Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 August 23, 2014

Second ODI moved to Hambantota


The second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been moved to Hambantota and brought forward to 26 August, after the Premadasa Stadium outfield was left waterlogged by 48 hours of continuous heavy rain. More bad weather is expected in Colombo over the next few days, making a recovery unlikely for the ground, as well as putting play in doubt on match day.

SLC had considered moving the match to Dambulla, where the third ODI is to be played, but because weekday matches must be day-night encounters, according to the board's broadcast contract with Ten Sports, Hambantota was preferred. The match had been scheduled for Wednesday but will now be played on Tuesday, with Wednesday as the reserve day.

"This decision was taken on a request from the national curator, where he had confirmed that the ground will not be fit to play the second ODI in Colombo on the 27th of August," an SLC release said. "Three days of sunshine would be needed to bring back the ground to normal condition."

The rains had disrupted outfield preparation over the past few days, with the soil having taken too much rain to take the weight of a lawnmower. Ground staff had been confident an adequate pitch could have been prepared for the match, but could give no guarantees on the state of the outfield.

"Fans who have already purchased tickets for the second ODI can either attend the match in Hambantota on Tuesday, or receive a refund," an SLC official said.

ODIs had most recently been moved mid-series in 2012, when the Premadasa outfield had been similarly affected by heavy rains, during a New Zealand tour. Two ODIs had been moved to Pallekele on that occasion.

The weather forecast for Hambantota is much clearer than it is for Colombo next week, with sunny conditions expected on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • Sinhhalaya on August 25, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Strangely since the match was shifted, Colombo has been having decent weather. Suriyaweva, Hambantota is not a lucky ground for SL. Little in that part of the country or from that region where the White Elephants abound is good for Sri Lanka (and I am not talking about the wonders of Yala). Dambulla would have been a much better bet. Irfan steaming in and bowling into the ribs of a hapless Chandimal exemplified this match on a surface that is unfriendly to flat-track-Bradmans like him. In the end it was a win for cricket but not a win for the hosts. Malinga does not seem capable of bowling near 140 kph any more. Herath is more toned and fit. The other medium pacers are equally ineffective. World Cup? Forget it.

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    good luck to my team Pakistan don't worry if you win or loos we always love you (Pakistan Zindabad)

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Again Thirimanne has 3 centuries and 5 half centuries with a average of 29.3. Vidanage's List A average is only 16 but he is more capable player but still he has not proven it. people love Kusal bcs his Sanath jayasuriya style. Otherwise he has nt proven any thng except 1 century against minnow Bangladesh. His average is still at 26. But I believe he should be in the team. With all statistics Chandimaal is the best young player after Mathew.

    As Mathew said SL has 16 match left before word cup. Not enough matches to bring another batsmen like Dickwella. Sl should rotate these youngster and find the best combination. But it's nt the batting an issue for Sri Lanka. It's bowling.SL should bring wicket takin bowlers.

    On the other hand people must know that Players are playing for his country. They success, fail watever happend don't hate them.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    I remember there was a time ppl compared Thirimane to Sangakkara and Chandimaal to Mahela. because of the 1st inning of the Dikwella then they started to compare him to sangakkara. Bcs of yesterday inning ppl started to compare priyanjana to Mahela.

    Priyanjana is not a Mahela jayawardane. he has no techniques at all. yesterday he got the chance to hit the ball and he is good at it. but without any footwork and techniques he can't play at no 3,4,5 or 6 positions.

    Chandimaal is the obvious selection for no 4 or 5 position. Yesterday he got a chance but he failed. It is nt the world end. He should understand his weakness against short balls. I wander why ppl wand him out o the team. There is no other proven batsmen like him. He was the highest run scorer for Sri Lanka in many series for example Last VB series in Aus, Last Pak series in UAE, his 1st zim series and 2nd hiest in 2011 Eng series with 2 centuries and 11 fifties with an average of 30.

  • crick on August 24, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    @Compton-Effect- The reasons why I am saying next Sanga/Mahela is Chandimal- 01)His techniques is equally competent to Sanga/Mahela 02)His striking ability is equally or more to Sanga/Mahela 03)He holds the best average playing in tough conditions outside of sub-continent (Sanga is next to him, Mahela is no where near to both of them) 04 If u compare the first 2-4 years of Sanga and Mahela's career's, Chandimal is ahead than both of them.. 05)He is the only SL player who got selected to under 25 world test X1 06)While he captaining the school 11 he led in 13 outright wins in a season, rewriting the history of Sri Lankan school cricket. 07)He was the first schoolboy cricketer to exceed 1,000 runs, with an aggregate 1,580 runs, & won the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Award in 2009 08)While he captaining the Sri Lanka T-20 team, he could manage to bring the SL team the world no 1 T20 team. Well, he may not be the next Sanga/Mahela, buthe will be first Dinesh Chandimal.

  • Samantha on August 24, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    @crickexp: Your posting reflect the general overall stats related to all matches played OUTSIDE subcontinent. Which includes countries like Ireland, Holland, Kenya, Zim etc. & also any opponents faced in tournaments played in those countries, INCLUDING Ban/Zim & all associate countries (minnows).!

    The following are the ACTUAL stats for all time SL batting record for players, who played in ALL HOST COUNTRIES, LIMITED to Aus/Engl/NZ/SA /WI in tournaments /series involving Host countries & any ICC FUll-Member Opponents involved in those tournaments (excluding BD & Zimb) :

    1) KC Sangakkara: 121 ing - 4060 R - 37.59 Av - 76.45 S/R 2) WU Tharanga 48 ing - 1631 R - 35.45 Av - 72.65 S/R 3) MS Atapattu: 79 ing - 2468 R - 33.80 Av - 70.21 S/R

    Until 2014 June tour of Eng, Tharanga held this record (since Tharanga was not selected in 2013/2014 tours, he couldn't improve it). Sanga improved his stats with the Centuries he made in June this year & Now on top!


  • Samantha on August 24, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    @crickexp: Chandi & Mathews had not played any ODIs in NZ yet! Your posting reflect the general overall stats related to all matches played OUTSIDE subcontinent. Which includes countries like Ireland, Holland, Kenya, Zim etc. & also any opponents faced in tournaments played in those countries, INCLUDING Ban/Zim & all associate countries (minnows).!

    This is how they have performed according to the above criteria (Excluding host Country NZ):

    LD Chandimal: 34 ing - 986 R - 37.92 Av - 75.96 S/R (Still Not played in NZ) AD Mathews: 39 ing - 1043 R - 35.96 Av - 85.42 S/R (Still Not played in NZ)

  • Felix on August 23, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    SL should persist with Dimuth K, Chandimal, and Thiri. They all have been tested. But better to leave them when they r going thru a bad patch. They are better than Upul Tharanga. Nuwan Kulasekara, and Malinga ???? Need quick replacements. Suranga, Eranga , Prasad and even Chameera and Nuwani Pradeep can be tried focusing WC in AUST and NZ.

  • crick on August 23, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    ppl who compare Priyanjan as the next Mahela please learn cricket, 1 inning does not make any one a champion, dn't forget even Kapugedara/Mubarak/Chamara Silva/etc has played such innings but in the end they could nt make any difference to SL cricket..and pls don't compare Chandimal over Priyanjan, they just belongs to 2 different batting leagues..the people who think great batsmen make runs at every batting positions just go through the stats of Mahela and Sanga.. Mahela= 3rd-34.4/4th-34.3/5th-27.9/6th-25.8/7th-22. Sanga=3rd-42.4/4th-41.5/5th-33.8/6th-28.2/7th-17.6. Now look at Chandimal's stats-3rd-53.3/4th-33.3/5th-19/6th-22.7/7th-12. 1st four specially 1&2 down batsmen plays a key role of an inning, that's why players with such a class belongs to 3/4 batting positions,they are the anchor of batting line up, so don't expect what Thisara Perera/Priyanjan/Seekuge Prasanna do in the tail end from Chandimal,do u think even Mahela or Sanga would play an inning like Priyanjan did today?

  • crick on August 23, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    If you compare the first 2-3 years of thr careers, Chandimal is way ahead than Sanga and Mahela where they both only maintained an average below 30 in there early stages of international cricket.

    Also, don't forget, Dinesh Chandimal is the best SL batsmen outside subcontinent (in Aus/Eng/SA/NZ) averaging 47.57 (in 25 innings), he is in the 2nd place among the Asian batsmen list where No 1 is Virath Kholi averaging 51.55, next SL batsmen is Sanga averaging 39.89, he earned the 7th place in the list where Gambier/Zaheer Abbas/Dravid/Ganguly hanging in between. This guy is going through a bad patch, just leave him alone and let him come back, the people who like to have short term fun does not understand the value of SL cricket future.., yes there are good batsmen/hard hitters but it's not easy to find a batsmen in this caliber..

    same people who praise Mahela now wanted him to leave the SL team in 2003, Sanga in 2004, Mathews in 2012..

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