Selfish Mathews – lowest SR again in 360+ Chase – Lakmal is a Better Leader for Odi/Tests

SL is sinking further under self-centered Mathews. His primary concern is only about his personal scores & averages (like Chandimal). This fact was proved yet again in the crucial 3rd ODI… scratching 32 runs (42 balls) @ pathetic 76 SR. This is the LOWEST Strike Rate in the WHOLE MATCH (both sides) from any batter who had faced 15 balls or more. Just imagine…. facing a massive 360+ target, which required a minimum of 120 SR… coming in the middle order to face the less threatening (less effective pace attack)  from the old ball and going at such a low SR facing 40+ balls to score 32 runs from such an experienced player leading the side cannot be targeting the team's goal of making 360 runs. Mathews' batting displayed again his pure selfish play!

Even the bowler Akila Dhananjaya coming at No8, scored a much more aggressive 37 runs from 42 balls @ almost 90 SR..! Under such a  self-centered leader Mathews, SL will certainly sink further.

Not only that after winning the toss in all 3 ODIs, he ludicrously went against the statistical odds in winning probability on that ground at Dambulla (D & D/N) electing to bat first, when the record says, side chasing had won much more matches overall. The pitch is bowler friendly. Seamers benefit in the morning because of the high water table and heavy sweating, but Mathews elected to bat first in the day game, passing the fullest advantage to the mighty South African Pace attack to extract the maximum benefit in that morning session, as we seen in that match… loosing first 5 wkts for 36 runs withing first 8 overs (except Tharanga got run out). At Dambulla Spinners benefit in the afternoon when the pitch can crumble, but again Mathews elected to bat first in the day/night, throwing away the advantage for SL spinners & make it difficult for them to bowl in the night session with dew.  At Pallekale day game (only the 2nd day match ever played there) also he put SA in to bat on a perfect batting (docile) strip to whack 360+ starting with a blistering start, going at near 7 runs per over collecting 65 runs in first 10 overs!  That sealed the series there itself.

In the 2nd ODI Mathews made 79 runs from 111 balls going at horrible 71 SR trying hard to remain unbeaten at the end (which boosted his average), without rotating the strike & putting everyone else in pressure. Even the Commentators were saying that because of his eccentric batting approach SL has a real threat of getting more run outs & loosing lots of runs possible from quick singles & twos (at least in 3 occasions the partner had to turn back after running half way, due to unresponsive Mathews). Even in the final 50th over Mathews had 3 dot balls & just a single from 5 balls that he faced, ruining SL's chance of topping 250 runs. That clearly proved his intention. He was more concerned to remain unbeaten rather than trying to get maximum runs for SL, even in the final over!  

Here are some of the comments came up from individuals during  Cricinfo's Commentary, closer to the end of SL's inning in that match :

"Matthews may end up playing a 'good' innings, but however especially at the start of his innings he was so slow, that put pressure in dickwella too, and this is the attitude behind Sri lanka struggling to get 250 while England get 480"

"Come'on people, enough of backing Mathews, His SR since 2016 shows how much he struggles to rotate the strike. He should have taken the responsibility of playing the shots. faced almost 100 deliveries and still need time to settle? "

Suranga Lakmal would be a much better interactive choice than Chandimal or Mathews to lead the side in Tests/Odis, because he had already proved his success as a skipper winning all 3 consecutive Tests played under him convincingly Vs WI & SA. Certainly he knows the art of winning matches utilizing the conditions to the max.!


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  1. Liyum, just because u want
    Liyum, just because u want Lakmal to be the captain don’t try to show that mathews is responsible for the loss of the ODI Series. Mathews scored runs when most of the others did not score. But lakmal as the senior bowler in the side did nothing.

  2. Yeah do agree no point
    Yeah do agree no point targeting Matthew alone it’s da top 4 dat worries us. Talent capability is one thing performance on middle is a different thing. If a Talented experience classy player not performing on da middle then it must be addressed once for all.llmatches loss is not good at all. wat is da purpose first 4 getting out cheaply all da time where is consistency they are there to bat only so where is their responsibilities. So wake up guys .it seems we are failing time and time again to address it.

  3. Submitted by Anonymous (not
    Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 6, 2018 – 12:36.#1

    Hahahaa… don’t blame others while clearly licking Mathews’ back.

    do u have any solid argument/points to disprove Liyum guy’s clearly obvious facts stated here? Mathews & Chandimal are 2 guys playing for themselves rather than for the team SL.

    BTW, when was the last time SL won a match under this selfish guy Mathews?…. doing some thing for the team??

    When was the last time he won a MoM award?

    Look at his ODI record – 45 FORTY FIVE NOT OUTS in his 169 innings played so far. That is exactly 1/4 of his innings ended in not outs ..!

    This could be a world record for a middle order batter mostly batted at No4 , 5, 6 spots..!! This is how he got/maintained his average up, dumping the team’s chances of winning.!

  4. I must say with the amount of
    I must say with the amount of experience he has, I expect Mathews to take control of batting and make an impact on the outcome of the game – can’t recall the last time he did that in a one dayer or test match. Even test, he just stone walls and game goes no where.

    I was happy to see him show some responsibility in the last game but ended up batting up to the 50th over and ended up with a strike rate of less than 100 which is most unusual.

    I agree with the write in that when chasing 300+ there is simply no option but to stamp your authority on the game. For a man who is big and strong and has all the shots and ability to tear apart an attack, he certainly is playing some meek cricket.

    He is the one who is expected to lead a young batting order and set the benchmark but here he is hardly on the field and fiddling around when he is on it.

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