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Adieu Rangana. Fare Thee Well say a Range of Cricketing Connoisseurs

November 23, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando …. assembling Evaluations of Rangana Herath on his Retirement for ESPNcricinfo

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Reviewing Sri Lanka’s Recent Test Performances … Batting Issues

November 15, 2018

Andrew Fidel FErnando, in ESPNCricinfo, 13 November 2018, where the title is ” Four batsmen who must step up in Sri Lanka’s hour of need”

If Sri Lanka have a half-decent Test record over the past 14 months – and they do, winning six and losing only three of their last 13 Tests – it is largely the work of their bowlers.

Take the matches in the UAE last year, for example. In the first Test, Sri Lanka collapsed in the second innings to leave Pakistan needing only 136 for victory, before Rangana Herath drew on his famed reserves of cricketing fortitude and body-slammed Pakistan for what felt like the millionth time in his career, taking six wickets as they crashed to 114 all out. In the next Test, the day-nighter in Dubai, Sri Lanka were all out for 96 in their second innings, before the bowlers held it together through a tough period in which they were forced to contend with a dew-moistened ball, then snuffed out the Pakistan chase when the match resumed the next afternoon.

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The Sri Lankan Innings at Pallekelle

November 15, 2018

Andew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo.com,

England 285 (Curran 64, Buttler 63, Dilruwan 4-61) and 0 for 0 (Leach 0*, Burns 0*) trail Sri Lanka 336 (Silva 85, Karunaratne 63, de Silva 59) by 46 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A graceful Dhananjaya de Silva 59, and a watchful 63 from Dimuth Karunaratnegave the Sri Lanka innings some early substance, but both those turns were outshone by what was arguably the innings of the series so far – a resolute 85 from Roshen Silva that carried Sri Lanka 46 runs into the lead.

Almost as impressive as his score, and the 174 balls he batted, was the fact that he forged such fruitful partnerships with the tail, coaching them through the tough periods. The last three partnership in Sri Lanka’s innings were worth 125 – Roshen scoring 60 of those runs. Soon after Roshen had arrived, Sri Lanka had been six-down and still 120 runs behind. Given the extremely challenging nature of this surface, and the variety in England’s attack, it was a monumental recovery.

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Day One of Galle Test Match elongs to Foakes

November 6, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Ben Foakes was largely in the team for his wicketkeeping. That, at least, was one of the arguments. But following a morning session in which England’s more highly rated batsmen tangled themselves up in aggressive strokes and left the side at 103 for 5, it was debutant Foakes whose steady hand raised them gradually out of the ditch they had been in at lunch.

Foakes used the crease, skipped out to meet the spinners, and he swept as well, but he did each of these in a much more measured fashion than the men who batted above him. Thanks to him, and the men who batted well in his company – Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid – England can even claim to have grasped a position of strength in this match. A score of 321 for 8 at stumps on day one is not shabby, in a Galle Test. Foakes himself was not out, 13 runs short of what would be a plucky century in his first Test innings.

Foakes

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The Axing of Mathews: A Key Factor divulged

September 28, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 26 September 2018, with this title  Angelo Mathews’ poor running in focus after axe from ODI squad”

Poor running between the wickets, and a particular propensity to run his partners out is among the main reasons Angelo Mathews has been left out of Sri Lanka’s ODI squad. Sri Lanka chief selector Graeme Labrooy told ESPNcricinfo that Mathews had been “sluggish” between the wickets during the Asia Cup, but coach Chandika Hathurusingha went further, detailing the number of times he felt Mathews had been involved in run-out dismissals. He also said that Mathews had a tendency not just to participate in run-outs, but to particularly run the opposite batsman out.

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Angelo Mathews Quite Furious

September 24, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, September 2018, where the title is Mathews ticked off at being made ‘scapegoat’ for SL Asia Cup exit”

Angelo Mathews has expressed strong resentment at being made a “scapegoat for the dismal performances … at the Asia Cup”, after he was sacked as captain on Sunday. In a letter to SLC, he has even floated the idea of retiring from ODI and T20 cricket.

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Sri Lanka Crash-land at Dubai in Woeful Effort

September 16, 2018

ONE: Andrew Fidel Fernando:: Mushfiqur stars in 137-run rout of Sri Lanka,” 16 September 2018, at ESPNcricinfo

Mushfiqur Rahim‘s sublime 144 hauled Bangladesh kicking and screaming to 261, then a fired-up Mashrafe Mortaza set in motion a Sri Lanka collapse, and the first match of the Asia Cup soon turned into a thrashing – Bangladesh claiming victory by 137 runs, after Sri Lanka crashed to 69 for 7, then 124 all out.

Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates after reaching his sixth ODI century ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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