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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 …. http://www.lionsofsl.lk/article2.html

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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1969 Royal-Thomian: When Royal ended an 18-Year Drought

June 6, 2019

Eardley Lieversz**

Royal’s win in 1969 was the last result in the two-day game. Hopefully, readers of this article will be able to draw some comparisons with the eleven games that have ended in a result in the 40 years since the game was lengthened to three days.

The extra day may not make it any easier to achieve a result, but does nullify the advantages of batting first.  Posting a big total no longer insulates a side from defeat, as Royal found out in 1999 and the Thomians in 2016.  By the same token, a side that dominates the game can expect to win without cutting corners.  For instance, because of the extra time to dismiss a side twice, declaring by tea on the first day, doesn’t confer any extra benefits.

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Sania Mirza applauds Pakistan’s Defeat of Favourites England

June 5, 2019

Item in TimesNowNews, 4 June 2019, with this title ‘World Cup just got interesting,’ Sania Mirza lauds Pakistan’s comeback against Eoin Morgan-led England”

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza congratulated Pakistan cricket team after their well-fought victory over favourites England in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 on Monday. Pakistan, who are being touted as one of the dark horses in the showpiece event, bounced back in a terrific manner to prove why they are one of the most unpredictable sides in world cricket. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men stunned the hosts in a close contest to win the game by 14 runs after both the batsmen and the bowlers produced a combined effort to outclass Eoin Morgan & Co.

ICC World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza was impressed by the strong comeback from ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan, as the Men in Green defeated hosts and favourites England by 14 runs in their second game on Tuesday.

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With Sanga as President-Designate of the MCC the best is yet to come

June 5, 2019

Rohan Wijeyaratna, in Island, 25 May 2019 where the title runs “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”

Men with disciplined minds, set their sights on far loftier goals than others given to average thinking. Such are the virtues that have made Kumar Sangakkara become what he now is.

Kumar Sangakkara has played many a fine inning in his time. They have spanned across every notable playing field and every nook and cranny worth knowing on the cricket map. They have stretched across all types of the game – from Tests to ODIs, to the T20s. In each of them, his performances have won him accolades from men of discernment. Be it with bat or lip, he has made his mark. His opponents know only too well how fiendishly difficult it is to match him – be it at play or at his lip and intellect, either singly or in combination.

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Duleep Criticises Step-Motherly Treatment of Associate Nations for Present World Cup

May 30, 2019

Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka was the first Associate nation to beat a Full Member of the ICC in World Cups when they overcame India in 1979. Duleep Mendis was their hero with a stunning 64 off 57 balls. He laments the lack of opportunities for Associate nations in the upcoming World Cup. ICC Cricket World Cups over the years have sprung quite a few surprises. There have been several instances of David overcoming Goliath at the sport’s showpiece event.

Sri Lanka overcame a star studded Indian side comprising Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar in 1979 and two years later they were granted Test status. Zimbabwe argued their case well in the 1992 edition when chicken farmer Eddo Brandes ran through England’s strong batting unit. A few months later they were granted Test status too. Bangladesh put up a grand show to beat eventual runners-up Pakistan in 1999 tournament and that was good enough reason for then ICC boss Jagmohan Dalmiya to grant them Test status.

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Stand Steadfast Together: Cricket’s Message to Sri Lanka and FOR Sri Lanka

May 29, 2019

Nuwan Ranasinghe, in The ROAR, 29 May 2019, where the title is “What Cricket Really means to Sri Lanka”

Contrary to popular belief, cricket has never actually been viewed as a religion in Sri Lanka. Whilst Sri Lankans do love their cricket, they are not essentially a cricket-mad people as is so often stereotypically coined by the Western media. Decades of civil war, a devastating tsunami, soul-destroying floods, monsoon rains and now this latest terror bombing has reminded Sri Lankans that there certainly are more important things in life than a simple game of cricket.

 Lasith Malinga spearheads Sri Lanka’s attack at the 2019 World Cup. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sanga laments Sri Lanka’s Chaotic Path to World Cup

May 26, 2019

Krishnamurthy in Cricket Age, 24 May 2019, where the title reads Sangakkara Laments Sri Lanka’s Chaotic Build-up to World Cup”

Kumar Sangakkara hopes Sri Lanka can somehow overcome their “chaotic” build-up to the World Cup thanks to new captain Dimuth Karunaratne’s “lack of baggage”. The 1996 champions head into this year’s edition in England as 9th ranked team in ODI cricket, which starts next week, having lost eight of their last nine matches — with the lone win in that run Tuesday’s rain-affected victory over Scotland, a non-Test nation who have not qualified for the World Cup.

“It’s been quite chaotic, both in terms of continuity in selection and giving players a very good, consistent run in the team, which is essential for confidence,” former Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara said at Lord’s on Thursday.

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