Moon of Liberty Cricket – 2nd Test – SL v Ind


Test Cricket

2nd Test Match in Colombo – Sri Lanka v India


India put 600 on the board for the second game in a row as they continued their domination in Sri Lanka. Cheteshwar Pujara (133) and Ajinkya Rahane (132) both got centuries and four other got 50+ including Ravinda Jadeja who was unbeaten on 70 not out as India declared having put a mammoth total of 622 for Sri Lanka to chase.

The first innings reply was a total collapse by Sri Lanka who were bowled all out for just 183 with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 5 wickets. Sri Lanka put more of a fight up in the second inning after India enforced the follow on. Dimuth Karanaratne hit an impressive 141 and Kusal Mendis also hit a century with 110. The size of the total was too much though with the hosts finally dismissed for 386 with 5 wickets for the excellent Jadeja for a big innings and 53 run victory.

India now only have to avoid defeat in one of the next two games to take their eight test series win in a row.

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2nd Test MatchAt the Sinahlese Spots Club, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka v India

India1st Inns – 629/9 Dec (Pujara 133, Rahane 132, Jadeja 70*, Saha 67, Rahul 57, Ashwin 54, Herath 4-154)

Sri Lanka1st Inns – 183 (Dickwella 51, Ashwin 5-69)

Sri Lanka2nd Inns – 386 (Karunaratne 141, Mendis 110, Jadeja 5-152)

India win by an Innings & 53 Runs

India lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRavinder Jadeja (India)



Moon Of Liberty Cricket – 3rd Test – WI v Ind



3rd Test Match – West Indies v India

West Indies were always chasing the game in ST Lucia as Inida secured the series win with one match to spare. Centuries from Ravichandran Ashwin (118) and Wriddhiman Saha (104) set India up to put 353 on the board. A superb spell from Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking 5 wickets restricted West Indies reply to 225 with Kriagg Braitwiate top scoring with 64. A 78 Not Out from Ajinkya Rahane took the game away from the home side, who unlike in the second test came nowhere near surviving for a draw this time. Inida bowled them out for a mere 108 with with 3 wickets from Mohammad Shami to seal a comfortable win and deserved series victory.

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3rd Test MatchAt The Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia

West Indies v India 

India1st Inns – 353/10 – (Ashwin 118, Saha 104, Rahul 50, Cummins 3-54)

West Indies1st Inns – 225/10 – (Braithwaite 64, Kumar 5-33)

India – 2nd Inns – 217/7 Dec – (Rahane 78*, Cummins 6-48)

West Indies – 2nd Inns – 108/10 – (Bravo 59, Shami 3-15)

India win by 237 Runs

India Lead the Series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

Moon Of Liberty Cricket – Test Match – SL v Aus



2nd Test Match – Sri Lanka V Australia

Sri Lanka have sealed a series victory over the number 1 test side Australia who could not handle the conditions perfect for classic Sri Lankan spin bowling. Kusal Mendis top scored in Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 281 with Mitchell Starc, the only Australian to come out of this match with any real credit, taking 5 wickets. 4 wickets each from Rangana Herath (Including a hat trick) and Dilruwan Parera restricted Australia to just 106. Perera then top scored with 64 the bat in the second innings with Starc taking 5 more wickets to make it 10 for the match. Perea then matched the 10 wicket hall by taking 6 more wickets to demolish Australia to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series with just one game to go.

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2nd Test Match – West Indies v India

West Indies showed some real character to fight for a draw in a game that looked lost against India in Jamaica. West Indies batted first with Jermaine Blackwood top scoring with 62 and Ravichandran Ashwin taking 5 wickets as the home side struggled to 196. India then took the game away with centuries from opener Lokesh Rahul (158) and Ajinkya Rahane (108) contributing to 500-9 declared Roston Chase took five wickets and would become the hero with the bat saving the game. With India in control, Chase came to the crease and his knock of 137 not out supported by Shane Dowrich (74) and Jason Holder (64 not out) enabled the West Indies to bat out time and earn an unlikely draw. India still elad the series 1-0.

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2nd Test MatchAt Galle International Stadium, Galle, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka v Australia

Sri Lanka – 1st Inns – 281/10 – (Medis 86, Mathews 54, Starc 5-44)

Australia – 1st Inns – 106/10 – (Warner 42, Perera 4-29, Herath 4-35)

Sri Lanka  – 2nd Inns – 237/10 – (Perera 64, Starc 6-50)

Australia  – 2nd Inns – 183/10 – (Warner 41, Perera 6-70)

Sri Lanka  win by 229 Runs

Sri Lanka Lead the Series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Diluwan Perera (Sri Lanka)

2nd Test Match At Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica

West Indies v India

West Indies – 1st Inns – 196/10 – (Blackwood 62, Ashwin 5-52)

India – 1st Inns – 500/9 Dec – (Rahul 158, Rahane 108, Chase 5-121)

West Indies  – 2nd Inns – 388/6 – (Chase 137*, Dowrich 74, Holder 64*)

Match Drawn

India Lead the Series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Roston Chase (West Indies)

Moon Cricket – SA v Eng – Aus v Ind



Test Match

South Africa v England – Game 3

Broad tares South African batting apart to seal series win for England


After an even first innings Stuart Broad came to the fore in South Africa’s second innings to destroy the batting order and set up England’s victory in Johannesburg. South Africa batted first and put a reasonable total of 313 on the board but nobody got a half century with Dean Elgar with 46 top scoring. In reply England took a small lead posting 323 thanks to 110 from Joe Root who put together another excellent innings, he was supported with by Ben Stokes with 58. Ragiso Rabada took 5 wickets for the hosts.

Going into the third innings, former England star commentating for Test Match Special Geoffrey Boycott stated sometime after an even first innings, the team batting third, especially when short of confidence like South Africa are, don’t bat very well. His word proved prophetic as South Africa were skittled out for just 83 with Broad taking 6 for 17 in an incredible spell of bowling. Chasing just 74 to win Captain Alistair Cook’s 43 eased England home to secure the series with one game to spare.


Australia v India – ODI Game 1

3rd wicket stand helps Australia home


A 3rd wicket stand of 242 runs between Steven Smith and George Bailey was the key to Australia chasing down India’s total of 309 in Perth. India had put a mighty score on the board on a pitch that had runs written all over it. Rohit Sharma with 171 not out and Virat Kohli supporting with 91 helped India to the score for the loss of just 3 wickets. Australia were in trouble at 21 for 2 when Bailey and Smith came together but the two took command with Bailey hitting 112 and Smith was there until almost the end with his 149, setting up Mitchell Marsh and James Faulkner to see Australia home with four balls to spare.

Australia v India – ODI Game 2

Openers lead the way for the Aussies to take 2-0 lead


It was a case of Deja Vu for India who saw Australia chase down another 300 score as the Green and Golds took a grip of the One Day series in Brisbane. Rohit Sharma hit yet another century scoring 124 and Ajinkya Rahane supported with 89. Virat Kholi also got a half century for the second game in a row as India posted 308. The Australians wasted no time however with openers Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh putting together a first wicket stand of 145 with both men hitting 71. In form George Bailey then steered Australia home with 76 not out as they got home with six balls left. India must be wondering what they need to score to put the Australians away.

Australia v India – ODI Game 3

Maxwell steers Australia to series win


Australia sealed the series against India taking a 3-0 lead after a fine knock from Glenn Maxwell and solid bowling from John Hastings and Kane Richardson capped a fine performance in Melbourne. Batting first India were kept under 300, Virat KKohli got a century with 117 with contributions from Shikhar Dhawan with 68 and Ajinkya Rahane with 50. However some tight bowling from Richardson and 4 wickets from Hasting kept the pressure on and India’s score of 295 did not look like it would be enough.

In reply opener Shaun Marsh hit 62 to get Australia off to a good start in the run chase, but it was Maxwell with his 96 including three sixes that was the pivotal innings. He fell just short of his century but James Faulkner’s nice 21 not out steered Australia home to secure the series win with seven balls remaining. With two games to go they will now be looking towards trying to achieve a whitewash.



Test Match – Game 3 – At The New Wanderers, Johannesburg

South Africa v England

South Africa 1st Inns – 313/10 – (Elgar 46, Amia 40, Stokes 3-53)

England 1st inns – 323/10 – (Root 110, Stokes 58, Rabda 5-78)

South Africa 2nd Inns – 83/10 – (Rabada 16, Broad 6-17)

England 2nd Inns – 74/3 – (Cook 43, Elgar 2-10)

England win by 7 Wickets – England lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Stuart Broad (England)


ODI – Game 1 – At The WACA, Perth, Western Australia

Australia v India

India 309/3 – (Sharma 171* Kholi 91)

Australia 310/5 – (Smith 149, Bailey 112)

Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 1-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Steven Smith (Australia)


ODI – Game 2At The Gabba, Brisbane

Australia v India

India 308/8 – (Sharma 124, Rahane 89, Kholi 59)

Australia 309/3 – (Bailey 76*, Finch 71, Marsh 71)

Australia win by 5 Wickets – Australia lead the series 2-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Aaron Finch (Australia)


ODI – Game 3At The MCG, Melbourne

Australia v India

India 295/6 – (Kohli 177, Dhawan 68, Rahane 50, Hastings 4-58)

Australia 296/7 – (Maxwell 96 Marsh 62)

Australia win by 3 Wickets – Australia lead the series 3-0

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Glenn Maxwell (Australia)