Aussies Bounce Back – The Ashes So Far Steve Smith reaches his double century in the 2nd Ashes Test The limited over world champions lately managed to bounce back stronger than ever before to seal a massive 405 run victory against England at the home of cricket. To keep the hopes alive for the kangaroos, a strong performance with both the bat and the ball was vital and they delivered to ...

Kusal’s Blistering Ton Ensures SL Victory Despite the fact that Pakistan had already secured the bilateral series victory, The 5th and the final One Day International was played yesterday at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Cricket Stadium, Hambantota. The outperformed Sri Lankans had nothing to loose as it was vital for them to find the right batting and bowling combinations.  However, the home team managed to easily win ...

Will The Youngsters Make A Difference? By taking the T20 World Cup in 2016 into consideration, the Sri Lankan selectors have finally decided to give the youngsters an opportunity with the intention of forming a very competitive side. Being the current World T20 Champions, it’s vital that the Lions to put up a good show next year. Adhering to rare talent and form, the selectors have ...

Sri Lanka Fail To Execute Under Pressure Playing away from home, the visiting team, Pakistan managed to thrash the Sri Lankans to win their first bi-lateral series after a period of nine years.  With this win, the men in green are one step closer to qualify for the all important ICC Champions Trophy in 2016.  The home team was rather slower in their approach after losing the wicket ...

What Really Happened At The Premadasa Stadium? As the entire world observed, a rather unfortunate incident took place during the 3rd One Day International between Sri Lanka and the visiting team Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo. Without a surprise, contradictory stories were spread while the ultimate truth was hidden to some extent.  Spectators and fans watching from home came into their own conclusion while stories were ...

Humiliating Defeat Lead To Darker Days In Sri Lanka Cricket Yasir Shan celebrates after picking up the wicket of Angelo Mathews With the series on the balance, it came down to the capital city to decide on which team would get the upper hand after the third one-day international. Credit to Sharfraz Ahamed’s quick hitting, Pakistan managed to post a huge target of 316 after winning the toss and electing ...

Bangladesh Advance From the “Hunted” to the “Hunter” Well, it was Pakistan first, then the mighty Indians and now the competitive South Africans have been defeated quite cheaply by nothing but high-class cricket from Bangladesh. Their form lately has been outstanding as they’ve started to master the sport like never before.  Bangladesh has always produced exceptional young talent to the cricket world, but the youngsters in the current ...

Kusal’s Cracking Fifty Secures SL Victory Losing the first One Day International quite cheaply against Pakistan, the Sri Lankans were rather hungry to level the series by putting up a better performance. Being put on to bat after losing the toss, the fielding was nowhere close to the satisfactory mark. However, to everybody’s surprise, little Kusal Perera played a gem of a knock, equalling the second ...

Chennai Super Kings and Rajastan Royals Suspended For 2 years With Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra being banned for life from any cricketing activity, the franchises Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals were suspended for two years. The supreme court committee led by RM Lodha lately announced the final verdict on the severe betting activities in the recent years.  During the verdict, Justice Lodha said, “The players are free. They ...

Jayawardena to Join England Coaching Staff The Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardena is a few steps away from joining the England Coaching staff in a consultancy role. Despite coming into an agreement with the former Sri Lankan coaches Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss, England’s team director Andrew Strauss is yet to agree on the contract.  With England performing brilliantly in home soil, their major problem has been playing ...

Is This Our Best 11? Is It Just Bizarre Selection? Despite playing in home conditions, the Sri Lankans were humiliated in Dambulla lately as the visiting team Pakistan managed to thrash Sri Lanka to win the First One-Day International by 6 wickets. While considering how Pakistan went on with their bowling, the Sri Lankan bowlers were nowhere close to their standard. With that being said, we find plenty of questions ...

England Kick Start the Ashes With An Impressive Win Joe Root’s all-round performance helps England win the first match Ashes 2015 started off with an impressive all-around performance from England, chasing a huge total of 412, the Aussies were bundled out for 242 on the 4th Day.  With valuable contributions from Joe Root ( 134 ), Moeen Ali (77) and Garry balance ( 61), the home team managed to post ...

India Tour of Sri Lanka – Match Schedule As the Test series against Pakistan came to an end, arguably a tougher Indian team is set to arrive in the Island for three Test matches in August/September 2015. However, this time it’s all about the legendary Kumar Sangakkara’s departure as he has already decided to retire from all formats of the game following the second Test at the Tamil Union (Oval). ...

Reasons Why Dean Jones Was Wrong About Kumar Sangakkara Dean Jones – Australian Commentator Cricket commentator Dean Jones lately criticized the Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara for his controversial decision to drop out from the Third Test against Pakistan in Pallekale. The less experienced Sri Lankan eleven were outplayed by the visitors to claim a seven-wicket win to secure the series 2-1.  In his statement, the Australian said, “Sangakkara ...

Sri Lankan Youngster Balavan’s Tragic Death While Batting The 24 year old Sri Lankan youngster, Bavalan Pathmanathan from Hartley College, Jaffna lately passed away after being hit right on the chest while batting for Manipay Parish Sports Club in Long Ditton. At the time of his unfortunate death, Balavan was involved in Division 3 cricket for the British Tamils Cricket League (BTCL). Immediately after being hit on the ...

Pakistan Played Better Cricket- Angelo Mathews Shan Masood and Younis Khan post a records breaking partnership When it seemed quite impossible, the experience of Younis Khan came in handy as the visitors cruised to a record-breaking seven-wicket win to secure a much needed 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka that took them to the 3rd position in the ICC Test Rankings. Despite losing the openers early, ...

I’m at Peace With My Decision – Kumar Sangakkara With 12,305 runs in his 132 Test appearances, arguably the best batsman Sri Lanka has ever produced has decided to set foot on the breaks following the second Test against India in August.  Speaking to BBC Sports lately, Sangakkara further extended his explanation on the exact reason behind making the ultimate decision to retire from all formats of international cricket. ...

Sanga-less Sri Lanka Under Pressure Dimuth Karunarathne plays a shot during the first day of the Third Test In a rather greenish wicket, the Sri Lankan top order batsman were operating beautifully after being put on to bat. However, it didn’t take long for Yasir Shah to break the solid Tharanga-Karunarathne partnership. The slightly experienced batsmen were not capable of making any impact on the scoreboard ...

Pakistan Fail Despite Stopping Sanga Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews celebrates the wicket of Younis Khan Yet another rain-affected Test Match, but this time the visitors were on the back foot as the Sri Lankan bowlers took over proceedings by dismissing Pakistan cheaply in the first innings. The platform was then set for the home team to put up a massive first innings score. However, ...

As Adam Voges, the 35 year old Australian, raised his bat in jubilance after scoring a century on debut, I worried if it would help give another opportunity to Jehan Mubarak. Mubarak last played... The post Forget Mubarak and focus on youth appeared first on The Arm Chair Critic.

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