U 19: Sri Lanka’s youth fires England to home defeat

Lahiru Kumara

Sri Lanka Cricket youth made England Under-19s suffer their first home defeat in six years in a four-day match as an outstanding bowling performance by Lahiru Kumara fired Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory in Northampton and clinch the series 1-0. Lahiru Kumara claimed four more wickets as England were bowled out for 192 in their second innings. Lahiru finished with match figures of 11 for 134, and left Sri Lanka needing only 94 for victory. Sri Lanka youth knocked them off for the loss of three wickets, meaning they win the two-match series 1-0 after England enjoyed the better of a rain-affected draw in Cambridge last week. England’s last home four-day defeat had also come against Sri Lanka in… Read More →

Australia in trouble after 21-wicket day

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Australia began day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Friday (August 5) on 54 for 2. At stumps, it was 25 for 3, with 21 wickets having fallen on a day that had Rangana Herath taking a hat-trick and Mitchell Starc returning 6 for 50 for match figures of 11 for 94. However, with Australia having been set a target of 413 for an unlikely series-levelling win, it was the home side who was in prime position to force a series-clinching win. At stumps, David Warner (22 not out) was holding fort with Steven Smith, the captain, who was unbeaten on 1. But Australia still needs another 388 runs with only seven wickets standing. Australia’s… Read More →

Sri Lanka battles back after Starc five-for

Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc, Australia’s pace spearhead, bagged a five-wicket haul to help bowl Sri Lanka out for 281 on the first day of the second Test in Galle on Thursday (August 4). Starc, who took his 100th Test wicket when he dismissed the in-form Kusal Mendis for 86, finished with figures of 5 for 44, keeping the visitor well in the hunt for a series-levelling win. It was the fifth time Starc had taken five or more wickets in a Test innings. Australia reached 54 for 2 in reply at stumps, rocked by the dismissal off what turned out to be the last ball of the day of David Warner. Warner had bludgeoned his way to a 41-ball 42 when Dilruwan Perera… Read More →

Nonchalant, Exquisite Mendis Makes batting look like a Cascading Fountain

Kusal Mendis

Nonchalance is the simple descriptive word of Sri Lanka’s new batting star Kusal Mendis. If his two half centuries either way in his debut Test match against England in the leanest of low Fahrenheit weather conditions and the other an elastic like 77 in an ODI including a couple of low but buttressing scores were stock raising, his 176 run marathon epoch match winning knock against the Australians indeed heralded the new prince of Sri Lanka batting.  That nonchalance of temperament in execution of exquisite stroke play underwrote an early batting genius to a certain extent must pale out some of his predecessors who did the job for Sri Lanka.  Authority was stamped all over the colt as he moved… Read More →

Herath returns to the top 10, Mendis just outside the top 20

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Rangana Herath and Kusal Mendis have charged up the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankingsafter steering Sri Lanka to a 105-run victory over number-one ranked Australia in the first Test in Pallekele on Saturday. It was only the second Test victory for Sri Lanka over Australia, the previous one being way back in September 1999. Herath, who took four for 49 and five for 54, has returned to the top 10 in ninth position after rising four places in the bowling chart, while Mendis, who won the player of the match award for his 176 in the second innings, has vaulted 27 places to 21st position in the batting table. Herath’s rise means he has opened up a nine-place gap on his… Read More →

Changing batting positions affected my shot selections

Lahiru Thirimanne

Strong faith in my technique to win Test recall – Thirimanne At 26, Lahiru Thirimanne could consider himself both lucky and unlucky; Lucky that he did make a promising start to his international cricket career  – modest 1056 runs in 50 innings from 26 Test outings and 2586 from 87 innings in 107 matches.  A solitary Test century 155 and 4 half  tons and 4 ODI tons and 16 fifties where in the longer version but more flattering ODI credentials, the former Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa product was quick to be identified by the country’s think tanks in the game for an uncanny inherent talent of copybook beautiful stroke play. Wearing the vice captain’s mantle the within a few… Read More →

Herath wraps up historic Sri Lanka win in first Test

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In the end, it was a blend of youth and experience that secured Sri Lanka a remarkable 106-run win against the top-ranked Australia side in the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday (June 30). It was only its second Test win against the visiting side. Twenty-one-year-old Kusal Mendis paved the way with a masterful 176, while 38-year-old Rangana Herath applied the finishing touches, with 5 for 54 in Australia’s second innings, four of those wickets coming on the last day. For Australia, who began the day on 83 for 3 and was bundled out for 161, it will be a bitter pill to swallow. Not only was it the first defeat under Steve Smith’s captaincy, but it came against the No. 7 team, who had… Read More →

Sri Lanka spinners dominate on another rain-hit day

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Australia lost three early wickets to Sri Lanka’s spinners before Steven Smith and Adam Voges steadied the ship with the visiting side in all kinds of trouble in their attempt to chase down the target of 268 in a low-scoring thriller of a first Test in Pallekele. Australia was placed at 83 for 3, with Smith unbeaten on 26, when bad light forced the umpires to call tea early on the fourth day in Pallekele on Friday (July 29). No play was possible after that either as the light only worsened, and the match that has been hit by rain and bad light on all four days so far lost even more playing time. Australia still needs another 185 runs for victory… Read More →

Jon Holland called up to replace injured Steve O’Keefe

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Steve O’Keefe update Cricket Australia has provided the following update on spin bowler Steve O’Keefe who was injured yesterday during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy. Bupa Support Team Physiotherapist David Beakley said:  “Steve injured his right hamstring while chasing a ball in the field during the second session yesterday. “Initial assessment indicates a moderate grade hamstring injury which means it is highly unlikely that he will be available for the remainder of the Test series. “Steve will remain with the squad in Kandy until the end of the Test and will undertake imaging on the injury upon his return to Australia.” Victorian left-arm orthodox bowler Jon Holland has been named in the squad to replace O’Keefe. National… Read More →