Sri Lanka v India, Group F, World Twenty20 2010, St Lucia May 11, 2010

Sri Lankan win knocks India out

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Sri Lanka 167 for 5 (Mathews 46, Sangakkara 46, Kapugedera 37*) beat India 163 for 5 (Raina 63) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out
Hawkeye

Will Sri Lanka go for a win or will they seek to knock out India and hope Australia defeat West Indies to enter the semi-finals? That was the question that hung in the air during the chase. Sri Lanka's answer was emphatic: They first sealed India's fate by going past 143, before writing their own destiny by winning off the last delivery of the game.

Kumar Sangakkara set up the chase and Angelo Mathews took them to the final lap before Chamara Kapugedera sealed the finish in style by hitting a six off the last ball. It was that close and dramatic. The captain and the two inexperienced men he had backed heavily in the past had come through when it mattered at the big stage.

It was an awesome performance from Sri Lanka, who kept wriggling back from difficult positions. They first bounced back to restrict India, who had galloped to 90 for 1 from 10 overs, courtesy a fiery knock from Suresh Raina, to 163 before shrugging off a poor start to chase down the target in thrilling fashion.

The final nail-biting moments panned out thus: Sri Lanka needed 25 runs from eight deliveries. Vinay Kumar, who had impressed until then in his first international outing, had the ball and Kapugedera, for whom wins had proven elusive despite his efforts, was on strike. A nervy Vinay slipped a full toss on the fifth ball and Kapugedera heaved it just over the leaping fielder at the long-on boundary for a six that knocked out India. He then slammed the next delivery, a full-pitched one, over long-on to reduce the equation to 13 from the final over, bowled by Ashish Nehra.

Mathews collected a six first ball with a gorgeous on-the-up hit over long-off but Nehra hit the blockhole regularly and ran him out with a direct hit at the non-striker's end. Sri Lanka needed three from the final ball and Kapugedera carved the full delivery over the cover boundary for a stunning six. Game over.

It was a shot in the 12th over against Harbhajan Singh that turned the tide for Sangakkara and Sri Lanka. Until then, Sangakkara had chosen to move along quietly. He had chosen to rebuild after the loss of Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sri Lanka had just reached 67 for 3 from 11 overs when he played his first shot of intent. He sashayed down the track and Harbhajan quickly shortened the length. Sangakkara didn't panic but adjusted superbly to almost nonchalantly punch-flick it over the midwicket boundary. It was the moment in the chase as Sangakkara, who had reached 17 from 18 balls until then, ended with a 33-ball 44. He slugged Yusuf Pathan for two on-side sixes in the 14th over to tilt the game Sri Lanka's way.

At this point, Sri Lanka needed 59 from 33 balls to win and a mere 39 runs to knock out India, stay in the hunt, and hope that Australia wouldn't have an off day against West Indies. Would they go for a win, or play safe? Sangakkara chose victory and fell in the process of attaining it. In the 15th over bowled by Vinay, he backed away outside leg stump and tried to smear to the off-side but was bowled by the slower one.

It was a big moment but Mathews and Kapugedera showed excellent maturity in safely negotiating the next ten deliveries to ensure there was no dramatic implosion before they went for the target. They collected ten runs from the 18th over, bowled by Nehra, and added two more fours in the next over, from Piyush Chawla prior to completing the job.

Two events summed up the day for India. MS Dhoni couldn't get his timing going and that powerful bottom-hand was rarely seen today. He accumulated 23 at almost a run-a-ball when big hits were the need of the hour. And Harbhajan, who had bowled like a dream this tournament, had a forgettable day.

A third event further marred the day for India. Dilshan, who had a nightmarish competition before today, played a momentum-grabbing cameo after the early loss of the in-form Jayawardene and Jayasuriya. He looted five boundaries from two successive overs bowled by Nehra and Harbhajan to lift Sri Lanka from a dire 6 for 2 in two overs to 32 for 2 in four.

India lost all the big moments today. They were first slowed by the slow men, Suraj Randiv and Dilshan, before the seamers led by Lasith Malinga and a surprise performer in Thissara Perera bowled superbly to suffocate them. India had moved to 119 for 2 in 14 overs and it was a decisive phase for both teams. You would have expected India to go for the broke here but it was Sri Lanka who dominated.

Thilan Thushara, who leaked 27 runs from his first two overs, bowled the 15th and 18th over and found redemption as he gave away just ten runs. It included the wickets of Raina and Yuvraj Singh, who swung the full tosses to Jayawardene at deep midwicket. There was to be no run-fest in the end as Malinga and Perera applied the squeeze. It was the beginning of the end for India.

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • sugukumar.79 on May 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    KRISTEN::kristen says the three players rohit,yuvi and yusuf ..they are not even eligible to play for international cricket..how can he says like this..yuvi:: we cnt forget his 6 sixes and fieldings...rohit::if rohit is not fitness means,how he could stand two day in domestic match ...(320 runs in two days)...and his batting was amazing vs aussie not out 79...rohit is the best top fielder in this world ....all we know.......yusuf::he scored 100 in 37 balls in ipl.....yusuf only shows not fit....but how can he says rohit and yuvi are not eligible for international cricket..........really KRISTEN IS EGO person.........

  • on May 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    LOL I bet now Dhoni will blame I.P.L. for an excuse!!!!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. A D'costa: You r right. Your over rated country will have hard time to beat Bangladesh, if not already. Remember ICC 2007. You people love to give example of Bangladesh just to harass us.

    Problem is that You don't give credit to your opinion.Please learn to give credits for the people who deserve the credit and remember at the end of the Day, Cricket is a game and you bound to have ups and down.No need to burn players house.

  • HLANGL on May 13, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Seems like most of these so called SL fans are now over the moon after 1 win against the hapless Indian side. Seems like they cannot even remember the state of being dejected after the thrashing by Austrailians only a game ago. Some write about the brilliance of the younger guys like Kapugedara & supremacy of Mahela forgetting the fact that their only noteworthy contribution has only started to happen yet after may be 3 years of merely poor outings. I would say the last win against the Indians was really encouraging, it was more a team effort compared to the first 3 wins in the tournament where Mahela carried the major burdon. Still this SL side has a lot to prove, I mean by no means settled yet as a dominent team in ODIs or in 20-20. Sri Lanka should nurture the youngsters, should appreciate young ones' courage & tallent. To me, still the only real consistent performer among these younger generation of players is Anjelo Mathews. All others, including the seniors have a lot to prove.

  • SLfan on May 13, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @ Paddy Mohan - You sounds like an Indian. But it seems that, you are different than a typical Indian who usually hesitates to give credits for Sri Lankan cricketers. So, hats off to you...You are quite right. As you have already said, we (Sri Lankans) also know the fact that indian media & indian fans always throw stones at our cricketers. It does not matter. It's may be due to that our country is not financially powerful, comparing to India....But, Indians should understand one thing. That is there is no need to consider other things when playing cricket matches. Just enjoy cricket & please learn to give credits for the people who deserve the credit. When you respect other people, others wil respect you automatically. Cheers !!!

  • on May 13, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Actually, Team India always have been over-confident. BCCI should take action for not to play key-players in IPL or County cricket. IPL should only for to get the new talent, later join the seniors. This should be the strategy. Now, Dhoni criticizing IPL for their worst defeat; that is incorrect. Moreover, dont blame Pakistan Cricket Team in any means. Afterall, PCB-XI is playing semi and hopefully final to get back the title.

  • sairevanth on May 13, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    The first mistake according to my conscience is the batting order in which Dhoni has come...I felt that rohit sharma was correct at that place...And secondly yuvi's performance is very poor in this tournament...coming to the bowling attack the innings used to begin with Bhajji's bowling then y did dhoni opt nehra to start with when everything was going fine with bhajji's start..... It was truly a disappointing performance from the Indian side...Always v cannot expect only a single player to perform.... I feel that pragyan ojha has to be a pert of the team...When robin uthappa's and sourabh tiwary's performance was gud why didn't the selectors opt them into the team n y only murali vijay is into the team?????

  • deenu_points on May 13, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I think Reasons for this Big loss are 1. Dhoni's Captaincy (having only LUCK. No skills) 2. Players are not dedicated expect Raina,Nehra and few others. Especially Gambhir !! He is a worst player. Gambhir needs to learn cricket from street cricketers. Bcoz, he missed to take 3 runs. He doesnt put his bat in grease instead he used his legs. WHAT IS THIS ??? It happend 2 times. We don't want to win all matches. BUT Please dont play these kind of poor cricket.

  • on May 13, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    well why are we blaming the ipl? all the srilankan players also played ipl.... we should blame the players only.they have forgot to respect the tricolour. it may sound a bit awkward but its true that the class of indian batting has gone down.the so called champions are only good against the sub standard club bowlers of ipl.they lack the technique and determination.We make to much out of a raina or yusuf or a pathan ,who are only good on low slow indian wickts.A so called senoir like yuvraj is himself not sure of whether he wants to play or party.Zaheer is a jaded horse who only dances to mukesh ambanis tunes.He was a complete different bowler for mumbai indians.Dhoni doesnot know his own batting position.gambhir seems lost in the grief over the abscence of viru.And vijay ..well ..leave hm onl for csk. for india he is nothing but a joke. Dinesh karthik will always remain a substitute and when given chance will fail badly. it is pathetic .

  • Hoggy_1989 on May 13, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Once again, the flat, dead Indian batting tracks that these Indian 'batsman' have been brought up on has been their downfall. I've said it a million times; the only way India will actually make a contribution to cricket (besides the infinite piles of money it drags in through killing the game to make sponsorships dollars) is to have better, fairer pitches in India that challenge the batsman in building a score, as opposed to a pitch that tells the batsman they can belt everything into next week with no challenge/offering from the pitch. The star batsman like Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman have carried the Indian team outside of the sub-continent...now 3/4 of that lineup has retired, all the focus is on Tendulkar to shine, and when he's not there...they crumble and look sub-par. Simple solution...but I'll bet all money the BCCI just see the dollar signs and don't care about the long-term survival of their team at the top of world cricket.

  • sugukumar.79 on May 17, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    KRISTEN::kristen says the three players rohit,yuvi and yusuf ..they are not even eligible to play for international cricket..how can he says like this..yuvi:: we cnt forget his 6 sixes and fieldings...rohit::if rohit is not fitness means,how he could stand two day in domestic match ...(320 runs in two days)...and his batting was amazing vs aussie not out 79...rohit is the best top fielder in this world ....all we know.......yusuf::he scored 100 in 37 balls in ipl.....yusuf only shows not fit....but how can he says rohit and yuvi are not eligible for international cricket..........really KRISTEN IS EGO person.........

  • on May 13, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    LOL I bet now Dhoni will blame I.P.L. for an excuse!!!!!!!!

  • on May 13, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. A D'costa: You r right. Your over rated country will have hard time to beat Bangladesh, if not already. Remember ICC 2007. You people love to give example of Bangladesh just to harass us.

    Problem is that You don't give credit to your opinion.Please learn to give credits for the people who deserve the credit and remember at the end of the Day, Cricket is a game and you bound to have ups and down.No need to burn players house.

  • HLANGL on May 13, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Seems like most of these so called SL fans are now over the moon after 1 win against the hapless Indian side. Seems like they cannot even remember the state of being dejected after the thrashing by Austrailians only a game ago. Some write about the brilliance of the younger guys like Kapugedara & supremacy of Mahela forgetting the fact that their only noteworthy contribution has only started to happen yet after may be 3 years of merely poor outings. I would say the last win against the Indians was really encouraging, it was more a team effort compared to the first 3 wins in the tournament where Mahela carried the major burdon. Still this SL side has a lot to prove, I mean by no means settled yet as a dominent team in ODIs or in 20-20. Sri Lanka should nurture the youngsters, should appreciate young ones' courage & tallent. To me, still the only real consistent performer among these younger generation of players is Anjelo Mathews. All others, including the seniors have a lot to prove.

  • SLfan on May 13, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @ Paddy Mohan - You sounds like an Indian. But it seems that, you are different than a typical Indian who usually hesitates to give credits for Sri Lankan cricketers. So, hats off to you...You are quite right. As you have already said, we (Sri Lankans) also know the fact that indian media & indian fans always throw stones at our cricketers. It does not matter. It's may be due to that our country is not financially powerful, comparing to India....But, Indians should understand one thing. That is there is no need to consider other things when playing cricket matches. Just enjoy cricket & please learn to give credits for the people who deserve the credit. When you respect other people, others wil respect you automatically. Cheers !!!

  • on May 13, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Actually, Team India always have been over-confident. BCCI should take action for not to play key-players in IPL or County cricket. IPL should only for to get the new talent, later join the seniors. This should be the strategy. Now, Dhoni criticizing IPL for their worst defeat; that is incorrect. Moreover, dont blame Pakistan Cricket Team in any means. Afterall, PCB-XI is playing semi and hopefully final to get back the title.

  • sairevanth on May 13, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    The first mistake according to my conscience is the batting order in which Dhoni has come...I felt that rohit sharma was correct at that place...And secondly yuvi's performance is very poor in this tournament...coming to the bowling attack the innings used to begin with Bhajji's bowling then y did dhoni opt nehra to start with when everything was going fine with bhajji's start..... It was truly a disappointing performance from the Indian side...Always v cannot expect only a single player to perform.... I feel that pragyan ojha has to be a pert of the team...When robin uthappa's and sourabh tiwary's performance was gud why didn't the selectors opt them into the team n y only murali vijay is into the team?????

  • deenu_points on May 13, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    I think Reasons for this Big loss are 1. Dhoni's Captaincy (having only LUCK. No skills) 2. Players are not dedicated expect Raina,Nehra and few others. Especially Gambhir !! He is a worst player. Gambhir needs to learn cricket from street cricketers. Bcoz, he missed to take 3 runs. He doesnt put his bat in grease instead he used his legs. WHAT IS THIS ??? It happend 2 times. We don't want to win all matches. BUT Please dont play these kind of poor cricket.

  • on May 13, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    well why are we blaming the ipl? all the srilankan players also played ipl.... we should blame the players only.they have forgot to respect the tricolour. it may sound a bit awkward but its true that the class of indian batting has gone down.the so called champions are only good against the sub standard club bowlers of ipl.they lack the technique and determination.We make to much out of a raina or yusuf or a pathan ,who are only good on low slow indian wickts.A so called senoir like yuvraj is himself not sure of whether he wants to play or party.Zaheer is a jaded horse who only dances to mukesh ambanis tunes.He was a complete different bowler for mumbai indians.Dhoni doesnot know his own batting position.gambhir seems lost in the grief over the abscence of viru.And vijay ..well ..leave hm onl for csk. for india he is nothing but a joke. Dinesh karthik will always remain a substitute and when given chance will fail badly. it is pathetic .

  • Hoggy_1989 on May 13, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Once again, the flat, dead Indian batting tracks that these Indian 'batsman' have been brought up on has been their downfall. I've said it a million times; the only way India will actually make a contribution to cricket (besides the infinite piles of money it drags in through killing the game to make sponsorships dollars) is to have better, fairer pitches in India that challenge the batsman in building a score, as opposed to a pitch that tells the batsman they can belt everything into next week with no challenge/offering from the pitch. The star batsman like Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman have carried the Indian team outside of the sub-continent...now 3/4 of that lineup has retired, all the focus is on Tendulkar to shine, and when he's not there...they crumble and look sub-par. Simple solution...but I'll bet all money the BCCI just see the dollar signs and don't care about the long-term survival of their team at the top of world cricket.

  • 9ST9 on May 13, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    India have a serious problem here. Look at the performances of the Top-8 teams in the last 3 ICC tournaments. Australia -CT winners '09/ Semi-finals WT20 '10 England -CT 09 Semis/ Wt20 '10 Semis Pakistan-Wt20 09 winners/CT 09 semis/Wt20 semis '10 SouthAfrica- WT20 semis 09 Sri Lanka - WT20 finalist 09/ WT20 '10 Semifinals NewZealand - CT 09 finalist 09 W.Indies - WT20 semi-finalists 09 What about India? every team has made it to at least the semis of global tournaments - not to mention that india crashed out of the last WC as well - the only consolation being the 2007 WT 20 win. At least its good the IPL is there so that Indian fans have SOMETHING to cheer about.

  • Bang_La on May 13, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    Sriram Veera, remember Durga Puja? Such beautiful idols with glamorous drapings and ornaments. After puja, those are dropped in the rivers and steams. Did you see once the idols are submerged? All glamour and drapes and paints are gone, only the structures in hay and sticks come out. India team's glamourous idols imposed by marketing departments of the corporations to use the players as idols and painted by the media, also paid by the corporations who invest millions and millions have worn off, now the world only can see hays and sticks visible.

  • Jaggadaaku on May 12, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Well, the IPL was the great practice for the World Series for the India. After the IPL they had clear picture regarding the players who are in their great form and who are not. But typical Indian selector showed their typical choice after selecting Yuvraj (In his poorer form), Nehra (Takes wickets but concedes too much run, Harbhajan ( Specialize in Test matches), Vijay (Specialize in Test matches). The players who are in their greatest form like T Suman and R Uthappa never got chance to play. The great bowller-R Vinay Kumar got chance in this match only. The whole country is currupt, so is cricket. Yuvraj blasted 6 sixes in one over but that form was over an year ago. When Indian team really needs captain innings, country's great actor cum cricketer-MS Dhoni never plays well enough. India were 90/1 in their first 10 overs. They could make 200+ in 20 overs, but as I said they never play when they need to. This typical Indian team never going to change their attitude.

  • on May 12, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    "INDIA" is most over rated team.They do not have good pace attack ,neither they can play against good pace balling.Players do not have that pride to play for the country,because they makes more money on "IPL".Cricket ini ndia is a joke.Another example that money destroy many things.In few years india will have hard time to beat "Bangladesh.

  • JimmyDee on May 12, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    Just proves that the IPL is nothing more than an overblown domestic competition with a few hired guns and fat bellied owners on fixed pitches, to massage the ego's of overrated players. It is in fact to the players detriment that they believe the hype about them and are therefore lured into a false sense. This was no more evident in this tournament by the attitude of the Indian players believing that the spoils will just fall into their laps.

  • CRICViN23 on May 12, 2010, 20:21 GMT

    we hve 2 let dili and mahela open the battin against england

  • Rajesh. on May 12, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Extreme reactions from people............... be it in a victory or defeat doesn't help anyone !!

  • on May 12, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    Normally, one would have thought, after playing 60 mathces in IPL, India had the best experienced team for the cup. But they didn't even make it to the semis. Indian Paisa League me kamaa liya, then where is the need for the seriousness and sincerity to show.

  • on May 12, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    o Vishy Anand takes a 40 hour bus ride to get to Sofia and becomes the world champ. WOW! He didn't complain of being tired??????

  • NAVEENBH on May 12, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Every team will have 3 genuine fast bowlers every game why not we?. dhoni dint use this tactics even once. after winning the toss normally against aussie we have to bat first. dhoni dint do that.he did the same thing what ganguly did in 2003 worldcup.& repeat of 2009 20-20. inpspite of loss he backs JADEJA every time. JADEJA is responsible for 2 straight world cup loss. first drop him. nehra is waste he can bowl well against afgan, zimbabwe, tats it. we have seen him in 2003 worldcup finals only Indians dont know how bowl good yarkers, short picth deliveries on regular basis. frist take some TIPS from AUSSIES. they know how to exploit the weakness of the opposition.

    team should be like this Gambir, sehwag, yuvi, robin, dhoni, irfan, rpsingh, raina,harbajan, pragyan oja/mishra,praveen kumar,zaheer,karthik, sourabtiwary. for one day include SACHIN.

  • vijay__________ on May 12, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    @ Indian-Dubai-have u ever watched dhoni play?Hitting the ball in the V is a great skill and let me tell u I still remember the ferocious counterattack by dhoni in the 2006 test against akhter.He played an array of pull and hook shots at ball coming down at 150 ks.Everybody knows that Dhoni has all the shots in the book.

  • NAVEENBH on May 12, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    IDONT KNOW WHY THEY WILL SELECT YOUSUF PATAN,JADEJA, NEHRA, every time, inspite of not performing. we need some good alroundres in the team. 2 worldcups are lost beacuse of JADEJA only.he doesnt know how get runs in slog overs.& doesnt know how to bowl , feild also.THEN ALSO he will be in the playing 11 i dont know why, yousuf is there only to hit 1 six. nehra is waste in team. with out sehwag opening is hopeless. Gambir, Yuvi not in form. bowling, fielding is worst. we could have selected Robin uttappa, irfan patan, RPsingh. instead of these guys.tiwary,sangwan, are also good. Apart frm sub continent INDIA should play 3 fast bowlers compulsary.

  • yohandf1984 on May 12, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    While having all the appreciations SL has to be mindful now. They are in semi final and will need to find the right formula against England. One of vital decision to make is about openers . Sanath looks clueless so Dilshan can be used along with Mahela. Thushara conceded more than 10 an over but If Kula comes there will be too many medium pacers ( Angi, Thisara & Kula) Another option is Mendis and need to look at his confidence level after being thrashed against Aussies. If Sanga decides to use Sanath as a frontline option a place is there for Thushara/ Chanaka .Chinthaka or Chandimal should come ahead of Sanga to make sure there is somebody to guide youngsters in middle order. My XI is Dila , Mahela ,Chinthaka, Sanga, Angi ,Kapu, Sana , Thisara , Randiv , Malinga , Mendis

  • harikeshan on May 12, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Tend to agree with Sanjay Manjerekar's Comments of India being Lions @ Home and Lambs abroad. India is to blame for their exit. Team was picked purely on Past performances and legacies rather than current form. Fitness was found wanting. Why was Ravindra Jadeja picked in the 1st place when he was banned from playing in the IPL for trying to hedge a contract? Yuvraj Singh has clearly been out of form from the start of the IPL. What about players like Pragyan Ohja who was in excellent form in the IPL not picked along with many other young cricketers like Robin Uttappa, Rayudu, T Suman and Virat Kohli. Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra looked completely unfit and their fielding was below par considering the fact that they have been playing @ international level for quite a while. It's about time India pick players on present form rather than legacies and also time to chuck out so called selectors who have only a played a few games at the highest level with no performances to stand out.

  • NAVEENBH on May 12, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    DO YOU KNOW WHY INDIA LOST T20 WORLDCUP 2010 BECAUSE

    1. we dint send the correct team to T20 worldcup. 2. Lack of preparation, training, practice matches. 3. THE whole team is doesnt know how to play 20-20 cricket. 4. After this bluddy IPL , Indians dint have any match practice & directly went to WI. 5. first we have to BAN this IPL. 6.the same story again repeated frm team india as they done in 2009 edition. 7. COMING to selection of players i think there is politics involved in it. 8. they are not selecting the players who r in form 9.Westindies track support pace and only quality spinners can play thier part that too only in keeping down the runrate of the opposition.Whereelse the India landed in W.Indies with spin as their main and pace as secondary. 10.Any team need 4 full time qulaity bowlers to win in t20 in this tournament.Fifth you can manage.But indians went with 3 bowlers with 2 parttime.

  • S.N.Singh on May 12, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    I do not know if I am a "JINKS." ? But I can't look at my favourite team India. Every time I move and come back something gone wrong. If stay and look more thing goes wrong with the team. My argument is that Dhoni made 183 as a # 3 batsman in 50 overs. My " God" this is 20 overs when is he going to bat ? The best batsmen shoud bat first. Open with Yuvraj , Sawhag and Dhoni. The want the ball to come on to the bat, then your other batsmen. To say that the "SHORT BALL"is a danger for the Indian Batsmen. I had offered a solution to that but I do not think the Indian board want to accept that from a "fan." They preffer to hear what their in ex[perience "COACH" ( certified) will tell them. How could he tell Tendulkar, Sewhag, Gambhir, Harbhajan and Dhoni what to do? How could he tell them who to play ? ??? India can't find good bowler from a population of one Billion people. Ghandi said " To know India you have to travvel through India, the cities are not

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    great win for Sri Lanka particularly given the fact that they have fielded only 10 players this entire tournament. OK well it appears that they have eleven, but Jayasuria is just there to observe and provide his match report to Mahinder Rajapakse. A timely report ensures his place at the observation deck for the next game.He even gets to hold a bat for a couple of minutes.

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    This time Sangakkara's men did not turn the apple cart and thus did justice to their fans all over the world. In Nepal we are among very few who breathe Sri Lanka cricket-as most of the cricket literates side with India-and identify our cricket with that of Lanka, thanks to Roy Dias' -the mastermind of Nepali cricket. We know that they don't have as many options as other cricketing nations like India, Pakistan, Australia et al. have. Yet they are one of the best sides on the world since the WC in 1996. Despite the fact that there are no Arvindas, Ranatungas, and indded Jayasuryas- in his former appearance-there are Mahelas, Sangakkaras, Dilsans, Mathews, and Kapugedaras with the bat and Malingas and Muralitharans with the ball that will keep the momentum going for Lanka will please us-Sri Lanka well-wishers- and cricketer-lovers all over the globe. Wish you a very sucessful days ahead!

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Too much of money and too many parties are chasing too few performances! I think they should take a call on Yuvaraj Singh. Now that Suresh Raina has emphatically shown that he can effectively replace Yuvaraj both as a batsman and a fielder, they can initiate a mild shock to Yuvaraj to carry water bottles to the playing XI. How many more occasions are we going to tolerate his lethargy. What happened to Gambir's outrageous running between the wickets? Now that he is becoming a brand, he is taking his position for granted. We can as well have Sachin back. Why Dhoni's strike rate has become found wanting. Certainly this is not the Dhoni we know, all the more when a perfect platform was set at 90/1 in 10 overs. Instead of promoting himself to no.3, he could have very well sent Rohit Sharma. A match on hand was easily gifted away! A lot of introspection needs to be done.

  • Nampally on May 12, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    What a change in India's attitude to each game, in 3 years. India won T-20 in the first year because they were full of enthusiasm and guts. India played throughout the knockout round this time with no guts, gumption or fighting spirit. When Raina & Dhoni were at the crease with last 5 overs to go, they were not hitting to the fence but were going for singles. SL on the other hand were going for the fence. No wonder India lost the game in the last 5 overs. In fact they lost all 3 knockout games. All credit to SL for playing with enthusiasm & spirit. But in England they have a tough rivals who play with lot of guts, assuming KP is playing. I expect a final between England & Australia with slight edge to the Aussies. If India wants to participate in T-20 ICC in future, they better send an enthusiastic group with talent and determination to win.Dhoni's captaincy strangly lacked lustre. Absence of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Kohli in batting hurt India, already very weak in bowling.

  • on May 12, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    i see people here lining up numerous reasons for india's inadequate performance...come on guys...only three reasons are there for this fiasco...

    1. THEY CANT BAT...!!!

    2. THEY CANT BOWL...!!!

    3. THEY CANT FIELD...!!!

  • NALINWIJ on May 12, 2010, 15:35 GMT

    the warriors who succeed have fire in their bellies, they are hungry angry and desperate. India lacked these qualities and all IPL does is to fatten their bellies. I can only admire the never say die attitude and the hunger and desire of young srilankan cricketers. Sanath was a legend and as a recently elected politician should use this as an honorable exit like Ranatunga did in 1999.

  • Godhelpus on May 12, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    India have once again been humiliated and we, the Indian fans are devastated. Dhoni is a great leader but surely it's time for those over rated, under performing clowns to be booted out of the Indian team. These indian cricketers have no respect and have no pride when they play for India. They have massive ego's and are better suited for village cricket teams.It's about time they started to play like real professionals. They're an insult to the Indian nation.

  • on May 12, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Süper.....! IPL Heroes......Gone......!?!

  • m1a1 on May 12, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Six off the last ball to win the match and knock India out- too funny.

  • gudolerhum on May 12, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    The Indian supporters are so hard on their team. They expect a lot from them and destroy them when they do not deliver. That makes it even more difficult. The SL played well and one team had to lose - that is the bottom line. Granted the Ind team should/could have played better but life goes on. Too much blame is being placed on the IPL. What is wrong with that tournament? Some players have improved, if all have not, then that is their fault and steps need to be taken for them to go forward or get out. Australia are just too good this time, unless they slip they will win this time around. They are focused but that can change on any day. Some team just has to be there if that happens and take their chance.

  • shafiqrao on May 12, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    @ Itchy : Dude, Pakistan did not lose any match to wait for other's success. They lost all matches fighting and taking it close to victory. They sure deserved it.

  • SLfan08 on May 12, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Congratz to SL for an amazing win. Lot of Indian fans seem to be disappointed of their players. I'm a SL supporter, but I really admire Indians talents. I believe that Dhoni may be the best ODI player in the world. Yuvi is an amazing hitter of the ball. Gambhir is an expert of facing spin. but in yesterday game, we must give full credits to SL seamers and Randiv to kept them struggle. bcuz Dhonis intention in promoting him up the order was to bat longer and make them a target around 200. when it didnt work, it isnt reasonable to blame them. come on guyz, it's cricket. and it might really hard to win consistently in this shorter format. They made a few mistakes in each game in super eight and it's cost them. let's hope they'll bounce back. mmm and also wish their homes don't get burnt by crazy fans. cheers !!

  • on May 12, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Fantastic job Kapu and Angelo. Wonderful victory. Hope we can follow up in the Semi's. All the best Sri Lanka! Hope to see you'll in Florida. Delighted to see a game in the USA! Better luck next time India. Indian fans, your team will bounce back soon. Don't be disappointed.

  • bluethroat on May 12, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    Listen to MS post match comments. "Batting is always our strength". So even before entering the world cup MS has only 50% chance of winning. No wonder India's performance over past two T20 reads 6-0-6-0. Why take only the negative outcomes of IPL. If I were Srikanth, I would have chosen Ashwin, Murali Karthik and Ojha given that we are going with a spin-strong bowling. What hurt me the most is the following: We derived inspiration over the past decade from the likes of SRT, Kumble, Dravid, VVS, Ganguly, so even in the face of defeat we were proud to be cricket loving Indians. After 5 years from now, no body in the current Indian team with the exception of MS worth deriving inspiration from. Imagine the quality of inspiration and false pride we would derive from the likes of Yuvraj and Harbajan. For God sake, they have been a part of Indian team for a decade. Not even, once in the past 4-5 years, had they made feel us proud.

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    The anti-IPL brigade has run amuck here! Just ridiculing IPL for the failure would be wrong. IPL has better standard than any other domestic tournament. What caused the failure was fatigue ( from IPL ) , lack of time for planning (5 days for world cup. are u kidding me!), bad selection (where's uthappa, irfan,ojha) and injury (to sehwag).

  • funsuk on May 12, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    It was one of the very good games of the ICC T20 2010. Sri Lanka was outstanding in balling and batting was reason to knock the India out of the tournament as well defeat. Indian players needs so much maturity in balling as well as batting that they they don't playing in IPL. They completely lack in playing short delivery and Malings's yorker. Indian team still has a time to recovery by stop playing in cheap cricket IPL and have gain trust experienced players like Dravid, Shehwasg and Tendulkar. These are not the pitch were you hit the sixes every ball but needs some quality cricket that these guys knows.

  • Girishiyer on May 12, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    india never deserved a place in the semis. India is nothing but an over hyped team.

  • tilakvsen on May 12, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    Well done SRI LANKA. But SJ is in completly out of form. He is fit enough but can't go for shots like he used to be. So IF they need results in the semis take a youn gster who can score 10 runs rather than keeping SJ for a duck. He should quitely bow out now. SL selectors are dreaming for him to score 50. Come on selectors!!!

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    This is great win for Srilanka, I think the Indian media is making a big deal about this loss for India..Making dhoni the scapegoat ..

    http://wp.me/pRpuJ-o

  • Girishiyer on May 12, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Poor indians! Why is that all experts term INDIA as the favs. What was the use even if they qualified. 99 % of the times we depend on batting. OUR cricket has never improved. Look at the pathetic fielding especially Ashish Nehra . Harbhajan singh the so called legend could not even get a wicket.very funny.

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Cong.... SL. Its is an unbelievable performance from young players (mathew & kapu). If they want go for final must be they have replace chandimal for jayasuriya (this good time for jayasuriya retirement) & they can consider nuwan kulasekara for thusara also. In that match last three over unforgettable for ever. How they played against India same way they have to play against England & final. i hope u will rock guys.................................

  • ArunChennai on May 12, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Indian team - A bunch overpaid and overrated people... You get what you deserve and you deserve what you get. They deserved to be knocked out of the tournament in this fashion. If it triggers some serious dialogue back home and sets in motion some constructive changes, at least there will be something to feel satisfied about. One thing that is badly required is shutting off the IPL. Such bad quality competition is detrimental to Indian cricket. How ugly it was to see players misfielding and dropping so many easy catches and people like Gavaskars justifying that saying things like how it is difficult to catch white ball under lights! IPL is just a big drama not even well enacted. Its time to pull curtain on this one. Poor people of India should turn their back on IPL, tv telecasts and advertisements that these players come in. Teach them a leason. Indian cricket is a great example of the fact that money far from being a motivation to perform better, it will be a destroyer of aspiration.

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    finally SL won and will play in Semi with Eng on thursday and will play in final too.

  • RunawayToyota on May 12, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    It's simply unfair to India that all teams regardless of their country's population are allowed the same number of players/overs. I see that as the primary reason for their losses. India could easily defeat any other team if they have 500 players team and 100 overs.

  • on May 12, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    i think tht MSD should look after balancing the squad rather than depending on the batting. get Irfan Pathan in 4 jadeja, let it be onl y 4 T 20 cricket and get an extra specialist spinner in rather than depending on parttimmers. so squad can have 2 spcialist midium pacers with irfan and 2 spinners. That is my opinion to MSD. No doubt that MSD is a very good captain.

  • zippydingdong on May 12, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    A team of champions will never beat a champion team!!!! India have always been and individually based outfit,you only have to look at body language and team communication to see this.With players like sachin,dhoni,sehwag,gambhir,yuvi,h.singh etc. I think India have underachieved for a long time. Australia are no where near as strong as they used be but look how they play for each other.They are a team of action,heart and discipline not statistics and presumption.Players like Tendulker,Sehwag and Kumble all have amazing records but with what?1 T20 trophy and very little time at being the no1 test team once is not in my view equal to the achievements of lesser likes who played in Australian teams who have conquored for years and the Windies before them! New Zealand are an amazing example of a good team always punching above their weight from such a small population they just play for each other! So India this will continue until you learn how to play as one,but i doubt this!!!

  • parakum on May 12, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    I hope Sanath retires at least now. He is being carried in the team, not contributing with batting, bowling or fielding. It is really selfish of him to carry on like this.

  • on May 12, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    Well, Sanath is in the srilankan parliament, good luck getting him off the team. I hate it when politics interferes with cricket.

  • nataraajds on May 12, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Once again indians prove that they still not good enough in overseas conditions fast bouncy tracks. all IPL champions have failed here. i strongly belive that "INDIA B" team with young talents must play overseas 2-3 years before picking for national team. with just IPL bang cannot make these boys fit for international cricket. i wish our great selectors & board plan a good future team atleast now. bad luck india blues & better luck next time

  • Krithick on May 12, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Money...Money...Money...Money...Money...Money...Money....Money...Money Let us keep huge amount in front of cricketers then only they play. Ban IPL. Players should be paid according to their runs scored/wickets taken. All players should know the value of money. Then only our team will succeed.

  • Shishupal on May 12, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    Once again poor team selection is the reason to India's exit from the T20 world Cup. In Indian team, Yusuf Pathan, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh all these players are not performing upto their potential but BCCI carrying them with team. Yusuf has not played any match winning inning for india since long, Harbhajan singh is not taking wickets which is his main job and Ashish Nehra is just taking wickets after giving so many runs. which shows that they are not as useful players as they should have. Srikath always tries to promot murali vijay due to regionalism, this type of thinking cann't be successful. please select the players on their performance, not for a performance which was performed long time back

  • on May 12, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Indian cricketers were over hyped & over paid. they should concentrate on their basics & india should prepare wickets that has some life in it for the faster bowlers. Terrible running between wickets, mediocre fielding, disjointed batting line up, ordinary bowling line up. They should have played three seamers with Khan, Nehra & Vinay. Yuvraj should have being dropped for the last two games. Should have Played players on foam rather than reputation. Srikanth should step down as the chairman of selectors & reappoint Vengsarkar as the new Chairman.

  • Mutukisna on May 12, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Well done SL for an efficiently executed final 10 overs in bowling and batting. For the semi final and final, we should open with Mahela and Sanga if we bat first as the two class and experienced batsman should be able to handle better the expected short pitched new ball pace bowling by the opposition in the opening overs. If batting second Sanga should drop down to No 4 after he recovers from his wicket keeping duties with Dilshan opening. Malinga should be used in short bursts as and when a wicket is badly needed and Perera promoted if quick runs are required. Thushara came back strongly in his last two overs and should be retained. The MP should announce his retirement in advance but remain in the squad to cover injuries and be replaced by Kulasekera or Mendis (placed in a safe fielding position where the ball does not follow him).Sri Lankans should deplore the Lake House Sportscope writer for wrongly suggesting that Sanath is being humiliated thereby causing dissension in the team.

  • Snakehead007 on May 12, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Well ,Bad luck for india this time and better luck next time...I cant believe how such a strong team with the likes of yuvi ,pathan an dhoni have performed so poorly, Even pakistan lost but they were really close games n thats what took them further and also the prayers of their supporters who prayed for egland to win. But well peeps good luck next time...an i will also pray for pakistan to lift the cup again....Inshallah- ameen ....

  • Maduwantha on May 12, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    First congrdulate SL for the show. Indian fans please do not let your team down. Cause we all should enjoy the game. Think about how things floated in the match. Indian players did their best. But there should be certain eliment of luck. Cricket is one game both Sri Lanka and India plays wonderfully well. Indian fans should improve the moral of their players and should assist them to come out with bad patches. The talents and potential of Indian team is immense.

  • andyes on May 12, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    First of all congrats to SL. They really played like a team. Looking forward to see PAK vs SL in T-20 fianl. India should really think about IPL's future. To much of paisa is the reason behind indian defeat. We pakistanis really think why india does not produce bowlers like waseem, waqar, asif & amir?

  • Mr.niceguy on May 12, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    I think the problem with Indian cricket is their grounds and pitches, They play lots of ODIs , TEST and IPL in those flat placid pitches, lighting out fields with smaller grounds. Have a look at running between wickets of gambir, he thought once the ball passes the inner fielder ball is going to the boundary but instead the ball had more ground to cover with slow outfield so he caught ball watching instead of running. And even with their heavy weight top order they are still in doubt with their ability that's why they drafts player like jadeja and yusuf. what india need is a fast bowling all rounder not part time spinners who can belt the ball in IPL.

  • alban on May 12, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Same to Mr.Davedave

    I think India should have been eliminated from the first round. Look at the squad their players may be heros or legends only for the IPL tournament but were clueless at internatianl levels. Most of them don't deserve a place in one day games as well. It is the right time for the management to take hard decisions because the world cup is not far away.

    By ALBAN

  • kkbros1 on May 12, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    I am appaled at the way India has bowed out of the competition. I would blame it squarely on the selectors and on Dhoni in picking a way-below-par team especially in the batting department. It had been ages since Yuvraj has performed and I frankly don't understand the logic by which he was selected. He has the dubious distinction of being the longest non-performer in the team as far as the current crop is concerned. Unless the team players come out of this coterie concept, I don't think we can make any mark in the International arena

  • on May 12, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    It was quite clear that SRILANKA will use spinners in b/w but as always Dhoni tried to became a real hero by promoting himself. He always do this in front of a poor bowling attack and keep his batting avg. going. Poor fellow ...trick didnt work this time... comon man and stop this cold war in team...

    "Now This is What a good player like sehwag absence can cause to you"

  • on May 12, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    the last conclusion about the sub continental teams is that...india was never likely to dominate out of the subcontinent,as it is a historical truth....Pakistan..well..always depended on Gods wishes including 92 world cup...And it is THE SRILANKA who only can show the power of WILL AND ABILITY of a pure subcontinental team ABROAD.....thats it...

  • on May 12, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Congrads SLWeldone boys!I thought Chamara Kapugedera and Mathews sealed the morale-boosting win with a flurry of sixes, including one off the last ball of the match. Sangakkara was full of praise for the youngsters, who showed tremendous character to switch gears and turn the tables on India. You never want to lose guys early, especially Mahela, who is in top form But Dilshan got the momentum back for us and we talk about how capable our younger players are and they have shown how they can handle the pressure. Mathews and Kapugedera are going to be around for a long time.my idea is jayasooriya should come after kapugedera to bat, Srilanka should aim to go all the way in the tournament now.

  • McMurdo on May 12, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    Although I am an ardent Indian fan, I personally felt Sri Lanka deserved to be in the semis purely on their potential. In my opinion Australia and England are favorites to win the tournament this time, but Sri Lanka have everything in their ranks to outsmart them.

    India could have done better by selecting in-form players, as form plays a significant role in T20.

  • Chrishan on May 12, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    It wasn't IPL or fatigue, it was team selection plain and simple. Guys like Uttappa and Thiwary were in much better form in the IPL than Yuvraj and Yusouf and yet they get omitted from the squad. The same goes for Chawla's selection, as he was one of the bowlers who was hit for the most sixes during the entire IPL. What happened to Ojha or Mishra? I'm sure their are plenty of politics going on within the team selectors the same kind of politics that allows Sanath to play for Sri Lanka even though he's a has-been. Mathews will be a great all-rounder in the years to come. India needs to stop playing matches on placid pitches and get used to pace and bounce. The inability to play the short ball is NOT a new story which arose in this tournament, it has been a lingering problem for many years, but what is the BCCI/players doing about it?

  • on May 12, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    it was so dramitc match i witnessed @ st lucia . T-20 at itz best . india did vary well to reach 90 in first half of their encounter but crdit to the sri lankas who held their never to restrcut them under 163 , which i is a vary competitve target under slow outfield and wicket wich have somthing to bowlers . sri lanks t managed to clich the total in the last bowl which i showed the dept in batting even though they lost the man in the form jawardana in first nd jayasuryia who is totalyl out of touch .dilshan and sanga rebild a smell partnship which is quite nesscarry after the earley loss of opners , sanga i think showed his maturerity pesed the iniinings in perfection , one stage he was 17 of 18 deverlries than he go on to take the indian attack which he got some sucuess , than the young guns kapu nd mathews blowed at the right time . indian once again knocked out of a ICC tournment with out getting in to a repective postion .

  • jehangiriqbal on May 12, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Where is Upal Tharanga man? ... He is the true opener for Sri Lanka !!!

  • 3rd_man on May 12, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    So many things have said about Sana,we know time is running out for him that why he want to play every game with help of politics & we all know is he out of form.he want to play if conditions suite,he can still play a great innings with all his experience.but I feel he wants to contribute bit from bat and bit from ball. may be will work with England specially KP is usually not good against left arm spinners. depend on the wicket. I know he thinks he can, but I feel since he is out of form, he should have treated same way as others.If he declare this is his final tournament team will play for him.sanga will use him as a bowler more, good for team.the way sanga handling him means, you have given so many chances, failed selectors what you going to do? We need to take politics out of the game. let people who do well in domestic level & got the confidence & real talent like chandimal give a chance.every body keen to see what will be the team selection for next very important game.

  • Itchy on May 12, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    India were gone in this T20 World Cup as soon as Sehwag pulled out (despite playing the entire IPL season) - obvious where his priorities lie. The amount of money being paid to individuals in IPL would appear to be impacting on national teams - did not expect that it would be Indian team though.

  • on May 12, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Indians love Cricket but Indian Cricketers love money, they love, IPL,Parties, modeling ...etc. but cricket is a respectible game, Sri Lakan players have this reputation since begining of their cricket to play sensible (all type of CKT format). You can score only playing cricketing shot but not with the LAPOO JHAPOO shots. Like Pathan, Yuvi, even Dhoni's most of the shorts are not cricket shots they use power than book shot.

  • 3rd_man on May 12, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    Congrads SL!I thought yesterday from later part of the Indian innings to end srilanka came back to the game strong. Malinga and Randiv did very well in the middle part, specially considering the good start India got and also the track, Indians usually play well against SL bowling in the past. That's what doni thought when he promote him self up the order. I am really happy the line bowled by T.Perera, at the beginning and then toward the end his yorkers worked well with bit of reverse swing. Sl were back foot after 2 quick wickets,I think even though Mahela is in grate form he still need to play out few balls to get and idea of the wicket and bowlers. only week point in his batting over the years, for fast bowlers out side the off , at the beginning of the inning. when sl go deep in the tournament they meet very good teams with good bowling attacks. so you need to be cleaver on your batting.Mathews came long way when compared to Kapu, I think Kapu really need be believe his ability.

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Gr8 job done SL. Indian Players need to understand that they are paid to play, and not act and behave as movies stars. They need to Practcie more, n play less domestic cricket. India has the finest bunch of players in their team, still cant perfom as a unit. They need training, its so hard to believe such good players not performing at all

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:53 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic win for SL.

  • 3rd_man on May 12, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Congrads SL!I thought yesterday from later part of the Indian innings to end srilanka came back to the game strong. Malinga and Randiv did very well in the middle part, specially considering the good start India got and also the track, Indians usually play well against SL bowling in the past. That's what doni thought when he promote him self up the order. I am really happy the line bowled by T.Perera, at the beginning and then toward the end his yorkers worked well with bit of reverse swing. Sl were back foot after 2 quick wickets,I think even though Mahela is in grate form he still need to play out few balls to get and idea of the wicket and bowlers. only week point in his batting over the years, for fast bowlers out side the off , at the beginning of the inning. when sl go deep in the tournament they meet very good teams with good bowling attacks. so you need to be cleaver on your batting.Mathews came long way when compared to Kapu, I think Kapu really need be believe his ability.

  • ifzal_XI on May 12, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    india go and play IPL .u should have 2 -3 editions of IPL annualy

  • anonymousfan on May 12, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    India will be travelling to Australia and South Africa very soon. Should be fun to watch. Eagerly waiting for some solid entertainment.

  • 3rd_man on May 12, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Congrads SL!I thought yesterday from later part of the Indian innings to end srilanka came back to the game strong. Malinga and Randiv did very well in the middle part, specially considering the good start India got and also the track, Indians usually play well against SL bowling in the past. That's what doni thought when he promote him self up the order. I am really happy the line bowled by T.Perera, at the beginning and then toward the end his yorkers worked well with bit of reverse swing. Sl were back foot after 2 quick wickets,I think even though Mahela is in grate form he still need to play out few balls to get and idea of the wicket and bowlers. only week point in his batting over the years, for fast bowlers out side the off , at the beginning of the inning. when sl go deep in the tournament they meet very good teams with good bowling attacks. so you need to be cleaver on your batting.Mathews came long way when compared to Kapu, I think Kapu really need be believe his ability.

  • Diyan82 on May 12, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Brilliant performance by Angelo, he is a player who always gives 200% out in the field. Kapugedra I don't know if you read what I wrote about you after the Aussi game and got your act together, but what ever it was that performance by you was badly needed and hopefully you continue to do well without yesterday's performance being a one-off for the rest of the tournament and the cricketing year. That leaves us with Sanath, why are we keeping him?? He is a walking wicket can't we give a chance to a youngster like Chandimal to get some experience. I' sure he will score more than a DUCK!!!

  • Indian-Dubai on May 12, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Facts for India's poor show. 1.Westindies track support pace and only quality spinners can play thier part that too only in keeping down the runrate of the opposition.Whereelse the India landed in W.Indies with spin as their main and pace as secondary 2.Indians can play big shots only if the ball is on the slots.When ball is short or bouncy they need cant't workaround the park as it has to be.Except few quality players like Rohit,Gambhir & Yuvi.All lack consistency in the tournament 3.Any team need 4 full time qulaity bowlers to win in t20 in this tournament.Fifth you can manage.But indians went with 3 bowlers with 2 parttime. 4.Opening partneship was key which india lacked.Sehwag was missed big time as he can quicly destroy bowlers confidednce in couple of overs. 5.Player like Dhoni is not deserved a place as batsman but can be only as a captain.Ex.he can hit sixes only in longon or lonoff(Inside V).He can't play around the park Couple of days for australia to get the trophy

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    I dont know how to express my views.. I am shattered and really finding it difficult to understand why a talented team like this is performing far below its potential...

    I would say it's the way media hypes work in a player digging his own grave... as soon as a player gets into the team, plays a big innings or win a match for the country, he is booked in no less than 20 commmercials..he gets a luxury car and a house with swimming pool and not to say the money he gets.. so he is not worried about playing but concentrates on making quick bucks.. BCCI being the richest cricket body in the world spoils players with MONEY..

    I would love to see youngsters playing for India ... i am not for players who can speak a lot and delilver less and those who survive with their past performances ..I want a new young blood to be injected to Indian cricket and love to see them fighting.. Please dont spoil the cricketers by money let them play for country and earn money and not vice versa

  • azhar_hassan on May 12, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    SL played really well and held their nerve to win the match. Indian fans are being too hard on their team.

  • Ravs1504 on May 12, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    i dont' know about how others feels about team india loss but it has made me depressed. I hardly felt any energy or any kind of purpose the way they played their cricket.We heard that IPL is great thing that happend to indian cricket and it will help bringing up talent...what the hell.. we end up getting losers like r jadeja continually getting to play for the country..more sad is that he hasnt' even made an effort do do any improvemnt.. he ran himself out everytime india needs someone to stand..he did same mistake aginst ozzies in back to back odis..and same again agaist ozzies.. yosuf know only to play ipl why bother giving him internation cap when he can't respect it.. yuvraj.. lost in his own world.. These new generation of players doens' t h ave any work ethics, no passion, no committment..why dont 'we get players like dravid, kumble for whom palying for contry was a great pride.. not these bunch of jokers who only wants to jump and giggle in Indian paisa league..

  • davedave on May 12, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    I think India should have been eliminated from the first round. Look at the squad their players may be heros or legends only for the IPL tournament but were clueless at internatianl levels. Most of them don't deserve a place in one day games as well. It is the right time for the management to take hard decisions because the world cup is not far away.

  • on May 12, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    what has india done....they had such a golden opp. to go through even after two losses ...but i think ipl is taking its tole, ipl shud be after world cup...so that focus is there and even the fitness .....india has played really badly

  • Love.Faith.and.Hope on May 12, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    A magnificent game by the lankans today. Congrats to the team, especially the youngens! and a wonderful failure by jayasuriya again! it's about time he realised hes time is up and moves out of the team!! look at vaasy, a true cricketer. when he knew his time was up, he retired, giving a youngen to take his spot! sanath should learn from this! Honestly, I feel sorry for Sanga. Being the captain, he has to solve unneccessary issues, including politics! Its about time they kept politics and sports apart!

  • Shahumkhan on May 12, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Indians were just not a match for the srilankans. I wonder what good has IPL done for the indian cricketers. They couldnt win a single match in super eight. The most poor team in tournament. I cant imagine why india hasnt been able to produce a single decent fast bowler in ages

  • pavank12 on May 12, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Without Sachin,India team looks like a bunch of chokers!this team lacks application,intent and aggression to excel in major tournaments like WC.By seeing their bodyline their is no hungry for win.Indians are absolutely spineless in this tournament.

  • klobania on May 12, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    the match between india and srilanka was treat to watch and the way both teams play needs applause though most of indian fans are looked disappointed there but they must realize that atleast indian players fight and now blaming poor team selection or captaincy is good for nothing that must be taken to task when the team was first announced.

  • on May 12, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    What's with India and last-ball sixes??

  • dravidsthebest on May 12, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    raina nad nehra are bad luck charms for india,i have never seen india doing well when both of them are in team.about jadeja and yusuf,they do not desrve 2 be even in 5th string indian side.we missed players like robin,irfan and rp who played important role in 2007 glory

  • CrackerDaddy on May 12, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    IPL kills cricket...it's a slow death for Indian cricket especially...I've heard on tv that indian comentator was saying that" Indians are not great pullers"...with that much money on reaerve for Indian cricket, they should create more bouncier pitches like in Aussia and SA. This will prlong the careers of fast bowlers how play under very hot conditions. Indians loves scoring big shots and big scores but the winning coming from the small things that they are consistantly unable to do.

  • al2qb on May 12, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    At one stage it looked like our sub-continental rivals may just pull off wat we did a nite before but the unfortunate thing for india was that they had to win by 20 runs which added more pressure... its just a simple fact, the one who cracks under pressure 1st loses, they were too determined to save 144 that in the end even 163 wasnt saved, congrats to the SL team and our other sub-continental brothers, they thoroughly deserve being in the semi finals unlike the dismal indians and our of sorts pakistanis, however pakistan has been lucky compared to india who on the other hand couldnt qualify with 3 losses because they managed their losses in crunch time. really hoping to see a repeat of last years final this year too, only the pakistani's can tame the rampant aussies and only the lankans can romp all over the over-confident english. good luck to them both.

  • omerharoon on May 12, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    A thought for ICC:- "Team India and Bangladesh not deserving to be a full member of International Cricket Council" and "Australia should be given a rest for at least two years, let some other teams come up to their level and then bring them in again"

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    Another CITY MOMENT OF SUCCESS for KARBONN KAMAAL Indian team for dishing out another DLF MAXIMUM.

    Well done No.1 Test Team. So amazing to see that all the main stars of every team in IPL were from outside barring Sachin.Be it bollinger,nannes,hussey, KP,Pollard or any1 else.I wonder why it is called Indian!! India now should drop Zaheer ,nehra and select Harmeet Singh who bowls at SUPERFAST 120 KM/PH or Maybe Ritendar Sodhi with ULTRAFAST 115 KMPH. I have seen Afridi a spinner clocking 125-126 with spinner's action in this tournament where Zaheer and Nehra were bowling at 125-130.

    Also,World's No.1 Batsman Gambhir, In form Murali vijay Super coool Dhoni Top Finisher Yusuf Pathan Kinng Yuvraaj they all should pressurise BCCI to schedule all their matches with Srilanka and Bangladesh in Subcontinent

  • chathuranga_2020 on May 12, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    It was a thrilling match & thrilling finish,what a shot from last ball six.I'm pure srilnkan supporter ,but until 18.4 over's favor of India's way but Kapu hit two consecetive sixes just before the final over,that's the turning point of that purticuller match.In T20 format alway's very easy to score 13 run's in the final over(after hit massive six for first ball of the final over).I think India probably not a place for semi final breath,they not quite good in the fielding,bowling & poor runing between the wickets,they only concentrate their batting & money(concern the IPL performances) . I never underastimate Indian side but sorry to say most of Indian TV channel,Cricket commentator's every time try to underastimate good Srilankan side.I think SL give good reply to all comments ,They play as a team,It was a pure team effort(without contribute Mahel & Sana).Good Luck vs English side,Like to see it again(two subcontinent)SL vs PAK in final.

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    Did anyone notice that Chamara Kapugedara used a MONGOOSE (or rather HALF-MONGOOSE) bat? Sure it had an effect.

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I will not recommend to change the opening pair of Kamran Akmal & Salman Butt. In this current team we only have to replace Misbah Ul Haq with Hammad Azam. Misbah unfortunately is not upto his very best. Hamad Azam can be a surprising factor which Aussies did not faced earlier & can not plan in advance.

    Against Aussies we have to bat deep. Bowling combination will held itself as Pak pace & spin combination is balanced & one of our strengths since 90s.

    In my opinion, the best combination against Aussies would be

    1. Salman Butt 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Khalid Latif 4. Umar Akmal 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Abdul Razzak 7. Hafeez 8. Hammad Azam 9. Abdur Rehman 10. Amir 11. Ajmal

    After the opening pair, Khalid Latif has an ability to handle the pace & short deliveries. Umar Akmal is in form & has to proof himself again as a most promising & reliable batsman in our ranks. Afridi and Razzak can hit hard in the end. Hafeez & Hammad can later on also contribute.

    I hope Pak will win the WorldCup again

  • cricnar on May 12, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Dhoni has made india pay for his lack of common sense.

    Clearly rohit sharma is the in form man and the one man army who took aussies to the cleaners.

    It was baffiling to see dhoni promoting himself up the order and then playing the selfish game. It would have been better if he had got out trying to go for a big one. Ultimately he spoiled indias momentum.

    In sport especially a sport like cricket, the captian has to be a selfless sacrificer. Even though dhoni is a talented batsman and a fast learner. Unfortunately he is not a team man. He is hard headed and always seem to want his way.

    Just like he backed the out of form Jadeja in the last game without rhyme of reason. A world cup is not a place to try and get back your form. All Dhoni did was to kill indian momentum just to get his form. Rohit would have be a better bet any day.

    Look at Dinesh Karthik, he scored just 13 but it was an inspirational innings and created momentum for us.

    Dhoni is not a good leader. Isnt it

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka! Proud to be a Sri Lankan & All the very best for the Semi final.

  • RagsTweets on May 12, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Funny thing is Sri Lankan full tosses were heaved into waiting hands of fielders. Indian full tosses were heaved into the waiting hands of spectators!

    Indian batsment have to use some heavier dumbbells at the workouts for the next 365 days to get anywhere near winning zone of an increasingly fitness dependent competition.

    Where are the touch artists - the ones who can score many attractive fours rather than "attempted 6s"?

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Well Done Sri lanka. Really happy to see srilankan middle order doing exactly what is expected of them. IMO as jayasooriya is not in form, Dinesh chandimal should get a chance to prove himself. May be Dilshan and mahela opening the innings with dinesh at number 4.

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    mind blowing hitting from young KAPU......congratz srilanka on reaching the semi-finalz....bt i think srilankan openers should b mahela n dilshan.....NT SANATH....!!!!!!!

  • AJGWST on May 12, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    India atarted off really well but then after losing to Australia Indian has crumbled. Sri LAnka is a good team but India should be able to win... It is a pity that the Indian players played so badly other wise with the start they got off to they could win almsot every game they played. If India starts off well then it is always disaster because some one get ingured... The Indian team is unlucky and had all chances of winning this years T20 world cup but now the top bets are Sri Lanka and West Indies. Looking at the way India played it is obvious that they need to give Players like Yuvi and Karthik a rest and put in new players who have not played that much.

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    In short only the deserving are placed in the semis. India was no where in a position to claim the slot in final four. Pakistan although lost many but with close margin.

  • on May 12, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    looking forward to a SL vs AUS Final

  • BituPatnaik on May 12, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    After the end of match Dhoni said "IPL parties hurt India. It is a distraction for players. Late night games and parties can wear out players, Players should know how to balance between the two. Thankfully next year WC is before IPL."

    This is not the reason rather Dhoni should learn form their mistake. In IPL every Indian player performs well. But what happen in T20 WC! IPL is not the only reason Indian team poor performance. Indian selection team should work hard. I my point of view R. Utthapa should be in place of M. Vijay. IPL produces many more young talented and good cricketer like Raidu(MI), Tiwary(MI), T.Suman(DC) etc.This was the painful situation of all the Indians. Team management should take an necessary action regarding this situation. If such kind of performance continue same thing will happen in upcoming 50-50 WC.In my point of view those who doesn't perform well in any format of game in cricket they should take rest (Nehera). Let give young players a chance to SHINE

  • ArunChennai on May 12, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Now that India's WC T20 campaign is over,with sum hindsight,v can analyze wat were d reasons 4 such horrible show by d team.The only show & NO quality IPL played on some of d slowest & flattest pitches in d world didn't succeed in preparng d players adequately 4 competing at WC level.It helped players 4m other teams 2 get used 2 slow & spinnin conditions but not d Indians.It is high time v prepare some quality pitches so team can hv a chance at world events.The Indian team mgt ws in IPL daze & thought a spin heavy attack ws d way 2 go in Caribbean & boy,were they wrong!Having Vinay & nt using him in these conditions.. well wat can u say abt that?India's trouble chasin especially vs a quality bowling attack is well known & it is inexplicable y they chose 2 bowl vs Aus.After d horrible performance in that match u wud hv expected them 2 learn 4m mistakes & nt repeat it.But belying all expectations, they chose 2 chase in d same pitch vs WI & stuck 2 the team.Could it hv been arrogance?

  • zerotollerance on May 12, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    well done sri lanka..great to see the young guys doing so well.. awesome batting by kapu and mathews!!! Great team we've got but sanath needs to retire now..too old and keeping the opening slot for himself is putting strain on the rest of the team..did alot for sl cricket but times now to retire...waiting to see the match against ENG.. congrats agian!!!

  • Raghu_HR on May 12, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Indian players are only suitable to win the matches in India, their overseas performance is always poor because they dont play much tournaments overseas and when concerned with T20, they can play well only in IPL. Our captian MS Dhoni is now blaming for IPL parties, why to parties ? When the parties were arranged, all of you guys enjoyed the parties and when it comes to play in world cricket you are searching for reasons. Stop all these non sense. I think Dhoni and the great selector K. Shrikanth should step down from there respective positions. Shrikanth wants to replace Indian team with Chennai Super Kings. Now for Zimbabwe series they have taken R.Ashwin. For T20 WC R.Uttappa was a better choice infront of Muruli Vijay, Vijay didnt play well in any crucial matches. Also Vinay kumar, i dont understand why they didnt play with Vinay kumar in a bouncy pitch at Barbados. Dhoni and Shrikanth should stop all these kind of politics.

  • on May 12, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Credit to Srilanka ... they played really well first to restrict India to 163 after a good start and then to chase the score after losing 2 quick wickets ... But dhoni has to change things now ... Yuvi, yousuf and jadeja should go .... robin , tiwari and rayudu should be given chances .. jst be cause yuvi hit 6 6's he cant make a carrer out of that .. hes out of form so chuck him and Y phatan is crap that guy can only hit balls that are pitched up ....hOPE WE SELECT PLAERS BASED ON FORM AND NOT ON REPUTATION....

  • VinodVarma on May 12, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    It is time, in India, we stop deifying our cricketers. Indian team does neither possess nor command the power of West Indies of 70s and 80s or Australia of recent past, no matter media frenzy deifying them. With defeat on one tournament we dump them and in the next win, we raise them to heaven. It is time to stop this craze lest it be exploited by media and entertainment business (read IPL)

  • agmf0510 on May 12, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Congrats to Sangaa and team. they played great cricket. but unfortunately jayasuriya is failing in each and every game. i think this high time that he should go to the parlimant, he simply wasting a another newcomer's chance to perform in international level.all will agree that jayasuriya has done great things for the country but his days are gone. sri lanka doesnt need jayasuriya anymore. we have enough new talent in sri lanka. he should retire from the game with respect. so please jayasuriya get the hell out from sri lankan cricket and you serve the people who voted you in last general election.

  • on May 12, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Rohit sharma Should have been played in the Position where Dhoni played Yesterday.Infact he should be made the captain Of India instead of that useless Dhoni.Poor team selection should have played U.Yadav in place of Shawla.God,Even a child know how good the Sri Lankan players play the spin.

  • Kazakhstan on May 12, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    But it does'nt mean that India is weaker side but their secret of strenghthness is no more secret.. every 1 player's weakness all team diagnose differently for every 1.

  • scc4cricket on May 12, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Indian players dosent have any intrest in winning games. They are just playing if wins ok... or lose no pblm that is Indian new players attitude... Very sad.... They had a chance to score 185..190. They didnot have any game plan.... no target in mind. See SL bowled last overs ang how India bowled.... Shame to say we are #1.

  • Mashood_Pakistan on May 12, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    India not producing the results of IPL in International Cricket. Sri-Lanka game plan was straight forward and positive.

  • nawaben on May 12, 2010, 5:16 GMT

    It is great to see SL batting at the latter part of the innings. I haven't seen such a cameo for a while from SL young guys. Great work guys, I am sure you will have an easy match against England. But u will meet consistent Aus in the finals. There u got another chance to prove that u the best in this format of the game.

    Sanath, we love u as a cricker. You did a lot of good things game of cricket and SL cricket. But now it is not worthwhile to keep you in the team any more. Please serve to the people who votes for you. We don't want u to be embraced like this.

    FYI: Sanath scored 14 runs at striking rate 46% in five matches in this tournament. Is it enough to give him another chance to be in Semi. yeah, U should get another chance. It is because of the opponent. But even if u score a hundred in the semi, please don't think to be included in final tams. At this age, u can't perform well against mighty Australians.

  • fazzlin on May 12, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Sri Lanka You beauty!! I think more than anything this victory is a moral boosting one which will bring the best out of all the players after the heavy defeat against Aussies. No point talking about the playing XI as we all are so angry and disappointed to see the old man Sanatha walking in again and again, i guess its beyond Sanga's control, i think we should play Welagedara instead of Thushara and use him with old ball along side Lasith.we have a good chance against England as i feel doesn't matter how god England plays we have a mental edge over them. in terms of champions i cant see any one other than Aussies at the moment.but Good Luck Sri Lanka...

  • on May 12, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    well done tigers grt job full marks for the whole team for a fine display indian team better think some think better stop concentrating on money (ipl) and start doing some thing

  • Kazakhstan on May 12, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    All teams know Indian players weakness by plying IPL, last year also was same and believe me next time also will be like same results. Indian players now in pressure in world tournaments.

  • Sidath346 on May 12, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    What is most impressive about this victory is that every body chipped in with valuable contributions right from the bowlers who really plugged the easy run flow for India and the batsman ( specially Sanga, Mathews and Kapugedara ) who made sure that we not only got to 144 but also ensured we won the game by getting the 164 required and great to see Dilshan getting back to form, that will be a major factor in the remaining games. Go SL!!!

  • Cannuck on May 12, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Boy that was exciting! So gud 2 see the young guns play positively for SL without imploding. Nice to see Dilshan play confidently and Sanga staying out there & not let the wickets fall. Wish they'd played like this with the Aussies too. Anyway let's hope they learnt their lessons & do better in the semis. Who knows if SL get thru next game, they might get a chance to go after Aussies. If a team wants to be the champs they need to beat the best, & right now Aussies are the best. No point winning the trophy without beating them! So gud luck SL. Hope MJ will be in the runs again & get to open with Dilshan or Chandimal. Sanath ... retire please! ... 5 balls to score 0 runs can't get the bat on the ball & give a dolly of a catch 1 over 12 runs U are not even a bowler anymore! SL Cricket don't need U anymore! Give young players a chance to shine!

  • SachSehSantosh on May 12, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Could not understand ,in such crucial occassion why rohit sharma was not used instead of yusuf or dhoni?What is the use of Ashish Nehra in T20 team?I think they failed to understand that Srilankan were set to cross 143...and when they crossed this mark then only they started to think of victory.

  • Joby_George on May 12, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Dhoni's days are numbered now. Indias all major T20 victories are made by batting first. He took fielding in first 2 matches which was a very bad decision. Don't blame batsman for this shameless exit, INDIA WILL NEVER BECOME A PROFESSIONAL TEAM LIKE AUSTRALIA UNTIL THEY PRODUCE WORLD CLASS FAST BOWLERS. Zaheer Khan is good for test, never suits for T20. Find genuine fast bowlers, or this wil be always our situation. he

  • Shafi79 on May 12, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka you beauty!!! Take a bow boys, brilliant show, everyone chipped in and a wonderful win, the only change i would make is to bring back Mendis for Thushara who seemed to have a very bad day. Leaving mendis out for this game was the right choice as the indians seemed to have figured him out and he doesnt have that X factor bowling against india. Once again Bravo Sri Lanka! Hope we knock out England and move on to the finals.

  • on May 12, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    It was an awesome performance from Sri Lanka

  • jkaussie on May 12, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Once again India crash out in major tournament! So called world beaters like Gambhir and Yuvraj fail when the conditions won't suit, as does Dhoni. How they became no 1 in the world for any form of the game is a joke...and now the real story is coming out. Can't win away. England and Aussies the favourites now, and who would have thought that 12 months ago?

  • on May 12, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    What e match...........IND do not forget this match..........till the end thy were in the match but what a batting display by Sanga , Mathews & Kapu................ Last ball Six great..................... Come on SL ........ Sanath is a great player we love him but i thnk he should take a disition.....

  • CricketCrazyIndian on May 12, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    India lost the game once Dhoni become a stumbling block resulting in the stoppage of the runflow

  • Raju_Iyer on May 12, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    It is fair to say that the team which played better cricket on the day won. What India's younger players would have learnt that it is one thing to do well in the IPL which is a league tournament and quite another to replicate that success in an international tournament where you have the best players from the whole world competing. Great to see two teams from the Indian sub-continent in the semis and hope one of them goes all the way to ensure the trophy does not go out of the sub-continent

  • bill_lawry on May 12, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    dhoni shud really take a look at his batting for the shorter format.i amnt cmplaining on the account of this game, but since he has starterd the finisher role, the ability to change gears with ease has subdued somewhat. even in the ipl semis, where he ended up hitting a few, he struggled for the first part of that innings untill he got deliveries in his 'zone'. thats 4 yuvraj 2. i can say that last 2,3 years these players havent tried to add a new leaf to their batting.they've stagnated.and atleast in this format, you've to evolve as a batsman over time before opposition works you inside-out. and dhoni shud bat higher up d order wjenever batting first. list is endless, but this tournament would be forgotten soon. IMHO even gambhir isnt fit for t20.

  • Lakpj on May 12, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    ya great performance, finally the Sri Lankans play a game for their full potential.

  • ramz_01 on May 12, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    so proud to be a sri lankan.wow wt a match y'day v saw.bt still fl poor captancy by sanga.look @ bowling figuers.suraj bowl just 3 overs so did perera.those 2 didnt bowl thr 4 overs????? still feel thushara get awy wit it.he did nt bowl well.lucky to get two wickets wit two fulltoss.any way well played guys n all proud of u da way u make it.looks @ india hw much money thy spend to to devalop thr t20 side.hw much thr spending to IPL.bt still last 2 T20 WC thy nly beat bangaladesh,Ireland,afganistan nd south africa nly.so v should proud of our little Islands profermance.go guys go v cn do it this tym......... wish u all da best to semis guys..

  • mist_fog on May 12, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    it really sucks man!! i felt like hitting Nehra when he was bowling lankans on their Pads. Please some1 tell our boys ..come back and play some more IPL and IPL party nights. Please i appeal to our fellow Indians ..Please please avoid IPL next season. Bcoz we want our team to perfom at international level not in the IPL. If this is how our team going to continue..then god knows what will happen in WORLD CUP 2011. And please i request to our selectors to throw A'Nehra out of the team ...he dont deserve to b in the national team. and even Mr. Pathan...shame on you Guy's ...IPL Jai ho.

  • M.H.Akram on May 12, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    Congratulations Sri Lanka...!!!!!!!!!!!take the Sprit to the End..!!

  • on May 12, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    well done Boys!! Really great work out there!! Congrats

  • on May 12, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    bad luck for india and hopeful same like last world cup pak vs srilanka

  • on May 12, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    We wanted a match like this to rev things up. I think if Sri Lanka gained anything in this tournament, it was in this match. The self-confidence is back and they should take it forward.

  • DamithPathirana on May 12, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    Great win for SL. Absolute stunner,,,,, All the Best.

  • on May 12, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    n dhoni runs out of luck......luck can b a trump card....can neva b a triumph card every time..............

  • on May 12, 2010, 2:37 GMT

    Sri Lankan win knocks India out

  • on May 12, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    India deserved elimination. Premature death is a better option than the death that takes place at the advanced stage. It is because expectations grow big on fans and they can't help themselves lamenting 4 the loss but it should be the players who should be doing this.

  • hirulucky on May 12, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    It was thrilling win for Sri Lanka, it was a win of the young blood. just fantastic to see how those young players approached in a do or die game.just remarkable.we can't depend on one or two players all the time.every one should take the responsibility.Sri Lankans proved that and showed how capable they are.This was the team we were talking about.nice, balanced and with young fast bowling all rounders done the job.apart from one inclusion this will be our team for next two matches.why sanath is playing these matches? has he done anything to win a match in batting or bowling apart from first game.It's a shame to take sanath for every game.he can't even chase the ball when it is going for boundry.he gives up.so please put sanath outside and put chandimal in.if not the balance of the Sri Lanka team will loose. Mathews and Thissara both should play.how those two young playes turned the game for us. I'm very proud of them.Sanga ,Dilshan,Kapu,Mahela,Randiv and Malinga also did briliant.

  • sunny33012000 on May 12, 2010, 2:12 GMT

    congrads sri lanka, this was really impressive work by Sanga, Dilshan, Mathews and from Kapugedara.. I hope the form will be carried over to the semi-finals. Also the bowlers did a very good job too, specially Thisara Perera. This is a good team effort. I think Sanath Jayasuria's time has now passed, but I am hoping to see some final fight from the grate man, before he retires, after the world cup.

  • SavvyCanadian on May 12, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    India should stop the IPL Tamasha immediately. It has done more harm than good to the Indian cricket. The kind of filthy cash that they earn in IPL makes them little interested or motivated to play for peanuts they get in World Cup Tournaments. India should prepare bouncy pitches and put fresh team in for batting against short-pitched bowling ....Consider Rayudu, S Tiwari, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Sehwag and discard tired & jaded Yuvraj, Dhoni, Gambhir, Zahir Khan, Nehra, and other jokers from the current team. This team did not appear to be hungry to be hungry for win. There was indigestion of too much cricket and too much money from IPL.

  • TikkaMasala on May 12, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    I think Dhoni missed a trick here. Again he showed his selfish side and went for glory by promoting himself then let the out of form yuvraj and inconsistent pathan bat ahead of sharma who has proved his skill. My belief is India failed due to bad captaincy and wrong team selection. Having said that, all credit to Sri Lanka for going about their job professionally and making a great game for the spectators.

  • DavidinOZ on May 12, 2010, 1:19 GMT

    Here is hoping that Sri Lanka do pose a proper cricket team for the semi-finals and drop the elder statesman of cricket, now turned politician, Sanath J from the team to play England. Surely Sanath himself must understand that he should move over to allow for someone with better form to play for the team. I feel for Kumar the captain and the others who will constrained by political pressure from Colombo to play Sanath even if it meant losing the match. It will be interesting to see what the team selections will be for the semi finals. I hope for cricket and Sri Lanka cricket that Sanath moves on to the pastures of politics and leaves the cricketing arena, at least the T20 arena.

  • on May 12, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    oh , it was really a thriller, have to feel for india those guys were devastated at the end . even sri lanka won the match i think they made lot of errors during selection , batting and feilding . Specially can somebody give me a reason why thushara was playing he was pathetic. And to Mendis absense in so slow wicket was unexplainable.yeah india may have understan to play mendis but he certainly could have done better than thushara. after first ten overs of SL innings I was hoping that at least SL would be able to cross 144 but it ws a splendid proformance by Sanga , kapu , Mathews and also back in form Dilshan .

  • on May 12, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    well done sri lanka.......it's really nice to see that young players (mathews,kapugedara,perera) dominated at the right time right place....but still we have problem of opening combination.....hope sanga will find a good answer for that....of course sanga and dilshan also find some form to maintain sri lankans believe of them.... finally allround good performance by lions and need to carry that to semi finals....all the best..

  • on May 12, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    WELL DONE SRI LANKA !!! were hope they are going to final,,,,,,,

  • 998ima on May 12, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    How many times Sri Lanka have ruined India's party WHEN IT MATTERED?

  • zoh23h on May 12, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    today team india proved that they can only play on home ground and other i noticed was that they didnt seem upset or anything because all of them is playing for money only which they are gettin from ipl.. i dont think any indian cricket player really cares about international cricket anymore.

  • on May 12, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Cool. Waiting to see whether SL can beat EN

  • M-S-R on May 12, 2010, 0:32 GMT

    Another PK-SL final is a real possibility!

  • Itchy on May 12, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    Why would SL aim for a loss and hope that another result went their way to qualify? No team would ever do that - always place your destiny in your own hands (unless you are Pak!). SL deservedly qualified and India, who have been poor apart from one or two individuals, go home empty handed as expected.

  • raajpappu on May 12, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    Watching the game today was one of the most frustrating experiences as an Indian fan who always wants his team to do well rather than surrender meekly the way they did today.

    Also watching two of the best batsmen of the team and probably one of the best in the cricket world Gautam Gambhir and Yuvaraj Singh, one their body language was that of total defeat and dejection Gambhir was not ready to run at all today even the comentator Ravi Shastri mentioned it twice that he never grounded his bat, this is an offense which has no excuse for someone who has played the game at the highest level for the last 4 or more years. Yuvraj for one seemed least interested in the game at all his expression and the movements were atrocious, and he looked quiet happy to be out.

    This is something that was not expected from the team and in a way it is good that we did not make it to the next round because they really did not deserve it. The captain of all seems to have lost his thinking out of the box.

  • JimmyDee on May 12, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Just proves that the IPL is nothing more than an overblown domestic competition with a few hired guns and fat bellied owners on fixed pitches, to massage the ego's of overrated players. It is in fact to the players detriment that they believe the hype about them and are therefore lured into a false sense. This was no more evident in this tournament by the attitude of the Indian players believing that the spoils will just fall into their laps.

  • 12kris on May 12, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Yet again, India has lost qualifying. It seems the only time we have done well is when there was no expectation. Mercifully, one is spared of all the non-sense which has become the favorite theory of analysts- yes, I am referring to the "weakness-against-the-short-ball" theory. Just imagine, after the last debacle, we brought back Dravid to deal with the short ball and ironically he was out of action, felled by a short ball in the bounceless Bangladesh pitch! Do the analysts expect us to believe that for the last 20 years none of the opponents found out this weakness? When SriLanka scored 20 off the last 8 balls, we have to look else-where for the answer.

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:55 GMT

    I am really disappointed with the Indian cricket team performance. Dhoni is considered a very good captain but his captaincy failed to show this time. I might be wrong but what are we doing with Yusuf Pathan? He is not at all consistent and our top order is turning into a bit a concern, specially the openers. Had there been Sehwag in the team,it could have make the difference. Yuvraj needs to pull up his socks now. It has been a while since I have since Yuvraj at his best. I guess his hand inhury has affected his batting a lot.lol...The only person who has played in recent times is Suresh Raina but consistency is the main thing. If he continues the way he is batting right now..it will be awesome for India. But a big shame for India overall. I hope they turn out well in the Asia Cup next month. Looking forward to Sehwag and Tendulkar for series in Zimbabwe. Don't turn your fans down Dhoni & Company. Gotta be like Aussies.... Cheers!!!!

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Looks like IPL hasnt done much for its home!!

  • Bang_La on May 11, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Sriram? What did you expect from India outside their glaomourous comfort zone? I tell you, the secret is out and India will not be comfortable anywhere they play outside India. People didn't notice Shewag's body-language when Shahadat of Bangladesh started giving bouncers in the test match. Shewag is the boldest of the whole team.

  • hiflyer1961 on May 11, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Where is everyone especially our Indian friends....for records sake Indian have not won a single game in the super eight round. Last years T/20 World Cup and this one. They are only good in indian dead pitches and smaller grounds. On a different note have you guys noticed that ICC is keeping shamelessly quite in the corruption drama of IPL. Where are all the journalist who talk about honesty and integrity in Cricket. I guess ICC is keeping quite because they are also making money.

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    congrats to all srilankans from pakistan

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    Well done Lanka. Just a few days ago, Indian Tv channels were blowing their own trumpet about their cricket team and their so-called "experts" went on to rate SL as the weakest side in Super8s. Now we know who is the weakest ! And this is not the first time SL has knocked India out from a big tournament, remember 1996 WC and 2007 WC? Its high time the Indian media and fans learn to respect other teams.

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    I am really disappointed with the Indian cricket team performance. Dhoni is considered a very good captain but his captaincy failed to show this time. I might be wrong but what are we doing with Yusuf Pathan? He is not at all consistent and our top order is turning into a bit a concern, specially the openers. Had there been Sehwag in the team,it could have make the difference. Yuvraj needs to pull up his socks now. It has been a while since I have since Yuvraj at his best. I guess his hand inhury has affected his batting a lot.lol...The only person who has played in recent times is Suresh Raina but consistency is the main thing. If he continues the way he is batting right now..it will be awesome for India. But a big shame for India overall. I hope they turn out well in the Asia Cup next month. Looking forward to Sehwag and Tendulkar for series in Zimbabwe. Don't turn your fans down Dhoni & Company. Gotta be like Aussies.... Cheers!!!!

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    It's sad that we have a team of talented youngsters, but their talent only show up during the fashionista version of cricket, and not during the real men's game. It is a well known fact that it is BCCI's greed for money that is responsible for such a slide. Selecting an extra batsman, yet choosing to field (twice, and ...losing in both the occasions), and when today you were (almost) in home turf (slow pitch) you should have fielded first. It seemed you were in some sort of dilemma to set a target. There are many excuses, but not making it into the semis of an ICC event in three consecutive occasion isn't a great sign!

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    It's sad that we have a team of talented youngsters, but their talent only show up during the fashionista version of cricket, and not during the real men's game. It is a well known fact that it is BCCI's greed for money that is responsible for such a slide. Selecting an extra batsman, yet choosing to field (twice, and ...losing in both the occasions), and when today you were (almost) in home turf (slow pitch) you should have fielded first. It seemed you were in some sort of dilemma to set a target. There are many excuses, but not making it into the semis of an ICC event in three consecutive occasion isn't a great sign!

  • on May 11, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Well done Sri Lankan..and bad luck India.

  • raslan on May 11, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    Well Done Mr. Dhoni & the company. I am really excited to see you guys are out of the tournament after useless big show called IPL. Please keep loosing international matches & try to win IPL.

    Good on you fellows.

  • nawabofcricket on May 11, 2010, 22:52 GMT

    Thank you, India, for losing so convincingly in the ICC T20 tournament. From now on I am not wasting any more time watching your games and getting dissappointed.This team doesn't have the winning mentality or habit.

  • Chris_P on May 11, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Well done to Sri Lanka. When the hard yards needed to be done, they stood up and delivered.

    The pitch was slow, lower bounce, almost Asian in presentation so both teams should have felt comfortable, but the Lankans showed they were much better prepared and much, more hungrier for the win. As I write, it appears that they are into the next stage as the Windies have been struck down for a very ordinary score. All 4 remaining teams have a chance to win as this is the nature of the game, but definitely 2 teams have shown the form to be here, whilst 2 others have scratched to get to this stage, so roll on semi finals. Again, I hope most of the comments are positive to Sri Lanka's efforts and the negative whining about team India stays out of here.

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    This was bound to happen to the Indians. They are notorious for performing extremely well in the IPL (money talks), but fail disgracefully in major world events like this. Maybe this is what it's gonna take for them to realize the importance of Irfan Pathan.

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    This was bound to happen to the Indians. They are notorious for performing extremely well in the IPL (money talks), but fail disgracefully in major world events like this. Maybe this is what it's gonna take for them to realize the importance of Irfan Pathan.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 11, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Thats bad; in England last year India lost all 3; again losing all 3 here; same story; if other nations have not yet taken it seriously India wins; kabadi, first T20 WC; once other nations turn it on India loses; Indian heart is the problem; Ghandi has robbed it; India should have chased British killing at least some of them under the leadership of Subash; stubbornness is not equal to courage; there is no short cut; US, China, Japan, Germany, SA all had violent pasts; that helps now; the courage developed through fighting for rights or survival over centuries helps them compete at the world stage; India has to simulate it somehow to produce competent citizens; the current generation competing in sports, business or IT fronts would not do; 99% of them are timid and weak; India wil fall behind in IT very soon; neither Mittal nor Ambanies have polished their businesses for worldwide admiration.

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    It's sad that we have a team of talented youngsters, but their talent only show up during the fashionista version of cricket, and not during the real men's game. It is a well known fact that it is BCCI's greed for money that is responsible for such a slide. Selecting an extra batsman, yet choosing to field (twice, and ...losing in both the occasions), and when today you were (almost) in home turf (slow pitch) you should have fielded first. It seemed you were in some sort of dilemma to set a target. There are many excuses, but not making it into the semis of an ICC event in three consecutive occasion isn't a great sign!

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    feeel so sorry for indians, but i really want to make a suggestion for them that dont try to be over smart everytime nor think you're world champions. Coz the reality is there are flaws in your cricket as well. You make higher names but the result isnt that level. Try to fight from down to top, never try to be the best, just try to beat the best like pakistan.

  • Kalyan29883 on May 11, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Champion Stuff by SL...they delivered when it mattered the most! Honestly, we just don't deserve to be in the last four so we did not make it. There are other teams playing much better cricket at the moment. With India out, I'm just lookin forward for some hard competitive cricket by the teams in the semis... May the best team win!!

    As for the Indian team, we just failed to learn from the last T20 WC outing! Our well known weakness was once again exploited to the fullest. Once again, I think we lost it more in the minds than on the cricket field..Deja Vu... A lot of homework needs to be done!!

  • Kalyan29883 on May 11, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Champion Stuff by SL...they delivered when it mattered the most! Honestly, we just don't deserve to be in the last four so we did not make it. There are other teams playing much better cricket at the moment. With India out, I'm just lookin forward for some hard competitive cricket by the teams in the semis... May the best team win!!

    As for the Indian team, we just failed to learn from the last T20 WC outing! Our well known weakness was once again exploited to the fullest. Once again, I think we lost it more in the minds than on the cricket field..Deja Vu... A lot of homework needs to be done!!

  • hdb1972 on May 11, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    I still remember MSD comments after qualifying for IPL semis. By qualifying for IPL semis , he had justified the money which their owner has spent on them . Where do these commitments and strong wordrd statements go when his team failed to qualify for T20 semifinals.What a flop show the entire team has put in. There is no intensity in the whole team with negative body language and drooping shoulders.The whole team is playing for the formality sake and wants to go back to dressing room in a hurry.May be BCCI needs a rethink, the only motivation these players have is yearning for money and pleasing their parochial owners.

  • Adityahms on May 11, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Congrats to Lanka for playing better.India did not deserve to go into SEMIS.Fianlly Dhoni made a logical choice of batting first and then did a big mistake of coming in before yuvraaj. We lost the game in the last 10 overs of the batting. Our bowling suffered, there was no bite in the teeth of the bowlers. Bhajji/Nehra the best till date, did not even perform close to expecatations.It looked as though we wanted to loose the match itslef.We knew the target that we need to defend and still managed a below par score. When lankans batted it never looked as it was the same pitch on which India faultered.Now then we are knowcked out, I have a question: "Does India (BCCI) not pay the players to perform, or it's only that they play for the Franchises in IPL to reach SEMIS?". If we play this way, we will soon be at no.- 8 in the world.

  • CricketPissek on May 11, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    sri lanka did excellently. but the worry is still there, that australia's 3 x 90mph+ bowlers are so hard to score off. windies seem to be going down to the Aussies as i type... so, these should be quite interesting semi finals!

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  • CricketPissek on May 11, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    sri lanka did excellently. but the worry is still there, that australia's 3 x 90mph+ bowlers are so hard to score off. windies seem to be going down to the Aussies as i type... so, these should be quite interesting semi finals!

  • Adityahms on May 11, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Congrats to Lanka for playing better.India did not deserve to go into SEMIS.Fianlly Dhoni made a logical choice of batting first and then did a big mistake of coming in before yuvraaj. We lost the game in the last 10 overs of the batting. Our bowling suffered, there was no bite in the teeth of the bowlers. Bhajji/Nehra the best till date, did not even perform close to expecatations.It looked as though we wanted to loose the match itslef.We knew the target that we need to defend and still managed a below par score. When lankans batted it never looked as it was the same pitch on which India faultered.Now then we are knowcked out, I have a question: "Does India (BCCI) not pay the players to perform, or it's only that they play for the Franchises in IPL to reach SEMIS?". If we play this way, we will soon be at no.- 8 in the world.

  • hdb1972 on May 11, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    I still remember MSD comments after qualifying for IPL semis. By qualifying for IPL semis , he had justified the money which their owner has spent on them . Where do these commitments and strong wordrd statements go when his team failed to qualify for T20 semifinals.What a flop show the entire team has put in. There is no intensity in the whole team with negative body language and drooping shoulders.The whole team is playing for the formality sake and wants to go back to dressing room in a hurry.May be BCCI needs a rethink, the only motivation these players have is yearning for money and pleasing their parochial owners.

  • Kalyan29883 on May 11, 2010, 22:24 GMT

    Champion Stuff by SL...they delivered when it mattered the most! Honestly, we just don't deserve to be in the last four so we did not make it. There are other teams playing much better cricket at the moment. With India out, I'm just lookin forward for some hard competitive cricket by the teams in the semis... May the best team win!!

    As for the Indian team, we just failed to learn from the last T20 WC outing! Our well known weakness was once again exploited to the fullest. Once again, I think we lost it more in the minds than on the cricket field..Deja Vu... A lot of homework needs to be done!!

  • Kalyan29883 on May 11, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Champion Stuff by SL...they delivered when it mattered the most! Honestly, we just don't deserve to be in the last four so we did not make it. There are other teams playing much better cricket at the moment. With India out, I'm just lookin forward for some hard competitive cricket by the teams in the semis... May the best team win!!

    As for the Indian team, we just failed to learn from the last T20 WC outing! Our well known weakness was once again exploited to the fullest. Once again, I think we lost it more in the minds than on the cricket field..Deja Vu... A lot of homework needs to be done!!

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    feeel so sorry for indians, but i really want to make a suggestion for them that dont try to be over smart everytime nor think you're world champions. Coz the reality is there are flaws in your cricket as well. You make higher names but the result isnt that level. Try to fight from down to top, never try to be the best, just try to beat the best like pakistan.

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    It's sad that we have a team of talented youngsters, but their talent only show up during the fashionista version of cricket, and not during the real men's game. It is a well known fact that it is BCCI's greed for money that is responsible for such a slide. Selecting an extra batsman, yet choosing to field (twice, and ...losing in both the occasions), and when today you were (almost) in home turf (slow pitch) you should have fielded first. It seemed you were in some sort of dilemma to set a target. There are many excuses, but not making it into the semis of an ICC event in three consecutive occasion isn't a great sign!

  • MaruthuDelft on May 11, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Thats bad; in England last year India lost all 3; again losing all 3 here; same story; if other nations have not yet taken it seriously India wins; kabadi, first T20 WC; once other nations turn it on India loses; Indian heart is the problem; Ghandi has robbed it; India should have chased British killing at least some of them under the leadership of Subash; stubbornness is not equal to courage; there is no short cut; US, China, Japan, Germany, SA all had violent pasts; that helps now; the courage developed through fighting for rights or survival over centuries helps them compete at the world stage; India has to simulate it somehow to produce competent citizens; the current generation competing in sports, business or IT fronts would not do; 99% of them are timid and weak; India wil fall behind in IT very soon; neither Mittal nor Ambanies have polished their businesses for worldwide admiration.

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    This was bound to happen to the Indians. They are notorious for performing extremely well in the IPL (money talks), but fail disgracefully in major world events like this. Maybe this is what it's gonna take for them to realize the importance of Irfan Pathan.

  • on May 11, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    This was bound to happen to the Indians. They are notorious for performing extremely well in the IPL (money talks), but fail disgracefully in major world events like this. Maybe this is what it's gonna take for them to realize the importance of Irfan Pathan.