Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd Twenty20, Hambantota August 5, 2013

Sri Lanka look to avoid 0-3 drubbing

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Match facts

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Start time 1900 local (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

Sri Lanka's players might have often heard that the sport they play is a great leveller, but they might not have thought the highs and lows could come in such quick succession. Four nights after Sri Lanka had embarrassed South Africa 4-1, they are pondering their own humiliation. The world's top-ranked Twenty20 side is one game away from being whitewashed at home. If they fail on Tuesday, they will lose that ranking and slip to third, behind Pakistan and South Africa, who will rise from fifth.

The scripts for both games so far were remarkably similar, and make Sri Lanka's problem clear. South Africa batted first, stumbled early, then surged late. Sri Lanka also lost early wickets, but were kept in the hunt by Kumar Sangakkara. In the end he could not compensate for his team-mates' impotence and South Africa won handily. Sri Lanka's young batsmen have been under pressure throughout the tour, and have largely misfired. If they cannot muster a performance worthy of the faith afforded in them by the selectors, the team will have cause to embark on some soul searching.

Their opponents, meanwhile, have finally come to terms with the pace of the pitches in Sri Lanka and seem to also have managed to get a grip on Ajantha Mendis' variations. South Africa have been rejuvenated in the field under Faf du Plessis, who has had a knack for using his bowlers cleverly, and Imran Tahir's insertion has also given the attack a dimension that it lacked in the ODIs.

Though the word "revenge" has grown unfashionable in sport, South Africa will be out to make their tour's outlook a little more even, with a third commanding performance. The toss will be important again, but for the first time since arriving in Sri Lanka, they might even be favourites to win the match.

Form guide

(most recent first, last five completed matches)
Sri Lanka: LLWWW
South Africa: WWLWL

Players to watch

Thisara Perera was effective with both bat and ball in the ODI series, but has only bowled one over in the Twenty20 series, and has not been at his explosive best with the bat. There is talk that he is the most underutilised player in the Sri Lanka team, batting as low as he does, but if he is to move further up, he will have to play match-winning cameos with more consistency than he manages now.

David Miller has been among South Africa's more comfortable batsmen in Sri Lanka's conditions throughout the tour, and has not been too shy to attack the same spinners who wreaked havoc on the men around him. His 36 off 21 in the last match lifted South Africa to their first challenging total of the tour, and he may be key to their hopes again, if the misfiring top order falls cheaply.

Pitch and conditions

The Hambantota Stadium's evening gusts had a major effect on Sunday, with batsmen picking certain areas of the ground to hit to, and swing bowlers benefiting from some extra assistance. The wind has been a feature of the ground since its debut, as has the pitch that has proven difficult for batsmen. 
The weather is expected to be fine for the match.

Team news

It is difficult to predict whether Sri Lanka will stick with their plan to play only three senior batsmen. The prospect of being whitewashed might spur them to play their best XI, but Kusal Perera also showed signs of reclaiming some form in his 21 in the last match, when he was given wrongly given out. There is also a chance Lahiru Thirimanne is the man to make way.

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

South Africa will not want to meddle with their attack, and though Henry Davids and Quinton de Kock have not scored runs at the top of the order, they are likely to remain in the side as well.

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

Stats and trivia

  • Kumar Sangakkara is the leading run-scorer (98 runs) in this series, just as in the last one. Sri Lanka also have the leading wicket-taker, in Sachithra Senanayake (five wickets)
  • In six Twenty20s in Hambantota, the side batting first has lost only once - when South Africa played Zimbabwe in the last WorldTwenty20

    Quotes

    "The plan against their spinners was to be confident and try and unsettle them. Even though they might get wickets, we still tried to unsettle them. I think it's working. We played Mendis really well in the last two games."
    

Faf du Plessis on his team's increasing confidence against Sri Lanka's slow bowlers.

    "That they didn't do well against the spinners in the ODI and Ajantha is a very good bowler in T20 cricket. That's why he bowled his full quota."
    Dinesh Chandimal on why Ajantha Mendis bowled out in the second match, despite going for 39 and taking no wickets, yet Thisara Perera was unused.

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

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  • SandipManjrekar on August 6, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    The best way for SL to go into today'sT20 match will be playing with entire new bunch. There is nothing to lose here. It will be new beginning if they win today with new stars. The proteas T20 team seems to be very good bunch. It was best option for the SL selectors to try out new things in this series. You can't move ahead if you insist in win result only. This affected the team very much. In addition to that there was no.1 ranking tag on their minds. Those 2 pitches were not up to the standards where one could hit over the players & beyond the ropes. Those were for controlled batting along the ground. Presence of 3 seniors & selectors on the ground had affected control & role of acting captain. It is a pity to blast on youngsters for their performance and comparing with 3 seniors every now & then. The youngsters should be allowed to create & implement their own strategies in their own preferable conditions against best opponents. This would have been better impact on their future.

  • John_Geo on August 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    I liked the phrase someone came up with. "Sri Lanka can literally drop any youngster in the team and select any spectator and it won't make a difference. Chandimal, Mathews, Kusal, Jeevan, all walking wickets embarrassing the country". This sums up all.

    I feel the problem has more to do with the poor temperament of SL players than the skill (exception Sanga). Talent wise, probably Mahela and Dilshan can be ahead of Sanga. In terms of productivity, maturity, and character, Sangakkara outweighs rest of the team put together.

    This poses the questions; a. The value addition of coach & batting coach b. Competence of the selection committee c. Mechanism to identify talented cricketers d. The process to drop non-performing cricketers.

    All above needs to be looked at if a change to be brought about. Regardless of the ranking, Sri Lanka can only be placed above minnows (except for few sporadic good performances). Imagine what could have happened had Dale Steyn played?

  • ms2000 on August 6, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I fully agree with Chris Silva. Something is radically wrong with the selctions and surprised with Chandimal, Jeewan and Thirimannn's inclusion in the team. They are no way worthy T209 players. Why on earth these selectors are runing our Cricket when there are so many talented youngsters. I always said over the last year that they should give Thissara at least one chance as an opener. Yes he comes even after Jeewan and Thirimanne who can do nothing. sorry state of affairs !

  • donbandarage on August 6, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Why they put chandi to bat at no 2; if they wont some quick runs,they have to put as no 2 batsman, like, kulasekara or thisara. Candi can't hit fast to blast the blowers. We loss 2 games. I think our batting order is not perfect. Our boys can bat like Sanga.... All can bat... Will wish to win today game Sri Lankan cricket team.... Jaya Sri......

  • Prabhash1985 on August 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Personally I feel Chandimal is a good captain, but he is having a tough time with batting. But I believe Mathews or Thisara cannot become threatening enough in a T20 match to SA squad. I think they should keep Mathews at sidelines, and bring Thisara in. Thisara is far more useful in T20 than Mathews given the current form, and the number of balls they require to hit a boundary. My suggestion is : 1. Dilshan/Kushal/Dimuth 2. Thisara 3. Chandi 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Anjelo Perera/Kithruwan Withanage 7. Akila Dhananjaya 8. Rangana Herath 9. Sachithra Senanayaka 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Suranga Lakmal - Three spinners, and one all rounder, two front line fasth bowlers

  • TZ9383 on August 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Please give fair chance to this youngsters Niroshan Dikkwella, Pabasara Waduge, Yashoda Lanka, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithruwa Vithanage , Maharoof, Sekkuge Prasanne

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    first coment from me hai to espn k srilanka plz drop chandi and open the ings with mahela and thisara. dilshan in 4th or 5th postn

  • satisarnold on August 6, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    It is in SL's interest to play the best team available every time. Best means track record, ability, form and fit. Consistent with the merit principle. Experimenting with rotation has backfired on other teams. SL has young talent knocking on the door. When youngsters with little track record don't perform, other youngsters should be tried. The selection panel could employ a good number cruncher to frequently update performance data on track record and form. Various team combinations, batting orders, bowling strategy could be modelled and simulated to assist selection. If this is not being done, it is high time. Chandimal has not impressed as ODI captain. His body language at post match interviews is appalling. Tissera Perera is not being properly utilised in bowling or batting. Great talent underutilised. Chandimal appears to lack plan, purpose and method. Difficult to see him leading SL into the next T20 World Cup. Angelo has to do it if not Mahela.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    SL should drop Angelo as he is not performing at all. Dinesh is a big question mark and failed to understand why he has been selected as T20 captain. Don't we have any better players other than Dinesh to lead the side. Thirimanna's game tactics must be changed if he is going to play T20 as you can not play a test innings in T20........ Sanga , you are genius as always. Mahela, Dilshan, please save the last game.

  • LeoE on August 6, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    If the selectors are willing to gamble with all this rubbish like Kusal, Jeewan and Thirimanne etc why cant they play Thissara at the top and experiment with such match winners. If SL needs to win, they need to have batsmen who can clear the boundaries at least once every over. Can Kusal or Jeewan or Mahela or Dilshan do this ? Can Thirimanne even reach the boundary every over ? The only batter who can easily accomplish this is Thissara Perera. Never has he got an opportunity of batting with more than two overs left. Sometimes he gets only four or five balls to face. Its totally unfair. He is expected to thrash every ball without getting a feel of the wicket. Even Bradman would have failed. We can definitely win more T20 matches with Mahela and Sanga batting with Thissara, at the top with Dilshan and Mathews supporting in the middle. Kulasekera also needs to be promoted. Chandimal is a useless passenger.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 6, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    The best way for SL to go into today'sT20 match will be playing with entire new bunch. There is nothing to lose here. It will be new beginning if they win today with new stars. The proteas T20 team seems to be very good bunch. It was best option for the SL selectors to try out new things in this series. You can't move ahead if you insist in win result only. This affected the team very much. In addition to that there was no.1 ranking tag on their minds. Those 2 pitches were not up to the standards where one could hit over the players & beyond the ropes. Those were for controlled batting along the ground. Presence of 3 seniors & selectors on the ground had affected control & role of acting captain. It is a pity to blast on youngsters for their performance and comparing with 3 seniors every now & then. The youngsters should be allowed to create & implement their own strategies in their own preferable conditions against best opponents. This would have been better impact on their future.

  • John_Geo on August 6, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    I liked the phrase someone came up with. "Sri Lanka can literally drop any youngster in the team and select any spectator and it won't make a difference. Chandimal, Mathews, Kusal, Jeevan, all walking wickets embarrassing the country". This sums up all.

    I feel the problem has more to do with the poor temperament of SL players than the skill (exception Sanga). Talent wise, probably Mahela and Dilshan can be ahead of Sanga. In terms of productivity, maturity, and character, Sangakkara outweighs rest of the team put together.

    This poses the questions; a. The value addition of coach & batting coach b. Competence of the selection committee c. Mechanism to identify talented cricketers d. The process to drop non-performing cricketers.

    All above needs to be looked at if a change to be brought about. Regardless of the ranking, Sri Lanka can only be placed above minnows (except for few sporadic good performances). Imagine what could have happened had Dale Steyn played?

  • ms2000 on August 6, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    I fully agree with Chris Silva. Something is radically wrong with the selctions and surprised with Chandimal, Jeewan and Thirimannn's inclusion in the team. They are no way worthy T209 players. Why on earth these selectors are runing our Cricket when there are so many talented youngsters. I always said over the last year that they should give Thissara at least one chance as an opener. Yes he comes even after Jeewan and Thirimanne who can do nothing. sorry state of affairs !

  • donbandarage on August 6, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    Why they put chandi to bat at no 2; if they wont some quick runs,they have to put as no 2 batsman, like, kulasekara or thisara. Candi can't hit fast to blast the blowers. We loss 2 games. I think our batting order is not perfect. Our boys can bat like Sanga.... All can bat... Will wish to win today game Sri Lankan cricket team.... Jaya Sri......

  • Prabhash1985 on August 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Personally I feel Chandimal is a good captain, but he is having a tough time with batting. But I believe Mathews or Thisara cannot become threatening enough in a T20 match to SA squad. I think they should keep Mathews at sidelines, and bring Thisara in. Thisara is far more useful in T20 than Mathews given the current form, and the number of balls they require to hit a boundary. My suggestion is : 1. Dilshan/Kushal/Dimuth 2. Thisara 3. Chandi 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Anjelo Perera/Kithruwan Withanage 7. Akila Dhananjaya 8. Rangana Herath 9. Sachithra Senanayaka 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Suranga Lakmal - Three spinners, and one all rounder, two front line fasth bowlers

  • TZ9383 on August 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Please give fair chance to this youngsters Niroshan Dikkwella, Pabasara Waduge, Yashoda Lanka, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithruwa Vithanage , Maharoof, Sekkuge Prasanne

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    first coment from me hai to espn k srilanka plz drop chandi and open the ings with mahela and thisara. dilshan in 4th or 5th postn

  • satisarnold on August 6, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    It is in SL's interest to play the best team available every time. Best means track record, ability, form and fit. Consistent with the merit principle. Experimenting with rotation has backfired on other teams. SL has young talent knocking on the door. When youngsters with little track record don't perform, other youngsters should be tried. The selection panel could employ a good number cruncher to frequently update performance data on track record and form. Various team combinations, batting orders, bowling strategy could be modelled and simulated to assist selection. If this is not being done, it is high time. Chandimal has not impressed as ODI captain. His body language at post match interviews is appalling. Tissera Perera is not being properly utilised in bowling or batting. Great talent underutilised. Chandimal appears to lack plan, purpose and method. Difficult to see him leading SL into the next T20 World Cup. Angelo has to do it if not Mahela.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    SL should drop Angelo as he is not performing at all. Dinesh is a big question mark and failed to understand why he has been selected as T20 captain. Don't we have any better players other than Dinesh to lead the side. Thirimanna's game tactics must be changed if he is going to play T20 as you can not play a test innings in T20........ Sanga , you are genius as always. Mahela, Dilshan, please save the last game.

  • LeoE on August 6, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    If the selectors are willing to gamble with all this rubbish like Kusal, Jeewan and Thirimanne etc why cant they play Thissara at the top and experiment with such match winners. If SL needs to win, they need to have batsmen who can clear the boundaries at least once every over. Can Kusal or Jeewan or Mahela or Dilshan do this ? Can Thirimanne even reach the boundary every over ? The only batter who can easily accomplish this is Thissara Perera. Never has he got an opportunity of batting with more than two overs left. Sometimes he gets only four or five balls to face. Its totally unfair. He is expected to thrash every ball without getting a feel of the wicket. Even Bradman would have failed. We can definitely win more T20 matches with Mahela and Sanga batting with Thissara, at the top with Dilshan and Mathews supporting in the middle. Kulasekera also needs to be promoted. Chandimal is a useless passenger.

  • on August 6, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Just cannot understand our great cricketers of the past who are now selectors doing with team selection. To begin with Chandimal is no way ready to be captain of the team let alone to play. He needs to be sent back to play for the A team and prove his worth. Why on earth are they selecting players who have nothing or little to offer instead of giving our youngsters who show potential. It is not a pleasure at all going to watch the or on TV. Poor team selection, poor performance in the middle. In a nutshell they have destroyed our team.

  • Sageleaf on August 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    I see lot of Indian fans are following SL cricket closely. I agree with SandipM for SL to have a total new team without senior players. Be innovative and try new things. Let the juniors carry the weight from now on. If Mathews, Chandimal, Jeevan and Kusal does not contribute, they should be dropped. SL has a weakness in letting players play without any contribution. This system should be stopped and players should value their place in the team. It's funny how a person says here SL should be placed above minnows when they have been in most of the tournament finals since 2007. What if Dale Steyn has played? He is a classy bowler but SL can play him and still win and they have won in the past. Remember highest partnership in test ...well Steyn was playing in that game too. Well if SA has mastered SL why were they beaten 4-1 in ODI? Chandimal has to understand one thing SA is a very professional side, so you have to work harder to win otherwise it will be another loss today.

  • satishchandar on August 6, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Bring in Thissera at 5.. Slot him between Sanga and Mathews.. Kushal should bat in middle order.. No place for him as opener anymore.. Mahela, Dilshan, Chandimal(last chance), Sanga, Thissera, Mathews, Angelo Perera, Kulasekara, Senanayake, Malinga, Mendia..

  • Prabhash1985 on August 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Send Thisara opening the innings. We win, we lose, it's ok. That's how game is. Keep trying.

  • ADARSH100 on August 6, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    First of all drop Chandimal and Thirimanne from the squad of T20. I guess Chandi should be dropped from ODI squad too seeing his present form. He has been given a lot of chances and is being pampered saying he is the future of Lanka. Its a sort of partiality showing here, if Jeevan or Thisara fails 3 times consecutively, they are out of the team and that doesnot matter Chandi. He doesnot deserve a place in T20 squad right now. There is lot of burden on senior players and that should be changed in near future. Youngsters should work as a unit and be more productive or else the future is in a great danger.

    My playing 11 for today's match and other matches are :- 1) Dilshan 2) Kushal Perara 3) Sangakkara 4) Jayawardene 5) Mathews 6) Jeevan Mendis 7) Angelo Perara 8) Thisara Perara 9) Kulasekhara 10) Senanayake 11) Malinga.

    The positive of this team is that all the players can bat and bowl. Spinners- Dilshan, Angelo, Jeevan, Senanayake. Fast- Mathews, Malinga, Thisara, Kulasekhara.

  • on August 6, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    As SL have now lost the series, it is best that some youngsters are exposed to this format of the game irrespective of winning or losing. Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan & Herath deserve a well earned rest. take a break guys before you burn out. Hopefully we will see an improved batting performance by the inconsistent and complacent Sri Lankans who have made a habit time and again of snatching a loss from the jaws of victory.

  • IndianCoolGuy on August 6, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    lack of consistency in SL team. Only seniors cannot win all the games and it is not good for the team as well. Youngsters need more time to get international standard skills, till then seniors must need to continue their hard work. The biggest mistake SL keep on doing is not giving chances to youngsters. If big 3 are occupying top order then how can you expect youngsters to grow? SL team management should seriously think about this, and ask Sanga and Mahela to step in at 4th and 5th down. One more loss place SLto 2nd position in t20 ranking. SA are doing good to level the defeat they faced in ODI.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on August 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully, n Pakistan are going to beat them in Dec / Jan. Inshallah, hopefully in all the three formats.

  • .......junk on August 6, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    All talks are about Sl how they played and how miserably they were defeted ..i would rather say SA has improved a lot .main difference which i see between these two teams is that of parnell . he is one bowler who is swinging at 145 kmph and he is able to be disciplained when sl are trying to accelerate .both sl and SA play cautiously till 16 th over after that miller hits and parnell doesnot allow to hit .SA doing well however faf needs to step up , open the innings and make runs.

  • on August 6, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    Sirimal: SL should play Mahela, Dilshan and Sangakkara if they are to win. I suggest, Dinesh should be dropped, but as he is still the Skipper it is unlikely to happen for this match.

    Thirimanne, and Anglow Mathews should be dropped, the 11 players being: Dilshan, Kumar, Mahela, Dinesh, Ángelow Perera, Tissara Perera, Kusal Perera, Nuwan, Malinga, Ajantha Mendis and Sananayake.

  • chathuradil on August 6, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Chandimal shouldn't play at no 3. he is far behind to be at the crease when one down. Still he is like a child in the field. Need to be more matured to be a captain of international level

  • DilumSL on August 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Bringing back all the seniors to the team might bring us the victory. but then what??? what do we gain by that. we all know that Sanga,Mahela and Dilshan can deliver us on any given day. But what will happen after that??? Mathews, Thirimanne, Thisara and Chandimal are very talented players even Kusal can one day become a legendary player. But they need to learn how to do that by their own. They always stay behind the curtain of seniors and this curtain will be open sooner or later. At that point I don't think these youngsters are ready. no matter what happens we should not play all the seniors today. my XI: 1.Kusal 2.Dilshan/Mahela 3.Lahiru 4.Chandimal 5.A.Perera 6.Mathews 7.Thisara 8.Nuwan 9.Sachithra 10.Lakmal 11.Mendis

    It's even better if we can drop Dilshan/Mahela, Chandimal and Nuwan and bring in Kapu,D Munaweera and C Silva. but unfortunately they are not in the squad :)

  • Niaz106 on August 6, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    win the toss put anything over 120 on the board nd will win the match...... srilanka should drop thirimane nd bring angelo perera... nd promote thisara perera up in the order...... i bet for srilanka for first 2 match nd i'll bet for them in the last match as well :)

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on August 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Southafrica can only win if they bat first ,they can never chase any kind of score in S.Lanka ..if SA loose this match badly it means they been choked....over 120 runs they can save it but they usally fail to chase down even for 100 ..good luck FAF go with same 11

  • on August 6, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Just to understand how rubbish Chandimal and Thirimanne in T20s.

    Name - Runs (Matches)-Average-Strike Rate

    Mahela 1299 (47) - 32.47 - 133.23 Sanga 1178 (45) - 31.83 - 120.08 Dilshan 1129 (49) - 27.53 - 119.85 Mathews 484 (41) - 25.47 - 113.61 Thisara 266 (26) - 24.18 - 150.28

    Chandimal 197 (17) - 13.13 - 92.92 Thirimanne 143 (15) - 14.30 - 110.85

    Just to say, Mathews and Thisara Perera are allrounders and still have better average and stricke rate. Also, Sanga is the wicketkeeper and Dilshan occationally bowls says the worst of Chandimal and Thirimanne who are pure batsmens. Please selectors drop these two and bring two quality batsmens for T20s at least from now so that they get a few matches before the next T20 world cup.

  • humdrum on August 6, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    It has been a real embarrasment for Sri Lanka to be trailing 0-2 in home conditions,especially for a side ranked no 1 in this format.Selection bunglings aside,they lack imaginative captaincy(look at how the bowlers are shuffled, it speaks of a rigid mindset) and the batting order requires urgent changes.There does not appear to be any thought or strategy behind the constant chop and change approach. Constantly playing musical chairs will only demoralise the youngsters and will be totally counter-productive.The only chop and change required is in the selection commitee.

  • ThilankaK on August 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    My T20team & batting order till next word cup in next year @ Bangladesh 1.Dilshan, 2.Kusal ( last chance if he fail bring Munaweera back ) , 3.Thirimannel, 4. Mathews, 5.Sangakkara (wk) 6.Mahela, 7. Thisara, 8.Kulasekara, 9.Senanayake, 10.Malinga, 11. Ajantha Mendis (please remove chandimal from captaincy & team ) * now its time to seniors to take pressure @ the bottom & sanga ,mahela has to bat down the order

  • Karthik78 on August 6, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    SL is a kind of team which will be easily beaten if they play more games vs same opponent. For example, India who used to play lot matches vs SL and now mastered them. Now SA will start to play like India.

  • on August 6, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    my team 1.kusal 2.dilshan 3.chandi 4.thisara 5.sanga 6.mahela 7.angello perera 8.angello matnews 9.malinga 10.sachitra 11.kulasekara.this is the side for the last odi.at the moment saf haddle ajantha well.pls dont use him this match.he will go for runs wicketless.this side has 3 spinners and 3 seamers.balanced side considering opposition and conditions and present situation of the side.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on August 6, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    NO:1 team in T20...lol. WI beat them at SL and now SA. SL doesn't deserved that spot.

  • on August 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    i think chandi captained well in 2 t20s.its batting that let the team down.so have a young team for the last odi.bz even with the senior players in we couldnt chase 115.so it doesn't make any difference.even thogh sanga make bulk of the runs he rarely wins a match for the side.get lessons from dhoni.thirimanne is a waste.

  • on August 6, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    If the T20 WC is in next year all 3 seniors should be able to play it. In fact they deserve to play when they are in form, for the country and for them selves. Chandimal also hinted he has nothing to do with this selections. Giving youngster a chance is good. But you have to choose the correct time if SL won 2 above games with full strength they could leave this game to youngsters.Because you need to keep up your reputation. For me its worthless if somebody won the WC and bottoming the rankings.

  • Ramansilva on August 6, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Although I am a SL fan I should say that our team should not be ranked No.1 considering the current form. Many fans want to see of the Big three saying that their strike rates are not good enough for T20. But they still perform better than over hyped Kusal Perera and Anjelo Mathews. If not captain, can Chandimal remain in the team. Can we expect cameos from Thisara every time he come out to play. It is time Sanath and co. try out some other prospects. The series is gone anyway. 0-3 is not that bad compared to 1-2.

  • gibbs.175 on August 6, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    HI SAF...this match will be very -very interesting especially for Home side...S.lanka should realise that hitters can not be the match winner ,because Mathew ,Chandimal ,Parera,Kulasekhara,Kushal (all) are alwaystry to hit the ball over the rope...that is not possible,Their main bowler Malinga is bowling lethal due to SA 's young batsmen and spinners should be happy on being thier home pitches.Yes Sanga or Dilshan can help to win the match by self ,but Sa 's fast attack and ' pressure to prevent the white-wash is a big task for them.....let's see agood match ...good luck

  • Srini_Indian on August 6, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    There is no such thing as 'form' for Thisara Perera. If you bowl half volley around leg stump and if he is lucky, he'll slog you through mid-wicket to long on and score rapidly. If you bowl outside off stump, he is virtually a #11 batsman.

  • tanstell87 on August 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Indian fan here......its a problem chasing for sub-continent teams...as seen in India's case last year against Kiwis...inspite of having a batting order of Kohli, Gambhir, Raina, Yuvraj & Dhoni they could not chase down 167 on a flat deck in Chennai,they lost by 1 run....Sri Lanka is also going through same problem...could not chase down 137 in World T20 2012 final...they need some hitters at the top in the middle order as well as in the lower order...time has come for Lanka to try out Karunaratne in T20s....with likes of Kapugedera and Angelo Perera in middle order & the big 3- Dilshan, Mahela & Sangakarra to bid goodbye to T20Is...

  • on August 6, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    why not try out sending thisata top in the order. he played some good knocks in top. surely against fast bowlers he does better. also try angelo on top . why not dishan and mahela comes down and put juniors on top and ask them to perform. if juniors fails at least seniors knows how to manage what juniors doesn't familiar with as yet. bowlers are doing great . trying juniors on top always a bonus. my order is kusal n thisara to open, anjelo, dinesh, lahiru, kula,sanga, mahela, n on..

  • on August 6, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    I do not think it is correct to say Thisara Perera's for has not continued in the t 20 series. Let us take a look, in the first T 20 he was sent to bat with only two overs to go after those who came before were groping except sublime Sangakkara. In the second again he is sent after all have failed (except Sangakkara) and the overs have almost dried up. Can the selectors and captain decide to send him may be at number three or four and muscle the bowling. When is difficult situations, one has to think outside the box. But sadly in the first two games it is inside the box thinking and too parochial. may be open bowling with both spin at the two ends. For Pete's sake try something different and not the me-too approach. Look to new strategic and tactical ploys, and not be the toad in the well. Good luck today to you all Team Lanka.

  • on August 6, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    series is lot, try to get some better order, rankings we can get them back. but future??? bat perera opening with mahela, then sana 3rd ( or rest him),then Dili/Angelo Perera, chandial, Mathews, Kula, etc....Attack SA bowler, dun sit back, pick the gaps work the runs, bow sachi open, the perera few overs(if he bowls well) then introduce malinga and stop runs, (pp malingas bowls can go for edged runs)malinga and Mendis/Dilshan bat(if would like to get Dili in) Then mathews to further squeeze the runs, the sachi and malinga at the death again. PP and they score runs any way, we need to reduce runs in PP and stop runs in rest, Good luck

  • sweet2hrme on August 6, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    In 1st Match Jaya rested and in 2nd Dilshan now in 3rd its Sanga turn to give rest. If this is called rotation policy to give younster chance than i will say SL is going to face whitewash. Sanga is their man batsman without sanga SL cnt win as simple as that. For SL younster i will say its better for them to play domestic cricket rather than International.

  • on August 6, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Angeloa Mathews and Chandimal are selectors captains. Kusal Perera is selectors baby.How about Dilhara Lokuhettige a passenger of the tour of Champions trophy and West INDIES and calling Suranga Lakmal from Sri Lanka for the final match

  • on August 6, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Sl team for me-Dilshan manuweera,kapugdara,u tharnga,j mubarak, t kandavi,c silva,d parera ,f maharup,n pardip,t tushara,s ernga,d parsad,k silva(wk)s randip

  • Haider-pak-awsome on August 6, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Can't avoid 3-0 Lions. All Safa's needs to do is get Mahela n Sanga. I just want to sit back, relax and see PAK taking its rightful place of number 1 spot in T20. There can't be any bigger leisure than this.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 6, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    y selectors give a chance to ppl like Akila Dananjaya, Serasinghe, Angelo Perera n Seekkuge Prasanna.

    Still they trust ppl like Chandimal, Thirimanne, Jeewan Mendis.. If they r not blind they can take their past International performance. even Kushal scored 20+ last time its not enough to keep him in the team, but give him another chance to make another 30+

    if all 3 musketeers included, SL should be, 1.Kushal, 2.Dilshan, 3.Sanga, 4.Mathews,5. Mahela, 6.Angelo Perera/ Serasinghe, 7.Thisara Perera 8.Kulasekara 9. Senanayake/Seekuge Prasanna 10. malinga 11. A. Mendis/Dananjaya

    but for 3rd T20, 1.Kushal 2. Dilshan 3. Chandimal/Thirimanne 4.Angelo Perera 5. Mahela/Sanga 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara 9. Senanayake 10. Malinga 11. A Mendis.

    SL ppl did hell of a sin to see keep failing ppl in the team... :(

  • Prema1948 on August 6, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Our Team badly needs services of quality players the likes of KhausalSilva,RoshenSilva,ShehanJayasuriya, Angelo Perera,Bhanuka,KithruwanWithanage,GayanManeshan,SachithraSerasinghe together with NiroshanDickwella,KusalMendis instead of the 3 seniors and others known for reckless hitting.A team can accomadate only one reckless batter at time. We won the WC'96 due to neat controlled hitting of Aravinda,Mahanama,Hashan & the decent bowling attack we had at the time but not for the reckless,risky batting of two openers. For information all they have failed in all but 2 innings(WC '96), one opner was a complete flop as a batter in that WC however the local media trys to give a different picture.Pls verify the stats in this very website.

  • kevepere on August 6, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Its time ! Give jeewan mendis and angelo perera to bat higher up the order. Jeewan at 4 and angelo at 5 ! 1. thirimanne/chandimal (i dont know why would he be captain, shud drop him) 2.dilshan 3. sanga 4. jeewan 5. angelo perera 6. mahela 7. Thisara 8. mathews 9. Sachithra 10. Herath 11. Malinga.

  • on August 6, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    This tym SA shud not only attack mendis but also senanayek, senanayek is just a mediocre spinner, even bd team dnt pay head to senanayek ....

  • SamWintson92 on August 6, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    My team for 3rd 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 Malinga 11 A Mendis. SOU XI: 1 De Villiers 2 Davids 3 De Kock 4 Duminy 5 Miller 6 Du Plessis (C) 7 Wiese 8 Parnell 9 Morkel 10 Tsotsobe 11 Tahir.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on August 5, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    HI SA fans ....I dn't think S.Lanka will let it go easily,they must work hard to prevent the white-wash...their 3 front line batsmen will try their best .IF SAF bat first and put 150 then SA can make it otherwise Sri lanka is feeling hurted ...Good luck Sa....

  • on August 5, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    sri Lanka is in a deep deep trouble. they have tried different combinations of bat and ball in both the matches but couldn't match the superb winning efforts of south Africa. south Africa is gaining confidence now that they can do it again and again. they have tried to play spin bowling successfully and most importantly they won both the tosses and batted first. if again they bat first , the story will be at 3-0 winning margin.bc whatever score they make, just add 30 runs in it just bc their fielding is extra ordinary. I couldn't understand why toss has so much importance here in sri Lanka, that toss win is a match win. it seems that few of the lankans players are playing not from sri Lanka but from African side, Angelo Mathews, Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dilshan. so my advice to all the punters to put money on the toss winning team which will definitely bat first.best of luck to both the teams. javed ijk karachi

  • proteasfire on August 5, 2013, 23:06 GMT

    Wonderful opportunity for SA to score a clean sweep in this series. SA can rest Morkel and play Morris probably to give an opportunity for the youngster. Rest of the squad looks settled and its right time for the fringe players to stamp authority. SA looks a lot more confident than in ODIs and the way Faf led the team was terrific. JP has been playing the sheet anchor role and is moving in right direction to take senior role in future. If he continues the same consistency, he will be talked along with Amla and AB. Top order (Davids, DeKock and Faf) cant ask for a better time to prove themselves with bat. Tahir and Parnell definitely adds variety and brings the team balance. David Miller has proved himself and will be a permanent in the team from now on. Overall SA showed lot of improvement after ODI thrashing and can leave Sri Lanka with their head held high. With momentum firmly on SA side, it would be hard for SL to stop the juggernaut!!

  • on August 5, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Sri Lanka lost both matches batting second and there is no guaranty that they would reverse the trend tomorrow if they have to chase any score unless there is a radical change in their approach. They look inhibited which is so strange for a team that occupies the number 1 spot. To play with a little more abandon requires one good knock from the top order earlier in the innings so that the strike rate can be kept to manageable amounts to permit the middle/lower order to bat to their proven abilities.

  • on August 5, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    hey dont waste time Drop Thirimanne forever from both short formats of the game and bring who can score runs not singles. Good luck SL.

  • on August 5, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Why our selectors can't find some big hitters who can hit 6s & 4s with their strength. Not like Mathews going for a big hit & could not clear long on. Others hold out in 30 yards circle. Mr.Sanath J, its your area and pls find some hard hitters atleast for T20 games. Pls drop Thirimane.

  • ThilankaK on August 5, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    @ SL selectors :

    1. please don't time waste time with chandimal, he can't deal with swing bowling & his technic not up to the international level , give captaincy to mathews & remove chandimal from the team.

    2.If thirimanne in the team put him to the no 3

    3.please put seniors guys to pressure situation ( no.5 & 6 )

    my team & batting order is : 1. Dilshan, 2. Kusal (last chance), 3. Thirimanne, 4. Mathews (C) , 5.Sangakkara (wk), 6. Mahela 7. Thisara 8. Kulasekara, 9. Senanayake, 10. Malinga, 11. Ajantha Mendis

  • on August 5, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Go lanka go Altaest get this game

  • on August 5, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    I wishThirimane should be drop and bring back Dilshan. Drop A.Mendis & give a chance for Anjalow Perera. Mendis 4 ovrs can be bowled by Thissara & Dilshasn. Promote Thissara in the batting order. Good luck SL.

  • Kavum on August 5, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Terribly embarrassing losses in 2 T20 games especially as SL is/was No. 1 in the format and T20 WC finalists to boot. Something is very wrong with the setup of the team. Unfair to wholly blame young, inexperienced and hopelessly out of form Chandimal. Will be PC and not dwell on the real reasons why he is skip instead of Mathews in T20s. The chopping and changing of seniors against good opposition is just one flaw in strategic thinking by team management/selectors. Either play them or leave them out entirely. This tinkering can be done against ICC Associates, not against top-raters like SAf. Blooding youngsters willy-nilly in losing teams can only scar their mental makeup forever. SL needs to first ensure a winning combo and then include 1 or 2 newbies. For e.g. Mahela debuted in a winning team in 97 and see what he achieved. Thirimanne is overrated and has shown why he should be dropped. Malinga was poor. Mendis was rubbish. But Sachitra was magic. Go SL and win one!

  • on August 5, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    now only one t20 batsman are playing for sl team he is mahela.if he failed 130 is mountain for sl team.

  • KingOwl on August 5, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Andrew Fernando says of Thisara: If he is to move further up, he will have to play match-winning cameos with more consistency than he manages now. What a ridiculous statement! How many match winning knocks have the top order got (except for Dilshan and Sanga)? Thisara could replace any of the young guys in the top order.

  • IanJF on August 5, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Testing bench strength is good, but do we have the correct T20 bench is the question ?? Guys like Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Dilhara Lokuhettige need a good and long run.. and dare I say, if its time to give Kapu another chance it has to be in this format !! And move Kusal Janith back to # 6, should be a "No brainer" by now.. 1 more thing, I think Marvan Atapattu is a bit soft w/these guys or else there is no logical explanation for such pathetic shot-selection.. Getting out is not the issue, No ! Its the absence of sense / weight / responsibility that's killing the viewer..

  • tdslbuwa on August 5, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    My team for next match: Kushal,Chandimal,Sanga,Angelo Perera,Mathewes,Mahela,Thisara,Kula,Sachi,Mali,Mendis.. Chandimal should open the innings just because he is not in a good form at all..He should go out and try to score some runs..even 20,30 runs without putting himself under too much pressure....If he comes at no 3 after an early wicket then there will be immense pressure on him...If a wicket goes down when a player like Chandi or Sanga at the other end Thisara or Angelo Perera should come simply because the scoring rate factor..Good luck SL..

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    toss is the key..I dont see a point of ground like Mahinda rajapKsha intl ground where team batting first winnibg matches due to wind and dew factor specially in day and night format.even day format.if luck of toss goes thats where win goes..

  • vallavarayar on August 5, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka can literally drop any youngster in the team and select any spectator and it won't make a difference. Chandimal, Mathewa, Kusal Perera, all walking wickets embarrassing the country.

  • tdslbuwa on August 5, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    It is very sad to see SL team get outplayed by SA...Now the series already lost and time to analyze what went wrong in first 2 matches...First thing is our batting order...Thirimanne hardly a decent ODI player,playing in the middle order in the T20 team and eating up balls and getting out when 4s and 6s required trying to slog the ball out of the ground...Then the captain himself despite having the talent throws his wicket away upfront...The players who could clear the ground come at 18th and 19th over when the task is nothing but impossible...Add to all that a proven big hitter like Angelo Perera keep warming the bench...If SL selectors and team management can get these things right then the results will be much better for sure..Good Luck SL...

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    honestly I am happy with sri lankan performance last week..its bunch of youngsters learning against beast how to handle the beast..chandimal need to find better point of his bat even though he is better than mathews . Specially bowling and fielding changes.. looking at world cup..we need to bring young left arm seamer who is accurate as well as who can swing both ways..despite last two matches batting department have done well in t20 but youngsters didn't put score yet.. I like to see them shine now..

    kusal is fine but concentration is lacking part of him..he has good concentration untill first two overs and looks solid but soon as he find sweet spot, concentration drop start.. I have no idea,malinga speed drop . anyway I dont think he will be a main striker in 2015,if he needs to better do well and come in to rythem soon.

    I am going with same team but no malinga and thirimanna.

  • gtr800 on August 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    @Ishan Ranaweera So just like Sri Lanka got the better of the batting first conditions in the 1st 2 matches in the ODIs? Just face it Sri Lanka's 'younger' team has been outplayed. They've seemed like club cricketers at times, with the bat. Someone seriously needs to step up in their team otherwise cricket is on the decline in SL, Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Malinga & Herath won't last forever, they need to prepare to fill these roles. And another thing with the bat first, If SL are the better team at home because of a spin advantage then they should win from any position not just batting first. It's quite pathetic if one has to rely on soo many factors going your just to have a chance at winning.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Thisira Perera open batting and see

  • Blade-Runner on August 5, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Can we please win the toss at least for a change ? The team that win the toss will bat first n go on to win the game. Its simple as that. There is no way either of these teams can achieve a controlled successful chase under those windy conditions in Hambanthota. They are forced to hit with the wind n restricted to play on one side in each over. That must be really frustrating specially for the chasing side.

    Speaking of SL team selection, I hope they will drop/rest (whatever) Thiri n bring back Dilshan. If Chandimal can't contribute much with the bat, I hope at least he will win the toss tomorrow. We've got a lot to lose here.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Thisara should bat at number three if Sangakkara is going in at number four. Chandimal should go way down if he is going to play. Mahela should opt out.

    It should not be South Africa vs Kumar Sangakkara.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    SL lost just because of poor captaincy by chandimal he himself struggled to score runs. thirmannae hasn't been in form that too in T20s where he is not capable of scoring runs quickly. Testing bench strength is not a fault.but i dont think SL have tested their bench strength.

  • on August 5, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka's performances has been below average in the T20 series so far...but lets not forget that the winning the toss and batting first seem to give a massive advantage.. would be interesting to see SL batting first tomorrow..

  • on August 5, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka's performances has been below average in the T20 series so far...but lets not forget that the winning the toss and batting first seem to give a massive advantage.. would be interesting to see SL batting first tomorrow..

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    SL lost just because of poor captaincy by chandimal he himself struggled to score runs. thirmannae hasn't been in form that too in T20s where he is not capable of scoring runs quickly. Testing bench strength is not a fault.but i dont think SL have tested their bench strength.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Thisara should bat at number three if Sangakkara is going in at number four. Chandimal should go way down if he is going to play. Mahela should opt out.

    It should not be South Africa vs Kumar Sangakkara.

  • Blade-Runner on August 5, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Can we please win the toss at least for a change ? The team that win the toss will bat first n go on to win the game. Its simple as that. There is no way either of these teams can achieve a controlled successful chase under those windy conditions in Hambanthota. They are forced to hit with the wind n restricted to play on one side in each over. That must be really frustrating specially for the chasing side.

    Speaking of SL team selection, I hope they will drop/rest (whatever) Thiri n bring back Dilshan. If Chandimal can't contribute much with the bat, I hope at least he will win the toss tomorrow. We've got a lot to lose here.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Thisira Perera open batting and see

  • gtr800 on August 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    @Ishan Ranaweera So just like Sri Lanka got the better of the batting first conditions in the 1st 2 matches in the ODIs? Just face it Sri Lanka's 'younger' team has been outplayed. They've seemed like club cricketers at times, with the bat. Someone seriously needs to step up in their team otherwise cricket is on the decline in SL, Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan, Malinga & Herath won't last forever, they need to prepare to fill these roles. And another thing with the bat first, If SL are the better team at home because of a spin advantage then they should win from any position not just batting first. It's quite pathetic if one has to rely on soo many factors going your just to have a chance at winning.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    honestly I am happy with sri lankan performance last week..its bunch of youngsters learning against beast how to handle the beast..chandimal need to find better point of his bat even though he is better than mathews . Specially bowling and fielding changes.. looking at world cup..we need to bring young left arm seamer who is accurate as well as who can swing both ways..despite last two matches batting department have done well in t20 but youngsters didn't put score yet.. I like to see them shine now..

    kusal is fine but concentration is lacking part of him..he has good concentration untill first two overs and looks solid but soon as he find sweet spot, concentration drop start.. I have no idea,malinga speed drop . anyway I dont think he will be a main striker in 2015,if he needs to better do well and come in to rythem soon.

    I am going with same team but no malinga and thirimanna.

  • tdslbuwa on August 5, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    It is very sad to see SL team get outplayed by SA...Now the series already lost and time to analyze what went wrong in first 2 matches...First thing is our batting order...Thirimanne hardly a decent ODI player,playing in the middle order in the T20 team and eating up balls and getting out when 4s and 6s required trying to slog the ball out of the ground...Then the captain himself despite having the talent throws his wicket away upfront...The players who could clear the ground come at 18th and 19th over when the task is nothing but impossible...Add to all that a proven big hitter like Angelo Perera keep warming the bench...If SL selectors and team management can get these things right then the results will be much better for sure..Good Luck SL...

  • vallavarayar on August 5, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Sri Lanka can literally drop any youngster in the team and select any spectator and it won't make a difference. Chandimal, Mathewa, Kusal Perera, all walking wickets embarrassing the country.

  • on August 5, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    toss is the key..I dont see a point of ground like Mahinda rajapKsha intl ground where team batting first winnibg matches due to wind and dew factor specially in day and night format.even day format.if luck of toss goes thats where win goes..