West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Kingston June 28, 2013

Gayle, bowlers give West Indies comfortable win

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West Indies 209 for 4 (Gayle 109) beat Sri Lanka 208 (Mathews 55*, Jayawardene 52, Narine 4-40, Rampaul 3-38) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chris Gayle had failed to leave a mark in cold and wet England, but he probably knows there is only one thing cool in the warmer climes of Jamaica - he himself. And no one at Sabina Park would disagree. After a lean patch in the Champions Trophy where his highest score was 39, Gayle scored his 21st ODI century - his first against Sri Lanka - as West Indies brushed the visitors aside by six wickets and earned a bonus point in the first match of the tri-series.

Sri Lanka didn't have a strong total to defend after their batsmen were felled by the spin of Sunil Narine, who picked up four wickets. Angelo Mathews kept his main bowlers on throughout to try and ensnare the big fish, but Gayle kept blocking, blocking, and then powering it over the ropes with metronomic precision.

It was a typically 'measured' Gayle innings, following its own rhythm, irrespective of the conditions, the pitch, the attack, and the field. He followed his own modus operandi - dead-bats to hittable deliveries, axe-swings against good ones - giving not even an inkling of a chance to the fielding side and hitting at least a six off each of the five bowlers he faced.

Defending a middling total, Sri Lanka knew Gayle was one hurdle they had to get past quickly, but it wasn't to be. Mathews opened with Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara as expected, but introduced Ajantha Mendis in the fifth over to see if Mendis could do what Narine had done in the first innings. Mathews persisted with fielders in catching positions, however, Gayle was in no hurry. Whenever it seemed a hit was needed, he had one.

But despite Gayle hitting three sixes and four fours in the first 10 overs, West Indies hadn't run away. Johnson Charles was doing his best to keep Sri Lanka interested with a laboured stay. There couldn't have been a starker contrast. Charles struggled to read Mendis' spin and the quicks' swing, his misery prolonged by first, a dropped catch by Mathews, and then, by the umpire who let him get away against two good lbw appeals. He finally hit his first boundary - a six - off his 45th ball, but from West Indies' perspective, he helped put up 115 for the opening stand.

Darren Bravo joined Gayle and the two put up a quick 66-run stand to bring West Indies within touching distance of the target. The big wicket did come, when Gayle finally top-edged a sweep that was intended for the stands. There was a minor flutter as Sri Lanka picked two more wickets in the next three overs, but it was a case of too little too late.

Sri Lanka's openers had also laid a solid foundation with a half-century stand after being put in, but their lower middle order failed yet again to shore up a faltering innings after Narine dismissed both Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. But for a fighting half-century by Mathews, they could have finished with much less than the eventual score.

Jayawardene, opening for only the 26th time in 370 ODI innings, scored an effortless half-century at run-a-ball, finding the boundary with silken drives and precise cuts. He greeted Narine with a reverse-swept boundary to bring up his fifty, but was out two balls later inside-edging a sharply-turning delivery to his pads, the ball lobbing up for the wicketkeeper for a simple chance. Sangakkara was dismissed soon after, tamely pushing a flighted delivery to cover.

The situation was tailor-made for the much talked-about, but yet to fire, young brigade - Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne - to send a message to their detractors. But Mathews, dropped on 7, decided thereafter to curtail his strokemaking while Chandimal and Thirimanne allowed the pressure to build and fell to soft dismissals, reducing the innings to a crawl.

Only 15 runs came in the seven overs after the 28th and by the time they were forced to take the batting Powerplay, Sri Lanka were left with little firepower to take advantage. The Powerplay brought further damage. Ravi Rampaul picked up two quick wickets and Sri Lanka were left trying to use up the full quota of overs rather than going for runs.

That shouldn't take away anything from the way West Indies came back. Dwayne Bravo had elected to field hoping his fast bowlers would exploit the early moisture in the pitch, but it was Bravo who provided the first strike, getting Upul Tharanga to edge to the keeper. There was no looking back once Narine, who now has 33 wickets from 14 matches at home, was introduced. Gayle then provided the ideal finishing touches.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 29, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Excellent play by the WI. On the other hand SL lacked the fighting spirit. Where SL couldn't take singles and rotate the strike in their second half of the innings, WI were fluid and were agressive at will. Its not the selection of the SL batting line up which is in quesetion, but the frame of mind that they play. SL batsmen need to stay for longer periods and rotate the strike and convert dot balls into singles. Or else SL will loose every match and there is no doubt about that.

  • on June 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Well played Windies, good to see Gayle back doing what he does best, also good performances from Narine and Rampaul, however, disappointed with Sri Lanka's performance, they had a good platform but failed to build on that and get a good total so i don't know how much of a factor the pitch actually was.

    In terms of Lanka's opening batsmen, Tharanga was quite a useful opener a few years ago and still can be if he gets his footwork and timing sorted, if he doesn't they have some promising players in Kusal and Karunaratne, so I'm a bit surprised the latter wasn't selected for this series.

  • on June 28, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Mathews: "Important toss, it was two paced, holding up a bit, it got easier, but a special hundred by a special person. We had to adapt to the wicket but we lost wickets and could not get going, Mahela batted brilliantly but he had no partners. We thought we had a chance, the wicket was two paced but it flattened out. When Gayle gets going, no attack is enough and no ground big enough."

    He said the exact same thing in England. Replace Gayle with Shikhar and Mahela with Matthews and it is a broken record already. He makes it seem like the first innings was played on a minefield and second on a feather bed. Stop making excuses and start winning. At this rate he will lose credibility with the passionate Sri Lankan fans. I agree with some of the comments early on with team selection..they should have gone with a focus on 2015.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 30, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    The cup-boards are empty for Sri Lanka. The older players are not so consistent to begin with and the youngsters don't have it in them to compete at international level. Sri Lankan cricket looks very weak for the next couple of years at least, if these are the top youngsters they have in their ranks. I also think Sri Lanka should have more tours to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Afghanistan and such 2nd tier teams so that their present youngsters like Kushal, Thirimanne, Chandimal, Kulasekhara, Eranga, Mathews etc can develop some kind of rhythm and confidence at the international level before SLC introduces them to matches against great teams like India, England and West Indies. Just my thoughts regarding the atrocious cricket being played by Sri Lanka. If they don't tour those 2nd tier countries sooner than later to get some confidence, then Sri Lanka will continue to perform like sitting ducks against great teams like India.

  • C0l0mb0 on June 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    kaushal should be there on top... if he wise enough he should take some time n need to get 20 runs 1st. coz we dont hv dilshan, SL should try ppl like karunarathne or Dikwella. Sanga n Mahela need to go down the order n give mathews, chandimal, thirimanne to face more balls. Mahela n sanga batting top wont do any good unless one of them make a 100. its more valuable to give youngsters to perform. And ppl like Suranga lakmal or Chathuranga de Silva should be there as they perform reasonably good with SL A. 1.kusal 2. Karunarathne/Dikwella/Dilshan 3. Thirimane/Chandimal 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Tharanga/Angelo Perera 7. Thisara/ Lokuhettige 8. Kulasekara/C de Silva 9. Senanayaka/S Lakmal 10. Herath 11. Malinga

    Can pick best 15 according to their form, win or lose need to give new guys a chance.

  • Sinhaya on June 30, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, surely why cant Kushal Perera improve if Marvan Atapattu started his career with a galore of ducks?? You cant even admit the fact that Angelo Mathews scored a fifty and was our top scorer. Please look at Angelo's batting average. You cant even acknowledge Thirimanne scoring a fifty against Australia in the CT when under pressure?? You really have a problem about Sri Lanka doing well. Simple.

  • gnanzcupid on June 30, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    @htc_android its not wise to stick on with kusal. He is not good in technique and temperament.not definitely an international material. The only way lankans can win cricket matches after the two batting legends retire will be too bring back sanath,aravinda,marvan,arjuna,chaminda,romesh and muthiah back to the team. These people despite have been not playing much cricket now,will be definitely more beneficial than the set of youngsters you have in the team.

  • on June 29, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    We trinis waiting, oval sell out!!!

  • srikks on June 29, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @Basebull-Sucks: Get your facts right!! India's record vs Sril lanka b/w 1996-2009 is India won -42, Sri Lanka won- 34, 1 tie and 13N/R. Stop coming with child like excuses and accept the truth!!

  • Felix1025 on June 29, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    We have problems with team selection. For this tour team should have been 1. Dimuth K. 2. Kushal P. or Upul T 3. Lahiru T. 4. Kumar S. 5. Angelo M. 6. Mahela J. 7. Dinesh C. / Sachithra S. 8. Dhammika Prasad / Nuwan Pradeep or Thissara Perera 9. Shaminda Eranga 10. Ajantha M. / Suranga L. 11.) Lasith Malinga

    This will be a team for the future. Better also give more exposure to Angelo P., Chathura Pieris, Sanitha de Mel etc. All the best for the rest of the tour!!!!

  • on June 29, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Excellent play by the WI. On the other hand SL lacked the fighting spirit. Where SL couldn't take singles and rotate the strike in their second half of the innings, WI were fluid and were agressive at will. Its not the selection of the SL batting line up which is in quesetion, but the frame of mind that they play. SL batsmen need to stay for longer periods and rotate the strike and convert dot balls into singles. Or else SL will loose every match and there is no doubt about that.

  • on June 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Well played Windies, good to see Gayle back doing what he does best, also good performances from Narine and Rampaul, however, disappointed with Sri Lanka's performance, they had a good platform but failed to build on that and get a good total so i don't know how much of a factor the pitch actually was.

    In terms of Lanka's opening batsmen, Tharanga was quite a useful opener a few years ago and still can be if he gets his footwork and timing sorted, if he doesn't they have some promising players in Kusal and Karunaratne, so I'm a bit surprised the latter wasn't selected for this series.

  • on June 28, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Mathews: "Important toss, it was two paced, holding up a bit, it got easier, but a special hundred by a special person. We had to adapt to the wicket but we lost wickets and could not get going, Mahela batted brilliantly but he had no partners. We thought we had a chance, the wicket was two paced but it flattened out. When Gayle gets going, no attack is enough and no ground big enough."

    He said the exact same thing in England. Replace Gayle with Shikhar and Mahela with Matthews and it is a broken record already. He makes it seem like the first innings was played on a minefield and second on a feather bed. Stop making excuses and start winning. At this rate he will lose credibility with the passionate Sri Lankan fans. I agree with some of the comments early on with team selection..they should have gone with a focus on 2015.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 30, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    The cup-boards are empty for Sri Lanka. The older players are not so consistent to begin with and the youngsters don't have it in them to compete at international level. Sri Lankan cricket looks very weak for the next couple of years at least, if these are the top youngsters they have in their ranks. I also think Sri Lanka should have more tours to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Afghanistan and such 2nd tier teams so that their present youngsters like Kushal, Thirimanne, Chandimal, Kulasekhara, Eranga, Mathews etc can develop some kind of rhythm and confidence at the international level before SLC introduces them to matches against great teams like India, England and West Indies. Just my thoughts regarding the atrocious cricket being played by Sri Lanka. If they don't tour those 2nd tier countries sooner than later to get some confidence, then Sri Lanka will continue to perform like sitting ducks against great teams like India.

  • C0l0mb0 on June 30, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    kaushal should be there on top... if he wise enough he should take some time n need to get 20 runs 1st. coz we dont hv dilshan, SL should try ppl like karunarathne or Dikwella. Sanga n Mahela need to go down the order n give mathews, chandimal, thirimanne to face more balls. Mahela n sanga batting top wont do any good unless one of them make a 100. its more valuable to give youngsters to perform. And ppl like Suranga lakmal or Chathuranga de Silva should be there as they perform reasonably good with SL A. 1.kusal 2. Karunarathne/Dikwella/Dilshan 3. Thirimane/Chandimal 4. Sanga 5. Mahela 6. Tharanga/Angelo Perera 7. Thisara/ Lokuhettige 8. Kulasekara/C de Silva 9. Senanayaka/S Lakmal 10. Herath 11. Malinga

    Can pick best 15 according to their form, win or lose need to give new guys a chance.

  • Sinhaya on June 30, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, surely why cant Kushal Perera improve if Marvan Atapattu started his career with a galore of ducks?? You cant even admit the fact that Angelo Mathews scored a fifty and was our top scorer. Please look at Angelo's batting average. You cant even acknowledge Thirimanne scoring a fifty against Australia in the CT when under pressure?? You really have a problem about Sri Lanka doing well. Simple.

  • gnanzcupid on June 30, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    @htc_android its not wise to stick on with kusal. He is not good in technique and temperament.not definitely an international material. The only way lankans can win cricket matches after the two batting legends retire will be too bring back sanath,aravinda,marvan,arjuna,chaminda,romesh and muthiah back to the team. These people despite have been not playing much cricket now,will be definitely more beneficial than the set of youngsters you have in the team.

  • on June 29, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    We trinis waiting, oval sell out!!!

  • srikks on June 29, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @Basebull-Sucks: Get your facts right!! India's record vs Sril lanka b/w 1996-2009 is India won -42, Sri Lanka won- 34, 1 tie and 13N/R. Stop coming with child like excuses and accept the truth!!

  • Felix1025 on June 29, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    We have problems with team selection. For this tour team should have been 1. Dimuth K. 2. Kushal P. or Upul T 3. Lahiru T. 4. Kumar S. 5. Angelo M. 6. Mahela J. 7. Dinesh C. / Sachithra S. 8. Dhammika Prasad / Nuwan Pradeep or Thissara Perera 9. Shaminda Eranga 10. Ajantha M. / Suranga L. 11.) Lasith Malinga

    This will be a team for the future. Better also give more exposure to Angelo P., Chathura Pieris, Sanitha de Mel etc. All the best for the rest of the tour!!!!

  • Htc-Android on June 29, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    It was a bad move to open the innings with Mahela. Should have opened the innings with Kusal or Thirimanne. We need Mahelas experience in the middle overs and he is a capable finisher too. Specially with the absence Thissra, we need to have Mahela in the midddle overs. Its time to drop Jeevan mendis from the team. He is becoming another Kapugedera. Kusal should be given more chances before decide to drop him. Specially when Kapu getting 92 games, why cant we more chances to Kusal?

  • siri12345 on June 29, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Wat is our media doing?couple of difficult questions need to be asked to sanath jayasurya?why was perera not selected?is angelo matthews afraid of competition from him?hopefully our media will ask questions to sanath at the end of the day media has a role and responsibility to improve the performance of our team

  • ibbani on June 29, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    srilanka cricket team and the selection team is brainless, They are playing Jeevan Mendis, Thirimanne, upto an extent Ajantha Mendis who is no more a mystery but a lollipop bowler and easy to make great cricketing shots to a stroke playing batsman. Kusal is good instead of Upul. India will win all their matches and will go on to win the triseries making the best team and SRL the worst team. In the last 3 years India/SRL has played 55-57 against and India winning 75% of them convincingly. So if they have to match the red hot Indians, they have to come out with some special spirited performance. Kula/Angelo are not effective except Malinga. So, bowling is another worry alongwith batting to the Lankan team. Sanga hit a century and won the match in the CT single handedly. But you cant except one batsmen every match to score and win match. Time for others to stpe up. Sanath - time to take bold decisions and groom young blood ahead of the WC in 2015 if SRL has any plan to win it.

  • on June 29, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks::::Sri Lanka dominated India between jan 1997- Jan2010, how come? During 1997-2010, India played 90 ODIs against Sri Lanka, Indian won 42, lost 34 with 1 tied & 13 NR/Abandoned.

  • siri12345 on June 29, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Its an absolute pity that we cannot find a better player than jeevan mendis .jeevan mendis ahead of thisara perera?really this is just how messed up our selection policy is at the moment.so wat can we hope for with this team?

  • sl_supporter on June 29, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Cannot believe Sri lankan team selection. Musial should be given more chances. I think there is a issue with the batting coach. He doesn't seem to correct certain players technical faults and Tharanga is a classic example. Would you Thesara is not even in the squared! Without him we have a long tail. Batting coach should help him play more shots other than on legside and now instead of helping him, they dropped him. No chance given to Senayake who has been a consistent performer. Sl should pick the best potential young players and stick with them without panicking otherwise expect Bangladesh to be above sl in ICC rankings

  • siri12345 on June 29, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Wat a terrible captain angelo is becoming.wats with his team selection?.his team selection or selection of playing 11 appears like a schoolboy error.from england i hav been completely telling that there is no way how we can drop sachitra senanayke but matthews continue to ignore him for reasons known only to god.and i hav been telling from last india series of 2012 that herath should be dropped from odis permanently but we still continue to pick him.

  • BMDeep on June 29, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    @ Cannuck :As u said,Players must concentrate on their play.Nt evry batsman can bcme a Jsuriya r pollard or gayle who can clear d ground at will. They should concentrate more on their strengths rather than failing trying to play handsomely/stylishly or to imitate/impress sme 1.This is in context to Chandimal nd K Perera. Often u c youngsters coming into team after a good domestic season nd failing on int matches.Dis happens more with subconl players as dey r vry much used for playing in mediocre pitches nd versus medicre bowlers. R Dravid arguably one of d best middle order batsman in d world in ODI's is a gud ex.His avg is arnd 40 while his SR is arnd 80.He didnt use to play any glory shots to do dat. Any bowlr bowls an odd bad ball every now nd then nd that can b sent to boundaries while d good ones can b used to rotate d strike. I dont believe that Ajmal,Steyn,Naraine r any other fr dat instance in this present day r so dangerous dat batsmen cant even score singles in their bowling.

  • andrew27994 on June 29, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    SL simply aren't a good enough team at the moment especially overseas. Their batting lineup is heavily reliant on Sangakkara and Dilshan. SL somehow managed to compete with other sides in the last 3-4 years or so only because they had a good opening partner for Dilshan like Tharanga and occasionally Mahela. Mahela in particular looks like SL's best opener to date but has been mediocre in the middle order. SL lack a good middle order batsman who can rotate the strike well and accelerate towards the end. This is a type of player that is in big trend in most countries. Examples of such players are Dhoni, Raina, de Villiers, Duminy, Morgan, Pietersen, Clarke, Bailey, Ross Taylor, Misbah ul Haq, Samuels and now Pollard. Unfortunately SL are the only major team that doesn't have a player of that category. Mathews looks closest to that category but more often than not leaves the job incomplete. I guess its harsh to blame him when the top order dont fire.

  • Cannuck on June 29, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Cont. Same with other new players. Chandimal is trying to hit sixes when he should play his normal shots around the ground. My biggest issue is that our batsmen (except for MJ) cannot keep the score board ticking. Yes we have to defend when we are down, not lose wickets by trying to hit out of the park. BUT that doesn't mean we can't take singles, rotate the strike. Against IND we gave 3 maidens when Sanga & Thiri batted. Both play the same game, get bog down defensively & don't score runs, which adds pressure to the others. Had MJ come in at the time, Sanga too would be forced to rotate. That helps the score. As for selections. Yes we have issues with that. Our politics & meddling will always be there, we can't control it. But we can control how we play the game, which we are NOT doing. I am sorry, Atapattu may be a good bat, but may not be a good coach. Not all great players turn out to be good coaches. Overall we can't blame others for our mistakes, most of all not the seniors.

  • Cannuck on June 29, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    @eee255: Thanks mate, it's okay you you disagree with me, cause I do understand your point too. I am not saying that SLC should be in anyway be pressured by organizers to select certain players. Not at all. We need to decide on our future. But there's an economic side to this too. I agree about India moving on after SRT & others, BUT we can't compare our selves to them. They are a larger player in this, have bigger market share and even their newer players are marketable because they are known to the world thanks to the IPL. Add to that the experience they get playing against & with Int. players, their new crop is better than us. So we should not be worried about it, nor should we compare our selves to them. My issue is players like Thisara hasn't taken the responsibility. Yes he can hit the ball hard, but he has only one swing. He tries to hit it on the leg side, & misses a lot. The bowlers know this & trap him & he gets out. At least Kula hit the ball around the park... to be cont.

  • on June 29, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    This team is going to struggle. They even made Bangladesh look good. The selectors are not thinking of the future. Overall the thinking is too conservative.

    Make some BOLD decisions, even in a loosing cause!

  • JamesSmithee on June 29, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    What is this jeewan Medis doing in the SL team. He doesn't ball in big matches. He is used as a pure batsman. His average is 22.

  • Outswinging on June 29, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Great day for the West Indies team. Agreed that Samuels running with partners needs to be sorted out. How much longer will the Windies continue to put up with the negative commentary towards its players from Tony Cozier? One of his fellow reporters had to interject that all teams fail, after Cozier started to negatively speculate about whether the Windies could follow through and win the match. Why is this man still reporting? The region has a cadre of good cricketing announcers, who do a great job of informing and pointing out many aspects of the game to the audience. It is time for Cozier to move on as so many before him has. The region does not need him or is high handed negative analysis of the players and team.

  • on June 29, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    If Thirimanne and Chandimal are not consistent enough to perform the roles they are assigned to in ODIs we can look at few other options in SA series. We need batsmen in the middle order who will take less time to settle down, keep accelerating the score from the time they are in and be there at the end of innings for the final assault. Sachithra should be given a longer continuous run to see how he develops. Kusal was given four consecutive opportunities and he failed. Therefore nothing wrong in trying out Thranga. He cannot be judged by one outing. He also should be given few mor opportunities.

  • Master_Mihil on June 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Give Kusal another chance..Tharanga looks like a walking wicket..no footwork..atleast kusal can eye the ball well. I'm sick of tharanga's hit and miss batting..Give Sachithra a chance.he spins the ball well. Our team has a lot of promise but it needs a spirited, cool captain like the one and only arjuna..

  • sundar411 on June 29, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    The problem with Sri Lanka now is that it has more ex-captains in the team than warranted, just like Pakistan had a few years back. A team gets nowhere when its members start wondering whether their captain deserves a place in the playing eleven. Right now, no one is sure, if Mathews would have authoritatively made it to the playing eleven had he not been the captain. I guess Sri Lanka would be better off investing in young blood....they may lose a few series initially, but will build up a team that will keep the team in the reckoning for top leagues like world cup in 2015.

  • Raat-Prohori on June 29, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Spectacular Cris Gayle VS Ordinary Sri Lanka.

  • Mahaanama on June 29, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    As a SL fan I totally accept the defeat.@bMike: Totally agree.I don't know what's wrong with these selectors. Can someone explain me what Jeewan Mendis has done to be in the team that Thisara Perera hasn't done? Of course both are inconsistent. At least Thisara has won few matches for SL. I can't remember any match that Jeewan won for SL. Thisara might take 15 balls for his short inning of 15 runs. Jeewan Mendis might also score 15 runs but he'll take 30 balls to score that.In fact he might block 3 batting power play overs without scoring any runs within that inning. Thisara is a much better fielder than Jeevan & I don't see much difference between their bowling. Mathews should also understand that his duty shouldn't be just scoring a fifty for himself & showing his bat to the gallery if it's a low scoring game. He should know how to accelerate when it's needed. SL batsmen's attitude of blocking balls when lose couple of wickets has become a disaster. Negative cricket kills the spirit.

  • on June 29, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    who says thirimanne is good player? he is little it better batsman than kulasekara, he has very limited strokes and when look at his past scores he was just riding his luck all the time and cant even take a single without wasting number of deliveries. he is just like taranga. i been waching cricket sing 1992 and saw how players got confident like jayasuriya. in his case when he was not making much runs at the beginning,at least he is a good bowler and good fielder.again he showed his variety of strokeplay even though he got out early. and he rarely got out going defensive. but what the use of thirimanne? he simply doesnt have aability i feel pity about him and ppl who still trust him. god bless srilanka

  • on June 29, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    An excellent start to the series for West Indies. Excellent efforts from Narine for his taking out of the 'big two' and Gayle for re-discovering his form and entertaining his home crowd. Darren Sammy also did a decent, economic and unheralded job with the ball too. Someone really needs to sort out Marlon Samuels' running though - two games running where he has run out Darren Bravo when he was looking good ! The run-out yesterday was eerily similar to Samuels' hatchet job on Lara in his last game. All in all a great outcome for the West Indies but Jadeja and Ashwin will wreak havoc on that pitch on Sunday...another home from home for India.

  • BMDeep on June 29, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @ Cannuck : U raised a good point but I tend to disagree with u for some extent. There is no doubt that boards wil have many obligations with broadcasters but it is an undeniable fact that it is not d ppl who play but the way they play. Results r also least bothered if u play good cric. Even indians nd BCCI have moved on from Sachin-Dravid era. I think it is not a big deal for SLankans nd SLC when compared to that. U made a good point that jaya nd Sanga earned their place in d top order. But can u deny d fact that they were given enough opportunities to dat nd can u promise dat same no of opp's for new comers? It is not my intention to back youngsters even they fail or belittling d achievements or seniors. I would like to once again reiterate the word HOW DEY PLAY cause i guess it is d only prob SL is facing now but nothing else, temperment.

  • Sageleaf on June 29, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    SL is going no where in this tournemant. It will be a West Indies V India final. The way SL batted was horrible. Look how the way Mahela and Sanga got out. Narine did not earn wickets, SL just gifted him wickets. The way Thirimanne and Jeewan Mendis got out shows there is nothing in the team. No Batting, Fielding or bowling. Whom are they fooling? They are fooliing them selves. Mathews keep giving excuses just like in England. He doesn't deserve to be the captain nor a player. I think the SL fans are getting tired of their team. They couldn't perform in IPL and now trying hard to win a game. There's no team work...Just another pathetic performance. Some of the players should not play for SL. I think they should go with young blood who is not playing IPL. SL has big problem the team is not good and what is the board going to do about it?. let wait and see. Guys you got to play for your country. The entire team does not gel or have any connection, which is very sad to see.

  • cricfan100 on June 29, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    @Indian_Snake, you are spot on mate. This is what as sri lankan fans we have been saying for ages. Our seniors may have thousands and thousands of runs under their belts, but when it comes to commitment towards team success over their personal records, they are no where to be seen. This is where dhoni comes out as a real team man. He knows exactly how to get the maximum out of the youngsters with less pressure put on them. Even in CT 2013 Karthik was given the opportunity to bat at no:4 ahead of dhoni. Dhoni can make no:4 of any team in the world, but still humble enough to promote the youngsters ahead of him. We keep on playing sanga and mahela at no: 3 and 4 and put immense pressure on the youngsters. I really don't understand why so called cricket greats like sanath ,sanga, mahela can't undersatand this simple logic. How come thier personal records be more important than the future of sri lankan cricket.

  • on June 29, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    So it has become a mental factor to beat West Indies & India. I dunno what Mathews thinks as a Cap'n. But I've no words to criticize 'dropping Kusal'. Bringing Tharanga back, replacing a youngster with a lot of potential? Really? Anybody needs chances & time in the crease, just to get into some kinda consistency. But should 'that' be given to a senior player who has proved himself to be a failure, or to a youngster who delivers so much promise? Well, to be honest, I saw nothing different, nothing new, from Upul Tharanga. Just the same old man. Non-convincing stance, only good through the off-side, giving the edges off like candy, no power in the pulls (in fact miserable)... I respect Tharanga as a Sri Lankan. But his place should definitely be offered to somebody like Kusal, who is a power-player, & Mathews needs to re-think what a Kusal-Mahela opening stand would look like. What else? A 100 in the mandatory powerplay... ;)

  • Otuwa on June 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Actually bad team selection from Sanath Jayasooria.

    [1]Dropped Kusal and bring back Tharanga-They should give more chances to Kusal.

    [2]Both Thiri and Chandi playing in XI-Both are playing defensive cricket.They don't try to play aggresively.It's such a waste thing Thiri or Chandi use as a num6 batsman.We have already Sanga and Mahela.We don't want another two anchors.

    [3]Dropped Thisara and bring back Jeevan-Sanath's most stupid descion for this tour.

    [4]Use Herath as a regular ODI spinner-He isn't a ODI material.Where is Sachithra?Only KKR managment knows his value.But SLC haven't understand yet.

  • Kadmin on June 29, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    More they fail more they work and learn. Sure this could be a wake up call.

  • BMDeep on June 29, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    It is highly debatable that any of the above r/can be match winners for SL.Often players in d past have excelled in d later parts of their careers and u can think of Jayasuriya, Sanga, Mahela & Dilshan as example for this.BUT IMPO,gone r all those days.Many teams in later parts of 1990's nd early parts of 2000's r in a building stage nd d players r blessed wid ample opportunities to have become wat dey r now.D amount of cric playes these days have not only triggered opportunities to new players but also d expectations.So,under these circumstances It is highly improbable that a player gets enough opportunities to cement his place. Wat bothers me d most is d new breed though doesnt have many technical issues,their temperment is highly questioned nd thats wat defers men from boys.SL wins in last 5 yrs subtracted by Jaya,Mahela,Dilshan,Lasith nd Murali r almost 0.So,I guess it is high time for selectors to make some tough cals for d greater good rather than going for short term results

  • 3rd_man on June 29, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    common guys understand real problem. "BOTTOM LINE IS SRI LANKAN BATSMAN ARE AMONG WORST AGAINST SPIN BOWLING" I am not sure how many times I tried to highlight this fact. Its a fact and no one can run away from that. for example , look at MJ record against left arm spinners recent past. and Kumar always have a problem with off spinners. and Mathew is the worst , he cant even face part time spin bowler. I am not sure batting coach Maven brain dead not to realize this issue happening for sometime. SL players comfortable against average medium pace. That's why Indians do so much better. they have got power hitters, who can score up front, and they are beautiful players against spin bowling. SL doesn't have player who can take on spinners in the middle overs. SL allow part time bowlers to bowl to them. Perera should have open. Tharanga was trying to survive, you need to attack to bowlers to put them off. These guys not playing SL brand of cricket, no positive intent..no confidence!

  • on June 29, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    where the Sri Lankan brand of cricket? what happened to legacy that carried from dulip mendis to aravinda de silva and santh jayasuriya. We need match winners so badly, we need players who can attack fearlessly to apposition. Yesterday match's batting was pathetic, the batsmen were surrender with out any fight. last couple of innings Matthews scored couple of fifties, but very ineffective. if SJayasuriya hit that fifty, it would have devastated effect to the opposition. we need that kind of attacking instinct, killer instinct. the dismissals of Sanga and Mahela was horrible. if they bog down as seniors how could we expect performance from youngsters. our people inability to hit down the ground was exposed yet again as bravo maintain either mid-on or mid-off in side 30 yard circle to cut off singles throughout the match. running between the wickets also very ordinary and it says lots of things of their confidence. one thing for sure "IF YOU WANNA WIN .... ATTACK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LionsofLanka on June 29, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Hey guys....wait One loss .....too many chaos. Still 3 to go. ENG, AUS, IND fans remember post 1996. Your bowlers forced to change their style & forced to take retire. By none other than Lankan lions. Go lions go....win tri nation world cup & show the world. We are the king of cricket.

  • cricfan100 on June 29, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @Indian_Snake, you are spot on mate. This is what as sri lankan fans we have been saying for ages. Our seniors may have thousands and thousands of runs under their belts, but when it comes to commitment towards team success over their personal records, they are no where to be seen. This is where dhoni comes out as a real team man. He knows exactly how to get the maximum out of the youngsters with less pressure put on them. Even in CT 2013 Karthik was given the opportunity to bat at no:4 ahead of dhoni. Dhoni can make no:4 of any team in the world, but still humble enough to promote the youngsters ahead of him. We keep on playing sanga and mahela at no: 3 and 4 and put immense pressure on the youngsters. I really don't understand why so called cricket greats like sanath ,sanga, mahela can't undersatand this simple logic. How come thier personal records be more important than the future of sri lankan cricket.

  • Baseball--Sucks on June 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Mathews shud put this defeat behind. Next match is with India . SL can get back their cool head whenever they play against India . SL literally used to dominate India between 1996-2009. Now is the time to get back that form again against India , theLions can again get back roaring form again . Why is that SL these days are struggling on flat tracks while they excel well in green tops like Oval , edgbaston . It's high time you youngsters at domestic level to practice on flat slow tracks as well . Most SL youngsters these days are getting only green tops in domestic circuit . Eagerly waiting for jul 2nd for India match .

  • shayalmathew on June 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Feel so sad about performance of SL in recent ODIs and feel so funny about some SL fans statements as they are so confident about talent and fire power of SL players, only luck is the barrier! They are comparing Mathews with Dhoni, Mathews is far better captain than Dhoni!!? Current scenario shows Mathews has no ability to lead SL. A good captain should be capable to win matches in bad situations, even if there is not much talented / experienced players. That's what Dhoni is doing for India. I think only SL can accept a captain like Mathews in this world of cricket. He is neither tried to contribute his team to bring in a commanding position nor taking catches in field, not so confident about own bowling too!! What else can expect from a bad captain?

  • Rafelgibt on June 29, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Come SL what is wrong with you guys???Where is your attacking cricket to destroy the other team???Im really disappointed to see the way SL played last day....Really pathetic........

  • priceless1 on June 29, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    This new Generation of SL batsmen Ex :Chandimal, Mathiews, Thirmanne are the worse players in the world against spin , i have never seen any other team (in 50 overs format )gets bogged down to Narine this much , just pathetic batting

  • BMDeep on June 29, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    First thing's first, congrats to WI for their win, they were clinical with both bat and ball and they deserved datThough I am frm India, I have always been an ardent fan of SL team and d way they use to perform always made me feel proud good abt dat side. But offlate, they r finding it very difficult to play good crckt, forget abt d results. There is no doubt that d success of SL in d recent past was built arnd d 4 pillars of Sanga, Jaya,Dilshan nd Malinga. But they wil not b for ever nd from wat I c, the new breed r nt encouraging enough to win d confidence of fans nd selectors.Here's d list of cktrs who r debuted after 2003 and who r in contention for playing right now. Tharanga (163 m-4979 r),kapugedara(92 m-1521 r),matthews(98 m-1912 r), thirimanne(44 m-822 r),Chandimal(57 m-1419 r), j mendis(37 m-447 r). D records apart from 1 r 2 r very mediocre to say d least. They may perform better in future but a min of 30 matches r IMO more dan enough to determine d caliber of a player. TBC

  • LionsofLanka on June 29, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Why was second string team allowed to play in champions trophy 2013 instead of regular cricketers & allowed to win the trophy. Actually all the teams have to send regular bench team and if not done, tournament organizers take strong objection. Any one can answer?

    May be worst would have been happened than 8-0.

  • LionsofLanka on June 29, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @Otuwa

    Lot of fans are talking about without Mahela without Sanga.But why?They are still 35.Some 40years old players are still playing cricket.

    Because there is a fear among flat bully pitch cricket nation that record will broken in 15 years instead of 24 years by SANGA or MAHELA.

  • Cannuck on June 29, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    This is to my fellow SL fans who are either blaming the toss, the pitch, the weather etc. You guys are delusional. Get over it! We lost because we were bad. Stop with the excuses as the better team won. For those who want Mahela & Sanga rested,. Do you think when SLC sign up for a series, the organizers want our stars not to play? You think they come to watch an unknown team? Think of the tickets, & the appeal of the team. Like it or not, it's these guys who they come to see & SLC is bound by an agreement to play them. If not, no organizer would invite SL, & you lot have no matches to complain. So think before you shout. There's more to it than just cricket. Once we lose & games make no sense, the young ones will be included. BTW, these seniors didn't play in the top order when they started either. They had to prove their worth before they get promoted. So the new crop better perform, or go home. Because if you can't handle the pressure down the order, you can't handle it anywhere!

  • Cannuck on June 29, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    This is to my fellow SL fans who are either blaming the toss, the pitch, the weather etc. You guys are delusional. Get over it! We lost because we were bad. Stop with the excuses as the better team won. For those who want Mahela & Sanga rested,. Do you think when SLC sign up for a series, the organizers want our stars not to play? You think they come to watch an unknown team? Think of the tickets, & the appeal of the team. Like it or not, it's these guys who they come to see & SLC is bound by an agreement to play them. If not, no organizer would invite SL, & you lot have no matches to complain. So think before you shout. There's more to it than just cricket. Once we lose & games make no sense, the young ones will be included. BTW, these seniors didn't play in the top order when they started either. They had to prove their worth before they get promoted. So the new crop better perform, or go home. Because if you can't handle the pressure down the order, you can't handle it anywhere!

  • Hate.ME on June 29, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    I remember once some1 asked Dhoni why he comes so late in batting order when he can bat superbly as a top order batsman and have proved himself at that position. He replied he wants youngsters to play their natural game without any pressure. And he being a senior member can soak the pressure down the order well, if top order fails. It gives youngsters a belief that if they fail someone is there down the order to handle the situation. Probably that's the reason Sehwag always had the licence to go for kill in tests as Dravid, SRT, VVS were there.Anyway, Sanga and MJ can bat @ No. 4 and 5. Make Chandi or Thirimane bat @ No. 3. These 2 look the best youngsters SL have. Matthews and Thisira Perera at 6 and 7.

  • melupa on June 29, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Who says Mahela and Sanga can be replaced by Chandimal and Thirimanna. There is no joke in the earth like that. Don't even think to compare them.

  • C0l0mb0 on June 29, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Jayasuriya need to wake up... need more youngsters rather than ppl like lokuhettige. Mathews, and Chandimal need to stay on the bench if he is not going to take the responsibility. Mahela n sanga need to give youngsters a opportunity without carrying out their ego. SL A team got few youngsters, who deserve to be there rather than 32 year old lokuhettige. even lokuhettige on the bench. i wonder when SL let him play; may be around 40 years old. SL really need to re-organize batting order and bring inform bowlers.. I wonts say it will win matches. even they will lose terribly. but need to give them some chance. 1. Kusal, 2. (Dilshan)/ N Dikwella / D Karunarathne 3. Sanga 4. Thirimanne/ Chandimal 5. Mathews 6. Mahela 7. Thisara / Chathuranga de Silva 8. Kulasekara / 9. Senanayake / S Lakmal 10. Herath 11. Malinga

    Not an expert, but this is my SL squad...

  • the_blue_android on June 29, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Angelo after batting first and losing - It was two paced wicket, tough to bat on in the first innings, flattened out in the second innings. Angelo after batting second and losing - It was an easy wicket to bat on early on and the pitch started doing things in the second innings and we could not score. It was two paced. Angelo after winning( batting first or second) - We showed real character and spirit to win the game.

  • Otuwa on June 29, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Lot of fans are talking about without Mahela without Sanga.But why?They are still 35.Some 40years old players are still playing cricket.But why everyone talking about only Sanga and Mahela???Common people they can play another 2 or 3 years easily.

  • lakshitha.jayakody on June 29, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I would say, If our team does not incorporate youngsters in to the side, then in very near future it'll be total disaster for them. By end of this year Dilshan will be 37, both Sanga, Mahela & Rangana Herath will be 36!!!! Furthermore we are heavily depending on them too. Look at India; when they won 2011 world cup, it was roared by Sachin, Shewag, Gambhir, Yuvaraj, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan & Dhoni. 02 years later except Dhoni, torches of rest has been passed to set of brilliant youngsters. It was a superb transition. For Sri Lanka, this is the right time to start incorporating or else 2015 will be another dismal encounter.

  • isuru777 on June 29, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    drop 1 catch for 1 match. who is he? one & only MATHEWS.........

  • kc69 on June 29, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    @gnanzcupid: Completely agree with you. Dinesh Chandimal denied his chance to play in IPL unlike Sanga and Mahela and said that he wanted to improve his batting technique and go to England early so that he could get adapted to conditions. From then on I didn't see him scoring much runs at all. I still remember how Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma were criticized for not scoring runs a year ago.

  • on June 29, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    "Mathews must go" Force Sanga to capt. once again.for now. Bring back Kusal Perera.You don't drop a new player b'cause he failed in England.He would def. be another Sanath. Groom a new player in vice-capt. position to be the next captain by 2015 World cup. Forget Tharanga. Bring in NEW players. Introduce fresh new blood. its the bottom line.

  • VipulPatki on June 29, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @Baseball--Sucks: I am your fan! Take a bow. Your predictions and analyses have been spot-on so far. Wishing you continued success.

  • 21tu on June 29, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Well played West Indies.SL you have a bad caption who was selected by SLC with no choice. SLC lost Samaraweera who should have appointed as captains for fewer more years, He has good experience than Mathew. What I see in Mathew is he is not fit enough to be a captain. Look at his records every match he will not bowl all his quota overs. Then why are you in the side. Why did SLC made you a captain. Even the batting of yesterday's match , you didn't take the lead to put up a good score,you went for your personnel goals.yu should have change the side when SL was loosing wickets. I feel this time the world cup will be a horrible one for SL who will quit in the first round, unless SLC/Jayasuriya has any special game plans. Take out Sanga and Mahela give the new comers the chance, see how they perform.Don't put pressure on Sanga/Mahela on this tour.

  • gnanzcupid on June 29, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @sinhaya its totally true that your batting depends only on mahela and sanga. Every opponent seals the game 99 times out of 100, if they get these two wickets cheaply. What will happen to lankan cricket after 2015 wc? Its really bad that you cant find real talents in your country. The lankan fans are being let down by their team since murali's retirement

  • bMike on June 29, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Congrats WI. You deserve to win this match. It's a stupid team selection again by Sanath and his selection committee. Even for the semi finals against India in the Champions trophy they played Jeevan Mendis who has been horrible in form. Now they dropped Thisara Perera for the whole tournament but have kept under-performing Jeevan Mendis, Lokuhettige, Thirimanna etc. Kusal Perera has been dropped for just four failures anyway Jeevan Mendis the so called allrounder who never performs is still in first XI. Both Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera are aggressive and promising players unlike Tharanga, Jeevan Mendis, Thirimanna who have been mastered blocking the ball. None of those aggressive players are in the team but all negative players are in.In my opinion Sri Lanka should first consider about dropping Sanath from the selection committee and then they should concentrate on cricket.

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    srilankan cricket is mostly built on 3 pillars... sanga , mahela and malinga... I'm sure they r gonna be in the period of transition soon after their retirement... and will go down under the ratings... probably close to Zimbabwe...

  • ARJa on June 29, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    This is why they should have played Test Cricket. Gives more opportunity for weaker teams to improve and for boys to become men.

  • ham1990 on June 29, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    This series isn't a terribly important one for either of the teams, and yet Sri Lanka decide to include Mahela and Sanga in the squad. If any good could come out of this series, surely it would be a chance for the youngsters to step up and show some responsibility without Mahela scoring a classy fifty or Sanga digging them out of trouble. They need to learn how to play without those 2 in the side, and this tournament should have been a perfect opportunity for the likes of Thirimanne, Chandimal and Mathews to step up and really be counted, without being able to fall back on Sanga or Mahela.

    I can't see SL doing well in the next World Cup unless the young guys show some mettle, like the Indians. I admire India because no matter what team they field, they get results. Dhawan already looks like he's been playing international cricket for 10 years, Rohit Sharma looks ominous, and Kohli seems like he's back in blistering form etc.

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    LOL! Sri Lankan fan's rant and excuses is one of my favorite time pass these days. LOVING IT! This team and their fans are breaking new records of mediocrity every passing match.

    Well played West Indies.

  • gnanzcupid on June 29, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    What happened to chandimal who announced that he is preferring to improve his technique than to play in ipl(even before any team approached him)? Do anyone see any hint of improvement in him? Future of lankan cricket is bleak. No real signs of young talent in the lankan team.

  • apsari on June 29, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I have to agree that the team selection leaves a lot to be desired for. That is not to say that we would have definitely won with better selections.But we have to give ourselves the best possible opportunity. That has not been happening during the champions trophy and now in the WI. I don't know what Senanayake has to do to get a game in. The outsiders recognize his value where BBL & IPL purchased him for exorbitant amounts. However.Jayasuriya & Co. continue to ignore him,with Herath getting the nod. I feel Herath is definitely our no.1 test slow bowler and not so in the one dayers. If at all he should be our 2nd or 3rd choice spin bowler in the shorter format. So Kusal Perera gets dropped after i bad tour and we resort back to tharanga, a has been. It was painful to watch him playing and missing. So much for blooding youngsters and WC 2015 and so on. With Sanath around I wouldn't be surprised if it's politics as usual. A pity Aravinda resigned, he was doing a great job as chief man.

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Bangladesh ,Zimbabwe,and Kenya are better sides than Sri Lanka, Still they are saying lame excuses that we lost toss , pitch was good in batting 2nd , i think they prepare excuses before playing the match and memorize that after the toss , so stop telling some lame reasons for ur losing consistency, is there any other name than chokers available it must be awarded to team sri lanka, atleast try to win cup in 2014 or 2015 or ................................ onwards

  • lukecannon on June 29, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    I m a Sri Lankan fan and i accept this defeat. I have no excuses. Go home Mathews. You are a terrible leader. ALl this began after Sanga quit captaincy after 11WC defeat. Why sanga why? We would have been so much better with a captain like yourself.

  • Ranilfdo on June 29, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    This SL Team has no power ........ Look at the strike rates of Tharanga, Thirimanna, Chandimal and Jeewan Mendis. Mathews' excuse can not accept ....... In the semi final of Champions Trophy also they played like this ..... Can't understand why these SL batsmen are afraid of bowlers. They even don't try to attack ..... If they are going to perform like this in future SL Fans will stop watching SL matches surely

  • sam_screaming on June 29, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    @Cal Srini: I totaly agree by your point... Mathews have made the lamest of comments in presentation with most of his words being similar to what he said in SF of CT. And when captain starts making excuses you can be assured that he wont be taking the team anywhere else but downwards. This is pathetic from Mathews... He should show some confidence in the younger lot and give them responsibility of no.3 4 and 5. Srilanka had a good start to the match with 80-1 kind of score. you need to build on that. I agree that when gayle hits he hits them big but remember, with same gayle windies have struggled for 12-13 years. Mathews is going Sanga's way in captaincy by blaming external factors and not considering themselves. @Harmony: You know what? Srilanka will be unlucky in every match or tournament they play in and they will lose. Keep on Crying. All Great captains have never blamed external conditions. Mathews can take a leaf out of dhoni's speech in the finals. "God wont save you. Its you

  • on June 29, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    on song today was one Mr. C. H. Gayle... whataplaya!!!!

  • Sinhaya on June 29, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Congratulations and well played West Indies. You all deserved to win. We batted too slowly after the 35th over. That was what caused our total to be below par. Great to see Angelo score another 50 which shows he is in good touch. Narine no doubt is one of the best ODI bowlers today.

    @others, please stop saying that we depend totally on Sanga and Mahela. Angelo, Chandimal, Upul Tharanga are no doubt good.

  • on June 29, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    @baseballsuck: good jokes. please bring jayasurya in team.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 29, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    SL deserved it, picking passengers and keeping the youngsters down the order , seriously what is Both the mendises,tharanga doing? Thirimanne at No 06 LOL. Some one teach these people to rotate the strike properly. Angelo was lucky but he should have accelerated more.hopefully Next match Eranga, Kusal, Sachitra in Jeewan, Thranga, Mendis out. Feel sad for dimuth karunaratne.

  • on June 29, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Upul Tharanga was earlier dropped from the ODI squad because of his poor foot work.But again he has been brought back with the same mistakes.Why SRI LANKAN selectors can not find another young good opening batsman

  • Thyagu5432 on June 29, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    I really do not understand how anybody could even believe and think that the pitch will behave so differently in the two sessions played on the same day? In test matches, the pitch deteriorates over a period of time and starts behaving differently in the last stages of the test but in a match played over 7 hours, how can the changes be so dramatic? It is just the way the team actually plays which causes the juice in the pitch and not the pitch itself. SL were just pathetic as they seem on paper as well. WI are also not anything great but when Gayle hits it stays hit, there is no cover to hide.

    It is time SL fans start inventing new excuses, current excuses have become too stale.

  • Narbavi on June 29, 2013, 2:47 GMT

    I can see a lot of excuses from lankan fans already, pitch slower, batting first, batting second, wow, how pathetic can it get, ridiculous really!!

  • Narbavi on June 29, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik: Like i expected, you are giving excuses, just admit it, the WI played a lot better and they deserved the win, infact they won with a bonus point!!

  • Narbavi on June 29, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Thrashed again? well its time they play a lot of series against the likes of Ireland Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, if they come out on top against those opposition, only then they should be allowed to play with the big boys!!

  • vallavarayar on June 29, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    On which planet is jeewan mendis a better alternative to thisara perera? Mendis cant bowl and cant bat. Yet he gets a spot.

  • on June 29, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans should face up to the facts after Magellan and sanga there is nothing else .luck has nothing to do with it skill has and besides West Indies now is a second rate side .lets see how dhoni and co play

  • on June 29, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    West Indies wanted to meet India in the ICC trophy. Here is the chance WI.

    Lets us witness a very entertaining and challenging game.

  • on June 29, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Where is it going wrong for Sri Lanka, and in my opinion is the off field planning mostly. For one thing it was clear that the team had not done the SWOT for the match. Then again there is lack of urgency in the field, and hopelessly devoid of any strategies. Malinga is no more the menace as was in 2007 world cup in WI. You got to do different things and not just blame the pitch and give excuses which is bad management. Of course of late the Lankans are not sure in which quadrant they belong ang have no idea where to go to. At the recent ICC championship too it was clear and only a few individual acts gave Lanka the two victories. Cricket is not just about brawn but all about brain and our team seem to lack brains. If the wicket was two paced at the start and captain knew about it what did he do to overcome the problem? No point in giving excuses after the match. This is a management exercise and unless the team management and skipper work out the situation analysis it will be curtains

  • TheShawshankRedemption on June 29, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Mahela opens with Tharanga is not acceptable. Why to waste a great middle order bat at top because he is someone who will stabilize your innings and play through 50 overs. Let Mahela score even 100 at top but that is not good for long term for SL. Chandimal at no.4 is a good one though, that is where he needs to bat. They panicked after both Mahela at top and Sanga in middle overs got out. They played without intention to score. Matthews is the only one who looked good. It looks like they did not learn from their mistakes of past. No point in blaming Mendis, Nuwan and Malinga because they had nothing to defend on a flat track.

  • gnanzcupid on June 29, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    A gayle show again. Lankans too played badly to gift the windies a bonus point. With their known result matches against india coming up,i don see lankans winning more than a match in this series.remember,all my predictions were spot on in the ct. Lankan fans tried hard to advertise kusal perera,but he had failed in all non flat pitches and his technique does not make him an international material.Thirimanne and chandimal can never replace sanga or mahela. has almost irreversibly lost everything with them except sanga and mahela. I know that the lankan fans would object this for the sake of their ego and arguement,but truth prevails.

  • on June 29, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    i think it is the right time drop both chandi and thirimana from the team...thoug they are good talented batsman at this movement they not performing.......mahela jayawardana had a terible time during the 2003 world cup...unable to scor more than 30 runs during the world cup...bt after that he was droped from the team and his come back was very strong .....like wise bring some new faces to the team....kapugedara might be a good selection..........kithruwan,niroshan,angelo,dimuth are the other choices....but in the game against india mahela should bat in the middle order and kusal must open the innings....that is is only way which we can win..

  • SnowSnake on June 29, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    SL needs some real new talent. This team is going down really fast.

  • C0l0mb0 on June 29, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, No idea what SL selectors n the captains doing. forget about coaching and tactics... I agree with Pasan Wijesinghe. kusal should stay as opener. other operner is dilshan. but he is not here. but SL can get SL A opener Dikwella whos already in WI. mahela should concentrate to bat last 15 overs. If Mathews n chandimal deserve to be there they should go up the order n need to prove they r worthy enough to be in the team. same with the bowlers. S Lakmal bowled well against WI A. why not give him a chance when he is doing good. its way better than having 32 year old lokuhettige. dont know why lokuhettige is there. if he is not playing now, may be SL planning to give him a chance when he is 40 years old.

  • on June 29, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Congratulations to West Indies , but how come there isn't anyone in the stands watching the game? I can't even see one person in the stand

  • on June 29, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Sri Lanka is not going to win in along time,We have to get used to that,Unlesss new players are bought in, This team is going toi destroy all the good work done by the past crickerters since 1996,if you see this team play and their body lanuage speaks for it self.all the old players are just buying time

  • on June 29, 2013, 0:02 GMT

    I must praise SL fans for an optimism and trust they have in their team. They always look ahead and hope for the best in next game. They have not deserted their team and patiently waited, defeat after defeat, for their team to turn around and win some crucial games. They don't dream big, for them remain consistent at #2 is sufficient. Good luck guys!

  • Divinetouch on June 28, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Congrats West Indies on a thumping win.

    SL fans please show that you are true cricket fans and do not reduce this beautiful game to luck this and luck that.

    True cricket fans complemented your team when you walloped England in the recent Champions trophy no one said it was due to luck that your team had the better batting conditions in that game.

  • lionspaw on June 28, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Oh My God!! Whats wrong with the team selectors of Sri Lankan Team? They did not play Kusal perera and brought Mahela to open the batting? I'm not a professional cricketer, but I thoroughly believe that Kusal has a great future and he need more matches to perform. Jayasooriya himself took years to perform but ranathunga gave him the freedom to play and finally after lots of failures only he started to settle and perform well. Given the chance to jayasooriya by ranathunga, jayasooriya himself being the head of selection committee gave only four matches to kusal perera. I dont know where are we going with such a stupid team selection! We have to play more youngsters. Please MAHELA, SANGA, DILSHAN it is high time for you guys to leave the team and let the youngsters to come in. Anyway we are loosing the matches with your expertise, why not let some youngster and loose the match.At least they will get more exposure and we may have a better team for the next world cup.

  • Greyfalcon on June 28, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    @Harmony111 If that's the case then Sri Lanka should give up the match after losing the toss. Why play at all if you depend so much on a toss. It doesn't mean that if you loose a toss, the batsmen get a broom in their hand instead of a bat. If that's the case it will mean that every country in this planet lost the match because it lost the toss. I don't know about WC11 or CT13 but in WCT20 your batsmen just threw it away. Couldn't handle the pressure at all. As if right now, SL can't win a game if their bowlers don't perform.

  • Balb on June 28, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    Good win for West Indies, but I wonder if Gayle sits out in a match what would happen? Would West Indies still have the steam required?

  • mar2000 on June 28, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Not a very good pitch to play a 50 over cricket game on . In the begining SL batsmen found it difficult to hit a clean shot over the in field due to the slow nature of the pitch . The tack seems to flatten out as the WI begin to bat and it was a very good innings by Gayle , and a good win for WI .

  • I_Love_My_India on June 28, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    @Harmony111, Common man, be real. India batted first against England and England were at one time needed 20 from 16 balls and then miracle happened. I would agree that was luck for winning. But not for SL losing consistently. You are talking about a team who is consistently losing against every team in the world. Luckily, there was no Bangladesh or Zimbabwe playing in CT. Otherwise, that match would have helped to open your eyes. Check the facts, if SL ever won recently, it is due to either because of a good contribution from Sanga or Mahela or Dilshan....

  • ThatsJustCricket on June 28, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Interesting really, seems like SL has two batsmen (Mahela and Sanga) with one bowler (Malinga) whereas WI has just one man in the batting department (Gayle), that's about it. Both teams should be worried about the lack of contribution from the rest of their teams.

  • kc69 on June 28, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    Chris Gayle is the real entertainer in limited over cricket, no matter what bowling attack he is up against. Loved watching a comparatively watchful innings by Gayle. And as for SL I heard a lot of "Walk in the park" and "Cake walk" before this match. Now it seems the reality is evident. Those who claim its a side that is rebuilding...well I really don't agree with that. When a team consistently depends on only 3 players(only 2 in this tournament)I would rather call it a dependent side. Only way Sri Lanka can gain some confidence in this series is with the help of an excellent innings from either Mahela or Sanga in the next matches onwards. Best of Luck to SL for rest of the tournament and looking forward for the clash of T20 Vs. ODI world champions.

  • route66 on June 28, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    SL has ran out of their "LUCK" which thet were enjoing in last WC and recent CT, this is real team with worst adminstration - lets face it...

  • Herath-UK on June 28, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka should try as many young players as possible in this sort of not so important tournaments. I think Mahela,Sanga & Malinga should be rested & try to draft youngsters from A or under 19 teams until the right guys are found. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on June 28, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Sabina Park is not Narine's home ground. the Queen's Park Oval is.

  • on June 28, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Good win for the WI boys. Charles may have batted slowly but he didn't give his wicket away early and it was good to see a century partnership for a while now. Gayle force was out it full throttle today! On to the the big one..India.

  • Sadiq1952 on June 28, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka's pathetic batting makes it difficult to be competitive in ths battle of giants. Its bowling is also average. Like the Aussies it is a team on the decline. How sad. I hope it soon finds new talents the way the Indan team and the English team have done. Will be fun to watch the clash of the giants India and WI. if Chris Gayle keeps his form India will have it's hand full. Otherwise it will sail through.

  • samincolumbia on June 28, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    @Baseball-sucks - SL has been playing on green tops and losing. Now they are playing on slow tracks and losing. Nothing has changed basically.

  • Jadejafan on June 28, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Sri Lanka Cricket team has become weak now and God knows how this team will fair without the likes of Sanga or Dilshan. An easy victory for the West Indies against minnows but can they beat India? if they can get their game plan right, yes they can beat India and win the Triangular series. Narine has been a revelation for West Indies.

  • Baseball--Sucks on June 28, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    WI 88-0 , 16 overs ..... Seems like game is slipping from SL but its high time our SL team realizes that they have to practice on these kind of slow flat tracks also . As for years now SL team is used to playing on green tops .

  • Rally_Windies on June 28, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Jason Charles ?

    You do know , Ottis Gibson dropped Chanderpaul becasue he bats too slowly ?

    And you heard about Andy Ganteume ?

    Seriously ... get it together ...

    Your batting is this ODI is too slow for even a Test Match .....

    WI batsmen , have been dropped from TEST teams for bating that was still quicker than this innings ..

  • on June 28, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    stupid team selection. SL will loose this tournament. it is better loose some matches with youngsters getting an exposure. But this team is a proven failure. Both captain and VC does not deserve a place in the team.They have axed only match winning youngster Thisara from the team.At least give a chance to Kusal and Sachithra who will have a future !!

  • gtr800 on June 28, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    @Harmony111 Are you being sarcastic? Seriously mate you need to remove that blindfold from your eyes. Sri Lanka are just a 3 man team, infact they are only a 2 man team without Dilshan. In the last 11 matches India have beaten Sri Lanka 9 times, you can't be blaming luck that is just a thrashing. Sri Lanka are at best good with the bat without there 3 top players and below average with the ball without malinga & terrible in the field & running between wickets. This is the current side I am talking about without their previous talent. Please don't be offended, but just sick & tired of Sri Lankans talking about their lack of luck. PS: Mathews captaincy is just not working. It was a nice idea to begin with but it just hasn't worked, its time for some one else to lead this talent filled side.

  • LankaGod on June 28, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @Harmony111 Let's stop blaming luck... your post is less about logic and more about feeling sorry for ourselves. When Mahela and Mathews can score in these conditions, what stops the "Best" lineup according to you to score. let's stop hiding behind luck and look deep within what's wrong with this team. Kushal, Thisara and Kula are no Mahela and Sanga in the making. If they were, they would have not wasted so many opportunities.

  • Batmanindallas on June 28, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Harmony....you kidding right??? If you think conditions of the pitch is the only reason Lanka has been losing you are living in a fools paradise. The fact is they are dependent on older stars and after Vass and Murli the bowlers they have other than Malinga are not not in the same class. That is the real picture pitch etc are just excuses....

  • AlbertBuffoon on June 28, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    @Harmony111: It is indeed surprising to always see you blame luck for SL's short-comings. Time and time again, they have failed due to not performing up to the mark and you conveniently blame luck. If they bat first, unlucky to bat first. If they bat second, unlucky to bowl second. Only mediocrity finds excuses in complaining. Rather, SL needs to encourage youth brigade at the top by giving them a lot of responsibility and making them play more n more in pressure situations. Time for SL to stop being a 3 man team.

  • Baseball--Sucks on June 28, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    208 runs shud be enough for SL bowling line up to defend the score and brilliant fielding from Mathews and team will save this match of SL.

  • Harmony111 on June 28, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Once again Sri Lanka bat first in challenging conditions while the other team will bat in easy conditions. This happens all the time. WI won the toss and asked SL to bat first on a totally green wicket where the ball was moving like a dog's tail. Naturally, even a quality team like SL with top class batsmen will struggle in such tough conditions. Therefore a score of 208 does not surprise me at all. Even in the CT13 Semi Final vs India, SL were unlucky to be batting first on a green top. No surprise SL lost it as India were lucky to be batting 2nd. Even in the WC Final SL batted 1st and then India got to bat in heavy dew. Even in the WT20 Final, WI batted first while SL got to bat when the wicket had become very slow and low. SL are regularly unlucky else with the top team they are they would have won a lot more. Guys like Kushal, Kula, Thisara, Thirimanne are among the world's best and they can do well in any conditions but overall Sri Lanka are a very unlucky team.

  • on June 28, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    wow, what a batting display by lankans.it's like catching practice for windies. nothing to blame for. toss is not important in this case. pitch is on slower side but all wickets have fall down to rash shots other than good bowling.kulasekara should be use as a bowler not as a pinch hitter.if he get runs when he is batting thats a bonus for sri lanka.they have to find 1 or 2 proper batsman that can hit the ball very hard. sanga or maiya should bat little lower down the order.that will create a chance for youngsters and for a good score. hope lankans defend 208

  • yorkslanka on June 28, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Pathetic effort by SL,well bowled Windies. Why is there no impetus from our batsmen who are happy to roll along at two or three an over and limp to a under par score every match they play. There is absolutely no urgency and this is not the type of cricket I want to see from any team,never mind my own!!SL, if you are going to go down at least go own fighting rather than just surrendering.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 28, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis, Upul Tharanga, R Herath are passengers in this side. Jeewan Mendis doesn't know how to attack and wastes a lot of balls, Thranga has his probing problems and Herath is not a attacking spinner. Mathews doesn't know how to accelerate it seems and what is chandimal doing at no 4, should be a long term No 3.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 28, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Obviously Sri Lanka's success in this tournament and in the near future as well depends heavily on Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Without significant contributions from these two, the Sri Lankan batting line-up looks incredibly mediocre.

  • on June 28, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    SL batting display is very poor... another 50 for mathews in a loosing cause.. y didnt he bat positively...

  • gauravm5 on June 28, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    On behalf of SL fans, WI was lucky with the toss. Pitch seemed difficult to bat in the 1st inning but I am sure it will be easy to bat in 2nd inning.

  • on June 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen should understand a situation and bat accordingly. Apart from a brain-fade by Sangakkara and Mahela, others like Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Kulasekera, all tried to hit sixes against balls that should have been tapped for singles. Very poor shot-selection according to the circumstances.

  • anniyan18 on June 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    SL has a very good chance.Spinners are getting wickets.If SL can get Gayle out quickly then Ajantha can spin his web and win the match!! All the best from Indian fan!

  • on June 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    SL top order batting fails again. Matthews very lucky as he already gave a easy chance which Gayle dropped. Without a score around 235+, I don't think SL spinners can perform, specially knowing that Hearth has failed to pick up wickets unless the batmen attack his bowling. Ooopps!!! - there goes Kulasekara, another poor shot. It looks like in recent times, SL are are playing without much vision.

  • on June 28, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    hope Gayle make some runs at home ground.

  • on June 28, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    hope Gayle make some runs at home ground.

  • on June 28, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    SL top order batting fails again. Matthews very lucky as he already gave a easy chance which Gayle dropped. Without a score around 235+, I don't think SL spinners can perform, specially knowing that Hearth has failed to pick up wickets unless the batmen attack his bowling. Ooopps!!! - there goes Kulasekara, another poor shot. It looks like in recent times, SL are are playing without much vision.

  • anniyan18 on June 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    SL has a very good chance.Spinners are getting wickets.If SL can get Gayle out quickly then Ajantha can spin his web and win the match!! All the best from Indian fan!

  • on June 28, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Sri Lankan batsmen should understand a situation and bat accordingly. Apart from a brain-fade by Sangakkara and Mahela, others like Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Kulasekera, all tried to hit sixes against balls that should have been tapped for singles. Very poor shot-selection according to the circumstances.

  • gauravm5 on June 28, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    On behalf of SL fans, WI was lucky with the toss. Pitch seemed difficult to bat in the 1st inning but I am sure it will be easy to bat in 2nd inning.

  • on June 28, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    SL batting display is very poor... another 50 for mathews in a loosing cause.. y didnt he bat positively...

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on June 28, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Obviously Sri Lanka's success in this tournament and in the near future as well depends heavily on Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Without significant contributions from these two, the Sri Lankan batting line-up looks incredibly mediocre.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on June 28, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Jeewan Mendis, Upul Tharanga, R Herath are passengers in this side. Jeewan Mendis doesn't know how to attack and wastes a lot of balls, Thranga has his probing problems and Herath is not a attacking spinner. Mathews doesn't know how to accelerate it seems and what is chandimal doing at no 4, should be a long term No 3.

  • yorkslanka on June 28, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Pathetic effort by SL,well bowled Windies. Why is there no impetus from our batsmen who are happy to roll along at two or three an over and limp to a under par score every match they play. There is absolutely no urgency and this is not the type of cricket I want to see from any team,never mind my own!!SL, if you are going to go down at least go own fighting rather than just surrendering.

  • on June 28, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    wow, what a batting display by lankans.it's like catching practice for windies. nothing to blame for. toss is not important in this case. pitch is on slower side but all wickets have fall down to rash shots other than good bowling.kulasekara should be use as a bowler not as a pinch hitter.if he get runs when he is batting thats a bonus for sri lanka.they have to find 1 or 2 proper batsman that can hit the ball very hard. sanga or maiya should bat little lower down the order.that will create a chance for youngsters and for a good score. hope lankans defend 208