Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 4th ODI, Sharjah November 21, 2011

Batsmen failed to take responsibility - Dilshan

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Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has criticised his batsmen's inability to take ownership of a modest chase during the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah, a defeat that cost them the five-match series. Chasing 201, Sri Lanka were on course to level the series at 155 for 3 before they collapsed, losing seven wickets for 19 runs.

"It's unbelievable to lose seven wickets for 20 odd runs," Dilshan said. "[Shahid] Afridi batted and bowled well, but it was really disappointing to lose from a winning position. We were in a good position but we relaxed and no one took the responsibility. As a batting unit we should have finished the game.

"As a captain I can't do anything to change the players' game. As a team unit we have to take responsibility."

Since the 2011 World Cup, Sri Lanka have lost Test and ODI series to England, Australia and Pakistan. Dilshan, however, said he didn't think his leadership would come under scrutiny.

"I don't know what their [Sri Lanka Cricket] views are but I was appointed captain until the South Africa series [in December] so I didn't think [about being removed] but lets see how things goes on."

Dilshan also called for the younger players in his side to take the opportunities they're being given. "We are giving opportunities to the young players and they have to grab them. But at this point they aren't and are throwing their wickets sometimes. They have to learn and show that they are ready for international cricket."

Sri Lanka have already lost the one-day series to Pakistan 1-3 with a match to go in Abu Dhabi, followed by a Twenty20 international on November 25. "We have to finish the series in a strong manner," Dilshan said.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • zerotollerance on November 22, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Mahela and sanga needs t retire and let young players into the team

  • Agnar on November 22, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and switching to women's cricket. May be we should institute women's team as the national team.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    well as a Pakistani i advise srilanka to change their Captain. its not an easy job to do as it requires great patience and tactics, as far as dilshan is concerned he is just aggressive and that just not helps. Sanga should take captaincy again as mahela is also struggling for form and confidence. Sanga is the right choice for me as a captain.

  • on November 22, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket board, can you see what people think and believe in SL Cricket?From all over the world people want to see our team doing well...They love our players and can't you'll do any damn thing to make this issue solved???For GOD sake people...Don't blame players only, the officers also must take the blame...Loosing matches are fine as long as this don't continue.We have our ups and downs, but now our team is not going down with the winning ability.There is something bad and serious going on with our team and officials.We love our players a lot even if they don't win matches, but this is something more than loosing a match....

  • on November 22, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    From body language it seems the players are not happy under dilshan. Certainly Matthews is a talented cricketer but isnt playing to anything like his potential. The test bowling line up is weak but the odi one is a very good attack.

    The Pakistani bowling line up is probably up there with the best in odi's and so would trouble most opponents - therefore no shame in getting out. However the weakeness seams an over reliance by the lankans on sanga and jaya and dilshan. it seems one of these three has to go on to make a century for them to post a big total. Players like matthews who are extremely talented need to come to the party.

  • on November 22, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    sanga or mahela should captn the side.they have good 3,4 years left.and mathiwes want to take more respnsblty than this.he is a good player can lead the team but want practice under mahela or sanga.

  • deconstruct on November 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani and as such, naturally, support my team. But my second favorite team is always Sri Lanka. I have this to say to my Sri Lankan brothers: please accept the fact that Dilshan doesn't have what it takes to be a good captain - you can see that in his body language and facial expressions if you're a keen observer of non-verbal communication. Either Mahela or Sangakkara must step up and take responsibility; its not enough to keep contributing as a player; when you can see your team has a leadership crisis, you must raise your hand if you have the capability.

  • on November 22, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    We've seen in the past how teams without efficient captains can do nothing proper, having said that we don't have an option either, Angelo Mathews more worried about keeping his place in the side, being wise captain that is, Mahela and Sanga don't want to the job anymore, Tharanga doesn't play tests, Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis have no assurance of playing continually since their form has been very patchy, if so we have only the bowlers and except for Malinga no other plays in the team regularly that leaves us with Dilshan and try some more new talent out in the South African tour. guys like Banuka, kithruwan Vithanage, Chathura Peiris and hope for the best we need to follow what India did after the 2007 world cup that was crisis for them

  • Raneesh238 on November 22, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera should be seriously considered to strengthen the middle order even in the ODI at least for the SA tour. Thilan may be aging. So is Misbah-ul-Haq. Thilan may be a single dimensional batsman. So is Misbah. Both of them have many similarities. But Misbah's presents in the middle order is helping the team to hold one end most of the times.

    According to the new ODI rules is would be more effective to go with 7-4 combination than 6-5. The remaining 10 overs have to be managed with part timers.

    My ODI batting line up for SA series is;

    1. Upul Tharanga, 2. TM Dilshan, 3. DInesh Chandimal, 4. Kumar Sangakkara (W), 5. Mahela Jayawardhana (C), 6. Thilan Samaraweera, 7. Angelo Mathews/Tishara Perera 8. Sikkuge Prasanna/Jeewan Mendis 9. Lasith Malinga/Dilhara Fernando 10. Ajantha Mendis/ Suraj Ravdiv 11. Nuwan Kulasekara

  • Raneesh238 on November 22, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    But in this critical phase of the SL cricket, Mahela should be appointed as the captain until we groom a youngster. Mahela is only 34 and he has got good 3 or 4 years of international cricket ahead of him. During the past he has proven that he can be a successful leader and even at the IPL he has shown great skills and enthusiasm as a captain. He has got one of the most intelligent and tactical cricketing brains in and off the field. Therefore, right now, Mahela should accept the leadership, if he is been offered. Sanga is not a natural captain. He is similar to Aravida De Silva who lead the SL batting during his time. Sanga and Dilshan should be allowed to concentrate on their batting. Dinesh Chandimal should be given the responsibility of keeping the wicket, gradually. But he is a better fielder than Sanga.

  • zerotollerance on November 22, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Mahela and sanga needs t retire and let young players into the team

  • Agnar on November 22, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and switching to women's cricket. May be we should institute women's team as the national team.

  • on November 22, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    well as a Pakistani i advise srilanka to change their Captain. its not an easy job to do as it requires great patience and tactics, as far as dilshan is concerned he is just aggressive and that just not helps. Sanga should take captaincy again as mahela is also struggling for form and confidence. Sanga is the right choice for me as a captain.

  • on November 22, 2011, 11:56 GMT

    Sri Lanka cricket board, can you see what people think and believe in SL Cricket?From all over the world people want to see our team doing well...They love our players and can't you'll do any damn thing to make this issue solved???For GOD sake people...Don't blame players only, the officers also must take the blame...Loosing matches are fine as long as this don't continue.We have our ups and downs, but now our team is not going down with the winning ability.There is something bad and serious going on with our team and officials.We love our players a lot even if they don't win matches, but this is something more than loosing a match....

  • on November 22, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    From body language it seems the players are not happy under dilshan. Certainly Matthews is a talented cricketer but isnt playing to anything like his potential. The test bowling line up is weak but the odi one is a very good attack.

    The Pakistani bowling line up is probably up there with the best in odi's and so would trouble most opponents - therefore no shame in getting out. However the weakeness seams an over reliance by the lankans on sanga and jaya and dilshan. it seems one of these three has to go on to make a century for them to post a big total. Players like matthews who are extremely talented need to come to the party.

  • on November 22, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    sanga or mahela should captn the side.they have good 3,4 years left.and mathiwes want to take more respnsblty than this.he is a good player can lead the team but want practice under mahela or sanga.

  • deconstruct on November 22, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani and as such, naturally, support my team. But my second favorite team is always Sri Lanka. I have this to say to my Sri Lankan brothers: please accept the fact that Dilshan doesn't have what it takes to be a good captain - you can see that in his body language and facial expressions if you're a keen observer of non-verbal communication. Either Mahela or Sangakkara must step up and take responsibility; its not enough to keep contributing as a player; when you can see your team has a leadership crisis, you must raise your hand if you have the capability.

  • on November 22, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    We've seen in the past how teams without efficient captains can do nothing proper, having said that we don't have an option either, Angelo Mathews more worried about keeping his place in the side, being wise captain that is, Mahela and Sanga don't want to the job anymore, Tharanga doesn't play tests, Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis have no assurance of playing continually since their form has been very patchy, if so we have only the bowlers and except for Malinga no other plays in the team regularly that leaves us with Dilshan and try some more new talent out in the South African tour. guys like Banuka, kithruwan Vithanage, Chathura Peiris and hope for the best we need to follow what India did after the 2007 world cup that was crisis for them

  • Raneesh238 on November 22, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    Thilan Samaraweera should be seriously considered to strengthen the middle order even in the ODI at least for the SA tour. Thilan may be aging. So is Misbah-ul-Haq. Thilan may be a single dimensional batsman. So is Misbah. Both of them have many similarities. But Misbah's presents in the middle order is helping the team to hold one end most of the times.

    According to the new ODI rules is would be more effective to go with 7-4 combination than 6-5. The remaining 10 overs have to be managed with part timers.

    My ODI batting line up for SA series is;

    1. Upul Tharanga, 2. TM Dilshan, 3. DInesh Chandimal, 4. Kumar Sangakkara (W), 5. Mahela Jayawardhana (C), 6. Thilan Samaraweera, 7. Angelo Mathews/Tishara Perera 8. Sikkuge Prasanna/Jeewan Mendis 9. Lasith Malinga/Dilhara Fernando 10. Ajantha Mendis/ Suraj Ravdiv 11. Nuwan Kulasekara

  • Raneesh238 on November 22, 2011, 1:10 GMT

    But in this critical phase of the SL cricket, Mahela should be appointed as the captain until we groom a youngster. Mahela is only 34 and he has got good 3 or 4 years of international cricket ahead of him. During the past he has proven that he can be a successful leader and even at the IPL he has shown great skills and enthusiasm as a captain. He has got one of the most intelligent and tactical cricketing brains in and off the field. Therefore, right now, Mahela should accept the leadership, if he is been offered. Sanga is not a natural captain. He is similar to Aravida De Silva who lead the SL batting during his time. Sanga and Dilshan should be allowed to concentrate on their batting. Dinesh Chandimal should be given the responsibility of keeping the wicket, gradually. But he is a better fielder than Sanga.

  • Raneesh238 on November 22, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    Dilshan is a very talented cricketer and one of few players on the international arena who could bat, bowl, field and keep wickets. There is no question about his ability and uniqueness but over and again Dilshan has proven that he is not a successful leader, just like Sachin Tendulkar. It seems he is unable to keep the team unity and as a result the team in losing from unbelievable positions.

  • on November 21, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Bowling, Bowling and Bowling. After Mutiah Murletheran. Sri Lankan bowling is too weak.

  • lankavigi on November 21, 2011, 21:17 GMT

    I've criticisized sl cricket since the world cup and will continue to do so, as their performances are becoming terrible by the day.Dilshan is not matured enough to be a captain.It's not an easy job at all, but when you are given the responsibility it means that you are the best at it. Mathews was a good option, but won't do any difference.He's also immatured to be captain now.It's too early. SL have to change the captain, if they really do want to win any series.They shud inevitabily go back to Sanga or Mahela.If Sanga, feels the pressure then Mahela shud take the position. If they are patriotic to the nation and do want win, then they have to sacrifice their leisureness in doing just one or two roles. Dilshan just can't do it. Mathews is still young. No one else can captain in this side apart from Sanga and Mahela.There is not time to experiment as time is moving fast. If SL react late then their situation will be ugly.SA will be tough but they've got to win.SL REACT FAST OR TROUBLE.

  • on November 21, 2011, 21:08 GMT

    SL team always rely on their 3 premium players if they click Team win if not Team loose.

  • on November 21, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    Im a Pakistani but have been a big Sri Lankan fan ever since I started to follow cricket. Mainly because of their grace and humbleness. I think it's a bad phase for Sri Lanka cricket and they are definitely strong and talented enough to come out of it. Could also have been a rift between the selection panel and team maybe, as we Pakistani have been a victim of that too for a long time. Whatever the reasons I believe Sri Lanka will bounce back in near future. Every team goes through these phases. I don't think that it's because of Murali's absence or lack of other quality players, because the team is full of them already. They just have to find the rytham and perform collectively. My sincere wishes - all the best Lankan tigers.

  • ajmal1988 on November 21, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Everytime Dilshan opens his mouth he always talk about what could have happened. Always giving excuses and putting the responsibilities on others than himself.

  • rushan811 on November 21, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    i think we have to clean the middle order.matthews must keep his mind with cricket and concentration.dilshan is a good opener.SLC must think about the SA tour.better to lead kumar or mahela for a short period.wt this dilhara doing arrond 8,9 years with his capability.y this selectors like

  • on November 21, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    hasan cheema- the one thing u should consider is mathews himself looks short on confidence and form.also from a distance it looks like he has fear of failure.not bowling has put extra pressure on his batting and he is suffering a bit. may not be a good idea to make him captain now

  • Brooklyn_NY on November 21, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Dilshan's place in the team as the captain also should be changed Base on the performances. Sri Lankan team is rich with experience players and talented young new comers. You can't just expect others to play and win games when the Captain keep failing and loosing the series after series. If you can't score 50 runs as a team when you have 7 wickets in hand to win a game, the blame of loosing the game should come on everyone's shoulders including the Captain mainly. Captain's role and responsibilities in the team DO NOT end right after you got out, but remain till the very end of the game regardless the out come. Taking blames and trying to correct your mistakes are not weaknessess, but a part of Charactor of a Good leader.

  • buncers on November 21, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Don't criticise Dilshan in the way he bats, that is why he is in the team. His captaincy may not be great, but no one else is willing to do it (Sanga or Mahela) and the rest cannot really secure their places.

    People keep saying give the reigns to Matthews - he is not ready and needs to get fit and bowling again. He is an allrounder - not a specialist batsman. Look at his performance in this ODI series.

    The other allrounders (Mendis and Perera, Prassana) should be taking their chance to prove themselves with the bat or get dropped, there are plenty more waiting for a chance (Kula x 2, Thusara, other Perera, Maharoof to pick a few).

    Finally, why isn't Ajanta playing?

  • on November 21, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    I think after this series ends Mathews will find it very tough to keep his place in the team. On the field he's looked completely out of sorts.

  • samindashj2002 on November 21, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    dilshan must arrange batting order according to time..if power play time if u loose a wikt.u have to bring who can hit the ball long some body like Thissara,Even u lost his wikt at that time dosnt matter..but if u bring some body like mathiws at that time..u going to lose chance to get some extra 15/20 runs..great example 3rd and 4th match .on 3rd match on batting power play mathiws came took 10 balls 1 run,and pakistan came on top..4th match batting power play he came and did nothing..i want him to play for sri lanka..but captain must choose better time to bat for this kind of talant.

  • samindashj2002 on November 21, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    even sri lanka lost we r with our team..we know its diffecult time for captain.but what i feel is dilshan is a very very good captain for the bowlers.when batsman fell we canot blame the captain..but...captain has to think how he going to settle batting order..iam not happy mahela coming@no5 his our best batsman for any test 50 or 20 overs match.then he must play top of the batting order.see the record mahela open or no3 sri lanka has very good record as team and mahela.PLS dilshan if u wish to win more matches u must open batting with mahela lets tharanga to play no 3 if we lost early wkt..

  • Lord.emsworth on November 21, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    Hi Dilshan, I think you are a great player and I completely agree with you that your batsmen let you down but its nice if you give real credit for once to the awesome Pakistani's, Afridi in particular.... I dont know if you influence selection, Captains often do, but SL must look beyond the club circuit for new players. SL very seldom blood 18-20 year olds. Look at Oz..Cummins debuts at 18, look further down, Doug Walters made it at 16 or 17. You cant call Jevan Mendis a young player! Yourself,Sanga, MJ, Fernando are on the wrong side of 30. I say look directly to the SL schools circuit, the best in the world...

  • on November 21, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Mathews is matured enough to take the captaincy. Sympathies for Dilshan too.

  • donda on November 21, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    I think Srilankan board needs to pay it's players to motivate them. If you don't pay the match fees then how could these players will perform at their best. It's so sad to see that Srilankan board after a successful world cup in sub continent is not able to pay it's dues to players.

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:37 GMT

    i think dilshan has been saying that sinc he has taken over as captain in england this team doesnt look the team that had given us such a good fight in wc final

  • Nampally on November 21, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Dilshan says batsmen failed to take responsibility. I watched the game on TV. I must say Dilshan was swinging wildly at the balls well away outside the off stump. He finally paid the penalty himself. Is that shouldering responsiblity? Tharanga was similarly dismissed fishing outside the off. With very little batting, SL openers need to play carefully to put at least a significant partnership of over 70.Sanga was bowled by a beautiful off break to him. The rest of the batsmen apart from Mahela, did not know much about batting. They were all at sea against Afridi & Ajmal. The team who played with lot of heart, won the match deservingly.

  • lananad on November 21, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    SL issue is Batting. It is true they lost Murali & Vaas but bowlers did well in all 4 ODIs. Even they could have saved the 2nd test if they have batted well. They depend too much on Dilshan, Tharanga,Sanga & Mahela. The others cannot take the pressure at all. It's sad to see they can't score 40 runs with overs and wickets in hand. Hats off to Pak bowlers,they have one of the best attacks in the world now.

  • PakistanZindabaadAlways on November 21, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I know SL will bounce back in the next game, Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela are A Class players and these things happens all the time. I agree with Hasan Cheema that Angelo Mathews should be the next long term Cappy for SL..

  • on November 21, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Afridi really helped pakistan win

  • meelyan on November 21, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    younger players are throwing wicket away????? what are you doing??? or are you getting younger now? its all yr fault srilanka in this situation... last match you ran out sanga this match got out to a length ball and even wasted a review.... for the shake of srilankan cricket not just give up captaincy but retire...........you will never be missed

  • praful_cric on November 21, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    All the teams having players in IPL are suffering. Ind in Eng, SL everywhere, WI dont mention abt it...

  • Dhump on November 21, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    They could do what SA, AUS and then IND did, give captaincy to someone young with the three seniors Sangakara, Jayawardene and to lesser extent, Dilshan, input on team with other 8 players age 25 or less. Next Captain should be someone who is able to carry the team at times of need, play good under pressure and has at least enough grace to admit when he is wrong. Who am I kidding... Bring Sangakara back please with two different vice captains for future grooming, for the two different match formats.

  • on November 21, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    It is rather unfortunate and disappointing to see "school cricket" being played in U.A.E by a professional cricket team. All UAE SL Expats are rather disappointed and furious to know what's going on with the team! What are you guys playing here in UAE? Cricket or something else? This is unbelievable!! I hate to watch matches where SL is playing anymore!

  • on November 21, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    good bye to sl cricket may it rest in peace That is all i have to say

  • sridhar8 on November 21, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Give captaincy back to Sanga. Give him full freedom and power and see how far Sri Lanka go. Sanga is the best guy to lead Sri Lanka not Dilshan not Matthews. Other option is Mahela ... Dilshan is an idiot ! He's a brash opening batsmen and a lucky bowler, that's it !

  • getsetgopk on November 21, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Well too much arrogance and that agressive celebration after getting Afridi runout in the 2nd ODI was uncalled for, and when you speak, mix some common sense with your words and be honest in your remarks, give credit where its due, you had wounderful captains in the form of Mahela and Sanga before you, they were classy gentlemen, one is always as good as their deeds on the field, you haven't proved yourself yet as a genuine match winner how can you expect others who look to your inspiration to do any better, and honestly you didn't deserve captaincy, SLC should have stuck with sanga for a while.

  • on November 21, 2011, 14:39 GMT

    Big words from a man who failed with the bat himself

  • mgsperera on November 21, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Yes Dilli ur quiet correct..hardly any supports from others.when u were playing under Sanga/Mahela u have given ur 100% to them..but wht they are doing now is very wrong.Its very disspointed that the way Chandimal & Mathews play.One is thinking he is still playing with school teams & the other one is eyeing on captancy thus he purposly doing this.Jeevan mendis cnnt servive for 20 balls?? Tharanga cnnt bat for 25 balls..Sanga didnt score a 100 in his last 20-30 innings??? but i dnt blame SL ...i STRONGLY BELIVE SL LIONS WILL COME STRONG with all these defeats..As a country we shud stand next to them & encourage them...

  • CRIC89 on November 21, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    @kas82: True bro, When Mahela and Sanga captained the side they led by example.Even Sanath did that. There is no that kind of sign from Dilshan even after 3 heavy series defeats. The aggressive mind set of the team is no longer with them. Captain should responsible for that.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 21, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    SL playing in club cricket standard. They do not know the meaning of the word 'compete' ...pathetic!

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    good bye sri lanka cricket may it rest in peace

  • Garretjacks on November 21, 2011, 13:21 GMT

    Dilshan is not a very good captain but neither is he bad. His only strike bowler is malinga where as when sanga captained he had malinga, murali, mendis, and to some extent kulasekara. The bowlers are actually doing a fine job under dilshans captaincy, but the batsmen are horrible and this cannot be controlled by dilshan. He can only tell them to play safe. So I do feel sorry for him.....

    Hoping SL win the last game!

  • longlivewoodoo on November 21, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Plz don't talk about mahela. He has chosen another profession . I am desperately waitin for his article !!!! Ha ha ha ha ha

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    No respect for Dilshan. Was a great fan of Sri Lankan cricket, partly because of their humility and their grace in victory and defeat. Think 1996 world champions, now that was a great team, with a humble but tactful captain. Dilshan should learn to give credit where its due. Afridi gave an all around performance of the decade in ODIs. Afridi took the runs, where there were none. Curtailed his naturally instinct. Almost all batsmen had failed around him. And he was injured in the field. Yet he came back and took 4 wicket from a winning position for Sri Lanka. That was just phenomenal bowling, not necessary bad shot selection.

    And for that performance Dilshan words are "Afridi batted and bowled well" :)

  • cricket_slcsupport on November 21, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Way to go Sri-lanka... wonderful performance reminds me of 80's SL cricket team, only Murali quit, see the consequence.. SA series will be Test 3-0 ODI 5-0 in favour of SA After that heavy beating from India & Austrlia in Tri Series next year. Disgraceful performance, some standard comments one bad innings, batsman let us down, bowlers didn't pick up wickets etcc..,

  • doncl on November 21, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I feel sorry for Dilshan. As captain he should take responsibility. Before he got out, he was trying to blast all the previous deliveries. He should have waited a little bit more, I think. As the next long time captain, I don't think Mathews is ready yet. Mind you he is a very good player and I am a great fan. I think the selectors should back Dilshan for at least 3 years. Then they will know who should be the next captain. Just my two cents.

  • WTEH on November 21, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    The noble thing to do is to step down. But it modern day cricketers tend to wait for the last minute. Again, have to seriously think about the batting line up. It appears team is not getting the performance needed from Chandimal and Matthews with the current positions. Looks like Chandimal needs to be in one down and Mathews should come after Mendis.

  • on November 21, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    BoOm bOoM AFRIDI \ o /

  • on November 21, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    its not really dilshan's fault everything is going awry. he's been dealt a poor hand of bowlers and the batsmen just aren't performing. he can't control these things.

  • kas82 on November 21, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    I must say that as the captain Dilshan needs to take responsibility first and foremost.It is atleast partly his duty to change the way his players play.His impulsive batting style needs to change perhaps. SL team is full of talent and there is no point blaming the youngsters. Lead by example!

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    interest for the game is fading away~

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Problem face Lanka is they heavily depends on Sanga & Mahela batting performance ....! at first they should get rid of this and play as a whole team.

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Sympathies for Dilshan as a captain, but his own performance let Lanka down, Mathew is next long term lankan captain

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  • on November 21, 2011, 11:19 GMT

    Sympathies for Dilshan as a captain, but his own performance let Lanka down, Mathew is next long term lankan captain

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    Problem face Lanka is they heavily depends on Sanga & Mahela batting performance ....! at first they should get rid of this and play as a whole team.

  • on November 21, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    interest for the game is fading away~

  • kas82 on November 21, 2011, 11:51 GMT

    I must say that as the captain Dilshan needs to take responsibility first and foremost.It is atleast partly his duty to change the way his players play.His impulsive batting style needs to change perhaps. SL team is full of talent and there is no point blaming the youngsters. Lead by example!

  • on November 21, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    its not really dilshan's fault everything is going awry. he's been dealt a poor hand of bowlers and the batsmen just aren't performing. he can't control these things.

  • on November 21, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    BoOm bOoM AFRIDI \ o /

  • WTEH on November 21, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    The noble thing to do is to step down. But it modern day cricketers tend to wait for the last minute. Again, have to seriously think about the batting line up. It appears team is not getting the performance needed from Chandimal and Matthews with the current positions. Looks like Chandimal needs to be in one down and Mathews should come after Mendis.

  • doncl on November 21, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    I feel sorry for Dilshan. As captain he should take responsibility. Before he got out, he was trying to blast all the previous deliveries. He should have waited a little bit more, I think. As the next long time captain, I don't think Mathews is ready yet. Mind you he is a very good player and I am a great fan. I think the selectors should back Dilshan for at least 3 years. Then they will know who should be the next captain. Just my two cents.

  • cricket_slcsupport on November 21, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    Way to go Sri-lanka... wonderful performance reminds me of 80's SL cricket team, only Murali quit, see the consequence.. SA series will be Test 3-0 ODI 5-0 in favour of SA After that heavy beating from India & Austrlia in Tri Series next year. Disgraceful performance, some standard comments one bad innings, batsman let us down, bowlers didn't pick up wickets etcc..,

  • on November 21, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    No respect for Dilshan. Was a great fan of Sri Lankan cricket, partly because of their humility and their grace in victory and defeat. Think 1996 world champions, now that was a great team, with a humble but tactful captain. Dilshan should learn to give credit where its due. Afridi gave an all around performance of the decade in ODIs. Afridi took the runs, where there were none. Curtailed his naturally instinct. Almost all batsmen had failed around him. And he was injured in the field. Yet he came back and took 4 wicket from a winning position for Sri Lanka. That was just phenomenal bowling, not necessary bad shot selection.

    And for that performance Dilshan words are "Afridi batted and bowled well" :)