no UDRS I take it.
oh ffs does god hate Boult or something? Nick it!
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Would have been nice to be 0 down, but that was good spell of swing bowling from the Kiwis and deserved a wicket.
Good all round day for Sri Lanka. Eranga and Herath stepping up with the bowl. Really good to see the seamers taking wickets. If opening batsmen and bowlers can start to perform it complete the jig saw puzzle for Sri Lanka.
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Even though it is extremely harsh on Prasanna, I still reckon giving the gloves to Chandimal is the way to get in him the side. Rather the playing middle order batsmen as openers, especially as you have opening batsmen scoring runs at domestic level.
Lets Mathews and Chandimal time to develop as batsmen in the lower order and push them to top of order once the Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Samaraweera retire. I have real bad felling they are all going to retire together especially Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Then we will left with an inexperienced middle order batting and Mathews having the borden of captaincy and batting at 4 and bowling first change. It all going to do down hill fast unless they give Chandimal some experience now.
In a perfect world we would've snagged another, but that's a world where bacon infused apples exist so this will do.
Starting to realize that Boult's problem is obvious - he doesn't string enough good balls together. Sure, you can bowl two peachy outswingers which fizz past the edge but if you follow it up with so many random trash balls down leg like he does, it completely changes the batsman's mindset. They're no longer wondering where their next run is coming from, hence luck doesn't seem to go his way.
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I wish they just stop picking people called "Tharanga".
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Predicting a very long day for us unfortunately. Remember well how Sri Lanka's 3/4/5 of Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Samaraweera were just impenetrable for our bowlers in the 2009 tour. Our bowlers weren't terrible iirc and worked their way through top 2-3 wickets, but in four SL innings only managed to take the 4th wicket at 300, 205, 295 and 301 (all the while aware that if we could just get that 4th and 5th wicket then SL's tail were poor).
This SL innings will go the same way unless we can use the new ball and every bit of swing available to get 3-4 wickets in the first 20 overs today. Then we might get SL for 250-300. However if we don't get those early wickets then SL will get 450 easily.
Looking back at that series I am reminded also of how much damage the SL seamers did to our batting. Erkh. History repeats. SL's seamers did bowl some good deliveries yesterday. But our batsmen are also culpable, particularly Guptill and Taylor.
So did Senanayake turn out to be a myth or something? Why is Randiv still playing Test cricket?
Boult could do with a season at county tbh, might be worth the Kiwi's ringing around for him. Can see him ending up at Gloucs given Wright's the coach there.
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poor shot. We'll take it.
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