Sangakkara pilots Lanka to victory

Skipper Kumar Sangakkara hammered 110 off 95 balls as Sri Lanka blazed to a score of 301 on their way to a 112-run win over Queensland in their opening Australian tour match on Friday. The Sri Lankans, building up to their three-match one-day international series with Australia next month, were spearheaded by Sangakkara and Chamara Silva (75) at the Gabba.

The tourists then dismissed Queensland for 189 off 36.1 overs with paceman Dilhara Fernando taking 4-41 off 6.1 overs and fellow fast bowler Dammika Prasad snaring 3-43 off eight overs.

Sangakkara was heartened by the way his team started on one of Australia’s bounciest wickets but said they had plenty of important work ahead of them with a one-dayer and T20 against New South Wales before taking on Australia.

“We still have a lot of improvement (left) but I like the way we batted especially getting through the start in the first 12 overs on a wicket that was slightly soft and had a bit in it,” he said.“We consolidated well and put on a good total and in our first 15 overs we bowled we managed to make some inroads.”

Sangakkara was pleased to kick off his tour in good form.

“It was nice to get runs on the board first up… it was very satisfying,” he said. Sri Lanka rested star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, former skipper Mahela Jayawardene and senior batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan in their tour opener. Queensland’s under-strength bowling attack were on top early with the tourists struggling with the extra bounce of the Brisbane wicket at 30 for two in the eighth over.

But Sangakkara, who shrugged off a hamstring strain to play, single-handedly turned around the Sri Lankan innings.

The wicketkeeper-batsman set a solid platform by dominating an 87-run stand with Chamara Kapugedera (35) before a century partnership with Chamara Silva. Sangakkara, who hit 10 boundaries and five sixes, brought up his century with his fourth six off leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, and then repeated the dose over deep mid-wicket two balls later.

Ben Laughlin (3-54) removed Sangakkara in the 41st over with a slow full-toss which the left-hander chipped to mid-wicket.

But the Sri Lankan lower order carried on in similar fashion, belting 49 runs from the last five overs, including a six by Thisara Perera off the last ball.

In Queensland’s innings only number six Craig Philipson put up any resistance with 69 off 62 balls including 11 fours.

Sri Lanka have another one-dayer against NSW in Sydney on Sunday followed by a Twenty20 game against NSW on Wednesday. AFP


    Australians have lost the aura when they dominated the world.
    They are now nothing but jokers who thrash poor countries like Pakistan and West Indies but are whitewashed by India in Test…..
    Also i think that the sri lankans will struggle against pace in australia as we saw in the champions league where the wayamba elevens were 35/7 at one stage.
    Now one comes to know of Jeevantha Kulatunga and the real talent lies elsewhere in chandimal.

  • tania

    I think Mahela should bat at middle order. If he opens and get out cheaply it will put lots of pressure on Sanga & inexperienced middle order. If Mahela want to open then we need player like Samaraweera to the middle order.

  • Rukshan

    yah nuwan u agree with u . but i think dinesh shouldn’t open bcz already we have 3 contesters for the opening slot and i think he is good at no 05 .

  • danushka

    does any one know the sl time for the matches ?
    and the 3odis?
    pls repply

    • 123



      Wed, Nov 03 8:48AM Australia vs. Sri Lanka
      Fri, Nov 05 8:48AM Australia vs. Sri Lanka
      Sun, Nov 07 8:48AM Australia vs. Sri Lanka

  • M Sulfikkar

    well done

  • 123

    @ Nuwan ..You are 100% correct

  • Nuwan

    Good thing that tour management has decided to send in Kapugedara early. In this position he can play his natural game.He has the correct technique and temperament to play well in this bouncy and fast wickets. Also it will allow him to settle down and play a long inning. Hats off to the selectors and and to the captain. Important move ahead of the the rest of the series and world cup. He could certainly play a key role in this position and tactically this would mean that Sangakkara and Mahela could come in later and thereby not exposing the three of our most experienced batsmen early at a stretch, which could be a problem if all three get out early which in turn can be bit awkward for an inexperienced middle order. Kapugedara can certainly set the game up for us at no 3…..

  • Premasiri

    We have a very good chance of winning the WC, only if those young consistent (from their teenage schooldays) batsmen the calibre of Chandimal,Thrimanne,Angelo Perera,Khausal Silva,Dimuth Karunarathne,….( who carry 1st Class Bat.Aves. above 45 or more)who have ability to play the ball intentionally all along the ground( the way Aravinda,Hashan & Mahanama did in 1996) were included but not with these current top-order batsmen whose ODI batting averages lie around 30 mark or below. We need batsmen who’ve ability to safe guard their wickets under trying circumstances. All these favorites of selectors’ have failed miserably in their previous tours to Bangladesh, India,Zimbabwe &Australia at regular basis. If we had won it was mainly due to our bowlers.

  • Premasiri

    A Cricket fan even of an average knowledge wouldn’t agree of sending the 2 most complete batsmen ( Chandimal & Mathews, 1st class Bat.Ave in the 50s) in the team, who have been showing their class since their schooldays to bat at very odd places, in contrast allowing very ordinary batsmen( ODI Bat. Aves. still in 20s & 1st Class 30s) to bat at very important positions who are yet to prove their worth although they have been included in almost every touring side since their teenage days. Both Sangakkara & Mahela (in their 34th year) should give away their No 3 & 4 in the batting order to the promising future players as it happens in other countries (India, South Africa England,Australia,…).

    • Arnold

      Chandimal’s 1st clz avg is 54.46