Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo July 31, 2012

Sri Lanka miss chance to attack part-timers

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The big question after the XIs were announced was how India would fare with four specialist bowlers, given that their attack had been expensive in the previous three games when they had played five. After the part-time bowlers took 5 for 112 in 22 overs, though, most were left shaking their heads at the ridiculousness.

Sri Lanka had allowed Manoj Tiwary, a batsman bowling steady legbreaks, to take his best List A figures of 4 for 61 while Virender Sehwag got a wicket in eight economical overs of loopy offbreaks. The hosts made 251 for 8 after an opening partnership of 91, and Mahela Jayawardene was left to rue his side's seventh loss in eight ODI series since the 2011 World Cup after yet another Virat Kohli century.

India's three medium-pacers bowled just six overs each as Sri Lanka struggled against Tiwary and Sehwag, who bowled 12 straight overs from the 31st to the 42nd for a combined return of 3 for 50. Jayawardene said the pitch and the part-timers were both slow and that Sri Lanka lost too many wickets to be able to accelerate.

"[It was] probably a 280-290 wicket [so we were] maybe 30 runs short because of the way we batted," Jayawardene said. "But no excuses, we never handled certain situations well and created a hole which was tough for us to get out of. The plan was to take on the fifth bowler. But it is tough to do that when we were losing wickets. We never had the momentum. We lost wickets in the Powerplays and didn't have any control.

"[We were] trying to build partnerships so that we could have a platform which we didn't. We had to accelerate as well, we knew the score we were going to post wasn't going to be enough on this wicket. Trying to take risk didn't work. We didn't execute the plan well and credit to the Indians they kept putting a lot of pressure on our guys."

Kohli also commented on the lack of pace in the pitch and praised Tiwary's performance in his first ODI since December 2011. "It is a slow wicket so even if the part-timers land the ball in the right areas they can do the job if you want to play seven batsmen," Kohli said. "And it was good for Manoj as well because he hadn't got a game for a while and he got to play again. It's all about giving the challenge to the guy who has been sitting on the bench and seeing how he reacts to it. I think he did a brilliant job for us with ball. Couldn't capitalise with the bat [although] he got a good start. But as I said, the part-timers can be effective if bowled at the right time and if they bowl in the right areas so it was worth taking a chance and it paid off for us today."

Sri Lanka had India at 109 for 4 during the chase but Suresh Raina survived a close shout for caught-behind on 2 and was dropped by Jayawardene on 19, the same score on which he had been put down in the third game. Raina went on to make an unbeaten 58 in a match-winning partnership of 146 with Kohli, who was also dropped, on 100. Jayawardene credited India for handling the pressure better.

"They handled those situations better than us. We needed a couple more wickets when they were four down. I thought we got Suresh caught behind but I don't know how the others felt about it. But that is how the game goes. Things could have probably been different but we move on."

Jayawardene was asked what it would take for Sri Lanka to beat India, against whom they have just two wins from their previous ten meetings. "They have got a good batting line-up. In the last two-three years what we found is to control them we need to pick up wickets and that is what we have been trying to do with five bowlers all the time. I think they win matches with their batting [and] not so much with their bowling so for us to beat them we need to control their batting line-up."

That hasn't been happening as Sri Lanka have taken just six, five and four India wickets in the three losses in this series. Jayawardene acknowledged the need for an improved showing in the final ODI in Pallekele near Kandy.

"The bowling obviously didn't look penetrative enough and obviously not a good fielding performance in the last four games," Jayawardene said. "I know a couple of guys are really struggling with fatigue. [We will] see what the options are and try and motivate them to go out and take-up the challenge. Kandy is going to be a different challenge altogether. We need to try and put a decent performance together and see where we are at with India because we haven't played to our potential in this series."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    @coolindianfan, you are wrong in 2 points. We beat you all 2-1 in the test series in 2001. Regarding our test series in India, we held on to a 0-0 draw in 1997. Please dont say that you all thrashed Sri Lanka in ODI series in Sri Lanka as there were many games which were thrillers as thrilling encounters are not thrashers. I agree our mental approach and negative mindset has been behind our recent below par record against India unlike our record against any other side. Hope that ends.

  • Tamil_SL on August 3, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    The Heading should read, Indian Part timers take India to Victory. Whenever SL Batemen tried to attack, they lost wickets. This formula of part-timers may not work everytime.

  • coolindianfan on August 3, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    @sinhaya admit it ,India on majority of ocassions had ther better on Lanka .They talk about wc 96,wc 2007 the asia cup 2008. But then India also won natwest 2002, compaq 2009,cb series in 2008, wc 99,wc 2003 and the biggest of them all 2011. Even though Lanka went ahead in cb series 2012 and asia cup 2012 but u did not claim the tittle ,we claimed it . So global events the score is 6-3 .Even if i am missing an event or 2 the number numbers at the most will be 6-6.How can some one say bilateralseries be more important then odi series? as far as odi series are concerned other then 96-97 we won all of 5 series 2 of them in your own backyard and India thrashed srilanka royally in all of them .The numbers do the talking Lanka isin't as good as India.In test matches India won 2 tests in Srilanka srilanka never won India ,and they lost all test series in India.India did manage to draw a series in sri lanka in 2010 and 2001 and won one in 93 .

  • Htc-Android on August 3, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    the different between ind batsman and Sl batsman is ind always rotate the strike and look for the two and after that bowler try to do something to stop them rotatig the strike. when that happens he eventually give a loose ball and indians put it away for boundary. but sri lankan batsmen take too many dot balls and always looking for boundary that ends up costing their wicket. this allows the bowlers to dominate. this the key part of IND succes.thirimanne is the only batsmen who rotated the srike well for sri lanka. they need a batsmen who can rotate strike. but the bowling looks ok to me. sometimes the fielders dint back them sometimes the batsmen dint score enough runs. there was too much for them to do. also tharanga should be droped. he scores one 50 in every 10 innings and thats also a very slow 50. im sure dimuth or bhanuka or thirimanne cant do worse than him. atleast give a try.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 2, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Posted by Sinhaya on (August 02 2012, 16:11 PM GMT),are you serious when you say that srilanka prevented India in Asia cup even though they beat Pakistan and srilanka.so it means srilanka lost to Bangladesh knowingly and purposefully and some SL fans are feeling proud that their team underperforming but happy they lose to Bangladesh ,so that India don't go to finals.? If this is serious,then it's really a shame ,can't say more.

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @Narbavi, forgot to mention Pakistan also beating you all in 2005 in Bangalore test? In our last trip to India in late 2009, India were the beneficiaries sans DRS. Umpires made way too many howlers in India's favor forcing us to go 2-0 down.

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    @siri12345: ha ha man seriously, what was that last one?? You count CB series because you played the finals, that's seriously hilarious to say the least, i would have agreed had you won the tournament but you just made the final nothing else, and to top it all don't you even remember the fact that your team lost to us twice and we lost to you only once?? you can check our cricinfo if you had forgotten it!!

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @Anindya Sen, we can survive after Sanga and Mahela quit. No legend will last forever. Sanath had his days and of course he was never meant to stay forever. We have emerging talents like Thisara Perera, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Perera, Roshan Jayatissa, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sachithra Senanayake etc to takeover. Of course I wont be surprised if our records against other teams will be good but not against India due to our negative mindset which prevailed since 2008. We are quite good as we did very well against Aussies in the CB series and also against England at home. If you are talking of humiliation and knocking India from tournaments, well dont we have the right to play the CB series finals? Dont we have the right to make it to next round of 2007 WC even though you all failed badly then?

  • jasonpete on August 2, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Posted by siri12345 on (August 02 2012, 13:38 PM GMT), how do you even consider that you won the CB series when Australia won the final.you cant claim the series title when one team gets knocked out but you need to win the finals.If you want to check the stats between the two teams,check head to head.In CB series India won 2 matches unlike srilanka 1 match and I match tied.Then how do you talk about 5 th series win as CB series? You need to understand winning series means winning the finals which India won cb series during 2008 by knocking srilanka out and winning the finals against strong australian team by 2-0 and not what you describe here.Try to understand the basics first.accept India performing better in your home ground instead of giving excuses again and again

  • AK_25 on August 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @siri12345 ...u r really funny!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sinhaya on August 4, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    @coolindianfan, you are wrong in 2 points. We beat you all 2-1 in the test series in 2001. Regarding our test series in India, we held on to a 0-0 draw in 1997. Please dont say that you all thrashed Sri Lanka in ODI series in Sri Lanka as there were many games which were thrillers as thrilling encounters are not thrashers. I agree our mental approach and negative mindset has been behind our recent below par record against India unlike our record against any other side. Hope that ends.

  • Tamil_SL on August 3, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    The Heading should read, Indian Part timers take India to Victory. Whenever SL Batemen tried to attack, they lost wickets. This formula of part-timers may not work everytime.

  • coolindianfan on August 3, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    @sinhaya admit it ,India on majority of ocassions had ther better on Lanka .They talk about wc 96,wc 2007 the asia cup 2008. But then India also won natwest 2002, compaq 2009,cb series in 2008, wc 99,wc 2003 and the biggest of them all 2011. Even though Lanka went ahead in cb series 2012 and asia cup 2012 but u did not claim the tittle ,we claimed it . So global events the score is 6-3 .Even if i am missing an event or 2 the number numbers at the most will be 6-6.How can some one say bilateralseries be more important then odi series? as far as odi series are concerned other then 96-97 we won all of 5 series 2 of them in your own backyard and India thrashed srilanka royally in all of them .The numbers do the talking Lanka isin't as good as India.In test matches India won 2 tests in Srilanka srilanka never won India ,and they lost all test series in India.India did manage to draw a series in sri lanka in 2010 and 2001 and won one in 93 .

  • Htc-Android on August 3, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    the different between ind batsman and Sl batsman is ind always rotate the strike and look for the two and after that bowler try to do something to stop them rotatig the strike. when that happens he eventually give a loose ball and indians put it away for boundary. but sri lankan batsmen take too many dot balls and always looking for boundary that ends up costing their wicket. this allows the bowlers to dominate. this the key part of IND succes.thirimanne is the only batsmen who rotated the srike well for sri lanka. they need a batsmen who can rotate strike. but the bowling looks ok to me. sometimes the fielders dint back them sometimes the batsmen dint score enough runs. there was too much for them to do. also tharanga should be droped. he scores one 50 in every 10 innings and thats also a very slow 50. im sure dimuth or bhanuka or thirimanne cant do worse than him. atleast give a try.

  • mathewjohn2176 on August 2, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Posted by Sinhaya on (August 02 2012, 16:11 PM GMT),are you serious when you say that srilanka prevented India in Asia cup even though they beat Pakistan and srilanka.so it means srilanka lost to Bangladesh knowingly and purposefully and some SL fans are feeling proud that their team underperforming but happy they lose to Bangladesh ,so that India don't go to finals.? If this is serious,then it's really a shame ,can't say more.

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    @Narbavi, forgot to mention Pakistan also beating you all in 2005 in Bangalore test? In our last trip to India in late 2009, India were the beneficiaries sans DRS. Umpires made way too many howlers in India's favor forcing us to go 2-0 down.

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    @siri12345: ha ha man seriously, what was that last one?? You count CB series because you played the finals, that's seriously hilarious to say the least, i would have agreed had you won the tournament but you just made the final nothing else, and to top it all don't you even remember the fact that your team lost to us twice and we lost to you only once?? you can check our cricinfo if you had forgotten it!!

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    @Anindya Sen, we can survive after Sanga and Mahela quit. No legend will last forever. Sanath had his days and of course he was never meant to stay forever. We have emerging talents like Thisara Perera, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Perera, Roshan Jayatissa, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sachithra Senanayake etc to takeover. Of course I wont be surprised if our records against other teams will be good but not against India due to our negative mindset which prevailed since 2008. We are quite good as we did very well against Aussies in the CB series and also against England at home. If you are talking of humiliation and knocking India from tournaments, well dont we have the right to play the CB series finals? Dont we have the right to make it to next round of 2007 WC even though you all failed badly then?

  • jasonpete on August 2, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Posted by siri12345 on (August 02 2012, 13:38 PM GMT), how do you even consider that you won the CB series when Australia won the final.you cant claim the series title when one team gets knocked out but you need to win the finals.If you want to check the stats between the two teams,check head to head.In CB series India won 2 matches unlike srilanka 1 match and I match tied.Then how do you talk about 5 th series win as CB series? You need to understand winning series means winning the finals which India won cb series during 2008 by knocking srilanka out and winning the finals against strong australian team by 2-0 and not what you describe here.Try to understand the basics first.accept India performing better in your home ground instead of giving excuses again and again

  • AK_25 on August 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @siri12345 ...u r really funny!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AK_25 on August 2, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    @siri12345.............hmm we dont know SL won CB series..

  • siri12345 on August 2, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @ok narbavi let me remind u the 5 series we won between 2006 -2012.one was asia cup 2008(mendis magic),2nd was idea cup 2010 .u check in cricinfo where the third team was bangladesh.3rd one was a triseries in zimbabwe in 2010 ,4th one was again a triseries in 2010 in srilanka(where u guys cried that ur sehwag couldnt reach his 100),5th one was recent cb series where we guys knocked u out from final.and wat happen if it is a bilateral series or a triseries.a series win is a series win afterall and according to me a triseries has more value than a bilateral series because in triseries we not only beat india but also another 3rd team.yeah i agreed that in last 3-4 years india somehow has the edge over srilanka but u also have to admit that based on last 15 years result srilanka have also done very very well against india.cricinfo please publish.

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    @siri12345: And also i said that we don't lose series against you in our backyard but look at you, over the last 5years you have always lost series against us in your own backyard, and i feel that someone needs to educate you about the difference between a bilateral series and a tri nation series, and what's that you and others mourning about sanath vaas and aravinda, stop this whining, are we talking about our legends?? players do come and go, they can't play for eternity, can't you realize even these small things? Its been 3years since sanath and vaas stopped playing and 10yrs since aravinda stopped playing, will you continue to whine about them even after a decade??

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    @siri12345: those were tri series in lanka you are talking about, you never won bilateral series against us, fine and can you prove me your stat that lanka won 5 series against India between 2006 and 2012 because i am sure you cannot prove that, its a wrong stat!!

  • on August 2, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    @siri12345: n btw have you ever thought what is the future of SL after Sanga..think abt it!!..Lankan fans still mourns about Murali even it more then two years since he retired..n sm of them still lives in the era of vaas,Sanath,Aravinda..just wait n watch this same Indian team will be world beaters once again..dont forget the team that lost against AUS and ENG past their glorifying days..bt even an out of color Indian team is too hot to handle for SL

  • siri12345 on August 2, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @narbavi head to head is not what matters.its the number of series win that matters.and in that case we heavily dominated indians between 1996-2005 winning 5 series and loosing 2 against india wen aravinda, sanath,vaas and murali were playing.from 2006-2012 india won 7 series against us and we won 5 series.so all in all in total last 15 years ,series between india and srilanka are pretty even.unlike u and ur friends false claim that u are dominating srilanka from 1997.as per ur logic ur head to head win against pakistan is also very very poor.so do u beleive that pakistan use to dominate u in cricket since last 15 years?????

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @siri12345: lol how funny is it from you to be talking about humiliating us in front of our own crowd that too 16 years ago, how about us humiliating you by winning in front of you guys in 2008 then again in 2009 then a tri series in 2009 then asia cup in 2010 then again now in 2012, you are talking about one match, just count the number of matches which your team lost in your own home against us, then talk!!

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @siri12345: If what u say is true then aren't you supposed to be having a better head to head record against us? you check here on cricinfo india has won around 75 matches against your team, but you beat us only 50 times, in that period you mentioned we lost to you only when we played in your backyard not in our backyard, but you guys always lose in our home and over the last 5years started to lose badly in your own home as well!!

  • rsrinath on August 2, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    before the start of this series some sri lankans said that ' perera, matthews and chandimal are enough for India'..and now after losing the series they are talking about sanath, vaas and murali...

  • on August 2, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    @siri12345: Aftr winning the world cup in 1983 IND reached the semis of the next edition while SL after 1996 failed to cross the hurdle of group stage, n the bowlers of SL were hit around the park..hope you remember the humiliation of Taunton..n btw if knocking IND from tournaments and later on getting thrashed in final (WC 2007 and CB series 2012) is the aim of lankans then I have nthng more to say..n hope u remember this match which was played very recently..time for some soul searching.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-sri-lanka-2011/engine/current/match/514035.html

  • on August 2, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    @siri12345:Please be clear about what you are saying..SL never beaten IND in a bilateral series aftr 1997..u are taking about tournaments with multiple teams involved..hope you got the difference..n though we were knock out but still we are 3 time world champions..n dnt u think dat v already took the revenge of 96 defeat by beating the same team infront of the same home crowd..n like to remind you in 1998 IND won a tournament wich was staged in honour of the Golden Jubilee of Sri Lankan independence by beating the World Champions SL infront of home crowd..n ur team is still searching for a test win in IND..NOW THATS WHAT WE CALL SHAME..

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 2, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    @Avantha Tissera. We can understand your frustration... losing 7 out of 8 games since WC is embracing! What you can hope as a revenge is Eng will defeat India in India. But do not forgot that they got whitewashed in ODIs...now what? wish best of luck for NZ which is coming after that or Pakistan who will visit later in the year!

  • veerakannadiga on August 2, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    contrary to what some may feel, IMHO,Pradeep is a fantastic prospect & SL should persist with him.He had both Virat & Raina in all sorts of trouble for some time.Having said that, I would not undermine Lanka's performance(except maybe for their fielding), as they would have won this game against any other opposition, with the same resources. India is just too good in these conditions. All & sundry will feel the heat playing India in such conditions.

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    @Sinhaya: You have said that the only way to beat india on our home is by using DRS?? come on what logic is this?? why do you need DRS to beat India? in the last 10years Australia have won two tests in India, South Africa have won two tests in india and even England won a test in 2005, did these teams require DRS to win?? They batted and bowled better to win, that's what u need to beat us!! Simple logic!!

  • siri12345 on August 2, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @to all the indian fans who thinks that srilanka has never beaten india from 1997 ,i request you to plz check urself in cricinfo which team has won how many series from 1997.the truth is that the time we have sanath,vaas,murlii india were our bunnies.winning against india was like a cakewalk for us during those days.between 1996-2005 for these 10 years there were 8 series played between india and srilanka.we have won 5 series,india won just 2 and one series was draw 1-1.u can urself check that in cricinfo.and about the 2 worldcups u are talking ,india never knocked srilanka out.u guys beat us in wc 1999 fine but never knocked us out.we got knocked out because of loosing to other teams.same with 2003.though u beat us we reached semifinal and australia knocked us out.not u.this is called knocking out.wat we did to u in 1996 that too in front of ur own 1 lakh people in ur own stadium lol.we also knocked u out in 2007 that too in 1st round lol.thats a big shame.

  • on August 2, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Lots been spoken here about tracks, but lets not forget Colombo was and is always flat track. Remember 950+ score on the same track by Lanka. Also, is it one team gets flat and another get some other track to play? Sanath and Murali are the history and Lankan today remains with very talented players like Mathews, Chandimal etc. India and Lanka keeps playing so repeatedly only for a purpose called money. BCCI needs more and Lankan needs to survive, so take it easy guys.

  • siri12345 on August 2, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    tharanga definitely needs a rest and learn to score at a better strike rate in the rest period.srilanka should realise that currently after the revolotion of t 20 the odi format has also changed a lot.now targets like 300 are becoming normal in odi .so we cannot keep slow players like tharanga and thirimanne in our team.we need to learn from the way kohli and gambhir are playing.without taking minimal risk they are scoring at almost run a ball but on the other hand our batsman like tharanga are t aking time to settle and eating lots of balls and creating pressure on other batsman.so we need to find attacking positive players who can score at run a ball without taking minimal risk.

  • siri12345 on August 2, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    i think herath should retire from odi cricket because it is not taking our spin department to anywhere.we need attacking spinners having wicket taking abilities not just to control runs.i am really looking forward to that 19 year old kid who was handpicked by mahela and ford for the t 20 world cup and i really hope he is the solution for our current spin woes.also we should give ajantha mendis a fair last chance .agreed he lost his form after a dazzling start to his international career but i was surprised the way he was handled and looked after.as far as i rremember he did well in wc 2011.but dropped afterwards.so i hope he is given a last fair chance and he comes with developing some new ways to counter attack the batsman.

  • maddy20 on August 2, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    These SL fans are real funny. They said SL was gonna whitewash India and what not and now they are blaming India because their board cannot afford DRS. Thats both funny and sad at the same time!

  • lokesh.agarwal on August 2, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    Lets get real. Indian bowling sucks. Fielding was never great. But they have been doing extremely well with the bat... yes kohli has a big part to play... but then you need someone at the other end consistently to build parternships also. So lets give credit where its due.

    As far as Sri Lanka goes, I dont see them being strong in any of the 3 departments. Batting is too defensive. Bowling doesnt have the zing anymore, and we all saw how they fielded.

    Both India and Sri Lanka are in a rebuilding mode, but I think India got lucky with some aggressive batting talent, which Sri Lanka has to groom also if they are to reach anywhere.

    On a wider perspective, I dont think this series had any importance. It was more like a warm up series for both teams, playing in familiar conditions on slow pitches. These are the times, when you need to try out more players.

    All the best to both teams, and they hopefully become consistent again in all departments. Watching Cricket is more fun that way.

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    @serious-am-i, yes but we need more chances to play in Australia and England to improve our test record there. Admit India has got more chances to play than us. You all have played Pakistan often in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s actually. Overall, our mindset against India lately has been negative and the positive killer instinct was lacking. If this team plays Aussies in an ODI or T20, we would have done far better. You say India are strong at home DRS or no DRS but well actually we have a better test record against South Africa at home than you all. SA have beaten us at home only twice in tests but SA have beaten you all 5 times at home. We must also improve our cricket administration big time as you have heard about our financial woes.

  • Alexk400 on August 1, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Srilanka problem is Opening batsman. Dilshen is ok. But other side is musical chair. They need some confident young opening batsman. Sanga can win many games alone if he gets some opening partnership. Jayawardene may lost a touch he is still their best captain. If Srilanka wants to win many games , jayawardene has to open with dilshen. They have to move sanga to middle order otherwise middle is weak belly. Srilanka definitely need more young players. India just lucky that kohli playing phenomenally , normally sehwag batting wins the game now kohli is the star batsman in india when it comes to ODI.

  • samincolumbia on August 1, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    @SLgirl - So Sri Lanka not able to win a singe series in your own soil since 1997 is due to bad luck. Sri Lanka not able to win a single test in India is due to bad luck. Sri Lanka getting thrashed by India in the WC final is due to bad luck. HAHAHA....Keep the jokes coming and do not forget your medication!

  • DaGameChanger on August 1, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    @Khalid..I agree with you Pakistan and SL have better record than India overseas but in terms of DEFEAT margin. India atleast won 2 matches against Australia in Aus while as Pakistan score card was 3-0, 2-0 and 5-0. Whitewash to its fullest possible. SL fans have been acting sour since last WC loss. Only God knows why such animosity out of sudden when we use to be good friends.

  • on August 1, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    SL fans are better off , aiming some constructive criticism at their team for not and (lack of) domestic infrastructure for cricket in SL, rather than abuse India (or any opponent) that beat SL. Luck does'nt favor all the time , certainly not for 10years in a trot. Face the fact that the Indian teams for the last 10-15years have been more exciting and swashbuckling than the teams of mid90s and the 80s

  • serious-am-i on August 1, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    @Sinhaya: sorry for the mistake on ur victories vs Eng and yeah SL has better record only against Pak compared to India. Ind v Pak is more sentimental thing.. mostly player buck due to sheer pressure and we haven't played Pak regularly as one would expect. DRS has nothing to do for a win or a loss, with DRS or with out DRS India is a far better side in home soil. btw! I am not criticizing u my friend, there was some guy who hilariously posted a comment (some fb user) so was just replying to that comment. I have respect for SL, who are in rebuilding phrase in finding alternate bowler to Murali. @SLGirl: Those are lame excuses my friend. If u look at India's lapses on the field then u must say all the matches which opposition wins are due to sheer luck ? come on girl, be practical. Team which fared better on the day won the match period.

  • on August 1, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    @Lanka_best..Should I provide you the scorecard Ind Vs SL (WC 1999), so that you may confirm if thats the same batting line up you mentioned, and by they way aint they the so called pitches where the ball "moved" ? SL batsmen should have been on the song right? Appreciate good cricket myfriend..We all're from the sub-continent and take the fact that playing the spinning ball have been our forte..and almost all spinning legends are from the sub-continent!! Stop India bashing, we all feel the same way when our team loose , but we only bash our team rather than whine!!

  • on August 1, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    To SL Girl Cricket is a game of Mixture Luck and chances wid true Talent....

    Its upto the teams to grab it and play accordingly... It was a day for India so It is DAY FOR INDIA...... Indians are THE BEST at the Moment..............

    Jai Ho India!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 1, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    @Lanka_best, Nothing against you my friend , but just appreciate good cricket..FYI see below. Are these the SL batsmen , you talking about? Excerpts of the score card!

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) -- Scores in the World Cup Super Six match between India and Sri Lanka on Monday: Sri Lanka M.Atapattu c Kaif b Srinath 0 S.Jayasuriya c Kaif b Srinath 12 J.Mubarak c Dravid b Srinath 0 M.Jayawardene lbw b Khan 0 A.de Silva lbw b Srinath 0 K.Sangakkara c Yuvraj Singh b Nehra 30 R.Arnold lbw b Khan 8 C.Vaas c Tendulkar b Nehra 9 P.Nissanka c Kaif b Nehra 0 D.Fernando not out 13 M.Muralitharan c Kaif b Nehra 16 Extras (b-1 lb-5 w-14 nb-1) 21 Total (all out, 23 overs) 109

    Fall of wickets: 1-2 2-2 3-3 4-15 5-40 6-59 7-75 8-78 9-78

    Bowling: Khan 7-0-33-2, Srinath 9-1-35-4, Nehra 7-1-35-4

    Result: India won by 183 runs.

  • on August 1, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @Lanka_best, yeah Lanka gets badly mauled many times after once a bluemoon win in each world cup, like Ganguly/Dravid battered and mauled them for 373, in WC 1999 and in WC 2003(when Srinath/Nehra left SL batsmen clueless) check if this is the line up you been talking! lol

    Sri Lanka M.Atapattu c Kaif b Srinath 0 S.Jayasuriya c Kaif b Srinath 12 J.Mubarak c Dravid b Srinath 0 M.Jayawardene lbw b Khan 0 A.de Silva lbw b Srinath 0 K.Sangakkara c Yuvraj Singh b Nehra 30 R.Arnold lbw b Khan 8 C.Vaas c Tendulkar b Nehra 9 P.Nissanka c Kaif b Nehra 0 D.Fernando not out 13 M.Muralitharan c Kaif b Nehra 16 Extras (b-1 lb-5 w-14 nb-1) 21 Total (all out, 23 overs) 109

  • CharmDG on August 1, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Oh.. yeah.. the other thing.. Congratulations India for winning the series.. Hard Luck Sri Lanka but as long as we dont play to our strengths, not groom young talents who will play the game to win (NOT to keep their places in the team by scoring 50 off 75 in powerplays) and as long as we don't accept our mistakes and stubbornly refuse the facts.. we WILL go NOWHERE.. Sri Lankan lions cannot be kept silent for too long.. But they need consistency in their hunting campaigns.. Hopefully in the future we will have success against India.. But till then.. Enjoy the victory Indian fans!! P.S - I also think that it is time for sanga to fall back to 5 and mayya to 6.. Just like Aravinda and Arjuna groomed them.. they have to groom our youngsters as well.. which is not THAT apparent.. but i may be wrong there.. who knows.. cheers!! :) Cricinfo plz publish.. i've added 3 comments with NO abusive content.. so please publish all three :D

  • CharmDG on August 1, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    continued.... As I said Kohli is one hell of a talent.. As much as i hate sri lanka losing to India, purely as a cricket lover I just love his batting ability.. at such a young age too.. Respect!! \m/ 5) Sri Lankans lost Kumar and Kula.. but i dont think the series result would've altered that much 6)Yes there was no DRS, so what? Sri Lankans dropped a few catches and Dharmasena made an error of judgement(maybe) but even if Kohli was out at that stage Dhoni, Pathan would've finished the game.. like.. duh! scoring 250 on a flattest track in Sri Lanka.. What do we expect? that Dhoni and Pathan will leave consecutive deliveries headed towards their stumps..? :P All in all.. Indians played brilliantly and won.. maybe a flat track.. but it remained the same for both innings thus lankans should've scored more and put pressure knowing its flat.. And now we're flat on our faces again.. I as a Sri Lankan accept the facts.. Maybe next time, in a match where we have a better opener.. maybe.. :)

  • warneneverchuck on August 1, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    We in australia have respect for only one subcomtinet player that is Sachin as he used to score runs against us in our prime. Rest all r useless

  • CharmDG on August 1, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Dear Sri Lankan fans.. I think its time to admit that the Indians are simply better than us.. It is a hard pill to swallow i know.. But the facts are there.. results are there.. They have quite consistently spanked us during the last few years.. Regarding this series.. 1)Maybe Indians play best on flat tracks.. IF so, we should've prepared greener tracks.. but alas, we prepared flat tracks AGAIN.. and they spanked us AGAIN.. 2)Compare lankan team batting rate after losing one wicket in the first over with Indians losing one wicket in the first over.. Our guys will automatically go defensive while Indians will yet play aggressively(which is the right ploy on a flat track) 3)Upul Tharanga is a brilliant player who can pressurize any team.. Any team which he plays for that is... wasting so many deliveries up front without losing his wicket in the powerplays is just pure talent.. dhoni missed a trick there by stumping him :D 4) Kohli is one hell of a talent...

  • ProdigyA on August 1, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @lanka_best - LOL..how about one superman, spiderman and batman in the team as well. Just insane.

  • grizzle on August 1, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    @T20_is_not_real_cricket: I really like your username! :-) However, I think this series has only reaffirmed Chappell's views on captaincy. Of course, it goes without saying that a really bad team will not do well no matter how good the captain. Nevertheless, good captaincy makes a difference. In the first ODI, it was a great decision to take the batting powerplay early (since the bowling PP was not forthcoming); in the last ODI, it was a great decision to keep bowling the slow part-timers despite overs of medium pace being available. For both of these decisions (and others possibly) Dhoni deserves credit. Mahela was also a proactive captain, trying to attack and get wickets; but his bowlers and fielders (he is also to blame for dropping a sitter) and to a certain extent the umpire let him down.

  • coolindianfan on August 1, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    where r the lankan lions who were calling indian batsmen useless , we literally murdered the lankan bowling attack .Some one said bring back jayasuriya, murali ,vaas , etc back dude i have high regards for them and personally like the lankan team but other then 96-97 and a few matches here and there most indian batsmen have mostly had the last laugh .in last 10 years india won all the odi series two of them in Srilanka with their full strenght team.@khalid India has far better records oversees compared to Sri Lanka and Pakistan

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @gunnerz, I agree this India series we Lankans were weak but please dont compare us with Zimbabwe or Bangladesh. If you are saying that then how about lablling Aussies like that for losing 4-0 in England in the ODIs last month? Also, we beat Australia 4 times in the CB series and also beat Pakistan in ODIs in June so please admit you are wrong in that. I agree we have to work a lot improve as yesterday's performance was pathetic.

  • samincolumbia on August 1, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    The Sri Lankan batsmen missed the chances because the Indian part timers were just too good for the over hyped SL batsmen in their own backyard.

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @serious-am-i, India's overseas record in tests has been the best from 2000 to 2010 I believe. Must also agree that India has played far far more tests in Australia and England than Sri Lanka. So hopefully in the coming years, we can win tests in Australia. If NZ ended a lengthy hoodoo in Australia last December in Hobart, nothing can stop the Lankans too from doing the same. I would say that only hope for us winning a test in India would be only with DRS as no way can India be beaten in tests without DRS.

  • SLMaster on August 1, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Don't worry SL fans. Indians think they are better. They were not better but was lucky. Had Raina's (@ 2) caught behind and Kholi's (@ 77) given they would be loosing the match. Those are clear outs. India never played good but was luck through the series. Look at Raina's batting: ball flying from edges all the time. Even Gambir had many edges than before. SL posted 250+ every game. When India's luck runout: then something similar to game 2 happens. When the luck runs out Indian will see how bad their batting is. Soon it will happen.

  • samincolumbia on August 1, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Seven series losses in 8...and the Sri Lankan fans were comparing Mahela with Dhoni!! HAHAHA...At least Bangladesh has compnay from Pakistan and Sri Lanka!

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @serious-am-i, I agree but you are wrong on one thing. We have won 2 tests in England and not 1. You forgot one thing. Sri Lanka have 6 test wins in Pakistan in comparison to India's 2. Both India's test wins in Pakistan were in the 2004 tour. Anyway, last night's fielding by Lankans was disgraceful and hope we work on it. Also, our mindset against India seems the worse than when playing any other team.

  • kish780 on August 1, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Hey LANKA_BEST don't compare ur country players with Sachin & Rahul they are born for Cricket. Sanga & Jayawardene had played well on d day were they made 624 runs & abt Jayasuriya he played well to for his 189. Ever players have bad days. So keep one think on ur mind u cannot compare them with ur country players... India is the best & Sachin is God of Cricket.

  • gunnerz on August 1, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @Lanka_best.... Lanka is best only in your (weird) name... You talk abt Jayasuriya's 189? Should I remind you about Ganguly, Dhoni creaming your Muralis n Vasses for 183? Since 1997, you can not even win at home against India in bilateral series. You guys are only good at beating Bangladesh and Zimbabwe's. Just count number of 100s SRT has against you... add Gambhir and Kohli... Its better you rename yourself to Lanka_worst now. lol...

  • serious-am-i on August 1, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    lol !!! some one said SL and Pak have better overseas test record than India, hilarious. How many test matches has SL won in Australia - 0? How many in England = 1 ? How many in South Africa = 1 ? So, a better record rite ? How many test matches has Pak won in Australia = 4? How many matches Pak won in England = 9? How many in South Africa = 2 ? How many test matches India won in England = 5 ? How many test matches India won in Aus = 5 ? How many test matches India won in SA = 2 ? India have a better record than SL in all away venues. In addition to this, SL has never won a test in India either. Pak has decent record compared to India but to compare SL, lol no please. Make some sensible comments sire.

  • Deenesh on August 1, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Funny that no one is applauding Jayawardene's captaincy now. Plus no one is saying how passive Dhoni is...goes to show a lot of the time the commentators opinions are not genuine. They just say whatever will fit with the current game results.

  • Hindh on August 1, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @khalid maqsood Pakistan last four tours of australia in 1999, 2002 in sharjah, 2004, 2010 all were whitewashed 3-0 by australia. How is that a good record than india ?? Oh may be you were saying pakistan have been whitewashed more than india..that they are better in that...haha

  • Solace1 on August 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    i think u need to rewind your memories, the reason why i mentioned about them is that sort of a side beat u in 96 and 07 world cups, in between u got bowled out for 54 once, jayasuriya has always thrashed your team, should i remind u about his 189? your great SRT was never able to dominate murali, so that group of players along with sanga mahela kula and malinga can beat any side anytime anywhere!! Because u look at averages and also the 624 partnership record everyone knows our sanga and mahela are better than your sachin and Rahul, but only because they are more famous they get more credit!! TRUE!!

  • cricfan100 on August 1, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I don't know why sri lanka persist with tharanga. I really believe he is one of the main factors why sri lanka loose so many odis. He is very inconsistent, you never know when he is going to get runs. If luck is on his side he gets 50 very slowly by consuming 70, 80 deliveries. Not to forget he bats in the powerplays. so this kind of slow approach can not be accepted. Even a school boy batsman would get 2,3 fifties per 10 matches playing so defensively by consuming so many balls. This has been happening for so long but nobody takes care of it. With this kind of slow start in powerplays sri lanka looses their momentum from the begining and only get to 250 or 260. On these flatwickets that is not enough. Atleast as we are failing regularly why can't we replace tharanga with bhanuka or munaweera and see what happens. Why can't we atleast try. why are we banking on proven failures like tharanga. Why can't we experiment. We don't need selfish players we need team players.

  • gunnerz on August 1, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Only way SL can beat India is to bring back Jayasuriya, Murali, DeSilva and Vaas. Prepare the pitch which will suit only Murali's bowling and Jayawerdene/Sangakkara's batting..... And yes, blindfold all the Indian batsmen while they are batting.. lol....HAHA..

  • on August 1, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    overall Pakistan and Sri lanka have better test record overseas than India

  • AMAZINGFAN on August 1, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    virat kohli is enough for these bunch of school kids from sl.

  • on August 1, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    HEY GUYS..I'm a diehard SL fan and just coz in competitive interest I hate the IND team… but yesterday what happened was so bad. I mean what the hell we did during 35th to 48th overs? We had 6 or 7 wickets and mattews was eating up dot balls form rohit Sharma!!!! We could have easly posted 280 plus score. Ind played really well and just coz of earlir mention reason IND is beter than SL. But countirs like AUS, ENG, SA will easily beat this IND team anywhere..coming ENG series in IND will prove that!!!!

  • Legaleagle on August 1, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a very good team at home and abroad as well. I suspect there is some captaincy tussle that is affecting this team. May Jayawardene is a reluctant captain, and Dilshan really wanted to continue even after the fiasco series. I still think Sanga should have continued after the World Cup- he is one of the smartest cricketing brain around. Finally, Indians played exceptionally well. God knows whats going on with Kohli- Amazing talent!

  • g.narsimha on August 1, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    crickyboy-it is very easy to blame players , captain after losses,what would have happened even if M J used spinners against us show me which spinner controlled indians in ths series , in that metter even the great MURALI , WARNEE were ineffective vrs india , in thier playing days , M J knows this well .

  • PrakashES on August 1, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Ian Chappell went on and on about Jayawardane's captaincy skills during the ODI series in Australia when SL narrowly edged out India. He berated Dhoni's captaincy. Of course it is Ian's pet theory that Cricket is all about aggressive captaincy. Many writers have written highly about his captaincy skills and he seriously believes that his legacy to cricket is aggressive captaincy. The fact of the matter is that a captain is as good as a team. If you don't have bowlers that can take 20 wickets in a test or can't even contain mediocre batsmen in ODIs, then there is not much the captain can do. India never had good bowlers thats why they always try to outbat other teams. Some times it works but quite often it does not (especially overseas).Ofcourse captaincy does make a difference. A captain can motivate a team and set a good example and lead from the front. Timely bowling changes and good field placings can help but that is only marginal.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 1, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    it is pathetic that SL need retired people for ever to win a game!lol

  • Crickyboy on August 1, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    There is no argument that India has the best batting line up suited for these conditions. That is the main reason for their impressive winning streak during the later years. However,yesterday India won, purely bcoz SL's performance was well below par. Except JMendis, malinga & herath, all the other Lanka batsmen succumbed to India's ploys and batted with insane slowness.Even while India was batting, MJ's tactics was not praiseworthy. After seeing Tiwary, etc performance and well knowing that pitch would get slower in the second innings, MJ hardly used his spin options frequently enough and simply persisted with mathews and perera, thereby giving Indian batsmen adequate pace to work the ball. No doubt he is one of the best captains around, but he was totally out of sorts during the recent games. Hope MJ comes good in the next match, since the last thing SL want is its captain to go brainsick.

  • WALLZZZ on August 1, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Posted by Lanka_best on (August 01 2012, 08:12 AM GMT) : we are flat track bullies not fast track.we prouldly accept that we win matches on flat trackes.You guys even does not win on flat tracks.What should i call u guys?????????.Please let us know. Tell SL management to form team compraising " sanath marvan sanga de silva jayawardane vaas murali kula and malinga ".And lets c who will win.

  • Hindh on August 1, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Keep on dreaming about jayasuriya and you will be beaten again by Kohli ...LOL at some these funny people..

  • serious-am-i on August 1, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @ Lanka_best: India sent you packing in the 1999 WC and 2003 WC you forgot that brother ? Come one guys where are we getting at taking potshots at each other. Its hilarious u said SL lost because of lack of players u mentioned, the same set of players were there in 1999 WC when SL lost, u r really desperate to pull out old bunch of players and some existing players & hope to beat India ? Huh!!! It really amazes me that you do not expect your current squad to beat India, which struggling to find proper combinations ? @Wahed Ferdous Farhad: The old era has gone, Sanath has done well against India and had failed miserably too, so a coin has 2 sides my friend. Though, there is one we must admit my friends. SL bowlers vs India batsmen and Indian bowlers vs SL batsmen know too much about each other because of the no.of series these 2 have been playing with each other. They almost know each other like domestic teams. We need a break from Ind v SL cricket.

  • vrn59 on August 1, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    @Lanka_Best: Please don't post such ridiculous comments. Sanath Jayasuriya, Marvan Attapattu, Aravinda de Silva, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan have all retired from international cricket. Kumar Sangakkara and Nuwan Kulasekara are injured. Your argument that these players could have defeated India is ridiculous. Just going by your logic: Just imagine if India fielded Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (of old times), Javagal Srinath and Ajit Agarkar. :P

  • Haleos on August 1, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    @ Lanka_best - 1996, 2007. does it matter? If you want to go so far back why not before 1996. India ruled SL. Back to the recent past. Remember 2011? we won the cup and u lost. period. What matters is the current form and you are loosing big time.

  • mintugops on August 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    @lanka_best: LOL.. sanath marvan sanga de silva jayawardane vaas murali kula and malinga.. you just named 9 players.. cant you think of pulling 2 more greats out of retirement? how about dharamasena.. getting him to play only would have got you an extra wicket or 2 :)

  • Karnain on August 1, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    The attitudes of most of the Sri Lankan batsmen are so negative & they play so many dot balls and doesn't have the ability to rotate the strike in the middle overs and not even think about hitting occasional boundaries. Upul Tharanga consumes so many dot balls during the mandatory power play and what's worse is that he simply can't bat against spinners. Matthews is the other culprit. Irrespective of the stage of the game he tend to play dead bat defensive shots (specially against spinners) for the first 20 - 30 deliveries he face without even thinking about singles. I strongly believe that Mahela must open the innings & lay the platform like he did in Australia and Matthews must improve his game & find a way to take singles when he first comes to the crease. Thisara Perera must given enough overs to bat in each ODI depending on the team's situation rather than sending him to bat at no. 8 all the times & make best use of him.

  • Vilander on August 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    India lost 0-8 to Eng/Aus no questioning that. But India has won several series in Eng, came close to winning in Aus, Drew in SA, Won many in WI,pak,Sl. Now SL has not won a test match in Ind,Aus,SA and never won a series in ENG or WI. There needs to be a degree of acceptance of skill and graciousness in defeat.

  • JayGoswami on August 1, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @Lanka_best: We can also say that if we had sunil gavaskar, kapil dev, venkatesh prasad etc. players we can easily beat anyone. I am not telling that we are the best. I am just telling that instead of thinking of past you should think about building some good young domestic players from Sri lanka. And I am not telling that this sri lanka team is not good. And I want to tell to all india & srilanka fans that why are you fighting about who is the best? You should enjoy the game & appreciate the game played the players

  • AkDoN on August 1, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @Lanka_best: LOL laughing on all SL fans since they are now in the ERA of Sanath & Murali :) come on SL fans plz accpet that SL team is no more threat to anybody in world cricket now. Even IND has No sachin & Yuvi in side still tey crucshed you.

  • Sanka_N on August 1, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @ Amaresh Gunesingam ,im completely agree with you.we need aggressive batting from mathews .even he comes at 45 th over he blocked one after one.. jeevan s attitude is good ,he is giving every thing..

  • kalyanbk on August 1, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka used to be the best Asian fielding side. But they are struggling in this series because of shoddy fielding. A large number of dropped catches and overthrows and missed run outs. Mahela may feel upset about the Raina caught behind but he himself dropped a dolly at slip. I think Sri Lanka facing fatigue and injuries just as India did after the back to back World Cup and IPL.

  • Solace1 on August 1, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    hey fast track bully, should i remind you indian fans that we sent you packing from the 96 world cup and also the 2007 world cup? everyone knows that india is winning only because they have that current luck with them because sanath and murali have retired and for this series sanga and kula were injured, just think, if sanath marvan sanga de silva jayawardane vaas murali kula and malinga played in the same team then think what will happen to your world champions!!

  • bluebillion on August 1, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    I dont understand why the SL fans are on about their batting - so far it is their bowling which has lost them the series.

  • on August 1, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    just need only one master player to to destroy india ..that is santh ...indian fans just remember what he das done to you before...now it will take a while to settle down for srilanka. and they need to drop tharanga because as opener it is useless to score 50 run by 70 balls.what selector are doing , no idea

  • Narbavi on August 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @Naseef Mohamed: Got to appreciate people like you, finding where faults lie with these losses instead of some mindless bashing despite getting beaten by india most of the time, i hope other lankan fans also learn it from you that if you are being beaten by a team on a regular basis you need to stop abusing and start working on your weaknesses!!

  • Narbavi on August 1, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @Sinhaya: What are you talking about?? see my comment again, i asked a question to you and your fellow lankan friends, have you ever won a test series in england? or a test match in australia? never!! but our team has done it in the past and also in the last 8yrs or so if you can look at our records!! But lanka have never done it and very recently they struggled to win a test series for 3long years, now tell me who is the real flat track bully??

  • on August 1, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Come on guys!!! We lost Sanga and Nuwan.... Playing without 2 of our main players is a big disadvantage.

  • wazza85 on August 1, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Although i am a SL fan. India played or plays better cricket. it is absolutely pathetic to see the way SL play at the moment. i do not understand why young talent cannot be tried out. for eg; Angelo Perera. none of the batsmen consolidated from a good start. you cannot blame the couch for this. if no action is taken the cricket if SL is heading for disaster. and my personal opinion i don't think SL will win the T20 WC. the whole team should be shuffled .

  • shanepe2003 on August 1, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Mahela thanks for leading the way by exampl. over 380 Odi matches still cant take the Responsibility to play anchor role in such important time of the game lead to down fall / what a waste, chances given to him u can make not just one player 10 players for future. its time to go....

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @Narbavi, you clearly say Sri Lanka have always lost. So does it mean we have lost all tests, ODIs and T20s we played at home and away for the past many many years?

  • on August 1, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    SriLankan batsmen are really struggling to handle the pressure. Most of the time the middle order batsmen opting to stay on the crease and getting settled rather than trying to rotate the strike. They always looking to play big innings and failing in the middle. If they are not failing on their way to a big innings, then they will have a good score, but if not, the rest of the batting line up won't have enough time to post the minimum needed score. This happens when they chase too...Middle order (Including No-3) taking long time to accelerate and the batsmen at the other end gets more pressure and loosing wickets while they goes for big shots. And the so called waiting-to -accelerate batsmen won't get a fare chance to accelerate at all.He will be running out of partners. I really don't know why the team's coaching department cannot rectify this for a long time. They can identify this by looking at their opponents.

  • Narbavi on August 1, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    i have one question for all you lankan fans who whine about india not good at overseas, HAVE YOU EVER WON A TEST MATCH IN AUS?? A TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND?? answer is big no, but our team has done it, you have always lost, a team which couldn't even win a test series for 3 long years have no business to talk about a team which was ranked no.1 in tests 12months ago!! TALK NOW!!

  • on August 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    it is really sad the sl is batting now. even if we had scored 320 india would have chased it coz they made this total quite easily with 7 overs to go.... what we are lacking is a good wicket taking spinner rangana herath is agood test match bowler but he is not a good odi bowler, sachitra senanayake is a brilliant fielder but a pretty ordinary bowler. Jeewan mendis too is not a match winner though he is another quality all rounder useful to finish 5 overs and bat at no 7. let us watch out for the SLPL and see whether any new young spinner emerges out to fill in the boots of murali...otherwise it is ok to go with 5 seamers instead of a low performing spinner who can neither control the run flow nor take wickets. the other serious concern is upul tharanga is wasting too many deliveries. we can easily go with mahela and dilshan to open then chandimal at3 instead of 4, then sanga, mathews, thirimanne/upul,jeewan,thisara,nuwan kulasekara,malinga and the no 11 player can be pradeep/herath

  • Htc-Android on August 1, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    this is a wake up call for sri lanka.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 1, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    SL lost 7th time to India in the last 8 ODIs...do you want anything else dear SL fans? East or WestIndia is the Best!

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    @NaniIndCri, I fully agree with you.

  • satish619chandar on August 1, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    This was really poor batting by SL.. They did surprise India by opting for batting powerplay early.. But losing Dilshan in it made it tougher for them and Dhoni cashed it on by opting for bowling PP immediately.. Again picked Tharanga.. It was a cat and mouse until then.. But getting out to Parttimers made SL's job a no contest from then.. Why not SL try to chase? In recent times, India have chased very well against SL(any team for that matter in our conditions).. I think SL's best chance will come when they chose to bowl and put pressure on the batters early..

  • NaniIndCri on August 1, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I was watching the match and it was awful the way SL batted. I could not find a reason why they played so many dot balls against part timers, you can blame the pitch to some extent but SL inexperience showed clearly in absence of Sanga. They simply could not rotate the strike at all. Thiramanne looked like he was trying to save his position in side rather than working towards a score, Chandimal again too much leg side play which induced a false shot going against spin. Most surprising was to see how Mathews batted, he looked so ordinary. All in all a bad bad day for SL, they will want to forget this match as soon as possible.

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  • NaniIndCri on August 1, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I was watching the match and it was awful the way SL batted. I could not find a reason why they played so many dot balls against part timers, you can blame the pitch to some extent but SL inexperience showed clearly in absence of Sanga. They simply could not rotate the strike at all. Thiramanne looked like he was trying to save his position in side rather than working towards a score, Chandimal again too much leg side play which induced a false shot going against spin. Most surprising was to see how Mathews batted, he looked so ordinary. All in all a bad bad day for SL, they will want to forget this match as soon as possible.

  • satish619chandar on August 1, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    This was really poor batting by SL.. They did surprise India by opting for batting powerplay early.. But losing Dilshan in it made it tougher for them and Dhoni cashed it on by opting for bowling PP immediately.. Again picked Tharanga.. It was a cat and mouse until then.. But getting out to Parttimers made SL's job a no contest from then.. Why not SL try to chase? In recent times, India have chased very well against SL(any team for that matter in our conditions).. I think SL's best chance will come when they chose to bowl and put pressure on the batters early..

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    @NaniIndCri, I fully agree with you.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 1, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    SL lost 7th time to India in the last 8 ODIs...do you want anything else dear SL fans? East or WestIndia is the Best!

  • Htc-Android on August 1, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    this is a wake up call for sri lanka.

  • on August 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    it is really sad the sl is batting now. even if we had scored 320 india would have chased it coz they made this total quite easily with 7 overs to go.... what we are lacking is a good wicket taking spinner rangana herath is agood test match bowler but he is not a good odi bowler, sachitra senanayake is a brilliant fielder but a pretty ordinary bowler. Jeewan mendis too is not a match winner though he is another quality all rounder useful to finish 5 overs and bat at no 7. let us watch out for the SLPL and see whether any new young spinner emerges out to fill in the boots of murali...otherwise it is ok to go with 5 seamers instead of a low performing spinner who can neither control the run flow nor take wickets. the other serious concern is upul tharanga is wasting too many deliveries. we can easily go with mahela and dilshan to open then chandimal at3 instead of 4, then sanga, mathews, thirimanne/upul,jeewan,thisara,nuwan kulasekara,malinga and the no 11 player can be pradeep/herath

  • Narbavi on August 1, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    i have one question for all you lankan fans who whine about india not good at overseas, HAVE YOU EVER WON A TEST MATCH IN AUS?? A TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND?? answer is big no, but our team has done it, you have always lost, a team which couldn't even win a test series for 3 long years have no business to talk about a team which was ranked no.1 in tests 12months ago!! TALK NOW!!

  • on August 1, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    SriLankan batsmen are really struggling to handle the pressure. Most of the time the middle order batsmen opting to stay on the crease and getting settled rather than trying to rotate the strike. They always looking to play big innings and failing in the middle. If they are not failing on their way to a big innings, then they will have a good score, but if not, the rest of the batting line up won't have enough time to post the minimum needed score. This happens when they chase too...Middle order (Including No-3) taking long time to accelerate and the batsmen at the other end gets more pressure and loosing wickets while they goes for big shots. And the so called waiting-to -accelerate batsmen won't get a fare chance to accelerate at all.He will be running out of partners. I really don't know why the team's coaching department cannot rectify this for a long time. They can identify this by looking at their opponents.

  • Sinhaya on August 1, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    @Narbavi, you clearly say Sri Lanka have always lost. So does it mean we have lost all tests, ODIs and T20s we played at home and away for the past many many years?

  • shanepe2003 on August 1, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Mahela thanks for leading the way by exampl. over 380 Odi matches still cant take the Responsibility to play anchor role in such important time of the game lead to down fall / what a waste, chances given to him u can make not just one player 10 players for future. its time to go....