The lifespan of 50-over cricket is coming to an end; however, if there was a better advertisement for the game needed, the pundits should not look further. Cricket as a team game should test the skills of all the players in the XI, Twenty20 has failed to do that.
Lasith Malinga’s batting prowess has been increasing day by day.
Yesterday (03-Nov-10) when Sri Lanka were tottering at 107 for 8, no one would have predicted what was to follow. Malinga did bat well in a test match in unison with Sangakkara in Australia sometime ago. The way he dismantled the debutante Doherty, provided immense satisfaction, because Doherty had 3 for 3 off 1.3 overs, the cream of the batting Mahela, Chamara Silva and Sangakkara in the bag, it was just about time. It was like Ajantha Mendis going through the Indian line-up in the Asia Cup final in Lahore.
Angelo Mathews the all-rounder was playing solely as a batsman, critics argued why Mathews when Chandimal and Kapugedara who were both specialist batsmen were not playing. If Mathews had failed that questioned would have been asked from Sangakkara no doubt, but Sangakkara knows his team, the improving of his batting has given the skipper a lot of confidence to make decision on the field. Yet again he batted beautifully against Australia, he started the recovery after the early loss of the openers. Dilshan mistiming a pull, not for the first time and Tharanga run out by a superb piece of fielding from Doherty. Mahela was bamboozled by the arm ball and what Chamara Silva tried to do should only be explained by the man himself. Sangakkara would have been very disappointed the way Chamara was dismissed, but the very next he was bowled going for a fancy pedal shot. Thissera Perera and Kulasekara both failed to support Angelo Mathews. The support ultimately came from Lasith Malinga. He hoilked 2 timely sixers off Doherty and Hastings. Mathews did his job rather smartly.
Mathews-Malinga partnership is a world record for the 9th wkt http://bit.ly/22oytm
SL Malinga 56 is the 3rd highest by a No.10 batter in ODIs http://bit.ly/22oytm
77* by Mathews is highest in ODIs http://bit.ly/cwwzHL
A chase in 44.2 overs in this match is the fastest chase by SL against AUS in AUS http://bit.ly/citbCA