West Indies v Sri Lanka, tri-series, Port-of-Spain July 7, 2013

Persistent rain pushes match to reserve day

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Rain stops play; to be completed on Monday
Sri Lanka 60 for 3 (Thirimanne 13*, Sangakkara 11*, Roach 2-19) v West Indies
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Persistent rain in Port-of-Spain meant play was called off for the day after only 19 overs were bowled during Sri Lanka's innings. The match will continue from the current state on Monday.

West Indies, motivated by the appearance of the pitch, chose to field second time in a row, but unlike the previous match where they failed to make an early strike, this time, the bowlers found the right length on the pitch to topple Sri Lanka's top order while keeping their run-scoring in a leash. Kemar Roach was the wrecker-in-chief, bowling a menacing spell upfront and was it not for a long and patient vigil by Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara, the situation could have been far worse for Sri Lanka.

While Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were slugging it out like it was a hard court on the grass at Wimbledon, the pitch at Queen's Park Oval was offering bounce and expected sideways movement to excite the fast bowlers. Roach's first ball was certainly an indication of what he thought of the pitch as he ambled in and got a shortish delivery to rear towards Upul Tharanga's throat. It was harshly called a wide, but it was the tonic West Indies needed after beefing up their attack with three fast bowlers in addition to Darren Sammy.

The tall Jason Holder, playing his third ODI, was handed the other new ball and he started by extracting disconcerting bounce off a length, with some deliveries ending up head-high for the wicketkeeper. But he did the smart thing by repeatedly testing batsmen with fuller-length outswingers.

It was another full-length delivery that brought him his first wicket as Tharanga, who had been dropped by the wicketkeeper in the previous over, drove him uppishly to cover where Darren Bravo took a good sharp catch leaping to his right. Sri Lanka's troubles were compounded when they lost Mahela Jayawardene off the very next ball, a brute by Roach. It is seldom that Jayawardene looks ungainly even while getting out, but he was too late on a sharp bouncer and top-edged his pull to the front lid of his helmet and saw the ball popping in the air for the point fielder to take a simple catch.

Roach's best delivery was however the one that got Dinesh Chandimal, who hasn't been in any form, but even if he was, it is hard to see how he would have tackled it. The ball pitched on a length and cut in sharply to hit the top of off stump. Chandimal, who had gone forward to play a drive, was holding his pose, but the result left him shocked and embarrassed.

Sri Lanka limped to 50 for 3 after first 15 overs, with the 17 extras being the top-scorer in the scorecard. The rains came at the end of the 19th over to break West Indies' rhythm, while in a sunny London, Murray finally ended Britain's achingly long wait for a Wimbledon winner with a straight-set victory against the World No. 1.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • trav696 on July 7, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Love the last sentence of the article (Andy Murray wins Wimbledon). Great to see a little bit joy in tennis after an annoying day with the cricket.

    The pitch was moving around quite a lot and I don't think it is going to change much over the period of a day. Whether it does or not, the damage to SL has already been done. It would be good if the pitch doesn't change because WI will also get a chance to bat on the same strip as SL. SL have a long way to go in this match and need at least another 100 runs in quick time before they lose another wicket. Hope SL posts a competitive total in the end on the reserve day.

  • rijwan66 on July 8, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    The decision made by the umpire is not fair and satisfactory in the tri series in West Indies. I think ICC should use DRS (Decision Review System) in every ODI Series.

  • meerkat55 on July 8, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    you must joking Nigel Llong! There was one feet gab between the ball and Mendis's bat. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

  • SLC-2020 on July 8, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @mark2011: Mr. Mark what are you talking about? Do you really think that any batsmen with iota of common sense would negotiate the prevailing conditions with ATTACK, while 3 down for 29? Negotiating a ball that is moving VERTICALLY from NORTH-Pole to SOUTH-Pole (off the pitch), and HORIZONTALLY from EAST to WEST or NORTH to SOUTH (in the air) is not what you think. Anyone who battered leather with willow would know that. Even WI bowlers & wicketkeeper found it hard to manage the MOVEMENT, ended up giving 17 extras! Under those conditions, following your methodology will make sure SL not reaching three-figure mark! Isn't it better try hard and put-up a score, that will give SL bowlers some chance to defend, if the same conditions prevailed?

  • ARJa on July 8, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Looks like WI vs SL final. Seems as if it would be continuous rain till the finals. If the remaining two games don't have results, WI would go through due to points and SL due to NRR.

  • Thyagu5432 on July 8, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Don't call this ODI, call this LOM (limited overs match). Test matches are limited by days, LOM are limited by overs. If test match being played across different days is fair, LOM is fair as well.

    WI are a flash in the pan kind of a team. When Gayle or Charles score big, WI win otherwise they simply fizzle out. And these batsmen score ones in a blue moon. So, nothing is really lost for SL. Their batsmen simply need to give their bowlers a reasonable chance to win by scoring about 225+ and then their fans have to pray that Gayle or Charles do not score today. Game over!

  • bumsteer on July 8, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    That is one great photo!... very ...appealing

  • Haleos on July 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    It would have been worse for SL had the game been reduced and then having to continue next day. This atleast is fair to both teams. SL would have played in this way irrespective of rain.

  • beggars on July 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Its windies all the way!! Srilanka are a great side but somehow they fail to deliver in crunch situations.Both teams do not want to play India on current form but do they have choice??.Srilanka will lose to windies and India will beat Windies.

  • Sunman81 on July 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    The picture in the article will evoke good response if posted for a caption contest... The continuing the game in the reserve day means a lot for the broadcoasters since the timing will be slightly better for the Asian viewers... :)

  • trav696 on July 7, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Love the last sentence of the article (Andy Murray wins Wimbledon). Great to see a little bit joy in tennis after an annoying day with the cricket.

    The pitch was moving around quite a lot and I don't think it is going to change much over the period of a day. Whether it does or not, the damage to SL has already been done. It would be good if the pitch doesn't change because WI will also get a chance to bat on the same strip as SL. SL have a long way to go in this match and need at least another 100 runs in quick time before they lose another wicket. Hope SL posts a competitive total in the end on the reserve day.

  • rijwan66 on July 8, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    The decision made by the umpire is not fair and satisfactory in the tri series in West Indies. I think ICC should use DRS (Decision Review System) in every ODI Series.

  • meerkat55 on July 8, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    you must joking Nigel Llong! There was one feet gab between the ball and Mendis's bat. It would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

  • SLC-2020 on July 8, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    @mark2011: Mr. Mark what are you talking about? Do you really think that any batsmen with iota of common sense would negotiate the prevailing conditions with ATTACK, while 3 down for 29? Negotiating a ball that is moving VERTICALLY from NORTH-Pole to SOUTH-Pole (off the pitch), and HORIZONTALLY from EAST to WEST or NORTH to SOUTH (in the air) is not what you think. Anyone who battered leather with willow would know that. Even WI bowlers & wicketkeeper found it hard to manage the MOVEMENT, ended up giving 17 extras! Under those conditions, following your methodology will make sure SL not reaching three-figure mark! Isn't it better try hard and put-up a score, that will give SL bowlers some chance to defend, if the same conditions prevailed?

  • ARJa on July 8, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Looks like WI vs SL final. Seems as if it would be continuous rain till the finals. If the remaining two games don't have results, WI would go through due to points and SL due to NRR.

  • Thyagu5432 on July 8, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Don't call this ODI, call this LOM (limited overs match). Test matches are limited by days, LOM are limited by overs. If test match being played across different days is fair, LOM is fair as well.

    WI are a flash in the pan kind of a team. When Gayle or Charles score big, WI win otherwise they simply fizzle out. And these batsmen score ones in a blue moon. So, nothing is really lost for SL. Their batsmen simply need to give their bowlers a reasonable chance to win by scoring about 225+ and then their fans have to pray that Gayle or Charles do not score today. Game over!

  • bumsteer on July 8, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    That is one great photo!... very ...appealing

  • Haleos on July 8, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    It would have been worse for SL had the game been reduced and then having to continue next day. This atleast is fair to both teams. SL would have played in this way irrespective of rain.

  • beggars on July 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Its windies all the way!! Srilanka are a great side but somehow they fail to deliver in crunch situations.Both teams do not want to play India on current form but do they have choice??.Srilanka will lose to windies and India will beat Windies.

  • Sunman81 on July 8, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    The picture in the article will evoke good response if posted for a caption contest... The continuing the game in the reserve day means a lot for the broadcoasters since the timing will be slightly better for the Asian viewers... :)

  • mark2011 on July 8, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    SL needs to go back to 96 era strategy for opening the inning. for that matter I think someone like thisara perera needs to be promoted in the up. see after 2,3 wkts SL's run rate going down to 3-2 rpo...during last few years hardly I saw any team going at that rate. Sanga/ Thiri is wasting bowls and at the end hardly they put 150 which not gonna win the match.so effectively meaningless batting. true that pitch and condition is not easy to score 4s 7 6s , but the batsmens' approach not gonna help either.after 2 o 3 overs they shud b able to score at 4, 5 rpo, but they are unable to do that.why they alwys let bowllr to dominate and go into a defensive shell. what's the meaning of scoring 13 off 49 bowlls and u stil struggle to up the rate.problem with their approach, thye hv no idea to take the attack back into bowler and come out of this.this is whr Aravinda De Silva was great taking the attack back to bowler which he did often.sad that SL has forgetten that BEST DEFENCE IS ATTACK.

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Two things. 1. My West Indies ODI team: 1) Gayle 2) Charles 3) Samuels 4) DM Bravo 5) DJ Bravo 6) Pollard 7) Sammy 8) Holder 9) Narine 10) Roach 11) Gabriel. Alternative would be to play one bowler less (Gabriel) and have Simmons come in at 5 between the two Bravos. No Best, Ramdin nor Rampaul.

    Secondly, the ODI and T20 formats could take a page out of Test cricket and baseball and divide the innings further. As in, for a ODI, split the game into 4 innings of 25 with one team batting for 25 then the other team bats for 25. After that the first team comes in to continue where they left off (not start over as in tests). That way I think you would effectively have two 'T20/T25' games in one, making it more exciting and should there be rain, you would have more of a chance of having a completed game as you could go by the score both teams made in their first 25 overs. Same for T20, have four innings of 10 overs.

  • Iceman29 on July 8, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @ kc69: Lol...you have nailed it in the head...SL future look very bleak after Snaga and Mahels leave alone Dilshan....

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Shahid Afridi......A man with 6 hundreds & 34 half-cent in ODI with 5 hundred in Test. He made debut when SL was champion in 1996 and made fastest hundred in 40 balls against WC 1996 champions Bowlers. He was the architect in winning T20 world cup in June 2009 by single handed performances against every one in that tournament. He was dropped in recent CT even after above average performance. I am extremely sorry to see that someone make his comparison with new comer Thisara parera. Thisu is also good all rounder but he was discarded by selectors. I wish fans to argue on the day's good & bad performances rather than personal comments. It was off day for SL as well as for IND. SL posted possible highest total against off color IND bowlers. But I would like to see SL should show same performance on good day also .

  • LovedFansofIndianCricket on July 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    It is transition period for Srilankan cricket. It happened for every country. It happened for India also in test. I think we come out of it I don't know. SA series will show. Dineh Chandimal, Kushal Perera are good players. They need time. Big drawback of Srilanka is not selecting Tisara Perera. He is good allrounder than Jevan Mendis. But they have good veteran player Jayavardane and Sanga. Class spinner as Hereth and Senanayake. But they need some quality pace bowler.

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    i think today sri lanka need to score more than 225 to give a fight coz if gayle got out early other batsmen will tamed to sri lankan spinners

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    this condition are not suiting to SL.COZ THEY ARE VULNERABLE TO SWING BOWLLING.ithink exclusion of thisara perera is a stupid thing he was improving really welll if he failed with bowll he will bat

  • kc69 on July 8, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    I believe a Sri Lankan team without Dilshan,Mahela and Sanga can be bowled out for a low score even by local street smart bowlers from Karachi...lol

  • WASHJ-Sydney on July 8, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    It is no brainer that the Lankans are at a disadvantage when play resumes today after the suspension due to rain. In essence they have to play a new game with just 7 wickets and 30 overs to go with a starting run rate of just over 3 runs per over. However, these are the agreed rules of play for the tournament therefore there is no point lamenting about it. Conversely, the Lankans should make this an opportunity to show some maturity. They need to have a quick reassessment and formulate a new game plan.The Lankan middle order that has consistently failed to deliver over the past several months should face up to the challenge. The likes of Lahiru,Jeewan and Angelo himself should do justice to their talents and show that they have really come of age. The simple formula would be for Sanga to play anchor and others around him, set a target of 240-250 and unleash SMSMS upfront to fix up Gayle and that's almost the match in the bag for the Lankans.Take heart Lions the glass is half full!!

  • sachinisawesome on July 8, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    @ mark2011 Very good judgement. Sri Lanka will most probably loose with the bonus point and u r aware about it so u want to share the points. Schedule of the matches was decided earlier so being professional cricketers everyone will have to cope with that. And I dont know what's the big deal they only played like 19 overs yesterday and play test matches all the time. And Sri lanka were batting so most of their players were not on the field.

  • Siva_Bala75 on July 8, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    @Haiderpakawsome. Why talk about Pakistan here? I agree with you that Pakistan can bowl and bowl well too. But then, that is not rather never their problem! Talk about the Pakistan batsmen that will more than neutralize your bowlers! hahaha.

  • playfaircricket on July 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Chandimal has been very very disappointing through out long time..bring back kapugadera...chandimal has to be work hard..he was in slump form...its dissappointing when srilankans loss opening pair cheaply they have 100% record of lossing matches

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    They have 4 left handed batsmen in top 7. All 4 left handed batsmen playing in same V position and playing same kinds of shots in between gully & Cover. I wonder when WI were bowling hard on that pitch, Why SL had not shown any kind of urgency. There was no attempt of breaking the rhythm of WI fast bowlers either by counter attack or by deploying policy of keeping right & left handed batsmen combination. A captain can come in to bat & bowl if team is best position whereas he avoids to play in team's bad condition. I have been watching this for quite a long time. Instead of sending Thirimanne, he could come in or could send a pitch hitter but he didn't. He should have note that WI were some wayward also & given 14 Wides & 2 No balls as an extra. WI must have specialist WK as they are overworking with Charles. He is extremely talented batsman that he can get out only because of him. He is solid in defense also. WI should select & stick to him as a batsman only no matter he fails.

  • nh00 on July 8, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    is it just me or does the batsman look like he's mocking the bowler in the pic

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    It was due to happen, I guess. I mean, 'Tharanga giving his wicket away', just after a good performance. He has always done that. I think Mathews had the sole belief of a good opening partnership between Tharanga & Mahela once again, & that he relied on that too much. That's why probably Kusal lost his place in the side once again, which, really is annoying me to witness over & over again. He SHOULD be playing in the team. He's just a new kid, & needs time. I also got to see surprisingly that Jeevan Mendis is playing, & I can see no fair reasons to justify that decision. He has not been in any kind of special form in the recent past. Well of course, the fact that the match is to be resumed anyway, is always good news, while the question remains whether it's fair for SL to be playing 2 huge battles on consequent days, cuz the next match is just 24 hours away... ;)

  • attanayake1 on July 8, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Its not fair to start from the current state. SL batsmen will have to play on a wet fresh pitch again from the beginning without 2 top order batsmen (except chandimal) and 7 wickets in hand. All the hard work done by Sanga & Thirimanna is in vein. They'll have to start over again. A new beginning with the toss would be better.

  • hotcric01 on July 8, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    There are disadvantages for SL.Now they are playing three consecutive days.And have to resume on a juicy pitch.Chandi's consistency is a problem.(Much like India's Rohith sharma who is talented but less performing on the field although he has some success in recent games).Kula ,shaminda and Anji will swing the ball well so it won't be that easy to Windies either.

  • cricpanther on July 8, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Whats wrong with Sri Lanka?? Those days are the best when Ranatunga, Arvinda, Jayasurya, Rassell Arnold, Dharmasena, Murlidhara all were played and giving their best shot every time. They have given their whole heart whenever playing for their country!! West Indies is also an island like Srilanka, simillar condition for lankans. But they are just out of performance and not playing as a unit or team. Individual score will not work here, entire bunch should stick together and win against West Indies. Good opportunity to beat West Indies and eve India. Very much imp to beat west indies by big margin and take bonus point. it will give srilanka berth for finals. 10 Points!!!

  • tanstell87 on July 8, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    indian fan here....i dont understand SL fans criticizing Chandimal...did you guys forgot how he performed in Aus tri-series last year....he is proper number 3 batsman & after Sanga retires, he will take that position...i think SL is missing a hitter like Thisara Perera or Kapugedera at the end...

  • on July 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    In future Johnson become the best batsman in the world.WI should consider him as batsman only why WI wasting his talent.Lendl Simmons was the wicket keeper previously so use him as wicket keeper and give him batting chance also.Kieron Powell should be included he is good partner for Jonson Charles or Gayle.

  • vinodkd99 on July 8, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Well ball is about 10 overs old only and since the match is going to restart at normal time, it would be difficult for Lankans to face Windies bowlers for atleast first 10-12 overs. In case Lankans lose 2 wickets during first 10-12 overs of the day, it would be an uphill task for them

  • MelbourneMiracle on July 8, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Chandimal is the most over-rated cricketer. He brings nothing but a loss of a reliable batsman into the team.

    @ liteonon:I can see you disappointment mate.In your heart you know that itz only Mathews can do something 2 gel this team so you get frustrated when you don't see him 1 down.I have the same feeling however I realize that hez trying 2 place himself in each match according 2 the match situation without thinking about his personal milestones.That's the quality of a great leader.In the match against India,he came 1 down coz he knew that he's the only one who possibly could accelerate the already steady run rate since Sanga,Chandimal & Thirimanne are slow accumulators.But in this match,hez yet to arrive at the crease since it is not a case about accelerating but rotating the strike until about 35th over and then start accelerating.So we now got a safe pair in Sanga and Thirimanne to rotate the strike rather than sacrificing another wicket which could put SL in further trouble.

  • Udendra on July 8, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    So what time will the match resume? Same as yesterday or after a time equivalent to 19 overs?

  • on July 8, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    May be the wicket was helping fast men, yet both Mahela and Tharanga got out to poor strokes. They despite the double century stand in last game had not learned how to build the innings. In that game they took time to build the first hour play and accelerated only much later. Here bot were trying to blast from the word go and paid the price

  • coolbunny200 on July 8, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Well...Chandimal failed again, I know he is the vc of the team but Its time to drop him and let him earn his place in the team again. He has done nothing for the team in last couple of tours. bring back kusal janith and mahela can play in the middle order.

  • C0l0mb0 on July 8, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Chandimal is a walking wicket. even in his best cant see he is gonna pass 30 runs near future. SL kept him for CT n WI tour but he did nothing so far. SL should consider give that oppotinity to someone else n hope hor the best. Having said that others did just slightly better than Chandimal. Jeewan Mendis's time is fading if he cant bowl an over without giving full or short balls. if tharanga opens with dilshan and if thisara playing as bowling all rounder, either chandimal or thirimanne or kusal perera can go to playing 11. J Mendis need to fight for his place as batting all rounder with new ppl, Anjelo Perera, Chathuranga de Silva or Shehan Jayasuriya. Getting right combination with inform ppl is most important than just fill the team considering 3-6 month old performance.

  • JustIPL on July 8, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    SL have to lose both the remaining games for india to make to finals and this match going into reserve day is a sure chance windies win it. Long lasting indian wish to take rain effected matches to the reserve day prevailed for obvious reasons.

  • on July 8, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    SAMMY is d boss!

  • on July 8, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    I think it would be bad to make Johnson Charles a wicket keeper. He still has alot of work to do with the bat. random should work on his batting a bit. I would look at Devon Thomas as our second string keeper

  • Sadiq1952 on July 8, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    It's most unfortunate that SL did not pay their winning team from the last match. The situation looks desperate and I still dont understand why Chandimal is playing instead of Perera. Good luck tomorrow.

  • Haider-pak-awsome on July 8, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    The only team deserving to win the competition is WI. It is mainly due to their bowlers. Indian bowling doesn't stand any chance against the likes of Gayle, Pollard, Charles in the finals. Needless to say that weaker SL would not even make it to finals. Pakistan's WI tour is going to start later this week. It would be really a tight contest between the two best bowing units. Return of Boom Boom Afridi n U Akmal would help Pakistan batting. So Pak would definitely challenge WI in this series.

  • NCassie on July 8, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Charles needs to do a lot more work on his keeping otherwise drop catches will hurt the WI. It's only fair and a good wake up call for "shotter" Ramdin to apply himself and contribute consistently with the bat. I hope also that the selectors continue to drop guys that don't perform, Samuels your next if you don't buck up soon. What's good for one should be good for all!

  • Haider-pak-awsome on July 7, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    It will be nice to watch the remaning game tomorrow when LIONS will be CAGED by the RINGMASTER GAYLLLLLLLLLLE!

  • mar2000 on July 7, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are strictly 20/20 players . The selectors must look pass these two players . Most of the other players in the squad , if perform as poorly as these two would have been dropped long time ........Its nice to be loved.

  • on July 7, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Three things. 1. My West Indies ODI team: 1) Gayle 2) Charles 3) Samuels 4) DM Bravo 5) DJ Bravo 6) Pollard 7) Sammy 8) Holder 9) Narine 10) Roach 11) Gabriel. Alternative would be to play one bowler less (Gabriel) and have Simmons come in at 5 between the two Bravos. No Best, Ramdin nor Rampaul.

    Secondly, the ODI and T20 formats could take a page out of Test cricket and baseball and divide the innings further. As in, for a ODI, split the game into 4 innings of 25 with one team batting for 25 then the other team bats for 25. After that the first team comes in to continue where they left off (not start over as in tests). That way I think you would effectively have two 'T20' games in one, making it more exciting and should there be rain, you would have more of a chance of having a completed game as you could go by the score both teams made in their first 25 overs. Same for T20, have four innings of 10 overs.

    Thirdly @Herath-UK - poor taste.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on July 7, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    re: Herath-UK

    To state that the West Indies prepare pitches to suit their own team, thus going against the spirit of the game, frankly is absurd. "Win the toss, win the game" just doesn't exist I'm afraid - and if the West Indies REALLY wanted to go that way, then you should expect to see hard bouncy tracks of old and an attack featuring Roach, Best, Johnson and Cummins - four genuine quicks. That would be interesting to watch - from the non-striker's end :-)

  • mngc1 on July 7, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Charles had a very bad day behind the stumps today. Check the commentary. He wan not even the first choice keeper for his regional side. Before trying to make him permanent keeper in any form of the game, he should be well trained and tested in non international matches.

  • Divinetouch on July 7, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Mahela unable to handle the short ball. Luckily helmets are worn or else his head might have gone with his wicket and thus an end to a sorry career. Mahela has never won a major tournament.

  • Divinetouch on July 7, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Herath-UK,

    Based on your logic when Sri Lanka wins the toss and wins the game then the other team is unlucky.

    So what is it when Sri Lanka wins the toss but still loses the game?

  • zshanto on July 7, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Good modification on game and thinking . Well done WI selectors . But Devon smith is not fit player for international label . Simmons was good choice as he played good cricket against Srilanka A team . Need stable and strong back up in middle order . As WI lower order batsman are doing the job for middle order now . However ramdin perform quite good in longer version game , for shorter version we need all rounder . Charles is a gift for West Indies . coach and selector should utilize this opportunity perfectly. Deonariane or Sarwan can fill the gap of middle order batsman . Like shiv / hooper does for West Indies . Edwards is also slow and steady batsman . Find a way caoch . Gibson gave many bowlers to West Indies team like , Gabriel , holder , narine , I can see this windows team gona rule world cricket soon .

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 7, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Once again the toss has proved crucial. Seriously, the WI need to stop preparing such poor pitches. It's one of the major reasons why they are ranked no.7 in both tests and ODIs. They won't improve as a team unless they start to prepare sporting wickets or at least good decent tracks where run scoring is easier and there is something in it for everyone. I have never seen such slow wickets even in India. The toss should never determine the fate of the game. SL are already 3 down for 60 odd close to 20 overs. It's not a good start for them. Hopefully, they can make 270-280 in order to be competitive. I am disappointed with the pitches throughout this series.

  • stumpedlloyd on July 7, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    @Ranil Herath: I am sorry, but if Sri Lanka needs to win tosses to win matches, then, guess what, they're not that good a team to begin with. Good teams, champion teams, don't need to win tosses to win matches. It is entirely possible that Sri Lanka are not that very good at the moment, that their thrashing of India the other day was merely a fluke and not the norm. It seems like a team entirely dependent on Mahela and Kumar and, if they fail, the team plummets. A toss should not play into whether a team does well or not; that is entirely up to the team.

  • on July 7, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    I do hope the selectors listens my comment on Sportsmaxx and make the right decision by forgetting about Ramdin who has never won no game in any shorter version internationally. Please send Charles at the HPC to sharpen his wicket keeping skills and we will have a future Gilchrist in the making.

  • on July 7, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    wi team is shaping slowly with the power guns

  • on July 7, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    drooping ramdin is good

  • on July 7, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    its good to have a reserve day I think lankans will tackle the situation tommorow h bowling attack of wi was a fearsome

  • on July 7, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    we could really try with a new wicket keeper.... we have nothing to loose as clearly ramdin needs to work for his spot

  • kumarcoolbuddy on July 7, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    @Herath-UK, IMO teams shouldn't depend on the toss. If that is the case then your team is not strong enough. It applies to all countries. I know "win toss win game" kind of pitches are not good but at the same time they are not unplayable. I wouldn't agree that SL lost in ICC semi-final match against India because of toss. If you followed ICC trophy games then you would have known that that India won all the games including ICC final with ENG despite losing toss. You might have followed India's previous match too with WI. WI won the toss but India scored 300+ against WI's strong bowling attack and won the match.

  • Kevinguitar on July 7, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    what a thinking of WI board... if the same think happend in icc champion trophy the result might be different...

  • on July 7, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Because 1- dayers and t -20's have become what - westling is to joking as t- 20 is to comedy - is the reason why rules are mnipulated to satisfy the sponsors and franchise owners. The reserve day should be for the match starting all over again- from the spinning of the toss etc - hence 1- day. Cozier's article said it all, 'where India travels the money follows". India will be in the final because of the support it will get in Trinadad -Indian nationals and the ethnic Trinadadians. Does anyone thinkthat a West Indies/ SL final will generate as turnout than INDI/ WI?

  • mar2000 on July 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    The WI squad is the "best" eleven on the park for this series . For quite sometime many of us called for the sacking of RAMDIN . He is a good keeper and so he think that he can only keep and don't make a run . WI should continue with CHARLES in the short format and look for another for the TEST and keep RAMDIN on his toes if he want to continue in the job . Maybe VIV need to say something again so he can perform and pull out another piece of paper .

  • zar9ia on July 7, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Darren Sammy's bowling was remarkable! I hope it continues into tomorrow!

  • Herath-UK on July 7, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Pollard is so fortunate to win the toss & to prepare such wickets against the spirit of the game as it becomes just a lottery to win the toss & win the game. Mathews is losing very important tosses regularly having lost the recent toss against india in the icc semifinal that cost us the match. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on July 7, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    it is called a One Day Game for no reason, coz its played in one day....if the game cant be compromised in one day, provided there is a reserve day , the match should restart from the toss itself on that reserve day.... what do we got here a TDI??? what a joke....

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Finally the selectors listen 2 the viewers and pick a 11 that made sense!! we the viewers c the game better than those 3 blind selectors. u don't need a specialist wk in the shorter format of the game...wake up guys..

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Yes all our respects to the dear leader .mr. darren sammy

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    What an irony ICC Championship has no reserve day but organizers of a Tri Nation Tournament has the foresight to have a reserve day.

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    No matter what happens in this match, India need to win tomorrow in order to qualify.

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Atleast now the organizers did the right thing to continue on the reserve day. I wish this system should be followed for all the matches in future if rain stops a match.

  • on July 7, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Hope West Indies win and secure their berth in the final. Then India would be just left to win against Sri Lanka. If Sri Lanka wins this games, then India will have to beat Sri Lanka in the next game by a big margin so as to appreciate its current run rate & thus qualify for the final. Team India, please dont 4'get that you guyz are not like the other 2. You are the World & ICC Trophy Champions. So, keep the spirit going. Let this final victory be an added golden feather to your huge cupboard of acheivements.....

  • liteonon on July 7, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Right now SL captain Angelo Mattews is playing selfish cricket, like coming one down when the score is high and when the pitch is good to bat and when there is no pressure to bat on. Frankly, the other batsmen in the side other than the two openers are not sure of their slot.Likewise when bowling, when the pressure is on the batting side, he keeps bowling even opens the bowling denying Malinga a bowl. For me it is not srategy but other words 'selfish cricket'. Pune Warriors righly sorted him out early in the Ipl. if he keeps playing this coward cricket, then sooner or later, he will be no more captain, but he will find no more place even in the team itself!

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Where was this common sense during the Champions Trophy ?

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    What happens if this match gets washed out to India 's qualification?

  • on July 7, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    It's our bad luck guys. Don't worry.

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    "Pollard can't stick in this team on behalf of his performances in IPL and in the shorter format he has to deliver and show some liability.....On the other hand it is quiet tough for me that why SAMI has been removed as a captain from Odi when he is even more lethal with bat compared to Pollard even more economical as a medium pacer....Charles has to keep the wickets in shorter formats and in ODI amd Simmons can be his replacement.....And last but never the least Holder coming in as a genuine pace bowler that's make it as a best combination in this tournament so far!")) They must keep this combo and they can use SARWAN as well if SMITH doesn't deliver! "....

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    The team have more in debt to chase any total with the inclusion of Simmons and Smith. West Indies don't have to play 3 alrounders , out of Pollard, Bravo and Sammy. Sammy has the edge with consistency.

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    This squad is the best squad in a long time I do agree Bravo should just be for 20/20 he cannot bowl 10 overs economically and his batting suits 20/20. If West Indies drop Sammy anytime they will be chasing 300 in ODI regularly.

  • Iceman29 on July 7, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Sl completely depend on Sanga or mahela if they fall early sl will fall like pack of cards

  • maddy20 on July 7, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @Amila Fernando Yep they have made a blazing start racing to 60 in 19 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets!

  • on July 7, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Only misfortune can force WI to make proper selection. Charles should have been keeping ages ago in the shorter format of the game. I will work with this current team on any given day, given that they rotate one of the fast bowler with Narine or another spinner. West Indies will win this match and the final if this squad stick together. Bravo is for T20 and for replacement for an injured in ODI. One more thing, my ultimate respect goes out to you Sammy...

  • on July 7, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    "This is the best team selection to take Holder and Simmons in and to left Ramdin out.....He was not delievering from a very long time.....

  • on July 7, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    How about dropping Polard cannot bat or bowl. If windies want to win against good teams they cannot have bravo pollard and sammy in the team at the same time. I would think two at the most and pollard is the weakest of them

  • Baseball-Sucks on July 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Somebody pls tell Thirimanne that this is a 50 overs game, not a test match. He is trying to set a world record by playing the most number of dot balls.

  • on July 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Kieron Pollaard as captain? This ain't no T20 cricket!! Let's hope that it works!

  • on July 7, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    sri lanka will have good chance to win this game.

  • on July 7, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    sri lanka will have good chance to win this game.

  • on July 7, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Kieron Pollaard as captain? This ain't no T20 cricket!! Let's hope that it works!

  • Baseball-Sucks on July 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    Somebody pls tell Thirimanne that this is a 50 overs game, not a test match. He is trying to set a world record by playing the most number of dot balls.

  • on July 7, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    How about dropping Polard cannot bat or bowl. If windies want to win against good teams they cannot have bravo pollard and sammy in the team at the same time. I would think two at the most and pollard is the weakest of them

  • on July 7, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    "This is the best team selection to take Holder and Simmons in and to left Ramdin out.....He was not delievering from a very long time.....

  • on July 7, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Only misfortune can force WI to make proper selection. Charles should have been keeping ages ago in the shorter format of the game. I will work with this current team on any given day, given that they rotate one of the fast bowler with Narine or another spinner. West Indies will win this match and the final if this squad stick together. Bravo is for T20 and for replacement for an injured in ODI. One more thing, my ultimate respect goes out to you Sammy...

  • maddy20 on July 7, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @Amila Fernando Yep they have made a blazing start racing to 60 in 19 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets!

  • Iceman29 on July 7, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Sl completely depend on Sanga or mahela if they fall early sl will fall like pack of cards

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    This squad is the best squad in a long time I do agree Bravo should just be for 20/20 he cannot bowl 10 overs economically and his batting suits 20/20. If West Indies drop Sammy anytime they will be chasing 300 in ODI regularly.

  • on July 7, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    The team have more in debt to chase any total with the inclusion of Simmons and Smith. West Indies don't have to play 3 alrounders , out of Pollard, Bravo and Sammy. Sammy has the edge with consistency.