Skipper Kumar Sangakara came up with a sterling batting performance to remain unbeaten on 133, to help his side to 274 for 6 wickets at close of play. The visitors still trail by 59 runs with only the tail Enders left in the hut to fight 3 full sessions tomorrow.
India declared their innings on 726 runs for 9 wickets with skipper MS Dhoni blasting an unbeaten century with 6 big sixes and 3 fours. India’s strong batting line up proved too strong for Sri Lanka’s bowling attack, who in fairness suffered the wrath of some very poor umpire decisions.
India lost 2 wickets this morning in fact they should thank Umpire Nigel Long and Darrel Harper for turning down three positive appeals by the Sri Lankans that looked adjacent.
India came up with a cracking performance to give Sri Lanka, another leather hunt in Mumbhai today. Virendra Shewag scored the fastest test 250 in the history of the game to remain unbeaten on 284, which included 40 boundaries and 7 big sixes. Rahul Dravid gave the Indian hero of the day the able support to remain unbeaten on 62.
The under 19 one day international between Pakistan and Bangladesh was called off at the Rangiri Dambulla stadium due to persistent rain.
Taking lunch on 93 for no loss Murali Vijay and Virendra Shewag had a field day against a Sri Lankan attack that came under fire at the Barboun Stadium in Mumbai. The story looked very similar to the script at Kanpur.
Tri Nation Under 19 latest points table.
Today in Dambulla Pakistan under 19 skipper Azeem Ghumman won the toss against hosts Sri Lanka under 19s,and took lease of the perfect batting strip. The Pakistani batsman was at their best today. The Sri Lankan bowling in both pace and spin was far below par. The order of the day for Sri Lankan bowlers was much to be desired. They bowled short gave their counterparts plenty of loose deliveries to make merry on a placid pitch. Babar Azam made a brilliant 127 in 142 deliveries with 14 fours. The young opener was ably supported by Shazaib Ahmed who made a patient 50. Muzamil Nizam batted skill fully by taking the singles, making the two’s into threes and ended up… Read More →
Sri Lanka captain called tails to win his first toss of the three match test series against India at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai this morning. Sri Lanka made one change to the side that lost to India in Kanpur last week. Nuwan Kulasekera replaced Ajantha Mendis. The home team selected Tamil Nadu’s M.Vijay ,for Gautham Gambir who excused himself from this test due to his sister’s wedding. Sri Lanka’s openers Tharanga Paranavithana and TM Dilshan got the visitors to a good start by putting away the short and wide deliveries, and punching all the well pitched up balls to both sides of the wickets. Paranavithana looked more composed in his stroke play this morning. Dilshan his usual self going… Read More →
Sri Lanka who got the better of Bangladesh in their first outing will play host to a strong Pakistani line up at the Rangiri Dambulla stadium today. The limited over encounter is scheduled to get underway at 10am. Sri Lanka excelled against Bangladesh thanks to an excellent batting display by Trinitian, Akila Jayasundera and Mahindian Romesh Buddika, the pair batted with maturity. Akila made 82 while Romesh an unbeaten 54. In pursuit of 212 for victory, the home team reached the target with the D/L method due bad light. Pakistan too won their encounter with Bangladesh in their first outing at Pallekela last Saturday. The Duckworth Lewis method came into the equation yet again due poor light. Pakistan certainly looked… Read More →
Tamil Union skipper Sajith Fernando had no hesitation in electing to bat after winning the toss at the SSC in their limited over Tier “A” finals against arch rivals Chilaw Marians Tamil Union suffered an early loss in the 3rd over of the day’s play, when prolific run scorer sajith Fernando was run out for 8. The lads from the Colombo oval were in deep trouble with 4 top order batsmen back in the hut with the score on 73.The SSC pitch does a bit in the first hour of play. Gayan Wijekoon and Saminda Eranga exploited the given conditions to keep their opponents from scoring freely, by bowling wicket to wicket from both ends. Saminda Eranga the third seamer… Read More →
By Brian Thomas The second game in the Tri-Nation Under -19s tournament between hosts Sri Lanka and Bangladesh got underway at the Rangiri Dambulla International stadium this morning. Bangladeshi captain Mahmudul Hasan decided to take first lease of the pitch after winning the toss. The hosts got off to a steady start with both openers Anamul Haque and Amit Majumder pushing the score along with some very sensible batting. It was a surprise Dambulla being the dry zone experienced unforeseen cloud covers shortly after start of play. The two young Bangladeshi openers put away the bad balls, rotated the strike well to reach 46 runs in the tenth over with all wickets intact. Sri Lanka skipper Chathura Peiris stuck in… Read More →
By Brian Thomas Sri Lanka will work very hard to iron out the grey areas that cost them the test at Kanpur. Sangagkara is well aware that his front line batsmen need to bat for longer periods of time. Application and concentration will be his key advice to his top order batsmen. Sri Lanka has a top class batting line up. This was evident at Ahmadabad when the Sri Lankans made 742 runs in their first essay. The batting at Kanpur lacked the much needed application. MS Dhoni the Indian skipper admitted that winning the toss was vital. We fully agree with his statement; however India must be given all the credit for their sterling performance with both bat and… Read More →
Pakistan captain Azeem Ghumman won the toss in the lung opener of the under 19 Youth Tri Nation game against Bangladesh at the Pallekelle International Stadium. The Pakistanis decided to bat first on the newly laid pitch. Pakistanis were bowled out in the 49th over for 211. Their top order batsmen got good starts, however none of the youngsters went on to make big scores. They lost their skipper Azeem Ghumman cheaply for 4 runs. Young Bangladeshi seamer Abdul Hassan bowled with a lot of venom up front by moving the ball both in the air and off the pitch under overcast conditions. He was also guilty of bowling too many short balls which the Pakistani batsmen were able to… Read More →
The Pakistan under 19 team,dished out an excellent display at the newly re layed Dharmaraja turf when they played against Sri Lanka under 19 Chairmans X1 2nd team in Kandy yesterday. Pakistan who took first lease of the pitch were impressive.Baber Azam scored a century while his cousin Hammad Azam made an impresive 83. Pakistan in their 50 overs made 251 for 5 wickets. Sri lankan bowlers lacked the much needed penitration.Lahiru Jayaratne got among the wickets with 2 for 56. Sri Lanka youth got off to a dream start. openers put on 83 runs for the first wicket. With spin being introduced they collapesed to 6 for 112.Akushu Fernando then did the consolidating job for Sri Lanka Chairmans X1. The youngster from… Read More →