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The curious cases of Shafiq and Karunaratne

Oct 13, 2017: Both were prolific in the recently concluded Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, but their overall Test careers is a strange mix of excellence and mediocrity

S Rajesh

ICC rankings

Rabada reaches career-best No. 3 ranking

Oct 11, 2017: The fast bowler has now moved above R Ashwin and Rangana Herath among Test bowlers, while Dimuth Karunaratne has entered the top 20 in the Test batting rankings for the first time

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2017-18

Marathon-man Karunaratne buries his first-innings ghosts

Oct 11, 2017: The Sri Lanka opener's best knocks have often come in the second innings, when his team is playing catch-up, but the Pakistan series featured a welcome departure from that norm

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day

Karunaratne's hunger for long innings

Oct 7, 2017: Dimuth Karunaratne has played some remarkably long innings recently, and is emerging as a batting leader for Sri Lanka post the Jayawardene-Sangakkara era

Bharath Seervi

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 2nd day

Sri Lanka in control after Karunaratne 196

Oct 7, 2017: Yasir Shah becomes first spinner to take five-fors in five successive Tests but Pakistan have a mountain to climb in the pink-ball Test

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Dubai, 1st day

Inside the heart of a Karunaratne classic

Oct 7, 2017: Being excluded from the ODI squad seemed not to bother the Sri Lanka opener, as he scored his seventh Test hundred to give his team control of the innings

Osman Samiuddin in Dubai

Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi

Karunaratne shines as Sri Lanka savour unremarkable day

Sep 28, 2017: Amid tumult, Dimuth Karunaratne has been Sri Lanka's lynchpin; he is the team's leading Test scorer this year, and fifth in the world

Osman Samiuddin

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, SSC, 4th day

Karunaratne produces narrative-changing knock

Aug 6, 2017: Dimuth Karunaratne has gone from regularly being on the verge of getting dropped to becoming one of Sri Lanka's most consistent batsmen of 2017 - and shown the stomach for a fight while at it

Andrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Jadeja's five-for wraps up India's first innings win in Sri Lanka

Aug 6, 2017: The fastest left-armer to 150 Test wickets helped his team to a series victory away from home in eight days of cricket

The Report by Alagappan Muthu

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Colombo, 3rd day

Mendis hundred and Karunaratne 92* defy India

Aug 5, 2017: After meekly folding for 183 all out in their first innings, Sri Lanka put forward a much better reply after they were made to follow-on

The Report by Alagappan Muthu

Sri Lanka v India, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Karunaratne also calls for stronger SL first-class competition

Aug 4, 2017: Dimuth Karunaratne has become the latest player to advocate for a stronger first-class competition in Sri Lanka

Andrew Fidel Fernando at SSC

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, only Test, Colombo, 4th day

Karunaratne urges positivity over survival

Jul 17, 2017: Seeing out Graeme Cremer and staying positive will reverse a little pressure and bring a mammoth 388 target within reach, according to Dimuth Karunaratne

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day

'Loss to Bangladesh could scar SL cricket'

Mar 18, 2017: Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka's second-innings centurion, credited Mustafizur Rahman for a potentially match-turning spell after lunch on the fourth day

Andrew Fidel Fernando at P Sara Oval

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 4th day

Karunaratne battles but Bangladesh can dare to dream

Mar 18, 2017: Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman picked up three wickets apiece as Bangladesh took a grip on the Colombo Test. Sri Lanka were only 139 ahead with two wickets in hand

The Report by Mohammad Isam at P Sara Oval

Sri Lanka A v England Lions, 2nd unofficial Test, Dambulla, 3rd day

Lions face final-day battle for survival after Rayner's marathon

Feb 25, 2017: England Lions face a long battle for survival on the final day in Dambulla as Sri Lanka A seek a victory that would tie the series, but all Ollie Rayner wanted was a long night's sleep

ECB Reporters Network

Sri Lanka A v England Lions, 2nd unofficial Test, Dambulla, 2nd day

England Lions made to toil by triple-century stand

Feb 25, 2017: England Lions were put to the sword by an unbroken stand of 303 on another sweltering day in Dambulla

ESPNcricinfo staff

England Lions in Sri Lanka 2016-17

De Silva to captain SL A in unofficial Tests against England Lions

Feb 13, 2017: The A squad for the two unofficial Tests also includes opener Dimuth Karunaratne and Sri Lanka's second spinner, Dilruwan Perera

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Sri Lanka in South Africa 2016-17

Kumara, Lakmal a glimmer amid catalogue of pain

Jan 15, 2017: Sri Lanka were beaten by increasingly convincing margins through the series and ESPNcricinfo looks at whether anyone emerged with credit

Andrew Fidel Fernando

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Parnell, Olivier seal innings win for SA

Jan 14, 2017: South Africa advanced determinedly towards a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka by taking just 17 overs to dismiss the opposition on the third morning

The Report by Alan Gardner

South Africa v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Cape Town

Green pitch set to test wounded Sri Lanka

Jan 1, 2017: A grassy Newlands surface will bring smiles to the faces of South Africa's seamers and make Sri Lanka's task even harder as they look to bounce back from 1-0 down

The Preview by Andrew Fernando in Cape Town
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