The match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe concluded after 5 overs were bowled in the Zimbabwe inning.
Sri Lanka posted a good total of 173 on the board, but given the fact that Mahela set the tone and Sri Lanka were 80/2 in 8 overs, it looked like it lacked fire power later in the inning. This raises few concerns over the position where Sanath batted.
After the dismissal of Thissara Perera, Kumar Sangakkara came in and tried few big hits but finally caught at somewhere around short fine leg with a nothing shot. Then, Chandimal is in. According to my knowledge he is a consolidated player and takes few overs to get the eye in, and once he get going he is a big hitter.
But what happened was straight away he tried to cut loose like Kumar, and Angelo too came in and tried to find the boundary quickly and failed.
When Sri Lanka were 80/2 in 8 overs they could easily build another partnership with Sangakkra and Mahela till the 15th over without taking too many risks. If a wicket goes down still they could do this because Chandimal and Angelo is capable of doing this. Then they will get a good launching pad for big hitter like Sanath and Kapugedara to come in and go for it.
Now my question is, if the intentions are to hit the ball hard and get quick boundaries as Sangakkara, Chandimal and Angelo showed why they sent Sangakkara, Chandimal and Angelo ahead of two big hitters Sanath and kapugedara. if they do so and the big hitters fails then they can go for more consolidated players like Sanga or Chandimal.
Yes; one could argue that Sanath is out of form, but then why he plays the match? As a slow left arm spinner? I don’t think so.
I saw a good comment somewhere in this site saying; "Play Sanath at the top of the order or don’t play him at all!"
I think Sanga should realize this soon.