Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI v Pakistanis, Moratuwa

All-round Thisara powers President's XI win

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 20, 2014

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Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI 325 for 7 (Priyanjan 65, Vithanage 56, Perera 52*) beat Pakistanis 290 for 8 (Hafeez 54, Misbah 38, Perera 2-51) by 13 runs (on D/L method)

Thisara Perera goes on the attack, India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah, February 28, 2014
File photo: Thisara Perera slammed three fours and three sixes during his 45-ball 52 © AFP

Thisara Perera struck a brisk half-century and then took two wickets to help Sri Lanka Cricket Board President's XI beat Pakistanis by 13 runs on the D/L method. This was the only warm-up for the Pakistanis before the one-dayers start on Saturday.

Opting to bat, the President's XI openers Danushka Gunathilaka and Tillakaratne Dilshan raced to 48 in 7.2 overs, but Mohammad Talha struck twice in the space of four deliveries to peg the hosts back. President's XI, however, replied with three big partnerships, as four of their batsmen raised fifties.

Gunathilaka (51) first added 69 for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal, before Ashan Priyanjan (65) and Kithuruwan Vithanage (56) combined for a fifth-wicket stand which yielded 98 runs. Mohammad Hafeez dealt the hosts three quick blows to reduce them to 262 for 7, but Thisara slammed 52 off 45 balls with three fours and three sixes to lift President's XI to 325 for 7.

The Pakistanis began brightly with a 73-run opening stand, but President's XI kept chipping away at the visitors and were rewarded with regular wickets. The visitors were precariously placed at 137 for 4, but a 68-run association between the captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Fawad Alam brought them back into the game.

Thisara, however, crucially dismissed both batsmen in the 38th over to slow the Pakistanis down. Shahid Afridi accelerated with a 20-ball 37, but it would not prove to be enough, as bad light forced a premature end to the game after 46.2 overs, with Pakistanis still 13 runs short according to D/L.

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Posted by s.g.a. on (August 23, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

Kithruwan Vthanage should be include odi & 20Tsquad. He is very good player in this format. Because he always rotating strike, not wasting deliveris like Thirimanne.Thirimanne suitable for only Test match format. Selection commitee should think about. Thanks.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2014, 11:40 GMT)

chandimal should not be given the captaincy. But he is the only one who can match the greats like sanga in this team.

Posted by AbdulHanan on (August 22, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

I suggest Anwar Ali to concentrate on his batting as he can be a good batsman rather wasting his time to become an allrounder. His bowling is not so good as it used to be during his 19s, I suppose.

Posted by krashlite1975 on (August 21, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Dinesh Chandimal should be the Captain of this team and should bat at #4 and be the wicketkeeper too! Shame on the selectors for not sticking with him and not realizing that form is temporary but class is permanent! So what if he only scored 20 runs in 3 ODIs in England or if he hasn't scored a 100 while batting high up the order in his last 75 ODIs. So what if his strike rate in the Pak game was the lowest of all the Board XI batters? He's still our favorite son and the only one who turned down a base level IPL contract to "practice" instead of the other money hungry players on the team. We need 10 more Chandimals and then we will win every single series!

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 13:39 GMT)

Best wishes to Dinesh Chandimal on his return to ODI.. He is a great prospect for the future. he is Next Mahela for us....Congrats chandi....we're always with u..

Posted by nickexplore on (August 21, 2014, 12:10 GMT)

@ Ajith Dias Ab.... has picked the best team for the ODIs! Good to see Tharanga back, a class player with a fine record in both Tests and ODIs. While Danushka G with another 50 in Moratuwa after lots of 50s in England is a great prospect for the future.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

What is going on with Thisara Perera? Is it some problem with him or someone dislikes him?

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

well i am really impress with thisara perea .. he deserve his place in odi and t20 cricket for sure and aslo kusal janith must be in the team too. other wise mahela should open.. for tomorrow.. we can play mahela , dilshan. sanga, ashan, mathaws. kithruwan vithange , sekkuge , randiv, thisara, nuwan . malinga..

Posted by Kavum on (August 21, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

Hope Thisara keeps up his good form. SLC have never been totally open about his problems - mental or disciplinary. He should be in good nick for the CWC 2015 and beyond for SL at least in the shorter formats. He could be a real asset for the future. He should also get a chance at nos. 7/8 in tests if Mathews bats at 5 and we have two quality players incl the WK at 6/7. Especially so if Mathews continues to be unfit/unable to bowl 15 overs in a day when required. This is conditional on TP keeping his head on straight and "getting with the programme" - so to speak. The ideal in tests would be 3 specialist bowlers at 9-11. Bowling all-rounder at 8 and 1 or 2 batting all-rounders up the order. When I say that I do not mean so-called all rounders like Dilruwan, Sachitra or Randiv but a really consistent player in both disciplines. This is also assuming SL can have a Gilchrist-like WK/bat at 7. Young Dickwella still has to prove himself.

Posted by Nuwas on (August 21, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

Dilly,Tharanga,MJ,Sanga,Chandimal,Mathews,IronMan,Ashan,Herath,Kule,Mali would be my first Unit which is a ridiculously Strong Battling lineup with some serious diversified bowling strengths. Looking into the their individual performances, players can be changed around.

Posted by Sanaboy576 on (August 21, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

Best wishes to Thisara perera on his return with all round performance.

Posted by AS7777 on (August 21, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Its high time to give a chance to young Dhanushka Gunathilleke. He was performed really well in the England and Ireland and continue to impress against Pakistanies. Also he is a fast bowling all rounder with good average in first class and list A matches. Ideal player to have in the NZ and in world cup squad rather than persisting with failing Thirimanne.

Posted by Udendra on (August 21, 2014, 4:50 GMT)

Hailing from Moratuwa, Thirimanne disappointed his home fans.

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 4:23 GMT)

my team pak a.sheshad,haffez.younus,misbah,alam,umar,afridi,whab,gul,ajmal,

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

Why the hell selectors keeping thirimanne in the team and not even TP to the SL just like we play with 10 players when thiri is in...even kusal is better player than thiri..chandimal can do something..but not up to the best..but i see bit of an improvement..

Posted by priya65 on (August 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Dilshan can not be dropped.. evven an under performing Dilshan is good, because of his usual high standards. Dilshan is an impact player, uch players are needed to turn a game around. Sometimes he rolls his arm over and get what he wants. Thirimanna should not be rushed back in. if it happens he will fail further and Sri Lanka will lose a possible legend of the future. Chandimal is still not 100%. we have to give youngsters chances, These series are not as important as world cu, We have to at least blood one youngster in a match. DAnushka Gunathilleke has shown lot of promise in seaming England. Remember , World cup will be held in Aus/NZ. Binura, Lahiru all of them have to be in the mix. I think Ajantha Mendis' days are over though. Kusal Janith has also not shown enough promise of late. They can all come back on another day. Kithruwan was suspect against short ball but that famous 6 in Galle and bouncer restrictions in 50 over might put him in. He has that Carribean flair..

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

Good to see Thisara,Priyanjan & Chandimal getting into form.SL should go in with 3 allrounders Mathews,Priyanjan & Thisara along with Dilshan,Mahela,Sanga,Tharanga & Chandimal and bowlers Malinga,Kulasekera & Herath/Randiv in ODI team

Posted by   on (August 21, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

DROP THIRIMANNE,give vice captainy to malinga,if chandimal dont perform in the next three matches drop him too,find some decent fast bowlers apart from malinga/kule,.....tharanga/dilshan should open batting,kusal not suitable for that,he should only play 20-20

Posted by cricfan_from_80s on (August 21, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

SL XI for Pak ODI's: Dilshan, Tharanga, Sanga, Mahela,Chandimal, Mathews, Thisara, Ashan, Kula, Malinga, Herath/Randeev. Kithruwan should have been replaced DIlshan, anyway he is not in the squad.

Posted by Saman_WMA on (August 21, 2014, 2:32 GMT)

I totally agree with Shiral Perera. Mathews and the selection committee have given too many opportunities for Thirimanna despite of his poor form while Thisara Perera, one of the best all rounders of the world has been omitted for last two one day series. It is ridiculous. As a result we lost to South Africa in our own backyards.

Posted by NAD_SriLankanBoy on (August 21, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

Why is Kusal Perera being ignored? He's not even in the squad!

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (August 21, 2014, 0:03 GMT)

This should be the line up: Shahzad, Hafeez, Fawad A, U Akmal, Misbah, Afridi, Sarfaraz (wk) Bilawal, Ajmal, Gul, Irfan. Not sure if Sarfaraz and Gul are part of the team?

Posted by vish2020 on (August 20, 2014, 22:08 GMT)

Pakistani fans should focus more here than on Indian cricket news. 2 test loses on flat wickets and now this ODI start. also watch your team so u can increase ratings. india has more than enough lol

Posted by tdslbuwa on (August 20, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Dilshan,Tharanga,King Sanga,Chandimal ( has to bat at number 4) Mahela,Mathewes,Thisara,Randiv,Kula,Herath,Mali............ Thirimanne has no place in the one day team but with his current form he is not suitable for test team as well... Chandimal scored heavily in last few matches and deserves a chance specially at number 4... Mahela has to go down the order and it is high time to groom a player at number 4.... also Thisara should play regularly at number 7 because he is such a valuable player down the order who can turn games on his own... Kula has to perform well specially his form with the bat is very poor in last few series and otherwise Prasad can replace him.....Also Herath will play because of his current form and Randiv is the most likely candidate for partner Herath... Seekuge is more of a bowling all rounder and cant expect to bowl 10 overs from him regularly... Best of Luck Sri Lanka...

Posted by TheKeeper on (August 20, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Thirimanne surely needs to go. Tissara needs to be in the team simply because he is way better for ODI cricket than Thirimanne.

Posted by ozone8237 on (August 20, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

I DON'T THINK SENDING SARFARAZ BACK HOME AFTER THE TEST SERIES WOULD BE A GREAT IDEA CONSIDERING THE RECENT BATTING PERFORMANCE OF THE TEAM PAK. Sarfaraz is good behind the stumps and in great batting form as well. I don't judge form by total number of runs by a batsman or total number of wickets by a bowler. Their performance should be judged by evaluating the performance per single match. Younis Khan just scored one century and by adding his 170 runs he was second to Sarfaraz in the current test series but Is he in great form? or consistent? I don't think so.. Sarfaraz was consistent. Umar Akmal can be tried as a specialist batsman considering his aggressive nature. The Captain Tortoise's time is running out fast. Hopefully Team Pakistan would be a complete different team in ODI's and save the blushes of the humiliation of the test series. As for Sri Lanka Hats off Tribute to great Mahela Jayawardne. Team Sri Lanka Love you all !!! well wishes from Pakistan

Posted by SriLankanYoungBlood on (August 20, 2014, 17:42 GMT)

In this match worst performed players are 38 old Regular National Team Opener TM Dilshan and Continuously Under performing Thrimanne who still has fortune to play national XI. Like earlier Match Dilshan will play lazy innigs with 60-70 SR and finally increase his personal scores but team will end with a loss. Thiri will also do same thing. Any way feel sorry about Gunathilake,Chameera,Kithruwan and our future Murali "Tharindu Kaushal"

Posted by Bobby_Fox on (August 20, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

Please drop thirimanne. What is he doing still in the team despite poor run show since long time. Is he relative to selection board or captain. Drop him Drop him Drop Him!!! for srilanka bright future. Please drop him from world cup squad too. Vica captaincy is not his plate of meal too.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Selectors are not doing justice to Thisara leaving him out of the 1st 11 while he performs well at a time specialist batsmen of the national team fails continuously.Please recall him for ODI`S

Posted by SaifKhan90 on (August 20, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

So, what's up with Junaid? Is Irfan going to replace him or will he be okay before the ODI series start!! personally, I would prefer if Irfan didn't participate in this ODI series and kept healthy/fit only for the upcoming world cup. Batting wise, get Umar and Fawad to bat higher. All the best to both teams.

Posted by FSL2013 on (August 20, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

why Fawad Alam was not considered for test series. its beyond me that a guy is good at doing run a ball centuries and can also hit if needed. he should have been given chance in test over other players.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

Chandimal & Dhanushka did well in Srilanka-A team as well. also Thisara's excellent performance may make him in to the 1st 11 players in the team. but I think thirimanna should not be in the 11 men team since other players have done really well to make into the side.

Posted by SLMaster on (August 20, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Danushka is playing very well at the top in SL-A and should be given chance at International level sooner than later.

Posted by mensan on (August 20, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

Misbah is certainly very slow. Same can be said about Younis and Fawad. If these 3 play in the same ODI team, that would put too much burden on aggressive players like Ahmad Shahzad, Afridi and Umar Akmal.

Posted by   on (August 20, 2014, 15:30 GMT)

happy to see dhanushka,chandi,ashan,perera,vithanage making runs! but what thirimanne is doing??

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