Sri Lanka v India, only T20, Pallekele

Eye on World T20 in solitary fixture

The Preview by Siddhartha Talya

August 6, 2012

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Match facts

Tuesday, August 7
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)


Lasith Malinga bowls in a training session, Pallekele, August 6, 2012
After three losses in a row this trip, Sri Lanka have one final shot at consolation © AFP
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This solitary Twenty20 fixture at Pallekele, along with India's two T20s against New Zealand later this month and the Sri Lanka Premier League, offers welcome preparations for teams and players ahead of the World T20 in Sri Lanka in September. This will be India's last T20 before the final squad for the World T20 is announced (the deadline is August 18); some of Sri Lanka's players will have the benefit of playing the SLPL before their squad is named.

India have played just one Twenty20 international in Sri Lanka, in 2009, which they won. The teams have played T20s against each other on four occasions; their last game was more than two years ago. After three losses in a row this trip, Sri Lanka have one final shot at consolation. After a rainless ODI series, there was a steady shower on the eve of this game.

The structure of the series has, however, raised question marks. According to the Future Tours Programme, this tour was meant to include three Tests and no ODIs. The teams then decided to play five ODIs and just one T20; the SLC said the teams wanted to focus on limited-overs cricket. Which begs the question: Why not play more T20 internationals instead of five ODIs, a month ahead of the World T20?

Form guide


India: LWLLL (completed games, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: LWLWW

Watch out for...

Manoj Tiwary: He seems to have done enough to have the clear edge over Rohit Sharma in India's limited-overs plans, having made 21 and 65 in the two ODIs he's played on this tour. He ran well between wickets, was especially strong through the leg side and scored at a healthy pace. He was below par in the IPL, averaging 26 and finishing as the fourth-highest run-getter for the Kolkata Knight Riders, but he hit the winning runs that sealed the title in a tight chase.

Dinesh Chandimal: He had a disappointing ODI series with the bat, managing just 55 runs in five games when much was expected from him in the middle order. He was part of the World T20 squad in 2010; will he make the cut again?

Team news

Virender Sehwag missed the final ODI due to a glute problem and has returned to India. Zaheer Khan has also headed back, to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

India (possible): 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Ashok Dinda, 11 Umesh Yadav.

In place of the injured Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka have included seamer Shaminda Eranga in the T20 squad.

Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Lahiru Thirimanne, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Chamara Kapugedera, 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Sachitra Senanayake, 10 Shaminda Eranga/ Nuwan Pradeep, 11 Lasith Malinga.

Stats and trivia

  • Mahela Jayawardene is 45 short of reaching 1000 runs in T20 internationals.
  • Among Test teams other than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, India have played the least T20 internationals - 34. Pakistan have played 55, leading the list. Sri Lanka have played 40.

Quotes


"Basically whenever I think about all these things like, not playing, not getting an opportunity despite scoring a hundred I just analyze myself [and] as the days pass by you tend to improve mentally."
Manoj Tiwary

"It is significant to identify some of the roles for some of the players. We did that against Pakistan as well. We had to try out different combinations in the two T20s. We will try and do the same here."
Mahela Jayawardene

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Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

come on gouti rock o today

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Sri Lanka should do their best to win this T20 today.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

fool to play with upul tharanga, wrong decision

Posted by Inaz on (August 7, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

I would like to see Chamara Kapugedera open with Dilshan.

Posted by ahmaraim on (August 7, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Hi i am very hard fan of Indian team as well as my favorite players master dhoni and rohit sharma. Hope today india will win the match, today rohit will perform I am sure about it. Let we see what will happen, I wish to Indian team always.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully Except in Delhi pitch there the ground offers lots of Pace and Bounce...........

ALL THE BEST INDIA :)

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Is there any way, we can arrange a mach between Kapu & Rohit? Not, in cricket, but in loyalty skills.Both can be effective trainers for corporate houses around the world...to train employees to be in the good books of their employers!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Among the current crop of Indian players, only Sachin & Sehwag can play rising ball well. Sehwag does get out to rising ball, not due to lack of skill, but by trying to be too adventurous. Dhoni can also manage. Kohli is getting there. ALL others (including those who are sitting on the bench or waiting on the fringes) have to practice against bouncers from international class pace bowlers... if they have to do well on overseas tours.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Best Wishes To Playing XI Indian palyers....

Posted by tallgrass on (August 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Sarath1948 - Definitely not Kapugedara. LOL. Some of the youngsters who make it to the team are not the right ones. That's a different topic altogether. But to answer your question. Samaraweera is a great bat...no argument. But will he play the next word cup - NO. We need to build for that (I say llong term). The other two...I feel we have better replacements now...Ajantha is no longer a match winning spinner. 6 wkts at 37.83 at high e/rate of 5.13 in the last 6 games. And has bowled 10 overs only in one game. His place is better served by an off spinner who can bat. There is a list. Sachithra, Dilruwan, Randiv. Groom the right one. As for Dilhara he's taken 7 wkts at an average of 40.85 and e/rate of 5.37 from 6 games in 2011/12 and he's 33 now.Match winning? Hardly! Shaminda Eranga & Nuwan Pradeep are the way to go...they need continuous exposure not dead rubber games after a series is lot. Aging horses need to justify their places on current form (e.g. Sachin). Not past exploits

Posted by Dalajit on (August 7, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Just wondering why the Cricinfo has mentioned Rohit name ahead of Suresh Raina and Dhoni after so many failure. They think he can still make it to playing 11 and then ahead of Raina who is currently No. 5 in ICC ranking as per t20 batsman. Please play Rahul sharma than Rohit Sharma, at least you would get another bowler and I'm sure if he gets a chance to bat would score more run than Rohit.

Posted by Vilander on (August 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Both kappu and Nohit in the team. So both SL and India unintrested in t20 :)

Posted by 9ST9 on (August 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Um BTW, The best bowling figures in T20 I is by a bowler called BAW Mendis. Any Idea where he is ?

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (August 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

Tiwary should be groomed as a Test Match batsman. India has ample reserves of limited over batsmen. Tiwary has the talent to break into the Test Team, he should be given that as a motivation.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 10:46 GMT)

My favorite player is raina, I wish he play a good inning today

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 7, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

He's one of the rare breed of batters, never allowed the Test Batting average to drop below 40 run mark in his entire career though he was ousted from the Team at times to make way for henchmen (2003 SA Tour). With his correct technique he is always in a position to demoralise any bowling attack though the J&Ps of last 15-20 years have been quite ignorant about these skills, otherwise he wouldn't have sent to bat at No 11 in his debut match who came into the side after a brilliant School & 1st Class Career (He has won coveted the Best Schoolboy Cricketer of the year Award [for his Batting alone] twice in 1994& 95. As for Dilhara he is one of very few strongly built fast bowlers in the Country (become Rugby crazy) that can extract bounce off a good length. Though the J&Ps are yet to learn his value, the World's greatest batsman at present (Tendulkar) has very high regards for him that is why he is a member in the Mumbai Indians Team.

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

TALLGRASS # Who are these young players you try to highlight here? The ones who have always found places in the Side for no valid reason? How can you discard Ajantha, S'weera & Dilhara as useless players? The J&Ps may have hatred feelings towards these quality players but their quality and class cannot be tarnished by the ignorance of few. Ajantha was unceremoniously removed from the 2011 WC Final though he was the most outstanding SLan Spinner of that Tournement and as fans we cannot forget his bowling feat against Touring Aussies Aug 2011 in the 2nd T/20 match where he took record-breaking wkt haul at a time the J&Ps' henchmen were hammered all-over the park by Watson. S'weera one of the very few batters to represent the Country who has been blessed with perfect batting techniques,(i.e. has ability to play the ball all along the ground, all around the wicket right from the middle of the bat offering full-face, with minimum of edgy, lofted, [play&miss] strokes). {ToBeCNTD}

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Well,we can only support our team.Hope,India will play like a champion today and defeat Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Can ROHIT SHARMA perform well today..?

Posted by mrcool on (August 7, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

Where is robin uthappa....He got just 1 chance for comeback in last 4 years, why again ignored if they dont want him why they selected him last time and they are again persisting with rahane who is proven failure in international matches.

Posted by cool2cool on (August 7, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@Dhammika Herat : Bouncy pitches in SL, are you kidding ? :)

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 7, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

@Dhammika Herat. Bouncy wickets in SL...!!!...hahaha you must be joking! dude, you cannot create bounce in sub-continent pitches and turning tracks in English conditions...look at the last ODI, that's the bounce you will get in SL...our batsmen can handle it easily. @Lanka_best...you are still roaring like cats...lol

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

16. Not having a clear bowling plan for kohli, Gambir & Dhoni. 17. Our bowlers bowled too slowly, Thisara perera clocked less than 130kmph. 18. Mahela not having attacking field settings, especially for a new batsman at the crease. he was happy to give the single to new batsman with only 4 fielders in the 30 yard circle.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

10. Malinga failed to use his pace to terrify the indian batsman, looked more interested in bowling the yorkers rather than keeping it simple by bowling back of the length. against pakistan he bowled 3 bouncers in one over & terrorized the pak batman mentally & he failed to use his pace & bouncers barring the last odi. 11. Dropped catches cost matches. 12. Our top order didnt get the maximum out of the first power play & neither our middle order in the batting power play. 13. Not using thirmanne as a no.5 batman which is a crucial position in a batting order. 14. Losing Kulasekara at the very beginning. 15. Our Bowlers didnt use correct length properly to contain the batsman, especially that all important back of the length.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

The reasons why we lost the series 4-1 1. Losing Sangakkara for the last 3 odis. 2. Our players were mentally & physically tired after a hectic schedule right after the world cup. 3. Our Bowlers bowled averagely thinking that the indian batman were average batters like the pak batsmen. 4. Our bowlers consistently bowled onto the pads or to the legs stump, almost every over we saw a delivery that went to the pads & the indians were the masters of leg glance shot. 5. Fielding were below par & several umpiring decisions went against us. 6. Mahela not opening & tharanga looked awful opening. 7. Failure of Chandimal at no.4, our cornerstone in australia. 8. Losing the crucial 3rd oDI with victory in sight with poor fielding settings. 9. Mahela's usual brilliant field settings were missing, he was more defensive in this series.

Posted by Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on (August 7, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@ Prasanna Kasun Gamage i like this team u are comming up with... it looks very healthy... althought i would make one change... instead of sachithra i would bring in ajantha mendis.... AND WHERE THE HECK IS MENDIS????? WHY IS HE NOT PLAYING FOR SRI LANKA????? HE HAS AN IMACULATE RECORD FOR t20... HE HAS THE HIGHST BOWLING FIGURES BY ANY BOWLER FOR A T20I and guess what??? it was against non other than the strong Ausi Batting line up!... SO WHERE IS AJANTHA MENDIS?????

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

Rahane will score a ton today.India should win this T20 comfortably

Posted by ashimseye on (August 7, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

YES ITS THE SHORTEST FORMAT PLAYED IN WORLDCUP BASICS REMAIN SAME LOOKING AHEAD TO COMPETITIVE MATCH TONIGHT CHEERS

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

where is ROBIN UTHAPPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA??

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Both teams should have seriously thought about team composition for T-20. Looks like this match is played like a friendly match rather than preparing for World T20. Hope this match will be entertaining one to finish the series.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

gud luck india..all india need to settle n launch

Posted by enok on (August 7, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

2012 T20 Sri LankaN World cup my playing xi - 1 Mahela Jayawardene (capt), 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Sanga, 4 Dinesh Chandimal , 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Lahiru Thirimanne/ Anjelo Perera , 7 Jeevan Mendis, 8 Thisara Perera, 9 Sachitra Senanayake, 10 Kula, 11 Lasith Malinga.

Thisteam have 10 batman's (with all rounders) even Malinga can bat.

Bowling unit - Malinga / kula / Thisara / Mathews / Senanayake / Jeevan / Dilshan....

i would like feed back from other fans ...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

World T20 Sri Lankan side should be - 1. Dilshan 2. Mahela 3. Sanga 4. Chandimal 05. Mathews 06. Anjelo Perera/Thirimanna 07. J. mendis 08. T. Perera 09. N.Kulasekara 10. Senanayake 11. Malinga.

This team have 10 Batsmen (With All rounders) even malinga can bat. Bowling unit Malinga/Kula/Thisara/Mathews/Senanayaka/Jewan/Dilshan.....

Any comments of your's ...

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 7, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

It is a surprise that India going to play the same ODI squad for T20s. It is the last chance to test some new faces before the squad announcement.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

SL XI announced officially

1)Jayawardene 2)Dilshan 3)Thirimanne 4)chandimal 5)Mathews 6)Tharanga 7)Mendis 8)Perera 9)Malinga 10)Herath 11)Pradeep

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

India will seal off the series with a bang.......you can guess as well on.....http://www.guessn.com/guessn/india-will-beat-sri-lanka-by-50-runs-in-the-one-and-only-t20-match-to-be-played-today

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

india doesnt care about t20s. they just gonna play for fun.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Kapugedra Rohit sharma shoaib maliq kambli

all are same

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

if malinga will play today....his bowling fig will be 0-70 in 4 overs....instead of nohit sherm play a extra bowler...atleast bowler can make some contrbution in batting not like nohit 13 run in 5 matches

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

Hey sl board n sl curators please give us a flat wicket as you did in odi series .Dont let indians to practice in our bouncy wickets lets keep these trump cards for the world cup

Posted by ifrakurshid on (August 7, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

srilanka minus in form batting giant k sangakara will be missed still gives them a 50% chance to win as zaheer khan and veru not playing. msd dhoni chances enhanced on winning the toss and taking correct decesion of pitch conditions & weather forecast. This match will provide good entertainment before world cup as the bowling ace of srilanka MALINGA CAN GIVE SURPRISE TO INDIAN BATTING LINE FOR A WIN FOR SRILANKA.PUNTERS MAY GAINS ON PUTTING MONEY ON SRILANKA.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 7, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

For Team India time has come to play more t-20 as a team, they are playing as a team in t-20 very less that is the reason they have not perform well. IPL is a different game, i know you people get exp over there. If India teams plays vs CSK, MI, KKR, DD they might loose becuase t-20 is the format in which we have to gel, by playing2-3 t-20 matches in year India cannot do that. So we should play atleast 4 t-20 series a year of three matches, 2 series at home and 2 away and alay odis less i.e 20-25 per year and test 12-14 per year. As we play full tour in one go at Australia or England they should do the same Why Australia playing tests one tyear and odis next. Yadav, Aaroon, Abu Nechim, Shammi Ahmed and Awana are future fast owlers for india try to Build them around with Zak in test and Irfan in Odis and t-20. Zaheer should quit the short form from here onwards and prolong his carrier and Sehwag and Rohit should dropped as they should learn to value there wicket and score consistently.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 7, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Time to built new team for t-20 and ODI'S for Sri lankan. All seniors should conc on tests now, Becuase if they Play from here onwards it will be shame as they will dont give enough oppurtunity to young Guns like thirrimanne,Chandi and Jeevan to stablised in the sri lankan side and also add Karunaratne, Rajapakse, Angelo Perera to the squad. Fervez Mahroof should be there as all rounder in the squad ecuase in World cup 2015 he will be useful as medium-fast all rounder and aslo in Chmpions trophy in England next year. Ajanta Mendis, Suraj Randiv and Senanayake should e the first three spinner for short form of the game. But i know still Dilli, Jaya and Sanga will take first three spot in t-20 world-cup batting line up and not give enough chances to youngsters. They are at the same point of carrier where Sachin, Dravid and Ganguly dont decide to play t-20 worldc cup 2007, India sent young team and won, this time Sri Lanka can do that and best thing is thst they are playing at home.

Posted by joseyesu on (August 7, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

SL has a great depth just like ODI, but in t20 also you need players to settle and launch. In that case, may be lower down may not get the opportunity. Whereas for Ind, the batting is surrounded by slow starters like Kohli, Dhoni, new comers like Rahane, Tiwary,out of form R.Sharma, young pacers Yadav, Dinda. To me it looks it is more of a test to Ind than SL.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 7, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

Indian bowling looks bleak.. Very bleak with Irfan the most reliable.. I look forward for India to play 5 bowlers with three pace and two spin.. SL can make it if they can cash it in India's weakness.. SL's all rounders will give them some sorts of edge..

Posted by applethief on (August 7, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Given the massive quantity of T20 that India's cricketers play in domestic leagues, they ought to be favourites for the WC. West Indies could be a surprise package, buoyed by recent success and a similar side that favours T20 cricket over national duty

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

Aha, Kapugedara might play too.. So SL is going for this match too with one batsman down, Score card at the beginning of the SL innings should say1/0 (One wicket for no runs) as no matter where Kapugedara bats he is good enough player to get "0" RUNS....

Posted by roversgate on (August 7, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

I cant believe India is going in with the same ODI side for the only T20 before the world cup. Rahane, Dinda and Yadav have too little experience at the international level to draft into a world cup, regardless of format. There is no point in checking them out before the world cup anyways.

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (August 6, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

If kapugedara going to play i am not going to waste time by looking the match. srilanka are going to play with 10 players.thats better than playing with pukagedara

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 6, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

i think kapugedera should bat at no3 and see wat he does there. he is failed too often at no.6 there is no point of batting him at 6. thirimanne to bat no5. and mathews to bat no.6

Posted by Logical_Voice_SL_Cricket on (August 6, 2012, 23:20 GMT)

my team for the t20: " i would like to get feed back form other fans! what do u think ?" what do u think abt the batting Order ?

Dilshan, thirimanna, Chandimal, Mahela, Upul tharanga, Mathews, thisara perera, Jeewan Mendis, AJANTHA MENDIS, Nuwan predeep, Malinga .

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 22:13 GMT)

India's T20 form has not been good. Only 1 win in 5 games. With the T20 World Cup only about a month and 10 odd days away, India should really buck up and try to find out what's wrong. I think the perfect team for tomorrow would be the one mentioned by the article writer.

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

kapu malinga tharanga and one best spinenr ,,,,go 2 practice

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

Upul Tharanga is better then kapugedara in middle order

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

This is the perfect t20 indian team a good decision from bcci members :)

Posted by gunnerz on (August 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

HA!! SL picked Kapugedara so that Rohit Sharma does not feel lonely...

Posted by Gishan_Buddhika on (August 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Oh,god .....no more Kapugedara.,Please....

Posted by Natesan333 on (August 6, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

@lanka_best haven't seen you in a while buddy, how are you? Well I guess I won't be seeing you till T20 WC starts then. Bye bye.

Posted by KaptainKool on (August 6, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

India's best 11 for WT20: 1)Gambhir 2)Sehwag 3)Rahane 4)Kohli 5)Yuvraj(if fit)/Manoj 6)Dhoni 7)Raina 8)Irfan 9)Ashwin 10)Zaheer 11)Umesh This side its the best possible one and has the capacity to bring back the trophy for INDIA!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

Why is SL not giving chances to younger players, when the old one's can use a break???

Posted by tallgrass on (August 6, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

The problem with Sri lankan cricket is the general lack of foresight and strategic thinking amongst fans, press and administration. A lot of blind passion...no brains! When young players fail everyone clamors for recallls of tried and dusted players like Ajantha Mendis, Samaraweera and Dilhara Fernando. We'll never ever transit smoothly with this attitude. It took us 15 yrs since Test Status to build a squad that won games consistently. It's that type of country where discipline and hard work comes second to corruption and favouritism. What we need is a strong leader who will stick to his guns no matter what happens when it comes to squad selection and attitude...another Arjuna.

Posted by androyuvi on (August 6, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

still kapugedara's name is there in probables' list. funny :D i just dont understand why SL keeps giving him(always him) the chances when they are trying someone new. why not a new young batsman from domestic circuit.. he may be talented but SL doesn't need him. One more Perera will do them the job in T20s.. and about India, they can win most int. teams with this team, but dont know why they failed most times in T20s. Hope India wins this.

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

I don't know what's wrong with these selectors. Kapugedara scores a 50 in 25 matches and once he gets his fifty (after 24 matches) he gets opportunities for next 24 matches as well (though he doesn't score). What a joke! We have lot of talented young players like Kaushal Janith, Angelo Perera etc.They are also big hitters and very good T-20 Players. But these selectors won't give any opportunity to these young players at least for a T20 match. Always Kapugedara becomes the automatic selection. Rohit Sharma is 100% better than Kapugedara. When was the last time Kapugedara became man of the match in a first class match? how many decades ago? I'm sick of these stupid selections

Posted by andrew27994 on (August 6, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

Though India might have won the ODI series comfortably, it is important that they don't underestimate Sri Lanka in T20s as they are still a very formidable T20 unit. Also from recent history, the pitches they have produced in T20s have been too friendly for the bowlers. The last thing India need is to get bowled out below 100 as we know that their bowlers can give up too easily when their batsmen don't perform. India should also play 5 regular bowlers. So in my opinion Rohit should be replaced by Rahul.

Posted by zphoenixz on (August 6, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

These guys are making a big fuss out of Manoj Tiwary's exclusion as if he is a superman. If you really want to talk about a unluckiest guy who had to sit on the sidelines on his prime, then Stuart McGill is the man. On the games that he and Warne played together, he has a better record than Warne, but still had to sit out until he retired and finally he got a chance when he was about to hang up his boots.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

well t20 is quite unpredictable but still hope india can pull it off,,,its been long time we won a t20 match

Posted by cool2cool on (August 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

@Lanka_best: Even with the stars you named, SL has not won a single test match against India in India and not won a bilateral ODI series since 1997.

Posted by mrm2011in on (August 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

@ A Be De lol ur team is 80% ok...let me correct squad for every format .. t20-1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.robin uthappa 4.virat kohli 5.msdhoni 6.raina 7.irfan 8.r.ashwin 9.rahul sharma 10.yadav 11 zak(yuvraj in place of rahul sharma if he is fit ) *odi-1.gambhir 2.sehwag 3.kohli 4.yuvraj 5.dhoni 6.raina 7.uthappa 8.irfan 9.aaron 10.yadav 11.zak sub for odi-pk(for irafan),rohit sharma (for kohili) ishant(for arron) rpsingh/munaf (for zak) jadeja (for ashwin) rahane(for gambhir) *test-1.sehwag 2.gambhir 3.kohli 4.sachin 5.laxman 6.rohit 7.dhoni 8.ashwin 9.yadav 10.aaron 11 zak sub -uthappa(sehwag),rahane(gambhir/kohli)ojha(ashwin) pk (zak)

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

India will win this match. india should play more t20 match like other country. and it will help improve their t20 ranking.

Posted by Romenevans on (August 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

KappuGedhra, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadega are 3 players who should be awarded with "Sir" honor for their outstanding performances. LOL!

Posted by shiva89 on (August 6, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

i dnt knw why india plays so less t20s? then how can we expect to win t20 matches. I personally a test cricket fan n prefer odi ovr t20 becoz talent, technique, tactics and temperament is more required in these formats. in t20 a small cameo of say 10 ball 20 is considered as a hefty contribution but failures in odis n tests. technique temperament is not reqd becoz u have to survive only 20 ovrs and afford to play rash shots. this is the reason why yusuf pathan could be considered ovr sachin in t20 on any day otherwise nthere is no comparison btwn the two. power hitting is needed without much application of correct cricket. like it or not, but t20 is the future as youngsters love it n dnt want to spend more than 3 hrs on watching cricket. india shd play more t20.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT)

@ Lanka_best: You being a SL fan has indirectly accepted that your current crop of players is useless. Sad !

Posted by Prem2248 on (August 6, 2012, 16:24 GMT)

We need proven young batters the class of Tendulkar, Amla, Karlis, Trott & (our own) Samaraweera, in all forms of the Game. That kind of batters only has all necessary skills to adjust to any situation. You can't depend on sticky footed reckless hitters rather flat track bullies, (who find it difficult to middle & stroke the ball all along the ground) that can't deliver when it really matters. Though the most fans are not aware we have lost almost all series since 2007 since the day Attapattu left from the top order, The young batters should be asked to watch and learn from above quality players and bat sensibly according to the situation. Ajantha , Senanayake & Malinda Pushpakumara should be given 1st preference if the wicket is conducive to spin & bounce. It is only an idiot would drop a bowlers like Ajantha (after his exemplary performances in the WC) & S'nayake (after his brilliant performances in Domestic scene, Australia and against the Bangladeshis in the Asia Cup in B'desh)

Posted by rustyryan on (August 6, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

@Lanka_best: lol. Sanath, Vaas, Murali. Let me give you one name. SACHIN. We know hundreds of Sri Lankan team cant handle him. lets see what this overrated SL team to offer. wonder where would they keep their face if they fail to win in this match too. May be its high time SL players to change their profession as fisher men :P

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 6, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Sick of seeing the name Chamara Kapugedara. This is a real joke!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

india best team......1 sachin 2 veeru 3 gambhir 4 virat 5 yuvraj 6 raina 7 dhoni 8 ashwin 9 zak 10 aaron 11 yadav...........reserves are........12 irfan 13 rahane 14 rahul 15 ishant.........if the squad is of 17 then........16 rohit 17 vinay or jadeja...................not dinda cuz he lost some speed when he pitchd it up,he need to work that out..........and tiwari is abt lack of technique.............so thts the best squad ind need to work on this............luking forward 4 the wc 2015 in aus and nzl tracks

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

Well as i have seen India struggles in T 20"s in the last years so i dont know what they might do different need to give potential run since t 20 world cup is coming up!! Good luck India,

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

India best odi team: 1 sachin, 2 sehwag, 3 gambhir, 4 virat, 5 yuraj 6 Suresh Raina, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 ashwin, 9 zaheer, 10 aaron, 11 Umesh Yadav..........and the reserves are 12 irfan 13 rohit 14 rahul 15 ishant...........if the squad is of 17 then 16 rahane 17 jadeja or vinay........ not dinda cuz wen he pitchd it up he lost some speed,he need to work that out........and tiwari lack of technique...

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

In team INDIA - Gambhir, Kholi, Raina and Pathan show great spirit in the wins. These guys together Dhoni were gutsy. If we add in a few more younsters like- Pujara, Chand, Mandeep Singh - also add Yuvi, Yadav and Khan , we could have a great team. Other fringe players to watch are Rahane, Rayudu and Dhawan.

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (August 6, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

As a Pak fan, India should consider replacing Rohit with Tiwary in ODI's. Tiwary is like Misbah ul-haq, when the chips are down, Tiwary will keep on ticking. He's just as useful as Rohit as a partime bowler but better. Then again, Rohit is somewhat different in T20 internationals IMO. Word of advice to the Indian's, this is T20's and not ODI's. DO NOT play your partime bowlers (Except Raina) like Kohli or Tiwary and try to finish all 20 overs with your main bowlers. Remember what happened in India's previous T20 match? It's like asking Younis Khan to bowl 2-3 overs in T20's!

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

It may be the last chance for ROHIT SHARMA to prove his credentials. He has nothing to loose so just go there & smash them

Posted by   on (August 6, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

despite continuous failures in games...kapugedara is the only national player to be given chances again and again...but he keep failing....selectors still have faith on this playr...amazing cricket politics...

Posted by Solace1 on (August 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

We know this indian team cannot handle the likes of Sanath's hard hitting, murali's spin and vaas's economical bowling, all these in a t20 game because they will be blown away, so to make it a bit even from now on these stars won't ever play for lanka, lets see what the indian team does now in this t20 fixture!!

Posted by cric_fan_ on (August 6, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

India and Sri Lanka, they may play each other too many times but the encounters they produce are close and entertaining.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

SL can end this tour (of India) on a high note.

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