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Dhananjaya de Silva found his fluency with the bat, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Only T20I, Colombo, August 14, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Dinesh Chandimal sets off for a run, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Only T20I, Colombo, August 14, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Junior Dala sent Dhananjaya de Silva back (ESPNCI)

Fans celebrated holding their phone torches up at the Premadasa (ESPNCI)

Lakshan Sandakan appeals for a wicket (ESPNCI)

Dhananjaya de Silva reacts after dismissing JP Duminy

Heinrich Klaasen cuts through the covers, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Only T20I, Colombo, August 14, 2018 (ESPNCI)

Akila Dananjaya celebrates Reeza Hendricks' wicket, Sri Lanka v South Africa, Only T20I, Colombo, August 14, 2018 (ESPNCI)

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* Dasun Shanaka rues the opportunities that slipped away for Sri Lanka

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Sure it's another Sri Lanka loss, and sure they are ruing their mistakes yet again, but at least this time it is specific moments that lost Sri Lanka the game, rather than overs upon overs of incompetence. Dasun Shanaka, whose run-a-ball 66 did the most to propel Sri Lanka toward respectability, pinpointed two of the instances in which his team had let the match slip.
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* Sri Lanka's cricket legacy is glorious, but what does the future hold?

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) The first two Sri Lankan cricketers to catch this observer's eye were Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis. Dias, slim and elegant at the crease, played the game in beautifully straight lines and had a hand in important moments during Sri Lanka's early days at the top table, most especially against Pakistan and India.
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* Samarawickrama pleads for patience as Sri Lanka seeks form resurgence

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka's fans have been unhappy with the ODI side for almost two years - that much is abundantly clear. Through that period, fans have expressed their dismay with a minor protest in Dambulla, a pelting of empty plastic bottles on to the field in Pallekele, and with this decade's most popular insult medium: the social media meme.
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* Danish Kaneria admits spot-fixing after six years and apologises to Essex

Oct 19 (BBC) Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria has admitted he spot-fixed after six years of denial. The 37-year-old has also apologised to former Essex team-mate Mervyn Westfield, who was sent to jail after Kaneria encouraged him to spot-fix. Essex Police say they are "currently reassessing the investigation" following Kaneria's admission.
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* Martin Guptill ruled out of New Zealand's series against Pakistan

Oct 19 (ICC) New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill has been ruled out of New Zealand's tour to the United Arab Emirates with a left calf strain. Guptill picked up the injury playing in the Plunket Shield domestic competition and subsequent scans have shown that he will require at least a four week rehabilitation period.
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* England seal series with latest comfortable DLS victory

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka overcame their-now traditional mini-collapse to post a respectable 273 for 7, but the efforts of the lower order, who had propelled them to that score, were not enough to deny England another comfortable victory. In yet another calm and proficient display of batting, England cruised to 132 for 2 at the end of 27 overs
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* Jonny Bairstow an injury doubt for 4th ODI after damaging ankle

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) Jonny Bairstow has emerged as an injury doubt ahead of Saturday's fourth ODI against Sri Lanka after injuring his right ankle during England's training session on the eve of the match at Pallekele. Bairstow suffered the injury while playing football on the outfield.
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* Confident England seek to close out rain-impacted ODI series

Oct 19 (ESPNCI) A fortnight into England's tour of Sri Lanka, and a pattern has settled over the cricket that has so far been possible. Invitingly clear skies in the mornings have invariably given way to torrential afternoon downpours and if, in between whiles, there's been enough opportunity to get a contest underway,
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* Ed Moses: Two-time Olympic champion says he was told to 'shut up' at Wada meeting

Oct 19 (BBC) Two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Moses says he was told to "shut up" at a World Anti-Doping Agency meeting. Beckie Scott, Wada's Athlete Committee chair, told the BBC some officials tried to "bully" her over her opposition to Russian reinstatement.
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