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Riveting and Bungling T20 at Cape Town on 19th March 2019 

March 21, 2019

 Michael Roberts

 Fortuitously I watched the thrilling match at Cape Town between Sri Lanka and South Africa on the 19th March – a game which ended in a tie and was resolved by a Super Over battle.

Miller run out via good throw from Kusal Mendis

The tense Super-Over competition is not my idea of thrill – simply not my scenario. For me that was not the high point of the match. It was the Saf collapse from 3 for 117 in the 17th over to 8 for 134 in over twenty (20) which ended the real contest in a TIE that captivated my interest – heightened as it was by Niroshan Dickwella’s failure to hit the stumps from two yards on the last ball. What a Howler!

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When India won the World Cup in England in 1983

March 21, 2019

October 29, 2014: 1983 Till the victory over Zimbabwe, India had looked shaky. After that, under Kapil’s leadership, they had the confidence to overthrow any team that came their way. ©Getty Images

Courtesy of http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/gallery/475151.html

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Top of the Tree in Test Cricket: Kusal’s 153 Not Out in a Statistical Table of Comparison

February 21, 2019

Anantha Narayanan, in ESPNcricinfo, 20 February 2019, with this title “Why Kusal Perera’s 153* is the best Test innings ever”

Kusal Perera‘s once-in-a-lifetime 153 not-out, which orchestrated an almost single-handed win over a South Africa much stronger than Perera’s Sri Lanka, has become the best innings in 142 years of Test cricket, moving to the top spot in my Golden Willow 25 (GW 25) table of top batting performances.

Perera’s innings secured 897.2 rating points, which is about 30 points more than the previous top innings, Graham Gooch’s classic 154 at Headingley in 1991 against the mighty West Indies. Perera’s innings ticks all the boxes and sits comfortably in top place. The only other innings that has come into the top 25 since this list was originally published in August last year is Cheteshwar Pujara’s 123 in Adelaide.

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Kusal Perera’s Blast from the Past: 336 runs … in 2012

February 17, 2019

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, in ESPNcricinfo, 2012, http://www.espncricinfo.com/thestands/content/story/626666.html

A hurricane hit Sri Lankan cricket last week, but it was barely mentioned. Kusal Perera, a 22 year-old left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper blasted 336 off 275 balls for Colts CC against Saracens at Havelock Park, Colombo. The innings featured savage hitting with 14 sixes and 29 fours.

The innings is the highest score in the Sri Lankan domestic competition. It is also the only triple century in the 75 year history of the Sri Lankan domestic competition. Domestic cricket in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was not recorded as first-class until the 1988-89 season, but there were no triple centuries in club cricket before that. The only other triple centuries in Sri Lankan first-class cricket were at Test level – Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340 against India in 1997 and Mahela Jayawardena’s 375 against South Africa in 2006.

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A Sporting Appraisal from Faf du Plessis

February 17, 2019

Liam Brickhill, in ESPNCricinfo, ….http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26010989/test-cricket-be

His team ended up on the losing side in one of the most dramatic finishes in recent memory, but after South Africa’s one-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Kingsmead, captain Faf du Plessis insisted: “This is what Test cricket should be.”

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – FEBRUARY 13: Faf du Plessis of South Africa during day 1 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Kingsmead Stadium on February 13, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

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“It should show people, whether it’s three or four or five days, that it is still the number one format if you see games of cricket like this,” du Plessis said. “It’s incredible the amount of times the game goes to the opposition and then comes to you and goes back. It’s always that to and fro. It’s great to be part of an amazing Test match.”

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Facing Up to Test Match at Manuka Oval Canberra

January 31, 2019

Andrew McGlashan in ESPNcricinfo, 30 January 2019, with this title “Australia hunt Test solace against crisis-hit Sri Lanka”

A new Test ground – Australia’s 11th and the second to host its first match this season – brings the international summer to a close with the home side aiming to secure a 2-0 victory and finish a difficult campaign on a high. Sri Lanka, while still clinging to that dream of their first Test victory in the country, would probably take being competitive as a success after their thrashing in Brisbane.

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Pulsating ODI Contest at Adelaide Oval – Tuesday 15 January 2019

January 17, 2019

Michael Roberts

This review will be in disjointed point-form set out in rough temporal order from my observation point alongside Justin Labrooy in the middle layer of Riverbank Stadium at a spot behind long-off.

Pic from web

Pics by Mike R

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