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Melbourne Lankans felicitate SL Cricket Team

February 21, 2017

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Thilanga and Samadara Sumathipala have been the strength behind Sri Lanka’s emergence as a T20 force to be reckoned with. The manner in which they humbled Australia at the MCG and in Geelong must surely have sent shivers up Cricket Australia.

Thilanga and Samadara nursed Lasith back in to a state in which he could believe in himself and provide the backbone to the team for inspiring successes in T20 cricket. His toe-crushing yorkers will be spoken about for many a year to come.

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ASELA fades away from Mark Nicholas

February 19, 2017

For Asela, Henriques, Cummins, Rabada, Chris Morris et al are not a major concern, But Mark Nicholas is! He has a microphone and words of praise!

Yuk! Fearsome! Terrible?

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Asela the Slayer

February 19, 2017

ASELA in Sinhala is pronounced “A-Say-La”and living up to the implications of his name in English, he flayed and slayed the Aussies and Moises Henriques (that is “Hawnreeks” or something like that  in Portuguese speech) for three sicxes in one over — doing  a Dunkn really (that is, emulating Ben Dunk who dunked three sixes off a Munaweera over earlier in the day).

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka poses during a Sri Lanka headshots session at the Realm Hotel on February 14, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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A Heist! A Heist! Lanka snatches Victory from Yawning Jaws

February 19, 2017

 Brydon Coverdale in ESPNcricinfo.com where the title is Gunaratne 84* caps stunning series win for Sri Lanka”

Asela Gunaratne orchestrated a remarkable heist to seal the T20 series for Sri Lanka with a match to play, stealing an outrageous victory over Australia in the first international match ever played at Geelong’s Kardinia Park. For the second time in three days, Sri Lanka reached their target from the final ball of their chase, but whereas at the MCG they had needed only 18 off the last three overs, here they needed 48. Gunaratne ensured that they did it in style.  aa-asela-22

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP / Mal Fairclough / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Asela Gunaratne of Sri Lanka celebrates scoring the winning run during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. — Pic by MAL FAIRCLOUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Lasith Malinga “investigated” and in the Limelight

February 19, 2017

ONE: “Suspicious minds! Umpires force Malinga to turn out his pockets,” Daily Mail, UK and Sunday Times, Lanka

Nothing fishy, it’s just a warmer. Michael Clarke confirmed it’s a legal act.

The Sri Lankan speedster was walking back to his bowlig mark in the 17th over of Australia’s innings when umpire Mick Martell approached him and questioned what was in his pocket. Malinga, in the balls previous, kept placing his bowling hand in his pocket which prompted commentator Michael Clarke to reveal the 33-year-old keeps a hand warmer in his pocket.

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Neville floored by Hodge’s Flying Bat, 16 January 2017

February 16, 2017

News Item in Daily Mail. 16 February 2016

Peter Nevill was hit in the jaw with a flying bat on Monday night before being taken off for his second concussion check in just two weeks.  The Melbourne Renegades ‘keeper was playing away to the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League when the painful incident took place.

Brad Hodge smacked a ball away to leg side as the Strikers chased a target of 171 when he suddenly let go of the bat, sending it flying toward Nevill. 111-neville-22

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Malinga and Tharanga as Sri Lanka’s Point-Men?

February 16, 2017

The Australian, 15 February 2017 deploying Champaka Ramanayake

malinga Sri Lanka’s bowling coach Champaka Ramanayake has declared Lasith Malinga the best T20 bowler in the world as he prepares to make his return to international cricket in a three-match series against Australia. Malinga is set to face the Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra today, their only warm-up match before Friday’s series opener against Australia in Melbourne.

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