Netherlands v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 24, 2014

The minnow murderers

ESPNcricinfo picks five of Sri Lanka's most brutal performances against lesser oppositions in limited-overs cricket
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Sri Lanka 398 beat Kenya 254 for 7 by 144 runs
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Sri Lanka had been minnows themselves not long before the 1996 World Cup, but as if to illustrate how quickly they had progressed since, their batsmen laid a record total of 398 on Kenya, in Kandy. Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana achieved one of the rapid starts that would make Sri Lanka's campaign famous, but it was Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga that took the total from imposing to momumental. De Silva hit 145 from 115 balls - incidentally Sri Lanka's first ever World Cup ton - and Ranatunga struck the fastest fifty in World Cup cricket at the time, off 29 balls. Kenya managed 254 for 7 in their 50 overs, but in truth, were never in the game.

Sri Lanka 40 for 1 beat Zimbabwe 38 by nine wickets
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Zimbabwe have suffered the ignominy of recording the lowest ever ODI total at Sri Lanka's hands, but another atrociously one-sided encounter is even more memorable, thanks to a world-record haul for Chaminda Vaas. Having asked Zimbabwe to bat in Colombo, Vaas began his plunder first ball, and he would account for eight Zimbabwe batsmen in a brutal spell of swing bowling. Just as it appeared Vaas would become the first bowler to take all 10 wickets in an ODI, captain Sanath Jayasuriya brought Muttiah Muralitharan into the attack, and he dismissed no.10 and 11 in the first four balls of his spell. Zimbabwe had sunk to 38 all out and Sri Lanka chased the target in 4.2 overs.

Sri Lanka 37 for 1 beat Canada 36 by nine wickets
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No Canada batsman would make double figures, and five would record ducks in this 2003 World Cup match, as Vaas, Prabath Nissanka and Dilhara Fernando steamrolled them for 36 all out - the second lowest ODI total. They were all out in 18.4 overs, and Sri Lanka would need only 4.4 to knock the runs off. Marvan Atapattu top-scored, finishing with a surprisingly brisk strike-rate of 171.

Sri Lanka 443 beat Netherlands 248 by 195 runs
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Fewer than four months after South Africa and Australia had played out the Johannesburg classic that tore the highest-ODI total record from Sri Lanka, they wrenched it back again in a mauling in Amstelveen. Typically, Jayasuriya was lead-butcher with the bat, walloping 157 runs from 104 balls. Almost 65% of his runs came in boundaries, as Sri Lanka collectively struck 56 fours and three sixes. Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 117 from 78 balls brought the innings to a furious close at 443 for 9, before Netherlands were dismissed for 248.

Sri Lanka 260 for 6 beat Kenya 88 by 172 runs
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Having achieved the highest Test and ODI totals against India and Netherlands respectively, Sri Lanka completed the set against Kenya, at the inaugural World Twenty20. As with the other two records, Jayasuriya top-scored. His 88 off 44 set the innings off apace, and it would only grow more frenzied as Mahela Jayawardene mauled a 27-ball 65 and Jehan Mubarak slammed 46 not out from 13. Sri Lanka finished on 260 for 6 and Kenya were blasted out for 88.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Im not at all surprised by SL performance in this T20 WC..because it played all its matches in 2014 in BD so adjusted to playing conditions very well...moreover it played 3 T20 matches, in fact all other countries except India played T20 matches this year.....SL is in easy group...so reaching semis is not a big achievement...whereas India did not played single T20 matche since from last october...it is in very tough group along with 2 farmer champions and one potential champion...still its performing very good, which cant be compared to SL performance...

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @vkias.. Talking about the 2007 WC SL did concede 270 in 35 overs to AUS not to INDIA SL bundled them out for 185 chasing 250 odd besides IND conceded 360 runs to more or less the same opposition in 2003 so your point is mute. You have already strengthened my argument in ur comment because IND made 270 because of their batting not because of weak SL bowling besides the attack was decimated by injuries and selection blunders. Having a good bowling attack doesn't guarantee global titles if so PAK SA would have won more. @anoop3301 IND bowlers only picked up 5 wickets with one runout while SL picked up 4 so it's ridiculous to say IND attack is better than SL based on this match. We are not talking about test cricket so that's beside the point.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Im not at all surprised by SL performance in this T20 WC..because it played all its matches in 2014 in BD so adjusted to playing conditions very well...moreover it played 3 T20 matches, in fact all other countries except India played T20 matches this year.....SL is in easy group...so reaching semis is not a big achievement...whereas India did not played single T20 matche since from last october...it is in very tough group along with 2 farmer champions and one potential champion...still its performing very good, which cant be compared to SL performance...

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @vkias.. Talking about the 2007 WC SL did concede 270 in 35 overs to AUS not to INDIA SL bundled them out for 185 chasing 250 odd besides IND conceded 360 runs to more or less the same opposition in 2003 so your point is mute. You have already strengthened my argument in ur comment because IND made 270 because of their batting not because of weak SL bowling besides the attack was decimated by injuries and selection blunders. Having a good bowling attack doesn't guarantee global titles if so PAK SA would have won more. @anoop3301 IND bowlers only picked up 5 wickets with one runout while SL picked up 4 so it's ridiculous to say IND attack is better than SL based on this match. We are not talking about test cricket so that's beside the point.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @ ksquared ....ha ha sehwag has played only half of the matches of Jayasuriya....earlier Jayasuriya was playing just as a bowler in your tracks....he did not even succeeded in other pitches as a bowler or a batsman...leave these all things...when your SL team won global title after 1996, even Jayasuriya was playing till recently...i agree Jayasuriya is a good player but he is not the best...whereas India produced several best batsmen and on the other hand Pak produced several very good bowlers...i definitely bet you that after the retire of your 3 legends...SL will also become weakest side in Asia...

  • anoop3301 on March 27, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @ksquared: If you say, SL picked up after defeat to Kenya and reached the semis, that is absolutely fine with us. If reaching semis is the benchmark or standard you want to set, no problem at all. In 2011 world cup as you mentioned, SL scored 270 against India but India scored more against the SL attack to take the world cup. So of course SL bowling attack was worse. Very obviously, a team which has won a match has bowled and batted better than a team which has lost the match. As simple as that. With so called "great bowlers" your country has produced, why have you not been able to win a single test match in India or Aus so far ? I am not even sure whether you have taken 20 wickets in a test match in these countries ever. And no. of man of the match awards reflect how a player has performed in those matches when he played well not his overall records. Sehwag obviously has better ODI batting credentials than Jayasurya. Still in doubt ? refer cricinfo stats.

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    @vkias...Are you reading any of the comments before you write nonsense I didn't say IND had a good bowling attack I'm saying the opposite only ur countryman anoop3301 is saying that. Only thing I'm saying is that the SL attack has done better in WT20 since 2007 compared to IND. Regarding Jayasuriya he has won matches for SL with his batting, bowling even fielding that's why he has 48 MOM awards that's about 11% of all matches he has played. Sehwag has 23 MOM awards so about 9% of all matches clearly Jayasuriya made more of an impact to HIS SIDE than Sehwag did to his.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    Im not at all surprised by SL performance in this T20 WC..because it played all its matches in 2014 in BD so adjusted to playing conditions very well...moreover it played 3 T20 matches, in fact all other countries except India played T20 matches this year.....SL is in easy group...so reaching semis is not a big achievement...whereas India did not played single T20 matche since from last october...it is in very tough group along with 2 farmer champions and one potential champion...still its performing very good, which cant be compared to SL performance...

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @vkias.. Talking about the 2007 WC SL did concede 270 in 35 overs to AUS not to INDIA SL bundled them out for 185 chasing 250 odd besides IND conceded 360 runs to more or less the same opposition in 2003 so your point is mute. You have already strengthened my argument in ur comment because IND made 270 because of their batting not because of weak SL bowling besides the attack was decimated by injuries and selection blunders. Having a good bowling attack doesn't guarantee global titles if so PAK SA would have won more. @anoop3301 IND bowlers only picked up 5 wickets with one runout while SL picked up 4 so it's ridiculous to say IND attack is better than SL based on this match. We are not talking about test cricket so that's beside the point.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Im not at all surprised by SL performance in this T20 WC..because it played all its matches in 2014 in BD so adjusted to playing conditions very well...moreover it played 3 T20 matches, in fact all other countries except India played T20 matches this year.....SL is in easy group...so reaching semis is not a big achievement...whereas India did not played single T20 matche since from last october...it is in very tough group along with 2 farmer champions and one potential champion...still its performing very good, which cant be compared to SL performance...

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    @ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    @vkias.. Talking about the 2007 WC SL did concede 270 in 35 overs to AUS not to INDIA SL bundled them out for 185 chasing 250 odd besides IND conceded 360 runs to more or less the same opposition in 2003 so your point is mute. You have already strengthened my argument in ur comment because IND made 270 because of their batting not because of weak SL bowling besides the attack was decimated by injuries and selection blunders. Having a good bowling attack doesn't guarantee global titles if so PAK SA would have won more. @anoop3301 IND bowlers only picked up 5 wickets with one runout while SL picked up 4 so it's ridiculous to say IND attack is better than SL based on this match. We are not talking about test cricket so that's beside the point.

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    @ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    @ ksquared ....ha ha sehwag has played only half of the matches of Jayasuriya....earlier Jayasuriya was playing just as a bowler in your tracks....he did not even succeeded in other pitches as a bowler or a batsman...leave these all things...when your SL team won global title after 1996, even Jayasuriya was playing till recently...i agree Jayasuriya is a good player but he is not the best...whereas India produced several best batsmen and on the other hand Pak produced several very good bowlers...i definitely bet you that after the retire of your 3 legends...SL will also become weakest side in Asia...

  • anoop3301 on March 27, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    @ksquared: If you say, SL picked up after defeat to Kenya and reached the semis, that is absolutely fine with us. If reaching semis is the benchmark or standard you want to set, no problem at all. In 2011 world cup as you mentioned, SL scored 270 against India but India scored more against the SL attack to take the world cup. So of course SL bowling attack was worse. Very obviously, a team which has won a match has bowled and batted better than a team which has lost the match. As simple as that. With so called "great bowlers" your country has produced, why have you not been able to win a single test match in India or Aus so far ? I am not even sure whether you have taken 20 wickets in a test match in these countries ever. And no. of man of the match awards reflect how a player has performed in those matches when he played well not his overall records. Sehwag obviously has better ODI batting credentials than Jayasurya. Still in doubt ? refer cricinfo stats.

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    @vkias...Are you reading any of the comments before you write nonsense I didn't say IND had a good bowling attack I'm saying the opposite only ur countryman anoop3301 is saying that. Only thing I'm saying is that the SL attack has done better in WT20 since 2007 compared to IND. Regarding Jayasuriya he has won matches for SL with his batting, bowling even fielding that's why he has 48 MOM awards that's about 11% of all matches he has played. Sehwag has 23 MOM awards so about 9% of all matches clearly Jayasuriya made more of an impact to HIS SIDE than Sehwag did to his.

  • ksquared on March 27, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    @anoop3301 your logic is still flawed you can only say your bowling line up is strong if it can win you matches single handedly. In 2007 WT20 and 2011WC the batsmen won you the matches not your bowlers. SL has by far performed better than India in WT20 since 2007 that's the stats talking and IND haven't even reached the semis so your assumption that they picked them selves up is a lie. After 2003 WC defeat to Kenya SL made it to the semis and lost to AUS so actually SL picked themselves up after defeat. Even in 2011 WC final SL made 270 odd runs which is a very good score in a pressure filled final so if IND bowling was so great why couldn't they restrict SL to a score less than 250 or 200?

  • kevepere on March 26, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    india have more people to write and compare other countries. they compare the billions and say they have better batsman and bowlers. hahaaaha what a joke

  • vkumar_086 on March 26, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    @ksquared...i did not tell India is having very good bowling attack...its your assumption, you were telling about Jayasuriya, so just mentioned one fact, even Sehwag also having such records at very good strike rates than him....i did not agree that current Pak having very good bowling attack....except Ajmal, nobody is performing good, when compared to SL bowling attack, SA and Aus having superior bowlers, they perform every part of the world, whereas all Asian countries bowlers are equally worst performers....for this reason only we did not tell our bowling is world class unlike SL and Pak fans

  • anoop3301 on March 26, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    @ksquared: These are the 3 best bowlers SL have ever produced, but only Murali's records are better than Indian bowlers but even that is significantly bolstered by tracks in SL. Vaas was as good as Srinath in addition to being a minnow basher. Malinga rarely played much test cricket and in ODI cricket is routinely smashed by Kohli and Dhoni. India also had Kapil Dev, Kumble, Zaheer Khan who were high class bowlers. Regarding Sri Lanka being in semi finals in every major tournament since 1999, well, there is a reason people are playing semis- to win and play in the finals. And finals are played to win the trophy. And India's bowlers have helped them win these semis and finals where as Sri Lanka's haven't. And what difference does it make if India were bundled out by Bangladesh or Australia? India simply picked themselves up from this defeat and won the next world cup. Sri Lanka were defeated in 2003 by Kenya. The whole point is just playing well against the minnows won't hep you much.

  • ksquared on March 26, 2014, 17:14 GMT

    @anoop3301 Indias bowling might have been better in the eighties or early nineties but not since then certainly not in the 2000s any right minded person would go for Murali, Vaas, Malinga ahead of ur so called superior bowlers any day. You constantly mention 3 world cup wins but conveniently forget that India were bundled out of 2007 WC in the first round even loosing to Bangladesh where were your superior bowlers then? This Indian attack is the same one that played in the Asia Cup and they lost to SL and PAK. India have consistently failed in the last 3 WT20 at least SL have entered at least the semis in every world tournament since 1999

  • anoop3301 on March 26, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    @ksquared: I was mentioning that Indian Bowling attack is better than Sri Lankan attack as it has helped India to win 3 World Cups. Nowhere I was mentioning Pak or SA. If you are putting your words into my mouth, I can't help it.. There were batsmen earlier than Jayasurya who radically changed the way one day cricket was played. Srikanth, Greatbatch etc. Not to mention all time greats like Richards and Tendulkar. As I mentioned earlier, if Jayasurya is a legend in ODI cricket, so is Sehwag. Sehwag has the highest individual score in ODI cricket not to mention an astonishing strike rate of 104. Regarding the wickets Jayasurya has taken, they came at a high average of 36. A player who has a batting average of 32 and bowling average of 36 is not good enough to be in the team on one skill alone.

  • ksquared on March 26, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    @vkias no where have I compared sachin to jayasuriya so I don't know where u got that from. @anoop3301 Jayasuriya has all the credentials to be called a legend of one day cricket he along with kaluwitharana radically changed the way the game was played apart from his runs he has got over 300 wickets and only second to sachin in man of the match awards I think its 48 out of 445 that's 11% of all the matches he has played he still holds the record for the fastest fifty, and 150 he also held the record for fastest 100 before Afridi broke it. Regarding ur assertion that number of world cup wins equates to a superior bowling attack what a bunch of nonsense according to your logic then the PAK and SA attacks are also inferior to MIGHTY INDIA (that's sarcasm if u don't get it)

  • vkumar_086 on March 26, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    @ ksquared....in spite of playing 445 matches, Jayasuriya'a average only 32....it only tells that he has given lot of opportunities....Sachin also played almost same number of matches as Jayasuriya, but he averages 45....he performed against every other country....also scored more than 2000 runs against some 4 teams (including your SL)....Sachin played well in abroad very well than Jayasuriya....for these reasons nobody (except SL fans) in world compares Sachin with Jayasuriya....

  • anoop3301 on March 26, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    @luckyaas: Selective stats does not change the overall average of 28 playing away for Jayasurya. Even if you take India as the opponents, you have selectively picked a period from 1993-2001.Jayasurya clearly failed against Ind and overall in 1999 and 2003 World Cup which clearly illustrates that he did not play that well abroad. If he is a legend of the game, so are Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina who have better average and strike rate compared to Jayasurya and also been involved in one World Cup victory. Some one who averages only 32 will not be playing 445 matches for India as there are better batting talents available in the country. And for your information, there is no lack of bowling talent in India. The last 2 matches are examples where Ind restricted opposition to 130 and 129. A team which has won 3 World Cups obviously has superior bowling attack compared to a team which has won only 1 World Cup. And let us not even get to population as it is always 11 vs 11 on field.

  • luckyaas on March 26, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @anoop3301 as per you a guy from lack of batting talent in the country had average 67 in test and 41 in odis vs so call mighty india so better think about lack of bowling talent in india with a population of 1.3 bilion Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s 1993-2001/10 16 2 938 340 67.00 1396 67.19 3 2 1 115 7

  • ksquared on March 26, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    @anoop3301 search for Wasim Akram selects XI toughest batsmen he faced and you'll find ur answer as far as batting talent goes SL have had so many batting greats even before getting test status Tissera, Tennekoon, Roy Dias and probably the greatest of all M. Sathasivam (Both Sir Gary Sobers and Sir Frank Worell called him the best batsman they had ever seen!) to name a few. SL will keep producing great players from a population of around 20 mil.

  • luckyaas on March 26, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    @anoop3301 ck this out jayasuriya vs india after 96 Span /Mat /Inns /NO /Runs /HS /Ave /BF /SR / 100 /50 /0 /4s /6s 1996-2009/ 73/ 71/ 5/ 2727/ 189/41.31/2750/99.16/7 /14 /6 /317/46

  • anoop3301 on March 26, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    @ksquared: Jayasurya averages 28 abroad in ODI cricket. That settles the issue. Never heard Wasim Akram telling Jayasurya as the most difficult batsman to bowl to. Yes, he told so about Viv Richards. And there is a hell lot of difference between those two. The fact that Jayasurya was batting in the lower order in the first half of his career clearly illustrates that he was not good enough to play up the order. If some one averages 32 over a period of 445 ODI matches, then it means he has been given far too many opportunities which may also be because of lack of batting talent in the country.

  • ksquared on March 26, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Yeah Jayasuriya was a real flat track bully that's why he hammered a double century in England when SL beat ENG to win at the oval which incidentally had only one test match not to mention that 5-0 walloping of England in England in 2006 where he scored 2 hundreds and not to mention the many hundreds he scored in Australia one in 2006 when he had only gotten off the plane the day before. @anoop3301 for your information Jayasuriya played as a lower order batsmen till well over 100 ODIs till 1996 hence his average was never going to be high. Before you insult a legend of the game you should also know that the great Wasim Akram called him the most difficult batsman he had ever bowled to so do u also consider Akram a flat track bully just because he is not Indian?

  • anoop3301 on March 26, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @Kays789: Can you name all those games when Jayasurya murdered indian bowlers. If they were very frequent, he would have averaged lot more than pathetic 32 which he finished up getting. Flat track bully isn't he ?

  • SRT24 on March 25, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    It is all about performing on a Big day. No Matter who you are..

  • Kays789 on March 25, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Nearly every single game Sanath Jayasuriya played against India in his career following the 96 world cup would fit into the category discussed in this article. Ahh the indian bowlers... serving up dollies for batsmen's consumption since the beginning of time...

  • vkumar_086 on March 25, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    SL did not win a single global title after 1996....whereas INDIA got 3 global titles....moral: performing very well at right time and at BIG tourneys matters....

  • 9ST9 on March 25, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    @realfan - I see you are going back in your statement : [" never won or *drew* test series away from lanka since 2000"] you nicely omited the drew clause in your latest post. I am not being happy for any team I am pointing out the false information you are posting on a public forum.

  • Unbiased-views on March 25, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @ Sheahan Ganeshan India haven't played T20 this year until WCT20...Based on performance in the current WCT20, one would've to say that India has performed better than SL till now as India has beaten better teams like Pak,WI(Tournament favourites)!! Based on the current form, Australia has to be favourite winning all the last 6 matches before losing to Pak......If you think Srilanka is the best team in T20, they should win this WCT20!!! I do feel that Srilanka has got the team to win, but having the right kind of team is one thing & performing in "BIG" matches is another thing...We will see in another 2 weeks time who the real "Champions" are!!

  • Uppercut07 on March 25, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    That AWKWARD moment when Indian fans can't talk abt 'minnow bashing' without mentioning the 952 vs India in 1997 LOOOL

  • on March 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    Everyone seems to be forgetting that this article and comments page is supposed to be on SL vs ND in T20 and NOW. While I definitely admit SL is not a great test side and have not won a test in India, Australia and blah blah we are not talking about those formats. We are discussing the T20 format and this year's tournament. Is there one single Indian fan out there who can honestly say that this year India has performed better than SL in T20? No. I really hope SL end up against India in the semi's and then the Lankans will show you who the real minnows OF TODAY are. Forget the past, that's over. Today is all that counts. Currently SL is the best and no one can deny that.

  • realfan on March 25, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    @9ST9 : when i say lanka never won atest series away from lankan ( or subcontinent for that matter ) it refers to places like aus, SA, ENG, WI, NZ.... yes you drew series in NZ, WI, ENG.... and you must be happy with that performcance...good for you..... try to win next time... lol....

  • on March 25, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    The Zimbabwe team that got bundled out for 40 had both the Flower brothers, Carlisle, Wishart, Streak etc in it. It was hardly a minnow in that regard. Especially compared to Zim of now. That Zim team were challenging all comers and quite competitive at the time.

  • garawi on March 25, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    This match did nothing good for SL. They missed out of bowling and batting practice that would have been very welcome before the next match. Hopefully they will not be rusty by then!

  • garawi on March 25, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    To "Indian_Rule"...just tell me how many olympic medal sl have won till now????? With 1.2 Billion ( Mostly hungry! ) people India won a handful of Olympics medals in 'not so important' medals. Usa with only 300 million people won ten times that! So think if you can make the comparison you are asking SL fans to do! It's silly!

  • garawi on March 25, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    To "Indian_Rule"...just tell me how many olympic medal sl have won till now????? With 1.2 Billion ( Mostly hungry! ) people India won a handful of Olympics medals in 'not so important' medals. USA with only 300 million people won ten times that! So think if you can make the comparison you are asking SL fans to do! It's silly!

  • Manowara on March 25, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    We are reading bashing Indian fans in the comment page where India is not a participant in the refereed game. Ok let us put it this way. If some body can recall the score board record Indian match against the same so called minnow Netherlands during the past. If India had taken all wickets below 39 in a limited over game below the over rate we have seen SL perform yesterday. We will have to agree with you ppl. We SL fans never tag Netherlands as minnow. Bcs we were in the same spot when we arrived in to the International cricket arena. We stand tall with the rest of the full member countries in a very small period compared to India. Netherlands cricketers would do the same very soon. Good luck Netherlands. Well done SL. Now again India fans under pressure when they meet Netherlands in future games. We are watching you guys what you have to say that day other than giving excuses.

  • on March 25, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Why is that whenever Sri Lanka manage to get a team out for less than 40 runs, they have to lose a wicket in the process of chasing the paltry total? Third time they didn't win by ten wickets!

  • 9ST9 on March 25, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Realfan's wisdom is astonishing. Thanks to realfan we now know that 2004,2006,2008 etc. all occured after 2000 (contrary to popular belief) and that England,New Zealand, Pakistan, West Indies are all parts of Sri Lanka. He deserves a round of applause for enlightening us mortals.

  • 9ST9 on March 25, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    @realfan - it's not the result that matters my point was to highlight the accuracy of the 'facts' you were posting. Now don't try to ignore that.

  • kreeketer on March 25, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Guys common take it easy....The Lions of Isles have been a wonderful tournament team with the way they go about their business on the field and the fans are just fantastic...A win is a win and let them enjoy !!! Well played SL....NL has to do a lot of thinktank before next game

  • priceless1 on March 25, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    @Akash Bhavsar , since you asked :D. please check India's lowest score ever in ODI you will find it is also against SL which is 54/10 in Oct 29 /2000 at Sarjah ground .:D

  • on March 25, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    After beating netherland srilankan fans think they are great.. And how can u compare the performances with the other team.. And feel good... If you are really good in cricket compare india vs srilanka.. You will get the result which one is better...

  • 9ST9 on March 25, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    It's funny how on any article related to SL I see comments like 'India have won the 2011 WC, the 2012 champions trophy' etc. So, can cricinfo configure their site so that, on any article related to SL we can have a small side panel that contains the list of ODI /T20/Test Achievements of India? That would be rather handy since those stats are posted half a dozen times per article anyway.

  • Indian_Rule on March 25, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    To all sl_fans--u r talking about india's population only....in every case india is far far far far stronger than srilanka.....just tell me how many olympic medal sl have won till now?????

  • realfan on March 25, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    @9ST9 : wow that is really a great result... wow drawing a series in 2006 is rally a great result... keep going..lol

  • realfan on March 25, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @sumithocs : wow congrats for drawing ONE match in AUS... great achievement.... great going....lol

  • NP_NY on March 25, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    SL got all out for 43 just two years ago in SA and some SL fans commenting here that India's 54 is the lowest score for test playing nations. 43 all out after SA made over 300 runs. India has won the 2007 WT20, 2011 world cup, 2012 champions trophy - three world titles in the last 7 years. What has SL won? Answer that bridesmaids :).

  • NP_NY on March 25, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    LOL. Minnow murderers, perennial bridesmaids.....very suitable nicknames for SL. Thanks Andrew!

  • on March 25, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    yeah this is a true story .cz thatz y India were all out for just 54 in 2000 at Sharjah against Sri Lanka.lol

  • Smack-DAT on March 25, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    @madgun1966: Was there any World Cup in 1972?? No wonders you guys dont win anything outside your territory!! Anyway forget about winning in Aus or even beating them ( 1 win so far ONLY!! ) because its beyond imagination for SL team, come and win atleast 1 Test Match in Ind.

  • 9ST9 on March 25, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    @Balaji - Since you decided to bring up South Africa, this is what happens when South Africa tour Sri Lanka : http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/61153.html

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/61153.html

  • on March 25, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    @Balaji Swaminathan & Hari Haran See this :p http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

  • 9ST9 on March 25, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @realfan [" never won or drew test series away from lanka since 2000"] - thanks for reminding me that the 2006 England vs Sri Lanka test series was in fact held before 2000. You really do have a talent for numbers. hats off.

  • CUPULW on March 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka feature in 4 of the 5 least scoring ODI matchs. ZIm 35 (2004); Canada 36 (2003); Zim 38 (2001) and SL43 (2012) v SA. Also the highest ODI sore 443/9 (2006) v Ned. Also 2nd highest aggregate: IN 414/7 v SL 411/8 (2009). Murli is the highest wcket-taker 534 and Vass also has 400. Vass has the best bowling figures 8/19 and Murali also has 7/30. Mahela has most catches 201 and Sanga has most stumpings 87.

    Now SL hold the record for highet score in all3 formats and bowling out teams for lowest score in ODI and T20.

    What people shud know is SL played 1st ODI in 1975 CWC. But i wasn't until 1982 SL got test status.

    India on the other hand had been playing test cricket since 1932!

  • sumithocs on March 25, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    @realfan - If you are talking about Sri Lanka, then you are wrong mate. Check this http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64092.html

  • on March 25, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    And no shame to say all these Indians, look at the population difference LOL

  • on March 25, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    They were minnows so they understand the mindset of the minnows. Hence they thrash them easily :)

  • on March 25, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Take the Indian side..... Kohli is exceptional.... Dhoni, brilliant.... the rest, ordinary to bad..... yet these Indian fans believe that their team is the best going.... wish these indians fans get real.....

  • realfan on March 25, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @Uppercut07 : lol and your away record??? never won a test match in india , never won a test macth or drew a test match in AUS, never won or drew test series away from lanka since 2000.... wow what a record....

  • on March 25, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    @TATTUs sorry man in that match your india was 537/8 not 500/5 . In 2 wicket with de hand no where near Sl Total. 952/6

  • Prateek65900 on March 25, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    I just think that both India and Sri Lanka have got bad records away from home. Although India have definitely got a better record then Sri Lanka....India consistently managed to win away under Saurav and a bit later on...however, recently they have been not so good becuse the team is under transition. But, about Sri Lanka they have never done well away...even Mahela and Sanga must feel the pinch...they have few odd good innings away from home in Tests but have never been able to put a good tour together individually or as a team.

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    These are legendary stats yet to be achieved by any other Full-Member Team nevertheless what we are proud of is every thrashing we've given to "India"- so called one of the biggest three: the Sharjah ODI and the test record of 952

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    This is what happens they play South Africa. Srilanka never have beaten india in a test match played in India http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/engine/match/514035.html

  • VinothSam on March 25, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    Of coures SL is the minnow murderers but India came back from the beating by SL later. Hope NL will also do the same.

  • TATTUs on March 25, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    On SL 952 against India.

    1. India isnt a 'minnow' in that sense. India has a better head to head record against SL in all forms. [Mens, Womens, U19, A level, all forms]

    2. In that match India scored 500 odd for 5 something and both first innings were not completed which says a lot about the pitch. Had India batted first or SL declared after 600 India could have scored the same runs.

    3. One can understand this point was just to crank up Indians. So...

  • on March 25, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    @yohandf:::http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65278.html

    India Thrashed minnows Srilanka

  • Charindra on March 25, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    LOL yohandf! Good one. But unfortunately India don't count as a minnow, although they play like one sometimes ;)

  • Unbiased-views on March 25, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    @Hero88 952 was scored in Colombo..;) "ALL" the pitches in srilanka are nothing but road!!! Srilankan batsmen & bowlers are known increase their averages by performing against minnows!! This clearly shows that Srilanka can make record only against minnows not against big boys!!!!

  • realfan on March 25, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    @Hero88 and @uppercut07 : yeah india also scored 537 in 1st innings in that match and declared, if only they had not declared they would have scored 1000 ....:D

  • Uppercut07 on March 25, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    @Aadil Aijaz, @abhinavpraneet u guys ever heard of sarcasm?? LOL anyway, judging India's recent AWAY record, are u sure they r not MINNOWS??? LOL

  • Manowara on March 25, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    I would not agree why Indian fans not making comment here. Im sure India is not minnow. We have great respect to the team India. Andraw you have missed one thing to compare what the best recorded by India in the same formats. There you can compare who the best team against the same minnow. Also we know what team recorded best against India.

  • on March 24, 2014, 23:20 GMT

    Sri Lanka is love. My favourite team after Pakistan. They always have brilliant leaders in seniors in their team. And Jayasuriya, as humble as he is off the field, his aggression on field has been catastrophic. They should win this T20 WC if Jayawardane carries his form from Asia Cup final and Sanga bats as well as he does. You can always count on Mendis, Nuwan and Malinga being an attack to reckon with.

  • madgun2015 on March 24, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    SL beat India in 1972 world cup in England long before they got full ICC membership Also SL beat india in a test match long before the 1996 world cup.

  • indianzen on March 24, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    oh well... If Indians are Minnows then what would you say when you lost the world cup 2011 despite playing with 2 illegal bowlers like Murali and Lasith ? Stop commenting such things and talk with sportsmanship...

  • RuwanFer on March 24, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    SL bowled out Zimbabwe for 34 odd in another ODI match. Probably that one is better than the performance against Canada who were very unprofessional side.

  • jacky2411 on March 24, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    So scoring 952 @3.5 in a test in which neither side bats two innings is "walloping"?

  • abhinavpraneet on March 24, 2014, 20:36 GMT

    @Hero88 and @Uppercut07: The article is about SL thrashing minnows in limited overs cricket, not all teams in all forms. Not sure if India can be considered a minnow and test cricket as limited overs cricket.

  • SeanoN on March 24, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/514035.html

    Sri Lanka 43 all out..... lol

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @Uppercut07: Indians aren't minnows. Nowhere near that.

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    another minnow (ind) bashing: SL:299 ind:54 http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65900.html

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    another minnow bashing http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia-v-sri-lanka-2012/engine/match/573016.html

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on March 24, 2014, 19:34 GMT

    @Uppercut07 and Hero88 : Yes and if I remember correctly SL is the only team apart from BD and Zim to have not won a test in India . Wow , that puts SL in a very elite group . :D SL should fist win a Test in India before they can call others as minnows, 952 reflects the pathetic playing conditions just to inflate averages .

  • vishnu4252 on March 24, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    India thrashed Srilanka in 2011 world cup finals..:D

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    The current team is backed by most of the legends you have mentioned in the Article, Sanath J is the chief selector, Marvan is the Batting Coach and Vass is the fast bowling coach.

  • JethaE on March 24, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    You missed out Sri Lanka 299/5 beat India 54 all out in Sharjah in 2000. Jayasuriya top scored in that too with 189 :)

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    How about India all out for 53 in Sharjah

  • vishnu4252 on March 24, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Srilankans were thrashed by India in 2011 world cup finals..keep tht in mind Lankans!!!

  • on March 24, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    Also missing here recent Australia 's 74 all out and India's 54 all out against Sri Lanka ! :D

  • HISHAMYOOSUF on March 24, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I hope everyone remember the match in Sharjah in 1997 where Sri Lanka scored 299 with Sanath Jayasuriya scoring 189 and India all out for a mere 55 runs.

  • CricketPissek on March 24, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    where is the current ODI world record of 35 all out by Zimbabwe?? How was that missed?!

  • Razor_Sharp on March 24, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    haha THE MINNOW MURDERS!! nice heading to the article

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @ Sharjah India were all out for 54 I think it's a record for full member of ICC. Add that as we'll

  • Herath-UK on March 24, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    The ICC should recognise these terrific feats & make cash donations as a way of player encouragement & appreciation.The SLC should stake a claim.

  • tristancaleb on March 24, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    @ Uppercut07..ha ha,,,,wel said... exceptional comment,,, they are nothing but a bunch of cry babies...

  • yohandf on March 24, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Andrew you could not add this .Sri lanka 299/ 5 beat India 54 allout by 245 runs .

    ODI no. 1652 | 2000/01 season http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

  • Uppercut07 on March 24, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    u r missed out one more minnow bashing...... SL vs Ind in 1997, SL recorded highest test score 952.... Sanath top scored in that too.....

  • HarshaCD on March 24, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    For the record, SL slammed over 500 runs in one day ina test against Bangladesh. Now this.

  • Hero88 on March 24, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka's walloping is 952 against India :D

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  • Hero88 on March 24, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Sri Lanka's walloping is 952 against India :D

  • HarshaCD on March 24, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    For the record, SL slammed over 500 runs in one day ina test against Bangladesh. Now this.

  • Uppercut07 on March 24, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    u r missed out one more minnow bashing...... SL vs Ind in 1997, SL recorded highest test score 952.... Sanath top scored in that too.....

  • yohandf on March 24, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Andrew you could not add this .Sri lanka 299/ 5 beat India 54 allout by 245 runs .

    ODI no. 1652 | 2000/01 season http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65900.html

  • tristancaleb on March 24, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    @ Uppercut07..ha ha,,,,wel said... exceptional comment,,, they are nothing but a bunch of cry babies...

  • Herath-UK on March 24, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    The ICC should recognise these terrific feats & make cash donations as a way of player encouragement & appreciation.The SLC should stake a claim.

  • on March 24, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @ Sharjah India were all out for 54 I think it's a record for full member of ICC. Add that as we'll

  • Razor_Sharp on March 24, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    haha THE MINNOW MURDERS!! nice heading to the article

  • CricketPissek on March 24, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    where is the current ODI world record of 35 all out by Zimbabwe?? How was that missed?!

  • HISHAMYOOSUF on March 24, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I hope everyone remember the match in Sharjah in 1997 where Sri Lanka scored 299 with Sanath Jayasuriya scoring 189 and India all out for a mere 55 runs.