Archive for July, 2015

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Chandika Hathurusingha and the Rise of Bangladesh

July 19, 2015

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 18 July 2015, where the title reads, Hathurusingha has transformed Bangladesh cricket”

In just over a year, the way Chandika Hathurusingha has transformed Bangladesh cricket has been truly amazing. The former Sri Lankan opener was appointed as Head Coach of Bangladesh in May last year and many predicted a turnaround for the lowest ranked cricket team in the world, but the success they have enjoyed in recent times was hardly imaginable then. When he took over, Hathurusingha was asked about his immediate target and entering the second round of the ICC Cricket World Cup excited him. This Bangladesh achieved by reaching the quarter-finals knocking out England in the deciding game in Adelaide.HATHURU

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Buttler vs Dharmasena

July 19, 2015
Picture of the Day
Umpire Kumar Dharmasena shakes his head but Jos Buttler overrules by walking. Kumar miraculously changed his mind.
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Giantkillers Ireland giant-killed at home by Hong Kong

July 18, 2015

Peter Della Penna, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 17 July 201E

mark Chapman batting Mark Chapman lines up a shot on the off side, Ireland v Hong Kong, World T20 Qualifier, Group A, Dublin, July 17, 2015 ©Peter Della Penna

After winning 21 straight matches at the World T20 Qualifier, Ireland’s batting funk has now led to two straight defeats, as Hong Kong stunned the hosts by defending 129 for a five-run win. Mark Chapman‘s gritty 30 in Hong Kong’s innings was backed up by an inspired bowling unit spearheaded by captain Tanwir Afzal‘s opening four-over spell of 0 for 9 to hold Ireland down to 124 for 8. After rain delayed the start of the second innings, Hong Kong’s pace bowlers also benefitted from intermittent bursts of showers that were never enough to take the players off the field but added moisture to the pitch and made batting difficult as the chase wore on. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka at Lords in 1984

July 17, 2015

sSRI LANKA at Lords in 1984 Pic from Getty Images

Seated: Ashantha de Mel, Ranjan Madugalle, Duleep Mendis (captain), the late Neil Chanmugan (Manager), Roy Dias (vice-Captain), DS de Silva, M. Rajasingham, Sidath Wettimuny

Standing: Marlon von Hagt, Arjuna Ranatunga,  Anusha Samaranayake, Vinodhan John, Ravi Ratnayake, Brendan Kuruppu, Mumtaz Yusuf,  Amal Silva, Don Arunasiri, Aradvinda de Silva

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DS de Silva: A Mahindian Man of Cricketing Journeys

July 17, 2015

Janaka Malwatta, courtesy of ESPNcricninfo, 16 July 2015, where it is presented under an apposite title “Somachandra de Silva’s age-defying cricketing journey”

In the build-up to Sri Lanka’s first Test in England in 1984, a throwaway line in a newspaper article caught my eye. The Sri Lankan bowling attack was to be headed by a 42-year-old legspinner. That a bowling attack could be said to be headed by a spinner, in a summer headlined by fearsome West Indian pacemen, was unusual enough. That he was 42 was even more beguiling.

DS de Silva Somachandra de Silva–Getty Images

Thirty years later, I met Somachandra de Silva and sated my curiosity. De Silva is an enviably fit-looking 73-year-old, who is still able, as he demonstrated, to turn his arm over. His story is of a lifelong, if peripatetic, involvement in cricket. He is too good to be described as a cricketing journeyman, but he is certainly a man of cricketing journeys. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Soumaya Sarkar leads as Bangladesh squash South Africa in ODI

July 17, 2015

Mohammad Isam, 16 July 2015, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo.com, where the title is “Bangladesh go from inadequacy to audacity”

The first ever meeting between Bangladesh and South Africa was hardly a contest. In the sixth over of Bangladesh’s 302-run chase, Al Sahariar turned his back on a Makhaya Ntini bouncer with his bat hanging out vertically. The ball struck the bat and spooned up. Jacques Kallis ran back from slip to complete a superb one-handed diving catch. Bangladesh were 12 for 2, slipped to 43 for 6, and ended up losing by 168 runs.

Commentators described Sahariar’s dangling bat over his head as a “periscope”. At the time, Bangladesh were not even into their second year as a Test-playing nation, their progress emanating suspicion. Handling the short ball was a prerequisite to playing against top teams, but despite high-billing locally, many like Sahariar were at sea. His dismissal in Potchefstroom symbolised inadequacy.

Soumya Sarkar has rechristened Bangladesh's famous 'periscope Soumya Sarkar in action —AFP

Thirteen years later, in their third tour of Bangladesh, South Africa encountered another periscope. This time it was Soumya Sarkar‘s dangling bat, but unlike Sahariar’s periscope, this was deliberate. On Wednesday in the third ODI, Soumya was on 67 in the 19th over when he leaned back and ramped a Kyle Abbott bouncer high over the head of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock, landing just short of the rope. Soumya’s periscope symbolised Bangladesh’s audacity. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Just what World Cricket desired …. Well Done England!

July 12, 2015

Aussies in dejection ESPNcricinfo–Pic by  Getty Images

 

QUOTATION:“If we continue to play the way we have been playing over the last 12-18 months,’’ said Steve Smith of England on leaving Australia, “I don’t think that they’ll come close to us to be honest.” … Steve Smith before departing from Australia

QUOTATION TWO: “New English attitude? Brad Haddin and Shane Watson were dismissive of it on the eve of the series: to them, the Pom had resumed the posture as Australia’s natural supplicant. — GIDEON HAIGH in critical vein in The Australian , 13 July 2015, http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/opinion/ashes-2015-test-loss-30-months-in-making/story-fnb58rpk-1227439212137