Pumped up Sri Lanka chase consistency against Pakistan – by Trevine Rodrigo – Melbourne (eLanka Sport editor) Dimuth Karunaratne leads a pumped up Sri Lanka against Pakistan, confident that they can continue the upward trend after a series levelling effort against Australia.  There’s a new energy emanating among the Sri Lankans, overriding the political and economic crisis enveloping the country and it augurs well to create a necessary distraction among the suffering masses. Cricket among the population always takes away the troubles of the world, albeit during its limited duration, and Sri Lanka’s cricketing heroes have provided that.  The Australian tour in many ways provided a welcome avenue to quell the doom and gloom the country is going through apart from injecting much needed revenue towards an almost bare financial situation.  Australia and their fantastic band of ambassadors will be long remembered for their bravery in  embarking on a tour ...

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Chandimal, Jayasuriya star as Sri Lanka stun Australia to level Test series – By AFP Debutant spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya takes a match haul of 12 wickets as Sri Lanka beat Australia by an innings Source : thenews.com.pk GALLE: Dinesh Chandimal’s maiden double century and a match haul of 12 wickets by debutant Prabhat Jayasuriya led Sri Lanka to an innings and 39-run thrashing of Australia in the second Test on Monday. Chandimal made an unbeaten 206 in Sri Lanka’s 554 all out, as the hosts managed a first innings lead of 190 in Galle. Jayasuriya, a left-arm spinner, then took six wickets to help dismiss Australia for 151 in the final session on day four as the hosts bounced back from their opening loss to end the series at 1-1. The tourists posted 364 with Steve Smith hitting an unbeaten 145 in the first innings but their batting faltered the second ...

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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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Pathum Nissanka century gives Sri Lanka 2-1 series lead vs Australia  Source:Dailymirror Pathum Nissanka’s magnificent century powered Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win in the third ODI of the five-match series against Australia on Sunday at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.  Nissanka scored 137 off 147 deliveries, finishing with 11 boundaries and two sixes. He was eventually dismissed by Jhye Richardson. Kusal Mendis was also set for a ton, but he had to retire hurt on 87.  Australia won the toss and elected to bat and Travis Head (70*) top scored with Aaron Finch (62) and Alex Carey (49) in support to give Australia a respectable total of 291/6 to defend – Jeffrey Vandersay 3-49 was the top wicket taker for Sri Lanka. ...

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India -Sri Lanka – by Trevine Rodrigo : Melbourne (eLanka Sports editor)   I predicted a spirited response from Sri Lanka against India, but they proved me so wrong as they stumbled and bumbled to a humiliating innings and 222 run thrashing at the hands of a dominant neighbour.  The wicket at Mohali appeared to be the dream track for batsmen as the Indians, led by swashbuckling Rishabh Pant (96), Hanuma Vihari (58), Virat Kholi (41), lower order batsman Ravindra Jadeja (175 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (61) bludgeoned a hapless Sri Lanka attack for over a day and a half  amassing 574 for 8 before letting the exhausted Lankans in to bat. The Lankans in their stint appeared to be clueless, turning what the Indians previously feasted on into an inexplicable minefield, as they hopped, probed and prodded their way to a measly 174 all out. How this game had ...

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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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What Sri Lanka must learn from their India thrashing – By Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne: eLanka Sports Editor)   The old adage about catches winning matches couldn’t be better exemplified than by the butter-fingered Sri Lankan cricket team, who squandered at least a consolation win in Game 2 and were whitewashed by India. Dropped catches, sloppy fielding and questionable placement cost them the second game that would have been there for the taking with a smarter strategy. Fresh from a trouncing in Australia, the young Sri Lanka squad received a baptism of fire as they had to hurriedly readjust to Subcontinental conditions in a tight schedule that could be classified as unfair. The experience of handling bouncy wickets in Australia, which makes it difficult for the best batsmen in the world, definitely did not get better as the young Lankans took on the might of another lethal bowling attack in world ...

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Australia beats Sri Lanka by six wickets in fourth T20 international at MCG Source:abc.net.au Josh Inglis has continued an impressive start to his international career, powering Australia to a fourth-straight Twenty20 victory over Sri Lanka The West Australian has looked at ease since debuting at the start of the five-match series and Friday night’s six-wicket win was no exception. Chasing Sri Lanka’s mediocre total of 8-139, Inglis and Maxwell (48 not out) put on a match-winning 71-run stand for the fourth-wicket after Australia’s top-three failed to fire. Maxwell brought up the winning runs with 11 balls to spare, with Australia now eyeing a clean-sweep in Sunday’s series finale. Inglis was in sight of his maiden international 50, but was out for 40 after edging to Dinesh Chandimal behind the stumps.   A recognised wicketkeeper, Inglis has come into Australia’s team as a batter only with veteran Matthew Wade hanging onto the ...

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