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Cricket World Cup: State of Play after Sri Lanka’s Upset Win, TODAY 23 June

June 22, 2019

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka’s 20-run win over England must count as the most unexpected result of the World Cup so far. More than that, it’s upset, or at least changed, some calculations. Just how much, we try and figure out.

Sri Lanka celebrate after stunning England, winning the match by 20 runs Getty Images

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Sri Lankan Players wary of The Glare

June 17, 2019

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News, 17 June 2019, with this title “Manager defends players’ no-show at media conference”

Sri Lanka manager Ashantha de Mel has defended his players for not turning up for the official post-match press conference after their World Cup defeat against Australia at the Oval here on Saturday. It is the norm at all ICC conducted tournaments for a player to be present for the pre and post match media conferences, but after Sri Lanka had thrown away a golden chance of beating world champs Australia no member of the team presented himself at the conference which reflected badly on the losing side.

“What can you do when no one wanted to go to the press conference? The players were so deflated after letting go off such a golden opportunity to post a win they were not prepared to go and face further questions and be humiliated,” said De Mel.

 Angelo Mathews the second most capped Sri Lanka ODI player in the current team after Lasith Malinga has been having a dreadful run in the ongoing World Cup unable to reach double figures in any of his three innings played so far. He is dismissed for 9 against Australia at the Oval on Saturday. – AFP

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Sri Lanka’s Cricket Dissected

June 15, 2019

Sidharth Monga, in ESPNcricinfo, 16 June 2019, where the title reads Dysfunction, hope, more dysfunction; Sri Lanka’s World Cup rolls on”

The wife of Sri Lanka’s once-captain has accused – on Facebook – one of their players of being a political appointment made by the sports minister of the country. That captain – one of the seven ODI captains tried by Sri Lanka since the last World Cup – is not the captain anymore. He has been accused of picking and choosing games, and has been forced to switch between IPL and domestic cricket in Sri Lanka, and is eventually here at the World Cup. Barely.

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Umpiring Howlers help Aussies down Windies

June 7, 2019

Melinda Farrell in ESPNcricinfo, 6 June 2019, where the title isWest Indies’ fury at ‘dodgy’ decisions as Australia get rub of the green”

Michael Holding has slammed the umpiring during West Indies’ loss to Australia as “atrocious”, while Carlos Brathwaite described some decisions as “frustrating” and “dodgy” and suggested that West Indies players are on the wrong end of decisions more often than their opponents. He denied, however, that the decisions had cost them the match in a hard-fought 15-run defeat to Australia at Trent Bridge.

The umpires, Chris Gaffaney and Ruchira Palliyaguruge, had four decisions overturned between them and Gaffaney also missed a blatant front foot no-ball from Mitchell Starc that preceded the delivery that claimed the wicket of Chris Gayle. If the no-ball had been called, Gayle would have had a free hit on what was ultimately the wicket-ball.

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Pinnacles, Troughs and Trends in Sri Lanka’s Cricketing History

June 6, 2019

Michael Roberts, reprint from Lions of Lanka, produced by the Lanka Monthly Digest, 2019, to coincide with the 2019 Cricket World Cup …. http://www.lionsofsl.lk/article2.html

Cricket was one channel of Westernisation during British colonial rule. But it was also a medium for Ceylon to challenge the ideas of racial superiority so prevalent among the island’s ruling Britons. By the 1920s the Ceylonese team were proving their superiority over the Europeans in annual matches. The Maharaja of Vizianagram was so captivated by all-rounder Edward Kelaart in the early 1930s that he invited him to play for his Indian team. Meanwhile, F. C. de Saram made the headlines when he scored 128 runs out of a total of 218 for an Oxford University side that faced the touring Australians in May 1934.

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1969 Royal-Thomian: When Royal ended an 18-Year Drought

June 6, 2019

Eardley Lieversz**

Royal’s win in 1969 was the last result in the two-day game. Hopefully, readers of this article will be able to draw some comparisons with the eleven games that have ended in a result in the 40 years since the game was lengthened to three days.

The extra day may not make it any easier to achieve a result, but does nullify the advantages of batting first.  Posting a big total no longer insulates a side from defeat, as Royal found out in 1999 and the Thomians in 2016.  By the same token, a side that dominates the game can expect to win without cutting corners.  For instance, because of the extra time to dismiss a side twice, declaring by tea on the first day, doesn’t confer any extra benefits.

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With Sanga as President-Designate of the MCC the best is yet to come

June 5, 2019

Rohan Wijeyaratna, in Island, 25 May 2019 where the title runs “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”

Men with disciplined minds, set their sights on far loftier goals than others given to average thinking. Such are the virtues that have made Kumar Sangakkara become what he now is.

Kumar Sangakkara has played many a fine inning in his time. They have spanned across every notable playing field and every nook and cranny worth knowing on the cricket map. They have stretched across all types of the game – from Tests to ODIs, to the T20s. In each of them, his performances have won him accolades from men of discernment. Be it with bat or lip, he has made his mark. His opponents know only too well how fiendishly difficult it is to match him – be it at play or at his lip and intellect, either singly or in combination.

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