Sri Lanka’s Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal promises to play fearless cricket

Posted on 18 July 2017 by admin

by Rex Clementine – Courtesy: The Island.


Former great Aravinda de Silva always speaks of trusting your instincts and playing an aggressive brand of cricket that often upsets the rhythm of the opposition. As Sri Lanka completed a stunning four wicket win chasing down a mammoth 388 run target to keep their unbeaten record against Zimbabwe intact, new captain Dinesh Chandimal echoed similar sentiments.

Dinesh Chandimal

"We’ve played on these kinds of pitches before in Sri Lanka, in India and Bangladesh. On these pitches, it’s with sweeps and reverse sweeps that we can score runs. There’s a risk in that, but if we are chasing scores, we should trust our instincts and play those shots. At training we had practiced those things, and those things bore results today," noted Chandimal.

"When it came time for us to bat yesterday, most of what we talked about was playing your own game as batsmen. We know that it was tough for us to bat out the time and draw the match. If we tried that, it was likely we’d lose. So we said: play your own game. As a captain I told them that I’d take the responsibility for any mistakes, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga played well. Then at the end, Asela and Dickwella were excellent," noted Chandimal.

"Zimbabwe put huge effort into winning this match, and it wasn’t easy for us. In a Test match you can’t make mistakes across the five days. At times we made mistakes, and at other times we did well. That changed from session to session. We wanted to win the game. We are very happy with the result."

Asela Gunaratne kept his nerve to remain till the end as he finished unbeaten on 80. "I am very glad a player like Asela is in the team. He’s a cushion for any captain or team. If he bowls, he gets the wickets the team needs. I’m very happy he’s in the team. He has performed his responsibilities well. I’m hoping for those things from him in the future as well."

"I gave responsibilities to all the players – whether they were juniors or seniors. Everyone can have good ideas, so even in the team meetings, we gave them that room to talk. We have a good start now. We saw the character of the team – how they picked themselves up. We have that mentality to achieve victory even when things look grim. My main goal is to win every game."

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Dinesh Chandimal slowly building his place back in Sri Lanka team

Posted on 13 June 2015 by admin

Dinesh Chandimal is favoured to take over wicket-keeping duties when the first Test against Pakistan starts next week, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews said.

Being well stocked in the keeping department, Sri Lanka’s selectors overlooked Prasanna Jayawardene, who had been a fixture behind the stumps for the Test team, for this three-match series and Mathews said finding someone to fill that place was not difficult.

“The top four batsmen in the team are capable of keeping so we don’t have an issue with finding someone for that position. Though we have not made a final decision we are likely to go with Chandimal,” Matthews said.

Chandimal last kept wickets in the first home Test against South Africa last year, before being dropped for youngster Niroshan Dickwella, who has also been overlooked for this series.

Mathews also said that the decision to recall Jehan Mubarak was a collective decision of those involved in the selection process – the selection committee, the coach and the captain – and contrary to some media reports, was not at his personal request.

“We don’t work according to one person’s decisions and we are always looking to do what is right for the team. We always select people who can contribute so it wasn’t my decision or decision of only the selectors – that isn’t relevant here. This was a collective decision,” Mathews said.

Earlier this week, the national selectors made a surprise decision to name Mubarak to the Test squad, ending an eight-year Test exile for the 34-year-old batsman.

He also said that no final decision had been taken about the inclusion of Kusal Perera, who has yet to make his Test debut, despite being a regular in the limited over teams.

“The entire squad can make the team, at any given occasion. It’ll be difficult to decide the first eleven, which is a good problem for the team, so we can’t say if Kusal will play or not,” Mathews said. Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Misbah ul-haq, referring to Sri Lanka as a ‘home’ – and rightly so, this being their third tour here in the last four years — said that Pakistan were motivated by the three backto-back series defeats they suffered on their last tours.

“We’re looking forward to a tough series. In our last couple of series we have lost and we really want to play good cricket here,” Misbah said.

Misbah also said t hat they were working hard on the challenge of playing Rangana Herath, who was the leading wicket taker in the last series between the two teams last year.

“We know that he’s very effective i n Sri Lankan conditions. We’ve got some really good players of spin in our team, and at times we played Rangana really well, but the last series was a really special one for Rangana. Everybody is working on the techniques and he we have some plans to deal with him,” Misbah said.

“We know he is a good bowler and really threatening for the team but at the same time at this level if you want to really perform well, you have to cope with these sorts of bowlers” he added.

Herath accounted for 23 wickets in that two-match series at an average of 15.13, including a career-best 9 for 127 in the first innings of the second test. The next best bowler in that series was Junaid Khan who, along with Dilruwan Perera and Saeed Ajmal, took nine wickets.

Source: Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka

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Chandimal’s century powers SL ‘A’ to 275 runs

Posted on 31 July 2014 by admin


Dropped Sri Lanka player Dinesh Chandimal top scored with a century for Sri Lanka ‘A’ to score 275 for nine wickets in their tour match against Yorkshire in Headingley yesterday. Chandimal put on a second wicket stand of 101 runs with opener Danushka Gunathilaka who scored 65 runs.Chandimal scored eight fours and a six in his innings while Chathuranga de Silva and Ramith Rambukwella added brisk 20s. In their essay Yorkshire were 236 for eight wickets in 43 overs when this edition went to press.

Scores: Sri Lanka ‘A’ 275 for 9 in 50 overs (Danushka Gunathilaka 65, Dinesh Chandimal 100, Chathuranga de Silva 29, Ramith Rambukwella 23n.o; James Wainman 3/51, Adil Rashid 4/57)

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1st Test: 138-run 5th wkt partnership between Mathews & Chandimal helps Sri Lanka on day-4

Posted on 03 January 2014 by admin

Angelo Mathews scored a career-best 116 to fashion a remarkable turnaround for Sri Lanka in the Abu Dhabi Test after they had conceded a 179-run lead to Pakistan in the first innings. He added 138 for the fifth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal, who missed out on his third Test century, and a further unbeaten 96 with Prasanna Jayawardene to transform a delicate situation on the fourth morning into, possibly, a match-winning one. Only thrice before have Pakistan been able to chase down a target in excess of 241, which is Sri Lanka’s current lead.

The Pakistan bowlers managed a solitary wicket in the entire day and, for most parts, appeared innocuous with the pitch hardly providing assistance to the seamers or spinners. Saeed Ajmal’s figures of 42-10-96-0 – the most overs he has bowled without picking up a wicket – highlighted the bowlers’ misery.

Mathews, though, stayed compact throughout the day, and apart from a brief period against the new ball, was largely untroubled. Unlike his counterattacking 91 in the first innings, he kept the lid on his aggressive instincts, choosing the slow and steady approach. His half-century came off 113 deliveries. His next 50 took even longer as he slowed down as he neared his first Test century as captain, taking 24 balls to score his last four runs.

Mathews did pounce on loose deliveries, scoring a six and 11 fours, six of which came against Bilawal Bhatti. He was quick on the pull the moment the seamers pitched it short, but otherwise preferred playing in the V, with a few of his fours coming in the region between mid-on and midwicket. Along with Chandimal, he laid the foundation for Sri Lanka’s revival.

Pakistan had assumed a dominant position on the third day after earning three wickets in the last session, and needed similar intensity today from Bhatti and Junaid Khan to restrict Sri Lanka’s lead. They opened with the same pair in their search for quick wickets, but both bowlers lacked the zip that had brought them success the previous day.

That made Sri Lanka’s job easier. Chandimal and Mathews collected 24 runs, without being troubled, in the 8.3 overs of Bhatti and Junaid’s first spell. They defended solidly and mainly focused on turning the strike over, choosing only once each to stamp their authority with powerful pulls. The two bowlers had to eventually be pulled out of the attack by Misbah-ul-Haq to keep them ready for the second new ball. That gave Sri Lanka more breathing space.

They slightly upped the rate in the last 10 overs with the old ball to accumulate 39 runs as the three bowlers used in that block – Ajmal, Rahat Ali and Mohammad Hafeez – failed to create even a minor flutter. Chandimal reached his fifth Test half-century in the 79th over with a glance to the fine leg boundary, and Mathews smashed a six that illustrated the two batsmen’s growing comfort.

Misbah asked for the new ball straightaway and pressed his two best bowlers – Junaid and Bhatti – into service. However, it didn’t have the desired effect as Sri Lanka switched to a measured approach once more.

Chandimal stayed fluent, easily picking up singles and maintaining a strike rate of over 50 throughout his innings. In the first over after lunch, he used his feet to drive Ajmal to the cover boundary to register the partnership’s century stand. In the next over though, bowled by Bhatti, Chandimal, on 71, was reprieved by Ahmed Shehzad at second slip after the fielder misread a thick edge which moved to the wrong direction. The relief on Shehzad’s face was palpable when, 10 overs later, Chandimal was sucked in to a hook by Junaid to be caught at deep fine leg. He could only add 18 after being dropped and missed his third Test century by 11 runs, becoming Junaid’s 50th Test victim in the process.

Pakistan had an opening after 47.3 overs of toil, but Mathews kept his focus and ensured Sri Lanka kept turning the wheel of fortune decisively towards them. Prasanna Jayawardene proved to be the ideal foil, handling Ajmal’s variations with aplomb and keeping the seamers at bay with ease. By the end of the day, the two had batted for 39 overs, and are likely to push the match away from Pakistan’s reach on the last day.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Dinesh Chandimal becomes youngest Sri Lankan captain at age 23

Posted on 21 July 2013 by admin

by Rex Clementine writing to the Island

On Saturday, Dinesh Chandimal became the youngest Sri Lankan captain at the age of 23 breaking the record established by Arjuna Ranatunga in 1988. He couldn’t have asked for a better start as Kumar Sangakkara’s career best score of 169 helped Sri Lanka to record their biggest win against the Proteas. Chandimal is standing in for the suspended captain Angelo Mathews and was elated after the massive win. "I am over the moon. It’s not easy to captain a team and we played against a strong South African side. They’re a tough team. They played some really good cricket in the past. Credit goes to our batsmen. They played really well," Chandimal told journalists.

"When Mahela was batting, we got the momentum. After that Sangakkara batted really well. You know they’re wily old fox. They know how to handle situations. They know how to play and they put a good total on the board and we could put them under pressure," Chandimal observed.

Chandimal also said that the total of 320 wasn’t what Sri Lanka had targeted at the start of the game on a slow wicket. "We didn’t think that much of a big total. But before the game there was a meeting with our stats analyst and he showed our statistics against South Africa and our best against South Africa was 312. So we had a plan to go beyond that during the series. There were certain milestones that we wanted to achieve as a team and we are glad we achieved some of those today."

Chandimal was also asked what prevented him from sending the big hitting Thisara Perera to make use of the Batting Power Play.

"In the past, we were sending Thisara if a wicket fell during the Power Play. But today, had we sent Thisara and if he had got out, then we would have lost two wickets and the pressure would have been on us. So we had a chat with Thirimanne and sent him in. We wanted him to bat till the 50th over since Kumar was batting at the other end. Thiri and Kumar executed those plans well and we kept Thisara for the death overs."

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Dinesh Chandimal to captain first two ODIs against South Africa

Posted on 17 July 2013 by admin


Dinesh Chandimal


Sri Lanka squad

  • Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal
  • In Thisara Perera, Jehan Mubarak, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Angelo Perera
  • Out Kusal Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Jeevan Mendis

Dinesh Chandimal will lead Sri Lanka in the first two games of the five-match ODI series against South Africa, with regular captain Angelo Mathews serving a two-match ban for a slow over-rate in the final of the West Indies tri-nation series. Thisara Perera, who was left out of the squad for the tournament in the Caribbean, has been recalled, as has been Jehan Mubarak, whose last ODI was back in January 2009.

Perera took the seam-bowling allrounder's spot from Dilhara Lokuhettige, while young wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera lost out to middle-order batsman Angelo Perera. Tillakaratne Dilshan, who missed the tri-series with a calf injury, returned to the squad. With so many batsmen selected, legspinning allrounder Jeevan Mendis could not find a place. Nuwan Kulasekara had dislocated the ring finger of his left hand in West Indies and does not seem to have recovered.


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