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Pakistan face Sri Lanka in ODI Challenge

October 12, 2017

AFP item in Dawn, https://www.dawn.com/news/1363371

The Pakistan cricket team is counting on a change in format and players to overcome a resurgent Sri Lanka in the five-match one-day series starting in Dubai from Friday. The green shirts were upset 2-0 in the preceding Test series but they are now hoping to change their fortunes and carry the limited over form which helped them win the eight-nation Champions Trophy held in England in June this year.

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Harsha de Silva behind Dimuth’s Great Stride Forward

October 11, 2017

Bipin Dani, courtesy of https://pakobserver.net/mentors-tips-helped-dimuth-karunaratne/

Dimuth Karunaratne being awarded the Man of the Match and Man of the Series in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan (in Abu Dhabi and Dubai) has not surprised his mentor, Harsha De Silva. Incidentally, the Australia-based Harsha De Silva did give some useful tips  to the Sri Lankan opener Dimuth before the commencement of the series.
  Dimuth  Harsha De Silva

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Sa’adi on History-Making Sri Lankan Series Win

October 11, 2017

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News, 11 October 2017, with the title reading “Lankan cricketers create history in UAE”

DUBAI, Tuesday – Sri Lanka inflicted on Pakistan their first Test series defeat since they made the UAE their home venue in 2010 when they beat them by 68 runs with more than two sessions to spare on the fifth and final day to win the second Test played at the Dubai International Stadium and thereby clinch the two-match series 2-0.

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Several Hands fashion Sri Lanka’s Defeat of Pakistan in 2nd Test

October 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 3 October 2017, where the title runs “Dilruwan’s five-for seals memorable series sweep

Dilruwan celebrates a wicket

Sri Lanka 482 (Karunaratne 196, Yasir 6-184) and 96 (Wahab 4-41, Haris 3-1) beat Pakistan 262 (Azhar 59, Haris 56, Dilruwan 3-72, Herath 3-84) and 248 (Shafiq 112, Dilruwan 5-98) by 68 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Like waves breaking upon a cliff, Sri Lanka’s bowlers kept coming at Pakistan, until eventually, the hosts fractured and tumbled into the sea. So tantalisingly had the match been poised overnight, perhaps the ending was even a little anticlimactic. Sri Lanka’s margin of victory was 68 runs – a comfortable win by most standards. Though Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq had begun confidently, the visitors needed only 5.5 overs to break that partnership, and about 90 minutes in all to wipe out the lower half of the Pakistan innings. The series had been swept, completely unexpectedly, 2-0. Read the rest of this entry »

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Test Cricket of A Different Kind, 1 November 1948

October 7, 2017

Srilal Fernando

This article appeared earlier in The Ceylankan, a quarterly produced by the Ceylon Research Society, a body of Lankan enthusiasts in Australia.

Sometime around 2001 a couple of autographs came up for sale at Christie’s auction house in London: they were of the visiting English women cricketers who played a match in Colombo against the Ceylon women in the first “test” of its kind in 1948. I was lucky to trace two of the test cricketers from the Ceylon team who now live in Victoria, Beverley Roberts (now Mrs Juriansz) and Enid (Gilly) Fernando. Incidentally Gilly is called Gilly after AER Gilligan the Australian cricketer and answers to no other name. 

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Suranga Lakmal’s Critical Role in Sri Lanka’s Win at Abu Dhabi

October 6, 2017

 Michael Roberts

The entirely appropriate focus on Rangana Herath’s role in Sri Lanka’s victory over Pakistan a t Abu Dhabi has obscured the important roles of Niroshan Dickwella and Suranga Lakmal in fashioning a marvellous nail-biting win.

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Budu Ammo! Herath in Strife! Rangaiyya! Rangaiyya!

October 6, 2017

courtesy of ESPNcricinfo