India Women seal ODI series 2-0

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India Women took an unassailable 2-0 lead after their comprehensive six wickets win over Sri Lanka Women in the second ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. India had won the first ODI by 89 runs, and like in the first game, they dominated in all departments of the game. Needing a moderate 189, the home team got to the mark with 42 balls to spare. Opener Smriti Mandhana missed out on her fourth consecutive half-century by just four runs. She struck four boundaries and one six before getting out on 46 off as many balls. Captain Mithali Raj remained unbeaten on 53 and stitched a 64-run stand for the third wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur (41). India lost four… Read More →

Match timings and warm-up schedule of ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 announced

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the match timings and warm-up schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which be staged at eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. The men’s afternoon matches will take place from 15h00-18h10, while the evening matches will be played from 19h30-22h40. The semi-finals and the final will be held from 19h00-22h10. The women’s afternoon matches will be played from 15h30-18h15, while the evening matches will take place from 19h30-22h15. The semi-finals and the finals, which will be played before the men’s matches, will be played between 14h30-17h15. Meanwhile, the ICC has also announced the schedule of the warm-up matches. Teams taking part in the first round will play their warm-up matches in… Read More →

India women beat Sri Lanka by 107 runs

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The Indian women’s team pocketed two crucial points after their convincing 107-run victory against Sri Lanka women in the first match of three-match ODI series. Currently placed fourth on the ICC Women’s Rankings, the Mithali Raj-led side had an easy outing at Ranchi after the tough, yet productive tour of Australia. Asked to bat first, the hosts posted a challenging 245/6 and then skittled out Sri Lanka for just 138. Poonam Yadav picked up 4/22 from just 7.2 overs while Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad shared two wickets each to bundle out the visitors in 45.2 overs. Earlier, Smriti Mandhana carried on her excellent run with the bat. The elegant left-hander struck her third half-century in a row in 71… Read More →

India retains number-one ranking after winning T20I series against Sri Lanka

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ICC Media Release With South Africa and England to play two T20Is on 19 and 21 February, any side winning both the matches will jump to second position ICC World Twenty20 2016 host India has held on to its number-one position on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings, after defeating Sri Lanka by 2-1 in a closely fought three-match series that concluded in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. The series win for India means it has 122 points, four more than second-ranked West Indies and five more than third-placed England. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has dropped behind England and New Zealand to fifth position, while South Africa (sixth), Pakistan (seventh) and Australia (eighth) complete the top half of the 16-team table. With the… Read More →

Under 19: West Indies wins maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

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It was only the second defeat for India in the last 22 matches, ending the unbeaten run in the tournament It was the first major title for the West Indies at any level since Darren Sammy’s senior team won the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in 2012. West Indies rode on its fast-bowling arsenal to win the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup for the first time with a tense five-wicket victory over three-time winner India in the final in Mirpur on Sunday. The pace trio of Alzarri Joseph, Ryan John and Chemar Holder shone on a spicy, moisture-laden pitch to demolish India’s fancied batting line-up for 145 after electing to field. Sarfaraz Khan played a lone hand for the Rahul Dravid-coached Indian team… Read More →

Under 19: Bangladesh claims third place in ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016

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Man of the match Mehidy claims three wickets and scores 53 as the hosts score thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka Host Bangladesh squeezed past Sri Lanka with three deliveries to spare, to take third place in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with a three-wicket win in Fatullah on Saturday.Having bowled Sri Lanka out for 214, Bangladesh survived a mid-innings crisis that resulted in three run-outs before Jaker Ali hit the winning boundary off seamer Lahiru Kumara. Bangladesh captain Mehidy Hasan followed his three-wicket haul with a top-score of 53 and was later adjudged the player of the match. Nazmul Hossain made 40 and Jaker, who was forced to retire with cramps, returned to the crease and remained unbeaten on… Read More →

​Batsmen power India to series-levelling 69-run victory

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A return to more familiar conditions resulted in a more familiar – and expected – show from India, which squared the three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka with a convincing 69-run victory in the second game in Ranchi on Friday (February 12). India’s batsmen, coming on the back of a dismal performance in Pune, made merry in friendly conditions to post a massive 196 for 6 despite a late hat-trick from Thisara Perera. Then, its bowlers, led by R Ashwin (3 for 14), combined to keep Sri Lanka to 127 for 9 when time ran out. India’s innings was powered by Shikhar Dhawan, who blasted a 25-ball 51, while Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina played their parts too. India also ticked… Read More →

Rajitha, Shanaka bowl Sri Lanka to victory

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History would suggest that arriving for a tour of India with nine of the 15 players having no experience of playing in the country isn’t the best of positions to be in. India’s record at home, the conditions, and the crowds can be daunting for any side, especially one filled with new faces. But if at all there is one advantage to having so many fresh players, it is the possibility of catching the opposition unawares. Sri Lanka did just that in the first Twenty20 International against India in Pune courtesy two pacers, one a debutant and the other with just one T20I to his name. Kasun Rajitha, the debutant, and Dasun Shanaka made the most of seamer-friendly conditions, picking three… Read More →

Under 19: Anmolpreet muscles India U19 into final

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Would the semi-final clash between India and Sri Lanka in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at theSher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Tuesday (February 9) have panned out differently had Charith Asalanka opted to bat first and then used his spinners to defend a total? Or if he had persisted with his seamers for a few extra overs after they removed the Indian openers within the first ten overs? As it turned out, Anmolpreet Singh and Sarfaraz Khan survived some tight bowling by the new-ball duo of Asitha Fernando and Lahiru Kumara in overcast conditions on the back of overnight showers to make attractive half-centuries and set up India’s 97-run win. Chasing India’s 267 for 9, Sri Lanka was shot out for 170… Read More →

Sri Lanka Women’s teams for India tour and ICC World T20 announced

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held on even date, the following T20 squads were selected for the upcoming India tour and the ICC World T20 2016. SL Women’s team for ICC WT20 India: Shashikala Siriwardena (Captain), Chamari Athapaththu (Vice Captain), Yashoda Mendis, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkody, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusuriya, Udeshika Prabodani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Nilakshi De Silva, Hansima Karunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Harshitha Madavi Stand by: Sripali Weerakkody, Madhuri Samuddhika, Anushka Sanjeewani, Lasanthi Madushani, Chandima Gunaratne Sri Lanka Women’s team for Tour of India: Shashikala Siriwardena (Captain), Chamari Athapaththu (Vice Captain), Yashoda Mendis, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Dilani Manodara, Prasadani Weerakkody, Eshani Lokusuriya, Ama Kanchana, Nilakshi De Silva, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Hansima Karunaratne, Udeshika Prabodani, Nipuni Hansika… Read More →

Under 19: India, Sri Lanka set for exciting semi-final

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Sri Lanka coach Roger Wijesuriya: “We have nothing to fear” Rahul Dravid-coached India will rely on its all-round strengths to put it across buoyant Sri Lanka in the first semi-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 in Mirpur on Tuesday. The power-packed Indians breezed through Group D with an all-win record against New Zealand, Nepal and Ireland, before crushing Namibia by 197 runs in the quarter-final. Sri Lanka bounced back after a 23-run defeat to Pakistan in the last Group B match to stun a strong England side by six wickets in the quarter-final. The in-form India side is rated as favourite, having won a tri-series in Sri Lanka last December, which also featured England, but Dravid refused to take victory for granted. “We… Read More →

Under 19: Fernando misses century as Sri Lanka sets-up semi-final date with India

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Avishka Fernando hit 95 off 96 balls after Wanidu Hasanranga grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 with an impressive six-wicket win over England in Mirpur on Sunday. In an excellent all-round performance, Sri Lanka dismissed the strong England batting for 184 and then surpassed the modest target in the 36th over.Sri Lanka will take on India in the first semi-final in Mirpur on Tuesday. The second semi-final on Thursday will feature host Bangladesh against the winner of Monday’s Pakistan-West Indies match. This is only the third time Sri Lanka has reached the semi-final since the inception of this tournament in 1988. In the home event in 2000, it reached the final where… Read More →

Niroshan Dickwella to replace TM Dilshan

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Media Release The National selectors included Niroshan Dickwella for the Indian Tour in place of the injured TM Dilshan. Niroshan was adjudged the Best Batsman of the Super T20 Provincial Tournament which concluded yesterday. TM Dilshan is expected to join the team from the 2nd T20 onwards. The National Team captained by Dinesh Chandimal left for India this morning.