Archive for August, 2019

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Heroes: Two Number Elevens who hung in There till the Last Hurrah …. Fernando and Leach

August 31, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 30 August 2019, where the title is “The near-identical tales of Vishwa Fernando and Jack Leach taking their teams to epic wins”

On a warm weekend afternoon, a left-hand No. 5 batsman is on a fourth-innings warpath for the ages. There are fearsome quicks tearing in – bowlers who together form one of the most lethal attacks on the planet. They are breaking like waves but they can’t quench this inferno. The batsman is cutting, hacking, driving and reverse-bludgeoning his way through incredible odds. On the leg side, it’s open season. The area beyond the boundary is bombarded repeatedly. From the ground first, and later, thrillingly, from the air.

Heartbeats around the planet have quickened on his account. Shallow breaths are being drawn all through the stadium. But although he is batting better than he (or perhaps anyone) ever has, late in the piece, he must endure a moment of utter helplessness. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Contingencies, Strikes and Performances at the Colombo Oval

August 28, 2019

Michael Roberts

Contingencies reigned during the Second Test Match at the Colombo Oval between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Rain was the reigning contingency — surmounted in part by the tremendous work of an army of workers beating tarpaulins and what have you. Watching most of the match live, my thoughts are disjointed and point-form.

BJ Watling  the quiet achiever

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A Spinner We Miss

August 27, 2019

Rangana Herath was at the Colombo Oval on Day Two of the match vs the New Zealanders, together with his son Rangaru

Alas, Embuldeniya was unable to repeat the sort of feat that Rangana excelled in …but we hope he will develop in the same direction.

NOW if these two lads develop in the same direction, it will be, alas, for Lancashire and England. No matter, we can claim maternal links via Ranjit Fernando –especially if they become wicket-keeper batsmen.

 

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Lessons for Sri Lankan Cricket from Pakistani Cricket under Imran

August 27, 2019

Aubrey Kuruppu, in Sunday Times, 24 August 2019, with this title “Rameez Raja’s Sri Lankan link”

Chatting to Rameez Raja, a former captain of the Pakistan team, was not the daunting prospect that I feared. He put me at ease straightaway and, once started, he put me in mind of Tennyson’s Brook. The worlds, and thoughts, flowed and he was not averse to calling a spade, a spade.

Rameez, who represented his country in 57 Tests and 198 ODIs, also led the Pakistan team for a short period.Though initially n the shadow of his elder brother, the multi-talented Wasim Raja Rameez was good enough to go the distance and play in three World Cups.

As the former Pakistani opener says, he has a love affair with Sri Lanka. It has a great place in my heart”. His initial tour as an Under-19 player was to this country. His first century (122) in international cricket was at the Sara Stadium in 1986.

 

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New Zealand’s All-Round Brilliance secures Decisive Victory

August 27, 2019

Dannie Byrne:“Fantastic all round performance by the New Zealand team ensures the Series is drawn; Day Five in Colombo”

The overnight rain was probably the heaviest I have experienced since arriving in Sri Lanka 12 days ago. The puddles outside the P Sara Oval stretched right across the road as the tuk tuk driver splashed his way towards Gate 1 while clocking up 246 Rupees on the meter. Remarkably most of the covers were already off the field by 9 am but the TV commentators I managed to speak with mentioned a few very wet areas on the outfield that the umpires had some concerns over. Several sheets of a sponge like material were being used to soak up the additional water in an extremely efficient manner and when umpire Oxenford came across to have a look at 9.40 am he immediately gave the thumbs up signal to the grumpy official who refused to speak with me on the second day. The Kiwis had already played their customary game of football and all that remained was for the boundary rope to be put back in place before play was able to begin at 10.15 am which was only half an hour after the scheduled starting time.

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EMERGING TEAMS of SRI LANKA and BANGLADESH face off in August

August 26, 2019

Sri Lanka Emerging Team …………………………………304/7

Bangladesh Emerging Team ……………………………………………….… 118                                                                                                              SL Emerg won by 186 runs

SCORECARD SUMMARY

SRI LANKA EMERGING TEAM ……………………………..304/7(50 OVERS)

BANGLADESH EMERGING TEAM …………………………………..118(28.3 OVERS)

Player Of The Match  = Wanindu Hasaranga

Pathum Nssanka

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Ben Stokes steals the Show

August 26, 2019

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