Archive for the ‘unusual statistics’ Category

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Australia’s Lock and Laker decimate India’s Batting

February 27, 2017

Steven O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon reversed the famous Laker-Lock roles in skittling the renowned Indian batting line up at Pune in ways that recall the manner in which Laker and Lock undermined the Aussies during the famous 1956 Ashes series in 1956 .. in the era before wickets were covered.

okeefeO’Keefe celbrates wkt-Pic by Reuters& Danish-Siddiqui

INNINGS ONE
View wickets SNJ O’Keefe 13.1 2 35 6 2.65 55 2 1  
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View wicket NM Lyon 11 2 21 1 1.90 52 2 0

INNINGS TWO

NM Lyon 14.5 2 53 4 3.57 59 5 0
View wickets SNJ O’Keefe 15 4 35 6 2.33 71 4 0

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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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Recognising Michael Tissera in the Tale of Sri Lankan Cricket

January 30, 2017

Abhishek Mukherjee, 25 March  2016, courtesy of http://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/michael-tissera-the-man-who-gave-his-name-to-west-indies-sri-lanka-test-series-340992

Michael Tissera shares a trophy name with Garry Sobers. Till date, he also remains the only Sri Lankan captain to win a Test on Indian soil, albeit unofficial.

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Michael Tissera © Getty Images
 Michael Hugh Tissera, born March 23, 1939, was one of the architects of Sri Lankan cricket in 1960s and 1970s. Unfortunately, his international career started late, for Sri Lanka did not get a chance to lock horns with the big guns in official matches till World Cup 1975. His leadership qualities and all-round skills on the field made him stand out among Sri Lankan cricketers of his era. To honour him, the West Indies-Sri Lanka Test series were named Sobers-Tissera Trophy after him and Sir Garry. Abhishek Mukherjee remembers a forgotten man of Sri Lankan cricket.
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Lanka’s T20 Spinners: The Missing Aponso

January 20, 2017

Michael Roberts

Guided by the vague notion that the omission of Vandersay and the choice of Sandakan for the T20 series in South Africa was an error of some magnitude, I went for the statistics on all the leading Sri Lankan spinners in this format. There is a problem here however. The ESPNcricinfo style of statistics distinguish between T20Is and Twenty20. I assumed the former figure was restricted to international games and focused on the whole corpus of games because some players have had limited exposure at the international level.

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The key indicators are (A) Strike Rate ….. (b) Economy Rate…. (C) Average. My survey encompassed Amila Aponso, Sachitra Pathirana, Dilruwan Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Sachitra Senanayake, Milinda Siriwardena, and Jeffrey Vandersay. Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Massacre at Johannesburg? Reflections

January 19, 2017

Michael Roberts

bullring-222 Sri Lanka’s recent defeat by an innings within three days at “The Bullring” — as the New Wanderer’s Ground in Johannesburg is known among locals — may seem devastating even though I, for one, was expecting them to fare badly in this match. This expectation was based on the Bullring’s reputation for pacey pitches as well as the past history of our teams in the Veldt. After all, in the First Test at Johannesburg in early November 2002 we lost by an innings and 64 runs scoring 191 and 130 in the face of the Saf total of 386 runs; while a little earlier on 20-22nd January 2001 Sri Lanka lost by an innings and 07 runs at the Centurion ground in the Transvaal region. In brief, our famous batsmen of yesteryear had also been swamped and shot out on the high elevation pitches of the Veldt.

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Mehedied! England “mehedied” and mesmerised by “Miraz”– the 19-Year Old

October 30, 2016

mehediMehedi Hasan  of Bangladesh

Full name Mehedi Hasan Miraz ... Born October 25, 1997, Khulna…… Current age 19 years 5 days

Major teams Bangladesh Under-19s, Kalabagan Cricket Academy……….Nickname Miraz

Playing role Allrounder…….Batting style Right-hand bat  Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

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Mad Dog Maxwell murders Sri Lanka at Pallekelle

September 7, 2016

Michael Roberts

When I first witnessed Glenn Maxwell on the field i thought that he was as electric as mad … quick a cross the grass, adventurous in whatever he did and, with those gleaming eyes, an epitome of the demonic and dangerous. Subsequent cricketing events on the world stage have proved me correct. Take the World Cup in Australia New Zealand for example…… and THEN yesterday — at the appropriate ‘jungle setting’ of Palle-KALAY — he mauled the Sri Lankan bowlers in hammering 145 runs in 65 balls at a scoring rate of 223.07 … almost as much as the Lankan batsmen could accumulate in 20 overs. 

He respected Dilshan however: he did not use the “dilscoop”. He did not need to mind you.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell (R) is watched by Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper Kusal Perera as he hits a ball to the boundary during the first T20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on September 6, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia’s Glenn Maxwell (R) is watched by Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper Kusal Perera as he hits a ball to the boundary during the first T20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on September 6, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)  

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