West Indies tri-series

Mathews confident of SL success

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June 25, 2013

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Angelo Mathews at a press conference, Birmingham, May 28, 2013
Angelo Mathews is confident Sri Lanka can play well in the forthcoming tri-nation series © ICC
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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that his side would look to extend their Champions Trophy form into the tri-nation series against India and West Indies.

"We have played some really good cricket in the ICC Champions Trophy, beating England and Australia to reach the semi-final and so the confidence is pretty high," Mathews told the Gleaner after the side's arrival in Kingston, Jamaica. "West Indies and India are two very good teams in the shorter format of the game and I think that we really need to play some really good cricket to win against them."

Sri Lanka lost to India by eight wickets in the semi-final and finished second in their group behind England. India beat England by five runs to win the Champions Trophy, while West Indies finished third in Group B, missing out on a spot in the last four after a tied match against South Africa.

Sri Lanka play the first match of the series against West Indies at the Sabina Park on June 28 and Mathews admitted that the hosts would be tough to beat, given their familiarity with home conditions and their strength in limited overs cricket.

Mathews also said that the absence of Tillakaratne Dilshan, ruled out due to a calf injury, gives youngsters in the side a chance to perform.

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Posted by   on (June 29, 2013, 6:09 GMT)

@Gautam : not reaching the final is probably better than losing in it.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (June 28, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

It wil be india WI final

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 21:36 GMT)

" extend their Champions Trophy form into the tri-nation series " ? That means they won't reach the final again!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

its time for srilanka to prove themselves in this spectacular tri series....this team is suffering a lot due to inconsistency in batting order...despite two big legends in the batting line-up they lack teamwork. another main problem is captaincy. it took huge shifts from sanga to jaya, then dilshan n now mathews. mahela is very consistent in the team and is performing well irrespective of his batting position. the main problem is middle order. young leds chandimal, thiramanne, jeevan are not consistent in the side. they lose wickets just when the partnership is gearing on....its time for them to buildup their team...they need consistent openers....if mahela opens, problem in middle order....they should give chances to kushal despite his poor show in ct 2013....thisara could be efficient all rounder than jeevan....suchitra should be preferred ahead of herath in t20's n odi's.....ALL D BEST MATHEWS...as indian fan....i need much competition from you guys....

Posted by maddy20 on (June 28, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

@ Htc-Baseball Yeah right. We have heard this baloney many times before, even before the Champions Trophy. Kushal Perera was touted to be the man of the series coz of his 50 in the warmups and that SL will demolish India. We all know what happened next. Ask him to win this tri-series first and then you can think about the Worldcups. Mathews can never be a good captain and I will tell ya why. A good captain leads by example. Dhoni destroyed the Aussies' confidence with a brutal double hundred which set the tone for the reminder of the series. He averages over 50 to go with an astonishing strike rate of 88, is a great finisher and a fantastic wicket keeper. Even in tests he averages close to 40 and is a great keeper. He will automatically command great respect of his players. If some one from his team does not play well, he can say, look you have to do better to be in the team. Can Mathews do that, when he himself is a batting like an amateur?

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (June 28, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Agree SL didnt have enough time after CT, but they should reconsider their batting. I am a an ardent fan of the Indian cricket team, so dont really follow much of SL domestic circuit. They have reconsider their batting for the WC 2015 or Mahela, and Sanga still going to be around ?

Posted by   on (June 28, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Enough talk Angelo my boy! Time for action, and more importantly, results! You must start contributing at least with the bat, if not the ball. And be more positive with field placings and captaincy.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

@HTC-Baseball:::Angelo is better captain that Dhoni, impossible to understand. Barring Kohli, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja & Ashwin, no one is the remaining 6s of India's playing 11 was holding a fixed slot in the Indian ODI team before the start of this tournament. India won CT without their big players, Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Gambhir, Zaheer & harbhajan. Can Mathews make SL win a big tournament without Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan & Malinga.

Posted by Thar1ndu on (June 27, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

my team, 1)Tharanga2)Chandimal 3)Sanga 4)Mahela 5)Thirimanne 6)kusal 7)Mathews 8)J Mendis 9)N.Kulasekara 10)L.malinga 11)R.hearth

upul and chandi should open batting. Kusal must be no.06 till he get his form because he is completely lost his form as an opener. Thirimanne can bat at no.5 .

Posted by mumtaz78 on (June 27, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

I wonder why Dimuth karunarathne has not been picked for the series coz he has performed well in ongoing SL -A with WI-A.....and probably hes well settled with the conditions.

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