Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Twenty20, Colombo August 1, 2013

South Africa hope change of format brings change of form

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Match facts

Friday, August 02, 2013
Start time 1900 local (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Before South Africa can even allow the lessons of a deflating ODI series loss to sink in, twelve of their one-day squad must now gather themselves for battle in a different format. The teams will play three matches over the next five days, beginning with a game at the R Premadasa Stadium, which has not only been the scene of two mammoth South Africa defeats in the past two weeks, but also a venue that only brought them sorrow in the World Twenty20 last year.

Worse for the visitors, Twenty20 has become Sri Lanka's strongest suit. They have been the top-ranked side in the format since October last year, and have arrived at a short-form formula few teams have successfully countered. The diversity in their attack is Sri Lanka's greatest forte, but the top order packs a punch as well, and with two bona fide Twenty20 finishers in addition to Nuwan Kulasekara, lower down, they are not far from being a complete Twenty20 side.

Chief among South Africa's concerns has been their batsmen's inability to handle Sri Lanka's spinners, and they will hope the format's demand for aggression will help them shake their funk against the slow bowlers. Ajantha Mendis was their primary tormentor in the ODIs, and though Mendis' record has worsened in the longer formats overall, his Twenty20 statistics remain as daunting as they have ever been. Teams have unsettled Mendis by attacking him early in his spells in the past, but in order for South Africa to be in a position to do that, they must ensure the top order provides a more stable foundation than they have managed so far in the tour.

Form guide

Sri Lanka WWWLW (most recent first, last five completed matches)
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Players to watch

Mahela Jayawardene could not make a significant score in the ODIs, and will want to emphasise his continuing importance to the side as the two other seniors have already done during the tour. He has been Sri Lanka's best Twenty20 batsmen in the past, but his best innings have come when he has opened, which he may not do on Friday. He did not play in the fifth ODI and perhaps that short break will assist a return to form.

AB de Villiers had been woeful with the bat in his first four innings in Sri Lanka, but indicated he had finally come to grips with the conditions with a run-a-ball 51 in the last match. He has been adamant that he is hitting the ball well in training, but may need to shoulder greater run-making responsibility as the most experienced batsman in the Twenty20 side. He will also be rid of the captaincy that appears to have worn him thin in the last fortnight, and perhaps a less burdened mind can spark the sort of innings his side expects from him.

Team news

Sri Lanka may think about batting Kusal Perera in the middle order, given that is where he has prospered in domestic cricket, but will also be tempted to try him at opener once more. Kulasekara is available for the first time in three weeks, but whether he plays or not will be determined by whether his batting now is deemed good enough for him to replace a batsman. Lahiru Thirimanne will likely make way if so.

Sri Lanka (probable): 1. Kusal Perera, 2. Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3. Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 4. Mahela Jayawardene, 5. Dinesh Chandimal (capt), 6. Angelo Mathews, 7. Lahiru Thirimanne/Nuwan Kulasekara, 8. Thisara Perera, 9. Sachithra Senanayake, 10. Ajantha Mendis, 11. Lasith Malinga

De Villers will likely open the innings alongside Henry Davids, as he did in South Africa's last Twenty20 against Pakistan. Imran Tahir is likely to play as well, and will provide the attacking spin option South Africa have lacked in the ODIs, but the pace bowling spots are less secure, with at least four frontline fast bowlers vying for spots there.

South Africa (probable): 1. AB de Villiers (wk), 2. Henry Davids, 3. Faf du Plessis (capt), 4. JP Duminy, 5. David Miller, 6. Ryan McLaren, 7. Chris Morris, 8. Wayne Parnell/Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 10. Rory Kleinveldt/Morne Morkel, 11. Imran Tahir

Pitch and conditions

Slow surfaces have compounded South Africa's woes, and they should not expect respite from the Premadasa curators for this match. Thunderstorms continue to blow through Colombo, but the rain expected for Friday is forecast to ease well before the match is set to begin.

Stats and trivia

  • If Sri Lanka defeat South Africa, they will have the best win-loss ratio in Twenty20 internationals, edging out Pakistan, who have won 1.68 games for each of their losses
  • South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 32 runs, the last time the teams met, during the World Twenty20. The match had been reduced to seven overs a side, due to rain.

Quotes

"They've got some great Twenty20 players coming in; Wayne Parnell, Imran Tahir, Henry Davids. We haven't played a lot of these guys before, so we can't take this side lightly - they are still very good."
Dinesh Chandimal is wary, despite Sri Lanka's ODI dominance

"It's great to have Imran with us because he gets wickets. That's something that the Sri Lankan spinners have done very well, they're always picking up wickets. It's nice to have one of our own to do that and I'll be using him to attack."
Faf du Plessis looks forward to having Tahir in the side

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

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  • SamWintson92 on August 1, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    My team for 1st T20I: SL XI: 1 Jayawardene 2 Dilshan 3 Sangakkara (WK) 4 Chandimal (C) 5 K Perera 6 A Perera 7 Mathews 8 T Perera 9 Senanayka 10 A Mendis 11 Malinga. SOU XI: 1 De Villiers 2 Davids 3 De Kock (WK) 4 Duminy 5 Miller 6 Du Plessis (C) 7 Wiese 8 McLaren 9 Morris 10 Morkel 11 Tahir. For SL: a) C'mon in T20I, Jayawardene has to open. That's where he's the best. Dilshan to partner him at opening b) K Perera averages just 14 in T20s although it's up 37 in T20Is. I'll play him in middle order at 5 for his hitting ability & talent. He's a prolific scorer in middle order domestically c) A Perera must play at 6. His List A striking rate is over 100. Need to give chance to this upcoming lad d) J Mendis had his chances. His legspin looks handy but his batting is a hit or miss. Thiramanne's not a T20 batsman. His record in T20s also suggest that. I wouldn't have had them in the squad e) I'll opt for an extra batsman/allrounder instead of Kulasekara. That'll strengthen the batting & there already sufficient bowling options in the XI. For SOU: a) De Kock should bat at 3 & keep the wickets. He struck some boundaries in his quick 27 in the 5th ODI. His T20 record is also good averaging 34 with a century, better than skipper Du Plessis b) I'll put Duminy at 4 to give him some balls before he flourish c) Miller should bat up the order, no lesser than 5 at least. Devastating T20 batsman c) With the kind of struggle Du Plessis's having, being the captain he should give chances to the batsmen who are in touch to bat ahead him & he should bat at 6 d) David Wiese must play at 7. His T20 career striking rate is over 172 ! He needs to get a look in e) My pace attack will comprise McLaren, Morkel & Morris. Both Morkel & Morris are genuine wicket takers in T20s. There's no need to fear about what went wrong for them in ODIs. They are more attacking options than Klienveldt, Tsotsobe or Parnell f) Finally, a breath of fresh air with Imran Tahir coming into the picture.

  • on August 2, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Good luck World number 1. Hope SA would give a good fight. Even you loose by 3-0, SA you don't take it much serious coz its better than 5-0 win against Zim.

  • Qa_ankit on August 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    All of us needs to understand one thing very clearly. Whether its Srilanka in T-20, India in ODI and S.Africa in Test. They all deserve their places because they played to their potential in their format. S.A might have performed better and best if last two weeks would have been of Test. So there should be no comparison. Also S.A is not having their three premium players. So those who are saying its just freaky luck to get on top, i don;t agree and buy your point either. Luck can help once, twice but not thrice. From a true cricket fan, who love to see great matches all around.

  • vsuria on August 2, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    South Africa are favourites, hopefully they can dominate.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 2, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Reminding this is gonna be Kushals last series to shine, I ll put him todays team.

    1.Dilshan 2. Kushal 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6. Angelo Perera 7. Thisara Perera 8. Chandimal 9. Kulasekara/ Senanayake 10. Malinga 11. Mendis

    & chandimal is in, Just bcoz of he is captain. That place is a such a waste :(

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    SA cannot play spin period! I also believe Tahir is not in the same class as the SL spinners. I think we are stairing down the barrel here. I hope not. I'm also hoping Parnell gets an extended run through the 3 match series.

  • yorkslanka on August 2, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Wow, I know where most of the people asking why SL is #1 in t20,but surely even they are clever enough to understand the concept of rankings?which is better a batsmen who consistently scores big scores across a season or one who scores a triple hundred once in twenty innings?#gofigure...

  • attanayake1 on August 2, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @SeanB Thats interesting... If every thing should start fresh from the beginning of the world cup, Whats the point of playing and winning whole lot of other matches???? Yes we got beaten in the world t20 final, but never since... so even if the rankings start from their.. still SRI LANKA IS THE NO 1 T20 TEAM IN THE WORLD mate

  • .......junk on August 2, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I am a big fan of SA cricket when its about individual players , that doesn't mean sa team as a whole is not worthy..what i am trying to say is, team is good use them well . u need to understand importance of faf and miller . any game any ground they can win you matches . i have hardly seen any one hit ball as sweetly as devillers .start with davis he is fearless and faf at other end . dont worry faf knows how to play in sub continent he was under MSD . No one other than Miller deserves to get no 3 position trust me on this and plz AB come at no 4 you have duminy and mclaren to finish things in style and i believe parnell is very good alrounder along with mclaren to have .morne is excellent bowler . tsotsobe has been good .and trust me you got to have imran in sl against sl and then have morris in side he can be good at the death bowling and also i have seen him hit big . every thing seems in place now only thing needed is self belief so remember u are the best .

  • Iceman29 on August 2, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    faf is an ideal t20 player, i hope he plays up to his potential..where si johan botha am sure he is better than Tahir and also he is an alrounder...SA having the reserves but not utilising it properly....i think this current SA team will play better in T20s...best of luck SA..

  • SamWintson92 on August 1, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    My team for 1st T20I: SL XI: 1 Jayawardene 2 Dilshan 3 Sangakkara (WK) 4 Chandimal (C) 5 K Perera 6 A Perera 7 Mathews 8 T Perera 9 Senanayka 10 A Mendis 11 Malinga. SOU XI: 1 De Villiers 2 Davids 3 De Kock (WK) 4 Duminy 5 Miller 6 Du Plessis (C) 7 Wiese 8 McLaren 9 Morris 10 Morkel 11 Tahir. For SL: a) C'mon in T20I, Jayawardene has to open. That's where he's the best. Dilshan to partner him at opening b) K Perera averages just 14 in T20s although it's up 37 in T20Is. I'll play him in middle order at 5 for his hitting ability & talent. He's a prolific scorer in middle order domestically c) A Perera must play at 6. His List A striking rate is over 100. Need to give chance to this upcoming lad d) J Mendis had his chances. His legspin looks handy but his batting is a hit or miss. Thiramanne's not a T20 batsman. His record in T20s also suggest that. I wouldn't have had them in the squad e) I'll opt for an extra batsman/allrounder instead of Kulasekara. That'll strengthen the batting & there already sufficient bowling options in the XI. For SOU: a) De Kock should bat at 3 & keep the wickets. He struck some boundaries in his quick 27 in the 5th ODI. His T20 record is also good averaging 34 with a century, better than skipper Du Plessis b) I'll put Duminy at 4 to give him some balls before he flourish c) Miller should bat up the order, no lesser than 5 at least. Devastating T20 batsman c) With the kind of struggle Du Plessis's having, being the captain he should give chances to the batsmen who are in touch to bat ahead him & he should bat at 6 d) David Wiese must play at 7. His T20 career striking rate is over 172 ! He needs to get a look in e) My pace attack will comprise McLaren, Morkel & Morris. Both Morkel & Morris are genuine wicket takers in T20s. There's no need to fear about what went wrong for them in ODIs. They are more attacking options than Klienveldt, Tsotsobe or Parnell f) Finally, a breath of fresh air with Imran Tahir coming into the picture.

  • on August 2, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Good luck World number 1. Hope SA would give a good fight. Even you loose by 3-0, SA you don't take it much serious coz its better than 5-0 win against Zim.

  • Qa_ankit on August 2, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    All of us needs to understand one thing very clearly. Whether its Srilanka in T-20, India in ODI and S.Africa in Test. They all deserve their places because they played to their potential in their format. S.A might have performed better and best if last two weeks would have been of Test. So there should be no comparison. Also S.A is not having their three premium players. So those who are saying its just freaky luck to get on top, i don;t agree and buy your point either. Luck can help once, twice but not thrice. From a true cricket fan, who love to see great matches all around.

  • vsuria on August 2, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    South Africa are favourites, hopefully they can dominate.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 2, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Reminding this is gonna be Kushals last series to shine, I ll put him todays team.

    1.Dilshan 2. Kushal 3. Sanga 4. Mahela 5. Mathews 6. Angelo Perera 7. Thisara Perera 8. Chandimal 9. Kulasekara/ Senanayake 10. Malinga 11. Mendis

    & chandimal is in, Just bcoz of he is captain. That place is a such a waste :(

  • on August 2, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    SA cannot play spin period! I also believe Tahir is not in the same class as the SL spinners. I think we are stairing down the barrel here. I hope not. I'm also hoping Parnell gets an extended run through the 3 match series.

  • yorkslanka on August 2, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Wow, I know where most of the people asking why SL is #1 in t20,but surely even they are clever enough to understand the concept of rankings?which is better a batsmen who consistently scores big scores across a season or one who scores a triple hundred once in twenty innings?#gofigure...

  • attanayake1 on August 2, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @SeanB Thats interesting... If every thing should start fresh from the beginning of the world cup, Whats the point of playing and winning whole lot of other matches???? Yes we got beaten in the world t20 final, but never since... so even if the rankings start from their.. still SRI LANKA IS THE NO 1 T20 TEAM IN THE WORLD mate

  • .......junk on August 2, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    I am a big fan of SA cricket when its about individual players , that doesn't mean sa team as a whole is not worthy..what i am trying to say is, team is good use them well . u need to understand importance of faf and miller . any game any ground they can win you matches . i have hardly seen any one hit ball as sweetly as devillers .start with davis he is fearless and faf at other end . dont worry faf knows how to play in sub continent he was under MSD . No one other than Miller deserves to get no 3 position trust me on this and plz AB come at no 4 you have duminy and mclaren to finish things in style and i believe parnell is very good alrounder along with mclaren to have .morne is excellent bowler . tsotsobe has been good .and trust me you got to have imran in sl against sl and then have morris in side he can be good at the death bowling and also i have seen him hit big . every thing seems in place now only thing needed is self belief so remember u are the best .

  • Iceman29 on August 2, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    faf is an ideal t20 player, i hope he plays up to his potential..where si johan botha am sure he is better than Tahir and also he is an alrounder...SA having the reserves but not utilising it properly....i think this current SA team will play better in T20s...best of luck SA..

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Even after the WC, Sri lanka have won all T20 matches they played. So no matter how you wanna do it, Sri Lanka will still be the Rank No. 1 team.

  • priceless1 on August 2, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    oh man here comes the SL haters ( from you know where) going shopping for the SA as usual :D SL is ranked No1 in T20 because they have fare superior T20 record compared to all the other Teams in the world , so suck on the people

  • justtogood on August 2, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    If SA play Lopsy before Parnell I will freak. Parnell is bowling at 145km now days and is swinging the ball all over the place!!!! and he can bat.....open with Faf as he does in the IPL, adv at 3 and in the V at 4, the rest can follow....please publish!!!

  • pull_shot on August 2, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    I don't understand how srilanka is no 1 in t20 with out T20 WC and some people question india's no.1 in odi's with wc,ct in bank and for info we have u19 wc as well

  • Iceman29 on August 2, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @SeanB: You are absolutely right, you just posted which was on my mind...WI should be the No.1 ranked team in T20s...

  • Lloydster on August 2, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    This squad will be hammered as they did in the ODi's as nothing has changed. Davids alone cannot rescue them, Tahir alone cannot be expected to turn the tables either. Very short sighted and predictable.

  • Iceman29 on August 2, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    SA need to learn how IND is dominating SL nowadays even in their home turf, SL is not as threatening as SA is showcasing SL to be, they are just an ordinary team who will break under a little bit of pressure....

  • SeanB on August 2, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    How is Sri Lanka ranked top team when WI won the T20 world cup? Rankings in T20 and 50 over game should begin with the first game of the world cup and all rankings / points should be cleared when the toss for the first game begins. All teams should begin WC with 'zero' points and the winner should be ranked first. What is the point of winning a WC if you are not ranked first after the tournament?

  • gnanzcupid on August 2, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    This will be a really interesting encounter. Heartening to see the lankan seniors occupying the centre stage and performing. Though lankans were lucky to win a few odi matches in this series, their performance(seniors) was thoroughly enjoyed by me. Saffers are not a dominant t20 or odi team,in a sharp contrast to their test team.

  • Marktc on August 2, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Faf is the captain the ODI side needs. AB should concentrate on batting, De Kock should come in as WKeeper for all formats. Faf may not be in great from, but he will turn that around. He has a better cricketing mind and is a stronger leader than AB. SL have done well so far, and although anything can happen in T20, I see them winning this.

  • Htc-Android on August 2, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    They want Thirimanne to play at no7in a T20 match? These selectors have no idea what they are doing. Thirimanne is not suitable for t20s and he shouldn't in the team. I would pick Kula over thirimanne for tomorrow. There is Thissara and Sachitra to follow him. so there is enough depth in the batting department.

  • on August 2, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Fantastic..let's keep playing more and more odi's n t20s..sri Lanka is 7th in test ranking with only zim and banga behind us.shame..with no more tests this year.and guess what the so called youngsters do not have at least 10 tests worth experience..

  • Prema1948 on August 2, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    at a stretch (one can verify that in this very website) but still the J&Ps that haven't any plan for the Future of Cricket in the Country and consider that the Come-or-Go-Chicago style of batting is the most wanted at the International stage, whereas as other countries(ENG,IND,..) have always gone for batters that have total control over their stroke play. It is very glad to learn that the Country is producing quality Cricketers at a time some past Nationals (that were unable to score a 50 without offering 2-3 straight-forward chances had no control over their stroke-play)& the local media (that work as agents) try to undermined the good work of quality youngsters.(Stats courtesy Cricinfo)

  • Prema1948 on August 2, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    The 3 seniors were a complete flop at the last IPL2013and their performances outside the Country too are so pathetic to describe are given permanent places in the Team thus jeopardizing future of promising youngsters. How could these quality players (Kusal Mendis present U-19 Captain & the Best Schoolboy Batter 2013; Niroshan Dickwell the Best Schoolboy Batter 2012, BhanukaRajapaksha the Best Schoolboy Batter 2011&2010, AngeloPerera the Best Schoolboy Batter 2009) could come in to the Team when the J&Ps is are unable to drop these greedy 3. If you had got the above mentioned youngsters to play in the middle and ask them to employ Come-or-Go-Chicago style batting, employed by the 3 that have no fear of losing their places(& the way some past Jokers have done), It's 100% sure that they'll do it better with their lightening reflex and confidence they have in them. The performances of the 3 seniors were horrible when they were 10 years younger and at times had failed 15-25 times 2bCNTD

  • 9ST9 on August 2, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Weather in Colombo has taken a turn for the worse. Anything less than 20 overs is advantage South Africa, since SL play a calculated T20 game , they need the full quota to succeed. In 5-6 over scenarios a side that can produce a few random slogs prosper . So SL fans would be hoping for a full game here.

  • BLACK-BIRDS on August 2, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    Hi SA ...KYLE Abbott is much batter bowler than RORY ...if De KOCK will not play it means AB and FAF do not want to let DE KOCk play countinuously, they dont pay attention towards Southafrican cricket...I think SA need a new face as a captain because both (AB ,FAF ) do not have an aggression ,high spirit ..these all 11 players are good ones but they lack of thes qualities....call ELGAAR ,D.JECOBS as a direct skipper ....good luck

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on August 2, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Why not DE KOCK....if he does fit in even T-20 squad .,...Southafrica is forcing him to go ENGLAND.....Captain or ODI captain should make a call for him countinuously....otherwise let him go to join Petersen ,Kieswitter in England...? that s the attitude SA showing for their talent

  • on August 2, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    Ist T20: Kusal.P/Dilshan/Chandima (Wk)l/Mahela/A.Perera/Mathews/Tissira Perera//Nuwan K/S.S/Mendis/Malinga

    2nd T20: Kusal.P/Dilshan/Chandimal/Sanga (WK)/A.Perera/Mathews/Tissira Perera/Lakmal/S.S/Mendis/Malinga

    3rd T20: Kusal.P/Mahela/Chandimal(WK)/Lahiru/A.Perera/Mathews/J.Mendis/Nuwan/S.S/Lakmal/Mendis

    Based on current squad. J.Mendis out - In Maharoof or Seku Prassana or Janaka Gunaratne or maybe even Dilruwan Perera

  • on August 2, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    srilanka got this too.South africa are not much of a t20 type team.

  • Doolman on August 1, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Johan botha is the right man for the captains band.Faf does not have the experience or confidence . He won't trouble the scores either. Parnell should be playing in both formats. Kleinveldt sorry to say is not international material and must sit out the T 20 series. Kyle abbot is a better bowler.

  • on August 1, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Why sri lanka not trying Thisara Perera as a Operner....

    1) Thisara Perera 2) Dilshan 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Chandimal 6) Kusal perera 7) Mathews 8) Kulasekara 9) Senanayake 10) Mendis 11) Malinga

  • strikeforce2003 on August 1, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    South Africa will win, they seem more complete in this format..more resolve will be seen after their ODI debacle. Further they have already witnessed the spin of the Lankans

  • on August 1, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Southafrica should bring Justin Kemp back in the side.

  • on August 1, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    thirimanne is good T20 player..He can score and attack well just that he can`t rotate strike well as Sanga yet !..Don`t forget his batting against England and NZ in T20 WC

  • Blade-Runner on August 1, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Rank no. 1 vs Rank no.7 :) Not much of a contest as it seems. Still expecting a cracker though. I'm tempted by the possible scenario of opening the innings with Mahela by sending Kusal down the order, but not sure what Chandimal will do. And I think it would be better to go with Kula instead of Angelo Perera. Even Angelo Perera is selected , he will never get to face a single delivery. With Kula, we will have an extra bowling option, and an extremely good one too + he can slog it out when its needed. Thiri will be better off serving up drinks :D

    The best XI - 1) Kusal 2) Dilly 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Chandimal 6) Mathews 7) Thisara 8) Kula 9) Sachi 10) Mendis 11) Slinga.

    Our Rank no.1 position is on the line fellas. Keep it in mind n G'luck !!!

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    i agree with people who are saying thirrimanne should be dropped for angelo perera, thirimanne is not a t20 batsman; and for that matter neither is chandimal. both should only be odi and test players. just give t20 captaincy to mathews

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Come on thirimanna in T20's ?? yes he do have talent yet hez still not in a level to play T20, its better to use kusal in the middle order. BTW i hate this Matches in the EXAM season, its gonna be a great night at RPS gonna miss it badly. everyone who's going there just rock it hehe

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Tickets already sold out, will be a great game

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Tahir vs Thisara and Sanga, sounds delicious!

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    i think imran tahir is best spinner along with ihan botha in south africa i dnt knw y they always choose robieee who is nt much effective and parnell should play instead of chriss morris

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Please Place David Wiese in T20.Pace option should be Mclaren,Tsotsobe/kleinvelt, Morris.Drop Morkel, Its highly Matter of regret that except mclaren no baller iz producing yourker Rhythmically .....

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    going to be a spectacle at RPS tomorrow..hoping for a closer game!!

  • Karnain on August 1, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    SL's bowling unit is obvious and a well settled one - Malinga, Mendis, Senanayake, Thisara, Mathews and Dilshan. So the number 7 spot must go to Anjelo Perera instead of Thiri since T20 is not the kind of format that suits his style. I'd like to see only 2 of Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan, but it's more than likely that all 3 will be playing in the first game.Every thing to play for and we must retain the top spot of this format.

  • on August 1, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I'll be there at the Premadasa Stadium to watch this match. My second match live (ironically my first one was against SA too in Sooriyawewa in the T20 WC). Hope these two teams serve up a cracker (and hope the rain stays out)

  • on August 1, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Waited for a long time for this massive contest. Looking forward for a great T20 series. Wish u good luck both the great teams !!!!

  • on August 1, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Waited for a long time for this massive contest. Looking forward for a great T20 series. Wish u good luck both the great teams !!!!

  • on August 1, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    I'll be there at the Premadasa Stadium to watch this match. My second match live (ironically my first one was against SA too in Sooriyawewa in the T20 WC). Hope these two teams serve up a cracker (and hope the rain stays out)

  • Karnain on August 1, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    SL's bowling unit is obvious and a well settled one - Malinga, Mendis, Senanayake, Thisara, Mathews and Dilshan. So the number 7 spot must go to Anjelo Perera instead of Thiri since T20 is not the kind of format that suits his style. I'd like to see only 2 of Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan, but it's more than likely that all 3 will be playing in the first game.Every thing to play for and we must retain the top spot of this format.

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    going to be a spectacle at RPS tomorrow..hoping for a closer game!!

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Please Place David Wiese in T20.Pace option should be Mclaren,Tsotsobe/kleinvelt, Morris.Drop Morkel, Its highly Matter of regret that except mclaren no baller iz producing yourker Rhythmically .....

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    i think imran tahir is best spinner along with ihan botha in south africa i dnt knw y they always choose robieee who is nt much effective and parnell should play instead of chriss morris

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Tahir vs Thisara and Sanga, sounds delicious!

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Tickets already sold out, will be a great game

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Come on thirimanna in T20's ?? yes he do have talent yet hez still not in a level to play T20, its better to use kusal in the middle order. BTW i hate this Matches in the EXAM season, its gonna be a great night at RPS gonna miss it badly. everyone who's going there just rock it hehe

  • on August 1, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    i agree with people who are saying thirrimanne should be dropped for angelo perera, thirimanne is not a t20 batsman; and for that matter neither is chandimal. both should only be odi and test players. just give t20 captaincy to mathews