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Recent Match Report – West Indies vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test 2020/21

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Draw imminent as West Indies need eight wickets in final session

Tea Sri Lanka 146 for 2 (Fernando 29*, Chandimal 0*) and 258 (Thirimanne 55, Nissanka 51, Roach 3-58) need another 231 runs to beat West Indies 354 and 280 for 4 dec (Brathwaite 85, Holder 71*, Mayers 55, Lakmal 2-62)

Sri Lanka lost their openers after lunch, but a draw continued to be the most likely result thanks to the platform Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne had set with their 101-run first-wicket partnership.

Karunaratne went on to 75 – his first significant score of the tour, before being dismissed shortly before tea by Kyle Mayers, who seamed a ball into his back pad and claimed an lbw decision. For much of the session, Karunaratne had Oshada Fernando for company – Fernando himself having been given lbw against Mayers only for the decision to be overturned on review.

By tea, Fernando was on 29 off 58, and had Dinesh Chandimal for company. Sri Lanka appear to have given up hopes of chasing 377 down (it had been a remote possibility anyway), but seemed on track to finish the series 0-0.

West Indies, meanwhile, were hampered by the absence of Shannon Gabriel, who left the field two balls into his sixth over with what seemed to be a hamstring complaint, and appears unlikely to bowl again in the game. Thanks partly to his absence, captain Kraigg Brathwaite has tried eight bowlers in the innings. Only Alzarri Joseph, who took Thirimanne’s wicket, and Mayers have been successful.

Thirimanne had fallen the fifth over after lunch. He’d been dropped on 17 early in the morning session, but had been cautious since then, venturing only two boundaries all the way through till lunch. Perhaps distracted by a bail behind him that kept falling off due to the wind, Thirimanne played a loose drive to a full delivery outside off stump from Joseph, and nicked off to second slip for 39 off 114 deliveries – Rahkeem Cornwall taking a sharp, low catch.

Karunaratne, who had completed his half-century just before lunch, slowed down significantly after Thirimanne’s wicket, signalling that Sri Lanka were going to hunker down and secure the draw. Right through the innings, he was adept at shuffling to off and closing the face of the bat, to pick gaps through the legside, where he scored 55 of his runs. All but one of his nine boundaries came on that side of the field.

West Indies’s bowlers were disciplined right through the day, but neither in the morning session, nor after lunch did the pitch offer them much to work with. Cornwall occasionally threatened with the substantial drift he was getting, but apart from the occasional ball that misbehaved off the rough, there was still no sharp turn on this surface. The seamers, meanwhile, could get little bounce or pace out of the pitch – the odd ball that did take the edge dropping well short of the catchers.

The only real mistake the hosts made in the day was wicketkeeper Joshua de Silva shelling that fairly straightforward chance off Thirimanne, who had gloved Alzarri Joseph down the legside. It would take something heroic for them to force a result from here.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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Sophia Dunkley replaces Kirstie Gordon in England Women’s central contracts list

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Solitary change to 17-person group ahead of home series against India

Sophia Dunkley, the South East Stars allrounder, has replaced Kirstie Gordon in the only change to England Women’s central contracts list for the year 2021-22.

Dunkley has played in each of England’s last five T20Is after impressing in the bio-secure bubble in Derby last summer, and has started the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy with scores of 104 not out, 0 and 92 this season. She was previously on an England rookie contract.

Gordon, who has not played for England in any format since the Ashes Test against Australia in 2019, has started the season strongly with two four-wicket hauls in three appearances for Lightning, but has been pushed down the spin pecking order by Sophie Ecclestone, Sarah Glenn and Mady Villiers.

Gordon moves to a regional domestic contract, though the shift has not been straightforward since the dates of central contracts do not currently align with regional system. As a result, the new tranche of central contracts run from May 1, 2021 to October 31, 2022, longer than the usual year.

England are due to name their squad for the one-off Test against India on Wednesday, with Dunkley among those expected to be included after her strong start to the summer, albeit in a different format.



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Vitality T20 Blast 2021 – Notts Outlaws suffer T20 Blast blow as Dan Christian departs for Australia

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Captain of defending champions handed possible T20 World Cup chance

Dan Christian, captain and inspiration of defending T20 Blast champions the Notts Outlaws, has pulled out of the group stages on the eve of the tournament after winning an international recall at the age of 38.

Overseas withdrawals from England’s flagship T20 tournament are a fact of life, such is the crowded nature of the calendar, but this one counts as the most unexpected.

Christian has not played for Australia for nearly four years – a T20I against India in Ranchi – but he now returns to Australia ahead of the tour to the West Indies wondering if he can gain an unlikely selection for the T20 World Cup.



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Dan Christian called up to Australia’s preliminary white-ball squad for tours of West Indies and Bangladesh

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Cameron Green, Ben McDermott, Nathan Ellis, Wes Agar and Ashton Turner have been added to the line-up as well

Dan Christian has been added to the initial Australia white-ball squad ahead of the tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh. The selectors have brought in six further names to the large preliminary group of players, which indicates that a number of those who had been part of the IPL before it was suspended are unlikely to make the trip.
Alongside Christian, who last played for Australia in 2017, Ben McDermott, Cameron Green, Ashton Turner, Wes Agar and Nathan Ellis have been added to the initial squad, which now numbers 29 and will be trimmed ahead of the team’s departure for the Caribbean in late June.

This week, Christian (Nottinghamshire) and McDermott (Derbyshire) will leave their respective counties, where they had been due to play the T20 Blast, and return to Australia to complete two weeks quarantine ahead of possible selection for West Indies.

Marnus Labuschagne has again been overlooked after the selectors took the decision when the squad was first named for him to remain with Glamorgan.

It had previously been reported that David Warner and Pat Cummins may miss the upcoming tours to spend time at home. While no further detail has been provided on specific names, national selector Trevor Hohns said the impact of the IPL, which included a long journey home as the Australia contingent had to wait out Australia’s borders being shut to arrivals from India, had taken its toll.



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