Sri Lanka v India, tri-series, 5th ODI, Dambulla August 21, 2010

Sri Lanka aim to settle middle-order slots

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Batsmen are a pampered lot in one-day cricket with Powerplays, powerful bats and placid pitches making you wonder why anyone chooses to become a bowler. Batting in the lower middle-order, though, requires a diverse set of skills not too many players possess, making it a problem area for several teams, including Sri Lanka.

On flat tracks, you get the crumbs after the top order has feasted. On tougher surfaces, you have to firefight, often with the tail, if the big names who came in earlier flop. The spotlight usually falls on you in tight chases, when your nerves and temperament will be tested. This need to be free-swinging from the outset at times, to show a watertight defensive technique at others, is what makes No. 6 and 7 in the batting order such a tricky proposition.

Sri Lanka have more or less penciled in their top five for the World Cup, but it's the two spots below that is giving them a headache. Much faith has been shown in Chamara Kapugedera, who has certainly shown the ability to hit big but is yet to show the reliability that will assure him a permanent place. An average of 23 after plenty of matches gives him his share of critics, as does the lack of a century.

Then there's Thilan Samaraweera, whose Test average is nearly twice that of his one-day mean, showing which format he is more comfortable with. While his solidity was never in doubt, he has lately shown glimpses of the inventiveness needed to be successful lower down the order. His unbeaten 35 against New Zealand had him shuffling around the crease to throw bowlers off their line, and there was even a paddle scoop for four off quick bowler Tim Southee. After resurrecting his ODI career 12 months ago, he's hoping to play his first World Cup more than 12 years after his debut.

Unlike Samaraweera, Chamara Silva manages to get on the selectors radar when there's a World Cup around. Three months before the 2007 edition, he returned to the Sri Lankan team after a four-year gap, and went on win a ticket to the Caribbean. Again, after playing only one ODI in nearly two years, he's back in the side and has strengthened his case with a fluent and enterprising unbeaten 41 in the rain-hit game against New Zealand.

"It was a big game for Silva, he hasn't played with us for a while, looks like a World Cup specialist," Mahela Jayawardene said on Friday. "He looked very confident, he has got a lot of shots, once he got settled in he was brilliant against both spin and pace."

Two other contenders who have really impressed Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara are Dinesh Chandimal and Jeevan Mendis, both of whom got their international break when several seniors were rested for the Zimbabwe tri-series earlier this year. Chandimal, a 20-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, blasted a match-winning century in only his second ODI innings, against India batting up the order, and is currently hitting the headlines for a nine-hour double hundred against South Africa A at the SSC.

"Chandimal is one of the best young cricketers that we have," Sangakkara said. "He has done great work in Zimbabwe, he has scored an international century, he's an exciting player, we have to consider him very quickly, I think he's got the ability to handle Australia (during the limited-overs tour in November)."

Mendis, 27, is a legspinning allrounder who had a decent run in Zimbabwe and could prove handy whenever Sri Lanka go in with only one specialist spinner. "Mendis will also be very useful with his legspin and batting ability," Sangakkara said. "Going forward for the World Cup, two guys we need to make it to the side is Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal, I think if we have those two guys, our batting line-up is solid."

Completing the scramble for middle-order places are Thilina Kandamby - out of favour after 11 innings without a half-century - and Thisara Perera, a 21-year-old quick who can provide the batting overdrive needed late in the innings.

With only eight ODIs lined up before the World Cup, auditioning chances are running out. "We try and give everyone a go but we have to make a really quick decision," Sangakkara said. That decision could well prove pivotal to Sri Lanka's campaign next year.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 23, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    INDIA just 2 matches away from winning this CUP.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    aahhaahha loosers IF U LOOSE SAY WE LOOSE DONT SAY UMPIRE CHEAT IF UMPIRE HAS CHEATED THEN 2007 WORLD CUP MUST BE SRILANKS CUZ UMPIRE CHEATED PLAYERS CHEATED RULES CHEATED JUST DONT SHOW THAT INDIA IS STRONG THEN SRILANKA JUST GO TO HELL

  • on August 22, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    we done whatevr we want and tkae india to brisk by winning the match by 202 balls remaining hahahhaahahhahaa

  • Balumekka on August 22, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Ha haaaaa!!!! Now its time for excuses for consolation!!!!!!!! Now they will say, had not those couple of doubtful decisions went against India, certainly India will beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point......... Now there will be flurry of comments by frustrated Indian fans, and no doubt most of them will have a go at umpire decisions rather than poor cricket by India.

    Frankly, there were 3 decisions went against India, one went against Sri Lanka. 1. Sehwag was clearly out, and hawk eye proved it. So no doubts. 2. According to snicko, Karthik didn't edge it, thus unfortunate have that decision. 3. Reina clearly edged Mathews's delivery, snicko proved it but umpire turned it down, next over umpire gave him out for a ball he didn't edge. 4. Yuvi was clearly not out.

    Although MSD yesterday said that Indians are aggressive after that "no ball incident", only P. Kumar showed some of it, that too not with his bowling!!!!! Truly, It was a humiliating defeat and that's why MSD boycotted press!

  • AkilaMike on August 22, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Hey..I guess Nuwan Kulasekara needs to be banned for at least one match. He denied Sewag a century today and according to Indian fans..thats a very bad deed for the spirit of cricket.

    Akila.

  • ksm1996 on August 22, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Let dinesh chandimal to come up in SL team.. natural talent and performence should be the reason to be a member of sri lankan team not the age factor.. takes examples from pakistan team.. umar akmal and mohomad aamer. they are still below 20 s but they are the leading batsmen and bowler in their side..

  • SLfan on August 22, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @ Thuvarakan Karunananthan & Sumit Dhar - Now the time is 7.36 p.m (SL time) & the match (on which you two predicted lot of things) was over ! I don't need to tell you the result since you may already know, eh ?..... So, Mr. Sumit Dhar, what happened to the so called 'boomrang' ? Did you get the BONUS POINT ?? Now whose match has the threat of being washed out ?....We (Sri Lankans) never expect the next match to be washed out, because we don't afraid to see your team in the final...Cheers !

  • gandabhai on August 22, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    India refused the UDRS because the final decision is made by the 3rd umpire who would have been Sri lankan .Last time India lost out to 90% of the decisions made by the 3rd umpire . Even though Mendis did surprise & bowl brilliantly , He may not have broken the World record for most wickets taken for the number of tests played in that series had the 3rd umpire been neutral .

  • Jaggadaaku on August 22, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    After performing this bad, Indian players got the gut to laugh. That's really sad to watch. I remember, when West Indies team lost the final match against India in 1983 world cup match, some of the West Indian players cried on the ground. But this is Indian team who have nothing in their heart. They would still get more commercial advertisements and start selling the garbage products very next day. If they think this is only a game, then no one should buy expensive ticket and spend expensive time to watch their stupid game. They representing India, so the every game should be their life or one of the part of their body. They are playing with the millions of fans' emotion all over the world by just throwing their bat and surrender. They should at-least try to play full 50 overs. They have very quality batting line up. Then why they are not playing like professionals, and plays like high school students play or the foot ball players play cricket? This is a big question mark from me?

  • hamza101 on August 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    go Sri lanka go its time to take revenge of the last game game, by fully thrashing the India, loving to see how sri-lanka is keeping the game one sided....

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 23, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    INDIA just 2 matches away from winning this CUP.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    aahhaahha loosers IF U LOOSE SAY WE LOOSE DONT SAY UMPIRE CHEAT IF UMPIRE HAS CHEATED THEN 2007 WORLD CUP MUST BE SRILANKS CUZ UMPIRE CHEATED PLAYERS CHEATED RULES CHEATED JUST DONT SHOW THAT INDIA IS STRONG THEN SRILANKA JUST GO TO HELL

  • on August 22, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    we done whatevr we want and tkae india to brisk by winning the match by 202 balls remaining hahahhaahahhahaa

  • Balumekka on August 22, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Ha haaaaa!!!! Now its time for excuses for consolation!!!!!!!! Now they will say, had not those couple of doubtful decisions went against India, certainly India will beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point......... Now there will be flurry of comments by frustrated Indian fans, and no doubt most of them will have a go at umpire decisions rather than poor cricket by India.

    Frankly, there were 3 decisions went against India, one went against Sri Lanka. 1. Sehwag was clearly out, and hawk eye proved it. So no doubts. 2. According to snicko, Karthik didn't edge it, thus unfortunate have that decision. 3. Reina clearly edged Mathews's delivery, snicko proved it but umpire turned it down, next over umpire gave him out for a ball he didn't edge. 4. Yuvi was clearly not out.

    Although MSD yesterday said that Indians are aggressive after that "no ball incident", only P. Kumar showed some of it, that too not with his bowling!!!!! Truly, It was a humiliating defeat and that's why MSD boycotted press!

  • AkilaMike on August 22, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    Hey..I guess Nuwan Kulasekara needs to be banned for at least one match. He denied Sewag a century today and according to Indian fans..thats a very bad deed for the spirit of cricket.

    Akila.

  • ksm1996 on August 22, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Let dinesh chandimal to come up in SL team.. natural talent and performence should be the reason to be a member of sri lankan team not the age factor.. takes examples from pakistan team.. umar akmal and mohomad aamer. they are still below 20 s but they are the leading batsmen and bowler in their side..

  • SLfan on August 22, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @ Thuvarakan Karunananthan & Sumit Dhar - Now the time is 7.36 p.m (SL time) & the match (on which you two predicted lot of things) was over ! I don't need to tell you the result since you may already know, eh ?..... So, Mr. Sumit Dhar, what happened to the so called 'boomrang' ? Did you get the BONUS POINT ?? Now whose match has the threat of being washed out ?....We (Sri Lankans) never expect the next match to be washed out, because we don't afraid to see your team in the final...Cheers !

  • gandabhai on August 22, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    India refused the UDRS because the final decision is made by the 3rd umpire who would have been Sri lankan .Last time India lost out to 90% of the decisions made by the 3rd umpire . Even though Mendis did surprise & bowl brilliantly , He may not have broken the World record for most wickets taken for the number of tests played in that series had the 3rd umpire been neutral .

  • Jaggadaaku on August 22, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    After performing this bad, Indian players got the gut to laugh. That's really sad to watch. I remember, when West Indies team lost the final match against India in 1983 world cup match, some of the West Indian players cried on the ground. But this is Indian team who have nothing in their heart. They would still get more commercial advertisements and start selling the garbage products very next day. If they think this is only a game, then no one should buy expensive ticket and spend expensive time to watch their stupid game. They representing India, so the every game should be their life or one of the part of their body. They are playing with the millions of fans' emotion all over the world by just throwing their bat and surrender. They should at-least try to play full 50 overs. They have very quality batting line up. Then why they are not playing like professionals, and plays like high school students play or the foot ball players play cricket? This is a big question mark from me?

  • hamza101 on August 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    go Sri lanka go its time to take revenge of the last game game, by fully thrashing the India, loving to see how sri-lanka is keeping the game one sided....

  • Jaggadaaku on August 22, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    No matter India win or loss the team stays same, and the new comers like Tiwari and others only sit on the bench outside. That is very interesting captain-ship by Dhoni.... And I thought there is a neutral umpiring in the cricket, but now I know why Sri Lanka used one Sri Lankan and another Indian hater umpire in this must win game, so they can win easily and get qualified for the final. Last time when India lost 2 matches against Zimbabwe in the same series, they said they did not have balanced team. Now what would they say after making two lowest score of the ODIs in the same series in this calendar year of 2010? Karthik, Rohit, and Jadeja only good for the tests, especially when India needed to drag the match into draw. Yuvraj lost the place in the recent test series against Sri Lanka, so he is still thinking this is a test series and plays like test matches.Gambhir proved last year that he is the best cricketer in Indian team, but got failed in first test, and now he disappeared.

  • BapiDas on August 22, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Yet again the much touted Indian batting failed, albeit thanks to a couple of doubtful decisions. Yet again MS Dhoni decided to bat lower down the order until it was a bit too late and too much for the lesser experienced younger batters to handle! Why?

  • bigbang07 on August 22, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Hey Thuvarakan Karunananthan, looks like you're gonna have to eat your words today mate!

  • on August 22, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    shewag is clearly out didnt u get it in that hawk eye

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I think at least 2 decisions (may be 4) went against IND. But who opposed the reviewing technology. It is Doni & INDIA.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    It is now 99/9. It looks like the IND Vs NZ match. IND collapsed in both matches unimargenaaly.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Unfortunately India is giving away the match. I think India is doing purposely. Are they involved with BOOKIES?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    @BravoBravo you said SL loose. IND 71/5 now

  • on August 22, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    I'm hoping that Kapugedera or Silva dont make the final cut since these guys have been tried and failed. Kapu is a bit unlucky since he is actually an opener than a middle order batsmen. Samaraweera should be in the squad based purely on his ability to play well on difficult pitches since it matches his technique. However, in my opinion Chandimal is the answer to Sri Lanka's middle order woes and I have seen this kid play school and domestic cricket and he is an absolute gem. I would rather like him to play at number three since thats his position at club level but I'm sure he has the ability to change his role at a no.5 or no.6 role. I would rather see Thissera Perera play at number seven and have him be used in the same way Albie Morkel is used for South Africa where he does not bowl many bowls but is purely in the team is score quick runs at the end.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    @ Thuvarakan Karunananthan, See what is happenning now. IND 61/4

  • on August 22, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    hey what's about jeevantha kulatunga ... he is the most suit player for srilanka now.. bec .. still we don't have an extra opener....if tharanga or dilly fails .. who will be appointed .. only player is kulatunga

  • auggie on August 22, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Middle order, top order, tail....All this doesnt really matter when Sri Lanka plays the current Indian side. The difference between the two teams is just two words: Virender Sehwag! When Sanath Jayasuriya was around he balanced Sehwag and the teams were on par. Not any more. Dilshan is still there but he cant quite dominate as Sehwag can. Without Sehwag in the Indian team both teams are equal contenders. Sehwag plays like Vivian Richards, especially against Sri Lanka. Its just Richards hauteur and swagger that's missing.

  • cricket_fan_1 on August 22, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    @BravoBravo, Are you Suggesting that the match on 22nd between India and SriLanka is Fixed? You need to be careful before making disparaging comments about the teams.

  • sumithky on August 22, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Some painful thoughts from few Indian supporters...knowing that the sub continent giants had to knee down at cricketing excellence of guys from the small miracle of Asia in recent past..even today..the result is same..BEST OF LUCK...LIONS...

  • on August 22, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    Hey guys, do you remember that Randiv's no ball..?? It was shame for sri lankan cricket... and now i think if todays match also washed out .. it means that no ball was bowled in 35th over of the match.. BOUNS POINT for INDIA.. and may be exit point for coward Srilankan Players... hahahaha.. its a boomrang ...

  • arjunaanuradha on August 22, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    How about Janaka Gunaratne (LJP Gunaratne) for the No 6 or No 7 position. He is a very offb reak bowler and very good low order hard hittng batsmen.

  • on August 22, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    @ Thuvarakan Karunananthan pls do meet me after tha match ..Indian will losses today to sri lanka by large marine .......

  • on August 22, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    What would be happen if the rain hits today???

  • ssenthil on August 22, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Hey all, what abt T Kandamby? He is not good enough? Pity on this poor chap

  • Piumantha on August 22, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Sanga 4.Mahela 5.Chandimal 6.Jeevan 7.Mathews How is this line up??

  • on August 22, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    angelo mathews should b in the one down spot...since those r the tyms where the powerplay is brought by the fielding side..mahela should go 4 dwon...

    chandimal shud play instead of kapugedara

  • tanstell87 on August 22, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    Chandimal looks exciting..but Chamara Silva should play...Samaraweera has the talent but is very defensive in his approach..Kapugedera has not proved his worth...as an Indian fan i remember watching him on tv as a aggressive young bat hitting sixes of Australian bowlers in slog overs in tri series in Australia in 2006.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Sanga, Dilshan & Randive sould be axed from the World cup after this No-Ball incedent. Cahndmal can do the WK and batting at No3. Mahela or Angelo can be captain.

  • Roshanga on August 22, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    At least they have identified the importance of including jeevan and chandimal. They will probably do something better than what kapugedara and thilan samaraweera doing at the moment. like to see chandimal and jeewan in australian tour.

  • randikaayya on August 22, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    Kapugedara should be given an opportunity to have a good run-in in the test format. Ideally against West Indies in the next tour. He has performed well in the test format and is not playing up to par in his role in the ODI setup as a Bevan or a Hussey. But at 23 years of age we cannot afford to let this talented batsman go to waste just like that. But in ODI Chandimal should take his place on current form.

  • on August 22, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    booo.................. India vs SL

  • on August 22, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka........SL never loose when they r in a Critical moment....Bt India will Loose easily....SL will Hold the Cup.

  • SLfan on August 22, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    @ Thuvarakan Karunananthan - That is your wish & you have that right to imagine the victory of your country. As a Sri Lankan my wish is the absolute opposite of your wish, but I don't think that this is the place to mention the wishes of each & everyone. LOL...Grow up man, this article is for point out that how to fulfil a middle order slot of Sri Lankan team, not to raise such childish arguments regarding who is going to win or loose etc...Hope you got the point. Cheers !

  • Zookinii on August 22, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    I think it would be a timely decision to write of Kapugedera and Kandamby. In fact it frightens so many to see their names in the playing XI. It's like seeing Jadeja and Rohit Sharma in the Indian line up. Instant reaction is "Oh God no!" Samaraweera has proven his value in the test side and in the odi side on most occasions. However, it may be worth while to test him up the order so we can see what he does with a few extra balls. I have a feeling he's a century machine. Chandimal, Chamara Silva, and Thissera Pererra have impressed, but its difficult to say whom to choose as we haven't seen enough of them recently. It may be a good idea for SL to test a few of these younger players in the side like for the Zimbabwe tour just so they can evaluate strengths and weaknesses just like India has been doing. Give Jayawardene and Dilshan some rest and try these players they're unsure about. It's easy to impress once, but to repeat the performance is another thing, so thorough testing is needed

  • bigbang07 on August 22, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Is Sanga making a statement here? "Going forward for the World Cup, two guys we need to make it to the side is Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal, I think if we have those two guys, our batting line-up is solid." - sounds like he wants Aravinda to include both of them into the squad.

    Sri Lanka's middle order problem is the lack of versatility-Kapugedera is getting a lot of backing despite poor form (maybe put him as an opener for a game to get him amongst the runs-worked for Sanath, Mahela and Dilshan!)

    Still, Kapu isnt worth it. Samaraweera looks solid, Silva is ok but Thisara Perera/Chandimal may be the real deal since they look like they can handle the big hits. Something Sri Lanka hasnt had has been good lower order 'big hitters' . Hope the admin does waste that chance.

  • DwightR on August 21, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    another sl/ind match that noone cares about even with the randiv no ball n the "must win" situation for SL. but as for SL middle order for the WC- Samareweera, Chandimal and Thissara Perrera should be the front runners. Sam n Chandimal are elite batsmen plus Chandimal can relieve Sanga of wicketkeepin duties and Perrera is a good all rounder with a big bat. Kapugedera is talented but in plenty of chances has shown no signs of progress or temperment for this level while Silva is just not impressive or consistent,Jeevan Mendis is not neccessary with Ajantha, Randiv n Murali as spin options.

  • BravoBravo on August 21, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    The cricket matches in any format between India and SriLanka are becoming really painful. It is very obvious that recent Sehwag_Ranadive controversy is fabricated to get some attention from viewers for the worthless series. India vs SL cricket matches should be banned by ICC as they serve only record-hungry, and self serving individuals. SL will most likely will lose the match as the terms are already dictated by BCCI.

  • achi82000 on August 21, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Better to replace Kapugedara with Chandimal..HE has been give enough chances..

  • achi82000 on August 21, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Better to replace Kapugedara with Chandimal..HE has been give enough chances..

  • on August 21, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Chandimal should play in the side.. he is more than capable of getting the role of dilshan, mahela or even sanga's... and he's a good keeper than sanga too..

  • on August 21, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Do whatever u can. But i am sure that u will definitely loose this much.

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  • on August 21, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Do whatever u can. But i am sure that u will definitely loose this much.

  • on August 21, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    Chandimal should play in the side.. he is more than capable of getting the role of dilshan, mahela or even sanga's... and he's a good keeper than sanga too..

  • achi82000 on August 21, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    Better to replace Kapugedara with Chandimal..HE has been give enough chances..

  • achi82000 on August 21, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Better to replace Kapugedara with Chandimal..HE has been give enough chances..

  • BravoBravo on August 21, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    The cricket matches in any format between India and SriLanka are becoming really painful. It is very obvious that recent Sehwag_Ranadive controversy is fabricated to get some attention from viewers for the worthless series. India vs SL cricket matches should be banned by ICC as they serve only record-hungry, and self serving individuals. SL will most likely will lose the match as the terms are already dictated by BCCI.

  • DwightR on August 21, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    another sl/ind match that noone cares about even with the randiv no ball n the "must win" situation for SL. but as for SL middle order for the WC- Samareweera, Chandimal and Thissara Perrera should be the front runners. Sam n Chandimal are elite batsmen plus Chandimal can relieve Sanga of wicketkeepin duties and Perrera is a good all rounder with a big bat. Kapugedera is talented but in plenty of chances has shown no signs of progress or temperment for this level while Silva is just not impressive or consistent,Jeevan Mendis is not neccessary with Ajantha, Randiv n Murali as spin options.

  • bigbang07 on August 22, 2010, 0:07 GMT

    Is Sanga making a statement here? "Going forward for the World Cup, two guys we need to make it to the side is Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal, I think if we have those two guys, our batting line-up is solid." - sounds like he wants Aravinda to include both of them into the squad.

    Sri Lanka's middle order problem is the lack of versatility-Kapugedera is getting a lot of backing despite poor form (maybe put him as an opener for a game to get him amongst the runs-worked for Sanath, Mahela and Dilshan!)

    Still, Kapu isnt worth it. Samaraweera looks solid, Silva is ok but Thisara Perera/Chandimal may be the real deal since they look like they can handle the big hits. Something Sri Lanka hasnt had has been good lower order 'big hitters' . Hope the admin does waste that chance.

  • Zookinii on August 22, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    I think it would be a timely decision to write of Kapugedera and Kandamby. In fact it frightens so many to see their names in the playing XI. It's like seeing Jadeja and Rohit Sharma in the Indian line up. Instant reaction is "Oh God no!" Samaraweera has proven his value in the test side and in the odi side on most occasions. However, it may be worth while to test him up the order so we can see what he does with a few extra balls. I have a feeling he's a century machine. Chandimal, Chamara Silva, and Thissera Pererra have impressed, but its difficult to say whom to choose as we haven't seen enough of them recently. It may be a good idea for SL to test a few of these younger players in the side like for the Zimbabwe tour just so they can evaluate strengths and weaknesses just like India has been doing. Give Jayawardene and Dilshan some rest and try these players they're unsure about. It's easy to impress once, but to repeat the performance is another thing, so thorough testing is needed

  • SLfan on August 22, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    @ Thuvarakan Karunananthan - That is your wish & you have that right to imagine the victory of your country. As a Sri Lankan my wish is the absolute opposite of your wish, but I don't think that this is the place to mention the wishes of each & everyone. LOL...Grow up man, this article is for point out that how to fulfil a middle order slot of Sri Lankan team, not to raise such childish arguments regarding who is going to win or loose etc...Hope you got the point. Cheers !

  • on August 22, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    Sri Lanka Sri Lanka........SL never loose when they r in a Critical moment....Bt India will Loose easily....SL will Hold the Cup.