SL v SA, Group C, World Twenty20 2012, Hambantota

South Africa win seven-a-side affair

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September 22, 2012

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South Africa 78 for 4 (De Villiers 30, Kulasekara 1-9) beat Sri Lanka 46 for 5 (Steyn 2-10) by 32 runs
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AB de Villiers scored a quick 30, Sri Lanka v South Africa, World Twenty20 2012, Group C, Hambantota, September 22, 2012
AB de Villiers made the most of his limited opportunities in Hambantota © Associated Press
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AB de Villiers gave the big crowd at Hambantota as much entertainment as he could as South Africa won a seven-over-a-side shootout against the hosts. The fixture was the most anticipated in Group C but a two-hour 45-minute rain delay meant the contest was curtailed and the result, another one-sided mis-match in a tournament crying out for proper competition.

De Villiers' 30 off 13 balls and baseball style run out of Tillakaratne Dilshan set the tone for a match dominated by South Africa. Together with Dale Steyn's controlled use of pace and movement, he ensured Sri Lanka were never able to get into the match, despite the two early wickets they claimed.

With a licence to go boom or bust, Richard Levi ended up doing the latter when he was deceived by a Nuwan Kulasekera's slower ball. Levi chipped an attempted swipe through the leg-side to mid-on where Dilshan Munaweera had run backwards and made ground to take what will be one of the catches of the tournament.

Hashim Amla showed early intent and sent two of Lasith Malinga's full deliveries over extra cover for boundaries. But a rush of blood to the end ended his time at the crease. He swung wildly at a ball angled in to him from Rangana Herath and was stumped by quick work from Kumar Sangakkara down the leg-side.

Faf du Plessis was promoted up the order to No. 3 to find form but he did not discover much. Instead, de Villiers stole the show. He reverse-swept Herath and heaved him down the ground for six before smashing a Malinga's short ball over midwicket. JP Duminy ended the South African innings strongly, with 10 runs off the last two balls.

Sri Lanka were pegged back in the first over when Dilshan was run out without facing a ball. Mahela Jayawardene called Dilshan through for a run after hitting the ball to extra cover but Dilshan was too slow. Albie Morkel's throw was flat and de Villiers took it on the run and dived into the stumps. The South Africa captain took a whack to the left arm and received some treatment but far greater damage was done to Sri Lanka's chances of winning the match.

Jayawardene fell trying to force runs off Dale Steyn and was caught at deep-square leg and Sri Lanka had all but lost the match in two overs. South Africa dropped three catches but were still offered chances. Kumar Sangakkara, Thisara Perera and Munaweera were all dismissed attempting big shots, something that could not be avoided in the context of the match.

Given the playing conditions - a two-over Powerplay and two bowlers allowed a maximum of two overs each - neither side will read too much into the result. Both teams have qualified for the Super Eights and this result has no bearing on their groupings in the next round.

Readers in the USA, Caribbean and South America can watch highlights of the match here.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-2) NB/Wides
South Africa 8 5 3 21-1 0/2
Sri Lanka 15 4 0 8-2 0/2

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Posted by kingoflions on (September 25, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Producing bouncy wickets in Sri Lanka is an excellent idea. For those saying that SL should stick to their strengths, it is a matter of getting priorities in order. The 50 over world cup is much more important than this t20 world cup. The next two 50 over world cups are being held in Australia and England, and in the long term, these bouncy pitches will pay off.

Posted by Joby_George on (September 25, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Lucky SL, that got England, West Indies & New Zealand in Super 8.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

someone said sl shud drop malinga,i wud say he is the best fast bowler for sl and bastmen who r smashing him are class batsmen like ab,kohli and dhoni..sl main problem is that they don't have enough power hitters like other sides have.....also sl batsmen aren't that good on fast pitches and we saw that in this match.....spin is their strength and they shud play to their strength......i'm happy that ind will play all their matches in colombo(rps) which is now helping spinners....

Posted by gdamsaaregood on (September 24, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Cannot really read too much into this match - 7 over a side - why bother. Glad to see SA win though. Still have a concern over South Africa's batting line up - Kallis should open the batting and Levi should be dropped - maybe to bring in another power hitter at 7.

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 24, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

Instead of a 7 over game, better they could have organized a super over game. Both are same only

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Malinga and Dilshan are playing for the crowds not for the country. T20 could be the entertainment format of the game but you should know that you're playing for your country not for a club so determination is very much important. Malinga has become batsmen' bunny since of late. He's very much predictable. Why Mahela suddenly wanted to open the batting? Why on earth he wanted a run after hitting straight to a fieldsman and ran Dilshan out? Where's common sense? Why wasn't Thisara sent above Sanga? Coz we all know that 7 over is not Sanga's game. Kallis wasn't sent in to bat up in the order by SA coz they knew that 7 over is not Kallis' game. That's call strategic planning. What is Ford doing in the team as a coach? Players must understand that if they play well only they can continue to be popular. They should never take anything for granted.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

@sanga_cricket_fan: Don't be blind, we all spoke fair points about lankan team and the indian team, and their respective performances recently justify it!!

Posted by Narbavi on (September 24, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

@Harshani Pereira: Finals in 2015?? lol, yeah dream bro, dream, need to be really courageous to dream big

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 24, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

@dariuscorny- spin wickets are not for the batsment they are for spin bowlers. We are good at spin but we saw how your team hitus all around the park in those wickets. Indians are good batsmen in these wickets. I've seen on Aus and England India can't handle rising bowl, but we played better. And Mahela now adays give maximum overs to paceman, he doesn't give whole 10 overs to part time spinners even though they keep good economy. The only match we won at recent india-SL series the only match we won was at hambanthota and we humiliated strong indian battin line-up. In every game in that series we scored 250+ always but couldn't win. But when we won we bundked india out to 138 that's what we are capable of lively tracks. Other wise our grounds are home conditions for indians. The only way to win is by bouncing them out. India,pakistan everybody. Thisara,kula,and eranga can do best in bouncy wickets.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (September 24, 2012, 3:44 GMT)

I was there at the venue in Suriyawewa and thoroughly disappointed to see a 7 over match after traveling almost about 100Kms from Colombo. Rain had no mercy on us that day and a 7 over match is a disgrace to the game where some greats like Kallis, Sanga, Steyn, Mahela had to play. ICC may have done their best to give the full house something to witness as the home side played but it should've been atleast 10overs. We know that there're telecasting issues due to time frames allocated for the matches since AUS vs WI match was also scheduled to play in the same evening. But ICC still should've had a better plan rather than letting 2 big teams to play a school-like 7over match. It was ridiculous! Our stands was right in front of the SL teams and I was not too happy with the body language with some of our senior players. Malinga has solely become a showman to the crowds so as Dilshan. True enough any celebrity likes the popularity but too much of that may cause distraction to their game.

Posted by dariuscorny on (September 23, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

even after the retirement of Murli,SL have some very good spinners as Mendis,Herath,Dhananjaya(altough never seen him play,but whaterver i heard was good bout him),batsmen which SL have, are masters in playing spin.so its quite rediculous to prepare bouncy tracks,its great a chhance, SL ur organising it in your own land,go with ur strengths,i still feel they were a bit harsh towards Mendis,he is a kind of bowler who needs support at the moment,he can fill the boots of Murli,had he been given proper support he wud hv cemented his place in the SL test team too

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 23, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

@Sinhaya- mate are you trying to achieve subcontinental peace by this thread? Preparing bouncy wickets are the best thing we ever did. Or don't you remember how WBT (worlds best team) smashed us all around park in our own pitches. Why don't you just see WE ARE NOT A SPIN BOWLING ATTACK ANYMORE OR EVER?? Malinga,mathews,kula,thisara,eranga all are pacers not SPINNERS, only spinners we have are Herath and mendis others are part timers. We have to prepare for future 50 over world cup,and we need to put better show overseas AND OUR PACERS NEED TO GET WICKETS!!!

Posted by Ind_Rsa on (September 23, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Those who think rsa will choke again,they should rethink as kiersten is there.Under him,India became the first country in entire cricket history to win a world cup final on their home soil.

Posted by Ind_Rsa on (September 23, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Group of death:ind,Rsa,aus and pak in same group.Hope ind and rsa qualifies for semis.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@bhrangi, we should consider ourselves as South Asian brothers. Hope India does well too. I am furious at our curators for preparing bouncy pitches when spin bowling is our strength. Our recent record against India is forgetful but we have good record against other sides recently.

Posted by Springbok111 on (September 23, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

T20 is a joke as it is. 7 overs is absolute pathos!

Posted by kingoflions on (September 23, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

As a SL fan, congratulations to South Africa on their win. However, a 7 over game is hardly indicative of a team's future performance in a full t20 match. As an example, England scored a mammoth 196 against Afghanistan despite being only 15/1 at the end of the 4th over, which shows that t20 is about building an innings, not just slogging every ball like in this 7 over match. Sri Lanka still have a great chance in entering the finals and winning the tournament. Our loss to SA was caused by a inappropriate batting order rather than poor batting form, as a 7 over match requires power sloggers from the very beginning of the innings. Why Jayawardene normally a classy number 4 batsman was promoted above Perera to open the innings is beyond me.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

I can see some sl fans not like these bouncy tracks ok hold your comments.When you see our lions roaring in next 50/50 world cup final in Melbourne in 2015 youll be thank full to sl curators and sl board

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

@colombo_SL, I see that Malinga is just playing purely for name. Better drop him and play Eranga. Also, Chandimal should replace Thirimanne. Also, hope Pallekelle and R Premadasa will be slow pitches as we will never be able to be fast track champs. We will always be great on spin tracks. Malinga wont play beyond 2015. Malinga must rule out yorkers and bowl short pitch. Indians are the kings of yorker tackling.

Posted by shaantanu on (September 23, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

honestly 7 overs match is ridiculous.

Posted by bhrangi on (September 23, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

it is not consdired as a complete match., But Anyway after seeing this match I dont want my beloved SL brothers to not comment on Indian bowling / batting.,., Guys we are tired of ur advises and critisizm against our Indian team, Please give some to ur mighty lions especially to Sanga, he played like a test batsman in 7 overs match.,, Thanks

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@Sinhaya. Bro, i agree with you. Malinga's form is a bit of concern for us. I feel, we have put unnecessary pressure on him. It's a over burden for Mali. I think he perform well. But mistake we done here is, try to compare him with his past. Expect to have 4 wkts from 4balls. I think Malinga may be the most tested baller by the oponents in limited over format. He should find new ways of bowling & add variety to his deliveries. Most of the time he is used in power play overs, where opponents in a do or die situation. Even his first spell good, doesn't allow to go further considering other strike bowlers we have. I think droping him is not good, but what Mahela should do using him in wise manner. I think adding Shaminda Eranga into the team may be good at the cost of Thirimanna (big sorry) considering the opponents in the Super8, if we can rely on our batters. My argument is Matthews, malinga, Eranga, Thisra can be bowled with Ajantha/Akila, Jeewan,Dilshan. (Since Eng/NZ/WI)

Posted by Joby_George on (September 23, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan and australia..one of these countries will win this WCT20.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

@kandykolla. Well said bro. How nice to see classical comments from south africans. Encouraging. I remember Great gentleman Johnty Rohdes. The person who set an example how a master should be. Hope Mark Boutcher is well. Nice gentleman tooo.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

SOME ONE correctly used the phrase LOTTORY as its very unfortunate only 7 over u cant except with in few balls to chase down the terget , bettr luck for next game SL .

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Mahela is a good master in Strategic Management. He did the environmental scanning properly. Identified the streengths & weakness of him. Loooked at opportunities & threats of opponents in advance where SA didn't do. So, SA did dance on bouncy pitch (it never use) at the dead rubber where Mahela saved his best for the future. SA is a really good team & no.1 in the world. BUT HISTORY REPEAT IT SELF. They have to face for Saeed Ajmal, Ashwin, Hafees, Afridi & Hodge in the super 8. But they didn't use their practce matches & qualifying matches well to face for spin. I think they may in trouble. But wish success to make it to semis. I really love South African cricket. By the way im postive of SL team though they haven't big big hitters & hope collective efforts guide them to the semis. Go Sri Lanka!Gooooo.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

@ MattyP1979, thanks a lot indeed. Well rain chances are more in the night than during the day as I can say since I have been living in Colombo. I strongly feel that still we can get adequate overs to get a result. Hard to expect 3 consecutive weeks of dry weather especially in Colombo. Probably we should have chosen Dambulla for the whole series as 9 months of the year is dry there. Sadly this Dambulla is virtually abandoned now.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

The difference between SA & SL is, SL saved their best to the super8 where SA didn't do. I never mean we try lost that game. We did our best to win that one. But i appreciate strategic decisions of Mahela really well. He didn't expose Ajantha & Akila Dhananjay who have to play a vital role in next stage & at critical occassions where situation demand. He gave some options to Munaweera to find the tone of his bat where he failed. He now know the face & bounce of Morney & Steyn & would be ( as i feel) useful at a semi. Giving opportunity to Sanga is good because we all know he is not a good hitter ( i mean strike rate) like most of others. I much sure, mahela may use Thisara at the exact situation where it demand. He may use Shaminda Eranga at the next stage effectively. Giving more opportunity to batsmen is ok, but bowlers should be used in wise manner. Whats the purpose of using them in dead rubbers!

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Why on earth does Mahela persist with Malinga even when he gets hit apart? Also, why was n't Angelo or Thisara sent at number 3 or 4? Sanga is not a hitter as he takes time to settle.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Just think, Ajantha Mendis got six wiket in this pitch. It is not just support only for the fast bowlers. If you are a master in Spin, you can spin the batsman, irrespective of the pitch. See how great Shane Warne, tame the batsme, though he is an Australian & played regularly on bouncy pitches. Even Murali got 16 wickets in a Test agains England there. These should be the qualities of the world class spinners. I feel these piches are very good & ASHWIN, NARINE, Ajantha, Ajmal can get lot out of it. Thank you for Sri Lanka Cricket for your brave action & show to the entire world why LION is there in our flag.

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Im not much worry with this result, cz it cost nothing for us. First of all i really glad to see Sri Lankan Cricket producing this kind of pitches & taking strategic actions considering the long run out come. That is why, We Sri Lankans, are called LIONS. They have taken brave actions & put their best foot forward to develop our cricket. Lions never want to fight with weaponless people. We are brave enough to give weaponsto rivals & fight with. Thats the nature of the lions. We can proud ourselves at the end even we were defeated, because wounds are not on our back of the body. Lions are roaring. Im really like to see this kind of matches, where reall performarce are come forward. Nice to see these matches, unlike batsmen dominated cricket matches in dead pitches.

Posted by Gladkick on (September 23, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

Well, bad luck Sri Lankans... I was hoping Sri Lanka to win this match but it was out of anybody's control. This sort of a silly match had to be played yesterday purely because the organizers wanted to entertain the crown and not let them go back without a return for their money spent on the ticket and time spent on travelling etc. Anyways, you guys are in the super 8 and now only the real challenge begins. I wish and prey to the rain god not to ruin any other important matches :-D I really do want India or one of the Asian teams to win this tournament. Fingers crossed. Cheers1

Posted by kandykolla on (September 23, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

We South Africans and Sri Lankans know winning and loosing are part and parcel of the game. It seems our big neighbours are more worried about the outcome of the results ..!!

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

I think T20 matches should not be curtailed down less than 12 overs. It's actually a reall joke. D/L method should also not be applied in the curtailed matches. It is not fair enough at all. Very dissapointing on Aus Vs. WI result.

Posted by satru on (September 23, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

atleast not even a try from srilanka ...sailed only away the winning shores ...lack of a good opening pair is seen

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Well played South Africa. They completely dominated us. Great to see how AB dancing on this pitch. Really played well & took the game away on us. Also, nice to see some excellent comments here specially from Proteas. Absolutely classic comments & give something to think for us.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 23, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Sri Lanka didnt lose the game based on pitch conditions , they lost because they got their batting line up wrong for the shortend game. SA had experience of this in england and changed their line-up. You cant expect inexperienced batsmen to smash Steyn and Morkel around for 11 runs/over on a track with a bit of bouce.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 23, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

SRI LANKA is correct in preparing faster tracks. Muli has retired so theyve have lost their ace card. I respect Sri Lankan fans and how they want to improve their cricket by having faster boucier tracks that can prepare them better for overseas tours. Unlike Indian Cricket Board which is backwards in everything it does. 1 against DRS 2. keeps preparing dustbowls 3. worship batmen and never bowlers (who would want to be a fast bowler there anyway)

The Lankans lost the 7 over gamble slugfest - it doesnt matter, it wasnt a proper game!

Posted by kingsmead_mamba on (September 23, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

as a sa fan this game was not a knock out to let us wait before claiming we not chockers. Anyway in future i hope if the game is reduced to 7 overs we smart enough to open with our best batman, not send him in at 4.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (September 23, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

dear asian teams ..no chance for any one here... only pak can match west bowling little.but their batting cant handle ordinary bolwer ..leave about stain and co... and srilanka we saw yesterday..their batting and also bowling. and about india..can stand in batting but no pace attack .. bangla already packed... su just watch w indies,ausie,england,n zealand ..

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Bad luck SL - you have an excellent team but it was a bit of a lottery and 7 overs a side is nonsensical. Proteas looking good but we can't read too much into it at this stage. It's still virtually anyone's tournament. The more traditional Sri Lankan wickets are going to test South Africa. We have seen this so many times over the years - SA comprehensively win in the opening stages and then get a hiding in the knock out games. In comparison, teams like Sri Lanka, India, Australia seem to flourish in the knock out games.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

SRI LANKANS ARE VERY SPORTY . SOME ONE HAS TO WIN AND SOME ONE HAS TO LOOSE. REMEMBER HOW WAS THE WET INDIES CRICKET TEAM BEFORE10 YRS AND NOW? SO TAKE THINGS EASILY . FORGET THE PAST THINK OF THE FUTURE.

ALSO SRI LANKA TEAM HAS YOUNG BLOOD SENIORS SHOULD CORPORATE AND BUILD THE TEAM THANK YOU BOYS

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

For those of you who understand Afrikaans...........this was real "MOER EN ROER" krieket. The nearest I get to and English equivalent is "SMASH AND SQURT"

Well done AB and co. Lets carry on in this vain without the rain. Excuse my formidable playing with words...........LOL

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

Very Well played South Africa.. All the best.. wishes from Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Seems to be the return of the "white supremacy" of yore! Please, don't mistake me, I am not using the word in a racist way, but am trying to highlight the fact, England, South Africa,& Australia are coming up quite strongly in this tournament! Those three were the power houses in world cricket prior to West Indies' ascendancy in the 70's.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

I see, you see, the whole world see, South Africa don't "C" anymore! If at all they "C" , it will be for "Celebration" and not "Choke"!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

A shameful game of cricket. Making a mockery of the game. The result does not matter. Why didn't the organisers have a spare day if it rained?

Posted by chapathishot on (September 23, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

A seven over game is a lottery and it dont matter who wins and proves nothing .Hopefully such a situation will not arise in super 8s

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

@sanga, believe what you want to believe, dosent bother us

Posted by Indian.blade on (September 23, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

Oh well, a perfect HAMMERING :D

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

All sl fans ,it wasnt a cricket mach you cant have an idea about any thing in this kind of 7over game . mahiyas decision on bat first is the correct one under gloomy and wet out field condition People who having doubt about his captaincy, wait a lot to come under his leadership

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 4:05 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 and @dariuscorny, I fully agree with both of you and you all are among the Indian fans I respect a lot. We Lankans cannot sustain on bouncy pitches. We may prepare these sort of green tops for our domestic affairs as means to get used to when we tour England, but not for these internationals. Seems we are just wanting to make the Aussies or English happy. Spin will always be the strength of the sub continent sides. But remember Colombo and Pallekelle will be far less pacy than Hambantota so there is hope.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster, our Lankan curators are crazy to give SA a real green top! We Lankans must understand that spin bowling is our strength. As if will we get spinning pitches when we tour England, Australia or SA? We are just not capitalizing on our home advantage.

Posted by TissaPerera on (September 23, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

Sri Lanka still don't know how to send batsman in right order. When hard hitters are needed, they send Mahela and Sanga who are accumulators. They should have sent Munaweera, Dilshan followed by Jeewan, Perera, Matthews or perhaps even opened with Jeewan and Perera. When Mahela and Sanga try to hit two sixes in an over they usually get out. LOL. If they dont identify different Jobs for different Players they wont go far.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 23, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

7 overs you might as well have tossed a coin. SL fans don't be disheartned this could of gone either way so easily. Hope the rain stays away for the rest of the WC but I doubt it will be the last rain affected game.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

tough for the lankans now.... really i hav lost all hope that we will make it to the semis.. if we do it'll be a miracle but other than that oz/saffers/eng/windies/kiwis look fav. ind and pak also hav an outside chance taking into a/c their clean hitters of the ball but as a sl fan we are reeling..

Posted by priceless1 on (September 23, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

Pathetic performance from the Pathetic SL team , There is no other way to put it . Funny thing is now they are preparing fast /seemer friendly pitches which will help the Visiting Teams .

Posted by AS7777 on (September 23, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

This match does not show the real strength of SL out fit as there were no chance to spinners. Even though the pitch is helping fast bowlers our spinners are capable of getting wickets on these tracks. No matter what I still like to see Sri Lanka use fast and bouncy tracks rather than dusty pitches.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 2:28 GMT)

look Places like Sri Lanka , Should never host such a big event...cz the whole idea of enjoyment goes ... facilities are also not upto the world standards since its a poor country........

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

Well Typical South Africa Cricket in a World Cup. They always at their best when in a group stages. but still struggle in knockouts. hope they finish well this tournament. well Srilanka, I think this is too early to decide the performance. yesterday was the only instance to measure Sri Lanka performance . but unfortunately rain put them into difficult position. Generally Most Sri Lankan players of Current team will take few bowls to settle down.but in 7 over game no margin for errors or waste one delivery.btw I think Sri Lanka should be decided whether they go with munaweera or not.to be honest , I think he still not fit enough for international arena. hope Sri Lanka do their best in Super8's..!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 23, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

IND WON T20 WC IN SA ON FAST AND BOUNCY PITCHES WHEREAS THE SO CALLED FAST TRACK CHAMPIONS(ACC TO THEIR FANS)SL GETS BOWLED OUT FOR 43.LOL

Posted by Desihungama on (September 23, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Pathetic! This will go down in history books as match completed and result oriented with sides having to play 7 overs. Is this cricket or rather a Cricket Match? Congrats to South Africa on the win. Well played Sri Lanka from Pak Supporter.

Posted by DrAtharAbbas on (September 23, 2012, 1:37 GMT)

In a one day game, if it rains, there is no way to recover the lost time. reducing the number of overs is logical. BUT WHY IS THERE THE OBSESSION TO REDUCE OVERS IN A T20? Open your eyes, it is not a full day's game, it can wait and be completed after the rain stops. I have never seen a football match reduced for rain to a 20 minute game, a baseball game to less than 7 innings EACH, a tennis match reduced to best of one set match. WHY REDUCE THE MATCH TO MEANINGLESS SHORT DURATION. It is already a short duration.

Posted by nmperera on (September 23, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

SA did not win the match. Test cricket won the match. One team played test cricket and the other team played slog cricket. The team that played test cricket won the match. No matter what the format is, ultimately test cricket will always win. Long live Test Cricket !!!!. The results were obvious after the first over. The only positive of the match is the Amla. It may be argued that he may have benefited from the poor bowling, but he looks like becoming a complete batsman. At this stage he looks very solid in his strokes and footwork. I watched him in the English tour and there were doubts as to how he will perform in the subcontinent, but looked good so far (Only for few over's). However I like to see him play against real bowlers before arriving at a conclusion.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Choosing to chase in 7 overs was setting yourself up for too much pressure, having to try for a six almost every other ball and try for impossible singles.

Posted by Prema1948 on (September 23, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

To do well in T/20s, SL has to employ batsmen with proper controlled strokes (all around the wicket). The employing of Thisara & S'kara as top order in a situation such as yesterday is a big mistake. As we all know, S'kara has only a very limited number of forceful strokes on the leg-side, employing him instead of C'dimal is a big blunder. The stroke-filled batters such as M'hews, Jeewan, T'manne & even Nuwan K that treat the ball according to its merits is more useful as front-liners rather than batters with predetermined strokes. At a time the English Selectors have dropped Cooke & Bell,( Aussies) Clerk&Ponting , (India)Tendulkar there is no need of S'kkara , D'shan & even M'ela (if not for his Captaincy) in the Side. They should have picked brilliant youngsters instead, proving their class from the age of 15 such as Roshen Silva, Ashen Silva, Angelo Perera, Bhanuka, Gayan Maneshan,(same grade of S'weera).. known for their controlled stroke play. Reckless batting is always a risk.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (September 22, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Disappointing that the match ended up as a 7-over-a-side farce, but Mahela's tactics were wrong from the toss itself.

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 22, 2012, 23:43 GMT)

Well the only thing the SL team should take from this is to forget the debacle as soon as possible and stick to their plans. The form of Malinga is bit of a worry though. He's being continuously leaking 10+per over. Not good at all from your spearhead.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 23:06 GMT)

Worrying sign's for us, i really don't think we have enough fire power. Looking at other teams like SA,Aus and WI we really don't have enough hitters.Sanga is a accumulator and he was sent ahead of perera today. let's see how it goes but i dont have my hopes tied to around.

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (September 22, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

spiritwithin on (September 22 2012, 16:43 PM GMT) re: 5 of the 6 finalists being from Asia, England beat Australia which I think is in Australasia which has Asia in the name but is different ;)

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

hello sri lankan fans. im a die hard south african supporter and i just enjoyed today's game irrespective of the result. do not read too much into this result today as it means nothing. being a sa fan i was expecting a full t20 game tonite which my team cudnt get and playing against zimbabwe last time also did not do much good. so i wud say we are going into the super 8s still not tested properly. mahela made sum captaincy errors today(if considering on winning the game) but he might have thought otherwise of giving the young players a chance to face steyn and morkel and this might be a blessing in disguise fr uou , because we might meet again in the semis and that match will matter, this does not, so then if u have the last laugh this match wont be counted at all, then you will know mahela did the right thing today. goodluck fr the super 8s. i just hope sa does well too although we will be facing india,pakistan and australia more likely.we will have to beat the best to win

Posted by die_hard_cricketer on (September 22, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

Relax all ... 7 overs is just silly stuff. This SL loss does not mean SL is doomed, remember this was against SA which is quite a powerhouse, and that will show more in shortened formats ...the balance will change in a longer (20 over) game. And against most other teams SL should do well.

However, its just ridiculous and really sad for cricket to see anything less than 20 overs! It gives a bad name to the game.

How can organizers not build in allowance for this - and specially in rain season! These people deserve to be fired. Why were games not scheduled and planned so there could be enough time to allow for a full game, or have a second (backup) date.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 22, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

I am an Indian fan BUT some of the pathetic comments here from the Indian supporters is ridiculous. Our team ain't great by any means my dear friends. If the pitches continue to be the way they are; i.e, quick and bouncy, then India will be the FIRST team on the flight back home following the super 8s. I honestly CANNOT see ANY Asian team win this tournament now. ENG, AUS and SA are definitely favourites now. NZ or WI could be the fourth team. Asian teams still don't know HOW to play on fast pitches. I am a proud Indian fan but even my pride can't deny how miserable our team would be if they played on this very same pitch. So relax my fellow Indian supporters and don't tease SL. It's easy to be an arm chair pundit.

Posted by crashed on (September 22, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

Nice win SA hope you can make the super 8's yours to take all the best luck

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

I am an Indian and I think dinesh chandimal should be in the team.he is a great prospect for Lankan future

Posted by Htc-Android on (September 22, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

Dear Sl fans. ignore some of those idiots posting negetive comments abt sri lankan team. according to them their team is the best team. u cant change their mentality.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (September 22, 2012, 20:14 GMT)

Well so much for Mahela's comments about SA's inexperienced middle-order, as reported here by Firdose Moonda, (who labelled SA's middle-order "untested,") and Andrew Fernando who suggested that Mahela was referring to SA's supposed "susceptibility to spin." However, SA's supposedly "inexperienced and untested" middle-order spanked SL's bowlers all over the park, scoring 42/1 of 18 balls, while SL's middle-order managed just 26/2 of 22 balls. SA's middle-order strike rate was 233, and SL's 118. Of the middle-order batsmen in this game, SA's 3 have now played a combined total of 119 T20Is - average 40 games each, while SL's 4 total just 63 - average 16 games each! The only inexperienced middle-order in this game was Sri Lanka's. It was tested, and failed. Hopefully this unsubstantiated myth about SA's middle-order batting has now been laid to rest, and Mahela (and Moonda) will think twice before making such claims?

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

The good thing about the loss today is, It's a wake-up call for the Lankans and that game had no influence whatsoever, going into the Super8.

Posted by sidh78 on (September 22, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

Sa made 78/4 in 7 @11.28 run rate. So called best siming & bounce playeble batting line up sl made only 46/5 @ 6.57 run rate.& lost the match margin of 32 runs in such small total.that shows sl can never play fast and swing bowmalling.they strugle to maintain a runrate of 7 forgate about 12 runrate.his sl batsman can make runs only on flattracks.that shows they are real fast track bullies.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

I wished SL will get rid of their "Bride's maid" tag atleast in this WC, but after today's match they may not even reach Semifinals. Atleast a team like Afghanistan showed a better fight

Posted by jb633 on (September 22, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Utterly hilarious, all we ever hear from SC fans is how England and Oz can't play on rank turners and stop making excuses about the pitches etc. Now look what happnes when we see a few games lost. Excuses from BD and SL fans complaining about the pitch conditions being to fast. If the shoe was on other foot what would people be saying if England were spun out by Ajmal??

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (September 22, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

such good players and 7 over game .... well that's bad

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

there was no logic in playing 7 overs match,,it was played only for the spectators.

Posted by Stark62 on (September 22, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

SL should be tankful that it rained or else, SA would have pulverised SL because the ball was swinging and bouncing.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

This is Mahela's first T7 international match but de Villiers played a T9 and a T 11 match earlier. Finishers Tisara and Angelo would have opened batting in this T7 match and followed by T.Dilshan and Jeewan, in case of a collapse Mahela and Sanga to hold and capitalise

Posted by sampi72 on (September 22, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

I wonder what we have not given the oppertunit to bat Angelo mathews in both matches...After his superb knock inthe final of SLPL as number 4 bat....It is rediculous to see Munaweera and Sanga batting at number 3 & 4 in 7 overs game without using Thisara and Angelo.....It is time to test Chandimal as a opner instead of Munawera...Though Mune is a hard hitter in SLPL he need more experience in international level......If Malinga is failing in every game...better to give a chance to young Talented Shamindra Eranga to show his skills....

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Why schedule a cricket tournament during the wet season?

Posted by kovinbuddi on (September 22, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

Mahela spoiled the whole match!!!! A match we have been waiting to watch!! He has not been able to score any good amount in the recent past! i don't know why he came to open and finished Dilshan too.We won't go beyond super eigths due to poor captaincy and our boys playing poor cricket!!!!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 18:39 GMT)

@janith, yeah you keep telling yourself that, maybe you will even believe yourself, we got our 4 points, lets see how far you go in the super 8's, malinga got slingared

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 22, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Good on your SL for making your pitches faster so you can adapt overseas conditions instead of having dustbowls like india.

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 22, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

LOL, LOL, LOL .. WOW - What a superb performance by the LIONS... I have to say that it was funny to see the way the SL batsmen were playing to the SA's Fast bowlers - they were looking like a bunch of clowns tossed into a lion's cage... and these are the so called best asian team on fast and bouncy wickets - According to their captain clown - MJ and their fans of course!!! They've all gone into hiding today - Come on Guys - No ROARS today ??? or should i say MEOWS???

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

@ sobersfan,dude,what are your views about your own team,who almost lost to Afghanistan.On the other han,Sri Lanka still managed a big win over Zimbabwe.I think enough is said for now as we still await the India vs England game tomorow.

Posted by Afridynamite on (September 22, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

so much for the lion hosts!!!

Posted by kandykolla on (September 22, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Well played South Africa !! I Know Rugby 7`s. But 1st time I`ve heard cricket 7`s.

Posted by Anjana_nd on (September 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

To all who are accusing Mahela of bad captaincy by sending in Munaweera one down let me show you another viewpoint. It is true that Mahela wanted to win the match in the fist place, which is why he opened instead of Munaweera and had the opening partnership gone on for abt say at least 4 overs and gotten something like 40 runs then he definitely wud have sent in someone like Thissara one down. But since the first wicket fell early, thinking of the next matches in the tournament he let Munaweera come and face the likes of Steyn and Morkel and at least reduce the nervousness of the youngster of facing them later in the tournament and getting some experience. This was a 1st round match and they were already through. and he just thought why not give the youngster the chance in the dead rubber so he can come good in the next matches. Munaweera faced over 2 overs today and faced both Steyn and morkel, better than facing them first in a knockout match, don't you think?

Posted by Late-Cut on (September 22, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Credit goes to SA quality bowling. what I don't get, is how such an experienced skipper like Mahela made such poor decisions. He kept his best hitters Mathews 'n Perera and sent that kid, Munaweera at one down. How come Mahela forgot the way Perera 'n Mathews hit SA bowlers all over the park , chasing 300+ just last year. Finally, they came to the crease , but then it was already a lost cause. It was a good gesture from SL side for giving SA a fair chance by providing a fast track, as SA felt they were playing in Durban.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 22, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Poor thinking of mahela cost sl.sanga and dishan should opened and followed by mahela,parera ,mathew.well played ab ,steyn.better luck sl next time.

Posted by mark2011 on (September 22, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

SL performance is bad when the conventional set up of the game got changed.. they are unable to quickly adopt to the changing situations and read them correctly, instead they tend to follow the same approach for a full scale match and get defeated quite badly, many occasions when overs were reduced and played i,e ODIs SL have lost the game badly, example 2007 WC, 37 overs macth some what similar to this.. so SL tactics and plans are not changed according to the situation and demand.. of course this 7/7 is not at all measure of SL cricket but this is what as a team SL have to learn. may be MJ's style seems to be sticking onto same orginal plan than much modified one according to the situation...may be sometimes he looks more conservative than aggresive where it shud hav been ...all about different perspective...

Posted by Nehans on (September 22, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

what is the point in scheduling world cup in this part of the world where monsoon season is just setting in .......the real matches are just started and 2/2 are hit by rain.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

This time Asian sides can,t win the world cup.Look at the performance of Australia, west indies, England , new zealand. SL team cannot have any big hitters in their team. Pakistan batting form is poor and Indian bowling is. So this time sorry to Asian nations.Tomorrows matches of India and Pakistan against ENG and NZ judge the performances of Asian nations for super8 and world cup.Good luck Pak and India from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

don't worry, tomorrow flat track bullies'll cry.

Posted by tdslbuwa on (September 22, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

When Munawera and Sanga came at 3 and 4 Sri Lanka lost the match.It is simple as that.If it was Mathiwes and Perera SL had a chance to get close to the target.But this result is not counting in super 8 .So Sri Lanka have to come with better tactics and also hope for better weather...!!!!!!

Posted by kc69 on (September 22, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Being an Indian fan,I would love to see South Africa become champions that will be very good(and justice) for the game.

Posted by St.John on (September 22, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

Mahela J shouldnt change the line up as and when he wants. If Ediriweera is selected to open he should be given a fair run. By shoving him around like they did Kapugedera they will ruin yet another career.SL can never win this tournament. Afraid they just dont have the team to do it...

Posted by superstar100 on (September 22, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

78 in seven overs is chaseable but agn steyn and company is it's impossible for any Bating line up in world !!!!

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 22, 2012, 17:01 GMT)

I hope our fans stop saying this should never have played. It's nearly 200KM from colombo and stadium is isolated. Match was sold out. Return home for nothing?? Great they decided to play 7 overs. Now SL know what SA is capable on our wickets and we can prepare better. Anyway SA batting is as strong as WBT (World's best Team) And their bowling unit has no match. Welcome to SL , SA . Your show today was clinical. We know about you, but you don't know us! :D Mendis,Akila or eranga will be there when you next meet us. Till then enjoy your stay!!

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (September 22, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

@Widuror : Remind me also who was champions in 2007 T20 Worldcup. SL are not even good followers. Atleast Pakistan followed our example and won in 2009. SL lost 2007 final to Aus, 2011 vs India and 2009 to Pakistan. And then irony is SA is called chokers :P

Posted by vrn59 on (September 22, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

A 7-over contest is a joke, no doubt, but SA just showed what a great team they are! The balance of the side is unbelievable! Great fast bowling, wily spin and skilled batting. It'll be so great is they win!

Posted by Criket_fan on (September 22, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

All is well.............................................................There will be several obstacles in the path.But the path will only lead to victories.Go lanka.

Posted by kunalx on (September 22, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Those who are confidently predicting the semi finalist without any Asian team on these fast tracks can use the cricinfo website to check the venues and winners of the 2007 and 2009 T20 World Cup!

Posted by spiritwithin on (September 22, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

@Smith Robertson,u have a very short memory,india won the T20WC in SA and Pakistan won in Eng,whereas Eng won in a flat track of WI..last time i checked Eng & SA were not in subcontinents....its time to give up comments based notions and see the reality..in T20 the asian teams r still good and the condition of the pitch does'nt matter..in the last three final match 5 of the 6teams(winners and runners up) were from subcontinent England being the exception...too much talk eh?

Posted by Juan_Fernando on (September 22, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

Lulz! Always been a fan of SA since I was a kid. Knew it was a loss the moment they announced a 7 overs game. But did I expect such a poor showing by SL? Hell no. I agree with all those calling on Mahela's poor captaincy. Sending Munaweera, whose on his 2nd int T20 after 1st wicket!!! And did the poor guy even know they had only 7 overs? The batting and running, ridiculous. They could/should have done much better. SA was brutal and it was bittersweet to watch.

Posted by reality_check27 on (September 22, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

@janith pqasindu ur were the finalist in 2009 world cup and india were the t20 world champions in 2007 so how does that put sri lanka one step ahead of us maybe that how they follow in srilanka. And to remind you u were te finalist in 2011 world cup as well where u lost the 2011 world cup to india yes ur one step ahead that only get knocked out of tour earlier than india

Posted by dariuscorny on (September 22, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

there is no point having a match comprising 7 overs per side.you cannot probaly judje the 100% ability of a side.However SL preparing bouncy pitches were adding salt to the injury,preparing bouncy pitches is like playing into the hands of SA,ENG,AUS,WI.i still feel SL main weapons is spin and they shud back that.if SL wants to prepare bouncy pitches .it shud be prepared in domestic leagues just to prepare batsmen to cope with bouncy pitches around the world,but right now the time is still not ripe to have these pitches.still feel SL are strong contenders.Good luck SL for rest of the matches

Posted by duncanmoo on (September 22, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

cmon @TommytuckerSaffa that is not in the spirit of cricket, don't think this game means anything, more NB was that everyone got some practice against decent opposition. But ICC please 7 overs is not a match!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

very poor captaincy from mahela.. even a small kid would have known what was going to happen when malinga bowling the second over..and look at the batting order..he should have changed it..guys like mahela,sanga,munaweera can never get that kind of target

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

What a shameful innings of S/L. The main bowler of the team Malinga has once again shown his inability. Overall when we assess, this is rediculous.

Posted by Perera32 on (September 22, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

A 7 over Game !!!!, how pathetic is that. I don't see why the couldn't play a 20 over game. Why was the cut off time was only 6pm, should of been 11pm they should of had a full game. Feel sorry for the 35000 people who couldn't see a full t20 match. Sri Lanka will play probably play New Zealand, West Indies and England which is very good for SL.

Posted by DilbertZA on (September 22, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

Perhaps a 7 over a side match could be justified on a tour where t20s are used to pay for test matches, but to have that in a WC tournament does not make sense imo.

Shaun Pollock was part of a studio crew on SA TV, he remarked that a 20 over inning was like the cricket equivalent of a 100m sprint already, to further reduce a match to 5 or 7 overs a side was like reducing a 100m sprint to 20m.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 22, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

THE SO CALLED BEST T20 BOWLER MALINGA GETS SMASHED ALL OVER THE PARK.

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 22, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

what a performance from fast track champions sl lol.sl fans accept the fact that ur team is still a minnow.....

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

This won't affect SL by any mean.. it's just a fun game presented for the expectorates

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

it's not a t20, it's a t 7 lolzzzzzzzzz... what a waste, it should newer being played. they should called off this match. but two captains decide to play on on behalf of 34000 expectorates.

How ever this won't affect SL's progress, it's just an off day for them,

Posted by Widuror on (September 22, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

@rajesh_singhSTM you should been remembered about SL was the T20 world cup finalist in 2009. we are always ahead than india in ICC T20 ranking

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Everyone is batting else where they are used to . That is the problem . that is the difference between this talented but not organized team and arjuna's world cup team . My batting order 1.Mahela 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5. Matthews 6. Thirimanna 7. Tissara 8.Jeewan 9.Kulasekara 10. Mendis 11. Maalinga . Mahela please stop gambling . We will win one day but loose another day from this experiments . Every player must play their regular place and must know how to achieve target . Please comeback srtorngly sri lanka. Our strengths are strong . We don't need to gamble ...

Posted by Widuror on (September 22, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

jayawardena only knows to tell big talk and messing in the filed

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

iam also worried abt this game...

Posted by SurlyCynic on (September 22, 2012, 15:05 GMT)

7 overs is a bit of a joke, but how does one lose a 7 over match by 32 runs?!? That is a big margin even in 20 overs, in 7 overs it is almost 5 runs per over difference. Looks like SL will struggle with Steyn / Morkel unless pitches change. Always good to see AB bat though.

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

All commenting against SL; this is a T20 tournament, not a 7/7. SL will show their metal in the super 8. To all the Indian fans who are so quick to denounce SL after this joke of a game, lets wait until tomorrows game between India & England is played.

Posted by senna25 on (September 22, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Dewanjee Bashab, what you say is very true. It takes all attributes of cricket like endurance rather than raw power, away from it. And Sri lanka banking on their average grade fast bowlers rather than spinners (especially wrist spinners) in this shortened form of the game is a loosing proposition

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (September 22, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Better to drop Malinga.He has lost his intention to win matches.Time to give Shaminda Eranga a go.Doesn't matter if we lose consecutively.But a fresh bowling unit is obviously needed.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 22, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

WHY SL HAVE PREPARED SUCH FAST TRACKS ? I CAN GUARANTEE IT NO SUBCONTINENT TEAM WILL REACH IN SEMIS .

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

7 over game between two good teams is sheer nonsense.They could have just cancelled the game.This tournament will be a joke if future matches will be curtailed to 7/10 overs due to rain

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 22, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Now srilankans are going to say' this is a 7 over match so we are not going to worry about this'.but look at the winning margin its more than 30runs that too in seven overs..LOL.. if afghanistan was in srilankan group then they will be thrashed by the afghans...

Posted by srinideva on (September 22, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

I am waiting to see the excuses from the dream belivers... Where are you guys>> what you got now...blame india for this..since they don`t have fast bowlers to match with SA. not SL

32 runs is a big big margin for 20-20. but it is 7-7 guys...

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 22, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

i just want to ask one question to sl pitch curators . why have you prepared green tracks for this t20 wc . in this t20 wc all subcontinental teams are struggling , india was gven a scare against afghanistan , pak lose their practice match against england , sl lose today . the conditions are suiting to eng , sa , aus teams here . remeber one thing , sa , aus , eng never prepare a turning pitches for subcontinental teams , so why sl have preprared these tracks . i think all sucbcontinental teams are in big disadvantage here .

Posted by lankavigi on (September 22, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Sl got it all wrong. Their plan completely backfired. Malinga's the one who lost it for me. Steyn was completely the opposite. Malinga has to look at his tactics. He surely can do better than this. The way SL went about their chasing was poor. Opening with Mahela and Dilshan was good. Dilshan's wicket was the turning point. If he didn't hesitate there, it may have been a different match. Sending Dananjaya did not help SL in this match at all, but surely will be valuable later on ( Getting to face Steyn's rockets and Morne's bouncers). The worst decision was bringing Sanga instead of Jeevan or Thisira. Sanga's a great but not a big hitter. SA were smart by not sending Kallis. The biggest difference between the two team today was that, SA planned well and also executed their plans superbly while SL didn't plan well or didn't even have an idea about what to do. But to be fair with you guys, 7 overs is to difficult to prove anything. The result wud have been different otherwise.

Posted by peter4135 on (September 22, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

You can't read too much into a 7 over match...but you must admit that was a HAMMERING!!!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Our bowling attack is no match for SA. Anyways now we know what's coming in case we got into semi-finals, tho bashers are going to have a field day now, after all the hype. But i predicted this. Never expected a 7 over affair though. Our batting card should have came in reverse order. Forget trying to slog a six every bowl concentrate on placement for a four, that's what went wrong today i think.

Posted by henchart on (September 22, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Only way SA can be stopped is by making them chase on a square turner.Their bowling and fielding are streets ahead of the so called Asian giants ,self styled lions ,tigers or whatever.Aus and SA bowling looks ominous while NZL are the dark horses but as the tourney progresses one can expect wickets to get slower and lower for the likes of Ajmal,Ashwin to come into their own.

Posted by Dahanamaya on (September 22, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

There are bad times and good times . This is a bad time for SL. That's just it.

Posted by InsideHedge on (September 22, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

While I should wait for the Super-8s before jumping to conclusions, I can't help but feel that SL should not host any major ICC tournaments. The crowd numbers at games NOT featuring SL are embarrassing. This time ICC can't be blamed for some of the issues that we saw in 2007 WI when ticket prices were too high and venues were difficult to get to. It's obvious that SL fans are not in the same league as those in England where all international games are well attended.

Posted by Basil777 on (September 22, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

SA is the best in the world its that simple!

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 22, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

@smith robertson. Dude india won t-20 w.cup on fast african pitches pakistan win.w.cup in england. Mark my word this time also india or pak win w.cup.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

Wow SL couldn't even score at more than 7 an over in a 7 over game.. Really awesome batting performance by the overrated Sri Lankans. Afghanistan would have done better than them. Please no If if if if, but but but from SL fans please.

Posted by dsklokuge on (September 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

i can't believe y sri lanka didn't open the bat and make score board pressure to SA. with my knowledge Dilshan Munaweera is not a suitable place for sri lanka team right now . I believe Chamara Kapu is better player than Dilshan Munaweera . he should be replace to Dilshan munaweera by SL selection board

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by Dilruksh on (September 22, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

no comments its a 7 over game cant be called as a match....but well played south africa !!!!!

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

7 7 over cricket is better than t20. the overs in t20 in the middle get boring. its better to see a shorter version of t20.

Posted by kathir05 on (September 22, 2012, 13:58 GMT)

watta terrific performance from lions. if south african fielders doesn't drop few catches lankans will be all out in 7 overs lol.its better for sl to drop malinga. even ajantha mendis will not be saviour for sl when playing better opponents.. its highly unlikely for sl to lift trophy

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

my god. these so called champions gave up so early...LOL

Posted by xylo on (September 22, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Unless ICC decides on not curtailing a T20 match, we will have some lame matches like these.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

As a cricket fan I refuse to see such matches. It's a disgrace to this wonderful game once known as cricket.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 22, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

SL look like they have never faced quality fast bowling in their lives !!!

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (September 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

SL could not win even a 7 over game....Hilarious...No wonder they get spanked in 20-20 and ODI most of times just bullying Zim and BD. Moment Aus/Eng/Ind/Pak/SA are opponents they cant win even a 7 over game despite their so called big guns like Malinga , Mendis and so called superior bowling attack........Yikes just a 7 over game man LOL

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 22, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Where is russel arnold now. He talk abot only how good srilankan player blah blah. Only create hype. Fact is expect sanga and mahela all other batsman are hopeless. Munaweera is avg.player.but there lots of hype of this ordinary player.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

HAHA I still don't understand why Sri Lanka have prepared such wickets when they have no chance against these fast attacks. If Pakistan can't beat New Zealand tomorrow then its quite obvious the Asian teams have no chance of winning it. Infact none of these wickets have turned for the spinners as of yet and it doesn't look like it will.

Posted by yogesh.gg on (September 22, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Wow , SL lions roaring lol

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Malinga must concentrate on what his duty really is... When runs flows like flood from his end.. the main striker of team it is always hard to come up with low score against best teams

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 22, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

7 overs of game and D/L still holds if rain comes in second innings (with a minimum of 5 overs). Not good for international matches. I have strange feeling that rain will have final say wipe out atleast one good side in super 8.

Posted by TATTUs on (September 22, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Are the cricket spectators/lovers expected to get thrilled by this farce? 7-7! How ridiculous can it get. Next up - gully cricket.

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