West Indies v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group F, Barbados May 7, 2010

Sublime Jayawardene routs West Indies

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill
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20 overs Sri Lanka 195 for 3 (Jayawardene 98*, Sangakkara 68) beat West Indies 138 for 8 by 57 runs
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Sri Lanka wrapped up a crushing 57-run win over a disappointingly lacklustre West Indies in Barbados after Mahela Jayawardene's sublime unbeaten 98 from 56 balls took them to 195 for 3. Jayawardene took full toll of a shambolic West Indian fielding performance in a 166-run partnership for the second wicket with Kumar Sangakkara - the highest of the tournament so far - and when Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Chris Gayle fell early in West Indies' chase, the fight went from their batsmen.

The inept West Indian batting was merely a continuance of their fielding effort, as the rot set in when five straightforward chances went down to allow Sri Lanka to take their score into the stratosphere. Jayawardene, whose superb form carried his side into the Super Eights, displayed silky touch and superb manipulation of the bowling in his innings, and Sangakkara, while not quite in Jayawardene's league at the moment, matched him almost shot for shot.

Jerome Taylor, on his return to international cricket after a six-month lay-off, should have had Sanath Jayasuriya, opening in place of the wretchedly out-of-form Tillekaratne Dilshan, caught by Kieron Pollard at backward point from his second ball. It was a regulation chance for a fielder in that position, but Pollard couldn't hold on to it, and the lapse set the tone for West Indies' performance in the field for the rest of the afternoon.

After Kemar Roach got rid of Jayasuriya, Taylor suffered another lapse from his fielders in his second over, as the normally-reliable Gayle put Sangakkara down at slip before he had scored. Jayawardene lifted the very next ball handsomely over wide long on for six. With that, the moment had passed and the rest of the match was entirely Sri Lanka's.

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene flashed airily at the odd delivery, but were level-headed enough to keep their composure and capitalise on the bad balls that came, predictably, at least once an over. As the partnership gained momentum, West Indies seemed almost resigned to the fact that a large total was in the offing, and a missed caught-and-bowled chance from Pollard's first ball of the match barely registered.

As West Indies' fielding became ever more ragged, a fourth chance was missed as Benn found bounce and turn to elicit a rare mistake from Jayawardene, who was tempted out of his crease by a flighted delivery. But Fletcher fumbled the take, allowing Jayawardene to scramble back. Three balls later, things became even more farcical as Jayawardene top-edged Benn almost straight up in the air, and Fletcher and Wavell Hinds, the two closest fielders, both stood back and watched the ball plummet down, each expecting the other to go for it.

It looked as though Jayawardene would be able to reach his second hundred of the tournament when he took 10 runs from Bravo's final two balls to reach 97 with six balls still to be bowled. He was stranded at the wrong end in the final over, unable to reach the landmark, but through him Sri Lanka were able to post a massive total.

Chanderpaul began with a paddled six over deep backward square and a cracking off drive in Angelo Matthews' first over, but was out next ball, top-edging an ugly swipe to be caught at short third man. Gayle followed him two balls later, undone by a touch of extra bounce and nip off the seam by the impressive Nuwan Kulasekara, and West Indies were 23 for 2. His wicket stunned the large crowd into silence, and a similarly shell-shocked Ramnaresh Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo trundled along at under a run a ball for the first 30 runs of their partnership.

Their stand eventually crept past fifty, but soon after Bravo flapped Lasith Malinga straight to Matthews at cover with 120 needed off just 56 balls. With the hitting power of Pollard to come, it was still just possible that West Indies could get close, but inexplicably Andre Fletcher was sent in ahead of him, and struggled to get the ball off the square.

When Sarwan departed, chipping a tame return catch back to Mendis, Pollard finally arrived, but the Sri Lankan spin attack, together with Malinga's pinpoint yorkers, strangled every attempt to reach the boundary. The required run-rate rocketed up beyond 20, and even before Pollard skied Mendis to wide long on, the result was a foregone conclusion.

Liam Brickhill is an assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 9, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    @ Bengali-Tiger007

    Great common sense you have not being able to guess what my nationality was despite 3 comments where it was as obvious as possible! I am not West Indian. The only reason I defend them is because they are indeed better than Bangladesh. You undermined our victory by stating that West Indies could have been an easy ticket for even Bangladesh. You made it look as if we had just thrashed a hopeless country! Whereas it was actually a solid all-round performance that had gained us a victory. Don't suck it up to SL now like you didn't say that! As for your IPL comments. MM cost $600000? REALLY? WOW! Our ancient 40 year old all-rounder Sanath cost 950 while Sanga cost over 800 and most of our players (Mahela, Malinga, Mendis, Matthews, Murali, etc.) went for the IPL and were actually used unlike your MM whose only performance in the 2nd IPL was being unable to defend over 20 in the final over. Rankings? You have Sakib? We have Mahela, Sanga, Murali, Dilshan, Malinga, n so on

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | May 8, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Hey abaa, don't really know who you are, whether your Srilankan or West Indian??? I think your a confused fan and you really don't know your facts at all. Bangladesh beat the West Indian team (white wash) whether 2nd or 1st string team, doesn't matter. BANGLADESH is the current best spin attack team in the world. Mashrafe Mortaza Costed more than any of your west indian bowlers in the IPL ($600k) and Shakib Al Hassan is ranked no:1 ODI all-rounder in the World. As for SRILANKA, they as well as India always get our Bangladeshi support no matter what and Mahela at the moment is the best batsmen currently in the sub-continent in all forms. So you and your west indian team better pray hard, becuase it wont be too long before Bangladesh over takes you in the ranking and just face it, your west indian team is the new minnow. Bangladesh would have thrashed your team, even the Aussies struggled to score runs against master class spin such as Shakib. Its unfortunate we had the aussies and paks

  • POSTED BY Sidath346 on | May 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I don't know why some people have to be so jealous of other countries just because their team lost so horribly and are on the verge of being kicked out of the tournament unless India wins their 2 remaining games....get a life people and worry about your own team rather than worrying about that of others...Just because India couldn't beat A'lia doesn't mean SL can't...SL have been very consistent in their WCs in the recent past...not to mention the way India was thrashed by Bangladesh in their 2007 world cup ( if im not mistaken ) and had to face a 1st round exit. So, please stop commenting harshly on other teams and @Aditya: dude u should study ur facts properly, since when were NZ and WI the worst bowling teams...do some studies on cricket before commenting.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Terrible India, Pakistan and Srilanka.. Once considered the three good giants are now so painful teams.. loosing each and every important match... not to mention bangladesh and now afghanistan... None of the Asian team is good enough or remotely deserve to be in semi final with the games ... maybe team selection or too many games are being played .. top players are selfishly motivated... out of form players are

    Indian big guns - 1) sachin and sehwag in IPL but not in world es makes me mad. 2) making this stupid ravindra jadeja play , out of form murali and oldie zaheer... DHONI wake up else you dont deserve to be captain pakistan - younis,shoaib and yousuf most reliable players have already gone? srilanka - jaysurya my god this guy is not even in form why does he play?

  • POSTED BY ryan88 on | May 8, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    first of all congratulations lanka for a fabulos victory!!and why in the world would somone even think of us indians bein jealous of anyone elses sucess!!seriosly narrow minded fellas!to be honest and to b very frank,not gettin this cup or not reachn the semis or finals..wont elude us of anythin,v r still the richest cricket playin nation u c(money wise,support wise).so quit wastin ur time blamin each other and appreciate the beautiful game !!ciao btw we did win the first edition of this t20 wc ryt!!! heres wishin for a great tournament ahead! Ps:West indies were a dissapointment once again!!pollards forgotten his massive hittin gloves!!lol

  • POSTED BY ramsen76 on | May 8, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    no doubt...sanath was a great asset...but the times have elapsed///he cant put bat to ball....a prudent man would realize when his days are over....but v cant expect that from sanath 'cos he is a sri lankan politician!! they never resign...i think he should b dropped and chandimal given the chance....givin chances for past greatness is a serious mistake & no other country does that...and it would lead us no where with the world cup loomin up around da corner

  • POSTED BY TAJY on | May 8, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Oi, West Indies West Indies West Indies!! Why does this team torture its fans like this? All we want is for this team to be competitive, but instead they get crushed by 57 runs cuz they can't catch, and they can't play spin bowling. West Indies have suffered from the same weaknesses for YEARS and they're not improving. Fletcher's horrid mix-up with Hinds just made me realize how hopeless it is. God help this team, and its idiotic management!!!

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | May 8, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    SL should open with Mahela and Sanga against the Aussies in order to counter their strategy of short pitched bowling against sub continental teams. Against India we should milk Harbhajan for 20 to 25 runs off his 4 overs without taking too many risks. In this way SL would be assured of at least 160 to 170 runs in total against them as the other Indian bowlers are easier to score against. Every international match is important so we should try to win both. The other point is that the time has come when the great Sanath may have reached his sell by date. Can SL afford to play him only for his bowling? The Sports correspondent of the Ceylon Daily News appears to suggest that there is an orchestrated attempt within the team to prevent the master blaster from playing and sending him in at nos 7 and 8 shows disrespect to the great man. All this writer is achieving is in displaying his blatant patronising to the establishment whilst showing disregard to the cricketing interests of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    mahela rocks... scoring amost a hundred in every 20 over match.. since last few matches of IPL

  • POSTED BY Tyronne85 on | May 8, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    I would love to have Dinesh Chandimal and Dilhara Fernando back in the playing side.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 9, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    @ Bengali-Tiger007

    Great common sense you have not being able to guess what my nationality was despite 3 comments where it was as obvious as possible! I am not West Indian. The only reason I defend them is because they are indeed better than Bangladesh. You undermined our victory by stating that West Indies could have been an easy ticket for even Bangladesh. You made it look as if we had just thrashed a hopeless country! Whereas it was actually a solid all-round performance that had gained us a victory. Don't suck it up to SL now like you didn't say that! As for your IPL comments. MM cost $600000? REALLY? WOW! Our ancient 40 year old all-rounder Sanath cost 950 while Sanga cost over 800 and most of our players (Mahela, Malinga, Mendis, Matthews, Murali, etc.) went for the IPL and were actually used unlike your MM whose only performance in the 2nd IPL was being unable to defend over 20 in the final over. Rankings? You have Sakib? We have Mahela, Sanga, Murali, Dilshan, Malinga, n so on

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | May 8, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Hey abaa, don't really know who you are, whether your Srilankan or West Indian??? I think your a confused fan and you really don't know your facts at all. Bangladesh beat the West Indian team (white wash) whether 2nd or 1st string team, doesn't matter. BANGLADESH is the current best spin attack team in the world. Mashrafe Mortaza Costed more than any of your west indian bowlers in the IPL ($600k) and Shakib Al Hassan is ranked no:1 ODI all-rounder in the World. As for SRILANKA, they as well as India always get our Bangladeshi support no matter what and Mahela at the moment is the best batsmen currently in the sub-continent in all forms. So you and your west indian team better pray hard, becuase it wont be too long before Bangladesh over takes you in the ranking and just face it, your west indian team is the new minnow. Bangladesh would have thrashed your team, even the Aussies struggled to score runs against master class spin such as Shakib. Its unfortunate we had the aussies and paks

  • POSTED BY Sidath346 on | May 8, 2010, 14:43 GMT

    I don't know why some people have to be so jealous of other countries just because their team lost so horribly and are on the verge of being kicked out of the tournament unless India wins their 2 remaining games....get a life people and worry about your own team rather than worrying about that of others...Just because India couldn't beat A'lia doesn't mean SL can't...SL have been very consistent in their WCs in the recent past...not to mention the way India was thrashed by Bangladesh in their 2007 world cup ( if im not mistaken ) and had to face a 1st round exit. So, please stop commenting harshly on other teams and @Aditya: dude u should study ur facts properly, since when were NZ and WI the worst bowling teams...do some studies on cricket before commenting.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Terrible India, Pakistan and Srilanka.. Once considered the three good giants are now so painful teams.. loosing each and every important match... not to mention bangladesh and now afghanistan... None of the Asian team is good enough or remotely deserve to be in semi final with the games ... maybe team selection or too many games are being played .. top players are selfishly motivated... out of form players are

    Indian big guns - 1) sachin and sehwag in IPL but not in world es makes me mad. 2) making this stupid ravindra jadeja play , out of form murali and oldie zaheer... DHONI wake up else you dont deserve to be captain pakistan - younis,shoaib and yousuf most reliable players have already gone? srilanka - jaysurya my god this guy is not even in form why does he play?

  • POSTED BY ryan88 on | May 8, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    first of all congratulations lanka for a fabulos victory!!and why in the world would somone even think of us indians bein jealous of anyone elses sucess!!seriosly narrow minded fellas!to be honest and to b very frank,not gettin this cup or not reachn the semis or finals..wont elude us of anythin,v r still the richest cricket playin nation u c(money wise,support wise).so quit wastin ur time blamin each other and appreciate the beautiful game !!ciao btw we did win the first edition of this t20 wc ryt!!! heres wishin for a great tournament ahead! Ps:West indies were a dissapointment once again!!pollards forgotten his massive hittin gloves!!lol

  • POSTED BY ramsen76 on | May 8, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    no doubt...sanath was a great asset...but the times have elapsed///he cant put bat to ball....a prudent man would realize when his days are over....but v cant expect that from sanath 'cos he is a sri lankan politician!! they never resign...i think he should b dropped and chandimal given the chance....givin chances for past greatness is a serious mistake & no other country does that...and it would lead us no where with the world cup loomin up around da corner

  • POSTED BY TAJY on | May 8, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Oi, West Indies West Indies West Indies!! Why does this team torture its fans like this? All we want is for this team to be competitive, but instead they get crushed by 57 runs cuz they can't catch, and they can't play spin bowling. West Indies have suffered from the same weaknesses for YEARS and they're not improving. Fletcher's horrid mix-up with Hinds just made me realize how hopeless it is. God help this team, and its idiotic management!!!

  • POSTED BY Mutukisna on | May 8, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    SL should open with Mahela and Sanga against the Aussies in order to counter their strategy of short pitched bowling against sub continental teams. Against India we should milk Harbhajan for 20 to 25 runs off his 4 overs without taking too many risks. In this way SL would be assured of at least 160 to 170 runs in total against them as the other Indian bowlers are easier to score against. Every international match is important so we should try to win both. The other point is that the time has come when the great Sanath may have reached his sell by date. Can SL afford to play him only for his bowling? The Sports correspondent of the Ceylon Daily News appears to suggest that there is an orchestrated attempt within the team to prevent the master blaster from playing and sending him in at nos 7 and 8 shows disrespect to the great man. All this writer is achieving is in displaying his blatant patronising to the establishment whilst showing disregard to the cricketing interests of the team.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    mahela rocks... scoring amost a hundred in every 20 over match.. since last few matches of IPL

  • POSTED BY Tyronne85 on | May 8, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    I would love to have Dinesh Chandimal and Dilhara Fernando back in the playing side.

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | May 8, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    In recent past, most of the Sri Lankans supported India as their second choice. But I never supported them & instead I supported Pakistan. Pakistanis have been always supporting Sri Lankans as their second choice. Remember 1996 WC Final ? But Indians are always very jelousy towards Sri Lankan cricketers & it is very hard for them to accept the bitter truth that our players are performing better than their's. So, guyz please don't support Indians anymore ! Good Luck West Indies for your next assignment !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    i'm sri lankan but im annoyed abt hw some people think that India is worse than us. we hav lost matches with a big margin as well...just because we won yesterday with the West Indies doesnt necessarily mean that we r better..it just means that we were lucky enough to have escaped by their missed catchess...the same applies to india vs aus match...people really need to grow up a bit.

  • POSTED BY RanilDeSIlva on | May 8, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Well said NISH67,Also bearing in mind that Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and up to a certain extend England are now favourits to win this time around, it could be a cracker of a semifainals to follow. ( beleive the above 4 teams would get to the semis at thier cirrent forms..As always Indians are too tired after playing the moneyrich long IPL, and they will be dead and gone by the time ICL comes in this time around.. It also gets me the idia that the captains in the teams are NOT FULLy confident about their teams other than the above 4 teams. like when Sanga won the toss and rightly said, we know its a bouncy lively wicket, if your are willing to put ur time in to bat through, there is enough runds and we do have many capable batters in that calibre, and yes, they exactly deliverred including himself.. My only worry was that Kapugedara in that last over instead of going for a six every ball should have just given a single to Mahela to become the ONLY PLAYER to score 2 T20 100's!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Some still thinks sanath should be opening Huh Anyway this is my 11. 1.Dilshan-Very good against fast bouncy bowlers and good hooker 2.Mahela- :D 3.Sanga - Of course he is the captain and he just get back to his form 4.Sanath - Could be useful with medium fast and slow bowlers are around and certainly a very good bowling option 5,6,7 Kapugedara,Mattews,Perera 8-Thushara for me but Srilanka myt go with Kulasekara 9 Murali -Of course if he is fit to play. 10 Malinga 11 Mendis - Australians may go after him but he still worth playing

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    mahela batting best innings in this tournament.he is will be man of the series!!!! come on Mahela,,,,,,

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Mahela is in Outstanding form and he is seeing the ball as a foot ball (what ever.. and hope Sanath'll show his colors before his retirement. Also I hope everybody (Sri Lankans) will love to see that Chandimal replaces Kapugedara. Hope Sanga and team will win the Champoinship...

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    @Aditya : if i was indian after that batting proformance i would have doug a whole and burried myself . I dont say sri lankans are best against fast bowling but i can guarantee they wont be as pathertic as your team did .So without worring abt SL just worry abt your team . they may well be on their way home

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    yay ! ! ! im so happy that mahiya ayya is back in form..and our victory against west indies.. but im a little bit worried abt the chances that our batsmen gave to the west indies players to take their wickets..they really should not be taking too many risks.. hope SL gives a good fight against the ausies...thats like our finals in the super 8... anywayssss....all the best to the sri lankan players..u make us proud

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | May 8, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    @ aditya - i beg to differ that WI & NZ are two of the weakest bowling sides in the tournament, i would think leaving out the minnows, India definitely would be the team with the weakest bowling attack, Harbhajan is brilliant and zaheer is good but the rest are rubbish. Dont get me wrong India are a very good side, but that is due to their batting, so going by your argument that Mahela & co. are very good at murdering weak bowling attacks i guess we should be sending Indiahome soon then?

  • POSTED BY chathuranga_2020 on | May 8, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    I Never agree with Mr.Aditya Mitra , because he said Sri Lanka definately loose to Aussies,Sorry to say India haven't Quality Fast ballers they always play like part time fast ballers no quality what so ever . and remember Sri Lanka is the only team can beat Aussies in huge margin , I remind You, Last WT20 Aussies out of First Round .Finally i think Sri Lanka will confirm their semifinal position without faceing mighty Indian side(always poor in Fielding & bowling).

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 8, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    @ Aditya Mitra

    We have at least not spent half of the past week building up on how wonderful our batting and bowling is or how convincingly we are going to beat Australia or how much the Aussie pace barrage is going to get beaten by our world class batsmen or how the 'hapless' Aussie batsmen are going to struggle against our 'world class' spinners (we have Murali, Mendis & Sanath vs your Harbajan, Jadeja, Raina, Yusuf, Yuvraj & anyone else Dhoni can get to bowl now please don't say you can't notice the difference between quality and quantity when it comes to the spin attack). We might lose but we will do so gracefully just as we accept victory. We will not be blasphemous on forums to the Aussies before we play and neither will we disappear and speak of past performances and achievements to try convince ourselves that we are the world beaters which we are not. There is a reason why teams like SL and NZ are people's 2nd favorite team to support after their own country and India is not

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 8, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    @ Bengali-Tiger007 The WI team Bangladesh won a test & ODI series awhile back was a 3rd or 4th string team remember? This game was 'easily' won due to the masterclass of a certain Mahela Jayawardena who has thus far scored over 275 runs in 3 games all by himself (Bangladesh as a whole mustered 265 in two games). He's showing the kind of form and temperament that enabled Aravinda De Silva to blast us into winning the 1996 WC. This game was ABSOULTELY NOT AN EASY TICKET! This was not a game against a hapless Zimbabwe or Afghanistan or Bangladesh but against a WI attack consisting of bowlers like Roach (who is as fast as the Aus bowlers), Taylor (certainly an infinitely better pace man than any from your team) and batsmen like Gayle (his records in all 3 forms of the game speak for himself), Pollard (true he has only performed in the IPL and CT), Sarwan&Chanderpaul (who are certainly batsmen of class). I will not let anyone undermine an achievement made by SL or MJ (in form of his life)!

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 8, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    Damn guys Mahela should've got more of the strike in the last over scoring two consecutive centuries in T20's is unimaginably tough and they screwed up by giving him just one ball :-( They already had a formidable score thanks to just him too ...

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    My sri lankan team agianst aussies 1.Mahela 2.Sanath 3.Sanagakkara 4.Dilshan 5.Chandimal 6.Mathews 7.Kapugedara 8.T Perera 9.Murali 10.Malinga 11.Mendis

    I included chandimal beacause if nuwan kulasekara in the team there are 7 Bowlers .So it is good to have an extra batsman against aussies

  • POSTED BY jkaussie on | May 8, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    I love watching Mahela bat, in any form! He had a rough tour last time here in Australia but has bounced back fantastically. Graceful, timing, technique and now the runs to establish his place. It's good to see players like him doing well in the 20/20. There have been lots of comments about the big hitters taking over, like Chris Gayle and David Warner, but the game still has a way of catching out those with majorly flawed techniques. Kallis, Jayawardene, to a lesser extent Michael Clarke, have proven there is a place for all! Good luck to them!

  • POSTED BY NISH67 on | May 8, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Its amusing reading the innuendo's from certain Indian fans who think the world revolves around their team . I would suggest to them to get it into their thick heads that most of their so called great batsman from the present generation are flat track bullys who have thrived on dead tracks against mediocre bowling attacks and the moment they come against a bouncy track and genuine pace all their frailties are exposed as evidenced by yesterday's display ! . It would then be apt that they dont speculate wildly that other teams will also fail because there's did and look at the facts realistically !!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    mahela is in gr8 form ....nd hope he cud continue battin like dis 4 da whle tournament...bt srilanka needs find him gd openin partner 4 him....

  • POSTED BY pubudu on | May 8, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    i don't htink there is anything wrong with kulasekara and thissaa. india open bowling with praveen kumar. and their "fastest" bowler is zaheer khan. india without tendulkar will always struggle against good fast bowlers, indians just can't take it that sri lankan batsmen played better against fast bowlers in the same track while their batsmen failed badly as usual in fast tracks.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | May 8, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    @Aditya Mitra, dont think that SL would fall apart as the indians did, WI too had bowlers capable of over 145. thats y SL balsman started slowly, thats what the indian batsman didnt do. They tried to wack everything out of the ground. Thats what S Gaveskar was telling the whole while. i believe that Aus r not unbeatable, they too play with 3 genuine bowlers. f a team can survive the initial burst of nannes and tait, there is no reason why they cant post a good score.

  • POSTED BY LittleTommyTittleMouse on | May 8, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Sana might suddenly prove to be usefull ... but ! ... Pleeeeeezzz bring in Dilhara ... We have to have him ... Kulasekera is too ordinary... He can easily be taken to the cleaners at that speed ... Dilhara is much better suited for this ... Squeak, squeak ! Thank You :-)

  • POSTED BY Shafi79 on | May 8, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Australia is going to be ahuge test, looking at the way they crushed India, if we do win the toss and bat first though, one can still hope that Snaga & Mahela can handle the quick stuff, they have got enough class to be able to take on the Aussie bowling, anyways we need only one more win to get to the semis and i think we should look at Dilhara / Malinga & Thushara against the indians and look at knocking them over with some pace. Is the track in St Lucia anything like yesterdays wicket? BTW - Those guys who cant stomach what happened yesterday, its not our fault india lost, so please be graceful and accept that SL played brilliantly well yesterday specially one Mr Jayawardene. Of course there are bigger challenges yet to come.

  • POSTED BY Rogue777 on | May 8, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Aditya Mitra and Deeptha the TRUE FACE of INDIANS is yet again exposed. I have always founf it extremely interesting how Indians are the first team to put us down when ever we are doing well and they are doing bad. This is why I say Pakisthanis are really our true friends because unlike Indians they do not bash us when their team isnt doing well and we are doing well. With Indians they think it is always India at the top along with Aus and SA they never want to give any credit to Sri Lanka. The point of the matter is Mahela and Sanga can play well all attacks in all conditions they have proven that but does that mean they never fail? No! Remember Sri Lanka was Runners up in World cups held in England and West Indies (in both these WCs India didnt go past the 1st round!). So stop bashing us every time your team does badly. Why are you people so INSECURE that you feel the need to put us down every time you fail! I remember very well how Indians actually supported Aus in 2003 Finals! lol

  • POSTED BY SLfan on | May 8, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    @Nadisha Jayasinghe - You're absolutely spot on. It seems that you also have identified the country, of those who critizicing the Sri Lankan team. Last sentence of your comment gives the evidence for that. I'm 100% agreed with you. See the comment of Aditya Mitra...Now I guess that rest of you also can figur out that which nation is having the jelousy feelings towards Sri Lankan cricketers. let's wait & see whether our players can knockout that country from the tournament. Good Luck Sri Lanka !

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    y are the majaortiy of indians thinking negative....

    they have to accept that sri lankan cricket team is getting better day by day.

    u cannot say that if india lost a match, sri lanka will lose it.

  • POSTED BY Kaushalya_Gurudeniya on | May 8, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka will have to win another one game to qualify for the Semi's. I think they can beat India easily if they get rid of Dhoni and Raina. Raina is the most important one. If he gets going it's difficult to stop him and will take the game away from you.

    Bowling attack is pretty much ordinary as Harbajan is the only challenging bowler for India.

    I think SL done well in WI match to show that they have a great potential. In my opinion, Sanath should step down or Management should take a decision for him. Because he is wasting a chance for another batsman. If Sanath and Dilshan both failed in IND match that will be a pproblem, So it's better to include someone like Suraj intead Sanath because i think we're gonna miss Murali too for the rest of the tournament.

  • POSTED BY reinventingcricket on | May 8, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Being a Sri Lankan must admit that the most cricketing talent is available in India and Australia. Australia and South Africa being sporting countries compared to other cricketing nations are naturally competitive and full of self confidence. But Talent is something and application is something else. Australia tend to be more successful in application than India in crunch situation. Just Think about it. My prediction for the semis are South Africa , England , Sri Lanka & Australia. Well played Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY Lakpj on | May 8, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    @Aditya Mitra, dont think that SL would fall apart as the indians did, WI too had bowlers capable of over 145. thats y SL balsman started slowly, thats what the indian batsman didnt do. They tried to wack everything out of the ground. Thats what S Gaveskar was telling the whole while. i believe that Aus r not unbeatable, they too play with 3 genuine bowlers. f a team can survive the initial burst of nannes and tait, there is no reason why they cant post a good score.

  • POSTED BY CiMP on | May 8, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    I am impressed by the way Mahela and Kallis have reinvented themselves in the T20 format. Mahela especially is all grace. His plan to quit captaincy, let Sanga grow into the job and focus on his own batting has indeed proved to be a masterstroke off the field. This Succession Plan has worked very well for SL and other countries will do well to adapt this plan.

    As an Indian I wish India win this WC. If they dont (looks likely) then SL wd be my fav. Especially for the sake of Mahela Jayawardene!

  • POSTED BY MilroyL.S.A.Don on | May 8, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Mister Jayasuriya,

    We are very much grateful for what you have done for Sri Lankan Cricket and that will remain for ever. You changed the cricket world and we respect you for that.

    It would be more respectful if you could leave some room for the youngsters who are trying hard get in to the SL side and they are frustrated and not performing to the par since they know that the chances are very slim.

    Please don't be so greedy/selfish, we don't want to see you on the field with SL shirt any more.

    If you continue to play, people even would not respect for your age.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    I agree 'CrackerDaddy", Deep freezed, what have you got against this Sri Lankan team? Don't forget this is a team that got to the final last year and won the most matches of any team in the tournament! Don't go hating on our up and coming players,( by the way, Nuwan kulasekara has been ranked the no.1 ODI bowler in the world , a feat that no indian in the current team has) they played much better than the Indian top order did yesterday.Although India is a superb side with great players, at the moment the Sri Lankan team is in a better position and don't deny it. Because we wouldn't deny the same fact about India if they won by 57 runs against the Windies and Sri Lanka lost by 49 runs to the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Hmmm It seems Sanath Jayasuria is not fit to open. I Srilanka has to get back to Dilshan. But I would not put him to bat at no 8 but at no4 when medium pacers and spinners are on.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    sri lanka will definately loose to australia they will be playing at the kennsington oval and i doubt any of the sl batsman will be able to make a massive impact(including jaywardane).BY the time I write this SL fans would be fantasizing Jawardane blasting the Aus bowling attack well its not going to happen .so far in this tournament SL has played zimbawe,NZ and Wi the 3 worst bowling attacks of the tournament .he will strugle against quality fast bowling on fast and bouncy wickets as his test record shows .It reflects his ability to get runs on flat decks even against decent bowling but inability to do so when the the conditions favour the same bowlers on a different surface a la Mathew Hayden in 2005 and 2006-07 faced pretty much the same bowling attack in both test series against england

  • POSTED BY deepthaT20 on | May 8, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    Well suddenly SL seems to be getting flowers from everyone and I hope they dont get carried away by their performance last night, much tougher games still to come !!! Few things I would like to say, 1. Are we doing the right thing by not playing Dinesh Chandimal if Dilshan is not opening? 2. Dont u think the team balance is not 100% due to inclusion of some senior players ( This might cost us really bad in a match like Aussies ) 3. Again team balance, can we play T.perera , we already have Mathews and Shouldn't we play 3 genuine fast bowlers ? 4. Why Dilhara was not sent to replace Murali, considering his balling form ?

    We might continue with this winning combination and hope it wont be too late to do changes ( India learnt their lesson by not playing enough genuine bowlers) and dont u think even in T20 s bowlers should do their job while batsmen do their ?

  • POSTED BY TheUglyTruth on | May 8, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    Im an SL Supporter and i cudnt b happier but im gonna hold my celebrations until i see our performance against the aussies. Mahela cudnt b in any better form so thts a positive and Sanga showed glimpses of his best as well. But i cant put a finger around why Sanath is still in the team! We have enough bowling allrounders (including dilshan for part time spin). And his batting is well passed his younger days form. Also I kno Kulasekera picked up a wicket today but sumhow i jus feel itd b better to have Dilhara in his place. He was pretty impressive in the ipl. Either him or Thushara. As for Deep frozens comment, Thissara is in for his batting mainly and isnt that bad with his bowling either. But if bowling underarm is equal to what he does, maybe u cud fill in the slot for the sl team? Then ppl like me can sit at home and complain about your effort on cricinfo :)

  • POSTED BY Bengali-Tiger007 on | May 8, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    I wish Bangladesh had WI in their group, that would have been an easy ticket to the super8's for us. How unlucky for Bangladesh, we get drawn into a group that had Pakistan and Australia. Its unfair and the ICC should avoid doing this to us. Although I still think we shoudve beaten Australia that day, we missed out on a good chance.

  • POSTED BY Eeeehaaaa on | May 8, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Ian Chappell talks a lot of crap... He thinks Australia and India are the favourites, after India's performance yesterday.... Anyway the Lankans were fantastic yesterday. The real challenge will be against the Aussies. I think they can beat the Aussies if they bat first and post a big score..

  • POSTED BY Indike on | May 8, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Mahela batting as well as Aravinda de Silva, fantastic. Hope Mahela continue this majical batting display.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Well done Mayya and Sanga..... Too bad I couldn't watch the match: but anyway Good team effort finally.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    What can i say, typical WI, we show up in one game then disappear shortly after that. Absolutely no consistency, its sad. everything was poorly done by the WI, the fielding was ridiculous. Fletcher showed why he should never be given a pair of wicket keeping gloves, (its already bad enough that he is given a pair of batsmans gloves). the batting was without any purpose, and we were really out of this game even before the chase began. It really gets me annoyed to hear chris and the other guys asking for support, when as WI fans we have given nothing but support year after year, poor performance after poor performance, and yet we get nothing to cheer about. we get absolutely nothing in return from our players, or our cricket board. Well played Sri Lanker u really deserved to win today.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Yes!!! Now the players like Kallis, Jaywardane, Tendolkar, M Hussy can really turn the directions here in their own way... although the players like D Hussy , Warner , M-Morkel , Sammy , Afridi , Dhoni Pollard's ability can never be under estimated... but the main difference are created more by the Experienced players..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    I was impress of Sri Lankan batting order and this is how Sri Lankan batsman should play instead playing like a deck of cards threw the middle order. Intresting enough Jayawardene is inform after IPL practice therefore, i wish and prey for Sri Lanka to reach the championship and win against the Aussies as my fantasy. AMIN Best of luck to Sri Lanka.

    Also PK v NZ well unless Afridi gets his team undercontrol then PK could be alive. AMen

  • POSTED BY CrackerDaddy on | May 7, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    They are winning with Thisara and Kulasekara...must be a part of their stratergy...man...just wondering what Mahela have for his supper...if I can be that good at cricket, I'd pay anything...

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Deep.."Frozen"..and its it should be "Bowl" under arm. Why are you so bitter about the SL team? Is it because the team you support is possibly being thrashed while the team you dislike is on the verge of reaching semis?

    Cheer up boy. Besides Kulasekara's and Perera's economy rates were 6.75 and 6.5 respectively, most certainly far better than the best bowler of the team you might be supporting :). So really, our worse bowlers are better than your best. I repeat.. BOWLERS , not BALLERS :)

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Well, as I commented before Mahela is the lone struggler for SL team. Now, once again he lifted the team up. Sangy lent a helpful bat, hope he regains his flow. Nevertheless, bowlers have backed them properly.

    Lets wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY BrianWR on | May 7, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    As a WI fans and countryman, that was one of the worst I have seen and I have seen bad before. WI are at home and in the field with crowd behind them they were simply pathetic and embarrassing. All the money they make and total "impotence" in front of home crowd. Batting was atrocious, showing again the total dependence on Gayle. Chanderpaul should have looked at how MJ played, Sarwan probably watches too many Carl Hooper videos (but at least CH could field and bowl a bit), Flecther, not much to say about him other than looks "scared" when batting and will struggle to make most teams "D" side (what a total useless player!!). Bravo just out of form, Pollard needs to be in nets batting against spin bowlers and Hinds is not capable to play at this level. Bowlers Sammy (best WI player by far), Taylor, Benn and Roach are the best we have at moment, but again need more discipline bowling(esp. as we have "bowling" coach). Cannot see WI beating India and Australia with this team!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Mahela in the form of his life! Looks like he's gonna take Sri Lanka single handedly to Finals.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Lets wait till Sunday to see how Lanka fare against the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    who said Sri Lanka's were the underdogs eh???

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    T20 is maturing its out look as mature cricketers are making the difference and Jayawardene proved it today

  • POSTED BY Magar11 on | May 7, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Mahela!!!! U should hit another ton, U have chance to hit in last over. Any way U are playing good cric. All the best 4 ur further match.

  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | May 7, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    c,mon, Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara??? isn't it better to just ball under arm?

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  • POSTED BY Deepfreezed on | May 7, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    c,mon, Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara??? isn't it better to just ball under arm?

  • POSTED BY Magar11 on | May 7, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Mahela!!!! U should hit another ton, U have chance to hit in last over. Any way U are playing good cric. All the best 4 ur further match.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    T20 is maturing its out look as mature cricketers are making the difference and Jayawardene proved it today

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    who said Sri Lanka's were the underdogs eh???

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Lets wait till Sunday to see how Lanka fare against the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    Mahela in the form of his life! Looks like he's gonna take Sri Lanka single handedly to Finals.

  • POSTED BY BrianWR on | May 7, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    As a WI fans and countryman, that was one of the worst I have seen and I have seen bad before. WI are at home and in the field with crowd behind them they were simply pathetic and embarrassing. All the money they make and total "impotence" in front of home crowd. Batting was atrocious, showing again the total dependence on Gayle. Chanderpaul should have looked at how MJ played, Sarwan probably watches too many Carl Hooper videos (but at least CH could field and bowl a bit), Flecther, not much to say about him other than looks "scared" when batting and will struggle to make most teams "D" side (what a total useless player!!). Bravo just out of form, Pollard needs to be in nets batting against spin bowlers and Hinds is not capable to play at this level. Bowlers Sammy (best WI player by far), Taylor, Benn and Roach are the best we have at moment, but again need more discipline bowling(esp. as we have "bowling" coach). Cannot see WI beating India and Australia with this team!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Well, as I commented before Mahela is the lone struggler for SL team. Now, once again he lifted the team up. Sangy lent a helpful bat, hope he regains his flow. Nevertheless, bowlers have backed them properly.

    Lets wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Deep.."Frozen"..and its it should be "Bowl" under arm. Why are you so bitter about the SL team? Is it because the team you support is possibly being thrashed while the team you dislike is on the verge of reaching semis?

    Cheer up boy. Besides Kulasekara's and Perera's economy rates were 6.75 and 6.5 respectively, most certainly far better than the best bowler of the team you might be supporting :). So really, our worse bowlers are better than your best. I repeat.. BOWLERS , not BALLERS :)

  • POSTED BY CrackerDaddy on | May 7, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    They are winning with Thisara and Kulasekara...must be a part of their stratergy...man...just wondering what Mahela have for his supper...if I can be that good at cricket, I'd pay anything...