Sri Lanka v South Africa, 5th ODI, Colombo July 30, 2013

Kusal Perera, two uncapped players in SL squad for fifth ODI

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Sri Lanka have recalled Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne and have named two uncapped players in the squad for the final ODI against South Africa in Colombo on Wednesday. Three senior players have been rested while and two other players have been dropped. With the series safe after the victory on Sunday, the Sri Lanka selectors have turned their focus to blooding emerging players, which has been a priority for the panel this year.

Karunaratne, left-arm spinner and allrounder Chaturanga de Silva and left-arm seam bowler Vimukthi Perera are the new additions to the squad. All three recently travelled to the West Indies with the A team, with Karunaratne in particular, excelling on the tour. He has been Sri Lanka's Test match opener since November last year. Karunaratne last played an ODI in 2011 on Sri Lanka's tour of England and Scotland

Upul Tharanga is the most high-profile exclusion from the squad, after two successive failures with the bat in the series. Tharanga had been recalled to the side for the recent tri-series in the West Indies, and had struck his highest ODI score of 174 not out on the trip, but failed to recreate that form in the following matches. Middle-order batsman Jehan Mubarak has also been left out.

Mahela Jayawardene, Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga will be rested for the game and Nuwan Kulasekara continues to be unavailable as he recovers from a finger injury. Sri Lanka leads the series 3-1.

Squad for fifth ODI: Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Angelo Perera, Vimukthi Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Shaminda Eranga, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Excellent selection. SL started this series in 5th place in ODI rankings behind SA. Now we are 3 points ahead of them. I do not know what would be the implications if we lose, at least our lead over them will narrow down. Selectors have quite rightly identified Sanga and Dilshan as two players who are likely to make match winning contributions and retained them. Coming into this match on the back of 5 successive single digit scores, for Kusal this could be the last chance for sometime at least. His technical deficiencies particularly against quality pace bowling has been already well exposed. As such he should bat in the middle order allowing Dimuth to open with Dilshan. Dimulth has been our test opener for sometime and is better equipped to face Morkel & Co. Sachithra who would have played if not for Herath should get his opportunity. Eranga was dropped to accommodate an extra spinner so he should replace Malinga. I cannot see any slot to fit in newcomers but their time will come.

  • POSTED BY tdslbuwa on | July 30, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    This is very good selection...Selectors want to test youngsters while playing safe..Nice to see Kusal Janith getting another chance hope he grab this opportunity and perform well...Sanga should bat at 5 giving youngsters a go at top order.. the team shoud be... Dili,Kushal,Thiri,Chandi,Sanga,Angelo Perera,Mathewes,Thisara,Sachithra,Shaminda,Mendis..... Fast bowling looks bit weak in absence of Mali but SA always struggle against spinners..So Mendis,Sachi,Dili,Angelo Perera will be the spinners and Shaminda,Thisra,Mathewes will be fast bowling options...Good Luck SL...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    An excellent opportunity for the SL youngsters to prove themselves in the international stage. Sanga should rest while allowing the youngsters who have been playing in the previous games to bat higher in the order. My XI for the 5th ODI:

    1. Dimuth 2.Dilshan 3.Thirimanne 4. Chandimal 5. Kusal 6. Mathews 7.Angelo Perera / Chatu De Silva (Both are left arm spin all rounder) 8. Thisara Perera 9. Senanayake 10. Eranga 11. Lakmal

    Ofcourse Eranga / Lakmal could be replaced by Ajantha Mendis in case the wicket is going to turn however I feel like Senanayake should be given a chance considering his gametime (non-existent) in the series.

    Pace option: Mathews, Thisara, Eranga, Lakmal Spin option: Senanayake, Dilshan, A Perera / De Silva

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

    Current time: 14:27 local, 08:57 GMT | Match begins in: 0:03 Sri Lanka team

    MDKJ Perera, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara†, HDRL Thirimanne, LD Chandimal, AD Mathews*, AK Perera, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, RAS Lakmal, BAW Mendis

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | July 31, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I really think now or next year should be the time for Sanga or Jaya or even both to retire. The opportunity is there to take it while they are on a high and no point bringing in two 38 year olds and a 39 year old in Dilshan for the world cup I mean seriously? Just imagine 3 players in their late 30's in the most important part of the batting order running between wickets in a world cup. Time I think for Sri Lanka to start picking players on performance and not on potential. Sorry Mathews.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | July 31, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Ah poor Tharanga must have been thinking that 174 gave him a place in the side for at least three months...

  • POSTED BY WASHJ-Sydney on | July 31, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    SL boys have played themselves into a great situation in the series, largely due to the seniors, to now experiment with some investments for the future. Having witnessed Dimuth's batting in Sydney last year I thought he should be a regular in the team even for ODIs. Getting him in is a step in the right direction. Kusal deserves another chance as well. However, how Lahiru continues to find favour with the selectors defies any reasoning.One cannot fathom his role in the team in the way he plays.If he is the 'Gurusinghe' of this team then why does he come so low in the order ? I am afraid Lahiru is fast turning into another Kapugedara.Good to see 'Washington born' Mubarak being axed as well, he is a spent force. But don't be surprised if he is brought back again, as that is the nature of SL selection. Another important area SL has to improve on is death bowling in tight finishes. Lasith,though could be lethal, is too unpredictable and we all saw how Eranga was reduced to rubble by Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY ghtvnath on | July 31, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    spot on Lalindu. I don't knw the chief selector SanathJ acts as an mentor to the team or not but one thing noted in Kusal Perera's batting is that he not only makes some strikes like Sanath but also his dismissals are similar to Sanath. Despite his recent failures, I am impressed with Kusal Perera because he is a power hitter. If something he should learn from SanathJ is to make those match winning innings, not to satisfy fans' expectations of him batting very similar to Sanath J, because Sanath J has gone in a legendary path that no one can follow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    I think best eleven of srilanka is 1. dilshan.2.kusal perera 3.sanga.4.jaybardane 5.tharanga 6.chandimal 7. mathews 8. thisara.perera 9.R herath/eranga 10.L malinga 11.Ajanta mendis

  • POSTED BY Kadmin on | July 31, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I think they should try Kusal in the lower middle. Like the role Mike Hussey played. He is in the caliber to attack, but I don't think he could do much damage top of the order. He played an anchor role in the middle in AUS, why not let him find his feet there. Just something captain and coach could think of.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Excellent selection. SL started this series in 5th place in ODI rankings behind SA. Now we are 3 points ahead of them. I do not know what would be the implications if we lose, at least our lead over them will narrow down. Selectors have quite rightly identified Sanga and Dilshan as two players who are likely to make match winning contributions and retained them. Coming into this match on the back of 5 successive single digit scores, for Kusal this could be the last chance for sometime at least. His technical deficiencies particularly against quality pace bowling has been already well exposed. As such he should bat in the middle order allowing Dimuth to open with Dilshan. Dimulth has been our test opener for sometime and is better equipped to face Morkel & Co. Sachithra who would have played if not for Herath should get his opportunity. Eranga was dropped to accommodate an extra spinner so he should replace Malinga. I cannot see any slot to fit in newcomers but their time will come.

  • POSTED BY tdslbuwa on | July 30, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    This is very good selection...Selectors want to test youngsters while playing safe..Nice to see Kusal Janith getting another chance hope he grab this opportunity and perform well...Sanga should bat at 5 giving youngsters a go at top order.. the team shoud be... Dili,Kushal,Thiri,Chandi,Sanga,Angelo Perera,Mathewes,Thisara,Sachithra,Shaminda,Mendis..... Fast bowling looks bit weak in absence of Mali but SA always struggle against spinners..So Mendis,Sachi,Dili,Angelo Perera will be the spinners and Shaminda,Thisra,Mathewes will be fast bowling options...Good Luck SL...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    An excellent opportunity for the SL youngsters to prove themselves in the international stage. Sanga should rest while allowing the youngsters who have been playing in the previous games to bat higher in the order. My XI for the 5th ODI:

    1. Dimuth 2.Dilshan 3.Thirimanne 4. Chandimal 5. Kusal 6. Mathews 7.Angelo Perera / Chatu De Silva (Both are left arm spin all rounder) 8. Thisara Perera 9. Senanayake 10. Eranga 11. Lakmal

    Ofcourse Eranga / Lakmal could be replaced by Ajantha Mendis in case the wicket is going to turn however I feel like Senanayake should be given a chance considering his gametime (non-existent) in the series.

    Pace option: Mathews, Thisara, Eranga, Lakmal Spin option: Senanayake, Dilshan, A Perera / De Silva

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat

    Current time: 14:27 local, 08:57 GMT | Match begins in: 0:03 Sri Lanka team

    MDKJ Perera, TM Dilshan, KC Sangakkara†, HDRL Thirimanne, LD Chandimal, AD Mathews*, AK Perera, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, RAS Lakmal, BAW Mendis

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | July 31, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I really think now or next year should be the time for Sanga or Jaya or even both to retire. The opportunity is there to take it while they are on a high and no point bringing in two 38 year olds and a 39 year old in Dilshan for the world cup I mean seriously? Just imagine 3 players in their late 30's in the most important part of the batting order running between wickets in a world cup. Time I think for Sri Lanka to start picking players on performance and not on potential. Sorry Mathews.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | July 31, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Ah poor Tharanga must have been thinking that 174 gave him a place in the side for at least three months...

  • POSTED BY WASHJ-Sydney on | July 31, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    SL boys have played themselves into a great situation in the series, largely due to the seniors, to now experiment with some investments for the future. Having witnessed Dimuth's batting in Sydney last year I thought he should be a regular in the team even for ODIs. Getting him in is a step in the right direction. Kusal deserves another chance as well. However, how Lahiru continues to find favour with the selectors defies any reasoning.One cannot fathom his role in the team in the way he plays.If he is the 'Gurusinghe' of this team then why does he come so low in the order ? I am afraid Lahiru is fast turning into another Kapugedara.Good to see 'Washington born' Mubarak being axed as well, he is a spent force. But don't be surprised if he is brought back again, as that is the nature of SL selection. Another important area SL has to improve on is death bowling in tight finishes. Lasith,though could be lethal, is too unpredictable and we all saw how Eranga was reduced to rubble by Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY ghtvnath on | July 31, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    spot on Lalindu. I don't knw the chief selector SanathJ acts as an mentor to the team or not but one thing noted in Kusal Perera's batting is that he not only makes some strikes like Sanath but also his dismissals are similar to Sanath. Despite his recent failures, I am impressed with Kusal Perera because he is a power hitter. If something he should learn from SanathJ is to make those match winning innings, not to satisfy fans' expectations of him batting very similar to Sanath J, because Sanath J has gone in a legendary path that no one can follow.

  • POSTED BY on | July 31, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    I think best eleven of srilanka is 1. dilshan.2.kusal perera 3.sanga.4.jaybardane 5.tharanga 6.chandimal 7. mathews 8. thisara.perera 9.R herath/eranga 10.L malinga 11.Ajanta mendis

  • POSTED BY Kadmin on | July 31, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    I think they should try Kusal in the lower middle. Like the role Mike Hussey played. He is in the caliber to attack, but I don't think he could do much damage top of the order. He played an anchor role in the middle in AUS, why not let him find his feet there. Just something captain and coach could think of.

  • POSTED BY LenksiVee on | July 31, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    FINALLY, they should never have been in the squad in the 1st place. On one hand the selectors and powers that be preach a "We must groom youngsters" policy, on the other hand they keep bringing in these old time favourites, e.g. Charmara Silva who are past their due date, or have never really performed for reasons best known to them. Have a goal and vision and work towards it, don't digress to please pals and cronies

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | July 30, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Tharanga was always a hit/miss type player who comes good once every 10-12 matches. Even after many yrs of international cricket, he could not be counted upon as a dependable senior player. Always, iffy. Mubarak is also in the same boat. SL is better off grooming new players in their place.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    please give Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Perera, and Vimukthi Perera a chance. I would say that Kusal was given many chances when u take in to account that he was opening for the Bangladesh series and the champions trophy. If u compare Dimuth has not been given any chances at all not even in the west indies series :( hes a much better opening partner for dilshan.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | July 30, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    1. Kusal 2. Dilshan 3. Sangakkara 4. Chandimal 5. Mathews (c) 6. Angelo Perera 7. Chaturanga de Silva 8. Thisara 9. Eranga 10. Mendis 11. Lakmal

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Good chance for youngsters.I think sanath should help kusal to correct his mistakes .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Tharanga deserve a place in middle order. He is far better than chandimal, thirmanne in middle order. He has 13 ODi tons under his belt. Should be given place in the middle order. Dimuth should be given to open, As he has sound technique to cope with 2 new balls compare to other contenders. Kusal is beautiful to watch when he is going, but he need to work hard on his technique to survive in modern international cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    Sri Lanka is simply world class.Good oppurtunity to give chance to our bench without harming the balance.Of course it is the accepted way in all countries to try the youngsters in their conditions.Kusal got another oppurtunity.Earlier failures are history now.Only consolation is taking a leaf from great Marvan attapattu.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    I do not think Marwan Atapattu is the right coach to correct technical faults in Kusal Perera's batting.

  • POSTED BY spas on | July 30, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    This is an excellent move from SL. Chathuranga De Silva would fill the weak lower-middle order position well. His bowling would also be really beneficial, but he is also a slow left arm bowler.May be SL opt to play Mendis and Chathuranga at the expense of Herath. I wonder whether the team would use Kusal P down the order or they would take a chance again to open with him against weaker SA fast bowling attack without Steyn, despite revealed technical deciciencies of Kusal. Chandimal should be given an opportunity higher in ther order. I really wonder the role Thirimanne required to play in the current SL team combination. Dimuth didnt show his worth when he was given chances.

  • POSTED BY d1n0 on | July 30, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    @C0l0mb0.. I hear what you're saying but. Form should be rewarded. That should be the culture so if you choose to keep some seniors in the squad then drop the ones that are not in the greatest form. That sets an example. That's the culture that will foster guys to be competitive in the national squad.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 30, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    This is good squad for given last match..I like to see kusal back I action ..I guess sangakkara should be in the team coz without him,no experience and enough knowledge for youngsters to gain. anyway kusal needs to gain respect for his role and make a stamp for opening role.anyway dilshan should be rest and kusal n dimuth should open.i like to see how they play for cross deliveries from morkel.thirimanna and chandi should 3 n 4.great to see left armer back in business but I have second doubt about his speed.anyway

    my team

    1 dimuth/dilshan 2 kusal( w)3 thirimanna/chandi 4 chandi/thirimanna 5 angelo p 6 angelo m 7 thissara 8 sachithra 9 vimukthi 10 ajantha 11 shaminda

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    My Playing XI -Batting Order

    Dimuth+ Chandimal, Thirimanna, Mathews,Kusal,Thisara,Anj. Perera, Senanayake,Eranga, Mendis,Lakmal

    -Bawling Order Eranga+Senanayake, Mathews+Mendis, Thisara+ Anj. Perera+Lakmal

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | July 30, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @ Khalidshar - He played only 13 games and could not complete 3 innnigs coz of victories . His average in 3 T 20 s is 37 .33 . He is pure talent and need few more opportunities . He ll not take much time to be a consistant performer . Thirimanne and Chandimal have begun to to do well in test matches and will do well in future . Your are correct on Tharanga though . So dont be panic . they ll blossom when it really matters .

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Kusal and Vimukthi are the only new players to be included in the team tomorrow. Kusal should be given more space to establish as a promising opener and Vimukthi should be tried as we do not have left arm fast bowler after Chaminda Vass. In the absence of Rangana, best choice is Sachitra as a spinner.

  • POSTED BY khiladisher on | July 30, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Kushal perera has an avg of 22 playing almost 15 games.However given the lack of skills and talent with Chadimal,Thirimanne,Karunaratne,Jeevan Mendis,Mubarak,Chamara and Kapugedara ,there was no other way but to recall him.Tharanga has played more than 100 matches yet averages in early 30s,performing once in 10 innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    It is a good thing that Kusal is back. He should be given more chances since he is very good young batsman. Just because he failed few matches does not mean that he is totally fail.

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | July 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    these guys have been given enough chances to prove themselves & sl have got an idea about how they fare when called up on . SO its time to move on to youngsters & explore their options for the future , if they dont click they can recall these both guys who are experienced enough but could not cement their place permanently.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    "fortunes favours the brave they say " and we have been a little skeptical in doing this. anyway a good move.

    I would prefer if we look for all rounders . Mathews , dilli, Thrimanne, are okay. every time we loose matches towards the end not being able to have someone to play wise cricket. Malinga , Ajantha, Suranga, Eranga, as bowlers, they MUST improve their batting to stay competitive.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 30, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    This match is a dead rubber so my team would be 1. Kusal 2 dimuth 3 chandimal 4. Thirrimanne 5. Angelo m 6. Angelo P 7. Thisara 8. Senanayake 9. Eranga 10. Lakmal 11. Ajantha

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | July 30, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Are some of you serious, asking for all the seniors to be rested? If we play a bunch of young guys, they will get hammered, and will be scarred from the experience. I think the batting side looks balanced with the new squad, but the fast bowling is thin - especially death bowling. I think SA will exploit that.

  • POSTED BY Allen.Arendtsz on | July 30, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Sanga should be picked in the playing eleven inoder to give the team solidity in their batting, otherwise it would turn out to be a disasterous performance by SL. Giving youngesters a chance is a good thing but filling up the playing eleven with all the youngsters would not be a smart move soo my playing X1 would be:

    1.Dilashan 2.Kusal 3.Sangakkara 4.Thirimanne 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Lakmal 8.Perera 9.Senanayake 10.Eranga 11.Mendis

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    in my opinion sanga and dili should also be rested.and kusal and dimut should open.i think its better to give the chance to vimukthi perera coz due to lack of fast bowlers.and for the t20s sanga mahela dilshan malinga and herath should be rested and give the chance for akila and dilshan munaweera and angelo perera.tirimana should be dropped coz he is not suitable for limited over editions.

  • POSTED BY Falew on | July 30, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Dilshan and Sanga in.That means no room for Angelo Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne.What a shame.I think Sanga want to increase his average to 40.As i said before he doesn't give his num3 position for any one.We can't put 11 inexperienced players to tomorrow match.But we should give a chance to young guns.If Sanga can play as a num6 batsman it's a good opportunity to our young guns.It's a waste Sanga use as a num3 for tomorrow match because he hasn't anything to prove to world.Because whole world know what he can do in this position.But important thing is test our youngsters.Win or Lost doesn't matter.We want to test our youngsters.Because we have already won this series.If Dilshan play as a opener and Sanga play as a num3 i won't watch tomorrow match.Don't be selfish.Give a chance to young guns.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    One more to be dropped.....Ranjit Fernando from the commentary team...

  • POSTED BY WPDDESILVA on | July 30, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Dimuth failed to impress when he had the chance last time. Why include him again!? Kusal doesn't have a brain, we saw that in England. Someone need to tell him to hit bad ballas not every single ball. I don;t even mention Jehan incident, What the hell were the selectors thinking anyway?

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    where's akila dananjaya & tharindu kaushal? and shouldn't they rest sangakkara as well.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Guys, testing young guns doesn't mean that we should go overboard with it n try to lose the match. The first thing is that we have to win. So we can not send 11 inexperienced players to get beaten.They should learn how to win, not how to lose. Its very good that our in form batsman Sanga is playing. He can be the center figure n all these young guys can bat around him. Btw I think too that we could afford to rest Dilshan as well n give his place to Dimuthu who is also a very aggressive batsman. I hope Kusal will make the best outta this chance to show everybody what he's really made of.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | July 30, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    My Team: 4 Pereras, Chandi, Thiri, Dimuth, chathu, 3 S's. Please rest Mathiew, ajantha, Sanga, Dilli. Mathiew can captain remotely (from the bench). This will give all these young players an opportunity to get experience.

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | July 30, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Despite the Selection panel making some mistakes during the Champions Trophy and Tri Series (e.g: Dropping T Perera), they have however made a good decision to bring in these players for the final ODI. I really hope Sanga, MJ and Herath are also rested for the T20's too and allow the new players a chance. I hope Vimukthi Perera, Dimuth and De Silva get to play tomorrows match, but I doubt it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    My Team XI is possible 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Kumar 4.Lahiru 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Angelo Perera 8.Thisara 9.Sachithra 10.Ajantha 11.Eranga

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    we should rest sanga and dilshan as well.

    XI : 1)kusal 2)dimuth 3)thiri 4)chandimal 5)mathews 6)a parera 7)thisara 8)chathuranga 9)shachithra 10)eranga 11)mendis

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | July 30, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Good plan. strange execution. Mahela and Tharanga need to get back in form, while Sanga and Dilshan deserve a rest after scoring 100s! Tharanga is only 27 years old, he needs to be the next senior opener when the likes of Dilshan retire and Kusal's place becomes more permanent. Once again SLC makes really odd decisions. Herath and Malinga need to be given a break. Now is Mendis' chance to remind people why he was considered a magician and not just a mystery spinner. I truly hope he find consistency

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    My xi should be-1 kusal 2 dilshan 3 a.perera 4 sanga 5 chandi 6 maththa 7 thisara 8 sachithra 9 eranga 10 mendis 11 chathuranga/lakmal

  • POSTED BY C0l0mb0 on | July 30, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    I like if Mahela was there...but bat low down with sanga....Coz it can allow youngsters to perform without pressure that knowing old foxes r down the order. Still this is great. but job is half done. It will complete after selecting the playing 11. Then its upto playing 11, to capitalize the opportunity and grab it.

    1. Kusal 2.Dilshan 3. Chandimal 4. Sanga 5. Mathews 6. A Perera 7. Thirimanne 8. Thisara 9. C de Silva 10. Eranga 11. S Lakmal

    Batting - I just hope youngsters capitalize the situation n perform well. (without giving away their wickets.) Bowling - pace > Eranga, Lakmal, Mathews n Thisara spin > C de Silva, Dilshan, May be A Perera.

    Lets see how good is my prediction. :P

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    If someone to be rested in the squad that is Sanga. Half of the team's weight was carried by Sanga during the past few series's. Anyway it is a wise decision to drop Mubarak and Tharanga and bringing Kusal back. My team for the final game depending on the availability.

    1.Kusal 2.Dilshan 3.Kumar 4.Lahiru 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Angelo Perera 8.Thisara 9.Sachithra 10.Ajantha 11.Eranga

    But I'd love to playing the below eleven even if they would get thrashed. They will be our future.

    1.Kusal 2.Dimuth 3.Lahiru 4.Chandimal 5.Mathews 6.Angelo Perera 7.Thisara 8.Chathuranga 9.Sachithra 10.Ajantha 11.Eranga

  • POSTED BY Lakmalnj on | July 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Should give more chances to young batsmans top of the order.I think below should play for final ODI(but it will never happen)

    1.Dimuth 2. Dilshan 3. Thiri 4. Chandi 5. Mathews 6. Sanga 7. Chathuranga 8. Thisara 9.Shaminda 10 Lakmal 11. Ajantha

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I think SCB think Sanga and Dilsha should go because there individual performance.

  • POSTED BY Sheikasif on | July 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Good move by SL. Its high time that Jehan was shown the door. It will be good to give captaincy to DC to groom him for future. SL should mix and match in the final match to allow SA to save face...

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | July 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Thank GOD ..KUSAL is back..Now give this guy a fair run...

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | July 30, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    1. Dimuthu was did well in West Indies but when Dilshan injured then give Tharanga to chance 2. then Mathews suspended for 2 matches give Mubarak to 2 chances and Angelo Perera to 1 Match Mr. Jayasooriya please select the right person and give fair chance

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | July 30, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    The whole country not so long ago turned its head to see the replica of Sanath Jayasuriya in Kusal Perera. He is now languishing somewhere after making 16 runs in six innings. This is outrageous. Either the selectors went crazy over Kusal Perera or the left hand batsman would have been better off not with a selector by his side but with a player-management expert. And we don't mean "money managers" or "player agents" who get in there with vested interests.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Wow...This is awesome. Resting seniors n testing young guns.. that too against a strong team like South Africa. No Mahela, no Herath n no Slinga. We could rest Dilshan as well.

    The best XI : 1) Kusal 2) Dilshan / Dimuthu K 3) Sanga 4) Chandimal 5) Thiri 6) Mathews 7) Angelo Perera / Chathuranga de Silva 8) Thisara 9) Eranga 10) Mendis 11) Sachi

  • POSTED BY vigneshvinu on | July 30, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    SLC should have rested Sangakkara as well Because he his playing non stop cricket along with jayawardena and he is likely to feature in CLT20. so it is difficult for me to manage his body as his age is getting older.With SL nothing to lose they should have rested dilshan as well and check they bench strength.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Why Dilshan and Sanga?? I dont want to see any of them scoring a 100! its better to give a chance to the youngsters and let them play without a pressure! i wish if Perera given a chance to bat more ball not after loosing 5 for 50:p

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Wow, 4 Pereras, 2 Angelos in the Squad. How often has this happened if all of them get to play.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Wow, 4 Pereras, 2 Angelos in the Squad. How often has this happened if all of them get to play.

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Why Dilshan and Sanga?? I dont want to see any of them scoring a 100! its better to give a chance to the youngsters and let them play without a pressure! i wish if Perera given a chance to bat more ball not after loosing 5 for 50:p

  • POSTED BY vigneshvinu on | July 30, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    SLC should have rested Sangakkara as well Because he his playing non stop cricket along with jayawardena and he is likely to feature in CLT20. so it is difficult for me to manage his body as his age is getting older.With SL nothing to lose they should have rested dilshan as well and check they bench strength.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | July 30, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Wow...This is awesome. Resting seniors n testing young guns.. that too against a strong team like South Africa. No Mahela, no Herath n no Slinga. We could rest Dilshan as well.

    The best XI : 1) Kusal 2) Dilshan / Dimuthu K 3) Sanga 4) Chandimal 5) Thiri 6) Mathews 7) Angelo Perera / Chathuranga de Silva 8) Thisara 9) Eranga 10) Mendis 11) Sachi

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | July 30, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    The whole country not so long ago turned its head to see the replica of Sanath Jayasuriya in Kusal Perera. He is now languishing somewhere after making 16 runs in six innings. This is outrageous. Either the selectors went crazy over Kusal Perera or the left hand batsman would have been better off not with a selector by his side but with a player-management expert. And we don't mean "money managers" or "player agents" who get in there with vested interests.

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | July 30, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    1. Dimuthu was did well in West Indies but when Dilshan injured then give Tharanga to chance 2. then Mathews suspended for 2 matches give Mubarak to 2 chances and Angelo Perera to 1 Match Mr. Jayasooriya please select the right person and give fair chance

  • POSTED BY ranilranathunga on | July 30, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Thank GOD ..KUSAL is back..Now give this guy a fair run...

  • POSTED BY Sheikasif on | July 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Good move by SL. Its high time that Jehan was shown the door. It will be good to give captaincy to DC to groom him for future. SL should mix and match in the final match to allow SA to save face...

  • POSTED BY on | July 30, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I think SCB think Sanga and Dilsha should go because there individual performance.

  • POSTED BY Lakmalnj on | July 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Should give more chances to young batsmans top of the order.I think below should play for final ODI(but it will never happen)

    1.Dimuth 2. Dilshan 3. Thiri 4. Chandi 5. Mathews 6. Sanga 7. Chathuranga 8. Thisara 9.Shaminda 10 Lakmal 11. Ajantha