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

Chance for youngsters to shine

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Match facts

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Start time 1430 local (0900 GMT)

Big picture

Wednesday's encounter could shape to be another meaningless dead rubber in a series already short on context, but Sri Lanka's selectors have stepped in to ratchet up interest, if only among the host nation's fans. Sri Lanka have named two uncapped players and a young opener to the 15-man squad and chosen to rest three top players. The match will now serve as a trial for the generation coming through, while the youngsters already embedded in the side now have an opportunity to move closer to their preferred batting positions.

Some experience has been retained in the top order, via Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, who are the series top-scorers and its only centurions. But with both Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga rested and Nuwan Kulasekara still unavailable due to injury, Sri Lanka's attack now appears light on experience. The match may also be a trial for Angelo Mathews' captaincy, who does not have a reliable bowler to call upon if the likes of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers or JP Duminy begin to mount imposing scores.

Some of South Africa's second string have already been on trial for much of the series, but a 4-1 result will be a major disappointment, particularly if they are overcome by a green Sri Lanka outfit. Though their batting has caused them most woe in Sri Lanka so far, the bowling has not been consistent either, and the catching and fielding has been as poor as anything a South Africa side has produced in recent years. The idea of playing for pride is a cliché in encounters such as these, but despite the challenge of playing without key players in this tour, this group of players must now be desperate to prove they are better than they have shown so far in Sri Lanka.

Form guide

(most recent first, last five completed matches)
Sri Lanka WLWWL
South Africa LWLLL

Players to watch

Despite not having played the first two matches, Ajantha Mendis is now the top wicket-taker in the series, with seven scalps at 12.28. As ever, he is most efficient against batsmen who have not played him before, but in the fourth ODI, he also proved capable of exerting control in difficult situations - keeping a flowing Hashim Amla in check during the Powerplays, and then returning at the death to wipe South Africa's innings out. South Africa's batsmen must now be growing wise to his variations, and Mendis' challenge is to continue to remain a threat.

Faf du Plessis has now collected four failures from four innings, and has epitomised the problems in South Africa's batting in the series, as he has failed to provide an innings of substance when the game was in the balance. He has perhaps been unlucky as well - run-out by a poor call from AB de Villiers in one match, and undone by a smart stumping in another, but he needs some runs in Sri Lanka before he takes the reins for the Twenty20 series.

Pitch and conditions

The series has spat up four slow tracks so far, and the surface at the Premadasa for Wednesday is unlikely to be vastly different. After a week of rain, the weather has also settled somewhat in Colombo, though the forecast also mentions a chance of thunderstorms in the early afternoon.

Team news

Aside from Malinga and Herath, Mahela Jayawardene has also been rested from the side. With Upul Tharanga dropped, Kusal Perera is likely to get another chance to open for Sri Lanka, while Angelo Perera may play his second match in the lower middle order. Shaminda Eranga and Sachithra Senanayake may also get to move off the bench and into the XI.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1. Kusal Perera, 2. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Lahiru Thirimanne, 5. Dinesh Chandimal, 6. Angelo Mathews (c), 7. Angelo Perera, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Sachithra Senanayake, 10. Shaminda Eranga, 11. Ajantha Mendis

Ryan McLaren's right hamstring will be assessed at training before South Africa make a final call on him. De Villiers admitted on the eve of the match that South Africa had erred by playing two specialist spinners early in the series, and unless there is a raging turner prepared for this match, they are likely to retain their four-pronged pace attack. Whether Quinton de Kock will stay in the side as wicketkeeper, or if Alviro Petersen will return, is uncertain.

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

Stats and trivia

  • After Sunday's hundred, Dilshan now has the second-highest ODI centuries among Sri Lankans, after Sanath Jayasuriya. Dilshan has 17 and Jayasuriya 28.
  • South Africa have not lost an away bilateral ODI series since February 2010

Quotes

"In a series like this, when it's a dead rubber, the youngsters will be free to play their game rather than putting any pressure on themselves."
Angelo Mathews on why it's a good opportunity to groom young players.

"We're still playing against XI good players. Whichever team they are playing tomorrow, we're going to take it as a very serious ODI game and try and beat them."
AB de Villiers states why his team is not treating it as dead rubber

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

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  • on July 31, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Great, Great decision by the Selectors. Kusal Janith should play, he may fail but have to give him more chances for Marvan Atapathu started with more woes but now he serves as the Batting Coach, So was the Chief selector, 17,000Plus runs in International Stage they said, but has his fair share of ducks as well, they never said and that's because of the impact such players have on the game. Thirimanna should mold his game by referring to Thilan Samaraweera, didn't go for his shots early in his career but when he changed his game to a more aggressive style he was successful, for me Thirimanne is a bit too slow and curtailed in his stroke play. Anyways Good Luck Angelo Mathews and his boys.

  • Ramansilva on July 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @ Imsrk, Show some respect mate. Jayawardena and Jayasuriya have done things that you and me can only dream of. If they could take a small country team to the finals of world cup, is it a bad standard mate?

  • sachinisawesome on July 31, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @ Jimi01 I agree Amla is one of the best but Sanga is in good form but most of the times he only scores in Sri Lanka. So I am not sure.

  • Jimi01 on July 31, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Sangakkara and Amla are easily the two best batsman in the game at the moment. Its an honor watching two of them in 1 match.

  • Marktc on July 31, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    How long will SA persist with AB as captain and/or WK. He is one of the world's most talented batsman, but does not seem to be able to do the other two as well. Then as for Miller and Barhardien, both need to find form, outside the national side. Klienveld is also one that needs to be relooked and Tsotsobe need to get fit and get some fielding practice. Our team is not in major trouble, but they need to make some tweaks and try and play some people back into form. They have others to choose from, just look no further than the SA A side.

  • JoshFromJamRock on July 31, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    If Sanga plays he should come in at 6 when there is about 28 to 32 overs gone. This would allow the youngsters to be confident, patient and set a platform at the top for Sanga, Matthews and Perera to do some late hitting to seal the series. More likely its a win toss, bat first, win game scenario. If SA bats first 270 is a good enough score If Sri bats first 250 is a good enough ONLY if they get Alma before he scores his customary run-a-ball 48. This series would be great if Smith, Kallis and Steyn were here too but they deserve this rest, injured or not. On that note, any SA XI with Smith, Alma, Kallis, Miller, AB, Morne, Steyn and Philander with any 3 other guys is enough to beat any side currently. Thats enough match winners right there. They should also try an all pace attack with Albie and Kallis making the 5th bowler until that spinner comes along as Robbie P was 4 or 5 meters short of having the most expensive overs in both ODIs and Tests history...Unbelievable.

  • Poholiyadda on July 31, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @ Imsrk: Mate, although Jaysuriyas' ODI average was 32 some thing, you have misssed two important facts in your comment. Jayasuriya had a career strike rate of 90 + (Only player to score 10, 000 runs in ODIs with a 90 +SR) and he has captured 320 odd wickets (The only player to score over 10000 and capture more than 300 wickets in the history of International cricket in any form )

  • isuru4ud on July 31, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    For those who keep telling tht same thng hppn to sl cricket like australia! Dig this unlike aus our players didn't retire they r jst resting if our team fall into a crisis they cn cm back any time unlike aus whose playes r already retired. So lol we can chop and change our young guns at any time whithout much trouble as long as our experience players r their to take responsibilities at any time!

  • Manowara on July 31, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Yes, i agree rotation system proved to be failure for Australia. But reasonable rest in between tours for seniors would be handy. Its always healthy to try out young player each match. better blend of young and experience is ok in long run. Who appreciated the absence of Ace spinner Murali at that stage be covered by replacement spinner that early. We can see the SLC is moving in good direction despite few political moves in pool selection.

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully, I respect for your opinion but you seem saying wrong information here though. SA didnt rest their senior players but they are injured. Just look at here, Steyn is injured, Smith is injured, Kallis doesnt play ODI at all now. Then, who you meant SA rested for this series?

  • on July 31, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    Great, Great decision by the Selectors. Kusal Janith should play, he may fail but have to give him more chances for Marvan Atapathu started with more woes but now he serves as the Batting Coach, So was the Chief selector, 17,000Plus runs in International Stage they said, but has his fair share of ducks as well, they never said and that's because of the impact such players have on the game. Thirimanna should mold his game by referring to Thilan Samaraweera, didn't go for his shots early in his career but when he changed his game to a more aggressive style he was successful, for me Thirimanne is a bit too slow and curtailed in his stroke play. Anyways Good Luck Angelo Mathews and his boys.

  • Ramansilva on July 31, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @ Imsrk, Show some respect mate. Jayawardena and Jayasuriya have done things that you and me can only dream of. If they could take a small country team to the finals of world cup, is it a bad standard mate?

  • sachinisawesome on July 31, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @ Jimi01 I agree Amla is one of the best but Sanga is in good form but most of the times he only scores in Sri Lanka. So I am not sure.

  • Jimi01 on July 31, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Sangakkara and Amla are easily the two best batsman in the game at the moment. Its an honor watching two of them in 1 match.

  • Marktc on July 31, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    How long will SA persist with AB as captain and/or WK. He is one of the world's most talented batsman, but does not seem to be able to do the other two as well. Then as for Miller and Barhardien, both need to find form, outside the national side. Klienveld is also one that needs to be relooked and Tsotsobe need to get fit and get some fielding practice. Our team is not in major trouble, but they need to make some tweaks and try and play some people back into form. They have others to choose from, just look no further than the SA A side.

  • JoshFromJamRock on July 31, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    If Sanga plays he should come in at 6 when there is about 28 to 32 overs gone. This would allow the youngsters to be confident, patient and set a platform at the top for Sanga, Matthews and Perera to do some late hitting to seal the series. More likely its a win toss, bat first, win game scenario. If SA bats first 270 is a good enough score If Sri bats first 250 is a good enough ONLY if they get Alma before he scores his customary run-a-ball 48. This series would be great if Smith, Kallis and Steyn were here too but they deserve this rest, injured or not. On that note, any SA XI with Smith, Alma, Kallis, Miller, AB, Morne, Steyn and Philander with any 3 other guys is enough to beat any side currently. Thats enough match winners right there. They should also try an all pace attack with Albie and Kallis making the 5th bowler until that spinner comes along as Robbie P was 4 or 5 meters short of having the most expensive overs in both ODIs and Tests history...Unbelievable.

  • Poholiyadda on July 31, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @ Imsrk: Mate, although Jaysuriyas' ODI average was 32 some thing, you have misssed two important facts in your comment. Jayasuriya had a career strike rate of 90 + (Only player to score 10, 000 runs in ODIs with a 90 +SR) and he has captured 320 odd wickets (The only player to score over 10000 and capture more than 300 wickets in the history of International cricket in any form )

  • isuru4ud on July 31, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    For those who keep telling tht same thng hppn to sl cricket like australia! Dig this unlike aus our players didn't retire they r jst resting if our team fall into a crisis they cn cm back any time unlike aus whose playes r already retired. So lol we can chop and change our young guns at any time whithout much trouble as long as our experience players r their to take responsibilities at any time!

  • Manowara on July 31, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Yes, i agree rotation system proved to be failure for Australia. But reasonable rest in between tours for seniors would be handy. Its always healthy to try out young player each match. better blend of young and experience is ok in long run. Who appreciated the absence of Ace spinner Murali at that stage be covered by replacement spinner that early. We can see the SLC is moving in good direction despite few political moves in pool selection.

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully, I respect for your opinion but you seem saying wrong information here though. SA didnt rest their senior players but they are injured. Just look at here, Steyn is injured, Smith is injured, Kallis doesnt play ODI at all now. Then, who you meant SA rested for this series?

  • AltafPatel on July 31, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    don't understand why SL experts always tell about future talents. They already have good young team including Chandimal, Parera, Thiramanne, Mathews, Mendis, Kulasekara etc. Instead of continously rotating them, they need to stabilize them particularly when experienced like Sanga, Jaya, Dilshan are there till WC 2015 with whom they can learn a lot and improve their experience. Or else they will fall like Aus who rotates team so much in presence of Ponting, Hussey and others that they could not build an experienced, stable team who can play a 5 day match or at-least 50 overs match.

  • AltafPatel on July 31, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    when they were supposed to axe one quick, they did completely revers ! Still they are not getting the lesson, particularly after 14-2 record on this soil...team without 2 specialist spinners, without specialist batsman against spin, these are the mistakes that every-time cost them in sub-continent.

  • yohandf on July 31, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Now we all know whom will be playing for 5th ODI . so lets look at upcoming T 20 series . this is where the youngsters are groomed . So selectors should make radical steps . My team Dilshan , Kusal , Chandimal , Vithanage ,Mathews , Angelo P , , Thisara , Malinga , Sachitra Senanayake ,Eranga , Mendis . 3 pacies , 2 spiners and 2 part time spinners . Substitutes - Dananjaya , Dilruwan P ,Kaushal Silva , Lakmal . Sanga and Mahela have a big role to play test & ODI cricket in next 4 yrs . So lets keep them out from hit & giggle T20 . Dilshan is likely to give up test cricket soon so let him play this format . Herath is our ace bowler in test so give him a rest too. Let Malinga play as he doesn't play tests .

  • hijazahmed on July 31, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Also should give kasun madushanka a chance..he has a great first class and list a record

  • hijazahmed on July 31, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    why cant we rest sanga and dilshan to give a chance to kithruwan and dimuth karunarathna

  • on July 31, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Kusal Perera, this may be the last chance Sri Lanka could give him him to show your talents, make full use of it, score at least a 50

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 31, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    SA do not have to worry about it as they sent a 2nd string of players. They are giving enough rest to the key players for the big matches. The opposition do not have dare to rest any one of the 3 seniors even if they are tired after long CT and triangular series in WI. They are still running on those there. Look at all other teams they have confidence in juniors. After this series, SA juniors will get more exposure and that will help them in future. But the fans jumping with joy will understand it later once if any of the seniors get injured or running out of form. They do not get a proper replacement for sure.

  • thilina88 on July 31, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Does any one think its better to rest Sanga for today's game?since most of our wins have been cz of him lately

  • on July 31, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Good thinking by the selectors to get some new players to show their prowess at International level. Hopefully, they will perform to their potential. It is always good to form a nucleus of players and expose them to the international arena to carry SL through to the next world cup in 2015.Good luck to SL for a win in Colombo today.

  • SeanPierre on July 31, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Series "short on context" SA and SL are two of the best ODI teams in the International circuit, a series short on context would be India vs Zimbabwe. Sanga should have been rested, and Chandimal should have been given the gloves. SA should give Quinton another chance, specially since he is in the T20 squad. Not sure why SA is not giving Imran Tahir an opportunity to play ODI's. I also hope they can set up a test series between these two teams in the near future.

  • sana1 on July 31, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Today sri lanka must play this batting order

    1)Dilshan 2)Kusal 3)lahiru 4)Sanga 5)A.Perera 6)Chandi 7)Mathews 8)Thisara 9)Senanayake 10)Eranga 11)Mendis

  • on July 31, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Shaminda and Suranga have been permanent fixtures atleast in the 15 of late. and had their chances. they have proven their abilities. Hope that Vimukthi gets his chance since he is in the 15 because who knows when he'll get another chance. same with Chathuranga. Dimuth though has been good in tests so hope the xi would be

    1) dilshan 2) dimuth/kusal 3) thiri 4) chandi 5) Angi P 6)Sanga 7) Angie M 8) Thisara 9) Chathuranga 10) Mendis 11) Vimukthi

  • on July 31, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    missing dale steyn,well played by srilankans

  • vcvidath34 on July 31, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Sudath224 you may be correct.... but as far as concern the comment that you made on Lahiru I cannot be agree with you..... He is the Next Sanga .... if you given him more chance to play @ number 03 .. definitely he will prove it and Kusal's case yeas.. you correct he should have given him lot more chances to play at home conditions more.... specially series like this...

  • Htc-Android on July 31, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    We must play Dilshan for tomorrow. His presence gives us that extra bowler option. He has provided vital breakthroughs during this series. Just in case if one bowler gets hammered, he will be our back up bowler. So we can't drop him. May be we could rest sanga and play Dimuth in his place. But I doubt if our management will do that.

  • on July 31, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    My team for todays game : Kusal, Dil, Sanga,Thirimanna,Chandi, Matthews, Anjelo, Thisara,Sachithra,Eranga, Ajantha..

    However I would prefer if thirimanna can bat at no.3 and sanga at 4 which will allow thirimanna to get some time to settle in.

    and kusal, I wanna see him performing and retaining his position. :)

    Hope to see another SL win today :)

  • NixNixon on July 30, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    SA's plan to lengthen the batting, leaves our bowling lineup a bowler short. The fact that berhardien is used as a front line bowler, clearly illustrates the downward turn that SA cricket is taking. Berhadien is hardly a bowler and what difference has his batting made thus far, two ducks. So if he makes zero contribution with the bat should we then get excited because of his below average bowling ability and that he will at least contribute in the bowling department. Then way dont we select colin ingram at 8 and then he can also bowl. The team is not balanced. JP for me is a better spinner than peterson. my team will be. 1)Amla 2)de Kock 3)Ingram 4)de Villiers 5)Duminy 6)Miller / berhardien / faf 7)McLaren 8) Petersen 9) Morris 10) Morkel 11) Tsotsobe

  • on July 30, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    @KingOwl - Your analogy makes no sense. There is no point in athletes sepcialising in different distance events to meet in the middle for a race. That is the kind of thing that would only happen at an exhibition/charity event where neither athlete would take it seriously anyway. In fact, you may say that a meeting of that nature would lack any competitive context.

  • SamWintson92 on July 30, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    My team for 5th ODI: SL XI: 1 Dilshan 2 KJ Perera 3 Sangakkara (WK) 4 A Perera 5 Chandimal 6 Thiramanne 7 Mathews (C) 8 T Perera 9 Senanayka 10 Mendis 11 V Perera. SOU XI: 1 Amla 2 De Kock (WK) 3 Duminy 4 De Villiers (C) 5 Ingram 6 Miller 7 Behardien 8 R Peterson 9 McLaren/Morris 10 Morkel 11 Tsotsobe. For SL: a) I would've rested Sangakkara & Dilshan too for this match. Excellent opportunity to attempt a few options b) I would've sticked with Tharanga. His form wasn't that bad. Scored 40 odd in 1st ODI & the 174* recently, has 13 ODI centuries alltogether. He can be used at 3/4 in batting order c) The recent form of KJ Perera has been very poor with all single digit scores. He looks stylish attacking batsman when on song. He should open in this match d) A Perera should be given a chance at the top at 4. His List A stats is better than Chandimal & Thiramanne e) I'll play V Perera at the expense of Eranga. V Perera's coming with fantastic List A record. This young pacer should play. For SOU: a) I'll open with De Kock instead of A Peterson. A Peterson isn't a long term solution. He's a better test batsman with moderate List A average of around 33. De Villiers can't be burdened with keeping duties with captaincy since there's chance of decline of his batting form. One more match to showcase the batting ability of De Kock b) Enough of Du Plessis & he should be replaced with Ingram at 5. How on earth Du Plessis's the T20I captain with his struggling form in shorter formats. His form's been woeful off late & looked scratchy throughout the series. Despite scoring two consecutive ducks, Ingram at least has some scores before that with 70 plus vs WI in CT. c) If McLaren's fit, he should replace Klienveldt. Or if he's not, I'll go for Morris, not for Klienveldt. Klienveldt did a decent holding job. But as the series is already lost for SOU, it's time to go for the kill. Morris is a genuine wicket taker & he has to be used smartly. He can pick up a wicket when needed out of nowhere. He also can be bowl in the middle overs to extract reverse swing & in seek of wickets.

  • warneneverchuck on July 30, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Well sl have legends like jayawardhane who averages 33 woth strike rate 75 jayasuriya average of 30s that shows the standard of sL cricket unfortunately

  • Doolman on July 30, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    SA cricket needs to move forward and unfortunately AB is not ready. Great player but not a leader. Smith is still the man for the job, only 32 years old. He is a great leader. Albie must get a sniff as well .

  • sudath224 on July 30, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Great news. Selectors have open their eyes on young Kusal Perera. He deserv more chances to play for Sri Lanka compare to other crickerters who were in the side for long uselessly. Like Lahiru Thirimanne. I don't see his talent at all. Played for a long time. I can't remember he leads team to at the end for victory. But kusal is totally different prospect. We have to develop great cricketer like Sanath Jayasuriya. Keep the faith on Kusal and give him more chances and confident like Arjuna did.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 30, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Hope de kock plays, no point in pertersen playing in this dead rubber. Time to look to the future...

  • KingOwl on July 30, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    "Series short on context": This seems to be a favourite phrase among journos these days! I assume context means something like the Ashes - hundreds of years of history, blah, blah. But for me, it means nothing watching a hopeless team like Aussies playing a strong team like England, in England. As far as SL-SA is concerned, context is simple. The #1 test team is playing #1 T20 team in world cricket. It's like the 100m World champion and the 400m champ running the 200m, to see who is best. One needs to be creative to find context - same for everything in life.

  • rajithwijepura on July 30, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Even though Tharanga fail as opener I would still go with him as a middle order batsman as he has done so well in away matches. As I was telling after 4th match Malinga, Maiya and Hera got rested. Now its time to change the batting order.

    1. Dilly 2. Kusal 3. Chandi 4. Sanga 5. Thiri 6./7. Angelos's 8. Thisara 9. Sachi 10. Menda 11. Eranga

  • Herath-UK on July 30, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Good Sanga & Dilshan are retained as that gives them to claim the MOS award. Is there no other young bowler of substance to have been tried here. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Gayannishi on July 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    My Team for Tomorrow game.according to the batting order..1.Kusal Janith 2.Lahiru Thirimanne 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Mathews 6.Dilshan 7.Anjelo Perera 8.Thisara 9.Sachthra senanayake 10.Ajantha mendis 11.Shaminda eranga...Sachithra Should open the bowling with Eranga....he has done well for KKR in the power play overs...Fingers Crossed...Hope fully future of Srilankan cricket in safe hands!!!!!

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    please send thirmanna and chandima 3 and 4 and sanga at 5

  • tdslbuwa on July 30, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    SA better not take this new look Sl side lightly...Yes the bowling looks bit weak but still there are players like Ajantha Mendis and Senanayaka in bowling department...Senanayaka has few tricks up his sleeve as well...And in the batting department two tormentors of SA bowling in previous games, Sanga and Dili wiil be there to guide the youngsters....Then there are few talented young batsmen like Kushal Janith and Angelo Perera as well...So this last game certainly will not be a walk in the park for SA...Good Luck SL...

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Very good selection, some experience retained in the batting while the bowling is missing all the first choices in Malinga, Kule and Herath. Hopefully Kusal will open and score some runs, Dimuth might get a chance too

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I do not agree to the sentence " in a series already short on context"?? if a Series between 2 top ODI sides, SL and SA does not have a context or meaning, then what is the point having any bilateral one day series? if thats the case are series with a "context" only when there is a WC or something like that?

    regarding the squad, I hope at least one of the debutants will actually debut tomorrow although I highly doubt so.

  • bhagu11 on July 30, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    south africa is very good side, when they are with. there full strenght. srilanka should believe in there youngsters. they just waste time in tharnga. tharnga never play with freedom. He always look in pressure Give kusal perera at least 2-3 series to prove himself, he has telent.

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @Tanveer thanks mate , we always loved your support , and we always support the Pakistan team too :)

  • jikol on July 30, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Its unfair to call this match a dead rubber so players (specially incoming SL youngsters) may devalue themselves. SL selectors made a brave selection and its clear that they remained some experience and balanced the team to make it 4-1 without exposing a very new team which may turn it 3-2. Andrew's team is the same as my team but should send Thirimanne and Chandimal ahead of Sanga.

    For SA, they should send Faf and Miller ahead of AB and give them chance and time to accumulate and play since AB can bat anywhere.

    4 of top 5 most wicket takers are SL bowlers and in batting wise 3 of top 5 are also in SL. So its a very good series so far for SL and hope they end up with 4-1. Also SA should focus to end the series in high. Good luck for both teams and hope a thrilling game.

  • on July 30, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Srilanka is very good team & should win the last odi. a team Pakistan & Srilanka fan from Pakistan.

  • on July 30, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Srilanka is very good team & should win the last odi. a team Pakistan & Srilanka fan from Pakistan.

  • jikol on July 30, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Its unfair to call this match a dead rubber so players (specially incoming SL youngsters) may devalue themselves. SL selectors made a brave selection and its clear that they remained some experience and balanced the team to make it 4-1 without exposing a very new team which may turn it 3-2. Andrew's team is the same as my team but should send Thirimanne and Chandimal ahead of Sanga.

    For SA, they should send Faf and Miller ahead of AB and give them chance and time to accumulate and play since AB can bat anywhere.

    4 of top 5 most wicket takers are SL bowlers and in batting wise 3 of top 5 are also in SL. So its a very good series so far for SL and hope they end up with 4-1. Also SA should focus to end the series in high. Good luck for both teams and hope a thrilling game.

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    @Tanveer thanks mate , we always loved your support , and we always support the Pakistan team too :)

  • bhagu11 on July 30, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    south africa is very good side, when they are with. there full strenght. srilanka should believe in there youngsters. they just waste time in tharnga. tharnga never play with freedom. He always look in pressure Give kusal perera at least 2-3 series to prove himself, he has telent.

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    I do not agree to the sentence " in a series already short on context"?? if a Series between 2 top ODI sides, SL and SA does not have a context or meaning, then what is the point having any bilateral one day series? if thats the case are series with a "context" only when there is a WC or something like that?

    regarding the squad, I hope at least one of the debutants will actually debut tomorrow although I highly doubt so.

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Very good selection, some experience retained in the batting while the bowling is missing all the first choices in Malinga, Kule and Herath. Hopefully Kusal will open and score some runs, Dimuth might get a chance too

  • tdslbuwa on July 30, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    SA better not take this new look Sl side lightly...Yes the bowling looks bit weak but still there are players like Ajantha Mendis and Senanayaka in bowling department...Senanayaka has few tricks up his sleeve as well...And in the batting department two tormentors of SA bowling in previous games, Sanga and Dili wiil be there to guide the youngsters....Then there are few talented young batsmen like Kushal Janith and Angelo Perera as well...So this last game certainly will not be a walk in the park for SA...Good Luck SL...

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    please send thirmanna and chandima 3 and 4 and sanga at 5

  • Gayannishi on July 30, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    My Team for Tomorrow game.according to the batting order..1.Kusal Janith 2.Lahiru Thirimanne 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Mathews 6.Dilshan 7.Anjelo Perera 8.Thisara 9.Sachthra senanayake 10.Ajantha mendis 11.Shaminda eranga...Sachithra Should open the bowling with Eranga....he has done well for KKR in the power play overs...Fingers Crossed...Hope fully future of Srilankan cricket in safe hands!!!!!

  • Herath-UK on July 30, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Good Sanga & Dilshan are retained as that gives them to claim the MOS award. Is there no other young bowler of substance to have been tried here. Ranil Herath - Kent