England need to be wary of Sri Lanka’s men of mystery in first ODI

first_imgfeatures Was this helpful? Support The Guardian How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men Four years on and with thoughts once again turning to the biggest prize in international cricket, the roles appear much reversed: Eoin Morgan’s tourists begin in damp Dambulla as the favourites following a three-year ascent to the top of the rankings, while the hosts – eighth in the world and flatlining results-wise – are the team in a spot of bother.England first, for whom Morgan has already described the five-match series that begins with a day-night match on Wednesday as the start of the final preparations for their assault on the home World Cup in eight months’ time. Though the expected conditions may differ hugely, the captain is keen for fresh scenarios that can test a largely settled lineup further.Their batting strength will likely once again be highlighted by Alex Hales – six centuries in the past three years – carrying the drinks. Ben Stokes, hoping for happier times on the teardrop isle after the previous tour here saw him miss out on the World Cup, balances a team who remain bulging with brawn from Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow downwards. That said, few in the setup have forgotten the slow, used pitch in Cardiff that proved England’s undoing in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan in 2017 and it is here where Morgan’s men should receive further exposure to surfaces that require a little more nous than simply striking through the line with abandon.Trevor Bayliss and his assistant, Paul Farbrace, were once in charge of Sri Lanka and have already relayed to the players that scores of 300-plus are not a given in these parts, even if the vice-captain, Jos Buttler, spoke of “putting no limitations on what’s possible”.Spin tends to hold sway and it is Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid who are being spoken about as England’s attacking options, while the seamers accept they may be the ones looking to contain a batting lineup built around Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharang once the two new Kookaburras lose their early shine. England look to Olly Stone’s raw power to unsettle Sri Lanka Read more It in this department where World Cup spots remain up for grabs. Chris Woakes, who missed the entire white-ball summer but was England’s leading wicket-taker here four years ago, leads an attack who have lost Liam Plunkett to a clash with his wedding (he returns in time for the third instalment) and David Willey to a back problem.Looking to usurp the pair come next summer are Mark Wood, Sam and Tom Curran, and an uncapped bolter in the pacy Olly Stone. Liam Dawson is here as a third spinning option, too, offering a left-arm angle, and thus where once was a homogenous attack of right-arm fast-medium is a stable of bowlers offering Morgan greater variety.This is Sri Lanka’s wet season and so another handy spot of homework could come via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern rain regulations that have now been updated by the International Cricket Council to reflect modern power hitting. After England’s first warm-up was won via DLS, and the second washed out entirely, it is likely to be relevant along the way.While England, with 16 matches to go before their World Cup opener against South Africa at the Oval on 30 May, are in fine-tuning mode, Sri Lanka are desperately searching for the handbrake on some sorry form. Thirty of their past 40 ODIs have ended in defeat, with West Indies in 2015 their most recent home series win, a sequence that meant Lasith Malinga, the 35-year-old slinger, was forced to postpone thoughts of retirement. Play Video Share on WhatsApp England thrive on being favourites, says Jos Buttler before Sri Lanka ODI series – video Read more Share on Facebook England cricket team Sri Lanka cricket team As Chandimal noted, while Moeen and Rashid have greater experience in terms of caps (and only Rashid Khan has more ODI wickets than the latter’s 110 since the last World Cup), his slow bowlers offer more mystery. Dananjaya sends down off-breaks, carrom balls and leggies, while in Lakshan Sandakan, Sri Lanka possess a left-arm wrist-spinner.That latter serves as a reminder that England may have arrived in Sri Lanka as the leading team in the world but, having taken a while to crack the code of India’s equivalent, Kuldeep Yadav, during the summer, they can still be fallible against the unorthodox – something this verdant tropical island is famed for producing. Share via Email Quick guide Sri Lanka v England teams for first ODI Reuse this content Share on Messenger Hide Thank you for your feedback. England in Sri Lanka 2018 His return after a year out could not stop things bottoming out at the recent Asia Cup, where they were blitzed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the group stage. Angelo Mathews – their premier batsman – was sacked as captain and dropped for poor fitness (and shoddy running between the wickets), while in the background the ICC is investigating allegations of historical match-fixing on the island.“Go back to 2015 and look at the England side as they struggled during the World Cup. The same thing is happening to us at the moment,” said Chandimal, who has stepped up to combine the one-day captaincy with his Test job. “They changed it after the 2015 World Cup, so that is what we are looking at.”The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, where tarpaulins and tyres covered the outfield on Tuesday and a light beige pitch was being operated on through a gap in this surgical gown, witnessed two low-scoring defeats to South Africa in August. But one player to emerge in credit from the 3-2 scoreline was Akila Dananjaya with 14 wickets. Cricket Dambulla, Wednesday, 10am (BST)Sri Lanka (possible): Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith MalingaEngland (probable): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Olly Stone  Show Topics The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. It was a visit to Sri Lanka in late 2014 and a 5-2 series defeat that proved the circuit breaker for Alastair Cook’s time as the England one-day captain, with some shaky-looking plans ripped up on the eve of the World Cup but a grim campaign still resulting. Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter 0:44 Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for April 9 Ongoing Dispute Between Neighbors Vandalism At Yentile Farm

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, April 9, 2019:During a check of Yentile Farm, police noted the card swipe unit on the concession room was ripped off the wall. (12:38am)Animal Control Officer located an injured turkey under a porch on Barbara Avenue. Turkey was transported to Tufts Veterinary Hospital. (8:53am)A Pouliot Place caller reported his neighbor posted a sign on her lawn stating that the caller harms dogs. Incident was part of an ongoing neighbor dispute. (3:12pm)Police received report of erratic operator on Route 62 “all over the road,” heading towards Burlington. Police pulled vehicle over. Operator admitted to using phone while driving. (5:41pm)A walk-in party reported extra patrols due to criminal charges against daughter’s boyfriend. (6:27pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 9: Man Peeing In The Woods?; Neighbor DisputeIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 14: Missing Teen Located; Trash Left Behind At Yentile FarmIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Mahesh Babu review of Avengers Endgame Loved the film and experience at

first_imgMahesh Babu with AMB Cinemas staffSuperstar Mahesh Babu has seen Avengers: Endgame and shared his review on his Twitter account. He chose the superhero film as his first film at his multiplex – AMB Cinemas.AMB Cinemas, which is located in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, is one of the most popular superflexes in the city. It is the acronym for Asian Mahesh Babu Cinemas. This seven-screen superplex was inaugurated in December 2018. Many celebs, including Chiranjeevi and Allu Aravind, have watched movies and were spellbound over the experience of watching a film at this cinema hall.Nearly six months passed after the launch of AMB Cinemas, but Mahesh Babu had not watched a film there. Probably, he was waiting for the release of the right kind of film to experience the features of his cinema hall. The superstar recently watched Avengers: Endgame there. Mahesh Babu in MaharshiTwitterMahesh Babu later took to Twitter to share his experience of watching Avengers: Endgame. He shared his photo with the staff of AMB Cinemas and tweeted, “My first at @amb_cinemas …#AvengersEndgame!! Loved the film and the experience ..Thankyou team AMB… You guys rock!!!” Avengers: Endgame movie reviewTwitterInterestingly, Madame Tussaud in Singapore had recently unveiled the statue of Mahesh Babu. Later, the wax idol was brought to Hyderabad and kept at his multiplex for a day for his fans. This happened for the first time in the history of Madame Tussaud. Hence, there was a lot buzz about it in the media.last_img read more

Buffalo farms at the sand bars of Meghna

first_imgBuffalo farms have been set up at Dakshin Kodalpur of Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur. Photo: Prothom AloTwo buffalo farms have been set up at the sand bars of Meghna river at Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur.The vast pastures there offer an ideal place for raising cattle and a new opportunity has emerged.About 800 buffaloes are now being raised at the farms in Dakshin Kodalpur area of Kodalpur union in the upazila.Earlier, the local farmers raised only cows and goats at Shariatpur. The total number of cattle is about 400,000 in the region, district veterinary office and local sources said.Last year for the first time, a group of farm owners from Lakshmipur district built two farms along the sand bars.District livestock department official, Subodh Kumar Das, said the Padma and the Meghna, two big rivers, flow through Shariatpur district.He said there are at least 25 sand bars at different places of the rivers and there are several thousand pastures in those areas.The livestock official said pastures are ideal grazing grounds for the buffaloes and they can be raised in low cost.Subodh Kumar Das said the livestock department will give all sorts of assistance to raise buffaloes.Akub Ali from Saheber Char of Lakshmipur set up a farm with 450 buffaloes last year. Some 70 buffaloes are now producing milk which is sold at Tk 100 per kg in Noakhali. “I’ve taken some land of the char (sand bars) on rent for the farm. Local meat traders also buy buffaloes from the farm.””There are many pastures in Shariatpur. It’s profitable to build farms in those areas,” said another farm owner Jakir Hossain while explaining why he set up the farm coming from a long distance of Lakshmipur.“It’s a good initiative. If the local farm owners are proactive, we can assist them,” said Mizanur Rahman, chairman of Kodalpur union.last_img read more

City Of Houston Cancels Fourth Of July Festivities Because Of Heavy Rain

first_img Share Photo: Gail Delaughter / Houston Public MediaThe City of Houston has cancelled the 4th of July festivities because of heavy rain.Susan Christian, director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, announced Wednesday the City of Houston has decided to cancel the Fourth of July festivities that were scheduled to take place at the Eleanor Tinsley park because of the heavy rain that is falling on our area.The fireworks, however, will go on starting at 9:35 p.m.During a media briefing held at City Hall, Christian said City officials are “very disappointed” in having to cancel the event, but noted that they went ahead with “the decision that needed to be made.”Christian also noted the organizers of the ‘Freedom over Texas’ event will refund the price of the tickets to the people who had purchased them.Independence Day celebrations in Missouri City and Katy were also canceled.last_img read more

Memory marks and markers

first_img‘Marks are made by markers, but the marks also define the markers. This show is all about memory and history. Memories are like marks which have been created by a particular time and at the same time, eroded by time too. So “time” is the marker here, a personal/private time and Time as an eternal flow. Marks are then the signs of/for my intrinsic unconscious self and these could be read also as conscious choices from my socio-private experiences, mediated by time,’ says artist Samindranath Majumdar, talking about his work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Paintings of this Kolkata-based artist will be on exhibition at the Gallerie Ganesha in a show called Marks And Markers. Samindranath Majumdar’s paintings look back to his own experiences, using abstraction and multiple layers of paint to redefine space and memory.His works tread the fine line between completely abstract and representative forms, calling into question the role that narrative threads play in experiencing art. For Majumdar, memory unfolds in a series of unstable visuals. Born in a Kolkata suburb, he grew up among greenery which was slowly being replaced by the growing space of a crowded metropolis. Observing the imposing and, sometime, crumbling buildings on a daily basis left its mark on his memory, to surface many years later in his canvases.last_img read more

Goa is Indias most popular monsoon travel destination Survey

first_imgGoa is the most popular choice for a monsoon getaway among Indian travellers, while they stick to Bali for an international short-haul trip, according to a survey.The survey, conducted by online accommodation booking website Hotels.com, analysed data on hotel searches made by users. The searches were conducted for stays during the period of June to September 2017, which became the foundation to develop the India ‘Monsoon Travel Hotlist’ for this year, read a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe data reveals Goa to be the most popular destination this monsoon, with four of its towns – Candolim (which was the most popular), Calangute, Arpora and Baga making it to the top 10. The village of Arpora in Goa registered a massive 91 per cent increase in hotel searches in comparison to 2016. Mumbai found second spot in the list with 49 per cent increase in searches as compared to 2016. It was followed by Delhi at 50 per cent increase in searches. Other places mentioned in the list include Udaipur, Bengaluru and Jaipur. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveJessica Chuang, Hotels.com Director, Regional Marketing Greater China, South East Asia and India, said: “The 2017 Monsoon Travel Hotlist reveals significant insights about Indian travellers’ especially, their preference for quick, mini-vacations and a renewed interest in exploring their home country which is visible through the increased searches for domestic destinations in comparison to international ones.”The preference for quick getaways was also reflected in international destinations with most searched destinations for short-haul trips to Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Dubai catching the traveller’s fancy.last_img read more