Sri Lanka levels series with six-wicket win

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A spectacular century from Tillakaratne Dilshan led Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the second One-Day International against New Zealand on Thursday (January 15), allowing it to level the seven-match series 1-1. Dilshan, who scored 116, along with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, overhauled New Zealand’s target of 248. That New Zealand got that far was mainly courtesy Brendon McCullum’s 117, after he chose to bat. Sri Lanka struck early, dismissing Martin Guptill for 10. But McCullum took the attack to the Sri Lanka bowlers to score his second consecutive fifty in 39 balls. Herath then got an outside edge off Rangana Herath to get the wicket of Tom Latham for 5. McCullum reached his century with a… Read More →

Sangakarra returns to top of Test Batting Rankings

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC Test Players Rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs. Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakarra’s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points. Kane Williamson of New Zealand has jumped seven places to a career-best ranking of seventh in the batting rankings following his scores of 69 and 242 not out. In achieving his highest Test score to date, Williamson also passed the 3,000 runs mark, reaching 3,034 runs in… Read More →

McCullum, Anderson star in three-wicket win

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Brendon McCullum’s cracking half-century at the top of the order and Corey Anderson’s 81 later in the script helped New Zealand register a comfortable three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in its first One-Day International at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday (January 11). Chasing 219, Brendon McCullum’s 51 in 22 balls provided New Zealand a great start, and though there were more than a few jitters along the way, Anderson stepped up with his 96-ball effort to take New Zealand to the doorstep of victory. He fell ten runs short of the target, but Nathan McCullum and Adam Milne did the rest with seven overs left to bat. Sri Lanka, having opted to bat, posted 218 for 9 on the back of… Read More →

Sri Lanka name ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad

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The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 1.Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.T.M Dilshan 3.Kumar Sangakkara 4.Mahela Jayawardena 5.Lahiru Thirimanne (V.Capt) 6.Dinesh Chandimal 7.Dimuth Karunaratne 8.Jeevan Mendis 9.Thisara Perera 10.Suranga Lakmal 11.Lasith Malinga (Subject to fitness) 12.Dhammika Prasad 13.Nuwan Kulasekara 14.Rangana Herath 15.Sachithra Senanayake This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

New Zealand completes series sweep

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New Zealand completed a clean sweep in the two-Test series after beating Sri Lanka by 193 runs on the final day of the second Test in Wellington on Wednesday (January 7). Sri Lanka was set a target of 390, and was bowled out for 196. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, ran through Sri Lanka’s top order with four wickets in the morning, including that of Kumar Sangakkara after the visiting side began the day on 45 for 1. Offspinner Mark Craig then helped himself to four wickets, three coming after lunch. Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath were dismissed in successive balls. Craig eventually finished with figures of 4 for 53. Boult made early inroads removing the nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad for… Read More →

Williamson, Watling in record 365-run stand

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Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 runs to help New Zealand effectively shut out Sri Lanka from the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday (January 6). Williamson remained unbeaten on 242 and Watling made 142 not out as the duo carried New Zealand from a precarious 159 for 2 to 524 for 5 declared in its second innings on the fourth day. Chasing 390 at a ground where the record for a successful fourth-innings chase is 277 set by Pakistan 11 years ago, Sri Lanka lost Dimmuth Karunaratne for 17 before Kaushal Silva (20) and Dhammika Prasad (1) held their nerve and carried the side to 45 for 1 at stumps. Sri… Read More →

Williamson, Watling defy Sri Lanka

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An unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership between Kane Williamson and BJ Watling helped New Zealand post 253 for 5 at stumps, stretching its overall lead to 118 and keeping its hopes alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday (January 5). Williamson scored a resilient 200-ball 80 while Watling was unbeaten on 48, nearing his ninth half-century. Sri Lanka, who lost the first Test of the series by eight wickets, will fancy its chances of winning this Test despite the Williamson-Watling show. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who scored a magnificent 302 against India the last time he played at the Basin Reserve, fell cheaply this time, trapped lbw by Dhammika Prasad for 22. Jimmy Neesham… Read More →

Sublime Sangakkara fuels Sri Lanka’s charge

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To go from 78 for 5 to 356 requires something special. On Sunday (January 4), that ‘something special’ was Kumar Sangakkara, who stole the show with a brilliant 203 to give Sri Lanka the upper hand on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. It was Sangakkara’s 10th highest score and his 11th double century, putting him one behind Sir Don Bradman for the most double tons in Test cricket. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 356, a 135-run lead, and at stumps in their second innings New Zealand was 22 without loss, still trailing by 113, with Hamish Rutherford on 12 and Tom Latham on 9. Sangakkara had failed in the first Test in… Read More →

Sri Lanka ODI squad for New Zealand series

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Media Release The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ODI Squad of the Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand. 1. Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Mahela Jayawardena 5. Lahiru Thirimanne 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Dimuth Karunaratne 8. Jeevan Mendis 9. Thisara Perera 10 .Suranga Lakmal 11. Lasith Malinga (Subject to fitness) 12. Dhammika Prasad 13. Nuwan Kulasekara 14. Rangana Herath 15. Sachithra Senanayake 16. Shaminda Eranga This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in first Test despite spirited resistance

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New Zealand 441 (McCullum 195, Neesham 85) and 107 for two beat Sri Lanka 138 (Boult 3-25, Wagner 3-60) and 407 (Karunaratne 152, Boult 4-100, Southee 4-91) by eight wickets. Set a meagre 105-run target on the fourth day of the first Test in Christchurch, they took 30.4 overs to complete the victory with Ross Taylor not out 39 and Kane Williamson on 31. It means New Zealand have won five Tests in a calendar year for the first time after enjoying 2014 series wins at home against India (1-0) and away in the West Indies (2-1). They also drew a series with Pakistan (1-1) in the UAE earlier this month. Although Williamson and Taylor steered New Zealand home, the… Read More →

Karunaratne ton holds off New Zealand

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Trent Boult’s late strikes helped New Zealand wrest control of the first Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday (December 28), after Dimuth Karunaratne’s maiden Test century gave the visiting side a glimmer of hope on the third day in Christchurch. Sri Lanka had nearly erased its 303-run first innings deficit with seven wickets in hand when Boult dragged the game back in New Zealand’s favour at the Hagley Oval. He dismissed the resolute Karunaratne for 152 and Niroshan Dickwella for 4 as Sri Lanka was reduced to 293 for 5 at close of play – still trailing by 10 runs. Boult ended the day with figures of 3 for 62 while Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 53 alongside Tharindu Kaushal (5 not… Read More →

Boult runs riot as Sri Lanka suffers

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Trent Boult ran riot to leave Sri Lanka gasping as New Zealand took control of proceedings during day 2 of the first Test on Saturday (December 27) in Christchurch. Boult returned figures of 3 for 25 in his 11 overs, as New Zealand bowled Sri Lanka out for 138 in the first innings, 303 runs behind its first-innings total of 441. Following on, Sri Lanka fared much better the second time around as it reached 84 at stumps without losing a wicket. Sri Lanka needs 219 runs to make New Zealand bat again. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva remained unbeaten on 49 and 33 respectively when stumps were drawn. New Zealand started the day at 429 for 7, but it… Read More →

McCullum mastery puts New Zealand on top

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A record-breaking Brendon McCullum was at his aggressive best as he led New Zealand to an imposing 429 for 7 on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch on Friday (December 26). McCullum admitted at the toss that he would have liked to bowl first on a green surface, but once inserted, he put his side in a commanding position with the fastest century ever hit in Test cricket for his country. On the way, he also became the first New Zealand batsman to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year. He, however, missed out on a double century, scoring a whirlwind 195 off only 134 deliveries that included 11 sixes and 18 fours. In… Read More →