West Indies tri-series June 25, 2013

Mathews confident of SL success

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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.

  • 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.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | June 27, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @gauravm5 in last 12 matches india won 9, sl 2, 1 tied............

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball I Feel Sorry for you & your Team ..By true Indian Fan..Lets Feel the Heat ..

  • POSTED BY Vish4u1985 on | June 27, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @CRLShamalka : You just said Dhoni's luck is running out.. FYI, if you did the presentation after the CT final against England, he said to Nasser Husain that he did not beelive in luck or GOD will come to rescue. He has his tactics of playing the game which is we Adore him as one of the best captian of the Indian Cricket Team. He does not shake when there is pressure on the team. And to tell you something the ERA has just begun. Once Dhoni leaves Karthik or Virat would be given the captaincy and they are going to bulldoze every team that they will face. our focus is 2015. We are going to retain it!

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | June 27, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @Dhanushka Jayaweera - I said i m glad Tharanga is back. Where have you been for the last 2 and half years? Tharanga has been dropped and has returned several times with little success since 2011 WC. He HAS TO PERFORM. His problem is he is inconsistent. He doesnt have a solid technique as well.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @lukecannon : Dude are u serious?? Tharanga has been a solid opening batsman for sri lanka over the last 4-5 years.He was successful with Jayasuriya, Dilshan and Mahela. Just check 1st wicket partnerships where Tharanga was involved.

    He just had 1 or 2 dull tournaments. Even Mahela has suffered from that kinda situations throughout his carrier, even Jayasuriya!

    When did Tharanga get "plenty" of opportunities when he's outta form??? (compared to Chandimal, Kapugedara, Magela, etc.).. He has already proved that he's more than capable of getting the job done as a opener.

    He just needs to play more~

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | June 27, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    Mr Mathews , would you "please" bat higher up in the order. Come in at 4 settle in and hammer the bowlers in the powerplay and the last 10 bowlers. You were discovered as a T20 all-rounder in 2009 . So play the last 15 overs of our innings in T20 fashion. Mathews must contribute anyway he can if SL are to come good in this tournament. Must send Kula in the powerplay. He has nothing to prove. Also Thirimanne and Chandimal should be rotated. Atleast untill Sanga, Dilly and Mahela retire. Tharanga must play. I m sure he wouldnt wanna spoil "this opportunity". Hes been given plenty. So he probably knows this might be one his last chances. 1)-Kusal 2)-Tharanga 3)-Sanga 4)-Mathews 5)-Mahela 6)-Thirimanne 7)-Chandimal 8)-Lokugettige/J. Mendis 9)-Kulasekara 10)-Malinga 11)-A. Mendis

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | June 27, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    I m glad Upul Tharanga is back... But if he doesnt perform in the 1st game itself Mahela should move to the top and Dilhara lokuhettige should get into the side. Tharanga is like M. Night Shyamalan in hollywood. Started off superbly at a pace and slowed down and now hardly ever performs. Good luck Upul. Cement your place in the side. I remember Atapattu failing and failing initially but he became SL s finest batsman later on. I remember Mahela failing and failing in 2003 WC but Sana who was the captain those days showed faith in him and Mahela has delivered the goods for his country. Tharanga must go hard and be aggressive like he was against England in 2006/7 when he destroyed English bowlers in their own den. Kusal should be able to perform this tournament hopefully . Its a different part of the world and more like home unlike Alien conditions in ENG. But he should watch out for Kumar from India. If he fires just like his idol "jayasuriya" SL should be able to hault India's march.

  • POSTED BY Leon-Su on | June 27, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Let's see what happening ... any way Mathive need time to adapt, hopefully everything gonna be fine. Tittles are coming & going ....!!! wish you all the best Lions

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | June 27, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    The problem with the current side looks that they do not have enough pedigree finishers except for Mathews and Kulasekara to a extent. On the other hand, India have Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Karthik, Jadeja who can finish the innings well. West Indies have Pollard, Bravo, Sammy. Surely Sri Lankan bowling is good but isnt good enough against India as Malinga and Mendis remain no mystery 2 them.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    My team 1.K Perera 2.M Jayawardene 3.L Thirimanne 4. K Sangakkara 5.D Chndimal 6.A Mathews 7.J Mendis 8.D Lokuhettige 9. S Senanayeka 10. N Kulasekara 11.L Malinga

  • POSTED BY Test-is-the-best on | June 26, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    I doubt whether this captain make the things happening as he boasts. The team without DILSHAN will be much more weaker than that toured England. Dilshan is the only guy who can counter attack when the pressure mounts. If he wasn't injured during the Semi Final SL would have scored around 230-250 . Even this captain cannot perform either batting, bowling or by fielding though he scored 50 in Semi Final wasting much deliveries specially during the power play. I cannot believe Inclusion of Neither Tharanga nor Mendis will bring wins to SL in this series. The success of Indian team was making bold decision drop players of poor form to include fresh & talented new comers.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @KingOwl:: No team can win 7 consecutive matches against world's top sides with LUCK. When India wins they calls it a LUCK & when SL performs, it is called SUPERB DOMINATING PERFORMANCE.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | June 26, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Mathew captained well I think. But he did not play well. I also think for SL to be successful, get rid of the stagnant batting order. Move it around....it is time for Sanga and Mahela to move down the order or come up. Mathews also need to come earlier because he is at his best when he at the crease earlier than later. This order is crucial as well as the combination, that is why SL was successful late 90's.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    How could you justify Mathews is better than Dhoni as a captain. Can Mathews make SL win a big tournament without Mahela, Sanga, Dilshan & Malinga? India won CT without their BIG players, Sehwag, Gambhir, Sachin, Yuvraj & Zaheer. Have a look at India's playing 11. Apart from Virat, Raina, Dhoni, Ashwin & jadeja, no one in the remaining 6s was a regular fixture in the Indian team before the start of CT.

  • POSTED BY Danufur on | June 26, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Our inability as fans and players to accept defeat without giving silly excuses and not appreciating the efforts of a better team is the exact reason why we cannot improve as a team. The matches we have won as of late have been because of individual brilliance, and that too by the older players in the side (Sanga against England and Mahela against Australia). At present, India is a better side, lead by a much better captain. Regardless of whether we batted first or not, we would've been outplayed by India on the day. Good luck to our team. I hope we learn from our mistakes and play "excuse-free" cricket.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | June 26, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Funny this guy is still in the team, cant believe how can he still be the captain. A captain needs to perform in crunch situations and be an example for the team. This guy hits a 50 once a while, maybe against weaker sides, doesn't bowl great, no reason for him to be in the team. Let Dilshan, Sanga or Mahila be the captain. At least Sanga and mahila are classy players/matchwinners

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | June 26, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @ Lankan2: Since 2007 when he won t20 worldcup he has worked with many combinations, and he got succeed. He has shown results with inexperienced side as well. The thing is he knows well how to get the best from a player and when to utilize him. Not only that he is an excellent motivator, and he himself is the best player, and he is always there to save the team from no where and so he has amazing control on the team, He gains a lot of respect from all the players as well. these all things puts him on top.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    India is the team in ODI currently. If they sort out few issues they could be number one in test as well

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    I hope I would be wrong for the future....

    Mathews needs to justify his selection to the team(Let alone being the skipper)..

    He gets a 50 once in long while... Takes ages to settle and puts preasure on the rest and give away his wicket most of the time...

    Bowls in the situations when the oposition batsmen are in preasure and can't bowl when they are going well...

    Not a good Batsman/ a bowler or a captain (Not to mention the defensive tactics)

  • POSTED BY Lankan2 on | June 26, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I think MSD is not a magical captain. The thing is he is in form. He has good ballers and batsmen. What else he needs as captain. Other than that he is also doing his job by his common sense as everybody else.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    dilhara lokuhettige should have been dropped for someone like maharoof or damika prasad

  • POSTED BY Wolverine77 on | June 26, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    ALL SL fans, Can u people remember the days when SL used to fight? SL needs a different strategy to win. They need to be more aggressive. They need to play as a team. not as individuals. I believe Thirmanna will be a good guy to bat at no. 3. He reminds me of the great GURA. SL needs to figure-out a long term opening pair. Kusal looks good on flat tracks. He has a LONG way to go before becoming the next STJ. I really don't understand why Dimuth is not in this squad and WHY sachithra doesn't get a game???? I also cannot understand WHY SL can't recover when they lose a wicket during the first couple of overs. REMEMBER THE 96 SEMI against India guys? SLs did not go in to a shell after losing SANA and KALU. WHY on earth this star studded batting line up do the same?

    WHY can't SL beat India? WHY is SLs so afraid of the Indians??? Why????

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | June 26, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @ PeterJerome : What a joke man, Mathuews is better player than MSD? LOL. Mathuews is yet to prove himself first, Tell me how many match winning innings he has played in crunch situations? Tell me how many Trophies he has won for SL? Dhoni is the BEST match finisher, Match winner, THE BEST Captain, and many more. Dhoni has every trophy now in his cabinet. He has nothing to prove now. No comparison of Dhoni with a kid. lol.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | June 26, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball: The team should be filled with the great test players who can scores in all parts of the world, who should be rock solid at the crease and spend hours together and should have a great team motivator as a captain. SL doesnt have that qualities and cannot become a best test team, SL performed better in tests only because the likes of Mirali and Vaas and Javasuria. But no one nearer to them in your team now. Unfortunately Slinga Malinga said he cannot play tests. Only sanga Mahela cannot put you on top. So you can forget about it.

  • POSTED BY ham1990 on | June 26, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball you've got to be joking right? As much as I love SL, it is not hard to see that Mathews has a lot to prove, not just as a captain, but as a player. Being a captain is not just about setting good fields, but he also needs to lead by example with the bat.

    There is a reason why Dhoni has such an impressive resume with all ICC trophies and leading India to the test mace. He is a guy who has time and time again single handedly turned the tide of a game and that innings in the WC final was a magnificent exhibition of taking control of a crunch match. He knows how to get the best out of his team.

    Lastly there is no way SL will be No 1 in Tests, or win an ICC trophy anytime soon. They need players to step up in the big moments like Dhoni, not some brilliant players (i.e Sanga and Mahela) who fail when it comes to the final hurdle.

  • POSTED BY PeterJerome on | June 26, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball. Mate, but what if India scores 151.??

  • POSTED BY Immortal_Indians on | June 26, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Guys please have some sense before commenting on someone who is a history creator 'Angelo is a better captain than Dhoni' ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Joke of the millennium :) forget that Angelo is not even better than Mushfiqur Rahim who took there team to Asia cup finals...

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | June 26, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Sana boy is taking some unbeleivable descions.Firstly he selected Ramitha Rambukwella for t20 team.Now he dropped Thisara perera.Ok who is the big hitter in this team now?May be Kulasekara?Tharanga+Sanga+Mahela+Chandi+Thiri OMG.What a wonderful test team.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | June 26, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @ CRLShamalka: Dhoni's tactics are beyond your imagination, and it always feels like a luck for you. Dhoni has a great presence of mind. He always reacts to the situation, but now with the statistics. recently bowling with Ishant on 18th over on CT final, every one said its luck, because ishant already given many runs than Bhuvaneshwar, and Yadav. Thats where Dhoni's captaincy differs from others. According to the situation, Ishant bowling suits better than Yadav and Bhivi. in 2007 T20 final also, Dhoni asked Jogindar Sharma to bowl who was completely inexperienced, but got succeeded. Dhoni knows how to get the better part from the player, his motivates the players a lot. he uses his resources to the max. No one can even come nearer to Dhoni in captaincy now.

  • POSTED BY sam_screaming on | June 26, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Its amazing how SL fans still think that they are at par or better than India. More than amazing its hilarious. You pick up any venue and india have performed better than SL at that venue. SL fans talk about CB series, even then out of four matches between India and SL, India won 2, tied 1 and lost 1. Talking about batting 1st or 2nd, India have dominated. the same series in which india lost batting first in the 2nd ODI, India won batting first in the 5th odi. Comparing matthews with dhoni is unfair to mathews as he has just started his stint as a regular captain. When dhoni was made captain in 2007 and was compared to Ricky Ponting(captain of then mighty aussie team), everyone had written him off, but he has proved in 6 years what he is. Similar performances need to be delivered by mathews to be even compared with Dhoni. Dhoni has all the trophies in his cabinet.SL made a big mistake by investing in Sanga as captain as he left the responsibility at a time when he was needed the most.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    @ Htc-Baseball . what you talkin we have alot to prove before even thinking of any of the future trophies so stop saying angelo is better than dhoni. We gotta give credit to dhoni for guiding their young Indian team to consecutive victories. If it werent for jayawardene sangakkara and dilshan who are at their late thirties. We wouldn't even come to the semi finals. We should drop mahela sangakkara and dilshan its time for them to depart and let the young team grow up . Enough guidance now. I wouldnt be surprised if we get whitewashed few times but well thats how we learn.

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | June 26, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Sri Lanka have to play with new strategy against India and also Mathews has to bat No 4 to lead from the front

  • POSTED BY PeterJerome on | June 26, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @SL Fans: Definitely Mathews is better than MSD skill and talent wise. But the problem is he has to learn to take the bull by the horn, like MSD does. Right now he seems a lot unsure about himself, but I am sure time will prove he can be better than Dhoni. Was very impressed by this bloke J Mendis & Senanayke when I 1st saw them. What energy they brought to the Lankan side! AM needs to back these guys well and learn from their attitude. J Mendis looked anything but himself in the recently concluded CT. Would relish to see a strong Lankan team. All the very best guys. An Indian supporter.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | June 26, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    The main problem for SL is, their bowlers are not bowling well in the pitches where their batsmen can score big runs and their batsmen are not scoring enough runs where the bowlers can bowl well.. Both are not complementing each other.. May be, SL need to get it right with the composition of the team.. Kushal would play in the absence of Dilshan but i would prefer Chandimal to open.. Tharanga would return to the top.. Followed by Sanga and Mahela as the top 4.. 4 almost certain bowers are Herath, Malinga, Kula and Eranga.. Mathews is a sure starter.. There are 3 slots to be filled up.. Thissera should get in as he can be good in slow tracks - WI produces mostly slow tracks these days.. Thirimanne too would get nod as there is shortage of batting power in the line up and the final slot would be the tricky one.. Team already has 5 pace bowling options.. Extra spin would be the thing to go after.. First choice would be Senanayake.. Loku replace Thissera if extra spin is needed..

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 26, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    @Eranga Wickramasinghe: You want jaysuriya to come back? Can we also call back aravinda, ranatunga, murali and vaas?

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 26, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @miles100: See Indian fans might say dhoni won ipl, champions league, t20 world cup, odi world cup, test no.1 and now champions trophy and angelo hasn't done anything, but we know how better angelo is as a captain and a player, next 18months we will be test no,1 we will win t20 world cup in 2014 and 50 over world cup in australia under matthews for sure, then we can prove to world that matthews is better than dhoni

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | June 26, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Should have included Dimuth instead of Upul Tharanga who has proved that he has come to an end of his career. Mathews has proved that he is not a good captain. Everybody cannot do this job. A captain has to be innovative and a person who can mnae split second decisions. Mathews is no beter than the past 2 capitains who were on the defensive all the time resulting in loosing all important matches. Time will tell my words are right. Mathwes will be a very unsucessful leader yet, he can be a good middle order batsmen and a reasonably good bowler. Thissra Perera ommision will prove costly. Kusal perera will be just ordinary and so sorry that some try to compare him to a great batsmen like Sanath. . lots of mistakes done, once again!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 26, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    @CRLShamalka: You are right dude, his luck is running out soon, remember how we beat his team in a match in the cb series and also in a match in the 4-1 loss? that's where his luck started running out, we have a mental upperhand now

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | June 26, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    In the semi finals against India, We SLs miscalculated the pitch conditions. SL became too protective. The only comfortable batsmen I saw was Mahela and Dilshan on the day. All the other batsmen were too protective. They should have been batting by standing a a couple of feet out of the crease to upset the bowlers length so their swing bowling had no impact on us even though the ball gets to you a bit quicker. Regardless I think Angelo is a far better captain than Dhoni.....No Doubt..

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    The youngster us Upul Tharanga? Dimuth should have been the one picked instead of Tharanga. Bad decision. Also they drop Thissara who gets wickets and runs which is vital in ODIs. They pay millions to coaches of different names. But no one has till got Thissara to play in the off side. That's the reason he is failing as batsmen. But he is bowling well and is a briliant feilder.

    Selectors should persist with young players rather than bringing guts like Tharanga & Mendis who are a burden in the feild.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | June 26, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Dhoni's luck is running out. It is going to be the beginning of Mathew's era. Mark my words!

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball

    What a fantastic formula. Winning against IND will be quite easy now. The same formula can also be used against West Indies also. But West Indies A made 240 runs batting first & won by 90 runs against SL yesterday. Perhaps LUCK is now with West Indies. They won the TOSS but elected to bat first.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | June 26, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    players for National Teams, apply very odd methods unlike the other countries adopt. The consistent performance at School and Club level of players is quite immaterial to them. That was why some average players were able to represent the Country while some brilliant School&Domestic Cricketers such as Ian Daniels (the Best Schoolboy bat of Year 2000 and one of the top Batters at the Youth WC '00) wasn't given a single chance even at times these over-hyped seniors have failed miserably in 2003-04(2003 WC) when they were 10 ys younger. SL has to employ 6 genuine batters that can maintain consistency on all surfaces against quality bowlers and 5 good wkt taking bowlers. Unfortunately the J&Ps have a great faith in reckless hitting, than solid controlled stroke play of Dravid's,S'weera's,Kholi's,Trott's, Root's,Amla's,..If we are to succeed well in this Tri-Series, we have to employ C'mal, M'hews & T'manne at No3, 4 & 5 positions and Ajantha & S'nayake should be included in the Team.

  • POSTED BY Prema1948 on | June 26, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Left-arm bowler (ODI Bo Ave; 41.34) taken 35 wkts only, out of 41 innings played, isn't fit in to this Side. He isn't a batsman either and his fielding, not good enough even for a U15team. The taking of wkts on a 5th-day of a Test match shouldn't be a big issue, cos any tall left-armer that spin the bowl can do things better than a spinner of shorter in stature & slow in reflex. We should employ 2 genuine spinners at all times. It hardly happened with the SLan Team since Dharmasena left the scene. Murali was the sole genuine spinner since 2005, as they wanted one bowler to take all the wkts. At present the Murali's place has been given to a spinner that can't spin nor extract any bounce off the pitch if it wasn't tailor-made for spinners. We need wkt taking spinners that can penetrate into batters defense. Using of unpredictable seniors as front-liners and this non-spinning spinner is the main cause that we hardly won a series lately. They don't have a set plan in picking2B CNTD

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    @gauravm... i am a sri lankan and i support sri lanka. but ur statistics are right we have been losing to india very often.simple reason for that is india played better in all those games. if credit is given where its due there wont be any hatred among the fans!!!! but i hope there will be some good games of cricket played every time these two opponents play each other!!! all

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | June 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    There will be flat tracks in WI. SL will struggle on them. If India bat first, they will bat teams out of the matches. If they are chasing, no score will be beyond them. I think India will dominate the series. In England, India did not dominate, but had luck on their side. But in the WI, I think they will be more at home.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | June 26, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I am not sure whats happening here ? Mathews will have a tough stint here. If Mendis does well vs WI, does Mathews make him play s Ind. Sri Lanka do not have a all rounder except for Mathews. I feel Sri Lanka do not have enough firepower to win against India.

    Malinga who is a threat to all other teams in the world, may not be the same against India. So better luck Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY rshan1994 on | June 25, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    From the last 12 ODIs against india SL have just manege to win only 2 games & Bangladesh team had maneged to win 3 games out of last 12 ODIs against india. Out of the 1st 12 ODIs (since SL start to play cricket) against India SL had maneged to win 3 games.. Cricket fans in here (SL) are finding answer to the question "What's wrong with SL cricket to be in this sort of position against india?"

  • POSTED BY ARad on | June 25, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    SL won 2 and lost 2 games during the Champions Trophy. I won't call it 'form'. Mathews should have higher ambitions. Anyway, this is not a meaningful tournament. SL should be playing Test matches instead. ODI cricket can make average cricketers look better than they are. Even Bangladesh can win a game or two against non-minnows when they play in the shorter form. The fewer Tests SL plays, the less developed SL cricketers will be. SLC is sacrificing the long term future for short term cash flow. This is anti-investment.

  • POSTED BY dragster21 on | June 25, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Why SL can't win crunch matches... 1) Dodgy opners - If Dilshan doesn't perform, not sure if the other bloke can magically play his one day wonder on the day. 2) Too many accumulators(Sanga, Mahela, Chandimal, Thirimane) yet no one can up the pace when needed. I am a hardcore SL fan, and trust me its sad to see we do not have even two batman who can clear the fence on a regular basis when needed. Thissara is just a cow corner madness. Against Ind he tried slogin twice missed and third time tried the same shot and out! So Thissara to me has to improve his hitting options if he wants to take up this role. Matthews is the only other person I can think of. 3) Get a decent spinner with variations - I think randiv, Senakaye and Dananjaya are worth persisting with. 4) Stop thinking that our team is full of all rounders everyone can do everything but not properly. Get players doing specialist roles plus 1 good all rounder. Not every game is T20 cricket. Heres hoping we do well in W.Indies!

  • POSTED BY dragster21 on | June 25, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    this is my 2cents... Matthews need to come up the order and start contributing. It wil be good for his confidence and for the team too. We need two world class spinners building up to the next world cup. For god's sake we are an asian team, how can we not produce a good spinner ever since murali retired? I'll tell you why, the selectors never give any spinner a good run in the team. they chop and change every series which makes the player's confidence hit new lows fearing they may not perform. Randiv, S.Prasana, A.Mendis, J.Mendis, Dhananjaya, Senanayake are a few names that have popped up over the past few years yet no one has cemented a place. I am sorry but Herath is just not cutting it for me in ODI, not enough variation and doesn't have the height to make enough impact. You got a select a few spinners and persist! The same has just happened to Thissara, one bad series (not really.. but according to selectors) and he's gone.

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | June 25, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    After 2011 world cup, India played 11 ODIs against SL, winning 8, loosing 2 with 1 tied.

  • POSTED BY Maithri on | June 25, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    how does Dilshan's absence give youngsters a chance when they replaced him with Tharanga?

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | June 25, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    India is gonna win this tri-series convincingly.

  • POSTED BY DilumSL on | June 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Having confidence is a positive thing but what about the last part??? "absence of Tillakaratne Dilshan, gives youngsters in the side a chance to perform" who are the youngsters that Mathews is talking about. May be about Dilhara and Upul, and Mendis... But they were older than Mathews him self when check their profiles last time. SL badly miss out an opportunity to try out their new asserts. We already have our A team in WI. My Squad Kusal J(WK), Dimuth K, Lahiru T, Chandimal, Mathews(C), Sanga or Mahela, Thisara P, Chathuranga De S, Malinga, Sachithra S, Ajantha M/Akila D/Tharindu K, Shaminda E, Angelo P, Kithruwan V, Ishan J/Lahiru J

  • POSTED BY cricket_slcsupport on | June 25, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    SL would have some chance against WI, clearly not against India. Should have rested Mahela, Sanga & Malinga and given the opportunity for some younger players. If we can't beat India atleast must learn from them.

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | June 25, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Mathews is getting well behind the captaincy. I can see he is slowly improving and going to be a better captain. His structure is promising. However, at the same time he is losing the contribution to the team as a player. It is hard to do both and keep a balance. Hope for the best....

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Cannot believe Thissara Perera has been dropped, it is the worst decision by Sanath Jayasuriya the selector

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    i hope our team SL up to the mark from now on? they need to win this tri series to keep fans Happy...Alive.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 25, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    If we win toss and bowl first vs india then we can surely win, but problem is if Dhoni wins toss he might bowl first, so we have to challenge india and dhoni to bat first on WI pitches against us if they win toss, let's see if they can beat us by batting first, because remember the match we won in that 4-1 loss last year? we won by bowling first and reducing india to 130 i think.

  • POSTED BY PPD123 on | June 25, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    @htc-baseball - so you really think India won by 8 wkts against SL due to the toss? Stop clutching at straws. India were deserving winners, cos they had the right balance and performed during the crunch moments. Take the Eng match for example - they lost the toss, had to bat first on a tricky wkt. They could not get any rhythym into their batting inngs due to the 4-5 stoppages that were there, but still found a way to keep the pressure and win the match. Thats what winning teams do - they find a way. When you lose, you find an excuse.... I hope the tri series is an exciting one in WI. Pls note the pitches in WI have changed over the years and are now spinning tracks with low bounce, than the green mamba's they used to have in the 70/80s. If SL fight hard and keep their nerves during the key moments this may well be their time.... May the best team win....

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Will Mathew improve his catching;he doesn't look a natural slip fielder. Kholi was removed from slips after a poor show & the coach should consider who are our best slip fielders. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I think we need someone ( probably Kusal or Chandi) to take the to India. the fact that Kumar, Lahiru and Anji will take time to get going and Tharanga also is in same catagory we'll need Chandi or kusal to try and score a bit quicker. as a matter of face I would have preferred dimuth or S.Jayasuriya ahead of tharanga. but well my preference doesn't matter, does it? Also we will miss the late hitting of Thisara and he has been better than the other bowlers against india.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 25, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    will be difficult considering conditions suit india also in WI and india have the batting and bowling to dominate the tournament

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | June 25, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    To answer some comments, India is not Red hot form; it is Dhawan who is in red hot form. Everything is hiding behind him. And in the tournament pitch played well for India. Everyone expected Seaming condition in England. Pitch will be different in WI.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    SL should be at their best in this series. No chances should be given what so ever.India seems to have on their feet now. have to play our best cricket like the era of Aravinda's Arjuna's. "Fearless Cricket"

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball

    What a fantastic formula but please tell that where do this LUCK available. SL need more than the others. Why 150? Why not 100, 75 or 50? So easy to beat west indies also. Go lions, world is waiting for this new invented formula.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    my team is in windies kusal perera,dimuth karunaratne,sanga,tirimanne,mahela,matews,jeewan,tisara,kulasekara,senanayake,,malinga

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @Htc, I know we all love to hate India but let's give credit where it's due. India played the best cricket during the Champions Trophy and were the deserving winners. The fact of the matter right now is we don't have enough players in form to be good enough to beat India who is in red hot form. Let's just hope we can come back from WI with our pride intact and build towards the future afterwards. :)

  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 25, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    We can beat india, all we need is the same luck which india had against us in the semis, we need to bowl first use the moisture and restrict india to 150 and then we can thrash their bowling, this is the winning formula, we can also beat west indies easily. Go lions, return with the cup

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  • POSTED BY Htc-Baseball on | June 25, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    We can beat india, all we need is the same luck which india had against us in the semis, we need to bowl first use the moisture and restrict india to 150 and then we can thrash their bowling, this is the winning formula, we can also beat west indies easily. Go lions, return with the cup

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @Htc, I know we all love to hate India but let's give credit where it's due. India played the best cricket during the Champions Trophy and were the deserving winners. The fact of the matter right now is we don't have enough players in form to be good enough to beat India who is in red hot form. Let's just hope we can come back from WI with our pride intact and build towards the future afterwards. :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    my team is in windies kusal perera,dimuth karunaratne,sanga,tirimanne,mahela,matews,jeewan,tisara,kulasekara,senanayake,,malinga

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @Htc-Baseball

    What a fantastic formula but please tell that where do this LUCK available. SL need more than the others. Why 150? Why not 100, 75 or 50? So easy to beat west indies also. Go lions, world is waiting for this new invented formula.

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    SL should be at their best in this series. No chances should be given what so ever.India seems to have on their feet now. have to play our best cricket like the era of Aravinda's Arjuna's. "Fearless Cricket"

  • POSTED BY SLMaster on | June 25, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    To answer some comments, India is not Red hot form; it is Dhawan who is in red hot form. Everything is hiding behind him. And in the tournament pitch played well for India. Everyone expected Seaming condition in England. Pitch will be different in WI.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 25, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    will be difficult considering conditions suit india also in WI and india have the batting and bowling to dominate the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | June 25, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I think we need someone ( probably Kusal or Chandi) to take the to India. the fact that Kumar, Lahiru and Anji will take time to get going and Tharanga also is in same catagory we'll need Chandi or kusal to try and score a bit quicker. as a matter of face I would have preferred dimuth or S.Jayasuriya ahead of tharanga. but well my preference doesn't matter, does it? Also we will miss the late hitting of Thisara and he has been better than the other bowlers against india.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | June 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Will Mathew improve his catching;he doesn't look a natural slip fielder. Kholi was removed from slips after a poor show & the coach should consider who are our best slip fielders. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY PPD123 on | June 25, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    @htc-baseball - so you really think India won by 8 wkts against SL due to the toss? Stop clutching at straws. India were deserving winners, cos they had the right balance and performed during the crunch moments. Take the Eng match for example - they lost the toss, had to bat first on a tricky wkt. They could not get any rhythym into their batting inngs due to the 4-5 stoppages that were there, but still found a way to keep the pressure and win the match. Thats what winning teams do - they find a way. When you lose, you find an excuse.... I hope the tri series is an exciting one in WI. Pls note the pitches in WI have changed over the years and are now spinning tracks with low bounce, than the green mamba's they used to have in the 70/80s. If SL fight hard and keep their nerves during the key moments this may well be their time.... May the best team win....