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December 1, 2003, 09:29 PM
Since when was Hashan Tillekaratne captiain?

[Edited on 2-12-2003 by Habibul_fan]

December 2, 2003, 06:51 AM
interesting... didnt know abt the change in captaincy. I was surprised to see Atapattu leading the SL team to the ODIs but Tilakaratne as Test captain... wow... although I dont complain... he is an awesome player... one of my faves :D Since the day he made the century against WI in 1995... anyone remember that match?? WI had 333 runs and SL made 329 chasing that total... Back in those days a score above 300 was defendable :P unlike these days

So its Atapattu for the ODI and Tilekartne for the Tests...??? :-/ I didnt even know jayasuriya stepped down/forced down... :duh:

December 2, 2003, 11:24 AM

Tuesday December 2, 10:13 AM
Crows fly away as England's Graham Thorpe runs toward the ball during the first day of the first cricket test match between England and Sri Lanka at Galle International stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

December 3, 2003, 01:41 AM
Sri Lanka: 240/7 (96.0 ov)

Flintoff and Giles took 3wkts apiece.

(We aren't that bad afterall, or are we?)

December 3, 2003, 04:33 AM
Sri Lanka: 331 (127.5 ov)

Murali: 38 runs
Giles: 4/69

December 3, 2003, 05:49 AM
Eng: 56/1 (18 overs)

Murali: 3-2-1-1

December 3, 2003, 05:59 AM
I think Srilanka may win this test match.Because of Murali.When Murali caught by Reid bowling of Ashley he caught little smile on his face.I think he really enjoy to bowl in this pitch.

Lets see what will happen near future.He already got 1 wicket.


December 3, 2003, 02:04 PM
Murali will kill England team in this series.

December 3, 2003, 02:42 PM

The combo picture shows England's captain Michael Vaughan offering no stroke as he is clean bowled with Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara looking on from behind during the second day's play of the first test match between England and Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka December 3, 2003. Sri Lanka scored 331 runs in their innings. REUTERS/Arko Datta

December 3, 2003, 09:45 PM
Apparently the ball went through his legs. Murali is the right hand version of warne. Remeber Gatting? Basit Ali?

December 4, 2003, 12:40 AM
I remember basit Ali (that wicket), but don't remember Gatting. Which one was that ?

December 4, 2003, 12:59 AM
The one with which he bowled Gatting is called the "ball of the century." It was Warnie's first ball in Ashes, too. :)


Apparently the ball landed way outside leg stump, drifting in the air toward the leg slip before spinning around 1 and a half feet to clip the off stump.

[Edited on 4-12-2003 by Arnab]

December 4, 2003, 01:31 AM
Damn! Murali just ripped through the english top order.

The dude has 463 wickets now.

26 overs, 29 runs, 5 wickets.

England 160/6

December 4, 2003, 02:36 AM
"...But the biggest change in terms of England's ability to deal with spin has been the arrival of coach Duncan Fletcher, and a pioneering batting technique." (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/sri_v_eng_2003/3250798.stm)

The pioneering batting technique isn't working at the moment.

December 4, 2003, 03:44 AM
Ist Innings Scores:

Sri Lanka: 331
England: 235

M Muralitharan: 31.4-15-46-7

December 4, 2003, 09:03 PM
Ah, the ball of the century indeed.

Despite his talent, I never got around to liking Warne. Oh well.

December 5, 2003, 08:34 AM

England have not successfully chased a highest target since 1928, although they reached 315 against Australia at Headingley in 2001.

Astonishing. :-/

December 6, 2003, 07:39 AM
SL Deserved to win this test... Stupid rain... :mad:

Sri Lanka 331 & 226
England 235 & 210/9 (108.0 ov)

It was an all win situation... and I am sure Muralitharan wud have taken a 2nd 5-wkt haul... This guy is amazing... His figures (Overs, Maidens, runs, wkts):

1st Inn: 31.4, 15, 46, 7
2nd Inn: 37, 18, 47, 4

That's amazingly economic bowling even for a test match!!! He will soon surpass Walsh and I hope only for his best. :D And oh this guy is one of the most unorthodox batsmen to have ever walked the international cricket arena... He gets usefull runs though... He even has a 50... i whirlwind innings that was!!!

Surprisingly Tilekaratne cudnt click as a batsman... I hope to see him batting well in the 2nd test... he is a great batsman... The current SL lineup is awesome... without any doubt...

December 6, 2003, 09:07 AM
Why Murali...why Harbajan...Why Saqlain...why not any one from us? I know lack of experience...but can we start taking step from now?

December 6, 2003, 10:34 AM

Rafique already did start...

December 6, 2003, 12:05 PM
Without any doubt I can say that Rafiq is awesome player..but he is almost 35!!!