Sri Lanka v South Africa, 4th ODI, Pallekele

Hosts seek to arrest South Africa's momentum

The Preview by Andrew Fidel Fernando in Pallekele

July 27, 2013

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Match facts

Sunday, July 28, 2013
Start time 1430 local (0900 GMT)


Thisara Perera ready to muscle the ball over the top, Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd ODI, Pallekele, July 26, 2013
Thisara Perera proved his value to the ODI team with a blistering attack that almost swung the third game in Sri Lanka's favour © Associated Press
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After South Africa asserted some control over their fate in Sri Lanka, on what was perhaps the driest pitch of the tour to date, it has now fallen to the hosts to arrest the momentum their opponents have gleaned from a big victory. South Africa's batsmen appeared to have finally cracked the answer to the slow surfaces that sunk them in the first two matches, as they sought to graft securely before embracing aggression very late in the innings.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe then provided the experience that had been missing from South Africa's attack, as he bowled in fearsome tandem with Morne Morkel, to scupper Sri Lanka in the early overs. The pitch being prepared for Sunday looks almost identical to the surface that Friday's match was played on, and South Africa are unlikely to change their game plan or personnel, save for men drifting in and out of the team due to injury. The visitors are also finally fielding at a standard close to their lively best as well, despite the odd missed opportunity.

Sri Lanka's middle order, meanwhile, continues to face criticism at home, having failed once more to spur a meaningful surge on a day when the top order failed. Dinesh Chandimal had some luck during his 65-ball 29, before departing softly, gloving to Quinton de Kock, and he never really had the measure of the surface. Angelo Mathews appeared more at ease while batting, but surrendered his wicket with an irresponsible pull, soon after debutant Angelo Perera had perished in a similar fashion. Given the middle order's track record in the last two months, even a South Africa attack missing Dale Steyn will feel confident that there are only three men among Sri Lanka's batsmen who are capable of playing match-winning innings.

Mathews must also now reassert himself at the helm, after Chandimal's brush with success. In all three matches Chandimal has captained so far (including a Twenty20 against Bangladesh), he has been an eager but astute leader, though his place in the ODI XI is far less secure than Mathews'. There is no real threat to Mathews' captaincy from within the side, but if he cannot complete his first series victory after being handed a 2-0 lead, pressure may begin to build.

Form guide

(most recent first, five completed matches)
Sri Lanka: LWWLL
South Africa: WLLLT

Players to watch

Thisara Perera had been dropped for the tri-series in the West Indies prior to this tour, but has returned emphatically and is now the leading wicket-taker in the series, as well as the third-highest run-getter. His six-ball blitz against Robin Peterson showcased his power and, on a pitch that may produce another low-scorer, he may again be called upon to blast Sri Lanka to a challenging total. The major weakness in his game appears to be death bowling, which he will need to improve if Sri Lanka continue to play only one specialist pace bowler in future.

David Miller proved he was more than just a big hitter on Friday, when he constructed an innings with care, before finally launching the kind of assault his cricket has become famous for. He worked the spinners cleverly alongside de Villers, playing cautiously against Ajantha Mendis, whom he had only seen briefly at the IPL. His unbeaten 85 is South Africa's only half-century in the series, and Sri Lanka will now look at his game more closely, as they seek to discover weaknesses.

Pitch and conditions

Kandy had its sunniest day in a week on the eve of the match, but the weather is likely to return to its pattern of intermittent showers on Sunday, according to the forecast. The pitch appears to be another slow turner.

Team news

Lahiru Thirimanne is fully fit and will probably play, pushing Angelo Perera out of the XI*. Other than that, though, Sri Lanka are likely to remain unchanged.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1. Upul Tharanga, 2. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Mahela Jayawardene, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Angelo Mathews (c), 7. Lahiru Thirimanne, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Rangana Herath, 10. Lasith Malinga, 11. Ajantha Mendis

South Africa are optimistic Hashim Amla will play on Sunday, after he passed a mini fitness test and batted productively in the nets on the eve of the match. He will be thoroughly assessed before the start of play on Sunday, as will Ryan McLaren, who is nursing a strained hamstring he picked up while fielding in the third ODI.

AB de Villiers also said that he enjoyed leading the side without the gloves on and Alviro Petersen may make way for Amla's return, leaving keeper Quinton de Kock in the XI.

South Africa (probable): 1. Hashim Amla/ Alviro Petersen, 2. Quinton de Kock (wk), 3. JP Duminy, 4. AB de Villiers (c), 5. Faf du Plessis, 6. David Miller, 7. Robin Peterson, 8. Farhaan Berhardien, 9. Ryan Mclaren/Chris Morris, 10. Morne Morkel, 11. Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Stats and trivia

  • The team batting first has won all three matches so far in the series.
  • The highest successful chase in 11 matches at Pallekele has been Sri Lanka's 200 for 3 against New Zealand, who had set them 198 in a rain-reduced match.

Quotes

"He has turned out to be a brilliant allrounder for us - with bat and ball. It looked like he was batting on a different strip."
Angelo Mathews on Thisara Perera's impact in the series.

"I'm not carrying an injury at all. Quinton's used to keeping and is a good young keeper. We thought I'd have more to add as a fielder than him. Not that I rate myself more than him - but the guys tend to do. From a captaincy point of view, I have more time with my decision-making and time to communicate with the bowlers."
AB de Villiers on leading the side after being freed from wicketkeeping duties.

*15.30GMT, July 27: The preview was updated after news of Lahiru Thirimanne being fit came in

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

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Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Today is dilshan's day

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 28, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Is it Amla's day or Dilshan's day.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

good to seee amla back he will lift the team momentum

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

mathews is useless and has no luck..he lost the toss again and pitch will be impossible to bat under lights...why are they playing in kandy ? pitch helps SA pacers , it rains there and the pitch doesn`t hold up 100 overs

Posted by Eclipse0990 on (July 28, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@mark2011...So you are saying that one 163 run victory SL got over India washes over all the losses including WC2011 final, recent champions trophy Semifinal, another loss in recent tri series and such other defeats?

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

@ThilankaK

Buddy ,I don't think u have a basic knowledge of cricket .How could u write about winning statistics Sachin/Jayasuriya. Next time instead of writing comments spend some time in Cricinfo history

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

Tharanga has only one issue, other than that he will play in a dream innings.. so if not for openning then he shud bat down the order @ 4 or 5.. simple as that.no need to drop him, once he played in that slot in Aus, Commonwealth bank series and made some impressive runs..

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 28, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

Mathiew is a better bowler for death overs. Why can't he bowl few overs in the end as Kula is not in. Use Tissaara to finish bowling before 44 overs. Why Herath was not used his overs.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

mathews lost another toss . he is so unluckey captain. loosing many tosses

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (July 28, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

TOP order for SL in the 3rd match was very consistence except Tissara who was inconsistent in that match.I think SA will win today as well because they are batting first.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

Tharanga will never be a opener in modern one day cricket with 2 new balls.We should find opener suitable for Ausie conditions, where 2014 world cup is. If he continue in this way as opener, He will only play another 2 or 3 series,before his retirement. but he is better than our middle order. Please make decision by yourself at-last ifselectors not going to made it, to move down the order @4 or 5 where he had success.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

@ Srini_Chennai on (July 28, 2013, 5:40 GMT); we saw how funny it was to see so called young Indian side without MSD where they lost by 163 runs, a humilating defeat from SL in WI tri series...

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

I Think Angelo Mathews is a unlucky captain,so He Should give to chandimal to see weather He is ,this is my own thinking,so give a chance and look,This is a game .You Must Win If Today we lose I am Sure South Africa will bounce Back very strong.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

i think they wil drop tharanga and bring in thirimmane.. and open with mahela. and im really not impressed with t.perera stil. although his power amazes me . its all abt midwicket region with him. he falls in traps very easily. i think he should work on his game more. more hitting zones.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 28, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

@ Otuwa No u don't have to say anything more but Blade-runner in his comment in the last match mentioned that thisara is the best allrounder of the world which is laughable. And with the fragile bowling we dismiss your batting linup on most of the occasion. And who is winning more matches and series against each other is also one of the facts.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 28, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

@ ThilankaK Sachin Scored 49 centuries and India has won 33 out of those matches and 5 have been N/R or tied..... And out of 28 centuries by jayasurya Sri lanka won 24. Sachin played only 18 more one day matches than jayasurya and has won many more matches than him. Sachin scored 96 half centuries and jayasurya scored 68. If you ask sombody who is aware about cricket he will let you know who is a better batsman and has won more matches for their team. By the way I love Jayasurya and didn't even mention him in my earlier comment. ....Please use cricinfo. statistics column.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 28, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy ; You are here talking about SL players n question their status as International players, but conveniently forget to assess your own players like Dinesh Karthik who debuted in 2004 n yet to score a century. His average is abysmal 27. And he is a horrible wkt keeper, worse than Kamran. lol The other one is Raina. His last 5 innings 4, 0, 32, 4, 10 n so on. Players like 'em wouldn't even make it to a club side here in Sri Lanka.

Posted by Zakirfazz on (July 28, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Why not Thisara Perera to promote him as a opening batsman with Dilshan? as he is the powerful hitter. At least in first power play we could get some runs on the board. I strongly recommending to SL selectors or concern to look in to this. you could give him a try as we did to Sanath jayasuriya REMEMBER!!!

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

Well Blade runner commented on one of the threads with Suresh Raina's last 10 innings and said he not even a batsman. So I answered here.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

Narbavi, it probably isnt save to laugh at Sri Lanka band loss against SA last year considering your country will be touring them in a few months.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@ Narbavi on (July 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT); India got out for 53 in way back 15 years go in SL...dont worrry about SL vs SA..Indi has been humilated by SL so many times...163 run lost being the latest addition...2 years before in Hamb'tota, India bundled out for 120 odd and SL won the macth 30 overs to spare.....

Posted by ANUJA1 on (July 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Young players should be given chance to groom up which will be benificial for Sri Lanka. I think Kusal should be there inspite of his form as he will display a remarkable and oustanding talent among others. Further Dimuth Karunarathne is a very valuable asset as he is also a stroke player and technically advanced player which will be handy.Likewise Sennanayake should be given a chance to improve as he is young and has a lot of variations. So Sri Lanka should aim not only to win the series but as a valuable chance to seize the opportunity.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

lot of ppl talk about SL middle order not doing well. Just after loosing one match, some over ambitious ppl are saying SA going to win the series. OK fine that SL middle order is not doing, then whatever we won was done by seniors, so what's wrong if those seniors can win one more match for SL even if still middle order fail blah blah...so cant we win the series..then?....too much prejudice is shown for SL side always by some ignorance and dont like to see SL winning at all whether its senior or juniors doing well....

Posted by ThilankaK on (July 28, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

sachinisawesome ; Who cares batting average mate, look sanath Jayasuriya's ODI bating ave is 32.36 & he made 28 centuries 27 of that SL won & Sachin Tendulkar's batting ave is 44.83 & he made 49 centuries but IND won only 1 match those 49 !

Do we have to say anything more ??

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (July 28, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

Important match for both the teams. SL under pressure after losing the 3rd ODI & wanted to seal the series today. SA will take lot of confidence from the previous match & Amla's return will boost even more as he is the most consistent and world no.1 ranked player. Coming to SL, they have a quality hard hitter Parera at the lower order, but SL should experiment by giving him an opening slot. In the past SL has largely succeed by sending a middle order players like Jayasuria and Dilshan to opening slot and now its time for SL to find next decade permanent player at opening slot. Parera may fail initially to get that opening slot technique, but rather than wasting him at the death overs where he may succeed once in 10 matches, Opening slot may increase his success chances. Who knows he may become another Jayasuria. In the current SL younger squad apart from Parera, hardly we can notice any other player has international standard. Waiting for another nail biting match.

Posted by Otuwa on (July 28, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

@sachinisawesome-Hello...Thisara is our num 8 batsman.So we don't need 50+ batting avg.Look at his bowling avg.His bowling avg is26.Still better than your Ishanth or Bhuvi or Yadav.And Rohit Sharma's avg is 31 play as a opener.And your best all rounder sir jadeja's batting avg 31 and bowling avg is 30.And Dinesh Karthik's avg is 27 and still hasn't scored a century.Raina's recent inning scores just like telephone numbers.So Do we have to say anything more ??

Posted by dgcov on (July 28, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

In my view the second ODI, which was decided by DL, was not the one-sided route that your correspondent insists it was.

Furthermore, the way the Sri Lankans rushed to complete overs prior to the twentieth and then held inter-ball conferences subsequently implies that, contrary to your correspondent's assertion, they were very well aware of Miller's capabilities with the bat.

So I don't really share the notion that, having drawn attention to himself, Miller is now vulnerable to the Sri Lankan analytical team.

That said, the shorter formats are very much a lottery, and with South Africa needing a clean sweep of the remaining matches, the odds are firmly on a home series win.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (July 28, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Bat first, get 230ish. Get Kumar and Mahela early, the series is squared 2-2. Lets face it, SL's youngsters are not up to the standard of international level. Would be fun to see after those 2 experienced players retire.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 28, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

@ sachinisawesome on (July 27, 2013, 17:52 GMT); typical indian statistician what r u triying to say here ? just bcos of avarage is not as you wish (which we dont care) should none of them be playing the match then...what a funny idiologist. average is a mathematical calculation and that's only one way of analysing players and there are other qualities that does not reflect nor cant be analyses just merely looking at one averages stats. I can see u ppl are have recently started average calculation just bcos of virat khodapali and MSD having some good averages... Get rid of this average mania and open up your mind and see the talent and skills of the players..there is a life cycle for everything and so does for sportman also during which at different stages they will perform and reflect that through average etc.. which is time taking on individual basis.. not according to ur stats.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

@Narbavi: The same Lankan team chased back to back 300+ scores against the same South African team in the same series which have not done by any other team in the history of ODIs including your team. LOL.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

I am really disappointed to see some comments on players as well as teams. We should be apologetic if we said in a rush of blood. Steyn is the no. 1 bowler for many years and earned a lot of respect in every country. Blade-Runner should keep in mind while writing on forum. If you take on no.1 team, batsman or bowler every time unnecessarily, you will lose your credibility in a civil society my dear SL friend. Saffers have played fantastic cricket in any format with Dale Steyn & in test particularly under Kirsten for last 2 years. They dominated home-away condition. What I like about them is their willingness to learn the art of batting on these very slow wickets. ENG players had done it in the past, i.e., play as late as possible. In spite of their weakness against spin, they had shown eagerness to counter it. This is the reason to come back into the series even after 2-0 down having always in a mind that they didn't win for a long time in SL.

Posted by prasad19820624 on (July 28, 2013, 3:24 GMT)

Today will be srilanka win.last match was unfortunately went to the out of them because their middle order failure.if thirimanna came back to the side it will be balanced.

Posted by terrifyingwarriors on (July 28, 2013, 2:57 GMT)

Yes, Hoping to see Hashim Amla. If he is playing today it'd a joy to watch him. Hashim is definitely one of the best crickets around. If he gets a good start then SL will have hard time stopping him and AB Devilliers with Milles coming in at the end of the inning.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (July 28, 2013, 2:32 GMT)

HI SA fans...If wicket gets slow turn ...Southafrica would have to face lose....because spin and spinners are southafrican 's main weakness.Neither they have a world class spinner nor they can face class spinner...On the otherhand upper order SA batsmen (4) have to bat enough batting to put 200 + runs on the board ...then lower order can add some runs more....last match only MIller and DE KOCK show some class against S>lankan bowling and SOBE bowled rarely well....So MOrris should be called back DE KOck should be play more ....Mclaren could be kept out unfortunately......good luck

Posted by vsssarma on (July 28, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

SL will have to face Tsotsobe in bowling and Amla in batting. This will be pretty tough on them and they will lose.

Posted by shanepe2003 on (July 28, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

It's time to really question what AB Mathews doing in the team can't Handel the bat in middle order don't have proper technic for a top order batsman can't bowl 10 overs fear of loosing his spot due to an injury more than any thing captaincy lacking creativity but full of defensive negativity. Can't even win a toss.!

Posted by Sathesh_Krishnan on (July 27, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

This series has come to life with a South African victory in the last match. It will be interesting to see how the teams move on from this point. SA still has an uphill task to keep the same momentum and win the series. On the other hand, it looks relatively easy for Sri Lanka to seal the deal with one more win. If Hashim Amla is fit and opens the innings with DeKock it will be a great boost for them. The form of JP and Faf is still a concern although JP is more than useful with ball. Onus is on Faf Du Plessis to score some runs or SA should give him some rest and replace with someone else. Morris becomes an automatic choice if McLaren is unfit and he is definitely a potential candidate in the long run. Miller has scored 56* 14 22* and 85* in the last four matches and he is only going to improve with age. Probably he can bat at #5 to give him more time to settle and unleash towards the end. If Proteas play with the same intensity like 3rd ODI, game5 will be the decider#SAfan#

Posted by PracticalGuy2013 on (July 27, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

"Steyn was probably afraid to come to SL after getting hammered in 2006." Shows how much respect the world's no.1 bowler gets from some fans. Should be getting a lot more respect in my honest opinion.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

south africa is going to win this match again . They have acclimatised in sri Lanka nicely and have shown a good character in the last match. more over Hashim Amla will play as well. if they win the toss, they will bat again, and if sri lanka will win the toss , they might give the protease a chance to bat first, so in either cases africa is going to win. best of liuck to both the teams.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 19:41 GMT)

South Africa should left out Faf as he is out of form, he should play more 1st class cricket, and there is no doubt about his talent. I think for sunday SA should left out A.Pieterson for Amla And Rory for FAF who can also b a handy batter, and SA also falling short of 1 pace bowler which can threaten SL batting. SL can play spin quite well, as we best spinner concede 35 run against low order batsman Rory can work as an all rounder He scored a brisk 50 in last match I basically taking him as a batting all rounder due to poor performance of FAf FAF can be included against JP in 5th ODI if Duminy fails again like d last match South Africa should try to play with straight bat

Posted by SamWintson92 on (July 27, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Dale Steyn got himself injured in Champions Trophy. He played against WI with injection. Currently, he's recovering from injury & is expected to be fit against PAK in UAE in October.

Posted by ad-kuet on (July 27, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@Blade-Runner; "Steyn was probably afraid to come to SL after getting hammered in 2006".world's no.1 bowler deserve a lot more respect i swear.. :D

Posted by SamWintson92 on (July 27, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

My team for 4th ODI: 1 Jayawardene 2 Dilshan 3 Sangakkara (WK) 4 Tharanga 5 Chandimal 6 Thiramanne/A Perera 7 Mathews (C) 8 T Perera 9 Malinga 10 Mendis 11 Herath. SOU XI: 1 Amla/A Peterson 2 De Kock (WK) 3 Duminy 4 De Villiers (C) 5 Miller 6 Du Plessis 7 Behardien 8 R Peterson 9 McLaren/Morris 10 Morkel 11 Tsotsobe. For SL: a) Jayawardene must open with Dilshan. SL just can't ignore the bundle of runs which is on offer when Jayawardene opens b) It's time to put Tharanga in the middle order at 4. For SOU: a) Miller should bat up the order at 5 ahead of Du Plessis. Miller has showed decent application, temperament with scores under his belt b) The continuous struggle of Du Plessis in the ODIs may pave the way for Ingram to get into the XI c) On the contrary, I feel De Villiers can bowl Du Plessis. The legspin of Du Plessis is quite handy.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (July 27, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Last 12 innings by Dinesh Chandimal 29,43,1,5,26,2,21,31,0,0,3,6 Matches 64 Average 31(Stand in captain) plays as a pure batsman. Tharanga Matches 170 Average 33 (plays as an opener) Mahela Matches 403 Average of 33 Matthews Matches 103 Average 33(Yet to score a hundred) Thisara Matches 61 Average 17

Do we have to say anything more ??

Posted by Shazy777 on (July 27, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Good thinking by AB de Villiers to leave the gloves.... He gives the more value as a fielder... De kock is very good young keeper & batsman...!!! My team for 4th odi if amla fit then he is in.. otherwise same team but batting order changed... my playing X1... Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock AB de Villiers JP Duminy Faf du Plessis David Miller Farhaan Behardien Ryan Mclaren Robin Peterson Morne Morkel Lonwabo Tsotsobe I think AB suits no.3 spot & Jp at 4... It will also remain Left/Right combination....!!!!

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Amla is an incredible player but he hasn't been in form before this tour, so I'm not counting on a century from him. I would say Leave out Alviro Peterson (even though he's been decent as opener) for Amla but otherwise leave the team as it is.

I just hope they don't leave out de Kock, because I like de Villiers freed from wicketkeeping. I also think they should give Behardien another chance and see how he bowls, his change of pace might not be a bad thing.

Posted by Narbavi on (July 27, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

@Blade-Runner: You talk about 250? lol, the same lankan team got bowled out for 43 in South Africa last year when your team toured there, how about that then? Definitely says a lot about SL team compared to other teams.

Posted by thecricketdiary on (July 27, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

If Mathews cannot win the series after being given a 2-0 lead in the series, it proves that he is not the right captain to lead Sri Lanka. I guess it's the body language that makes Chandimal a better captain.

With Amla almost guaranteed to come into the side, I feel South Africa are going to tie the series. Unless someone apart from SL's seniors step up.

Posted by Ruban_Varathan on (July 27, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

SL playing X1 for 4th ODI against #SAF :- 1.Dilshan 2.Tharanga 3.Sangakkara 4.Chandimal 5.Angelo perera 6.Mahela 7.Mathews 8.Thisara perera 9.Herath 10.Malinga 11.Mendis Srilanka need to give less pressure for young players like chandi and angelo to bat freely.....Let sanga and Mahela to take responsibility......

Posted by jikol on (July 27, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

SL should bring 2nd specialist seam bowler for death bowling. If Kulasekara is fit he will be golden with both bat and bowl. Angelo perera should be given more and more chances but for the balance of the team there must be some experiance and Thirimanne should play if he is fit as an anchor role ahead of Angelo Perera. The best way to avoid rumours of fragile SL middle order is sending thirimanne at no3 and chandimal at no4. My team for SL is Dilshan,tharanga,thirimanne,chandimal,sanga,mahela,mathews,thisara,kulasekara,herath,malinga. SA team is developing rapidly since the 1st loss and amla's inclusion will prosper them a lot. Andrew's SA team with amla is ideal. good luck for both teams but i expect SL win.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 27, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

@Narbavi ; Same SA team (with out Smith, Kallis n Steyn ) scored 300+ against India in the CT and here they are struggling to pass 250+ against SL attack. So It says a lot about SL team comparing to the other teams, doesn't it ?? Steyn was probably afraid to come to SL after getting hammered in 2006. Yes, in the previous game our batting failed, but wait n see how we will win the series tomorrow.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

every one is saying angelo perera he got a great time to prove he miss it I din't think he is that good .I would like see kjperera .

Posted by tdslbuwa on (July 27, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

Can any one tell me why Mahela cannot bat at no 5 and allow Chandimal to play under less pressure at 4...Angalo Perera should get minimum of 5 game to prove himself..Also he should bat at 6 followed by Mathewes because Mathewes has experience to bat at that position..Also using Thisara Perera smartly can turn a match on its head..If a wicket goes down in 33rd 34th over he should be the man coming...Also Tharanga have to score some runs..So the lineup should be.. Dili , Tharanga , Sanga , Chandi , Mahela , Angelo Perera , Mathewes ,Thisara , Rangana , Mali , Mendis...

Posted by Cricdew on (July 27, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

All the best South Africa...Good to see Amla practicing

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Priyantha - Now they won`t..Chandimal and Thrimanne were awesome in Aus , Sa and Eng when they batted up the order..They are not finishers to bat at 6,7.Also its easier to bat at top rather than in the middle specially in subcontinent ..Only teams with no vision like SL and Pakistan does this to youngsters and destroy them.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

Let Chandimal bat his deserve no 3 or 4 spot..Mahela please stop your greediness and bat later down the order at least at 5 if not 6..If Thiri is fit he should bat up the order as well.India never asked to Kohli to at at 6 or 7..thats why he is one of the best today..Chandimal is a similar talent lease donm`t destroy him..( pak destroyed Umar Akmal and SL already destroyed Kapugedara by doing that)

Posted by Narbavi on (July 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Inclusion of one big player showed that SA can fight against this lankan outfit, they were very unlucky not to have Amla in the first 3 games, Amla's inclusion will make them even more stronger, and had Steyn, Smith and Kallis played, then we all know who would have been leading in the series by now!!

Posted by gtr800 on (July 27, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka have no chance tomorro- unless their main senior batsmen fire on this surface. But it seems very unlikely as they were unsure against Morkel- who's bowled superbly in this series without any rewards. Tsotsobe bowled decent aswell. This surface definitely suits SA more and if they play another seamer tomorrow instead of a spinner they might win by a bigger margin. Whats the point of making a surface when your players cannot players aren't suited to it? SL are no match for SA's pace on this surface. And they don't have a good enough pace attack to challenge SA. SA to win tomorrow- unless the pitch behaves very differently.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

let chandi and thiri bat at 3 and 4 and mahela and sanga bat after them! that will make good couple of young batsman

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

He was injured for first 3 matches but........Oh My God.......he is back.....he is there to bulldoze opponent....He is Hashim Amla....Having practice session today....3 cheers for Protea's.......

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

The youngsters will find it even more difficult if they bat up the order, particularly if a wicket or two fall early. Thirimanne and Chandimal had ample opportunities in the past and enough overs to settle and make major contributions in number of occasions although they were batting in the middle order. But so far they have failed to deliver. Dropping Tharanga down the the order could be tried as it once worked out well in Australia. Nice to see Ajantha Mendis back bowling somewhat near his peak.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

SL should go with this batting Order 1.Mahela 2.Dilshan 3.Sanga 4. Mathews 5.Tharanga 6.Chandimal 7.Angelo Perere/Thirimanne 8.Thissara 9.Herath 10.Malinga 11.A Mendis

good Luck SL

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 27, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

I strongly feel that we need to make some changes in our batting order. Mahela has to open the innings with Dilshan n Tharanga should be sent down the order. Chandimal should bat at no.3 and Sanga no. 4. That will balance our team out a bit n stabilize the middle order. Angelo Perera must play.

Playing XI : 1) Mahela 2) Dilly 3) Chandimal 4) Sanga 5) Tharanga 6) Angelo Perera 7) Mathews 8) Thisara 9) Herath 10) Slinga 11) Mendis

There should be some gap between where Mahela n Sanga , our most experienced batsmen bat. That will reduce the risk of losing both of 'em a few overs apart. And It will strengthen our middle order too. Mathews needs to come as late as possible to play the finisher role with Thisara at the other end. I hope they will use this method to recover from over "soft underbelly " flaw.

I'm sure we will beat Saffers n get our series victory tomorrow. GO SRI LANKA !!!

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

It is not about middle order needing to fire as that is a knee jerk reaction to current situation. It is all about situation analysis and tactical planning at the match time. in the 3rd match when Lanka was tottering at 16 for 3 wickets there was need to create momentum and take a risk by sending Thisara. But sadly he was sent after the first six who were groping. You must think outside the box and not just go as the wind. Hope saner council will prevail in 4th match tomorrow. Mathews needs to fire or he will have to give reins to Dinesh who is a better thinker and lots of mobility needed from a skipper. of the ladt 9 ODI Mathews has lost 5 and won only four while Chandimal has won both ODI matches.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

The middle order saga should end soon for SL. I suggest let the two youngsters bat at 3,4 and Mahela n Sanga to go down to 5 n 6. What Thiri, Chandi n Mathews need is full control of their inning from the beginning. Let them get that experience at the top. Three mentors are not gonna stay forever. So worth giving way to youngsters while they are still there. Good luck lions. Nail it!!!!!

Posted by lukecannon on (July 27, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

I changed my mind.... Tharanga shouldn't be dropped. He should move down the order. I say he should take MJ's spot at 4 while Jayawardene opens with Dilshan. Dilly is due for a big innings.He's not the type that stays out of form for long patches. When he gets back in form he'll make it big. Good luck SL and better luck Tharanga.Also Perera should be used smartly.. Thisara Perera that is. He should come in during the powerplay if a wicket falls.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

south Africa winning a match in Srilanka after 20 years, that's great achievement from them

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