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
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
A tournament that began for Sri Lanka with tumult at home and turbulence in the UAE has ended with them taking home the Asia Cup trophy. Pakistan were the side at the receiving end of this thumping, outclassed with the bat, outsmarted with the ball, outdone in the field, and out-thought in the captaincy department by an electric Sri Lankan performance which wrapped up a commanding 23-run win.
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
Sri Lanka 124 for 5 (Nissanka 55*, Rauf 2-19, Hasnain 2-21) beat Pakistan 121 (Babar 30, Hasaranga 3-21, Theekshana 2-21, Madushan 2-21) by five wickets
Yes, it was another chasing side winning in Dubai, the venue now having seen 17 victories for chasing sides in the last 20 T20Is. But this time, Sri Lanka’s bowlers had arguably put the legwork in for the victory, before the second innings could even begin.
Percy Abeysekera is unique. He has gained worldwide attention not for any prowess in cricket, but as a cheerleader for Sri Lanka & it was at St. Aloysius College, Galle, where he studied from 1947 to 1954 that he was initiated into this process.
A Test Match in progress at the Galle Esplanade with St. Mary’s Cathedral & St. Aloysius College in the background. Courtesy Revata S. Silva
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
It’s truly a great tribute to the history of this legendary cricketing institution. the Colombo Colts Cricket Club is due to celebrate 150 years of existence in 2023. The new Colts C.C. Pavilion is one of the best of its kind, if not the best among clubs in the country.
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.
When Sri Lanka under-19 landed in UK for a month long tour, they were the underdogs as the hosts had named quite a few players who had represented their counties in First Class cricket, one-day competition on the Hundred. Despite a strong opposition, the tourists won the Test series.
Thuppahi's Blog · This web site presents the interventions of MICHAEL ROBERTS in the public realm with reference to Sri Lankan political affairs. It will embrace the politics of cricket as well. ROBERTS was educated at St. Aloysius College in Galle and the universities of Peradeniya and Oxford. He taught History at Peradeniya University and Anthropology at Adelaide university. He is now retired and lives in Adelaide.