Big choke again?

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It was another big match in the world tournament; it was another boring India vs Sri Lanka match. Sri Lanka once again made to the top 4 in a world cricket event as expected, but India was not even considered for list of favourites before the start, because of the conditions in England. But the result in the semi finals, Sri Lanka choked. Why ? Answer is simple Sri Lankan batsmen never good at the crunch situations.

Put on to bat by MS Dhoni top order of Sri Lanka flopped. Indians were really good in stopping singles and keep the pressure till the last over. I thought Sri Lanka batted really good in the tough condition but proven wrong as Indian’s chased it in 35 overs with 8 wicket in hand. So its same old story of Sri Lankan batting failure, as well their bowling looks so weak. Even I feel its a kind of humiliation for an opponent as MS Dhoni bowled four overs in a semi-final match. Also they send Suresh Raina ahead of Dinesh Karthik to get some batting practice but this is not a practice match. On other hand Best bowler for Sri Lanka going for economy of 6.75, I don’t know why Mathews keep on bowling Malinga when he is leaking runs, especially with Virat Kohli at the crease. He just need to be taken off during that period.

Changes from 2011 World cup Finals

Good thing for India is that they proved 2011 final was not a fluke and they can still beat Sri Lanka in a neutral venue. Indians have a brand new team as they have only three players played the 2011 World cup finals all others are new to the international arena, they are really preparing well for 2015 world cup but on contrast Sri Lanka have Six of their 2011 world cup finalist in the team.

As a non Sri Lankan I feel Mathews is not a natural leader. His captaincy has many flaws, as Sri Lanka need to find someone for the 2015 World cup. They also need to find replacements for Sanga, Mahela and Dilshan. Else the transform from Runners-up to Semifinalist will be limited to below. But real question is that do they have a captain material in their team other than Mathews and replacements for the big three.

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kk_mix412's picture
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Ouch! Thats gonna hurt!!! :-P;-(

assume what will happen when the big 3 are gone.

hussain 123's picture

let us worry abt tht,why u?
as a non srilankan,ha ha ha as a chennaities,
win or loose we r with our team not like u.

UppercuT's picture
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think SL did pretty well considering this was going on in every match: www.gossiplanka.lk/2013/06/ltte-supporte...

Sakthivel's picture
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Uppercut : This is very very cheap excuse !!! Apart from England match SL was never look like winning any other team. Even against Australia they were struggling and Mckay had the game till the last moment. So SL looks so weak !!!

Silva's picture
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@Uppercut_7 yes agree with you man, i'm really proud about our team .. this little tiny island team came thru really hard times than any other teams in the world , bomb blast , getting shot , have to face rocket launchers , have to face money issues, protest .. but still they are running strong ,this players don't fix matches .. what we have achieved in world cricket is beyond our dreams .. really proud about you guys .. better team won .

(Last edited by Silva on June 21, 2013 - 02:07)
COLLIN's picture
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Ever Since BCCI controlling World Cricket all other Cricket Nations sadly pull back from their performance. Australia is not producing any star players like before, South Africa can really be really deadly any other country anytime but not to India Anymore. When Sri Lanka meet India in Any knock out matches they always changed previous matches Wining Team. Same happened to World Cup 2011 final match and happened yesterday and happened triangle series with Australia. How funny in England when India playing pitch is Flat and dead similar to Subcontinent? Not even Home team England gets that kind of services. Lets see how England prepare pitches for Ashes. BCCI take your hairy Hands off from This Lovely Game and leave other cricket loving counties alone.

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@ COLLIN : joking kiddooooo, did srilanka n india batted in a different pitch yesterday, ind batted wel again n srilanka batted poorly. fools lik u wil say tis lame excuse, poor fellow get a life

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@sakthivel, wasn't an excuse, ask @KK, i said before the match India has all the momentum against SL.

I didn't say it was the reason SL lost, i said considering all the drama going around them(in every morning of every match, their bus was faced with the protestors, every time they go out of the ground, they were faced with placards, protests) + conditions, they didn't do too badly in the tournament as a whole.

if i wanted to give 'excuses' i could've easily stated Dilshan's injury!

and btw, i don't think a "WEAK" team could 'almost' defend 138 against NZ(who beat England in England 2-1 in ODI series)

(Last edited by UppercuT on June 21, 2013 - 02:59)
Silva's picture
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@Uppercut_7 machan leave it .. he don't understand it .. even he understand it he don't want to understand it ..we as Sri Lankans know that feeling.. we don't need to explain it to someone who don't understand ..no point.. haters always going to hate :)
we are proud about our players , who came thru all this barriers.. that's more than enough for us :)

(Last edited by Silva on June 21, 2013 - 03:00)
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@ Uppercut_7 : Ok I can take that, still I feel Srilanka is weak, because they dont have a complete team. If many NZ player played IPL then they might easily cashed that target only because of Malinga that was close. But against WI, SA surely SL would have struggled because many of their players played IPL and can tackle Malinga very well. SL looks like player depend team now because they need some one from big 3 to play well.

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