eLanka Newsletter – 21st February 2024 – 6th Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Mirage returned to Australia and reminded their fans that they are not a spent force. Actually far from it – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka – Melbourne) From Mumbai to Melbourne: Omkar Vechalekar Pursuing cricket dreams in Australia Upul Mahen De Silva A Failing Heart – Dr harold Gunatillake Music maestro-genius Mahesh emulating legendary Dad Patrick Denipitiya – By Sunil Thenabadu Watch T20 Cricket Match Highlights between Sri Lanka and Afganistan Sri Lanka: St Antoney feast in Kachchativu-by Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne OBITUARY – PROF YASMINE GOONERATNE The Nutritional Bounty of Jackfruit: A Healthful Delight in Jackfruit Curry – By Nadeeka – eLanka Nawam Full Moon Poya Day in Sri Lanka-by Kalani-eLanka Majestic Beauty Unveiled: Exploring the Enchanting Ravana Falls in Sri Lanka – By ...

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Sri Lanka celebrate turnaround of fortunes, but are they the real deal? – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports Editor) Image Source : islandcricket Wannindu Hasarsnga de Silva celebrated his elevation to the Sri Lanka T20 captaincy by leading from the front to steer his home team to an unassailable series triumph over Afghanistan in Dambulla. Sri Lanka continued their dominance over the Afgans with this win,  but the visitors are quickly closing the gap in a format where their raw talent has taken the cricketing world by storm. Lesser teams with better structure often falter when on tour,  but Afghanistan refuse to be overawed by anyone or any situation trusting their natural ability against the best teams in the world with their fighting spirit and inborn determination.  In the first game it was Hasarsnga’s effort, this time with the bat, as Sri Lanka struggled to 160 in their allotted overs. ...

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Mirage returned to Australia and reminded their fans that they are not a spent force. Actually far from it – by Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka – Melbourne) The popular Sri Lankan band was here at the invitation of Bertie and Frank Ekanaike for a Valentine’s day dinner dance at the Grand on Princes in aid of their old school, St. John’s College Nugegoda in Sri Lanka.  Donald Pieries, Benjy Ranabahu , Manilal Perera and the new faces on the line-up were a treat to watch as they reeled off a wide repertoire of music that had dance goers in awe at their versatility.  Their vast experience in the music industry over several decades was very evident as they blended with the new additions to give off a polished performance.  Mirage was recently in the Seychelles Islands wowing crowds over there and their popularity has opened several doors for a return to that ...

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Batters hit top gear as Sri Lanka smash Afganistan to a series win – Same team but different mindset appears to be selectors master-stroke – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE  (eLanka Sports editor) Sri Lanka shed their ‘inconsistency’ tag thrashing Afganistan by 155 runs while lightning up the hills of Pallekelle to the dawning of a welcome form turnaround, and silencing their critics in the process. Teetering on the edge of being written off in all formats, Sri Lanka appear to have discovered the correct horses for courses strategy from the available talent, and Coach Chris Silverwood can breathe easy as the new selection committee goes about putting together the pieces and the right squads for the different formats. There’s no disputing the talent in Sri Lanka cricket, but issues off field has derailed the games administration creating an unwanted distraction to their performances on the field. The new look ...

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The hills in Pallekelle rained boundaries as Nissanka double century sinks Afganistan – Historic first double hundred gives Lankans first up win – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports editor) Pathum Nissanka smashed a whirlwind 210 not out off only 139 balls to lead Sri Lanka to a comfortable win over Afghanistan in Pallekelle on a day it rained sixers and fours as the visitors did not go down without a fight.  Nissanka single-handedly sprayed the Afghanistan attack to all parts of Pallekelle in a memorable knock that will be long remembered for many reasons,  especially being the first double centurion for his country in this format.  His Player-of-the-match effort saw Sri Lanka amass 389 for 3 wickets which seemed way beyond reaching. But the Afghanistan batters thought otherwise making a valiant effort to run it down before falling 42 runs short.  The thrilling encounter produced over 700 runs ...

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Angelo Matthews, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne lead Sri Lanka cricket revival. Experienced trio save Sri Lanka some blushes against Afghanistan – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE (eLanka Sports editor) Afganistan showed the cricketing world that their lack of Test cricket experience will not be a long term deterrent as they made Sri Lanka sweat before recording a ten wicket win in Colombo.  The plucky Afgans looked done and dusted when they folded for 198 in a sorry first innings effort. But they fought back with bat and ball after Sri Lanka’s batters galloped to a 241- run first innings lead. Their batters then hit their straps to give Sri Lanka some anxious moments overhauling the deficit without any discomfort against an attack that destroyed them in the first innings.  Sr Lanka’s pacemen found their early success hard to replicate as the wicket appeared to flatten out to batter friendly conditions ...

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Sr Lanka’s pride and joy Chamari Athapaththu picked to lead the world’s best – Also named Women’s player-of -the -year – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) If there’s a lesson to be learned by anyone knocked back and written off,  Chamari Athapaththu has shown that performance and dedication is all it takes to make a mockery of expert perception.  The Sri Lanka skipper and magnificent all-rounder made consistency a sure way to prove a point and her stellar year was rewarded by being named one day and T20 skipper of the year.  She was also named player of the year after stellar performances against England  South Africa and New Zealand making her the envy of the Women’s game.  Her performances in franchise cricket here in Australia and recently in New Zealand added more credence to her CV. Athapaththu has continued to be unruffled by being overlooked by ...

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eLanka Newsletter -7th January 2024 – 2nd Edition Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Fixtures revealed for historic ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in West Indies and the USA – Sent by ICC media partner – By Trevine Rodrigo (eLanka Sports editor) Australia wrest back initiative after Pakistan dominance – Hazelwood bamboozles Pakistanis – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) SUNDAY CHOICE – The Best way to grow old together. – By Charles Schokman Finchy calls stumps after BBL|13 Warner and Labuschagne lead Australia to an eight wicket win and series sweep – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) “Lion City” – ‘Isle at the end of the peninsula’ – By Arundathie Abeysinghe – Part IV Fabulous Bird Snaps from Marcel Bandaranaike in Lanka-by Michael Roberts Looking beyond the burning aircraft at Haneda – ...

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Cummins five wicket hat-trick fails to give Australia a decisive edge as Pakistan tail wags. – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE.  (eLanka Sports editor)   Pat Cummins continued his heroics with the ball while destroying the myth about the SCG being a spin friendly track. While Nathan Lyon toiled fruitlessly on a bouncy track, the Pakistani batters were treated to another barrage of short stuff that had them ducking and weaving as Australia’s four-prong pace attack peppered them from the first over. The three Test series has been a bouncer war immaterial of the venue, and the batters on both sides will carry battle scars from it that will linger. Pakistan fought back gallantly after the early setbacks to post a competitive score and see to be on top at this stage.  Only Mohammed Rizwan, Aamir Jamal, Barbar Azam and Salman Aghar Ali batted with a degree of confidence while ...

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David Warner smashes brilliant century in build-up to his Swansong. – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE. (eLanka Sports editor) David Warner smashed his way to a memorable 164 as he planned to make his retirement etched with lingering memories of a glittering career for Australia.  The dashing left hander was all class and composure as he crafted a important start to the Summer which put Australia in the box seat at the end of day one with an imposing 346 for 5 wickets and a huge psychological advantage over Pakistan on a challenging Perth track. Pat Cummins won the important toss and elected to bat in what could well be decisive to Australia’s fortunes.  Warner and Usman Khawaja played the track to near perfection while surviving a few scares as Pakistan’s Shaheen Shah Afridi, khurram Shahzad and Aamer Jamal  troubled Australia’s openers but let them off the hook with dropped ...

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