England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval

Sangakkara's stunning hundred keeps Sri Lanka alive

The Report by David Hopps

June 13, 2013

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Sri Lanka 297 for 3 (Sangakkara 134*, Kulasekara 58*) beat England 293 for 7 (Trott 76, Root 68, Cook 59,) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kumar Sangakkara lofts down the ground during his unbeaten hundred, England v Sri Lanka, Champions Trophy, Group A, The Oval, June 13, 2013
Kumar Sangakkara played one of his finest one-day innings to keep Sri Lanka in the tournament © Getty Images

Kumar Sangakkara has never been part of a Sri Lanka team winning a major ICC one-day trophy outright. Neither have the other outstanding players of this Sri Lanka era - Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga or Tillakaratne Dilshan. But they will believe there is still time after Sangakkara's magnificent unbeaten 134 from 135 balls pulled off an improbable run chase against England by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare at The Oval.

Only India had ever pulled off such a daunting target on this ground and, if Sri Lanka had failed to hit such heights, they would have been eliminated. But, as the clouds cleared, the pitch was encouraging and Sangakkara, driven by the vision that his redoubtable career need not go unrewarded, summoned a shrewd and inspired response.

England now face New Zealand in Cardiff in their final match on Sunday and Sri Lanka are pitted against Australia at The Oval the following day with Group A in the balance.

ODI batting England style, a methodical, statistically-justified policy that involves stripping as much risk out of the game as possible, setting up an appropriate base and then staking much on havoc at the end had been found wanting, and as Sangakkara drove Sri Lanka towards victory, its chief architect, Jonathan Trott, who had made 76 from 87 balls in inimitable style, watched in forlorn mood from the dressing room, ice pack pressed to a strained thigh.

Sangakkara marshalled Sri Lanka's response superbly despite the initially distracting, and ultimately inspired, presence of the promoted tail-ender, Nuwan Kulasekara, who was sent in to No. 5 to have a swing in the Powerplay and who for a prolonged period was about as useful to Sangakkara as a loose horse in the Grand National.

His promotion looked ill-judged as he struggled against James Anderson, but when he launched Graeme Swann's offspin for two successive leg-side sixes, and continued to thrash his way to an unbeaten 58 from 38 balls it abruptly became a masterstroke and long before the end had left England looking demoralised. Kulasekara also knew his place. Shortly after Sangakkara reached his 15th ODI hundred, and his first against England, he stumbled in mid-pitch and, recognising the danger of a run out, Kulasekara ran alongside him to ensure that he would be run out if anybody would be. In his instantaneous recognition that he must protect his partner at all costs, it spoke volumes for his good sense.

When Sangakkara responded by hoisting Anderson's slower ball for six, it communicated that he was worth preserving. Anderson was impressive, and England's ground fielding, led by the sub Jonny Bairstow, was exceptional at times, but three overs from Joe Root, England's insurance bowler, cost 27, and Stuart Broad had an expensive night. Jayawardene and Dilshan also played their part for Sri Lanka with a couple of 40s and Malinga was Sri Lanka's biggest threat with the ball: the star players had found a response.

Sri Lanka must have feared the game was up when Ravi Bopara struck 28 from the last over, from Shaminda Eranga, including three sixes and two fours, leaving Angelo Mathews mentally rewriting his close-of-innings speech in the Sri Lanka huddle as Bopara left the ground to rousing cheers.

Three England wickets had fallen in six balls at the death, including Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, the latter second ball for 0 - the batsmen they look to for the final flourish both silenced. But Bopara tore into Eranga, depositing him for sixes over long-on, extra cover and long-on again. He even took two runs off the only ball that Eranga managed to get into the blockhole.

That was the excitement; the rest belonged to Trott. His uncanny ability to turn a one-day international innings into an algorithm might not thrill cricket crowds around the world, but when he bats through, it requires something special in return for England to lose.

He worked the leg side with alacrity and, by the time he fell lbw, sweeping at Rangana Herath's left-arm spin, his time had been served. His one-day record is proven, his method brings victory more often than not, and many of those who rail against his methodical ways are railing, in part, about the fact that he is limiting the spectacle.

Alongside Trott, Root provided the perkiest of half-centuries, built on an appreciation of quick ones and twos and occasional inventiveness. If Root was shaken by his altercation with David Warner in the Walkabout bar in Birmingham on Sunday, he did not show it for a moment. Root fell to a slower offcutter from Malinga and left with a wink. Perhaps he winked at Warner, in his green and gold wig, and rued the consequences?

Sri Lanka dropped four catches in all, the most embarrassing of the lot from their eventual saviour, Sangakkara, who dashed from behind the stumps to claim Root's skier to midwicket, and shouted loudly enough, but then feared Mathews was about to collide with him and fumbled the ball in the process.

Dilshan also had the sort of afternoon that befalls this celebrated fielder so rarely. He dropped three catches in all, reprieving Alastair Cook twice, the first a tough diving chance to his right at backward point and the second an easier return catch when again he dived to his right but the ball eluded him. His third mishap, against Root, was a swirler as he dashed back from backward point. At the end of the night, all that was forgotten. A lively tournament had been brought alive.

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Posted by zamoo on (June 17, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

When Sanga stumbled in the middle of the pitch, kula just turn around and ran to the danger end.. That was one of the nicest things i've seen in the recent past. That unselfish good deed finally paid off isn't it?. We need more people like him in the cricketing field.

Posted by Pathiyal on (June 16, 2013, 10:02 GMT)

that innings of Sanga against England was one of the best innings in ODIs in the recent past. once upon a time, he was known for such silent and calculative innings. he seemed to be giving the youngsters some coaching lessons!!!! the surprise move of sending in nuwan paid off.

Posted by dragster21 on (June 16, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

I think its time the SL selectors/captain decide to step up one of our promising youngsters. We cannot keep protecting them behind Dilly Sanga and Mahela. Cos once they fall then the youngsters tend to crumble together under pressure. I certainly think Mahela should first move down the order and slot in Chandimal or Thirimane at 4. Then Sanga should eventually move a place down to four promoting Chandimal or Thirmane to 3rd. Mathews should also move a place up coz as a captain he needs to have the oppourtunity to win/contribute more to matches for SL. He cant be captaining SL without directly impacting the game for too long its not going to help his confidence. I would like to see a top order like this sooner rather than later. Kushal, Dilly, Chandimal, Sanga, Thirmane, Mathews, Mahela .... WE should get over this comment people say that once oppositions get through our main 3 (dilly, sanga and Mahela) our batting is all over. We have more talent that that!!

Posted by kevepere on (June 15, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Hi Thish10, Yes you are correct . But i am only referring to the current form of those 3 . Not that they are not talented. I cannot agree with bringing in Kapu tho , he has been given so many chances in international level... Even now he is not performing well enough. Guys like angelo perera , kaushal silva and dimuth karunarathna are well ahead of him. Check the stats.. I dont think they will bring in kapu ever again if he continues to play like this. We need some quality batsman and some great fast bowlers..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 15, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

My SL team against Aus is: Kushal, Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Anjelo, Jeewan, Tissara, Kula, Herath,Sachitra,Malinga. This has got 8 batsman, 4 Fast Bowlers, and 4 spinners. This will definitely give an edge against Aussies.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@laxmal physics - selfishly holding his spot. Mate check his stats after the age of 35 - his test average is more than 50, with odi's including 200, 175 and a 163. So he was performing. Although he had a poor 2012, the question on timing retirement is absolutely ridiculous. How come the same question wasn't asked to the likes of dravid and ponting, who waited for their career average to fall by almost 7 runs over 6 years. Also about no one rating Sachin outside India, mate the god comment was used by Mathew Hayden, a successful Australian opener. Also where in his comment did lionspaw mention sachin. It is a shame that u need a punching bag in sachin to criticize an individual.

Posted by Otuwa on (June 15, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@Thish10-I agree with your Kapugedara opinion.Kapu is a one of my favorites batsman in SL.Kapu should open the innings in my opinion.Kapu should replace after Dilshan's retirement.Kapu also a terrifict fielder.Kapu is a Rohit Sharma kind of player good in domestic level and don't perform an international level.Rohit also have shown some succes as a opener.So Kapu should play as an opener.

Posted by Thish10 on (June 15, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Hi kevepere,

I totally agree with your comment. We should leave Chandimal ,Thirimanne and Mathews or Eranga out and bring in Jeewan Mendis, Thisara and Sachithra Senanayake in.... if possible Kapugedara...This will result in more power full..aggressive...and power hitting team.

Posted by LakmalPhysics on (June 15, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

@lionspaw: You are just another joker with typical Indian attitude. You are really joking man, how the hell you say that Sanga is at the end of his carrer, he is just 35. Where you been man , your 40 plus year old artificial god played ODI cricket until last year and still playing test cricket selfishly not giving chances to youngsters. What a joke man. Whole world knows that typical indian attitude is only indians can play cricket. You got to know that in a decade from today, no one will talk about tendulkar. Sanga and Cook will show that they are better cricketers and I personally accept LARA is the best. To make you guys happy Indian media will create several artificail gods like god KOHLI, god DHAWAN. You guys will always have to live in dream worlds.

Posted by naveen1122 on (June 15, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

To Editor I think I win that challenge from me and YOU LOSE. Please ask your wonderful writers to come up with unbiased articles, especially English writers, just let them read a couple of pages done by Roebuck to know how to write. This is a good article but too much praising about the Trott innings but much less about the matchwinning performance by the Sri Lankans led by Sangakkara. It clearly explains how the final total propelled with Bopara's fine and timed late flourish, but barely described Kulasekara's fighting knock to overcome the situation.

Posted by ankur987 on (June 14, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

"What kind of guy he Anil Katwal is?? who said that ["England Fans should be aware Its Sanga not Sachin who scores century and team loses," warns Anil Katwal"] what??? r u kidding me...how dare u called sachin scores 100 nd team loses...i & all Sachin lover's are totally disagreed with u..nd officials Must warned him to not pointed out or embarrassed the legend like SACHIN SIR....we the indians & billions around the world loves him so much ...so i requested to the ESPN/CRICINFO officials to immediately asked an apologies statement from MR Anil Katwal.....from all THE billions sachin sir fans....mark MY WORDS IT'S DAMN SERIOUS...GOT IT..REGARDS..Mr Ankur Mishra "

Posted by lionspaw on (June 14, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Congratulations to Sangakkara for finishing a game for the first time of his career. This is the first time he stayed till the end and finished a game. In other matches, throughout his career he plays a massive role and got out in the crucial time leaving tailenders to finish the game. same as mahela jayawardane. They were not good finishers as Arjuna ranathunga and Aravinda de silva though they played their positions. Nice to see that sangakkara trying to be par with the real legends at the end of his career, but real legends are written in the history in golden letters not the time passers.

Posted by kevepere on (June 14, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

We should not risk out 3 batsman who is out of form. mathews , chandi and thirimanne. bring in jeewaan atleast he can bowl. he can bat well against spinners. lets see. kusal perera needs to score comeon., 1. Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Chandi/Thiri 5. Mahela 6. Jeewan 7. Mathews 8. N.Kule 9. Thisara 10. Herath 11. Malinga

Posted by Harmony111 on (June 14, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

Well played Sri Lanka !!

Sanga's calm century& Kula's superb fifty were the main reasons for this win but Jaya's innings came at a very crucial time too. That partnership allowed SL to build the base for a final overs onslaught. Kula's promotion succeeded alright but Angelo, being the captain, should have come ahead of him. That experiment had more chances of going wrong than right & Angelo would have had a lot of flak for that.

Btw, a question to some select SL fans here. The question is, given that nearly 600 runs were scored in this match proving that this was a flat wicket, what should be made of SL's chase and Sanga's knock? We all know what a few SL fans themselves have often said about India's wins in similar situations, even for that 321 chase in Hobart.

Posted by Thish10 on (June 14, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Good game...most importantly good chase... important areas Ive noticed... SL batsmen never got panicked infront of a big total..kept their heads still. and steady... I would like to see more aggressive hitting... My team is going to be 1.Kusal Perera2.Dilshan 3.Sangakkara 4.Mahela 5.Jeewan Mendis 6.Kulasekara 7.Thisara Perera 8. Sachitra Senanyake 9.Malinga 10.Mathews.11. Kapugedara When there are only 4 fielders inside the ring between over 20 - 35 Mathews should bring the fielders more closer to cut down singles which England had done pretty well...rather than placing the fielders right on the edge of 30 yards circle.. Rather than sticking into the main bowlers he should try out part time bowlers as Mahela ,etc as the game goes in between.... this is an area where Dhony is trying out.. Mathews will have to be more aggressive on his batting... I will never play Thirimanne & Chandimalcoz they are really struggling to middle the ball...struggling against inswingers ....

Posted by JG2704 on (June 14, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@ maximum6 on (June 14, 2013, 11:35 GMT) Still feel Eng did not squeeze enough. Obviously Sanga may well have still found a way but during the middle overs but felt we allowed him too much space and time to get in

Posted by JG2704 on (June 14, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

@Jayzuz on (June 14, 2013, 4:43 GMT) I thought before the tournament started that Aus would be the most winnable group game and SL the toughest. Maybe Australia have been more consistent than SL in the last year or 2 but in our last meeting (in Eng) with SL a few years ago I believe SL did well and maybe even won the series. Eng beat Australia 4-0 last time out. Yes , I see the stats back up what you say so maybe "better team" was the wrong phrase to use.

Posted by JamesSmithee on (June 14, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Kulasekara is underrated player. This is not the only time he proved that. He scored 73 in Australia when SL chasing 300+ and SL had struggled around 150 with 6 or 7 wickets down.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

So much for people who talk of flat tract bullies- referring to Sangakkara & Jayawardene-implication is that they can score only on Asian wickets. There is no need to insult players. These are two giants of the game & importantly gentleman. They are two great ambassadors of the game. One should enjoy the game & the talent, effort & artistry that goes with it, irrespective of what country they come from.

Posted by SLSup on (June 14, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

I agree with the comment by some that Perera (the one left out but perhaps should have been retained just to open the innings for SL? - instead of the other Perera) that Thisara is an Impact player. I've seen him do nothing but help SL win OR lose! When he plays he contributes to a win or is the cause of a lost - no middle ground with him!

SL has given two games worthy of being followed from beginning to end AFTER it was played - even if one was a win and the other a loss. This is the kind of cricket I love. I am content with those two games - not concerned with the rest of the Champions Trophy, no further comments from moi - enjoy!

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

sangakkara is the bst classical left hander sri lanka hv ever produce keep up the gud work.

Posted by spiritwithin on (June 14, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

well played SL,and Sanga showed his class again..from an indian fan

Posted by mgr125128 on (June 14, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

It took Sangakara a huge effort to chase the score. Something he cannot do on regular basis. Also it took a gamble Kula to work and gambles don't work every time. Ball did not swing much helped. But its just a mirage

Posted by naveen1122 on (June 14, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Whatever is written is highly appreciated, though the most of this writeup has been basically about how all the effort of a great innings by Trott went in vain due to the barely described (in this writeup) super-wonderful matchwinning innings by Sangakkara. (I challenge the Cricinfo editor to publish this comment, but I will win as you wouldn't want to let your paid writer down)

Posted by lukecannon on (June 14, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Yeaaaa... Well done Sri Lanka.. I was one of those Sri Lankans at the ground cheering our men on. So happy we won.. Kula you are the man son. Well played Sanga. Massive respect. :D

Posted by Siby_Cricket on (June 14, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

Sangakkara was excellent, needless to say. However, the real impetus was given by Kulasekra. He should definitely be in the side and T. Perera should come into playing 11 at the place of Eranga. That would be a formidable combination and definitely more than potential enough to beat Aussies, who are really down and out. A great change for Lankans to qualify for Semis and I am looking forward to see that. Cheers to this group of brave and fighting cricketers!

Posted by onebump on (June 14, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

All SL Fans: dont get too excited - the weather 'forecast' for Sunday and Monday look terrible and washouts seem the most likely outcome. So NZ and Eng will qualify for the semis.

You have been warned!

Posted by TSJ07 on (June 14, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

Congrates SL team from an Indian fan!! When a team is facing its back against the wall this is how seniors should raise their game and do the near impossible.It was great chase when no one gave them any chance but I'm happy to see SL chased it easily with the help of seniors.SL should be fav to go through to semi as AUS can not play spin of SL and Maling's bowling.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 14, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

As the dust settles on the day after it is worth reflecting as Cook said,that someone like Kumar Sangakkara is capable of playing such an elevated form of the game that there is nothing one can realistically do to keep him down. Mahela played a good knock too. A true masterclass from Sanga. it is worth remembering that his stats are equal to Lara's and Sachin's.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

As an England fan yeah I'm frustrated that Finn didn't play and felt Tredwell deserved to keep his place ahead of Swann but I'm still not sure the result would have been any different had they played. Sometimes a player has a day when he's just too good for any bowler to face and Sanga had that day today. Credit to Sri Lanka, thoroughly deserved to win.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 14, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

Only chance that SL has is that match against Aus to be washed out and Blck Caps beat Poms. Both could happen.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (June 14, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Remember SL needs to win against Aus which is the most difficult task. I think Aus and Eng will get through to final.

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (June 14, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

looking forward for hundreds from mathews, chandimal,thisara perera if can and probable and gets a chance, these young guns need to fire as the future of sl cricket, and of course from kusal expect sum fire works and a hundred ,... if sl et to the final we have to look it as another ODI and focus on finishing gthe job till the last ball is bowl and not be complacent.... in the semi's meet India then ball first and chasing better chance of wining that way, aganst another opponent either way, against austtalia bat first post a big total give the batsman opportunities to score and bowlers good practice before going into the semi's.

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (June 14, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

At last a Sri Lankan pinch hitter finishing the job in style after long time, Next thing good to see Sangas finishing a match with a ton after long time, and international commentator's should give due recognition to Kulasekera for his batting and recognize him as a bowling allrounder because it just not htat just one match out of the bloom he has scored like this but in Australia, South Africa ,NZ,India he has half centuries and many a time he has been that ardent SLC servant when ever needed to perform with bat and ball and fielding so respect should be given to kula..in near future games....

Posted by alesana85 on (June 14, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

Sangakarra steps up to the plate when his team needs it most. World class innings. The run chase reminds me of the 1996 world cup winning Sri Lankan side, the side

Posted by JG2704 on (June 14, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (June 14, 2013, 3:50 GMT) re point 1 , yes I've already said that. Re point 2 , Yeah I guess Trott is also to blame , but a horrible waste of a review. Re point 3 , I've always been critical of Cook's captaincy and I'm pretty sure I've mentioned about field settings etc before , but as I was watching the mid-late overs I was thinking how easy the SL batsmen were making it look to go at 6/7 rpo. Obviously he could have brought his fielders in and it could still have gone wrong but I would have been less critical due to his positive thinking. His inner field settings seemed neither to be saving the boundaries or the singles

Posted by JG2704 on (June 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

@sweet2hrme on (June 14, 2013, 2:50 GMT) Re Swann - I'd still say he's a WC ODI bowler and his place shouldn't go to Tredwell on this performance. He was going at just over 3rpo after 7 , 3.5 after 8 and just under 4 after 9 and even after his 10th he finished going at 5rpo which is much less than the required rate. That 10th could have happened to any spinner against a pinch hitter swinging his arms.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 14, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

@dunger.bob on (June 14, 2013, 1:52 GMT) I certainly wouldn't say Australia stand no chance , but I'd say (if the NZ/Eng game is washed out) Australia are the least likely to qualify as they'd have to beat SL pretty comfortably to get their net RR above Eng. In a funny way , despite NZ scraping by SL and maybe on their way to losing to Aus they are probably the team who are in the most comfortable position. If rain curtails Sunday's play (I make it) they go through as they will finish ahead of Eng on net RR and the loser of the SL/Aus match

@cricpanther on (June 14, 2013, 2:35 GMT) Sad that you seem to be questioning BBs integrity

Posted by denwarlo70 on (June 14, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

I've told this before and I am telling it again, we Sri Lankans are a deadly lot when our backs are against the walls...Unfortunately, I had to hit the sack early due to unavoidable circumstances and missed out the game but will somehow find time to watch the highlights if STAR or TEN shows it...congrats TEAM SRI LANKA> You made us proud.

Posted by SaadRocx on (June 14, 2013, 10:22 GMT)

well done srilanka...now that pak is out of the ct...im supporting SL to win the cup & bring the cup back in asia...well wishes wid u guys :):):) GoodLuck!!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (June 14, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

@Dark_Harlequin; Broad was not a challenge at all. Finn may be ideal. I also feel that England team was overly defensive at the middle. I'm sure; England can bounce back on Sunday. This set back may be a lesson for them to make Sunday a fun day. See how, we bounced back. See how, we make desperation into jubilation. Your team also can do that (it is a settled unit with talent). We are not overjoyed with this win. Anything can be happen in a particular day. It is better to stick into basics for every team. Anderson may be fine with his ball on Sunday. All teams have got the necessary potential to touch the trophy. They are champs. That's why it is called Champions Trophy. Best wishes for every team. Waiting to see exciting cricket.

Posted by DilumSL on (June 14, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Well done SL... Sanga did superbly as always. Dilshan & Mahela also did their part and about Kule... what a player probably he is the smartest guy in the team. It's not that his sixes and boundaries that make Kule's inning a great one. It is his will to sac his wicket for Sanga's At that run out chance is the most wonderful incident of this innings. Hat's of brother real band of SL cricket. Keep up the good stuff

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 14, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

my first post seems not to have been posted so here goes again: congrats to Sri Lanka on a fantastic win, great innings by Sanga who showed his class and also good to see Dilshan n Mahela in the runs again. Fantastic innings by Kula and i was surprised as anyone when he was sent in !! Bad luck to England, great total but it was just our day on the day. personal, being an adopted yorkshireman, nice to see root do well and he is a special find. Also good to see Bopara fire at the end. In terms of SL, my main criticism is that we let England take singles freely by not having the mid on/off fielders up on the circle and this could have reduced the chase...still onwards, half the job done and beating the Aussies is not easy so good luck Sri Lanka. Nice to see so many Indian fans comments too, its good to know that its not just trolls on this forum..

Posted by DINESHCC on (June 14, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

KALLIS THE GREATEST: Why you restrict with Anderson alone. Did you see the reaction of Swann after Kula hit him two sixers in a row.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (June 14, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

Well the weather will scupper any hopes England have of beating NZ so they're out

Posted by Recharla on (June 14, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Some one posted on Espncricinfo comment that is Sangarkar has to quiet and give chance to Young, i don't know about young crickets in other countries but in Srilanka without Sanga they wont win the match's and if senior players will retire they will be in 10th place.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

congrats to lankans and to sangakkara for an ouitstanding win. hope to see you guys in the finals. warm wishes from India..

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Taught a very good lesson to the cricket founders this time & got sweet revenge from the defeat against the same opposition who did beat them & destroyed SL's chances of qualifying for the 2009 CT Semi Final. Just a great win & this will be a huge morale boost for the Lankans who r now on the verge of qualifying to the semi final if they beat the Aussies on Monday. Played as a team were the lions, Watched the game as a whole nation getting united. Keep up the good work Sri Lanka. All the best.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (June 14, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I think Eng need to make 2 changes Fin for Broad and Tredwell for Swann. They may have Tredwell in place of Broad as well keeping Swann. Swann however wonderful bowler he is in Tests, he is still handy in one-dayers but Tredwell is pretty much miles ahead of him in limited overs. I have seen him bowling in last Ind-Eng series when we won 3-2, and he troubled our batsmen much more than anyone else and our batters whatever the question about playing fast bowling, are master of playing spin. I am sure NZ will find him more difficult to handle. Congrats to SL, Sanga is class as always, but I am afraid, in little over 2 years you are going same way India faced humiliation in tests abroad, because youngsters are not heading the way they should be. Kula did great, but would have been better things were finished by Mathews or Chandimal. Hope to see u in SF. Well played

Posted by Raaks07 on (June 14, 2013, 8:50 GMT)

What a match, excellent game of cricket, I thought England is the 2nd best team in ICC CT after India as they defeated Aus with their good bowling. It was Sri that toyed with England's bowlers, they were confused and could not control the run flow.England is lucky that they did not had to face mighty Indians as the story could have been worst. I really don't think they played well it was a mediocre performance by England and it was so irritating to hear commentary from Bias commentator(Nasir Husssain n co.) as they were supporting England and were over confident. It will be curtains for England if they lose to NZ , which is in very good form.

Posted by priceless1 on (June 14, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

agree with lasitha, Thisara is capableno doubt but he never thinks like a Batsmen when he is batting , This Team looks okey to me thow i would like to to Senanayaka( the best Limited overs Spinner in SL ) in their playing 11

Posted by India_boy on (June 14, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

what a grand victory SL....too good! Those who were labelling Eng as the best bowling line up have gone into hiding now. SC teams are far ahead of others when it comes to chasing and SL has reinforced this. What a guy Sanga is...its a pity that people in SL call for his head, just like they do for Misbah in Pak and Chanders in WI. Congrats SL...you guys rock :)

Posted by shivmeen on (June 14, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Enthrawling contest between bat and ball.This is called cricket.This is called as Good Cricket.Sangakkaras maturity was for sure verry big.Most of all his temporement. Well played both sides.Their are improvements to be done in both teams.But all in all witness what is cricket is all about

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (June 14, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

@ ---lasitha--- : You may be right.But at no.7, he is a waste.I don't think any team need a specialist super technician at no.7 in an ODI.Perera is a impact player.So he is the my pick for SL no.7.

Posted by trav696 on (June 14, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

It still surprises me how SL can turn a dismal performance one game into a fantastic turn around the next. Sanga... one of his finest ODI hundreds that steered the way in this match and Kulasekera played an innings of a true batsman. Kulasekera is a genuine all-rounder to be honest. Was disappointed to see Kusal go out early though, would have enjoyed seeing him bat. Consistency is the key for SL and they need to keep this going for them throughout the tournament. Capitalizing on Clarke not being in the team is what SL should focus on for their next match.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

It is very pleasing to see SL play to their potential and win the match. For too long, greats like Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan etc., were somewhat languishing. With this triumph, SL has put some life into the Group A matches. Good show, Kulasekara- a fitting hurricane-reply to the Bopara tornado!

Posted by deathstar01 on (June 14, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

One of the best ODI batting from Sanga. And definitely one of the biggest gambles won by any captain in ODI History through Kula'kera, by Mathews.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Russel Arnold ex SL cricketer said this before the start of SL innings that he wouldn't be surprised if SL chase that 293. As a matter of fact SL talents come good when they are back to wall, yesterday it was do or die & SL did. Sanga, Mahela, Lasith, Dilsahn richly deserves a Tropy worthy of retaining ,before retirement, I think this is the chance or never. Wish SL heroes take the trophy, God Bless SL Team.

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 14, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 ; Its impossible for both SL n AUS to make it to the semis from Group A. Its gonna be SL with either NZ or ENG. There is no doubt that SL will crush Aussies without breaking a sweat. But then again, unpredictable English weather can spoil the party n both SL n AUS can end up having 3 points each. But still, SL will be above the Aussies on the table according to the NRR, but won't surpass Kiwis. So, a NZ win over ENG will take the "bad weather" outta the equation for SL as well as ENG outta the tournament. So I'm cheering for Kiwis to win the match against ENG.

Semi finalists from Group A - Sri Lanka n New Zealand !!!!

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 14, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

@ sensible-indian-fan wrote " That's why I said SA could have EASILY won against Ind chasing 330 odd if they had applied even a little bit of brains."

As a Saffer I have to agree with you. Sri Lanka showed calm and maturity in thei run chase. They did not rush to make mistakes, but waited for balls that deserved to be hit. They showed how a run chase can be well negotiated.

SA basically ran themselves out of the India match after gifting India runs with sloppy bowling. In the Adelaide test Faf & AB played smart, focussed cricket as they ground Aus down, playing for the draw, and yet against India, after Duminy fell needing 150 off 19, AB survived a runout by millimeters & 2 balls later threw his wicket away. Faf promptly ran out Miller. 2 overs, 3 wickets gone, & 144 are needed from 17. And yet thinjured Morkel lasted 9 over, partnering McLaren, who almost got them there.

I hope SA watched SL chase down this target. They could learn a lot! This was Championship Level batting.

Posted by sunil_khamkar on (June 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

This morale boosting SL win, definitely throws this group wide open. Its interesting that both Sanga and Mahela have never won a major ICC trophy yet. I don't remember any of their cup wins since they shared champions trophy with India in 2002. SL should beat Aussies with this confidence. I am hoping to have NZ and SL in semis, how many would have predicted that? If Kulasekara can produce this type of innings frequently I believe its a challenge for Angelo Matthews to step up. Great partnership with Sanga. SL seems to have become one man team lately. Jaywardane should bat little lower I feel. He's just great playing in middle inning. Well done SL!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 14, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

Interesting. The outcome of this match is that the ENG vs NZ has become a virtual Quarter final game. If NZ wins they go with 5 points(topper). If Eng wins they go with 4 points at least as second placed team(depends on the outcome of SL vs Aus). A tie or washed out game (keep in mind the weather forecast) for Eng vs NZ would ensure a berth for NZ and Eng would for once want Aus to win their last game. For SL although a win against Aus would ensure a berth they can also go to semis with a tie (washed out game) if Eng looses badly against NZ.

Posted by ---lasitha--- on (June 14, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

come on people really ???? thisara a better player than thirimanne?? thirimanne is a classy player with a great technique and temperament. perera is nowhere is close to thrimanne's batting quality. perera is more of a hit or miss kind of playe rlook what he did in the last game came in when the side was 6 down with 20 overs to go and tried to smash the ball out of the park from the very first ball. Im not saying he shouldnt be in the playing 11 but not within the first seven batsman may be at 8th instead of a bowler

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (June 14, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

SL especially played really well looks like Asian teams are good in these conditions at-least 2 of them. England is my favorite and they did well but what Sanga and Kulasekara did was extra ordinary again great Captaincy for Mathes for sending Kulasekara in power play. England were a bowler short without Steven Fin this could have happened any time as Broad is simply not consistence.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 14, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

SL along with favorites Aus look certainties for semis from 'A'. Don't discount NZ but, as with an easy win in their next vs Eng will make it -points- tight among them,SL and Aus. NZ got bit lucky vs Aus getting away with 1 pt. due rain. But, hope rain stays away and we get to see a clinical NZ win vs Eng . Good luck both SL and NZ, may the best of them join Aus in S/F from 'A' .

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (June 14, 2013, 7:39 GMT)

Congrats Lanka!!... over-hyped english bowling went for a toss... but this was expected since england only perform in england and this match was played in the subcontinent.... hang on.. what did you say? it was played at Oval?... ok then need to come up with another excuse!! Sanga and Coolsekara were fabulous :)

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

When I saw Marvan Atapattu,Chaminda Vass and ruwan Kalpage in the same frame in tv in SL vs Eng, i thought to myself what miracles can SL cricket create off the grid.

Posted by maddy20 on (June 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

Bopara should bat at 5. He is huge limited overs talent and England are wasting him by sending him too late. A quickfire 60 of 30 balls would have helped England bag the game. I also find it baffling why they pick Bresnan over Finn.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

England were really one bowler short. It is almost funny to imagine that India plays 5 bowlers but ENG playing 4 bowlers :P . I feel that this is the fact which is going to cost the game and it has . They won australia bcos aussie dont have a classy batsman like sanga or mahela. I feel Tredwell should have been in for bopara or morgan . Finn should have been in for Bresnan .

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

What a royal thrashing dished out to the English by SL lions!Richly deserved too.Eng though sneaked a win in their opening game were brought down to earth to face the ground realities.The win vs Aus was a bit fortuitous as the Aussies were rusty well as new to the conditions.Also Eng got lucky with the toss and pitch as well to bat 1st on a slowing surface and chasing was going to be very tough .Even then J Faulkner had nearly pulled it off with a sparkling inng. and Aus were missing some key players too eg.- Clarke. Well done SL,though. Were 1 of my top picks to enter CT finals and 1 of most rounded outfits from the SC -spin,seam,fielding - and showed now bat as well.

Posted by Harlequin. on (June 14, 2013, 7:27 GMT)

@columbo_sl - unfortunately i dont think that was an off day for England, it was a pretty standard performance: wrong lengths from Broad as usual, an almost stubborn refusal to look for runs in the first 20 because 'thats the game plan', overly defensive fields even when looking for a wicket. The only thing that was noticeably worse than usual was Jimmy not getting swing. We were flattered by an out of sorts Australian side, but as soon as we come up against a team with a bit of fight in them, our conservative approach is exposed.

Posted by kdevil3 on (June 14, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

it looks like all england batsmen dot knw how to it boundaries starting from cook to bulter prefers/depenps on reverse sweep...i feel sorry

Posted by sweetspot on (June 14, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Sanga masterclass and a Kulassal little finisher for company! Brilliant from Sri Lanka! Whatever happened to England bowling? Without any assistance from the conditions, they are just fodder. Why were they supplying so much pace to two batsmen who were relishing pace? England not just outplayed, they were outclassed in this one. SL could have batted with martini breaks each over and still got home! Ridiculous! Great for the tournament!

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

Weldone SL Keep it Up Congratulations..!

Posted by cric_J on (June 14, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Regarding Alastair Cook , I feel it was a poor match for him save for his half century. He unnecessarily used up the review for a seemingly plumb call and Morgan had to pay for it later.

I also agree with most people here that his field settings were way too defensive and singles were on offer on a platter. You don't have to be that defensive when you have 293 on the board. Definitely not from the beginning itself.

But what irritated me the most was the way he used Swann and Jimmy in particular. And this is not the first time in ODIs that he has put me off by using his best bowler inappropriately.

Why didn't he give 2 overs to Jimmy around the 26th over of the innings ? It would have given Jimmy a better chance to get Sanga before he already took the game away from England. Agreed that Cook needed him for the powerplays but there is no point bringing him on when the damage has already been done or the game has already started going away from your team , which is sadly what happened.

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 14, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

Now that we have reached the business end of the tournament, virtual knock-outs I hope there will be no rain interference. As for SL I really think NLTC Perera should be back. In a 50 off 35 balls situation I doubt Chandimal or Thirimanna would be too comfortable. Only one of them should be played.

Posted by dariuscorny on (June 14, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

it wud be deadly dangerous to take Australia for granted,just beware of the Aussies.they are also eyeing the Semis.got a feeling Aus will raise their game against SL with their captain returning.....

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (June 14, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

@ RednWhiteArmy- High hopes mate , for unfancied Eng team . This game showed why Eng were at best could hope for was 1st round and not make it to semis.More so when you have powerhouse Aussies as well as much superior SL and NZ in same group. NZ now have an easy game vs Eng and an easy win for them is on the cards like the ODI series . No harm dreaming ,hey ??-:)

Posted by cric_gates on (June 14, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

ENG despite having good bowling attack lack quick run getters in the beginning with the likes of cook, trott, bell.Eng always look to score between 250-280 and rest leave upto their bowler to defend.When the pitch dont swing, their bowler too looks club class.England looks very boring ODI team. In this era they plays ODI like a test match with the exception of Morgan n Buttler who mostly fails.IND, PAK, SL and SAF are better ODI team than ENG.

SL will surely make it to Semis as they always perform well in major ICC event.Its betwwen ENG or NZ for other semis slot from Group A.I bet on NZ.

Posted by deep6321 on (June 14, 2013, 6:49 GMT)

Now NZ is the only team in group A, which if even looses its remaining game ,they still have a chance to qualify for semifinal. All other teams in group A must win their remaining match to qualify for semifinal...............

Posted by cric_J on (June 14, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

A top notch ton from Sanga stamped with skill and class and one which may well be the innings of the tournament , given the pressure of chasing 293 against a good English attack to avoid eliminantion.

I said on another thread that SL when they click can easily chase scores of 280+ and that this would be our toughest group game.Guess I was right there.

A disappointing bowling performance by England.Jimmy and Swanny bowled reasonably well. And Root being a part timer will have his off days.But it is mainly for Broady and Bres , both of whom looked completely out of sorts with poor lines and lengths, to support Jimmy. England are a much better bowling side than THIS.

I was impressed with the batting, the top 3 in particular. Trott's innings was the blue print for these 3 to follow for the rest of the tourn. Superb stuff from Root and Ravi as well.

The fielding was good.And so was the running between the wickets with the exception of Cook. His captaincy MUST to be better against NZ.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (June 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

surajporeddy wrote "Great bowling and fielding performances by Srilankan brave lions. They are the only team who deserve to win the CT 2013. Now SL will chase in 40 overs dilshan 150 notout, kusal 140 notout. All other teams are mediocre……"

Hmmm, that "mediocre" New Zealand team beat Sri Lanka, did they not? And Dilshan managed 44, not 150 not out. Not very accurate in your predictions, and you must have a very short memory to forget that SL were dismissed for 138 by NZ.

Posted by Ahgg on (June 14, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

Sanga's last 8 "international (tests and odis) innings" read as 142,105,139,55,63,48,68 and 134* what a player. Truly a legend

Posted by asohk on (June 14, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

S/L need reconsider in No. o1 slot.S/L Vs Aussies also played at the same venue and the slow nature of the wkt, I believe won't liking to Kusal and Tirimanne's slot would ideal to his calibre. Worth trying change around or bestowed to jeewan who also an opener.

Posted by asohk on (June 14, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

S/L Victory over England in their backyard no doubt is moral boosting and good omen in future assignments of the tourney. Good show put up by S/L reflects sheer determination and dedication that has apparently resorted after a long lapse. S/L is unstoppable once they indulged in this mood reminiscing the success of 1996 era. S/L vs Aussies undoubtedly a tougher encounter and fans of both countries would eagerly await to view the match. Aussies are renowned for their prowess in fielding S/l should beware of getting cheeky runs. S/L too must strengthen their department of fielding.

Posted by Mahaanama on (June 14, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

Congrats SL for their great win..!!! I'm also impressed with the way how England batted specially Bopara and young Root.Anyway I'm still not so satisfied with SL batting lineup. Imagine either Chandimal, Thirimanna or Mathews came after falling Mahela. I don't think SL could score at least 25 runs in their batting power play with these batsmen with their current form. Both Chandimal & Thirimanna are similar kind of batsmen. I don't see the point why both of them are in playing XI. Just playing specialist batsmen doesn't give you anything. Their current form is the most important factor. No 7 batsman should be someone who can play aggressively. Thirimanna can be a good No 6 batsman in case Chandimal is not playing. SL must NOT play Thirimanna as a specialist batsman if he has to bat at No 07. Instead Thisara must be included. Eranga was little expensive in last two matches anyway he took important wickets at crucial times. So he deserves to be in playing XI.

Posted by colombo_SL on (June 14, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

This was an off day for England. They still have the power to enter into semis & retain the trophy on their own backyard. This victory should not overshadow our weaknesses too. There are lots of areas to be improved. Hope, Lankans may be able to minimize the weaknesses before next match.

Posted by Jayzuz on (June 14, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

SL is "better opposition", @JG2704? Take a look at the ranking tables, & batting stats of both sides. 2 vs 5. SL has more experienced players, but Australia is well ahead on averages.

The Edgbaston games have been heavily influenced by pitch conditions, as you would well know if you have been watching all the games on TV. It is the failure to recognise that a dramatically dull pitch played a crucial part in AUS's 2nd innings batting performance that has created a false sense of security. So far that remains the best 2nd innings performance in that track, BTW. PAK flopped. NZ were only 15 overs in, its true, but had already dug themselves into a huge hole. There's no way you are going to score 220+ on that track in the second innings with a slow start. Teams playing there are going to have to realise that, & shift tactics, promoting a pinch hitter to the top of the order while the ball is coming on. If you are 2/50 after 15 overs, scoring at 2.6 an over, you might as well go home.

Posted by Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on (June 14, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

One late Tony Grieg said in a AUS vs SL macth that SL needs a miracle to win the game. and that miracle happened when Malinga and Mathews wins the match for SL with a record breaking 100 runs partnership.

At least Mr. Gavaskar should remember that match, if so he won't be telling things which he doesn't know at all.

Posted by colombo_SL on (June 14, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Kulasekara put the ice on the cake at the end. What an inning it was. He took the pressure off from Sanga, off from team & off from all Sri Lankans. He let the bat to talk.

Posted by satishchandar on (June 14, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

The main problem for England is, with better batting line ups, their score of 280 is not going to be enoug even with their mighty bowling line up.. 40 overs 210-230 would be the idle score on such tracks especially with the batting power play included in that and the extra fielder inside the circle.. England are putting too much pressure on the lower middle order hitters.. You can't expect miraculous innings every time.. Root was excellent yesterday but still, Cook and Trott(though scored at better rate than his usual rate) were very circumspect.. I guess they are over estimating their bowling unit and hope they would defend whatever they score every day.. Yes it was excellent against Australia but they had a very brittle batting line up.. SL is not such one if one of the big three manages to score big like Sanga today..

There is a slight mental block for England against NZ as they lost to them just before the big tournament.. With weather forecast not looking good, it might be tough

Posted by colombo_SL on (June 14, 2013, 5:21 GMT)

Brave boys did it at the end. That's why we are called lions! That's why we are called Sri Lankans!

Posted by Kadmin on (June 14, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Great performance by SL. I would like to see our young guns rise to the occassion, but they keep failing. Not a good sign, but they have to address that quickly.

Posted by landl47 on (June 14, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

It has to be said that England were pretty sloppy in the field; bowling, fielding and captaincy were all well below par. However, Sangakkara batted really well and it was a pleasure to watch one of the great players of this era at work. He was well supported by Dilshan and Jayawardene and it was a piece of inspiration, as it turned out, to send in Kulasekara to pinch hit.

England put up a total that should have been easily defendable, but Broad was back to his infuriatingly inconsistent self, Bresnan didn't bowl well and Joe Root was shown up for the part-timer he is. Let's hope England can squeeze a win out somehow against NZ and make it to the semis. They should be there already.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

This result if you analyze tells that for Australia game Sri Lanka should add Senanayake to the 11 and leave Thirimanne. That gives two top class spinners and present Aussie outfit barring Clarke (provided he play) is not good against spin. With Kula firing now there are seven batsmen, Kusal (who needs to tone down his desire to launch from the very first ball), Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Dinesh and Mathews. Then you will have bowlers SEnanayke, Herath, Malinga, Eranga and Kula in dual role and this will be a winning combination against Aussies.

Posted by cricpanther on (June 14, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Seems there should not be any umpire at field. Better to have just off site umpire and let robotics works as an Umpire. As these days, hard to get Best Fair Umpire like Dicky Bird or David Shepherd! Total Disappointment by un fair umpires like Asad Rauf, Billy Bowden, Marais Erasmus etc..where are good fair umpires in cricket????

Posted by ibbani on (June 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

SRL will lose against Aussies, NZ will go thru , but still 3 teams fight for 2nd place. SL fielding was awful, they dropped too many catches.

Posted by 9ST9 on (June 14, 2013, 4:57 GMT)

Cricket is indeed funny I would love to see the faces of the folk who predicted SL will be bashed in the preview. One went far as to say "So England doesn't need to do much to get the 2 points, just reach the ground on time and you have 2 points in the bank." LOL at the poor cricket expert

Many called for the heads of the Seniors. Well well look who won the game yesterday? Sangakkara was sublime and ably supported by Jayawardena and Dilshan. SL's youngsters have a lot to sort out, I guess the old warhorses should hang around for another 18 months or so at least.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 14, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

I'm not complaining because that's the way the cookie crumbles, but it is remarkable how little the ball has swung during this tournament, which almost certainly cost England here. There was lots of talk before the tournament about the two new balls in English conditions but, along with the pitch conditions, the lack of impact that those two new balls have had has certainly reduced England's perceived home advantage. I live in Australia and I remember the way Kulasekera bowled when SL were last out here and his swing was a big weapon. We saw next to no movement from him here today as well.

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (June 14, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

Thank god no one mentioned about the wrong decision to Morgan which helped us to restrict england to 290 instead of 330, anyway superb performance, we are a step away from semis

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

As you sad Sanga Proud to be Sri Lankan as Always...cheers...!

Posted by Otuwa on (June 14, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Yes we have poor batting line up,

We have poor bowling lineup,

We have poor feilding side,

Our batsmens forms are poor,

But we proved 'poor' is only a word in English.

Posted by madapallisekar on (June 14, 2013, 4:49 GMT)

I watched Australia vs England match and I was Impressed the way English bowlers bowled and I thought they are one of the contenders for this tournament and after watching their game agains lankans they do not have the channce as their big problem is their consistency. Joe Root impressed me as he consistenly scoring.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 14, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

I was critical of England's innings against Australia and I remain so. My issue there was the fact that they actually got away to a fairly quick start and were looking pretty good after 10 overs but, once Cook went, Trott and Bell seemed to completely lack intent for 10-15 overs and only started to push things along close to the 30 over mark. The fact that they all but wasted that good start was the worry. In this game, they didn't get off to such a good start but they kept pushing the rate all the way through the innings. The running was good and they were always looking for singles or to steal that extra run. They were on track for a good score and were prevented from getting there by some good bowling near the end and losing wickets in a clump at that stage. These things happen.

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 14, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

reason for that, is the J&Ps of last 20-25years, don't allow promising youngsters that come out of Schools at regular basis to show their worth. In other words the young Cricketers of SL are a neglected lot; they don't want to give any incentives for them to stay in the Game.

Posted by Prem2248 on (June 14, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

The winning of matches with the help of aging inconsistent seniors has no value for the Country's Future. At a time all other countries want their youngsters to occupy responsible positions; the jokers of SL want the seniors to do everything even when they are severely injured. It would have done a World of good for the Country the match was won while T'manne, C'dimal & M'thews batting at No. 3, 4 & 5 positions respectively. We have seen enough of 3 seniors. The things would definitely go from bad to worse if they had continued at these positions for another 2-3 years. The over-hyped spinner too is a burden to the Side because he can't take wkts on these fresh pitches (even at Domestic Matches) unless the batters don't throw their wkt away. We need proven spinners like Ajantha, Senanyake, and Malinda Pushpakumara that can penetrate into defence of quality batters. By the way Whole World but the SLan fans say its Future is bleak after the retirement of senior players. The main 2B CNTD

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

well i know kulasekara can bat and love him because i am a csk fan but i never thought he would stay till the end to finish the game i thought he would fire a quick 20-30 runs and then get out...but lol to england bowlers...and kumar hats of to you...what a innings...sudddenly group A looks very interesting any team can go through...i think NZ and srilanka will edge to the semis...

Posted by Nuwas on (June 14, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

Having said everything, what is with this NRR ? I just don't get how it works. NZ still with 1.+ ICC needs to redo NRR formula to suit latest cricket ,if there's such. BTW frankly speaking I have not seen a single genuine seaming & swinging wicket so far in this tournament.

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (June 14, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Sl won due to the magnificence of Sanga and the other experienced players. I still think Anjelow's captaincy is below par. They missed a trick by leaving Thissara out. They should have left out Thirimanne or Eranga. Gd luck Sl for upcoming games.

Posted by zn264 on (June 14, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

Great to see all the early posters proven wrong after a great chase by SRL! Well done to them after a close lose to the kiwis...who should also now be through looking at the weather report for Sunday. Would even be happy with NZ and AUS going through...even better if NZ play SA in the semi as we know how that game turns out in big tournements!

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 4:14 GMT)

Sri lankas proof that they are the real cricket champions.... Im realy proud to be a sri lankan... Classy SANGA hits the bowl everywhere without hesitation... What inning that he played? All of the crickets should follow our SANGA because he is not just a cricketer totally he is a GENTLEMAN... Jimmy Anderson GOT IT? HATs of SANGA... We couldn't forget the name of KULE... what a smiley boy... Make the way to victory with the sanga HATS OF KULE... you are not only the best in-swinger in the world you are best bottom line ALL ROUNDER forever... Good to see mahiya back on the performances No more Words he was greatest Captain in the cricket world... RESPECTS... HATS OFF DILI what a calm and quiet and handsome inning by our greatest opener no need more words you are the best of the best... Kusal no matter you have a long way to go put the carpet to your path little by little... MALI SAMINDA RANGE what bowling spells HATS OFF... LOve you a lot lions you are the heroes on our heart forever

Posted by bMike on (June 14, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

It's going to be SL v India semi final (may be final) anyway. Here in England none of them will get home advantage or any advantage due to dew in late overs. Then we can see who the true champions are.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (June 14, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Anderson's behavior was not acceptable ! When the ball not swinging, "sledging" become his main weapon.That's why I like Lasith Malinga more than anyother great fast bowler, because he play the game fair & friendly.Sledging was not a part of his game.His smile is more dangerous than Anderson's or Steyn's drivel..

Posted by Otuwa on (June 14, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

<<<<<<I am not mocking,Just for fun,Cri info please publish>>>>>>

Alan Vilkins-Sir Viv Richards and Jonathon Trot took same number of matches to score 2000ODI runs.So we can put JT to all time greatest list.[lol]

Russel Arnold-Nasar Looks like no swing and no answer from England bowlers.

Nasar Hussain-Yes the problem is Kookabura ball.All other brand of bowls are swinging.But this ball isn't swinging in England.[lol]

Nasar Hussain-There are some words exchanging between Anderson and Sangakkara.We all know Anderson is a real fighter and fight till the end.[lol]

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (June 14, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I salute the magnificent Sangakkara! Too much hype over some of the Indian batsman, who go missing in pressure situations, but this guy is a marvel and one of the best playing today. And

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (June 14, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

There is a huge difference between playing conditions from ground to ground. Here we have teams clocking up 300 odd (one for the loss of 3 wickets). But at least the conditions are fair for both teams.

The Edgbaston ground is a very, very poor cricket wicket. As we have seen for all three games there, the team batting second simply cannot get the ball off the square, such is the dramatic slowing of the wicket during the game. And to think the final will be played there. Unless something dramatic happens, the team batting first will win comfortably. And a very generous gift for a sub-continent team it has to be said, as both their bowlers and batsmen are more suited to such conditions. The Sri Lankans are better on pacey wickets than the Indians, although nobody likes genuine pace bowling in trying conditions. The Oval is not one of those. It's just a good batting track at present.

Posted by siri12345 on (June 14, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

really really delighted with our win.didnot have much hope after 1st innings considering the way we batted in last game.watched first 40 overs of the 2nd innings with a lot of pressure and then wat an innings from kula.i hope if he works on his batting we can get a third good allrounder in the team.anyways a lot for us to learn.firstly when i was watching our batting for first 40 overs i couldnot count the number of times i felt regret thinking why we didnt played thisara.luckily kula did the job for us but innings like this will not come daily.so an important lesson for us we cannot just drop thisara in any game as he is a miles better bowler and miles better batsman than eranga.we just nearly escaped missing him.because if we would have failed to chase this after sanga,s awesom innings only reason would have been thisara not playing.cricinfo plz publish.

Posted by kevepere on (June 14, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

yes well played SL. Mostly thanks to Sanga and Nuwan . It's been a fantastic performance by the big 3 of the sl team sanga , mahela and dilshan. But what about the SL youngsters like mathews , thirimanne and chandimal. They does not seem to have faith on their batting skills. Thats why they sent Nuwan ahead of them . Although it was the right choice , the current form of those 3 youngsters are very pathetic . Hopefully they will step up and win a game by themselves without always relying on the big 3 of the sl team. Sad that they are not contributing at all , they need to handle pressure very well.

Posted by tickcric on (June 14, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

This match really brought the tournament alive. Low scoring thrillers are great to watch but most of the recent low scoring matches were a result of below par batting performances. To be honest it appeared only India was shinning amidst pretty dull surroundings. But with this match, I suspect, the tournament has changed gears! Brilliance from Sangakkara.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (June 14, 2013, 3:50 GMT)

WELL PLAYED SL! Now this lost is a good lession for England. They are in danger to qualify in semis. Those who are saying England and India are the best team n will play in final now have to rethink. On a flat batting pitch Eng bowling totally looks wayward. Swan shld give his chance to Tradewell as he looks better odi bowler than Swan by seeing their performance. Same way Fin is far far better bowler than Bresnan so he shld be in final IX. England need to make correct combination and hv to play well in slog overs. Today they can easily cross 300 runs but fail in deapth ovrs. Loosing too many wickets for nothing. Well we still believe they can beat NZ but it won't be easy. So Group A is a still wide open. Any two teams can go to semis.

Posted by TheShawshankRedemption on (June 14, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Yesterday, I said SL batting was key and Sanga / Mahela should play 50 overs and that will seal win for SL. Both happened. But one thing I went wrong was team batting 1st would get 230 and defend it.

This type of inng is what stands out between class players and mass players isn't? People like Sanga, Gilchrist, Dravid, ABD, Kallis, Clarke time and again proved us this. Kulasekara's promotion might have back fired but understand certain moves are done by captains out of Gut feeling and calculated risk. If Chandimal would have come and lost his wicket then Sanga might have had lots of pressure and probably might have lost the game.

However SL still has to bypass Aus threat who also have a mighty bowling attack.

This tournament has now come alive in Group A.

Posted by mysay on (June 14, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks, Gavaskar had a good point, as I too thought that Mathews should have stepped out as it was in the BPP. Kula is more of a leggy slogger, so the PP would have not made a difference to him. I thought Kula coming higher up would be the downfall for SL, as he was failing to connect nor give Sanga the strike earlier on. end of the day it paid off brilliantly justified the fact of me not been a part of the SL think tank. Over all I think Sanga struggled a bit as he too was failing to find the boundary, more to the fact that England's fielding was the best I've seen. So overall, Dilshan showing good signs, Mahela getting back into form and Sanga playing the brand he is known for will only give SL a good chance of going all the way if they don't let complacency set in which they usually tend to do after a big win.

Posted by cricpanther on (June 14, 2013, 3:35 GMT)

Umpire Billy Bowden's decision for Eion Morgan, completely wrong, bowl completely out side pitched and not moving into the stumps and going out to off stumps. This umpire doing blunders in past as well at crunch time!!! Specially he has given some extra ordinary wrong decision against India many times in past, questions to be raised against him to be fair decision!!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (June 14, 2013, 3:34 GMT)

It was a great knock from Sanga. There was hardly any loose shot played by Sanga. All the boundaries were perfectly executed. I never thought Kulasekera would play an innings like this under pressure. He surprised everyone today. Now we have a good chance to make it to the semis if we win the the next game.I still back Eranga to play in the next game. He might be expensive but he picks up crucial wickets. So we need a bowler like him.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (June 14, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

This is a new era thanks to IPL and the new rules. Players, especially those that have seen and played IPL, do not fear any targets. If the wicket is fairly batsman friendly, 300 becomes par.

Posted by eezhavendhan on (June 14, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Really happy to see the winning moment........matinga's bowling was awesome and sanga's batting was terrific....as a CSK fan always i love to see kula's around performance....vaazhtthukkal

Posted by nilb on (June 14, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

Underdog position is very well suited to the SL team, not the favorites position. I hope every one will write-off Sri Lanka in the future. The "mediocre" team that so many people wrote off somehow won eh? The team that's "only tiny bit better that Bangladesh" ? The team with "batsmen who cannot bat when the ball bounces above knee"? Thank for come running here and sharing your wisdom whenever Sri Lanka plays a game.

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (June 14, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

Emphatic batting display by SL though I didn't expect it.

Posted by dunger.bob on (June 14, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Everyone seems to think that the Eng-NZ will be a washout, so I guess that makes the SL-Aus game a big one for all the teams in the group. .. NZ, with 4 points should be safe, so as far as I can work out at least, any of the other 3 can still go through with them. .. looking through the comments so far it's obvious that no-one gives Aus. any chance at all of beating SL. .. Well, I beg to differ on that. .. Aus. CAN beat SL and do it handsomely as well. We've done it a couple of times quite recently. The only problem is that they have also shown they can also do it to us !!

I've noticed in recent times that Aus-SL ODI's usually end up in a bit of a cakewalk for one side or the other. Big margins. .. not every game of course, but enough to make me notice it. ... If that happens again and it's the Aussies turn to come out on top with a thumping win, I imagine that will throw a cat among the pigeons. .. here's hoping.

Posted by warneshane on (June 14, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

294 to win. It wasn't so difficult to chase for any team even Ireland also but looking in the past CT games apart from SA & IND, no team looking in better frame of mind to bat. Some say bad pitch to bat on, some say cold environment or some say bad umpiring /insufficient DRS but nobody talking about the better frame of mind needed to bat. Everyone had seen this while chasing 294 yesterday. SL put application rightly chasing 294 and result they got it. No Indian fan will say flat bully track. No harsh comment. No ugly words. They will talk about good cricket. They won't get panic. They all enjoy good game of cricket. ENG fans must accept that their bowlers didn't bowl badly. SL kept the average of 5+ throughout the innings and hence req run rate of 7 was chase able. One unfortunate day doesn't make any team worst or good. ENG better luck next time. OZ may surprise LANKA who knows. It's cricket man............

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

Sangakarra... what a player... You can't help but respect guys like him who stand tall on the field and off the field. Minding their own business, not sledging, performing with the bat and still say humble. Old is gold!

Posted by andrew27994 on (June 14, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

Excelent batting from Sangakkara. He has shown the best of his abilities in this match. As long as he was there the chase was always on. And very interesting move to send Kulasekara up the order. Kula looks a better batsman than most of the middle order batsman. Perhaps SL could use him during times of crisis. I was impressed with the way Malinga and especially Kulasekara bowled at the death.

England's problem started when both Bell and Cook wasted many deliveries at the start. It doesn't give guys like Morgan and Buttler any time to get set and they have to play rash shots in the beginning itself.

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Congrats Srilanka on a magnificent win .Our lions our pride GO Srilanka GO All the best .

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Stunning performance by SL. Nice to see old hands come forward and deliver it for the country. Sri Lankan should now start believing themselves in this tournament. If I do not mention something about Sanga's exceptional innings, he will be hard done by. Hat off to you Mr.Sangakkara.

I was not very impressed by the captaincy tactics by Mathews. He was far too defensive. I think he should have got Mahela's opinion in certain instances who is a master in the trade.

I don't know why Eranga was called to bowl the last over. A serious mistake, Mathews, please analyze your data and lead the team from the front.

Posted by Sinhaya on (June 14, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

Well played Sanga and Kula as I cannot dream of any better news when I woke up at 2AM to see the news on my LG touch phone that Sri Lanka won. Sanga is simply proving that he has another 3 years of international cricket left in him. This win no doubt proves our dominance against England in ODIs in England as now we have won 8 out of 11 ODIs against England in England. For the next game, we must drop Eranga and play Senanayake definitely.

I do feel for England as they are my 2nd or if not 3rd favorite team as I struggle to separate England and West Indies after my love for Sri Lanka. I hope England wins against NZ. England's bowlers are no doubt superb in tests, but they go for runs in ODIs as their stats suggest. No doubt Bopara batted brilliantly and I thought that his blitz effectively sealed the game for England. Glad still that Sri Lanka won.

Posted by owlseye on (June 14, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

Well, for me, this match could have been ended in a different manner if Sri Lanka fielded up to their expected standard. However Thanks to Mr.Sangakkara, he was trying his heart out from the start..even with an almost collision with Mathews. Taking a good catch to elliminate Root. Well done sri Lanka. But I have my doubts on the batting depths of Sri Lankan team as well as bowling at critical moments. This is totally due ti IPL dormancy. Indians were so shrewd for never giving Sri Lankan players a chance in the games of IPL matchs and keeping them on the bench which made no practice for any of them. True that They didn't show up innitially better in IPl, but this is how it went. I assume the rest of the players will give a good batting show when required in the comming matches if they are to get to the pinnacle. One more thing I would suggest for the betterment of the Sri lankan side, Give the captaincy to an experienced bowler like Kulaserere or Herath. the burden will be off Mathews.

Posted by prashnottz on (June 14, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

The article starts with "Kumar Sangakkara has never got his hands on a major ICC one-day trophy. Neither have the other outstanding players of this Sri Lanka era - Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga or Tillakaratne Dilshan." Err no,Mr. Hopps, Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan were all part of the squad which (jointly) won the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy.

Posted by KrupeshPatel on (June 14, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Now we are here this is going to be quarter final scenarios, quite simple permutations who will qualify; WI, SA, Eng, SL and NZ all need a win to qualify for Semis; Only Aus has to depend on results of other game and that too even if they go on to win against SL. Gud luck to all..... Personally, looking forward to Ind-Pak game....

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

Sangakkara for hire! Come on PCB, you ought to find competitive players... win or loss, it does not matter but there should be hunger and desire to excel Good bye Younis, Afridi and few others than

Posted by   on (June 14, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

Indian cricket fan but also loves how Sri Lanka play. Very happy with their win over England. English bowling, considered very good on paper was completely toothless except Anderson. Rest of bowling attack including swaan looked very ordinary.

Posted by Nampally on (June 14, 2013, 0:24 GMT)

A great win by SL! They really upset an over confident England side who were considered the Favourites to win the 2013 ICC Trophy. After SL's dismal performance against the NZ, nobody gave SL any chance of qualifying. But SL played with lot of determination & guts. Sanga's Ton was well paced & he knew that unless he stays at one end, SL does not stand a chance to win. He carried the bat thru with a magnificient unbeaten 134. The biggest surprise was Kulasekera coming in at #5 & scoring a dazzling unbeaten 56. He completely upset the England bowlers with his hitting. This win will give SL a huge boost & they should easily win over the Aussies who seem to be playing like "Minnows" so far. It is a must win game for England against NZ. If they lose it is curtains for England on their home turf. Bresnan needs to be replaced with either Finn, Tremlet or Onions. England need to put up a defendable total of 300. It may be worth considering a second match winning spinner like Panesar!

Posted by balajik1968 on (June 14, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. Sangakkara has regained his touch after some time. I am surprised by the English conditions. Poor batting and good bowling by Pakistan aside, the pitches are not the usual 220-240 wickets. These are belters, full of runs. I think yorkshire-86 is talking about KP, who is missing. He is right. The top order ticks along fine, but they need someone who can really accelerate. Having said that, England has put on defendable totals. A strange conundrum. It is possibly because if KP plays, one hitter down the order goes, and the possibility of a real big total goes. Just my thoughts.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (June 14, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

Fair play to SL. To be honest the only game i was really confident about in the group phase was the game v australia.

England need Prior in this side for Buttler. We should also try Swann & Tredwell in the same side. Were gonna need to do something like that to win this tournament.

Posted by mar2000 on (June 13, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

From the time this Competition started I said a team must put 300 on the board just to be safe . The reason being that we are coming off the IPL where players are "fresh" and in a run-getting-frenzy . Gone are those days when a 170 or 200 will be good enough .

Posted by Jda123 on (June 13, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

England fans always tend to get carried away with their whole team on Sky also... just like the first ODI win in India in 2013, they JUST won by like 13 runs and everyone was happy expecting a white wash but then India thrashed them.

I still see England going through with a close victory over NZ.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka. Now believe in your strength and tackle Aussies head on. You should be proud of the fact taking so called best bowling unit in cricket to cleaners.

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (June 13, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

Respect for Srilanka. Great comeback after a shocking loss in the last match. Very well done

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

ok Mr Sunil our knight watchers won the game for us sl all the best for the next match u make our day happy :)

Posted by dragster21 on (June 13, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

First things first.. brilliant innings by da legend sanga and thanks Kula! As a die hard SL fan who stayd up all nite to watch da game and come straight to wrk in the morning. I just gota say: TERRIBLE TERRIBLE captaincy from Mathews. England was just nudging it around for 1s and 2's at their will. Nothing was ever done to stop it. That's where i realy admire a captain like NZ's mccullum very attacking and he usualy gets the reward. Last night mathews had 6 malinga overs for the end, if he had kept the field up and stop the singles he would have made English batmen take early risks knowing they couldnt score much off malinga at the end. Instead SL just fed them with easy singles. SL's catching and ground fielding was horrible. none of the boundary fielder or in circle fielders were charging the ball. I still think we shud be playing 2 spinners mayb jeevan who can also bat a bit should be considered. Anyway well done boys! but need to improve if we are to go far in this tough tournament

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

It was only a matter of time before England's dated approach to batting was found wanting. They may have got away with it against a far below par Aus team, but when the chips are down for a team with the batting quality of SL, it was never going to work! I hope this is the wake-up call England needed, although with Giles at the helm I fear a scrape through to the semis, then a TRUE hammering at the hands of someone like India or WI. Basically 3 plodders at 1,2, AND 3, combined with this go slow approach, will never win England anything worth winning in the 50 over format. Maybe I'm being very slightly unfair because if a Duke ball was used it may well be a different story. However, it is not, so ADAPT! Bring in Hales and/or Bairstow at the top of the order, drop Bopara, and have Trott as a floater (3-5) to steady the ship if the top order fails.

Posted by alischeme on (June 13, 2013, 23:25 GMT)

Sangakkara......such a great player. He rarely lets his team down. Also, Kulasekara....the way he played that amazing knock.....just splendid. Sri Lanka have got so many big hitters lower down the order. Mathews, Kulasekara and Perrerra and always one of them rises to take responsibility if the other two fail. SL deserve to go through after this amazing run chase they pulled off.

Posted by attilathecricketer on (June 13, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

Kulasekara bowls the most economic spell of any bowler in the match, hits fifty+ off thirty balls and still does not win man of the match! Batsman's game

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

This is the best cricket tournament in many a year-virtually every edition of a major tournament in recent history has seen S.A or the Ozzies as the firm favourites in the past.India would have to be the favourites but any of the teams can win it.Epic contests await us fortunate fans! Well done SL,some thrilling batting and Sanga has shown why he is a genuine great.Lovely tribute he paid to Mahela at the interview.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

Congratulations Sri Lanka on a well deserved win. The spirit and belief they demonstrated today with their backs to the wall was laudable. After beating England this comprehensibly, Australia should be a cake walk for Lankan Lions now. Can't wait to see another capitulation by the hapless Aussies and excuses galore about pitch, weather etc coming out. Best of luck Lankans for the next match!

Posted by Retour on (June 13, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

"Kulusekara also knew his place. Shortly after Sangakkara reached his 15th ODI hundred, and his first against England, he stumbled in mid-pitch and, recognising the danger of a run out, Kulusekara ran alongside him to ensure that he would be run out if anybody would be. In his instantaneous recognition that he must protect his partner at all costs, it spoke volumes for his good sense." ----> Compare that w/ DeVilliars, who looked in great touch, runout vs Pak. Duminy could have (if he tried) sacrificed himself

Posted by Karthik78 on (June 13, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Srilanka proved their ability, Australia though did not play well but they did not loose the match easily and they could have won against NZ too. Only team which performed poorly is Pakistan. It was considered as Favorites before the tournament and now it is almost confirmed as the last rank team in this tournament. What an uncertain cricket it is!

Posted by sweet2hrme on (June 13, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

This lost is a good lession for England. Now they are in danger to qualify in semis. Those who are saying England and India are best team n will play in final now have to rethink. On a flat batting pitch Eng bowling totally looks wayward. Swan shld give his chance to Tradewell as he looks better odi bowler than Swan by seeing their performance. Same way Fin is far far better bowler than Bresman so he shld be in final IX. England need to make correct combition and hv to play well in slog overs. Today they can easily cross 300 runs but fail in deapth ovrs. Loosing too many wickets for nothing. Well we still believe they can beat NZ but it won't easy. So Group A is a still wide open. Any two teams can go to semis.

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 13, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

@steve back - in terms of Kulasekara, yes he isnt a top order batsman but he is known to be a pinch hitter for us and has done this before both in Sri Lanka and overseas..dont be too hard on Swanny, it was just Kula' day..

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 13, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

What a master class innings from Sanga. It was a blessing he did not play in some games in the IPL preserving his energy. Since coming here he just strokes the ball so crisply showing he is on top of the game. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by siddeek on (June 13, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

very sensible and important knock by world class sanga. well done boys nuwan, malinga, ili mahela clntributed, and angelomathews need to improve his english

Posted by Cover_drive_55 on (June 13, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

With this SL win, any of the 4 teams from Group A can qualify for the semis. Contest is still wide open.

Posted by Herath-UK on (June 13, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

You are quite right it is an improbable and a fantastic win in Sri Lankan style. Sri Lanka come on top always when their back against the wall & this is so special because it is against the best bowling unit in the tournament. England stuck to its plan & put up a very good score but it is just Sri Lanka's wonderful performance that took the game away from them. Against Aussies it should be easier & certainly Sri Lanka will be in the semis. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by kc69 on (June 13, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

Well it was indeed a great performance by SL, especially the 3 senior players who stood up to the occasion. Initially I was shocked to see the exclusion of Thisara Parera. But now even he will feel in secured after looking at the batting of Kulasekara who was indeed the player(as a batsman) responsible for SL win. Hope to see my team India face SL in semi's clash. Hope SL plays the same way against Aussie's as well.

Posted by vxttemp on (June 13, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

So Eng know their conditions and are favorites. Does this still hold true anymore? Was wondering, they have hosted 4 WC and they don't know conditions back then :-) Well played SL though.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

The innings by Bopara was the turning point of the Match for Sri Lanka...If Bopara had not scored those 28 runs in the last over the Sri Lankans would have been happy chasing 275 odd runs and would not have sent in Kulasekara and could have faltered in the run chase.Those extra runs gave them impetus to bat well....and unlike Gavaskar's comment about Kula being tailender I was positive he will score 60 plus runs and take them home. Well played Kulasekara..

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (June 13, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

I really want Sri Lanka and New Zealand to go through from group A, and India(who have already made it) alongside the mercurial West Indies from group B. This will justify the spots for Semis as i believe, these were the only deserving teams to have made it that far. Excited for some cracking matches ahead!! AND ICC plz do not end this format, this is the only tournament after the WC which the fans enjoy thoroughly. Don't understand why the T20 has been preferred over the one-days, because according to me what made cricket unique was the TEST AND ODI formats which were different from other sports. Yes, it is time consuming-but it is also the real test of the players stamina and temperament.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 13, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

I think this means that England are likely to be eliminated. I feel plenty of my fellow fans were getting carried away by the Australia win but I felt at the time that similar totals could be made to look ordinary against better opposition and so here we are. We scored better and I feel batted better and it still wasn't enough. Obviously things can change but it looks as though the forecast for Cardiff on Sunday is awful so it looks like our only hope is for Australia to beat SL but not by such a margin that Australia qualify , so now we're likely to rely on other results.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Those two match-winning innings by Sangakara, 134* from 135b, and Kulasekara's 58* from 38b proved that nothing is certain in cricket except its uncertainty. I got the feeling that most persons, if not all, who followed the game, were all set to criticize Sri Lank's captain for promoting Kulasekara at the fall of Jayawardene's wicket. His arrival in the middle and the manner in which he got his runs certainly was a turning point in this stunning run chase. Nothing can take the place of experience and class and the 35-year-old was superb. The tournament has now changed gears as it is just approaching the home stretch.

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (June 13, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

Magnificent batting by Sri Lanka in a do-or-die game against the home side, i wish Pakistan had learned a trick or two from the Lankans. The way they approached the chase was delicate, and i must say SL and India can both be very dangerous later on in the tournament because of their batting. As far as England's bowling is concerned, well it was alright, just better batting by the Lankans. England suffered at the top, where they lost their momentum when the bowl stopped swinging. Pity them they didn't have the quality spinners to combat that as the surface was griping enough. At last, best of luck to all the teams from this group, as it will be a thrill to watch who goes through and who doesn't. Good Luck:) Long Live ODI cricket.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

sensible indian fan: " Eng actually bowled REALLY WELL today. But with the..."

No we didn't. Broad and Bresnan were awful and about as dangerous with the ball as me in a club game. Now even Swann is getting swatted away by non-batsmen for multiple sixes.

I appreciate your sentiments but there were few positives to take from that bowling performance. NZ and SL deserve to go through, as I can't see Sri Lanka losing to Australia.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 13, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

Well a few gripes from me as usual but not the usual gripes.

Usually moan re the slow start & while this was slowish the conditions were tougher and fair play to the accumulators they increased the tempo and set it up for Eoin/Jos who failed.My main points are

1- re Jos- I'm a huge fan but wish (in Eng colours) he'd learn to get his eye in a bit more before slogging.Just hit the singles for a bit. Ravi showed that even coming in late you can take a few balls before launching.I think he even took a few overs 2- Re Cook's review - Horribly selfish when you consider each team only has one review.Surely you should only use it if it's pretty certain or if it's really near the end of an inns and Morgan was made to pay later on for Cook's selfishness 3 - Thought Cook wasn't squeezing the game enough and this allowed SL to get a run a ball with ease.No pressure built.It's always a tough call (easier on hindsight) but I somehow feel Cook sitting back gave SL their best opportunity

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (June 13, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

Thank you everyone, for your good wishes. What a stunning performance by the SL crew that was. Sanga, you are a true legend. Its was delightful to watch you n Mahela batting together. And Kula, you just made my day. :)) What a cracking knock that was. So,one more easy win against Aussies n we are in the semis. Well done boys.

Having said that, It was a poor captaincy from Mathews. He played a way too defensive game. Instead of going for wkts, He kept protecting the boundaries while Poms were picking easy singles. I donno how many easy 1's n 2's were scored by Poms. Tnx god, Malinga came n took a couple of wkts in the last 10 overs. And Poor fielding by the whole crew. 4 dollies were dropped n no. of run outs were missed.

I hope they will fix these problems pretty soon coz there will be no room for these kinda errors latter in the tournament.

And Mr. Gavaskar shouldn't talk about the things which he has no clue what so ever.(Kula's promotion at no. 5)


Posted by Jaffa79 on (June 13, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

England really lack imagination. We play good traditional attritional cricket but it is rather formulaic. I can't help feeling that Giles hardly helps this; he was the archetypal bits and pieces cricketer, whose batting made up for his lack of guile with the ball. We need to change things up! The batting needs some spark and not this bat until 35 overs then hope Buttler and Morgan come off malarkey. That said, it was a tremendous knock from Sangakkara. Definitely one of the modern greats of the game.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (June 13, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

We need more impetus up top. Why are our best hitters of the ball coming in with six/seven overs left and not getting a chance to play themselves in? The top three is the problem. Hitting sixty runs off ninety cherries might look good in the stats, another ODI fifty and a good boost to your average, but it dosnt win games. Rather than 60 off 90, we need players up top that will get 40 off 30, then the likes of Morgan and Buttler, who do have the ability to accelerate, can have those extra sixty balls to play themselves in instead of having to try and wolf every ball out of the park before they get used to the conditions. Oh and Cook needs to be showed up and dropped for his awful wasting of the teams one and only valuable review. That's 3 times in the last 5 games

Posted by JG2704 on (June 13, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Have to say well played SL.I always though stylistically that Australia would be the most winnable game for England and this would be the toughest game. A perfectly timed run chase made to look easy by Sanga and co. Have a few gripes with England but I'll put that on a separate post

Posted by Divinetouch on (June 13, 2013, 21:29 GMT)

Congrats Sri Lanka on a marvellous win. I admit I got it wrong with Mahela in this game. The class of Sanga stands out.

What excuse will England make for the whipping they received.

Let us see if Anderson will be charged for his barbaric behaviour and fined and banned. I am not holding my breath since hardly likely any action will be taken against any cricketer looking English maybe against cricketers looking British.

Posted by souwesterly on (June 13, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

From early in the England innings, I forecast that Sri Lanka would win and if it hadn't been for Bopara's little cameo, the match would have been all over something like 5 overs earlier. Trott, Bell and Cook's scoring rates were abysmal and, of the first 45 overs, only 3 had over 10 runs scored off them. That's more like Test match scoring! Now, since it'll almost certainly rain most of Sunday, the England v New Zealand match will probably be a write-off - leaving England to pray that Sri Lanka won't be able to beat Australia. Sorry to say, England - that serves you right although even that match may be rained off too.... A lack of effort, in my opinion; you don't win by sitting on your laurels.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Well that was tepid from the England bowlers. About as much venom as a dead snake.

Don't know what the medium-pacer Bresnan is doing in the side instead of Finn - he has neither speed, nor accuracy, nor prodigious movement - Broad was all over the place as usual, Swann looked as though he didn't care, which is strange. Only Anderson looked dangerous, no surprises there.

Sangakkara was totally in control, a class act, and the pinch-hitter did a great job. Congrats SL, and good luck against Australia.

NZ and SL I think will go through.

Posted by parikshit_Ops on (June 13, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Congratulations to Srilanka on the victory from an India fan. One should give credit when its due. Unlike most of the SL fans who sulk when India wins. Srilanka showed they have the wherewithalto chase big scores. Nuwan Kula played a very matured yet aggressive innings. Sanga was as cool as you can in pressure Now about the main issue its evident that England except Anderson doesnt have the bowlers to bowl in death overs. Not a single yorker from Broad/Bresnan, Add to that poor line. Add to that bad temperament causing loss length/line when hit (particularily Bresnan). Seriously if you have wickets in hand at the death, this English bowling can be smashed all around the park. A bowling team shouldnt depend on swing seam condition to deliver a good performance as England is at moment.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

Credit should goes to Sanga who batted trough out the inning , and also to Nuwan Kulasekara otherwise Sri Lanka might have struggled to pass the finishing line because Matthews, Chandima & Therimanne all middle order batsmen are not in a good form

I hope and pray Sri Lanka will get through to the Semi Final somehow

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 13, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

It's not just poor bowling from England, it's also poor attitude and behaviour. Jimmy Anderson needs to be disciplined for his actions today. When the conditions are not helpful, England's bowling looks mediocre. They will continue to struggle further in this tournament. NZ will be very confident and licking their lips now. NZ and SL are my picks to qualify from this group.

Posted by NP_NY on (June 13, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

@madhurajay: LOL, you called England the best team, we didn't. By performance so far the best team has been India and the analysts pick was Pakistan, both in group B. England just a series 2-1 to NZ, how can they be the best team?!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 13, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

That was utterly pitiful by England. One cannot win if certain players are not pulling in the right direction. The middle order played like buffoons after a great start and platform. Bairstow may as well come in for Morgan,and Buttler failed again. Coupled with a soft shot from Bell and a pointless selfish use of the review by Cook-there are other players in the side,Cookie- the batting failed badly with spinechilling efforts of those following Root and Trott . Bopara half saved them but 293 was 20/30 light. Anderson and Swann bowled well,but Bresnan was loose and Broad was appalling or worse. Sri Lnaka deserved to win while England contemplate the idea of just limping through to the semis if that-ie as they always do in these global affairs. I do not like at all the red strip, but that is a matter for the Committee of Superstition.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Kumar Sangakkara, what a legend!! what a sight to see him bat with Mahela. Kule was superb. he always can do that with the bat. The seniors stepped up today big time. Well done Lions!!

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (June 13, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

Here are a few point I would like to make:

1. Eng actually bowled REALLY WELL today. But with the

new ODI rules, on a batting paradise, the team batting

second gets a crazy advantage (with all due respects to

SL's great performance). That's why I said SA could have

EASILY won against Ind chasing 330 odd if they had

applied even a little bit of brains.

2. England's main prob is that their death over

specialists are not clicking. So the onus is on their top

order batsmen to judge a pitch really fast and play


3. I don't know why but English writers (as awesome as

they are) always seem to be a bit too quick in passing

judgement. The wicket in Edgebaston was a tougher wicket

to bat on, no doubt. But the way Australia made the 229

after their comedy batting should have given all the

indications of how things really are.

Posted by StevieS on (June 13, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Hmm going to be a interesting last 2 games in this pool. Lots of different outcomes, I guess NZ is in the best position as even if the lose to England they still have a chance if Aussie beat Sri Lanka without absolutely murdering them. Whats even more of a brain pickler is that it is suspose to pour down in Cardiff for New Zealand v England game. Cricinfo please work this mess out for us )

Posted by madhurajay on (June 13, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Today a bating show. Other day a balling show. Come on SL... bring both together next day. Hopefully next 3 games.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (June 13, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

Well so much for England having the best bowling attack in the tournament. Sri Lanka have now proved how average England's bowling is. Take away the swing, and they are easy pickings. Well done Sri Lanka !!! Kula, what a player ! Sanga, you are a class act. Sri Lanka looking good to progress to the semi finals. Finally, Jimmy Anderson needs to watch his behaviour if he wants to play for England further in this competition. It was funny to watch Anderson get angry as he was getting hit all around the park. No swing, no gain eh England ?

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 13, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Amazing last over of 28 hit by the now England superstar Ravi Bopara. He's been like that in county cricket for years, and he's a useful addition to the bench in case of injuries in a test series. Awesome innings from Sangakara today, one of the great legends of the game, with the support of a thrilling inning from Kulasekara.

And what can we say about Joe Root, eh? The Joe root who scored 68 at a strike rate David Warner could only dream of. One also notes that Cook continues to stay in top form for Australia in the lead up to the Ashes..

Posted by Happy_hamster on (June 13, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

Hats off to Sri Lanka they chased a big total with ease, if England beat NZ they will be through so it is not the end of the world, if they don't they will be out and I can focus on topping up my tan here stateside so - not the end of the world :)

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

England have it all to do based on form new Zealand would be relishing this game. I predict new Zealand and Australia going through

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (June 13, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

This is exactly what me and a few other English commenters were saying. Just because England won against Aussies doesn't mean they got their strategy right.

Here are a few point I would like to make:

1. Eng actually bowled REALLY WELL today. But with the new ODI rules, on a batting paradise, the team batting second gets a crazy advantage (with all due respects to SL's great performance). That's why I said SA could have EASILY won against Ind chasing 330 odd if they had applied even a little bit of brains.

2. England's main prob is that their death over specialists are not clicking. So the onus is on their top order batsmen to judge a pitch really fast and play accordingly.

3. I don't know why but English writers (as awesome as they are) always seem to be a bit too quick in passing judgement. The wicket in Edgebaston was a tougher wicket to bat on, no doubt. But the way Australia made the 229 after their comedy batting should have given all the indications of how things really are.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 13, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

A disappointing bowling performance from England in the end but an excellent run chase by SL. I thought England had enough but all the SL batsmen played very well. I can't really fault the England batting effort. That cluster of wickets near the end of the innings was a bit costly but it looks like SL probably still would have made it home. England just needed to take more wickets to keep the run rate down but their bowling was not consistent enough today. This result sure does keep the group interesting though. Will we see Finn back for England's last game?

Posted by NP_NY on (June 13, 2013, 20:31 GMT)

Good chase by SL and some very sloppy bowling by England. England just lost a series 2-1 to NZ and now this. England are certainly not looking like they are going to go all the way. So far the only clearly dominant team in the whole tournament is India.

Posted by Harshmeswanirafanadal on (June 13, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

Sri lanka have a lot of over rated mediocre 'stars'. Jaywardene averages 33 in odi and sr of 78. Mathews is terrible captain and bits and pieces all rounder. Kushal has unseen Rohit Sharma type talent. The only real stars are sanga and malinga, sometimes thisara. England posted 293 and have better chance but sl are capable of making it on their day.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

England in need of wickets now to keep them in the game. The continuing failures of Morgan and Buttler in games when it really matters is hurting England. Only Bopara's clean hitting (as opposed to swiping and slogging) has given England's bowlers anything to defend in the last two games.

Posted by rajcan on (June 13, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Choosing the bowlers to do death overs is a supreme talent of a captain. You choose your best bowlers who can bowl consistently. Eranga sprays everywhere, he is no way a best bowler to bowl death over.

Playing against NZ Mathew hold on to Malinga after he removed Vetturi, today also he kept Malinga for too long, not bringing back again to break partnerships.

Posted by Happy_hamster on (June 13, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

Great death bowling (apart from last over) by SL until the Bop let loose. I have a horrible feeling they are going to get this target, ODI still a side issue but I don't like losing (not 1 'o') at any form of cricket.

Posted by rajcan on (June 13, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Mathew's captaincy not working well, since the captaincy he is not permorming well as a player.

He didnt bowl a single over against NZ, today bowled only 6 overs. What is the strategy behind leaving Thisara out of line up?. Srilanka does not have good bowling attack, leaving an all rounder who is in form is a suicidal.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (June 13, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

I thought this was going to be seamer and swing friendly pitch but it doesn't look so.

Posted by Charlie101 on (June 13, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Grat to see Ravi getting the plaudits . He is so often the nearly man who has played well but has been outperformed by another team member. Hope he gets a couple of wickets and the man of the match

Posted by Divinetouch on (June 13, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

All Sri Lankan fans that were calling for there to be more reviews after their game against New Zealand should be decent enough to admit that Morgan was given out wrongfully. Cook helped Sri Lanka out by wasting the review.

I am surprised the English commentators especially Nasir Hussain and Michael Atherton not belittling Cook for wasting the review. These two men would have wasted no time saying how silly others are if they had done the same.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

Root was impressive again, lucky a couple of times but this is hit and giggle cricket,right.England look very good, balanced and confident.

Posted by Shan156 on (June 13, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@yuvi_gladiator, is 321 a big score?


I remember this game. It was cruelly one-sided. It also gave SL a 5-0 series win.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 13, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Very good performance from England in the end. After all the criticism for their batting in the game against Australia, some of it from myself, I thought that this innings was paced very well. It didn't look easy to get the ball away but they kept the scoreboard ticking over with good running and looking to score all the time. England had their share of luck but most of the chances were quite difficult. After the first Test in SL the winter before last, I think SL owed England some dropped catches. It was an excellent comeback from the bowlers but I think Bopara has done enough to take the game away from SL. With England's bowlers on this pitch, they should be able to defend that score. I must say congratulations to Ravi Bopara. He's received a lot of criticism but, while I don;t see him getting back into the Test side, he's earned his keep in the short-format teams. Even though Morgan and Buttler get all the attention in that middle order, that's two excellent knocks from Bopara.

Posted by upalinawa on (June 13, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

Let's see what SL can do. We have had such situation before. Hopefully we can get through this. we have done it at very crucial moments

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (June 13, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Mathews must pull some thing special out of the hat to win this match. It's high time he contributes to the team with his bat. I hope he doesn't come out on his usual sleepy approach to play dot balls 4 half a dozen overs and then start firing when the game is out of control.

Posted by surajporeddy on (June 13, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

Great bowling and fielding performances by Srilankan brave lions. They are the only team who deserve to win the CT 2013. Now SL will chase in 40 overs dilshan 150 notout, kusal 140 notout. All other teams are mediocre......

Posted by CricketFan2011WC on (June 13, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

It seems like a good batting track, hope SL batsmen will take advantage of it. Hard to predict though. It appears the only way SL could loose if they over think about the chase. That is the problem when Mahela is around- just my opinion.

Posted by bobbi_143 on (June 13, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

I think except for J Trot and Ravi Bopara no one else payed convincingly. Joe Root's innings was full of chances and very much unusual. If Srilanka has to win it from here I think they need all the three big names (Jayawardene, Dilshan and Sanga) to fire. If they can get off to a good start say 50 or 55 for one wicket or no loss at the end of 13 overs considering English bowling attack, I guess they will win. The only threat on this track is James Anderson and not even Swann will be good today. If they can negotiate Anderson safely they will be home safely.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (June 13, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Incredible stuff from Ravi in that last over he's managed to get us up to the sort of score we were looking for before that horrible clatter of wickets. Up until Root got out the inns had been paced superbly. Fairplay to Malinga & Kula they seemed to haul SRL back in to this but 294 will take some getting now.

Posted by SevereCritic on (June 13, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Eranga got destroyed. This is why you don't drop Thisara. All well, good luck in the tri-series in the Carribean. Champion's Trophy is most likely over fro SL.

Posted by Ahgg on (June 13, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Absolutely appealing to see matthews's captaincy. No intent in the middle overs to stop the run flow no pressure for new batsman and handed him a 50 on the platter. He simply is not a reader of the game and situations. Very very poor field placings as well.

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (June 13, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

srilanka will have to bat out of there skins to chase this. have they ever chased a big score in england, i highly doubt that

Posted by yorkslanka on (June 13, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

amazed to hear that thissara was dropped..Kula, whilst having been a great servant to SL cricket, hasntgot it anymore..Our fielding looks lethargic today and why o why has mathews allowed England to milk singles throughout the innings by keeping the mid on/off back??schoolboy cricket...

Posted by Cover_drive_55 on (June 13, 2013, 15:54 GMT)

Totally agree with most posters. Thisara Perera is the best utility player (been allrounder) for SL in this format and in English conditions (seam bowling). I would actually rate Thisara as better all rounder than Mathews himself.

Posted by CricketFundas on (June 13, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Seeing how England are batting and having had a view at the poor SL batting line up in the previous match, it almost certainly appears that SL will be out of the Champions trophy 2013 today. Pity that SL are no longer the competitive side they were in the past.

Posted by Kiru27 on (June 13, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

brilliant knock by england. SL is going towards Exit. Dropping Perara for Kula? All rounder for Bowler? Strange

Posted by KANCHANA623 on (June 13, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

What a stupid decision. Thisara is way better bowler and a batsman than Anjelo and Thirimanne. The other day he bowled 2 overs for just 4 runs. This is a ridiculous decision in a must win game.

Posted by --.-- on (June 13, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

lol Why in World one would leave out Thisra Perera ? Is Eranga better bowler than him ? Are Thirimane, Kushal and Chandi better batsmen than him ?

Poor decision making by Mathhews.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 13, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

This is good, solid stuff from England; my only hope is that the weather holds up...

Posted by shayalmathew on (June 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

I personally want SL win today But seems this will be another easy win for England when we are considering strong and in form batting line up and bowling. End of the day England will be on Semi Finals. Now they are on 58/1. Bringing kula is a good move by captain. Malinga is superb so far.. Bowling will be more stronger if Seananayake there! Fielding still seems poor. After all SL should restrict England in 240 otherwise play next game vs Aus and go home!

Posted by rajcan on (June 13, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Tissara is far better bowler than mathew and in form with bat too. Already paying the price, mathew's balling has no effect...

Posted by rajcan on (June 13, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Mathew is making another mistake with team selection, he paid the price for NZ match.

It looks stupid to leave Thisara Perera, he is the only guy who can swing the bat at death overs, he can also contribute with bat.

Should have dropped Thirimanne and played Thisara or Senannayake. Another specialist spin bowler or all rounder should have played instead of Thirimanne who haven't done well with bat.

Posted by sea620 on (June 13, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

its a crazy decision to drop thisara who has won several matches single handedly for sl.Kula should have replaced shaminda/thiri.now I am confused about what team management is doing.they first dropped Kula and now thisara.dropping Mathews is better option than this.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (June 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

What another boring team choice by England. At least they're batting first though... I think they'll struggle more chasing, especially if oppositions get a decent score.

Posted by Hunters77 on (June 13, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

I cant believe they dropped Thisara Perera he is a quality all rounder I feel this will come back and bite Sri Lanka later...

Posted by JG2704 on (June 13, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Good toss to win I reckon

Posted by chamal_anjana on (June 13, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

I was really surprised to hear that thisara has dropped out from the team. If i was with the team management definitely i would prefer him before thirimanne

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