The cricketing trends on social media revolved around a number of events. Sri Lanka won the opening Test against New Zealand by six wickets at the Galle International Stadium. Subsequently, they took a 1-0 lead in the two-match series and opened their account in the World Test Championship. Dimuth Karunaratne, the Lankan skipper, scored a masterful century to guide the hosts through to a thumping victory.
After the triumph, the southpaw was showered with praises from all over the cricketing fraternity. The likes of Rangana Herath and Kumar Sangakkara was happy with the home team’s performance. it was also Sri Lanka’s third successive Test victories after the ones against South Africa earlier this year. Meanwhile, at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, the fifth day of the second Test between England and Australia took place.
Ben Stokes scored a masterful century in the third innings that helped the Brits set a target of 267 for the Aussies to chase down. Stokes showed grit and determination in the middle with the bat. Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan and many appreciated Stokes for the effort. Shoaib Akhtar was unhappy with Jofra Archer as the latter didn’t go up to Steve Smith after hitting him on the helmet.
Indian batsman Karun Nair posted a picture with his girlfriend Sanaya and was over the moon. Suresh Raina shared a video where he was seen working on his recovery after undergoing his second surgery on his knee. Thisara Perera was ecstatic after getting to meet Herath. Gautam Gambhir was happy with John Abraham’s Batla House that hit the silverscreens a few days ago.
1. Michael Vaughan lauds Ben Stokes
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 18, 2019
2. Kevin Pietersen awe-struck by Ben Stokes
Courage, streetwise & just pure awareness of the game – @benstokes38, take a bow!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) August 18, 2019
3. Karun Nair got engaged with girlfriend
— Karun Nair (@karun126) August 18, 2019
4. Rangana Herath praises Dimuth Karunaratne
Congratulations @IamDimuth & the team for an excellent win. Chasing in Galle is not an easy task & DImuth's 122 was special. All the best for the next game.
— Rangana Herath (@HerathRSL) August 18, 2019
5. Gautam Gambhir liked John Abraham’s Batla House
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 18, 2019
6. Suresh Raina recovering from knee injury
Recovery in full swing… 👍 pic.twitter.com/PWqufTym4x
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) August 18, 2019
7. Kumar Sangakkara congratulates Sri Lanka
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) August 18, 2019
8. Brad Hogg analyses Prithvi Shaw’s suspension
So why exactly did Prithvi Shaw get suspended? Righty-o, let's dip into Hoggy's Headlines to find out more. It's news. News that you already newzzz…because why not. And yup, you can also watch the full episode here: https://t.co/ds3wuDI255
Should Shaw be pardoned? Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/btUFzVKAdA
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) August 18, 2019
9. Dimuth Karunaratne happy with Lanka boys
— Dimuth Karunaratne (@IamDimuth) August 18, 2019
10. Mithun Manhas unhappy with Air India
— Mithun Manhas 🇮🇳 (@MithunManhas) August 18, 2019
11. Shoaib Akhtar unhappy with Jofra Archer
Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 18, 2019
12. Brett Lee’s perfect day
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) August 18, 2019
13. Shikha Pandey upset by Neelum Sharma’s demise
Deeply saddened to hear about the unfortunate demise of Ms Neelum Sharma due to cancer. She was one of DD New’s founding anchors and Nari Shakti Awardee. I had the privilege of being on her Show- Tejasvini and I shall never forget how warm and kind she was. #Fighter @DDNewsLive pic.twitter.com/lkDfF6pK9L
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) August 18, 2019
14. Subramaniam Badrinath holidaying
A post shared by S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) on Aug 17, 2019 at 10:34pm PDT
15. Thisara Perera met Rangana Herath
— Thisara perera (@PereraThisara) August 18, 2019
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