Spectacular run pursuit directs Kiwis into their first T-20 World Cup final on Sunday – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka)  Match Highlights: England v New Zealand A dazzling run chase in Abu Dhabi  in pursuit of a formidable and not easy to defend England total of 166 for the loss of only four wickets last night saw New Zealand stealing a triumph from the jaws of a definite defeat. It was thanks to some terrific big hitting by Darryl Mitchell who never contemplated to open open the innings and James Neesham who was pondering retiring in year 2017. Chasing a rigid total target of 167 to win, New Zealand were reduced to 13 for two losing dependable Guptil and skipper Williamson for just 13 runs.Williamson looked very dejected as his reverse sweep paid a rich price were then in a losing precarious position. when a solid third ...

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Sri Lanka and West Indies need to play in qualifying round at ICC T 20 WC 2022 in Australia – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka)   The Eighth edition of the ICC T20 WC  2022will be held in Australia but surprisingly both West Indies and Sri Lanka will both have to play an supplementary qualifying round in order to be included  to  the super 12’s  Many will ponder when reaching the news that Sri Lanka and West Indies having won two and one match in the ongoing Super 12 ICC T20 tournament have to play in qualifying matches as in this edition to be in the Super 12’s.This is as in ICC world T 20 rankings both Sri Lanka and West Indies are having low ICC T 20 rankings. Bangladesh and Afghanistan however are assured of direct entry.  Cricket fanatics would contemplate why another ICC T20 WC is held ...

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Sri Lanka need to qualify for a berth in Group 1, to enter Super 12 – T20 WC – by Sunil Thenabadu in Brisbane    The T20 WC is scheduled between 17th October and 14th November in UAE and Oman will be the seventh edition of ICC WC T 20 which began in year 2007.Sri Lanka had won in year 2014 and twice in 2009 and 2012 been the runners up. But unfortunately in this edition Sri Lanka owing to low rankings of the ICC has to qualify to be included in Group A which includes Namibia,The Netherlands and Ireland.The  two top seeds from Group A will enter Group 1 of the Super 12 stage along with Australia,England, South Africa and West Indies. While the second team from Group A, Oman,Papua New Guinea,Bangladesh and Scotland will enter Group 2 with Afghanistan, India,New Zealand and Pakistan.The preliminary matches will begin on the 17th October.  Sri Lanka ...

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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC –  By – Algi Wijewickrema When you have an email address like “noproblemperera” I’m sure you readers would expect an out of the ordinary person. Out of the ordinary is an understatement really for arguably Sri Lanka’s most versatile and entertaining musician. He is the leader of a band that is not only popular among Sri Lankans living here but also popular with Sri Lankans abroad. He is none other than the leader of the “Gypsies”, Sunil Perera. When I visited Sunil at his studio in Ratmalana where their family business has existed for decades, he was ready to accommodate us but the interview was inevitably disturbed by many telephone calls that kept coming which to me proves how busy this man can still be and how the popularity of Gypsies has not diminished. Beginning with his school days at St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya, Sunil ...

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Spinners skittle Sri Lanka before Sibley and Buttler wrap up series for England   Source:-theguardian A remarkable day of fast-forward cricket ended with the simplest of jogged singles under a setting sun, as Dom Sibley casually tucked the ball into the leg side and called Jos Buttler through to seal a six-wicket win for England and 2-0 series clean sweep. It was a low-key but satisfying conclusion to a barnstorming fourth day from Joe Root’s tourists. They had spent the first three days of the match simply trying to stay in the contest but suddenly found themselves set 164 to win, after Jack Leach and Dom Bess had met expectations by gutting Sri Lanka’s batting lineup for a mere 126 all out. The two sons of Somerset’s oft-maligned Ciderabad shared eight of the 15 wickets to fall across three electric sessions of Test cricket and though England’s chase wobbled slightly ...

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All about T-20 Cricket you need to know     TWENTY 20 CRICKET- Introduction To The New World Of Cricket The game of cricket has continued to fascinate and entertain fans all over the world and it is the second most popular game in the world. Tournaments and matches keep taking place all the year around and the spirit of cricket is renewed along with each tournament. The twenty twenty cricket has not been recently introduced but its magic among the audience has recently spread out. The concept behind this form of cricket was introduced in 2003 in England. This form of cricket has given a new definition to the game of cricket. A twenty twenty is of duration of three hours and consist of 20 overs. Each team plays its innings and the technicalities are more or less the same as that of a usual game of cricket. The ...

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  Who thinks this stuff up! – By Des Kelly English has always been a strange, but interesting language. In this particular instance, the prose is solely intended for readers to have a bit of fun, with. From time to time, quotes such as these have come into Facebook, quite a few, not fit to be published, because of the coarse “lingo”involved. As everyone knows, or should know, this writer has never been a “wowser”, swears with the best of them, and will write “HARD”, when I have to, but somehow, do not like to see epithets, four letter words etc., in print.      eLanka readers especially, deserve better, and in this article, “Who thinks this stuff up”, they get it, much better than an article titled “Who thinks this is A stuff-up, I suppose.  Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. Who thinks this stuff up? • Venison for dinner again? ...

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Cricket Australia summer schedule 2019-20: New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India to tour Source: Cricket Country https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-australia-summer-schedule-2019-20-new-zealand-pakistan-sri-lanka-and-india-to-tour-840509 The Australian men’s team will play Tests against Pakistan and Sri Lanka at home. © AFP New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and India will tour Australia during a packed home summer season that runs from September 2019 to late March 2020, and includes 20 international matches across ten venues as well as the women’s T20 World Cup. Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday (May 7) announced the fixtures for the 2019-20 home season, which for the first time in 41 years will run into late March when New Zealand return to play three ODIs for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy. Australia’s home season for the men’s team will begin in late October with Sri Lanka visiting for three Twenty20 internationals – played in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne – followed by Pakistan’s arrival for three more ...

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