Archive for February, 2019

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Russel Arnold talks to Andrew Fernando about Sri Lanka’s Transformation in South Africa

February 26, 2019

A Revealing Exchange …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/_/id/18645/sl-in-sa-2018-19 … HIGHLIGHTING

* Kusal Perera’s once in a lifetime innings

  • the bowling especially Lakmal’s steadiness and the combined effort which reduced the Safs to 129 in the 2nd innings at Port Elizabeth
  • among the best Sri Lankan victories
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Dimuth addresses Press in Colombo

February 26, 2019

News Item in Daily News, 26 February 2019, with heading “We dedicate this win to all who supported us – Dimuth”

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Dimuth Karunaratne dedicated his team’s historic 2-0 series win in South Africa to all who supported them through thick and thin. Sri Lanka became the first subcontinent nation to win a Test series in South Africa and only the third in history after Australia and England. “We have to dedicate this win to all the guys who supported us, the Sri Lankan fans who supported us. They backed us when we kept losing, we wanted to do something for them,” said Karunaratne at a media briefing held at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters yesterday.

Sri Lanka stand-in Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne (second from right) addressing the media at the SLC headquarters yesterday. SLC secretary Mohan de Silva, SLC president Shammi Silva and SLC Chief Operating Officer Jerome Jayaratne are also present. Picture by Herbert Perera

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How Sri Lanka Transformed Themselves in South Africa — Rex Clementine

February 24, 2019

ONE: Rex Clementine in Port Elizabeth, Sunday Island, 25 February 2019 = Karunaratne credits change of team culture for series win”

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has credited changing the dressing room environment for the success his team enjoyed in South Africa. Sri Lanka arrived in Johannesburg straight from Australia having suffered successive humiliating series defeats at the hands of New Zealand and Australia. With an inexperienced side, the tourists were able to achieve the unthinkable recording a comprehensive eight wicket win in Port Elizabeth to wrap up the series 2-0. They had won the first Test in Durban by one wicket.

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Top of the Tree in Test Cricket: Kusal’s 153 Not Out in a Statistical Table of Comparison

February 21, 2019

Anantha Narayanan, in ESPNcricinfo, 20 February 2019, with this title “Why Kusal Perera’s 153* is the best Test innings ever”

Kusal Perera‘s once-in-a-lifetime 153 not-out, which orchestrated an almost single-handed win over a South Africa much stronger than Perera’s Sri Lanka, has become the best innings in 142 years of Test cricket, moving to the top spot in my Golden Willow 25 (GW 25) table of top batting performances.

Perera’s innings secured 897.2 rating points, which is about 30 points more than the previous top innings, Graham Gooch’s classic 154 at Headingley in 1991 against the mighty West Indies. Perera’s innings ticks all the boxes and sits comfortably in top place. The only other innings that has come into the top 25 since this list was originally published in August last year is Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123 in Adelaide.

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Lanka’s Best Test Batsmen 1-to-7 Today: My Selections

February 21, 2019

Michael Roberts

In presenting my preferences I have been informed both by my limited observations and by the comments of friends

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Facing a Dilemma: Choosing Batsmen 1-7 for the Next Test Tour

February 21, 2019

THE PUZZLE as presented by MICHAEL ROBERTS

I faced a puzzling issue after the recent Test Match at Durban: which batsmen to select in which order for positions 1-to-7 in the next tour after South Africa …… So, I sent this circular to cricketing aficionados in my circuit.

A = Not having followed SL domestic cricket closely I was surprised to see Oshada Fernando ahead of Angelo Perera and at No 3, but he proved the selectors right.

B = So, in the circumstances, which SEVEN BATSMEN would you choose for the First Test on the next tour if all are fit

DEFINITES = Dimuth, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Perera

THE: choose from …..……………… Dickwella, Chandimal, Oshada, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya, Sajeewa S, Roshen Silva, Angelo P, Thirimanne

Your order of preference for the last lot?

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Rohan Wijeyaratna’s Fine-grained Analysis of the Durban Test Match

February 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohan Wijeyaratna, in Island, 18 February 2019, where the title reads “Sri Lanka’s finest hour!”

By the end of the third day at Kingsmead in Durban, Sri Lanka were three down for 83 and still requiring 221 to win. All indications were that they were heading towards another customary ending. The game was keenly poised, and If ever there was an occasion for someone to play Horatius at the Bridge, this was it. Early indications were that there weren’t any such gallant men in sight. Batsmen simply came and went. Among those dismissed on day three were Karunaratne, Thirimanne and Kusal Mendis; more or less the main gut of the Sri Lankan batting. At the wicket were Kusal Perera and Oshada Fernando; both threatening to depart anytime. If Sri Lanka were to clamber out of this latest hole, character, restraint, measured aggression and some luck were all needed in equal measure. Despite their well-chronicled self-destructive tendencies, this Test still offered the visitors an opportunity. The pitch was relatively benign and the South African bowlers somehow lacked the sustained menace to cause alarm. All what Sri Lanka needed was greater stomach to make a fist of things. The Lankans however, seemed unconvinced. Instead they set about doing what they were quite expert at. That was to self-destruct. Be it at cricket or any other, Sri Lanka stands unparalleled when it comes to missing out on opportunities which land on their own doorstep. And so it seemed, one more time!

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