Time for Dilshan, Mathews & Mahela to deliver in South Africa

2011 was a seriously bummer year for Sri Lanka, considering their defeat in the Cricket World Cup final and the shocking series losses in England, Australia in SL, Pakistan in UAE. What disgraces all the most is how Sri Lanka falls over when victory is just a few moments’ away, trigging collapses even Bangladesh wouldn’t suffer.

As we leave behind every failures suffered it is important to learn from your mistakes & Sri Lanka is more than just a good cricket team to just ignore their mistakes and keep on repeating the same mistakes over & over again. They will know what needs to be done get themselves corrected and well-focused on their game.

Sri Lanka started their African Safari in the mid-week of December and unsurprisingly lost the 1st test by an innings and 81 runs. SLC fans lost more and more hope in the team and were very disappointed and frustrated by their dismal, shoddy performances especially with the bat.

 However on Boxing Day 26th Dec Sri Lanka found a change of luck, approach & all the players were very eager to perform and somehow in the 1st innings managed to score 338 with Solid Samaraweera with a magnificent century on his comeback and gifted & talented young debutant Dinesh Chandimal with his maiden 50 transformed the match in to Sri Lanka’s hands.

As the team total was a very good score the bowlers had their own freedom to bowl without much score board pressure which gave SL the upper-hand of the match by dismissing SA to just 168 runs with the crafty & wicket taking bowling of Welgedera(5) and Herath (4).Nevertheless in the 2nd Innings SL captain Dilshan failed yet again with his blade contributing just 4 runs and getting out just before end of play on day 2.On day 3 Sangakkara along with Chandimal & Samaraweera pushed SL to a competitive 279 giving Sri Lanka a mammoth lead of 450 runs for SA to chase down.

 The Sri Lankan bowlers kept on bowling in the right areas and the SA batsmen were committed to playing the wrong shots and gave their wickets way and finally giving SL a taste of victory they never experience before in SA in tests, their first ever test match win in the Rainbow Nation. However due to this victory some of Sri Lanka’s biggest worries (players) were hidden and are neglected.    

The batting form of Captain Dilshan, Mahela & even Angelo Mathews is a massive concern ahead of the 3rd test beginning on 3rd January 2012 as none of them failed to reach a score more than 50 since they arrived in South Africa. Since the test match against England at Lords Dilshan haven’t even managed one century to justify his selection in the team so hasn’t Mahela who was stuck at 9999 and finally got it to 10000 in the next test in SA but he failed in England, found form at Galle with a blistering century again slumped in UAE against Pakistan on flat tracks and continues failing now in SA (31 top score).

Both these big-game cricketers need to lift their game and should try harder to rectify their mistakes and weaknesses to help not just to themselves out but for the team as well.

These two along with Angelo Mathews who surprisingly having a lean patch of form (38 top score) in SA, will have to score big runs if Sri Lanka is to challenge SA to win the test series and create history in International Cricket.
Well rest is up to teamwork, performance,determination god’s blessings, domination and luck, Sri Lanka don’t back down!!!Now..Go for Gold!!

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