South Africa sealed a 3-0 clean sweep in their home ODI series against Sri Lanka today, courtesy of a comprehensive seven-wicket victory in Johannesburg.
In Sri Lanka’s pitiful 163 all out both Lahiru Madushanka and IDW veteran Suranga Lakmal made perfectly round zeroes, both victims of Dwaine Pretorious.
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.
In the third Test in Sydney, Babar Azam was the sole duckee as Pakistan commenced their pursuit of Australia’s first innings total of 538-8 declared. The tourists finished the day on 126-2 so still trailing by 412 runs.
In Cape Town, South Africa look destined for a comfortable win against Sri Lanka despite ducks from serial form lackers Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma. Our good friend Suranga Lakmal was the man responsible for Amla’s dismissal whilst Temba Bavuma committed the perennial Test match sin of being run out.
We’ll be back tomorrow but only if Emilio Estevez can find us some more Mighty Ducks!
Suranga Lakmal just can’t keep out of the action, whether or not he’s the duckee or the inflictor of duckness. Today he lasted three deliveries before falling to Vernon Philander (4-27) in Cape Town. Nuwan Pradeep also ducked in the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka, very first ball, Philander again the man responsible.
In Art Deco Land or Napier if you prefer, a trio of ducks were spotted in the first T20I between hosts New Zealand and visitors Bangladesh. For the tourists, Imrul Kayes fell second ball and Soumya Sarkar lasted exactly half that amount of deliveries. In the Black Caps’ response Colin Munro ducketed second ball but the hosts still claimed a six-wicket victory.
You big him up and what does he go and do?
South Africa’s opening bat Stephen Cook failed to brew.
All he could do…
… was head back to the dressing room and stew.
Cook lasted all of four deliveries against Sri Lanka in Cape Town, with the ever reliable IDW attention hogger Suranga Lakmal the bowler responsible.
Join us next time an international batsman is dismissed without scoring for more International Duck Watch.
Where International Duck Watch is about then Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal is never far away. The inaugural International Duck Club inductee has developed a habit of helping others join the club and today Lakmal welcomed South Africa’s Keshav Mahahraj to the party by getting him to nick behind the third delivery that he faced.
In the race to be the leading ducker, Kyle Abbott, who was originally inducted when failing miserably as an overnight watchman in Australia, was run out after facing just three deliveries to get his name on the honours board for the second time.
When Sri Lanka got around to their reply Kusal Mendis levelled with Abbott by being caught behind off the bowling of… Abbott!
That’s your paddle of ducks today folks!
We have our first repeat offender and it’s none other than our very first International Duck Watch member, Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal. Lakmal is clearly taking IDW extremely seriously. Today, not content with helping West Indies’ Shannon (Two ball) Gabriel join the club, Lakmal was then dismissed by his own victim in half the amount of deliveries that it had taken him and thus went golden in all its glory.
Inaugural inductee, repeat offender and helping others join the club. Calm down Mr Lakmal!
Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine joins the club today, aided in no small part by our old friend Suranga Lakmal. Ervine was out second ball as Zimbabwe limped to 154 all out (Moor 47 / Gunaratne 3-21) against Sri Lanka in Harare. Sri Lanka then knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets in just 24.3 overs with Dhananjaya de Silva hitting a career best 78 not out.
The next match in the series sees Sri Lanka take on a Darren Bravoless West Indies on November 16th.
Following Sri Lanka’s Suranga Lakmal breaking the International Duck Watch duck, Zimbabwe’s Hamilton Masakadza decided that he wanted a piece of the action too. The hosts’ number three produced a Lakmalesque two ball nought before being dismissed by Rangana Herath in the second Test in Harare.
Who will be caught next by International Duck Watch?
Congratulations to Sri Lanka’s Ranasinghe Arachchige Suranga Lakmal who will forever have the dubious honour of being the inaugural recipient of Silly Point’s brand new, latest state of the art feature International Duck Watch. Lakmal lasted all of two deliveries against the mighty Zimbabwe before being bowled by Donald Tiripano and by doing so, assisting the Zimbabwe pacer in lowering his Test Match bowling average to a batsman terrifying 57.25!