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Sri Lanka’s International Cricket Venues Yesterday and Today

June 12, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of The Lions of Sri Lanka, where the title is “Sri Lanka’s international venues”

P Saravanamuttu Oval

The most storied of Sri Lanka’s venues, the Oval has seen some of Sri Lanka’s greatest Tests. It is the only Asian venue to have been graced by the legendary Australian batsman Don Bradman, who brought his 1948 “Invincibles” side to play a match at the Oval, during their stopover in Colombo, en route to that year’s Ashes in England. The Oval also hosted Sri Lanka’s debut Test, against England, in 1982.

Sathi Coomaraswamy beats Bradman at the Oval 1948


A scene at the Oval in 2017 with Luke Slattery at his best ….

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Captaincy Stakes: How the Burden landed in Dimuth’s Lap

April 22, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 17 April 2019, with this title How Sri Lanka’s search for a World Cup captain ended with Karunaratne”

Where most teams are merely working out which of their fringe players will make the trip to the World Cup, Sri Lanka had a bigger question to answer: who will captain the team? Over the past two years, the captaincy has changed hands at a dizzying rate, with Angelo Mathews having had it in two stints, Dinesh Chandimal also helming the ship twice, Lasith Malinga getting the job in late 2018 (after having been stand-in captain once, in 2017), while Thisara Perera and even Chamara Kapugedara have also led the team. It’s been like a game of spin-the-bottle, except instead of embarrassing teenage consequences, Sri Lanka have had embarrassing losses. Since the start of 2017, they have lost 41 and won only 11 ODIs.

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The Odd Couple. At the Death. Malinga and Bumrah

March 30, 2019

Sharda Ugra, in ESPNcricinfo, with inputs from Andrew Fidel Fernando, in article entitled Mali & Boom, a match made in bowling heaven”

Mali and Boom look like they have emerged from different sporting planets. Mali is chunky, lumbering and slowing down at 35. Boom posts Twitter pictures of his six-pack and, at 25, is a rocket heading into cricket’s stardom stratosphere. Mali has been there and done that, an adoring dad of two, who assiduously ensures that his curls are always gold-tinted. Boom, a bachelor of close crop, neat beard and zero visible tattoos, has said in public that he would rather go bald than do that.

Malinga and Bumrah, united by their distinctive unorthodoxy BCCI

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Andrew Fernando’s Reading of the Close Encounter at CapeTown

March 21, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 20 March 2019, with title “South Africa nearly choke, but Tahir rescues them in Super Over

Sri Lanka 134 for 7 (Kamindu 41, Phehlukwayo 3-25) tied with South Africa 134 for 8 (Miller 41, Malinga 2-11)

Super Over South Africa 14 for 0 beat Sri Lanka 5 for 0

Sri Lanka’s spinners squeezed and throttled and tugged down the opposition run rate in defence of a modest score, but it was the best slow bowler on show – Imran Tahir – who saw South Africa through a tense Super Over situation, and suggested that whatever his team-mates are like, he is capable of keeping his cool in tough circumstances.

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

February 26, 2019

A Revealing Exchange …. … 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

Profound Problems for Sri Lanka Cricket

February 5, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 4 February 2019, where the title is “No quick fixes, Sri Lankan cricket needs a bottom-up overhaul”

Sri Lanka have lost 16 of their last 18 international matches, so there are rumours floating around about replacing the coach again. Rumours that Sri Lanka Cricket has inquired about the availability of top coaches overseas. That the island’s sports ministry – essentially running cricket in the country at present – has consulted lawyers about the legal ramifications of firing or demoting Chandika Hathurusingha. Perhaps they will remove him from the national side and send him to the High Performance Centre. This is what they have just meted out to batting coach Thilan Samaraweera, who was replaced in the national set-up in December.

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No Surprise! Sri Lanka Struggle on Pacey-Bouncy Brisbane Pitch

January 25, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, at ESPNcricinfo, 24 January 2019

Having been three for 58 at the end of the first session, Sri Lanka nosedived in the second, losing five wickets for 64 runs, before eventually crashing to a sub-par 144 not out. In response, Marcus Harris put together a 40 not out, surviving for 25 overs, as Australia scored exactly half of Sri Lanka’s runs for the loss of two wickets, before stumps.

  Jhye Richardson punches the air after picking up his first Test wicket Getty Images

The only man to cross fifty on day one was Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, without whose 64 off 78 balls, the visitors’ predicament would have been even more pathetic. For Australia, Pat Cummins picked up 4 for 39, but debutant Jhye Richardson was arguably even more impressive, claiming 3 for 26 fom his 14 overs. Among Richardson’s wickets were those of Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis – two key batsmen in the Sri Lanka top order. The ball to dismiss Mendis was perhaps the best of the day, that delivery angled in to the right hander, before leaving him off the pitch, to beat his outside edge and then rattle off stump.

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