Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Twenty20 warm-up, Colombo

Sri Lanka cruise to nine-wicket win

The Report by Andrew Fernando in Colombo

September 13, 2012

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Sri Lanka 135 for 1 (Jayawardene 57*, Dilshand 50*) beat West Indies 132 for 6 (Charles 30, Kulasekara 2-35) by nine wickets

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a brisk, unbeaten fifty, Sri Lanka v West Indies, World Twenty20 2012 warm-up, Colombo, September 13, 2012
Tillakaratne Dilshan made a brisk half-century as Sri Lanka won easily © AFP

A collective bowling performance from Sri Lanka and half-centuries by Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene made short work of West Indies on the first day of warm-up matches for the World Twenty20. Nuwan Kulasekara struck the early blows and West Indies could manage only 132, a target Sri Lanka achieved with 4.2 overs to spare.

The West Indies batsmen attacked in spurts, but could not maintain their assaults as Sri Lanka prised regular wickets through disciplined bowling. The low NCC wicket did not help timing, nor did it allow the West Indies' hitters to achieve the elevation they might have preferred. With Chris Gayle being rested, no sixes were hit during their innings. Even Kieron Pollard, who was at the crease for almost ten overs, could only manage two boundaries, digging out yorkers and patting away the spinners into the outfield.

Johnson Charles' 30 from 26 stabilised West Indies after Kulasekara had removed both openers. Charles scored most of his runs square of the wicket, rising tall on the back foot to punch crisply through the offside for two of his three boundaries, before Sri Lanka placed a sweeper for the shot and adjusted their lengths. Darren Bravo barely played a fluent stroke throughout his stay, his 29 - the second highest score for the West Indies - came off 31 balls.

Akila Dananjaya could not take a wicket from three overs on a pitch that appeared to have little in it for spinners, but both he and the Sri Lanka management will find an economy rate of less than six heartening. Lasith Malinga's yorkers were humming nicely toward the end of the innings, and the lack of bounce meant that he was difficult to punish even if the ball pitched slightly short. Kulasekara and Thisara Perera, who are both returning from injury, were the most expensive bowlers for Sri Lanka.

Dilshan Munaweera's baptism against top level opposition threatened to be a swift one when Fidel Edwards rapped him on the shoe first ball, but having survived the raucous appeal and despite initially struggling to handle Edwards' pace, Munaweera quickly began to find the square boundary off the other bowlers. He was dismissed attempting to pull Ravi Rampaul from outside off, when perhaps a cut or a dab to third man would have been more appropriate. 

Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan progressed smoothly thereafter, punishing only the poor deliveries to begin with, before introducing scoops, reverse sweeps, and in Jayawardene's case, a reverse pull, into their innings. Sunil Narine was dealt with minimum fuss, while Edwards also lost his sting as the ball grew softer. The West Indies fast men showed hints of rust, with too many deliveries being picked off the pads, and several more being pitched short and wide.

Dilshan and Jayawardene both accelerated to their half-centuries and completed the chase in the 16th over.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 16, 2012, 2:54 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury:Yes..we did..we won the inaugural edition..

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@ cool2cool ,,,the first world cup they were beaten in the second semi final, the second world cup ,may as well have not been there, third got beaten in the final, has yours done better.

Posted by cool2cool on (September 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury: BTW what are the achievements of your team in the world cricket?

Posted by cool2cool on (September 15, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

After today's loss (yes, it was just a warm up game), SL fans would start with the excuses that it was another flat wicket and blah blah.

Posted by cool2cool on (September 15, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

@Mahaanama: Yes, I agree with you. He should talk about recent 1-4 loss, not winning a single test in India for 20+ years, not winning a single bilateral ODI series since 1997.

Posted by cool2cool on (September 15, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

@gabrialgihan: DO the know the circumstances when India started playing test? If no, please check and then comment. BTW how many more years your team need to win a single test in India?

Posted by cool2cool on (September 15, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

@gabrialgihan: But before they will beat the team who took more than 20 years and yet has not won a single test in India and AUS. LOL LOL LOL.

Posted by Bruisers on (September 15, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Hahaha, the so-called LIONS got clobbered again. And their 'A' team have comprehensively lost twice to Ireland and Afghanistan!! That's right, now bring out the excuses LOL.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 15, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

@Mahaanama: We will stop talking about it as soon as SL fans stop talking about ENG and AUS happens to every team..and btw what big SL has done outside Subcontinent!!!..and btw chasing 130 in 20 overs and 340 in 36 overs are two different ball games..

Posted by Mahaanama on (September 15, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

@sidh78: Mate why are u still talking about India chasing SL total in 37 overs even after SL chased down Indian total in less than 20 overs recently even though it was a 50 over match?

Posted by kamranmalik7 on (September 14, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Despite the practice match result, I am damn sure West Indeis will win this time. They are the most balanced side and have shown good results very recently in T20s. Best of Luck to Gayle and company !!

Posted by sidh78 on (September 14, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

@siri12345 sl team just won few matches in aus eng team that also at recent time.but sl never won a major tournament or series there. u r just happy to reach in second stage or final,but never won not won a single test in aus till never won a test series in aus eng nz.but india won 3 wc on fast and bouncy pitches.50-1983-eng,t20-2007-SA,u-19-2012-Aus.cb series -2008-aus.nest west series-2001-eng(chased record 326 runs).test series in nz 2010.testS in aus.draw series in SA-2011.and FAMOUS HOBART run chase of 321 runs in just 36 over agaist so called good bowling attack.(malinga so called worlds best bowler thrashed by virat by econo. 13 word record for bowler)

Posted by gabrialgihan on (September 14, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

@ Narbavi and also they will beat the side who took 20 years to win their first test match lol

Posted by Narbavi on (September 14, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

@Kasun Arunoda Pathirana: Sure, but don't u realize that if they are given test status your ranking will further slip away, ireland will make a good test team, and they will surely beat a side which won a test series after 3 long years

Posted by tatactg on (September 14, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

@Simon power if you think Ireland is good enough for test cricket then you should field 11 irish players and not rely on a 38 year old imported players and try to sell tv rights of home international t20 matches & also have some decent crowd in the stadium,not lackluster figure like 1500 for an int. t20 match.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 14, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@ Simon Power hear hear, well said, totally agree. I see a lot of Indian fans calling test cricket boring and not entertaining , well swap give the mighty Irish Indias test status.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Samitha Wanigasinghe - LOL.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Andre Russel needs to be encouraged more, both by his national team and the varies franchises for whom he plays. He is still a rough diamond, which needs to be polished; that's the coaches' job. I see tremendous potential with him.

Posted by Vibhanu on (September 14, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

12 guys played in each team in the match.Overall 7 bowlers bowled for SL.Only Rangana Hearath didn't ball in the squad.Anyway ,anyone doesn't need to be rested.Every team can play their full squad in the match.@Kadali:these matches aren't telecasted..

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Virat is very poor batsmen he cant won this cup sri lanka vs pak or srilanka vs australia final

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

@Simon Power - Totally agree with you. Ireland deserve to be called a test nation. They have done so well. It would be such a shame to delay it. Same thing happened with SL in the 70s. The result was World Cricket never saw greats like Anura Thennakoon play in the biggest stage when they deserved it. Hope ICC take a better view on Ireland, and allow them the test status. World cricket will only get better when more nations are playing it. More color more innovation and the beauty of the game will be enriched.

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

where is ind vs sl match will be wi xi is gayle smith charles samuels bravo pollard russel sammy ramdin narine rampaul badree

Posted by Narbavi on (September 14, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

@Harshani Pereira: Don't worry, i wouldn't mind winning or losing that game as its a warm up game, i want the boys to have a hit out in the middle rather than trying to win the game!!

Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

So I missed something right? An associate beat a test nation by more than 50 runs last night and nothing on Cricinfo....Ireland scored 172 if anyone is interested Zim lost by 54 IN A this a good sign that nobody was surprised that Ireland are considered to be almost a test side? I hope so ..... it was "only Zimbabwe" was that it? Rubbish - They are a test team and have fairly good results in 20:20.

Sorry to bang on about it but we just want to be a test team and we really are, honest, good enough to be in those conversations - I'm just frustrated with how many times Ireland have to prove it. I long for the day that Porterfield leads Ireland out in the new national stadium in Malahide against Zimbabwe in a test match. We may not even win but surely nobody can say we are not worthy of being allowed to play that team or Bangladesh or maybe NZ in a test series?

How many more test talent players do we have to lose to England before Ireland are awarded test status?

Posted by BG4cricket on (September 14, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

Great win when WI without Gayle,Sammy and Samuels - hardly !!!!

Posted by criclanka on (September 14, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Im suprised Gayle and Sammy didnt played the warmup match against SL.Its very important to keep a winning habit even in the warm up matches..Hope IND will not make that mistake in their warm up match against SL. Good luck to all the teams t and well come to Sri Lanka..

Posted by Kristy on (September 14, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

What about Irland - Zimb match, that one also should be a headline. I don't think for next match SL team will rest any one, coz its against Afganstan and even SL don't want to loose practice match to Afganistan...

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 14, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

we shoudnt fool ourselves with this win. these are practice matches where teams dont take these seriously. we also have to remember gayle,samuels and sammy dint play. in the next practice game give rest to dilshan,mahela,malinga and give sanga,chandimal,thirimanne,mathews,munaweera to bat and give more chance to herath,eranga to ball.

Posted by EmperorDravid on (September 13, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

Happy for our SL brothers. Hoping for a SL-India final with India winning of course. :)

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (September 13, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover LMAO someone from Pakistan calling players from other countries hit or miss sloggers. Seen your country's lallu panju batting line-up recently?

Posted by binojpeter on (September 13, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

@ovzdatta151 No, warm up matches are not considered international matches.

Posted by Ajayvs on (September 13, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

The SriLankan columns are always fun! One or two of our Indian experts pitch in and after that 20 srilankan fans jump on that comment. Keep it coming guys :-)

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 13, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

I want to know, does this warm up matches are consider as an International official matches?

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 13, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

@Abhishek Gupta : Thanks buddy for the info... :)

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

Now its time sachin to retire from cricket, he is wasting young talents

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

These warm up matches should be taken seriously! I don't know what is this new found love of Indian cricket fans towards the West Indians ! Had the warm up match result being the opposite THEN you people would have agreed with the fact that West Indians are the most favorable side! All teams are threatening in this format of the game in my opinion! If any case India lose any of the matches I'm just waiting to hear Dhoni's silly excuses! Really it's more entertaining than any of your predictions!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Folks getting excited about a practice match. Somebody even called it a great win. Well I guess that's what happens when you get carried away by one performance, however good. Wait until the matches that count begin and then form an opinion would be my recommendation. WI are much better than they showed or will show in the matches to follow. Yeah, all you Sammy haters, why aren't you blaming him in absentia for the loss? Let's see you pull that one off!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Sinhaya wishing India goodluck? Are you sure you're actually "sinhaya" ??

Posted by Black_Rider on (September 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

@satish619chandar:: I really respect you bro.. You are a one nice gentleman who loves this game so much....Thanks for giving credit to SL..Thanks mate.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

@ovzdatta151 dude I dunno about star cricket but you can watch the buffering of cricone for both matches of pakistan (vs India and SL) :)

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

i don't think so bt d match b/w india n srilanka definately telecast on star cricket..

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

@ narbavi im waiting to see your comment in next monday after loosing to pakistan

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

buddi tharanga ...dont think about these indian comments .they stil living there dreams which sl curators create by providing 1bouncy tracks to 4 flat tracks in last tour .when they start to play in bouncy tracks in world cup ......oh my god .they stil dont know they win maches just becose of Virat .we cant foget how these fans coment about there team in last t20 ,ausis and england tour

Posted by kc69 on (September 13, 2012, 18:49 GMT)

@Allen.Arendtsz and Mayan Leon and others : i hope you know about someone named Chris Gayle,Darren Sammy(Who is their regular captain) and Marlon Samuels who did not play today.Don't ever under-estimate Windies based on this match.

Posted by kc69 on (September 13, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Good win for Lanka,But i dont understand why does Sri Lanka hype Malinga so mcuh as per an Indian perspective i believe Kulasekara is way better bowler than him.For WI i feel Gayle factor can be clearly missed.

Posted by jerryman on (September 13, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

hope the best team wins .. its anyones game .. any 2 overs can change the game in an instant ... quick wickets , low scoring overs , builts up pressure .. however should be an exciting contest... bowlers to watch out 4 are ajmal, mendis .. maybe narine ... think the death overs will be the key .. u can see many of them bowling a slower delivery as the pace comes off ... bowling wise i think Pakistan may have the best , however their batting is so unpredictable and for India its the reverse.. should be even , SA maybe favorites to be in the final 4 , however I am sure Ireland will upset a big team as well... let the games begin...

Posted by Deepfreezed on (September 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

how much price money is there? Look for Sri Lankan players to do better if they get more money. Disgrace of a team this one is and total pointless playing cricket just for money.

Posted by SL-RokZ on (September 13, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Jeez...most indians can't a bear a win of SL.... so lame.... BTW all the very best to SL... go for it boys... :D

Posted by CharlesDS on (September 13, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Pollard has not scored this many runs against india. if WI played india..they would be dismissed for less than WI better get to it.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

The results in this match does not say too much, or does it? The WI are not a strong force without Gayle (no pun intended). Also Samuels has to be in the team for his batting and bowling and should come at 3. While I can understand the logic of resting those two, I cannot fathom why Sammy was also rested.

At this point our chances of winning seem more about making a much higher score than our opponents, since our bowling will struggle. Gayle and Samuels will have to play key roles, and Charles is ok too. My starting 11 would NOT include Smith or Simmons, since both will struggle in the conditions.

Likely team in batting order: 1.Gayle, 2.Charles, 3.Samuels, 4. DM Bravo, 5. Russell, 6. DJ Bravo (only because he is VC), 7. Pollard, 8. Sammy 9. Rampaul, 10. Edwards 11. Narine

Selection notes: With Samuels, we dont need Badree, who is unlikely to fear much better. Pollard is on trial for 1st two games. Sammy must bowl at least 2 overs to merit continued inclusion.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 13, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

@Buddi Tharanga: lol bro, i doubt it, i really believe lankans are the ones who should be careful about not losing to zimbabwe, its the clash of the minnows :)

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 13, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

Will Star Cricket show the warm up matches between Srilanka and Pakistan?

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Where is Gayle ??? Without him no hope for WI

Posted by chammy123 on (September 13, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

Great win SL. When comes to ICC events in most of the occasions SL perform better as a unit. That's why they are one of favorite here too. Team spirit is very high so that they can up the tempo in most occasions. Hope u go all the way. cheers....

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

My Squad for Windies C.Gayle,D.Smith,M.Samuels,D.Bravo(Sr),K.Pollard,L.Simmons(W.K),A.Russel,D.Sammy,S.Naraine,F.Edwards,R.Rampaul. if pitch supports spin replace Rampaul or Edwards withs S.Badree......

Posted by lazyone on (September 13, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Hope SL will carry this momentum to the tournament

Posted by tommytucker on (September 13, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

Another pointless T20 warm-up game. ZZzzzzzZZZZZZ

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

ya..there was good crowd......and congratz to SL..........hope in the next warm up,others will be get there chances.....

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

to my fellow SL fans, this is a good win but lets not get carried away, this is only a warm up match without Gayle also...

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

@Eat_sleep_play_cricket, thanks but I disagree with one thing. It is mainly India (ODIs) who have given us nightmares in our backyard along with Aussies (tests mainly). You mean to say England, South Africa have also given us nightmares in our soil? Remember bro South Africa have beaten us only once in ODIs in SL and have lost 3 out of the last 4 tests they played here. I also wish India good luck for the T20 world cup.

Posted by srinideva on (September 13, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

LIons really,,, that is what you guys and half month ago, we indians seen only cats in your own country...pls no more lions pls

Posted by srinideva on (September 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

@SaifS, are you kidding me? this one warm up match agt WI, makes you to say that kind of comedy...Really you are class apart...LOL

Posted by siri12345 on (September 13, 2012, 15:43 GMT)

excellent start guys but i hope when the main tournament starts srilanka should start from zero and shouldnot look much into these warm up result.but satisfying to see mendis ajantha and akila dhanjaya bowling so well.i will like to see both of them playing ahead of herath.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

My WI team.. 1.Gayle 2.Samuels 3.DR Smith/Charls/DM Bravo in order of Preference 4.DJBravo 5.ChanderPaul 6.Pollard 7.AD Russel 8.Sammy 9.Ramdin 10.Naraine 11.Roach

Posted by De-Bruyn on (September 13, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

bad result but nice to give some of the batsmen who will not play every game some time to get in. Bravo, Simmons and Charles are fighting for a place because the other batsmen are a shoe in. Concern is there for the bowling though because these are our main bowlers.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

How come they are not blaming Sammy for this thrashing? hehehee

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 13, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Warmups do not really reflect the potential or form of a team. I am not sure most of players put in best efforts simply because they dont want to give away their strengths or risk injury. WI is good team and so is Aus/NZ/Pak and all others but if one reads to much in results of warm up games , I would say they are wrong. Also T20 is format which depends on luck factor to a great extent and performance on the day and teams peaking at right time can defeat teams they may have lost to in the warmups

Posted by kickassPakistan on (September 13, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

so much for the favorites tag

Posted by Bruisers on (September 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

They say one player can make a huge difference in T20s. Here, the Windies were missing three big players. SL fans and WI haters have to cool down for now. Even SL will lose to Zimbabwe if they play without their big three - J'wardene, Dilshan, Malinga.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

good start to the campaign, warm ups i guess...we should rest the big boys for the next warm up

Posted by gregjones on (September 13, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Most of these stupid experts were saying that West Indies were the strongest contenders for the T20 World cup. The less said about them, the better!!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

One win in a practice match doesn't say much....neither one loss. When will you people realize there are no favorites in T20 cricket just look at the recent series with Pak and Aus. Pak won easily, then a tie and then Aus won easily. Anybody can win on any given day and that is the reality of T20 only takes 1 batsman or one spell from a bowler to change the entire course of the game. So relax people....this doesnt make Sri Lanka is now favorite because they beat the so called "Favorites" Windies.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (September 13, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Nothing to take away from Lanka win, they won after a 5-1 thrashing recently, gives their fans something to cheer. Optimism is important and but overconfidence is bad. Winning a warm up game does not make a team great! I'm actually disappointed that lower order Lanka batsman did not get a chance to perform and that is where the team strength lies. Look at windies, they kept back their trump cards in the "HIT and Giggle" match and made sure lower order batsman access the Lankan pitch. Good Luck Lanka because many teams (excluding Pakistan and Bangladesh) have caused nightmares in your own backyard after LANKA winning a warm up game. Actual test for you would be when you face BIG BOYS! - From a Sangakara fan!

Posted by SaifS on (September 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

go back to what you do for pace and bounce...dont try to become like a subcontinent team...take pride in your real assets and win the world again...

Posted by Midonoff on (September 13, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

I wouldn't take anything from this SL victory as this was just a warm up and west indies was not at full strength.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Well after all the positive talk about how they'd fear in the tournament, this is a dose of reality of the task that's ahead. I know it's only a warm-up game and the whole point of practice is to get used to the surroundings and conditions, as well as trying to play themselves into some kind of form before the real thing starts. But my prediction is unless the Windies can find some consistancy and discipline in all aspects to their cricket, they will come up short against the better organised teams. They will always be a outside bet to chase down a challenging target, because there is some potential firepower in the batting line-up, but you can't just rely on that throughout a whole tournament. So they'll blow hot and cold and might even turn over a few teams, but it wouldn't surprise me if they are found wanting in pressure-situations. I hope they prove me wrong, but their charasmatic and unpredictable style of cricket will more often than not, prove to be the case.

Posted by ShehanJ on (September 13, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

One swallow doesn't make a summer...just like one win in a practice match doesn't mean that you will win the T20 World Cup. One simple piece of advice to Sri Lankan cricket fans...don't count your chickens before they are hatched. :)

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Sri Lanka seriously has a big chance to win the World Cup. They should, they deserve it!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Just a warm-up match,but it tells all. Without seeing that match, it was easy to conclude poor captcy. Some may even question DJ Bravo's presence in the squad. WI have their work cut out. All the best guys.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 13, 2012, 13:13 GMT)

@Sujan Rao: That's interesting, the last time i checked it was the indians who ruled your islands with a 5-1 victory margin,

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)- Welcome to the jungle 'W.I'

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

@Narbavi truth is out there :) IPL hero's morning out there .... you'll realized it deeper when india eliminate from first round

Posted by WellOfcours on (September 13, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

im happy that my fantasy players (dilshan, matthews,mendis, narine) performed well... M least bothered about d rest.. :P

Posted by TheGreatestGameEverPlayed on (September 13, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

Its quite confusing how ppl say that Windies are gonna lift the cup, and at the same time deny the ability of SL to win it. What happened today wasn't a great revelation. It was pretty obvious that SL were going to win the match. Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga, Mathews, Perera, Munaweera are all in their top forms. Now, having Kulasekara to back up the pace attack, will reduce Malinga's pressure. Other teams better watch out for, specially Mahela with his sheer ability to face any bowling attack 'n utilize the improvised shots. With their home conditions, I think SL are on the top of the list.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Welcome to the jungle kids. Lions rule here.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

The lions have come out of their dens to let out their first ROARRRRRRRR :) ! Weldone !

Posted by shantiratnamaj on (September 13, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

I was there at the match this morning. it was purely a practice match - neither WI or SL could be judged on any aspect with this match - both teams played this match for pure match practice. Players from both sides looked in good fitness. Indian supporters are very worried it looks with some comments - yes WI is a very good team with big chances and todays practice match doesnt take away anywthing from them! I am cheering SL to win the cup but i m nt taking much away from WI. Interms of chances i rate as follows 1- Pakistan 2 - Sri Lanka 3- WI - 4-New zeland - 5 - India - 6-South Africa - 7- Irland - 8-Bagladesh 9 - England

Posted by Karnain on (September 13, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Congratulations for the lions on a comprehensive victory against the so called favorites. Only negative point of this match as far as I can see is that Sangakkara couldn't get a chance to bat, anyway hope he will in the next game against India. We should rest Malinga, Dilshan & Mahela for the next one. Even though Akila didn't pick any wicket he was useful enough with his economy and compared to the returns of Sunil Narine. So is this the 11 for the curtain raiser? (with the exclusion of Thirimanne)

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

I was there to see how Akila manage Gyle storm, unfortunately Gyle ddnt play and dont wary caribians have a good chance , with Gyle and Sunil

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

no chance for others in lions den

Posted by Ksaminda on (September 13, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

i was there :) its was great to see such a big crowed even for a practice match, yeah we did not had much of crowed for the SLPL but when its about our country we will all ways be with them :) met few of my hero's wow cool :) i dnt think polad n narine enjoyed it that much coz crowed was all ways saying " IPL polad this is not IPL welcome to SL " it was same with narine

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

Dear West-Indies, Why do u keep Adrian Russel so down the order when he always does perform exceptionally well. Not only does he boosting the strike rate but that too with handsome runs on the board usually. Plus you also need to bring some hard-hitting opener like Chris Gayle.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Mayan Leon is absolutely right about inability of BPL/IPL stars at the highest level. Pakistan also have got a few BPL stars who make the gullible fans believe that they will thrash quality international bowlers around the park. what happens is the exact opposite as these averages players are found out big time when they come up against bowlers who hurl it at speeds of 140 plus.

Posted by PACERONE on (September 13, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Like I have been saying for a long time W.I bowling needs more variety.Rampaul,Pollard and Bravo will not be getting too many wickets or even containing runs.So there fore if Edwards and Russel are been trashed as has happened before where do they turn?Narine and Badree has to be used wisely.We need a left arm bowler preferably a spinner in the team.Benn fits that bill..tall and accurate and spins the ball.No excuses after please.

Posted by LoveLanka on (September 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Good performance by lankans. they started well and progressed ahead very well in recent world cups but couldn't finish well. i hope and pray that this time if they manage to progress on to top, to finish it of as well. what is good is the mix of talent in this squad. all the good luck to Sri Lankan LIONS...

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Congratulations SL. This is my first comment to cricinfo.Good performance by our team. But WI can't underestimate. I feel they are still one of the favourite teams. Sri Lanka can build on this victory. It gives the necessary momentum. I feel WI may come back strongly. Good luck for both teams. We want good cricket+sportsmanship.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Good job lads !! Lions are zoning in :D :D

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 13, 2012, 10:15 GMT)


Posted by tdslbuwa on (September 13, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Nice warm up game for Sri Lanka.Thirimanne should be replaced by Chandimal because Chandimal is always a better t20 batsmen although he is not in a great form these days.If SL go with 2 specialist spinners then Jeeven should left out to strength the batting lineup. Also Munaweera should open with Dilshan. my SL team : Dilshan,Mnaweera,Mahela,Sanga,Mathews,Chandi,Thisara,Nuwan,Malinga,Herath,Mendis/Akila.

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 13, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

With this win SL team is the hot favourites for lifting the 4th WC T20. In fact they already won the cup in advance.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 13, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

I am so confused now, I keep reading the Windies are one of the favorites and SL cannot win it. pak wins one game by loads, then a tie (super win for Pakistan), then Australia win by loads. in 40 years time the only games of t20 people will remember are the world cup finals, oh and when england gert beaten by an associate. congrats SL.

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

oops, so called red hot favorites gone down , why its so hard for people to realize that bpl,ipl bbl stars aren't really stars in international cricket, West indies team filled with ipl and bbl stars , not internationals

Posted by amilag on (September 13, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

I can smell what is coming on next two to three weeks! SL are definitely favorites to win the title..

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Wish you All the best Sri lanka I think won the cup

Posted by Allen.Arendtsz on (September 13, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Well done to Sri Lanka they literary thrashed West Indies !!!!!!!!!, only Gayle wasn't playing today, so u can give a lot of credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers for show casing their maturity and their batting coming through very well too. Keep going SL !!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

this is nice one good luck srilankan lions

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 13, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Pretty nice warmup for SL. Might have been a better workout had other upcoming batters got the rhythm instead of very vastly experienced Dilshan and Mahela but still, a worthy game for them. WI need to look in at the options. To face spin, Russel would be a better option than Pollard. Pollard these days is not in that great touch with bat. May be, time for pushing Russel up and use Pollard for last couple of overs alone. Just my thoughts though. The return of Gayle, Sammy and Samuels will only strengthen them.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (September 13, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

Go WI go.. you can do better than this. I am banking on you to win the WC. with lotsa luv from India.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 13, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

And now lankan fans will jump in and say this is sign of things to come, lankan lions will win the title, and so on, hope ground reality is shown to them soon!!

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