Dushmantha Chameera to replace injured Dhammika Prasad

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Media Release Dhammika Prasad will not be in a position to represent the World Cup squad for the upcoming 2015 ICC WC owing to the injuries received by him during practice. Hence the Selection Committee in consultation with the Team Management has approved to include Dushmantha Chameera in place of Dhammika Prasad in the above squad subject to receiving the ICC Technical Committee’s approval in this regard. The Hon.Minister has approved same.

Dominant South Africa downs Sri Lanka

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South Africa put up a dominant show to beat Sri Lanka in the second warm-up match of the 2015 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday (February 9). Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 279 for 7, courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan’s century and a half-century from Angelo Mathews, after a lengthy spell of rain curtailed its innings at 44.4 overs. South Africa, which was set a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 188 in 25 overs, cantered to a five-wicket win despite a late wobble. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a dream start, adding 106 in just 15.1 overs before Rangana Herath drew first blood. De Kock, who scored a 55-ball 66 with six fours and two sixes, edged to Dimuth Karunaratne. Amla,… Read More →

Dhammika Prasad injured

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Media release Dhammika Prasad was hit on the outside of the left hand when attempting a return catch while bowling today.  X-ray showed a fracture of the 5th metacarpal bone.  The fracture has been realigned and put in a cast. Dhammika will not be available for the upcoming World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket will follow the ICC protocol in order take the process forward.

Six Sri Lankans to Officiate at the ICC World Cup 2015

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that  6 Sri Lankans will Officiate at the up coming ICC World Cup 2015. Ranjan Madugalla & Roshan Mahanama will be officiating as Match Refrees and Kumar Dharmasena, Ranmore Martinez and Ruchira Palliyagurge will take the field as Umpires. Peter Manuel is officiating as Umpires Educator for the above tournament. ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the pool stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekera found guilty of Level 1 offence

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka player Nuwan Kulasekera was issued with an official reprimand after committing a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the 7th One Day International against New Zealand in Wellington on Thursday. Kulasekera admitted to a breach of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which provides that an offence will be committed where a player engages in “…conduct that either : (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.” After claiming the wicket of New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi, Kulasekera aggressively changed direction towards the dismissed batsman, which was considered unacceptable by the Match Officials. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and… Read More →

Brilliant Sangakkara sets up Sri Lankan win

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A crafty 113 off 105 balls from Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka register a 34-run win over New Zealand in the seventh and final One-Day International between the two sides in Wellington on Thursday (January 29). New Zealand had already sealed the series, but the moral-boosting win meant Sri Lanka took the scoreline to 4-2. Sri Lanka reached its highest score of the series, scoring 287 for 6 in 50 overs and then shot down New Zealand for 253 in 45.2 overs. And when Sangakkara took a superb diving one-handed catch to remove Corey Anderson, he became the most successful ODI keeper. It was his 473rd dismissal, bettering Adam Gilchrist’s record by one. Sangakkara added 104 runs with Tillakaratne Dilshan… Read More →

Under 19: Bangladesh clinch the one day series 3-2

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Bangladesh Under-19s beat Sri Lanka Under-19s by 14 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer on Sunday to seal a remarkable 3-2 series victory. Bangladesh U-19s were trailing 2-0 before winning the final three games of the series. Brief Score: Bangladesh U-19 212/9 in 50 overs (Nazmul Hasan Shanto 92, Zakir Hasan 42, Asitha Fernando 3/50,  Malinga Amarasinghe 3/20) Sri Lanka U-19 198 all out  in 48.5 overs (Shalindu Pereira 53, Saleh Ahmed  3/48) Result: Bangladesh U-19 won by 14 runs and won the 5 match series 3-2. The two teams will now play the first three-day Youth Test match from January 28 in Dambulla, followed by the second game in Pallekele from February 2.

Williamson, Taylor, Anderson star in series-clinching win

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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 120 runs in the sixth One-Day International between the two sides at University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday (January 25), wrapping up the seven-match series 4-1 in the process. Kane Williamson (97) and Ross Taylor (96) scripted the victory, but Corey Anderson’s all-round effort played a key role in the outcome as well. The 117-run partnership between Williamson and Taylor for the third wicket was the pivot around which New Zealand’s batting revolved, ending at 315 for 8. Sri Lanka was then bowled out for 195 in the 40.3 overs. Sri Lanka floundered in all departments, the bowling leaking runs and the batting not coming to the party, with only Kumar Sangakkara appearing at… Read More →

Under 19: All-round Bangladesh level series

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Bangladesh Under-19s beat Sri Lanka Under-19s by 60 runs at the Premadasa Stadium in the fourth Youth ODI to level the five-match ODI series 2-2. The 236 posted by Bangladesh seemed competitive halfway into the match, and a lackluster Sri Lankan chase which had three run-outs saw their innings come to a halt at 176 with 24 balls remaining. With the series level after four games the fifth and final match at the SSC will now decide the winners tomorrow (25th Sunday). Breif scores Bangladesh U19 - 236-9 in 50 overs (Hossain Shanto 50, Zakir Hasan 50, Shahanur Rahman 42, Duvindu Tillakarathne 3-44, Asitha Fernando 2-48, Charith Asalanka 2-41) Sri Lanka U19 - 176 in 46 overs (Vishad Randika 50, Malinga Amarasinghe 46, Avishka Fernando 37, Mehedy Hasan 2-22, Abdul Halim… Read More →

Launch of the official wishing campaign for the ICC World Cup 2015

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National Cricket Team sponsor, Dialog Axiata PLC, launched ‘Cricket Loka Kusalana Lankawe Ape Jathika Pathuma’, the official wishing campaign of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team for the ICC World Cup 2015 to channel the well wishes of an entire nation to support the Sri Lanka Cricket team. Hon. Navin Dissanayake MP – Sports Minister, Mr. Jayantha Darmadasa – President SLC, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya – Group Chief Executive Dialog Axiata, Ms. Amali Nanayakkara – GCMO Dialog Axiata, Mr. Nishantha Ranathunga – Secretary SLC, Graeme Labrooy, Thilan Thushara and Sri Lanka’s 1 man cheering squad Percy wish the Sri Lanka Cricket team who are touring New Zealand via Skype for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Ronchi, Elliott give New Zealand 3-1 lead

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Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott smashed centuries as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 108 runs in the fifth One-Day International in Dunedin on Friday (January 23) to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series. Ronchi and Elliott came into bat with New Zealand in doldrums at 93 for 5. Over the course of the next two hours, the duo shared a blistering world record sixth-wicket stand of 267 as New Zealand bludgeoned its way to 360 for 5. Sri Lanka’s openers put on 93 before Elliott sent back Lahiru Thirimanne. But that did not prevent Tillakaratne Dilshan from playing freely as he made a valiant 106-ball 116 courtesy 17 boundaries and a six. But his dismissal saw Sri… Read More →

Under 19: Bangladesh U19 keep the series alive

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Bangladeshi bowlers restricted Sri Lankan innings to 212 all out in the 48th over after they made 251 for six to win the third of the five-match series by 39 runs. Bangladesh by winning this must-win game kept the series alive with two more games to be played in the series on Friday and Sunday. Brief Scores: BAN U19 251-6 in 50 overs (Hossain Shanto 69, Shawan Rishwan 52, Charith Asalanka 2-33) SL U19 212 in 47.2 overs (Charith Asalanka 83, Visad Randika 26, Hasa Miraz 3-38) Bangladesh won by 39 runs. Sri Lanka Under-19s led the 5-match series 2-1.

Under 19: Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh in thriller

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Charith Asalanka’s 68 and Asitha Fernando’s six-for helped Sri Lanka U19 cruise to their second successive win in the five-match series when they beat Bangladesh U19 by four runs in the second One-dayer concluded in a tight finish at Colts ground this afternoon. Brief scores  Sri Lanka U19 - 179-9 in 50 overs (Charith Asalanka 68, Vishad Randika 24, Hasa Miraz 3-15, Shawon Gazi 3/17) Bangladesh U19 - 175 in 47.1 overs (Mohommad Januthaddin 72, Mohommad Saffiddin 29, Asitha Fernando 6/37, Chamika Karunaratne 3/19) Sri Lanka won by 4 runs and lead the series 2-0.