Sri Lanka v India, tri-series, 5th ODI, Dambulla August 22, 2010

Thisara Perera spices up selection race

The allrounder, playing his first game of the tournament, made sure his name remains in the selection mix with a disciplined bowling effort that earned him a maiden five-wicket haul
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When usually talking about a match-winning Sri Lankan bowling performance, it's all about the unconventional. Unorthodox actions, mystery bowling, doosras. On Sunday, though, it was old-fashioned line-and-length bowling with hardly any frills that undid India. The sturdily-built allrounder Thisara Perera, playing his first game of the tournament, made sure his name remains in the selection mix with a disciplined bowling effort that earned him a maiden five-wicket haul.

Previously, the only impact on the international circuit made by Perera, a 21-year-old who had seven wickets at 44.85 coming into the game, was through a couple of hard-hitting cameos which gave him an eye-popping strike-rate of 136.26.

He was under plenty of pressure coming into the match, given the strong competition for places in the Sri Lankan team. Angelo Mathews has already sealed one fast-bowling allrounder's spot, and with Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekera also being automatic picks, Perera is restricted to being the fourth quick bowler in the team. For that he has to beat the likes of Dilhara Fernando, Thilan Thushara and Farveez Maharoof, Sri Lanka's allrounder of choice till a couple of years ago. Then there are upcoming allrounders like Jeevan Mendis to deal with, and vying for the No. 7 slot are yet another bunch of contenders.

If that was weighing on Perera's shoulders, he would have been buoyed by the slightly fortuitous wicket of Suresh Raina as early as his second delivery. There wasn't any prodigious movement for him but he worked up a decent pace, up to the mid-130s, for the bulk of his spell.

There was more encouragement in his second over, tricking Indian captain MS Dhoni into nicking a couple of deliveries past the keeper to third man. After the top-order flopped, Dhoni was the batsman Indian fans put their faith in to right the nosediving innings. It wasn't to be as Perera had him caught behind for 10 in his third over, when Dhoni waltzed down the track and tried to work the ball from well outside off to the leg side.

Sri Lanka and Perera were cock-a-hoop with India at 71 for 5, but things were to get even better for both very soon. Ravindra Jadeja and Praveen Kumar went for ducks off consecutive deliveries, and Perera found himself on a hat-trick, which Ashish Nehra managed to avert, much to the boisterous Sunday crowd's disappointment.

They were cheering again when Perera rounded off his dream day with a lovely delivery to clean up Ishant Sharma and complete a five-for. Kumar Sangakkara was thrilled the experiment to pick Perera paid off. "It was not just the conditions, we knew there was a bit of rain about, we also wanted to lengthen our batting a bit," Sangakkara said after the match. "He is also a quality seamer, very successful against India in all his outings, so we thought it would be the right move, and it really worked for us."

Perera is yet another product of Sri Lanka's famed school system, winning a string of prestigious awards for St Joseph's College in their annual Big Matches against traditional rivals St Peter's College and, as a result, earning places on Sri Lanka's squad to the Under-19 World Cups in 2006 and 2008. Next stop was the Colts Cricket Club, where an unbeaten 113 with eight sixes followed by a five-wicket haul in a Premier Championship match against Moors Sports Club last December expedited his entry to the national team.

Today's performance marks the highlight of a success-filled career so far, but as Sangakkara stressed at the post-match conference, consistency is what needs to be achieved. Pitches like the ones in Dambulla may allow for a seam-heavy attack but on more traditional subcontinental tracks, unless he continues to make a compelling case, Perera will be overlooked.

Maharoof's recent form should be a cautionary tale; he took a hat-trick on course to a five-wicket haul against India in the Asia Cup, but after just one more failure - an anonymous performance in the final of the tournament - he has been shunted out of the squad.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • ijk007 on August 26, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    SL is getting better and better, I agree that. But It's really poor that u didn't know much about happenings in SL team itself. Except Murali, Sanath and Vaas(retired only from Test cricket) had been thrown out of the team because of their bad performance and now you are comparing them with current players. And moreover before talking much about Indian players you must replay the IPL. You are saying that SL are playing better than India but can u please mention any one test series in abroad except Sub continental pitches where SL performed much better than India. No players or teams can be judged by one or two matches. If u want to do so means jus recollect the 1st series under Dravid against SL where SL is crushed by India 6-1.

  • ramz_01 on August 24, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    he he mr Manian.MBS i think u all indian guys try to hide da truth.dnt u thnk abt IND vs NZ match??? itz better to find out god 15 for da wrld cup rather den blaming da umpires.whr z ya bench players MR Manian.MBS??? all da tym u talkin abt tendulkars shewags zaheers.bt wt abt one or two of thores players get injerrd on wrld cu? den also u guys gona tell injry z a reasn or try to blame umpires or try to find out sum othr resn to balme to hide da indian players faults.look @ sri lankans nw.thy dnt blame anyone.evn thy wit out sana vassy nd murali thy try to devalop a strong team.all da best lankans.hope u wl archv one step head of rich nd powerfull indians in 20 11 wrd cup.

  • Mahaanama on August 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    @randikaayya: Freind, I think you have misunderstood my previous comment. Mathews is already a permanent member of ODI team. Either Thissara Perera or Jeevan Mendis should be the second allrounder.Look at my previous comment again. (7.Thisara Perera / Jeevan Mendis) .That means one of them. I didn't mean both.

    Maharoof is also a good allrounder.But he is not consistent since his beginning. Even Kapu is an excellent fielder comparing to Samaraweera we are not in a position to trust Kapu's batting.

    Other than that I also have the same idea as you.

    Dilshan,Mahela,Sanga,Mathews,Malinga should be definitely there. Mahela should open with Dilshan.

    Two batsmen out of Chandimal/Smaraweera/Chamara Silva/Tharanga

    Then the second allrounder (Thissara Perera/ Jeevan Mendis).

    Kulasekara is much better comparing to Dilhara/Welagedara/Thushara

    And two spinners out of Marali/Randiv/Mendis/Herath

    It will be a great combination

  • Percy_Fender on August 24, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    A good victory for Sri Lanka after they were forced to go in an appologetic mode after the No Ball episode. The humiliating portrayal by the media called for this kind of win. Indian supporters remind me of one of my friends when I was young who was in our cricket playing group. He was very rich and so, owned the set that we played with. Everything was firne till he was given out. If that happened, he would declare "Stumps" regardless of the light conditions or the time of the day. While India's angry retorts may seem unreasonable, one should be happy that they have managed to change the power equations in cricket with their brand of power. West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and the new South Africa should be thankful in one voice that they have India in some sort of support.Incidentally, when the URDS was used in the Tests last time, it went 8/1 in Sri Lanka's favour. Dharmasena was the 3rd umpire ! The acronym could well be Umpiring review by Dharmasena.

  • on August 24, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Remember Mahroof in Asia cup .The perfomance brings that back.Cricinfo has the same story Selsction dillemma and all that .Perera is a nervous player like Harbajan .If he gets a start he will kill and if not get killed

  • randikaayya on August 24, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    @Mahanama: You can't have 3 allrounder slots in a team my friend. Mathews, Perera and Jeevan Mendis can never be together in the full strength team. Maximum two slots can be allocated to allrounders since all of the young sri lankans are good in both facets. One must include maharoof also in the mix for allrounder slots. But recently Randiv, Kulasekara, Malinga and even Ajantha Mendis have shown considerable prowess with the bat. We may not want too many bits and pieces cricketers in the team so at maximum two all rounders.

    Established batsmen are only Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga. for two more slots Tharanga, Thilan, Chandimal, kapu and Chamara Silva should compete. Then come the two allrounder slots and 4 specialist bowlers. Malinga is an automatic pick so there shall be a healthy competition for the other three slots between bowlers.

    Fielding too is quite important and the value that Kapu and Chamara Silva add to SriLankan fielding will make the competition even more interesting.

  • Manian.MBS on August 24, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Great Work by KUMAR SQUARES ( Dharmasena & Sankakara). Keep it up. The cricketing fertanity appreciate your effort.

    K.....e.......e......P I.....T U...P .^! Lan....Kumars. ( networking Kumars)

  • Manian.MBS on August 24, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Dear All folk,

    Remember, Even the remains of grand Ma, who was burried long back can take wickets and win the match like what the Lankans did on sunday, if Kumar dharmasena raises his finger for every ball. Let the Lankans plays a decent game without umpires help( including UDRS umpires - after all the UDRS also operated by Lankan umpires), then you can talk about the talent with in you. There was some regard for Mahela & Sankakara as batsmen of world class, but after they way Sanka reactes, he deserve to be below the boot.

  • the_blue_android on August 24, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Headlines should have been: BOWLERS WIN THE GAME FOR SRI LANKA - PAST AND PRESENT. Everybody knows what I mean. 4 "incorrect" decisions in 1 game, that too against the same(opposing)team?

  • Danksl on August 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have Kapugedara and also should give chnaces to Mahela Udawatte, Chamara looks in good touch, Thisara Perera is always has been a promissing player. We should not forget Thushara Mirando, Dinesh Chandimal i think all thiese guys deserves a chance in WC 2011

  • ijk007 on August 26, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    SL is getting better and better, I agree that. But It's really poor that u didn't know much about happenings in SL team itself. Except Murali, Sanath and Vaas(retired only from Test cricket) had been thrown out of the team because of their bad performance and now you are comparing them with current players. And moreover before talking much about Indian players you must replay the IPL. You are saying that SL are playing better than India but can u please mention any one test series in abroad except Sub continental pitches where SL performed much better than India. No players or teams can be judged by one or two matches. If u want to do so means jus recollect the 1st series under Dravid against SL where SL is crushed by India 6-1.

  • ramz_01 on August 24, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    he he mr Manian.MBS i think u all indian guys try to hide da truth.dnt u thnk abt IND vs NZ match??? itz better to find out god 15 for da wrld cup rather den blaming da umpires.whr z ya bench players MR Manian.MBS??? all da tym u talkin abt tendulkars shewags zaheers.bt wt abt one or two of thores players get injerrd on wrld cu? den also u guys gona tell injry z a reasn or try to blame umpires or try to find out sum othr resn to balme to hide da indian players faults.look @ sri lankans nw.thy dnt blame anyone.evn thy wit out sana vassy nd murali thy try to devalop a strong team.all da best lankans.hope u wl archv one step head of rich nd powerfull indians in 20 11 wrd cup.

  • Mahaanama on August 24, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    @randikaayya: Freind, I think you have misunderstood my previous comment. Mathews is already a permanent member of ODI team. Either Thissara Perera or Jeevan Mendis should be the second allrounder.Look at my previous comment again. (7.Thisara Perera / Jeevan Mendis) .That means one of them. I didn't mean both.

    Maharoof is also a good allrounder.But he is not consistent since his beginning. Even Kapu is an excellent fielder comparing to Samaraweera we are not in a position to trust Kapu's batting.

    Other than that I also have the same idea as you.

    Dilshan,Mahela,Sanga,Mathews,Malinga should be definitely there. Mahela should open with Dilshan.

    Two batsmen out of Chandimal/Smaraweera/Chamara Silva/Tharanga

    Then the second allrounder (Thissara Perera/ Jeevan Mendis).

    Kulasekara is much better comparing to Dilhara/Welagedara/Thushara

    And two spinners out of Marali/Randiv/Mendis/Herath

    It will be a great combination

  • Percy_Fender on August 24, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    A good victory for Sri Lanka after they were forced to go in an appologetic mode after the No Ball episode. The humiliating portrayal by the media called for this kind of win. Indian supporters remind me of one of my friends when I was young who was in our cricket playing group. He was very rich and so, owned the set that we played with. Everything was firne till he was given out. If that happened, he would declare "Stumps" regardless of the light conditions or the time of the day. While India's angry retorts may seem unreasonable, one should be happy that they have managed to change the power equations in cricket with their brand of power. West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and the new South Africa should be thankful in one voice that they have India in some sort of support.Incidentally, when the URDS was used in the Tests last time, it went 8/1 in Sri Lanka's favour. Dharmasena was the 3rd umpire ! The acronym could well be Umpiring review by Dharmasena.

  • on August 24, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Remember Mahroof in Asia cup .The perfomance brings that back.Cricinfo has the same story Selsction dillemma and all that .Perera is a nervous player like Harbajan .If he gets a start he will kill and if not get killed

  • randikaayya on August 24, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    @Mahanama: You can't have 3 allrounder slots in a team my friend. Mathews, Perera and Jeevan Mendis can never be together in the full strength team. Maximum two slots can be allocated to allrounders since all of the young sri lankans are good in both facets. One must include maharoof also in the mix for allrounder slots. But recently Randiv, Kulasekara, Malinga and even Ajantha Mendis have shown considerable prowess with the bat. We may not want too many bits and pieces cricketers in the team so at maximum two all rounders.

    Established batsmen are only Dilshan, Mahela and Sanga. for two more slots Tharanga, Thilan, Chandimal, kapu and Chamara Silva should compete. Then come the two allrounder slots and 4 specialist bowlers. Malinga is an automatic pick so there shall be a healthy competition for the other three slots between bowlers.

    Fielding too is quite important and the value that Kapu and Chamara Silva add to SriLankan fielding will make the competition even more interesting.

  • Manian.MBS on August 24, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Great Work by KUMAR SQUARES ( Dharmasena & Sankakara). Keep it up. The cricketing fertanity appreciate your effort.

    K.....e.......e......P I.....T U...P .^! Lan....Kumars. ( networking Kumars)

  • Manian.MBS on August 24, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Dear All folk,

    Remember, Even the remains of grand Ma, who was burried long back can take wickets and win the match like what the Lankans did on sunday, if Kumar dharmasena raises his finger for every ball. Let the Lankans plays a decent game without umpires help( including UDRS umpires - after all the UDRS also operated by Lankan umpires), then you can talk about the talent with in you. There was some regard for Mahela & Sankakara as batsmen of world class, but after they way Sanka reactes, he deserve to be below the boot.

  • the_blue_android on August 24, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Headlines should have been: BOWLERS WIN THE GAME FOR SRI LANKA - PAST AND PRESENT. Everybody knows what I mean. 4 "incorrect" decisions in 1 game, that too against the same(opposing)team?

  • Danksl on August 23, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have Kapugedara and also should give chnaces to Mahela Udawatte, Chamara looks in good touch, Thisara Perera is always has been a promissing player. We should not forget Thushara Mirando, Dinesh Chandimal i think all thiese guys deserves a chance in WC 2011

  • manasvi_lingam on August 23, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Haven't seen a more poor batting display by the Indians in recent times. Twice they have been out for totals around 100! The selectors are a bunch of jokers and resting Sachin for every goddamn series is not going to work. Bring Sachin and Laxman/Dravid back and kick out the likes of Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik and Yuvraj Singh

  • shameerpvt on August 23, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    I always remained that, Samaraweera is not the fully professional batsman that SL must depend on. He will maintain strike, but with less aggression & increases the pressure to score runs to his partner. He came to the SL squad as a leading spin bowler & how come he became a high quality batsman inside the SL squad, when enough batsmen have proved their skills. It is understandable if Samaraweera is used as a batman who can bowl, but I have not seen a single ball bowed by him in recent past. To be the specialist batsman, Samaraweera does not have that aggression, power, skills & talent; that is no match with other specialist batsmen inside the SL squad.

  • on August 23, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    He looks a promising find and could do well in the future for Sri Lanka

  • lords_cricket on August 23, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    very wel played Kumara Dharmasena and Kumar sangakkaraa, big jokers of world cricket, wel done srilanka

  • ramz_01 on August 23, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    nd wt abt da rohith sharma showing bat to umpair on 1 SL IND match????? whr z match refree 4 dat??? 4 players in india aus nd eng hav a one roule 2 othrs difrnt.y india scared to use UDRS??? truth is india scared to face da truth.f UDRS iz thr 4 test am sure SL won da match.look @ mahela s LBW desition in da final test??? f dat was nt given or UDRS thr story will be difrnt.itz realy shame da way ICC behaive on UDRS.

  • ramz_01 on August 23, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    MR wizardofla itz better off to india to find out bench strnght rather thn blaming umpairs nd othr things.k wl say dis match gone to SL bcz of umpairs den wt abt NZ match??? rememmber india 88 all out on dat match.wt u gna tell abt dat? if zaki tendulkars nd shewags retirs frm cricket u guys gna give up cricket??? no bench strngth @ all 4 india dey depnd on tendulkars shewags zaki s nd bajji.shame u ppl.evryone say wit out murali vaasy nd sana SL nt gna win bt look @ nw well done guys proud of u....

  • Mahaanama on August 23, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Some players are given two many opportunities but they haven't done up to expectations. Ex:- Kapugedara is given many opportunities but he's not & never a consistent batsman. Dilhara is also not consistant. Kandamby can't win matches for SL & he can only reduce defeat margin. Tharanga is not bad but he can't accelerate run rate whenever needed to do so. He can get some runs but always gives his wicket if he tries to accelerate. Above players are still good but we need a balanced side for the up coming world cup. Mahela is the best option for the opening position.

    Sri Lankan 2011 WC team should be

    1.Mahela Jayawardena, 2.TM Dilshan, 3.Kumar Sangakkara,4. Dinesh Chandimal, 5.Thilan Samaraweera / Chamara Silva, 6.Angelo Mathews, 7.Thisara Perera / Jeevan Mendis, 8 & 9 (two of them) Muralidaran/Suraj Randiv/Ajantha Mendis/Rangana Herath , 10. Nuwan Kulasekara, 11.Lasith Malinga,

    Good Luck SL!!!

  • Mahiru on August 23, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Oh thank God india made 103..Thank God Srilankan bowlers let them make 100..if they got all out for 99,, SL bowlers would have been forced to apologize for not letting them score a century!! What a great comeback by the Lions

  • sweetspot on August 23, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    An ordinary bowler being made to look like a great bowler is one of Indian batting's old old strengths! Any bowler that starts with his star performance against India is doomed! There are legions of these! Also, Dharmasena may not be umpiring every time this chap bowls!

  • SMadampege on August 23, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Now anybody can see how Indian batsmen are batting. After winning the toss and batting, they bundled out for 103 and Sri Lanka easily chased that. Everything went for Sri Lanka's way. Even Randiv didn't need for bowling. Although some umpiring decisions were against them, they can't give excuses for those. They think that they are the best batting team. But except Tendulkar, all of others batting technique is absolutely poor. See all of Sri Lankan batsmen's batting technique. What was happened to century Sehwag?? That's the way Indians have to place. I am sure New Zealand should win Wednesday game and play with Sri Lanka in the final. Indians, Go home and train for batting. I never support India even they play against Aussies.

  • OptimusPrimal on August 23, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    Although it was Sri Lanka's day but I believe umpires had a big hand in it, even more so than the players. The first two outs were wrongfully given, which set the tone for the entire day. After that Raina's caught behind and Uvraj's lbw were both abysmal decisions. Asad Rauf is usually a pretty accurate guy but Dharmasina has always been either too finger-happy or reserved. Unfortunately for India it was the former today.

  • Ellis on August 23, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    SL cricket fans are confirmed believers that one swallow makes a summer. Thisara Perera is promising and deserves credit for his five wicket performance. But, let's not go over the top. Consistency is paramount and we have yet to see that. I know that the commentator Roshan Abeysinghe hypes Perera up. But, is Abeysinghe Perera's agent? If so, where is the objectivity of commentary? I find the SL commentators very disappointing. With the possible exception of Arnold, they are the " bowler bowls, batsman bats, fielder fields" type. They should listen to Warne, Chappell, Holding, Grieg et al.

    Are the Indians regretting their rejection of UDRS? No system is ever going to be perfect. Asking that it must be so is absurd. Even the space shuttle which embodies technology of the most advanced sort, has problems. They will regret their inexperience with UDRS when the World Cup is played.

  • doublesshalinda on August 23, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    __Sri Lankan team for 2011 WC__ (according to batting order)

    Mahela Jayawardena, TM Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Thilan Samaraweera / Chamara Kapugedara, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera / Jeevan Mendis, Suraj Randiv Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Muralidaran

  • JustIPL on August 23, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    It is the time right to dump IPL garbage from the Indian team and open door for Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman. Raina is the only guy is retain for now uless better talent is sought. SL are no more in a mood to succumb and came back hard despite being beaten in the media after no ball six by Sehwag to remain on 99. SL have replied with the bat and ball instead of media and that's what cricket lovers like. During the last outing against SL, Indian team performance was pathetic but it was over-shadowed by Randiv controversy and the disease spread widely by the time 103 was achieved.

  • arl127 on August 23, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    It is really a shame on Indians, this tells clearly that after Sachin, Dravid retires we would be pushed down below Zim.....

  • sadSajith on August 23, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka.I hope kiwis will reach the final so we can watch a tight game.

  • KaZsa on August 23, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    Why isn't Cricinfo not publishing comments about Raina's "Spirit of Cricket" by fans?The comments to blame a SL umpire is everywhere.But why nobody is talking about Raina? I know about the ICC's and India's love story.But I expected a great site like Cricinfo to be unbiased.

  • first_slip on August 23, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Absolute Walloping, Thisara Perera only a one example of what is to come, their rare so many Talented youngsters in Pipeline for srilanka, and they r fine tuning their game, watch out guys, Kaushal Silava(Wk Batsmen), Dimuth Krunaratne (Left handed opener), Dinesh Chandimal (WK Batsmen), Suranga Lakmal (F Bowler), Jeewan Mendis (Batting All rounder),Nuwan Pradeep (Quick Bowler), Chaminda Widanapathirana (fast Bowler) to name a few, so watch out for them...

  • cricketforever. on August 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    I like to say Sri lanka play much better cricket than India today. At the same time umpire decision was bad and crucial to India. One thing we should know Virender Sehwag,yuvi and Dinesh Karthik decisions was wrong,but I will not agree with Raina, because he should be out early but umpire didnt give, aslo its show how his character is. if its a good batsman like Sachin Tendulkar, they will walk away from the ground.All in all Sri Lanka play good cricket today,as indian fans, its hard to take it,but you have to because, earlier of the tournament umpire did give some poor umpire decisions to Sri Lanka too,and its part of cricket.Thank you

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Tissara PErera has earned his place now in the ODI team. We need more youngsters in if we are to win the WC. Dinesh Chandimal will be a better choice as a batter. He made 244 against South Africa A few days back. Also Dimuth Karunaratne who made 184 in the same match should go into the test squad immediately. We need young people to replace Sanga and Mahela when they retire. Dinesh and Dimuth looks ideal for these slots, so go for rotational policy and let these two youngsters also some experience.

  • on August 23, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Well thisara is a one like Dinesh chandimal who is overlooked for no reason. These two guys have performed to the best in the chances given to them while people like Dilhara , kapugedara were getting balloon chances so much.

    If we say you need consistency they are the classic examples. Both are hard hitting & for 2011 world cup we have to select a ream who can improvise to the best. My gut feeling is we have to take also Jeewan Menids in also & make the best .

    It is lovely to see how good Sri lanka is performing as a team in a winning hungry , crashed situation.

    Good luck Sanga & guys. We know always Sri lankans do best when challenges comes.!

  • crazytaurean on August 23, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    If this is India's preparation for the World Cup, I am expecting nothing out of this unit. Alas this is the best we have....I feel no one else deserves to be in the side who is sitting out (Tendulkar is an exception). Thank God though that the WC will be played in India (atleast we will win some matches on our placid wickets)

    Would like to see Mr Useless Jadeja to be dropped for a few games. Besides, its time Dhoni stop hiding behind Raina, Rohit and Yuvraj in the lineup. He should bat ahead at #4. Feel bad for the earnest Karthik though. Indian batting looks a little less exciting these days. Time to blood Saurabh Tiwary or bring back Yusuf Pathan and Mr Uthappa.

  • on August 23, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    For all the Indian Fans..... Yes it's true that there were two Umpire bad decisions. Because Rina was given not out in the previous over when he was. However, there are two questions still the Indians should answer. 1. Does Indian team depend on Karthik and Yuvraj? What about the other 8 batsmen in the team? 2. When Sri Lanka was chasing, why Indians couldn't control the run rate? With the run rate Sri Lanka maintained they could easily chase even 300.

  • hammadpakistan on August 23, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    hammadpakistan blame on umpires is not true, the Indian batting failed to click in this match. cricket is a game of uncertainties, anything can happen. feel sorry for India, nearly knocked out if the competition

  • back2vg on August 23, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    kumara dharmasena would have got man of the match award...got 3wic. without bowling a ball....getting 4/6 batsmen out....whatz more can u expect from the tail. whoever is settling has been given out. lucky day for srilanks...nyway finals is not far away....

  • on August 23, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    This performance of indian team is a combination of POOR Umpiring & Poor Indian Team Performance (Poor indian perfomrnce as they din't appeal as much as they should have been doing considering Umpires r having an off day).

    1) When technology is not being used, Sehwag shouldn't have been given out. Benefit of doubt should have been with Sehwag.

    2) I won't call Raina decision a bad one as he got benefit of doubt in previous over too. So alright for him.

    3) Four out of 5 top order batsmen got wrong decisions, it's enough to Jolt any team in the world.

    4) Credit for this indian performance goes to BCCI as well as they don't technology in their matches.

  • randikaayya on August 23, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    Excessive appealing has crept into our game (SL) and it should not be allowed to grow into a habit. I know everyone does it these days, but still there's no way you can glorify the gory and appalling. Well played yesterday, especially Thissara Perera. Sri Lanka have already got over the loss of Murali and Vaas and are striding forward with youngsters aged between 20-24. Greats signs for the future of ODI.

    We can see what a difference it makes to the side when Sanga dons gloves like yesterday, why don't you give it another go in the longer version of the game as well.

  • wizardofla on August 23, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Mark my words. India will win the finals. Also, Once Sachin, Gambir and Zak returns, this team will be completely different. And, If Dharmasena is not umpiring, it will be altogether adifferent ball game. I hope ICC bring the rule that home teams cant umpire for ODI's as well. @Ash Enoon: Dont know which country you are from, But SL needed 13 players to win a sub-par indian team.

  • on August 23, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    I have seen Indian fans slamming Pakistan batting when they are playing in tough conditions like England where home team cant even score and saying that Indian batting is best and this and that but wat i say in this series and very much in every series b4 (No offence) where ever India is playing on a pitch where ball is doing just a bit Indian batsman just give up i feel like Indian need to work really hard on thr batting specially where they have to bat not on flat pitches every time Sehwag cant win the game for them i have seen in last decade when Sachin score every1 does and if he dont no 1 score and now history is repeating this time with Sehwag.

  • Balumekka on August 23, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    @gandabhai: Come on... now umpiring decisions. Yesterday, surely there were couple pf doubtful decisions. But they are part of the game. Three decisions may went Sri Lanka's way (Karthik, Raina and Yuvi). One went India's way (Raina's edge Mathews). @AhmadSaleem ;Please be genuine enough to admire good performances irrespective of the team. Surely Perera in not a "Great" bowler. But he and Angelo are very handy allrounders, one is a batting allrounder, other is a bowling allrounder. The important thing is they both bowl at 125k/h thus could be argued as medium fast bowlers.

    I think Praveen Kumar is a much better bowler compared to Sharma or Nehra. Why India not using him in tests???

  • Ravs1504 on August 23, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    dharamsena won it for srilnaka!!!!

  • VishalCricket on August 23, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    India has 2 problems which have existed forever. They cannot do the following with any consistency: 1. Our batsmen cannot play decent pace bowling 2. Our bowlers are not good enough to hold their own on a pitch with life in it ...and you just need to do one of these wrong to lose a match on any given day

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    @ gandabhai ,@ AhmadSaleem Yes Umpiring decisions went their way. But still Perera was the better bowler today. Except Raina's dismissal other dismissals (for perera) are genuine. Give the credit where its due @Jonathan Amler This is not test match and india is not ranked #1. So please don't get upset and save your frustration for the test matches. @ KURUWITA Yes sangakkara definitely came up with some plans and didn't give away easy runs. Now if he can use his mouth sensibly he will be a much respected player by opposition teams and fans. Also felt like jayawardene was appealing excessively.

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    I can see some pathetic indian fans blaming the umpires now in the other column. Initially it was the practice wickets, Then Spongy bounce, Randhive No ball, Lights in dambulla, Umpiring decisions, The toss.. These bunch of idiotic supporters are running out of excuses now.. Having said that what a great display of CRUSHING performance by the lankans .. They have been put under a lot of pressure by the indian media with all the FAKE articles and they bounced back and absolutely NAILED it today.. Nice to see people like "sachin_vvsfan" in india who are really concern about their cricket trying to identify their own mistakes rather than complaining and not accepting the defeats..

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    @ gandabhai: Just saw the highlights, what exactly are you guys complaining about? Only one decision could conceivably effect this game, that was Karthik, Raina should have been out the previous over, so all squared in the end and Yuvraj was out after the game was very much over and done with.

  • on August 22, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Take Dharmasena out as umpire.. that guy robbed Pakistan too when we were in Sri Lanka. The other one isn't good either, Ashoka De Silva.. hes been poor since he started... Let me be the first to say in defense of Rauf, he made two bad decisions, one was to give Raina not out, the other was to give Yuvraj out after the game was well and over.

  • SLJohn on August 22, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    sachin- your Indian players have so many talent but these IPL and other private sector spoiled them by giving too much money, now they want money other than wining India.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    I am really dissapointed the way INDIA lost this match. If Indian batsman batted sensibly, and try to negate pace bowler in the first 15 overs they would have made at least 200 and made it a competitive match. INDIA does not have plans and SANGA came up with individual plans for each Indian batsman. I think India definitety needs Rahul Dravid as No 3 for world cup. For SL I still think Samaraweera must bat at No 6 or 7. or he can be floated between No 3 to 7 based on the situation and to make sure one end is protected. Good luck to SL in the final. Sanga can become a one of the best captains in the world if he does not criticise opposioons.

  • ladycricfan on August 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilanka on reaching the finals. Srilankans played really well but the match was spoilt by so many bad umpiring decisions. Indians should start using UDRS soon. UDRS is currently being used so successfully in Pak v Eng series.

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Well you can see now why India shouldn't be ranked Number one. Now even mediocre medium-pacers are grabbing five-fors. Dhoni must surely now be a worried man... Well done though to Sri Lanka, they are a great team and with players like Kumar Sangakarra, Jayawerdena and Malinga. I don't see them losing in the final unless New Zealand reduce them to five for six... Actually that did happen... Last year against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka were in tatters when Mashrafe Mortaza was getting late swing and pace to leave them at five for six. However, Mubarak and Sangakarra built a solid partnership and Murali guided them home with some lusty hitting at the death....

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Came to the limelight of International cricket last year when Anjelo Mathews(his school- mate) was injured in the 3rd Odi and had to face the mighty Indians in the 4th Odi vs India in Kokata.. He came to the crease when SL was 4 down for 234 and soon as he arrived at the batting crease in his maiden match, he showed the cricket world wat he truly was made of scoring a quick fire 33 off just 14 deliveries with 4 fours and one towering six. A memorable cameo on debut the commentary team of Cricinfo praised.Good little cameo from Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thissara Chirantha Perera they praised him all over again and again,and from that moment onwards Thisara Perera hasnt looked back,not so long ago he had a brillant A-tour in Australia where picked up his first ever 5 wicket haul in the limited overs and just recently vs NZ in the warm-up match he scored a 60 odd when his team was in a wobble,it was just yesterday he made it back to Sl team and what a return! 5 wickets.All the best.

  • Punter23 on August 22, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    pathetic batting display by india would expect nothing else from them congrats sri lanks now the aussies will be crushing india in there own backyard.

  • gandabhai on August 22, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Well bowled today Perera , i wish you well for the future . BUT , One swallow does not make a summer.And next time you might not be fortunate enough to have the HEART of the oppositions batting RIPPED out through 3-4 wrong umpireing decisions .

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Indian pathetic youngsters have made him look like a great bowler. No offense to Sehwag he can`t carry the workload of whole batting every time in the field.

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Gud Bowling by Perera. Srilanka too has got gud stock of fast bowlers besides PAK. I read somewhere that their selectors hunt for fast runners ( even in remote villages) and groom them as genuine bowlers.HATSOFF to srilankan selectors. Such a tiny nation is trying to unearth talent in remote places. I don't know what gud IPL has done to india (though it is for business) We have unearthed the likes of Ravinder Jadeja, Joginder Sharma etc and made them stars. Players like Rohit sharma and Karthik seem to be pretty content with their IPL contracts. (Yeah Really whats the big deal if you don't play for your country you earn much more in IPL. So we cannot blame players like Yousuf Pathan ) Fact is IPL is bound to stay and with 10 teams and 70 indian players(MAN how many Jadejas will we see now?) the circus will only reach greater heights to fool fans like me. Another early exit in the world cup is on cards. My fav team for next world cup is SA(they deserve one major title)

  • imran_k12 on August 22, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Congratz to Perera's for five Wickets. Best of Luck in the Final..

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  • imran_k12 on August 22, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    Congratz to Perera's for five Wickets. Best of Luck in the Final..

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    Gud Bowling by Perera. Srilanka too has got gud stock of fast bowlers besides PAK. I read somewhere that their selectors hunt for fast runners ( even in remote villages) and groom them as genuine bowlers.HATSOFF to srilankan selectors. Such a tiny nation is trying to unearth talent in remote places. I don't know what gud IPL has done to india (though it is for business) We have unearthed the likes of Ravinder Jadeja, Joginder Sharma etc and made them stars. Players like Rohit sharma and Karthik seem to be pretty content with their IPL contracts. (Yeah Really whats the big deal if you don't play for your country you earn much more in IPL. So we cannot blame players like Yousuf Pathan ) Fact is IPL is bound to stay and with 10 teams and 70 indian players(MAN how many Jadejas will we see now?) the circus will only reach greater heights to fool fans like me. Another early exit in the world cup is on cards. My fav team for next world cup is SA(they deserve one major title)

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Indian pathetic youngsters have made him look like a great bowler. No offense to Sehwag he can`t carry the workload of whole batting every time in the field.

  • gandabhai on August 22, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Well bowled today Perera , i wish you well for the future . BUT , One swallow does not make a summer.And next time you might not be fortunate enough to have the HEART of the oppositions batting RIPPED out through 3-4 wrong umpireing decisions .

  • Punter23 on August 22, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    pathetic batting display by india would expect nothing else from them congrats sri lanks now the aussies will be crushing india in there own backyard.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    Came to the limelight of International cricket last year when Anjelo Mathews(his school- mate) was injured in the 3rd Odi and had to face the mighty Indians in the 4th Odi vs India in Kokata.. He came to the crease when SL was 4 down for 234 and soon as he arrived at the batting crease in his maiden match, he showed the cricket world wat he truly was made of scoring a quick fire 33 off just 14 deliveries with 4 fours and one towering six. A memorable cameo on debut the commentary team of Cricinfo praised.Good little cameo from Narangoda Liyanaarachchilage Thissara Chirantha Perera they praised him all over again and again,and from that moment onwards Thisara Perera hasnt looked back,not so long ago he had a brillant A-tour in Australia where picked up his first ever 5 wicket haul in the limited overs and just recently vs NZ in the warm-up match he scored a 60 odd when his team was in a wobble,it was just yesterday he made it back to Sl team and what a return! 5 wickets.All the best.

  • on August 22, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    Well you can see now why India shouldn't be ranked Number one. Now even mediocre medium-pacers are grabbing five-fors. Dhoni must surely now be a worried man... Well done though to Sri Lanka, they are a great team and with players like Kumar Sangakarra, Jayawerdena and Malinga. I don't see them losing in the final unless New Zealand reduce them to five for six... Actually that did happen... Last year against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka were in tatters when Mashrafe Mortaza was getting late swing and pace to leave them at five for six. However, Mubarak and Sangakarra built a solid partnership and Murali guided them home with some lusty hitting at the death....

  • ladycricfan on August 22, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Srilanka on reaching the finals. Srilankans played really well but the match was spoilt by so many bad umpiring decisions. Indians should start using UDRS soon. UDRS is currently being used so successfully in Pak v Eng series.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on August 22, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    I am really dissapointed the way INDIA lost this match. If Indian batsman batted sensibly, and try to negate pace bowler in the first 15 overs they would have made at least 200 and made it a competitive match. INDIA does not have plans and SANGA came up with individual plans for each Indian batsman. I think India definitety needs Rahul Dravid as No 3 for world cup. For SL I still think Samaraweera must bat at No 6 or 7. or he can be floated between No 3 to 7 based on the situation and to make sure one end is protected. Good luck to SL in the final. Sanga can become a one of the best captains in the world if he does not criticise opposioons.

  • SLJohn on August 22, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    sachin- your Indian players have so many talent but these IPL and other private sector spoiled them by giving too much money, now they want money other than wining India.