Chandimal a faith restoring, team redeeming ton of character

Dinesh Chandimal

It was a character defining Test for Dinesh Chandimal in the ongoing second Test against Bangladesh at the P. Saravanamuththu Stadium. His unbeaten 138 off 300 balls spanning 10 boundaries and a six was the salvaging cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 338 at the P. Sravanamuthuthu Stadium. Converting a gloomy situation on the opening day to taking his team to safety as wickets tumbled. There was Sri Lanka with the back to the wall as Bangladesh trailing 1-nil put the skids sending back the cream of the batting to the pavilion. 35 for 3 and 70 for 4 with Asela Gunaratne falling for 13 after Tharanga, Karunaratne and Mendis had perished; the latter stumped in a dancing… Read More →

ඕවල් යන විට ඇතිවන්නේ ප්‍රීතිය මුසු කණගාටුවක්

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වනාතමුල්ල ඕවල් (පී සරවනමුත්තු) ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා – බංග්ලදේශ දෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරගයට, බංග්ලදේශයේ සියවන ටෙස්ට් තරගය නැරඹීමට ක්‍රීඩාංගනයට ඇතුළුවන විට මෙය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පළමුවන ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රීඩාංගණය නොවේ දැයි යන ප්‍රීතියත් එදා සිට වසර 35ක් ගතවීමත් මේ දක්වා සුළු වෙනස්කම් හැර එසේම පැවැතීම පිළිබඳව කණගාටුවකුත් ඇතිවීම ස්වභාවිකය.  ක්‍රීඩා මණ්ඩපයක රථගාලක වැනි සුළු නවීකරණක් හැරෙන්නට අද පවතින්නේ ද 1982 පෙබරවාරියේ ප්‍රථම ටෙස්ට් තරගය පැවැති ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගනමය.  වෙනත් රටවල් හා සසඳන කළ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප්‍රධාන ක්‍රීඩාංගන සියල්ලම පාහේ තත්ත්වය මෙයයි.  මීට ප්‍රධානම හේතුව වන්නේ මේ ක්‍රීඩාංගන භාර නිලධාරින් හා එම සමාජ නවගොඩනැගිලි ඉදිකර නවීකරණය කිරීමට කිසිදු උත්සහයක් නොදැරීමය. 1982ට පෙර ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගනයට යන අයෙකුට දිස් වූයේ ද මෙවැනිම තනි තීරුවක ක්‍රීඩා මණ්ඩපයක් එහා කෙළවරේ ලකුණු සටහන් කරුවෙකුට මාධ්‍යෙවේදීන් තුන් හතර දෙනෙකුට පමණක් අසුන්ගත… Read More →

Nidahas trophy 2018 announced

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Sri Lanka marks 70 years of independence and Sri Lanka Cricket’s 70th anniversary 15th March 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket together with the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Bangladesh Cricket Board today announced the Nidahas Trophy 2018 – a Tri-Nation series that will see neighboring countries India, Bangladesh and host Sri Lanka compete in a series between March 15th and 31st next year to commemorate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence. “We look forward to playing the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka next year as it not only coincides with the 70th year of Independence of our nation but the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka Cricket,” said President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala. “We… Read More →

Pendulum swing for Mendis, Herath and Tharanga in ICC Player Rankings

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It has been a pendulum swing for Kusal Mendis and Rangana Herath, Sri Lanka’s star performers in the emphatic first Test triumph against Bangladesh last week. The duo going trumps up in raising their respective ICC player batting and bowling rankings has indeed raised their personal standings. His 194 and 19 in that 259-run win has sped the 22-year old Mendis nine places up to 23rd position in the ICC batting rankings that is a high endorsement of the new blood discovery themed on by the island nation’s cricket  authorities Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). To stand among the might of world cricket yet in the throes of raw years with just one year on to have won his national cap… Read More →

SLC to mark Bangladesh 100th test match

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The first day of the second test match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the P.Saravanamuttu Stadium will be a historic event which will see the Bangladesh national team marking its 100th match in test history. Sri Lanka Cricket plans to mark the occasion with a medal awarding ceremony which will be graced by the Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon. “We would like to recognise the participating teams and give the team medals before the game for playing this match. This is a historic occasion for Bangladesh and we are happy that they are sharing it us with,” said President Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala. Commenting on the performance of the team he added that the Bangladesh… Read More →

Herath rounds off record to bowl Sri Lanka to victory

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In a 259-run win it was fittingly a captains serenading as the wily veteran spinner Rangana Herath hogged the limelight in that euphoria with a record breaking personal milestone. His world record of 363 Test wickets by a left arm spinner at that level eclipsing New Zealander Daniel Vettori’s 362 was the high point as far as personal milestones go that he extended to winning fusion to put Sri Lanka 1-up in the 2-match Test series. Indeed, in an age defined by cricket mathematics as the fading years of a player’s career, Herath mounting an odyssey of getting better and better as he once again demonstrated by his 6 for 59 to destroy Bangladesh was great stuff. As Bangladesh crumbled… Read More →

Gurusinha to lift player standards in dual roles a major step forward

Asanka Gurusinha

Sri Lanka cricket’s (SLC) appointment of former cricketing great Asanka Gurusinha of 1996 world cup fame in the dual roles of  President, Thilanga Sumathipala it is a far sighted chain linking cohesive step that puts a highly versed man as the pivotal linking factor in coordinating a series of official functions connected to team performance on tour. Gurusinha would be the effective coordinating linkman revolving around the cricket team. It would relate to coordinating selections, team policy, captain pow wows, high performance other tour details to importantly player assessment feed backs to the cricket committee and executive committee as a whole. This necessary link chain for optimum results that had been a lacking factor in the past has been plugged… Read More →

අභියෝග තුනක් ජයගනිමින් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ජයගනී

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ගාල්ල ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ දී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලකුණු 259කින් බංග්ලදේශය පරදා ජයගත්තේ අභියෝග තුනක්ම ජය ගනිමිනි.  පළමුවැන්න සවස හතර වන විට ඇතිවන අඳුරු කාලගුණය හා වර්ෂාවට පෙර  තරගය නිම කිරීමයි.  දෙවැන්න අවසන් දින වරු දෙකක් තුළ බංග්ලදේශයේ කඩුලු දහයම දවාලීමය.  තෙවැන්න ලකුණු 457ක ජයග්‍රාහි ඉලක්කයකට යන බංග්ලදේශය සිව්වන දින අවසාන වන විට කඩුලු නොදැවී 67ක් ලබා වේගවත් ආරම්භයක් ගත් හෙයින් ඔවුනගේ ප්‍රබල ඉදිරි පෙළ පිතිකරුවන් ඉක්මනින් ම දවාලීමය.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මේ අභියෝග තුනම ජය ලැබුවේ පහසු ආකාරයෙන් සවස දෙකේ කණිසමටත් පෙරය. කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස් මුල් ඉනිමේ දී ලබාගත් ලකුණු 194ත් නායක රංගන හේරත් තරගයේ දී ලබාගත් කඩුලු නවයත් (මුල් ඉනිමේ 72ට 3 දෙවන ඉනිමේ 59ට 6යි) උපුල් තරංග දෙවන ඉනිමේ ලබාගත් ශතකයත් (ලකුණු 115) දිල්රුවන් පෙරේරා මුළු තරගයේ දී ම තුන් ඉදියව්වේම… Read More →

Record-breaking Herath spins Sri Lanka to victory

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Home side captain becomes most successful left-arm spinner as Bangladesh goes down by 259 runs in first Test Rangana Herath became the most successful left-arm spinner in Test cricket history as Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 259 runs in the first Test in Galle on Saturday (March 11). Herath picked up 6 for 59 as Bangladesh was 197 all out in its chase of an improbable 457-run target to help the home side go 1-0 up in the two-match series. The Bangladesh batsmen cut a sorry figure, unable to counter Sri Lanka’s relentless spin attack on the final day. Resuming on 67 for no loss and needing 390 runs more for victory on the final day, Bangladesh lost Soumya Sarkar,… Read More →

Dilruwan’s 3/53 the pick as Herath closes on record

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  On a day the spin duo of Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath shared six wickets between them in bowling out Bangladesh for 312, the third day’s high point was the Sri Lankan skipper edging closer to the personal milestone of becoming the highest  wicket taking left arm spinner in Test cricket history at the Galle Esplanade yesterday. If it was the 34-year spin all rounder Dilruwan Perera who was literally Sri Lanka’s early hero in accounting for two wickets that of Mehedi Hasan (41) and Taskin Ahmed in successive balls on a day bad light was a spoiler. The double blow inflicted by Perera that precipitated Bangladesh being dismissed for the addition of 14 runs after having recovered from… Read More →