Chandimal bags consolation victory

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Dinesh Chandimal pulled off a breathtaking heist in Abu Dhabi on Friday (Dec 27) night, an unbeaten 64 from Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 captain sealing a futile but exciting consolation win. His innings pulled Sri Lanka out of jail and led it to a two-wicket win with just two balls to spare. Chandimal snuck up on Pakistan almost unnoticed. Having arrived in the 25th over, he only reached his fifty in the 47th, with what was, until then, his first boundary. At that stage Sri Lanka was out of the match, eight down and with 28 runs still to get. But in the next over, Ajantha Mendis was dropped by Sohaib Maqsood at cover and it was a vital drop. He… Read More →

Photos: Sri Lanka Under-19 off for Asia Cup

Sri Lanka Under 19 Squad with the Team Officials

Sri Lanka Under 19 team will leave Colombo in this evening to the United Arab Emirates to take part in the Under 19 Asia Cup competition to be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from December 28 to January 4, 2014. Sri Lanka Under 19 team is led by Cambrian Kusal Mendis and his deputy is Josephian wicket keeper batsman Sadeera Samarawickrema. Match schedules Group ‘A’ India, Pakistan, Nepal, UAE. Group ‘B’ Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afganistan, Malaysia. 28th December: India Vs UAE at Sharjah Cricket Grounds. Pakistan Vs Nepal at ICC, GCA 1, Bangladesh Vs Malaysia at Abu Dhabi Oval 1, Sri Lanka Vs Afganistan at Abu Dhabi, Oval 2. 29th December: India Vs Nepal at ICC, GCA, Pakistan Vs… Read More →

Pakistan takes series after Hafeez century

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Pakistan wrapped up a One-Day International series win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday (December 25) night in Abu Dhabi, its seventh bilateral ODI series triumph of the year, a record for it. By most standards, that is a good haul, even if it includes wins against Scotland, Ireland and Zimbabwe. More than any other player, Mohammad Hafeez has embodied the performance swings of the side. Last night he was the exceptional Hafeez. His unbeaten 113 was the base with which Pakistan sauntered home to an inadequate target of 226 at the Shaikh Zayed stadium with eight wickets and 53 balls to spare. It was an impeccable innings, full of exactly the kind of flawless stroke making that can, on occasion, make him look like… Read More →

Hafeez stars in impressive win

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Mohammad Hafeez starred in Pakistan’s convincing 113-run win over Sri Lanka on Sunday (December 22 )in the third One-Day International, first hitting a career best 140 not out and then taking 2 for 35 against Sri Lanka. Hafeez, 33, was the rock around which Pakistan put up on imposing 326 or 5, before helping bowl Sri Lanka out for 213 in 44.4 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The win gave Pakistan a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Hafeez, who hit 122 in the opening game in Sharjah last week, laid the foundation for Pakistan’s innings with Ahmed Shehzad, the opener, in a crucial second-wicket stand. Shehzad, who had hit a century in the second ODI, made 81 and shared in… Read More →

Sri Lanka holds nerves to level series

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Ahmed Shehzad has been able to avoid extended lean spells with the bat in his 37-match One-Day International career till now, thanks to that determination and, after a duck and an 11 in his past two innings, the 22-year-old scripted his second three-figure score in four matches and the fourth century of his One-Day International career. Anchored by his 124, Shehzad’s highest score in international cricket so far, Pakistan posted 284 for 4 after being asked to bat. But Sri Lanka, who came agonisingly close to winning the first game, prevailed by three wickets in a wildly swinging finish in Dubai on Friday (December 20) to level the five-match ODI series. Kumar Sangakkara (58), who became only the fourth batsmen to cross 12,000… Read More →

Hafeez ton sets up Pakistan win

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Sri Lanka goes down by 11 runs in high-scoring thriller despite late fireworks from Senanayake, Prasanna. Ask any of the world’s best batsmen, and Lasith Malinga will be a certainty on their list of the toughest bowlers they have ever faced. His wild, untamed looks and flaming mane as he sprints to crease would make any batsmen twitchy. And then his low-arm, slingy action never ceases to unsettle the most settled of batsmen. Spare a thought for a debutante then, especially if the first delivery he receives from Sri Lanka’s ace is that dreaded skiddy bouncer, which comes with a health warning. Sharjeel Khan, playing his first One-Day International, tried to duck under it, but did not bend enough and… Read More →

Perera keeps Sri Lanka on top in T20Is

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To set an evening on fire it helps to have Tillakaratne Dilshan. Kusal Perera’s 84 was the platform on which was built Sri Lanka’s series-equalling win in the second Twenty20 International in Dubai on Friday (December 13). Kumar Sangakkara provided the finish to the highest T20 total seen at this venue, but it was Dilshan who controlled the mood and tone for Sri Lanka’s response to its loss on Wednesday evening, with a result that ensured Sri Lanka remained the No.1 ranked team in the format. It was his 48, in a 100-run opening stand with Perera that said Sri Lanka was serious and that Pakistan had better worry. Perera had already got them off to a start in the… Read More →

Kumar Sangakkara named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year

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Kumar Sangakkara has been crowned as ODI Cricketer of the Year – 2013 by the International Cricket Council (ICC), while Mahela Jayawardane won the Spirit of Cricket Award. ICC Media Release Australia captain Michael Clarke was today announced as the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. The announcement was made ahead of the broadcast of the LG ICC Awards 2013 TV show which premieres on Saturday (14 December) in most countries across the globe. The show is hosted by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting who won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy in 2006 and 2007, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year… Read More →

Afridi blitz delivers victory for Pakistan

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Allrounder hits unbeaten 39 after taking 1 for 20 to seal three-wicket win in first T20I against Sri Lanka. Afridi walked out with Pakistan wobbling at 96 for 5 in the 15th over, chasing 146. It would be nice to suggest he coolly picked off the runs, but it would be untrue. A typically helter-skelter 39 from just 20 balls led Pakistan to an edgy three-wicket win. It was sealed, fittingly, with a paddled six over square leg off the first ball of the last over. In the process, Afridi cemented his credentials as a giant in the Twenty20 format, becoming the first man to complete the double of 1,000 runs and 50 wickets, and ended a run of three… Read More →

Three Sri Lankans in ICC ODI Team of the Year

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Media Release The ICC today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by the ICC’s Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble. ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order) Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) Hashim Amla (SA) Kumar Sangakkara (SL) AB de Villiers (SA) MS Dhoni (Ind, captain and wicketkeeper) Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) Saeed Ajmal (Pak) Mitchell Starc (Aus) James Anderson (Eng) Lasith Malinga (SL) 12th Man: Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ) Seven countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and only one player – Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India – finds a place in the side for the sixth consecutive years. The ICC Champions Trophy… Read More →

Tamil Union Under 23 Champs Three times in a row

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By Suresh Murugaser  Tamil Union (TU) Cricket and Athletic Club claimed the Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Club Under 23 trophy for the third time running with a crushing 258-run over Moors SC a couple of months ago.  This is an unprecedented feat, as no other club has managed to do this upto now. The captains involved were Ashan Priyanjan in the first year, Kithruwan Vithanage last year and Denuwan Rajakaruna this year. TU were unbeaten right throughout, which was the icing on cake. Apart from one game, which was weather-affected, TU waltzed through the other five matches like a knife through butter. The team, led by Premier League wicket-keeper Denuwan Rajakaruna, also had Sri Lanka Test player and last year’s TU… Read More →

Thirty cricket wickets for North & East

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Cricket practice nets jointly undertaken by Sri Lanka Cricket and the Foundation of Goodness is an initiative to promote cricket development in rural schools spread widely in the north & east. Post conflict era has seen enormous talent which needs to be harnessed for the greater advancement of cricket in our nation. Sri Lanka Cricket through its National Development Committee headed by President Jayantha Dharmadasa has started a Infrastructure Development Plan for its stakeholders, such as Districts, Clubs, Associations, Provinces, and Schools. The development programme for schools was supported by the legendary cricketer Muthiah Muralidaran subsequent to the inaugural Murali Cup held in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, Mullaitivu & Vavnuniya. Sri Lanka Cricket believes that it needs to provide cricket practice… Read More →

Fielding & Fitness Workshop for District Coaches

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The Sri Lanka Cricket National Coaching Department conducted a full day workshop on 22nd November 2013 at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The Coaching & Teachings were concentrated in two specialized areas which was on Fielding & Fitness aspects. The workshop was conducted for all SLC District Coaches who would in turn take this message to the grassroots level throughout the Country. In today’s context fitness plays a pivotal role in the game of Cricket as the new formats of the game has taken this to a new dimension, players being harnessed throughout the Country need to be aware of this fact & make sure that their Cricketers are fit, agile, sharp & up to the task knowing the present… Read More →