Sri Lanka BPXI vs England match Live updates

It is lunch here at colombo in the second day of the practise match and today it is England's batting turn after sri lankan BPXI scored 352 for 9 wickets and declared the inning.

In reply England team has scored 102 runs loosing 2 wickets after 31 overs in the first session when lunch time arrived.Currently batting at the crease Joe Denly is not out on 25 and Joe Root is not out on 19.

Shehan Madushanka got 1 wicket for sri lanka getting out Jennings and other wicket was run out by Samarawickrama.

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Sri Lanka BPXI vs England: MATCH UPDATES

It was not a very good day for England as SLBPXI  managed to score 392 runs in the days plays for 9 wickets .SLBPXI declared the inning in the 90 th over and match summary for 1 st day is as follows

SLBPXI                                                                                                  392-9 declared

Kaushal Silva                         62(retired)                                      Moeen Ali   2-64
Manoj Sarathchandra             59*                                                 J.Anderson  1-37
Sadeera Samarawickrama      58 (retired)                                     C.Woakes     1-40
Ashan Priyanjan                     50(retired)                                      J.Denly         1-48

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Sri lanka BPXI vs England Live updates

It is lunch in colombo after the first session of the match and Sri lanka board president xi opted to bat after winning the toss. SLBPXI currently has scored 99 runs without loosing a wicket.Players batting in the middle Kaushal Silva is not out on 62 and Lahiru Thirimanne is not out on 34

England main bowlers James anderson has bowled 5 overs for 10 runs without a wicket and Stuart Broad has bowled 4 overs for 10 runs without a wicket.

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Sri lankan team selected to play first Test against England

It was not a very good limited over season for the sri lankan cricket team but despite of limited over failures sri lankan team managed to show their good performances in test cricket in their last 4 series as follows:

Winning south africa series 2-0 in sri lanka
Drawing west indies series 1-1 in West indies
Winning Bangladesh series 1-0 in Bangladesh
Drawing 2 test matches in India

Currently at ICC test rankings sri lanka is at 6 th position with 97 points and this series will be a very good chance for the team to improve the rankings to get to NO5 winning it 3-0.

In all the success of the test series sri lanka had the main weapon Rangana Herath with them but after first test he is leaving test cricket so sri lanka should try to get the maximum out of him in the first test.As per the squad we thought of suggesting the best possible team for 1 st test based on conditions of the ground and previous performances .Our team is as follows:

1.Dimuth Karunarathne
2.Dhananjaya Desilva
3.Kusal Mendis
4.Dinesh Chandimal(c)
5.Anjelo Mathews
6.Roshen Silva
7.Niroshan Dickwella(wk)
8.Dilruwan Perera
9.Rangana Herath
10.Suranga Lakmal
11.Kasun Rajitha

All though Dhananjaya Desilva is a better middle order batsman we have opted him at top basically because sri lanka got a strong middle order and there is no previously played openers Gunathilaka and kusal janith in squad and we can't have much trust on Kaushal Silva in international level performances although he is in squad

In bowling wise we have gone with 2 pacers and 2 spinners .Based on conditions if pitch is too spin friendly we would choose Akila Dhananjaya in the place of Rajitha

This is the review from D FACTO team and you all are welcome to give your feed back and suggest your changes based on current squad

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Sri lanka name strong board president xi with some senior players for England practise match

Sri lanka has named a strong squad for Boards president xi for the match against England test teamincluding some senior players like Anjelo Mathews,Lahiru Thirimanne and Roshen Silva.Squad for the BPxi  in practise match is as follows:

1.Lahiru Thirimanne
2.Sadeera Samarawickrama
3.Kaushal Silva
4.Anjelo Mathews
5.Kamindu Mendis
6.Charith Asalanka
7.Manoj Sarathchandra
8.Jeffrey Vandersay
9.Ashan Priyanjan
10.Roshen Silva
11.Kasun Rajitha
12.Lahiru Kumara
13.Nishan Peris
14.Shehan Madushanka
15.Pathum Nissanka

Stay with us for updates of Practise match that will start tommorow!

4th ODI :India vs Westindies :Live updates

After opting to bat in Mumbai Indian strong batting line managed to score a huge score of 377 loosing only 5 wickets in the match for their 50 overs.Rohit Sharma scored classy 162 and Ambati Rayudu scored a century too.In west indies perspective Kemar Roach managed to get 2 wickets in his 10 overs giving 74 runs.

In reply west indies are currently 52 for 5 wickets in 12 overs  and in a huge mess with 326 runs behind to get in 38 overs with only 5 wickets in hand

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Pakistan Vs Australia:Pakistan make it 3-0

It was rather a very professional display by Pakistan to seal the T20 series and win it by 3-0 beating  Australia after beating them 1-0 in test series.

In yesterdays match Pakistan batted 1st and scored 150 loosing only 5 wickets in their 20 overs.Babar Azam scored a magnificent 50 and and Mitchelle Marsh got 2 wickets for Australia

In reply Australia only managed to score 117 playing only 19.1 overs and loosing all wickets.Shadab Khan took 3 wickets and Hasan Ali took 2 wickets for pakistan

Man of the match was Shadab Khan and Man of the series was  Babar Azam

4 th ODI:India vs Westindies: Live score update

India won the toss in most important 4 th ODI and opted to bat in Mumbai and got on to a decent start of 71 runs partnership by their openers Dhawan and Rohit,but windies managed to pull it back when Paul took the price wicket of Shikar Dhawan

Currently after 12 overs India are 72 for 1 wicket  and batsmen on the crease rohit has scored 26 and Captain Virat Kholi is yet to open his account.

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4 TH ODI:India vs Westindies match preview

The ODI series didn't went as expected for the mighty indian team who performed so well even without Virat Kholi in asia cup as they managed only to win 1 ODI after 3 matches to under strength west indian team without some main players despite of kholi's brilliant batting performances.Going into the 4th ODI this will be one of the biggest days for them because it will be the last chance to win and get the upper hand of the series going into match 1-1 with 2 more matches remaining.Also as india is playing their full strength team this will be one of their last chances to test their squad going into worldcup

In other hand westindies will go into the match with so much confidence and we can't expect a change in the team from them.Probable playing xi would be;

1.Rohit Sharma
2.Shikar Dhawan
3.Virat Kholi
4.Ambati Rayudu
5.MS Dhoni
6.Kedhar Jadhav
7.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
8.Kuldeep Yadav
9.Yuzvendra Chahal
10.Khaleel Ahmed
11.Jasprit Bumrah

West Indies
3.Shai Hope

Stay with us for all match updates on D FACTO!Have a nice day!

3rd T20 pakistan vs Australia:Australia seeking their first win in tour

After the test series and two T20 s australia is going into the third  T20 to win it an earn some respect back beating the strong pakistan T20 team.Australia was vulnerable in loosing early wickets despite of much better performance in second T20.In the other side pakistan team who managed to win their 10th consecutive T20 series won't let Australia bounce back easily,the australian team have to be on top of their game to earn the respect back.Probable xi for teams would be:



5.Asif Ali
10.Shadab Khan
11.Shaheen Afridi

We are here to win not to compete with India says Samuels after win

After defeating india by 43 runs in the 3 rd ODI and getting 3 wickets of indian team and getting important wicket of captain Kholi Marlon samuels said to media that west indies are not here to compete but to win the series against india.Also he said that Shimron Hetmyer is one for the future and he is feareless.He also said Hetmyer  need to be consistent with his form.In his team perspective he said it is very important going into the game 1-1,we wouln't want to go 2-0 and we will take next game more seriously.

3 rd ODI:India vs West indies:West indies beat india comprehensively

After putting into bat by India ,West indies managed to score 283 for 9 in their 50 overs with a fighting 95 from Shai Hope and 40 from Ashley Nurse.In reply india managed to score only 240 runs loosing their all 10 wickets despite of magnificent 107 from Virat Kholi.Marlon Samuels managed to get 3 wickets for windies and Holder,MCcoy and Nurse managed to get 2 wickets each between them.Man of the match is Ashley Nurse for his magnificent batting and bowling effort.

T20 Sri lanka vs England:England loose 4 wickets after 11 overs

After putting into bat England went on to an aggresive approach into the match hitting Malinga all over the park.But Sri lanka managed to bounce back with 3 wickets in a small space .But Jason Roy scored back to back boundaries with the help of sri lankan fielders dropping his catches more than 3 times.He finally went for 69 getting out for sandakan caught by Dickwella making it 107-4.Currently England are113-4 after 11.2 when rain arrived into the park

Current pair on the crease are ben stokes scoring 13 and Moeen ali yet to open his account.Stay with us for live updates.

3rd ODI:India vs west indies:Live score update

India are 162 for 3 wickets after 29 overs currently needing 123 runs more to win the match after deciding to bowl first earlier in the evening.

West indies batted first and scored 283 for loss of 9 wickets.Current pair on the crease Virat kholi and Rishab pant has scored unbeaten72 and 22 respectively.current required run rate is 5.9 runs per over.Stay with us for further updates.

T20 Sri lanka vs England:Live score update of England after putting into bat

After 5 overs into the match England are 52 for 2 wickets.Jason Roy(28) and Eoin Morgan(6) currently at the wicket.Earlier in the inning Jos Buttler went for 13 and Alex hales went for 4 for the exceptional bowling of Left handed Amila Aponso's Bowling.Stay with us for further updates

T20 Sri lanka vs England:Jordan and Joe Denly in to the England team.Joe root likely to miss out.

As per the news Joe Root is likely to be rested for the T20 to be played today  after long run of workload and he might be replaced by Joe Denly.Chris Jordan is brought back to the squad and he is likely to open the bowling for England.Jos Buttler is expected to play at opening spot along with Jason Roy.Probable Playing xi for England will be:

1.Jason Roy
2.Jos Buttler
3.Alex Hales
4.Joe Denly
5.Eoin Morgan
6.Ben Stokes
7.Moeen Ali
8.Liam Plunkett
9.Chris Jordan
10.Tom Curran
11.Adil Rashid

Sadeera and Amila in for 2 injured players .Find out who will play todays match?

Sadeera samarawickrama has been added to lankan T20 squad for the match against England in place of  Kusal Janith perera who has not been able to recover from the injury he had before series and also Akila Dananjaya who bowled exceptionally well miss out from the T20 due to injury and he is replaced by left arm spinner Amila aponso.Probable playing xi for sri lanka will be:

1.Niroshan Dickwella
2.Sadeera Samarawickrama
3.Dinesh Chandimal
4.Kusal Mendis
5.Dananjaya Desilva
6.Dasun Shanaka
7.Thisara Perera
8.Kamindu Mendis
9.Isuru Udana
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Amila Aponso

T20 preview:Sri lanka vs England:Four big changes going into the match?

It is all set for the first and only T 20 to be played in the series and after a ODI series where England won first three ODIs and Sri lanka bounce back to win the last ODI  by 219 runs,the highest winning margin for sri lanka in an ODI match against England,both teams are even going into this promising game.

Both teams are going into the team with some changes into the squad taking some T20 specialists into the team.Talking about sri lanka ,the rested sri lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is expected to come into the match and Isuru Udana  will have a chance into the match with his recent good international and APL performances

The new comer Kamindu Mendis has a chance of Making his debut tommorow as the second spinner and bowling all rounder considering inconsistent performance and expensiveness of Lakshan Sandakan in limited over matches .

Kusal Janith is likely to come back to the opening spot considering his fitness before the match as Upul and Sadeera is out of squad.Probable team xi for sri lanka would be:

1.Niroshan Dickwella
2.Kusal Janith Perera
3.Dinesh Chandimal
4.Kusal Mendis
5.Dananjaya Desilva
6.Dasun Shanaka
7.Thisara Perera(c)
8.Kamindu Mendis
9.Akila Dananjaya
10.Isuru Udana
11.Lasith Mailinga

We will update you regarding the changes and the probable playing xi for England and news  going into the match .Keep in touch with us.

T20: Sri lanka vs England:Will sri lanka include the new mystery spinner?

After a fantastic performance in last ODI sri lankan team is all set to play their T20 match and get the much needed series win to sri lanka.It is going to be a fascinating contest with very tough team selction going on to the match.Lakshan Sandakan found wanted against England last match and if sri lanka will decide to go with two specialist spinners there is a chance sandakan not making it into the xi and Kamindu Mendis, the new mystery spinner of sri lanka will get a chance on saturday to make his debut for the country.Including Kamindu mendis the ex U19 captain will not only add strength to spin department but also his batting is good as his bowling as he can be played as a genuine all rounder giving some more confidence to top 7.Interestingly in our choice if he can play well he can still earn a place for ODI team for worldcup considering his early performances could be matched at international level solving the lankan problem of second spining option with akila as well as problem of inconsistent performances with bat from sri lankan team.

West indian legend retires from cricket

35 year old Dwayne  bravo has decided that it is the time to say good bye to cricket after playing 270 international matches including 40 tests,164 ODI s and 66 T20 for country and he was a main member of west indian squad who won 2012 and 2016 T20 worldcup.He finally played for west indies in 2016 and he has decided his time is over.He was famous for his champion song all around the world except for his cricketing skill .We wish the champion a happy life after retirement.

2 nd ODI:West indies vs England: Nail biter match ends in a tie

It was a terrefic match in Visakapatnam as india goes onto tie the match against west indies with a last ball 4 where they wanted to score just 5 runs out of last ball and they managed to score boundary with the help of poor fielding.They chased a huge score of  322 and ended up 321 for 6 with a century shai hope and 94 from Hetmyer.This was a huge positive for windies cricket to almost beat india but also india showed a great character to save them from a loss.Good bye for now from D FACTO team and we will get you updated regarding rest of series.Good Night!

2 nd ODI:India vs West Indies:Windies on control as Hetmyer departs for 94

After a massive target set by India in Visakhapatnam  scoring 321 loosing only 6 wickets it was not so good start for  Windies as they were in  struggle at 78-3 but eventually with massive partnership of  aggresive Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope they managed to pass 200 with ease.But eventually India managed to send Hetmyer back to pavillion with just 6 runs short to his second consecutive 100.Now they are 239-4 after 35 overs needing 83  more to win off  next 15 overs.

Sri lanka crush No 1 Odi side by 219 runs

It was finally a very good night for the passionate lankan fans as they defeated world no 1 England side by a margin over 200 as they go onto win  the match by 219 runs .It is the first ever 200 runs plus defeat for England in their history and at start England were 4-3 and 28-4 as Stokes and Ali helped them to get over 100 irrespective of great bowling from sri lankan seamers and spinners.Man of the match was Niroshan Dickwella and Man of the series was England skipper Eoin Morgan.It is going to be a fascinating contest surely in One off T20 and we will keep you updated all the news and facts coming up to it. Keep in touch with D FACTO TEAM and have a good night.

Sri lankan lions acheive massive 366

It was a run feast in colombo in 5 th and final ODI as sri lanka scored a brilliant 366 loosing just 6 wickets going to the second half holding surely the upper hand of the match.It was a well crafted inning with century partnership from openers and fifty plus scores fromDickwella(95),Sadeera(54)
Kusal Mendis(56) and well made 80 from captain Chandimal.For England Moeen Ali and Tom Curran managed to get 2 wickets each.

Keep in touch with D FACTO team for further updates.Have an enjoyable second inning.Cheers!

Sri lanka 268-2 as Chandimal and Mendis pass their fiftys

Sri lanka passes 260 as chandimal and kusal mendis are on the crease going into the last 12 overs of the match.After 38 overs sri lanka are 268 for 2 and   both players in current pair has scored their fifties with brilliant batting show in colombo giving promise into last 10 overs with hard hitters thisara and shanaka to come.

Sri lanka 187-2 mid way through the innings as Mendis come on to crease

Sri lanka are 187-2 after 29 overs  as Dickwella depart for well made 95 and Sadeera departs for well made half century.Currently weather looks good at colombo as chandimal(24))and kusal(3) mendis reman unbeaten at the crease going into last 21 overs of the inning.Sri lanka should atleast look onto score 300 plus from this position.

5th ODI:Sri lanka vs England:Sri lanka gets on to a brilliant start

Sri lanka gets on to a good opening stand in the power play to score 100 runs for no wicket in there first 14 overs with aggresive batting from both Dickwella and his partner Sadeera Samarawickrama.Sri lanka has gone with 7-4 combination into the match resting Lasith Malinga and he has been replaced by Dushmantha Chameera.Also Lakshan sandakan has been chosen in place of Amila Aponso .England has rested there captain Eoin Morgan and Chris woakes giving a chance to young Sam curran to make his debut.Stay with D FACTO for all updates regarding match.Cheers!

Sri lanka vs England T20: New mystery spinner comes into the squad

Sri Lankan cricket board has named 15 member squad for T20 match to be played against england on 27 th  October by including new face Kamindu Mendis into the squad Who is a spining all rounder who can be a prospect for the upcoming ICC tournament as we have suggested in previous posts.Fifteen member Squad is as follows;

1.Dinesh Chandimal
2.Niroshan Dickwella
3.Kusal Perera
4.Kusal Mendis

5.Thisara Perera(Captain)
6.Dhananjaya Desilva
7.Dasun Shanaka
8.Kamindu Mendis

9.Isuru Udana
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Dushmantha Chameera
12.Akila Dananjata
13.Kasun Rajitha
14.Nuwan Pradeep
15.Lakshan Sanadakan

1 st ODI:India vs West indies:RO-HIT and Kholi centuries grant an early lead to India

It was a run feast in Guwahati in 1 st odi between india and westindies as we had 3 centurys from both teams starting with Shimron Hetmyer's 106 off 78 which lead west indies into respectable score of 322-8 in their 50 overs.But in reply chase master Kholi and RO-HIT sharma made massive centuries scoring 140 1nd 152 respectively to seal the match for india in 43rd over.Man of the match was Virat Kholi 140 off 107 with a strike rate of 130

Another legend announce his retirement

Most succesful left arm spinner of all time Rangana Herath has decided to say good bye to the cricket field after the 1 st Test against England scheduled to play in Galle after 19 years of  his service to the country.Veteran has played 92 tests and picked up 430 wickets for the country being the second best wicket taker for Sri lanka after great Muttiah Muralitharan.Not only test matches but also in T20 format his spell against Newzealand in 2014 T20 worldcup to bundle out new zealand was the turning point in that worldcup to win a worldcup after 18 years.The great of the game has decided his time is over and we wish Rangana Herath  a remarkable ending to his career with another great performance and wish a happy life after retirement and Thank him  for his great service for his motherland from 'D FACTO' team.

5th ODI Preview:Sri lanka vs England:Lions eyeing a much needed victory

It was a close encounter between both teams on last saturday and it was anyone's game if not for rain.England team going into the match with great confidence inorder to finish the series on high and improve on their rankings.In other side with all the positives out of the saturday's match sri lanka must be confident enough to aim a positive finish going into T20 and test series.We can't expect many changes in both teams but England may want to test their  players who did not get a game.In other side sri lanka may give a chance for chameera instead of Rajitha based on the conditions to test their fast bowling attack going into seam friendly conditions in worldcup.Kusal Mendis may get another chance to prove himself in ODI s as management had a trust over him irrespective of his performances.Probable playing xi would be;

1.Niroshan Dickwella
2.Sadeera Samarawickrama
3.Dinesh Chandimal
4.Kusal Mendis
5.Dananjaya Desilva
6.Dasun Shanaka
7.Thisara Perera
8.Akila Dananjaya
9.Dushmantha Chameera
10.Amila Aponso
11.Lasith Malinga

1.Alex Hales
2.Jason Roy
3.Joe Root

4th ODI:Sri Lanka vs England:Rain interrupts sri lanka's classy performance

It was a day with a quality performance by sri lanka to add on 273 runs to the board with remarkable performance from dickwella(52) and shanaka(66) with the strong batting performance from sri lankan middle and tail enders making sri lanka looks having the upper hand into the innings break but eventually england got a good opening stand of 52 making things not so easy for lankans.But eventually mistry spinner Akila got through England openers with superb spell making England 76-2.But Root and Morgan dragged them into 132-2 when rain arrived when duckworth lewis par score was just 114 with root getting lucky escape to stay in the wicket after his catch was taken in a no ball.
It was unlucky for Sri lanka but they could find main 3 positives out of Dickwella's,shanaka's and Thisara's performances to stabilise the inning going into worldcup.

1 st ODI:India vs Westindies : Asia cup champions ready for caribbean challenge

After a comprehensive  win in test series and asia cup.The team india is ready to taste some caribbean flavour of cricket at home in ODIs.India got some tough team selection for the match out of several competitors and they may go with 3 seamers taking the worldcup into consideration.Ravindra Jadeja will have a chance to play at no 7 and India will go for either Chahal or Kuldeep as their specialist spinner.Probable xi for india team will be;

1.Rohit Sharma
2.Shikar Dawan
3.Virat Kholi
4.Ambati Rayadu
5.MS Dhoni
6.Rishab Pant
7.Ravindra Jadeja
9.Umesh Yadav
10.Khaleel Ahmed

with indian captains trust over Rayadu he has a chance of playing few consistent matches at no.4.Join with 'D FACTO' team for interesting reviews of  sports  all around the world.Cheers!!

4 th ODI:Sri lanka vs England:Shanaka and Dickwella's half centuries give sri lanka upper hand in spin friendly track

Jeez!It was a great end to the sri lankan inning by thisara,akila and malinga to end up sri lankan inning in a respectable position of 273/7 after loosing 5 wickets for 150 odd thanks to half centuries from Daun Shanaka and Dickwella.Sri lanka started with trouble loosing their opener sadeera but thanks to chandimal the captain and Dickwella's 50+ partnership they recovered.But unfortunately they lost chandimal,Dickwella and Mendis for not so many but a brilliant counter attack from Dasun and Thisara made a target of 274 for England on a bowling friendly pitch giving them a tough chase to show their dominance in series.Let's wait and watch how the strong England Batting side responds to their challenge in evening session.Cheers!!

Can sri lanka change their momentum in 4 th ODI?

A lot of positives we can get from the last ODI. Actually the strategy did work that day. Both openers were pretty aggressive batsmen, yes, it's a pretty good strategy that had been used by the coach and the staff that day. Runs were flowing quite impressively in that little period of time. Dikwella and Sadeera had proved that they're in the game. Both batsmen got out by due to carelessness. For back of the length delivery Dikwella tried to hit it over the long on fielder which didn't work and Sadeera got out for the full toss which didn't work according to his merry way.

Furthermore, Apart from the batsmen. Amila Aponso had bowled pretty impressively by taking 3 wickets. All in all, spinners had come into a certain expectation during the last match. Slinga had some issues with the line and length during the last match. English batsmen studied Malinga pretty thoroughly though, hopefully he will do his maximum in the fourth ODI.

In addition to that, apart from Malinga, other pacemen had been got punished by the Englishmen during the last ODI. According to the match analysis it's proved that the line and the length are not so impeccable.

Finally, for the fourth ODI they gotta come up with good plans and erase the errors which they'd done during the last match plus gotta play a smart cricket in the fourth ODI.

4th ODI preview:Sri lanka vs England: Change in Sri lankan team for must win clash?

Tommorow will be a big day for sri lankan team to save the series 2-2 atleast and go to their touring season with some winning momentum in ODIs.But as usual sri lankan management surely got lots of problems in their team selection and batting order.Surely not being able to play  the quota of 50 overs in last few matches sri lanka will have to go with 8 batsman including batting allrounders with only 3 specialist bowlers as our view.In other side England will use the same winning side for the side unless a big difference in conditions.With only 8 specialist batsmen and batting all rounders in the squad sri lanka will give a chance to both Mendis and upul if they go with 8-3 combination for the day.If they go for 4 specialist bowlers we might see chameera who had a succesful outing against Afghanistan in his last match played in the place of pradeep.Probable xi for the 4 th ODI;

1.Niroshan Dickwella
2.Sadeera Samarawickrama
3.Dananjaya De Silva
4.Kusal Mendis
5.Dinesh Chandimal
6.Upul Tharanga
7.Thisara Perera
8.Dasun Shanaka
9.Akila Dananjaya
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Amila Aponso

1. J.Roy

2 nd Test:Australia vs Pakistan:Mohammad Abbas heroics win the test for Pakistan

It was a dominent performance by pakistan players to clinch the victory over Aussies in the 2 nd test beating them comprehensively by 373 runs just in the second session of 4 th day.Pakistan team was earlier in trouble in the first session of first day for not many runs .But they managed to get 282 on board thanks to brilliant partnership of Zaman and  captain Sarfraz.Aussies were bundle out for just 145 and 164 in both innings putting up the marathon spell of Nathon Lyon in vain in pakistans 2 nd inning score of 400/9 in second inning.Mohammed Abbas was the man of the match with his 10 wickets in the match and Zaman Sarfraz and Azam managed to score 90+ for Pakistan in their way to the victory.


Sri lanka missing their best finisher Asela Gunarathne?

What was remarkable in last ODI against England was there was a good start,some stability in middle overs but no one to finish it succesfully or in other words no one to add the icing to the cake.India got Dhoni ,Bangladesh got Mahamadulla but sri lanka? Sri lanka doesn't have a finisher? Nah my fellas sri lanka has that wonderful finisher who did that miracle in  australia  to seal the T20 series  for Sri lanka known as Asela Gunarathne or 'Army Gune' .But never saw him in the show for last few months after tri series in Bangladesh and we never get back into the winning momentum after that.How can we win the race without our best horse or in other words how can we win our war without our best guns?It is time for the selectors to think whether they give him a chance or continue the loosing momentum.

2 nd test:Pakistan vs Australia:Dominent pakistan ruling the test as we progress to the 4 th day

It is been a tough day at the office for Aussies as pakistan dominate the day 3 which included Azhar Ali's very unusual run out and promising batsmen Babar Azams unlucky dismissal at 99 with 1 run short for his first century.But nevertheless Pakistan still managed to give a very tough chase of 538 in their fourth inning with 2 days more to go.However Aussies managed to minimize the damage in todays last session by giving only 1 wicket to  pakistan bowlers and ended up with a deficit of 492 more to score in next 2 days with nine wickets in hand.

3rd odi Sri lanka vs England analysis :Two big changes for sri lanka in fourth ODI

It was a day started with joy and ended up with utter dissapoinment for the lankans where they scored 55-0 in first 5 overs and just 95 for 9 wickets for rest 16 in rain affected 3 rd odi .The only positive was sri lanka could see 50 plus partnership for opening wicket after a while.Remarkable thing was new choice at no 3 kusal mendis failing to score and gone for a duck for 3 rd consecutive inning dissapointing the passionate lankan fans.He was selected in place of experienced upul tharanga who has got some success in middle order compared to the other sri lankan batsmen.Also the bowling of sri lankan pacers were not upto the mark which gifted england the match.Kusal Mendis may deserve another chance for atleast 1 odi considering the promise he brought to the lankan fans in his first few matches but surely this is not the time to test for lankans as they must surely look for a victory so they should try the veteran upul in place of Mendis for next match.Being unsuccecsful to justify his selection of pradeep sri lanka should surely give chance for chameera/rajitha to atleast try making a mark to turn the match for sri lanka if they go for 4 specialist bowlers .Other considerable points is de silva playing at 6 deserve to play at 3 being the best batsmen of current team as he is unable to go and hit it out of ground from first ball as you saw yesterday so sri lanka can atleast take some consistency into team as we talked in previous post.Join with us D FACTO team for interesting reviews and if u missed our previous post on discussion on team selection for the worldcup,do not hesitate to see and comment your ideas on our blog.Cheers!!!

3rd ODI preview: Sri lanka vs England:Mendis and Sadeera in to the team

After the rain affected 2nd odi coming back after a poor odi season, the 3 rd odi will surely be the last chance to sri lankan team to seal a series victory at home before the upcoming touring season .Sri lanka will miss the service of their aggresive batsmen Kusal Janith perera due to an injury and he would probably be replaced by kusal mendis who is currently practising with the squad.England team may include the young sensation Tom Curran in the place of injured Dawson.Sri lanka may go with 8-3 combination using only 3 main specialist bowlers and 3 all rounders Desilva,Thisara and Shanaka.Sri lanka will think of including young sadeera into the team to show his talent at international stage.Probable xi for the teams will be;

1.Upul Tharanga
2.Niroshan Dickwella
3.Dananjaya De silva
4.Kusal Mendis
5.Dinesh Chandimal
6.Sadeera Samarawickrama
7.Thisara Perera
8.Dasun Shanaka
9.Akila Dananjaya
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Nuwan Pradeep

1.Jason Roy
11.Olly Stone

Pakistan vs Australia 2nd test preview:Confident australia having the edge over pakistan?

It was undoubtedly a remarkable test match few days ago in the heat of UAE and surely it was thriller  in the context of test matches.Jeez! it was a draw but surely australia got all the respect from their terrefic fight back to save the match.But nevertheless pakistan also did a remarkable job and made some classy performances to draw the match.Being level the series going into the 2nd match ,there are so many hopes behind australian camp for  a long awaited  test series win in asia after there terrible performances in sri lanka and india.Surely Khawaja and Finchy will have to take the work load in the understrength batting line up missing smithy and warner for them to make history but we are pretty sure yasir and the co will come up to the task going all guns blazing not to let Australia show their dominance in UAE.

Tribute to the magician who joins 500 club

Lasith Malinga, 'SLINGA THE MALINGA.' Well, Sri Lanka's mainline paceman. Actually his slinging arm action has been troubling since his arrivals to the cricket arena. Especially, his two yorkers both slow and pace do trouble the batsmen. When it comes to the slow yorker the ball is mostly dipping, that dipping could trouble the batsmen in most parts. Batsmen know that's coming, in a sudden all the things could happen due to the slinging-arm action. Further more, his fast bouncer is also a sort that troubles the batsmen. So, you gotta aware on what's coming from him. As a batsman you gotta watch Malinga's arm plus the bowling fingers pretty closely unless you'd in a huge trouble. Mostly wristy batters can deal with him pretty well according to my analysis. For example M.S Dhoni does deal with him pretty nicely. This magicians joined the 500 wickets club last saturday with a fifer after playing 30 test matches,208 ODI s and 68 T20Is showing the world that his majic has not dissapeared yet.It is not a lie that he has got his old form and fittness back and waiting for more and more good performances in our road to the worldcup.

Dhananjaya De Silva to play at No 3 in worldcup

Since the retirement of great sanga,mahela and dilshan Sri lankans have been looking for the perfect middle order batting combination and failed to do so until even asia cups having success in matches here and there.3-6 positions are the backbone of  any team and teams tend to use their best batsman at no3 position.Players like Root,steve smith ,williamson  has done a great job at no3 and it has been a massive reason for the success of their teams.But does sri lanka has that much needed no 3 in there team.Obviously not in the current order of batting and  with continous failure of openers and no3 sri lanka always tend to give up the match in first 2to 3 overs creating a massive pressure to rest of the  batting order.Having less than 10 months to the worldcup sri lanka should surely have a fixed no3 batsmen if they atleast want to have a hope of winning the worldcup.Normally the player with the best form and technique tend to play at no 3 and in my current team he is obviously dhananjaya de silva the only  ray of light in sri lankan dark batting performances.He has been put into pressure at various positions and unlike others he did his best at every position he has got.Currently at sri lankan team he performs good at no 6 but match is over by far when he comes to bat and his efforts end up in  dissapoinment even killing his inspiration.We got enough good suggestion including the ex captain and good finishers for no 6 position and surely we will talk about No 6 position in next post as we talked about no 7 and 8 in previous post.

Sri lanka vs England 2nd odi-Day of mixed performances?

According to Sri Lankan performances of the second ODI, Sri Lanka did wobble on batting. At the end of the day it wasn't an ugly lost. Actually the gap has been filled by both Thisara and Dhananjaya. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have to brush-up there fielding. A few clumsy fielding were there. Further more, Lasith Malinga's last era or rather his last phase would be more profitable in Sri Lanka perspective. Actually his come back will be more soundful to the Sri Lankan Cricket not only that but also to the world cricket too... He's shown that he's in the game as usual. What I saw from him was he did invite the hopeless fans of Sri Lanka to come and rejoin with the Sri Lanka cricket. It's the positivity that he's pointed his name after having a fifer(five wickets). Finally, this is not the world's end. Sri Lankan team gotta be settled first, gotta change their mind set and should come as a felix bird in the third ODI On the other hand, Sri Lanka have to brush-up from fielding. A few clumsy fielding were there. Further more, Lasith Malinga's last era or rather his last phase would be more profitable in Sri Lanka perspective. Actually his come back will be more soundful to the Sri Lankan Cricket not only that but also to the world cricket too... He's shown that he's in the game as usual. What I saw from him was he did invite the hopeless fans of Sri Lanka to come and rejoin with the Sri Lanka cricket. It's the positivity that he's pointed his name after having a fifer(five wickets). Finally, this is not the world's end. Sri Lankan team gotta be settled first, gotta change their mind set and should come as a felix bird in the third ODI

Sri lanka's Mahamadullah?-Sri lanka's No 8 spot woes

It is been a tough series for Sri lanka in asia cup and woes started to continue in England series after the loss of 2nd odi rather in a disrespectful way after getting into a situation of 20-3 and 31-4 with a collapse in top order.Things to be highlighted in the match was team combination of sri lankan team and the batting order changes done by the management.It is been tough for sri lanka to cross the 200 runs  mark in ODI matches  for 3 consecutive matches even against Afghanistan and Bangladesh and rather they going with 7-4 combination with 4 specialist bowlers seems to be a joke in front of lots of viewers.Before thinking about world cup sri lanka should target atleast scoring 250 on those greeny pitches in england for that sri lanka should surely used batting all rounder at the spot of no.8 .Sri lanka should surely trust no7.on thisara perera as a seeming all rounder and back him to bowl atleast 5 overs in those greeny conditions.With malinga ,akila and other selcted pacer playing as bowlers and dananjaya de silva and thisara managing atleast 10-12 overs who should be sri lanka's no 8 batting all rounder.Is it recently tested batsmen dasun shanaka with batting average of 20 in odis and bowling average of 26 with 7 wickets under his belt going to fill much needed no 8 position.Is he good enough to bowl atleast 6-8 overs in those conditions.Surely he is  a match winner and surely according to my view sri lanka has enough 1-6 top order specialist to be considerd and good no 7 player and if he is playing he should fill the important no 8 position.Him playing at top order will surely kill his career.He should surely up his bowling and  his batting average for no 8 position because in current sl team no 8 player still will have to come before 35th over with recent performances.If dasun is not able to perform in next few matches with bat and bowl who should sl look for no 8 position.Sri lanka got few options rather with batting allrounder Asela gunarathne averaging 29 in odis with bat and 30 with bowl should be the ideal replacement for dasun if they go for batting allrounder with seam bowling option.If not for asela they surely have 3 similar type of batting all rounders with spin bowling option in Kamindu Mendis,Milinda siriwardena and Shehan Jayasuriya.Kamindu Mendis is sri lanka's ex under 19 captain who recently scored 60 odd runs and bowled and gave only 37 runs in his overs against england in practise match and surely we can expect a specialist batsmen's performance at no 8 spot for him.If not for kamindu they still can test shehan and milinda at no 8 spot.My view on this is if Dasun is playing he should be given the option at no 8 to fill the trouble at no.8 and if he fails surely sl should try either kamindu or asela at no 8 based on the conditions of seam friendly and spin friendly.

2nd odi preview Sri lanka vs England:Will Sri Lankans have a definite advantage over England?

Team must be selected at #Dambulla! based on current squad
According to my suggestions the first Opening batsmen must be Upul Tharanga and Niroshan Dikwella. Here, I've used the strategy 'experience.' Dikwella is well in front when it comes to the experience. Still young Sadeera has the capability to do some damage. In my perspective, Sadeera can put in at number 4 due to the aggression he got plus his instinct. Skipper Chandimal can put in at number 3, due to the reason of the maturity. A player like calm and quite will more useful in at number 3 position, that position is a very key position in the batting line up too..
As I mentioned early, Sadeera is more useful in at number 4. We all know, the mandatory power play do reflect a huge benefit for the batsmen, so, we gotta take that use also in terms of aggression.
So, to take a huge start I reckon, our first three batters in the line up should be aggressive plus a neutral one. Due to those reasons two opening batsmen are Niroshan and Upul. In at number three position Kusal Janith Perera could be more useful.
So, Chandimal, Sadeera and Dananjaya de Silva can move down in the line up.
In at numbers 7 and 8 the allrounders Dasun Shanaka and Thisara Perera will be more useful to balance the side. They are key players when it comes to three departments batting, bowling and fielding.So, the team is almost done I reckon, now the bowlers must be added.
So, that complexion has to be happened according to the pitch reading, if it is a turning track it's should be a three- spinner plus a pacer. If it's a pacy track, should be three pace bowers and a spinner.I have gone here with 8-3 combination here based on srilankan's  weak batting performance in asia cup.
Still Lasith Malinga and Akila Dananjaya have to be added into first eleven , because they're key bowlers or rather the wicket-takers on cricket. 
1. Upul Tharanga
2.Niroshan Dikwella
3.Kusal Perera
4.Dinesh Chandimal
5.Sadeera Samarawickrama
6.Dananjaya de Silva
7. Dasun Shanaka
8.Thisara Perera
9.Akila Dananjaya
10.Lasith Malinga
11.Amila Aponso

Sri lanka- Favourites for the icc worldcup 2019?

It is not been the best of the Asia cups for lions in the heat of UAE and it is obvious most of the fans have given up hopes of Lankan cricketers lifting the world cup 2019.But is it all over? Is it impossible for sri lanka to lift the world cup? I believe they still got a massive chance .If pakistan being in a tough situation to get chosen for the champions trophy a year before can lift the cup beating mighty india, why not sri lanka ? I am going  to talk about building an odi team for the world cup with series of posts on my blog talking about stats,conditions and choosing the best option for each and every spot with your feedback. Stay connected and your feedback is highly appreciated.

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