Kind of worse case scenerio - to lose at Galle and end up at Sara to square the series, more so when we dont really have proper fast bowling options and the opponents do. Also huge presure on SL to put up a decent show after the Galle disaster AND win the game to stay in the series. One of the main things I am holding on to is Pakistan's up and down form!
From all accounts Dilruwan is out and a pace bowler should play in his pace given reports indicate the wicket is still a tad green. Lakmal is the obvious choice so that appears a straight forward swap. While there will be a lot of presure to drop Kithruwan, I would play him. We cannot be moving forward by giving guys just one test to cement a spot.
SL's plan should be to get on the front foot early and see Pakistan want to buckle under pressure.
Shot selection has been a battle for SL for a long time particularly the newer players. Leaving and defending good balls is a critical part of test cricket that we struggle. Must be said Mathews himeself played an awfully poor shot in the fist innings and could have been caught before lucnh on the second day, again playing a poor shot.
Yep not really the place to come to one-nil down with the opponents having decent pace options. I know SL probably are a bit shy of the Sara but this is a good venue to build confidence on playing on seaming wickets. Also interesting that Sara and Galle produce results which is great and would be better if the results went our way!
How about developing some Left-arm fast bowlers? We need bowlers to cut across and bring it back to unsettle right-hand batsmen. That's what Vaas did during his playing days. When he was the coach, he did not have left-armers to teach the tricks of the trade. May be that was one of the reasons he was not that effective.
I rarely see anyone commenting on the lack of lefties in our bowling department. Strange!
Dilruwan ruled out is a good news for sri lanka
It seems SL is going to un change batting line up except for the number 7 position for in the 2nd test match. Although personally I like to see both Kusal and Kitha in the playing 11 it is unlikely to happen. According to team management fight is only between these 3 players for number 7 position.
So our Island cricket fans who do you want to play at number 7 position ?
This is really disappointing. If seniors not performing they should be sack. All counties represent their best possible team. What we do is we are waiting for seniors to be get into the form, wait until the injured people to recover while playing, what is this? If anyone not performing well they should allowed to play domestic cricket until they get the form. Also Injured should be rested until they are good enough and performed enough to enter again. Herath is not good enough to play after his injury, Dilruwan isn't the best offie in the country. If we don't change the team I am afraid another loss is due in coming days. Then the selectors will say the players has shown some improvement so we should not panic bla bla...
Mr. Kumar Sangakkara, I salute you Sir as a former skipper of another sport of Sri Lanka. What you have done is what every patriotic player, that represents his country, dreams of accomplishing. You have made that dream a reality but an impossibility for others to accomplish at the same levels as you have. Yet a great model for others to follow.
You are a figure incomparable in the World of Sports. Your demeanor, stature, eloquent speeches, leadership, record breaking performances, patriotism and yet a very humble being. Very rare qualities to be bundled in one body.
I pray and hope to see you taking the leadership for the welfare of our country at large.
May you live long and make all your dreams come through.
The SL selectors ignored Kusal Perera's blazing recent form for SL A and gave Vithanage first chance at Galle. After an ignominious 10-wicket defeat, time for a squad reshuffle, with both Kusal and Tharindu given chances at P Sara. Surprising too, that left-armer Binura Fernando (in SLs squad last time against Pakistan at SSC) misses out this time round. Binura swings the ball both ways and his awkward bounce would unsettle the formidable Pakistan top 7. Tharanga too, nowhere to be seen, after scores of 92 and 45 vs Pakistan at SSC last year, a match-winning contribution that ensured a 2-0 series win. The SL selectors dance to the rhythm of their own drum.
If he has performed in the domestic league, has passed the fitness test in flying colors he deserves to play in the team!!! there in plenty of youth in the team having mubarak is not going to hurt us!!! chris rogers is 30+ when he got capped for test and he bought great stability to the australian top order!!! give some credit where its due.
The main reason our youngsters are not performing is because we have a VER VERY VERY UNDER QUALIFIED BAD COACH in MARVAN!!! He has FAILED Badly in bringing the team up but atleast hes contract ends in AUG Thank God for that because with That Loser We Will Never Bring up a Good Young Outfit Marvan just doesnt know how to do that...
A good coach can turn a team around: Example: After Australia was failing they bought in Darren Lehman and he lifted the Team Back Up in No Time, Hathurusinghe is another example in how he is building the team in Bangladesh!!!!