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Cricket: ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019  – FIXTURES – 30TH MAY TO 14TH JULY

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MAY

30th   UK vs SA          Oval

31st  Windies vs Pakistan   Trent Bridge

JUNE

1st    NZ vs Sri lanka       Cardiff                                          

2nd   SA vs Bangladesh   Oval                                         

3rd   UK vs Pakistan      Trent Bridge                                          

4th  Afghanistan vs SL  Cardiff                                       

5th SA vs India  South Hampton                                      

5th Bangladesh vs NZ    Oval

6th Australia vs Windies Trent Bridge

7th Pakistan vs SL          Bristol

8th UK vs Bangladesh   Cardiff

8th Afghanistan vs NZ Taunton

9th India vs Australia   Oval

10th SA vs Windies    Southampton

11 Bangladesh vs SL      Bristol

12th Aust vs Pakistan  Taunton

13th India vs NZ          Nottingham

14th UK vs Windies    Southampton

15th SL vs Aust           Oval

16th India vs Pakistan Manchester

17th Windies vs Bangladesh Taunton

18th UK vs Afghanistan  Manchester

19th NZ vs SA                 Birmingham

20th Aust vs Bangladesh  Nottingham

21st  UK vs SL                  Leeds

22nd India vs Afghanistan Southampton

23rd Pakistan vs SA           Lords

24th Bangladesh vs Afghanistan – Southampton

25th Aust vs UK                Lord

26th NZ vs Pakis              Birmingham

27th Windies vs India      Manchester

28th SL vs SA                  Durham

29th Pakistan vs Afghanistan – Leeds

30th UK vs India             Birmingham

JULY

1st SL vs Windies           Durham

2nd Bangladesh vs India  Birmingham

3rd UK vs NZ                  Durham

4th Afghanistan vs Windies Leeds

5th Pakistan vs Bangladesh    Lords

6th SL vs India                  Leeds

6th Aust vs SA              Manchester

9th  July Semis 1 vs 4     Manchester                                   

11th July Semis 2 vs 3    Birmingham                      

FINALS

14th July at Lords

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Watch Cricket Highlights: Sri Lanka vs South Africa ODI Series 2019

1st ODI Match Highlights | SA vs SL 3rd March 2019

 

2nd ODI Match Highlights | SA vs SL 3rd March 2019

 




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New look Sri Lanka in historic series win over South Africa – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

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One Kusal spelt trouble for South Africa in the first Test but two Kusal’s spelt double trouble as Sri Lanka stunned the hosts and the rest of the cricketing world to pull off a sensational series victory in Port Elizabeth against all odds.

After Kusal Janith Perera led the heroics by snatching victory from the jaws of certain defeat in Kingsmead, Durban, Kusal Mendis and debutant Oshada Fernando made a mockery of what appeared to be a batsmen’s nightmare track in Port Elizabeth to effortlessly guide Sri Lanka to a historic 2-0 series triumph in front of a shocked South African following and followers worldwide who reflected on their dismal performances in New Zealand and Australia, then in wonderment at the miraculous form reversal.

All the doomsayers who condemned this team for lack of technique and temperament including yours truly, were left dumfounded as the brave lads from Lanka capably led by new skipper Dimuth Karunaratne displayed fight rather than fright to stage a commendable come from behind effort that sent them into the annals of history. Not only did they win the series, but they also recorded just their third win on the African continent while becoming the first Asian team to win a series there and the only the third team to beat the South Africans on home soil. Only two other teams, England and Australia have secured series wins in South Africa before.

Sri Lanka’s first win ever in South Africa was under Tillekeratne Dilshan in the 2011/2012 series in which current skipper Karunaratne was a member of the squad that went down1-2 to the hosts.

To summarize this series, it was a titanic tussle between the relatively unknown Sri Lankans fresh from a forgettable drubbing in Australia and New Zealand and the cocky hosts who are ranked number two in the World and appeared to take their opponents as a walk in the park prospect.

Although they refused to admit it, the approach proved to be a mindset they will regret for many years to come as they recall the pain and humiliation inflicted on them by the smarting Lankans seeking some form of redemption. There is no doubt that luck played a big part in Sri Lanka’s success as they pulled off a Houdini like escape in the first Test, then folded like a deck of cards in their first dig of the second Test before Kusal Mendis and youngster Oshada Fernando rode their luck and batted with arrogance and authority to make it a thrashing of the home team in the end.

DIMUTH KARUNARATNESuccessful skipper Dimuth Karunaratne admitted after the game that they had made up their minds to do something special for the suffering fans who endured the torture of their substandard performances in Australia. “We learnt a lot from those defeats and were able to address our weakness against the rising ball. And it paid off in this series”, he said.

They showed flamboyance and scant respect for the feared South African attack led by Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada as they raced to the target with carefree abandon and finished proceedings well within three days. After Sri Lanka’s bowlers followed up their first Test effort to bowl South Africa out for a mere 222, it appeared like the Lankans euphoria after a shock first Test win had quickly evaporated as the home team struck back by bowling them out for 154. Newcomer Vishva Fernando and Rajitha grabbed three apiece and Dhananja De Silva got two to keep the lankan dream of a series win alive.
Down but not out, Sri Lanka struck back swiftly as Suranga Lakmal, 4 for 39 an Dhanjaya De Silva, 3 for 36 with Rajitha, 2 for 20 wrought havoc to skittle the home side for 128 raising hope for an upset if they were up to it needing 197 for a series sweep.

An analysis of the Sri Lankan turnaround appears to suggest that they needed fresh new direction and it came no sooner Chandimal was removed from his role as skipper and the selection role was relieved from coach Hathurusinghe leaving him to concentrate on the team’s performance instead.
Overall, Sri Lanka’s fielding has lifted somewhat under Australian great Steve Rixon and they functioned as a unit backing each other in an effort that appeared lacking on their previous tours.

Suranga LakmalReports from Colombo also indicate that the new skipper’s stand on persisting with Lakmal and Kusal Mendis in the team against some selection committee members who insisted on them being omitted proved to be the ultimate difference.

They have risen from the depths with this great effort and Sri Lankan fans are optimistic that the new direction and a new Sports Minister in Haren Fernando whose focus is on the development of the national team was the tonic they needed to turn things around.

 

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Cricket – Watch highlights – Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2nd Test – February 2019 – Sri Lanka win on day 3

Day 3 Highlights – South Africa 1st Innings 222 (V Fernando 3-62), Sri Lanka 1st Innings 154 (Disckwella 42). South Africa 2nd Innings 128 (Lakmal 4-39). Sri Lanka 2nd Innings 197-2 (Mendis 84*, O.Fernano 75*) 




Day 2 Highlights 

 

Day 1 Highlights 

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Watch Cricket Highlights Sri Lanka vs South Africa 1st Test, 13 February 2019

 

Day 4 – Sri Lanka win the first test! Sri Lanka 304/9, win by 1 wicket: Kusal Perera 153* 




Day 3 – South Africa all Out 259, Sri Lanka need 304 runs to win. At stumps Sri Lanka are 83/3 (O Fernando 30*)




Day 2 – Sri Lanka All Out 191, South Africa – 2nd innings 126/4 (170 run lead!)

Day 1 – South Africa all out 235, Sri Lanka in reply 49 / 1

 

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Cricket: Sri Lanka vs Australia Highlights of the 2nd Test at Manuka Oval – Canberra

Day 4 – Mitchell Starc claimed his second five-wicket haul of the match as Australia surged to a 366-run win on day four of the second Domain Test against Sri Lanka




Day 3 – Highlights – Mitchell Starc claimed a five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka reduced to 215 allout. Usman Khawaja scored his eighth Test century to help Australia take complete control against Sri Lanka with 3/196 a lead of a massive 515 runs!. Sri Lanka 0/17 at stumps.

 Day 2 – Highlights – Century to Curtis Patterson – Aussies declare at 5/534 and on top after Sri Lanka fold to 3/123 with Dimuth Karunaratne injured! – 2nd February 2019

Day 1 – Highlights – Joe Burns and Travis Head in Fine Form! – 1st February 2019

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Sri Lanka invent cricket’s new “Domino effect” Clueless and unprepared team succumb to relentless Aussie pace – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

 

Trevine_RodrigoSri Lanka’s visit to Australia after quite a spell delivered the worst ever performance in Test cricket since they were given Test status in 1982 as they meekly succumbed to an unforgettable demolition job performed on them that will remain in their memory for several decades.
Their embarrassing performance after India toweled the Australians at home underlined the gulf between the best and the rest as the fifth placed Aussies made their one rung lower opponent feel that they belonged in the dungeons of the world game.

The pathetic batting display by a weak-kneed outfit bereft of proper technique and urgently needing a psychological assessment about what courage and commitment means sent shockwaves through their supporters who were in disbelief at what an ordinary show they could muster as they were thrashed by the Aussies inside two and a half days. Niroshan Dickwella fought a lone hand and showed the others that brave innovation in crisis could counter the aggressive Australian strategy.

Their lack of commitment and courage must have some of their former stars shaking their heads in disappointment especially when looking back at the early seventies before they were given Test recognition the likes of Duleep Mendis, Sunil Wettimuny and some others braved the menacing Dennis Lilee and Jeff Thomson without protective equipment worn today and nearly pulled off an unlikely win over the Aussies in a World Cup encounter.

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Pat Cummins drove fear into the hearts of the shell-shocked Lankans as he, Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson had the Sri Lanka batsmen hopping and ducking for cover in an expected bouncer barrage that they were sorely unprepared to counter. The trio gave Australians much to celebrate on Australia Day and erased some of the humiliation they endured against the Indians who swept them in all formats just a week before.

If there were excuses in their defense, the Pink ball experiment with its extra gloss and sharp bounce definitely undid the Sri Lankan batsmen whose diminutive stature made it difficult to avoid the well-directed missiles by the uncompromising Australian pace attack hungry for success after the Indian debacle.

Enraged Sri Lankan fans demanded the resignation of the Selectors and coaching staff on social media giving little consideration to the fact that this is a team in transition and seeking the right combinations for consistency.

It’s back to the drawing boards for sure for the luckless Sri Lankans who were also hampered by at least one debatable umpiring decision against Lahiru Thirimanne and the loss of paceman Lahiru Kumara who could not bat after succumbing to a hamstring tear.
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Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal should hand the reins over to someone else and drop himself for the good of his team as he continued with his self-preservation and flat-footed approach which gifted the Aussies with his wicket for a second time. He badly needs to re-focus and regain the kind of form that has given him an average of over 40 which does not reflect his current form.

From a coaching perspective, the Sri Lankan search for a home grown ‘Saviour’ to resurrect their flagging fortunes and re-build a new look team capable of matching it with the best appears at this stage to have backfired badly. Chandika Hathurusinghe arrived with big wraps on his ability but has not met the expectations of him or his fellow advisers.

Where to from here hinges on the final Test in Canberra and a further assessment in South Africa and my guess is that the Sri Lankan controlling body may be already talent scouting, perhaps even approaching a former coach who was on track before being disrupted mid-stride by a meddling High performance Manager hired during his successful effort to change the country’s fortunes.

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Trevine_RodrigoLakmal the shining light as Sri Lanka bats falter – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

 

 

Suranga Lakmal

Going into a Test with pre-conceived nightmares of a bouncer barrage from the Australian quicks, Sri Lanka’s mindset destroyed their ability to make the first Test a contest as they let themselves be bundled out for an under par 144 and gave the home side the initiative at the Gabba on day one.

By the end of day two, the Australian batsmen demonstrated what patience and application can deliver as they meticulously built up a commanding 179 run lead throwing down the gauntlet to the visitors to show some guts and determination or perish within three or four days in what is turning out to be a predictably lopsided contest.

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Suranga Lakmal

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Niroshan DickwellaJust two players stood out for Sri Lanka in their disappointing show and unless a few more can step up to the plate and show some fight the Sri Lankans start to the new year could spell heartbreak for a lengthy spell until they can come up with a winning formula.

Medium pacer Suranga Lakmal, (5 for 75), and feisty middle order batsman Niroshan Dickwella (64), kept the tourists in the fight but the rest, including skipper Dinesh Chandimal who is having a horror run with the bat at the moment, will have to stand up if Sri Lanka are to attempt to save this Test.
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Niroshan Dickwella
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Marcus Harris, Travis Head and Test debutant Marnus Labuschagne ensured Australia built up a reasonable score against a initially tight Sri Lankan attack as they helped the home team gain a psychological advantage of 300 plus after the tourists wilted in the Brisbane heat in their poor first effort.

 

Tim Paine’s men hold a whip hand over Sri Lanka who will have to dig in and overcome the 162-run deficit on day three before setting Australia at least 150 to make it seem like a reasonable contest.

 

History suggests that this Sri Lankan team lacks the mental capacity to stand up and fight and make their country proud.




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Watch Cricket Highlights: Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test at the Gabba (Brisbane) January 2019

Day 3 – Rampaging Aussies claim massive win at the Gabba | First Domain Test

It was the Pat Cummins show in Brisbane as the Aussie speedster’s maiden 10-wicket Test match haul – capped by a Kurtis Patterson classic catch – helped the home side to a dominant win against Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs. 




Day 2 – Aussies take control at the Gabba | First Domain Test

There was early joy for Sri Lanka on day two in Brisbane but Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head dug in as both reached the 80s to push Australia to a 179-run first-innings lead before a magic final over from Pat Cummins was the icing on the cake. (source: Cricket.com.au)

 

Day 1 – Aussies on top early at the Gabba | First Domain Test




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DIMUTH KARUNARATNE NAMED IN ICC TEST TEAM OF THE YEAR – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE

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DIMUTH KARUNARATNE

Dimuth Karunaratne

Trevine_RodrigoStylish Sri Lanka Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne capped off a great year with the bat to be named in the ICC Test team of the year, 2018, the only Lankan to gain recognition for consistent performances.

Karunaratne is currently ranked sixth in the ICC world batting rankings after sterling performances with the bat particularly in the home series against South Africa where he once outscored the entire South African score in a winning Sri Lanka effort.

The talented Sri Lankan opener was named alongside New Zealander Tom Latham to open the innings in a star-studded lineup led by India’s dynamic skipper Virat Kholi.

Karunaratne has shown the makings of a solid option to a Sri Lanka outfit struggling for consistency and needs a player of similar temperament to solidify the opening slot in the team currently touring Australia. He made his debut for his country in 2012 and has now matured as a key in Sri Lanka’s rebuilding process.

His form down under will be key to Sri Lanka’s performances in the two Test series which begins at the Gabba on January 24.
An ICC press release to the Lanka Times in Melbourne and eLanka website in Australia is as follows.

ICC ANNOUNCES MEN’S TEST AND ODI TEAMS OF THE YEAR
• Kohli named captain of both teams picked on basis of performances in 2018
• Three players each from India and New Zealand in Test team; four each from India and England in ODI side
The International Cricket Council today announced the men’s Test and ODI teams of the year with Virat Kohli named captain of both sides following a remarkable 2018 as batsman and skipper.

The awards, which honour performances during a calendar year, saw the India captain Kohli walk into both sides which were selected by the ICC Voting Academy* comprising former players, members of the media and broadcasters.
Kohli’s 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 with five centuries in 13 Tests and 1,202 runs at an astounding average of 133.55 with six hundreds in 14 ODIs saw him selected to both sides by every voting member of the Academy with the majority of them also opting to name him at the helm of each.

Kohli also ended 2018 as the top-ranked Test and ODI batsman in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings while his side finished the year as the top-ranked side in Tests and number two behind England in ODIs.

India won six Tests and lost seven during the voting period that ran from 1 January to 31 December 2018 and included victories in South Africa, England and Australia, as also some other close matches in away series. In ODIs, Kohli led India to nine victories, with four losses and one tied match.

India captain Virat Kohli said: “It has been an amazing year. I was able to play in a manner that I would not have imagined. If the intention is right and you keep working hard, the results are there in front of your own eyes. The intent has always to be helping your team at any cost, that is when these performances come by and you are pushing yourself to the limit, which you otherwise will not be able to. That is something I experienced in 2018 a lot.”

The Test team also features his compatriots, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who is the only player apart from Kohli to feature in both sides. New Zealand also has three players in the Test squad with captain Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls and opener Tom Latham selected. Five other nations make up the remainder of the Test team – Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Jason Holder (Windies), top-ranked Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), Nathan Lyon (Australia) and Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan).

The ODI team has opener Rohit Sharma, spinner Kuldeep Yadav and Bumrah from India along with captain Kohli, while England are represented by Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), top-ranked Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) and Ross Taylor (New Zealand) complete the ICC ODI XI.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said: “This looks like an individual piece of recognition but it is much more about the team. Both of the other two who have been fortunate enough to be named in the eleven, I am sure, would agree that as a group we have been growing for a period of time – as a Test unit. It is great that the guys have been looking to play their roles as best as they can. The Test team has been tracking nicely.”
Joe Root said: “It feels really great to be named in the ICC ODI squad and the fact that three of my team-mates are there along with me, makes it extra special. We had a fine year and expectations are on the rise as we look forward to playing the ICC Cricket World Cup at home this year. I thank the ICC for the honour and to the jury for taking the effort to go through the elaborate process.”

ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year (in batting order):

1. Tom Latham (New Zealand)
2. Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka)
3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
4. Virat Kohli (India) (capt)
5. Henry Nicholls (New Zealand)
6. Rishabh Pant (India) (wk)
7. Jason Holder (Windies)
8. Kagiso Rabada (South Africa)
9. Nathan Lyon (Australia)
10. Jasprit Bumrah (India)
11. Mohammad Abbas (Pakistan)

ICC Men’s ODI team of the year (in batting order):

1. Rohit Sharma (India)
2. Jonny Bairstow (England)
3. Virat Kohli (India) (capt)
4. Joe Root (England)
5. Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
6. Jos Buttler (England) (wk)
7. Ben Stokes (England)
8. Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)
9. Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
10. Kuldeep Yadav (India)
11. Jasprit Bumrah (India)

The ICC individual men’s awards will be announced later today.

*The voting academy was: Javed Hamid Kakar, Emal Pasarly (Afghanistan); Lisa Sthalekar, Andrew Wu, Mike Hussey (Australia) Utpal Shuvro, M. Farid Ahmed, Athar Ali Khan (Bangladesh); Julian Guyer, Lawrence Booth, Nasser Hussain (England); Deep Dasgupta, Sunandan Lele, Jasvinder Sidhu (India); Ian Callendar, Barry Chambers (Ireland); Mark Geenty, Ian Smith (New Zealand); Peter Borren (Netherlands); Ramiz Raja, Abdul Mohi Shah, Mazhar Arshad, Bazid Khan (Pakistan); Shaun Pollock, Neil Manthorp, Firdose Moonda (South Africa); Saroj Pathirana, Russel Arnold, Rex Clementine (Sri Lanka); Peter Della Penna (USA), Ian Bishop, Barry Wilkinson, Vinode Mamchan (West Indies); Trisan Holme, Mehluli Sibanda, Mpumelelo Mbangwa (Zimbabwe).

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