Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day November 19, 2010

Sangakkara not surprised by West Indies' performance

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Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has said he was not surprised by the way in which West Indies dominated the drawn first Test in Galle but added the difference in bowling between the teams was an "eye-opener". West Indies, led by Chris Gayle's 333, piled up 580 before their bowlers struck to help enforce a follow-on on the hosts. Sri Lanka managed to save the Test but West Indies were also held back by the weather on the last three days.

"We were pretty wary about what they could do. The only thing was our attitude probably in the first two sessions which was a bit wanting," Sangakkara said of his team's bowling on the opening day. "The first six overs were probably okay although we didn't make the batsmen play too much. But after that I thought the lines and the lengths we bowled on this track were not good enough for us to put any pressure on them either to get wickets or to cut down on the runs. Chris (Gayle) took a lot of advantage from that and he batted magnificently."

"We've got understand that it is a good eye opener for us. It's an example to us the way West Indies were disciplined in their bowling. I thought the attitude of the West Indian bowlers the way they went about their job was very impressive."

Sangakkara admitted Sri Lanka could have put in a better performance with the bat in the first innings where no batsman reached a century even though four managed to get past fifty. "If one batsman can get a hundred, usually a side ends up making 400. Those are the par scores for Test cricket on these tracks and unfortunately we fell about 100 runs short on our first innings at least," he said.

"With the bowling attack we had unfortunately we didn't have the conditions in our favour apart from the first six overs where there was a little bit of swing. The first two days were the best days for batting and West Indies took maximum advantage of that."

The star for Sri Lanka on the final day was opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who made 95 in nearly three hours, and steered Sri Lanka to safety. "It was a fantastic effort from him," Sangakkara said. "He quickly adjusted from the first innings and he showed us what a real old -style opener he is in Test cricket to grind away at the opposition and score runs."

The second Test gets underway on November 23 in Colombo.

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  • Philip_Gnana on November 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka. Show the rest of the world and the critics what you are made of. The batters that we have are recognised by the whole world (may be an odd one out nearer home). You have shown what you can do in OZ, England in recent years. Never be complacent keep your chin up and play the game. Let the bat and ball do the talking that will shut the mouths of critics who have condescension on their minds. Listen to the positive criticisms. Be poistive guys we are here to back you. Come on the Lions. "CONDESCENDING CRITICS" BE AWARE YOU MAY HAVE TO EAT YOUR OWN WORDS. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • SLJohn on November 22, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Is srilanka doesn't have any other new fast bowlers except this popular faces, who had been given chances lots to proof a good bowler. Dilhara,Welagedara,Suranga Lakmal,& thushara how many time they got chances Are they proof that they can be a good fast bowler? Why srilankan cricket broad can't give chances to younger's rather than these same faces who are losing matches, Please remove these fellows from the list don't try again, if u try them again u will be frustrated that's 100% sure. There is a word from my ancient said " hadena gaya depeththen dene " that mean anyone can feel that someone can be good bowler in future in first match , from the way he is bowling. No need to try and try again.

    Don't try Lakmal or Dilhara , Remember they are wicketless expensive bowlers.

  • Lord.emsworth on November 21, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    SL's selectors were a tad cocky, compliant, and condescending. WI may not be a strong side now but to feed them with two moderate seamers like Prasad and Thushara was asking for trouble. Doesn't Sangakarra have any say in the selection? Regardless of the many comments, Gayle was the only star in this match. It was his match all the way....

  • on November 21, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    What a wonderful effort by the windies...Gayle was amazing,he reminded of the belting Sanath gave to the Indian bowlers when he scored his 340....this is what we want...push the Lankans to the limit...we do not need a simple tourney before the WC...common sanga...now is the time to re look at the strategies....get 5 bowlers in....go for the kill....Some genuine pace needed(Nuwan,Suranga,Dilhara)...Sri Lanka has 6 good batsmen to score 400 odd.We need 5 bowlers to keep the opposition to 300.This is gonna be a cracker of a series I guess...

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 21, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @cricketkkrazy: Flat track heroes?? Check Sanga's stats overseas. Last time we played in England Mahela scored a century in the test match and batted well and lead the team to a 5-0 win. Did you see how Dilshan batted in t20 wc in ENG? Did you see our performance in OZ? Must be not because you only watch Indian cricket. The only flat track heroes are in India (Raina, Vijay, Pujara etc) We all saw how they batted in WI, ENG (T20 wcs) and even in Zimbabwe. Cant play the bouncer. Can't hook, pull but kings in IPL matches in India. With our 3rd string bowling line up (No Murali, Kulasekara, Malinga, Fernando)we were able to get 9 wickets before WI declared. How many wickets did India get with their best bowling line up?? That also against an inexperienced NZ line up. Sorry but that's the harsh reality.

  • cricketkkrazy on November 20, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    srilankan cricket has a poor test record overseas but nowadays they are unable to win in their own backyard.They couldnt beat a weak westindies team which has plenty of inexperienced playes than how can sanga expect to reach no1.They were depended on great murli to take 20 wickets,now murli is gone and their bowling weaknessess are being exposed.Even their batsmen are flat pitch heros who's weakness come out when they tour other countries.That's why they couldnt win a test(forget a series) in aus,sa,even in india(although indian conditions are similar to sl)

  • Philip_Gnana on November 20, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    How well the Windies peformed. Well done Chris Gayle and the team. SL were overconfident it showed. This same over confidence was also show prior to the Indian series at home. How could you lose the toss and stil go in with four bowlers? Thushara has just come back in to the team. The selectors needed to stick with him to give him a run of games. Was is right to play Prasanna? Although he performed well the call should have been for a batting wicket keeper like Silva to step in or evetn the skipper to keep. The situationd did call for action.Why Samaraweera does not bowl these days? having a few to share the bowling would have been good. Umpiring and the UDRS system. The review umpires need training. The whole purpose is get a fair result. Assad Rauf track record does not hold well. In my opinion the third umpire should be driving the call for the review. The no ball decision, should have been picked up by Rauf and not by Nash. Philip Gnana Surrey

  • SLJohn on November 20, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Srilankan bowling line is very lousy except Malinga, these Dhammika,Thushara,Dilhara,Welagedara are not Constancy bowlers they are only domestics heroes, we need a Kulasekara like bowler who have deviations at least with new ball, and then rest spinner can do. But who will assit to kulasekara? If Malinga is there perfect, or try a new guy who bowl like Malinaga , he is Nuwan Fernando,

  • Sportsscientist on November 20, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    jupiterlaw - look at the game. with sammy as capt, the side lacks balance??? Do you accept that after the morning session, Roach was tired and needed support ???? Do you not feel that by playing Sammy & Bravo the balance is disrupted ??? The WICB wanted to have a Capt that wouldn't be problematic - so they put politics over the picking the best XI......and I tell you this WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM, unless Sammy improves to the point where he can replace Bravo in his own right or he looses the captaincy and is replaced by another player who is worth his place in the team......face fact jupiterlaw- can you really dispute what I have just said ???

  • CKfrombrisbane on November 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Cricket is not an individual game. The only highlight of this match is Chris gale 333 runs. Other than that WI did not show any impressive performance. Sri Lanka team is a very well balanced team and has got proper guns to fire. They will show their real talent soon.

  • Philip_Gnana on November 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka. Show the rest of the world and the critics what you are made of. The batters that we have are recognised by the whole world (may be an odd one out nearer home). You have shown what you can do in OZ, England in recent years. Never be complacent keep your chin up and play the game. Let the bat and ball do the talking that will shut the mouths of critics who have condescension on their minds. Listen to the positive criticisms. Be poistive guys we are here to back you. Come on the Lions. "CONDESCENDING CRITICS" BE AWARE YOU MAY HAVE TO EAT YOUR OWN WORDS. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • SLJohn on November 22, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Is srilanka doesn't have any other new fast bowlers except this popular faces, who had been given chances lots to proof a good bowler. Dilhara,Welagedara,Suranga Lakmal,& thushara how many time they got chances Are they proof that they can be a good fast bowler? Why srilankan cricket broad can't give chances to younger's rather than these same faces who are losing matches, Please remove these fellows from the list don't try again, if u try them again u will be frustrated that's 100% sure. There is a word from my ancient said " hadena gaya depeththen dene " that mean anyone can feel that someone can be good bowler in future in first match , from the way he is bowling. No need to try and try again.

    Don't try Lakmal or Dilhara , Remember they are wicketless expensive bowlers.

  • Lord.emsworth on November 21, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    SL's selectors were a tad cocky, compliant, and condescending. WI may not be a strong side now but to feed them with two moderate seamers like Prasad and Thushara was asking for trouble. Doesn't Sangakarra have any say in the selection? Regardless of the many comments, Gayle was the only star in this match. It was his match all the way....

  • on November 21, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    What a wonderful effort by the windies...Gayle was amazing,he reminded of the belting Sanath gave to the Indian bowlers when he scored his 340....this is what we want...push the Lankans to the limit...we do not need a simple tourney before the WC...common sanga...now is the time to re look at the strategies....get 5 bowlers in....go for the kill....Some genuine pace needed(Nuwan,Suranga,Dilhara)...Sri Lanka has 6 good batsmen to score 400 odd.We need 5 bowlers to keep the opposition to 300.This is gonna be a cracker of a series I guess...

  • Lion_of_Lanka on November 21, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @cricketkkrazy: Flat track heroes?? Check Sanga's stats overseas. Last time we played in England Mahela scored a century in the test match and batted well and lead the team to a 5-0 win. Did you see how Dilshan batted in t20 wc in ENG? Did you see our performance in OZ? Must be not because you only watch Indian cricket. The only flat track heroes are in India (Raina, Vijay, Pujara etc) We all saw how they batted in WI, ENG (T20 wcs) and even in Zimbabwe. Cant play the bouncer. Can't hook, pull but kings in IPL matches in India. With our 3rd string bowling line up (No Murali, Kulasekara, Malinga, Fernando)we were able to get 9 wickets before WI declared. How many wickets did India get with their best bowling line up?? That also against an inexperienced NZ line up. Sorry but that's the harsh reality.

  • cricketkkrazy on November 20, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    srilankan cricket has a poor test record overseas but nowadays they are unable to win in their own backyard.They couldnt beat a weak westindies team which has plenty of inexperienced playes than how can sanga expect to reach no1.They were depended on great murli to take 20 wickets,now murli is gone and their bowling weaknessess are being exposed.Even their batsmen are flat pitch heros who's weakness come out when they tour other countries.That's why they couldnt win a test(forget a series) in aus,sa,even in india(although indian conditions are similar to sl)

  • Philip_Gnana on November 20, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    How well the Windies peformed. Well done Chris Gayle and the team. SL were overconfident it showed. This same over confidence was also show prior to the Indian series at home. How could you lose the toss and stil go in with four bowlers? Thushara has just come back in to the team. The selectors needed to stick with him to give him a run of games. Was is right to play Prasanna? Although he performed well the call should have been for a batting wicket keeper like Silva to step in or evetn the skipper to keep. The situationd did call for action.Why Samaraweera does not bowl these days? having a few to share the bowling would have been good. Umpiring and the UDRS system. The review umpires need training. The whole purpose is get a fair result. Assad Rauf track record does not hold well. In my opinion the third umpire should be driving the call for the review. The no ball decision, should have been picked up by Rauf and not by Nash. Philip Gnana Surrey

  • SLJohn on November 20, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Srilankan bowling line is very lousy except Malinga, these Dhammika,Thushara,Dilhara,Welagedara are not Constancy bowlers they are only domestics heroes, we need a Kulasekara like bowler who have deviations at least with new ball, and then rest spinner can do. But who will assit to kulasekara? If Malinga is there perfect, or try a new guy who bowl like Malinaga , he is Nuwan Fernando,

  • Sportsscientist on November 20, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    jupiterlaw - look at the game. with sammy as capt, the side lacks balance??? Do you accept that after the morning session, Roach was tired and needed support ???? Do you not feel that by playing Sammy & Bravo the balance is disrupted ??? The WICB wanted to have a Capt that wouldn't be problematic - so they put politics over the picking the best XI......and I tell you this WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM, unless Sammy improves to the point where he can replace Bravo in his own right or he looses the captaincy and is replaced by another player who is worth his place in the team......face fact jupiterlaw- can you really dispute what I have just said ???

  • CKfrombrisbane on November 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Cricket is not an individual game. The only highlight of this match is Chris gale 333 runs. Other than that WI did not show any impressive performance. Sri Lanka team is a very well balanced team and has got proper guns to fire. They will show their real talent soon.

  • Lakpj on November 20, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Play kulasekara and welagedara in the next game,they can swing and seam the ball.That's the best way to get Gayle out. Traditionally he struggles when it swings(remember what vaas did). Get Gayle out early and I don't think Other players would last long.Their 6 wickets fell for 23 even without trying to accelerate. Batsmans should take more responsibility, in the 1st innings many got out when they had good starts.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 20, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    SL QUICKIES WERE THWARTED AND PUMMELED BY GAYLE ALONE LOVED THE PULLS TO MIDWICKETS THEY DONE HAVE AN EXPERIENCED QUICKIE AND IF THEY PLAY FERNANDO THEN HE WILL BOWL TOO MANY NO BALLS AND GET INJURED THE NEXT MATCH IN FACT WELEGEDRA AND KULASEKARA ARE BETTER OPTION THEY SWING AND SEAM THE BALL RESPECTIVELY MUCH BETTER THAN THE SELECTED GUYS BUT IF GAYLE FIRES EVERY POSSIBILITY WILL BE RUINED

  • Dishanstc on November 20, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Sportsscientest has good good point, as Sangakara said our bowler were shoddy but came back well in the second day but by then Gayle had taken things beyond reprieve, SL have the tenacity to come back string, good know that the top 6 except Mathews hit form. Mendis came good in the second day, I feel that Thushara & Prasad bowled with a lot of heart and without brain,but I'll still go for Prasad, may be Dilhara for the second test to accompany him give the form he showed in Australia

  • on November 20, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    SL need a good fast bowler to lead from front,question is who would be him?Only available chances are with Dilhara and Welagedara,but i don't think they have the attitude to lead from front.Then it would be wise if you can use Mathews(if he's fit enough) and Dilhara as fast bowlers and 3 spinners in the playing 11. Or give Nuwan Pradeep a chance.

  • gottalovetheraindance on November 20, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Sammy & Bravo r all rounders but lets face it, they have neither the pace nor the variation to attack quality batsmen. especially on the roads being offered in Sri Lanka + neither of them is batting wel, l we cant afford to have them both in our attack. Personally i would drop Sammy & Russell & bring in Benn & Pascal. by doing so u bring in a decent spinner and a pace bowler who although he is raw & inexperienced has a fair amount of pace and may be able to rough up the Sri Lankan batsmen. also u would give Bravo another chance to come good with the bat. however since the wicb has made Sammy captain i guess we have no choice. Russell will make way for Benn but with Sammy & Bravo in the same test team we will still be 1 bowler short. we r not going to win by hiding the ball from the Sri Lankan batsmen we have to attack them with the spinners & rough them up with a bit of chin music when the pacers r fresh Roach sneeds a pace bowling partner he cant do it alone

  • jupiterlaw on November 20, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Sportsscientist are you implying that the SL attack is some how better than the WI attack? If you are, the game's stats don't support you.

  • Sportsscientist on November 19, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    WI came up with their best oversea performance for nearly 10 years. considering they drew 2-2 the Aus in 2004 & beat Eng 1-0 at sabina park, palying abroad is a much tougher test. Sri Lanka are top side & I expect them to hit WI hard in the 2nd Test - which will then really show you how far WI have come. sammy as Capt spoils the balance of the bowling attack. Him & Bravo cannot play together. On the 5th day morning Roach ran out of steam. With no extra pace bowler only shillingford's spin was dangerous. with only russell fresh WI struggled... with only 2 geniuine quicks, sammy prevents WI from playing 3 quicks & 1 spinner - shillingford played well incidently. sammy & bravo aren't quick enough to play only 2 pace bowlers as part of a 4 man seam attack. they need to play 3 quicks with bravo/sammy as the stock bowler & 1 spinner. Again politics rules......as WICB made sammy capt; thus taking the place a more better player. they had to pick a non-IPL rebel to control the team.

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  • Sportsscientist on November 19, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    WI came up with their best oversea performance for nearly 10 years. considering they drew 2-2 the Aus in 2004 & beat Eng 1-0 at sabina park, palying abroad is a much tougher test. Sri Lanka are top side & I expect them to hit WI hard in the 2nd Test - which will then really show you how far WI have come. sammy as Capt spoils the balance of the bowling attack. Him & Bravo cannot play together. On the 5th day morning Roach ran out of steam. With no extra pace bowler only shillingford's spin was dangerous. with only russell fresh WI struggled... with only 2 geniuine quicks, sammy prevents WI from playing 3 quicks & 1 spinner - shillingford played well incidently. sammy & bravo aren't quick enough to play only 2 pace bowlers as part of a 4 man seam attack. they need to play 3 quicks with bravo/sammy as the stock bowler & 1 spinner. Again politics rules......as WICB made sammy capt; thus taking the place a more better player. they had to pick a non-IPL rebel to control the team.

  • jupiterlaw on November 20, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    Sportsscientist are you implying that the SL attack is some how better than the WI attack? If you are, the game's stats don't support you.

  • gottalovetheraindance on November 20, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Sammy & Bravo r all rounders but lets face it, they have neither the pace nor the variation to attack quality batsmen. especially on the roads being offered in Sri Lanka + neither of them is batting wel, l we cant afford to have them both in our attack. Personally i would drop Sammy & Russell & bring in Benn & Pascal. by doing so u bring in a decent spinner and a pace bowler who although he is raw & inexperienced has a fair amount of pace and may be able to rough up the Sri Lankan batsmen. also u would give Bravo another chance to come good with the bat. however since the wicb has made Sammy captain i guess we have no choice. Russell will make way for Benn but with Sammy & Bravo in the same test team we will still be 1 bowler short. we r not going to win by hiding the ball from the Sri Lankan batsmen we have to attack them with the spinners & rough them up with a bit of chin music when the pacers r fresh Roach sneeds a pace bowling partner he cant do it alone

  • on November 20, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    SL need a good fast bowler to lead from front,question is who would be him?Only available chances are with Dilhara and Welagedara,but i don't think they have the attitude to lead from front.Then it would be wise if you can use Mathews(if he's fit enough) and Dilhara as fast bowlers and 3 spinners in the playing 11. Or give Nuwan Pradeep a chance.

  • Dishanstc on November 20, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Sportsscientest has good good point, as Sangakara said our bowler were shoddy but came back well in the second day but by then Gayle had taken things beyond reprieve, SL have the tenacity to come back string, good know that the top 6 except Mathews hit form. Mendis came good in the second day, I feel that Thushara & Prasad bowled with a lot of heart and without brain,but I'll still go for Prasad, may be Dilhara for the second test to accompany him give the form he showed in Australia

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 20, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    SL QUICKIES WERE THWARTED AND PUMMELED BY GAYLE ALONE LOVED THE PULLS TO MIDWICKETS THEY DONE HAVE AN EXPERIENCED QUICKIE AND IF THEY PLAY FERNANDO THEN HE WILL BOWL TOO MANY NO BALLS AND GET INJURED THE NEXT MATCH IN FACT WELEGEDRA AND KULASEKARA ARE BETTER OPTION THEY SWING AND SEAM THE BALL RESPECTIVELY MUCH BETTER THAN THE SELECTED GUYS BUT IF GAYLE FIRES EVERY POSSIBILITY WILL BE RUINED

  • Lakpj on November 20, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Play kulasekara and welagedara in the next game,they can swing and seam the ball.That's the best way to get Gayle out. Traditionally he struggles when it swings(remember what vaas did). Get Gayle out early and I don't think Other players would last long.Their 6 wickets fell for 23 even without trying to accelerate. Batsmans should take more responsibility, in the 1st innings many got out when they had good starts.

  • CKfrombrisbane on November 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Cricket is not an individual game. The only highlight of this match is Chris gale 333 runs. Other than that WI did not show any impressive performance. Sri Lanka team is a very well balanced team and has got proper guns to fire. They will show their real talent soon.

  • Sportsscientist on November 20, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    jupiterlaw - look at the game. with sammy as capt, the side lacks balance??? Do you accept that after the morning session, Roach was tired and needed support ???? Do you not feel that by playing Sammy & Bravo the balance is disrupted ??? The WICB wanted to have a Capt that wouldn't be problematic - so they put politics over the picking the best XI......and I tell you this WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM, unless Sammy improves to the point where he can replace Bravo in his own right or he looses the captaincy and is replaced by another player who is worth his place in the team......face fact jupiterlaw- can you really dispute what I have just said ???

  • SLJohn on November 20, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Srilankan bowling line is very lousy except Malinga, these Dhammika,Thushara,Dilhara,Welagedara are not Constancy bowlers they are only domestics heroes, we need a Kulasekara like bowler who have deviations at least with new ball, and then rest spinner can do. But who will assit to kulasekara? If Malinga is there perfect, or try a new guy who bowl like Malinaga , he is Nuwan Fernando,