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ICC Directorate: Sumathipala’s Inflated Ambitions in Pieces

March 26, 2017

What made Shashank Manohar take back his resignation as ICC chairman? He likes to tell people that, once he has made up his mind, he does not change it. Indeed, after his resignation, he told ESPNcricinfo he would not reconsider his decision. Yet, less than 10 days later, Manohar is back, ultimately persuaded by a vast majority of the ICC Board directors to return.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JUNE 30: ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar (L), and David Richardson ICC chief Executive during the ICC Full Council meeting at The Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian on June 30, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

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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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Cricket in Hambantota during World Cup 2011 — in Pictures

March 22, 2017

 

Mahela at a critical junction

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Momentous Cricketing Moment. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in Riveting Match

March 19, 2017

Bangladeshi cricket fans at a university campus in Dhaka celebrate their national team’s victory over Sri Lanka on March 19, 2017.
Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo on March 19. / AFP PHOTO / – (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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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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