South Africa v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Paarl January 11, 2012

Sri Lanka dismantled in Paarl

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South Africa 301 for 8 (Amla 112, Kallis 72, de Villiers 52, Malinga 5-54) beat Sri Lanka 43 (Morkel 4-10) by 258 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

South Africa's season of outlandish results produced another jaw-dropper as Sri Lanka subsided to 43 all out, their lowest total in one-dayers. The shorter format was widely expected to make the one-day series a more even contest than the Tests, but Sri Lanka's 258-run defeat in Paarl was the third largest in ODI history, giving AB de Villiers the perfect start to his captaincy.

South Africa's batsmen had earlier enjoyed themselves despite the scorching heat as they ran up 301 after winning the toss. Hashim Amla highlighted why he's the world's top-ranked ODI batsman with his ninth century, and was supported by the two other big guns of the batting - Jacques Kallis provided the early impetus before de Villiers produced the most fluent innings of the match to power South Africa on a pitch where both seam and spin proved elusive in the afternoon.

Lasith Malinga underscored his value to Sri Lanka, with a five-for that reined in South Africa towards the end of the innings, but his sterling efforts proved moot as Sri Lanka lost five wickets in five overs to effectively end the contest.

Two South African bowlers with points to prove were given the new balls and they snuffed out the resistance even before the main man Dale Steyn was called on. Morne Morkel, coming off an indifferent Test summer, started the collapse in the first over as Upul Tharanga attempted a leaden-footed slap which ended as a low catch at backward point. In the next over Lonwabo Tsotsobe, having lost his place as third seamer to Vernon Philander in the Tests, showed how potent he can be by getting the ball to jag in and rear at the batsman. That proved too much for Tillakaratne Dilshan, who also bagged a duck by gloving to the keeper.

The alarm bells were truly ringing when Dinesh Chandimal struggled to get bat on ball, inside-edging an accurate Tsotsobe three times before nicking a loose drive onto the stumps. Morkel then virtually killed off the game in the fifth over: Kumar Sangakkara's attempted upper cut gave de Villiers his second catch, and two balls later Angelo Mathews' awkward fend at a short ball popped to midwicket.

Mahela Jayawardene then made an unforced error in the eighth over, stabbing a wide ball to point as Sri Lanka slid to 13 for 6. The match was long gone, and the immediate concern was over avoiding the ignominy of the lowest score in one-day history.

In that manic Test at Cape Town in November, Australia's last pair had averted the lowest Test total, and this time Sri Lanka's tail did the job. Not that it offered much consolation for Dilshan, who looked shell-shocked in the dressing-room as his team disintegrated. While the pitch certainly provided a bit more help to the bowlers under lights, it was nowhere near as dramatic as the scoreline suggested.

When South Africa batted there had few of the troubles Sri Lanka faced. Malinga extended Graeme Smith's poor run in one-dayers, but till the 40th over, the likeliest cause of a South African wicket was a run-out.

Amla wasn't at his assured best early on, outside-edging a few drives and mistiming some pulls. Kallis, though, batted like a man coming off a double century a week ago, routinely releasing the pressure after Sri Lanka's bowlers put together a few disciplined overs - most strikingly when he thumped Malinga over long-on for an imperious six, ending a run that yielded only 2 runs in 15 deliveries.

Both batsmen used the steer to third man and the clip to square leg efficiently to keep the singles coming. They had sauntered to 69 for 1 in 15 overs before opening up in the bowling Powerplay, off which they took 37 runs. With both batsmen looking good, South Africa opted for the batting Powerplay as early as the 27th over, but the 144-run stand was finally broken as Kallis was run out by a direct hit from Jayawardene at cover.

If there were fears that would slow down South Africa, de Villiers brushed them away as he played another of those innings where he seemed instantly at ease on a track where most others take time to settle down. He had a streak of 19 successive singles with Amla before becoming more enterprising, unleashing a series of boundaries through cover and extra cover to get to his half-century in 36 balls. Amla, meanwhile, calmly moved on to his hundred, celebrating the achievement with a gentle wave of the bat and helmet.

At 241 for 2 after 40 overs, South Africa seemed headed for at least 320. A Kulasekara yorker, though, removed the rampant de Villiers, before Malinga worked his magic to rip through the lower middle order.

The South African batting and Malinga's five-for were both completely overshadowed by what followed, in a one-dayer that is destined to be remembered as the '43 all out' game.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • JChandi on January 13, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    What is the big deal!!..Australia bowled out for 47 by SA in a test match just before the SL series, how pathetic was that? did anyone talked about this much?? IT was a bad day for SL and De Villiers did his job well with the support of his bowles, his plan worked very well like SL's plan worked in 1996 WC, could anyone stop them in that WC? no, Sanath and Kalu even end few bowlers carrier so be aware as Amla says.."Sri Lanka will come back firing - as they did in the Test matches. They are a proud team with a lot of heritage" ..........don't forget "SL are a proud team with a lot of heritage"

  • Prema1948 on January 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    What ever happens to the Team Mahela, Sangakkara will be there till the next WC and bat at No 3 - 4 positions.The selectors are not bothered a bit about the Future of SLan Cricket because they have their own selfish interest and they don't want to arrange even 2nd XI matches involving seniors for promising youngsters to show their capabilities, as it happens in other parts of the world. They just want to stay there as long as they(both seniors & the selectors) could and enjoy luxuries that come their way. SL is a country where the Game has been played for nearly 200 years. The talent is in abundance therefore there is no need of services of inconsistent,aging batsmen of defective techniques. What the future selectors should do is to introduce batters the type of S'weera, Trott,Amla, Dravid,… who have total control over their stroke play similarly the quality bowlers with accuracy and control.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    THIS IS THE TIME TO RISE AGAIN FOR LANKAN LIONS>>>>>>

    BE LIKE A PHONIX , ROCK IN @ND ODI

  • PDilE on January 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    It's quite surprising to see all these bashings.These SL people & media have to take the responsibility for this issue.After Sanga has built up a great team & lead them briliantly to WC Final, they kept bashing the team after the Final loss like they were knocked out from the first round of the WC.That lead to Sanga's resignation. SA/PAK/NZ/AUS media were not overly harsh on their teams after their WC exits & looked positively @ the future and look at the results. Think from your heart guys, all who bashed the SL team after WC Final loss are the reason for this. Had Sanga lead the tam for another one or two years,he could have groomed Mathews & Tharanga as next leaders of the team. Also Aravinda's selection committee had the gut to build the team & simply talking about the WC Final, our people completely demolished their respect. Having taken our cricket to a position where we were very close to No.1 in the world, Sanga/Mahela & Aravinda shouldn't have bashed which led to their resigns

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    SLI LIKE NEED A BOWLER LIKE MURALI DARHAN N NEED A GOOD CAPTN

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    On the current form and performance, Thilan Samaraweera is a good choice to Captain Sri Lanka now. He is a cool head and proved every critic wrong when the Lankan stalwarts struggled against SA pace attack. Age doesn't matter, give him a place in the ODI side and the captaincy. He has a good cricket brain than Dilshan or Mathews.

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    ALL SRILANKAN FANS: Please don't lose heart. India is following you. They will score below 43 in the 2nd innings of Perth Test and sidelined your score.

  • AllroundCricketFan on January 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Well done Amla again. Its amazing how this guy is scoring for fun in both ODI's and Tests. Amla has been the mainstay of this team for the last 2-3 years. With Morkel finally getting into the swing of things and Philander to surely start contending for a place in this team. Competition for places will be fierce. Surely Smith is the weakest link in this setup. The middle order needs to be sorted out/ After JP, Faf du Plesssis and 1 other all rounder need to stand up and be counted.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    It is sad and frustrating to see what's happening but at times even the mighty falls (not necessarily meaning that we are but we were at a point). As I read along most seems to have different opinions and conclusions and most are feasible and accurate but I find it a bit strange if suggesting dilshan to step down would bring out the SL team out of the dire straits they are in. Dilshan has a lot to improve as a captain and needs to act fast and most should understand that Dilshan is not Sanga. They are entirely different as they come and exceptional in their on ways when it comes to the game of cricket. No one was badgering Dilshan when he was making headlines as a definitive batsman of all forms of the game awhile back. One fact I do agree upon is that politics should stay clear of sports but alas that's not the case and I believe that its gonna get even worse. Apart from that it's an evident fact that SL batsmen have always found difficult to cope with superb Seam bowling under good b

  • Lord.emsworth on January 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    dont call for cricinfo journalist Mahela Jayawardene's sacking...Siddarth Ravindran wont print it!

  • JChandi on January 13, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    What is the big deal!!..Australia bowled out for 47 by SA in a test match just before the SL series, how pathetic was that? did anyone talked about this much?? IT was a bad day for SL and De Villiers did his job well with the support of his bowles, his plan worked very well like SL's plan worked in 1996 WC, could anyone stop them in that WC? no, Sanath and Kalu even end few bowlers carrier so be aware as Amla says.."Sri Lanka will come back firing - as they did in the Test matches. They are a proud team with a lot of heritage" ..........don't forget "SL are a proud team with a lot of heritage"

  • Prema1948 on January 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    What ever happens to the Team Mahela, Sangakkara will be there till the next WC and bat at No 3 - 4 positions.The selectors are not bothered a bit about the Future of SLan Cricket because they have their own selfish interest and they don't want to arrange even 2nd XI matches involving seniors for promising youngsters to show their capabilities, as it happens in other parts of the world. They just want to stay there as long as they(both seniors & the selectors) could and enjoy luxuries that come their way. SL is a country where the Game has been played for nearly 200 years. The talent is in abundance therefore there is no need of services of inconsistent,aging batsmen of defective techniques. What the future selectors should do is to introduce batters the type of S'weera, Trott,Amla, Dravid,… who have total control over their stroke play similarly the quality bowlers with accuracy and control.

  • on January 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    THIS IS THE TIME TO RISE AGAIN FOR LANKAN LIONS>>>>>>

    BE LIKE A PHONIX , ROCK IN @ND ODI

  • PDilE on January 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    It's quite surprising to see all these bashings.These SL people & media have to take the responsibility for this issue.After Sanga has built up a great team & lead them briliantly to WC Final, they kept bashing the team after the Final loss like they were knocked out from the first round of the WC.That lead to Sanga's resignation. SA/PAK/NZ/AUS media were not overly harsh on their teams after their WC exits & looked positively @ the future and look at the results. Think from your heart guys, all who bashed the SL team after WC Final loss are the reason for this. Had Sanga lead the tam for another one or two years,he could have groomed Mathews & Tharanga as next leaders of the team. Also Aravinda's selection committee had the gut to build the team & simply talking about the WC Final, our people completely demolished their respect. Having taken our cricket to a position where we were very close to No.1 in the world, Sanga/Mahela & Aravinda shouldn't have bashed which led to their resigns

  • on January 13, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    SLI LIKE NEED A BOWLER LIKE MURALI DARHAN N NEED A GOOD CAPTN

  • on January 13, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    On the current form and performance, Thilan Samaraweera is a good choice to Captain Sri Lanka now. He is a cool head and proved every critic wrong when the Lankan stalwarts struggled against SA pace attack. Age doesn't matter, give him a place in the ODI side and the captaincy. He has a good cricket brain than Dilshan or Mathews.

  • DINESHCC on January 13, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    ALL SRILANKAN FANS: Please don't lose heart. India is following you. They will score below 43 in the 2nd innings of Perth Test and sidelined your score.

  • AllroundCricketFan on January 13, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Well done Amla again. Its amazing how this guy is scoring for fun in both ODI's and Tests. Amla has been the mainstay of this team for the last 2-3 years. With Morkel finally getting into the swing of things and Philander to surely start contending for a place in this team. Competition for places will be fierce. Surely Smith is the weakest link in this setup. The middle order needs to be sorted out/ After JP, Faf du Plesssis and 1 other all rounder need to stand up and be counted.

  • on January 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    It is sad and frustrating to see what's happening but at times even the mighty falls (not necessarily meaning that we are but we were at a point). As I read along most seems to have different opinions and conclusions and most are feasible and accurate but I find it a bit strange if suggesting dilshan to step down would bring out the SL team out of the dire straits they are in. Dilshan has a lot to improve as a captain and needs to act fast and most should understand that Dilshan is not Sanga. They are entirely different as they come and exceptional in their on ways when it comes to the game of cricket. No one was badgering Dilshan when he was making headlines as a definitive batsman of all forms of the game awhile back. One fact I do agree upon is that politics should stay clear of sports but alas that's not the case and I believe that its gonna get even worse. Apart from that it's an evident fact that SL batsmen have always found difficult to cope with superb Seam bowling under good b

  • Lord.emsworth on January 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    dont call for cricinfo journalist Mahela Jayawardene's sacking...Siddarth Ravindran wont print it!

  • padmal on January 13, 2012, 7:07 GMT

    quoted hashabjp

    LOOK WHO THE REAL CHOKERS ARE...... One world cup, two times finalist and get thrashed from the hands of PROTEAS TEAM who have never done that. Its a shame people call PROTEAS chokers. At least they know they have never won a world cup but look at the team that has done so. Can someone change the meaning of chokers now. Happy for the new captain AB DEVILLIERS and the centurion who has all his centuries in winning cause ( Tendulkar might be very jelous of this). GO PROTEAS, WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANOTHER DRUBBING IN THE COMING FIXTURES.

    Do you think your Sa team will be able to win this series ????? Remember that the lankans are LIONS .................

    We ll see wat happens in next 4 games n then u can comment .... And also u ll be able to see why we became 1 W Champs in 1996 2. Runners up in 2007 n 2011 3. Won the ICC champions trophy (with India) in 2002 4. Semi finalists in 2003 5. Runners up t- 20 WC in 2010

    So what u SA have to offer ?????..

  • espnchekmate on January 13, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    BHANUKA RAJAPAKSHE DILSHAN MUNAWEERA TO open da innings and sack dilshan n tharanga DINESH CHANDIMAL to rest sanga and play with a player rotation policy,like australia RUMESH BUDDHIKA sack mahela n angelo mathews ,play mahela only he's performing @ da highest level,send angelo mathews to play county cricket to gain more maturity that he lacks... KUSAL JANITH ANGELO PERERA SACHITH PATHIRANA these 3 will handle da middle order,sachith patthirana actually when he was 15 got selected 2 da under 19 SRI LANKA NATIONAL TEAM PLAYED FOR 5 YEARS AND WAS DA MAN OF DA SERIES IN ALL 3 DEPARTMENTS FOR PERFORMING IN EVERY MATCH WITH DISTINCTIONS CHARITH JAYAMPATHI charith ,lasith malinga n suraj randiv will handle da bowling line up... for one days n T20's... sack DILSHAN,THARANGA,MAHELA,ANGELO MATHEWS,THISARA PERERA,DILHARA FERNANDO,DHAMMIKA PRASAD, PLAY DA SENIOR'S ACCORDING TO a ROTATION POLICY LIKE AUSTRALIA... when are you selecting the above young players who have performed, mr mendis?

  • on January 13, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    If people want to keep dumping on Dilshan, give him some reliable bowlers and batsmen first. His job was never expected to be easy right from the start.

  • AMUSMANI on January 13, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    @anupamraj114 u forget we[pakistan] beat srilanka as welll. and we are not srilankan team dude.

  • Lankan_Pride1981 on January 12, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    We are playing our brand of cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! now the selection panel will send the rescue anegl....none other than Chamara Silva......how pathertic...............

  • Precioustar84 on January 12, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Anyway, something is telling me thats its bad era for the Asian teams. Pak is the only one left so lets see what happens to them. Sorry SL fans from Team India fan. I know how this must hurt considering our recent performance in TESTs abroad has been awful too. Sorry you guys have had some harsh words from some Indian fans. Most Indian fans are all not that bad even though it may seem that way. Just some teenage-minded are too stubborn. We are just cricket-loving (sometimes obsessed) nation but have respect for many deserving players outside of India. Hope Asian teams bounce back soon as cricket will be boring without us. ;)

  • on January 12, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    we dnt want dilshan captaincy give to mahela or sanga plez save srilanka cricket.....

  • seantells on January 12, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    SL needs to change all coaches bowling,batting,feilding,spin etc etc too many cooks spoil the soup,marvan was a classy player but floppy coach he made a blunder in Singapore, picking Dilhara often shows where bowling heads are so give 2years to marsh at his wil to fill the positions , and if possible also give cricket board top positions to cricket loving professional foreign pro n contract with them profit sharing basis , i can beton all stones , game n talent will find its peak n consistency

  • dulabhai on January 12, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Pheww....thank God it wasn't Bangladesh.

  • ahtasham.rvj on January 12, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    "OH MY GOD" that were the fisrt words when i saw srilanka all out for their lowest total ever in the history....(43)...what happened to srilanka for the last couple of series .....Is this the same team who played the final of WORLD CUP 2011... this defeat would certainly raise a question about dilshan's captaincy...a captain should lead the team from the front...and i am sorry to say but dilshan is never a good captain...in the current team only SANGAKARA is the well enough to lead the team...

  • rahathminhaj on January 12, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    once again proved that anything can happen in cricket all the teams at least once have faced this situation,so we must not put silly comments.All the best to all the teams(specially to BD team).

  • on January 12, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    OMG...43 .... !!! comon lanka whts going on with u guys. i thing u miss sanath very much...Sri Lanka have a arsenal of word class batting line up but seems like they are confronting sever issue...i have a fear they will kick to bottom ranking of the ICC.time to wake up snaga and dilshan.

  • torsha on January 12, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @ Rizwan dude..We are also waiting for England bowlers to destroy pak even in Dubai. You guyz were not and will not be No. 1 anyways..haha.....and Srilankans you deserved to be in the finals and we know u will bounce back. good luck from Indian.

  • homerr on January 12, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    to sl fans.. just take a break.. stop watching cricket for some time..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 12, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Feel sorry for Srilanka. Where are Herath-UK and Sanath-Aiyya and their pearls of wisdom?

  • on January 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    my ODI team.1)mahela udawatte 2)maharoof 3)chandimal 4)bhanuka 5)sangakkara 6)samaraweera 7) mathews 8)angela perera 9)thisara/jeewan/thushara 10)sachithara senanayake 11)malinga

  • stormy16 on January 12, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    That was a shocker by SL but lets also recognize the fact that SA bowled brilliantly. I thought Tshotsobe bowled the best - his in dipper to the right handers was deadly. I expected SL to lose the series but not embarasingly! I casn only hope they can put up a better show in the rest of the series. I see calls for changes but the reality is there arent many options. The reality is the batting failed (again!) and the senior guys need to stand up. Amazing how docile that wickets looked till SA started to bowl. SL's bowling coach surely must be wondering where he is getting this wrong - the attack is totally docile even in helpful conditions.

  • on January 12, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    I dont know the reason that why the my friends from PAKISTAN are bringing India in this discussion when the match was played between Sri Lanka and South Africa, its really a bad day for the entire sub continent and if my PAKISTANI friends think that they are really having a brilliant run then the other teams of Sub continent then let me remind them that last they won series against ZIM and the same SRI LANKAN team in ASIA itself. Come out of Sub Continent then we will see..and by the some one made a comment about AUS crushing IND in Perth, but surprisingly the two lowest scores in Perth scored by PAK only ( Cant stop myself from bringing this one,as we all are talking about low scores..lol)

  • PCNBLUEBULL on January 12, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    South Africa played very well in beating Sri Lanka, there's no two ways about it. The batsmen did their job upfront and the bowlers followed suite. No wicket is ever a 43 all out wicket. No groundsmen can prepare such a pitch. It can't change between innings. We just outplayed them. Morne and Lobsy were very good (both better than Malinga), and then Steyn followed, with Robbie P bowling great as always.(Between him and Boats we have two world class spinners.) Malinga bowled two good balls to get rid of Greame and Steyn. Amla, Albie and Faf batted for the team, and would never have batted that way under normal circumstances, so Steyn would'nt have been at the crease. Limited overs cricket is not so much as taking wickets than it is in restricting your opposition. Yes taking wickets does slow the run rate down, but that happens because of the pressure that was built by the tight bowling. In ODI's rather give me Shaun Pollock or Glenn McGrath than a Waqar Younis or Malinga.

  • WPDDESILVA on January 12, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Dilshan please please step down from Captaincy and concentrate on your batting.

  • on January 12, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    DROP MAHELA,DILSHAN.DILHARA,AJANTHA,THARANGA.KOSALA..........BRING bhanuka,angelo perera,sachithra senanayake,maharoof,ars silva,mahela udawatte

  • King_Ravanaa on January 12, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    When lions get them selves down... lot of people trying to insult them, trying to underestimate them.. SL have the highest totals for all the three formats... 50 overs, T-20 and for the tests....they thought SA sweet lessons when they toured Sri lanka... as i remember Sanga & Mahela's world record partnership test series was won by sri lanka 3-0,

    it's just one game, it's time to wake up lions... be like a phoenix.... when you starting to roar again these Kids will dissappear again

  • CricketingStargazer on January 12, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    As people have said, these things happen sometimes. However, they don't happen too often to a side that is confident because a scorecard like this reflects a huge panic in the dressing room as wickets started to fall; in a confident side someone, usually, puts their hand up and makes a stand, which stops the rot. Less than a year ago Sri Lanka were bowled out in under 25 overs in a Test in England, but then went on to obtain honourable draws in the next two Tests when many expected a rout. One curious stat around this is that the Test-playing side that has suffered the largest number of huge ODI defeats is, in fact, India, who have suffered the indignity of losing by 200 or more runs no less than four times. At the other extreme, only South Africa and (surprisingly) England have never suffered a defeat by 200 or more runs.

  • Sano27 on January 12, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    This defeat juz showed us the lack of depth in the srilankan batting lineup.....this batting line up is fragile against quality sides in green tracks....only a Sangakkara & Jayawardane is what srilankan batting line up is all about....Dilshan looks inconsistant & Samaraweera is good in test arena only....apart from this players they are very ordinary...!

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    Watch SA get over confident, relax and then lose one of the following matches that they should really win. Just like what happened in Durban, they've been doin this ever since readmission

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Dilshaan, please do a favour. if I were you I would not play 3rd division cricket for the country. Afghan team can beat SL. if you play any matches like this you played yesterday, and you are the captain take responbilty and be a man. and dont complaint about SA pitches.

  • on January 12, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Centurion : Innings victory Cape Town : 580/4 decl. Then bowl Sri Lanka out twice for 581 Paarl : SA score 301, SL score 43

    The only exception? Durban : SA relaxed and over confident

    After many insults from SL fans, Kepler Wessels has been vindicated

  • mohanan on January 12, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    Considering that Australia too had a similar situation (21 for 9 and 47 all out) in SA, iit would be too harsh to criticise SL. But, if SL don't put up a better show in the remaining games, few heads will roll.

  • Jawwad123 on January 12, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Remember how people made a huge fuss over BD's 58 all out against WI? The Indians suggested BD should be demoted to an associate nation! And now when SL get bundled out for 43 we say such things are normal in cricket. WOW! Appreciated.

  • g.narsimha on January 12, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    WELL SAID ARNAV,but cant help, hatrade towards us is huge , ingnoring the the humiliation subjected to their players , they enjoyed our defeats in eng, aus, when english rubbish our home victiries as meaningless , cant be taken serious as theose were on flat track , these people foined the corus demeaning our team&players achioevements on home conditions but they forget the conditions pitches , waether all more or less similar insubcontinant & same aplys to them also , by heart i want pak to win, that wil do alot good not only to pak cricket but also motivate indian&sl players who are struggling in sa, aus.

  • on January 12, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Lankans crushes down in only 43 VS RSA(South Africa) (shortest runs ever in their total) made by this Asian Islander.The team has regularly been performing under par in both Tests and ODIs.Quick review is to be needed by the National Selectors.Only the Finale in WCup is their satisfactorial performance since 18mths

  • on January 12, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    For all! Its Cricket guys! These things can happen in a beautiful game like cricket. When considering lowest totals, We(Sri Lankans) are in 1st 4 slots. and most importantly 1st three slots we are the one who dominated. @Dilshan: Don't worry son! you can be the 3rd person to get a 200 in a ODI in this series. Good luck boys! - SL Lions

  • asirigamage on January 12, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    This is happening in cricket, top order batsman take more responsibility. just poor shot selection. my 11 for the next game 1. Mahela,2. Tharanga,3. Chandimal,4. Sangakkara,5.Mathews,6.Dilshan,.7.Kosala,.8,Nuwan,9.Malinga,10.Herath,11,Dilhara.,and should select maharoof. samaraweera, randive, for the australian tour.

  • WeeBee on January 12, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    Hmm what happened to SriLanka, They were never down like this before.! I ve never seen SriLanka cleaned like that.

  • on January 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Oh Dear friend this the way cricket. dont worry, if sri lanka can below team they come to the party. 01) Dlshan 02) Mahela 03) Chandimal 04) Sanga 05) Mathews 06) Thirimana 07) T.Perea 08) Rangana 09) Nuwan Kula 10) Malinga 11) Alvtigala/ Prasad. Are u agree ????????

  • on January 12, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    The Current Sri Lankan team does not have depth in batting lineup like they used to have. If the top four fail to score any big runs, then there is no one else to build up the total and it does not help when two of the top four - Dilshan and Jayawardene aren't making runs. Sri Lanka heavily relies on Sanga and Jayawardene to make runs in tests and ODIs in the past few years.

  • on January 12, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    feel sorry for the srilankans who have such a brilliant past but our just nothing to count on now

  • MK_SA on January 12, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    @ ajayrcs: I don't agree with your assessment that the pitch was at fault just because there have been two sub-50 scores at this ground. There seems to be general agreement that the pitch was good for batting and the SA score of 301 confirms that. You have to remember that Paarl is not one of the front-line grounds in SA. Therefore, it hosts a greater number of games involving Associate teams (the other low score was Canada) and so the probability of getting low scores at this ground as higher.

  • on January 12, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Srilanka was finalist.... and south africa even not qualify for semi...... does each team is champion of home ground only.......

  • on January 12, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    win or loose,we love our team..sl will fight back like they did in durban..u all wait..it is the next match in east london..go lions..love our team..

  • I1tohalfsecs on January 12, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    sl arnt that good they r in trouble

  • AmrDx on January 12, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    I don't understand why all are bringing India to the comments... Its funny to see ppl commenting about World cup.. Both Ind n SL knocked out top teams to get into that finals... Visiting teams always struggle even if its SL visiting SA o SA visiting SL.PERIOD. We saw two different sides last year when Ind toured Eng n Eng toured Ind.. that's how the sport goes 'nowadays' with the home advantage playing a big part... it was just another bad day for SL... One of the reasons why i think both Ind n SL r struggling cause most of their players r inexperienced... I'm sure Ind n SL 'll come back strong.. you keyboard bashers just wait n see ;)

  • Sakthiivel on January 12, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @ deepu111 : SL fan even count lost matches as wins ...

  • AndrewFromOz on January 12, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Look, these things sometimes happen in cricket. I think too much gets read into these sorts of rare events. Australia got skittled for 47 and everyone said the sky was falling in (remember it was just after SA had been skittled for 96 with 9 batsmen in single figures). And now we have Australia giving India a brisk rub-down with a very rough towel and SA doing the same to Sri Lanka. In this game let us focus on the special - Amla, Kallis and AB in the batting department and amongst the bowlers mean mad Morne, Tsotsobe (who I think is underrated and a fantastic bowler) and of course Lasith Malinga who is one of my favourite cricketers. Give credit where it is due and don't get your knickers in a twist (as my grandma user to say)...

  • PiyushD on January 12, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Strange dip in form for both the world cup finalists or is it just bcoz they are on a different pitch.

  • on January 12, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    That was a really poor batting performance by the Srilankan team!

  • Vleis on January 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Congrats on a brilliant performance SA - the third largest victory in the history of ODI cricket! I had a look at the list of the 120 largest ODI victories in history and see that SA appears as the losing team three times: a) at #54, when beaten by 182 runs by Pakistan in PE - SA thrashed Pakistan a few days later and won the series 4 - 1; b) at #101, when beaten by 153 runs by India in Dhaka - SA beat Bangladesh & India a few days later in did not lose another game in that series; and c) at #102, when beaten by 153 runs by India in Gwalior - SA thrashed India a few days later in Ahmedabad. So....the moral of the story is not to rest on your laurels as SL may come back to bite SA like SA did to other teams in the past. Let's maintain the high performance levels please SA!

  • NP_NY on January 12, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Oooh...the lowest ODI total EVER by a test playing nation and that too when the opposition scored over 300. That has got to sting a bit.

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Hurray SA, Hmmm for SL ..... First is for Dilshan to step down without anymore nightmares. Pl pl please...

  • MK_SA on January 12, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Whoah, hold your horses sports fans! Didn't we get the same doom-and-gloom comments after the first test in Centurion? And yet Sri Lanka managed to surprise everyone in the following test. Let's wait until the series is completed before holding post-mortems. One swallow maketh not a summer and one loss (albeit a bad one) doth not a series doom. I hope that SA keep their focus and intensity and don't take their foot of the gas after a convincing win, as is their wont sometimes (ala Durban).

  • FAB_ALI on January 12, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    That's Cricket for you!! It happens, no joke no surprises!! After all its a funny game.

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    I guess there is a healthy competition between India and Lanka with of-course good spirit to demonstrate how poor one can play. As an Indian, I would still prefer the Lankans to loose this one as they are playing without being paid and with a management worse than BCCI. In fact the Lankan board makes BCCI looks like a model of competence.

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Wow never thought Sri lanka would drop so low,The only way Sl can put a better performance is to make a few changes.For heavens sake Let Mahela Open the batting his average is epic when he opens.Drp dilshan to 3 and make sanga bat at 4,And give the gloves to chandimal,as Sanga as a pure batsmen has a good average better than when he is keeping.Why did they Pick BAW Mendis? The guy can barely spin the bowl even.Pick Randiv who isvery effective in Bouncy pitches as his height can provide better impetus for picking wickets.And Please drop Dilhara ! How many chances have we given him? dont we have any reserves? as lakmal and co recover choose them instead of him.Also ConsiderKosalas place.He didnt do much wrong today,he was actually one of the better performers,But if we want to win the next world cup we have to take bold measures.Also Make mahela captain,and put him on a 1 and a half year basis by that time mathews would have got enough exporse and he would be ready for Captaincy .My view

  • tdslbuwa on January 12, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    After the world cup final SriLanka has won only 5 odi games.2 of them (vs England) we won because of brilliance of Mahela and 3 of them because of Lasith Malinga. Mahela came as opener in those 2 matches and hit 144 & 79.Then he moved down the order and not producing runs.So we have to bring Mahela as opener . Also Mathews should ball. Other wise he should be dropped because its affecting the balance of the side.Add new batsman like Banuka Rajapaksha in middle order.Drop DILHARA!!!These moves will bring SL to winning ways again.( team for 2nd odi : Mahela,Dilshan,Tharanga,Chandimal,Sanga,Mathews,Kosala,Herath,Nuwan,Dammika Prasad,Malinga )

  • Prema1948 on January 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    This a comment I wrote with regard to a article titled, "Dilshan wants consistency from his team"( Posted by sarath1948 on (January 11 2012, 12:33 PM GMT) appeared in the the Cricinfo web site. Sri Lankan fans can't wait till they learn the ways of maintaining consistency a thing which they could not master for the last 15 years even after reaching their age of 35th year. The best thing to do is to replace all these under performing players with the quality youngsters who have been maintaining consistency from their age of 15. The possibility of players who are in a position to maintain some consistency as youngsters to maintain that same momentum in their later career is more, than reckless hitters who are always inconsistent. The local selectors are yet to learn these vital facts.)

  • Prema1948 on January 12, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    The Selectors of last 25 years should take all the blame for all these batting disasters. They, almost all have had a disliking for technically sound players who have had skills to survive on any kind of pitches that is why reckless hitters more like Sanath was able to play 621 internationals while Samaraweera could has play only 166. It was this kind of persons that have always been appointed as selectors. Not only that they have always disregard performances of quality players both at School & Domestic levels, in order to create opportunities for their favorites. There are enough young promising players in the Country, that could easily replace S'kara, M'ela, D'shan, Herath who were given a more value than they really deserve by the selectors & the local media. The selectors should consider only those who have been maintaining consistency from very young age as 15 likes of:AngeloP, Bhanuka,Dimuth, Khausal,Rosen,Chathuranga,Sachithra, Jayampathi, MalindaP,….. (To be Continued),

  • 30-30-150 on January 12, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    @Mayan Mansilu- How on earth did it become 9-4...?? Are you counting drawn games as wins for your team? LOL.

  • northumbriannomad on January 12, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Just goes to show governments aren't very good at running cricket teams.

  • ashik_ole on January 12, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Sri Lanka = Netherlands Netherlands = Bangladesh Bangla = Zimbabye Zimbebye = UAE

  • on January 12, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Rizwan Afridi- and what will be proved my friend once India has been shamed! It does not prove that you are greater, nor does it prove that Sri lanka is greater. It will only prove that the Western outfits- Aus, Poms and SA are better. Unless Asian teams stick together, we have had it! Pakistan is playing England right now. And do you know what many Indians are praying- for Pakistan to exact our revenge! For the Poms to know what Asian teams can do! Shame on you to side with those who at the first opportunity malign our cricket!

  • Sarangarajan on January 12, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    It is strange that they drop Samarweera again and again.He has been the only consistant batsman from the Srilanka team for a long time. How many times he had stabilised the innings whenever the chips were down .Even in the test series, he was the only one facing the South african bolwres squarely.They put a tag as a test player and have ignored for the ODIs. It is abusrd espec ially when you donot have any substitute nearby.

  • ashik_ole on January 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Bring back sanath.He is the real motivator for the team.

    The match winner. makes the mentality down on oppositions.

  • on January 12, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    "SRI LANKA CRICKET" which died at Paarl on 12th January 2012. R.I.P. WAITING FOR THE REINCARNATION.

  • ashik_ole on January 12, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    As a lankan I would say that 47 all out was a great loss fo sl, anyhow they better playing with some Sl A team.No consistancy at all.they should get more and more training with aussies.Winning a match throughout the series doesnt show the potentiality and beating in the chest and raising the hands.

    even Bangladesh A team would beat Sri Lankan team.

  • priceless1 on January 12, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    gosh!!! can we cancel the tournament and call the SL players home?i for once cannot take any more humiliations like this

  • mahmood_chowdhury on January 12, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Someone pls tell these Sri players to leave IPL for money, surely they will play better when they play for their country....

  • SLfan on January 12, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    @ Rizwan Afridi - We know it bro. You people have always supported us unlike so called 'neighbours'. We consider Pakistan as our real neighbour country in Cricket. Thanks and really hope and wish Pakistanis will beat England in the coming series. Cheers !

  • Mary_786 on January 12, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Get rid of Geoff Marsh as Coach, he is obviously too busy watching his kids play in Australia and needs to focus more on his role as coach, terrible performance by a team which has some very good batsman.

  • Kyle_Jones235 on January 12, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Well it's safe to say I'm losing faith in Sri lankan cricket. These kinds of loses aren't just bad, but they embarrass the whole nation. Big, big changes need to be made...

  • on January 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    SA should declare at 50 runs next time onwards... ;)

  • Third_Gear on January 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Ohhh South Africa I am Happy very happy. I want SL to be allout in the next match by 34 not 43, I know SA can do it . All the best SA let SL to sink.

  • Pablo123 on January 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Was a big whack from an amazing team. South Africa applied themselves proffesionally and play to the surface, as almost always. In their batting innings, they were taking it easy, not playing silly shots and having respect for the bowlers going at arounf 4.5 p/o. Then once there eye was in, they launched. Sri Lanka failed to do any of that.

  • DINESHCC on January 12, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Now there is a big confusion on the minds of India and SL cricket fans that which team is playing pathetic cricket. After the series with England, Pakistan fans will also join with us.

  • rushan811 on January 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    hard luck lankans,its ok,but dont fed up.i think selectors are playing this series very well.i dont know y they keep this much of confidence about DILHARA,the allrounder(bowling,batting,fielding).i am asking them,is there no any players??make angelo to top order or keep some matches as a water boy.

  • Dee0717 on January 12, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    What a horrible performance from a world class team south africa didnt play good sri lanka played really badly...i think that dilshan should not be the captain of Sri Lanka ever since he took over captaincy Sri Lanka has been losing, sanga was way the sri lankan board should look into this....dilhara fernando also needs to be dropped he goes for too many runs his the worse bowler in the Sri lankan team I hope Sri Lanka come back from this horrible performance

  • on January 12, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    South African bowling has gone from strong to awesome over the past 6 months. It looks like they could field an 11 man team of strong bowlers alone. A lot of credit must go to Alan Donald, the new bowling coach under Gary Kirsten.

  • on January 12, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Great to see South Africa doing good under Guru Gary, he is their hope for World Cup

  • Balumekka on January 12, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Mr Kepler Vessels!!!!! Please make a "statement" and motivate the team again!!!!

  • Vicky_22 on January 12, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    @ Rizwan Afridi, now you better worry about your team (Pak) how to escape by thrashing form England hands.....then only you can think about others...

  • on January 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    the teams do have a bad time, so o need to worry about, Whole sub-continent Except Pakistan is having a bad time, I wish the cricket to be Top at subcontinent. Go Srilankans, Indians and Bengalis ur Pakistani Brothers are with u

  • anver777 on January 12, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Amla was amazing..... Morne was marvelous..... well played & my congrats to AB & co for the all round team effort they displayed !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 12, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Abm has a point, BD seems to get a lot of stick for losing or not going for a fight at times. I mean they have their own fans to content with, then have others from different countries tell them they dont deserve something is quite harsh. After all they do try but their temperament fails them often. SL needs some drastic soul searching. They have world class middle order batsman but they cant seem to get the runs. While their bowling tries their best but they dont have a vass or a murali to sink the opponents into oblivion! On the other hand SA pace attack looks menacing, they seem to have decent amount of depth, but I am more interested to see, if de lange is a poser or for real. One test is not enuf to merit him worldly praises, maybe soon we will find out for real. But this is an exciting era for upcoming pace bowlers!

  • Roshini on January 12, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Post match presentation - Yes definitely I will not step down, tell me which past captain won a test in South Africa. Yes definitely I am hitting the ball well so no need to change my style or come lower down in the batting order and I will hit even better when we tour Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Yes definitely Samaraweera is not an overseas cricket player, he can only score runs in the sub continent. Yes definitely we have brand new board and new plans to bring in youngsters but right now we will not play them because with no experience in the side we can't afford to lose matches. Yes definitely we are no 4 in ODI world ranking for a reason and some of our friends are behind us...Dilly you beauty.. Go SL Gooooooooooooooo!

  • on January 12, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Now it will be a great contest of two minnows if india play against srilanka :)

  • stalefresh on January 12, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    I cant believe sanga left the captaincy after world cup finals. Captaincy is cricket is same as coaching in football.

  • hashabjp on January 12, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    LOOK WHO THE REAL CHOKERS ARE...... One world cup, two times finalist and get thrashed from the hands of PROTEAS TEAM who have never done that. Its a shame people call PROTEAS chokers. At least they know they have never won a world cup but look at the team that has done so. Can someone change the meaning of chokers now. Happy for the new captain AB DEVILLIERS and the centurion who has all his centuries in winning cause ( Tendulkar might be very jelous of this). GO PROTEAS, WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANOTHER DRUBBING IN THE COMING FIXTURES.

  • ajayrcs on January 12, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    I think its South African grounds fault not lankans fault how can two team gets out at very low score of 47 and 43.

  • Sakthiivel on January 12, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Keppler was 100% correct.....

  • on January 12, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    mY srilankan team for 2nd ODI should be 1. MAHELA JAYAWARDENA ,2.TILAKARATNE DILSHAN ,3. DINESH CHANDIMAL , 4.KUMAR SANGAKKARA ,5. ANGELO MATHEWS , 6.LAHIRU THIRIMANNE , 7.THISARA PERERA , 8.NUWAN KULASEKARA , 9.LASITH MALINGA , 10.RANGANA HERATH , 11.KOSALA KULASEKARA THIS IS SRI LANKAN BEST TEAM FOR A MATCH TO WIN GUYS WHAT U THINK?...........

  • Sakthiivel on January 12, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    They got paid. SL Minister of sports say SLC has no financial issue. Now what will be the excuse to post...

  • Amol_Gh on January 12, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I have no idea whatsoever (except **Jealousy**) why people are dragging IND's World-Cup winning feats into a pathetic laughable "43-all-out" for SRL. As if winning a World-Cup is a crime if it's not won by the team you are a fan of. Ha, Ha.

  • on January 12, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    pls.. Dilshan step down form capntain Pls.. Sanga step UP to captain

  • anver777 on January 12, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    One of the dismal & worst ever performances Lankans have played in the SL cricket history.....hard to believe is this the team that became runners up in 2011WC !!!! It was really a school boy stuff.....the fighting qualities & hunger for wins is totally missing from the SL camp !!!

  • satish619chandar on January 12, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    @sunnymate : Sounds really sloppy to say someone who represents a national team as a joke.. They DID win in Durban playing good cricket.. Your comments could have been more sensible had u continued in the same vein as u started praising bowling.. It was terrific indeed..

  • tauhid_aks on January 12, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @Broccolipower, I don't know who is comparing bangladesh with Sri Lanka and India. I know that India and Sri Lanka have a way better past than bangladesh. That said, you cannot always live on past reputation. Past reputation might help you win a few matches, but we have to look at a different scale. True that Sri Lanka won a test in South Africa, but the 2 matches they lost were by a huge margin. Do not forget that shakib al hasan is the no.1 test and ODI all rounder, and no Indians or Sri Lankans feature in the top 10 Test all rounders. I know we have not performed well especially in tests, but if Bangladesh was the side playing yesterday in place of Sri Lanka, we would have conceded 301 and then would have scored 180-230.

  • on January 12, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    What a shame to Srilanka New Cricket Board comity.....

  • on January 12, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    this is a south africa A team.

  • on January 12, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    This is absolute HUMILIATION!!!

  • on January 12, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket team always feels pressure. Last time in world cup when Bangladesh got all out on 48 against West Indies. So expert commented that, ICC should snack the Bangladesh cricket status. Now we can see Sri Lanka is all out on 43, now what's the expert opinion ? I think they will say it's an accident !!!

  • on January 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    How sad S.L cricket.Blame should be levelled against the selectors n capt for dropping Samarawera n.Herath for the 1st game.Drop Mahela n D.Fdo ,for agame or two.That might give them a jolt .

  • Asintha on January 12, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    @Rizwan Afridi Thanks Mate We always know that.

  • Rooohan on January 12, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    I can actually write the title for Mahale's next blog:

    "We need to put this loss behind us"..

  • suve on January 12, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Thank God Tisara Perera wasn't picked in that match lol, Instead of him they picked K Kulasekara. The only two positives for sl - Malinga's 5 for and K Kulasekara being picked instead of T Perera.

  • lionspaw on January 12, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Win or Loose we Love you Sri Lanka! You can bounce back and you will. Do not under estimate Sri Lankan lions, proteas! you did it once and we bounced back realy hard. We will bouonce back and eventhough we loose the series 5 - 0 we are proud of our team who made the history by winnig the first test ever in South Africa. We the people from rich culture never degrade our heroes. Dont worry Sri Lankan team we are there for you and bare in mind that test win is morethan enough for us to be happy and proud.

  • satanswish on January 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    WOW 43 ALL OUT!! They equaled their friendly neighborhood Pakistan with low score. Can anyone believe this team played in World Cup final?? LOL

  • on January 12, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    1st one day lost....4 more to come ....what will do...Mr Mendis Say Bowling is ok. I see only Malinga Is Dilhara still need to be there ( if yes he need to do what SA do whan the bowl in there hand ..Ajantha ? where the left hand seam Bowlers. our batsman ??? Dont know what to say..... you are the Best guys in Srilanka Cricket ..( cricket will play all over the world.and do not play same ground and same pitch evry time you go to bat... ) Is your guys give up the fight ? Are you fear to seaming and swing ......

    Comeon.....

    Good luck

  • Ameega on January 12, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    You won't believe me, i watched the whole match from 11.30PM in Australia and next day went for work. Being a SL fan, I was disappointed, but have every faith that they would bounce back in next game. All credits to Saffers. Great bowling by whole Proteas bowling unit, and by Malinga (given that no support from others to build up pressure). @Abm Buddut, yes you can request to remove SL from international level. For sure, then I will support your team in next WC final. By the way have you heard any SL fan throwing 'pebbles' to the team bus last night?

  • on January 12, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    i feel srilankans have been watching indians down under in australia... lot of inspiration from indians..

  • on January 12, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Well done Tuan Dilshan.......

  • sanjai_zequin on January 12, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    GREATEST DEBUT AS CAPTAIN.... Toss won Himself Scores a 50 of jst 36 bowls Team scoring 301 Opponents bowled out for just 43,their lowest total 3rd biggest winning margin.......

    A stsrting of a new era as the worlds best captain.. go AB go

  • on January 12, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    @ALL Dilshan bashers -You want dilshan to resign?How about whole team resigning?He did his best to limit SA to 300 by rotating bowlers and he got one of the best ball of the inning to dismiss him.What about Sanga and Mahela?No burden on their shoulders,but still couldn't apply themselves.I reckon,afters two openers let youngsters come in at 3 and 4 and let Mahela and Sanga bat at 5,6.Atleast it will give seniors to have a look at the situation.BTW SLC want to get a psychiatric as soon as possible no matter how much he may cost he should be the best.This is surly a mental attitude problem!

  • anupamraj114 on January 12, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    @irfan ahmed......r u serious lover of cricket??.....now almost after an year u r saying that both teams didnt deserve to be in the finals cozz they r struggling in sa nd aus......my friend first check something......world cup was played in subcontinent.... ......acc to u who deserved to be in the finals??.....bangladesh nd kenya?????

  • johnathonjosephs on January 12, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    The scariest thing about this is if Bangladesh was in Sri Lanka's place today and were batting to this same attack, would they make more or less?

  • anupamraj114 on January 12, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    @rizwan.....we r also waiting for anderson nd co to destroy pak even in dubai.....after defeating teams like bangladesh nd zim pak thinks as if they r no.1 in tests.....hahahaha.....joke of the millenium.....they were never nd will never be n0 1.....nd srilankans u deserved to be in the finals nd we know u will bounce back.....all the best frm an indian......

  • MH19 on January 12, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    I really cannot figure out whats going on with SL Cricket.Anyway will wait and see how they will fair in the rest of the one dayers against SA.If this has something to do with performance other than personal reasons then we need to find the future by dropping the non performing players does not matter how senior you are. If they are performing badly for anyother reason other than performance its unfair by the country and its people who have high hopes and also watching cricket breaking rest and shows no respect at all.Come on team wake up from shame and show what you are capable of before you will see stars in your career.

  • on January 12, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    I'd tried and erased my love to CRICKET! Good bye all you kindred!

  • ---lasitha--- on January 12, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    dilshan stepping down wont help as it would be the same set of players, but getting a better player for dilsan would help.The difference between our country(SL and other foreighn countries id that the standards we set for selections is very low. If not for this average players like dilshan would never for a national side this long.

  • padmal on January 12, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    it was a bad day for SL. Bu t lions will bounce back in the next games. Do not

    underestimate SL. We are with our team. Best of luck for the next games....3 - 2 SL

    takes the series..................

    WE love our country.............................................................

  • ammiel on January 12, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    Funny things happen in South Africa, Australia all out for 47 in a test, now this....Lets be sure to be clear that Sri Lanka will recover quickly from this, as Australia did....class players make runs frequently and we will see many of runs from Kumar and Mahela soon, wat a tri series we have awaiting us in february, cant Wait!!!!

  • on January 12, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Performance of any team should be judged by a match, series or even 3-4 months in a season...it should always be judged by an entire season or a couple. 47 all outs, 43 all outs, innings defeats happen to the best but they respond back surely over a period of time. Hope fans of all teams stop criticizing each others based on these temporary setbacks.

  • on January 12, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    C`mon this is not the SOUTH AFRICAN PITCH ! we failed to go pass 200 even in Sri Lanka (against Aussies) & in UAE ! Its not even Murali`s retirement..there is something wrong somewhere..these are the same players that played in 2007 WC final,2009 T20 final, & 2011 WC final...These players beat Australia in Australia..Team look even better on paper with Chandimal`s arrival...But what is happening..I really cant understand..This is not SA`s brilliance..they bowled well but they were not unplayable..~& Having said all that Aussies too were bowled out for 47 few weeks ago & then they won the next match.

  • on January 12, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan. Congrats to SA great team work from ABde and Amla Specially great match winner. This is bad captaincy from Dilshaan.Wow. Wasn't expecting that. I went to work at the break and just checked Cricinfo. 43 all out... hah! Sri Lanka needs much uplifting, wise choices towards the future and proper leadership.If Australia can rebuild after some of the big names retired where they are doing a fine job right now with very young players in the fold, why can't Sri Lanka with such a wealth of talented young players who simply need to be given a chance? this is best time to say good bye to some older people in the team that include dilshaan and dilhara.

  • on January 12, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    my name is sirus khare,m all the way from NEPAL,i lik Sri lanka cricket tm vry much but i dont lik lankan's batting coach Mr Marvan Atapattu(the golden duck king),when he visit our country[nepal],he told our cricket team's coach[he's also from lanka] vry bad word.he talks abt our personal things,he told our coach,wht ur doing in nepal,ur weasting ur time time etc.He dont know we(nepal) beat pakistan,new zealand, south africa in u-19 world cup,and we[nepal] win vs india also un u-25 saarc match .so we r developing our game,hope after 4,5 year we came back very strong and played in world cup. when Atapattu joined lankan team's coach ,lanka lost vs australia ,pakistan and now ongoing to south africa.All time lankan's batsman failure so plz Atapattu take out from ur positions[lankan's coach]......... thanks

  • anuradea on January 12, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Dismal? Shameless?? Gutlless??? Lions or Mice????? This is disgraceful and I think and Angunukolapalassa SC (no disrespect if there is a team from there) would have done better than this. Except Malinga, we have no bowlers, and our top batsmen have no drive nor motivation. Someone will have to step in and motivate them as it looks as if there's huge disfunction within the team set up. Is it the New coach, new captain syndrome or is there something bigger going on!!!!!!!! Whatever it is if this is not nipped in the bud they may even beat the lowest score in Sri Lanka of 9 runs pretty soon. I hope this is a one off performance and they will bounce back in the next game and the rest of the tour and in australia. Come on boys, you guys are better than this. Show everyone what you all are made of and bounce back. Good Luck and you need it.

  • on January 12, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    No need of making remarks about resignation of Dilashan not cool ..bad days come on every one... I am sure SriLanka will bounce back and back on the track

  • on January 12, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    Dilshan=Ranil (srilankan opposition leader)....Please this is Enough!!! You can't be leader...Coz u are a U turner!!!! Sanga is the Best..he may get the Duty in Aus Tour...

  • AMUSMANI on January 12, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    Shameful defeat. I cant understand what happ to Srilankan team. They are doing worst no place for dilshan , jawardne. All major team should learn from srilanka that never heavily depend on one person as srilanka did.

  • on January 12, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    SL will bounce back to win the one day series, i feel Dilhara should be dropped from all formats of the game and mahela should be opening wit Dilshan n Chandimal should be batting @ no 4 its reckless batting from top order cost SL the game, all the best SL..

  • on January 12, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Its worst than the 54 all out of India. What a pathetic game of cricket from Lankans. But they have started to disintegrate. Give the captaincy to Angelo. Get some fresh blood for ODI.

    For Indian Detractors esp Bangladeshis: India will bounce back and win the next 2 games for sure. You atleast try to level a series in YOUR HOME against a formidable opposition and if it happens they call it the end of the world. How many times have you seen stats mentioning "excluding zimbabwe and bangladesh" tag? Try to alter that first.

  • KingOwl on January 12, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    To the Indian and SL fans: The cricket circus will come back to the sub continent soon. India and SL will be playing at home. England and SA will be playing on spinning tracks and they will then bite the dust. Have no doubt. Cricket fortunes go up and down depending on where it is being played. The South Africans who look like heroes now will be like cowardly mice soon (remember how they lost to lowly NZ during the WC?). So will be England. Have patience!

  • roshdbest on January 12, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    He always gives 100 runs,Can't handle the bat and get out for zero,bul Dilhara is always in team?Selectors ......

  • Crikoot on January 12, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    Is it a protest -- whats going on with Srilanka Cricket Board?

  • Micgyver on January 12, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @Broccolipower..we've won 4 World Cups mate

  • Rooboy on January 12, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @Abm Biddut - you're exactly right. But it is not a double standard because India and Sri Lanka have past performances to their credit. If Bangladesh made the World Cup final or were occassionally competitive, they too would be given some leeway with one off performances like this one, and Aus's recent 47 all out. But as it is, the only purpose Bangladesh serve in international cricket is to improve the averages of their opposition, hence the (quite fair) calls to remove their international status and stop them making a mockery of the international game.

  • TuanMohomedSr. on January 12, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    Shld Tuan Dilshan Mohomed be in SL team at all, a big Question? Mahela's days may be numbered and Mathews may get runs but his feet is not working, SL shld get a proper Batting coach. Chandimal still given me any good signs ! Yes, add Rajapakse to the team

  • on January 11, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Its a game peeps - chill =)

    For SL fans, all teams go through bad patches and your team needs your support more than ever. They were WC2011 finalists for a reason.

    As for captaincy, I agree with some who have said Dilshan should step down. I have always felt Sangakara is a very good and strong captain. Don't understand why he had to give up his place..

    Lastly, ego is a big issue for sub-continental teams and fans by in large.. we got to let go of this and congratulate SA on a super performance.

  • on January 11, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    srilanka back to its original game..................

  • on January 11, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    With IPL coming up, could be that they don't want to lose IPL shots. Cricket is not the same anymore. Mahela is not such a great captain as generally claimed. In 2007WC, with Gilchrist going great guns he kept throwing Dilhara at him while Arnold who dismissed Gilchrist and Hayden in SF didn't get an over. For future tours they should practice on similar pitches, even on concrete, before leaving.`

  • sathish008 on January 11, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    Bad time for Asian Giants Ind and SL. Pathetic show by SL. But they will bounce back. Spare of thought for Malinga. He is a exact Limited Overs fit.

  • RaMin90 on January 11, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Being neutral, the people who say Sri Lanka are at this moment the weakest of teams will have to wait a bit longer until April where they'll be playing a 5 match series against Bangladesh and before that, the Asia Cup. If Sri Lanka loses that which they could after what Bangladesh have done to New Zealand the last time they met (4-0), then we can say that Sri Lanka are losing their status as one of the dominant teams in the game. A lot of their best players are getting quite old now and will eventually leave the game at some point. Whereas teams such as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have very young sides and are getting better and may have a thing to say in the years ahead. Cricket has a bright future and the game is moving forward and attracting new audiences.

  • Garretjacks on January 11, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Whats wrong people? Collapses happen...but you could tell me back that we have CONSISTENTLY collapsed in the last few months. True I agree, but look at our team, something is obviously wrong with it, our players are struggling but then we are the fans of sri lanka cricket. We are happy, support and celebrate towards our teams when we win hmm.... but we must cheer, support our team HARDER when they lose, because then only we are true fans of our countries. A true fan supports his/her team even if they loose, not only when they win ( like some other people that have commented here). I am a true supporter and im gonna support SL even in this lost so they know we are still here to motivate them....SL go get them you still have supporters worth fighting for.

  • RaMin90 on January 11, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Relax everyone! there are a lot of arguments and disagreements with one another so let me put it straight. What happened to Sri Lanka today can happen to anyone, that's what Cricket is all about. South Africa were just too good for Sri Lanka and at this moment along with Australia, England, Pakistan and India are far to equipped as a unit compared to Sri Lanka. However, Sri Lanka are still not the worse team out there. They are still better and ranked higher than the other teams such as West Indies, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe etc. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka since the World Cup, have lost considerable amount of form buts that all part of the game and you learn from it and perform better the next time you play just like what Pakistan have done. India are in poor form themselves but it doesn't mean they're as bad as anyone else. We can't all be the best but show appreciation to the team in form.

  • Lord.emsworth on January 11, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    An angry fan wrote in reply to my singling out Dilshan and Malinga as 2 matchwinners for Sri Lanka saying contemptuously 'SL have 11 MATCH WINNING PLAYERS not just Dilshan & Malinga' He was right! SL did have 11 match winning players. 11 'magnificent' players who won the match for South Africa!

  • Ms.Cricket on January 11, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Mahela Jaywardene should go NOW. He is creaking the team with his non-performances. Players should not be on the team based on their past reputations. He will not be playing the next ODI World Cup in 2015 so why continue to have him in the ODI team?

  • yorkslanka on January 11, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Well played to SA..Sri Lanka-you were pathetic and dilshan,do the right thing and resign as captain as the board don't have the guts or brains to sack you..you all really test the loyalty of us Sri lankans.we don't expect to win all matches but personally I expect our players to give their best..

  • RameshSubramaniam on January 11, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    It is a big time to see Dilshan beyond captaincy. Is he worth the batsman? At 35 years of age, is he worth in the side?

  • Aussieforver1981 on January 11, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Even worse than India. What a pity

  • BroccoliPower on January 11, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Everyone who wants to "discard" the whole team and rebuild please also explain how and why such dramatic changes would bring about a better time. Change should happen to the better but change should also have a plan. I dont think anyone needs to be discarded. They just need some good guidance off the field, maybe theres some internal team issues, like before 1995. Dav Whatmore ones said to some one i know "I never did anything, all i did was unite them and they won the world cup". sometimes thats all you need. We are all human after all and we all have problems, its best to over come them with the least drama and sweat.

  • BroccoliPower on January 11, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Mate how can you argue that a team should not have been in a world cup final going by how they are performing in another game under different circumstances after 6 months of its conclusion. Please do get off that pipe bro! What a lame baseless argument! I bet you haven't ever played a sport let alone be in a team!

  • on January 11, 2012, 22:22 GMT

    cant wait for the aussies to destroy india in the odi's aswell, you lankans shouldnt worry, you got your first ever test victory in SA so you should be proud of the team, im sure you'll bounce back in the 2nd odi, paki's on your side

  • BroccoliPower on January 11, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    The difference between Bangladesh and India and Sri Lanka are that India and Sri Lanka win test matches and Bangladesh doesn't. Bangladesh can not even be considered close to these two countries. sorry mate i respect your team but when you make pathetic comments fit for a two year old you get such an answer back. Btw we have won 3 world cups and been to the final of 5 world cups between India and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh is yet to reach a semi-final let alone a final, where as even Kenya has been to a semi-final. enough said!!

  • Indike on January 11, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Dilshan please resign as the captain immediately. In your term as captain we have seen the World Cup finalist team crumble in very departments of the game time after time. Dilshan please step down for the sake of Sri Lanka cricket.

  • on January 11, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    @sunnymate , dude dnt wry abt our team just look after ur so called best indian team, they are on their way to 8-0 overseas, loosing our last overseas matches we lost 9-4, it is a much better record than 8-0. lol

  • Yoker111 on January 11, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    DROP DILHARA,KOSALA AND THARANGA PUT MAHELATO OPEN AND BRING BANUKHA RAJAPAKSE AND ALVITIGALA AS DEBUTANTS AND RANDIV AS SPINNER CHANDIMAL1 DOWN. SL WILL WIN.

  • RandyOZ on January 11, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    There is always Sri Lanka to make you feel good about your 47 haha. On another note, how good is Amla, he is unstoppable.

  • on January 11, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    Srilanka & India.. Bad days for us .. Need a re-birth..

  • Bruisers on January 11, 2012, 21:34 GMT

    Few things that could better Lankan chances - Chandimal should keep wickets instead of Sanga because Sanga is a much better batsman when he does not 'keep. Also it would be fair to see SAMARAWEERA back in the ODI setup. Fernando needs to be dropped from the side big time.

  • Venkatb on January 11, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    This is worse than the Indian team! Now Indian players can resume strutting around!

  • Roshini on January 11, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    SLC - Relict of SLCB, Loving brother of Upali, Nishantha, Nuski and Ajitha. Died under tragic circumstances in Paarl South Africa. Funeral arrangements will be notified later. No flowers by request.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 11, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Batting for Sri Lanka is under some severe critique, but once again it overshadows another weakness: the bowling, which has haunted them throughout the World Cup. Some might argue with me, but South Africa were only 2 wickets down by the 40th over and one of those wickets was a run out. That means, Sri Lanka managed to get only one wicket in the first 40 overs (that also by Malinga) and the rest of the wickets fell when South Africa tried to slog in the final overs. They need to find a good bowler that can carry on to the next world cup, and though Fernando made up for his shaky start, he is old and a new youngster must be groomed. I feel that putting Lakmal or trying out Nuwan Pradeep may be the best option for now. Also, Mendis's time is over, put in Randiv who looks good. Also, Samaraweera must be included in the ODI squad. That man can slog too and if he was there, odds are Sri Lanka would have had at least 20-40 more runs than 43

  • on January 11, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Thats a shame for Cricket that world Cup's both finalist... playing pathetic... India and Srilanka... goes to show.. both were never deserved to get into finals of World cup.. hopefully.. guess 2 new balls rules something to do with these teams playing awful...

  • thirdmanboundary on January 11, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Suddenly, seems like SA has bowling talent to spare. Neither Philander nor Botha, both world class, were playing. Great to see Morne and Lopsy bounce back and form as formidable an opening duo as Philander and Steyn in the tests. After such a convincing victory, it may seem like quibbling to suggest team changes. But Smith's 1 day form has been diabolical and there is so much young batting talent just waiting to play internationally. Also, this victory is a reminder that SA is stronger when Boucher isn't wicketkeeper. He has had a heroic innings, but we need a better wick-batsman. On that front, SA has plenty of options. Congrats on today: a magnificent team performance against a side with a top 1-day record.

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:58 GMT

    Jonathanjosephs: I am sorry to dissapoint you but Mahela has no claim for captaincy. He is simply sitting on his past laurals. He has failed miserably in last 3 overseas series. He and Dilshan should be shown the exit door and if they want to come back they should win a place in the team totally on merit but nothing else. Thilan Samaraweera should be given his due recognition by making him captain even in ODI team. In spite of limited opportunities given to him he has already scored two ODI hundreds. He is mentally much more tough has several years of successful captaincy experience at SL A team level and is technically much more equipped to handle the pace bowling of Steyn, Morkel and co. Look at Misbah at the same age what wonders he is doing for Pakistan team after taking over captaincy. Dilshan has no technique whatsoever as an opening batsman. Sanath J was a successful opener because in spite of being a dasher he adopted to the situation.

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    First of all, congratulations to my team on a great win. Secondly, best wishes to Malinga for his 5-for. He is one of my favourite bowlers (I can't imagine what it must be like facing his yorkers), and thank heavens he has given up Test Cricket. SA have suddenly acquired a veritable embarrassment of riches when it comes to the bowling (Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Tsotsobe, Tahir, .......). Now they need to fill in some weak spots in the batting lineup. Clearly, Amla, AB and Kallis (still going strong) are in good shape. Smith is not playing well and there is still weakness in the 5-7 range (batsman, all-rounder and keeper/batsman roles). They need to blood young talent. Elgar is a start, but how about youngsters like Rilee Rossouw? Dare I even say it, but perhaps Smith should step aside for a few ODIs? I suggest that we bring in at least two promising youngsters and go for it like the Aussies do. Don't follow India to ruin by ignoring young talent in favour of the oldies.

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Congratulation TO South Africa ... Good 4 Amla , Morkal & Malinga

    Cheers from afghanistan

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Hope this is the lowest of lows for Sri Lanka. It is obvious the players are not playing for thier country, just for themselves. Sri Lankan BCC should now discard the 'senior' players and start building a young team for the future.

    Also, regarding the decision made by Dilshan to send in SA to bat in the third test: Don't the players (and coach) look at the pitch and talk to each other before the toss???????? Something is clearly amiss and wrong with SL cricket: either the players are in it for their (commercial) gains or there is serious disharmony within the team.

  • johnathonjosephs on January 11, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    I've never seen worse captaincy in all my life. Dilshan has lost so many ODI series in a row so far ( including one at home) with a WC Final reaching team. That said, I think Sri Lanka should sack him and beg Mahela to take the ODI role and Sanga for the Tests. Sri Lanka collapse and failure in ODIs after the WC should be referred to as the 2011 WC curse

  • sirviv on January 11, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Its only fitting that the wold's top ranking odi batsman registers the first (of hopefully many) century of '12. Well done Morkel, and Malinga

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Horrible!! Cant believe this team played last two Worldcup Finals... Srilankan Cricketers are going through a very tough phase....

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket is in trouble quite obviously and cool heads will be needed to ensure the current tour doesnt fall apart. Early doors still for Dilshan's captaincy against a backdrop of an ailing,bankrupt cricket board,retirement of stalwarts,injury and technical batting considerations. They must pull together fast,try and get some respectable performances by setting achievable goals-its all well and good saying that flair and natural batting talent is the way they play but it is suicidal against bouncy/seaming pitches against tall bowlers. There will be very little public interest if a repeat performance occurs-a shame and one hopes that the Durban test wasnt the end of the tour mentally for the guys after such a high.

  • sunnymate on January 11, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    wow what a bowling,. what a shame for sri lanka. I still remeber sri lankan fans were so proudy after just win one match in durban, they were suggesting to lean batting from sri lanka biggest joke of the world..

  • ruwan_Abeysekera on January 11, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    What a humilating defeat for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is going through a bad patch with players being unpaid, adminstrative problems and some captaincy issue and so on. But you cannot forgive sl team for this crushing defeat because of probelms mentioned. This is a seious flaw and I do not now what is happening inside the team whether they are playing intentionally for the defeat.This result and recent performances remind us Sri Lankan performances in 80s after obtaining the test status but this reult has been the worst. SL can boucnce back that is true but you can not never expect this kind of performances from a team which qualified for the finals of the world cup. Some thing need to be done quckily including the change in the captaincy.

  • Raj_759 on January 11, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    i am shellshocked too! what a one-sided oneday game of cricket........... and we thought odi minimises differences btw visiting and home teams......hahahahha!!!!!!!!!! lolzzzzzzz......:):P:D

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    srilankan lions surrendered to southafricans.....well done sa....

  • suve on January 11, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    There hasn't been any comment posted yet, but the comments must be administered now. The Reason I said that was because this result must be like Christmas for the Indians. Lol just kidding, Sri Lankans were completley blown away, I dont know why the batsmen kept attacking. - Sanga, Mahela got out trying to upper cut, dilshan trying to cut a ball on leg stump, chandimal trying to drive a ball that was far too short. These things happen in cricket, and has happened to almost every top team, and it was just SL's turn this time. A similar thing happened in the Sl vs Eng ODI series last year, Sl got blown away in the first ODI but came back pretty well. Nevertheless all credit goes to Morkel, Tsotsobe and Alma too.

  • on January 11, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    If Bangladesh was in Sri Lanka's place today, everyone would be screaming out loud to remove Bangladesh from International Test Cricket. I guess, Sri Lanka and India can lose, any way they want, still regarded as cricket power house.

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  • on January 11, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    If Bangladesh was in Sri Lanka's place today, everyone would be screaming out loud to remove Bangladesh from International Test Cricket. I guess, Sri Lanka and India can lose, any way they want, still regarded as cricket power house.

  • suve on January 11, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    There hasn't been any comment posted yet, but the comments must be administered now. The Reason I said that was because this result must be like Christmas for the Indians. Lol just kidding, Sri Lankans were completley blown away, I dont know why the batsmen kept attacking. - Sanga, Mahela got out trying to upper cut, dilshan trying to cut a ball on leg stump, chandimal trying to drive a ball that was far too short. These things happen in cricket, and has happened to almost every top team, and it was just SL's turn this time. A similar thing happened in the Sl vs Eng ODI series last year, Sl got blown away in the first ODI but came back pretty well. Nevertheless all credit goes to Morkel, Tsotsobe and Alma too.

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    srilankan lions surrendered to southafricans.....well done sa....

  • Raj_759 on January 11, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    i am shellshocked too! what a one-sided oneday game of cricket........... and we thought odi minimises differences btw visiting and home teams......hahahahha!!!!!!!!!! lolzzzzzzz......:):P:D

  • ruwan_Abeysekera on January 11, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    What a humilating defeat for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is going through a bad patch with players being unpaid, adminstrative problems and some captaincy issue and so on. But you cannot forgive sl team for this crushing defeat because of probelms mentioned. This is a seious flaw and I do not now what is happening inside the team whether they are playing intentionally for the defeat.This result and recent performances remind us Sri Lankan performances in 80s after obtaining the test status but this reult has been the worst. SL can boucnce back that is true but you can not never expect this kind of performances from a team which qualified for the finals of the world cup. Some thing need to be done quckily including the change in the captaincy.

  • sunnymate on January 11, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    wow what a bowling,. what a shame for sri lanka. I still remeber sri lankan fans were so proudy after just win one match in durban, they were suggesting to lean batting from sri lanka biggest joke of the world..

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket is in trouble quite obviously and cool heads will be needed to ensure the current tour doesnt fall apart. Early doors still for Dilshan's captaincy against a backdrop of an ailing,bankrupt cricket board,retirement of stalwarts,injury and technical batting considerations. They must pull together fast,try and get some respectable performances by setting achievable goals-its all well and good saying that flair and natural batting talent is the way they play but it is suicidal against bouncy/seaming pitches against tall bowlers. There will be very little public interest if a repeat performance occurs-a shame and one hopes that the Durban test wasnt the end of the tour mentally for the guys after such a high.

  • on January 11, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Horrible!! Cant believe this team played last two Worldcup Finals... Srilankan Cricketers are going through a very tough phase....

  • sirviv on January 11, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Its only fitting that the wold's top ranking odi batsman registers the first (of hopefully many) century of '12. Well done Morkel, and Malinga

  • johnathonjosephs on January 11, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    I've never seen worse captaincy in all my life. Dilshan has lost so many ODI series in a row so far ( including one at home) with a WC Final reaching team. That said, I think Sri Lanka should sack him and beg Mahela to take the ODI role and Sanga for the Tests. Sri Lanka collapse and failure in ODIs after the WC should be referred to as the 2011 WC curse