Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo

Sri Lanka 2-0 up after rainy day

The Report by Firdose Moonda

July 23, 2013

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Sri Lanka 223 for 9 (Dilshan 43, Chandimal 43, Morkel 3-34) beat South Africa 104 for 5 (Herath 2-16) by 17 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Dinesh Chandimal plays a lofted shot, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Colombo, July 23, 2013
Dinesh Chandimal 's 43 was crucial in Sri Lanka posting more than 200 © AFP

A second, successive sub-standard performance with the bat saw South Africa undo their significantly improved showing with the ball to go 2-0 down in the series. On a slow surface, batting was laboured, and Sri Lanka's attack was able to defend with ease, the spinners getting the opposition batsmen into a tangle, again.

South Africa's challenge was dealt a serious blow before it even began. Hashim Amla, who missed the first match with a neck niggle but recovered in time for this one, was injured in the field and could not open the batting. Amla slipped in the 43rd over while trying to field a ball at fine leg. He fell on his knee and was immediately taken to hospital for a scan.

Having dropped Colin Ingram to make way for Amla, South Africa needed another makeshift opener and pushed Robin Peterson up the order. He became the first spinner to open both the batting and the bowling for the country, having been given the first new ball earlier, but it was not an occasion for celebration.

Peterson watched as his partner, Alviro Petersen was dropped off the fourth ball of the innings but he had no such reprieve. He kept out one Lasith Malinga yorker but was comprehensively beaten by the next, which crashed into the stumps to see South Africa's opening stand broken in the first over.

Petersen and JP Duminy seemed to settle, with both hitting boundaries that showed their class, but they only had a 32-run stand to show for it. Thisara Perera managed some superb movement and got Duminy to feather an edge to Kumar Sangakkara.

Rangana Herath struck in his first over again, getting Petersen lbw playing for turn to one that went straight on. Tillakaratne Dilshan removed AB de Villiers on review when the South Africa captain missed a sweep. When Faf du Plessis was caught behind in the next over to become Herath's 50th ODI wicket, South Africa were 69 for 5 and defeat was imminent.

With rain looming, David Miller and Ryan McLaren tried to keep up with the Duckworth-Lewis target but they had fallen too far behind. Form in the top order has been exposed as severely lacking by Sri Lanka's wily attack. With none of Duminy, de Villiers or du Plessis posting a half-century in their last five innings, South Africa's batting will have to improve even more than their bowling did in this match.

Although the South Africa attack sent down 14 wides, they found their lines quicker than they had on Saturday. Morne Morkel struck the first blow when he had Upul Tharanga caught by Peterson at mid-wicket but South Africa would have shuddered to see the in-form Sangakkara stride out.

He immediately added stability with the first boundary of the innings, a well-timed flick through the leg side off a wayward Chris Morris delivery. Sangakkara continued to place the ball well even as Dilshan grew frustrated but he was dismissed against the run of play, to a spinner. Sangakkara was tempted by Aaron Phangiso's persistent flight and could not clear extra cover.

Dilshan had to take on the role of anchor and played an uncharacteristically watchful knock. For 36 deliveries after Sangakkara departed, Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene could not find the boundary and had to content themselves with nudging for singles.

In their 40-run stand, Jayawardene had one shot in anger, a back-foot punch through point, before missing a reverse-sweep and being cleaned up by Peterson.

Dilshan's vigil ended soon after. He got a thick edge off Morkel and de Villiers took a sharp, one-handed catch to his right to send the last of Sri Lanka's senior batsmen on his way. It was up to the young captain, Dinesh Chandimal, to steady Sri Lanka.

He survived a rain interval and the loss of both Jehan Mubarak and Perera but not du Plessis' instincts. Chandimal was out to a superb catch but his 43 proved crucial to helping Sri Lanka post a competitive score on a surface where batting became more difficult, and he can now look forward to sealing the series on Friday.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by Sinhaya on (July 25, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

@anoop3301 , you are correct but still you have to agree that your original statement that MJ and KS only score against Ban and Zim is totally false. Sangakkara has clearly proven that he can survive on all conditions. Mahela has a major weakness against short pitch bowling and it is the fault of our selectors for guaranteeing his place in the side. After all, other good batsmen from our shores like Aravinda, Sanath, Atapattu, Samaraweera were better against pace bowling than Mahela.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 25, 2013, 16:10 GMT)


I guess I had replied to Sinhaya's comment and the topic was test cricket. It was in the interest of nation first but not in making of fun of some body. You have made juggle of words & stats in a way to make mockery of entire issue. Let me put stats courtesy of espncricinfo db engine which is one of the best database engine I have seen in my life.

Mahela Overall Matches 138 Innings 232 Runs 10806@49.56 Home Matches 77 Innings 121 Runs 6846@61.12 Away Matches 61 Innings 111 Runs 3960@37.35 Asia Matches 100 Innings 163 Runs 8565@56.34

Sanga Overall Matches 138 Innings 232 Runs 10486@56.98 Home Matches 117 Innings 200 Runs 6138@63.27 Away Matches 50 Innings 92 Runs 4348@49.97 Asia Matches 85 Innings 140 Runs 7998@62.48

I said that greats had scored more than 80% runs in Asia. They have scored 61% & 67% respectively in Sri Lanka itself. Check with calculator of this statement if they are wrong. Please follow the comments properly.

espncricinfo please publish............

Posted by mark2011 on (July 25, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

@ Ausie_the_Great on (July 25, 2013, 5:33 GMT)' you are very correct, Kholi's 11/15 ceturies have come from weaker side in flat batting tracks and even many instances it was a chance inning.. i.e he was dropped in the early in the inning and then went on to make centuries.. more of lucky innings...

Posted by Otuwa on (July 25, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

@LionsofLanka on (July 24, 2013, 17:19 GMT)-What a funny comment.

Sanga In ODIs,




In Asia-6684runs,40avg-57./.

Outside Asia-4948runs,39avg-43./.

Your all stats are wrong.Where did you find these stats.Open your eyes.His away records are better than home records.Check the stats carefully before you comment.

Posted by Otuwa on (July 25, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

anoop3301-Little correction.Sanga's away+ neutral avg is 49.Ponting away avg also 47 and great Lara's away avg is 47.Don't underestimate Sanga.I agree Mahela's away avg is not good at all.

Posted by AltafPatel on (July 25, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Why do they go with all inexperienced there ? They should have balanced based on experience and expertise for SL conditions. Albie is best against spinners and has been playing in IPL for 6 years, why he is not there ? Imran Taheer bowled excellent in 2011 WC in Indian sub-continent, why he is not given chance? DeViliers should come at No 4 considering his recent form and inexperience batting side in absence of Amla/Smith/Kallis. There are lots of mistakes SA made there and paying for it. Still there is chance to correct some of them and improve the results.

Posted by anoop3301 on (July 25, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

@Ausie_the_Great: Can you please enlighten us with the definition of a strong team ? Are you talking about the current Aussie team which has lost 6 test matches on a trot ? Basically it is not Kohli's fault that the opposition is not good enough to dismiss him early. Remember all those hundreds which Ricky Ponting plundered against weak bowling attacks?

Posted by Flat_Trac_Bally on (July 25, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

@Sandip Manjrekar: Numbers can prove you good until the composition is considered. 11/15 of Kholi's centuries have come against weaker teams like Ban, Zim, NZ and SL and in Asia.

Posted by anoop3301 on (July 25, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

@sinhaya: Sanga averages 47 in test cricket abroad. Very good but not great. If you compare that against the players like Kallis, Tendulkar, Dravid it pales in comparison. About Mahela, the less said about it, the better. Outside Asia, his test average drops to mid thirties which is mediocre to say the least. Even Ajit Agarkar has a test hundred in lords hence that should not be a yardstick for greatness. It is the overall record away from home that matters. Mahela has been playing for 16 yrs now. Don't you think he has not received enough opportunities to improve his record in alien conditions ?

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 25, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

@Sinhaya Its OK mate. We want young guys like Chandi, Angelo, Thiru & many more to prosper. Unfortunately they are being compared with these two greats. These two greats had never change their approach in the interest of Sri Lankan cricket's future. When SA is always weak link in our pitches, it is a best chance to groom new ones equally supported by greats. The greats have never changed their playing position & playing for themselves. I am not against them. I feel we still can better & better. Some fans commented here that the young lads need to watch greats from behind. Chandi had to come at 6 and Angelo had to sit on bench. If they need to watch them then can do it from home on TV sets. Mate, they had to play and had to fail. Only then they can stand. Its rule of nature. Our fans are criticizing them and praising the greats. And they are in bashing with India. Leave Indi where it is. We need to raise our standards. I am not against you mate. That's it.

Posted by Flat_Trac_Bally on (July 25, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Congrats SL. Great performance by Kumar. You should be proud as you are knocking off the cricket Giants not like some others who are pond of thrashing minnows like Zimbabwe.

But, don't forget Proteas could come hard at you next 3 matches with Amla coming back to the team. Also, they are pretty weakened these days with the greats like Stayn, Kallis and Phillander are missing. Good luck for both the teams for the next 3 encounters.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 25, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

@LionsofLanka, where did I compare with India?? Please show thanks. All I was trying to do was defend the records of Sanga and Mahela. Thats all.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 24, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

@Sinhaya I am not happy with your comments, statement & standards to count Mahela & Sanga are greats. You have selectively count their innings from more than 200 innings each played by them. mate, first of all check out that they have scored more than 80% runs in Asia. They have scored 61% & 67% respectively in Sri Lanka itself. If you gave same kind of chances to Upul, Thiru & Chandi, they will do the same perhaps will do better who knows. Look at the standards of INDIA. We are criticizing Kohli and he made 15 tons in only 106 innings. Our legends took more than 300 innings. Both of them locked at 16 centuries each having played nearly 400 games. New guy Rayadu made debut and showed his impression. We kept Angelo out in next match. We become too obsessive for sanga & mahela for creating records. We need to change our standards & thinking. Stop comparing every time with India.

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 24, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@anoop3301, are you sure Sanga and Mahela have not scored at all against good opposition teams? With whom did the 2 of them post the world record partnership in test matches in 2006? Forgot that Mahela has 2 test tons at Lords? Forgot how Mahela posted the world record 6th wicket partnership in India in 2009? Please check your facts before posting. Forgot how Sanga scored 192 in Australia in 2007? If Sanga is so weak then why did he get called to speak at the Colin Cowdrey memorial in 2011? Please remember we dont get that many chances to play in England and Australia. Furthermore, forgot how Sanga scored a double ton in a test match in Abu Dhabi in 2011 on the last day? Oh please remember no one can challenge the fact that Sanga and Mahela are greats. Cricinfo please publish.

Posted by Pelham_Barton on (July 24, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

@Nick636 on (July 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT): Sri Lanka scored at 4.52 runs per over, which is a good deal closer to the revised target run rate of just over 6 per over than your comment "struggled at 4 an over" suggests. In terms of the revised target, and ignoring the later stoppage, this was close to the simplest case for D/L, which is when the reduction of overs occurs between the innings. It is just about universally accepted that an increase in required run rate is necessary in such cases: the only question is how much of an increase. While D/L is being criticised by some people for increasing the run rate by too much and by others for not increasing it enough, I will remain happy that they are getting it about right.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 24, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

@ Sandip Manjrekar Very good spot clearing some of the mist.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Quickest to 15 ODI 100s (inns)

V Kohli 106 S Anwar 143 S Ganguly144 C Gayle 147 H Gibbs 161 D Haynes 166 R Ponting 180 S T'kar 182 Mahela 343 Sanga 342

Posted by tdslbuwa on (July 24, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

So this will be the last time we see Mubarak in SL colors...Also Thirimanne needs a break...He really has to develop some shots and learn how to rotate the strike..He can always come back as a better cricketer...Even players like Amla, Cook had the same problem when they first entered the scene..But they worked on their game and now world class players...SL should look for other young talents as well...Selectors should realize that this is the greatest opportunity to give player like Angelo Perera a chance....Team for next games: Upul,Dili,Sanga,Chandi,Mahela,Mathewes,Angelo Perera,Thisra,Hereath,Shaminda,Mali....Chandimal should bat at 4..More experienced Mahela have to take the responsibility and bat at 5 or even at 6...Good Luck SL....!!!!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

By the way this 2-0 result is going to put lot of pressure on Mathews when he takes leadership from third ODI to perform. So far with the ICC cup Mathews record is 4 wind and 5 losses

Posted by anoop3301 on (July 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: Nobody would dare to call SA a mediocre side.(SA in SL is not a bad side but not very formidable either). I was merely referring to Mahela's and Sanga's ability to bash minnows like Zim or BD which is ok if they have excellent records against better teams, but unfortunately that is not the case. I do admit that Sanga is the better of the two but still is a level below Tendulkar, Dravid or Kallis as their overseas record testify.

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (July 24, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

Not sure about Mubarak. But the few shots he played looked very good on that surface. But when you look at his age and the chances he has had..... should not be persisted any further. But Thirimana is there to stop a slide. He needs learn to rotate the strike and learn few big shots if possible. He should be persisted. I donot understand why the people keep asking for him to be removed......

Posted by anoop3301 on (July 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

As usual, SL always prosper in familiar territories. If ever there is a trophy for playing well at home and miserably abroad, it should be given to SL. SL never defeated India or Australia in away test matches. In fact, they only ever won once against Aus in test cricket. Mahela & Sanga always relish opportunity to score tons against minnows. A statistical dissection of their records reveal a shockingly bare picture. Awesome against minnows and pathetic against high quality attacks.

Posted by dariuscorny on (July 24, 2013, 10:07 GMT)

lets just summarize it IND are miles ahead of SL,just 11 months ago IND thrashed 4-1 at their own backyard,so rest is answered...............cheers

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

Both Thirimanne and Mubark are out of sorts and do not seem to be the ODI type. Thirimane had the ICC cup, West Indies tri series and now two more matches here. He should be given some leave to recover and instead two others should take their places.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

@ Cricdew Well said mate some of the sri lankan fans only open one eye and are very bias. They were bashing D/L during our match against them but for yesterday match they are not even mentioning D/L.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

to all the india bowling bashers, till the time we produce Sachins and Kohlis you have the right to get a Murli and Warne. We'd still beat you without any bowlers ;)

Posted by BMDeep on (July 24, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

@Rukhsan : am not referring to any one particular person mate. I jus tried to put it in general way. @ ameega : this is wat I tried to avoid mate. As ive told, it is not abt any particular country fans. I was referring to d phenomenon of bashing each other countries for d reasons dat r not in d hands of playing XI. Afterall u, me or anyone else who share dis common platform doesnt do it jus for timepass. It is due to d love v have for d game nd those kind of phenomenons bring rather embarassing situations to everyone of us.

Posted by Nick636 on (July 24, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

I understand the need for a system like DL, but often it makes no sense. SA bowled really well, and SL struggled at 4 an over, almost completing their innings. For SA to come in and need 6 an over, which is quite a different situation, is almost like playing 2 separate games!

SL coasted with the bat, and SA had to push! It is only logical that they would lose more wickets. But DL was basically in SL favour from the start of the SA innings.

I am NOT excusing SA's downfall, it was typical, frustrating and painful. In Mark Boucher's chat after the game, I echo, "We are not as good as we think."

STOP PLAYING THE SAME FAILING SIDE! We have new blood, give de Kock the same lengthy opportunity Ingram had, give him a REAL chance!

We need to re-think our game in a serious way!

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 24, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@LenksiVee ; What are talking son ?? Chandimal didnt throw his wkt away. He really middled that n the ball was humming toward deep point. He got out due to a superb fieling effort by Fuf. There are only a few fielders in the world who can take a catch like that n Fuf is one of 'em. I thought Chandi played a superb innings yesterday to save the match on that sluggish pitch. Thats why he was awarded the MOM.

Posted by sichu_emerald on (July 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

Tough luck SA, yet another batting excuses...

Pretty much impressed with the way Chandimal has handled the game. KUDOS.

Congrats team SL for 2-0, you deserve it...

Posted by Ankitsuperking on (July 24, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

DL always comes to haunt SA.....This time it was no different.......

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

And, can we PLEASE drop Ranjit Fernando for the rest of the series and forever????

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 24, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Well done SL and good to see finally a youngster putting his hand up. Keep it up chandimal.. Hope seniors can get a rest after the next match to give some other youngsters a chance. (but not to people like Mubarak)

Posted by LenksiVee on (July 24, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

How Tharanga, Mubarak and Chandimal can get into the side is the big question, Yes Tharanga scored 173 in not too long ago but he survived because of a dropped catch, and in virtually every match he plays, he gives a chance within the 1st 3 overs, Mubarak, well his performance speaks for itself, and Chandimal, yesterday was the first time I saw him bat properly, even then he threw his wicket away when he was the only recognized batsman around toward the end. I am sure we have better players than these guys in our pool.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 24, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Poor Sa robbed by Rain and Amla injury. If there was no rain and Amla could bat it would have been a walk in the park for SA batsmen against SL "BOWLERS". Miller could have destroyed SL attack like Dhoni did couple of weeks ago.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Sounds like Proteas are out of form both in bowling & batting ?

Posted by ranilranathunga on (July 24, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

Make Mubarak captain, and Ramith Rabukwella the v.c., Drop all the young talented players like Kusal, Thisara and so on...Make all the youngsters play in the middle order so that they are in pressure to up the run rate.Let The seniors take any time in the middle to score runs...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Barely a decent game. True, it was a moderate pitch. Yet the overall score could have been better. Seniors always try what they can. Good to see Chandimal rising up-to the challenge. Considering Tharanga, probably a place-shift might do him good, because Mahela bats well whenever he's given a chance to bat up-front. Since Dilshan 'can' slow down his game a bit, it won't be a bad idea for him to come-around strengthening the middle-order. It isn't 'that' revolutionary for Sanga to change his no.03 position to no.02, because he's a very stable player. Since Chandimal speaks of having 'nothing to lose', it's better for him to bat before Thirimanne, because he has the potential to put up timely partnerships. Then it's up-to Thirimanne to work his game at the latter stage of the innings, as his offensive mood is much better than the defensive. The point is, it could have been a different story, had Amla been there & had SA did have wickets in hand...

Posted by Domestica on (July 24, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

In upcoming Matches,,, Mu barak ,Thirimanne should be Out & Mathews, Kula/Angelo In and then SL has Very Strong Team to play, Team:-- Dilshan,Tharanga,Sanga,Mahela,Chandimal,Mathews,Thisara,Angelo/Kula,Herath,Malinga, Lakmal

Posted by Rambo-123 on (July 24, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

Congrats Chandimal keep it up! I agree with Ramesh we should change the batting order Open Dilshan - Tharanga - Chandimal - Tirimanna - Mathews -Sanga - Mahela- Thisara and the bowlers...... All the Best for the rest of the tournament.

Posted by SL_rockz on (July 24, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

OMG!! Amla was injured.It will be more enjoyable if he was also in there when SA defeated 1st 2 ODI's.... ABD's at first match said it is not the end of the world. but seems like it is the end if you loose the end..Start packing up boys :P You are not gonna win here. Why do not these selectors donot have tests :( .. SA invited all best test playing nations to SA and they too have traveled to many and defeated everybody. But Sri lanka has beaten them in their own backyard and drew the test series. That was the last time SA was beaten in test series. :) In SL they are going to go down as no 1. Dale steyn Morkel balls at 150+ , but ball comes to the batsmen 130+ :P ... They are worthless in spinning tracks here.... Please SA come and play tests in SL. We came to SA and now this is ur chance to come..

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

Mubarak.....again! As for the Saffa Fan, Sour Grapes...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Chandimal is a excellent captain and also he s very lucky captain! he lost the toss lat match and we scored 320 and won cruicial tost this match. his bowling changes working really well! malinga giving 1st over wicket! herath struck in his 1st over when chandi gave ball to him! Dilshan strike when he ask to ball. perera also

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

I think if pallekale pitch behave what we seen in t20 world cup we should go with 2 spinners! Once pallakale is swing pitch but now it's more spin friendly! and tharanga is a useless guy against good seam attack! he scored 174 there was no B.kumar! just think after that no real good knock! last match he lucky to score 40 because drop catches! Tharanga is walking wicket when against SA like teams dilshan,mahela,sanga,chandi,thiri,mathews,serasinghe,perera,herath,mali and eranga will be excellent team with 2 good spiners! SA is very weak against spin and in Sri Lanka playing with 1 spinner is not good! Serasinghe is good choice

Posted by ajithabey on (July 24, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

Good effort by Sri Lanka. Mubarak is a passenger in this team and should be replaced as his batting & bowling has no consistency. Senanayake or Angelo Perera may be better prospects and will strengthen the bowling unit. With Mathews coming in Mahela should open the batting with Dilshan and tharanga should take a break as his feet movement against the moving ball is pathetic.SL should go in with 2 or 3 pacies or 2 pacies and 2 genuine spinners at pallekele and wrap up the series.

Posted by Otuwa on (July 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

1st-Well done Sri Lanka

2nd-Well done Chandi

3rd-@ Haiderpakawsome-Are you happy???

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 24, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

This should have been SA's game and SL will be feeling lucky to get out of this one...SL should thank the rain Gods...again majority of the contribution from the big three...thats the way it is for a looooooong time....get them out early and SL will be limping to get past 200...poor SL...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

there r lot of comments about d/l and SA could win in a full game. but I'm very much doubt that with 5 wkts down, spinners are operating n the ball was turning. SL could easily win in a full game. SA is not learnt the lesson of how to bat against spinners on slow tracks over last 10 years. I remember every time SL play SA they took the pace of the ball and bowled slower than usual n SA struggled and lost. it happened over the past ten years n still they didn't know how to bat on those conditions. that's y SA fail. if they don't cure this problem they will continuously fail for another ten years. if you watched closely his AB batted last two games u will realize this. although he is obese of the finest odi battes there he had no clue about how the ball gonna behave. On the other hand SL must find new guns to fire. because I feel that Sanga, Mahela, Dilly and Mali will retire in 2015 all together. if SL didn't fine tune their young talent now what we can say is sorry SL.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Looks like Chandi s luck as a captain during school days still praising for him :-) well done. Sri lanka was lacking on that luck aspect recently............

Posted by C0l0mb0 on (July 24, 2013, 3:37 GMT)

I hate D/L. Feel really Sorry for SA, but only cpl of batsmen got out trying to accelerate. either way i see some SL ppl wanna give Kusal another chance. If u take Kusal s dismissals, u can see he is clearly struggle with moving ball. when he bat down he didnt use his brain n got out. He should hv another chance when he either start to hit moving ball or start to use his brain. Thirimanne and Mubarak should be dropped, Mathews n A Perera can replace them. But for me ideal person is Serasinghe. Chandimal should be #3 n need to learn build a inning without going for stupids shots. These ppl need some time in middle. But sad to see Sanga n Mahela keep batting at #3,n 4.They should go down a bit for sake of SL Cricket.

Tharanga, dilshan Chandimal, Sanga, Mathews, Mahela, A Perera, Thisara, Herath, Shaminda, Malinga

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 24, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

Congratulations SL. Once again you won in your own den, not a surprise at all as it is your own den and that too a week spin team like SA.I remember some of you guys criticizing D/L method &said India has won only because of D/L method when SL played against India in triseries. India was 119/3 in 29 ovrs and given SL target if 176 in 26 ovrs and SL 96/10 Exactly the same case here for SL. SL played 49.2 with 223(4.5 RR) runs scored and were 118/3 in 29 overs yesterday and SA target was 176(6.06 ReqRR) in 29 overs and they were 104/5 in 21 overs & they required only 72 from 48 balls when big hitter Miller and McLaren were on the crease. lol Guys so what do you say? Do you accept you won only because of D/L ? or Do you accept that D/L right procedure and we do not have any other procedure better than this? I do not want to take the credit out of your win, but my intention is you cannot criticize a rule/ method which was introduced by ICC and all the nations are already accepted.

Posted by houstonlife on (July 24, 2013, 3:13 GMT)

I am very disappointed looking at the current state of cricket, administration, ground and pitch conditions. It is becoming more like a sport which had little shine left. Very very predictable. Its like, if participate in betting I would have a 95% chance of becoming a billionaire. And thats becoz, the conditions always support the home country. India wins in India, SL in SL, Aus in Aus, Eng in Eng and others most of the time. Something should be done to make conditions neutral all over world with equal support for bowl and bat on some pitches in each nation. Instead of the country deciding the construction of pitches, it should be ICC or common governing body to build them. And make them uniform in all countries. Meaning there would be a Perth and Durban in India while there would be Premadasa in England, Or a Wankhede in Australia. They should do it or else cricket is going to die a slow death! P.S. I am an Indian and I would love a Perth in Delhi.

Posted by Ameeega on (July 24, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

@eee255; take it easy man. I personally feel, in both the occasions DL interpretation was bit harsh for the chasing team. Some people argue against, some people agree. Even your countrymen. I would appreciate if you can refer to a same guy that arguing both ways based on his favours.

Posted by Ameeega on (July 24, 2013, 2:23 GMT)

@Haiderpakawsome, That's a good idea sir. By the way, do you have any contacts in Pakistan to arrange that? I love your nick name anyway.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

Hey SA fans... I am a SL fan since a kid... but I understand what you are going through quite well... First the unbearable heat, then the rain came, to beat you. From player to player, both teams have equal talent and awesome coaching. There are some days, when you have to shrug and let go all the ballyhoo.

Hope Amla and co get well. Just have fun in SL.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 1:19 GMT)

SL cricket board should let more youngsters to play in the home matches . They don't just stick with Thirmanee or Chandimal as only youngsters . Both haven't show any classic performance as they play enough games. Johan Mubarak should bat at no 4 or No 5. Don't drop him when Mathew make his come back . Should give rest to Thirmanee. Good things is SL bowling always good.

Posted by Muzamilm on (July 24, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

Srilankan's are a good team with rest of the world, and in contrast a minnow when they play against India. True test comes when you play a tougher team, so a team which loses always is called a minnow, and SL loses always to india so logically SL to India is a minnow and SL to rest of the world is a good team.

Posted by BLACK-BIRDS on (July 24, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

Again We lost know RORY 's selection in this side has created all problems we need ther a solid batsman like ELGAAR , H.DAVIDAS,HANDRICKS JENNINGS.....EXT. because whenever we had gone to ASIA we had some dabutant like GIBS,AMLA, THAMI,H,WILLIAM,BOJE etc. On the other hand side we have 3 off form players in the side INGRAM ,ALVIRO ,RORY ,how we can fight there ,and AB left 1 player(D.KOCK) out side without consider it means you are playing with 7 member's AB AND MANAGER /SELECTION COMPLETELY FAILED...we can do batter but they dnt want to .....good luck

Posted by gibbs.175 on (July 24, 2013, 0:22 GMT)

EXposed once again ...when one player is injured ,no one left to take a place as a opnner.....MR AB why do you guys called D.KOCK.why are you (yourself) is under presure of extra load of Wicket guys do.not know which player can be used as bowler or batsman and allrounder (*no alrounder Is in the side now )AB must come #3 MILLER, INGRAM, JP are middle order players MORRIS <M.LAREN ,ROBIN can be promoted for hitting and AMLA ,D.kock,FARHAAN and FAF are upper order batsman .Thus make final 11 around you AMLA ,KOCK AB,FAF, FARHAAN ,MILLER ,ROBIN ,MORRIS <M.LAREN ,MORKEL ,PHANGISO /JP

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (July 24, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

HI SA FANS...sorry to say .SA team could play well but they are not selecting the best combination AB sholud leave gloves and fielding in the ring like POINT or GULLY or COVERfielder like HERSCHELLE GIBBSand D.KOCk should be given a chance as WK. and FARHAAN should be called for no3 or 6 as hitter /finisher lose or win is the part of the game but we should fight to win /loose

Posted by Kavum on (July 24, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

A ball before he got out, commentator Symcox (I think) pointed out his flaw of a closed/straight front foot before Mubarak was gone offering a dolly. He wasn't clearing his front (right) foot as most modern batters do. Ended up trying to play around his front pad and gave a simple catch to a nothing bowler. At 30-something years, he should have sussed this option out. Shows that his absence from the game at the top level has left him bereft of the technicalities that even 18-year olds learn in the modern era. So, despite connections and scholastic pedigree, bye bye Muba!

Posted by yasask on (July 23, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

give angelo perera a game. if south africa are experimenting with a young team, why cant sri lanka? south africa are playing it smart and building a team for the 2015 world cup. sri lanka should drop young players like kusal perera for an older player like tharanga, or mubarak.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

looking at the fielders after the game batting resumed of SA, Sri Lankan showed some urgency right up to the 20th over especially captain chandimal but after 20th over they deliberately waited and waited long to have some showers as they might win by D/L method becoz at that moment South african batsman were looking in great position to send ball in crowds hands . I am really disappointed from this silly act of SL fielders as cricket fan.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (July 23, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa: At least kindly accept that SA are NOT a good ODI/T20 team. They are exactly like England in that regard. They should only stick to playing boring grandpa cricket (test cricket). The only reason SL are playing SA is because SL already played India a billion times in the last few years.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Thirimanne should`nt be dropped just that he should be moved up the order..DineshChandimal should bat at no 4 and then Thrirmanne..Mahela should stop his greediness and let youngsters bat at top..Mahela should do Dhoni`s job at no 6..then Mathews..

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (July 23, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

First of all these rain interrupted games are boring. Let it India-SL match or SL-SA match. SA is in the same situation where SL was in the game with India in rain curtailed game. Only difference is if there is no rain interruption SA had more probability to win this game and SL had less probability to win the game with India. SA came close to win this game where as SL was all out below 100.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 23, 2013, 21:11 GMT)

@Darshan Dias Abeysinghe ; As you know, the next game will be played in Pallekele. Pallekele pitch is a grassy/pacey one n offers a lot of bounce n swing. So bowlers like Morkel will be on fire on this pitch. I don't think that Tharanga will last long there with his lack of footwork. So Kusal will be the best option to open the innings with Dilly as he has done extremely well on that pitch in the past. Not to mention that its gonna be a high scoring game n we need a player of Kusal's caliber to go hard at bowlers in the 1st power play as Dilly seems to be in a bit of out of touch. Either we could drop Tharanga for this match and replace him with Angelo Perera or send him down the order to bat. Either way Kusal at the top is a must.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

@ bladerunner.. I don't agree with dropping Tharanga, one failed innings is not reason to be dropped..the rest of the side Yes, and the order Yes as well. I don't want to see Mathes bat at number 5 unless its after the 35th over. A specialist batsman who is playing in the team as a batsman has to bat at 5.

Posted by khiladisher on (July 23, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Sri Lanka lucky to win the match today.The batting line up remains poor with everything linked to Sanga form.If not for Duckworth Lewis Proteas would have easily won the match.

Posted by Zetta on (July 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Greetings from Bulgaria! Although, a Sri Lankan fan, I hate it when a team wins /or loses/ because of the D/L method. Good to see Dilshan scoring some runs since his return from injury thought. Not good, however, to see Amla injured.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 23, 2013, 20:11 GMT)

So the best XI for next game in Pallekele :

1) Kusal 2) Dilly 3) KS - King Sanga 4) Mahela 5) Angelo Perera 6) Chandimal 7) Mathews 8) Thisara 9) Herath 10) Eranga 11) Slinga

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 23, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

As expected, SL grabbed their 2nd win. I'm so impressed with Chandimal's performance today. He showed a lot of class n maturity n played a captain's innings on this sluggish pitch. If it wasn't for Chandimal , we wouldn't have passed 200 mark. Way to go Chandi !!!! So where are all those critics who worried about our young talents now ?? lol

And I think that SL selectors seriously need to visit cricinfo n listen what we have to say coz we can select the playing XI betterthan 'em n for free of charge. We've been telling all along to drop useless Mubarak n give a chance to Angelo Perera. I guess that Sana boy must be pretty thrilled by Mubarak's performance today. Not only he wasted that valuable no.7 position but also dropped a catch.

Perhaps, we need to give Thirimanne n Tharanga a break in the next match n give their spots to Angelo Perera and Kusal Perera. Kusal will be the best man to open in Pallekele. He has done very well there. cont.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (July 23, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

As a Saffa fan I am not upset we lost. As I couldnt care less about aimless Bi-lateral ODI// T20 series. These for me the cricket on display is nowhere near a test of skill and viewing experience as Test Cricket.

I am however starting to get a little annoyed with this teams dismal performances in ODI cricket. AB De Villlers the 2nd best ODI batsman in the world (Amla no.1) but he is not a good Captain and he should be fielding at point with young De Kock coming in to do the glovework. I know these bi-lateral ODI series are pointless without test matches but the guys needs to motivate themselves more somehow.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:58 GMT)

@eee255 I dont see anyone happy with our win here mate?? whose comments are you refetring to. i personally am not happy with our win today..

Posted by Hanuman1206 on (July 23, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

Again Rain has ruined the game. I think SA have to make some strategic changes in their approach. 1. AB is NOT a captain material though he is very good player. 2. Bring Miller up in the order so that he could get settle down to play his stroke. 3. JP should bat down the order since he has failed miserably at no.3

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

srilanka will find themselves lucky that amla has not batted today n the match has been called off difficult wicket to bat on just a one game away for winning the series but it will not be easy with africa u never know amla will be fit better do homework against amla africa has the ablity to win 3 matches but they have to do well africa will come all guns blazing on 26

Posted by BMDeep on (July 23, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Fr all my SL frnds,I am frm Ind nd v all know how u ppl reacted during Ind vs SL match on 9th July when Sl were made to chase 176 odd in 26 ovs by DL method in a rain curtailed game.I have seen many of u ppl complaining abt the DL method cos SL lost it.Den wat abt today? I hope ppl agree it as relevant comparison.Sme ppl say that d target today was correct as SL dont know that the game was to b played only for 29 ovs. D same ppl bashed DL d other day wen ur team lost.This clearly shows the double stands of d same ppl coz their team won on their day and lost on d other.D fact is time has come to agree that DL works this way always.Some comes ur way and some dont.Dis is for d fans of all countries.Plz do accept the game as it was irrespective of results for their favorable countries.Dat takes away love towards d game nd gives rise to unnecessary debates bn fans of diff countries as it happened d other day. Finally congrats for SL and congrats for SA for giving good fight unlike 1st game.

Posted by yohandf on (July 23, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

well done Chandi & co . Chandi seems to be a lucky guy . It s team work again . Our batting was not that bad considering the pitch condition . Then bowlers did the job . Always difficult for teams in rain hit matches . but we hv to live with it . Hope SA will come strong in Pallekele to make this series more interesting . Mubarak should be replaced with Mathews and Sachitra should come in for Eranga .

Posted by Niketh2000 on (July 23, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Wow !Impressive Captaincy by Chandi ayya, set the field brilliantly, varied the bowling well, Good Job. Actually I think Chandimal's a much better captain than Mathews, just look at the 2 games!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

@ lionspaw yes mate i agree with u. if mubarak should drop wht u think about thirmanna. check his recent career. u wil know wht he did? he struggled least to getting single four being he is a international batsman. So sad to me dear.

Posted by mgsperera on (July 23, 2013, 19:40 GMT)

Chandimal Will be a greate captain like Arjuna / Mahela ..Very Lucky ,Energetic ,Positive & Can handle the presure when he is in the crease as a captain ...I like this guy more than Mathews as a captain ..Mathew shud be in the playing 11 ...Seems Our Feture will be quiet ok ...

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

Please someone explain to to hit the four. or How to play ODI.recent matches as follows. 27 ball 13 runs without 4's 33 ball 17 runs without 4's 72 ball 46 runs with four 4's 3 ball 0 run without 4's 73 ball 23 runs without 4's 19 ball 6 runs with one 4's 31 ball 7 runs with one 4's

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (July 23, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

It's high time Angelo Perera gets a chance, and hope he grabs with his both hands and lives up to the potential and expectations of the Sri Lankan Cricketing fraternity. it wouldn't be a bad idea to rest kumar,mahela n dilshan and see how the youngsters cope up with the pressure and deal with it and get the much needed exposure if we are to build a side for the 2015 World Cup. why isn't ahkila dhanajaya not playing is a big question seems he has been sacked from the squad. this the time Sanath you could experiment and see what are the combinations that are going to work and would take Sri Lankan cricket forward you wouldn't get a much better opportunity than this so try out players and strategies much as possible with the available resources.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Please drop tharanga ,thirimanna,mubarak for few games because they are not in good form .kandy pitches are more pacy and its not good for those .please play angelo perera instead of thirimanne.please bring dimuth back.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

tough to defeat sri Lanka in home

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

SLC must give a chance for Angelo perera. He is talented arounder,He has better avg &strike rate than other middle order batsman.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

@jahrasta it is simple dude coz sri lanka started to play a 50 over match, if they started to play a 29over match from the 1st delivery, the score would be different coz they definitely play the match like a T20 match. so this calculation is not unfair isn't it?

Posted by lionspaw on (July 23, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

I wont be surprise If they nominate Jehan Mubarak as the captain and Ramith rabukwella as the vice captain for the next series. Cheers to Sanath Jayasooriya and the selection committee.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

What about 2 chamaras was in the team for quiet sometimes ruined so many matches. Jehan is there bcos he is the highest run getter in the local SL Club Cricket scene.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

changes for next 3 odis: mubarak, mendis and lakmal out. mathews, dananjaya and maharoof in.

Posted by jahrasta on (July 23, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

I am very unhappy with the DL system....after the matches in WI and now this match, it doesnt make much sense to me. How can a total of 223 after 49 overs (approx 4.5 rpo) be equal to 176 in 29overs (6 rpo). I think the DL method should be either revamped or another more realistic method be used (if there is one)

Posted by vim_equal on (July 23, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

I think SA need Kallis & Amla badly.... SL lions hunting as pairs..

Posted by jayantak on (July 23, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Someone please explain Jehan Mubarak's inclusion in this team, when so many better, younger players are knocking at the door?

Posted by Sinhaya on (July 23, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

First of all, full credit must go to the ground staff for having the pitch ready just half an hour late in spite of the heavy rain that fell in Colombo this morning. Many people felt there will be no play possible at all today. This just shows how committed are the Lankan ground staff in seeing that play will start as soon as rain stops. We all know what Sri Lanka had to face in Australia this year. Well good that we managed 223 and hope the game will be exciting. I know SA will come very hard as they are determined to make mends for the Saturday's failure.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

i think chandimal will be tested as the captain today.

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (July 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

4 down already with best 3 SL batters departed cheaply. I bet even if we send few of my street bowlers from Karachi rest of SL batters won't cross 180 mark. It will be interesting to see how long they could survive against mighty SA bowlers. lol

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Mistake to have sent Thirimanne after Mahela. Hope he will not keep groping as he did the other day. Thisara is being wasted by not sending him early.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

good to seee amla back he needs to score today

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Hashim Amla will strengthen SA batting line up which will make this match more challenging for Sri Lanka and exciting. Hope the rain stays away until Little Johny finish playing

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