Gibbs picks Deccan over Cape Cobras

gibbsSouth African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has said that he will represent the Deccan Chargers in the Champions Twenty20 League. Gibbs, who was part of the victorious Deccan team that won the second edition of the IPL, chose the Indian franchise over his home side Cape Cobras, which would also be competing in the tournament featuring domestic Twenty20 champions from South Africa, Australia, England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

“Yes, I will indeed come down to India once again soon and it will be my pleasure to represent the Chargers in the Champions Twenty20 League,” Gibbs told the Deccan Chronicle.

Sri Lanka whitewash England for the first time

Sri Lanka’s sensational clean sweep of England in the recently concluded ODI series provided the very first instance of English team being whitewashed in a five-match ODI series. England have previously been cleaned up in five separate series of three matches by 3-0 score-line. It was also Sri Lanka’s third whitewash in a five match series. 

 

So far there have been 15 occasions when a side won all the matches of a five (or more) match series. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

** Six match series 

Openers scoring a century in an ODI

Sanath Jayasuriya and Upal Tharanga’s breathtaking centuries in the fifth and final ODI against England at Headingley provided only the 16th instance of both openers scoring a century in ODIs. It was also the second such instance for Sri Lanka. 

Interestingly, it is only the third instance both openers being left-handed. For reader’s interest the accompanying table has the complete details.

 

Duncan Fletcher blames injuries for England rout

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England cricket team’s coach Duncan Fletcher insisted any side in the world would have struggled to cope with the injury crisis that affected his team during their 5-0 One-day International (ODI) series whitewash by Sri Lanka.

Just when he must have hoped things could only get better, Fletcher saw England humiliated at Headingley as Sri Lanka rewrote the record books on the way to chasing what appeared to be a testing target of 322.

But that was too many even for England’s wayward attack to defend, the visitors winning with 75 balls to spare after an ODI record opening stand of 286 between Sanath Jayasuriya (152) and Upul Tharanga (109).

Fastest 300 plus run-chases

Sanath Jayasuriya and Upal Tharanga’s stunning assault made a mockery of the huge English total, reaching the target with 75 balls and 8 wkts to spare. This is easily the quickest victory by a side in terms of balls faced in pursuit of 300 or more runs. The previous best was of 16 balls by England against Pakistan in October 2000.

Sri Lanka’s in 37.3 overs at 8.64 runs per over is also the second highest scoring rate by any side chasing a target of 300 runs or more. The best still remains of 8.79 in the epic encounter of South Africa and Australia. For reader’s interest the accompanying tables have the complete details.

Jayawardene, Malinga top series averages

Highest partnerships in ODIs

Upal Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya crushed England to pulp. On a day, when their football heroes were also crashed out of the World Cup, it turned out to be a double trauma for the English supporters. The left-handed duo put on a 286-run stand for the opening wicket which is now the world record of highest partnership between two openers, eclipsing the previous record of 258 runs by Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar five year ago. The aforesaid partnership is also Sri Lanka’s highest for any wicket in all ODIs. While it was only the second 200-plus stand conceded by England in their one-day international history. For reader’s interest the accompanying tables have the complete details.

Oldest ODI centurions

Sanath Jayasuriya’s magnificent 152 off 99 balls was his 21st century in this form of cricket. At the age of 37 years and 1 day, he became only the eighth batsman to score a century after his 37th birthday. Geoffrey Boycott still remains the oldest ODI centurion when he smashed 105 against Australia at Sydney in December 1979 at the age of 39 years and 51 days. Interestingly, it was Jayasuriya’s fifth century in LOI’s after his 35th birthday. He thus equalled the world record of most hundreds by a batsman after turning 35. For reader’s interest the accompanying tables have the complete details.

Batsmen of Sri Lanka historic blitz makes it 5-0

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Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga produced the most spectacular opening partnership in One-day International (ODI) history to complete Sri Lanka’s 5-0 series whitewash over England at Old Trafford here on Saturday.

Set a formidable 322 to win the fifth ODI, the pair hit explosive centuries to put on 286 and make a nonsense of the target. Sri Lanka cruised home by eight wickets with more than 12 overs to spare.

The Sri Lankan openers’ extraordinary exhibition of clean, effortless hitting was a record opening stand in ODIs.

England face record series loss against Sri Lanka

“Things can only get better” was the upbeat if unconvincing message from stand-in captain Andrew Strauss as England were left on the brink of their worst One-day International (ODI) series whitewash by yet another dominating Sri Lanka display.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene’s second hundred in as many matches was the cornerstone of his side’s 33-run win here at Old Trafford that put them 4-0 up in the five-match NatWest Series ahead of Saturday’s final match at Headingley.

England have been beaten 3-0 on several occasions in the past but the only time they’ve crashed by five defeats in a one-day campaign was when losing 6-1 away to South Africa in 1995-96.