West Indies v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy warm-up match, Birmingham June 4, 2013

Bravos steal the show

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West Indies 297 for 6 (Darren 71, Charles 58, Sarwan 55) beat Sri Lanka 280 (Sangakkara 56, Dwayne 3-26) by 17 runs
Scorecard

West Indies withstood a late surge from Sri Lanka's tailenders to triumph by 17 runs, in the warm-up encounter in Birmingham. Fifties by Johnson Charles, Darren Bravo and Ramnaresh Sarwan, propelled West Indies to 297 for 6. Sri Lanka were unable to exert sustained control over the run chase as they lost wickets regularly. A 73-run ninth-wicket stand between Dilhara Lokuhettige and Nuwan Kulasekara put Sri Lanka in sight of victory, but Dwayne Bravo mopped up the remaining wickets, and finished with a match-best 3 for 26 from his five overs. Aside from him, the West Indies batsmen will take the most confidence from the match.

The result, as in many other warm-up matches, is largely irrelevant. West Indies would not have had the service of Tino Best with the ball had they fielded eleven batsmen. Sri Lanka meanwhile, could not have used Lokuhettige, or one of either Jeevan Mendis or Lahiru Thirimanne. Moreover, neither team plays a group match in Edgbaston. Though the warm-ups recreate match conditions to some extent, both teams are likely to encounter more lively pitches in London and Cardiff.

Charles dominated the early overs, while Gayle was reticent at the other end. As it became clear his partner was striking it well, as he had against Australia, Gayle was content to give Charles the lion share of the strike. Sri Lanka's fast bowling was not devoid of discipline in the opening overs, but the pitch - another lifeless batting paradise - did not offer them much room for error. Charles cut with particular ferocity, often when the ball was not more than a foot outside off stump, and he drove balls equally undeserving of punishment, almost as well. With no lateral movement on offer, in the air or off the pitch, Kulasekara's gentle pace became fodder for Charles, who took ten runs off his first over, and rarely let up after. Gayle eventually departed for 22, having hit no boundaries, and Charles followed eight balls later, having made his second successive fifty of the warm-ups.

Darren Bravo achieved the same feat during the middle overs, though his strike-rate was 74 in comparison to Charles' 116. Tillakaratne Dilshan bowled the tightest overs of West Indies innings, and having seen Marlon Samuels perish on the fence to Dilshan's second ball, Bravo and Sarwan played him with utmost prudence. Dilshan's economy rate of 2.71 was substantially superior to what the front line operators achieved in either warm-up match.

As West Indies approached 250 with only three wickets lost, captain Dwayne Bravo retired both batsmen out after the 44th over, leaving their 126-run stand unbroken. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard then began hitting out, but only Pollard succeeded in that regard. His 21-ball 29 featured two sixes off near-yorkers, in Lasith Malinga's final over, which went for 16.

With a large total to chase, Sri Lanka's explosive openers might have set them on course, but their assault was too short-lived to fire their side to a substantial advantage, and the remaining batsmen were left with plenty to do. Kusal Perera's defensive technique has not faltered so far in international cricket, but as he has tended to do in the past, he threw away a promising start by playing one shot too many - this time into the hands of the fielder at deep square leg.

Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka's most secure batsman on fast, bouncy pitches, will take the most from this match. His 62-ball 56 is exactly the sort of innings that is required of him in the middle order if Sri Lanka are to go far in this tournament, and having also made a decent score at a fair clip in the first warm-up match, he has seemingly left his IPL woes in India.

His 62-run partnership with Mahela Jayawardene promised greater things, as the pair struck several serene boundaries between them. But when Jayawardene was run out for 29, the middle order mustered little resistance. As in recent major tournaments, it is the ability of Nos. 5, 6 and 7 to overcome early losses that is the area of largest concern for Sri Lanka going forward into the tournament.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on June 5, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    it seems as if wi is going with five frontline batsmen (excellent) wicketkeeper (ramdin) and the the five bowlers, narine ,roach, rampaul, bravo and then who/ pollard or sammy. this will be a great team and once in a long time restore balance in the team. should they play three allrounders, pollard, bravo and sammy, the imbalance comes into the tea. good luck WI.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 6, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @ Extraz.Yes, that was a fluke. Do you remember the Asiacups and WCs? Pakistan has a below average batting unit which will spoil the efforts of that average bowling unit.

  • Extraz on June 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @Fast_track_bully...this mediocre team have just beaten you in your own country 2-1 remember?...:)

  • Htc-Android on June 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I can see lot of experts saying that SL will be out in the 1st round in the champions trophy because we lost both warm-up matches and some claimed that India will win the CT because they won both warm-up games...lol I guess those experts forgot what happened before 2007 world cup. India won both warm-up games before the beginning of the world cup, but why did they lose to BD and got kicked out of the tournament?

  • on June 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    2 ordinary team good luck!

  • ThilankaK on June 5, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @ surajporeddy ; don't show your poor knowledge about cricket , teams & groups selecting based by ratings , OH MAN !!! I can't laugh man !

  • Sinhaya on June 5, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, has Bangladesh managed to beat any ODI team at least 20 times? It is an undisputable fact that Sri Lanka beat England 5-0 in the ODIs in 2006 in England haha! Has Pakistan ever whitewashed England in England? Keep dreaming dude and grow up. Sanath Jayasuriya freely thrashed your school boy bowling attack of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis with utmost ease.

  • Sinhaya on June 5, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, since you are boasting so much about Bangladesh haha remember Sri Lanka has achieved light years more than what Bangladesh has achieved in cricket. We have plenty of world records (highest partnership, highest score in all 3 formats, leading test wicket taker and much much more) too and ICC will respect that unlike a pure trash talking troll like you. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Munafis810 on June 5, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    SL team has lost to India 12 ODI series and managed to win just one ODI series in last 30 years. Then the lost 2011 final to India and WC 2003 they were thrashed badly. Only two vistories of note that SL has over India is 1996 SF and 2007 fluke win. Otherwise SL looses 90% of time ( check stats on info)

  • on June 5, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    This is the warm up matches where teams will experiment with different options to determine who and what will work under these conditions and oppositions. It is difficult and unfair to judge from the warm up games as to what is going to take place when the competition starts. However, it will give give you an idea which players have adjusted and is consistent.

    As far as WI is concern I believe playing 5 batters with 4 bowlers including Bravo and Pollard, Samuels and Gayle to make up the other 10 overs will be their best option.

    "Good luck WI."

  • on June 5, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    it seems as if wi is going with five frontline batsmen (excellent) wicketkeeper (ramdin) and the the five bowlers, narine ,roach, rampaul, bravo and then who/ pollard or sammy. this will be a great team and once in a long time restore balance in the team. should they play three allrounders, pollard, bravo and sammy, the imbalance comes into the tea. good luck WI.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 6, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @ Extraz.Yes, that was a fluke. Do you remember the Asiacups and WCs? Pakistan has a below average batting unit which will spoil the efforts of that average bowling unit.

  • Extraz on June 5, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    @Fast_track_bully...this mediocre team have just beaten you in your own country 2-1 remember?...:)

  • Htc-Android on June 5, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I can see lot of experts saying that SL will be out in the 1st round in the champions trophy because we lost both warm-up matches and some claimed that India will win the CT because they won both warm-up games...lol I guess those experts forgot what happened before 2007 world cup. India won both warm-up games before the beginning of the world cup, but why did they lose to BD and got kicked out of the tournament?

  • on June 5, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    2 ordinary team good luck!

  • ThilankaK on June 5, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @ surajporeddy ; don't show your poor knowledge about cricket , teams & groups selecting based by ratings , OH MAN !!! I can't laugh man !

  • Sinhaya on June 5, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, has Bangladesh managed to beat any ODI team at least 20 times? It is an undisputable fact that Sri Lanka beat England 5-0 in the ODIs in 2006 in England haha! Has Pakistan ever whitewashed England in England? Keep dreaming dude and grow up. Sanath Jayasuriya freely thrashed your school boy bowling attack of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis with utmost ease.

  • Sinhaya on June 5, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @matchfixerpkn, since you are boasting so much about Bangladesh haha remember Sri Lanka has achieved light years more than what Bangladesh has achieved in cricket. We have plenty of world records (highest partnership, highest score in all 3 formats, leading test wicket taker and much much more) too and ICC will respect that unlike a pure trash talking troll like you. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Munafis810 on June 5, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    SL team has lost to India 12 ODI series and managed to win just one ODI series in last 30 years. Then the lost 2011 final to India and WC 2003 they were thrashed badly. Only two vistories of note that SL has over India is 1996 SF and 2007 fluke win. Otherwise SL looses 90% of time ( check stats on info)

  • on June 5, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    This is the warm up matches where teams will experiment with different options to determine who and what will work under these conditions and oppositions. It is difficult and unfair to judge from the warm up games as to what is going to take place when the competition starts. However, it will give give you an idea which players have adjusted and is consistent.

    As far as WI is concern I believe playing 5 batters with 4 bowlers including Bravo and Pollard, Samuels and Gayle to make up the other 10 overs will be their best option.

    "Good luck WI."

  • _Freehit_ on June 5, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Hold your horses boys ! Two warm up matches lost and you wrote SL out of CT ? Thats really insane. I mean com' on look at it in this way. 1st match,Technically SL Scored a monstrous 325 odds against a bowling side who bowled out Aussies for just 65 ! And the 2nd match, SL managed to contain WI power packed batting order under 300 on a flat wicket. And scored 275 odds batting second, that too against a good bowling side of WI. SL had batting depth till 10th batsmen. Both matches were very close, those were not one sided matches. Now tell me where is the problem ?

    I know SL is not the best team out there and they are not particularly well against India lately. BUT dont forget the fact that SL always find a way to reach finals in almost every big tournament. They are really consistent in big events. So, relax and enjoy some cricket. We never know who lifts the CT untill its lifted.

  • thilan1231 on June 5, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    thats correct india will huge defeats 2morrow and 100% sure they will not reach the semis...they should be crooked pace and bounce pitch...all practice matches england are produce very slow track...

  • andrew27994 on June 5, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : Umm, you were saying something about India and West Indies being mediocre teams ? Please tell me more about it.

  • on June 5, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Captain mathews batting form is troubling sri lanka. When chandimal is back 1st five would be really strong, if we can use lokuhettige as opening seam bowler with kulasekera, it would be handy, as he is a better batsman than thisara. thisara is only a hitter.he cant hold his wicket for 5 overs for sureor scoring more than 40.

  • yohandf1984 on June 5, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    In a competitive tournament like this ,no one cant say this group is good and other is bad . because groups are listed as per rankings . If a team who wants to win the trophy , they should be able to be among top 2 places in any tough group . For ex India came third best in WT20 2012 within their group . Both teams emerged from their group lost to SL & WI . This shows there is not much gap between top 8 teams in neutral venues . As a sri lankan fan i want our team be bit more confident as a bowling unit . It has to come from spearhead Malinga . Good luck Lions .

  • kirikat on June 5, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    @MAR00N5 on (June 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT) If there would be a qualifying tournament for this champions trophy, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will play along with WI and NZ. Because they are the teams who ranked at 7 and 8 in ICC ODI rankings. But Im not going to predict who's gonna beat whom, cause I know little bit about cricket, that its an unpredictable game. So its better to watch and sea who's gonna win or lose. Because in last t20 championship we saw 2 teams from "weak group" made it to the final, beating two top teams from the "strong group".

  • Harmony111 on June 5, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    WC Final: SL scored 274 which was an excellent total given the occasion yet India won with ease. SL fans said Ind can win only in India.

    WT20 Final: WI scored 138 which was a slightly below par total given the formant YET SL failed to win the match and in fact lost quite humiliatingly. We all remember the ugly shot played by the Great Sri Lankan All Rounder Mr. Angelo Matthews & my their captain Mr. Jayawardena. More imp, SL could not win even in SL.

    CT 2013 Warmups SL vs India: Indian team that had barely reached Eng were given 335 runs to chase. India did it with the slightest of extra efforts.

    CT 2013 Warmups SL vs WI: SL team that had been in Eng for many many days were given 297 runs to chase. SL never made it and were never in the match. Mind you, Aus had demolished WI a few days chasing a similar total yet SL failed.

    After losing to India, SL fans made so much noise that India played unfairly as their own batsmen had retired but WI also did the same yet SL lost.

    Tch Tch.

  • realfan on June 5, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @Romenevans : and no umpires when KOHLI bowling.... you made my day dude...

  • 6Stumps on June 5, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    SL's performance has left a lot to be desired. While in the first game their bowlers let them down, in the second their batters came a cropper. If I were a SL fan in England, I'd be looking for a travel agent to be on a flight back home.

  • Romenevans on June 5, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    If it will be Sri Lanka India match again, i'd only play Kohli and will rest other 10 players. Kohli will bowl and let Sri Lanka Score as many as they want, and then Kohli alone will chase whatever Sri Lanka's mediocre batsmen will score.

  • on June 5, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    I'm pretty sure that India will loose 2 a weak SA team 2mr. They will not reach the semis 4 sure.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 5, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ Hamony111. Yes, Pak qualified for the finals of WC, WT20. lol. Please give me a list of ICC finals they reached. SL were in few finals but not going to take the cup. It is 100% sure that opposition team going to win aganist them in finals.

  • rock.rockyin on June 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy

    very nice reply mate to 'baseball -sucks'. This chap must be selected as a mentor to up the motivation of all SL players which is a rock bottom at the moment.

  • on June 5, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @all the SL haters- Let's just wait and see what will happen as the tournament starts. Let's see how the overated vjays and rainas will play a proper hook/pull against SA and PAK bowlers. AMEN!!

  • Ash_Striker on June 5, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    India will not be selected even to Semis 1)They cant beat pak in these pitches 2)WI is in their best form 3)If steyn & AB will play they can dream about beating SA

  • rock.rockyin on June 5, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks

    ohh yeah even if SL exits out of tournament it doesnt matter at all as SL team is taking this as a practice for 2015 WC.

  • on June 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    After a very long time, I am seeing the Team Management finds themselves to select the eleven since majority of the players have performed well and how the combination is going to be for the main competition. Looks like Roach, Narine, Dwyne Bravo, Rampaul, Samuels, Pollard and Gayle (if needed) will provide the bowling options and if they go with all of them then the team may look like this. 1. Gayle, 2. Charles, 3. Darren Bravo, 4. Sarwan, 5. Samuels, 6. Dwyne Bravo, 7. Pollard, 8. Ramdin, 9. Narine, 10. Roach and 11. Rampaul.

    There will not be any place for neither Darren Sammy nor Tino Best and even Dwyne Smith has to sit out.

    What a team that they have? This is the greatest opportunity for the West Indies to perform and lift the Champions Trophy this time. I wish them all success.

  • 30-30-150 on June 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Sri Lanka are lucky to be in the other group. The other two teams in Group B - South Africa and Pakistan - would have done the same too ie, beat the daylight out of this Sri Lankan team. A bunch of pathetic club cricketers is all what is left in the Lankan team now. There should have been a qualifying tournament for this Champions Trophy, just like 2006, involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe along with two bottom teams in the Elite 8 - Sri Lanka and West Indies. I'm sure West Indies and Bangladesh would have come out winners.

  • IndianCoolGuy on June 5, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: Hello dear,, I know you have to satisfy yourself somehow, and thats why you always search for reasons when ever your team losses. You should be a mentor for your team dear. That really boosts SL's mental strength. I pray for you that at least SL should come to semis. Actually group A is filled with week teams. And SL has to work very hard and puts all its efforts then it might reach to semis. Specially your Sanga.. what do you say dear.

  • on June 5, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Sad times for Sri Lankan cricket.That they have now lost even to the West Indies tells you the story.

  • Artificialintelligent1 on June 5, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    after all these results, Playing IX - kusal,dilshan,sanga,mahela,candimal,mathews,perera,dilhara/kulasekara/Eranga,senanayaka,herath,malinga (kusal,dilshan,sanga,mahela,candimal)-all of them are in good form. if SL can play with 3 spinners(with dilshan) and 4 pace bowlers, it will be a good combination(mathews and perera did their ordinary job well with the ball but i cant stand the performance of other 4 pace bowlers and mathews batting performance) against AUS,NZ,ENG, at least 2 spinners should be included.

  • matchfixerpkn on June 5, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks ..but truth is that srilankan is one over rated team ..and its time to replace srilankna with Bangladesh ..

  • on June 5, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    I think Sri lanka are really gonna find it hard to even make it to the semis in this tournament.Look at the other teams in their group-New Zealand,England,Australia.If England can somehow get Stuart Broad and Steven Finn match-fit,then they should make it to the semis alongwith the Kiwis.If they are forced to play Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes in their group matches,then I dont really see them even making it to the semis.But one thing thats surely gonna trouble SL is their bowling lineup.I cant find one match-winning bowler in their ranks.The fact that the English pitches are not gonna aid their spinners doesn't help them either.Overall,its gonna be an enthralling tournament with no runaway favourites.

  • matchfixerpkn on June 5, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks..hahah..cant stop laughing..your calling india mediacore compared to srilanka....hahah..check the overall record or last 5 years record or last world cup or last home series in srilanka or last weeks match....haha..in all places srilanka humiliated in hands of india.. so how on earth any one can agree with you that srilanka is better than india ...

  • Baseball-Sucks on June 5, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    My fellow SL fans, Pls don't be disheartened by this loss. It was just a warm-up game n Mathews had no intention of winning it but letting everyone to have some match practice. So the purpose of the match has been served well. Everyone got their opportunity.

    C'mon, if we really wanted to win it, we could send Chandimal instead of Herath n win the match easily. Let other mediocre teams like India have the war-up wins coz that would the only wins they ever get. lol

    I guess Mathews has now got a bit of a dilemma here , picking the playing XI. Malinga, Kula, Eranga + a spinner (Herath/ Schi) must play. Then where does Dilhara fit in ? He makes a strong case with his explosive batting. But his bowling wasn't that great.

    My XI: 1)Kusal 2) Dilshan 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Chandimal 6) Mathews 7) Thisara 8) Kula 9) Eranga 10) Malinga 11) Herath/ Sachi

  • Romenevans on June 5, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    SL shouldn't be allowed in Champions Trophy, i think Bangladesh would have played better. It is just a mediocre team and their captain---OH MY GOD! Height of mediocrity.

  • on June 5, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Good that Lanka lost the two games both close finishes. It will open their eyes on how to combat the opposition in the tournament. malinga should bowl later and Eranga and Kula should open or even Thisara. Kusal needs bit of mentoring on playing too many shots at the start. Then all will be ok and we will be the champions. Any doubters?

  • on June 5, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @Jadejafan dnt dream too much ok dis is just a warm up matches and if kusal and dilshan continue till thy got out SRI LANKA will score 400 runs. and reminder dis tournament playing n ENGLAND end the of the tournament you cn see whr iz india so wait till the end warmup matches doesn't means you won da champions trophy ok friends :))))))

  • ncpasan on June 5, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Remember the T20 Worldcup held in England in 2009...??? Sri Lanka lost both warm up matches and ultimately went in to the final..... Hope the same pattern continues this time also..... :)

  • Prem2248 on June 5, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    as front-liners. They've also kept a blind-eye towards the brilliant promising Schoolboy Cricketers that comes out of schools at regular basis. The J&Ps are compelled to play 2-3 henchmen as well. The 5th-day bowlers of Test matches aren't needed in ODIs where fielding is a very important factor, there is noway one can allow wounded-soldier like players in a ODI team, that can't bat, field or bowl (spinners that can't spin no extract bounce off the pitch) in leaving out one of the proven World's best ODI bowlers at Home. If SL to do well in this Tournament 2 of the over-hyped batters and the spinner have to wait out and Chandimal,Mathews & Thirimanne should bat at 3,4 &5 positions.

  • Prem2248 on June 5, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    These 4 senior players shouldn't have been included in this squad in the 1st places. They are just white elephants that block young proven promising players coming into the Side. Even the proven youngsters included in the squad are vary of their positions in the Team when these inconsistent reckless-hitting veterans are in the Team. With his batting skills there is no valid reason for Mathews to bat very low down and also no reason to prevent Chandimal from batting & Senanayake from bowling on that spin friendly wkt. The J&Ps want to carry on with this over-hyped players till the next WC thus jeopardizing the entire Cricket setup in the Country. The whole cricketing World knows that Cricket in SL is going in the wrong direction for the last 2 decades because the way they have forced quality players like Mahanama,Attapattu, S'weera,… to retire early and employment of fleet-footed reckless, inconsistent hitters 2B CNTD

  • on June 5, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    1.kusal 2.dilshan 3.sanga 4.chandima/tirimannel 5.mahela 6.mathews 7.thisara 8.sachitra/shaminda/jeevan/lokuhettige 9.kulasekara 10.herath 11.malinga we should use dilshan and mathews's bowling more. it should be SL team(not india) to use 7 batsmen cause they have this many alrounders.

  • Sundara-Chandare on June 5, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    @Jadejafan-We[IND] can only win these warmup matches.So don't shout early.Sl and PAK have good chance to win this tournament.We are going to lost all the three matches.

    Fast_Track_Bully-Sl and PAK automatically qualifie for semis in this major ICC tournaments.We have already seen for last 5 years.This time we{IND] going to knock out at group stage.SL and PAK are going to make semis.They are more consistent than us.

  • DilumSL on June 5, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    Mr. Mathews said "More than the result, we wanted to give the opportunity to the guys". That's really good. But what happen to that standard in this game??? 1.Dilhara who is an all rounder get only one over in both games. had to mention that he came to the team replacing Welagedara who is a bowler. 2.Senanayaka bowled just 6 overs. while our main spinner Herath bowled 12 overs. 3.What is the use Jeewan if he is not going to bowl. It will be really hard for us to get in to semis with these performance. My XI: 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Mahela 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Dilhara/Kula 9.Senanayake 10. Eranga/Malinga 11.Herath for position 10 i prefer Eranga @Jadejafan Your team may have won the both WARM UP games. BUt what will happen if dhoni, Karthik and Kholi failed. You guys wont be able to reach 100. and don't say you have a super bowling unit just because you dismissed Aussies for 65. anyway good luck to your team as well. cause you will need a lot of that :)

  • on June 5, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Yeah right Jadejafan. We are the only team to reach 4 world cup finals (2 odi 2 T20), we beat australia in australia 9 times n lost only 6 for the last 2 to 3 years. dont think any other team has done that recently.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on June 5, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    SL is a Mediocre team just like Pakistan. They will crash out of the tour in the first stage itself and no hope in Pakistan either.

  • priceless1 on June 5, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    what ever the conditions are SL should always go with the main trump card "Spinners" specially against the teams like WI,NZ,ENG,SA .that is their strength ,they should never forget that

  • PKosgoda on June 5, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Whatever happen to the SLan Cricket, 4 senior players should be played in all forms of the Game till the next WC.; that is the attitude of the Jokers.

  • on June 5, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    The warm up matches are good and good for SL side as they are directing! The losses are good and acceptable, leads that learning curve well for the team? Malinga's subdued performance will wake our 'LION' up wait, be patient, the tournament is about to kick off and SL's are ready to bring the 90's and 2000's back.

  • surajporeddy on June 5, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Srilanka are the luckiest team of all 8 every time. They are always placed in easy groups in all major world tournaments and they always win against NZ in semis. Dilshan though he played well on a flat track against India, he is a poor batsman with no technique. Jayawardene and Mathews are in worst form of their career and no words about malinga. Kusal is one match wonder. SL is overrated by their fans. My favorites for CT are WI,IND,PAK,SA. Group B team will win this CT.Neither of Group A will win CT.

  • ThilankaK on June 5, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    SL - Kusal,Dilshan,Mahela,Sanga,Chandimal,Perera & lokuhettige all got runs in both matches , bowlers are the worrying factor !

  • ThilankaK on June 5, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    these are just warm up matches ! if SL wants win the match they should have send Chandimal in , he field also & he got a catch he has every rights to bat but since he is in good form SL not send him & send bowler to practice ! Look these matches all 15 can bat or ball , but looking to Indian win, DK, Dhoni & Kholi got runs & he is in form but others failed !!! yes we all know about yadev, one day he may get wickets but most of days he got hammered ( look at his records ) this is big worry for indian fans !!! THIS TIME MY CHAMPIONS IS PAKISTAN - SL fan

  • on June 5, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    This is almost neglected match by tournament organizers. and cricinfo also. IND vs AUS match came as no1 news but I have to search hard for find SL vs WI match report...this is how it goes. Now ICC & SLC are becoming puppets for India

  • sanathhs on June 5, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    @Jadejafan Let wait and see what happen. Don't forgot they are runner up both last 50-50 & 20-20 world cup. they perform well in big tournament.

  • thirimanna on June 5, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    @ Jadejafan mate... warm up win means nothing... luckily we retired out our openers against ur so called great team when they were unable to take a wicket... and with risk free cricket they still managed to score 330+ god knows how many they scored had they been keep batting.. Lol and ur team loosing wickets regularly trying to win a WARM UP game... thats was funny to watch... just two batsmen played well and kept batting without resting just to win a warm game... even yesterday 55/5 stop talking big crap mate... u only win this warm up games in this tournament.. my baad.. !!

  • shanepe2003 on June 5, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    A Mathews should give up captaincy SIMPLE AS THAT… what the point having him in the team only 5 overs ?... fear of injury?.... Need to seek some one who can lead a team to victory. A mathews nothing but hype...

  • Prem2248 on June 5, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    as front-liners. They've also kept a blind-eye towards the brilliant promissing Schoolboy Cricketers that comes out of schools at regular basiss. The J&Ps are compelled to play 2-3 henchmen as well. The 5th-day bowlers of Test matches aren't needed in ODIs where fielding is a very inmportant factor, there is noway one can allow wounded-soldier like players in a ODI team, that can't bat, field or bowl (spinners that can't spin no extract bounce off the pitch) in leaving out one of the proven World's best ODI bowlers at Home. If SL to do well in this Tournement 2 of the over-hyped batters and the spinner have to wait out and Chandimal,M'thews & T'manne should bat at 3,4 &5 positions.

  • sAiyAnstAr on June 5, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    @Jadejafan - these are just warm-up games. Who cares what the result is? This counts for nothing just like India's win over Australia.

  • Kadmin on June 5, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    We all know this is just warm-up matches, its time for SL to rectify the mistakes and strike when things matter. Dearly hoping they will do that, because the alarm bells are going off and no good signs. They've got only a short turnaround.

  • sash55 on June 5, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    It's unfortunate for sl. Until recently they have managed to stay competitive in world cricket. However, when the likes of Sanga and Mahela are gone it will undoubtedly be worrying times for SL cricket. I fear they are heading for some dark times.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on June 4, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    SL quality is slipping everyday. Unlike Pak they do not have match winners in their team. I doubt if SL wins any of their group matches. Even in earlier loss their captain made an excuses of absence of leading bowler and retiring of key batsman with an intension of practice to other players. These days SL team do not have any fire whether in Subcontinent or outside.

  • trav696 on June 4, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Disappointing to see that SL lost to WI in an ODI. They are a much better team than what was on display in this match. The tail-end batting was a positive but the match should have been finished by the top/middle order. They need to get their batting together and Malinga needs to find some form soon.

  • on June 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Once again Mahela is tryng to bat at no 3 and kick chandimal and thirimanne out..This is rediculous.He should bat at 5 and let Chandimal to bat at 4..if he don`t like to bat in in the middle order he should be sacked..

  • on June 4, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Dilhara Lokuhettige shows that he can be a hard hitter like Thisara Perera...I wonder why he has not been given a chance to bowl in England conditions...

  • on June 4, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Gayle,Charles,DM Bravo,Samuels,Sarwan,Pollard,Sammy,Ramdin,Rampaul,narine and Roach. That should Be the starting 11. Gayle or Samuels should be captain.It was a silly thing to appoint Bravo as captain.The selectors should pick the starting 11 first and then the squad.Bravo is just another Sammy.

  • on June 4, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    The caribbean POWER!!!!!!

  • mixlocks on June 4, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    It's nice to see that everyone chiped in, I hope they select a well rounded team. Come on my Caribbean brothers give it 100%, one love/respect & manners =)

  • mancricbd on June 4, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Good luck but only thing I am concerned about is WI has the problem to finish things off. We have seen this in numerous occasions that WI fail to do so. They have chance in the middle but can not keep the pressure on for a significant period of time. Either Rampaul/roach/best/bravo become so kind to the opposition that they find the way out. Being a Bangladeshi I love my WI cricket. I think that says it all. I wish them all the best and keen to watch every moment CT 2013.

  • on June 4, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Man with Golden Arm ..............................................................

  • on June 4, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    I really like this starting eleven. Deep batting. With Charles in form and Gayle, Bravo scoring runs now and Sarwan and Samuels the anchors and then yu have Pollard and Dwayne to blast at the end. The bowling can have three fast bowlers so when one is having a bad day it can be worked around. I guess having Sammy not in the squad does make the team look a bit more balanced.

  • kc69 on June 4, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Losses in both their practice match and Malinga's form here is definitely signs of worry for SL. Sanga was good but rest of the Lankan players still need to be tested on bowling friendly tracks lack of quality spin bowling still seems to be lacking in this team. And WI still remain as one of the most dangerous team's in this tournament and I have a strong feeling that Chris Gayle is surely going to come to the party against India,Pak or SA.

  • Jadejafan on June 4, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team now so no surprises. Their team today is nowhere near the one back in 90s and early 00s. So already lost both the warm-ups whereas our team won both so far, told you so :)

  • Jadejafan on June 4, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka are an ordinary team now so no surprises. Their team today is nowhere near the one back in 90s and early 00s. So already lost both the warm-ups whereas our team won both so far, told you so :)

  • kc69 on June 4, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Losses in both their practice match and Malinga's form here is definitely signs of worry for SL. Sanga was good but rest of the Lankan players still need to be tested on bowling friendly tracks lack of quality spin bowling still seems to be lacking in this team. And WI still remain as one of the most dangerous team's in this tournament and I have a strong feeling that Chris Gayle is surely going to come to the party against India,Pak or SA.

  • on June 4, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    I really like this starting eleven. Deep batting. With Charles in form and Gayle, Bravo scoring runs now and Sarwan and Samuels the anchors and then yu have Pollard and Dwayne to blast at the end. The bowling can have three fast bowlers so when one is having a bad day it can be worked around. I guess having Sammy not in the squad does make the team look a bit more balanced.

  • on June 4, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Man with Golden Arm ..............................................................

  • mancricbd on June 4, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Good luck but only thing I am concerned about is WI has the problem to finish things off. We have seen this in numerous occasions that WI fail to do so. They have chance in the middle but can not keep the pressure on for a significant period of time. Either Rampaul/roach/best/bravo become so kind to the opposition that they find the way out. Being a Bangladeshi I love my WI cricket. I think that says it all. I wish them all the best and keen to watch every moment CT 2013.

  • mixlocks on June 4, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    It's nice to see that everyone chiped in, I hope they select a well rounded team. Come on my Caribbean brothers give it 100%, one love/respect & manners =)

  • on June 4, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    The caribbean POWER!!!!!!

  • on June 4, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Gayle,Charles,DM Bravo,Samuels,Sarwan,Pollard,Sammy,Ramdin,Rampaul,narine and Roach. That should Be the starting 11. Gayle or Samuels should be captain.It was a silly thing to appoint Bravo as captain.The selectors should pick the starting 11 first and then the squad.Bravo is just another Sammy.

  • on June 4, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Dilhara Lokuhettige shows that he can be a hard hitter like Thisara Perera...I wonder why he has not been given a chance to bowl in England conditions...

  • on June 4, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Once again Mahela is tryng to bat at no 3 and kick chandimal and thirimanne out..This is rediculous.He should bat at 5 and let Chandimal to bat at 4..if he don`t like to bat in in the middle order he should be sacked..