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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    I just can't believe that Fernando is ever going to solve the problem of serial-no-balling and impossible waywardness if he hasn't by now.

    Zoysa, however, has suffered from such things much more sporadically, and that's what's made me think he has more potential than dear old Dilhara Slower-Ball.
    He never slove the no ball problem unless he stops becoming a professional net bowler. You can only solve those things by bowling in a real match (i.e First Class Match). Since his latest return from injury he played in two A series and a handful of matches for SSC. His basically spent the last 12 months bowling in the nets and the odd ODI. I don't think he would have played more then 10 FC matches in the last 12 months.
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    Sri Lanka have a good chance to win the damn thing I feel.

    They have good batsmen, do their basics excellently (running between wickets and fielding) and have two excellent bowlers in Vaas and Murali.
    I think Bandara is pretty underrated but I feel SRi Lanka's chances could hinge on how their other seamers (e.g Dilhara, Malinga and KUlaskara) fare.
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    I'm entirely unconvinced by Sri Lanka's late order hitting.
    Sreesanth said, "Next ball he was beaten and I said, 'is this the King Charles Lara? Who is this impostor, moving around nervously? I should have kept my mouth shut for the next ball - mind you, it was a length ball - Lara just pulled it over the church beyond the boundary! He is a true legend."



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    But their top-order hitting is equalled by no-one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk View Post
    I'm entirely unconvinced by Sri Lanka's late order hitting.
    The main reason why Kapugedera should have been selected regardless of form. The main area in the side we lack is lower order hitting, outside our back up bowlers.

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    This is what I think they should go in with for the first match, assuming everyone is fit.

    Sri Lanka XI
    1. Sanath Jayasuria
    2. Upul Tharanga
    3. Kumar Sangakkara+
    4. Mahela Jayawardene*
    5. Marvan Atapattu
    6. Tillakaratne Dilshan
    7. Farveez Maharoof
    8. Chaminda Vaas
    9. Malinga Bandara
    10. Lasith Malinga
    11. Muttiah Muralitharan

    Looks to be a well balanced team. Lower order hitting could be a problem, but Maharoof has shown some potential in that regard. Probably has one of the best opening pairs in ODI cricket right now, and one of if not the best WK-batsmen in the world. Vaas, Murali and Malinga form the very capable core of this bowling lineup, and Jayasuria is solid enough of a bowler, but the performance of Maharoof and Bandara to fill out the rest of the overs could prove key either for or against SL.
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    I would go with

    Upal Tharanga
    Sanath Jayasuriya
    Mahela Jayawardene
    Kumar Sangakkara
    Marvan Atapattu
    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Chamara Silva
    Farveez Maharoof
    Chaminda Vaas
    Muttiah Muralitharan
    Lasith Malinga
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713 View Post
    This is what I think they should go in with for the first match, assuming everyone is fit.

    Sri Lanka XI
    1. Sanath Jayasuria
    2. Upul Tharanga
    3. Kumar Sangakkara+
    4. Mahela Jayawardene*
    5. Marvan Atapattu
    6. Tillakaratne Dilshan
    7. Farveez Maharoof
    8. Chaminda Vaas
    9. Malinga Bandara
    10. Lasith Malinga
    11. Muttiah Muralitharan

    Looks to be a well balanced team. Lower order hitting could be a problem, but Maharoof has shown some potential in that regard. Probably has one of the best opening pairs in ODI cricket right now, and one of if not the best WK-batsmen in the world. Vaas, Murali and Malinga form the very capable core of this bowling lineup, and Jayasuria is solid enough of a bowler, but the performance of Maharoof and Bandara to fill out the rest of the overs could prove key either for or against SL.
    Atapattu must bat three IMO.

    Swap him and Sangakkara.

    And what wouldn't I give for Dharmasena instead of Bandara...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Atapattu must bat three IMO.

    Swap him and Sangakkara.

    And what wouldn't I give for Dharmasena instead of Bandara...
    Hasn't Sangakkara been batting at three for a while now? Hasn't been too ineffective there either, I daresay. The skipper Jayawardene is at four so I don't see any room for him above five. Weird considering that 2 years ago no one would have thought that Atapattu would be batting anywhere but three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    I would go with

    Upal Tharanga
    Sanath Jayasuriya
    Mahela Jayawardene
    Kumar Sangakkara
    Marvan Atapattu
    Tillakaratne Dilshan
    Chamara Silva
    Farveez Maharoof
    Chaminda Vaas
    Muttiah Muralitharan
    Lasith Malinga
    Dunno about the batting order but this will probably be the team imo

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    As an outsider who has only recently seen Sri Lanka play in the Champions Trophy & here in NZ, Farveez Maharoof & Chaminda Vaas batting at 7/8 with the tail following is not good enough.

    I would be backing Sri Lanka but their form in both of the those tournaments/series wasn't flash hot. They should have beaten NZ considering the home team was chopping and changing whereas Sri Lanka had their best side picked.

    Sri Lanka has the bowling line-up to suit the conditions, but their form has to improve. With the long format of the tournament surely it will change for the better.
    Last edited by meatspx; 13-03-2007 at 02:40 AM.

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    The best SL team would be -

    Tharanga
    Sanath J
    Atapattu
    Sangakkara
    Chamara Silva
    Mahela
    Dilshan
    Maharoof
    Vaas
    Malinga
    Murali

    But for Bermuda,

    I personally would go with

    Atapattu
    Arnold
    Mahela
    Sangakkara
    Dilshan
    Chamara Silva
    Maharoof
    Vaas
    Bandara
    Kulsekera
    Murali

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    Yeah i think we will play somewhat of a 2nd string side against Bermuda. Tharanga will play though, best minnow basher in the world really.

    Also Richard what do you see in Dharmasena he was crap for most of career, did a servicable role at best. Bandara is far, far better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713 View Post
    Hasn't Sangakkara been batting at three for a while now? Hasn't been too ineffective there either, I daresay. The skipper Jayawardene is at four so I don't see any room for him above five. Weird considering that 2 years ago no one would have thought that Atapattu would be batting anywhere but three.
    Sangakkara is perfectly equipped as far as I can see to bat five.

    Same can't IMO be said of Atapattu.

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