‘Conditions’ stump Sri Lanka yet again

Sri Lanka has a history of letting pitch conditions, weather conditions, and every other external non-controllable factor effect their thinking.

Going into the second Twenty20 game against India, there was a lot of talk about how the pitch will be quick and bouncy. So the decision to drop Pushpakumara to bring in Weeraratne, a medium pacer, was justified. But in that move lies a clue to the thinking behind the Lankans game plan.

Not once did it occur to the Sri Lankans that Mendis and Murali, or any quality spinner, would have thrived on a quicker Indian wicket. I doubt there is a wicket in India that wouldn’t offer turn. But a seldom few offer pace and bounce. Mendis has been effective in the past on wickets that zip through more.

Cold conditions?

Can it possibly be colder than playing cricket in England or New Zealand? Do spinners not tour colder countries? So there is no real justificaiton for leaving out a good spinner on a quick track that may offer bounce and pace.

In fact, including them on such wickets is the least you can do for your world class spinners, who were made to toil during the test series on dead wickets.

To emphasise my point further, Sangakkara did not bowl Sanath jayasuriya! A bowler who was behind Sri Lanka’s first T20 victory in this two match series. Now that’s a sign, if there ever was one, that Sangakkara and the Sri Lankan camp allow "conditions" to get the better of them. Sangakkara gave the ball to Dilshan for just one over of off-spin, instead of throwing the ball to Jayasuriya who has 322 ODI wickets and best bowling figures of 3/21 in Twenty20 cricket

Loosing is a part of sport, but when you notice a pattern forming, it must be highlighted. Over the years Sri Lanka’s batting has collapsed like a pack of cards on wickets that are no different than the one found at the SSC. Overnight media reports and talk of pace and bounce on the wicket, ahead of a test match, is enough to get through Sri Lanka’s top order batting and the team’s strategy.

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