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The Best of Sundays, 19th March 2017

March 19, 2017

Karthik: “Can’t get a better Sunday than this. Test cricket at its best. Ind v Aus” … A COMMENT from a Bangla cricket fan … JUST AFTER the first ball over 112 of the Sri Lankan second innings

112.1 — Miraz to Lakmal, 1 run, tossed-up offbreak, worked on the back foot to the right of midwicket” 

Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

 Mehedi Hasan

Mustafizur Rahman

10.57am The 80-run stand for the ninth wicket between Dilruwan and Lakmal has lifted Sri Lanka’s lead to 190. Bangladesh need 191 in a minimum of 74 overs to square the series. Be back for the last innings.

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10.57am The 80-run stand for the ninth wicket between Dilruwan and Lakmal has lifted Sri Lanka’s lead to 190. Bangladesh need 191 in a minimum of 74 overs to square the series. Be back for the last innings

PPS;

ANOTHER FAN’S COMMENT:  Jugnoo: “What a coincident Suranga Lakmal was the last wicket in first inning at over 113.3 and second inning 113.2 scoring 35 and 42 respectively. Both are on his top scores. Keep it up Suranga Lakmal”

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Fernando and Clementine Wrap-up the Galle Test Match

March 12, 2017

I. Andrew Fidel Fernando: “Herath a fourth innings force of nature”  in ESPNcricinfo, 10 March 2017,

Sri Lanka’s slow bowlers imposed their familiar chokehold over another fourth innings of a home Test match, uprooting batsmen as early as the second ball of the day, before sending the Test hurtling to its conclusion by the middle of the afternoon session.
Sri Lanka 494 (Mendis 194, Mehedi 4-112) and 274 for 6 declared (Tharanga 115, Mehedi 2-77) beat Bangladesh 312 (Mushfiqur 85, Perera 3-53) and 197 (Liton 35, Mushfiqur 34, Herath 6-59) by 259 runs.

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Ford and Clementine in Praise of Kusal Mendis

March 12, 2017

Rex Clementine in The Sunday Island, 16 March 2017

The Galle International Cricket Stadium has witnessed some remarkable moments in Test cricket. Chris Gayle hitting sixes to the Galle bus stand on his way to a remarkable  333, Muttiah Muralitharan picking up a wicket in his last ball in Test cricket to complete 800 Test wickets, Kumar Sangakkara being left stranded on 199 having run out of partners, Brian  Lara’s stunning 178 in 2001, Nathan Lyon taking five  wickets on debut  are all firmly etched in the memories of  cricket fans. Earlier this week, young Kusal Mendis gave everyone another moment to relish with his stunning 194 that contained some of the finest cricket shots that you will ever witness.

 Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis raises his bat and helmet celebrating his century during the first day of the opening Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on March 7, 2017

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Outright Abuse — with Umpires as the Proverbial Monkeys

March 10, 2017

Hear no EVIL? See no Evil! 

What were the Umpires doing at this moment!!

 Merv Hughes vilifies Graeme Hicks and seeks to disturb his equanimity …..

look carefully at the Aussie supporters in Indian NOW and ,,,, you will see this bloke: An Aussie Legend !!

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Absorbing Cricket in Day One at Galle

March 7, 2017

Andrew Fernando, inESPNcricinfo, where the title is Mendis 166* headlines Sri Lanka dominance”

How sweet homecomings can be. Having failed to score 300 in any of their six Test innings in South Africa, Sri Lanka rode Kusal Mendis‘s suave 166 not out to a score of 321 for 4 on the first day in Galle. Along the way, Mendis signed up Asela Gunaratne for a sidekick, forging with him a dominant 196-run fourth-wicket stand, of which Gunaratne’s share was 85.

Kusal & asela embrace

This Galle pitch deserves a first-  innings total of at least 400, so although Sri Lanka’s position is strong for now, it is certainly not an unassailable one. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bangladesh can beat Sri Lanka –Take Care

March 5, 2017

Rex Clementine in the Island, 4 March 2017,where the title is 

Should Sri Lanka fear Bangladesh really? On paper the hosts are a far better side. In their top seven, Bangladesh have just two players who average over 40 in Test cricket – Shakib Al Hasan (40) and Mominul Haque (49) and in bowling, they lack the variety or the experience of Sri Lankans. Yet, many fear that this two match series – that gets underway on Tuesday in Galle – as the one where the tourists could turn the tables. There are valid reasons for such concerns. herath

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Hathuru guides Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

March 5, 2017

hathuru-in-mirpur

Chandika Hathurusunghe gives slip catching practice at Mirpur as Bangladesh prepare for their Sri Lankan  tour