New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 2, 2013

Two warm-ups for Sri Lanka before NZ one-dayers

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Sri Lanka will play two 50-over practice matches in preparation for the ODI series against New Zealand, at the Sinhalese Sports Club. A side consisting of most of Sri Lanka's top players will take on a virtual A team on November 5 and 7, before the Sri Lanka squad travels to Hambantota for the first ODI.

Dinesh Chandimal will lead the second-string team, which also features Lahiru Thirimanne. Fast bowler Shaminda Eranga, who was omitted from the Sri Lanka squad for the series, and fellow seam bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Thisara Perera will also play for the second side. Middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan will play for the top team.

Sri Lanka have not played any international cricket since the home series against South Africa ended in early August, but have in that time played a first-class tri-series. The A team, which featured several Sri Lanka players, has also played a home tour of New Zealand A, and a Twenty20 series against Kenya, during the hiatus.

The limited-overs series against New Zealand features three ODIs, starting November 10, and two T20s.

Team 1: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt), Ashan Priyanjan, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis
Reserves: Angelo Perera, Ramith Rambukwella, Isuru Udana

Team 2: Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (capt & wk), Kithuruwan Vithanage, Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal
Reserves: Nuwan Pradeep, Ishan Jayaratne, Milinda Siriwardene

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  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    i think v should bring back chamara kapugedara... there is no1 else in our middle over who can whack the ball like him. thirimanne is not a limited over player

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 5, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    @ nuji_lankan : Well said mate. Lanka cannot depend on old horses any more if they are really serious on WC2015. By that time the trio becomes 37+ which is very bad thing for SL. I have been telling this for a year now. SL do not have enough resources to fill their senior positions. It is better to give chances to youngsters rather than depending on seniors. India has found replacements for seniors within no time and won CT 2013. In SL, after the seniors only Parera is a good find for them. Mathuews is not performing well these days.

  • POSTED BY nuji_lankan on | November 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    i would like to say that lankan players especially youngsters have to improve a lot more in the future and current definitely we need an aggressive batting line up as same as indian team for that this warm matches could be good but i still prefer if our legends can be rest for other game then it would be great to test the young lads

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 4, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    seniors will have lot of tournaments to feature in later.next month Pak tour,England Tour and they play all over the year from CT trophy to SA Tour. but last 10 month youngsters don't have much chance prove their skills. unfortunately Zim tour canceled so NZ tour is d best tour 2 them to groom. So SLC pls rest some seniors and include new faces. note:Chandi,Thiri,SurangaLakmal,Sachithra,Dimuth r not youngsters now they came 2 international cricket 2009,2010,2011. other thing M.J is very inconsistent last 2 years .lot of replacements for him.he should drop from ODI,T20 keep only in Test.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runnor on | November 4, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Most of Lankans say that Mahela is a legend. that's really great, but here I can see some of them not even including him in playing 11. Some says even if Lanka loose few of them, do not bother but it is good for SL future cricket. I think SL is struggling in finding a replacement for Mahela. out of resources...LOL.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 4, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @Yasas - I see your point regarding Dilshan and Jayawardana but these are Dilshan's last 10 ODI scores : 99,115,6,43,10,18,34,44,20,125 2 Centuries and almost a third in last 10 Innings - under these circumstances I don't see how a selector can justify dropping a player. As for form has indeed been a bit patchy - these are his latest ODI innings: 12,24,17,42,22,11,7,107,52,38 if there's a brave selector who decides to drop/rest either of these then I think he will only be able to do so with Jayawardana.

  • POSTED BY yasask on | November 4, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    get rid of dilshan and mahela (theyre not consistent enough) and let the younger guys take their positions to build a stronger future for sri lanka cricket. it doesnt matter if we lose a few games now, trying to figure out a winning combination, because we need to find a first Xi side to play the 2015 world cup and i dont see mahela and dilly in it. sangas the best player in the side at the moment, and hes in excellent form so dont drop him

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    my team for vs new zeland -kusal,dimuthu,lahiru.chandii,mathews,ashan.perera.kula,senanayaka,malinga.ajantha

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    It is just for improving the ODI ranking but nothing else. It is such a useless series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Why are Nuwan Pradeep and Angelo Perera named as reserves???

  • POSTED BY on | November 8, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    i think v should bring back chamara kapugedara... there is no1 else in our middle over who can whack the ball like him. thirimanne is not a limited over player

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 5, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    @ nuji_lankan : Well said mate. Lanka cannot depend on old horses any more if they are really serious on WC2015. By that time the trio becomes 37+ which is very bad thing for SL. I have been telling this for a year now. SL do not have enough resources to fill their senior positions. It is better to give chances to youngsters rather than depending on seniors. India has found replacements for seniors within no time and won CT 2013. In SL, after the seniors only Parera is a good find for them. Mathuews is not performing well these days.

  • POSTED BY nuji_lankan on | November 5, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    i would like to say that lankan players especially youngsters have to improve a lot more in the future and current definitely we need an aggressive batting line up as same as indian team for that this warm matches could be good but i still prefer if our legends can be rest for other game then it would be great to test the young lads

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 4, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    seniors will have lot of tournaments to feature in later.next month Pak tour,England Tour and they play all over the year from CT trophy to SA Tour. but last 10 month youngsters don't have much chance prove their skills. unfortunately Zim tour canceled so NZ tour is d best tour 2 them to groom. So SLC pls rest some seniors and include new faces. note:Chandi,Thiri,SurangaLakmal,Sachithra,Dimuth r not youngsters now they came 2 international cricket 2009,2010,2011. other thing M.J is very inconsistent last 2 years .lot of replacements for him.he should drop from ODI,T20 keep only in Test.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runnor on | November 4, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Most of Lankans say that Mahela is a legend. that's really great, but here I can see some of them not even including him in playing 11. Some says even if Lanka loose few of them, do not bother but it is good for SL future cricket. I think SL is struggling in finding a replacement for Mahela. out of resources...LOL.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 4, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @Yasas - I see your point regarding Dilshan and Jayawardana but these are Dilshan's last 10 ODI scores : 99,115,6,43,10,18,34,44,20,125 2 Centuries and almost a third in last 10 Innings - under these circumstances I don't see how a selector can justify dropping a player. As for form has indeed been a bit patchy - these are his latest ODI innings: 12,24,17,42,22,11,7,107,52,38 if there's a brave selector who decides to drop/rest either of these then I think he will only be able to do so with Jayawardana.

  • POSTED BY yasask on | November 4, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    get rid of dilshan and mahela (theyre not consistent enough) and let the younger guys take their positions to build a stronger future for sri lanka cricket. it doesnt matter if we lose a few games now, trying to figure out a winning combination, because we need to find a first Xi side to play the 2015 world cup and i dont see mahela and dilly in it. sangas the best player in the side at the moment, and hes in excellent form so dont drop him

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    my team for vs new zeland -kusal,dimuthu,lahiru.chandii,mathews,ashan.perera.kula,senanayaka,malinga.ajantha

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    It is just for improving the ODI ranking but nothing else. It is such a useless series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Why are Nuwan Pradeep and Angelo Perera named as reserves???

  • POSTED BY morgie1982 on | November 3, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I really think sri lanka shouldn't name three veterens in the squad bcoz al them hv to deal with is 2nd string NZ team Lets make is a series by naming some emerging player from sei lanka

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 3, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Ramesh- i did not mention about their talent in tests and 50 over matches.no doubt both of these players are very talented and the future of sri lankan cricket. But i wanted mention their t20 careers.they have to improve a lot.or else they should only focus on the longer format of the cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I would have liked it better if Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Herath and Ajantha mendis were named in the 'A' side. Then the first choice players like Dilshan, Mahela and Sangakkara would have had to play against bowlers of International Class. That would have prepared them for the challenges against New Zealand as well as the up coming matches against Pakistan. As it is the top Sri Lankana Batsmen would only be facing a second string Bowlers and the Bowlers would be bowling to second string batsmen barring Chandimal and Tirimanne. Hope Selectors will think about this at least the next time they organise practice matches

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    CHANDIMA - CHandimal and thirimanne are world class stop insulting them..Don`t you remember how Chandi played in australia , sa and Eng ? He is just a young lad just don`t destroy him

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runnor on | November 3, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    It seems it is going to take a decade to prepare a winning combination for SL. Its time for SL to search for a new Jayasuria, new Muralidharan, new Vaas. We cannot depend largely on Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. It might cost few matches, but its better for SL cricket. SL need few more powerful hitters like parera. India has top 7 aggressive players in ODI. SL also should search for powerful hitters. Coming to series with NZ, SL should easily clean sweep the series. NZ cannot play Spin well, and SL should prepare only Spin tracks, and that gives some confidence to SL. It is very short series, just 3 ODI's and 2 T20 matches. I am actually disappointed playing against NZ as it is such a week team. SL should play against India and win the series at home, as SL could not done it since a decade and that is the day I will be very happy and have blast with friends.

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Chandimal thirimanna and jeewan always faul agitainst the top quality attack even in batting friendly pitches.those players are using the chance of t20 specialist players like kapugedara,lokuhettige,milinda and sachith pathirana. Please consider this when selecting the t20 squad.the cause for rhe recent losses of t20s is that the pressure these so called youngsters create in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I also believe that nuwan pradeep sholud play in these two matches.because if he is developed well by the coaches he can easily replace malinga.and also hee is quick. It's the correct time to give the chance to this guy as tje world cup.is.in australia. And we would loveto see the seniors are rested for the t20s.inclusion of milinda siriwardana,akila dananjaya,chamara kapugedara for the t20s is a must.we don't need the players lime thirimanna and chandimal for the t20s.because those two players will create so much pressue to the middle order by using so many deliveries to score something like 20 runs. And also thirimanna,chandimal and jeewan mendis will always play well against mediocre attacks in practise matches and fail againsttop quality

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Should given a chance to Milinda Siriwardene in playing 11 against NZ young team. no point of including all experience guns for a such a series. coz NZ is already lost to Bangladesh. Such a stupid selection like alwys.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 3, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    I wonder why SL is not searching for new talent. Same names again just like old bear in new bottle. Every one knows that SL prepares only Spin tracks, as SL has Spin strength and NZ cannot play Spin well. and that's not a wrong thing. Every country prepares pitches to their own strength. Lets see how much success SL gets this season. NZ already lost to Bangladesh,seeing this fact if SL cannot win each and every match at least with the margin of 50 runs, its like loosing the game only. SL again depends largely on old horses like Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela.. etc.

  • POSTED BY DJyash on | November 3, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    What?shaminda eranga is in and Nuwan Pradeep is just reserve?he is a far better bowler than Shaminda.every body know that but not selectors .I appreciate selectors effort organizing these matches ,but correct person should be in the correct team.And when will selectors find a good left arm fast bowler for srilanka?Welagedara is there but he don't have the consistency that vaas had neither the brain to control batsman and make mistakes .And i hope slectors will atleast rest 1 of the 3 elderly players if not 2 for the ODI series now the black caps without 2 of their top playears we should take these opportunities to improve our youngsters and this can be done without a risk in loosing the series when they also don't have much experience in the side.Finally please rest all 3 seniors for the 2 t20s and experiment with a young side ,this may not good for rankings but very important for the future.

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  • POSTED BY DJyash on | November 3, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    What?shaminda eranga is in and Nuwan Pradeep is just reserve?he is a far better bowler than Shaminda.every body know that but not selectors .I appreciate selectors effort organizing these matches ,but correct person should be in the correct team.And when will selectors find a good left arm fast bowler for srilanka?Welagedara is there but he don't have the consistency that vaas had neither the brain to control batsman and make mistakes .And i hope slectors will atleast rest 1 of the 3 elderly players if not 2 for the ODI series now the black caps without 2 of their top playears we should take these opportunities to improve our youngsters and this can be done without a risk in loosing the series when they also don't have much experience in the side.Finally please rest all 3 seniors for the 2 t20s and experiment with a young side ,this may not good for rankings but very important for the future.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 3, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    I wonder why SL is not searching for new talent. Same names again just like old bear in new bottle. Every one knows that SL prepares only Spin tracks, as SL has Spin strength and NZ cannot play Spin well. and that's not a wrong thing. Every country prepares pitches to their own strength. Lets see how much success SL gets this season. NZ already lost to Bangladesh,seeing this fact if SL cannot win each and every match at least with the margin of 50 runs, its like loosing the game only. SL again depends largely on old horses like Sanga, Dilshan, Mahela.. etc.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Should given a chance to Milinda Siriwardene in playing 11 against NZ young team. no point of including all experience guns for a such a series. coz NZ is already lost to Bangladesh. Such a stupid selection like alwys.

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I also believe that nuwan pradeep sholud play in these two matches.because if he is developed well by the coaches he can easily replace malinga.and also hee is quick. It's the correct time to give the chance to this guy as tje world cup.is.in australia. And we would loveto see the seniors are rested for the t20s.inclusion of milinda siriwardana,akila dananjaya,chamara kapugedara for the t20s is a must.we don't need the players lime thirimanna and chandimal for the t20s.because those two players will create so much pressue to the middle order by using so many deliveries to score something like 20 runs. And also thirimanna,chandimal and jeewan mendis will always play well against mediocre attacks in practise matches and fail againsttop quality

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Chandimal thirimanna and jeewan always faul agitainst the top quality attack even in batting friendly pitches.those players are using the chance of t20 specialist players like kapugedara,lokuhettige,milinda and sachith pathirana. Please consider this when selecting the t20 squad.the cause for rhe recent losses of t20s is that the pressure these so called youngsters create in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runnor on | November 3, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    It seems it is going to take a decade to prepare a winning combination for SL. Its time for SL to search for a new Jayasuria, new Muralidharan, new Vaas. We cannot depend largely on Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. It might cost few matches, but its better for SL cricket. SL need few more powerful hitters like parera. India has top 7 aggressive players in ODI. SL also should search for powerful hitters. Coming to series with NZ, SL should easily clean sweep the series. NZ cannot play Spin well, and SL should prepare only Spin tracks, and that gives some confidence to SL. It is very short series, just 3 ODI's and 2 T20 matches. I am actually disappointed playing against NZ as it is such a week team. SL should play against India and win the series at home, as SL could not done it since a decade and that is the day I will be very happy and have blast with friends.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    CHANDIMA - CHandimal and thirimanne are world class stop insulting them..Don`t you remember how Chandi played in australia , sa and Eng ? He is just a young lad just don`t destroy him

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I would have liked it better if Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Herath and Ajantha mendis were named in the 'A' side. Then the first choice players like Dilshan, Mahela and Sangakkara would have had to play against bowlers of International Class. That would have prepared them for the challenges against New Zealand as well as the up coming matches against Pakistan. As it is the top Sri Lankana Batsmen would only be facing a second string Bowlers and the Bowlers would be bowling to second string batsmen barring Chandimal and Tirimanne. Hope Selectors will think about this at least the next time they organise practice matches

  • POSTED BY chandimasl on | November 3, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Ramesh- i did not mention about their talent in tests and 50 over matches.no doubt both of these players are very talented and the future of sri lankan cricket. But i wanted mention their t20 careers.they have to improve a lot.or else they should only focus on the longer format of the cricket.

  • POSTED BY morgie1982 on | November 3, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    I really think sri lanka shouldn't name three veterens in the squad bcoz al them hv to deal with is 2nd string NZ team Lets make is a series by naming some emerging player from sei lanka