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Miranga, Lohan guide 3DH International to big win



3DH International "A" Captain Johanne de Zilva (2nd from left) with Mahesh de Alwis, Senior Vice President, Nalin Wickramasinghe, President & Ajith Siyambalapitiya, Executive Committee Member of the MCA.

MCA Premier League 2023 Final

A mesmerizing spell of off-spin bowling by Miranga Wickramage and a stylish half century by opener, Lohan De Soysa steered, 3DH International ‘A’ to a resounding eight wickets win on the DLS Method, over MAS Intimates Unichela in the MCA Premier League 2023 Final played at the MCA Grounds on Tuesday.

The final was constantly interrupted by rain. The match commenced at 09.45 am playing 50-overs, but it had to be reduced to a 44 overs a side at the first interruption; and was further reduced to 38 overs a side after the second rain halt.

MAS Unichela, sent into bat were made to labour for their runs by the 3DH spin trio of Angelo Daniel (9-1-35-2), Miranga Wickramage (9-1-25-5) and Sachindu Colombage (9-2-27-2).

MAS Unichela’s moderate total of 150 runs made in 40.3 overs could have been much smaller if not for the two fighting batting performances by number three batsman, Ramitha Gunaratne (41 in 67 balls, inclusive of a six and 5 fours) and number ten batsman Kalana Sandeep (28 not out in 31 balls, inclusive of a six and 2 fours.)

3DH International, given a revised target of 136 runs in 38 overs due to the second rain interruption, reached their target comfortably in 23.1 overs as their opener, Kosala Silva (29 in 49 balls, inclusive of a six and 2 fours) and Lohan de Soyza (69 in 64 balls, inclusive of 4 sixes and 4 fours) setting the platform with a 86 runs stand in 98 balls.

Match Referee, Nalliah Devarajan’s Man of the Match was Miranga Wickramage from 3DH International ‘A’.

The other three special awards, based on performances up to the semi–finals went to Angelo Daniel from 3DH International (Best Bowler: six matches, 268 balls, 129 runs, 18 wickets Avg. 7.17, economy 2.89) ; Tharindu Amarasinghe from MAS Unichela (Best Batsman: three innings, 199 runs, inclusive of 1 half century, average 66.3, strike rate 99.5) and Mithum Jayawickrama from Singer Sri Lanka ‘A’ (11 wickets for 112 runs and 110 runs in 5 innings)

Awards were given away by the MCA Officials, Nalin Wickramasinghe (President), Mahesh de Alwis (Senior Vice President) and Ajith Siyambalapitiya (Executive Committee Member)

Brief Scores:

MAS Intimates Unichela

150 in 40.3 overs (Bihanga Mendis 17, Sukitha Manoj 25, Ramith Gunaratne 41, Kalana Sandeep 28 n.o., Angelo Daniel 2/35, Miranga Wickramage 5/28, Sachindu Colombage 2/27)

3DH International

‘A’ (given a revised target of 136 runs in 38 overs ) 137 for 2 in 23.1 overs (Kosala Silva 29, Lohan de Soyza 69, Isiwara Dissanayake 30 n.o.)

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France rout Namibia 96-0 in Rugby World Cup match




France captain Antoine Dupont was forced off in the second half with an injury to his face during the Pool A rout of Namibia (pic BBC)

France are on the brink of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals after claiming their biggest-ever win with a 96-0 victory over Namibia in Pool A.

Damian Penaud scored a hat-trick, while Jonathan Danty, Charles Ollivon and Louis Bielle-Biarry all scored twice.

Antoine Dupont, Thibaud Flament, Baptiste Couilloud and Melvyn Jaminet also crossed before a penalty try took their total tally to 14 in Marseille.

The only French cause for concern was the loss of Dupont to injury. The hosts’ captain was withdrawn during the second half following a head-on-head tackle by Johan Deysel, whose yellow card was upgraded to a red by the bunker-review system.

France head coach Fabien Galthie’s decision to keep his talisman on the field despite his side’s huge 54-point half-time advantage could be scrutinised if Dupont’s injury keeps him on the sidelines with the knockout stages looming.


France: Ramos; Penaud, Fickou, Danty, Bielle-Biarry; Jalibert, Dupont; Baille, Mauvaka, Atonio; Woki, Flament; Cros, Ollivon, Jelonch.

Replacements: Bourgarit, Wardi, Aldegheri, Taofifenua, Boudehent, Couilloud, Moefana, Jaminet.

Namibia: Van der Bergh; Mouton, Deysel, Burger, Greyling; Loubser, Theron; Sethie, Van der Westhuizen, Coetzee, Tjeriko, Ludick, Katjijeko, Retief, Gaoseb.

Replacements: Nortje, Benade, Shifuka, Van Lill, Hardwick, Blaauw, Izaacs, Rossouw.

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

(BBC Sports)

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Bangladesh discover Mustafizur’s success with the new ball in rainy Dhaka




Mustafizur picked up two wickets with the new ball to dent New Zealand early (pic Cricbuzz)

In a called-off game, disrupted due to rain on several occasions, Bangladesh lucked out. Amidst the rain breaks in the three-match ODI series opener between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, the hosts found out their experienced campaigner Mustafizur Rahman had something to offer with the new ball.

In the recent past, Mustafizur had hardly looked dangerous with the new ball and in the present setup – comprising Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud and Shoriful Islam – it looks he’ll hardly have the chance to open the bowling attack. Mustafizur’s recent performances also validate the fact that his role is to hold the batters during the middle overs, and he is doing that quite efficiently with his cutter and slower deliveries.

Mustafizur, who was rested after the opening game against Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, made a comeback against India in their last game of the tournament after team management rested several first-choice fast bowlers and it also opened an opportunity for him to bowl with the new ball.

Though he put up an impressive show with the ball picking up 3-50 he turned out to be more effective with the old ball. He had given away 31 runs in the first four overs against India without any success but returned strongly when he was asked called in during the death overs.

It’s true that the two-paced wickets in Sri Lanka helped him against India, being suitable for cutters and slowers which were too hot to handle for the lower-order batting unit of their Asian neighbours. However, on Thursday against New Zealand, Mustafizur proved he still has something to offer with the new ball. What was more heartening for the hosts was the way he attacked to pickup a wicket – an instinct that had been missing for a while.

The way the 28-year-old got rid of Finn Allen (9), courtesy of a brilliant catch by Nurul Hasan Sohan behind the stumps, only showed he can still make the new ball talk as the New Zealand opener hardly had an answer to the length delivery that was pitched on the leg-stump and took the edge.

Since picking the wicket of Allen, Mustafizur was keen on trying different things that included bowling some short balls while he also tested the batters with his angled deliveries and quite surprisingly it was different from the way he bowled in the recent past where his major focus only remained on keeping a check on the flow of runs rather than going for wickets.

“Potentially, yeah. I thought Mustafizur bowled really nicely and hit the seam with the new ball,” New Zealand skipper Lockie Fergusson said after the first ODI was called off.

For Bangladesh, it was a breath of fresh air seeing him remove Chad Bowes (one) when the batter failed to negotiate his swinging delivery while he trapped Henry Nicholls (44) plumb in front to end the day with 3-27 from his seven overs.

Although the overcast conditions helped Mustafizur a lot to shine with the new ball, Bangladesh can definitely heave a sigh of great relief after his terrific performance just before the World Cup. Their interim head coach Nick Pothas echoed the same sentiment.

“Yeah he was very tidy. You know Fizz has been working very hard the last month or so to try and find some rhythm. We know his credentials bowling at the death. You can ask him to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning and bowl death overs and he will do them with the best in the world,” said Pothas.

“He has just been trying to get back some rhythm with the new ball and he has worked very hard himself along with Allan Donald and you can see the fruits. Just coming good at the right time just before the World Cup and very happy for him,” he added.

Pothas added that switching roles for Mustafizur is not a problem for him considering the vast amount of experience he has.

“No they are very specific, those two roles (bowling with new ball and old ball). They are almost living in two different boxes. These guys are professionals and have to be able to do everything. He does it and prioritizes that very well and he got a lot of experience.”

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Murali’s ‘800’ to be screened from Oct 6th



Muttiah Muralitharan and Arjuna Ranatunga chat prior to the press briefing to announce the movie 800.

by Rex Clementine

A movie titled ‘800’ elaborating the life and career of spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan will be screened in Sri Lanka from the 6th of October onwards. The movie made in several languages will be a hit and a trailer was shown in Colombo yesterday in the presence of Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardene and Murali’s first Test captain Arjuna Ranatunga.

Murali, a World Cup winner with Sri Lanka, retired from Test cricket in 2010 with a wicket off the last ball he bowled and it turned out to be his 800th Test wicket. The movie is titled ‘800’.Directed by M.S. Sripathy, Indian actor Madhur Mittal plays the role as Muralitharan.Muralitharan played his entire career during the civil war and recalls how the entire nation supported him and his commitment to the nation.

The movie deals on the chucking controversy during successive tours of Australia in 1995 and 1998 and how the entire team and the nation stands behind the bowler.In the infamous ODI at Adelaide where Sri Lanka win by one wicket, captain Ranatunga is seen urging last man Muralitharan to score the winning runs and win the game for the team and Murali does exactly that.

Ranatunga spots Muralitharan first during a school match in Kandy and then does everything to fast track the off-spinner to the senior side.

“We knew that what Australia was doing for Murali was wrong. We stood by Murali. The irony is that several years later, Australia appointing Murali as their Spin Bowling Coach. This for me is Australia accepting their guilt,” Ranatunga said during the press briefing.

Actor King Ratnam, who plays the role of Ranatunga in the movie speaking at the briefing suggested that a movie should be made on Sri Lanka’s World Cup triumph and on Arjuna himself.The captain had taken so much risks putting his own career in danger in protecting Murali.Muralitharan speaking at the briefing said that no captain will ever take the risks that Ranatunga took.

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