Not a great start by Upul again, but why the hell did they change the batting order? Leave the openers as they are, theyre working out their kinks and building together as a partnership; breaking that to open with Tharanga is plain idiotic. Should've kept 1 and 2 the same, move Thirri to 3 and let Upul take his place. Would have preferred Chandimal to stay where he was since he has escorted the tail well and has made runs comfortably at that position.
Kusal was the only gem and he visibly dealt a psychological blow to the Indians; nice to see no matter the situation he will proactively try to change the it. Bit harsh to make him keep on his debut I think, Chandi is a better man with the gloves. Anyone know why he was going at it with Ishant Sharma??
Like to see some upul tharanga fan's logics at this moment. Really looking for see what they have to say about his performence
Anyway sun off to Sri Lanka 47/5 already.what the hell this coaching stuff is doing. we had good chance to bowl them out on yesterday and thanks to Mathews bluntness they went to 300 which is a good total in this pitch. We just gave another test match for useless indian team I ever saw. Time for give some stern message to Mathews and sack that bastard call marvan who ate the our team.
This is just a view of one man. Yes he was the captain of a wc winning team, however that doesn't qualify him to be a "know it all" about all aspects of the game, it's management, it's marketing and the growth.
If you take the ashes series & some of the games that's been played, I would say the quality of Test cricket have improved a huge sum. Sri Lanka as a Test side has played much better in the recent past, the England series & the come from behind wins etc. Of course you see them also play unforgettable games like the one we lost to Pakistan in UAE when we played to draw the game from 2nd or 3rd day onwards but most the time they have performed well (e.g. the 1st test in Galle)
If a team plays good fighting cricket with the teams bringing "never give up" attitudes until the last ball is balled and if the game is played with many twists, advantages that are gained and lost for 5 consecutive days...then I don't see any reason for failure.
The problem with us is we have been doing things the same way for so long and we depend on outsiders to come and save us every time. Even when it comes to awarding TV rights The SLC couldn't get a bigger deal without the mediation of India. That is just sad... we lack professionals running professional institutions... that is the problem that this WC winning captain turned politician don't understand. He had a brother named Nishantha... I heard he is the sole dealer for an Indian Cement company which sponsored those India Sri Lanka series that played almost every 6 months.....Guess who benefited from all that?????
This is just a view one man. Yes he was the captain of a wc winning team, however that doesn't qualify him to be a "know it all" about all aspects of the game, it's management, it's marketing and growth.
If you take the ashes series & some of the games that's been played, I would say the quality of Test cricket have improved a huge sum. Sri Lanka as a Test side has played much better in the recent past, the England series the come from behind wins etc. Of course you see them also play unforgettable games like the one we lost to Pakistan in UAE but most the time they have performed well (e.g. the 1st test in Galle)
Glad to hear they relaid the wicket at the SSC which was like a carpet road in recent times with loads of runs.
Sincerely looking for Kusal to make runs at test level and take the next step at international level. He certainlt has the talent and I hope SLC give him the opportunity to flourish.
Very important point this and should be drilled in to the lower ranks and cannot be tolerated. Good read and a must read for all coaches.
Take a look at India who dont tolerate this but still produce quality international spinners. Also India I gather made a decision to prepare seam frindly wickets at first class cricket which saw 7 of the top 10 wicket takers last year being seamers.
lessons for SL may be.
Deciding test, win the toss, elect to bowl and have Indai at 120/5 will all the big guns gone..perfect! Close of play India 280/8..WTF? How many times must this happen? when the time come to step on the throat SL turns around and shoots itself in the foot and good teams will put you away everytime.
Wild wicket at SSC and I reckons 240 is par and anything over 275 batting first is an advantage so India ahead of the game. Don't think India can lose from but it would have been different if we did what we should have, which was to knock them over under 200. Also if SL thought bowling first on a greenish wicket, not sure why they played 2 spinners. With Anji forced to bowl, its just poor planning.
In the first test, India at 319/6 on day one, the only way out was to bowl them out cheaply but they made it to 390 which was the turning point. Same thing here, India are out of danger now so its up to SL to bat well and see out the game.
Prasad absolutely brilliant and has been the whole season AND is playing his 6th test in row - is there any fast bowler after Vaas who has played 6 tests in a row?
If I was India I would declare overnight and put SL in on a fresh morning rather than batting the first 30 minutes allowing the wicket to sun off.
Agreed! If not for Arjuna there wouldn't have been a Murali. If not for Murali, there wouldn't have been a Sanga playing test cricket for Sri Lanka. Sanga would have migrated to England to play county cricket if SL had not achieved so much in test cricket (Thanks to Murali. He would have definitely gone with what is better for himself.