Kangaroo’s move in for Lion’s annihilation – By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne Lanka’s curators must be scrambling to reverse their preparation of spitting spinning tracks to docile less venom turners in an endeavour to give the technically flawed local batsmen fewer worries against Australia’s superior bowling.  Usually accustomed to terrorising visiting teams in Galle, the Lankans were embarrassed by Australia’s spinning duo, Nathan Lyon and Mitch Shwepson who bamboozled the local batsmen and swing the scales the other way. To be bowled out in a similar way to a T20 disaster by Australia in the first Test,  the Lankans will be smarting about the hopeless capitulation by their batsmen who failed to address a first innings debacle after the Aussies gave them  a lesson on defiant fighting batting qualities in their first dig. Same venue, similar conditions, see Pat Cummins men with their tails up and much more the dictators of ...

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Hara Kiri by Sri Lankan Cricketers assures Hallelujah for the Aussies at Galle – By Michael Roberts Source:thuppahis.com On a wicket with uneven bounce that also supported massive spin the Sri Lankan batsmen proceeded to perform “hara kiri” in a manner that was as comical as disastrous. The second innings scoreline of 113 runs underlines the disaster; but does not quite capture the astounding manner in  which some of the batsmen  contibuted to their dismissal — though one must also record the competent fielding (catched by Labushagne and Swepson) and intelligent bowling). HARA KIRI = ritual suicide by disembowelment practiced by the Japanese samurai or formerly decreed by a court in lieu of the death penalty  …. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hara-kiri#:~:text=Definition%20of%2Sam0 hara%2Dkiri,2%20%3A%20suicide%20sense%201b A Samurai about to commit “seppuku” or “hara-kiri”         Swepson acclaims his wicket Dimuth Karunaratne: c Carey b Lyon 23 5.3 Bottom edge, given! Went for the sweep from outside off and gets ...

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Andrew’s Review: Before the Galle Tests CommenceAndrew’s Review: Before the Galle Tests Commence-by Michael Roberts Source:Thuppahis Andrew Fidel Fernando  in ESPNcricinfo, Tuesday/Wednesday On paper it’s been six years since the Australia men’s side were last in Sri Lanka for a Test tour, but somehow that 2016 tour seems a lifetime ago. Graham Ford was Sri Lanka’s coach then; Angelo Mathews still the captain. For Australia, it was pre-Sandpapergate. Adam Voges was a part of the middle order. If you’re a Sri Lanka fan, there was magic in the air. That was not a Sri Lanka side that should have won. Even their greatest teams have struggled against Australia and when they were bowled out for 117 in Pallekele on the first day of the tour, there was disappointment, but no major surprise. Sri Lanka seemed dead in a series that had only just begun. Five factors that could decide the Sri Lanka-Australia Test series Then, madness. Kusal Mendis played the innings of ...

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No walk-in-the-park for Sri Lanka in Galle-BY CALLISTUS DAVY The Sri Lanka team celebrate winning the five-match ODI series against Australia 3-2 at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday night ahead of the Test series starting in Galle on Wednesday Source:Sundayobserver Elated by their triumph in the ODI series, Sri Lanka will be looking for a repeat of the home Test series against Australia in 2016 when the two teams leave aside the fanfare of white ball cricket and get down to more series stuff with the first of two Tests starting in Galle on Wednesday. Sri Lanka had a 3-0 clean sweep of Australia the last time the two teams played in a Test series in the island but the difference this time will be that the home team will be without their supreme match winning spin bowlers Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera. The duo accounted for 41 ...

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India crumble SL by innings and 222 runs Source:dailynews.lk Hosts India defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 222 runs inside three days in the opening test at Mohali on Sunday( yesterday) to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.Rohit Sharma’s captaincy tenure in the longest format of the game kicked off with India’s remarkable win in Mohali. Sri Lanka made 178 in their second innings after getting bundled out for 174 in the first. India, who declared their first innings on 574-8, enforced the follow-on. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who scored an unbeaten 175, picked up four wickets in the second innings for a match haul of nine. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 4-47. R. Ashwin celebrates with Rohit Sharma after picking up Lahiru Thirimanne’s wicket. After bundling out Sri Lanka for 174, India decided to enforce follow on as the tourists trailed by 400 runs. The visitors put ...

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Arthur glorifies Dhananjaya and ‘Brian Lara’ like Embuldeniya  – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Mickey Arthur was quite emotive and touchy after his final game as Head Coach of Sri Lanka on Friday in Galle winning comprehensively the test and series..  His was the sort of jovial parting that few Sri Lanka coaches had not received. The team won the match by 164 runs, and the series 2-0. In the first innings, West Indies had been 24 runs behind Sri Lanka’s total with only three wickets down, when Ramesh Mendis inflicted himself on the game, and triggered a collapse.  “The game was itself was having fluctuating after a rock-solid start the Sri Lanka batsmen  collapsed dramatically to be all out for a meagre 203. After day one I thought we were in prime position (Sri Lanka had been 113 for 1),” Arthur said. “And then they knocked us over ...

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West Indies crumble to spin duo Mendis, Embuldeniya to give SL 2-0 series ..The series win was a triumph for head coach Mickey Arthur on his farewell series – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Chief Scores  Sri Lanka 204 (Nissanka 73, Permaul 5-35) and 345 for 9 declared (Dhananjaya 155*, Permaul 3-106) beat West Indies 253 (Brathwaite 72, Mendis 6-70) and 132 (Bonner 44, Embuldeniya 5-35, Mendis 5-66) by 164 runs  Ramesh Mendis hit early in the day to eliminate Kraigg Brathwaite, claimed three wickets in a solitary over during the middle session, then ended his second five wicket haul of the match, while Lasith Embuldeniya also took five at the other end. Between the two finger-spinners, they dismissed West Indies for 132 runs  minutes before the tea interval. Sri Lanka’s winning convincingly by164.runs Having now whitewashed them having offered some resistance before and after lunch with the last 8 wickets ...

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Mendis six-70 makes Sri Lanka vs West Indies 2nd Test uniformly poised – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka)   Sri Lanka 204 and 46 for 2 (Nissanka 21*) trail West Indies 253 (Brathwaite 72, Blackwood 44, Mendis 6-70) by 3 runs    On the first full, rain uninterrupted day’s play of the Test, Sri Lanka and West Indies set up what promises to be a Galle classic. At stumps, the hosts in their second innings trail by three runs with eight wickets in hand, on a pitch that has yielded 21 wickets over the past two days – though the last two days will have the Dimuth Karunaratne’s side kicking themselves, both being entirely preventable run outs, himself and Oshada Fernando  The first came as a consequence of an exceptional directly hit from Kyle Mayers to dismiss the captain himself, while the second was rather more self-inflicted, with Oshada Fernando hesitating in the ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (NOVEMBER 2021) Compiled by Victor Melder Sri Lanka’s new cricket superstar Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva said his first T20 World Cup will be one of his most memorable feats in history as he finished the championship with 16 wickets that included the three qualifying round matches although his team failed to qualify for the semi finals. In the Super 12s Hasaranga took 10 wickets while Australia’s Adam Zampa took 11. The 24 year old all-rounder has taken 36 T20 International wickets as he baffled opposing batters with his googly that included West Indies power hitters Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo who were both clean bowled in Sri Lanka’s sign-off match. “I have taken the most number of wickets this year and I am really happy with it and it makes me feel good to contribute to the team especially when it is your first World Cup,” ...

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Lasith Embuldeniya 5- 46  aids Sri Lanka beat threatening rain and West Indies – By Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: daily news ( https://www.dailynews.lk/2021/11/25/sports/265652/sl-vs-wi-test-match-sri-lanka-wins-187-runs ) Chief Scores   Sri Lanka 386 (Karunaratne 147, Chase 5-83) and 191 for 4 dec (Karunaratne 83, Mathews 69*) beat West Indies 230 (Jayawickrama 4-40) and 160 (Bonner 68*, Embuldeniya 5-46) by 187 runs  Nkrumah Bonner scoffed Sri Lanka for 173 balls on day five, Joshua Da Silva joined him for a 100-run, (44.4-over stand) , but even though the sky was swaying with drab clouds, rain did not come until minutes after Sri Lanka took the last wicket to seal victory in Galle.  Having swept through West Indies’ top order on the fourth evening, Sri Lanka’s spinners were made to sweat on day five, bowling 48.3 overs for the last four wickets. Offspinner Ramesh Mendis had begun the day with four wickets to his name,but could not add ...

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