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Kiwi Prop Forward befuddles Police at World Cup Cricket Match

February 15, 2015


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An Amateur Cricket Lover’s Recipe for a Lankan Cakewalk at the World Cup 2015

February 11, 2015

A Cricket Lover, from The Island, 12 February 2015

There is a lot of cricket talent in Sri Lanka and they are being coached and guided well at school and at Club levels. But once they progress to the national level most of them lose track simply because they are mismanaged by the authorities. The reason for this is that there is no sound programme to carefully nurture them up to the expected level and sustain them there. As a result, SL has lost so many talented players in the past. They have come and gone. The authorities, in the past and present, are solely responsible for the downfall of these talented players.

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Sri Lanka’s Cricketing feats 2014 … an ISLAND Capsule

December 29, 2014



When Moeen Ali was the target of racial taunts from Indian Brits

December 17, 2014

The Guardian’s Sports Staff, 9 September 2014,, where the title is Moeen Ali’s family appalled by booing of England player against India”

Moeen Ali was booed during England's T20 match against India but does not want to pursue the matterThe family of Moeen Ali have called the booing of the England player at Edgbaston “disgraceful” after a complaint from a spectator resulted in police classing it as a ”non-crime hate-related incident”. An accusation of racially motivated abuse was made by a member of the crowd watching the one-off Twenty20 international between England and India but, after an investigation, the police concluded that no crime had been committed. They are unable to take further action without a complaint from Moeen, who does not want to pursue the matter.

Instead the police have recorded the episode as a “hate-related incident” and suggested they would need more evidence. The spokesman confirmed that police officers did not review TV footage. “If further action was to be taken, the victim would need to make a complaint,” a spokesman for West Midlands police told ESPNcricinfo. “While the booing was perceived by the complainant as being racially motivated, booing is not in itself a crime. Had someone been shouting an offensive term, it would be different.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Australian People Honour Phil Hughes at Adelaide Oval Test Match

December 13, 2014

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Arjuna Ranatunga under Siege

December 2, 2014

HIRUNIKA or WARNE? Kavuda Piliganney?

HIRUNIKA and arjuna warne and arjuna

What’s in A Twosome?


Dynamic Dilshan’s Elan

December 1, 2014

Andrew Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Dilshan — Firebrand among saner men

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 Which is Tillakaratne Dilshan’s best triumphant sprint? There are so many to choose from, even just in the past few years. In a Super Over against New Zealand in the 2012 World T20, he tore around from long-off, reached over the rope, completed a stellar take, and just kept running, ball in right palm, arms aloft. A few months later, he struck a boundary off his 148th ball to move to his first Test hundred in Australia, then, leaping into the Tasmanian air, raced halfway to the dressing room.

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His most memorable recent celebration, though, was at the Oval last year. Sri Lanka needed to beat Australia to win a place in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy. The last wicket stand had put on 41, and were 21 away from what could have been a famous comeback win.

Brought on to make something happen, Dilshan got the Clint McKay to push out early, and then the tips of his his fingers reeled in the return catch. In a flash he was up, grin cleaving his face in two, blazing an arc from the bowler’s crease to the midwicket boundary. It was unadulterated Dilshan; the sole actor in the mini-drama. Having done little else all game, he was Sri Lanka’s saviour when they had become desperate.

You can almost imagine Sri Lanka’s team meeting before the second ODI against England. They had wanted to open the bowling with spin, Angelo Mathews later revealed, because someone had a theory that England’s openers would not fancy starting against a slow bowler. Sri Lanka have played three frontline spinners in the series, but before any of them could volunteer for the role, you can picture Dilshan making his appeal – maybe one as loud and unyielding as the shout that earned him a fine on Wednesday.

Is it a surprise that he has become one of the world’s best ODI openers, despite a glitteringly mediocre record in the middle order? The top was where Dilshan has always belonged, where he sets the tone; instigates the action. The chance to open the bowling as well as the batting is a no-brainer choice. He has done the same in all three formats before. He has kept wicket for entire Test series. He roams the vulnerable boundaries at the death. And at 38, he is somehow still an ace at backward point. Is it his huge ego that helps him cover so much ground?

Despite having faced the ploy before, England will not have expected Sri Lanka’s fourth spinner to open the bowling. And there is no better man for an ambush like this than Dilshan. From his very first ball, he was hyping up the plan, throwing hands to head and yelping like the delivery had almost hit the stumps. Moeen Ali had been slightly late on that shot, but in truth, had nearly middled it to point. When Dilshan took his wicket off the final ball of that over, the celebratory sprint was on again, from the bowling crease to around point this time. The hijinks had pivoted on him. As Dilshan soaked in the Premadasa’s affection, Mathews dared not take the ball off him for the full nine overs off his quota.

“The conditions suited spinners and I thought it was a good idea to try Dilshan and it paid off,” Mathews said. “He kept improving every single over that he bowled, so I couldn’t take him out. He was brilliant. The left-handers were also batting – and they have quite a few in their lineup.”

Dilshan has often played in support of his team-mates, but they all know his irrepressible itch to be involved in everything. His solo zooming around after a catch or a wicket, jar with the lack of obvious enthusiasm when he is not a part of the play. He is often the last into celebratory huddles. Sometimes, when he is fielding in the deep, he will just jog halfway, yell out a “well done” and amble back to his post.

“He has always enjoyed being centre of attention,” Mathews said. “He wants to be in the game all the time. He wants me to throw the ball at him all the time. He wants to take wickets. He wants to score runs, and he wants to take catches. He wants to be in the limelight.”

Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara closed out today’s match with a 15th century stand that was a considered, meticulous response to the match situation. They are renowned as statesmen of the game, but though he is older than both, Dilshan will rarely have that tag applied to him. Ever the individualist, never shy of stealing the moment, Dilshan is a firebrand in a top order full of cricket’s saner men

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