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Crunch match, I don’t think we should play any uncapped players. For me Asitha and Dana comes in for the 2 in experienced seamers. We should also stick to the regular batting line up, not the time to experiment. Dhanushka and Pathum open, Kusal 1 down and Asalanka at 4. Shanaka should step up. Coming in at 6 makes no sense.
Agree pretty amazing what they have done with the team. I agree about Chandi though. Definitely seems like some bias to keeping him around. He must be a likable person because I just don’t see another reason. Hope bc he is playing in the nets and practice games? That’s very strategic 🙂 Do we rallying think he is going to discover himself on the 62nd game? Want to be fearless, then play Hasaranga at 3 (given everyone has failed there) and bring Asalanka/DDS at 6-7 to bolster the batting. DDS is also fast failing at this format. From what I heard the pitches are going to wear out as we progress, so an extra bowler might not be the worst thing.
T20I 61 54 6 950 66* 19.79 909 104.51 0 6 82 19 34 5
T20I 3 3 0 64 44 21.33 65 98.46 0 0 3 3 1 0
T20I 23 22 2 412 62 20.60 380 108.42 0 2 32 6 6 0
Agree. Think we need Bhanuka to get into some form, to really put a fight in the tournament. Wish Bhanuka had not gotten so many ducks, but I rather go on the hope that he fires. Chandi will be the safer choice, but the fearless/offensive option would be Bhankua. Big DDS fan, but don’t see him getting a chance unless Theeksha goes wicketless or it’s a pitch that’s going to turn sideways. Shanaka is the only one we have not tried at 3 😉 He is proven to be a good captain, let him lead from the font?
With all the all-rounders we have, I like the idea to put someone fearless up at the top. Hasaranaga contributes with the bat, we are going to be in a good place in the game. Bowlers bowl more line and length early so it may be ideal. It is a risk and if he gets out, we would need someone to steady, so Avishka is who I would pick. It’s crazy Bhanuka getting 3 ducks but he is one of the best power hitters we have. I think he should play at 3 or 4. Asalanka has done so well at 5, why mess with that? I see a lot of folks trying to add Chandimal. He shoudl be a backup. T20, he has never done well, and thinking that will change. What’s the point of him getting a 30 and us losing the game. We need to be able to beat at least some of the top 6 teams or we are done. T20 seems to be more of a momentum game, need to keep attacking from one end. I think overall, the team needs some coaching on how to play good balls. Waiting for just bad balls is not going to help us put 160+ on the board. My 2
This is the team I would try first and pull in Avishka and or Kusal depending on form.
Dhanushka, Dick, Bhanuka, KJP, Mathews, Oshada, Dana, Hasaranga, Udana, Malinga, Rajitha/Kumara – has 7 total bowlers and bats down to 9. Top 4 need to get us 60 runs in the first 6.
Solid squad. I’d play;
KJP (W) – even if Dick or Chandi plays
Vishwa/Dananjaya depending on the pitch
Is this even legal? We are going to get kicked out of the ICC if we keep doing things like this.
Dimuth and Thirimanne should decide to play anchor and others play their natural game. Defend or attack. Too many half hearted shots. Mathews will score soon. Mendis and Dana need to just go there and just have some fun. This can’t be fun for them either. I do wonder if it would be better to bring Mendis at 5 or even 6 so he can play freely. Which means Mathews at 4 and maybe even Udana at 5. Scary but it might work.
I would rest KJP and let Kusal Mendis get some match practice. Can Mendis Keep? Do we not have a backup keeper? Also Pradeep for Vandersey. 2 Leggies?
We can debate certain inclusions and exclusions to the end of the days and if we fail, there will be many told you sos. However, given the injuries, injury scares and everything else this is a pretty logical selection. Part of one team one nation starts with us, the fans. Let’s put away our petty difference in opinion and back and support this team and send the necessary positive vibes so they do well.
Malinga…we need you buddy. You are our number one bowler, always will be. Play and guide the youngsters. Dimuth needs your support.