Maxwell guides Australia to early series lead – By M. Shamil Amit Source:dailymirror.lk Glenn Maxwell played the decisive hand in Australia’s successful chase of a revised target of 282 for a two-wicket win and 1-0 series lead over Sri Lanka, at the Pallekele International Stadium on Tuesday. Maxwell’s unbeaten half century, 80 in 51 balls with six boundaries and six sixes, brought the Australians back into the game after they lost quick wickets, and turned the tide in his team’s favour. Earlier in the innings, two partnerships involving Steven Smith, who made 53, kept the Australians at pace with the chase. Smith first put on a 67-run partnership with Aaron Finch for the second wicket, and 54 for the third-wicket with Marnus Labuschagne. The dismissal of Smith however appeared to peg the Australians back at 141 for 4 in the 25th over, but Marcus Stoinis put on 48 runs with ...

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What’s Happening to Cricket?- By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando   Everyone in Sri Lanka, from children to grown-ups, know about cricket. Though volleyball is known as Sri Lanka’s national game, cricket took its place due to its popularity. There was a time when even Kussi Ammas were engrossed in the game whenever cricket matches appeared on TV screens.  When players such as Duleep Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Roshan Mahanama, Bandula Warnapura, Sanath Jayasuriya, Brenden Kuruppu or Arjuna Ranatunge batted, crowds were enthusiastic. The game’s enthusiasm peaked when Arjuna Ranatunge won the world cup in 1996. Cricket is a pitch and tosses game, where one team wins today and the rivals win tomorrow.  The rule book says that players must act on numerous regulations and disciplinary codes vested upon the umpires, captains, and the Governing bodies. The game needs to be played according to the game’s rules and within the spirit of ...

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Sri Lanka in shambles in second Test – by Rex Clementine in Bangalore   source:island.lk India have not just got the world’s best franchise tournament, they also have a robust Test team and Sri Lanka with a bloated First Class system were no match for the hosts as they were heading for a heavy defeat in the second Test here in Bangalore inside three days. You can pardon Sri Lanka’s players for not being fit to hold a candle to the Indians as their opponents’ skill levels are far superior. But what is unpardonable is their mindless selections and sloppy cricket. Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis are making a comeback since being suspended and a close look would tell you that they have learned little although they have been doing time for more than six months. On the first day’s play, Mendis walked out to the field wearing a floppy ...

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Lakmal motivation to spur Lankans on- By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne (eLanka Sports editor) photo source: stuff.co.nz Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne believes the impending retirement of legendary swing bowler Suranga Lakmal will spur the team to a better showing in the second Test at Bengaluru. Lakmal, one of the best Test bowlers going around and a terrific exponent of variation, has been Sri Lanka’s main strike weapon for a number of years. The 35 year old veteran has decided to call time on an illustrious 13- year career throwing Sri Lanka’s transition plan into turmoil while searching for a suitable successor.  Lakmal described his time with Sri Lanka as satisfying but said he made the call to retire in the interest of the country’s future rather than focus on personal achievement.  In 69 Tests, Lakmal grabbed 170 wickets at 36.38 at a measly economy of 3. In 86 one-dayers he took ...

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Sri Lanka: Too rich a magic to be lost for real-by G. Sandip Arjuna Ranatunga, the Sri Lankan captain and the proud Sri Lankan team after winning the trophy on March 17, 1996 Source:Dailynews The beauty of watching Sri Lanka cricketers at their peak was a joy forever. As though reading a fairy tale, characters with sing-song names swung back and forth in the mindscape, as if they were magical creations, wandering in a state of half-truth and half-fiction. The island is barely a good stone’s throw from the Adam’s Bridge at the Southern tip of India, but seemed as though it existed somewhere far away, an ethereal world of mystery spinners and insouciant batsmen, of rubbery fields-men and slithery seamers, who wrapped their necks and arms with magic threads, whose long and melodious surnames exhausted most alphabets in English, who had the longest and the most tuneful national anthem ...

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Why Sri Lanka will be no push-overs for India – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka Sports editor) (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images) Source:theroar.com.au Doomsayers in Sri Lanka are bracing themselves for a whitewash by the Indians in the two-Test series, but I have a gut feeling that the tourists will be no pushovers. Dimuth Karunaratne leads a Sri Lankan outfit unusually sitting at the top of World Test Championship rankings currently in its infancy. The Lankans are a team looking for resurgence and they are stacked with a blend of youth and experience. But expert predictions strongly suggest they will be blown away by the powerful Indians led for the first time by Rohit Sharma. The emotional attachment by Indian fans celebrating former skipper and cult hero Virat Kohi’s 100th Test may lift the home team and fend off any possible challenge. India will be in the process of evolution under ...

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One sided? Doubtful against untested Lankans – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka – Sports editor)   Doomsayers in Sri Lanka are bracing themselves for a whitewash by the Indians in the two Test series, but I have a gut feeling that the tourists will be no pushovers.  Dimuth Karunaratne leads a Sri Lankan  outfit unusually sitting at the top of World Test cricket championship rankings currently in it’s infancy.  The Lankans are a team looking for  resurgence and is stacked with a blend of youth and experience. But expert predictions strongly suggest they will be blown away by the powerful Indians led for the first time by Rohit Sharma.  Emotional attachment by Indian fans celebrating former skipper and cult hero Virat Kholi’s 100th Test may lift the home team and fend off any possible challenge.  India will be in the process of evolution under Sharma, axing several seasoned campaigners for new ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS(FEBRUARY 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder       Former Sri Lanka Test Captain Suranga Lakmal has informed Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that he will retire from all forms of International Cricket following the completion of the upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of India 2022, the SLC said today. “I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my mother land honour as it has been absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,” said Lakmal in his retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket. “I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff,’’ Lakmal has said further. Suranga Lakmal played for Sri Lanka across all international formats, making valuable contributions to ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (JANUARY 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder Sri Lanka Cricket today (07) lifted the one-year ban imposed on Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella  from all forms of International cricket. The trio were banned for one year and six months from international cricket and domestic cricket, respectively, and were each fined Rs. 10 million on 30 July 2021, following allegations of breaching the bio-bubble whilst on tour in England. Upon completion of the one-year ban on International cricket, each of the players were to be subjected to a further ban of one year, which was to be suspended for two years, SLC stated at the time of the incident. Earlier today, Gunathilaka announced his retirement from Test cricket. (Ceylon Today, 8.1.2022) In the wake of cricketer Bhanuka Rajapaksa has announced his intention to retire from international cricket, the Sri Lanka Cricket has taken a number of decisions ...

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Sri Lanka hammer Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI, seal series Source:dailymirror.lk Sri Lanka blew away Zimbabwe, bowling the visitors out for 70 after posting 254 on the board to bounce back and wrap up the ODI series 2-1 today at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka half centuries set the platform for Jeffrey Vandersay to demolish Zimbabwe with the ball. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat, their openers hitting the ground running, Pathum Nissanka (55) and Kusal Mendis (36) adding some important runs. Charith Asalanka (52) joined later in the innings to add another much needed half century. Richard Ngarava (2/46) did what he could with the ball, slowing things down before Chamika Karunaratne (30) chipped in some more runs. Sri Lanka went in at 254/9. There was no response from Zimbabwe as they were skittled by Sri Lanka, Jeffrey Vandersay (4/10) with ...

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