Scores of 240 -250 (or less) against NZ and Australia will mean they would lose big against these 2 teams.
Silva and Dilshan can get 70 plus in the last 10 if there's already a platform to launch - say 190- 200 already and not 160 -170 or less with 5 down already and only Vaas and Arnold left .
I still fail to see the logic behind Atapattu coming into the side to play an anchor role at first drop resulting in better use of the powerplays - of all things!
Atapattu striking at 55 doesn't automatically mean other batsmen are less likely to get out, or that they'll automatically start scoring run-a-ball 70s.
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Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
Atapattu most of his innings (or at least 80 percent of his innings as opener)
compare with Arnold (whose innings have always been at numbers 5,6,7.
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Because the batting order would then look like
But the very fact that Atapattu was there would cancel that out anyway. Plus, there's the fact that Atapattu doesn't score a ton every single time - there's every chance he could get out himself for a famous 12(40) effort.No , but it would give them an opportunity to attack the bowling during power plays taking some chances , knowing that Atapattu could be relied on to play the long innings at the other end.
Atapattu at 3 would have its advantages, but taking advantage of PowerPlay overs is definitely not one of them!
Can't see Attapatu breaking into the current side unless there is an injury or someone losses form, Sri lankans would more or less like to have the same XI through the WC, but frankly speaking Attapatu can only come into team at expense of Silva [if he doesn't perform].
Arnold is their finisher so they won't really drop him for an anchor-man like Attapatu [IMO], which can disturb the whole combination and balance of the side.
After the performance in the last match drop Vaas for Maharoof?
The suggests sp was being just a tad on the ironic side, dude...
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