June 20, 2019
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    The railway trade unions have decided to temporarily suspend the planned strike action that was set to commence from midnight today (19) due to Minister of Transport Arjuna Ranatunga has agreed to schedule a meeting between the railway trade unions and the Finance Minister.

    In accordence with aproposal relevant to this was presented by the Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera the Cabinet of Ministers has granted the approval to further expand the relief packages provided for upgrading the tourism industry in the country that was affected by the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday.

    An 87-run defeat to Australia on Saturday leaves Sri Lanka with a tough task to earn a semi-final spot in the World Cup. It was a disappointing blow to the islanders who squandered their chance of chasing a record target despite an excellent start by openers Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Kusal Janith Perera (52). They gave a blistering stand of 115 runs off 93 balls before a middle order collapse led them to a crushing defeat.With just four wins out of five games, they must at least win three out of the four remaining encounters against—England, India, South Africa and West Indies.

    MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan hit an astonishing career best innings of 148 off 71 balls and set up a new world record for the most number of sixes hit by any batsman in ODI cricket as they crushed hapless Afghanistan by 150 runs to win their World Cup match played here at Old Trafford and go on top of the table displacing Australia.

    Choosing to bat first after winning the toss England posted an imposing total of 397 for six wickets their highest score in a World Cup match and then kept Afghanistan down to 247-8 to register a comfortable win. With Afghanistan also hitting a total of eight sixes in their innings the match produced a record number of sixes in a World Cup match of 33.

    The Afghanistan bowling was taken apart by Morgan who slammed a world record 17 sixes and in the process set up another world record for the most sixes by any team in an ODI when England ended up hitting 25, beating their own previous record by one.The previous record of 16 sixes hit by a batsman was held jointly by Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers.

    Morgan scored a 100 runs (102) only in sixes in a display of power hitting which the Afghan bowlers had no answers. It was a case of massacre of the innocents although Afghanistan cannot be classed as ‘innocents’ because once you get on the big stage all teams are equal and the way they have been performing in the past year or so puts them in that category.

    Morgan was brutal on Afghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan who went for 110 runs in his nine overs that included 11 sixes equalling Pakistani Wahab Riaz’s record of 110 in 10 overs. However Rashid’s figures were the worst by a bowler in a World Cup surpassing West Indies captain Jason Holder’s 104 in ten overs against South Africa at Sydney in 2015 and 105 by New Zealand’s Martin Snedden off 12 overs against England at the Oval in 1983.

    Morgan who was later named Man of the Match made Afghanistan pay dearly for dropping him at 28 when Dawlat dropped him at midwicket off a slog sweep off Rashid, for he made 120 off his next 45 balls. He made the quickest century by an Englishman in an ODI off 57 balls and the fourth fastest in a World Cup.

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