Sri Lanka 170 for 6 (Rajapaksa 71*, Rauf 3-29) beat Pakistan 147 all out (Rizwan 55, Madushan 4-34, Hasaranga 3-27) by 23 runs
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I thought it would be interesting for people to see a photograph taken at Buckingham Palace just before the Prudential World Cup matches began in June 1975. Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, hosted for tea all eight teams which participated. This photograph, which is only the right section of the full photograph (selected as all the Sri Lankans are in it), was taken on the flight of steps of the rear of the palace, overlooking a garden.
Anura Tennekoon, in the Sunday Island, 17 September 2022, where the title runs thus: “Bhanuka Rajapakse – an innings worthy of emulation” … and where the highlights here are interventions of The Editor, Thuppahi
The innings of Bhanuka Rajapakse in the Asia Cup 2022 final needs to be highlighted as it was a well crafted effort.Having been asked to bat first by the Pakistan captain, the Sri Lankan batting was reeling with five wickets down for 58 runs. Most thought the match was in the bag for Pakistan, but Bhanuka had different ideas. He set about rebuilding the Sri Lankan innings in association with Wanindu Hasaranga who played some incredible shots against a high quality bowling attack. Wanidu’s approach was to counter attack with aggression which put the Pakistan bowling immediately under pressure.
The Island, 17 September 2022, where the title reads “Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup squad, subject to fitness”
Sri Lanka have shown faith with the group of players that won the Asia Cup, with the inclusions of fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara – who missed that tournament due to injury – the only change, as they named their 15-man squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
Two News Items in AdaDerana …. sourced from Reuters
ONE: “Asia Cup win will help T20 World Cup preparation, says Sri Lanka captain,” 12 September 2022, ….
(Reuters) – Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said winning the Asia Cup will help the team’s preparation for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup, while batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa labelled the achievement as a “great win” for the island nation amidst the country’s economic crisis.
Rex Clementine, in The Island, 11 September 2022, with this title “Captain Dasun has helped Sri Lanka turn things around”
Cricket’s most successful captains had some remarkable factors that made them successful leaders. Mike Brearley was a good thinker. Clive Lloyd was inspirational. Imran Khan had a good eye for picking talent. Arjuna Ranatunga was a fighter and two of his prodigies Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene had factors unique to them. While Sanath led by example, MJ was a brilliant tactician. All successful players don’t become good captains either. Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam-ul-Haq are cases in point.
Danyal Rasool, in ESPNcricinfo, 11 September 2022, where the title runs thus: “Rajapaksa, Hasaranga, Madushan win the Asia Cup crown for Sri Lanka” ….. In the final, Pakistan were outclassed with the bat, outsmarted with the ball and outdone in the field
Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 9 September 2022, with the following headline “Hasaranga, Nissanka star as Sri Lanka tune up for final with win” …. Hasnain and Rauf picked up three early wickets but the target was too modest …. with highlighting emphasis imposed by The Editor Thuppahi
Pathum Nissanka and Wanindu Hasaranga – the architects of Sri Lanka’s fourth straight win in the tournament • AFP/Getty Images
Jagath C. Savanadasa, in Daily News, 5 September 2022, where the title reads “The beautiful new Colts CC Pavilion – a lasting tribute to a rich history” .… with highlighting added by The Editor, Thuppahi
Srian Obeyesekere, in Sri Lanka Cricket, 25 August 2022, … https://srilankacricket.lk/2022/08/sri-lanka-in-comprehensive-3-wkt-win-over-england/
Spearhead by a brilliant 120 off 115 balls by Ranuda Somaratne, Sri Lanka pulled off a comprehensive 3-wicket win over England in the first U19 Youth Test match at Chelmsford yesterday. Chasing a target of 273 Sri Lanka was reeling on 48 for 4 when Somarathna , coming in at No.5, took charge of the situation going on to collar the threatening England attack to the tune of 12 boundaries and a six.