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Hidden Tale? Sri Lanka secure Good Win vs Zimbabwe in First Test

January 25, 2020





SRI LANKA 515/9d(176.2 OVERS)






4:51pm And that is all from us! Thank you for sticking with us through this slow burner, and we hope it was worth it with this exciting finish. We’ll see you for the next Test. Have a good evening.

Dimuth Karunaratne: In the start there was nothing for the bowlers. After that it became slow and low and we knew we had that advantage. I think we bowled really well. We bowled lots of maidens overs, that’s what we want, build the pressure and then we can capitalise on it. Embuldeniya was really good in the first innings and in the second innings the seamers did a good job as well. It’s a good start but Angie is the only one who converted into a big score, so the other batters have to convert after they get a start. It was a tough game here, we have a three day break, we will try to relax before moving to the next Test.

Angelo Mathews: Firstly I thank the almighty for blessing me. I’ve worked a lot on my fitness in the past few months. Looking a bit slimmer, lost a few Ks and feeling good. [A hundred] it has been a while, I haven’t got one in 4-5 games. So once I made the start, I had to make it count. Credit must go to Zimbabwe, they gave nothing away. They kept pegging away with the umbrella field. We had a target – the plan was to try and get to 160. We didn’t want to bat in the second innings because there was variable bounce and turn. I’d been told as well, so I had to make sure we get to that target first.

Angelo Mathews is the Man of the Match.

Sean Williams: The guys have tried their hardest. There’s going to be hurdles we’re going to have to cross as a team, but it’s [captaincy’s] been enjoyable. 350 I would have taken any day, but 450 would have taken time out of the game and given us a lead. The wicket got difficult today, you couldn’t trust the bounce. Chakabva, the way he batted today was incredible and the seamers did well for us. Spinners – we need more discipline in that area. The seamers put in a hell of a lot of overs. The young guys coming into this side put their hands up. There are a lot other positives – the workload the guys took on, Brian’s innings. All in all, very proud of them.

4:37pm So in the end, we get a result. 24 hours ago, the pace of the game would have had many doubting, particularly as Zimbabwe’s openers took them solidly to the end of the day. But a fifth-day collapse, however small, is enough to change the game rapidly. Unfortunately for Zimbabwe, they had two such collapses. And they both came at the start of the first two sessions. That seriously impeded their chances of taking a respectable lead. Taylor and Williams batted beautifully before they fell in back-to-back overs. Suranga Lakmal the chief architect for Sri Lanka in that half of the day. In the second half, they were made to toil by Regis Chakabva and the lower order, but the pace and fire of Lahiru Kumara was a little too much for them. They were bowled out with just under an hour left in the game. Sri Lanka’s patient approach, particularly that of Angelo Mathews, all worked out to perfection. Bright performances from ZImbabwe’s four debutants, particularly Kevin Kasuza and Victor Nyauchi, who were among the top performers in the first two innings of this game. But Embuldeniya’s five-for and Mathews’ maiden double-ton and partnerships with the other seasoned cricketers in Mendis, Dickwella, and Dhananjaya de Silva proved to be the difference.


Days 2 and 3 at the London Oval via Dannie Byrne

September 15, 2019

Dannie Byrne in his element

DAY TWO Smith breaks more records but Archer and Curran swing things in favour of the home side; Day Two at the Oval.

The 50 partnership between Buttler and Leach was completed from 74 balls in the first over of the day when Buttler crashed the final delivery from Cummins to the extra cover boundary. Leach followed this with a lovely square drive off Marsh. Leach edged Marsh at catchable height through the vacant third slip area before Buttler was comprehensively bowled by Cummins attempting to hit the ball into the Pavilion again ( 294 – 9 ). Broad edged Cummins just short of Warner at first slip before Leach played on to Marsh without any additional runs being scored. The home side was all out for 294 from 87.1 overs and Marsh had taken five wickets in an innings for the first time in his 32nd Test appearance.

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Dannie Byrne in Colombo for Kiwi-Lankan Cricket

August 24, 2019

ONE =Bent elbows, broken tuk tuks and the inevitable search for tickets. The tour moves on to Colombo

There have been seven previous series between the two sides in Sri Lanka with the home side winning three, three draws and New Zealand claiming victory in the first encounter back in 1983– 84. Prior to last week in Galle, New Zealand hadn’t played in a Test Match in Sri Lanka since 2012. By contrast Sri Lanka had visited New Zealand three times in the last five years losing all three series. In all the Sri Lankans have played nine series in New Zealand winning just the once in 1995 when Chaminda Vaas took 10–90 in Napier and Muttiah Muralitharan picked up his first five-fer outside of Asia in the second innings. The second Test in 1995 resulted in a draw when Asanka Gurusinha batted for nearly two days to score 127 from 429 deliveries in Carisbrook, Dunedin. Vaas was again Man of the Match having scored a half century in the Sri Lankan first innings and then taking 6–87 in the first and only New Zealand innings.

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The ICC Commentators at the World Cup

June 23, 2019

On the 17th may 2019 the International Cricket Council (ICC)” announced a stellar line up of commentators for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, beginning May 30 in England and Wales. Speaking about the World Cup being played in his home country, former England skipper Nasser Hussain said, “The whole of England and Wales is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup promises to be the most entertaining one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event broadcast and witness history in the making, first hand.”

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Pinnacles, Troughs and Trends in Sri Lanka’s Cricketing History

June 6, 2019

Michael Roberts, reprint from Lions of Lanka, produced by the Lanka Monthly Digest, 2019, to coincide with the 2019 Cricket World Cup ….

Cricket was one channel of Westernisation during British colonial rule. But it was also a medium for Ceylon to challenge the ideas of racial superiority so prevalent among the island’s ruling Britons. By the 1920s the Ceylonese team were proving their superiority over the Europeans in annual matches. The Maharaja of Vizianagram was so captivated by all-rounder Edward Kelaart in the early 1930s that he invited him to play for his Indian team. Meanwhile, F. C. de Saram made the headlines when he scored 128 runs out of a total of 218 for an Oxford University side that faced the touring Australians in May 1934.

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Cricketers snapped Extraordinary

October 30, 2018

Rangaiyaa! Rangaaiyya! Budu Ammo! Herath raised aloft after securing a match fo Sr Lanka … or so one can imagine

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Neil Harvey: Wonderful Batsman, Simple Man, Modest Earnings

October 7, 2018

Gideon Haigh, in The Weekend Australian, 7 October 2018

Today, the world’s best batsman is a 29-year-old multi-millionaire with a sizeable portfolio of premium Sydney real estate — he also, of course, languishes under a year’s ban from cricket. Sixty-five years ago, by contrast, the world’s best batsman shared a bedroom with his younger brother. That summer of 1952-53, Neil Harvey had a season even more prolific than Steve Smith’s last: 834 runs in five Tests against South Africa and 1659 runs in 16 first-class matches, a total exceeded only by Donald Bradman.


Dhananjaya’s Profound Misfortune … Squad for West Indies Tour is One Less

May 28, 2018

Item in Sunday Times, 27 May 2018 …

Sri Lanka’s cricket board will not replace allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva who withdrew from a tour of the West Indies following the murder of his father, officials said Friday.Ranjan de Silva, a local politician, was shot dead near Colombo late Thursday, hours be fore the team was due to leave for the three-match Test series in the West Indies.


Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva drives to stop the ball during the last day of their first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

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Africa-in-Me. Kevin Pietersen’s Reflections

February 19, 2018

Kevin Pietersen, whose preferred title is “Three Hours that changed My Life” .

They say you’re not born in Africa.

Africa is born in you.

It’s true.

You could blindfold me, put me on a plane, fly me somewhere in the world, open the doors and ask me where I was. I would know immediately if I was in Africa.

I can feel it. Smell it. It’s in my blood. It’s home. It’s part of me, I am connected to it, emotionally and spiritually.

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Eight Wickets!! Aussie Leg-Spinner Pope decimates England Under 19

January 23, 2018

ESPNcricinfo Item

Pope befuddles England U 19 … AFTER Sangha scores 56 for Australia in a low-scoring encounter

Quarter-Final, ICC Under-19 World Cup at Queenstown, Jan 23 2018

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