Angelo Mathews slams Sri Lanka’s performance

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Sri Lanka Cricket NewsSri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews minced no words after his team were knocked out of the Asia Cup 2018, terming their performance “shocking” and “disappointing”. “This was shocking from the whole team. Even in the first game, we got all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan as they…

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  1. captain Angelo
    captain Angelo Mathews..

    “Even in the first game, we got all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan, they outplayed us. We got a good start but once again lost our way in the middle overs. The bowlers did well, the fielding had also improved from the last match. It’s just the batting unit that let us down. We played better cricket in the latter part of the South Africa series. Just disappointing to see the way the boys went about it. We just couldn’t handle pressure. Not passing 150 on both occasions is very shocking and disappointing.”

    Over to you Mathews…..

    QUESTION:

    How about the TWO ZERO Starts to begin TWO VITAL ODI innings CONSECUTIVELY, with ONE OPENER already RETURNED back to the hut in FIRST OVER ITSELF?

    QUESTION:

    What is the roll of KUSAL MENDIS in the playing XI in those 2 Odis & his past Odi appearances since 2017 going at 18 batting average?

    QUESTION:

    Isn’t the BENCHED BOY Dikka was the third best Run scorer in previous series?

    QUESTION:

    Didn’t Dickwella scored 826 runs at 33 Av going at blistering 96 STRIKE RATE becoming the 2nd best SL Batter behind Tharanga (Opener who scored 1,000+ runs at 50 av – 48 Av – 92 SR)?

    QUESTION:

    Isn’t it the most logical thing to do is, to give the most productive pair of Openers (& individual run Making as well) the maximum possible chances together up to WC, as Openers to make the maximum use of them in WC?

    There are too many more QUESTIONS to be asked apart from the above from Mathews & million dollar Coach Hathuru.

    The Opening pair Tharanga & Dickwella had produced 599 runs for the 1st Wicket @ 40 Average, maintaining an EXCEPTIONAL RUN RATE 6.33 in their 15 Odi inings together as Openers during the period since Jan 2017 to date. Another point to be noted is all those 599 runs in their 15 innings together were scored against Top Class Quality Opponents as follows:

    – 10 inngs Vs SA
    – 4 innings Vs PK
    – 1 Ing Vs India

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/

    The Best Performed Individual Openers – Overall Av, SR maintained over higher number of innings (batting @ No: 1, 2 ) in past 20 months, since Jan 2017

    The Best Performed Individual Openers – Overall Av, SR maintained over higher number of innings (batting @ No: 1, 2 ) in past 20 months, since Jan 2017

    PLease read my blog article published just before Asia Cup

    https://island-cricket.com/blogs/srilank

  2. Pathetic batting Display in
    Pathetic batting Display in Asia CUP
    Sri Lanka batting – Two bowlers have better Averages than Every batter (except Tharanga)

    If Niroshan dickwella or at least Dhanjaya de Silva (much better than Dhanushka) was allowed to play and be the Opening partner of Tharanga, the scenario could have been much better for SL.. But instead the Coach & skipper preferred a Zero Productive Walking Wicket Kusal Mendis is the best Option to Open in both Matches.

    Player Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s

    WU Tharanga 2 0 63 36 31.50 80 78.75 0 0 0 7 1

    MDK Perera 1 0 29 29 29.00 44 65.90 0 0 0 0 2

    RAS Lakmal 1 0 20 20 20.00 25 80.00 0 0 0 1 1

    AD Mathews 2 0 38 22 19.00 73 52.05 0 0 0 1 0

    NLTC Perera 2 0 34 28 17.00 45 75.55 0 0 0 3 0

    MDKJ Perera 2 0 28 17 14.00 41 68.29 0 0 0 4 0

    GSNFG Jayasuriy 1 0 14 14 14.00 28 50.00 0 0 0 0 0

    DM de Silva 2 0 23 23 11.50 41 56.09 0 0 1 2 1

    MA Aponso 1 0 4 4 4.00 31 12.90 0 0 0 0 0

    SL Malinga 2 1 4 3* 4.00 10 40.00 0 0 0 0 0

    MD Shanaka 2 0 7 7 3.50 24 29.16 0 0 1 0 0

    A Dananjaya 1 0 2 2 2.00 10 20.00 0 0 0 0 0

    BKG Mendis 2 0 0 0 0.00 3 0.00 0 0 2 0 0

    PVD Chameera 1 1 2 2* – 5 40.00 0 0 0 0 0

  3. Already axed Asela Gunarathne
    Already axed Asela Gunarathne and he is not even in the scene any more.

    Now the poor guy who made lots of runs already with 2 hundreds 7 fifty pluses with fiery 90+ SR & 32 av, from half of the inngs of useless Kusal mendis still has one hundred from 50+ innings and average in the 20s.

    I wouldn’t be surprised, next if they axe the highest run making SL opener in odis upul Tharanga also to chip in some more dear duckies to lay some more upfront eggs. LoL Useless odi guys like Dinesh C, K Mendis & even over hyped Danushka will only sink Sl further down in limited over cricket. Even Angelo Mathews as a skipper is a horrible nightmare. With his selfish play & dumb strategies such as not using the best striker to break a stand until it swelled to massive match winning 133 runs for 3rd wkt as seen Vs BD defeat.

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