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On a day when Sarfaraz Ahmed mastered chaos, Sri Lanka did a Pakistan themselves, in the wrong way

Sri Lanka roared, cruised, spluttered, then roared again and then finally imploded, similar to South Africa against India on Sunday, to knock themselves out of the Champions Trophy in Cardiff on Monday.

Oh and their opponents? Pakistan, but we won’t talk about them.

Right from the beginning of the match, there was the feeling that Sri Lanka were the better batting side. And they certainly started like that. Despite the early loss of Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella were motoring. In particular, Mendis was playing some delectable shots in an easy-on-the-eye, old-fashioned style. It needed something special to dismiss him and it was Hasan Ali going through his defences in a similarly old-fashioned reverse-swinging style. As if to make things worse, Dinesh Chandimal also dragged on two balls later.But we won’t talk about Pakistan.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Exit shows Sri Lanka must improve fielding drastically to reclaim past glory

NEW DELHI,JUNE 13

We were pathetic, once again," Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said after the loss to Pakistan and exit from Champions Trophy 2017. The words of Mathews summed up Sri Lanka’s day with an honest assessment of the proceedings and saved headline writers in Colombo from the ignominy of having to create a sharp, sensational headline for next day’s newspapers. Pathetic, in the captain’s own words will do just fine.

Angelo mathews' wicket was the turning point for Pakistan. APAngelo mathews' wicket was the turning point for Pakistan. AP

Ironically, it was the wicket of Mathews that started the slide for Sri Lanka early in the morning. They lost Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal in quick succession after a brisk start, but Mathews and Niroshan Dickwela consolidated well to take the team to 161/3 in 31 overs. Sarfraz Ahmed, perhaps sensing his team’s ineptness at chasing, gambled with bringing back his strike bowlers from both ends. Junaid Khan answered the captain’s call by bowling a probing 31st over, beating Dickwella three times in a row.Sri Lanka have struggled with injuries and suspension and came into this match with a batting line-up that was patched together using the spare parts in a warehouse. To compensate for the brittleness of the untested, unreliable spare parts that were just brought in, he had stacked up specialist batsmen till No 7 and Thisara Perera as an all-rounder at No 8.

But one got the feeling that this batting line-up will need the superglue of someone like Mendis or captain Mathews to stay at the crease and hold the innings together. When Mathews turned his bat awkwardly at a Mohammad Amir delivery, Sri Lankan fans feared the worst.

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A soldier arrested with two live hand grenades at Srinagar airport

 

 

 

Srinagar, Apr 3 (UNI) A soldier was today arrested at Srinagar International Airport after two live grenades were recovered from his possession, official sources said.

They said during the frisking of soldier identified as B Masiha, security forces recovered two live hand grenades at main drop gate of the Airport.

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WD likely to affect J&K on April 4 to 6, landslides rain predicted

Srinagar, Apr 3 (UNI) An active Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from April 4 to 6 which could result in widespread rain or snow on higher reaches.

A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that a WD, originating from Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on April 4. He said light rain at scattered to fairly widespread places with snowfall on higher reaches is likely to commence from April 4th. The intensity and spatial distribution of precipitation will increase from April 4 evening with widespread rainfall or snowfall (on higher reaches) on April 5 and 6l across the state. 

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JKAACL, GGMSC celebrated Basant Panchami with musical bonanza

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JAMMU, FEB. 04: Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages in collaboration with GGM Science College organize Basant Panchami presenting a musical bonanza here in the auditorium of the college. Vinod Sharma, prominent citizen and art promoter was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Arvinder Singh Amn, Additional Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages and Prof Ashok Kumar, Vice Principal, GGM Science College were also present on the occasion. 

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