Acid test as Devapathiraja meet Mahinda
Under-19 Division I Tier ‘B’ Final
by Reemus Fernando
One of the positives the premier Under-19 cricket tournament witnessed during the Covid 19 curtailed season is the opportunity the teams got to play in two Tiers in each Division. The Under-19 Division I tournament will witness its second final today (2) when Mahinda College, Galle meet Devapathiraja College, Rathgama in the Division I Tier ‘B’ title fight at the NCC ground. The Tier ‘A’ final between Royal and St. Joseph’s was scheduled for Saturday (1).
Devapathiraja who were promoted to Division I only a couple of years ago did remarkably well during this improvised tournament consisting of 18 teams. When some big time cricket playing schools, namely Dharmaraja, Thurstan, St. Sylvester’s and St. Thomas’, Matara failed to go beyond the league stage, Devapathiraja concluded the league stage as runners up in Group ‘Z’ and knocked out Isipatana and Dharmasoka to reach the final.
However, for the team captained by Sudeera Weeraratne it will be an acid test today as they encounter a team inclusive of some formidable players in the junior arena. Weeraratne will also not be short of formidable players and will bank on Pawan Sandesh and Jeewaka Shasheen for batting consistency. The duo have scored over 300 runs each and have maintained averages of 55 and 61 runs respectively. Slow bowlers Weeraratne, Sasanka Nirmal and Irushka Thimira are the players to watch in the bowling department.
Mahinda are the favourites with Sri Lanka Under-19 player Navod Paranavithana bringing in loads of experience to the final. Skipper Paranavithana will strengthen the batting line up with Kaushitha Kodithuwakku, Danuja Induwara, Rashmika Madusanka and Sandew Induwara. Paranavithana also excelled in the bowling department for Mahinda during this tournament. Kavindu Lakshan, Subanu Rajapaksha and Kushan Madusha are the bowlers who have done well during the tournament.
Mahinda concluded the league stage as runners up to St. Peter’s in Group ‘X’. Their only defeat in that phase was at the hands of St. Peter’s. They reached the final beating St. Joseph Vaz’s College, Wennappuwa and Ananda College in the quarter-final and the semi-final respectively.
Navod Paranavithana (Captain), Rashmika Madushanka, Kawsitha Kodithuwakku, Sandew Induwara, Dhanuja Induwara, Shakya Sampath, Kavidu Lakshan, Osindu Kavindya, Dinura Kalupahana, Subanu Rajapaksha , Kushan Madusha, Kosala Udayanga, Sithira Helitha, Hiruna Gallage, Danindu Chamikara, Chethiya Gunasekara, Shehan Hasaranga, Ranmina Hettiarachchi, Mahisha Chandupa, Nikil Jayaweera.
Danushka Denagama (Coach), Avishka Dilshan (Asst. Coach), Nishantha Kumara (MiC)
Sudeera Weeraratne (Captain), Irushka Thimira, Dinitha Prabanka, Pawan Sandesh, Jeewaka Shasheen, Sasanka Nirmal, Tharindu Rukshan, Matheesha Saranga, Darshaka Sandeepa, Sandaru Theekshana, Chaminda Sandaruwan, Pathum Shaminda, Pradeep Rangana, Hiran Chamikara, Chanuka Sulakshana, Simash Dilunja.
Ranjan Lasantha de Silva (Coach), Ranjith Kumbalathara (MiC)
IPL 2023 rule change: teams will name their playing XI after the toss
Captains in IPL 2023 will walk in with two different team sheets before handing in their final XI after the toss. That is one of the significant tweaks from the last season in the IPL’s playing conditions, which will soon be shared with the teams. The change, the IPL said in an internal note listing the various changes to playing conditions, would allow franchises to pick their best XIs based on whether they end up batting or bowling, the appropriate impact player included.
“Currently the captains have to exchange the teams before the toss,” the note, seen by ESPNcricinfo, said. “This has been changed to exchange of teams immediately post the toss, to enable teams to choose the best XI depending on whether they are batting or bowling first. It will also assist the teams to plan for the impact player.”
The IPL thus becomes the second T20 franchise tournament after the SA20 to allow teams to announce their XI post the toss. In the SA20, which recently staged its inaugural season, teams put 13 names on the team sheet initially before announcing their final XI after the toss. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, the SA20’s tournament director, had also said then that the move was designed to “lessen the impact of the toss” and allow a level-playing playing field based on the conditions.
The IPL has adopted a similar thought process now, with another key factor being neutralising the effect of dew, which has traditionally had a big impact at some venues in India, with teams bowling second adversely impacted.
While the toss will still matter, it should not be a case of “win toss, win match” in certain conditions with the new rule. For example, if a team that wanted to bat and then defend a total on a slow track in turning conditions is forced to bowl first, it can play an extra spinner in the starting XI, and then replace a specialist bowler with a batter in the second innings to help with the run-chase.
Other IPL playing conditions tweaks
Over rate penalty of only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle for every over not completed in the allocated time. Unfair movement of the wicketkeeper will result in a dead ball and 5 penalty runs. Unfair movement by a fielder will result in a dead ball and 5 penalty runs.
Litton, Tamim make light work of small chase after Mahmud’s maiden five-for
Openers Litton Das and Tamim Iqbal made light work of a 102-run target as Bangladesh beat Ireland by ten wickets in the third ODI in Sylhet and completed a 2-0 series win. The visitors were bowled out for 101 in 28.1 overs after the Bangladesh fast bowlers took all ten wickets in an innings for the first time in the format.
The short chase was enlivened by Tamim and Litton, who put on an exhibition of strokeplay, finishing the game in just 13.1 overs, Bangladesh’s second-shortest chase in ODIs. After Bangladesh beat Ireland by a record margin of runs in the first ODI, this was also their first ten-wicket win in ODIs.
A small crowd turned up at the picturesque Sylhet venue on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan starting, and went home shortly after sunset. Ireland’s 101 broke a sequence of five successive 300-plus totals by the side batting first on this ground.
Hasan Mahmud’s maiden five-wicket haul, Taskin Ahmed’s three-wicket burst and Ebadot Hossain’s two-for summed up the absolute dominance by the Bangladesh fast bowlers. The spinners were needed for only four overs in all with Shakib Al Hasan not getting a chance to bowl for only the third time in his ODI career. It was a day out for the quicks on the hard and bouncy Sylhet surface, a rarity among grounds in Bangladesh. The conditions prompted the team management to pick six bowlers including the three seamers.
Mahmud removed openers Stephen Doheny and Paul Stirling in a disciplined opening burst. Doheny was caught behind for 8 after scratching around for 20 balls before Stirling, dropped on 5, got to 7 before Mahmud trapped him lbw in the ninth over. The skiddy fast bowler soon picked up his third when he trapped Harry Tector lbw later in the same over. Taskin got captain Andy Balbirnie caught at first slip for just 6 as Ireland collapsed to 26 for 4 before the first powerplay was up.
Then came their only partnership of note. Lorcan Tucker and Curtis Campher added 42 runs for the fifth wicket, which effectively helped Ireland reach the three-figure mark. Campher top-scored with 36, while Tucker made 28, the only two double-figure scores in the innings.
But it was soon over. Ebadot’s in-dipper had Tucker lbw. Next ball, Ebadot clean-bowled George Dockrell for a golden duck as Ireland slipped to 68 for 6.Taskin then took a brace in his seventh over, first getting Andy McBrine to top-edge a quick bouncer before Adair inside-edged his second ball onto the stumps.
Campher was the ninth wicket that fell, top-edging Mahmud towards fine leg. Taskin took a comfortable catch, celebrating the younger team-mate’s first four-wicket haul. It soon became five when Mahmud trapped Graham Hume lbw for 3.
Tamim started the chase with a slashed four over point, before pasting the Ireland fast bowlers for boundaries through cover and square-leg. Most of Litton’s boundaries came through the covers, including a back-foot punch that looked scrumptious from every angle. Left-arm spinner Matthew Humphreys then went for two expensive overs, before the Bangladesh opening pair calmed down briefly.
Tamim lofted Humphreys for a straight six in his third over, before Litton drove Campher through the covers. Then he struck two fours off Humphreys to reach his ninth ODI fifty, before Tamim hit the winning runs.
Bangladesh 102 for 0 (Litton Das 50*, Tamim Iqbal 41*) beat Ireland 101 (Curtis Campher 36, Lorcan Tucker 28, Hasan Mahmud 5-32, Taskin Ahmed 3-26, Ebadot Hossain 2-29) by ten wickets
AA Sponsors 68th National Billiard Championship
The Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC) will sponsor the 68th National Billiard Championship, conducted by the Billiards and Snooker Association of Sri Lanka (B & SASL) this year.
The Automobile Association of Ceylon established in 1904 is the oldest Motoring Organization in Sri Lanka,and is afiliated to the Federation Internationale De L’ Automobile, world largest Mobility Organization in Geneva, which has 150 countries under its umbrella. AAC’s prime object is to make all Road users safe.
AAC conducts annual Billiard and Snooker Tournaments for its members and also takes part in the inter-club tournaments in order to promote the cue sports. In the past, AAC members have excelled in several National Billiard and Snooker Tournaments and brought glory to the association.
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