What is Sri Lanka's best team combination for QF?

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Given the lack of bowling power against Australia what is the best team combination for SL going forward?

My playing X1
7.Kusal Janith
8.Kulasekara (hopefully training very hard to get his form back)


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What is your preferred X1

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Tissera for Tharanga for me please and I am not sure about Kula - there appears to be very little swing in Oz this summer so he could be ineffective. I would consider Chameera or Seekuge depending on the wicket.

We certainly cant go in with 4 bowlers again.

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I agree with stormy, however I would still go with the experienced Kulesekara instead of Chameera. Even Prasanna is not a bad option at Sydney.

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If we have Tharindu Koushal in the squad he can be used as a surprise package to upset the SA. Because in a pressure match these types of bowlers bring too much pressure for them. Can you remember how the Ajantha mendis bowled in his 1st ASIA CUP. I think instead of Sachithra he should be included into the sqaud. Because his 10 overs can bring too much pressure to the opposition.

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With Tharindu's variations & unorthodox action & largeness of the Sydney ground he will be effective. At first time & last time Chandimal got his form back.

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1 thirimanne
2 dilshan
3 sanga
4 mahela
5 mathews
6 kusal janith
7 thisara
8 kulasekara or chameera
9 herath
10 malinga
11 lakmal

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@ stormy Against AUS i think we only played one proper bowler.Prasanna and Sachi are more containing bowlers,thisara is nowhere near reliable.Dilshan and Matthews are part timers.Think we'll do well to play 4, proper experienced bowlers.If Thisara doesn't bowl 10 overs he's little use to the team he isn't a proper batsmen,i think kusal has the same hitting power and a better range of shots.

@Cricketgeek Chameera won't get played unless it is absolutely necessary SL always go with experience over gambling with the unknown.Also it's hard to play 2 spinners because of the 4 outside the ring rule.

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I would not have kusal because he is a very disappointing batsmen. Only 1 in 5 matches will he do good which we can't afford. I would go with thisara. He can bowl which is good if kulasekara is struggling. And also his batting power can be a game saver such as the Afghanistan match.I'm not too fond of lakmal but we have no choice as dhammika prasad is not playing.would of preferred if shaminda eranga was available

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I want Thisara in the team. So my team for the rest of the WC...

01) Thirimanne
02) Dilshan
03) Sangakkara
04) Mahela
05) Tharanga
06) Mathews
07) Thisara
08) Kulasekara
09) Senanayake (If Herath is unavailable)
10) Lakmal
11) Malinga

As long as our top order is firing, we can definitely go with an extra bowler without a doubt. Unfortunately our team management is not brave enough to do so.
Tharanga should not bat too deep. Surely he must bat at #5. Mathews can bat at #6 as a power hitter.

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I agree with Peterson, Last Man Out & Suren1998. This feature of this WC is 300+ scores built on preserved wickets to hit later in last 15 overs. To acheive that you need a solid start & long innings (100+) from at least one & another solid 50+ scores from at least 3 batters in Top & middle to reach above 200 mark by 35th, with at least 5 wickets in hand.

This is more vital than the bowling attack, since even the sides with strongest bowling attacks in this WC, could not prevent others scoring 300+ against them (as seen in last ODI with Aus). My only worry is, Thiri at the top is shaky in initial overs as repeatedly seen & riding on pure luck to score runs (as seen in all 3 innings he scored), which could have ended like the other 2 innings, within few balls (if not for the lucky let-offs given by opponents BD/ Eng/ NZ). It is highly unlikely, that luck will persist in 2nd stage crunch games, with stronger opponents.

In each encounter, we are heavily depending upon Sanga & Dilly with occasional support coming from MJ & Mathews to build bigger Totals. When you look at the whole picture, obviously Tharanga is a must to boost top order batting strength to make the ends meet (with his long experience & ability to score big). We can't take chances in knockout stage & will have to go with full strength to minimize the impact, if one or two of the 3 veterans failed to click in a crunch game. They should play Tharanga in top order in today's match Vs Scotland to give him some match practice to acheive this in QF.

This is my view & Selectors may do differently as usually did in recent past, causing heavy defeats in bilateral series.

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