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Sidath vs Sanath: Selectors Castigated by Sunday Times

August 6, 2017

S. R. Pathiravithana, Sunday Times, 6 August 2017, where the title reads “No Plan”

As I was saying before; keeping my ear to the ground, I presume it is a part of my job. It gives you vibes without prejudice or even second thoughts; it just surfaces from the ground within – where it began. The other day I was chatting to my grocery man Seneviratne, an ardent cricket fan. You must see how his face lights up when Sri Lanka wins. It’s so pleasing to see a face so bright. The vibes that emanate from his even make our daily drudges look good. Yet, just before the second Test against the Indians, Seneviratne was down, way below his usual self. When I asked him why, he just mumbled “Oka Hariyanne nehe, Mama cricket balana eka athheriya. (Things will not come right for us, so I quit watching cricket)”.

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Sri Lanka Cricket in Humpty-Dumpty Situation

June 23, 2017

Suresh Murugaser, an original essay entitled “What ails Sri Lanka Cricket!” … with highlighting emphasis in the text being an imposition by The Editor, Cricketique

Let’s face it. All is not well with Sri Lanka Cricket – both the organisation and the game itself. I’m simply making a few observations in the hope that the powers- that-be take notice, and make calculated efforts to put things right.

  1. School Cricket

This is the cradle and nursery of our cricket culture, and it even produced cricketers who were able to walk into the Sri Lanka side. What’s happened is that, under the Schools Cricket Association (which, till very recently operated independently of Sri Lanka Cricket), which was under the purview of school Principals and Masters-in-Charge, has become a law unto itself. Read the rest of this entry ?


The Power of Motivation: Problems of Assessment

April 8, 2017

Michael Roberts

Though Sri Lanka had defeated Bangladesh in their first t20 encounter at Premadasa Stadium with a measure of comfort, well before the match I felt that Bangladesh would win the second. My reasoning was based on the news that this would be captain Mashrafe Mortaza’s last game under this format. It followed that Chandika Hathurasinghe and the coaching team would deploy this impending departure as a incentive for the players to perform out of their skin.

A reasonable surmise, Yes. but how does one measure the impact of t such a factor over the course of a match? and provide proof to sceptics? There is no easy answer. Even the eleven players of the Bangla team would be ahard-pressed to supply concrete proof.

After all, winning a match is usually based on a combination of factors and to weight the determination of all XI players to do their best as a decisive force that stands on the top of the list is a tall order.

Mortaza himself was out for a duck as one element in Lasith Malinga’s hat trick of wickets; while his bowling spell was as follows

Mashrafe Mortaza 4 0 30 1 7.50 8 3 0

So his personal contribution was largely as skipper ringing the bowling changes and geeing up his side as they fielded. Not unimportant that dimension, but how important? Victory in cricket is often a combined team effort …and in this match the key contributions were (A) the cracking opening partnership  of 71 runs between Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar, the performance with both bat and ball by Shakib al Hasan and the excellent bowling of Mustafizur Rahman.

 Rahman celebrates a wicket ... as does Shakib al Hasan

Bangladesh won by 45 runs
06 April 2017 – night match (20-over match)
Bangladesh innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Imrul Kayes run out (Tharanga/†MDKJ Perera) 36 25 4 1 144.00
View dismissal Soumya Sarkar c & b Gunaratne 34 17 4 2 200.00
View dismissal Sabbir Rahman b Sanjaya 19 18 0 1 105.55
View dismissal Shakib Al Hasan b Kulasekara 38 31 4 0 122.58
View dismissal Mosaddek Hossain b NLTC Perera 17 11 1 1 154.54
Mahmudullah not out 4 5 0 0 80.00
View dismissal Mushfiqur Rahim b Malinga 15 6 1 1 250.00
View dismissal Mashrafe Mortaza* b Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal Mehedi Hasan Miraz lbw b Malinga 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal Mohammad Saifuddin run out (Kulasekara) 6 5 1 0 120.00
Extras (lb 2, w 5) 7
Total (9 wickets; 20 overs) 176 (8.80 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets SL Malinga 4 0 34 3 8.50 10 4 1 (1w)
View wicket KMDN Kulasekara 4 0 30 1 7.50 9 5 0
EMDY Munaweera 2 0 22 0 11.00 4 2 1 (3w)
View wicket JRMVB Sanjaya 3 0 32 1 10.66 4 1 2 (1w)
View wicket DAS Gunaratne 2 0 15 1 7.50 3 0 1
S Prasanna 2 0 17 0 8.50 2 2 0
View wicket NLTC Perera 3 0 24 1 8.00 5 1 1
Sri Lanka innings (target: 177 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MDKJ Perera b Shakib Al Hasan 4 2 1 0 200.00
View dismissal EMDY Munaweera c Mahmudullah b Shakib Al Hasan 4 3 1 0 133.33
View dismissal WU Tharanga* c Mehedi Hasan Miraz b Mahmudullah 23 21 3 0 109.52
View dismissal CK Kapugedera c Mehedi Hasan Miraz b Mustafizur Rahman 50 35 5 1 142.85
View dismissal DAS Gunaratne c Mosaddek Hossain b Mustafizur Rahman 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal TAM Siriwardana c Soumya Sarkar b Mustafizur Rahman 0 1 0 0 0.00
View dismissal NLTC Perera st †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 27 23 3 0 117.39
View dismissal S Prasanna b Mashrafe Mortaza 11 11 0 0 100.00
KMDN Kulasekara not out 2 5 0 0 40.00
View dismissal SL Malinga b Mustafizur Rahman 0 3 0 0 0.00
View dismissal JRMVB Sanjaya c Mahmudullah b Mohammad Saifuddin 6 3 1 0 200.00
Extras (lb 2, w 2) 4
Total (all out; 18 overs) 131 (7.27 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 24 3 6.00 9 2 0 (1w)
View wicket Mashrafe Mortaza 4 0 30 1 7.50 8 3 0
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 2 0 15 0 7.50 4 2 0
View wicket Mahmudullah 2 0 15 1 7.50 6 1 1
View wickets Mustafizur Rahman 3 0 21 4 7.00 9 3 0 (1w)
View wicket Mohammad Saifuddin 3 0 24 1 8.00 5 3 0


Toss – Bangladesh
Series – 2-match series drawn 1-1
T20I debut – Mehedi Hasan Miraz (Bangladesh)
Player of the match – Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)
Player of the series – SL Malinga (Sri Lanka)
Umpires – REJ Martinesz and RSA Palliyaguruge
TV umpire – RR Wimalasiri
Match referee – AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Reserve umpire – WN de Silva


    • Bangladesh innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 68 runs, 0 wicket)
    • Bangladesh: 50 runs in 4.5 overs (29 balls), Extras 4
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 29 balls (Imrul Kayes 28, Soumya Sarkar 18, Ex 4)
    • Bangladesh: 100 runs in 9.5 overs (59 balls), Extras 6
    • Bangladesh: 150 runs in 16.5 overs (101 balls), Extras 7
    • SL Malinga took a hat-trick with the wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
    • Innings Break: Bangladesh – 176/9 in 20.0 overs (Mahmudullah 4)
    • Sri Lanka innings
    • Powerplay: Overs 0.1 – 6.0 (Mandatory – 47 runs, 5 wickets)
    • Sri Lanka: 50 runs in 6.5 overs (41 balls), Extras 3
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 39 balls (CK Kapugedera 28, NLTC Perera 24, Ex 1)
    • Sri Lanka: 100 runs in 13.2 overs (80 balls), Extras 3
    • CK Kapugedera: 50 off 34 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)

Melbourne Lankans felicitate SL Cricket Team

February 21, 2017

Quintus de Zylva

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?




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 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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