Archive for July, 2017

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Percy! Percy! Gahapan Machaan, Boundary-Boundary!

July 31, 2017

  

 

  • Gahapaan machaan –boundary, boundary
  • Walles patau–goni, goni
  • Kavuda Raja! Aloysius Raja!

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Sri Lankan Cricket in Deep !!@##!!

July 31, 2017

Test cricket cannot afford Sri Lanka going the way of West Indies and Zimbabwe — AFP

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Ashen Bandara Ahoy! Aloysians Ahoy!

July 31, 2017
Rex Clementine, in Island, 31 July 2017“Sri Lanka look to 18-year-old Bandara to address fielding woes”
Sri Lanka’s Cricket officials in a desperate bid to address the team’s fielding woes had called up 18-year-old schoolboy Ashen Bandara to do fielding duties in the Galle Test after Asela Gunaratne was ruled out with injury.
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Bandara, a student at St. Aloysius’ College in Galle, was called up to the squad to do fielding duties and he looked electric. During India’ second innings, when captain Virat Kohli flicked a Dilruwan Perera delivery to mid-wicket, young Ashen sprinted from wide mid-on and dived in the mid-wicket region to save a boundary prompting questions from fans about his identity? Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Galle Test Match: Assorted Reflections

July 31, 2017

ONE > Rex Clementine: “Kohli praises Dimuth and PradeeP”, July 30, 2017,

Indian captain Virat Kohli praised the efforts of opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne and fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep after his team completed a comprehensive 304-run win in the first Test between the countries in Galle on Saturday. Karunaratne was dismissed after a well-compiled 97 runs while Pradeep took career-best figures of six for 132.

 Indians as happy chappies-ESPNcricinfo

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Mukund as Spingboard for Slashing Criticism of Sri Lankan Players

July 30, 2017

Rex Clementine, in the Sunday Island, 30 July 2017, where the title is “What Sri Lankans can learn from Abhinav Mukund”

Sri Lanka’s fielding has been something that has been discussed at length over the last 12 months or so. Fielding has cost the team heavily; for instance during the first ever Test defeat to Bangladesh at P. Sara Oval in March, during the virtual quarter-final clash against Pakistan in Champions Trophy in June and more recently against Zimbabwe in the bilateral ODI series. During that painful defeat to Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka dropped as many as nine catches in five games, three tough catches and six that should have been taken. Once easily the best fielding team in Asia, today Sri Lanka has become the worst. Something has gone wrong somewhere.

 Mukhund batting

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India outclass Sri Lanka in All Departments

July 27, 2017

Sidharth Monga,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 27 July 2017,  where the title runs thus “Fleet-footed India outdo Sri Lanka in the Galle maze

India like to be ruthless when ahead, in that they don’t like to leave the door open in order to make a statement. Even the ever-present threat of rain in Galle is not likely to make them enforce a follow-on on a 10-man Sri Lanka, even if they bowl them out in the first hour on the third morning. Prospects of a three-day finish might not be tempting enough for this team, which has seen the pitch drying out quickly, and which knows from first-hand experience that chasing anything on a quick-drying Galle surface can be treacherous.

India’s Abhivav Mukund, successfully takes a catch to dismiss Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella, left, during the second day’s play of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 27, 2017. — AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena

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The Australian Cricketing Dispute: Some Light?

July 27, 2017

News Item in Sydney Morning Herald, 27 July 2017

Australia’s cricketers have been blindsided by an extraordinary proposal from Cricket Australia which could see players re-employed next week and save the Ashes and the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.In a major twist to one of the most damaging pay disputes in Australian sport, CA dropped a bombshell on Thursday by calling for talks to be taken to a mutually agreed industrial umpire if an agreement cannot be reached by early next we

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