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Thrilling Last Over Victory snatched by SL Under 19 Team

January 13, 2019

 Karuppiah Ramakrishnan in Sunday Observer, 13 January 2019

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2019/01/13/sports/sri-lanka-u-19-snatch-victory

A brilliant all-round show helped Sri Lanka Under-19 thrash Australia Under-19 by three wickets in their youth Test match at the SSC ground yesterday. The Sri Lankans reached the required target of 112 runs in the last over of the day with just two balls to spare. Rohan Sanjaya and Sandun Mendis played major roles in the second innings to wreck the Australian line up by taking four wickets each. The visitors were bowled out for 151 runs in the second innings with Jarrod Freeman making 52.

Australia under-19 batsman Ian Carlisle is bowled by Sandun Mendis (not in picture) Pictures by Saman Mendis

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Sri Lanka’s Adventurous Cricket downs Australia U19 in Test Match

January 13, 2019

A bold declaration and aggressive cricket seems to have enabled SL Under 19 to upstage Australia in theri single Test Match at the SSC grounds: Editor, Cricketique

ONE = News Item in ISLAND, 13 January 2019

Tissa Central, Kalutara spinner Rohan Sanjaya and Richmond’s Sandun Mendis took four wickets each to restrict Australia Under-19s to 151 runs in the second innings as Sri Lanka Under-19s pulled off three wickets victory in the three-day Youth match at the SSC grounds on Saturday. Commencing from the overnight score of 287 for seven wickets in the morning the hosts declared their innings after three overs with a lead of 40.In their second essay the visitors batted for 66 overs but could muster only 151 as Sanjaya and Mendis bowled the bulk of overs. The duo bowled almost 50 overs and provided the key for victory.

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Dilruwan Perera beats Lyon and Rabada to 50 wickets within the Year 2018

December 27, 2018

47.6 Perera strike, Raval fails to reach his century once again. Length on middle and leg, Raval was looking to work it on the leg side, gets an inside edge on to the pads that lobs towards short leg, Mendis accepts it gleefully, tumbling to his right 121/1

An English wicket in 2018– Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)– (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

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West Indies mauled and ‘Mirazed’ by Bangladesh

December 4, 2018

Mohamed Isam in ESPNcricinfo, 2 December 2018, where the title is “Mehidy 12-for scripts record Bangladesh win”

Bangladesh 508 (Mahmudullah 136, Shakib 80) beat West Indies 111 (Mehidy 7-58, Shakib 3-27) and 213 (Hetmyer 93, Mehidy 5-59) by an innings and 184 runs

Nearly five months after being beaten 2-0 in a pace-dominated series in the West Indies, Bangladesh served up revenge on a spinning platter to the same opponents with an innings-and-184-run win in the Dhaka Test to complete a 2-0 series win. The victory was their first innings win in Test cricket. Mehidy Hasan Miraz underscored the supremacy of spinners with his match figures of 12 for 117, surpassing his own record for the best bowling figures for Bangladesh.

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Fare Thee Well Rangana

November 12, 2018

Item in Daily Mirror, 10 November 2018, with this title Rangana’s swansong and Lanka’s future in spin bowling”

When Rangana Herath takes the field for one last time in Galle today, there will be tributes for the gentleman cricketer who has an unblemished record on and off field. Sri Lanka will host England in a three-match Test series but Herath will only play the first Test starting on November 6, thereby ending a career spanning nearly two decades.

With 430 wickets and counting, Herath can walk off the field with his head held high. He has achieved what no other left-arm bowler has done in the history of the game. With five more wickets in his last appearance, he will become number seven in the all-time list of highest wicket takers, led by our own Muttiah Muralidaran (800). It is a phenomenal achievement for a late bloomer. Among them are 34 five wickets hauls out of which 26 came off in home conditions. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“A Floating Allrounder” — That is My Role and Goal says Ashton Agar

August 26, 2018

Ashton Agar wants to be as good as he can at everything. He wants to be adaptable, to be able to pad up at any time for his side, and be the floater who can go bang from the first ball.

Agar introduced himself to the world in 2013 as a 19-year-old left-arm spinner who smacked a 98 on Test debut, while batting at No. 11, on an Ashes tour. His career didn’t quite take off from there as expected. He has played only 26 international games so far, and has only become a limited-overs regular in recent times.

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Rangana Herath: Affable and Lethal

August 26, 2018

Champika Fernando, in Daily Mirror, 26 August 2018, with title as Retired or not; lethal but affable Herath is a living legend”

The timing and manner of a cricketer’s retirement can often tell you much about the player’s career. In Rangana Herath’s case, both seem, if not perfect, nearly so.

Herath is still at the top of his game, arguably the world’s number one spinner at present. It may justifiably be asked why he chose to retire. His aging legs, however, seem to offer him a message that they cannot take the physical strain any longer. His knees were operated on and he often takes injections for relief from constant pain.

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