Sri Lanka v SLC Combined, SLC Triangular Series, Pallekele May 12, 2013

Herath, Thirimanne secure Sri Lanka win


Sri Lanka 195 for 3 (Thirimanne 82*, Chandimal 52) beat Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI 277 for 7 (Mubarak 79, Udawatte 63, Herath 4-37) by 28 runs (D/L method)

Rangana Herath's 4 for 37 and an unbeaten 82 for Lahiru Thirimanne took Sri Lanka to a 28-run Duckworth-Lewis victory in the opening match of the tri-series in Kandy. The tournament is primarily aimed at preparing the Sri Lanka side for the Champions Trophy in June but only six of the players picked to travel to England can participate, as the remainder are playing in the IPL. Sri Lanka, captained by Dinesh Chandimal, were well ahead of the D/L par score, at 195 for 3 from 35.1 overs, when bad light stopped play.

Sri Lanka Combined began strongly, having been sent into bat, as Mahela Udawatte and captain Dimuth Karunaratne combined for a 111-run opening stand, which came at 5.5 an over. Udawatte made 63 from 76, while Karunaratne hit 49, but both men were undone by Herath, who trapped them lbw in his first spell. Herath also quickly dismissed wicketkeeper-batsman Kaushal Silva, who had been in supreme form during the first-class competition that finished in April.

A 91-ball 79 for Jehan Mubarak helped restore calm to SL Combined's innings, as he built a partnership with Sachithra Serasinghe, before stepping up the tempo alongside Chaturanga de Silva. At Mubarak's demise in the 49th over, SL Combined were on 260, and a burst from de Silva before his dismissal for 42 from 31, helped elevate the score to 277. Nuwan Kulasekara took two wickets for Sri Lanka but went at more than six an over, and Chanaka Welegedara took the other scalp.

Sri Lanka began poorly in response, losing both openers inside the first five overs, but Chandimal joined Thirimanne at the crease to contribute 52 from 63 to a 124-run stand. Notable in Chandimal's innings was that he only made 12 runs in boundaries, which may be evidence of technical improvements, owing to the work he had foregone the IPL to do. He has in the past relied on boundaries for a large percentage of runs - often to his detriment in limited-overs cricket.

At his fall in the 26th over, Sri Lanka were at 135, and would not lose another wicket. Thilina Kandamby was unbeaten on a run-a-ball 34 alongside Thirimanne, who had hit seven fours and a six in his innings. The teams play again on Monday, at 9.45am, before Sri Lanka play Sri Lanka A on Tuesday and Thursday.

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

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  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    MR SJ..It is great to hear that you have selected 3 Jaffna cricketers.....However ...Wer is Bhanuka Rajapakse.....the best under 19 batsman produced by Sri Lanka cricket during recent years....It is true he has not performed well in last domestic season.....and he is not committed to cricket according to your statement...Are we going to miss him like Nilantha Bopage, Waruna Waragoda,Rohan weerakkody,Lucky Rogers Fernando and Rohan paul pille,........If is going to be a big loss to Sri Lanka cricket......please do not do this to such a talented you man.....

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    abdulla is correct but the problem is Jeewn Mendis doesn`t bowl although he play as an alrounder..So instead of him its better to go with thirimanne , and thiri too can bowl over or two like did in Austraila if wanted..+ CHandimal can`t bat at no 5..He should either play at no 3 or 4..Thirimanne is more siited to bat at no 5

  • ttn on May 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Please don't pick Kulasekera on what circumstances. He is very inconsistent and his trend of dropping crucial catches has cost us. Gambhir went on to score 97 and Samuels went on to score 73. He is a mediocre bowler after the shine on the new ball is gone and he also needs assistance from the pitches. Hope Eranga and Welagedara make a strong case. Eranga can bowl +145ks, and he can also swing the ball both ways. I remember him breaking the helmets of starc and clarke in the aus series.

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    We'll This Should be the first choice XI

    This would be a Heavy Batting Option: 1. Dilshan 2. Kusal 3. Sangakkara 4. "Thrimanne" 5. Chandimal 6. Mahela 7. Mathews 8. Thisara 9. Nuwan 10. Herath 11. Malinga

    This Would Be a Better Balanced Option: 1. Dilshan 2. Kusal 3. Sangakkara 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. "Jeevan" 8. Thisara 9. Nuwan 10. Herath 11. Malinga

    This Would Be a Penetrating Bowling Option: 1. Dilshan 2. Kusal 3. Sangakkara 4. Chandimal 5. Mahela 6. Mathews 7. Thisara 8. Nuwan 9. "Eranga" 10. Herath 11. Malinga

    (" ") indicates the Change

    I think a Team like India Will need a Heavy Batting unit to match theirs

    Good Luck Sri Lanka :D

  • Kasun on May 13, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    I think the board should give whoever the players in form, factors like seniority shouldn't come into play. Players who chose IPL over national duty, shouldn't go unnoticed. May the best team play.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    plz mathews,mahela,kusal come and join this

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    I have always espoused trials but it is held for wrong reasons. Why have 50 over trials when the A team is to play Tests in WI and we need Test experience.Obviously for a sret motive. Any way going by scores (which is not a criterion) Mubarak and Tirimanne did well and Kandamby and Kapu did not get a chanc. SL has invsted a lot on Mubarak, Kandamby, Kapu and Mahroof but unfortunately in ODIs for SL they have gone late in order when only a few overs are left. Dilshan was also in same plight but was moved to top and rest is history. Some others too have been dropped fro ODIs like Chamara Silva and they too shud be given a chance and may be batting higher up and not lower. As long as the Seniors hog the top our batting will not improve. Ask Russell if he got a fair deal lower down.I have to say in spite of living overseas for 25 years, I feel for unjustices done as their parents have invested a lot on their poor kids that they must get a fair go and after that sack them. Ranjan Rodrigo

  • Ian on May 12, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    What a shame they couldn't complete the game. One more wicket would have made it interesting with Kapugedera to come.

    Actually Chandimal has never been a big boundary hitter in terms of percentage. Only 38% from boundaries in his ODI career so far.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    SL need to go with 7 batters imo..Thirimanne is a must..Same with Chandimal..Can`t drop MAhela and Sanga either..We can go with 4 bowlers , then Mathews , Dilshan and Thirimanne can share 10 overs among them

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    kapugedara? Maharoof? in the team?

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