Sri Lanka v India, 2nd ODI, Hambantota July 24, 2012

Perera, Mathews humble India

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Sri Lanka 139 for 1 (Tharanga 59*, Dilshan 50) beat India 138 (Gambhir 65, Perera 3-19, Mathews 3-14) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

For the first three overs on a blustery afternoon in Hambantota, Sri Lanka looked thrown. Running in through strong winds, their opening bowlers found rhythm elusive and lines hard to control. Lasith Malinga got no movement; the debutant Isuru Udana's first over comprised 11 balls and contained 16 runs; there were careless overthrows and misfields; and India scored 31 for 0 with barely a risk. And then Thisara Perera, in the midst of his best home summer, changed everything and turned Sri Lanka's quest to draw level in the series into a cruise.

Perera made the ball swing in the air and seam off the surface. He did not bowl grenades, but he did not need to. Against accurate lengths and stingy lines, India's batsmen weren't far from playing an impatient shot. Perera took a wicket in each of his first three overs without conceding a run, and he could have had a fourth had Angelo Mathews not dropped MS Dhoni at first slip. His spell of 3-3-0-3 left India on 41 for 4 after eight overs, a slide that did not subside.

As India collapsed like an undercooked cake at one end, Gautam Gambhir held the other up. He'd begun with a crisp square drive and a flick off the pads as early as Malinga's second over, but his steadiness was swamped by the ineptness of his team-mates. He nearly became the first India player to carry his bat in a one-day international but was the last man out, for 65.

Having dismissed India for 138 in the 34th over, Sri Lanka had nine overs to bat before the dinner break. The wind was still blowing in Hambantota, and Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan capitalised on several loose deliveries to score 64 before the interval. The remaining 75 was added without much alarm as well, though Dilshan's dismissal prevented Sri Lanka from achieving their first ten-wicket victory against India in ODIs.

The momentum shift after Dhoni won his second toss in two games, and chose to bat in favourable conditions, had been sudden. It occurred when Perera lunged to his right, throwing his large frame against the momentum of his follow through, to catch with both hands a loose push from Virender Sehwag. In his second over, Perera got rid of the bogeyman by inducing a thick edge from Virat Kohli, who had hundreds in his previous three innings against Sri Lanka. He made 1 today after failing to execute a steer to third man.

Perera hurt India further in his third over. Suresh Raina hung his bat outside off stump, reaching for the ball angling across him without fluent footwork, and played on. A ball later, he found another edge, off Dhoni's bat, but it was put down at first slip.

Mathews, who had extended Rohit Sharma's wretched run by bowling him off the inside edge for a duck, soon made amends for his gaffe. He got the ball to bounce off a good length, cramp Dhoni for room on the cut and take the edge to Sangakkara. Between those edges, Dhoni had played two fluent off drives against Perera for boundaries.

After Irfan Pathan holed out to Perera at mid-off, Gambhir and R Ashwin put on 28 for the seventh wicket before a comical run-out ended the partnership. Having cut the ball towards third man, Ashwin wanted a third but was sent back. His turning radius was so large and his movement so slow that he failed to cover the short distance even though he dived. Gambhir looked on in despair. Sri Lanka ended the India innings well before dinner; the only pity was there were so few people to watch their clinical performance.

The crowd was bigger when Sri Lanka began their chase and the sound of celebratory trumpets was ever-present. The hosts could have lost Dilshan on 1 but Sehwag grassed the edge off the attempted booming drive against Irfan. India barely had another opportunity. Dilshan scored at more than a run-a-ball despite hitting only four boundaries. Tharanga, in contrast, hit fours more frequently, freeing his arms to play the drive and the cut when given room outside off stump.

Both India's left-arm bowlers - Zaheer Khan and Irfan - bowled wayward lines in the wind. Between them, they conceded 14 runs through wides. There were 24 extras in all. India were a beaten side before the dinner break and Dilshan flicked the first ball after resumption to the midwicket boundary, continuing Sri Lanka's inexorable march towards victory, which was achieved with 30.1 overs to spare.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on July 27, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    HA HA India lost badly to Sri Lanka :)

  • Nampally on July 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @praveen4honestremarks:Don't blame ZAK alone for the Indian teams' humiliating defeat in the ODI #2.It was a collective failure of both batsmen & bowlers.How can Indian batting go down like nine pins to almost the same bowlers - Pererra & Mathews - who were thrashed for 7 & 6 runs/over in ODI #1 on the same ground? Indian bowling was always weak because Dhoni does not pay much attention to his bowlers. If a guy does not bowl to a controlled length & direction, either discipline him by dropping from the XI or send him back & get a replacement. Yadev gives 10% of Indian total in his very first over - How irresponsible is that after making Perrera's bowling look unplayable? Only Ashwin looked like an ODI bowler. ZAK, Irfan, Ojha & Yadev failed collectively. You cannot win or even put up a half decent show with such undisciplined bowling. The same goes for batting. Dhoni & Irfan(#6 &7) played careless shots instead of staying at the crease & helping well set Gambhir attack. Discipline??

  • praveen4honestremark on July 26, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Dean jones in his words said about Indian bowling as very weak and need to improve even before it becomes laughing stolk. Read Duncan as a coach should have guide Dhoni to start thinking of possible replacement for Zaheer. But where is it?? What was report given by him to BCCI after failures in bowling department??? Why unfit Zaheer still playing???? What is India future in bowling?? Can't Dhoni, Duncan , Selectors ever watch Ranji matches, and won't they find any bowlers who can be taken and groomed as replacement of Zaheer?? Aakash chopra in his article in espn cricinfo also mentioned possible replacements. Read article (here.http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/572773.html)..He mentions Parwinder Awana a swing bowler as handy. Pankaj singh, leading wicket taker for Rajastan in Ranji. Harsh patel a bright prospect. Do Dhoni and co ever care to try them???

  • Sinhabahu on July 26, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Where was that joker who said he was bored of India "thrashing" SL all the time? Tell him I said lol.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 26, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher , Indian chief coach was appointed in 27th April 2011 , a contract for 2 years. Duncan when has taken charges from Kirsten , the Indian team just had won World cup. He took charges but never able to extend the Kirsten work. Duncan didn't find our fast bowling weak; or had he even cared to look at that?? Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav taken for England and Australia. There Ishant failed and Zaheer broke even before matches start. Yadav was little hope in tests for India. He can bowl in Indian pitches and overseas. Need fine tuning though. Ishant still can come back, he is also future prospect. But where does Zaheer stand?? Is he really a bowler for tests ? or only ODI's? or for just Indian pitches? Zaheer first of all is unfit player. He is proving this time and again. First during England tour and now in Srilanka tour. Dhoni saying that they need to manage Zaheer's work so he won't break down is enough to understand the status quo of Zaheer.

  • Ameeega on July 26, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    It is really impressive some fans from both parties starting to think balance and fair manner. People fighting here should understand that these forums are not only read by subcontinent fans, but also by other cricket playing nations. We make ourselves let down as South-Asians in front of this audience with this ugly way of bashing others. I wish these forums become a pleasant place for ALL of us! I hope this be a 3-2 end result, not 4-1, so no one dominates, and eventually helps both teams to assess their weak links.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, I accept your apologies bro. Its ok. There is this sudden ripple flow on effect of just following your fellow countrymen's bashing comments without thinking twice. Mind you I have also done so and my apologies. Though you may urge calm, how many will heed by your call is unknown. Anyway, I have seen many Indian fans criticize Rohit Sharma. Yes he has failed in the 2 ODIs but dont forget bro that it was because of him that you all won the ODI series against Windies late last year. If not for him, you all may have lost 3-1 in my opinion.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @serious-am-i, sorry I forgot to say that in my comments. I meant in the recent series of course. Sri Lanka drew 1-1 in the test series in 2006 thanks to Murali.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Harmony111, Sri Lanka did beat India this year in Brisbane in the CB series which shows that we have beaten India aready this year. Also, we have beaten India 51 times in ODIs which shows that wins against India in ODIs are not once in a blue moon. Dont write off Sri Lanka please. It will be a closely fought series by all means. I will be there at the R Premadasa Stadium day after tomorrow to witness the action.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    As indian fan im trying to take a positive out of the game for us indians the only one i can think of that dhoni wont get banned for slow over rate

  • on July 27, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    HA HA India lost badly to Sri Lanka :)

  • Nampally on July 26, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @praveen4honestremarks:Don't blame ZAK alone for the Indian teams' humiliating defeat in the ODI #2.It was a collective failure of both batsmen & bowlers.How can Indian batting go down like nine pins to almost the same bowlers - Pererra & Mathews - who were thrashed for 7 & 6 runs/over in ODI #1 on the same ground? Indian bowling was always weak because Dhoni does not pay much attention to his bowlers. If a guy does not bowl to a controlled length & direction, either discipline him by dropping from the XI or send him back & get a replacement. Yadev gives 10% of Indian total in his very first over - How irresponsible is that after making Perrera's bowling look unplayable? Only Ashwin looked like an ODI bowler. ZAK, Irfan, Ojha & Yadev failed collectively. You cannot win or even put up a half decent show with such undisciplined bowling. The same goes for batting. Dhoni & Irfan(#6 &7) played careless shots instead of staying at the crease & helping well set Gambhir attack. Discipline??

  • praveen4honestremark on July 26, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Dean jones in his words said about Indian bowling as very weak and need to improve even before it becomes laughing stolk. Read Duncan as a coach should have guide Dhoni to start thinking of possible replacement for Zaheer. But where is it?? What was report given by him to BCCI after failures in bowling department??? Why unfit Zaheer still playing???? What is India future in bowling?? Can't Dhoni, Duncan , Selectors ever watch Ranji matches, and won't they find any bowlers who can be taken and groomed as replacement of Zaheer?? Aakash chopra in his article in espn cricinfo also mentioned possible replacements. Read article (here.http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/572773.html)..He mentions Parwinder Awana a swing bowler as handy. Pankaj singh, leading wicket taker for Rajastan in Ranji. Harsh patel a bright prospect. Do Dhoni and co ever care to try them???

  • Sinhabahu on July 26, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    Where was that joker who said he was bored of India "thrashing" SL all the time? Tell him I said lol.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 26, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Duncan Fletcher , Indian chief coach was appointed in 27th April 2011 , a contract for 2 years. Duncan when has taken charges from Kirsten , the Indian team just had won World cup. He took charges but never able to extend the Kirsten work. Duncan didn't find our fast bowling weak; or had he even cared to look at that?? Zaheer, Ishant and Yadav taken for England and Australia. There Ishant failed and Zaheer broke even before matches start. Yadav was little hope in tests for India. He can bowl in Indian pitches and overseas. Need fine tuning though. Ishant still can come back, he is also future prospect. But where does Zaheer stand?? Is he really a bowler for tests ? or only ODI's? or for just Indian pitches? Zaheer first of all is unfit player. He is proving this time and again. First during England tour and now in Srilanka tour. Dhoni saying that they need to manage Zaheer's work so he won't break down is enough to understand the status quo of Zaheer.

  • Ameeega on July 26, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    It is really impressive some fans from both parties starting to think balance and fair manner. People fighting here should understand that these forums are not only read by subcontinent fans, but also by other cricket playing nations. We make ourselves let down as South-Asians in front of this audience with this ugly way of bashing others. I wish these forums become a pleasant place for ALL of us! I hope this be a 3-2 end result, not 4-1, so no one dominates, and eventually helps both teams to assess their weak links.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, I accept your apologies bro. Its ok. There is this sudden ripple flow on effect of just following your fellow countrymen's bashing comments without thinking twice. Mind you I have also done so and my apologies. Though you may urge calm, how many will heed by your call is unknown. Anyway, I have seen many Indian fans criticize Rohit Sharma. Yes he has failed in the 2 ODIs but dont forget bro that it was because of him that you all won the ODI series against Windies late last year. If not for him, you all may have lost 3-1 in my opinion.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:41 GMT

    @serious-am-i, sorry I forgot to say that in my comments. I meant in the recent series of course. Sri Lanka drew 1-1 in the test series in 2006 thanks to Murali.

  • Sinhaya on July 26, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Harmony111, Sri Lanka did beat India this year in Brisbane in the CB series which shows that we have beaten India aready this year. Also, we have beaten India 51 times in ODIs which shows that wins against India in ODIs are not once in a blue moon. Dont write off Sri Lanka please. It will be a closely fought series by all means. I will be there at the R Premadasa Stadium day after tomorrow to witness the action.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    As indian fan im trying to take a positive out of the game for us indians the only one i can think of that dhoni wont get banned for slow over rate

  • serious-am-i on July 25, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    @ Sinhaya: India have beaten Eng in their previous held 2 series, under Dravid's captaincy. India won the test series 1-0, under Saurav's captaincy drew series 1-1, its not that no sub-continent team have beaten Eng. Its only in the previous series they performed pathetically. @ sakib_no1: you BD guys never learn do u ?

  • on July 25, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    cont .... One bad day for India and you guys came out of your holes and started bashing India.. Dear BD fan, Please live n Let live.

  • golgoal on July 25, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    @Sinhaya The respect a team or individuals get is not just based on a hand full of on field performances. It very much carries off the field also, and more importantly on your conduct. If you try to take bite out of the cricket ball thinking that it's an apple, or intentionally over step the line to deny opposition player a century, that's not exactly going to bring "glory" to your country. And if you think that by quoting some selected statistics from statguru you can justify other persons arguments about other teams being humiliated, I am sure that there are others here who know how to use statguru and they can pull out some statistics showing such "humiliations" for SL, Pak or whoever.

  • Harmony111 on July 25, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    The Sri Lankan Fans are naturally happy to see their team win 1 match after so long against India. But it really was an off-day from Indian Batsmen nothing else. The bowling was typical stuff accept the wicket of Dhoni. Keep in mind that India had made 3 successive scores of 300+ against this very team so a score of 138 can only mean a bad hair day nothing else. I am convinced that India will not pay more attention to this series and play a bit more seriously. I love it when Kohli whacks Malinga for 4s. Makes for good gossip in India. Come on India. Lets submerge Sri Lanka in a deluge of runs. And oh, congratulations SL for your once-in-a-blue-moon win over India. I am sure you will relish this for long cos the next one aint coming anytime soon.

  • on July 25, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    @ Sinhaya .. Sorry brother, I couldn't control myself and posted some things that I shouldn't have, in rush of blood. I will NOT do anything like that and will act as NEUTRAL fan for rest of the series, will appreciate good cricket whoever plays it. ALSO, I would like my countrymen (Indian fans) to be calm and accept defeats gracefully, or if India wins, then also no need of making fun of SL. We guys have had enough. Good relations between SL and Ind fans is good for all of us. Nowadays whenever one enters in Ind or SL team forums, he finds SL and Ind fans bashing each other's team, that provokes even more and more members to get involved in the fight just because of very few Not-So-Good members. Sinhaya, I apologize to you.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    @Sinhaya, @Ajith Dias @Abeygunawardena, @wjkalana: thank you for posting very positive comments and I really enjoy reading them. @Jindal Priyank,@Hareeesh, @praveen4honestremark and @serious-am-i : Enjoy reading your perspective of the game. Lets keep this comments section healthy.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 25, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Ok sehwag is a flat track bully so mahela jayawardena .how many centuries has he scored outside of sri lank

  • desi-blue on July 25, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Firstly congrats to SL on an very professional and clinical performance.They were unquestionably the better team by miles.Hopefully IND comes back strong in the remaining games.On a side note though,I can't help but be amused by most of the comments on this thread,while it's normal for some harmless thrash talk to exist between fans,most of the people posting here were nowhere to be seen or heard form before the series started or when IND won the first game.I have more respect for fans like @Ultra_Sl_Cricket who at least have the guts to make predictions (sometimes crazy ones..lol)before a single ball is bowled.To all the other posers out there,you guys should really stop using hindsight as a guide that helps you decide weather to post comments or not...after all its easy to pass comments on something that has already happened...

  • Sinhaya on July 25, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    @golgoal, dont say Pakistan team has taken humiliation to a new level. They did what was impossible by crushing England 3-0 in the tests in UAE and that is not home as it is a neutral venue. I know Pakistan later lost the ODIs 4-0 but no way can you call Pakistan humiliated because even when they toured England in 2010, they won a test match which no other sub continent team managed.

  • Sinhaya on July 25, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @Cricketfan101, hey we have beaten India in tri series ODI tournaments like the one in Dambulla in 2010, Asia cup 2004 and even the tri series with Windies in 2005. Yes we got thrashed by India this year in Hobart. But please dont write off Sri Lanka. Series is wide open and Lankans are a good side and will not give up easily.

  • golgoal on July 25, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @getsetgopk Dude you have regularly been making a fool of yourself on these forums by coming out with a specific agenda to abuse specific teams.And better focus on your champ Pakistani team (who take the word humiliation to a whole new level by the way)

  • coolitbaby on July 25, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @getsetgopk -- Well a Pakistani talking about other country's "humiliation" is a bit rich don't you think?

  • Sinhaya on July 25, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, I was urging my fans to take victory in a humble way. I referred to your name if you scroll down.

  • sakib_no1 on July 25, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    i wonder !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!how they become chapmionns............lolzzzzz. bd is better team then so called hi profile india....

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    It's the picture.Dhoni and Mahela said same thing about pitch. Both said that it was touch slower. Dhoni assessed almost same way what Mahela said.But both talked from their team perspective. Dhoni said before they could assess pitch they lost wickets. So, that's where he feels our team needs to learn ;and Mahela said that his bowlers bowled well which he talked from their team perspective. There is nothing to point any thing here of Dhoni. He admitted that mistakes were done and there is no need for him after that defeat to praise opposition bowlers. He assessed his team and he also knows how good opossition bowlers were, so there is nothing wrong said by Dhoni. He accepted mistake and at same time backed his team which is quality of good captain...To people who always blame Dhoni saying excuses, i kindly suggest them to read the column carefully and later come to conclusion. If i am wrong, i will admit it.But please for sake of blaming don't blame. Thank you. Cricinfo please publish.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 25, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @ SL Fans! - We respect and congratulate your win yesterday. Calling Indian fans FLAT_TRACK_KINGS, Useless is totally Not called for. Okay here are the stats between two countries in last 12 months: Srilanka played 36 and won 14, India played 28 and won 15. India's lowest score was 138 and SL's lowest score was 43. Srilanka and India played 7 matches and SL won just 2. So looking by the stats can we say INDIA is a good side? Just like how you were bowled out for 43 against SAF, we were bowled out for 139. So lets have a healthy discussion in the forum. Good Luck to both the team and looking forward to an exciting series.

  • serious-am-i on July 25, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    come on guys gimme a break. SL and Ind are almost evenly matched, just because India played bad on 1 given day doesn't make SL super heroes all of a sudden.Check the past 10 matches record for example on Ind vs SL. The same Indian team had beaten SL twice in Aus, so don't call others flat track bullies when SL aren't much higher themselves on this regard. India have been on a steep slope ever since WC, it may be their lack of interest or what ever which I am really ashamed of their repeated failures, I really wish they are thrown out of their comfort zone, here is where selectors need to play a vital role but our selectors play for the media and not for the better of team unfortunately. Yea, SL played better and India didn't - actually they played pathetically to say the least but remember bashing both of our teams at each win vice versa isn't going to help anyone or our relations aren't going to improve any further either. All the best SL and Ind for the remainder of the series.

  • champ1388 on July 25, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    One thing is for sure, outside India the Indian team is no better than Bangladesh

  • padrino on July 25, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @cricketfan101.... man i started hatin indian team after england and australia tour....they ae not world class..winning a match after losing soo many dont add to their pride..they have to play consistently for fans regard.even bangladesh is performing well as compared 2 them...

  • Master_Mihil on July 25, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Cricketfan 101 you are dreaming dude. You mean sL hasn't won a series against india since 2002 . Hey statsguru is just above. Don't be so pathetic and naive in your comments. Before Dhoni,and kohli rose to prominence india could never beat sl at home check the stats. And the worst defeat india suffered in terms of balls remaining(209) was at the hands of SL, in a tri- series involving NZ at dambulla in 2010. And Thisara bowled that day and ran through indian line up. India have brpught up quite powerful performances since then. So don't be pathetic be truthful.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank on (July 25 2012, 10:57 AM GMT)...Well said. We love you team India.

  • on July 25, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    I don't understand why SL fans are taunting Indian batsmen by saying FLat Track BULLIES when they know their batsmen themselves are pathetic on FAST n BOUNCY tracks. Btw, Congrats to SL, you really outplayed us. Looking forward to win next games and dominate cricinfo forum like you guys doing. "WE" will return the favor for sure.

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Being an Indian fan, obviously I'm disappointed. Just one of those days Team India would want to forget. Gauti played well though. He, Tharanga and Dilshan showed that pitch was not difficult to bat on. My be after 1st ODI and Kulasekra's injury, Indian batsmen took SL bowlers too lightly. Thisira Perera is kind of player who loves to perform against India. It's good that this wake-up call came early for India. Now this series is spiced up ! Come on Team India. I'm with you no matter what. Even if you lose all the matches, I'll still be there with you to support you as I always do. LOVE U. @ ALL.......... those who bashing Team India :) ..Be ready to face the wrath of Indian fans when your team loses. :) I assure you, I'll be there ! CRICINFO.. pLease POSt. :)

  • Min2_cric on July 25, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    if india would have bowled first, irfan n yadav would hav exploited the swing best.. they didnt do well bcoz they didnt have the luxury of a decent score behind them..

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka played a very good game of cricket in the 2nd ODI and they deserved to win. I think India were over confident and that's why they lost. But kudos to Gautam Gambhir for holding the innings and making 65.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    I am not sure that why he still Dhoni persists with Zaheer khan,r??? Can he and his selectors not able to see any other bowler in India with eyes open who can match with Zaheer.Ask me, i will find a many for you Mr. Dhoni and co. Whenever a tour starts,the word that comes out of Dhoni's mouth is " We have to manage Zaheer's work load, so that he wont break up". What the hell is going on?? In England tour Zaheer is unft and left not even bowling few overs and left even before 1 day completed in a test match. And now in Srilanka tour. Zaheer is an old passionate Indian still trying to bowl but can only bowl with full fitness, in 1 out of 5 matches. Why do you need him Mr. Dhoni. First a player should be 100%fit. Fitness should be primary criteria for selection. This guy manages bowling with 70% fitness.The team may fail in few games if you take a new guy but it will not pain an Indian fan who just wants players to give 100%. With 70% fitness how can Zaheer give his 100%. on the field??

  • padrino on July 25, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    That is what we call a performance...Sri Lankans are consistent in their performance.., though they lost the first match but still they were able to take it close and chased around 280 plus runs...and straight in the second match they rattled the card kingdom of indian team..they are talented..strong top order batting till deep no. 9..good bowling attack.., pace as well as spin.., good fielders.., they need to do a little bit of hard work and they can be the best team in world cricket.... congrats lankans for your spell bounding perforance....keep it up

  • on July 25, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    any srilankan have watched the straight drive after the match ?? i just wanna say to Mr . Ajay Jadeja learn how to respect and appreciate the talent .

  • phizz on July 25, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Lol...where art thou indians..one narrow victory and they were already talking of a whitewash..lol...i know it might be hard to digest,but your team is wayyy overated and they are nothing but a bunch of hyped up flattrack maulers.. it was such a joy to see them be that embarassed..plus the lankans were without kulasekara and still what a margin to win :p

  • Rage468 on July 25, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    @getsetgopk.. very well said

  • jasonpete on July 25, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Posted by getsetgopk on (July 25 2012, 08:05 AM GMT),you should remember that a months ago,Pakistan lost both odi and test series in srilanka.I would say the same for Pakistan,just play in UAE and don't go outside UAE.i remember pakistan got whitewashed in australia If I were you ,I would not comment when my team loses to the same opponent just few days weeks back.so it's better you keep this comment for your team,it really need this.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 25, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    Sri lanka fans seem to have to short memories do remember th cb series how the so called best death bowler( malinga) in the world got hit for 24 runs in a over off kohli and how india chased 321 easily in 40 overs and the world cup when dhoni came in and played the amazing inning under presure.also the sri lanka havent beaten india a series for 10 years.the sri lankans didnt do anything special yesterday it just indians fail to play the right shots and apply themself to the pitch as ashwin and gambhir showed it was a good pitch. So dont get your hopes up lankans i predict 4-1 india

  • The_Amazing_Avenger on July 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    India team--take some bowlers from Kenya Dude they are much better than that of urs..!! Batting cannot always win matches!!!

  • The_Amazing_Avenger on July 25, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    India with a bowling more worst than that of Afghanistan doesn't deserve a win.They deserve a 9-10 wickets loss--poor India!Best of luck Indian team

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Perera taking 3 wickets, and then conceeding a run! LOL

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    SL and India are both evenly matched. So, this series should be interesting. Good luck India.

  • getsetgopk on July 25, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    BCCI should ban its team from visiting and playing cricket out side Indian shores, and save their fans some humiliation because frankly they are a mediocre team at best.

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    ya that was a kind of victory needed to boost up the spirit of the srilankan team!!

    The next matches will be interesting!!!

  • lankan_style on July 25, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    I should thank the Indian batting line up because I was able to watch the whole match just before the power cut. :)

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    wow..........Rohit sharma what a Awesome Player. indian selectors pls do not drop this Awesome player at anytime

  • on July 25, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Perera, Mathews humble India

  • hawkeye30 on July 25, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    Now that's what you call a Beating!!!!!

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Good allround performance by the SL team despite some fielding lapses and careless batting.Need to brush up these areas as Mahela said, before the next two games which are crucial to SL to tie up the series.as the two allrounders mathews and thisara are now clicking which was the expectation at the outset , it may be a good option to go with another spinner at the slow premadasa stadium pitch.Good luck for another win SL.

  • mohanan on July 25, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    What happened to Indian battiing also happens to all teams once in a blue moon. Even the Aussies scored 21/9 agianst SA. Statistically speaking, it is an outlier (i.e. doesn't fall within the normal distribution of scores)

  • Buckers410 on July 25, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    It is going to be interesting when SriLanka tour Aus in the summer, even thugh they may not be used to the bounce, thye will go better than india did last year. Perera is on top of his game and will be handy for the rest of the series and future series.

  • svel on July 25, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    currently ashwin is batting better than rohit sharma!!

  • bravetigersmustwin on July 25, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Still indians are champions.... This pitch was complete surprise for the indians and im sure india will learn from their mistakes and bounce back.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    @Mohammad Asheque Hossain on (July 24 2012, 18:19 PM GMT)..I rectify it.175 runs was against Zim. and final was against WI, 1983 world cup.

  • visualdp on July 25, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    @NP_NY: Mate see for yourself in upcoming matches. You will understand..

  • lion69sl on July 25, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    after mahela taken over the captaincy ahead of dilshan.sri lanka looks a different side.yes the players are same.but the difference i see is their "fighting spirit".they never give-up.when it comes to batting even their bowlers also contributed.in the 1st cb final we were 140-7 or something like d@ chasing 320,kula came in and made the game so interesting from no where,in the end they made 310 or something like that.people tend to say that it was the best cb serfies ever,mainly because of the fighting spirit of the lions.they never give up n lot of games went till the last over.even in the last series against PAK mathews won us the 5th game from nowhere.even in the 1st ODI against india we were 180-6,they almost won it if sanga managed to be there little bit more.two alrounders mathews,thisara made a huge difference to the side.i like to see alrounder jeeven mendis also in this side,where then we might have better batsman till no.10..good luck lions

  • Fanatic_cricko on July 25, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    A 4-1 in favour of Sri lanka can reduce some "Dada-giri". Good luck Sri Lanka do that.

  • on July 25, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    ooOOOO pitch did very little .but flat track kings failed to show at least something.India can win only in dead flat tracks because they heavily depend on batting.on the other hand SL got balanced side.replace Jeevan Mendis to UDANA please

  • on July 25, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Good luck to India in the next match. I hope the players, show more patience when batting and not give their wickets away so easily. All the best.

  • satish619chandar on July 25, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    @praveen4honestremark : Very well said.. If reasons for losing is to be considered as excuse, there should be no post match press conference.. Everyone knows the winner played better cricket.. @Sinhaya : Good one.. Both team fans boast before the game and on the result, the winner gets upper hand over loser.. But not seeing it simply as a game..

  • siri12345 on July 25, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    i think next match we should drop isuru udana and give either nuwan pradeep a chance or play another spinner in the form of senanayake.as colombo pitch may assist the spinners.at the moment srilanka have really 2 awesome allrounders in the form of matthews and perera .so its ok if we play one genuine pace bowler lasith malinga.

  • sumit176 on July 25, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    congrats sri lanka...it was pathetic indian batting performance...sri lankan allrounders playing a huge role in their matches...now players like mathews and perara are called allrounders in true snese unlike our sir jadeja ands pathan....

  • azmaftab on July 25, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Excellent performance by the Lankans! It's great to have such a strong Sri-Lankan side. Makes cricket exciting when Pakistan, India and Srilanka field such strong sides. Perera has been a revelation although I feel they will need to find replacements for their batting trio of Dilshan-sangakara-mahela sooner rather than later. All three are in their twilight years of their careers. Congrats on the victory once more! Cheers and lots of support from a Pakistani fan!

  • GihanAkalanka on July 25, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Mathews & Thisara should open the bowling for sri lanka, if kula injured...

  • Ameeega on July 25, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Even though India lost this game,still there are lessons for SL team from them, IMO. I was really impressed by how Gambhir and co found singles easily with the minimal risk, after loosing half of their side. Dhoni fell due to an extra bounced delivery and Ashwin's is a suicide, other than that they were in a good course of setting a substantial target still having a 4+ run rate. Btw, I can see some balanced comments from fans of both teams, appreciating the other, but finding why their own team went wrong, which is a very good trend. 2-2 before the final is on the cards!

  • wjkalana on July 25, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    @NP_NY well last time and previous time India won in colombo due to the toss, Colombo had a big issue with batting 2nd. Lets see in last series there were 3 matches in colombo india won 2 tosses and bat first and won the game SL won 1 toss and bat first and won the game. Simple as that. But now ground is totally revamped (due to WC) and ground has lifted 6 inches more so that moisture will not come to the pitch. So they have nullified the effect of toss. But in Kandy India has never played its a brand new ground which initially made for SL team to practice ow to bat on seaming and green wickets and later it converted to international stadium during WC. Thats a ground which kind of similar to cape town SAF in surroundings and pitch.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    Perera was outstanding in 2nd ODI and he was good in first ODI too. The speed bowling of Srilanka is lead by a steady bowler Perera. Even in batting only after he started hitting then game was moving towards Srilanka in first ODI. So , he is most valuable player in Srilanka team. He is leading team well in bowling. Mathews to support. On other hand in Indian team Zaheer is leading, he bowled well in first ODI(took 2 wickets) but line and length wary, second ODI worse. 6 wides in first ODI and 5 wides in second ODI. Does he have a pace man's body to throw with more strength from arm so balls don't go wide. Breeze is always there in the stadium. So what has Zeheer done so great?? 11 wides overall and i don't know what makes him so proud of his bowling and Dhoni to giggle with him and At least even he doesn't take wickets, wides should have been controlled. Zaheer and Irfan are so fragile like Udana i feel. Zaheer should be replaced if he cannot bend his back and bowl. Third ODI is test.

  • Harishonthemic on July 25, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka played better cricket today and they deserve to win by all counts. Perera is a wicket-taking bowler and you can expect someting from him whenever he bowls. Together with Malinga, Kulasekhara, Fernando, and Mathews form an excellent pace attack and being an allrounder means SL bats deep. Good days ahead for SL. Off-day for India.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 25, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Dhoni and Mahela said same thing about pitch. Both said that it was touch slower. Dhoni assessed almost same way what Mahela said. But both talked from their team perspective. Dhoni said before they could assess they lost wickets. So, that's where he feels our team needs to learn he feels and Mahela said that his bowlers bowled well. There is nothing to point any thing here of Dhoni's words. He admitted that mistakes were done and there is no need for him after that defeat to praise opposition bowlers. He assessed his team and he also knows how good opossition bowlers were, so there is nothing wrong said by Dhoni. He accepted mistake and at same time backed his team which is quality of good captain. Let's move on. Best of luck to both the teams FOR 3RD odI.

  • Sinhaya on July 25, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @Sameer Gupta, yes of course we Lankans must stop gloating at just one win. Look at my previous comments where I have urged fans from both sides to tone down and take victory gracefully. Honestly no sub continent team can excel on green tops except for maestros like Dravid and Tendulkar. I know our recent ODI record against India is not very good but it has been very good against Aussies. @rk_ks yes of course as ICC rankings show neither Lanka nor India are among the top 3 teams but fact is both teams can be lethal on their day.

  • Shajadul on July 25, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Great performance by srilanka. I hope they win the series (from BD fan).

  • Lahori_Munde on July 24, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    @Mohammad Asheque Hossain- And that Kapil Dev won India the Worldcup and ended WI dynasty. If you really want to understand meaning of "Highly Overrated", just look at the current T20 ranking where Bangladesh is ranked 4th..:)

  • Inaz on July 24, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    where are the indian pundits who decided the result even before the match started?

  • on July 24, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    I think the biggest credit should go to the curator who prepared the pitch.That completely foxed everyone including the commentators.India was flying for their 300 plus total straight away and soon found holed up in the graveyard they themselves created. Don't worry you can give a better competition next time though I believe it will be difficult to halt SL from this point onwards.

  • AvidCricFan on July 24, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    mark2011, Rohit Sharma has been given enough chances and he has failed to deliver goods. He has natural talent but not so good head. Its not like 4-5 matches at this point but more like 25-30 match string and he has failed to cement the place. He simply can't bring his talent to produce right results. He can be unlucky 3-4 times but not 25-30 times. This match was simply bad Indian batsmen performance. It has nothing to do with the pitch as stated by Dhoni. SL did not have any issue in chasing down the meagre Indian total. If the pitch was bad, they would have struggled too.

  • wjkalana on July 24, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    @ rajat.tajar I dont know about India SL never had a bad bowling attack for ages. So lets talk about current SL bowling attack - Kulasekara - Former World rank 1 bowler has a Ave 33 and Eco 4.64. Malinga- We all know who is that (best depth bowler in the world and one of the best bowlers around if not the best fast bowler in the world. Perera Ave 23 and Eco 5.3 (ever improving), I wont take mathews here as he is not a regular bowler (still has a Avg of 34). Isuru Udana is the only weak link. Now lets compare Indian bowlers ZAK - Avg 29 Eco 4.9, Pathan Avg 30 Eco 5.25 Yadev Avg 47 Eco 6.26 Dinda Avg 62 Eco 6.11. I dont know how you said both teams have horrible attacks according to most cricket gurus SL team bowling avg and eco rates are great and any bowler would take those numbers. Remember this is only the current fast bowling attack, Early days SL had Murali, Vass also. So get over the fact that SL never had a bad attack in ODIs, maybe in tests our attack is not so strong.

  • just_chill_chill on July 24, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    @ProdigyA "There were more elephants watching the game than people." - LMAO hilarious comment. Can't stop laughing man. Keep posting :-)

  • just_chill_chill on July 24, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    @Mohammad Asheque Hossain : You seem to be quite an idiot posting against Kapil Dev when the topic is something completely unrelated.

  • makmakmak on July 24, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    @ coolindianfan well said dude!

  • legfinedeep on July 24, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Dhoni sounds like a whining 5 year old making excuses by blaming the pitch. Did SL not bat on the very same pitch? Man up and own your team's weaknesses. Indians are not called flat-track bullies for nothing. It's sad that, because of their flat-track records, Indian batsman scores are inflated so much when compared to, say, their South African counterparts.

  • on July 24, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Finally our administration made a more pace friendly pitch with uneven bounce :D guess we all know the out come ;) Lets go for the kill Lions !!

  • on July 24, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    little bit of grass , and flat track bullie were blown a way by Lions..Indian fans are running out of places to hide now,lol

  • androyuvi on July 24, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    I just can't understand why Indian fans keep bashing Ashwin's running skills! I once heard he had gone through a severe hip operation and since then he came back well such that he could anchor a place in the playing eleven, in all formats of the game. He is tall, he is huge, but he has skills! And since when Ashwin tried to run and the other batsman sent him back? If its the other way around, then there is a point in blaming him. This guy Ashwin batted so responsibly, and bowled a very decent spell and took a wicket too. But in some sense, fans expecting more from Ashwin is a good thing, because one can expect a person to do well only if he has the talent. Hope Ashwin comes out of his running-out recursion, and be a good valuable asset to the team. The Lankans played well yesterday! Wish India come back to a good form in the coming matches.

  • wazza85 on July 24, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    now how negativity in you Indian fans. Indian is a good team don't for get that but yesterday SL played a better game in the bowling dip correct line and length a mix up in speeds and India were out for a bundle. SL is an excellent team they should not be taken lightly.

  • on July 24, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    It's high time indian fans with all due respect understand that the only reason India wins matches its due to they're batting. An ideal team is one in which if the batting is not good the bowling covers up for the errors made and every team should try and achieve this. Blaming the batsmen is easy but they might have had a bad day but the bowling was not at all acceptable. Indian batsmen have gotten used to the flat pitches where it does not swing due to the two new balls reverse is almost out of the equation.so batting is relatively easier and not a challenge at all, this is the reason why the batsmen have struggled against the swinging ball.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 24, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @cric_fan_ and some fans mentioned this is not a big deal for India. They are world champion (on FLAT PITCHES). I remember after winning the WC in 1983, India were thrashed by WI in India. India were all out 80 in one match and less than 150 in few more matches and WI had easy wins like this. This is not a big deal.

  • SanjivAwesome on July 24, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    I am an India fan. Congratulations to SL for an awesome performance. Always knew you would bounce back. I have noted in my previous posts that I get excited to watch SL - Ind matches. Good cricket all round. SL have some amazing bowlers and batters. India will have to remain on top of their game if they are to be competitive. Bring on match 3!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 24, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Either Sehwag or Tissara was the problem for INDIA. If Sehwag stayed for another 5 overs, then the ball is a bit old and all FLAT PITCH KINGS like Virat, Rohit and Suresh would have scored at least half centuries. Any way it is now 1-1 in this FLAT PITCH KING TROPHY.

  • nzcricket174 on July 24, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    India have gone from World Champions to World Joke.

  • Gabriel_Ferrer on July 24, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Agreed, cricket is a game of uncertainty but the so called batting giants of asia falling like a house of cards for an ordinary medium pace attack was pathetic to watch. Just looking at the two matched played anyone one can see SL is ahead of IND regardless of what ICC rankings tell you. Upcoming T20 world certainly be interesting with SLC preparing greenish bouncy tracks. My money is on SA, WI, ENG and SL.

  • ranilranathunga on July 24, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Little bit of grass on the wicket Indian batsman blown away...We need to persisit with green wickets as our batsman can handle that better. This is proved in the last tri series in AUS. Indians were out of that series but Sri Lanka beat Aus few times. We have to remember next world cup is in australia.

  • Ra_Thore on July 24, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    So what? It's time for SL to win after losing last three series in SL itself. Jealousy ends and joy begins for Non-Indians especially, for their beloved neighbors.

  • on July 24, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Oh ma God !! Lot of Poor Indians Comment here to say some Excuses he he he lol

  • Dhutugemunu on July 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @ coolindianfan; You said this Indian team is without Sachin and Yuvi. You think Indian team is weak without them. Isn't it? Anyway Sachin is in his last phase of his career. He's gonna end his career any moment like Dravid. Yuvi is still recovering from his illness. (Wish to see him very soon.) So India needs some replacements. You can't say in 5-10 years, we don't have Sachin. Anyway still we can't say who's going to win the series. This is still open.

  • JayJ404 on July 24, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Wt a p-formance by lankans.. These indians should eat the grass of that turf after loosing a match like that.. This way India have no chance for next WC..

  • ShreJ on July 24, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @mark2011: but sir, it is not that Rohit is getting out on a low score, we can manage with that as we have other batsmen who can cover it up (not in this match unfortunately). It is the fact that he is getting out cheaply which is stinging everyone, which is why we are asking for a change in the team

  • coolindianfan on July 24, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans i really dont find a reason why u pick up statements like flat track bullies,etc .Even Srilanka has had lows.for eg a test series victory in 3 years .No odi series victory for some time We did had a one off bad day like SL. India had a bad day with the bat. SL fans plz look at the bigger picture Despite anything and everything SL hasn't beaten India in a bilateral 1-day tournament in over 10 years. In that period India has won 5 bilaterals (some of them in SL). This series is still 1-1 , without Sachin and Yuvi.I like SL as a team. Jayawardana and Sangakara are my favourite players. But statements like useless ,shameless are uncalled for.

  • Natesan333 on July 24, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Dudley Leelananda Sure I'll have a slice, once the SL fans that predicted a SL whitewash prior to the series, had their fill. I have a feeling both of us are going to have our stomachs full by the end of this tour :)

  • cric_fan_ on July 24, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    India gets out on 138, what's the big deal? It's India, they do this time to time

  • Nampally on July 24, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Unless India builds an All round side with 6 good batsmen + 5 good bowlers, India will not be force to reckon in the international matches in any of the 3 formats. The Selectors & Dhoni should get their act together & develop 4 good spinners + 6 good seamers. It is futile to give any advise to Dhoni, who comes from village with very little cricketing background. His decisions are always of "seat of the pants" type - very short sighted & of tunnel vision kind with no thoughts for long range developments of players. Kohli, Ashwin & Yadev are the only new guys with some talent during the past 4 years. Host of batsmen like Tiwary, Rahane, C.Pujara & bowlers like Rahul Sharma, Kulkarni are waiting for their chances to play in XI in either Tests or ODI's. These guys get benched consistently even when in the Squad - Why? In addition, a new generation of talent like U.Chand, Shami Ahmad are lining up too. India needs New captain with visionary approach for developing new talent to be #1 again.

  • thegaffoor on July 24, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    A fantastic show by Sri Lanka (who don't have a sponsor for the playing kit even. Didn't you notice the plaster). I was watching to show during the dinner break on Ten Cricket, where Tom Moody says, Sri Lanka has a population of around 20 million, whereas India has in billions. Also, he emphasised that Sri Lankan domestic cricket is one of the par below in standard compared to any major cricket nations.. Whatever it is, win or loose, we are Sri Lankans...

  • on July 24, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    India needs to bring back Kapil Dev..........the highly over-rated all-rounder !!

  • i_am on July 24, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    can we have Gary Kirsten back as our coach pleaseeeeeeeee >:O

  • i_am on July 24, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    when this match was converted to 20-20 lol,by the way congrats srilanka u played well -from india

  • mark2011 on July 24, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    why lot of Indian criticise Rohit Sharma if he is said be a good talented batsman, its nothing wrong giving him opportunities to come up what he is capble of.for some players though they are very talented it wont work overnight for them to successful, may take several chances to come out of den and shine well... so it is too harsh on him... lot of indian talk about patient of their players today's batting, so same patient is need from you people, whthr RS is realy worth player..just wait and see. he is not the culptrit of this defeat. even think about Kholis initial days, first 50 matches ..how was he then.. similarly RS may take some time to blossom...need nurturing. In SL team ,this what MJ is good at, chandimal/mathew/thirimanne /thisara all are grooming like that, they didnt become overnight heros...remember SUCCESS IS A JOURNEY NOT A DESTINATION..so let them go thru the journey...how SL batsman Attapattu started his career,4/5 ducks in his fisrt 4/5 innings, and end up grat career

  • james8244 on July 24, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    WHY ROHIT SHARMA IN THE INDIAN TEAM.??????....... MANOJ TIWARI SHOULD INCLUDE IN INDIAN SQUAD......

  • RK.Chandru on July 24, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Why comment R. Ashwin's run out so much in a bad taste while he was the second highest scorer and has played a lot more responsible than the more accomplished batsmen in the side and when he has taken the only wicket to fall in SL innings at an economy rate of mere 3.6 RPO? Everyone knows that, Ashwin is not a hare and has his own limitations due to his height and weight. o not try to protect other culprits by blaming Ashwin for his dismissal. Drop Rohit and play Manoj Tiwari instead. Rohit right now is going through a very bad lean patch and looks pathetic.

  • NP_NY on July 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @Sithum Samaraweera: Colombo and Kandy are bowling wickets, huh? Is that why you lost the last two bilateral one-day series when India toured SL? :).

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Really with todays thrashing by SL, I felt very sad for indian Fans.Anyway i I forgive them for all what they said after winning the 1st ODI and hope their selectors select a proper team to Match the Mighty Sri Lankans.

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    I Think TeamIndia Is Totally outclassed in this Match in all departments. At one stage 3ovs 30/0 perera one over turn the things ,All batsmen utter flopped.Sehwag dropped a sitter in prev odi also.He should continue drop the catch dis odi also but why he stands those slip cordons

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    India lost because the players became complacent after the 1st matches performance; which is quite usual if you follow Indian Cricket. Previously in the team, you had a player like Dravid, who did not give his wicket away so easily and actually fought harder when the pitch conditions were tough. Raina, Rohit are ok but can the team count on them on a consistent basis, like they did with Dravid!! Anyway, Good luck to India in the next match.

  • Procter on July 24, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    I'm sick and tired of hearing talent of Rohit Sharma. Something he rarely shows. What is needed is score on the board, not stylish batting. Manoj and Ajinkya must be given long run, just as Rohit and Raina have got. Captain, please get rid of your bias. Play Manoj and Ajinkya now.

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    wow what a match that was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Sweet revange.hold on to ur catches we can win the series

  • martin000 on July 24, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    i really don't understand the term flat track bullies?? Does that mean, in those matches india alone will bat in flat track and while the other team bats, the pitch will be changed?? Accept the fact that u can't perform better than us in flat tracks.. If Aus, Eng plays to their bowling strength by making green fast pitches we play to our batting strength.. Don't forget that they struggle in turner tracks.. Aleast we are gud in flat tracks as they are in fast pitches.. but u lankans are gud at nothing coz of your inconsistent performance.. For those u says that SL thrashed india in the recent VB series, plz don't forget that we won the trophy in the previous one ( i think 2008 VB series). Accept the fact that today is SL's day and enjoy ur victory alone..

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Seriously,the ONLY team in the world that can play so inconsistently is India! I mean, they score 300+ in the first game, and score less than half of that in their second. And I would've understood if SL struggled on the pitch. But NO. They breezed through with ease, making batting look so easy! Duh..Team India, please have SOME sort of a consistency when you play!

  • rsurya on July 24, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Complacency can be clearly seen in the shot selection. India has only one policy 'we need to score 300+ to win'. It has become a trend. If sachin was there in the team atleast we could have witnessed some genuine cricketing shots.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Indian bowling too is a grave concern. Bowlers looked with out blood. Yes, it was low score to defend, but should have tried harder. Should have shown more interest to go for win and then only you will give your best. Indians just played for the sake of playing. Loosing hope in a match too early is bad. Change the way team India. We are with you always. Be positive.

  • maddy20 on July 24, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Terrible performance by the home team. Clever move by SLC. Test India by preparing greener wickets. Our batsmen should own up that they are duds on seaming wickets and get learn to play on wickets like this. This is the only for them to do better in overseas conditions. I am flabber gasted by the shot selection of Raina, Rohit and co. Don't they ever learn?

  • Musfer on July 24, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Hey guys,I watched straight drive after the match and Ajay Jadeja accepted that Indians are not that great in seaming,Greenish or Fast tracks.I think SL should prepare more greener tracks against playing with our neighbours.Hats off to Sri Lanka for levelling the series.All the best to win the series.

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Well, a bad batting day for India. But they can score 300 at the next match as well and beat Srilanka. It's not likely that India would produce another batting show like this during this tournament. Rohit Sharma is due, Gambhir, Sehwag in form, Kohli should be careful though, this could be the slump in the form, Raina and Dhoni are great finishers when given the condition. So there is no reason that India would not fight back strongly.

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    for all those who are calling indians as flat track bullies, here are a few facts - SL was also bowled out for 140 odd against pakistan and then went on to win the series - SL have not won a bilateral series with india for a long time, even in australia this year india had the upper hand over lanka 2-1 (1 match tied) - SL spin mystery ajantha mendis was demystified by india. the guy who seemed to have broken murali record in the future is no where to be seen at present. - there are still 3 more matches to go. Better if we criticise a team after the series is over. - india have had a bad time after the world cup but so has srilanka. - Its not only virat kohli but india who has not allowed lanka to win a bilateral against india

  • jasonpete on July 24, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Amazing to see both the country cricket fans are insulting each other in the sake of cricket.whoa.very good bowling by pereira but careless batting by Indians as well.mahela told that batting and fielding in the first innings is always difficult in this ground.Anyway Indians need to sort out their bowling issues.Srilanka can't take it easy after this win ,as they know they fell for 135/8 against Pakistan in palakelle,so they need to bat well to win the series.But both these fans need to understand Not to throw dirt at each other as these two teams are par at odi level.o enjoy the game and avoid insults.good luck to both teams.@ bmike,don't write silly just for the sake of it.@ sinhaya,well said mate.

  • rk_ks on July 24, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    @bMike -I am an Indian fan. I agree that India is not a world class team and they cannot play well on bowling friendly pitches. At the sametime shame on Srilankan cricket team who cannot take wickets on a batsman friendly pitch. India scored more runs by losing less number of wickets on the same batsman friendly pitch which Srilanka played during worldcup finals. So what do you say about it? If Srilanka is a worldclass team then they should be able to take wickets on a batsman friendly pitches. Neither Srilanka nor India are top cricketing nations. Learn to agree the facts.

  • ProdigyA on July 24, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    What are these stupid grounds in SL in the middle of a Jungle with so much wind and no spectators. There were more elephants watching the game than people.

  • Naresh28 on July 24, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Indian batsman and coach take heed of what Kirsten says about SA "We've got some real class in out batting line up," he said. "We've got guys with a lot experience and guys who enjoy batting a lot. They don't give their wickets away; they take pride in spending a lot of time at the crease. It was particularly satisfying as a coach to see that."

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Congratulations Srilanka!!It was a great display of cricket by your team.Now, coming to analysis of this game: Indian team play was pathetic.Let's not be too worried because in cricket history we have noticed this type of results where teams get humbled many a times.But having said that there are problems persisting with this team.Indian team to much of the embarrassment has not fought against the odds.Bowling of Srilanka tested our batting today.Indian batsman forgot to give respect to the good bowls and conditions of the ground. The intention was right,that to be aggressive but execution was pathetic.In this type of conditions batsman should leave few bowls or if not should be technically sound to hit even good balls.Indian batsman should have known their limitation , how much good they are and then would have played the balls accordingly. Immediate need is Indian batsman should practice hard on this type of surfaces and re-assess their play.We are with you Team India. Be positive.

  • on July 24, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Lol, I thought playing on flat wickets was India's bread and butter. I guess, if you put some pressure on the side and prepare a decent pitch, India's batsman will crumble like they usually do. The best batsman in the world can play on any pitch and against any opposition. India has been playing Cricket for so many years but they still can't win matches aboard. In fact, if the the team draws a series, it is considered a success. Everyone saw, how India got hammered in England and Australia, where the so called great players simply gave up and failed. World Champions!! Maybe in their own backyard against weak oppositions.

  • Cricketfan101 on July 24, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Without yuvi and sachin,kohli and gambhir are indias two best batsmen so If one them fail the rest of the batsmen seem to fail aswell u can't rely on rohit sharma to build an inning like kohli and gambhir. Yes dhoni is good odi batmen but he is a finisher. Also i think gambhir made one mistake in his innings he should take the powerplay eariler and then the score could have maybe 160-170

  • Uppercut07 on July 24, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    SO WAT HAPPENED 2 EVERYONE(INCLUDING DHONI)'S THEORY OF 'WIN THE TOSS, WIN THE MATCH'?????

  • baranasai on July 24, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    i Think it is going to be a long term worry -we have slowly replaced the old time seniors like Dravid Tendulkar(not exactly) Unless the middle order is strong enough they cant depend only on Shewag Ghambir Dhoni and Virat to keep performing/ if are outheyt by any chance rest of them pack up very quickly/no reliablity in middle order including Raina and Rohit/we need to strengthen the middle order-bring in Rahane/ Bhaji or Ashwin cant keep covering their deficiencies in Batting/ Also Indian fast bowlers also did not fight well like their counterparts

  • bigwonder on July 24, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Lot of lessons learned from the 2nd ODI. Don't bring IPL to ODI, not all pitches are same and try to not get carried away by the 1st win. Usually when India starts strong they stutter for the rest of the series, but if they start slow in a given series, they usually come back strong.

  • on July 24, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Wow, what a game. Well India, If you think having no breeze in Colombo are gonna suit you. Then your sadly mistaken. Colombo and Kandy are bowler dominated wickets. Well Kandy mostly. Colombo is a spinning wicket. Not having Harbhajan Singh is a huge disadvantage for India's Credit. He should have a been handy in Colombo and Kandy. Im not convinced on the fact that Indians play bounce better than Lankans. Spin?? Yes, Bounce?? Big NO. Their will be grass on those wickets. Im going 3-2 Sri Lanka, Provided we hang on to our catches.

  • rajithwijepura on July 24, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    India got no clue when thisara was bowling. And they never had clue when tharanga and dilly was hammering india to every corner of the ground. LOL

  • NP_NY on July 24, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    I don't see what the big fuss is, about the winning margin. India had a bad day with the bat, so they gave up and let SL stroll to victory rather than waste too much energy. SL hasn't beaten India in a bilateral 1-day tournament in over 10 years. In that period India has won 5 bilaterals (some of them in SL). This series is still 1-1, without Sachin and Yuvi. I predict 3-2 in favor of India.

  • shizam on July 24, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    India shown their true place.

  • on July 24, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    This is ample proof that preparing greener wickets will help our cause and raise the standard of cricket to a new level........To those who predicted a whitewash after the first game, I am afraid you wil have to now eat humble pie!!.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 24, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Who blamed Sanga in the first ODI? Now u realised in this match the value of Sanga and Gambiar. Even in ODI we need somebody to keep one end like TEST. Beware SL, IND can bounce back and win next 3 ODI. SL need to improve fielding.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Well done Srilanka.Congratulations to the two Josepian seamers who rocked the Indian batting. Great show by the Sri lankan openers, happy to see Dilshan and Tharanga back in form.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Well Done SriLanka.Thanks Thisara & Angelo. The series is yet to be won. Happy to find Upul Tharanga in form. Let us concentrate more and be focussed on winning the World Cup ultimately.

  • Sinhaya on July 24, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    As a devout Lankan fan, I urge fans of both sides to stop making fun out of the opponents and instead just enjoy cricket. As we know, Saturday will be a hard one because the great Indian batting lineup will be more than determined to make mends for today's debacle. As for Lanka, hope we include Sachithra Senanayake for the game at the Premadasa Stadium as it will favor spin. Please drop useless Isuru Udana.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    for god sake please remove rohit sharma from the team. he had already enough chances give oppurtunity to pujara or manoj..

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Congrats India especially for selectors. Other team trying to find out all-rounders; today from Srilanka both wicket takers are all-rounders. Indian selectors, what they are trying? Performance from Rohit Sharma: still who is playing behind him? How many chance he got? When will selectors think about another player? Why this Yadav wasting his energy; if he bowls 145 km/h or 100 km/h same result four or six, for what he bowling 145km/h. 100k/h enough, at least you can save your energy.

  • Romenevans on July 24, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    India seems to be living on the Mercy of Virat Kohli's outstanding performances, when he gets out the whole team give up. I'm so tired of watching Sehwag's hopeless lazy approach for the game. He was lucky enough to score 96 in first match and now today he didn't get those gifts as he usually get then dropped simple dolly catch as he also did in first match. Can we please get rid of Sehwag The Brilliant Hand Eye Co-ordination (That never really seems to coordinate) and the Super-Duper Outstandingly Very Talented Rohit The Failed To Deliver Lazy Sharma?

  • Natesan333 on July 24, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Hardcore Indian fan here, but man we got our butts handed to us, there is just no two way about it. If our team have any pride (I am positive that we do), they will come out swinging next game. Here is to 4-1 India.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    DROP ROHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TEAM HAS GIVEN HIM ENOUGH CHANCES...HE IS A REAL PAIN..........GET IN MANOJ FOR GOD SAKE MSD......I KNOW THIS WAS JUST A 1 OFF PERFORMANCE & IF WE PLAY WELL WE CAN BEAT LANKA IN REMAINING 3 MATCHES....GO INDIA, GT SET FR THE REVENGE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Indian batsman's cannot play on any wickets which has bounce or some swing. Actually, they can only play on non-turning wickets, where they can just close their eyes, swing their bats and hope they get lucky. lol. Club sides in Australia are better than the Indian side.

  • bigdhonifan on July 24, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Drop Rohit Sharma.... He cant play international cricket... Give Manoj a chance.. Or try Rahane at middle order, if he willing to play! Drop Ojha and play Dinda.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    "Pitch: Tinge of green, bit more than for the previous game. It's still a win the toss and bat wicket", says Arun Lal. lol

  • Trigger123 on July 24, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    SL and India both equally match team where India lot depend on their batting while SL goes with their all round performance...but SL atm bit ahead from India..today SL prove it even in the last match they didn't gave up their game till the last ball..Looks like India lot depended on Kholi and Gambir..Other hand SL should consider about selecting Udana in next matches..today he got away with his balling but surely Indian Batsmen will come after him..Maharoof or Dilhara would be better choice..if there aint any other ballers available.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    hope to see indian team in pallekale(kandy) that`s pretty good condition for fast bowling,,,

  • serious-am-i on July 24, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    lol what a funny performance by India to say the least. Even though I didn't watch this match, As an Indian I'm really hurt by the spirit showed by the players on the field when I tuned in for highlights. I really don't understand why does India bowlers show their lack of fighting spirit when they have a less score to defend, I really don't know where the problem lies. Is it the coach or the captain or the players who demoralize themselves even before the innings started. Sehwag is only good for talks in the field he can't catch moving balls, we have seen it very often. Anyways, I don't mind seeing India losing if they can put up a fight but to lose like this is really pathetic. I might switch into watch the lifeless matches instead of this, may be NL vs Kenya or the great BD vs poor other teams ?

  • the_enlightened on July 24, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I think its a high time now to replace Rohit Sharma with Ajinkya Rahane. Everybody knows what talent and skills Rohit has got. He is the most pleasing to watch play after Sachin and Dravid. But whats the use if he is not delievering.

  • champ1388 on July 24, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    I can tell u all that Dhoni will still persist with useless Rohit Sharma. What a joke!!! the player (Manoj Tiwari) who scored century in his last ODI is sitting out and this useless Rohit Sharma is being given a number of chances. If Dhoni remains arrogant like this in selection his days as a captain will soon be over.

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    FLAT TRACK BULLIES are flatted with thunders(as expected). Lions, thrash more....... thrash more.....

  • AlexPalmer90 on July 24, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Lol, to the Indian side. Over hyped players and over glorified Team India can't even win matches on flat wickets.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    @nilankaraja on (July 24 2012, 13:56 PM GMT)..That CB series was discussion about our Indian bowlers with my fellow Indian and it was before this match started. Please read comments and context carefully before you comment like that. You read my comments, and there was never hiding and appreciated where was due. You see my comments on Sanga.

  • sundoo on July 24, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    India always play inconsistently. Right from 1960's we have been like this,the time from when i am following the game. Mayb its the Indian character to blowhot n cold.Inanycase,Zahir should be retired now and Rohit sent back to Mumbai n bring in Manoj Tiwari.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    no matter how hard u try to keep a ball under the water it will pop up.... well done SL.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    India cant play cricket thats it

  • FLIPPER_99 on July 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    ha this so called batting giants of the Indian team looks like school boy cricketers when there is even a tinge of grass on the pitch.. as international players they should really do something about it or just take up another sport instead of playing with the mighty lions very well knowing that they would lose.. after all Indians aren't called flat track bullies for nothing.....

  • dheerajshetty on July 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Its time to drop Rohit Sharma for a considerable amount of time, he is not worthy of the slot he holds. Maybe Rahane should be go in the remaining matches. And also 5 bowlers is not working for India, Pathan is not an allrounder at all. Drop Umesh Yadav and play an extra batsman.

  • ranilranathunga on July 24, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    There was a bit of grass in the wicket today and everyone saw what happened. Indians can only score on flat tracks. SL should make more green wickets as their batsman can handle that more than Indians. This was proved in Aus series as well. Lets have some green wickets for the Indian flat track bullies.

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Shame on such bating india after prevuous match some guys were mentioning here SL can only win ban.Pak etc and yes i will say india even cant match with SL except some body drop their catch they cant play cricket indians

  • Tahir_Anjum on July 24, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    A little grass on the pitch + a good attack = India batting failure.. Why they don't work on their weakness?? How many time this will be happen?? World Champions? Really??

  • Artificialintelligent1 on July 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    What happened to the GREAT BATTING LINEUP of INDIA

  • srilankan1984 on July 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    indians will not have a great time in next 2games,pallekele is a greenish,seaming,bouncy track,litl cool wether also..it is very similar to 'centurion park'..nowadays srilankans are bating well in bouncy,greenish tracks rather than in Flat tracks..

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    The way FLAT TRACK KINGS sank in the deep sea was not a surprise

  • on July 24, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Indians might thought they are playing T-20 lol. they are so much in to t20 that some day they might forget how to play one day or test match. Their recent performances abroad indicates that. i dont see any class of this Indian team

  • Artificialintelligent1 on July 24, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    What happened to the GREAT BATTING LINEUP of INDIA

  • QingdaoXI on July 24, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Present Best allrounder of Asia: Thisara Perera, what a player down to earth and hard-working guy. Perera is the only difference between this to team,if Indian team wants to win some has to play the role of perera. At last Well played Sri Lanka mainly Thisara and tharanga.

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Hey where are the guys who were talking about India chasing Sri Lankan score in 37 overs? ho hooooooo Sri Lanka chased down Indian total in just 19.5 overs lol. But still this is not the most shameful defeat India had against SL. In terms of balls left the most shameful defeat in ODI cricket history is SL defeating India by 245 runs where India were allout when 209 balls were still left in their inning.ho hoooo better you guys stop playing cricket and try some other sports like hockey where bowlers not get any support from the pitch lol

  • CoolCharlie on July 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    cmon guys... lets be fair... Sri Lanka or India.... none has a great team.. both are in a building phase... both have poor or miserable balling attacks.... both know how to play in sub continental pitches.. but they flounder outside the sub continent... To me , India should and must find an array of bowlers if they really wnna be no. 1 .. also next world cup is in australia.. so we need bowlers.. also we need irfan pathan or a bowling allrounder at pos. 7 to balance their side and strengthn bowling attack do u relly think zak wud be there for next world cup... its difficult to presume he will be fit by then... india ned to promote bowling else forget about no.1

  • stormy16 on July 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Perera continues to put in match winning performance and I sincerely hope his limited over form is nutured in to test cricket. He has alredy shown plenty in the only test he got a chance but I think he is showing some rare talents that SL can do with so badly. Also nice to see Angelo bowling in freedom and lets hope his injury worries are behind him. Nice to see two young players do well. In the greater scheme of things the series is even and there is nothing more to it than that.

  • Maduka43 on July 24, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Oh, Dear Indians I shall forgive all your insulting on SL after that first ODI defeat. Learn to Respect !!!

  • CRICSL on July 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    This is India's second worst defeat in terms of balls remaining (181). Their worst was also against SL, 209 balls in Dambulla in 2010. Let's not forget that hammering in Sharjah where they were bowled out for 54, though they were chasing on that occasion. Just shows how Sri Lanka have roasted India in the past.

    I recall some comment by IND fan after the first win "Champion IND team trash bunch of SL school boys"

    Today's comment: SL Trashed bunch of overrated mediocre Indian champs "LOL"

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Very good come back SRI LANKAN @azhar_hassan This is not the pitch where previous game had been played.Indians gave 22 extrass today.Pitch was much difficult to play shots because ball swing both ways.but indian bowlers lost their control & rhythm from the beginning and gave up it unlike PAKISTANI.Is this another proof that Indians ARE Champions ONLY in flat pitches??

  • wjkalana on July 24, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 well you are the only indian fan I saw on these forums thats writing on these forums in winning and loosing. Hats off to you man really brilliant and you are also not a blind fan that do not accept india cant play on green tops.

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    make green track in colombo...and put Pradeep.SL really miss kula if he there he ll b bowler to watch in green track!

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    wow, very poor performance by India. India coach must b special to have his team keep giving atrocious performances quite often and the BCCI are still keeping him. There is no fight in them. They need a sub-continent(preferably Wasim Akram) bowling coach & a good batting coach. India has good batsmen. They have always had an average bowling unit at best. Their famed batting line-up took them to no1 with a weak bowling unit & even competed with the mighty Australia team of the 2000s. Yet since this new coach took over, India got whitewashed twice in Tests, & even though they have been doing well in ODIs(win 36/ lost 22) recently, when they lose, it is generally by a landslide. Their problems started after Gary Kirsten left, & u can do the math...

  • Third_Gear on July 24, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Ohhh My God. Got defeated by 9 wickets and 181 runs also last year 0-8 in the test. ICC must act to stop abuse of cricket either INDIA test or ODI status should be removed in order save some respect of those formats THEY ARE ONLY FIT TO PLAY PLAY IPL DRAMA SERIAL.

  • mark2011 on July 24, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Congrats to SL.. well done !! this is what SL team is capable of..This is the real thrash to India,for previous 21 run win of india, they were telling it was thrashing... but now...this is second worst deafeat of India ..first also at the hands of SL..209 runs defeat...best thing is to leave atleats litle bit of green grass on pitch to undone Indian batting instead of making run pouring flat pitches. good luck SL for next matches...

  • wjkalana on July 24, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    And I just walk up to see the match after good night sleep and found out match is over shame on India. Cant handle the pace and bouncy wickets.

  • StatisticsRocks on July 24, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Congrats SL....Not surprised at all with India's failure as we all know our bowling is worst in the world. Unless we accept this as a reality we are not going to strive to improve in this area. Batting apart from one or two, is also below par. We are sliding down very fast and I hope BCCI realizes it...It's all about realization and taking action.

  • srilankan1984 on July 24, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Indians mostly like non test playng nation,when they are playing in a fast bowler friendly,green,bowncy tracks..

  • first_slip on July 24, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Cricinfo Feed: This is India's second worst defeat in terms of balls remaining (181). Their worst was also against SL, 209 balls in Dambulla in 2010. Let's not forget that hammering in Sharjah where they were bowled out for 54, though they were chasing on that occasion. Just shows how Sri Lanka have roasted India in the past.

    What a Gem

  • wjkalana on July 24, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Hello my fellow Indian friends its a humiliating defeat, last time SL lost by only 21 runs this time its 138 all out and SL chased chat down under 20 overs. It was poor fielding of SL was the cause for the loosing the last game and SL will make sure its never gonna happen again in this series. Now that toss doesnt play a major role in the matches it would be a good series to watch. It looks like series will be 4-1 to SL.

  • Narbavi on July 24, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    ah!! look at all those lankan fans who were in the hiding when till yesterday, come on lads, this is what we need, india-sl matches will get boring u know if we win everytime, we need lanka to win too to make it interesting!! ha!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Let's face it, india are SL are really good sides and they are matched in capability. But they are so powerful in their own backyard. So they need to watchout for each other. Ind strong suit batting, SL it's the balance (because there's no easily identifiable strong suit)

  • PiyushD on July 24, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Well, all have said this but can't resist to say, this Indian batting lineup does not inspire confidence. I do not remember any player getting such a long rope in ODIs Rohit Sharma should be dropped forever and let Manoj Tiwari get in, bowling wise Umesh and Ojha look out of form we should try Dinda and Rahul for now. Well played Sri Lanka today. I don't now if its cricket that is so uncertain or its just the Team bcci.

  • Som007 on July 24, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    I think no more chances should be given to Rohit Sharma...he is an utter flop as a middle order batsman. Mere talent won't work...given a chance player should be able perform on any conditions...He should be ashamed of himself for performing very badly on every occasion...He needs to play in Ranji a lot...even selection committee should be blamed for selecting him based on just IPL performance... Manoj Tiwary is the best bet in the middle order..

  • SimonN on July 24, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Looks like the team did not get the right memo from captain. They were asked to finish their bowling faster so captain is not banned for 1 match, instead they got the memo to finish their batting faster. Anyways it worked for the captain.

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Oh come on guyz, india defeated SL in the last 3 times , why because kohli scored hundreds in althose occasions. If india needs to win kohli should get a hundred. Wins doesn't come always, so what i want from SL boys is to give a good competition. I think it's the bread and butter of a good team.

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Hey that's not fair. SL played T20. without informing the INDIANS. 1 ball to spare. something spooky here.

  • don666 on July 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    How's that for a REPLY from the LIONS? 2nd worst defeat... A reminder for all those who boasted on the first match win of Indians. We had loose there scoring 293, but this is HUMILIATING... Take that BANG!!! ROAR

  • Balumekka on July 24, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Its really nice to see allround performances from Sri Lanka. Thisara, you re a real gem. Now its certain that we have two mach wining fast bowling allrounders! Indians also will be bounced back after this. Hopefully we will see a good contest in next matches. I think Sri Lankan fans should not be carried away with this, and please do not spread hatred and insulting comments against Indian fans. Indians have probably the best batting unit in ODIs, so we have to respect them very much.

  • lion69sl on July 24, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    now who are the FLAT TRACK BULLIES??

  • Mr.Bite on July 24, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Tony says "India is getting a bit of thrashing here in hambantota. :-) I think the pitch made the difference. Let's make the pitch like this for the T20 world cup. Let's see how the flat track bullies respond.....

  • 777aditya on July 24, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Switching Rohit with Rahane, Yadav with Dinda, and Ojha with Tiwary will do the trick. Rohit and Ojha have received their share of opportunities - God knows how Rahane and Tiwary deserve more!! Raina and Sehwag cannot bowl worse than Ojha is presently. As for Yadav, he needs to reassess his strategy and Dinda can be an able replacement - hope someone is listening!!

  • BanglaBandhu on July 24, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Why is it that Indian fans always seem to look for excuses within their team. FACT: SL have played a much better game this time. FACT: India were bowled out within 34 overs. FACT: India can play well when they have home advantage but when they are playing away ... they can't. Give SL the credit they deserve.

    Guys get over it, the T20 is due in a few months -India didn't play too good cricket int eh Asia Cup and were booted out by Bangladesh - today's performance would suggest that there is still a lot of work to do. GOOD LUCK - you'll need it!!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I am so sorry India. why why why ? you always get trashed by SL lions. Maybe this time Mahela read the indian batsmen very well and change the bowler and gave new ball to Thissara, that was the changing point. Congrats for SRI LANKA for acheiving arguably one of their best ODI victory ever.The unofficial ODI champions India were outplayed in every department of the game.The string of match-winners won this ODI for Sri Lanka and they are almost certain of winning the series.

  • WorldWideCricket on July 24, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Weldone Sri Lanka ! Good job shutting down big Indian Fans' mouth..Congrat from a Bangladeshi Fan ! Keep us the good job, and will series 4-1. All the best to Sri Lanka ! Always with Sri Lanka..

  • nomantutul on July 24, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Wow !! What great t20 match played by Srilanka!!! Alas, poor and overrated indians and fans!!!

  • gayansumeera2 on July 24, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    If Kholi scored a century in a series,there is a guaranteed series loss for indians

  • Sri_Rules on July 24, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Well done Srilanka. Nice DEMOLITION job. xD

  • yorkslanka on July 24, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    fantastic win for our boys today..just shows that we are not as toothless as many indian fans think...great bowling performance from thisara and also mathews today..nice to see tharanga get some runs and hopefully he has turned the corner from his bad form...thanks to those indian fans graciuos enough not to make excuses for their loss and admit we played better today and hopefully the series will be close(in our favour tho :-)

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    a greener pitch and see the results, Sri Lanka should prepare green pitches to win against India as their batsman are great in flat tracks

  • Ultra_Sl_Cricket on July 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Oh Yah Sri Lanka, We Rock...

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    what a win!!!! a bit of green on the pitch and see how the flat track bullies bat...

  • Htc-Android on July 24, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    its a quite amazing fact. Indias largest defeat in terms runs and bowls remaining both came against this little nation sri lanka.

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    yes yes yes love it come on sri lanka win the series

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Sri Lankans have done well....They are proving that they can beat India easily even without one of their best bowlers,so we can call SL as unofficial world champions! CHEERS!

  • lion69sl on July 24, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    sri lanka teach the indians a real lesson today."what is the real meaning of thrashing?"..their 2nd worst lost in the history..1st one also by the lions.dont forget that match where u all out to54.that shows how well we trashed u in the past.more to come

  • uniguy on July 24, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    You can see why we call them flat track bullies ! Poor stuff from India :)

  • Lakpj on July 24, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    For all those who were predicting for a 5-0 Indian whitewash, keep on dreaming. lolzz. Well played Sri Lanka. hope you can maintain this momentum through out.

  • lionking1 on July 24, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    WELL DONE SL.... hats off for both teams.perera will become another sanath jayasuriya.mark my word...he has already showing the signs...well done black swan....

  • on July 24, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I keep hearing all this talk of how good, no great, this Rohit Sharma fellow is and yet he continues to fail 90% of the time he plays. Is this the level India's cricket has descended to. When one looks at all the rankings India and Indian players are no where near the top.

  • Tusker17 on July 24, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Now thats a RIGHT ROYAL THRASHING !!! Differentiate, Analyse and Understand the difference, if you have the brain power!!!

  • cjchanaka on July 24, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Wow, what a poor shame performance by indians. They played as a group of school kids. Its treat to watch the way tharanga has batted, magnificent show. Thisara again has proved that he is a match changer. But crucial two matches are ahead in colombo. Well done & keep it up lions...............

  • Nisar_Awan_DXB on July 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Wowwwwwww Great game of T20I..... Srilanka just crossed over still 1 ball remaining ......... despite srilanka had 9 wickets remaining, it went right to the wire :) :p

  • nilb on July 24, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I guess some dudes are crawling back to the rocks where they were hiding before the CB series. Now that's a real thrashing. Some dudes used to describe the word to a 21 run margin of defeat. Well done Sri Lanka..

  • cham_ruchiran on July 24, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Indian have gave up the match.. shame on them..

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    There is no excuse if India loose.It simply means we are outplayed.Indian team players especially the new generation players are lacking patience.They just want runs flowing from their bat as they go onto field to bat. Raina,Dhoni, Sehwag, Gambhir..all this players should think once how they failed in England and Australia. They should know reasons better than us.But there is no improvement in understanding basic thing of leaving balls and playing balls. These guys are great stroke makers, there is no doubt in that.But what about basics?? They forget too often and they themselves push towards corner to get bashing and themselves getting under pressure.What they changed themselves from the two foreign tours.And the main culprit is Duncan.In life or any where Coach or guru should guide,help,tutor players to do well.All qualities he should have. Duncan and players both are equally to be faulted.What has Duncan done as India coach?? Ashwin same running.Even 1player don't know to leave ball

  • Nampally on July 24, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    India puts all their eggs in one basket & get shocked when the batting fails. Don't forget the experience of England & the Aussie tour!.While India's openers are good, it is the middle order which has unreliable hot heads & grossly over rated. Only Kohli is reliable. Another reliable batsman like C.Pujara is needed at #4. Rohit Sharma is the worst #4 India ever had. He has no match temperment & utterly unreliable. In the present squad Pujara is not included but there is Tiwary & Rahane - both more reliable than Rohit. Rohit may be OK lower down #6 or #7 where there is no pressure. Irfan had a chance to capitalize but he batted irresponsibly too.Raina & Dhoni are hit & miss. Add to this misery, India has about the weakest bowling & never try to get better. After Yadev, OJha & ZAK's poor performance in the first ODI, I expected at least Dinda & Rahul Sharma to step in for Yadev & Ojha- no brainer! Unless you pump a sense of responsibility into bowlers they will continue erratic bowling.

  • dexionbt on July 24, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Watch the result of this match with GREEN TOP Pitch today !! The Curators of the Sri Lankan Team MUST prepare all the Pictches Like this one, which will test the batting skills of the Indians and then they can win the series 3-2 !! Keep the GRASS ON !!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 24, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    If you look at winning teams they have found a match winner at #4. South Africa - AB, Eng- Morgan / Bopara, West Indies - Samuels, Bangladesh - Shakib, If you look at losing teams India - Rohit, Australia - Forrest and Pakistan - Shoaib. This shows how much a team depends on #4. This batsman brings stability and accumulates runs in the middle overs. Over a year India had worst #4 (Rohit / Raina). If you look India's winning records than we had Ganguly#1, Tendulkar #2, Dravid#3 and Yuvraj #4. Sooner India fix's this hole better their records on green tops. Well these days Sehwag prefers spending more time in the dressing room than the pitch, Raina / Rohit / Jadeja still ride for free, and Dhoni still cant get over World cup final. Come on team India, winning and losing is part of a game but losing without a fight is a SHAME! Dhoni believes in giving more chances to youngsters but Rohit has failed to deliver and Team India needs to take some hard decisions and look beyond him.

  • azhar_hassan on July 24, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Can't really understand this. India does indeed have a very strong batting line up. Yet they struggled today on this pitch and only managed 138 all out in 33.3 overs (having made over 300 in the previous match). And now SL are cruising along at 84/0 in 11 overs. Pitch seems very playable now! Go figure!!

  • on July 24, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    indians unstoppable when they play in good batting tracks only.Come on Sri lanka!!!!

  • dinzee on July 24, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    I think we should prepare more greener pitches to stumble up this indian line up. That is going to be sl strength, our batsmen are more capable in handling the bounce, certainly better than indians as it was proved in aussie as well, then we have bowlers who hit the pitch like thisara and mathews. Dilhara would also do great in these pitches. Malinga will struggle i assue due to the lack of swing in the air. No flat pitches is the way to go with India, prepare better and quality pitches and let the bowlers have something as well.

  • on July 24, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I AM SHOCKED WHAT A POOR SCORE

  • suve on July 24, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    A little bit of grass on the pitch and some good fast bowling = India Fail. Indians can't really complain here, Sri Lanka's Fast Bowlers were far too good for them. Perera and Mathews have been performing well in the last 2 years with both bat and ball. The ICC rankings for allrounders haven't even ranked Perera in the top 10, don't know why on earth Jadeja is ranked in the top 10.

  • lion69sl on July 24, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    i was went on to see indians thrashing lions.what happened to them?.might be they forget to do d@.bu haaa haaaa.if the bonus point system there,sri lanka gonna win this with 2 bonus points.wow,u made the talking in the middle lions.i have nothing to say to indians but to beware of lions...

  • on July 24, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Ha, green pitch and Indian's blue lolz.........isnt it always like that?

  • CricketPissek on July 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    this is why indian fans should learn to be humble and not so aggressive. for the past 2-3 years SL and Indian fans have been at each others' throats and makes this website unattractive at times. no amount of trophies will make the rest of the world think indians are not arrogant. only humility and kindness will change our minds.

  • on July 24, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    a greener pitch and look what batsman struggles..

  • Sageleaf on July 24, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Its simple guys...Sri Lanka is definitely a better side than India. I think India is focusing too much on T20 n not playing proper cricket. If IPL was not there India will have a time trying to defeat Sri Lanka. IPL is good but its destroying good cricketers.

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    wot a come back by LIONz!!! superb stuff by bowlers even without Kule!!!!!!

    watch out Indians u r so hardly kicked out from 2nd ODI!!! hear the roar & hard luck for this tournament Indians!!!!

  • Rokkk on July 24, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Wow what a turnaround of things today! What a performer Thisara Perera is turning out to be!

  • Perera32 on July 24, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    Ouchhhh to all the Indian Fans. When Arun Lal said "there is grass on the wicket today", I was like India will have no chance. Thisara Perera's first 3 overs were brilliant: 3 Overs 3 Maidens 3 Wickets (Should've been 4 Wickets). Sri Lankans are fighters, they lost the 1st ODI vs Pakistan and came back to win 3-1. Pallekele will be even more difficult to the Indians, as that place has a green pitch too.

  • bddhika_harindat on July 24, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    So this is a very good evidence to proof that current Indian cricketers cannot in seaming conditions as it was earlier proved in Australia and time and tima again it proved they are FLAT TRACK BULLIES. Some indian supporters said on the other day.. POOR SRI LANKA..but see the outcomes. SL play better in any given condition, and even they lost the 1st ODI, they were still in the chanse by scoring 293..I am glad thay way SL palyers contribute but they ned to improve on fielding too and concentration on middle order batting.

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Hats off to Gautam Gambhir for holding the innings together while all the other batsmen failed. Well played Gauti!!

  • Santyment on July 24, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Same old story of around 10 last one dayers played except the last one, no change in batting line up no matter a batsman is failing and this would result Rohit being dropped soon..Dhoni has a part in it!!!Why cant he come at no. 4 with such collapse and settle the things. Everyone knows who will be coming next, just follow the team chart on screen. Raina and Rohit can destroy good bowling too but also they are not kind of batsman who will need good bowl to get out.. any ball can take their wickets. They gifted their wickets today with rash shots..Come on Dhoni put some thought in it and dont be adamant and over confident, be ready to make changes in batting line up when situation demands...its just mismanagement costing us this loss..

  • ruchanu93 on July 24, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    haha just a tinge of green on the pitch and the lankan bowlers on the mark and the fabled batting line up of India fall like a pack of cards! one thing is for sure this batting line up is over hyped! yes they can score big but only on flat decks! they are what you call ral flat track bulleys, jus take a look at there last few good batting performances and any one can see it, even in horbat when they chased 320 in 36 overs it was a damn flat track. lets face it this pitch had no deamons it was just good bowling from the lankan pace attack they were not upto there mark in the previous game so the indians took it away but the nitter truth for all you indian fans is that your team when facing some good bowling just cant live upto there expectations specialy in the recent past. just take the previous tours of Australia and England and there you have all the evidence you need!

  • Sinhaya on July 24, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    rahulcricket007, dont worry bro. Indians will come hard at us. Today is not their day. Anyway, I hope Thisara Perera will be our Stuart Broad so that he will be our next match winning bowler. I dont want him to be compared to Flintoff because he was never a match winning bowler for England unlike Stuart Broad. Hope Thisara can improve his batting and be like Pollard.

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    well i m very happy as a lankan. Well played SL . Thisara is a wondeful prospect. I think any team in the world would love to have someone who contributes to the team consistently. Well played SL. Please deliver 4-1 if u can. :)

  • Sinhaya on July 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    I am pleading all Sri Lankan fans to stay humble without insulting and making fun out of Indian fans. I hope this series is to mend the fences between the fans. Well today is not India's day and I am sure they will bounce back on Saturday. I will be there at the Premadasa Stadium to watch the match. Great work by Sri Lanka but I know Indians are an excellent side and they can excel on their day.

  • jezzastyles on July 24, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Yep, as an AUS fan I've seen a lot of comments from my compatriots bagging ENG and predicting a win vs. SA this summer in Tests - have to chuckle. I've seen the same types of comments from Indian fans prior to this match - bold predictions and patriotic fervour count for nothing on the pitch - it's up to the players. Glad to see the Lankans hit back in Game 2. May the best team win the series. PS- Kohli really is something special, he'll get runs in game 3!!

  • srilankan1984 on July 24, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    some indians blame sangakkara scored most of his in srilanka flat wickets,but this indian team do not have enough talent to play atleast 50 overs in srilanka FLAT wickets,what a shame..

  • Naresh28 on July 24, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Indian batsman and coach take heed of what Kirsten says about SA "We've got some real class in out batting line up," he said. "We've got guys with a lot experience and guys who enjoy batting a lot. They don't give their wickets away; they take pride in spending a lot of time at the crease. It was particularly satisfying as a coach to see that."

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    haha!! funny comments ... can't see any problem with pitch now though ... isn't it .. :P

  • satish619chandar on July 24, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    To bash as flat track bullies is absolutely wrong.. This is not a flat track.. Good bowling won it for SL and bad bating did it for India.. It doesn't have anything to do with the track.. Next game, they might play better and win too.. This is still a flat track only..

  • satish619chandar on July 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 : It all depends.. In general, the subcontinent guys don't play in alien conditions and it is the same with others in turning tracks.. Accepting is not going to do anything.. We just need to live with what we have..

  • rahulcricket007 on July 24, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    WELL PLAYED SRI LANKA . YOU DESERVED TO WIN TODAY . IT WAS A TOTAL ANNIHALATION OF INDIA TODAY BY SL . MAY BE THIS WOULD BE ENOUGH FOR DHONI TO DROP ROHIT FROM TEAM .

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    lanka in on fire come on sri lanka

  • sampi72 on July 24, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Management of Mumbai Indains...You may wondering why you have kept the superman Thisara Perera in the bench to allow james fraklin to play all the matches....What a mess up...Hope Thisara will be an automatic choice with Malinga and Pollard during next IPL...

  • Suhailmarsh on July 24, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Rohit can fight back. He is a very talented batsman of this era. He can prove it in remaining ODIs. Pls wait and see

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    It's a really really big shame for Sri Lanka to play with a weak team like India in world cup finals who can only win when pitches give 0% support to bowlers

  • Besolv on July 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    We'll see how Indian bowlers utilize the conditions, this will prove how incapable they are... Indians heavily depend on the their batting, today it failed and thrown out of the equation.

  • fr600 on July 24, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    INDIA wouldn't be able to HOLD themselves from SINKING to the BOTTOM like AUSTRALIA managed to. I'm afraid, WORSE times lies AHEAD for INDIAN cricket.

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Where are these cricket pandits ? If pitch gives at least a little bit support to the bowlers Indian batsmen can't bat at all. They collapse as what happened in England,Australia & today. That's why they are called as flat track bullies. That's why they are called as flat track home champions.

  • kunderanengineer on July 24, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Wonder whether Ashwin will ever learn to run between wickets. 25% of his dismissals have been run outs and most of them have been of the bone-headed variety we witnessed today. From the time the ball left his bat he should have known that since he's not Usain Bolt there were never 3 runs on that shot so why would he even attempt a 3rd run especially when Gambhir was shouting No even before he made his turn. Then when he makes his turn it takes him so long to get back to his crease Sanga could have had a cup of tea before knocking off the bails. Ofcourse I'm not trying to lay the blame on him for this overall woeful team performance but it's frustrating to see the way Indians just give away their wickets.

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    great i wish srilanka win this match

  • ABTHARAN on July 24, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    I am shell shocked!! 5-0 win lol :D Indians are running

  • ABTHARAN on July 24, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    if SL play last match little positively they could have easily won it. other than Koli and gambir other Indian batsman are horrible...repeatedly show it in green wickets. glad to see it in flat track ...lol :D apart from Indians everyone know their weakness

  • on July 24, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Ashwin showed that there were no ghosts in the pitch as he and Dhoni were quite successful in driving on the up quite a few times ....It was a typical flat slow and low wicket. Guys like Sehwag need to play responsibly and try to build an inn...............................A batsman must not get bowled that often as does Rohit. He certainly has very weak defense and must be dispensed with. He scores only when opposition lets him score . you bowl fast at his stuumps and he will simply be bowled or lbw. Don't know how long it will take Dhoni and selecters to realize that he is simply a walking wicket

  • fr600 on July 24, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    Look what happened to the world champions. I wouldn't get too excited yet, more to come in the coming days, months, and years.

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Where is that guy calls him self Lord Dravid!

  • mathewjohn2176 on July 24, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Poor shots by Indians.Rohit,Raina ,sehwag ,dhoni n Pathan .no temperament to wait n play long innings when pitch has something for bowlers.Thisera perrera is becoming a very good all rounder.Good luck for winning this game Srianka and India deserved to lose the match.

  • MOHDsarfaraz on July 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    U can not say or decide Shri lanka bowled well,India played bad,Indians take it too easily,they just bowled good,its just a irresponsible kind of cricket form Indian side, jai hind

  • chathuradil on July 24, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    A little grass in enough for Indians to collapse. They are all over the place. where the mighty GODs in the team gone???

  • bMike on July 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    It's a big shame for Sri Lanka to play with such a weak team like India in world cup finals. India should play more matches with teams like Afghanistan & Namibia before go after strong teams like Sri Lanka

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    So our dearest NOHIT Sharma has once again did not trouble the scorer. His presence in the team means, India is playing with only 10 men. I have been telling this guy is super talented in getting bowled. Bombay commentators will find some excuse for his fall. They always do. Please bring in Rahane, Rayadu or Pujara in the team.

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Remarkabel performences by sl....good chance to level the series and most impotant is to live the series. all the best lions...

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Are u watching the match Indians?

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Indian team used to fight before . even in the world cup finals when we lost two quick wickets kohli and gambhir played gritty innings. However ever since duncan fletcher has become I have seen the indian team crumble under pressure. I have been watching cricket for more than 20 years but never seen the Indian team lose 8 test matches in a row that too comprehensively. What is more shocking is that we keep on persisting with this non performing coach ast the expense of team india. Ganguly and sachin were a class apart and there is no point in comparing them with rohit's and raina's.

  • on July 24, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is one of the useless player who is being given too much chance

  • satish619chandar on July 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @wazza85 : Both the side fans made big comments before the series started.. And this comment will be applicable to whoever loses :-)

  • satish619chandar on July 24, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Sending Raina in at 5 makes no sense at all.. Even Pathan could do better than him.. We train Raina to be the basher at the end and send him at the top when top order fails.. Bad tactics.. Dhoni should have come in at 5.. Good bowling by SL.. Sanga has the terrific option of turning to the likes of Perera and Mathews whenever line and length are the need for hour.. Good game SL.. Wish they finish off the great job..

  • Ultra_Sl_Cricket on July 24, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Didnt I just tell you'll that SL were about to Thrash India....anyway, hope that SL wil chase down the target and win the match!

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @Eat_sleep_play_cricket on (July 24 2012, 10:48 AM GMT)...You are 100% right on this Indian batting. They need to regroup and assess themselves and this is wake up call for Indian team. Srilanka you deserve to win this match. Excellent stuff from your bowlers...

  • rahulcricket007 on July 24, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    IS THERE AN OLYMPIC MEDAL FOR MOST LAZY RUNNER B/W THE WKTS . SURELY IT WOULD HAVE GONE TO ASHWIN . SUCH LAZY RUNNING .

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    Careless cricket is what you call India playing right now and my hope is too much to their will to stay there.Why the hell Ashwin need to be in hurry?? He is a good batsman , not a good runner.Learn it soon Ashwin. I will see directly SL battting now..109/7 score reads.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    IT'S TIME WE INDIANS ACCEPT THAT INDIAN BATSMAN CAN 'T PLAY AGAINST GOOD BOWLING OR IN CONDITONS SUTIABLE FOR FAST BOWLERS .GONE WERE THE DAYS WHEN INDIA HAD GANGULY & SACHIN AS OPENERS WHO GIVE RESPECT TO BOWLERS IN FIRST 8 -10 OVERS & THEN START EXPLODING . THIS MATCH HAS AGAIN SHOWED THAT INDIAN BATSMAN LACK PATIENCE & TEMPARAMENT .THE LIKES OF RAINA , ROHIT SHOULD LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM PAST INDIAN GREATS .ANYWAYS , WELL BOWLED THISARA PERERA . AS I SAID EARLIER HE IS ANDREW FLINTOFF OF SRILANKA .

  • on July 24, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    whenever there is something on the pitch, flat track kings cant play, Lmao

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Pathan gone. Ashwin and Gautam at crease..praying that they both atleast make some 80 odd run partnership to take score above 150.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on July 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Wow! Little bit of green and wicket falls like a deck of cards. Well bowled Lanka (perriera and Mathews) for running through the lineup. I guess mantra to play against india is prepare green tops, send india into bat and we can have two innings before lunch. Lots of questions India have to ask a) Where is the temperament and patience to play on green tops? b) Who will take responsibility to anchor the innings (If Kohli fails, who will step into his shoes)? c) How many chances will Rohit get? d) Raina and Dhoni are good finishers but they cant build the innings. Clearly shows - India is lacking #4 batsman. Well played Lanka and you really deserved to win this match.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 24, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    WOW ! THISARA WHAT A SUPERPLAYER SL HAS FOUND IN HIM . GREAT BOWLING & FIELDING .absolutely disappointed by indian batsman . like DRAVID SAID A FEW DAYS AGO THAT YOUNGSTERS SHOULD KNOW WHICH BALL TO LEAVE & WHICH BALL TO PLAY , PUTTING BAT ON EVERY BALL WILL NEVER SUCEED YOU . that was the case today with virat , rohit , raina 's dismissal . only dhoni can consider him unlucky who got out to a brilliant ball . INDIAN BASTMAN SHOULD LEARN THE ART OF GIVING RESPECT TO GOOD BALLS ( ESPECIALLY RAINA & SEHWAG ).ALSO HOW MANY CHANCES WILL ROHIT TAKE TO SHOW HIS TALENT (?), TIME TO GIVE CHANCE TO TIWARI OR RAHANE .

  • wazza85 on July 24, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    India a bit shocked is it. what happened to all those comments even before the match started. "dont count your chickens before they hatch". remember SL is a team that can always come back even to win the series. lets see, both teams are excellent. good bowling by SL.

  • BanglaBandhu on July 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    hmm ... the fighting spirit of Ind seems to be waning - is there anybody willing to take up the task of putting in a decent innings????

  • Master_Mihil on July 24, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Mathews was glad he didn't let Dhoni runaway with the match. Had it been the case mathews will be so dissapointed we will lose the series for sure.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    I am hoping India now settles with Irfan and Gambhir batting. They can take score above 200.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I am shell shocked!! My mind is not working any more ..what is this going on???? Indian already 5 wickets :( down.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    This is great bowling from Srilanka. Hope India recover soon and post a good total on board(defendable enough).

  • Master_Mihil on July 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Regardless ofwhat happens here on Dhoni must be kicking himself about choosing to bat first in this wicket. it's 3.33 PM

  • Nautika on July 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Srilanka is going to win this one. Its not me, its the script...

  • BanglaBandhu on July 24, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Well well well... SRL are off to a very good start and the IND team look in disarray. It will be a good test to see how IND comeback. IND pride will surely see some sort of comeback ...

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Great bowling by thissara parera. keep up good work boys.

  • nazmulrana on July 24, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    their decision is proved wrong. srilankan simmers are doing extremely well.

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    golden arm thisara keep going bro

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    At any means Isuru Udana isn`t a good choice,Randiv,Maharoof,paranavitana are the same choices like Udana. In current conditions Malinga also not enough talented to play against India,SL should call new talented blowers or another experienced players immediately.

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  • on July 24, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    At any means Isuru Udana isn`t a good choice,Randiv,Maharoof,paranavitana are the same choices like Udana. In current conditions Malinga also not enough talented to play against India,SL should call new talented blowers or another experienced players immediately.

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    golden arm thisara keep going bro

  • nazmulrana on July 24, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    their decision is proved wrong. srilankan simmers are doing extremely well.

  • on July 24, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    Great bowling by thissara parera. keep up good work boys.

  • BanglaBandhu on July 24, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Well well well... SRL are off to a very good start and the IND team look in disarray. It will be a good test to see how IND comeback. IND pride will surely see some sort of comeback ...

  • Nautika on July 24, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Srilanka is going to win this one. Its not me, its the script...

  • Master_Mihil on July 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Regardless ofwhat happens here on Dhoni must be kicking himself about choosing to bat first in this wicket. it's 3.33 PM

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    This is great bowling from Srilanka. Hope India recover soon and post a good total on board(defendable enough).

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I am shell shocked!! My mind is not working any more ..what is this going on???? Indian already 5 wickets :( down.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 24, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    I am hoping India now settles with Irfan and Gambhir batting. They can take score above 200.