Cricket stumped by Politics and Dirty Tricks

Even as this essay goes to press, Sri Lanka is basking in the glory of an improbable win against Zimbabwe who has had his fill of controversy and just returned to the ICC fold! On day one the ardent Sri Lankan fan had serious misgivings of our tour party when Zimbabwe went on a leather hurt amassing a formidable total. The impression was that our bowlers were toiling on a batting wicket.

Then came the Matthews double century, a stunning reply which allowed the Sri Lankans to get back into the game. A sterling bowling display on a wearing pitch seemed to have taken the gas out of the Zimbabweans who made a measly second innings total to give Sri Lanka an easy victory!

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