SL v SA, World T20 2012, Group C, Hambantota September 21, 2012

Bully boys seek first challenge

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Match facts

September 22, 2012
Start time 1530 local (1000 GMT)

Big Picture

Both sides have got their bullying out of the way, having beaten Zimbabwe by 82 runs and 10 wickets respectively, and Sri Lanka and South Africa are now ready to do business. That may sound odd considering that both having both already qualified for the Super Eights but neither have been challenged properly yet and will want to test themselves before a tough next round.

Sri Lanka will be happy with the form of one of their most important bowlers, Ajantha Mendis. His 6 for 8 are figures unlikely to be repeated but Mendis showed he is back in a big way. He deceived the Zimbabwe batsmen with an assortment of carom balls and googlies and while the South African line-up may not be so easily hoodwinked, some of them are known to have a weakness against spin.

South Africa's middle order remains untested after only Richard Levi and Hashim Amla batted against Zimbabwe and they are yet to face any pressure, a catalyst for some of their worst major tournament showing. Sri Lanka will look to target that area of the opposition's game because every other part of it seems solid.

South Africa's seamers were effective on the Hambantota pitch and even though their spinners were not called into action too much, they have enough options available to them to be able to afford one bowler having a bad day. The hosts have similar variation in their ranks, with enough allrounders to have all bases covered and with the advantage of their middle order having had a decent run.

By all accounts the match-ups between the teams pre-empts a much closer contest than the group has seen so far. Even though it will not be decisive in terms of who the team play in the next round it will be important in determining who has more might for the big duels ahead.

Form guide

South Africa WLWWW (completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WLLWL

Watch out for

After captaining Sri Lanka to series defeats in South Africa last summer, Tillakaratne Dilshan may be pleased to see them on his home turf. Relieved of the armband and with a new opening partner, Dilshan seems to be enjoying his freedom and looked ominous against Zimbabwe. He had the full range on display, including the "Dilscoop" and will want to show South Africa some of what he is capable of but did not manage to do earlier in the year.

Dale Steyn started the tournament with a delivery that measured 140 kph on the speed gun and does not show any sign of slowing down. Although Steyn called the Hambantota conditions "slippery" he acknowledged that it made a welcome change to play on a subcontinental pitch that has something in it for the seamers and will want to exploit that while it lasts.

Team news

Sri Lanka have an injury worry with their strike spinner, Ajantha Mendis, picking up a side strain after the Zimbabwe game. His fitness will be assessed on the day of the game. If he sits out, the offspinner Akila Dananjaya could be in line for his international debut.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Dilshan Munaweera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Shaminda Eranga, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Ajantha Mendis/Akila Dananjaya

South Africa will also not have many reasons to change a winning XI, unless the stomach bug returns. After giving Zimbabwe a work over in their opening match, South Africa's bowling attack would seem to need no tinkering. Their middle order remains untested and either Faf du Plessis or Justin Ontong could be brought in but they may want to give the current XI a run against tougher opposition.

South Africa (probable): 1 Richard Levi, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Albie Morkel 8 Johan Botha 9 Robin Peterson 10 Morne Morkel, 11 Dale Steyn

Pitch and conditions

Both batsmen and bowlers have described the Hambantota surface as difficult to get in on but have admitted that there remains something in it for the quicks. Another hot, humid day awaits with temperatures around 28 degrees Celsius and a bit of rain about for the afternoon and evening so the bounce and carry seen so far will likely stay around on the same pitch used for the first match - one that took much more turn than the one used last evening.

Stats and trivia

  • Ajantha Mendis' six wickets against Zimbabwe on Tuesday saw him leapfrog Lasith Malinga as the highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in T20s. Mendis' 46 wickets have come at an average of 9.84.
  • South Africa have the best win-loss record of all teams in T20s. They have played 48 matches, won 31 and lost 16.
  • Mahela Jayawardene needs six more for 1000 runs in T20 internationals.

    Quotes

    "South Africa are a good unit, but probably their lower middle order a little inexperienced. What we need to do is focus on our strengths. If we play to our strengths we're going to give them a very good game rather than falling into their trap." Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene identifies his game plan.

    "I don't think there will be any drop in intensity for the Sri Lanka game. We're in the beginning stages of a very, very big event, a tournament that we really want to win. You have to play well in every game and improve in every game." AB de Villiers ensures his side won't take their foot off the gas.

    Our US readers can watch the match live here, coverage starts 30 minutes before the game begins.

    Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Nipaos on September 22, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    ICC can't have a full game (rain factor) to protect broadcasters interest from overlapping games and the Pundits blame IPL for money influence.

  • on September 22, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Is there any extra day... for game

  • g.narsimha on September 22, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    CHARITHA D ALVIS - YAA it is not advisable to remind u of u r loses in u r own backyard by our team but what about u r fellow sl fans who got a lisence to rack up every where only those 2 bad away performance, in our case we have beaten u r team in u r own place where as those loses were in ENG, AUS not by u r team , my dear u will get back on u r face what u throw on others i know it pains u when reminded of u r performance vrs IND in recent past .

  • Narbavi on September 22, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I would suggest south africans to test their bench strength today, anyway if lanka win their fans will say oh yes we beat the best team, if they lose which they will then they will say this match has no significance we are already in super 8's but right now i can see some relieved lankan faces as the match might not happen due to rain

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @spiritwithin- N why do u ever think dat series with India was a warmup game? Do u fellows think playing with the high and mighty Indian team is the best practice any other team could get? Apart from some "INDIAN CRICKET" fanatics like you, other people and other teams believe there are other good and better cricket teams in the world. Plus SL thrashed WI in the warmup games of the WT20. So no one cares about a past game with Indians.

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @spiritwithin: Why r u Indians still going on and on abt some match that happened 2 months back. Dat was then this is now. Maybe it means SL improved over time and India didnt. Anyways we'll see. Lions all the way roar. :)

  • RajaAsifZaheer on September 22, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Supporter of Sirilankan's..but S.A will win :(

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    very big teams which are going to play today.....almost same strenth as both sides but as come to south africa having very good fast bowlers like morne morkel,dual steyn others too.any way srilanka having same almost.

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    I have spent more than 200 kms to see a fully coverd ground

  • Vikum72 on September 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    What a shame. After all the hype it seems we are not gonna get a match after all!!!

  • Nipaos on September 22, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    ICC can't have a full game (rain factor) to protect broadcasters interest from overlapping games and the Pundits blame IPL for money influence.

  • on September 22, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Is there any extra day... for game

  • g.narsimha on September 22, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    CHARITHA D ALVIS - YAA it is not advisable to remind u of u r loses in u r own backyard by our team but what about u r fellow sl fans who got a lisence to rack up every where only those 2 bad away performance, in our case we have beaten u r team in u r own place where as those loses were in ENG, AUS not by u r team , my dear u will get back on u r face what u throw on others i know it pains u when reminded of u r performance vrs IND in recent past .

  • Narbavi on September 22, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    I would suggest south africans to test their bench strength today, anyway if lanka win their fans will say oh yes we beat the best team, if they lose which they will then they will say this match has no significance we are already in super 8's but right now i can see some relieved lankan faces as the match might not happen due to rain

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @spiritwithin- N why do u ever think dat series with India was a warmup game? Do u fellows think playing with the high and mighty Indian team is the best practice any other team could get? Apart from some "INDIAN CRICKET" fanatics like you, other people and other teams believe there are other good and better cricket teams in the world. Plus SL thrashed WI in the warmup games of the WT20. So no one cares about a past game with Indians.

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @spiritwithin: Why r u Indians still going on and on abt some match that happened 2 months back. Dat was then this is now. Maybe it means SL improved over time and India didnt. Anyways we'll see. Lions all the way roar. :)

  • RajaAsifZaheer on September 22, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Supporter of Sirilankan's..but S.A will win :(

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    very big teams which are going to play today.....almost same strenth as both sides but as come to south africa having very good fast bowlers like morne morkel,dual steyn others too.any way srilanka having same almost.

  • on September 22, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    I have spent more than 200 kms to see a fully coverd ground

  • Vikum72 on September 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    What a shame. After all the hype it seems we are not gonna get a match after all!!!

  • risimati_l on September 22, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    doesn't look like will get a game here its raining heavily based on the television pictures we getting in SA

  • on September 22, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @ Siddhartha Reddy Dont worry it is not going to b easy for amla to manage ajantha factor but i love to see amlas shot making with his bat speed, timing and foot movement

  • g.narsimha on September 22, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Kanchuka Veeraranga- Calm down bro , who ever says u r team is minnow is a padistrein in cricketing knowledge ,S L, PAK are great on their own right doesnt need certificates , SANGA IS at present one of the best , u refered SAMAR WEERA yaa i checked his stats really greate i am surprised why he is not regular in all formets but u r contention that he scored more runs , centuries , than SACHIN is far from thruth , he was poor in ENG, AUS but had performed better in SA , PAK WI SACHIN had scored all overr the cricketing world HAVING BETTER AWAY AVE, CENTURIES THAN HOME so pl check the sstats no body comes a shade near to him, reg our white washes my dear we only poor during our last tours to AUS, ENG but u can compare our stats with u rs in those places as u still had not won a single test in AUS, & JUST SOLITORY TEST WIN IN SA THAT TOO COURTSY HERATH , demeaning us on the basis of just 2 bad performance is as bad as calling u r team minnows .

  • Theavalanche on September 22, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @Sl Fan, please dont even compare Sachin and sangakara ..why dont you go google and read out the comments of legends abouot sachin. be the great bowler likes of (Donald, Lilee, thompson, murli, warne, mcgrath, imran khan, mcgrath etc ) , or be the great batsman like of (sunil Gavaskar, viv richrads, Sir don bradman, steeve waugh, ricky ponting, Brian Lara etc). So I think they are better judge than you. so why cant you accept the truth and just enjoy the cricket and dont talk about Sachin please. and If you talk about only SL batsman...many cricket exprets rates Arvin disilva and Jayawardhne better thena Sanaga. Sanaga is a good batsman, may be the best WK batsman. but not in the sam class of Jayawardhne, disilva, Sachin, Ponting, Lara etc...)

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on September 22, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    If the carrom ball Mendis misses this match, the match will be one sided. Let's hope we can get the best of this match with him getting fit.

  • on September 22, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Although Sri lanka looks very strong at the moment, but my bet...SA will win

  • desm on September 22, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Don't worry SL will win this match w/o any pressure.

  • g.narsimha on September 22, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    best opf luck sl u can do it AJANTHA WILL ROCK-

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Only these teams will be there in the semi-finals...1. Sri Lanka 2. South Africa 3. Pakistan 4. England......................The rest have still to wait to qualify for the next WC T20's semi-finals....

  • on September 22, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    if sri lanka want to win, first take amla then u can reduce the score easily

  • on September 22, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Unless they pick Philander for this match there is no way the South Africans can "Rip" this batting line up and even Thisara Perera can send the Dale Steyn deliveries over the rope with ease!

  • on September 22, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Why aren't Sri Lankan's playing Dinesh Chandimal, who is a raw talent and can keep wickets, instead of Munaweera?

  • ajikar on September 22, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Hi NLKFernando - The no 1 team South Africa still to win a single title of ICC. Why? You know? It is not because of winning more matches, it is purely because of loosing the key matches. India may have lost major matches with Srilanka, nothing to loose really, because we have won the Ultimate World Cup (The Key) beating the Lankans.. Ha ha ha...wait and see, how bad you guys loose this world cup. Chakde India

  • Sinhaya on September 22, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    @Gladkick, thanks a lot. I am keen to see fans of both sides showing more commitment to get friendlier. Hope it happens sooner. As South Asians, we all (SL, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) must be united!

  • risimati_l on September 22, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    all the best to the proteas put in a good performance today

  • Vicky_22 on September 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Dale Steyn & M. Morkel will ripthrough Lankan's & SA will win easily this match. I am not wishing this result but this will be happening ...today note down my prediction...

  • Shrikant25 on September 22, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    I think munaweera is overated player.srilanka will lose this match.

  • on September 22, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Thanks "Gladkick" rightly said its all about sports,this is what we require as human, respect and cheer each other.

  • cric_freakNo2 on September 22, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Finally two good matches to start with :) Hope SA win and there should be a lethal contest between WI and AUS :P

  • on September 22, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    munaweera is a great hitter, but chandi is not a hitter, a thirimanne type batman. we have already enough that kind of batsmen .so no need of chandi becoz he is not in his form these days. what we want is big hitters!

  • damn1234 on September 22, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    My SA XI : 1.Levi 2.Amla 3.Kallis 4.Duminy 5.de Villiers 6.A Morkel 7.Behardien 8.Botha 9.Peterson 10.Steyn 11.M Morkel My SL XI : 1.Munaweera 2.Dilshan 3.Sangakkara 4.Mahela 5.J Mendis 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Kulasekara* 9.Malinga 10.A Mendis 11.Akila Dhananjaya * If Sri Lanka thinking of giving match practice to Eranga which they should, he should replace Kulasekara. Batting looks a bit thin in this team but this match is not that important and also it's hard to get through the top 6 batsmen of SL. Not to mention SA's bowling attack. Also as i see, with this batting line up SL has the best balanced team, left hand combination and fine bowling attack as well. Looking forward for a tight contest.

  • Gladkick on September 22, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    From India, best wishes for the Sri Lankan team. No matter how much India and Sri Lanka compete each other, we are neighbors and if we don't support each other, who else is going to???? All the best guy!!! With love from India...

  • SL-RokZ on September 22, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    @Lankanforever KUDOS....& Well said.... no comment on certain bluffers (WBT, coz they comment pathetically lame.... BTW 3 pitches using in SL for this T20 are the best in the business in the world at the moment since each of those gives even playing opportunities to all teams around world (I think this is the well balanced world cup tournament ever due to even conditions to all teams i.e no lame flat tracks nor vicious spin tracks) As far as I'm concerned every test playing team (except for BAN & Zim & unadaptable teams) has a chance of grabbing the title. Having said that, if I'm not mistaken WBT stands for a "Wonderful Broken Thing" which is happened to be a comic zine,lol Gud Luck SL.....

  • crashed on September 22, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    In my humble opinion I forsee that this game will be a great game to watch. Both teams will have reason to do good and as there is nothing to loose (some say dead rubber ...). Since nobody will lose anything by loosing (except maybe face and some prestige) both teams will go all out (to gain any slight advantage they can get), to win it. I have seen predictions gone wrong in the past so my call... a great game to watch .... :) do not miss it

  • on September 22, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    All the best Lankans!!!!!!

  • rchathuranga on September 22, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Most probably this will be a stunning match and best of for the Lions

  • NLKFernando on September 22, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I have nothing but respect for the Indian cricketers abilities. But im a little confounded as to what some of the Indian fans have said here about Sri Lanka being knocked out early? Are you guys nervous or something that you might meet us at some stage during the tournament? Because except for the last world cup final Sri Lanka knocked India out of all major tournaments.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 22, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @Travis Thomas : Just like how it sounds bad when i call Lanka batsmen club level, other team fans feel the same when lanka fans call them Club level bowlers, flat track bullies, etc. Mind you ,every team has its own problems, may it be India, Australia, South Africa or Lanka. Give respect to get some back. I really dont care if Saf wins or Lanka wins! I apologize for thrash talking but i also expect fans from LANKA to have some respect for other teams. Wish Lanka all the best! so as to South Africa.

  • on September 22, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Ok guys Im about to start my 4 hour trip to Hambantota , my last point is get chandimal in for munaweera but i still think about the statement "dont change the wining team" ??????? What ever ill b on line for this website all da day

  • Lankanforever on September 22, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    well we might well want to see SL unchanged but I guess there would be two to three changes. Malinga and mendis might get a rest as they are open for injuries too often and we want to preserve them. and I felt that Mathews looked as he was having some trouble with his right elbow in the last gmae. so atleast two of these three might get a rest.

  • on September 22, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Indians fans jelaus about Sanga bcz simply he achieve every thing which they think sachin cn get.Sanga score centuries in SA,Eng,Aus in last 3 series... His 192 in the fourth ining of the test against Aus is one of the best knocks by any batsman in Aus conditions in the histry!

  • lion69sl on September 22, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    it is really funny to see some of the indian cricket expertis comment SL is minnow here, as recently concluded ENGvsAFG n INDvsAFG matches already showed us the difference between a top clss cricket team vs minnow match n the minnow vs minnow match.India are really lucky not to be n the ireland 's group as Ireland are the champions of the associate teams where afghan became the runners-up..

  • KunzMan on September 22, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Seriously my bad that I didn't know super eight groups are already decided. For me these remaining matches are only marginally better than the ones including a minnow in it. The cricket being more competitive is what one can expect. Seriously it is a joke. Again a kind of "official" warm up I would say. I expect SA to rest Steyn and try Tsotsobe or Parnell and we will rest A. Mendis.

  • Sallu_bhai on September 22, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Its foolishness that SL prepared Fast pitches for the improvment of SLan cricket.They believe that if the pitches are spin friendly or batting friendly India is going to Stream roll all other teams in the tournament and most of the matches will be one sided games.Like the 50 Over World cup game where there was only two intersting India games(one against Eng thanks to strauss and second against SAF thanks to India themselves for allowing SAF back in the game).All the balance games were pretty much one sided games.SL dont want the repeat the same.So they created fast pitches to see some intresting games.But Plz note that SLan strength was always spin bowling(even now).And if it was Spin pitches only India and Pakistan on certain day was better than them.But now they had made a mistake by allowing all the teams far ahead of them.Here i dont see SL above the super 8.Some intersting game will be there between Eng,India,SAF,WI,Pak(on certain days.

  • on September 22, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    I think South Africa are favorites today. Sri Lanka will have to dig deep in the bowling and batting today. I think Ajantha Mendis is seriously over rated and will show why today if played. Possibly Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne will have an impact today. I don't see any weakness in the South African team that can be exploited at present. Except maybe a little over confidence in being the Top Team in all formats. But they are professional enough to put that aside. Sri Lanka should go unchanged and maybe prove me wrong.

  • BG4cricket on September 22, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Seriously vxttemp who cares. Sachin and Samaraweera aren't playing in this tournament and neither really play international T20 anymore so maybe try and enjoy this tournament where both of these sides have a chance of doing well

  • on September 22, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    SA plays proper cricket in pool matches

  • Ameega on September 22, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    What a mess is this thread. Do you guys think that you can change anyone's mind by replying, providing supporting facts and arguments, or what? The bashers may be less 5% of total fans from their respective countries, and will never change their stance, if you reply or not. So, be calm, watch the game. Share any constructive comment if you have, and sleep with peace in mind. Good luck for all respectful fans and both teams.

  • criclanka on September 22, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Best of luck for SL in todays match. Saffers bowling unit looks very impresive. to stand that, munaweera should be rested and SL should opened with chandimal..my advise to openers of lanka is do not go after the bowling from the 1st ball. stay their there for at least 2 overs and then launch there after..even if SL lost todays match it will be a great learning experience for them. win or loose we are with you...again GOOD LUCK MAHELA AND CO..

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 22, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    SANGA IS FLAT-TRACK BULLY WHO SCORES ONLY IN DEAD PITCHES LIKE SSC ETC.......TENDULKAR SCORED CENTURY IN EVERY COUNTRY,AT A VERY YOUNG AGE HE SCORED A BRILLIANT CENTURY AT WACA,SANGA IS JUST OVER-RATED....

  • on September 22, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket, I'm not denying a particular stat or the greatness of SA's bowling, but you lose credibility by calling someone as world class as Sanga "club level". Yes he has failed a few times, who hasn't? In fact, SA as a team have failed more often than most in important matches- does it make them a "club team"? Your argument is invalid. Sanga has performed remarkably well in all conditions for so long, otherwise cricket experts and commentators would not rate him as one of the very best. Give respect where it's due. Of course SA have the better side with more talent, especially now that Murali is gone, but the gap isn't as big as you imagine it.

  • on September 22, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    A good but pointless match in the context of the world cup, which won't have any bearing on the positions in the next round. What a waste of a good match!

  • on September 22, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @sobersfan and @ HawksEyeNeutralObserver, flat track bullies you say? Then how has Sanga performed so well against Aus, even when they had the best attack in recent memory? Sobersfan, your preciously overated Sachin may have a higher average overseas, simply because he has had much more opportunities for failure, but his record in crunch situations makes him not even worthy of being club level! His 4th innings average is appalling, for a "great" batsman HE IS THE ONE concerned about his personal records, hence he is still playing

  • on September 22, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    @gabrialGihan --- Murali was not picked for those awards because of his CHUCKING factor. Why you guys talk about Indian players and India here in this column? This is a game between SL and SA on Lankan turf under lankan conditions.Go Sri Lanka. You will win easy at Hambanthota.

  • vxttemp on September 21, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Some idits talking about sachin being poor abroad - His first 11 centuries in test cricket - old-trafford, sydney, perth-waca, wanderers, chennai, SL, lucknow, nagapur, edgbaston, trentbridge, newlands - If u poor in math SA(2), Eng(3), Aus(2) , Ind(2), SL(1). Out of his 100 centuries - a combine 71 against top nations Remaining 29 - against NZ(9), Zimb(8), Bang(6) Kenya(4) Namibia(1))

  • kprashant1 on September 21, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    @kanchuka weeranga: if u mean SSC by outside the subcontinent,then obviously yes, samarweera has scored more centuries than sachin.....lol,hehehe jst chill mamu

  • gabrialgihan on September 21, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    @Afridynamite dude get over it.. mursli had better peformans than ajmal through out his life and never got picked for these awards...

  • gabrialgihan on September 21, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    @Lankanforever well said bro... its clear jelosey..becouse we are allways consistent in global tournaments...for all the People who call lankans minnows and we got thrashe by india..do you remamber manoj prabakar?what happend to him...he got that badly hammerd by jaya..lol started balling offsprin and got hammerd again and never saw him after that

  • gabrialgihan on September 21, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    @ spiritwithin this is t 20 and here indians a consecutive losers and you rank well within the reach of minnows at no 7.you allways get hammerd my lankans in the t 20 worldcups... you remember Ashish Nehra/you know chamara kapugedara and the last ball six.. that how good your bowling is, get a life.....

  • ProdigyA on September 21, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    I think SA will win this pretty easy. When the knock-out stage starts, thats where the problem starts for the chokers. LOL.

  • on September 21, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Some geniuses are telling that we're flat track bullies LMFAO, in the ODI series which happened in 2011, SL chased 300+ twice in their home soil and gave them mini heart attacks, it was supposed to be SL3-2 but unfortunately the rain saved them! also CB series we just kicked "WBT" off to their backyard :p The real flat track bullies are "WBT", no need further explanations because me know, you know, everyone knows LOL

  • Kirk-at-Lords on September 21, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    For those who experiencing boredom, I offer up the heroes from Afghanistan. As Tony Grieg might have said, these fellows nearly made India grovel. Indeed, their 2d match against England started out in similar fashion. Had the Afghanis clung on to just a couple of early chances and completed a runout or two, they could well have been 1-1 or even 2-0, and this would have become the most famous ICC event of all time. We all came that close to having the privilege of watching a minnow roar like a lion and perform virtual miracles on the field. In this light, I may feel a bit diisappointed by the lost opportunity for such high drama, but definitely not bored! AFG more than made up for the evident shortcomings of ZIM, BANG & even the much vaunted Irish. I still have a feeling one of the last two will pull off an upset victory. With conditions in Sri Lanka so far favouring seam over spin (what a thought!), I lean toward Ireland being the surprise packet vs the always dodgy Windies.

  • Kirk-at-Lords on September 21, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Nehans: It has not been boring when the Test nations met in the warmups. IN-PAK was actually a nail-biter and was thankfully televised. I dearly wished ENG-AUS and ENG-PAK had been shown as well. Both would have been well worth a look in. ICC need to revisit their tournament scheduling practices. The early "giants v minnows" matches tend to be pat-the-cake affairs, which all too often renders the serious fixture in each group a dead rubber. This is not only bad for supporters, it is hard on the players, who desperately need context to focus in such a short form of cricket. Perhaps the best thing would be to do what England does in their domestic tournaments: pick balls from a container. That would at least create some spice and variety. If every tie must start with a coin toss (something that I wish would be abandoned when sides are more than 10 points apart in the ICC rankings--let the low team choose or offer the choice to the other side), why not hold a bit of a lottery?

  • Vibhanu on September 21, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    No way Eranga can play..It will be Kulesekara or Hearath..

  • on September 21, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    @ Mayan. I am expecting a SL loss but of course a borderline one. If SL wins tomorrow, it will become a tremendously exciting match. Waiting for the match......must be a great match since both team can play with open mind....to cricket fans , even if any one side is not your nation, still watch the game, you might enjoy it!....Honestly it might be the two best teams in the tournament with mighty Malinga and Jaya on one side and Morne and Amal on another.

  • xylo on September 21, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Now, this would be a match worth watching except that, Richard Levi will be found wanting, so South Africa's batting starts at 0/1.

  • HawksEyeFocused on September 21, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @ sobersfan@@TRAVIS THOMAS: Both are not match-winner. They are just looking for some personal records. Both can't deliver under pressure!!!

  • spiritwithin on September 21, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    @Harshani Pereira,is'nt it hilarious that u r talking against indian team in an article devoted to SL vs SA??since u r talking about indian team then lemme remind u that just one & half months back with the same team(bar sachin & yadav) have blasted SL in both ODI's & T20,in the last warm up game last week SL lost tamely to india again,talking about the result which is just 2months back is far more realistic than talking about incidents one decade back or of WI era of 1980's....since u were talking about bouncy pitches lemme again remind u that SL in the last CB series did lost to india by 2-1(though india did'nt reached the final but its bcoz of aus's brilliance rather than SL bcoz they lose to india most of the time)..as for this T20WC i reckon SL has no chance bcoz their batters cant bat neither their bowlers r anywhere good enough..same for india they will also crash out before semifinal...

  • Black_Rider on September 21, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    @Lankanforever : I 'm going to copy your comment buddy....I will post it again again......I'm proud of my minnow team.....FOREVER SRI LANKAN.... All da best Sri Lanka

  • waheed on September 21, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Lanka or Pakistan 1 of these 2 sides will lift the trophy this time

  • Toxicbite on September 21, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Sad to see subcontinent peeps at each other's throats like this. Certain Indian supporters need to chill a bit and atleast talk smack when their team is doing great. Right now, you have nothing to back it up. All the best SA and SL!

  • johnathonjosephs on September 21, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @sobersfan, you really need to look at Sangakkara's Away Average which is pretty amazing if you take out the games he was wicketkeeper. As a pure batsman, Sangakkara averages 70. Fastest to 8,000, 9,000, and soon 10,000 runs. Team India says that Team Sri Lanka is minnows, but lets look at the WORLD CLASS players from both teams. Sri Lanka - Murali, Jayasuriya, Sangakkara. India- Tendulkar. It's pretty sad that the 2nd most populated country in the world with a population of 50X that of Sri Lanka can't produce that much great renown world class cricketers.

  • on September 21, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Minnows has the highest Total in all 3 formats and that is strange and those minnows chased down 2 300+ targets against SA in SA and they won a test match in SA and drew 2 test matches in England and beated Australia 4 times in Australia recently and btw Worlds best team always gets whitewashed when ever they go out side of subcontinent strange indeed strange maybe they have Chuck Norris in their team when palying in Subcontinent. and someone said Sachin Tendulkar have a better average than Sanga out side subcontinent. how many centuries Tendulkar have scored in England,Ausi and SA this strange indeed very strange. least talented batsman of the Minnows (Samaraweera) have more centuries than the so called god out side the subcontinent nuff said

  • Nehans on September 21, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    hopefully after some boring and one sided matches we can have a tight contest tomorrow, though the result has no significance as these two teams are already qualified for next stage of the competition

  • screamingeagle on September 21, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    SA should win easy. Other match should be interesting. Ind should be losing pretty easy against Eng. Thats what I think, even though I am an avid India fan. Super 8s might be more fun.

  • Late-Cut on September 21, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Afridynamite ; Sir, I assume that you are a Pakistani fan. According to your statement, You don't any respect for Sangakkara who deservedly won 3 ICC awards over Ajmal. I am so sad to hear that specially from a Pakistani fan coz he was the captain who toured in Pakistan when no other nations would and almost got killed for doing that. If he hadn't been lucky enough, there wouldn't have been a Sangakkara to receive those awards. So I'd appreciate, If you could show some respect for his outstanding cricketing career.

  • on September 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Correct d mistake,match z at 15:30LOCAL TIME,& 10:00GMT

  • on September 21, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    still icc have no clue how to put a big show....the fixtures were the main problem they shud have started with big matches so ppl had huge interst in it..very poor thinking from icc...

  • Htc-Android on September 21, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket. do u want me to remind ur team (which had the so called legend sachin,ganguly and dravid) getting bowled out for 54 on a flat pitch against the minnows. wheareas one of the minnow team batsman scored 189 and ur teaam couldnt even score half of that.

  • Greatest_Game on September 21, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    The writer, Firdose Moonda, and Mahela Jayawardene either don't know much about SA batsmen or don't know the meaning of "middle order." Mahela stated that SA's "lower middle order (is) a little inexperienced," and Firdose wrote that SA's "middle order remains untested." Really? That must make Farhaan Behardien SA's entire middle order, as de Villiers, Duminy, Albie Morkel and Botha are all "experienced and well tested" players. Of SA's probable number 4 to 8, (broadest definition of middle order) only Behardien, with two, has played LESS than 36 T20Is. Of SL's probable, Sangakkara has played 36, Mathews 29, Perera 14, J Mendis 5 and Thirimanne 4. SA's middle has played a collective total of 155, and SL's a collective of 77! If targeting SA's "inexperienced lower middle order" is part of Mahela's plan, he is in for a big surprise! And if, as he said, "we play to our strengths" means banking on SL's middle order firing, he'd better hope Kumar puts up a big century!

  • on September 21, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    It is ok to get beaten to quality South african bowling attack rather than beaten by club level indian bowlers, But sri lanka will win tomorrow for sure, :))

  • Siva-The-Human on September 21, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Clash between minow(SL) vs real lions(SA)

  • on September 21, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    @ sl selectors.....please dont put munaweera in ,he is not mature enough for international cricket just look at his bat speed , timing and rotating the strike very poor (t20 is not all about slogging) .If you put him in he will be naked in front of SA fast bowlers .Please get chandimal in dont think too much his performance in last few innings.I dont need to see the same mistake that made by indian selectors on Murali Vijey

  • bddhika_harindat on September 21, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Excuse guys, please why are you'll talking about India here. There's nothing to talk about India here as they've no involvement in this game neother indian fans who are always silly and unrespecful and they have NO right to talk about India vs. SL performance when there's gaming to be played between SL vs. SF.

    For all those gentlmen excluding some Indian fans (as they have no resptect), please DO NOT get invloved with unncessary Indian comments or die hard Indian fans. This is ridiculous. These people have COMMON SENSE, they should understand there's no need to talk about these as they're out of scope things for tomorrow's game.

  • SLsupport on September 21, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @Lankanforever : You are absolutely correct.Well said.

  • on September 21, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @Lankanforever-Sarcasm at it's best, lol! Yeah let fans of WBT call us minnows. We were proud minnows once. We still are.

  • mgr125128 on September 21, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    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). In short ,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 so badly in 2003 and 1999 that fans forgot what minnows was and best of all that gives me most joy is way India defeated SL in final of 2011 Worldcup after giving them a small glimmer of hope(teasing) and then thrashing them all over park. As for test matches stats , I was myself so ashamed to put it up , becos I did want you into depression mode

  • on September 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    indian fans again expecting a sl loss and but sorry you guys again gonna get disappointed , very sorry for that,

  • on September 21, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    their will be good outing for srilanka to test their batting strength for quality SAF pace attack if SL play one additional spinner SL have better chance to win this match. Hope Akila would get game.definitely pitch will be turn this time around fingers cross. Hope at least we have competitive game this time other than IND vs AFG match their is any contest in this series so far.

  • on September 21, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket: You are correct sir. SA should test their bench strength against overrated, club players. Unfortunately, we have to wait till the Super 8's start to see SA do that against India

  • on September 21, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Poor Selection of sri lankan selectors. i cant understand how to dropped chandimal. he is a good batsmen. and he is on form now. he have good average in first class cricket in better than sanga and mahela. Other one is Kulee. he is the no1 bowler in sri lankan team. some time he can bat well. Very Poor selection sri lankan selectors. But We are Always Lions. Congrats Lions.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 21, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @Travis Thomas : If my memory serves well not long ago LANKA's very best batsman (which other team refers as a club level) were bundled out for 43 on a pitch that looked similar to pallekelle. Note that even Steyn bowled first change and Lanka's great batsman (CLUB LEVEL) failed to even read Morkel and Tsotsobe. Where as SAF batsman were all over LANKA's highly rated bowlers. I'm very confident results would be almost similar because LANKA pitches have changed to suit fast bowling.. Havent they?

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-sri-lanka-2011/engine/current/match/514035.html

  • Afridynamite on September 21, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    @Travis Thomas what ICC awards are you talking about when Ajmal wasnt picked? I dont have any respect for these awards

  • on September 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Here i can see some indians talk about 2months history i need them to dig more . There was an era some sl batsmen chasing some indian bowlers out from the cricket erina (i dont mention the names people who know the past may remember) and another era west indians were destroying every one, thats the beauty of this game .By saying this i dont need to hurt indians beacouse im nuts about the gentleman cal dravid and his style.Ok now some thing about last indian tour, sl curators gamble with 1bauncy track to 4flat tracks (i was there for all the maches and last ind afgan also).when i saw the premadasa bounce was too hot to indians in last mach ,i felt oh my god that gamble is going to work in this world cup so indian fans you should not talk too much right now its too early.There is lot to come

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 21, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    @TRAVIS THOMAS,SANGA IS A FLAT-TRACK BULLY.OUTSIDE SUB-CONTINENT HE HASN'T GOT MANY CENTURIES. SACHIN TENDULKAR'S AVERAGE IN OVERSEAS IS MUCH MORE BETTER THAN SANGA.....

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 21, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    THERE WILL BE NO UPSET THIS TIME.IT SHUD BE CAKEWALK FOR SA.SL BATSMEN ARE FLAT TRACK BULLIES.

  • vrn59 on September 21, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    My SL XI: Munaweera, Dilshan, Sangakkara (wk), M Jayawardene (C), Thirimanne, Mathews, J Mendis, Perera, Kulasekara, Malinga, A Mendis.

  • Lankanforever on September 21, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    I feel very proud whenever a fan of the "worlds best team"(WBT) calls our Sri Lankan team minnows for few reasons. once these minnows dismissed the WBT for a pedestrian 54. once the worlds best odi bowling figures 7/30 was against the WBT by a bowler from the Minnows. minnows have won a world cup. A batsmen from minnows hit 189 in an ODI and 340 in a test. worlds highest score in a test innings 952 is by minnows against the WBT minnows has the bowler with most number of wickets in tests and ODIs. minnows has the highest totals in every format of the game. we minnows are the only team so far to have two t20 centurians. we have the best bowling figures in ODIs and T20s. we have a bowler who has 3 hattricks including the only double hattrick. he is also the only bowler to have two worldcup hattricks and there are more and more to say. so don't get annoyed when someone call us minnows. because we have achieved a lot in a very small time and if they still wanna call us minnows let them

  • on September 21, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    my xi <<< Dilly, mahela, Sanga, dinesh, lahiru, angelo, perera, jevan, kula, malinga, menda>>> chandimal want cm to side

  • on September 21, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    DesiBoyz810 yep you're right, SL are chokers having been in 3 WC finals, but kudos to them for having reached so far consistently. Much better than India, who have performed only in one major global tournament in the last 5 yrs!

  • on September 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket, who are you calling club level batsmen? Sanga? He's the best cricketer, as named by ICC. He has a higher average even against top teams outside subcontinent than most of the 'legends' of cricket. Barring Kallis, there is no one that is considerably better than him. And Mahela, Dilshan, Mathews? These guys may not be the best, but they are certainly very good, will make their way into most teams easily.

  • on September 21, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Mouthwatering contest. The morkel deliveries are unplayable. I'd very much like to see how SL handle SA on bouncy hambanthota wicket. But signs look ominous for SL. The way SA bowled i don't think nobody can face them. Fingers crossed!

  • spiritwithin on September 21, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    @Charith De Alwis,india's struggle against afganistan means that SL is weaker than Afgan bcoz SL were thrashed in the warmup games and in their home series against india one & half months back,think b4 u speak

  • GLORY2INDIA on September 21, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    this is going to be easily won by SAF.SL coudnt handle Indian "club level" bowling as per their fans, and got thrashed 4-1.well SAF's bowling firepower is much of a higher class than all other teams.....so there's only one result. winners SAF!! indian rockstars said it as well !!

  • on September 21, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @DesiBoyz810- As we saw on the last match of India against Afghanistan, India won by marginally. So at least the Sri Lankans was able to win comprehensively against Zimbabwe. And India couldn't do that against a team who are truly minnows. Think before you speak.

  • Htc-Android on September 21, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    we have all those big matches during the weekend. i think the organizers did a great job on planning these matches. they made all those matches involving minnows to be played during the working days because not many people will come and watch these minnow games. they made all those big matches during weekend becoz everyone is off. i think its fair enough bcoz they want to make most of these.

  • IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on September 21, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    SA fast bowling is more likely to destroy SL because recently Indian bowling..oh ya India bowling....considered worst in world .... still manged to thrash SL 4 -1 in their own backyard. Mendis miracles dont happen daily and its likely that amla and company will make merry with the bat.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 21, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Should be an easy-breezy win for South Africa against minnows. I would suggest to rather test their bench strength against Club level batsman and over rated bowlers. Way to go SAF! hope to see at least two centuries from SAF lads!

  • on September 21, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    i love the title 'bully boys"

  • Munafis810 on September 21, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Minnow bully vs real bully coming up. Anyway both SA , SL tend to start a tournament with a bang and exit in knockouts with a bang (SL lost 3 world cup finals in last 5 years so choking is also their specialty). So really no hope for either although I would like to see SA do well

  • Vikum72 on September 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    SL may consider resting Ajantha and playing Akila in tomorrow's dead rubber. SA will have to face a spinner they haven't seen before & SL can 'hide' Ajantha for a latter day. If Akila proves to be a winner, it will be a pleasant headache for Mahela and the SL selectors.

  • 15rajat01 on September 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    start time is 15:30 local

  • lion69sl on September 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    my team for this match is.... 1.Dilshan Munaweera 2.TM Dilshan 3.Mahela 4.Sanga 5.Mathews 6.Thisara 7.Jeewan Mendis 8.Rangana Herath. 9.Shaminda Eranga 10.Nuwan Kulasekara 11.Lasith Malinga.

  • sharj33l on September 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    if the pitch remains same as the day before it will result in C1 africa, C2 sri-lanka

  • lion69sl on September 21, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    there is lot talk on A Mendis in the article.i don't think Sri Lanka will expose him to the SA team this early in the tournament as ther is a possibility of SA meet SL in the semi final stage,better to expose him that stage,as sri lankan have long term plans i think that s the way to go.Rngana Herath should replace his as SA have lot of right handers in their line-up and also he did well in that test tour to SA .took 10 wicket haul in that wining match.Sri lnka played 8 batsmen against ZM as they have really good all rounders in their side,i think that is not the case against SA.i think they should play batsman short in this game,then who will rest?i think it should be thirimanne or munaweera.in this case mahela should consider the future of mnaweera in this tournament,if he thinks that mnaweera will be handy in next stage they should give mnaweera the chance to have more experience in the international level as thrimanne is a good batsman and he cn always come-up with good perfmance.

  • 9ST9 on September 21, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    If im not mistaken this is the first meeting between these two sides in a T20 International. SL didn't meet SA in 2007,2009 or 2010 T20 WC's and i don't remember any bi-lateral games between the 2 sides.

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  • 9ST9 on September 21, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    If im not mistaken this is the first meeting between these two sides in a T20 International. SL didn't meet SA in 2007,2009 or 2010 T20 WC's and i don't remember any bi-lateral games between the 2 sides.

  • lion69sl on September 21, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    there is lot talk on A Mendis in the article.i don't think Sri Lanka will expose him to the SA team this early in the tournament as ther is a possibility of SA meet SL in the semi final stage,better to expose him that stage,as sri lankan have long term plans i think that s the way to go.Rngana Herath should replace his as SA have lot of right handers in their line-up and also he did well in that test tour to SA .took 10 wicket haul in that wining match.Sri lnka played 8 batsmen against ZM as they have really good all rounders in their side,i think that is not the case against SA.i think they should play batsman short in this game,then who will rest?i think it should be thirimanne or munaweera.in this case mahela should consider the future of mnaweera in this tournament,if he thinks that mnaweera will be handy in next stage they should give mnaweera the chance to have more experience in the international level as thrimanne is a good batsman and he cn always come-up with good perfmance.

  • sharj33l on September 21, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    if the pitch remains same as the day before it will result in C1 africa, C2 sri-lanka

  • lion69sl on September 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    my team for this match is.... 1.Dilshan Munaweera 2.TM Dilshan 3.Mahela 4.Sanga 5.Mathews 6.Thisara 7.Jeewan Mendis 8.Rangana Herath. 9.Shaminda Eranga 10.Nuwan Kulasekara 11.Lasith Malinga.

  • 15rajat01 on September 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    start time is 15:30 local

  • Vikum72 on September 21, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    SL may consider resting Ajantha and playing Akila in tomorrow's dead rubber. SA will have to face a spinner they haven't seen before & SL can 'hide' Ajantha for a latter day. If Akila proves to be a winner, it will be a pleasant headache for Mahela and the SL selectors.

  • Munafis810 on September 21, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Minnow bully vs real bully coming up. Anyway both SA , SL tend to start a tournament with a bang and exit in knockouts with a bang (SL lost 3 world cup finals in last 5 years so choking is also their specialty). So really no hope for either although I would like to see SA do well

  • on September 21, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    i love the title 'bully boys"

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 21, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Should be an easy-breezy win for South Africa against minnows. I would suggest to rather test their bench strength against Club level batsman and over rated bowlers. Way to go SAF! hope to see at least two centuries from SAF lads!

  • IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on September 21, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    SA fast bowling is more likely to destroy SL because recently Indian bowling..oh ya India bowling....considered worst in world .... still manged to thrash SL 4 -1 in their own backyard. Mendis miracles dont happen daily and its likely that amla and company will make merry with the bat.