Bangladesh prevail, but Malinga another magical feat

Lasith Malinga Hat-trick

The luck of the coin does matter in limited overs cricket, and that Bangladesh optimized the discretion of batting first by a bizarre 71-run posting by Soumya Sarkar and Imrul Kayes was a calamity that Sri Lanka was never able to weather at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Thursday’s day night. The 45-run win gave the touring team a 1-all clean slate of a drawn series in all three forms of the game, but fell short of their campaign of denting Sri Lanka’s unblemished record of claiming a series win in either the Test, ODI or T20 series. In the final T20 decider one had to hand it to Bangladesh in unleashing a batting salvo. The run rioting Sarkar whose… Read More →

තරගාවලියන් සියල්ල සම – සම කර බංග්ලදේශය පිටත්ව යති

Lasith Malinga Hat-trick

චන්දික හතුරුසිංහගේ පුහුණුව යටතේ දින 40ක ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් සංචාරය නිමකර සිතුරාදා (09) බංග්ලදේශ කණ්ඩායම ආපසු සියරට බලා පිටත්ව ගියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග මෙතෙක් තම හොඳම දක්ෂතා පෙන්වීමේ සමරු තිළිණත් අතැතිවය.  වසර අටක පළපුරුද්දක් ඇති ක්‍රීඩකයන් අටදෙනෙකුගෙන් සමන්විත වූ බංග්ලදේශ කණ්ඩායම බංග්ලදේශ ක්‍රිකට් ඉතිහාසයේ මෙතෙක් බිහි වූ ප්‍රබලම කණ්ඩායම වන අතර 2017 ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරයේ දී ඔවුන් ටෙස්ට් එක්දින හා 20 – 20 තරගාවලි තුනම නිම කළේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග සම සූරයන් වීමෙනි.  එවුනට අහිමි ව ගියේ තරගාවලියක් හෝ ජය ලබන බවට ඔවුන් මෙහි ඒමට පෙර කළ ප්‍රකාශය පමණි.  තරග දෙකකින් සමන්විත වූ පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියේ ගාල්ලේ පැවැති පළමු තරගය ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ජයගත් අතර ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දෙවැනි තරගය (ඔවුනගේ 100 වන තරගය) ජයගත්තේ බංග්ලදේශයයි.  තරග තුනක් සමන්විත එක්දින ඕවර 50… Read More →

Mustafizur, Shakib set up Bangladesh win

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Mustafizur Rahman picked up 4 for 21 and Shakib Al Hasan returned figures of 3 for 24 to help Bangladesh fashion a 45-run win over Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International on Thursday (April 6). Victory at the R Premadasa Stadium in the final T20I for Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh skipper, helped the visitor square the two-match series 1-1 and arrest an eight-match losing streak in the format. The teams thus finished the Test, One-Day International and T20I series with identical 1-1 scorelines. Opting to bat, Bangladesh stacked up 176 for 9 on the back of a frenetic start that saw 68 runs come in the six Power Play overs without loss, and then bowled Sri Lanka out for… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව 20 – 20 පෙරමුණ ගනී

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දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ හා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ පැවති 20 – 20 තරගාවලියන් හි ජයග්‍රහණ රටාව තවදුරටත් ඉදිරියට ගෙන යමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම 20 -20 ප්‍රථම තරගයේ දී බංග්ලදේශය කඩුලු හයකින් පරදා ජය ලැබුවේ පහසු ආකාරයකිනි.  මෙවර බංග්ලාදේශ කණ්ඩායමේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරයේ දී ඔවුනට තරගාවලියක් හෝ ජය ගැනීමට තිබූ අපේක්ෂාව මෙයින් නිමාවට පත්විය.  දැනට බංග්ලාදේශය වෙතින් තරගාවලියක් පරාජය වී නැත්තේ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව හා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පමණි. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී විශාල ජනකායක් ඉදිරියේ පැවැති ප්‍රථම විස්සයි විස්ස තරගයේ දී මුලින් පන්දුවට පහර දෙමින් බංග්ලාදේශය ප්‍රථම ඕවර පහේ දී කඩුල්ලකට ලකුණු 57ක් ලබා විශාල ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවක් කරා යන ලකුණු පහළ කළත් විකුම් සංජය (24ට 1යි) සික්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්න (19ට 1යි) ගුණරත්න (24ට 1යි) හා ලසිත් මාලිංග (38ට 2යි) මැදපෙළ අඩාල කිරීමෙන් බංග්ලාදේශ ඉනිම ඕවර 20 දී නිමාවට… Read More →

Kusal Perera’s 77 gives Sri Lanka 1-0 lead

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Late surge from Mosaddek and Mahmudullah take Bangladesh to 155/6, but the target is overhauled with seven balls to spare Kusal Perera’s 53-ball 77 helped Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by six wickets in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday (April 4), taking the home side past the 156-run target with seven balls in hand. At the toss, Mashrafe Mortaza, the Bangladesh captain, announced that he would be retiring from the shortest format of the game at the end of the series, catching a large section of the cricket community by surprise. Mortaza won the toss, but just as the national anthems got over, the heavens opened up and the rain that had… Read More →

Sri Lanka T20 squad against Bangladesh announced

Vikum Sanjaya of Sri Lanka (C) celebrates the wicket of Australia's Aaron Finch during the second Twenty20 cricket match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Kardinia Park in Geelong on February 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MAL FAIRCLOUGH / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

#amatterofprideSL Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of the 16 players who will form the squad for the T20 matches against Bangladesh which starts on 04th March at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The team which will be captained by Upul Tharanga will also comprise of the following: Upul Tharanga – Captain, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilshan Munaweera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Janith Perera (Subject to fitness, If not will be replaced by Sandun Weerakkody), Isuru Udana, Dasun Shanaka, Vikum Sanjaya, Milinda Siriwardana, Asela Gunaratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Chamara Kapugedera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Mendis, Perera, Kulasekara help Sri Lanka level series

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Excellent fielding and steady bowling helped Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 70 runs in the final One-Day International on Saturday (April 1), levelling the three-match series at 1-1. Sri Lanka, who needed a win to prevent Bangladesh from recording its first away series win since 2009, was put in to bat at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo in what was the first ODI at the venue in more than six years. It was also the first day-game in Sri Lanka in close to two years. The home team rode on half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (54 off 76 balls) and Thisara Perera (52 off 40 balls) to post 280 for 9. Then, Nuwan Kulasekara returned figures of 4 for… Read More →

Rain ruined game on ton up Mendis’ day puts onus on Sri Lanka in must win final ODI

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Sri Lanka did post a humdinger type of 311 on the back of a 107 ball 102 by Kusal Mendis, but that rain had to be a spoiler to the effort of evening things in the second ODI at the Dambulla Stadium in Tuesday’s day-night game was dampening to that cause. On a day that the second wicket pair of Upul Tharanga and Mendis ruffled the Bangladesh bowlers in a 111-run alliance, the rains were a blow to Sri Lanka’s chances of pulling off a win that would have put the home team in contention in the 3-match series. As it is, Sri Lanka is left with the prospect of having to play the final match to square the series…. Read More →

Suranga Lakmal to remain in the ODI squad against Bangladesh

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Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that right-arm fast bowler Suranga Lakmal who sustained an injury during the first One-day International match against Bangladesh will remain in the squad. However Niroshan Dickwella who was injured will be replaced by Dilruwan Perera for the second ODI against Bangladesh. Two additional players, Nuwan Pradeep and Nuwan Kulasekara have also been added to the squad for tomorrow’s match. *Subject to ratification by the Minister of Sports