Substandard batting & fielding wrecks Lanka

The Indian openers Gautham Gambir and Dinesh Karthick found no terrors with the Sri Lankan seam bowlers not getting any movement off the pitch or in the air. Welegedera, Lakmal and Thushara were guilty of bowling too short and wide coupled with 3 free hit opportunities to the Indians. The ball skidded onto the bat, batting looked very easy. Karthick was the aggressor while Gambir, nudged and flicked to a great extent enabling the pair to not only punish the loose balls but pick up the ones and the twos at regular intervals.

Sri Lanka got the first breakthrough when the free scoring Karthick erred when looking very good for a ton on 48. The right hander tried to open the face of the bat, but only succeeded in edging it straight to Sangakkara with India on 89.

Sri Lanka missed a great opportunity, when Dilshan put down a sitter off Gambir, with the total on 98 which goes to prove the off focus levels of Sri Lanka in this match. Gambir was put down again with India on 106 and this time by Thisara Perera off Thushara for the second time. Both catches were simple to say the least; hence the game started slipping too quickly in favor of India when they accumulated 103 for one wicket at the end of power play number 1.

Gambir and Kholi milked the Sri Lankan bowling knowing very well the target is paltry. The left hand right hand combination hurt Sri Lanka, plenty of singles on offer; Kholi was very wristy in his approach. Sri Lankan bowlers also obliged by bowling at his pads. The pair put on a 72 run partnership with minimum effort.

They played risk free cricket. Randiv did trouble Gambir to a great extent but Kholi was the man stroking the spinner with confidence. Gambir was dismissed in the run of play for 71, when he flicked at perera delivery a shade too soon to be caught by Welegedera at mid wicket with India in a commanding position on 161.

India rightly took the batting power play in the 31st over to enable them to get the bonus point, with India on 175 for 2 wickets with Yuvraj at the wickets. It was all too easy for India. A bad day in office for Sri Lankan. They are in the finals, but they will have to do a lot of soul searching before the finals on Wednesday.

Is Kumar happy with the combination is question number one. Will he play a specialist spinner to bowl in tandem with Randiv? Will he also look at his middle order combination, and make radical changes. The catching is much desired. Focus levels has to improve by more than a hundred percent.

India got to the target with a bonus point and that too in 32.4 overs. It’s a comprehensive win. Virat Kholi was unbeaten on 71. Lakamal bowling the 2nd power play over got a 20 run hiding which Sangakkara has to thing about seriously. It was evident that you need more batting strength from the seam bowlers especially against India; hence a Kulasekera and a Bandara option might be the option.


MAIN SCORES:

SRI LANKA 213 ALL OUT IN 46 OVERS

INDIA 214 FOR 2 WICKETS IN 32 OVERS

VIRAT KHOLI          71 NOT OUT

GAUTHAM            71

KARTHIK              48

1st Session

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara decided to take first lease of the wicket stating that he wants to test his bowlers with the wet ball. Kumar also stated that he has put out his best team in the park by leaving out Lahiru Thirimanna, Nuwan Kulasekera and Malinga Bandara. Chanake Welegedera, Suranga Lakmal and TM Dilshan were the replacements.

A few eye brows were raised with India’s decision in resting Virendra Shewag, Ashis Nehera and premier spinner Harbajan Singh for this game. Dhoni replaced his key players with Dinesh Karthick, Amit Mishra and Sudeep Tyagi. India has a game tomorrow against Bangladesh, school of thought from experts was that India could have rested these key players against a weaker opposition scheduled for tomorrow.

Sudeep Tyagi known as a wicket taking bowler, did a sterling job when he angled his fourth delivery across the left handed Upul Tharanga who edged it straight to Dinesh Karthick at first slip with Sri Lanka still to open their account.

Runs were scored thick and fast by Dilshan and Sangakkara, they simply dealt in boundries.The right hander reached 33 in 17 balls. With the score board ticking regularly, Introduction of senior pro Zaheer Khan did the trick for India.

Gautham Gambir fielding at a 5th slip possision picked up a classy catch, low down, to send back the dangerous Dilshan with the total on 42.

The score board moved onto 60 with Sangakkara taking control. The array of strokes from the skipper was great to watch he square drove Tyagi, to the boundary and then drove him down the ground to record two consecutive fours. Jayawedana, in the very next over from Zaheer Khan gave the simplest of catches to Kholi at short extra cover, with the score on 60.

Disaster for Sri Lanka stuck yet again when Samaraweera got undone when trying to work a ball to the on side off sreesanth, and the umpire had no hesitation in ruling him out LBW with Sri Lanka back against the wall on 62.

Sri Lanka was in trouble and in the doldrums when Sangakkara called his non striker Kandamby for a single and sent him back. Kandamby is never a quick mover; this was very easy pickings for team India, Sri Lanka in deep, deep trouble on 66 for 5.

Just as Sri Lanka seem to settle down and bring in some sought of sanity into their batting, young  Thisara Perera threw in the towel by going in for a big hit off Mishra only to find Yuvraj singh pick up a classic catch at deep mid wicket, with Sri Lanka in an appalling situation on 84 for 6. The Sri Lankan’s being bowled out inside 50 overs looked inevitable with only 18.5 overs bowled by India at the fall of young Pereras’ wicket for 11.

Zaheer Khan had an excellent first spell. He deserves all the accolades for his perfect line and length. The world class left arm seam bowler put the ball in the right areas, he single handedly broke the back bone of the strong Sri Lankan batting, paving the way for an early win in this game. Zaheers’ Figures 7-2-21-2, goes to prove his dominance on the Sri Lankan batting.

Kumar Sangakkara and Suraj Randiv put on a valuable partnership of 59 runs for the 7th wicket with Sangakkara playing with authority and Randiv gave his support from one end. In the 30th over Sangakkara gave it away missing out on another chance of getting to the three figure mark by mistiming a Yuvraj short hop, only to be caught by Suresh Raina at mid wicket for 68. The pertinent point for Sri Lanka is to bat the 50 overs with the score on 143 for 7.

Sri Lankan tail waged a bit with Thilina Thushara and Suraj Randiv, putting up a commendable 59 run partnership with Randiv scoring his first 50 in international cricket. Randiv puts a prize on his wicket and also recorded the highest score by a number 8 batsman by a Sri Lankan.

Thilina Thusharas’valuable contribution of 28 came to an end when he gave his wicket away in the first power play over to Zaheer Khan, after picking his spot and lofting Zaheer to the mid wicket fence for 4, in his first delivery. He then played a nothing stroke to be caught by Yuvraj Singh at short fine leg, and wicket number 8 for 202.

The Indians wrapped up Sri Lanka in the 46th over for 213, hence giving themselves relatively an easy target and more importantly a batting practice opportunity.

Suraj Randiv batted with purpose, so did Sangakkara, but he will be disappointed not having the much needed patience to bat thru the innings. Sri Lanka will be disappointed to say the least. The batting looked off focus from the offset, Jayewardene and Samaraweera should have taken the responsibility, given the role at number 4 and 5.

Jayewardene a soft dismissal, while Samaraweera just walked across the line of the ball before getting his eye in. Credit to India, they bowled very well and took all the catches that came their way. Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra were simply outstanding and wonderful to watch, while Yuvraj, Gambir and Suresh Raina lifted the spirits of the Indians with their fine catching.


MAIN SCORES


SRI LANKA 213 ALL OUT IN 46 OVERS

KUMAR SANGAKKARA   68

SURAJ RANDIV                 56

TM DILSHAN                     33

THILINA THUSHARA        28

BOWLING

ZAHEER KHAN      10-2-38-3

AMIT MISHRA      9.1- 1-40-3

SUDEEP TYAGI     7-1-46-1

YUVRAJ SINGH     4-0-18-1

S SREESANTH       7-0-38-1

  • Premasiri

    Pl ignore my previous comment!

    To the Indian Fan, I’ve a great respect to you, for your keen interest shown on Cricket in Sri Lanka but you have to accept the fact that there are very many fine classy young cricketers in SL who are 1000times better players than SJ on whom one can depend on. Thirimanne is one such player. You may have seen a glimpse of him in the very 1st match that he has been played in. One can’t depend on players of poor technique like SJ because he may do well in one match & fail in next 5 matches (He couldn’t do it even in 1996. If not for consistent batting of Aravinda,Arjuna, Hashan & Mahanama there wouldn’t have been a WC win for SL) Mahela’s consistency isn’t very good either, because of his slow reflexes at the start of an innings. Though Sangakkara is doing well at the moment, both Mahela & Sangakkara have very poor ODI batting averages having occupied the best batting positions in the batting order. These 2 important batting positions should have been given to the young batsmen (I’ve mentioned in my above comment) & Angelo Mathews, like they do in other countries. Our selectors seems to be very much ignorant of the finer points in cricket that is the main reason why they have too much faith on players like Khandambi, Chamara Silva, Mubarak, Kapugedara, Udawatte,Suranga Lakmals. As for Randiv & Herath, there are far better spinners than them in SL who do well at consistent basis though selectors have always ignored them. The Media of your country gives very high value for the game of Cricket though you have excel well in many other sports fields like Field Hockey, Chess, Golf, Lawn Tennis at International level. That is the best way to develop the most suited game in a country, which isn’t happening here in SL though Cricket is the only game that SL does well at International level.

  • Premasiri

    To the Indian Fan, I’ve a great respect to you, for your keen interest shown on Cricket in Sri Lanka but you have to accept the fact that there are very many fine classy young cricketers in SL who are 1000times better players than SJ on whom one can depend on. Thirimanne is one such player. You may have seen a glimpse of him in the very 1st match that he has been played in. One can’t depend on players of poor technique like SJ because he may do well in one match & fail in next 5 matches (He couldn’t do it even in 1996. If not for consistent batting of Aravinda,Arjuna, Hashan & Mahanama there wouldn’t have been a WC win for SL) Mahela’s consistency isn’t very good either, because of his slow reflexes at the start of an innings. Though Sangakkara is doing well at the moment, both Mahela & Sangakkara have very poor ODI batting averages having occupied the best batting positions in the batting order. These 2 important batting positions should have been given to the young batsmen (I’ve mentioned in my above comment) & Angelo Mathews, like they do in other countries. Our selectors very much ignorant of the finer points in cricket that is main reason why they have too much faith on players like Khandambi, Chamara Silva, Mubarak, Kapugedara, Udawatte,Suranga Lakmals. As for Randiv & Herath, there are far better spinners than them in SL who do well at consistent basis though selectors have always ignored them. The Media of your country gives very high value for the game of Cricket though you have excel well in many other sports fields like Field Hockey, Chess, Golf, Lawn Tennis at International level. That is why you are able to maintain success at consistent basis at youth cricket level.

  • Indian Fan

    I am an Indian Fan.INDIA WILL SURELY WIN AGAINST THE LANKANS!!!!THE SL CRICKET MADE A BIG BLUNDER BY DROPPING MY FAV.PLAYER SANATH JAYASURIYA AND THEY WILL SURELY MISS HIM IN THE FINALS.

  • Dinidu

    Sri Lanka Is the Best team in World Cricket nodoubt in That. Y Sanath Is Dropped in Sri Lanka Squd ?? . He is a Very usefull player dont forget he can handy with the ball. and the matter of kandamby to be honest he dont have good Technique i never saw he hitting a six and main thing he is very poor againts the yoker length ball . give that place to Thirimanna he can be very handy with the bat we saw that . i am also crickter but kandambi should correct his batting style to be cement is place in sri lanka squd.i can suggest my team for Tri Series for bangaladesh. who knws you Selectors taking your own decesion . any ways my team is . 1. Dillly 2.Upula 3.Sanga 4.Mayya 6.Samy 7.Thisaa 8.Kule 9.Suraj 10.Thushara 11.Welagedara. We Want Sri Lanka to Win this Final badly .. Pls pls Sanga and team do the best Beat India . not only in this final Whenever you guys meet indians Beat them badly . WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR OUR SRI LANKA TEAM..

  • ranga

    i think we have thinking more ways in the final.
    01, kandammi shold be understand to how to play ^ running with wicket ( runout not expected)
    02. mehela not in the good selection. thirammanna should be play.
    03. lakmal also not good sofar. kula should be play.
    04. tharanaga. DILSHAN. SANGA. SAMARAWEERA SHOUL BE play good inning.
    05. Thisara. suraj. kula. mrino sholub be bolwed tite.

    so fillding its better.

    than can win.

  • ram

    i think kandammby its good batsman . but he have one mistake of running the wicket. he cant understand what to do & what can do? that is the ?
    we have give the chance for him. but mehela not in the good selection for the finals. i think thirimanna is better for final. lakmal also dont give chance for final. kula should be play.

  • Nimesh

    asantha de mel or whatever your name is you clearly don’t know much about cricket. All of a sudden you’re the big man with a great international record *cough*cough*. Lose the big head and make the right selections. Why the hell bring back bandara and play lakmal. Do you know what an average is? Obviously not.

  • Herath

    Seriously I don’t think Suranga Lakmal deserves to be in this side. Bring Kulesekara back. With Thisara Perera I don’t think we need four fast bowlers in these flat tracks. My side for the final:

    1.Tharanga, 2.Dilshan, 3. Sangakkara 4. Mahela 5. Thilan Samaraweera 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Thisara 8. Suraj Randiv 9 and 10 Kulesekara/Thushara/Malinga Bandara 11. Welagedara

    Selectors should have included Sanath in this squad. then we could have gone with 7/4 combination with Thisara Perera batting at 8. Dilshan/Sanath/Thisara/Samaraweera can manage 20-25 overs between them.

    but for the final we can even go with seven batsmen and four bowlers also. I doubt Sanga will take that risk in the final.. Lahiru Thirimanna deserves a long run in the team in place of Mahela or Kandambi..

  • Amila bandara

    atleast kandambi nead to be replaced from this sri lankan team.not only the final but also for future tours.he has a big probleam with his batting and running beatween wickets as wel as his filding.since samarawera also not great filder when plaing both of them make more probleams in srilankan filding side. thirmanane batting very well for his only apperance as a batsman in india match.need to replace him with kandambi.

  • ranga

    DONT PLAY SAME TEAM IN FINAL. please inluding THIRAMMANA FOR MEHELAS PLACE KULASEKARA FOR LAKMAL PLACE.
    IF ANY CHANCE FOR BOLWING YOU CAN REPLACMENTS FOR BANDARA .

    I THINK 02 MAIN FAST BOLWES ENOUGH FOR FINAL. THAN WE CAN PLAY LIKE.
    01. DILSHAN. 02. THARANGA. 03. SANGA. 04. SAMARAWEERA. 05. KANDAMBI. 06. THISSARA. 07. SURAJ. 08. KULASEKARA. 09. WELAGEDARA.10. THIRAMANNA. 11/ BANDARA OR MIRINDO.

  • stutidutta mishra

    i am a great fan of the sri lankan cricket team over the years goneby..looking at the present scenario, i feel only youngsters will fill the void……suranga lakmal is of no use.kulasekara should replace him in the finals…mahela is not in form.so he should be kept out….thirimanne should replace him….sri lanka need potential allrounders lyk angelo matthews..kandamby is even not impressive…..i am shocked to see why the selectors r not playing malinga bandara..he is a top bowler and also comes handy with the bat.here is my playing 11 for the finals:-
    tharanga,dilshan,sangakkara,samaraweera,thirimanne,kandamby,thissira perera,welegedara,randiv,kulasekara,bandara

  • sisira- ksa

    i cant belive mehela. so give one chance chidimal or thirimanna. suranga lakmal also not good bolweing site. try to play final with kalusekara & thirimmana with batting

  • kumara

    why kandammi is run out for very impotant match? saga also not good shot that match.

    all batsman should be thery responcibility. oterwise………………..??????????????????????

  • sisira-KSA

    I think suranga lakmal not best selection? suraj its best replacements for ajantha. still i cant belives mehela;s batting. he is got 100+ for only b.desh team only. normaly indian bolws not like b,desh. why you can try to get chance . udawattha, chnidimal or thiraman . i think its better replacements for meheela.

    any we wish to the srilanka team.

  • Premasiri

    Sangakkara’s defensive approach would never win matches for SL against good teams. Incidentally SurangaLakmal has no physique to bowl fast. We badly need fast bowlers the likes of Nuwan Soyza, Dilhara Fernado & Tharanga Lakshitha who can extract bounce off any dull surface. Chamara Silva, Khandhambi, Kapugedara, Udawatte …aren’t fitting to this ODI side, though selectors have kept too much faith on these ordinary players. Selectors have to give confidence to young players of lightning reflexes who’ve maintained consistency from their teen years. The track record of Khausal Silva, Paranawithana, Thirimanne, Chandimal, Rumesh Buddhika, Angelo Perera, Munuweera, Nilushan Nonis..are far better than most of these seniors. Though Randiv seems a good replacement for Murali , tall Sachithra Senanayake, S Prasanna & Sajeewa Weerakone have better consistency.

  • C.J.Goonatillake

    Both Malinga Bandara & Kulasekara should play in the final team composition and I feel that Thushara,welagedara should bowel round the wicket against free scoring Indian right-handers.