I don't identify both of them as T20 capable players, especially Dhananjaya de Silva.
Both of them are more suited to play ODIs and Test Cricket.
100% agree with Suren1998.
Kusal Mendis should be dropped in the next match bringing Dasun Shanaka into the side. It will bring more balance to the team. And bring Asela back to #4.
Further, I think bringing Kapugedera to #5 will be more useful. Then Milinda will be at #6 and Shanaka/Seekkuge can bat at #7.
Sri Lanka were 40/5 at one stage in this 2nd T20I. It was amazing the way that Asela built his innings along with rest of the batsmen. He started just rotating the strike and nicely accelerated in the end. He is definitely a talented player. But what made him a hero is the confidence he has which is hardly found in other young players. So, Asela is an on field role model for other young players.
However, I think now we have found a player to bat at #4 in limited over cricket for SL. That is Asela. He is a very much capable player to bat through the inning and hit big whenever required. He should definitely continue to bat at #4.
Sanath Jayasuriya, thank you very much for bringing Asela Gunaratne to the national team. You are the only chief selector who gives equal opportunities to all, whatever the race, religion, school or hometown.
Gunaratne is an amazing batsman. they way he goes about his innings is something that other players in the team need to watch. He doesnt get boundaries at the start unless its a loose delivery. he gets ones and twos up to 20-25 runs. Once he is comfortable, he goes guns blazing. Perfect number 3/4 Batsman. Kusal mendis should be dropped next match, and bring Asela back to 4 and bring Dasun shanaka in. In case of a batting collapse. its always good to have that extra batsmen, especially in todays games with Kulasekara. Hope SL wins 3-0
To be honest, I've never seen a more fluent, responsible, well paced innings by an sl batsman before, in a big run chase... Chandimal has lost his t20i spot forever i guess!!
WOW What an amazing match. Probably one of the best t20 matches i have ever seen. I see a lot of aussie fans saying that this was an Australian C side which is absolute rubbish. You have Aaron Finch who is a top international cricketer. Klinger is a domestic veteran. Faulkner is also a top international player. All of the AUS players have played BBL and some even IPL for many years. Look at Sri Lanka, only Malinga and Mathews play IPL and Prassana with BPL(which is nothing special). Barely any SL players are chosen for IPL or other leagues. The t20 leagues in SL are also nothing special. This Australian side is more than capable of beating any international team with the talented players they have. I love Gunaratne's Batting. What an amazing batsman. With IPL auction tomorrow, i wouldnt be surprised if someone picks him up.
I'd say tied with Mathews' 80-odd against England at the World T20. Mathews didn't get us over the line like Asela, but he was injured, came in at 10-2 or something and singlehandedly carried us on a match that really mattered. Asela played one hell of an innings though, definitely one of the best I've seen ever.
Prasanna and Pathirana are all-rounders, not front line spinners.