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Donny, Are you here? This board seemed stuck since the morning. That is why I didn't start this thread. Anyway, what a strange selection this is!! Just Bose and Sharma as the two seamers! I expected Sree to play so that Kumble could be rested! Akash Chopra thinks that this SL A side is a very good side and expects them to give Indians a severe test since they are playing an international team!

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Lanka ‘A’ can be a handful for India August 02, 2007 Aakash Chopra Email Author August 02, 2007 First Published: 02:06 IST(3/8/2007) Last Updated: 02:10 IST(3/8/2007) India’s game on Friday against the touring Sri Lanka A side would see two teams with different goals locking horns over three days. India are coming in after playing back-to-back Tests and are scheduled to play the last Test shortly after this game. So, on one hand, they would like to keep the momentum going, but, on the other, they will have to rest their key players, especially the bowlers. But their opponents would be taking this game as the biggest of their long tour so far. After all, they’ll be playing against a full national side. Having played Sri Lanka A a few times in the last 12 months (for the MCC last month and for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy), I know most of them very well. They’re a good bunch of guys who play hard and are fun to hang out with. They’re extremely vocal on the field but once we cross that white line, it’s hard to see the aggressive on-field characters in the laidback charmers off the field. The good thing about the Lankan set-up is that they have four to five A tours in a year. There’s a lot of consistency in the team selection and hence they work as a cohesive unit. The team I played against at Arundel a month ago was almost the same I played against at the Eden Gardens last year, with the exception of a couple of faces. Most players idolise their senior cricketers, perhaps because it’s a small country and seniors influence the youngsters quite a bit. They have a left hand opening batsman, Udawatte, who likes width and goes after the ball very hard right from the word go. You can’t stop thinking about Jayasuriya when he bats. They have a decent middle order, Thilan Samaraweera being the backbone. He’s a class player, bats like Jayawardene and is equally sound temperamentally. He’s averaging well over 40 in Test cricket and perhaps deserves a place in the side but you’ll not see him moaning about it. There are also people like Jehan Mubarak, who I know from my previous tour to Sri Lanka in 2003, a likeable, soft-spoken guy. He is an elegant southpaw and makes batting look easy when on song but like most elegant batsmen, he has a tendency to throw his wicket away when big runs are there for the taking. His four first-class centuries don’t do justice to his talent. On this tour to England, Sri Lanka A have selected another promising left hander Michael Vandort in place of Mubarak, who was busy doing national duty against Bangladesh. Lanka A also have a pint size wicketkeeper called Silva, who will probably remind you of Romesh Kaluwitharana. He is very chirpy behind the stumps (Kalu’s influence, I guess) and a decent bat, except that he’s not half as aggressive as Kaluwitharana. But like all short batsmen, he likes anything pitched short. They also have a formidable bowling attack. Ganegama has been there a while and is their pace spearhead. He has a simple, no fuss kind of action and likes to hit the deck. He has the ability to move the ball both ways off the pitch and was very successful in the Duleep Trophy last year. Then, there’s another bowler called Ishara with a slightly slinging action, not as much as Malinga though. He’s quicker than he looks and likes to pitch it short of a length. They also have a new face in a left arm bowler called Welegedara, who looks a lot similar to you-know-who, Chaminda Vaas. They always play with a 3-1 (pace-spin) combination and Rangana Herath is their regular left-arm spinner. Top to bottom, they seem an aggressive, hard-working unit remarkably similar to their senior side. Most of these guys are in their late 20s and have been around a while. Some have played for Sri Lanka. But as this match might well be the only opportunity for a few of them to play a national side, in case they never play for Lanka, they’ll probably take it very seriously.

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Michael Vandort made the most of a missed stumping opportunity by Dinesh Karthik, India's designated wicketkeeper for the three-day fixture against Sri Lanka A,
guess, the team mgmt wanted to see how karthik is behind the stumps..prolly planning him to use as the main wk for the 3rd test.. :haha:

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I think with Bose in form, he can probably be looked in, instead of erratic Sri Sree. All we need is a bowler to control things, bowl a steady line and length, when Zaheer and RPS are striking. We don't need another wicket taking bowler..

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fair pt unless the trundler becomes easy prey ... if it moves around a lot then it isnt a huge issue ... but if it flat than the lack of pace becomes an issue

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Powar obviously has no future as a Test cricketer - 23 overs for 80 runs and only 2 wickets ? Not the first poor game he has had on this tour. On upcoming tours, i hope India play Chawla instead. Keep Powar as an ODI specialist only.

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Powar obviously has no future as a Test cricketer - 23 overs for 80 runs and only 2 wickets ? Not the first poor game he has had on this tour. On upcoming tours' date=' i hope India play Chawla instead. Keep Powar as an ODI specialist only.[/quote'] powar has taken a 4fer both him and bose fighting it out on who takes the next wkt

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Nah. India will remain unchanged. Dravid always backs his players and it won't be any different with Sreesanth Good to see Phoolan Devi and Powar taking wickets though.
You surely meant Deshi Gillespie and Roly-Poly-Marathi, didn't you?

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Because we have one two many wicketkeepers in the team. Yuvraj can be blooded' date=' instead of a redundant wicketkeeper.[/quote'] Yuvi has been blooded long ago. It's unfortunate that he has been unable to grasp his opportunities with both hands, esp when the stalwarts were booted out during the Gurukul period.

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Because we have one two many wicketkeepers in the team. Yuvraj can be blooded' date=' instead of a redundant wicketkeeper.[/quote'] Why are you looking at kartick as keeper. Its tough on a player to both keep and open the inning. If dhoni does make way for yuvraj the he should be ready to open the inning. Kartick keeping and opening is as good as giving them a free wicket.

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Kartick keeping and opening is as good as giving them a free wicket.
Some people may argue that even FTB Dhoni @ 7 is as good as going with one batsmen down in these conditions.

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How the hell is an Sri Lankan A team playing India in england in the first place ? And how many of you get the feeling that Gambhir is going to score runs tomorrow ? Kumble bowled JUST 11 overs in the entire innings ! That is a shocking statistic.. Cant seem to figure out why is he was included in the team in the first place , if they were thinking of keeping his work-load to a minimum. Sachin is missing most of the side matches. Maybe all is not well with his fitness.

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*I think* for the third test Dhoni is gone and either Yuvi or Gambhir is in. What do you guys think? Before ppl start poinying to Dhoni's innings at Lords, please be realistic he could have been out single digit scores in that innings. He had some luck.

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Dhoni scored a duck again!!:sad_smile: This is worrying. This wicket was a batting friendly and everyone was scoring. And why did India declare while still trailing? Do they want to sort ourt out a pace bowler too??? Why did Yuvi not bat?:angry_smile:

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If you are falling behind a A side, obviously you'll feel angry!

Bose 8 0 42 0 5.25 (1w)

Bose has been taken to cleaners. Kumble is lacking sting. Dhoni was dismissed for duck. These are enough to disappoint you!!

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But this is a first clas cricket match. Obviously there would be upswings and downswings in the fortune of both teams. Its credit to us that we havent lost a single match on this tour yet.

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