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Twenty years ago this month, Arjuna Ranatunga got the better of Shane Warne and won a World Cup



  • POSTED BY Nishantha on | April 20, 2016, 3:35 GMT

    If i remember correct tongue poking happened when Ranatunga ran the first run soon after the ball went through Warne's hands at the bowler's end and then smashed a six the next ball. There was no way anyone could stop Arjuna and Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY manjula on | March 15, 2016, 17:57 GMT

    Aravinda's nick is not very easy. It cannot be classified as a drop. Catch Warne dropped is also difficult, but that is a drop. However, it was too late. Asanka's catches were easy and could have made it tougher. However, I do not think any of these stop them winning. SL bowled well.....

  • POSTED BY Bimalka Liyanarachchi on | March 15, 2016, 10:28 GMT

    Unfortunately have to disagree with some of the facts in this photo-article. Healy did not drop De-Silva - his knock was chance-less. There was however an early chance off Gurusinghe when he inside edged a Fleming inswinger which evaded Healy's glove and went for 4. While Taylor may have wanted to have a first slip to Ranatunga when he arrived, there is no guarantee if Ranatunga would have still played the shot. Ranatunga's greatest skill was manipulating the field with his wrists and the guide through the slips was one of his most productive shots.

  • POSTED BY Johanne on | March 15, 2016, 6:15 GMT

    @Lalindadef, I do remember Healy dropping a low catch off a slow bowler, probably Michael Bevan (I do not think it was Warne). I do not remember the batter, but it was probably De Silva. Healy was right up at the stumps when he failed to grab a low edge. I also remember Stuart Law dropping a sitter at long on, off Asanka Gurusinghe's bat. The two chances off Aravinda and Arjuna were not sitters, but they were not entirely difficult either. It is however debatable that the latter chance off Arjuna could be classed as a "drop". My impression was that of a ball that sped like a bullet through Warne's hands. It appeared to be too fast for Warne to react on time. Had the two or three chances been taken, Sri Lanka might have yet won, but not as easily as they did. The surprise was the ease with which they overcame a strong Australian attack.

  • POSTED BY Shehan on | March 15, 2016, 2:07 GMT

    I do not remember Healy dropping Aravinda at all..when did this happen?

  • POSTED BY Johanne on | March 15, 2016, 1:46 GMT

    @Arjunaj, you are probably correct. That's how I remembered it too. I am a little surprised Mark Taylor purportedly called it an edge.

  • POSTED BY kgvenk5079052 on | March 14, 2016, 14:06 GMT

    On that occasion Sri Lanka played very well till the final they beat hot favourite India and beat Australia by restricting the Australian total below 300 runs and subsequently won the match , everybody in the team contributed to team cause and deserves win the world cup

  • POSTED BY Shehan on | March 14, 2016, 10:20 GMT

    the main reason for Sri Lanka's victory was bowlers restricting Aussies to a relatively low score, not Arjunas batting.

  • POSTED BY Rahul on | March 14, 2016, 8:50 GMT

    Arjuna and Sourav were the two toughest players from sub continent. No prisoners were taken. World was conquered. Sourav did not won the world cup but he broke down the barriers to travel better abroad. Arjuna bullied the bully.

  • POSTED BY Delan on | March 14, 2016, 8:45 GMT

    Arjuna did not edge his first ball, he was a wristy player that often deliberately opened the face and ran the ball through the region. This was one of these shots, much the similar manner as the final shot that brought the winning runs. 1st ball bowler was Paul Reiffel. As for Warne's dropped catch it had nothing to do with dew. The ball was hammered back firmly at him and went through his hands to boundary. The next ball after the 6 Arjuna gave Warne a look but no tongue poking.

  • POSTED BY arjuna on | March 14, 2016, 7:35 GMT

    If i remember correct, the first ball Arjuna faced was not an edge but a deliberate guide though where the first slip would have been. I don't think he would have done so if the slip was in place...

  • POSTED BY Deepu Narayana on | March 4, 2016, 19:39 GMT

    The first ball bowled to Ranatunga was by Paul Reiffel and not Glenn McGrath.