The high street is now trying to sell an Asian ‘lungi’ skirt for $98

Saturday, 10 February 2018

I’ll never forget visiting a temple in Sri Lanka and a woman rushing to me with a piece of cloth to cover my lower legs. I’d been in the country a week by then and not felt that I was dressed inappropriately but, visiting this temple, I realised a more modest look was required and I was more than happy to be wrapped in the fabric which was tied under my tummy. That’s the closest I’ve ever come to a lungi – the veteran garment, mainly for men in many parts of South ...

India’s Rohit equals record for fastest T20 century

Friday, 22 December 2017

India’s Rohit Sharma on Friday equalled the fastest century in Twenty20 International cricket from only 35 balls to set up the hosts’ massive 88-run victory against Sri Lanka and a series win with a match to spare in Indore. Opening batsman Rohit, leading India in the absence of the newly-wed regular captain Virat Kohli, matched the record South Africa’s David Miller set against Bangladesh in October. Rohit, the only batsman to hit three double hundreds in the 50-over format, ...

Rohit smashes third ODI double ton in India’s big win

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Opener Rohit Sharma smashed his third one-day international double century to set up India’s comprehensive 141-run win against Sri Lanka in the second match of the series at Mohali on Wednesday. Leading the hosts in the absence of rested skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit laid waste to the Sri Lankan bowling with an unbeaten 208 off 153 deliveries to help India post 392 for four in their 50 overs. India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal then took three for 60 as the hosts restricted Sri Lanka to 251 ...

Lakmal leads rout as Sri Lanka romp home against India

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sri Lanka pace bowler Suranga Lakmal helped them steamroll India by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday. The 30-year-old claimed four wickets for 13 runs in his impeccable 10 overs, which included four maidens, as the tourists bundled out India for 112 in 38.2 overs at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. India were reeling at 29-7 in the 17th over before Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a belligerent 65, with the former captain contributing more ...

Sri Lanka hands over debt-laden port to Chinese owner

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Sri Lanka on Saturday handed over a deep-sea port to a Chinese firm, in a deal agreed to boost the cash-strapped island’s finances that has raised concerns at home and abroad over Beijing’s growing influence. The $1.12 billion deal first announced in July lets a Chinese state company take over the southern port of Hambantota, which straddles the world’s busiest east-west shipping route, on a 99-year lease.“With the signing of the agreement today the Treasury has received ...

De Silva helps Sri Lanka force draw, India win series

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dhananjaya De Silva’s heroic hundred and Roshen Silva’s gallant, unbeaten 74 helped secure Sri Lanka’s morale-boosting draw in final test against India, who won the three-match series 1-0 on Wednesday. Playing his first match in the series, de Silva batted through pain to score 119 before retiring hurt. Debutant Silva and Niroshan Dickwella then batted out the final session as the tourists secured their second draw of the series at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Sri Lanka, ...

Kohli’s 243 fuels India’s charge at smog-hit Delhi

Sunday, 3 December 2017

India captain Virat Kohli smashed a career-best 243, his second successive double hundred, before a blanket of smog prompted him to declare on 536 for seven in the third and final test against Sri Lanka on Sunday. The home side’s attack then turned the screw even further on the visitors when they reduced Sri Lanka to 131-3 on the second day. Angelo Mathews capitalised on an early reprieve to score 57 not out and skipper Dinesh Chandimal was on 25 with Sri Lanka still 405 behind on a hazy ...

India 371-4 after big hundreds from Kohli, Vijay

Saturday, 2 December 2017

India’s run-machine Virat Kohli and in-form Murali Vijay smashed big centuries in a massive 283-run stand to deflate Sri Lanka on the opening day of the third and final test on Saturday. The tourists claimed two wickets in the morning session and two more in the final one but it otherwise was a microcosm of a series dominated by the hosts as India scored at more than four runs an over to reach 371 for four 4 at the close. Kohli remained not out after a majestic ...

Milestone beckons dominant India against Sri Lanka

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Sri Lanka appear to have neither the gameplan nor the resources to halt India’s seemingly inexorable march towards a record-equalling ninth consecutive series victory when the neighbours clash in the third and final test on Saturday. Sri Lanka’s long-suffering fans saw a sliver of hope when Dinesh Chandimal and his men blanked Pakistan 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates in October before embarking on their bid to win a maiden test on Indian soil. They managed to bowl out Virat ...

Kohli’s double hundred headlines India’s run feast

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Virat Kohli coasted to his fifth double century as India’s frontline batsmen crushed Sri Lanka’s toothless attack to stay on course for an innings victory in the second test in Nagpur on Sunday. Kohli smashed 213 while Rohit Sharma celebrated his return to the side after more than a year with an unbeaten 102 before the hosts declared their second innings closed on 610 for six on the third day for a commanding lead of 405. Sri Lanka’s misery did not end there as they lost ...

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