South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, East London January 13, 2012

Sri Lanka can only get better

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Match facts

January 14, East London
Start time 10:00 (8:00 GMT)

The Big Picture

Sri Lanka, like their fellow World Cup finalists, find themselves tumbling down a seemingly endless abyss. And like with India, the big question is whether Sri Lanka are doing anything to arrest their descent. The Durban Test suggested a revival, but in reality that win was down to a magnificent exhibition of in-the-trenches grit from Thilan Samaraweera, and an equally large-hearted effort from Rangana Herath. Sri Lanka responded by leaving Samaraweera out of the ODI squad, and Herath out of the starting XI for Paarl. Their presence may not have altered the result in that game, but nonetheless they were missed.

There's only one way Sri Lanka can go from 43 all out, but a revival will require application from the big three at the top. Tillakaratne Dilshan has been the biggest culprit, attempting million-dollar strokes too early, and falling for single-digit scores five times in seven innings so far on the tour. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, between them, have managed just one century in 14 efforts. Even that would not have transpired had Mark Boucher not dropped a regulation catch from Sangakkara early in his second-innings effort in Durban. Sri Lanka's attack will be desperate for their batsmen to turn the corner in East London, where the conditions are expected to be similar to Paarl's.

Everything South Africa tried worked in the first one-dayer. The batting clicked in unison to leave the Sri Lankan attack with figures much worse than they deserved. AB de Villiers attempted radical 7-2 fields, only for his bowlers to back him up and the Sri Lanka batsmen to play into his hands. At some point in his tenure, de Villiers will be confronted by tougher circumstances, and given the capricious nature of the one-day format, it could happen in the very next game.

Form guide

(Most recent first)

South Africa WLWLL
Sri Lanka LLLLW

Watch out for...

Albie Morkel's short stints with bat and ball in Paarl did not do much damage in the context of the game, but were good indicators of the form he is in. Coming in at No. 5, he slugged two monstrous sixes in the end overs, and bowled two overs of menacing seam for no reward later in the evening. If the top order performs well again, South Africa could consider promoting him even higher in the batting line-up.

Nuwan Kulasekara was unlucky not to pick up more wickets in Paarl, after producing a bunch of prodigious inswingers with the new ball. Like several of his team-mates, he will be hoping for a change of fortune in East London.

Team news

Dilhara Fernando had a knee concern on the eve of the match. Ajantha Mendis, who had a recurrence of a back niggle, has been ruled out of the series. Sachithra Senanayake has been named Mendis' replacement, and could be available for the third ODI. Thisara Perera or Dhammika Prasad could come in for Fernando.

Sri Lanka: (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), 2 Upul Tharanga, 3 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Mahela Jayawardene, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera / Dilhara Fernando, 8 Kosala Kulasekara, 9 Nuwan Kulasekara, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Rangana Herath

Rory Kleinveldt, who was benched in Paarl, has been ruled out of the series with an injured quadricep muscle. South Africa are yet to name a replacement. Hashim Amla is waiting on the birth of his first child, and might pull out of the game at the last moment. In case he does, Johan Botha will have to step in, forcing South Africa to rejig their batting order.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 JP Duminy, 6 Faf du Plessis, 7 Albie Morkel, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Morne Morkel

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa have lost only four times at Buffalo Park, and the last of those defeats came in 1999
  • Sri Lanka have a 2-1 win-loss record here. The victories came against New Zealand and Zimbabwe, and the defeat against South Africa

Quotes

"It bothers me when I am not the one run out. If somebody else gets run out it bothers me more than anything."
Hashim Amla is concerned after being involved in four run-outs this season.

"We were very disappointed with our performance in the first one-dayer and we apologise to our cricketing family in Sri Lanka."
Sri Lankan coach Geoff Marsh doesn't offer excuses for the team's woefulness.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • yorkslanka on January 14, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @heshini- minister going to give a stern lecture? Is that by using his extensive cricketing knowledge? Maybe he should look in the mirror to see what's ruining our cricket...cric pls publish

  • Mathu. on January 14, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Before blaming or firing anyone SL board and minister should look into the problem wisely, Are there any seam pitches available in S/Lanka for players tp practice? How can a team expect home condition in countries like England, S.Africa and Australia when opponent have a strong seam line up. It is time at least now to build up seamer friendly pitches if not Colombo in some other part of the county and get the players practice in different weather & pitch conditions so then they will not be any longer strangers for those seam & bouncy conditions. Otherwise problem persist & winning chances in those conditions will be only on mistakes of other side not the talents of S/L team.

  • on January 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Cricket Is all about how you Perform in under pressure not in the way you played in last match thus dont under estimate Lankans there very much capable of Bounce back in any Time .....

  • on January 14, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    what happened to shaminda eranga!!for me he s best pacy in sri lanka!!!

  • espnchekmate on January 14, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @ Raj Pallasetty : i agree with you... you could add to your list a solid opener called Dilshan Munaweera. theirs also players like Kithruwan Vithanage,Sachith Pathirana,Chatura Peries(these 2 are former under 19 captains both played in da recently concluded hong kong sixes and was a treat to watch them play,these 2 where just clobbering bowlers all over the park in ease like checking their shots..both are ALL ROUNDERS and both are in their early 20's) ,Angelo Perera,Ramith Rambukwella...

  • on January 14, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Sanga should come back as captain. Mahela & Dilshan should be droped temporaly at least. Give Kapugedara an opener role as an experiment. Dimuth Karunarathna is worth trying. No point complaining just try to get Sanga to build a team around him. Anjelo is now a liability for the team. Think of a better

  • on January 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    This is about politics for me... Playing against the administation is a great insult for the game if so .... yes Sri lanka can win the match easily if win the toass & bat first.. i put my bet in .it is all about either sanga, Upul, dilshan or Chanidimal to go for 100. i know this is not easy. but sri lanka is the best team who did the same in last times in history. just repeat it. You are having best bowler in one day history . why not do the baiscs right.. i know this will not be a black Wensday again .

  • Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on January 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Buffalo Park is apparently sold out. Weather in East London is overcast - a dream day for Steyn on a pitch famous for keeping low. There's a good chance that Hashim won't play today - I can't picture SA taking the risk of putting him in and having him leave during the match. This pitch will probably help Sri Lanka more than the other.

    I agree with Zookinii that Samaraweera should be in the middle order, because a calm head is what is needed there.

    Expect a batting order reshuffle for the Proteas with Hash possibly not being in the side. AB to open possibly?

  • espnchekmate on January 14, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Usually when SRI LANKA GOES ON A TOUR TO A COUNTRY LOSING THE FIRST GAME IS A MUST FOR THEM WHATEVER THE FORMAT THEIR PLAYING IN... IN THE PAST HOWEVER THE LIONS HAD THE ABILITY OF BOUNCING BACK AND GO ONTO REGISTER SERIES WINS WHEN JAYASURIYA,ATHAPATTU,JAYAWARDENE AND SANGAKKARA WHERE CAPTAINING THE NATIONAL TEAM. HOWEVER IN THE RECENT PAST TILLEKERETNE THOUGHT OTHERWISE ,WE WILL CONTINUE OUR TOUR STARTING TRADITION OF LOSING THE FIRST GAME WHEN WE CAN WIN EVEN , WIN THE NEXT MATCH AND GO BACK TO LOSING WAYS....AND LOSE THE SERIES AND FORM OTHER PLAYERS OF OTHER OPPOSITIONS WHO ARE LACKING FORM... SO THAT THEY COULD FACE OTHER OPPOSITIONS MORE EASILY... BACK TO SQUARE 1....!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 14, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Please Dilshan go away or resign from the captaincy, bcz u do not know at all and give to Sanga and mahela by catching their feet if u r a really working for sri lankan cricket. if u continues, we will finish the ODI with 0-5

  • yorkslanka on January 14, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    @heshini- minister going to give a stern lecture? Is that by using his extensive cricketing knowledge? Maybe he should look in the mirror to see what's ruining our cricket...cric pls publish

  • Mathu. on January 14, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Before blaming or firing anyone SL board and minister should look into the problem wisely, Are there any seam pitches available in S/Lanka for players tp practice? How can a team expect home condition in countries like England, S.Africa and Australia when opponent have a strong seam line up. It is time at least now to build up seamer friendly pitches if not Colombo in some other part of the county and get the players practice in different weather & pitch conditions so then they will not be any longer strangers for those seam & bouncy conditions. Otherwise problem persist & winning chances in those conditions will be only on mistakes of other side not the talents of S/L team.

  • on January 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Cricket Is all about how you Perform in under pressure not in the way you played in last match thus dont under estimate Lankans there very much capable of Bounce back in any Time .....

  • on January 14, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    what happened to shaminda eranga!!for me he s best pacy in sri lanka!!!

  • espnchekmate on January 14, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    @ Raj Pallasetty : i agree with you... you could add to your list a solid opener called Dilshan Munaweera. theirs also players like Kithruwan Vithanage,Sachith Pathirana,Chatura Peries(these 2 are former under 19 captains both played in da recently concluded hong kong sixes and was a treat to watch them play,these 2 where just clobbering bowlers all over the park in ease like checking their shots..both are ALL ROUNDERS and both are in their early 20's) ,Angelo Perera,Ramith Rambukwella...

  • on January 14, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Sanga should come back as captain. Mahela & Dilshan should be droped temporaly at least. Give Kapugedara an opener role as an experiment. Dimuth Karunarathna is worth trying. No point complaining just try to get Sanga to build a team around him. Anjelo is now a liability for the team. Think of a better

  • on January 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    This is about politics for me... Playing against the administation is a great insult for the game if so .... yes Sri lanka can win the match easily if win the toass & bat first.. i put my bet in .it is all about either sanga, Upul, dilshan or Chanidimal to go for 100. i know this is not easy. but sri lanka is the best team who did the same in last times in history. just repeat it. You are having best bowler in one day history . why not do the baiscs right.. i know this will not be a black Wensday again .

  • Dale-force_winds_steyn_the_pitch on January 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Buffalo Park is apparently sold out. Weather in East London is overcast - a dream day for Steyn on a pitch famous for keeping low. There's a good chance that Hashim won't play today - I can't picture SA taking the risk of putting him in and having him leave during the match. This pitch will probably help Sri Lanka more than the other.

    I agree with Zookinii that Samaraweera should be in the middle order, because a calm head is what is needed there.

    Expect a batting order reshuffle for the Proteas with Hash possibly not being in the side. AB to open possibly?

  • espnchekmate on January 14, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Usually when SRI LANKA GOES ON A TOUR TO A COUNTRY LOSING THE FIRST GAME IS A MUST FOR THEM WHATEVER THE FORMAT THEIR PLAYING IN... IN THE PAST HOWEVER THE LIONS HAD THE ABILITY OF BOUNCING BACK AND GO ONTO REGISTER SERIES WINS WHEN JAYASURIYA,ATHAPATTU,JAYAWARDENE AND SANGAKKARA WHERE CAPTAINING THE NATIONAL TEAM. HOWEVER IN THE RECENT PAST TILLEKERETNE THOUGHT OTHERWISE ,WE WILL CONTINUE OUR TOUR STARTING TRADITION OF LOSING THE FIRST GAME WHEN WE CAN WIN EVEN , WIN THE NEXT MATCH AND GO BACK TO LOSING WAYS....AND LOSE THE SERIES AND FORM OTHER PLAYERS OF OTHER OPPOSITIONS WHO ARE LACKING FORM... SO THAT THEY COULD FACE OTHER OPPOSITIONS MORE EASILY... BACK TO SQUARE 1....!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 14, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Please Dilshan go away or resign from the captaincy, bcz u do not know at all and give to Sanga and mahela by catching their feet if u r a really working for sri lankan cricket. if u continues, we will finish the ODI with 0-5

  • darkmon.SL on January 14, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    @Arhaan Khan,nobody treat 'em like gods in SL,yeah we respect them but that's it.Nothing almighty.Agree with Trevor Greening,very good idea considering how much poor subcontinent batsmen in pace pitches(other than some exceptional players) & most western batsmen are poor in subcontinent spinning pitches(check SA stats in SL before bashing me guys :P ).Something like this will give exposure the players need early in their careers.About the team well my suggestions are drop and RETIRE Dilhara,guy is a waste of tax payers money :/.Open with Dilshan Mahela.Include Samaraweera(seriously the guy was the best batsmen in the test series and dropped in ODI's o.O 2015 wc my a*s when Dilshan is the captain ) in no.5.About Angelo I think he should decide he should either gonna be a batting all rounder or good batsmen who can bowl cos right now he do none correctly.My 11,Mahela,Dilshan,Sanga,Chandimal(wk),Tharanga/Samare,Angelo,Thisara,Prasad,Nuwan,Lasith,Ajantha/Herath

  • ShehanJay on January 14, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    It's politics my dear Watson! Get rid of politics and politicians having there say in who gets selected or not for the SL team, and you will see a revival in the team. All the rot set in after the Rajapaksa Family which currently rules the country wanted to control everything and have a finger in every pie. There no politics or politicians involved when SL won the world cup in 1996. Quo vadis SL cricket?

  • Reggaecricket on January 14, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    Well, they better get better 'coz worse means getting out for less than 40!

  • on January 14, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Drop Mahela , bring Samaraweera . Release Dilshan and appoint sanga. rather than going with 5 bowlers include extra batsman (Kapu or Banuka) for this kind of pitch.. I couldn't understand why they choose the team with extra bowler for this kind of bouncy pitch... need to think about coach's ability or this is again politicians decision. We need SLC should free from politicians hand.......

  • MH19 on January 14, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Come on Sri Lankans come all guns blazing and hand SA a memorable defeat in their own den. On onother note Dilhara Fernando and`Ajantha Mendis should not be included in test or one dayers instead you should give others a chance.I think we have got some sleeping selectors going by seniority this is the biggest concern.Duleep Mendis is a proffessional but some of the selections are shocking like Mendis and Dilhara. Mahela?????????????? time up but worth giving another go if he fails he should not go to aussie.

  • CSI_R2C on January 14, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    its all about the bad shot selection of SL players,but they will adjust the 50 over format as soon as possible.As they did in durban after SA thrashed them in centurion.Defenetely they will come back with lot of confidence.Cz they are capable of it.Don't forget SL is the runner up of both 2007 & 2011 world cups...cheers

  • Danushkew on January 14, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Looks like they are not working together,no team support,best thing is should retired Dilshan after SA tour and Mahela should be a captain till next worldcup.he is the best captain in the team after the Arjuna.Sanga is a good player,but these condition he is not supporting to Dilshan,(everyone knows that,,everyone played their own game no team work).best of luck SL.

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    I am realy sad what was happend first odi match but i am sl team will come back they are capable and i request sangakara or mahela should take the captency sake of sri lank cricket.

  • on January 14, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    in this 2nd odi against southafrica we want to chang the batting order like this......openers mahela and tharanga sangakkara chandimal mathews dilshan.and we want to change the captain also after the tour of southafrica we want to appoint sangakkara or mahela bcoz they can do the job. srilankan will u do these for our country? may be

  • kalins on January 14, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    I think cricket performance management needs to be introduce to SL team. some specialist analyst needs to be find their consecutive weaknesses and shot selections against each bowlers and batsman in opposition team. There is real hard work needs to be place else the cricket of SL will fall in near future. Most important factor is team spirit and togetherness. We can clearly see that team is not playing as one. Each player has natural talent if they are pushed and pressurize against that by team management then the scattering will starts. Let them play their style with proper guidance. Hope they will find the swing.

  • heshini on January 14, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Mahindananda Aluthgamage vowed to deliver a stern lecture to the players when they return later this month from their tour of South Africa, where they last week lost the Test series 2-1.

    Marsh, watch out. They are going to get it...this is before the ODI lost..may be he will execute some, you think?

  • on January 14, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    Drop Mahela and make Sanga in charge.

  • on January 13, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara need to come back as captain. He need to stay there till next world cup. we need a good captain and he is still the one. Sangakkara you need to think about this again and again. Poor Tillakaratne Dilshan is loosing his form because Mentally he is not a good captain. Please come back.

  • Philip_Gnana on January 13, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    Of course, when you have reached the lowest of the lowest what else can you do? You can only look up from the bottom of the pit. The CEO sits like a plum pudding through all these dreadful years and is allowed to do it. When old and hard liners are in the thick of things and happenings in SL cricket, their ideologies cannot be broken. SL Cricket needs the likes of the players of 1996 at board level. Political interference is something that Sri Lankans are used to. But continuous introduction by Politicians of persons with vested interest other than cricket is what is killing the spirit of the team. The seniors have not set a good example earlier in the year when they chose to stay behind and play in the IPL. Giving fantastic after dinner speeches is good only if you had cricket and country at heart and not your heart in the IPL money. The team sport needs all the players to perform. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • JChandi on January 13, 2012, 22:53 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"

  • SriLa72 on January 13, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    I am truly surprised to read these "ignorant" comments made by so called "Cricket fans" These are the typical SL fans who jump for joy when SL win and then spew hatred when they loose. At this juncture, there is a lot going on with regards to our players. Guys, please don't blame Dilshan for being the captain. I do agree the fact that he is not a good captain. But, it is not his fault. He did not ask for the job. No one was willing to take the job because of the politics that's going on. With what's going on back at SLC, no one wants the job. We need to stand by our players. They are doing their best. Let me ask those who are criticizing, what if the company that you are working for did not pay you for 8 months? And then only pay you 1/2 and you have to wait for the rest? As I said, there is so much going on with our players. Now is the time they need our support the most. Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Malinga, are capable players. We need them in the team while we train youngsters.

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    As a South African, I am glad that my team is winning (thus far!). However, as fans of the game, all of us who log into Cricinfo should also wish other teams the best, even if they are struggling, re-building or having other difficulties. What's the point of a hollow win? I don't like it when teams (and fans) which reach the top of the rankings become arrogant and belittle the competition. At some point, they too will be having a tough time of it. There is nothing like some healthy competition, but let's all pull together for the game that we love or we will lose it. The up and coming and Associate teams like Afghanistan should also be encouraged and helped (I have been amazed by Afghanistan; they are playing well and have some very very good cricketers). Perhaps the Cricket Boards should work to swap some First Class youngsters (e.g., SA and a Subcontinent country) for a few months every year so that they can experinece different cultures, cricketing styles and pitches ;-).

  • Zookinii on January 13, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    can we have samaraweera in odi side please. thank you. Also, can we have tharanga play in the middle order for stability and jayawardene at the top where he performs best. thanks

  • on January 13, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Mahela is the key...... Plz MJ show ur ability

  • yorkslanka on January 13, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    At least marsh doesn't make excuses and has the decency to apologise to us SL fans..come on SL give us a good comeback and show us,and the world what we are capable of..good luck..

  • on January 13, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Sack Dulip Medis the coach.Where is the in form Samaraweera.In fact he dropd him in the test squard but the minister wanted him and he was the best performed in the test matches and is sent home without trying him in one dayers.Remove Dilshan as captain.Send some good fast bowlers to be trained in cricket academy in Chennai.Ask Murali coach the spinners

  • suve on January 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    For those who keep saying Sl will lose 5-0, It will not happen. They will most definatley come back. And it wasnt Dilshan's captaincy that lost sl the match. It was good bowling on a track which changed conditions quickly, SL were caught out and surprised when the ball kept boucing like that.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    "Sri Lanka can only get better"...... Yes, only if they prepare the kind of pitches they face overseas, at home. At least some of the domestic clubs should have grassy, bouncy pitches llike they have in England, AUS and SA. This way, at least some of the younger boys should get used to batting on these kind of pitches (at home).

    SLC and Anuruddha Polonnowita (SL's national curator)... hope you see this......, and ACT.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I fully agree with Pricelesss1 comment regarding our so called stars. I firmly believe that Mahela, Sangakkara and Dilhara should go so that the team can include some young prospects, so at least the future will be better. Our present line-up is just like the Pakistan team few years ago with many past captains in the team and playing politics against the present captain. This is very clear with Mahela and Sangakkara, they should go and make way for young uguys who are waiting on line. If this is what the so called world No.1 vbats man and another who have scored 10,000 runs, they are not worthy of a place. They are not doing justice to the salaries they earn and not doing justice to the cricket fans and the name of the country.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    i hope lions bounce back in 2nd odi .they ability to do this

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    india n srilanka can never b a world class team like australia. they will never b, their world cup win was also just a sheer luck especially india's t20 world cup win against pakistan. australia n safrica shud make as many world records as they can against their opponents in this tour, i will b more than happy. india n srilanka can improve if their players r stopped worshipping as gods in their own countries

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Time has come for Sri Lanka cricket team to try new players in ODI format

    i would suggest these players for tri series in AUSTRALIA 1.Upul Tharanga 2 .Mahela Udawatte 3.Dinesh Chandimal(WK) 4.Angelo Mathews (capt) 5.Dimuth Karunaratne 6.Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Chamara Kapugedera 7.Thisara Perera8.Farveez Maharoof9.Suraj Randiv 10.Shaminda Eranga/Shalika Karunanayake 11.Lasith Malinga

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Hope Sri Lankans fight hard like they did after the Cardiff debacle where they did well in Lords in the 2nd test.

  • WaldermaltCricketer on January 13, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    SL is gonna lose 5-0. Even the GOD can't change that. Dilshan's POOR captaincy must be over very soon.

  • priceless1 on January 13, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    al long as they have a players like Dilshan, Mahela, Dilhara,Mathiews..in the team things will never improve.....they have to drop these inconsistent players and give few youngsters a chance

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Srilanka Won't win the Series..Coz Dilshan is the Captain!!! axe Dilhara and replace Prasad..He can Bat also..He wcan bowl 140+....Mahela should open..Tharanga 3,Sanga,Chandimal should 5...There is no meaning for Mathews when he not bowling His 10..HE IS WASTE IN LAST 10 O 15 GAMES..MAHAROOF SHOULD GET HIS PLACE.. WILL SLC DO THIS? AM I SEEING DAY DREAM? may be..

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    india and srilanka should called back home immediately

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  • on January 13, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    india and srilanka should called back home immediately

  • on January 13, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Srilanka Won't win the Series..Coz Dilshan is the Captain!!! axe Dilhara and replace Prasad..He can Bat also..He wcan bowl 140+....Mahela should open..Tharanga 3,Sanga,Chandimal should 5...There is no meaning for Mathews when he not bowling His 10..HE IS WASTE IN LAST 10 O 15 GAMES..MAHAROOF SHOULD GET HIS PLACE.. WILL SLC DO THIS? AM I SEEING DAY DREAM? may be..

  • priceless1 on January 13, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    al long as they have a players like Dilshan, Mahela, Dilhara,Mathiews..in the team things will never improve.....they have to drop these inconsistent players and give few youngsters a chance

  • WaldermaltCricketer on January 13, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    SL is gonna lose 5-0. Even the GOD can't change that. Dilshan's POOR captaincy must be over very soon.

  • Sinhaya on January 13, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Hope Sri Lankans fight hard like they did after the Cardiff debacle where they did well in Lords in the 2nd test.

  • on January 13, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Time has come for Sri Lanka cricket team to try new players in ODI format

    i would suggest these players for tri series in AUSTRALIA 1.Upul Tharanga 2 .Mahela Udawatte 3.Dinesh Chandimal(WK) 4.Angelo Mathews (capt) 5.Dimuth Karunaratne 6.Bhanuka Rajapaksa/Chamara Kapugedera 7.Thisara Perera8.Farveez Maharoof9.Suraj Randiv 10.Shaminda Eranga/Shalika Karunanayake 11.Lasith Malinga

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    india n srilanka can never b a world class team like australia. they will never b, their world cup win was also just a sheer luck especially india's t20 world cup win against pakistan. australia n safrica shud make as many world records as they can against their opponents in this tour, i will b more than happy. india n srilanka can improve if their players r stopped worshipping as gods in their own countries

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    i hope lions bounce back in 2nd odi .they ability to do this

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I fully agree with Pricelesss1 comment regarding our so called stars. I firmly believe that Mahela, Sangakkara and Dilhara should go so that the team can include some young prospects, so at least the future will be better. Our present line-up is just like the Pakistan team few years ago with many past captains in the team and playing politics against the present captain. This is very clear with Mahela and Sangakkara, they should go and make way for young uguys who are waiting on line. If this is what the so called world No.1 vbats man and another who have scored 10,000 runs, they are not worthy of a place. They are not doing justice to the salaries they earn and not doing justice to the cricket fans and the name of the country.

  • on January 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    "Sri Lanka can only get better"...... Yes, only if they prepare the kind of pitches they face overseas, at home. At least some of the domestic clubs should have grassy, bouncy pitches llike they have in England, AUS and SA. This way, at least some of the younger boys should get used to batting on these kind of pitches (at home).

    SLC and Anuruddha Polonnowita (SL's national curator)... hope you see this......, and ACT.