Most Likely Constant ODI Team for Sri Lanka for the ICC Champion Trophy 2017

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1.Upul Tharanga (Batsman)(Vice-Captain)
2.Niroshan Dickwella(Batsman)
3. Kusal Mendis(Batsman)
4.Dinesh Chandimal(Batsman)/Kusal Janith Perera(If Dinesh Chandimal Underperforms against Scotland he should be replaced by Kusal Perea but opening at No.2 and everyone else should be shuffled down one)
5.Angelo Mathews(All-Rounder)(Captain)
6.Asela Gunarathne(All-Rounder)
7.Thisara Perera(All-Rounder)/Chamara Kapugedara(If Thisara Perea Underperforms againist Scotland he should be replaced by Chamara Kapugedara)
8.Lakshan Sandakan(Left-Arm Chinaman)
9.Suranga Lakmal(Fast-Medium Bowler)
10.Nuwan Kulasekara(Medium-Fast Bowler)
11.Lasith Malinga(Fast Bowler)


aasad's picture

Team balance is wrong here, we're a batsmen short in this line up. If the ball seams around and nips out 2/3 early wickets, Angie and the half baked all rounders are left to put up a decent score. Need to have a decent batsmen batting at 5 (not an allrounder). But if you look at the squad for the CT, we probably only have Kapu to fill in that role, and even he has not been a regular in the team.

It's almost always been our batsmen who've let the team down in the past 2 years, and the bowlers have done a decent job. If out top 3/4 batsmen fail in the CT, I don't think we'll win many games. I think Kusal Mendis has a lot responsibility in this CT. He was the only player who stood out in the 2016 England series, hopefully he can replicate his form this time round as well.

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