South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Centurion, 1st day December 15, 2011

Sri Lanka pin hopes on Fernando

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Nine years ago, on this very ground, Dilhara Fernando almost bowled Sri Lanka to victory over South Africa. The visitors set South Africa a small target of 121, yet had them seven down when victory came. Four of the seven sticks belonged to Fernando. This time, with his side being shot out cheaply on the first day at Centurion, a repeat of such a finish is a pipe dream but with Fernando on form the visitors still have belief.

"He [Fernando] is at his peak," Kaushal Silva, Sri Lanka wicket-keeper said. "He has been doing well for the past couple of months. In the Abu Dhabi tour [against Pakistan], he bowled really quickly. If he bowls well and takes vital wickets, he will be the key man for us."

Fernando finished a controlled spell late on the first day, showing promising signs. He surprised Graeme Smith with a bouncer and then pitched one up to have the South African captain rapped on the pads - a crucial wicket that created a small opening for Sri Lanka. With Dale Steyn at the crease as the night watchman, and a circumspect Jacques Rudolph at the other end on the second morning, Sri Lanka may see the chance to prise the crack open a little wider.

"It moves a lot in the morning," Silva said. "If we can take two or three early wickets in the morning, we can come back into the game." Overhead conditions may not assist Sri Lanka in their task, with skies clearing as the first day wore on and stars visible once darkness descended. Still, they have to hope, after a dismal outing with the bat in which they were rolled out for 180.

"We were hoping for around 250 or 300, and with the way Mahela [Jayawardene] and later Thilan [Samaraweera] were going, we were on target to get there," Silva said. After the pair was dismissed, Sri Lanka lost six wickets for 24 runs and finished well below par on a pitch that should become easier for batting.

Sri Lanka's troubles began at the top, when Tillakaratne Dilshan started the rot by playing a rash shot that had no place in a Test match. Silva said the team was not disappointed by the captain's failure and appreciated that when he comes off, it serves them well. "That's his natural game," Silva said. "Sometimes it is an advantage because if he scores quickly, the pressure on the team comes down."

This time, it did not work and the resulting wretched batting means Sri Lanka put themselves on the back foot. Silva tried to stay positive, though, and hinted that the defensive bowling they started with could turn into something more aggressive on the second morning. "The last few overs, we bowled really well. Tomorrow morning we will need to start again and forget about what happened today."

Forget they might, but undo they cannot, and it will require a supreme effort from Fernando and others to erase the effect of the first-innings collapse and turn this match into a contest.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Jaggadaaku on December 18, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @tanstell87, I am an Indian, that doesn't mean I am giving jealous comment about SL. Look at the Fernando's profile and then read my comment. Every word is true about it. You had faith in Fernando. What happened? SA are 389/9 and Fernando haven't grabbed another wicket after bowling 26 overs at 4.41. The bowler has been playing International cricket for more than 11 years and showed up in only 37 tests. I am not writing about Murlitheran or Vaas here. It's Fernando, one of the struggling bowler of SL. And @Josh2david too, the Indian team or Zaheer or Harbhajan are not the issue here. This article is about Fernando and Kushal. Did I write anything about other than Farnando and Kushal here? Then who writes the nasty comment here? Judge by yourself.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 17, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @jonnybtestmatch. Are you talking about Praveen Kumar's dummy A.Cook in the last 5 ODIs? :P

  • Habi on December 16, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Hi, I donno why some are talking about India here. Agreed SL is in rebuilding phase but apart from Sanga there is no other class batsman in their lineup except to some extent Mahela who showed inclination to stay at the wicket. Also SA batting is prone to collapse and if SL bolwers keep bowling upto their potential it will be a cracker of a series. Also SL fans remember that SL is yet to win a TEST in SA, Aus, Ind. After Murali's retirement SL will face plenty of problems. As far as S'weera is concerned, he is suited only to sub-continent pitches and even Paranavitana is better then him in alien conditions.

  • SLsupport on December 16, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Welagedara is bowling really well.He will pickup few wickets sooner..................

  • jonnybtestmatch on December 16, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I am English and to all the Indian fans Sri Lanka have twice the bottle and heart as the Indian players. With such an array of talent the effort you put up in England was shameful. Come on Sri Lankan fans at least your players have spirt and have over achieved historically. The side is just going through the necessary transitional period like the Aussies are. I am sure both sides will be back before too long. As for India, the bowling is garabage and will be for the forseeable future. Pinning the hopes on Fernando is better than Ishant. Short, wide, 4. Alastair Cook says thanks very much. Bring back any memories ..

  • on December 16, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    I wonder why team batting second is not allowed to keep on batting if it has got a lead of more than 200 like team batting first can keep on bowling (follow on) if it has got a lead of more than 200. For example, in this match, say SA make 390 and get all out by the end of 2nd day, they can opt to bat in the 3rd innings and thus avoid chasing in the last innings, post a huge lead and thus make sure that in worst case they will only draw.

  • yorkslanka on December 16, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    To those who say they are such of watching SL playing-simple solution:dont,no one is forcing you..we don't need glory supporters who only have Interest when a team Is winning..leave to the rest of us true supporters..yes we are going through tough times but we are in a transition of rebuilding..180 was a light score but considering the wicket favouring bowlers(I am not berating it) it could have been a lot worse..Indian fans,pls keep the comments about THIS series..

  • cricket4evar on December 16, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    A note to all my fellow indians. Lets not be too critical of SL bowling department. They have been plagued by injuries. had pradeep, lakmal and co been available , this trumps the indian fast bowling line up. Without harbajan who is out of sorts, the spin bowling lineup trumps our stock too. And our famed batting failed miserably in England under similar seaming conditions. So we have nothing to write home about to be honest about our own performances

  • inder0523 on December 16, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    I am an Indian and i am a big fan of cricket and not the cricketers...But i am dissapointed the way Sri lankans are playing...Jayawardne is good at speaches but i wonder when he scored last fifty in a test match,lol,why cant they find genuine batsmen?

  • rappedonthepads on December 16, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Not a big fan of SL cricket barring few players. But I'm amazed by some of the comments here by my fellow Indian 'fans'. I think we lost all talking rights earlier in the year in England. So a word of advice my friends, lay low for a while. Most teams struggle in the 1st test in SA. We got bundled out for 130 odd last year. Also, why can't views here be balanced? what's this obsession with the extreme?

  • Jaggadaaku on December 18, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @tanstell87, I am an Indian, that doesn't mean I am giving jealous comment about SL. Look at the Fernando's profile and then read my comment. Every word is true about it. You had faith in Fernando. What happened? SA are 389/9 and Fernando haven't grabbed another wicket after bowling 26 overs at 4.41. The bowler has been playing International cricket for more than 11 years and showed up in only 37 tests. I am not writing about Murlitheran or Vaas here. It's Fernando, one of the struggling bowler of SL. And @Josh2david too, the Indian team or Zaheer or Harbhajan are not the issue here. This article is about Fernando and Kushal. Did I write anything about other than Farnando and Kushal here? Then who writes the nasty comment here? Judge by yourself.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 17, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @jonnybtestmatch. Are you talking about Praveen Kumar's dummy A.Cook in the last 5 ODIs? :P

  • Habi on December 16, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    Hi, I donno why some are talking about India here. Agreed SL is in rebuilding phase but apart from Sanga there is no other class batsman in their lineup except to some extent Mahela who showed inclination to stay at the wicket. Also SA batting is prone to collapse and if SL bolwers keep bowling upto their potential it will be a cracker of a series. Also SL fans remember that SL is yet to win a TEST in SA, Aus, Ind. After Murali's retirement SL will face plenty of problems. As far as S'weera is concerned, he is suited only to sub-continent pitches and even Paranavitana is better then him in alien conditions.

  • SLsupport on December 16, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Welagedara is bowling really well.He will pickup few wickets sooner..................

  • jonnybtestmatch on December 16, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    I am English and to all the Indian fans Sri Lanka have twice the bottle and heart as the Indian players. With such an array of talent the effort you put up in England was shameful. Come on Sri Lankan fans at least your players have spirt and have over achieved historically. The side is just going through the necessary transitional period like the Aussies are. I am sure both sides will be back before too long. As for India, the bowling is garabage and will be for the forseeable future. Pinning the hopes on Fernando is better than Ishant. Short, wide, 4. Alastair Cook says thanks very much. Bring back any memories ..

  • on December 16, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    I wonder why team batting second is not allowed to keep on batting if it has got a lead of more than 200 like team batting first can keep on bowling (follow on) if it has got a lead of more than 200. For example, in this match, say SA make 390 and get all out by the end of 2nd day, they can opt to bat in the 3rd innings and thus avoid chasing in the last innings, post a huge lead and thus make sure that in worst case they will only draw.

  • yorkslanka on December 16, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    To those who say they are such of watching SL playing-simple solution:dont,no one is forcing you..we don't need glory supporters who only have Interest when a team Is winning..leave to the rest of us true supporters..yes we are going through tough times but we are in a transition of rebuilding..180 was a light score but considering the wicket favouring bowlers(I am not berating it) it could have been a lot worse..Indian fans,pls keep the comments about THIS series..

  • cricket4evar on December 16, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    A note to all my fellow indians. Lets not be too critical of SL bowling department. They have been plagued by injuries. had pradeep, lakmal and co been available , this trumps the indian fast bowling line up. Without harbajan who is out of sorts, the spin bowling lineup trumps our stock too. And our famed batting failed miserably in England under similar seaming conditions. So we have nothing to write home about to be honest about our own performances

  • inder0523 on December 16, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    I am an Indian and i am a big fan of cricket and not the cricketers...But i am dissapointed the way Sri lankans are playing...Jayawardne is good at speaches but i wonder when he scored last fifty in a test match,lol,why cant they find genuine batsmen?

  • rappedonthepads on December 16, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Not a big fan of SL cricket barring few players. But I'm amazed by some of the comments here by my fellow Indian 'fans'. I think we lost all talking rights earlier in the year in England. So a word of advice my friends, lay low for a while. Most teams struggle in the 1st test in SA. We got bundled out for 130 odd last year. Also, why can't views here be balanced? what's this obsession with the extreme?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 16, 2011, 5:13 GMT

    SL no longer a good team in tests...not even in home condition after the retirement of Vass, Murali etc. then how can they win matches abroad???

  • SLsupport on December 16, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    No use till waiting for morning.No conditions will help until they bowl with correct seam position.

  • tanstell87 on December 16, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Indian fan here....i have faith in this attack...Fernando should lead from the front....who shall they go back to - Vaas.....he is too old guys....where is Mirando Thushara....he was good...why is Kulasekara not preferred...he can bat too...why are Lankan fans losing patience...SL havent lost previous 3 test series by huge margins..having lost 0-1 thrice...they were in winning positions against Aussies in 3rd test & one of the test against Pakistan...why lose heart then...SL has been hugely affected by Murali's retirement & nothing else...& i was surprised as of why Welegedera was not bowling in-swingers as SA openers were leaving most of his deliveries...why is Sanga not keeping wickets....where is Kandamby...he would have been useful with his defensive technique at number 7...but i am sure SL will give a tough fight to SA....all the best to both teams though !!

  • SamRoy on December 16, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    What is your problem @Khiladisher? Can't you stop writing in capital letters. Do I still need to tell you it is annoying? Secondly, if you want to prove that Sangakkara and Jayawardene's are much less compared to the Indian "GREATS" then please have a look again at the careers of them. Nobody averages 40 in South Africa (except Tendulkar and Gambhir who has only played two tests in SA). Dravid has only 1 century after 4 tours, Laxman has 0, Sehwag has 1 after 3 tours (was terrible in his last two tours), Gambhir has 0 (though he played very well). Don't be surprised if either Jayawardene or Sangakkara or both end up getting their maiden test hundreds in South Africa. Having said that I expect South Africa to win the series easily.

  • joseyesu on December 16, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    A good bowler like pathan, but somehow last the track.

  • ishrath on December 16, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    really sick of watching SL play cricket...That's all i can say!!

  • on December 16, 2011, 4:04 GMT

    come on i don,t understand y people are so harsh on srilanka ,they are going through a rebuilding phase and hopefully they will come good in a couple of years time .On indian fans who are sarcastically laughing on Dilhara and srilanka ,could you name a single fast bowler who is comparable to Chaminda vass keeping in view your size and population .

  • Sumeet.Gupta on December 16, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    @khiladisher, just to digress. do you know that writing in CAPS is considered to be online equivalent of shouting? I am sure many more people will read your comments if you take the pain of pressing one key of your laptop/desktop. Just a suggestion mate, since, lately, you have been a regular commentator on the Cricinfo blogs....nothing personal against you

  • satish619chandar on December 16, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    Bowling good line and length itself will work in SA.. Pitch and conditions will take care of the rest.. The supposed to be worst fast bowlers in cricket Indian bowlers itself performed very well in these conditions.. SL should concentrate more on consistency while bowling.. Hope we get a good contest as the match goes on..

  • rahulcricket007 on December 16, 2011, 3:49 GMT

    @KHILADISHER. SL PERFORM BETTER THAN OUR TEAM'S BATSMEN . ON THE SAME GROUND UNDER SAME CONDITIONS INDIAN BATSMEN WERE BOWLED OUT FOR 136 IN FIRST INNINGS . PLEASE DON'T WRITE FOOLISH COMMENTS .WE SHOULD THINK ABOUT OUR TEAM RATHER THAN CRITICIZING OUR NEIGHBOURS .

  • arpzzz on December 16, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    @ssduk , Sachin tendulkar did score 2 centuries in SA just 11 months before, against Styen and Morkel company.India manage to draw the series 1-1 in SA. SRL is yet to win a test (leave the test series) in India. About" SRL get to play on fast tracks once in 5 years", India 's last 2 tours to SA are in 2006 and 2011, Is nt that also gap of 5 years??

  • ilhamrfe on December 16, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    i think first of all srilanka need a wining momentum.because they haven't won a single test match after the retirement of murali.so that i prefer that selectors should ask lasith malinga for a come back for the test matches,because he is the only one can take wickets against any opponents.

  • Srini_Indian on December 16, 2011, 2:44 GMT

    Its nice to see SL getting clobbered. SA should post 500 on the board and go for the crushing innings victory.

  • on December 16, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Why not Dinesh Chandimal included in the team? If you look at first class match average, he has the best srilankan first class average(58). He is repeatedly dropped from test. Unbelievable.

  • on December 16, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen need to go back to the basics : USE YOUR FEET and CONCENTRATE ON EVERY BALL.

  • Afridynamite on December 16, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    I will be really surprised if Sri Lanka manage to take all 10 wickets in an innings in South Africa. This bowling unit will not take them any where.

  • very_stupid_point on December 15, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    Agree with landl47 and Jaggadaaku. 94 wickets from 37 tests in 10 years isn't world class material. Compare with Steyn's nearly 250 wickets from about 50 tests. I don't think any batsman worries about facing him.

  • SLMaster on December 15, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    We need changes to Coaches, SL board, selection committee, and the monk giving blessing before team leaving for an away tournament... :-)

  • ssduk on December 15, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @khiladisher, you tell me where Sanga and Mahela need to score??? If they score a century you will say that that is slow wicket. What happened to India against England in last summer??? What happend to Tendulkar ????? India is World Champion ist it?? Lost 4 tests, lost 3 ODI's and T-20 too. So you better think about your saide rather than commenting about Lankans. Of course SL players might face problems as they are getting matches in fast wickets after 5 years. So do you think that is fair??? You clearly shows that your jealousy about lankan players as we never criticize other teams coz we love cricket...

  • SamAsh07 on December 15, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Again SL want to lay their hopes of victory on one particular man, first it was Murali all the way, then at times it is Malinga, and now this dude?? Seriously?? First learn to bat atleast a day of a Test Match then talk about your bowling. Even the mighty Samaraweera's inclusion didn't help :P.

  • josh2david on December 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    @ khiladisher do you know the great man managed to score max 34 in Lords! has been around 22 yrs.

  • josh2david on December 15, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @Jaggadaaku why do you made this nasty comments, SL has to rely on the bowler whoever the best in the team the man is Dilhara , Smith was removed by Dilhara in the final over really motivate SL , don't think the star palyers always run the show, where is Zaheer ? and Murali predicted Harbajan would be the one can close to his record, what happened to harbajan, he was dropped ! guys there are millions of people can hang on the tail of star players, but only few appreciate the less popular ones!

  • on December 15, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Kaushal Silva seems to be content with being just the 'stand-in' test keeper... He can't pick up the role of a "specialist keeper". SL needs runs from him. Yes, Fernando looked pretty sharp at times on the 1st day. But he can't just keep bowling from one end... his fitness will be tested on day 2. The other bowlers too should have made the batsmen play shots more often. I thought the SA batters soaked up the pressure brilliantly. Russel Arnold for once made a brilliant comment on reflecting on captain Dilshan's dismissal. He said something to the effect of how Dilshan could not go to the players and motivate them, when he himself just surrendered his wicket to the opposition!The excuse of this team being in "transition", has been excessively used and now officially OLD! Another poor 1st innings effort (now somewhat typical) by SL will leave them trailing not just in this 1st innings nor just this match, but the entire series!! Troubling and worrying times!!! :(

  • Jaggadaaku on December 15, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    The rookie wicket-keepr Kushal Silva said "Fernando could be the key for SL". Kushal thinks cricket fans of the world are stupid. Look at the Fernando's profile. He has been playing International cricket for SL for more than 11 years and played only 37 tests and less than 150 ODIs(146 exact). That means he is come and go type player, and come and go type player never becomes the key player. Isn't it that simple? Is it rocket science? Current SL team filled up with this kind of players who praise and hail each other, no matter they are capable of that or not. What a bunch of jokers who provide subject us to laugh. Okay, Kushal we laughed hysterically. Kushal, has Fernando ever won a "Man of the Match" award in tests?

  • khiladisher on December 15, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    PATHETIC BATTING BY THE LANKANS AS USUAL LOOKS LIKE THE 4TH SERIES LOSS IN A ROW AND 17 TESTS WITHOUT A WIN-SANGAKKAR AND JAYAWARDENE ARE CHAMPION BATSMAN ONLY AND ONLY AT SSC GROUND-COLOMBO-THEY HAVE VERY POOR AWAY RECORDS IN ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA{IF WE FORGET THE 192 MADE BY SANGA IN SLOW HOBART PITCH{THE PITCH FOR AUSTRALIA-KIWI SERIES WAS SPICED UP WITH LOTS OF GRASS}-AND ALSO AT INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA-THEIR AVG OF 50 IN CRICKET SHOWS 65 AT HOME AND 30-35 AWAY-THAT WOULD NEVER PUT THEM IN A GREAT BATTING LIST-SANGAKARA IS NOT ABLE TO PLAY PHILANDER LET ALONE STEYN AND MORKEL.DILSHAN IS PLAYING AS IF ITS A 20-20 MATCH.

  • landl47 on December 15, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    When the Sri Lankans are hoping that Fernando is the man to take them to victory, things are looking bleak indeed.

  • playitstraight on December 15, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    This match could be turned on it's head, maybe if SL bowlers bowled good line and length and pitched it up. They also need to find the swing and seam that is vital in helpful conditions like these. Fernando could be the key supposing he does this. Welegedara is a good bowler too, he needs to do the same. Hopefully, spin will play a role and Herath can take wickets.

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  • playitstraight on December 15, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    This match could be turned on it's head, maybe if SL bowlers bowled good line and length and pitched it up. They also need to find the swing and seam that is vital in helpful conditions like these. Fernando could be the key supposing he does this. Welegedara is a good bowler too, he needs to do the same. Hopefully, spin will play a role and Herath can take wickets.

  • landl47 on December 15, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    When the Sri Lankans are hoping that Fernando is the man to take them to victory, things are looking bleak indeed.

  • khiladisher on December 15, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    PATHETIC BATTING BY THE LANKANS AS USUAL LOOKS LIKE THE 4TH SERIES LOSS IN A ROW AND 17 TESTS WITHOUT A WIN-SANGAKKAR AND JAYAWARDENE ARE CHAMPION BATSMAN ONLY AND ONLY AT SSC GROUND-COLOMBO-THEY HAVE VERY POOR AWAY RECORDS IN ENGLAND-AUSTRALIA{IF WE FORGET THE 192 MADE BY SANGA IN SLOW HOBART PITCH{THE PITCH FOR AUSTRALIA-KIWI SERIES WAS SPICED UP WITH LOTS OF GRASS}-AND ALSO AT INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA-THEIR AVG OF 50 IN CRICKET SHOWS 65 AT HOME AND 30-35 AWAY-THAT WOULD NEVER PUT THEM IN A GREAT BATTING LIST-SANGAKARA IS NOT ABLE TO PLAY PHILANDER LET ALONE STEYN AND MORKEL.DILSHAN IS PLAYING AS IF ITS A 20-20 MATCH.

  • Jaggadaaku on December 15, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    The rookie wicket-keepr Kushal Silva said "Fernando could be the key for SL". Kushal thinks cricket fans of the world are stupid. Look at the Fernando's profile. He has been playing International cricket for SL for more than 11 years and played only 37 tests and less than 150 ODIs(146 exact). That means he is come and go type player, and come and go type player never becomes the key player. Isn't it that simple? Is it rocket science? Current SL team filled up with this kind of players who praise and hail each other, no matter they are capable of that or not. What a bunch of jokers who provide subject us to laugh. Okay, Kushal we laughed hysterically. Kushal, has Fernando ever won a "Man of the Match" award in tests?

  • on December 15, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Kaushal Silva seems to be content with being just the 'stand-in' test keeper... He can't pick up the role of a "specialist keeper". SL needs runs from him. Yes, Fernando looked pretty sharp at times on the 1st day. But he can't just keep bowling from one end... his fitness will be tested on day 2. The other bowlers too should have made the batsmen play shots more often. I thought the SA batters soaked up the pressure brilliantly. Russel Arnold for once made a brilliant comment on reflecting on captain Dilshan's dismissal. He said something to the effect of how Dilshan could not go to the players and motivate them, when he himself just surrendered his wicket to the opposition!The excuse of this team being in "transition", has been excessively used and now officially OLD! Another poor 1st innings effort (now somewhat typical) by SL will leave them trailing not just in this 1st innings nor just this match, but the entire series!! Troubling and worrying times!!! :(

  • josh2david on December 15, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @Jaggadaaku why do you made this nasty comments, SL has to rely on the bowler whoever the best in the team the man is Dilhara , Smith was removed by Dilhara in the final over really motivate SL , don't think the star palyers always run the show, where is Zaheer ? and Murali predicted Harbajan would be the one can close to his record, what happened to harbajan, he was dropped ! guys there are millions of people can hang on the tail of star players, but only few appreciate the less popular ones!

  • josh2david on December 15, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    @ khiladisher do you know the great man managed to score max 34 in Lords! has been around 22 yrs.

  • SamAsh07 on December 15, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    Again SL want to lay their hopes of victory on one particular man, first it was Murali all the way, then at times it is Malinga, and now this dude?? Seriously?? First learn to bat atleast a day of a Test Match then talk about your bowling. Even the mighty Samaraweera's inclusion didn't help :P.

  • ssduk on December 15, 2011, 22:32 GMT

    @khiladisher, you tell me where Sanga and Mahela need to score??? If they score a century you will say that that is slow wicket. What happened to India against England in last summer??? What happend to Tendulkar ????? India is World Champion ist it?? Lost 4 tests, lost 3 ODI's and T-20 too. So you better think about your saide rather than commenting about Lankans. Of course SL players might face problems as they are getting matches in fast wickets after 5 years. So do you think that is fair??? You clearly shows that your jealousy about lankan players as we never criticize other teams coz we love cricket...

  • SLMaster on December 15, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    We need changes to Coaches, SL board, selection committee, and the monk giving blessing before team leaving for an away tournament... :-)