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Sri Lanka on a hard chase

SL IN test 2So far in the series, Sri Lanka's batsmen have lost their top five for less than 110 in four of five completed innings. They have been perplexed by spin. They have been cut down by seam. Their bowlers, meanwhile, have not conceded more than 400 in an innings, and more than 350 only once. They have won one match defending a small score. They have kept India's top order in check. Right through the past three weeks, every time they have earned Sri Lanka a slim advantage, their batsmen have found ways to let them down.

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Herath's seven razes India for 112

srilankacelebrate-463x300After having made 377 look like 150 against Pakistan recently, Sri Lanka were back to their old ways of making sub-200 targets appear 350-plus by choking the life out of India's chase. Their bowlers had failed to build any pressure in the first innings, but they hardly released it on the fourth day. India needed 153 to win with nine wickets in hand at the start of the day, but Rangana Herath and Tharindu Kaushal bowled them out to complete a sensational win. Not counting the forfeiture of The Oval Test in 2006, this 192 was the eighth highest first-innings deficit turned around into a Test win.

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Galle set for Sanga's farewell

sangakkara-200-pakGalle has always said goodbye to loyal servants of Sri Lankan cricket in style. From Arjuna Ranatunga, who retired in 2000 to Mahela Jayawardene, who retired in 2014, many cricketers have been overwhelmed by magnanimity of the people of Galle and the ground staff, who put up grand shows exhibiting their gratitude. This time its star batsman Kumar Sangakkara’s turn to feel Galle’s warmth as he brings his illustrious career to an end. The first Test starts on Wednesday.

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Pakistan beat Sri Lanka, lead ODI series 2-1

SL PK cricThe third ODI ended badly for Sri Lanka, whose cricket team were pummeled by 135 runs, but it was made worse by an outbreak of violence in the stands, which forced a half-hour suspension of play. Rocks were thrown inside the southeastern stand, and when offenders were evicted from the ground, projectiles were thrown from outside the stadium, through the back of the same, open stand. One of these rocks made its way to the field, and match referee Javagal Srinath suspended play until the situation was brought under control by authorities.

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Warner ‘fears for life’ over FIFA scandal

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Disgraced former FIFA vice president Jack Warner has said he fears for his life and can prove a link between football’s governing body and an election in Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner, one of 14 people wanted by US authorities as part of the corruption scandal rocking world football, said he had an “avalanche” of secrets that include details on FIFA’s outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

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