Sri Lanka v India, tri-series final, Dambulla August 29, 2010

Sri Lanka's seniors pull their weight

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara combined to post a target that was beyond India's reach
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Sri Lanka's three senior batsmen stepped up their game in front of a clamorous full house in Dambulla to end their four-tournament losing streak at home to India. Tillakaratne Dilshan will grab the headlines for his maiden century in Sri Lanka, which he celebrated by running halfway to the dressing room and pointing to his shirt number, but his opening partner Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara also played vital roles in a game they desperately wanted to win.

The league phase of the tournament may have had lacklustre crowds, but Dambulla was transformed on the day of the final. A procession of fans led by men on stilts, enjoying baila music from a band sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, made its way through the town as early as 10 am, four hours before the toss. The usually empty roads leading to the stadium had plenty of traffic, parking lots around the ground did brisk business and the bands in the stands kept their volume up right from the toss. In addition to the usual cheerleader, 74-year-old Percy Abeysekera, there were two sets of young, jeans-clad, pom-pom-waving cheergirls.

Dilshan ensured Percy, the girls and the crowd had something to shout about right from the start. He played his bread-and-butter carves over point, and his usual method of planting his front foot down and swinging through the line also fetched plenty of runs. He set about dismantling India's four-man pace attack on what both captains agreed was the best batting track of the series. Only when he was nearing triple figures did Dilshan switch to a lower gear.

Dilshan had lost his match fee after his role in the Suraj Randiv no-ball controversy, and could have got into more disciplinary bother after a verbal spat with Munaf Patel in the seventh over, but the umpires quickly intervened to ensure there was no further drama. Dilshan didn't let that incident, or a knee injury caused by a mis-hit pull off Ishant, affect his focus. "I got a start in last three matches [making 45, 44 and 35]. I was very disappointed at throwing my wicket away." he said. "Today I got the chance and made a hundred."

Jayawardene, promoted ahead of Upul Tharanga again, wasn't at his pleasing best, but he fought it out to put on the tournament's highest opening stand with Dilshan. Despite looking shaky early on, Jayawardene's resolve was always on display. After a first-over lbw reprieve, he wafted outside off against Munaf in the fourth. Immediately, he kicked the ground in disappointment and strolled towards square leg to compose himself. Similarly, when he was beaten by Ishant Sharma in the tenth over, Jayawardene spent plenty of time at the non-striker's end practising his forward defensive technique.

Sri Lanka could have squandered the advantage provided by their openers once Jayawardene fell soon after completing his 9000th ODI run and Upul Tharanga followed, but Sangakkara kept the side on target for the tournament's biggest total. It was a carefully-paced innings - his first 19 runs coming off singles, and opening out only when Dilshan was stuck for a bit in the nineties.  Things were looking ominous for India when he caressed three successive off-side boundaries off Ishant in the 44th over, but he miscued to cover soon after.

This was a match Sangakkara and Sri Lanka needed to win. Twice they had stumbled to India in the final after dominating the early stages of a tournament. You could feel Sri Lanka's intensity most during the frenetic early parts of the chase. Sangakkara behind the stumps, Jayawardene at first slip and Dilshan at backward point were shouting themselves hoarse every time Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara got the ball to dart past the bat or thud into the pads. In nearly every over of the first ten, India had a close call.

While the senior batsmen made the difference, Sangakkara was happy with the discipline of his young bowlers when the Indian batsmen were trying to go after them. The least experienced members of the line-up, Thisara, Perera and Randiv, picked up three wickets each. "The way our bowlers held their nerve, and their lines and lengths, it was a solid bowling and fielding performance," Sangakkara said. "Randiv was very impressive. When Dhoni was out to hit him for as many runs as he could, Randiv kept him pretty quiet."

Sri Lanka's seemingly endless cycle of matches with India over the past two years has come to an end. Sangakkara was thrilled it finished with his team finally winning a decider at home against them for the first time since the Test series in 2008.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 30, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    @nfer, thanks for ur comments even we support SL wen they are playing other countries other than india, it is here in this section that india bashing had gone a bit too far as u told after all it is a game u win some u lose some, remember bcci was with murali in 1995 wen he was labelled as a chucker because we know he doesnt chuck wen ranatunga asked bcci to arrange for a tour because sl board had some financial problems we helped we always consider sl as a good neighbour it is just many people over here who are bashing india if u were in my position u would have felt the same any ways thanks for ur comments and god bless u

  • POSTED BY nivek123 on | August 30, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    The Indian team was outplayed and they accepted it. But don't you think the India bashing is getting a bit over the top here.

  • POSTED BY Hiindy on | August 30, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    @ Asis Rout.. Hey dude dnt compare the size of the country. if you are saying SL is a minor country ok but this poor minor country has defeat u so many times. We r not even a siz of Indian one state. Just think what this small country which is not even a size of ur one state has done in the cricket. ha ha.. you feel jealous. And at the same time just imagine if we (SL) were a country like india or Australia, hhe he he We would have beaten you sooo many times untill you say please dnt.. This is enough, more than enough... Sooo dnt be a child grow up indians. Anybody can understand Small countries liken SL, NZ and WI dnt get enough matches not just bcz of they play poor cricket. it is bcz of money and sponsorships. in these countries there are small amount of ppl live when compare wt other countries. So sponsors dnt get any publicity for sponsoring for these countries matches. That is the fact dude. But that doesn't mean you ppl can insult those countries when ever you were beaten.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 30, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Although I am a Sri Lankan fan, I think Indian ODI team is better than the Sri Lankan ODI team. The reason is, India has a population 60 times larger than Sri lankan team. Indians think that their team is the better one, and Sri Lankans think that their team is better. So the vast majority think that India is better. My grandmother told me that this is a democratic world. Therefore I concluded that Indian team is the better one. People talk about failures of Indian batsman apart from Sehwag. Others do not score because there is no need of scoring because Sehwag does it. Indian bowlers do not ball fast not because they cannot bowl fast, because they fear that the faster balls may harm poor Sri Lankan batsman and thats their spirit of cricket. They let the Sri Lankan team to win Micromax cup because they thought wining 4 ODI series in a row in Sri Lanka is enough, and Sri Lankan team also should be given a chance. INDIA IS THE BETTER TEAM IN ALL ASPECTS!!!!!

  • POSTED BY BowlingForever on | August 30, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan I did not blame Dhoni or the indian team for anything.Read my comment before you reply on it!I said that Dhoni used not winning the toss as an excuse. Even saying that the tracks were bad if you can recall the karthik issue! Dhoni in fact is more genuine individual than these indian fans who post comments here. He in fact admitted that the SL performance was far superior. Dhoni should be appreciated for his comments on this because people like shewag cried about missing his century when in fact he has also done similar things of such caliber previously. If you dont know recall the SA match where he hit the ball to the boundary to keep the tail ender on strike and the umpire penalized India.Yeah we know what happens around in world cricket! surprised? So please stop giving remarks on my posts and give remarks to the indian fans out there who are so stubborn to give credit to those who deserve it. SL played far better cricket than india and admit to that rather than going

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 30, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006 : Dude, everyone knows that it's Indian batsman (the new generation) who cannot play in bouncy and seaming conditions. We saw that in SA, WI, ENG wcs. It was pathetic to watch guys like Sharma, Raina, Yuvraj struggling against the bouncer. Bangladesh along with us kicked you out of the wc and Zimbabwe did the same few months ago. As for Dili, Sanga & Mahela - They are renowned world class players much like your Dhoni, SRT, Dravid etc. Dili and Mahela were named MOS in last wcs and Sanga has a great record against Aussies. Your comments just show your immaturity and your inability to accept your team's defeat much like you do when your team gets kicked out of the WC. Remember, setting the pavilion on fire in 1996, Stoning Dhoni's house after the 2007 WC? Grow up, It's just a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The series is over so just move on and focus on the Aussie series. After all if we fail to win the WC, we'll be supporting IND, PAK, BAN to win.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Legends on | August 30, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    @ ALL Indian Fans....Please don't Under rate the great Indian Team. Definitely they could able to play better than that...No doubt abt that...There is no question about This Indian team can beat Bang, Ned, Ire in their group stage .....Please Guys pray the GOD to makesure that Indian Team won't meet Either AUS or SL in the Quarter if you really want to see @least Semifinals...Sorry Guys ...Final or the Title not for you this time(2011)...Try to reach Semi is the max for this team..

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | August 30, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Reading all the comments by the Indian & SL fans, the arguments about sore losers etc. I have one comment to make. If the Indians are not sore losers then will they assure all cricket fans that if India are on the verge of being knocked out of the World Cup of 2011, will they not resort to burning fires in the stands, throwing bottles and cushions in an attempt to have the match abandoned as was witnessed in the 1996 WC semi-final in Calcutta. Conclusion: It is not just the few Indian fans who subscribe to this column who are sore losers but also the fans in the cricket ground. You will never witness this sort of despicable behaviour in Sri Lanka. Readers can now draw their own conclusions as to where the sore losers hail from, and they are certainly NOT from Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 30, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    And also have a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_cricket_team this will tell u how many test match series they have won against each team......

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | August 30, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    @ AVKS Don't be so distressed mate. SL is definitely one of the strong contenders for the World cup. Its probabaly because of their financial influence(being a small country like NZ)they do not get their due. No need to dwell into the past records. @ Lions_Rock Dhoni did not blame it on umpires its the media and some fans. If you count those low scores then SL top order also scored few in this series and test series against our mediocre bowling attack. Its because of your lower order you scored decent runs and As dhoni admitted they were missing Harbhajan and Zaheer. Now do not point your fingers to the whole INDIA. There are many genuine fans who appreciate the oppositions performance. So I just wish you control your emotions

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 30, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    @nfer, thanks for ur comments even we support SL wen they are playing other countries other than india, it is here in this section that india bashing had gone a bit too far as u told after all it is a game u win some u lose some, remember bcci was with murali in 1995 wen he was labelled as a chucker because we know he doesnt chuck wen ranatunga asked bcci to arrange for a tour because sl board had some financial problems we helped we always consider sl as a good neighbour it is just many people over here who are bashing india if u were in my position u would have felt the same any ways thanks for ur comments and god bless u

  • POSTED BY nivek123 on | August 30, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    The Indian team was outplayed and they accepted it. But don't you think the India bashing is getting a bit over the top here.

  • POSTED BY Hiindy on | August 30, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    @ Asis Rout.. Hey dude dnt compare the size of the country. if you are saying SL is a minor country ok but this poor minor country has defeat u so many times. We r not even a siz of Indian one state. Just think what this small country which is not even a size of ur one state has done in the cricket. ha ha.. you feel jealous. And at the same time just imagine if we (SL) were a country like india or Australia, hhe he he We would have beaten you sooo many times untill you say please dnt.. This is enough, more than enough... Sooo dnt be a child grow up indians. Anybody can understand Small countries liken SL, NZ and WI dnt get enough matches not just bcz of they play poor cricket. it is bcz of money and sponsorships. in these countries there are small amount of ppl live when compare wt other countries. So sponsors dnt get any publicity for sponsoring for these countries matches. That is the fact dude. But that doesn't mean you ppl can insult those countries when ever you were beaten.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 30, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Although I am a Sri Lankan fan, I think Indian ODI team is better than the Sri Lankan ODI team. The reason is, India has a population 60 times larger than Sri lankan team. Indians think that their team is the better one, and Sri Lankans think that their team is better. So the vast majority think that India is better. My grandmother told me that this is a democratic world. Therefore I concluded that Indian team is the better one. People talk about failures of Indian batsman apart from Sehwag. Others do not score because there is no need of scoring because Sehwag does it. Indian bowlers do not ball fast not because they cannot bowl fast, because they fear that the faster balls may harm poor Sri Lankan batsman and thats their spirit of cricket. They let the Sri Lankan team to win Micromax cup because they thought wining 4 ODI series in a row in Sri Lanka is enough, and Sri Lankan team also should be given a chance. INDIA IS THE BETTER TEAM IN ALL ASPECTS!!!!!

  • POSTED BY BowlingForever on | August 30, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan I did not blame Dhoni or the indian team for anything.Read my comment before you reply on it!I said that Dhoni used not winning the toss as an excuse. Even saying that the tracks were bad if you can recall the karthik issue! Dhoni in fact is more genuine individual than these indian fans who post comments here. He in fact admitted that the SL performance was far superior. Dhoni should be appreciated for his comments on this because people like shewag cried about missing his century when in fact he has also done similar things of such caliber previously. If you dont know recall the SA match where he hit the ball to the boundary to keep the tail ender on strike and the umpire penalized India.Yeah we know what happens around in world cricket! surprised? So please stop giving remarks on my posts and give remarks to the indian fans out there who are so stubborn to give credit to those who deserve it. SL played far better cricket than india and admit to that rather than going

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 30, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    @sanjeevmukherjee2006 : Dude, everyone knows that it's Indian batsman (the new generation) who cannot play in bouncy and seaming conditions. We saw that in SA, WI, ENG wcs. It was pathetic to watch guys like Sharma, Raina, Yuvraj struggling against the bouncer. Bangladesh along with us kicked you out of the wc and Zimbabwe did the same few months ago. As for Dili, Sanga & Mahela - They are renowned world class players much like your Dhoni, SRT, Dravid etc. Dili and Mahela were named MOS in last wcs and Sanga has a great record against Aussies. Your comments just show your immaturity and your inability to accept your team's defeat much like you do when your team gets kicked out of the WC. Remember, setting the pavilion on fire in 1996, Stoning Dhoni's house after the 2007 WC? Grow up, It's just a game. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The series is over so just move on and focus on the Aussie series. After all if we fail to win the WC, we'll be supporting IND, PAK, BAN to win.

  • POSTED BY Cric_Legends on | August 30, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    @ ALL Indian Fans....Please don't Under rate the great Indian Team. Definitely they could able to play better than that...No doubt abt that...There is no question about This Indian team can beat Bang, Ned, Ire in their group stage .....Please Guys pray the GOD to makesure that Indian Team won't meet Either AUS or SL in the Quarter if you really want to see @least Semifinals...Sorry Guys ...Final or the Title not for you this time(2011)...Try to reach Semi is the max for this team..

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | August 30, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Reading all the comments by the Indian & SL fans, the arguments about sore losers etc. I have one comment to make. If the Indians are not sore losers then will they assure all cricket fans that if India are on the verge of being knocked out of the World Cup of 2011, will they not resort to burning fires in the stands, throwing bottles and cushions in an attempt to have the match abandoned as was witnessed in the 1996 WC semi-final in Calcutta. Conclusion: It is not just the few Indian fans who subscribe to this column who are sore losers but also the fans in the cricket ground. You will never witness this sort of despicable behaviour in Sri Lanka. Readers can now draw their own conclusions as to where the sore losers hail from, and they are certainly NOT from Sri Lanka!

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 30, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    And also have a look at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_cricket_team this will tell u how many test match series they have won against each team......

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | August 30, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    @ AVKS Don't be so distressed mate. SL is definitely one of the strong contenders for the World cup. Its probabaly because of their financial influence(being a small country like NZ)they do not get their due. No need to dwell into the past records. @ Lions_Rock Dhoni did not blame it on umpires its the media and some fans. If you count those low scores then SL top order also scored few in this series and test series against our mediocre bowling attack. Its because of your lower order you scored decent runs and As dhoni admitted they were missing Harbhajan and Zaheer. Now do not point your fingers to the whole INDIA. There are many genuine fans who appreciate the oppositions performance. So I just wish you control your emotions

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 30, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    the biggest losers has to be SL, they just won one final against indians and lost the previous four finals in SL being a former world champions inspite of having jayasurya, murali etc they have not won a single test in india aus and sa right..you guys are saying we rise on big occasions where ws it u lost to us in the asia cup last month...u guys cant win a single test in india aus or sa cause ur mahela sanga dilshan cant play in those conditions where as we have won there so eat a humble pie sl fans

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    @ all Srilankan fans your team won the match so why are u cribbing?Get a life guys.You are still perceived as a minnow country by some of the other boards like SA and AUS who dont even give you home series or welcome you for a tour?Srilanka last played in SA in 2002 and Australia last played in Srilanka in 2004 and they are not going to tour before 2012.SA and AUS are only giving you two tests like they do against Bangladesh which is highly insulting in my eyes.Atleast BCCI and SLC arrange good tours and most of the matches are held in Srilanka which is good for cricket in Srilanka.Never mind some inane remarks by some of the Indian fans and media.They are plain dumb.It is better for you to rant at your board for not dealing adequately with SA and CSA while arranging tours rather than spewing venom against India.Meanwhile BCCI is the dumbest while arranging tours.

  • POSTED BY South_Indian on | August 30, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    hey sore losers, if u cant win SL, hw wud u win against AUS??!! m waitin for Aus series n after tat CANT WAIT FOT WORLD CUP 2011 TO C NETHERLANDS, IRELAND, BANGLADESH n WI TRASH THIS INDIAN SIDE n tats gonna be absolute HUMILIATION N EARLY EXIT OUTTA WORLD CUP FOR YA SIDE !

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    OH LUK AT SOME FUNNY GUYS TALKING ABT JAYAWARDENE AND SANGAKKARRA AS FLAT TRACK BULLIES.... HAHAHA D WORLD KNOWS WAT HAPPENED IN 2009 WORLD T20 AND 2010 WORLD T20...WER TEAMS LIKE ENGLAND AND EVEN WI BOWLED A BARRAGE OF SHORT BALLS TO MAKE INDIAN BATSMEN "DANCE"....HAHAHA SURESH RAINA, YUVRAJ SINGH, ROHIT SHARMA...ALL STRUGGLED TO TACKLE TO SHORT BALLS AND REST IS ALL HISTORY....no one attacked Srilankans WITH BOUNCERS IN THOSE TOURNAMENTS AND THEY REACHED FINALS AND SEMI FINALS... NOW TELL ME WHO ARE FLAT TRACK BULLIES :P HAHAHAHA AGAIN U GUYS R STUMPED ! NOW EVEN IRELAND, AFGHAN, ZIM AND BANGLADESH ARE GEARING UP WITH BOUNCERS TO THRASH THIS OVER-RATED SIDE WHO STRUGGLE TO PLAY SHORT-PITCH STUFF....HAHAHA FLAT TRACH BULLIES, YEAAAHHHHH RITE ;)

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    HAHAHA OMG ! LUK AT ALL TIS EMOTIONAL PPL WHO CANT ACCEPT THEIR COUNTRY'S DEFEAT :( one of u guys (BASKARrrrrr) started a topic about World Cup without thinking about your country's thrashing at the hands of LANKANS and GOT IT NICELY FROM ME....HAD TO REMIND ABT WAT HAPPENED WITH VINOD KAMBLI IN 96 WORLD CUP...HAHAHAHA after tat ppl gettin emotional and ONE GUY IS ASKING HIS FELLOWMEN TO IGNORE MY COMMENTS, LOL. TRUTH IS ALWAYS BITTER :P

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 30, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    And about the same combination being played in a series.... can u take 50 players and keep testing them in a series.... No right?????? like wise the players need to be given the time to regain there form.... Just waiting for yuvi to regain his old self..... If he does so, we are way better team than we have proven in the past.... All i can say is, time will answer ur questions. and that time is gonna begin 172 days from now.... atleast have patience till then.....

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 30, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    @first_slip: mate, I said if at all they reach.... read properly.... all i wanted to say was the lankan team lacks the quality to stay cool and think. if they had that quality they wouldn have lost the Asia cup final after reaching a comfortable position.... I agree Sl is playing well now... every team has its own rough and good patches... EVEN AUSTRALIA HAD TO LOOSE TO BANGLADESH.... nobody is perfect. As an ardent follower of cricket, all i want is good game of cricket... whichever team reaches final will be one of the best teams.... if SL have the metal they'll prove else they will not, same goes for india.... Stop crunching and munching about India, we have great team, we believe in our players. U ppl are so gonna miss likes of Aravinda De silva and Mr ranatunga.... none of the current players in ur team are matchable to them... its there calm composure that has won u the 1996 world cup..... I think u'll agree with this atleast....

  • POSTED BY nivek123 on | August 30, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    We are really making excuses about our loss here when we should just accept that our team was outplayed on the particular day.@first_slip... You are delusional. India won 2-0 against the Aussies last time and there is nothing to suggest they will lose this time when Sachin, Dravis et al return to the team. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | August 30, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    @ yakesh234, mate ya every one knows who lacks the common sense, who cares about Ian Chapels comments, he is bios Australian,and Comment about Indian trying Different combination's, well i thought they played same 11 for last 3 series almost every time.., word on and SL chocking In the World cup Final, At Least U Accepted that SL is going to reach the final, & U Indian wait and See what going to Happen to your Over Hyped Cricket team In the World cup, even before up coming Australian Series. Aussies will Humiliate India in India...

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | August 30, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    @Balumekka, dont Get Upset My friend, I am also Proud Sri lanken, i was just kidding at Indians man, ganan ganna epa machan, matath me indian perethayo pennanna be...

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 30, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Um when was the last time India won a test series in AUS & RSA? Oh that's right NEVER!! As for us SL choking in finals, well we'll atleast make semi finals/finals in wc but I doubt India will get past the super 6's. Really, I never knew Indians were such sore losers and whiners. What's so difficult about saying that the opposition team was better that particular day?

    @yakesh234 : sorry mate, but Smith is the most aggressive captain right now and Gayle is the coolest. Unlike you we've got a good crop coming up to replace the likes of Murali, Sanga, mahela, Sanath when they retire. But tell me one young Indian player who is good enough to replace the likes of SRT, VVS, Dravid? None. We saw it in the Zim series. India even lacks a genuine all rounder when we actually play 2 in our side. So it's you who lack sense mate

    @ SnowSnake: Then Indians are losers as they keep talking about past series wins. Obviously you people have watched too many bollywood movies like 'Victory' Grow up

  • POSTED BY Sithum.S on | August 30, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Ok @ all you biast Indian Fans. This Series is not the only time we have beaten india. But let me remind you guys what is most important. that is regardless how much series you win against SL when it comes to the Big Occation India never Perform. I guess the main reason is all the indian players are over them selves just like the majority of the Indian Public. ok india beat SL in 99 and 03 but if you look at it india never won either tournament and only reached the final once. but we had the hons of showing the exit board to India in 1996,2007,2010. we have won against india in Australia,Pakistan,Bangladesh,England & Zimbabwe. and the other thing is sri lankan wickets suxx so bad if one team bats first the other team will make half the first teams score. but in a fair wicket its never the case. and when ever india beat SL in a series in India their is atleast 2-3 SL key players missing. as usual india always do the talk not the walk. what suits you guys is to accept deafeat and learn.

  • POSTED BY AVKS on | August 30, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    I'M QUITE DISTURBED TO READ THAT SOME OF THE COMMENTS ON SRI LANKA'S ABILITY TO WIN MATCHES OUTSIDE SL SOIL. HERE ARE MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SL OUTSIDE HER SOIL. 1996 WORLD CUP TRIUMPH IN PAKISTAN, ONE OF THE FINALIST AT LAST WORLD CUP FINAL IN WEST INDIES, ONE OF THE FINALIST AT LAST T20 FINAL IN SOUTH AFRICA. ALSO CAME UP TO SEMI FINAL STAGE AT WORLD CUP PLAYED IN SOUTH AFRICA. THER ARE MANY TRI-TOURMENTS THAT SRI LANKA EITHER WON OR CAME UP TO FINAL STAGE. I THINK NOBODY STILL CAN NOT PREDICT ABOUT NEXT WORLD CUP ACHIEVEMENT BY ANY COUNTRY. BUT PEOPLE MUST RESPECT TO THINGS DONE IN THE PAST. IMPORTANT MATTER IS NO COUNTRY OR NO INDIVIDUAL CAN ALWAYS COME TO THE TOP AND THIS IS APPLICABLE TO SRI LANKA AS WELL.

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 30, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    i just remembered a srilankan fan during the course of the match grunt at Praveen's wicket....God!!!!! it was so funny.... as though he captured his ultimate desire.... Very funny u guys.....

  • POSTED BY BowlingForever on | August 30, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    India is the biggest sore losers in the world period! The indians were beaten by a NZ team which didnt have brendon mccullum and vettori in which your team were bowled out for 88! We bowled you out for 103 in the previous one in which Dhoni even won the toss!Another lame pathetic excuse used by Dhoni,indian fans that only ppl who win the toss wins the match. Your team is pathetic and you blame even the umpires for that. The umpires gave 2 decisions in favor of the indians and one against you guys. What are you complaining about? Try not to be so pathetic you poor idiots. I saw some comment where one guy has said that SL is poor. Jeez man come to SL and see we are soo much better than you nut jobs out there. Our team is better than the indian team without a doubt. Even NZ beat you guys so i rest my argument! Just shut the F up and move on! you Pathetic lot call yourselves fans?

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | August 30, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    @vBaskar: Your cheap shot at SL team failed big time dude. YOu asked if SL won in Eng of AUs???? We have appeared in try series finals in Australia on 4 different occassions and against England in 2007 we affected a 5-0 washout IN England! Check this: http://www.cricinfo.com/engvsl/content/series/211972.html

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 30, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Srilankan fans: of u use a little bit of commonsense u'll understand, India is a way better cricketing nationthan u... ya i agree ur improving..... but even if u reach 2011 world cup finals u'll choke to death.... because this team lacks the character of Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de siliva who were responsible for the 19996 triumph.... Sanga is a bit hasty captain wise. At present Dhoni is the coolest and aggressive of alll the other captains. Do look at Ian chappel's latest article.... Ya i agree he lacks the resources right now but that will be sorted out by world cup. wy do u think india are playing so many matches before world cup: its just to test different players and get the right combination. The more we fail now the better are our chances in having a good combination in world cup.... U Sl fans seriously lack common sense.....

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | August 30, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka! I thought Sri Lanka played really well. To all the guys who commented saying Sri Lanka is not good, no team wants to play with Sri Lanka, flat track bullies or what ever….sorry guys, sure Indian team is very good but what mattered the most was Sri Lanka won the Final. Also for the people who are talking about stats may I ask you guys a question? Has India ever won an ODI series away with out losing a single match (Other than Bangladesh or Zimbabwe)? Well. Guys Sri Lanka defeated England 5 - 0 when they toured under Mahela last time and drew the test series 1 all.

  • POSTED BY bigbang07 on | August 30, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Just to add-

    sanjeevmukherjee2006- Do you remember the recent tri series between Sri Lanka, India and Zimbabwe where both India and Sri Lanka rested key players and Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe were in the final? You're current lot minus Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni, Zaheer, Harbhajahn arent great.

    Also- the reason Sri Lanka doesnt win against Australia and South Africa is because they dont play in those countries as often as other countries do.Sri Lanka gets a raw deal in the FTP. Sri Lanka last played in England in 2006, in Australia in 2007, and in SA in the early 2000's (I think)-give the islanders more chances are obviously they will be better.

    Besides, Sri Lanka has just been playing for about 30 years and India started playing since the 1930's... it took India 50 years for India to win a World Cup and Sri Lanka took 14 years to get there-for a small country they are a pretty talented bunch!

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | August 29, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    If you decide to play any sport you have to accept the fact that their will be a winner & a loser , Unfortunately for Indian fans , we lost to the better side on the day .Changing the subject , has anyone seen a dog on heat ? That was what the Sri lankan team looked like whenever they played against India be it ODIs or Tests . We always expect Pakistan to behave in that manner to try & beat us but now we know whats been hidden in the Sri lankans hearts all along.It was easy to see their innermost thoughts & feelings.In future Indians ' BEWARE ' of them .

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | August 29, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    @ nivek123 Spot on. I fail to understand why many of my fellow indians don't give credit where it is due. I have already commented that and some how my comment was not published by cricinfo. SL was better team yesterday and they deserved to win PERIOD (all this permutations about winning toss , umpiring errors etc are evened out at the end of day) and for indians there is nothing to worry Just move on and hope for better performance.

  • POSTED BY bandyt on | August 29, 2010, 20:28 GMT

    Oh SnowCAKE..... The ranking always shows india above sl is only bcoz u guys plays twice as much cricket as we do.... But remeber this buddy u guys also loooooose many more than we do aswell.... Please show me % stats showing india was the better team during the past 10- to 15 years. And yeah i agree wit you completely wen u say people dont really want to play sl.... The main reason being that they really dont worry who they play as long as there is big money involved so dont take that very positively coz it looks bad.. Now imagine wt we would have been like if we had half the money the indian cricket board had.... As a sl fan i stand proud knowing that with such a bad economy our love and respect for the game is such that we could overpower teams who practise in the best and most luxurious of conditions and paid 50 times as much. That clearly shows that we have a better infrastructure than the indians and with time and money we could beat you guys way more often.......

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    congratulations lankans...... u wer superb d other day...but please dont go over d moon..... india has well nd truly outsmarted lanka in last 5 years in all bi lateral series btw two tems..do u remember 6-1, 4-1, 3-1 thrashing in odi series in india..if not jst go through past records......you have not won even a single test in india frgt abt winning series.....we hv won 2 test matches in lanka ... we lost 1 test series nd drew 1.......nd dont forget wen we defeated u 3-1, 4-1 in both d bilateral series at ur home ground..........plz chck records if u dnt believe m..... @fellow indians- i guess karthick ws lil unlucky... he should b given sum more chances....but m seriously done with rohit nd jadeja....if dey wuld have given dat much chance to irfan as dey have given 2 jadeja he surely wuld hav developed as a world class allrounder.......ne ways no issues 2011 world final is IND vs AUS..nd dis tym v wnt loose...wot say

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 29, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    this is india's a team why ur team is at full strength u could have rested sanga mahela and dilshan like we rested 5 of our key players u defeated a weak team not the strongest team, lets see how ur sl team play in australia england and india where u have not won a single test, pakistan on the other hand have defeated aus and eng , i doubt if ur team can in those conditions which proves pakistan and india are stronger than ur so called flat track bullies Sri lankan team

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | August 29, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    @Meshal Sinnen: Only loosers look backward and bask in the past glory. For winners, what really matters is present and future. At present India is ranked above SL in both tests and ODI. I don't see SL passing India in Test ranking for another 1-2 years. ODI ranking may fluctuate, but I don't expect India to trail SL for substantial periods of time. Believe me India can control SL test ranking by scheduling tests with other teams. I doubt anyone really wants to play SL. As far as India are concerned, Indian fans should keep the pressure on the team. Nothing less than #1 ranking for India (both in tests and ODI is acceptable).

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 29, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    nfer, paddy mohan and others well read the article ur so called invinsible lankans have lost 4 times to us in the finals so the 5th time we lost that is ok we defeated u in the asia cup drew the test series we have won in england pakistan wi even a test in SA, in nz we were triumps ur SL team on the other hand havent won a single test in india, SA and Australia cause u cant win outside SL, ur team can play only in the docile pitches in SL please digest it

  • POSTED BY Poks on | August 29, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    What a shame to say that we are proud of our country just because of a cricket series win. Please be proud of your country always and not for winning the cricket series win.

  • POSTED BY nivek123 on | August 29, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    I can't believe this. It has turned into another India vs Sri Lanka debate. Come on, the Sri Lankans played well and we Indians should give them credit where it's due. @nfer.. India has won series in England, West Indies, New Zealand, Pakistan and matches in Australia and RSA. So please stop bashing the Indian team. These new guys can't play anywhere but the seniors are not like that. About the egoistic comments, just ignore them, there are so many Indians here who gave credit where its due. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY puntertakeson on | August 29, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Rofl how come present Srilankan team better than Indian team. See Yuvi not in form for almost a year thanks to injury and indiscipline. Pujara is very good batsmen comparing to kholi or Rohit for that matter. Sreeshanth troubled Srilanka batsmen especially Dilshan and Jayawardena for that matter

  • POSTED BY puntertakeson on | August 29, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Nah, its just a fluke Srilanka won thats all. Look at Dilshan he is not capable of playing swing blower. Apart from Malinga Srilanka too doesn't have good bowling line up.... What the big deal

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    Well if the Indians want to harp about World Cups, let's try this: 1979, 1996 (2), 2007 and this year's T20 makes it 5 matches in which Sri Lanka have beaten India. India got the better of us in 1999 and 2003. Its still 5-2 in favour of Sri Lanka. Not bad I say.

  • POSTED BY vijayananthan.ks on | August 29, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Will Sachin and Harbajan take rest from Champions League Twenty 20 for world cup 2011. They should have played in this tri nation series. Every series is important to us. Twenty 20 format is really killing the other formats of the game

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    Thanks god for ending this endless Sri Lanka vs India matches. Had enough of them.

  • POSTED BY cool_engineer on | August 29, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Sehwag & Munaf have proved that they are world class players. 3 of the 4 past tournament victories in SL were attributed by TENDULKAR...His absence hurted INDIA badly........Had there been TENDULKAR with SEHWAG India would have given SL very tough time even while chasing 300.. INDIA lost bcz youngster like Kohli were not able to keep up with required strike rate bcz of lack of ability to play boundary shots of good balls . ......................Yovraj has proved against the best teams like AUS that he is a world class player but he is low on self belief these days.... selectors must show faith in him and render him self belief...........Guys like Kohli and Kartik and esp Rohit are highly overrated and have no world class performance to show even in 50 odd ODI's...they are merely IPL bullies who have score runns only against Zim and SL club level side......India needs to get rid of them immediately for good.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 29, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Okay now SOME Indian fans such as gautm are turning into comedians. Dude, Sanga has an good record against the Aussies check the stats first. Harabajan? Really? We saw what he is capable of in the test series and FYI, Indians are called flat track bullies. Can bat in India and IPL but fails to win in WI, ENG, SA etc. Didn't you watch the WCs?

    @hindh - "India have won more ODI series in Sri lanka than sri lanka itself, that speaks of dominance of India over Sri lanka. SL cant win outside their country" Tell me that is a joke. Maybe you've got India and SL mixed up. But come to think of it, 99% things you say doesnt make any sense. You lost, we won. It's over. Dhoni admitted we were the better side, And he is the one who played not comedians like you who believe the biased Indian press. Give credit where it's due. The reason so many people dislike India is because of your egotistic, we are invincible, the loss was a fluke attitude. Have some humility Indians, don't be sore losers.

  • POSTED BY Rohan5000 on | August 29, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    Congratz SL on a great win.The cricket world is proud of you.Was looking at comments here...sad as it is I think its a classic case of sour grapes.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Weldone guys!!!!!!!! Proud be a Sri Lankan.... I'm pretty sure we dont cry like India even if lose the game... Dhoni always need sumthing to blame..umpires, Pitch, Lights etc... This game is perfect example for that we badly need UDRS..... Since all us are humans there can be lots of mistakes..just like this game though it helped India Sri Lanka still managed to win the game... THATS AWESOME!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    hey gautam, are u forgetting that mahela got player of the tournament for the world t20 which was in the west indies... if failry certain thats of the home shores

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | August 29, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    @Indian fans: Don't worry too much about Paddy Mohan. Keep pressure on Indian players to perform better. I don't see India going below 3rd rank in either Tests or ODI for next 10 years and sustain it for long periods of time. India has enough resources -- both financial and human-- to attract players. As long as you guys keep the selection board accountable for their decisions, system will take care of itself. Let Paddy bask in the moment of glory of SL cricket. It is not too often SL goes that high in the ranking and soon, when they play outside SL, they will go down. Part of the reason why Ind. could not perform well was the limited resources in terms of available players. If the game was played in India then guys like Rohit, Kholi & Jadeja would be immediately replaced by Tiwari, Uttapa etc. India has enough cricket that is being played around the country to generate new talent, so relax.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | August 29, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I generally support India and I was afraid of biased umpiring towards SL. However, I think umpiring was reasonable and outcome was fair. SL was the better team on the day by a wisker. So, congratulations to SL. India should not worry about this loss and move on. They scored over 200 under lights under high asking rate, so it was not a terrible loss. I think umpires should be given eye exams periodically because some decisions (although did not seem biased) may be caused by error due to poor eyesight. SL fans enjoy while it lasts.

  • POSTED BY kevinja on | August 29, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    The biggest problem is bloody INdian ego. Yes we respect Sachin and Dravid as test greats but hello this indian team is very everage. Your pacies can't control Dilshan at all. Come on guys lets not talk about WC. It is a joke to think that Indians are favories

  • POSTED BY nk_sharma on | August 29, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Dear friends, control ur emotions. The team which played better cricket at a particular day, have won at that particular day. Some Srilankan brothers are claiming that a smaller country has defeated a bigger country..so..so?? If this is a sensible point than being from small westindian islands Usain Bolt should not have been the fastest man on earth???? Being a small country Espain should not have been the football world champion. Soooooooooooo Mennnnnnnnnn Enjoyyyyyyyyyy. don,t analyze too much!!!!

  • POSTED BY layya on | August 29, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    well done Sri Lanka..All you guys showed a lot of character.excellent innings from Dil and Sanga.India should work some more and despite of sticking to your so called legends you should try to find good youngsters from country side or india wont survive after the retirements of Shevag, Sachin n Dhoni. Gotta tell you SL is well ahead of india in that aspect.I mean what is the population of india compared to SL. So indeed we are more than happy winning 1 final aftr consecutive final defeats. One thing more.Praveen Kumar is an excellent bowler but his body language is disgusting, its same wit other players too like Yuvi, Kholi and Harbajan..You gotta respect the oppsition team at least a bit.its wonder when a gentleman captain like Dhoni leading team and others behave like that.anyway i hope for a 2011 WC final SL Vs India..

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    @ gautm ..lol...dont become such funny like this...Indians are the ones who making roads to play...and most shitty in boucing conditions....88 and 103 all out...lol..and aying we are not not good..lol..

  • POSTED BY Mevan on | August 29, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    What this final and the Asia Cup matches show is that 50-over cricket is alive and well. The sporty pitch at Dambulla - helpful to bowlers but runs available to the really good batsmen, helped to produce some enthralling matches. In comparison, T20 s are just a slap/bang with luck rather than skill playing the major part and with no chance for bowlers at all. ODI cricket becomes dull when the pitches are flat. Lets hope that the wickets prepared for the World Cup will be somewhat helpful to the bowlers, like those at Dambulla.

    Mevan

  • POSTED BY bandyt on | August 29, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    @vBaskar...... Its amazing how you only remember the winnings in finals staged in SL and call it a 4-1 lead over sl over the past 2 or so years. From what ive been watching on tv i saw sl win the asia cup in 2008 and there after the idea cup 2010 which included india aswell and further more the tri series in zimbabwe which also as i recall included india. And to add to that the T20 win in a major tournament which knocked u guys out. Its amazing dat u missed all these wonderful matches. Or maybe there was sumtin wrong wit ur tv coz den i dnt blame u buddy. No doubt india is a really good team but if u cud go and check the win% during the last decade in the ODI and Tests and maybe you would find sum vital information dat wud show you that sl has only been behind the aussies and SA.. So u cud defend ur team as much as u want verbally but i and the world have seen it in black and white who the more consistent teams are... And by the way sl beat england in england 5-0 in 2006.

  • POSTED BY raamvenky82 on | August 29, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    i mean dont remember test matches still pakistan also good especially in subcontinent

  • POSTED BY raamvenky82 on | August 29, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    SLFan,dont think all indians are always against srilanka ,iam an indian but i congrats srilanka this time because they deserved to win this touranament. even in asia cup also srilankans were stronger side and looked strong to win the trophy but in final, toss cost srilanka but this time india really dnot deserved to win ,and the guys who madly supporting india used to blame the country which beat them.good luck for both team in world cup and my favourites in worldcup are england and srilanka and remember the test matches even pakistan looking good ,that is upto afridi...

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 29, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    @ NorthernTerritorian : ur being overdecisive and too early..... before u even dream of Aussie thrashings for india its mandatory to know the squad first.... because as far as i know the Aussies they go by the strategy, they look into the weakness of every single player in the squad later attack them..... So please think before commenting..... this is not a first defeat to india, we have been defeated a numerous times in the past and we have defeated a many in the past... and this mere unpredictability is what that makes INDIA special.... The ability to turn a loosing side into a champion side is special.... And i am sure Aussies will have to struggle there bit to overcome India. And please don expect the same squad against the Australian's.... there are gonna be many changes. be ready......

  • POSTED BY gautm on | August 29, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    @Paddy,@Thilina Stop harping about your so-called self-christened "GREAT" Sri Lankan team. A team of flat track batting bullies who cannot win games overseas. Sanga and Mahela, your jewels, have the flat Sri lankan tracks to thank for their inflated averages in both forms of the game. Mahela, especially, cannot lay bat to ball once he leaves his country shores. Coming back to this series, Indian side had four KEY players missing - Sachin, Gambhir, Harbhajan and Zaheer but still played well in patches. The lack of a good partnership and some poor shot selection cost them this match. All it needed was one batsman to stay with Dhoni and whittle the target down which unfortunately did not happen. And stop dreaming about WC 2011. Your side might win its home matches and that will be it.... @Northern U guys are going to get a real thrashing before the Ashes which would serve u in good stead for your home summer.

  • POSTED BY vikicork on | August 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Its unfortunate that Srikkanth cannot choose the team he wants ,if he could then maybe India wins all its matches ,Ha

    Srikkanths ideal ODI team comprising of CSK and TN players ,I will also include the two Sharmas , the other selectors Yashpal Sharma fav players and Sreesanth

    Kathik, Vijay, Badrinath, Raina, Dhoni, Nohit Sharma(misspelled intentionally), Ashwin , Balaji , I cant Sharma (mispelled intentionally), R Jadeja ( Indias best allrounder ), Sreesanth ,

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 29, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Guys enough with the done and dusted records.... if the Sri-lankans want to call them as the best team let them, there questions will be answered in the near future..... just a few additions in our team would change the SO CALLED ESTABLISHED FACT that indians are overated..... MR Srikanth give a better playing 11..... everyone talks about flat pitches in india... i wonder if the pitches are that flat it must be easy to bat on.... then wy did Sri lanka loose the previous series in india?????? i still wonder.....

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | August 29, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    @paddy mohan It is SL who r over rated .India have won more ODI series in Sri lanka than sri lanka itself, that speaks of dominance of India over Sri lanka. SL cant win outside their country. @NOrthern territory Get ready to be once again thrashed just like India did to ur overrated Aussie side in 2001 and 2008 , next humiliation is in 2010.

  • POSTED BY ramz_01 on | August 29, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    sen11 u u talkin abt SL loss to INDIA in 1999 nd 2003.bt y wont u talkiin abt 1996 WC?? 2 matches played both in ur home turf na? wt abt those difets? y dnt u talk abt those matches? yeah v dnt wont be giant in WORLD CRICKET.as a such a small country v all proud our self da way our cricketers aricheved nt LYK UR SUPER STARS.in 2007 wc india won da WC b4 thy starts da WC same in 2009/20 10 t20 WC.LOOKS @ SRI LANKA in those WC one step head in all those WRLD CUPS.hey u guys ALL LEGENDS BT REMEMBER THIS THOSE LEGENDS ONE STEP BEHIND DA U CALL minnows.SO AS SRI LANKAN V HAV EVRY RYTS TO TALK ABT OUR VICTORYS BCZ IN WC s our guys done better then ur legends.....

  • POSTED BY nivek123 on | August 29, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka played very well and deserved to win. As an Indian I would like to congratulate them. Some Indians over here should just accept that our team was outplayed and move. About the umpiring even we received something lucky decisions. Lets hope they come good the next time. As for Sri Lankan fans please stop the India bashing. Our young batsmen are overpaid but can't play anywhere but the Ipl. We need the likes of Sachin and Dravid to play in tricky pitches..

  • POSTED BY ramz_01 on | August 29, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    ohhh no no poor poor basker.still talkin abt 1999 WC.nd still talkin abt full strength INDIAN side.he he POOR MEMORY i thnk.Basker talkin abt 1999 WC match bt he 4gotn da 2007 full strength INDIAN side.itz better off to find replacement players(back up) rather den blaming umpairs nd other team.truth is india relai on tendulkars nd shewags nd bajji nd zaheer.Dnt wona say anythin poor basker will c in WC ok.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    india will become strong when they have scahin,gambir,zaheer,harbajan back in the team............. my 15 for world cup 1.shewag 2.gambir 3.yuvaraj 4.dhoni 5.raina 6.sachin 7.irfan 8.praveen 9.harbhajan 10.nehra 11.zaheer khan 12.munaf 13.ashwin 14.virat 15.uthappa

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @vBaskar talking abt WORLD CUP, do u remember 96 WC, 2007 WC and 2010 World T20????? hmmm coz ur memory is poor, let me remind u... on all these big occasions, ur team got thrashed by under-rated SL side who played like champions. And u know wat ur VINOD KAMBLI did after 96 WC semifinals? hahaha world knows it buddy, even if u "comfortably" FORGET it! the same Rahul Dravid did after being knocked outta 2007 WC (dont forget to search for those pics in d net). 2010 World T20....BIG THANX for Indians for making our KAPUGEDERA into a JAVED MIANDAD! hahahahaha LOL, BASKARRRRRRR dont shoot from ur hip, think twice b4 u comment, else u will be everyone's joke :P

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Well done SL and hats off to Mr.T.M Dilshan,hope he will bulldoze everyone in WC like Sana did it in 1996 WC.and also well done to Mr.Sehwag who batted brilliantly through out the tournament well except the final guess.AND THANK GOD FINALLY THIS INDIA vs SL MATCHES ENDED....FINALLY.I am Sri Lankan and we know appreciate everyone who did their best and not like indian fans who go nutz on opposition when they do best. Just realize that apart from Sehwag,Tendulkar,Dhoni,Gambhir you don't have much world class batsmen and you cannot call yourself the best batting team with only 4 good batsmen and rest of show off flat track bullies.Also Mr.Praveen Kumar should take some anger managing lessons and stop being Mr.Worldsgreatestbowler.He needs to learn showing some respect to other players from the opposition team. Just a great game of cricket and Thanks for the show Dilly and Sanga :)

  • POSTED BY South_Indian on | August 29, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Woowwww I was the HAPPIEST PERSON ON EARTH last nite to watch the Indians get thrashed by Lankans. I ENJOYED every bit of with my mates in Darwin and Oh boy, didnt they luv it ! Aussies are gearing up to hand out their share of thrashing to this indian side n I just cant wait :) And a word to all INDIAN FANS: STOP SENSATIONALIZING EVERY CONTROVERSY IN CRICKET AND DONT ACT HYSTERICAL, its just DISGUSTINGLY SILLY :P

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    TAKE THAT INDIA! SRILANKANS, THE TRUE CHAMPIONS, ROSE TO THE OCCASION IN STYLE. DILSHAN PLAYED A GEM AND THE BRILLIANT RUN-OUT OF SEHWAG BY KAPUGEDERA AND THAT BRILLIANT CATCH BY ANGELO MATHEWS TO GET RID OF KOHLI REMINDED US OF THE MIGHTY AUSSIES (UNDER STEVE WAUGH), RESERVING THE BEST FOR THE BIG OCCASIONS. WATTA BLOW THIS FOR THE "OVER-RATED" INDIAN SIDE, THIS IS HOW SL USED TO PLAY AGAINST INDIA DURING DESILVA-RANATUNGA ERA. AND SPECIAL THANX TO INDIAN MEDIA FOR SENSATIONALIZING THE "RANDIV N0-BALL" INCIDENT AND BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN THE CHAMPION LANKANS.

  • POSTED BY SLKumara on | August 29, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka is always better Team than India because India's population is 55 times bigger than Sri Labka. They should have 50 Dilshans, 50 Sangakkaras, 50 Malingas...but do they have? May be they have but no chance to come up... Sri Lanka being a such small and poor country, if we can even win one match against India per year still we are greater but the truth is we are winning almost 50% of matches against India. These fans of India and Pakistan should understand that Sri Lanka is playing Cricket but India and Pakistan playing Politics than Cricket....Don't forget we have won Wold Cup one time and we have played world cups finals in few times in all forms including 20-20...WE ARE A VERY SMALL COUNTRY DEAR......

  • POSTED BY evenflow_1990 on | August 29, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    i'm sri lankan and very pleased about this victory. make no mistake - an indian batting line up with gambhir and tendulkar is much more dangerous than the one we just defeated. however, i still think 299 is too much in dambulla even for them. also, our batsmen need to keep firing, because india's bowling is a complete joke. can't wait for the world cup!

  • POSTED BY KAIRAVA on | August 29, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    As a Srilankan fan, I can tell you that Sri lanka only fears 5 Indian batsmen from the present generation. They fear 1.Sehwag the most followed by 2.Sachin & 3.Gambhir (he has scored two 150s against Sri lanka in less than a year). Sri lanka also holds 4.Dhoni & 5.Raina in respect, but these two only follow the dreaded trio of Sehwag,Sachin & Gambhir in the pecking order. So when the Indian squad was announced prior to the start of this tri-series, Lanka were very happy to find 40% of Indian batting team missing. In the 4 ODI series at home which Sri Lanka lost to India, they had only a 30% chancing of winning the series. But without two of the top 3 indian batsmen playing, they chance of winning the current series went up to 60% and they proved it by winning the final. Yuvraj, Rohit, Karthik, Kohli, Jadeja are no good in Sri Lanka as they only perform once in 10 matches against SL.

  • POSTED BY SLKumara on | August 29, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    I am still surprised why India cannot make a very very strong team than Sri Lankan Team. India's population is 55time bigger than Sri Lanka's. Sri Lanka is a poor country which we cannot spend money much for sports. According to these facts India should be able to make a team which cannot be defeated by any of other team easily. Even Autrailia's population is very very less than India. I don't know what's wrong with India and Pakistan….I think they play too much politics than Cricket. Further India is responsible for destroying the sprit f game by introducing IPL which pollutes the minds of real cricket players. What India gained from IPL? They lost cheaply in 20-20 world cup. It is not a shame at all even if Sri Lanka such a small country loses for India because India is like a continent not a country even. If Sri Lanka can win at least one game against India it is a BIG pride for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is winning reasonable number of games against India means Sri Lanka is a great Team

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 29, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    BCCI please listen to indian fans, Enough with india-lanka series... there are better teams other than lanka to play with..... these additions is necessary, ss tiwary, robin, irfan.......

  • POSTED BY jerzRavein on | August 29, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    Well done Srilanka, it was an awesome win tat too in a finals. Now please, slow down on the India bashing, same to Indians, we lost it hands down, we even received more favors from the umpires this time other than one. We just did not play well enough. Its not the last of the India_ Srilanka games to be played, so ya, lets move on, enough of the Ind_SriL saga for now - RIP !!!

  • POSTED BY nuzrai on | August 29, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    O.K Indian fans, SL didn't win the match; Ind only won the match. R u all satisfied now indian fans

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 29, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Come to think of it..... this loss is better for the Indian team. a failure means there is a scope of improvement, A team which cannot even beat sri-lanka can never ever beat australia. now our indian team can think about the top 15 squad and can bring the best playing 11.... to start with remove Rohit sharma, jadeja and bring in robin, ss tiwary. these guys don deserve so many chances.....

  • POSTED BY samlord on | August 29, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    @ v baskar.2006 natwest series in england.5-0 white wash against ENGLAND.U must be suffering from Alzheimer's disease!!!

  • POSTED BY sen11 on | August 29, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    hey, you so called srilankan fans, don't overspoke because of one victory, where you peoples went when we blow you peoples away in asia cup and bilaterals, in your home turf, after all you are not able to win a single test match in india even with your so called math winners, you peoples are not deserve to speak about the lengendery indian team, sombody calling india as a overrated team, you srilankans are minnows, if you are talking about 2007 world cup win against india, don't forget the thrashing you got in 1999 and 2003 at the hand of the mighty india. You peoples think how srilanka will be after mahela and sanga, the answer may be ???????????????

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    @first_slip...watch the match before commenting...firstly in the final the decisions went against the srilankans...secondly its the indians' fault that the UDRS is not being used...so first_slip dont be a joke with ur stupid comments..better to keep ur mouth shut if u did not watch the match...

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Well done Lions! a deserving victory for the team and extremely well planned inning from the start to end. All the credits to the captain, Dilshan and decent bowlers who didn't give any room for sloppy Indian batsman.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 29, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    @vBaskar : Yeah, we along with Bangladesh knocked that team out of the last WC. Maybe you can't remember because of your poor memory. Have some humility. As for England, be won a whitewash test series the last time we played there. Dhoni gave credit where it was due so maybe you can learn a bit from him since a lot of Indians look up to him.

  • POSTED BY Lion_of_Lanka on | August 29, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    Come on, We beat India comprehensively, even Dhoni admitted it. How can one say the umpires cost India a win when the likes of Sehwag, Yuvraj (twice), Dhoni was given not out when they were actually out? Yes Kartik was not out and I really felt sorry for him because he is more talented than the likes of Sharma. But BCCI is still against UDRS (they don't want it in the Aussie series) so it's your problem and please don't whine. India always depend on 1 or 2 players to win matches for them (like SL in 1999-2006 period) and it's not a good place to be in. Even though I'm a Sri Lankan, it was heartening to watch Dhoni trying alone to win the match for India. So give credit where it's due (to SL) admit we were the better team. Have a good series against the Aussies and let's hope it will be an Indo-SL final @ the 2011 WC

  • POSTED BY sonjjay on | August 29, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    @Balumekka whom are u really kidding, its a humiliating defeat for India, ur team played well but why are u forgetting the fact that this is ur first odi series victory in Srilanka after having lost four times to India and a home odi series loss to England in 2007 , ur team certainly played well no denying that but u should really think abt it before screaming from the rooftops, if ur happy with a 20% win record at home (1/5) then congrats, its only some Indian fans talkin abt the upmires. u shouldnt paint every1 with the same brush...

  • POSTED BY samuditha on | August 29, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    @vBaskar dude can you remember how sri lankans beat ur strong team in 2007 world cup...... dont miss the same on 2011. lol

  • POSTED BY Ramateen on | August 29, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    wel done lankan lions roared indian out 2 pit great wrk boys i total dnt agree with ondia nt being in ful strength team arnt dhoni shewag yuvi raina nehra kumr gud played r indian team fully depended on sachin and bajji nonsense indian a gud in findin excuses PLEASE FOR GOD SAKE UNDERSTAND DAT U INDIANS HAV LOST VERY CHEAPLY 2 DA LANKAN LIONS dis is goin 2 be da same fate if u cme with da ful team 2 2011 WC u saw wat happend in 2007 WC with will strength team KNOCKD OUT in a FIRST roound without even winnin a single match wat happen 2 ur full strenght team So indian stop givin excuses nd accpt da truth hopfully 4 da 2011 WC prepare u useles indian team smewhat try 2 beat team like zimbawe banga irelnd afganistn NEVER EVER THINK ABT BEATIN SRI LANKA AUSTRALIA SOUTH AFRIA AUSTRALIA ENGLAND PAK EVEN WEST INDIES indian keep on cryin cry baby cry dat z indianz fate

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    I have no excuses says Dhoni,bt Indians( fans) are making excuses such as Toss,Umpires,Pitch,Team,Jadeja,Rohit,Karthick,Yuvi,Randiv'' No Ball',7 batsmen needed,Selectors,Fielding,bowling,batting,Water boys and about a million excuses to go,but shame it is to the power house of Cricket on losing to surrender the humillation and pain a 2 crore population will live through,bt as Dhoni said this Tri-Series is good learning curve for them????

  • POSTED BY yakesh234 on | August 29, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Shame on all the cricket fans for undermining a countries perforformance(both Sri lanka and india) @ leo89 before making a comment here think twice...I keep reading about the No-ball issue in this website. the whole over inflated NO-ball issue was concerning the spirit of the game not a mere 100 and that too from a team which was so highly rated on there sportsmanship from the ICC twice.... every cricketer knows the potential of sehwag and he's gonna score many centuries to come.... And my fellow Indians, when u face a defeat except it... this tri series failure indicates that we din have the best playing 11...... Congrats to team Sri-lanka... And indian board must think having the resources and not utilising it is mere stupidity.... if they continue to select team like this they are bound to face many more defeats..... And a word for the sri-lanka fans try to keep ur chin high by being sportive, every team is good, the best team on the day wins...

  • POSTED BY Praviya on | August 29, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    @ All the bragging Indians; You he may say that you won 4 series against SL in SL, But the truth is that who ever wins the toss has a definite advantage when paying under lights. In all the recent finals which India won, they won the toss, batted first and gave the Sri Lankans to do the hardest part.Well...that trend just changed in the last finals...And the whole world witnessed the result. So enough of these supremacy talks India...Accept the fact that you are not as good as you think...

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | August 29, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    @ vBaskar - Yeah, certainly you have a very poor memory. It's ok, here is the facts.... Emirates Triangular Tournament (1998) held in England is one such series where we beat both South Africa and England & won the series. Also in Natwest Series (2006), SL Whitewashed England & won the series 5-0...If I'm correct, we have n't won a series in Australia yet....So, what's the point ?? Will it be sufficient for you to underrate the yesterday's victory ??....Why should n't we proud ? Certainly we are very proud of it, simply not because we won a trophy, but because we could do it against a country which is full of so many Lankan haters like you !

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka - well deserved....V Basker...Dear we beat India all in big matches twice in 1996 WC and 2007. It does not matter whether India with senior players or not. If you say so then what happened in 2007 WC ?? iNDIA played with senior players. Ist it??? who cares about IPL...Every one is playing for money....The matter is how they can play in international level. IPL is destroying Indian cricket not others......!!!!!

  • POSTED BY TheUglyTruth on | August 29, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    @ vBaskar. U do realise ur comparing a country of over 1 billion ppl (1000 million incase u didnt kno) and as such resources vs a country with 25 million people. India should be a powerhouse by now but inspite of all that, they still cant find a decent fast bowler! Hahaha. And fyi, India cudnt handle the money...just 3 seasons and already it has FRAUD written all over it. Too much money has contributed to Yuvraj eating too much and failing as a batsman :P So yes maybe after the world cup ul b walkin away with more money but u wont be walkin away with the trophy. Srilanka kicked out a full strength indian side in the 2007 world cup FIRST ROUND and theyl do it again. Or maybe Bangladesh like 2007. Who knows. U pick.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | August 29, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    @vBaskar check the fatcs, SL won the one day series in England 5-0 in 2006.they even qualified for the finals in the T20 world cup there in 2009, where your team of multimillionaires couldn't even a win a single game in the 2nd round.full team or half team,India is no team without sachin and shewag.

  • POSTED BY sanjeevmukherjee2006 on | August 29, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    "Sri Lanka celebrated a tournament victory against India at home after four successive losses ", it says all, you win some you loose some, congrats SL team, best of luck to you for the next fixtures, lankans well you need some bowlers like pakistanis have same with India, it seems we need sachin gambhir back asap, if they are back we will win again, even we need zaheer, we also need irfan pathan back and even yousuf pathan and uthappa should be tried again..peace. i must also add india tht chasing under lights at dambulla is a problem as we found SL lost the match against india in the asia cup final and india lost yesterday may be they can host the matches in other centres as well

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    this time its srilanka..........but when India face Srilanka in Quaterfinal or SF or even FINAL in WC 2010..........Srilanka will never forgot that day....India will punish them.....

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | August 29, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @ Shafi79 - Friend, If you watched the final, you should have seen that Kulasekera actually got the wickets of Sehwag & Yuvraj !!! It is not his fault that those 2 wickets were given not out by the so called 'Elite Panel Umpire' Asoka De Silva... Actually Kulasekera is a very attacking option. He can swing the ball very well in both directions. True, that he is not much pacy, compare to Dilhara. But he can do some other things, which might be difficult for Dilhara to achieve...Really I have never seen a SL fast bowler with such an ENTHUSIASM...Just see his commitment, friend. How energetic he is in the field ! Also when he is running to bowl, it's looks like that he is going to take a wicket in each & every ball. That kind of players are very valuable for a side because commitment is what matters at the end...

  • POSTED BY Praviya on | August 29, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    If India say that they lost the second round match with Sri Lanka since umpires cheat them, umpires cheat Sri lanka in the Finals, Yet we won. That's the difference between a false hero and a true hero. Well done Sri lanka !!

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | August 29, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    @ first_slip: what do u mean by "Umpires robbed India again"?. In this match, there were 5 wrong umpire decisions. 1. Mahela was not given out LBW first ball by umpire Rauf, though it seems plumb. 2. Dinesh Karthik was given out for a catch off thigh pad again by Rauf. 3. Yuvraj was not given out for a very clear nick caught by Sanga, umpire was Asoka de Silva. He didn't walk showing Indian Spirit. 4. Sehwag was not given out for a plumb LBW by Asoka de Silva again, but luck was not with Sehwag and he ran himself out for the same ball. 5. Dhoni was plumb LBW off Mathews when he was at 1, turned down by Rauf again. SO INDIANS GOT 2 BAD DECISIONS AND SRI LANKANS GOT 3. YOU INDIANS ALWAY FIND EXCUSES! Pitch, Lights, Toss and Umpire decisions. You never accept the poor cricket played by your own team. the bitter truth is : THIS IS A HUMILIATING DEFEAT FOR INDIA!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | August 29, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    Well played both India and SL . Inspite of all the injured India did well to reach the finals and gave it a shot but could'nt win it for the fifth time in SL but anyway India put in a good effort and after the long rest they will be up to play vs aus in india. But still from last 2 years India have a great record of winning more ODI series in SL more than even the lankans, so that speaks a lot abt Dhonis captaincy. So gud luck against AUS.

  • POSTED BY DeepuGeorge on | August 29, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka - well deserved. I must say that the lack of partnerships dearly cost India and poor bowling - I would have started with Nehra opening the bowling. It was however good to see most of the younger group of players contribute to the score board, even thought this did not result in a win. Karthik was unlucky, but India were lucky with Yuvi. A senseless run out of Sehwag - someone needs to get these blokes to call their runs carefully. India will be at full strength with the return of Sachin, Zaheer, Bhaji and co. CHAKE DE INDIA - well played. Does not matter if we lose, but give it everything.

  • POSTED BY T.Varghese on | August 29, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    Hope Tri nation and Zimbabwe LOSS may be an eye opener to Srikanth and Dhoni. Dhoni was enjoying a team a builded by Gauguly and his luck. Srikanth proves he is the most worst chairman of selectors in the Indian cricket history. He denied a good team to Dhoni and Dhoni failed to understand the caliber of karthik and Jadeja. Alteast Dhoni could have given a chance to Tiwari. Srikanth persist with Karthik and Jedeja for long time, by denying the chances to the likes of Rayudu, badri, Purjara, Uthppa etc. Really Indian cricket may die if Srikanth continues his damage.

  • POSTED BY ultimatewarrior on | August 29, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Attention Indian Cricket Lovers! Indian Cricket Team(Full Strength and Fully Fit and Current Form & Class) only have TWO match winners Sachin & Sehwag in All Forms and Dravid & Laxman in Test and Zaheer in all away matches and Harbhajan in Home Test. Further Gambhir, Yuvraj, Raina & Dhoni can play here and there few supporting roles. If India has to Rule Over the World they have to experiment in Test, One Day and 20-20 with GIVING CHANCE TO AT LEAST ONE NEW PLAYER in EACH SERIES FULLY for batting & bowling respectively and retain them to new series if get success. This can be done easily instead of giving ENDLESS chances to few players like Virat, Rohit, Irfan, Ishant, Jadeja, Ishant, Kartik, Yusuf Pathan, Amit Mishra. They can also try CONDITION & PITCH SPECIFIC along with Test or One Day or 20-20 SPECIFIC TEAM. Selectors are you HEARING

  • POSTED BY TheUglyTruth on | August 29, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    first_slip...i really hope ur being sarcastic or attempting be funny. The umpires robbed Srilanka of winning by a margin of more than 100 runs. Sehwag, Yuvraj(more than once), dhoni, were all out before they were given out by the umpires! Before the final, all cricinfo articles had over 300 comments. India loses the final = 0 comments. And this time no excuses either. Overrated team that got thrashed. End of story. But atleast Sehwag got a couple of vehicles to take home. He is a really good batsmen and deserved it. Praveen Kumar needs a couple of anger management classes or attitude lessons. When hes takin wickets, hes Mr. Tough guy. When he gets hammered, hes a quiet little church mouse. Hilarious. And Kanas...u had all those players in ur team when SL knocked u out of the 2007 world cup. So dnt say it wudve bin a one sided series. We shall see soon enough though. Maybe a little more humility might do u good. Peace!

  • POSTED BY vBaskar on | August 29, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Hey Roshan - IPL is the greatest money spinner in cricket. If the lankans dont want money, they can stay away. The true matter of the fact is that INDIA is the power house of cricket and Money is in abundance wherever Indian Team goes. Any other Team will not be able to have that kind of reputation or wealth for a long time to come. I would love to see a triangular series in Srilanka with Australia and South Africa and see how that goes. Guys, Chill - It is 4 -1 as far as finals are concerned. We may be down now, We will see You in the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_observer_from_1982 on | August 29, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Srikanth should be answerable somewhere. He cannot keep selecting players like Dinesh karthick, and cannot be held unaccountable. Players like yousuf pathan and Robin uttappa are sitting outside. even if dinesh Karthik is dropped after a couple of matches he will catch a flight and enter the team. Srikanth is only challenging 100 crore people

  • POSTED BY vBaskar on | August 29, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Congratulations ! Team Lanka. You did great. If I were a Sri Lankan, I would not be too proud about this though ! You did beat an indian team but it was a Team where all the senior players were missing. Lets see How You face up to India in WC 2011. I still remember the pasting in England where India posted 380+. Cant wait for the day when this SL team faces upto the full strength Indian Team. That will be some fireworks. Have You guys won a ODI series Australia or England? I may have a poor memory, Can You remind me?

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | August 29, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Umpires Robbed Indian Again.. i wounder, no mentioning About Umpires Decisions in this article?

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | August 29, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Awsome stuff Sri Lanka!!! Looking good! Maybe Dilhara should be in the side though, feel we need one more attacking bowler in addition to Malinga. Probably at the expense of kule but if conditions are helpful i guess kule is an attacking option too ...

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | August 29, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    a perfect win for the lankans.As far as india s concerned biggest worry is yuvrajs form..u cant make him sit out with world cup ahead,playing him at seven as a finisher and allrounder can do the trick,atleast till he gains his touch.dravid shd be brot back wit prime motive of winning the wc..lets give the youngsters chances after the wc..this indian side currently played will be really strong once sachin,gauti,zak,dravid and bhajji return......would have been an one sided series ,had it been so........

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Is any Indian complaining about the yesterday's umpiring? Hope not, that is the BCCI mentality "when you get benefit appreciate", if not cry? Anyway perfect match and showed the strong leadership qualities and maturity level of the world best captain, Sanga. All the best to India for the upcoming Ausi Tour as BCCI has already done the ground work to support the struggling batters, by refusing the UDRS. Theory is benefit of doubt is always to BCCI ---- if not cry

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    lankan team well played as a team and sehwag well played for the indian team...good series..ICC & BBCI plz make sure these two teams take a long from from facing each other..lol...hope indian seniors sachin,sehwag,dhoni,zak,gambhir and bhajji will pull some heavyweights in the next year world cup..seems yuvi doesnt have the patience to play a long innings these days and he doesnt look like a senior player aswell..he shud be left out...!!!

  • POSTED BY pradeeplasantha on | August 29, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Excellent job guys & did it absolutely well. Hey Indians let's learn a lesson, it is not all about batting or Bowling all about the mental & moral srongness....if you won't to win match , keep your chin up....right Sri lank done it again smartly.....just brilliant guys.......

  • POSTED BY leo89 on | August 29, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Hush little viru,don't you cry:you got the car though you are in the losers side.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | August 29, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    good win to SL and the series was well organized. The series from Indian POV showed the class of Sehwag and from SL POV they have succeded in defeating INdia after Four defeats so congrats on that. Good luck for india against AUS.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    world best batting line up in india....good luck with that.The ranking or IPL performance is not the valuable, performance in odi is the value.India can't go to the match with players, who perform past and not in the present.

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  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    world best batting line up in india....good luck with that.The ranking or IPL performance is not the valuable, performance in odi is the value.India can't go to the match with players, who perform past and not in the present.

  • POSTED BY Hindh on | August 29, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    good win to SL and the series was well organized. The series from Indian POV showed the class of Sehwag and from SL POV they have succeded in defeating INdia after Four defeats so congrats on that. Good luck for india against AUS.

  • POSTED BY leo89 on | August 29, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Hush little viru,don't you cry:you got the car though you are in the losers side.

  • POSTED BY pradeeplasantha on | August 29, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Excellent job guys & did it absolutely well. Hey Indians let's learn a lesson, it is not all about batting or Bowling all about the mental & moral srongness....if you won't to win match , keep your chin up....right Sri lank done it again smartly.....just brilliant guys.......

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    lankan team well played as a team and sehwag well played for the indian team...good series..ICC & BBCI plz make sure these two teams take a long from from facing each other..lol...hope indian seniors sachin,sehwag,dhoni,zak,gambhir and bhajji will pull some heavyweights in the next year world cup..seems yuvi doesnt have the patience to play a long innings these days and he doesnt look like a senior player aswell..he shud be left out...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Is any Indian complaining about the yesterday's umpiring? Hope not, that is the BCCI mentality "when you get benefit appreciate", if not cry? Anyway perfect match and showed the strong leadership qualities and maturity level of the world best captain, Sanga. All the best to India for the upcoming Ausi Tour as BCCI has already done the ground work to support the struggling batters, by refusing the UDRS. Theory is benefit of doubt is always to BCCI ---- if not cry

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | August 29, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    a perfect win for the lankans.As far as india s concerned biggest worry is yuvrajs form..u cant make him sit out with world cup ahead,playing him at seven as a finisher and allrounder can do the trick,atleast till he gains his touch.dravid shd be brot back wit prime motive of winning the wc..lets give the youngsters chances after the wc..this indian side currently played will be really strong once sachin,gauti,zak,dravid and bhajji return......would have been an one sided series ,had it been so........

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | August 29, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Awsome stuff Sri Lanka!!! Looking good! Maybe Dilhara should be in the side though, feel we need one more attacking bowler in addition to Malinga. Probably at the expense of kule but if conditions are helpful i guess kule is an attacking option too ...

  • POSTED BY first_slip on | August 29, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Umpires Robbed Indian Again.. i wounder, no mentioning About Umpires Decisions in this article?

  • POSTED BY vBaskar on | August 29, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Congratulations ! Team Lanka. You did great. If I were a Sri Lankan, I would not be too proud about this though ! You did beat an indian team but it was a Team where all the senior players were missing. Lets see How You face up to India in WC 2011. I still remember the pasting in England where India posted 380+. Cant wait for the day when this SL team faces upto the full strength Indian Team. That will be some fireworks. Have You guys won a ODI series Australia or England? I may have a poor memory, Can You remind me?