Sri Lanka v South Africa, 2nd T20I, Hambantota August 3, 2013

Sri Lanka's next generation need to stand up

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Match facts

Sunday, August 04, 2013
Start time 1900 local (1330 GMT)

Big picture

Having been happy with their ODI wins and confident with their top ranking in Twenty20s, Sri Lanka have suddenly been given a rude start on this tour. In Faf du Plessis' words, South Africa put pressure on the hosts for a change, and found their batting order brittle.

Sri Lanka had not played their top XI, focusing instead on player development, but despite handing repeated chances to the young batsmen in their ranks, the next-generation are yet to produce a match-winning knock in the series. So more often than not when Sri Lanka's seniors fail to fire, a collapse ensues. But on Friday, Sri Lanka lost their way despite a fluent fifty from Kumar Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka are already eyeing the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next year, and Dinesh Chandimal said his side would continue to test their T20 bench strength in this series. If the young batsmen are batted high up in the order again, they cannot afford another poor collective showing.

Kusal Perera is under particular pressure, having averaged just over five in his last seven international innings. Having arrived in the international side in a whirlwind of hype, his failures continue to be considered kindly, but it will not be long before there are calls to send him back to domestic cricket so someone else can be tried.

As South Africa head to Hambantota in higher spirits than they have been for much of their time in the country, they will still be wary of their batsmen's inadequacies against spin. Sachithra Senanayake's first spell was clever and disciplined, but the visiting top order cannot say they played him with any sort of confidence. Though JP Duminy and David Miller seem to have come to grips with Ajantha Mendis' variations, the remaining batsmen appear no more clued-up on how to play him than they were at the beginning of the tour.

Form guide

(most recent first, last five completed matches)
Sri Lanka: LWWWL
South Africa: WLWLW

Players to watch

Dinesh Chandimal has not crossed fifty in any form of the game since March - though because he bats so low, he has not had the opportunity to build a long innings in many of those matches. Plenty of eyebrows were raised when he was given the T20 captaincy in February, given it is not a format he naturally excels at. If he wants to lead the side in the next World Twenty20, he must improve his output significantly.

For the first time on the tour, South Africa's spinners were not leagues behind their counterparts in the Sri Lanka side, and a major reason for this was the bowling of Imran Tahir. In what was his T20 international debut, Tahir was given far more respect by the Sri Lanka batsmen than they had afforded Robin Peterson and Aaron Phangiso, and was a genuine wicket-taking threat to boot. He did bowl the odd poor delivery - often a full toss on off stump - but Sri Lanka's relative reticence meant he was not punished for it. Having now seen Tahir in action, their battle with him in Hambantota should make for good viewing.

Pitch and conditions

Hambantota's surface has been among the most seam-friendly in the past, and South Africa's pace bowlers enjoyed the extra pace and bounce in the pitch when they played two matches there in last year's World Twenty20. The weather is likely to be fine on Sunday evening.

Teams news

With Sri Lanka suggesting they will continue to rest one of their three senior batsmen, it may be Tillakaratne Dilshan's turn to take a breather for the match. Mahela Jayawardene is then likely to open alongside Kusal Perera. Jeevan Mendis did not bowl or make any runs in Colombo and he may be swapped out for Nuwan Kulasekara on what is likely to be a better strip for seam bowlers. Sri Lanka may also consider leaving the steady Lahiru Thirimanne out for the potentially explosive Angelo Perera.

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

It is difficult to see South Africa change their attack, after Friday's win, but the batting order may be in for at least one change. The likeliest of these is perhaps the exit of Quinton de Kock, who has not made a significant score in three innings. It will mean AB de Villiers has to don the gloves, but they may be able to strengthen their batting.

South Africa (probable): 1. Henry Davids, 2. AB de Villiers (wk), 3. Faf du Plessis, 4. JP Duminy, 5. David Miller, 6. David Wiese, 7. Chris Morris/ Farhaan Behardien/ Quinton de Kock, 8. Wayne Parnell, 9. Morne Morkel, 10. Imran Tahir, 11. Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Quotes

"There's pressure for cricketers every time they play. Only the players who have learnt to handle that pressure in school cricket and domestic cricket have come to the national team. I don't think we need to teach players anything different about handling pressure. I trust that they will handle it better in the next two games."
Dinesh Chandimal hopes Sri Lanka will not fold like they did in Colombo, in the games to come.

"The Sri Lankan spinners have three or four different variations each, and you've got to make a decision pretty quick about what you're going to counter that with. They are pretty consistent with their lines and lengths and they vary their pace as well. We're going to have to look at that."
JP Duminy, the Man-of-the-Match from the first game, speaks about the spin challenge for South Africa's batsmen.

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

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  • proteasfire on August 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    This match will be a to test SA's consistency. The bowlers did an exceptional job to pull off an improbable win on Friday and they need to keep the same momentum going. The team looks more settled compared with ODI. Both DeKock and Morris deserve a fair run to test their potential and its unfortunate that one of them have to sit out again. One mistake SA batsmen been doing more often in this tour is playing SL spinners across the line. They need to play them straight in the "V"area to be more productive. Davids and DeKock dismissals in first T20 is a classic example of how not to play spinners in sub continental conditions. The middle order looks solid with likes of JP, AB, Miller and Wiese. Its upto the top order to set a solid base in the first 8 or 10 overs. If they do that, there is no reason why SA cant close out the series in Hambantota on Sunday. Tough match awaits Proteas again!! This wont be easy for them and Sri Lanka will come back hard without a doubt!!

  • on August 4, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Glad Kusal in?

  • AltafPatel on August 4, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Though recent success, SL is on verge of down-fall same as Aus facing recent time. When Jayawardane ages 36, Sangakkara reaches 36 three months later and so Dilshan 37 two months later, they have not found evener nearby strong to replace them. They may survive T20, but ODIs & Tests will be far away from them. They need to build stable team with current pool and build up their skills and experience in presence of trio.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 4, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimals last 8 T20 innings with the deliveries he faced...

    10 (15), 12 (18), 7 (11), DNB, 5 (6), 5 (9), 9 (13), 8 (9)...

    I don't understand why he is even in the team let alone being the captain....

  • on August 4, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Kusal was given too many chances, please send him back to domestic cricket and bring in another debutant who is eager and hungry to represent SL

  • sudath224 on August 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    It was very sad that we lost 1st T20. Kusal Perera is in poor form. But important thing is not to forget that he went for runs. Not to keep his place in SL side. As I mentioned before Lahiru Thirimanne is not a one day or T20 player. He does not have a shots/power to score runs. This is very obvious. Please keep faith in Kusal. he will prove his place is how vital in SL team soon. He is an excellent prospect to come.Jeewan Mendis ...What a waste. Hey sectors..Give chances to young Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Perera. If you want to aim wold cup 2015. Give more chances to Kusal, Dimuth and Angelo Perera. Also not a bad experience try Thisara to open the innings. Try some thing new..

  • Falew on August 4, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Everyone talking about Sri Lanka's senior factor.This is my personal idea.

    Test-We should use all three seniors for our test squad. [1]Dilshan[2]Dimuth[3]Sanga[4]Mahela[5]Thirimanne[6]Mathews[7]Chandimal[8]Herath[9]Welagedara[10]Shaminda Eranga[11]Sachithra/Suranga Lakmal-rely on conditions

    ODI-We should use two seniors for our ODI squad. [1]Dilshan/Mahela-rely on form[2]Kusal[3]Thiri[4]Sanga[5]Chandi[6]Angelo Perera[7]Mathews[8]Thisara[9]Malinga[10]Sachithra[11]Kulasekara/Ajantha-rely on conditions.We should use Sachithra as our genuine spinner.Because he is a wonderful fielder than Herath.Also when 2015 Herath will become 40+.So it's a waste using Herath ahead of Sachithra.

    T20-We should use one senior for our t20 squad. [1]Kusal[2]Chandimal[3]Thirimanne[4]Angelo Perera[5]Sanga/Mahela/Dilshan[6]Mathews[7]Thisara[8]Malinga[9]Kulasekara[10]Sachithra[11]Ajantha/Shaminda-rely on conditions.It's a waste Chandi and Thiri use as a num 6,7 batsmen.Any suggestions?????

  • on August 4, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I think Sri Lankan selectors got everything wrong when they selected Chandimal as T20 captain. Any player before becoming a captain should find a place in playing XI, but I don't think Chandimal can find a place in playing XI. To me, Mathews should be the captain for ODIs and T20s and not in Tests whereas a more established player (e.g., Mahela, Sanga, Thilan, etc.) should be captain in Tests. Regarding T20s selection, I never understood why and how they selected Jeevan Mendis. He never bowls (usually), but he is not a batsmen, then why not select a proper batsmen. Dilshan bowls better than him, so, then why we need him there? Its a terrible to see Thirimanne bats in T20s, forget about in ODis. If selector wants him to play, only format should be Tests, that's same to Chandimal too (at least for the moment).

  • on August 4, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    t20 format is not the best format to test young players. it is a mental battle and experianced players should play this format. when it comes to testing young players odi is the best format bcoz it gives you time to get the eye in and compose a long inning rather than trying to slog from the ball 1

  • Prabhash1985 on August 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    The best way Kusal can improve is, he should bat with someone like Sanga for a long time, and he must improve patience. He should try to build up an innings. Seniors must help him to get out of that black hole. That's what happened to Upul Tharanga. He failed several times, and he was under tremendous pressure, and he failed further more. He should have been given Test matches to improve. He is good in doing that, that is building a big innings. Then could have taken back. I think Test matches are the best way to regularize these shakey nature of players. Do something, this guy is valuable. But please rotate these new players, Dimuth, Kithruwan, they all are very valuable. They can form a team much better than today's, and hopefully we can win the world cup. We don't know. Everybody starts naively, but more experience they are, better they become. But I clearly state, you have to give chance to other players. Let the best "unknown" players rise. Test matches are important for progress.

  • proteasfire on August 3, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    This match will be a to test SA's consistency. The bowlers did an exceptional job to pull off an improbable win on Friday and they need to keep the same momentum going. The team looks more settled compared with ODI. Both DeKock and Morris deserve a fair run to test their potential and its unfortunate that one of them have to sit out again. One mistake SA batsmen been doing more often in this tour is playing SL spinners across the line. They need to play them straight in the "V"area to be more productive. Davids and DeKock dismissals in first T20 is a classic example of how not to play spinners in sub continental conditions. The middle order looks solid with likes of JP, AB, Miller and Wiese. Its upto the top order to set a solid base in the first 8 or 10 overs. If they do that, there is no reason why SA cant close out the series in Hambantota on Sunday. Tough match awaits Proteas again!! This wont be easy for them and Sri Lanka will come back hard without a doubt!!

  • on August 4, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Glad Kusal in?

  • AltafPatel on August 4, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Though recent success, SL is on verge of down-fall same as Aus facing recent time. When Jayawardane ages 36, Sangakkara reaches 36 three months later and so Dilshan 37 two months later, they have not found evener nearby strong to replace them. They may survive T20, but ODIs & Tests will be far away from them. They need to build stable team with current pool and build up their skills and experience in presence of trio.

  • THEBEAST7 on August 4, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Dinesh Chandimals last 8 T20 innings with the deliveries he faced...

    10 (15), 12 (18), 7 (11), DNB, 5 (6), 5 (9), 9 (13), 8 (9)...

    I don't understand why he is even in the team let alone being the captain....

  • on August 4, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Kusal was given too many chances, please send him back to domestic cricket and bring in another debutant who is eager and hungry to represent SL

  • sudath224 on August 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    It was very sad that we lost 1st T20. Kusal Perera is in poor form. But important thing is not to forget that he went for runs. Not to keep his place in SL side. As I mentioned before Lahiru Thirimanne is not a one day or T20 player. He does not have a shots/power to score runs. This is very obvious. Please keep faith in Kusal. he will prove his place is how vital in SL team soon. He is an excellent prospect to come.Jeewan Mendis ...What a waste. Hey sectors..Give chances to young Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Perera. If you want to aim wold cup 2015. Give more chances to Kusal, Dimuth and Angelo Perera. Also not a bad experience try Thisara to open the innings. Try some thing new..

  • Falew on August 4, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Everyone talking about Sri Lanka's senior factor.This is my personal idea.

    Test-We should use all three seniors for our test squad. [1]Dilshan[2]Dimuth[3]Sanga[4]Mahela[5]Thirimanne[6]Mathews[7]Chandimal[8]Herath[9]Welagedara[10]Shaminda Eranga[11]Sachithra/Suranga Lakmal-rely on conditions

    ODI-We should use two seniors for our ODI squad. [1]Dilshan/Mahela-rely on form[2]Kusal[3]Thiri[4]Sanga[5]Chandi[6]Angelo Perera[7]Mathews[8]Thisara[9]Malinga[10]Sachithra[11]Kulasekara/Ajantha-rely on conditions.We should use Sachithra as our genuine spinner.Because he is a wonderful fielder than Herath.Also when 2015 Herath will become 40+.So it's a waste using Herath ahead of Sachithra.

    T20-We should use one senior for our t20 squad. [1]Kusal[2]Chandimal[3]Thirimanne[4]Angelo Perera[5]Sanga/Mahela/Dilshan[6]Mathews[7]Thisara[8]Malinga[9]Kulasekara[10]Sachithra[11]Ajantha/Shaminda-rely on conditions.It's a waste Chandi and Thiri use as a num 6,7 batsmen.Any suggestions?????

  • on August 4, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I think Sri Lankan selectors got everything wrong when they selected Chandimal as T20 captain. Any player before becoming a captain should find a place in playing XI, but I don't think Chandimal can find a place in playing XI. To me, Mathews should be the captain for ODIs and T20s and not in Tests whereas a more established player (e.g., Mahela, Sanga, Thilan, etc.) should be captain in Tests. Regarding T20s selection, I never understood why and how they selected Jeevan Mendis. He never bowls (usually), but he is not a batsmen, then why not select a proper batsmen. Dilshan bowls better than him, so, then why we need him there? Its a terrible to see Thirimanne bats in T20s, forget about in ODis. If selector wants him to play, only format should be Tests, that's same to Chandimal too (at least for the moment).

  • on August 4, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    t20 format is not the best format to test young players. it is a mental battle and experianced players should play this format. when it comes to testing young players odi is the best format bcoz it gives you time to get the eye in and compose a long inning rather than trying to slog from the ball 1

  • Prabhash1985 on August 4, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    The best way Kusal can improve is, he should bat with someone like Sanga for a long time, and he must improve patience. He should try to build up an innings. Seniors must help him to get out of that black hole. That's what happened to Upul Tharanga. He failed several times, and he was under tremendous pressure, and he failed further more. He should have been given Test matches to improve. He is good in doing that, that is building a big innings. Then could have taken back. I think Test matches are the best way to regularize these shakey nature of players. Do something, this guy is valuable. But please rotate these new players, Dimuth, Kithruwan, they all are very valuable. They can form a team much better than today's, and hopefully we can win the world cup. We don't know. Everybody starts naively, but more experience they are, better they become. But I clearly state, you have to give chance to other players. Let the best "unknown" players rise. Test matches are important for progress.

  • Priyavrat96 on August 4, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    SL need to rest Jayawardene,Sangakara,Dilshan for some series & try out the youngsters like Angelo Perera,Kusal Perera,Paranavitana

  • on August 4, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    well, I can't see any logic in resting seniors when they are in good touch considering they will be playing next T20 world cup. Instead they can try swapping unsuccessful youngsters and try to find the best combination.

  • on August 4, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Justin Kemp can become handy for this struggling Southafrican side.Kemp can bat & bowl as well.Everybody know his huge hitting ability.

  • DeckChairand6pack on August 4, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    A question to fellow Proteas fans, and excuse me as this is not related to today's match, do you think Tahir will go to the UAE for the Tests? Australia took him apart but he looks to have been rehabilitated. Whatever his shortcomings we will need capable spin bowling options on the tour and as we defend our Mace.

  • lukecannon on August 4, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    I m a SL fan... but i think SL will lose this one too... Chandimal said in the post match interview that he is experimenting young players before the WT20 by resting one of the seniors in everygame. Is this necessary? All 3 seniors WILL PLAY IN THE WT20.. So why ecperiment with something as precious as No 1 rank on the line? If Mahela batted we would have won the other day... Too much expected of Kusal Perera.. He hardly delivers nowadays.. He's not out of form.. He just forgets that these are international bowlers he's facing..not the club bowlers he keeps hammering in first class and list A games.. But kudos for trying to stick with what you know best .. Openers fire = SLwin .. Simple formula...

  • Ramansilva on August 4, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Enough of Kusal Perera please. How many opportunities he should get to prove himself. As the writer says he has averaged only 5 in his last 7 innings. Losing the wicket early in a T20 match affect the moral of a team so much. I wonder why some fans like lankanfan1996, Blade-runner still pick him despite his repeated failures. Chandimal, yes he is not T20 material. The selectors have got it wrong.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 4, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    If dilshan not playing we lose an opener and a 4 overs. So we need to get that from somewhere else. Considering how many time chandimal failed, I assuming He will play today as well. Foe me only place he can play is as an Opener. For T20s, if Chandimal playing for SL, he should open the inning and end his misery of early or prove that he can bat. Even Mathews need to be up in the order. Only then we can see wthr he can bat or just another passenger of SL batting list. #4,5 should be Mahela n Sanga.. by the time they r in its either SL in deep trouble n they hv to play like openers or they can play their attacking cricket. but i highly doubt it. Still they r the guys who can handle the pressure. 1.Kushal 2. Chandimal 3. Mathews 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Angelo Perera/ Thirimanne 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara 9. Senanayaka 10. Malinga 11. Ajantha even theres no much problem of bowling department i like to see Dhananjaya or S.Prasanna in action too Also Serasinghe can be good all rounder too

  • Prabhash1985 on August 4, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Why do we always depend on Mahela to open whenever we are in deep trouble? Doesn't that show how bad our openers perform? After Aravinda Arjuna retired, those days, we used to say we just have to watch till Sanath bat. Because, if he gets going, our win is sealed. If he is gone early without a good score, the match is hardly won. The only match I remember we got defeated that he scored well, was the fastest fifty match. There may be other matches, but it's a norm that if Sanath gives a good start, we are going to win it. The problem is very clear I guess. Our opening partnership cannot handle swing bowling with the new ball. Why not try to solve that? If Sri Lanka can defend against new ball bowling in a bouncy track, the problem is solved, and we can keep an eye on world cup 2015. I'm not saying these Sri Lankan pitches are bouncy or so, but that's one point we fail. False start, and throw away all the wickets. No patience.

  • Prema1948 on August 4, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    because they don't have any fear of losing their position in the batting order in contrast to youngsters in the Team. The Team needs quality, controlled strokes makers with strokes all around the wicket.

  • Prema1948 on August 4, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    The best thing that could happen to the Country is the removal of the 3 seniors who were a complete flop at the last IPL and it was the same when they have been 10years younger as middle order batters. The local media should compare the school careers & Domestic careers of present day youngsters (Kusal Mendis,NiroshanDicwella,BhanukaRajapaksha,AngeloPerera,ShehanJayasuriya,KithruwanWithanage,GayanManeshan,KhausalSilva,RoshenSilva,AshenSilva,…)with that of seniors (particularly how these seniors has had performed on foreign soil) when they were at the same age before directing adverse remarks on youngsters. For the last 5-6 years these youngsters were made to watch from the bench only and most of the times had to go to bat with few balls left in the match or other times the team was precariously placed on lively pitches against quality bowlers, as we all know they (3seniors) are just flat track bullies. The 3 seniors perform well at times (with their risky approach to batting) 2bCNTD

  • elams on August 4, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    It's better to open with devilliers.He is a fabulous opener when he entered into the team he is begined his carrier as an opener.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on August 4, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    HI SA FANS ......it may be agood match ,but Sri lanka is very strong at home ....but SA sholud with same side (unchanged ) DE KOCK is a attacting openner he should be played continuously...last match pitch was very tough especially in beginning of the match ,so it was not easy for the openners...both sides openner could not do much in this match ...so MR. FAF ..don't drop him ....good luck

  • humdrum on August 4, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    On a seam friendly wicket, it's advantage SA.However, their batting problems are far from sorted out and they are vulnerable tp pressure while chasing. So it would be interesting to see whether their bowling,which has been rather inconsistent on this tour,can make up for the batting shortfalls. Having said that,Sri Lanka do not have a great batting line up for the no.1 side in T20 cricket and the bench strength is unimpressive even in home conditions-not a happy augury. The toss could prove crucial as Sri Lanka need to bat 1st and get a good score to have any chance of staying in the series.

  • on August 3, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    It is not only Chandimal, Angello Mathiews also same. I hardly remember a day he scored a 50 or a 100. What is he? a all rounder...with out batting.?... Chandimal should go back to school and correct his basics. Politics is coming to power and these child are in SL team unfortunately.

    Thirimanna was not success in this serious but he is the best among SL youngsters today. I cant understand why Kusal perera is still in the team. why not train Thisara perera to bat sensibly and use him as a batman than a bowler. (the only batsman who is fit to hit in SL team)

    if Dilshan, Mahela and Sangakkara didnt score mean ... a great win for the opposition

  • on August 3, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    SL just had a bad day with the bat .. their Bowling looks great & I'm confident Sri Lanka will come back strong & Win this Series. I don't think any big changes are needed for today's game But if Nuwan Kulasekara is fit then J.Mendis Should make way & if the selectors will be playing only two senior men this series (which is a good plan) M. Jayawardene Should come in for Dilshan Who has been out of form in T20's even in the IPL where as Sangakkara is getting better with time. About SL's bench strength, they Need to give more chances to Guys like Kusal , Munaweera , Jeevan , AK perera and maybe Kapu too.

    As For South Africa - I do not think JP Duminy can keep Playing Consistent Cricket in the remaining 2 Matches as he is the only SA batsman who looks in good touch as can bat through the innings. They Seriously need to Change their batting order

  • KingOwl on August 3, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Look forward to a better performance from SL. The loss was extremely disappointing. SL should have easily beaten SA in the first T20. Let's see how this goes.

  • rajcan on August 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    We have no idea why Sl selectors are trying a batsman whose success was not as an opener. Kusal Perera was included in National team due to his success in domestic circle. I domestic games he batted in the middle order. Why are they trying him as opener even after he failed so many consecutive innings. Why cant they continue giving chance to proven opener who is still young, Tharanga.

  • on August 3, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Team which I suggest 1) Tissira 2) chandimal 3) Mahela 4) Kusal 5) sanga 6) Angelo 7) A.Perera 8) Kula 9) Sachithra 10) Malinga 11) Mendis

  • gsingh7 on August 3, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    i dread the day when sanga and mahela retire. sl may never recover their losses and plunge to further mediocrity. sanga in particular is only sl player i like . younger talent pool of sl cricket is producing overrated stars like kusal who have not scored even 10 runs in a single innings in past 8 odis. that alone should rule him out of playing national side. but we all know they will persist with him till its impossible to select him. sl may plunge to as low as 11th in odi rankings if sanga and mahela retire soon.

  • on August 3, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    its about time chandimal proved his worth to sri lanka. hope angelo perera is given a chance...

  • on August 3, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    -Mahela Jayawardane -Kusal Perera -Lahiru Thirimanne/ Nuwan Kulasekara -Kumar Sangakkara (wk) -Dinesh Chandimal (c) -Angelo Mathews -Angelo Perera -Thisara Perera -Sachithra Senanayake -Ajantha Mendis -Lasith Malinga

    If Nuwan Kulasekara plays then Chandimal must play at no.3 position!

  • strikeforce2003 on August 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    The Sud Afrikkans are in for a massive win in the 2nd T-20..Lankans are a very overestimated XI in T-20's, w or w/o the golden malinga wig..Miller, Ab get cracking and it's another Lankan whacking! the bowlers psccers of Sud Afrikaaans, do not bowl short of length, as for the lanjan spinners, better bowl more in line than length... Foresee a great Afrikaan win

  • SamWintson92 on August 3, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    My team for 2nd T20I: SL XI (Dilshan Rested): 1 Jayawardene 2 Chandimal (C) 3 Sangakkara (WK) 4 A Perera 5 K Perera 6 Mathews 7 T Perera 8 Kulasekara 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 Parnell 9 M Morkel 10 Tsotsobe 11 Tahir. For SL: a) K Perera has failed as an opener. He should bat at middle order where he's been scoring in domestic circuit b) Chandimal should open in place of Dilshan who will be rested c) Kulasekera should play ahead of J Mendis & Thiramanne as both aren't worthy of T20I selection. For SOU: a) De Kock shouldn't be dropped. He should be given chance to bat at 3 & release the glove pressaure from De Villiers. His replacements options Beherdein has terribly flopped thrice & it won't be a good idea to include an extra bowler since it'll weaken the batting. De Kock at least has made couple of 20s, better than three single digit scores of Behardien b) De Villiers should open c) Duminy at 4 & how many times Proteas fans need to say get Miller up at 5 d) Du Plessis again failed. He should drop down to 6. Another thing he can do to regain his form is to put Davids in the middle order so that he can open or bat at 3 letting De Kock to open.

  • on August 3, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Chandimal has the strategy not the talent and this is the time to show is cricketing talent than the captaincy capabilities. After winning the first two one days' in the serious he was basically try to script it has his own talent despite nothing been contributed. There were so many Chandimals in the sri lankan cricket mainly due to favoritism and thanks to school system. As most of the people rate school superior to country in team selection. This is a pathetic situation and first the captain should be talented enough to be a part of the team, in that sense he should be dropped from all three formats. Could go back to drawing board and first class system to reclaim his place than giving big speeches.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 3, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    If Chandimal and youngsters really appreciate Sanga, what they should do is, "continuously practicing to get rid of weaknesses" and "practice as much as possible, and sensibly". We Sri Lankans used to blame Sanga's wicket keeping in the initial stages, because Prasanna Jayawardhena was our best wicket keeper by then, and we had seen too much of "little Kalu". The success Sanga has as a batsman and a wicket keeper simply is amazing, even surpassing Mahela, and further challenging Aravinda. Aravinda is our hero, but if I am unbiased, I can say Sanga is even better than Aravinda. But respect is due to Aravinda over Sanga, no doubt as a Sri Lankan, and Aravinda is far more talented than anyone in the current squad, and even by then, the giants like Arjuna and Sanath. But, I really appreciate Sanga's commitment. There is nothing on earth you cannot do if you really want it, and work hard. I don't think anyone is committed like that. I hope they do.

  • gauravm5 on August 3, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    A specialist batsman averaging 14 in T20Is with a strike rate of 94 is captaining world's number 1 T20 side Sri Lanka.

  • Prabhash1985 on August 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Sri Lanka should have a rotation policy for openers until someone settles "properly". By "properly" I mean, not scoring in just one match or two, it has to be at least four half centuries in eight matches, and one century in fifteen matches or so. There is plenty of openers for Sri Lanka. I also like Kusal, but please give others also a chance. For instance, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kithruwan Vithanage, Dilshan Munaweera are very talented young players. Kusal is attractive, but it doesn't mean he is the perfect player to open. Please don't be bias. Anyway, everybody is bias including me. Just play some Test matches for gods sake, otherwise these young players will never get enough exposure. We will fall, and that fall is the secret of success to 1996 world cup. It seems like SLC doesn't want to see us defeated. No, defeat is the road to success. Don't hate me, but I honestly like that we lost the "first" T20 match. Because, it will show where we stand, and make everybody nervous.

  • on August 3, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    mahela should even play the last match..anyway it was batting department collapse.it happens sometime when you on long with no rest at all..team of youngsters cant be expected to be at top form all the time..most of the people di say somany things about chandi..but il tell you what..do you remember kumar when he was coming? he was the one make turning point of 2003 world cup missing stumping of symonds who played 100.chandi is great tallent abd dedicated sportsman..I dobt think its far long he is gonna make another 100.i like to see nuwan back but thirimanna should play as well..anyway I have vig concer about malinga..where he haven't play any big role for last 6months..and bis speed is less than 140 every occasion..to vary space of bats he needs to put mote pace if not shaminda should be back..il go with kusala and mahela..thiri should 3 and chandi 4 and sanga should come after top order..to play matchung winning knock..

  • on August 3, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    send dhanushka gunathilaka instead of jevan

  • on August 3, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    chandimal is the biggest concern .they just made him the wise captain when he sholdn,t even be in da team.he has got big technical issue to sort out.

  • BLACK-BIRDS on August 3, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    KEEP DE KOCK in the final 11......his wickeeping ability is great ....and his runs come around the corner....good luck ...

  • Iceman29 on August 3, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    The topic of this article says it all doesn't it about SL's future...more than half of the team score scored by a veteran...SL is not focussing about the 2015 WC in mind and selecting the team...SL should have rotated the big three in the ODI series to test the real bench strength, one or two losses will only make the youngsters more experienced and balanced..Thiirmanne is not even a one day material and he is playing t20.....so SL's #1 ranking is only on paper not on the field....

  • LenksiVee on August 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Most of the opinions are based on Thirimanne and Jevan being left out and I agree, one more name that needs to be added that list is Chandimal, bar one innings in the 50 over game he has not scored and his has been fumbling on the field and cannot bowl either, so WHY is he in the team is the big question

  • WRX_STi on August 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    1.Kusal 2.Mahela 3.Chandimal, 4.Kumar, 5.Mathews 6.Angelo Perera, 7.Thisara, 8.Kulasekara 9.Senanayake, 10.Malinga, 11.Ajantha

    Kusal reminds me Sanath Jayasuriya in early 1990's. Sanath frequently got out for low scores, but Arjuna never dropped him from his team. Arjuna said 'One day sanath will perform' and that's what exactly happened. Kusal is a very talented player, he just needs guidance from his senior players.

  • Blade-Runner on August 3, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Please NO MORE Jeevan Mendis, never in any format coz we surely don't need a "specialist fielder" in the team. And Thirimanne will have a plenty of opportunities to play in upcoming Zimbabwe series. So pls let us retain our T20 rank no.1 position by leaving these 2 amigos. It seems that Dilshan will be rested for tomorrow game.

    So Best XI : Kusal / Mahela / Chandimal / Sanga / Mathews / Angelo Perera / Thisara / Kula / Sachi / Mendis / Slinga.

    And Kusal , pls learn to respect bowlers like Morkel. You are still young n inexperience. Yes, you are extremely talented but sure aint Jayasuriya YET. So Use your brain to get the best outta your god given talent.

  • on August 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    thats more than enough with thirimanne and mendis pls give a chance to young player like angelo perera at least in t20s.

  • Ellis on August 3, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    To put it the way they do in Texas, the young Sri Lankan batsmen are " all hat and no cattle". Kusal Perera has been tagged, hyped, and burdened, with the " next Jayasuriya" label. Kusal should try to be Kusal rather than sombody else. Too many young Sri Lankan batsmen are hyped up on the basis of one or two innings rather than consistency. Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo Perera, Kusal, are examples. Thirimanne is not a 20/20 batsman. Thisara could be the best short format all rounder in the world if he is not jacked around by the selectors. He also needs to improve his offside play when batting. Mathews has talent but is not consistent. Lots of work to be done.

  • lankanfan1996 on August 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    1.Kusal 2.Thirimanne 3.Chandimal, 4.Kumar, 5.Mathews 6.Angelo Perera, 7.Thisara, 8.Kulasekara 9.Senanayake, 10.Malinga, 11.Ajantha if sanga open with kusal thirimanne should be at no 4 if chandi open with kusal Mathews should be at no 4 because sanga and thirimanne same kind of players that will effect run rate

  • on August 3, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    for goodness sake, give de kock a run.he is the best bet for the future, berhardien should not be more than a twelfth man period.

  • on August 3, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    sri lanka should definitely bench thirimanne and jeevan for a.perera and kulasekara

  • Karnain on August 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Anjelo Perera must replace Thirimanne. I'm afraid that there in no point in having Thisara Perera bat at no. 8 in T20s, he must be used in the middle to distract spinners and ease pressure on other batsmen.

  • Karnain on August 3, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Anjelo Perera must replace Thirimanne. I'm afraid that there in no point in having Thisara Perera bat at no. 8 in T20s, he must be used in the middle to distract spinners and ease pressure on other batsmen.

  • on August 3, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    sri lanka should definitely bench thirimanne and jeevan for a.perera and kulasekara

  • on August 3, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    for goodness sake, give de kock a run.he is the best bet for the future, berhardien should not be more than a twelfth man period.

  • lankanfan1996 on August 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    1.Kusal 2.Thirimanne 3.Chandimal, 4.Kumar, 5.Mathews 6.Angelo Perera, 7.Thisara, 8.Kulasekara 9.Senanayake, 10.Malinga, 11.Ajantha if sanga open with kusal thirimanne should be at no 4 if chandi open with kusal Mathews should be at no 4 because sanga and thirimanne same kind of players that will effect run rate

  • Ellis on August 3, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    To put it the way they do in Texas, the young Sri Lankan batsmen are " all hat and no cattle". Kusal Perera has been tagged, hyped, and burdened, with the " next Jayasuriya" label. Kusal should try to be Kusal rather than sombody else. Too many young Sri Lankan batsmen are hyped up on the basis of one or two innings rather than consistency. Chandimal, Thirimanne, Angelo Perera, Kusal, are examples. Thirimanne is not a 20/20 batsman. Thisara could be the best short format all rounder in the world if he is not jacked around by the selectors. He also needs to improve his offside play when batting. Mathews has talent but is not consistent. Lots of work to be done.

  • on August 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    thats more than enough with thirimanne and mendis pls give a chance to young player like angelo perera at least in t20s.

  • Blade-Runner on August 3, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Please NO MORE Jeevan Mendis, never in any format coz we surely don't need a "specialist fielder" in the team. And Thirimanne will have a plenty of opportunities to play in upcoming Zimbabwe series. So pls let us retain our T20 rank no.1 position by leaving these 2 amigos. It seems that Dilshan will be rested for tomorrow game.

    So Best XI : Kusal / Mahela / Chandimal / Sanga / Mathews / Angelo Perera / Thisara / Kula / Sachi / Mendis / Slinga.

    And Kusal , pls learn to respect bowlers like Morkel. You are still young n inexperience. Yes, you are extremely talented but sure aint Jayasuriya YET. So Use your brain to get the best outta your god given talent.

  • WRX_STi on August 3, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    1.Kusal 2.Mahela 3.Chandimal, 4.Kumar, 5.Mathews 6.Angelo Perera, 7.Thisara, 8.Kulasekara 9.Senanayake, 10.Malinga, 11.Ajantha

    Kusal reminds me Sanath Jayasuriya in early 1990's. Sanath frequently got out for low scores, but Arjuna never dropped him from his team. Arjuna said 'One day sanath will perform' and that's what exactly happened. Kusal is a very talented player, he just needs guidance from his senior players.

  • LenksiVee on August 3, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Most of the opinions are based on Thirimanne and Jevan being left out and I agree, one more name that needs to be added that list is Chandimal, bar one innings in the 50 over game he has not scored and his has been fumbling on the field and cannot bowl either, so WHY is he in the team is the big question

  • Iceman29 on August 3, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    The topic of this article says it all doesn't it about SL's future...more than half of the team score scored by a veteran...SL is not focussing about the 2015 WC in mind and selecting the team...SL should have rotated the big three in the ODI series to test the real bench strength, one or two losses will only make the youngsters more experienced and balanced..Thiirmanne is not even a one day material and he is playing t20.....so SL's #1 ranking is only on paper not on the field....