Sri Lanka v India, only T20I, Pallekele

Kohli and Irfan seal comfortable win

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

August 7, 2012

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India 155 for 3 (Kohli 68, Raina 34*, Eranga 2-30) beat Sri Lanka 116 (Mathews 31, Dinda 4-19, Irfan 3-27) by 39 runs
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Virat Kohli hits one through the off side, Sri Lanka v India, Only T20I, Pallekele, August 7, 2012
Virat Kohli made another half-century © AFP
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Virat Kohli continued to be imperious, and Irfan Pathan impressed once again, as India completed a successful limited-overs campaign in Sri Lanka with a comfortable win in the only T20 international on the tour. Kohli was in complete command, picking gaps at will, finding boundaries with minimum effort, even off the occasional mistimed shot, and helped take India to 155. Irfan, who found considerable swing, undermined a Sri Lankan fightback with the ball in the death overs by dismissing three senior Sri Lanka batsmen and was backed up by a containing effort by the rest.

The game began brightly for Sri Lanka, with Shaminda Eranga completing a unique achievement; his wicket off Gautam Gambhir meant he's now picked up a wicket in the first over of his debuts in Tests, ODIs and T20 internationals. But Kohli's entry to the crease ensured that early high was short-lived.

Sri Lanka's bowlers targeted the off side, Kohli's preferred areas being through square leg and midwicket, and bowled to their field, but such was his dominance that no part of the ground was secure. A short ball from Angelo Mathews was clubbed over midwicket, a good length delivery next ball was guided through point and Eranga was taken for fours to each part of the off side - point, extra cover and then mid-off, though two of those shots were mistimed.

When Thisara Perera was brought on in the sixth over, he made the mistake of bowling too straight and was promptly struck for three fours in a row, two past short fine leg. His low backlift helped Kohli to adapt easily to deliveries that were pushed in fuller and his wristwork, as always, was his primary weapon. Thirty-six off his first 38 runs came in boundaries.

The introduction of spin after the field restrictions slowed India down, and accounted for Rahane's wicket as he drove one straight back at Jeevan Mendis. Overs nine to 12 yielded only 25, though they included a six and a four from Kohli as he charged out of the crease on each occasion.

Suresh Raina walked in ahead of Rohit Sharma and picked up a couple of neatly-clipped fours off Eranga and Perera through the leg side. Kohli survived a close run-out chance but following a stand of 48, he timed one shot a touch too well, smacking a slower one from Eranga straight to deep midwicket. There were some hits and misses from MS Dhoni that gave him some frustrating moments and even though Raina dispatched Lasith Malinga over long-off, the Sri Lankan seamers were largely accurate in their lengths in the final few overs. Only 31 came off the last five, but India were not made to rue that slip.

Irfan was off target on occasion - his first ball was wide and cut for four - but got the ball to move in through the air and castled Tillakaratne Dilshan in the first over. The ball curved away from the left-handed Upul Tharaga and he chased a wide one in Irfan's next over to be caught at slip. Mahela Jayawardene, who opened the batting, threatened a counter-attack, targeting Umesh Yadav. He used Yadav's pace to guide him for fours through third man and point, then cut and whipped him in the same over to collect 17 runs off it. But his stay, too, was ended by an Irfan inswinger in the fifth over. Jayawardene moved back and closed the face but was struck on the pads just in line with leg stump.

Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews tried to maintain the tempo, stepping out and going over the top and adding 33 in quick time. But Thirimanne's attempt to reverse-sweep a straight ball from R Ashwin failed and cost him his wicket. The run-rate slipped, the pressure grew and wickets continued to tumble. Mathews nicked Ashok Dinda - who also cleaned up the tail to finish with four wickets - to the keeper, Jeevan Mendis spooned a catch to extra cover and Perera was run out by a direct hit from Manoj Tiwary, all in a space of 15 deliveries.

Seven down and with 54 needed off 28, Sri Lanka had to attack and their efforts to do so hastened their end. They'll now look to the Sri Lanka Premier League to sharpen their T20 skills while India await New Zealand before they return to this country for the World T20.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-6) 16-20 overs NB/Wides
India 49 17 3 50-1 35-1 0/3
Sri Lanka 61 12 0 52-3 15-3 (15.1 - 18) 0/7

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Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 10, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

India were lucky cause Sri Lanka have been playing non-stop Cricket all fluke! ;)

Posted by karthik_raja on (August 10, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

@praveen Hmm.. I am surprised whn u call SRT a "big unfit" player. May b u r thinking abt his age. Well, Lemme tell u. He has one of the safest hands in field. He hardly drops any. He is indeed the best runner between wickets along with Dhoni, Kohli and Raina. Running between the wickets is an art and SRT has mastered it perfectly. He is still quick in the field(chasing the ball). And has gud reflexes while batting. To b honest, he is not athletic on field(he never was). He can't take catches flying, can't throw himself to ground to stop the ball. "Toe injury" is something which can happen to any1(even to debutant). To say that as a proof of being "big unfit" is insane. Rethink abt ur point. "His body is not responding well" - I certainly disagree with this. None other than himself will know abt his body conditions, unless some1 examines it(By external look, he looks perfectly fit). U or myself can't judge that, sitting here. "he played test matches unfit" - 1st time, I'm hearing this.

Posted by   on (August 9, 2012, 22:18 GMT)

Iam Srilankan and Srilanka has a great Cricket team, but in this ODI Series vs India, Srilanka played some terrible cricket for example TM.Dilshan batted terrible from the 2nd ODI to the 5th ODI and could not help Srilanka in Batting. Also the Srilankan Bowling was Terrible. Virat Kohli batted really well he deserves it. I hope Srilanka reddems them selfs in the 2012 ICC T20 World Cup in Srilanka. From Srilanka Cricket Fan # 1

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 9, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

@karthik_raja .Okay. I got it now .So you feel that he can pick and choose any game until he can keep himself fit for more important tours and also World cup. That's a valid point.But is Sachin pick and choose policy really helping? It is not. Sachin didn't played WI tour, so that he can play England and Australia tour effectively. Then after England tour, 1 tour is it right. After 1 tour his fitness became a big question mark. Toe injury reverted back in Australia, and he played test matches unfit. So,as you are saying Sachin is leaving matches so he can play effectively other tours. His fitness became big question mark after only 1 tour. So Sachin is playing and as well as not playing when not fit. He says" i can play and i will' but his body is not responding well. He is big unfit player.When playing Unfit he is obstructing youngsters places like this always.Can he make himself match fit and play effectively with his body full of injuries and pain at this age and also field well??

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 9, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is the so called green track in SL!!!lol...and India won both T20 and ODIs there!...I request SL to prepare these type of tracks for the coming T20 WC too...lets fry SL at home again!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 9, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

SL fans argued about white washes before the series. They reminded the Indians about the 8-0 test defeats before the series (even if it is an ODI series!). But they forgot that their team is not Eng or Aus, the pitches are not similar to Eng, Aus conditions. Next time consider all facts before you come-up with an argument! hope SL fans will come-up with some logical arguments next time.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 9, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

@KEVINSL.Do you know the difference between T20/ODI and test? If your team can't even beat others in home matches, then how can they beat others in away matches??! SL should learn how play cricket in subcontinent at least! @Dhammika Herat.I am talking about T20. In that ODI, India bowled out under 34 overs and SL achived that score in 20 overs. How can you compare it with a 20 overmatch where teams all out rarely! And just go thru the report of 2nd mach in cricinfo and you will found the difference between bounce and swing! Funny to see SL fan arguing about green pitches in SL! OMG!

Posted by karthik_raja on (August 9, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

@@praveen4honestremark (Cont..) Please check it once again. He played SA in Jan 2011 just b4 the WC and do u know whn was his previous ODI series. It was in Feb 2010. Almost a year ago. Do u knw wt was score in his last ODI?? 200*. Do u know y he skipped all ODIs since then to SA tour.?? To give chance to youngsters and to keep himself fit for upcoming WC. Yes. He skipped all ODI tours for almost a year and played SA tour and WC '2011. And we all knw his record in '11 WC. And obviously the team's record. We won ultimately. There were few who also brought the same point u r bringing now - Team stability/composition etc etc. Bt, we all know wt happened to team composition and stability whn he opened again in ODI. One of the highest scorers in WC and Indian WC win.. To b highlighted - He has been doing this since 2010(more than 2 years) and has not affected team's moral so far. So, on wt basis r u putting forward that point.? Hope I am clear. I am ready for ur next point.

Posted by karthik_raja on (August 9, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark on (August 08 2012, 11:07 AM GMT). Well. nice to see u coming up with some points to prove ur thoughts rather than simply crowing. B4 I reply u, I shud say that I am not much interested in commenting in these kinda forums esp after I realized that its gonna make very little difference among ppl here. Many ppl here r arrogant enuf to not accept(or even consider) others views. Bt, I hv followed few of ur posts and u seems to b sensible except this mindless SRT bashing. So, I thought, If I could succeed in bringing u some respect towards "the most" respected cricketer in the world, I wil b happy enuf..I hv been following cricket since mid 90s and I knw wt SRT is to Indian cricket. Now, I am ready for a healthy argument. Now, back to ur point. First I wud start from a little change in ur post. "and it's been trend from an year for Sachin" - Guess U r talking abt post WC'2011. --- (TBC)

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 8, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

@Kavidu Ushantha Wickramasinghe: I hope u r not joking lol. Series had 1 sri lankan umpire and 1 neutral umpire, so u say all your umpires suck big time too ? Then probably u shamed your nation and tournament as well when u played against Pakistan. Why didn't u have DRS with pak over then ? You are here whining about loses, but u don't comment on ur pak series as u have won ? Double standards at the highest degree.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 8, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

@SLGirl: seriously I am tired of your lame excuses girl, u certainly lack sportsman ship. Both teams didn't have drs remember not just India. What happened with Pak vs SL series ? There was no DRS over then as well, why didn't u take it ? Really frustrated with people like u whining about DRS for a loss, admit your lose gracefully. We lost 8-0 not to SL and we didn't have DRS in Australia for ur information as well. Luck plays part on both sides. You can't win a single test in India and u r here are to comment on our loss pathetic.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark With Sachin's selfish 100 India made biggest score 287 vs Ban coz Pk made 240 twice & SL made 200 vs Ban on same Ban pitches..Hence it was above par score.PERIOD! Let me clarify you the competency level of SachinTendulkar in ODI: He is a big game player bcz 1). He has made 100 and been MOM in 7 of the only 11 ODI tournament finals that India has won since 1995 (that shows India's dependence on him in big games) 2). Sachin has been MOM in every 8th game that India has won (including only games in which Sachin played) whereas selfless Dravid has been MOM in every 24th game. 3) Sachin was the highest scorer in WC 96 & WC 2003 and 2nd highest in WC 2011..These facts prove, "The more competent u r the more u can take things for granted and be selfish bcz your selfish & non-committed minor efforts results in much bigger returns for your organization". Same is the case with Sachin.Team need big match winners regardless of them being selfish selfless ugly commited etc.

Posted by SLMaster on (August 8, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Bring DRS and see how India is playing. India is lucky to get away this time. It is not going to last long. Remember 8-0 loss. SL played well and had a great team after a long time.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 8, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

My ideal team for T20 worldcup

Sehwag (Hitter/Bowl 2 overs min),, Gambhir (Accumulator who can accelerate),, Kohli (Awesome Accumulator who can accelerate/ Bowl 2 overs),, Tiwary(Accumulator who can accelerate/ Bowl 2 overs),, Raina(Hitter/Bowl 2 overs min),, Dhoni (Captain, finisher),, Y Pathan(Hitter/Bowl 2 overs min),, Bhajji (Bowl 3 containment overs / hitter),, I Pathan (Bowl 3-4 overs depnding on form of day/ Reliable bat),, Yadav (Bowl 3 overs at max speed he can bowl),, Dinda ( Variations 3-4 over bowler)..hmmm Got 3 seamers who can bowl 3-4 overs each depending on form on that day. Except Dhoni/Gambhir all others can bowl 1-2 overs each and if one of them does well can go on bowl 4 overs . Enough batting power till Bhaji and partime bowlers confuse opposition on who is going to bowl next and what? Yuvraj if fit can replace Bhaji and bat before Tiwary.Indias strength is batting and weakness is bowling. Part time bowlers do good job when used in rotation wisely

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

pls for everyones sake stop with sachin comments.. he himself is on holiday havin fun y the heck r u all fighting

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Indians should shame this tournament be course there unlike using DRS system always.some time if srilankan using DRS system indians loss all 5 ODI's n T 20....but Dosent mater We r Lions n Lions Nations....we r not Consider about Indian BULL DOGS....with out any fair umpire decision n show lot of colors n talent our Lion....U can go ahead our lions n we r always with u our lions......

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

@Utpal Khardenavis...Is it his decision when to retire??Absolutely no differences there but not about pick and choose matches. If you even say picking and choosing matches is his wish, then wait!!, i should remind you that Sachin is not playing for Team Sachin but playing for Team India. Past glories wont count for present scenario.

Posted by Venki_indian on (August 8, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark i cannot agree with all ur points; if u say sachin is selfish u might not have seen his career from the begining..and definelty he will slow down in 90s;as far as i know we have lost only one match because of his slowness against bangladesh in asia cup (please condider some senseless bowling in this loss)..if you consider his hundreds out of his first 40 in ODIs we have won 33+;no doubt he is the greatest batsman of all time; scored runs everywhere in the world and consistantlyfor 20+ years; i dont think any one can do that...

Finally, My mind says he should retire, heart says he should n't; cannot imagine cricket without sachin.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

@All Sachin Bashers you may have different views regarding Sachin should retire from ODI or not. Anyway it's his decision. But its ridiculous to think that anybody was better than Sachin or rather more useful for india.Thanks Ahmed uteian for showing this You seem to have forgotten the days when Aussies or even sometimes Pakistani bowlers used to run through Indian Batting like knife through a cake and he was the only guy offering resistence against the swing/speed of top class bowling. i admire today's youngsters for their aggressivenes but let them play against Lee/Mcgrath/Gillespie/Waqar/Wasim in their heydays, Suresh Raina/MS Dhoni will forget how to play cricket. although i do have confidence with Gambhir/Kohli

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

@Ahmed Uetian. You are damn right when you say that a batsmen shouldn't be dropped unless he is among the worst 2 batsmen. But you should also consider that Sachin is taking a lot of breaks in between the series and if another batsman Manoj Tiwary/Ajinkya Rahane (who are currently averaging 30+) is asked to play all these matches , his average may improve due to experience gained. Although I do agree that rohit Sharma should be shown the door. We have been used to consider Sachin as the best Indian Batsman for more than one and a half decade but now it is clearly 'Kohli' who is leading batsman. Would Sachin like to play in such situation? Ofcourse decision should rest with Sachin, age is just a number. Doestn't matter if Sachin is 40+ if he can play at 40+ avg. in ODI then he should be there. As far Test is concerned Sachin should stay for a while until India builds a new side after the departure of Laxman and Dravid

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

SL fans should learn to accept their defeat gracefully, bringing the matter of DRS when their board cannot afford it, is totally absurd.

Posted by superstar100 on (August 8, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

now sri lankans dont try to invite India again and again last time india beat 4-1 and now again 4-1 !!!!

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy : And dont consider England as a team as soon they land in Sub Continent..and yes...when they take part in World Cup..and also as when on earth the founder of Cricket will stop importing players..LOL

Posted by SRT_thebest on (August 8, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

@ all english and ausie fans

It is time u guys stop saying india lost to eng and aus 8-0 at every opportunity. Because bad tours do happen guys. to all ausies who gloat about india losing and not being able to win in Australia if u remember last 2 test series vs india they lost them 4-0 on aggregate. I am not trying to india did not lose as they lost and pretty badly but trying to say india r the weak at any given chance u should try n see if u r own team is strong. And to english fans tell me when u won a series in india because the last time we went to england i remeber us winning the test series remember 2007. So dont gloat as u havent even been good enough to win in srilanka. And i suppose we will see how good u r on indian tracks wen u come to india.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

whenever any one of yusuf pathan & jadeja is there in the playing XI we call it 7-4 team combination, but when Irfan plays in the final XI we call it 6-5. Irfan has proved that as a batsman he is much better than Yusuf & jadeja. In most of the cases, number 7 has to face fast bowlers & both Yusuf & jadeja are always suspect against fast bowlers while Irfan is good both against fast bowlers and spinners. With Irfan, dhoni has the liberty to go with 2 specialist spinners which is India's main strength.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

@KEVINSL: Ya SL should learn that..after all Ind scored more then '43' in both the series and in all the innings..LOL

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 8, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 08 2012, 11:13 AM GMT),same here. Dont rate ENGLAND as they can't win Away from England ,

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

@Ahmad Uetian on (August 08 2012, 13:08 PM GMT)...Can you answer me one question please.." it's been after how many matches after his 99th hundred Sachin scored his 100th Hundred'??..Taking your comments' selfish in his 90s' into count. The balls he waste for achieving that century is enough for Indian team to loose. Those many times he comes to 90's he behaves as if he is just in his own world of records. So, your answer itself about how many matches he took to make his 100th hundred from 99th hundred will only answer for you and that is enough for damage of team results. He is great player in creating records, no doubt about that! But even Dravid century after every 40 innings was at least good because it was not selfish. And please note i don't have any grudge on Sachin. All i want to say is he is just a player playing for records, that too at the stake of win of Team India. You may call me dishonest person on Earth, but this is naked Truth about Sachin.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 8, 2012, 14:23 GMT)

@kevinsl ....lol..when you have nothing to say,you play 8-0 card...rite...as lol...

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

Whatever Sachin fans call me , it doesn't bother me unless they are themselves true and thinking of team first. Where does Sachin stand now??? He is 39. He is unfit player so he is skipping tours. Can he play some 3 tours at a stretch and still be fit?? NO. His fitness during Australian tour was big question mark and was playing with niggles. It's open secret. So he is no more reliable on fitness grounds. Now, about his future.Where does he stand?? Can he play 2015 WC?? Answer is NOT SURE. So on fitness grounds he is first of all dismissed as player. Ok fine, let's excuse him and say play Mr. Sachin because you been so great player for years. Can he play with complete fitness, where he can throw himself down and field?? In Australia and Newzealand pitches you need to have good fielders too. So, fitness and fielding both are missing. Now coming to his batting skills. When his tennis elbow will and foot injury revert backs, no body knows. And that will reflect in tough matches. Failure.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 8, 2012, 14:01 GMT)

I agree. I feel Sachin and Sehwag should now only concentrate on test matches only. This will not break momentum of current ODI team but it will help Sachin/Sehwag take proper rest and give their best in tests

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Sachin's pick and choose policy and slightly selfish attitude is fair bcz even in the organizations only the ungifted incompetent employees observe the rules strictly, try to be very unselfishand & do all kinds of tasks whereas gifted competent employees know their worth. they work on specialized task, on their own terms, work fewer hours (i.e. are undedicated) and charge huge salaries (i.e are selfish) bcz even their minor effort results in much bigger returns for company..Tendulkar is a big game player as his avg in Tournament finals is staggering 54 whereas of Dravid is 35. Tendulkar has made 100 and been MOM in 7 of the 11 ODI tournaments that India has won since 1995. In film making hero and heroine always show the least professional attitude while entire other cast and crew are very committed and disciplined but film always runs with hero and heroine's names not with secondary cast. The more competent u r the more u can take things for granted. That is the rule of system.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

@praveen4honestremark ..Sorry your remarks are never honest as they r baseless and biased against Sachin and you cannot back them with statistics. Sachin is a big ODI match winner coz he produces match winning 100 every 14 inn despite being selfish in his 90s...Gangully every 17 inn, Sehwag every 20 inn; unselfish Dravid every 40th inn. that is why Tendulkar is asset in ODI and Dravid is burden...Dravid's final Natwest series summed up Dravid ODI career as he had the lowest avg and lowest SR of all the Indian Batsmen....Further Tendulkar won Man of the Match MOM every 7th ODI's and every 8th ODI win has been attributed to Sachin's brilliance whereas Dravid won MOM every 24 th ODI which is nearly lowest ever. see full list http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/DOWNLOAD/100/0109/mom_awards_piece.pdf India has a win rate of 50 % which implies every 4rth match that India wins is due to Tendulkar's heroics. Team has 11 players that implies Tendulkar's match winning ability equals 3 players

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

England no.1 in odi's ? BIG JOKE !!!!!

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 8, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully:- because of such talents of ur team WON 8 test matches in a row against Aussie and england. what is the secret behind that?? Sri Lanka should learn from india about how to play in fast tracks. lol..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

hi very grate betsmen virat kholi

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

contd..........For Sachin age is no barrier like it was no barrier when he was 36… Dravid retired bcz he got bowled 7 times in 8 inn on Aus tour and was found out and could never score over 30 on that tour. Sachin is neither getting bowled or lbw often at all……..Future players are being gives sufficient chances in ODI as Sachin only playing occasional tough competitive ODi's...Seeing the pattern of his 23 yrs career, no wonder he might well peak again in 2013 and be available for WC 2015 which is only 3 years away.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

A batsmen cannot be dropped unless he is among worst 2 batsmen in the team for 20 innings……Sachin was 2nd highest scorer Indian batsman on Eng tour and on Aus tour. In ODI's Sachin's avg in last 20 inn is 40 S/R 85 which is certainly not among the bottom 2 Indian batsmen, so the ones below him must be dropped before his removal be considered. Sachin had a lean patch from 2004 to 2006 (age 35) with test avg meager 30 (current test avg 37 better than that phase) and critics asked for his retirement then…He rubbished them as he rose that avg to over 70 in the period 2007 to 2010 that includes 2 100s on Aus tour (best Indian batsman by far) 2 100s on SA tour (best Indian batsman by far) won VB series finals at age 36 (A dream of all Asian teams) won Asia cup final. Finally he again peaked in 2010. Bad patches come and go - Like they say Form is temporary and Class is permanent and Tendulkar's class is permanent. He will regain big scores and raise his avg soon like he did in 2007.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 8, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

Dont rate india cos they cant win away from the sub continent.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

karthik_raja on (August 08 2012, 09:49 AM GMT)...Let's keep all that apart, can you answer me this 2 questions..." Is picking and choosing matches good for any team(when player is fit)"?? and "As an true Indian fan do you feel it should be the way cricket should go on, where you can pick and choose games u like(whatever reason) and it's been trend from an year for Sachin , not one or two matches, what you have to say for this??"..Please answer this and it will conclude it all.

Posted by dicky_boy on (August 8, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

KARTHIK RAJA WHAT HAPPENED IN ASIA CUP, DID SACHIN NOT LOSE THE GAME FOR INDIA, DONT KID YOURSELF, HE IS 40 YEARS OLD, HE HAS TO MAKE WAY,

Posted by Hindh on (August 8, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

To all the Sore ENG ,AUS,SL fans out here just 1 answer as The Rock says "IT DOSENT MATTER WHAT YOU THINK"...

Posted by ATIMAYANK on (August 8, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@ sachinisawesome nice comment. hats off.. haters gonna hate.. if anyone wants then I can give you the list of his 14 hundreds when India lost and you will see that in most of those matches none of the others players even made a 50. No support from the other end and Sachin gets all the blame. How shameless!

Posted by bravetigersmustwin on (August 8, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

This seriously was completely dominated by the indians but still srilanka has found 2 promising talents Thirumaana and J mendis and india too ... Pathan, Tiwary had chance to prove themselves. Its really funny SL fans complaining abt the pitch and even funny that they would have won if the pitch was bouncy and grassy wicket. If they are good on bouncy tracks why dont you guys prove yourself in eng, aus(although aus has all kinds of pitch),NZ. For years SL boasted that they are good on their home. Indians smashed them to the core and proved we are on top of you always. 2 ODI india lost was because of the swing caused by the heavy wind. Before india could understand the wicket and climate condition they were derailed. I appreciate srilankans used the conditions to their favour. But had india nd srilanka faced each other in the same wicket under same condition once again, india would have won that match too convincingly. Because indians have the temperament.

Posted by Rathan-S on (August 8, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

I want to see the faces of sl fans who predicted 4-1 series for SL. Lol. Obviously they don't have any fast tracks here. And their bowlers also below 140 km/h. How come they defeat india with this mediocre team? Even they didn't give a chance to thirimanne instead they prefered chandimal in toporder. But we all know he was running on luck. Don't be too happy indians. This t20 wc won't be urs.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Hey Fast_Track_Bully if you say 39 runs lost in t20 mach is big how about some body beats you more than 30 overs to spare in 50,50 mach.If you say 2nd one day track wasnt bouncy take look at dhonis wicket and some other wickets youll see it Main point i cnt see any bad comments from srilankans about our island cricket comparing to indian comments in england tour and ausis .Most of sl fans know this is a game loses and wins are there until you play cricket ,win or loos we love our island cricket

Posted by g.narsimha on (August 8, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

sheahan wilfred-u got totally wrong man , replay confirm that the ball was hitting stumps , even if drs in place MAHELA would have gone , luck only fevers once, not in every match , u can have thousond excuces , thats in u r prerogative but in reality it is u r team which failed even on u r home turfs , whether wickets are flat or some thing wickets are same to both the teams ,, we are not thumping our chests on winning this series , india too have few serious issues to address . one of the main among them is bowling , particularly in death overs ,

Posted by NP_NY on (August 8, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

@La_Bangla: Ha ha, there is always some entertainment value when BD fans start posting comments. The fact is, as long as the BD fans, board and the players keep setting your expectations for your team so low (rejoicing at their very sub-par performances), they will never get ahead of any other test playing country. SL is a far far better team than this India tour suggests.

Posted by karthik_raja on (August 8, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

@Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 08 2012, 08:48 AM GMT). Ur post is contradicting itself. Do u know SRT's best year of career(wrt TESTs)? Its 2010 and Ind was ranked #1 in Tests then. Do u knw his best year in ODIs.?? 1998. Check the facts and u will see the heights Ind reached that year in ODIs. And FYI, SRT did play in 2002 Natwest and 2011 WC. May b u hv forgotten 98 Sharjah, '08 CB series and other spl knocks. The most recent has been his 175 against Aus. And his Spl century in SA against Steyn and Morkel. One request. Please come up with some stats/points to prove why we failed in '96 and '03 WCs despite SRT's brilliance. The whole world will knw the reason behind we reaching Semis & Finals of those tournaments respectively.. Please do come up with some proofs to support ur points.

Posted by Haleos on (August 8, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

@ sachinisawesome - I am not SLankan and m a big SRT fan but time has come when SRT moves aside for youngsters in ODIs. His picking and choosing matches creates a dis-balance. He is still needed in Tests. He is our best batsman in that format. No on is taking away his achievements but if he does not move away how are we gonna get replacements. VVS should gracefully retire as well. Its high time. But he lacks the grace he has in his batting in his life.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 8, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

India_boy - U r spot on. Perfect analysis .

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 8, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Even though I'm not worrying about SL's loss in T20 match it's obvious NOT using DRS cost SL the whole series. Otherwise it would be 3-2 in favor of SL in ODIs & SL would also win T20 match if Mahela was given not out(It's not out). I'm quite sure India would never like DRS as they have lot of dishonest players in their team. ICC should seriously consider about making DRS mandatory for all matches soon and then you'll see India dropping down to the bottom of ICC rankings.

Posted by somi006 on (August 8, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

great start to a new season indian batters has always been a good exponent of slow low and flat tracks but i m amazed by the bowling performance cheers to the bowlers and specially irfan who has showed his critics that he stills good enough to deserve a place in XI.On the other hand SL struggled with injuries of their top performers and was looking a bit overplayed.

Posted by sumit176 on (August 8, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

@la bangla...now u will say tat since SA have beaten england (in first test)so bangladesh can also beat england....

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

2011 WC final win was because of team effort and also to be noted if not Sachin there would have been another opener playing and contributing.So Sachin is just playing to extend his career that's it. There is nothing more to find reason.

Posted by chathuradil on (August 8, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

I am very disappointed about the poor performances by the home side. It's a wonder, why still media keep Mahela captaincy on top. In this series he was miserable. I think media has made him over rated. Sanga also did not bat aggressively. He never played like an ODI batsman in the series. Always tried to protect their wickets, both sanga and Mahela. Mathiws did the same. Chandimal can not take the team home. He played enough cricket now. This is not the way guys playing one day cricket.

Posted by India_boy on (August 8, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

@chris_p....i admit that unless you have strike bowlers in your team, you cannot win. But do not forget that even Aus at its peak struggled to win against India in India(2001) and Mumbai domestic team beat them in 1998. from 2000-2008 India was the only country who had defeated Aus on a no. of occassion(twice in Aus and 5 times in India) and this was when Aus consisted of all its top players, strike bowlers, good rotation policy etc. India beat SA in SA and in India, Eng has lost miserably every team they have come here and about SL, the less said the better. The point is that gone are the days of superpower teams a la WI in 80s and Aus in late 90s.All teams are more or less the same now and can beat anyone at home and lose to anyone abroad. SA is exceptional as of now but the time period is too less yet for them to be considered consistent.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Whatever talk against Sachin is true. He is relishing on past glory. It is not an individual sport to pick and choose. Cricket is a team sport and you need to answer the demands of team and answer to team till when you wil play and what r u ur plans...because it is ultimately that team gets hurt when he picks and choose and doesn't understand , playing cricket is not just enjoying game. It's enough Sachin. You got a visa for these many years to enjoy cricket. And that enjoyment always lacked commitment and burning desire to see team at top. Been playing International cricket for almost 22 years, never was India number 1 during his peak time or his Captaincy. Saying that he always played with mediocre team so no results is absolute non-sense. Many instances in Indian cricket history we achieved great heights. 1983 WC win, 2002 Natwest trophy, 2011 WC win all teams we won were not top class, but they all had one thing in common; that is there was no person playing for himself like SRT.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

india 11 for wc t 20 2012..........1 sehwag 2 gambhir 3 kohli 4 yuvraj (hoping) 5 raina 6 dhoni 7 irfan 8 jadeja 9 ashwin 10 zaheer 11 yadav........reserves are rohit,dinda,rahul sharma,tiwari...........still 2 t 20 games with nzl dat ll clear the pic a lot more.........bt this z there best chance to get the title back if they get the ryt combination..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Great work by indian team,these days even good bowlers have no idea where to bowl to Kohli,he is in great touch.India should avoid series against srilanka for next two year .srilankan is not competent team for india,atleast avoid bilateral series -we never seen srilanka winning any matches after 1997-2012

BCCI ,please schedule more matches with southafrica,Australia,England,Pakistan .

Posted by chathuradil on (August 8, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Throughout this tour, SLn umpires have proven that they are not capable of judging correctly on the filed except KD. They have raised the finger against the home side in many times, where DRS hasn't been used in the tour. Also Indian's were given not out, even some were easily catch able by the naked eye. Don't no wotz the logic behind them. But SL can not put the finger only towards the umpires for their defeat. Need to be more aggressive in batting like Sanath said in commentry, "u can't wait until the last moment".

Posted by Chris_P on (August 8, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@India_boy. Now if you read my posts last year, I also said India had played too many games, plus added that their rotation policy for their seniors was non existent & the old guard would struggle. I also stated, that to win series in Australia you need a number of strike bowlers, pace bowlers, & that the only time Australia have dropped series in the past 50 years was to South Africa (once), NZ (with Hadlee) the mighty West Indies of the 80's & 90's & a few times to England when they had outstanding pacemen. This as also in response to the Lankan fans who have stated they can win this season. Too much cricket affects every team.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (August 8, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

@HAVANA and others who are bashing sachin and sehwag. I think you guys are frustrated Srilankan fans. You guys are worried about virat kohli. He has so many other players who support him but in 1990s Sachin didn't have any support. Sachin has given so many fond memories. He literally has put India on the Cricket map. And even now he is doing the best he can. If he would have wanted he would have played in this series as well and scored huge runs but he did't coz he is aware that there are youngsters who should be getting chances. In Aus as well he accepted rotational policy to give chance to youngsters didn't he? He still is one of the best batsmen in the world. And if you realize how smatly he has helped India in this transition period. He plays when he thinks he is needed and doesn't when he is not needed(like against Srilanka we can beat them in our sleep as well). So that youngsters can get enough chances.Great players from other teams always retire suddenly leaving a VOID.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 8, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

@Dhammika Herat you are another joker who is dreaming about green wickets in sub-continent! And for your info, the one you mentioned was not a bouncing one either! The swing due to wind was the issue there...and you will get bounce like this match only in Lanka...look at those short balls from Malinga and Dinda...for more bounce than that, you have to buy a portion of Australia/SA/Eng and rename it as Srilanka..!!

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

39 runs victory in a t20 means a lot...even for an ODI winning by 39 is very good win....it is a shame that Lankans were not able to play the full 20 overs....they helped Dhoni to escape from slow over rate and fine... :)

Posted by the_predator on (August 8, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

As usual everybody is after SRT. HAHAHAHA. These mediocre people (in every sphere of life) in 100 birth cannot reach 1/2 his level, will not attain even quater of talent he has. if player scores 100 it is 100 added to the teams total. why is that so difficult to understand? and talking about present generation? these batsman willnot be able to put BAT to ball when put in bouncy (and in turning pitches against quality spinners) pitches.

Posted by anver777 on (August 8, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

SL need to do something extra with the batting order before WCT20.......... the batting order & SL's probable playing XI should be 1.Dilshan 2.Mahela 3.Thisara 4.Sanga 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Jeewan 8.Kulasekara 9.Lasith 10.Senanayake 11.Ajantha

Posted by joseyesu on (August 8, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Somewhere Pathan is getting his old form and SL youngsters are not taking enough responsibilites. I don't remember where the total of 150 cannot be chased with such a long depth in batting.

Posted by Haleos on (August 8, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

@ HAVANA - very well put. Going by what SRT is nowadays, I suspect he would be raring to go against the Black Caps. He should take permenant break from ODIs now. The balance of the team is perfect. He creates problems when he is available for selection.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 8, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

In hindsight I would say Thiramanne's reverse sweep lost the match for SL.At that time they were going pretty well, but due to his inexperience Thirammane tried to rev sweep the very 1st ball from Ashwin.He should have played a couple of balls from Ashwin before trying the rev sweep.He will learn with experience.Chandimal was wasted at No.7.

Posted by ashutoshsc on (August 8, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

100% agree with HAVANA... seniors like sachin, sehwag are actually ruining the atmosphere in the dressing room... i firmly believe these two seniors must retire from limited overs cricket and should continue playing only test cricket... when sachin and sehwag both return to one day cricket together then even kohli would have to suffer (forget about youngsters like tiwary, rahane,etc) because kohli who is such sublime form will have to bat at no. 4 and in the process, harming the confidence of the entire team and the management team..

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Zaheer as usual having fitness problems exposed in this tour too; unable to play complete tour.Yadav and Dinda were wary, just need to understand that bowling according to wicket is important. These two need to be given longer run. Ashwin needs to improve himself, he need to understand that containing runs is not alone job of his; also need to take wickets. Batting technique of other players apart from Gambhir and Kohli looked average and have lot's of mistakes which need to be fixed. Dhoni, Raina and Pathan played well but they need to work more on their batting technique for their betterment.This series victory should be not be taken as great one because Srilanka been loosing from some series against India and they have their own problems mentally and physically. We need to put lot of effort to play well in all pitch conditions before the start of T20 WC . Very much imp . A series win is win but should not live on this memories, need to move on and work hard for tough season ahead.

Posted by India_boy on (August 8, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

@Chris_P...you are right about the comments mate, fans need to show a bit of humility here, specially Indian fans. Our team(India) has been playing for almost 80 years now and yet, on winning, we act like fans from associate countries.Unbelievable! but one thing I need to ask you and lots of other "neutral" commentators , you said (verbatim) team SL is losing because they have been playing non stop and look tired and disinterested. Where was this theory when India was losing in Eng/Aus. Last year, India played lot more no. of matches than SL has this year, not to mention the IPL, but everyone was saying that India could not play in those conditions, least of all SL fans whose team has never won a test in Ind and Aus !

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Indian cricket needs to move on .. and the only way to do it is by getting rid of Sachin Tendulkar asap. He is a burden from the past, a man who has always played for himself, for records, and is of another generation to the new lot anyways. His presence disrupts the team composition too ( and so does Sehwag to an extent ). It does not matter if the team loses everything after he is shown the door - Brasil lost everything for a while after Pele retired. Sachin will not retire, of course - he has no class.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 8, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Overall series analysis: India dominated the Srilanka tour.Srilankan bowlers had no answers for many of the Questions Indian Batsman posed them, but having said that it is not to be assumed that they don't have in them to take wickets. They were panic struck. No wonder,it will happen to any one when leader itself is not confident and don't have answers to help his bowlers. Mahela was too defensive to say the least. His memories of WC final 2011 might still have been running through his mind.Mindset of Srilankan players need to be properly fixed and later game can be improved.Srilankan bowlers need to understand that every International team plays different and bowling same to every one doesn't fetch results in their favour.They need to understand especially when they play with India.On the other Hand Indian bowlers also were just above Ordinary but i saw marked improvement from game to game.Irfan was major weapon for India and Srilankans inability to play swing bowling is exposed there

Posted by thalalara on (August 8, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Srilankan team has become a boring team to watch, except for Sangakara rest of the players doesn't have real international class to talk about. After the exit of Murali & Jayasuriya it has become very difficult to watch an entire match played by this team....either ODIs or T20. The team is lacking the excitement which it used to have couple of years back.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 8, 2012, 4:21 GMT)

@La_Bangla. lol @ you!. Are you talking about the same T20 BD teams which lost to associates and placed at the bottom of the table ??. not enough mate, there is much difference between your team and all other Asian teams.:P

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 8, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

I would like to see the face of SL fans, when BCCI stops funding SLC...cricket will be no more in the tiny country,,....be loyal and tahnkful to bcci for keeping cricket alive in ur poor country

Posted by cricket-is-best on (August 8, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

all are talking about irfan pathan being a positive in this tour.i wud like to say that a greater positive was rohit sharma.his consistency wil hopefully help team india for future tournaments.from the next tournament,we wil have a 11-member team instead of a 10-member one.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (August 8, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

@KEVINSL, India don't lose the matches to other teams as you say.But they always win against srilankan team.They won more matches compared to srilanka against other teams.Its SRILANKA who always lose to other teams and without fail they will lose to Indians as well.Regarding bouncy wickets,we never saw that in srilanka and never will.Everyone know what will happen to SL if the wickets are greener (138/8 vs pak). So no home advantage for them in t20 world cup if they do so.Australia and SA have better bowling attack for these condition ,so SLC won't make pitches suited to other nations even when Indian ordinary bowling attack restricted srilanka to 118 all out yesterday in so called flat pitch.Hope SL bring randiv and ajantha mendis for t20 world up.

Posted by Sugath on (August 8, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

Mediocre strategies has led to SL losing both the ODI and T20 matches and series. It clearly shows that neither with Geoff Marsh nor with Ford lies the problem. The problem lies with on-field strategies and inability to think outside the box. As someone says, analyze, strategize and then realize. Unfortunately none of that has happened with Mahela or with Ford. The inability to work on strategic tactical line surfaced from fourth ODI when for inexplicable reason Perera was held back. That after he demolished Indians in earlier games. Here is one player with height and brute strength. Instead of Mahela coming should have sent Perera or at least on number 3 slot

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 8, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

@KEVINSL. This is a pitch which has some bounce and movement in it.And this is only what we get in sub-continent pitches. You will not get a Aus/SA/Eng wickets here. And see the results: your batsmen unable to handle it and our batsmen managed it. So, nothing will happen in T20 WC too. Your country will crashed out in the first stage itself - that's all.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

To lose 5 matches out of 6 on home soil is a pathetic situation.Cricket is a great leveller, after doing well with Pakistan ,Sri Lanka were brought down to their knees in this series except for some individual brilliance.It is high time Sri Lanka learn to be match finishers if they are to be considered serious opponents.Overall it was a mediocre performance by the team who did not live upto their potential.We cannot always rely on Dilshan,Kumar and Mahela to win matches for us.Take a cue from India and see how the younger players are performing.I recall what Arjuna once said" I will not give up my place until a younger player proves to be better than me" Now any player can just walk into the team irrespective of proven performance.eg.kapugedera,dilhara fernando and some other passengers who sometimes do not play any matches especially during overseas tours.The team management and coaches too should get their act together to perform at optimum level and be made accountable at all times

Posted by jasonpete on (August 8, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 08 2012, 02:03 AM GMT), The summary is ,India can beat any other TEAm but they always win against the srilankan team.Whereas srilankan team win I or 2 matches but mostly they lose especially to Indians .Check the stats of Indian team stats other than srilankan opponent,,you won't post this comment.Leaving last two Australia and England series,they done mostly well over a period from 2000-2010.you cant take away their previous record by rubbishing the last two series away.well played india.Srilanka never produced green and bouncy wickets.Keep dreaming about those wickets and instead see how srilanka going to fold just like the way against Pakistan in first ODI.Good luck for SLPL and newzealand series for Indian team.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

@La_bangla : Nice Dream .. if there is a bangladesh tour i never watch that match. cuz i know we are always win.

India You did very well and currently you are the best in sub continent . Good luck

From Sri lankan Fan

Posted by Philippe on (August 8, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

I am SL fan but this has been worst of the teams in last decade or so.. Mahela's days are over.. seeing him batting one simply can say that.. Sanga also can not generate win for SL.. same has been happening outside SL also.. Probably we are lacking a good captain.. someone like Arjuna.. a leader.. our players talk a lot in media but wen its time to play they fail miserably.. Its like impossible for them to win against India.. they are not as half strong they are wen play against India..

Posted by basophil on (August 8, 2012, 3:42 GMT)

some of the comments are right about kohli - it's like hitting a six every ball with your favorite player in a video game; i really hope this form continues into the england and australia series later this year and next year. also, glad that irfan proved his worth this series - the true all-rounder india were looking for. all the sri lankan fans really need to accept they were outplayed by india in almost every department in every game. and to all the commenters labeling india as flat track bullies, stop being blind and realize the recent england and australia series were not the only tours india made to those countries. that same generation of batsmen have fought very hard in the fastest, bounciest, seaming, swinging pitches of aus, sa, and eng. judging by the growth pattern (first we had gavaskar, then sidhu and azharuddin, then we had sehwag, dravid, sachin, and laxman) and by kohli's century and 2 half-centuries in aus test series, indian future actually looks great

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 3:32 GMT)

all indians can have a fun until T20 world cup, dont forget sl curators provide 1 bouncy track to 5 flat tracks in this series. sl clearly test indian strength (all we remember how indians played in that mach) all sl fans waiting to see indian comments about thier players talent in green tracks which they have to play in T20 world cup

Posted by mdev.mp on (August 8, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

we missed R VINAY KUMAR yesterday. otherwise Dinda's all wkts wud been Vinay's. Hope we will see him in next series.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Finally Irfan proved his value in to the team. Descent one day series followed by T20 as well. We need to stick with him till WC he will be very handy OZ conditions. His batting improved and now he becomes a seasoned campaigner easily out smart Jadeja like players. I hope this time he will take his opportunity seriously and move forward in a right direction and MSD needs to stop his preference logic and give importance to the team performance.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

I still remember the days back in 1996 to 2002 when srilanka was beating india in almost every game. Especially 1997 series played in SL when Robin Singh, Ajay Jadeja, SRT and Azahar were doing everything to win but mediocre players of srilanka like sanjeeva desilva, hassan tilakratne, mahanama, kaluwithrana etc. were excelling to deny india a win. It is giving lot of pleasure that india is paying back.

Posted by La_Bangla on (August 8, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Currently Bangladesh is the best team in T20 in sub continent and SL is the worst. Shakib, Tamim and and gang will beat SL on any given day in T20..

Posted by coolitbaby on (August 8, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

@Rudrajit -- OMG you are so funny. We beat them in "Under - 19s and Women's cricket too" LMAO No place for Lanka to hide.

Posted by HAVANA on (August 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

this momentum by the Indian team will again be destroyed when Sachin comes back to try and bolster his records. the series against NZ should be used to build up the emerging players. he's had his fun at Wimbledon and the Olympics, now for some cheap runs against NZ on home wickets.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

All SL captains, including the stand-in(s) seem to have a standard format to talk after every match..they seem to memorize a format, the format to recite after wiiing a match and the one after loosing a match..such a unison in the comments starting from Arjuna Ranatunga through Mahela..Getting bored with the same phrases repeatedly..They aint using their resources properly..I could see some raw talent with some young SL players..but they eventually get sucked into the poor attitude and fade off!!

Posted by Yoker111 on (August 8, 2012, 2:18 GMT)

SL should have opened with Perera, such brutal strength wasted.

Posted by Rudrajit on (August 8, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

The only team Indian gets to beat everywhere is SL. We beat them in WC finals. In Aus, Bangladesh and in SL. ODIs, T20s, Under - 19s and Women's cricket too. Truly sad this, when the nation produced such brilliance as Aravinda Da Silva, Murli and Jayawardene. So when we get beat by pace and grass pitches, all the BCCI does is get a series with SL and all is well :)

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 8, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

@BlueAndYellow:- wait for coming T20 world cup man... GREEN TOPS ARE WAITING FOR U.... IT WILL BE HORROR DREAM FOR MSD

Posted by KEVINSL on (August 8, 2012, 2:03 GMT)

I THINK SUMMERY IS:- SRILANKA can beat any team other than INDIA. INDIA loose to every team other than SRI LANKA

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

Indians were just lucky this tour. They got many chances. Yesterday too the wicket of Mahela was given but it cannot be given as its too high(thats why Sri Lanka's run rate fell after his wicket), unfortunately we didn't have Sangakkara to back us up too. In the ODI series as well some of Sri Lankan best top order batsmen who were not out were given out by the umpires. INDIANS will meet in T20 world cup and lets see who are the mighty GIANTS ARE. For now enjoy this win, we will be enjoying the victory of t20 world cup in the future.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 1:51 GMT)

No one can doubt Irfan's talent when the ball is swinging. But there is always problems for him when the ball is not swinging... If he can come up with some thing for non-swinging conditions, no doubt that he can be become greatest Indian fast bowler..

Posted by fr600 on (August 8, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

@kc69 Keep on dreaming....

Posted by Mahaanama on (August 8, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

Congrats India for winning the T20 match comfortably!! To be honest I'm glad that SL lost this match because in case if SL won they would definitely select the same squad for the T20 world cup & would get hammered for sure. As a die heart SL fan I'm totally disappointed with these stupid team selections. I'm not going to say SL would be the best team if the right selection was there but still SL have lot of talented young crickets in the domestic level like Kushal Janith, Angelo Perera but these selectors never give them an opportunity. I don't know what players like Kapugedara, Tharanga do in T20 squad. The only possible reason for this could be some of these players who have been around the team for a while have personal connections with seniors in the team so every time they get favor from seniors though they don't perform. 1) Dilshan, 2) Mahela, 3)Sanga, 4)Thirimanna/Chandimal, 5)Thisara, 6) Mathews, 7) Jeevan ,8) Kulasekara, 9) Eranga, 10) Malinga 11) Herath make a good T20 team

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (August 8, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

irfan's performance is the biggest positive for india in this tour...hope he conitnues this good form.it's great that ind won this match without the help of zaheer and sehwag.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 0:44 GMT)

This is a SLAP in Dhoni's face and Indian selectors. I have never been able to understand why Jadeja was preferred over Irfan. He is a good cricketer Dhoni should larn frm this series. We could have been in the FINALS in Australia if Irfan was played ahead of Jadeja............ Learn Dhoni Learn.........STOP favouritism.. This is dividing the team. Select the people based on skills not the ones you like. and PLEASE GET RID OF ROHIT..He had to many chances. he plays while others with talent are sitting on the bench..

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

39 runs difference looks very close to 38 spare runs coming from additional fours (5) and sixes (3) by India. But that's not the case here, as, Irfan just wracked their innings in the beginning itself. Go India go.....

Posted by Chris_P on (August 8, 2012, 0:31 GMT)

@kc69. I am afraid not. Even winning both tests will keep India behind Pakistan in 5th place. You get more points if you improve on the last series. Not likely, but there is a chance you can slip behind Sri Lanka to 6th if New Zealand wins. The T20 varies wildly with every result & will need probably 30 matches for countries to consolidate positions.

Posted by Sanoop_r on (August 8, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

@champ1388 and satyam.srivastava: Were you both born just b4 the India-England test matches started? Sheesh... Give Dhoni a chance to revive the team's fortunes man... Looks like you both will bring up this 8 match loss again even IF India achieves the No. 1 ranking again... The past cannot be changed. Move on and give the team a chance to avenge those losses by winning the next series played in those places... B+ !!!

Posted by kanwar11 on (August 7, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

I look back and always think about the comments Sri Lankans made after they won the world cup in 1996. He once said "playing against India is just llike playing against a local university team". Lol at them .........

Posted by dailycric on (August 7, 2012, 23:34 GMT)

why is cricinfo so grudging about ashok dinda? he is mentioned almost as a footnote in this article, and that has been the pattern throughout this tour. whenever he has bowled well, it has been ignored, when he has gone for runs, it has been mentioned. sure, irfan bowled well, but last i checked, 4/19 are pretty good figures in a T20 game, even if they are late order wickets. (had he gone for runs at the end of the innings, there would have been all manner of criticism about poor bowling at the death, of course). let's give the guy his due, chaps - he's come up the hard way, and he's been brilliant all year in domestic cricket. he hasn't taken shortcuts to the indian side like so many others.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 7, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Probably am going to be the only poster from a neutral pov, but the amount of cricket SL have played the past year has been way over the top. They looked totally disinterested, burnt out & plainly looked like they didn't want to be there. I think now, people can see the value of resting players, such as India did with this tour, whereas the Lankan players only seem to rest when they incur injuries. This is the problem with a too full schedule. You know guys, when you pay out on other supporters & denigrate them, you're only bringing yourself to their level, why not just keep posting positives? A bit of humility gains you much more respect.

Posted by kc69 on (August 7, 2012, 22:53 GMT)

Way to go India...2 T20's against kiwi's and 2 tests coming up should take us in Top 3 in T20 ranking and Top 4 atleast in test rankings if both are whitewash

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

@Sourabh Sharma: LOL, well said !!

Posted by cimrsimg on (August 7, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Good to see Pathan among early wickets. Hope he continues his form.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 21:41 GMT)

Wow this place is literally Lankan free now, good work Team India!!

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 7, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

Some stirrers mentioned recently(ODI thread) INDIA could be beaten by SCOTLAND. Well!!!!!! Guys like stevegridley should be ignored waste of valuable space. Sri Lanka dont worry you win some and you lose some.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

How could SL loose to India in T20 ?.Our team has been pathetic in T20 since a long time.First of all the team management doesn't take the format seriously.That can be deduced by the fact that guys like Dravid, Rahane who aren't a fit for this format have played for India in the last one year and the team has been loosing a lot of matches. Clearly India has a psychological hold over SL due to the 4-1 drub bing in the ODI series

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

@ Arindam Chaki.. Dinda took 3 out of 4 of the tail enders in his final over, after SL had sunked.Whereas Patan's wickets were all top order batsmen and Kholi was the only batsman to score fifty.

Posted by big_cheese on (August 7, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Same old story - WE did not play well... WE made mistakes... when are we going to hear something like, "Indians out played us in every department". I acknowledge, with great difficulty, I heard somebody saying "when you come across a team like India, it is tough" - This is good, but there's oodles of room for improvement! Nothing wrong in praising opponents, WHEN THEY PLAYED BETTER CRICKET!

Posted by champ1388 on (August 7, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

cricketsunami..I doubt your cricket knowledge and rational U have given here to support Dhoni. Where were his tactics when India lost 8 away concecutive tests?? come back to reply

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

i would like to cricket very good chance for about cricket score

Posted by satyam.srivastava on (August 7, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

This win cannot wipe out the fact that India is a good team at subcontinent and worst team when travelling to England , Aus and SA. Let me put the records of this team for last year. England-Test down 4-0,ODIs -down 3-0 Australai-Tests down 4-0,ODI's-horrible performance in CB series.

Howzz India a good team when they cannot win against good pace attacks og Eng,SA and Aus. Of course, they play well in home and in subcontinents. I cannot forget the whitewashing last year, and this win win over weak Lanka cannot wash that away. Now they will play most of their matches at home, so we will see them winning more often. God save Team India.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

i hate aggressive Kohli...who doesn't know how to respect and behave others during the matches ...... manner-less man who hits on aggression.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 7, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Congratulations Indian tigers !! Looking good for World T20. One of the favourites to win it again IMO. SL is playing too much cricket and perhaps that's one of the reasons for fatigue and lack of focus. Good luck for the SLPL. India should keep up with this intensity and do well in the world T20 followed by a LONG home season against NZ and England. India are always strong in the sub continent and this series proves it. God bless.

Posted by Prakmca on (August 7, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

one anyone changes his batting style particularly for Internation matches it wll be difficult to survive. Not sure Rahane learnt that lesson. He used bat freely in IPL, changes his approach in Int. National matches. definetly Rahane is not tha man, India look for. Many people mentioned that he Rohit sole be replaced with Rahane. It's not at all going to help the team any ways.

Particularly in this match he wasted lot of deliveries, and it's bcoz of him India managed only 150+ else it could have been 170 or 180+. Luckily India won.

But Rahanae frustrated like anything in todays match.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 7, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

Ind wins the tour 5-1....and SL is put in its place....but SLC should be thanksful to Ind and BCCI for this tour. The money less poor board must have made some profit out of this tour. Any series involving India would be a hit...

Posted by fr600 on (August 7, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Wow, Sri Lanka became so weak... it's unimaginable. They couldn't even post a decent score against ordinary Indian bowling attack. I'm afraid of what will happen to SL after Jayawardene, Dilshan, and Sangakara.

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (August 7, 2012, 19:36 GMT)

Ind wins the series 5-1......any excuse SL fans?l

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Dinda has taken 4 wickets for 19 runs, yet the headline says "Kohli and Pathan seals comfortable win" .

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

I don't understand why sachinkhainar5983 have commented to keep Shewag out of squad.He is a hard-hitting batsman and his strike-rate in IPL'12 was near to 160.Again,Rahane has played an ODI innings in the T20.So,why should he play?For fielding?Good fielders are needed but you cannot say that Rahane is more effective in T20 than Shewag.

Posted by jay_vkjay on (August 7, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Virat Kohli was brilliant early in his innings. He found the gap literally on every shots. Back foot punches going through covers to touch the boundary....awesome. But after reaching 50 of just 32 balls he just scored 18 of the next 16 deliveries. But he made it up in SL innings with his wrong footed military medium.His figures of 3-0-13-0 was excellent for a part time T20 bowler. Irfan Pathan was just superb. His balls swung bothways and troubled all the batsmen. Dilshan and Tharanga wicket deliveries were so pleasing to eye.He could have got excellent figures if Umesh Yadav had taken that straight forward chance. Dinda also bowled well to return with best figures by an indian in T20I. Irfan should be included in the test squad against New Zealand,to be announced on 10th August. He is somehow brought his 'SWING' back. Also Cheteswar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane should be there in the 15 men squad.Go India Go......

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Was just waiting for the series to be completed. Many people like Sinaya were making ridiculous comments that SL will whitewash India. Now what is your excuse Sinaya? Flat tracks, lucky or something else? Be a man and have the heart to accept that we were too good for SL.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Some of the shots played by virat today were absolutely outstanding and brilliant.I think he is the best find for indian cricket lately and he is the best young cricketer in the world.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

The mighty Sri lankan lions became cats again infront of INDIA and that too at home.What more can i say to all those lankan fans who were posting anti-INDIA comments when Sri Lanka won a fluke match vs INDIA down under.This is our turn now to PAYBACK.After all this and settling the scores, now i think we should stop bashing each other's team and appreciate both the team's performances.I would like to say hardluck to lankan team and lankan fans and wish them good luck in future, they were in the end playing against a better team.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

I wonder if lanka is playing like this i.e,1-4 and 0-1 against INDIA in their own backyard,how they will play against INDIA in INDIA.I guess it will be a humiliating whitewash for sri lanka.Anyways, thanks to lankan team for helping INDIA move upwards in icc rankings.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

I think SL has played too many matches this year which made them tired.Playing number of matches isn't the best way to improve cricket.If they r doing so they have to manage it properly,I mean resting players,introducing fringe players etc.Cz all 3 senior batsmen of SL will be retired from next next WC or else even before that.They need to find replacements for MJ,KS & TM.I think thirimanne has proved that he is a future prospect.But need a lot of consistency from youngsters like Thisara,Angelo & chandimal.Also it is better to keep malinga away from IND ODIs as he has a poor record against them.He isn't a strike bowler for indian batting card.SL have to give more chances to guys like pradeep,shaminda,J mendis instead of Chamara Kapugedara.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Upul tTharanga has no foot work.He is getting out by giving catches to slips at most of the times.Why Sri Lankan batting coach Marvan Atapattu cannot correct the mistake It is high time to find a young batsman

Posted by playitstraight on (August 7, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

Way to go India, congratulations! We are on the right track, so happy to see Irfan bowling well! He is truly the comeback man. People only said Kohli, Dhoni, and Raina were influential in the series win, but I will include Irfan in that list, he was magnificent. And by the way, what happened to Sri Lanka? They only won 1 ODI out of 5 and lost the single T20I, that too at home! Anyways, the series is over, and although it was boring, watching SL vs Ind all the time, I am stoked that India have done well and proved all the criticizers wrong. Our rankings have increased too! No.2 in ODIs, and no.4 in T20Is! Chak de India!

Posted by Ra_Thore on (August 7, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

SL captains often need to rethink their options when playing against India. They are playing recent World Champions not semifinalist losers like Aus or Pak.

Posted by Selfishkar on (August 7, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Rohit continued to be No hit, no strike

Posted by vertical on (August 7, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

It was really awful that this series was played at the expense of the tests previously planned,no wonder all asian teams are below in the test rankings.And these one-off t20 matches seem really out of context and inconsequential(the bilateral odi series still has some importance). All tours should have at least 3 tests and cut down on the odis 3odis/2 t20s .

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

yaaa...kohli is ofcourse playing video game.....

Posted by kc69 on (August 7, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Iran Pathan rocks...so does Kohli...next on menu are Kiwi's....

Posted by vertical on (August 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Why are we playing Rahane in t20s/odis ,the same mistake Aussies made with Peter Forrest. Rahane is more suited for tests and should be given the opportunity as an opener against NZ. As for this tour and Sri lanka's performance -They are a good team but somehow for the past few years have been overwhelmed by India.A break from playing against India(till 2015) will do them a lot of good.Best wishes.

Posted by Temuzin on (August 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

Posted by counterstrike1.6 on (August 07 2012, 14:56 PM GMT) Dhoni's obsession of going with 4 bowlers may just cost India the match.

But it didn't. His whaky decisions have been proved right more often than not. Thats Dhoni for you my friend.He has been doing such things successfully for years. So much so that even expert now dont question his decision they simply marvel at those. so time for you to relax and enjoy.

Posted by i_am on (August 7, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

ufff i am waiting for excuses from sri lankans hehe lets see what they come up this time and england,australian fans will again start previous test series drama hahaha n in between all this india continue to rise well played indian team :)

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (August 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

I am happy that India destroyed Srilanka in their own backyard. If SL did not win that one game by fluke, it would have been perfect. But upsets are part of cricket!! I hope this puts SL fans in their place.

Posted by AbAdvani on (August 7, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

The Man of the series should go to Vinay Kumar -thanks to his being injured, Irfan came in and played a key role in two of the matches (partnering with Raina in one match and with Dhoni in the other match) that helped us win the ODI series. Irfan also played a key role in the T20 series. The BCCI Selectors bungled as usual by selecting Vinay Kumar ahead of Irfan but God decided to take the selection in his hands. I hope God does the same with Indian politicians too

Posted by Abeytunge on (August 7, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

It is obvious that India is holding Sri Lankan cricket in its thrall.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 17:30 GMT)

Sri Lanka could've won easily but they got under pressure and failed to perform. Dilshan has been in horrible form and Malinga has no chance against Indian batsmen. India is too strong a team for them because Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in both the ODI series and Test series.

Posted by serious-am-i on (August 7, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

lol really MoS for a single match series ? Hilarious, don't know how to give away prizes do these sponsors ? They could have at least gifted this bike to a charity org through a player in the presentation.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

nice win by our team india everything was right for them today

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

no my dear there was need of sehwag here 155 is not according to india's batting fame for which it is known ; irfan done well and was given well backup by dinda but allover it was an amazing performance by team india; well done MEN IN BLUE

Posted by Deccancharggers1 on (August 7, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

I was irritated by the n.o. of awards given after the match.Everyone gets an award...just ridiculous from Broadcasters and SLC.I feel Srilanka is ordinary without MURALI....Its just too easy to win there.....Srilankan fans should get ready to roar by the comments of Dhoni that the conditions changed over years....How could you win on Pakistan and others but not India..????

Posted by sumit176 on (August 7, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

its been ages we won a t20 match...thank god,we won dis convincingly

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 7, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

Congratulations Team India!! Good batting by Kohli. And Excellent BOWLING performance.Irfan is outstanding. We need more good performances in bowling. Keep it up bowlers! Proud of your effort.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

sri lanka players played like a kids in todays t20

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (August 7, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Man, another whipping for Lanka. SL have become whipping boys of international cricket.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 16:58 GMT)

So whats the reason today you SL fans? just accept you are very ORDINARY infront of the mighty INDIANS!!

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

I thought SL would win this match easily as India were playing 4 bowlers, that too without Zak. Even in power-play, SL hammered Dinda and Yadav. But again slow bowlers did the trick for Dhoni. (But Dhoni should play 4 bowlers + Irfan) that's the way to go. SL just losing too many wickets despite having long batting line-up. They are a good team, all they need to do is unite again after a BIG GAP just like Indian players did after IPL. SL players surely need some rest. Dilshan's form is also one of the main reasons of SL defeat. He failed to give Lanka good start. Since now this series is over. I wish all SL fans a very good luck for SLPL. I may not be able to follow SLPL matches but my good wishes to the team in which Mahela is. :) Peace for ALL.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (August 7, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Convincing win by India, well fielded so with batting , fielding is also improving. Time to keep sehwag out from the squad, No problem this Rahnes and Tiwarys will scorre less but will stop more runs and make a huge difference. Irfan back to his old mould, whereever there is swing he is back into action. Well Played Kohli, Ashwin, Dinda, Yadav and co.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 7, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Dhoni's obsession of going with 4 bowlers may just cost India the match.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Rahane will score a fluent 25 or so.....He is more suited for ODI and tests...not for T20.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 7, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

Good Rahane is gone. He was wasting balls anyway.

Posted by arvind.Kejriwal.AAP_A_Better_INDIA_ on (August 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

What is Kohli trying to do here ? Looking like he is playing video-game. Btw, Perera's first delivery was awesome so was Eranga's ball on which he got Gauti. Good contest going on.

Posted by harry_1109 on (August 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Definitely India will score adequate runs in the Board....

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