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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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Riveting and Bungling T20 at Cape Town on 19th March 2019 

March 21, 2019

 Michael Roberts

 Fortuitously I watched the thrilling match at Cape Town between Sri Lanka and South Africa on the 19th March – a game which ended in a tie and was resolved by a Super Over battle.

Miller run out via good throw from Kusal Mendis

The tense Super-Over competition is not my idea of thrill – simply not my scenario. For me that was not the high point of the match. It was the Saf collapse from 3 for 117 in the 17th over to 8 for 134 in over twenty (20) which ended the real contest in a TIE that captivated my interest – heightened as it was by Niroshan Dickwella’s failure to hit the stumps from two yards on the last ball. What a Howler!

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When India won the World Cup in England in 1983

March 21, 2019

October 29, 2014: 1983 Till the victory over Zimbabwe, India had looked shaky. After that, under Kapil’s leadership, they had the confidence to overthrow any team that came their way. ©Getty Images

Courtesy of http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/gallery/475151.html

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How Sri Lanka Transformed Themselves in South Africa — Rex Clementine

February 24, 2019

ONE: Rex Clementine in Port Elizabeth, Sunday Island, 25 February 2019 = Karunaratne credits change of team culture for series win”

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has credited changing the dressing room environment for the success his team enjoyed in South Africa. Sri Lanka arrived in Johannesburg straight from Australia having suffered successive humiliating series defeats at the hands of New Zealand and Australia. With an inexperienced side, the tourists were able to achieve the unthinkable recording a comprehensive eight wicket win in Port Elizabeth to wrap up the series 2-0. They had won the first Test in Durban by one wicket.

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Top of the Tree in Test Cricket: Kusal’s 153 Not Out in a Statistical Table of Comparison

February 21, 2019

Anantha Narayanan, in ESPNcricinfo, 20 February 2019, with this title “Why Kusal Perera’s 153* is the best Test innings ever”

Kusal Perera‘s once-in-a-lifetime 153 not-out, which orchestrated an almost single-handed win over a South Africa much stronger than Perera’s Sri Lanka, has become the best innings in 142 years of Test cricket, moving to the top spot in my Golden Willow 25 (GW 25) table of top batting performances.

Perera’s innings secured 897.2 rating points, which is about 30 points more than the previous top innings, Graham Gooch’s classic 154 at Headingley in 1991 against the mighty West Indies. Perera’s innings ticks all the boxes and sits comfortably in top place. The only other innings that has come into the top 25 since this list was originally published in August last year is Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123 in Adelaide.

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Rohan Wijeyaratna’s Fine-grained Analysis of the Durban Test Match

February 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohan Wijeyaratna, in Island, 18 February 2019, where the title reads “Sri Lanka’s finest hour!”

By the end of the third day at Kingsmead in Durban, Sri Lanka were three down for 83 and still requiring 221 to win. All indications were that they were heading towards another customary ending. The game was keenly poised, and If ever there was an occasion for someone to play Horatius at the Bridge, this was it. Early indications were that there weren’t any such gallant men in sight. Batsmen simply came and went. Among those dismissed on day three were Karunaratne, Thirimanne and Kusal Mendis; more or less the main gut of the Sri Lankan batting. At the wicket were Kusal Perera and Oshada Fernando; both threatening to depart anytime. If Sri Lanka were to clamber out of this latest hole, character, restraint, measured aggression and some luck were all needed in equal measure. Despite their well-chronicled self-destructive tendencies, this Test still offered the visitors an opportunity. The pitch was relatively benign and the South African bowlers somehow lacked the sustained menace to cause alarm. All what Sri Lanka needed was greater stomach to make a fist of things. The Lankans however, seemed unconvinced. Instead they set about doing what they were quite expert at. That was to self-destruct. Be it at cricket or any other, Sri Lanka stands unparalleled when it comes to missing out on opportunities which land on their own doorstep. And so it seemed, one more time!

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A Sporting Appraisal from Faf du Plessis

February 17, 2019

Liam Brickhill, in ESPNCricinfo, ….http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26010989/test-cricket-be

His team ended up on the losing side in one of the most dramatic finishes in recent memory, but after South Africa’s one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Kingsmead, captain Faf du Plessis insisted: “This is what Test cricket should be.”

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 13: Faf du Plessis of South Africa during day 1 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Kingsmead Stadium on February 13, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

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“It should show people, whether it’s three or four or five days, that it is still the number one format if you see games of cricket like this,” du Plessis said. “It’s incredible the amount of times the game goes to the opposition and then comes to you and goes back. It’s always that to and fro. It’s great to be part of an amazing Test match.”

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