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A Massacre at Johannesburg? Reflections

January 19, 2017

Michael Roberts

bullring-222 Sri Lanka’s recent defeat by an innings within three days at “The Bullring” — as the New Wanderer’s Ground in Johannesburg is known among locals — may seem devastating even though I, for one, was expecting them to fare badly in this match. This expectation was based on the Bullring’s reputation for pacey pitches as well as the past history of our teams in the Veldt. After all, in the First Test at Johannesburg in early November 2002 we lost by an innings and 64 runs scoring 191 and 130 in the face of the Saf total of 386 runs; while a little earlier on 20-22nd January 2001 Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 07 runs at the Centurion ground in the Transvaal region. In brief, our famous batsmen of yesteryear had also been swamped and shot out on the high elevation pitches of the Veldt.

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Spins and Grins: Diarizing the Third Test at the SSC

August 17, 2016

Gomin Dayasri’s Diary on the THIRD TEST at the SSC 

Australia's captain Steven Smith (C) and teammates look on during the presentation ceremony after Sri Lanka's victory in the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 17, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia’s captain Steven Smith (C) and teammates look on during the presentation ceremony after Sri Lanka’s victory in the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 17, 2016. =  AFP/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

DAY ONE, 13th August 

After 75 minutes of play Sri Lanka were 23 for 5! Two test wins has disturbed the equilibrium of our batsmen – cranky shots caused the downfall. Wicket was not weird or wired; Aussies reaped a windfall. In the midst of falling wickets, tourists at the SSC were re-arranging schedules to spend time at beach resorts with a match unlikely to extend beyond Day Three after an Australian victory. At close of play with Sri Lanka reaching 214 for 5 the reservations were left unconfirmed. Read the rest of this entry ?

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How Dharmasena’s Intervention reprieved the West Indies

April 6, 2016

The Island, 6 April 2016, with highlighting and Footnotes  being the Cricketique Editor’s additions

aa KUMAR d-IslandOn Sunday, the West Indies stunned the cricketing world with their come from behind victory against England in the finals of the ICC World T-20 at Eden Gardens in Calcutta . Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite and Jamaican Marlon Samuels were the stars in West Indies ’ win. However, victory wouldn’t have been possible for West Indies if not for Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena. West Indies had made dreadful start losing three wickets for just 11 runs and the game looked well beyond their reach when Samuels was given out caught behind by umpire Rod Tucker. Samuels walked off with the scoreboard reading 37 for four. However, Dharmasena the leg-umpire was suspicious given the way wicketkeeper Josh Buttler had collected the catch. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Selection Errors and On-field Mediocrity condemn the Sri Lankan Team’s T20 Performance

April 2, 2016

Michael Roberts, courtesy of IslandCricket …….. http://www.islandcricket.lk/columns/michael_roberts/475520202/evaluating-sri-lankas-mediocre-wt20-performances, where the title is different

DASUN SHANAKA--www.gettyimages One bright spark, Dasun ShanakaPic Getty Images

ONE: Sri Lanka’s mediocre performances at the T20 World Cup were the result of poor selections, poor batting, poor running between the wickets, mediocre bowling, some poor fielding and one atrocious umpiring decision.[1]

The awful umpiring mistake by John Cloete that sent Dilshan back to the pavilion at 3.1 overs – a decision that was marked explicitly by several TV commentators including Alan Wilkins — was all the more severe because of its timing: viz., when Dilshan was on song and Sri Lanka had got off to a good start against the West Indies with 20 runs in 18 balls. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“A Russell is dangerous!”

November 10, 2015

A Quotable Quote during the ODI match at Premadasa Stadium between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, after Andre Russell had smashed a boundary …. so said Russel Arnold.

Very true. Ask Darren Lehmann when Russel hit the stumps from midwicket and ran him out at the Gabba. Ask Mathew Hayden when Russel dismissed him during the World Cup match in the Caribbean. ……………………………. and learn all about it at https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/russel-arnold-sri-lankas-forgotten-odi-star/

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Dissecting Sri Lanka’s Victory: Arnold and Fernando in Enlightening Analysis … live

August 16, 2015

LISTEN and watch against the background of the Galle Fort ramparts …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/909999.html

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