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Dimuth Karunaratne and Kane Williamson shake hands, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, August 18, 2019 (ESPNCI)


Dimuth Karunaratne celebrates his Test century, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day, August 18, 2019 AFP (ESPNCI)


Lahiru Thirimanne celebrates his fifty, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, August 17, 2019 (ESPNCI)


Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne shake hands, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day, August 17, 2019 (ESPNCI)


Lahiru Kumara roars after picking up a wicket, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st Test, Galle, 4thday, August 17, 2019 (ESPNCI)

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* Sri Lankans with betting interests to be barred from cricket body

Aug 22 (AFP) Sri Lankans involved in gambling firms will be barred from the nation's cricket governing body as officials bid to eradicate match-fixing scandals that have dogged the sport, the government said Thursday.
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* Pace-friendly P Sara in focus as Sri Lanka eye 2-0

Aug 22 (ESPNCI) Chaos has been a constant in Sri Lankan cricket in 2019. Captaincy change - check; coach sacking - check; interim committee - check; sports ministry interference - check; contract terminations - check. Yet, quite incredibly, Sri Lanka are on a three-match winning streak in Tests, on the verge of consecutive Test series wins against South Africa and New Zealand.
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* Williamson and Karunaratne, two ends of the control spectrum

Aug 22 (ESPNCI) Dimuth Karunaratne's fourth-innings effort of 122 in Galle was a memorable, matchwinning effort. His knock was instrumental in Sri Lanka chasing down 268 with plenty to spare.
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* Karunaratne gives players 'freedom to go and express themselves 100%' - Dickwella

Aug 22 (ESPNCI) Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka's relatively new captain, doesn't ride players hard, doesn't tear them down for taking aggressive options, and when criticism is required, he ensures it's constructive. Perhaps this is all a bit sappy,
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