Tharanga must play. A major issue is the softness of middle order. 330 is minimum score to win. Tharanga and Thiri can fit one way or other. since 330 is minimum consider 7 batters. It looks like this change has happened ? Chandi ? DK
Andrew Silva see the amount of smart comments you got here? If you have been writing your analysis in cricinfo comments for a long time then you have been wasting your time for a long time. Cricinfo is filled with Indians and Pakistanis and SL fans and SL players dont go to cricinfo they all come to Island Cricket.
Change - Dimuth out Tharanga in
The game of Cricket always has been a thinker's game like chess, rather than a bodily game like Rugby or Boxing. because there are wide array of fine aspects to think about compared to other games. From surrounding conditions dependent ball movement (seam,swing, spin) to situation appropriate phasing of an inning (with caution & aggression) are all part of this thinking process. I think Dilshan's immense improvement in batting is recent past is a good example. He always had skills to play around the wicket with technically perfect cricket shots & good defense, but rarely used his head to get the maximum out of it, until recent times.
even opponents have used this weakness to get him out quite easily. I remember once, how Ian Healy got him out by simply started sledging from behind the wicket. Healey completely upset Dilly by purposely dragging him to a heated exchange of words (who was batting in full flow at the time). The very next ball Dilly furiously chased a wide ball & got caught playing a wild shot.! Everyone knew how he fell into that trap :))
I completely agree with valuable points given in this blog. I wish everyone could understand the most logical concepts & start thinking on those lines. No use to SL just becoming critics or fans, based on wishful thinking & futile expectations.
notice that AVERAGE of the guy who forced medium pacers to bowl offspin and ended their careers..
that guy would be NO WHERE near the current SL team
If Kusal Janith & Shaminda Eranga was in the squad instead of Dimuth Karunarathna & Nuwan Kulasekera we had been able to produce a very good 11;
Definitely SL must go with three front line fast bowlers into the next match in Wellington. Because conditions in Wellington suit fast bowlers more. On the other hand Malinga & Thisara are not at their peak level as bowlers. Therefore more bowling options should be available for Mathews. By the way we can't afford to bowl 20 overs from part-time bowlers against quality teams.
With that a problem arises with the batting line up. That is why we should bring experienced player like Tharanga into the team. With that altogether there are five experienced batsmen in the team (Dilshan, Sanga, Mahela, Tharanga & Mathews). So we can assure at least two of the will go on to make big score in every inning. Meanwhile Thisara comes behind them with hitting power.
I think this combination is more attacking one rather than going with just two front line fast bowlers on a venue where fast bowlers dominate.
My team against England;
None can expect any batter to perform "every time" . That is only the IDEAL expected from openers, on top of their prime duty to keep wickets intact in initial seaming new ball phase, without exposing middle order batters too early. In anyway, this doesn't literary mean that anyone can practically do this every-time, but capable openers do it quite often with such partnerships going at least up to 30 -35 overs & 100+ scores.This WC alone is a fine example for it.
Just Look at SA's 22 yr old Opener de Kock's batting record :
39in - 1512 runs -39.78 Av - 87.24 SR - 6 x100+ and 4 x 50+ As seen from his stats, he is not only an aggressor, he is an accumulator as well. He has already accumulated 1,512 runs with SIX Hundred-plus scores & 4 half centuries, from JUST 39 INNINGS..!
Yesterday's match the other SA opener Amla played the anchor role scoring 65 runs facing 88 balls with the help of one-down batter du Plessis stemming the inning with a long partnership of 127 runs for the 2nd wicket (until the 30 th over) until close to 150 runs are on the board.
That was the ESSENTIAL launching pad laid by them for Rossouw - 61 runs @ 156.41SR and AB de Villiers *162 runs @ 245.45 SR - 17 x 4 & 8 x 6 to thrive later-on in death overs, lifting SA to that unbeatable score of 408..!
I agree with you Stormy. We should play Sachitra as the fourth bowler. The conditions in Wellington might not help him but England has struggle against him at late even in England. And when we play Australia, Sachitra should play because there is something for the spinners in Sydney (We saw today that Tahir pciked up 5 wickets against WI).
Chameera is a good bowler with potential but playing him against England or Australia is a risk because they will target him. I think he should have picked against Bangladesh.