[Discussion Thread] ICC Champions Trophy 2017

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Discuss Sri Lanka's chances and performance in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

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Gone be tough

Probably some of the worst possible conditions for us - early English conditions. Negates our spinners and the moving ball is a battle for our batters. The other issue being one loss and your out.

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Its only a warm up but worrying signs.

Losing to a minnow is not a big deal unless you are struggling to beat the others! For example SL has previously lost to Kenya and others but it wasn't a big deal as it was an isolated loss. The issue now is very different as it raises the question can we actually beat the minnows consistently given the struggles of late.

The other more real issue is SL's blue print where the best case scenario is sub-300 score. Put it another way - even if our plan works 100% we will end up with may be 300 which is no longer a winning total and certainly not with our attack. There could be no better example of this than Scotland running past 287 without breaking a sweat. The way forward is aggression in the top order (like the rest of the world) and at little as possible "old fashioned" one day players in the top 6. This means Chandi and Tharanga cannot occupy two spots in the top 4. We could please one to hold the innings but certainly not both but that is our plan A!

Our bowling is not strong so no matter what we do defending 300 will be a challenge so plan A has to be around setting 300++ scores and you are only ever going to achieve that with aggressive batters - much like England have changed their game plan in recent times. They no longer play Bell and Trott like players, instead they play guys like Roy and Hales and Bairstow and Buttler. We may not have players of this caliber but our intention should be to head that way. For example, an top 3 of Kusal Perera, Dickwella and Dilshan Munaweera would show that intention. It may no come off now but it's a plan in the right direction.

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Expected but disappointing loss

We did really well with the ball and a great start with the bat BUT when the time came to step on the throat and take control of the game, we gave the opposition a chance. And good opponents, who these days are most, will take advantage. Following the Dickwella departure, two brilliant pieces for fielding by AB basically put hit the panic button and it was all downhill from there.

Plenty of points to take away, particularly the bowling and the top order for a change but points alone will not do against the top teams.

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Expected but disappointing loss

We did really well with the ball and a great start with the bat BUT when the time came to step on the throat and take control of the game, we gave the opposition a chance. And good opponents, who these days are most, will take advantage. Following the Dickwella departure, two brilliant pieces for fielding by AB basically put hit the panic button and it was all downhill from there.

Plenty of points to take away, particularly the bowling and the top order for a change but points alone will not do against the top teams.

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That was awesome!

That was simply sensational and never in my wildest dream did I expect us to beat India, let alone chase down 320+. Finally some real batting mettle shown by the boys and everyone got in and made an an impact. Glad to see Mendis play such a calm mature knock after copping some unfair criticism from some of us on this forum.

My first react was India should have got 350+ with the start they got but for the third game in a row out bowlers put up a really good show to hold things up. What was scary about the chase was how calm and calculated the guys were. The stand of 150 between Mendis and Gunathilike was sensational and a breath of fresh air. I thought Kusal Perera played key role at #4 and highlights why we cannot continue to play Chandi in this vital spot (not when 300+ is the go). Another vital knock was Asela who had a brilliant game with both bat and ball. His knock just blew India away when the probably thought there was a chance. His stroke play was also brilliant.

Well we could not have wished for a better option than playing Pakistan in a quarter final. The worry is the Cardiff wicket probably suits them better and they just found some form and as always, their bowling is potent. I am happy with this batting line up and I would actually get rid of Chandi for Kapu to make it a really potent (on paper) line up. The things with this plan is if it works we will be competitive. The issue with Chandi (and Tharanga) is that even if it works we are still probably looking at 300 max.

It must be said Tharanga deserves a fair go after being messed about for years and now making some runs but Chandi must go.

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Great Win

Great to see how they chased the runs...... fortunately got to watch the entire game because of the holiday!!!.... Needs improvement on the fielding and running between wickets. The coaching team can not be excused on this front...... Do not know if others picked up the review after the match one commentator mentioned that Sanga had said that the current team is talented and it was a case of selectors giving them an extended period to build their confidence which is lacking in our setup. As stormy points out I am wondering what the pundits who asked for Kusal M's head have to say now ???

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Sanga's Commentory

It was great to listen to Sanga's commentary......

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No use of Chandimal & Dhananjaya

I think we should never keep players like Chandimal & Dhanajaya even in the squad. Complete jokers with the bat.

Chandimal proved throughout this tournament that no use of him to the team. Against SA, got out in a silly way even after such a brilliant opening stand. He should have played his normal game without being pressurized. Against India, Chandimal was not required. Thankfully Asela came, if Chandimal came it would have been a different story. Against Pakistan, got out at a much needed situation. This man does not play like, he has played over 100 ODIs.

Dhananjaya proved his incapability again today. His lazy batting style is never going to survive in modern cricket. Crazy to call this man to replace Kusal Perera.

There were so many players to call, Weerakkody, Sadeera, Priyanjan, Dasun, Siriwardane, Munaweera.

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Once a poor fielding side

Once a poor fielding side always a poor fielding Sri Lanka

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Another squandered opportunity.

Disappointing but expected with one brilliant game and other opportunities slipped through. This was a 275 wicket so we were way below par despite getting a decent start. Pakistan tried very hard to lose this and we did really well UNTIL - the time arrived to take control of the game with Pakistan 7 down and 100 short. Credit to Pakistan but seriously our fielding fell apart and we dropped the key man twice in two overs - don't expect to make semi finals with 236 and dropping the key man twice!

I thought our bowling was excellent right through the tournament and the batting clicked once and looked invincible but otherwise the same old issues. Injuries didn't help and we need to work this out. Kusal and Chamara both out for 2 games and Tharanga misses a game due to captaincy - just plain unlucky or plain poor.

We also cannot continue to play Chandi and De Silva/Tharanga in the top 4 in limited overs cricket. The best example of this when we had to chase 300 Chandi was not required - so why is he in the side then? I am not a Chandi hater just saying there is no room for a traditional accumulator in the modern one day game.

We have something to work with now in Dickwella, Gunathileke, Mendis and Kusal Perera showing glimpses of what the future could hold. We should test other options in place of Tharanga, Chandi and Kapu in the next tour.

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