Archive for the ‘Sri Lanka Cricket’ Category

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An All-Time Sri Lankan XI: Selection Game in 2010

July 2, 2018

Sa’adi Thawfeeq presenting Mahinda Wijesinghe’s Choice XI …. courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 1 April 2010

How dearly the national selectors would love to have a Cricinfo jury to help them pick the national teams, going by how straightforward the selection of Sri Lanka’s all-time XI turned out to be. The middle order of Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, and champion spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, were all unanimous picks, with 10 votes apiece.

Left-arm spinner Ajit de Silva and legspinner DS de Silva were tied for the spot of Muralitharan’s spin partner; but with Murali dominating from one end and Chaminda Vaas, whose nine votes justify his place as the spearhead of the bowling attack, from the other, you could assume the three other bowlers in the XI would have little to do. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Perera Maawatha steers Sri Lanka to Victory …. consolidating Bowling Breakthroughs

June 27, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 25 June 2018, where the title reads “Kusal, Dilruwan steer Sri Lanka in nervous chase to level series,” …. with highlights here being the Editor’s imposition

The Pereras – Kusal and Dilruwan – put on a luck-filled but plucky 63-run partnership to haul Sri Lanka to victory on the fourth afternoon of the third Test. There were heart-stopping moments for Sri Lanka in this session, particularly when their best batsman Kusal Mendis was hit in front of the stumps before the team could get off the mark on the day.

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Jeffrey Vandersay undermines himself

June 24, 2018

Champika Fernando
Leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay has been recalled home  from the West Indies on disciplinary grounds. The board did not specify the exact nature of the incident which led to the Lankan leg spinner’s expulsion ahead of the third and final Test in Barbados but mirrorcricket.lk can confirm it was related to a late night out by the player concerned.

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Chandimal’s Ball-Tampering and Responses to the Punishment

June 19, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, !8 june 2018, where the title is “Sweet v sandpaper – why Chandimal’s tampering is different”

Only two months ago, three Australia cricketers were slapped with long suspensions for their role in the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town. Dinesh Chandimal, however, is unlikely to face punishments beyond the one-Test suspension the ICC has dealt out for the tampering itself (the “spirit of cricket” charge is a separate one). Here is why the two incidents will be treated differently.

There is minimal outrage in Sri Lanka

Where Cricket Australia’s response was spurred by public condemnation of the Cape Town incident, Sri Lanka’s public has, at most, expressed only quiet disappointment so far. Two possible reasons why the public reactions have been dissimilar:

  • Australian sportspeople are generally put on a high pedestal, and allegations of cheating – even for what was a Level 2 ICC offence – are taken seriously. Sri Lanka’s cricketers are widely admired, but do not face anywhere near the level of public scrutiny that many others from around the world contend with. Several former players, including the super-popular Kumar Sangakkara, have spoken of the relatively laidback nature of Sri Lankan fame. As such, there is not so high an expectation of morality, even from a Sri Lanka captain.

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The Ball-Tampering Issue agianst Sri Lanka at St. Lucia

June 18, 2018

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been officially charged with ball tampering in the ongoing Test against West Indies – a charge he and the Sri Lanka team appear likely to contest when a hearing is held at the end of the Test. Here is the sequence that led to the state of events.

  • Following play on the second evening on Friday, in which Sri Lanka were straining for wickets, on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and television umpire Richard Kettleborough had concerns over the methods Sri Lanka had used to maintain the ball. As a result, they approached the broadcasters for footage which could support or confirm their suspicion.

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Crushing Defeat for Sri Lanka in the West Indies

June 12, 2018

Fazeer Mohammed,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 11 June 2018, where the title reads “West Indies crush Sri Lanka by 226-runs in first Test”

West Indies completed a crushing 226-run victory over Sri Lanka just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Sunday as the tourists surrendered meekly following the demise of century-maker Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal.Set a daunting target of 453, the Sri Lankans crashed from 189 for three in mid-morning to be dismissed for 226 just after lunch, suffering their first Test match defeat at the hands of the Caribbean side for ten years, when they were also beaten at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

 Off-spinning all-rounder Roston Chase triggered the final capitulation in which five wickets fell for just eight runs. Roston Chase of West Indies bowls during day 5 of the 1st Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on June 10, 2018. Randy Brooks / AFP

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Duleep Mendis: Doughty Fighter, A Man to Command

June 11, 2018

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 9 June 2018, where the title runs:  “Duleep’s grit and courage – need of the hour”

A Tamil demonstration kinda opened proceedings when the Aussies were batting at the Oval — Editor, Cricketique

It was on a day like this, 43 years ago, Sri Lankan cricket made its biggest impact in the world stage. The six full members of the ICC were automatic choices for the 1975 World Cup and in a bid to make up the numbers, Sri Lanka and a team comprising cricketers from East Africa were invited to play the inaugural event. The quality of Sri Lankan cricket was displayed on this day at The Oval against an Australian side comprising the Chappell brothers, Dennis Lille, Jeff Thomson and others.

A century by Alan Turner and half-centuries by Rick McCosker, Greg Chappell, and Doug Walters had propelled Australia to a total of 328. Many would have thought that Sri Lanka had little chance. But they did well; reaching 150 for two and needed 179 runs in 30 overs with eight wickets in hand.  Australian skipper Ian Chappell was a worried man. Read the rest of this entry ?