Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference – India vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews addresses a press conference in The Grange in London on May 25, 2017, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament to be held from June 1 - 18.  / AFP PHOTO / Daniel Leal-Olivas

#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q. Can you give us an update on Chamara Kapugedera? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah he just got injured at training, so we sent him for an MRI scan. We are waiting for the doctor’s report. If need be, we might have to bring in a replacement, which is Danushka. Q. Angelo, probably you won’t be bowling tomorrow. How much does it affect the balance of the side that your 10 overs have been very crucial in the scheme of things? How do you look at that? How to manage the plug? ANGELO MATHEWS: It does upset the balance a little bit. If I could bowl my 10 overs, unfortunately, I mean, I’m okay to play as… Read More →

Sri Lanka will have to mount out of the box effort vs India

Asela Gunaratne

In a type of musical cushions scenario of when one ace sits out and is back in the pack, the other ace sits out, indeed would be bleeding highly decimating factor going in to the crunch win or drop out contest against high riding India, the reigning champions tomorrow Thursday at the Oval. Regular skipper Angelo Mathews is back in the pack for the crucial match having been injury sidelined in he opener versus South Africa. But in the return of the side’s most tried and tested campaigner, that the inform opening batsman Upul Tharanga, who held the reins in the lost match to South Africa, being a conspicuous sit out  against India tomorrow penalized for slow overate against South… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අනිවාර්යයෙන් ඉන්දියාව පරාජය කළ යුතුයි


ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී ජූනි මස 8 වැනිදා පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – ඉන්දියා චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම ජයග්‍රහණයක් අවශ්‍ය වන්නේ අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලබාගැනීමේ අපේක්ෂාව සඵල කර ගැනීමටය. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමග තරගයේදී  ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දුන් උපුල් තරංගට මූලික වටයේ ඉතිරි තරග දෙකම තහනම් වූයේ නියමිත වේලාවට වඩා මිනිත්තු 37ක් ඉනිම නිම කිරීමට කල්ගත කිරීම හේතුවෙනි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් පන්දුවට පහරදීමට සියයට සියයක යෝග්‍යතාවයක සිටියත් පන්දු යැවීම පිළිබඳ ව පසුවන්නේ අවිනිශ්චිත තත්ත්වයකිනි.  මැතිව්ස් ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ ප්‍රබලම පිතිකරුවා වන අතර, ඔහු සෙසු ප්‍රබල පිතිකරුවන් සමග එක් ව ඉන්දියාවට එරෙහි ව විශාල ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවක් කරා යාමට කටයුතු කිරීම ඉතාම වැදගත් වේ. තිසර පෙරේරා සහ සීක්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්න ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ සිව්වන හා පස්වන පන්දු යවන්නන් ලෙස යෙදවීමට අපේක්ෂා කරයි. … Read More →

Young Sri Lanka must play with arrogance against India – Kumar Sangakkara


“If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India.” Sri Lanka go into its crucial do-or-die game against India with a few concerns having lost its opening match versus South Africa. Firstly, it has its stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for the remaining ICC Champions Trophy group stage matches for a serious over-rate offence and, then, it also has ongoing concerns about the fitness of Angelo Mathews. If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major… Read More →

Australia face must win reality vs. England after rain off

The ICC Champions Trophy take off sees England and India topping Groups A and B, having gained victories in the opening games against Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively. With Monday’s game against Bangladesh abandoned due to rain intervening, Australia is second in Group A with 2 points in their championship thrust to dominating Group A, and rain has threatened their stakes. Defeat to England in the next encounter would end their championship hopes. And, certainly skipper Steve Smith could well be the biggest spike having conceded four successive dot balls with Australia within sight of the minimum 20 overs having to negotiate 4 overs more. That was after Mitchell Starc, with 4 for 29,  had ripped through Bangladesh who were bowled out… Read More →

වර්ෂාව දැවැන්තයින් ඉවත් කරයි ද?

එංගලන්තයේ පැවැත්වෙන චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට මේ දිනවල වර්ෂාවෙන් දැඩි ලෙස බාධා සිදුවෙමින් තිබෙන අතර, තරගාවලිය ජය ගනිතැයි අපේක්ෂා කළ දැවැන්තයන් මේ හේතුව මත තරගාවලිය ආරම්භයේදීම එළියට විසිවන තත්ත්වයකට පත්ව තිබේ.  ජුනි 2 වැනිදා පැවැති ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා නවසීලන්ත තරගය ජුනි 5 වැනිදා පැවැති ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා – බංග්ලදේශ තරගය වර්ෂාව මත නතර කළ හෙයින් කුසලානය දිනනු ඇතැයි අපේක්ෂා කළ කණ්ඩායමක් වන ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව දැනට ලකුණු දෙකක් පමණක් ලබා පසුවන්නේ අසීරු තත්ත්වයකය.  ඔවුනට තව ඉතිරිව ඇත්තේ 10 වැනිදා පැවැත්වෙන එංගලන්ත තරගය පමණෙකි. වර්ෂාවෙන් බාධා වූ ඉන්දියා – පාකිස්තාන තරගයේ දී ඉන්දියාවට ජය අත් වූයේ ලකුණු 124කිනි.  චැම්පියන් කුසලාන හිටපු සූරයන් වන ඉන්දියාව මීළඟට තරග වදින්නේ ලබන 8 වැනිදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සමග බර්මින්හැම්හි දී ය. දැනට පැවැති තරග පහෙන් (5 වැනිදා වන විට) තරග තුනකටම වර්ෂාවෙන්… Read More →

Skipper back on the field


Colombo, 6th June 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today confirmed that Skipper Angelo Mathews will lead the team at Thursday’s (8) all important encounter against India. Mathews who was sidelined by an untimely Calf strain ahead of the country’s CT17 opener against South Africa on the 3rd, has been declared fit by the team Medical experts, however he will show his prowess with the bat only in the game due to get underway at 10.30 am local time at the Oval on the 8th. The full-time Skipper who returned to lead the Sri Lanka team after a 5 month hiatus caused by a recurrent Hamstring injury was relegated to the dressers after their warm-up game against Australia in which he scored… Read More →

National Women’s Team to undertake high intensity training ahead of their WWC campaign


Colombo, 6 th June 2017 The Sri Lanka Women’s National Team (WNT) will follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts when they travel to Kandy today (6) for a 5-day high intensity & conditioning training camp at the SLC Centre of Excellence – Kandy. The Women’s National team, led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training programme under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 30 days, the pre-tournament workup has included several practice games that have assisted the resource staff in identifying areas of concern in order to create targeted enhancement sessions. In addition to the on-field training, the National Women’s team have been privileged to experience sessions in motivation and mental preparation under… Read More →

Sri Lanka lose despite superb start by Dickwella-Tharanga

Kusal Perera

Two mistakes – a half hearted lollypop stroke by  Kusal Mendis, and a poor judgment rush for a run by Dinesh Chandimal – cost Sri Lanka the opening match by 96 runs against South Africa at the Oval on Saturday. That it put back South Africa in the game after a whirlwind 69-run opening partnership off 8.2 overs fronted by the lusty improvising by Niroshan Dickwella’s 41 off 33 balls had offset the balance of the South African fast bowling quartet to a point of despair is the sad saga of what had up to that point put Sri Lanka in the driving seat. Mendis, having cracked two boundaries, played a half hearted stroke towards mid wicket. South African skipper… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකා අහිමි කරගත්තේ ජය ගැනීමට තිබූ අවස්ථාවකි


චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සහභාගි වූ ප්‍රථම තරගයෙන් ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලකුණු 96කින් පරාජයට පත් වූවත් එම තරගයේ ඕවර සියයෙන් 75ක් වනතුරුම ඉදිරියෙන් ම සිටියේ ලංකා කණ්ඩායමය.  තවත් ආකාරයකින් කිවහොත් තරගය පැවැති පැය හතකට කිට්ටු කාලයෙන් පැය පහක්ම තරග ග්‍රහනය සතුකර ගෙන සිටියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවය. මේ තරගය පිළිබඳව තරග ආරම්භයට පෙර තිබූ සැක සංකාව වූයේ පන්දු යවන්නන් කෙළෙස පන්දු යාවාවි ද යන්නය.  ඊට හේතුව වූයේ පෙර තරගාවලියන් හා එංගලන්තයේ පුහුණු තරගවල දී ලංකා පන්දු යවන්නන් දුර්වල වීමය.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තරගයේ දී ලංකා වේගපන්දු යැවීම ඉතාමත් ඉහළ මට්ටමක පැවැතියේ නව වේගපන්දු පුහුණුකරු ඇලන් ඩොනල්ඩ් ඇතුළු කණ්ඩායමේ උත්සහාය සඵල කරමිනි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා වේගපන්දු යවන්නන් තිදෙනා ලසිත් මාලිංග, සුරංග ලක්මාල් සහ නුවන් ප්‍රදීප්ගේ දක්ෂපන්දු යැවීම හමුවේ ප්‍රථම ඕවර දහය අවසාන වන… Read More →

Tharanga suspended for two ODIs for serious over-rate offence at The Oval

Upul Tharanga

ICC MEDIA RELEASE Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended from the next two ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in its Group B fixture against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Sri Lanka side was ruled to be four overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to… Read More →

Amla, Tahir script 96-run win over Sri Lanka


South Africa overcome late-innings stutter and poor start with the ball to get ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign up and running For brief periods, Sri Lanka threatened to open some familiar wounds in the South African camp, but just couldn’t sustain the promise for long enough in their Group B clash of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval on Saturday. It resulted in a successful start for world No. 1 South Africa, which defended its 299 for 6 to bowl Sri Lanka out for 203 in 41.3 overs despite an initial scare, Imran Tahir bagging four wickets to headline the bowling effort. The 96-run win was set up by the run machine in Hashim Amla, who crossed more… Read More →

Upul Tharanga pre-match press conference – South Africa v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's captain Upul Tharanga catches a ball during a practice session at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla on March 27, 2017, ahead of the second one day international between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA

Q. Angelo is having a fitness test later. How is he? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think he’s having a fitness test like today also, so we are going to look tomorrow morning, as well. So I think final decision, we think by tomorrow morning. Q. Obviously South Africa go into the game as favourites, having beaten you guys 5-0 in South Africa. How is the mood in the camp leading up to this tournament? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think they have played against us in the last series but I think we know what are the areas we have to improve. Like since the run in England, I think we have done well so far. I think especially even we… Read More →

Calf injury to sideline Sri Lanka skipper

Angelo Mathews

Colombo, 31st May 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (31) announced that skipper Angelo Mathews will most likely sit out the first group stage match of the Champions Trophy due to a calf injury. Mathews who returned to lead the side in their Champions Trophy campaign after a hiatus of several months had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the Team management to conduct radiographic investigations which revealed a strain on the muscle. Following a hamstring injury sustained last year, Mathews was on a strict regimen of supervised rest and recovery, which saw him declared match fit well in time to lead the side at a 6 day intensive residential training & conditioning camp in Pallakelle prior to their departure to… Read More →

Women’s Cricket given new impetus


Colombo, 31st May 2017; In a landmark move that augers well for the development of Women’s cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket today announced the formation of a Women’s National Development Squad. A squad of 30 player was hand-picked based on their performance at the recently concluded inaugural women’s under 23 Provincial tournament by the Women’s National Selection Committee headed by former Captain – Rasanjali de Alwis. The Squad which consists of talented young women from across the island were issued contracts by Sri Lanka Cricket last morning (30) at a simple ceremony attended by the players and their families who were greeted by President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala and Vice-President in charge of Domestic Cricket Mr. K. Mathivanan. Sri Lanka Cricket… Read More →