Sri Lanka yearn for champagne streak of 2014

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If 2014 was a champagne year for in English climes sweeping the boards in a historic 1–0 Test series triumph, 3–2 ODI and one-off T20 success, 2016 evidently sees a back to the wall hurdle. With the Test series lost at 2-nil, the herculean doers of that golden year 2 years ago when the islanders captured the English in their own den, will be in search of a combinative formula to upset a highly revitalised England. come the June 21 ODI opener of the 5-match series.  With the exception of skipper Angelo Mathews, out of the ranks are stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Dhammika Prasad and Lasith Malinga. While the first two have bowed out of the game,… Read More →

Prasanna, Perera make it 2-0 for Sri Lanka

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Kusal Perera’s century and Seekuge Prasanna’s 95 off just 46 balls propelled Sri Lanka to a commanding 136-run win in the second One-Day International against Ireland at Malahide on Saturday (June 18), giving the visiting side a 2-0 series win, after winning the first match by 76 runs. Perera hit 135 off 128, his highest ODI score, at the top of the order, while Prasanna blazed away at No.3 to also register a personal ODI best as Sri Lanka powered to 377 for 8. Ireland’s reply ended at 241 all out in 45 overs, with Suranga Lakmal netting 4 for 38. Sri Lanka had been sent in to bat by William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, and each of the top… Read More →

Chandimal, Shanaka set up easy Sri Lankan win

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Dinesh Chandimal scored his first One-Day International century in nearly five years and Dasun Shanaka made a memorable debut as Sri Lanka cruised to a 76-run victory over Ireland on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the first game of a two-match series in Malahide on Thursday (June 16). Put in to bat by William Porterfield, Sri Lanka powered to 303 for 7 from its 50 overs, a formidable total that indicated the improvement it has made as its tour of England and Ireland has progressed. Porterfield led a spirited Irish chase by making 73 off 88 deliveries, but was dismissed caught at mid-off just before play was interrupted by rain, with Ireland on 164 for 4 in 32.3 overs and Kevin… Read More →

Umpire Tucker’s wrong call creates can of worms

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The controversy surrounding Australian umpire Tucker’s wrong no ball call when Nuwan Pradeep had well and truly clean bowled Alex Hales when on 58 in England’s second innings of the third Test at Lords, and the request for Sri Lanka to take off the national flag from the Lord’s balcony, have been two bad calls. For one, Tucker’s inability to comprehend that Pradeep’s foot was behind the line on first impact does go to raise serious concerns as to the compatibility of neutral umpires. Wrong calls by umpires have become a continuing worrying trend that has affected the results of matches while causing heartburn to the affected teams. In fact, the problem has also led to the ICC anti corruption… Read More →

Rain has final say at Lord’s as England wins series 2-0

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Rain ensured England and Sri Lanka drew their third and final Test at Lord’s on Monday (June 13), a result that gave England a 2-0 win in the series. Sri Lanka, set 362 to win, finished on 78 for 1 after rain, which had prevented any play before lunch on the final day, forced the umpires to abandon the match as a draw at 5.12pm local time (1612 GMT). Dimuth Karunaratne was 37 not out and Kusal Mendis 17 not out at the time. Only 22 balls were possible between lunch and tea after rain washed out the first session, but that was long enough for Sri Lanka to lose opener Kaushal Silva. Sri Lanka resumed Monday on 32 without loss, and the first over had… Read More →

Sri Lanka steady in record chase of 362

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Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva battled through 12 tricky overs without being separated as Sri Lanka, set a target of 362 by England, finished day four of the third and final Test at Lord’s on Sunday (June 12) at 32 without loss. England had begun the rain-hit penultimate day of the series on 109 for 4 and declared its second innings closed at 233 for 7, Alex Hales making a Test-best 94 before being dismissed. The host holds an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, and Sri Lanka will need to make 330 runs or bat out the final day if it is to deny England a clean sweep. Alastair Cook, the England captain, declared his side’s second innings in… Read More →

Bowlers help England inch ahead in third Test

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Nuwan Pradeep took three wickets as Sri Lanka continued to fight in the third Test at Lord’s on Saturday (June 11). England, in its second innings, was 109 for 4 at the close of the third day, with a healthy but not impregnable lead of 237 runs. Alex Hales was 41 not out, with Steven Finn, the nightwatchman, unbeaten on 6. England, 2-0 up in the three-match series, was on a precarious 50 for 3 before first-innings century-maker Jonny Bairstow helped Hales add 52 for the fourth wicket. Hales launched the innings with two fours in as many balls off Suranga Lakmal. But he was dropped on 19 when Dimuth Karunaratne failed to hold a one-handed slip chance off Pradeep…. Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Chief Operating Officer

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerome Jayarathne as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sri Lanka Cricket. Mr Jayarathne has been invited to take on this administrative role at the Headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket with immediate effect. The 50 year old former seam-bowling all-rounder, Jerome Lee Jayarathne, began his career in cricket administration in 1997, when he began coaching his Alma Mater, St. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, who went on to win one Royal-Thomian and draw three more under his tutelage. Jayarathne captained and coached the Colombo Cricket Club in 1996 having played for the CCC for 10 years, leading them to be winners of Division I Premier League Championship. Jayaratne represented Sri Lanka as… Read More →

Cricket Aid Launched internationally to a packed house

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s Cricket Aid was launched in London on Saturday evening (4th) amidst a packed gathering of cricketers and well-wishers. The dinner, which was preceded by a tour of Lord’s and followed by a documentary presentation that detailed the work of Cricket Aid as well as the CKD pandemic. Cricket Aid is pleased to announce that over £200,000 was pledged at the launch events, held on the 4th and 5 th (being an open event held at the Surrey Grounds, where the Sri Lanka national team met and mingled with cricket lovers residing in the UK.) Cricket Aid was established in 2004, following the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami, and most recently was resurrected with the aim of raising funds… Read More →

Sri Lanka fights back after Bairstow 167

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Sri Lanka’s top order did well to keep the England bowlers at bay in the final session of the second day at Lord’s on Friday (June 10). When the stumps were drawn, Sri Lanka was 162 for 1, a deficit of 254, after Jonathan Bairstow helped England post 416 in the first innings. Kaushal Silva (79 not out) and Kusal Mendis (25 not out) will resume Day 3 for England. In the morning, a 144-run stand for the seventh wicket between Bairstow and Chris Woakes propelled England after it resumed the day at 279 for 6. Woakes scored his maiden Test half-century, while Bairstow ended unbeaten on his Test-best score of 167. However, the Sri Lankan openers came out fighting… Read More →

Bairstow’s maiden Lord’s ton puts England ahead

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Jonny Bairstow (107 not out) was England’s saviour, hitting a steely century on the first day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 9). At close of play, the home side was 279 for 6, having recovered from 84 for 4 when Bairstow strode to the crease. It wasn’t the first time Bairstow was coming to England’s rescue this series. In the first Test, England was reduced to 83 for 5 before he carved 140 on his Headingley home ground to help the side win by an innings and 88 runs. But the script could have gone very differently this time around had Bairstow been caught on 11 when he clipped Nuwan Pradeep firmly off his pads… Read More →

Lively pacie Bandara certainty for Lords, Kusal Janith expectant

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“The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords.” The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords with several key issues to be ironed out in fielding a gelling combination against a highly professional England. Kusal Janith beefing up the side for his attacking pinch hitting ability could be a swaying factor while Bandara almost looks a certainty with pace man Shaminda Eranga whose action is being scrutinized, likely to be left out pending the biomechanical clearance. Concerns sounded two days ahead of… Read More →

Sri Lanka A Team 4-day and ODI Squad to UK announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the Sri Lanka A-Team 04-Day squad for the upcoming tour of UK. 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Madhawa Warnapura 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Roshen Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Lahiru Gamage 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Vishva Fernando 14. Asitha Fernando 15. Ramith Rambukwella 16. Prabath Jayasuriya The following are the A-Team ODI Squad: 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Bhanuka Rajapakse 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Thisara Perera 12. Lahiru Gamage 13. Kasun Rajitha 14. Mohamed Dilshad… Read More →

ODI Squad to UK announced

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Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Suraj Randiv and Seekuge Prasanna get call-up to join their team mates in UK. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following national players have been selected to join the Sri Lanka squad on the ongoing tour of UK. They will be available for selection for the ODI series. Danushka Gunathilaka Farveez Maharoof Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Upul Tharanga The selected players will be departing for UK shortly.