Sri Lanka falters after Jaya finds runs

Updated 04 January 2013
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Sri Lanka falters after Jaya finds runs

SYDNEY: Stand-in Lahiru Thirimanne and skipper Mahela Jayawardene missed centuries as injury-hit Sri Lanka slumped to 294 all out after a strong start to the third Sydney Test against Australia yesterday.
Thirimanne, who only arrived in Australia this week to cover for the injured Kumar Sangakkara, threw away a chance of a first Test hundred.
Jayawardene scored his first away Test half century in more than three years but was caught at slip on 72.
The tourists, demoralized after last week’s innings and 201-run defeat in Melbourne to lose the series, showed greater resolve in the dead-rubber final Test as they chased their first ever Test win Down Under at the 13th attempt.
They were all out shortly before stumps on the opening day with paceman Jackson Bird taking four for 41 off 19.4 overs and recalled Mitchell Starc getting three wickets.
Thirimanne, who had just one nets session as preparation, reached his highest Test score after he was given out leg before wicket to Bird on his first ball before the dismissal was overturned on review.
Thirimanne also had a life on 65 when put down by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off spinner Nathan Lyon, but with a century in sight off 151 balls, he tossed away his wicket on 91.
His flashing miscue off Lyon was brilliantly caught by David Warner diving full length at cover point.
Thirimanne trudged from the wicket shaking his head as he watched his dismissal on the large screen.
“I am really disappointed because this was a great opportunity for me after a long break from Test cricket, but I feel I batted really well so at the end of the day I am really happy with my performance,” Thirimanne said.
Jayawardene earlier steadied the tourists after the loss of both openers before lunch.
The last time Jayawardene had passed 50 in an away Test was way back in November 2009 in India, although he has continued to score heavily at home. He went 26 innings outside Sri Lanka without a half-century.
It was a more confident Jayawardene than seen in the Hobart and Melbourne Test defeats and he faced 110 balls in 154 minutes before he was snapped up by Michael Clarke at slip off Starc in the 43rd over.
Starc had a few anxious moments when New Zealand umpire Tony Hill checked for an overstepping no-ball. But replays showed that Starc’s heel was just behind the popping crease before he dragged it forward and the dismissal was confirmed.
Bird snared the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne in the eighth over but Australia had to wait until 20 minutes before lunch for a second, with the dismissal of Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Karunaratne was out to a poor shot, attempting to pull Bird but only getting a top edge that was safely caught by Mike Hussey, playing in his 79th and last Test match. Dilshan was caught behind off Bird for 34.
“It was nice to get a few wickets early, it was tough work out there, but I thought we stuck at it pretty well toward the end of the day and we got the rewards in that last session,” Bird said.
Thilan Samaraweera went leg before wicket to Peter Siddle for 12. Angelo Mathews put on 55 runs for the fifth wicket with Thirimanne before he edged Starc to Hussey at second slip for 15.
Left armer Starc yorked Dinesh Chandimal with the first ball of the second new ball for 24 late in the day.
Skipper Clarke had looked for a quick return on a bold toss decision to bowl on a green-tinged pitch, after going into a Test with four quicks for the first time since the third Test against India in Perth a year ago.
The Sydney Test had a poignant opening, with both teams paying their respects to Tony Greig in a moving farewell to the former England captain.
Players and fans observed a minute’s silence in honor of Greig, who died at the weekend aged 66 from a heart attack while battling lung cancer.

SCOREBOARD

Sri Lanka (first innings):
T. Dilshan c Wade b Bird 34
D. Karunaratne c Hussey b Bird 5
M. Jayawardene c Clarke b Starc 72
L. Thirimanne c Warner b Lyon 91
T. Samaraweera lbw Siddle 12
A. Mathews c Hussey b Starc 15
D. Chandimal b Starc 24
D. Prasad c Starc b Siddle 2
R. Herath c Siddle b Bird 5
S. Lakmal c Hussey b Bird 5
N. Pradeep not out 17
Extras: 12
Total: 294
Fall of wkts: 1-26, 2-72, 3-134, 4-167, 5-222, 6-250, 7-256, 8-271, 9-273.
Bowling: Starc 19-0-71-3 (w-3), Bird 19.4-10-41-4, Siddle
15-3-46-2 (nb-1), Johnson 13-1-58-0, Lyon 19-2-69-1, Hussey
2-1-1-0.


Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

Updated 23 April 2018
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Liverpool's Andrew Robertson ready for Roma Champions League test

  • Young Scottish star was very impressive during Liverpool's 5-1 aggregate destruction of Man City in last-eight clash.
  • Robertson refuses to take Roma lightly after their shock victory over Barcelona in the last round.

LIVERPOOL: With a desire stoked in the stands of Parkhead, Andrew Robertson is now fired up to fulfil a childhood dream.
While following the fortunes of Celtic, the defender’s first Champions League final memory was when Zinedine Zidane volleyed Real Madrid to success in 2002 as the contest was staged in Robertson’s home city of Glasgow. He was just eight years old.
While Robertson was deemed too small to play for his boyhood idols, released at 15 with a future uncertain, he has grown to prove his worth on Europe’s biggest club stage with Liverpool.
Now, with a semifinal encounter against AS Roma after beating Premier League champions Manchester City in the last eight, he wants to emulate those Reds heroes who lifted the trophy five times before.
“I was a big Celtic fan growing up and my heroes were Henrik Larsson and Co,” Robertson told Arab News ahead of tonight’s first-leg clash 
at Anfield.
“But these heroes who have won the European Cup and Champions League for Liverpool, you have to look up to them — and we want to emulate them and hopefully get a winner’s medal too.
“The club’s won it five times and the history of the club has always been this, the Champions League, where the fans create a special atmosphere and the club challenges for the trophy. It would be unbelievable to be a part of that history.
“This is the highlight for me so far and an incredible feeling, but it just makes you hungry for more. I don’t want it to end.
“As a kid, you sit back and watch how great it would be to play in this competition, let alone in the final.
“I always used to go to Celtic and we didn’t progress very far in the Champions League, but the occasions at Parkhead were always unbelievable.
“The fans at Celtic are incredible, world renowned, but Anfield was unbelievable against Man City and we have another chance for them to create that same atmosphere and hopefully we can put in another great performance.”
Having beaten Pep Guardiola’s City so convincingly, 5-1 over two gripping games, Liverpool will start favorites against Roma.
That is despite the Italians upsetting Barcelona in the previous round with an epic 3-0 win in the second leg after a 4-1 loss at the Nou Camp.
But Robertson will take nothing for granted against a Roma side who last reached the final in 1984 where they were beaten by Liverpool in a penalty shootout at their Stadio Olimpico home.
“Barca are an unbelievable team,” added the Scotland left-back, 24. “But let’s not kid ourselves. For Roma to score three goals against Barcelona, that’s special.
“They’ve been unbelievable this season too in the Champions League and deserve to be in the semifinals. It will definitely not be an easy game.
“But once you get to the semis, the fear of who you are playing has gone because you know how good the teams are.
“It’s like you look forward to the possibility of playing in the final, that’s what drives you forward. We will have fire in our bellies because we are so close to getting there.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men will no doubt be looking to Mohamed Salah to conjure more magic against the club he left in the summer for £36.9 million ($51.5 million).
But Robertson insisted Liverpool are no one-man team and the Egyptian, crowned PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night after scoring 41 goals in an unforgettable campaign, epitomizes a team united and ambitious in their quest for glory.
“He’s just unbelievable,” said Robertson of the frontman.
“In the first half (of the second leg) against Man City we struggled to get him in the game and he wasn’t quite at it. But the second half he was different class and pops up with a goal to help us win it. That’s what he does.
“His goals have been incredible and long may that continue. He’s a great guy, so humble, and for someone who has done so much this season he’s so down to Earth.
“That’s credit to our squad because we don’t let anyone get ahead of themselves.
“Mo is no different, he’s a lovely person and stands for what we are as a team.”

 

HEART OF GOLD

Five years ago Andrew Robertson was playing in the fourth tier of Scottish football with Queen’s Park and earning extra money by selling concert tickets in the corporate offices at Hampden Park.
Last summer he suffered relegation from the Premier League with Hull City before Liverpool signed him for £10 million ($13.9 million).
In a career fraught with setbacks and hardships, he has been grateful, supporting foodbanks that help those in need.
“It’s all about giving something back to the less fortunate,” said Robertson.
“I’m in a fortunate position where I do a job I love and get paid well and it’s nice to give something back, especially in my hometown. I’ll always do that.
“It’s been a great journey for me in my career, and I’ve enjoyed every minute. But I don’t forget where I came from. Maybe it is rare, but a lot more people are doing it now and I hope even more will.”