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Well done New Zealand

Mark Wood bowled the fifth ball of the eleventh over of the second innings of New Zealand and the stand-in-captain Tom Latham dispatched the short of a length delivery towards the third man by opening the full face of the bat for a boundary and earn the Test and series-winning runs. That one hit not only ensured the series victory in England for the Kiwis since 1999 but elevated them to the number 1 rank in the ICC Test ranking and they are the number 1 side in the ODI as well.

West Indies botched

People have almost forgotten when the last time West Indies and South Africa played a Test series. Indeed, for a brief period, neither West Indies nor South Africa logged horns in a Test series – but thankfully, the Test series resumed this month and at Gros Islet, West Indies were totally botched by the visitors within three days.

Test cricket returns at Lord’s

When rain spoiled the third day of the first Test at Lord’s, a draw was always on the cards, but the matter of interest was how the Test would end – whether it would witness all four innings played or not. In the end, all four innings were played, courtesy of a bold declaration by Kane Williamson on the final day giving England 273 to win from the 75 overs.

Video: Bangladesh win but there are loopholes that need improvement

No team is perfect and they never were, but the teams with the least loopholes progress and move to the top. Bangladesh matches or series, but don't move up, rather remain stuck at the same place because our loopholes are more. Bangladesh won the series because Sri Lanka were below-par in the second and lost crucial wickets in the first. They roared yesterday and Bangladesh lost their way. 

Help Zimbabwe to improve

If Zimbabwe can help Pakistan bring back cricket at their home then why can’t Pakistan lend a helping hand towards them? If one cites their political matters then the political scenario of Afghanistan is not bright as well, but their cricket is not stagnant. Keeping that in mind, Zimbabwe deserve the help of nations like Pakistan and others for progress.    

Jayawickrama and Mendis impress, Bangladesh defeat is not surprising

The Bangladeshi humiliation is not surprising at all as soon as the Pallekele track started to change its nature from the second day because the batters more often relish dead decks and not those which test their technique and temperament.  

Zimbabwe should be given more opportunities to play Test matches

Cricket has lost Kenya because of the lack of attention and support it deserved, whereas, despite the setbacks, Zimbabwe are still around in the Test arena; trying hard to win the attention of the big guns that they deserve to play more Test matches against the top sides and if given such an opportunity they would not waste it like others – rather – exploit it to become better.

Dull end at Pallekele: Test cricket does not deserve dead decks

Sri Lanka has a history of producing some of the death decks ever but in the meantime, they produced some of the testing decks as well which offered some outstanding Test matches. The batsmen are needed to be tested and as usual, only then a contest would become fascinating. Surely, Sri Lanka would not disappoint in the second Test.

Keep up the good work West Indies and Sri Lanka

In the end, the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at North Sound witnessed no results. But there were plenty of positives to take from the series for both sides. Sri Lanka, recently, have been in a slump in white clothes whereas, the West Indies have been more about just Twenty20-performers. Thankfully, in this Test series, both teams raised the hopes of improvements in the 5-day format in the coming days.

Well played West Indies and Sri Lanka

From 169 to 476 had been a huge improvement and a morale-boosting one, and the same old thing can be stated about faring well – keep the basics right, the success would come and never lose the fighting spirit. The West Indians followed the same and in the end, it turned out to be a very enjoyable Test match.

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