Sri Lanka batsmen falter, South Africa's do the job

SA v SL, World T20 2016, Group 1, Delhi
Dinesh Chandimal, who led Sri Lanka in the absence of the resting Angelo Mathews, got the side off to a brisk start© IDI/Getty Images
© IDI/Getty ImagesDinesh Chandimal, who led Sri Lanka in the absence of the resting Angelo Mathews, got the side off to a brisk start
He and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 45 for the first wicket© IDI/Getty Images
© IDI/Getty ImagesHe and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on 45 for the first wicket
Aaron Phangiso, however, pulled South Africa back by dismissing Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne off successive balls© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAaron Phangiso, however, pulled South Africa back by dismissing Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne off successive balls
Faf du Plessis had a good day in the field, running out Milinda Siriwardana for 15© IDI/Getty Images
© IDI/Getty ImagesFaf du Plessis had a good day in the field, running out Milinda Siriwardana for 15
Dilshan made 36 before getting trapped in front by allrounder Farhaan Behardien. By then, Sri Lanka slumped to 85 for 5© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesDilshan made 36 before getting trapped in front by allrounder Farhaan Behardien. By then, Sri Lanka slumped to 85 for 5
Phangiso finished with figures of 2 for 26© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesPhangiso finished with figures of 2 for 26
Imran Tahir also pitched in with a wicket as Sri Lanka's slide turned into a proper collapse. They were bowled out for 120 with three balls to spare© IDI/Getty Images
© IDI/Getty ImagesImran Tahir also pitched in with a wicket as Sri Lanka's slide turned into a proper collapse. They were bowled out for 120 with three balls to spare
Quinton de Kock hit two fours before he was run out for 9© AFP
© AFPQuinton de Kock hit two fours before he was run out for 9
Hashim Amla, though, took the lead in South Africa's chase with an unbeaten 56 off 52 balls© AFP
© AFPHashim Amla, though, took the lead in South Africa's chase with an unbeaten 56 off 52 balls
Du Plessis chipped in with 31 as South Africa were never threatened in their small chase© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesDu Plessis chipped in with 31 as South Africa were never threatened in their small chase
After du Plessis fell, AB de Villiers came in and sealed an eight-wicket victory with a six in the 18th over.© Getty Images
© Getty ImagesAfter du Plessis fell, AB de Villiers came in and sealed an eight-wicket victory with a six in the 18th over.

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  • Gforcebuster on March 30, 2016, 12:51 GMT

    Upul Tharanga is the only front line batter SL have with numerous match defining innings, 6,500+ international runs and 48 fifty plus scores including 14 tons. UT had 11 MOM awards (his last MOM award was just 3 weeks before laying off for 3 yrs in July 2013). It is high time to bring him back. He was absurdly overlooked for nearly 3 yrs with less than a handful of random chances allowed to him despite being a Test series winning highest contributor in the decider (93 & 45) Vs Pk Aug 2014 (during the SOLITARY stint of 4 consecutive matches given to him in any format since July 2013 ).

    On the other hand Thiri, Chandimal, Kusal Perera & the rest were given 50+ consecutive chances in every format, despite repeated failures. Kapugedara, Mubarak, Thiri, Chandi, Kusal Perera had never materialized match defining consistent performances to justify their constant failures or justify the freely granted 50+ consecutive chances over past few years.

    Recall Tharanga.!!!

  • CRICFAN564789 on March 29, 2016, 12:33 GMT

    SL faced the 13th series defeat inside 15 month mainly due to poor top order. Yet, SL's former selectors had repeatedly overlooked the most experienced & consistent front order batter they have, with a proven international track record maintained over 8 yrs, with 6.5k+ international runs, 14 Tons & 48 x 50+ scores, without any consistent chance in ANY FORMAT over 3 yrs.

    The huge void left by Sanga & MJ was NEVER FILLED! Only front order batter available for SL with such experience & situation appropriate aggressiveness is Upul Tharanga (T-20 career: 1806 r @ 27 Av - 125 SR -12 x 50) better than, Dilshan 26 Av- 122 SR, Thiri 22 Av -117 SR, Chandi: 28 Av -119 SR and Upul has a SR even comparable with Sanga 29 Av -125 SR (based on Domestic T-20 records, since UT was not given any opportunity in international T-20 since 2012 single match. That was 4 y ago and he had played just 10 international T-20s and 8 of them were during 2006/07- 10 y ago).

    Totally BLACKED-OUT in EVERY FORMAT, WHY?

  •   Sanjay Samarasinghe on March 29, 2016, 5:36 GMT

    I see everyone blaming the Sri Lankan Team for the failure of this World Cup, I used to be one of you. But after having first had exposure to the coaching staff at both school levels and district level i can now safely say that i more than happy with what ever the team does out there on the field. Why? well the coach at both the district and grass root level are pathetic to say the least, they unfit physically always intoxicated and unprofessional. If we ever expect the players who come in to the national team setup to be anything but average we are fooling are selves. Yes we will get a few extraordinarily naturally talented players but those players are going to be few and far in-between. If Sri Lanka doesn't address the problem that is the coaching personal then we cannot expect players to perform.

  •   Dulan de Silva on March 29, 2016, 4:24 GMT

    Players like Kapugedera, Thirrimana, Perera , Kulasekera should gracefully retire giving chances for youngsters. Sri Lankan cricketers always have a problem in giving up cricket and the selection committees always go for old players who do not perform. The T20 World Cup should have been taken as an opportunity to give young players big match experience so that we have a good team at least for next World Cup.Only oldie worth the money is Dilshan

  • jimmyvida on March 28, 2016, 19:17 GMT

    Given the situation of SL cricket I commend all the players, even those who did not do well in this tournament. Do not be too hard on the young lads. Consider India with experience galore; Dhawan, Rohit, Raina and Pandiya all failing.

  • KUMARPALV9 on March 28, 2016, 16:08 GMT

    Woah! So looks like Sri Lanka neither have the dominant spinners or the experienced players to make it across the group stage. Strange how much the absence of Sangakkara, Jaywardene and Malinga has hit the Sri Lankans.

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