15-man Sri Lanka squad against India for 2nd, 3rd Test

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My 15-man Sri Lanka squad for 2nd, 3rd Test against India

1.   Upul Tharanga (Left-hand Batsman)
2.   Dinesh Chandimal(Right-hand Batsman)(Most Likely available)(Captain)
3.   Sadeera Samarawickrama(Right-hand Batsman)
4.   Kusal Mendis (Right-hand Batsman)
5.   Angelo Mathews(Right-hand Batsman) 
6.   Niroshan Dickwella(Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket Keeper)
1.   Charith Asalanka (All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off Spin)
2.   Dasun Shanaka (All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
3.   Danushka Gunathilaka (All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Off Spin)
1.   Nuwan Pradeep(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
2.   Vimukthi Perera (Left-Arm Fast-Medium)
3.   Lahiru Kumara(Right-arm Fast-Medium)
Spin Bowlers-
1.   Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
2.   Rangana Herath(Slow left-arm orthodox)
3.   Malinda Pushpakumara (Slow left-arm orthodox)

  • Charith Asalanka has been among the Top Wicket Takers and Top Run Scores in recent Tournaments and is just as effective as Asela Gunaratne plus a better Fielder.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama has to replace Dimuth Karunaratne who is useless and is likely Chandimal in ODIs where they follow the old tradition where they have low strike rate and do not attack the bowlers and this puts pressure on the other batsman.

My XI for the Second Test Match-
1.  Upul Tharanga(Left-hand Batsman)
2.  Danushka Gunathilaka(All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
3.  Kusal Mendis(Right-hand Batsman)
4.  Dinesh Chandimal(Right-hand Batsman)(Captain)(Wicket-Keeper)
5.  Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
6.  Charith Asalanka (All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
7.  Dasun Shanaka (All-Rounder)(Right-hand Batsman)(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
8.  Rangana Herath(Slow left-arm orthodox)
9.  Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
10. Nuwan Pradeep(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
11. Vimukthi Perera (Left-Arm Fast-Medium)

Balanced Team-
7 Different Types of Bowling Options and 7 Batsman + Most of them are decent fielders

If Dinesh Chandimal is not available Sadeera Samarawickrama will replace him at the top of the Order since Danushka Gunathilaka did bat at no.3 in the 1st Test against India.

Alternative XI for the Second Test Match-
1.  Upul Tharanga(Left-hand Batsman)
2.  Sadeera Samarawickrama(Right-hand Batsman) 
3.  Danushka Gunathilaka(All-Rounder) (Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
4.  Kusal Mendis(Right-hand Batsman)
5.  Angelo Mathews (Right-hand Batsman)
6.  Charith Asalanka (All-Rounder)(Left-hand Batsman)(Right-arm off-break)
7.  Niroshan Dickwella(Left-hand Batsman)(Wicket Keeper)
8.  Rangana Herath(Slow left-arm orthodox)(Captain) 
9.  Lakshan Sandakan (Slow left-arm chinaman)
10. Nuwan Pradeep(Right-Arm Fast-Medium)
11. Vimukthi Perera (Left-Arm Fast-Medium)‚Äč

Watch Vimukthi Perera Dismiss John Burns with a Beautiful Inswinger from the left handed bowler-
As he took 2 wickets at an economy rate of 2.72 while the others were going for 3 or 4 runs an over.


Anonymous's picture

Do we really need to bring Charith Asalanka now? I know he is talented youngster and definetly he will come to the team in one day. but for now we have dhananjaya silva so why don't we use him? Every time what we do is bringing some new name and say that he should be in the team and etc. First lets try out the selected players for some time and see. We have tried Dimuth for some time and he is a constant failure and it is the right time to drop him. We should give the players some time. Rather than pumping new players in every match we should try to stick with a same team then only we will be able to build a good team.

Anonymous's picture

My Xi for the second test match would be,
1. Upul Tharanga
2. Dhanushka Gunatilake
3. Kusal Mendis
4. Dhananjaya De Silva
5. Angelo Mathews
6. Dinesh Chandimal
7. Niroshan Dickwella (Wk)
8. Rangana Herath
9. Lakshan Sadnakan
10.Nuwan Pradeep
11.Lahiru Kumara

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Gunaratne will probably not be replaced since Chandimal will take his spot. I doubt SL will even consider Samarawickrama as he was not chosen in the squad. Lahiru Kumara was far too expensive so i wouldnt be surprised if they go back to Lakmal for the remaining tests.

Upul Tharanga
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dhanushka Gunathilaka
Kusal Mendis
Angelo Mathews
Dinesh Chandimal
Niroshan Dickwella
Dilruwan Perera
Rangana Herath
Suranga Lakmal
Nuwan Pradeep

If SL already lost the series after the 2nd game, they should try out some of the players sitting on the bench since they have nothing to lose.

Upul Tharanga
Dimuth Karunaratne
Dhanushka Gunathilaka
Kusal Mendis
Angelo Mathews
Dinesh Chandimal
Niroshan Dickwella
Malinda Pushpakumara
Rangana Herath
Nuwan Pradeep
Vishwa Fernando

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31 August 2016
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1 hour 43 min

Sri Lanka Cricket only Announced the official squad for the 1st Test, not for the 2nd and 3rd test so they will bring in a replacement for the injured Asela Gunaratne and failed Dimuth Karunaratne.Also, bring in another wicket taking bowler instead of Dilruwan Perera who was useless in the 1st test against India.

Sri Lanka announces squad for the first Test against India-

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