Rain ruins Sri Lanka-New Zealand Twenty20

Tillakaratne Dilshan (C) and Dilshan Munaweera (L) leaves the pitch as rain stopped play

The opening match of New Zealand’s five-week tour of Sri Lanka was ruined by bad weather on Tuesday when the one-off Twenty20 international in Pallekele was abandoned as a no-result. The game began 45 minutes late due to rain and the visitors, having been put in to bat on a green wicket offering plenty of movement for the seamers, slumped to 24 for five in the ninth over. Bad weather then intervened again, causing the officials to reduce the match to 14 overs per side. Tim Southee, going in at number nine, top-scored with an unbeaten 21 as New Zealand eventually finished on 74 for seven. Southee provided some entertainment for the small crowd when he clubbed four fours in… Read More →

New Zealand tour of SL – Press Conference

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Sri Lankan Twenty20 cricket captain Angelo Mathews addresses a press conference in Colombo on October 26, 2012. Mathews’s first assignment will be a one-off T20 match against New Zealand in Pallekele on October 30. The tourists will also play five one-day internationals and two Tests.               Head table at the Press Conference                 Sri Lankan Twenty20 cricket captain Angelo Mathews (L) and New Zealand cricketer Jacob Oram (R) shake hands as they pose for photographers at a press conference in Colombo on October 26, 2012.  

Angelo Mathews Named as T20 Captain

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At a Selection Committee meeting held, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to SL vs NZ Series and year ahead with regard to T20 Captain.The same has been approved by the minister. * Anjelo Mathews to be the National Captain for T20 up to 31st October 2013 and Lasith Malinga as Vice Captain for the same period.                      T20 TEAM for the SL vs Nz OnlyT20  1.      Angelo Mathews (Captain)                        2.      Nuwan Kulasekara (V.Capt NZ tour)             3.      Dilshan Munaweera                                        4.      T.M Dilshan                                                   5.      Kumar Sangakkara                                       6.      Dinesh Chandimal                                          7.      Jeevan Mendis                                               8.      Lahiru Thirimanne                                         9.      Thisara Perera                                               10.  Shaminda Eranga                                              11.  Akila Dhananjaya                                          12.  Sachithra Senanayake                                     13.  Upul Tharanga                       … Read More →

Samuels special the spur for epic West Indies victory

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West Indies hero Marlon Samuels pulled his team out of the fire to seal a 36-run win over hosts Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20 2012 final. There was no fairytale finish for the host nation, no culmination of a dream for its brave captain. Instead, international cricket’s most admired team walked away with the spoils, as West Indies justified pre-tournament favourite status by lifting the ICC World Twenty20 2012 crown in sensational fashion.

Malinga snaps up five-for to knock England out

Sri Lanka v England - ICC World Twenty20 2012: Super Eights Group 1

Courtesy: International Cricket Council Sri Lanka romped into the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 when it handed England a convincing 19-run defeat at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. In the process, England was knocked out of the tournament, with West Indies being the other team from Group 1 to make it to the final four. The game began in eventful fashion, with Kumar Sangakkara leading Sri Lanka, despite Mahela Jayawardena and Angelo Mathews being in the playing XI that took on England. While the reasons for this were not officially made clear ? it is the prerogative of a team to name anyone as captain for a particular game ?it was speculated that this was done in order to… Read More →

Sri Lankan Team with children from the charity ‘Room to Read’

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The ICC piloted a partnership with the educational non-profit Room to Read during the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and the success of this initiative convinced both parties to extend the relationship through to 2015. Room to Read works to One of the early fruits of this partnership, has been the development of local language cricket books to promote literacy, the first of which features local star Angelo Mathews. The book titled, Little Angelo’s Big Day in Cricket, is available in both Sinhalese and Tamil and will be distributed to youngsters throughout Sri Lanka as part of the ICC World Twenty 20’s commitment to the local community. In India, Virat Kohli has taken a stand as the brand ambassador for… Read More →

LG ICC Awards 2012

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          West Indies cricketer Sunil Narine poses with his award after being Emerging Cricketer of the Year during the LG ICC Awards in Colombo on September 15, 2012. The LG ICC Awards recognise the major team and player achievements in international cricket on an annual basis   Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena poses with his award after being Umpire of the Year award during the LG ICC Awards in Colombo. Kumar Sangakkara, poses with his awards after being ICC Test Cricketer of the Year, ICC Cricketer of the Year, and  LG People’s Choice Award  during the LG ICC Awards in Colombo on September 15, 2012. Kumar Sangakkara, poses with his awards.