Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo July 22, 2013

SA face the heat from conditions and hosts

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Match facts

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Start time 1430 local (0900 GMT)

Big picture

After Saturday's 180-run opening loss, South Africa captain AB de Villiers said his side would not spend time dissecting their performance, but would instead attempt to forget the match ever happened. With so many of their best players unavailable, perhaps that is not so bad a ploy. If South Africa's touring party did not seem outmatched in these conditions when they landed, they certainly do now. It will take a great deal of belief and a little luck to overcome an opponent, who has their measure in skill and technical proficiency.

The batsmen will reason they simply had a poor outing, and could not make their risks pay off with such a large total to chase, but foremost among the visitors' woes must be their bowling at the death. The last 12 overs of Sri Lanka's innings not only cost 137, but the South Africa attack also seemed incapable of adhering to any semblance of a plan. Yorkers were missed, often by a distance, and the fast men reverted to a puzzling Plan B of digging the ball in short, despite Kumar Sangakkara having clobbered plenty to the square-leg boundary throughout his innings.

Before the match de Villiers spoke of the potential he saw in Chris Morris and Rory Kleinveldt, but with all his fast bowlers available for the second game, experience may mark the route to success.

South Africa's fielding was also uncharacteristically poor, with a straightforward chance at slip going down early in the innings, before a slew of ground-fielding errors surrendered free runs. Colombo's sticky heat was blamed for the visitors' general raggedness, but in 2013, an unfamiliar climate hardly serves as an adequate excuse for top-level sportsmen. South Africa are capable of being the best fielding side in the world on their day, and de Villiers will hope they have adapted to the heat after a week on the island.

Sri Lanka are not without their own troubles, and for many spectators, Lahiru Thirimanne's unease at the crease even as Sangakkara unleashed mayhem at the other end, epitomised the gulf in class between Sri Lanka's senior players and its youngsters. Thirimanne is batting out of position and lacks the power to perform the finishing role, but he and Dinesh Chandimal must take quickly to the roles they have been assigned, because it is unlikely they will bat in the top order as long as the veterans still take guard.

Form guide

(most recent first, last five completed matches)
Sri Lanka: WLLWW
South Africa: LLTWL

Players to watch

Rangana Herath has not always been a part of Sri Lanka's limited-overs plans in the last two years, but he struck thrice for 25 runs in the first match and has asserted himself as his team's best option in ODIs as well as Tests, in the last five months. He has a good record against South Africa, and with Sri Lanka opting for only one frontline slow-bowling option, he needs his spells to be impactful ones.

Morne Morkel had been in doubt for the first match, but took two wickets for 32 from ten overs, while his quick-bowling colleagues traveled at almost seven and nine an over. De Villiers bowled Morkel out in the 44th over, but may hold him back for the final melee on Tuesday, and perhaps Morkel can provide some respite at the death for South Africa.

Pitch and conditions

Unseasonal rain continues to douse Colombo, and South Africa's training session on the eve of the match was interrupted by a downpour. More rain is expected early afternoon on Tuesday, but should clear off in time to allow a match, if only a curtailed one. The pitch is the same strip that saw just under 82 overs on Saturday, and is likely to play slower, particularly as the evening wears on.

Team news

Sri Lanka are unlikely to make any changes, with most of their team having fired. Having not been required with the bat on Saturday, Jehan Mubarak will likely get another game.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1. Upul Tharanga, 2. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Mahela Jayawardene, 5. Lahiru Thirimanne, 6. Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 7. Jehan Mubarak, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Rangana Herath, 10. Lasith Malinga, 11. Shaminda Eranga

Hashim Amla has not been fully cleared of neck spasms, but de Villiers was hopeful he would play, while Lonwabo Tsotsobe is said to be fully fit. Chris Morris will likely make way for Tsotsobe, while Colin Ingram may make room atop the order for Amla. Both frontline spinners are also likely to get another game.

South Africa (probable): 1. Hashim Amla, 2. Alviro Petersen. 3. JP Duminy, 4. AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5. Faf du Plessis, 6. David Miller, 7. Robin Peterson, 8. Ryan McLaren, 9. Aaron Phangiso, 10. Morne Morkel, 11. Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Stats and trivia

  • Rangana Herath, set to play his 50th ODI, is two short of 50 wickets
  • South Africa have now lost their last 10 ODIs against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka - a dry spell that stretches all the way back to 1993

    Quotes

    "We're certainly not the best fielding team in the world yet. I'd like us to be and we've got the potential, but it's frustrating to see us field like we did in the first match. The heat is not an excuse, but it was something new to the guys. In this game they will know what to expect."
    AB de Villiers hopes for a better fielding performance

    "I was successful as a captain in the last match , but you can't judge a captain by just one game. There are more matches to come."
    Dinesh Chandimal is keeping his feet on the ground after his first victory as ODI captain

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

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  • on July 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I like Blade Runner's comparison between Thirimanne and young Sanga. But remember Sanga was a wicket keeper, that means he could offer another dimension towards the team. Further, although I do not have the stats, I think young Sanga was a much better bat than Thirimanne. Both Thirimanne and Chandimal should prove through performance that they deserve their places on merit and not because they were made vice captain and captain, respectively. Mubarak would have been included for all the wrong reasons. But I doubt Sl will change their winning combination for the second ODI. Eranga looks very promising to me but needs more experience in death bowling. i would like to see a major contribution from one of the younger players in this match.

  • on July 22, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    We cant really judge the Proteas based on only one game. They have very good players. All they need is their opening batsmen to last longer and the finishers like Miller and McLaren will do the rest.The series still gonna be competitive...3-2 to the Proteas!! Just worried about Duminy's fitness.

  • rajan.sweet88 on July 23, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    O..O. O. Oh God., In the Current SriLankan Team , None of the players have an average of 40... Even The 3 Biggies have the average around 30s.,,. It shows how inconsistent they are., If they are like this how can they win the final.,. Check other top teams, atleast 2 or 3 have 40 plus average and 1 or 2 will 50 plus average.,,. Try to improve., Take out sanga, mahela, dilshan., give chance for young guys like INDIA . More importantly take captainship out of Mathews., If he is captain, then srilanka wil lose without entering finals

  • on July 23, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    today sl wonthe match and tomorow anjelow mathews joiend the teem

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 23, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    I think in the first match, the curator moved the stump to the off side secretely. SO all the SA bowlers bowl to leg side and Sanga scored most of the on Leg side.

  • on July 23, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Heavy rains to Colombo... seems we are going to have reduced over match....

  • on July 23, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    The Proteas are the worst fielding side ever in their history and in Robin Peterson they have a liability as a spinner whose batting is much better than his bowling.The lack of guts and fight in this Proteas team is very sad and with Andrew Hudson persisting in backing failures it will only get worse.

  • cricfan_from_80s on July 23, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I am 5 km away from the RPS. There was a heavy rain for more than 20 mnts between 8.30 to 8.50 am and its still dark out there. Sun is is yet to come out in colombo.

  • Gdesai on July 23, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    SA are still a pretty competitive side despite the fact that they are missing some key players and lost very badly in the opening game. Duminy and Du Plessis are key middle order batsmen and really need to step up to the plate. I am slightly surprised with AB persisting with three spinners (including JP) against a sub-continent Team despite their strength being fast bowling! If Amla plays and AB gets going, there are hardly few bowling attacks in the world that can stop them!! So, fingers crossed for an improved SA show..

  • yorkslanka on July 23, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka against both the Proteas and also the weather! Most of my family are going to watch the match today but I am stuck at work ,here in England :-(

  • on July 22, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I like Blade Runner's comparison between Thirimanne and young Sanga. But remember Sanga was a wicket keeper, that means he could offer another dimension towards the team. Further, although I do not have the stats, I think young Sanga was a much better bat than Thirimanne. Both Thirimanne and Chandimal should prove through performance that they deserve their places on merit and not because they were made vice captain and captain, respectively. Mubarak would have been included for all the wrong reasons. But I doubt Sl will change their winning combination for the second ODI. Eranga looks very promising to me but needs more experience in death bowling. i would like to see a major contribution from one of the younger players in this match.

  • on July 22, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    We cant really judge the Proteas based on only one game. They have very good players. All they need is their opening batsmen to last longer and the finishers like Miller and McLaren will do the rest.The series still gonna be competitive...3-2 to the Proteas!! Just worried about Duminy's fitness.

  • rajan.sweet88 on July 23, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    O..O. O. Oh God., In the Current SriLankan Team , None of the players have an average of 40... Even The 3 Biggies have the average around 30s.,,. It shows how inconsistent they are., If they are like this how can they win the final.,. Check other top teams, atleast 2 or 3 have 40 plus average and 1 or 2 will 50 plus average.,,. Try to improve., Take out sanga, mahela, dilshan., give chance for young guys like INDIA . More importantly take captainship out of Mathews., If he is captain, then srilanka wil lose without entering finals

  • on July 23, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    today sl wonthe match and tomorow anjelow mathews joiend the teem

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 23, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    I think in the first match, the curator moved the stump to the off side secretely. SO all the SA bowlers bowl to leg side and Sanga scored most of the on Leg side.

  • on July 23, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Heavy rains to Colombo... seems we are going to have reduced over match....

  • on July 23, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    The Proteas are the worst fielding side ever in their history and in Robin Peterson they have a liability as a spinner whose batting is much better than his bowling.The lack of guts and fight in this Proteas team is very sad and with Andrew Hudson persisting in backing failures it will only get worse.

  • cricfan_from_80s on July 23, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    I am 5 km away from the RPS. There was a heavy rain for more than 20 mnts between 8.30 to 8.50 am and its still dark out there. Sun is is yet to come out in colombo.

  • Gdesai on July 23, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    SA are still a pretty competitive side despite the fact that they are missing some key players and lost very badly in the opening game. Duminy and Du Plessis are key middle order batsmen and really need to step up to the plate. I am slightly surprised with AB persisting with three spinners (including JP) against a sub-continent Team despite their strength being fast bowling! If Amla plays and AB gets going, there are hardly few bowling attacks in the world that can stop them!! So, fingers crossed for an improved SA show..

  • yorkslanka on July 23, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka against both the Proteas and also the weather! Most of my family are going to watch the match today but I am stuck at work ,here in England :-(

  • on July 23, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    SL can get away with Dilshan,, he is over hyped player,, and he needs to perform,, give him rest and try new one in company of sanga and mahela

  • isuru4ud on July 23, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    It's nt raining here. It's jst a drizzle going around so match should start if it does sri lankans will win!

  • ZCFOutkast on July 23, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Hopefully, another big defeat for the Proteas so Domingo and his boys can make way for my boys with Ntini taking charge:

    Omphile Ramela, Thabang Mokoena, Bavuma(c), Tsolekile(wk), Khayelihle Zondo, Vuyisa Makhaphela, Tumelo Bodibe(wk), Gqamane, Tsotsobe, Mbhalati, Phangiso.

    I'm pretty sure they can also manage 100+ run defeats with the odd ODI win every now and then, without the overrated expectation which comes with the esteem attached to profiles of the current players who happen to be serial failures in this format and its competitions.

  • yohandf on July 23, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    It s true that Sri Lankan team is relying on seniors . If seniors are doing well and guaranteed to do well for couple of more years , it is fine . So we should not overly be critical on that . its a double edge sword in deciding on seniors . you need them to win yo current matches . Also you need to inject young talent . w need to maintain right balance doing that while being successful in current series. There are 3 - 4 slots in batting are open to youngsters which is up for the grabs .

  • zamoo on July 23, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    @sihina, Hope you are not dreaming too buddy,... Ha ha!

  • Blade-Runner on July 23, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Sihina Nimnaka ; Appreciate your weather updates bro. You are our weather man. Keep it coming :))

  • on July 23, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    SL team depends heavily on Sanga and Mahela,, thats proved in champions trophy and westindies tour. I dont see any effort by Angelo or SL mgt to have replacements. If these two will play in 2015 WC,, they need enough rest as they are aging,,,Snaga looked tired in last ODI,,,,SL may lose some ODIs or Tests but they need to take some drastic steps,,,, And all Asian countries need to play on non friendly pitches or they will be out in first round in Aus WC

  • on July 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Oh! my God it's getting darker & darker & its raining now oh!

  • RyjuDilna on July 23, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Lets stop talking about this 5-0 scenario , Proteas are a way better side than that , dont judge them from only one match , they will bounce back , AB and Hashim are world class players and can change a game with a blink, i wish Styn and Kallis was there , as a Sri lankan i dont even mind loosing to team like SA , it will be treat to watch Styn the magician bawling in Srilanka ,still annoyed with SLC for cancelling the test matches for a stupid T20 tournament i have no idea when SL will play a test against SA boy iam waiting for that moment .just a small thought AB should seriously think on the strategy of going with 2 specialist spinners against SL.

  • Otuwa on July 23, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Guys,Selectors gave a chance to Mubarak just because he is the highest run getter in last inter provincial limited over tournament.Also with 120+ strike rate and with most number of sixes.But i know most of the SLans with me don't like to see his batting at all.But selectors had shown to every SLan young cricketers if you can score you can be a member of national team.We have seen in history lot of players couldn't get a chance when they are in good form.Players like Indika de Seram,Chintaka Jayasinghe,Sujeewa de Silva[look at his bowling average in first class and list A,you will supprise surely] are good example for that.But unfortunate thing is selectors drop talented young players like Kusal,Thisara.It can be a slap for thier natural game.

  • on July 23, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    I working @my office near the RPS. in the early morning there was monster rain. but now it's bright & sunny. hope we'll have a full match in the afternoon

  • BLACK-BIRDS on July 23, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    SA can perform well if they play with planning .I dont think they will win even a single game ,but they show little positive approach.******..AMLA ,D.KOCK ,AB ,FAF ,FARHAAN, ALVIRO /Ingram/MILLER ,MORRIS ,M.LAREN ,ROBIN,SOBE ,MORKEL.********...Phangiso is agood spinner ,but agianst an ASIAN TEAM and in ASIA a spinner has always toughest time ,so he should be left out

  • Nick636 on July 23, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    I think it would be prudent to drop Morris now, as this was his first poor game for the Proteas, whereas Tsotsobe has had a whole string of unconvincing performances.

    PLEASE, RUSSEL, DROP... INGRAM... NOOOW!!!!!!!!!!

    If ever de Kock deserved a chance, now is the time. (NOT just playing him and dropping him every second game.) Ingram has had more than enough time to prove himself, and, in my opinion, failed to do so. Quintin deserves that same chance now.

  • yohandf on July 23, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @ Blade runner & Priyantha Gunarathne - Thrimanne vs Sangakkara comparison so debatable as they are two players of two era s . Rules of ODI s changed to batsmen s favor . So lets only concentrate on Thirimanne . Thiri got 571 runs in 28 matches in 2012 ( av-30 s/r 75) then he scored 300 runs in 18 matches in 2013 so far . ( Av 27 s/r 56) .so his strike rate has reduced drastically in 2013 .Nowadays any batsman should not have a strike rate as it is . (Chandimal is also poor with s/r of 63) . this is a big concern coz ODI totals are going to be high with new rules . Somebody should look in to his game plan and sort it out . Or else let him to play a bit of domestic matches to gain confidence .

  • Iceman29 on July 23, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    @ Saffie1987: only in ur dreams buddy...lets decide about that when SA win in subcontinent..we know SA is a gud team but we also know SA's vulnerability against spin and most of all the whole world know they could not handle pressure and are beautiful chokers....

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on July 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    it would be possible 5-0. SA are not good odi team, we all how poor in odi's.

  • my_comments on July 23, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Take Sanga and Mahela out of the equation and see the outcome of SL,it will be similar or sometimes worst than SA without kallis and smith, all said and done i dont see SLC and selectors read these comments...

  • on July 23, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Anjelo perera should take Thiri's place. Thiri should rest a little bit cz he has been out of form since the tri nation cup. and guys, how can v take kusal into the team when he isnt in the squad?

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 23, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    @Saffie1987: Speaking of the UAE, SA were below par against Pakistan not too long ago (2010) drawing both their games. Honestly, Pakistan looked like winning both games but thanks to some unpredictability or fallibility rather, ended up drawing with SA. SA are a wonderful test team but they are far from being a legendary team like the WI and Australia of the past. I would say SA and ENG are similar when it comes to test cricket. Also, it's time SA and ENG fans accept that they are not good in ODIs and T20 cricket which are far better forms of cricket. INDIA are the best ODI team by a mile, followed by SL and PAK. The rest can fall in line.

  • Saffie1987 on July 23, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    @ Jadejafan. Test are totally different than odi''s mate. I bet Sa would beat India, Pakistan and Sri-Lanka in Test right now in their own backyards. Just wait untill October when we play in the UAE!

  • on July 23, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Russel Arnold is the most boring commentator ever.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on July 23, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    @jadejafan, It takes a game or two for any team to get settled in unfamiliar conditions. You would know that when your team visits SA in a couple of months. However I am expecting SA to come back strongly with return of Amla. The accident of previous is highly impossible. All SA needs to ensure is to get Sanga and Mahela early and rest of the SL team would collapse automatically. All the best SA.

  • on July 23, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    j.p duminy should be replaced...give bahardein a game jp is in really bad shape

  • JamesPullen on July 22, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Dilshan Tharanga Sangakkara Jayawardene Thirimanne Chandimal Mubarak T. Perera Herath Malinga Lakmal

  • proteasfire on July 22, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    SA shouldnt drop Morris. He has the potential to become a future star for SA. Tsotsobe hasnt done any good for him or the team in the past 18 months. Its unfair to drop Morris based on the performance of first ODI. On the batting front, non performers like JP, Faf and Miller should step up and make use of these opportunities .No one should take their selection as granted. SA batters should get 300 on board or able to chase 300. Otherwise there is no meaning in having such a tall batting order. McLaren is not of any use to the team. He is performing the role of a filler and not creating any impact as a bowler or batsman. His crucial #8 position as an all rounder is not doing any good for SA. Overall SA should play more as a team if they want to show any improvement after utter demolition in first ODI.

  • unlocker on July 22, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    I don't know which team will be win today , I am a small glamler So my money goes for srilanka ! When Sa record is no good in srilanka .11odi and just 1 odi win .srlinka is tiger in their home they proved again . Good luck srilanka

  • Ganan18 on July 22, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    i say we give faf at 3, jp at 6 and miller at 5 a go

  • samirranjitkar on July 22, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Srilanka must use young players like Thirimane or Chandimal in No. 3 or 4 position to groom them. Otherwise Srilankan cricket will pay the price in future for sure. T. Perera should be given regular place.

  • priceless1 on July 22, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @Ranil Fernando , Mathiews is improving as a caption , though he did well in the last tour ( it was not his fault we lost the final its coz of Eranags poor bowling) anyway Chandimal should be dropped from the team , keeping him after so many failures and then making him the Caption is a joke

  • JIBRANDADA on July 22, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Well its a test for SA team withought key players like Steyn,Kallis,Smith and i must say Botha in subcontinents n i am sure if they r gonnaa play 2 left arm spinners today SA will suffer big again. Amla was huge loss and will be big plus in 2nd ODI. Hope for the right XI to be picked with just 1 spinner and remember Duminy & Duplessis also

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on July 22, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    I think Morris should play in 2nd Odi ,dont drop him.he has ability to play as Sa'alrounder

  • on July 22, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    1st of all it's a bad selection for the tour. bccsl is getting bad to worst. should have given some chances to the upcoming youngsers. this tour is a golden oppertunity to do that.but they have messed it. should drop jehan,mendis. must think about future. no point of selecting jehan and should have given a break to some senior players. we dont have to follow australian, england or indian cricket.must do it in our style. spinners are the strength of our cricket in most times. so why they dont play with two quality spinners? dont have to correct 100% of the technic or other things of bowlers and the batsman. a little bit of technical correction is good enough otherwise we can't get the natural or unorthadoxi of their game.we must let them to have their own style. if we done it to murali, malinga ,sana, then who knows what shoud happen to them. so please think about it if u loves lankan cricket. may be good luck next time.

  • on July 22, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    Thirimanna should learn how to play straight

  • on July 22, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Chandimal didn't have much to do as a captain in the first match because our batsmen had almost already won the match for us but Chandimal will be a better captain for Sri Lanka in the future. I still prefer Chandimal than Mathews. Mathews is a useless captain. He has no sense. Chandimal should be given an opportunity to bat up in the order. May be at no. 3 or 4 once in a while. I don't believe playing all the youngsters and everybody is talking about the World Cup. Is that the only tournament we are focusing? Thirimanna should improve his strike rate if he wants to play in ODIs. So does Chandimal. Mathews should do what he is capable of doing, play aggressively. He blocks too much, and then play a horrible shot to a good ball and get out when the team needs him most.

  • ThyrSaadam on July 22, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    SL is getting into the dangerous realm of the current OZ squad. Their over reliance on Sanga , and Mahela will cost them 2 years from now. They have to find players and nurture them accordingly. What they need is 2 Attapatu's that can bat steady, i think they have enough dashing players to be honest. GL SL! - coming from an Indian cricket fan.

  • on July 22, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I don't support any side, I going to tell the best for both sides. First for sri-lanka :angelo perrara should play in place of Mubarak. for sa tsotobe should play for morris and amla should play for colin. I think robie should be ruled out and klienveldt should get a game.

  • Blade-Runner on July 22, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I see a lot of heat coming toward Thirimanne. I just did a comparison btwn Thiri n young Sanga.

    Thirimanne : 49 matches / Avg 28.37 / SR 68.06 / 100's -1 / 50's - 5 / HS - 101* ;

    Young Sanga : 49 matches / Avg "24.62 " / SR 70.13 / 100's - none / 50's - 5 / HS - 85 ;

    By looking at how Sanga began his career n where he stands right now, I think its a bit harsh to pass judgment on Thiri this soon. Thiri is right now doing better than young Sanga. He's got the right techniques n a good temperament. Nobody can argue with that. He is having some problems with executing 'em properly. And how can we forget his brilliant 100 against Aussies in Aus ? He is defo here to stay n carry SL cricket over the next decade.

  • sweet2hrme on July 22, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    Im Indian fan but like others when indian team is not playing. See ! In first match ok Sri Lanka win. But how can u make Chandimal as Sri Lanka captain. His role in the team is not defined. He is coming at No 6-7 position to bat whn it seems everything is over. He is in very poor form. N Other so many things are agaist him. So i dnt think its a great move by srilankan management. Thrimane also i dnt think he is fit for odi. I was surprised when i was reading the comment that "Thrimane can be next Sangakara". Lol simply u cann. Still i believe srilanka is playing with too many batsman against SAF. They can easily include Ajanta Mendis in place of Thirmane as spinner is weakness of SAF. Best of luck for both teams! Still i will predict Sri lanka to win 2nd odi as well.

  • on July 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Kusal Janith and Anjelo Perera should play the 2nd match replacing Mu-Barak and Thirimanna

  • on July 22, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    I feel Mubarak is in for a political reason than a sporty one. They made Thrimanna Vice Captain because then no one can remove him. I think Sri Lanka should take a chance tomorrow. Mubarak, Eranga and Thiri out. Put Kusal is he is in the squad, Angelo Perera a promising youngster and Sachitra in to the team.

  • on July 22, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    It would be certainly a chance for Abaraham Benjamin de Villiers to put on triumph over the visitors, otherwise SA would be underpressure to win the third ODI and i thing that SL should play Angelo Mathews otherwise Mubarak might prove costly.

  • on July 22, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Hey guys.do you all know why the selectors not go with Angelo Perera.the answer is so simple.imagine if Angelo performs in next match,who is going to sacrifice place for mathews.no one.that is why selectors wanted to go with an old horse.shame on u selectors.you all ruin our brand of cricket gradually.

  • on July 22, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    How on earth selectors could justify giving another opportunity to a "provenly failed" batter,Jehan Mubarak ahead of plenty of really talented young prospects likes Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera. Just for sake of cricket crazy SL fans please never try Jehan Mubarak even when he becomes the best batsman in the domestic first class cricket.

    Chandimal and Tirimanna should prove us wrong if they really deserve places in shorter versions. Both of them are pretty good test batsmen,no doubt about that. Dimuthu Karu could have been a better option even for shorter versions as he is naturally an aggressive player. Tirimanna is good in building partnerships when few wickets are fallen very early in an innings, but scoring at "snail's speed" won't win us matches.

  • on July 22, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Thirimanne needs time and as he plays down the order, just because he lost rhythm in a single match will not create any excuse to drop him out. He should be given more balls to face and may be a shuffle in the order might help it. Obviously Mubarak should not be included, if we are so aiming for a young & energetic side. Simply SLC should even look for some kinda silver lining beyond Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. To make the transition smoother we should introduce more youngsters now to the pool while the experienced players are there.... Seems it is going well atm, but we have to find a way to beat India soon enough......

  • on July 22, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    how Sri Lanka cover 50 overs?? Does Mubarak can bowl 7-8 overs? he will hammered for 80 runs if he bowl! SA very weak against good spin so please drop him and put Senanayake! Mubarak decision will cost Sri Lanka for sure when it's come to bowling! if thisara or eranga went for runs does Mubarak can cover up? No! Sri Lanka think 10 from hera,mali,era and perera and 10 by dili and mubarak! This will be very weak bowling plan if Perera or eranga will went to runs Sri Lanka has no other option than stick with him!

  • zamoo on July 22, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I'm not a Mubarak supporter, but i've seen him doing some damage with the bat. once he got 48 or something in 13 balls in an international match. At least that guy could play some shots... clear the boundary with ease. What can Thirimanne do? Jesus, he can't clear the 30 yard mark for a change. Don't know how he got in to the side.. His strike rate sucks... No point of mentioning about the average. This guy is the reincarnation of Mr russel Arnold even though he is not dead yet. And it is very sad not to see kusal perera in the squad. He is the most talented young man i've seen in years. He was given few chances in tough english conditions. And then sacked. I mean who succeeded in u.k. in their first time? Did Sanga? Did Mahela? Here where he can make a big difference, he is not even in the squad. Very sad!

  • Blade-Runner on July 22, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @tdslbuwa ; SPOT ON buddy !!! I also don't understand the logic behind the inclusion of Mubarak. He is 32 years old n I wonder what Sana boy expect from him now coz Mubarak hasn't done anything significant in the past either. I just can't believe how Mubarak is preferred over a highly talented young prospect like Angelo Perera.

    Mathews has got a suspension n this is the best time to give Angelo a go coz once Mathews is back, its kinda hard to find a place for him in the team. I think we should rotate Thiri, Kusal n Angelo Perera. We can not afford to bench players like Kusal coz it can affect their confidence n eventually ruin their natural game. It takes a lot of courage n confidence to go hard at bowlers which Kusal is very good at. Hope Sana boy reads these comments. :)

  • Htc-Android on July 22, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Angelo Perera Should play instead of Mubarak. Its pointless to play him tomorrow. Either way Mubarak will be dropped when Mathews comes back. So better to give chance to the yougster.

  • rajithwijepura on July 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Eventhough Upul made some runs in recent matches still i think he should play somewhere 4, 5 or 6. If you are replacing Thiri, Kusal should play as opener with Dilly. What srilanka need is stability on the middle order and Tharanga can provide it. Id SL selectors making long term plans, give Chandi a chance to play as no 3 or 4.

    My batting order is Kushal or Thiri / Dilly / Chandi / Sanga / Mahela / Tharanga / Muba / Thisara / Hera / Mali / Eranga

  • on July 22, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    Kusal Janith and Anjelo Perera should play in this match replacing Thirimanna and Mubarak. Playing 11 1.Tharanga 2.Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Anjelo Perera 5. Mahela 6. Chandimal 7.Thisara 8. Kusal 9. Malinga 10. Rangana 11. Shaminda

  • Wolverine77 on July 22, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Thiri isn't a bad ODI player... We need to use him @ the right spot... Send him in @ 3 regularly to see the result.. He is a typical no 3 player like Asanka Gurusinghe... Other players can bat around him while he anchors one end... True he takes time to score but once he gets in, he has the ability to score quickly... Every player can't be aggressive like Dilshan, Sanath etc... We do need guys like Thiri who can bat long innings.. That's why we need to groom Kusal to the openers slot...

  • tdslbuwa on July 22, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Kick 34 years old Mubarak out of the team...Why Angelo Perera always get ignored...If selectors think Mubarak is a better bowler than Angelo P that is a big mistake..In last game he got hammered by SA tailenders...I really cannot understand the vision of this selection committee..They brought 32 years old Dilhara Lokuhettige in place of Thisara Perere..Then he was given 2 matches and dropped..Now they are not giving a single chance to one of the brightest young talents of SL and give tried and tested Mubarak another chance..And what about Kushal Janith Perera..Such a talented and exiting young batsman was dropped after just 4 poor games...Sanath did not become a legend in overnight..It takes time..So its up to the selectors to give youngsters a fair go...

  • prajjwal on July 22, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Good chances for youth SA side to gain. All the best for tomorrow. I know SA gonna bounce back

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    i think Thirimanna should be replaced with Angelo Perera or Kusal Perera, latter who was pretty good in batting in SL. IF not discover young talent like Angelo Perera. Gd Lck to both teams

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka should include Angelo Perera in the team at the expense of Jehan Mubarak. Inclusion of Mubarak in to the squad makes no sense at all.

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Thirimanne has been struggling to put bat to bowl at the ICC championship, in West Indies and now in Colombo. I think better to give him a break so he can adjust his mental unpreparedness and may be take Kusal or any other player

  • Blade-Runner on July 22, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    SA spinners can barely spin the ball and are sitting ducks for SL batsmen who are naturally better players of spin. Their pacers look clueless. Top all that they've got two legends of the game, Mahela n Sanga + attacking batsmen like Dilshan n Tharanga to deal with. Could life get any worse ?? For sure coz SA batsmen have to deal with Herath's spin bowling n the Malinga's slingy yorkers. In the midst of all these challenges, Eranga, Thisara, Dilshan join the party n GAME OVER for South Africa. I hope that they will make it look more competitive this time coz one-sided games are not good for Cricket itself. 5-0 Series win on the card for Sri Lanka. G'luck South Africa coz you r surely gonna need it.

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    This is where sri lanka always end up loosing...Fingers crossed

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    its heavy rains in srilanka today (22nd ) whole day wonder it may interrupt the game tomorrow - terrible weather came from no wear

  • Jadejafan on July 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Silly excuse from South Africa about the 'heat' factor. Isn't South Africa a hot place? fact is with an ODI team with main players missing, losses are a very likely outcome. South Africa are overrated. Yeah they are number 1 in tests but when was the last time they played a test series in the subcontinent? they don't have any quality spinners and are poor players of spin.

  • ever_green on July 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    It will be very difficult for SA to beat Sri lanka in Sri lanka specially withou Jac Kallis who is the best player of spin bowling and in this playing condition. Good luck SA and Sri Lanka.

  • ever_green on July 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    It will be very difficult for SA to beat Sri lanka in Sri lanka specially withou Jac Kallis who is the best player of spin bowling and in this playing condition. Good luck SA and Sri Lanka.

  • Jadejafan on July 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Silly excuse from South Africa about the 'heat' factor. Isn't South Africa a hot place? fact is with an ODI team with main players missing, losses are a very likely outcome. South Africa are overrated. Yeah they are number 1 in tests but when was the last time they played a test series in the subcontinent? they don't have any quality spinners and are poor players of spin.

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    its heavy rains in srilanka today (22nd ) whole day wonder it may interrupt the game tomorrow - terrible weather came from no wear

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    This is where sri lanka always end up loosing...Fingers crossed

  • Blade-Runner on July 22, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    SA spinners can barely spin the ball and are sitting ducks for SL batsmen who are naturally better players of spin. Their pacers look clueless. Top all that they've got two legends of the game, Mahela n Sanga + attacking batsmen like Dilshan n Tharanga to deal with. Could life get any worse ?? For sure coz SA batsmen have to deal with Herath's spin bowling n the Malinga's slingy yorkers. In the midst of all these challenges, Eranga, Thisara, Dilshan join the party n GAME OVER for South Africa. I hope that they will make it look more competitive this time coz one-sided games are not good for Cricket itself. 5-0 Series win on the card for Sri Lanka. G'luck South Africa coz you r surely gonna need it.

  • on July 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    Thirimanne has been struggling to put bat to bowl at the ICC championship, in West Indies and now in Colombo. I think better to give him a break so he can adjust his mental unpreparedness and may be take Kusal or any other player

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka should include Angelo Perera in the team at the expense of Jehan Mubarak. Inclusion of Mubarak in to the squad makes no sense at all.

  • on July 22, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    i think Thirimanna should be replaced with Angelo Perera or Kusal Perera, latter who was pretty good in batting in SL. IF not discover young talent like Angelo Perera. Gd Lck to both teams

  • prajjwal on July 22, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Good chances for youth SA side to gain. All the best for tomorrow. I know SA gonna bounce back

  • tdslbuwa on July 22, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Kick 34 years old Mubarak out of the team...Why Angelo Perera always get ignored...If selectors think Mubarak is a better bowler than Angelo P that is a big mistake..In last game he got hammered by SA tailenders...I really cannot understand the vision of this selection committee..They brought 32 years old Dilhara Lokuhettige in place of Thisara Perere..Then he was given 2 matches and dropped..Now they are not giving a single chance to one of the brightest young talents of SL and give tried and tested Mubarak another chance..And what about Kushal Janith Perera..Such a talented and exiting young batsman was dropped after just 4 poor games...Sanath did not become a legend in overnight..It takes time..So its up to the selectors to give youngsters a fair go...