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    India [622/9d] beat Sri Lanka [183 & 386] by an innings and 53 runs in the 2nd Test to take 2-0 lead

    Sri Lanka (From): Dimuth Karunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal(c), Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Niroshan Dickwella(w), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara

    India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav


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    7 overs into the match and Sri Lankan opening bowler is trundling at 112KM.

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    Dhawan gone.

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    Kohli fails again. Pujara still there. Pitch looks like it has some turn.

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    Kohli will score a soft ton when India is in driving seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafeezrocks View Post
    Kohli will score a soft ton when India is in driving seat.
    Last match india was in driving seat in first innings,still kohli got out at low score and you guys criticized him.but in second innings ,he scored then you guys said it was not pressure so he scored .
    Kisi pase jeen da deyo bnde nu..

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    Too much cricket for him .he has to prove himself in every single game whether it is odi, test or t20.where as other player like Pujara,rahane,Rohit play only one formet of the game.he will be drain out soon

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    This is turning out to be a massacre. Lankans have become a jobber team.


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    Looks like the Indians are gorging on SLs again !!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherface58 View Post
    This is turning out to be a massacre. Lankans have become a jobber team.
    Its not just SL, against any team in this condition. This is why they are no 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehub View Post
    Its not just SL, against any team in this condition. This is why they are no 1.
    I agree. The Australia series was an aberration. India would wipe the floor with any team (except probably Pakistan) 9 out of 10 times in SC. Even Pakistan without Misbah and YK will lose more often than not.


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    Quote Originally Posted by thehub View Post
    Its not just SL, against any team in this condition. This is why they are no 1.
    Being number 1 means nothing if you can't back it up with results. And this result is hardly anything to get elated over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Being number 1 means nothing if you can't back it up with results. And this result is hardly anything to get elated over.
    Tell me a team today which can win series everywhere. There isn't one. The #1 position is a merry-go-round lately but India's recent results are about as strong as they can be. They are a deserving #1 even if that opinion is not popular here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherface58 View Post
    Tell me a team today which can win series everywhere. There isn't one. The #1 position is a merry-go-round lately but India's recent results are about as strong as they can be. They are a deserving #1 even if that opinion is not popular here.
    Exactly. #1 spot is a merry-go-round hence why Pakistan weren't able to keep it and alike Pakistan, India have relied too much on their home record which has amounted to them being #1. The strength of India will be shown once they travel overseas, instead of being minnows like SL, WI where they've gained the #1 spot. Deserving #1 in SC? Sure, maybe between Pakistan and India. But world? When you've faced WI and SL to get to #1? No thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Exactly. #1 spot is a merry-go-round hence why Pakistan weren't able to keep it and alike Pakistan, India have relied too much on their home record which has amounted to them being #1. The strength of India will be shown once they travel overseas, instead of being minnows like SL, WI where they've gained the #1 spot. Deserving #1 in SC? Sure, maybe between Pakistan and India. But world? When you've faced WI and SL to get to #1? No thanks.
    Pakistan can't even dominate at home. Australia lost at home to South Africa. England lost at home to Sri Lanka and couldn't win against Pakistan. South Africa aren't great at home either.

    Being completely dominant at home, and being able to win easily in SL and WI (which Pakistan, England and Australia had trouble with or couldn't do) is more than enough to be the undisputed #1 team.

    "Deserving #1 in SC? Sure, maybe between Pakistan and India. But world?"

    Pakistan doesn't come close if we're just talking about the subcontinent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    Pakistan can't even dominate at home. Australia lost at home to South Africa. England lost at home to Sri Lanka and couldn't win against Pakistan. South Africa aren't great at home either.

    Being completely dominant at home, and being able to win easily in SL and WI (which Pakistan, England and Australia had trouble with or couldn't do) is more than enough to be the undisputed #1 team.

    "Deserving #1 in SC? Sure, maybe between Pakistan and India. But world?"

    Pakistan doesn't come close if we're just talking about the subcontinent.
    Undefeated is still a hard feat to do, and that's what Pakistan have done.

    England losing to SL was 3 years ago, and that too with a good SL side and a weak England side. They've RECENTLY beat SL too 2-0, and that result should count more weight, no? Couldn't win against Pakistan and India away but that's the conditions. SA, Aus are similar teams in terms of strengths so it's no surprise results were traded.

    The ease at which a team can displace another can come under scrutiny since it could be that the pitches were so similar etc. That's why Pak drew 2-2 vs England because the pitches were all different.

    Like I said, India have played all top teams at home and beaten them - which was no surprise. But to stay as #1 they need to do something vs them away. That's where they won't stay as #1. And that's my point.
    Last edited by idrizzy; 3rd August 2017 at 18:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Undefeated is still a hard feat to do, and that's what Pakistan have done.

    England losing to SL was 3 years ago, and that too with a good SL side and a weak England side. They've RECENTLY beat SL too 2-0, and that result should count more weight, no? Couldn't win against Pakistan and India away but that's the conditions. SA, Aus are similar teams in terms of strengths so it's no surprise results were traded.

    The ease at which a team can displace another can come under scrutiny since it could be that the pitches were so similar etc. That's why Pak drew 2-2 vs England because the pitches were all different.

    Like I said, India have played all top teams at home and beaten them - which was no surprise. But to stay as #1 they need to do something vs them away. That's where they won't stay as #1. And that's my point.
    Stop whinging dude. Ranking says they are no 1. Wait till someone beat that. They are not there only for few days or weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehub View Post
    Stop whinging dude. Ranking says they are no 1. Wait till someone beat that. They are not there only for few days or weeks.
    Yeah you're right rankings are the end all of all debates since a #8 ranked side just beat the #2 ranked team in the CT final

    You can take the rankings as sacrimonious as you want but we'll see how much you'll boast this time next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Yeah you're right rankings are the end all of all debates since a #8 ranked side just beat the #2 ranked team in the CT final

    You can take the rankings as sacrimonious as you want but we'll see how much you'll boast this time next year
    So you have never seen underdog winning a ODI game or final of the tournament?

    Ranking is to show that who is overall a better team. For sure, India have a better ODI team than Pakistan if you have considered both teams performance in the last few years. losing a final wont change that. If you think India should not have ranked higher than Pakistan just because Pak beat them in the final, I dont have anything else to say. lets agree to disagree.

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    Looks like, a repeat of 1st Test is on the cards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Exactly. #1 spot is a merry-go-round hence why Pakistan weren't able to keep it and alike Pakistan, India have relied too much on their home record which has amounted to them being #1. The strength of India will be shown once they travel overseas, instead of being minnows like SL, WI where they've gained the #1 spot. Deserving #1 in SC? Sure, maybe between Pakistan and India. But world? When you've faced WI and SL to get to #1? No thanks.
    There are like 10 test teams (Afghans and Ireland have not played yet) of which Zim and Ban are minnows although Ban are rising, SL and WI are weak, NZ have been weakened after punching above their weight with McCullum, Pakistan were solid but are weakened by losing Misbah and YK. That leaves India, Australia, England and South Africa. None of these teams are all-conquering and the boring 5 test series tours do not help. India managed to snag a win in England in a test diluting their lost series a bit and not lose too badly in Australia and South Africa and then proceeded to steamroll everyone at home making them a deserving but not undisputed #1.

    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Yeah you're right rankings are the end all of all debates since a #8 ranked side just beat the #2 ranked team in the CT final

    You can take the rankings as sacrimonious as you want but we'll see how much you'll boast this time next year
    And now you have jumped the shark. They have a mace in test cricket for a reason. The rankings are way more reliable than ODIs and T20s where upsets are quite common.


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    The debutant with 500 FC wickets was poor. I don't know how he picked up that much wickets with that action. Sums up the qualaity of sri lankan ranji teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherface58 View Post
    There are like 10 test teams (Afghans and Ireland have not played yet) of which Zim and Ban are minnows although Ban are rising, SL and WI are weak, NZ have been weakened after punching above their weight with McCullum, Pakistan were solid but are weakened by losing Misbah and YK. That leaves India, Australia, England and South Africa. None of these teams are all-conquering and the boring 5 test series tours do not help. India managed to snag a win in England in a test diluting their lost series a bit and not lose too badly in Australia and South Africa and then proceeded to steamroll everyone at home making them a deserving but not undisputed #1.



    And now you have jumped the shark. They have a mace in test cricket for a reason. The rankings are way more reliable than ODIs and T20s where upsets are quite common.
    Some fans just couldnt take it seeing India holding #1 spot. I agree with you that there are no true #1 side who could defeat any team anywhere. Every side including South Africa are having trouble winning series in alien conditions
    I believe this Indian team have the potential to upset South Africa away from home.

    As of now i dont see any team could defeat this Indian side in asia not even Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post

    Like I said, India have played all top teams at home and beaten them - which was no surprise. But to stay as #1 they need to do something vs them away. That's where they won't stay as #1. And that's my point.
    You can be the best performing team despite not winning vs top away teams. Others just have to do worse than you.


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    There shouldn't be a series between these two teams for the next 15 years.


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    Sri Lanka's cricket back to pre-1996 phase.

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    India are on track for 600.

    Jaddu seems to have really become a pukka test player. I mean his batting is shambles in LOI, but he's become such a useful declaration bat. And contributes to many valuable partnerships with Saha.

    Poor Saha, he's always being **** on by Dhoni *******, for no reason at all .Dude has been contributing with the bat just as good as MSD ever since he became a regular. !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Sri Lanka's cricket back to pre-1996 phase.
    Why don't you give some credit to indian team who is playing like no 1 team and making this SL team look like a minnow. I don't think any other team could dominate SL like this in SL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    There shouldn't be a series between these two teams for the next 15 years.
    Why? Thought Pak has played more test matches against SL then India in the last 3 yrs or so.

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    @shaz619 this series is like when Femi beats up soup cans and everyone goes gaga over him.

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    but really sad to see SL Cricket in this shape. They have punched above their weight in the last 2 decades. But atm they are playing like Bangladesh pre 2010s level of ineptness

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehub View Post
    Why don't you give some credit to indian team who is playing like no 1 team and making this SL team look like a minnow. I don't think any other team could dominate SL like this in SL.
    SL only recently lost an ODI series and nearly lost a Test to Zimbabwe.

    Not exactly the team of Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Aravinda, Vaas and Murali, or even the Sri Lanka team of 3-4 years ago you are beating is it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    SL only recently lost an ODI series and nearly lost a Test to Zimbabwe.

    Not exactly the team of Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Aravinda, Vaas and Murali, or even the Sri Lanka team of 3-4 years ago you are beating is it ?
    Lankans may be playing bad recently. But they are still a force at home. They whitewashed Aussies not long ago.

    Lankans just ran into a team that plays Herath and other spinners well. if it was England or SA or Aus, they would not have been scoring 600 runs every innings for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    SL only recently lost an ODI series and nearly lost a Test to Zimbabwe.

    Not exactly the team of Jayasuriya, Sangakkara, Aravinda, Vaas and Murali, or even the Sri Lanka team of 3-4 years ago you are beating is it ?
    Pakistan actually lost a test to Zimbabwe, and they are a solid team. While SL are certainly not a great team nowadays, they recently beat Australia 3-0, and then Australia went on to be very competitive in India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    There shouldn't be a series between these two teams for the next 15 years.
    Bad news, one is coming up in India this November.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyB View Post
    India are on track for 600.

    Jaddu seems to have really become a pukka test player. I mean his batting is shambles in LOI, but he's become such a useful declaration bat. And contributes to many valuable partnerships with Saha.

    Poor Saha, he's always being **** on by Dhoni *******, for no reason at all .Dude has been contributing with the bat just as good as MSD ever since he became a regular. !
    more dependable than Mahi in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    There shouldn't be a series between these two teams for the next 15 years.
    They have another in this very year.


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    Exciting match. Test cricket at it's best!


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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherface58 View Post
    There are like 10 test teams (Afghans and Ireland have not played yet) of which Zim and Ban are minnows although Ban are rising, SL and WI are weak, NZ have been weakened after punching above their weight with McCullum, Pakistan were solid but are weakened by losing Misbah and YK. That leaves India, Australia, England and South Africa. None of these teams are all-conquering and the boring 5 test series tours do not help. India managed to snag a win in England in a test diluting their lost series a bit and not lose too badly in Australia and South Africa and then proceeded to steamroll everyone at home making them a deserving but not undisputed #1.



    And now you have jumped the shark. They have a mace in test cricket for a reason. The rankings are way more reliable than ODIs and T20s where upsets are quite common.
    They might be most deserving due to the amount of teams they've faced at home and they've beaten all of them. However, like I said, it'd be interesting to see how they'd do away from home since the rankings just show "#1" and in my opinion, they've faced SA, Aus, Eng when they were at their weakest.

    It's more that they're #1 because others have been weakened, rather them being so good. Again though, we'll see how they are 1 year from now.

    And re: rankings comment. It's to solidify the fact that they're not to be taken for fact. And how rankings themselves don't show the full picture as a team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    They might be most deserving due to the amount of teams they've faced at home and they've beaten all of them. However, like I said, it'd be interesting to see how they'd do away from home since the rankings just show "#1" and in my opinion, they've faced SA, Aus, Eng when they were at their weakest.

    It's more that they're #1 because others have been weakened, rather them being so good. Again though, we'll see how they are 1 year from now.

    And re: rankings comment. It's to solidify the fact that they're not to be taken for fact. And how rankings themselves don't show the full picture as a team.
    That's a weird excuse. If other teams are weakened, and India is better than them, then India is the best team.

    Also, I find it odd how all 4 teams (add New Zealand too) became weaker right before they toured India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    That's a weird excuse. If other teams are weakened, and India is better than them, then India is the best team.

    Also, I find it odd how all 4 teams (add New Zealand too) became weaker right before they toured India.
    Indeed, they probably are the best team currently.

    I'd expect India to do well vs these teams at the moment. England vs South Africa is hardly a match up of the past, since both sides are weak (makes it a decent watching though). Australia rebuilding and NZ have fallen behind. Alike to how Pakistan have become weakened too. I don't find test cricket interesting if teams are getting bullied a la India vs SL. That's why India will probably do decently touring away. But once they have done that a year from now, we'll see if they're undisputed #1's.

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    Currently the best test team in the world. They will thrash any team anywhere in Asia.

    THEY R certainly a strong contender for the greatest test team of all time. Don't think many test teams in the world were as dominant as them.

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    Sri Lanka getting destroyed here. 122/6 in response to India's 622. Sir with an absolute peach.


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    Jeez! Lanka getting destroyed by us. And we are not even playing at the same level as we did against England last year!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    There shouldn't be a series between these two teams for the next 15 years.
    One more series lined up this year itself.

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    1 down in 2nd innings. Tharanga Gone.

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    India are dominating this match but this innings has been a treat to watch. Mendis has been batting at a strike rate of 100 and Karunaratne is pretty good too. Only if they could play so freely more often.

    Truth be told, they don't even want to save the Test match anymore. They're just having fun. Hitting boundaries almost every over but taking calculated risks. Let's see where this match is ahead. Trailing by 343 runs right now.

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    Jadega has been taken apart in this innings but he's created the most chances. Looking really threatening and I know I wouldn't want to face him. If the Lankans weren't playing so freely and dare I say - carelessly, they would've succumbed to the pressure and gifted Jaddu 5-6 wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExpressPacer View Post
    this innings has been a treat to watch. Mendis has been batting at a strike rate of 100
    Really nice batting by Mendis. Two of the best players of spin bowling (mendis and Pujara) are playing in thsi match.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coconut View Post
    Currently the best test team in the world. They will thrash any team anywhere in Asia.

    THEY R certainly a strong contender for the greatest test team of all time. Don't think many test teams in the world were as dominant as them.
    LOL. You need to do a better job of trolling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by English August View Post
    LOL. You need to do a better job of trolling.
    Best test team of all time. Best test team of all time

    That's enough internet for today.

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    Good fight back by SLs ..... but I think, the Indians are still on the top !!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coconut View Post
    Currently the best test team in the world. They will thrash any team anywhere in Asia.

    <b>THEY R certainly a strong contender for the greatest test team of all time.</b> Don't think many test teams in the world were as dominant as them.
    Reasonable case for the greatest Test batting team of all time. 6 600+ scores in the last 9 Test matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadevdesai View Post
    Good fight back by SLs ..... but I think, the Indians are still on the top !!!!!!!
    Can SL do a Kolkata 2001 here? They need to bat all of day 4 and perhaps 1 session on day 5. Pitch would have completely crumbled by then making batting impossible for India. Kohli might regret enforcing the follow-on.

    Who'd be their Laxman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leatherface58 View Post
    Sri Lanka getting destroyed here. 122/6 in response to India's 622. Sir with an absolute peach.
    I think Sri Lanka is punching above their weight, who would have thought the test would go onto the 4th day!!currently Afganisthan is a better test team than SL

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    Very good fightback by SL.

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    srilanka need to set above 100 run target .
    they will win this test.

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    Pushpakumara Gone.......

    Bye Bye Sri Lanka - The Fight was commendable

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    BTW......I've never seen a more brainless hoick (reverse Hoick)

    This was almost Umer Akmalesque level of brain fade

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    BTW......I've never seen a more brainless hoick (reverse Hoick)

    This was almost Umer Akmalesque level of brain fade
    Shannon Gabriel in Younis-Misbah last test was worse

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    Sri Lanka's future in tests looks very bleak.

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    A dominate performance from India. India will beat most teams in Asian conditions. Test is away from the subcontinent. A potential golden era awaits this Indian test team. All hinges on how they do away from the subcontinent though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhaag Viru Bhaag View Post
    Sri Lanka's future in tests looks very bleak.
    Actually it looks promising with Mendis and Karunaratne. No shame in losing to an Indian juggernaut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joly View Post
    I think Sri Lanka is punching above their weight, who would have thought the test would go onto the 4th day!!currently Afganisthan is a better test team than SL
    Another exaggeration (like calling India the greatest Test team). AFG is nowhere close to SL in Tests (not even in the same zip code). Heck they haven't even played their first Test, and people are making tall claims like this.

    Playing Tests is vastly different from playing ODIs / T20s.

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    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Good to have 6th Ton Against No 1 Team and No 1 &amp; 2 Best Spinners on that turning track.well played <a href="https://twitter.com/KusalMendis1">@KusalMendis1</a> keep it up <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SLvIND?src=hash">#SLvIND</a></p>&mdash; Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) <a href="https://twitter.com/IamDimuth/status/894148782006259712">August 6, 2017</a></blockquote>
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    Didn't they lose the Test by an innings?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Good to have 6th Ton Against No 1 Team and No 1 &amp; 2 Best Spinners on that turning track.well played <a href="https://twitter.com/KusalMendis1">@KusalMendis1</a> keep it up <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SLvIND?src=hash">#SLvIND</a></p>&mdash; Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) <a href="https://twitter.com/IamDimuth/status/894148782006259712">August 6, 2017</a></blockquote>
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    Didn't they lose the Test by an innings?
    But that hasn't changed the fact that kushal has scored a fantastic ton against the best spinner in the world.

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    Hope India can get past 130 ratting point. What a team. Certainly the 2nd greatest test team after the Australian test team of 2000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coconut View Post
    Hope India can get past 130 ratting point.
    2-0 gets you zero points. 3-0 will get 2 more points and then it will be downhill from there. But getting to 125 points mean team dominated others for a period even if domination came in familiar conditions.

    Only 3 teams have crossed 125 rating points. Aus, SA and India. Eng's highest was 125 and Pakistan's highest was 111.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coconut View Post
    Hope India can get past 130 ratting point. What a team. Certainly the 2nd greatest test team after the Australian test team of 2000.
    This is nowhere close to even the Indian team we had till 2011 . The only advantage this team definately has over teams from past is AR capabilities of Ashwin/Jadeja/Pandey .


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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Exactly. #1 spot is a merry-go-round hence why Pakistan weren't able to keep it and alike Pakistan, India have relied too much on their home record which has amounted to them being #1. The strength of India will be shown once they travel overseas, instead of being minnows like SL, WI where they've gained the #1 spot. Deserving #1 in SC? Sure, maybe between Pakistan and India. But world? When you've faced WI and SL to get to #1? No thanks.
    You do realize that we didn't gain many points beating SL and WI due to their low ranks ...right ? Last year the Rain washout of the 4th Test in WI cost us the #1 spot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coconut View Post
    But that hasn't changed the fact that kushal has scored a fantastic ton against the best spinner in the world.
    SL proving the point that they are minnows when they start celebrating little victories after being thumped by an innings at home. To be honest I rate Karunaratne's ton more than Mendis. They needed someone to dig in and slowly grind a big hundred or even a double not a useless small hundred at a strike rate of 80.

    Chandimal is somehow so far proving to be a worse captain than Mathews which is an achievement in itself.

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    People who think that one can reach number 1 by beating only low ranked teams should carefully read how the ranking system works. One gains points only by beating higher ranked teams. Beating lower ranked teams without whitewashing them may actually cause loss of points for the top teams. For instance, India must whitewash teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc otherwise they lose points despite winning the series.

    India have gained points because they have defeated higher ranked teams like England, Australia, south Africa etc, and not because they have only beaten Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, west Indies etc.
    Last edited by squarecut; 7th August 2017 at 13:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jusarrived View Post
    This is nowhere close to even the Indian team we had till 2011 . The only advantage this team definately has over teams from past is AR capabilities of Ashwin/Jadeja/Pandey .
    Same team of 2011 that was trashed 8-0 away from home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianG00se View Post
    Same team of 2011 that was trashed 8-0 away from home?
    That was an ageing side on its last legs


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    Quote Originally Posted by jusarrived View Post
    That was an ageing side on its last legs
    Thats my point. India's best test team ever was 2007-2010. We carried on some player for far too long which resulted in drubbing away from home and also series lost to Poms at home. This Indian team real challenge comes next year when they face South Africa, and England away from home. I do feel this team has potential to be best ever Indian team (test).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    You do realize that we didn't gain many points beating SL and WI due to their low ranks ...right ? Last year the Rain washout of the 4th Test in WI cost us the #1 spot.
    Points are points no matter how small. India haven't lost any and that's the reason why, nor drawn any (which gives 0 points]. Home/Away points should be added to make the table more reliable in that period of time.

    And yep bad fortune for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idrizzy View Post
    Points are points no matter how small. India haven't lost any and that's the reason why, nor drawn any (which gives 0 points].
    Well since we are so far away from the lower ranked team we benefit very less from beating these teams as compared to Pak,NZ,SL. And even a drawn Test match *AFTER* the test series was already won still cost us points. So similarly if we don't win the upcomming 3rd Test against SL this week we will not gain any points (even though its an AWAY Series win)

    Home/Away points should be added to make the table more reliable in that period of time.

    And yep bad fortune for that.
    Not all Home matches are truly home matches and not all away matches are truly away matches ... examples are SAF in AUS or SL in UAE or Ind in SL etc... thats why they don't use that criteria.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tusker View Post
    Well since we are so far away from the lower ranked team we benefit very less from beating these teams as compared to Pak,NZ,SL. And even a drawn Test match *AFTER* the test series was already won still cost us points. So similarly if we don't win the upcomming 3rd Test against SL this week we will not gain any points (even though its an AWAY Series win)



    Not all Home matches are truly home matches and not all away matches are truly away matches ... examples are SAF in AUS or SL in UAE or Ind in SL etc... thats why they don't use that criteria.
    Very good point. If ICC makes this change in the Ranking calculation, people will still cry when India beat SL in SL or WI in WI. overall these folks will still whinge about ranking as long as India is no 1. moment some other team gets that position, all in sudden ranking would be very important. we all saw how folks celebrated when Pakistan was no 1 for a few hrs.

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