South Africa v. Sri Lanka (March 17,2015) Quarter Final — They Have To Look Into Match Fixing!
by Anura Guruge
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Nothing else makes sense!
§ This 2015 Quarter Final did NOT look right; betting on cricket a billion dollar business in Asia and the Middle East. We have had plenty of it in the past. So, this has to be thoroughly investigated. The ICC and Sri Lanka Cricket Board owes that to us the cricket fans around the globe. There is no other credible explanation. This can’t be explained as an off-day, nerves or chocking. Sri Lanka batted worse than any of the ‘Associate’ teams — and this is one of the most experienced teams in the Cup.
§ I have been watching cricket for 55 years and have never seen a debacle like this.
§ Kumar Sangakkara should, forthwith, be banned from playing cricket for Sri Lanka for this disgraceful performance; ditto for Mahela Jayawardene just in case he changes his mind.
§ Sangakkara’s pathetic performance defied logic and physics. He played like he was a rank ameuteur. He should be beyond ashamed. This will always be a huge question mark against his record.
§ I think the whole team played to lose — as did the selectors. Having Perera open? I knew that that wouldn’t work. It didn’t. He lasted 10 balls. Well that was still better than Dilshan. But I have always thought he was way overrated.
§ Pretty amazing to see Kulasekara walk on a snick … That alone spoke volumes.
§ I watched the first 2:40 minutes of the match live — until Mathews’ ‘let me just get out’ wicket. By then I was convincd.
§ Kind of amazed that nobody else is mentioning the obvious.
P.S., Did I or did I not call Quinton de Kock correctly — BEFORE the match? 22 years old. I saw a lot of him last year. I, like the South Africans, had faith in him.
P.P.S., Just like with the elections, the dirty white strings that the Buddhist players wore on their wrists to give them success — though they would not be able to tell you how or through whom — again proved to be what it is, ignorant asian superstition. I won’t even talk about all of the worshipping of the cricket ball by Malinga and all that kissing of the ball that takes place. Didn’t work did it? So cut it out. This is the 21st century. Not 1740s.