Kumar Sangakkara hit his 10,000th run in one-day internationals to help Sri Lanka hammer Australia by eight wickets in a rain-shortened Tri-series match on Friday.
“This is how these guys would learn. I believe Matthews is ready to take more responsibility. But for couple of bad balls, he bowled a really good over. It’s important for them to learn and go through this situation. One inch here and there and a guy like Dhoni could take you apart.”
Skipper MS Dhoni hit three runs off the last ball to earn India a tie in their tri one-day series international against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka rode on Angelo Mathews’ heroics to very nearly pull off a sensational victory before falling short by just five runs against Australia in a nerve-wrecking cricket tri-series match here today.
India made heavy weather of a modest run chase before securing a four-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the second match of the triangular series at Perth on Wednesday.
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I hope to do my best if I’m called for the National side. There are pretty good batsmen in the National side now but by being able to mix with them for top international matches I will gain vital experience.”
12 ODI matches in the preliminary rounds. Each team will play each other four times.
Captain Mahela Jayawardena, Vice Capt Angelo Mathews
The Hon. Minister of Sports has approved the following squad for the forthcoming England A tour of SL, 1. Thilina Kandamby 2. Dimuth Karunaratne 3. Mahela Udawatta 4. Malinda Warnapura 5. Banuka Rajapakse 6. Danushka Gunathilake 7. Ashan Priyanjana 8. Kushal Janith 9. Seekkuge Prasanna 10. Suraj Randiv 11. Maliinga Bandara 12. Nuwan Pradeep 13. Kosala Kulasekera 14. Kanishka Elvitigala 15. Thilina Thushara
“We came back strongly at the end of our tour and needed to prove a point after being bowled out for 43 in the first ODI,” said Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Big knocks from captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (87), man-of-the-match Thisara Perera (69) and Dinesh Chandimal (59) lifted the visitors to 304-5 after the home side reached to 299-7 with skipper AB de Villiers (96) to the fore.
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)