Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st T20I, Colombo August 2, 2013

Duminy helps South Africa pull off heist

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South Africa 115 for 6 (Duminy 51, Senanayake 3-14) beat Sri Lanka 103 for 9 (Sangakkara 59*, Duminy 3-18) by 12 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Replay the manner in which South Africa were defeated four times on their tour of Sri Lanka so far and you would have expected them to lose this match as well. The top order failed, the middle order was exposed but only just hung together and the bowlers had too little to work with. But this time, they pulled off a heist despite all their deficiencies.

JP Duminy followed up his half-century with a match-winning bowling performance while Morne Morkel and Wayne Parnell finally showed capabilities of bowling at the death. Kumar Sangakkara's 59 was one of only two double-figure scores on Sri Lanka's card as the rest battled on a slow surface.

South African fans would not have expected that, after their team seemed to have lost the match before the first innings powerplay was even complete. Sri Lanka's offspinner Sachithra Senanayake plucked three wickets from a top order that has yet to find their confidence. Their bowlers, though, had theirs boosted after they defended a low total which required Sri Lanka to score just 37 runs in the last five overs.

Sri Lanka looked set to chase down the total without much fuss when they scored 13 runs in the first two overs. Kusal Perera showed attacking intent but his temperament gave way when he mis-hit Morne Morkel to point.

Dinesh Chandimal also seemed in a hurry. He hit two boundaries before bottom-edging Lonwabo Tsotsobe, after struggling with the extra bounce.

With early setbacks, Sri Lanka's seniors Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara knuckled down and tried to pick singles off Wayne Parnell and Imran Tahir. But all the patience Dilshan showed in the ODI series vanished when Duminy was introduced, as in an attempt to take the bowler on, Dilshan only managed to offer AB de Villiers a catch at long-on.

Sri Lanka needed to score 70 runs in the second-half of their innings but with the in-form Sangakkara at the crease, they would have thought it more than possible. While he found the boundary, the rest found the fielders.

Angelo Mathews gave Duminy a tame return catch and then Jeevan Mendis swept him to deep square leg the next ball. Duminy didn't complete a hat-trick but he wouldn't mind that.

Lahiru Thirimanne and Thisara Perera holed out within six balls of each other and suddenly, South Africa had the upper-hand. With 21 runs to defend off 12 balls, Parnell mixed up his pace in a double-wicket maiden and Morkel bowled a few full to ensure run-scoring opportunities were unavailable. Sangakkara hit two fours off the last over but he could not do it alone and in the end, Sri Lanka ended up with a worse batting performance than South Africa.

That hardly seemed possible after Senanayake's start. He exposed Quinton de Kock's inexperience and had the young wicket-keeper batsman playing down the wrong line to one that straightened to get him lbw.

Henry Davids also could not read Senanayake. After trying to work him to leg and push him to cover, he went for the sweep to a full delivery and was trapped in front. And then, Faf du Plessis' lean series became leaner. After constant shuffling at the crease, he tried to play inside the line of a straighter one and was bowled.

De Villiers and JP Duminy posted a small stand of 27 and Duminy took on the responsibility of anchoring the innings. He hung around for long enough to accelerate slightly and along with David Miller, helped South Africa manage 21 runs off the 16th and 17th over.

Miller became Lasith Malinga's 50th T20 victim but Duminy notched up a more favourable record. He brought up his fifty with a slog-sweep off an Ajantha Mendis full toss, which took over 1,000 T20 runs and made him South Africa's leading scorer in the format, overtaking Graeme Smith, and giving the team a morale-boosting win during a tough tour.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • proteasfire on August 2, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Congrats SA!! Great all round performance from JP. He proved to be the best spinner for SA so far this series and well backed by Morkel, Parnell and others. This victory will certainly boost SA after a poor thrashing in the ODI series though their top order needs a go sooner than later. Also Faf did a good job and did interesting moves as a captain. He shuffled the bowlers really well and trying Davids to bowl on a spin pitch is an innovative move. Also Tsotsobe has been brilliant upfront but leaking runs at the end. Faf used Parnell for the death overs and it worked as well. So Faf as a captain got full marks today although his batting form is still a worry and is something he needs to act upon immediately for SA to post strong totals. Miller's partnership with JP was worthy and they both didnt try to overhit provided it wasnt a perfect batting strip. Sri Lanka on the other hand made a mess of a small total and there was no support for Sanga's lone battle!! Series looks promising!!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 2, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    If something that is valuable at stake, it is their pride & reputation. Proteas pulled it from nowhere. It was fascinating to see them at destination from the brink of defeat. JPD showed his controlled batting skills from 3 for 23 to take his team to 115. He probably read RPS wicket more than anybody. At the innings break, when asked about 115 would enough for the night, he replied he would have to make it enough. Surely he had something in his mind. His 3 for 18 with the ball proved it. Equally supported by Tahir, Morkel, Parnell & Tsotsobe.

    Senanayake gave excellent start to SL which they failed to capitalize further. Their batting over dependency on Sanga was once again exposed. They need to reshuffle their batting line up. Kusal paid for his over ambitious. Angelo Parera may be better option for them. Sanga, Dil, Thiru, Chandi, Mahela, Mathews, Angelo would be better batting line up. Its my personal opinion. Well played Proteas!! Finally they came out of SPIN HAVOC!!!

  • Sudu_putha on August 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    chandimal should be sacked... He is not a T20 player

  • Ranjit_Perera on August 3, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @Blade-Runner ; I know that Sanga is one hell of a player in this generation but I think we all know that Sanga is not a great finisher, plus I have watched the whole SA v SL series and I noticed that Sanga is at his TOP form & I've seen him scoring more than 20 runs an over but that doesn't change the fact of him not being a hard hitter.I admit that he has faced one of the best bowlers in the world but I doubt that he can finish the game if he has faced other than Morne.Anyway having said everything doesn't change the fact that Sangakkara is one of the best and great players in all three formats to be honest.Good luck SL in the upcoming matches and hope the selectors put the right players in their right places :)

  • Blade-Runner on August 3, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @Ranjit_Perera ; Dude, if you watched previous games, you wouldn't say that Sanga can't score 15+ in an over. Are you kidding ? It was just that he was facing one of the best bowlers in the world. No batsman in the world would have scored 21 runs off Morkel in a situation like that.

  • Ranjit_Perera on August 3, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    All of you are talking about Faf's good captaincy, Duminy's mature contribution or Morne's best last over but no one has talked about the brilliance of Parnell's 19th over.I mean that was the deciding over to finish the match, he took 2 wickets hence increased the pressure on Sanga + he bowlled a maiden (4 dots plus 2 wkts) hence double increase the pressure on Sanga + he kept Sanga off the strike which completely put a loads of pressure on Sanga.For me that was the finishing or death moment for srilanka because I already knew that Sanga is not a hard hitter batsmen so there was no way in heaven or earth that he can score 15+ runs in one over and that also was in a t20 match.

  • yohandf on August 3, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Our team needs to get rids passengers . We are not able to win the matches we should coz of them . What is Jeewan Mendis has been doing for last one year ? Does he really need to slog the very first ball ? Does Thrimanne need a six being last recognized batsmen with Sanga? Why Mathews can' t rotate the strike ? If youngsters can' t overcome easy situation like this , it s awful . Selectors please don't overfeed youngsters too much coz they are taking it for granted . Even captain and V.C should not be guaranteed a place unless they justify themselves .

  • Zak- on August 3, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    As much as I have panned the Proteas for their dismal ODI series, I said at the beginning of this match that this is more like the team that should have been picked in the first place, even for ODIs. Replace Davids with Amla, Parnell with McLaren/Morris and Faf with Ingram.

  • calcu on August 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    That's the difference between sanga and MSD. In tri series final, MSD was in the same situation with ishant and he won it. Sanga was in exactly same situation with mendis but he was not able to win it.

  • mark2011 on August 3, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    careless batting of SL players threw away another easy win which would have helped to lead the series 1-0.. it seems SL struggling chasing low scores rather than formidable ones..except for Mathews/Sanga all others played totally unnecessary shots to get out...simply they gave SA a chance.SL tailenders has no any skill or intent to atleast score a single and give strike to a better batsmen. SL need to change this batting coach.. in the past SL tailenders made some useful contribution by batting in crucial moments, but now they've just become walking wickets, coming to crease for the sake of coming and getting out....good fight back by SA, a feature of quality side. hope SL will come back strongly in next 2 matches to win the series though its tuff now. good luck!!

  • proteasfire on August 2, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Congrats SA!! Great all round performance from JP. He proved to be the best spinner for SA so far this series and well backed by Morkel, Parnell and others. This victory will certainly boost SA after a poor thrashing in the ODI series though their top order needs a go sooner than later. Also Faf did a good job and did interesting moves as a captain. He shuffled the bowlers really well and trying Davids to bowl on a spin pitch is an innovative move. Also Tsotsobe has been brilliant upfront but leaking runs at the end. Faf used Parnell for the death overs and it worked as well. So Faf as a captain got full marks today although his batting form is still a worry and is something he needs to act upon immediately for SA to post strong totals. Miller's partnership with JP was worthy and they both didnt try to overhit provided it wasnt a perfect batting strip. Sri Lanka on the other hand made a mess of a small total and there was no support for Sanga's lone battle!! Series looks promising!!

  • SandipManjrekar on August 2, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    If something that is valuable at stake, it is their pride & reputation. Proteas pulled it from nowhere. It was fascinating to see them at destination from the brink of defeat. JPD showed his controlled batting skills from 3 for 23 to take his team to 115. He probably read RPS wicket more than anybody. At the innings break, when asked about 115 would enough for the night, he replied he would have to make it enough. Surely he had something in his mind. His 3 for 18 with the ball proved it. Equally supported by Tahir, Morkel, Parnell & Tsotsobe.

    Senanayake gave excellent start to SL which they failed to capitalize further. Their batting over dependency on Sanga was once again exposed. They need to reshuffle their batting line up. Kusal paid for his over ambitious. Angelo Parera may be better option for them. Sanga, Dil, Thiru, Chandi, Mahela, Mathews, Angelo would be better batting line up. Its my personal opinion. Well played Proteas!! Finally they came out of SPIN HAVOC!!!

  • Sudu_putha on August 4, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    chandimal should be sacked... He is not a T20 player

  • Ranjit_Perera on August 3, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    @Blade-Runner ; I know that Sanga is one hell of a player in this generation but I think we all know that Sanga is not a great finisher, plus I have watched the whole SA v SL series and I noticed that Sanga is at his TOP form & I've seen him scoring more than 20 runs an over but that doesn't change the fact of him not being a hard hitter.I admit that he has faced one of the best bowlers in the world but I doubt that he can finish the game if he has faced other than Morne.Anyway having said everything doesn't change the fact that Sangakkara is one of the best and great players in all three formats to be honest.Good luck SL in the upcoming matches and hope the selectors put the right players in their right places :)

  • Blade-Runner on August 3, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @Ranjit_Perera ; Dude, if you watched previous games, you wouldn't say that Sanga can't score 15+ in an over. Are you kidding ? It was just that he was facing one of the best bowlers in the world. No batsman in the world would have scored 21 runs off Morkel in a situation like that.

  • Ranjit_Perera on August 3, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    All of you are talking about Faf's good captaincy, Duminy's mature contribution or Morne's best last over but no one has talked about the brilliance of Parnell's 19th over.I mean that was the deciding over to finish the match, he took 2 wickets hence increased the pressure on Sanga + he bowlled a maiden (4 dots plus 2 wkts) hence double increase the pressure on Sanga + he kept Sanga off the strike which completely put a loads of pressure on Sanga.For me that was the finishing or death moment for srilanka because I already knew that Sanga is not a hard hitter batsmen so there was no way in heaven or earth that he can score 15+ runs in one over and that also was in a t20 match.

  • yohandf on August 3, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Our team needs to get rids passengers . We are not able to win the matches we should coz of them . What is Jeewan Mendis has been doing for last one year ? Does he really need to slog the very first ball ? Does Thrimanne need a six being last recognized batsmen with Sanga? Why Mathews can' t rotate the strike ? If youngsters can' t overcome easy situation like this , it s awful . Selectors please don't overfeed youngsters too much coz they are taking it for granted . Even captain and V.C should not be guaranteed a place unless they justify themselves .

  • Zak- on August 3, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    As much as I have panned the Proteas for their dismal ODI series, I said at the beginning of this match that this is more like the team that should have been picked in the first place, even for ODIs. Replace Davids with Amla, Parnell with McLaren/Morris and Faf with Ingram.

  • calcu on August 3, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    That's the difference between sanga and MSD. In tri series final, MSD was in the same situation with ishant and he won it. Sanga was in exactly same situation with mendis but he was not able to win it.

  • mark2011 on August 3, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    careless batting of SL players threw away another easy win which would have helped to lead the series 1-0.. it seems SL struggling chasing low scores rather than formidable ones..except for Mathews/Sanga all others played totally unnecessary shots to get out...simply they gave SA a chance.SL tailenders has no any skill or intent to atleast score a single and give strike to a better batsmen. SL need to change this batting coach.. in the past SL tailenders made some useful contribution by batting in crucial moments, but now they've just become walking wickets, coming to crease for the sake of coming and getting out....good fight back by SA, a feature of quality side. hope SL will come back strongly in next 2 matches to win the series though its tuff now. good luck!!

  • vinodkd99 on August 3, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    No point mentioning that Lankan batting is totally dependent on Sanga and partly on Jayawardena+Dilshan. If they fail, Lankans just cannot win. Even yesterday Lankan batsmen barring Sanga scored around 40 runs combinedly. Chandimal is poor batsman and so is Thirimane. Mathews is neither a specialist batsman, nor a specialist bowler. Tharanga performs once in 10 matches. Dark Days ahead after retirement of Sanga, Jayawardena and Dilshan.

  • AltafPatel on August 3, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Moral boosting win for SA, being at No.6 in ICC T20 ranking, beaten No.1. Great patience and skills displayed by Duminy. Congrates SA...!

  • AltafPatel on August 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Amazed that DuPlessin, even seem not to be qualified ODI player is in T20 squad, and that too in playing 11 ! More amazing thing is, aggressive Bahardien is out for Faf...Though the win curtained the defect, it needs to be corrected before it cost.

  • Sinhaya on August 3, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    @SandipManjrekar, so true. JPD was at his best with a superb allround performance. Rest of the SA batting is vulnerable to spin.

    Kushal Perera started well but playing uppishly on this pitch was a mistake. You have to hit as much as possible down the ground. Thirimanne too is not good for T20. Jeevan Mendis was a passenger. Must replace Malinga, Thirimanne and Jeevan Mendis with Mahela, Angelo Perera and Kula for the next T20. Sachithra is a great find and could well be our next Murali. Sad he is not played for tests.

  • cricfan123456 on August 3, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Sanka must learn from MSD,how to win the game in final over.

  • Rambo-123 on August 3, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Congrats SA! SL could have sent T Perera earlier..... Why rest Mahela? Its high time to change our Batting Coach the tail enders cant even make one run and give the strike to Sanga 6 Balls wasted what a pity.......Hope for the best @ Hambantota ALL THE BEST GUYS!

  • humdrum on August 3, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    So first blood to SA and well played.At the best of times, to defend a low total requires focus and determination.At a crucial juncture, sanga had nicked one to the keeper but the umpire failed to hear it in the din-the SA team simply got on with it. Sanga very nearly took them home, that's how crucial the bad decision was. Suddenly, there's no more talk of the no.1 ranked team in the world etc etc.

  • Mahaanama on August 3, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Selectors should be totally responsible for most of tournament defeats that Sri Lanka faced recently. Even for this match they played Jeevan Mendis as an specialist batsman who has never won at least a single match for Sri Lanka. Even for the tri-series in WI they kept Jeevan Mendis and Lokuhettige in the team as allrounders and left out Thisara Perera even though he's the best out of three. Every time they send Thisara Perera to bat when the required rate is very high and he needs to go after every single ball other than playing his natural game. It's high time for Sri Lanka to send these brainless selectors home. My XI for next T20. 1) Kushal 2) Dilshan 3) Sanga 4) Mahela 5) Mathews 6) Thisara 7) Chandimal 8) Kulasekara 9)Malinga 10)Senanakaya 11) Mendis

  • Cricdew on August 3, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Well played SA...AB should bat earlier then his current position

  • Cricketluv on August 3, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Rajib,- No No, They can chase if they are humble enough to read these comments.The ones who post here real aficionados of the game, their ideas are important. Let's coount how many have told that THISARA can be sent no 4 at certain match situations. This was another match. He too needs some time to settle. If he had been sent no 4, just 12 for 6 balls would have changed the whole game.He is then mentally relaxed thinking Thira the Gura , and Chandimal or Mathew to come. It was the batting order that cost us the match. Sudath from Sri Lanka

  • on August 3, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    resting mahela cost us the match. he is by far our best t20 batsman and #2 in the world. this is unacceptable from the selection panel. we haveto lay the best possible team on any format and has to secure our world #1 ranking in t20s because i dont see in near future sri lanka climbing high on test or odi rankings

  • KingOwl on August 2, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Two big problems: Batting line up and selection: What a totally stupid batting line up. Thirimanna, a test match type of player comes in when the asking rate is sky rocketing. The guy, if he is in the team at all, should come one down to hold one end. Thisara gets to face about 5 balls and he is expected to hit about 2 of those for sixes. Ridiculous. I don't know who decided the batting line up. But if it was Chandimal, the captain, then we have serious problems with his captaincy. Then to selection: Kusal Perera does not have the patience/ maturity and perhaps even ability to play as an opener. Does he have a place in the middle order, or not? What is Jeevan Mendis doing in the team? Batting? Bowling? Fielding? I think it is just fielding. Waste of a spot. If he must play, he should get at least 1-2 overs to bowl. After all, he is supposed to be an all rounder! I can understand Mahela being rested. But the rest looks like a big mistake.

  • on August 2, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    well played boys! at the half way Mark I did wonder, but the Sri Lankan lads I work with, said it would be competitive.would love to see amla opening, as he is by far and away one of our best batsman, definitely a better prospect than 34 yr Henry Davids.... I think amlas style is suited to all three formats and could possibly be our foil to sangakara

  • tdslbuwa on August 2, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    This is insane...selectors still think Thirimanne is a better T20 batsman than Angelo Perera...And what is Jeevan Mendis doing in the team..Horrible batsman..Not bowling and just a specialist fielder...People think that he is a great player of spin because he has played couple of reverse sweeps...And our best T20 batsman Mahela sits out in first match...IMO the line up should be.. Kushal,Dili,Chandi,Sanga,Angelo Perera,Mahela,Mathewes,Thisara,Sachi,Mali,Ajantha....

  • sweet2hrme on August 2, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Why? always team struggled on a low scoring chase. The reason is very simple they are taking it very easily or lightly. This match is again a perfect example of that. Chandimal, KPerera, Thirmane and JMendis is a worst t20 players. They shldnt deserve any place in the team. We know TPerera is a good hitter bt they always saved him for the last. See if they would hv sent him earlier in the middle overs when spinners were bowling than the result may be different. Its difficult to slog on MORKEL becoz he is a world cla$$ fast bowler than what is your team management is doing?? You were finding it difficult to play spiner than whom you will score runs?? Waiting 4 morkel or what?? See Here comes the captaincy what i feel DHONI is best among all captains..sometimes captians bold decisions can make huge differences..

  • Gareth_Bain on August 2, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    @thrash_metal: Those stats include second team, as I explained in my post.

  • on August 2, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Great win for the SA boys. True confidence booster. JP was awesome again, showing what he can do in the side. Faf captaincy was good. Hard lines to Wiese who did get the Sanga wicket. Good luck for the next game boys. Always a supporter

  • BravoBravo on August 2, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Well JP Duminy played like Shahid Afridi. Congrats to SA.

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Congratz to SA !! They indeed pulled off a heist. SL team section was completely rubbish. I really don't understand what Jeevan Mendis is doing in the playing XI. He neither bowler nor batsman. Is he there just for his fielding skills. C'mon..And Thirimanne, I don't get it, why SL selectors don't understand what we all know. Thirimanne isn't a T20 player. Da... And it was the first match n they rested Mahela, the best SL T20 batsman. Strange, isn't it ??

    Having said that, Why did they all want to win the match in 15 overs or something. I mean they batted like that. They could have won the match by taking singles. For god sake, there was an in form batsman at one end. Why couldn't they just rotate the strike. Sanga didn't face a single delivery in the 19th over when we were needing 21 from 12 balls. That's what happens when everybody tries to be the hero. I hope that Sana boy will make a better selection for the next 2 games.

  • Ranjit_Perera on August 2, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Congratuations SA for pulling this one off the hands of SL team, hard luck for srilanka though and I really hoped that someone could hang in there with Sanga for atleast 3-5 overs but what matters at the end of the day is that SA have won the match and they totally deserves it.Hope the Lankans will come back strongly at Hambantota and try to level the series with a win and hope to see Mayya plays in that one :) good luck SL

  • RAJ18 on August 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    So the same old story, SL can't chase in home in T20s, one of the reasons are a brittle batting order.I don't know why they left out Mahela, the highest run getter for SL in T20s, and also in the 1st match of a series. Tells you something about our selection panel.And I say this again Chandimal does not deserve to be in the team, let alone be the cap. of the T20 side. He must first prove himself in local circuit.Also others are Thirimanne and Kusal( for all his previous heroics with the bat.)What happened to Chamara Silva and Kapugedara, are they retired from Int.cricket?

  • Sinhaya on August 2, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Congratulations and well played South Africa. Well no doubt R Premadasa in Colombo is a graveyard for SL as we have lost 6 out of the last 7 T20s at this venue. SA no doubt held on to their nerves to win this when no doubt SL is their worse place in the recent past when it comes to their overseas record. Brilliant all round performance by JP Duminy.

    What is Jeevan Mendis doing in the team? Thirimanne is not a T20 player. Great to see Sachithra Senanayake bowling well and no doubt he can be our future Murali. Lets hope SL fight hard at Hambantota for the next 2 games.

  • AMUSMANI on August 2, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Horrible performance.I m a pakistani but a supporter of srilankan team as well. Today thier batting was simple ridiculous

  • charithjaya on August 2, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    I have my doubts on the balance of the SL side. They already have three specialist bowlers and two all-rounders. Apart from that Dilshan is available. Then what role J Mendis should play. Is he suppose to be a specialist batsman? If he's playing the role of forth all-rounder then its an utter waste. At the same time Thisara Perera should be promoted to middle. He's a hitter, but cannot expect him to do it from the very first ball he faces. If Thirimanne to stay in the side he must prove it.

  • thrash_metal on August 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @ Gareth_Bain. Ummm... His 4 day bat avg is 39, bowl avg 27. Od bat avg 35, bowl avg 35. Read much?

  • warneneverchuck on August 2, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    These all players are good at least if u say players averaging 33 like mahela and jayasuriya r legends

  • scwijaya191 on August 2, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Thirimane is next Sanga, he should come 1 down, no use at no 6. Chandimal big flop in, Jeevan has always been a flop. Kusal - something has gone wrong somewhere.

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    its easy for us to criticize players and officials, they have a lot of responsibility in their hands and enough experience, so let them do the job

  • C.Dila on August 2, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    What happen to mahela????????????????????????????

  • Ruban_Varathan on August 2, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    For what sake Jeevan mendis is in the team??????? Instead of giving too much opportunities to this man why dont they give those chances to Angelo perera .....

  • naveen1122 on August 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    What is the point of having Thirimanne in the team, especially in T20 team. He just ruins it, but Jeevan Mendis was an utter waste of a player today, he tried a rash shot when there was Sanga on the other side thriving. Maltreated Thisara should be promoted up the order, but Mathews will somehow find a way to leave him behind. But SA showed an excellent character to pull off an unexpected win, which was surely not in the cards of SL.

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka have to remove thirimanne for young hitter. And also J Mendis useless for years.

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    What about ? Jeewan Lahiru?chandimal kaushal of cos . Why we need players who are scoring 1 or 2 runs always on the squad? Try new blood for t 20

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Well the guy didn't walk off so it would have been a shame if he had proved to the difference between the two sides, so at the end of the day the better team won!!

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    JP's bowling is coming on beautifully. I hope Smith uses him much more in tests now. He is SA's replacement for Kallis.

  • ceylondona on August 2, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    my view,sri lanka's main weakness in chandimal he perform very badly for long time,selection panel looking to it.. he is not a suitable person for sri lanka cricket..

  • on August 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    SLC Should drop J Mendis and Tirimanna and Bring Mahela, Kula back on side ....

  • Gareth_Bain on August 2, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    How did Wiese the bit-player get a Springbok cap? At franchise level (many of the players who don't consistently play for their franchise, like Wiese, have highly inflated averages because second team is considered first class), his 4-day batting average is 35, bowling average 38; his OD batting average is 28, bowling average a sizzling 76 runs per wicket at an economy rate of 5.6.

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    As expected , Spinners are creating havoc at RPS .

  • rajcan on August 2, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    SL's Selection Panel chairman Snath Jayasuriya said when he was elected, they are going to focus on different team for different format and especially going to look for players who can clear the park for T20s. But, nothing changed. Look at today's T20 team. TM Dilshan, MDKJ Perera, KC Sangakkara†, LD Chandimal*, HDRL Thirimanne, AD Mathews, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis.

    Thirimane is not a T20 player, he is not even an ODI player. Kusal Perera has shown lot of potential in middle order in the domestic circle, selectors had tried him several time as an opener and again and again he failed. Why are they trying someone who is not an opener material have weakness against pace balls?. Angelo Perera who is a middle order batsman who can clear parks, he is not in. Instead of playing Thirimane and Jevan mendis, Angelo Perera and Jeyawardene should have played, Jeyawardene opening and A. Perera and K. Perera in the middle order. Anyone agree??

  • rajcan on August 2, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    SL's Selection Panel chairman Snath Jayasuriya said when he was elected, they are going to focus on different team for different format and especially going to look for players who can clear the park for T20s. But, nothing changed. Look at today's T20 team. TM Dilshan, MDKJ Perera, KC Sangakkara†, LD Chandimal*, HDRL Thirimanne, AD Mathews, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis.

    Thirimane is not a T20 player, he is not even an ODI player. Kusal Perera has shown lot of potential in middle order in the domestic circle, selectors had tried him several time as an opener and again and again he failed. Why are they trying someone who is not an opener material have weakness against pace balls?. Angelo Perera who is a middle order batsman who can clear parks, he is not in. Instead of playing Thirimane and Jevan mendis, Angelo Perera and Jeyawardene should have played, Jeyawardene opening and A. Perera and K. Perera in the middle order. Anyone agree??

  • Blade-Runner on August 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    As expected , Spinners are creating havoc at RPS .

  • Gareth_Bain on August 2, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    How did Wiese the bit-player get a Springbok cap? At franchise level (many of the players who don't consistently play for their franchise, like Wiese, have highly inflated averages because second team is considered first class), his 4-day batting average is 35, bowling average 38; his OD batting average is 28, bowling average a sizzling 76 runs per wicket at an economy rate of 5.6.

  • on August 2, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    SLC Should drop J Mendis and Tirimanna and Bring Mahela, Kula back on side ....

  • ceylondona on August 2, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    my view,sri lanka's main weakness in chandimal he perform very badly for long time,selection panel looking to it.. he is not a suitable person for sri lanka cricket..

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    JP's bowling is coming on beautifully. I hope Smith uses him much more in tests now. He is SA's replacement for Kallis.

  • Narbavi on August 2, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Well the guy didn't walk off so it would have been a shame if he had proved to the difference between the two sides, so at the end of the day the better team won!!

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    What about ? Jeewan Lahiru?chandimal kaushal of cos . Why we need players who are scoring 1 or 2 runs always on the squad? Try new blood for t 20

  • on August 2, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka have to remove thirimanne for young hitter. And also J Mendis useless for years.

  • naveen1122 on August 2, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    What is the point of having Thirimanne in the team, especially in T20 team. He just ruins it, but Jeevan Mendis was an utter waste of a player today, he tried a rash shot when there was Sanga on the other side thriving. Maltreated Thisara should be promoted up the order, but Mathews will somehow find a way to leave him behind. But SA showed an excellent character to pull off an unexpected win, which was surely not in the cards of SL.