Sri Lanka v South Africa, 3rd T20, Hambantota August 6, 2013

Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to consolation win

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Sri Lanka 164 for 4 (Dilshan 74*, Wiese 2-24) beat South Africa 163 for 3 (du Plessis 85, Duminy 51*) by 6 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's batsmen found fluency for the first time in the Twenty20 series, as the hosts rode a furious start and a fast finish to a consolatory six-wicket win in Hambantota. Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 51-ball 74 was both their anchor and primary propeller, with Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera contributing with cameos to help haul in a stiff target of 164, with 11 balls to spare.

Jayawardene and Dilshan have repeatedly been Sri Lanka's most dynamic opening combination, and South Africa's large total was sufficient reason to reunite the two batsmen, displacing Kusal Perera to No. 3. Jayawardene's breezy brilliance matched Dilshan's daring in the Powerplay, and when they were separated in the sixth over, Sri Lanka were traveling at more than 11 runs an over. Yet, they stumbled in the middle once more, and before Thisara launched a Wayne Parnell over for 21, their fate had become uncertain.

Dilshan's first scoring shot foreshadowed the opener's blitz, as he walloped a Lonwabo Tsotsobe slower ball over square leg for six in the first over, before playing the Dilscoop to successive balls, to make 14 in the over. Jayawardene's salvo was more stylish, but no less explosive. Morne Morkel was not spared either as fours came of his first three deliveries - all from Jayawardene's unhurried blade. Jayawardene fell to Parnell in the sixth over, but despite his disappointment, Sri Lanka required just under seven an over with nine wickets left, thanks to his 16-ball 33.

Dilshan made do with stuttering partners in the middle overs; Kusal Perera's innings was his briefest in a poor series for him, Dinesh Chandimal fell trying to accelerate after having progressed slowly to 14 and Angelo Mathews was dismissed for 14, after having promised a solid contribution. Although Thisara scored at only a run-a-ball in his first five deliveries, his onslaught in the 18th over secured the match for Sri Lanka. Parnell attempted to bowl full and wide, but Thisara reached out and struck three fours and a six in the arc between extra cover and long-on. At the beginning of that over, Sri Lanka needed 27 off 18, and by the end, only one blow was needed to complete the win. Dilshan provided it in style, sweeping Morkel high over square leg, first ball of the next over.

Though Hambantota's surface has had a reputation for favouring fast bowlers, the spinners from both teams bowled best in the match, with only David Wiese maintaining an acceptable run rate from among the seam bowlers. Tsotsobe conceded 49 from his four, in addition to shelling a simple catch and committing two misfields, and Morkel and Parnell didn't do much better, going for over 10 and 12 an over respectively.

Earlier, a 112-run third-wicket stand between Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy had propelled South Africa to a commanding score, after the pair had exploited poor bowling from Sri Lanka's pacers, who were without their injured spearhead Lasith Malinga. Their partnership, which helped South Africa recover from a first-ball wicket, was the highest against Sri Lanka for any wicket.

Du Plessis' 85 off 65 was his highest score in the T20 series, but he was by some distance the less convincing of the two batsman. Ajantha Mendis had been among his chief tormentors in the ODI series, and should have had him out for 24, had the umpire not mistakenly ruled that the ball hit glove before striking the batsman on the thigh, in front of the stumps. Then on 56, Lahiru Thirimanne failed to grasp a simple chance at deep midwicket - also off Mendis - and du Plessis did not fall until the final over of the innings.

Duminy's progress was both smoother and quicker than his captain's, as he embellished his status as South Africa's best batsman of the tour with his second fifty of the series. Placement and hard running gave energy to his innings, and the big shots were largely reserved for the balls that deserved punishment. An overpitched slower ball from Suranga Lakmal was hoisted over the straight boundary in the 15th over, before Nuwan Kulasekara was launched slightly squarer when he delivered a knee-length full toss.

But their record, and that of the Hambantota stadium - which has allowed only one chasing victory in six previous matches - did not help South Africa, and having avoided a whitewash, Sri Lanka will hold on to their top ranking in T20s.

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

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  • on August 7, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    The most exhilarating and invigorating opening partnership in T 20 cricket was seen between dilshan & mahela putting on 60 odd runs in 4 overs. It was good cricket all round and congrats to Sri Lanka for snatching an improbable win with a very positive approach. It's a pity they could not do this in the earlier T 20 matches when South Africa were down and out after a 4 - 1 one day series defeat. Sri Lanka now have the time to recuperate and reorganize themselves to be more consistent in the future from lessons learnt during the SA tour.

  • Blade-Runner on August 6, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    A fantastic win for Sri Lanka!! Mahela, Dilshan n later Thisara "Iron Man" Perera propelled Sri Lanka to a magnificent victory. Mahela n Dilshan gave a brilliant start to SL innings by launching an onslaught against SA bowlers. Mahela played his usual stylish game but matching the ferocity Dilshan unleashed. That;s where SA completely lost the plot. Dilshan played a very intelligent innings and stayed till the end to ensure the deserved victory. Of course, There was "the Perera Factor" which SA faced n got blown away by it at the end. So SL are still rank 1. :)

    SA also played brilliant Cricket today. But It wasn't enough to seal the series 3-0. At least they can be very happy with this 2-1 series victory against the best T20 side in the world. It was nice Faf scored some runs after having a miserable series in SL. Anyway, It has been a wonderful tournament n Its always a treat to watch SL playing SA. Thank you South Africa n hope you enjoyed ur stay up there in our lil island.G'Luck !

  • DilumSL on August 8, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    It's not Dilshan who made the difference. Of course Dili and Mahela played well. But that happened in first two games as well. Sanga played so well in first two games but the problem was we didn't had the fire power in our middle order. Thisara's hitting was the difference in this game than other two. If we had another player or two who can bat like that. we could have easily won the first 2 games as well. Because we can't always rely on Thisara to come and score 15, 20 runs in a single over. We need some other players who can clear the rope effortlessly.

  • manojdis on August 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    From the looks of Tissara Perera's batting for the last few months, I have seen a drastic improvement in his offside play. Earlier, he really struggled to hit the ball from square point to long off, most of the times he sliced the ball to the 3rd man area. Now, he looks to play much straighter and hence has the ability to hit the ball over or along the offside area. So, I think it's high time that he should be given the chance to bat higher in the order, best is opener's position, so that SL can use the maximum from his enormous batting talent. Credit should also be given to Marvan Atapattu in my opinion for this turnaround on Tissara Perera's technique.

  • Cannuck on August 7, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    @SriLankan1 & Chamal Wijesekara: You guys are spot on! It's refreshing to read intelligent comments with common sense. You guys hit the nail on the head, unlike the 1948 guy who keep spewing his same old seniors got to go venom. These guys have personal agendas, hate the success of the top players, & use these forums to bring them down. They have no appreciation for their talent. They keep bringing in "SL domestic" stats as if it's the most competitive league in the world. County, yes! Sheffield, yes! Ranji trophy, yes! SL domestic, please no! As one of you mentioned the SL school cricket has more talent, but in the transition to domestic, they get lost, not to mention politics in the SLC. Still no one in the current young crop come even close to the top 3 plus previous star players. This will continue to be so, as long as politics, coaching methods in school cricket gets messed up. It has! It seems they teach T20 cricket from U12, instead of proper techniques! It's sad but true!

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    can any one give me the ans of few questions plz. 1: when JP Duminy was best spinner of Africa in the last two matches , why has not he bowled a single ball in the whole match? 2; if you see the 2nd match between Africa and Lanka,WD Parnelll bowled in the death overs and all the balls were either yorkers or on the legs straight and impossible for the batsmen to play, but in this match he bowled all the bowls out of wicket and away from the off stumps. why were the overs of WD Parnell and M Morkell left in spite that TM Dilshan was on the wicket. why was the fielding so poor that the best fielder of the world was miss Fielding. 163 was the par score for the out of form lankan side but they made it with ease. believe me i always doubt African side in these situations whether they are playing against india or any other side. they are the best actors of the world. feeling sorry for the Africans fans. javed ijk karachi

  • quittthewhinging on August 7, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    SA's bowling was rubbish. Why do they continually bowl short when they are getting hammered all over the park. Do they never learn? And why doesn't du Plessis have a word with them? As a captain he's worse than AB. Quinten de Kock impressed in SA but is all at sea against good spin - lots to learn yet.

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (On present form) and Kusal Janith Perera will not make it into any of the T20 squads in any of the other country than SL- not even the so called minnows will they be able to cement a place for themselves. Whilst its obvious to most, nothing seems to be done about it. True Sri Lanka must look to the future and blood new talent but when it becomes obvous that there is no promise in the chosen crop- selectors must be brave enough to invest in further fresh faces even though its a new learning curve again

  • Sharath274 on August 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Was Duminy injured? Didnt get a bowl in the last 2 matches.. even when Tahir was bowling so well, it shud have meant that Duminy also wud been equally effective.. bad captaincy by Faf..way to go ...

  • ADARSH100 on August 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Again SL won coz of a senior gun. Gud batting performance by Dilshan and Mahela. Perera played well. Kushal and Chandi... NO WAY. Chandi is not a gud captain too.. its funny wt he said during post match presentation saying he ws extremely happy by the way they bowled to restrict SA to 160... is Chandi a Kid to say that?? Huh.. PLEASEEEE... remove Chandi from T20 squad immediately. Yestrday also, he wasted 18 balls to get 14 runs. Pleaseeee.... SL cricket is in danger.

    call him back whn SL play against Zimbabwe. please rest all the senior players against Zimbabwe. Mahela,tharanga,sanga,Dilshan,malinga,mathews must be rested evn in tests. Play with fresh team against Zimbabwe.

  • on August 7, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    The most exhilarating and invigorating opening partnership in T 20 cricket was seen between dilshan & mahela putting on 60 odd runs in 4 overs. It was good cricket all round and congrats to Sri Lanka for snatching an improbable win with a very positive approach. It's a pity they could not do this in the earlier T 20 matches when South Africa were down and out after a 4 - 1 one day series defeat. Sri Lanka now have the time to recuperate and reorganize themselves to be more consistent in the future from lessons learnt during the SA tour.

  • Blade-Runner on August 6, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    A fantastic win for Sri Lanka!! Mahela, Dilshan n later Thisara "Iron Man" Perera propelled Sri Lanka to a magnificent victory. Mahela n Dilshan gave a brilliant start to SL innings by launching an onslaught against SA bowlers. Mahela played his usual stylish game but matching the ferocity Dilshan unleashed. That;s where SA completely lost the plot. Dilshan played a very intelligent innings and stayed till the end to ensure the deserved victory. Of course, There was "the Perera Factor" which SA faced n got blown away by it at the end. So SL are still rank 1. :)

    SA also played brilliant Cricket today. But It wasn't enough to seal the series 3-0. At least they can be very happy with this 2-1 series victory against the best T20 side in the world. It was nice Faf scored some runs after having a miserable series in SL. Anyway, It has been a wonderful tournament n Its always a treat to watch SL playing SA. Thank you South Africa n hope you enjoyed ur stay up there in our lil island.G'Luck !

  • DilumSL on August 8, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    It's not Dilshan who made the difference. Of course Dili and Mahela played well. But that happened in first two games as well. Sanga played so well in first two games but the problem was we didn't had the fire power in our middle order. Thisara's hitting was the difference in this game than other two. If we had another player or two who can bat like that. we could have easily won the first 2 games as well. Because we can't always rely on Thisara to come and score 15, 20 runs in a single over. We need some other players who can clear the rope effortlessly.

  • manojdis on August 7, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    From the looks of Tissara Perera's batting for the last few months, I have seen a drastic improvement in his offside play. Earlier, he really struggled to hit the ball from square point to long off, most of the times he sliced the ball to the 3rd man area. Now, he looks to play much straighter and hence has the ability to hit the ball over or along the offside area. So, I think it's high time that he should be given the chance to bat higher in the order, best is opener's position, so that SL can use the maximum from his enormous batting talent. Credit should also be given to Marvan Atapattu in my opinion for this turnaround on Tissara Perera's technique.

  • Cannuck on August 7, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    @SriLankan1 & Chamal Wijesekara: You guys are spot on! It's refreshing to read intelligent comments with common sense. You guys hit the nail on the head, unlike the 1948 guy who keep spewing his same old seniors got to go venom. These guys have personal agendas, hate the success of the top players, & use these forums to bring them down. They have no appreciation for their talent. They keep bringing in "SL domestic" stats as if it's the most competitive league in the world. County, yes! Sheffield, yes! Ranji trophy, yes! SL domestic, please no! As one of you mentioned the SL school cricket has more talent, but in the transition to domestic, they get lost, not to mention politics in the SLC. Still no one in the current young crop come even close to the top 3 plus previous star players. This will continue to be so, as long as politics, coaching methods in school cricket gets messed up. It has! It seems they teach T20 cricket from U12, instead of proper techniques! It's sad but true!

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    can any one give me the ans of few questions plz. 1: when JP Duminy was best spinner of Africa in the last two matches , why has not he bowled a single ball in the whole match? 2; if you see the 2nd match between Africa and Lanka,WD Parnelll bowled in the death overs and all the balls were either yorkers or on the legs straight and impossible for the batsmen to play, but in this match he bowled all the bowls out of wicket and away from the off stumps. why were the overs of WD Parnell and M Morkell left in spite that TM Dilshan was on the wicket. why was the fielding so poor that the best fielder of the world was miss Fielding. 163 was the par score for the out of form lankan side but they made it with ease. believe me i always doubt African side in these situations whether they are playing against india or any other side. they are the best actors of the world. feeling sorry for the Africans fans. javed ijk karachi

  • quittthewhinging on August 7, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    SA's bowling was rubbish. Why do they continually bowl short when they are getting hammered all over the park. Do they never learn? And why doesn't du Plessis have a word with them? As a captain he's worse than AB. Quinten de Kock impressed in SA but is all at sea against good spin - lots to learn yet.

  • on August 7, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal (On present form) and Kusal Janith Perera will not make it into any of the T20 squads in any of the other country than SL- not even the so called minnows will they be able to cement a place for themselves. Whilst its obvious to most, nothing seems to be done about it. True Sri Lanka must look to the future and blood new talent but when it becomes obvous that there is no promise in the chosen crop- selectors must be brave enough to invest in further fresh faces even though its a new learning curve again

  • Sharath274 on August 7, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Was Duminy injured? Didnt get a bowl in the last 2 matches.. even when Tahir was bowling so well, it shud have meant that Duminy also wud been equally effective.. bad captaincy by Faf..way to go ...

  • ADARSH100 on August 7, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Again SL won coz of a senior gun. Gud batting performance by Dilshan and Mahela. Perera played well. Kushal and Chandi... NO WAY. Chandi is not a gud captain too.. its funny wt he said during post match presentation saying he ws extremely happy by the way they bowled to restrict SA to 160... is Chandi a Kid to say that?? Huh.. PLEASEEEE... remove Chandi from T20 squad immediately. Yestrday also, he wasted 18 balls to get 14 runs. Pleaseeee.... SL cricket is in danger.

    call him back whn SL play against Zimbabwe. please rest all the senior players against Zimbabwe. Mahela,tharanga,sanga,Dilshan,malinga,mathews must be rested evn in tests. Play with fresh team against Zimbabwe.

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    real use of powerplay overs by S lankan openers .

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    For ages we have depended on the school cricketing structure to produce our international player base, while the first class structure has remained a mere mode of transition. But little have we realised that the school structure had inherent limitations and had reached the saturation point by the late 80's. So when ever a youngster come in to the international team he takes time to adjust, Sanath J made his dubute in 91 it took him nearly 5 years to find a permanent spot, Dilshan debued in 99/00 but it took him nearly 10 years to find a permanent slot in the team, and I don't want to start on guys who had so much, but who never really kick started. This wasn't bcos the team was laden with talent but bcos the SL young cricketers take time ti adjust to the Int standards. This is true for the current crop as well. And this will hold true until we overhaul the 1st class structure. Till such time the present state if affairs will be the order of the day.

  • Jay_candid on August 7, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Srilanka is the only coutry which is fielding the same old 34+ senior batsmen in T20s.. Still the same dilshan,mahela, sanga even in T20's.. Look at the other teams in T20's.. It's been completely new from other formats and full of youngsters.. I dont understand this whether SL doesnt have any promising young players or selectors dont have a guts to drop them?

  • Iceman29 on August 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @ SriLankan1: You were spot on in your comments...totally agree with you...

  • Srini_Indian on August 7, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Yawn! Same old stuff, three experienced guys guiding SL home. You have to wonder whether there is any young talent in SL. Guys like Chandimal, Thirimanne look clueless in international arena.

  • duncanmoo on August 7, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Why when the quicks were being hit all over the park did Faf only bowl one spinner? He did not even try bring Duminy or himself on?

    Faf still has some work to do to prove himself as the T20 captain, at least he showed some batting form in this game.

  • on August 7, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Despite conspiracy going on to supress Thisara (dropping from caribbean tour while being one of few who attack indian bowling, giving less chance to bowl at the top) he is d match winner n he keeps on providing best under pressure(often masked by some other top order batter). mind u he s d 1of top most valuable foreign player @IPL he s d only young player who delivers! theres no other to lead sl t20 team than him and kule d vice captain

  • SriLankan1 on August 7, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Over and over it is apparent that the new blood is no where near the talent of the 03 great guns. They have to be there to ensure victory every now and then. It is foolish to rest one senior at a time as all 03 are firing v well. what should be done is to infact rotate the youngsters who fail continuously despite being given so many opportunities. Now they get selected for no merit of their talent whereas Mahela and Sanga those days got in to the team and started performing continuously up to now with astonishing averages. Where are the similar types now in the team??? The best thing is :Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan's talents are to be fully exploited until the 2015 WC. We have no chance without them as no one can even come closer to how they play at the age of 36.......

  • mark2011 on August 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @ KingOwl on (August 6, 2013, 22:01 GMT); you want Thirimanna to hold a inning in T20..? what type of holding are you expecting here..its a really stupid idea.. when almost every one is telling that he is not even suitable for ODIs how can he hold inning in T20 game...of course he may hold taking 90 ball to score 30 runs and team will never win matchs if thats happns. it seems you havent seen Thiri is batting,

    How can a batsman scored 17 runs out of 123 run partnership in a ODI match is suitable to play a 120 balls match ?...

  • Tysonlanka on August 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Great win by our Lankan boys, great to watch their aggressive batting. Both Chandimal and Thirimanne should be dropped from the T20 side. Both are not suitable for this format. We cant have people who cant' hit the ropes on regular basis in this format, these two guys are good for ODI'S or TEST cricket, again i'm note sure with Chandima Technic he don't not look a fluent player for me, i seen much better players, why can't our selectors watch few club matches and get a better idea then waiting for another guy to influence people to the national side. Once Mahela , Dilshan, Sanka goes we will be heading to the bottom of the ranks if we don;t plan well.

  • Niketh2000 on August 7, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Time for some real cricket playing tests maybe? Anyone?

  • Lord.emsworth on August 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Good series win SA! Lessons to learn SL!...Summarizing the ODI's and T20's…Angelo Mathews is fortunate. He has a horrible batting record and his bowling is not far behind. Yet he is ODI & Test captain as there is no one else to do the job. Chandimal, the T20 captain is almost as bad as Mathews. Mahela, KS, & Dilshan can't be expected to captain again…This would be the wrong way to go. Generally SL isn't really improving. In Tests, ODI's and T20 they clearly lack a middle order of international class… In T20's drop Chandimal, Thirimanne (Not T20 material) & MJDK Perera (Tried, tested & wanting) Promote NLTC Perera in the batting order. And BTW don't rest batsmen like Dilshan & MJ unless a series is already won and don't bring back players like Mubarak etc, when newcomers are knocking on the door for a chance.

  • on August 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    What a Match!!!!!!!!! Contribution of Dilshan & Mahela Helps Sri lanka to reach No.01 in T20 Rankings.

  • Nuwas on August 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    first of all, Congratz on the victory, coz its what matters after-all. I say no one out of from should be included in T20 squad of SL. SL has so many T20 material players all over the island. Changes should be made immediately. (1) (1) Chandi & Thiri should only be kept for ODIs until they mature & let convince that they fit the positions. (2) Give the T20 captaincy to Tissara or Malinga. (3) Keep rotating the Seniors. (4) Tissara should be trained hard as a proper batsmen (he's got skill&power to become a legend like Gayle if he's well trained ) by Atapattu. (5) give chances to proper T20 players like Munaweera.

    Thats the only way i can see us keeping our no.01 ranking.

  • on August 7, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    We won because of Mahela, Dilshan and Thissara - and more particulalry because Thirimanne did not bat and waste many balls. We nearly lost because the Kusal and Chandimal just wasted balls and looked all at sea even when we were in a winning position - Mathews has the capacity but not the application he needs to focus more on his batting. Kusal And Thirimanne need to be dropped from the T20 squad - Thirimanne is not suited and Kusal is not even the shadow of Jayasuriya who they are comparing with- Kapugedara also is not viable option as he has been given too many chances. Chandimal is also fast approaching the expiry status unless he starts making match winning contributions. Its time to give some fresher faces a chance cos the so called fresh faces havent lived up to any standard. Angelo Perera is one such option and some of the under 19's should also considered ahead of Thirimanne and Kusal

  • Blade-Runner on August 7, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I don't know if anybody noticed Thisara's reaction when Faf got hit in the groin. Thisara is such a nice guy, he went to Faf n removed Faf's headgear, then took his gloves off to make him feel comfortable as Faf was in a hugh pain. He acted like a true sportsman. Its always nice to those kinda friendly gestures on the field. And of course, crazy Dilshan started to play with Faf's bat. :D

  • Htc-Android on August 7, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Congratz sri lanka. We finally manged to retain our No.1 spot. Looks like Thissara has improved his off side play. Both Chandimal and Thirimanne should be dropped from the T20 side. Both are not suitable for this format. We cant have someone averaging 13 and 14 in the team. That will cost our No.1 spot. Instead we should bring guys like Angelo perera, Kapu, Munaweera. I feel both A.perera and Munaweera are really unlucky. Both dint get fair chance to prove themselves. Atleast try them in T20s.

  • Falew on August 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @ Prema1948-Can you please name me one Srilankan batsman who has better test away average than Sangakkara???

  • on August 7, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    No, we have Not had enough of Kusal Perera, he went w/so much pressure from critics. I am sure he will be back with Power and vengence in the near future

  • chaabe on August 7, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    next t 20,pls remove chandimal,thirimanne,kushal,? matthews ,add akila danajaya,please find new players who can play t 20 cricket,not one day ,test

  • kevepere on August 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Mahela , Sanga and Dilshan would have their respective places and would need their service atleast for another 4 years for sure ! the youngsters of sri lanka cannot even come close to any of their performances. Future of sri lanka mathews, chandi , thiri and kusal .. future of india kohli , dhawan , raina and rohith sharma. most of the Indian youngsters have made the seniors like sehwag and gambir replaced. seniors need to fight to get their places. But in SL the 3 seniors could easily understand their places are safe. they do not have to worry . they dont have competition .

  • Prabhash1985 on August 7, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Mahela, Thisara and Dillie was awesome! This victory we had, is more than enough, I feel overwhelmed with joy when I remember the way they attacked quality bowlers from South Africa. The way Dilshan played two consequtive scoops to their front line bowler, and Mahela hitting consequtive boundaries, run rate 12.00 per over for the first wicket for many overs! Thrilled!!! Thank you Sri Lanka! Furthermore, I have a dream, I want to see Lakmal, Malinga, Shaminda, Kulasekara in one Test match, probably in seaming conditions! I want to see them succeeding. Three bowling some serious pace and curling swing by many.

  • kevepere on August 7, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Those who say kapugedara should be given a chance i tell them how many chances did he get to place his position in the team. he is no where near getting into even SL A squad. He is not performing well in the domestic even. You guys want him for what ? just because a person can slog that does not mean he can get a place in the team. Just because people remember his few performances which were highly inconsistent does not give him a place. he needs to PERFORM in the domestic and show to get another chance

  • DreamCricketer on August 7, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    DreamCricketer:

    Congrats SL! Once again thanks to Dishan,Mahela and Tisara we have won the final game. It's time for the SLC board to wake up. I don't see that we can get the seniors to perform well during the 2015 world cup. I wish they would but it's uncertain and the future is very bleak for our team. If we do not have at least 3 good young hitters in the team. They should also look for another good pace bowler and I don't think Malinga will deliver the goods as well. Good luck to the team.

  • on August 7, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    I have been saying it again and again, that Thisara should not come at number 7 but earlier around number 4. See the difference, he is sent still late at number 6 and score 24 runs of 11 balls. Can at least now saner council prevail in the mindsets of selectors as well as the coach and captain and see that he bats at number 4 or 5 position. In fact given his ability to destroy any attack single handedly, it may be a good idea to make him the captain of the T 20 side and free Chandimal to do his batting. Thisara can easily lead from the front and will be an inspiration to the whole T 20 side. So please think about it and see that it happens in future

  • Iceman29 on August 7, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Russel Arnold's commentry is more annoying than the sound produced by the people in the ground....

  • Ramansilva on August 7, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    Did we have enough of Kusal Perera. He averaged about 8 in the last 8 innings. That is a fantastic record for the avatar of Sanath the master blaster.

  • Ramansilva on August 7, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Several fans have suggested to drop Chandimal and Tirimanna from T20 team and give captaincy to Mathews. But what are the special skills that Mathews has. Thisara and Kulasekera are better than Mathews as batsmen and bowlers. Mathews won't find a place in any other team. Last IPL proved that. He is just mediocre. Anyway I agree that SLC has to reconsider the captain vice captain positions in ODI and T20 teams.

  • mark2011 on August 7, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    So SL is better in winning by chasig much higher scores than lower totals...very good batting by Dili & MJ. specially now we can see Dili is playing more responsibly and trying to play through the whole inning which has paid well off winning matches and MOM award for him. Its sad to see how our younger players keep failling and dont seems to be learning even from their previous mistakes... Kushal,Chandi,Thiri should be dropped from ODI & T20, latter 2 are OK for test, they are unable to be up with the scoring rate required for a ODI/T20 matches, struggle to rotate the strike..so clearly not suitable for limited over games.better to give a chance to Kapugedera, Munaweera etc. Finally good that SL retained their #1 position in T20.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 7, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Much awaited victory for the host & rank no. 1 who was rusty for last few days. SL feels better with final result 2-1 than 3-0. PAK will have to wait for few weeks to go on top of the ranking table. It was much better wicket for T20 game at Hambantota than the previous 2 game. Finally Captain Genius entertained us with classy 85. Another good innings from JPD helped the team to reach 163. SL responded briskly. Their seniors once again had to take the gun in their hand. Proteas lacked one more quality spinner. As far as their tour is concerned, SA would get 6 points whereas SL would get 2. Spin department was weakest area for SA & stronghold for SL. But SA shown eagerness for adaptability and tried at least something. Yet more improvement is required. There was nothing to prove for SL here carrying with the seniors but they missed golden opportunity by not to try anything. Fair enough for both to share one all with two different formats.

  • on August 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    Looking at the score card, I found a very rear similarity in the name of both the playing eleven teams. Seven players of each team are having letter "D" somewhere in their names. I believe its very rear.

  • ndmm on August 7, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    what is this kusal got lot of chances but he couldn't do anything ? Players like dilshan munaweera will get only 1 chance ,he will out from the T20 squad.must give chances to him like kusal I know definitely he will do something.Good Luck Mune!

  • Haider-pak-awsome on August 7, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Yet again it is proven that the seniors have to step in to rescue Lanka. SL youngsters are lacking talent in all three formats and especially in batting. Future doesnt looks in safe hands for Lanka. It would be interesting ot see if Sanga, Mahela n Dilshan can carry similar rescue job until WC15. If they do then how long they could?

  • on August 7, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    This time u've seen seniors save the butt again juniors needs to be rising now

  • IndianCoolGuy on August 7, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Congratulations to SL. Old horses are running well for SL. wonder when the youngsters learn from them. Wish them all the best for the youngsters to come to international standard.

  • on August 7, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    i still dont know y Angi Perera not play 4 Thirimanne.

  • Prema1948 on August 7, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    the Country would gain nothing continuing with the 3. It ridicules the ardent Cricket fans to see the employment of Mahela in the T20s after he had failed in his last 7 ODI innings. It's Country's Future that is more important than that of individuals. Chandimal& AngeloM have very often been used as lower order batters in their short careers, therefore they had to warm the bench all the time, while watching seniors performing on flat tracks, one should give enough time for these proven batters to settle in, as it's not easy for them to come into terms with tough batting conditions at Night, all of a sudden. In ODI matches these 2 stroke-filled batters should be allowed to bat at 3 & 4 positions asking the seniors to bat lower-down or 3 should be dropped.(Stats can be verified at any good website like Cricinfo)

  • Prema1948 on August 7, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    player such as Angelo Perera(the Player of the tournament SAARC T/20, a T'ment among SAARC countries held in 2010/12, one of the top T/20 batters in the Country) is in the squad? Both Mathews & Chandimal (with S'weera)are the two batters that came to our rescue when the 3 seniors were unable to stand against quality bowling of Englishmen (2011) in E'land and bowling of SAans in SA2011/12. The right thing to do is to bring in all these under mentioned quality players that have excelled well both at School & DomesticLevels(KhausalSilva,RoshenSilva,ShehanJayasuriya,AngeloPerera,Bhanuka,KithruwanWithanage,GayanManeshan,SachithraSerasinghe together with NiroshanDickwella,KusalMendis) together with the present youngsters in the Team in leaving out all 3 seniors. The performing well after experience of 500-600 International innings is not a big issue(Hadlee,Imran became good batters at the end of their careers and so did Aravinda& MustaqMohamed became quality spinners at the end)2b CNTD

  • Prema1948 on August 7, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    This is the only country that, its media tries to discredit the Country's youngsters for every small mistake they do, while ignoring all the good work they have done, and inflating non-existing skills of seniors that find it difficult perform on lively tracks, particularly on foreign soil, in spite of having ample opportunities provided. As we all know Mathews, Chandimal & AngeloP are 3 batters with exceptional careers both as Schoolboy & Domestic Cricketers with 1st CLA BAT Ave around 50. Pls note Angelo Perera is maintaining 1st CLA BAT Ave45 while always sent to bat at No7-8 positions of a Club Team where one of the seniors is a member. This is a one good example for a deliberate attempt to prevent youngsters from performing. There is no reason to employ these aging, reckless hitting batters of slow reflex as front-liners at a time above mention quality batters are in your Team. Incidentally why have they continue with Kusal Perera with failure after failure while a brilliant2bCNTD

  • Sinhaya on August 7, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Glad we won and retained our no. 1 spot in T20 rankings. Well played SA to have won the series as they deserved. Glad Thisara impressed with the bat. I think he deserves to open in T20s and ODIs as he can be very dangerous once he gets his eye in. Sachithra too proved to be valuable by being our most economical bowler. Du Plessis has made mends in the T20s after his abysmal run in the ODIs.

    As for our young batsmen, Thirimanne is fine for tests and ODIs but not T20s. Kushal Perera (KP) and Chandimal have been disappointing and must be dropped and be replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Perera. KP has been given too many chances.

  • SaadRocx on August 7, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Good Srilanka :) nice job.

  • Cricketluv on August 7, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    Dear Andrew, My favourite writer, - Why have you forgorten to mention the fact that SL Think tank this time have listened to CRICINFO experts like us is the MOST imfortant factor that SL could ended victorious. THAT is the batting order. Please read the comments of many of us for last week. We repeatedly said , SEND Thisara before when situations demand so. Imagine what would have been the result if THIRI, were sent before Thisara. There were similar situations in first two games. Even Thisara cannot do when -23 runs in 9 balls situations. Send him earlier and give him time to settle down as he did this time- first five balls - singles. If successful -a bonus. If not no harm has been done to the existing situation. That is the theory.

  • on August 6, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka should let their 'budding' young batsmen like Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunartne, among others, to play Test cricket first. This way, they are relieved of the ODI/T20 pressure to score, but will give them an opportunity to play themselves in, and bat for long periods of time. This is the experience in the middle they need.

    Both Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne, have done well in first class cricket, with Perera being the first triple-centurian in SL first-class. Test matches are what the selectors should give them the exposure to, for them to get to know the pressure of playing against international sides.

    Good Luck, Sri Lanka!

  • C0l0mb0 on August 6, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Cont.. But Chandimal, Kushal need to go to "A" side n make some runs against quality bowlers. if Kushal can score 25 runs consecutive 5 innings of T20 he might end up in T20 world cup squad. If not SL need to find someone else. SL need to play more test with these youngsters. Few good batting knocks can improve them a lot. But SL cricket just go after money rather than SL cricket future.

    Foe Me, best 16 ppl for next T20 world cup 1.Kushal/Dikwella 2.Dilshan 3. Mathews 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Angelo Perera/ Kapugedara 7. Serasinghe/ C de Silva 8. Thisara 9. Kulasekara/ S Lakmal 10. Malinga 11. A Mendis/ A Dananjaya

  • Snambidi on August 6, 2013, 23:35 GMT

    It was,perhaps,good luck for SA ,as there was no schedule for Test matches.It is not an easy process for any cricket playing nation including England,Australia,West Indies,or NZ to play& win matches in Asia continental& vice versa for Asian Teams to play abroad except, perhaps,for India under Dhoni. In the case of MSDhoni he had proved time & again beyond doubt that he is capable of turning the tides in favor of India & her Captaincy. This I could say with confidence as is obvious from winning 4 Titles in a row beginning from WC( onedayer)2011,T20 WC,Champions Trophy & Trination Series recently. In case any one does not agree to my views,kindly make themselves clear with proper evidence so that I could note it for future Guidance.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 6, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    "Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to consolation win" Headings a all same except the Name on it for SL...its either Sanga or Mahela. That heading cannot be change with the bunch of ppl SL hv right know... of coz who cannot bat.

    Mathews efforts in T20s r pathetic. in T20 batters need to make bowlers do some mistakes. All Mathews did was just nudge the ball here n there with odd boundary for a dolly.. n the way he get out tells the story. we play cricket in SL roads, but not even us get out like that. With the ball he try to ball off cutters all the time. but when its swinging, y cant he be another Kulasekara. off cutter should be a surprise delivery. Still the problem was off cutter did nothing too.

    Enough said about Chandimal, Kushal and Thirimanne. Useless as much as u can get. Chandimal going after the record for Most single figure T20/ODI Batsman in the world (unless he is the record holder now.) I believe thirimanne should be in ODI team doing what Asanka Gurusinghe did for a long time.

  • KingOwl on August 6, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    I have wondered why I do not feel bad about SL losing this series. I think it is because, to a great extent, this series had nothing to do with South Africa. If SL really wanted to beat SA, they could have done so, easily. They just would have had to stop experimenting. SL experimented, and I think the experiments failed to a great extent. But SL probably learnt quite a bit from the failed experiments. The bowling side looks solid on the junior's side. Batting does not. But, the thing we should not forget is that SL's seniors still have a few years in them. By the time they are done, there will be others ready to take over. I have little doubt.

  • proteasfire on August 6, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Excellent comeback by SL and a great win!! Dilshan and Mahela showed their class well backed by finishing touches of Thisara Perara. A solid performance by SL to restore world #1 ranking. SA has lot of positives too from this series. Good to see Faf getting into some form with bat and JP's been magnificent through out and richly deserved man of the series award. SA could have played Morris today given this was a dead rubber. Anyways players like DeKock, Davids, Wiese etc got exposed to sub continental conditions and will serve as a good learning for them with T20 WC coming up in Bangladesh. SA still need to do lot of thinking and get their combination right in ODIs. A Petersen, R Petersen, R Kleinveldt, F Behardien should be excluded for the next tour to make way for top domestic performers to make the team more solid. Faf''s captaincy was excellent too and selectors can give a thought of having him in ODIs as well. Great series overall. Well played both teams!! #Happy SA Fan#

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on August 6, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    HI SA fans ...this is good win for S.Lanka,they played do or die cricket here ,but SA took the trophy back for home as FAF said on presentation ( these words show a good sportsmanship that s why he is good captain ) DE Kock is good wicketkeeper batsman 5 catch 1 stump and 40 runs in 3 matches and very important he played first time in Asian difficult condition not bad for young and aggressive cricketer .AB 's show not much batter than Kock and Wiese has good chance to play as allrounder after Zullu ,Albie or Kallis in T-20 ...good luck

  • SLWATERBOY on August 6, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! Hats off to Dilshan, Mahela and Thissara! As I have stated bedore this match, now Chandimal, Thirimanne and Kusal can hide somewhere along with Chairman of Selectors Sanath. If you want to inject young blood, then bring young players who can do it. Example Munaweera, Ashan Priyanjan, sachithra Serasinghe, Bhanuka, Angelo Perera. Please let all the seniors playing. They are doing a wonderful job. Let mahela and dilly open sanga one down and force young playes to take responsibility in middle order. Don't forget that mahela dilly or sanga didnt get the batting places according to their choice when they were new.

  • kc69 on August 6, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Congrats to SL for a successful series and they definitely deserve to enjoy this moment but this series poses more questions to Sri Lankan Cricket than answers. Drop Mahela,Dilshan and Sanga and I wonder what happens to batting lineup. Not at all any ominous signs for future of SL cricket.

  • KingOwl on August 6, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    It is amazing how people are calling for Kapugedera now. Just a few months ago, everyone was venting their spleen at Kapu. And by the way, what is the deal with Angelo Perera. He looks to be a fat kid. Can he really bat? I have seen nothing of significance from him. I think the people who are shouting for Angelo Perera are the same guys who wanted Kusal Perera to open.

  • on August 6, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    why Ramesh Dharshana Perera is hiding when Mahela is playing well ?? He wanted him to retire and give chances to youngsters. I there any one to challenge Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan ?? Mahela challenges all the senior players in 1997 and made so many runs. o who is there to replace him ???

  • KingOwl on August 6, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    At last, they got the batting order somewhat OK. More accurately, they were forced to. Still, this is far from optimal. Kusal seems further away from playing at the top level. Fortunately, he did not have time to waste deliveries today. Same with Chandimal. At least he got some singles and rotated the strike. That's the best he can do. I think Angelo should come a bit higher in the order and he should also be the captain. Angie needs time to settle down before going for the big hits. Chandimal is not a T20 player. He should be out. I think Thirimanna can manage, if he comes at one down, but not later. There is a simple test of who the real T20 players are. They are the ones who got big IPL contracts. The likes of Chandimal and Thiri did not for a very good reason! I think Thirimanna can hold one side and build an inning even in T20. But, he is still a test/ODI player. Chandimal even more so. I hope the selectors take note, at least now.

  • Blade-Runner on August 6, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    I totally agree with the most of fellow SL fans here that Chandimal n Thiri aint T20 players. I think SL selectors are killing their game by selecting 'em to T20 side n forcing 'em to slog. And Chandimal is no way ready to take over the captaincy. Today, when Faf n Dumminy started to get going, Chandimal looked petrified. The pressure completely overwhelmed him. But then again, its good that he is learning the art of captaincy in a hard way. But we can't afford to have an inexperienced skipper like Chandimal as T20 WC is a few months away. I think Mathews should take over the T20 side as well.

    I'm so happy to see the progress of Suranga Lakmal. He has matured a lot. He's got enough juice to bowl over 140+ too. The last over he bowled under tremendous pressure was priceless. He was bowling at inform batsman like Faf,Dumminy n AB. But He kept his cool n got those yorkers to pin point. He also bowled so well in WI too. Now I wanna see him in the playing XI regularly.

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    when Chandimal got appointed as the captain he didn't had any experience in T20, poor average and SR, nothing fancy in IPL or SLPL, also hes not a power hitter so when someone get Captaincy they are always under pressure to perform. Selectors cant drop the captain after few game so even with bad performance he has to play few matches, same with Thirimanna, he hardly hit a six, these two guys are good for Test and one day but not for T20, Kulasekara has average close to these two been a bowler and night watchmen according to gawaskar. Ajantha also a misery bowler till few matches, when the players start to read him and hit few sixes he starting to bowl full tosses

  • tdslbuwa on August 6, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    For upcoming T20 matches Thirimanne and Chandimal out...Angelo Perera and Kapugedara in...T20 captain Mathewes...Also keep the rotation policy going..Rest one senior...Can any one remember how well Kapugedara batted in last SLPL...Give him a chance at 4 and im sure he will produce results... Mahela,Dili,Kushal,Kapu,Angelo Perera,Mathewes,Thisara,Kula,Sachi,Mali,Ajantha... Middle order is filled with suitable T20 players who can clear the ropes when they want...Leave Chandi for ODIs and Thiri for tests...

  • SeamingWicket on August 6, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Cannuck: is also a wake up call for the MP from Matara, who may be itching to drop them from selection. Unlike him, these guys still perform higher at their age ------------------------- I remember him score a match winning hundred against India in the 2008 Asia cup final And he was almost 40 years old

  • SurlyCynic on August 6, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Can someone explain why Faf didn't use Duminy for an over, instead of bringing back Tsotsobe late in the game? Duminy was the best bowler in the first T20 and didn't bowl again. Strange.

  • Irshad991 on August 6, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Chandimal, kusal & thirimane should b droped and send bck to domestic cricket and find some form (just over rated players). Give some chance to other young talens. Mr. Mathews u r not so far u hav to find form soon. Selectors pls wake up prepare a good team 4 the world t20.

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Well done Srilanka !!.While I appreciate the efforts of the lankans bouncing back strongly with an emphatic win against SA,I am totally disappointed to see the way the SL team is led by these two captains Mathews and Chandimal.Why cant either Sanga or Mahela lead the team till the next word cup ??.It is disgusting and frustrating with the way Mathews speaks at the toss and post match presentation.I think was overestimated before he was handed the captaicy.His weaknesses were well exposed after he was given the captaincy.True, he is a great talent as a playe but not as a captain.Chandimal plays like a street boy.Both Chandi and Thrimanne should be allowed to play much domestic cricket.Performance based payment should be introduced to the young cricketers ,so that their actual talent can be well tested.Finally, Kushal perera should not be allowed to enter SL cricket untill he has properly learnt about cricket.What is he doing ?? Street boys can play much better cricket than Kushal's...

  • Cannuck on August 6, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Seniors, seniors, seniors... that's all I hear on these posts now. far cry from the ones who wanted the heads of these 3 on a platter. Do not remember their cricinfo handles, but you know who you are. They were fellow SL armchair critics. You used to preach about the cream of young SL talent waiting to blossom. You complained these 3 stalwarts were hogging the crease, denying their spots. You refer to them as has beens, pass their prime. WELL? Come out, come out where ever you are. From whatever the rock you are hiding under. Now explain how the youngsters did? Dazzle us with your stats from the SL domestic season, & your limited knowledge of the game. If this doesn't keep their traps shut, nothing will. Well done Sanga, Dilly & MJ the big 3 that SL is surely going to miss when they retire. It is also a wake up call for the MP from Matara, who may be itching to drop them from selection. Unlike him, these guys still perform higher at their age! So SLC be wise, treat them well please!

  • SurlyCynic on August 6, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka deserved the win, but Tsotsobe's performance was a disgrace. 4 overs for 49, well that was poor and the choice to bowl short at his feeble pace made no sense. But this can happen to a bowler, even though he should have changed tactics.

    But what was really terrible was the fielding. Comical misfields which cost boundaries, a simple dropped catch.... this has happened too often now. Fielding is something a professional cricketer can improve (like tail-end batting, something else he is terrible at) and there is no excuse for being this bad. He should now do fielding drills every day, even on holidays, and if this is too much effort for him he should never play for SA again.

    Well batted SL.

  • on August 6, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    well done Dil

  • Chinath on August 6, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Chandimal and Thirimanna are ODI players. They don't suit for T20.

  • Irshad991 on August 6, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    SLCB should arrange test series to improve the young players. Not to cancel the test series bcoz of domestic leagues for their financial benifits.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    2-1 series loss against SA @ out home conditions as the world's top ranked team in T20 cricket I think is a wakeup call to have second thoughts on our ODI batting order where we never give a fair chance to our youngsters to put up some runs under their names to gain their confidence. At least we need to send Mahela down the order and give Thirimanna and Chandimal a better chance to build an innings than just letting them to finish the innings.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    well done srilanksn boy's

  • sweet2hrme on August 6, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Thanks God they have not sent it Thirmane! when the match was equally balanced. Now tell me Who was finally the hero?? ?? Younster or Senior Player?? Cleary, SL is nothing without Jaya, Dilshan and Sanga. SL younster plz wake up ....... I dnt know the future of SL without these 3 Super Star.

  • Gayannishi on August 6, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    MR.Sanath Jayasuriya..u should have to take a brave decision regarding our T20 captaincy & the Skippers T20 ability and some players in the team before v r going to lose our No.1 Ranking... most importantly next T20 world cup around the corner.......

  • Shayantha on August 6, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    one thing we should remember before be a captain of any national team he/she should be word class player.Chandimal is not even closer to be a world class player.Same thing foe angelo also.they unable to play captain's role as Arjuna,sanath,Sanga and Mahela did.

  • WRX_STi on August 6, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Rangana herath should have been included in this series. He is a great spinner. Should have included all 3 spinners - Ajantha mendis, Sachithra and Herath. Too late for that now though. Kusal, Thirimanne and Chandimal failed to show anything. Reason for SL's series lost is very poor batting performance from above 3. Chandimal's fielding also very poor (may be second to Tsotsobe).

    SL senior players did well as usual.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    well done sri lanka evetytime play like this

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    We really need to build up our T20 squad pretty soon.we are still riding our luck on our usual main triumph cards. try some talent. Shehan Jayasuriya seems pure talented player on this format.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    T20 need allrounders & better batsmen...not half batters like chandi & Thirimanna.. pls give chance to allrounders..

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    dilshan ,jaya,sanga,thisara,mathews,kula,kapugedara,ajantha,herath,senanayake and malinga will be perfect order for lankans

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    well played Dilshan congradz to Lions :) with out these guys i dont think sri lanka win a game

  • SL_Wolverine on August 6, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Thisara perera again shows his T20 batting talented. Good Luck SL

  • BMDeep on August 6, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Congratulations for SL for their win, Consolation some wud say, but they really fought their way out to victory after conceding 164 what everybody thought was more than enough to victory. Though they lost this game, I wud really like to appreciate SA as they improved with every game. The bowling and fielding may b a bit wayward in this game but it is bound to happen in one or other game. After all, u cant expect everyday to contain another good team for less than 140. Now coming to d analysis part, firstly Chandimal as a t20 batsman is an absolute joke. he was finding ways to get out.Giving captaincy to him is just like buying a dustbin with a million bucks. Ppl may say that his captaincy is intelligent, but it is highly debatable.He literally forgot that TP is a bowling allrounder whose primary role is to complete his quota of overs. Seems like Chandi hasnt had enough confidence in him. Anyway, it is just pity that SL wanted d services of their seniors to complete each and every task.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    @mohammad sam,cant disagree with you except for that tharanga part, while he's a great odi batsman, he isnt t20 material. maharoof and kapugedra, howewer need to be in team, for both t20 and odi

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    what a great innings from risky dilshan

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    i think this series should have proved that chandimal and thirrimanne are not t20 material. drop them for better t20 players like munaweera, vithanage, shehab jayasuriya etc.

  • on August 6, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Well played Sri Lanka!! Brilliant batting from Dilshan, Mahela and Thissara. The only unfortunate outcome of this series is not losing 2-1, but the performances of the young players which is not upto the standard. It is time for Chandimal to be dropped form T20, and Kusal needs to go back to domestic cricket and improve

  • ahmad_khalid2 on August 6, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Good batting from SL from the start of chasing. Dilshan was a big knock Perera as well .The fielding wasn't good some drop cashes and some extra runs from miss fielding.Well done team SL keep it up.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    @ rajcan, dear I dont think that Mathews slowed down the rate. 14 frm 10 balls-SR of 140! but indeed chandimal wasted many balls.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    chandimal & kusal need go back to domestic cricket.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Finally a consolation win, the aggression we showed at the start could have been adopted in earlier matches and the question lies why not use it in crunch games rather than waiting for the right moment..

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Thank God Chandimal only faced 18 balls and got out.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    guys watever v shout nothing going to happen...chandimal will remain as a captain n next series also..as i said b4 v cant b no1 team for a long unless drop chandimal, thirimanne and jeeven we have more talented t20 players like kapugedara, tharanga and mahroof

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Based on all the tries, I would say the best Srilanka T20 team would be, One of Dilshan, Mahela, Sanga or Tissara Perera captaining the team. the XI should be.

    Mahela, Dilshan, Kushal Perera, Sanga, Tissara Perera, Angelo Perera, Mathews. Kulasekara, Malinga, Senannayake, herath/mendis.

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Well done Sri lanka. I think Kusal n Thrimanne must frop from T20 sri lanka pool. They both have talent but need improve their batting.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    What will SL do without Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga....(in this match Thisara stepped up too)....

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    sitting and scratching my head thinking, why did they send Chandimal and Mathew to slow down game, Should have sent Tissara and Nuwan up in the order when run needed.

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I dont understand on a high scoring game, when they have solid batsmens like Tissara, Nuwan and Mathew, why would they send Chandimal. He has already eaten 3 overs

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    SL needs to build good solid T20 team. They need to find a good T20 player to captain the side and build the team. Non performing player becoming captain to the side is burden. Persuade Jayawardene to Captain T20 and build the team, groom a T20 captain in next 2 years or so.

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Now that SA has scored 163, I hope SL would change the batting order and look for win, Open with Dilshan and Jeyawardene followed by Sanaga, Kushal, Mathew,Tissara, Kulasekara, Chandimal, Thirimane, Senanayake, Lakmal, Mendis.

    Bringing Thirimane or Chandimal before Kula or Tissara would be suicidal

  • SILVERSANGA on August 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I wonder why didn't SL board prepare a short test series instead of this rubbish T20s. As a genuine cricket fan I am only fond of ODis and tests. It's sad to see our board has been giving priority for these useless T20s.

    3 T20s? I could care less even if SL wins or loses. If you look at T20 rankings the WI team is ranked above many other quality teams. That says it all. SL is at #8 in test rankings. If we are to be ranked in a respectable position we need to play more tests.

  • SL_Boy on August 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    This is ridicules, Chandi is not a T20 player and why is he caption ... even he is not a domestic caption. look at Lakmals 1 & 2 overs he just change sides when he bowled one good over from one end ... what i can say dude bowing is not like batting it is rhythm if someone start to bowl a good over does not matter what end you need get max out of it.

    What I see is Anges and Chandis inexperience captaining ...costs Srilanka Cricket big time.

  • vim_equal on August 6, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Dont understand what they doing... When SL badly need this match to win and protect no 1 spot they resting Sanga.... (Only player in great form)

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    It seems SL selectors gambling with T20 selection. They pick up players who are not T20 materials and asking them to perform. First of all Chandimal and Thirimane are not suited for T20 format. Giving captaincy to chandimal is a burden. They should give the captaincy to Mathew and bring some T20 players. They have to keep the seniors in the team too. My XI would be in the following batting order.

    Kushal, jeyewardene, Sanga, Angelo Perera, thisara Perera, Mathews, kulasekara, chandimal/another new comer, abother bew batsman, Senanayake, malinga

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    It seems SL selectors gambling with T20 selection. They pick up players who are not T20 materials and asking them to perform. First of all Chandimal and Thirimane are not suited for T20 format. Giving captaincy to chandimal is a burden. They should give the captaincy to Mathew and bring some T20 players. They have to keep the seniors in the team too. My XI would be in the following batting order.

    Kushal, jeyewardene, Sanga, Angelo Perera, thisara Perera, Mathews, kulasekara, chandimal/another new comer, abother bew batsman, Senanayake, malinga

  • vim_equal on August 6, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Dont understand what they doing... When SL badly need this match to win and protect no 1 spot they resting Sanga.... (Only player in great form)

  • SL_Boy on August 6, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    This is ridicules, Chandi is not a T20 player and why is he caption ... even he is not a domestic caption. look at Lakmals 1 & 2 overs he just change sides when he bowled one good over from one end ... what i can say dude bowing is not like batting it is rhythm if someone start to bowl a good over does not matter what end you need get max out of it.

    What I see is Anges and Chandis inexperience captaining ...costs Srilanka Cricket big time.

  • SILVERSANGA on August 6, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I wonder why didn't SL board prepare a short test series instead of this rubbish T20s. As a genuine cricket fan I am only fond of ODis and tests. It's sad to see our board has been giving priority for these useless T20s.

    3 T20s? I could care less even if SL wins or loses. If you look at T20 rankings the WI team is ranked above many other quality teams. That says it all. SL is at #8 in test rankings. If we are to be ranked in a respectable position we need to play more tests.

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Now that SA has scored 163, I hope SL would change the batting order and look for win, Open with Dilshan and Jeyawardene followed by Sanaga, Kushal, Mathew,Tissara, Kulasekara, Chandimal, Thirimane, Senanayake, Lakmal, Mendis.

    Bringing Thirimane or Chandimal before Kula or Tissara would be suicidal

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    SL needs to build good solid T20 team. They need to find a good T20 player to captain the side and build the team. Non performing player becoming captain to the side is burden. Persuade Jayawardene to Captain T20 and build the team, groom a T20 captain in next 2 years or so.

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    I dont understand on a high scoring game, when they have solid batsmens like Tissara, Nuwan and Mathew, why would they send Chandimal. He has already eaten 3 overs

  • rajcan on August 6, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    sitting and scratching my head thinking, why did they send Chandimal and Mathew to slow down game, Should have sent Tissara and Nuwan up in the order when run needed.

  • C0l0mb0 on August 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    What will SL do without Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga....(in this match Thisara stepped up too)....

  • on August 6, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    Well done Sri lanka. I think Kusal n Thrimanne must frop from T20 sri lanka pool. They both have talent but need improve their batting.