Sri Lanka v India, World Twenty20 warm-up, Colombo September 15, 2012

Dhoni, Irfan perform in warm-up win

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India 146 for 5 (Dhoni 55*) beat Sri Lanka 120 (Irfan 5-25) by 26 runs
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A 78-run recovery stand and a belligerent finish from MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma paved the way for India's 26-run win over Sri Lanka in a warm up match on a P Sara surface with plenty of bounce.

Sri Lanka's seamers reduced India to 51 for 4 after 8.3 overs, with Gautam Gambhir having retired hurt, but Dhoni and Rohit first steadied the innings, before reaping 62 runs from the last four wayward overs to reach 146 for 5. Sri Lanka never had their chase on track, losing wickets throughout their innings as the required rate ballooned. However, they were effectively without their best Twenty20 batsman, Mahela Jayawardene, who only came in to bat in the 19th over, having had time in the middle against West Indies in Sri Lanka's first warm up match. 


At the end of the 16th over in the first innings, India were only on 84 and Dhoni had scored 14 from 28 balls. However, with three boundaries behind square off Nuwan Kulasekara in the 17th, Dhoni launched the salvo India had carefully built towards. Lasith Malinga's abysmal run against India continued in the 18th and 20th overs - both of which cost 17 - as Rohit and Dhoni employed aerial square-drives to flay Malinga's wide yorkers over backward point. Rohit was dismissed attempting that stroke in the last over, but with the helicopter shot whirring nicely, Dhoni launched a six to finish the innings and propelled India to a formidable total on a difficult track. 


The recovery had come after Gautam Gambhir had been struck on the wrist by Malinga in the first over, and though he retired hurt as a precautionary measure, Gambhir did not sustain anything worse than a bruise. Kulasekara removed Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag, but was expensive again, having also bled runs in Sri Lanka's first practice match.

India's collapse called for caution early in Dhoni and Rohit's association, and the pair were content to accumulate, as a disciplined Sri Lanka attack allowed few chances for risk-free hitting. With Ajantha Mendis and Akila Dananjaya rested - perhaps to give India as little exposure to the pair as possible, should the teams meet in the knockout stages - Rangana Herath fired in three overs for eight runs, having earlier picked up the scalp of Yuvraj Singh with a doosra.

Sri Lanka's seamers continued to exploit the bounce in the surface, but unlike the top-order batsmen, Dhoni and Rohit were not tempted to attack the short ball until the late charge came. 


In reply, Dilshan Munaweera missed a straight one from Irfan Pathan to begin Sri Lanka's own top-order decline, before Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews also departed before the Powerplay overs were through. Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne played at firefighting, attempting the same recovery-then-explosion that Dhoni and Rohit had provided, but neither could make their expansive strokes stick when the time for acceleration came.

Jeevan Mendis offered Sri Lanka some hope with a busy 26, but tight bowling from India's seamers ensured Sri Lanka had too much to do in the final few overs. Five Sri Lanka wickets fell in a heap in the last two overs, as they attempted their belated surge.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • POSTED BY PakCric786 on | September 18, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    U welcome Sinhaya.. just ignore the haters SL fans should b proud of their team. Every team has ups and downs but fans should stay behind them no matter what.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 18, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Thanks a lot PakCric786

  • POSTED BY PakCric786 on | September 17, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    SL is dangerous side so indians should not be happy over one warm-up game. I want to see Pak vs SL final and Pak winning it.. ;)l

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 17, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @gabrialgihan: If you had cared to read why I said what I said then you would not have called it pointless. FYI, the chap I was replying to was giving excuses about some unknown injury Jayasuriya had when SL played India in 2003 WC and I merely told him that Sachin played the whole tournament with a finger injury, scored 673 runs and also scored 97 runs vs SL. And look just how incorrect you are in what you say. You say that SL have been finalists in WC 3 consecutive times. That is incorrect. 2003 WC final was between India and Aus, SL was no where in the final unless the 11 players came to see the match and you count that. You need to check your stuff. 2ndly, SL may have played in 2 successive Finals and 1 T20 Final but have they won any? Since 2003 Ind have played 3 WC Finals and have won 2 of them. Which one is better? As for CB series, we won it 08. It is SL who get owned everywhere.

  • POSTED BY Prashanth12 on | September 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @Sinhaya Dude Sachin has been given out on 99 most of them times incorrectly by the Umpires and you say sachin is favoured by Umpires

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 17, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @colombo_sl well said mate...

  • POSTED BY Zara_Gagri123 on | September 17, 2012, 6:54 GMT

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  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 17, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @sinhaya what umpires Scared to give tendulkar out because he is a master?whereas sehwag is unlucky?....did you know SHOULDER BEFORE WICKET?sachin was once been given out in that way...so sachin is lucky and sehwag is unlucky, are silly stuff from you....if water does not come in your home dont tell its SACHIN'S fault...

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 17, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @sobers fan: Why this Kolaveri Diiiii?

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 17, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @I feel we should respect India in terms of good cricket. But i can't agree that we should be humble against them. Are you sure bro?

  • POSTED BY PakCric786 on | September 18, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    U welcome Sinhaya.. just ignore the haters SL fans should b proud of their team. Every team has ups and downs but fans should stay behind them no matter what.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 18, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Thanks a lot PakCric786

  • POSTED BY PakCric786 on | September 17, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    SL is dangerous side so indians should not be happy over one warm-up game. I want to see Pak vs SL final and Pak winning it.. ;)l

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 17, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    @gabrialgihan: If you had cared to read why I said what I said then you would not have called it pointless. FYI, the chap I was replying to was giving excuses about some unknown injury Jayasuriya had when SL played India in 2003 WC and I merely told him that Sachin played the whole tournament with a finger injury, scored 673 runs and also scored 97 runs vs SL. And look just how incorrect you are in what you say. You say that SL have been finalists in WC 3 consecutive times. That is incorrect. 2003 WC final was between India and Aus, SL was no where in the final unless the 11 players came to see the match and you count that. You need to check your stuff. 2ndly, SL may have played in 2 successive Finals and 1 T20 Final but have they won any? Since 2003 Ind have played 3 WC Finals and have won 2 of them. Which one is better? As for CB series, we won it 08. It is SL who get owned everywhere.

  • POSTED BY Prashanth12 on | September 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @Sinhaya Dude Sachin has been given out on 99 most of them times incorrectly by the Umpires and you say sachin is favoured by Umpires

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 17, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    @colombo_sl well said mate...

  • POSTED BY Zara_Gagri123 on | September 17, 2012, 6:54 GMT

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  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 17, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    @sinhaya what umpires Scared to give tendulkar out because he is a master?whereas sehwag is unlucky?....did you know SHOULDER BEFORE WICKET?sachin was once been given out in that way...so sachin is lucky and sehwag is unlucky, are silly stuff from you....if water does not come in your home dont tell its SACHIN'S fault...

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 17, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @sobers fan: Why this Kolaveri Diiiii?

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 17, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @I feel we should respect India in terms of good cricket. But i can't agree that we should be humble against them. Are you sure bro?

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 17, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @Sinhaya, What do you mean by "Sr Lankans must be humble against india untill we win a test match there". Strongly disagree with that statement. This is a sport n we should not think like that. Keep in mind bro we recorded our first test victory against india in 1985 (if my memory is correct). Then we were just four years old. We beat india in semi final in 1996 in front of their home crowd, & won the world cup. ( India helped us lot during hard times, i really appreciate them). We were runners up in 2011 world cup in front of their home crowd too by giving a good fight. (Indians are world champs, i admire them no matter at all). We have achieved lot of things in terms of cricket during our first thirty years. we haven't record a test win against india in india its true. By the way we recently haven't played enough test matches in india. (I know that they are very difficult to beat in front of their home crowd not only for us buut also for rest of the world).

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 17, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @Sinhaya, Im strongly disagree with your comment on Mr. Dharmasena. It may be your idea. Its ok. We all know that Aleem Dar is a fantastic umpire. Its not a problem at alll. But i feel, Kumara Dharmasena did a wonderful job during the last year. In his first year, he was sooo bad. I agreed. But he has improved lot. This selection was made by ICC elite panel of umpires & refrees & based on statistics. You mean to say that their decision is wrong. Im fully disagree with you. I feel you appreciate other teams to get their comments on favour of you. You have made good comments. I appreciate those. But healthy relationships should be improved between us its ok. But i feel some times you are underestimate our things in front of other fans to get good comments. If Dhrmasena is soooo bad, he may not get select for the South Africa & England tour. If he is bad, can it happen? Don't betray us lol. Sorry!

  • POSTED BY Prad81_viji84 on | September 17, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Sri Lankans are always tough to get back into form on their given day. It might be even to test their side to see how they perform on pressure situations. There4 nothing to be taken away from the SL team.

    India can't be boasting on this win or take it as a bench mark for winning these games. They have Pakistan to face on in another practice match. Give the best against them. win or loose is apart from the enjoyment of the game.

    Last of all, Indians do not be too complacent with Afghanistan. They will surely come hard against the Indians than against England. Step in the 1st foot with the big bang to expect only a win. Dhoni, please do not take this as something said just as viewers. We need to make a strong statement in our 1st match. All the best India. Hope to meet u'll in finals against preferrably with the Sri Lankans or make it more interesting against the Pakistanis.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | September 17, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    @ sobersfan..http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/291339.html take a look at this scorecard and then talk. i agree sachin great player. if someone calls him overated then he has no cricket knowledge. sanga is defenetly not a flat track bully. he averages more than 60 in Aus and NZ. its not sangas fault he only played 30 test matches outside the subcontinent in his entire career. where as sachin played 77 test matches outside the subcontinent. sanga would have achieved more if played more matches outside the sub.....cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY on | September 17, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    well i was in the ground during the match..i saw one thing changed the game..that is Mahela choose the Malinga to ball Last over while his previous over gone for 18 runs. i don't know what Mahela's idea..i think if Mathews and Eranga balls last 3 overs, game will be Sri Lankans.. i know why these Indian Fans trying to down Sri Lankan team..because they are hurting in there past..when Sanath and Kalu hammered indian team too badly than this..and what happen recently in the CB Series..So this is Prctise match..don't comment too much..everything can happen in T20....thanks for all...

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | September 17, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    It was a practice match,winning or losing a practice match does not matter.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 17, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @cool2cool, I fully fully agree that we Lankans must be humble against India at least until we record a test win in India. Talking big against India will make us look jokers. Since we have registered 6 test wins in Pakistan, achieving a test in India cant be impossible. Yes we have failed miserably on that after losing 2-0 in our tours in 2005 and 2009.

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | September 17, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    @sinhaya,if tendulkar is over-rated than what will u call ur flat-track bullies like mahela and sanga.......even in his poor form tendulkar is miles ahead of others...sachin is the greatest batsman ever......just look at tendulkar's innings during 90s scored a hundred at fact and bouncy waca pitch at vey young age,scored century at cape town where none of the batsmen put bat to ball.....sanga and mahela scores only on dead tracks.....ciricnifo pls publish....

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 17, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    @cool2cool, bro kindly read my comments. I said I will be extremely glad and get all negative views out of my mind if BCCI okays DRS. By the way I am no fan of Dharmasena at all. Umpire of the year should have gone to Aleem Dar as I doubt anyone can beat him. You can think about me the way you want, thats ok. I am not pretending to have healthy relations. I have drastically changed since July this year if you see as "jasonpete" stated here. I fully agree that our recent record is the worse against India than our record against any other side, simple! Fact is bro Tendukar being a batting maestro means umpires will think twice before making a decision against him in the absence of DRS. But sadly Sehwag has been unluckily dismissed many times when he should be on 10000 plus runs by now. Can you recall the article on cricinfo which said "Sehwag reaffirms support for the UDRS"?

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 17, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    @rsrinath..thank you:) brother. All the best for your team too.

  • POSTED BY ifrakurshid on | September 16, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    weldone team india specially MSD AND IRFAN PHATAN for putting up a good performance hope such performanceses are carried in pressure matches to come in the T-20 World cup tournament.

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 16, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @Sinhaya : You are just pretending to have a healthy relations between the fans from either teams, but sadly I have to say you will not change your nature.

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 16, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    @Sinhaya : One side you are pretending to have a healthy relations between the fans from either teams, and then you are commenting against Sachin and BCCI. You are just adding salt to the wounds. You are saying that Sachin was benefited too much from umpiring howlers? Examples please. Did you forget ICC umpire of the year had given him out 3 times in row in ODI series in 2009?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark, well thanks for trying to express what "bravetigersmustwin" was trying to say. I will do my level best to ignore whoever the Indians who bash Lanka. Anyway only solution for us is to drop Malinga at least against India and play him against others. By the way, I am a big fan of your celebrity Poonam Pandey and since she is a cricket fan I would love to see her in my shores during the T20 world cup. But I doubt if she will come unless India is in the finals.

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | September 16, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I would like to apologize Indians for some harsh comments made by my fellow Lankans.India is not a club level team.They are a great team.

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | September 16, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Let's keep our friendships forever! As a Sri Lankan,I have a great respect to India.It's our big brother.Let's stop this hatred.

  • POSTED BY recycle-bin-is-empty on | September 16, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    It is very heartening to see the comments between Ind and SL fans. I always wondered as i am not a regular here, that y so much friction between Ind and SL fans here in the comments section ? regardless, this entire comment section be it on any article will be much more fun and awesome if fans behave sensibly. I think there are som obvious trolls, some of whom are fun, but there are some who just unnecassarily spreads hatred because they have nothing better to do...the best to do is ignore them u know as they say just dont feed the trolls!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    srilanka will not makes into semis!! thats sure!! i hope india or pakistan, one of them will win d cup.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | September 16, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Well played India, hopefully India, Pakistan, SL, Afghanistan makes semis. God bless sub-continent, Go India!!

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 16, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    @sinhaya what?Tendulkar is overrated?......did you see him bat during 1990-2000?at that time he is more aggressive than Sehwag...after that he faced career threatening tennis elbow which forced him to change his batting style....dont tell he is lucky to survive LBW decisions..he was also unlucky to be given out many times,so its a silly arguement..sachin averages more or less than 50 all over the world. players like mahela,sanga are overrated..go and see their averages outside Asia..especially MAHELA

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 16, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    *This is good trend to watch that people of two countries Srilanka and India are talking with warmth and respect for each other. I would like to thank each and every one who had tried sincerely for this development. Cannot name specifically as most of people who comment here don't want a fight. But sometimes fans become furious and disappointed and talk with anger. We also need to show RESTRAIN against some comments which are 1 in some 10 which are provocative. Even i behaved odd sometimes and people showed RESTRAIN. So , mistakes happen. Need to taken in lighter vein. But who ever tries to imbalances 2 countries relations should not be left alone. Both the country people should handle him/her properly so he won't repeat that.

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 16, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    This is good trend to watch that people of two countries Srilanka and India are talking with warmth and respect for each other. I would like to thank each and every one who had tried sincerely for this development. Cannot name specifically as most of people who comment here don't want a fight. But sometimes fans become furious and disappointed and talk with anger. We also need to show reinstatement against some comments which are 1 in some 10 which are provocative. Even i behaved odd sometimes and people showed reinstatement. So , mistakes happen. Need to taken in lighter vein. But who ever tries to imbalances 2 countries relations should not be left alone. Both the country people should handle him/her properly so he won't repeat that.

  • POSTED BY PartTimer on | September 16, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @ bravetigersmustwin , Sri Lankan team is a good team and a good neigbour. I appreciate if you respect them and moderate your comments accordingly.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Whatever, I just hope cloud are no where near the place where cricket will be taking place!

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 16, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (September 16 2012, 13:54 PM GMT)..I feel bravetigersmustwin is trying to explain the reason why SL is loosing. May be his words at some point in his sentence like "cunning" and "joker" made you feel that he is down grading SL team. I feel that his choice of words may not be right but what he means is that "cunning =tactics" and " joker=failure". Just sometimes way of expression may make us feel wrong about some one in my opinion.

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 16, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @gabrialgihan: Always talk about one-on-one results, don't compare how India has played against one team and your performance against that country. Don't judge the country by single person. The people like @Sinhaya, @JindalPriyank, @jasonpete are putting the efforts to have a healthy relations between the fans from either teams, don't ruin their efforts.

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 16, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    This is good trend to watch that people of two countries Srilanka and India are talking with warmth and respect for each other. I would like to thank each and every one who had tried sincerely for this development. Cannot name specifically as most of people who comment here don't want a fight. But sometimes fans become furious and disappointed and talk with anger. We also need to show reinstatement against some comments which are 1 in some 10 which are provocative. Even i behaved odd sometimes and people showed reinstatement. So , mistakes happen. Need to taken in lighter vein. But who ever tries to imbalances 2 countries relations should not be left alone. Both the country people should handle him/her properly so he wont repeat that.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank and dariuscorny, yes thanks again for replying. Yes I get a lot annoyed by seeing the insulting comments by sobersfan largely and a few more but best is to ignore them and stand by my latest decision always. Again I see the comments by bravetigersmustwin, but just ignoring him too. I am looking forward to a good warm up match between India and Pakistan tomorrow, but the weather forecast for tomorrow does not look very good. But looks better from Tuesday onwards if you look at time and date web site on google after typing Colombo Weather. @colombo_SL, I think we better drop Malinga as he cost us the warm up match yesterday big time. Chandimal and Thirimanne both are our future Sanga and Mahela!

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | September 16, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    IN IDAIAN TEAN JUST DHONEY & PATHAN CAN CHANGE ANY MATCH

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    @ Sinhaya - Ya, I saw that. Thanks. It's okay, bro.. It's natural to post negative comments about someone, if he or she bashes your nation. I know Indian fans (some of them) are not angels either. We sub-continent people are really emotional and take things to heart very easily. But I'm glad some of us (Ind and SL fans) understand each other well and don't spread hatred. Cheers !

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | September 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @sinhaya, Thanks mate, looking forward to watch t20 world cup and have some healthy conversation with you.cheers.

  • POSTED BY 5udh33r on | September 16, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Srilanka is better version of Zimbabwe.

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | September 16, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    This is brilliant effort from both country fans.Great achievement it would be if it reduces 75% of hearted comment between 2 fans. Now a days I see most Pak fans admire and Ind fans Ajmal for ICC award...Hope SC fan's new friendship bond evolves and builds for ever

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | September 16, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    It's so nice to hear good words from SriLankan friends. Hopes this environment of friendship continues for long. During all those wars of words we missed some opportunities to applaud good performances of players from both sides..... nice to see deep down inside, SL fans do have a good heart, INDIANS too have a good heart...mind you..... I think efforts from @Sinhaya, @JindalPriyank, @jasonpete and to name few others are working here

  • POSTED BY bravetigersmustwin on | September 16, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    There is no competitive game when india plays against srilanka.... It seems SL does not have any lethal weapon to fight against powerful india. Even SL plays well against the other nations in their home they are helpless while playing against india. This is because SL players mostly rely on their cunningness, tricks... but indians could read their strategies and cunning mind and beat them to the bottom. Look at malinga, he stll remains a threat to other nations but to india he is a big joker.... Even Ashwin flicks his firing yokers to fours .... Hope other nation learns from india to beat SL.

  • POSTED BY wazza85 on | September 16, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    oh gosh i have never seen so much rage among SL and IND fans.. i am a SL supporter. and i must say IND are palying some good cricket at the moment and tip to win this tournament. however, IND hasn't met their toughest opponents yet. but they are good. may the best team win.

  • POSTED BY gabrialgihan on | September 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @Harmony111 lol you never learn dude allways these pointless arguments in every article...We are finalist in 3 consecative worldcup finals..you are talking about we got owned by india in the CB series.Do you remamber how you got owned by ausies over two months there...just chill and enjoy the game...keep the rudeness to your self you are giving a very bad impression to the hall world about your country

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 16, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @Sinhaya, What about your feeling of chndimal. He didn't play for the practice matches. I feel Thirimanne would play instead of chandi. It may change when the tournament goes on. I really like chandi. But according to his current form, i feel Thirimanne should be given the chance ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 16, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    This cricinfo column is quite interesing. We can share our joy,sorrow & feelings with our brothers all around the world in terms of cricket. Since all are here, i feel some kind of warmth in this tournament. I found good comments from both india & SL ( Jindal Priyank, Praveen4honestremark, Sinhaya, Lduminda). Keep it up bros. Im really love to appreciate good cricket. No matter whether its from western or eastern, from a flat track or a bouncy pitch. My dream is to see my country's win. I feel its common to all. Honestly im eagerly wating to see a good win against india. Its true. Never under estimate your team. You are 2011 world cricket champions. We are proud of you. Hope good cricket from your team this time.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @rsrinath, yes indeed Sanga and Mahela having fans in India is no surprise. By the way as a Lankan I want to say that best batsman in the Indian side or the greatest Indian batsman is Sehwag. Tendulkar is overrated. I think Sehwag should be on 10,000 or so test and ODI runs each by now as by and large he has been a victim of umpiring howlers. A man who has scored triple tons in my view is better than Tendulkar. Tendulkar should have scored by now about 2000 less runs in tests because he has benefitted too much from umpiring howlers. I have seen how many plumb LBW against Tendulkar have been turned down over the years. I also like to see BCCI embracing UDRS and then I can say that all negative feelings about India are totally erase from my mind.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @jasonpete, thanks for giving cricket a helping hand by following it in spite of being from a non cricket playing nation. Anyway, as I want to inform you, during the T20 world cup in order to be have a look at Colombo weather, go to google and type Colombo weather and have a look at the very first link time and date.com as it is largely accurate as I live in Colombo and expereienced. This afternoon it rained a bit but looks better for tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 16, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    This warm-up match is really a warm-up for us toooo. im anxiously wating too seee the start of the tournament. I can see the Premadasa ground, from my office. Im lucky eough to be able to leave my office at 4.15 p.m. to seee the "World is Playing". I suppose to go for Ind Vs. Pak practice match tomorrow. I love to see both teams are playing well. Both teams are my favourites together with Sr lanka. I never like to see either pak or india loose. Pray for a nail-bitting tie with good performance from both.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | September 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    @sinhaya, Well my country don't play cricket but I have a huge interest in cricket.so I do support multiple teams at times.I usually watch SA matches,I do support Indians and srilanka ( both have some outstanding players)at times and oftently visited the related articles ,but then left with sour taste after some unwanted comments.Anyway appreciate your good effort and keeps it up.Good luck.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, bro just go press ctrl f and type your name. I mentioned you in one of my earlier comments in this article. My utmost appologies for hurting India before July 2012. I agree I made a mistake and I therefore appologize. @ dariuscorny, continuing from my earlier post, if Sri Lanka wins any game against India, I will ideally abstain from commenting on these forums even should I feel cannot control my joy.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 16, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    My favourite Indian cricketer is SHEWAG (present team). I would like to see him find the form in the next practice match. If he can do so, its a big advantage for india. Dilshan & Shewag; both of you can contrbute to make your countries proud. I like to see consistent batting from this too.

  • POSTED BY rsrinath on | September 16, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    @sinhaya ya you are right!it is totally wrong to insult the opposition due to frustration of losing..there are still many fans of sanga and mahela in India but they generally hesitate to support SL team while playing against a team other than India(as it was before) due to the unwanted friction b/w fans of both the countries in cricinfo..@praveen4honestremark i have read many of your posts and they are very sensible and sportive... and i appreciate your efforts to bring some peace here .......and all the best TEAM INDIA.....

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @dariuscorny, my friend mark my words no matter how much we may win against India, I vow to be like I am now and not just merely follow what my fellow countrymen do. Even if I see Indians continuing to bash Lanka, I will still stand by my latest decision not to attack India at all. I adore cricket big time and honestly without India, cricket will be meaningless as it is India which has made cricket the 2nd most popular sport in the world after soccer.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 16, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Who said Indian bowlers are club bowlers? It is a real joke. He will definitely get a award at ICC ceremoney, if there's a award for "joke of the year". My idea is Indian bowling line up is not the best one in the world. Every indian would accept it, i suppose. Our bowling line up is tooo. Ultimate objective of a team game is to achieve results using available limited resources. (T-together, E-Everyone A-Acieve, M-more). Hope every team compete well in this big event. Wish all teams success, as a truly warm hearted Sri Lankan. We want to maintain spirit of cricket. Hope a great practice match betwwn Pak N India.

  • POSTED BY colombo_SL on | September 16, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Well played India. You definitly played well. As a Sri Lankan, i was eagerly waiting to see your defeat even at the practice. Though, you all are our neighbours, we badly need some win against you. I really appreciate the way DHONI played. He is a real anchor, n the reason for most of our defeats. We want some good crickrt to see in advance. I strongly belive, our team will play good cricket in this tournament. Though, it's a practice match, our weaken areas we should be identified. Thanks for indian team, for revealing our weak areas before the tournament. It gives us good lessons i feel. We have work hard on the areas where we are lacking. "Failures are the pillars of success". Congratulations to both teams. I would like to see both of us in the final.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | September 16, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @Sinhaya i wonder if IND looses a match(ODI,test) or for that matter a series against SL,what wud be your reaction?wud you become Sinhaya of old or wud you remain a neutral kind of bloke????

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Every time I read negative comments about India it hurts, I too feel like retaliating, I have done that in past but now I have realized that it's not worth retaliating really especially to those people who bash just for FUN and don't accept facts ! But then, I'm here to give my honest opinion, if I post negative comments about SL or any other team it affects my peace of mind and it stops me from posting what I "Really" feel about other nations' players. Also, it feels so Good when other nations's fans appreciate our players. This can be achieved only when one gives Honest opinion. That's why I have stopped (trying to) take negative comments about India to heart. And I'm really glad that at least 4-5 SL fans really post honest opinion about India !

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | September 16, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Wel, was nice as far as warm ups go. But really, thats all, just a warm up. Does this rate so many comments and mud slinging? Strange. As far as the teams go, I do feel India will struggle with the bowling lineup IF the batters do not fire. That is why one keeps hoping Irfan carries on in this vein. Also was nice to see Harbhajan bowl decently. I am not sure about the England match, that lot does have a lot to prove, so would be pretty tough. Then again, would be quite nice to drop them off the tournament with a good win :) Would love to see the Afgans win, against England, not India.

  • POSTED BY LDuminda on | September 16, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @dariuscorny yes we should not say any bad thing about any team.to all my fellow SL fans : Please don't bring India to SL columns and criticize them as it hurts them.After all we are neighbor countries and remember how India and Pakistan came to SL when other countries refused to do so in 1996. To all Indian fans : Please try not to be the first to start a war as it will stop this issue. I wish both Teams for the Tournament ahead.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | September 16, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    There was some comment by some one on that Srilankan authorities have made the schedule such a way that Srilanka has an easy route to Semis.That is not correct ,The groups are fixed based on the standings in the last tourney and the four semifinalist are ranked A1,B1,C1 and D1 and the remaining 4 super eight qualifiers are ranked as A2,B2,C2,D2 in the reverse order as India was the final team in super 8 they became A2.So no complaints on that front .

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 16, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @Sinhaya on (September 16 2012, 08:34 AM GMT)..Well said!! We should change. We should be friendly. Criticism is well also part of talk but insulting and spreading hate is unnecessary and it won't do good for any of us.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @jasonpete, thanks for your embracing comments in the first place. Regarding the 2011 world cup finals there is too much to debate and it is over so forget about it. Yes I did change after some Indians encouraged through cricinfo to rebuild the strained relations between Lankan and Indian fans and I went on those grounds. Fact is Sri Lanka in the last few years has been at its worse against India whilst having done quite reasonably well against other teams. Yes against Aussies we have done well only in ODIs but not tests. Though you claim not to be an Indian, I wish good luck assuming you are an English, Kiwi, Aussie or South African. I admit my wrong doing before the Indians came but will not repeat it again. It is better to look into Sri Lanka's flaws and ideally ignore other teams no matter how strong or weak they may be. Most teams barring SA have lately had a fair share of wins and losses.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    @dariuscorny, thanks for your prompt reply as I have seen your comments. After the 2011 world cup though I visited cricinfo, I did not bother to read comments until about late last year. I saw your previous comment too somewhere where you said that you hitback only at negative remarks, yes there are some Indians who are warm as you but there are some Indians who love to hate Sri Lanka whom I dont want to name here. Yes many Lankans are harping too much about India losing in England and Australi and that is gone as it should not matter to us really and we as Lankans must try to impress in Australia this Christmas or it will be real disaster. Yes sub continent countries must support each other in everything and not just cricket. Our SAARC must be as united as ASEAN ideally as we are an area of 1.4 billion people!

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | September 16, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    since ,from now on evry year thers is an icc tournament like 2012-t20 wc,2013-champions trophy and again 2014 -t20 and 2015 -wc(50 ov )beside other bilat tournament also..So i would req all the cricket fans to stop bashing each other and enjoy good cricket....cheers

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | September 16, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    @sinhaya, I fully agree on your views.Even I noticed you changed during the last India visit to srilanka.Thanks for the change in approach..But i don't understand what's there to hate indians for winning the world cup ? There is always one winner and runner up?Before all this stuff,I noticed many Indians used to support srilanka when India not playing,but all this animosity making it worse.Did any one SL fan appreciated India performance or accept the defeat graciously? NO.But they still call Indian bowlers are club level.Its amazing to see the extreme they go at it,I usually respond by seeing some nasty comments Eventhough I am not an Indian.Cheers for some fans who appreciate good cricket.

  • POSTED BY ovzdatta151 on | September 16, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @LDuminda : :).........................................................LOL

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | September 16, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    @Harmony111: hahah..we saw ur so called champions played magnificiently in fast & bouncy pitches in New Zealand just before the 2003 world cup lol:) struggled to made 100 in lots of matches.Do you remember that mate?& look my previous comment carefully,I admitted that SL played poorly against India recently.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    hi see these are practise matches only.good that we won the match. but we need to play as team and we surely can give tough fight for any team in this compitition and win.but i think yuvraj will be the key person and all the palyers will give thier best to win this worldcup.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | September 16, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    my dear friend @ Sinhaya,its not like we love to hate Lanka,i believe these are reactions from our end when we see our team IND being down played intentionally no matter whether they play or dont play.i dont want to join the bandwagon to critcize lankans but some sarcastic comments from SL fans really hurts.you must have noticed i never come up first, bashing Lankan fans and players,i just come up as a reaction to those nasty comments from SL fans.i wud try my best not to bash Lankan fans and cricketers anymore........its tournament where we the subcontinental teams shud support each other be it IND,SL,PAK,BD.....

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 16, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    The best 11 India can field are - Sehwag, Gambhir/Rahane, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Zaheer/Dinda, and Balaji. In this scenario, we have six batsman and three bowlers who can bat. This lends far better balance than only 4 bowlers (one or possibly two can have an off day). Out of 5, even if 3 bowlers click, 12 overs are taken care of. Other 8 overs can be bowled by 2 bowlers with Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kohli, Raina being other options. Dhoni has been adamant with the 7 batsman & 4 bowlers formula because of his superstitious belief that 7 is lucky for him (check out his birth date). If he thinks wisely, 6 batsman, 3 bowlers who can bat, and 2 bowlers is the best ratio to win this cup.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 16, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    LoveTheWayLionsPlay: You can't even argue well. you have juts now admitted that Sri Lanka can't pay well in unfamiliar conditions i.e they need their home conditions in order to do well. Secondly, you talk of Sanath Jayasuriya having some injury that I came to know of only after reading your comment. But even if Sanath Jayasuriya was injured and hence could not do well that still does not mean anything. He simply should not have played. It was bad selection from Sri Lanka. And Sachin Tendulkar had a finger injury THROUGHOUT the 2003 World Cup and guess how many runs did he score there? 673. MORE RUNS THAN ANY ONE ELSE IN THE HISTORY OF WORLD CUPS. Finally, India have won the 83 WC and Nat West Trophy in Eng, won the 85 World Series and 08 CB Series in Oz, won the 07 T20 WC and reached 2003 WC Final in SA. What have SL won in these 3 countries that makes you say SL have done better than India in these countries? And oh, India were 2-1 in the last CB Series vs SL. YOU GOT OWNED.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | September 16, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale not sure about IND-ENG match,if IND wins its definitely the upset lollls anyways,but i can see u getting UPSET for sure after the SL-Zim match,if a team filled with club level batsmen and club level bowlers manages to beat ZIM somehow wud be the greatest UPSET of all time..........but i dont see that UPSET to happen rather i see you getting UPSET.........oh GOD!these club level cricketers..........

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 16, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    ALEX-400-U R MORE THAN 100% correct , but IRFAAN is a big utility player & hir timly return to form is a blessing, specially in bopwling , one thing he a fighter , i believe this t-20 trmnt going to be memorable for him he will definatly carry this good form , will have a huge effect on indias progress in this tournment .

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    @jasonpete, prior to 2011 world cup final, animosity between Lankan and Indian fans never existed at all. Just that day and afterwards, it has all been nasty on cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY nilb on | September 16, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Indian teams overconfidence has always been negative for them. Can see that from the comments of the fans. Cricket is a unpredictable game my friends. No need of trash talk. I am hoping to see another "Ajantha Mendis moment" or "2003 world cup vs Bangladesh moment". Remember those?

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 16, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @jasonpete, you are correct. As a Lankan I admit I have unfairly wrongfully criticized India from 2011 world cup till India came to our shores in July this year. If you saw my comments after the Indians came, I stopped criticizing India. It is honestly pathetic that sub continent is lacking unity. We South Asians must be united, but I doubt if many will co-operate. I have stopped criticizing India after seeing warm comments from jindal priyank, praveen4honestremark and sachinkhairnar5983. It is wrong for Lankans to be hating India when we beg India for help.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 16, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    JONOTHAN JOSEPHS - U R a regular on cric in , particularly on ind threads, is it really IND who post hate coments, why u r have not countered u r fellow country men like , MAHANAMAA, KEVINSL did u not see thier comic coments , is it that IND is a club level team , we do not require to tell the world what we are , baring trhose away bad tours our teams is doing well ,beating sl , in sl is not a joke even pak could not achieve this but the way u r fans branding our team our players just disgusting , i always support sl, pak when they are not playing india , but the way they talk bad , always dreaming of our defeats, still celebrating our loses at eng, aus where as i am sure those countries fans might have foregotten & movedon , but our pak, sl fans all over on every thread reminding us of those drubbings as if they have done wonders in those places .

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | September 16, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 15 2012, 22:48 PM GMT), I think you should ask this same question to your fellow SL fans,who is just crticising the Indian team since word cup 2011.

  • POSTED BY prabhudevas on | September 16, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Indian Team has to be more careful while facing Afghans.Afghans Big score of 209 against SL with 3 half centuries,13 sixes - what a perf by Af team.Indians can't take Afghans for granted bcos it looks like they're a stronger team than England.If Indians have to reach the Super 8 Stage they've to play hard against Afg .If Dhoni & boys dont restrict them , they'll suffer a insulting defeat in the hands of Afghans.Come on INDIA.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | September 16, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    chandimal should be playing in practise match. in the real chandimal should play ahead of thirimanne. chandimal can play his shots and score runs quickly. jeevan and thissara are automatic selection for t20s. my team. 1.dilshan 2.munaweera3.mahela4.chandimal 5.sanga6.mathews 7.thisara 8.jeevan 9.eranga 10.malinga 11.akila/mendis. sanga might bat at no.4 if SL lose 2 early wickets. but if SL had a good start mathews and chandimal should bat ahead of him.

  • POSTED BY klapka on | September 16, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Did anyone else notice that Rohit Sharma averages 60+ in T20 world cups so far? Thats much higher than Gambhir (29), who's our highest scorer and Dhoni (29). I think Sharma really has an ongoing romance with this particular tournament.

  • POSTED BY Munafis810 on | September 16, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    For all SL fans claiming to thrash India for decades - here are stats to support your theory. India has beaten Srilanka in ODI series as follows : In India in 1982/83 (3-0),1986-87(4-1),1990-91(2-1), 1993/94(2-1),2005/2006(6-1),2006/2007(2-1),2009/10(3-1). ...... India has also defeated SL in SL in1993 (2-1),2008(3-2),2008/09(4-1),2012(4-1).SL has beaten India only once 1997 (3-0) in SL only . SL did kick out India out of world cup in 2007 ,1996 but in return India thrashed SL in 2003 and 1999 and defeated SL in final of 2011 Worldcup. I think these stats should be enough to send you guys into shell for next few decades till you guys catch up. Lets not even discuss test matches just because I am nice person and dont want you guys go :(.

  • POSTED BY wazza85 on | September 16, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    this is a warm up match.. and a win or loss does not tell the fate of the T20 tournament. however, it is a good learning curve. SL did well at the start to restrict IN to 51 for 4 however, gave the game a way. this is the mistake SL always make.if not it would have been a easy win for SL. good win IND.however, i like to see the mistery bowler SL has to offer. and how other teams face him. Malinga has to improve his variation and methods to bowl to IND. and Mahela should open. sending Muneveera one down.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | September 16, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    In all reality, the Sri Lankans were only experimenting with their batting lineup as was the Indians with their bowling lineup. Why would Mahela Jayawardene send bowlers ahead of himself and save himself for the last over when the asking rate was over 12? In the Zimbabwe game, he came in at number 3. They were experimenting with the batting lineup. Also, Akhila Dhanajaya (or howere you spell his name), is the new ajantha mendis. Nobody knows how to play him. They have no put him in the team either and are probably saving him up for the Finals. Would love to see that kid play some Tests

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Dhoni has always pummeled Sri Lanka right from his 183 knock that ended their upul Chandana career:) he is turning out to be lankas biggest nightmare in cricket

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | September 16, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    Sri Lanka's strategy backfired!!! They let Nohit Sharma play in the hope that India will feature him in the regular line up which allowed Dhoni to score runs….then they unfortunately ran into Irfan Pathan…Please India don't include Nohit into the final eleven…he is going to last only few balls against Malinga…

  • POSTED BY Vikum72 on | September 16, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    It seems Sri Lanka is the only team, India can beat these days. Indian supporters quit complaining. Without SL matches India's rank will drop below BD.

  • POSTED BY on | September 16, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Before t2o Tournament India beat Srllanka means very good chance to get a cup.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | September 15, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    So much hate from Indian fans... i wonder why... anyways, Malinga proved to be Sri Lanka's destruction. He simply leaked too many runs after the amazing smart Sri lankan Bowlers had. India's top order was in shambles during the match and it should have been an easy win. I don't know why Mahela came in at number 7, was he injured? But Thissara Perera needs to come up the order and Chandimal needs to get back in the side

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | September 15, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    Nice to see IRFAN as the candidate who will replace ZAKS when he stops playing. Zaks has been wonderful, but now age and injury is taking its toll. The valus IRFAN adds to India in all formats will be immense.

  • POSTED BY sbajpai on | September 15, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Ajantha mendis rested because India knows his bowling. they dismantled him every time after those dreadful 2 tests. Its no surprise that a team performs better in home conditions, this is in every sport. But the fact stays that india has been able to overcome their away nightmares and won on foreign grounds. However this cannot be said about any other team, only Aus has been able to win a series in India in past two decades.. England havent won a series in 30 yrs in india. india won championships around the world on bouncy pitches, the wc 83, world series after that, natwest series, cb series, t20 wc, u19 12'wc and many more to come the people say india has over 1 billion population why cant they unearth bst cricketers for each position, well a person can only be good as its competition, hence the reason that there are very few players who are the best of the best, rest are all about the same level. and the ability of the best of the best is something one is born with not practiced

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    @amilag: Not sure if India can qualify for SF or not, but if somehow SL qualify for next round, and meet India, India will surely beat SL.Mark my words too!

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    @LoveTheWayLionsPlay: BTW what was the one-on-one result (Ind-SL) in the Aus tri-series?

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    @LoveTheWayLionsPlay: Mate do you remember this?http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/433606.html or this? http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/518966.html

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | September 15, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    I believe srilanka chances start and ends with dilshan batting. Just like india depends on sehwag in crucial matches. That said i think its more luck involved in matchups. Some players always fail against some bowlers. Irafan pathan coming to form ? That would be strange. I still do not think he is good enough for ODI. I probably think irfan pathan shines year or two and fade away. Its just time. Because he is bowling same way he did past few years. I do not see any change. But his luck changed and he is taking wickets now. So as long people do not expect him to wonder he can play bit ROLE. if people expect him to be next Kapi dev or anything , he is not the person. West indies can win this World cup. They used to this bounce. Key is gayle hitting form in crucial matches.

  • POSTED BY Munafis810 on | September 15, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    So SL hid their bowlers in the practice game. Did they hide them from fear of getting slaughtered and getting depressed before major tournament. SL fans say Jaywardene did not come so India won. Of course Mahela knew that since he has not been able to make difference in the final of Worldcup2011 as well as last few series he was not gonna make difference in worldcup warmup gameas well.

  • POSTED BY amilag on | September 15, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    SL took this game as a practise as match as it was solely for practising purposes. Th best batsman came in 19th over, experiment with batting order, hide the mystery spinner and so on and so forth. So don't jump too high like you win the WT20 and I am sure India will not qualify for semi finals. Mark my words!

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | September 15, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @Frank_Anushka_Sachith_AbagNale, only thing I understood is you sound more like terribly frustrated and depressed than sarcastic. I understand your frustration but nothing you can do because it's been long time since SL won against India at home and away. Out of that frustration 1. Did you want to compare SL with ENG and AUS or India with nehterlands. 2. Are you saying Indian bowlers are club bowlers or SL batsmen as below club batsmen.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | September 15, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    IF INDIA HAD TO PLAY AGAINST A MINNOW TEAM FOR WARM-UP, AFGHANISTAN OR ZIMBABWE WOULD HAVE MADE MORE SENSE THAN PLAYING SRI LANKA.

  • POSTED BY sidh78 on | September 15, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    if india are flat track bullies then how 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).i know sl gives explanation like that PITCHES WAS NOT FAST AND BOUNCY. BCCI EXPORT FLAT TRACKS FROM INDIA THERE WHEN INDIAN TEAM PLAYED THAT MATCHES

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    wats new in this...srilankans can never win a match against india

  • POSTED BY sidh78 on | September 15, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    many sl fans told excuses for last month 5-1 thashing by india that there so called good bowler was not played that series.see todays how indian batsman thrashed kula by near 10 runs econ. along with GREAT! malinga.so point is that sl never won against india with any players they have anywhere in world

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | September 15, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @counterstrike1.6 mate that was too hillarious

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale: Not sure about India beating England, but if somehow SL qualifies for next round, India is surely going to beat them.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale.. Brother, I want to remind you, India won the 50-50 world cup last year, with these bowlers.. Ashwin.. Zaheer khan, Harbhajan, England has never won that.. India is always a better team than england in last 20 years... first check the records then comment..

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    once again MSD.....

  • POSTED BY sidh78 on | September 15, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    one sl fan said that sl loss because they have plan to not expose their bowler against india so that they can do well against india later.so they lost sf or final(thou it is near 0% chance they reach that long) so that not expose their bowler for WC-2050 match agaist india btw they also shurely loss that match also.

  • POSTED BY ABjuventus on | September 15, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Really Looking forward for rohit sharma , it seems he has come back with some ambition that ab bahut ho gaya , now its all too much ..now i will prove and im sure he will do it gracely and much more confidentally

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale: I can understand your frustration on getting beaten by India again and again, but atleast get your history right. Nethrlands beat England in 2009 not 2010 and Zim beat Aus in 2007 not 2008.

  • POSTED BY Cricfan_99 on | September 15, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale - Interesting - if the indian bowling was club level - then i just wonder what the SL batting was - cos they still lost the match by 24 runs(which is big enough margin in T20)... i guess we can call the SL batting as below par street batsmen then? just using the same yardstick that you used to judge the indian bownling line up..

  • POSTED BY bippidybop on | September 15, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @samincolumbia.. actually i was thinking the same. wish India played with Afghanistan it would have been a real practice. Srilanka could try playing with Srilanka A and check which team is worse among them

  • POSTED BY TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on | September 15, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @LoveTheWayLionsPlay- May be your statement is right, but it is more relavant from Malinga's performance compared to other SL Players

  • POSTED BY 1st_april on | September 15, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Seriously....India-SL need each other for practice too??!!

  • POSTED BY Levithans on | September 15, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    @Rahul Singh, I just noticed that now as u have mentioned it and its so true ... i mean u cant underestimate NZ, WI or ENG but come on ... Sri wont face India , Pak, Aus or SA :s Sri WC comitee has done some homework ... :S but i agree the WC winners will b from other group , either Pak or Ind !

  • POSTED BY Cricfan_99 on | September 15, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    @ Mayan Priyadarshana -- wow, Unfortunately though SL cant even muster up a practice win against India should be reason enough for SL fans to be zip it!!! and disappear till they win against some minnows - SL Lions Huh ??? the last time we visited there we only heard MEOWS....!!! :)

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | September 15, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    This is getting boring. Lanka getting humiliated by India over and over again. Can India play some other team please? BCCI are you listening?

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | September 15, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    @cricket_fan83 hahah..mate u made my comment much stronger..SL struggled in unfamilier conditions in SA & man in form Jayasuriya played with an injury but managed to score 109.But ur team had no clue in so called familier flat track in sharjah & bowled out for 54 in Final.I agree these days India perform much better than SL in encounters between these two teams.But still SL's perfomances are way better than India's in Australia, England& SA.If u look at the last tri series in Australia,SL beat Aus 4 times & India only managed to win 1 & got thrashed in other 3.Thats why I still can't understand these poor display by SL against India.Anyway hope both teams do well in the upcoming wt20!

  • POSTED BY Big_CricInfo_fan on | September 15, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale: Don't be so upset about India. Be upset with your team's performance first. When and where is their next win coming from?

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    hey c lankans bowling fgrs today, eranga, mathe,perera bwld well nd luk at thr ecnomy... rest of tht v nvr usd thm bcz v need a warm up unly. just make sure all our ppls in touch. thts wht v did.. v nvr thnk abt the win...

    Bowling O M R W Econ SL Malinga 4 0 50 1 12.50 (1nb) KMDN Kulasekara 4 0 39 2 9.75 (1w) RMS Eranga 2 0 10 0 5.00 (1w) NLTC Perera 3 0 17 0 5.66 AD Mathews 2 0 6 1 3.00 HMRKB Herath 3 1 8 1 2.66 BMAJ Mendis 2 0 15 0 7.50

    bt c indains thy usd thr main 5 bwlrs only...... so dnt thnk much abt ths win.... hu hu hu

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 15, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    HEY GUYS: out of 151 comments that are posted by everyone(Till now)i don't really see a single comment from any Sri Lankan fan accepting defeat graciously.Let us be kind hearted and not to pull them much.However hard luck lankans(once again) and good luck India.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | September 15, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale You made a mistake my friend, replace India with SL and the sentence will be perfect. No team is capable of conceding 65 in 4 overs. Your fast bowlers are cannon fodder for batsmen and your batsmen, well the less said about them the better. The biggest upset would be if they make it to super 8's. I will look forward to your comments once your team has been embarassed(again) infront of your home crowd like it so often happens. I do not remember when was the last time SL won a tournament either at home or in away conditions.

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | September 15, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    I stop watching India vs Srilanka !!! LOl i know the result 1) Malinga will go for lot of runs 2) Dhoni will play with Bat 3) India winss ..........!!! SO Y I WASTE MY TIME !!!

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 15, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    wow....I think India can always know that playing Sri Lanka is always win win game....and Sanga said Sri Lanka are the tournament favourites !!!!!....LOL....!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale hi to all 4 of you.yesterday SL couldnt bat for 20 overs against these so called club bowlers..they are not great but just good enough for us to keep winning

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | September 15, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    First of all, good win for team India. Secondly, I wouldn't be overly happy given how pathetic our opening batting pair are. Gambir can't seem to buy a run and Sehwag is becoming more trouble than he's worth. It's our middle order comprising of Kohli, Dhoni, Raina and Sharma who will score the bulk of our runs. Sadly, they can't always lift the team out of pressure situations. There will be a time when our bowling needs to fire. This is where India are really handicapped. Apart from Irfan and Ashwin, the rest are really part timers who bowl spin. I just hope a lot of the pitches are really slow and low so that Dhoni can shuffle these guys around confusing batsmen. On the other hand, SL have HUGE problems too. They are OVERLY dependant on Mahela, Dilshan and Sanga. They also seem to have lost it totally when playing India. This is what happens when you over schedule games between the same teams all the time. Looking forward to the Pakistan game which WILL be shown LIVE ! Oh yeah.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Hi this team selection is ridiculous.Irfan is very good bowler in 20 over format and he is most consistent in this format.So we have yuvi bolwling so handful in srilankans conditions . We have raina and shewag who can bowl at least one over each.So My team selection would be

    Shewag,Gambhir, yuvi,rohit,raina,tiwary,dhoni,pathan,aswin,zak,balaji

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 15, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale on (September 15 2012, 16:55 PM GMT)..We may win or loose with England. It depends on day's play. But all i can say you is that we will never hide behind rocks to say" hey, if you are brave face it". Like how you are saying. The capability of your team is exposed today. Accept defeat with grace. Tomorrow it may yours. But your attitude calling others bowlers club bowlers even after your team gets for 120 shows that you have some problem of "Indigestion". Relax buddy

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | September 15, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    IT'S AMAZING THAT ONLY ALL TEAMS STRUGGLE TO MAKE MORE THAN 150+ IN PRACTICE MATCHES WHILE AFGHANISTAN MADE 200 EASILY .

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    @Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale on (September 15 2012, 16:55 PM GMT)..We may win or loose with England. It depends on day's play. But all i can say you is that we will never hide behind rocks to say" hey, if you are brave fave it". Like how you are saying. The capability of your team is exposed today. Accept defeat with grace. Tomorrow it may yours. But your attitude calling others bowlers club bowlers even after your team gets for 120 shows that you have some problem of "Indigestion".

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    IF INDIA BEAT ENGLAND THIS SERIES, THAT WILL BE THE "BIGGEST UPSET 2012 T20".like nethrlands beat England 2010 and zim beat aus 2008. we can see boundaries sailing over pallekele,hambantota, colombo. against these club bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    what kind of group schedule is prepared for this WC by SL committee.Totally one sided.SL if qualifies for super 8 will never face AUs,SA,Pak or IND.SO, they don't hav ne competition.They will face max opposition when WI,NZ,ENG go thru or there will be minnows.And India will face AUS,SA and PAK or minnows.Top 4 will fight and only 2 reaches to SF.And SL fans talks abt equality.Totally rubbish groups,it is based on somehow SL reaches Semifinal.But remember WC winner will be frm that Group which has Ind,AUS,SA and PAK.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 15, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Funny to see that the SL fans are still trying to say something after losing 5 wickets in no time. They say this was just a warm up match. They say India's bowling is club level. They say India can win only in spinning tracks. The say India can win only in India. We Indian fans are now getting bored of all this nonsense. Look at the record. Sri Lanka lost to India in WC Final - was that a warm up match too? Sri Lanka lost to India 1-2 in Oz - was that on spinning wickets? Sri Lanka lost to India 1-4 and 0-1 in Sri Lanka - and they still say India can win only at home. Look at your team SL Fans. Your team can win neither at home nor away nor on neutral wickets nor on fast wickets nor on spinning wickets. Your Sangakkara is famous all over for playing selfish knocks and MJ is famous as a flat wicket bully. You team has achieved absolutely nothing and your Sangakkara was talking of SL as fav to win T20 WC? You can;t even win warm up matches. Keep dreaming about T20 Title. Ciao.

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | September 15, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Oh! Lanka, i guess your fans just spoke too early after winning a game against sub par windies team. Some times its hard to take the emotional roller coaster ride.. One day you win and the very next day you lose. Hopefully you had something to cheer after the GREAT Cricketer sanga won three awards at the icc awards ceremony. Its so much harder to keep losing to TEAM India. Here is a reminder Getting THRASHED in Aus, losing in a disgraceful way in Bangladesh and a nightmare series in Lanka. Sorry! I really dint want to write this but some lanka fans just dont get it. GIVE respect to get some back. - A big SANGA fan.

  • POSTED BY Rici737 on | September 15, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Dear Sri Lankan fans,,,,Sri Lanka lost because of Sri Lankan pitches have changed !!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Well Yuvi is back to his original form. He will hang on for another 50 matches, based on his previous performance and simpathy votes.

  • POSTED BY RameshSubramaniam on | September 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    I guess Dhoni heard my earlier comments in Cricinfo on the 6+5 combination :) With Ashwin, Irfan, Bhajji India can go with 5 bowlers. Irfan is as good as any top order batsman, Ashwin and Bhajji, They have test century against their name, so they can bat at 8 and 9 in a T20. I think it is a good combination than 7 + 4. What do you guys think?

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @siri12345: Not winning a test for more than 20+ years in India, not winning a single bilateral ODI series since 1997 against India, WC final loss, 1-4 loss in the last month, 330 runs conceded in 36.4 overs were also the part of the plans.

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | September 15, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    India should worry a lot about their opening pair and their bowling. Dhoni can't pull them out of every trouble.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | September 15, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    When was the last time SL won anything against India? lolzzz. India would have gotten better T20 practice playing against Afghanistan!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    MR....JASON.....LEARN TO RESPECT OPPPOSITION...its tea, whick make sri lankan cricket club team.......how many times u get thrashed.....still living in z dreams.....haahah

  • POSTED BY JaDeD_INDIAN on | September 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Well Played Irfan hope u continue to play so well for INDIA. Bhajji you are and always will be better than most Indian bowlers hope u get consistent.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Go India go!!!!!!!!!!!! Pathan is outstanding.....Dhoni is also..

  • POSTED BY ATIMAYANK on | September 15, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @ Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale.. LOl keep adding t that lists since its going to be endless.. I have a summary for it.. Champions everywhere ;)

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | September 15, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    @ siri12345 - Mahela is even more clever than what you think of him. He knows T-20 is not real Cricket. You will see, he will even lose the WC t-20 final to India if both teams meet again as he is thinking of future, he wants to keep Team India in illusion that they are better til WC 2015. Great guy ! Great thinking. And we all know you are the cleverest SL fan, so you didn't reveal this secret.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    As an Indian fan, this performance is far from encouraging. It is actually quite disturbing.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 15, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Funny to see that the SL fans are still trying to say something after losing 5 wickets in no time. They say this was just a warm up match. They say India's bowling is club level. They say India can win only in spinning tracks. The say India can win only in India. We Indian fans are now getting bored of all this nonsense. Look at the record. Sri Lanka lost to India in WC Final - was that a warm up match too? Sri Lanka lost to India 1-2 in Oz - was that on spinning wickets? Sri Lanka lost to India 1-4 and 0-1 in Sri Lanka - and they still say India can win only at home. Look at your team SL Fans. Your team can win neither at home nor away nor on neutral wickets nor on fast wickets nor on spinning wickets. Your Sangakkara is famous all over for playing selfish knocks and MJ is famous as a flat wicket bully. You team has achieved absolutely nothing and your Sangakkara was talking of SL as fav to win T20 WC? You can;t even win warm up matches. Keep dreaming about T20 Title. Ciao.

  • POSTED BY trueanalyst on | September 15, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    All srilankan fans leave alone this stale and boring news of India defeating Srilankans and concentrate on how your A team was thrashed by the Afghans.looks like you will slip behind Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | September 15, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    i would have been really worried had i would have been a clever indian fan.

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | September 15, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    i would have been really worried if i would have been a clever indian fan.

  • POSTED BY jasonpete on | September 15, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Well played India,,anyway it's just a warmup match.But by looking at past series ,this club level Indian bowlers are more than enough for this club level SL basemen ,that too in home condition.@frank, Keep saying this to console yourself.what a shame 120 all out against club bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Harpreet on | September 15, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    I am not surprised that no one is praising Harbhajan or even talking about it. Though Irfan took the headlines and deservedly so, but Bhaji too bowl well and took important wicket of Sangakarra. Atleast he was better than Ashwin who people think is better than Bhaji. Although Bhaji is not a test material right now form wise but he is still India's No. 1 spin bowler in T20s and maybe ODI too. I am not against Ashwin but best way to judge both spinners will be when both play against same opponent under same conditions on the same pitch. You can't Ashwin is better when he performs well against WI and NZ. It looks like eveyone wants to accuse poor guy when his performance is not upto the mark, but not give him credit when he deserves.

  • POSTED BY aroop77 on | September 15, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    @Last_ride...dear u got me wrong..im an indian and i was asking these questions from a sri lankan. i have high regards for south african cricket and i truly believe that S.F is the best test side regardless of the rankings

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan83 on | September 15, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- Why don't you see the below one. This one is better in everyway... recent compared to urs....this one 3 years after urs. number of players including both teams playing present day cricket is more.... This a Super Six match of a World cup compared to yours coca cola champions trophy. Your venue is Sharjah (subcontinent)... this one is in South Africa. Bottom Line is.... I hope no need to explain....because you have that much intelligence :) Best of Luck to Both India and Srilanka for this T20/20 WC. May the best team wins... but India no doubt in present day is superior from SL. Cheers!!!

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65278.html

  • POSTED BY Numerouno9 on | September 15, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Well played India, batting was bit disappointing except for Dhoni. Irfan is doing good after his comeback to international cricket, hope he keeps his form

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | September 15, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @counterstrike1.6:Superb man hopefully more to come from you for the world cup

  • POSTED BY pranab708 on | September 15, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    Dear ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- or whatever is your name friend, do you remember this?: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65278.html

    And check this also: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;opposition=8;spanmax1=15+Sep+2012;spanmin1=01+Jan+2000;spanval1=span;team=6;template=results;type=team

    and this also, if you please: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;opposition=8;team=6;template=results;type=team

    And I don't need to remind you that we are among the three teams which have won the ODI world cup more than once and played another final. And yeah one of our world cup victory came on a foreign tournament. Why brag yourself on a one time event???

  • POSTED BY ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on | September 15, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I Pathan is back with Bang.A warning for every batsman. Man of the Series will be I pathan. India going to win World Cup

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    INDIA are really the hot favourites to win this world cup, because of the fact that this is subcontinental conditions and Dhoni,Kohli.Irfan are at their best.So all the best INDIA

  • POSTED BY gummadv on | September 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    This is worm up like practice session no points for winning. When Sl plan to keep their bowlers under wraps there is noting for any side to take home. In my opinion SL had done the right thing to keep its spinners under wraps.

    With nothing to lose Indians would have tried to take upper hand on spinners. And being the best players of spin they might have succeeded. Now India need to tackle SL spinners when stakes are going to be high in Semi final or Final

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    It's interesting how so many Lankans still turn up and justify their loss. They just can beat India. India got a good practice. Good to see Rohit amongst the runs. Irfan's bowling is improving day by day. Good signs. Waiting for India vs pakistan warm up match. That will be a good match. I have always rated Pakistan as a strong unit as far as T20 is concerned.

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | September 15, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    After comparing both SL and SL A teams performance it is unimaginable how disaster it would be the WT20 campaign for them. Also it shows their cupboard is empty. Now this page would be flooded with excuses by them as T20 is hit n miss baby cricket any SL is king Test n ODI lol

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    The T20 is nothing but go there and hit the ball as far as possible. Too much Technic or good length ball concept is not there. Just eye on the ball and connect well, that's it. No one can predict with statistics or performances that this team will be the champion. The chances are equal for all teams. Good luck to all the teams. However I wish India should win the Tournament.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 15, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Get real, guys, it's a warm-up match.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    great win for india, they will celebrate this win in years to come, and we will hear lot about it,, this will certainly go down as one of indias greatest cricketing achievements , well done guys

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    why dhoni take risk while batting by eating to mich deliveries as many times i have seen him eating more deliveries india lose by one run vs newzeland currently be alert while batting.

  • POSTED BY Last_ride on | September 15, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    @aroop77 you just make me laugh me being a saffer.yes our team hasnt won a world cup in any format , yes we have just become no 1 in tests bla bla bla etc. But hey tell me when was the last time Srilanka beat England in England or say Australia in Australia , Or say India in India. Oh wait they havent even won a test match there have they.And always remember we are No1 in Tests and No1 in T20s we should have been no1 in Odis but tough luck.Srilanka can only dream of even achieving half of what South Africa has done.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Excellent performance by Irfan pathan / and i would like to say that a few days before donei was said that we don't have a genuine all rounder .which 100% wrong IRFAN pathan is the best genuine all rounder in Indian team he is the second capit dev of India .all the best irfan

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @ aroop77 :- ha ha be cool bro.. ready to give a farewell for ur club level bowlers after group match against England

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | September 15, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    @ TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed : Dhoni is not angry with Irfan. If your stmt is true means then Irfan(coming back to team) wouldn't have be in the team after his bowling performance against BD in Asia Cup. Dhoni did't wanted him when he was pathetically out of form.Now they have gelled up. Also MSD is not Swan or Broad

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | September 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    LOL! They now also get thrashed in warm-up matches? Where were their so called "All-Rounders" what a joke of a team this. Can't even win at their own backyard.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Good to see Indians win.. Not sure though, how good is Rohit's form for Team India's fortunes.. He was a big flop show in the recent tour of SL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    poor lankan fans, please forget the world cup final loss....... getting so frustrated on a warm up game is a bad sign. Try and digest loses, you are used to it... LOL. :D :D

  • POSTED BY AMAZINGFAN on | September 15, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    malinga is not effective against indian batsmen like kohli,dhoni can smash malinga all around the park.i'm not surprised by the match result i already knew that sl can't beat ind.they r still minnow.happy that dhoni is hitting some form.he is match-winner.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    okay its a nice warm up , but out top order has to do better ,irphan pathan is in deadly form ,thats very good signs ,dhoni just needs to start his innings a little quicker ,good to see rohit get runs ,he handles pressure very well but inconsitently for india ,now the thing is whether team india play 7-4 or 6-5 combination ,thinking in my mind i am confused both have their advantages ,only becouse i want both ashwin and bhajji to play and if the pitches are supporting spin no problem playing 7-4 but i not then we need 3 quicks so we will need to play 6-5 .another thing Sri Lanka you cant just cant beat India .@love the way lions play thats just one match ,we have thrashed you time and again let me remind you of a match in which . India vs pakistan the second warm up match only match to be telecasted of warm ups, wow what a game it will be (who cares its a warm up match) .

  • POSTED BY Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on | September 15, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    well played pathan!....we should well just be playing 6 batsman + pathan + 4 ballers(2 spinners,2 fast)....dinda should be given chance in the next in place of balaji...harbhajjan and ashwin both can play.. Overall i am still not convinced that this indian side can take the world cup this year....but i wasn't even convinced in 2007 .....so good luck india!

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | September 15, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    India Wins, Sri lanka Looses. Sri lankan fans jumping out with excuses. Same old story... India Beat Srilanka, As Always..

  • POSTED BY Rici737 on | September 15, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    I LOVE SRI LANKA SO MUCH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. The lions have come out of their dens to let out their first ROARRRRRRRR :) ! Weldone !!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    @ Udendra L. Geeganage, Who are they? dananjeya, mendis,mahela. You may say, murali didnt play, vaas didnt play, jayasuriya didnt play and so on. first tell malinga not to play.

  • POSTED BY sichu_emerald on | September 15, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @ (LoveTheWayLionsPlay on (September 15 2012, 10:41 AM GMT)), if that is what you consider the only match played which makes you happy, keep this stat for your life time and if possible get a video of that game and watch it time and again to let off your frustrations in the years to come dude...

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @LoveTheWayLionsPlay yes, typical win due to major contribution from Jayasuriya (dropped thrice but still a great ininngs) which continued till the Asia cups 2008. You lost miserably in Natwest 2002 in Eng and 6-1 in India. India also won some triseries in the late 90s as well. SL was good infact very good in the triseries finals in the Ganguly Era , outside that the 96WC SF. Outside that in BILATERAL series SL never had any edge. Australia is the only team who can claim that.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @Sachit Talagala: look at you and your fellow lankans, u guys are making fun of yourselves, u know something, only u people would have boasted about this victory for years to come had u won today, why should we talk about this when we have literally owned your team over the years!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    @ LoveTheWayLionsPlay If u wanna talk about history here is it http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/engine/match/65669.html and what do u mean by ur statement.If I understand it correctly even if it is true then ur players and board are to be blamed for being sold for money n not respecting the game.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Irfan will finally make his place permanent.. good luck to him.. and well played India.. SL is a good team but they just didnt click.. Though Malinga is almost 12th Batsman for india.. he scores runs for us every time in Lankan jersey.. But he will be the game changer in the World cup.. looking forward to good matches..

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    irfan done a good job ... he is back to form

  • POSTED BY superstar100 on | September 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Malinga will not get change if india / sri lanka paly in future he might be rested !!!!

  • POSTED BY abi121 on | September 15, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    aww! how many times to beat SL? they can't win at home/sub-continent/over-seas. such a pathetic team. BCCI should stop funding SLC, absolute waste of money. Should help AFG, they're better than SL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    this is the last series of Indian club level bowlers. sorry my indian brothers!!!

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | September 15, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    To all the Indians fans who have just commented on this page while going through the scoreboard and have mention Zaheer bowl poor actually he doesnt, becuase he bowled well in t-20 4 overs 29 runs is ok with one wick. Actually bad bowler of the day was Bala but after getting the 2 wikects of tailender at the end his figure look different if you dont beleive please check the commentary of the match in same section. Bhajji and Ashwin bowled well. @ all Sri Lankan fans saying that you people played with the plan and keep your two best bowlers out in fact you forget India too had a plan and play middle overs in that way to conculde that if we play other bowlers which are not know to us. And than your Strike Bowler Malinga and Kula gave 89 runs in 8 overs. and rest 12 overs 57. So you should think Mahela and Sri lankan fall on around there own plan and dont forget if you play next match there will be only 11 players and if you accomodate mendis and dhananjya your batting will fail.

  • POSTED BY neerajprasher on | September 15, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    India batting line up is strong but bowling is not that good.we should play wid one extra bowler like harbhajan singh drop Rohit.team would be -Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Raina,Yuvraj,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Harbhajan,Balaji, Khan.So we have now 2 decent spinners,3 fast bowlers,if need Yuvraj,Sehwag,Kohli,Raina can bowl one over each.Playin with Rohit can make us trouble,we can score 200 runs but u cant defend with ur bowling 200 runs.Dhoni need to go up the order so he make quick runs.he play good against srilanka but took him a while to make some runs.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | September 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    U can't expect to take 62 runs from last 4 overs during a chase, I wish dhoni doesn't take this strategy while chasing. I think its not a convincing win for India. Batting too much depends on sehwag and kohli to show our strengh, if they fail, its very rare that our batting depth comes to the charge. Its better we opt for field first in every match. Southafrica deserves to win this worldcup.

  • POSTED BY dariuscorny on | September 15, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    oh GOD!wonder what the organisers are upto?we all knew IND are going to maul SL anyway,then why they keep coming with these matches@Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale hahahaha mate thank you for making us "CHAMPIONS" atleast in some way be it warm up champions,however i see Malinga giving it a call after the Zimbabwe match.....lollz,poor fans cannot digest numerous setbacks given by IND to their team

  • POSTED BY abhinav.rambhatla on | September 15, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @ Haleos : valid point,bro ! I reckon it has got to do with Fletcher as well. Why doesn't he have a talk with MSD and cite him instances so that he can work on it as well ? That is the job of a coach , isn't it ? He needn't teach batting and bowling to these players.It is about pointing out the flaws in technique and planning. ( btw i am not defending Dhoni )

  • POSTED BY kkk999 on | September 15, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    the real test for the indians will be against pakistan on 17th....

  • POSTED BY aroop77 on | September 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    @ Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale..club level bowling????..ur team hv lost 8 of the last 11 odi's against a team with club level bowling..ur team was bowled out for 116 in a t20 match against a team with club level bowling....u mean to say that ur team is a streel level team then????

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | September 15, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Is SL still favorites after beating the WI couple of days ago? SL fans were all saying they will be crown champions of the world after that warm up match. But truth was that WI didn't even play their best 11. Everyone knew Gayle, Samuels, Sammy were all missing. Happy India won today, to settled the cockyness of some of these SL fans as they seems to think that the tournament already started. Well played India and good luck for the tournament and in rest warm matches. I think India or WI can go all the way :).

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | September 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @ Big_Poppa_94 - LOL It doesn't matter much as long as we are Happy with our lives. Our mother-tongue is NOT English, As long as we are commenting and people like you are understanding, it shouldn't be a problem with anyone. Even Viru, Bhajji, Afridi, Raina, Ajmal can't speak proper English but still they are happy and in Way Way Way better condition that you can only dream of. Sorry for my poor English :(, I hope you get my point. :)

  • POSTED BY aroop77 on | September 15, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @ Frank Anushka Sachith AbagNale.......really...but wat abt ur team...they r neither home champions, nor flat track champions, nor fast track champions, nor warm-up champions, nor world one day champions, nor world test champions, nor world t20 champions...what exactly is ur team every major team except south africa have won at least 1 world cup in the last 10 years....loll still u talk as if ur team is the best in the world...loll

  • POSTED BY ----LoveTheWayLionsPlay--- on | September 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Dear Indians,do you remember this?: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65900.html but to be honest after the IPL money starts to talking in 2008,Sri Lanka's perfomances against India fallen miserably.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | September 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @ Priyadarshan - World's Most Feared Bowler - MALINGA - can just knock out domestic batsmen's wickets in IPL. He is not an international bowler. Did someone notice he gave away 50 runs in 4 overs ? No potential bowler in Sri Lanka ? Even Ireland bowlers are way better.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | September 15, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    SLPL star (read it Flat Track Bully of Domestic Circuit) like Munaweera exposed ! And Afhganistan, that was playing Sri Lanka A, beat the ordinary players of SL handsomely. Have heard even Afghan batsmen's strike rates were some 180, 200 etc. and they scored 200+ runs in a T-20. Is it ? SL going Zimbabwe's way.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    Mendis (Ajantha), Dhananjaya, and Mahela didn't play. seems a good one to loose for SL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Well played Indians , w8ing eagerly for the warmup on 17th ... Pak v Ind :) Lets see what our Ajmal has to offer to you yet again though you ppl are great players of spin ... As far as this match is concerned , Both teams played to their potential .. i mean Sri < Ind for sure but Ind = Pak ( approximately, mb india has slightly an upper hand but nt significantly) Wp Indians , From Pakistani (:

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | September 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @ LDuminda - Okay I marked your words. May be Ind will be beaten by Afghanistan but hey it's better to lose to a Decent team having quality players like Nabi, Shehzad, Asghar, Hamid etc. than beating an ordinary team like SL again and again having ordinary players like Malinga, Dil, Kula etc.. who perform only in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Look at the poor chap Manoj... he is out again

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | September 15, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @ Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri; If thisara perera can take a hatrick and lead SL bowling attack in ODI's nothing wrong in giving credits to I Pathan for what he is. Wake up man. D fact in ur own words is ur batsmen cant play even a highly over rated puppet bowler like pathan. KUDOS TO GREAT SL BATTING LINE UP.... @ Siri12345;I sincerely appreciate ur optimism and certainly look forward t follow ur comments i d days to come as tournament progresses...

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Were are all dhoni bashers! Hiding underneath their beds:)

  • POSTED BY Big_Poppa_94 on | September 15, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    I'm a British Indian and I support the Indian cricket team fully. However, some of the comments posted here by Indians fans coming from India is quite nauseating. LOL People from India clearly can't spell, construct a cohesive sentence and it seems grammar totally goes out of the window. Lol and Indians from India are so FRESH.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | September 15, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Mayan Priyadarshana - Nopes. We are not really cheering. In fact, many of us are really tired of beating your ordinary team again and again. I know you are hurt but we can understand after Vaas, Murali and Jayasuriya's departure this SL team has become simply pathetic. Don't worry son, I know your team can't beat Quality team like Ind, Aus, SA etc. but I'm sure if Mahela and men concentrate a bit more then they can surely beat Namibia. Good Luck !

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | September 15, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    @abhinav.rambhatla - I blame Dhoni for the lack of intent. He is the captain and should have tried to hit out if the pitch was playing hard. We had a long batting line up. I would like to see an Indian win with just 1 wicket left as compared to having 5 wickets left and loose by one run. So yes Dhoni is to be balmed for getting the wheels of the chase off the rails. He has been wonderful servant of Indian cricket but some of his approaches begger belief. He is a bit too defensive at times. Remember 15 over 80 odd runs 7 wickets in hand Test Match? against WI of all the teams. He sent Dravid and VVS ahead of others. That tells the opposition we have shut shop.

  • POSTED BY V.Jammy on | September 15, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    Pathetic cricket from SL. Even Rohit Sharma, a batsman who has been out of form for ages, batted pretty nicely against Lankan bowlers! I don't expect SL to reach super-8 stage!! Lol....

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | September 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Seems like Sri Lankan team is giving something to cheer about to all fans of other teams as well. That's the reason they lost to Afghanistan as well. It's amazing hw Sri Lanka always sacrifices their own fan's joy. Hats off Sri Lankan Team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @sri12345, You have great bowling attack than india and great batting order, but we have the memory loss that recently your mahela has had any cup in her hand(exept tea cup). This WC will also be your death anniversary celebrated by us.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Welcome Back Bhajji and Rohit(Thank God, this guy got some runs). Good comeback from Ind Batsmen after a horrible start. Had never a doubt about Dhoni's ability, Although he scored very slowly in the beginning, some 15 off 30 balls but later launched big shots. Glad to see Rohit among runs too. This innings should give him some confidence. I hope, GAMBHIR's injury in not serious. We need him. He is a Big match player, Generally plays crucial knocks in finals. Our Bowling has been decent too (I hope PK was selected too). Would be interesting to see if Dhoni goes with same set of bowlers 4 Bowlers + Irfan. That means one batsman will have to sit out. Overall, Good performance by India. @ ALL - Ind vs Pak practice match will be telecast unlike other practice matches. So watch out for this high tension game.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    was the match telecasted????

  • POSTED BY ovzdatta151 on | September 15, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Its good to see both Ashwin and Bhajji played together in this match. My instinct says that Dhoni will play with Five Bowlers and Six Batsmen.

  • POSTED BY katrik on | September 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    doubting about ind vs afg match over india win :p

  • POSTED BY AverageJoe2 on | September 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Good win for India and a confidence booster before the WC starts. Again stop doubting Dhoni please. My fellow pak supporters must be hurting again as there are not many comments here from them. Come on guys cheer up its only a game not a war!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Haha @siri12345! U really think it was a plan? The fact is that u guys r just giving hope to ureselves! If the planning was so! Then y did sl collapse In the same fashion again India in the previous series to the same bowlers and batsmen? They really have a weakness against zak and irfan! Jai hind

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Lot of Indians have forgotten that, the way they trashed by the Might Jayasuriya and the Sri Lankan team. but still we remembered that will in retain our heart forever.go sri lanka ..............

  • POSTED BY Varn.. on | September 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    @DINESHCC: If you are not interested in IND - SL matches then why were u reading this post ? and same goes for you Mr. Bismoy... Anyways grt Win for India.. Well done MS n boys...

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    This is a warmup match bro before the real tournament everyone should a chance to bat or ball.that's why mahela letting other one's to play.mahela is agood captain that's why mystery guys didn't ball today.India play their best team and only treat is pathan.So this match didn't tell a real story we cannot get a fully idea about team from a warmup match

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    This is a warmup match bro before the real tournament everyone should a chance to bat or ball.that's why mahela letting other one's to play up inthe orde .Really mahela is a good captain that's why mystery guys didn't ball today.India play their best team and only treat is pathan.So well done Indian team but you have to understand when the real tournament begins lion's are gonna be different

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @Mahaanama: When you say that real war begins when India meet Afghanistan so are you saying that Zimbabwe and Australia are going to win their first matches easily?

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Its Interesting to see that club level bowlers jumping after warm-up games. Still my challenge is open. this is the last series of India club level bowlers. after the game versus England We can see the retirement of club bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Previously we used to use Flat track bullies,home champions. now another word "WARM-UP CHAMPIONS"

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | September 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @Sachit Talagala Not necessarily. You see we have 2-1 win against SL in CB series and 4-1 drubbing in ODIs, not to mention the one off T-20 win that follwed when you were playing a full strength side.

  • POSTED BY EmperorDravid on | September 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Sri Lanka can't even beat us in a practice match! Anyway nice to see the great Irfan almost back to his best.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    @siri12345: wow bro, ya even i didn't realize that, ha ha, lol, got to appreciate you lankans, being so optimistic in defeat but cursing behind your monitor screens with an expression like 'oh no can't beat india even in a warm up game'??

  • POSTED BY KunzMan on | September 15, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @siri12345 Oh my God what have you done! Mahela through his excellent planning did all this but he will not appreciate that you so smartly decoded the strategy! Now Dhoni will read your comments and adapt! Again for Srilanka, it will be... "Almost There"!

  • POSTED BY timohyj on | September 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Although dhoti batted pretty well to help India recover, he still played way too many dot balls as usual. Dhoni hit 4 fours and 3 sixes but his strike rate was still below rohit who hit 4 fours and 1 six. This means Dhoni played a lot more dot balls than rohit. Dhoni does not have good technique so he cannot rotate strike easily like more technically sound players like Kholi, gambhir, and rohit

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    And Dhoni wud stil say ''We dont have a genuine all rounder in the team" about Pathan......

  • POSTED BY screamingeagle on | September 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Srilankans, thanks. As mentioned in the report, probably playing safe to avoid exposing their new guys to India, but the fact is SL is completely exposed against Indians. But anyways, thanks for the nice welcome.

  • POSTED BY Smack-DAT on | September 15, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    Be it an ODI, T2o, Test match,Warm up match..doesnt matter which evr corner of the world it is played..a sound INDIAN thrashing always awaits SL..take that

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    I dont understand why malimga is playing one of the worst bowlers i have seen mostly against India and we know why.(cos indian are paying him).....i have neer seen him winning any matches for srilanka..........

  • POSTED BY abhi026 on | September 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    My dear SL friends clic on the link to know more about SL cricket level. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/engine/current/match/578134.html

  • POSTED BY LDuminda on | September 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Today Sri Lanka hammered India in my EA cricket 2007 game.Lols

  • POSTED BY LDuminda on | September 15, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Today Sri Lanka hammered India in my EA cricket 2007 game.Lols

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | September 15, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    A win is good but I'm not going to read too much into it. Sri Lankans were not going at full throttle as mentioned in the writeup and Indians were able to play 7 batsmen and 5 bowlers. In real time India would have to choose between playing 7 batsmen or 5 bowlers. For long we have been relying on 7th batsmen and Dhoni himself was quoted to use part-timers in SL. Even with 7 batsmen 51-4 is not comforting. Atougher opposition wouldnt allow 62 runs in last four overs or five infact as Dhoni played 16th over as maiden. India would have to keep working hard.

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | September 15, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    siri12345 : Hopefully this will contine

  • POSTED BY abhi026 on | September 15, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Where r my SL friends.What happened guys? Our club level bowlers checked your so called high class sanga,dilshan and mahela from getting a modest 147. Pity of you really. I would have no problem with the Ind-Sl matches but when I see sl loosing everything to Indians thats when it gets boring. So please Slankans don't boast off your mediocre side which is used to beating bang,Zim ,WI.

  • POSTED BY rahuldravid_mr.cricket on | September 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    well its enough now no more sl vs ind..i m tired of dose games...well every1 saying irfan bowled well nd ms batted well...but no one noticed how superb bhajji was in his 2nd coming..i believe he was amazing...but zaheer dissapointed..i believe he should retire frm t20..he is just not into it....my t20 11 wud be- sehwag,kohli,gambhir raina yuvraj dhoni pathan ashwin bhajji dinda balaji

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    glad finally indian fans have something to cheer about, after they get knocked out from super 8 round, and when they going home, they will be saying atleast beat lanka in warm up hahhaa

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 15, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    we should not read too from this win, after all its a practice match but our team silenced INDIA, haters otherwise they would have written off today its self had we lost this match. waiting for next match , .

  • POSTED BY LDuminda on | September 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    All the Indian fans : Mark my word. Afganistan will beat India fare and square.Lols

  • POSTED BY bippidybop on | September 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    ohhh boy! doesnt look too good for SL. So called favorites failed against India as well as against Afghanistan on the same day.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    SRI LANKA WAS ORIGINALLY DUE TO PLAY AFGHANISTAN TODAY. BUT THEY TAUGHT A MATCH AGAINST AFGHANISTAN WAS A WASTE OF THEIR TIME SO THEY DUMPED US ON SRI LANKA (A) SIDE AND THEMSELVES OPTED FOR INDIA FIXTURE. And look at GOD's justice. Afghanistan trashed Sri Lanka A for 209 runs all over the park and their national team lost to India on the same day. NEXT TIME TAKE A MOMENT'S TAUGHT BEFORE YOU DECIDE TO INSULT SOMEONE.

  • POSTED BY LDuminda on | September 15, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    All the Indian fans : Mark my word. Afganistan will beat India fare and square.Lols

  • POSTED BY urprashant on | September 15, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @siri12345 Now that is called the greatest of excuses! Well done..Keep it up..In coming days you will need to come with even better excuses because there is no way Sri Lanka is going to win this world cup.Even Afghanistan have crushed your A team...

  • POSTED BY abhinav.rambhatla on | September 15, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    Dhoni rescued India.@ people who were bashing Dhoni : Nobody would wanna lose a match.It doesn't click everyday for everybody.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    so its almost certain that malinga going 10 ,12 an over in evey india match, but he's our main bowler still lmao, and srilanka lost last 5 wickets for 2 runs, mahela coming number in number 3 to thrash WU bt he's batting at number 9, against india, wow our guys always do their best to give a warm welcome to india, they just dont like india loosing, now the reason we loss is quiet certain, its due to malinga's superb bowling

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    I repeat...Zaheer Khan will leak runs and would be an embarrassment. He should be left out from playing eleven. Balaji, Pathan, Ashwin and Harbhajan should be the bowling unit though we have part-time spinners.

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | September 15, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    BISMOY: Yes I agree. No one is interested Ind Vs SL matches even if it is a warm up game

  • POSTED BY veerakannadiga on | September 15, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Congrats Team India. Keep the good form going. India beats SL in Test's, ODI's & T20's.Now we beat the super players of fast & bouncy pitches even in practice matches also.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    welcome back rohit..... keep going on

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | September 15, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    is anyone going to say what a great innings by Donhj

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @Mahaanama Good excuses, only Eranga was underbowled , So you WILL USE HIM AND THE SPINNERS AT THE DEATH THAT TOO VS INDIA OVER KULA ,MALINGA? defies logic.

  • POSTED BY urprashant on | September 15, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    The only way Sri Lanka can win this world cup by dropping Malinga(atleast again India). Today again he went for50 in 4 overs....LOL

  • POSTED BY siri12345 on | September 15, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    excellent planning by mahela jayawardene and the rest of the team to make the indians beleive that they have a great bowling attack and their batsman rohit sharma is a brilliant batsman.now indians will live in a delusional world before their club level bowlers and no-hit sharma will be exposed big time once the main tourney starts.really have to appreciate mahela,s wits.just waiting for the day when they change the proverb as clever as fox to as clever as mahela.love u mahela.

  • POSTED BY TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on | September 15, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Dhoni dont get angry that Pathan is bowling well

  • POSTED BY Karnain on | September 15, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Why Mahela don't trust Tissara Perera's hitting ability enough? He should have sent in after the wicket of Sanga without keeping him in the dressing room until required rate go beyond 15, in fact Mahela has never promoted Tissara in the batting order in a single game, if my memory is correct. We must let him face 20-30 deliveries in every T20 match as he's a too good a batsmen to be wasted in this format. I still believe Eranga is a better option than Kula at the death overs. Herath was taken out of the attack after a maiden against Dhoni. Is it an attempt to hide him also for the knockouts :)? lol. Anyway waiting for the awards ceremony to see Sanga becomes the cricketer of the year perhaps even the Test cricketer of the year. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY LPTR on | September 15, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    its a great tune for the team india, our boys will rock in t20.

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | September 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    WOW- COULD not last full quata of 20 overs against club level bowling in their own backyard , what type of stuff from INDIA haters we would have seen in case the result was just reverse .good begining , keep it up

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    That awkward moment when lanka cannot beat india even in a warm up game on their own backyard, lol, hilarious really, i'm sure lankan fans were readily lining up to pounce on indian fans here in cricinfo when india made a low score, but its the same old story again!!

  • POSTED BY Mahaanama on | September 15, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    SL has taken this game too easy. Bowlers who have the best economy rates have bowled only few overs. Mahela has batted at No 8. Here they have tried to optimize opportunities other than winning. This is just a warm up game and the real war begins when India meet Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Now Indian fans can mention this important win in years to come

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | September 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    There are few questions around..WHy we are lowering the confidence of Malinga by playing him against Indians nd why Eranga has not given ful quota of overs when he bowled his 2 over for 10 runs...Dear selectors ..please dro Maliga when we play against India and Play Eranga.I wonder Chandimal has not given any chance in either of 2 practice matches .I suspect Thirimanne is goin to play and Chandimal is going to be benched....We all seen what will happen when Thirimanne and Sanga are playing together in the middle.I think better to play Chandimal at number 6 who can accelarate the runs at the end of the innings.....

  • POSTED BY kunalx on | September 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Where are the SL people now? two days ago they said SL probably became champion of this year by just beating WI in warm up. Well, dear SL people, judge you team's capability by only competing with real capable teams. Everybody know that gayle scores 60% runs of Windies total run, so gayle less WI is just nothing. That day you guys said that lions roared in their den, so today lions got burned in their den. Fact is that SL can never beat IND. Wll played India, good to see a improved bowling line up. But batting is not up to the mark. If india reached final, then Irfan pathan will be the Man of the Series for this tournament, mark my words. Also watch out for a surprise package called Afganistan.

  • POSTED BY TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on | September 15, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    It seems Malinga is acting as Triumph Card of India in every match after he started playing for Mumbai Indians!

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    'their best Twenty20 batsman, Mahela Jayawardene', that is ONLY when he opens. not otherwise. Dishan takes the tag - refer Eng WT20 2009.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    we are making Irfan look like a seriously good bowler, our batting is really worrying..anyway we didn't play our best team and juggled the batting order

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Well bowled Irfan. Congratulations Team India. Need to keep improving in bowling though. In Batting Dhoni did well, but he needs to stop consuming balls scoring nothing. Maiden over of Herath to Dhoni might have proved decisive in result if Indian bowlers were not good today. So Dhoni need to learn rotating strike in slow bowlers; he should believe in others too who can score down order. Pathan and Ashwin can also score, so Dhoni needs to be free while scoring against spinners/slow bowlers. Or else send Pathan ahead of him. That would do. Need to fix this problem soon. Comprehensive win for India that's something a confident booster.

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | September 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    can some one stop india vs sl match???? it no brainer india will win not matter what......

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | September 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    yes at last dhoni hit a half century in t20 internationals even though it was a practice match

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    What are the excuses now?

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | September 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Good bolwing from pathan and co. rohit got some runs which was always welcoming again kohli gets out and india wobbles until captain ressurects us slapping malinga and kula this batting order looks fine rohit and dhoni should be late surgers and kohli yuvi,raina should bat around also raina scored ton at no 3 against SA hence 6 and 7 should be rohit(for poor form) and MSD as he is best finisher(though that ind vs nz game at chennai was a 1 in 100 exception but still forgiven)and dinda for balaji anyday dinda is good with yorkers and since this game is all about luck so good luck india

  • POSTED BY Dev_Sachinfan on | September 15, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Well done INDIA...! Cheers...! ;-)

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | September 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Same old story. Underrated Indians Hammer Overrated Sri lankans once again. Waiting to see what excuse sri lankan fans will come up with. Any India's so called poor bowling line up once again cleaned up the so called technically better sri lanksn batsmen. Say what you can, INDIA ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | September 15, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Why on earth this report is on Bangladesh's Page?

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  • POSTED BY British_North_America on | September 15, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Why on earth this report is on Bangladesh's Page?

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | September 15, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Same old story. Underrated Indians Hammer Overrated Sri lankans once again. Waiting to see what excuse sri lankan fans will come up with. Any India's so called poor bowling line up once again cleaned up the so called technically better sri lanksn batsmen. Say what you can, INDIA ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

  • POSTED BY Dev_Sachinfan on | September 15, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Well done INDIA...! Cheers...! ;-)

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | September 15, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Good bolwing from pathan and co. rohit got some runs which was always welcoming again kohli gets out and india wobbles until captain ressurects us slapping malinga and kula this batting order looks fine rohit and dhoni should be late surgers and kohli yuvi,raina should bat around also raina scored ton at no 3 against SA hence 6 and 7 should be rohit(for poor form) and MSD as he is best finisher(though that ind vs nz game at chennai was a 1 in 100 exception but still forgiven)and dinda for balaji anyday dinda is good with yorkers and since this game is all about luck so good luck india

  • POSTED BY cool2cool on | September 15, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    What are the excuses now?

  • POSTED BY lordrudraksh on | September 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    yes at last dhoni hit a half century in t20 internationals even though it was a practice match

  • POSTED BY bismoy on | September 15, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    can some one stop india vs sl match???? it no brainer india will win not matter what......

  • POSTED BY praveen4honestremark on | September 15, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Well bowled Irfan. Congratulations Team India. Need to keep improving in bowling though. In Batting Dhoni did well, but he needs to stop consuming balls scoring nothing. Maiden over of Herath to Dhoni might have proved decisive in result if Indian bowlers were not good today. So Dhoni need to learn rotating strike in slow bowlers; he should believe in others too who can score down order. Pathan and Ashwin can also score, so Dhoni needs to be free while scoring against spinners/slow bowlers. Or else send Pathan ahead of him. That would do. Need to fix this problem soon. Comprehensive win for India that's something a confident booster.

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    we are making Irfan look like a seriously good bowler, our batting is really worrying..anyway we didn't play our best team and juggled the batting order

  • POSTED BY on | September 15, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    'their best Twenty20 batsman, Mahela Jayawardene', that is ONLY when he opens. not otherwise. Dishan takes the tag - refer Eng WT20 2009.