India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy warm-up match, Birmingham

Kohli, Karthik set up strong win for India

George Dobell in Birmingham

June 1, 2013

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India 337 for 5 (Kohli 144, Karthik 106*) beat Sri Lanka 333 for 3 (Dilshan 84, Kusal Perera 82) by five wickets
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Virat Kohli sets off for a run after playing the ball to the offside, India v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy warm-up match, Birmingham, June 1, 2013
Virat Kohli appeared completely at ease with the conditions as he dominated the Sri Lankan bowling © AFP
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It says much for the enduring appeal of 50-over cricket that, despite looking the second-best team for much of the day, India still left Edgbaston celebrating an exhilarating victory with six deliveries to spare.

If it was a stand of 186 in 140 balls between Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik that provided most obvious cause for Indian joy, as it helped them fight back in a match that had appeared to be sliding inexorably towards Sri Lanka, perhaps it was more subtle factors that will be of long-term relevance.

Even if India had lost this game, they might have been justified in leaving Edgbaston in good spirits, for this match did provide hints that some of the pre-conceptions about this tournament may be misplaced.

India, despite their No.1 ranking, are not among the favourites for the Champions Trophy. That is due, in part, to the suspicion that, in English, early-season conditions and with two new balls, they may lack the specialists to cope. Not only, it is argued, will they lack the batting techniques to negate the rising, swinging ball, but they might lack the bowling firepower - the admirable Bhuvneshwar Kumar aside - to hurt sides in reply.

But, on the evidence of this game, conditions may not be so alien. Despite awful weather in Birmingham for almost as long as anyone can remember, this was an excellent batting surface. And while two new balls were used, the early indications are that the kookaburra-turf ball in operation hardly swings. Indeed, it just means that batsmen still have a hard ball to hit later in the innings. In such circumstances, India, utilising their spinners and powerful batsmen, may be far more at home than has been anticipated. There was not a single maiden all day.

Certainly Kohli and Karthik, celebrating his 28th birthday in some style, looked at home as they accelerated towards victory. While few of the Sri Lankan bowlers will reflect with much pleasure on this performance - Jeevan Mendis conceded 31 in his three overs - there were times when the India pair allowed so little margin for error that it looked almost impossible to contain them.

Kohli, initially at least, picked up runs with stealth and quick running - at one stage, he scored 20 singles in succession and managed an all-run four on this far from huge ground. Karthik was more aggressive, his century came in just 79 balls and included an array of boundaries flicked, driven and bludgeoned through the leg-side.

It would be foolish to read too much into this result. It was not an ODI and the teams agreed to play 15 men aside. What is more, while Sri Lanka decided to retire their top two batsmen just as they might have been expected to accelerate, India allowed their two top-scorers to win the game. Sri Lanka were also without Lasith Malinga who arrived late and was suffering from jet-lag. No one will remember this match in a few weeks.

And, for much of the game, Sri Lanka looked the better side. Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan batted with some class to post 160 for Sri Lanka's first wicket in 26 overs, before Dinesh Chandimal and Kumar Sangakkara, back on the ground that he briefly made his home, also impressed.

India's bowling was loose and their fielding lethargic. While it is true they have not played ODI cricket since January, the rustiness of some of the bowling was alarming and will need to be rectified quickly if they are to progress.

The top-order batting was underwhelming, too. When Kohli and Karthik came together, at 110 for 4 in the 21st over, their cause looked close to hopeless. But Kohli was calm - his century occupied 95 balls and included only seven fours and a six - and his acceleration afterwards oozed class and suggested he had simply been playing with the bowling previously.

Karthik, if anything, was even more impressive, if not quite as pleasing on the eye. The pair set up a platform to help India score 208 runs from the final 24 overs and 130 from the final 14. Sri Lanka's bowling wilted in the face of the assault.

It is also worth noting the attendance at this match. While several other venues in England and Wales struggle to sell respectable numbers of tickets for games involving England - tickets are still available for the Champions Trophy match between England and New Zealand in Cardiff, and attendance for the second Test between England and New Zealand at Leeds was bitterly disappointing - more than 5,500 people paid £20 a head and watched this game at Edgbaston. If anyone needed any reminder of the financial muscle of Indian cricket - and they really shouldn't have done - it was provided here.

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 5, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

When SL fully in momentum they will realize that they are out of the tournament. What a pity.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 5, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

No matter what ever may be the score - it may 400 or 450 - the current Indian team is capable to chase it down. So nothing to do with those retirements.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 4, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Warm up match SL vs India:

SL bat first, two set batsmen retire to give practice to others. SL score 334. India, who had barely finished IPL, bat second, are in a tough position yet chase 334 down in 3rd gear, with no real extra effort.

SL fans complain, give excuses, say pitch was flat, Malinga did not play blah blah.

***FACT ==> SL LOST***

Warm up match SL vs WI: WI bat first, two set batsmen retire to give practice to others. WI score 297, which is much less than 334. SL, who have already been in Eng for many days are must be fully acclimatized, bat second, are never in a position to win, fail to chase even 297 even with full effort.

SL fans will complain the target was too big, will give excuse that this was just a warm up match blah blah.

***FACT ==> SL LOST***AGAIN***

This was just like WC Final vs WT20 Final. What India did with ease SL couldn't come close with all their effort.

But still, one has to admit that SL are a much much better team than India.

Posted by trav696 on (June 4, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@Waqas Mustafa, your point has been made about 100 times, but the indian fans don't seem to understand it. We will see if not giving all of India's players match practice will benefit them later on in the tournament... While SL will hopefully slowly build momentum.

Posted by trav696 on (June 4, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

@harmony111, this is pointless. You are not listening to me. Stat-wise, India are on top of SL and that is only by 11 games (ODI's). It bores me to repeat myself, but it is quite close between the 2 teams. I am not saying in ODI's that SL are better. I am saying in time, they will be is all. Just watch how the tournament plays out please.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 4, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Even if India won the match, SL is the better team!! I am fed up with that logic!

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 4, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

No doubt.Sri Lankan cricket team is better than Indian cricket team.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2013, 2:49 GMT)

Praising India after this win is pointless, I think all of the Indian supporters missed the fact that is clearly written in the article as ''while Sri Lanka decided to retire their top two batsmen just as they might have been expected to accelerate''. If they would have continued, India could have been chasing 400. Correct me if I'm wrong. Sri Lanka did well to give enough match practice to each of their batters and this will definitely help them do better in the REAL matches

Posted by Meety on (June 3, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

@ latecut_04 on (June 3, 2013, 8:57 GMT) - For India, so much rests on Dhoni (& Kholi's) shoulders in this tournament it is not funny. Rohit & Raina have the ability to step up - but have had long ODI careers & so far not really shone (particularly away asia) & the rest of the batting is stat-wise fairly ordinary. So for India to do well, either Kholi have to produce the greatest individual CT performances of all time, or the rest of the batsmen have to perform above their career records. For the bowlers - IMO Bhuvi will be the BIG surprise packet, but I have my fingers crossed that Yadav is FULLY fit & sends downs some 150kph thunderbolts. Whilst Ishant is stat-wise arguably the worst bowler to take 100 wickets in Test history, he is a lot more effective in ODIs & is a reasonable 3rd seam option. I am assume Dhoni used so much spin in the trial game for 2 reasons 1) Didn't want to lose a trial to SL, & 2) Trying to uncover who will bed down the only specialist spin spot available?

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 3, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Thanks Adithya Bourne. Did you see what travs696 himself admitted? He is the first SL fan here to admit that he does not go by facts and prefers to go by his own whims. So there you go, even if India beat SL 50 times in the next 5 years and lose only 5 times the SL fans will still keep on saying that SL is better than India. They will either give no reason or will give stupid reasons such as SL are better than India cos Sunday comes before Monday.... :-p

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

@trav696: So you yourself are admitting that you do not believe in facts and prefer making comments IRRESPECTIVE of what facts may say. And then you also use the word "LOL" there!!!

LOL LOL LOL.

I have nothing else to say to you now. Take care buddy.

Posted by Energetic. on (June 3, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Its a warm-up! so what if India won. Our team is better than them and we'll progress further than them in the Trophy. India do not have much talent to succeed but we'll see.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 3, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

@sAiyAnstAr: So a team that is 75/6 is in your eyes a team that can bat on bouncy wickets? If your argument is that on a bouncy wicket SL did better than Aus and so deserved that win then similarly on a flat wicket India tend to do better than SL and thus they too deserve to win. Please show me what exactly is wrong in what I am saying.

If winning matches at home on flat wickets is no big deal then what can one say for SL who CAN'T EVEN WIN AT HOME. Remember the 4-1 & 1-0 THRASHING India gave to SL in 2012? SL couldn't even win the WT20 AT HOME. Take that.

Talking of AWAY matches, India won the CB Series in 2008 & the WT20 in 07, BOTH AWAY. What has SL won AWAY huh?

Ind beat SL 2-1 in Aus in CB Series 08 & 12. How is SL better than India in AWAY matches?

SL's own wins have come in SC's flat wickets so what's so special? The WC & Asia Cup both were won in Pak. The tri-series was won at home. How is SL better than India huh?

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 3, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

All the best Mathews and com and same wishes to MSD and com.No need to fight.Let see what will happen.PEACE.

Posted by chapathishot on (June 3, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

If the pitches for Champions Trophy are like the one England played against Kiwis then there is hope for both India and Srilanka but if they are seamer friendly then I think it will help India more than Srilanka as the Srilankan batsmen Including Mahela struggle in those conditions and they have to rely more on Sanga who can only handle those conditions.

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 3, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

@thyagu5432 - agree with you. Our bowlers are really pathetic.We may be secure in batting but our bowling is looking weak. There seems to be no leader amongst the pack - gone are the days of Zaks. Between Umesh and Ishant one of these guys need to lift their game. It seems they did not learn anything from IPL bowling coaches.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 3, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

East or west India is the best! SL is below par whenthe play against India it is a truth. And just wonder whats the role of some bottom ranked team's fans here as it is champions trophy!

Posted by realfan on (June 3, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@Meety : dont worry about strac, he will be handled in a right manner.. and who is the other guy? McKay?? oh its him who went of 22 runs in bigbash without a ball being bowled..... he would be nice feast for indians......

Posted by Haleos on (June 3, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Karthik should replace Vijay in the playing XI. Vijayi is extremely overrated batsman in limited overs. He bats like test matches in limited overs and vice versa. No sense of direction or purpose.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (June 3, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

It is going to be a challenge for Dhoni to pick the playing 11 when the real thing starts. A century by someone who was not in the scheme of things, a century by someone who would have anyway made it even if he had scored a zero, flop shows by 3 players (one of them being unfortunate for having been run out) who were sure to make the playing 11. As far as bowling is considered, none of our bowlers deserved to be in the playing 11 and after the warm up performance, now none of them even deserve to be in the 16. Tough road ahead for team india and this win against Sri Lanka only makes it tougher.

Posted by sachin.sss on (June 3, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

@SL Fans,

First you guys want to pose statistics that suit your arguments, AKA SL considered minnows till they won the worldcup. I don't understand how that can be considered as a yardstick, but ok lets agree with you guys on this. But then you guys don't want to talk about the 19 matches out of the 39 that you won at home, between 1996 - 2013. 33 of the 90 matches were played in SL. But I guess, its convenient to ignore that stat right ?

Cricinfo Please Publish !

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 3, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

@Meety Should say your comments are spot on.I for one couldn't digest Umesh not given a chance to bowl.I shudder to think he isnt in our first choice eleven and it is going to be that Ishant struggler-forever- Sharma to open the bowling with BKumar..He along with Pathan's 'hit me' deliviries will end Indian challenge even before they start batting.Also as an Indian fan i am worried how in the world are we going to defend ANY total we manage to put on baord with this bowling unit.we wont get bowling uints allowing to score 335 plus to be scored always!!!!I had picked Aus and Eng as favorites for this edition of CT but if Eng play they way they did aginst NZ result is a no brainer.waiting for practice match against Aus to see how agile/hungry/jaded they look on the field..

Posted by black_bird on (June 3, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@ Meety. indian player starc really well at last series. don't need to worry mate. they will smash steyn as well like the did at world cup. don't forget only 2 200s in odi belongs to india. even 250s is possible if kohli can continue playing like that. no need to mention about dhoni, raina, jadeja.

Posted by Meety on (June 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT)

Surprised Yadav didn't get a go. I am going to agree with @ sachin_vvsfan on (June 3, 2013, 6:01 GMT) for once & say that SL utilised the match better than India did. Whether that will have any impact on the CT who knows? I do know that as Malinga is one of the best Strike bowlers ever in ODIs, him not playing ( Kholi's Hobart onslaught to the side), combined with the retired out of the two openers meant that SL clearly looked to be trying to give all their players a go. In defence of India, they lost enuff wickets to be down to the last batsmen - so there wasn't to much to be gained by giving the tailenders a swing - although I think Pathan is in the side as much for his bating as his bowling. If I was a SL or Indian fan - I would be trying to work out how the Indian batsmen will cope with the Starc/McKay collective Strike power in these conditions.

Posted by realfan on (June 3, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

@mark2011 : so you guys want kohli and dhoni to fail , so that india can not win.... if they don't fail india win the match..... its hard to see srilankan team waiting for opportunity for kohli and dhoni to fail, as if that will happen....now please dont barge about hambantota all century... mind you you were defeated 4-1 in that series....

Posted by mark2011 on (June 3, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

@ 28041991 on (June 3, 2013, 6:09 GMT); why not comment? u see the matches where Kholi & Dhoni failed during last one & half years time and india lost many of them. one is that ODI played in Hambantota in during Indias tour of SL, it was a bouncing wicket and India were bundled out for 120 odd runs and SL won it within 20 overs. it was another record defeat to India. Remeber worst ODI defeating has come to India from SL.

pls dont start chewing Horbart/ Kholi... the only story which you have to repeat...

Posted by reality_check27 on (June 3, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

well its strange that some sriankans are saying that they srilanka plays better on bouncy wickets then india. well india has drawn test series in australia and south africa and have won test series in england and west indies something srilanka has never done. AND as far as srilanka goes srilanka choked in 2007 world cup final lost again against pakistan in t20 worldcup final lost against india in 2011 worldcup final and lost against westindies in t20 world cup finals i see srilanka as the new chokers in world cricket and some will come out here and say atleast we made it to finals four times well if ur satisfied being the second best good for you please comment based on facts dont just comment that srilanka can play swing and bouncy.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

"SL fans keep saying that India win matches vs SL only on flat wickets. And you yourself have just admitted that WI won the WT20 Final on a non-flat wicket. SL was the losing team in both these cases. So doesn't it prove something? It proves that SL can't win on flat wickets and SL can't win on non-flat wickets. Wow, what a team !!!".....LOL thumbs up for Harmony111.....

if u look at this warm-up match,one team was playing for a draw(SL) and other team was playing for a win(IND)....some of the SL fans made some hilarious comments and my wish is they shud continue to entertain IND fans....cricinfo pls publish....

Posted by mark2011 on (June 3, 2013, 6:32 GMT)

India's strenght basically lie on VK,Raina & Dhoni.. if you get them out cheaply, that all over of India's batting power. since thier bowlling isnt much great nor threat it would n't be difficult to defeat them. Raina has a clear weakness of facing short ball, even dhoni too. VK need to be bowled with good line & legnth to deny him easy runs and make him to do a mistake to get him out. fare or VK bowlers not trying to pressure him initially and get him out but allow him to build a inning and establish himself which make it dificult to get him out. so bowlers need to breake that and deny him chances.

Posted by realfan on (June 3, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

@mark2011 : as you said , lets see.... but will you be available to comment?? thats the question... many of you guys will be hiding under your beds.....

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 3, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

OMG these fans are at it again boasting their sides are better blah blah. This series i am actually routing for SA or even NZ to win.

Personally i felt SL utilized this match better than INDIA by testing some new players. And for INDIA oh again Rohit Sharma. Why is pujara not in the squad?

Posted by mark2011 on (June 3, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

as usual Indian fans started shouting again Kholi kholi.. what's this? only Kholi is india's so called batting unit?...so its one man show always. this was a flat track that's why both sides were able to easily score 300+ and with new ODI rules. commentators frequently mentioned that this is flat track and nothing for bowlers. if the real pitch with seaming and bounce had been given we could have seen state of so called batting powers of India. look at last years or so , it was only kholi batting for India and sometimes Dhoni. there is a time that'll come to end, let us see then.

Posted by trav696 on (June 3, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

@Htc-Android, Vimukthi Perera is SL's next Chaminda Vaas. He is economic and has taken plenty of wickets. Ishan Jayaratne is another one that has taken a lot of wickets and is economical. There are others as well, just check the SL's A squad.

Posted by trav696 on (June 3, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

@Harmony111, LOL, I am sticking by what i said. SL ARE better than India in T20's regardless of previous records. In ODI's, regardless of the stats after 1996 (SL-39 vs Ind-50), it is somewhat EVEN. In TEST's, India ARE definitely better... If you do not agree with what I am saying in this comment, I do not know how to get through to you.

@Htc-android, I think we have really good spinners (Dananjaya, Senanayake, A. Mendis, Kaushal, Herath). But with fast bowling, we do need to get some quality fast bowlers. The fast bowlers in SL just need to have more control and need some guidance. I think I might have to debut for SL as a fast bowler soon, haha ;)

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 3, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

@Bobby Parasnauth--Spot on yaar.your post should have been a ''featured' comment so that all Asian posters read that before commenting on this board.Just find it very difficult to understand the Asian supporters bad mouthing each other's teams based on past events for no reason.Had the tournament been held in Asia we would have been the favorites.England being the venue it is difficult to see our sides bowling with control and swing(barring Pakistan)and batting with good defensive technique(here Pakistan stands no chance)BUT if we have pitches like the one we had for practice match between SL and Ind all this 'prediction' becomes nonsense.Just look at the ODI series reult between NZ and Eng.NZ have won despite the gulf between 2 national sides.In ODIs a given day's performance wins you matches and the results don't count much(no NZ supporter is going gaga over the ODI triumph.They understand test cricket is the real deal where NZ batting is in infancy.)Peace.

Posted by RyjuDilna on (June 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

OOO god dear Indian fans, it just a warm up match and the srilankans got some quality time out , so i would not worry much , pls try to find some quality paces out of millions out there ....

Posted by black_bird on (June 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

@ terriblePOOLplayer. jadeja get the wicket of clark 5 times. isn't that enough to judge him as a great bowler?. and he has 3 300s in first class match. he will be a great all rounder within 1 yr. and dhoni,raina is better at bouncy tracks than watson, cook, sangakara.

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 3, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@28041991-You haven't any chance in this competetion.Sorry for that.You can play only in your country.You are bad travelers.I agree with @black_bird because Kohli will can score maximum 3 centueries because you are going to play only 3 matches.Cheers.

Posted by realfan on (June 3, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

@terriblePOOLplayer : yes dhoni is the best finisher even outside SC he average 42 in odis with a strike rate of 82, with 14 fifties.... and thats not bad at all, in fact its very good performance..... and kohli is best when it comes to outside SC ( i.e bowler friendly pitches according to you ) he averages 48 outside sc with 2 centuries and 8 fifties in just 25 matches.... suresh raina : his average in ENGLAND is close to 39.60, with a stirke rate of 113.79... thats great for the role of finisher.....

i agree that our bowling is not good, but we have batsmen to overcome that weakness.....

ans SA is , as we all know , they are chokers.... its likely that they are going to choke again like all big tournaments

Posted by realfan on (June 3, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

@Nuwan Gunawardhana : first of all AUS is in your group, so watch out for that.... and thanks for your concern about india, now you guys win a single match in your group and lets talk about that after wards.....good luck to you...

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Come on guys grow up. hate comments everywhere. bashing each other for what? "X" is greater than "Y" no, no "Z" is the greatest. doesn't make any sense. no one is great than game. just enjoy this lovely game.

Posted by Sundara-Chandare on (June 3, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

@black_bird-Who are the greatest in your batting lineup?Rohit and Jadeja?Are you series?Hey man they are like bunnies against bouncy balls.And Dhoni?He is the finisher only your country.Kohli?Let see how he play against quality bowling attacks.And who are the greatest bowlers do you have?Jadeja?Ashwin?It's sad to see you mentioned firstly two spinners because how can you play country like England with heavy spin attack.It's a dream to you lift this trophy.SA is the favorites in this competetion.Cheers.

Posted by black_bird on (June 3, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

India is the world champion now. so, no team have any chance to defeat them. they have the greatest batting(rohit sharma, kohli, dhoni, jadeja) and the great bowling line up(ashwin,jadeja,vinay kumar, umesh yadav, b.kumar). lets see how many 100s kohli will score. 3+ may be?.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

I am so tired with all the comments from these Asian supporters bashing each other. SL PAK,BAN and IND Regardless of all your comments, the team that plays the best cricket during this time will be the deserved champions and at this point each and every team has a chance. Remember cricket is a game of great uncertainty and no one wins until the fat lady sings.

Posted by PadMarley on (June 3, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

This was a trick!! England purposely prepared a flat batting track for the practice game for the two sub-continent teams. when you step in to the real deal, its gonna seem, swing and bounce....

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

sl have won an odi series in australia 2-1 in 2010

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

ok guys lets see what happen ? indian guys note that one thing..india not always beet sl...only one match enough to india out of the series .watch out SA , PAK & AUS.if u win that after talk about sl..good luck

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 3, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

@trav696 . I agree with you. Our current crop of youngsters bat well on bouncy wickets. I think our batting is very much settled with likes of Chandimal, Thirimanne and Kushal but we still need match winning fast bowler and a spinner. If you compare indian team its only Kohli who does well on bouncy wickets. The rest failed in overseas wickets.

Posted by punzoe on (June 2, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Relax folks. it was just a practice game. For Indians, only Kohli- Karthik partnership was a silver-lining in an otherwise dismal performance. I doubt, though I hope, India will make it to semis with this line up of "talented" stars like Rohit Sharma. Indian bowling and batting (barring Kohli & Dhoni) is not much to speak of. Now, let's pray for miracles.

Posted by sAiyAnstAr on (June 2, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

@Harmony111 - "Chasing 74, SL were 75/6. How can a team that is 75/6 be called a side that bats well on non-flat wickets?"

They won by 4 wickets. So that means that their batsmen managed to bat better than the Aussies on an Australian pitch, in Australian conditions. It was a bowler's wicket and Sri Lanka proved that they were better on the day.

Yes the series was drawn, and there was so much speculation that if they allowed the rain-affected match at the SCG to go on, Sri Lanka would have won. With that aside you are missing the point. Sri Lanka have improved immensely to be competitive on bouncy wickets. India have still not figured out how to play the bouncing ball, given they are a lot more mature than the Sri Lankan team in terms of Cricket Age.

India are well-known to be the flat-track bullies. They win the majority of their matches at home where all their wickets are like roads. At least Sri Lanka is doing something about their pitches.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

@trav696: You yourself are totally confused about what you think and what you say. @1:49 you clearly said that atm SL are better than India in T20s, evenly matched in ODIs with SL having the edge outside SC & that the test record should not be compared. My 3:11 & 3:38 reply was for that and was apt.

After that in your 4:11 reply you again said that AT THE MOMENT i.e FOR NOW SL have the edge over India if we discount past stats. Then @18:36 I asked you to define this NOW of yours. When do you consider your NOW to begin? I asked that cos I wanted to know the basis of you saying that FOR NOW SL have the edge whether in SC or outside SC or on Mars or on Pluto.

I ask you again, on what basis is SL NOW better than India?

Now you saying that the SL is getting better faster and the gap will be closed in the future. If it is just your hope then fine but if it is a claim then pls show the basis.

High time you stopped jumping from one claim to the other. Pls stick to one & defend it well.

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

@Harmony, you have some serious issues that have to be checked out. The previous stats I posted CLEARLY stated, IF YOU CAN READ SIMPLE ENGLISH that the ODI record between SL vs Ind, whether it be on flat/non-flat wickets AFTER and INCLUDING 1996 is 39 to 50 respectively. YES, INDIA ARE ON TOP, I NEVER DENIED THAT, but I said that that gap will close over time and SL are finding a lot of young talent for the future.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

I am sorry, the last SL-Aus ODI series was drawn and not lost by SL. Chasing 74, SL were 75/6. How can a team that is 75/6 be called a side that bats well on non-flat wickets?

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

@samincolumbia : well said, even the likes of kenya would have been worthy playing agaisnt..... they play selfish less games, unlike SRL....

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

@Paki_on_cricinfo : wait for the match between INDIA and pak and you will know what is place for that world class fast bowler of yours....

Posted by PAKISTANiLive on (June 2, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

No Junaid Khan in SL Team :P

Posted by dayada on (June 2, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

too many indians only talking about srilankan's weaknesses & few poor performances in past. dont mind sl vs ind matches, recently india outplayed us a lot that mainly becoz of kohli but any team can have these types of times.i've remember sl dominated other countries during 1996 but that's a past memory.

anyway i want to see my team in semis becoz we play well against eng and nz in main icc tournaments.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@Isuru-Horana: Yawn Yawn Yawn. Same old boring logic.

India beat SL in Ind - Flat Track. India beat SL in Aus - Flat Track. India beat SL in Eng - Flat Track. India beat SL in SA - Flat Track.

SL win in Eng - Not a Flat Track. SL win in Aus - Not a Flat Track.

SL win anywhere - Can't be a Flat Track. India win anywhere - Must be a Flat Track.

And btw, SL did not win the ODI series in Aus, they lost it and they too were bowled out humiliatingly by Starc in that series.

Are draws equal to wins for you? Are SL fans so desperate?

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

@trav696: Why are you trying to talk in vague language and trying to mix in too many things without dealing with any one thing properly and without clarifying what you meant?

You said Ind-SL are evenly matched in ODIs outside SC? You wanna see stats? It is 19-9 to India. Evenly matched lol lol.

You then tried to change your argument by saying that you did not talk of PREV stats outside SC but talked of NOW. Please define this NOW of yours. When does it begin? If NOW was the warm up match, India won it in 3rd gear. If NOW is the latest ODI series then India won 4-1 in SL. If NOW is the latest neutral match then India won in Asia Cup in BD. If NOW is latest official match outside SC then India won in Hobart. If NOW is latest BIG match then India won the WC Final.

Whatever be your NOW, India have the edge. :-)

Btw, didn't BD boot SL out of Asia Cup?

Consistency? Yeah, SL do lose consistently. Finals or league matches. Great consistency.

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 2, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

It's a huge bonus for India to have Karthik in form. This may ease the selection problems for the match against SA. Kohli looks very calm and composed. He never really lost his head yesterday which was the real reason India won.

SL's batsmen were excellent but they might have reason to be worried about Sanga's form and Mahela didn't quite do the damage that the Indian bowlers feared. Perhaps he could be tested as an opening slot. SL managed the workload of their bowlers very well and did the right thing to utilise their part-timers.

I think at the end of the day both teams can't complain too much. But disappointed not to see any swing for the fast bowlers.

Posted by AshrafGul_FU on (June 2, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

No doubt, SL are favourites to win the tournament as they have been kept in easier group just like in World T20 tournament, so it increases their chance to make it to the semi-finals. What a co-incidence. In WC T20 too, they were kept in group that didn't have Ind and now same in this tournament. Lucky SL !

And that was a good decision not to play Malinga against Ind in warm-up match. Had he been playing, Ind batsmen, Kohli in particular, would have hammered him all over the park and this would have discharged Malinga for the whole tournament.

I back SL to win the tournament.

Posted by samincolumbia on (June 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

India would have had better match practice against a club level team than this Sri Lankan team!

Posted by Paki_on_cricinfo on (June 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

There was no juniad khan tht's y kholi score ... every one know what happen to kholi against quality fast blower like junaid khan......

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I saw the complete telecast live on TV. And I noticed one thing. Dilshan targeted the shorter boundary until he reached 50. I don't think he hit more than one four on the longer side. The story was similar with other Sri lankan batsmen. When India were batting, SL bowlers took a cue from first innings and started keeping the ball on the side where the boundary was longer. A move which didn't work. And Its not an excuse. Because India won in the end. Warm up matches are needed for building confidence. What's better than a victory chasing a target of 300+. People who say the SL openers would have eventually taken SL to 400+, they also need to know that they might have been out for a duck had it been a real match. And also, all Indian batsmen got batting practice too. The ones who got out early got less balls to play. Kohli and Kathick just used the rest for their practice. So everyone is happy. Apart from a few SL fans who need to stop whining and see the bigger picture. :)

Posted by Jadejafan on (June 2, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Virat Kohli is enough to beat a declining Sri Lanka team. I mean his record against Sri Lanka official or unofficial is fantastic. Sri Lanka are an ordinary team and can only see them struggle in this ICC Trophy so do not be surprised,

Posted by SHAMIM.BD on (June 2, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

India start their campaign for champions trophy in style,it is a practise match though.This win give them lot of boost ahead of the tournament.Kohli played another sensational knock & also dinesh played beautyfuly.Befor this two build partnership India were down & out.all the credit goes to them.Bowling is worry thing for India as always.They still searching for the right bowling condition & have n't got yet.If bowlers do not their act together India will be in trouble.Because Kohli & Dinesh will not play such innings everyday.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Lets stop all the gawking and let's play some good cricket, the scores for each team is zero. Si I'm looking forward to some really good games, and hope the English weather holds up GO INDIA

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 2, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT):Ok i can tell you our works on non flat wickets.Do you know we drew our last series against Aussies in Aus.And do you know we got all the wickets of Aus's for only 74 runs at this series.And do you know we got all the wickets of Aus's for only 170 runs at very next game.And Do you know we had won the ODI series against Aus in Aus at 2010.How can you deny that?

Harmony111on (June 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT):Yes you have done it IN INDIA.But can you remember 2006 year.Check the stats.We had whitewashed ENGLAND IN ENGLAND[5-0] at 2006.You haven't never never done it OUT SIDE THE INDIA against any nation.

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (June 2, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

All SL fans should understand that "ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS"... No matter how good you claim ur players are, SL can't win matches. Specially against India. In all aspects, India is far greater than SL or any other team for that matter... Indians team is the number 1 team in ODIs and this CT, they will prove it again. Then the haters will keep quiet...

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik: Oh My God….

As per you, SL don't have what is needed to defeat India and so in your eyes India's wins over SL don't matter cos they come when SL lacked the resources.

As per you, ONE DAY SL MIGHT have the resources to defeat India and in your eyes that future event already proves that SL are far far far better than India and so you want to jump up a bit.

Do you know Eng have been whitewashed 5-0 and 5-0 successively by India? Do you know India defeated SA the last they played an ODI series in India? Do you know India defeated Aus the last time they played in India or the last time they met in a Final?

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

mast batting virat kohli 4 india

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

@Otuwa: Ok tell me what exactly have SL won on non-flat wickets? Can you provide some stats for it?

And one more thing, you said that SL lost only two matches in the WT20 2012 tournament so it wasn't such a big deal.

Do you know how many matches India lost in that WT20 Tournament? ONE.

So even by your own argument, India did better than SL there.

Posted by Bogelking on (June 2, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

Good to see Indians winning the match despite the Lankans controlling the major part of the game. Since this is a practice game, there is not that much importance of winning and losing it. But this is an opportunity to check the loopholes before embarking into a tournament were losing one match will pave the way outside. the batting has been outstanding for both sides. The key for this tournament will be of bowling well continuously to contain the opposition. anyways good game.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

@Otuwa : lets see his solid defense in champions trophy....

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

@Priceless. I didnt misunderstand an inch of what 'Ahgg' said. He got the message..At first you guys said compare only after 1996 and now you are saying dont compare after 2009.. Is this a fair comparison? By saying that comparision has to be donebetween 1996 to 2009 you are accepting that Lanka has become a minnow from 2009.I dont know where u get the stats from.65 matches palyed after 1996 WC t0 2009.31 matches won by India.27 matches won by Sri Lanka.7 Washed out.Even this doesnt show that it is 50-50 or Almost record.SO u r trying to narrow down to a period where lanka performed well.. so why not take a series where Lanka outplayed India and say that Lanka has always dominated India :-) comeon mate be fair.Again u r narrowing down to something that SL has done nothing better than India. India has won a CB Series already have u? ANS.NO.Have u won a Natwest series involving India SL AND Eng in England ? Ans.NO.Am giving u a taste of your own medicine.Neutral venue.IND..23,SL..14

Posted by Otuwa on (June 2, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Harmony111-Ha ha don't joke mate.We had lost only two matches at this series.There are no team in the world with 100./. winning presentage.How you can say we can't bat on non flat wickets because of that only two losses.Poor logic.

28041991-Check the stats carefully because all Aussie matches were low scoring matches.He could manage stay in the crease with his solid defense.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 2, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@28041991 on (June 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT) ; So what's wrong with being not out ?? Isn't that the best thing a batsman can do to stay unbeaten till the end ?? And remember he is an opening batsman. So according to you, Dhoni's 50+ average is a fluke coz he's been not out 53 times. He comes at , i donno, 7 or 8 after Jadeja, Aswin or even Dinda n manages to stay unbeaten till the end to boost his average. So If you deduct his unbeaten innings, his average would be 37. lol What an absent minded person you are. And, speaking of Kusal, Didn't you see how he took your best bowlers to the cleaners ?? lol And your mediocre club bowlers couldn't even get this new kid out. If you remember how Jayasuriya used to maul your bowlers, I think you should be afraid of this rising Master Blaster coz he is the "New Sanath Jayasuriya" !!

Posted by Otuwa on (June 2, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

The problem was SL took it easy and IND took it seriously.Anyway finally both were winners according to me.Because all SL batsmen are in good touch and IND could achieve 300+ target.Other problem is these warm up matches should not telecast on TV.Because these die hard fans can see all the drama and they fight with some unbelievable logics.Relax guys IND and SL are neighbours.Don't fight.Some Europeans can say some day Europeans are better cricketers than Asians.I am sure IND+SL+PAk+BAN together and fight against the Europeans.So take it easy.This is a game all are enjoying it.PEACE.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

@Capt_Nachos : thats what i said, dilshan at his CURRENT form scores in that pitch means, imagine the flatness of the pitch....

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik : well then why cant your srilankans play with the bowlers capable of bowling outswingers, and legspinners.... or is it that you have no such bowlers?? face it your bench strenght is weak in bowling, and no future in batting if sanga quits....

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

@Isuru-Horana: Ok, for a while I accept your point that the WT20 Final was not played on a flat wicket. So what does it prove? That SL can't win on a non-flat wicket too.

SL fans keep saying that India win matches vs SL only on flat wickets. And you yourself have just admitted that WI won the WT20 Final on a non-flat wicket. SL was the losing team in both these cases. So doesn't it prove something?

It proves that SL can't win on flat wickets and SL can't win on non-flat wickets. Wow, what a team !!!

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

@Isuru-Horana : that average 55 he got by the help of 3 notout.... and gues what he only score more than 40 twice, and all other matches he failed.... @Capt_Nachos :

Posted by Dumindu_ROCKS on (June 2, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Even though SL lost the warm up match, they used it to get the out performers such as Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga in to the track again. Because SL batting has to improve more. When compared to Indian spinners played in the warm up, SL Spinners should improve their bowling. Nothing to be surprised about Kohli, because he always scores against SL. Karthik's batted well. Other top order batsmen are not played well. Cheers SL !!!

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 2, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Harmony111-We couldn't chase 138 but it's not a flat track.Understand that.At this match Gayle failed very early.That shows It's not a flat track.Because he can bat only on flat tracks.That surface was slow low two pace surface.Understan that.Don't boast everytime it.Narine and Badree bowled superbly at that match.That's why our batsmans struggled.All SC wickets aren't flat wickets.

2804991-Yes 6 matches 166 runs.Avg is 55 and SR is 84.That is good record.Isn't it?Yes i agree that was flat wicket.But look at his aggression and power of his shots.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

sangakkara selfish!!!he does all batting and keeping himself

Posted by Capt_Nachos on (June 2, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

@28041991: Just because Dilshan hasn't scored many runs these past few years, doens't mena you can shrug him off as a no calibre player. He has class which some modern day superstar might not have.

Posted by 6Stumps on (June 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

A lot of SL fans are insinuating that the outcome yesterday would have been different had Malinga played; this assertion is fallacious. Malinga's overall bowling average is 26.27 at a strike-rate of 31.1. This is in stark contrast to his average and SR vis-à-vis India which are 40.88 and 40.8 respectively. Consequently, implying that he could have swung the game in SL's favor is nothing sort of a travesty. In fact, Malinga has the poorest average against India when one takes into account his average against the various teams he has played against.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (June 2, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Funny to see some fans were overjoyed by the warmup game win. if you ask me who got the best use of the warmup game, i would say it is SL. Being a neutral fan i heard lot of people talk about Sri Lankan's form in the IPL, and they show what they are capable of and all the batsman came in to form. Really impressed with the young talents of Kusal Janith & Chamdimal.

India, well they coming to tournament with inexperienced top order, Vijay & Dhawan, who were not tested in English Pacy conditions. Rohith was disappointment as usual. only one man to rescue was Kholi. India has lot to worry. TOP ORDER NOT CLICKING, BOWLING WAS HORRIBLE, ONLY DHONI & KHOLI TO RESCUE THEM (Karthik will fail)and when the tournament begin neither team will have this kind of flat pitch to play on. we know SL is highly capable enough to play in these kind of conditions.

Posted by jasonpete on (June 2, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 2, 2013, 9:54 GMT, I guess you need to understand that india lost 4 wickets under 100 runs while chasing ,so there were only 3 batsmen left for them as a regular batsmen including the ones were at the crease karthik ,kohli and follow up by dhoni .Jadeja is not included as a regular batsmen.So technically everyone of them got match practice and they went for the win, after all you cant ask ishant or vinay to complete the chase.Regarding SL, openers consolidated well and they were 180 for 0 wickets so they retired out to give chances to other batsmen .Dhoni explained this later in the press and Its completely acceptable.I guess players know better what they are doing or what they want to do unlike us.So there is a difference in both teams approach.Hope you understood the logic and anyway its a good match practice for both the teams.Good luck to both of them in upcoming matches.

Posted by stormy16 on (June 2, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Another SL V Ind game and another debate amongs the fans! The good thing is after the Champions trophy SL and Ind go to the Windies so we dont need to conclude this debate now. Not sure what the issue here is but SL and Ind are two very different cricketing nations in terms of resources available to produce results, in short its a David and Goliath comparisson. The question really is why is David in this fight to start with and how has David managed to appear in the last 2 WC finals ect ect. If Goliath scores a punch or two and wins a battle to two - its the expected but if David does - its a biblical win. Please try to undersntand the context while you debate the 96' glory days to 2011 win.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

srilanka fans logic 1) srilanka rested malinga, hence we hsould have rested kohli 2) srilanka retred out dilshan and perera, hence we should have done same to kohli and karthick 3) srilanka bolwed with part timers, hence we should have bowled with part timers too.. 4) srilankan batsmen did not got centuries, hence our batsmen should not get centuries 5) srilanka did not play for win, hence we should not win.....

great people great thoughts......

fair comment cricinfo, publish.....

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (June 2, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

@Harmony111 the problem with SL with the indians is the majority of them(SL bowlers) are inswing bowlers and offspinners. Which means for a right hander anything on the stumps can be worked away. I don't think India can play Malinga early on-wards because of his sharp outswing but later with his reverse in swing he becomes easy.THis is why Kohli and Dhoni are successful.

Raina and Gambhir prefer more offside shots and they like width and doesn't like to be bowled at the body. So with SL bowlers it becomes easy.

THis why India struggles against England,AUssie, and SA.

THerefore if SL plays wih Outswing bowlers (there is few coming up) and legspinners (more SLA coming up) the indian batting won't stand a chance.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (June 2, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks : You can only live in the past, as SL team not winning in the recent time. Live with Jayasuriya, Aravinda .,

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (June 2, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

@Harmony111: You must realize this, 1. Sri lanka had a weak middle order before 2013 with inconsistant Kandamby, Kapugedara, Samaraweera, and seriously lacked attacking lower order batsmen and they heavily relied on the top-3. Because of that they lost so many matches chasing because the Indians knew this weakness and strangled the top order which resulted in their accumulator lineup struggling for quick runs.

2.Now SL lineup has gotten stronger with an attacking Kusal at the top instead of Thranga and the arrival of CHandimal,Thrimanne who are reliable and more consistent. It means Mahela can bat at 5 and Mathews at 6. This makes a strong middle order to complement the powerful top order.

To sum up, SL can chase any total which the indians present because of their (IND) useless bowling attack.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

@Isuru-Horana : kushala perera is not as good as you may see him ... he just scored 166 runs in 6 innings with highest of 56.... thats not a big deal , even dilshan will score that much..... i am not surprised that he performed on a flat track where even batsmen of no caliber DILSHAN can score runs, imagine how flat that surface should have been.....

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Although a very poor bowling performance by SL, but kohli was outstanding

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Now that SL fans don't have any basis of saying that SL are better than India as I have shown the stats to them which prove that on any latitude and on any longitude India have had the better of SL, they now say that look India can win vs SL on flat wickets only.

I find that reasoning comical. Flat tracks? Ok fine, as per SL fans own admission, India own SL on flat tracks. So? Why can't SL win vs India on flat tracks? Does winning a match on a flat track not good? What is India supposed to do when they face SL on a flat track? To go to sleep?

In a prev comment of mine, I gave stats from around the world proving how India have a huge edge over SL. SL fans want us to believe that there are flat wickets all over the world. Dear SL fans, most ODIs are indeed played on flat wickets, that is the pattern.

Didn't SL win the 96 WC in Karachi on a flat track where Aus bowlers were heavily hampered by the dew?

Reality is that SL can't even chase 138 on FLAT TRACKS ON HOME.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 2, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

I don't get what's all these fuss about Malinga vs India. Malinga had an off day in a single match. So what ??? And so called great Kohli got 22 off that over. These Indian fans think it's some kinda world record or something. Grow up people. Even bowlers like Murali, Akram, Steyn, Warne have gone for a plenty of runs on a few occasions.Probably these people have forgotten how Jayasuriya , Aravinda mauled Indian bowlers like RP Singh, V.Prasad, Manoj Prabhakar for more than decade. lol Malinga has got Raina n UV 4 times each, Dhoni, Sehwag, Sachin 3 times each. So Malinga had his share. He is the best limited overs bowler in the world n these Indian bits n pieces cricketers are not a big deal to him.

Posted by priceless1 on (June 2, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

@rock.rockyin , i think you miss understood what Ahgg has said he said if you leave out 2009, and 2012 results from both teams ( its just 36-34 ) which is "almost" a 50-50 record , anyways when compared to India SL always had a decent ODI track record every where in the world ( EX : AUZ ,ING recent tours ..) and also they've been in two back to back ODI W/C finals ( 4 if you count the T20 's )

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

I think Bob Young and bMike are actually SL fans posing as westerners. Just like Stark62 and kiwi are pak fans.

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (June 2, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

With the Great "Virat Kohli" in the Indian side, SL will never be able to beat India even they have the likes of Vass and Murali. For some reason, SL bowlers don't have a clue how to get this great player out. At this rate, Im sure Virat Kohli will score the most number of centuries by any player against one team, i.e SL.

Posted by dayada on (June 2, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

many ppl talking about kholi vs malinga, it's true kholi play better than anyone against malinga. but the plus srilanka has in this tournament ENG, NZ,AUS not playing malinga well like india & eng and nz not good chasing side...

when comes to india kholi play exceptionaly well against srilanka but against SA,PAK,WI he not goog as that....

Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (June 2, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Super display of SLs inability in defending a total bigger than 330. In my opinion, SL did not rest Malinga but dropped him. Malinga is a good fast bowler against other countries but against India, He is nothing but a passenger. His glory days are over. India stand a better chance of winning the CT this time. Can't wait till the 4th to watch the game against Aussies.

Posted by AshrafGul_FU on (June 2, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

Hey, where is BD - Most Improved Team in Cricketing World ?

Couldn't qualify for the tournament ?

Feeling sorry for Sir Shakib and Sir Tamim.

Posted by AshrafGul_FU on (June 2, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

If Malinga was playing, match would have been over by 45th over.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 2, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

@ bMike ; Very true what you said. Unfortunately, not only these Indian fans but Skipper Dhoni also doesn't seem to understand it. lol A person in the right mind should wonder why both openers retired when they were at 80's or why Malinga was rested or why the most economical bowlers, Mathews n Perera bowled only 6 overs each and part timers were deployed. This is hilarious to read all these victory speeches here by Indian fans.lol

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Great Performance pls keep it up practice make you perfect & Focus will make you the best Go India we know you can do it again.

Posted by MAYURESHmagic on (June 2, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

don't happy bcaus next is Aussie, India can't survive against Starc,MCcay,Johnson and Watson.

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 2, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

@dariusscorny-Kushal can bat any surface and against any bowler my friensd.Unfortunately you had seen first time at yesterday.He showed how good he is at last Aussie series against lethal bowlers.Don't ask questions about Kushal's talent.

Posted by BDforeverr on (June 2, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@ All.. I just checked our Bangladesh Test Records we are whitewashed 25 times ... K I agree its a fact which cannot be digested by any bangladesh fan. but do you think Bangladesh will loose the Test status in future on this basis?

what big deal to have whitewashes.?

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

@BDforever ..How can you say that Bangladesh cannot get a whitewash in Aus and Eng or wherever? after being white washed in every part of the world..... This is your record...White washed in Zimbabwe 2-0.......White washed in New Zealand 2-0......White washed at home by Pak 2-0.......White washed in Sri Lanka 2-0.......White washed in South Africa 2-0......White washed at Home by West Indies 2-0.....White washed at Home by South Africa 2-0.....White washed in Aus by Aus 2-0.....White washed in Pak 3-0........white washed at home by England 2-0........White washed at home by NZ 2-0......White washed at home by India 2-0.....White washed in England 2-0 .....white washed in SL 2-0.....White washed at home by SL 2-0.....White washed by Aus at HOME 2-0.....White washed in SL 3-0.....White washed in NZ 2-0.....White washed by SA at home 2-0....white washed at home by SL 2-0....White washed by India at home 2-0.... White washed by England at home 2-0....couldnt post more due character limit

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

@ Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri, you make a very good point in saying that stats should be counted from 1996 on-wards. If all Indian supporters look at those stats, the head to head record is much closer. In Test's, SL vs Ind respectively is 5 to 7 and in ODI's, SL vs Ind respectively is 39 to 50. So India are NOT dominating SL, it is actually quite close in all formats.

Posted by elgenioroshan on (June 2, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

@BDforever - Yes all reality will be exposed. Even we all are waiting. Btw how many times have you guys played tests in Eng and Aus? Your 8-0(or much more than that) is also not far behind once you start playing more tests a year. You guys have just started becoming competitive over a past few years. And already you people are comparing yourself with top ranked teams. don't fly too high. Let your team be ranked in top 8 and then lets talk. Peace!

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

@GRVJPR: Yes that's a bit of a consolation that it isn't the same with all guys in the squad, only some of them have played all games, others have missed a few in between

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@BDforever,we'll remain happy and hopeful for our team India always.By the way some teams are just there for giving setbacks to good teams one in a while which are taken as a lesson,and learning is a part of life.Those teams like yours just relish the one/two victories that come their way and rather than trying to improve,they present their small achievements as their benchmark to success rather than continuity in their performances. In the game of cricket,it really doesn't matters whether its a warm up game or not,what matters is that are you making a good use of the opportunity provided??Sometimes it takes just a good ball or a good shot to bring the bowler/batsman back to form.That's cricket for you mate.8-0 or whatever doesn't matter if you are ready and willing to bounce back.There are many other deserving teams than "tigers" who can add some quality to the game of cricket.

Posted by bMike on (June 2, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

It's so sad fans getting in to arguments without understanding the true meaning of a practice match. By the time both Kushal & Dilshan retired they were well set. They could have easily taken batting power play and could have put 375- 400 runs in the board. They wanted to give opportunities to their other batsmen so Sangakkara & Chandimal who are not power hitters were given the the chance to bat throughout the batting power play. What could have happened if Kohli and Karthik retired after scoring eighties? Since Kohli is one of the most informed batsmen he should have been rested as SL rested Malinga(then you know the result of the match) Again Jeevan Mendis, Dilshan who could be part timers were tested when SL had the upper hand, then they leaked quite a few runs and that's how India got back to the game. India didn't test part times like Raina or Rohit as SL did. Except for Karthik I don't think India got anything out from this practice match where SL won every aspects.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

@ Ahgg

My goodness u want me to compare Sri Lanka only after 1996 .. how is fair.?? k as u agreed they are small team/minnows till then

Here u go 99 matches played after 1996 World CUP. 51 matches won by India, 39 won by Lanka, 8 Rain, 1 Tied.

India 51... and SLanka 39... is that almost 50 -50 record?????

Now please dont tell me ....dont calculate the matches after Kholis debut on 18th Aug 2008.Even if calulate between 1996 and Aug 2008 India has the Edge. After Kholis debut has SLanka become Minnows? If you agree I have no issues.

Cricinfo pls publish!!

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 8:29 GMT)

@BDforever... atleast u dnt comment here...coz ur team was not able to qualifie for CT....and u r right bd ll not loose 8 test in row because there ll be no b'desh test team in future......and talking about celebration...so dear dats indian fans for u..where ever our team will go we follow them and support our team... doesnt matter how imp the match is..

Posted by Buggsy on (June 2, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

The concept of 15 men teams for warm up matches is brilliant. Not sure I'd be happy as a paying spectator, but for the teams it's a great opportunity to make sure everyone gets a look in.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

i really doubt Mathews captain abilities! he may be a good all rounder but not a captain!

Posted by phunny_game on (June 2, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

To all the SL fans who are saying SL batsmen would have scored 400... This pitch was as flat as it gets in England. So maybe u can hold back your opinion till the CT starts. I agree than even India are not the best in playing on pacy pitches, but let us see what happens when the real test begins.. And for India, all the batsmen got batting practice, so it was not needed for anyone to unnecessarily retire...

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 2, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

i can see many SL fans are whining,moaning and giving end no. of excuses (which they always do).why dont you guys digest the fact that Ind plays better cricket than SL.they say Ind bowling is weak but do you realize yourself how bad is your bowling continuosly it has been exposed by India,the vulnerability of SL bench strenghth is also quite evident by the fact as we see Sanga,Mahela,dilshan still playing.mark my words Kusal will struggle further in the tourament(as SL will no go beyond the league stages)guys get over it ,i mean appreciate good performaces,just give any condition Ind will come victorious against you....

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

for all quoting India vs Sri Lanka record, please know the fact Sri Lanka became competitive since 1996. So compare the record after that

Posted by supadupamonk on (June 2, 2013, 8:06 GMT)

@WorldWideCricket: you are a true gentleman...hats off to u.....

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Logic of SL fans-If india score more than 300 than it is a flat track..

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

srilankan fans forgetting dat india won the match in england...not in asia..so forget abt flat tracks....... as usal Our Lord. Rohit sharma back to his Original form....

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

@just_chill_chill, the only person with comprehension problems is you mate. Did I EVER say that head to head, SL is on top, NO! Did I EVER say that in the recent past that head to head SL is better, NO! ALL I said was that SL is getting better at a higher rate that India is... The head to head between India and SL respectively is 75 to 52. That gap will gradually close over time because SL is getting better faster. A neutral comment would be that SL's bowling lineup is stronger but India's batting lineup is stronger.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

@trav696

Kindly can you please provide me some stats which show SL is improving every year? Both ODI's and Tests??

waiting for your reply. I will be glad if it is true.

Posted by BDforever on (June 2, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

I apologize if my previous comments made someone feels bad. Sport is something that teaches people how to accept win or defeat. Why do you get so angry when I said "someone lost to us in 2007 WC/Asia cup 2012 and went home so early"?? I didn't mention anything in my previous comments that never happened. Since we are the latest country to gain test status you can't expect us to play like Australia or Pakistan. Anyway I don't think neither tigers will lose 8 consecutive away tests by the time they will be completing 80 years since their test status nor they will get whitewashed by England in all Tests,ODIs and T20s in a single tour by that time. btw I have never seen this much celebration by fans of any country after wining a warm-up match. Best of luck all teams for champions trophy. Reality will be exposed once group matches start.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

People are silly saying Dk and kohli should have retired. WHy? These matches are for practice and these 2 are going to be the main stay for middle order. They should play as much as possible. There is another warm up game anyway and India can drop these two down to allow others to have a bat.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

@ Isuru Horana India was completely outplayed against England in 2011 Test Agreed! --coming to ODIs of that series. After the 5 matches are completed the British Daily mirror news paper quoted like this 'hopes of an Indian summer were washed away too by the UNSPORTING British weather'

After all the English media/commentators has recognized what a poor sporting event that was 1 match is washed out after good Indian performance, 2 DuckworthLewis , 1 Reduced match, 1 Actual win to Eng.Credit to Eng.....

I was in UK following all the matches in the ground. Please go check other outings of India ODI's in England.

England has a poor record against India in ODI's Total matches 85,India Won 46,England won 34

Eng recent outings to India 23 matches played between Ind vs Eng 19 won by India, 3 by England, 1 Tied. Isnt this pooooooor record ? even though its not their home

Is this enough ??? Even in neutral venues India has won more ODIs on England...yawn

SPOT ON!

cricinfo pls publish

Posted by Ahgg on (June 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

@rock.rockin mate sl started playing competitive cricket only in 1979 whereas india at that time was one of the "big boys". Sl became a consistent world beating side after they won the World Cup in 96. So factually sl became one of the " big boys" who could actually compete and win against other test nations after that and if u analyse the head to head record since then (which is only fair) its "almost" a 50-50 record slightly favouring india. My point was that india does not command such a huge hold on sl as some of thier fans seem to be thinking.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

@ Narbavi As I told before, the hactic schedule is not a problem for India. Schedule before WC 2011 was even more hactic. These are players and they are used to it. Also some of the series you mention most of these players were not there. Likes of Vijay, Dhawan, DK, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Rohit, Pathan, didn't play.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

@Isuru-Horana After that India hammered england 5-0 couple of time. Even the series Indain lost 3-0 in england it were last ball finishes with dukworth Lewis favoring england couple of times. Anyway, this tournament is not that long and we will see who lifts the cup. Don't forget to join Indian fans celebrating Indian victory in finals. Unlike others, Indian fans respect cricket and cricketers all round the world and don't get frustrated and jealous due to excellence of others.

Posted by passionatecricbug on (June 2, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

Dhawan should have been allowed to play a little more, considering this was a practise match, even though he was run out. Also I don't understand why Umesh Yadav didn't bowl. Is he carrying an injury again?

Posted by just_chill_chill on (June 2, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

@trav696 I think you have some comprehension problems. People on this forums are quoting real life facts, and stats, and figures, and you are just whinging and whining non-stop. The fact of the matter is SL is just a punching bag for India. Whenever the Indian team is low on confidence, we play SL and they are all back in full form and confidence !!

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

@Narabavi: oh here you are again trying your best to mock me, good try, all the best for the champions trophy!! LOL

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

@GRVJPR: all those you mentioned had breaks in between, no team has played more matches than us in the last 8 months, t20 world cup was followed by 4 tests vs england which was followed by two t20's and three odi's vs pak , then two t20's and 5 odi's vs england, then the 4 tests vs australia and then the ipl

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@Narabavi : dude i know what it practice match means better than many others here..... regarding my previous comments on retired hurt or something, you read the person's message whom i replied to.... they talk about selfish batting by indians ( by not getting KOHLI and DK retired ), i talk about fake retires ,simple as that.... and i appreciate your response....

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@Ahgg

Before Kohli debut 101 matches are palyed between Ind and Srilanka 55 won by India 36 Won by SLanka 10 No Result Now can u pls tell me how can u call it as almost 50-50 record?

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 2, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@GRVJPR-'Beating likes of England is not good they are poor ODI team'But India had lost all the matches at last Natwest series against England.According to you India is poorer than England.Spot on.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

@Ahgg

37 matches played between Ind Vs SL after Kholi debut on 18th Aug 2008. 23 Won by India. Out of which Kholi has won only 4 man of the matches.rest 19 times it was one by other Indian team members. Please check the stats. Kholi impact on SL started heavily from HOBART match only.Impact on Lankan fans has become too deep to comeout. Cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Good match ,good practice for both teams .....Though Every comment here is bashing Indian bowler ,i frankly feel lets give them some moral boost.... even after this win India will enter the tournament as underdogs but i think if Bhuvi and Ishant can bring some of the knowledge that they got in IPL to this tournament India might still go on and win this cup, chasing Kholi ,Raina ,DK,Sir Jadeja and the big man Dhoni can frankly go on and chase down any total but India winning the Cup will solely be in the Hands of Bhuvi and Ishant...I know players dont read these comments but if anyone who knows them reads this, please forward this message (to Bhuvi and Ishant) coz this time around bowlers matter more to Indian Cricket and only they can make sure India reamin number 1 ODI team.....

Posted by Narabavi on (June 2, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

@ 28041991 : Lol..One thing is pretty sure. You don't know anything about 'practise match'. In a practice match you don't need to get hurt to retire mate..

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Can't respond to more than one person, but will address everyone. If you reckon India is better, then good for you. If you think SL is better, great. Whatever you opinion is, I really don't care. Its great to see that Indian batsman can play Malinga with their eyes closed and that India are a league above SL, that is your opinion. SL are improving every year, getting better and better, but that isn't the case with India. Yes, SL lost quite a few finals, but we made it there and eventually we will start winning them. That record that India has on SL will gradually fade away, and at some point, SL will be a better team.

It is a shame and I hate to say this, but Malinga doesn't play to his full potential at all against India or any country. If you give him $1,000,000 or more for a year, he would get Kohli first ball and the rest of the Indian team over and over. An example is the BBL, where he rolled through lineups. If he bowled like that, no indian batsman could face him...

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

@Tal_Botvinnik you mentioned malinga??? that brings back bloody minded attitude??? are you serious?? yes that brings bloody minded attitude in the oppositions players....50 % bowling attack..yes you faced only 50% of indian batting ( we still had jadeja, even he can score of malinga, briskly ) face it mate, malinga is past his prime....he is far from his best.... and if other teams got the bowlers for that conditions , we got batsmen for every condition.....

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

@Narbavi on I am sorry I can't agree with you. You are talking about fatigue factor, then England and New zealand have been involved in cricket recently, Australian cricket team was on tour to India, most players of south africa were in IPL. You are just assuming too much. And Indian team is not worrying about swing or anything else. In fact it will make them even more dangerous with their bowlers contributing as well and anything less than 280 vs India is not safe enough. As I aid earlier this young team will prove many experts wrong jus t like they did in 2011 world cup ( where also there was lot of talk about India not having good bowling etc). For me Indian bowlers do good job. People just go by scorecard that they conceeded 300 etc but that scores were only par for the conditions as India won most of those matches. So they did alright under the conditions.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

If sri lanka can't compete why they participate in major tornaments. The bowling attack is very ordinary even with unusual bowling action of malinga and other spinner allowed by ICC. Sri lnaknan cricketers should come back home and enjoy warm beaches of colombo. They should take rest from international cricket util they have international level team. Beating likes of england is no good sicne they are poor ODI team. India is the team to beat as they are world champions.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Forget us SL team. When it comes to bouncy and moving balls when Indian flat track bullies face the likes of Styane and Morkel they will dissapear in to thin air in no time. Even Tendulkar is not a better player against good seam bowling!! Get over with it Indian fans you will return home this time empty handed just like everytime when you play outside Indian pitches!!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (June 2, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

This is a workout and i am sure this is the last time Ind will meet SL in the champion's trophy. WI,Pak,SA (Steyn,Roach,Junaid...etc) got bowling attacks to suit the conditions and given India's Horrid bowling attack i don't think they will get far (Its not that India are gonna bat 2nd every-time) . Yesterday you faced a 50% of SL bowling attack, with malinga back it not only makes it lethal it also brings that bloody-minded attitude into other SL bowlers. Pls don't point at VK assault on Malinga (it was just an over anyway) , SL lost Mathews, Perera to injuries and Mahela was forced to use part timers and to sum up it was a flat pitch.

SL got a chance if they are not complacent and if Malinga finds form.Still its a long way to go.

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

@GRVJPR: Look, we are not outright favourites at all, lets be honest, we are playing in these conditions immediately after the ipl, there are some tired bodies out there who have been playing non stop cricket for the last 8 months or so, we have two inexperienced openers who haven't played in england before, karthik has made a comeback,our batting still depends on dhoni and kohli so these two need to fire again, we may lose to SA, we can still beat PAK and WI and move to the semis, from there its anybody's game!!

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 2, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

@trav696-Malinga has only two off days in his whole cricket life.It's at hobbart and t20 final.Indians are boasting it.But how many off days Ishanth Sharma has,Irfan Pathan has,Zaheer has,Nehra has,Umesh Yadav has...Doesn't count it.That shows how good Malinga is.These Indians depend on only one incident.

Posted by latecut_04 on (June 2, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Time of the hour is to have some perspective.The match should be seen for what it was . A 'practice' match.I am sure players saw the game that way.There is no guarantee either team will take this performance to the tournament.And if you really want to reach conclusions here they are:1.SL managed to score 325+ even though their batsmen took turns scoring tons and gave chance to almost everyone.2.Indian bowling and fielding were causes for concern which contributed to SL batsmen's good show.Cant see them scoring like this against any other side..(especially dropped chances both stumping and catches.)3.SL bowling minus Malinga looks unable to defend ANY score. Nullifies the above 2 points somewhat.4.For india the biggest concern is failure of Rohit Sharma from whom much is expected(again).Many are of the view that he does not deserve such a long rope after squandering chance after chance.4.India did great to score 335 and win(read:Kohli,DK and Raina in that order.)A model chase.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (June 2, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

Guys, please ignore BDforever's comments. He tries to create quarrels between Indian and Bangladeshi fans.

@ FOTO: Well spoken friend. Your comments showcase the goodwill between Bangladeshi and Indian fans. Also, please don't underestimate your team. I am quite confident that Bangladesh will punch above their weight and do well in this tournament.

Posted by Jinasoma on (June 2, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Firstly happy to see kusal showed what he can do.And it's good our both openers back in the form.And who says Sanga and Mahela out of form.We don't want IPL forms.We want only play for our country.Just enough.And it's good to see Chandi also in good form.As a summary our whole batting unit is looking good.And we found good prospect Shaminda Eranga.After Malinga's come back we are good bowling unit as well.

And it's funny to see India's bowling unit.I think most ordinary bowling unit in this series.How they compete with others with this ordinary bowling unit.And batting depend on hevily on Kohli's shoulders.Others are look so so bad.Good to see Karthik with his attacking strokes.But India is the most an ordinary team in this competetion.Anyway good luck for MSD.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

My fellow Indian cricket supporters. India is once again going to win this tournament and yet again will prove so called experts wrong. Just because we are not havin 7 of our major player people think we will be knocked out of tournament. Same things were said in 2011 world cup. If there is swing we have bowlers to exploit it. If there is no swing and opposition scores 350 we can chase down them easily and we are the only team to do so. This young Indian team is going to make too many esperts look fool, I'm afraid. For ex Sanjay manjrekar thought that kartik will be a complete failure and his IPL form is fake, well DK has already proved him wrong. I hope he gets to bat in first 11 in place of Rohit Sharma. As far as rohit is concerned, although people thinks he hasn't done justice to his talent and rightly so, yet he averages same as Mahela Jaywardene (around 31). It will take huge amount of luck for other teams to beat young Inexperienced indian side. It will be an UPSET!

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

apart from indian srlanka fan clash over here, as a cricket fan i have to say that this pitch is deliberately done for SC teams....they are not properly being exposed to condition of pitches in ENG.... ofcourse getting match practice, exposed to weather is good, but practicing on the pitches where real matches are going to happen is what PRACTICE MATCHES supposed to mean..... i am expecting a low scoring bowler typical ENG pitch for the rest of practice matches

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

@SL-RokZ : for your kind info, if you have not watched match, every batsmen expect jadeja ( ofcourse he is not full time batsman ) got chance to bat.... winning give indian team a morale to boost, they cant get that by loosing after scoring 330+ runs, infact its not good sign for srilanka..... and there was no one man army in this match ( kohli and DK both got runs, and raina got involved in crucial partnership )... what i actually feel is srilanka trip is going to be one man army marching bahind malinga, and ofcourse malinga ia of no use against india.......

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

@trav696: pathetic mediocre excuses at its very best, guess being under india's shadows and getting repeatedly beaten by india has taken its toll on you, good luck for the champions trophy!!

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

@trav696 well lets talk about india's ability to get 400+ scores.... yeah india got 4 of them ( 1 against SA, 1 against SRL, 1 against WI, 1 against bermuda in world cup ) and srilanka just 2 , so we are ahead by 2 , thats a 100 miles away.....indians win hands down in every department of cricket against srilanka, everywhere.....

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

@GRVJPR : well said there mate...

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

A couple of lankan fans are talking about how their batsmen gave chances to others whereas it wasn't the case with indian batsmen, did you guys even watch the game? india had lost 4 batsmen with just 100 on the board, whom should have been given chances now? why should kohli and DK retire when there are just two batsmen left?>

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

@trav696: So if a pitch is flat then your team can't beat india? So you want pitches to suit you all the time to beat india? we beat you in australia, we have beaten you in england in the past, we beat you in your own soil last year 4-1, and you still search for excuses

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

@trav696 : let me tell you , nobody remmeber you for making it to finals or semifinals, but what remains forever is who won more ICC tournament finals.... you won only one , we won 3 of them.... we have dominated you for like eternity , in INDIA, In SRILANKA, away form SC, we have hand upper hand....get over with it....

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

@ trav696 :All you do is talk about making finals and semifinals whereas we talk about winning it, you talk about making t20 world cup finals whereas we talk about winning it in 2007, you talk about making cb series finals whereas we talk about winning it in 2008, and so you agree srilanka can't beat india in flat pitches? Great logic!! Is that why your team lost two matches to us in the CB series whereas we lost to you just once

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

india were deserved winners because of vk and dk's batting skill and that does not mean that india has a poor batting order.it is good because the indian side has many world class players like virat and dinesh karthik.Even SL has good players like dilshan and kushal perera but what they lacked was death bowling.Malinga was absent in the match,so no one in the team could bowl as well as malinga in the death overs.Anyone could have won the match and it will be india.

Posted by Narbavi on (June 2, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

@SL-RokZ: India lost 4 wickets for 100 runs unlike srilanka who had not lost a wicket for a long time, when virat and karthik were batting, only Dhoni and jadeja were left, you want virat and karthik to retire for no reason?

Posted by VBSS on (June 2, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Not sure why everyone is harping on about MSD giving more chances to other Indian batsmen when both sides had 7 batsmen at the crease for the game. On another note, I'm a bit disappointed to hear that the conditions weren't suited to swing bowlers - would really like to see the batsmen struggle for a change.

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (June 2, 2013, 4:56 GMT)

From Dhoni's post match comments, Karthik is surely playing the middle order when the tournament beings...that leaves the opening spot for Vijay or Rohit.....tough to choose as both of them are eternal poor performers....i still think Vijay has the edge as Dhoni likes to play 'specialists' at the respective spots.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Here everybody is taking side of there home teams...which is quite bias....there are other teams like Aus, Pak, South Africa, England playing in this tournament. today's game was practice match so basically there was not importance for results, off course positive result is always moral booster..so beware of other teams specially pakistan..In today match apart batting ...both teams failed to display quality bowling and fielding. Despite of being Indian...on the basis of performance i still believe that Pakistan and South Africa are favorites for this tournament.

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 2, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Give credit where it is due! ......India lost 4 wickets close to 110 runs itself and lankan fans here say India should have given practice to other batsmen . 7 batsmen came for India and no batsmen left for India and still Lankans find a loophole. yawn .... same 7 batsmen came for Sri Lanka too.....

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

@Htc-Android, @Juli Dissanayake i gave retired hurt example just because your fellow srilankan fan told india were selfish by not giving batting practice to bowlers, by means of getting kohli and DK retired hurt..... does that makes sense to you guys? dont expect every team to do as you do..... and our morale will boost when we win matches, not by getting match practice...

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

@trav696 sad thing is that you cant even recognize where your so called team stands when compare to india.... as our friend (hormony) gave you the stats INDIA has upper hand over srilanka everywhere, refer stats of cricinfo if you want and as kohli cant deliver every time, dont expect malinga to deliver evry time, and oh well we studied malinga well, and why cant you study KOHLI, you seem to have problems getting him out.....

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (June 2, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Well said WORLD WIDE CRICKET , hope all country cricket fans become sensible like you then this forum would be much more enjoyable for actual cricketing discussions rather than this mindless mud slinging by fans who just want to critisize rather than constructive opinions

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 2, 2013, 4:37 GMT)

Excellent performance from young Indian team, despite not having 7 of their world cup squad players. It is amazing to see young players in India coming and straight away poerforming in intenrational cricket. If you consider that Sri lanka is still dependent on Jaywardene and Sangakara and that Kohli has already have almost equal number of centuries to both Jaywardene and Sangakara you know that future is in great hands. Sri lankan bowling is too much dependent on Malinga. But the way Indians have treated him in past, the match would have gotten over even quickly. Despite few egoistic people saying India have no chance they will prove them worn, YET ANOTHER TIME!

Posted by BDforeverr on (June 2, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

'Malinga plays so many matches with India and he is exposed and batsmen are used to him'. vow... Doesnt this mean ... after playing so many matches against India he should by now had learnt the weakness of Indian batsmen .... why double standards from Lankan fans...cricinfo..pls publish

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

@harmony, There is nothing wrong with me, but I do not know what is going on in your thick head, because I did read your comment. I assume you did not read my comment properly because I said that SL probably have the edge over India AT THE MOMENT, FORGETTING ABOUT PREVIOUS STATS outside the subcontinent. I also said that India usually win outside the subcontinent against SL on FLAT TRACKS. India are not a better team because they win against SL on flat tracks... that doesn't prove anything. At least SL hasn't been booted out of the big tournaments by the likes of Bangladesh, LOL. BTW, who has been more consistent in the big tournaments in the past 5 or so years, SL HAS. SL have made it to more finals and semifinals that India.

Posted by SL-RokZ on (June 2, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

why not India gave chances to other batsmen as well!surprised to see Dhoni support s (as alwasy) ONE MAN EGOs to try win games for India , EVEN in a practise match !!! only justification i could find is Karthik wanted a century on his B'day... one-man army not always win matches as history always proven. SL surely used this practice to the maximum. Good luck for both teams

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

Performance is good for Indian Batsman, but match is not interested to watch not only this upcoming matches are also will be same. why because of new rules of ICC. Out side only four fielders is not good to watch cricket. Bowlers wont take wickets quickly, where is the backup fielding no one is there all fielders are off side or leg side, batsman can take runs very easily. Cricket becoming only for batsman not for bowlers and fielders. did any one absorb when batsman taking square drive no fielders are there every one at leg side boundary. bowler can't bowl every ball yorker or only to leg side wicket if there is no fielders on off side. need to change the rules again to older. who's idea it is they need to think again why I changed.

Posted by cherry.chaitanya on (June 2, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

Very happy with the indian victory, but we should improve our bowling skills.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

First time ever , I wouldn't care if India win or Loose....

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

@28041991, Sri Lanka cannot win against India??? LMAOOOO, that is hilarious... India are not the gods of cricket to score 333, no wait 400 (if Kusal and Dilshan played on) in 35 overs even if Malinga played. Kolhi is a good player, I admit it, to be able to hit malinga to all parts of the ground, but he cannot do that every match. The only reason India is able to face Malinga well is because they studied him for years to understand how to play him and the same goes for Murali in his time; THAT IS PRETTY SAD mate. Kohli's fighting ton was in vain, because India had to fly home anyway because SL made it to that final in AUS, hahahah.

Just see how the tournament plays out and if SL vs India later, it will be a good game because no SL player is going to retire to give India a chance, and malinga will play too.

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

@trav696: And talking about flat tracks etc, you are saying as if the rare wins SL have had over India have come on seaming tracks. Firstly, if the tracks were flat when India won, what stopped SL from scoring more runs? If the wins in WC Final in Mumbai, the win in Hobart and all the prev wins that you try to push down came on flat tracks, why did MJ or KS or Angelo or someone not score bigger100s or faster 50s? How is it India's fault?

The Compaq Cup Final that SL won vs India, was it played on a seaming wicket? The Asia Cup that SL won in Pak, was that match on a grassy/bouncy track? The 54 all out that SL did to India in Sharjah, was that a fast wicket?

You would hastily add that if that Sharjah wicket was a flat one then why were India bowled out for 54? Cos we batted poorly, as simple as that. We never made any excuses about it.

Similarly, SL should have scored more runs on the so called flat wickets when India wins (all over the world).

Posted by Master_Mihil on (June 2, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

I don't want to see these kind of runfests hereafter. These new fielding restrictions are taking bowlers out of the game. Especially spinners. India will not win this cup They will be shattered by the sheer pace of Aus,Eng,SA even NZ bowlers. With low scores to defend their bowling attacks will wither. I'll be very surprised if IND or SL win this tournament.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

Actually SL looked to be a more stronger side than india. since SL openers gave the chance to others there is significant amount of score that is recduced from what they could have reached, and Malinga is not bowling. SL tried lot of their bowlers (SL -9 IND 7). I think though Ind won the match, SL took the most out of the practice

@28041991 In a practice match you don't need to get hurt to retire.it's not cheating, it's giving chance to others. it's legal and allowed. don't talk if you don't know.They we can say you can't get our openers out without making more than 200+

Ind on the other hand was good considering Kholi and Karthik and MSD, but they can't always depend on 3 batsman only. I don't know what happened to mishra to go for many runs. he's ga grt bowler.

All in all. SL looks stronger than IND team

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 2, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

@trav696: Amazing ignorance on display by you. Did you even read my comment? Is there a problem in how you interpret stats? Something wrong with basic grasping skills? What is it?

In which continent have SL had the better of India? Africa: 2-1, India. Asia: 65-47, India. Europe: 4-1, India. Aus/NZ: 4-2, India.

Only in WI do SL have a slight edge of 1-0 vs India (WC 07 match).

Reg T20s, India have won both the away T20s vs SL (i.e IN SL). SL have a slight adv of 1-0 in neutral T20s. (WI).

Reg tests, don't play that deprivation card. It was SLB itself that truncated test series vs WI (or was it SA?). Sanga & Jaya etc were among the first to ask for a reduction in some test series some months back. If SL play fewer tests then it is SLB's fault, not anyone else's.

Ignoring all the heavy duty stats, you want to give so much imp to SL's 1-0 ODI and 1-0 T20 edge, both in WI?

If SL's T20 #1 rank is a factor then what about India's #1 ODI rank (& the higher Test rank)?

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

@trav696 all they player played easy on the srilankan bowlers u can see how freely they go for shots effortlessly, for ur concern about malinga just remember thw WC final Malinga unable to stop Team India snatching the cup , so write comment sensible

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

it has been really boring to watch srilanka vs india match now a days. same result. same batsman is making 100s at every match. srilanka is really helping to making kohli to look like a best batsman ever. if he plays 60 matches against srilanka, i am sure he will break sachin's record.best of luck west indies.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

@Mihil Ranathunga ,kohli definitely has some weakness in his batting but he is so determined that he can still score even when he is not batting well,also SL bowlers are mediocre at best(especially against india)...even your best bowler malinga can't stop kohli when he is full flow....

@trav696,no way they cud have reached 400,perera was struggling to put the ball away after the first power play,so he did the right thing by walking off which enabled other sl batsmen to play freely....and don't talk abt malinga,his record against india is worst....our batsmen like kohli,dhoni will play him well even when their eyes r closed....cricinfo pls publish.....

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 2, 2013, 2:53 GMT)

@28041991 . Fake retired hurt? Batsman leaving the field and giving chance to other batsman during a warm-up game is called fake retired hurt? Every batsman do this during the warm-up game. I guess you have never seen a warm-up game in your life. Anyways we dint take this warm-up game seriously. Win/Loss, the outcome of the game wont matter for us. Our goal is to give match practice to all of our players and we achieved it successfully. You guys can celebrate your win if you want.

Posted by Romenevans on (June 2, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

Happy with the win, but seriously disappointed with the pitch. India testing their own way of working, they offered grassy flat track when England arrived in India and now England offering the same. Don't be surprised when you see a green top against SA in first match.

Im not whining, but trying to suggest that this what happens when BCCI have bad relations with other boards because of their arrogance, ego and politics.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

as usual.. regardless of a practice match or an actual match, Kholi owns SL.. its amazing... India needs to meet SL some where towards the middle of this tournament.. the batting practice they get in that game will be invaluable as they move on towards the final stages

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

@trav696 indeed not playing malinga is blessing in disguise for you guys, your bowlers got extra 10+ overs to practice, if he had bolwed who knows match would have been ended with in 35 overs... and that a loss for both teams.....

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

@Sad to say as an Indian supporter, I think Sri Lanka have one of the best sides to win the Champions Trophy, as Chandimal is one guy who prefers foreign wickets, especially if Mahela and Sanga are in form. Mahela as an opener can destroy attacts with elegance.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

@BDforever : guess what KOHLI scored century in the first ever worldcup match he played against you, in your own backyard.... and guess what we won the world cup.... we dont care for simple tournaments dude, we aim high, and we reach it....

Posted by nayanprateek on (June 2, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

Okay, selfish -- think of team morale before a big tournament Victory wasn't as important as practice here, but don't overlook the fact how quickly runs were scored in Kushala-D'shan and Karthik-Kohli partnerships. It is the bowling that will be tested in England. But for all those making statements here, don't judge the play by its cover. Not yet.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

@WorldWideCricket : well i would appreciate your effort and every cricket fan would be happy if they learn their teams place......

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

@kingowl- agree with u completely. But while I am not sure about Sri Lanka, India is really just facing their own medicine, as they did exactly same thing when England came to India. @CPT Meanster - and who is going to chase down 300 raina, or rohit sharma with an average less than 35, Karthick a wicket keeper brought in as a speacalist, or Dhawan and Murali who have hardly played any ODI's. Apart from Dhoni I can't see anyone.

Posted by deepakRajbanshi on (June 2, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

Hey man dnt talk about Dhawans failure, he has got only few chances, what about ipl star rohit sharma, a complete wastage in indian team he looks, so ordinaryly he bats, bt still in the team, yuvi was far better than this rohit choker.

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 2:25 GMT)

@trav696 : started whining over indian's win already..... cheap win or great win, the truth is SRILANKA can not win over india no matter what the condition is, be it in india, be it in srilanka, or be it in neutral condition.... if maling was played match would have be well finished before 40th over ( remember tri series in AUS? ) what is matter about selfishness?? telling your bowler to bowl no ball in the mach just to restrict a batsmen from getting his century ( Dilshan against sehwag ) ... well every indian got match practice here, we dont know how to make fake retired hurts like you guys do, but instead we get out to give others the time to be there, and the truth is you guys cant get kohli out without making his century.....

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (June 2, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

I watched part of the game. I can't see either of these two teams going anywhere near winning this comp. Both teams are going to have to score 300+ each time to win games, because that is how many runs they will concede with these attacks. As soon as I saw the SL opening bowlers I knew even 330 wouldn't be enough. Malinga won't be able to carry the team, I'm afraid.

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 2, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

the treatment given to Ajantha one of the leading wkt takers in Domestic Cricket. We have to employ proven Schoolboy Cricketers (RoshenSilva,AngeloPerera,KausalSilva,ShehanJayasooriya,NiroshanDickwella,Ashen Silva,SachithraSerasinghe,GayanManeshan,MadawaWarnapura, Kithuruwan Vithanage,KusalMendis, Chathuranga Kumara, Charith Jayampathi, Malinda Pushpakumara, Dulanjana Mendis, UmeshKarunarathna,Chaturanga de Silva,…)of recent times instead, the way it happens in other Test playing countries, otherwise we fans will have to suffer heavyly in the near future. My advice to these 4 seniors is to get themselves dropped and help the Country's Cricket in the capacity of Officials, which would do a World of good for the Country and save the good name you've earned yourselves over the years. In the past some, went after politicians to keep their positions in the Team, you better not drop to that level , if you don't, the fans will have to think you as a bunch of greedy persons .

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 2, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Since India is coming after the IPL, it was not a difficult score for them to get,on that wicket, with the quality of proven schoolboy Cricketers they have, however SL can't carry on with these 4 over-hyped averaged schoolboy cricketers (3 batters & the left-arm bowler) of 16 years ago, it makes things still worse when these flat-footed reckless-hitting batters are employed as front-liners. We need batters the class of S'weera (Proven schoolboy Cricketer, with solid controlled strokes that can bat till the end and finish off the innings) at the top, therefore we should employ; Thirimanne at No 3,Mathews No 4 & Chandimal 5. Since the over-valued 3 senior batters are in the squad, one of them only could be used at a time. These 4 have been considered idispensable mainly due to the ignorance of J&Ps in office and the local media personnel of last 2 decades. The Left-armer is just a 5th-day bowler that has been average even at Domestic level, It was surprised to see 2B CNTD

Posted by realfan on (June 2, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

congrats to india.... it was a good warm up match for BATSMEN.... i am particularly impressed by DK, i think he should be prefered over vijay and rohit, but as dhoni said DK will add value in middle order, so i guess its no rohit and in vijay ...... watever, win is important..... and kohli as expected, he will perform at any condition you choose, and right now srilankan team is seeming to virat kohli as kenya and zimbambwe for him..... his dream run against lanka continues...... and he is our go to man when it comes to chasing.....he is emerging to be master in chasing.... my team combination would be

dhawan, karthick, kholi, raina, dhoni, jadeja, ashwin, irfan, bhuvi, yadav, vinay,

i will never give place for vijay, ishant, rohit in my team.... and mishra can join in , but no openings for him....

for next match i would like to see typical ENG pitch, not a flat deck , where even DILSHAN can score....

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

@Navin Kumar, how exactly would the match have ended in the 45th over. If Perera and Dilshan didn't retire, SL would have reached +400. We didn't play malinga either, so India would have no chance if SL played properly. I think you should not comment without knowing anything mate.

Posted by Wiamalanatha on (June 2, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

What is Jeewan Mendis's role in the team? Is he a bowler or batter?

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Another kohli dependent win. What's frustrating for me is haven't we figured out a way contain kohli. He's gotta have a weakness. He ain't no superman. May be ourpacers lack the troubling pace.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

Any one watch the post match presentation , dhoni said only ravinder jadeja left in the batting, so the intention was clear tht we dont have batsmen to retire tht is the reason dhoni said and keep on playing, dont make ur words as serious match and a practice match , if it is a serious match, match may have ended up in 45th over,so dont comment without knowing anything

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

IMHO Sri Lankan innings was based on getting batting practice where as India played to win the game. The result of this practice game has no value however the performance of our openers and the middle-order makes me believe in this team.

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

@Harmony111 mate, if you were to compare SL to India in T20's now, India would be left in the dust. In terms of ODI's, India and SL are quite evenly matched. India are the kings of playing on flat wickets, but SL have that edge over India outside the subcontinent. In terms of Test Matches, SL are not able to play as much test cricket as India and SL would be lucky if they got even 1 or 2 matches in the next 2 years. So it would be unfair to compare the 2 teams in Tests.

India would definitely be the better than SL overall in the past. But now, I wouldn't be too sure about that because SL are better in T20's and ODI's outside the subcontinent.

BTW, India have only played well against SL outside the subcontinent on pitches that were reasonably flat...

Posted by Lochana1219 on (June 2, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

I belive that india is much depent on kohli... have you remember late 90's sri lanka has won many matches against india,but thanks to the sanath jayasuriya... bt i m not going to undestimate the taem india they performed really well yesterday... bt this wicket was very batting friendly......it dint looks like typical england wicket. bt aus vs wi match was great....and played on typical english wicket.... ind and sl bowlers should be much concentrate on their bowling..

Posted by Prakmca on (June 2, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Do you think Murali Vijay succeeds as ODI opener??? Never. He will waste more balls, and increase the pressure on other batsman.....

Dhawan - needless run out... Application of common sense is must. I don't think he will succeed.. Not to forget the WI series where he played miserably..... We cannot count on the only test century he scored......

Posted by trav696 on (June 2, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

India played unfairly, and selfishly... Sri Lanka's opening batsman could have batted out the 50 overs and ended up scoring well over 333, but we gave opportunities to all batsman. The openers retired out even before reaching their centuries. But you can see that Kolhi and Karthik were selfish, both scoring hundreds (Kohli with a big one) not retiring to give others a chance to bat. SL played in the spirit of the game, but India didn't. Sri Lanka were only 3 wickets down, but India lost 5 wickets in that chase without one person retiring. Plus, we did not play Malinga in this match, so Sri Lanka were no where near a full strength team. Where would india be in this match if Kohli and Karthik didn't bat... no where, but it was an all-round performance from the Sri Lanka. This is not a convincing win by any means, but a cheap one.

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 2, 2013, 1:07 GMT)

This was a good warm up game for both teams. We ensured that everyone got their chance. Mathews, thirimanne, Malinga should get their chances during the next warm up game. Also it will be better to play Eranga ahead of jeevan and Dilhara.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (June 2, 2013, 1:04 GMT)

I think SL would have won easily if they had played for the win rather than match practice. Dhoni realised that winning feeling is more important for the team so he did not retire any player. If he had retired Kohli when he was at 80 then IND would have lost. If SL had not retired both Perera and Dilshan at 80 they would have won.

Posted by jb633 on (June 2, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

Pitches in this country and around the world (Aus/ SL/ BD/ NZ) are becoming boring. The only two countries IMO that are producing interesting wickets are SA and India. I want us to produce some rancid green tops again because it is so much fun watching the likes of Raina, Dohni, Mahela etc look so clueless against the moving ball. If England play any side from the sc we need to make sure we give them a horrible green top and stick them in to bat.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (June 1, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

SL and India both look slightly weak and I am sure the opponents are waiting to exploit the weaknesses of India and SL. West Indies, Pakistan and England have the best chance in my view.

Posted by peterss on (June 1, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

@Baseball Sucks... lol. Your comments are as if SL won the game. They lost convincingly with an over to spare.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Dear BD fans, you guys can even beat Zimbabwe in consistant basis let alone beating India and Sri Lanka. You need to beat a team in consistant basis inorder to become superior. Just winning one match here another match there wont make u r team outstanding. Now I really didnt like this match for 2 reasons. One is the pitch as it does not reflect the conditions in the CT. Other is SL played a practice game and India played a serios game. In innings 2 of the top scored batsmen declared in 80s without even thinking about 100s. God knows what target they could have set if they continued to bat maybe close to 400. But in the contrary none of the indian batsmen declared and allowing others to have a go because they played a serious game. I hope they wouldnt do it in next game. After all this is called practice matches for a reason. I wish both teams good luck on CT and hopeful for a better pitch in next match.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (June 1, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

LOL pommies give India flat deck then when tournament time comes they will have big fat surprise waiting for them...can you say LMAO!

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 1, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

India beat* SL in India. India beat* SL in SL. India beat* SL in Bangladesh. India beat* SL in Aus. India beat* SL in SA. India beat* SL in Eng.

*9^(9^9) times.

SL beat* India in WI. SL beat* India in Pak. SL beat* India in Singapore.

*Once in a while (or mostly just once).

India beat SL in T20s. India beat SL in ODIs. India beat SL in Tests. India beat SL in Warm Up matches.

India chase 274 vs SL to win WC. India chase 321 vs SL in 37 overs. India chase 334 vs SL in 3rd gear.

India bowl SL out for 98 chasing 198. SL bowl India out for 54 chasing 299.

India-SL ODI record: 75/52 India-SL Test record: 14/6 India-SL T20 record: 3/2

Indeed indeed. SL indeed are a much much much better team than India in all formats anywhere in the world. There is plenty of evidence for this as seen above.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (June 1, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

@BDforever: I am a Bangladeshi fan, please stop insulting Bangladesh Team and Bangladeshi Fan by insulting other nations and teams. Bangladesh is a good team, but the 8 teams playing CT are better than Bangladesh, we all have to admit that, otherwise BD would be playing in CT. All 8 teams have showed their performance, hence they are in CT. Cricket should bring love among nations, not hatred. You can insult other teams, but remember they can also insult your team and nations. So it is better to show respect to others to gain respect. I am sure one day Bangladesh will gain that respect by showing good performance against top 8. Just wait for that time. Once, SL was in same boat, but now look at them where they are.

Wish you all the best SL and INDIA in this tournament.

Love Cricket, Love People.Respect to all cricket lovers around the world. Waiting to see the games. Go Asia Go.

On be half of BDForever, I am asking for forgiveness to all -- A BD Fan

Posted by KingOwl on (June 1, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

This was a useless match in terms of practice. The wicket was as flat as a road and this wicket will be NOTHING like the wicket that SL and India will get when they face England. I can guarantee that! This is the trick that most home teams play these days. Give a wicket that does not help acclimatise during practice games, and then come the real competitive games, give the most alien of wickets to the guests.

Posted by cool2cool on (June 1, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

BDForeEver: I totally agree with you. There should had been a qualifying match between top ODI team and the team which is at no 9. BTW how many matches matches your team won against India, 3. How many matches India won against your team, 21. At least check stats before making fun of yourself.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

this pitch is like bangalore cs in india.very friendly bating pitch.beware! in typical england swing pitch hard for score 250.

Posted by rkanungoe on (June 1, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Everyone usually blames IPL is fatigue. It seems like players who participated in the IPL are better prepared than others...

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

I knew that Indian fans would be making a big deal out of this "victory".. But it was only a glorified net practice after all is said and done... Whereas both SL batsmen had their practice, then decided to let some of the others have a go, when they could have gone on and got their cernturies.... whilst the Indian batsmen wanted to get their centuries. So what did it prove...absolutely nothing...

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

@BDForever- BL should play instead of India.. For God's sake, India is the current world champion, and number 2 ranked team at least per the rankings.. You will next say, BL should play directly in the finals in the next World cup..

Posted by SaadRocx on (June 1, 2013, 21:01 GMT)

as a pakistani fan,i think india's batting line up is very dangerous...(especially on flat tracks)...SL didnt bowl to their potential and their seem to be big loopholes in bowling attack of bothteams...goodmatch tho.congrats india,badluck Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

weldon kohli & karthik...........

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

India will not be in top 3 - my guess!

Posted by ac_Indian on (June 1, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

If Karthik does play a game, I seriously think he should take gloves for some time as MSD seriously needs a rest from from the enormous responsibilities he carries in all forms of the game and even outside. On a different note, it would have been a nice sight to see some swing from Irfan and Bhuwaneshvar. It is nice that the author noted that the two ball rule may actually hurt its purpose in flat conditions. Furthermore, it hampers the spin bowling department and if I am not mistaken the prospects of reverse swing as well, all in all affecting the subcontinent teams the most.

Posted by SL_Boy on (June 1, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

this is very disapointing ... they did not give asian teams seem friendly wickets.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

@BDforever if only 2 Victory make you so happy, then god bless you and your Team, just check the team list and ask yourself where the hail your Lions are eating grasses...:-)

Posted by FOTO on (June 1, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

I am sorry for this arrogant BD fan here. I too am a BD fan but, I think BD does not deserve the Champions League. They are still developing the quality of Fast Bowling. Once we finish developing the fast bowling unit then I think BD should give it a shot. Hands down to Kholi for another brilliant knock. Sri Lanka showed some backbone but could not prevent India from winning. And this Kathrik I like his pay alot. I hope you guys should respect some BD fans here are very arrogant and others are not. I think Bangladesh players should go to the Champions League as SPECTATORS and learn from the experienced and consistent players.

Posted by gsingh7 on (June 1, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

another win over sl by indian young team that too without likes of sehwag sachin bhajji zaheer yuvi gautam, umesh yadav shami ahmed. if these had played instead of current team then target wud be chased in 33.2 overs. after recent 4-1 loss in colombo and world cup finals loss sl have mental block against indian team . hope india win ct 2013 convincingly

Posted by kc69 on (June 1, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

@BDforever unlike everyone I understand your frustration dude and getting back to the game its good that Dinesh Karthik showed his talent but rest depends for MSD on where to fit Karthik in playing 11.Both groups look tough without any minnows,hope ICC would follow the same format for world cup(However would love to see Ireland play in world cup).

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 1, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Fantastic batting by Kusal n Dilshan along with the whole top n middle order. It was a very successful warm-up match as our batsmen got a plenty of batting practice. It will come pretty handy in up coming matches. I think it'd be wise to go with Eranga as the third pacer or Mendis as a batsman instead of Dilhara.

India's main concern would be their fragile top order. It'd be unrealistic to expect Kohli to bail 'em out all the time. I think Rohit Sharma is under a lot of public pressure which causes him to fail. Its like everyone is expecting him to get out from the 1st ball. If he is given an extended run with out media scrutiny, I think he will succeed.

Posted by peterss on (June 1, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Yay! Enough of all the bad reasons India hav been showed for now! Indians now showing what they are. Cricket goes on guys! Corruption or not.. now it'll all dilute that Indian team is winning! Hopefully they win CT!

Posted by rock.rockyin on (June 1, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

CORRECTION from prev comment... neutral venues are Aus,Bangla & England apart from Lanka. conclusion is same - 11 MATCHES PLAYED BETWEEN EACH OTHER including this match 8 WON by INDIA.... 2 WON by SLanka and 1 Tied in recent times.

Posted by wolf777 on (June 1, 2013, 19:56 GMT)

He is back….Nohit Sharma that is…

Posted by darsh127 on (June 1, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

@BDforever, why do you happen to have so much hate against the indian team? I think it would be better of if you continue to support your team and not focus on other teams as much. Considering your team is not even part of this tournament, maybe you should just support good cricket and quit this bias hate.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

@BD forever -lol ,perhaps these are only matches you guys have won against us ,do you remember the various thrashing India have given and not to forget that opening match of 2011 WC . losers cant even beat zimbabwe actually zimbabwe also thrashed you and talk about the world champs .

Posted by groundreality on (June 1, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

@BDForever Mate, there is a reason your team isn't playing in this series and our team is. So stop buzzing in our ears like a fly and go celebrate your mediocre team's win against Kenya and the like. Come back when you have a team that can at least compete, let alone win, in a tournament like this. Don't embarrass yourself like this in public buddy, friendly advice.

Posted by Vishal_07 on (June 1, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Seriously, BD fans, you will just continue to remember one victory achieved in last 10 years or forever. Don't you think it is high time that BD becomes a team that is taken seriously.

Happy with Indian team's performance but the true test will come once the tournament starts and we play the likes of England, Pakistan, SA, and Australia.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

BDforever us in a shok coz Bd team not even in level to play CT.... lol

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 1, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

No swing or seam movement on offer at all, which completely befuddled the indian commentators!. This is England, surely every single delivery should hooping around corners! Fact is, there are very few seamers paradises here anymore, even grounds like Edgbaston, Headingley and Trent Bridge have gone flat. No cloud cover today either so not much movement in the air. If India are lucky with the conditions with clear skies and flat pitches they may yet win the thing.

Posted by Neela80 on (June 1, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

It is so wonderful to see Karthik having success....Which means Dhoni is kept on his toes...Not that i dislike Dhoni...but it is good to see competetion for Keeper batsmen...If at all Karthik makes it to the final XI...it would be hard for the management to find the right spot for Karthik... I say Open with Kathik and Dhawan. Vijay might have to wait for some more time.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (June 1, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

@BDforever How many Tests and ODIs do your team has to lose to India for you to realise that Bangladesh are still a very ordinary team. Your team defeat India one every 4 years and you celebrate like you've won the World Cup.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 19:30 GMT)

Pak-India match will be a great contest..!!

Posted by RFeynman on (June 1, 2013, 19:27 GMT)

@BDForever: Remind me why the tigers are not playing Champions Trophy?

Posted by ThilankaK on (June 1, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Mind you all, this is warm up match & Top Batsmen both retire on 80's If not India's target will be almost 400 !!! I have to say stupid idea that not giving bating practice to other batsmen because of Koli's bating , If Kusal perera (young Jayasooriya) was there till end he may be end with 200 !!!

Posted by kc69 on (June 1, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

The pitch was a dustbowl with nothing for bowlers and all the wickets today seemed to be gifted to the opposition.As it was good for SL batting but also made it clearer to MSD that Dinesh Karthik is someone who is worth in playing 11 not Rohit Sharma.Even though this was a practice game.Somewhere in that dressing room Malinga must be smiling because not having to bowl to Virat Kohli when he is on the song(remembering Adelaide run chase).Well as Dhoni said there were no batsmen left to declare and give a batting opportunity(Thanks for India's generous top order). @BDforever:I hope everybody knows which team did not even qualify for this tournament.This is Big boys championship.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 1, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

This match proves again that No-hit Sharma does not deserve a place in the side and Vijay is not an ODI player. With Karthik in fine nick we can have him in place of No-hit. Vijay though is a real question mark. Perhaps Pujara would have been a better choice?

Posted by Dragonboyz on (June 1, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

@BDForever-Is Bangladesh first of all playing in this Champions Trophy.I dont think so.Let your tigers first play in the tournament then u can comment

Posted by BDforever on (June 1, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

If Tendulkar scores a century there is a big chance that India ending up in the losing side. If Kohli scores a century the possibility of a knock out increases rapidly. Here we go.. a gland knock out is on the way... my apology to Indian mates for reminding you about some of your sweet memories in my previous comment.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 1, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

@BDforever: You got a point, but apart from that, what have your 'tigers' done to justify their position as a full member of the ICC ? Come back with a good answer, I am waiting.

Posted by rstheboss on (June 1, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

Karthik is perfectly suited for middle order and should be replacing Rohit. He can negotiate the spinners well, keep the scoreboard ticking and knows how to pace the innings. I hope the Indian think-tank doesn't spoil his rhythm by asking him to open when there are two specialist openers in the squad. He has earned his spot and needs to be given a decent run at a settled middle order position

Posted by BBrianBlair on (June 1, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

'' No one will remember this match in a few weeks.'' That is poor journalism on your part Mr. Dobell.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Virat Kohli....you are PHENOMENAL! u can score a century against SL even on Pluto! just keep up your form in CT main event...!

Posted by jackthelad on (June 1, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

'Strong win for India'? Neither of these teams could have bowled the other out if they were bowling til next Wednesday.

Posted by BDforever on (June 1, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

One team takes it simple... retiring themselves and allow others to play. In the meantime opposition takes it very very serious. None of them retiring but still take 49 overs to finish. What a team! It makes me feel so funny. No wonder how tigers kicked them out so easily in WC 2007 and Asia cup 2012.

Posted by dayada on (June 1, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

As a srilankan fan, i've been dissapointed not because of our lost but the conditions which was so flat for both teams. Hope... both teams will have better pitch with better conditions for their next warm up match......

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Very good batting by Kohli Karthik and Perera. Perera is batting like great Jayasurya SL got areal talent at the top,Dilshan and Chandimal also batted well.The body language of Vijay is not looking good Dhawan wasted a good opportunity, Rohith sharma as usual no responsibility in International cricket!

Posted by Snambidi on (June 1, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

On April4th 2011 ,India had defeated Srilanka at the Wankhedes Mumbai to lift the coveted Wordcup a second time.

It was an unexpected shock for Srilanka who had posted a score of 272 for India to chase.

Today again ,in the warming-up match of the forthcoming Champion's Trophy,Srilanks again Used the bat first after having put to do so by Indian Captain M.S.Dhoni.

The posted a highly challenging score of 333/3 in 50 overs . India needed 334from their quota of 50 overs.The match was being played at Birmingham,England.

Much delighted with their formidable score Srilanka too the field for India to chase their mammoth Score.

Much to the dismay of India,the much praised Shikar Dhavan lost his wicket just for a single run in the beginning of the reply from India.

The Srilankans naturally overwhelmed with Joy.

But Alas! they did not know what was in store for them. The match Progressed .the star of the world Cup Virat Kohli & the Birthday boy Dinesh Karthik did the rest to win.the matc

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 1, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Yeah right George, India may not be one of the favourites which is why I think they are going to win this competition. It is always wonderful to sneak under the microscope and grab the silverware when everyone least expects it. India are going to pull the rug over all naysayers including yourself Dobell. So watch out for it. Besides, they are the ONLY team who have the batsmen to chase down 300+ scores without fuss. Even with such an ordinary bowling attack, India have always entertained crowds with sheer brilliance and wins to back up their sparkling record as an ODI team. Something which sadly your own beloved England have never managed to do so.

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Good knocks from Kohli and Karthik. Karthik in particular was very impressive. But SL were the better team today. Their batting was exceptional today even though it was on a flat track. But disappointed not to see any swing for the bowlers. The SL spinners exploited the surface better than the Indian spinners. Rohit and Vijay continue their hardships, though the latter deserves a couple more opportunities.

Posted by   on (June 1, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka should be the much happier side since every batsman got ideal practice while as always only Kholi did it for India with Karthik also joining later. good outing for both sides to get into the 50overs from T20

Posted by xylo on (June 1, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Why all the hate toward Indian cricketers? It is not like Sri Lanka are oozing class all over anyways to succeed in English conditions. Both sides are equally good/bad in alien conditions. What next? Act surprised when Malinga is 'injured' before the first game?

Posted by Edassery on (June 1, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Karthik is a MUST in the scheme of things for this tournament - not sure what Dhoni thinks. Only Virat Kohli and Karthik looked adapted to a foreign pitch and in complete control of the situation. Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma proved that they will only play for IPL yet again and not for India while Raina as usual dancing around on leg line bouncers (He will still somehow make a few runs but never in a convincing manner).

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