Cook suspended for second minor over-rate offence

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ICC Media Release England captain Alastair Cook has been suspended for one ODI and fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 10 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during England’s five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Hambantota on Wednesday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on Cook after England was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. As Cook had previously been found guilty of a minor over rate offence in One-Day Internationals within the last 12 months, this offence constituted… Read More →

Root, Buttler fashion England victory

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There wasn’t an iota of doubt that England was under immense pressure coming into Wednesday’s (December 3) third One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Since reaching the final of the Champions Trophy in June 2013, the team hardly had anything in the bag as far as 50-over cricket was concerned. Defeat in the first two games of the seven-match series meant this game in Hambantota was critical in many ways. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 242 for 8 courtesy Kumar Sangakkara (63) and Lahiru Thirimanne (62). The hosts had opted to bat but a lengthy spell of rain very early in its innings curtailed this to a 35-overs-a-side fixture. With the series fast slipping away,… Read More →

Spinners deliver big win for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka defeated England by eight wickets in the second One-Day International in Colombo on Saturday (November 29) to zoom to a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers, starring with 3 for 33 as England was bowled out for 185 in 43 overs after opting to bat in a match that was reduced to 45-overs-per-side because of bad weather. Kumar Sangakkara (67 not out) and Mahela Jayawardena (77 not out) showcased their class, with an unbroken 149-run third-wicket partnership as Sri Lanka won with 10.4 overs to spare at the Premadasa stadium. Sri Lanka won the first match by 25 runs at the same venue on Wednesday. The third game will be… Read More →

SLC condoles on Phillip Hughes tragic death

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The President, and the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and the entire staff, Players and Officials of Sri Lanka Cricket  and the Cricket fraternity in Sri Lanka was deeply saddened by the passing away of Phillip Hughes. “His loss will no doubt be a blow to the world of cricket” – Nishantha Ranatunga ( Secretary SLC) “It’s a very sad day for cricket. We share the grief of Phil Hughes’ untimely and tragic death with his  family friends and team mates, and also with our friends in Cricket Australia said Secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga in a message to Cricket Australia. ” Being a youngster with much talent and promise his loss will no doubt be a blow to… Read More →

Sri Lanka win by 25 runs despite Moeen ton

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A blistering maiden century by Moeen Ali and a late cameo by Ravi Bopara couldn’t help England prevent a 25-run loss against Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International in Colombo on Wednesday (November 26). Ali smashed 119 in just 87 balls, in a knock studded by 11 fours and five sixes, as he got the visitor’s chase of Sri Lanka’s formidable 317 for 6 off to a quick start. Bopara attempted to finish what Ali started, and his 65 off 62 balls at the end offered England hope of victory, but wickets fell around them. England folded for 292, Bopara the last man out in the 48th over. Earlier, put in to bat at the Premadasa stadium after rain delayed… Read More →

VIP Power Lunch for “Street to Stadium”

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Media Release 22 November 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka – On Friday 28 November, Standard Chartered and Sri Lanka Cricket will host an exclusive corporate event – a VIP Power Lunch – at the R Premadasa Stadium from 11.00 AM, for cricket enthusiasts among leading business executives. Not only will the event afford an opportunity for mingling with the cricketers but also a special “on the stool” interview will allow some insights into the strategies and personalities of some very talented sportsmen. Reservations for the Street to Stadium fund raising event “Power Lunch”, reminiscent of a lazy cricketing Sunday complete with marquees and pub style food, is priced at LKR 5000/- a head or LKR 40,000/- for an 8 seater corporate… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 1st three ODIs agianst England

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At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the 1st three ODI s of the England 7 ODI tour. 1. Angelo Mathews (Capt ) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Mahela Jayawardena 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Jeevan Mendis 8. Thilina Kandamby 9. Rangana Herath 10. Dilruwan Perera 11. Ajantha Mendis 12. Shaminda Eranga 13. Dhammika Prasad 14. Thisara Perera 15. Lahiru Gamage This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Mathews moves to summit in ODI all-rounder rankings

Angelo Mathews

ICC Media Release Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, has surged to the top of the Reliance ICC ODI Player Rankings for ODI All-rounders for the first time after accumulating 339 runs, including 139 not out and two half centuries (75 and 92 not out), to finish the India series with an average of 113.00 with the bat. In doing so, he also moved up four places to a career high 10th place in the batting rankings. The Colombo star also chipped in with four wickets, and he now holds a nine-point advantage, on 420 points, over Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez in the all-rounder rankings. In the ICC Players Rankings for ODI Bowlers, Mathews has moved up five places to 24th, while Ravichandran Ashwin climbed one place to 15th to… Read More →

Kohli century leads India to victory

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Match Report Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 139 (126) led India to a three-wicket win in a nail-biting finish in the last game of the five-match ODI series in Ranchi. A maiden ODI century by Angelo Mathews was the saving grace for the visitors after being reduced to 85/4 in the 19th over. Assisted by Lahiru Thirimanne, the Sri Lankan captain revived the innings and powered the side to 286/8 with an unbeaten 139 after electing to bat. The SL captain returned to remove the hosts’ openers in the first five overs but his opposite number fought to seize victory in a high-pressure chase. While Mathews’ 139 went in vain, Kohli’s knock helped India claim the series 5-0. Chasing the respectable total,… Read More →

England in Sri Lanka 2014 – Ticket Prices

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R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium – Colombo Sight screen north: Corporate Boxes – Rs. 7,000.00 Block A: Upper Level, Corporate Boxes  – Rs. 5,000.00 Grand Stand, Top Level – Rs. 4,000.00 Block A: Upper Level – Rs. 2,000.00 Block A: Lower Level – Rs. 1,000.00 Block B: Upper Level – Rs. 2,000.00 Block B: Lower Level – Rs. 1,000.00 Block C: Upper Level – Rs. 500.00 Block C: Lower Level – Rs. 200.00 Block D: Upper Level – Rs. 500.00 Block D:  Lower Level – Rs. 200.00 Tickets available only 10 days prior to each match at: SLC Headquarters, R.Premadasa Stadium Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium – Hambantota  Grand Stand, Level 1 – Rs. 2,500.00 Grand Stand, Level 1, Boxes – Rs…. Read More →

Rohit’s 264 studs massive Indian win

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Match Report Rohit Sharma made history on Thursday by smashing an incredible 264 for India against Sri Lanka to break the record for the highest individual score in one-day international history. Off the first ball of the 32nd over, Rohit turned Shaminda Eranga towards midwicket to complete the single that brought him a fifth ODI hundred, made his peace with the almighty by pointing repeatedly skywards, and then sunk to his knees to acknowledge the Eden Gardens roars and his teammates’ applause. At that point, he was less than halfway done. When he became the first man to hit two double tons in ODIs, the celebrations were more muted. When he hit two successive sixes to go past Virender Sehwag’s mark of the highest… Read More →

Jeremy Snape and Trevor Penny to help Sri Lankan Cricketers

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Cricketer turned Psychologist Jeremy Snape has been retained by SLC to help the Sri Lankan National Team in the run-up to the forthcoming World Cup 2015. Accordingly Jeremy Snape will be with the Sri Lankan team for 17 days from 25th November to 11th December 2014. Jeremy will be able to enhance individual performance of the National Team with the World Cup in mind. This move is bound to add value to the system at this crucial stage and derive the maximum output of players to face any challenges in the upcoming tours and the World Cup 2015 in particular. Trevor Penny has been appointed as the Fielding Coach to the Team. Trevor was a part of the Sri… Read More →

Dhawan steers India to series win

Mahela Jayawardena registered his 17th ODI century

Match Report In Sunday’s (November 9) third One-Day International against Sri Lanka, India emerged the victor by six wickets at a near-packed Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad. Aside from a battling effort from Mahela Jayawardena (118), India cantered to a win, wrapping up the five-match series with two to go. For India to falter after restricting Sri Lanka to 242 in 48.2 overs, it would have needed an extraordinary effort from the visiting side. There was a steeply rising delivery from Thisara Perera that Ajinkya Rahane (31 in 47 balls) fended to Jayawardena at first slip. And there was big miscommunication between Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu that led to both ending up at the bowler’s end,… Read More →