National Cricket – ThePapare.com http://www.thepapare.com Sri Lanka's No.1 Sports HUB Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:42:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.thepapare.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/cropped-favTP-50x50.jpg National Cricket – ThePapare.com http://www.thepapare.com 32 32 Sri Lanka ‘A’ bowlers toil on opening day http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-a-bowlers-toil-on-opening-day/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:26:21 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205564 West Indies ‘A’ dominated against Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the 1st unofficial Test which started at Trelawny Stadium. West Indies ‘A’ skipper Shamarh Brooks opted to bat first on a belter of a track at Florence hall. The hosts started off steadily before they lost their 1st wicket of Montcin Hodge for 13 with the […]]]>

West Indies ‘A’ dominated against Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the 1st unofficial Test which started at Trelawny Stadium.

West Indies ‘A’ skipper Shamarh Brooks opted to bat first on a belter of a track at Florence hall. The hosts started off steadily before they lost their 1st wicket of Montcin Hodge for 13 with the help of Sri Lanka test cap Malinda Pushpakumara.

The seamers Asitha Fernando, Lahiru Kumara and Chamika Karunaratne hit their line and lengths but ended without any luck on the opening day.

Skipper Dananjaya De Silva tried eight bowling options but only Malinda Pushpakumara and off-spinner Shehan Jayasuriya were successful in claiming wickets. Left-arm spinner Pushpakumara picked up 2 for 62 in his 19.1 overs as the hosts controlled the day on 236/4 in 76.1 overs.

Opener John Campbell stroked 56 off 108 balls, while Vishaul Singh and Sunil Ambris remained unbeaten with half-tons at close of play.

Right-hander Ambris looked dangerous to the visitors as he smashed 10 boundaries in 75 balls to end up with 62 at stumps. both Ambris and Singh have accumulated 91 runs for the 5th wicket and hoping to make it big on the second day.

Brief scores

West Indies ‘A’ – 236/4 in (76.1) Sunil Ambris 62*, Vishaul Singh 58*, John Campbell 56, Malinda Pushpakumara 2/62, Shehan Jayasuriya 1/39.

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Sri Lanka off to poor start in ICC Women’s Championship http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-womens-off-to-poor-start-in-icc-womens-championship/ Thu, 12 Oct 2017 04:14:12 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205549 ]]>

Sri Lanka were found wanting in their 1st ODI against West Indies as the hosts managed a comfortable 6 wicket win in the game that was played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad last evening.

Sri Lanka to kick off ICC Women’s Championship in the West Indies

The second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship will get underway with the series…

Sri Lanka got off to a decent start after winning the toss and batting first, despite losing opener Nipuni Hansika for 8. Openers Hansika and Yasoda Mendis were slow off the blocks but managed to survive the power play, putting on 22 for the 1st wicket in just over 11 overs. Sri Lanka’s innings never really gathered any momentum with none of the top 7 batters able to find any sort of rhythm. Only Mendis, Chamari Atapattu and Dilani Manodara were able to get into double figures and even they could not manage a strike rate of over 60. In fact, the entire innings, which lasted 49.3 overs, contained just 5 boundaries, a stat that would surely worry the coaching staff.

With wickets tumbling at regular intervals, the visitors managed just 136 in 49.3 overs. Hayley Mathews was the pick of the bowlers for the Windies women, picking up 3/18 in 10 overs. Afy Fletcher and captain Stephanie Taylor also picked up 3 wickets a piece.

Sri Lanka Women take flight to the West Indies

The Sri Lanka women’s cricketers, took flight to the West Indies last evening for..

West Indies got off to a bad start with the bat as Kycia Knight was run-out in the very first over of the innings, with Sri Lanka Skipper Inoka Ranweera catching her short of her crease. SriPali Weerakkody then took the prized wicket of Taylor and the hosts were in some trouble at 7/2. From that point however, despite keeping the scoring rate in check, Sri Lanka could not make regular breakthroughs and former skipper Merissa Aguilleira guided the home team to a 6 wicket win.

With the win, the West Indies got their ICC Women’s Championship campaign off to a good start and will go into the 2nd game tomorrow looking to seal a series win.

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Karunaratne reaches career high Test ranking http://www.thepapare.com/icc-report-karunaratne-reaches-career-high-test-ranking/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:18:33 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205420 Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Faf du Plessis, Karunaratne, Perera and Wahab among others to gain in latest Test rankings South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player […]]]>
Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain.
  • Faf du Plessis, Karunaratne, Perera and Wahab among others to gain in latest Test rankings

South Africa pace bowler Kagiso Rabada has gained two slots to reach a career-best third position among bowlers in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his player of the match performance against Bangladesh in Bloemfontein which helped complete a 2-0 win in the two-Test series.

Rabada grabbed five wickets in each innings for an enviable match haul of 10 for 63 that helped his side to an innings and 254 runs victory. He made a notable improvement in the latest rankings, which also take into account the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai, which Sri Lanka won by 68 runs on Tuesday to clinch the series 2-0.

Rabada, a star of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup when his side won it in 2014, has overtaken spinners Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Ravichandran Ashwin of India and is now on 876 points, only eight points behind second-placed India spinner Ravindra Jadeja and 20 behind top-ranked James Anderson of England.

Rabada was not the only South Africa pace bowler to gain in the latest rankings as his new-ball partner Duanne Olivier (up nine places to a career-best 48th position), Wayne Parnell (up 10 places to 60th) and Andile Phehlukwayo (up 27 places to 93rd) have also moved up the rankings.

Captain Faf du Plessis and Aiden Markram, century-makers at Bloemfontein, are among the batsmen to gain. Du Plessis’s 135 not out has seen him move up two places to 14th position while Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143.

For Bangladesh, Imrul Kayes has gained four slots to reach 69th position while pace bowler Subashish Roy has gained 18 slots to reach 86th position.

Aiden Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143 against Bangladesh
Aiden Markram has gained 43 slots to reach a career-best 61st position after his knock of 143 against Bangladesh

For Sri Lanka, who have overtaken Pakistan to take sixth position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, Dimuth Karunaratne’s scores of 196 and seven have seen him move up nine places to 17th position, the first time he is in the top 20. Niroshan Dickwella has gained two slots to reach 39th position and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera has gained 10 slots to reach 76th position.

Perera has also gained in the rankings for bowlers, his eight wickets in Dubai helping him gain three positions to reach 23rd position. Suranga Lakmal has also gained three places to reach 33rd position.

Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who scored his 11th Test century, has gained seven places to reach 28th position while captain Sarfraz Ahmed has gained one place to reach 32nd position.

Pace bowler Wahab Riaz’s five wickets in the match have seen him overtake India’s Umesh Yadav to take 24thposition while Haris Sohail has gained 35 places to reach 83rd rank.

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 11 October 2017, after the South Africa v Bangladesh and Pakistan v Sri Lanka series)

Rank   Team              Points

1        India                 125

2        South Africa      111

3        England             105

4        New Zealand      97

5        Australia             97

6        Sri Lanka            94

7        Pakistan            88

8        West Indies       75

9        Bangladesh       72

10         Zimbabwe         00

(Developed by David Kendix)

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 11 October, after the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai and the second Test between South Africa and Bangladesh in Bloemfontein):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

1       ( – )       Steve Smith      Aus      936      59.66   941 v Ind at Dharamsala 2017

2       ( – )       Joe Root          Eng      889      53.76   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

3       ( – )       K. Williamson    NZ        880      51.16   893 v Aus at Perth 2015

4       ( – )       C. Pujara           Ind        876      52.65   888 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

5       ( – )       David Warner    Aus      807      47.94   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

6       ( – )       Virat Kohli         Ind        806      49.55   895 v Ban at Hyderabad 2017

7       ( – )       Hashim Amla     SA        795      49.87   907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013

8       (+1)      Lokesh Rahul    Ind        761*!    46.27   761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

9       (+1)      Ajinkya Rahane Ind        760       47.61   825 v NZ at Indore 2016

10       (-2)       Azhar Ali           Pak      755       46.62   787 v Aus at Melbourne 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)      Player              Team     Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

14         (+2)      Faf du Plessis   SA        718!     46.54   718 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

17         (+9)      D. Karunaratne  SL        700!     36.86   700 v Pak at Dubai 2017

28         (+7)      Asad Shafiq      Pak      617       39.71   758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

32         (+1)      Sarfraz Ahmed  Pak      608       40.14   715 v SL at Galle 2015

39         (+2)      N. Dickwella      SL        567*!    35.59   567 v Pak at Dubai 2017

61         (+43)     Aiden Markram  SA        451*!    85.00   451 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017
69         (+4)      Imrul Kayes       Ban      422       26.40   478 v NZ at Wellington 2017

76=       (+10)     D. Perera          SL        388!     21.75   388 v Pak at Dubai 2017

91         (+30)     Liton Das          Ban      353*!    28.22   353 v SA at Bloemfontein 2017

Bowlers (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player               Team     Pts       Avge    Highest Rating

1       ( – )       J. Anderson      Eng      896!     27.39   896 v Win at Lord’s 2017

2       ( – )       R.Jadeja           Ind        884       23.60   899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

3       (+2)      K. Rabada        SA        876!     22.71   876 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

4       (-1)       R. Ashwin         Ind        852      25.26   904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

5       (-1)       R. Herath          SL        833      27.82   867 v Zim at Harare 2016

6       ( – )       J. Hazlewood    Aus      794      25.75   863 v Ind at Bengaluru 2017

7       (+1)      Nathan Lyon      Aus      752!     31.83   752 v Ban at Chittagong 2017

8       (-1)       Dale Steyn        SA        748       22.30   909 v Win at Centurion 2014

9       ( – )       Neil Wagner      NZ        745       28.90   767 v SA at Dunedin 2017

10       (+1)      Stuart Broad     Eng      737       28.81   880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

Other selected rankings

  Rank   (+/-)      Player                Team   Pts        Avge    Highest Rating

23       (+3)      D. Perera            SL      592*     32.39   674 v Zim at Harare 2016

24       (+1)      Wahab Riaz         Pak    585*!    33.53   585 v SL at Dubai 2017

32       (+1)      N. Pradeep         SL      478*     42.90   501 v Ind at Galle 2017

33       (+3)      S. Lakmal           SL      470*     44.82   500 v SA at Cape Town 2017

48=     (+9)      Duanne Olivier     SA      353*!    23.11   353 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

60       (+10)     Wayne Parnell     SA      283*!    27.60   283 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

83=     (+35)     Haris Sohail        Pak    171*!    18.60   171 v SL at Dubai 2017

86       (+18)     Subashis Roy     Ban    167*!    51.66   167 v SA at Bloemfontein 2017

93       (+27)     A. Phehlukwayo   SA      132*!    20.50   132 v Ban at Bloemfontein 2017

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Highest Rating

1       ( – )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      438      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2       ( – )       R. Jadeja          Ind        430      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3       ( – )       R. Ashwin         Ind        422      493 v Eng at Mohali 2016

4       ( – )       Ben Stokes       Eng      396 /*!  396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

5       ( – )       Moeen Ali         Eng      378      409 v SA at Old Trafford 2017

*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.

! indicates career-highest rating

For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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Sangakkara hails Chandimal’s leadership http://www.thepapare.com/sangakkara-hails-chandimals-leadership/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:08:10 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205389 Former Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has hailed Dinesh Chandimal’s captaincy after Sri Lanka completed a stunning 2-0 series win over Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday (October 10). It was Pakistan’s first series defeat since the gulf became their adopted home in 2010. Pakistan had never lost a home Test series since 2007. Source: Cricbuzz Chandimal, in his […]]]>

Former Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has hailed Dinesh Chandimal’s captaincy after Sri Lanka completed a stunning 2-0 series win over Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday (October 10). It was Pakistan’s first series defeat since the gulf became their adopted home in 2010. Pakistan had never lost a home Test series since 2007.

Source: Cricbuzz

Chandimal, in his first away series as captain, scripted Sri Lanka’s 21-run win in Abu Dhabi and captained the side well as Sri Lanka held their nerves in tough situations. He scored an unbeaten 155 in the first Test, batting for over nine hours, and produced a half-century in the second Test.

“It was a well deserved win. The team showed focus and put in lot of hard work. Great leadership from Chandimal and others like Rangana and Dilruwan,”

Sangakkara told Cricbuzz. “The way Chandimal absorbed the pressure in the first Test putting his ego aside was great to watch.

“People say that he was too slow, but come on, this is Test cricket. That is how you play Test cricket. He took Sri Lanka into a dominant position and it gave the team time to bowl them out.

“His captaincy was excellent. The way he manoeuvered the field was superb when Pakistan were chasing. The responsibility he took to bat long and deep was great to watch,” Sangakkara further said.

The former Sri Lanka captain had taken Chandimal under his wings when he broke into the side. Chandimal’s debut Test series was in South Africa in 2011 and coach Geoff Marsh had split the players into small groups of two – one senior and one junior. Accordingly, Mahela Jayawardene was put with Lahiru Thirimanne, Tillakaratne Dilshan with Dimuth Karunaratne and Sangakkara with Chandimal.

In an effort meant for team bonding, the seniors were supposed to take the younger player out for dinner and for coffee regularly. The experience was useful for the younger players. Chandimal cut his teeth under Sangakkara and has looked up to him ever since.

“With Chandi, I didn’t have to do a lot. He was just tremendous. I used to talk to him on stuff like how to bat for long and when to accelerate and when to slow down. Passing on tips like how to go from your 40s to 100,”

Sangakkara explained.

“Chandi to me is an excellent batsman. Unfortunately he was in and out of the side and his confidence was ruined. He started doubting himself. I have watched him bat in places like England, Australia and South Africa and he was tremendous. His record is excellent. He is a superb ODI player too. He has now started taking more responsibility and his knock in Abu Dhabi showed what he is capable of,”

Sangakkara elaborated.

“Chandi should not only just play Test cricket, but he should be part of the team in all three formats. He should be batting at number three or number four; would be ideal for him. He is the guy for us if we are looking long term. Unfortunately he has lost about three years of his cricket but we are yet to see the best out of him. Hopefully he will go onto make 10,000 runs in Test cricket.”

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Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODI Series 2017 – Let’s talk numbers http://www.thepapare.com/pakistan-vs-sri-lanka-odi-series-2017-lets-talk-numbers/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:30:35 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205367 ]]>

Following a thrilling Test series, the two Asian rivals, Sri Lanka and Pakistan will lock horns in the shorter format that includes 5 ODIs played in the UAE. Let’s take a closer look at the facts and  figures between the two sides.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Test Series 2017 – Let’s talk Numbers

The Sri Lankan team will travel to UAE to face Pakistan in a tour which will feature two games in the longest format…

Since 1975

Arjuna Ranatunga bowling during inaugural Asia Cup against Pakistan at Sharjah in 1984 (Image courtesy – Getty Images)

The two teams met for the first time in the international arena during the Prudential Cricket World Cup in 1975 at Nottingham. The experienced team led by Majid Khan comfortably beat the minnows by 192 runs in the respective encounter.

Sri Lanka’s first ODI win against Pakistan came in 1982 at Lahore. In the 150th match in ODI history, Bandula Warnapura’s side defeated Javed Miandad and co. by 30 runs to level the 3 match series. It was also the first bilateral series between the two sides. Roy Dias was named the Man of the Match for his blistering 81 off 59 deliveries.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan head to head ODI tally –

  • Played – 148
  • Pakistan – 85
  • Sri Lanka – 58
  • Tied – 1
  • No result – 4

A Recap of the Past Few Years

(Image courtesy – Associated Press)

Pakistan’s 2005/06 test series win in Sri Lanka was followed by their 2-0 ODI success in the same tour.

In 2009, when the Lions hosted the visitors, the 5 match series was won 3-2 by Sri Lanka. Despite conceding a 3-0 lead, Pakistan managed to bounce back and salvage pride, winning the final two ODIs at RPS by 146 and 132 runs respectively.

In 2011 Pakistan welcomed the Lions to the UAE as the 5-match ODI series ended 4-1 in favour of the hosts. However, in the following year, Sri Lanka avenged their defeat with a 3-1 series win on home soil. Although the visitors won the opening ODI at Pallekele, the hosts made a comeback to win 3 out of the 4 remaining games while one ended without a result. Thisara Perera was named Man of the Series.

The 2013 series in UAE saw the two evenly matched teams battle it out in a close duel. The bilateral affair was best remembered for Mohammad Hafeez’s three sublime centuries that sealed a 3-2 success. He ended up with 448 runs as well as the Man of the Series award.

Following Mahela Jayawardene’s swansong and a successful Test whitewash in 2014, the Lions recorded a 2-1 series win in the ODIs despite going down by 4 wickets in the opening game in Hambantota. The second ODI at the same venue was won by 77 runs by the home team. Winning the toss, Sri Lanka scored 310/9 that was made possible by Angelo Mathew’s 93. In the reply, Pakistan were all out for 233 in 43.5 overs as Thisara Perera captured 3 for 19. The final and decisive ODI in Dambulla saw a convincing 7-wicket win for the Lions as they chased a paltry 103. Thisara Perera who dismantled the Pakistani lineup with his 4 scalps was also awarded the Man of the Series award.

When Sri Lanka hosted Pakistan in 2015, the visitors beat Sri Lanka 3-2 to clinch the most recent bilateral series between the two sides.

The UAE

The iconic venue of Sharjah, during its debut at the Asia Cup 1984 (Image courtesy – Getty Images)

Sri Lanka and Pakistan carry memories from UAE since 1984. However, the regular bilateral affair began from 2007. Since, then Sri Lanka has travelled to the UAE to play Pakistan in 2011 and 2013.

The first ever ODI between the two sides in the UAE was played at Sharjah during the inaugural Asia Cup in 1984, which was also the first game at the venue. Sri Lanka, led by Duleep Mendis, won by 5 wickets.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan head to head ODI record in the UAE –

  • Played – 45
  • Pakistan – 28
  • Sri Lanka – 16
  • Tied – 1

Dubai

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Dubai, 2013 (Image courtesy – AFP)

In Dubai, Sri Lanka has played 4 matches, winning 2 and losing 2 against Pakistan.

Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Abu Dhabi, 2013 (Image courtesy – AFP)

Sri Lanka has played 6 ODIs in Abu Dhabi, winning 2 and losing the rest.

Sharjah

For years, Sharjah held the record for the most ODIs hosted in a single venue (Image courtesy – Getty Images)

 

 

The nostalgic venue was once an annual pilgrimage for the Sri Lankan team, an old school souvenir for many memorable victories against a range of opponents in the last three decades.

Sri Lanka has played 78 ODIs at the venue, winning 29, losing 47 with two ending in stirring ties.

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan head to head ODI record at Sharjah –

  • Played – 35
  • Pakistan – 22
  • Sri Lanka – 12
  • Tied – 1

Team Records

  • Highest team total – 371/9 (Pakistan at Nairobi, 1996)
  • Highest team total (for Sri Lanka) – 368/4 (Hambantota, 2015)
  • Lowest team total – 75 all out (Pakistan at Lahore, 2009)
  • Lowest team total (for Sri Lanka) – 78 all out (Sharjah, 2002)

Batting Records

  • Most runs – Sanath Jayasuriya (2517 runs in 79 innings) (Avg. 32.68)
  • Most runs for Pakistan – Inzamam-ul-Haq (2265 runs in 58 innings) (Avg. 44.41)
  • Most runs in UAE – Saeed Anwar (919 runs in 18 innings) (Avg. 54.05)
  • Most runs in UAE (for SL) – Aravinda de Silva (716 runs in 22 innings) (Avg. 37.68)
  • Highest individual score – Mohammad Hafeez (140* at Sharjah, 2013)
  • Highest individual score (for SL) – TM Dilshan (137* at Lahore, 2009)

Bowling Records

  • Most wickets – Muttiah Muralitharan (96 wickets in 63 innings) (Avg. 25.25)
  • Most wickets for Pakistan – Wasim Akram (92 wickets in 58 innings) (Avg. 20.96)
  • Most wickets in UAE – Waqar Younis (37 wickets in 21 innings) (Avg. 21.10)
  • Most wickets in UAE (for SL) – Muttiah Muralitharan (30 wickets in 20 innings) (Avg. 26.06)
  • Best bowling – Waqar Younis (6 for 26 at Sharjah, 1990)
  • Best bowling for Sri Lanka – Thisara Perera (6 for 44 at Pallekele, 2012)
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Sri Lanka moves ahead of Pakistan in sixth place http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-moves-ahead-of-pakistan-in-sixth-place/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 03:15:49 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205340 Sri Lanka now trails fifth ranked Australia (97 points) by three points. Thirteen months after lifting the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for topping the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, Pakistan have plummeted to seventh in the latest Test team rankings, which were updated following the conclusion of its home series against Sri Lanka. Sri […]]]>

Sri Lanka now trails fifth ranked Australia (97 points) by three points.

Thirteen months after lifting the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for topping the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, Pakistan have plummeted to seventh in the latest Test team rankings, which were updated following the conclusion of its home series against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka not only won the series 2-0 but handed Pakistan only its second whitewash in a home series (Pakistan lost all three Tests against Australia in 2002-03).

The result meant Sri Lanka has lifted from 90 points to 94 points, while Pakistan has dropped from 93 points to 88 points.

Sri Lanka now trails fifth-ranked Australia (97 points) by three points, while Pakistan is ahead of eighth-ranked Windies (75 points) by 13 points.

Sri Lanka’s next Test assignment is against number-one ranked India (125 points), when the two sides will go head to head in a three-Test series starting in Kolkata on 16 November. Pakistan’s next red-ball match is against Ireland in April, which will be followed by two away Tests in England.

Meanwhile, South Africa has gained one point while Bangladesh has conceded two points following the conclusion of their series, which Faf du Plessis’s side won by 2-0. South Africa is now second on 111 points (six points ahead of third-ranked England) while Bangladesh is ninth on 72 points (three points behind Windies).

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Twitter reacts to Sri Lanka’s historic win http://www.thepapare.com/twitter-reacts-to-sri-lankas-historic-win/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:35:07 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205269 After a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of India across all formats not too long ago, the Sri Lanka Cricket team came storming back to clinch a hard-fought Test series against Pakistan 2-0 a short while ago. It has been a disappointing year for Sri Lanka, with losses coming against the likes of Bangladesh and […]]]>

After a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of India across all formats not too long ago, the Sri Lanka Cricket team came storming back to clinch a hard-fought Test series against Pakistan 2-0 a short while ago.

It has been a disappointing year for Sri Lanka, with losses coming against the likes of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, who have generally been the Island Nation’s whipping boys over the years. The thrashing at the hands of India was hard to take and the team, management and board have all come under heavy criticism over the past few months. So naturally, this series win got many fans, pundits and past players talking.

As expected, many were quick to share congratulatory tweets to the team.

No doubt former Sri Lanka cap and current Ten commentator Russell Arnold was glad to have some good to talk about after a long spell of losses.

Safe to say the fans were happy too!

Man of the Match and Man of the Series award winner Dimuth Karunaratne wasted no time in giving a shout-out to his teammates.

Even the head of state had something to say!

But, there were those who weren’t so impressed with the two teams and their performance over the past two weeks too.

Nevertheless, to all Sri Lankans, whether they be players or fans or pundits, this win will be something to remember for the years to come.

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Sri Lanka create history in the UAE http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-vs-pakistan-2nd-test-day-5-match-report-2017/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:40:16 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205171 ]]>

Dilruwan Perera took his 5th five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 68 runs to win the second and final Test match in Dubai.

Pakistan, chasing 317 runs to win was folded for just 248 runs despite Asad Shafiq’s 11th Test hundred. Perera returned with figures of 5 for 98 while Shafiq fought hard during his 112-run knock.

Photo Album – Sri Lanka vs Pakistan – 2nd Test Day 5

Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed commenced day five on 198 for 5 with 119 more runs to win. They added 173 runs before Ahmed was caught off a miscued sweep at deep fine leg by Nuwan Pradeep as Dilruwan took the much-needed wicket.

Shafiq brought up his hundred with a paddled sweep single off Perera and was given a reprieve on the same score when Dimuth Karunaratne dropped a low catch of the same bowler.

Mohammed Amir was caught LBW off Perera while Yasir Shah was stumped cleverly by Niroshan Dickwella off Rangana Herath. Shafiq was the ninth man out when he edged fast-bowler Suranga Lakmal to slip where Kusal Mendis took a low diving catch to end all Pakistan’s hopes of an unlikely win.

Herath wrapped up the proceedings when Wahab Riaz miscued a slog as Sri Lanka completed a 2-0 win to leapfrog Pakistan to the 6th position in ICC Test rankings.

With this win, Sri Lanka became the first country after 115 years to win a Test match after being bowled out for less than 100 runs in the third innings. This is also Pakistan’s first series defeat at their adopted home of United Arab Emirates (UAE) in seven years. They had won five of the previous nine, with four drawn. This is also Pakistan’s first home defeat since losing to South Africa 1-0 in 2007, a series held on their grounds, and only the second whitewash in their history.

“We are over the moon. This is a great achievement for us. Credit goes to the boys and the team management for all their practice methods. Also want to credit the selectors for their backing. It was a tough series against India but we learnt a lot from that. Last night, in the last session, it was difficult to bowl with the dew factor which didn’t help the spinners. But, we knew that today in the afternoon, it will grip better as we have quality spinners. Credit to the whole team as they did a great job throughout.”

Skipper Dinesh Chandimal stated after the win.

Earlier, Dimuth Karunaratne’s majestic 196 along with a couple of fifties got the visitors to a challenging total of 482 after opting to bat first for the second consecutive time. In reply, Pakistan’s batsmen failed to apply themselves with only Sohail and Azhar digging in a bit as Sri Lanka took a 220-run first innings lead. Sri Lanka struggled on day four when they were bundled out for 96 in their second innings. Throughout the match, Sri Lanka’s bowlers were disciplined and reaped the rewards for it.

Man of the Series and Man of the Match – Dimuth Karunarathne

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Sri Lanka to kick off ICC Women’s Championship in the West Indies http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-to-kick-off-icc-womens-championship-in-the-west-indies/ Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:48:42 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2205107 The second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship will get underway with the series between the Windies and Sri Lanka in Trinidad from 11 to 15 October. Sri Lanka Women take flight to the West Indies The Sri Lanka women’s cricketers, took flight to the West Indies last evening for a tour that will consist […]]]>

The second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship will get underway with the series between the Windies and Sri Lanka in Trinidad from 11 to 15 October.

Sri Lanka Women take flight to the West Indies

The Sri Lanka women’s cricketers, took flight to the West Indies last evening for a tour that will consist of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

With players, administrators and officials all giving credit for a rise in standard of women’s cricket to this eight-team tournament which ensures series against each of the other sides, the championship is likely to come more into focus in this cycle that will culminate in 2020.

The tournament will be played on the same format as the inaugural edition which was held from 2014-16, with all eight sides – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Windies – taking on each other in series of three ODIs on a home or away basis.

World Cup 2021 hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams from this championship will gain direct qualification for women’s pinnacle event while the remaining sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2021 (details to be announced in due course).

Member boards will be encouraged to play T20Is during tours but no other ODIs can be scheduled along with Women’s Championship series. Teams will get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss.

The captains of the two sides, who figured in a well fought series last time with the Windies prevailing 2-1 in Colombo in May 2015, exuded confidence ahead of the upcoming series.

Windies captain Stafanie Taylor:

“All of the players that were involved with the last ICC Women’s World Cup have been retained, so we are quite familiar with each other. We more or else know what makes everybody tick, and everyone is keen to get down to business and play. We were shattered by our performance in the ICC WWC in England. We knew we let down our fans, so we want to restore their faith in us by playing to our true potential and ability during the coming series and the remainder of the ICC Women’s Championship.

“It’s always good to be able to play before your own fans. We urge supporters in Trinidad to come out and watch some entertaining ICC Women’s Championship matches. The matches are being played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and we hope that playing in a venue named after one of the greatest West Indies players of all time will inspire us all to perform at our best.

 

Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera:

“As women’s cricket gains momentum across the globe, I am proud to lead my team off to this exciting series. This tour for us is a combination of a bilateral series and the launch of the ICC Women’s Championship.  “

“Our performance as a team has been improving consistently and we look forward to the opportunity to show our prowess. Playing away from home is never an easy task, but we intend to bring our A game as I am sure our Windies counterparts do.”

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Shafiq, Sarfraz on mission impossible http://www.thepapare.com/sri-lanka-vs-pakistan-2nd-test-day-4-match-report-2017/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 18:29:42 +0000 http://www.thepapare.com/?p=2204916 ]]>

The pendulum kept swinging both ways throughout day four before an inspiring partnership between Asad Shafiq and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed kept Pakistan’s hopes alive come day five.

The hosts Pakistan needed less than 13 overs to take the final five Sri Lankan wickets, after they resumed their 2nd innings on 34/5 on day four.

Part-time left-arm spinner Harris Sohail picked up 3 wickets in a single over to clean up the tail to bowl out Sri Lanka for 96, while Wahab Riaz ended with stunning figures of 4 for 41 after a hostile spell late on day 3.

This was incidentally the 11th instance where Sri Lanka has been  bowled out for less than 100 runs in test cricket. Sri Lanka’s innings difference of 386 runs (482 & 96) is also the largest in their Test history, with the previous best being 383 versus Australia back in 1992 (547 & 164).

Pakistan lost a wicket early in their run chase of 317, when Sami Aslam was well caught by Kusal Mendis in the slips off the bowling of debutant Lahiru Gamage as Pakistan reached the tea break at 15/1.

Shan Masood and Azhar Ali were intent on not throwing their wickets away after the break, but the Sri Lankans were disciplined and made sure the runs dried up. Eventually the Sri Lankans were rewarded for their patience when Ali inside edged one off his pad to a well placed fielder(Kaushal Silva) at forward shot leg off the bowling of Nuwan Pradeep.

Dilruwan Perera got into the act from there on as he captured three scalps in quick succession to leave Pakistan in tatters going into the dinner break at 62/5.

Pakistan refused to succumb in the post-dinner session as skipper Sarfraz Ahmed along with Asad Shafiq counter punched the Sri Lankan bowlers with the duo producing a century stand in just 150 balls.

Shafiq made his highest score in his last 12 innings as he reached his half century off 81 balls,while Sarfraz got to his half century in 84 balls.

The duo helped Pakistan reach 198 for 5 at stumps on day four putting on an unbroken stand of 146* for the sixth wicket.

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