India v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Kingston July 2, 2013

Tharanga, Jayawardene cane India

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Sri Lanka 348 for 1 (Tharanga 174*, Jayawardene 107, Mathews 44*) beat India 187 (Jadeja 49*, Herath 3-37) by 161 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

"Can't seem to win a toss," Angelo Mathews said suggesting he can't catch a break nowadays when Sri Lanka were inserted on a track that has responded to West Indies quicks better than best of butlers. Four hours later, we had the first instance of an innings in a 50-over international ending with just one wicket down. Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene made a mockery of the teams' suspicion of the damp surface with their 213-run opening, Sri Lanka's second-best stand against India. Under the pressure of the mountain of runs, India huffed and puffed past… Upul Tharanga's score of 174.

This was Jayawardene's first ODI century in two years and 50 innings, but it was Tharanga who claimed an illustrious record en route his highest ODI score. This was the seventh time he was involved in a double-century partnership, joint-highest along with Ricky Ponting. Tharanga's was the third-highest individual score against India; four out of the best five individual efforts against India have come from Sri Lanka. Both, though, benefitted from some generous Indian fielding and bowling: Jayawardene was dropped on 25, Tharanga was missed on 2 and 91.

Generally, too, India - missing the injured MS Dhoni - lacked the edge both with the ball and in the field. Apart from not being able to take wickets, India were pretty loose with the ball. At the death, they kept bowling length, went for at least one boundary in every over since the Powerplay was taken in the 35th over, and conceded 180 in the last 16 overs. Tharanga's acceleration was stark: from 72 off 105 to the eventual 174 off 159.

Captaining India for the first time, Virat Kohli brought in Shami Ahmed ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a move that will be debated. Bhuvneshwar gave India breakthroughs with the new ball in most of the matches he played, but Shami didn't pose any threat. Another man coming in, M Vijay, dropped Jayawardene.

The Sri Lanka openers gave the pitch the respect the first two low-scoring matches have accorded it, but it was obvious that either the track was much drier or it was the West Indies fast bowlers who exploited the moisture much better. Of the three quicks, only Umesh Yadav extracted some help from the pitch, but he too strayed with his length, allowing Tharanga to play his favourite cut shot often. The innings' first boundary came through that cut. Ishant Sharma, at third man, made an equal contribution by letting the ball through. By then, Rohit Sharma had missed a half chance when he failed to hit the only stump visible from point. Tharanga was only 2 then.

The first five overs brought only 16 runs, but soon the batsmen shed caution. Yadav's pace was used well when lofted over the infield. And Ishant drew no respect. Jayawardene walked down the wicket to loft him over long-on, and in the same over Yadav misfielded at fine leg to return the favour to the bowler.

Ravindra Jadeja was the first to draw a risky approach from Sri Lanka, but Vijay dropped the reverse hit at shortish backward point. Jayawardene rubbed it in when he reversed Jadeja emphatically for a four later, but it was his chips over extra cover off both the spinners that were delightful. Tharanga, meanwhile, was happy to be inconspicuous.

It was perplexing that India introduced R Ashwin in the 20th over, and by then Sri Lanka had reached 90 without much trouble. Jayawardene was 49 off 58 then, and Tharanga 36 off 56. The same trend continued as Jayawardene kept hitting the odd boundary in the middle overs and almost on auto-pilot they had strolled to 168 in 34 overs.

Sri Lanka now asked for the field to come up, and Tharanga opened up. He went after both Ashwin and Ishant, and by the time Jayawardene fell for 107 he was ready to take control. Just before that, he had been dropped by Yadav at third man, again off Ishant. Almost without taking a risk, Tharanga kept getting inside the line and carting the Indian bowlers.

The 49th over, bowled by Yadav, was a complete bowling meltdown. Yadav began with a low full toss, which was sliced for a flat six over point. Then he saw Mathews back away, and bowled five wides. Two fours later, he had conceded 22 to finish with the worst economy rate of the innings. Tharanga was not done yet, and hit another six over extra cover, this time off Shami. Tharanga was so dominant that Mathews scored only 44 off the 135-run stand between them.

Mathews was in his element in the field. He surprised India by taking one of the new balls, and began with the first maiden of the match. Rohit was soon caught at short midwicket, and Mathews didn't allow India any pace to work with. Both the spinners were introduced within the mandatory Powerplay, by the end of which India had only 28 runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli fell to that pressure, and M Vijay followed soon. The rest was merely an official stamp on India's biggest defeat after putting a side in.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Looks like India faces elimination from the finals ? With the bonus point today, SL need just a win in 2 matches. WL sitting pretty with 2 wins in 2 matches...India have a big task cut out for them..Looks like 2 must-win games, maybe 1 with a bonus point..

    I feel India are a far better side than today indicated. Vijay, Shami did not click. It was Virat's first major match as captain. He probably showed his greenness..

    Dhawan and Rohit provided good starts for many matches so far and the middle order was not tested at all..but today they were and came up very short..

    Full credit to SL for exposing India's weaknesses...I do believe India will bounce back..

    Try to get Tiwary, Rayudu or Rahane into the middle order...Play B.Kumar and Shami. drop Umesh or Ishant.

    Why on earth is Pujara not playing ?

    It seems BCCI is complacent about the team composition..We should have sent our best team to West Indies..Do India have the luxury of "resting" Pujara or saving him for Tests ?

  • POSTED BY aby_prasad on | July 2, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Blown away! No excuses of ifs and buts and missed chances, msd or anything else. The difference in defeat is so big that none of these matters, and even if it did, those r just lame excuses nywys. Sl not only winning but winning batting first and to this margin...unbelievable really. Guess the hard earned run rate for india from last match is also blown away. Where did sl come with this beauty of a performance all of a sudden! Well done. India should remember that being the odi no.1 , you are always the main hunting target for all. Not easy at all to maintain this. Good luck then!

  • POSTED BY Sadiq1952 on | July 2, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    This is arguably Sri Lanka's best team composition for one day and T20 game. The talented Tharanga and the competent Perera bring so much better balance. One wonders what took SL to discover this combo and instead struggle with the team they fielded at the championship game. If Dilshan returns I suggest Chandimal should go. Perera shld stay. As he showed at the IPL he us ar too valuable all rounder with hitting capabilities than Chandimal and possibly a better bat. Go for it SL. You can also beat the mighty WI even at their home ground.

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | July 3, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Virat kohli under-estimated SL's ability to perform that's why he preserved Bhuvneshwar Kumar and brought in a Shami Ahmed.

    He also put us into Bat first assuming India could easily chase down our scores as always.

    I'm not a cricket expert but its simple logic, just put two and two together. (if the reasons are otherwise, please do explain?)

    If only he knew what was going to unfold before him.......?

    The clever SL's took advantage of India's over confidence and taught them a good lesson for under-estimating them.

    And the popular line was: 'India had a bad day' well, they brought it upon themselves. Note: NEVER under-estimate your opponent!!!! GO LIONS......!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 3, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @Nampally: There is a history to what I said for you. Right from the Ind-Eng ODI series you have been bringing Pujara in the picture as if you stand to gain some monetary benefit from his presence. Your logic is funny cos Pujara isn't even in the team, hasn't been in the team, IS YET TO DEBUT IN ODIs and you are saying that not only he must be in the team but that PUJARA BE MADE THE CAPTAIN !!! That logic is inherently funny. Some Eng fans talk so highly of Anderson but at least he has played ample matches in all formats. What can I say for you when you so blindly keep talking about Pujara even though he has not played a single ODI so far?

    A total of 348 runs by SL where India scored only 187, doesn't say much for our bowling either, so let's bring in Deepak Chahar and make him the captain. Howzzzat haan?

    Pujara indeed is a class batsman but unproven in ODIs.

    Btw, Kohli was the U19 captain that won the WC, doesn't that count? Jadeja has more FC 300s than Pujara, does that count?

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | July 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    I'm really happy with SL's performance, they need to keep moving with this form&improve on weak areas b'se I still think they need to enhance the potency of their bowling esp. against IND.

    For all those Indian fans who call us bashers. They should remember how they respond when SL loses to India.I guess what they say is true ''an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' sorry Indian fans this time you r on the receiving end.

    For those who say that this is just a single win over India by SL in 3 years so SL fans shouldn't get excited. I know that our record is not good against India but it's still is a win & a big one too, no strings attached,you never know, the tables might turn around soon (cricket is unpredictable) so learn to accept defeat graciously.

    For those who grade the series. So if India loses, it's a meaningless series & if India wins what do you call it? A walk in the Park? Best series ever?

    Note: I'm also against the idea of organizing tournaments with very short intervals

  • POSTED BY KARNAWAT33 on | July 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @Mr.Sundar Subramaniam. You claim not to downplay the series, and then you claim that there is no motivation to win this series because nobody will remember the current World Champions as well as Champions Trophy holders getting badly beaten in a triangular series, AWAY FROM HOME. Well, I believe that India may have established it's dominance on SQUARE TURNERS, like in World Cup'2011 and SURPRISINGLY in the Champions Trophy in 'England', but the team AS ALWAYS has to prove itself on green and bouncy wickets. Secondly, India has been on top not more than a couple of years I believe, winning mostly series held at home. India took over from AUSTRALIA, a team which DOMINATED CRICKET FOR 15 YEARS. People feared them and 'remember' them till now, they have established a LEGACY. Alas, if India has to be 'remembered' as a great team, it has to establish it's dominance by winning "these kind of series", or else they will be remembered as "World Champions at HOME", a tag which suits them now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    sandy_bangalore - "This CLEARLY shows why Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajji are needed. These guys have a win at all costs mentality, ....these legends have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them..." Thanks a ton for the brilliant insight. Silly me, I was under the impression that current form and performance are the relevant factors. Hope the selectors are equally impressed with your insightful revelations. Maybe we should be picking Gavaskar and Kapil Dev too - they also have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them.

  • POSTED BY Hash_Tag on | July 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (July 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT) - you lecturing @Nampally about logic! You don't have any respect for anyone who disagrees with you do you? Come on man this was a very lack-lustre show. Surely with logic as good as yours even you should be able to see it - without MSD the team is a shadow. Kohli is a boy. We cannot win with him in change.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 3, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    @Harmony111: A total of 187 on the same pitch where SL got 348 for one wkt. does not say much about the strength of the Indian batting - Does it? If Dhawan & Kohli fail, India relied upon Dhoni & Raina to pull them up. Now that Dhoni is injured & likely to be out for at least 8 weeks, who is the most reliable batsman to hold the batting together? Pujara converted the Indian batting in Tests from "fragile" to a winning one. His batting record speaks for itself. Pujara was being groomed for Captaincy for the past 2 years leading India A in overseas matches. There is a Captaincy + Batsman slot vacated by Dhoni. With no proven candidates available, Pujara is as good a bet as anyone else. Kohli Captained India in 2 ODI's - both losses- with the same team(minus MSD) which had won 7 ODI's in a row! Captaincy also effected Kohli's batting- scored 11 & 2. Pujara with his "Weak legs" already scored 3 Test centuries + 2 triple centuries in Ranji! You say my logic is "Funny"- Have you got Any?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Looks like India faces elimination from the finals ? With the bonus point today, SL need just a win in 2 matches. WL sitting pretty with 2 wins in 2 matches...India have a big task cut out for them..Looks like 2 must-win games, maybe 1 with a bonus point..

    I feel India are a far better side than today indicated. Vijay, Shami did not click. It was Virat's first major match as captain. He probably showed his greenness..

    Dhawan and Rohit provided good starts for many matches so far and the middle order was not tested at all..but today they were and came up very short..

    Full credit to SL for exposing India's weaknesses...I do believe India will bounce back..

    Try to get Tiwary, Rayudu or Rahane into the middle order...Play B.Kumar and Shami. drop Umesh or Ishant.

    Why on earth is Pujara not playing ?

    It seems BCCI is complacent about the team composition..We should have sent our best team to West Indies..Do India have the luxury of "resting" Pujara or saving him for Tests ?

  • POSTED BY aby_prasad on | July 2, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Blown away! No excuses of ifs and buts and missed chances, msd or anything else. The difference in defeat is so big that none of these matters, and even if it did, those r just lame excuses nywys. Sl not only winning but winning batting first and to this margin...unbelievable really. Guess the hard earned run rate for india from last match is also blown away. Where did sl come with this beauty of a performance all of a sudden! Well done. India should remember that being the odi no.1 , you are always the main hunting target for all. Not easy at all to maintain this. Good luck then!

  • POSTED BY Sadiq1952 on | July 2, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    This is arguably Sri Lanka's best team composition for one day and T20 game. The talented Tharanga and the competent Perera bring so much better balance. One wonders what took SL to discover this combo and instead struggle with the team they fielded at the championship game. If Dilshan returns I suggest Chandimal should go. Perera shld stay. As he showed at the IPL he us ar too valuable all rounder with hitting capabilities than Chandimal and possibly a better bat. Go for it SL. You can also beat the mighty WI even at their home ground.

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | July 3, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Virat kohli under-estimated SL's ability to perform that's why he preserved Bhuvneshwar Kumar and brought in a Shami Ahmed.

    He also put us into Bat first assuming India could easily chase down our scores as always.

    I'm not a cricket expert but its simple logic, just put two and two together. (if the reasons are otherwise, please do explain?)

    If only he knew what was going to unfold before him.......?

    The clever SL's took advantage of India's over confidence and taught them a good lesson for under-estimating them.

    And the popular line was: 'India had a bad day' well, they brought it upon themselves. Note: NEVER under-estimate your opponent!!!! GO LIONS......!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 3, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @Nampally: There is a history to what I said for you. Right from the Ind-Eng ODI series you have been bringing Pujara in the picture as if you stand to gain some monetary benefit from his presence. Your logic is funny cos Pujara isn't even in the team, hasn't been in the team, IS YET TO DEBUT IN ODIs and you are saying that not only he must be in the team but that PUJARA BE MADE THE CAPTAIN !!! That logic is inherently funny. Some Eng fans talk so highly of Anderson but at least he has played ample matches in all formats. What can I say for you when you so blindly keep talking about Pujara even though he has not played a single ODI so far?

    A total of 348 runs by SL where India scored only 187, doesn't say much for our bowling either, so let's bring in Deepak Chahar and make him the captain. Howzzzat haan?

    Pujara indeed is a class batsman but unproven in ODIs.

    Btw, Kohli was the U19 captain that won the WC, doesn't that count? Jadeja has more FC 300s than Pujara, does that count?

  • POSTED BY Tweety20 on | July 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    I'm really happy with SL's performance, they need to keep moving with this form&improve on weak areas b'se I still think they need to enhance the potency of their bowling esp. against IND.

    For all those Indian fans who call us bashers. They should remember how they respond when SL loses to India.I guess what they say is true ''an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth' sorry Indian fans this time you r on the receiving end.

    For those who say that this is just a single win over India by SL in 3 years so SL fans shouldn't get excited. I know that our record is not good against India but it's still is a win & a big one too, no strings attached,you never know, the tables might turn around soon (cricket is unpredictable) so learn to accept defeat graciously.

    For those who grade the series. So if India loses, it's a meaningless series & if India wins what do you call it? A walk in the Park? Best series ever?

    Note: I'm also against the idea of organizing tournaments with very short intervals

  • POSTED BY KARNAWAT33 on | July 3, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @Mr.Sundar Subramaniam. You claim not to downplay the series, and then you claim that there is no motivation to win this series because nobody will remember the current World Champions as well as Champions Trophy holders getting badly beaten in a triangular series, AWAY FROM HOME. Well, I believe that India may have established it's dominance on SQUARE TURNERS, like in World Cup'2011 and SURPRISINGLY in the Champions Trophy in 'England', but the team AS ALWAYS has to prove itself on green and bouncy wickets. Secondly, India has been on top not more than a couple of years I believe, winning mostly series held at home. India took over from AUSTRALIA, a team which DOMINATED CRICKET FOR 15 YEARS. People feared them and 'remember' them till now, they have established a LEGACY. Alas, if India has to be 'remembered' as a great team, it has to establish it's dominance by winning "these kind of series", or else they will be remembered as "World Champions at HOME", a tag which suits them now.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    sandy_bangalore - "This CLEARLY shows why Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajji are needed. These guys have a win at all costs mentality, ....these legends have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them..." Thanks a ton for the brilliant insight. Silly me, I was under the impression that current form and performance are the relevant factors. Hope the selectors are equally impressed with your insightful revelations. Maybe we should be picking Gavaskar and Kapil Dev too - they also have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them.

  • POSTED BY Hash_Tag on | July 3, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (July 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT) - you lecturing @Nampally about logic! You don't have any respect for anyone who disagrees with you do you? Come on man this was a very lack-lustre show. Surely with logic as good as yours even you should be able to see it - without MSD the team is a shadow. Kohli is a boy. We cannot win with him in change.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 3, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    @Harmony111: A total of 187 on the same pitch where SL got 348 for one wkt. does not say much about the strength of the Indian batting - Does it? If Dhawan & Kohli fail, India relied upon Dhoni & Raina to pull them up. Now that Dhoni is injured & likely to be out for at least 8 weeks, who is the most reliable batsman to hold the batting together? Pujara converted the Indian batting in Tests from "fragile" to a winning one. His batting record speaks for itself. Pujara was being groomed for Captaincy for the past 2 years leading India A in overseas matches. There is a Captaincy + Batsman slot vacated by Dhoni. With no proven candidates available, Pujara is as good a bet as anyone else. Kohli Captained India in 2 ODI's - both losses- with the same team(minus MSD) which had won 7 ODI's in a row! Captaincy also effected Kohli's batting- scored 11 & 2. Pujara with his "Weak legs" already scored 3 Test centuries + 2 triple centuries in Ranji! You say my logic is "Funny"- Have you got Any?

  • POSTED BY ToTellUTheTruth on | July 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Team India looks jaded and tired. Best example of that is the yawning Indian fielders. Let's just roll over and go home boys. You deserve the rest.

  • POSTED BY VinodhG on | July 3, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    I am not able to understand why many are always jumping to their favorite Bunny "Rohit" if India Loses. Yes he has not been consistent in his career,But after been promoted as an Opener,he has justified MSD's Trust on him.He has been more consistent than all players in the team except Dhavan who was in a purple patch.He has scored 80,5,65,52,18,33,9,60,5 in his last 9 Outings. Any captain would take these scores from an opener in difficult conditions. He is even playing according to the situtations.When India last both Dhawan and Kohli against WI,He played accordingly with decent strike rate as India was playing first on a damp wicket. But against Srilanka ,he went after the bowling in a big chase instead of wasting a lot of deliveries without intent like Vijay or karthik for selfish reasons. Rohit may not have been consistent ,but he was never selfish even when his place was under pressure. He and Dhawan helped india o CT without exposing Fragile middle Order in difficult condition

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | July 3, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Well being an Indian its disheartening to see how we lost but none of the credit should be taken away from SL openers as they batted at their best. This is what seems to be evident with Sri Lanka that even though they start slow but when they are in crisis situations and rated as underdogs they surge up with a great performance. Even in CT13 when they were up against England they put up similar batting performance in a do or die situation. Hope this is just one bad day at work for team India. Indian youngsters really seem to be missing seniors in the team like Yuvraj,Viru,Bhajji or Zaheer in guiding the team. Captaincy to Kohli looks like too early.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | July 3, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @cricketsunami Read my comments. I'm not saying Jadeja lost the match. I'm just saying he cant be a matchwinner like Yuvi, Raina coming in at number 7. He is a great number 8 to have in the team, and number 8's have to be a bowler who can bat well. But if have it at number 7, he wont be able to play like Yuvi or Raina and win matches by his own. Pathan is also a number 8, A bowler who can bat really well. If you count Jadeja as a full time batsman at number7 who can win matches in a losing situation (which BTW many of our number 7's have done previously) you're up for disappointment. It make a world of difference to the top and middle order to know that someone of the caliber of dhoni or yuvi are coming in at number 7 and they can play freely. Jadeja if can win matches by bowling will be the best number 8 in the world, but these days you cant afford someone like him at number 7. You need 7 regular batsman, each capable of winning match on their own.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | July 3, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Posted by kahvas on (July 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

    And how many matches Irfan pathan has won on his own? Can you provide Statistics about Irfan's performance qwhen he won the game for India from NO WHERE? You are trying to put all responsibility on Jadeja in a team game Jadeja is atleast 10 times better than Irfan any given day.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I'm not one of the Indian fans downplaying this series just because India have fared poorly in it, I haven't watched a single ball of this series on TV because I don't care. I've only followed this series on cricinfo. Had this series been played a couple of weeks or a month later I would have been thrilled to watch India in action after winning a big trophy but it has been hardly a week since then. Just like IPL 2011 began just a few days after the world cup win this series has started too soon after a big win for the average Indian cricket fan to care. Of course WI and SL have been the best teams in this series as the results show, no one's making excuses. But think of it from the Indian team's perspective, they hold the world cup, champions trophy and are no.1 in ODI's, what difference is winning this series going to make? Nobody's going to remember this series even happened a year later anyway, there's no motivation to win a series like this few days after winning a big tournament.

  • POSTED BY FLIPPER_99 on | July 3, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    some people are saying that India are a fatigued team & that they are testing their bench strength. Well thats just a pathetic excuse as SL have played only 1 match less than IND n also only dhoni was replaced from the champions trophy XI. This really shows us that Dhoni is the glue that sticks the Indian team together n without him im afraid they look like a bunch of school boys not knowing what their doing (especially with the fielding & death bowling). For a country with a 1.2 billion population its wierd that not 1 quality bowler has been unearthened. Really cant be a top level team without your bowling which wins the matches that the batsmen set up. anyways hope they bounce back with their ever powerful batting though :)

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 3, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @Nampally: Wallah wallah, you want to make that man a captain who isn't even a regular member of the team and who has played hardly any ODIs. Your comments are somehow needlessly aimed at bringing in Pujara somehow in the context. What would Pujara the captain have done with Ishant and Yadav? What would he have done while chasing 349? Are you saying he would have done better than the ones who are in the team? Would Pujara with his weak legs field better than what India did? We are yet to see how Pujara would do in ODIs and you are asking that he be made the captain !!! That is some funny logic you have there.

  • POSTED BY Sidath346 on | July 3, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Come on Indian fans, your team has played brilliantly in the past including the recently concluded CT 2013 which they won handsomely. Any team can have a bad series or two. You guys should know that you have an excellent young team that perform consistently although the previous two games haven't been great for them. When it comes to Kohli, give him time to learn. Dhoni is experienced so his captaincy will be much better. On the other hand, I'm happy as a SL fan that SL won and won big but this performance needs to continue.

  • POSTED BY LoveTeamIndia on | July 3, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    After the Champion's trophy, many praised Dhoni for building a champion team for the future. It is clear now how wrong they were. Dhoni's strategy is to pick a set of players and stick with them and just ignore the others. When Dhoni's boys play well and other teams don't, India would win. Like in Champion's Trophy. However, this group of players is not India's best (some like Vijay are picked because of their CSK membership and some others like Ishant for unknown reasons) and they would often fail collectively. That is what happened. What would Virat do?

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | July 3, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    This is the Indian team you need to win consistently even if openers or Kohli doesnt perform

    1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Rohit Sharma/Pujara 3. Gautam Gambhir 4. Virat Kohli 5. Yuvi 6. Raina/Dinesh Kartik 7. Dhoni 8. Jadeja (has to be a bowler who can bat. Cant afford him at number 7) 9. Ashwin 10. Pathan/Praveen Kumar/Yadav 11. Bhuvi

    You can win any match especially while chasing if most of the bowlers can bat well.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | July 3, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @VGJS Jadeja can be the highest scorer in a losing cause. He scored those runs as there was no pressure. We were going to lose the match badly and no one would blame Jadeja for the loss. Trust me Jadeja does not have the talent nor mental capability to score runs when we are under pressure. Could Jadeja play like Yuvi, Kohli or Gambhir, and win from no where. NO WAY! Jadeja can only merit his place as a wicket taking match winning bowler who can bat well. If he cant bowl match winning spells and cant be a number 8, there is no sense in having him in the team. I would rate Irfan Pathan as a better batsman and match winner. Remember how pathan's won 2020 again sl where they scored almost 65 in 4 overs. You can dream but Jadeja is no where close to achieving any thing like that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    why they couldn't do this in uk

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | July 3, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    A Total melt down by India in all departments of the game. I had mentioned in the past that unless Yadev & Ishant Sharma improve vastly in their economy rates they will soon be history. These 2 again proved their over dependence on short pitched balls does not pay off. India had 3 dependable bowlers in B.Kumar, Ashwin & Jadeja. For mysterious reasons Kumar was dropped & both Ashwin & Jadeja were ineffective. This along with exploding Yadev & Ishant+ sub standard fielding, leaked out 348 runs in 50 overs. With this mammoth total, it is enough to set even the Indian batting, without MS Dhoni, a "Mission Impossible". India rely heavily on Dhawan & Kohli (top duo) + Dhoni & Raina(lower duo). Although Jadeja rose to the occasion, the Raina's runout was deadly. The rest of the batting never clicked. Kohli's shot was irresponsible, especially after Dhawan's departure. So India needs Pujara to replace Dhoni not only as a reliable batsman but as a Captain. Inclusion of Rayudu is puzzling!.

  • POSTED BY pradip1127 on | July 3, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    first of all Congrats SL. if best fielding side dropped the easy catches then its difficult to win. As kohli said. its just a bad day in the office. India Will bounce back and make it to final. very difficult but not impossible for guy like Virat and team India.

  • POSTED BY Night_Fury on | July 3, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    the best way to preserve the quality of cricket and players is to separate teams in 2 tiers, with Eng/SA/IND/AUS in tier 1 and SL/PAK/WI/NZ in other tier. The same tier teams play each other more often and every 2-3 years tier 1 visit tier 2. This will allow better cricket and quality performances.

  • POSTED BY Pakistanvictorious on | July 3, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    I was surprised to watch some former cricketers asking for Dhoni's head immediately after Pakistan ODI series loss. Indian cricket is here just because of two men Ganguly and Dhoni. No matter how many greats India have produced, Dhoni has taken the Indian cricket to the current height with a mediocre bowling unit.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I still believe that this was just a bad day for the Indians. They tested part of their bench strength. They will come back stronger, that's when SL and WI should be focused

  • POSTED BY palla.avinash on | July 3, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    The series for Indian is just fatigue nothing other than that when they are fresh India is the best odi team nothing wrong with players or kohlis captaincy.Indian players who consistently playing in all formats need immediate rest.

  • POSTED BY IPSY on | July 3, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    The face of "Indian Cricket Success" is MS Dhoni! There are names that would linger for a much longer time on the tongues of Indian cricket fans, and there are people who would be more loved, but the real story about what India is in cricket today is MS Dhoni, via his impeccable leadership, his consistent performances in every different format of the game and most of all his selflessness! When Dhoni is absent the entire team feels it!

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 3, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    India rely heavily on Dhoni's shoulders.We can call to India team as a one man army.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 3, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    For those who think that Bhuvi should not have been dropped, India thought that three fastmen will be able to exploit in the morning conditions as they did against Pakistan in Mohali if I am right. While Bhuvi was persisted with Shami lost the limelight and it was expected of him to make his presence felt in the absence of Bhuvi then India would have brought Bhuvi back and drop Ishant for good but the risk did not pay off. India have to try new talent despite their ICC ranking which is based on some calculations like D/L. Everyone knows their slide in tests started in WI few years back and now their team might not be a part of test championship planned in england and in their own backyard. Bold moves can keep india survive that is what maintained by Dhoni who is reponsible to draft many youngsters in CSK and indian team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    One win cannot erase SL team's pathetic display against Ind for the past couple of years....

  • POSTED BY volanath on | July 3, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Team India is missing GREAT CAPTAIN MS ...

  • POSTED BY volanath on | July 3, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    India looks orphan without MS

  • POSTED BY Nitin2208 on | July 3, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    As an Indian cricket fan this particular tournament doesnt interest me at all & M sure there are many more out there feeling the same. What a dull series this after spectacular CT & just get a feeling Indian players too feel the same & it kindof shows in their performance particularly in this match, there is just no sense of purpose out there. I mean why play so much cricket in the first place that some of these cricket tours/series become pointless as key players opt to take rest ( this explains the importance of such matches) I mean when you represent your country each game should be played with high intensity, enthusiasm & with great intrest which I find lacking in this particular awfully scheduled tournament.

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 3, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    Before the series-SL team rely heavily on Sanga,Mahela,Malinga

    After the second match-Sl team rely heavily on Sanga,Mahela,Malinga,Tharanga

    After the series-SL team rely heavily on Sanga,Mahela,Malinga,Tharanga,Kulasekara,Sachitra,Chandimal,Thirimanne,Mathews,Kusal,Herath.

    :]]]]

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Jezinho

    Wait who just won the champions trophy in English conditions? I'm guessing it was a complete fluke that india beat australia/sri lanka in warm ups, then beat west indies, pakistan, sri lanka (again) , and then england in the final. The truth of the matter is that india just did not care about this series. They are still on the high of winning the champions trophy. I recall the same sort of defeats even with MSD after 2011 world cup, directionless bowling, lack of intensity, etc. This indian team is very good, they just weren't up to the mark today against a very hungry sri lankan side who wanted to bounce back from their semi final loss.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I think PeterJerome was asleep for the whole match because if he was awake he would have seen how the LANKANS owned India haha!

  • POSTED BY senthil25 on | July 3, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Good Wins by Srilankan, this is enough for their fans to talk for another four to fiver years, that we thrashed india....thrashed inida............very good guys keep it up....in cricket consistency is a matter.....so watch out rest so match.......now you can enjoy. but honestly india deserve this loss, Poor bowling, Poor captaincy, Poor batting.......

  • POSTED BY armchairjohnny on | July 3, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    You have to question the logic of playing such a meaningless series after a major tournament like the Champions Trophy. These mickey-mouse one-day series are the problem with international cricket. No one cares much for these sorts of series, as is evident by the lack of care displayed by the Indian team here. They are laughing and joking as if this tournament were itself, just that -- a joke.

    Congratulations to Sri Lanka, but I don't think any Indian fans will be losing sleep over this tournament. See you in Australia for the World Cup, when it matters.

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | July 3, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    To all the SL fans, i understand watever u say but in the end Dhoni is an INDIAN.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | July 3, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    I am an indian fan,but also support quality cricket. Tharanga & Jayawardene .They played riskless cricket and crisp shots all round the ground.It was a real treat to watch.Its also nice to see Jayawardene come off the bad patch that he's been through recently.He is my favourite player especially when he is set.He can manover the field and play his shots with precision and the best bowlers will have tough against him.As for Tharanga , a classical innings from him.He is without a doubt a quality player and I am sure he will be playing for SL for a long time to come. Matthews also played fireless cricket and he has showed us his quality as a batsman.

    No excuses for Ind,This is an anti-climax from the ICC cup.by his own submission VK admitted that he need MSD's coolness if there could have bowled WI outs. So is VK captain stuff and what of the inconsistent bowling.On the same ground they put the WI under pressure.India cannot sit back and believe that they now have found the best team

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    when India lost its complete off day....every time....???

  • POSTED BY Suryana on | July 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I have a few observations from Yesterday's match and a few questions to ask as well:

    Virat Kohli did not lead the team in the fashion he leads RCB. There was no enthusiasm nor the sense of purpose.

    Secondly, I dont believe that Fatigue and too many tournaments in different conditions takes its toll on players as we are not speaking about veterans here and it is a team of youngsters who are at the gateway of their careers.

    One other thing is that the belief that the Indian team has about holding wickets in hand and going on for the onslaught in death overs works good only when there is a guy called MSD to do it in the end. I was perplexed about the approach and the start 28 runs in 10 overs ... I never felt at any point that India was looking for a Win. They had given up right at the start. So question of winning does not arise at all.

    As a suggestion I think all the Indian Team guys run a virus scanner on their brains ... remove the demons sitting there and go play fearlessly.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    this is the best response from SL for thier haobart defeat and Kholi's batting there..today again as captain kholi had to taste the bitternes of similar stuff.It goes around and it comes around.... with this win SL has counter argument for horbart defeat.. so SL negate it well .

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Where has Tharanga been? You'd think he'd be the first one of the first on the team sheet with his record opening, proved once again yesterday how good he is at batting through an innings, up to 21st on the all time century makers list, only Kohli and ABDeV in front of him have played less innings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    We can understand your pain Indians so no need to hurt you guys much more by putting any comments

  • POSTED BY PeterJerome on | July 3, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    SL won just by fluke yesterday. Just caught us Indians napping. That's how boring it is to play lanka. We needed a kick to wake up. Watch out Lanka for the Indian fury in the next match with you guys. The kick was really hard, ooh still paining. SL better be sorry or you will have to face it.

  • POSTED BY king_julien on | July 3, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Congratulation SL, your 3rd victory over India in 3 years and winning after losing 4 on the trot......Your record against us has been really superlative of late.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    looks like no Dhoni no glory after all eh?

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | July 3, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    BCCI should Invite rain so that it can b a 20 overs odi match

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    why d hell dis series z proposed.. D indian team z playing continous cricket from jan 2013.. No rest at all.. Wats d meanin of overburdening d players.. U cant expect team to play continously n win all..

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Sl made Kholi's captancy baptism a real painful one... a real one to forget Kholi and India both

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | July 3, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Why did BCCI send the CL winning team to this triseries, they could have easily rested 7-8 main guys and given the fringe guys a chance because this team looks demotivated and fatigued as it is matches are being played in front of empty crowds,TV coverage is shoddy, matches go on till 4.30 am IST,i wonder apart from diehard fans who is watching !!! even the usual brigade of Indian commentators have given this a miss and commentators present look bored covering it.

  • POSTED BY wonderstar1 on | July 3, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    @Manojin.. Yeah India did not deserve to be winner of CT. It shud have been not only SA or ENG, but also Srilanka,Pakistan Canada,Ireland,Bangladesh or Nepal were more deserving to win the CT. all nations deserve to win the cup except India. lets take the CT away from India and hand it over to Srilanka for their magnificent performance in Semi-final, or to SA for their beautiful choking record in semifinal or to ENG for consisttently winning all the finals they have apeared. these are the deserving winners right? good going keep it up.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    some say india was match fatigued..SL was match fatigued as well. India only played a 1 match more than SL. I really thought India was going to be a champion side. This is not the way you keep standards for a world beating side. And i was starting to think SL has no hope of winning against india. And they come up with a record win!! :D

  • POSTED BY anshu.s on | July 3, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    What a pathetic performance from recently crowned CT winners !!! what a come down to earth it has been , agreed it is a meaningless series held to help Windies and Lankan boards but still when you are a professional outfit and put on a India jersey you are atleast expected to put up a fight and show some passion, unless Lankan fans accuse me of finding excuses let me congrutulate Sri Lankan team for there outstanding display, you guys destroyed us today.

    Shami Ahmed looks more suited to red ball cricket, he needs to work on his fitness and i swear i saw a paunch on him, we can only afford to have one of Umesh and Ishant play because both leak runs in torrents, Dhawan and Rohit need to show attacking instincts which they displayed in CT and bring out the IPL style, same goes for Karthik ..contd ....

  • POSTED BY tusharkardile on | July 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Some days you eat the bear. Some days the bear eats you

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    india need gambhir in absence M S D....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    So this is INDIA's performance without DHONI. I guess every cricket fan in the world would admit that INDIA is very lucky to have DHONI as their captain, otherwise they would surely not have that much success without him.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 3, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Every one talking about Dhone but why they left out B Kumar who give early brake through for India so the remaining will completed by others. Why the team management give the week team to Kholi On a such an important match. This is not the first instance that if any player competition to Dhone then he got raw deal by Dhone with the help of team management and BCCI

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | July 3, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    This series has already shown the "Falacy of Championship Crown by India". It should have been either SA or Eng if rain didn't affect the matches.

  • POSTED BY tdslbuwa on | July 3, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka should give young players a chance to show their skill in upcoming SA odi series...it looks like Upul and Kushal will be our long term opening partnership although both of them are left handed...but it wont be a problem because Upul and Sana was left handed as well...I really think Lahiru Thirimanne has no place untill Sanga retires..Angelo Perera and Thisara Perera should come in place of Mahela and Thiri...And Rangana Herath should be used only for test matches because we have spinners like Ajantha,A.Dananjaya,Tharindu Kaushal,Randiv who are very good young players...Kushal,Upul,Sanga,Chandi,Mathewes,Angelo P,Thisara,Kula,Sachi,Mali,Ajantha..+ Shaminda,A.Dananjaya...this team will be the best one moving forward...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    SL won this game. now can they convert this win to something more meaningfyl? can they win this tri series? I hope so

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | July 3, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    First of All Congratulations for SL from Indian fan, really top class performance from them good to see.

    Now as far as india is concerned I think they got their tactics wrong in this match. Like playing all quicks instead of Bhuvi / Vinay... Still do not understand logic behind exclusion of Bhuvi for Shami, if you wanted to include shami you could of drop Ishant / Umensh.

    Also when you are chasing target of 350 you must show some intent which was clearly missing when India came out for bat, I felt like India never try and chase down the target. So all the fearless young talent got in shades of fearfulness.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 3, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    India just go home and take some time out. Not a great idea to go for tri series straight after champions trophy.

  • POSTED BY Shumbu on | July 3, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    To Sri Lankan fans, your batsmen played really well. Tharanga & Jaya were outstanding. All credits to them for this huge victory......well played SL! Missing MS Dhoni is not an excuse. But Indian team is currently missing their captain very badly. A week ago, Indian team looked unbeatable. The same team has become cats now without MSD. This is a proof of Dhoni's leadership qualities. He stabilizes a young team to look rock solid. He motivates the team, give confidence to the players, gets best out of his bowlers & fielders and gives freedom to the top order by staying at No:6. If things goes wrong with the batting, he can take to a safe score and in case of big run chase, RR of 15 is not a problem for him. Above all, he shuffles his bowlers understanding the weakness of opposition batsmen and he deals with power play over wisely. Those who claims Dhoni is 'lucky', this series shows you how well MS Dhoni captains team India.... cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    okay now i know a lot of indian fans would be devastated thing is that its cricket ppl.......there are some good days n bad as well......indian bowlers got what they deserved ......look at the team ......apart from ashwin not even a single bowler of international standards.......n this match is a clear example of what a GOOD captain can do with an average bowling side......Dhoni is the DOGMA OF CREDIBILITY in this team without whom even SIR jadeja is nothing ......on a lighter note why subcontinent captains are bent on having a personal kind of player in team examples Fawad alam in Afridis captaincy and now Sir jadeja with dhoni

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Well, it was expected..how far india can move with unhealthy fast bowling options. they are hardly hitting the deck.. there is no revers swing. A. Ishant- being a senior of the line up he did not shown any rhythm only run up but no efforts at all. B- Yadav- you hit him a boundary in short ball again he will bowl the same delivery without much variation. no aggression and sign of confidence which can make the batsman fear.. and Shami need to improve to keep his place and he has to improve alot nothing will help him with this pace. Coming back to Rohit, he will never ever move his feet.. he is dam slow mover when it come to footwork. Dhawan's temperment was tested he somewhat managed but not succeeded.. India have to work very hard. But one this is proven it is only Dhoni's tricky bowling movement which wins the situations of the match. which is very much EXPOSED. All the best Team India.. Work hard and focus. Our support is always with you.

  • POSTED BY ranam on | July 3, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    no need to panic .the situation is familiar to indians.They r now on the verge of going out of the tournament.they have to win two matches to reach final with bonus point in atleast one . i think they can do it

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | July 3, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Good win for SL. Good to see tharanga scoring, his back-foot cover drive for six off a high full toss without any power but timing was magnificent, Problem is when Dilshan comes back.

  • POSTED BY sundar411 on | July 3, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Welcome back, Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY PadMarley on | July 3, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Amazing the value of Tharanga as a batting partner!! There has to be something about him.. it cant be due to just chance that he has involved in 7 double century partnerships and Ponting is the only other person who has reached the same number in the history of ODI cricket. sri Lankan batsmen in the past have had 9 double century partnerships and Tharanga had involved in 7 of them. You cant ask for more from a batting partner can you??

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Great performance by Sri Lanka. Emphatic. The team balance is perfect with this line up with maybe Thissara Perera in contention for a place. First game for Kholi so cannot find faults with his captaincy. better team effort and if we can keep it up it will delight the Sri Lankan fans

  • POSTED BY BDforever on | July 3, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I think India should bring young blood as how Lankans have done. Now most of Indian players like Dhoni, Rohit, Kohli, Raina, Ashwin, Ishart Sharma are around the team for some years but still lose like a school team. So it's high time for India to replace them with some young players. Otherwise no one will able to stop this kind of thrashings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Virath Kholi cannot lead India as the way he led RCB in 2013 1PL.where he failed as a captain.He showed his aggresion when Sri Lanka was batting in first 10 to 15 overs After that he was just like a spectator. He could not get any thing best out from his bowlers or fielders

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | July 3, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    One loss and all Indian bashers are back, i am suprised at the way Sri lankan fans are reacting to this victory, i am Indian and i totally admit we were outplayed in all departents of this game but hey it was just one bad at the office.

    Srilankan fans instead of bringing out positives about their team in yesterday's win are busy bashing India, i guess you will never forgive us for 2011 WC final.

    @ BBJS, brother go and check the head to head record of India v/s Srilanka and then say who should be ashamed. All the best to SL team for rest of this tournament.

  • POSTED BY black_bird on | July 3, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    India just let srilanka win this match. definitely india will win all remaining matches with bonush point.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    "Few of my mates are saying why we are pulling India down but the reality reveils that it's just not a bad day for India but this time their weakness has exposed their bowling was directionless and as the openers failed after an era that has ecposed the middle order....In England the pitch was assisting the spinners and openers have played exceptionally well that hasn't put any pressure on the middle order but here they have been tested and crumbled against the pressure!"...The msg is quiet clear to become no. 1 and to retain this thrown are two different excuses andI sstill feel that India has to keep on performing well against the all odds they can give excuses as the presence and absence of just one individual can never make that huge diff and if he then you shouldn't deserve to be called a no. 1 team!"........

  • POSTED BY cric_critico on | July 3, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    @ Chandra Rajaraman: any cricket team should consist 11 players each side. Your suggestion needs including about 20 guys. very unfair!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    SL demolished India in all the three departments and were the deserving winners by a couple of miles. More importantly, they found an outside performer, apart from their trinity this time, although Mahela's knock was equally important. I would like to see them perform when their big three fails completely.

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 3, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    @ Sundara-Chandare If that is true than Sri lanka should not be too happy as u said India is mediocre but thing is India is the no. 1 team in the world and if India is being compared to UAE And Afghanistan than Sri lanka should be compared to our colony cricket team as they have been losing to us everywhere. Really u win one match and celebrate like u have won the world cup. I know u r aware this could be the only win u have in next one year or so so relish it completely. LOL

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Suddenly Indian fans come out saying its a useless tournament and fatigue reasons. Sour grapes!!!! Learn to accept defeat graciously.the better team won.india can bounce back.vk is a good player and he will prove his a good captain too.

    Some of you guys are still supporting oldies to make a comeback. Sehwag was a beast at his prime but currently he has grown fat and seriously not good enough to waste a spot.anyday I will choose a older 10dulkar over an inconsistent sehwag. Currently I will not even chose 10dulkar due the need to prepare a young team for next wc.yuvi too has won alot of matches and someone whom we all love but sadly he is not fit. Gambhir is a brilliant player but he will not fit the preparation plan either.india is not Mauritius or Nepal with a very limited pool of first grade players keep sticking with aging once good hero-like players.this is sports not Bollywood.

  • POSTED BY BBJS on | July 3, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    As usual most of the Indian fans have come out with many reasons. One of their main reason is this tournament is meaningless. But before the tournament started Indian fans boosted that this tournament is a Cake walk with SL & WI. Shame on you guys........

    About the match -Why this Indian batting line up cant bat the 50 over's, Forget about the wining the match. Without MSD Indian team is nothing. This is what we have been telling u guys, This match reminds me when Arjuna,Aravinda,Kalu And Sanath were playing how they Dash the indian Bowling.......... Anjelo is improving day by day and i am happy the way he lead the team Holding back Malinga without giving the new ball and promoting him up the order to make some runs.But i loved to see Kusal to make some quick runs.Indians may be not know much about this Guy(Kusal), But wait and Watch,

    Good win For SL. Go for it and gain some confidence for the upcoming Home series against SA. This is why we love our Lions............

  • POSTED BY Jezinho on | July 3, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    India continuing to be the overrated side that they genuinely are. Dominant against weak teams but they are poor travellers and don't like it up 'em. Well done SL.

  • POSTED BY Sundara-Chandare on | July 3, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Dhoni's over hyped the world best fielding side became only a fielding side.I think Ireland's fielding is better than India.Afghanistan's bowling attack is better than India's bowling attack.Indian batsmen can only bat on flat pitches.So India cricket team should play teams like UAE.

  • POSTED BY Nmiduna on | July 3, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    come on..give sm credit to the fluent batting showed by mahela nd den how magnificently tharanga accelerated..tell about the incredible six over extra cover he played off a high full toss!! man one wonder if he can correct his fishing outside the off..he can become one of the best!

  • POSTED BY IndiaNumeroUno on | July 3, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Well played SL. As for India, nice time to try out new players and things in mickey mouse tournaments... anyway you guys deserve some rest!

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 3, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Fantastic win for Sri Lanka , great innings from both Mahela and Tharanga. I a, so glad for tharanga as I have been a fan of his for a long time and felt he shouldn't have been dropped. His record speaks for itself and he is the future opener for us. We played very well and this is the type of effort that I want to see from my team..,this forum seems very keen to aggravate the SL and Ind fans comoraderie, why??cric pls post, this is my second post as first was same but not posted??

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Kholi had no luck yesterday except for wining toss that's too bcos Mathews is calling wrong every time..moreever VK was not as natural playing and showed his aggresion yesterday. may be since every body talks his aggresivenes he may have been forced to subside my forcing himself which made him little bit out of form..he really felt the burden of captaining the side and the weight of championship was too much to him to handle yesterday when SL posted huge 348 unexpectedly...loosing his natural way and burden of champion titile has undone the VK.. surely here you can see the impavt of a good leader.. there was no team Indi playing yestrday...

  • POSTED BY Night_Fury on | July 3, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Good work SL. Dont think that even with Dhoni as everyone is shouting about we could have won. Remember its a team game. India needs to win both matches and i have no doubt in my mind that they can do it easily. SLs record against India recently has been pathetic to say the least but they salvaged some pride with this. They most certainly looks good to move to Final if they dont loose both games. On the flip side we cannot complain about fatigue since every team must be going through it. What i am disappointed to see is that the WI playing conditions are not great and i am not talking about pitches. If you see the outfields in NZ/Eng/AUS/SA/India which are lush nowadays but in WI/SL/PAK the outfields are still pathetic. Also few D/N matches would have been more captivating.I am saying this because i saw empty stands. I seriously suggest that India should send 'B' team for ZIM tour because its just not worth it.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    If Rohit sharma deserved more chances to prove (before CT) even after 70 odd odi internationals, why would not vijay. vijay had excellent comeback series against australia, played 12 matches overall and only one comeback odi yesterday, scored 31 runs. I know he dropped catch but after that aus series he deserves few more chances to prove in odi. Without giving enough chances how could you vijay bashers say he is not suited for odi's. Think wisely before post anything.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Congrats SL guys.. Whenever SL beats India, they are beaten in a humilative way.. Completely destroyed by Lankans.. I saw some news as this is a big defeat, but , India has many more big defeats like this against SL. Ex : go to this link ---http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @mark2011 In 1998 there was a similar triangular series played by India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Sharjah when Sri Lanka were the world champions. Sri Lanka didn't win a single match in the series, not even against Zimbabwe.Australia lost the ODI series against NZ in NZ 0-3 in 2007 just before the world cup and they stil

  • POSTED BY bootlicker on | July 3, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    If Sri Lanka continue to play like this they will blow away the WI in the next game I am sure

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | July 3, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    This match was completely an off day for India. The bowling was toothless and the batting was aimless. It seemed that the bowlers had given up on taking wickets and were simply bowling for the sake of it. And the batting looked to go nowhere. If they had felt that 349 was too big then at least they should have prevented SL from taking the bonus point but they didn't even do that. I think most will agree that even with the pathetic bowling, India's huge defeat's seeds were sown by Murali & Dhawan when they showed no intent to score runs. Murali was happy to simply defend the ball. Forget about 4s and 6s these two did not even take 1s. Chasing 7 an over teams try to be at least 6 or 5 an over to make up later but India were less than 3 an over. What were they thinking? Avg bowlers like Kula & Senanayke were being given much respect.

    It could be a sudden onset of fatigue or perhaps Kohli is not mentally prepared for dual roles but India don't look like reaching the finals now unless ...

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    @Manojin Apart from the fact that SL are notorious for choking in knockout matches in global tournaments just like SA, India also wins more matches than it loses against SL. Sure some of India's worst losses have come against SL such as when India were dismissed for 54 once in an ODI match but still it wasn't long ago when India came to Sri Lanka and won an ODI series by a 4-1 margin or so and overall if you look at the head to head between the two teams India have dominated SL in all formats of Cricket. SL hasn't won a single test match in India whereas India have won series in SL. Also I'd rather be in a team that actually wins global tournaments like world cups and champions trophies than be in a team that always chokes at the semi finals or finals and only wins bilateral matches.

  • POSTED BY Kumaranuj on | July 3, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    The same team played by IND in CT & they won, fans & media praised but now they lost then people starts to finds the lack in the team composition. Though I also believe that some luck comes in favor of IND when MSD played but I also want to said that its carabian magic which haunts Indian winning streak, think of Indian tour of WI when GC is coach of Indai.

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | July 3, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    India's bowling performance is d worst i have seen recently and bad captaincy from kohli because umesh yadav was giving minimum 1 boundary per over for mahela still he is continued and what was ishant sharma bowling he never uses his mind really his problem is mentally not sure where to bowl rather than technical problems. fine example is in batting power play he has all 3 men on onside then he bowls short and wide. There r so many boundary balls which is unacceptable at international range and please give ishant sharma a break. We found replacement for shewag,uv by giving chances to youngsters and i am confident that india has atleast 10 bowlers who can better than ishant sharma.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    Men In Blue Needed Back, Boys In Blue Are Failing

  • POSTED BY atthipatti on | July 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    One win out of the blue & SL fans are uncontrollable...after all I can imagine a sailor's relief to find a piece of land after wandering along in the rough waters for months together OR a vagabond finding a job...LOL

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    @Manojin Those tournaments are the ones that actually matter. One of the criticisms of world cricket right now is the number of meaningless bilateral series which are played. This series for example has no relevance, only a week ago India won the second most important ODI cup and they are already reigning world champions. After having won a global tournament without losing a SINGLE game I think it's perfectly reasonable for them to relax and test their benchstrength for meaningless series like these. This series was supposed to be Sri Lanka's tour of the West Indies, the only reason why India were added is that the West Indies board needed more money which they wouldn't have generated if India didn't play this series. From India's point of view and from an Indian fan's point of view this series means nothing, we've already shown we're the kings of ODI cricket by winning both the global tournaments and being no.1.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 3, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @mark2011: so all the thrashing you received at the hands of india has been compensated with this win? lol who said you have taken away our joy from CT victory and by the way i thought losing a CT semifinal by 8 wickets was much more humiliating than losing an ordinary league game in a tri series

  • POSTED BY sents2013 on | July 3, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Look who has taken wickets in the Sri Lankan side, it is spinners. Play Amit Mishra and Bhuvaneshwar. Drop Umesh yadav and Shami Ahmed. Also play Murali Vijay in the opening and Rohit Sharma at no.4. Last change the captaincy from Virat Kohli to Rohit Sharma. Although Rohit Sharma is not good as batsmen compared to Virat Kohli, he is a very good captain.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | July 3, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    WELL PLAYED SL and a really poor, listless, jaded effort from INDIA. India need a left arm pacer like ZAKS who plans dismissals. Our pacers just dont use their brains. Ishant/Umesh were pathetic and Shami bowled like a real amateur.Why were all our players wearing shades/glasses on the field when there was no sun. It must affect your fielding.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @calcu then he should have been rested before starts the tournament my dear bro...

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | July 3, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    This is exactly the repeat telecast of what was happening after 2011 WC win. India never got the opportunity to relish and savor their win post 2011 WC and ditto now after champions trophy.

    i won't be surprised if the team isn't up to the challenge mentally.....This is a completely un-necessary series and India isn't able to motivate itself to the challenge.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Please free Virat from the leadership load. Make Rohit or Raina the capatain. Virat is totally loosing his charm under pressure. It is always prooved that good batsman is notatall nessessory to be a good captain. In histry there are so many examples. Right from Don Bradman to Sachin Tendulkar. Virat is a class batsman. Make him free from the load. We saw Rohit cool and calm in IPL while leading MI. I know IPL is totally different game from an international. But a judgement can be made. When MI struggling initally the bold decision was taken and Rohit made histry winning 10 games out of 13 including title. Here also two matches are left. Do or die condition for India. Shft leadership from Virat to Rohit. It may click for Rohit. Virat is simply not perferct for the job. He is an extraordinarry batsman India needs. I was expecting some thrilling batting performance from Virat yesterday. But under extra pressure he was out for 2 only in 4 balls. Indian team mannagement should think about.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Why it is always Ind getting their worst defeats at the hands of SL....?? whatever glory they had brought defeating SL recently was comprehensively destroyed yesterday...

    SL humilated a champion side as never before inflicting 161 runs massive defeat . No champion had ever suffered specially immediate aftermath of crowning as champs...what a fate...SL simply destroy India's joy of winning CT....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    It looks like Ishant Sharma don't want to come out of his "Still Young, Still Learning" tag. He has been in the team for 6 damn years and still so mediocre. If this team is based on no mediocrity and we left all the non-performers then it should also happen to Ishant Sharma. He is not at all learning and still bowls that rubbish outside off line.

  • POSTED BY vivivo2000 on | July 3, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    What non-sense guys..one bad performance in a match and you guys are behaving like a typical media coming after them with all shit like bad days started, earlier win were all coz of Dhoni luck...Really??..does luck really favours somebody for 4-5 yrs continuously.. Is your luck that great.. Before commenting just imagine the pressure, the situation which the individual is going through during the match..

    Its game afterall...

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | July 3, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    OMG Tharanga.I have never seen before these kind of performance from you.I had underestimated Tharanga before the match.But he proved what he can do specially to lot of SLan fans and me.Wish you all the best for your future........

    And well done Sri Lanka............

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | July 3, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    We can see the unprofessionalism of some fans. Uttering meaningless things. This is what I haven't seen Western fans in general including SA and WI. They waited 2 straight losses to recognize the meaningless of this tour. Sour grapes....lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    It started all with bad team selection, you drop your best seam baller and select a batsman who at best is good only for test format. Later you back up your bad moves with bad captaincy, bad fielding and bad batting. How do you expect to win with so many bad performances...It shows that Virat has a long way to go to mature as a captain...

  • POSTED BY calcu on | July 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Sri lanka outclassed us but India should not be blamed so much. First an full series against aus, then 50 day IPL, then CT(which india won) and now this tri series, that too without dhoni. India has already won CT so they should not take this series as important and test young players for the big tour of SA later this .

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    @Sivan1980 on (July 2, 2013, 21:51 GMT); Raina out was very poor... how about the out of Ian Bell in CT final give as stumped when he was clearly not out....then u didnt see that.. nor talks about history of cricket n technology?... even yesterday Raina was lucky to be given not out a plumb LBW against Herath, dont cry mate when it only happns to you.. Raina's bat was in the air at the time of bails come off.. so that's out..simple rule.

  • POSTED BY vigneshvinu on | July 3, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    i didn't understand the logic behind of getting shami ahmed in place of bhuvanesh. Ishant doesn't have any consistency and he wont give any commitment on the field. overall, these is a wake up call for india. they fielding was sloppy,bowling was so poor. you need to drop ishant sharma and umesh yadav from the squad. unless they show some consistency they shouldn't have picked.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Only Gambhir Could be a better replacement of Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Men in blue really turned blue by men in Dark Blue. ICC please come to Indian Cricket rescue and offer lucrative compensation for WI & SRL for gracefully losing.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    India had won the match before even it starts, that was thier mentality and they were over confidence and underestimated SL simply bcos of past few defeat v Ind. Now they have to digest this bitter defeat which will erase joy of all their previous winning v SL. Ind may have expected a repeat of Horbart part 2, which is not gonna happn at ur wish.pathetic to see a champions fall apart like this.. poor champions

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | July 3, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @Sundar Subramaniam : Then keep winning only tournaments which make less than 20% or so and loose all the other matches...good theory

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 3, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @ Still hurting huh after losing to us in the final. According to you most of the team just rely on LUCK these days. Team who won 7 matches in a row and u call that LUCK. Maybe u r not aware India won the 2011 world cup as well and were no. 1 in tests. Well team that invented cricket are yet to win any ODI world cup. How sad is that.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    dont blame india....they played the game to their true potential

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | July 3, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    OK....so one bad day at the office and the critics are all over the team!!! Time for another comeback, Come on Team India Shut them Up.

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Brilliant knock by Tharabga, the way he past the inning was excellent. at times I thought he would struggle to score runs and get out wasting bowls, but to the contrary he played a calm n cool knock to knock down india scoring Sl 2nd highest ODI score just behinfd the great Sanath Jaya..who also did 189 vs India in 2000.

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 3, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @ I can not believe after two losses People from SL who dominated us in this match but have been losing to us for last two years everywhere, Pakistan who struggling so badly and Bangladesh who is not even counted as a proper cricketing nation are jumping up and down. And when India won CT they were giving excuses like LUCK. I am not saying it was LUCK that Sri Lanka won yesterday. They were brilliant but that doesn't mean India is a bad team. If people are saying that Hobart was a one off incident than this could also be one off incident. Please appreciate a team who is helping your boards to come out of debts. LOL at your rare accomplishment.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    credits to srilanka.. it was their day,tharanga and mahela took the game totally... we never got any breakthrough Vijai dropped mahela and I was wondering this could be dangerous and it ended up more pathetic... dont know srilanka hides all talent.. tharanga should have been Ct.. poor fielding and inability to take wickets costed us the match... 350 is huge score for anyone to chase.. Vijai should open with dawan.. rohit should go back to 2nd down.. ppl blame vk and choosing shammi and Vijai. unless you dont experiment you won't find what is the right combination.. we totally failed in bowling fielding,bhuvi should have played..hope he comes back next game.. its better to give chances to new talents using this tours..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    The bad days for Indian cricketers have started. Excellent batting by U. Tharanga and Mahela. I hope to see the same bating from C. Gayle against India on Friday. T think V. Kohili knows what C. H. GAYLE can do. . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @ criclovingmind: of course... Dhoni is always a match winner. But still, we cannot depend on a single hand as nobody is permanent in the game of cricket/any.

    India looks a little dizzy in this tri-series and they have to get back to the game ASAP.

    Anyways it was SL's day and the openers rocked for them. Expecting India to bounce back in the next match:)

  • POSTED BY mark2011 on | July 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Congratz to SL for their massive win against India...this is what happn when SL play to their potential. They have not been performing upto their standards. its good to see Mathew coming up in the order and making an impact for the inning. well done Lions & keep it up ...

  • POSTED BY sarangsrk on | July 3, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    I am an Indian and was as disappointed with the team's performance like others but then, questioning the team selection is not right. If you don't give chances to Shami Ahmed in these matches with less pressure, how will they get used to playing international? Also, Bhuvi has been non-stop cricket for last 6 months. Give him some rest too else he will break down. Give credit where its due and that is SL batsmen playing well. On the other hand, I don't mind India losing out in these non-sense series as long as they keep winning big fishes like CT, WC etc. In the end, those big tournaments get counted for fans memories and also, ICC ratings.

  • POSTED BY cosmos_kapil on | July 3, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    The bowling display showed by the bowlers by the Indian bowlers yesterday is no doubt miserable, but it's Indian cricket who can touch heights on one day and falls to Earth on another day. Even in the Champions Trophy it was due to success of Rohit & Dhawan that India scripted a clean sweep in league matches and due to recklessness of English batsmen and smart captaincy by Dhoni in the Finals which helps them overcome England. What next! now there is no Dhoni and Indian batsmen also not clicking. Actually despite strengthening batting by including Vijay they should have included Pathan, who is an all rounder and could give variation in bowling also. Dropping Bhuvi also proved to be a blunder. Though one can't say that he could have take 3-4 wkts. but surely he is miser in giving runs. Introduction of Ashwin was also late, by then SL openers settled down. Now there's a bleak chance of India to qualify and right time to give try the bench.

  • POSTED BY coolitbaby on | July 3, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @DataQue IPL is the one that raises money that pays salaries of your so called great run accumulators mahela, sanga etc. without that money they may not survive even.

  • POSTED BY kevepere on | July 3, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Good win for SL. But the effort put in by India was very pathetic in all departments. For SL however they need to give experience to youngsters like mathews and chandimal. tharanga is also only 28... Therefore i feel it would be better to send 1. Tharanga 2. Mahela 3. Mathews 4. Chandimal upfront followed by sanga and dilshan. Thirimanne who was a promising player does not seem to have variety of shots. He does not pull or hook rather he plays defensively when it is short . It was evident in England when he managed only 7 runs off 30 balls against India.

  • POSTED BY bhrangi on | July 3, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Stop blamin Kohli., yeah may be he is not expert like a dhoni but let him learn. Dhoni doesn't win from the first match of his captaincy. We don't have aggressive openers like viru. This young team playing in their own world, in this match no one is there to question them it seems. youngster in this team looking to score 30 to 50 runs to save them in coming matches. Dhoni presence might have reduced the losing margin. Nothing more.

  • POSTED BY anupkeni on | July 3, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/tri-nation-west-indies-2013/engine/match/597925.html

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/tri-nation-west-indies-2013/engine/current/match/597925.html

    Match notes

    * Sri Lanka innings

    * India innings

  • POSTED BY DataQue on | July 3, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Massive win for SL & truely outplayed India!!! As for India go back home and play your IPL...

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | July 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Good job Sri Lanka! We got routed!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    India is no good in tri-series where Sri Lanka is taking part.. Previously in Australia (VB series), Sri lanka won the series and india couldn't reach the final.. Now in West Indies same thing gonna happen..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    is this article about excusses for Indian lose....?

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | July 3, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I think India is the champions only with the champion (Dhoni)...

  • POSTED BY yvivekcb on | July 3, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    To all Sri Lankan fans bashing India, Friends do remember this series was organised to help Sri Lankan & W.I cricket board to erase their debts. It was actually a test series between Sri Lanka & W.I, which was scrapped and they requested the help of BCCI. BCCI agreed & sent the Team India to W.I. Team India would have been happy to return to India with CT, but travelled to W.I to help these 2 boards. So give some sort of respect where its due.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | July 3, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    The Indian bowlers are the worst of the top 8 ICC teams and their lack of skill and application shows when they play abroad. I prefer Mohit Sharma's steady bowling to Ishant Sharma any day. Umesh seems to lose it under pressure and is expensive at the end overs. Ashwin is outright pathetic. I'm shocked at the way he bowls, trying to bowl wides and at the legs to prevent the batsman scoring. I've lost all respect for him as a bowler. None of the bowlers display ability to field and catch. What's wrong with the selectors that they select Vijay and leave out Pujara? Vijay was consistently pathetic in the 16 IPL matches. Do the selectors need more signals to let them know when a batsman is off?

  • POSTED BY NKSathya on | July 3, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    What pathetic captaincy and player selections!! Clearly, Kohli lacks everything to be captain of national side!! Poor bowling changes too. Kohli got India the worst hammering from a lowly-ranked SL for a long long time. India's unlucky to have him as Captain. Even Raina or Rohit or Ashwin could be better captains!! Why on earth is M Vijay & D Karthik considered specialist batsmen in Indian batting line up.??? What have they done at International level for India???? To drop Bhuvneshwar Kumar is atrocious and mindless.....and that is why India never had the break-through until 38th over!!!! Why was Ashwin brought to bowl so late??? Plain pathetic mindless captaincy and it is costing India dear and I would be very very surprised and shocked if India make it to the finals with this rookie IPL star team!!!!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 3, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    @y4yoga: cricket is not a one man's game, its ridiculous to blame kohli's captaincy for the loss, we were beaten fair and square, batting bowling and even the fielding failed as a unit, how can you blame him for that?

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Who cares. India just won a global tournament few days ago so they're probably taking it easy. As a viewer even I don't care about this meaningless series to be honest, I just watch it casually. As long as India keep winning matches and cups that matter such losses are irrelevant.

  • POSTED BY satishchandar on | July 3, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Absolute game for SL.. I would give the whole credit to Mahela who did everything till Tharanga switched gear and what an innings from both the players.. Really good innings on WI pitches where 300 is almost forgotten these days.. 240 is a good score usually in WI tracks but they put it beyond reach of anyone with awesome batting display..

    For India, Virat was the only hope and law of averages caught up to snap him.. Not sure why Virat played at 4 though.. Vijay shouldn't have played at 3.. Come back man getting in with req rate above 7 and Dhawan not middling it well was a bad strategy.. Virat at 3 should have been the order of the day though it might not have altered the result honestly.. It is really shameful to say that there is a squad sent without replacement for middle order bat.. Either Mishra or Vinay should ve been replaced by middle order bat.. Hope the selectors learnt this now..

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    it seemed Indians were eager to lose this game and come back home....immediately. It was just a shadow of their potential....!!!!!!!!

    something......rotten..somewhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY y4yoga on | July 3, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    I've mentioned before the start of the match that captainship was offered to a wrong person and India will suffer. But I really didn't think that it will be like this. With MSD India looking like champions. without MSD India looking like Minnows. People This VK( who all are praising as future captain) is not even eligible for that. If he is the future captain then He'll take India to the early 2000's where we'll find tough to win every match. This was the worst captaincy ever seen from India after a long time

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | July 3, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Definitely, it was a great challenge to change the CT winning sacred combination. The fact that indian team came out of IPL and the batters were still in hitting mode, the excelled in CT. Also, due to match fixing scandal everyone in the indian team was more focused which came good. Third reason was that rain halted many teams progress during CT and rain carved out 20-20 over final and indians love the shortest format and won despite losing the toss/heart earlier in the match. Keeping this in view, the aroma of young team is lost and it has come to its usual terms in WI tri series. Dhoni's inclusion may not also effect a lot here as he might also be thinking drafting back Yuvi, Viru and Gotty. Also, kohli is not a good choice for captain, Jadeja or Ashwin can be tried as captains should have some leadership skills.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 3, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    It's simple! Cricket is a one man game and India missed that man Dhoni so they lost it :D

  • POSTED BY sshadab on | July 3, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Yes we lost and it was a bad day at office fielding wise for India. SL gave a master class in batting and Tharanga was superb, but Mahela was actually the main reason for Tharanga and Angelo to throw the kitchen sink at the end. Does this loss make India a poor team, hell no. The only blunder in selection was dropping Bhuvi for Shammi, it should have been Ishant he does not add any value beyond bowling which has been very expensive most often than not. We had a seriously off day in the fielding department, and because SL batted first and set an imposing total, Angelo realized the importance of taking the pace away from the bowling and opened the bowling thus preventing India from a roller coaster start. I still feel we will bounce back and win the remaining 2 matches convincingly and we are we will be champions.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | July 3, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    This match gives an idea about the real quality of the Indian team. In the Champion's trophy, the cracks were papered over by the exceptional performances of Dhawan, Jadeja and to some extent Rohit Sharma and Dhoni. Given the fickle nature of Indian fans, I am sure that this failure will be attributed to Jadeja or Dhawan. What is the rest fo the t

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    India is actually showing his ability thst they are not a very good team . winnig 4 or 5 matches in a row cant make a team champion. remember the pakistan series lol indians. hahahha....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Good show by the Lankans.They have defeated India thrice out of their last 12 matches.This is what I have noticed in yesterday's match:1)India's fielding is worst.Many catches were dropped,fielding was sloppy so that Lankan batsmen especially Tharanga(who is poor runner) was able to turn 1s into 2s.2)I don't know why Virat Kohli dropped Bhuvi,Ishant should have been dropped.And Irfan or Vinay should have been brought in.3)Why was Murali Vijay asked to bat at No.3.Its tts same position where Virat Kohli beat Sri Lanka at in Hobart at few months ago.4)I literally can't believe my eyes seeing the difference between the which performs well in Dhoni's presence and this team which fields worst than Sri Lanka and bats worst than Pakistan under Kohli's captaincy.I feel Ambati Rayudu should take Rohit Sharma's place.

  • POSTED BY jango_moh on | July 3, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    well played SL!!! wonderful batting.... honestly, this had to happen at some point... the team is full of new players, and i think this will make them stronger... batting will def click in later games, its the bowling that worries more... hope india can come back strong in the next few games... but i feel even bowing out of the series first will only help this young team to get some perspective, and to improve individually!!! all the best!!!

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | July 3, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Indian selectors often take things for granted- for instance for swing bowlers like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar or Irfan Pathan or Praveen Kumar, the selectors start looking at the death bowling, forgetting their key role in the beginning of the innings- of taking early wickets. If Kumar was dropped for anything other than injury, it was a great blunder, as young bowlers need to bowl more. A hothead like Kohli is not a good captaincy prospect. I would go with Rohit Sharma (if he finds a place in the team on the strength of his batting- or else Gambhir. Lets hope they give a chance to Rayudu in the next match. Surely Vinay Kumar cannot be worse than Ishant. Although Vinay Kumar bowls at around Jadeja's pace, he can bowl both in the opening and in the end. Today India did not have any bowler who could open the bowling and make use of the new ball.

  • POSTED BY Sidath346 on | July 3, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan I'm extremely happy about the win and no one can write off India just because they lost by a huge margin. They are always consistent but something was wrong yesterday, their fielding was horrible which is non-characteristic of them. The batting didn't click too. The Sri Lankans were brilliant. Hope Tharanga now learns a lesson and bats the way he did without 'fishing' outside off stump early into his innings. He really can be a treat to watch. Mahels was brilliant too.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    This is a good thing.. You cant expect to win every match u play. this is cricket. india should realize even they could lose any match.. your not the best. you show all your winning matches in all your sports channel & so many commentary from various people some are hasn't played even 100 matches.. India is not the only cricket team in the world..... India will definitely go out of this tournament for sure.. then then they will open their eyes.

  • POSTED BY KGA-87 on | July 3, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    This article is just a load of excuses which is has been a usual respond from Indians. It is not the absence of MSD or absence of Kumar lose the india, They lose because Sri lankan played better cricket than indians. Just as simple as that.

  • POSTED BY Sheela on | July 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Indian bowlers without help from the weather and helpful pitch failed miserably. All Test bowlers are expected to bowl to their field but Indian bowlers lacked this basic qualification. Bowling too many consecutive wides can only be condoned by parochial/myopic people. Five Indian batsmen crossed 20s, yet none carried on to make a good century or near century contribution. It is imperative that at least two of the batsmen who have crossed 20s are expected to put up decent scores in any foirm of the game.

  • POSTED BY shrastogi on | July 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    For arelatively young team it is better to bat first and put runs on the board until unless there is demonstrable difference in the pitch quality. So this was the first mistake. The fact that India has chased well against SL with Kohli as spearhead must have played on Indians mind but this is WI where both Kohli and Dhawan had struggled in last tour. So batting first was the key. Secondly if pitch had something Bhuvi would surely have exploited it so if at all Shami Ahmed was to be played then Ishant should have rested. Thirdly I hope captaincy is not weighing heavily on mind of Kohli. India needs to win both of its two games to progress so thre is no place for complacency. Misra bowled well in WI in the last tour and should be drafted into the squad though at whose place is difficult to say.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    India starts performing well again.... in poor side........ Lag of concentration on fielding No proper bowling........ Drop catches....... Batsman booked a seat in pavilion.........

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    Tharanga needs to consolidate his position. He had made umpteen comebacks and on his comeback matches always scores big. Then suddenly a complacency of sort would creep in and finds out of favor. SL badly needs an explosive opener as Dilshan would hang his boot in a couple of years. Having said that, India looks badly hurt. They were the champions only last week and with their Captain injured, they are succumbing too fast.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | July 3, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Tharangas 174 gave perfect answer to those who say we depend heavily on Sanga and Mahela.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 3, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    It's not totally unexpected, but the margin is unexpected especially after winning CT. From now on it is not easy (very very hard) for india to make into finals since WI, SL won with bonus points, so india need to be VERY aggressive to get those 2 bonus points from 2 must win games. Eventhough it is difficult to chase, the approach of both openers was dissappointing. When chasing these huge target openers should have score atleast 5 or 5.5 if not 7 or 8 rpo in mandatory powerlay. Mediocore bowling, mediocore fielding costs us the match.

    I know many of u dont accept, but the reality is ISHANAT SHARAMA will not going to learn anything even if he plays another 5 or 6 years of intl matches. Yadhav should look at his economy rates worst for strike bowler. Vijay always too causal while taking, overconfidence.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Dhoni or no Dhoni, SL would have won anyway....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    While I would like India to win and compete well, I find this tri-series a bit meaningless and no, it is not sour grapes.India and Sri Lanka play each other a lot.Maybe India has played SL the most among all cricketing nations in the last 3-4 years..West Indies are a middling team in ODI and maybe a bit stronger at home.The idea of SL, WI and India being involved in a tri-series is not too exciting for me.I can imagine the reasons are to help WI board make money and grow cricket there, but for the paying public it is largely boring. SL beating India was bound to happen, though the margin was shocking. India have beaten SL many times in the last 10-15 encounters and have had the upper hand.They are probably happy Kohli failed with the bat today..for he has been a lynchpin for India against SL in last couple of years.Who can forget the outstanding century from Kohli in Australia to overthrow SL total of 320 in 38 overs to get the bonus point? Kudos to SL though..rude awakening for India.

  • POSTED BY sandy_bangalore on | July 3, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    This CLEARLY shows why Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajji are needed. These guys have a win at all costs mentality, and the team of today looked flat and listless on the field. And these legends have 1000s of runs and 100s of wickets between them. WHat were the selectors thinking when they dropped all of them?? Many of the current team(esp ashwin and vijay) have miles to go before mentioned in the same breath as Yuvi and Bhajji, both proven matchwinners. Its such a sad day for Indian cricket, that we have lost two in a row, and are virtually out of the tri series. Selectors, please treat our past champs with respect they deserve, and plz dont apply different yardsticks for different people

  • POSTED BY bharatrocksStutsman on | July 3, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    can't understand why Murali Vijay is in the team even B.kumar is a better batsman than vijay. Bring YUVI back....

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | July 3, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    IF Dhoni had captained, IF Bhuvi had played, IF catches weren't dropped, IF Ashwin had bowled before the 20th over, IF Mishra had played, IF Yuvi was brought in for Jadeja, India would've have won the match....hmmmm....ah how about....IF Sachin had played, IF Ganguly had captained, IF Kumble was there to bowl 10 overs, IF Dravid was there to play one down, India would've won it....

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | July 3, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    This is fantastic stuff from Sri Lanka . Nobody gave them a chance after poor preferences in last match . but they turned tables in big time. Mahela showed the way and Tharanga cemented a slot with a great innings . Cautious but positive partnership led the way . Well done boys but we hv a long way in this series . good luck

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | July 3, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    @NP_NY: Player fatigue???...lol Then SL must have more fatigue than India because SL played full 50 over matches in CT unlike India who didn't play any full 50 over matches. In any case, it doesn't give nay team any advantage as all the 3 teams played on the CT.

  • POSTED BY BDforever on | July 3, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    Reality can be exposed when matches are not affected external factors like rain, dew etc. By the way what a huge thrash by Lankans. I think it's better letting WI and SL to play finals without playing other group stage matches. What a waste of time..

  • POSTED BY BinuSL12 on | July 3, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Must thank Sanath Jayasuriya for bringing back SL's best opening batsmen from the well-known "imposed-cold-storage" of SL cricket! Upul Tharanga (ODIs 164 -5153 R -34.81 Av-74.43 s/r -13x100 -28x50 )who was pushed out of the side just after a remarkable performance in 2011 World-cup (5th best batting record in 2011 WC scoring 395r at an average of 56.4 with 2x100 and a fifty). First, a strange doping allegation for taking a medication prescribed for an ailment, overlooked by the responsible SLC physician (framed?) resulting in 3 month band. Then repeated dropping resulting in shattered confidence! Upul is the only batsman in the world who has succeeded in establishing 200+ partnerships 8 times in ODI..! Congratulations Upul, well comeback! Shame on SLC, for totally eliminating a player like him from Test cricket during DeMel/Mendis regime in SLC admin! We can try out newcomers, but not by dumping experienced players like him (28yrs), just to accommodate for preferred school-ties!

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    I hope that those who are unreasonably critical of Dhoni will recognize his value. Kohli's reading of the game was poor, his field placing unimaginative and bowling changes unintelligent. He should have brought on Ishant Sharma earlier as Umesh Yadav was all over the place and Shami lacking experience. More than all this was the fact that he failed to inspire the team and its fielding was one of the shoddiest in recent times. Murli Vijay was seen yawning as soon as the match started. Maybe he found the match boring after all the IPL excitement. He proved it by his extremely shoddy fielding, even dropping a sitter. It may make more sense to let him stay with IPL and enjoy it rather than block the slot of a more committed player.

  • POSTED BY ARJa on | July 3, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    I have seen teams losing. But this one takes the cake. ridiculous.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    i would rather say this as india loosing the match than lanka winning..... india lost when the mahila's catch was dropped twice, when they made a wrong decision of letting bhuvi out, when they made a wrong decision of letting vijay in , none the less.... good win for srilanka..... its a rare sight for indo srilankan fans, but its nice.....

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    It is the classic story of the Goose that laid the golden eggs

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 3, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Flash news: Srilanka finally manage to beat india and the key architects were the two guys whom their fans didn't want to see in the team, Tharanga and the veteran Herath!!

  • POSTED BY rocket_rocket on | July 3, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    wow...are u guys serious????2 losses and everyone is bashing them like hell...what's wrong with u guys...they played non stop cricket for the past 1 years eng ,aus ,pak,ipl,CT...man !!these guys must be totally tired...and it shows ...i do not blame them ...i just feel that india could have avoided this meaning less tour so that players could have plenty of rest before touring SA.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Time to Jago india jago..................too big losss..........no resons......

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | July 3, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    @kahvas seriously? You're still stuck criticizing Sir, when he was India's highest scorer and was not out at the end? Blame some poor choices by Kohil for the loss. At least this isn't a big tournament and he can afford to make mistakes so that he can learn.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    India arguably the most inconsistent team

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    utter dominance for a change by srilankan team...as a indian fan its refreshing to see srilanka team dominated indian team after a LONG time ( but its just one odd game ) this is what happens when a settle captain is out and you dont have a captain under grooming..but none the less, no ifs and buts, its bowlers and fielders who got us CT13 and and its the same fielders and bowlers who are letting us down, and ofcourse a changed captain..

    this will be real test for kohli..he is a good learner and i am sure he will learn from this series...i would like to see indian team trying new talents and resting settled players, even if it means to lose the series

    this series FROM NOW ON should be looked as the opportunity to test our bench strength...bring some person who has learning capability than this NEVER LEARN NEVER IMPROVE ISHANT SHARMA please retain virat as captain for zmbabwe tour, with the exclusion of dhawan, raina, ashwin, ishant, dhoni...this is just an obstacle for a bigger thing

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    very ordinary display by Indians in the field today.. were they too complacent for winning the Champions trophy? they lacked that killer instinct that they had displayed there in the CT. There was no intent to chase down the target at all from the openers. Indeed so poor performance. Too much cricket or cricket fatigue and high expectations pressure are only the excuses. Need to perform better when there is a game, no ifs or buts or don't play at all if you think this tournament is just not worth playing!! Very sad Indian fan here!!

  • POSTED BY miles100 on | July 3, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Really great effort by Tharanga and a good selection. However Tharanga always get dropped by the selectors after a tour to a country with bouncy or Swigging wickets like NZ, ENG, AU or SA due to his technique in bouncy wickets. I don't think it is his fault. I think SLC should prepare players more for bouncy or swinging wickets too. Sanga wasn't born to play well in bouncy wickets.But since Sanga used to play in his younger days at Asgiriya stadium in Kandy, he is more used to the bounce and movement.I think SLC should look at exposing players to all conditions in the internal competitions so that players like Tharanga can do well in any condition.

  • POSTED BY vsssarma on | July 3, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    India must look at its bowling team seriously. Look at these guys & their performances:

    Umesh Yadav - Last 2 years. 21 matches. 946 balls, 24 wkts for 979 runs. Ave 41 runs per wicket. Runs per over 6.21. My rating 38.21 marks.

    Shami Ahmed - Last 2 years. 6 matches. 228 balls, 4 wkts for 200 runs. Ave 50 runs per wicket. Runs per over 5.27. My rating 39.8 marks.

    And why are they not giving chances to Irfan Khan Pathan ?

    Irfan Pathan - Last 2 years. 13 matches. 661 balls, 21 wkts for 596 runs. Ave 28.38 runs per wicket. Runs per over 5.41. My rating 61.4 marks.

    Why should they drop Bhuvaneshwar Kumar ?

    Why are they not giving chance to Rahul Sharma ?

    Rahul Sharma - Last 2 years. 4 matches. 206 balls, 6 wkts for 177 runs. Ave 29.5 runs per wicket. Runs per over 5.15. My rating 72.3 marks.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | July 3, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    India will not be #1 for much longer if they continue this tournament like this, and with Kholi as captain I don't see India's performance getting any better. He was a poor captain in the IPL. All the firepower in Gayle and ABdV & still could not make the playoffs. India's rebuilding comes to a crashing halt.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    this was too soon a series to be held after the champions trophy , also why go with a failed captain- Virat Kohli when you have a successful one in Rohit Sharma ?

  • POSTED BY my_comments on | July 3, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    When India Loses India this India that, Dhoni this Dhoni that, Team India needs rest and so on. But the truth is the team that performed better won. SL played good cricket. Its not about Dhoni, cricket is a team sport. Anybody can be replaced. If India won this match all the negatives would have turned to positive - Young team is good, planning for world cup 2015, kholi captained well and so on. As a cricket fan in general I still feel this is the best Indian team with the inclusion of Dhoni and Buvi.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | July 3, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    It's not totally unexpected, but the margin is unexpected especially after winning CT. From now on it is not easy (very very hard) for india to make into finals since WI, SL won with bonus points, so india need to be VERY aggressive to get those 2 bonus points from 2 must win games. Eventhough it is difficult to chase, the approach of both openers was dissappointing. When chasing these huge target openers should have score atleast 5 or 5.5 if not 7 or 8 rpo in mandatory powerlay. Mediocore bowling, mediocore fielding costs us the match.

    I know many of u dont accept, but the reality is ISHANAT SHARAMA will not going learn anything even if he plays another 5 or 6 years of intl matches. Yadhav should look at his economy rates worst for strike bowler. Vijay always too causal to take catches.

  • POSTED BY x-sl-boy on | July 3, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Good start by Kohli captain .... there is no way India could chase that total on that wicket even with MSD. yes they chased down a large total on a batting paradise in Tasmania before, but they have proved that that was a just a one-off situation.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Without many ground supports and experianced captaincy india can not do anything special in cricket,past records have been proved it well.specially in west indies,at 2007 WC,the same thing was happened to india,there are not many fans there for any visiting country,that hurts much for Indian cricket team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    Its clearly showed that without MSD Indian team cant perform well as a UNIT they did with him in the team. Indians are totally depends on Dhoni. As a Captain he is the best among the others.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    The title should have to be change as Tharanga,jayawardane cane World champions lol.....

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | July 3, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    As an Indian fan, its deeply disgusting to see this kind of display after they won the Champions Trophy. I'd rather have them lose the finals than to show this kind of complacency after they win the tournament and the prize money. Perhaps this was the same kind of attitude they had when they toured England and West Indies in 2011.

    Unfortunately I didn't watch the match but will see the highlights. An excellent batting display by SL on a slow pitch which was assisted by mediocre bowling from India. I'm glad Tharanga has made a statement for himself in the team because SL need to realise the value he brings in to the side. When Dilshan comes back I think he must replace Thirimanne/Chandimal and bat at No.3 because I think both Mahela and Tharanga are at their best when they open.

  • POSTED BY Jey123 on | July 3, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    what a joke In the first innings India sorely missed Dhoni - The Captain! In the second innings India will equally miss Dhoni - The Batsman!! Karthiks and Patels can think to replace him only as a keeper and not in the other two skills... Dhoni marshalled the same attack sans Bhuvi on the home pitch to suffocate WI... Had Tharanga decided to explode a bit earlier we would have seen the first non-indian ODI double centurian, that too on non sub-continental pitch... Dhoni should be back as early as possible...

  • POSTED BY WonkyBail on | July 3, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    If India get hammered in all of the games will England be top of the ODI rankings?

  • POSTED BY josphe on | July 3, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    It's really sad to see the poor quality of pitches in the west indies now. No wonder the first class cricket there is so poor..Gone are the days where the pitches had some pace and bounce..Something serious has to be done about that if or cricket is to go anywhere.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | July 3, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    India lost not becoz MSD wan't there, but v dropped both Mahela and Tharanga. Simple as they say - Catches win u matches. Tharanga did play well. Still a lot of cricket to be played in the Caribbean. What Indian supporters would be hoping will that West Indies somehow manage 2 beat Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    The cricket fan in me tried his level best to follow the current tri series in the Caribbean. But, the realist in me was very much aware that 1990s got over 13 years before.

    In fact, Dinosaurs seem to be 'new generation' compared to the concept of an ODI tri series.

    See, I have not even touched upon the spectacle of seeing India play Sri Lanka again in a set of ODIs.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    History repeats. After winning WC in 1983, we toured WI only to be mauled. This year we won CT and are heading south in all departments of the game. Bowlerrs need to understand thw WI wickets. AT 130 and sub 130 you cannot bounce any batsman out. Ishant better sit out.He can tell his children or grand children about the one over he bowled to Ponting. I concur with Abitha - overdose may lead to all 11 on the injured list and the second best indian 11 can be thrashed even by Holland or Bermuda!!!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | July 3, 2013, 0:44 GMT

    Brilliant innings from Tharanga. He already sealed his place with this knock. Which means Kusal needs to wait for his turn. What I liked about Tharanga today was the way he accelerated the innings after Mahela departed. I never thought Tharanga can bat like this. He is known as a slow scorer, but he surprised everyone today. Probably he gave his answers to his doubters too. Good for Sri lankan cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | July 3, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    Glad that we won at last against India whom we have the worse ODI record in recent times. This just showed that if we play positive cricket, we can beat any team. Anyway, we must not get carried away at all. We are famous in winning the 2nd and 3rd games in an ODI series and losing the last resulting in the series loss. So we have a long way to go. I still agree that India are the best ODI team in the world. I know last night was just a bad night.

    This XI is no doubt a good combination and no doubt Kushal Perera (KP) must go down the order. Senanayake is no doubt our best spinner though he was rarely given any chances.

    As for India, no doubt Kohli is as great as Tendulkar or may be better. But like Tendulkar may not be a good captain. Interesting to see how will Kohli lead India for the rest of the series.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:38 GMT

    Congrats SL. This is the Starting

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Really bad defeat

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    this is true capacity of new team india.......:)

  • POSTED BY Javed_17 on | July 3, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    take that champions. double century opening, 340+ total, 150 + win. an absolute embarassment to cricket displayed by india. No teeth with the ball and no brains with the bat. Full kudos to srilanka, they saw out the intial new ball spells then got goin and india were caught like deer in the headlights. Been a while since i seen a double hundred partnership last i can remember is tharanga and dilshan.

  • POSTED BY Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on | July 3, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    India has already net a big fish in CT that's why they did not perform well and chances are they are not going to perform to the same reputation as we have seen during the CT. On the other hand Sri Lanka needs to prove a point that's why they have played well. Too much cricket is the main reason India is below par i.e. it is not due to pure cricketing reason. To be able to promote healthy cricket we need to put limits on too much cricket such as tri series like this one, right after the CT.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 3, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Without Dhoni team India is like a headless chicken.

  • POSTED BY Un_Citoyen_Indien on | July 3, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Congrats to the Sri Lankan team. Brilliantly played.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    To me one of India's big problems is Ishant Sharma. He is a long way from the bowler that tormented Ricky Ponting's Australians in Australia a few years back using great movement of the ball off the pitch and befuddling the Australian batsmen including Ponting himself. He was a great cutting edge bowler for India but he seems to have lost that ability and now is a mere stock bowler worrying no one with his bowling. How long can he be carried without producing results?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 3, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Sl really told india that they should come out of celebration and play cricket.India are not defeated they are humiliated badly. Shame on Indian team

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | July 2, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    First I thought this could be some India members's ploy to deliberately lose under Kohli's captaincy. But then no, I am wrong. Kholi himself gets out cheaply. And thinking about BKumar dropped and ISharma staying, this has to be a unanimous decision by the India team and the team management (to lose).

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | July 2, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Congrats Sri Lanka . A much deserved win for Sri Lankan cricket . As for India the players are completely worn out after playin too much crick . Ind shud have gone with a new pace attack or shud have played A team in this low key series . WI and AUS. Has never been happy hunting grounds for India . Now chances of India making to final is 50-50 . India has started blindly depending on umesh and ishant. & somehow yuvi has to be given complete support and bring him back to his form .. True match winner . Everything happens for good and fans shudnt read much into this loss . Some lessons learnt anyway . Nothing to take it away from SL batting ... It was just awesome .. Continue ur good cricket! Inconsistency is problem else with the kind of all rounders and class u hav u r one of the best ODI teams as I said before CT semi.

  • POSTED BY M.A.Salam on | July 2, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Changes made right after a close defeat to WI went on to cost a huge loss again. (Captaincy) Kohli is a wonderful cricketer and he is one of my favorite too, but I believe he still has to learn the role to deliver the responsibility of captaincy, after a very long time we have seen him getting out so cheaply, wherein he is a very careful and clever middle order batsmen the Indian cricket team has. Raina is the best player to take the responsibility at this point, he is very much experienced in any conditions round the world.Openers Shikar and Rohit are not consistent, Rohit doesn't deserve to be opening the innings, rather Murali vijay could have replaced the place easily with the return in the team, thanks to Dhoni though for giving vijay chance. Rohit is good at batting 4 or down.. Dinesh Karthik has never performed in international level in his 59 ODI games, neither good with his gloves.. we need a very good replacement in keeping department soon before Dhoni calls for a retirement.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Pathetic Captaincy by Kohli is all one can say.....Could not use his bowlers well and not even responsible Batting from him. Instead of grooving in he goes straight on attack! After watching Dhoni for so many ODIs from close quarters he did not learn anything !

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    Tharanga was in another 200+ partnership. Don't let it go unnoticed. He has a lot of 200+ partnerships in OD cricket. well done Tharanga and Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY DSUS on | July 2, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    Consolation series really after Champion's trophy. Credits to SL for a solid performance. But who cares. Will you even remember this series 2 years from now.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | July 2, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Now they know why Dhoni is a player you need in the team, not long ago India were bowled out badly by Pakistan and without Dhoni it would have even been worse, yes it isn't the same as then but Dhoni is a key.

    Kohli as a captain it will be a hard day for him.

  • POSTED BY MH19 on | July 2, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Goodness me atlast we managed to beat India not just but convincingly and I would call it a crushing and will be followed with them in future matches too.Hope atleast Mathews found away now how to beat the indians.

  • POSTED BY Karthik78 on | July 2, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    After winning WC, Indian team performed very poorly in England/Aus and then in Home series. Then it is required major change in the team like removing Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj etc. Then team came back and won mini WC. Now again, it started to go in the same mood. Because they are all satisfied with one big win so it is stupid to have same combination again and again. It is wise to give rest to those people and try out new combination. Else we will again face very bad phase (like we had after winning WC) and will loose good players again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    outplayed by SL atlast, they wanted it more. DK has to go, he looks nervous and we need to play fearless cricket... yuvi the dealt with unfairly as he never let india down in odi's, if he is fit he should play

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    India look jaded after the Champions trophy win, Too much cricket!! Blame the BCCI, was this series necessary? All the good work in England seems to be undone! India go home

  • POSTED BY ma_n777 on | July 2, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    This is going to be one of the best matches I have seen for a long time. After putting to bat first in a difficult pitch and posting a target of 349 is a really really good effort. Tharanga's patience and Mahela's sheer class are treat to watch.

  • POSTED BY Stat1977 on | July 2, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Well,missed chances, if and so on.One must not try to take anything away from this massive win.INIDA is blown away! This report talks only about ifs and missed chances in the fielding but how about the class shown by Tharanga and Mahela? Action speaks louder than words!

  • POSTED BY trav696 on | July 2, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Not many comments from the Indian fans today and I'm not surprised. I am speechless to the way Tharanga and Jayawardene batted, especially Tharanga. He has defied all the SL fans that said that his selection over Kusal was wrong, with a 174 no. out. Amazing, and Mathews did his part with the bat too. Calling 348/1 against 187 all out, a convincing win is an understatement. SL really needed to win this match and hopefully this strikes some form for Tharanga too. Indian fans, please don't say that Dhoni would have saved the day with the bat and won it for India. It is not possible because India lost wickets at regular intervals when they needed a partnership. Good luck SL, get the momentum going!

  • POSTED BY aiksa on | July 2, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    It was a completely spineless performance by India. Why did they drop Bhuvneshwar Kumar? He is the best swing bowler India has. Kohli simply failed as captain. He just couldn't handle the pressure and captaincy is all about handling pressure. He just gave up without a fight.

  • POSTED BY KajuWaththaEksath on | July 2, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    India got the treat that they can remember for years!!!!

  • POSTED BY Collegefastbowler on | July 2, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    It is hard to maintain the same intensity and the scheduling of these matches is too close. It would be advisable to give the main players some rest and send the bench strength for such back to back series else the performance is bound to suffer. Dhoni also needs some rest and this constant travel will make any player jaded.

  • POSTED BY cricketfan10000 on | July 2, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    What happened to Sir ravindra jadeja he should play only on turning wickets

  • POSTED BY dragster21 on | July 2, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Funny to see indians already starting to dish out the dirt on their players after just one real hiding esp jadeja who really made massive inroads for them at CT2013. Well on common grounds this is what I think. Indians should take this on their stride and remember getting to number 1 is easy staying there is much harder. On the other hand to my lankan boyz. Still not impressed that we can't get enough youngersters performing for us. Depending on mahela upfront is not a long term solution for us. Need to find two solid openers working their way towards the next WC. And people calling for chandimal to be ommitted on Dilshan's return. do you even care to think about the future?. We need to start backing our young stars, its the ONLY solution for SL if we are ever going to lift another major ICC trophy. our fielding is a massive concen esp ground fielding, except maybe 2 the rest are very stiff n inflexible in fielding. We should hire a specialist fielding coach like india have.

  • POSTED BY cricketfan10000 on | July 2, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    After last 2 matchs it is clear if ball turns as it did during champions trophy Indian cricketers may play well otherwise they are hope less.

    Man how can England prepare turning pitches.

  • POSTED BY ExpertComment on | July 2, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Despite winning the CT, there is something quite off about this Indian team. DK is inconsistent and hardly a match winner. A fit Yuvraj, Sehwag, Gambhir or even Pujara or some other new guy (Unmukt Chand?) are better choices. However, looks like the ship has sailed for Sehwag and Gambhir as they don't fit in Dhoni's plans. I am still skeptical of Rohit Sharma. Perhaps, soon Chand will open with Dhawan. Ishant is pedestrian at his current pace and has been lucky to get wickets; remember his over in CT final? He has become as frustrating as Agarkar used to be. Kohli is a bit of an oaf a the Captain. Still quite callow! Jadeja, though awesome in Tests against Aussies and in CT, is still a big question mark. Ah! the ephemeral indian hope of having found an all rounder. Surely, this cant be the number one team. Now, hoping for a fit and inform Yuvraj and some quick solution from the selectors. Fingers Crossed!

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Simply LOL :P ................................

  • POSTED BY TimS1966 on | July 2, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    India looks like back to normal... the team that we all know and what they used to be!! This seems like the future Indian team without the "LUCK" of MSD.

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | July 2, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Does this score by SL mean that there was a "better" surface to bat on . India fell away badly , so the jury is still out .

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    India are overrated. Sri Lanka were by far the much better team and I thought they were playing against Kenya or something, that's how awful India were. lol Jadeja just missed out on a 50.

  • POSTED BY BigDataIsAHoax on | July 2, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Pointless ODI series. I'm OVER watching those stupid India SL matches. Does not matter whether India wins or loses games against SL. Just had ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! Cannot take these matches ANYMORE!!! ICC please STOP THIS TORTURE!!!!! Worst follow-up tournament to the ICC champions trophy which was so awesome.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | July 2, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    India look like lost boys without Dhoni at the realm I don't think any other international side relies so much upon a single player. Also can anyone explain to me how Rohit Sharma and Vijey get selected over a top class player like Robin Uthappa ? didn't he also top score in the India domestic competition last yr . . .

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 2, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    I don't understand this ranking system of Cricket. India ranked number 1 lost 2 in a row against lower ranked oppositions but still lose very little ranking points and the winners Sri Lanka and West Indies don't gain much by beating a number 1 ranked side. Something is clearly not right with the rankings. Well done Sri Lanka!! made India play like a minnow today. Tharanga knock was epic!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Is India a one 'Dhoni' team as some has proclaimed that WINDIES is a one 'Gayle' team?

  • POSTED BY typos on | July 2, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    The world champs (WC and Champions Trophy) have now lost 2 in a row ad their supporters here seem to be in disarray. Take heart, limited overs cricket does that! Anyone can beat anyone on their day. That is why Test cricket is a better indicator of who can play.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Msd please comeback....

  • POSTED BY usernames on | July 2, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Oh, come on, who cares about these matches? It's a good way to get some practice, but if you defeat Sri Lanka in 99 out of 100 matches and lose 1, it's not the end of the world. Well played SL, that's about the one win you can eke out in a decade.

  • POSTED BY ImpartialExpert on | July 2, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Srilanka played a great game today. It looks like they finally discovered their mojo. Hopefully it's the start of good times for Anjelo Mathews. They have the potential to be one of the top three sides. But their team selection should be spot on. They have selected too many bits and pieces players in the past which led to their downfall in the past. Their bowling is usually well settled but their batting can fall apart if the big three do not score big. Hopefully Mathews gets the confidence and respect of his team mates after this match

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    Something to think about, I have noticed a lot of talk about the way that India have come from the IPL, to the Champions Trophy, to this series. What I don't get is why it should be a factor in them not playing well. As it is, Most, if not all, of the West Indian team as well as half of the Sri Lankan team, had to travel to India, for that IPL, then to England for the Champions Trophy, then to the caribbean for this tournament. So aren't all the teams under the same situation as the indians, or am i missing something?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 2, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Loosing teaches winning doesnt

  • POSTED BY ADARSH100 on | July 2, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    1 or 2 matches will not prove that India is a weak side. Now all most all Indians will start blaming the team for losing 2 matches in a row that they forget that the same squad won Champions Trophy ( except Dhoni ) . Its clear that India is missing Dhoni. Till now Kohli cudnt perform well as a captain but stil he can experiment and sharpen such skill this series itself. India made mistakes in this match and all shd remember tht a team cant be victorious all the tym.

    Even if India lose this series..no one shd bllame the team. Its so cheap and bad to change the views of a team seeing its perfrmnce in one or two series. Losing agnst England( Blame fr dhoni and team).. Winning agnst Australia ( ALL PRAISE FOR DHONI and team).. Wining CT ( ALL PRAISE)..and if India lose ( BLAME FOR THE WHOLE TEAM) and that too in a short period.. ALL THE WAY FOR INDIA...evn if India lose :)

  • POSTED BY Sivan1980 on | July 2, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Raina run out was very very poor decision. More than 60-70 years of cricket history and with latest technology in hand still doesn't judge the run out well. The logic is simple. Raina bat landed well inside the crease and completed that run before mathews bails off. Raina was well inside the crease and completed the run. The run out is applicable when the batsman is short off crease i.e where he didnt complete that run. When raina bat landed inside the crease the ball even didnt reach the mathews hand. Raina bat was up after he completed the run and it went above the crease not short off crease. ICC has to change the rules. This is very costly and poor run out decision. If any cricket expert in ESPNCRICINFO, let consider this point. This is very very strange run out decision.

  • POSTED BY MohilPatel on | July 2, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Bhuvaneshvar Kumar should have been playing in the team instead of Ishant Sharma .

  • POSTED BY john53 on | July 2, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    Congrats to SL ...@ priceless1 players may be tired mentally as well as physically 4 test against Aus, IPL then immediately went to eng for champ trophy , now this useless tournament ...however strong a player physically continuous cricket will drain him out mentally then physically which leads to injury..example dhoni's injury and we might also see few more injured player if they arent allowed to rest properly. although thats not the only factor for this poor performance , but it is one of the main factors for todays defeat .

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | July 2, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    can this be the same team that won the champions trophy? strange looking batting effort. May be they should bring the little master out of staorage

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | July 2, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    India on their way to a 2nd loss in a row after Sri Lanka's batsmen beat them into a pulp. 348/1 - what a fantastic batting display. Vintage Mahela, Tharanga on song and 44 off 29 by Angelo to finish off the innings. 180 runs off the last 16 overs - wow!

    India's impotent bowler's were almost as pathetic as their fielding. Singles that ran to the boundary, missed run outs and three sitters dropped - including Tharanga on 2 - fail!

    India no better with the bat! Nohit - 5 off 13 balls. Dhawan escaped a bat pad decision but holed out next ball, only 25 off 42. Captain Kohli lasted 4 balls (can't take the pressure) & Vijay bowled through the gate by Malinga. 20 overs gone, 4 wickets down & just 74 runs on the board. Required run rate over 9, India's rate of 3.88 does not look quite enough to get them to 200, forget 349!

    India without MSD look like easy pickings for Bangladesh! Only rain, or Raina, could save this match. Doubt Suresh can do it. India don't look at all like champions now!

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | July 2, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Frankly, Jadeja cannot be a number 7 batsman. He simply does not have the talent of Yuvi or Raina, nor the composure to come in at number 7 especially while chasing huge totals and win matches. If Jadeja bowls really well, he should be counted as a bowler and should come at number 8. India needs Yuvi in at 5 and Gambhir in at 3 to win matches. Ishant sharma is completely useless. Bhuvi, Ashwin, Jadeja (until its proved he cant bowl everywhere and cant bat at all) and another bowler. Yuvi, Kohli, etc can bowl the rest 10 overs. India have always won high scoring chases when they had 7 batsman. This all started with Kaif and yuvi in england coming in at 6 and 7 chasing 325.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Why was B. Kumar dropped? If India want to experiment that's fine but to me Kumar is our main pace bowler. Drop either Yadav or Ishant. Personally feel they didn't do too bad and should have had the chance to keep playing together. Also Vijay is poor. Rahane, Tiwary or C.Pujara should be playing. Not sure if they are in the squad but even Yuvraj should be ahead of Vijay. He's poor at the top level and cannot hack it.

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 2, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    One option for India to win this match at this point( at the end of 10 overs) is Indian batsmen has to reset their mind to T20 mode for every 20 overs to play 2 continuous T20 innings.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    SL just seem to have more intensity and they want it more. irony india didnot take another middle order batsman for a series far away from home, so vijay gets a game which he never deserved based on his past odi performances.. #yuvStrong's value will soon be realized

  • POSTED BY Abitha on | July 2, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Overdose of Anything is Injurious. Hope the Indian cricket team come unscathed after this series. My suggestion is we can send a team to Zimbabwe minus Virat, Jadeja, Rohit, Ishant even Bhuvi can be rested. Please give OUR CRICKETERS SOME REST No more addition (s) to the injury list PLEASE. Winning or losing is not a matter at all Kashinath

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    In the first innings India sorely missed Dhoni - The Captain! In the second innings India will equally miss Dhoni - The Batsman!! Karthiks and Patels can think to replace him only as a keeper and not in the other two skills... Dhoni marshalled the same attack sans Bhuvi on the home pitch to suffocate WI... Had Tharanga decided to explode a bit earlier we would have seen the first non-indian ODI double centurian, that too on non sub-continental pitch... Dhoni should be back as early as possible...

  • POSTED BY cricdick on | July 2, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    I think India missed bhuvaneshvar and yes, MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Its request to BCCI, please hire some world class old bowler as bowling coach for ranji and Indian Team

  • POSTED BY Twinkie on | July 2, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Here we go again with the excuses...players' fatigue, Dhoni's absence, meaninlgless series, not the pitch this time though, unless it becomes a "difficult batting pitch" in the Indian innings. Where are these world champions you were so confident would thrash all opposition, guys? Are they all sitting in the pavillion with Dhoni? A one man team is no team at all, even if he is the captain.

  • POSTED BY rajcan on | July 2, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    It is shame that SL selectors persisted with K. Perera for entire Champion Trophy as an opener and lost the momentum of every innings, leaving experienced opener Tharanga out of playing XI and not giving a single opportunity.

    Now, for this meaningless tri-Series, giving an opportunity to Tharanga. They should have done other way around. Playing with experienced, accomplished opener Tharanga playing for Champion Trophy and giving K. Perera opportunity for tri-series.

    Unfortunately, SL selection is not based on merit all the time, influences and politics play big part too..

  • POSTED BY Balb on | July 2, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Shami is not ready for these level of cricket as yet. India MUST find another seam bowler to stay competitive.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | July 2, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Well...This is what happens when you have a team full of youngsters without anyone experienced as a captain. Dhoni had been a fit player since a few years and had made sure none of the team members learnt captaincy. Kohli might be a good batsmen but a very bad captain as the decision to drop Bhuvi had proven costly because he is the only one who gets some swing out of new ball in any conditions. Addition of Murali Vijay looks like a blessing in disguise for SL(I don't expect much from him looking at his fielding). India might have fancied their chance on any day but today looks like Sri Lanka's day. Especially with the confidence that they batted they looked like the side that will dominate this match. Good luck India its time to bring someone like Yuvraj or Viru who have some captaincy experience (Don't really think Rayudu can do anything).

  • POSTED BY priceless1 on | July 2, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @NP_NY they played just 5 games in CT how can they be tired? stop looking for an excuses man

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | July 2, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Who said that, "A Captain is as good as his team"? How on the earth you can drop a bowler who always give you initial breakthroughs?????????????

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 2, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    This is not over yet, we have good batting unit and this target is achievable. Go for it :)

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | July 2, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    As an Indian Fan before Sri Lankan fans start bashing India I would like to say thank u for the entertainment Mahela and Tharanga. I really hope they play well in future as well coz we need good teams in International cricket. And good batting and horrible bowling by us. All I can hope for is fight from India and with our batting we chase it as well but good that now we have a reason to kick Umesh and Ishant out of the team. Cheers Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY gauravm5 on | July 2, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Ishant gave away 68 runs in his 9 overs & 10 runs through his misfielding, Bhuvi could have been a much much better option.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 2, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @john53: "this indian team looks like they are forced to play". Completely agree. I don't blame them either. Forget Srilanka, any local team would have beaten India today. Let this be a lesson on player fatigue (not just physical but mental as well) for BCCI.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | July 2, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Great batting effort by SL today, SUPERB innings from tharanga and I am sure it has quietened down the Sri Lankans calling for him to be dropped. He should always have been in this team.yes he had a dip in form but who doesn't. Great reply to the selectors tharanga. Hopefully we can defend this total.sonetimes no total is big enough against India but hope so, good luck SL

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    sri Lanka is well learned from west indies about bonus point.. so they are executing it.. India is not playing well due to no dhoni captaincy and poor fielding and bowling.. the missed run outs and catches led the way for Sri Lanka openers.. nothing can be done unless India bat well or else walk away from this series

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | July 2, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Never seen such dull, boring and uninspired cricket in a while. It is obvious that the Indian team doesn't want to be there at this pointless tournament right after the CT. Neither do the Indian fans. Hopefully this is a lesson for the BCCI.

  • POSTED BY RameshRayaprolu on | July 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Wonderful batting by the Legend Mahela :) !! Nice to see him get in front to lead SL out of their losing stint. Great support from Tharanga.

    I could easily figure out India losing confidence...their bowling looks below par... Seriously, MSD has great influence/luck for team India, and I hope he recovers ASAP.

    Not sure how Kohli can get the team's spirit raised until end of the series. I don't mind India returning back in 3rd place, because the team does not have its back-bone called MSD :) !!

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | July 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    India team is not looking good at all. Poor bowling and fielding lapses has contributed to India's woes. The team looks tired and demotivated.Injury loses is affecting the team. Sri Lanka batted superbly and are likely to score well pass 300. India is likely to lose the match. They need to step it up in the next matches.This is an uncharacteristic performance of the team. India team should have rested rather than play this meaningless tournament. It is very embarrassing to see the team play very poor a standard of cricket, as they are doing today.

  • POSTED BY Electric_L0ser_Wacko on | July 2, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Where are all the shami pacifiers. ? This guy is clearly not international standards. And we thought vinay kumar was bad.. I guess we only had to wait until we saw shami. Now please can someone please show ishant the door...?

  • POSTED BY sureshperera on | July 2, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    The third umpire should seriously look at from Ashwin is bowling and inform the onfield umpire to call out a no ball if he steps wide of the crease

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | July 2, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    Good batting from Jayawardene and Tharanga. They are destroying the confidence of Indian bowlers badly who are already low in confidence because of losing previous match and Dhoni's absence.

  • POSTED BY john53 on | July 2, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    this indian team looks like they are forced to play ..no intensity at all..misfielding..drop catch..not sure what they are doing on the field..they should come back home..

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Worst decision to drop B.Kumar. Instead Virat could have rested Umesh Yadhav Or Inshant. Both of them are very inconsistent. Ok, having dropped B.Kumar, why Virat included Shami? Is not Vinay any effective and controlled bowler. Virat knows Vinay's strength (RCB association). He could have been given a chance. See... now at end of 34 over, still India could not get a single wicket. SL is going to win for sure.

  • POSTED BY king78787 on | July 2, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    A total of 250+ is matchwinning, Sri Lanka look to be heading for 270+. India, watch out because Mahela's about!

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Hardly any crowd :) guess people are tired of seeing so many India-Sri Lanka games. Sri Lanka have batted well so far, just don't ruin the hard work because if you can remember, Sri Lanka once posted 340 I believe and still India chased it down in less than 40 overs.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | July 2, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Good decision to rest Bhuvi, hope the other benchwarmers get a game too as the tournament progresses!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    fielded well in CT Well folded in Tri siries

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    SL will win today

  • POSTED BY Speng on | July 2, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    Bhuvi is Inida's best seamer don't see how dropping him makes sense. Anyway it fits my (Windies supporting) plan of getting Sri Lanka in the finals.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    back to square indian fielding after high standard in CT. drops misfields misstumping etc... back again

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Unbelievable that Ajantha is left out. Obviously he's there because they think no one else can dismiss Gayle. Don't they get it? Despite Ajantha's amazing record he is one of the worst contemporary victims of selection. When is he going to be given a chance to settle? Herath's ODI record is mediocre.

  • POSTED BY JPrats on | July 2, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Hahaha... India paying the price for Kohli's rationale to exclude Bhuvi in playing 11. When Bhuvi cant bowl in these conditions wondering how other so called 'seamers' will be able to deliver. Now the pressure on the bowlers yet to bowl and on the India batsmen. That early break through or containment makes a huge difference. Obvious difference between a seasoned captain and the captain in the making. Hope Kohli learns from his misjudgement.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Amit should be tried.Play M Vijay as a middle order bat.Since MSD is not there, much interest is lost

  • POSTED BY Baseball--Sucks on | July 2, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    No matter what .. SL will win this game. SL is full of exuberance..look at the batting on this damp pitch score is 39-0 for 8 overs. Awesome I say! India has no chance what so ever. Go SL Go.! India is low in confidence after the last failure.

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | July 2, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Look at the Isharma poor record and see it. For his experience he should have done well. He is not good in fielding, batting.. also. Why they are putting test cricket player in 1 day. He should have dropped from the team long back. B Kumar has lot of talent with ball and bat.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Very disappointment decision to B Kumar out and surprise that Murali he pick as an opener and failed but give another chance on middle order is show that he got chances until he success and others young players permit to bench

  • POSTED BY GilliCricket on | July 2, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    bad decision on Bhuvi exclusion... He is the one who get the early break through for india. If he is not good nof to bowl at the death over, as dhoni did make him to bowl his quota within 20 overs. Don't forget like he is also a good batsman... Anyway As an Indian good luck india and win...

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | July 2, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @ SunilStars Bhuvneshwar is not excluded . he has muscle sprain .

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    80 out of 100 times, B Kumar gets first wicket for India in his very first spell forcing opposition on back foot. Although he lacks pace needed for death overs but his stats while bowling in death overs in IPL was much much better than Ishant, Umesh, Vinay and Irfan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    all the best india chak de

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    This was despair on who ever elected Bhuvi out, I mean we all saw that there weren't much swing neither in England but his early break thru set off the platform for India. All we can do now is sit back and pray that Shami and Yadav does the job!! All the best India and Kohli!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    All the best for team India

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

    amit mishra should be given a chance at least....its early in the series and the team management can afford to rest ashwin for one match...

  • POSTED BY SunilStars on | July 2, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Disapointed about B Kumar's exclusion, a bowler who provides early break thru... Anyways looking forward for Shami's performance... Good luck India

  • POSTED BY SunilStars on | July 2, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Disapointed about B Kumar's exclusion, a bowler who provides early break thru... Anyways looking forward for Shami's performance... Good luck India

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

    amit mishra should be given a chance at least....its early in the series and the team management can afford to rest ashwin for one match...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    All the best for team India

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    This was despair on who ever elected Bhuvi out, I mean we all saw that there weren't much swing neither in England but his early break thru set off the platform for India. All we can do now is sit back and pray that Shami and Yadav does the job!! All the best India and Kohli!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    all the best india chak de

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    80 out of 100 times, B Kumar gets first wicket for India in his very first spell forcing opposition on back foot. Although he lacks pace needed for death overs but his stats while bowling in death overs in IPL was much much better than Ishant, Umesh, Vinay and Irfan.

  • POSTED BY rock.rockyin on | July 2, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    @ SunilStars Bhuvneshwar is not excluded . he has muscle sprain .

  • POSTED BY GilliCricket on | July 2, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    bad decision on Bhuvi exclusion... He is the one who get the early break through for india. If he is not good nof to bowl at the death over, as dhoni did make him to bowl his quota within 20 overs. Don't forget like he is also a good batsman... Anyway As an Indian good luck india and win...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Very disappointment decision to B Kumar out and surprise that Murali he pick as an opener and failed but give another chance on middle order is show that he got chances until he success and others young players permit to bench

  • POSTED BY myStraightTalk on | July 2, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Look at the Isharma poor record and see it. For his experience he should have done well. He is not good in fielding, batting.. also. Why they are putting test cricket player in 1 day. He should have dropped from the team long back. B Kumar has lot of talent with ball and bat.