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Having ‘just’ watched close-of-play, Day 4, on February 3, 2018 — I would have to say that Sri Lanka has a VERY GOOD chance of winning this 1st Test on Sunday, February 4 — Independence Day. With luck, they might even be able to get it done by mid-afternoon.
That would be VERY special for Sri Lanka.
An impressive Google Doodle and a Test Win. Doesn’t get much better than that.
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Some of the larger of the Sri Lankan Buddhist temples keep one or more ceremonial elephants — typically used in ‘peraheras‘ (i.e., parades) — on site. They serve as a draw — those coming to the tempe like to go and see the elephants. It is like having a zoo within the temple.
That a very senior and distinguished monk, a head monk at that, dying as a result of an accident with a temple elephant is not good PR.
While at least one report claims that the priest was pushed to the grounds — the official line is that the priest had an accident while feeding the elephant. C’est la vie. I think the truth is somewhere in between. Elephants, especially tame ones, are usually very gentle. Unlikely to push an elderly man, a familiar one at that, that violently. But, we will never know. ‘Nit cricket’ for the truth to come out in a situation like this.