India cruise home easily

India chasing relatively an easy target of 240 got off to a flier as expected. Shewag smashed nine boundaries in no time and in the 7th over the score looked threatening with Shewag on 44 off 28 balls and India on 55.

Tendulkhar was a spectator during this on slaught. Welegedera then stuck a big blow having the Indian skipper caught at extra cover by Dilshan for 44, in which Shewag smashed nine breath taking   boundaries. Malinga was carted all over the place so was Kulasekera. Around seven P.M we noticed the first sign of dew adding misery to Sri Lanka, already smarting from their very poor batting display.

India during the bowling power play of 15 overs got to 101 runs for one wicket in comparison to their opponents total of 122 for 1 but, what’s pertinent is, that India is chasing and they know their target. Sangakkara has no choice he has to bowl his opponents out, after he lost a golden opportunity being in a commanding and dominating stage, when batting in the early overs.

With India so comfortable on 127 for one wicket with Tendulkhar on 48 Gambir on 32, the left handed Gambir who executed some great strokes was dismissed by suraj Randiv who had him caught and bowled off a leading edge.

Here’s a teaser, Sri Lanka lost their way sitting pretty on 165 for one in the 23rd over, the Indian’s are 129 for two wickets, and will they make those cardinal errors with Sri Lankan bowlers bowling a tighter length and looking for wickets. Here’s the equation it’s Tendulkhar and Yuvraj at the wickets.

Tendulkhar and Yuvraj played very sensible cricket, not getting overawed by the rest of the batting in the hut. Yuvraj played well for his 23, but nicked a Welegedera, delivery to Sangakkara to give Sri Lanka their 3rd wicket with India on 169.

Karthick who replaced Dhoni made amends for whatever folly the selectors might have observed in his wicket keeping ability. He also made sure that no one noticed the missing link of Dhony with the willow. Batting at number five he even master minded the master himself, Sachin Tendulkhar to get into an attacking mood.

Yes team India win easily by seven wickets, to go two, one in the five match series which they richly deserve, while the visitors will have plenty on their head, starting with the performance of their very ordinary middle order, minus Angelo Mathews.

Players, in the likes Kapugedera and Kandamby need to up their levels at the International arena. Plenty of young hopefuls are knocking at the door hence; make sure that selectors don’t look for other options. One new option that worked for Sri Lanka in the spin department was Randeev.

Sri Lanka will not only check their hyphopola, parabola theory of the six five combination, which in fact was proved fatal in the past, leaving to others doing the job when, once you’re in command and batting with 165  runs on the board and nine wickets in hand.

Think seriously about improvement in the middle order. The bowling options with Mendis against a top batting side like India and Kulasekera not settling into a rhythm, on pitches that don’t tolerate width.

Malinga will be disappointed and so will Mendis, he needs to work hard on his variations, to be competitive at this level. In fairness to Mendis the ball was slippery and difficult to grip, but this is cricket at the highest level.

Let’s hope Jayewardene, gets back his run making ways, otherwise the results in the remainder of the series will be inevitable.

Main Scores

Sri Lanka 239 all out in 44.3 Overs

India  in 243 for 3 wickets in 42.4

SR Tendulkhar          96 not out

Virendra Shewag     44

Dinesh     Karthick   36 not out

  • Shanmugaraj

    Please build a team for the future and dump all those stiff bodied players. We have enough quality young players to chose from, who have been maintaining consistency from their early schooldays. Some ignorant persons are still crying for Sanath whose success rate is one out of 5 innings (or more). How can he do it now when he couldn’t do it in 1996 World Cup as a batsman? Out of six innings he had played in that tournament, he was able to go pass 50 run mark only twice. If not for the solid consistent batting of Aravinda, Hashan, Mahanama & Arjuna there wouldn’t have been a World Cup Trophy for us. With batting & bowling averages of 33.00 & 36.00 respectively he is not worth a place in the National team.

  • fan_SL

    If this is the reason for loosing Sanath Jayasooriya (read the article
    SL cricket will go down soon under Sanga… Very sad to see these are happening in Sports

  • Lorenzo

    Give Sanath another chance.He will prove that he is still one of the best in the world.

  • SPremasiri

    I don’t understand the reason why the mangement has always chosen Kapugedara & Khandhambi with their patchy performances, when you have proven batsmen the likes of Samaraweera, Paranawithana, Khausal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Nilushan Nonis, Ashan Priyanjana,Angelo Perera,Sachithra Serasinghe,Lahiru Peiris & several other quality batsmen who have maintained consistency from their U-15 levels. Kapugedara son of a big cricket official from Kandy has been so lucky to represent the country unsuccessfully ( ODI Batting Average is 21.85 after 60 innings) for last 4 years though there were brilliant young batsmen in Nilushan Nonis, Lahiru Peiris, Khaushalya Silva Thranga Paranawithana, Angelo Mathews & many others at that time (in 2005). Batsmen show their class when they are still in their teens. The quality batsman has to be identified when he is young, his reflexes are lightning fast & his vision is at its very best. The problem of Sri Lanka lies with the Authorities; because they are unable differentiate between a quality player & an ordinary player. As a result of this weakness in selectors of last 10 years, many a quality players couldn’t find their due place in the team & certain instances their skills were identified late (Dilshan, Samaraweera). With regard to bowlers the responsible persons are quite ignorant of the importance of fielding bowlers of tall & strong physique though we have very few in Nuwan Soyza, Dilhara Fernando, Tharanga Lakshitha, Farvez Maharoof, Sachithra Senanayake, Sajeewa Weerakone & S Prasanna. It is very difficult to dislodge the wicket of batsman the class of Shewag with bowlers of short stature who can’t extract bounce off the pitch. As for Ajantha, he shoudn’t be asked to bowl without close in fielders. A slip & a leg slip is a must when he is in action. I understand the skipper is trying to ruin the bright career of Ajantha who has skills of his own in his lose limbed tall physique.

  • vivek

    welegedra rocks!!! i am his fan

  • vivek

    i am indian cricket fan, but my feeling is that sri lankam team has better players but they are not selecting the team properly and players are not laying as team. something is missing. the team doesnt look settled as it used to look previously.

  • Rafee

    I don’t understand why Sanga wants unnecessary shots when he looks settled.He got out twice in the series in same manner.Lankans are not serious as much as Inidans are.When the toured SL,how easilly they won the serious.They normally play with a purpose.Their selectors are very particular about performers.If you dont perform,you are out.That is the policy the SL cricket has to adopt.Players have to reprimanded,when they keep on doing the same mistakes,which dont happen SL cricket.What did Mahela do in the last three matches ?.It seems he purposely gets out.True,he is a quality player.You cant afford to fail on many occasions.You see,when wickets suddenly fall in the indian innings,the others come and consolidate,while the SL players get bundled out in bicycle stand effect.We can afford to pull out Kapu and Kandampi by replacing with Sanath and Samaraweera for the remaining matches.I dont understand how our selectors are thinking before a match.Let’s hope some god cricket in the remaining matches.

  • mubarak

    Remaining two matches take out Kapukedera and mandis given chance to Santh and Samaraveera

  • mubarak

    December 22nd at 1:55pm

    Remaining two matches sanath sayasuriya and Thilan Samareveera has to play

  • Lankan

    I think Sanga was over confident about batting after first two ODI’s without thinking about the chance of repetition…That might be a reason for hoing six-five combination..but we have to think back and see what our team did during the batting power plays. we didn;t used them properly in any of the game as most of the time, we were under pressure and set batsmen are back in the pavilion.. so at least for the next one Sanga has to decide when to take batting poweplay- it is not for bowllers to bat
    Secon thing is 6-5 combination with new players… Give Jayasuriya opportunity in Eden Gardens and see the results…

  • Pradeep

    Its high time we give the willow to guys like Tilan Samaraweera..!! What a shame to get bowled out within 45 overs when guys like Tilan Samaraweera sitting on the bench..!!

  • MuizUzair

    It so hard to believe the way our batting collapsed after a superb start given by the openers. A total in excess of 300 was always there in this 3rd ODI. Looking back at the 3 matches played so far we Srilanka should have won all three matches with the kind of start we had. The middle order performance is far below standard except for the batting of Angelo Mathews who was the Angel in the 2nd ODI who managed to stop the collapse of the middle order. Guys like Mubarak should be back in the team, that would help Angelo a lot. Sorry to say that Kandamby is not a good finisher in wickets outside Srilanka and i also wonder why Mendis is still with the team. Better to depend on Jayasuriya for bowling in Indian wickets than Mendis that will also give us some batting strength.

  • http://deleted rockey

    Plz Leave Mahela Jayawardena………….

    Mahela fails in this serios and he s not in form………

  • Pottu

    Sanga sold the game again. Why.. Why..Why he can not control him self (in ground as well as in front of

  • Dinesh

    Mahela jayawardena showing his failure,he was a great player.but now he is afraid to play give him some time to practice inside if he hv confidence he will play welll again & he will take chance to get back in to give some chance to youngster who can show his colors.

    if we seen indians, they will do basic corectly.not going to do too hard.but they will not take any risck.they will not simpley throw their wicket away.what is the huirry our guys hv?sangakkara & jayawardena , why they cant watch ball carefully? our middle order is gd.but they has o think know one is there to play if they out.all d best for next match.