Sri Lanka v New Zealand : Players' Behaviour

Sri Lanka v New Zealand : Players' Behaviour

Post by Vicky B. Vigneswar » Thu, 16 Mar 1995 03:35:09

Sri Lanka make NZ toil

Sri Lanka,  set  New Zealand  427  to  win the second test  after
New  Zealand  dismissed  the tourists for 348 in their second in-
nings shortly after lunch.

The tourists had reached 341  for   eight   by   lunch   on   the
fourth day, with debutant Chamara Dunusinghe unbeaten on 88.  Sri
Lanka lost  only  two  wickets  in  the  first  session.  Chamin-
da   Vaas  was  bowled  by  paceman  Kerry Walmsley for 36, while
Pramodya Wickremasinghe fell to Gavin  Larsen  for  16.   Chamara
Dunusinghe was bowled by Danny Morrison for  91,  who also picked
up the last wicket.

Only two sides have  bettered  the  400  mark   in   the   fourth
innings  to  win a test.  India scored 406 for four to defeat the
West Indies in 1975-76 and Australia managed  404  for  three  to
claim  victory over England at Leeds in 1948.  New Zealand's best
fourth innings performance to  win  a  test was the 324 for  five
they scored against Pakistan in Christchurch last summer.

Rutherford escapes censure as Sri Lanka build big lead

By Sri Krishnamurthi

New Zealand captain Ken Rutherford escaped censure  over  an  in-
cident  involving  his  Sri Lanka counterpart Arjuna Ranatunga on
the third day of the  first test on Monday.

Rutherford was reported to match  referee  Barry  Jarman  by  the
touring  team's  manager  Neil  Perera  for  comments  he made to
Ranatunga as Sri Lanka built a 327-run lead.  Rutherford was spo-
ken to twice  by  the  umpires  during  an ill-tempered afternoon

The incident which led  to   Jarman's   involvement   came   when
Ranatunga  ran  into  seam  bowler  Kerry  Walsmley'w elbow while
attempting a single.

Walmsley, who  was  reprimanded   by   Jarman   on   Sunday   for
swearing,  stood his ground in mid-pitch as Ranatunga bumped into

Ranatunga and Rutherford  then   appeared   to   exchange   angry
words.   Ranatunga  spoke  to umpire Doug Cowie at the end of the
over and  Perera  later charged  the  New  Zealand  captain  with
breaching the International Cricket Council's code of conduct and
bringing the game into disrepute.

But in a statement following a brief  disciplinary  hearing, Jar-
man   said   "common   sense  prevailed  with  the  charge  being

Jarman  said  Ranatunga  had   agreed   that   his   brush   with
Walmsley  had been an accident and both captains had shaken hands
"with a  commitment  to  an  incident-free  continuation  of  the

Rutherford, who infringed the code  of  conduct  twice   on   New
Zealand's  recent  tour  of  South  Africa has just got through a
two-match suspended  sentence  which  expired  after  the  series
against  West Indies last month.  He had been fined 75 percent of
his match fee and handed the  suspended   sentence   for  showing
dissent  to an umpire and a later incident in the pavilion during
the third test at  Cape  Town  in January.

New Zealand coach John Reid said he was  pleased  with  "the pas-
sionate way" his team had played on Monday.  But that passion did
little  to  stem  Sri  Lanka's  patient march towards setting New
Zealand a daunting target.

Thanks  ::  Reuter

UMass, Mar 14, 1995