Mathews salvos Sri Lanka to victory after Sandakan strikes

Sri Lanka bowler Lakshan Sandakan (2-L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (not pictured) during the second T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 22, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka Skipper Angelo Mathews did fire the salvos in a typical captain’s knock of an unbeaten half century in even time in a characteristic mixture of the David and Goliath type of restraint coupled with aggression for Sri Lanka to break their barren run at long last by a 3-wicket T20 triumph over South Africa in the second and final match at Johannesburg to square the 2-match affair. In an ideally Sunday parade like show of muscle, Mathews salvaged the island nation’s dented image in the ongoing tour in a crispy knock that contained three lusty shots over the ropes and a boundary in 63 minutes with his strike rate soaring to 108.00. If Skipper Angelo Mathews fittingly played… Read More →

SLC clears the air on player injuries

Angelo Mathews

23rd January 2017, Colombo: Captain of Sri Lanka’s national team Angelo Mathews is expected to return to Sri Lanka to join his family this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced citing that prior to the tour Mathews had indicated that he would need time off to be there for the birth of his first child. SLC on Monday confirmed that he has been granted permission to return home. The next T-20 match which is to be held on the 25th of this month will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and opener Dhanuskha Gunathilaka are expected to return home to Sri Lanka today, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed citing that both players are in… Read More →

Wounded Mathews wins it for Sri Lanka

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Skipper remains unbeaten on 54 as visiting side levels T20I series with three-wicket victory Angelo Mathews, and by extension the Sri Lanka team, was down but certainly not out. Battling injury, the captain smacked two sixes in the last over to give his team a series-levelling three-wicket win in the second Twenty20 International against South Africa at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday (January 22). Mathews made an unbeaten 54 as Sri Lanka chased down South Africa’s total of 113 with two balls left. However, the win came at a price. Mathews may have to sit out for the rest of the tour after rolling his right ankle when he put in a dive to avoid being run… Read More →

Miller, Ngidi set up win in rain-shortened match

South African batsman Heino Khun plays a shot during the first T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 20, 2017 at Supersport park in Centurion, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka falls 19 runs short after South Africa powers to 126 for 6 in ten-overs-a-side contest David Miller’s quick fire 40 helped set up South Africa’s victory over Sri Lanka. David Miller hit 40 off 18 balls to set up South Africa’s win in a rain-shortened first Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park on Friday(January 20). Miller’s power hitting enabled South Africa to score 126 for 6 in a match reduced to ten overs a side, before Sri Lanka reached 107 for 6, giving the home side victory by 19 runs. Sri Lanka’s chase was stymied first by Imran Tahir, the legspinner, who took 2 for 23 in his two overs – getting both openers in the sixth… Read More →

New look ammunition Sri Lanka could topple S. Africa in T20 opener

Sri Lanka T20 Squad

Battered and bruised in the three Test matches, Sri Lanka does get an opportunity to have a go at South Africa in the shortest version of the game, the T20 at Centurion on Friday January 20. A format that the island nation finds itself more at home as an exponent that has basked in instant cricket being one of the elite five nations to have won cricket’s world cup in 1996, indeed, Angelo Mathews altogether different cast to the ones that featured in the disastrous Test series, could derive morale boosting strength therein when Sri Lanka takes on the obviously odds on home favourites in their own backyard. To six of the Test squad including the talented young duo of… Read More →

ලංකා පිල දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ දී සති තුනකදි සිමිත ඕවර තරග අටක ට

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ජනවාරි 20 සිට පෙබරවාරි 10 දක්වා සති තුනක කාලයක් තුළ ටී 20 තරග තුනකට හා ඕවර 50ක  සීමිත ඕවර  එක්දින තරග පහකට දකුණු අප්‍රිකානු පිල සමග සහභාගි වන තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයන් කැළකින් සමන්විත ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට තවත් අත්දැකීම් රැසකටම මුහුණදීමට සිදුවනු ඇත. ටී 20 තරග තුන පිළිවෙලින් ජනවාරි 20, 22 හා 25 දිනවල සෙන්චුරියන් ජොහානස් බර්ග් හා කේප්ටවුන් නගරවලත් එක්දින සිමිත ඕවර තරග පහ ජනවාරි 18 පෙබරවාරි 1, 4, 7 හා 10 දිනවල පෝර්ට් එලිසබත්, ඩර්බන්, ජොහානස් බර්ග්, කේප්ටවුන් හා සෙන්චුරියන්  ක්‍රීඩාංගනවලත් පැවැත්වීමට නියමිතය. එක්දින තරගවල දස්කම් දක්වන නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල, අසේල ගුණරත්න, සචිත් පතිරණ, ධනුෂ්ක ගුණතිලක හා තීක්ෂිල ද සිල්වා විශේෂයෙන්ම ටී 20 තරගවල අලුතින් ලංකා පිලට එක්වන ක්‍රීඩකයෝය.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකානුවන් ටී 20 සහ ඕවර 50 තරගාවලියන් හි ලොව පෙරමුණේම සිටින… Read More →

Head coach Ford and staff have plateful on their hands

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Skipper Angelo Mathews post-match statement that ‘it was my worst defeat as captain’ is indeed a manifestation as to how badly Sri Lanka was bruised by hosts South Africa in the 118-run innings defeat of the third Test match at Johannesburg last week. It signalled the 3-nil whitewash in a series Sri Lanka was comprehensively outplayed by the hosts in all departments of the game. If the losses in the first two Tests were smarting, the third Test annihilation of Mathews team rubbed the salt in the wounds. Of course, the swaying factor that made the big difference between the two teams was the superior South African pace bowling attack. At the New Wanderers Stadium pitch which is pace friendly… Read More →

පරාජය වූ ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියෙන් ඉගෙනගත යුතු දෑ බොහෝය

Sri Lanka bowler Suranga Lakmal (R) is congratulated by teammates as he walks the field during a bowling change during the second Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 2, 2017 at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය තරග 0 – 3 කින් පරාජයට පත් වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙසට් කණ්ඩායමට එයින් ඉගෙනගත යුතු වූ කරුණු රැසකි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මෙලෙස ටෙස්ට් තරග 3ම පරාජයට පත් වූ 5 වැනි අවස්ථාව මෙය වේ.  මීට පෙර ඉන්දියාව සමග වරක් ද ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සමග දෙවරක් ද මෙවර දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමග ද ලංකා පිල පරාජයට පත් විය.  මීට පෙර ලත් දරුණුම පරාජය 1993 – 94 වසරේ ඉන්දියාව වෙතින් ටෙස්ට් තරග තුනම දින තුනාමහරක කාලය තුල ඉනිමක දී පරාජය වීමයි.  සෙනසුරාදා නිම වූයේ දෙවැනි ලොකුම පරාජයයි.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ දී ලත් මේ පරාජයට ප්‍රධානම හේතුව වූයේ පිතිකරුවන් දැක්වූ දුර්වලතාවයයි. ටෙස්ට් තරග තුනේ ලංකා ඉනිම හයම ලකුණු 100 -300 සීමා වූ අතර එය කොහෙත් ම ප්‍රමාණවත් නොවීය.  ලංකා ඉනිම හයේ දී අර්ධ ශතක හතරක්… Read More →

Suranga Lakmal – a find in art of swing bowling

Suranga Lakmal

Swing bowling is an art when perfected to good measure is a thing of beauty to watch! The flying action, the foot rotation, and above all the two arms that dictate that final fling; one fronted up lending leverage to the delivery arm. Essentially the feet-arm, hip coordination as the swiveling chest as much overly perfects the delivery. Indeed, swing and out swing have down the years of the over century long game of ball versus bat decorated it in the science of fast bowling in a host of great names like Australia’s Ray Lindwall, Allan Davidson, Dennis Lillee to England’s Fred Trueman, Pakistan’s Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee, India’s Kapil Dev, and our own… Read More →

Outcome of the discussion with National team by officials held today

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Colombo: Bouncing back graciously from a crushing defeat, Sri Lanka’s youngest test team led by Captain Angelo Mathews engaged in a lengthy discussion with President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala this afternoon. During the meeting, the captain affirmed his team’s commitment to re-strategize for the upcoming T20 and ODI in South Africa. The President convened this emergency meeting at the Sri Lanka Cricket Head Quarters with the participation of Vice-Presidents Jayantha Dharmadasa and K. Mathivanan along with Chairman of Selectors Committee Sanath Jayasuriya, Coach Graham Ford with Captain Angelo Mathews and Team Manager Ranjith Fernando. Chairman of Cricket Committee Aravinda de Silva, Secretary to the Board Mohan de Silva and High Performance Manager Simon Willis were also present… Read More →

President Sri Lanka Cricket selects Jaffna for a new Intl’ Cricket Stadium

President's Jaffna Visit

Giving every outstanding cricketer a “just and fair” opportunity to represent Sri Lanka is the underlying theme of Sri Lanka Cricket’s ambitious National Development Plan for 2017. To achieve this, the current SLC administration strongly believes that the development of the provincial cricket infrastructure and proper stadium facilities will uplift the standards of the school and local club cricket. This had been ignored by the authorities for many years and a carefully designed plan is underway to remedy these challenges in a professional manner. Out of the two ear-marked projects for this year, special attention is given for the proposed Jaffna International Cricket Stadium. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala along with the SLC officials embarked on a visit to Jaffna Peninsula,… Read More →

Dominant South Africa completes series sweep

South African JP Duminy is congratulated by his teammates after he caught out Sri Lanka batsman Upul Tharanga (not pictured) during the third Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 14, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg.  / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Sri Lanka goes down by an innings and 118 runs inside three days in third and final Test South Africa beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 118 runs inside three days in the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday (January 14) in yet another show of utter dominance over the visiting side. Batting first, South Africa hit 426 and then bowled Sri Lanka out for 131 and 177 to claim the three-match series 3-0 under new captain Faf du Plessis. Sri Lanka was 124 for 6 at tea on the third day in the second innings after South Africa’s pacers sent it tumbling to 131 all out in the first hit. The visitor… Read More →

Amla 125* in 100th Test, Duminy 155 boost South Africa

South African batsman Hashim Amla celebrates his century in his hundredth test during the third cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 12, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Stadium in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Duo puts on 192-run stand for third wicket as home side finishes Day 1 of third Test against Sri Lanka at 338 for 3 Amla was unbeaten on 125, with 16 fours. Hashim Amla rose to the occasion in his 100th Test match, hitting a timely century, as he and JP Duminy put South Africa in pole position on the first day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday (January 12). South Africa piled on 338 for 3 at stumps, with Amla unbeaten on 125, with 16 fours, at the Wanderers Stadium. Duminy made 155, a knock studded with 19 fours, before he was caught at second slip off Lahiru Kumara in the penultimate over of… Read More →

Sri Lanka U-19 off to a flying start in South Africa

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12th January, 2017, Stellenbosch – South Africa: The Sri Lankan Under-19 team in Sri Lanka was off to a good start at their first warm-up match against the Boland Academy at Stellenbosch scoring 288 for the loss of five wickets in just 49.3 overs. The Sri Lankan lads won the toss and elected to bat first. Thisaru Rashmika was included after both coaches decided to have 12 players each for the match with one player bowling and the other batting. Boland Academy scored 284 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in their 50 overs. Thisaru secured four wickets for 64 runs while Manelker got two wickets. Captain Avishka Fernando had to retire early as he was hit on the… Read More →