Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd T20, Pallekele November 21, 2013

Sri Lanka cruise to series win

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Sri Lanka 143 for 2 (Dilshan 59*, Kusal 57) beat New Zealand 142 for 7 (Ronchi 34*, Devcich 30) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan struck 96 rapid runs together, as Sri Lanka comfortably hunted down New Zealand's modest 142 for 7 to take the series 1-0. Both hit half-centuries, and while Kusal's was the more belligerent, and the more attractive, Dilshan again whet his increasing appetite to bring chases home. He was unbeaten on 59 off 49 balls - his seventh international fifty in eight innings - after Kusal had walloped 57 from 37.

Miserly debutant Ramith Rambukwella had been the only man to deliver four overs in a row for Sri Lanka, as Dinesh Chandimal made fine use of the Twenty20 bowling stocks at his disposal. All seven bowlers were called upon, injected in short spells and replaced swiftly when the batsmen showed signs of comfort. New Zealand did not suffer a collapse, but partnerships were prevented, and on a tacky surface, Sri Lanka's controlled showing prevented even the in-form Nathan McCullum from doing unmanageable damage at the death.

Though Kusal's innings was emphatic, it had its share of good fortune. He lofted his second ball high over the long-on boundary, but two deliveries later, should have been trudging back to the dugout, when he pulled Mitchell McClenaghan to Andrew Ellis, at backward square-leg. Ellis shelled that chance, perhaps because the ball was hit so hard, but Colin Munro did not have that excuse on the long leg boundary, when he too spilt one, with Kusal on 39.

In between the drops, Kusal's strokes veered from excellent to extraordinary. A swinging length ball from Kyle Mills was launched into the sightscreen before he leant back to the next delivery and eased it between point and cover. A good eye and lightning bat speed are the pillars of his batting, and though there were plays and misses as well, the balls he hit almost invariably sped off the bat.

Even in his short international career, though, he has tended to perish attacking, and despite two let offs, he did so again. Having crossed 50 off 31 balls - his second Twenty20 half-century - he came down the pitch to send Rob Nicol high into the air, off his top edge. Nicol moved a few meters to his left to complete the catch.

In what is developing into a trend, for Dilshan, he was the slower of the two batsmen, whose partnership propelled Sri Lanka well beyond the asking rate and to eventual victory. There were no flashy strokes in his fifty, only measured attacks on poor bowling. Showing respect to New Zealand bowlers he did not fancy, he made sure he would be around to soak up the large crowd's applause at the end.

Hamish Rutherford had waited all tour for a match, but lasted only four balls, nicking Nuwan Kulasekara's first ball - an away-swinger - to the keeper. Charging down the pitch to miscue an Angelo Mathews' short ball, Neil Broom failed to impress in his first match for New Zealand in three-and-a-half years.

The early strikes forced caution into New Zealand's batting, and perhaps they reasoned they would make amends with violence later on, as they had in the ODIs. Only, no pair truly established rhythm at the crease, and the bowling changes brought wickets as well as a subdued run rate. Until the 16th over, New Zealand did not score at much more than a run-a-ball.

McCullum had been a high-impact batsman during the ODIs, and though flashes of that form bore two fours in the penultimate over, the tackiness of the surface and a controlled death-overs showing from Sri Lanka prevented him from truly freeing his arms. He was run out going for an ambitious second in the final over, before a hitherto expensive Lasith Malinga trapped Nicol in front.

Rambukwella produced exactly the sort of spell he had been picked for, conceding less than five an over with his tight offspin. He rarely departed from the length ball, pitched outside off stump, but his skill was tweaking the manner in which the ball arrived. Some were flighted, others were slow and flat, but most were darted in - sometimes after a pause in his delivery stride.

Sri Lanka's eight-wicket win was an apt reflection of their dominance over a severely depleted New Zealand side, and the hosts protect their No. 1 ranking as well. This match was supposed to be the second in the series, but Tuesday's game was rained out, turning this into a one-off.

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

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  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 22, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/engine/match/602477.html this is BD and SL T20 match palyed last February without 3 seniors in Palekale.this match SL team scord 198. the guy who tells Pallekalle is difficult fast track now what's ur answer? if IND,AUS played in this track they will definitely scored 200. then can u tell y 1st Rank SL team defeat in 2 T20 WC finals. one against PAK 2009, and other against WI 2012 in a flat track. is there a point Ranking as 1 without wining WC. if not Kusal played 57 of 37 can SL win d match.can't. otherwise Thisara should hammered. i think 99% of SL fans not belive reality but they have to do after 2014 T20 WC

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

    @Albert_cambell. If you are not believing ICC rankings, I could say Ind,WI, Eng are top T20 teams. Playing more games will not make a team TOP.lol.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 22, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @Albert_cambell . In T20 WCs SA and NZ were at semis once and lost all other three in super8. On the other hand India won a cup and lost other three in super8. How can you forget the last WC were SA lost all 3 matches? India won at least 2 of them. Even Australia have better results than SA in the T20 WCs.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | November 22, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I don't see any logic of asking to retire big 3, especially Sanga and Dilshan. If you see their last 4-5 years performance, their performance is still increasing. Check their averages in tests and ODI. Even in Mahelas test average is increasing. But, Sachin had a declining performance for the same period. Still he managed to survive for couple of years. It is unfair and headless comments, esp from Indian fans asking the big 3 to retire.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | November 22, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully. We deserve to be there in the top 3. We defeated No.1 team SL and No.2 team Pak in their home grounds. SL,PAK and SA are the top teams in T20 cricket. They hold an overall winning percentage of 60% in T20s. But I dont know how a mediocre team like India got into the top 3, after beating low ranked team like Aus. They even lost to NZ at home. They failed qualify to the Semi finals in the 3 last 3 T20 world cups.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I don't know why this people blaming mahela and saying that chandimal can win games for sl.chandimal's strike rate is less than 100 and average is wellshort of 20.but when you look at mahela his average is well over 30 and strike rate is almost 140.and he has most no. of 70+ scores in the world.And he was ranked no.1 and currently 5.he is the top ranked t20 player for sl as well.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 22, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Face saving win for SL considering the fact that they were unable to win ODI series. Just wonder how a mediocre SA team listed as no:3 in T20 even if they lost to NZ, Pak and SL recently.

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | November 22, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    I wish hesson would explain the point of the tour from an nz perspective. .every other team in the world has a unchanged consistent team , with winning habits a target...nzc is a unexplained mess..why would we watch nz cricket when the ashes is on?

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 22, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Cant believe that there are so many Sri Lankans having a go at Mahela, didnt they see the ridiculous umpiring decision he got today? For all the haters moaning about our "ageing" team => well sone to Kusal on his batting ( aged 23 ) and well bowled to rambukwella ( aged 22) , theres also Chandimal ( aged 24) , Thisara (aged24 ) and Angelo (aged 26) and also thirrimanne ( aged 24) who didnt get a game today..yes we have three over 35's but we also have the youngsters and even though its only T20, still the #1 ranking...

  • POSTED BY dhanuja on | November 22, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Selectors should give more chances to Kusal bcz he will be our next batting sensation. Amazing thing is we can forget his failiers easily

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 22, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/engine/match/602477.html this is BD and SL T20 match palyed last February without 3 seniors in Palekale.this match SL team scord 198. the guy who tells Pallekalle is difficult fast track now what's ur answer? if IND,AUS played in this track they will definitely scored 200. then can u tell y 1st Rank SL team defeat in 2 T20 WC finals. one against PAK 2009, and other against WI 2012 in a flat track. is there a point Ranking as 1 without wining WC. if not Kusal played 57 of 37 can SL win d match.can't. otherwise Thisara should hammered. i think 99% of SL fans not belive reality but they have to do after 2014 T20 WC

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

    @Albert_cambell. If you are not believing ICC rankings, I could say Ind,WI, Eng are top T20 teams. Playing more games will not make a team TOP.lol.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 22, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @Albert_cambell . In T20 WCs SA and NZ were at semis once and lost all other three in super8. On the other hand India won a cup and lost other three in super8. How can you forget the last WC were SA lost all 3 matches? India won at least 2 of them. Even Australia have better results than SA in the T20 WCs.

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | November 22, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I don't see any logic of asking to retire big 3, especially Sanga and Dilshan. If you see their last 4-5 years performance, their performance is still increasing. Check their averages in tests and ODI. Even in Mahelas test average is increasing. But, Sachin had a declining performance for the same period. Still he managed to survive for couple of years. It is unfair and headless comments, esp from Indian fans asking the big 3 to retire.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | November 22, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully. We deserve to be there in the top 3. We defeated No.1 team SL and No.2 team Pak in their home grounds. SL,PAK and SA are the top teams in T20 cricket. They hold an overall winning percentage of 60% in T20s. But I dont know how a mediocre team like India got into the top 3, after beating low ranked team like Aus. They even lost to NZ at home. They failed qualify to the Semi finals in the 3 last 3 T20 world cups.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I don't know why this people blaming mahela and saying that chandimal can win games for sl.chandimal's strike rate is less than 100 and average is wellshort of 20.but when you look at mahela his average is well over 30 and strike rate is almost 140.and he has most no. of 70+ scores in the world.And he was ranked no.1 and currently 5.he is the top ranked t20 player for sl as well.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | November 22, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Face saving win for SL considering the fact that they were unable to win ODI series. Just wonder how a mediocre SA team listed as no:3 in T20 even if they lost to NZ, Pak and SL recently.

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | November 22, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    I wish hesson would explain the point of the tour from an nz perspective. .every other team in the world has a unchanged consistent team , with winning habits a target...nzc is a unexplained mess..why would we watch nz cricket when the ashes is on?

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 22, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Cant believe that there are so many Sri Lankans having a go at Mahela, didnt they see the ridiculous umpiring decision he got today? For all the haters moaning about our "ageing" team => well sone to Kusal on his batting ( aged 23 ) and well bowled to rambukwella ( aged 22) , theres also Chandimal ( aged 24) , Thisara (aged24 ) and Angelo (aged 26) and also thirrimanne ( aged 24) who didnt get a game today..yes we have three over 35's but we also have the youngsters and even though its only T20, still the #1 ranking...

  • POSTED BY dhanuja on | November 22, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Selectors should give more chances to Kusal bcz he will be our next batting sensation. Amazing thing is we can forget his failiers easily

  • POSTED BY NAMAL.RP on | November 22, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Rambukwella is not enough standard for international cricket. I think team selection should do better than this. This is not good for SL cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    SriLankanYoungBlood : U C mate, Scores not only depend on firepower of a team but also pitches, and most 200+ matches weren't played on pitches which are tacky like Pallekale. talking about boundaries and classy battsmen u might want to know that these classy batters can score more boundaries on a better pitch after the powerplays much easier than the big hitters cause they know how to place the ball rather than try to butcher it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @SriLankanYoungBlood Even SL consists a team of classy batsmen still ranked No. 01 in T20 Cricket.. so nothing to worry...

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    SriLankanYoungBlood: Well brother, SL is still No 1 right? I wasn't talking of not hitting 4's n 6's. I was talking of putting the good balls away at least for a single! That is what players like MJ are good at. That is why he is right up there brushing shoulders with the power houses when it comes to strike rate while being the second most run scorer in T20I's. Not to mention him almost becoming the only player to score back to back 100's when he scored a 100 and a 97*(thnx to ur hero Kapu he ended 3 runs short).

    You are talking of the man who have the most 70+ scores in T20Is... a man who plays for the team's cause in all formats. Pay him the respect he deserves!!!

  • POSTED BY s.g.a. on | November 22, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    This is the team we should look foward, & try to win T20 world cup.if some time ajantha fail should give chance sachitra. i'm already 2 time mention this combination & this batting line up, finally i'm quite happy about team selection.thanks to selection commitee.

  • POSTED BY NAMAL.RP on | November 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Anjelo,Thirimanna and Chandimal must take their leadership responsible for victory. As a cricketer I know personally these three people have better mind set of the game.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 22, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    @Sa Kun when it comes to Test and ODI ur thoughts r acceptable. but T20 4,6 important in every ball. nowadays T20 players r very competitve and wining score rising to 200. IF u c d score boards of last BAN-NZ T20 andAUS-ENG T20,CLT T20,IPL,BPL u can understand. most r 180,190,200 and these days T20 Teams has separate Team which consist of Hard Hitters and ALL rounders. only SL team consist of Classy batsmen. not only u most SL fans/even commentaters think T20 is similar to ODI only bad balls put away.it's wrong. bro watch few other country T20 matches then u can understand.

  • POSTED BY prashadguruge on | November 22, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Jayawardene average 58 while opening the batting.he looks very fluent. He strike the ball nicely and take full advantage of the power play as well

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | November 22, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    In fact the critics of big 3 do not really care about the future of SL team and the chances of youngsters. They don't like to see the big 3 continue to serve the country, because if all 3 do not perform in the same match at least 2 perform. Most of those critics have their personal interests ahead of SL team's interest. I was never a fan of any one of those senior players. But I agree on one thing that critics say again and again. Give more chances to the youngsters. If they occupy front order and do well the juniors will get less exposure. That will be the downfall of SL team in big tournaments. That requires a change in batting order and one of the senior should be placed in No. 5 or 6 positions.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    oh common some one should comment about ramith rambukwella

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    SriLankanYoungBlood: It's the 4's and 6's that matters to your doesn't it? Well brother, it's actually the 1's and 2's that are made off the good balls that makes the difference in the end because most of the batsmen are good enough to put the bad balls away but just makes dot balls out of the good ones!!!

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | November 22, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    This shows SL are still ahead in a full match situation.

  • POSTED BY patchbatta on | November 22, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    I can't believe the comments by all the smart people contradicting the playing abilities of Mahela Jayawardene in the T2o format, because for the information of all you smarties he was rated as one of the best T20 captains out of the whole bunch of captains, he knows when he needs to get out before you smarties decide his departure.

    I am suprised that you thought chandimal and thirimanne would save this match for sri lanka by degrading the likes of one of the best players, oh you sad people!!!!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 22, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Ok first of all there are no SL 'Fans' who are criticizing Jayawardene - only one Eranda and judging by his calculative abilities and general cricket know-how people should not take him seriously. Dear Eranda, First of all Jayawardene is currently 36 years 179 days old and will be 37 years, 8 months, 18 days by the time SL play their first match of the Next World cup. Remember Cricket World cup is in 2015. Not 2016 - That is the Olympics. Pakistan are contemplating on using Misbah Ul Haq for the 2015 WC. FYI he is already 39 years old. And you talk of him being inconsistent - true he has not been as consistent as he was in say 2010 (we are taking T20 here ) But he played two crucial knocks in two of the T20s SL won in 2013 - 61 vs Aus. @ Melbourne and the 33 (@ strike rate of 206) . See in T20 you have only 20 overs. (In case you didn't know) and It's hard to score 100's and 50's. So a quick fire 30+ is very valuable.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | November 22, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    congrats SL. weldone Kusal and Bowlers specially ramith. if kusal no bat @3 the result will be different. all others 3 r struggling. Dil played 59 but most of the time by single rarely hit 4's. mahela and sanga struggling but thanks for poor fielding. mahela got out early that d one secret 4 win. if kusal like partner in other side match will end 12 th over. need 2 find 2 more young blasters like Kithruwan or Ashan. Ramith diid well to restrict 4 overs less than 5 and get a wicket. wish all the best 2 SL young guns

  • POSTED BY Gamaraala on | November 22, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    To all the non Sri Lankan fans who hate watching our big 3 play: Thanks, you've constantly reminded us of how we'd fail if we continue playing those 3. Why don't you people look at matters at home and wait till we lose the next WC finals (any format) to come back and say 'we told you so'? Till then, let us enjoy our #1 spot till then as you might if you are there. Cheers

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    Eranga Abeygunawardana.. yeah, in that SA match Mahela scored only 33 right? Did you notice that Sri Lanka were 67 in 5.5 overs at the time Mahela got out ,chasing down a 160? Well, if you understood the game you would have known that it was just a walk in the park from that point on to win the match.

    Mahela is actually the most underrated cricketer in the recent era. He always try to build an inning for the team. Half the time he fails trying to keep the team run rate going while your so called heroes(Other than TM, he plays for the team always) try to make 50s to keep their own average going! And when Mahela succeed, Sril Lanka wins!

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Wow.... I just can't believe my eyes. I'm not sure if people are talking of the same match. Mahela was 'Given out' when it actually wasn't and that's why he left early!! Comments like 'Mahela is done'.... Seriously? Did you even watch the last ODI?

    This is the problem with Sri Lankan cricket fans in general. The only thing you look at is 'how many runs' they make. A cricket match is like a story. Unfortunatly, our cricket fans only read the last few pages of the story book and then goes on writing a review.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 22, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    we love our players so much..when they win or loss the match...any one doesnt want to cry about our team.. i think mahela must play down the order and chandimal and thirimmane must play in top order or thirimmane must drop from 20 team..then thisara,mathews,rumbukwella can finish the game..(i heard rambukwella is a power hitter)

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Keep up the good work all people commenting. B'coz I remember how u guys wanted dili out of the team few months back then Sanga then when dili retired from tests u said he is greedy to play IPL. now it's u'r time to say similar things about Mahela, and when next time he hits a row of fifties and dili goes dry u'll be again switching, and that's what these guys deserve too. :(

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Truly commanding performance from the number 1 ranked team. I hope Rambukwella was selected because Senanayake is rested, he is the best spinner in SL in limited overs cricket

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | November 22, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    Glad that Kushal Perera was the man of the match. Yes he was lucky but that is a part of success. He must try to improve his patience as that is also crucial. I wish if Rambukwella was sent to tackle pressure rather than Sanga. Glad too that Rambukwella was our most economical of all bowlers cos he debutted last night. It is paramount that Kushal Perera performs well in UAE next month against Pakistan. Sachithra Senanayake should never have been dropped last night.

    As for NZ it was great to see them fight hard. Seems the weather is clearing as they are about to leave SL. Good luck NZ against Windies shortly. Devcich is a great player.

  • POSTED BY on | November 22, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Senanayeka should be in the team..kusal should open the inning and chandi to bat at 1st down kusal,dili,chandi,sanga,mayya/kapu,mathews,thisara,kula,sachithra,herath/mendis,malinga

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | November 22, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    If any one can perform they should stay in the team. this is excellent to try Rambukwella he is the tallest ... hit the bat higher

  • POSTED BY Haiderpakawsome on | November 21, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    I bet when I would turn 70, I would still be watching Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan playing for Srilanka. Does that mean they finding difficult to get some young talent? lol

  • POSTED BY alesana85 on | November 21, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Why is NZ playing more meaningless limited overs cricket? No one cared about the series in NZ. Would of been better to see a third test match against Bangladesh or NZ players playing for their provinces in the Plunket Shield. NZC wants to get better at the purest form of cricket, NZ players need to be playing as much 4 day or test cricket as they can. I remember a columnist on cricinfo recommending that NZ needed an orthodox approach to their batting during the tour to england, they need an orthodox approach all round.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    At least an alright effort from New Zealand, made a competition out of it. As with all 20/20 if a good player has a good night it is a batters game. I do feel sorry for bowlers now, they definitely seem like bowling machines

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    If Mahela don`t like to bat down the order he should leave..He is destroying Chandimal and Thirimanne as they bat at no 6,7..they are genuine no 3 , 4 players and two of the best young batters in the world..

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | November 21, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Yes congratulations beating a third string NZ team. Still relying on the likes of Sanga and Dilshan.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    @Blade Runner..It's only Dilshan who made Sri Lanka to no1 position in T20 few weeks ago against South Africa,,

    Look at Dilshan's 3 innings in ODi and an inning in T20 against New Zealand. He made FOUR 50' s for those four innings and even in SA tournament he made a century and five fifties..but what about Mahela..he was fail as ALWAYS...not a single 50 Scored during those two tounamants .DID he? I haven't seen a such a inconstant batsman but much overrated than MAHELA...

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | November 21, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    To call this a series win is kind of silly when you play only one match. Don't know who and how the timing of this series in SL was approved, but doesn't seem right. I am afraid neither the fans not the players from both sides would have been happy.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | November 21, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    mahela is done. He is old and should retire to give youngster a chance.

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

    finally a decent performance from youngsters. well done to rambukwella and kj perera

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 21, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @Albert_cambell ; You forgot one thing that Sri Lanka have 2 T20's against BD in February right after PAK tour. :P Altogether 4 T20's before the WC. :P

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | November 21, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Pathetic team selection. Rambukwella ahead of senanayake. Serously? Senanayake is the spinner in SL at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 21, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    For all these SL fans who are criticizing Mahela : Have you even watched the match today ? Mahela was a victim of an umpiring howler. The ball pitched outside the leg and our very own SL umpire couldn't wait to raise his finger. May I remind y'all how his rapid innings helped us to retain our T20 no. 1 position against SA a few weeks ago. Don't take these veteran players for granted. In fact we're lucky to have 'em.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy, bro this is our team, we selectors knows well that who need to be selected and not, pls not cry............

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | November 21, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    As a South African, I wanted Kiwis to beat SL 2-0. So that we can take the No 1 spot after beating pakistan on tomorrow. Now it seems unlikely after SL winning this game. But anyways congratz to SL for keeping your No.1 spot. We will fancy our chances against Aussies in march as we got 3 T20s coming in. Too bad CSA dint schedule any T20s against the mediocre Indian team. I am also hoping that SL loses the T20 series to Pakistan next month in UAE.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Sanga should leav t20 and let mahela and dilshan play with the youngsters. Mayb after the t20 world cup in bangladesh Mahela should leav in respect. but dilshan should play for a while with the young guns.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    well bating Kusal nice rambuk performance all the best guys we are waiting for Dubai tour welcome to Dubai

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 21, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Srilanka played very good. kuala was great batting. Keep batting good

  • POSTED BY Sinhabahu on | November 21, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    The MoM in the last ODI was dropped to make way for a minister's son. I'm sure everyone can make up their own mind on this.

  • POSTED BY Go_Lions_Go on | November 21, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    A good practice match for Sri Lanka. We expected more from Kiwis. Again Kusal Perera showed why he should have permanent place in the SL squad. Well done boys.

  • POSTED BY King_Ravanaa on | November 21, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    @indian cool guy... we know you are not even a indian. worry about your minnow team. we don't need your advice for our team. its our own matter.

    kusal played brilliantly, good bowling by debutant ramith and youngstes field like lightning

  • POSTED BY 22many on | November 21, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    I note Kenya had a good win by 40 balls..

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Kusal & Ramitha hit on the faces of haters who says SL youngsters r nt talented well done guys! keep it up

  • POSTED BY KallisTheGreatest on | November 21, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Sachitra Senanayake last 3 T20 spells: 4.0 0 14 3 3.50 v South Africa 4.0 0 18 2 4.50 v South Africa 4.0 0 20 0 5.00 v South Africa Ramith bowled really well today, but dropping senanayake is not a good move.Because he can bowl in power plays(can open the bowling as well) + he is the 2nd best fielder in the Sri Lankan line up.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | November 21, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @ IndianCoolGuy; These are kind of practice matches for the World T20I 2014. This is no time to do experiments. Why should SL drop 3 players who are automatic choices in the T20I team? On the other hand why should SL risk their #1 T20 rank to do experiments?

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Dilshan Made his 4th concecetive 50 in the Tournament .He is best as always. Only weak link in the team is Mahela. For last couple of years Mahela has been inconcistant.

    We feel like Jayasuriya back tio the team watching Kusal's inning. Such a positive batsman. Mahela is 37 years old now. When the next world cup is played he will be around 40 years old. So If we concentrate next world world cup Sri Lanka now should concentrate on young talents like Kusal. They may be fail today, but with time they will definitely be asset to the team.Dont forget that Marven started his career with SIX concecetive Zeros but end with most 200+ scorer in test. We have to wait till then.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 21, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Even t20 also Big 3 are not giving chances to youngsters? lol. You need not to be more talented to play t20, compared to Test, and ODI and even there also seniors do not want to loose their place? O my God. What Selectors are doing there? Its a home ground, known conditions, they are playing against week team, what more they need to give chances to youngsters? Selectors should drop Big 3 to give a chance to youngsters. If not, then I am 100% sure that they are going to pay for these mistakes.

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | November 21, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    It was a good day for kusal. Dilli was brilliant as usual. Another clinical performance today.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Kusal Perera is on fire ..:)

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | November 21, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Decent debut for rambuk. Have to see how he shapes up.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    big mistake to leave out senanayake

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  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    big mistake to leave out senanayake

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | November 21, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Decent debut for rambuk. Have to see how he shapes up.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | November 21, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Kusal Perera is on fire ..:)

  • POSTED BY NAYANADINI on | November 21, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    It was a good day for kusal. Dilli was brilliant as usual. Another clinical performance today.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 21, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    Even t20 also Big 3 are not giving chances to youngsters? lol. You need not to be more talented to play t20, compared to Test, and ODI and even there also seniors do not want to loose their place? O my God. What Selectors are doing there? Its a home ground, known conditions, they are playing against week team, what more they need to give chances to youngsters? Selectors should drop Big 3 to give a chance to youngsters. If not, then I am 100% sure that they are going to pay for these mistakes.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Dilshan Made his 4th concecetive 50 in the Tournament .He is best as always. Only weak link in the team is Mahela. For last couple of years Mahela has been inconcistant.

    We feel like Jayasuriya back tio the team watching Kusal's inning. Such a positive batsman. Mahela is 37 years old now. When the next world cup is played he will be around 40 years old. So If we concentrate next world world cup Sri Lanka now should concentrate on young talents like Kusal. They may be fail today, but with time they will definitely be asset to the team.Dont forget that Marven started his career with SIX concecetive Zeros but end with most 200+ scorer in test. We have to wait till then.

  • POSTED BY Dhutugemunu on | November 21, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @ IndianCoolGuy; These are kind of practice matches for the World T20I 2014. This is no time to do experiments. Why should SL drop 3 players who are automatic choices in the T20I team? On the other hand why should SL risk their #1 T20 rank to do experiments?

  • POSTED BY KallisTheGreatest on | November 21, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Sachitra Senanayake last 3 T20 spells: 4.0 0 14 3 3.50 v South Africa 4.0 0 18 2 4.50 v South Africa 4.0 0 20 0 5.00 v South Africa Ramith bowled really well today, but dropping senanayake is not a good move.Because he can bowl in power plays(can open the bowling as well) + he is the 2nd best fielder in the Sri Lankan line up.

  • POSTED BY on | November 21, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Kusal & Ramitha hit on the faces of haters who says SL youngsters r nt talented well done guys! keep it up

  • POSTED BY 22many on | November 21, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    I note Kenya had a good win by 40 balls..