]> >]> Pakistan v Sri Lanka, TEST 2
]> >]> Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 September 1995
]> >]> Toss: Pakistan
]> >]> Sri Lanka won by 42 runs.
]> >Excellent performance. This performance should convince most people
]> >of three things:
]> >1) Aravinda De Silva is a world class batsman;
]> What about Hashan? How come no-one ever talks about Hashan?
]> Aravinda is exciting and all that, but have people not noticed
]> Tillekeratne's consistency (his second innings duck
]> notwithstanding) ? If he had not come good, nothing Aravinda did
]> would have been]> of any use..
Agreed! Hashan is equally important to SL as is Aravinda. I
mentioned Aravinda specifically simply because he was under double
pressure of having to bat in the second innings with a first
innings duck, and with half the SL batsmen already gone back to the
pavilion with not much on the board.
Hashan, of course, gave credibiliity to the SL score in the first
innings when Akram was bowling.
]> >2) Sri Lanka has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years;
]> Disagree. Let's not get carried away here. The opening stand failed
]> yet again, five top batsmen scored ducks, the captain mustered an
]> aggregate of 2, and Pakistan were without their 2 best bowlers and
]> batsmen like Miandad, Malik, Basit and Rashid. Any one of these
]> guys could have turned the result, then it would have been 2-0, and
]> people would be saying that the NZ win was a fluke.
If you insist :-) I felt the same, but didn't want to sound like a
cry baby and goof up like Brendon Jones did when the WI defeat Aus
in their last series :-) Thanks for echoing my exact thoughts on
]> SL has always been capable of these 'flashes in the pan'. Let them
]> at least put up a good fight in the third test before we hasten to
]> talk about "leaps and bounds"..
With W&W it would be an ideal opportunity for them. However as I
write, SL have finished the first day at 217/7 thanks mainly the
unbroken partnership between Dharmasena (52) and Vaas (16).
]> I think there should be some wholesale changes for the third
]> test. Arjuna should be dropped, as his batting form is lost for the
]> moment, he doesn't seem to be bowling (can't run), running between
]> the wickets is pathetic (same reason) and he can't field for
]> toffee. He is also a very passive captain, unlike Mahanama for
]> example. Maybe they should make Arjuna the non-playing captain,
]> like in the Davis Cup :). Of course, with a win against Pakistan in
]> Pakistan, dropping the captain is the last thing that will.
And to top it all, he was clean bowled by, whom Boycott would
describe as a lollipop bowler, Aamir Sohail :-)
]> Please note that in a mailing before the first test I proposed that
]> Dharmasena be in the team.. although a friend tells me he is not
]> effective on good batting wickets. Guess I wasn't too hot on
]> Hathurusinghe, although I preferred him to Samaraweera and S.
]> Ranatunga. Guess I should stop yapping.
However, Dharmasena is doing a good batting job for SL as is
]> Chan [#1 fan of Chaminda Vaas on rsc]
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