Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Hambantota November 10, 2013

Rains end contest after SL post 288

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Match abandoned Sri Lanka 288 for 9 (Dilshan 81, Sangakkara 79, Mathews 74*, Mills 3-49) v New Zealand 13 for 1 in 4.2 overs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the first encounter of the annual tussle between Sri Lanka's cricket schedule and the elements, rain came away the winner again, ending the match after 54.2 overs of play in Hambantota. October and November are wet months for almost every region in the country, and just as New Zealand's last limited-overs series in the country was heavily affected by the weather, this one has begun in familiar fashion.

Before the heavens opened up, Sri Lanka had hit a daunting 288 for 9 thanks to an effortless 79 from Kumar Sangakkara, and Angelo Mathews' business-like 74 not out from 64. Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scored with 81, after he had lost his opening partner first ball, but his 137-run partnership with Sangakkara provided the hosts with an excellent foundation for the consummate finish that followed, as acting captain Kyle Mills marshaled a green New Zealand attack prone to indiscipline.

A searing opening spell from Lasith Malinga had already accounted for Anton Devcich by the time the rain came down, and the match was called off after a couple of hours of incessant rain, with the visitors on 13 for 1.

Sri Lanka's focus in 2013 has been an earnest, sometimes frenzied, quest for regeneration in anticipation of the senior batsmen's retirement, but neither Sangakkara's skill nor his hunger seems to have abated. Having top-scored in Sri Lanka's previous ODI series in July, Sangakkara played a series of crisp drives and concise pulls early in his innings, demonstrating he had lost none of his touch during the international hiatus. More than his swift rate of scoring - an ODI virtue that largely eluded him until this year - the most striking aspect of Sangakkara's innings was the ease with which he progressed. Having arrived to face the second ball of the innings, he seemed to be cruising in third gear throughout as he rarely dipped below a run-a-ball.

Dilshan had just returned from a finger injury, but despite being compelled into defence by his own lack of fluency, the dot balls did not incite panic in his approach, with Sangakkara ensuring the score sped along. Dilshan was not so out of touch that he could not whip bad balls through cover, nor did he shelve the scoop, which appeared as early as the seventh over, but the bludgeoned pulls and violent cuts that routinely populate a Dilshan innings were notable in their relative absence. His eventual score, though, revealed his own increasing versatility and appetite for runs. After Sangakkara, Dilshan had been the top ODI run-scorer in both this calendar year, and in Sri Lanka's last series.

Mitchell McClenaghan was among Sangakkara's early victims, as the bowler strayed either side of the wicket in his opening spell to concede four boundaries - two through square leg, and two on the off side. A hundred seemed almost inevitable when he reached his half-century off 51 balls, but the flat left-arm spin of Anton Devcich stemmed the run-flow after the field had gone back, and Sangakkara eventually chipped him to midwicket, cursing himself for getting out needlessly.

Mathews arrived when New Zealand had struck a sudden double-blow, but he quickly overcame his typically shaky start with a straight six off Nathan McCullum, before settling down to play a fine finishing innings - a responsibility he had lately begun to neglect. His arrival coincided with a more fluent period for Dilshan as well, and they both ensured the momentum from Sangakkara's innings was not wasted. Mathews struck three fours in the 36th over - the first of the batting Powerplay - even charging a McClenaghan bouncer and swatting it to the midwicket boundary for four. Although Dilshan also sent two over the keeper's head soon after, he tried one too many scoops. and gave the keeper an easy high catch.

Thirimanne and Chandimal perished cheaply, as New Zealand struck through McCullum and McClenaghan just as Sri Lanka seemed headed for 300, but Mathews found runs all around the ground, and kept the innings on track. 
Mills took two wickets late in the innings as Sachithra Senanayake's four-ball 14 provided a fruitful final burst for Sri Lanka.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Donsshaddow on | November 11, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    A damp end to what was shaping up to be an exciting contest. Both sides are evenly matched, though Sri Lanka have the weight of experience on their side. Good show by Sri Lanka's stalwarts Kumara and Dilshan. It would have been interesting to have seen New Zealand in the chase but well it's over to Hambantota now for the 2nd ODI. Let's hope the weather behaves itself there!

  • POSTED BY buncers on | November 11, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Why is Chandi in the side taking up an allrounder slot. They gave him the gloves to justify his selection - crazy. There are so many allrounders worthy of that place (Tissara etc). Or if they are looking for a batting/keeper how about Kausul Silva or Kusal Perera.

    Come on selectors, what is Chandi doing at 7. If it is to bolster up the batting and it gets down to him to save the game - the game is already lost.

  • POSTED BY cricket_jaya on | November 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    from this match, angies comeback is a pleasure. as a nation v shouldn't care abt ages, who r fit to play should play, our main target and object is 2015WC, one match for 3 matches series and 2 matches for 5 matches series is enough for this stage of our cricket, our seniors r not going to retire at once end of the 2015WC gz. definetly they r fit 4 or 5 years more.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | November 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Friends..Do not blame at Chandimal and Thirimanne for their failures on Y'day...Team management and the senior players blame themselves for to this..At least they have to learn from MS Dhoni,the pattern of how to develop the youngsters under the seniors.MSD started batting at number 3 and decided to go down to No 6 to give the opportunity to youngsters to obtain the international experience.....He gave continuous chance to young talented Rohit Sharma when everybody call him as" No hit Sharma"....What we are doing here....We play all the big guns without identifying the validity of the series and play them in the middle by keeping Chandimal anThirimanne for the slogging....If we need to play Thimanne at number 6 or 7 why the earth ..we have not selected Thisara Perera instead of him.....If we need to deleop young batter 5..we need to play them below number 5....Why can not we rest one of big 3 in each match to develop youngsters?....Why can not MJ bat at No 6 Like MS Dhoni......?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 11, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    indian cool guy why are you hate Srilanka so much?,When you every time putting a comment you abusing the Srilanka.Tell you something Can India Win a match without dhoni against Top 6 Ranking Side? You are Scared of the 3 legends we have.Srilanka fans don't abuse these legends you don't forget how these guys are serve to this country in last 10 years.Respect the players rather then abusing

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | November 11, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Cricket enthusiasm in Sri Lanka is fading. I was an avid cricket fan who never missed a game growing up. Now in my early thirties I can't bring myself a watch an international. Many have moved on, and if there is a Rugby game around fans flock in there thousand. Bit sad but thats the reality. T20 overdose has killed the spark it seems

  • POSTED BY AJS007 on | November 11, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Just escape for SL. Rain saved them, otherwise the target would have been chased by NZ in 29.3 overs.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 11, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    2. Dilshan, 3.Sanga, 4.Jayawardhane, 5.Mathews - what's this batting order? If seniors are occupying the top places, then how the juniors could perform? At least SL can try differently when playing against a week team. SL should give chances to youngsters at top of the order and Sanga and Dilshan should come on 4th and 5th down. Mathews can take 1st down spot. Dhoni is an excellent top order batsmen, but never would want to do that, Always give chances to youngsters and take the load on him at the lower order. Dhoni always bats under pressure. Sanga & Dilshan at this stage should take load on them. Its pity to see same unchanged batting order. This is not fair Mr. Sanga...Think about SL future and not about your individual performance, and avg.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | November 11, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am embarrassed seeing the comments from my fellow fans. But, at the same time, I am happy that our fans are interested in this match even more than Lankans and Kiwi fans. There are some reasons that we can't accuse Lankans as in some of our comments. Otherwise, it would be like "Pot calling the kettle, you are black".

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    61.5% is scored by Seniors and extras and remaining 8 players scored just 38.5%, Mathews is a Captain and considered as a mid level experienced cricketer. So Youngsters scored just 38 runs. It clearly says SL lacks new international standard cricketers. It seems SL batching coach is doing an excellent job.

  • POSTED BY Donsshaddow on | November 11, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    A damp end to what was shaping up to be an exciting contest. Both sides are evenly matched, though Sri Lanka have the weight of experience on their side. Good show by Sri Lanka's stalwarts Kumara and Dilshan. It would have been interesting to have seen New Zealand in the chase but well it's over to Hambantota now for the 2nd ODI. Let's hope the weather behaves itself there!

  • POSTED BY buncers on | November 11, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Why is Chandi in the side taking up an allrounder slot. They gave him the gloves to justify his selection - crazy. There are so many allrounders worthy of that place (Tissara etc). Or if they are looking for a batting/keeper how about Kausul Silva or Kusal Perera.

    Come on selectors, what is Chandi doing at 7. If it is to bolster up the batting and it gets down to him to save the game - the game is already lost.

  • POSTED BY cricket_jaya on | November 11, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    from this match, angies comeback is a pleasure. as a nation v shouldn't care abt ages, who r fit to play should play, our main target and object is 2015WC, one match for 3 matches series and 2 matches for 5 matches series is enough for this stage of our cricket, our seniors r not going to retire at once end of the 2015WC gz. definetly they r fit 4 or 5 years more.

  • POSTED BY sampi72 on | November 11, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Friends..Do not blame at Chandimal and Thirimanne for their failures on Y'day...Team management and the senior players blame themselves for to this..At least they have to learn from MS Dhoni,the pattern of how to develop the youngsters under the seniors.MSD started batting at number 3 and decided to go down to No 6 to give the opportunity to youngsters to obtain the international experience.....He gave continuous chance to young talented Rohit Sharma when everybody call him as" No hit Sharma"....What we are doing here....We play all the big guns without identifying the validity of the series and play them in the middle by keeping Chandimal anThirimanne for the slogging....If we need to play Thimanne at number 6 or 7 why the earth ..we have not selected Thisara Perera instead of him.....If we need to deleop young batter 5..we need to play them below number 5....Why can not we rest one of big 3 in each match to develop youngsters?....Why can not MJ bat at No 6 Like MS Dhoni......?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 11, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    indian cool guy why are you hate Srilanka so much?,When you every time putting a comment you abusing the Srilanka.Tell you something Can India Win a match without dhoni against Top 6 Ranking Side? You are Scared of the 3 legends we have.Srilanka fans don't abuse these legends you don't forget how these guys are serve to this country in last 10 years.Respect the players rather then abusing

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | November 11, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Cricket enthusiasm in Sri Lanka is fading. I was an avid cricket fan who never missed a game growing up. Now in my early thirties I can't bring myself a watch an international. Many have moved on, and if there is a Rugby game around fans flock in there thousand. Bit sad but thats the reality. T20 overdose has killed the spark it seems

  • POSTED BY AJS007 on | November 11, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Just escape for SL. Rain saved them, otherwise the target would have been chased by NZ in 29.3 overs.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 11, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    2. Dilshan, 3.Sanga, 4.Jayawardhane, 5.Mathews - what's this batting order? If seniors are occupying the top places, then how the juniors could perform? At least SL can try differently when playing against a week team. SL should give chances to youngsters at top of the order and Sanga and Dilshan should come on 4th and 5th down. Mathews can take 1st down spot. Dhoni is an excellent top order batsmen, but never would want to do that, Always give chances to youngsters and take the load on him at the lower order. Dhoni always bats under pressure. Sanga & Dilshan at this stage should take load on them. Its pity to see same unchanged batting order. This is not fair Mr. Sanga...Think about SL future and not about your individual performance, and avg.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | November 11, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I am embarrassed seeing the comments from my fellow fans. But, at the same time, I am happy that our fans are interested in this match even more than Lankans and Kiwi fans. There are some reasons that we can't accuse Lankans as in some of our comments. Otherwise, it would be like "Pot calling the kettle, you are black".

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    61.5% is scored by Seniors and extras and remaining 8 players scored just 38.5%, Mathews is a Captain and considered as a mid level experienced cricketer. So Youngsters scored just 38 runs. It clearly says SL lacks new international standard cricketers. It seems SL batching coach is doing an excellent job.

  • POSTED BY zaknfs3 on | November 11, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    a complete bore. Minnow versus Minnow.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | November 11, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    SL keeps talking about youngsters and the future but the two young batters in the team are batting at the end of the innings under pressure with not many overs. I would imagine the better plan would be to bat the younger guys up the order giving them the opportunity to bat long in the knowledge the Sanga/Mahela duo is there to take control if the youngsters were to fail. There is of course the danger that Sanga and Mahela will not get enough game time but all comes down to what the objective is. If the objective is to groom youngsters then the senior guys must take the back seat.

  • POSTED BY blthndr on | November 11, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    well its important to win matches bt at the same time u should hav a proper plan for the future...u hav to make so investment on youth atleast in odis againt weaker team....u hav to try them out give some experience and gain some confidence....

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | November 11, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @ jalebi_bai - how about ODI series just before T20 series you mentioned . you have done well to forget that coz SL beat south africans 4 -1 . @ Indiancoo guy - yes we have a problem of not finding replaceable for 3 big guns .So we are persisting with Sanga , Dili & Mahela . They are gradually retiring .Dilshan did in Tests. When a national team is playing , they should play for win . So w are going with the best guys . Nobody reminded Mathews today . His inning was fantastic while wickets are tumbling in the other end .

  • POSTED BY Dhali_BD_Fan on | November 11, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    Very good job NZ keeping SL under 300! But you need to watch your Run Rate, the RR caused many problems in the BD tour... you need to be more positve like in the last two matches - good luck to both teams! Sangakara is an absolute amazing player!

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 11, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    another useless match. among 3 Seniors 2 failed. Mahela get out 1,Dilshan struggling all over the inning only strike rate of 70. only sanga succeds. i think Mahela and Dil is not d equation of 2015 WC only sanga there. instead of these tried seniors and if we can replace Upul Tharanga and Ashan Priyajan is much better. and Chandi should bat 3 or 4.every time he play 3 or 4 he get runs. eg:Australia,England,SA Cric Info pls publish

  • POSTED BY on | November 11, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    It's not that Sri Lanka is lacking new talents. It's just our selectors giving chances to same players over and over again. Also I don't understand what Chandimal doing down the order. Sanga and Mahela should go down the order to give chances to youngsters.

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | November 11, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    its the same old story in SL score card , seniors scoring all the runs while youngsters struggling to get bat on ball , looks like the batting coach is doing wonderful job with SL youngsters :D

  • POSTED BY tanstell87 on | November 11, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Indian fan here...i have been following cricket since Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996...dont know why Lanka's upcoming talents like Chandimal & Thirimanne have not played to their potential...Thirimanne was fantastic in Australia but somehow i feel he struggles in Sri Lanka..what Sri lanka could have done in this series against a second string NZ team was select a team without the big 3(Dilshan,Sanga & Mahela)...thats what India did in recent past....this was a great opportunity for Sri Lankan selectors to instill young blood & hopefully at the end of the series, Sri lanka would have got couple of talented youngsters come out...dont agree with Ms.Cricket that Mahela should be out from ODI side...at the end of the day experience matters & World Cup will be played in Australia & New Zealand so Mahela's experience will count in those conditions...i hope people from both countries stop fighting over silly things once & for all...cheers

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 11, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ as they restricted SL under 300 and took 9 wickets being a week spin team. Apart from 3 or 4 known names every one else is new to International cricket in NZ. NZ definitely has the heart to chase 288. It is like NZ B team vs SL, but clearly I appreciate NZ for giving chances to new players. Coming to SL, its same old horses game. SL is clearly struggling to find new talent. I don't even remember when SL has won without Dill, Mahela, Sanga. Wonder how many days SL can sustain on big 3 legs. Other hand NZ is giving chances to new players even in overseas series and that too on spin track. and SL could have easily given chances to new players knowing the fact that its in their own den, and they playing against a number 8 position's B grade team. AP Devcich figures are 33 runs/2 wkts, Very impressive. I wish all the best NZ for at least giving chances to new talent and all my wishes are with you.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | November 10, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    Sri Lanka need to look forward. Mahela has to go now and a faster scoring middle order batsman needs to be blooded. Dilshan could play till 2015 however a standby needs to be groomed. Sangakarra is the only one who is irreplacable at the moment.

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Our young guns such as Thirimanna, Karunaratne and Chandimal has proved again, they are nothing but failures.

  • POSTED BY jalebi_bai on | November 10, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    @ Blade-Runner Sri Lanka showed their might against mighty Saffers a few months ago by escaping a 3-0 thrashing in T20s in their own backyard. Mighty indeed !!

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 10, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    If SL board really cares about this series, they should reschedule all matches of this ODI n T20 series to daytime instead of daynighters. This must be the nth time that rain has washed away a match in SL during the 2nd innings of an ODI. Bowl a googly to this northeast monsoon wind bringing unseasonal rains

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | November 10, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Nice to see Angelo back in form.....

  • POSTED BY Black_Rider on | November 10, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    In my point of view I think Sanga, Mahela, Dilli going to play next WC. They have a good record in Australia in past couple of years. Still Dilly is our best fielder and Mahela fields brilliantly anywhere. Well nothing to talk about Sangakkara. He is a great WK. Despite age each of them are in well shape. So why replace them with inexperience guys.

    I would love to see Thisara Perera or kapugedara instead of 'Thiri' or 'Chandi'.

    We have a balanced bowling attack right now. Kula, Mali, Sachitra and Ranaga will do loads of good in upcoming matches. Sachitra should play every game. With ranaga they can be a deadly spinning combo.

  • POSTED BY Misguided_saint on | November 10, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    At last NZ managed to save a game!!

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | November 10, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Well played sanga and mathews.Our nation is progressing no further than our big 3. Really worried about the future of our cricket after our old heros retire. Chandimal and lahiru thirimanne dont look like short format materials. I feel we are overhyping these two. Have to look for alternate talents. Where are we heading towards

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 10, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @gsingh7 - nice to see you follwoing our team again my friend. glad that you have so much concern for our team but dont worry people said the same when Asanka, Hashan & Roshan retired too..(you might want to google them) and they were replaced and we moved onwards...we have plenty of quality youngsters coming..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 10, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    if there is thisara srilanka easily gone pass 300..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 10, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    i am sure thrimmane and chandimal perform well if they play at 3 4.. but mahela must drop and get in thisara perera ..

  • POSTED BY SILVERSANGA on | November 10, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    I have no idea what critics want SL to do. If SL wins it doesn't count bcz NZ is a minnow and it is at home! If SL loses then it's a shameful defeat to a team who even lost to Bangladesh! This is simply laughable.

    At least SL offer balanced pitches for a fair competition between the bat and ball . A solid 280 would be a match winning score in SL and SL batsmen like Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan are versatile batsmen, not some 350 smashing home track bullies.

    Sanga has proven his capabilities all over the world. Remember his 130* against England chasing 300 in CT? He was the best ICC player.

    At this moment no need to worry about the future as our Sanga, Dillie and Mahel trio doing exceptionally well and they will carry on till 2015 WC. Wish best of luck to them.

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    I am predicting SL will win the series 2-0. NZ already lost the series to BAN. So it would be hurting to see if SL failed to defeat them 2-0 whitewash.

  • POSTED BY Poholiyadda on | November 10, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    @ golgoal : did you forget the Sanga's match winning 90 against the windies in swinging, seaming & bouncing conditions in the Champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY F22R on | November 10, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Cannot think 100% wise regarding the decisions of playing all three seniors for the only reason of winning just a tournament. Its okay for Test matches. But for ODI's? as a sri lankan i am sick of looking SL batting which only feature seniors about 35 overs. I am 100% sure that our youngsters will do their job and will continue the flamboyant SL style of cricket for the next generation. but I think this is the time to pass the batten. The only reason I see playing all three seniors with the objective of for the preparation for the 2015 world cup. Cricinfo pls publish

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    sri lankan management shown their lak of maturity again . I see some people blaming on youngsters again . we are still stick to old guns while teams like india giving responsibilities to their youngsters and making amazing batsmen like Kholi . we give Chandimal Thirimanna places where they cant bat and make them mature as batsment without confidence . They are naturally not middle order batsmen . If management need to play Sanga and Mahela on 3,4 dont put chandimal thirimanna on the team . Make some real middle order batsmen and strengthen middle order . And have some rotation policy on Sanga , Mahela , Thirimanna , Chandimal .

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | November 10, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    where is young talented players from sl. all i see is three seniors plus slinging action bowler playing every game. the day three senior batsmen retire sl will be no better than bangladesh or pakistan, as things stand. dont forget that they are in high 30s and younger batsmen are not upto the mark. not very bright future for sl .

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    next match XI should be: 1. Kusal\Dimuth 2. Dilshan 3. Sanga 4. Thirimanne 5. Chandimal 6. Priyangan 7. Mathews 8. Kulasekara 9. Senanayake 10. Malinga 11. Mendis No Jayawardene as he is not playing well

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | November 10, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Failure of both Thirimanne and Chandimal in the same match is especially a big concern.

  • POSTED BY loke_cricfan on | November 10, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Really disappointing from SL cricket board. Jayawardene avg is 33, age 36+, still persisting in the team. Its okay with Sanga and Dili because they playing well. If SL want to play all the 3 seniors, they should split them in batting order such as 1, 4, & 7 positions, insert youngsters in position such as 2,3,5,6. The 3 senior pros are will be age 38+ at the time of world cup, will they be fit at that time, will they save the extra 1 run in the field. SL should think forward and take some bold steps. If they still want to persist with 3, don't let all 3 to bat at top order. The 3 players are selfish and are reluctant to bat down the order. Dilshan should play 5 or 7 to handle the 2nd powerplay, sanga or mahela one in top and one in middle not before 4.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 10, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Slinga Malinga strikes in the very first over !!! What a lovely inswinging yorker that was. The pride of Lions #Legend

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Looks a very balanced SL side with 2 pace bowlers and 2 spinners. The bowling has variety. Dilshan can roll his arm over. Maybe Jeevan mendis in good form withe his spin can be useful instead of Thirimanne especially when the solid Chandimal is playing.

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Chandimal and Thirimanne should have been batting at 4 & 5 as neither are good pinch-hitters. and after this innings, perhaps Mathews should become a specialist batsman as his bowling is not very prolific.

  • POSTED BY Cannondale on | November 10, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Very few spectators in stadium despite the fact that match is on Sunday

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 10, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @coolitbaby ; Sri Lanka showed their might against mighty Saffers a few months ago by giving a 4-1 thrashing. And they are doing it again, that too on a grassy/pacy pitch.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | November 10, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Sri Lanka team looks completely refreshed and rearing to go. Breaks are so crucial at the highest level and expect them to cruise this 3-0. New Zealand are minnows now after that 3-0 drubbing to an improving Bangladesh side.

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | November 10, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    same old same old. sangakkara roaring back to form on home pitches. what happens to this guy and mahela in world tournmanets like champions trophy. scored runs at strike rate of 20 against strong teams even when pitches were not doing much. pathetic really.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | November 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    no surprises here. home made pitches, weak and tired nz team, and sanga and the lankans turn world beaters again. high time that sanga and mahela start winning some trophies for sl or quit and make way for youngsters. enough of meaningless run accumulation sanga/mahela. lets see you win some championships for sl.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | November 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    hahaha sanga and sl showing their might against weakened nz team on tailor made home pitches. anybody surprised?

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | November 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    there you go. sangakara back in form. weak bowlers, home pitches, no help for bowlers.. sanga is the king, isn't he? wonder what happened to him during champions trophy etc when there was just a bit more juice in the pitch..

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | November 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    very interesting. sangakkara was struggling to put bat to ball in champions trophy. scored 7odd runs in 40+balls against india. now on home prepared pitches against weak bowling he has turned into superman again. bravo.

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | November 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Thisara Perera would be another historical iron man for islanders at the expense of 3 seniors. Don't know why????

    Is Thisara Perera still not good enough for SL think tank to make it into final 11?? Ironical part is that whoever replacement player being selected never make any impact on the ground for at least few minutes. Whether it is kusal-mangal or Dimuth. Out for first ball golden duck against Kyle mills.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 10, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    King Sanga is on song.

    Waltz Sangakkara, Waltz Sangakkara.... Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today...... Who's that trundling in - just hit him for a six or four..... Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today....

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | November 10, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    A good swinging wicket with green tinge on it. Better than a flat track with a 350 excess average score.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 10, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Playing 3 masters against second string new Zealand. looks like Sri Lanka is heading forward like our Pakistan team. why are they not giving chance to youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | November 10, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    As usual Sri Lanka seniors doing all the hard yards. Lack of quality youngsters and the team's future looks very bleak indeed :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Thissara Pere is left out? what? are these guys crazy.

  • POSTED BY on | November 10, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Thissara Pere is left out? what? are these guys crazy.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | November 10, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    As usual Sri Lanka seniors doing all the hard yards. Lack of quality youngsters and the team's future looks very bleak indeed :)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 10, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Playing 3 masters against second string new Zealand. looks like Sri Lanka is heading forward like our Pakistan team. why are they not giving chance to youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | November 10, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    A good swinging wicket with green tinge on it. Better than a flat track with a 350 excess average score.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 10, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    King Sanga is on song.

    Waltz Sangakkara, Waltz Sangakkara.... Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today...... Who's that trundling in - just hit him for a six or four..... Don't stop ya-Waltz Sangakkara, today....

  • POSTED BY SandipManjrekar on | November 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Thisara Perera would be another historical iron man for islanders at the expense of 3 seniors. Don't know why????

    Is Thisara Perera still not good enough for SL think tank to make it into final 11?? Ironical part is that whoever replacement player being selected never make any impact on the ground for at least few minutes. Whether it is kusal-mangal or Dimuth. Out for first ball golden duck against Kyle mills.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | November 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    very interesting. sangakkara was struggling to put bat to ball in champions trophy. scored 7odd runs in 40+balls against india. now on home prepared pitches against weak bowling he has turned into superman again. bravo.

  • POSTED BY just_chill_chill on | November 10, 2013, 10:30 GMT

    there you go. sangakara back in form. weak bowlers, home pitches, no help for bowlers.. sanga is the king, isn't he? wonder what happened to him during champions trophy etc when there was just a bit more juice in the pitch..

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | November 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    hahaha sanga and sl showing their might against weakened nz team on tailor made home pitches. anybody surprised?

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | November 10, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    no surprises here. home made pitches, weak and tired nz team, and sanga and the lankans turn world beaters again. high time that sanga and mahela start winning some trophies for sl or quit and make way for youngsters. enough of meaningless run accumulation sanga/mahela. lets see you win some championships for sl.