Batsmen, Senanayake make it 1-0 for Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal

A combined effort from Sri Lanka’s batsmen and spinners helped it win a high-scoring first Twenty20 International by 30 runs against West Indies in Pallekele on Monday (November 9). All of Sri Lanka’s top five batsmen made scores in excess of 35, all of them at a rapid pace, to help the home side post a huge 215 for 3 in its 20 overs. West Indies fought hard for a while but succumbed to scoreboard pressure and was ultimately bowled out for 185 in 19.5 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan was the top scorer for Sri Lanka with a 37-ball 56 while Kusal Perera (40 from 36), Shehan Jayasuriya (36 from 22), Dinesh Chandimal (40 off 19) and Angelo Mathews (37 from… Read More →

Shashikala injured, Chamari appointed as Captain

Chamari Atapattu

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Captain of the Women’s National Team Shashikala Siriwardene was injured while batting in the last match. A delivery crushed her right thumb resulting in a displaced fracture. As advised by the doctor she will be immobilized for 4 weeks. Oshadi Ranasinghe will join the team as a replacement. Chamari Atapattu has been appointed as the Captain and Sripali Weerakkody as the Vice Captain of the team.

Narine reported for suspect bowling action


West Indies bowler Sunil Narine has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the third ODI against Sri Lanka, which the home side won by 19 runs in Pallekele on Saturday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the West Indies team management after the match, cited concerns about the legality of the 27-year-old’s deliveries. Narine’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Narine is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s No. 1 T20I ranking on the line as teams continue ICC WT20 2016 preparations


ICC Media Release Preparations for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 continue as reigning champion Sri Lanka goes head to head with former winner West Indies in a two-match series in Pallekele on Monday. The India event will take place from 11 March to 3 April and Sri Lanka will defend the title it won after defeating India by six wickets in the final in Mirpur last year. The West Indies had lifted the silverware in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in October 2012 when it beat the home side by six wickets. As many as 12 T20I matches will be played this month and the action will begin on Monday with Sri Lanka’s number-one position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings on… Read More →

Samuels ton in vain as Sri Lanka completes 3-0 series win


Sri Lanka swept the three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies 3-0 with a 19-run win by the Duckworth-Lewis method in the third and final game at the Palllekele International Stadium on Saturday (November 7). Marlon Samuels’s fighting century went in vain as Sri Lanka, chasing 191 in the allotted 36 overs in a rain-curtailed game, reached 180 for 5 in 32.3 overs before rain again brought an end to proceedings. Sri Lanka’s chase was built on useful contributions from the top and middle order. It got off to a brisk start for the third consecutive time in the series courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan (21) and Kusal Perera (50), who added 40 runs in 5.3 overs. Dilshan was gifted a… Read More →

A Sensational Series win for New Zealand Women


In record-breaking style, the New Zealand White Ferns have crushed Sri Lanka Women by 188 runs today to claim the trophy in their historic inaugural five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, with two games in hand — thanks to a New Zealand record opening stand that featured Rachel Priest’s second ODI century in just three games. Thirty-year-old Priest, who came into the series never having scored a ton for the White Ferns belted four consecutive fours off Inoka Ranaweera to go to 98*, then breezed past the three figure mark as she stormed on to an explosive partnership of 196 with captain Suzie Bates, who had elected to bat on a sunny Bert Sutcliffe Oval. When Bates fell on 80… Read More →

10 Wicket win for New Zealand Women in ICC Women’s Championship


The New Zealand White Ferns have swept to third place on the ICC Women’s Championship table courtesy of an emphatic victory in the second One-Day International in Lincoln. The win also carries New Zealand Women to a 2-0 Series lead, with one ICC Women’s Championship game to come in the inaugural five-ODI series between the teams. Video scorecard Captain Suzie Bates enjoyed a strong allround day with 3-27 off her 10 overs and an unbeaten 44-ball 70 as fellow opener Rachel Priest backed up her maiden century in the first game with an unbeaten 51. Sri Lanka was dismissed for 126 in 46.5 overs after being sent in, while Sophie Devine picked up her 50th ODI wicket. The third ODI is at the… Read More →

Sri Lanka Squad for T20 Series against Windies


Media Release Given below is the Sri Lanka T 20 Squad selected by the National Selectors for the above tour. The Squad has been approved by the Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara. Lasith Malinga TM Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Shehan Jayasuriya Angelo Mathews Milinda Siriwardene Chamara Kapugedara Dinesh Chandimal Kithuruwan Vithanage Dushmantha Chameera Nuwan Kulasekera Sachithra Senanayake Jeffrey Vandersay Binura Fernando Thisara Perera

Perera, Thirimanne shake off rain to take Sri Lanka to series win

Kusal Perera celebrates his fifty

A fine 156-run stand between Kusal Perera and Lahiru Thirimanne helped Sri Lanka seal the three-match One-Day International series against the West Indies 2-0. The home side eased to an eight-wicket win by the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit second ODI at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday (November 4). Perera narrowly missed out on a century, but his collaboration for the second wicket with Thirimanne (81) over 26.1 overs was a match-winning one in Sri Lanka’s chase of a revised target of 225 in a game reduced to 38 overs a side. At one stage in the match, the West Indies was in a decent position at 149 for 4 in 27 overs. When play resumed after… Read More →