Archive for the ‘Lasith Malinga’ Category


Adieu! Adieu! Dear Angelo, Dear Angelo

July 21, 2017

Rip Van Winkle

  My dear Angie,   I thought I must write to you because everyone is talking about you these days, especially after your team lost to Zimbabwe and you resigned from the captaincy. Cricket seems to have become the topic of conversation – more so than changes to the Constitution, the dengue epidemic or even SAITM! I suppose this is one of those moments when all about you are losing their heads and blaming it on you. It does appear as if there are many problems with cricket in Sri Lanka and that several others are responsible for them- but you are the one taking the rap, just because you happen to be the captain.

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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 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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Umair Wolid’s Analysis: Why Sri Lanka lost

June 6, 2017

Sri Lanka went into the much anticipated 8th edition of the Champions Trophy as ‘underdogs’ given their recent performances and skipper Angelo Mathews said “he’s happy to be in that position”. Mathews missed the opening game as he was nursing from a hamstring injury, a major blow as Sri Lanka faced South Africa, one of the tournament favorites.

 in Daily Mirror, 4 June 2017,

Winning the toss and putting South Africa to bat, Sri Lankan seamers contained the South African openers giving away only three boundaries within the first 14 overs.  South Africa eventually scored 299 runs and Hashim Amla scored his fifth ODI century against Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka’s chase looked under control when Niroshan Dickwella showed his aggressive batting skills by taking over the South African bowling attack which included the number one ranked ODI bowler Kagiso Rabada. Despite the quick-fire opening stand, Sri Lanka lost its way in the middle and lost the match by a staggering 96 runs.

Listed are 5 key reasons for Sri Lanka’s loss  ……..05 – Malinga’s drop 

Faf Du Plessis was left off the hook when he was on 8 runs when Malinga dropped a rather straight forward catch. He was swirling around the boundary rope and eventually dropped the catch. Faf later went on to dominate the Lankan bowlers with ease and scored 75 runs.

04 – Genuine wicket taking bowler 

Sri Lanka took a huge gamble by operating with four specialist bowlers and hoping the likes of Asela Gunarathne to fill in as the 5th bowler’s slot. To be fair with Gunarathne, he didn’t let the African batsman score freely where he gave away only 63 runs at an economy rate of just over 6 runs per over.  Sri Lanka missed the services of a genuine wicket taking bowler to control and pick up wickets in the middle overs of the match. South Africa scored 130 runs between the 10th and the 30th overs of the match which gave them a solid platform.

Being the only genuine spinner of the team Seekkuge Prasanna looked hapless by the solid batting of Amla and Faf where he gave away 72 runs in his 10 overs. Having four genuine wicket-keepers in the playing XI (Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis , Kusal Perera , Dinesh Chandimal ) Upul Tharanga didn’t have much part time bowling options too .  Despite losing control in the middle overs Sri Lankan seamers pulled back in the death overs where they didn’t allow South African hard-hitting batsmen to score heavily.

03 – Middle-order collapse 

After the quick-fire start Sri Lanka got from Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga, the other batsmen didn’t have much composure to build up a partnership and take Sri Lanka towards the 300 run mark. Sri Lanka at one stage were 93 runs for the loss of 1 wicket but went on to lose five more wickets in a span of 62 runs which led the scoreboard to a disappointing 166 for 6 wickets.

02 – Upul Tharanga’s wicket 

If someone who could have done it for Sri Lanka after loosing Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal, it would have been Upul Tharanga. Upul who played a decent innings holding the Sri Lankan innings until he tried to clear Imran Tahir over deep cover where he was caught by David Miller. Upul’s wicket opened the flood gates for South Africa to bowl out Sri Lanka well within 42 overs.

01-    The Tahir factor 

Tahir has now picked up 24 wickets in his last 10 games against Sri Lanka at an astonishing average of 15.79 runs per wicket. Tahir was the decisive factor in the bilateral series in January/February as well as in this game.  AB De Villiers kept Tahir until the 17 over of the match and he didn’t take much time to act on what he does best. Dinesh Chandimal got run out on the first over of Tahir and then Chamara Kapugerada trapped for a wonderfully disguised googly of his first ball faced. Kumar Sangagkara on the commentary box stated that Kapugerada should have been expecting the googly from Tahir first up as he beats the right handers often with his accurate googly.

Tharanga gave his wicket away to Tahir trying to clear him over deep cover and then Asela Gunarathne followed. It was a matter of time until South Africa picked up the remaining wickets and Tahir came in and picked up the last wicket to finish with figures of 4 for 27 at an economy of 3.17

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Malinga’s Kohu Mane

May 11, 2017

Gerry Koelmeyer’s Artwork

 … a clue, perhaps, to why so many batsmen have been diddled by his yorker? Yes, it is the huniyam residing within the coconut palm fronds of Ratgama that froze the opposing batsmen.  Read the rest of this entry ?


The Roots of Malinga’s Hair Style

May 4, 2017

 Coconut husks galore –not uncommon down south … Ratgama way Read the rest of this entry ?


Sri Lanka Sweating on Malinga’s Fitness

May 4, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 2 May 2017, where the title runs Malinga’s fitness in focus for Sri Lanka”

Early signs suggest Lasith Malinga will be fit enough to bowl ten overs per match by the time the Champions Trophy rolls around, according to Sri Lanka’s head coach Graham Ford, though he also hinted there was a possibility Malinga could play even if not quite fully fit. Effectively, the feeling in the Sri Lanka camp seems to be this: they need Malinga. They need him bad.

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga, left and coach Graham Ford chat during a practice session ahead of the second Twenty20 cricket match against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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