West Indies vs Sri Lanka


SRI LANKA OUTPLAY WEST INDIES WHILST JAYEWARDENA IS ENJOYING A RUN FEAST

At Bridgetown Barbados Mahela Jayewardena and Kumar Sangakkara blasted the West Indian bowling attack to help Sri Lanka record the highest score of the tournament so far, 195 for 3 wickets in their allotted 20overs. The stadium was set ablaze when Jayewardena with his immaculate stroke play made an unbeaten 98 in 56 balls with 9 well timed boundaries and 4 massive sixes. Mahela Jayewardena has proved to the cricketing world that twenty twenty version of the game has room for classy stroke play, precise timing and traditional orthodox cricketing shots.

So far his lowest total in three games is 81. This goes to prove the dominance of Jayewardena, who is currently rated as one of the best batsmen in world cricket. My memories go back to the statement former Sri Lankan superstar Aravinda made at a press conference “ Jayewardena is one of the classiest batsmen I have seen.”

Kumar Sangakkara who was given a life by Chris Gayle at first slip off the bowling of Roach when he was on 1 run, made the Caribbean’s pay for their woeful catching abilities when he matched his former captain shot for shot by scoring 68 runs in 49 balls with 5 well timed boundaries and 3 big sixes. The right hand, left hand combination put on 166 runs for the 2nd wicket which is also a tournament record.

The West Indian bowling attack looked mediocre to the eyes of the two Sri Lankan Batsmen who started scoring runs at will, proving their depth and talent in their batting ability.

West Indies will be disappointed with their fielding effort. They dropped as many as 5 catches and a stumping opportunity. Roach started proceedings by bowling two good overs with the new ball, but the rest of the bowling was much to be desired. The Caribbean’s must learn that bowling short and giving width to Asian batsmen is very dangerous.

Chasing a target of 196 the hosts were never in the hunt. They were strangled after the dismissal of Chandrapaul and Chris Gayle inside the power play overs, while the rest of the batsmen looked very uncomfortable against the quality bowling dished out by Kulasekera, Mathews, Muralitheran, Mendis and Malinga.  Ajantha Mendis and Lasith Malinga took 3 wickets each to restrict the home team to 138 for 8 wickets, thus giving Sri Lanka an emphatic 57 run win.

Sri Lanka will now play the mighty Aussies on Sunday at the same venue. The focus level in all three departments of the game has been good for Sri Lanka so far in the Super 8 League. They will need to be consistent to advance further in this tournament.

  • http://ICC-CRICKET.YAHOO.CO.IN HARBHAJAN.S

    THANKS GUYS!!!!

    I THINK THIS MATCH WILL BE TOUGH MATCH FOR SL OPENER. IF THEY FACE OFF FIRST 6 OVERS WITHOUT LOOSING TOO MUCH WICKETS.THEN SL HAS A REAL CHANCE OF WINNING

  • Sanga

    @prav

    Sanath @ no 4
    u must be kidding
    Sanath is way too old
    He is not good enough to even for SL A team

    CHANDIMAL SHOULD OPEN…….
    otherwise btter we stop dreaming about winning the WC

  • Kumara-KSA

    I THINK TODAY(AUS) GAME MEHELA OPEN WITH CHINDMAL.
    BZAUSE HE IS NEW TALANT BATSMAN & DON’T KNOW AUIESS ALSO HE IS BATTING STYLE . ITS BETTER FOR US
    DILSHAN . JAYA SHOULD BE PLAY DOWN MIGHT BE 4/ 5

  • Prav

    Sorry to say that I disagree with all the comments above me. I think now it is too late to experiment. Chandimal is a young talented player, however i don’t think that he will be able to handle the pressure and open with Mahela. W.I match showed us a sign that Dilshan is gaining is form back therefore i think they should promote him to open with Mahela. For me S.L batting line up should be
    Mahela
    Dilshan
    Sanga
    Jayasuriya
    Kapugedara
    Mathews
    Perera
    Randiv
    Kulasekara
    Malinga
    Mendis

    I think Jayasuriya should be in the team. He can bowl as well unlike Chandimal a Wk/batsman. Good luck guys. Hope we can do one better than last time and lift the trophy.

    Prav from U.K

  • ram

    well done Mahela.
    Sanga also came back form it’s a good news for us.
    but why we have use Dilshan. Jayasuriya open the Innes.
    Chandimal is good opener in T20.
    Dilshan still not form . Don’t use name wise in team.
    You should be give to chance Chandimal

  • madhawa

    yeah sanga…i am agree with you….no reason to reserve chndimal. he’s a young talented player.he already played well…i can’t understand the ideas of our selectors…..
    CHANDIMAL SHOULD PLAY AS A OPENER WITH MAHELA FROM NEXT MATCH….
    it help us to be the 2010 T20 WC CHAMPIONS….

  • Sanga

    Jayasuriya

    pls retire!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOU ARE JUST NOTHING THAN A BURDEN

    Chandimal should open

    CANT BELIEVE y our selectors HATE young Talents sooooooooo much

    as aspectator when Sanath is batting all i can hope is to him to get out quicly as possible without wasting overs

    Saath is a BURDEN………..

  • K Ratnayake

    Oh Jayasooriya..!! Sad to see you get out after just few balls..!! But, pls think about the country and retire from cricket..!! There are plenty of youngsters waiting to see the door opened..!! Please please retire from cricket after this tournament..! You have earned enough money and fame from cricket. now pls let someone else get it..!!