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
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.
The Island, 6 April 2016, with highlighting and Footnotes being the Cricketique Editor’s additions
On 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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Michael Roberts, courtesy of IslandCricket …….. http://www.islandcricket.lk/columns/michael_roberts/475520202/evaluating-sri-lankas-mediocre-wt20-performances, where the title is different
One bright spark, Dasun Shanaka–Pic Getty Images
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.
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 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.live/2015/04/15/russel-arnold-sri-lankas-forgotten-odi-star/
LISTEN and watch against the background of the Galle Fort ramparts …. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/909999.html