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There seemed to be some hope for the India v
Sri Lanka tie at the beginning of the tour. They had
not had a bilateral series for two years before this
In the Asia Cup and World T20 matches this year,
Sri Lanka had appeared to loosen the grip India had
recently imposed on them. Going by the previous
six months' form, the teams even appeared to be
Though there has been entertainment from India,
two weeks on, this series has been the most bloodless,
one-sided meeting of the sides in recent years. The
India versus Sri Lanka genre has officially reached
a new nadir. That is not a sentence that ever needed
to be written.
The final match shapes as a rubber that seems so
dead, even Frankenstein could not reanimate it.
Having not dominated India at any stage during the
four ODIs so far, Sri Lanka now aim to pull off a
victory three days after their most dispiriting defeat.
Worse, they have been further depleted by the exit
of Kumar Sangakkara and Dhammika Prasad mid-
series. Sri Lanka's cricket has been combative in
recent years, but avoiding 5-0 here will require one
of their best-ever comebacks. Apart from Angelo
Mathews and Mahela Jayawardene, no other Sri
Lanka player has played at near his best in India.
The hosts have already spoken repeatedly of their
desire to be ruthless, and they will not only aim to
defeat Sri Lanka in Ranchi, they will want to crush
them once again.
Though the conditions in Australia and New
Zealand will be very different, the series has already
affirmed India's World Cup preparation, and has
shed light on a younger group that has strongly sug-
gested it can make it at the international level. Beyond
the top order, which has been so good that a Virat
Kohli hundred or an MS Dhoni finish has not been
missed, India will look with pleasure at the pace-
battery that has begun to develop.
In the spotlight
After a wayward outing first up in the series,
Dhawal Kulkarni returned strongly in the fourth ODI,
claiming 4 for 34, including two big scalps in one
Powerplay over. He is light on pace, and does not
get the bounce that other India seamers generate,
which lower his chances of playing in the upcoming
southern-hemisphere summer, but another rich haul
might make the selectors think twice.
Lahiru Thirimanne arrived at the crease when the
match was already a foregone conclusion on Thursday,
but he made the best of a poor situation, and struck
a 69-ball 59 to ease himself back into the national
side. Thirimanne has already tasted success in Aus-
tralia, in both Tests and ODIs, and he will hope to
continue his good run in this match, and the England
series to follow, in order to shore up his place in the
squad. If the selectors feel Kusal Perera has had
enough chances, Thirimanne may also be a candidate
to open, in the near future.
India have said Suresh Raina will be rested for the
final match, which might allow Kedhar Jadav to claim
a place in the XI. Sri Lanka took a liking to legspinner
Karn Sharma in Kolkata as well, so India may consider
bringing back R Ashwin in his place.
As woeful as they were in the last match, there
are few plausible changes Sri Lanka can make. Ajantha
Mendis may move out of the XI, in order for Chat-
uranga de Silva to re-enter it.
Sri Lanka in fight to
avoid first 0-5 loss
The BCCI has decided to call an emergent work-
ing committee meeting in Chennai on November
18 to decide whether to postpone only the board s
election, or the annual general meeting as well.
The conundrum had arisen after the Supreme Court
on Friday stressed that N Srinivasan cannot seek
re-election till the probe into the IPL corruption
scandal is complete.
Ever since conclusion of the Supreme Court pro-
ceedings, there has been a confusion among the
BCCI members about the status of the AGM. Soon
after the court made it clear that Srinivasan cannot
contest on November 20, BCCI counsel C Aryama
Sundaram sought permission to postpone the AGM
by four weeks, which was reportedly granted to him.
However, it is understood that at least three member
associations wrote to BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel
asking him not to postpone the AGM.
The election of the president, secretary, joint-sec-
retary, treasurer and five vice-presidents is only one
of the several issues on the agenda of the AGM,
which has already been pushed back by a couple of
months. It was supposed to be conducted by Sep-
tember 30, but, due to the ongoing investigation into
the IPL 2013 spot-fixing case and Srinivasan's role
in the same, the working committee had decided on
September 26 to have the AGM on November 20.
According to the BCCI's rulebook, notice for an
emergent working committee meeting needs to be
issued at least 72 hours in advance. Though the
members haven't been formally notified so far, most
of the working committee members have been noti-
fied verbally about the meeting.
Some of the BCCI's members have questioned the
action of the BCCI counsel to keep pushing back
the AGM, though. Also, former BCCI president
Shashank Manohar, who has emerged as the flag-
bearer of the anti-Srinivasan movement in the BCCI,
said on Friday that the AGM dates cannot be altered.
"However it appears that during today's (court)
hearing, as soon as the names of Srinivasan and
(Gurunath) Meiyappan were disclosed, the Counsel
for the Board made a request for the postponement
of the AGM and elections scheduled to be held on
20 November," Manohar had said.
After taking legal advice and having multiple rounds
of discussion, the BCCI hierarchy was convinced
that if it postponed the AGM, or the election, without
the working committee's approval, it would lead to
another legal battle, so the meeting was called.
It is also understood that the office-bearers are
in favour of proceeding with the AGM but postponing
the elections till the Supreme Court decides Srini-
Apart from the election, the AGM usually lists
several matters, including confirmation of minutes
of the previous general meetings, adoption of the
secretary's review report, adoption of treasurer's
report and the audited accounts, adoption of the
annual budget, appointment of auditors, election of
working committee, standing committees and other
sub-committees, consideration of reports and rec-
ommendations of various committees, and appointing
India's representative to the ICC.
"The election can held in a SGM [special general
meeting], so (postponing) it would give every inter-
ested and eligible candidate a fair opportunity," said
an insider privy to discussions. (ESPNcricinfo)
BCCI calls meeting to
decide on AGM, election
Bangladesh's Mominul Haque plays a shot through the off side against
Zimbabwe during the fourth day of the third Test in Chittagong, yesterday.
Mominul Haque s fourth Test cen-
tury laid the foundation for Bangladesh
to press on for a win in the third Test
in Chittagong, yesterday. Zimbabwe
were set a stiff target of 449 and
although they got off at a brisk pace,
ending the evening on 71 for 1, survival
would be key for the visitors on the
Rubel Hossain completed Brian
Chari's pair in the second over after
which Hamilton Masakadza and Sikan-
dar Raza ran at the Bangladesh bowlers
for the last hour. They made 26 and 43
respectively and looked as dominating
as they did in the second evening.
Bangladesh declared on 319 for 5, 54
minutes into the final session on the
fourth day, during which Tamim Iqbal
made 65 and quick runs came from
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
Mominul chipped away at the flagging
visitors and Shakib Al Hasan crossed
the 250-run mark in the three-match
series, apart from his 18 wickets.
This was the first time Bangladesh
scored 300-plus in both innings as well
as scoring an aggregate of 822 runs, their
highest for a Test match. They ended
the series with 1,858 runs, their highest
in a single series.
Mushfiqur blasted four boundaries
and two sixes in his 30-ball 46 and
Shuvagata Hom came out for 1.2 overs
before the declaration came. Mominul
ended up unbeaten on 131 off 189 balls
with 13 boundaries. Apart from picking
up fours regularly, he ensured that singles
and twos were hardly missed throughout
his stay on the fourth day. He had a
nervous moment when on 89 as an lbw
appeal was reviewed after it was turned
down. But the ball was too high and
the on-field umpire's decision stood.
He was stuck in the nineties for 23
deliveries but finally reached the mile-
stone with a dangling bat that guided
the ball through the gap between point
and short third-man. Mominul began
with two drives that beautifully threaded
through extra cover and mid-off. There
were two drives through mid-on, as
well as standard fours with sweeps, pulls
He has now joined Everton Weekes,
Alec Stewart, Matthew Hayden, Jacques
Kallis, Simon Katich and Kumar San-
gakkara as batsmen with 50-plus scores
in nine consecutive Tests. He has also
become the fourth batsman after
Weekes, Sunil Gavaskar and Mark Taylor
to score 50-plus eleven times in his first
Mominul added 88 for the second
wicket with Tamim Iqbal, who was
bowled for 65 when an attempted glide,
which had come off twice earlier, didn't
work against Natsai M'shangwe. It was
the Zimbabwe legspinner's first wicket
of the game after bowling 58 overs.
Mahmudullah also batted well, ham-
mering a 28-ball 30 with three fours
and a six which was caught in the
boundary momentarily but the fielder's
feet had touched the boundary rope.
He and Mominul added 55 runs in 10.3
overs, an acceleration Bangladesh
required at the stage.
sets target of 449
Bangladesh 503 (Imrul Kayes 130,
Tamim Iqbal 109, Shakib Al Hasan 71;
Sikandar Raza 3-123, Hamilton
Masakadza 2-23) and 319-5 dec.
(Mominul Haque 131 not out, Tamim
Iqbal 65, Mushfiqur Rahim 46;
Tinashe Panyangara 2-31, Natsa
Zimbabwe 374 (Elton Chigumbura
91, Sikandar Raza 82, Hamilton
Masakadza 81; Jubair Hossain 5-96,
Shafiul Islam 2-50) and 71-1
(Sikandar Raza 43 not out, Hamilton
Masakadza 26 not out; Rubel Hossain
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