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Kohli enforces the follow-on and leaves his bowlers to do the rest; Day four in Pune

October 14, 2019

Dannie Byrne

In India one would expect the spinners to really take over in the second innings and to become the biggest threat to the visiting batsmen. Ashwin and Jadeja are indeed more difficult to play as the game goes on as was also the case with the likes of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh and others before them. However at the present time the Indians have another lethal weapon in Mohammed Shami who sometimes saves his best for when the wickets are dry and dusty in the second innings providing a perfect environment for creating reverse swing. Nowhere was this better demonstrated than in Visakhapatnam last week when he returned figures of 5 -35 and the South Africans were bowled out for 191 in the second innings after Ashwin and Jadeja were given first use of the new ball. Prior to this Test match Shami had accumulated 158 Test wickets with 80 being taken in the second innings at an average of 22.58 compared with 78 in the first innings at 34.47. All of Shami’s five wicket hauls and indeed 6 of his 7 best sets of figures have come in the second innings of Test matches in places like Johannesburg, Perth, Sydney and Centurion as well as Kolkata and Visakhapatnam.

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Farewell. In Memory of Aubrey Kuruppu

October 14, 2019

ONE: Hafiz Marikar –Former cricketer Aubrey Kuruppu dies at 74″ …. Daily News, October 2019

Former Thomian, Saracens and University cricketer Aubrey Kuruppu died suddenly in Kandy at the age of 74 yesterday. Kuruppu collapsed at the Royal Maul Restaurant where he goes for his daily cup of tea. He was rushed to the Kandy General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A postmortem will be held today and his final rites will be decided soon after. Born in Dehiwela on March 11, 1945 Aubrey was a complete cricketer, coach, cricket writer, administrator, an umpire, match referee and an internationally reputed cricket commentator.

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A British Interloper Dissects Indian Cricketing Stardom at Pune

October 13, 2019

Dannie Byrne

Indian cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Faf du Plessis during the third day of the second cricket test match between India and South Africa in Pune, India, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) … AND Shammi to can dabce

DAY ONE: Another Agarwal century gets India off to a flying start; Day one in Pune

It was the festival of Durga Puja that led to the venue for the second Test being switched from Ranchi to Pune. The official dates for the celebration were listed from 4th – 8th October but in reality the festivities are extended over a ten day period. According to legend the festival signifies the birth of Durga with blessings from the gods in the form of collective energy to be used to fight the demon King Mahishasura. Apparently Mahishasura was blessed with immortality and couldn’t be killed by god or man which is why a goddess had to accomplish the feat. Durga would take a different form each day to fight the demon until finally on the tenth day ( Dashami ) – the last day of Durga Pura she was finally allowed to kill him. It always appears to me as a good excuse for people to try to make money by selling all sorts of things along the side of the road and I have no doubt there are plenty of examples of this kind of activity currently taking place in Ranchi. However after ten days of haggling most of the stall holders would likely have run out of plastic statues, balloons, incense sticks and fireworks and would have been relatively happy to pack up their belongings and head off back to wherever they normally made their rupees.

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Murali celebrated in Sri Lankan Musical Rhythms via Alston Koch

October 11, 2019

Murali the official music video & song

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Cricket Squads Feted in Colombo: Monies and Pictorials Galore

October 11, 2019

Pictures from Daily Mirror … and …. Daily News … where the headline = Sri Lanka’s cricketing heroes rewarded with US$ 145,000″

Rumesh Ratnayake, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Tirimanne and Asantha De Mel with lesser lights

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In the Manner Michael: Appreciative Thoughts about Michael De Zoysa

October 10, 2019

ONE = Callistus Davy  in Sunday Observer, 6 October 2019: “Michael de Zoysa: If only he could write his own lines!”

In today’s set-up where corruption, dishonestly, cheating and rouge ways hold sway in sections of Sri Lankan society and some people who boast of culture can only put on a face for the cameras, Michael de Zoysa was a cut above the rest and went to his grave on Wednesday evening like the true professional he was. Perhaps Michael de Zoyza will be able to give a better account of himself to his Creator than many others who hobnobbed with him and were no match to his integrity.

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Sri Lanka’s Crazy Unimaginable Performances

October 10, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, where the title reads 

I = The Test series win in South Africa

Kusal Perera, who had only made one previous century against Zimbabwe, produced one of the most spectacular Test innings of all time as Sri Lanka chased down 304 for victory. But as ridiculous as that innings from this player was, the remainder of that series was no less outlandish. Dimuth Karunaratne had been thrown the captaincy just days before the Durban Test, following Sri Lanka’s nightmare tour of Australia, in which a small hospital’s worth of Sri Lanka players were injured. Thanks to those injuries, Sri Lanka’s frontline attack consisted of a spinner on debut, and two fast bowlers who had played fewer than five Tests. Sri Lanka’s most reliable batsman, Angelo Mathews, was also missing thanks to injury. Read the rest of this entry »