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

Sri Lanka lacked play maker batsman; Bangladesh showcase professionalism

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The absence of Angelo Mathews and Kusal Janith Perera was badly felt in Sri Lanka’s 90-run loss to Bangladesh in the first ODI in Dambulla. Sri Lanka clearly lacked a play-maker batsman to carry the innings. In this context, it is relevant recalling past game plan’s on which Sri Lanka’s ODI cricket thrived. Marvan Atapattu was one of the best batsmen in carrying an innings to the end which is an important aspect Sri Lanka laid emphasis one time. There were also Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara who fitted to that role of innings building. With regular captain on an injury limbo, Kusal Janith Perera has been the closest to coming good as a lynch pin batsman, but not to… Read More →

Tamim ton leads Bangladesh to 90-run win

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Bangladesh rode on a splendid ton from Tamim Iqbal and disciplined bowling from its pacers to record a 90-run win against Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International in Dambulla on Saturday (March 25). It was Bangladesh’s fifth victory against Sri Lanka in the 50-over format, and its first since 28 March, 2013, when it had won by three wickets in Pallekele. Tamim had powered Bangladesh to 324 for 5, and Sri Lanka could only put together 234 before being bowled out in 45.1 overs at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. The visiting side’s pacers combined for six wickets to help the side take a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Mashrafe Mortaza, the captain, trapping Danushka Gunathilaka lbw… Read More →

Kusal Janith Perera injured, to be replaced by Milinda Siriwardena

Sri Lankan cricketer Milinda Siriwardana (2L) throws a ball as teammates look on during a practice session at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla on March 23, 2017.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the first of three One-Day Internationals (ODI) at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla on March 25. / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that Kusal Janith Perera who was included in the One Day International squad against Bangladesh has sustained a left hamstring during a practice match on 22nd March at the Colombo Cricket Club. He has been advised to rest and will not be available for the first two ODI’s. The first ODI is on 25th (Saturday) and the second is on 28th (Tuesday). Both matches are to be played at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium. Milinda Siriwardena, has been recommended as a replacement for him for the first two ODIs.

Cricket heat shifts to Dambulla as Sri Lanka brace for Bangladesh

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Cricket heat grips Sri Lanka as never before. That Sri Lanka’s the Test loss to Bangladesh last week has lent to a charged up scenario as Sri Lankan cricket fans at large, and of course the cricketers look for evening up of scores. In such a tempo, that the rivalry shits in to the instant cricket would not matter for the die hards for whom a match is a match, and that bleeding Bangladesh is what matters from a Sri Lankan perspective when the contest shifts to rural Dambulla. The opening day-night gets underway on Saturday 25 with a sell out crowd expected. Indeed, from a local fan point of view defeat to the minnows of Test cricket was a… Read More →

Board President’s XI squad against Bangladesh announced

Sri Lanka's cricketer Milinda Siriwardana delivers the ball during a practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on October 21, 2015, ahead of the second Test match against West Indies on October 22.  AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S.KODIKARA

21st March 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of 12 players who will form the Board President’s XI squad against Bangladesh for a one-day practice game. The team which will be captained by Milinda Siriwardana will also comprise of the following: Kusal Janith Perera, Dilshan Munaweera, Sandun Weerakkody, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chaturanga de Silva, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Madushanka, Dasun Shanaka, Akila Dananjaya, Sachith Pathirana. The inclusion of Binura Fernando is subject to his fitness report. The Bangladesh team will play one warm-up match against the Board President’s XI on the 22nd of March at CCC.

Bangladesh caps 100th Test with landmark four-wicket win

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Bangladesh celebrated its 100th Test match with only its fourth overseas win and first against Sri Lanka as Tamim Iqbal’s 82 helped the side chase down 191 on the fifth and final day at P Sara Oval in Colombo on Sunday (March 19). This was Bangladesh’s ninth Test win overall. Two of its previous wins in away Tests came against a West Indies side in 2009, while the other win came against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2013. Bangladesh had taken a 129-run lead after the first-innings exchanges, and stopped Sri Lanka at 319 in its second innings to set up the achievable target. Sri Lanka, defending just 35 runs in the final session and requiring six more wickets, kept the… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI squad against Bangladesh announced

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#AMatterOfPrideSL 17th March 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the names of the 15 players who will form the squad for the One-day International matches against Bangladesh which starts on 25th March at the Dambulla International Cricket Stadium. The team which will be captained by Upul Tharanga will also comprise of the following: Niroshan Dickwella Dhananjaya de Silva Kusal Mendis Asela Gunaratne Dinesh Chandimal Kusal Janith Perera Danushka Gunathilake Suranga Lakmal Lahiru Kumara Vikum Sanjaya Bandara Thisara Perera Sachith Pathirana Seekkuge Prassanna Lakshan Sandakan