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Never forget Lahore

August 31, 2010

Paul Farbace, Courtesy of cricinfo.org and ESPN

    In 2009 I was doing what I love most, working as a cricket coach. I had been recruited two years earlier to serve as Trevor Bayliss’ assistant with the Sri Lankan team, and on March 3 that year we were in Lahore, two days into a Test match that, thanks to Thilan Samaraweera’s double-century, we had an excellent chance of winning.

   On the bus to the ground that morning, I recall sitting three seats back on the left, behind our spinner Ajantha Mendis and just in front of our new opening batsman Tharanga Paranavitana. As we approached the Liberty Roundabout on the road from Gulberg, a sound like exploding popcorn rang through the air, immediately followed by Tillakaratne Dilshan yelling “Get down, get down!”

At that moment I had no reason to believe we were in the midst of a terrorist attack. I just thought we had encountered some disturbance on the street. But as I wrapped myself around the seat in front of me in an instinctive bid for cover, I felt a thud in my right arm, and saw a piece of shrapnel sticking out of it, with blood pouring everywhere.

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Sidarth interviews Sidath

August 31, 2010

Sidath Wettimuny interviewed by Sidarth Mongia, Q and A in cricinfo.com in article entitled 

‘Our early 80s line-up was better than today’s’

Pic by Getty Images in cricinfo

Opening in a Test with my brother was fun. I couldn’t open with my eldest brother [Sunil], although our careers overlapped. When he toured I didn’t, and when I toured he didn’t. We always felt that they wouldn’t take two brothers at that time. Mithra was actually in Hong Kong, and he had lost out on a year or two. He was an accountant there. He came back and he got into the side briefly. Then I opened with him in a Test series in New Zealand. Winning the World Cup made cricket a lot more popular in Sri Lanka, but by 1996 we had a damn good team. Had we not won, it wouldn’t have been the end of the world.

 Our fitness levels were a joke. We just had fun. When I look back, we did all the wrong things. We used to burn out so much before we went on tour that the tour seemed like a break.

 Roy Dias was one of the most stylish batsmen. My brother Sunil was an absolutely stylish player. Michael Tissera was a beautiful batsman to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed Anura Tennekoon. Never played in Tests. He scored a hundred against every country that toured here. He would have been a run machine.

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One Game, Two Boys and Smiles that say a Thousand Words: Hasindu and Biron

August 20, 2010

“Language can be a barrier but here, one with English and one with Sinhalese, both with a special SMILE and the game of CRICKET as their commonality, that barrier is clearly gone”

This photo of two young cricketers enjoying life and all that the wonderful game of cricket can bring, Biron (Left – Australia) and Hasindu (right – Sri Lanka) were joined together in a Yarra Valley Cricket Association second side which recently competed in the KAF Under 15 International Cricket Tournament in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, they were brought together when the Foundation of Goodness (FOG) team from the devastated Tsunami region of Seenigama Sri Lanka returned to defend the title they won in the 2009 event, and when  the Yarra Valley CA 1st side were both oversubscribed with boys wishing to compete, the management group came up with the idea of a combined Aussie/Sri Lanka team.

The return of the FOG side to the 2010 event was made possible by a great deal of fund raising from a group of people in Melbourne’s East who witnessed the fantastic relationships which evolved out of the cricket in 2009, their work enable the FOG to return along with the additional players for the YVCA combined team and this was enhanced by the fact that not only was their travellers from the Yarra Valley but also neighbouring cricket Association Ferntree Gully and District which had a team and many support staff as did the Casey Cricket Coaching team which was a mix of girls and boys, lead  by former Sri Lankan International Athula Samarasekera.

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Sri Lanka U-19 tour of England: Honours shared after pulsating battle

August 19, 2010

Reemus Fernando, Courtesy of the Island, 20 August 2010

It was a ding dong battle. Sri Lanka Under-19 and England Under-19 fought head to head and did not let the other end up as the winner. With the two-match Youth Tests and the two-match Twenty 20 series drawn 1-1, the chance of a series victory was looming only in the five match Youth ODIs. But the weather gods dampened one match so that the two teams could win two matches each to draw the ODI series as well. Incidentally, Sri Lanka Under-19 coach Naveed Navaz’s evaluation of the series is also 50-50. While he is ecstatic over the outcome of the Youth Tests, he is disappointed that his side couldn’t pull off a series victory in the ODIs.

“It was a fine performance in the four day format. They showed character in beating a side whose players are accustomed to those conditions and the four day format. The Under-19s here don’t play four day matches. Against this backdrop, it was a creditable performance,” said Navaz in an interview with ‘The Island’ on his return from England. Sri Lanka Under-19, captained by Chathura Peiris beat England in the opening Youth Test before the hosts came back to beat Sri Lanka in the second.

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Our cricket team fronts up:”we are Sri Lankan”, that is very good — word for word from KP

August 19, 2010

“A basic structure is already in place and the Defence Secretary already has it planned out, focusing on the Sri Lankan identity and equal status for all people living in Sri Lanka. When I watched the cricket match the other day I saw the Sri Lankan cricket team say ‘we are Sri Lankan’, that is very good.”  

 …. extract from KP’s [Kumaran Pathmanathan] response to this question from Udeshi Amarasinghe |of Businesstoday.lk during Q and A session reproduced in http://www.lankanewsweb.com/

SEE www.thuppahi.wordpress.com for full interview

How can we build trust among the various communities?

This will take a little time. We should organise some projects and have a master plan. We have to build trust. For example in Thailand they had a problem in the South but they built the trust and they started working together in the community. The same thing happened in Malaysia and Singapore.

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Cricinfo reviews the India-Sri Lanka Test Series

August 11, 2010

Close series between rivals with bare cupboards

 Sidharth Monga, August 8, 2010

It is a credit to both teams that despite the overkill of cricket between the two nations, despite the dead pitch at the SSC, despite the lack of bowling resources, they played out two tense Test matches

   

 
 

 

 

This Indian team is pretty adept at digging a hole for itself. It is equally adept and finding a way out of it too. That’s why writing this side off is hazardous. Here we are talking about the Test side, not other disciplines. It was an incredible show of character that with their most inexperienced attack since 2000-01, on a ground where Sri Lanka have not lost since 1994, with three first-choice and one second-choice player out, India came back to square this series. India, after losing all the tosses, also ended Sri Lanka’s nine-year run of not losing a home Test after winning the toss.

When asked if this was the most special win of his captaincy career, considering the huge effort required, considering that for the first 11 days of the series a Test win looked completely out of reach, MS Dhoni sounded blasé. He had reason to feel so. “It’s not the first time I’m the captain and we’re one-down and we have to win to level the series,” he said. “To pick one of the Test matches among the few I’ve played or captained is difficult. Every win is special, like the South Africa Test we played in Kolkata or any other.”

There is some truth to that. This team has developed a habit of bouncing back immediately after a devastating loss. In 2007-08 South Africa absolutely demolished India in Ahmedabad, only to see them come back in Kanpur. Later that year India bounced back in Galle after a demoralising loss at the SSC. After the infamous SCG defeat, they stunned Australia at the WACA. Earlier this year, they staged a comeback in the Test Dhoni talked about, immediately after Dale Steyn’s destruction in Nagpur.

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Sri Lanka vs England Under 19 — ODI Matches end as 2 all, one abandoned

August 8, 2010

 

 
 
 
Sri Lanka and England finish ODI series level 2-2 Saturday, 14 August 2010 07:45England Under-19s earned a share of the one-day series with their Sri Lanka counterparts, courtesy of a creditable 51-run Duckworth-Lewis victory at Canterbury in the fifth and final match.

A mixed batting effort meant England were required to defend 184, and new-ball bowlers Matt Dunn and David Payne produced an exemplary response to reduce the tourists to 43 for five.

Rain intervened at that point and, after a 90-minute delay, Sri Lanka were set a target of 177 in 41 overs.

That proved well out of reach as they were dismissed in 34 overs, Payne finishing with 4-40 from eight and Dunn 3-15 from 6.1.

England opener Jack Manuel was named man of the match for his fluent 63 that underpinned the hosts’ 184 all out in 48.2 overs on a slow, turning wicket.

After Sri Lanka’s 11-run win yesterday at the same venue, which put them 2-1 up in the series, home skipper Paul Best chose to bat first on a pitch seemingly destined to deteriorate. Only Manuel, the Worcestershire left-hander, showed the necessary concentration to build an innings, as England progressed to a promising position at 117 for four. Manuel was unafraid to dance down the track or sweep the bowlers, though he eventually succumbed to a slog-sweep that ushered in mid-innings uncertainty for his colleagues, on a tough pitch to accumulate.

Number eight Best was left to shepherd the tail, which he did to some effect with a patient 28 not out from 47 balls. Lahiru Jayarathne’s seamers caused most disruption to England, ridding them of in-form top-order batsmen Lewis Gregory and Luke Wells, and returning to claim last man Dunn.

Dunn and Payne soon turned the tables. With hardly any runs on offer, Rumesh Buddika was defeated by Payne’s sumptuous slower-ball yorker. Opener Jack Manuel was named man of the match for his 63 that allowed England to post 184 on a slow pitch at Canterbury. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Kithuruwan Vithanage and Ramith Rambukewlla all followed to uncertain shots off the fast bowlers, to have Sri Lanka in disarray.

The shutters stayed down as Best raced through his overs and, when after 20.2 overs rain swept across the ground, the tourists were more than 60 runs behind England under D-L calculations. Best also demonstrated sharp thinking, or an act contrary to the ‘Spirit of Cricket’, whichever your view, in the crucial 20th over. With the groundstaff poised to bring the covers on, England needed to complete the over in order to guarantee a match under the D-L method. The England captain, fielding at mid-off, appeared to deliberately put down Denuwan Rajakaruna, presumably in order for Wells to get through his six balls quicker. A nonplussed Rajakaruna survived unbeaten on nine and on the resumption bought into question Best’s tactic as he advanced his score.

Although he was run out for 28, Akshu Fernando and captain Chathura Peiris kept Sri Lanka’s hopes alive. Fernando fell victim of brilliant England team-work on the long-off boundary, departing for 23 to Best’s catch. The tourists’ tail could not support their skipper and he was last out, bowled by a jubilant Dunn for 26, as England created perfect symmetry in their summer; the Test and Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka were also drawn.

Best said: “It was great to win the final match and level the one-day series.The result was a fair reflection of the strength of the two teams and it was fantastic for England players ending their U19s career to finish on a high.”

England U19 v Sri Lanka U19, 4th ODI, Canterbury

Rambukwella helps Sri Lanka go 2-1 up

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August 12, 2010

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Sri Lanka 221 (Rambukwella 68, Vithanage 45, Payne 3-46) beat England 210 (Wells 47, Jayarathne 3-43) by 11 runs
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Sri Lanka Under-19 took a 2-1 lead in their five-match one-day series against England Under-19 as opener Ramith Rambukwella’s industrious half-century set up an 11-run win in the fourth match at Canterbury. Set 222 to win, all but one of England’s top-order batsman got off to starts but none could push on, and the hosts were eventually bowled out for 210 after 49 overs.

Sri Lankan captain Chathura Peiris opted to bat first at the St. Lawrence Ground but his side were soon in trouble, losing Rumesh Buddika and Bhanuka Rajapaksa inside the first seven overs to slip to 28 for 2. The visitors fought back through a 94-run partnership for the third wicket between Rambukwella (68) and Kithuruwan Vithanage (45) to reach 122 in the 29th over before Rambukwella was dismissed by England captain Paul Best.

Although none of the lower order were able to make a significant contribution Sri Lanka managed to post 221 before being bowled out with five balls remaining. Left-arm seamer David Payne led the way for England with 3 for 46, and Best put in yet another good performance to pick up an economical 2 for 35 and take his series wicket tally to six.

Openers Joe Root and Jack Manuel got England off to a decent start with a partnership of 36 but wickets then fell at regular intervals and the hosts soon got behind the required run rate. Luke Wells top scored with 47 but when he was caught behind off Lahiru Jayarathne England still needed 40 to win from 30 balls with three wickets in hand. The target proved too much for the lower order batsmen and England were bowled out for 210.

Sri Lanka Under-19s in England Youth ODI Series – 4th Youth ODI

England Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s

Sri Lanka Under-19s won by 11 runs

                               Youth ODI no. 748 | 2010 season

                               Played at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

                               12 August 2010 (50-over match)

               
  Sri Lanka Under-19s innings (50 overs maximum)  R M B 4s 6s SR
  MLR Buddika c Dunn b Payne 9 14 17 1 0 52.94
   
  RLB Rambukwella c Root b Best 68 107 81 9 1 83.95
   
  PBB Rajapaksa c Ball b Dunn 5 10 7 1 0 71.42
   
  KDK Vithanage lbw b Best 45 90 83 2 0 54.21
   
  DDM Rajakaruna run out (Barrow) 14 30 27 0 0 51.85
   
  MD Gunathilleke c Wells b Payne 26 43 40 2 0 65.00
   
  MAP Fernando c Manuel b Javid 7 17 9 0 0 77.77
   
  KPCM Peiris* c Ball b Payne 5 9 7 0 0 71.42
   
  DH Jayasinghe not out 10 27 8 2 0 125.00
   
  PLM Jayarathne run out (Javid) 10 13 13 1 0 76.92
   
  SN Rajaguru b Ball 2 4 4 0 0 50.00
   
  Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 17, nb 1) 20          
             
  Total (all out; 49.1 overs) 221 (4.49 runs per over)

 

Fall of wickets1-12 (Buddika, 3.3 ov), 2-28 (Rajapaksa, 6.3 ov), 3-122 (Rambukwella, 28.3 ov), 4-139 (Vithanage, 32.6 ov), 5-162 (Rajakaruna, 39.2 ov), 6-185 (Fernando, 43.3 ov), 7-190 (Gunathilleke, 44.2 ov), 8-196 (Peiris, 44.6 ov), 9-210 (Jayarathne, 47.4 ov), 10-221 (Rajaguru, 49.1 ov)

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
  MP Dunn 8 1 34 1 4.25 (4w)  
   
  DA Payne 8 0 46 3 5.75 (1nb, 2w)  
   
  AJ Ball 3.1 0 19 1 6.00    
   
  L Gregory 2 0 15 0 7.50    
   
  PM Best 10 0 35 2 3.50 (2w)  
   
  LWP Wells 10 0 31 0 3.10 (2w)  
   
  JE Root 6 0 26 0 4.33 (1w)  
   
  A Javid 2 0 13 1 6.50 (1w)  
   

 

               
  England Under-19s innings (target: 222 runs from 50 overs)  R M B 4s 6s SR
  JE Root lbw b Rajapaksa 26 65 54 2 0 48.14
   
  JK Manuel b Peiris 17 24 14 3 0 121.42
   
  L Gregory b Rajapaksa 7 21 18 1 0 38.88
   
  AWR Barrow c †Rajakaruna b Buddika 25 52 52 2 0 48.07
   
  A Javid c †Rajakaruna b Buddika 25 59 51 2 0 49.01
   
  LWP Wells c †Rajakaruna b Jayarathne 47 58 52 2 1 90.38
   
  AJ Ball c Rambukwella b Jayarathne 17 23 22 0 1 77.27
   
  PM Best* c Gunathilleke b Peiris 15 37 17 0 0 88.23
   
  AP Rouse run out (Fernando) 13 9 9 1 0 144.44
   
  DA Payne c †Rajakaruna b Jayarathne 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
   
  MP Dunn not out 6 7 5 1 0 120.00
   
  Extras (lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 12          
             
  Total (all out; 49 overs) 210 (4.28 runs per over)

 

Fall of wickets1-36 (Manuel, 6.2 ov), 2-49 (Gregory, 13.1 ov), 3-59 (Root, 17.1 ov), 4-101 (Barrow, 29.1 ov), 5-124 (Javid, 35.2 ov), 6-159 (Ball, 42.1 ov), 7-182 (Wells, 44.5 ov), 8-199 (Rouse, 46.6 ov), 9-200 (Payne, 47.2 ov), 10-210 (Best, 48.6 ov)

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
  KPCM Peiris 10 0 47 2 4.70 (2w)  
   
  PBB Rajapaksa 10 2 29 2 2.90 (1nb, 5w)  
   
  PLM Jayarathne 9 0 43 3 4.77 (2w)  
   
  DH Jayasinghe 3 0 14 0 4.66    
   
  SN Rajaguru 8 0 31 0 3.87    
   
  MLR Buddika 9 1 44 2 4.88    
   

 England U19 v Sri Lanka U19, 4th ODI, Canterbury

Rambukwella helps Sri Lanka go 2-1 up

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Sri Lanka 221 (Rambukwella 68, Vithanage 45, Payne 3-46) beat England 210 (Wells 47, Jayarathne 3-43) by 11 runs
Scorecard

Sri Lanka Under-19 took a 2-1 lead in their five-match one-day series against England Under-19 as opener Ramith Rambukwella’s industrious half-century set up an 11-run win in the fourth match at Canterbury. Set 222 to win, all but one of England’s top-order batsman got off to starts but none could push on, and the hosts were eventually bowled out for 210 after 49 overs.

Sri Lankan captain Chathura Peiris opted to bat first at the St. Lawrence Ground but his side were soon in trouble, losing Rumesh Buddika and Bhanuka Rajapaksa inside the first seven overs to slip to 28 for 2. The visitors fought back through a 94-run partnership for the third wicket between Rambukwella (68) and Kithuruwan Vithanage (45) to reach 122 in the 29th over before Rambukwella was dismissed by England captain Paul Best.

Although none of the lower order were able to make a significant contribution Sri Lanka managed to post 221 before being bowled out with five balls remaining. Left-arm seamer David Payne led the way for England with 3 for 46, and Best put in yet another good performance to pick up an economical 2 for 35 and take his series wicket tally to six.

Openers Joe Root and Jack Manuel got England off to a decent start with a partnership of 36 but wickets then fell at regular intervals and the hosts soon got behind the required run rate. Luke Wells top scored with 47 but when he was caught behind off Lahiru Jayarathne England still needed 40 to win from 30 balls with three wickets in hand. The target proved too much for the lower order batsmen and England were bowled out for 210.

Sri Lanka Under-19s in England Youth ODI Series – 4th Youth ODI

England Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s

Sri Lanka Under-19s won by 11 runs

                               Youth ODI no. 748 | 2010 season

                               Played at St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

                               12 August 2010 (50-over match)

               
  Sri Lanka Under-19s innings (50 overs maximum)  R M B 4s 6s SR
  MLR Buddika c Dunn b Payne 9 14 17 1 0 52.94
   
  RLB Rambukwella c Root b Best 68 107 81 9 1 83.95
   
  PBB Rajapaksa c Ball b Dunn 5 10 7 1 0 71.42
   
  KDK Vithanage lbw b Best 45 90 83 2 0 54.21
   
  DDM Rajakaruna run out (Barrow) 14 30 27 0 0 51.85
   
  MD Gunathilleke c Wells b Payne 26 43 40 2 0 65.00
   
  MAP Fernando c Manuel b Javid 7 17 9 0 0 77.77
   
  KPCM Peiris* c Ball b Payne 5 9 7 0 0 71.42
   
  DH Jayasinghe not out 10 27 8 2 0 125.00
   
  PLM Jayarathne run out (Javid) 10 13 13 1 0 76.92
   
  SN Rajaguru b Ball 2 4 4 0 0 50.00
   
  Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 17, nb 1) 20          
             
  Total (all out; 49.1 overs) 221 (4.49 runs per over)

 

Fall of wickets1-12 (Buddika, 3.3 ov), 2-28 (Rajapaksa, 6.3 ov), 3-122 (Rambukwella, 28.3 ov), 4-139 (Vithanage, 32.6 ov), 5-162 (Rajakaruna, 39.2 ov), 6-185 (Fernando, 43.3 ov), 7-190 (Gunathilleke, 44.2 ov), 8-196 (Peiris, 44.6 ov), 9-210 (Jayarathne, 47.4 ov), 10-221 (Rajaguru, 49.1 ov)

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
  MP Dunn 8 1 34 1 4.25 (4w)  
   
  DA Payne 8 0 46 3 5.75 (1nb, 2w)  
   
  AJ Ball 3.1 0 19 1 6.00    
   
  L Gregory 2 0 15 0 7.50    
   
  PM Best 10 0 35 2 3.50 (2w)  
   
  LWP Wells 10 0 31 0 3.10 (2w)  
   
  JE Root 6 0 26 0 4.33 (1w)  
   
  A Javid 2 0 13 1 6.50 (1w)  
   

 

               
  England Under-19s innings (target: 222 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
  JE Root lbw b Rajapaksa 26 65 54 2 0 48.14
   
  JK Manuel b Peiris 17 24 14 3 0 121.42
   
  L Gregory b Rajapaksa 7 21 18 1 0 38.88
   
  AWR Barrow c †Rajakaruna b Buddika 25 52 52 2 0 48.07
   
  A Javid c †Rajakaruna b Buddika 25 59 51 2 0 49.01
   
  LWP Wells c †Rajakaruna b Jayarathne 47 58 52 2 1 90.38
   
  AJ Ball c Rambukwella b Jayarathne 17 23 22 0 1 77.27
   
  PM Best* c Gunathilleke b Peiris 15 37 17 0 0 88.23
   
  AP Rouse run out (Fernando) 13 9 9 1 0 144.44
   
  DA Payne c †Rajakaruna b Jayarathne 0 3 1 0 0 0.00
   
  MP Dunn not out 6 7 5 1 0 120.00
   
  Extras (lb 2, w 9, nb 1) 12          
             
  Total (all out; 49 overs) 210 (4.28 runs per over)

 

Fall of wickets1-36 (Manuel, 6.2 ov), 2-49 (Gregory, 13.1 ov), 3-59 (Root, 17.1 ov), 4-101 (Barrow, 29.1 ov), 5-124 (Javid, 35.2 ov), 6-159 (Ball, 42.1 ov), 7-182 (Wells, 44.5 ov), 8-199 (Rouse, 46.6 ov), 9-200 (Payne, 47.2 ov), 10-210 (Best, 48.6 ov)

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
  KPCM Peiris 10 0 47 2 4.70 (2w)  
   
  PBB Rajapaksa 10 2 29 2 2.90 (1nb, 5w)  
   
  PLM Jayarathne 9 0 43 3 4.77 (2w)  
   
  DH Jayasinghe 3 0 14 0 4.66    
   
  SN Rajaguru 8 0 31 0 3.87    
   
  MLR Buddika 9 1 44 2 4.88    
   

 

Match details
Toss Sri Lanka Under-19s, who chose to bat
Series Sri Lanka Under-19s led the 5-match series 2-1
Youth ODI debut DH Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka Under-19s)
Umpires NL Bainton and B Dudleston

 

 

Vithanage helps Sri Lanka draw level

Liam Brickhill, for cricinfo and courtesy of cricinfo

Sri Lanka 176 for 5 (Vithanage 51*, Rajapaksa 46, Best 2-38) beat England 175 (Gregory 87, de Mel 3-23, Rajaguru 3-33) by five wickets
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Sri Lanka Under-19 drew level in their limited-overs series against England Under-19, Kithuruwan Vithanage’s unbeaten fifty setting up a five-wicket win in the second match at Arundel. Paul Best won the toss yet again and decided to bat first, but his side were soon in trouble and England were bowled out for just 175 in the final over of their innings, Lewis Gregory’s 87 the only score of note. The Sri Lankans pegged England back as several players contributed in the field, and it was a similar story when they batted with runs spread through the middle order.

It had looked as though this would be another close-fought affair between these two sides when Yasoda Lanka was run out by Adam Ball for just 7 in the sixth over and Rumesh Buddika’s aggressive innings was cut short soon afterwards as Sri Lanka slipped to 32 for 2. But Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Vithanage’s 72-run stand for the third wicket put their side firmly on top.

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