Discussion Thread: Sri Lanka in South Africa 2016-17

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T20 series win

Completely agree with you Stormy. Kula and Prasanna were surprise performers for the series, the stint in UK with the Northants seems to have been good for him. Dickwella was the star of the series, his strike rate providing much needed momentum for the team. Between Sandakan, Vandersay, and Aponso the spin stocks for the future look good.

The bigger worry, in the limited overs formats, is definitely our batting, specifically our lack of boundary hitters. A recent article on Cricinfo (http://www.espncricinfo.com/blogs/conten...) show that our middle order definitely doesn't have the ability to score quick at the death, and that is an aspect that better limited overs sides such as England and Aus use to achieve success. Right now the only attacking batsmen we have in the middle order are Mathews and Prasanna. We need need to get attacking batsmen such as Dasun Shanaka, Jeevan Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella and if they regain form, Kusal and Thisara Perera.

Chandimal has no place in the T20 side as he has repeatedly failed in the format, and even his domestic T20 record isn't good, meaning he doesn't warrant a place in the side. Asela Gunaratne, who seems a good player in the longer format, too shouldn't be in the middle order as his domestic T20 record shows that he clearly isn't an attacking batsman.

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SL team lacks power hitters.

SL team lacks power hitters. There is no one to hit atleast one six in a game where they gonna chase down 300+
Any how Dickwella and Mendis looks to have solid technique. Sadakan a good spinner.

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Would you believe?

Would you believe? Sri Lanka is yet to pass the 200 mark in this ODI series. SL were bowled out for below 200 in all 3 matches.

This is not just good bowling by SA. This tells how poor SL's batting line up is except for the two openers (Dickwella & Tharanga). This was the worst ever selection made by Sanath. No one to hit at least a fifty in the middle order. No power hitters at the back end of the inning. Lots of hopes were on Chandimal & Dhananjaya as middle order batsmen. But they gave nothing to the team.

However when looking forward to the next ODI series against Bangladesh, I think Chandimal & Dhananjaya must be dropped from the team and we must try out some other two batsmen who can take control of the game in the middle order. Other wise we will have to experience a humiliating defeat even against Bangladesh.

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Expected result but worrying signs continue

Lets no fool our selves, the result of this series was always going to be a SA win. This SA team beat world champions and #1 team 5-0 a few months ago! What's worrying is the inability to compete. We are yet to get to 200 in 3 games and batting has looked brittle as it has been for a long. If the SA attack delivered unplayable deliveries it's one thing but we continue to play poor shots to get out and are chasing the game. This last game at long last, we got a decent start but the rest collapsed and the game was gone.

Dickwella has so far been the find of the tour along with Lahiru Kumara who ironically wasn't selected till the 3rd game. Here we have a guy who can actually bowl and we leave him on the bench for the one place where conditions suit him.

There are glimpses of something like Mendis got a great 50 in the first game but it was just him. Next assignment is Bangladesh and unless we make a change we will be challenged at home!

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Tharanga's captaincy in the

Tharanga's captaincy in the ODI series was impressive. He was more attacking and was not afraid to have a slip even later in the game. He also made intelligent bowling changes. The batting let us down again.

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Impressed with the fighting approach

Impressed with the way that boys played in the 4th ODI and this fighting approach is what we were waiting to see from our team even though we lose the match. Tharanga is back. It seems like we found the open batting pair for ODIs after so many experiments.
And inclusion of Weerakkody instead of Chandimal worked. Chandimal is now down and out. Impressed with the way that Asela batted as well. He started just rotating the strike with confidence and gradually accelerated later.

However Dhananjaya was the looser in the end. Not sure whether he had a mind set to attack the bowlers while every other batsmen trying hard to take the team get over the line. Lots of hopes were on him, but very poor throughout this tour.

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Poor Dhananjaya

Don't know depending on which circumstances selectors, captains and commentators kept so much hopes on this man - Dhananjaya de Silva. I heard several times in cricket discussions and commentaries, everyone was praising Dhananjaya as Sri Lanka's future at the beginning of this tour. I'm afraid what kind of a future will SL have with this man. Cannot believe. Can a player be this much poor throughout a TOUR? No improvement what so ever.

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My Future SriLankan Team for Shorter Versions

I think Asela is a good option to came @ 2 down or 3 down in the batting order. In Dhananjaya's case, I think he is not suited for t20is and if he is used in ODIs, the ideal position is an opening slot. If he plays as an opener, Dickwella can come as one down. But Dickwella & Tharanga seem to be delivering at the opening slot. So,Will they persist with Dhananjaya @ 1 down???? Any how, this is the ODI squad I would like to suggest.


13.Lahiru Kumara

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SA was going to be tough and was!

This was going to be a tough player and it proved to be a nightmare except of the rather unexpected t20 series win. Dickwella and Kumara were the finds of an otherwise forgetful tour. We don't want to get in to how bad and how bad but safe to say almost all were poor in the batting. There are two major concerns.

One is the inability to build an innings in all formats. Its like we are good for 20's but don't have the game to build a longer innings.

Second is the shot selection of supposedly top order batters. There have been totally appalling shots by all batters gifting wickets all through the series.

Third is the search for aggression. Its like we have this idea that hitting a couple of boundaries is the main objective of the innings.

This is not a new thing and has been an issue for a while. Even in the Aus series, we were in all sorts of trouble in all 3 tests due to the points noted above but luckily we had a few miracle innings to get us out of trouble.

I also thought we underplayed Kumara on wickets that are best suited to him. Why were we keeping a tear away pace man on the bench and why wasn't he given the new ball.

Finally I presume Chameera is injured again after playing one test which is awfully disappointing as he could be a vital part of our future but looks like he is going down the SL fast bowlers path - plagued by injury.

After the meaningless 3 game t20 against Aus we have to play Bangladesh who are no longer what they were. More importantly, we are all over the show and probably are at our most vulnerable. Bangladesh on the other hand have a number of experienced batters backed up by decent spinners and pace attack. If we keep playing like we have been, lets hope Bangladesh also play equally or worse!

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