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

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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Russel Arnold talks to Andrew Fernando about Sri Lanka’s Transformation in South Africa

A Revealing Exchange …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/_/id/18645/sl-in-sa-2018-19 … HIGHLIGHTING

* Kusal Perera’s once in a lifetime innings

  • the bowling especially Lakmal’s steadiness and the combined effort which reduced the Safs to 129 in the 2nd innings at Port Elizabeth
  • among the best Sri Lankan victories

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No Surprise! Sri Lanka Struggle on Pacey-Bouncy Brisbane Pitch

Andrew Fidel Fernando, at ESPNcricinfo, 24 January 2019

Having been three for 58 at the end of the first session, Sri Lanka nosedived in the second, losing five wickets for 64 runs, before eventually crashing to a sub-par 144 not out. In response, Marcus Harris put together a 40 not out, surviving for 25 overs, as Australia scored exactly half of Sri Lanka’s runs for the loss of two wickets, before stumps.

  Jhye Richardson punches the air after picking up his first Test wicket Getty Images

The only man to cross fifty on day one was Sri Lanka wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella, without whose 64 off 78 balls, the visitors’ predicament would have been even more pathetic. For Australia, Pat Cummins picked up 4 for 39, but debutant Jhye Richardson was arguably even more impressive, claiming 3 for 26 fom his 14 overs. Among Richardson’s wickets were those of Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis – two key batsmen in the Sri Lanka top order. The ball to dismiss Mendis was perhaps the best of the day, that delivery angled in to the right hander, before leaving him off the pitch, to beat his outside edge and then rattle off stump.

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Adieu Rangana. Fare Thee Well say a Range of Cricketing Connoisseurs

Andrew Fidel Fernando …. assembling Evaluations of Rangana Herath on his Retirement for ESPNcricinfo

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A Massacre at Johannesburg? Reflections

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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Spins and Grins: Diarizing the Third Test at the SSC

Gomin Dayasri’s Diary on the THIRD TEST at the SSC 

Australia's captain Steven Smith (C) and teammates look on during the presentation ceremony after Sri Lanka's victory in the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 17, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia’s captain Steven Smith (C) and teammates look on during the presentation ceremony after Sri Lanka’s victory in the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 17, 2016. =  AFP/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

DAY ONE, 13th August 

After 75 minutes of play Sri Lanka were 23 for 5! Two test wins has disturbed the equilibrium of our batsmen – cranky shots caused the downfall. Wicket was not weird or wired; Aussies reaped a windfall. In the midst of falling wickets, tourists at the SSC were re-arranging schedules to spend time at beach resorts with a match unlikely to extend beyond Day Three after an Australian victory. At close of play with Sri Lanka reaching 214 for 5 the reservations were left unconfirmed. Continue reading

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How Dharmasena’s Intervention reprieved the West Indies

The Island, 6 April 2016, with highlighting and Footnotes  being the Cricketique Editor’s additions

aa KUMAR d-IslandOn Sunday, the West Indies stunned the cricketing world with their come from behind victory against England in the finals of the ICC World T-20 at Eden Gardens in Calcutta . Barbadian Carlos Brathwaite and Jamaican Marlon Samuels were the stars in West Indies ’ win. However, victory wouldn’t have been possible for West Indies if not for Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena. West Indies had made dreadful start losing three wickets for just 11 runs and the game looked well beyond their reach when Samuels was given out caught behind by umpire Rod Tucker. Samuels walked off with the scoreboard reading 37 for four. However, Dharmasena the leg-umpire was suspicious given the way wicketkeeper Josh Buttler had collected the catch. Continue reading

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Selection Errors and On-field Mediocrity condemn the Sri Lankan Team’s T20 Performance

Michael Roberts, courtesy of IslandCricket …….. http://www.islandcricket.lk/columns/michael_roberts/475520202/evaluating-sri-lankas-mediocre-wt20-performances, where the title is different

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ONE: Sri Lanka’s mediocre performances at the T20 World Cup were the result of poor selections, poor batting, poor running between the wickets, mediocre bowling, some poor fielding and one atrocious umpiring decision.[1]

The awful umpiring mistake by John Cloete that sent Dilshan back to the pavilion at 3.1 overs – a decision that was marked explicitly by several TV commentators including Alan Wilkins — was all the more severe because of its timing: viz., when Dilshan was on song and Sri Lanka had got off to a good start against the West Indies with 20 runs in 18 balls. Continue reading

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“A Russell is dangerous!”

A Quotable Quote during the ODI match at Premadasa Stadium between the West Indies and Sri Lanka, after Andre Russell had smashed a boundary …. so said Russel Arnold.

Very true. Ask Darren Lehmann when Russel hit the stumps from midwicket and ran him out at the Gabba. Ask Mathew Hayden when Russel dismissed him during the World Cup match in the Caribbean. ……………………………. and learn all about it at https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/russel-arnold-sri-lankas-forgotten-odi-star/

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Dissecting Sri Lanka’s Victory: Arnold and Fernando in Enlightening Analysis … live

LISTEN and watch against the background of the Galle Fort ramparts …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/909999.html

Test cricket at Galle 2012

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