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Statistical Oddities and Other Odds and Ends from the Galle Test Match and Beyond

August 17, 2019

133* – The partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne is Sri Lanka’s highest for the first wicket in the fourth innings of a Test. Karunaratne was involved in the previous highest as well – 124 with Kaushal Silva, against Pakistan in Dubai in 2014. Sri Lanka were chasing a target of 137 then, and won by nine wickets.

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Dimuth Karunaratne stands as Calm as Tall

August 17, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 17 August 2019, where the title runs “Karunaratne, a cool captain for Sri Lanka’s high seas”

The selectors are making strange picks, the board is trying to sack another coach, the sports minister is making serious overreaches, the XI changes from series to series, but from amid this chaos, which to many has seemed like the wreckage of a once-was cricketing power, Dimuth Karunaratne has eked out a small but significant patch of stability.

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Andrew Fernando evaluates Sri Lanka’s Prospects

August 13, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo.com, 13 August 2019, where the title is England whitewash forced us to rethink plans for New Zealand Tests – Dimuth Karunaratne”

Sri Lanka may have whitewashed South Africa in February, but their most recent Test series at home brought a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England. Though the hosts’ spinners were expected to dominate the England batsmen, the opposition top order batted aggressively, and found ways to put up daunting totals.

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Kane and ‘his’ Canine at Katunayake

August 11, 2019

Courtesy of the Sunday Times…. which featured oher types of canines — sniffer dogs on perahara duty

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New Zealand Cricket Squad practice in the ‘Shade’ of Commando Guns

August 5, 2019

There is a photograph in The ISLAND, this Monday 5th August,of the Kiwi cricketers at practice at the Premadasa Stadium with armed guards as security  …. a picture that has not made it to the web versions

COMPARE  THIS ITEM from 2011:  Paul Radley,The Black Caps are focused on beating Sri Lanka in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup as their presence goes unnoticed, even by security officials.” 29 March 2011, https://www.thenational.ae/sport/new-zealand-happy-to-keep-a-low-profile-as-they-take-on-sri-lanka-1.564137

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Kumar Sangakkara Reviews Sri Lanka’s Performance in the World Cup

July 7, 2019

Kumar Sangakkara, in Sunday Times, 7 July 2019, with this title “Sri Lanka — near yet too far from the CWC semis”

So, Sri Lanka’s World Cup journey has ended without qualification. Few predicted they would reach the semi-finals and their final mid-table position represents a decent performance in the circumstances. Nevertheless, it was ultimately a disappointing campaign. In hindsight, it feels like we could and should have done better and could have competed harder for the fourth qualification spot secured by New Zealand. Sri Lanka were dogged by the inability to balance out the side with a specialist spinner, injuries, and the presence of players with no or little ODI experience within 18 months of the World Cup.

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Robertson’s Warm Message to Bangladesh Cricket team in wake of Christchurch Shootings

March 22, 2019

Vishvas Gupta in Cricket aGE, 21 March 2019, with this title ” Christchurch shooting: NZ sports minister hopes Bangladesh cricket team returns in future”

Police escort witnesses away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

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