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Dhananjaya de Silva flays the ball through the off side, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Angelo Mathews brings out the reverse sweep, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Chamara Kapugedera takes the aerial route, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Tillakaratne Dilshan hoists it over the wicketkeeper, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Thisara Perera and his team-mates celebrate the fall of a wicket, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)


Angelo Mathews celebrates the wicket of Mukhtar Ahmed, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20I, Colombo, July 30, 2015 (ESPNCI)

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* India in Sri Lanka 2015: Rangana Herath must bounce back against India for Sri Lanka’s benefit

Aug 03 (CC) Every cricketer has a phase where they go through a lean patch. That however does not mean that they are not as good as they were, but just need to find their rhythm once again. Herath is a technically sound bowler, with a simple action and gives the ball a good tweak. His line and lengths are more or less immaculate and his arm balls too have often foxed many batsmen. Herath peaked very late in his career as bowlers like Muttiah Muralitharan often kept him out, but formed a good partnership with him along the way. But when Sri Lanka went into matches where they did not need two spinners, Herath would be the one to get the axe.
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* Virat Kohli hints at three spinners in the eleven during Sri Lanka tour

Aug 02 (CB) Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has always favoured including five bowlers in the eleven and he is likely to do the same during the three-Test series against Sri Lanka. Kohli, who mentioned that including an extra bowler gives the team better chance of taking 20 wickets, hinted at the possibility of a three-spin attack during the Sri Lankan tour. The Indian skipper also expressed his confidence in Ravichandran Ashwin's batting abilities and said there is no reason why the off-spinner can't be the all-rounder that the Indian team is looking for in longer version.
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* Malinga waxes on youngsters despite personal wane

Aug 02 (ESPNCI) So often the most polarising cricketer in Sri Lanka, this time Lasith Malinga was himself split on the value of his contribution to the T20 series. On one hand, he appeared almost distraught at his decline in bowling form. He not only suggested again that he lost Sri Lanka the match, but also conceded his career may come to an end if he doesn't improve soon. On the other hand, Malinga responded tersely to criticism of his influence over team selection.
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* Sri Lanka’s cricket team likely to tour Pakistan

Aug 02 (DT) ISLAMABAD– Former Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya has expressed the hope that Sri Lankan government will seriously consider to send its cricket team to Pakistan as the country is now fully safe for international matches. "I have visited different places of Pakistan and found it safe and secure," Jayasuriya, told media here. The 46-year-old, former left-handed batsman is nowadays on a visit to Pakistan.
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* Binura's Afridi impression, and SL's 1996 encore

Aug 02 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka have forever been trying to recapture the glory of their 1996 one-day team, and on Saturday, that quest took a new turn. When Kusal Perera was dismissed at the end of the fourth over, a right-hander named de Silva joined an aggressive left-hander named Jayasuriya at the crease. Dhananjaya and Shehan did not quite produce performances worthy of their great namesakes, but were nevertheless involved in a 29-run stand that helped settle the innings after two early losses.
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