November 1, 2011

Our mental approach has let us down

The Pakistan bowling attack has tested Sri Lanka in the first two Tests. Now the Sri Lankan batsmen must figure a way to score off them
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We haven't played to our potential. Obviously going one-down in the series is a big disappointment, but I think we have an opportunity to get back into it, so we cannot be down for long. We have to try to correct our mistakes and turn things around.

On the first day in Dubai we felt our decision to bat was a 50-50 pick, because there was a bit of grass and maybe a touch of moisture. We thought it was a challenge we needed to take - batting first to make sure we got runs on the board, because we knew by the fourth or fifth day there would be deterioration of which we could take advantage. But we lost lost too many wickets on the first day and it was difficult for us to get back into the Test. Looking at how the wicket behaved over the last two days, I think the decision we took to bat first was correct. The important thing is to put runs on the board in the first innings.

I thought all four of Pakistan's bowlers had a role to play in the second Test. Each of them has picked up his game. Umar Gul, the most experienced bowler of the lot, did the damage in the first innings. Saeed Ajmal, being a spinner, controlled things in the second, getting help from the wicket. But I think the guy who has impressed most of us is left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan. He hasn't played that much Test cricket but he knows what he is doing. He has impressed with the new and the old ball. Pakistan have a decent attack, and everyone's firing in their roles.

Our batsmen will have to individually come up with game plans to tackle the bowling and make sure we don't lose too many wickets in the middle period. Technically and tactically there are quite a few things we can do before the third Test. We will take stock of those and try to implement them in the practice sessions we have between the Tests, and make sure that everyone is fresh in the mind to go out and execute them.

I think the defeats definitely have to do with our mental approach. There's no doubt we have the talent and the ability. We need to apply ourselves and handle those tough situations better. Pakistan do attack in different situations with different bowlers, and we need to handle those situations better, especially in the first innings, to make sure we put runs on the board.

What has happened to us is that we are chasing the game after the second or third day, and it is quite tough to do that and win matches, or even get close to an opportunity. You can't be chasing the game after the first two days. We have to take control after the first day and then push the advantage home on the second day.

We managed to bowl Pakistan out in this Test, which I thought was a good effort. The bowlers showed a big improvement from the first Test: they hit good areas, created opportunities and troubled Pakistan quite a bit. The more matches these bowlers play, the more confidence they get. That's where we stand to gain. We need to keep encouraging them and make sure they keep improving.

An area where we need to spruce up is picking up early wickets. With the new ball, we manage to take one wicket, but we don't get those second and third wickets quickly. We need those early wickets to put pressure on the Pakistan middle order; keep things tight and not give them free scoring shots. We need to make sure we are disciplined. We have game plans for each batsman and we need to try to execute them better and in a more consistent manner.

As for my form, it has been just two Test matches in which I haven't been able to score. I had a good Test series against Australia and was in good nick in the one-dayers against them as well. I haven't hit my stride yet after coming here, and taken control of the opportunities. Pakistan have bowled pretty well to me and not given me any easy pickings. For me it is more a mental battle, trying to tackle these bowlers in a different way. I don't think it is a slump. I know there is a big responsibility on me to make sure the middle order stays stable, so I hope I can sort it out in the third Test.

The only way I can handle that is by not thinking too much about the added pressure or the responsibility but just focus on my game and make sure I do the little things right, which is what I have been doing for 13-14 years now.

Playing in the Middle East has been a good experience so far. It is a different sort of challenge with the conditions. But things have improved. The heat is not so bad now. The first couple of days in Abu Dhabi were pretty hot, but it has cooled down a bit.

I think conditions-wise, the wickets, the facilities have been brilliant. They have top-class facilities. It is a great place to play cricket in. I'm looking forward to the Test in Sharjah and the one-dayers that follow.

It is up to us to make sure we get back, play good cricket and try to turn the series around.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is the country's leading Test run-scorer

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  • Juggernaut84 on November 2, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Guys Please do remember!!! it has always been "Sanga the Saviour". Mahale is good batsmen. but he is no where near great. MJ test records speaks for itself. if you split his record home, he has scored 3 of 29 hundreds away and 26 of them on dead SL pitches. He better score something in next test before writing out such articles.

  • 9ST9 on November 2, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @Kavindeven- LOL you call a 1-0 test series defeat and a 3-2 ODI series defeat as 'Thrashed' ? Compare that to 4-0 and 3-0 drubbings received by the 'kings of cricket'. Maybe you should look up Thrashed in the dictionary.

  • on November 1, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    more ideas and less practical.it could be 2-0 Pakistan will win the last test as well and u keep thinking how can we be a better team after Malinga and Muralai.SL captain is just making exuses bcz hes out of form,he only scored 4 fifties in his last 26 innings and putting all the blame on SL bowlers.

  • on November 1, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Mahela is funny. He has never had a "a good Test series against Australia". Brag less and score more Mahela.

  • on November 1, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Mahela is funny, he has never had a "a good Test series against Australia". Talk less and score more Mahela.

  • lanka-is-the-best on November 1, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    I think that we need to fix the batting woes more than anything. The order for the next match should be as follows. 1. Dilshan 2. Jayawardene 3. Chandimal 4. Sanga 5.Mathews 6. Thirimanne 7. Silva 8. Lakmal 9. Welegedara 10. Herath 11. Randiv. I think that by resorting the batting the batsmen may perform. All of Dilshans, Jayawardenas, And chandimals best knocks have come from these positions. Good luck SL.

  • playitstraight on November 1, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Mahela, please for SL's sake, score some runs as you are the 2nd best batsman in the team after Sanga (it's a fact, not my opinion). And please, oh please, tell SL selectors to choose Samaraweera for the 3rd test and put him in the middle order and make Dilshan an opener in place of Thrimanne. And remove Para, let him get some form back and play in the domestic cricket of SL. In his place, Upul Tharanga should come, poor guy, he has impressed in every single ODI, yet he gets chances only in ODIs. Also, give Randiv a chance, SL's strength lies in spin, so they may as well play him. So pretty much, the SL XI should look like this: Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Prasanna, Matthews, Welegedara, Randiv, Herath, and Prasad. Definitely if SL play to their maximum ability (including bowlers), then they can win the next test. Good luck SL!!!

  • KingOwl on November 1, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Iftikar Zaruk: Very true. The comments from my fellow Sri Lankans are as you said, 'childish'. Actually, childish is a polite way of putting it! Most Sri Lankans are both incoherent and illogical. They are note traits that we are trained in - problem with our education system (and culture to some extent).

  • Cannuck on November 1, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    @ Romesh Perera, Cricketers go through lean patches, & MJ is in one of them right now, although not long ago he scored one of the best 100s on a broken down pitch in Galle against Aussies. You seem to forget that younger players you mention like Chanidmal also failed in ENG when given the opportunity. That happens. No one scores 100 every time they walk on to a pitch, only someone with no sense of cricket would expect that. However I agree MJ needs to play better, not get out the way he did. He shouldn't write either, but concentrate on his game. Still people who know the politics & inner workings of the SL board, knows there's a deeper rooted issue for the current mess. Starting with politician turned cricketers, past cricketers & agents playing a role in that. It resulted in Thilan getting axed, who should've been the Capt. That's why MJ, Sanga refuse to take the captaincy, & it's ironic you call them selfish for stepping down when others fight & go behind politicians for the post!

  • RohanMarkJay on November 1, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Good luck to Mahela and the Sri Lankan team for the third test.

  • Juggernaut84 on November 2, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Guys Please do remember!!! it has always been "Sanga the Saviour". Mahale is good batsmen. but he is no where near great. MJ test records speaks for itself. if you split his record home, he has scored 3 of 29 hundreds away and 26 of them on dead SL pitches. He better score something in next test before writing out such articles.

  • 9ST9 on November 2, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    @Kavindeven- LOL you call a 1-0 test series defeat and a 3-2 ODI series defeat as 'Thrashed' ? Compare that to 4-0 and 3-0 drubbings received by the 'kings of cricket'. Maybe you should look up Thrashed in the dictionary.

  • on November 1, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    more ideas and less practical.it could be 2-0 Pakistan will win the last test as well and u keep thinking how can we be a better team after Malinga and Muralai.SL captain is just making exuses bcz hes out of form,he only scored 4 fifties in his last 26 innings and putting all the blame on SL bowlers.

  • on November 1, 2011, 23:11 GMT

    Mahela is funny. He has never had a "a good Test series against Australia". Brag less and score more Mahela.

  • on November 1, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Mahela is funny, he has never had a "a good Test series against Australia". Talk less and score more Mahela.

  • lanka-is-the-best on November 1, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    I think that we need to fix the batting woes more than anything. The order for the next match should be as follows. 1. Dilshan 2. Jayawardene 3. Chandimal 4. Sanga 5.Mathews 6. Thirimanne 7. Silva 8. Lakmal 9. Welegedara 10. Herath 11. Randiv. I think that by resorting the batting the batsmen may perform. All of Dilshans, Jayawardenas, And chandimals best knocks have come from these positions. Good luck SL.

  • playitstraight on November 1, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Mahela, please for SL's sake, score some runs as you are the 2nd best batsman in the team after Sanga (it's a fact, not my opinion). And please, oh please, tell SL selectors to choose Samaraweera for the 3rd test and put him in the middle order and make Dilshan an opener in place of Thrimanne. And remove Para, let him get some form back and play in the domestic cricket of SL. In his place, Upul Tharanga should come, poor guy, he has impressed in every single ODI, yet he gets chances only in ODIs. Also, give Randiv a chance, SL's strength lies in spin, so they may as well play him. So pretty much, the SL XI should look like this: Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Prasanna, Matthews, Welegedara, Randiv, Herath, and Prasad. Definitely if SL play to their maximum ability (including bowlers), then they can win the next test. Good luck SL!!!

  • KingOwl on November 1, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Iftikar Zaruk: Very true. The comments from my fellow Sri Lankans are as you said, 'childish'. Actually, childish is a polite way of putting it! Most Sri Lankans are both incoherent and illogical. They are note traits that we are trained in - problem with our education system (and culture to some extent).

  • Cannuck on November 1, 2011, 20:02 GMT

    @ Romesh Perera, Cricketers go through lean patches, & MJ is in one of them right now, although not long ago he scored one of the best 100s on a broken down pitch in Galle against Aussies. You seem to forget that younger players you mention like Chanidmal also failed in ENG when given the opportunity. That happens. No one scores 100 every time they walk on to a pitch, only someone with no sense of cricket would expect that. However I agree MJ needs to play better, not get out the way he did. He shouldn't write either, but concentrate on his game. Still people who know the politics & inner workings of the SL board, knows there's a deeper rooted issue for the current mess. Starting with politician turned cricketers, past cricketers & agents playing a role in that. It resulted in Thilan getting axed, who should've been the Capt. That's why MJ, Sanga refuse to take the captaincy, & it's ironic you call them selfish for stepping down when others fight & go behind politicians for the post!

  • RohanMarkJay on November 1, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Good luck to Mahela and the Sri Lankan team for the third test.

  • Decimus on November 1, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    My suggestions for Test side Conti...>> Lastly, Mahela or Sangakkara should be asked to captain the side once more. If either of those two don't wants to captain the national team then appoint Anjelo Mathews. My question is if South Africa appointed Graeme Smith when he was 22 years with NO Test match experience why can't Sri Lanka appoint Mathews to the captaincy. After all, the way Dilshan has captained the side it can't go any worse right?

  • Decimus on November 1, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    My suggestions for Test side>> Dilshan should resign as the cricket captain and should get back to the team as an opening batsman. Thilan Should be member of the Test side. Marvan Atapattu the batting coach should resign. The selction committee should be sacked.

    SLC should hold democratic elections and appoint members to SLC accordingly. Highly talented cricketers such as Dinesh Chandimal should be a permanent team member.

    I believe Dinesh Chandimal likes to bat number 3 so he should be given the opportunity to bat at number three and move Sangakkara (number 4 bat) and the batting order down. Upul Tharanga who bats like a Test batsman in ODIs can be tried as Dilshan's opening partner in Tests.

    The pathetic Thirimanna & Paranawithana who are club standard players that score runs slowly with very slow Run-Rate with no rhythm should be dropped from the Test team. Ajantha Mendis, where is he? Mendis should be the number spinner of the side not Rangana Herath.

  • kktharan on November 1, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Mahela, you should understand some thing. where is Great middle order batsman Samaraweera? dilshan trying to play as samaraweera. he never going to match with him. And you specially, look back your recent batting and selection.. very poor.. Nasty sweep shot just throw to ajmal. i would say one thing stop talking and writting do with the bat and ball. please or else you just give a chance to Samaraweera.He will stood up and will give good partnership with Sanga. please do it or leave it!!!

  • Cannuck on November 1, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    While I agree with some posters here, that MJ should stop writing & let his bat do the talking, I have to disagree with others who blame him, Sanga & Malinga for being greedy. First of all Cricket is their job, their livelyhood! That too they get paid according to their performance. They don't perform, they get no contract! Some write here during work hours, still get paid regardless of slacking on their job. Not so for pro athletes. When they get injured, they don't make money. Lasith didn't get a contract when he was injured, it's a fact! BTW SL players haven't been paid since WC, but they are still playing/working. Wonder how many of you would work without a pay? Players before IPL blame the current lot, simply out of envy. Others say give a chance to younger players, but will say the same when it's Chandimals turn to make money from IPL in the future! They get paid cause we watch. If they don't get paid some businessman will pocket the money. I would rather have players earn that!

  • on November 1, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Some comments in here sounds childish and looks short sighted, ask any cricket fan in the world and to mention the most important players in Sri Lankan team? 98% would say its Sanga, Mahela and Malinga.. These 3 has got the fastest in runs and wickets in fewer games than those any Sri Lankan past cricketers achieved. Without these 3 (S,M,M) players Sri Lanka may become the worst of the test teams, we all must agree with all the difficulties these players had, they never fixed matches, and may be thanks to IPL they still play for Sri Lanka team without salaries.. all players in the beginning had committed to IPL with the consent of SLC, pundits who were heading the SLC had their own agenda in bringing in tours which were not in FTP's, an agreement with an international game not only just a legal binding, sometimes the franchises depends 60-70% on these players presence, absence of them can cost a franchise in millions. I Wish Sri Lanka the very best hope batsmen will find their form..

  • on November 1, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    Dilshan needs to open the batting, he's useless in the middle order. and samaraweera has a tremendous record against Pakistan, how could they ignore him!

  • Indunil76Shantha on November 1, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Please SL needs Sanga or Mahela to lead the team again at least for 2 years. Both shouldn't be so selfish by refusing that. Have to give their due to SL Cricket. Get the captaincy, groom a youngster & take the team out of this dark sight. Dilly will never be capable of leading the SL team. SL cricket is much more than street cricket Dilly. You got to understand that.

  • Indunil76Shantha on November 1, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    Yes agree with Mahela. If there is a way to get it, we have to get our aggressive openers back in where they belong. Thiri & Para can't do anything like that neither a patience knock; didn't see any of them playing a good looking shot either. They were just struggling to get the bat in to the ball and whatever the score they had mostly by edging the ball here and there. How on a earth can have the upper hand on the bowlers when you keep encouraging them to bowl at you by ball by ball? Test cricket is no longer the game that score 2 runs per over. You got to show some gut, passion, have a go at a bowler, a nice pull, & very well time cover drive, sadly they both are trying to find their feet on the ground. Tharanga can make a better opener always; maybe he will fail but give him a chance. Or with the sort of terrible form which Mahela having it will be a good option for him to try and open the batting and take his form back. He has done that in ODI's and he was successful.

  • longlivewoodoo on November 1, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Play dude , leave the coloumning paragraphs till the retirement .

  • S.Jagernath on November 1, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @Romesh Perera: Malinga didn't really do much at test level,he is unable to york batsmen of quality,he lacks the ability to bowl on a gud length with a proper line,though I completely agree with the fascination with the IPL Sri Lanka should actually pick Pradeep over Welegedara,Welegedara has no pace & is not accurate enough Atleast Mahela has stopped going on & on about lacking Murali,its not as if they actualy won much outside Sri Lanka with him anyway,his averages away from home were quite poor,like most sub-continental spinners

  • innocent_gikian on November 1, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Beside any thing .being a pakistani i could 'nt get calm without praising Mahela and specially SANGA that even they losing from pakistan but they admired pakistani pace attack show a great sportsmanship

  • zerotollerance on November 1, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    Mahela now needs to retire and let young players have a chance. At least after many failures we will have a good team. Mahela keeps on failing over and over again. Time to call it quits mate. We also need a new dynamic captain.. Mathews need to do it... He brings energy and fresh new idea into the game... He's a street smart cricketer

  • on November 1, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    In my point of view, A match winner bowling attach is a necessity for winning test matches and thats what Sri-Lakan time is lacking at the moment. May be in next match they can show some aggregation by opening with Dilshan.

  • Romenevans on November 1, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    ColdMenace - Dude Indian at least took the revenge and white washed England in India in this ODI series, what about you/ Thrashed in England and then beaten by aussies at your own backyard? LOL and now? Pakistan beating you? you gotta be kidding me.

  • Romenevans on November 1, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    @ - Romesh Perera - COuldnt agreen with you more. Im from india and i know IPL have ruined Sri Lankan cricket. May be your players are greedy for money or perhaps they are aging so they want to secure some money for future. You're baord should do something about it and ban all the players playing in IPL completely, and i hope one day this IPL mess will be shut down once and forever!

  • on November 1, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Bring in Tharanga as opener with Dilshan, then add samaraweera in middle order et voila you are a much better team.

  • AtifFazal11 on November 1, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    I think there's just too much pressure on him to perform, like in the 2nd innings of the 2nd test all the commentators were like "beware of the wounded tiger". The only way Sri Lanka can beat Pakistan is by playing Russel Arnold's 11 with Dilshan opening and five specialist bowlers including Randiv and hope their batting comes through

  • goldeneye075 on November 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    why the hell is Dilshan batting down the order !!!!! The two sri lankan openers are very slow in approach and it gives the boweling side momentum to get top of things.. either they need to be agressive or make Dilshan opening the innings >> For SA tour Upul Tharanga and Samaraweera is a must :-)

  • on November 1, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    IPL has ruined our cricket sofar...You,Sanga and Malinga refused to represent Sri Lanka for practise matches in England as you guys wanted to continue IPL.( may be for money.). Only Dilshan accepted the request and participate for practice matches and then he was able to break 27 years old record at LORDS in First test in England by scoring 19o+ runs...but you guys started your failers since that refusal..

    Then Malinga anounced his retirement from test cricket since he wanted to continue IPL.But he says bcos of injuries he retired.But our president REQUESTED him to come back to Sri lanka to do the needful if he has any injuries..but he continued to play IPL instead..Already you guys are refusing to participate for practise matches to play IPL.Then when come to the matches you guys are not scoring.pls resign from test cricket and concentrate on IPL..there are many talented youn guys are waiting out side like Chandimal, Tharanga...

  • AkCalypso on November 1, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Its amazing to see Flat track bullies "mahela and sanga" talk about the mental part, fact is this lankan team can never win against quality oppsoition without their javelin thrower, Lankans you better stick to IPL, 20-20 and 50 over cricket in that order. Pakistan has always been a talented team, now that they have a decent captain they should be among Top -3 by year end.

  • S.Jagernath on November 1, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    It could just be that you can't score consistently outside Sri Lanka,or more specifically,away from the SSC

  • 9ST9 on November 1, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    i don't think there was anything wrong with the bowling. they bowled out pakistan for 400 on a 400 pitch. Nothing spectacular but nothing wrong problem is with the batting the overly negative approach cost the game. Dilshan who was good enough to score 190 in england in EARLY SUMMER in seaming conditions against an English attack that made a mockery of the indians is more than good enough to open the batting. Nothing significant from mahela since that knock against the aussies high time for him to fire. There are a lot of good young spinners in SL now and should be given a go over Randiv who is actually a containing bowler and not a strike bowler.

  • 9ST9 on November 1, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    mrgupta will see more our-track your-track stuff when "the world's greatest cricket team" tours a resurfacing Australia later this year can't wait....until then let's see them hammer the windies and remember if by any chance west indies win a game it was the C D or even X team playing against them.

  • Balumekka on November 1, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Mahela, I agree with all the facts and analysis you have put forward. However, as a team Sri Lanka has been on its way down the hill since WC. You guys need to score runs better than in Murali's era because we don't have quality bowlers to defend small totals. Look at the team selection, Samaraweera who scored two double tons against Pakistanis last tour has been dropped with no reason. Chandimal is waiting for ages for his spot. Why Tharanga , Sri Lanka's one of the top ODI players who has ability to stay in the crease for a longer time is repeatedly being not selected to play tests? Remember he is very young! I sincerely feel that you guys have a job in your hand, that is to train and inspire the youngsters rather than writing for these blogs!!!!

  • on November 1, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    The real problem is that currently if the batsmen perform you draw, if they fail you lose. Batsmen draw matches, but bowlers win them. Everyone here is talking about the batsmen but its Sri Lankas bowlers that are the real problem, still no win since murali retired.

  • hassan13 on November 1, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    Send dilshan back to the top and bring in another middle order batsmen. Once Mahela is back in form the batting will become imposing once again.

  • getsetgopk on November 1, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    honestly you should not be disapointed with 1-0 down in the series it would have been 2-0 down for you guys had pakistani's held on to a few of those sitters and then that Sanga's knock and then Pakistan chosing not to chase earned Lanka a draw.

  • stFleming on November 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    First of all, Mahela Jayawardene should start scoring runs..He is the main middle order batman..Infact he is the best batsman in the Sri Lanka side...So first he should score runs..and then worry about Middle order...Dilshan and Angelo mathews are good players...But if mahela is unable to perform, then how can he expect from Dilshan and Mathews?

  • johnathonjosephs on November 1, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    mahela needs to stop talking and start batting

  • mrgupta on November 1, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @The_big_j: Oh, now i got it, thats why Sri-Lanka have such a great record on "their Track" and not a single test Win on "our track" and also on Aussie and South African tracks. Got your point.

  • CRIC89 on November 1, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    All we want Mahela runs from you, Not those sweet words..............

  • MalikAnasAhmad on November 1, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @The_big_j agreed, no doubt Pak vs Sri is bettet comaptitive series to watch

  • on November 1, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    you were testing England bowlers till the series over.Now you are testing Pakistan Bowlers...Only testing...no improvement.your batting style you make better inning after TEN worst inning..Even our tail end bowlers are batting better than you.Pls stop writing and Talking and concentrate on PRACTISES..OR ELSE give your place to a new comer like DINESH CHANDIMAL.you were a average batsman before IPL played.now all finished..Sri Lanka should find MATCH WINING BATSMAN like SANATh or ARAVINDA...after them cricket is BORING..

  • Deepfreezed on November 1, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Please score some runs next test match.

  • The_big_j on November 1, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    I hope the next test is more exciting than the first and second test matches. This series has really been fun to watch, filled with action and fight. Sri lanka fought bravely to save the first test and Pakistan showed what they are made out of in the second test. Great series cricket needs more test match series like this one and not the one-sided "our track" your "your track" series played by the indians and the english right now.

  • hassan13 on November 1, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Good luck Mahela, I feel a big score coming up!

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  • hassan13 on November 1, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Good luck Mahela, I feel a big score coming up!

  • The_big_j on November 1, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    I hope the next test is more exciting than the first and second test matches. This series has really been fun to watch, filled with action and fight. Sri lanka fought bravely to save the first test and Pakistan showed what they are made out of in the second test. Great series cricket needs more test match series like this one and not the one-sided "our track" your "your track" series played by the indians and the english right now.

  • Deepfreezed on November 1, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    Please score some runs next test match.

  • on November 1, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    you were testing England bowlers till the series over.Now you are testing Pakistan Bowlers...Only testing...no improvement.your batting style you make better inning after TEN worst inning..Even our tail end bowlers are batting better than you.Pls stop writing and Talking and concentrate on PRACTISES..OR ELSE give your place to a new comer like DINESH CHANDIMAL.you were a average batsman before IPL played.now all finished..Sri Lanka should find MATCH WINING BATSMAN like SANATh or ARAVINDA...after them cricket is BORING..

  • MalikAnasAhmad on November 1, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    @The_big_j agreed, no doubt Pak vs Sri is bettet comaptitive series to watch

  • CRIC89 on November 1, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    All we want Mahela runs from you, Not those sweet words..............

  • mrgupta on November 1, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @The_big_j: Oh, now i got it, thats why Sri-Lanka have such a great record on "their Track" and not a single test Win on "our track" and also on Aussie and South African tracks. Got your point.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 1, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    mahela needs to stop talking and start batting

  • stFleming on November 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    First of all, Mahela Jayawardene should start scoring runs..He is the main middle order batman..Infact he is the best batsman in the Sri Lanka side...So first he should score runs..and then worry about Middle order...Dilshan and Angelo mathews are good players...But if mahela is unable to perform, then how can he expect from Dilshan and Mathews?

  • getsetgopk on November 1, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    honestly you should not be disapointed with 1-0 down in the series it would have been 2-0 down for you guys had pakistani's held on to a few of those sitters and then that Sanga's knock and then Pakistan chosing not to chase earned Lanka a draw.