Hard to believe that this same cricket team once fielded some of the all time greatest fielders like roshan mahanama , upul chandana
SL lost a test match for the first time against Bangladesh.
Nothing to blame for captain Herath. This is mainly our poor batting. In both innings total batting lineup relied on one batsman and the bowlers. This should be expected when we have over-rated players like Dhananjaya in the team.
There were some other players Sadeera, Udara, Weerakkody who batted considerably well during the England lions series. But avoiding all those players, selectors picked this man - Dhanajaya who could do nothing in the last SA series in any format. Now they may be happy.
Strange thing is Dhananjaya is also in the ODI squad, but Sandun Weerakkody has been left out who played a brilliant knock in the 4th ODI against SA.
Before we get to the postmortem its important to say well played to Bangladesh who after a shocker in Galle, came back strongly. They out batted us while we gifted wickets which made them too good in the end. This was always on the cards and some of us have been calling it for a while - this is an improved Bangladesh who could not be beaten as in the past unless we played good cricket. I reckon we will struggle to hold them in the limited overs which they are actually stronger.
So what happened to us? Well its what has been happening for a long long long time.....the inability to build a test innings AND self destructing when the time comes to take control of a test. We were 6 and 7 down before reaching 200 in both innings on a placid home wicket! Thanks to some lover order runs, we managed to get to 300 but this wasn't a 300 wicket as we just found out. Despite conceding a good lead, we fought really well to draw level on the 4th morning and went in to lunch effectively at say 10/1. The time had arrived to take control of the test and we lost 5 for 20 odd in the first hour after lunch to woeful shot selection and effectively the test was lost. We have been doing this for a long time - poor shot selection but its been against stronger opponents and we found enough reason to argue that all was well. Even the series we won 3-0 against Aus, we were 117 all out after lunch on day one of that series and 26/5 in the fist hour of the 3rd test.
There are isolated individual brilliances we use to justify that all is well but the reality is we have a problem with building a cricket innings, particularly in tests. The other horror is the catching and Bangladesh also dropped catches but it cost us more. These are our traditional strengths - batting and fielding and we are a long way off the mark.
I could not believe what I was watching on the 4th afternoon. Chandi played a woeful shot to get out to a ball which he should have left. Gunaratne offered no shot to a straight ball and De Silva poked at one outside the off - it was like we were hell bent on losing the advantage.
Lets take a moment to acknowledge Bangladesh who have come a long way in recent times, ironically under Hathu - the man we let go over a petty political matter. I think its a good example to highlight where the two teams are. Bangladesh grabbed Hathu and gave him a few experienced players but more importantly, a string of talented youngsters. It also not a coincident that the BPL is such a success at the same time. At the same time SLC have.....well I guess we don't need to dissect that!
We don't expect Bangladesh never ever to beat us. Of course not, all teams have up and downs over a period of time however, this is a new low for SL and I expect SLC to keep telling us how all is good....
Since Dickwella is unavailable for the 1st ODI, I would like to go with below team for the 1st ODI.
1) Upul Tharanga (c)
2) Danushka Gunathilake
3) Kusal Mendis
4) Asela Gunaratne
5) Dinesh Chandimal (wk)
6) Kusal Perera
7) Thisara Perera
8) Seekkuge Prasanna
9) Vikum Sanjaya
10) Suranga Lakmal
11) Lakshan Sandakan
I prefer to give Asela the #4 position rather than Chandimal. Recently Asela has showed some great skills in batting through the inning which we have rarely seen from Chandimal. Asela is keen to start slowly and sensibly accelerate the inning when game progresses.
In this team Thisara has a big role as a batsman and need few tight overs as a bowler.
P Sara Stadium has come as for high praise in Bangla as the MOST MEMORABLE PLACE.. WORST PLACE for our team. Will our fools rush to stage any more important matches like with Indian, England, Australia there any more rather than at SSC & Pallekele?
Just Watched the scorecard of the practice match today. Is our bowling unit toothless that much...........??? Seems to be struggling to defend 354 runs.Are we going to miss someone like Malinga in our ODI lineup for the series.....???