Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st ODI, SSC, Colombo January 31, 2011

Rain ruins contest after Barath's maiden ton

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Match abandoned West Indies 245 for 5 (Barath 113, Sarwan 75, Malinga 3-51) v Sri Lanka
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The rescheduled one-day leg of West Indies' tour of Sri Lanka got off to a futile start as heavy rain in Colombo forced the abandonment of the first ODI at the SSC. The series had been postponed from December because bad weather had ruined the Test series but the move has had little effect.

Before it began to rain during the lunch break, Adrian Barath scored his maiden ODI century and his partnership with Ramnaresh Sarwan drove West Indies to a competitive total. Their efforts at posting a strong score, however, were undone by lack of contributions from their team-mates and Lasith Malinga's death-over burst, which weakened the platform that had been laid for the acceleration.

The overcast day in Colombo began badly for West Indies when Chris Gayle nicked Nuwan Kulasekara's outswinger in the fourth over, depriving the innings of a potentially rapid start on a placid pitch. Barath and Darren Bravo consolidated and saw off the new ball without further damage. Their partnership was promising when a mix-up ended with Bravo being run out for 8, leaving West Indies 42 for 2. Bravo had backed up too far at the non-striker's end and failed to beat Kapugedera's return from midwicket at the bowler's end.

Sarwan, who was making a comeback to the team after being omitted from the original tour party to Sri Lanka last year, had a point to prove and he did it in some style. Barath and Sarwan steadied the innings, scoring at a healthy pace and rendering Muttiah Muralitharan wicketless during his ten-over spell. Barath was lucky to be let off on 54, when he played uppishly to an Ajantha Mendis delivery and Mahela Jayawardene managed to get his hand to the ball but could not catch it. Otherwise his innings was without blemish. He struck two sixes and eight fours during his 113 off 129 balls, while Sarwan took 100 deliveries to score 75.

West Indies took the batting Powerplay in the 44th over and the recent international trend of wickets falling during the fielding restrictions continued. Both Barath and Sarwan fell to Malinga in the first over of the Powerplay and Kieron Pollard followed soon. Malinga had both well-set batsmen caught at wide long-on by Chamara Kapugedera as they tried to take him on, and bowled Kieron Pollard with a well-disguised, slow inswinger. He had ripped out three wickets for three runs off eight balls and West Indies managed only 27 off the Powerplay.

It was left to Darren Sammy to strike a couple of boundaries and provide the late momentum. The weather, however, wiped out any possibility of play after lunch, frustrating both teams.

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  • POSTED BY impartial_guy on | February 2, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    I extremely annoyed at one Sri Lankan selection of leaving out the emerging Suraj Randiv. He is an all rounder and a very good fielder. I have no problem with Mendis, who is a spinner of a different style. But his form of late was not good. Instead, Randiv's was fantastic. My problem is if there was a tussle for selection between Mendis and Randiv, Randiv is a notch ahead because he can bat as well. Playing Mendis deprives the side of an all rounder and if he doesn't deliver is a big loss. Instead if Randiv doesn't deliver with the ball he can still contribute with the bat. It was a gut decision for selectors I guess and sincerely hope it is the right one.

  • POSTED BY Dubhakoorji on | February 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    @Sineshka De Silva, it's not a batting pitch, it's now bathing pitch, very bad dicition bringing WI back to srilanka, srilanka should go to WI to continue this series, 2nd match also rain and no result

  • POSTED BY AntiDarWIN on | February 2, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Poor Sammy did some hitting in end, but sadly the main kieron Pollard was blocking, very selfish indeed he is bought for his hitting and if he plays selfishly and introvertly like this in world cup with combination of this Ravi Rampaul disaster then loose hope of Windies even coming to quater finals cause bangladesh will beat them and so will other teams. Even Chris Gayle power wont stop them from loosing, look at this match if for eg, sarwan and barath gave a foundation but, kieron and lower order except Sammy not pressing on, Sammy is captain but he played without fear and unselfishly like Vetorri plays, But the other batters has to stand up. If the same foundation is given to team like pakistan or south africa trust me they make minimum 100 in last 10. Just play without fear and make sure ur tail enders can block balls in the end if luck doesnt go for you this is how agressive teams are playing these days. Ravi Rampaul i wish he is smashed for a 36 runs by dilshan so he is dropped

  • POSTED BY AntiDarWIN on | February 2, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @eristhee, finally some one saying some thing extremely sensible, i think even the poor experienced wavel hinds would be a better bet then Ravi Rampaul his bowling has won windies games and has not been smacked all over the ground.

    ALso Marlon Samuels why cant they beleive in this talented man who has world cup and international experience he and chris gayle were students to the legendary Carl Hooper in terms of there slow paced bowling patnership. Gayle and samuels has a great record bowling wise in sub continent.

    On Kieron Pollard, he is no chris gayle. Chris gayle makes 300's for fun and makes match winning 150's in ODIs but mr Kieron only plays well for money in IPL and T20 Big bash Gayle makes money and also plays well for His country so even Little lendoll simmons is better then Kieron Pollard he doesnt play like afridi for the team he is blocking balls and caring for his wicket while afridi smashes em in end overs and dont care about his wicket un selfishly.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | February 1, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    WI scored 245,and people saying that they are back ?I would say that was a low score on those flat tracks,and SL would have chased down that total with 7 or 8 overs to spare !The rain saved the WI from big time embarrasment!In the WC,the WI would win against Netherlands and Ireland,would have to fight tooth and nail to beat Bangladesh ,and I don't think they can handle SA,ENG nor IND.It is truly amazing that people continue to comment on Sammy's presense at the WC.Readers,for heavens sake, he is the capt. and he WILL PLAY ! Ramdin is HISTORY as far as ODI's and T20's are concerned.It is either Simmons or Fletcher for the glove work,and to score runs at the top.Ramdin,who continues to drop a catch a match,and hardly scores any runs, had his chances ,so other keepers like Thomas,Dowrich,Simmons ,Fletcher and Walton get a chance to prove their worth TOO, in the test matches.Baugh and Ramdin are two confirmed misfits,in front and behind the stumps for the WI.Time to move on!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    If it didnt rain SL would have chased it down easily (Itz a great batting pitch)

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    WI back in track. Let's see how they gonna play in world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Adrian Barath on his first one-day hundred

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | February 1, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    This may not be the greatest West Indies side but the most balanced side with a great depth of all rounders who can provide the fireworks. There in the group of death with England, South Africa and India. Bangaladesh is playing their best ODI cricket. Ireland can also cause an upset.The quarterfinalists from this group may not be as predictable as the other group.The selectors have got the balance right eventhough the choice of pace bowlers may be disputed. The knockout stage is a bit of a lottery and even Windies or Pakistan could win this. I am still tipping India or Sri lanka to win the cup.

  • POSTED BY eristhee on | February 1, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @Patrick Brice...The WI coach ottis gibson has no clue when the batting line should be changed upon the state of the match. AB Barath has not yet completely convinced,for he plays too many streaky shot and get too many edges. Darren Bravo on the other hand i have already seen a future for, i just love watching his classical shots as i hope he continues to improve.I have no idea what Rampaul is doing in this team,what is the point for his inclusion.Pollard, until you prove you can put in performance that u do in the lower levels for West Indies i cannot rate you maybe Marlon Samuels is a better bet.From the little knowledge that i have i am blaming the west Indies cricket board for their selection committee and some of the player they combine to form the squad.What is the coach's role in the team?I believe that the captain should be in full control of team selection, batting line up after winning the toss so the public can know where the blame should lie with...

  • POSTED BY impartial_guy on | February 2, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    I extremely annoyed at one Sri Lankan selection of leaving out the emerging Suraj Randiv. He is an all rounder and a very good fielder. I have no problem with Mendis, who is a spinner of a different style. But his form of late was not good. Instead, Randiv's was fantastic. My problem is if there was a tussle for selection between Mendis and Randiv, Randiv is a notch ahead because he can bat as well. Playing Mendis deprives the side of an all rounder and if he doesn't deliver is a big loss. Instead if Randiv doesn't deliver with the ball he can still contribute with the bat. It was a gut decision for selectors I guess and sincerely hope it is the right one.

  • POSTED BY Dubhakoorji on | February 2, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    @Sineshka De Silva, it's not a batting pitch, it's now bathing pitch, very bad dicition bringing WI back to srilanka, srilanka should go to WI to continue this series, 2nd match also rain and no result

  • POSTED BY AntiDarWIN on | February 2, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Poor Sammy did some hitting in end, but sadly the main kieron Pollard was blocking, very selfish indeed he is bought for his hitting and if he plays selfishly and introvertly like this in world cup with combination of this Ravi Rampaul disaster then loose hope of Windies even coming to quater finals cause bangladesh will beat them and so will other teams. Even Chris Gayle power wont stop them from loosing, look at this match if for eg, sarwan and barath gave a foundation but, kieron and lower order except Sammy not pressing on, Sammy is captain but he played without fear and unselfishly like Vetorri plays, But the other batters has to stand up. If the same foundation is given to team like pakistan or south africa trust me they make minimum 100 in last 10. Just play without fear and make sure ur tail enders can block balls in the end if luck doesnt go for you this is how agressive teams are playing these days. Ravi Rampaul i wish he is smashed for a 36 runs by dilshan so he is dropped

  • POSTED BY AntiDarWIN on | February 2, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    @eristhee, finally some one saying some thing extremely sensible, i think even the poor experienced wavel hinds would be a better bet then Ravi Rampaul his bowling has won windies games and has not been smacked all over the ground.

    ALso Marlon Samuels why cant they beleive in this talented man who has world cup and international experience he and chris gayle were students to the legendary Carl Hooper in terms of there slow paced bowling patnership. Gayle and samuels has a great record bowling wise in sub continent.

    On Kieron Pollard, he is no chris gayle. Chris gayle makes 300's for fun and makes match winning 150's in ODIs but mr Kieron only plays well for money in IPL and T20 Big bash Gayle makes money and also plays well for His country so even Little lendoll simmons is better then Kieron Pollard he doesnt play like afridi for the team he is blocking balls and caring for his wicket while afridi smashes em in end overs and dont care about his wicket un selfishly.

  • POSTED BY Metman on | February 1, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    WI scored 245,and people saying that they are back ?I would say that was a low score on those flat tracks,and SL would have chased down that total with 7 or 8 overs to spare !The rain saved the WI from big time embarrasment!In the WC,the WI would win against Netherlands and Ireland,would have to fight tooth and nail to beat Bangladesh ,and I don't think they can handle SA,ENG nor IND.It is truly amazing that people continue to comment on Sammy's presense at the WC.Readers,for heavens sake, he is the capt. and he WILL PLAY ! Ramdin is HISTORY as far as ODI's and T20's are concerned.It is either Simmons or Fletcher for the glove work,and to score runs at the top.Ramdin,who continues to drop a catch a match,and hardly scores any runs, had his chances ,so other keepers like Thomas,Dowrich,Simmons ,Fletcher and Walton get a chance to prove their worth TOO, in the test matches.Baugh and Ramdin are two confirmed misfits,in front and behind the stumps for the WI.Time to move on!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 14:55 GMT

    If it didnt rain SL would have chased it down easily (Itz a great batting pitch)

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 13:03 GMT

    WI back in track. Let's see how they gonna play in world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    Adrian Barath on his first one-day hundred

  • POSTED BY NALINWIJ on | February 1, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    This may not be the greatest West Indies side but the most balanced side with a great depth of all rounders who can provide the fireworks. There in the group of death with England, South Africa and India. Bangaladesh is playing their best ODI cricket. Ireland can also cause an upset.The quarterfinalists from this group may not be as predictable as the other group.The selectors have got the balance right eventhough the choice of pace bowlers may be disputed. The knockout stage is a bit of a lottery and even Windies or Pakistan could win this. I am still tipping India or Sri lanka to win the cup.

  • POSTED BY eristhee on | February 1, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    @Patrick Brice...The WI coach ottis gibson has no clue when the batting line should be changed upon the state of the match. AB Barath has not yet completely convinced,for he plays too many streaky shot and get too many edges. Darren Bravo on the other hand i have already seen a future for, i just love watching his classical shots as i hope he continues to improve.I have no idea what Rampaul is doing in this team,what is the point for his inclusion.Pollard, until you prove you can put in performance that u do in the lower levels for West Indies i cannot rate you maybe Marlon Samuels is a better bet.From the little knowledge that i have i am blaming the west Indies cricket board for their selection committee and some of the player they combine to form the squad.What is the coach's role in the team?I believe that the captain should be in full control of team selection, batting line up after winning the toss so the public can know where the blame should lie with...

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    congratulations to young Barath...FIRST THE W.I.SELECTORS SHOULD BE AXED...why do you have domestic competitions..to select the best team on experience and form..so we dont have any good wkp batsman,i would go for our best glove in ramdin,drop baugh and pick fletcher..he can also keep in emergency...hold on to sammy for a while..he can learn.he seems honest..simmons,barath,bravo,gayle,sarwan,pollard,ramdin,sammy,benn,roach,rampau l

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | February 1, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    This was a good warm up by WI. They played well within themselves, finishing five down at the close. Sarwan got his eye in and Chanders got his crab technique well set. Gayle and Pollard had their minds focussed by good deliveries and young Bravo will be more careful about running. Now we need a good warm up for the bowlers, particularly the wayward Rampaul, before the final push. Lets hope there is no more rain, Sri Lanka! You guys are getting like Guyana, where the farmers arrange local cricket tournaments when they want to water their crops!

  • POSTED BY unbiased_referee on | February 1, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Of late, it has become commonplace for any series in SL not to end without getting severely affected by rain. Why can't they have reserve days? Understandably, moving the series to other time-windows of the year, or to outside SL would have a knock-on effect on ICC's tour fixtures as a whole!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    bcos of rain Srilanka go down with ranking, it's a great target as WI has fentastic bowlers, luck for SRL, thanks for rain

  • POSTED BY tomtont on | February 1, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    I come to the conclusion that WICB has something against Marlon and they should take a better look at simons those two guys should never been left out of the team and fletcher should replace Carlton Baugh, I take a good look at him in the Caribbean T-20 and was not impress with hi proformance, Fletcher can keep and he is in good nick Gale is my Boy But he should not open, the fact is when the white ball is new it moves a lot and the fact that he rarely moves his feet they just have to pitch it on the off stump and have it moving a way from him and he is a goner let Bravo and Barth take some shine off the ball and then he come in. I know Chanderpaul is westindies back bone bot he is in no form if they want to win the world Cup the team should have been, AB Barath, DM Bravo, CH Gayle, M Samuels, Fletcher+, L simmons, KA Pollard,DJG Sammy, only because he is the captain NO Miller, KAJ Roach and R Rampaul thia team would Bring the cup home !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    It baffles me how Kieron Pollard got into the team while Marlon Samuels got left out. Kieron Pollard and "in the given day" is like a simile to me, how much more chances should he be given?? Samuels is far more better than Pollard technically, and is equally destructive when he comes to hard hitting..... This sort of partiality and contempt for a player of his quality first by the prejudiced ICC board members and now by the WICB members is unendurable...........

  • POSTED BY NoCountry_for_OldMan on | February 1, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Martin Hooks is absolutely right, people like Murali will never completely retire. They will always hang around with one excuse or another to keep playing in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY rajufer on | February 1, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Sri Lanka is a front runner for the world cup. But with no match practice in the local grounds and playing with non competitive teams just before world cup will make them down and under. Australia and Pakistan are getting the best out from the remaoning few days for the world cup.

  • POSTED BY RufusNZ on | February 1, 2011, 2:32 GMT

    Martin_Hooks!

    You have got your facts wrong. Murali never retired from ODI. He retired only from Test matches. You must living under a rock!!!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | February 1, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    this is really strange - the game was called off yesterday and today Colombo is basking in sunshine,. Pretty sure it'll rain again on the 3rd for the second game.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    It must be agreed that the west indian team is very inconsistent but that must be expected when you look at the infrastructure we hav in place. It's very difficult with all the different territories. Also the Selectors don't select the best 11 and it has to do with politics and not merit. Also Darren sammy is definitely not of the high standards we west indians expect to be captain... he is definitely not a leader on or off the pitch. However, we hav very talented youngsters who can do well such as Barath, darren bravo and simmons. Don't expect us to win but we can be a dark horse who may just pull off a few upsets :)

  • POSTED BY braindead_rocker on | January 31, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Good start by Windies...This match was no doubt all about them getting used to the subcontinent conditions. We can surely expect a much better performance from them.

    If rain does not spoil the show, I feel that this series will be a tight contest. Good luck to both the teams.

    BTW I am worried that the rains don't happen the whole world cup.

  • POSTED BY yasask on | January 31, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    west indies are lucky that it rained. if it didnt rain, SL would have thrashed them as 245 is well below par at the ssc because it is one of the flattest wickets in the world.

    btw there is no chance for west indies to win the cup cos they are very inconsistent

    SL and india are the main competitors for it, while south africa, australia and england are only a bit behind them. NZ, pakistan, WI no chance...

  • POSTED BY 114_in_final_Six_overs on | January 31, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Muralidharan is such a greedy fellow..how many times will he retire? He always seem to be around even after retiring many times.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    look like WI have good opener now if these two chris and barath can give a consistent 25+ over in wc and the middle order play there part may they can make de finals even win, a good batting line up but pollard dont make it, and with that batting line up need 4or 5 bowler, for all thet good job barath you a risine star and darren bravo

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | January 31, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    @Sehwagologist I find your comments chauvinistic. I had been to banglore stadium and i can tell u its no where near world class.(Facilities for players may be world class but not for the spectators) Its good that we dont play any matches in SL but who knows any abandoned match might indirectly affect us. So just wish that no gud cricket is missed due to wheather

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 19:18 GMT

    It was typical subcontinent mentality by the Sri Lankan selection team to play an extra batsman. They will never be good enough against a quality side without another bowler, and given how Thisara Perera performed in 2010 with both bat and ball, i am bemused he was dropped. Its better to give an inform Perera the chance just before the wc than out of form Kapu. Note that Kapus domestic form doesnt count here, he always perform well in club matches

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Congrats to Adrian on his maiden ODI ton. Its good to see him getting some form leading into the WC. What is even better is the fact that Sarwan is finding his grove as well. Its sad though that we made a paltry 245. with the base Barath and Sarwan gave us, a total over 300 was more likely. I have to agree with some other posts, the batting PP wasn't executed well at all and neither was the re-shuffling of the players. Chanderpaul needs to get some form, sending him in when we are looking to push the score along will not help his confidence. I think we're getting to a place where we can cause a few upsets. We just need the people behind the scenes to instill the confidence, not arrogance in our team and get them to think rationally and not like mad men. I'm not saying we'll win the WC but we can still beat most in our grp. That's as optimistic as this Winides fan is getting. Knowing them, we 'll crash and burn spectaculalrly.

  • POSTED BY Silloh on | January 31, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Could the WICB advise us what is Marlon Samuels doing in Jamaica ? Gayle , Bravo and Pollard better get their act together fast or go back to Australia down under. Two games to go so they will get another chance, as they are quite capable of a better performance. Except, we have no time to wait . Hope they remember young Bravo and Samuels are waitiing eagerly to perform.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 19:06 GMT

    West indies will for sure win the world cup if their keep suffling their batting lineup depending on the situation in the middle as it is too easly predicted. I believe that is our biggest let down and needs to be looked at. We should only aim on getting nothing less than 280 plus as 230,240 and even 250 is to easilysa\S achieved. The team today was brilliant and apart from our openers at 1,2,3 and 4 (gayle,barath, bravo,sawan) we should just give a team sheet not really explaining who is gonna come in next. If the team get off to a good start we bring in guys to keep the pressure on for example 150 for 1 bring in the sammys or the pollards. If we get off to a bad start for example 45 for 2 that is when we bring in the sars and the chanders to help rebuild. Also chanders have to really step up his run rate in th shorter versions of the game if not we should replace him with nash similar but a quicker scorer.I REALLT THINK WE STAND OUR BEST CHANCE OF WINNING THIS WORLD CUP.

  • POSTED BY johnson49 on | January 31, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    It's good Sarwan's scored some runs, was a good choice for the world cup. Pity Sammy, Bravo and Pollard are in the same team. Pollard and Bravo are the better two but won't both play as Sammy is captain. I don't think Baugh should be batting at 8, that's too low for a wicket-keeper

  • POSTED BY MichaelBrowne on | January 31, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    We should not be reading "rendering retired Muttiah Muralitharan wicketless"?

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    To ottis gibson. Please dont do what the other west indies coaches have done AS I KNOW U ARE WAY SMARTER THAN THAN AND I KNOW WEST INDIES WILL PROGRESS UNDER YOUR GIDANCE. Please tell your team they have to be more confident than what i saw today. Even though we must congratulate the individual players in sars, barath and sammy for their performances i must say that i was very much disappointed that west indies didnt put the game out of sri lanka's reach in going on to get at least 280 or 290 plus runs.After surch a good partnership in barath and sars i felt they went on the attack to late with so many wickets in hand finishing 245 for 5 rather than 299 for 9. Also batsmen needs to be sent in depending on the situation in the middle and i felt the team got it wrong in sending in chanderpaul so early. After sarwan went it should have been sammy then pollard then baugh in a shuffle that would have made us maximise the use of the power play overs towards the end. SEE NEXT POST!!

  • POSTED BY rseenarine on | January 31, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    I am not suprise that polard did not preform because WI because he never really did and decent batting for WI he only preform good playing for teams that offer him big money like AUS big bash and IPL all the international teams have him figured out already. WI selectors should leave him out and bring in marlon samuels.

  • POSTED BY shameerpvt on | January 31, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    OOH !!! SL is getting the sights of their poor team selection. Mendis against Suraj. Can the SL team's management replace Suraj for Mendis now ???

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    funny thing is that they know it would rain heavy and they even know what time rain will begin yet they still schedule 50 overs. Pointless

  • POSTED BY RajKootrapali on | January 31, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    @Sehwagologist ur dreaming if u think mumbai is world class....

  • POSTED BY RajKootrapali on | January 31, 2011, 17:17 GMT

    sri lanka's only weak link seems to be kapugedara....perera is a better option....he is expected to score around the same as kapugedara....perhaps 20 runs...at a faster pace...and he can bowl. either that or get a real batsmen in...

  • POSTED BY givemefood on | January 31, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    I hope Windies play well and upset some of the teams. They can bowl well.. Its the batting. Hope there's some consistency there.

  • POSTED BY s1o9n9i0c on | January 31, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    I wonder why Thisara Perera hadn't played today. If he injured or not selected to the final XI ? If anyone know the answer please comment.

  • POSTED BY kingking3 on | January 31, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    WI will win the World Cup......

    Just see and watch.................

    It has been a long wait but our time has come........

    We will win it This Time............

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    West Indies surely do have 2 of the most promising batsmen across the world, Darren Bravo and Adrian Barath could me the wick that keeps the candle burning. Well done Barath. Its unfortunateTaylor and Edwards are still unfit because a fast bowling attack comprising of any of these three "Taylor Edwards Russel Roach" would be devastating for any side we play. I would like to see west indies play 5 bolwers 5 batsmen and a wicketkeeper batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    well done barath! the rise of west indies shall come again....rally round the west indies now and forever

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    A big disappointment for Sri lankan team, As they came back in to the game very strongly after the "Big Partnership" between Sarwan & the new comer Barath.

    Last 10 Overs Win-dies struggled to get boundaries / sixes, even though the experienced Chanderpaul was there, he couldn't bring the expected runs for them in 3rd power play.

    Lasith Malinga proved his wicket taking ability once again. He got the "In-form" Sarwan & Barath when Sri lanka needed those wickets....... He really is a strike bowler for Sri Lanka.

    On the other hand Sri lankan Cricket Board will have to think a lot about the upcoming world cup matches with this weather conditions. As others mentioned" Rain" going to play a big part in the world cup matches :( ............

  • POSTED BY cricket_for_all on | January 31, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    There are several things we can get from this match even after rain. SL is such a balanced team (One of the best bowling attack in the world). We all know SL's batting is so good too. Sarwan got form which is good for WI. Pollard is simply club player. He can play his shots at IPL with poor bowler. He couldn't handle a single delivery of Malinga. He is no way close to Disan or Yusuf or Afridi etc... I am so happy about SL teams performance and good luck to Barath.,

  • POSTED BY saad_619 on | January 31, 2011, 13:17 GMT

    i expected polllard and sammy make atleast 40 off the powerplay but that didnt happen .pollard dissapointed me with his effort.

  • POSTED BY cgtboy87 on | January 31, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    great to see west indies dont have to worry about an opening batsman.Welcome back sars.....we know they would have return to you for you services. chris gayle need to be a little more patience at the begining of the game..chris get out the 2020 mode..with the bowling attack we currently we have i dont think week can make it too far in the world cup. bishoo should have been on the team.he took more wickets in regional cricket than any of the current spinners that are on the team .oh well you know how the board thinks already

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | January 31, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    @Sehwagologist: none of those stadiums are world class. Just because they now have plastic seating doesn't mean a thing, welcome to the 1970's. You want world class stadiums look to Eng, Aus, SA and UAE. They have truly spectacular facilities. The rain might not spoil India's world cup campaign but their organisational skills just might.

  • POSTED BY stunnerbond27 on | January 31, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    WI+SL+Rain, what a triangular Love Story. Worries are ON... as WC is near and if it Rains.. then no matches in SL

  • POSTED BY CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on | January 31, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    this pathetic sl weather is gonna spoil WC good india has no matches in sl that too are not as world class as chennai,mumbai,punjab stadiums are

  • POSTED BY cricfan77 on | January 31, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    well done adrian, u and darren bravo r the future on wi cricket ......keep it up my friends

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    Well its a bad thing to have match abandoned. Instead of this, if we'd the split-inning format it would have given a result.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    gosh when will this rain end...an international match havn't been played in Sri Lanka since july that hasn't been affected by rain..this rain is so consistent in colombo...i'm worried about the world cup..Sri Lanka's biggest enemy could be the rain

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | January 31, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Rain spoils an interesting battle.........................hope WC will go on smoothly in Sub-continent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    everyone focusing only on india, as even the indian captain dhoni said,any top 6 team has a chance. i'm a sri lankan fan n i think we can chase 250 without much trouble but imagine Gayle and Pollard fired as well and Bravo didnt have that run out. sri lanka should not under rate team with the caliber of west indies, n play every match in world cup as final, the most consistent team will win, can be any of the top 6 teams.

  • POSTED BY CricketFanOfIndia on | January 31, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Well done Adrian Barath and Ramnaresh Sarwan. Good build up before the World Cup. All the best West Indies.

  • POSTED BY Neelay_Jain on | January 31, 2011, 10:49 GMT

    Please change the tabs of 'SL v/s WI' to 'Cricket v/s Rain'..

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 10:43 GMT

    Kudos to Adrian and his maiden ton, hope he goes on to greater heights, he is capable. Sorry younger Bravo was run out, for he's in great form and very talented. Chanders needs to step up on his slow batting pace, well done Sarwan. With other players like Pollard and big Bravo, Roach, Benn and Rampaul, the West Indies team has a chance as good as any team in winning the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on | January 31, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Oh GoD... nICe Relation of Rain and WI... Lolz

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | January 31, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Very Furastating and I also concern for World Cup mathes they might be disturb by rain

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    LOl Only rains in the matches.. hope wcup doesnt get screwed up....

  • POSTED BY sunnymachoo on | January 31, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Not again please! Rain rain go away! Come again some other day! =) The whole series has been rattled by rain!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Can't see the logic in picking Devon Smith (opener) and not Lendl Simmons (another opener) and he can bowl also

  • POSTED BY Faraz99 on | January 31, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    for WI in past decades when ever their batsmen perform wel Bowlers letv them down & when bowlers perform wel batsmen always let them down,,,so kleeping that Consistancy I am 100% sure WI wil not defend this total... Rampaul,,,he is the bowler when WI on wining an ODI v/s SA & he gave 40+ runs in 2 ovrs to give SA an imposible to posible win... WI need some agresion in ating as wel,,now a days 250 is not a good total specialy in sub-continant,,,min 290+ should be always in mind when ur bating 1st.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Windies are re-emerging but Lanka's firepower may prove to be too much.The only way Windies can win is to bowl as slowly as possible and use their spinners judiciously.Tigers enjoy the edge.

  • POSTED BY siruskharel on | January 31, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    well...if rain starts lik ths in lanka..its nt gud 4 cuming world cup

  • POSTED BY James_Prabhu on | January 31, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    well this is something strange raining during the month of february in srilanka.. its just like a triple treat match between the windies vs lankans vs Rain...lets wait and see who wins ...!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    lets see if the windies can defend this!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Well job Adrian Barath , hope this time West Indies win this series.

  • POSTED BY fadms on | January 31, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Sri Lankan bowlers seem to lack the aggression needed to win the World Cup. Am really worried about that. Hopefully they find the aggression soon. I don't expect them to struggle this much against West Indies. All the best Sri Lanka

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  • POSTED BY fadms on | January 31, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    Sri Lankan bowlers seem to lack the aggression needed to win the World Cup. Am really worried about that. Hopefully they find the aggression soon. I don't expect them to struggle this much against West Indies. All the best Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    Well job Adrian Barath , hope this time West Indies win this series.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    lets see if the windies can defend this!!!

  • POSTED BY James_Prabhu on | January 31, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    well this is something strange raining during the month of february in srilanka.. its just like a triple treat match between the windies vs lankans vs Rain...lets wait and see who wins ...!!!

  • POSTED BY siruskharel on | January 31, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    well...if rain starts lik ths in lanka..its nt gud 4 cuming world cup

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Windies are re-emerging but Lanka's firepower may prove to be too much.The only way Windies can win is to bowl as slowly as possible and use their spinners judiciously.Tigers enjoy the edge.

  • POSTED BY Faraz99 on | January 31, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    for WI in past decades when ever their batsmen perform wel Bowlers letv them down & when bowlers perform wel batsmen always let them down,,,so kleeping that Consistancy I am 100% sure WI wil not defend this total... Rampaul,,,he is the bowler when WI on wining an ODI v/s SA & he gave 40+ runs in 2 ovrs to give SA an imposible to posible win... WI need some agresion in ating as wel,,now a days 250 is not a good total specialy in sub-continant,,,min 290+ should be always in mind when ur bating 1st.

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Can't see the logic in picking Devon Smith (opener) and not Lendl Simmons (another opener) and he can bowl also

  • POSTED BY sunnymachoo on | January 31, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Not again please! Rain rain go away! Come again some other day! =) The whole series has been rattled by rain!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 31, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    LOl Only rains in the matches.. hope wcup doesnt get screwed up....