Embuldeniya Ambush!

Some encouraging signs for Sri Lanka in the form of debutant Lasith Embuldeniya. Having claimed Dale Steyn as his maiden Test victim, Embuldeniya followed his first innings figures of 1-51 by claiming 5-66 in South Africa’s second innings of the first Test in Durban. Messrs Elgar, Bavuma and de Kock were among the slow-left-armer’s victims.

Sri Lanka aren’t quite the competitive side they once were, so bright spots like the contributions of Embuldeniya are most welcome.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/18645/scorecard/1144164/south-africa-vs-sri-lanka-1st-test-sl-in-sa-2018-19

Another newcomer, Oshada Fernando, is currently 28 not out having made 19 in the first innings batting first drop. Sri Lanka could really do with finding some quality batsmen to fill the void left by the retirements of legends Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene.

International Duck Watch! An England 8-8 Special!!!!!!!!

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Basically half the England team!

England’s best with bat ‘n’ ball collapsed from 119-2 to 127 all out to lose the T20I series against India by 2 goals to 1. That’s a collapse of 8-8 and is bloody brilliant even by England’s standards!

There were gloriously gleaming goldens for Roy and Plunkett and stunningly shining silvers for each of Buttler, Jordan and Mills.

I’m just going to publish this now and if Sri Lanka have any duckees in their chase against South Africa we’ll honour them later. England deserve to stand alone, for a time at least.

20:05pm: For the record… Lakshan Sandakan, fourth ball to Imran Tahir.

International Duck Watch!

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Australia have assumed an unassailable 3-1 lead in their ODI series at home against Pakistan. The hosts totalled a formidable 353-6 (Warner 130, Maxwell 78, Head 51) then dismissed the tourists 86 runs short of their total, despite Sharjeel Khan’s 74 from 47 deliveries at the top of the order.

Our sole duckee at the Sydney Cricket Ground was Junaid Khan, the last wicket to fall as Josh Hazlewood (3-54) wrapped up victory. Spin bowler Adam Zampa, who has been omitted from Australia’s Test squad to tour India because the selectors accuse him of being a defensive bowler, claimed figures of 3-55 from his full allocation. Zampa now has 33 wickets in 20 ODIs at a very healthy average of just 26.93 but he’s too defensive for Test cricket so the selectors picked Mitchell Swepson instead. Well you can never have enough Mitchells!

Meanwhile in Johannesburg, Sri Lanka have levelled their 3-match T20I series against hosts South Africa. Skipper Angelo Mathews’ 54 not out was the deciding factor and only South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo merits a mention in today’s edition of IDW.

International Duck Watch!

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Ten10 Anybody?

That’s what South Africa and Sri Lanka got up to today after rain prevented any possibility of playing a full-on Twenty20 international.

Sri Lanka’s Thikshila de Silva was our one and only duckee, as the victors fell 19 runs short of the hosts’ total of 126-5.

See you next time for more duck adventures here at IDW 2017!

International Duck Watch!

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Silva by name, golden by nature. Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva was caught behind first ball as Sri Lanka went down by an innings in the third Test in Johannesburg. Lahiru Kumara later followed for a silver duck as South Africa wrapped up a comprehensive 3-0 series victory.

Dislcaimer: Please accept my apologies but due to a lack of resources here at Silly Point and despite my desire for the game to spread globally, I’m unable to commit to International Duck Watch incorporating the Desert T20 Challenge. Having said that, Hong Kong opener Aizaz Khan was run out without facing a ball and that surely merits a mention. Also, If I was doing Big Bash Duck Watch, Perth Scorchers Ian Bell would get a shiny, golden mention!

International Duck Watch!

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In a Test match in Wellington…

… just when you think that you’ve got no work to do, teenage sensation Mehedi Hasan falls to the very last ball of the day, courtesy of some very composed bowling from Neil Wagner!

In a Test match in Johannesburg…

… Temba Bavuma is starting to become a regular in this column and his continued selection will surely only heighten scepticism of South Africa’s selection policy. Rather surprisingly, our loyal club member Suranga Lakmal has so far been unable to get in on the action, leaving the work to Nuwan Pradeep. Pradeep was also responsible for the fall of a runless Vernon Philander who himself was then responsible for the fall of a runless Dimuth Karunaratne

In an ODI in Brisbane…

… Steven Smith, first ball. Mohammad Amir the bowler responsible. Serial Test run struggler Matthew Wade hit a run a ball 100 not out. Following our update on Michael Carberry yesterday, here’s another example of a cancer survivor providing inspiration to many.

Oh and a little extra. Though this column isn’t called International Double-Century Watch, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan surely merits some recognition for his 217 against New Zealand, ably supported by Mushfiqur Rahim’s 159. Bangladesh seem to be holding it together a bit more in Tests at the moment than they do in the pyjama matches.