My team for 3rd ODI against New Zealand

Sri Lankan cricketers

Sri Lanka ODI & T20I squad – 

1.Niroshan Dickwella (Vice-Captain)(Wicket-Keeper)

2.Danushka Gunathilaka 

3.Kusal Janith Perera

4.Kusal Mendis 

5.Sadeera Samarawirama

6.Dasun Shanaka

7.Thisara Perera

8.Kasun Rajitha (Was in top form in the 5th ODI against England Suprise he wasn`t in the 1st ODI)

9.Lakshan Sandakan

10.Dushmantha Chameera (Was in top form in the 5th ODI against England Suprise he wasn`t in the 1st ODI)

11.Lasith Malinga (Captain)

Dinesh Chandimal (Slow Strike and his wicket was crucial FOR THE LOSS in the 1st ODI/ 2nd ODI)

Bench- , Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne 


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  1. I think the one obvious change is keeping out Chandimal. Bad batting, bad fielding and altogether brings the whole team down. Danajaya is the best replacement and can bowl as well and a brilliant fielder. We need to just stick with him for until the world cup. I don’t think Sadheera is a good replacement given the short time frame but a good pick for the future. I hope we give another opportunity for Asela too. If he clicks, out lower order is going to be solid.

    Bowling – I think it will be good to stick to Pradeep (he does need to improve his fielding quite a bit). If we play an extra pacey, I would go with Chameera instead of Rajitha. There is just no x factor with him. Having said that, Chameera needs to do something special soon.

  2. Asela deserves another chance, he is just coming out from a very long break.
    MY XI (3rd ODI)
    1.Niroshan Dickwella
    2.Dhanushka Gunathilake
    3.Kusal Mendis (this inning should be a do or die one for him)
    4.Kusal Perera
    5.Dhananjaya De Silva
    6.Asela Gunarathne
    7.thisara Perera
    8.Dasun Shanaka
    9.Lakshan Sandakan
    10.Lasith Malinga
    11.Nuwan Pradeep/Dushmantha Chameera

  3. I too think that Chandimal has to go now given that we have only a handful of games left before the WC. Dhananjaya de Silva is a better option. Even if he fails with the bat, he is unlikely to use up a whole lot of balls in the process. And he is arguably the best outfielder in the squad and will also give you a handful of useful overs.

    Crickster, I think you have one bowler short in your team. 20 overs to be bowled by the bits n pieces all rounders maybe too big an ask. Also, it doesn’t leave room for an off day for any of the 3 bowlers who will then have to bowl their entire 10.

    If Asela can get his mojo back, he’d be one of the first players selected. But he has been a shadow of his former self since his return from injury. As you say though, perhaps he’s worth one more opportunity.

  4. @confused I know 20 overs from all rounders is a huge risk (BTW there are 5 options to use) but (may be i’ll look stupid after i say this) I really really really don’t see that much of a difference between our allrounders and front line bowlers (In this squad apart from malinga) against a good bating unit in a flat track !!!!!

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