Mathews destroyed the dream start made by Dhananjaya and Dickewella, by coming at #3. His struggle at that crucial situation put the whole team down. Although, the overs reduced SL should have gone with the usual batting line up.
Definitely, it should have been Kusal Mendis at #3. He is also aggressive and can hit boundaries. So, what did Mathews try to prove by promoting himself to #3. Mathews is known as a match finisher, so he could have fit into that role in this match.
Leaving Isuru Udana out is a bad decision. On the other hand, both Lakmal & Pradeep are test bowlers rather than T20 bowlers. It was proved in this match as well. But Udana can be identified more over as a T20 specialized bowler. So, hope Udana will play the next T20 match.
hmmm.. anchor role for t20 ?? Im not so sure i agree with that... Any t20 player should be able to change gears at will and score rapidly when needed... Chandimal just struggles to do that...
Yes. Chandimal should play T20 cricket. He neither a big hitter nor a match finisher. But he can bat aggressively and be the anchor role at times. Therefore, I believe he must bat among top 4 positions. We saw him opening batting in last T20 world cup. So, Chandimal to open batting won't be a bad idea, if Dhananjaya failed.
However, I think the best position for Chandimal to bat is No. 4 in any format.
It is a good decision. Because he is a left arm fast bowler which will some balance to the SL bowling line up. On the other hand he has some good bowling variations which can always deceive the batsmen.
Good response by Anji and while its easy say replace the captain its also important to understand that the team is very young and inexperienced and he has captained from a very young age. Yes I know he is not the best captain but when there are limited choices, one just has to bit the bullet. Just for the record, only captain to win a series in Eng and more recently, Aus 3-0.
Where is the video?
I think its time to give Chandi a break in T20 and use it as an opportunity to try others. We have an army of wicket keepers and our T20 strategy must move towards big hitting. No its not all about sixers but we are lacking in this area and need a change.
Yes - if he is not going to play limited overs cricket then there is no role for him. We dropped him after one failed test in SA doesn't mean he should be dropped from all forms.
We can't blame this coach now can we!! If it was the previous coach (hint: from SL) everyone had ago and was quick to call for the head. This was one of SL's poorest shows and understandably so it was one of our poorest teams to tour SA. A lot of inexperienced batters and the experienced one's batted like they weren't. So who do we blame? We have already blamed and changed the coach and selectors. Hey why not the captain? Just keep blaming everyone till things come right.
Hmm...not really surprised as I don't believe there are other viable options but not exactly looking forward to Anji's lethargic captaincy. Having said that, no one had any problems with Anji when we won the Aus series!