Test Cricket: Sri Lanka stun South Africa in one of the Most Thrilling Tests of All Time

McGrain

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West Indies beat England by ten wickets.

Total destruction. Embarrassment, ownage, taken by way of application and desire. One-sided beat down; one-sided mauling.
 

McGrain

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Roach rightly gets the MOTM for his 8 wickets. He slays left handers, an animal.
 

DB Cooper

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There was some really uneasy deja vu about Dimuth being felled. The Phil Hughes tragedy obviously coming straight to mind.

Helmets might have saved lives, but they have taught batsmen some terrible habits. Few ever took their eye off the ball pre-helmet days and that's a big part of why so few got hit back then.
 

McGrain

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Driving the casualty in one handed while carrying out a conversation :lol: seems very Australian? Unfair?
 

McGrain

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Test stayed weirdly entertaining despite being non-competitive - Sri Lanka are at the crease for the final innings at 17-0 needing 500 to win with two days remaining.

Usman answered critics with another Australian hundred, hard to take these that seriously at this point, would pick Bangladesh to turn Sri Lanka inside out, but Usman is some beautiful player when he's in nick, so good to see. Hopefully he carries that form.

No second innings from Patterson which was a shame, Australia rightly declared not long after Usman bagged his century. I wonder can Austalia get their ten wickets before tea? Seems a good bet to me.
 
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McGrain

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Next up:

Windies-England 9th February. Third test of 3. Holder is suspended so England will win at a canter.

South Africa-Sri Lanka two test series. Interesting bet here might be SA to win by a innings twice.

Bangladesh-NZ stage a two test series starting at the end of February. Interesting but one sided completes what looks like an underwhelming month for test cricket.
 

Haggis

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Next up:

Windies-England 9th February. Third test of 3. Holder is suspended so England will win at a canter.

South Africa-Sri Lanka two test series. Interesting bet here might be SA to win by a innings twice.

Bangladesh-NZ stage a two test series starting at the end of February. Interesting but one sided completes what looks like an underwhelming month for test cricket.
Such bullshit. Here's the New Zealand "Summer of Cricket":

Pakistan - 3 Tests, 3 ODIs, 3 T20s in the UAE. Not broadcast on the radio, zero coverage on free TV. Not even highlights.

Home Summer:

Sri Lanka - (THIRD visit from Sri Lanka in the last FIVE years) - 2 Tests, 3 ODIs, 1 T20.

India - 5 ODIs and 3 T20s, mostly against the Indian B team

Bangladesh - 3 ODIs, 3 Tests. Oh and let's schedule the Tests for March, which is autumn and the time when temperatures start to drop and end-of-summer rain starts to arrive. Fucking brilliant. :patsch

:hat
 

Haggis

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I complain about Sri Lanka touring here three times in five years.

I forgot to mention that I also attended the opening match of the last World Cup.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka. Of course it fucking was. :fire

:hat
 

McGrain

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Third Windies-England test today; no Holder, dead rubber, I expect England to win.

Scored tickets to the ashes at Lords.
 

McGrain

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Yeah, pretty much as predicted, England win at a canter by 230 runs. Didn't see much of it, been mobbed. The best stuff:

  • MOTM, Mark Wood, who took a fivefor in the first innings and six in the match. Fastest recorded spell by an Englishman - keep in mind "recorded"!
  • Joe Root rallying to put together a 100 - fell just short of repairing his average of 50. Should still be #3 though.
  • Joe Root's "don't use gay as an insult" reply to Gabriel's calling him a homo (or whatever). Word up, Joe.
  • Roston Chase's wonderful 102 not out in a final, doomed innings, showed great concentration and heart as it fell apart around him.
  • Keemo Paul, torn thigh muscle and all, coming out at #11 to nurse Chase through to his last few runs to make that hundred.
Every test has a few moments like these above. Such a great sport.

Roach wins man of the series for his 18 wickets, beast. He was well supported, but a star is born as far as i'm concerned. The English press finding even Holder's abilities surprising was weird, but nobody knew Roach was that good. India next, a huge challenge for West Indian cricket. Good luck to them.



Tomorrow: South Africa begin their ritual destruction of Sri Lanka from 8am UK time.

Hard to get excited by this series, but i'll keep an eye on it.

4098
Root
4099
Wood
4100
Chase
 
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McGrain

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Well well, wonders will never cease. First overs after lunch on day one and South Africa, put into bat but Sri Lanka, are struggling on 110-4, but lost their excellent openers for just 11 runs. Elgar managed just four balls. Leading the charge: spooky, mysterious weird looking quick Vishwa Fernando. SA have rallied but Sri Lanka are still looking lively and although SA have deep batting, the next wicket brings Philander to the crease - not a specialist batsman.

SO if Sri Lanka can break this partnership this hour, the whole series suddenly takes on a different complexion. Whether that lasts or not is another thing...

SA 110-4

Bavuma 41
de Kock 4

Bavuma is seeing the ball.
 
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McGrain

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South Africa are 183-7

This match is being played out in Durban, which is the weirdest, shittest ground in the world, not in that it's anything but beautiful, which it is, but because they always always always suffer bad light and lose time for bad light. Probably the only international cricket ground in the world I wouldn't pay to get into. The artificial lights are on; soon they'll be off.

Which is bad news for Sri Lanka. They aren't reaping their having SA on 0-1 or 8-2, but they are in command. Bavuma was the key man for SA, as I said in my last post, they got him out in the mos bizarre of ways, run-out at the non-strikers end by a straight drive that caught the bowler on the foot and hit his stumps. Out. Harsh.

De Kock, the key man, is on 47, Rabada, a very decent #9, is on 4.
 
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dmt

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South Africa are 183-7

This match is being played out in Durban, which is the weirdest, shittest ground in the world, not in that it's anything but beautiful, which it is, but because they always always always suffer bad light and lose time for bad light. Probably the only international cricket ground in the world I wouldn't pay to get into. The artificial lights are on; soon they'll be off.

Which is bad news for Sri Lanka. They aren't reaping their having SA on 0-1 or 8-2, but they are in command. Bavuma was the key man for SA, as I said in my last post, they got him out in the mos bizarre of ways, run-out at the non-strikers end by a straight drive that caught the bowler on the foot and hit his stumps. Out. Harsh.

De Kock, the key man, is on 47, Rabada, a very decent #9, is on 4.
De Kock IS QUALITY, GLAD HE IS PLAYING WELL

SA are going to win, its inevitable, However, its been a pretty decent match. Its rare to see a 4 man pace attack, SA may have batting fragility but the pace bowling is just exceptional.
 
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