Sri Lanka women clinch Twenty20 series against India

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Shashikala Siriwardene played a captain’s knock to help Sri Lanka Women win the Twenty20 International series against India Women, with a six-wicket win in the third and final match on Tuesday (January 28). Siriwardene, just 17 days shy of her 29th birthday, made an unbeaten 46 off 42 balls at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam as Sri Lanka took only 18.5 overs to chase down India’s 117 for 8. Having won the first T20I, Sri Lanka wrapped up its India tour on a happy note. India elected to bat first, but none of the batters except for Poonam Raut and Jhulan Goswami could get going. India’s faced problems very early in its innings, losing four wickets within the first… Read More →

Sri Lanka dominates opening day

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Sri Lanka ended the first day of the first Test against Bangladesh in a strong position, reaching 60 without loss after bowling out the hosts for 232 at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka on Monday (January 27). Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal shared seven wickets between them after Sri Lanka had won the toss and put Bangladesh in, and Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Kaushal Silva (30) stayed unseparated till stumps as Sri Lanka ended the day 172 runs behind. The day started with Shamsur Rahman, the debutant opener, putting on 35 runs with Tamim Iqbal, before Eranga dismissed Iqbal for six. In a space of 24 runs, Bangladesh then lost four wickets. Marshall Ayub was lbw to Angelo Mathews, Lakmal… Read More →

Sri Lanka announces test squad for Bangladesh series

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made by the National Selectors for the Test Squad of the Bangladesh Tour which will commence from the 27th January 2014 in Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain) Dimuth Karunaratne Kaushal Silva Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Prasanna Jayawardena Kithruwan Vithanage Rangana Herath Dilruwan Perera Suranga Lakmal Shaminda Eranga Nuwan Pradeep Vishwa Fernando Ajantha Mendis Lahiru Thirimanne will be subject to fitness as he has been injured during the previous tournament. He will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage in case he is ruled out by the medical staff. Update: Kithruwan Vithanage will be replacing Lahiru Thirimanne in the test squad as Lahiru Thirimanne has still not recovered from… Read More →

Azhar, Misbah clinch thriller in Sharjah

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Azhar Ali’s match-winning century helped Pakistan pull off a thrilling win in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, levelling the series 1-1, after the visitors set Pakistan a target of 302 in a possible 59 overs. Ali’s 109-run partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq for the fifth wicket was pivotal in Pakistan’s chase. Ali was dismissed for a 137-ball 103, with Pakistan needing just seven more to win in the fading Sharjah light. Misbah, who remained unbeaten on 68, hit the winning runs with nine balls to spare. Pakistan’s chances seemed bleak when it reached 107 for 3 at tea, still requiring 195 in the last 35 overs. But Ali stitched a quick-fire 89-run stand in 14.5 overs with Sarfraz Ahmed… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardene completes 11,000 runs in Tests

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Mahela Jayawardene joined the 11,000 Test runs club during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday. The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis are the others who crossed the 11,000 Test run mark.  

Sri Lanka on top despite Shehzad ton

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Pakistan was made to work hard for runs on the third day of the final Test against Sri Lanka despite a maiden Test century by opener Ahmed Shehzad. Shehzad, in only his second Test, scored a gritty 147 as Pakistan ended the day at 291 for 6, trailing Sri Lanka’s first innings total by 137 runs. Sri Lanka earlier had declared late on day two at 428 for 9. Sarfraz Ahmed was caught behind off Rangana Herath for 5 in the last over of the day, while captain Misbah-ul Haq remained unbeaten on 36 at stumps. Resuming at 19 for 0 on day three, Pakistan scored only 150 runs in the first two sessions with the loss of Khurram Khan… Read More →

Mathews and Perera hurt Pakistan

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Dilruwan Perera made a patient 95, while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lankan captain, fell nine short of his second century in the series, as Sri Lanka reached 428 for 9 on the second day of the third and final Test in Sharjah on Friday (January 17). In reply, Ahmed Shehzad and Khurram Manzoor, the Pakistan openers, survived a tricky phase of play to help Pakistan reach 19 for no loss in six overs before stumps were drawn. Perera, who is playing in his debut Test for Sri Lanka, came in at No. 8 and shared a 112-run stand with Mathews, as Pakistan’s bowlers toiled hard, before Mathews decided to declare Sri Lanka’s innings on 428 for 9. Pakistan’s bowlers once… Read More →

Mathews, Prasanna keep Pakistan at bay

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Angelo Mathews and Prasanna Jayawardena put up a spirited fight against Pakistan’s spinners led by Saeed Ajmal to reach 220 for 5 at close on day one of the third Test in Sharjah on Thursday (January 16). Sri Lanka was left reeling at 166 for 5 after Ajmal struck twice, returning figures of 2 for 62. Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, remained unbeaten on 24 and was well supported by Prasanna Jayawardena (28). The duo saw off the day with an unbeaten 54-run stand on a spin-friendly Sharjah pitch. Pakistan could have been in a better position had Mohammad Talha, the right-arm pacer, held on to a difficult catch off his own bowling to dismiss Mathews, when he was yet… Read More →

Sri Lanka Women’s Team tour of India 2014

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Sri Lanka Women’s team left for India last night(15th January) to participate in a 3 -ODI & 3-T20 series against Indian Women’s which begins on the 19th January 2014. Match Schedule 19th Jan – 1st ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 21st Jan – 2nd ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 23rd Jan – 3rd ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 25th Jan – 1st T20 – India v Sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram 26th Jan – 2nd T20 – India v Sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram 28th Jan – 3rd T20 – India v sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram

Sri Lanka goes 1-0 up with comprehensive win

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Pakistan all out for 359 after Lakmal’s 4 for 78; batsmen then achieve 137-run target for nine-wicket win. Suranga Lakmal returned career-best figures of 4 for 78 before half-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by nine wickets in Dubai to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday(January 12). Lakmal claimed all three wickets to fall on the fifth morning as Pakistan was bowled out for 359 in the second innings, setting Sri Lanka a target of 137 runs to win. Karunaratne and Silva put on 124 for the opening wicket, and though Silva was dismissed for 58, trapped in front by Saeed Ajmal, Kumar Sangakarra (9 not out) accompanied Karunaratne to… Read More →

Sarfaraz keeps Pakistan ahead

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Wicketkeeper-batsman scores an unbeaten 70 to put Pakistan ahead by 107 with three wickets in hand going into final day. Misbah-ul-Haq led Pakistan’s resistance with a gritty 97 to frustrate Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the second Test in Dubai on Saturday(January 11). Misbah missed his sixth Test hundred by three runs, but a career-best unbeaten 70 by Sarfaraz Ahmed and a defiant 32 by Bilawal Bhatti kept Pakistan’s fight intact to take it to 330 for 7 at close on a cloudy day. When bad light and a drizzle ended play 15 overs before schedule, Saeed Ajmal was batting alongside Sarfaraz on 7 and Pakistan were leading by 107 runs with a full day’s play remaining. Sarfaraz… Read More →

Bowlers put Sri Lanka on top

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Sri Lanka owed it to its bowlers for taking the opening day honours against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai on Wednesday (January 8). By the close, Sri Lanka had knocked off 57 runs for the loss of the opener Dimuth Karunaratne, trapped leg-before to Junaid Khan for 32. A three-pronged pace and one-man spin attack helped Sri Lanka bowl out Pakistan for just 165 after Angelo Mathews won the toss and opted to bowl. The right-arm pacer Nuwan Pradeep finished with a career-best 3 for 62 while Shaminda Eranga (2 for 25), Suranga Lakmal (2 for 45) and Rangana Herath (3 for 26) were also useful in the second session. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara were each on… Read More →

Mathews stars in drawn Test

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Unbeaten half-centuries by Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad helped Pakistan draw the first Test with Sri Lanka on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday(January 4). Sri Lanka made a remarkable comeback after conceding a 179-run first innings. With Pakistan firmly in control of the match at the end of third day, and Sri Lanka finishing on 186 for 4, leading by just seven runs, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, hit his career-best 157 not out, his second Test ton, to bail Sri Lanka out of a tricky situation. Sri Lanka lost just one wicket after adding 234 runs to its overnight score, leading Pakistan by 241 runs, on the fourth day. Chasing an improbable target of 302,… Read More →