A bowling plan for Sri Lanka

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First up let me just say the team I would like to see sri lanka playing.

1.Dilshan 2.Thiri 3.Sanga 4.Chandimal 5.Mahela 6.Matthews 7.Thisara 8.Senanayake 9.Herath 10.Malinga 11.Lakmal

OVERs 1-10

Open the bowling with Thisara perera,this is something that  sri lanka have not tried yet ,given perera’s ability to get a bit more bounce off the wicket than most bowlers operating in his pace group he could be a good opening option.Sri lanaka are struggling in finding a way to field perera into the team,this will allow them to use his ability in a productive way.Open the bowling at the other end with Dilshan, this sri lanka have tried with varying degrees of success. First  change bowler should be Matthews who is a very intelligent  bowler who can adjust according to the match state. Given most teams like to conserve their wickets for the last 15 overs this is worthwhile strategy. If these 3 can go for 50 off the first ten it will be a job well done.

OVERS 10-35

This is the 25 overs  block that SL have struggled in recent times,I think in the middle over’s SL should just bowl out  Lakmal.Bowl at least eight overs of  Rangana  Herath  which would constitute 18 overs.That would leave 7 overs which I suggest should be filled by  2 overs  from malinga and 3 from senanayake and another two overs from the part timers.

OVERS 35-50

This is the business end of the balling innings where teams target going at 10 runs per over. Rather than looking at it as two blocks of 5 overs and 10 overs , balling teams need to look at it as a full block of 15 overs  because of the field restrictions and the two new balls. The best thing about the above bowling plan is of the 15 overs  Malinga will bowl 8 overs.  Leaving malinga to do what he does best, which is bowl yorkers and his variations this will benefit the team better than making him take the new ball.Senanayake will also have 7 overs  he is SL’s second best death overs specialist. Both these bowlers will make up the last 15 overs.If things really go haywire at the death  SL will still have a couple of overs from herath and overs from Matthews.

Given SL’s problems closing out games. This is a strategy they might try and implement.

The above balling strategy is of course not perfect ,I understand that opening the balling with part timers is not ideal. But what choice does SL have because all the bowlers are out of form. I don’t think the team management even knows what the best combinations are at the moment.SL will need to  implement a strategy that best utilizes the resources they have. I hope that we at least be flexible when things are not going well and play the sri lankan brand of street smart attacking cricket.

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Gaja48's picture
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Open with Perera is a fine IDea

Arshad23's picture
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I have seen perera opening the bowling in the new Zealand series but was not good...but he is a kind of bowler who can bowl quick and swing the ball and has good bounce and variation so I would prefer giving him the ball only if he is confident abt himself which was lacking in the nz series...and the team spirit also benefits the team..want to see a new Sri lankan side or rather the team that brought te t20 and Asia sup home last year.. I knw these r tough conditions but we r lions we dn't wait for the pray to come to us...we hunt it down!!!!

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Sri Lanka needs to open with Lakmal and Chameera. They need to bowl fast and on the wicket at fuller lengths. It will be interesting to see how they handle pace bounce and swing that are on offer with Lakmal and Chameera. First change bowler should either be Mathews or Malinga. If we get early wickets we need to attack with our best bowlers to push them further back rather than going for the part timers. This is where we got lost most of the time during the last series allowing the opposition to build their inning in the middle when our spinners and medium pacers are in action. If we are operating with a medium pacer or a part timer at the other end we need to have a wicket taker all the time. Afghans are more used to spinners than pacers and so we need to go with pace. Think Thirimanna can add handful of overs in these conditions.

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I like the team and the plan but Mahela at #4 for me everyday. I must say giving the new ball to Thisera, Dilshan and Mathews doesnt jump as the best plan when you want your best seam bowlers to make eary in-roads but I think its a worth while plan.

My only reservation is everything is based on the a summer against NZ who are a nightmare at home with McCallum at the top. Other teams may not be as familar with our new ball attack and its a once off single game. Bottom line is I like the playing eleven and plan but I would still give Lakmal atleast a couple of overs (over Dilshan) with the new ball in the hope he gets an early breakthrough.

An alternative option is to give Sachi a few overs upfront.

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Good team selection by Last Man out...!
Maiya should open if we are chasing a steep target..
Mathews can open the bowling and bowl few early spells since he's a clever bowler, if we are playing on a surface like SCG and towards the latter part of the World Cup the wickets would be conducive for spinners, in that instance starting the bowling with an uncanny bowler like Dilshan could be effective and would fill-up some overs and could get us some crucial wickets without much sweat.Hearth obviously would come into play when presented with wickets and conducive conditions and his experience is quintessential. Thisara should be utilised intelligently by the Captain and the think tank of the team if not he would go for runs. Lakmal would enjoy the bounce,swing and seam in surfaces like the Gabba, WACA and New Zealand pitches. Senanayake should be utilized efficiently and effectively and he could be a bowler when in full form a menace to other teams. Slinger Malinga has to find his rhythm and contribute when it matters the most and his presence is pivotal in determining Sri Lanka's chances in moving forward. Some one has to take the hard call of dropping Karunaratne, Jevan Mendis and Kulasekera and bring in back Chandimal to be sandwiched between Sanga and Maiya and to make Thisara bat after Mathews and after Thisara, Senanayake who has a very cool head and don't forget how he ended that match in South Africa very calmly and coolly and is a dependable later order batsman who has experience.
So all in all, all is not lost for Sri Lanka, there is a light end of the tunnel if we trod in the right path, by taking right sensible approaches and getting the best out of each and every individual and end of the day making it count so that as a team we get over that line and hopefully we might be able to lay our hands on that elusive trophy.All the Best Sri Lanka.

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@ stormy
i agree that all this is based on performances against NZ who has about 6 players in the form of there lives they are very hard to beat in NZ at the moment.Of course other teams might be more manageable but we need to be more flexible with our bowling options which was the point i was trying to raise.

Mahela at 4 is fine,i have him at 5 because neither chandi or dimuth can come down the order and accelerate the innings.Mahela with his natural timing and ability to pick gaps would be a better fit.I was going to write about a batting plan but we don't have the batsmen to do any kind of manuring.Someone in the top 4 will need to make a hundred in every game if we are going to make 300.

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@Lalindra De Silva

It's going to be a cracker of a game against Aus at the SCG.Both teams will be on equal footing if it's the usual SCG surface.Aus fast men will be of little threat at the SCG.

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@Arshad23 I think we'll get back to playing good cricket soon.

@AmilaSaman Going with Lakmal and Chameera will depend upon which opposition we are playing against,it's fine against Scotland,Bangladesh,AFG.Won't work against AUS & ENG.Horses for courses mate.

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can Malinga bowl 8 overs in row between 35-50 overs ?

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