South Africa ensures place in Super Six; Sri Lanka, Ireland, close in on berths

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South Africa defeated Bangladesh by six wickets on Saturday to book a place in the Super Six stage from Group B of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 while host Sri Lanka and Ireland moved closer to the next round with their second wins in Group A. Pace bowler Shabnim Ismail set the ball rolling for group favourite South Africa with an early wicket to set the tone for a third consecutive victory in the 10-team tournament from which four will qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the ICC Women’s Championship, while all entrants to the Super Six stage will be assured of ODI status for the next four-year cycle. Ismail got rid of Sharmin Sultana… Read More →

SLC President on Phase II of District Cricket Promotion Mission

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It will be another path breaking mission Sri Lanka Cricket’s dynamic, vision oriented President, Thilanga Sumathipala who embarks this Thursday on a far sighted concept that will be Phase II of seeing and assessing first hand for himself at district and provincial level in SLC’s forward drive to creating a better morrow for the island nation’s cricket. Sumathipala, who recently inspected the South and North meeting up with the local heads of cricket associations and clubs where one of his laudable brain child decisions was to give Northern cricket lovers an international ground in recognition of the deep seated passion for cricket in the Northern peninsula, will once again assess for himself along with an SLC team assess the workability… Read More →

ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු සංචාරයට සහභාගීවන 20-20 කණ්ඩායම නම් කරයි

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

ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේදී  මේ මස 17 සිට 22 දක්වා පැවැත්වෙන තරග තුනකින් සමන්විත ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා 20-20 තරගාවලියට සහභාගීවන ශ්‍රී ලංකා විස්සයි විස්ස කණ්ඩායම ඊයේ (9 ) නම් කළ අතර හිටපු නායකයෙකු වන වේග පන්දු යවන ලසිත් මාලිංගද ඊට එක් කර තිබේ.මාලිංග ආබාධයක් මත ටික කළක් තරග බිමෙන් ඉවත්ව සිටියේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා 20-20 කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දෙන්නේ උපුල් තරංගය.උපුල් මෙවැනි තරගාවලියකට නායකත්වය දෙන ප්‍රථම වතාව මෙය වේ. කළක් ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් පිටියෙන් ඉවත්ව සිටි දිල්ෂාන් මුණවීර ,මලින්ද සිරිවර්ධන,චාමර කපුගෙදර හා ලසිත් මාලිංග නැවතත් 20-20 තරගාවලියට තේරී සිටිමද විශේෂත්වයකි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම මේ මස 10 වැනිදා දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේදී පස්වන හා අවසන් එක්දින තරගයට සහභාගීවීමෙන් පසුව 13 වැනිදා ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ කැන්බරා නුවරට ළගා වීමට නියමිතය.20-20 ජාත්‍යන්තර තරග තුනට පෙර ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු අගමැතිගේ කණ්ඩායම සමග 15… Read More →

Tharanga handed T20 captaincy too, Malinga returns for tour of Australia

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Sri Lanka’s next month long February assignment Down Under to Aussie land straight from South Africa interestingly assumes a new dimension in the team component. That it does carry a blend of newness with Upul Tharanga carrying the captaincy mantle with some of the usual tried and tested links in trump card regular captain Angelo Mathews continuing to miss out from injury, and vice captain Dinesh Chandimal failing to find the selectors nod, is interesting. More so when the good news addition happens to be that lynchpin Lasith Malinga back from a long injury sidelining. It is interesting given the element of the new blend squad centering on young blood with a few  exceptions that has been put in charge… Read More →

Bravo Tharanga & company: Sri Lanka radiant in defeat

Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga (1st-R) bats during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match against South Africa, at Newlands Cricket stadium on February 7, 2017, in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

What a so close but yet so far finish it was! Sri Lanka in full throttle on 190 for 1 wicket with skipper Upul Tharanga on song on 102 and Kusal Mendis blossoming for bigger things on 23 by the 23rd over. But when it looked like Sri Lanka had the match within its grasp and was on course to jinxing a piece of history by going past South Africa’s improbable 368 at the Newlands, Mendis holing out with the total on 203 was to signal a breakdown. Not long after Tharanga, who had played perhaps the innings of his like in redeeming himself in signalling a second anointment or his re-arrival with a majestic captain’s knock reaching thee three… Read More →

පැරදුනත් ජයග්‍රහණය පසු පස හඹා ගිය ආකාරය ප්‍රසංශනීයයි

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දකුණු අප්‍රිකා සංචාරයේ එක්දින තරගාවලියේ සිව්වන තරගයේ දී ප්‍රථමවරට ලකුණු අතරට පිවිසි ලංකා ඉදිරිපෙළ පිතිකරුවෝ දකුණු අප්‍රිකානුවන් ලබාදුන් ලකුණු 368 ක දැවැන්ත ඉලක්කය අසලටම පැමිණ 327 ක ට දැවී ගෞරවනීය පරාජයක් අත්වූවත් ලංකා පිතිකරුවෝ ලකුණු පසු පස හඹා ගිය ආකාරය ප්‍රසංශනීයය. ලකුණු 368 ලකුණු ප්‍රමාණය හඹා යද්දී 44 ඕවරය වන විට ලංකා පිතිකරුවෝ කඩුලු 4 කට ලකුණු 307ක් ලබා ජයග්‍රහණය පෙනි පෙනී සිටියත් අවසාන කඩුලු හය දැවීගියේ ලකුණු විස්සකට ය.  ලංකා අගපෙළ පිතිකරුවන් මේ ඉලක්කය කරා යාමට සමත්වූයේ නම් එය ඓතිහාසික ජයග්‍රහණයක් වනු නියතය.  ඉදිරිපෙළ පිතිකරුවන් සාර්ථක වනවා නම් තරගයක් කෙතරම් තියුණු වනවා ද යන්න මෙය හොඳම නිදසුනකි. ජයග්‍රහණය සඳහා ලකුණු හඹායාමේ අඩිතාලම දැමු නායක උපුල් තරංග සහ නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල ලංකා මුල් විකට්ටුවට පස්වන ඕවරයේ දී ලකුණු පනහ ද දසවන… Read More →

South Africa survives spirited chase to go 4-0 up

Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga (1st-R) bats during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match against South Africa, at Newlands Cricket stadium on February 7, 2017, in Cape Town. / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

Du Plessis’s career-best 185 leads home team to 367/5 before Sri Lanka’s challenge ends at 327 Faf du Plessis’s career-best 185 and a four-wicket haul by Wayne Parnell guided South Africa to a 40-run win over Sri Lanka in the fourth One Day International at Newlands on Tuesday (February 7). Already having gained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series, South Africa took full advantage of good batting conditions after winning the toss. Du Plessis hit his second century of the series and ended only three short of a South African record, as the home side piled up 367 for 5. However, Sri Lanka showed spirit in the chase, led by Upul Tharanga’s 90-ball 119. However, the reply ended at… Read More →

Every team has something to aim for in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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One among them will lift the trophy on February 21, but four will leave with prize berths for the eight-team ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 A tournament in which the likes of Thailand and Papua New Guinea rub shoulders against higher-ranked teams such as India and South Africa reflects the International Cricket Council’s efforts to spread the game worldwide. These four nations will be among 10 teams – joining Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and host Sri Lanka – in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo. Starting Tuesday (February 7), they will begin their campaign for spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the pinnacle of the sport, in England in June-July. One among them will… Read More →

Sri Lanka U-19 cricketers return in trophy glitter

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 Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the felicitation of the Sri Lanka U- 19 cricketers tomorrow (7) at 8 p.m. at the SLC on their triumphant return home from South Africa in the trophy glitter as the Youth Tri Nation Champions having comprehensively defeated the host country South Africa in the finals. The exuberant Sri Lanka U-19 cricket team has thus capped a rollercoaster 2016 by coming thumbs up annexing the Youth Tri Nation Trophy in South Africa in January to cap 2017 on a winning note. Led by former Sebistianite Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka showcased its strong arm at youth level by defeating South Africa in the final by 88 runs. It was a remarkable comeback from… Read More →

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව එක්දින තරගාවලිය ජයගත්තේ ලංකා පිතිකරුවන්ගේ දුර්වලතාවයෙන්

South African batsman Kagiso Rabada (R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Asela Gunaratne (L) during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on February 4, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
The South African team and the wickets are in pink to mark World Cancer Awarness day on February 4.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තරග පහක එක්දින තරගාවලියේ දැනට පැවැති තරග තුනම විශාල පරාජයන්ට ලක්ව දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව මේ වන විටත් 3 – 0 කින් ඉදිරියෙන් සිටිමින් තරගාවලිය ජයගෙන ඇත්තේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් එක්දින තරගාවලිය පුරාම දැක් වූ දුර්වලතා මතය.  පන්දු යවන්නන් බොහෝ අවස්ථාවන්හි යම් දෙයක් කිරීමට උත්සාහ ගත්තත් එය සාර්ථක නොවූයේ ප්‍රමාණවත් ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ලකුණු පුවරුවේ ස‍ඳහන්ව නොතිබීමෙනි. වත්මන් එක්දින කණ්ඩායමේ මේ වනවිට ලකුණු අතර සිටින්නේ නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල පමණකි.  ඔහු හොඳ ආරම්භයක් ගෙන දීර්ඝ ඉනිමක් ක්‍රීඩා කරනුතුරු බලා සිටීමට සිදුව තිබේ.  ඉදිරිපෙළ පිතිකරුවන් වන උපනායක දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්, කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්, ධනංජය ද සිල්වා අඩු ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවන්ට දැවී යද්දී මැදපෙළ පිතිකරුවන්ට ද ස්ථාවර ඉනිමක් ගොඩ නැගීමට අසීරුව තිබේ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පුහුණුකරු ග්‍රෙහැම් ෆෝඩ් දෙවැනි එක්දින තරගයේ… Read More →

Live online streaming from ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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Matches from the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 will be live streamed across ICC’s digital platforms for the first time as the ICC continues its commitment to raising the profile of the women’s game. The first match to be broadcast live online will be the opening game between hosts Sri Lanka and India when the tournament gets underway on Tuesday in Colombo. ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice: “The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 is a very important event, with some of the best teams competing for spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. I’m sure the comprehensive coverage of the Colombo event across our digital platforms will showcase the talents of the players to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka to play three T20 matches in Australia

Sri Lanka v Australia T20I

The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is expected to meet this Tuesday (7) to decide the national squad for three T20 matches that Sri Lanka will play against Australia from 15th to 23rd February. Prior to the meeting however, it has been announced that Captain Angelo Mathews will not be part of the squad as he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The skipper sustained an injury during the second T20 International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last month. Although he had made prior arrangements to leave during some point of the tour, he made an early exit following his injury. The meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will… Read More →

De Villiers, Pretorius lead South Africa to series win

Players lay low as a swarm of bees storm the field during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on February 4, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
The South African team and the wickets are in pink to mark World Cancer Awarness day on February 4. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka lose by seven wickets after being bowled out for just 163, as home side takes a winning 3-0 lead An all-round South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a convincing seven-wicket victory in the third ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 4). In a perfect game that started with winning the toss, South Africa’s bowlers first combined to shoot out Sri Lanka for a paltry 163 in 39.2 overs before AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 60 led it to victory in just 32 overs. Sri Lanka’s batsmen, barring Niroshan Dickwella who made 74, capitulated against a relentless attack in a must-win game. Dwayne Pretorius, playing in his first match of the series,… Read More →

10 Players to watch in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from February 7 to 21 will see the best cricketers from 10 nations play for a chance to join the top four women’s sides at the marquee event in June-July in England. Here are some of the players expected to make a splash: Group A Deepti Sharma made an impression during home series against New Zealand in 2015. Deepti Sharma (India) Just 19 years old, Deepti Sharma’s understanding of the game belies her age. She made her One-Day International debut in 2014, but it was during the home series against New Zealand in 2015 that she made her first impression. Her unbeaten 44 and an unbroken second-wicket stand of 103 with… Read More →

SLC’s three-member committee conducts fully-fledged impartial inquiry

SLC’s three-member committee conducts fully-fledged impartial inquiry

2nd February, 2017, Colombo: A three-member Independent Committee appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket convened their first meeting at SLC headquarters this afternoon to discuss matters pertaining to allegations of foul play at a recently concluded Tier ‘B’ match. The committee comprises of Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee Asela Rekawa, former national player Jayantha Paranathala and head of Security and Investigations at SLC Sarathchandra Liyanage. SLC officials have stated that the process will be expedited judiciously and a decision is to be reached. The management of the SLC has categorically stated that it will not condone any illegal acts that destroys the spirit of the game or brings disrepute to the sport and the board.