It was another big match in the world tournament; it was another boring India vs Sri Lanka match. Sri Lanka once again made to the top 4 in a world cricket event as expected, but India was not even considered for list of favourites before the start, because of the conditions in England. But the result in the semi finals, Sri Lanka choked. Why ? Answer is simple Sri Lankan batsmen never good at the crunch situations.
Put on to bat by MS Dhoni top order of Sri Lanka flopped. Indians were really good in stopping singles and keep the pressure till the last over. I thought Sri Lanka batted really good in the tough condition but proven wrong as Indian’s chased it in 35 overs with 8 wicket in hand. So its same old story of Sri Lankan batting failure, as well their bowling looks so weak. Even I feel its a kind of humiliation for an opponent as MS Dhoni bowled four overs in a semi-final match. Also they send Suresh Raina ahead of Dinesh Karthik to get some batting practice but this is not a practice match. On other hand Best bowler for Sri Lanka going for economy of 6.75, I don’t know why Mathews keep on bowling Malinga when he is leaking runs, especially with Virat Kohli at the crease. He just need to be taken off during that period.
Changes from 2011 World cup Finals
Good thing for India is that they proved 2011 final was not a fluke and they can still beat Sri Lanka in a neutral venue. Indians have a brand new team as they have only three players played the 2011 World cup finals all others are new to the international arena, they are really preparing well for 2015 world cup but on contrast Sri Lanka have Six of their 2011 world cup finalist in the team.
As a non Sri Lankan I feel Mathews is not a natural leader. His captaincy has many flaws, as Sri Lanka need to find someone for the 2015 World cup. They also need to find replacements for Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. Else the transform from Runners-up to Semifinalist will be limited to below. But real question is that do they have a captain material in their team other than Mathews and replacements for the big three.