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 →

Perera, Dilshan propel Sri Lanka

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Half-centuries from Kusal Perera and Tillakaratne Dilshan powered Sri Lanka to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second Twenty20 International in Pallekele on Thursday (November 21). Sri Lanka secured a 1-0 series win after the first T20I was abandoned due to rain. Sri Lanka overhauled New Zealand’s 142 for 7 with 13 balls to spare, with Perera slamming a 37-ball 57 and Dilshan remaining unbeaten on 59 off 49 balls. Mahela Jayawardene fell leg before to Mitchell McClenaghan for three in the second over before Dilshan and Perera put on a 96-run stand for the second wicket. Dilshan hit eight boundaries while Perera’s knock was studded with six fours and two sixes. Luke Ronchi’s cameo of 34… Read More →

Rain washes out Pallekele T20I

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Bad weather forced the first Twenty20 International between Sri Lanka and New Zealand to be abandoned without a ball being bowled in Pallekele on Tuesday (November 19). Heavy rain through the day drenched Pallekele International Stadium and the umpires, Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Raveendra Wimalasiri, were forced to delay the toss. However, with the rain showing no sign of relenting, the umpires had no option but to call off the match at 8.45pm. So far, every match in the limited-overs series has been interrupted by rain. The three-match One-Day International series ended in a 1-1 draw after Sri Lanka won the third ODI by 36 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis Method, following New Zealand’s four-wicket victory in the second ODI, also by… Read More →

Spinners help Sri Lanka square series

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Sri Lanka’s spinners reined in New Zealand’s batsmen to win the rain-affected third and final One-Day International in Dambulla on Saturday(November 16) and level the series at 1-1. The start of the match was delayed by 90 minutes due to rain, and another interruption meant the game was scheduled as a 33-overs-a-side affair. Sri Lanka made 211 for 8 in that time, with New Zealand being set a Duckworth-Lewis target of 216 in 33 overs. New Zealand was on 126 for 6 in 25 overs, when bad light forced the umpires to call off play, giving Sri Lanka a 36-run win. Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, claimed three wickets while Sachithra Senanayake, the offspinner, had two scalps, as New Zealand slumped to… Read More →

Nathan McCullum stars in last-ball win

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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by four wickets in the rain-truncated second One-Day International in Hambantota on Tuesday (November 12) thanks to Nathan McCullum’s late heroics. New Zealand was set a revised and fairly steep Duckworth-Lewis target of 198 in 23 overs, but McCullum smashed 25 runs in the final over off Rangana Herath to steer New Zealand home with an unbeaten nine-ball 32. New Zealand’s reply had begun on the wrong foot when Nuwan Kulasekara dismissed Anton Devcich and Rob Nicol off successive balls in the second over. Both batsmen were caught behind, while Kumar Sangakkara, the wicketkeeper, also stumped Grant Elliott off Sachithra Senanayake to reduce New Zealand to 34 for 3. However, Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi… Read More →

Rain plays spoilsport in Hambantota

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Heavy rain forced the first One-Day International between New Zealand and Sri Lanka to be abandoned in Hambantota on Sunday (November 10), cutting short an impressive display by Sri Lanka. New Zealand was 13 for 1 from 4.2 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 288 for 9, when play was called off. Earlier in the day, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews all hit half-centuries to give Sri Lanka a formidable total. Kyle Mills, the New Zealand captain, gave his team an electrifying start after winning the toss and electing to field, when he trapped Dimuth Karunaratne lbw with the first delivery of the innings. Dilshan and Sangakkara, however, steadied the innings with a second-wicket partnership of 137. Sangakkara… Read More →