Archive for July, 2019

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A Well-Rounded New Zealand Squad head for Sri Lanka

July 29, 2019

From ESPNcricinfo staff, July 29 July 2019

New Zealand have named four spinners in their squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka which marks the beginning of the World Test Championship for both teams. Offspinner Will Somerville and left-armer Ajaz Patel are reunited after their role in helping New Zealand to their 2-1 victory over Pakistan in the UAE last year. They are joined by Mitchell Santner, who played his last Test in December 2017 before being sidelined by injury, and legspinner Todd Astle who made his debut in Colombo seven years ago.

William Somerville took New Zealand towards an unlikely win on debut Getty Images

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Sri Lanka win Comfortably, But ….

July 29, 2019

Mohammed Isam, in ESPNcrcinfo, 29 July 2019 with this title Avishka Fernando, Angelo Mathews star as Sri Lanka wrap up series win”

Avishka was Man of the Match

Sri Lanka 242 for 3 (Avishka 82, Mathews 52*, Kusal Mendis 41*, Mustafizur 2-50) beat Bangladesh 238 for 8 (Mushfiqur 98*, Mehidy 43, Dananjaya 2-39, Pradeep 2-53, Udana 2-58) by seven wickets

Sri Lanka made an auspicious start to life after the 2019 World Cup, clinching the ODI series against Bangladesh with one game to spare. They won the second ODI by seven wickets after their bowlers put together a great team effort. Their batsmen saw off tricky periods in their chase, but mostly dominated the visitors who posted 238 for 8 after deciding to bat first. It is Sri Lanka’s first series win at home in three-and-a-half years, and it came via a combination of young and experienced players.

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Lasith’s Last Laugh

July 28, 2019

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Ireland at Lords: From Dream Start to Apocalyptic Crash

July 27, 2019

George Dobell, in ESPNcricinfo, 26 July 2019, where the title is “Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad wreck Ireland dream in a session”

England have completed one of the great comeback victories in Test history after bowling out Ireland for 38 in the fourth innings at Lord’s.

Not since 1907, when England defeated South Africa in Leeds despite having made just 76 in their first innings, has a side won a Test having made such a low first-innings score. But despite England being bowled out for 85 before lunch on the first day, a devastating spell of new ball bowling from Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad saw Ireland bowled out in just 15.4 overs to leave England the victors by 143 runs. It is the fifth lowest first-innings total in history to have resulted in a win and the first Test since 1887 in which two sides have each been bowled out in a single session.

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Profligacy at Premadasa Stadium: Wides ….. and More Wides

July 26, 2019

Bangladesh are recorded to have sent down 16 WIDES

SRI LANKA Extras
18 (lb 1, nb 1, w 16)
TOTAL
314/8 (50 Overs, RR: 6.28)

…. Sri Lanka  to have served up 24 Wides

BANGLADESH Extras
28 (lb 4, w 24)
TOTAL

This may be a shortfall … I witnessed Lahiru Kumara  send down two over the head BOUNCERS in one over which sailed over keeper Mendis’s head ad nd went for for runs …and it seems that at least one of these was not counted because  Kumara  is ‘credited’ with 04 wides only.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 22: Bowler Lahiru Kumara of Sri Lanka bowls in the nets ahead of the Australia v Sri Lanka Test Series at The Gabba on January 22, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Jono Searle/Getty Images)

On this showing Lahiru Kumara  is a liability ..what a pea brain! When one sort bouncer sails over the keeper fro four runs, why repeat the dose?

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Emergent Sri Lankan Team Face Dark Prospects vs Safs

July 25, 2019

ESPNcricinfo scorecard

Current Run Rate =  3.82

Last 10 Ov (Run Rate) -= 43/0 (4.30)

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A Nightwatchman’s Record from Jack Leach

July 25, 2019

George Dobell, in ESPNcricinfo, 25 July 2019, where the title is Ireland battle back after Leach falls short of nightwatchman hundred”

Jack Leach fell eight short of becoming the first England nightwatchman to make a  Test century, but Ireland retained the upper hand of their maiden Test at Lord’s. Leach made 92, easily his highest first-class score, and by the time he left the pitch – bat raised to all corners of the ground – had converted England’s first-innings deficit of 122 into a lead of 60.

And while batting looked relatively straightforward while Leach and Jason Roy, who also recorded a maiden Test 50, were putting together a partnership of 145, the dismissal of Roy precipitated something of a collapse. England lost four wickets for 23 runs, renewing Ireland’s hopes of registering a maiden Test victory. By tea, England’s lead was 87 with five second-innings wickets in hand.

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