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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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Sixes Galore from Thisara Perera in Losing Cause

January 5, 2019

Thisara Perera hit thirteen sixers … indeed more SIXERs than Fours (13 is to 8 fours) in an amazing innings of 140 runs in 74 balls in a losing cause in the ODI match vs the Kiwis at Mount Maunganui today 5th January 2019 …. . Note this running commentary by the ESPN ‘reporters’

Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, well bowled. Thisara shuffles and Southee sends a bouncer across the channel, straight at his helmet. Ducks under it

Big conference now. They need to stop that single.

Southee to NLTC Perera, SIX runs, now way! Southee has lost his length completely. Another full toss. Just outside off. A half-step into into the off side and a launch over square leg this time. Unreal stuff.

It’s been 160 runs since Sri Lanka lost their seventh wicket!

Southee to NLTC Perera, SIX runs, another full toss! Another six! How the tables have turned! New Zealand have no clue where to bowl to him. Outside off, in his zone and he slots it over long-on again!
Southee to NLTC Perera, no run, beaten. Slower ball at a length outside off, walks across and swings at it but that skids under
Southee to NLTC Perera, SIX runs, mistimed but another six! Shuffles early this time, gets a high full toss this time. It’s wide and he slices from underneath. The wind carries it. Long-on and long-off converge…and watch it clear the boundary
Southee to NLTC Perera, SIX runs, suh-weeet! That sound! Wow. A low full toss outside off and it cannot be middled better than that. Doesn’t even need to swing – just a check-punch. It’s far, far over the wide long-on boundary. 96 metres! It’s rolled off somewhere too after landing in the grassbanks. We’re getting a replacement ball

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Andrew Fidel Fernando’s Appraisal of the Day’s Play at Wellington

December 18, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 18 December 2018, where the title runs thus: “Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews bat all day to give Sri Lanka hope”

Sri Lanka 282 and 259 for 3 (Mendis 116*, Mathews 117*) trail New Zealand 578 by 37 runs …… On day four in Wellington, facing a monumental first-innings deficit, and in what seemed like a hopeless match situation, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews went to the trenches. They absorbed New Zealand’s many attacks. They delivered a few glancing blows of their own. They made a hundred apiece, and for only the 22nd time in the history of Test cricket, they batted out an entire day without losing a wicket.

Their partnership – 577 balls in – is worth 246. It is easily Sri Lanka’s best against New Zealand, and has allowed the visitors to go into the fifth day of an intriguing Test with a fighting chance of securing a draw. They are still 37 runs away from making New Zealand bat again, but will be buoyed no doubt by the weather forecast, which suggests rain will arrive around mid-day, if not before.

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