series. it has ample reasons. all matches are played under gloomy and spooky skies like horror movie. all matches are like mini tests in seaming conditions. batsmen are played like frozen and only spectacular shot is leaving the ball. no sixes, no boundaries, no screams nothing, players are fielding with their hands in the pocket or rubbing together. spectators are disappointing about 12 000 , with most of them are over 40 with occasional clap. younger generation are very rare in the crowd, why should they come to ground to watch this slow motion cricket over half a day. this type of cricket will kill the ODI for sure. by the way cricket always get famous when it's batsmen's game.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 30, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    "His [Jordan's] ambling approach to the crease explodes abruptly into an energetic delivery swing, and though many bowling coaches will see this as a flaw needing correction, it appears his pace has not been easy for Sri Lanka batsmen to judge."

    So true, and I really hope England's coaches don't even think of trying to do with Jordan what they've done with poor Finn-knee. If something's working for a change, let's just leave it for now.

  • Lassie.Perera on May 30, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    SL selectors should bring back Kusal Perera as Saturday is going to be a sunny day. No matter who's going to make a way for him. Hopefully we all could witness a great game of cricket specially under the sun and we all know that is what Sri Lankans wants. Good luck to the both teams.

  • YsaKaru on May 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    kusal and thisara should be in for chandimal and mahela.... GOOD LUCK BOYS!!!!!!!!

  • on May 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Thisara should play tomorrow. We need some power in the middle order.

  • Sinhaya on May 30, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Well sadly the series has so far been too lopsided with no thrill at all. Hope tomorrow and Tuesday next week will buck the trend. No doubt both teams are far better than what the performance in the last 3 ODIs suggest. England as expected showed what they are all about. As for the Lankans, sun is a thing they love about England and history has shown that whenever sun is out, Sri Lankans impress. As for Durham triumph, cloud helped us at the right time.

    Regarding tomorrow, Sri Lanka must recall Kusal Perera and put Thirimanne down the order and drop Chandimal. Kusal Perera and Thirimanne have impressed at least in Asia that they deserve a fair lengthy run. Chandimal's failures are becoming unbearable. With sun out tomorrow, lets hope for a thriller and no doubt the preview is one of the best I have ever seen.

  • on May 30, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I hope Chandimal is ready to repeat some history, I would like SL's "most promising young batsman" to remind us just how he earned that title. It's been far too long, and is way overdue. Perhaps Kusal should bat at the middle order; ALL of his domestic success has come as a middle order batsman. His list A 155, his firtclass 200s and record 336 off 275, as well as more than a handful of more eyecatching performance. Seriously, why do all our middle order batsmen become openers?(Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Kaushal Silva, Kusal etc). SL should recall Tharanga to open with Dilshan, and Thirimanne should bat at 3. Tharanga performed superbly as opener in England for SL A, and I'm sure nobody has forgotten 2006 whitewash. The 3 seniors should play on a rotation policy, 2 out of the 3 of them plays, while 1 sits out.

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  • on May 30, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    I hope Chandimal is ready to repeat some history, I would like SL's "most promising young batsman" to remind us just how he earned that title. It's been far too long, and is way overdue. Perhaps Kusal should bat at the middle order; ALL of his domestic success has come as a middle order batsman. His list A 155, his firtclass 200s and record 336 off 275, as well as more than a handful of more eyecatching performance. Seriously, why do all our middle order batsmen become openers?(Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Kaushal Silva, Kusal etc). SL should recall Tharanga to open with Dilshan, and Thirimanne should bat at 3. Tharanga performed superbly as opener in England for SL A, and I'm sure nobody has forgotten 2006 whitewash. The 3 seniors should play on a rotation policy, 2 out of the 3 of them plays, while 1 sits out.

  • Sinhaya on May 30, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Well sadly the series has so far been too lopsided with no thrill at all. Hope tomorrow and Tuesday next week will buck the trend. No doubt both teams are far better than what the performance in the last 3 ODIs suggest. England as expected showed what they are all about. As for the Lankans, sun is a thing they love about England and history has shown that whenever sun is out, Sri Lankans impress. As for Durham triumph, cloud helped us at the right time.

    Regarding tomorrow, Sri Lanka must recall Kusal Perera and put Thirimanne down the order and drop Chandimal. Kusal Perera and Thirimanne have impressed at least in Asia that they deserve a fair lengthy run. Chandimal's failures are becoming unbearable. With sun out tomorrow, lets hope for a thriller and no doubt the preview is one of the best I have ever seen.

  • on May 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Thisara should play tomorrow. We need some power in the middle order.

  • YsaKaru on May 30, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    kusal and thisara should be in for chandimal and mahela.... GOOD LUCK BOYS!!!!!!!!

  • Lassie.Perera on May 30, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    SL selectors should bring back Kusal Perera as Saturday is going to be a sunny day. No matter who's going to make a way for him. Hopefully we all could witness a great game of cricket specially under the sun and we all know that is what Sri Lankans wants. Good luck to the both teams.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 30, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    "His [Jordan's] ambling approach to the crease explodes abruptly into an energetic delivery swing, and though many bowling coaches will see this as a flaw needing correction, it appears his pace has not been easy for Sri Lanka batsmen to judge."

    So true, and I really hope England's coaches don't even think of trying to do with Jordan what they've done with poor Finn-knee. If something's working for a change, let's just leave it for now.

  • on May 30, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    i'm a sri lankan fan. but watching club level IPL is much better than watching this ODI series. it has ample reasons. all matches are played under gloomy and spooky skies like horror movie. all matches are like mini tests in seaming conditions. batsmen are played like frozen and only spectacular shot is leaving the ball. no sixes, no boundaries, no screams nothing, players are fielding with their hands in the pocket or rubbing together. spectators are disappointing about 12 000 , with most of them are over 40 with occasional clap. younger generation are very rare in the crowd, why should they come to ground to watch this slow motion cricket over half a day. this type of cricket will kill the ODI for sure. by the way cricket always get famous when it's batsmen's game.

  • on May 30, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    Sunil Narine's mystery balls can be decoded but it is more than impossible to find hidden talent of Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Chandimal.

  • on May 30, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Why is Chandimal still playing? For heavens sake drop him and bring Prasanna in his place. But Chandimal seems to be a pet of Sanath.

  • onebump on May 30, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    If kusal is back England will put a deep point and deep square leg. Then Anderson or Jordan will have him caught there. Go with the same order. Play with attitude.