Valliant effort of No 6 with the tail, rescuing hopeless 115/4 to 285/8

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IN 2012 CB series Australia Chasing a massive 322, he came to the wicket when SL were hopelessly reeling at 115 for 4 in 22 nd over with the top order already back in the hut.Upul made a valiant effort to stop the rot. Batting @ No 6, he stemmed the inning & got the big hitting tail-enders such as Kula & Dhammika to rally around him to take the score from hopeless state to a hopeful stage. But unfortunately got out before finishing the job... trying to beat the rain & possible DL,. He scored 60 from 67 balls, overcoming immense pressure fell on him & a deadly Aussie attack, bringing the total to 285 for 8 leaving just 37 run to win from 25 balls.... ultimately going down by just 15 runs at the end.

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on April 20, 2016 - 09:52)
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No offence, but if it wasn't for Kula's 73 off 43 balls, we wouldn't of even got that close! So it's a bit of an overstatement to say Kula batted around him when his strike rate and run scored was well below Kula's.

Upul's been a brilliant player for us, but on this occasion, I think he could of taken us closer to winning the game since we lost by 15 runs, but he got out at a crucial stage.

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obviously sl priorities are entirely different from outside world. that is why we are far behind today.

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Tharanga's batting avg is 49 at no 6 . maybe he should consider playing in there more than opening ;)

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I think most of the fans agreed that tharanga should play for sri lanka as a batsmen

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@SLCricket1, the problem is that I really don't see him as a finisher, he is not in the same calibre as Mathews. You mentioned his average batting at 6 is 49, but I wonder what his strike rate is. I recall a few matches where he just went on batting without accelerating although the run-rate just kept creeping.

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@SNR : the point here is when Upul came to bat SL were sinking 115 for 4, without his valuable inning to stop the collapse, do you think Kula or Dhammika would have gone that far without Upul holding the inning? He steadied the ship and motivated the big hitters to do the rest. How many times we have seen total collapses for shameful totals in such situations recent Nz tour was a good example., when the entire top order is gone for a small score? especially in chases. If not for that rain threat, we would have certainly won that match.

wild hitting is not what you expect from a good batter.

@ Avizzzy : Upul played as an accumulating opener in an era (2005-2013) that didn't have the 2013 introduced massive field restriction benefits or power plays as most of the other openers enjoyed as in 2015 WC etc. If you look at his big inngs, most of them have above 80 SR. without generalizing on assumptions to criticize, it would have been better if you had given some examples with matches that it did happen :)

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@SNR : the point here is when Upul came to bat SL were sinking 115 for 4, without his valuable inning to stop the collapse, do you think Kula or Dhammika would have gone that far without Upul holding the inning? He steadied the ship and motivated the big hitters to do the rest. How many times we have seen total collapses for shameful totals in such situations, when the entire top order is gone for a small score? especially in chases.recent Nz tour was a good example

If not for that rain threat, we would have certainly won this match. wild hitting is not what you expect from a good batter.

@ Avizzzy : Upul played as an accumulating opener in an era (2005-2013) that didn't have the 2013 introduced massive field restriction benefits or power plays as most of the other openers enjoyed as in 2015 WC etc. If you look at his big inngs, most of them have above 80 SR. without generalizing on assumptions to criticize, it would have been better if you had given some examples with matches that it did happen :)

(Last edited by MDKJulius Caesar on April 21, 2016 - 07:55)
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@Avizzzy his S/R is 77.01 in the no6 position which is better than his opening S/R(74)

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@SLCricket1, @ Avizzzy

Guys don't forget that Upul had played just a SOLITARY odi as opener (& a very few randomly given matches) since 2013 to date, so his SR is par with the most guys who played 2000 - 2013 and earned their runs in much harder way without the modern Field Restrictions, PP benefits enjoyed by all batters (most of them with less than 5 year careers enjoying the maximum benefits, almost none with 10 yrs) to boost their current Av & SR (maximum after 2013).

For example just look at Sanga's SR 75 & Av 38 in mid 2013: he improved them by a few notches up since 2013 ending up with 78 SR & 41 av in 2015.

Sanga's stats:

2000-2013 - 323 in -11265 - 75 SR - 38 av-

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/...

This proves the point. Guy's who had played in last decade had almost similar or lower SR than Upul (look at Marvan's 70 SR from 2000-2007).

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