Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Pallekele

Need better tactics against pace trio - Jayawardene

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

June 8, 2012

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Umar Gul picked up the first three wickets, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Pallekele, June 7, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene made just 3 in 20 balls © AFP
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Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, has said his team's batsmen need to prepare better to take on Pakistan's pace attack. The trio of Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir have caused the hosts' top order problems on the tour so far; Gul and Sami shared six wickets in Pakistan's win in the first ODI in Pallekele. Sri Lanka were restricted to 135 for 8 in a rain-affected game after they had been reduced to 56 for 6 at one stage.

"They are wicket-taking bowlers and are creating opportunities," Jayawardene said after the game. "We discussed it is important we don't give too many wickets upfront with the new ball especially to those three guys.

"Once you expose the middle order, then they get some quality spinners and it's going to be tough for the rest of the batsmen. That's something we need to tactically tackle and see how we can combat properly."

Jayawardene said Tanvir, in particular, had improved since the last time Sri Lanka played him and his unusual action together with the swing and movement was a challenge. "We played Tanvir about three to four years ago but he wasn't accurate at the time. We were getting a lot of loose deliveries. Now he's got more control and a bit of pace as well.

"We need to try and get a good rhythm going with him because he is unusual than the other bowlers, so we need to make sure we tackle that swing first of all and at the same time the variation he has."

Jayawardene defended his decision to bat in conditions that seemed favourable for bowling, given the track had been under the covers and had some moisture in it. "I don't think batting first was the case," he said. "It was just that we had to make sure we didn't lose too many wickets in the first 20-25 overs, especially with the two new balls, and then try to set it up for the last 20 overs.

"If we had batted a bit better and got somewhere to 190, it would have been a tougher challenge chasing. Pakistan's track record in the last six months against us has been pretty good and it was up to us to try and change that but we didn't play to our potential."

The game in Pallekele was Mohammad Hafeez's 100th ODI and proved to be a good one for him. He picked up 2 for 20 in 10 overs and made 37. "As an opener and as a senior player my role is just to go there and spend more time on the pitch," Hafeez said.

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Posted by TissaPerera on (June 9, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

Mahela always say the same excuse, "they balled really well...." Well, Well,,,,, thats why we have a Professional team... To play Good Balls. If they can not play good balls, then they are not Professionals. I can play in the national team if other teams give me only bad balls. :) He says "Need to find a better way..." Why haven't they found it yet. Playing Cricket for so long..... Beats me. What an excuse from our so called World Class Professional Batsman. Practice for Good Balls and find a strategy to play them well at least from now on please.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

our seniours are letting youngsters down.They should retire if they cant hold their wkt till 10th over evn in home conditions

Posted by Sageleaf on (June 8, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

I totally agree with TissaPerera and Im also with James Anderson's comment here.Do our senior players have any commitment? Pakistan has great record with us. What have we done to overcome it? So far NONE. Coaches come and go and have we achieved anything? Its pathetic to see how we lose the top few wickets in all matches so far. I think its about time few senior players hang their boots and give the younger players to play at least the ODI. its very annoying to see how they get out and mind you Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan are top players in the world. Mathews should be dropped. If only they could prove me wrong by winning the ODI series then its fine but Pakistan will win the ODI series.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

mahela u shud manage your batting line up well, get tharanga or thirimane to open in ODIs n get dilshan to bat down (5th) the order in ODIs, hes never done well as opener unless its a batting track, if dilshan bats down it will benefit the middle order with experience n also we got a hard hitter to finish things like someone like mike hussey or afridi. if angelo mathews is the vice captain y dont u make him bat a bit up the order.

"It's pathetic how Dilshan confronted the bowlers upfront. Swinging and slashing at every ball like a clown." i like this comment Mr silva

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Srilanka is always relying on their big guns the great trio of mahela,sanga and dilshan.They have to find a way out if these guys fail.Thirmanna,Mathews all have to step up to make this series a interesting one and help their team cause

Posted by S.N.Singh on (June 8, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT SRI LANKA BATSMEN DO NOT NEED NEED BETTER TATIC TO PLAY PAKISTAN MEDIUM /FAST BOWLING. THEY ARE EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE SITUATION. WHAT THEY HVE TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT IT IS A DIFFERENT FORMAT OF CRICKET. ODI IS FIFTY OVERS AND THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT ? JAYAWARDENE AND SANGAKARA NEED TO BUILD PARTNERSHIP, CHANDIMAL IS A GREAT BATSMAN BUT HE NEED TO HAVE A BACK UP WITH HIM. THE PAKISTAN SPIN BOWLING IS MORE WORISOME THAN THE TRIO THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. SO PL;AY THE GAME AND STOP MKE EXCUSE. S.N.SINGH, USA

Posted by TissaPerera on (June 8, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

I think Mahela's diplomacy putting a negative mindset on others. He was praising Pakistan bowlers as world class. That brings a negative thoughts in the dressing room. What about our players, we have so many world class players he never bother to praise and give moral pat in their back. I remember Arjuna was telling Shane Warne was just an ordinary Bowler (When Warne was a real world class bowler) That type of talk gives your own players some encouragements. Both Mahela and Sanga are way too diplomatic as leaders. Thats why we keep losing even though we have talent in my opinion.

Posted by Tamilpower on (June 8, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

No doubt the Sri Lankan batters have struggled lately but the wickets have something to do with it! This is the same side that recently played so well in Australia! I think the effect of the IPL is evident as batters want to smash the ball from the get go and disregard the movement of the ball etc... also Pakistan have a good bowling unit and because they are not playing much International cricket they play every game with a lot of conviction. However, even the Pakistan batting is extremely poor! If Sl had got 50 more runs then I think Pak would also struggle! So both sides have major batting problems but on paper SL is better batting side! Also for the size and recent controversies involving both PaK and SL its a mighty effort that they can still compete at this level! Compare to India, WI and NZ who have no social or political strife's and yet are average sides at best! I would actually say that both Pak and Sl are punching above their weight and should be applauded by their fans!

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 12:36 GMT)

Keep the dam wicket until the 10th over atleast. simple formula for the operners.

Posted by   on (June 8, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

It is very good decision to play Azhar Ali because he is technically very sound espicially when two new bowls of the ether end. If I am the Caption of Pakistan, i said to Azhar that you hold the one end strike rate mast be 60+ Asad Shafiq badluck to U to not selected.

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