[Discussion Thread] Sri Lanka in UAE, 2013/14

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1st T20I XI

01. Dilshan
02. Janith
03. Chandimal
04. Sangakkara
05. Mathews
06. Vithanage
07. Thisara
08. Sachithra
09. Kulasekara
10. Mendis
11. Malinga

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T20 team

I totally agree with Daniel's team. It is the perfect selection for this T20 series. And the batting order also should be like that. Chandimal should come at No. 3.Sangakkara should play at No. 4 (in the middle order) because Mahela is not available in the team.
But it will be better if Kulasekara comes at No.8.

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aaah Thirimanne AGAIN messed

aaah Thirimanne AGAIN messed up!!!. Should've send Thisara instead of Thirimanne!!!! :/

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2nd

Thisara or Kula should bat higher, wasted batting skills

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2nd T20I team

Dilshan, Janith, Kithuruwan, Sangakkara, Chandimal, Mathews, Thisara, Nuwan, Sachithra, Mendis & Malinga

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Chandimal's good decision

I think Thirimanne came at right time. Because Sanga got out (as the 4th wicket) at 13.4 overs. It is too early for Thisara to come. If Sanga got out after the 16th over, that is the ideal time for Thisara to come. But Thirimanne is the player who can drag the game sensibly with Mathews until 16th over without falling a wicket. If Thisara came, he may got out quickly and put Sri Lanka under more pressure. But Thirimanne and Mathews successfully absorbed pressure of fall of Sanga's wicket.
But I also feel that Thirimanne could have score more than this by hitting more boundaries after the 16th over. But Thirimanne got 23 runs from 16 balls (Strike rate 143.75). Comparing with others he got the second best scoring rate in this batting line up.

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I wouldn't have picked thiri

I wouldn't have picked thiri in the T20 side too , but thiri keep proving that we all are wrong , in fact now he's better than chandi .. chandi's captaincy and his place is under threat now, my suggestion is that if SL loose the No1 rankings under chandis captaincy he deserved to be sacked from that job , chandi have never played any captaincy innings . chandi has lost lots of home T20 games. imo this will be the last chance for chandi as a captain .

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As talented Chandimal is, my

As talented Chandimal is, my personal opinion is it's early for him to get the captaincy, but he s the IDEAL candidate for the vice-captaincy. Always thought Mathews should captain SL in all formats. If we are splitting captaincy JUST because other teams do it, i really see no good in that, but if Mathews personally really feel it's burdening him too much, then i guess we really don't have a choice, but i still believe Mathews should captain all three formats. I mean how many T20s we play in a tour?: 1 or maximum 2!

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My XI for 2nd T20

01.KJP
02.Dilshan
03.Chandimal
04.Sanga
05.Mathews
06.Kithruwan
07.Thisara
08.Kulasekara
09.Sachithra
10.Mendis/Lakmal (depending on dew)
11.Malinga

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Andrew Fernando, in his

Andrew Fernando, in his preview report points out a trend that SL youngsters are quite comfortable against the pace bowling but not so much vs spin. Not a great sign for T20 WC in Bangla, but GREAT sign for ODI WC in 2015!!!

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