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MCL 2016, Match 8: Brilliant ton by Jayawardene powers Strikers to 63-run win over Legends
MCL 2016, Match 8: Brilliant ton by Jayawardene powers Strikers to 63-run win over Legends

Jayawardene on his way to a brilliant knock of 124 off 60 ballsIn the first match of Thursday's doubleheader in the Masters Champions League (MCL), the Sagittarius Strikers took on a winless Libra Legends. The Strikers were hoping to get their second win of the season after losing their previous game. The Jacques Kallis-led Legends were looking for their first win of the campaign.With the Pakistan Super League (PSL) that is scheduled to be pl

Feb 4 2016
IPL auction 2016: 5 players who are likely to go unsold
IPL auction 2016: 5 players who are likely to go unsold

Saturday, 6 February 2015 is a date that many will be looking forward to. Not just the fans of the eight IPL teams, who will be eagerly waiting to see which players their team signs, but also for the 351 players who will go under the hammer in the IPL Auction 2016. While some players, like Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson will automatically be snapped and are likely to go for a lot of money, the same cannot be said for every player. In fact, at

Feb 4 2016
 2016 MCL, Match 3: Jayawardene and bowlers hands Sagittarius Strikers a comfortable victory over Virgo Super Kings
2016 MCL, Match 3: Jayawardene and bowlers hands Sagittarius Strikers a comfortable victory over Virgo Super Kings

Jayawardene's fifty helped his side claim a comfortable victoryDaniel Vettori and Mahela Jayawardene helped Sagittarius Strikers beat Virgo Super Kings by 26 runs in the third match of the Masters Champions League at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 158, Super Kings were reduced to 43/6 and they never really recovered from that despite Azhar Mahmood’s fighting fifty.After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Strikers lo

Jan 30 2016
Everything you need to know about the 6 MCL teams
Everything you need to know about the 6 MCL teams

The stage is set for the legends of the game to take each other on one more time with the inaugural edition of the Masters Champions League getting underway in the UAE on 28 January 2016. The 6-team event features a host of retired players including some of the true greats of the game. Each of the six teams will take on the other five in the round robin stage and the top four will qualify for the semi-finals. The two venues where the teams will

Jan 26 2016
​The raw Sri Lankan team and the abusive bureaucracy
​The raw Sri Lankan team and the abusive bureaucracy

Can this team cope with politics that has reared up once again?Imagine a family with an abusive father and a petulant mother. The father boozes at will and the mother smokes pot. Their dwelling is literally a bull-ring and anything that has mass and occupies space is used as a weapon. The father is blithe and a spend-thrift while the mother does everything that can hinder the running of a family.But the child is studious, noble and pious. It brus

The lack of proper game plans hurting Sri Lanka
The lack of proper game plans hurting Sri Lanka

TM Dilshan is still scoring runs. But would it have any effect cometh the 2019 Cricket World Cup?Sri Lanka was expected to struggle after the retirement of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. Fans knew that the results won’t be in the affirmative. The team was expected to make mistakes and learn from them. A barren period had already been predicted.But the performance of the team is still demoralizing. It’s not the results that a

Jan 19 2016
5 batsmen with sleek old-school techniques who have succeeded in T20 cricket
5 batsmen with sleek old-school techniques who have succeeded in T20 cricket

Twenty20 is supposed to be the version of the swashbucklers. They come. They hit. They get out. There is no room for players with sound defensive technique iced with vintage modus operandi of batting. Or, at least, that is what most opined. While the sayings turned out to be partially true – T20 is dominated by hard-hitting batsmen – the rest of it, the ‘no country for old men’ talk was anything but. As the format grew p

Jan 16 2016
5 instances when cricketers survived near death experiences
5 instances when cricketers survived near death experiences

Cricketers play a high profile sport which has never remained a stranger to controversy for long. The national teams have cult followings and the players are worshipped. This makes us forget that the players are not invincible, they are mortals just like us. And they have had close brushes with death as well. Here are five instances when cricketers have survived near death experiences:

Jan 14 2016
5 most successful bowler-fielder combinations in recent Test history
5 most successful bowler-fielder combinations in recent Test history

Cricket is a game of partnerships. A century stand in the middle of the innings or a couple of short, tight bowling spells in tandem from each end can shift the momentum of a game quite swiftly. However, one of the least talked about but one of the most significant partnerships in cricket is the bowler-fielder combination. That is so because it’s convenient to credit the bowler for inducing a fine edge, even though the fielder is equally i

Jan 12 2016
5 non-Australians who are performing well in the 2015/16 BBL
5 non-Australians who are performing well in the 2015/16 BBL

The popularity meter of the Big Bash League, Australia’s premier domestic T20 competition, has been growing with every passing year. What has also gone up is the count of international players from outside Australia taking part in the tournament. The current edition of the BBL has already seen some breathtaking performances with both bat and ball, most of which have come from the local players. However, there have been a few non-Austr

Jan 9 2016
BBL 15: Adelaide Strikers thrash Brisbane Heat to go top
BBL 15: Adelaide Strikers thrash Brisbane Heat to go top

Jayawardene's fifty set up what turned out to be a comfortable chaseAdelaide Strikers moved to the top of the Big Bash League after a convincing victory over Brisbane Heat, thanks to fifties from Mahela Jayawardene, Tim Ludeman, and Travis Head. Set a challenging total of 176, Strikers cruised to their fifth win of the season, thanks an 86-run opening partnership. Adelaide Strikers got an instant reward for winning the toss and choosing

Jan 8 2016
Mahela Jayawardene says spin obsession may harm Australia
Mahela Jayawardene says spin obsession may harm Australia

A veteran of the subcontinent, Jayawardene advises Australia on the subcontinental conditions.Ravichandran Ashwin’s 62 wickets from 9 Tests in 2015 has created a wave, the ripples of which have been felt as far as in Australia, which is evident through their special emphasis on spinners before this year’s ICC World T20 to be held in India.However, a legend who has faced many a spinner on these subcontinental surfaces, Mahela Jayawarde

Jan 7 2016
BBL 2015: Perth Scorchers silenced by an all-round performance from Adelaide Strikers
BBL 2015: Perth Scorchers silenced by an all-round performance from Adelaide Strikers

Adil Rashid picked up 3 wickets for the StrikersAn all round performance from Adelaide Strikers ensured they notched up their third victory at home and their second win against Perth Scorchers this year, as they beat them by 36 runs in the Adelaide Oval. By virtue of this win, the Strikers go on top of the points table. Winning the toss and choosing to bat first on a good wicket, the Strikers got off to a good start. Openers Tim Ludeman and

Jan 5 2016
Sangakkara and Jayawardene apologise for organising
Sangakkara and Jayawardene apologise for organising "rowdy" Enrique Iglesias concert

Sangakkara and Jayawardene apologise for the mismanaged concertFormer Sri Lankan cricket team captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have apologised for “wild scenes” witnessed during an Enrique Iglesias concert in Colombo on December 20. The concert of the Latin pop star was organised by Live Events - a company co-owned by the two cricketers.Reports claimed that many women shed their under

Dec 29 2015
PSL draft day 2: Sangakkara and Ajmal get picked, no place for Younis and Jayawardene
PSL draft day 2: Sangakkara and Ajmal get picked, no place for Younis and Jayawardene

Jayawardene was left disappointed after day two of PSL draftThe second day of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft saw stalwarts like Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan, and Saeed Ajmal getting picked as supplementary players after the teams had exhausted their squads of 16 across the five categories.The drafts began with teams being asked to pick five players each from the Silver category which saw Mushfiqur Rahim, Babar Azam, and Sam Billi

Dec 22 2015
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