Sri lanka vs Australia ICC Champion Trophy Warm Up Match - Sri Lankan XI

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1.Upul Tharanga (Batsman)(Vice-Captain)
2. Niroshan Dickwella(Batsman)(W)
3. Kusal Mendis(Batsman)
4.Dinesh Chandimal(Batsman)(W)
5. Angelo Mathews (All-Rounder)(Captain)
6.Chamara Kapugedara(Batsman)
7. Asela Gunarathne(All-Rounder)
8.Lakshan Sandakan(Left-Arm Chinaman)
9.Seekkuge Prasanna(Leg Spinner)/Suranga Lakmal(Right Arm Fast-Medium)
10.Nuwan Kulasekara(Medium-Fast Bowler)
11.Lasith Malinga(Fast Bowler)

With kusal perea scoring a 50 previous match and upl thranga scoring a 50 and being vice-captain . Chamara Kapugedera was excellent and should replace Thisara Perera. Suranga Lakmal was awesome going for less than 4 runs an over while the others were going for 6 or 7 an over against scotland. Seekkuge Prasanna was Brilliant in the 2nd ODI getting 2 wickets going for only 28 in 9.1 overs in England which is a stunning performance.

Also, Lakshan Sandakan realized his mistake in the 1st odi and rectified it in the 2nd ODI with 10 overs going for 39 and taking 4 wickets to rip through the mid order.

Thisara Perera lack of consistency with bother bat and bowl gives Asela Gunarathne a 2nd chance before the start of the tournement.  Niroshan Dickwella should be picked instead of Kusal perera becasue he is more inventive stroke playing batsman and should get another chance to opening since kusal perea did open the batting in the tour against England in the ODI and failed last year. Dinesh Chandimal had of late sharpened his game to playing innings to set up the right foundation for the team to build on.

This was an important factor in showing the way at the top of the order for the rest of the batsmen to capitalize on.Therefore it is false criticism to blame Dinesh Chandimal as with the foundation he builds in the 1st ODI against Scotland.

Chamara Kapugedara wouldn't have been able to play free and probably failure if not for Chandimal. Like in the Provincial Final which Chandimal concreted and dedicated match winning slow hundred which what everyone claim why Sri Lanka loss matches but were the main reason why Galle Won the final . ODI needs players who can build innings like Kusal Mendis and Chandimal and need  explosve batsman at the end.

Sri Lankan fan need to stop Criticising Chandimal who builds the foundation for the team when batting and support him.

Sri Lankan have the talent to Suprise many teams in the ICC Champion trophy.


Soucey's picture

I went to see the Scotland Warm-up matches, and Dickwella looked really out of form. Dickwella played 1 Dickscoop, but he looked out of sorts in the rest of his innings, playing and missing and miss-timing a lot of shots to fast bowlers. I think Kusal Janith Perera should open with Upul Tharanga in the Australia warm-up match to see how they do. Kusal Mendis! Oh boy, he is probably the best batsmen in our team by far. His knock in the 2nd Scotland match was pure class, he got those 70 odd runs with pure ease.

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My 11 Would be
1. kusal perera
2. dicwella
3. tharanga
4. asela
5. kapugedera
6. Mathews
8. Thisara
9. kulasekara
11. Malinga

This is the best out of best combination.

aadd's picture

@Hamada: Are you high? You've left out the best batsmen in the team! Kusal Mendis!

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Hamada,your 11 would get out for less than 100 in every match they played in because of the unpredictable Thisara and not playing kusal mendis or Dinesh Chandimal to playing innings to set up the right foundation for the team to build on.
Hamada, i don`t know why you come up with these type of XI but im glad your not the Sri Lankan Selector or that the Sri lanka selector don`t have your mind set.

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My 11
1.N Dickwella
2.U Tharanga
3.K Mendis
4.C Kapugedara
5.A Mathews
6.A Gunaratne
7.S Prasanna
8.S Lakmal
9.N Kulasekara
10.L Sandakan
11.L Malinga

Anonymous's picture

My X1:

1.Dickwella 2.UT 3.Mendis 4.Chandi 5.Mathews 6.Kapu 7.Asela 8.Sekku 9.Malinga 10.Sandakan 11.Kula.

BUT the problems are:

1.I've never seen Dickwella made a long innings. He looks good at the beginning being innovative but has message given to him not to be too predictable (BD got him out that way) & to play a long innings.So KP an option because he has now curbed his stroke play.

2. Malinga won't bowl 10 overs & Kula after the initial 2/3 overs go for runs until the death overs. So who is there to bowl specially if Sandakan,Asela,Mathews & Sekku go for runs?

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Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Kusal Mendis
Dinesh Chandimal
Angelo Mathews
Chamara Kapugedera
Asela Gunaratne
Seekuge Prassana
Nuwan Kulasekera
Lakshan Sandakan
Lasith Malinga

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Since its a practice match regulations allows to use all the players in the squad. So when batting all the batters can bat and when bowling all the bowlers can participate. So the naming a team has no meaning in these practice matches.

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@Anonymous (not verified) on May 24, 2017 - 08:08

How can you comment "the ways Niroshan got out" , when he even didn't play against Bangladesh? refer a site if you have short memory,;template=results;type=allround;view=match

Dickwella's last 3 scores are 74,58,39 against SA in SA

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