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The Sri Lankan Innings at Pallekelle

November 15, 2018

Andew Fidel Fernando, in,

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.


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England have taken a Leaf from Sri Lanka’s Ranatunga Book

October 9, 2018

Tanya Aldred in The Spin,8 October 2018  where the title is “How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men”

Echoes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup-winning blueprint – potent spinners, pinch-hitting openers, bucket loads of confidence – can be seen in the England ODI side today

As England and Sri Lanka prepare for the five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday in Dambulla, a warm-up of sorts for the World Cup now less than eight months away, it feels the right time to stumble backwards 22 years, to one of cricket’s greatest stories.

On 17 March 1996, in the sultry atmosphere of Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka’s captain, lifted the World Cup high into the air. No one could quite believe it. Sri Lanka, the baby brother of the Asian block, the international whipping boys, had popped out of the hat, brandishing a party popper, a grin and a new kick-ass way of playing the game.

Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga celebrates with his team after winning the Cricket World Cup final against Australia in Lahore in 1996. Photograph: John Parkin/Getty Images

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English Cricketers Bewitched on Arrival

October 4, 2018

By garlands rather than Kannagi …


No Stone Unturned. Burns, Hope and Stone in England Squad for Sri Lanka

September 25, 2018

Item in Daily Mirror, 21 September 2018

Surrey opener Rory Burns has been rewarded for his fine county form with a place in the England squad for this winter’s Test series in Sri Lanka with Kent’s Joe Denly also included. There is also a first Test call-up for fast bowler Olly Stone, two days after his maiden international call when he was named in the ODI squad.

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Tendulkar’s Plaudits for Alastair Cook

September 4, 2018

Item in Cricket Age,  4 September 2018,

Sachin Tendulkar has paid tribute to former England captain Alastair Cook, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. “#AlastairCook has been one of the finest batsmen to have represented @ECB_cricket, and his conduct on-field and off it, has been impeccable,” said Tendulkar in his tweet. Tendulkar is just one of many current and former cricketers who have paid tribute to Cook, who will play his final Test, his 161st, at the Oval starting on September 7.

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Pulsating Test Cricket in England says Joe Root

September 3, 2018

Vipin Darwade in Cricket Age, 3 September 2018, with this title “India-England series shows Test cricket is alive and kicking”

The hard-fought five-match series against India shows that Test cricket is still alive and kicking, said skipper Joe Root after England secured a 60-run win in the fourth rubber to take a series-clinching 3-1 lead. “I think it’s a really good sign for Test cricket. It shows that for me Test cricket is still alive and kicking — very much at the pinnacle of the sport,” Root said.

Credit to India — they’ve played some really fine cricket throughout, not just this game but the whole series. It must have been great viewing for people at home to see the way that especially the first game and this one, how tight they’ve been, how it swung both ways.”

Pic from Getty Images

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