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

Sangakkara, bowlers beat profligate WI

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

July 8, 2013

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Sri Lanka 219 for 8 (Sangakkara 90*, Roach 4-27) beat West Indies 190 for 9 (Darren Bravo 70, Simmons 67, Mathews 4-29) by 39 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kumar Sangakkara pulls off the back foot, West Indies v Sri Lanka, West Indies tri-series, Port of Spain, July 7, 2013
Kumar Sangakkara made West Indies pay for erratic bowling © Associated Press

Sri Lanka's batsmen, led by Kumar Sangakkara, battled rain interruptions that stretched their innings of 41 overs over two days. Their bowlers seemed to have the match under control when they ran in to a red-hot Lendl Simmons and Darren Bravo. That was when rain decided to even things out. A drizzle started, West Indies panicked, went for the D/L par score and lost Simmons. The drizzle stopped, the clouds disappeared and all life drained out of the West Indies chase as Sri Lanka slowed the game down.

The chase had seemed to have already lost steam at 31 for 4 when West Indies' batsmen carried on from where their bowlers had left, showing the same lack of discipline. Simmons , playing his first ODI since December, then took 16 deliveries to get off the mark, struggling against the offspin of Sachithra Senanayake. Even as the asking-rate galloped, though, the momentum suddenly shifted. Out of nowhere, Simmons began to smoke sixes and fours on the up. With Bravo starting to attack as well, West Indies were scoring at ten an over now.

They were still slightly behind on the par score, though, and the drizzle and the dark skies made Simmons go after every ball. You could not blame Simmons for worrying about rain in an ODI that had stretched to two days because of it. With three balls left in the 32nd over and West Indies 14 runs behind, Simmons hit successive fours before an attempt to clear the field ended in deep point's hands.

Kieron Pollard walked into rain for the second time in less than a month. This time, he lasted just four balls, edging Lasith Malinga behind to register his third duck of the series in four innings. Darren Sammy was the final hope for West Indies but it was not easy to come in and start hitting on this pitch, even though it had eased out from the at times unplayable brute it was on day one. Sammy and Bravo holed out in successive overs but the last-wicket pair of Kemar Roach and Tino Best - which had taken West Indies to a tense victory over India in Jamaica - held their nerve again to deny Sri Lanka the bonus point that would have carried the visitors into the final.

If only the West Indies top order had shown similar application. Instead, Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels went after shortish deliveries early in their innings and paid the price. Sri Lanka's bowlers got more out of the pitch than the home attack, some extra swing, seam and bounce making strokeplay difficult with the new balls.

Patience was not something the West Indies top order was willing to show, despite knowing that Sri Lanka had been rendered a bowler short early in the chase. Nuwan Kulasekara's spell lasted 11 deliveries when a Gayle push hit a finger on his left hand. A bleeding Kulasekara left the field. Two overs later, Gayle followed him. In the next over, Charles and Samuels followed.

Patience was something Kumar Sangakkara had in plenty on day one, and on the reserve day, he capitalised on some wayward bowling to carry Sri Lanka to a challenging total. The pitch, bouncy and uneven on day one, eased out despite overnight and morning rain. Sangakkara prospered as Sri Lanka took 105 off the last ten overs. Sangakkara's innings showed the way to deal with changing conditions. West Indies' bowling, barring Sammy and Roach, was exactly the opposite.

Having seen that the surface lacked the bite it had a day ago, they bowled short and wide to be taken apart at the death. Sangakkara was in a positive mood right from the start. He hadn't hit a boundary in 33 deliveries on day one; the morning after, he was moving across in his crease, he was walking down the pitch, disturbing lengths and dispatching width.

Angelo Mathews' quick 30 gave the innings more momentum. Roach appeared to have brought West Indies back when he dismissed Mathews and Jeevan Mendis in the 35th over, but Sangakkara hit harder now, and West Indies wilted. Jason Holder, who had looked so threatening with his bounce a day ago, lost his line. The wayward Best, who had found little semblance of line, length or rhythm on both days, served up short ball after short ball, and was punished. West Indies' wide count was as much as 24 in 41 overs, Tino Best responsible for more than half of those runs.

It didn't help that they had a part-time wicketkeeper, Charles, in the firing line of Best's misdirected missiles. Thrice, Charles let a wide delivery fly to the boundary when a better keeper might have stopped it. The extra batsman in Simmons gave West Indies a chance, but would he have needed to take so much risk in the absence of all those extras?

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Posted by Johanan on (July 11, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

Anushman SL, These Yrs Ind is very lucky.they come from nowhere to win a match/With the Toss/with the rain/a runout etc.Any team shud b carefull with Jadeja.he is a under rated alrounder and game changer.Take IPL matches.hw many games he changed with the Bat/ball/A runout.Then vs SA In ICC.SL Were strong in atleast their bowling earlier.recently it has become ordinary with maling failing to get wkts at the top/in the middle.once in 7-8 matches he'll bowl a deadly spell.but those140+Km Toe crushers are lost.he is just bowling at 132Km.WI were smashing him.did he bowl a spot on yorker vs WI?? no.play a IPL Match now.it'll come.gng2miss kula badly.Lakmal& Kusal mite replace Lokuhetige&Mendis today bt i dnt think Kusal is capable to adjust & Play.Need a good start or SL cnt.WI Shud drop Polard,Best,devon & gv Powell,dwayne a chance.dnt bring Ramdin plsCap Samy.nw Ind perform at all levels.Saw MS practicing& mite play finals.SL playing with7.4guys are just filling numbrs.Bring Prasad,Tisara

Posted by Johanan on (July 11, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

Johanan <78 answer for mr.Harmony111- SL hav won2ODIs on the trot in the ICC Cup Vs aus & Eng.It happens for any team.Even Ind might start to loose badly in future or when MS Retires.Dnt forget that SL dominated Ind in ODIs since 1996 to early 2000.Under Arjuna SL have got 225 on RPS Flat tracks & defended it well many times with the greats of Dravid,Sachin,Azhar,Jadeja,Ganguly failing.As Kohli Like SL to get 50s100s often,Sanath also liked Ind2score runs. @ the same time,SL is poor in Tests in IND,unable to win a single Test.as a SL fan i wish SL to win a Test in Ind.when it comes to replacemnts,SL strugling to find gud 1s.I dont know,what will happen if Sanga/Mahela Injured nw.with Candimal,Thiri failing often and being slow at the start and getting out and dosent have the power to hit 6s.its a shame.Lakmal is flying to WI 4 Kula.I dnt knw Y Tisara was not taken being the only hitter.he shud play always.c Ind replacments,They hv gambir,Rahane,Tiwary,Pathans etc.SL??Gud Luck SL today

Posted by   on (July 10, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

The selectors was wake up and stop playing the politics game. After all, pollard has been failing miserably, yet still he is given the captaincy in the absence of incompetent Bravo. There are many other batsmen wit better batting technique than the overrated pollard. Its time we play our batsmen on form and not on name.

Posted by cricketdebator on (July 9, 2013, 19:32 GMT)

The performance of the West Indies team could be summarizes in one word....... MEDIOCRE.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Really cant understand why WI still persists with Pollard. The man has nothing with either bat or ball, but it seems he is well liked for some reason. The manis captain in the absence of Bravo when Sammy is there. If they had Narine in for Best, Charles back at the top, Ramdin and pretty much anybody else except Pollard they would have won.But now it seems when you are out of favor you are just out like Chiv for ODIs and when you are favored your favoured like Pollard but to what end though? We have to pick our best team possible and i'm sorry Pollard has no place in a Test or ODI team.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 9, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Well Devon smith and Pollard could be easily replaced by Rhamdin as a batsman .....

or do you play Pollard through 3 ducks ? Smith is on 2 ducks ?

right now either one of them could make way for a Keeper ...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

The Selection of Devon Smith is a mystery. He seems to be a good team-man with a good work-ethic, but i can't recall the last meaningful contribution that he's made for the Windies, he hasn't addressed his weakness to off-spin. It hurts me to say that because i do like Smith, but i'm simply being honest in my observation. He's had his time and there must be another young batsman in the Caribbean that can be given a opportunity in the Senior Squad. I like progression of youngsters Johnson Charles and Keoron Powell.

Same old story with the match against the Lankans, started badly, built a recovery, then panicked once Duckworth/Lewis got involved. Our lack in application, discipline and temperament to adjust to the match-situation exposed us once again. We're capable when we play on instinct, but all that seems to go out the window once we have to re-think our gameplan. Can't really blame the players, that's the job of the Manager, Coach and Captain to communicate to the team.

Posted by mark2011 on (July 9, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

Thirimanna is not required to play if SAngakkara is there, what Thiri did yestrday wasted bowls and got out...Sanga though slow in start , later he catches up.. ubut Thirimann??? he is a test player.. pls dont put him for today match give Kusal a chance. Chnadimal needs to play his role.. otherwise drop him and give some other yooungersters a chance....

Posted by mark2011 on (July 9, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

This WI team is immensly talented, unfortunately they lack patient and application. for that take Best, such a fast bowler who waste most of his overs more often than not. WI is the team that has very easy six hitters almost upto no11, look at yesterday how they build the inning after 31-4 and run rate was almost 10 when simmons started hitting.. they constantly hit 6 or 4 from 34 ovr onwards with PP overs...that's real power hitting.. nice to someone like Simmons coming up, he is going to b a crucial man in WI team. Also what a lovely batsman is Darren Bravo..some reminiscent to Lara...as Sri Lankan I like to see WI becoming a strong force in cricker like in past.. all the best for WI to reach final....

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

It's almost WI's game but the small interruption of rain played the trick. WI was in very good position to win the game with Simmons and Bravo hanging around and building a wonderful partnership. But they both lost the context of the game when it started drizzling. Simmons & Pollard fell in the effort of chasing the D/L on-par target where WI were 10 to 15 runs short when it started drizzling. Adding to their bad luck the showers didn't get heavy and stopped. Else this would have been definitely WI's game despite of the brilliant knock by Sanga followed by an awesome show by SL bowlers in the first 20 overs. Feeling pity for WI's here.

Posted by bajanborn on (July 9, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

Any group of men (selectors) who can select Devon Smith and change Sammy from captaining the 50 overs team must be removed .It shows they are not with the times .Lets start fresh by removing them .Give the Coach another chance until the Pakistan series and select another team .my suggestion is: Gayle,Charles,Simmonds ,Samuels , Bravo jr. Chanderpaul, Dwayne Smith,Sammy , Roach,Holder , Gabriel , Narine , Permaul .Read the riot act especially to Gibson , Gayle and Samuels .The selectors are the major problem followed by the coach .I think there is a personality bias in the camp .Please clean it up now before later .

Posted by Remoz on (July 9, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

@ AltafPatel. Youre wrong. Sri Lanka already in final. they had beat India by huge margin and got the bonus point. They top the table with 9 points. If India wins they go through. If they lose WI go through. India has only 5 points.

Posted by Harmony111 on (July 9, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Nice to see Sri Lanka winning ODIs for a change. This makes today's match more even else Indians were bored to death thrashing Sri Lanka all over the globe. Thanks to Sri Lanka for making this series a bit more bearable otherwise the timings and the viewer fatigue had made it almost pointless.

Btw, when was the last time Sri Lanka won two ODIs on the trot? Just asking ...

Posted by first_slip on (July 9, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

Thirimanne,Chandimal and J. Mendis, dont know why thy are in this team, they are clueless and there are better players in sri lanka than them, and for WI, they need all the luck in the world to win matches against good teams,

Posted by cric_leo on (July 9, 2013, 8:42 GMT)

@GRVJPR - are you watch the match? as you saying sanga batted in flat track, why gayle, samuels, and pollard couldn't be able to score in best part of the pitch? if you want downgrade sanga's inning, let it be that way. but one thing for sure, you were not watched the match.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:34 GMT)

Sangakkara innings was a true test for a player of his caliber and passed it in flying colours. 3 wickets down on the first day, which was a nightmare of a pitch for the batsmen and yet held it through and went onto build a formidable target. Showed real class and grit. hatsoff!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

@ GRVJPR : a bitter Indian i assume. Talk about flat track bullies and the Indian lineup. 8-0 rings any bells. Sangakkara played one of the best ODI innings. He showed his true class and grit on a match that was having more against the Lankans than WI. It was anything but a flat track, the sort of bounce it generated, i would love to have seen Raina or Dhoni dealing with some. Did you even watch how the Windies struggle!!

Posted by shinewindies on (July 9, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

I have heard some people comment that Simmons is a better wk than Charles, well one of them needs to keep wickets for the Windies if they want a balanced side and for the better of the team in the long run eg. 2015 WC. Now once Keiron Powell is back from injury only one of Pollard or Dwayne Bravo should be in the team leave alone Captaincy. Rest we cant do much, thats the best we got in the carribean though Shane Shillingford could be given a chance in the ODIs Sammy back as Captain.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

@grvjpr: were you watching a different match, this was the mist sportiest pitch we had in this tournament

Posted by shinewindies on (July 9, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

I understand may WI fans wanting Ramdin to come back, guys he has been playing international cricket for more than 8 years now, if i would have been given that exposure i could have batted better than him tday. I think its one step in the right direction, you cannot be a successful cricket team in any format without a genuine Wk batsmen, remember Dravid keeping wickets for India in early 2000s, yes he was not neat and he did make mistakes but in the long run India became a formidable ODI team and of course Dravid also improved with each game.

Posted by cric_leo on (July 9, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

as most of the comments concerns do they have? (WI) bench strength to drop all major players like Gayle, Samuels, and pollard. I don't think so. the best way to go forward is add more discipline and technical expertise to their training sessions, (for example using the wrist and rotate the strike, determine the off stump channel and leaving the ball etc.) and practice the all important concentration and temperament which, necessary for longer versions of the game. WI team wise they need more technical sound batsman or two in middle order and lower middle order to consolidate the score. so the big stroke makers could bat around them and make steady scoring. they badly needed someone like shivnarin chandrapaul for No 4-5 position. WI bowling are also required to develop discipline and variation which prove to be essential component of death bowling. special guidance needed the bowlers like Tino Best who rely heavily on his physical strength rather than subtlety, variation and basics.

Posted by AltafPatel on (July 9, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

No, too early to say SL in final. If they lose against India by huge margin like India score 300 plus and bowl-out SL within 100, then India and WI will through final. Poor analysis by author.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 9, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

@redmanmorales - let me explain this to you and the whole point of the D/L equation since you seem to be unaware of it's purpose. If the game started out as a 41 over match then your theory is valid. But SL started batting for a 50 over game. Which became 45 then 41. When they went off for the second time they had a run rate of 3.67 , and set to accelerate in the remaing 14 overs. But now due to the rain they had only 10 overs to build a sizeable total. Imagine their innings was curtailed at 31 overs their score was 114/4 run rate 3.67 would sri lanka have batted like that if they KNEW they would be getting only 31 overs from the start? The whole point of DL is to eliminate the unfair advantage the side batting second has knowing how many overs they have while the side batting first did not know.

Posted by 9ST9 on (July 9, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Strangely enough bad weather in today's game can acutally have its advantages since,it saves us from having to watch another Ind vs SL game and ensures that we don't have to watch yet another Ind vs SL match in the finals. :D

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

@Haiderpakawsome 'SL will choke against WI in the finals' Don't let your young team down like that mate. Sometimes they may win today's match and go in to the finals. Who knows........... This is cricket....

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (July 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

It was a fine victory for mighty Sri Lanka, after having been sent to bat on that difficult track n suffered by many rain interruptions n injuries. It was a remarkable recovery from 60/4 in 19 overs to 219/7 in 41 overs.

I'm not surprised at all how King Sanga (KS) batted. He is a legend n he once again showed how the legends are supposed to play. His first 50 runs came from 75 balls n then next 40 runs came from 20balls. - 90 (95 balls). A GENIUS !!!

What a brilliant skipper Mathews is turning out to be (proving all his critics wrong. lol). He is back in his "allround" form. By watching him leading from the front, I can be happy that the future of SL Cricket in safe hands.

As usual, Sri Lanka have made their way to final unlike other teams who depend others to take 'em to the final. I'd love to face India in the final more than Windies n their pacers. But, as it seems, its not gonna happen n Sri Lanka will post another 350+ today n march to the victory !! So its SL- WI final !!!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

West Indies continues to recycle failures such as Devon Smith, Pollard imagine he is the captain, Sammy , Best and many others. Selectors please look other places and pick players on performance and not by name. Its time to get rid of the Chief Selector and the Coach

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (July 9, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

@attanayake1, there is no chance that SL can be eliminated. But having said that there is also no chance that SL could handle the pressure in finals. They will choke against WI for sure

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

no matter which team wins tomorrow its going to be a lot of pain for the indian fans. if SL wins Ind goes out and if Ind wins its Ind vs SL in final... Ohhh God

Posted by Naresh28 on (July 9, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

WELL done to SL. They played well and executed all their plans in this last match. It certainly will give them confidence going forward. WI have a problem in that they dont plan and try to play slog cricket, sometimes it works and sometimes not. The 50 over game is much different from the 20. Hope they learn from here on. India now have a tough task of making the final. Its good for our team - that is where you get strength comes from - surviving each scenaro.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

@somethingdifferent that explains how good the wickets are for batting in IPL with 60m boundaries as the ropes are moved in, add to that atleast 3 average bowlers per side

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Can anyone tell me is there any chance of SL being eliminated? And whats going on with kulasekara's hand............

Posted by SL_rockz on (July 9, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

Sri lanka should play more test cricket !!! This ODI's are enuf !! wont to see pure cricket being played!!

Posted by amilag on (July 9, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

well played by champion SL team! They had to fight against all odds yet they managed to win the match with a big margin! Demons on the pitch on first day, plenty of interruptions by rain halt consolidation, Kula had to leave the game early in the innings etc etc....

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

What do you think SL fans???? Which team will be easier in the finals? India or WI?

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

Good to see SL have through to the Finals..Champions Trophy,Champions eliminate.....It was a good selection by SLC,Senanayake and Tharanga must be in the national team,Because they are very young and they gain their experience by their every single game. Also Thirimanne,He is a good prospect to SL cricket,He acted in the situation very well,Unfortunately he fell for brilliant bowl. About Jeewan Mendis,Need to think more about him.We need runs or wickets from him.No need to give more chances to him,Should replace "great" Maharoof or someone who can bat and bowl well.

Posted by MadhushaDmendis on (July 9, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

If it rain today it will be a 5 days match..Sri Lanka finally playing some test cricket too.It's a great tounament but SLC should pay more attention to test ccricket too. atleast to train young players .Hope to see lions with the cup....

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

Now, how good was that! :) Actually this's the first time I've witnessed a match being resumed once ruined. Anyway, it indeed was a fine victory, especially with Kulasekara getting injured. I heard commentators do mention that he would miss the rest of the tournament, unfortunately. But damn it's just the left hand, huh ;) Would love to see him in today's match. Once again, I do have to mention that Kusal should be playing. Specially because Kulasekara most probably won't be playing & there's nobody good enough in the reserves to replace him. It won't harm SL to go with an additional batsman. J.Mendis isn't much promise. His place should probably go to a youngster. Chandimal needs to play. But he must preserve the responsibility of being Vice Cap'n...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

I t was great fight back from SL. It's a match that was in the pocket of the windies. Sl picked there pocket.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 9, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Wow..congrats SL..well played...recovering from 60/3 from 20 overs to 220 in 41 overs is very good...sanga a class act..

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

@ Udendra, if today raindduring SL vs IND, Sri Lanka playing 5 days on-the-trot. Or may be 6 days if rain on finals too.

Posted by SL_rockz on (July 9, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Sangakkara is brilliant to watch !! What a legendary player he is...Shows all youngsters about dealing in green bouncing pitches...it was amazing patience and talent.

Thirimanne was also worked according to the situation.If SL were chasing 300+ or targeting 300+ odd runs he was pathetic.!! But we all agree we were not chasing orelse hoping to go past 300 runs after loosing 3 for 29 in a very difficult pitch.So all he has to do is survive .Survive and give something to bowlers to defend .150 even looks 250 in this wicket as batting was difficult.so i thiri worked according to the team plan. if not we will not reach 100 even. is it better to dream about 250 n get out befre 100 runs or just try to get 150 ?

Sanga is meanwhile has 11355 runs 8 runs shorter than Ganguly. Today he will be crowned 6 th highest run scorer in the HISTORY OF CRICKET.

Posted by JustIPL on (July 9, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

However, windies have lost but still can play the final. It made india's road to the final a lot certain unless they win with a bonus points against the Sri Lanka. With Sri Lanka getting stronger and stronger each given day, India have tough opposition to face in the must win game who got better of them with record win in the last encounter.

Posted by attanayake1 on (July 9, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

So now this is a great chance for Sri lankan selectors to give their youngsters a chance. definitely senior players need a rest. cant play for 3 consecutive days with the final coming up. rest Mahela, Sanga, Malinga & give youngsters a chance. To see how our young players go against so called 'young Indian' team.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

i agree with JAHBERT58. After the WT20 west indies cricket was on d rise.... but only in t20. we have not transformed into a proper odi side as of yet because of stupid selections over n over by our selectors. i do hope this new wicb president sees this and restructure the selectors panel. this is jus embarrasing. i would like everyone to research and find dat since shiv chanders was dropped from our odi team we hav not batted to a full 50over game more dan 60perc of d time.... i am backdatin since maybe in 2010. we are sufferin in odi without a stable batsman/batsmen. y r we punishing chanderpaul? y r we punishin an inform batsman? becuz he is old? we need stabillity in our batting lineup. how much longer will d selectors give dese allrounders chances. none of dem cud fill chanderpauls shoes... while he isnt selected he is making runs elswhere and yet to be ignored. ok ok if not chanderpaul... y not keiran powell.. he has his head on... we tried him in odi's n it worked!! now kya hua

Posted by jahbert58 on (July 9, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

I am blue in the face!!!! The whole WI team need a complete make over from top to bottom, selectors and coaches too. when are these players going to be accountable for their poor play game after game. when your team is this bad at home then what does it say about the state of WI cricket. Don't see any improvement any time soon. If anyone knows international cricket you always play your best player per position unless injured. Ramdin!!! Charles it's cricket not baseball, DS. Smith sorry no more selection, DM. Bravo should bat at #5 not comfortable with the new ball at #3, Samuels thinks he's the best bat in the team!! wake up call making runs again quality teams will justify you then, Pollard gr8 in the field but very disappointing with the bat and should only play T20. Thou the bowling lack consistency most time given a competitive total most time they deliver. PS.Keep hearing there lots of young talent, making runs on a regular basis YES not looking pretty in the nets...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

Summary of the game. WI beat WI comprehensively. They picked 29 for 3 on day one. They had to put balls in right area but they were wayward. Extras of 31 says all. They had given plenty of runs on day 2. Though wicket was better on day 2 morning, they could have bowl tightly. But extras were continuing. Even 230 to chase in 41 was not like 350 as they had made impression while batting. They had to be clear in mind to make 100 for 2 or 3 in first 20 overs and then chase 130 in 21 overs. They had to make 4 or 5 runs per over. They lost wickets even after heating 1 boundary per over. Bad strokes by gayle & charles. Smith seems to be playing with his right foot in front of wicket instead of coming into line with bat always away from body. Samuels is struggling badly. For WI, they should have good batsmen at 3 & 4 but both are struggling with the form. Pollard once again disappointed. WI have very bad effect of T20 on ODI & Test. Hope they can bounce back in world cricket.

Posted by MichaelBurton on (July 9, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Windies could be deadly in the final under their home soil. SL should try to avoid them giving a Bonus point to Indians. SL was so comfortable against Indians than Windies in this tournament. On the other hand, Indians have to avoid shameful elimination in the very first tournament after winning a major ICC tournament (WC/CT) which hasn't happened earliar.

Posted by CricketFan365 on (July 9, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Incredible! West Indies is supposed to be unstoppable team considering the number of match winners they have. Why they don't perform well for their national team is beyond my understanding. Does anybody have any clue?

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

West Indies batting lineup is a list of unreliable batsmen; it's like handing a partially blind man the obligation to thread a needle.Everything is problematic about this West Indies team: their selectors, a coach that do not guide the batsmen on the field, captains who have no respectable batting nor bowling average, a wicket keeper who thinks that he is only required to catch a bowl. For this team to have a future it is required to have 5 specialist batsmen, one all-rounder a wicket keeper who can bat or a specialist batman who can keep, 3 genuine base bowlers and one specialist spin bowler.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

I was wondering where Simmons has been all these time...coz last time i saw him , he was a consistent performer for WI against the touring Indians.

Posted by Udendra on (July 9, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

So with today, SL will be playing for 3 days on-the-trot! can't remember this happening in recent times.

Posted by cric_leo on (July 9, 2013, 3:55 GMT)

In the absence of Kulasekara, Matthews need a player someone like Thisara Perera. Jeewan Mendis absolutely off color in this tournament and need to work on seriously on his batting. He has to think about what it's role in the side. it is batting all-rounder or bowling? at the moment he doing nothing, just fill a gap of a player in the playing eleven.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

Gayle did not get a good score. But he inflicted much heavier damage by taking kula out..

Posted by somethingdifferent on (July 9, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

It is disappointing the see the performances of likes of Gayle and Pollard. A sharp contrast to their lofty achievements in various T20 leagues specially IPL. Why don't we see those big scores and huge sixes when they are playing for their country ?

Posted by Rafelgibt on (July 9, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

Well done SL>>>I think time has come to drop POLLARD from ODIs.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 3:43 GMT)

Can't see why Pollard is being given so many chances. He's a serous problem. The team today should have had Narine in for Best and Dwayne Smith for Pollard or pretty much anybody instead of Pollard. The has no use with the ball and bat at this level but we keep Chiv out of the squad. Not sure what the reason is but Pollard needs to be dropped. He must be really be liked by management. I like Simmons in the team and he has not been given a run at all. But why in a crucial game did we choose to rest Narine? The team let itself down today. Gayle, Samuels and Pollard have made no real contributions except Samuels with the ball. Really hope that we see some changes after this.

Posted by bs.sabyasachi on (July 9, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

For india to qualify for final is to beat srilanka with a comfortable margin.If india bats first and scores 250 then they have to restrict srilanka to 248 to play the final.it is not a case of worry for them.but if rain plays its part in the match then they have to come hard at srilanka which seems very difficult.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

This leaves today game so nice... waiting for the match...

windies needs to support a players if he failing... simmons need more chance...

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

The West Indies loss is all Ramdin's fault. A wicketkeeper's first duty is not to keep wicket and make bowlers more effective. His job is to make runs so that the top order batsmen can fail again and again with impunity. If he had understood this he would not have been dropped, and he would have scored more runs than the batsman who took his batting place, and would not have been criticised for saving more runs than the batsman who took his keeping place.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

How can WI win if 4 of their batsmen make ducks? Captain Pollard needs runs and Gayle? He is rusty to say the least. WI victories are looking more like a flash in the pan rather than the new beginning that we hear about.

Posted by aclarity on (July 9, 2013, 2:39 GMT)

I wrote this two days ago. The new President of the WICB has a wonderful opportunity to be politically and cricket correct. Fire the selectors now! Make a break with the past and initiate a positive stamp on your era. This opportunity may not occur again. To err is human but to make the same mistake continuously and to compound it with injudicious decisions are unforgivable. Too many all-rounders on the same ODI team with another on the bench, and Dwayne Bravo as captain. Clearly, they do not realize that the only non T20 international team that Bravo could make is Zimbabwe. Fire them all!!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 2:36 GMT)

WI squad is full of talents, no doubt. However they need to play to their strengths not the other way around. For instance a IPL depleted Pollard taking charge in absence of Bravo, Charles taking over keeping gloves are few obvious mistakes.

Though I am a Sri Lankan, I have been loving WI from age 9 or 10 at the most and I want you guys to do well.

Come on guys grow up, play to your potential, you are much better side than what statics show.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

Where is Sarwan when all this debacle is taking place.? Who are the the players that have replaced him? How well have they done? If the same yard stick was used to measure Sawan's performances in England, then why is Chris Gayle not dropped? Is Chris Gayle going to be included in the series against Pakistan? If he is, he is going to have a torrid time against- Junaid, the left arm pace bowler- Bollinger of Australia, woul nod in agreement. Do'nt be surprise if Gayle does not feign injury in order to get out of this series. How many of these mediocre players are going to be included in the squad for the Pakistan series? Your call! What these WI players are lacking are discipline,application and little cricket sense. There are many players who are able to perform at the terrirorial level but do not have the wherewithal to perform on the world stage.

Posted by NCassie on (July 9, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Extras really hurt the WI today, 24 wides come on, selectors continue to pick the wrong Smith, the only Smith worth playing is Dwayne Smith not Devon please! Pollard seems to buckle with the bat under pressure once he is captain. Come on WI hope it rains tomorrow.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

IF U CAN"T rotate the strike you are pathetic.. so thirimanne is pathetic...

Posted by NCassie on (July 9, 2013, 1:51 GMT)

Poor team selection, but I hope the selectors continue their dropping protocol, dropping Ramdin to play someone in as poor form as him to suffer the wicket keeping does not make sense. Samuels, Gale & Pollard have been poor throughout the tournament, so because you drop Ramdin on batting form does that mean these fellers should get the axe soon. Simmons & Bravo showed their class, lets home the Selectors don't get fed up of them soon.

Posted by bhavesh__j on (July 9, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

Well played SL. SL are in the best position now. From here SL can't be eliminated, unless they crash really big today. India has slightly upper hand as compared to WI due to the fact that they don't have to rely on someone else to lose the game. However it would be tough task for India to beat this energetic SL 11, though we are leading in recent head to head games. Having said that if it is going to be a really close game and even if India wins then still they are eliminated on net run rate. I hope Virat could repeat the Hobart - 2012. Good luck!

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

I hope Sri Lanka shows this same intensity against India, so we are not treated to another final involving these 2 teams.

Posted by   on (July 9, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

why is pollard in national team much less captain it for even a single game? I grew up in 80s with a WI team that use to instill fear in its opponents. how did they fall so far from grace. such a shame for world cricket. for cricket's sake I hope they come out of this ditch they are stuck in.

Posted by mar2000 on (July 9, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

I always said that it was going to be a tough one for WI and the going would have been rough . WI must take a good look at the batsmen and bring back CHANDERPAUL to put some "sense" in the middle . Devon Smith is only good at the regional level , Best keep being all over the place , Pollard just won't make a run in the 50 over game . He is all about 20/20 and so is Dwayne Bravo . The selectors must look forward to a few new players "and give them a run" .

Posted by Stat1977 on (July 9, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Again, It's about how WI did, din't this and that and all..Its all about how WI lost the game instead of SL team's hard work to win it midst all odds, when they had lost 3/29 on a rain affected track, how they transformed the game from impossible to possible is nothing? lol. I saw the similar writing in previous SL vs India match.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (July 9, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Windies could not get one batsman out of the two man army and eventually paid the price.

Posted by Navraj1967 on (July 9, 2013, 0:01 GMT)

So What's the situation now for India??? I know India has to win this match first. If they win with bonus point then they should be OK. But if they don't then they level the points with West Indies. But West Indies has better run rate then India. So whats the scenario now with India??

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 23:45 GMT)

I hope that India and Sri Lanka will be an interesting match.

Posted by PACERONE on (July 8, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

It was good to see Simmons given a game.Our selectors have no idea what they are doing.We do not have change that will cause the opposition to think twice.If you Devon Smith,why not let him open and have Gayle come at number 3.When Gayle gets out the opposition play like they are on top and put pressure on the in coming batsmen.In the local tournaments we have bowlers that are more accurate and get the ball to move.These guys are not given a chance.No one seems to remember Dillion and Powell been played when they were useless.The same thing is happening again.Give our young bowlers...especially the left arm bowlers..a chance.

Posted by redmanmorales on (July 8, 2013, 23:24 GMT)

something has to be done about the d/l method....how is it fair that sri lanka scored 219 and west indies have to score 230 to win.some might argue that wi didnt even make 200 but if they weren't chasing the par score simmons and then bravo would not be forced to play those shots that ot them.....i am also blaming pollard as well.....he has not stepped up in this series at all and he was still given the captaincy in bravo's absence...3 ducks in four games....poor

Posted by Viv-Viru on (July 8, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Sri Lanka is in the final for all practical purposes. India will have to beat Sri Lanka by a huge margin (score 310 or more and limit Sri Lanka to 100 or less in 50 overs) for their run rate to go below -0.383

On the other hand India will go to finals as long as they beat Sri Lanka, almost regardless of score (by a margin of 3 runs if India scores 300).

The only way WI will go to finals is if Sri Lanka beats India. So WI denying Sri Lanka a bonus point really does not help with their finals qualification.

Posted by Rising_Edge1234 on (July 8, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

You can't send t20 players to play one day cricket! Can a 100 meter sprinter run a competitive mile? Pollost is truly lost. Gayleforceless already knows how the WI work. He knows making one big score per tournament is enough to get you into the next. Don't expect anything more from him. Some of these players do not want the reputation of a batsman who can bat long and steadily. It's damaging to their t20 contract. The teacher Sangakarra taught them a good lesson today.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

it's quite clear that Rally_Windies is as bias as can be no way on God's earth is Ramdin a better batsman than Devon Smith Check the batting of the two players in the last world-cup. Devon was the most consistent on the team and they still drop him for the games against Pakistan. like you only seeing when Trinidadians get drop

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Well done Bravo and Simmons.

Posted by MH19 on (July 8, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

I do not know how Sri Lanka will ever find a replacement for Sanga and a brainy crickerter of this nature.Smart,Educated,accept challenges,deliver results,class is written all over.Most of the other crickerters in our island lack vision,direction and ruthlessness too easy going and they think cricket is all about batting,bowling and fielding for sure mistaken.Now i can understand why he gave up captaincy in which I was totally against but working with other bunch of easy goers better to give up and maintain your reputation.

Posted by sweet2hrme on (July 8, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

This called shame! I m not finding any new words for WI rite now. Their bowling is wayward so as their batting. They always leaks too many easy boundaries in deapth overs. This is not the first time but almost same story in every match. Can somebody told pollard that he is not a deapth bowler. He is bowling lollypop balls all the time. In batting they loose too many wickets in matter of just 10-15 ovrs. Poor captaincy by pollard. 86 req from 60. Any team can take this. Still wi lost. Their big hitters Gyale Samuels & Pollard fail to delivered time n again. U see form is temporary and class is permanent but i dnt find any form or class in these Wi teams. They are just slogers. Dnt hv mind to use their skills. Well they hv only 1 world class spiner that is Narine. He is gud at any stage. Hard to score in deapth overs. Wi shld not deserved any place in final they r still lucky if they reached otherwise its Ind vs Sri lanka final.

Posted by Herath-UK on (July 8, 2013, 22:27 GMT)

What a fighting unit Sri Lanka cricket has been;playing on a brutal unplayable pitch which was very unfair giving such enormous advantage to the WI to conjure up a victory amid a partisan crowd was fabulous.What a world class player is Sanga. Well done Lions. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

Questions to answer?

What's the deal with Pollard as captain? Has Gayle, Marlon, Devon and Samuels been worked out? Cuz every match is like an instant replay. Why does Pollard and D.Bravo feel that they are the best thing to happen to death bowling? Will Charles' keeping limitations hinder his overall confidence? If W.I. play on thursday, who will be dropped?

finally, @Rally_Windies, can you be any more obvious about your bias?

Posted by Lankan_Pride1981 on (July 8, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

im failing to understand why Chandimal and Jeewan are beter than Thissara Perera?

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

Looks like West Indies are back to where they were three years ago: a mottley crew of big hitters with nobody to keep them disciplined. Pollard does not seem like captain material. It feels like it's just every man for himself out there. With Sammy at the helm we felt some sense of cohesion, even when the team were losing. Now there is that sense of "oh well, what the hell" again. I hope West Indies rest Gayle, Pollard and Samuels for a while, because those guys have us getting our hopes up and they just seem to not want to stick around in the middle at the moment.

Posted by bajanborn on (July 8, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

will someone tell me when the WI will leave the baggage behind.How did Devon Smith get in the team and when will the selectors admit Pollard is not what he is touted to be ?Keep your strike bowlers for Pollard and he Gone .He lambasts mediocre bowling.MR Gibson it's time to answer some questions especially since chanderpaul cant get in the team and everybody knows he will stabilize the middle order.From top to the bottom the WICB head is bad .

Posted by Randy_Wilson on (July 8, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

@Rally_Windies DO you know Narine is Injured? But I do Agree with you we got player who is getting alot of change yet Not performing and player who perform and go tru a patch and left Out there something like Dr Smith

Posted by Balb on (July 8, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Can West Indies really rely on Gayle at crisis times. How many time more do Pollard need to fail (ducks) before he is dropped. Are they giving him the captaincy to keep him in the team?

And Sarwan failed twice and he is gone. Even though he made a century against Zimbabwe, they dropped him. Is this fair to Sarwan? Is this fair to the West Indies fans and his fans around the world.

Yes Charles is a better bat than Ramdin but look at the runs he give away. Almost the same amount of runs WI lost by. Ramdin is still the best keeper in town but he needs a batting coach. Can't WI see that. How many time did Super star Samuels failed in the ICC and in this tri series.

What else do the west Indies have in their 'dug out"

Time to drop Pollard, Smith, and have a serious talk with Samuels and Gayle if they want to be selected in ODI's or just play twenty/20 and tests alone.

It is a shame the WI board cannot convince Gibson to bring back Chanderpaul and Sarwan and maintain Sammy as captain

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (July 8, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

Sanga...you beauty. Man!! What is in my fate? Being a huge fan of yours from India, whenever I sit down and watch you bat, you make a beautiful 30 or 40 and then you go. When I cannot watch you, you play absolute gems. Aaarrggghhh! Replays does not cut it. I can't record either, coz, I use my computer to watch cricket.

Love your batting and your tactics. Keep going (may be take a break when you play against India though, please!!!).

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

@Rally Windies Gayle scored a ton couple of innings back n Ur no 1 bowler is left out of the team due to an INJURY

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (July 8, 2013, 21:23 GMT)

The Sri Lankan Cricket team needs to find some one with fire and venom to dismiss the last two batsman in a close game without just been contenting the fact that all is merry..! without assuming that the last two will surrender..! And, In thy end our players would eventually pay the price for it..

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

Now, the equation is simple: Even a simple win pushes India to the final. For example, if SL score 250 in 50 overs and India chases it in 50 overs even then India will go through; If India scores 300 in 50 overs and wins by 1 run, still India will be in the finals.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (July 8, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Sanga plays Lanka Wins. As for windies time to seriously look at Pollard, Devon, Chris and see if they are worth their spot in the team. A good bowling effort always undone by shoddy batting by Windies

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (July 8, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

We in thy end won the match by 39 runs , but it would have been nice to get that bonus point. Still we haven't found that bowler to finish off the game with out giving the opposition even a slight leash.

Posted by howahluvmehwestindies on (July 8, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Well done Sri Lanka! Poor showing West Indies. Selections aside, what's the deal with giving away 31 extras out of a total of 219? Also, can anyone explain how WI had to make 11 more runs than SL in the same 41 overs, not that this is an excuse in anyway for losing? Is it just weird D/L maths? Or was there something else in the calculations?

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

Great cricket from Sri Lanka despite the rain interruptions....they have made the series more intriguing now...

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 21:08 GMT)

This was a match for West Indies to win but they let it slip out their hands, with turning point of the game being dismissals of Simmons and Pollard. I am not sure why Simmons had to get that flashy when the chance of rain was very slim.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 8, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Gayle's lack of maturity is what makes him a great player instead of a legend. Getting a score once every 20 innings and throwing it away the other 19 is not good enough all his wickets have been the same lately lazy play being caught, its not good enough for the senior opening batsman, he shows more fight and determination in the IPL. Pollard should not even be in the side why is he captain ? Sammy should still be captain W.I have gone backwards and can not accommodate Pollard and Dj Bravo , Pollard needs to be dropped and go away work at his game find out if he's serious or just want to play t20 around the globe. Simmons dropping has done him good he has put in performances and today on his first game back played like a man on a mission in dire circumstances 30 or r 4 on bad wiicket . . . isn't he also a better keeper than Charles ?

Posted by theBlueSwan on (July 8, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

So, 2 more India-Srilanka matches. Way to go!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 8, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

That drizzle and threat of D/L really cost Simmons and W.I he felt he had to go with threat of going out like Champions Trophy and got out when he was batting so beautifully with Bravo. Sanga batting however was almost the match W.I failure to get him early after the great start with poor fielding positions coupled with the extorniate amount of extras there was always going to be too many.

Posted by indikalocal on (July 8, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

Lions are on their way. Beware India! They are hungry and at that point they are vicious and intractable. They cannot be tamed.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

West Indies players need to play with heart, fight &passion! They are too inconsistent and ned ro blame rhemselves for this debacle of a performance ( thumbs down)

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Rally-Windies. Narine was not dropped.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

"SHAME on the W.I team management they can't even giving them a msg to play atlest all your over as the run rate could be the decisive factor....I am surprised what these strategy makers are doing with their expensive laptops?And this selection committee has show some wisdom as I was shocked when I saw that lad Simmons has beeb droped even after decent performances and today also he has slapped all his critics with his bat!".........

Posted by delboy on (July 8, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

Its time Sammy realises he cannot score 59 from a single shot. Nudging and quick single will get him close to hitting a four or six but more crucially gets him closer to the target.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Pollard needs a rest ..he is just not being serious about his game..!!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 8, 2013, 20:03 GMT)

Does anyone realize that if Simmons was picked for the ICC champion's trophy, that WI could have won the tournament ?

of course..

WICB and the Coach must blame the captain and the players..... not poor management and poor selection practices ....

can any sane person tell us why someone can play 17 games in 2011, average 49 in ODI cricket... be the leading run scorer for WI in ODI in 2011 ....

and then have 7 poor games in Jan-Feb 2012 .....

and then wait until July 2013 .. to be given another try on the team... when NO one for 18 months can muster an average over 35 ? And this dropped person, even with his 7 bad games, totals an average of 38 in 24 games between 2011 and 2013 ...

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 8, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

WI selector logic ...

Lets make Charles (part timer) wicket keep ..... and play and extra batsman...

but the extra batsman is not 1/2 as good as the wicket keeper/batsman you dropped ...

So Devon Smith, is not as good as Rhamdin, with the bat... and Charles is not as good as Rhamdin with the gloves...

So in effect, WI selectors have weakened thier Keeping in order to weaken thier batting ...

lets face facts....

If Charles has to keep ... I'd pick Rhamdin as a SPECIALIST batsman AHEAD of DEVON SMITH ...

NOW if the WI selectors played DWAYNE SMITH ....., and dropped Rhamdin and let Charles Keep... that would make sense ....

But sense ? WI selectors ? come on ?

Posted by Lalindra2012 on (July 8, 2013, 19:51 GMT)

Sri Lanka has a very good varied bowling attack who can early on against any opposition can pick up early 4 or 5 wickets but suddenly the captain and the bowlers and in thy end, the team lose the plot and get in to strang hold that know one in the team has an idea to give that killer punch to seal the game.....!

Posted by Samuel-Rathnasiri on (July 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

@ I_LoveMyIndia: Mr.i-love, what do you know about cricket? Do you really think that any batsmen with iota of common sense would negotiate the conditions prevailed with ATTACK, while 3 down for 29? Thirimanne's 64 run partnership with Sanga was the base for SL recovery today! Thirimane's role of negotiating those 13 overs yesterday, under such deadly conditions was a vital part of it!

Negotiating a ball that is moving VERTICALLY from SOUTH-Pole to NORTH-Pole, and HORIZONTALLY from EAST to WEST or NORTH to SOUTH is not a cake walk as you think! Anyone who battered leather with willow would know that. Even WI bowlers & wicketkeeper found it hard to manage, ended up giving 17 extras! Under those conditions, following your methodology would have made SL not reaching even three-figure mark! Isn't it better try hard and survive to put-up a score like they did today under improved conditions? That is pure logic.. SL bowlers have something to defend, thanks to it

Posted by indikalocal on (July 8, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Koli is class! Sanga and Mahela are class PLUS!

Posted by Rally_Windies on (July 8, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

and the WICB selectors strike again ....

Roach, has had 4-5 HORRIBLE games ... and is played through the rough patch ... Gayle is on a 7 game run of poor scores and plays yet again ...

World # 1 ODI and 20/20 bowler, dropped for 2 bad outings .....

Yup.... Normal WICB logic .......

Just like Simmons, glad to see the guy with the highest average for ALL WI batsmen in ODI for the LAST 3 YEARS .... finally remake the side, after being dropped for 5 bad games....

If Simmons took 14 months to be re-picked, after averaging 49 in 17 games in 2011, and dropped for 18 months after 7 bad games in Jan-Feb 2012 .. (for a total average of 38 in 24 games- which is still the best for the last 3 years) ..

Narine , might get a 9-12 month "rest" for his 2 bad games ...

Oh, well - such is the life of Trini's playing for the WI team ....

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

West Indies had a couple if years of improved performances, but its all being thrown away in this series. Pollard/Bravo captain? Randin out and Simmonds in but Charles given the gloves, Its a shame after all the support i have given Otis Gibson he seems to be making his detractors right.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

"Well played Sangakara.He has shown how to deal on a tough track.He first played slow and once his eyes got set, he played quiet aggressively. The prob I saw in W.I is they lack technicians in the middle order.I am not sure why Chanderpaul and Sarwan are out? I always missed these guys a lot when the match stuck in that kinda situation. You must need some one to play an anchor role and the impact players must play around him.I was praising this squad but on a tough tracks that looks more like a T-20 squad where players are keen to go hard on every bowl even when they need just 5 runs a over.Coach Mr. Gibson must need to do something quick and do allow some traditional technicians to come in as these flamboyance won't win these kinda matches to you!"....

Posted by jikol on (July 8, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

i think thirimanne should be credited for hanging on on a pitch which was nothing for the batsmen on day 1. any other team may lose more wickets on a day like that. thirimanne was very slow but kept his nerve to help SL get through in that tough situation. sanga was absolute class and was helped by thirimanne and mathews

Posted by Dr.Lakson on (July 8, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

What thiri did, call it test cricket but that is what was required for the situation!. If he did not hold it there could have been procession......

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Sri Lanka need Eranga to become good. He is the few in Sri Lanka who is actually fast and also a bit of movement. He is vital I think for the future.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

When will Gayle come through for WI? He is only good for one good score per series. Is it deliberate? His consistency in the IPL is at odds with how he plays for WI. I sometimes wonder whether these guys are being paid to perform badly.

Posted by TheFatDude on (July 8, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Sangakkara is a great wicketkeeper.

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (July 8, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Was Thirimanne playing Test? How come Sanga and Mathews could get almost run a ball and Thirimanne?

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

can you tell me what would be the margin of win that srilanka need to get to put west indies to lower their run rate than india?

Posted by mgr125128 on (July 8, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

SL have a tough task now. WI team is full of T20 specalists and will fancy their chances to get this. SL fans will need to pray Gayle,Samuels,Pollard fail or it will be virtual SF against India and based on CT2013 Semis and WC2011 results ..India will fancy chances

Posted by   on (July 8, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Nice one SL must win to marvelous tournament for india

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