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

Dilshan's scoop addiction

Plays from the first ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota

The scoop shot junkie
On a day when Tillakaratne Dilshan appeared to be short of fluency, he seemed addicted to trying one of the most difficult shots in the game - even if it is one of his own devisement. Dilshan scooped one over his shoulder as early as the seventh over, and when Corey Anderson came on to bowl during the batting Powerplay, he appeared intent on playing no other stroke. He sent Anderson's second ball of the 38th over above the keeper, then tried it again next ball, but missed. He played the scoop again successfully on the penultimate ball, but eventually, Anderson got wise. The last ball of the over was slightly slower and Dilshan was early into the shot, sending it straight up for the advancing wicketkeeper to pouch.

The adaptive advance
Angelo Mathews says he loves to play the hook and pull and, although he got himself into an awful position for the shot in the 36th over, a good eye and quick hands ensured he executed it superbly. Having already hit a four in the over, Mathews ran down the track to Mitchell McClenaghan who dug the ball in very short, maybe having seen Mathews charging. The wise thing at this point would perhaps have been to duck but Mathews, with his Plan A foiled, was still keen to be aggressive. Judging the length quickly, Mathews hooked the ball, which was above head height when it reached him, and he connected so well the ball pierced the gap on the leg-side boundary, well in front of square.

The sense of déjà vu
Almost a year ago, against the same team, Dimuth Karunaratne had been lbw for a duck on Test debut, to a ball that pitched around off stump and swung back into him. Though he hit a torrent of List A and first-class runs in the past three months, he suffered almost exactly the same fate in his first ODI in two years. Kyle Mills pitched the first ball of the innings on middle stump, angled across the left-hander, and got it to straighten off the seam. Karunaratne could not get his feet moving and was struck in front of the stumps on the crease, leaving the umpire with an easy decision.

The yorker
Lasith Malinga has an excellent record against New Zealand, having terrorised many of the visitors' batsmen before. Chasing a tall total, newbie Anton Devcich became Malinga's latest victim, falling prey to his trademark yorker in the first over. Malinga had swung a couple of deliveries onto the batsman's legs, and bowled a wide down the leg side, but on the penultimate ball of the over, he got the ball to move in towards the batsman from outside the off stump. Devcich misjudged both the line and the length of the ball, and it continued unimpeded to strike the base of middle and off stump.

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

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  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2013, 7:47 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......?

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    I don't understand how and on what basis playing 11 is selected... what chandimal and thirimanne is doing lower down the order, neither they are good hitters and are built heavily to slog few.. Either of them should be replaced by Thisara perera at the lower order who can hit long long sixes at the end and a useful bowler and good athletic fielder.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    YES! Another series along with the SA vs Pak series also not shown in Australia... No wonder the country's cricket is going backwards as most people here are more conserned with NFL and baseball... Fox Sports 1 = Soccer, Fox sports 2 = NFL, Fox Sports 3 = Golf highlights... WHILE LIVE CRICKET IS BEING PLAYED SOMEWHERE!! I am on cricinfo ALOT

  • Brent on November 10, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Another international series not shown by Australian PayTV (foxtel).... Yeh lets watch premier division spanish soccer instead.... At least we can rely on cricinfo! That yorker is deadly. Hopefully hes coming back to the BBL to ruin some careers :D! awesome to watch

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