Archive for August, 2013

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Home Truths about the Cricket World

August 29, 2013

Attributed to Percy Abeysekara, an avid cricket fan and staunch supporter of Lankan cricket. He is  otherwise known as “Pissu Percy” and cut his teeth in this field as a cheerleader at St Aloysius College Galle.

ABEY

but also note other moments in Percy’s life world …

41c--Percy attracts a swoon

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A View from the Third Umpire’s Box

August 26, 2013

view from Third upire's box

……………a jaundiced view from the author but its is good a way of pulling the leg as any –especially as the wine is from the Barossa Valley!

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Tendulkar and Murali: Issues of Retirement for Aging Cricketers

August 26, 2013

Bill Ricquier

Australia v India - Commonwealth Bank Series 1st Final First, it was the wait for the hundredth international century. That took just over a year and, let’s be honest, it was grim. The event, when it came, was almost morbidly bathetic: a century against Bangladesh in an Asia Cup qualifier in Mirpur which India lost. In the run-up India had been flattened on tours of England and Australia where spectators had turned out in their thousands in the hope, indeed expectation, of seeing history made. The comparisons with Bradman are never far away. This time however, irony is near the surface. It is not just that The Don never had to wait anything like as long for his next hundred (I think we can ignore World War Two for this purpose). It is more that, together with cricket’s other most iconic statistic, Jim Laker’s nineteen wickets at Old Trafford in 1956, Bradman’s Test average of 99.94 is a constant reminder that no player is greater than the game.

Now we are waiting to see when Sachin Tendulkar is going to retire. With his apparent yearning for statistical perfection, it seems plausible to think that he might want to bow out after India’s tour of South Africa in late 2013. The second Test will be his two hundredth if he plays. But then again, would he not prefer to say a proper goodbye at home, which would mean waiting for the West Indies visit in October 2014. It is all very difficult. Tendulkar’s extraordinary cricketing longevity makes it more so. It’s a bit like the Queen, in England. There are millions of Indian cricket fans who simply cannot remember life without Tendulkar. He, too – even he, perhaps especially he – must harbour the natural uncertainties about what will come after cricket. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Samat and Sidath on Selections — Today and Yesterday

August 25, 2013

TMK Samat in The Sunday Leader, 25 August 2013

sidath wIt is popularly acknowledged that Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne represent the future of Sri Lanka cricket. The young trio, since debuting in international cricket three to five years ago, has enjoyed permanent status in the national side across all formats of the game and hence, have become the face of our future. As well, the permanency of Mathews and Chandimal is endowed with gilt-edged guarantee: Mathews is Test and ODI captain; Chandimal is his deputy as well as outright T-20 leader. Whilst the duo’s respective positions confer on them immunity from dismissal in the foreseeable future, Thirimanne’s permanency however is earned, showing consistency far more durable than his titled colleagues. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lankan U 23 lose to Pakistan in Semi-finals at Singapore

August 23, 2013

from ESPNcricinfo ….Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup – 2nd semi final

Sri Lanka Under-23s innings   (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MDUS Jayasundera c sub (Mohammad Waqas) b Usman Qadir 94 152 120 9 1 78.33
40.4 comes down the track, and drives in the air, was not in control of it , fielder at long off takes a sitter 173/5
View dismissal DSNFG Jayasuriya c & b Usman Qadir 33 68 46 5 0 71.73
14.4 tossed up dilivery, got bit bounce on it, batsman tries to defend of the frontfoot, hits him high on the bat and it carries to bowler 81/1
View dismissal KDK Vithanage* c Usman Salahuddin b Usman Qadir 14 25 31 1 0 45.16
24.2 used his feet, converts the ball into full toss and clips straight to mid wicket fielder 105/2
View dismissal N Dickwella st †Mohammad Rizwan b Usman Qadir 4 3 3 1 0 133.33
24.5 bowled googly, batsman didn’t read it, searching for the ball around off stump, gets beaten and over balanced, dragged his foot outside the crease 109/3
View dismissal MLR Buddika st †Mohammad Rizwan b Usman Qadir 17 38 34 0 0 50.00
36.5 googly, didnt read it, used it feet and missed it, keeper behind the stumps does the work for Pak U-23s 157/4
View dismissal MD Gunathilaka c Usman Salahuddin b Mohammad Nawaz 20 41 31 0 0 64.51
48.3 tossed up, goes for a slog over long on mis timed it and fielder at long on takes a easy catch 208/7
View dismissal SAC Kumara c Azeem Ghumman b Raza Hasan 17 23 22 0 1 77.27
47.1 fuller on stumps, makes room to play inside out short, didnt get to the pitch of the ball and lofts in the air, mistimed it  203/6
WMC Jayampathi not out 22 13 11 1 2 200.00
LD Madushanka not out 1 8 2 0 0 50.00
Extras (b 2, lb 5, w 1) 8
Total (7 wickets; 50 overs) 230 (4.60 runs per over)
Did not bat PLM Jayaratne, MA Aponso
Fall of wickets 1-81 (Jayasuriya, 14.4 ov), 2-105 (Vithanage, 24.2 ov), 3-109 (Dickwella, 24.5 ov), 4-157 (Buddika, 36.5 ov), 5-173 (Jayasundera, 40.4 ov), 6-203 (Kumara, 47.1 ov), 7-208 (Gunathilaka, 48.3 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Ehsan Adil 3 0 18 0 6.00
Bilawal Bhatti 6 0 29 0 4.83
Babar Azam 7 0 31 0 4.42
View wicket Raza Hasan 10 0 43 1 4.30 (1w)
47.1 to Kumara, fuller on stumps, makes room to play inside out short, didnt get to the pitch of the ball and lofts in the air, mistimed it  203/6
View wickets Usman Qadir 10 2 32 5 3.20
14.4 to Jayasuriya, tossed up dilivery, got bit bounce on it, batsman tries to defend of the frontfoot, hits him high on the bat and it carries to bowler 81/124.2 to Vithanage, used his feet, converts the ball into full toss and clips straight to mid wicket fielder 105/224.5 to Dickwella, bowled googly, batsman didn’t read it, searching for the ball around off stump, gets beaten and over balanced, dragged his foot outside the crease 109/3

36.5 to Buddika, googly, didnt read it, used it feet and missed it, keeper behind the stumps does the work for Pak U-23s 157/4

40.4 to Jayasundera, comes down the track, and drives in the air, was not in control of it , fielder at long off takes a sitter 173/5

Umar Waheed 6 0 26 0 4.33
View wicket Mohammad Nawaz (3) 8 0 44 1 5.50
48.3 to Gunathilaka, tossed up, goes for a slog over long on mis timed it and fielder at long on takes a easy catch 208/7
Pakistan Under-23s innings   (target: 231 runs from 50 overs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Babar Azam lbw b Jayaratne 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
0.1 Given LBW first ball, angling in, batsman struck in the crease and defends, gets beaten for pace and was hit on pads, a huge appeal and given 0/1
View dismissal Azeem Ghumman c †Dickwella b Jayampathi 22 34 24 2 0 91.66
7.1 angling away, was not too short for a cut, tries to cut of the backfoot, gets a outside edge and carries to keeper 32/2
View dismissal Umar Waheed lbw b Aponso 19 47 27 3 0 70.37
10.4 arm ball, didn’t read it, went to backfoot and was struck in the crease, hit on the pads, appeal for lbw, and its given. 50/3
View dismissal Mohammad Rizwan b Aponso 13 32 27 0 0 48.14
16.1 arm ball, quicker through the air, went back for a defensive shot, gets beaten and crashes middle and leg stump. 61/4
View dismissal Usman Salahuddin run out (Madushanka) 31 71 53 2 0 58.49
30.3 Madushanka to Hammad Azam, all drama happening here, first bowled a full on off stump, Hammad goes for a drive over bowlers head, was in air and carried to bowler, dropped the catch and wanted a single of the misfield, Madushanka collects the ball and hits at stiker. 124/6
View dismissal Mohammad Nawaz (3) b Madushanka 26 43 43 4 0 60.46
28.3 short outside off, goes for an drive through off side, gets an inside edge on to his stumps, Played on ! 118/5
Hammad Azam* not out 66 107 69 2 3 95.65
View dismissal Raza Hasan c Gunathilaka b Aponso 5 5 5 1 0 100.00
31.2 full on leg stump, batsman tries to go over the top of mid wicket, didnt get the timimg right and gives a simple catch at mid wicket 129/7
View dismissal Bilawal Bhatti c Buddika b Jayampathi 25 33 21 3 0 119.04
38.2 slower ball, makes room and goes for a lofted shot, didnt time well enough to past mid off fielder 169/8
View dismissal Usman Qadir run out (Vithanage/Jayasuriya) 11 18 10 2 0 110.00
41.5 Jayaratne to Hammad Azam, slower on pads, clips to mid wicket, non striker was looking for a single, Hammad sends him back, Usman slipped on the wicket and was short of the crease 196/9
Ehsan Adil not out 2 40 14 0 0 14.28
Extras (b 6, lb 1, w 4, nb 1) 12
Total (9 wickets; 48.5 overs) 232 (4.75 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-0 (Babar Azam, 0.1 ov), 2-32 (Azeem Ghumman, 7.1 ov), 3-50 (Umar Waheed, 10.4 ov), 4-61 (Mohammad Rizwan, 16.1 ov), 5-118 (Mohammad Nawaz, 28.3 ov), 6-124 (Usman Salahuddin, 30.3 ov), 7-129 (Raza Hasan, 31.2 ov), 8-169 (Bilawal Bhatti, 38.2 ov), 9-196 (Usman Qadir, 41.5 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
View wicket PLM Jayaratne 9.5 0 57 1 5.79
0.1 to Babar Azam, Given LBW first ball, angling in, batsman struck in the crease and defends, gets beaten for pace and was hit on pads, a huge appeal and given 0/1
View wickets WMC Jayampathi 8 0 48 2 6.00 (1nb, 1w)
7.1 to Azeem Ghumman, angling away, was not too short for a cut, tries to cut of the backfoot, gets a outside edge and carries to keeper 32/238.2 to Bilawal Bhatti, slower ball, makes room and goes for a lofted shot, didnt time well enough to past mid off fielder 169/8
View wickets MA Aponso 10 0 31 3 3.10
10.4 to Umar Waheed, arm ball, didn’t read it, went to backfoot and was struck in the crease, hit on the pads, appeal for lbw, and its given. 50/316.1 to Mohammad Rizwan, arm ball, quicker through the air, went back for a defensive shot, gets beaten and crashes middle and leg stump. 61/431.2 to Raza Hasan, full on leg stump, batsman tries to go over the top of mid wicket, didnt get the timimg right and gives a simple catch at mid wicket 129/7
MD Gunathilaka 8 2 24 0 3.00 (1w)
DSNFG Jayasuriya 4 0 28 0 7.00 (1w)
SAC Kumara 4 0 17 0 4.25 (1w)
View wicket LD Madushanka 3 0 16 1 5.33
28.3 to Mohammad Nawaz, short outside off, goes for an drive through off side, gets an inside edge on to his stumps, Played on ! 118/5
MDUS Jayasundera 2 0 4 0 2.00
Match details
Toss Sri Lanka Under-23s, who chose to bat Series Pakistan Under-23s advanced
Player of the match Hammad Azam (Pakistan Under-23s)
Umpires V Kalidas (Malaysia) and BB Pradhan (Nepal) Match referee Aminul Islam (Bangladesh) Reserve umpire A Natarajan

It’s an another India-v-Pakistan final on Sunday. Pakistan U-23s did well in all department, bowled well and batted also well, not many batsman scored big runs, all the batsman chipped in with partnership’s, at one stage of the match Sri Lanka U-23s had the control of the match, they relaxed a bit in the middle of the match, A perfect match winning innings by Captain, stood up when needed and was there till the end. A lot of positives to for Sri Lanka U-23s they played well in group stages and not even lost a single match before this match.

Hammad Azam the Captain of Pakistan Under-23s has been named Man of the Match for match winning knock under pressure. Do join us for IND-v-Pak Finals on Sunday at Kallang cricket Ground.

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ALSO SEE http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-114940-Pakistan-U-23-beat-Sri-Lanka-U-23-to-reach-final-of-the-ACC-cup

SINGAPORE: Pakistan U-23 beat Sri Lanka by 1 wicket in the semi final of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging teams Cup at the Padang cricket ground in Singapore.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. At the end of their allotted 50 overs they had reached a competitive 230 for the loss of seven wickets. They were able to post that total mainly because of their opener, MDUS Jayasundera who scored 94 with the help of 9 boundries and a six. DSNFG Jayasuriya got 33 but the other middle order batsmen could not capitalize on some good starts. At the end WMC Jayampathi was able to score quickly and got 22 off 11 balls with the aid of 2 sixes and a four. Usman Qadir was the pick of the Pakistani bowlers as he gave away only 32 runs in his 10 overs picking up five wickets.

In reply Pakistan made a bad start and lost early wickets before skipper Hammad Azam stemmed the rout. Playing a captains knock he scored a fighting 66 with 2 fours and 3 sixes to see his side to the final. Bilawal Bhatti gave him excellent support with 25 off 21 balls. Usman Salahuddin also scored 31 runs.

MA Aponso bowled well for Sri Lanka taking 3-31. Hammad Azam was later declared player of the match for his brilliant effort with the bat.

Pakistan now face India in the final of the tournament which will be played on Sunday at the Kallang cricket Ground.

 

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Sri Lanka A Team squad for Kiwi A team’s Visit to Lanka

August 23, 2013

Paceman Nuwan Pradeep has been recalled by the National Selectors for the upcoming Sri Lanka ‘A’ series against touring New Zealand ‘A’ to be started from September 14, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced yesterday. Pradeep, who had been sidelined due to a back injury, was included in the 22-member preliminary squad, which the captain to be announced later according to the National Selection Committee Chairman MP Sanath Jayasuriya.

The Kiwi ‘A’ team will take on Sri Lanka ‘A’ in two unofficial Test matches and three unofficial One Day Internationals. The first four-day Test matches will be played at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium from September 17 to 20 and the second unofficial Test to be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium from September 23 to 26.

Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala will host the first and third unofficial ODIs while the second limited over match will be played at Rangiri Dambulla Stadium.

 Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad: Udara Jayasundara, Kusal Janith Perera, Mahela Udawatte, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Ashan Priyanjan, Angelo Perera, Dhanushka Gunatilleke, Sachithra Serasinghe, Kaushal Silva (wk), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Madura Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Nuwan Pradeep, Vimukthi Perera, Lahiru Jayaratne, Ishan Jayaratne, Milinda Pushpakumara, Tharindu Kaushal, Chathuranga de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna, Akila Dhananjaya. SJ

– See more at: http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=sports/nuwan-pradeep-recalled#sthash.AK1hAf8S.dpuf

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Harsha de Silva bids adieu and Lanka loses a coach

August 23, 2013

Supun Perera, in the Daily News

HARSHA “Coaches are not born but made; coaching consist of skills and commitment which are not inherited but are acquired through constant practice. Maintaining the mutual understanding, trust and respect which you truly earn from your young chargers that would ultimately lead to a genuine stewardship as a coach and above all a good human being”. I feel the above sentiments are far more behind in paying tribute to a life long friend and a coach par excellence Harsha De Silva who will be emigrating to Australia with his familly shortly and will be located in Sydney New South Wales. Read the rest of this entry ?