Rumours about Sri Lanka XI against Pakistan

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According to this source, Sadeera Samarwikrama is going to replace  Milinda Siriwardana and it looks like Danushka Gunathilaka is not considered for the last 2 ODIs.

If that is the case the XI should be:

1. Sadeera Samarawickrama(Right-Hand Batsman) 
2. Niroshan Dickwella(W)(Left-Hand Batsman) 
3. Kusal Mendis (Right-Hand Batsman) 
4. Lahiru Thirimanne(Left-Hand Batsman) 
5. Upul Tharanga(Left-Hand Batsman)  (Captain)
6. Dinesh Chandimal(Right-Hand Batsman)
7. Thisara Perera(All-Rounder)(Right-arm Medium)
8. Akila Dananjaya (Right-Arm Off/Leg-Spin)
9. Dushmantha Chameera(Right-arm Fast)(145Km/h +)
10.Jeffrey Vandersay(Right-Arm Leg-Spin)
11.Vishwa Fernando (Left-Arm Fast-Medium)(140Km/h +)/Lahiru Gamage(Right-arm Medium-Fast)(125-140Km/h)

Samarawickrama-Dickwella and Push Upl Tharanga down the order to strengthen the middle Order with Lahiru Thirimanne. Since Both Milinda Siriwardana and Thisara Perera have failed to deliver results or validate their purpose in the XI. 

With Attacking Players at the top like Sadeera and Niroshan, Upul Tharanga has to go down the order and prevent the middle-order from Collapsing like they have in the last 10 games they loss.  

 Kapugedera was accidentally struck by a ball thrown by wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella. While scans have revealed that there’s no fracture, Kapugedera’s face is swollen and he is under medication.

Sri Lanka need to address their batting failures after a string of poor performances. While the bowlers have done a decent job, the lack of effort by the batsmen is hurting the team.


Ice93's picture

I don't think it is good idea to send Tharanga down the order when he is making good runs at top the inning. If we want Sadeera to accommodate in the top then Dickwella should push down the order as he can make quick runs in the later part of the inning. I think ideal position for Sadeera to bat is No.03 and future there should be a healthy competition between Mendis and Sadeera for number 3.With the injury to Kapugedara i doubt he will be in the playing XI tomorrow. Therefore, for the tomorrow game i will put Sadeera to open the inning. I think we should give longer run for Thirimanne at no.04 position and Chandimal should not be in the ODI Xi for any reason.

My Xi for 04th Match,

01.Sadeera Samarawickrama
02.Upul Tharanga (c)
03.Kusal Mendis
04.Lahiru Thirimanne
05.Niroshan Dickwella
06.Seekkuge Prasanna
07.Thisara Perera
08.Jeffry Vandersay
09.Akila Dhananjaya
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Dushmanth Chameera

MahindiK's picture

Keep Thisara - he had a much improved game and can always score runs.

Chandi can only play tests - he must be dropped
Siriwardene - is an ineffective bowler and scores no runs.

Daninjaya Desilva should be playing instead of Kupu

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My Playing XI for tomorrow match

1. N Dickwella(wk)
2. U Tharanga(c)
3. S Samarawickrama
4. K Mendis
5. L Thirimanne
6. D Chandimal
7. T Perera
8. J Vandersay
9. A Dananjaya
10. S Lakmal
11. L Gamage

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Permanent ODI XI

1. D Gunathilaka
2. U Tharanga
3. S Samarawickrama(wk)/ N Dickwella(wk)
4. K Mendis
5. L Thirimanne/ MDKJ Perera
6. A Mathews
7. A Gunaratne/ T Perera
8. D Perera
9. S Lakmal
10. N Pradeep
11. L Gamage

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