21 Jun / 2011Sri Lanka in England(2011). Teams needed to maintain their excellent start.

In forthcoming series, the Sri Lankans need to take advantage of the start they get(both in batting & bowling).

In England, Sri Lanka had played 6 games & in those games (12 innings) their average opening stand has been brilliant @ 76.07 (3 double century stand, & 3 fifties). This allowed them to post huge score. Same was the case in last Test series against West Indies at home, where their batsmen performed brilliantly.

Meanwhile their bowlers did a honest job of picking the first wicket very early, considering that their bowling attack is fairly inexperience, with both Muralitharan & Malinga retiring from Test cricket.

However if they have to become a force in Test cricket, & win more games overseas, then they require genuine set of fast swing bowlers, & right now they have Suranga Lakmal who is excellent with the new ball, although his experience is limited to 5 Tests matches, & has picked 10 wickets, but, good part for the Lankans is, out those dismissals, six batsmen were(60 %) dismissed for less than 10 runs, which says a lot on how he is able to use the new ball against quality batsmen.

If Chanaka  Welegedara can get his radar right which is not easy for a left-armer, then both he and Lakmal can trouble the best  batting side in world cricket. Like Lakmal, Welegedara has played few Test matches, but good part for him is, that  47.36% of victims as bowled & LBW!!.

Sri Lanka bowlers fail to capitalise!.

Despite getting an excellent start by opening bowlers, host teams manage to post big scores against the islanders. Here is a GFX of how Lankans bowlers fail to capitalise the start they attained



Sri Lanka v West Indies (2010)

Before the tour of England, Sri Lanka hosted West Indies to play a 3-Test series last Dec. Although there was no result in any of those games, but the Lankan openers(batting pair, & opening pair of bowlers) did a commendable job

Tests Sri Lanka Opening Pair Wes Indies Opening Pair
1st Test 378 all out 6 580-9 110
2nd Inn 241-4 102 Did not bat Did not bat
2nd Test 387-9dec 10 243 all out 7
2nd Inn 57-1 55 12-2 9
3rd Test Did not bat Did not bat 303-8 0
2nd Inn Did not bat Did not bat Did not bat Did not bat

The Rose Bowl

Did openers lose opportunity at Southampton!.

Weather did play a big part in depriving both teams of a result. This venue has been helpful for seam and swing bowling, especially in the first session of a day. However after that it becomes easy for batsmen to score plenty of runs, & so far this is only the second time weather intervened at Rose Bowl.

Here is a GFX of 1st class games played this year at Rose Bowl.

A snap shot of teams scores & opening stand,  both for Hampshire(home side) & visiting sides.

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