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School Cricket: Nalanda, Richmond, Antonians & Thomians on top

Posted on 31 January 2014 by admin

Nalanda retain Warnapura Trophy

Thushan Jayasuriya A five wicket haul by Nalandian Malinga Amarasinghe (five for 58) helped his school to gain a first innings win over Dharmaraja College, Kandy in their Singer under 19 inter school cricket match for the Bandula Warnapura Trophy which concluded at Campbell Place yesterday. By virtue of this first innings win,the Nalandians retain the trophy. The Rajans replying to the Nalanda first innings total of 239 could make only 201 runs despite a fine knock of 72 by Rameesh Ranasinghe with Malinga Amarasinghe being the key bowler for the homesters by taking 5 for 58.

Nalanda : 239 in 86.4 overs and 112 / 6 in 41 overs(Woshantha Silva 25, Senura Amarasinghe 23, Wenuka Galahitiyawa 2/22, Ruchira Pupulewatte 2/14) Dharmaraja (33/1 overnight) : 201 in 65.5 overs (Rameesh Ranasinghe 72, Deneth Lanka 36, Malinga Amarasinghe 5/58)

Richmond in strong position

Richmond College Galle held the upper hand over St.Joseph's College Colombo in their Singer under 19 match which began at Darley Road yesterday. The Joes taking first lease of the wicket, made a modest 201 with Aravinda Akurugoda being the top scorers with 51 while Pathum Madusanka made a well compiled 44.Richmond off spinner Waruna Deshapriya bowled well to take 6 for 63. Richmond in reply, made 134 for 3 with the experienced Sithara Gimhana making 54 while Wanindu Hasaranga remain unbeaten on 29.

St.Joseph's : 202 in 62.5 overs (Vimukthi Peiris 24, Pathum Madusanka 44, Aravinda Akurugoda 51, Trishan Thanuja 21, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/40, Waruna Deshapriya 6/63) Richmond : 134/3 in 30 overs (Sithara Gimhana 54, Kelum Nanayakkara 24, Wanindu Hasaranga 29 n.o.)

Nimesha and Dilan help Antonians

St.Anthony's College Katugastota helped by two fine half centuries by Nimesha Gunasinghe (60) and Dilan Bandara (55) made an impressive 251 runs in their Singer under 19 cricket match which began at Wijerama Mawatha yesterday.D.S.Senanayake College in reply, were 37 for no loss at the end of the first day's play.

St.Anthony's Katugastota : 251 in 85 overs (Nimesha Gunasinghe 60, Dilan Bandara 55, Pulasthi Bandara 29, Mohomed Aflar 24, Buwaneka Wijethunge 20, Torin Pitigala 3/43, Osura Bulathsinhala 2/55) D.S.Senanayake: 37 for no loss in 8 overs.

Thomians hit back

Bowlers called the tune on the first day of the Singer under 19 cricket match between S.Thomas' College Mount Lavinia and St.Peter's College Colombo which began at Mount Lavinia yesterday. The Thomians taking the first lease of the wicket were bundled out for 130 with the spin duo of off spinner Thanusha Weerakoon(4 for 41) and left arm leg spinner Sahan Nanayakkara (3 for 9) doing the damage. But the Thomians hit back to have the Peterites tottering at 138 for nine despite a knock of 50 by Dineth Thimodya. The damage was done by leg spinner Tharindu Ratnayake (4 for 26) and off spinner Sachitha Jayatilleke (3 for 7) .

S.Thomas College : 130 in 47.4 Overs (Yohan Mendis 20, Nipuna Gamage 29,Tharindu Rathnayake 36, Thanusha Weerakoon 4 for 41 , Sahan Nanayakkara 3 for 9, Chemila Obeyesekere 2 for 30) St Peters College : 138 for 9 in 48 Overs (Dineth Thomodya 50, Kavinda de Tissera 20, Tharindu Rathnayake 4 for 26, Sachitha Jayathilake 3 for 7)

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1st Test: Sri Lanka win by an innings and 248 runs

Posted on 30 January 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka recorded their second biggest ever Test win by an innings, wrapping up the first Test an hour after lunch on the fourth day with Bangladesh still 248 runs short of making the visitors bat again. An innings deficit of 498 was demoralising enough for Bangladesh to capitulate without a fight, and there was no stoic resistance from them to take the game to the fifth day, let alone save the game. Sri Lanka's seamers began the slide before the middle order succumbed to the offspin of Dilruwan Perera, who took a five-wicket haul in only his second Test.

Sri Lanka 730 for 6 dec (Silva 139, Jayawardene 203*, Mathews 86, Vithanage 103*) beat Bangladesh 232 (Rahim 61, Shakib 55, Eranga 4-49) and 250 (Mominul 50, Perera 5-109) by an innings and 248 runs

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera picked up five wickets as Sri Lanka thumped fragile Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs in the first Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498-run margin on first innings, were bowled out for 250 in their second knock after lunch on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Perera, a 31-year-old playing in his second Test, finished with five for 109 while seamer Suranga Lakmal took three as the hosts were dismissed in 51.5 overs with a day to spare. Bangladesh, who resumed the day at 35-1, failed to cope with Sri Lanka's pace and spin assault and lost their last nine wickets for 215 runs despite the even-paced pitch. The hosts were reduced to 197-9 before the last-wicket pair of Rubel Hossain and Al-Amin Hossain boosted the total with lusty hitting during an entertaining partnership of 53 runs off 38 balls. Rubel made 17, while Al Amin returned unbeaten on a quickfire 32 off 18 balls that contained four sixes and one boundary.

Bangladesh, who made 232 in their first innings, conceded their highest Test total of 730-6 declared. Three Sri Lankans hit centuries including Mahela Jayawardene, who scored an unbeaten double-ton. Sri Lanka have now won 14 of their 15 Tests against Bangladesh, eight of them by an innings margin, and drawn the other. On their previous tour in 2008-09, Sri Lanka had won the first Test by 107 runs and the second by 465 runs.z_p12-sco.jpg Bangladesh, who languish at the bottom of the Test rankings at number 10 — lower than unfancied Zimbabwe — have lost 68 of their 82 Tests since gaining full status in 2000. They have won four Tests, two each against Zimbabwe and the West Indies. Opener Shamsur Rahim was dismissed off the second ball of the day, fending at a vicious short ball from Shaminda Eranga and edging a catch to wicket-keeper Dinesh Chandimal. Number three Marshall Ayub had scored 18 when he gloved a bouncer from to Kaushal Silva at short-leg as Bangladesh slipped to 50-3. The hosts reached 102 before Perera broke through by trapping Shakib Al Hasan leg-before for 25.

Mominul Haque smashed eight boundaries in a fluent 50 off 57 balls, but the assault did not last long as he became Perera's second leg-before victim. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled by Perera for 14 off what became the last ball of the session, but Nasir Hossain (29) and Sohag Gazi put on 33 for the seventh wicket after the break. Gazi hit a 19-ball 23 with two fours and as many sixes before being leg-before to Lakmal. The second Test starts in the port city of Chittagong on February 4. It will be followed by two Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals. AFP

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1st Test: Sri Lanka takes dominant 498-run lead over Bangladesh on day-3

Posted on 29 January 2014 by admin

Individual milestones dominated the most one-sided of the three days so far as Sri Lanka eventually declared after piling on a whopping 730 for 6, after Mahela Jayawardene reached his seventh double-century and Kithuruwan Vithanage scored his maiden century in only his third Test. By tea, Sri Lanka were already ahead by a healthy 370, but the captain Angelo Mathews held back the declaration till Jayawardene reached his milestone, giving Sri Lanka a seemingly unassailable lead of 498. Sri Lanka picked up a late wicket to cap another dominant day.

Bangladesh had been on the field since the final session on the first day and the physical and mental fatigue was apparent with the way they carried themselves on the third day, as if waiting to be told when to head indoors and pad up. Their specialist seamers weren’t effective enough and their spinners too were at the mercy of Sri Lanka’s in-form batting line-up. There was little the part-timers could do. It’s normal for captains to give their bowlers at least an hour before stumps to nip out a few wickets, but Mathews adopted a more conservative approach and instead was happy to give the hosts nine overs. In that period, Bangladesh lost Tamim to a reckless shot.

Mathews had a chance to add to the centuries tally, before falling for 86. Jayawardene continued to milk the bowling in placid conditions and he brought out his signature late cut and paddle sweep against the spinners. Having begun his innings overnight, he brought up his fifty with an effortless cover drive off Al-Amin Hossain. He moved to the 90s with an impeccable reverse sweep off Sohag Gazi that went for a boundary. He sped towards his century with a late cut off the part-time legspinner Marshall Ayub and followed it up with another boundary in the same region, off Robiul Islam. The seamer dished out a long hop down the leg side which Jayawardene pulled to fine leg to bring up his century.

He barely gave the bowlers a chance, until he survived a close shout for lbw off Gazi on 119. Jayawardene attempted another reverse sweep and was struck adjacent to the stumps with the ball pitching in line with the stumps despite the round the wicket angle. Gazi was exasperated when it was turned down but it summed up Bangladesh’s day.

Mathews too survived, when on 68 he edged Ayub and was dropped by the wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Mathews capitalised on Robiul’s poor length, pulling a short one down the leg side and driving the next one down the ground for consecutive boundaries. He had a century for the taking but chipped Gazi towards midwicket where Ayub took a sharp catch.

Vithanage made merry given the carefree situation and along with Jayawardene, helped take the score past 600. Vithanage made a fifty on debut, against the same team last year in a similar pressure-free scenario. His inclusion in this Test was due to Prasanna Jayawardene’s departure due to his father’s death. And Vithanage made good use of this unexpected opportunity. The left-hander was busy at the crease, rocking back to cut the spinners through the off side when they dropped it short. He came down the track to the spinners and tonked two sixes down the ground.

The new ball didn’t give Bangladesh any respite as a couple of short balls were dispatched for fours behind square leg by Vithanage, who brought up his fifty with one of those. Luck was on his side as two outside edges by Vithanage found the third man boundary, one of which bisected the keeper and first slip, both of whom were unmoved.

Vithanage brought up his ton with a square cut for four off Nasir and at that stage, Jayawardene was still 17 short of a double-century. Jayawardene batted with greater urgency after tea, shuffling across his stumps to sweep the spinners and he raced to his double-ton in style, with two sixes over deep midwicket off Nasir. Jayawardene, in the process, overtook the Australian Allan Border’s tally of 11,174 runs and is now the sixth-highest run-getter in Tests.

Neither pace nor spin worked for Bangladesh, and their frustration in not being able to pick up wickets was summed up in one small passage of play in the morning when Robiul Islam exchanged words with Jayawardene, making the umpires and Rahim intervene to appease the situation.

They now face the task of batting out two days. Tamim’s dismissal, caught off a leading edge to point, was perhaps the last thing they needed. The best they can do is take a leaf out of Sri Lanka’s book and use the conditions to play themselves in and grind out the opposition.

Courtesy: Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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‘Marketing a political candidate’ – Rohantha Athukorala

Posted on 28 January 2014 by admin

Courtesy: Rohantha Athukorala – Daily FT January 28, 2014


The weekend media was highlighting the changing dynamics of the local political arena with many actresses coming into the fray for the upcoming local election. To be honest, personally I feel it’s an interesting dimension purely from a marketing perspective given that the discipline of marketing is all about giving the consumer reasons to buy a brand. In the game of political marketing too this same process comes into play, with the voters being given a strong reason why they need to vote for a particular candidate rather than the other. So in absolute ruthlessness of the marketing ethos I find the new products that have entered the political arena will increase awareness on the part of the voter and drive a high involvement decision making process. My father who hails from the tea industry of Sri Lanka believes marketing a political candidate to high office like a washing powder or milk powder is the ultimate indignity to the democratic process of a country. This is an interesting argument from an ethical perspective. Let me throw more light on to this argument. Marketing politicians

Let me begin by visiting what the discipline of marketing means. In simple words it means identifying what a customer wants and thereafter developing a solution to meet this requirement better than competitors but in a socially responsible manner. In the case of politics, the customer is the voter whilst the solution provider is the politician. A typical voter in a local government election is a “household’ that consist of a mother, father and children. Hence, if one analyses the customer wants, they can be listed as timely collection of garbage, road maintenance, security around the neighbourhood, adequate street lighting, sewerage and supply of basic utilities, not forgetting access to supermarkets, polas and banks, to name a few. The candidate who can effectively communicate how these needs can be addressed better with their overall solution will garner the support to be voted in at a election, which incidentally is what the marketing ethos advocates. I would even go on to take the high ground that ‘marketing’ helps introduce democracy into a country as at the end of the day it supports the decision making process of a voter. Marketing right?

The logic for the saying that it is marketing that brings in democracy to a system is for two reasons. The first being that the product/service that is offered by a candidate must communicated effectively in a manner so that the consumer is better informed on who best fits their requirement. However, a point to note is that when communicating, this option must be available to every other competitor too with equal media time so that the ‘share of voice’ is same and the only competitive advantage is the message offered. This can vary if one has to self finance one’s campaign, which means that the candidate with higher financial muscle can garner a stronger share of voice. This ethos will hold ground when it comes to the below-the-line activity too, like staging meetings at neighbourhoods as well as hoardings. The second perspective is that once a consumer (in this case a voter) makes a decision and selects a product (the chosen candidate), he or she must deliver the promises made at the time of campaigning. “Marketing a political candidate ensures voters makes decision with better information.

However, the debate is when it is not done in socially responsible manner” If these two perspectives are understood, then marketing becomes the modus of ensuring democracy is maintained. This means marketing a political candidate for high office is not an indignity to the democratic process of a country and in fact facilitates the decision making process of a voter. Why marketing is wrong Where marketing comes in for criticism is when marketing a candidate it is done not in a socially-acceptable manner. This includes blocking of media, below-the-line rivalry at meetings, voters not being allowed to vote, unlawful voting, etc., to name a few, which happens in many parts of Sri Lanka, just like in any other developing country. But a point to note is that this is not confined to political marketing but happens across many consumer brands too, of which I have firsthand experience. This is an interesting parallel that many are not aware of. For instance, when a malted milk was being launched once in Sri Lanka, the competitor bought up the key media belts on radio to block the new brand that was being launched, poached the competitor’s key employees, broke down the displays at the retail end and pasted over the point of same material whilst engaging in guerrilla tactics of promotions to undermine the competitor brand. Some even go to the extent of stalking the route plan of a sales representative’s itinerary so that at the retail end you block retail space, which to my mind is somewhat similar to the marketing that is practiced during an election. The second point where marketing as a discipline draws flak is when used in politics, a candidate fails to deliver on the promise made after being elected. For instance, the collection of garbage daily, street lights not working and even after complaining no action being taken to correct same to name a few when it comes to a local government election.

Then, marketing of a political candidate to high office can be considered unethical and wrong. Regulator One way to correct this situation just like the insurance or the mobile phone industry of Sri Lanka is if a regulator can be asked to play a prominent role, so that major deviations can be corrected. This can include share of voice (SOV) issues and may be even the message content so that marketing unearths the true discipline that can be brought out to showcase democracy in a country. Some can say that it is a far-fetched idea in the case of political marketing but based on the best practices seen in other countries this can be achieved provided there is a political will in doing so. The challenge is making it happen in a political economy, especially in countries in the Asian and African regions. “ Many point out the irregularity of marketing a politician but many brands and companies resort to the same behaviour like breaking down displays at retail outlets, blocking media by forward purchasing at launches, poaching on competitor employees and using guerrilla promotional tactics” The problem that can arise in the absence of a regulator when it comes to political marketing is that the candidate who is less aggressive will not be able to carve out a clear positioning in the minds of the voter, which in turn will result in the competitor doing this for him/her, which can lead to confusion in the minds of a voter. This is something that many less aggressive politicians fail to understand. Politics vs brands A point that needs to be highlighted is that there are many clear cut differences when it comes to marketing a political candidate as against a brand of washing powder or breakfast cereal.

A political candidate has to a sense of urgency as only a four-to-six-week window is available. So either one achieves Top of the Mind (TOM) awareness and then carries through to be appointed at the election or you are kicked out. On the other hand the pace at which one needs to drive a brand will be at a slower pace as the time bar can be longer. This means that the ruthlessness of the tactics used in marketing a politician will be obviously different in velocity and breadth. Another key difference is that brands can be switched by consumers if they do not meet expectations overnight but in the case of political candidates, the switching time can be as long as six years, meaning the purchasing cycles are different. This further justifies the need for one to practice marketing so that it gives clarity on the decision that needs to be made at a polling booth. I guess this explains the competitiveness in which one plays the game in the political arena when it comes to an election. Conclusion Hence we see that ‘politics’ and ‘brands’ have a many aspects that are common whilst they have their own industry related peculiarities too. But end of the day the winner is the consumer and in this case the voter. We now have to wait and see if the promises made during campaigning will be delivered.

[The author Rohantha Athukorala is an award winning marketer/business personality, an alumnus of Harvard University (Boston) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute Marketing (UK). The thoughts expressed are his own and not the views of the organisations he serves in Sri Lanka or overseas.]

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1st Test: Sri Lanka lead Bangladesh by 143 runs with 5 wickets in hand day-2

Posted on 28 January 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka ended the second day of the first Test match with a lead of 143 runs against Bangladesh in Mirpur today.

The visitors scored 375 runs for the loss of five wickets by the end of the day at at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. Lankan opener Kaushal Silva was the top scorer for the Lankans as he struck a well-balanced 139 of 244 balls. Top order batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal all made valuable contributions to the total, scoring 53, 75 and 40 respectively. Mahela Jayawardene was unbeaten on 42 when the day’s play came to a close.

Shakib Al Hasan was the pick of the bowlers for Bangladesh, as he claimed three wickets for 94 runs.

On the first day, Sri Lanka finished with 60 for no loss. Karunaratne fell after striking a controlled 53 off 113 balls, offering a simple catch to Robiul Islam off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan in the morning session of the second day. Two Lankan batsmen then took control over the hosts and build a partnership of 119 runs.

Bangladesh folded for 232 in the face of a rampant Sri Lankan attack in the first inning on Day 1 with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan being the only batsmen to make notable contribution to the innings as they scored 61 and 55 respectively.

The Lankans have a nearly flawless record against Bangladesh, when it comes to Test cricket. Of the 14 matches that the two teams faced, Sri Lanka have won 13 of them. The only draw took place last year in March at Galle; a match which saw Mushfiqur become the first Bangladeshi to score a double hundred. Despite the visitors’ strong record, Sri Lankan captain expects the series to be challenging.

On the first day, Sri Lanka finished with 60 for no loss. Karunaratne fell after striking a controlled 53 off 113 balls, offering a simple catch to Robiul Islam off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan in the morning session of the second day. Two Lankan batsmen then took control over the hosts and build a partnership of 119 runs.

Bangladesh folded for 232 in the face of a rampant Sri Lankan attack in the first inning on Day 1 with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan being the only batsmen to make notable contribution to the innings as they scored 61 and 55 respectively.

Despite the visitors’ strong record, Sri Lankan captain expects the series to be challenging.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Shamsur Rahman, 3 Marshall Ayub, 4 Mominul Haque, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Sohag Gazi, 9 Al-Ameen Hossain , 10 Robiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Sri Lanka: 1 Kaushal Silva, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kumar Sangakkara, 4 Mahela Jayawardene, 5 Kithuruwan Vithanage, 6 Angelo Mathews (capt), 7 Dinesh Chandimal (wk), 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Shaminda Eranga, 10 Rangana Herath, 11 Suranga Lakmal

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Nalanda-Dharmaraja clash for Bandula Warnapura Challenge Trophy

Posted on 27 January 2014 by admin

The Under 19 cricket match between Dharmaraja and Nalanda for the Bandula Warnapura Challenge Trophy will be played on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February at the Nalanda College Grounds at Campbell Place, Colombo. These two leading Buddhist schools have been playing each other since 1931. Bandula Warnapura Challenge. Trophy was introduced in 2001. The Trophy was presented by the Old Rajans in appreciation of the services rendred by Bandula Warnapura for Sri Lanka cricket. Banduala Warnapura former Captain of Nalanda college was the first test Captain of Sri Lanka. He was the founder President and a presently the Patron of the Col. Olcott Memorial Sports Foundation which has been conducting the Olcott Memorial Cricket tournament of the Buddhist schools regularly since 1999.

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Believe it or not, true story!

Posted on 27 January 2014 by admin

At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, AAFS President, Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death.

Here is the story: On March 23, 1994…The medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus, and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide. He left a note to that effect indicating his despondency. As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned..

The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr Opus. When one intends to kill subject 'A', but kills subject 'B' instead, one is guilty of the murder of subject 'B.' When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant, and both said they thought the shotgun was not loaded, the old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore, the killing of Mr Opus appeared to be an accident, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple's son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident. It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son's financial support, and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother. Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn't actually pull the trigger.

The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.

Now comes the exquisite twist… Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus. He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother's murder. This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window. The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself. So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.

A true story from Associated Press.

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1st Test: Sri Lanka does well on day-1 against Bangladesh

Posted on 27 January 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka 60 for 0 trail Bangladesh 232 (Rahim 61, Eranga 4-49, Lakmal 3-66) by 172 runs

If Sri Lanka arrived in Bangladesh having freshly learned about the perils of negative cricket in Sharjah, their hosts illustrated there is also danger in aggression. Having been asked to bat, Bangladesh lost their top four to intense seam-bowling before lunch, and though they mustered a better middle session through a rapid Shakib Al Hasan riposte and a more measured Mushfiqur Rahim resistance, callousness marked the tail-end of their surrender for 232 as well.

Five of Bangladesh's top eight had perished trying to take the bowlers on, when perhaps some circumspection was warranted on a Mirpur pitch that rewarded fast bowling more than usual. When Shakib and Mushfiqur had asked for a sporting surface before the game, they perhaps did not envision the frailty of their team's batting in such conditions would be so markedly exposed. By stumps, the Sri Lanka openers had trod a more secure path to 60.

Shaminda Eranga provided more proof of his ample potential as he led the Sri Lanka attack in spirit and method, bruising Bangladesh with a brace of sharp, short balls. His returns of 4 for 49 were the best in the innings and indeed, a statistical best for himself. Suranga Lakmal found success in imitating Eranga's preferred length in the innings, taking 3 for 66, while the spinners and Angelo Mathews provided able assistance, sharing three wickets between them.

Eranga had bowled balls moving both ways off the seam in the morning, but after his first bouncer leapt up to shoulder-height, he rarely let an over pass without aiming several at the body and the head. He should have had Tamim Iqbal for 6 in his fourth over, but Kaushal Silva at short-leg fumbled the take. He did not have to wait long, however. Next over Eranga baited Tamim into a hook and, failing to control the ball which had reached him at above head height, Tamim sent it off the top-edge to fine leg.

His next victim did not fall to a short ball, but perhaps the shot Shamsur Rahman played, to end a bright but streaky debut innings of 33, was a knock-on effect of the short barrage. Having ducked or weaved around several short ones in the over, Shamsur drove at one that was swinging away from him, and was caught by gully. At the other end, Angelo Mathews had nailed Marshall Ayub with an in-ducker, before Lakmal got Mominul Haque – also with a short ball – to have Bangladesh at 59 for 4.

Though they were on the ropes after the first session, Shakib thought his team would punch their way out of it. He dealt with the pace of the pitch and Sri Lanka's short balls better than anyone, murdering three off them to the square-leg fence. His audacity almost cost him his wicket three times but Shakib did not see it as cause to temper his advance, nor did it encourage Sri Lanka to press for his wicket. They put men back on the square fence and waited for his mistake, and it came after he had crossed 50. Rangana Herath – Sri Lanka's most expensive bowler of the day – beat Shakib's ambitious sweep with one that dipped and straightened.

Mushfiqur's progress was steadier and more secure. He fended away the short stuff and met moving deliveries with a dead bat, but as the pace in the pitch rewarded stroke-making as well, he was quick to climb into balls he fancied – particularly wide of offstump. Unsurprisingly, he also made the top score of 61, and was perhaps unlucky to be dismissed. Lakmal got one to move into him appreciably after tea, but the dual noise in the replay and Mushfiqur's surprise upon seeing the umpire's raised finger suggested he might have got an inside edge to the ball that struck him on the thigh.

The Sri Lanka spinners also found some assistance, but they were prevented from settling into a rhythm by Bangladesh's enterprising batting. Both Shakib and Sohag Gazi used their feet to Dilruwan Perera, and walloped him towards the sightscreen. Gazi's 42 from 56 effectively epitomised the Bangladesh batting effort: promising and fun to watch, but of no great substance in the end.

Eranga was most pumped up when he had Nasir Hossain leaping with an arched back, as the batsman attempted to avoid another bouncer and the ball clipped glove on the way through. Eranga came back to end the innings with a deserved fourth wicket.

Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne had no major scares during their 19-over unbroken association. Opening bowlers Robiul Islam and Al-Amin Hossain were doughty, but unthreatening, failing to generate anywhere near the pace or lift Eranga had managed. Bangladesh's spinners looked more likely to make a breakthrough, particularly when Gazi was bowling to Karunaratne, but Sri Lanka were happy to head off five overs early when the light depleted, only 172 adrift of their opposition.

Courtesy: Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent.

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Dialog Rugby League: Havelocks edge out traditional rivals CR & FC – 22 to 17

Posted on 26 January 2014 by admin

January 26, 2014, 10:29 pm
Havelock SC managed to edge out CR & FC 22 to 17 in the first match of the second round at the Dialog Rugby League Played at Longdon Place in Colombo yesterday. Here is the thrilling moment of the game. (Pic courtesy Hiran Weerakkody)

In a game where neither team was ready to give up, Havelock edged out CR & FC in the first match of the second round of the Dialog Rugby League Played at Longdon Place in Colombo yesterday.

Havelock got more than they expected from CR & FC but managed to edge out the home team with 22 to 17 scoring their points through two goals, one unconverted try and penalty while CR & FC who were trailing 8-3 at the end of the first-half, displayed a good show in the second scoring two goals and one penalty to record their ultimate total.

Havelock who finished the first round only losing to Navy SC probably were thinking about the bonus point but CR & FC came up with strong reply. In fact Havelock were under pressure early in the second half when the score read ten points to eight in favor of the home team.

Havelock drew the first blood of the game when CR & FC were penalized and Joe Brown’s boot went in the right direction as the score read 3-0.

Few minutes later Havelock came up with a try after losing the line-out when Sandun Herath stole the ball and ran about good 30 metres to touch down right side of the post. The visitors failed to add extra points as the score remained eight points to nil.

Just minutes away from the half-time after both teams fighting for possession, CR & FC put the first points on table when Riza Mubarak was successful with a penalty. The half-time score was 8-3 in favor of the visitors.

CR managed to put their nose in front for the first time when skipper Ishan Noor went through the opposition’s defense to touch down left side of the post. Mubarak was successful once again adding the extra points on the board with score reading 10-8 shortly after play resumed in second-half.

A few minutes later, Havelock hit back with two goals and sealed the game.

The first try came from flanker Dhiran Warnakulasooriya and the next try came from winger Chamara Dabare. Both tries were converted and Havis led 22 points to ten seven minutes away from the long whistle.

CR & FC fought hard and their spirit earned them another try with wonderful contribution made by their forwards.

CR won the ball through line out and drove into the Havelock goal line with the support of the CR forwards. Mubarak was again successful adding the extra points as the game ended 22-17.

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Wawrinka beats Nadal to capture Australian Open

Posted on 26 January 2014 by admin

The 26-year-old was too good for Rafael Nadal, who was seen struggling with a back problem in the latter part of the match. Right from the word go, Stan Wawrinka was dictating terms as he didn’t give Nadal an inch to free his arms.

Wawrinka broke Rafa’s serve early in the first set, in the fourth game. He had another break point in the sixth game of the same set but the Spaniard held his serve.

Nadal missed out on a big opportunity when he had three break points in the ninth game of the first set. Wawrinka was trailing 0-40, but he won four consecutive points and served an ace to win the first set in just 37 minutes.

Wawrinka continued to show his brilliance even in the second set where he immediately broke Nadal’s serve in his first service game, which was the first game of the set.

But the turning point of the match was probably when trailing at 1-2 in the second set, Nadal called for his physio and took a medical time out which left Wawrinka annoyed to an extent. When Rafa resumed play, he wasn’t at his best and their was a huge drop in the speed of his serves which was an added advantage for the Swiss who went for the kill.

At one stage, it looked as if Nadal won’t be able to complete the match, but the Spaniard not only hung there, but also won the third set. Rafa required medical attention on his back on a few other occasions as well, where the physio was seen helping him on the court.

By the end of the third set, Rafa was slowly getting back in his groove and he gave a tough fight to the Swiss in the nine games of the fourth set, before bowing out in four sets.

Despite not having won a single match against Nadal in their 12 outings, a lot was expected from Wawrinka since the Swiss knocked out the defending champion and Nadal’s old nemesis Novak Djokovic in their quarter-final match. And Stan lived up to all those expectations and didn’t let the pressure of playing in his first Grand Slam final affect his game.

Wawrinka has now become the first player to defeat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam. The victory has also done wonders to his ATP ranking and he is the new No. 3.

The defeat shattered Nadal’s hope of becoming the first player in modern era to have won all the Grand Slams twice. The victory would have also tied him with Pete Sampas’s record of 14 Major titles.

First Published: Sunday, January 26, 2014, 19:48

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