back at crucial number six position
Master batsman to strengthen the middle
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Sri Lanka's World Cup winning Vice Captain Aravinda de Silva will
return to the side after 18 months as Sri Lanka take on Bangladesh
in the first one day International at the SSC grounds today.
The 36 year
old right hander who has accumulated 8430 runs in 275 games was
not a regular in the one day team after the last world cup. He was
in and out of the team before being totally overlooked since Sri
Lanka's New Zealand tour in February last year. However with Sri
Lankas middle order becoming increasingly vulnerable and lacking
the much needed stability the present selectors headed by Guy de
Alwis have reverted to the veteran batsman in a move which has been
the Sunday Times after his final practice session yesterday at the
SSC grounds Aravinda said,"I am delighted to be back in the
one day side. It's always an honour for me to play for my country.
I have played one day cricket for the last 18-20 years and enjoyed
my game and so I am looking forward to playing once again".
De Silva who
has scored most of his runs batting at number four for his country
will bat at number six today as Sri Lanka will be looking to strengthen
their middle order.
"It's a new position to me and sometimes a tricky place to
bat. It's very often a position where you can't play your normal
game. Sometimes you have to accelerate and sometimes you have to
take the side out of trouble.
But I am certain
that my experience will help me to adjust to the number six position
", said a confident De Silva. It is believed that Aravinda
De Silva is determined to make it for next year's World Cup in South
pushed from pillar to post by Sri Lanka's chaotic set of Cricket
Administrators, De Silva has stood his ground and fought back successfully
to regain his position in the one day team which once again demonstrates
the star batsman's commitment and love for the sport he has played
for over quarter of a century.
like to take it tour by tour. I am not thinking in the long term.
I feel if I can contribute in any way to the team I will continue.
But as soon as I feel that I am a burden to the side I will not
want to stay any longer",said the unassuming soft-spoken master
De Silva who
smashed a double hundred against Bangladesh in the first test in
the scorching heat proved his fitness that ultimately prompted the
selectors to draft him into the one day team."
I am not an
Upul Chandana or Russell Arnold on the field .They are probably
brilliant on the field and could be compared with the best in the
World. The problem is that you have to keep playing as soon as you
are out of it you are on the decline. But certainly now I am working
on the speed aspect as well",concluded Aravinda.
Chilaw Marians SC allrounder Hasantha Fernando will make his one
day international debut in today's game. Fernando is expected to
bat at number seven and add muscle to the Lankan pace trio of Chaminda
Vaas, Dilhara Fernando and Buddhika Fernando.
team:- Sanath Jayasuriya (Captain), Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara,
Mahela Jayawardene, Russell Arnold, Aravinda de Silva, Hasantha
Fernando,Chaminda Vaas, Dilhara Fernando, Buddhika Fernando, Muttaih
Lanka rugby 7s team add to embarrassment
Channaka de Silva reporting from Manchester
The Lankan ruggerites ended their fixtures in the main competition
by being beaten 12-47 by Tonga in their last Group B match at 8
p.m. yesterday Sri Lanka time at the XVIIth Commonwealth Games.
Earlier in the
day they received an unbelievably massive thrashing of 0-82 in their
opening match of the Rugby sevens tournament by New Zealand. They
went on to suffer another humiliation at the hands of Wales who
won easily 55-7. Today they move into the Bowls tournament.
have almost finished their disastrous campagin here in Manchester,
England without a single medal or at least coming near achieiving
one. Experienced shooter Pushpamali Ramanayake secured the second
best position by any Sri Lankan individual or team in any sport
in the entire games when she finished fifth in the women's 50 metre
Rifles Three Positions event with a total of 653.9 points on Friday.
Gold Medal winner Anjali Bhagawat of India had a total of 678.0
points while Ramanayake came very close to winning a bronze.
secured sixth place finishing, the third best position by a Sri
Lankan in any event as well in the 10 metre Air Rifle Singles event
with a score of 586 points.
The fourth place
finish by Sri Lanka team captain Susanthika Jayasinghe in the women's
100 metre sprint final in athletics remained Sri Lanka's best placing
in the entire games.
Niluka Karunaratne and Chandrika de Silva progressed to the final
16 in men's and women's singles in a good display. Specially, schoolboy
Niluka Karunaratne showed good promise before losing to Scotland's
G. Bellingham in the pre-quarter finals
De Silva lost to S. Hughes 0-7,7-8,0-7 also in the pre quarter finals
of the women's singles. In other shooting events yesterday, Anoma
Wickremansinghe and Shyamalie Wijesooriya finished 14th and 15th
respectively in the women's 10 metre Air Pistol singles event while
Gamini Walgama and Suranga Fernando finished 19th and 20 th in the
Men's 50 metre
event. Walgama also finished 19th in the Men's 25 metre Standard
& FC drub Havelocks
CH & FC playing a controlled game of rugby outplayed Havelocks
SC after leading 5-0 at the half time to register a 25 points (a
goal, three tries, and a penalty to 3 ( a penalty) to win their
second leg Caltex league A division match at Maitland Crescent last
Last week CH
suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of table leaders Kandy
SC losing by 51-0 at Nittawela. In yesterday's game the Crescent
Club playing with better co-ordination scored four tries, where
the ball changed several hands.
(2 tries), scrum half Milinda Jayasinghe (1) and Peterite school
boy Rushan Wijesinghe scored a try each. Nalin Dissanayake converted
a try and put over a penalty. Havies' solitary 3 points was scored
by fly-half Tikiri Dissanayake. Referee Orville Fernando -BW