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With series tied at one game all, things will get interesting on their ODI tour of Australia.
The ODI series is tied at one game apiece after Sri Lanka won the second match and it will be interesting to see how the selectors go from here.
The selectors of Australia kept the 2015 World Cup in mind while picking up players for this series.
While Sri Lanka did not speak that out loud, they also had plans beyond this tournament while choosing players for this series. In fact, Sri Lankan selectors have been working on that plan for quite some time.
They have not rested their key and experienced players including Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, and Rangana Herath, but they picked up many young guns for the squad of this seris.
Kumar Sangakkara slams second successive century as rain dictates play yet again
The rain-interrupted fourth day had almost written draw on the fate of this Test. The outfield was wet in the morning and the afternoon experienced an obligatory shower. As a result, obtaining a result from this Test has now become the farthest thing in everyone’s mind. A burst from Junaid Khan in the late afternoon shook Sri Lanka’s batsmen. Sri Lanka lost their four batsmen within short intervals but the prospect of a result was so bleak that those wickets brought little impact on the course of the game.
Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan sparkled on their favorite ground against their favorite opponent. Both of them got century and Sangakkara remained unbeaten at the end of the day with 144 runs. It was Sangakkara’s 30th century and 7th against Pakistan.
Sri Lanka end third day for the loss of a wicket in reply to Pakistan's mammoth first innings score
Rain stopped play in the afternoon of the third day of the Test, put the possibility of any outcome in serious doubt. Only one session could be played on the third day in which Pakistan added 63 runs before declaring the innings and Sri Lanka scored 70 runs for 1 wicket.
Pakistan’s pacers could utilize the pitch well than their Sri Lankan counterparts but that did not have any significant impact on the match. Tillakaratne Dilshan survived few times as luck was with him.
There was a speculation that Pakistan might declare without adding anything to their overnight 488 runs, as 45 overs was already lost due to rain in the second day and forecast of more rain was looming large on the rest of the days play.
Sri Lanka piled on 300/2 at the end of the first day's play in the first Test against Pakistan.
When a Galle dustbowl made the life of batsmen difficult nine months ago, the ICC had termed it to be an achievement of a better balance between bat and ball. However, the first day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan experienced an unexpected sunny day at Galle where Sri Lanka went to the driver’s seat by scoring 300 for just 2 wickets.
Ahead of the series, the Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene talked about his expectation from the senior players. He hoped them to build a platform on which the rest of the players could bat easily. Well, the seniors have responded to his urge.
Sri Lanka stormed back to a series-levelling win in the second ODI of the series against Pakistan
Sri Lankan top-order batsmen at last came back to the track! Tillakaratne Dilshan carried the bat throughout the innings with a century and Mahela Jayawardene made a half century that took Sri Lanka to a good total of 280.
Though Azhar Ali threatened Sri Lanka to repeat Dilshan’s feat, Thisara Perera’s six-wicket haul aided them to level the series. After the disappointing performance on Thursday’s match, this win came as a relief to Sri Lanka.
Former skipper takes over the role after T Dilshan quits from the top job after just nine months.
Jayawardene has been named Sri Lanka’s new ODI captain. The country’s new selection panel appointed him in the place of the resigned captain Tillakaratne Dilshan. He will lead Sri Lanka in the tri-series in Australia coming in February. Angelo Mathews retained his vice-captaincy while former captain Dilshan also secured a place in the 15-man squad.
Jayawardene captained Sri Lanka’s ODI team from 2004-2009. He became the Test captain in 2006. He resigned from captaincy in 2009 with an intention of giving his successor enough time to organize and settle the team for 2011 World Cup. Kumar Sangakkara took the lead that time but stepped down after Sri Lanka’s defeat in the World Cup final.
Coach, captain may also lose job after poor performances
Sri Lanka’s sports minister Mahindanada Aluthgamage has appointed Ashantha De Mel as the chairman of the country’s new selection panel. The replacement of Duleep Mendis as the former chairman has pointed to a possible series of changes in Sri Lankan cricket.
Because of the team’s poor performance in South Africa, Coach Geoff Marsh and Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan can be replaced too.
The other members of the new selection committee include Don Anurasiri, Amal Silva, and Hemantha Wickramaratne. This one-year-termed new committee will come into effect on 20th January despite the fact that the ex-committee was going to be terminated in February.
South Africa will hold all the aces going into the second Test match against Sri Lanka on the Boxing Day.
After crashing to an innings-defeat in the first match, Sri Lanka are unsure themselves as to whether they can wither the storm coming from the home side. South Africa, meanwhile, will look to be as clinical as possible to avoid a repeat of the several bad memories they have at Durban.
The second test between South Africa and Sri Lanka starts on the famous Boxing Day on Monday.
Being bundled out twice for under-200 totals and with a match-highest scorer of 38 runs, Sri Lanka have no doubts as to where their biggest problem lies – battling it out under testing conditions for batting.
The Sri Lankan cricket board has said that they will release the part of the pending payments soon for their players
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka, has said that they have planned to 65% pay of the dues to the players in the next week two weeks and the rest of the amount would be paid by January 15th 2012.
The players have not been paid their salaries which include the match fees and contract payments since the World Cup after which Sri Lanka has played three series of cricket.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had debts of US$32.5 million for building their new stadiums in Hambantota and Pallekele and renovating the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
The Sri Lankan batsmen will be expected to get going on bouncy South African tracks in their Test match series.
With not enough seamers in the squad, Sri Lanka has arrived in South Africa, while Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka’s skipper did not utter a single word about it.
Sri Lankan team is preparing to play a warm-up game against an Invitation XI from Friday at Benoni where Dilshan spoke for sometime. In his talk, he did not mention anything about their bowling department. He was confident of winning if their batting department put some good runs on the board. His speech looked strange that he feels bowling is not at all a factor to win in a place where most of the job is done by pace bowlers.
Pakistan will look to win the ODI series 4-1
Pakistan will look to make it 4-1 in their favor against a beleaguered Sri Lankan outfit when the two teams meet for the 5th and final match in the series at Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan have already captured the series after winning convincingly in their last game in Sharjah. However, the victory came hard as Shahid Afridi turned in a superb performance with both bat and ball to guide his troops to a memorable victory.
Pakistan will look to end the series on a winning note and pile further misery on a Sri Lankan outfit that has been struggling ever since they lost in the ICC Cricket World Cup final earlier this year.
Pakistan will look to seal the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the two sides meet in the fourth ODI
Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet at Sharjah for the 4th of their 5 ODI series in the UAE. The series is finely poised with Pakistan leading Sri Lanka 2-1 after the three matches in Dubai.
Pakistan will go into this match knowing full well that they are favorites now. They will look to book a series victory as early as tomorrow as no one likes to leave it late when the one’s nerves can start playing the funny games with one’s mind.
Pakistan have a lot to savor with the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat belting it out at the top of the order while the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, and Younis Khan have come to the party when they have been required.
Tied at 1-1, the third ODI will be an important one between Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Pakistan will resume their 5 ODI series against Sri Lanka on Friday as the two teams meet at the Dubai Sports Club facility for the 3rd ODI of the series.
Sri Lanka will be relieved after getting their first victory of the tour in the last match. However, the match itself was a close thing and could have gone either way. The result was too close for comfort but the Sri Lankans will take that considering their recent form, which has been well below par.
Sri Lanka will aim to go ahead of Pakistan in the series by winning a second consecutive match on this venue before heading to Sharjah and Abu Dhabi for the final two matches.
Pakistan will look to sustain pressure on Sri Lanka in the second ODI
Sri Lanka will look to bounce back against Pakistan in the second of their five match series that will be played at the Dubai Sports Club facility.
After being completely outplayed in the series opener, Sri Lanka will have to show character if they are to clear the mess that they have made over the past few weeks. Their batting can be best described as appalling.
The batting depends too heavily on the top four batsmen and if they fail to put the team in a good position, the rest simply do not seem to care at the center. Skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan is having a torrid time with the bat. Since taking over as skipper, his form has suffered to great effect and there is talk in his country to replace him with a new skipper.
Pakistan will look to maintain their winning momentum when they take on Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the series.
After defeating Sri Lanka 1-0 in the 3 test match series, Pakistan will now look to overcome their opponents in the One Dayers. The first of the five One Dayers will be played at the Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium on Friday.
The test series would have served as an eye opener for the Sri Lankans, who will be appalled at their condition even after making the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Although they are not as good a test side as they are in the ODI’s, one feels that the hurt caused by the punch delivered by Indian skipper MS Dhoni on that fateful evening in Mumbai will take some more time to heal.