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Loyalty of players towards Provincial cricket is questionable  

2017-04-16

The Inter Provincial tournament organized by Sri Lanka Cricket has finally got under way with the second day of matches concluded just prior to the Sinhala New Year. After a very long club tournament and a district limited over tournament, the final phase and the most competitive stage of domestic cricket has just begun. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) should be congratulated for organizing a tournament of such a magnitude as this is naturally the need of the hour.

A missed opportunity for Sri Lanka  

2017-04-09

So it's a drawn series across all formats. That's the final result in the series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Whilst it's a massive achievement for the visitors, the hosts will have much to look at to understand the major flaws in their game. We have attempted to analyze the Test series and the One Day series in our past columns though we hadn't taken a closer look at the T20 games which was the last leg of the series.

SL will go all out to save series  

2017-04-02

The scenario of the two teams going into the 3rd and final ODI on Saturday was that Bangladesh can't lose the ODI series vs Sri Lanka, which will be a first for them and Sri Lanka is unable to win an ODI series against Bangladesh, which is also a first for them against the said country in limited over cricket! In fact Bangladesh has a golden chance of winning a series against Sri Lanka in any form of cricket for the first time in their short history and if that happens, it will only be the 5th occasion that they have won a bi-lateral limited over series. So far they have beaten the West Indies, Zimbabwe and New Zealand in limited over series, which is creditable. It will be of great interest to find out how both teams will approach this hurdle on Saturday, though at the time of reading it will be a foregone conclusion.

Bangladesh has penchant for One Dayers  

2017-03-26

How tough can Bangladesh be in the One Day series? I think we will soon find out when the series unfolds at Dambulla. If I were to voice my opinion on the subject at the very start of this column, my hunch is, it will be lot tougher than the Test series. That is how highly I rate the Bangladesh team.

Poor fielding let Bangladesh dominate  

2017-03-19

The second Test match - which happens to be the 100th Test for Bangladesh - is beautifully poised with both teams (depending on how they progress) having a good chance of winning it. At the time of writing the Bangladeshi's couldn't be blamed if they felt that they were the ones in front, though it's their batsmen that will have to shoulder the responsibility if the result turns out to be anything different. There were two crucial points in the Bangladesh innings that the Tigers will want to forget or regret if the Lankans win the second Test or manage to draw it. The first was the last half an hour on day two where the visitors went from a comfortable 194 for two to five down for less than two hundred.

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