Mendis underscores talent, but South Africa clinically professional

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (R) bats during the One Day International(ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on January 28, 2017. x / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

In an 8-wicket smarting at the hands of South Africa in the opening ODI, young batting spark Kusal Mendis riding back to form on a top score of 62 piercing the boundary line on ten occasions was the only consolation for the relative young Sri Lankan team. Given the strong odds Upul Tharanga’s Sri Lankans were pitted against of a strong batting pedigree of tried and tested frontline of the likes of run machines like A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla and Quintin de Kock and F. du Plessis, it was always a tough call for the visitors; what is more with their skipper Angelo Mathews out of action. That Sri Lanka went in with a debutant in 23-year old… Read More →

India fancied in Group A of ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

1st ODI - SL Women v Indian Women

·      India captain Mithali Raj: “We aim to have a settled team through the tournament and prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by working on our tactics” ·      Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera: “We are a fresh team but looking forward to playing against India and other teams in this tournament” ·      Ireland captain Laura Delany: “We have worked hard for a number of months and have a mix of experience and youth in our team” ·      Zimbabwe captain Sharne Mayers: “Our biggest challenges will be the conditions in Colombo and that we we’ll be going into the 50-over format after a few years” ·       Thailand captain… Read More →

Stage set for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017


·         ICC Women’s Committee Chair Clare Connor: “The tournament represents the culmination of a hugely exciting few years for the international women’s game” ·         Tournament Director Holly Colvin: “The good thing about the format is that it is a robust system, meaning teams need to consistently perform in order to qualify” ·         Final four spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup up for grabs A chance to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, places in the next ICC Women’s Championship and ODI status for the next four-year cycle – there’s a lot at stake in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 to be held in Colombo from 7-21 February. The 14-day event will culminate with the final… Read More →

Sri Lanka wins Tri-Nation U19 series in South Africa

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Sri Lankan team celebrate winning the series after the Youth Triangular Series Final match between South Africa U/19 and Sri Lanka U/19 at Boland Park on January 28, 2017 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka under-19 cricket team beat South Africa under-19 by 77 runs at Boland Park in Paarl on Saturday in the final match for the 2016/17 Tri-Nations Under-19 Tournament. The home side was shot out for just 79 runs in 32.4 overs after Sri Lanka had made a modest 156 from 44.5 overs having elected to bat first. Sri Lanka Under-19: 156 in 44.5 overs (Ashen Bandara 33, Praveen Jayawickrema 20, Ruan de Swardt 3/30, Kenan Smith 2/29) South Africa Under-19: 79 in 32.4 overs (Praveen Jayawickrema 2/13, Nipun Ransika 5/19, Hareen Weerasingha 2/5). Full Scorecard

Tahir, batsmen seal easy win for South Africa

South Africa's captain AB de Villiers plays a shot during their One Day International (ODI) cricket match against Sri Lanka at St George's Park on January 28, 2017, in Port Elizabeth. 
This is the first ODI in the series. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

Amla and du Plessis hit half-centuries to steer comfortable chase of 182 against Sri Lanka in first ODI Imran Tahir (3 for 26) and Wayne Parnell (3 for 48) set up a facile eight-wicket win for South Africa with 15.4 overs to spare in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka St George’s Park on Saturday (January 28). South Africa did well to bowl Sri Lanka out for 181 after opting to field on a two-paced and slow pitch — more suited to the visiting side than the home side — and was equally clinical in the chase with both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hitting fluent half-centuries. With the required run-rate below four runs per over, Quinton de… Read More →

SLC announces 16-member squad for ODIs in South Africa


Sri Lanka Cricket National Selection Committee, led by Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya has announced the names of 16 players who are to be included in Sri Lanka’s one-day International (ODI) for the ongoing series against South Africa. Sri Lanka will play five ODI matches as part of this series from January 28th to February 10th , 2017. The names on the squad are: Upul Tharanga – Captain Dinesh Chandimal Dhananjaya de Silva Niroshan Dickwella Sandun Weerakkody Kusal Mendis Asela Gunarathne Chathuranga de Silva Sachith Pathirana Jeffery Vandersay Lakshan Sandakan Lahiru Madushanka Nuwan Kulasekara Lahiru Kumara Suranga Lakmal Vikum Sanjaya The squad will be captained by Upul Tharanga due to the absence of Angelo Mathews who exited from the series on personal… Read More →

Sri Lanka to participate at WBC T-20 World Cup Cricket Tournament

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27th, January 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s national visually impaired cricket squad comprising of 17 multi-talent individuals from all over the Island will be departing to India this week to compete in the 2ndWorld Blind T-20 World Cup Tournament in an attempt to clinch the title as champions. Although the team which has performed well in the past World Cup Tournaments, is not affiliated to the country’s national board, the charitable arm of Sri Lanka Cricket ‘Cricket Aid’ has extended a helping hand in sponsoring these individuals to participate in this International tournament. “As a governing cricket board in the country, it gives us a sense of pride to know that we have a talented team who are determined to clinch… Read More →

20 -20 තරගාවලියේ ගෞරවනිය ජයග්‍රහණය කළක් අප මතකයේ රැ‍ඳේවි

Members of the Sri Lankan team celebrate after winning the T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Newlands Stadium on January 25, 2017, in Cape Town.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිව‍යේ පරාජයේ උණුසුම ඉක්මනින්ම නිමාවට පත් කරමින් ද ජයග්‍රහන ප්‍රීතිය බුක්ති විඳීමේ අවස්ථාව ශ්‍රි ලංකා ක්‍රීඩාලොලීනට ලබාදෙමින් ද ශ්‍රි ලංකා තරුණ 20 -20 කණ්ඩායම තෙවන විස්සයි විස්ස තරගය ද කඩුලු පහකින් දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව පරදා තරගාවලියම ජයගත්තේ තම දක්ෂතා ලොවටම පෙන්වමිනි. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව ඕවර 20 දී කඩුලු 5ට 169යි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඕවර 19.5 දී කඩුලු 5ට 170යි.  නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ලගේ හා සික්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්නගේ දක්ෂ පිතිහරඹයත් ලංකා ක්‍රීඩකයින්ගේ සටන්කාමී ක්‍රීඩා විලාශයත් ජයග්‍රහනයට ප්‍රධානතම හේතු විය.  ලංකා මුල් විකට්ටුවට තරංග (20) හා දික්වැල්ල (68) ලකුණු 36ක් රැස් කිරිමෙන් පසු දික්වැල්ල හා ධනංජය සිල්වා (19) තෙවන කඩුල්ලට පන්දු 61ක දී ලකුණු 71ක් රැස් කරමින් ජයග්‍රහන මාවත විවෘත කළහ.   මොවුන් දෙදෙනාම 15 වන ඕවරයේ දැවී යාමෙන් පසු ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදාව නියෝජනය කරන සික්කුගේ ප්‍රසන්න… Read More →

Dickwella the hero in champagne series triumph from the agony to the ecstasy

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This Sri Lankan series defining 5-wicket triumph over South Africa in the decisive third T20 match is the fruition from an agony to the ecstatic rising from the dumps champagne flowing celebrative affair for the Sri Lankan camp. For, there was Sri Lanka on a tour groping, morale dampening curve losing the Test series 0-3, and the T20 opener with only a few individual performances to smile about. In that scenario, breaking the drought by 3-wickets in the second game was heartening on a flowing half century by skipper Angelo Mathews. But that joy being short lived with the bad news that the captain had a sidelining sprained ankle putting him out of action, was indeed smarting. Sri Lanka was… Read More →

Dickwella, Prasanna take Sri Lanka to series win

Members of the Sri Lankan team celebrate after winning the T20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Newlands Stadium on January 25, 2017, in Cape Town.  / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

AB de Villiers’s 44-ball 63 on international comeback goes in vain as visiting side chases down South Africa’s 169/5 to win deciding T20I. Sri Lanka created history, defeating South Africa by five wickets with a ball to spare in the third and final Twenty20 International in Cape Town on Wednesday (January 25) to secure a 2-1 series victory. It was the first time Sri Lanka had won a series in any format in the country. The architects of Sri Lanka’s successful chase of 170 is Niroshan Dickwella (68 in 51 balls), who shared a third-wicket stand of 71 with Dhananjaya de Silva, and Seekkuge Prasanna, who scored a career-best 37 not out off just 16 balls with three fours and… Read More →

Upul Tharanga to Captain ODI matches against South Africa

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga celebrates his team's good bowling innings during the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s 31-year-old batting talisman has been chosen to captain the country’s five One Day International matches against South Africa starting in Port Elizabeth this Saturday (28). The left-hand-batsman will captain the ODI series in South Africa in the absence of Angelo Mathews who returned home this week. Mathews had informed the management of Sri Lanka Cricket that he may need to take time off to be with his family. A hamstring injury on the 2nd T- 20 on Sunday ruled him out of the match forcing the skipper to make an early exit for the rest of the series. Both Nuwan Pradeep and Dhanushka Gunathilaka also returned to Sri Lanka on Tuesday owing to their injuries. Meanwhile… Read More →

All 10 squads for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 confirmed

Sri Lanka Womens Team

The squads of the 10 sides participating in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo from 7-21 February have been announced. India, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka are among the leading sides participating in the tournament, which will decide which four teams get a chance to play in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from 24 June to 23 July in England and Wales. The top four sides will also earn places in the second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, while the fifth and sixth placed sides will secure ODI status for the next four years. Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have already qualified directly for the pinnacle tournament after finishing among the top… Read More →

කණස්සල්ලට පත්ව සිටි ක්‍රීඩා ලෝලීනට සිනහවන්නට අවස්ථාවක්

Sri Lanka bowler Lakshan Sandakan bowls on South African batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (not pictured) during the second T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 22, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමඟ ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියෙන් හා ප්‍රථම ටී 20 තරගයෙන් පරාජයට පත්ව කණස්සල්ලට පත්ව සිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට හා ලංකා ක්‍රීඩා ලෝලීනට ප්‍රීතියෙන් සිනහවීමට අවස්ථාව උදා වුයේ ඉරිදා ජොහැනස්බර්ග් නුවර දෙවන ටී 20 තරගයේ දී  කඩුලු තුනකින් දකුණු අප්‍රිකානුවන් පරාජය කිරීමෙනි. ලක්ෂාන් සඳකැන් (ලකුණු 23ට කඩුලු 4යි) සහ ඉසුරු උදාන (ලකුණු 13ට කඩුලු 3යි) දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ඉනිම ඕවර 19.3 ක දී ලකුණු 113ක ට සීමා කිරීමෙන් පසු ලංකා පිල කඩුලු 7ක ට ලකුණු 119 ක් ලබා මේ ජයග්‍රහණය අත්කර ගත්තේ ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස්ගේ (නොදැවී 54) නායකත්ව ඉනිම මුල් කරගෙනය.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලත් මේ ජයග්‍රහණය ලබන 25 වැනි දා කේප් ටවුන්හි පැවැත්වෙන තුන්වන හා අවසාන තීරණාත්මක ටී 20 තරගයටත් ඊට පසුව කණ්ඩායම් දෙක අතර පැවැත්වෙන ඕවර 50 එක්දින තරගාවලියටත් යහපත් පෙරහුරුවකි. අළුගසා… Read More →

Mathews salvos Sri Lanka to victory after Sandakan strikes

Sri Lanka bowler Lakshan Sandakan (2-L) celebrates the dismissal of South African batsman Mangaliso Mosehle (not pictured) during the second T20 match between South Africa and Sri Lanka on January 22, 2017 at Wanderers Cricket Ground in Johannesburg. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka Skipper Angelo Mathews did fire the salvos in a typical captain’s knock of an unbeaten half century in even time in a characteristic mixture of the David and Goliath type of restraint coupled with aggression for Sri Lanka to break their barren run at long last by a 3-wicket T20 triumph over South Africa in the second and final match at Johannesburg to square the 2-match affair. In an ideally Sunday parade like show of muscle, Mathews salvaged the island nation’s dented image in the ongoing tour in a crispy knock that contained three lusty shots over the ropes and a boundary in 63 minutes with his strike rate soaring to 108.00. If Skipper Angelo Mathews fittingly played… Read More →

SLC clears the air on player injuries

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23rd January 2017, Colombo: Captain of Sri Lanka’s national team Angelo Mathews is expected to return to Sri Lanka to join his family this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced citing that prior to the tour Mathews had indicated that he would need time off to be there for the birth of his first child. SLC on Monday confirmed that he has been granted permission to return home. The next T-20 match which is to be held on the 25th of this month will be captained by Dinesh Chandimal. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep and opener Dhanuskha Gunathilaka are expected to return home to Sri Lanka today, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed citing that both players are in… Read More →