Sri Lanka v New Zealand, tri-series, 4th ODI, Dambulla August 19, 2010

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Match Facts

Friday, August 20, 2010
Start time 14.30 (0900 GMT)

Big Picture

Anyone looking to predict how the second half of the tri-series will pan out will have a hard time finding a pattern from the first set of league matches. Consistency has eluded all three teams, each of whom have had one comfortable victory and one big defeat so far. The reserve day for all matches in this tournament means nothing much has changed due to Thursday's washout; whoever loses the replay on Friday will still be left staring at a must-win situation in their final league match.

Missing out on a bonus point has left Sri Lanka at a bit of a disadvantage, but their immediate challenge will be to switch the focus back to cricket after the brouhaha over the Suraj Randiv no-ball incident. There have been accusations of breaching the spirit of cricket, apologies aplenty and an internal probe into the incident by the Sri Lankan board, which resulted in Randiv's suspension for a game and him and Tillakaratne Dilshan losing their match fees. The controversy overshadowed a comprehensive defeat to India, after which Kumar Sangakkara criticised his team for batting that was "not at all professional and not up to standard at this level of cricket".

New Zealand surprised everyone in the opening match with a strong batting performance, before their batting fragility was exposed by Sri Lanka. One of New Zealand's main worries in the tournament has been the top-order batting, and that will be amplified if Martin Guptill fails to recover from injury in time for Friday's game. They have lost three wickets cheaply in both their matches so far, leaving the middle order plenty of rescue-and-recovery work.

Form guide

(most recent first)
Sri Lanka: LWLWW
New Zealand:LWWLL

Watch out for...

Kane Williamson has had a difficult initiation to international cricket, he's yet to score a run after two innings. Talked up by Ross Taylor ahead of the series and rated as New Zealand's best backfoot player by the coach of his domestic side, Northern Districts, 20-year-old Williamson will be keen to justify the hype surrounding his call-up.

Another player who has had a couple of failures in the tournament is Mahela Jayawardene. A couple of months ago in Dambulla, he effortlessly piled on the runs during the Asia Cup to smoothen Sri Lanka's path to the final. He will be looking to recapture that form as the tussle for a final's spot heats up.

Team news

Randiv remains suspended for the game on Friday. Sangakkara had said the presence of many right-hand batsmen in the New Zealand line-up had prompted him to pick Rangana Herath in the opening match. Given how little New Zealand have seen of Ajantha Mendis, the spinner could also get a look-in ahead of Dilhara Fernando, though the quick bowler may be preferred if the incessant rain has made the pitch more suited for fast bowling.

Sri Lanka: 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Chamara Silva, 7 Chamara Kapugedera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Ajantha Mendis/Dilhara Fernando, 11 Lasith Malinga

Guptill's injury could leave New Zealand with three players in the top four with a combined experience of 13 matches.

New Zealand: 1 Martin Guptill/Peter Ingram, 2 BJ Watling, 3 Ross Taylor (capt), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Grant Elliott, 8 Gareth Hopkins (wk), 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Kyle Mills, 11 Daryl Tuffey

Pitch and conditions

Both captains have talked about how the ball seams more under lights but swings less than it does during the day. Ross Taylor reckoned 230-240 will be a par score but, if there is more rain in the air, his estimates are likely to change.

The three captains have had differing views on the importance of the toss: MS Dhoni thinks it crucial, Taylor says it doesn't have big influence on the game while Sangakkara says it gives a slight advantage. Taylor elected to bat on Thursday and the captain winning the toss in the replay is likely to do the same.

Quotes

"The openers are there and it is a tough job when the ball does swing around. I am sure they are used to it and hopefully we can lose less wickets at the top and give ourselves a better chance through the middle."
Ross Taylor backs his struggling top order to come good

"As professionals, whatever happens before games or after games, it's immaterial when we go onto the field. There the focus is to win the game and try things out."
Kumar Sangakkara says the team is not distracted by the no-ball controversy

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | August 20, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I hope all the dust has settled on the :No ball" incident.The BCCI should put a gag order on cricketers tweeting/blogging etc during a match/series.Forthrightnes is ok,but the limits are stretched when emotions come to the fore.Today one read a well written article by Harsha Bhogle,asking for a collective apology by the media towards Sangakkara.Sensationalism and the undending penchant for "breaking news" is demeaning the fair game of cricket.I hope this incident does not tarnish the skills and psyche of Randiv,And every team has a manager or a press relations person on tour who should address the media on issues that are newsworthy.Not the player involved.An apology to Sanga now noted,lets watch some good cricket.

  • POSTED BY Subra on | August 20, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    There is a saying" "You cannot see the spit on your own back."

    Indian cricketers and the media have yo grow up and not gloss ober their own faults.

    At lease Randiv went to Sehwag's room and apologised. And SLC did the decent5 thing by acting on their own initiative to tell the [;ayers that we care for the noble traditions of the game!

    The only person to benegit in the furore was Kohli, who should have been hauled up by the match refree for gis antics after being given out - but then he is Indian and therefore got away with it.

  • POSTED BY zn264 on | August 20, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    @chokkashokka - was a 200 run loss not enough from NZ?? it was there B team that thrashed you! Watch NZ go and win this cup, securing our spot as the 2nd best ODI team. GO BLACK CAPS! And woud everyone else focus on the game at hand!!!

  • POSTED BY ramsen76 on | August 20, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    to mr.chokkashokka.....who thinks his indian team is a first tier team.....i feel very sorry about him as the stats are stacked against his statement....indian team has been pathetic in almost all international tournaments in the last 4 years and if any team is second tier it's india than anybody else as both other teams have featured at least in the semi finals of major tournaments in the last 4 years....just dream on cheap boy!!!

  • POSTED BY ciby on | August 20, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Ofcourse the wicket was not gifted..but did they could have staged a deliberate runout and deny Murali 800th wicket.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Posted by Shane_Perera on (August 19 2010, 08:09 AM GMT) @Nivan Bakhtiani : Oh.. that's why the last pair batted more than 15 overs. Murali did earned his 800 wickets. No one gifted him any. Don't u talk about cheating.. Whole world know the truth!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I think India Vs New Zealand will face in Final. One man dam show spoiled whole team shape. At-least in future every team will think this incident and play sport man ship games not only in Cricket each and every games.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Chokkashokka i find your comment absolutely absurd! Cant you remember the opening game of this tournament, Indian was thrashed, annihilated, wiped off the face of this earth by a 2nd string New Zealand team and yet you say that India should be facing these other teams?? Im unsure what planet you are on but this tournament is doing these 3 teams well, look how close it is at the half way stage!

  • POSTED BY Namal1 on | August 20, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    OK Octa, Now all say that its a deliberate no ball. Fine with me, what if it was a genuine no ball ?? And gone for a six ?? I'm not saying what Randiv did was rite. I totally agree with on the "spirit of cricket" thing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    randiv innocent,culprit is dilshan

  • POSTED BY Octa on | August 20, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Cant agree with nuzrai, it clearly is in violation of the "spirit of cricket" what Randiv did and therefore he is subject to the Sri Lankan Board if they wish to take action. The Spirit of cricket is all about morality.

  • POSTED BY SUNDOS on | August 20, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    I hope all the dust has settled on the :No ball" incident.The BCCI should put a gag order on cricketers tweeting/blogging etc during a match/series.Forthrightnes is ok,but the limits are stretched when emotions come to the fore.Today one read a well written article by Harsha Bhogle,asking for a collective apology by the media towards Sangakkara.Sensationalism and the undending penchant for "breaking news" is demeaning the fair game of cricket.I hope this incident does not tarnish the skills and psyche of Randiv,And every team has a manager or a press relations person on tour who should address the media on issues that are newsworthy.Not the player involved.An apology to Sanga now noted,lets watch some good cricket.

  • POSTED BY Subra on | August 20, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    There is a saying" "You cannot see the spit on your own back."

    Indian cricketers and the media have yo grow up and not gloss ober their own faults.

    At lease Randiv went to Sehwag's room and apologised. And SLC did the decent5 thing by acting on their own initiative to tell the [;ayers that we care for the noble traditions of the game!

    The only person to benegit in the furore was Kohli, who should have been hauled up by the match refree for gis antics after being given out - but then he is Indian and therefore got away with it.

  • POSTED BY zn264 on | August 20, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    @chokkashokka - was a 200 run loss not enough from NZ?? it was there B team that thrashed you! Watch NZ go and win this cup, securing our spot as the 2nd best ODI team. GO BLACK CAPS! And woud everyone else focus on the game at hand!!!

  • POSTED BY ramsen76 on | August 20, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    to mr.chokkashokka.....who thinks his indian team is a first tier team.....i feel very sorry about him as the stats are stacked against his statement....indian team has been pathetic in almost all international tournaments in the last 4 years and if any team is second tier it's india than anybody else as both other teams have featured at least in the semi finals of major tournaments in the last 4 years....just dream on cheap boy!!!

  • POSTED BY ciby on | August 20, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Ofcourse the wicket was not gifted..but did they could have staged a deliberate runout and deny Murali 800th wicket.

    =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Posted by Shane_Perera on (August 19 2010, 08:09 AM GMT) @Nivan Bakhtiani : Oh.. that's why the last pair batted more than 15 overs. Murali did earned his 800 wickets. No one gifted him any. Don't u talk about cheating.. Whole world know the truth!

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I think India Vs New Zealand will face in Final. One man dam show spoiled whole team shape. At-least in future every team will think this incident and play sport man ship games not only in Cricket each and every games.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Chokkashokka i find your comment absolutely absurd! Cant you remember the opening game of this tournament, Indian was thrashed, annihilated, wiped off the face of this earth by a 2nd string New Zealand team and yet you say that India should be facing these other teams?? Im unsure what planet you are on but this tournament is doing these 3 teams well, look how close it is at the half way stage!

  • POSTED BY Namal1 on | August 20, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    OK Octa, Now all say that its a deliberate no ball. Fine with me, what if it was a genuine no ball ?? And gone for a six ?? I'm not saying what Randiv did was rite. I totally agree with on the "spirit of cricket" thing.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    randiv innocent,culprit is dilshan

  • POSTED BY Octa on | August 20, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Cant agree with nuzrai, it clearly is in violation of the "spirit of cricket" what Randiv did and therefore he is subject to the Sri Lankan Board if they wish to take action. The Spirit of cricket is all about morality.

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | August 20, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Useless tournament - 2 second tier competing with a injury ridden first tier team. Why does BCCI feel it needs to be charitable to SL board perpetually? Enough already - India needs to be preparing for the world cup by playing the real teams like AUS, SA and this new look English side. Playing Randi and his caliber of players is not going to prepare India for anything. Waste of time, money, space

  • POSTED BY Namal1 on | August 20, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Nuzrai, very strong point u have made... If it was AUS, no player will say sorry and AUS cricket board will not say a word about it... Sehwag might get penalized for making a comment like that..

  • POSTED BY IrshadM on | August 20, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    A good example of spirit of cricket displayed by Mr 99* himself....

    http://www.cricinfo.com/indvrsa2010/engine/match/441826.html?innings=3;page=3;view=commentary

    129.4 Tendulkar to Amla, 1 run, More drama! Sehwag kicks the ball away to the boundary! slightly short in length and outside off stump and Amla punched it off the back foot and the ball stops just near the boundary. Now the drama begins! Sehwag who was after the ball leans to kick it away over the boundary! The umpires get on walkie talkie and talk ,. And talk. ..

    This is what they have decided. One run of the shot and five runs as penalty for kicking the ball Much fun!

    The crowd clap and roar

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 20, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @ Nivan Bakhtiani: "indian team atleast we indians do not cheat"-------- Sure, Indian team comprises of saints like Yuvraj, Harabajan, Sehwag and Sreesanth. That is why India is the top contender to win the spirit of cricket award. What Randiv did wasnt against ICC rules so it is not cheating. If that is cheating, then Sehwag kicking the ball to the boundary is also cheating. By the way atleast us Sri Lankans don't burn stadiums when we are losing like you did in 1996. Indians and Indian media can only see other peoples' faults but not their own. Did Aussies apologize after they taunted Mural? No, then why should we apologize to the BCCI and Sehwag. This is why someone with a backbone like Arjuna should head SLC. Unfortunately his brother is not the same as him.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    It's funny.. The article is preview for a game about to begin and (almost) nobody cares for the game, instead (almost) everyone is at war following a bygone incident. I hope this game would be a tight affair and may the best team win. BTW I am an Indian fan and I am not biased, just want a better team on the day to win, GL to both the teams - DSK.

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Hi Peeps, Nice to know all of them have different opinions against the same team(No prizes for guessing). Unfortunately the point everyone's missing over here is that BCCI did not ask for a probe, Sehwag did not want an apology, ICC did nto want a probe into the matter, infact one of the Cricinfo writers also said that it was blown out of proportion. The fact that everyone knows is that Sri Lanka willfully investigated the incident and banned Randiv(although bit harsh,agreed). I appreciate Sri Lankan board in trying to uphold the SPIRIT OF CRICKET. So where is the necessity to drag BCCI, ICC or Sehwag and start tarnishing thier image. What if Sehwag were not to acknowledge the fact that Randiv had apologised, or what about the future of cricket if BCCI(which generates the max finance to keep the game going) were to go broke. Grow up folks appreciate the good done and stop concentrating on the bad.

    Sri Lankan Board is worth appreciable which does not imply BCCI or ICC are not good.

  • POSTED BY surajn.vnit on | August 20, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    if the match wash outs today..then for india winning any one of the remaining 2 matches guarantees final spot regardless of the NRR or bonus point.I am keeping my fingers crossed. :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 20, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    India and Sri Lanka can't be at war only for a no-ball.People all across india including senior cricketers are criticizing young Suraja Randiv for what happened a couple of days ago.It is true that it was a delibrate no-ball but over reaction on this issue could certainly harm the reputation of game. Suraj is certainly among the best young off-spinner this incident can not only ruin his career but also can harm him mentally the guy is certainly too young too face restless indian media.

  • POSTED BY hkamall on | August 19, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    This issue is overblown unnecessarily... i donno why randiv is banned for this. sounds so silly and pathetic.. looks like SLC is being loyal to BCCI. I hope these indian players just make their game talk and shut their mouth tight. With the power BCCI has got over ICC i think even they wont allow to post comments against them here. Being an indian am so disappointed with players making noise for each and everything like kids. Nobody is a saint here. Its just so embarassing being a fan of cricket and wats happenin in the field these days. Team india pls grow up and BCCI pls raise the quality of the indian game as its the only game played by this country. Lets see how long this money driven boards exist. I even doubt that all the games are fixed these days.

  • POSTED BY nuzrai on | August 19, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    what randiv did may be immoral but absolutely legal.....why then ban?......bafffling

  • POSTED BY nuzrai on | August 19, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    what randiv did may be immoral but totally legal. then why should he get a ban.....baffling

  • POSTED BY East_West on | August 19, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    Suranga - nice point! India is NO angel or perfect! Agreed! But for the last few years Sri Lanka is known for upholding the Sportsmanship/Spirit [not India], and it is sad that Randiv, an upcoming impressive youngman coaxed by Dilshan! A recent convert [from you know where] encouraging another recent convert [you know where] into doing silly things on the ground is NOT appreciated! and for some who love to trash India, a majority of Indians always adored Murali, Sanath, Kumar and others for their skill and talent! Duleep and Roy Dias, Arvinda and Arjuna are always respected here! The past incidents of Eden Garden and others [crowds taunting other nations during their vists ]are NOT appreciated by ALL Indians and it's a shame to India! Please remember that! ..that is the reason we have lots of 'rationale and nonbiased' Indian fans on Cricinfo websites who criticize India as well! of course, there are others who just blindly support India! Don't you think it is the same for every nation!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    What i fail to understand is that if Randiv's digression was good enuf for a match ban, Stuart (aptly lastnamed)Broad's offence against Haider was worth two matches. It baffles me how ICC handles these things. first of all , i do feel that randiv's actions were against the spirit of the game ,but the system has to be fair. Randiv could have been let off with a strict warning and a suspended ban, whereas broad's ugly act was surely worthy of a game or two's ban. With ICC, we really cannot see where they are taking the game

  • POSTED BY SMadampege on | August 19, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan. I never say Randiv is wrong even I was neutral. Indians must ask from themselves that whether they have all spirits of cricket. We see how Harbajan Singh, Sreesanth and Zaheer Khan act when they take wickets. They dance like they win a war by killing a very dangerous persons like Hitlar. Cricket is not a war but a gentlemen' game. We know in 2007 world cup final how Gilchrist made a century by holding a scotch ball under his arm. He even didn't apologize after game for this filthy action. But Randiv soon realized and apologized. But there should not have an apology. Nobody likes to see an opponent batsman scores a centery against them. If somebody say sehwag is a good batsman, It's funny. Good batsmen never cry after a match that fielding team didn't give him a century. Who can say He must get 100 when he is on 99. Can't be out in 99?? Randiv should forget about those things and come with fresh mind in next time. India, you got all wrong...........

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Dear Indians, Plz read this carefully

    Express News Service Tags : Virender Sehwag Posted: Fri Feb 19 2010, 00:41 hrs Kolkata:

    Virender Sehwag earned the dubious distinction during the last day's play at the Eden Gardens on Thursday for deliberately kicking the ball away over the ropes, with the intention of keeping Hashim Amla him on strike.

    It was the fifth ball of Sachin Tendulkar's over, the South African innings' 130th , when Amla smacked a square off a short-pitched delivery. The ball raced away towards the fence but stopped just short of the boundary line. Sehwag intentionally kicked it over to deny opportunity to Amla to change ends. South Africa were on 284 for 9 at that time with Amla and No 11 Morne Morkel at the crease.

    The umpires decided to award South Africa four penalty runs and also awarded a run to Amla for crossing over. The penalty, termed as 'willful illegal act of fielder' -- the first such instance in Test cricket in India--- is covered under Law 19.6 of the Law

  • POSTED BY Asintha on | August 19, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    @Mayank Panwar No.1 Our Umpires Will not catch their hat for distract the players after given out (1998 Sri lanka vs India in India For ajay Jadeja ) it nicely disply in reply.Funny No. 2.Harbajan & Rajesh Chauhan NO Doubt No. 3 We Will Not give black money to ICC for keep US in No.1 Position JACKPOT No.4 We will not argue with STUPID LIKE YOU

    MURLI IS MASTER CLASS BOWLER SEE THE LINK BELOW IT WILL PROVE EVERY THING (IF YOU WANT TO ARGUE PLEASE COME WITH TRU FACT) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EClrWy-Ms0s&feature=related

  • POSTED BY boyzz11 on | August 19, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Interesting.. How Dilshan will face sehwag as a DD teammate. shame!!

  • POSTED BY boyzz11 on | August 19, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Sangakara can back up this act by saying, if that six runs were counted, there is 1% chance of missing the finals due to NRR. But I dont think, they did the deliberate act keeping that in mind.

  • POSTED BY irfanamir on | August 19, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @ Nivan Bakhtiani im a sri lankan n i didnt agree with what randiv did....but after going through ur comment i think what he did was 100% correct.....firstly Indians didnt allow murali to take 800 wickets....he was able to take 8 wickets cos ur batsmen didnt have a chance in front of him...k lets think indians allowed him to take 8 wickets then thats the reason y indians lost that match, then that will be another match which was fixed by the indians and all your team members should be banned...secondly dilshan n randiv didnt fix matches like ajay n Azharuddin...its true IPL did giv money to sl players thats bcos they played for ur teams....our players are talented and famous thats the reason y they got selected to ur teams....

  • POSTED BY Anish_krsna on | August 19, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Even though Sangakkara is trying to put up a brave face in the No Ball incident, he is feeling the heat. He has never been a matured cricketer, whatever he does or speaks on the field is artificial, even his funny accent, poor chap trying hard to make everyone believe that he is from Oxford..

  • POSTED BY Shane_Perera on | August 19, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    @Nivan Bakhtiani : Oh.. that's why the last pair batted more than 15 overs. Murali did earned his 800 wickets. No one gifted him any. Don't u talk about cheating.. Whole world know the truth!

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    @asintha 1. our 3rd umpires dnt do cheating like sri lankans 2. we dnt produce throw bowlers like murli , malinga n mendis 3. we dnt force ICC to change rules to allow throw bowlers to play 4. we dnt run out players widout ball in hand or claim bump catches 5. we dnt appeal for everything that hits the pads 6- we dnt bowl wides or no balls to deny batsman 100 7. we dnt make statements like this team dnt deserve this or that

  • POSTED BY GEBF on | August 19, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    Dear Friends,

    Does Sehwag plays for the Team or for his records ?; The thing is it is a poor show of Spirit of the Game, by both the Sri Lankan & Indian Cricket Boards . Surely the young fellow made an error of judgement.The comment Dilshan made is done when the match result is certain, surely is the SLC fair to translate ? What brings to my mind is the Andrew Symonds Vs Harbhjan Singh affair, and SRT 's version.What happened is the total opposite , and the adopted Aussie had to live with it. Boyz ( may be Girls ) in the SLC show some manliness , ask Viru to Fly A Kite & Rest in Peace. The stand and deliver Shewag will never score against top quality fast bowling.The beauty is Randhiv could hit back if selected for the return with the Indians in Dambulla. Hope the Kiwi's are sorted out tonight.Good Luck & Best Wishes to OUR LIONS & CUBS! - Benil ( Sydney Australia - 5.55 pm 19/08/10 )

  • POSTED BY ruserious on | August 19, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @atuljain1969 : Well said. BCCI is exactly like the US. No wonder the world loves the US for using its power to push other countries around. Im glad Sri Lankan fans are standing up for their team without getting bullied by the Indians. Obviously the fans dont have any monitory losses to worry about like SLC. A country that is 50 times smaller than you has more records. It sucks. Live with it.

  • POSTED BY Namal1 on | August 19, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    If Kapugedara gets a run today, he should make the most of it. If he doesn't understand that someone should tell him coz he doesn't seem to be getting the msg that he is not giving his 100% & mostly he is losing his spot. Bad patches come and go but for him looks like it's ginna stay for a while. What do you think ??

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | August 19, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    well said by some, that BCCI is the richest body. So what wrong, why envy. Why they can't generate such money, who stops them. USA is big power, everybody hates them, but want their money/business/relations/arms any time.

    In cricket too at present BCCI is at same level. Have we forgot days of England & Australia dominating ICC or is it MCC !

    If you want to hate BCCI hate them, but then asks your players to forget about playing in IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    new zealand fill face the heat !!!

  • POSTED BY fatima01 on | August 19, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    who will bat first win i like to win srilanka

  • POSTED BY caratacas on | August 19, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    By bowling the no ball, Sri Lanka restricted the Indian score to 5 runs less than what it could have been. In a close tournament, these 5 runs may just make all the difference when it comes to net run rates. So, isn't this a PERFECTLY logical way to improve their own chances of qualifying for the finals? Why does a century more or less matter? Sri Lanka did the right thing to help their own chances. Stop crying all of you!

  • POSTED BY Asintha on | August 19, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    All Indian fans a talking about sprit of cricket I think they are forget about past I like to remind you all 1st in 1996 world Cup Semi Finals how they react. FUNNY No need to Explain All Wold saw that LIVE 2nd M.Asarudin,Ayay Jadega Sold the Game FUNNY & DISGUSTING 3rd Harbajan Singh slap Sreesanth FUNNY & NO RESPECT etc. I think this is enough every body who knows the past of cricket will understand who crack the Sprit of Cricket.

    I like say I agree that what andiv and dilshan did it's not bad. But Sri Lankan Never Sold a Match & never slap their own teammate.

    So Stop These Nonsense..................

  • POSTED BY Tarzansree on | August 19, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @Thepul Gajanayake Yes Mr. Gajanayake... now that you can't find any thing to support your guys, you are now looking for some thing with in india's past. This is all about this current Randiv issue, n it was Sehwag who brought up Malinga-Sachin incident into picture. After alll sehwag was there wen it happened. But even if we forget abt these silly tactics by SL, they still tend to remind us by repeating things.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    OMG see whos talking the lankan fans...these people should feel ashamed first before talking about indian fans and indian team atleast we indians do not cheat...we did allow murli to get his 800 wickets...Randiv and Dilshan got what they deserved...Y do lankans forget that how much fame and money ipl has given lankan players....

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    wat SLC hav done on randiv n dilshan is exactly right..... it s the right way to treat the wicked......

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    Newzealand plays every match fairly and it is the best team.They fight until the last ball and thats why iam a huge fan of them.

  • POSTED BY atuljain1969 on | August 19, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    reading various blogs, it is clear everybody is try settle the old scores. As a sportsmen, you would't like these petty things happening whether it is Sri Lanka (Randiv, Malinga), Australia (Symonds,Ponting), pakistan (Akram,Inzamam,Miandad), India( Sreesanth,Bhajji), England (Stuart Broad,Giles) or for that matter any other country. Each one of them has been culprit and really everytime such things happen approp. punishment needs to be given.

    For todays match, it will be a blessing in disguise for sri lanka, because Dilshan is not playing his best cricket of late and Randiv has just started to get established. Anyway Herath is always a better bowler.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 19, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    NEXT ICC AWARDS: Spirit of the cricket: Team India for having most number of spirited players: Harbajan, Sreesanth (for their individual qualities and former slapping over the latter's face), Zaheer and Nehra for their usual innocent post wicket celebrations, Ishant for his heartwarming encouragements to the batsman after each delivery, Sehwag for deliberarte kiking of the ball over the boundary line in order to give more batting chances to the tailender, and pointing out the most unethical thing conducted by any player in the history of the game(Randiv's deliberate no-ball).

    I suppose BCCI could buy all the other ICC trophies at any expense for their players since its the richest cricketing body of the world.

  • POSTED BY Radha4krishnan on | August 19, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Will Dilshan play 2011 IPL ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Everyone is making a huge deal out of this Randiv incident. And also brings up some wides balled by Malinga when Sachin was on 96. Come on people have you guys already forgotten the time Dravid declared the match when Sachin was on 196*. How it feels to be denied a double ton by your own captain, rather than some inexperienced bowls a deliberate no-ball.

  • POSTED BY Shane_Perera on | August 19, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Pls, give the next Fair Play award to the Indian team.. They are the best team when it's comes to fair play.. harbhajan, Sreesanth,Yuvraj and Sehwag are the best among them and please give a special award to Indian fans also for their well behaved, unbiased nature. Special mention should be given on the Semi-finals in 96 world cup. My gosh how well they accepted the defeat.

  • POSTED BY pradeeplasantha on | August 19, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    it is still a big shame that what Sanga did, he is too educated & fool to cricket. he needs to understand keep his back bone straight for Sri lanka. how many times others teams make mistakes knowly/unkonwly, do they apologise MR.S. i think Sanga is turing toong track taking silly decisions , another thing if Ravidu did it deliberately & if he was forced apologise , is it enough 1 match ban. and alos why sri lanka straightaway apolologise tO vIRU without

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Sorry East_West That didn't come out right, sorry bout that,it wasn't meant to be acidic. I meant please don't speak this badly about Dilshan, I admit and agree with you that what Dilshan did can b considered as disgraceful behaviour but don't exaggerate the issue into a personal matter, the truth is most sports teams cheat in some way or form, even without knowing it. I'm sure these players won't be act childish enough to make what happened on the field affect their relationship, that would harm their own playing careers, all in all, altho Sehwag didn't get a hundred, he won the match under lights (very very hard) and got man of the match for it.

  • POSTED BY on | August 19, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    If the victim was Tendulkar of this 99 incident, he would've never commented anything about that. That's his class! Sehwag is just a class-less wanna be Viv...

  • POSTED BY MasterClass on | August 19, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Huumm..wonder what Sangakkara ment by "...try things out". Seems his previous attempt was only successful in getting Randiv suspended for 1 game and costing Randiv and Dilshan their match fees. Can't wait to see what next ;) lol.

  • POSTED BY ilovetests on | August 19, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I just hope that NZ picks a decent team. They should drop Hopkins and play Watling as wicketkeeper. This can strengthen the batting and bowling. Besides, if Brendon McCullum gets injured in the World Cup, Watling can substitute as opener and keeper and not change the balance of the team. The team I'd like to see is: Watling (wk), Guptill, Taylor, Williamson, Styris, Elliot, Oram, N McCullum, Tuffey, Mills, McKay. That gives a really well-balanced bowling attack with left-arm pace, swing, bounce, medium pace, and spin bowling options. Also any team with Mills or Tuffey coming in at ten has immense batting depth.

  • POSTED BY jinath on | August 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Also randiv balls 2 legal deliveries to shewag before the no ball. So he had time to get into 100. So it ban and fine is way too much .....

  • POSTED BY jinath on | August 19, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    This is too much drama.. yes it's not nice and he should have warned. now with all this. it's badly effecting on the young player...

  • POSTED BY Shehan_S on | August 19, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    @KURUWITA : I bet anything that you are not a Sri Lankan fan! Sri Lankans are not here to give away records to other teams. If it comes to net run rate these 5 runs could come handy!

  • POSTED BY NIPE on | August 19, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    Sangakkara is a spinless captain.Every body had lot of hopes when he was appointed as he was Sri Lanka's most educated captain.But he has put SLC in drains.Suraj Randiv was forced to apologise.It was a shame for Nishantha Ranathunga to be Arjuna's brother.Runs scored in any no ball should be credited to the batsmen.Shewag desreves the century.Randiv would not wait for the fourth ball of the over if he wants to do it delibarately.He should not apollogise.ICC laws should be changed.Disgrace for Sangakkara.

  • POSTED BY East_West on | August 19, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    funny - Biggest irony is that Dilshan is part of Delhi Daredevils, so it will be interesting to see how this guy plays OR may be Dilshan hates VIRU so much in IPL that he wants to take revenge...OR he can't digest the fact that VIRU is way better than him! What an immature behavior of Dlishan!!

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | August 18, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Stop talking about the Randiv issue. Nothing was done illegally so calm down. Honestly i was surprised that he was even banned. Yeah, its bad sportsmanship but no way should it be punished. And shame on Sehwag for making it a big issue. Hope he does not continue and turn out like Yuvi. Look at Tendulkar. How many times has he been run out on 99 or stranded in the 90's and has he ever complained?

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    @sanki88: well certainly it is a big issue and hence SLC and BCCI have given their opinion. come on.. A man on 99*, and is this how a bowler should bowl. and remember.. this is not the first time Lankan cricketers have done this. Sachin was denied century when he was on 96* and for god sake, it was the best bowler in lankan cricket "LMalinga" bowled four wides n a no ball. and do you want anyone to think it just "ACCIDENTALLY HAPPENS!"? one of the best bowlers of the world, bowling four continuous wides followed by a no-ball! thats clear.. he bowled intentionally, not wanting sachin to score 100! and this no ball.. my god.. a huge stepping out frm the crease. this is 100% intentional. and a team that has won "FAIRPLAY AWARD" twice, is not expected to do this. and i suspect sanga has some role as well. the four byes in the same over! do u think sanga couldnt pick tat up. even that is intentional.. so according to me, randiv has to be removed from this series atleast!

  • POSTED BY johnsanthosh on | August 18, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Srilankans and indians are bothers please pakistanis dont interfere in this we have family problems but dont let us fight we are united

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    I feel sorry for Kane Williamson. With a frail top order like ours, he really should be batting at five or six. He may as well be opening.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | August 18, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @Prasanna Dhammika, Yes, SL will be the champion of Unsportman. They have beaten Aussie in this championship. Randiv should be banned for 1 year so as Dilshan. Then it would be a lesson for all other players and young players. The rule should be changed so that if a player scores any runs off a noball, runs should be counted first then the noball. Viru deserved the century. I am really disgusted as a SL supporters by this incident.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 18, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    @akshayUNITED - Well in the next match it will be watch out for the cry baby sehwag - 'any bowler will get banned and/or fined for preventing him a century'

  • POSTED BY grandclipper on | August 18, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    @sanki88.......whatever that name means.......what akshay says is a satire.....apart from that, pls play on and have a rough game anyways. and btw where did u read anything directly linked to BCCI??? and if SLC does what BCCI likes then its not BCCI that is at fault......its the fault of Indians to multiply at that rate and have cricket upfront. Stuey and Mithel shud also have been punished......no doubt

  • POSTED BY Sanki88 on | August 18, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    akshayUNITED probably can't read, as it was clearly mentioned in the article that Randiv won't be playing. No offense, bigger things have happened in cricket recently and players have gotten away so easily, Broad, hit a pakistani player with a ball, Mitchel Johnson head butted a nz player and many more. SLC and BCI have made a big scene here.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Tough schedule for Sri-Lanka. They have a game again on the 22nd.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    SRI LANKA WILL BE THE CHAMPION OF THE MICROMAX CUP

  • POSTED BY akshayUNITED on | August 18, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    The 'Watch out for' should have the no-ball specialist-Mr S.Randiv..

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  • POSTED BY akshayUNITED on | August 18, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    The 'Watch out for' should have the no-ball specialist-Mr S.Randiv..

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    SRI LANKA WILL BE THE CHAMPION OF THE MICROMAX CUP

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Tough schedule for Sri-Lanka. They have a game again on the 22nd.

  • POSTED BY Sanki88 on | August 18, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    akshayUNITED probably can't read, as it was clearly mentioned in the article that Randiv won't be playing. No offense, bigger things have happened in cricket recently and players have gotten away so easily, Broad, hit a pakistani player with a ball, Mitchel Johnson head butted a nz player and many more. SLC and BCI have made a big scene here.

  • POSTED BY grandclipper on | August 18, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    @sanki88.......whatever that name means.......what akshay says is a satire.....apart from that, pls play on and have a rough game anyways. and btw where did u read anything directly linked to BCCI??? and if SLC does what BCCI likes then its not BCCI that is at fault......its the fault of Indians to multiply at that rate and have cricket upfront. Stuey and Mithel shud also have been punished......no doubt

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 18, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    @akshayUNITED - Well in the next match it will be watch out for the cry baby sehwag - 'any bowler will get banned and/or fined for preventing him a century'

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | August 18, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    @Prasanna Dhammika, Yes, SL will be the champion of Unsportman. They have beaten Aussie in this championship. Randiv should be banned for 1 year so as Dilshan. Then it would be a lesson for all other players and young players. The rule should be changed so that if a player scores any runs off a noball, runs should be counted first then the noball. Viru deserved the century. I am really disgusted as a SL supporters by this incident.

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    I feel sorry for Kane Williamson. With a frail top order like ours, he really should be batting at five or six. He may as well be opening.

  • POSTED BY johnsanthosh on | August 18, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Srilankans and indians are bothers please pakistanis dont interfere in this we have family problems but dont let us fight we are united

  • POSTED BY on | August 18, 2010, 22:38 GMT

    @sanki88: well certainly it is a big issue and hence SLC and BCCI have given their opinion. come on.. A man on 99*, and is this how a bowler should bowl. and remember.. this is not the first time Lankan cricketers have done this. Sachin was denied century when he was on 96* and for god sake, it was the best bowler in lankan cricket "LMalinga" bowled four wides n a no ball. and do you want anyone to think it just "ACCIDENTALLY HAPPENS!"? one of the best bowlers of the world, bowling four continuous wides followed by a no-ball! thats clear.. he bowled intentionally, not wanting sachin to score 100! and this no ball.. my god.. a huge stepping out frm the crease. this is 100% intentional. and a team that has won "FAIRPLAY AWARD" twice, is not expected to do this. and i suspect sanga has some role as well. the four byes in the same over! do u think sanga couldnt pick tat up. even that is intentional.. so according to me, randiv has to be removed from this series atleast!