Hapless Sri Lanka no match for mighty Aussies

David Warner emphatically bounced back to form with a first-ever Twenty20 century as Australia crushed Sri Lanka by 134 runs in their opening match of the series in Adelaide on Sunday.

Birthday boy Warner clubbed an unbeaten 100 as he powered Australia to a massive 233 for two, aided by century stands with skipper Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell.

Sri Lanka limped to 99 for nine from their 20 overs in a meek response, with leg-spinner Adam Zampa capturing three for 14.

3 Comments

Leave a comment
  1. It was a humiliating defeat for SL and there are more questions / issues to be resolved on the form of our players & the captaincy.

    (1) Why Malinga decided to field instead of batting first. Even if we batted and scored few runs like 125 /150 we would have still lost the match but only by a margin of 9 or 10 wkts and not humiliated like this. SL became the laughing stock because of Malinga’s stupid decision.

    (2) In the first place Rajitha should not have been played. In the practise match he was so inconsistent during the 2nd spell (in death bowling). Pradeep was the only bowler who had some control in his line & length. This kind of drop on pitches are belters. Like concrete pitches. If the bowlers cannot bowl fast with good accuracy on line & length they will get hammered. Even Hasaranga and Sandakan need to bowl faster and improve on their accuracy. Otherwise it will be a sorry state for SL in the coming two matches.

    (3) even if we played Udana in place of Rajitha their score would have been brought down by at least 30/40 runs. Other mistake of Malinga was not to give one or two overs to Dasun S instead of bowling Rajitha for 4 overs.

    (3) I don’t think even if they bring in Udana things will improve. Although he has some variations his bowling speeds are just medium.

    (4) If our batsmen improve their approach we may have a chance to give some decent fight in the coming two matches but not to beat Aussies.

    (5) Why our power hitters (Kusal M, Dasun Shanaka, Bhanuka) were struggling to score big sixes. They bowled their short balls, with greater accuracy and speed. So all the big shots were mistimed. not even travelled halfway towards the fence.

    (6) Anyway our think tank (selectors & coaches) must address all these issues on bowling and batting failures and come up with their answers ASAP, which will most likely not take place I think.

  2. It’s not a fluke. We made a big mistake of selecting to bat after winning the toss. Aussies three best batsmen (in their T 20 line up) applied their true power hitting ability in different type of drop on pitch which they are very familiar with. The pitches are very different to the ones we had in Pakistan. Drop on pitch was looking like a concrete surface and to stop the batsmen from attacking, the bowlers should be fast,accurate in line & length. Apart from Pradeep all the bowlers were not bowling properly. They were not accurate. at all.

    We need to improve in our batting and bowling to be able to perform on these surfaces. I doubt very much that will happen. Lets see.

Leave a Comment