Sri Lanka v West Indies, World T20, semi-final April 2, 2014

Malinga to lead SL in semi after Chandimal opts out

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Play 03:44
Gayle: Haven't felt so good in a long time

Match facts

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Start time 1900 local (13.00 GMT)

Big Picture

Two things are certain in Thursday night's semi-final. One, the West Indies players will have the Mirpur crowd eating out of their hands; a jig, happy or otherwise, is likely. And two, Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka - the confusion over the team captain being sorted hours before the toss, with Sri Lanka Cricket tweeting that Dinesh Chandimal had "opted not to play" in the semi-final.

When these teams clashed in the last World T20, the final had been a celebration of flair, but 18 months on, both teams have developed formulae with which to knead the talent at their disposal. West Indies have embraced conservatism with the bat, allowing Dwayne Smith to play as he wishes in the Powerplay, but generally seeking to keep wickets in hand to unleash at the back end. As the 82 runs in the final five overs of their innings against Pakistan proved, they have become increasingly adept at this through the tournament. With the ball, Samuel Badree and Krishmar Santokie have been as penetrative as they have been economical, thanks in part to a helpful Mirpur surface.

Sri Lanka have had among the most entertaining trips to the semi-final. They opened their campaign against South Africa who ch… errr, made poor use of a winning position under considerable pressure from the opposition. They brushed Netherlands aside before their bus driver had found a parking space. Then, having hit 189, they lost in dispiriting fashion to England, before orchestrating a rabid defence of 119 against New Zealand. In short, Sri Lanka have been like Pakistan.

Sri Lanka might have preferred a semi-final against Pakistan, because at least they understand how to counter Pakistan's style of cricket, to some extent. A peaking West Indies unit will cause more worry in their camp, particularly because the wounds of Marlon Samuels' game-breaking Premadasa assault will have barely healed over. West Indies will be confident they can take Lasith Malinga apart, as they did during that match, so the onus is on Sri Lanka to arrive at an effective strategy.

Form guide

Sri Lanka: WLWWW (completed matches, most recent first)
West Indies: WWWLL

In the spotlight

If there is one man who can put Sri Lanka in the final through strategy alone, it has to be the team's best ever tactician, Mahela Jayawardene. He called the shots in the game against New Zealand, spreading fear in the hearts of opposition batsmen by placing a slip and short leg around them, and rotated bowlers masterfully. The whole thing made Sri Lanka fans nostalgic for the days of his leadership, when Sri Lanka played their most attractive cricket since the late '90s, and inspiring turnarounds against powerful opposition almost became the norm. He is also Sri Lanka's best big-match player in any discipline. He will be desperate for this match not to be his last in the format.

Darren Sammy has unequivocally been the best finisher of the tournament, to the extent that West Indies' game plan takes his success at the death for granted. He has come off in almost every game, and sits on a tournament strike rate of 224 and an average of 101. Sri Lanka will also remember the unbeaten 26 off 15 that pushed West Indies' total from competitive to commanding in the 2012 final, and more recently, the 30 not out from 14 that helped set up West Indies victory in a warm-up match. Sammy v Malinga has the potential to become the defining contest of the match.

Team news

With Chandimal opting out, Lahiru Thirimanne may get a second game in the tournament. There is also a chance legspinning allrounder Sekkuge Prasanna could replace Thisara Perera.

Sri Lanka (probable) 1 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt), 11 Rangana Herath

West Indies have all their parts in place, well-oiled, humming like a Lamborghini on a Sunday afternoon drive. Their XI is more settled.

West Indies (probable) 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 7 Darren Sammy (capt), 8 Andre Russell, 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Krishmar Santokie

Pitch and conditions

Pitches have become notoriously difficult to score on at this end of the tournament, particularly for teams batting second. Dew is less of a concern in Mirpur than it was in Chittagong. The weather is expected to be fine.

Stat and trivia

  • Mahela Jayawardene is the top scorer in World T20s with 992 runs. Chris Gayle is second with 804, but has a slightly better average and strike rate
  • Including this one, West Indies have made three semi-finals in this tournament and Sri Lanka, four. The last time they met at this stage, in 2009, Sri Lanka won
  • Samuel Badree is the third-highest wicket taker in the tournament so far, with 10 scalps at an average of 9 and an economy rate of 5.62

Quotes

"Chandimal is a very exciting young cricketer. He has got an excellent cricket brain and he was chosen because of those factors. He had a tough time and people have been very quick to point it out."
Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace defends the team's captain

"The offspinners are the ones who have got wickets against us so we don't mind their left-arm-spinner. Hopefully, we don't play him as the New Zealanders did..."
West Indies captain Darren Sammy does not think Rangana Herath will bother his team

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

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  • LankaPuthra on April 2, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    In 1972 (?) I had the privilege of sitting next to Clive Lloyd in the commentary box during the post-match interview after the mighty West Indies had given a proper thrashing to Anura Thennakoon's team at the SSC grounds, Colombo, Ceylon. (Sir) Viv Richards was a young no.11 batsman and the only right-handed batsman of that WI team. I am amazed at how far Sri Lanka cricket has progressed in my life-time! Win or lose the match, the fact that SL are playing the WI as equals. That's a victory in itself. Winning this semi-final would be the icing on the cake.

  • on April 3, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Good luck WI, you have the power in both your batting and bowling line ups, this SF is yours to lose, there are obviously problems in SL's camp so bring it home and wait for the finals, they must have the result of the last final in their minds, especially Mr Malinga, now he has an additional responsibility, grasp that opportunity...keep a steady head.

  • talkcricnotrubbish on April 3, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    This match is between efficient team players and powerful individuals. Hope to c cracker of a match. 2010- Host- Eng, 2012-Eng Winners, 2010-Host-WI, 2012-WI Winners, 2012-Host-SL 2014-??? Winner. Lets c if this repeats. Best of luck to both teams. Let the best team win. Ind Fan PS- Ind & SL fans please stop bashing each other. It's just a sport and keep the spirit of the sport intact while commenting.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @ prema1948 you are correct 1979 SL produced cricketers like Roy Dias, mendis, wettimuny, Anura tenekoon, Ranasonghe, tony opatha and somachandra desiva to name few From Indian fan

  • itsqashi on April 3, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Expeting a great match fom both the finest T20 cricket teams. Best of luck for both.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 3, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Luck is with SL today. SL won the toss. Lets see how well SL unitizes batting fist. Definitely WI will not collapse like NZ did.

    I think SL is hoping that there will not be any due while they bowl. but what if there is a due ??????? BIG question ????

    Some times its better to loose the toss. lets see what happens today night.. cant wait for the result... Enjoy all.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I think west indies is going to win as they have the most attacking batting lineup of this year's ICC world 20...on above of that they have some excellent spinners like narine,badree etc.....i hope that Gayle really fires today and proves his critics that he is the most attacking batsman in world cricket especially in T20 format....

  • Rambo-123 on April 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Chandimal great personality!! Great Character!! One fine day the good things you have done for SL cricket will come back to you.... Keep it Up!!

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka please don't make this match as mahela and sangas last match.good luck best performing team win.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Pitch and conditions "Pitches have become notoriously difficult to score on at this end of the tournament, particularly for teams batting second. Dew is less of a concern in Mirpur than it was in Chittagong. The weather is expected to be fine"(espncricinfo on Today's Semi) But for Sri Lanka there is no any need for any given conditions.... "In spite of the dampness, the Australians would have batted first in any event, but Ranatunga chose to field first in the hope of some early wickets for his seamers, and because his batsmen had shown exceptional maturity of temperament in their earlier run-chases"(Wisdenalmanack on 1996 world cup which we have won)

  • LankaPuthra on April 2, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    In 1972 (?) I had the privilege of sitting next to Clive Lloyd in the commentary box during the post-match interview after the mighty West Indies had given a proper thrashing to Anura Thennakoon's team at the SSC grounds, Colombo, Ceylon. (Sir) Viv Richards was a young no.11 batsman and the only right-handed batsman of that WI team. I am amazed at how far Sri Lanka cricket has progressed in my life-time! Win or lose the match, the fact that SL are playing the WI as equals. That's a victory in itself. Winning this semi-final would be the icing on the cake.

  • on April 3, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Good luck WI, you have the power in both your batting and bowling line ups, this SF is yours to lose, there are obviously problems in SL's camp so bring it home and wait for the finals, they must have the result of the last final in their minds, especially Mr Malinga, now he has an additional responsibility, grasp that opportunity...keep a steady head.

  • talkcricnotrubbish on April 3, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    This match is between efficient team players and powerful individuals. Hope to c cracker of a match. 2010- Host- Eng, 2012-Eng Winners, 2010-Host-WI, 2012-WI Winners, 2012-Host-SL 2014-??? Winner. Lets c if this repeats. Best of luck to both teams. Let the best team win. Ind Fan PS- Ind & SL fans please stop bashing each other. It's just a sport and keep the spirit of the sport intact while commenting.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @ prema1948 you are correct 1979 SL produced cricketers like Roy Dias, mendis, wettimuny, Anura tenekoon, Ranasonghe, tony opatha and somachandra desiva to name few From Indian fan

  • itsqashi on April 3, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    Expeting a great match fom both the finest T20 cricket teams. Best of luck for both.

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 3, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Luck is with SL today. SL won the toss. Lets see how well SL unitizes batting fist. Definitely WI will not collapse like NZ did.

    I think SL is hoping that there will not be any due while they bowl. but what if there is a due ??????? BIG question ????

    Some times its better to loose the toss. lets see what happens today night.. cant wait for the result... Enjoy all.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    I think west indies is going to win as they have the most attacking batting lineup of this year's ICC world 20...on above of that they have some excellent spinners like narine,badree etc.....i hope that Gayle really fires today and proves his critics that he is the most attacking batsman in world cricket especially in T20 format....

  • Rambo-123 on April 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Chandimal great personality!! Great Character!! One fine day the good things you have done for SL cricket will come back to you.... Keep it Up!!

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka please don't make this match as mahela and sangas last match.good luck best performing team win.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    Pitch and conditions "Pitches have become notoriously difficult to score on at this end of the tournament, particularly for teams batting second. Dew is less of a concern in Mirpur than it was in Chittagong. The weather is expected to be fine"(espncricinfo on Today's Semi) But for Sri Lanka there is no any need for any given conditions.... "In spite of the dampness, the Australians would have batted first in any event, but Ranatunga chose to field first in the hope of some early wickets for his seamers, and because his batsmen had shown exceptional maturity of temperament in their earlier run-chases"(Wisdenalmanack on 1996 world cup which we have won)

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    hahahahaha.......lol i has expected that,,,,

  • rayinto on April 3, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    World's numbr 1 & 2 20/20 bowlers ( Narine & Badree). Two number 1 finishers ( Bravo & Sammy). The most agressive opening batsman in the history of 20/20 ( Gayle). The best emerging pace bowler - Santokie. Best Wicket Keeper in this Tournament ( Ramdin). All of them in form at the saame time - there is no stopping this Caribbean Carnival caravan.

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    What will happen if it get washed out(not even a single bowl).. Only if.. How can they decide the finalist because their is no reserve day ?? Any answers

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    I'm happy very much if SL today win the game

  • on April 3, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    great idea and Sekkuge Prasanna should be in. quality and plans of SL spinners will make a different to WI killing plan.

  • Lord.emsworth on April 3, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Noble of young Chandimal to opt out voluntarily Good lad!... T20, or as the Australians call it 'Big Bash', requires a certain flair to put the coaching manuals aside and bash the bowling around. Chandimal doesn't have this ability right now, but may find it in another series if picked... At least he listened to the negative press he got from fans, when the stubborn selectors didn't. Looking forward to seeing him in the Test & ODI teams later on in the England tour.

  • onebump on April 3, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    WI artllery vs SL snipers!

    The big guns of WI ma boom, but he SL needto be precise, patient and use the one and only opportuniy they will get!

  • The-love on April 3, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I think this time SL is going to be the winner of trophy as it will be the perfect exit for Mahela,Sanga and Dilshan(I don't think they will select him now onwards).All the best from India.

  • Prabhash1985 on April 3, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Happy birthday Thisara... One word to Sri Lanka before things begin. Don't be too much nice to people if they are not nice to you. If everyone plays mind games, you too play in the same way. Don't be saints surrounded by wolves. You become a wolf if you are surrounded by wolves. If they say something, you say something back to them... They always do that. We want to win somehow or the other. That's the mindset everyone has. Just play like anyone else. If they play gentleman cricket, you play gentleman cricket. Sad to say so, but you need to understand the game properly. Stay calm in your mind no matter what... Like Arjuna did.

  • slcricket2014 on April 3, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Thank you Mr. Chandimal for opting out from today's match, we hope that is for good. Cricket is not for everyone and we know that you tried your best. As srilankan cricket fans we thank you for that. You had a bad patch since you started playing cricket for Srilanka. Best wishes for finding a new career.

    Selectors have given more chances to him than anyone else in the history of Srilankan cricket and also not sure why he is captaining the T20 side?? Exceptional batting average of 13.30 and the career strike rate of 93.66 for T20s. And also he doesn't ball or keep wickets. Now can anyone tell me why the hell is he captaining the Srilankan T20 cricket team?

    Everyone says he has the potential and talent but what is the point if he doesn't deliver and stands up to his potential and talent. I'm sure there are hundreds of other young cricketers waiting just to get a chance.

  • Neutral007 on April 3, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Good Luck Sri Lanka! I hope the cup is retained either by us (India) or yourself. Hopefully you guys will get through to final.

  • zaam_mohamed on April 3, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    please let mendis play. his ball may work, drop thisara

  • rafilafir on April 3, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    I am proud of Chandimal to have stepped out considering the nation before him. A vital decision and certainly a gesture of a true sportsman. It is unfairto compare a Malinga to a Chandimal for we need to compare an Apple to an Apple. Malinga by all means is our main striker but that does not qualify him to make the best captain. Chandimal undoubtedly is a class act albiet not been consistent to stick at the stumps nor has he proved to pelt bowlers around as Sisira sometimes does. It will be unwise to get Prassanna play an all important game without a single match under his belt without undermining his abilities with both bat and ball even in the shortest format. WI are all pumped up with amunition loaded to fire but Sri Lankan artillery too can counter because they have been in a similar war footing. If today is Malinga's day Sri Lanka can knock off the blazing windies power. WI are a great bunch of entertainers, but am hoping Gale had his last Gangam for the season the other day

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:31 GMT

    oh ho,.. defending world champs just lost to australia...

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Sekkuge Prasanna and Thisara perera should play. Thisara should come earlier. why he dont get to bat at No. 5?

  • anbajwa on April 3, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    Great spirit shown by Chandimal.Looks as if W.Indies have better chances to be winner of this T-20 competition.

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    The greatest achievement of lankan is they came into limelight very quickly in 96 but they stayed where they are, mahela and sanga replaced arjuna and desilva. In 1996 just before the world cup lankan visted pakistan sanath and kalu started to open no knew that this combination is gona make them unbeaten champs and more important thing is they have maintained since then. I wonder who was behind 1996 team changed suddenly was it dave watmore or arjuna and desilva or murli or their management. Its a pleasure to watch two great teans but i just want not to play under pressure unlike pakistan.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 3, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Please play Ajantha Mendis today. We need him today against this WI line up. Mendis must play may be for Thisara or better if he replace Thirimanne.. Dhaka pitch favors AJs type of bowling. He must play today..

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    West indies will be sure winner today!!!

  • VinothSam on April 3, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Happy Birthday Thisara. Lets make our country proud again. Good luck mates.

  • on April 3, 2014, 11:19 GMT

    Hope Sri Lanka win tonight and the final. Fan from Pakistan

  • nilweer on April 3, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    It is the wise and selfless move by Chandimal and one has to admit it. He'll have a bright future in cricket, but not sure whether he is suited for T20. He normally takes to time to adapt and has proved that he is a capable test level batsman. So selectors must be careful not to overburden him and if this continue, he will lose confidence and will affect his overall career. Having said that Chandimal has to adapt to different forms of the game like Anjelo goes.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 3, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    @ Qaaid Mowlana YOU SAID IT ALL Mate! Yes you are right.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 3, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    @ wapuser: I agree with u mate. Chandi HAS to bat up the order for SL to get 100% from him. Same with Thiri. These guys have the technique to excel at the highest level. But sadly both these players need to spend some time in the middle to get going. Only a truly team player will decide to stay out in order to give a chance for the team to do well in a semifinal situation. Hats off for the little man. A true team player!!!

  • Fliper on April 3, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Sri Lanka can beat windies by good margin.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    I predict sri lanka win this match.leading wicket taker Kula. s.a win over india ..

  • ksquared on April 3, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    Hope Thisara Perera won't get dropped on his Birthday. The best birthday gift would be an SL win!!!!!

  • yorkslanka on April 3, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    very decent decision fom Chandimal putting his country before his own needs. He knows that he is in a poor run of form at the moment and doing this will benefit the team. Personally I wouldnt drop Thisara as i dont think Prasana is consistent enough with the bat..Thirrimane needs to try and bat out the overs and anchor the innings not try and play big shots which are not his style..goo luck to both teams but hoping for a SL win..

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    I think West Indies will win this match. They will lose to India in the final

  • Great_Chucker on April 3, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    It happens only in SL that the board selects a player to lead his country,captain who is supposed to be one of the best player in the nation...but who himself thinks he is not fit to play in the eleven...how weird ...LOL

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    When Sanath had a bad time during 99 world cup Arjuna didn't ask him to play down the order that's why he remained as a good opener till 2007. Thirimanna was lucky other wise he would have easily caught in the slips the other night then the story would have change. Ideally Chandimal should bat 3. Even Sanga or Dilshan will fail if play at No. 5. If Sri Lanka really need Chandimal's service take him in other wise let him to stay out. What ever happen after this series Chandimal will secure No.3 which is the ideal for his skills.surely people will appreciate Chandimal when he playing for world cup next in Australia. He will be more successful in Australian conditions

  • Prema1948 on April 3, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    #LankaPuthra# you have to get your facts right, better visit Cricinfo or Cricket Archives. You are talking about WI's tour of 1975, during which time we had quality batters like Tennekoon, Roy Dias,DulipMendis, DaviHyen,SunilWettimunny. Unlike today, the batters we had those days had far better control over their strokes they played and we had quality bowling attack too in DS de Silva,HSM Peiris,Kaliperuma,Opatha, that is why we were able to beat India in 1979 WC where India had failed to win a single match. I hope Master Batsman, Sunil Gawaskar would agree with me in this regard. It was because of those quality players only we won the Full Member status.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Noble decision by Chandi. And if you think about it, his lean patch in internations started only agmfter they took his out of his comfort zone at no.4. Chandimal is NOT a pinch hitter! He is an accumalator, who needs time to play himself in. He is a quality stroke maker and is only at his best in the middle order; that's where both his 100s and most of his 50s have in. Move him back there, he is simply a huge waste of talent at no.6 or 7.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:39 GMT

    malinga is a more aggressive captain than chandimal.NZ 60 all out was due to good captaincy from malinga.sri lanka will win if they bat first.hope to meet you in finals.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    I value chandimal's decision to sit on bench. I heard Thisara perrera's spot will be taken by Seekkuge Prasanna. That would be a mistake-not dropping Thisara but bringing in Seekku as he is just a mediocre spinner. Even though Chandimal has been out of form, I think its best if we replace Thisara with Chandimal just to appreciate the class he possess

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    @ Harish Kumar if we can end special player very easily as u say,, today we cant get mahiyas specialty he had a bad patch 1998 to 2003, same as anji as he had bad patch few years ago.Respect good players to get out there bad patches thats how sl fans should behave

  • prashgz89 on April 3, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    SL will win this match as they have better spinner than poor WI.. i want to see asian team to Win this cup

  • Prema1948 on April 3, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Shame on reckless-hitting (with pre-planned strokes) seniors for forcing Chandimal (1st Cla Ba Av 55+ after a 90 odd 1st Cl Ings bating @ No 3) to drop himself in not giving his due place No 3 in the batting-order. None of the seniors has stats of those as youngsters WC 2003, Nov 2008 Z'babwe and Jan 2009 B'esh are 3 good examples. After all Chandimal the leading run getter in almost all Domestic T20s held since 2010. He is deserted & mislead by the selectors in giving him captaincy while M'thws is still there.(Stats Cricinfo)

  • sudaththa on April 3, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Finely.. He took the decision... We salute him!! He is brave!! Srilankan selection committee put him in that trouble!! Shame for SL cricket committee & Sanath... Please don't put his future in jeopardize!!!

  • bouncer709 on April 3, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    SL will win the match easily. WI are poor against spin, that is fact, one good over against Ajmal doesn't change the facts. and Srilankans are good against spin. So i don't see any chance for WI here.

  • akbaassu on April 3, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Unbelievable a captain opting out Huff !!!

  • SL_Fan_1985 on April 3, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    It s good to keep out chandimal as his form is poor at the moment... Don't make silly comment like "This is end of chandimal.../ sri lanka is un balace......etc..." Some thing similar to happen Youraj singh recently about his form.... Management will make appropriate decisions..... Logical comments are welcome

  • miles100 on April 3, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Bringing that 3rd spinner who has very limited experience might be very dangerous and harmful regardless of the wicket. They made that mistake last world cup against WI in the final bringing that young leg spinner(forgot his name). He got whacked for sixes. They should stick to Thisara because he has experience. I would be shocked to see if they drop Thisara. If Mahela/Sanga gets a good start, Thisara has the potential to take care of the run rate. Go SL!!!

  • BlackHawk on April 3, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    I have to say I respect Chandimal a lot more now since this decision. He has recognised his own limitations and decided to step aside for this match. We saw the other day Hafeez hopelessly failing against the Windies. Chandimal has all the hallmarks of a good leader he just needs some time to get there and I'm sure SLC will allow him to do that!

  • IftikarUK on April 3, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    Mouth is watering already. What a game to look forward to!

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    Go Sri Lanka Go. We like WI very much but we cannot let you defeat SL three times consecutively. Pre tournament match you won. This is our Chance. We started the tournament by defeating SA. Let us repeat that to win the Cup

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    congratulation malinga.

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Well done Chandimal. You are a great player. Will be back after getting form. Better to replace Thisara by Prasanna.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 3, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Seekuge is not the guy for this game. Windies do good against leg spinners and it will be a tough task for him to just walk in today and play well. Mendis gotta come in. He is a must with Herath.

  • zaam_mohamed on April 3, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    in my point of view, senenayake, hereth and mendis should play today,

  • rrdilip on April 3, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    Wow ... I believe we have great match in today evening. Both teams are very strong in their all the departments. I think toss is more important. I believe Sri lanka will play in Sunday game.

  • Sakthiivel on April 3, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Its semi finals and Srilanka is not yet a settled team, rotating the players to find the proper balance.

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    great decision,,,,respect chandimal for this,,

  • Luckwin on April 3, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Making too many changes in such important game is not a wise move at all, Hope SL will remain unchanged and continue their winning combination.

  • Ghazanfarr on April 3, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    this semi final should be high scoring match as for as it should be close match and should be decided finalist team in last ball of the match so that a real cricket can be see. any how best of luck for both teams. i wish this semi final win by SL as for as FINAL.

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    This should be end of chandimal

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Selectors doing right thing finally Chandimal out & Playing Thirimanne is right decision. Good Luck Sri Lanka

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    First of all big urge respect for Chandimal making such important decision this will lift the team sprite in high levels. SL is always given their best to any bestirs thus no matter what the conditions are SL will open the hell for any team according to their present form.

  • hasran on April 3, 2014, 9:13 GMT

    Gayle is out of form,so we can't expect a storm from him against srilankan bowling line up,I am sure that they will be targeting the faster bowlers as they require pace on the ball to suit their slogging style of batting,if srilanka to chose any 3 frontline spinners I think their chances are very less.they never have the potential to survive against good spinners,not selecting hearth for the last t20 final is a great selection blunder from our selection committee after his match winning performance against Pakistan in the semi final.

  • NitsRCB11 on April 3, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Good luck to both teams...best wishes from India...

  • prashgz89 on April 3, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    Both the teams are playing good...my favourite SL. all the best of both the teams-from Indian Fan

  • Harindra86 on April 3, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    It seems Final Between Sri Lanka vs South Africa.Go SL go

  • Pindia on April 3, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    On form Sri Lanka should win. They have had a good year or so, not least the Asia Cup win. For WI Sammy and Bravo have papered over the cracks of misfiring Gayle and Samuels. Chandimal was in poor form. Both Pereras, Sanga, Jayawardene and Matthews should be too much for WI. But WI are the new Pak if they do perform to their mercurial best they can win at a canter. A really interesting match up, but th depth of SL batting and their form should win out. Bowling is fairly equally matched, but Malinga continues to surprise with his longevity and may have the final say...

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Good decision from Chandi! He is an exciting player and he has an X factor in him. But when he knows that he isn't in the expected form especially for a match like this, better stepping aside. It will do whole a lot for him and for the team as well. Even Sanga did it in IPL when he was feeling his performances were not up to SRH's expectations. Chandi has skills, temperament and time to prove his mettle. He will absorb the learning of this and bounce back stronger than never. Best of luck exciting CHANDI! SL and WI! SL team made us proud of them again. Sri Lankans always have less ego so less selfishness. This is real team spirit. Good indication of a pumped up dressing room.

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    well it is a good decision but it has to done earlier....bcz it may create a pshycological pressure on teammates...

  • ksquared on April 3, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    The team batting first has a distinct advantage here. With spinners expected to rule the roost batting second will be really difficult. I think death bowling would be a key factor and SL are probably ahead of WI in that area. It's still 50-50 contest may the best team win!!!!!

  • Naked_Cricket on April 3, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    They don't use T.Perera very well. May be bring him in first 6 overs. Otherwise drop him. Don't give him to ball.

  • smudgeon on April 3, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Good luck SL! I have a feeling they are going to get up here, and it'll be well-deserved too.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 3, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    The match will be decided by WI batters and SL bowlers. If WI batters fire No way that SL can contain them. If SL bowlers fire no way that WI get away. I like to see WI bat first so that by the first innings is finished we decide the game.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 3, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Lasith is going to complete a hat trick. First against NZ, now against WI and against SA in the final. I love as we both were born in Galle, the most beautiful beach city in Sri Lanka. Best wishes to Lasith and the team from Sydney.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Mendis got peppered by the Windies during the practice match. Sekkuge was the most economical of the spinners.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Drop Lahiru Thirimanne and bring in allrounder Seekuge Prasanna..

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Right team for Sri Lanka. Selectors doing right thing finally. Keep away Chandimal & Playing Thirimanne is right decision. Good Luck Sri Lanka

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    I feel Sri Lankans no need to fear, there are ups and down in any team, 18 months back incident wont worry them too much. Its true we lost it in our own soil, but there are so many contributing factors to that downfall. Sri Lankans are in a very strong fighting mind, they are refusing to give up anything, which is an essential quality for this completion. Malinga captaining Sri Lanka also brought another blessing, where he is getting fullest support from all four ex captains. Herath in such foam so he will be a deadly arm. Sri Lanka is very lucky too remember the dew factor against NZ? Therefor, all in all its Sri Lankan Lions game.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    I am West Indies fan, but some how I felt last time they were lucky to have been rescued by Samuels. Gayle has his worst record against Sri Lankans and is mostly a walking wicket against them. But i will keep praying though for West Indies . Other wise it will be an India-SL final and we all know what will be the result. :)

  • SLisBestinEarth on April 3, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    A great salute to "Chandimal".. Hats off 'Sir Chandimal'. This is the Team spirit. Chandimal is more Team oriented, selfless. Last year he opted out of IPL auction knowing he will be one of the premier player in the auction list. Post legends Sanga/Mahela era,Chandimal should lead srilanka in short formats. We already know how chandimal played very well in South Africa && Australian pitches against Styens,Morkels,Mitch etc.. 'Chandimal" - A true leader

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    The WI are a talented lot....but their flamboyance can sometimes go wrong. The SL team minus Dinesh Chandimal, is a balanced outfit. They have a lot to prove......to their own Cricket Board, as well as their fans the world over. What greater motivation to achieve SUCCESS!

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    On paper WI looks like they are peaking. But they have problems in the middle order only to be sheilded by some good performances from the lower middle order. I fear a Gayle blaze in this game. Upto now he had pretty pedestrian stay at the middle by his standards. Kumar is due for some runs but at no4 he will find it bit difficult to get going straight away causing his down fall.I would have opened with Kusal and Sanga to deal with Santokie and Badree and play Dilshan at 4. SL shall also open bowling with Sacithra or Dilshan to make both Gayle and Dwayne uncomfortable. Either way this should be an entertaining match. WI are always the 'other' favourite or loveble team of most of the cricket lovers including me.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Really, Dropping your captain before the Semi-Final shows fear in Slankans. They are going to lose because of this FEAR. Good luck West-Indies.

  • THEBEAST7 on April 3, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    @ Surath. I agree with you buddy. I dont care who stays out. getting Mendis in is a no brainer. West Indies have never fully figured him in any format. He is the only bowler who can keep bravo, sammy, samuels quiet and tied down. Malinga will go for runs today. We need Mendis... Drop Thirimanna. He is not the T20 type. Cant drop Thisara as he is the only guy who has some guts to clear the rope... And yeah, Thank you Chandimal for doing this for the team...

  • BMDeep on April 3, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Good match between an evenly contesting sides. Whoever wind d toss should b batting first as chasing may b tricky in big matches irrespective of dew and pitch conditions. While WI are yet to produce their peak performance, same can b said about SL. Both teams were a bit lucky to get past Aus and SA in tight matches. Honestly on any day, SL r clear favorites to win against WI in sub continent conditions but some how, I got d feeling that WI will produce their peak performance in SF same as last WC SF.So, SL should definitely watch out for Gayle Storm. While both teams have good spinner, WI have an edge with their fire power. They can storm out of any situation with one big over just like in d match against Pak. So, SL shld b watchful abt this. Anyway, all d best for both d teams.

  • Rambo88 on April 3, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Dropping Chandimal is a good idea because of his form! Chandimal needs to Practise hard and get back into form for the future tours, end of the day he is a talented cricketer and we need his service.

    I personally belive we should play Seekuga prassana for this game instead of Thisara perera. Because Thisara did not bowl in the last game and By playing seekuga we have a leg spinner who will suit the conditions and he can hit the big shots.

    This Game is clearly gonna be a cracker. Team batting 1st will have a clear advantage because chasing has been tough looking at the last few games.

    I Belive Sri lanka can pull it off even tho most people say WI has the edge. Im saying this because our bowling department is more experience and we have been winning close games Plus the lankan players play spinners well and its the FAST bowlers that they have been struggling in this tournament.

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    We got to play Mendis and Herath both today! and Sachithra too. Mendis have done really well against the windies so far. And in helpful conditions, He can be really difficult to go after. Let Sachithra do the bowling all rounders job and keep Thisara or Thirimanne out just for today. Any way Thisara is not being in the side for his bowling skills. Unless Dilly is fully recovered and ready to bowl, we need Mendis today. Even in the last T20 WC final Mendis bamboozled the windies to the max. He has to play...

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Hats off for Chandimal for doing this for the team...

  • Poholiyadda on April 3, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Sri Lanka will probably lose the match, without their T20 captain. He may be out of form but he has the ability to clear the ropes and has the luck to take Sri Lanka to the final. Since both Dilshan and Sanga are out of form while Kushal Perera prone to be a victim of a poor umpiring decision, Sri Lanka lack fire power to win this important game.

  • himanshu.team on April 3, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    WI clearly have more match winners than SL, both with the bat and the ball. Smith, Gayle and Sammy are destructive with bat and guys like Bravo, Simmons and Russel are good too in this format. Same goes for Badree and Naraine but even the WI seamers have been pretty effective. So I don't see a reason a think they will loose to SL. Herath had a great outing against the Kiwis but it wont be that easy with power hitting of the Windies. I want to see a typical Gayle innings that would ensure that WI don't need anyone else to fire. I am an Indian fan and it does not matter to me who we face in the final. If we loose, it will only be because of our own mistakes rather than any opposition. On current form, no team is anywhere close to India right now.

  • Lion_96 on April 3, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    So that means Mahela & Sanga will be calling the shots. Good Luck boys! Hope i can finish my asisgnment in to watch this!

  • on April 3, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Srilanka will win for sure .They have better spinners probably the best in the tournament,best fielding unit in the tournament and the best batting line up.They have more x-factors than any other team in the tournament .I do not see any other team coming even close to them at least on paper.The trophy is theirs to lose.Go Lankan lions...Best wishes from Bangladesh...:D

  • forward_diffence on April 3, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    I'm a Sri Lankan Fan. But honestly I know West Indies style of play does not suite Sri Lanka. We have good batsman against spin bowling. But the reality is they will struggle against unorthodox bowling style of Wendies. West Indies batting is not a challenge for us. But the real challenge is batting against the skills of Narine and Badri. What ever the total Wendies gonna achieve, it won't be easy to chase. Sri Lanka can put wendies under pressure by batting first and reaching a score close to 150. Then they will struggle to chase with the lack of pace of the ball. Mahela should bat at least till the 18th over due to slogging is not enough against Narine. There should be a proper batsman who has proper cricketing shots to score against him. Or else it won't be easier to pick his variations. Mahela can use Narine's pace and use the sweep shot to a good effect. I wish our Lions to do better and achieve the win here.

  • Johnny_129 on April 3, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    The minute Faulkner uttered those dis-respective words about the WI, not only Aus but all other sides were doomed! Sorry to say but SL are as good as gone!

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    I belive Priyanjan will be a better choice than Thirimanna. He's an attacking player and seems to play spin well. Also he's a more than handy bowler (off spin) in limitted overs cricket.

  • onebump on April 3, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    WI have the momentum and therefore 60/40 towards them. SL will have to come up with several plans and be very disciplined. The captaincy issue will not bother the SL team. They are a team. It would have created chaos for any other team (except maybe for Pakistan).Hopefully SL players will play without fear. They have not been 100% and feels like the 2010 tournament when they quite rightly went out at the SF stage to the eventual winners (Eng).

    If I was an Indian fan, I would be cheering for SL (assuming India will make it to the final that is... and most Indian fans do assume that). Malinga should hopefully come to the party in style. Although accurate he has not taken many wickets! Hopefully he will take Sammy's middle stump.

    Excited!

  • anver777 on April 3, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    I think winning combination is the right & best choice for this all important Semi !!!!! SL got to make this turn to give the WI the return of the last WT20 final.....

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    Haleos you are absolutely right. If Sri Lankan could not progress upto this level in 42 years there is no point of playing cricket, Sri Lanka should have concentrate on some thing else. What is the sad part of SL cricket is growth during the past 15years is not up to the expectation. We may have produce cricketers of the caliber of Aravinda, Murali, Kumar, Chaminda. Mahela sanath and Marvan, except Sanath all these cricketers namely from Colombo and Kandy and attended so called big schools. A proper infrastructure will help us to produce cricketers from all over the country.

  • Jackjin on April 3, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    There is no Super over till in this tournament.. Will this be one?? I'll like to see one..

  • ramz30380 on April 3, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    So Chandimal opts to sit out?! Wow, I think thats alright considering his performance but why cant Mahela put up his hand and offer to lead - anyways it was clear that he was leading the team on the field the other day! Just saying..... coz this being his last T20 tournament!

    SL needs to be more realistic and think on their feet as WI can cause damage with the bat, how they handle tht kinda pressure will be the key for SL & how the WI handle the SL spinners will be the key for WI in this match.... All the best both teams, may the best team win....

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    win against WI in semi to match last t20 final and then win against IND in final to match last 50 over final, thats it. What a script

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    do well Mali along with 4captain

  • Iceman29 on April 3, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    amazed to see the spirit of Chandi...sacrificing captaincy and for the benefit of his country...very rare to see things like these these days...hats off to him...

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    Chandimal is a promising player,must be a permanent member of the team. Everyone has ups an downs. Anyway Sri Lanka is a good tean ,can produce good results anytime, should not be taken lightly. WI also a big side. But in Mirpur SL have a good chance to do something better with their spinners . Sometimes overconfidence will be a bad impact to the West Indians while SL are working hard to overcome the challenge they have.the legend , Mahela will again be a big factor of leading the team members.. One thing can be expected definitely... This Semi Final will be a supper semi..

  • Dhadumia on April 3, 2014, 7:38 GMT

    @Negative: I think everyone except Indians will support SA to win the 2nd semi-finals. To be honest some Indians are also in double mind as to who should go to the finals. I have little bias towards SA but it's difficult to support a team against your own country given the fact India is playing so well and is like now invincibles in the T20. Whatever, wouldn't mind if SA defeat India and goes on to win the WC.

  • Prema1948 on April 3, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Ajantha& Cha'mal (has been the most outstanding batter in almost all Domestic T'ments, batting @ 1st 3 positions) should play leaving out 2 of the seniors.It is always good for the Future.The loose limbed Ajantha with four 6 wkts hauls in all forms LOs has always been sidelined, since the retirement of Murali. Even when he was picked, ball was given to him unusually late. As we all know, he was at his best during the 2011WC but dropped for the final making way for favourites, considered basically for T20s since then, however he was dropped (even for T20s at times, when he was the World's No 1 T20 bowler) for the match against AUS on 6th Aug 2011 but included for the very next T20 on the 8th, won the match single handedly a time when all other bowlers (including favourites) were smashed all over the park by the 2 Aussie openers. That was a great T20 bowling feat, on a batsman friendly wkt, against a top batting side unlike the last match played against NZ.(stats Cricinfo)

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Mali wish u all the best do well alone with 4other captains. do it this time cheers

  • DDDD... on April 3, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Most of WI fans thinking about the easy win. I don't think so WI can win. They have to fight with world best T20 team. So can you imagine WI fans, Sana's shots. How you stop Kusal who similar to Sanath. Don't worry SL fans, this is easy win for SL team & final will be In Vs. SL

  • VirajCJ on April 3, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    I think SL has a better chance of winning this b'se WI fell apart with quality spin.

  • Rough_Fan on April 3, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    The hopes of Lankan lions will be over today... Be ready to get thrashed by Gayle strom.. From an Indian Fan

  • rockhadda on April 3, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    I still believe Chandi is better t20 player than Thirimanne

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    We got to play Mendis and Herath both today! and Sachithra too. Mendis have done really well against the windies so far. And in helpful conditions, He can be really difficult to go after. Let Sachithra do the bowling all rounders job and keep Thisara or Thirimanne out just for today. Any way Thisara is not being in the side for his bowling skills. Unless Dilly is fully recovered and ready to bowl, we need Mendis today. Even in the last T20 WC final Mendis bamboozled the windies to the max. He has to play...

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    @Tejitha , the sad part is they wont miss final but will miss/mess the cup

  • ksquared on April 3, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Sensible option with non firing Sangakkara and dilshan we don't need an out of form batsman scratching around in a semi. They should seriously look at Mahela opening the innings.

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    I believe SRILAKA have a upper hand today "GOOD LUCK BOYS"

  • Wise_Cricket_Fan on April 3, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Ok !!! Let's do it.

    Final 11 for SL. Have a free mind. Go and play to win with a big heart. We will be with you insha Allah whether you win or lose. Put the best possible performance forward. Show the world what we are made of !!!!

  • Harindra86 on April 3, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Quarter final that played with newzealnd was the best team work in the field for some time, by the Sri lankans. Same thing will happen for Semi final too.Mahela's aggression, Sanga's cunning knowledge will be helpful to Mali to win the game.

  • Kashi0127 on April 3, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    I agree with @LankaPuthra . I watched Sri Lanka (I think Ceylon then) in Bangalore and they did not yet have Test status. The match if I remember right was in Central College grounds and not KSCA stadium in Bangalore. Anura Thennakoon held a catch leaping in the air and that catch has etched in my mind. A year after I was fortunate to watch Andy Roberts, Gorden Greenidge, and Viv Richards do their debut at the KSAC Bangalore's debut test match and thrash Pataudi led India team that had Gavaskar, Vishwanath and Prasanna among others. As they say "Those were the days my friend". It has been wonderful watching the child (Ceylon) grow to the current Sri Lanka (men) competing with the mighty with distinction.

  • Haleos on April 3, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    @LankaPuthra - It seems you just woke up. It has been 42 years since the day you described. If SL had not progressed in those years it would be a shame. WI has been in turmoil in other formats. This is the format where they are great. Lets hope for a great match.

  • LakshithaR on April 3, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    Yup, Chandimal has 'opted' out, and Malinga wil be captaining, which is great! They should get Seekkuge or Chaturanga in place of Thisara - Mendis is just lacking confidence right now to be considered.

  • RayyanAli on April 3, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    From Pakistan: Go Sri Lanka Go....all the best wishes to see you in the Finals....

  • missionbegins2011 on April 3, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    This will be pretty much a one sided affair unlike the other semi-final IND vs SA which looks like a clear nail biter. WI will easily roll the very weak SL over and march straight into the finals

  • on April 3, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    I also have a feeling that WI are gonna win. But on the other hand SL have rarely miss a final. I think we are gonna make it to the finals.

  • Negative on April 3, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @SL FAN.... yes me too, WI is in a better form & superb balance in the team. Even though I'm SL I have a feeling WI is going to perform well today. But SA should win the final since they hardly won a Trophy in a big event. not that they are not performing well, just been so unlucky & I have no idea WHY!! WI won the last T20 world cup & it's ok for them to loose. We Asians always win trophies, so lets wish SA luck to win this time!!!!

  • malind on April 3, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @Rahul Singh Nope thirimanne will do a better job than chandimal here... I do like chandimal but I think this is the best team selected, Mahela can be in the shadow and captain the side.. SO LETS PLAY WI.... win or lose lions should roar proudly today...

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Chandimal deserves to be da captain.. coz hes officially made as a captain..........

  • Blade-Runner on April 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    I must add, a selfless act by Chandimal for the betterment of the team. What a great chap with a big heart. #Respect.

  • Last_Knight on April 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    It is time for a sweet revenge........Script is set to defeat WI and India. Lions roar.....!!!!!! Go boys bring the cup home....

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    sri lanka should pick mendis he is dangerous to west indies..

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    Chandimal will not play this natch , he opted out

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    srilanka can bring mendis instead of senanayake..he can do better than him

  • martin000 on April 3, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    @Herath-UK, After staying for almost 3 months in BD and playing 3 full series and here you are complaining about the disadvantage for teams in Group1 to play in NEW conditions. It is not going to be MARS mate!!! You really are confident about your team. Stop giving excuses before the match even starts.

  • Blade-Runner on April 3, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Breaking news : Chandimal has opted to sit this one out and Slinga is to resume the captaincy. So, Mahela will effectively be leading the team. :)

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    This will be unfair if Chandimal is not included in Playing XI, not only he's the captain for WT20 also he can provide solidity in the middle order as he's technically sound against spinners.. My playing XI would be Thisara OUT Chandi In..No need to include an extra spinner.!!

  • cricket2u on April 3, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    gayle vs kusal [<] dilshan vs smith [<] mj vs simmons [>] sanga vs Samuels [<] mathew vs bravo [=] thiremanna vs ramdin[>] thisara vs sammy [<] kula vs rusell [ >] sachithra vs bardree [<] herath vs narine [<] malinga vs santokie [>]

    according to current form WI 6 wins ,SL 4 So basically WI wins :(

  • Sameeratennakoon on April 3, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    Chandimal out. Malinga is the skipper for this match. I wonder whether they would play same 11 or any change.

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    dinesh chandimal should be back as he is the captain !

  • 10000000 on April 3, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    SL will be the Favorate. If they include ajantha, even more dangerous to the carebian side.

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    wait & watch sri lankan are real champions

  • Peter_11 on April 3, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    All the best to Sri Lanka...Both the teams are very much equal and well capable to enter finals. But it's up to how they play on that particular 3 hours...Hope n wish SL qualifies for the finals...Our wishes n prayers are always with you...We shud give chandi a chance and see...

  • CricinfoSriLanka on April 3, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    1)Kusal 2) Mahela 3) Sekku 4) Sanga 5) Mathews 6) Lahiru 7) Thisara 8) Kula 9) Sachitra 10) Herath 11) Malinga

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Indian fans are praying Sri Lanka to win this game just in case, South Africa slips up and they would find an easy escape in the final. But they don't know yet that they will face a humiliating defeat to this South African side.

  • Fazaljamee on April 3, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    Sri Lanka will be looking to take revenge on the Windies for downing them in the final of the 2012 edition of the World T20 in Colombo. Wish you all the best Chandi and team.

  • match_referee7 on April 3, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    WI players are such a wonderful bunch of guys. Specially their captain Darren Sammy. He is such a happy-go-lucky guy. Always smiling and cheerful. I wish WI will be a force in all formats, which they were in 70's 80's. It will be great to Cricket. Best Wishes for both teams. SL fan from Oz.

  • on April 3, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Every Sri Lankan Fan is refreshing the ESPNcricinfo site, not to check any scores, but to know whether Dinesh Chandimal has picked or not.

  • Udendra on April 3, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    If Angelo captains, that means Chandimal is officially dropped from captaincy as well. So we might not see that happening.

  • Wise_Cricket_Fan on April 3, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    This captaincy dilemma is not good. Why are we so late to decide. Lets make a decision & move on. Only 2 matches left(Max). We have enough cricketing brains in the paying 11. Move on SL.

    Please have some Plan B s. If Malinga goes for runs, If our spinners are attacked please have plans & do not panic.

    Insha Allah we can win. Badly want to see a world cup silverware back at home. Please bring it boys. Best of luck.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on April 3, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    I have a feeling that West Indies are gonna win today , but it's ok I guess , they're such lovely people..

  • Ozcricketwriter on April 3, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    By rights Sri Lanka should win easily, but cricket isn't about being fair, especially not this fickle T20 version. West Indies possess the numbers 1 and 2 ranked bowlers in the world in T20s - Badree and Narine - both of whom will love pitches suited to spin that are found in Bangladesh. In this tournament, Sammy has the best strike rate with the bat. Gayle, who has been surprisingly slow with his batting, we all know has the potential to do well. And all Sri Lanka has is the best pace bowler in T20s, one Lasith Malinga, who is backed up by a guy with the best bowling average, in Ajantha Mendis - no, wait, he isn't even playing, because Herath, who took 5/3 in his only match in this tournament so far, is even better. And let's not forget the 3 old guys that Sri Lanka have - Jayawardene, Dilshan and Sangakkara. Sri Lanka should win but West Indies have that tricky little thing about their team, and you just never know.

  • kankanamge on April 3, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Agreed with Gihan Abeyratne. Dilshan & Chandimal should be dropped.

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    SriLanka and Westindies i believe the Westindians have the momentum................

  • IndianCoolGuy on April 3, 2014, 5:43 GMT

    SL has batting problems. No one has really done well in this series so for for SL. K.Parera reminds me of Jayasuria, but he has to carry this form and strike rate for a long time. Don't understand what has happened to Dilshan who was a perfect person for this format earlier. I think Sanga will stand first in place in batting from the bottom. Their captain is in poor form and his place in side also in dilemma. Mahela is playing well along with Mathews. Bowling department SL is looking better with Herath in for Mendis. BUT WI will not play them like NZ did. WI is a very good balanced side but Samuels and Bravo yet to fire. Spin department is good for them. WI definitely miss Pollard but I feel Sammy is more dangerous than pollard. Overall its a good contest between two sides. I feel WI has upper hand here because of several reasons like current form, SL's captain & batting issues, Warmup game result, and last 2012 result still in SL mind for sure.

  • ChandimaEranda on April 3, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    I believe that Chandimal is more capable than thirimanna in this format and he should be in the XI. All the players having hard times and some players are given chances and some are not. If he fails today he should be stand down.

    @Iceman29; Thank You!!! Nice to hear it from Indian Fan...

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    let herath do captaincy:p

  • The-love on April 3, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    All the best to Srilanka from India.I hope they win and one of the big 3 from Asia reaches final.

  • Sri_Lankan_Fan on April 3, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    I have a feeling that West Indies are gonna win today , but it's ok I guess , they're such lovely people..

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Best of luck Sri lanka, from Indian Fan!! Cup must be in Asia!!

  • on April 3, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    chandimal is the permenant captain of T20 team. even Dhoni strugle with batting but nobody mentions that.if need a change , dilshan step down and give the room to thirimanne. we can win this Sri lanka,.

  • Jackjin on April 3, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    If it rains, then SL shall go through as they topped their group. But as the weather conditions say, the chances of rain are very low.. @Primo123: Murali played in 2011 world cup final.. There wasn't a nail biting finish for the past 6 matches.. Hope this would be..

  • CurrentPresident on April 3, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Sri Lankan fans call them lions, but there style of play is more like Leopards. Cautious and gritty. Nothing bad, leopards are the best survivors.

    On the other hand, it's the WI who play like lions. With no fear and a big heart.

    All said and done, toss will have a big bearing on the result. the team to win the toss will likely win the match (as they will choose to bat first).

  • Srilion79 on April 3, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Mahela should open with Kusal. Dilshan should be kept out in this match I think.

  • CricketFirst on April 3, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    Whoever is the captain of SL team, Mahela should be consulted for both on-field and off-field decisions as he got the brains and a lot of experience as a captain. After all it's not about captain and it's about team work and winning.

    SL should field a team of in-form players means leaving out Dilshan & Chandimal.

    1) Perera 2) Thirimanne 3) Mahela 4) Sanga 5) Anjelo 6) Thisara 7) Sachithra 8) Kula 9) Prasanna 10) Herath 11) Malinga

    If there is no swing expected better to replace Kula with Lakmal coz we need good death bowling against the likes of Bravo & Sammy. Send the big hitters early to the wicket to get a good look at bowling and bat sensibly improving the run rate. Also use Left-handers effectively against Badree and Narine. Good Luck SL!!!

  • Johnny_129 on April 3, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    SL will be thinking of the last T20 final against WI while WI will still be thinking and drawing motivation from Faulkner's dis-respective comment. I think WI have really drawn from the Faulkner comment and they are playing with fearlessness and anger - WI will be hard to beat if they maintain that intensity - I think SL are as good as gone!! WI will win this tournament and in doing so they will revive memories of the past.

  • 3ddy on April 3, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    as a pakistani , srilanka are always most of our 2nd favorite team but i would like to see a cracker of a game and westindies show their full potential

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    Chandi should stand down this once. Dili should bat down this one time. Mahela or Thiri should open and Thiri should play any way. Is there a place for Mendi as well - Thissera has not bowled too much at all and then better bring a bowler or a bat in his place? On form WI will win & so SL as always should depend on the guile! NJ/La

  • Iceman29 on April 3, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    Best of luck to SL...hope an Asian team lifts this cup....regards from Ind..

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on April 3, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Sri Lanka has upper hand because of spin attack......and especially they playing in Asia . If WI batsmen show little positive and planned approach they can win this match easily .S.Lakan is little weak team ......

  • SmartDave on April 3, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Want to see West Indies in final. No more luck for Lions this time.Go windies Goooooo...

  • Arjunaa86 on April 3, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    whose going to do captaincy is not important..which team going to the final match is important

  • MightySriLankan on April 3, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    All are saying Dhaka pitch will be a new challenge for Sri Lanka since they played all their group matches in Chithagong. The fact they forgot that SL's in Bangladesh since January. they played 3 odi's against Bangladesh at Dhaka, & followed that by another 3 odi's at Dhaka in Asia cup. So between the 4 teams that are in semi finals, Sri Lanka & India knows the pitch conditions in Dhaka the best. So I think Wese Indies won't have that advantage, because Sri Lanka is more familiar to the pitch in Dhaka than WI.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    If Chandimal drops that will be really bad. cz that shows the uncertainty of sri lankan dressing room. if that was the case chandimal should not been given the captaincy in the first place. This is really bad.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Oh its semi final time guys one more win and u can be in the finals ,todays match Sri v Wi I think srilanka will win it comfortably and will meet India in the finals...

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    Both Dilshan and Chandimal should be dropped and Thiri should open with Kusal, we should play one more off spinner as well

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:31 GMT

    I think most of the comments are biased on the side what they are sitting at. In neutral view, I think the two teams have the different blend of skills at T20's. WI surely way ahead in the fire power with Narine immaculate spin attack. Mean time SL has the more varieties of skills for most of situations but truly lack of big hitters except Kusal and Thisara is a batsman clear the boundary lines if he received the ball in his favoured channel only. It is more unpredictable at these level specially of T20 games where one mistake or good hit by luck would change the game. More ever, the poor umpiring and due factor are unfair as well on the competitiveness of the game. Finally I bet Sl:WI 45:55

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 3, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Dont see hopeless WI deal with Herath,Mendis and of course Maling in 1st place.W/o runs on board forget about dealing with any 1,any thing esp. as weak WI bowl/fielding have no chance vs class of Mahela,Sanga,etc.Waiting for Lankan masterclass v WI spin. All the best,SL !Regards, from India!

  • ThilankaK on April 3, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    @ LankaPuthra ; In which century now your living ??? your this comment not valid for now because we are 1st in T20 ranking , 3rd In ODI ranking, because of only two test matches played on 2012/2013 test ranking were below , your this comment was valid before 1996 world cup which we won & after that we were 4 times finalist mean 2nd best team & every time semifinalist means 3rd or 4th best team in ICC matches !!! you better live in present !

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    I think who wins these small battles wins the match.

    Kula vs Gayle Herath vs Smith Sachithra vs Simmons Malinga vs Bravo/Sammy

    Kusal vs Badree Dilshan vs Santokie Narine vs Mahela/Kumar

    SL luck vs WI luck

  • Ravinducool82 on April 3, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    SL and IND will be in finals...it will tight hard match...cannot predict anything right now..

  • SajithaD on April 3, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    @wapuser, Poor excuse to justify your teams defeat against SA in next semi final... You are smelling a SA win, aren't you?...Anyway after your lose, would it be satisfying to say "If India had reached finals India could have win"?

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Seriously, are these 2 greats of SL helping or doing damage to their successors? Mahela could continue to be captain or just leave it to the young guns with a little bit of advice here and there. The SL captain is made to look like a puppet.

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    SL may not be the world beaters like AUS SA or WI, They may not have the super fast bowlers or big 6 hitters like any other team, but they can take on any other world best team in any form of cricket and its all about Team Spirit and playing for the country, every cricket fan should accepet that, Because the Lankan players who play in IPL and when then play for for SL you can see the difference, and now all the major cricket recoreds are with the SL and that s the truth

  • on April 3, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    best of luck for both team's we just love cricket. no argued well play best team will bring home. Lankan fan

  • SL_Fan_1985 on April 3, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @Manish Tilwani >> That will happen tomorrow to IND...Today SL win with huge margin....WI are over confident about them...but what happen VS india..They fell to quality spin...same result today....

  • Htc-Android on April 3, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    @Francis Mel. I agree with you. Dilshan is the worst player to have in big matches. He got out for duck in both T20 world cup finals he played. Thirimanne looks like a cool player in big matches as he already scored a hundred in Asia cup final. I think he will be effective in T20s if he opens the innings. WI have slight advantage as they have already played in Dhaka.

  • on April 3, 2014, 3:55 GMT

    what i feel is if srilanka change their batting order will be interesting like k.perera open with m.jayawardena then sanga, thiri / chandi, mathews ,dilshan, perera , sacthithra , kula, herath, malinga

  • ground-boy on April 3, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    Congratulating all semi finalists, let the world enjoy hazel free cricket. In case of all semis wash out, SL proceeds on higher NRR with unbeaten IND in the top slot. If the final is abandoned due to rain or light-tower failure flashing inadequate LUX , SL together with IND will share the CUP as they did in Asia cup some time ago, under shining MOON…………….

  • Galmos on April 3, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    If they drop Chandimal, the luck will favour West indies. Chandimal is the next chosen one to lift a trophy for Sri Lanka in world tournament after Ranathunga.

  • _IndiaRocks on April 3, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 You are overconfident Sri Lankan fan.

    I think T20 format suits all teams and on given day any team can win. Don't rate other teams below par. All 4 teams who have qualified for Semis have fair shot at World Cup.

  • on April 3, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    For all you people thinking who leads SL team does not matter think again. If Mathews is the captain then 100% for sure mahela & sanga will be just another wicket keeper and batsmen.. only because Malinga was captain Mahela took charge, if not we wouldn't have seen the attacking field from SL. I am not saying Mathews is not good but to me he is always too defensive and would have lost the NZ match. if the captain choice was up to me i would say MALINGA, CHANDIMAL, and if nobody else Mathews...

  • Prabhash1985 on April 3, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    All the best Sri Lanka. We are with you... Many are waiting to see Sri Lanka getting crushed by West Indies. I hope Sri Lanka will win.

  • on April 3, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Most of the users like south africa should face srilanka in finals, so they are really afraid of india that they can easily beat srilanka if they go for finals

  • TZ9383 on April 3, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Thisara has to open the inings today because he is better against leg spiners wish u all the very best Sri Lanka

  • Saumen on April 3, 2014, 3:17 GMT

    When T20 WC started, it was SL- 60% chance of making to the final, WI- 20% of making to the final. After league stage, it stands at, SL- 30%, WI-70%. WI have more chances now than SL for whom Dhaka will be a new pitch whereas WI played all of their matches here and we can't afford not to factor-in this.

  • on April 3, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    I m pretty sure srilankan team will falter just like a building collapse.

  • on April 3, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    SL is good as a team and this if they reach finals they will win the final for sure. They messed up the final again, they wont think about 2012 final. Or any other finals they lost ( 2007 wc, 2009 t20 Wc, 2011 wc, 2012 t20 wc.) GO LANKA GO

  • on April 3, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    SL: WI 40:60 game.marginally ahead WI.

  • VinothSam on April 3, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Lets keep Chandi out of this tournament for awhile. After all there are only 2 matches remaining for SL. Chandi can wait and start playing after this series becourse Sanga already retiring so SL need a keeper. There we go, we can replace Sanga by Chandi for England series.

  • on April 3, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    What if it rains... Who will go through? No extra day for semis

  • primo123 on April 3, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    Chandimal is a good player , but presently he is out of form and couldnt get runs for long time. Thiriamma is the best player , he never throws his wicket away , so Thiri should play in place of Chandimal who should withdraw himself ( Like Murali didn't play 2011 ODI finals in India ) . Seekuge should play in place of Tisara Perera who is also not in runs and didn't bowl a single over. Captaincy is no matter as long as MD is in the team supported by Sanga , Dilishan and Anjalo , Dlishan should be in as he can come up at any time . ( also 2nd highest run getter for Sri Lanka in this time ). WI is a formidable team this time , can humiliate any bowling attack , also bowl out any team . But T20 is unpredictable and anything can happen any time to any team .

  • Vnott on April 3, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    West Indies have to bat well to win. Bowling both teams have good line ups. Sri Lanka batting is better suited to spin but will the X factor of WI prevail?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 3, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    Waiting for a dominant,crushing display from mighty SL today.Will be well set for an epic final clash with SA. Go, Lions! All the best!

  • mysay on April 3, 2014, 2:42 GMT

    @ Ramesh Sookhai, "We have finally realised that the team that makes the most runs wins. it does not matter how well you bowl, bat or field" mate really? Is 119 a big total, on what basis did SL win againts NZ? Or for that Matter the 130 you scored against SL in the last final, big score? I think not. Winning formula Marlon Samuels bowling. So think again.

  • MightySriLankan on April 3, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    It doesn't matter who lead the Sri Lankan unit. They played & will play as a team without any ego. Let it be chandimal, Malinga or even Mathews. Still they will turn their heads to Mahela & Sanga in a pressure situation without any ego & asked the mighty duo to help them out. That's one of the reasons for Sri Lanka's success over last few years. Team that play with less mistakes will win today's match. In that case Sri Lanka has a better chance because Mahela & Sanga will make sure that this won't be their last T20I match. Good luck Sl & Wi, give us a nail biting finish.

  • on April 3, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    Yes Prasanna should play in place of Thisara.

  • Prema1948 on April 3, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    The biggest problem the Country has is its 3 over rated seniors batting at vital positions meant for stroke-filled young batters of quick reflex. Some would prefer them to quality batters like RoshenSilva,AngeloPerera,KhausalSilva,NiroshanDickwella,KusalMendis even Khandamby is a far better choice than the reckless hitting white elephants in the Team. Since you can't bring those quality players into the Team, the only good thing that can happened is to allow Chandimal,Thirimanne,Mathews come before the 3 veterans. The other problem is that the selectors have brought Ajantha's confidence to zero.

  • izzidole on April 3, 2014, 2:06 GMT

    It is a pity that this T20 World Cup has more or less revolved around luck than sheer talent. The conditions especially in the evening have played a vital role on the outcome of almost every match due to the dew factor. Winning the toss has been very important under these conditions which meant that 60 per. cent of the match had already been won by the team winning the toss. As a result it doesn't give a true indication of the strength of each team. When several teams like Australia, New Zealand, England, Netherlands and Pakistan get bowled out for a total less than 100 runs it's very obvious that bowlers have dominated and it's a real struggle for the batsmen to put bat to ball or keep the scoring rate up. As such the very purpose of introducing T20 cricket for sheer entertainment is lost. I reckon all these matches should have been played only during the day and no games should have been held under lights at night time when the playing conditions seem to deteriorate rapidly.

  • on April 3, 2014, 1:38 GMT

    i actually think this little situation with the captain will help SL. they got Mahela, Sanga, Mathews, and Dilshan,, all former captains.. and unlike in 2012 finals SL will not enter this game as clear favorites.. it might put some additional pressure on W.I .

  • on April 3, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    never change a winning team.... I prefer the same team played vs kiwis to play against WI.... if necessary replace mendis wid thisara perera.

  • s.g.a. on April 3, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    Give the no 5 position to seekuge, he can hit some runs & then we have extra bowling option Specially spinning option, WI definitly struglling for spinning. no need to give no 5 position chandimal or thirimanne. Dont drop dilshan & thisara, they are match winners. They can come out from shell anytime, they did lot for srilanka cricket.

  • on April 3, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Drop both Dilshan and Chandimal for Thirimanna and Sekkuge Prasanna. Prasanna can really play big shots down the order. Make Malinga captain and let 4 former captains led by Mahela take care of all actions in the middle. Don't pick Ajantha Mendis as he doesn't spin the bowl much and he doesn't belong to a category of mystery bowling anymore. If Dilshan is picked we need him to score faster.We have seen in the match against England even when he scored a slow 50 we lost. Out of form batsmen ( Chandi,Dishan and even Mahela to a certain extent)add burdens to the team.

  • SL_Fan_5 on April 3, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Lahiru for Chandimal a must. Love Kule...but this would be the match I would play an extra spinner than a medium pacey. Take a gamble and do something different with the bowling line-up/sequence. Other option is leave Dilshan out, he seem to be really struggling with form, and bring the extra spinner there. He doesn't seem to be hitting form any time soon unfortunately. Less bowling for Mathews also reduces the risk of having to bowl all 4, if he goes for runs.

  • ISB_ACC on April 3, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    Sunil or spin attack of west indians won t be effective with a team who play good @ spin. But this time marlon's middle stump wll be malinga's.... Revange for 2012

  • Reggaecricket on April 2, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    You have to understand Sri Lankan culture to know that who the appointed Captain is matters little when there are so many Cricketing brains behind the wicket. There is no ego involved there, they pool in to win a match. As you saw, despite the commentators making a big deal out of who the Captain might be, the Lankans made no attempt to hide that Malinga was being guided by Mahela Aiya (aiya = big brother). You gotta love that simplicity and team spirit.

  • on April 2, 2014, 22:41 GMT

    Come on Windies. We dont want another Ind-SL final.

  • meerkat55 on April 2, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    SL are technically great side and they might have an answer for Chris Gayle, but I doubt if they have one for Sammy's solid hitting in the last 5 overs. WI are brilliant in the last 5 overs. I think whoever bat first and put a decent score will win the match.

  • on April 2, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    why these people are worry about the captancy even sri lanka has such a top class team work. media and indian fans trying to let down SL with nonsence. please let them play what they play..

  • on April 2, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    legends can make it easy come on roaring lankans break Sammy ankle come on malinga

  • PROPHESIER on April 2, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    Both teams look very competitive. Its a 50-50 game. Only problem for SL is the likes of Mahela,Sangakkara n Dilshan try to play too seriously and be extra cautious to win this match. if that happens then its gonna be counterproductive. They know that it's the penultimate chance (b4 2015 wc) to have a wc to their name. It was very clear from their last match, how MJ and Sangakara pumped up after taking each one of NZ wickets. It means a lot for them to win this tournament. They need to play their natural game and use their experience to bat the opposition out. On the other hand WI are full of free-spirits..they love their lives and much more relaxed than any other players in the tournament, it was evident from their body languages in the game against Pakistan. Its pretty interesting to see who will come on top.

  • Raja75 on April 2, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Both teams deserve to be in the semis. Again the toss will play 80% role in the match result.

    For West Indies real test will be, if they lose the toss, bat second then show the world that they can win. The confidence should be corroborated with the real test. If they can win in this manner then their celebrations will be justified.

    Good Luck to both teams.

  • meerkat55 on April 2, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    SL is thinking ahead, didn't want them to fade away after Mahela and Sanga; even further after Malinga and Kula. That's the reason, Chandimal was given the captaincy ahead of the masters, Dili and Mathews. However, when it comes to crunch games, the team will get technical aid from the masters. SL have always been a step ahead, creative and innovative in the game. I remember Sanath Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana was criticised for their slog, now that style brought the T20 and many Chris Gayles to the game. Murali was a mystery and how many have we seen after? Something wired we see today can be a theory tomorrow. So, don't be too critical.

  • on April 2, 2014, 21:37 GMT

    Good luck Sri Lanka After beating West Indies you have to beat India

    Javed

  • on April 2, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    West Indies will win this T20 Tournament. There is no fear factor with this team. Go Boys

  • TheKeeper on April 2, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    All the best to both teams - SL for the win.

  • on April 2, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    Hoping for west Indies victory. But seriously don't think they can beat Sri Lanka

  • on April 2, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    sri Lanka should batting 1st to win the game

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:58 GMT

    The confusion is not just over who is Captain but even the final playing 11 is not certain.i Chandimal or Thiri? Thiri or Dilshan? Prasana or Dilshan? Prasana or Thisara? Mendis or Herath? One advantage is even WI strategy team have been left scratching their heads :o)

  • miles100 on April 2, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    My personal belief is Chandimal should captain the semi-finals and I'm sure he will. His captaincy is certainly good enough. Last thing you want to do is experiment players and captains in the final matches.Dinesh is ideally a top order(No 3/4) batsman he is not performing well because he has to bat in the middle order these days which took his rhythm away.. I don't think the selectors in this occasion are silly enough to shuffle things around and bring new players in to the semis. They are forced to leave Thiri out and bring Chandi back in, and the rest should remain the same if they want to win.

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    HTC-Android. Solid advice. If Pereira can get away to a quick start then the rest of the batsmen can play more cautiously. The confusion over captaincy is unacceptable at this level and will be to the detriment of the Team's unity. Chandimal will certainly play tomorrow as it will be too much of a distraction. SL should be brave and drop Dilshan and pick Thiri. It is very easy to sit on the fence for this game, especially for a neutral fan but my money is on WI. WI is looking a very settled, focused and confident unit. They also have the mental edge because of the victory in the finals of the previous World Cup. Sri Lanka appear to be mentally and physically drained and not a settled unit considering uncertainities who the actual 11 will be. WI have shown they can take the initiative while SL is most operating on survival mode. I am not writing off SL but explaining why I pick WI. Having said that Toss is crucial and not just for the dew factor! Both Teams are desperate to bat first!!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    Easier said than done taking Malinga apart, he is next only to Steyn in T20. In my view, SL will win this easily. They have the all round depth while WI are banking on flair and their ability to hit out in the last 5 overs, it has carried them this far, but not a reliable strategy.

  • PROPHESIER on April 2, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    In my opinion WI is much improved team to the one that won in 2012 final. I guess Srilanka's only chance to win this game is to bat first and post above 140. Team batting second will struggle to chase the target of 140 n above, considering the increased slowness of the pitch witnessed in the last couple of games. If WI wins the toss n bat first then its WI's game. The biggest danger with WI is they got too much fire power. Gayle n Smith were kept quite in the last game, if one of them gets going, its gonna be pretty tough for Srilanka. Even if u remove these two early there is no respite untill u see Samuels, Sammy n Bravo off the pavilion. Lankans are not good chasers in pressure situations and WI are not great either (Aus match is an exception). So clearly the advantage lies with whoever bats first n post decent total around 135-140, i guess this will be par score on this Mirpur pitch.

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Well we are a lion Family lets do it together instead of choosing whos the captain Come On Guys Go Go lankan lions

  • BlackHawk on April 2, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    I really wish SL fans would stop talking about 'revenge'! I'm a SL fan too, but I love the way this windies team plays. Before everyone gets carried away, we have to remember how some of our batsmen couldn't pick Narine in the warm-up match. This new kid santokie didn't play in that game and we leaked a lot of runs with Mendis and Perera bowling poorly in the middle overs. Windies will pose the biggest challenge to SL in this tournament so far! I hope the match is a close fought one and wish the best to both teams. However, if the selectors pick Mendis to play tomorrow, I will forever banish my SL jersey to the bin!!!

  • snaidu2010 on April 2, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    This is so funny, why cant they just name MJ as the captain. And people saying that Chandimal is a good batsman, he has scored all his 3 centuries in test vs Bang and scored a ODI century long time back. He hasnt done anything of note but still seems to be on pedestal.

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:15 GMT

    West indies doing well I think sri lanka will put up a fight but it will be tough for them .windies have a lot of power I think if chris gayle get off tomorow the game is west indies for sure .we dazzle opponents so they dont know whi ch one of our power hitters will take the attack to them .I would like to see russell at three give him the lisence to go and swing he can be dangerous too and he wont get any bat so far down the order but Im looking forward to a cracker

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    If der is no dew then mendis should also play along with herath and sena

  • on April 2, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    Need same team mendis and chandimal out of the team

  • MunafAhmed811 on April 2, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    West Indies will win this......Gayle has been quiet too long.......And santokie will do the finishing rituals with 3 wickets in the powerplay. SL fans will only be able to say that we made it to SF/Finals of 2007, 2009,2011,2012 and 2014 World cups but the trophy will again elude them this time

  • Herath-UK on April 2, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    The important factor to ask is why did the ICC give some teams the undue advantage of playing ALL their games on the pitch that is for the SF & the Final. Why could not they switch a couple of games in the group stage for all to get some feel of the pitch; you cannot talk of saving money in a global event such as this. A team that seems to benefit from this ICC decision is of course poor India.

  • kc69 on April 2, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Well nothing much to say the article sums up well about SL team.Gayle storm is still pending wish to see it tomorrow.Even Indians would fancy to face SL in finals rather than Windies.All the best both sides.

  • on April 2, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Malinga is a joke as a captain ( Doesn`t know who is playing and not) , thanks for Jayawardene things went well. Chandimal need a rest and think about the next T20. I think Sri Lanka should open with Jayawardene & Thirimanne and Sangakkara at No.3 . Otherwise another batting collapse for sure. Kusal & Dilshan are clueless against Badree & as openers ( Totally No guarantee they will do well) I definitely think they should play in the middle oder so they can play freely. Thisara Perera should play up the order No.03 or 04 so he can play sensibly like he has done so far with out slogging every ball.

  • newrevolution on April 2, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    We will see Gayle Storm tomorrow against srilanka, he is mahn he can handle herath, i bet herath will concede more than 40 plus runs

  • la.bestia on April 2, 2014, 19:47 GMT

    There is a reason everybody says srilankan 'the lions' . REMEMBER.. When lions roar they do it high and no one will be lucky when the hunt begins.Kiwis found it on the hard way. So beware other bullies because the HUNT HAS BEGAN . run away other flat track bullies & slag mouths and fray.because HUNT HAS BEGAN AND IT WILL NOT STOP UNTIL THE BULLIES HUNT.

  • Peternarendra on April 2, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    After this T20, selectors should find out middle order batsmen like Aravinda. He was a smart player who could adapt to all formats, hit hard when required, use foot works beautifully and bowl as a part timer. He had a great record against teams like Australia and Pakistan. I can remember one time he played Hong Kong super sixes with Jayasuriya and power cricket. Another suggestion is that Sri Lankan openers shouldn't get stuck in upcoming important matches. One reason for the defeat of 2011 wc and 2012 T20 was the slow start taken by Tharanga, Dilshan, Mahela etc…

  • Peternarendra on April 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    It is sad to say that Sri Lankan selectors always include out of form players throughout major series though most of Sri Lankan fans have right ideas about players to be included in to a squad and to the team. It is 100 % sure that talented Seekkuge Prasanna will not be given any chance in this tournament. But selectors will include out of form Dilshan and Thisara for the tomorrow match. If those players play well, it will be a fortune of Sri Lanka. But how can it be guaranteed as Dilshan can't time and middle the bowl and tries to play his own expired scoop. When he scores a fifty, he consumes 40+ deliveries for it. But, real hitters like Maxwell, Hales, Yuvraj etc can score within 25-35 deliveries and have the big hits all around the ground. Thisara has only one or two shot to clear the boundary. If the bowler can bowl wisely, he will get out by hitting those shots. Thisara's bowling is very poor in this tournament. Can selectors compare Thisara with Sammy or Bravo? contd..

  • LankaPuthra on April 2, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    I don't agree that SL have been like Pakistan i this series. SL put a good total on the board but lost one match due to a good batting performance from one English player, Hales.

  • Herath-UK on April 2, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Will Dilshan fire is the question. On this pitch we may need power hitters so Thisara will be valuable if he too fires. Thirimanne looked comfortable enough in the first game so he may become better in the second. Do not make a mole out of the captaincy issue because whoever would be the captain will seek the guidance & advice from one of the best tacticians in the present game in Mahela (& Sanga) and that what we want too. I'll tell the WI will wilt under pressure & a Lanka win is a certainty!

  • malind on April 2, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    WI is a good team but very unreliable team unlike SL. And I am more happy that we are facing WI than PAK. The game belongs to SL because their are to many hungry lions wanting that cup...

  • on April 2, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Its going to be WI's firework and they will thrash out SL

  • ProdigyA on April 2, 2014, 19:01 GMT

    SL are talking about Herath as if he is the best spinner in the world. He could not make it to the SL team until the NZ match. I agree that he is okay, if the pitch helps him but defintely not great. WI just treated the world no. 1 spinner ajmal like a school kid so herath will be a piece of cake.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on April 2, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Team bat first put 135 can win.

  • on April 2, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    please leave out chandimal and mendis and dont let thisara perera bowl,then theres a fair chance that SL will win...

  • on April 2, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    I would think about leaving sanga and thissara out for tomorrow and also playing and 5 spinners....... herath, sachith, ajantha, prasanna & dilshan !!!!!!

  • yogesh.gg on April 2, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    @Albert_cambell : Best of luck to your team Srilanka especially , WI are tough nut to crack. Cheers!

  • on April 2, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    @Albert_cambell : Best of luck to your team Srilanka especially as they are going to need it.

  • on April 2, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    sri lanka shoud play three spinners. left dilshan for prasanna. if sri lanka won the toss insha allha 75 percent chance of win. good luck boys.

  • vkumar_086 on April 2, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Here lot of fans talking about revenge....lets see tomorrow that who will take revenge....i want the similar innings from Samuels....what a innings that was during tremendous pressure situation....i rate it very high, it can be comparable to that innings of Dhoni and Gambhir during 2011 WC final...

  • on April 2, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    Srilanka will win tomorrow its my prediction.

  • shovwar on April 2, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Every team plays its own brand of cricket. One particular team style would always favor against another particular opponent. For example (by stats) SL plays better against SA; India plays better against SL; SA plays better against Ind. etc. etc. And it has been proven by ages. Cricket is an uncertain game and the T20 version of it is the most. But still if u see the T20 rankings u can tell some teams are better than others overall and that counts. SL I think is the most formidable T20 side recently took over by Ind; Ind is the most formidable side in ODI recently took over by Aus; and SA are indisputably the best TEST side. Aus can match SA in Fast track pitches but maybe not better than SA with a fully fit Steyn, its only recently Aus started playing good. Overall in all conditions SA is the best Test side: Ind is the best ODI side and SL is the best T20 no matter whoever win this T20 WC. A Team can win a WC by winning 6-10 games with a bit of luck that makes them D Champs not D Best.

  • on April 2, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Remember ... Sammy said he had a feeling they will meet India again .. well his wish is going to come true on Sunday!

  • A.D.Britto on April 2, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    Whoever the Captain of SL the rein is in the hand of old folks. this is the time to get revenge for the last meeting that the match let our eyes to swim in the river of tears. Best of luck Lions hope to have a Spicy game 2mrw.

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    SL is an excellent team and on their day they are unbeatable. MJ, Sanga, Malinga can bring most opposition to their knees but this WI T20 team is unlike any other T20 team in the world. We have finally realised that the team that makes the most runs wins. it does not matter how well you bowl, bat or field. A match is not determined by those inputs the higher score determines the winner. We are superior in this format because each of our first nine batsmen can hit at least 50% of the balls faced to the boundary. Although singles are very important the boundaries are the daggers that pierce into the hearts of our opponents. They would all like us to concentrate on singles but we will not....it is boundries and beyond. Rally!!!

  • AKS286 on April 2, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    T.Perera will be replaced by Mendis. WI are not good enough to play quality spin. And Dhaka pitch favours spin. Russel's batting order don't allow him as a batsman or finisher so it is better to add Rampaul or Cotrrel into the squad. All the best to both teams.

  • stormy16 on April 2, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Beating the Windies in a t20 on this wicket is a massive mission and while the Windies are looking like a well oiled machine with all bases covered SL are a bit chaotic to say the least and key players Dilshan and Sanga not getting any game time and yes, who is the captain and does Chandi have a role? Key to SL's success will be handling the #1 and 2 bowlers and keeping a potent Windies batting order quiet. Taming the Windies batting line up is just about impossible but the way out for SL will be to bat first and tame the Badree/Santoki opening bowlers. I think this will force Naraine in to the attack early which could be the opening for SL. One thing about SL are they are tough big game opponents.

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    SL is not a team, its a family. so it doesn't matter who's leading as far as we're winning....

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    narine and badree will destroy the lankans

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:32 GMT

    jerryman, Mohamed Ifraz , Ayesh Buddima , Absolutely right..Srilanka should play with 03 spinners..herath,Siku & Sachi..let dilshan out for siku..

  • Hira1 on April 2, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    the team who bat first is most likely to win

  • vallavarayar on April 2, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    If SL has to carry a passenger in Chandimal then they need to drop Dilshan and select Thirimanne instead.

  • Albert_cambell on April 2, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Best of luck to both teams. Get ready to face SA on sunday.

  • SL_Boy on April 2, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    We can't play Chandi and Sanga ... hope Seekuge get in, especially Dilshan does not bowl for some reason ... comm on guys get the best 11 for the current pitch and WI.

  • Htc-Android on April 2, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    SL should go with the same team that played against NZ. The captain should be mathews. My advice to SL players is dont try to aim big totals. This is one reason why we lost too many wickets against NZ. Try to maintain a run rate of 7 an over and keep wickets in hands for the 1st 10 overs. If we can do that, we can really go for big shots. With the bowling never give the ball to a spinner after the 15th over as WI big hitters will simply murder them like they did against Ajmal. Always reserve 3 overs of Malinga at the death.

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    i realy like cticinfo srilanka team selection if it is possible.

  • on April 2, 2014, 17:04 GMT

    who will be cap not a big issue.put some runs on bord deprnd it.good luck.waiting for good game.

  • slackers11 on April 2, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    If Lankans bat like they did against NZL, they will definitely get hammered, WI battig is much better than NZL's.

  • Lakpj on April 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    They should play Prasanna for Thisara and Thirimanna should continue to play. It seems that WI captain had forgotten about Senanayake his economy rate is better than both Badree and Narine in T20 matches. I think he might surprise a few Windies batsmen. The outcome of this match will depend on how well SL tackle the slow bowlers of WI, if they can do well in that regard they should be able to come on top. Chasing will be difficult for either team.

  • social_monster09 on April 2, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    As an Australian I m very much disappointed by my team's performance but the things will go on & now we are in semis. As personally I think that Sl will win this world cup, becoz they have better spin bowling options than other 3 countries expect S Africa. I prefer final btwn SL & SA or WI. I think India is not in the race to win the cup becoz they gave there best in league matches but anything will happen. So let's wait & see what will happen tomorrow.

  • ramz30380 on April 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    All the best both teams - may the best team on tht day win - this can go down to the wire!

  • ISB_ACC on April 2, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Do or die. Like to see India vs. Sri lanka in the final. This for 2012 world cup and final is for 2011 world cup. Boyz this is the time of revenge...

  • Lord.emsworth on April 2, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka should go with the same team that trounced NZ. Their batting, hasn't really delivered as yet, leaving their bowlers mountainous tasks. Sangakarra must really up his tempo and bat T20 style and so should Dilshan and others. A small score against the WI would be fatal. They have far too many hard-hitting batsmen and Captain Sammy at the death can be devastating. There is much talk of who will captain SL, but this is academic. SL have 4 captains on the field with loads of experience...unique...

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    I am in corner with WI. Always been a fan of their style of cricket

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Srilanka will win as a Pakistani supporter i have respect for both of these teams, however one thing is for sure lankans have class players in sanga and mahela and they wont crumble the way Pakistani batsmen did. Srilanka will easily win this match seems like one sided match

  • SriLankanYoungBlood on April 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Even it seems SL r clear favorite here i think WI has more probability to wining the match with under rated Sammy's Captaincy. WI is less talking,hard working team who never give up the match any time. If SL want to win they should bat first and should get 160+ Other wise get out WI less than 100. Hopefully we'l have a nail bitter tomorrow.

  • ISB_ACC on April 2, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Boys, This is ur REVENGE TIME...... Do it in Style....

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    thisara out of touch so that lankans can go with pirassanna instead of him bez westindian have few left hand batsman

  • CricinfoSriLanka on April 2, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Since Dilshan is not in form at the moment Sri Lanka should play Sekkuge Prasanna for his place. Malinga can be nominal captain while Mahela can lead the team in the field. It's a very crucial game so we should not play passengers in the team.

    1) Kusal 2)Mahela 3)Prasanna 4) Sanga 5) Mathews 6) Thirimanna 7) Thisara 8) Kulasekara 9) Herath 10) Malinga

  • Jegenadhan_94 on April 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Now it seems like sammy talks too much!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    both teams look strong. WI still a bit suspect against spin bowling. even against pak they were not too good for first 15 overs. but they are dangerous side as they have so many power hitters in their side. you take top 4 wickets and think your are ok but not with WI. they bat deep.

    SL is inform team. bowling is in form . not only spin bowling but also fast bowling as well. batting is also good.

    so a good game coming up. for SL , a slight disadvantage is that they have not played on this ground. toss will again be very vital and chasing will not be easy.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    sl should go with 3 spinners sachithra herath & mendis

  • jerryman on April 2, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Fortune favors the brave. SL must play Prasanna for Tissara Perera and I would prefer to see Thirimanne , playing instead of Chandimal . Rest can be the same as the last game against NZ . The reason for prasannas inclusion is that he is a leg break bowler and the grounds in Dhaka seem to favor these type of bowlers . the proof in point is you can see how well Jadeja & Mishra have been doing. SL must be very cautious of the last 5 overs being bowled to WI especially if Sammy & Bravo are batting. If Tissara P plays , he should not bowl a single over . So SL selectors for future tours in the t20/ODI may want to consider a specialist batsmen for the middle order , who can play the big hits instaed of Tissara Perera. Good luck lions , hold your nerve in this pressure game.Need to give a fitting send off to our stalwarts Mahela & Sanga . A win will be icing on the cake.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    As long as Chandimal not playing we are happy, WI is a very strong and powerful team and they have players who can take the game away from us in few balls, they can be lethal in one day and perform so badly in another day. All the best Mighty Lions and hops we reach the finals and give a proper good bye to the twin towers

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    SL have lot to return to WI. Hope SO return them in style.

  • COOLANKA on April 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Lions are favorite for this contest,,go lions goooo.

  • dilu.sanjay on April 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Good team will win wish for both team .sl will win if thay bat 1st.mahela Sanga Dilshan have to bat well if thay want to play one more game be for retire

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    It's the right time to bring the missing T20 trophy to our land... All the very best Lions!!!

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Sri lanka should go with one change replacing Prasanna with Dilshan.Malinga or Chandimal the real captain is Jayawardane.Sangas innings of the wc is waiting

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    Sri lanka should go with one change replacing Prasanna with Dilshan.Malinga or Chandimal the real captain is Jayawardane.Sangas innings of the wc is waiting

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    It's the right time to bring the missing T20 trophy to our land... All the very best Lions!!!

  • dilu.sanjay on April 2, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Good team will win wish for both team .sl will win if thay bat 1st.mahela Sanga Dilshan have to bat well if thay want to play one more game be for retire

  • COOLANKA on April 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Lions are favorite for this contest,,go lions goooo.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    SL have lot to return to WI. Hope SO return them in style.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    As long as Chandimal not playing we are happy, WI is a very strong and powerful team and they have players who can take the game away from us in few balls, they can be lethal in one day and perform so badly in another day. All the best Mighty Lions and hops we reach the finals and give a proper good bye to the twin towers

  • jerryman on April 2, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Fortune favors the brave. SL must play Prasanna for Tissara Perera and I would prefer to see Thirimanne , playing instead of Chandimal . Rest can be the same as the last game against NZ . The reason for prasannas inclusion is that he is a leg break bowler and the grounds in Dhaka seem to favor these type of bowlers . the proof in point is you can see how well Jadeja & Mishra have been doing. SL must be very cautious of the last 5 overs being bowled to WI especially if Sammy & Bravo are batting. If Tissara P plays , he should not bowl a single over . So SL selectors for future tours in the t20/ODI may want to consider a specialist batsmen for the middle order , who can play the big hits instaed of Tissara Perera. Good luck lions , hold your nerve in this pressure game.Need to give a fitting send off to our stalwarts Mahela & Sanga . A win will be icing on the cake.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    sl should go with 3 spinners sachithra herath & mendis

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    both teams look strong. WI still a bit suspect against spin bowling. even against pak they were not too good for first 15 overs. but they are dangerous side as they have so many power hitters in their side. you take top 4 wickets and think your are ok but not with WI. they bat deep.

    SL is inform team. bowling is in form . not only spin bowling but also fast bowling as well. batting is also good.

    so a good game coming up. for SL , a slight disadvantage is that they have not played on this ground. toss will again be very vital and chasing will not be easy.

  • Jegenadhan_94 on April 2, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    Now it seems like sammy talks too much!!