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

Sangakkara credits Kapugedera and Mathews

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Kumar Sangakkara must be a relieved man. Despite their high net run-rate going into the game, Sri Lanka had some running to do to ensure their semi-final spot. And unlike West Indies and Australia, they had to contend with the Indian batting line-up on a wicket that favoured their style of play.

As if on cue, India's top order led by Suresh Raina forgot their travails against the short ball on the slow and low St Lucia pitch, to get off to a great start. Sri Lanka then clawed their way back into the game, with Thissara Perera, Thilan Thushara and Lasith Malinga bowling fine spells to restrict India to 163. Sangakkara acknowledged the efforts of his seamers who excelled with their yorkers in the end overs.

"I was thinking they would make a big score," Sangakkara said. "But we showed a lot of character to come back and not just cut down the runs, but take wickets too."

Sangakkara admitted that his side's first target was to reach 144, 20 short of the victory target but enough to stay ahead of India on net run-rate. "We were keeping an eye on 144. We said 'If we feel we can win this then we go on to chase this, but if we can't, we make sure we get 144'," Sangakkara said.

At one stage, even that target seemed stiff, after the in-form Mahela Jayawardene and the experienced Sanath Jayasuriya fell in the first two overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan shook off his indifferent form and brought Sri Lanka back into business with an attacking 33. Sangakkara then combined with Angelo Mathews to take Sri Lanka close to their first objective, which was met with seven balls remaining.

Buoyed by having knocked India out of the tournament, 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," Sangakkara said. "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.

"Everyone in the squad has to keep working hard and no one can sit back and relax as we have these young guys pushing everyone really hard," he said.

Sri Lanka's victory meant West Indies had to beat Australia by a substantial margin to get into the semi-finals ahead of them. As it transpired, Australia won that game comfortably to confirm Sri Lanka's rightful place in the knock-out round. There they will face a red-hot England side, but given his youngsters' ability to raise their game in the crucial moments, Sangakkara will be upbeat about his team's prospects.

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  • on May 16, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Im so proud of our lankan team!!! This was a team effort!! An amazing win!!! Although i do wish our team was abit more consistent. That way they would be guarenteed in the final. The semi's were dissappointing. But this match was awesome! loved it!!!!!! And what's even more great is that dilshan did much better than what he has been doing. THis will be great for any future tournaments. It is sad that we didn't have him fully in form.....otherwise we would have been a killer team....! :) I hate to say this...but as much as i love sanath....i think his time is over. He didn't perform well at all. :(

  • Mutukisna on May 13, 2010, 9:32 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 to allow him recover 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 creating dissension in the team.

  • on May 13, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    What a wonderful match it was for the Cricket fans! and what a happy movement for a Srilankan fan! I completely agree with NiroshanDep I never enjoyed anyone's batting as i enjoyed when Sanath on fire but Its may be the time for him to rest! but after all I want him to be at his best when he retire from Cricket! I would be happy if they give a chance in the playing 11 to him he might be useful,with the ball when they play with England!

    I look forward for a great match tonight Hope Srilanak can beat England easily if Srilanka had to bat second Sangakara might try with kapugethera Mathews little higher when a senior batsmen to follow so they can play more confidently while there are players to follow!

    Its nice to see Malinga found the rhythm after missed for a while!

    Go Srilanak!

  • andyes on May 13, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Sanath is no doubt a great player. True sports man but now his time is over like Misbah in pakistan. I think fresh blood can make a difference in srilankan opening! I saw many kids playing cricket in srilanka like pakistan. Passion for cricket is alive in both south asian countries. Well played srilanka...totally out class India! best of luck PAK & SL. Hope srilanka will visit pakistan again!

  • on May 13, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    I do not know why Sana is still playing and taking the place of a young guy. He has done a lot to Sri Lankan cricket but the time has come for him to hang up his cricket shoes and take a shawl and sit in parliment with all the other good for nothing politicos of Sri Lanka

  • BSARAV on May 12, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Being an Indian, and obviously wanted India to win :) I was appalled by the fighting spirit shown by SL team even after crossing 147, they fought and aimed to win the match. I'm not sure whether Indian team would've tried winning or settled for just surviving into the semis if they were put in that position. I couldn't help myself clapping after Kapugedara hit the last ball six. AMAZING GAME by SL and they completely outplayed Indian Team not only in batting/bowling but also in playing spirit. I really want SL to win England and try winning the T20 World Cup. With this team, I'm sure they have great chance. They could give rest to Jayasuriya (Great player.. He has done his part and i'm sorry to see his current state and form .. he should gracefully retire). BEST OF LUCK SL!

  • on May 12, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Great game by the Sri Lankans, i agree with NiroshanDeb, there is no sporting reason to keep Jayasuria in the team for the semi-finals. Even moving him down the order to no 4/5 and using him as a specialist bowler makes no sense, especially since we have bowlers far better than him waiting in the sidelines! If this game showed anything, its how the youngsters in the team can handle the pressure and responsibility, time to give them a chance and drop Jayasuria.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on May 12, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Congrates lanka.. most variety attack. Excellent death over bowling and sensible batting supported by captaince innings from Sanga. Definetly would have loved india in semis. But that was a dream with our routine unimaginative Indian Team. May the best team win. SL has great chance in semis with England.Esp in st lucia where conditions are ideal for Asian Teams both in batting and bowling. Inform England and OZ can trash SL and Pak. But the conditions are best suited for Pak and SL and hopefully both make best use of it. Over top in must win games. England i am still not sure when i last saw them in these situations even in trination tourneys. OZ definetly has the edge with form but conditions might prompt them to use more of clarke , David as bowlers also there best bowler again might be smith. Which is definetly what Pak needs. SL r clear cut favourates esp with there attack silencing spin bashers indian team. SL - Pak rematch of last year finals on cards!!!!!! GL asian gaints

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Please ....Please.... if you want to win the semis,Give hon jayasuriya a luxuray break in St Lucia.Make him happy by some othe means.He is just wasting a slot and becoming a waste of a space.The politicians backing his position by either hook or crook must realize that for the sake of national ineterests this man should leave circket in sanity.Hon MR please give him a cabinet minister post.We don't mind one extra for the sake of the country and for the cricket.

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Now mostly everyone in Sri lankan team are back to the form they were in before IPL. They now have a better chance to go all the way. Only concern is Jayasuria - whether he should or not play is disputable. But my choice is he should not after looking at how he bat on last few games. SL ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!

  • on May 16, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Im so proud of our lankan team!!! This was a team effort!! An amazing win!!! Although i do wish our team was abit more consistent. That way they would be guarenteed in the final. The semi's were dissappointing. But this match was awesome! loved it!!!!!! And what's even more great is that dilshan did much better than what he has been doing. THis will be great for any future tournaments. It is sad that we didn't have him fully in form.....otherwise we would have been a killer team....! :) I hate to say this...but as much as i love sanath....i think his time is over. He didn't perform well at all. :(

  • Mutukisna on May 13, 2010, 9:32 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 to allow him recover 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 creating dissension in the team.

  • on May 13, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    What a wonderful match it was for the Cricket fans! and what a happy movement for a Srilankan fan! I completely agree with NiroshanDep I never enjoyed anyone's batting as i enjoyed when Sanath on fire but Its may be the time for him to rest! but after all I want him to be at his best when he retire from Cricket! I would be happy if they give a chance in the playing 11 to him he might be useful,with the ball when they play with England!

    I look forward for a great match tonight Hope Srilanak can beat England easily if Srilanka had to bat second Sangakara might try with kapugethera Mathews little higher when a senior batsmen to follow so they can play more confidently while there are players to follow!

    Its nice to see Malinga found the rhythm after missed for a while!

    Go Srilanak!

  • andyes on May 13, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    Sanath is no doubt a great player. True sports man but now his time is over like Misbah in pakistan. I think fresh blood can make a difference in srilankan opening! I saw many kids playing cricket in srilanka like pakistan. Passion for cricket is alive in both south asian countries. Well played srilanka...totally out class India! best of luck PAK & SL. Hope srilanka will visit pakistan again!

  • on May 13, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    I do not know why Sana is still playing and taking the place of a young guy. He has done a lot to Sri Lankan cricket but the time has come for him to hang up his cricket shoes and take a shawl and sit in parliment with all the other good for nothing politicos of Sri Lanka

  • BSARAV on May 12, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Being an Indian, and obviously wanted India to win :) I was appalled by the fighting spirit shown by SL team even after crossing 147, they fought and aimed to win the match. I'm not sure whether Indian team would've tried winning or settled for just surviving into the semis if they were put in that position. I couldn't help myself clapping after Kapugedara hit the last ball six. AMAZING GAME by SL and they completely outplayed Indian Team not only in batting/bowling but also in playing spirit. I really want SL to win England and try winning the T20 World Cup. With this team, I'm sure they have great chance. They could give rest to Jayasuriya (Great player.. He has done his part and i'm sorry to see his current state and form .. he should gracefully retire). BEST OF LUCK SL!

  • on May 12, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    Great game by the Sri Lankans, i agree with NiroshanDeb, there is no sporting reason to keep Jayasuria in the team for the semi-finals. Even moving him down the order to no 4/5 and using him as a specialist bowler makes no sense, especially since we have bowlers far better than him waiting in the sidelines! If this game showed anything, its how the youngsters in the team can handle the pressure and responsibility, time to give them a chance and drop Jayasuria.

  • needgreenpitches4bowlingallrounders on May 12, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    Congrates lanka.. most variety attack. Excellent death over bowling and sensible batting supported by captaince innings from Sanga. Definetly would have loved india in semis. But that was a dream with our routine unimaginative Indian Team. May the best team win. SL has great chance in semis with England.Esp in st lucia where conditions are ideal for Asian Teams both in batting and bowling. Inform England and OZ can trash SL and Pak. But the conditions are best suited for Pak and SL and hopefully both make best use of it. Over top in must win games. England i am still not sure when i last saw them in these situations even in trination tourneys. OZ definetly has the edge with form but conditions might prompt them to use more of clarke , David as bowlers also there best bowler again might be smith. Which is definetly what Pak needs. SL r clear cut favourates esp with there attack silencing spin bashers indian team. SL - Pak rematch of last year finals on cards!!!!!! GL asian gaints

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Please ....Please.... if you want to win the semis,Give hon jayasuriya a luxuray break in St Lucia.Make him happy by some othe means.He is just wasting a slot and becoming a waste of a space.The politicians backing his position by either hook or crook must realize that for the sake of national ineterests this man should leave circket in sanity.Hon MR please give him a cabinet minister post.We don't mind one extra for the sake of the country and for the cricket.

  • on May 12, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Now mostly everyone in Sri lankan team are back to the form they were in before IPL. They now have a better chance to go all the way. Only concern is Jayasuria - whether he should or not play is disputable. But my choice is he should not after looking at how he bat on last few games. SL ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!

  • vedanthy2 on May 12, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Send this to Sanjay Manjrekar and let him learn from Sangakkara as how to go about planning and backing his team.SriLankans always compliment and complement each other so they are consistent and not flashy or gloaters(like us Indians,sad0

  • kktharan on May 12, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Once again sanga prove his quite captaincy and led the all department to be smart. full credit to mathews & kapugedera. another credit to sanga for his team selection. i think one or two change needed. i.e sanath replaced by young chandimal and kulasekara/thushara.

  • samlord on May 12, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    gr8 work young lions.From the moment i saw kapu in Australia when he was just 18 years old.i thought this guy is some player to watch out for.But his lack of application during his short carrier resulted in poor performances.Today he really showed us what he can do.Guy got all the shots in cricket.Itz rare to find such players.Hope he continues this good run.And Angie as alwayz u are the best thing happened to Sl cricket in the past two years.GO LIONS!! And my team would be dilshan mahela chandimal sanga kapu mathews thisara kulasekara randiv mendis malinga

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    This is a break or make point for SL, not just in this tournament, but for their cricketing future. Their young guns have just shown they have matured, played intelligently, build confidence in them & the team, especially after the loss to mighty AUS. This is what every team needs, their future stars to shine, so that they will be ready to take over when the veterans leave in a few years. There's ONE PROBLEM with this scenario! Some veterans like Jayasuriya NEVER LEAVE! He hogs a spot from SL's future. I hope & pray the board & ministers stay out, or at least tell Sana, that his time is up! He should be more concerned about the team, like Mahela who'd mentioned that he'd play wherever the team wants him, so that he doesn't take a spot away from a young opener. That's a team player & that's pure class. This win can be a big turn around & momentum builder for SL going forward to WC next year, as long as the "old" Master Blaster doesn't become the MASTER DISASTER for Sri Lanka!

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    Its really awsome...After a long time ive seen some cricket played by the Lankans...Gr8 Keep up the sprit for the rest of the tournament.

  • Deepfreezed on May 12, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    This is a pointless victory. Sri Lanka has no hope when it comes to quality pace attack. Slow spin they can handle. India should have included more pace men in this game. They need a major overhaul of the Sri Lankan team. It is pointless to play cricket like this when everyone knows they only need few average pacemen to rattle the whole team.

    Even if Sri Lanka goes to the finals, is there any real hope for them to beat the AUS? What is the point advancing?

  • on May 12, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    I totally agree here. Sanath is an awesome player. Like me, most of the cricket fans all over the world enjoy him playing. However, he is not in form now. So why waste a spot there? This is like SL has only 10 players now on the field and bat. Therefore, we should bring it Dinesh C. He seems to be good and young blood. Never know he could be like Angelo M for the 2011 world cup. Also Thusara or Jayasinga should be replaced by Mr.Kula in. He is another potential for our SL. I hope they do some changes before they face red hot England on Semi and annoying Aussie on final

  • Daba on May 12, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    s l deserves a place in semi finals, and they wud over come what ever scored by England. it will be a good match if sl meets Aussi in finals Aravinth

  • Diyan82 on May 12, 2010, 13:05 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!!!

  • pradeeplasantha on May 12, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    well done again Sri lanka, tell you one thing it is dead easy to beat England in the semi-Final. don't forget to bring Mendis Back to the tem.England haven't palyed much againts him. also please stop complaining about Jayasuriya, he did the main part winning the world! it is not that easy thing to do ....even Sachin couldn't do that. hopefully he will retire after this series.will give hin another two matches for him.good luck for Sri lanka!

  • on May 12, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Great win for Sri lanka!!!!! The middle order finally clicked... As for Jayasuriya....he should play the next game and then the final. He is a LEGEND, we can't write him off just yet. I know he will fire up, selectors please make sure he plays the next 2 games. And then you will see the results yourself. Jayasuriya should bowl early ...like first change, and bat one down....:-)

  • pathums on May 12, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    DO WE PLAY WITH SANATH IN THE SEMI??????? y dont we include Chandimal to the playing XI coz he is in-form player and at least he can score more than a DUCK scored by SANA and can open the inning with mahela too. give a chance for the young players otherwise they will be demotivated since just sitting on the bench.

  • malingasyorkers101 on May 12, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    They definetely need to drop jaysuriya in the next match, and bring in a batsman who can actually score some runs! Jayasuriya was one of the greatest hitters, but like 4 years ago! now he doesn't even get a chance to bowl so drop him and bring someone in that can actually do some good! other than that though, I think Sri Lanka can beat England if they play their hearts out!

  • on May 12, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Really good win, never thought that SL wud hcase 160+, sangakkara's 3 sixes were a bit of a surprise, as i have never seen him score sixes for those kind of slightly mistimed shots. thanks to the smaller boundary & the help of the wind. its good that kapugedara spending some time at the wicket & getting use to the conditons & then going for the kill. this is what he should do in future & he should learn to build up an innings under pressure as so far he's failed so many times batting under pressure. Sanath please for god sake & for the sake of your country please retire, you hav become an obstacle & pain for us in this tournament. Go back to SL & uplift the standard of sports. Dilshan's foam is a timely boost & i want mahela to be patient till the 5th over. Welagedara is a much better bowler than Mirando. Three changes for the semi final, chandimal for sanath, mendis for jayasinghe & Welagedara for mirando. Eng struggles against quality spinners & the St. Lucia wicket took big spin.

  • Mutukisna on May 12, 2010, 11:06 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.

  • kr_nagaraaj on May 12, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I expected this indian team to loose this badly even before they started to carribean. Few reasons for my predictions 1. All rounders in indian line up are part time spinners - what are they going to do in the pace & bouncy tracks? 2. Guys in out of form even in the IPL series are in the final selection list - Yuvi, Gambir, Jadeja, chawla 3. Vijay came in as a last minute replacement for viru? where is uthappa? 4. In the entire IPL, ranjiy trophy & duleep trophy matches, the selection team couldn't find even a single all rounder with fast bowling capabilities? Couldn't the BCCI for so many years, develop players with such talents? and they are funding the rest of the world to develop cricket in their regions, couldn't figure out the logic behind it..

  • CandB on May 12, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    FYI Sanath Jayasuriya was not in the team at start but as he is a MP in the ruling party, the slecetors were pressured to choose him. The senior players like Sangakkara and Mahela were really angry about this but did not protest because if they did they would lose their place. Politics rules in the selection of teams in SL. Sanath played only a couple of games in the IPL. He was dropped after that.

  • CricketFirst on May 12, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Mostly agree with Sanki88 but Kulasekera doesn't have pace to trouble english batsmen. Welagedaera could be a better option, if he is consistent. Sri Lanka must open with Dilshan and Jayasuriya's days have long gone. Hats off to Sanga & former captain Mahela for giving opportunities to youngsters which is the right thing to do when u r playing for country. Take Ajantha Mendis out of international cricket for a while and develop him through the academy. He should learn to spin the ball a little more than what he does at the moment. Then he will become very dangerous with his accuracy & variety.

  • on May 12, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka ! I hope they will drop Jayasuriya in next match and Chandimal will come in.

  • SLCricketLover on May 12, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka. To win the England match we need to do some changers. Drop Sana because he is out of form and include Chandimal to open. Also need to decide on the pace bowler no 2. I don't think Jayasinha must be in the team. Hope mendis play against England and field well too. :D Wish you good luck....

  • on May 12, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    One of the Best ever T20 wins by far... Well Done... But need to be careful with team selection in future games... as far as I see just need to grab 7 best avg. batsman and 4 best avg. bowlers...

  • muski on May 12, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Let the Big Indian stars take a leaf out of Angelo Mathews Book on how to play under pressure.In sports, its the mind which wins most of the games. Indians are known to panic under pressure. Why cant these guys put to some good Yoga or something of the kind- we have no dearth of Yoga experts in our country. Killer instinct is another which is totally lacking in our cricketers

  • Naleendra on May 12, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    It's time that Sanath retired and focused on his political life. He has served Sri Lanka well, but lately he has become a burden on the team. He should realize this and step down and allow a young prospect to take over and prosper. If not he'd be very selfish and will not have any dignity left as the fans themselves may turn on him

  • on May 12, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Thank u Sri Lanka for knocking out Indians... :) *much appreciated*

  • Dhushan on May 12, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Very well played Sri Lanka. That is what I call an all round performance. Great death end bowling & fantastic finish by the bat as well. These are the times that I am as proud as I can be to call myself Sri Lankan. We play England next in St. Lucia which is a track that we prefer to play in than Barbados & we have a jolly good chance of winning that match. Our bowlers have a good chance of getting the English out for a small total. This is going to be a good game. May the best team win......& I hope it will be Sri Lanka! Good luck Lions!

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    srilanka gona come crashing down against england

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Kapugedera and Mathews are bright prospects for Sri Lanka ,they have performed when it mattered the most for Sri Lanka,Sangakkara needed back up support which those two provided which resulted an emphatic Sri Lankan victory.They were heads down in the first 10 overs of the both innings but remarkably came back on both final 10 overs of each innings.Mathews have been a great prospect for SL seems to be hes maturing now by experience and age and so is BOOM BOOM Kapugedera,with his Mongoose making maximum.Timely risks contributed a timely victory for SL thanks to their talented and clever youngsters. SL should aim to go all the way in the tournament now.

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Really good win for Sri Lanka. Hope they will continue their good form in the semi & the final too.

  • on May 12, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka, keep rock! Really very good decision drop Ajantha Mendes against Indians but drop Dinesh Chandimal is not a great decision because he played well and he show his hard hitting talent in the recent matches & domestic level he could bat any position, instead of select an all-rounder like Chinthaka Jayasinga select a genuine batsman like Dinesh Chandimal, inclusive of Tissara Perera is very good idea.all the best for the semi against England. i like to see two more win.

  • Sanki88 on May 12, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Looking at the new found form of batsmen like Dilsha, Sangakkara and in-form Jayawardene and the young guns Mathews, Kapugedara and Perera, Sri Lanka has the batting power to defeat England. Malinga, Mathews, Perera and Randiv bowled very well too. The only concerns are the poor form of Jayasuriya and the 2nd seamer. I think they should drop Sanath and Thushara and get Chandimal and Kulesekara in.

  • NiroshanDep on May 12, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    A really good win for Sri Lanka! Is Jayasuriya playing the next game? even if he was to play definitely not open the innings again? I havent enjoyed watching anyone more than i do Jaysuriya attack, but those days seem to have long gone and he is definitely past his best! I am not even sure why does he keep getting a game?

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  • NiroshanDep on May 12, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    A really good win for Sri Lanka! Is Jayasuriya playing the next game? even if he was to play definitely not open the innings again? I havent enjoyed watching anyone more than i do Jaysuriya attack, but those days seem to have long gone and he is definitely past his best! I am not even sure why does he keep getting a game?

  • Sanki88 on May 12, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Looking at the new found form of batsmen like Dilsha, Sangakkara and in-form Jayawardene and the young guns Mathews, Kapugedara and Perera, Sri Lanka has the batting power to defeat England. Malinga, Mathews, Perera and Randiv bowled very well too. The only concerns are the poor form of Jayasuriya and the 2nd seamer. I think they should drop Sanath and Thushara and get Chandimal and Kulesekara in.

  • on May 12, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka, keep rock! Really very good decision drop Ajantha Mendes against Indians but drop Dinesh Chandimal is not a great decision because he played well and he show his hard hitting talent in the recent matches & domestic level he could bat any position, instead of select an all-rounder like Chinthaka Jayasinga select a genuine batsman like Dinesh Chandimal, inclusive of Tissara Perera is very good idea.all the best for the semi against England. i like to see two more win.

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Really good win for Sri Lanka. Hope they will continue their good form in the semi & the final too.

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Kapugedera and Mathews are bright prospects for Sri Lanka ,they have performed when it mattered the most for Sri Lanka,Sangakkara needed back up support which those two provided which resulted an emphatic Sri Lankan victory.They were heads down in the first 10 overs of the both innings but remarkably came back on both final 10 overs of each innings.Mathews have been a great prospect for SL seems to be hes maturing now by experience and age and so is BOOM BOOM Kapugedera,with his Mongoose making maximum.Timely risks contributed a timely victory for SL thanks to their talented and clever youngsters. SL should aim to go all the way in the tournament now.

  • on May 12, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    srilanka gona come crashing down against england

  • Dhushan on May 12, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Very well played Sri Lanka. That is what I call an all round performance. Great death end bowling & fantastic finish by the bat as well. These are the times that I am as proud as I can be to call myself Sri Lankan. We play England next in St. Lucia which is a track that we prefer to play in than Barbados & we have a jolly good chance of winning that match. Our bowlers have a good chance of getting the English out for a small total. This is going to be a good game. May the best team win......& I hope it will be Sri Lanka! Good luck Lions!

  • on May 12, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Thank u Sri Lanka for knocking out Indians... :) *much appreciated*

  • Naleendra on May 12, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    It's time that Sanath retired and focused on his political life. He has served Sri Lanka well, but lately he has become a burden on the team. He should realize this and step down and allow a young prospect to take over and prosper. If not he'd be very selfish and will not have any dignity left as the fans themselves may turn on him

  • muski on May 12, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    Let the Big Indian stars take a leaf out of Angelo Mathews Book on how to play under pressure.In sports, its the mind which wins most of the games. Indians are known to panic under pressure. Why cant these guys put to some good Yoga or something of the kind- we have no dearth of Yoga experts in our country. Killer instinct is another which is totally lacking in our cricketers