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The Perera behind the Raval

March 27, 2017

Firdos e Moonda with Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 27 March 2017 where the title is The making of a Kiwi” 

One of the first things Jeet Raval from Ahmedabad did when he arrived in Auckland was try to find a job. He was only 16 years old, so it had to be a casual, holiday gig, but his father Ashok encouraged it as a way for him to interact with people in his new home and improve his limited English. “I went to Subway and they asked me if I could hand in my CV. I didn’t know what a CV was, so I called my mom and asked, ‘What’s a CV?’ In India they call it biodata, so my mom told me that and then I understood. I asked for a piece of paper and a pen and they didn’t have any paper, so they gave me a tissue paper. I wrote the word ‘biodata’ on the top and I put my name, my mom’s name, my dad’s name, my date of birth, and I said there’s my CV. And I never heard back from them,” Raval said to ESPNcricinfo during his first series as a Test cricketer in November last year.

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Evaluating Sri Lankan ODI Team before the Bangla Series

March 26, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando at ESPNcricinfo on Saturday 25 March 2o17  

 Sabbir Rahman

Big picture:  Bangladesh have exulted, the Sri Lanka team have been verbally flagellated, and after Sunday’s result, a tour that had been flying under the radar on the island has suddenly sparked widespread interest.

While Bangladesh’s second major Test victory in the space of a few months has been interpreted as a another sign of the team’s arrival at the top level, Sri Lanka’s loss has split opinion at home. Some have suggested Sri Lankan cricket has entered a death spiral; others have argued that while there is cause for significant concern, there is hope yet. Whatever the case, the limited-overs series have become doubly important for Sri Lanka now. If they lose here as well, there may not be many rushing to defend this team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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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

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