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An Enthralling Test Match: Lanka beat Zimbabwe … Just!

July 18, 2017

One ILLUSTRATION among the Enthusiasts Comments .. after over 111.2 in the SL second innings

MD FURKAN UDDIN: “What a match we are watching. congratulations both team for play some good cricket.”

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Malinga’s Monkey Bouncer draws Ministerial Castration

June 25, 2017

Amal Jayasinghe, in Sunday Island, 24 June 2017, with the title “Malinga in hot water over ‘monkey’ comment”

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga faced an investigation this week after he compared a government minister to a monkey following criticism that the country’s cricketers were too fat. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players following their failure to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals. “He is now under investigation for making statements to the media in breach of his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket (board),” Jayasekera told AFP. “In my criticism of the appalling fitness levels of our players, I did not name Malinga, but he has chosen to put the hat on and attack me publicly.”

Malinga told a television network the minister knew nothing about cricket. “I don’t care about criticism from those who are simply warming chairs,” he said. “What does a monkey know about a parrot’s nesting hollow? This is like a monkey getting into a parrot’s nest and talking about it.”

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Sri Lanka Cricket in Humpty-Dumpty Situation

June 23, 2017

Suresh Murugaser, an original essay entitled “What ails Sri Lanka Cricket!” … with highlighting emphasis in the text being an imposition by The Editor, Cricketique

Let’s face it. All is not well with Sri Lanka Cricket – both the organisation and the game itself. I’m simply making a few observations in the hope that the powers- that-be take notice, and make calculated efforts to put things right.

  1. School Cricket

This is the cradle and nursery of our cricket culture, and it even produced cricketers who were able to walk into the Sri Lanka side. What’s happened is that, under the Schools Cricket Association (which, till very recently operated independently of Sri Lanka Cricket), which was under the purview of school Principals and Masters-in-Charge, has become a law unto itself. Read the rest of this entry ?

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How Good Fortune and Intelligent Backroom Decisions enabled Lanka to beat India

June 12, 2017

Michael Roberts

Four huge ‘sequoia trees’ stood astride the path to the Champions Cup at the commencement of the tournament: South Africa, India, Australia, England.  But, as I write on Sunday night 11th June, a combination of English rain and good cricket from the minnows has felled Australia as well as that outsider prospect, New Zealand; while the Safs and Indians are battling for one semi-final spot – an outcome that will knock one of them out.

My focus here is on the factors that have given Sri Lanka a 50/50 chance of making it to the finals after they snuffed out India on Friday last with a commanding batting performance. Two sets of factors assisted Sri Lanka: (A) fortune; and (B) strategic choices and good tactics.

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India’s Practice Match turns Turtle

June 11, 2017

Mahinda Wijesinghe,  in The Sunday Island, 10 June 2017 with title “A ‘practice game’ that became a nightmare to the Indians”

All the chips were down for Sri Lanka having to meet upbeat host India at the Oval, especially after the latter’s resounding win by 124 runs a few days earlier against arch-enemy Pakistan at Edgbaston. Acting captain Upul Tharanga, who top-scored (57) in the previous game had been suspended for two games due to slow over-rate by the bowlers during Sri Lanka’s loss to South Africa. Skipper Mathews, returning to the side to play an ODI since August last year, announced that he will not be able to bowl; this meant a seam bowler short. The woes were adding fast. Indeed, in pre-match banter, wicket-keeper Dickwella mentioned that the Indians had stated they (the Indians) were taking this as a ‘practice match’! Read the rest of this entry ?

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Kohli gives Credit where Credit is due

June 9, 2017

Amit Kumar, 9 June 2017, where the title is “We Trusted Our Bowlers But Sri Lanka Were Pretty Good, Says Virat Kohli”

After an awful bowling performance from defending champions India saw them slump to an unexpected seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in a high-scoring ICC Champions Trophy, captain Virat Kohli said he expected his bowlers to defend 321 but Sri Lanka batted exceptionally well to take the game away. “We felt we had enough on the board, we trusted out bowlers, but Sri Lanka were pretty good,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

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Sri Lanka surprise India

June 9, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 9 June 2017 — where the title is  “Mendis, Gunathilaka anchor highest Champions Trophy chase to keep SL alive”

They may be coming off an awful run of form, two of their players might have been ruled out, and their No. 4 may damage his hamstring during a crucial innings, but still, if the wind and the light and the time of day are just right, Sri Lanka can still summon up a little of their old big-tournament magic. They can rally, they can surge, they can surprise. That India’s batting went more or less perfectly to plan made Sri Lanka’s ice-cold pursuit even sweeter. They were, after all, chasing a commanding 321 for 6, on an Oval surface that had turned up a little green on match day.

: Hardik Pandya of India reacts after a dropped catch off his bowling during the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017 (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)                         

 Asela Gunaratne in a previous match

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