Mendis cut in half

To be fair to Mendis, there really arnt too many bowlers who can stop Sanath and Tendulkar when they are in that kind of mood.

Brutal, murderous and calculated. Sanath would have seen Mendis in the nets for ages so it would have been easier for him to pick him. But Tendulkar who had trouble with his back in Colombo took him apart in the brilliant way only he can.

1-0 Tendulkar in this IPL with round two just 4 days away.

His first 12 balls went for 28.

His last 12 for 11. Which tells the story of the match. It was won through the bats of the one of the most lethal opening pairs in this competition.

Once you go for over a 100 in 52 balls in a 2020, you are not going to be making too many come backs.

Mendis didnt get too much turn and he seemed a little lost in the middle of the assault. To his credit he kept tossing it up. Which dint help cuz they ended up being too full.

Another tough lesson for the prodigy. And he needs to learn in quick time.


  1. sure, he got carted around in two of the four overs he bowled, but the nature of the format is not very spinner-friendly. what was fantastic to see was that the way he maintained his friendly demeanour inspite of having a bad first couple of overs and like you mentioned, did not resort to throwing 100kph darts like many other spinners would. I think he’ll only get better every time he goes to bowl. classy fellow mendis.

    April 28, 2009
  2. achettup said:

    I see you have stopped referring to him as Splendid…

    April 28, 2009
  3. Vivek said:

    what i think is happening is that…..he has got instructions either from the board or the senior SL players to not use/expose his full repertoire…..also,,,comeon he still is learning the ropes of his trade….lets be patient…..

    April 28, 2009
  4. Amy said:

    Ouch. Seeing those figures in one place is a little daunting.

    I’m sure Splendid will pull through.

    April 28, 2009
  5. damith said:

    donthaveaclue> Clearly its not. Vetorri getting smashed last night proves this. Our man Mendis will definitely learn quite a bit from this IPL.

    attch> Dont be fooled. He is still SPLENDID. Splendid MENDIS !!

    Vivek> My post was referring to the two halves of his spell. ie Cut in half. Looks like he struggles a bit when people come at him. Which is something he needs to learn to deal with and be patient with. Murali has the same problem. He struggles heaps when he is attacked and tends to go flatter. Mendis seems to keep flighting it up there.

    Amy> Ya it does hurt. Round 2 on Friday should be interesting.

    April 29, 2009
  6. King Cricket said:

    Once again we’re massively disappointed that an article isn’t about Gehan Mendis of Lancashire in the Eighties.

    May 2, 2009
  7. ROSHAN said:

    yeah….mendis is still new and he shud not be pressurized.I thought Mahela over used him and hopefully sanga will take good care oof him..
    Sri lanka need to do well in T20 WC.We hav a decent squad but performance is vital.Players like Mubarak is getting too many chances…eventhough he doesn’t have da skill he is in the good books of SL’s corrupt selectors….one guy is facing bribery charges in da hedging scandal and the other guy is promoting da no-baller cos’ he gives a buck to dis particular selector…dis selector is also promoting players employed in a particular bank,a local coach newly appointed in SL’s support staff is also involved in the bank mafia

    May 13, 2009
  8. Fernando said:

    he just started his career.even though the seniors are getting fired then be patient on Mendis, he may show his talent very quickly

    May 20, 2009

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