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Sri Lanka undone by injuries

At first, it was an innings defeat at Centurion and then at Johannesburg, it was a thrashing by 10 wickets. At Centurion, the Sri Lankans exhibited promise on the first day, but as soon as the team looked to...

Sri Lanka need to fix the fitness issues

The historic series win over the Proteas just a few years back still fresh in the minds of everyone and Sri Lanka started the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Boxing Day with a lot...
Sri Lanka

After raising expectations, Sri Lanka return to their sorry ways

With only two ODIs remaining against Scotland, the Sri Lankan permutation and combination for the World Cup still seem in a disarray. There were hardly any positives to be taken from the series, except for the hopes of getting better from such murky performances

Aiden Markram forces his way back into the World Cup fray for South Africa

"The 24-year-old has made it in the nick of time and entered back in the World Cup fray. He looked down and out a couple of weeks back when he was left out of the first three ODIs against...

Why Lasith Malinga isn’t an ideal choice to Captain Sri Lanka?

Whether Lasith Malinga is the ideal person to lead Sri Lanka in ODIs remain a moot question. There are better players than him to carry on the responsibility and Sri Lanka need to move forward rather than living in...
Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka handled the pressure better

Sri Lanka enjoyed out there. Sri Lanka were not afraid. The Islanders did not melt under pressure…… Pressure! Life is all about handling the pressure well. And in cricket or any other sports, handling the pressure in the best possible...
South Africa

Sri Lanka script the greatest rags to riches story of modern times

Sri Lanka stunned the world to become the first team from subcontinent to win a Test series in South Africa...... The only thing constant about time is that it changes. We all have heard this age-old adage a countless number...

Suranga Lakmal: The silent workhorse and a Port Elizabeth love story

"What I have to do now is to get another five here. I'm feeling good. In the first Test, Vishwa did well. I think this is my Test" For a layman, it may seem that only an astrologer can foresee...

South Africa’s unending quest to find AB de Villiers’ successor

The absence of AB de Villiers is still felt..... The quest for the fulfilment of an object, aspiration or a goal is usually a process that takes some time. But sometimes it can also be a journey marked by despair...
Kusal Perera

The Kusal Perera epic: A ray of hope for Sri Lanka

Kusal Perera’s heroics should inspire and help to script a turnaround in Sri Lankan cricket…… Neither it was Virat Kohli nor Joe Root nor was it Kane Williamson at Durban, but someone named Kusal Perera script a Brian-Lara-like-epic against a...
Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera: The Pole Star in the Sri Lankan tryst with destiny

 “A moment which comes, but comes rarely in history………..” These immortal words delivered by Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, in his capacity as the First Prime Minister of an Independent India, at the stroke of midnight of 15th August 1947; aptly describe...
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Is Lasith Embuldeniya capable of filling the big Herath void?

Lasith Embuldeniya, another left-arm orthodox customer is all set to carry on the legacy of Rangana Herath......  Legends in any sport are very hard to replace and when we are talking about cricketing legends, even finding someone to deliver results...

The ‘Steyn-gun’ is back, firing at his best

Dale Sten proved, form is temporary, but class is permanent........ There is something about the fast bowlers that makes us sit up and notice them unravelling their venomous setup on the batsmen ball-after-ball. Here, by fast bowlers, I refer to...
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Amidst the gloom, Sri Lankan bowlers produce a silver lining in Durban

"The bowling performance in the Durban will surely lift the spirits of this maligned Sri Lankan side and the onus is now on their batsmen to ensure that their bowlers’ efforts are well-rewarded" The two teams playing battling out in...


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid