Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Tri-Series, final, Harare June 9, 2010

Dilshan thrilled with young team

Cricinfo staff

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka's stand-in captain, has said he is thrilled with the performances of youngsters like wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and allrounder Jeewan Mendis, who were given an opportunity in the tri-series in Zimbabwe while senior players rested.

Sri Lanka entered the tournament without four of their senior-most players - Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya - but that didn't stop them from lifting the title with a nine-wicket thumping of Zimbabwe in the final. "The young players got good opportunities here and they responded well," Dilshan said. "Dinesh Chandimal played well against India and Jeevan Mendis has bowled and batted well throughout the series."

Dilshan's team was dominant in the finals, starting with the new-ball bowlers, who stifled the Zimbabwe top order and dismissed Man of the Series Brendan Taylor cheaply. "I am really happy with the boys' performance today," Dilshan said, "especially the fast bowlers who set the tone by bowling really well in the first ten overs."

After a magical 2009, Dilshan had a fallow spell over the past few months but he was back at his fluent best in this tournament, topping the charts with 328 runs, with three half-centuries and an unbeaten 108 in the final. "I'm happy with my form, last 1-1.5 months I've struggled but I got my form back and want it carry it to the World Cup."

It was a disappointing day for Zimbabwe, but three victories in the league stage made it a week to remember for the hosts. "It is very satisfying to get where we have, the guys have worked hard," Taylor said. "It was unfortunate we didn't back it up in the final."

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  • Jaminda on June 13, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Dilly - good job done. You exposed all youngsters rather than limiting them to the bench. The politics which ate into the team needs to go out by hook or crook. Sad to miss Vaas and happy to lose Mr. Jayasuriya.

    Dilly - you opened the eyes of the selectors by exposing youngsters especially Jeewan, Dinesh Chandimal. All seniors needs to know when to retire and keep the respect of the public. Once again good job done Dilly.

  • Nilantha on June 12, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    great result for our Boys. well done. Very good to see that the youngsters that were offered a chance grabbed it with both hands and performed. very good to see Chandimal and Mendis showing great promise for the future. Evryone has stopped noticing Matthews now and expect him to perfom but its worth noting he is still young and the next Lankan Captain in my book...He should be made the VC now and start gaining more experience of leadership...Go Lanka, let's carry on this winning mentality to the Asia cup and more importantly the World Cup...

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    All said and done. Dont read a lot into this tournament. The team winning the toss fielded first won all matches in the tournament. Even India won against this SL team fielding first. The same Zim team which beat SL fair and square in the last league match lost the finals cos they were forced to bat first.

    This is substandard tournament and its not the case of sour grapes !

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    Dilshan's Field placing are much better than sanga.

  • Rameendra on June 10, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    congratulations to dilshan and his team...winning in any international capacity is great...hats off to zim for the way they've played in this tournament...but worried to see chandimal & thisara perera dropped from asia cup..since samaraweera & kapugedara are not performing to the expectations..

  • Lalith on June 10, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    This is a good lesson for Indan selectors. They did not send a right combination and a right captain for the tounament. They just thought Zim is easy beaters and IND & SL will play in the final. Reaching final is more than enough.

    India need to lift their fielding. Even commentators now say "It is like Indian throwing if it is a bad throw" Indian fast bowling is pathetic.

    Anyway good luck to Asia cup and awaiting whether India can surprice ZIM in 2 200-20 matches.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    dilhara is back in ritham...that's nice...but aravinda didn't notices it.

  • Mike on June 10, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Zimbabwe were always going to struggle against SL's 1st choice attack. But thats not taking anything away from the most improved team in cricket. I hope they get test status again soon. Would love to see them out in australia again. Always give 100% and never seem to complain about defeat.

    If i were an IPL team i would be seriously looking at Taylor,Chigumbura and mazakadza for a franchise. They all look international class to me.

    How they could use a Heath Streak and a flower right now though. Pity..

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    Good Cricket all around, one notable incident, running out of Tharanga in 3 matches, both openers were experienced cricketers Whats up is it improper communication between them or some unseen factor I still wonder, This drawback must be highlighted by the coach and remedied immediately They cannot afford such things in the big league Asia Cup.

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    well everybody has a pretty good idea that batting first on that track was very difficult and disturbing as a fan to watch a match of mismatches bcoz each time d team bating second has gone on to win d match

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