Coach Ford shoots down criticism; Says, ’Beating India best example of commitment’

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In a back home media meet up reassessment of Sri Lanka’s performance at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) auditorium, in a heavily charged bout of questions raised by media men, Head Coach Graham Ford’s contention that a highly fresher laden Sri Lankan team, most of whom with just 20 odd ODI outings as against the 70 t0 80 by experience hardened opposing players, was plausible reasoning. There was Ford magnifying the majority young team but for a few veterans thrashing reigning champions and championship favourites in record fashion of achieving the highest target chasing as the best example that here was a team evolving. “These youngsters showed tremendous commitment to defeat reigning champions and… Read More →

Sri Lanka left ruing after costly mistakes

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By Kumar Sangakkara A Sri Lanka versus Pakistan virtual quarter-final was always likely to be an intriguing encounter with an unpredictable outcome – in the end Pakistan scraped through, thanks to some woeful lapses in the field from Sri Lanka and a really gutsy 61 not out from Sarfraz Ahmed. It was a fantastic low-scoring game of cricket, full of twists and turns as both teams made plenty of mistakes, but ultimately Sri Lanka made more mistakes and it ultimately cannot claim it deserved a victory. At one stage, Pakistan’s triumph appear unlikely after a brilliant spell from Nuwan Pradeep, who has been the most threatening of the Sri Lanka bowlers throughout this tournament. Bowling with heart and aggression, he… Read More →

Strong Sri Lanka outfit for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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It will be a strong Sri Lanka outfit that will mount its campaign at the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup starting in June. The squad took wing this week following rigorous preparations based on high intensity training ahead of their WWC campaign. The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 is from June 24 to July 23 in England and Wales. The Sri Lanka squad led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, has been steeled by a long phased out 30-day  schedule accentuating on fitness and the finer points of the game under the watchful eye of been engaged in an intensive training programme under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya. The significant high factor about this team is a marked change infused by an aura of new… Read More →

දක්ෂ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩිකාවන් අනාගතයේ දී බිහිවේවි – ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති

Sri Lanka Womens Team Departure

ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් සමුළුවේ මෙහෙයවීමෙන් ජුනි 24 සිට ජුලි 23 දක්වා එංගලනත්යේ පැවැත්වෙන අයි. සී. සී කාන්තා ලෝක කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට සහභාගි වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම ජුනි 13 (අගහරුවාදා) ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් පිටත් ව ගිය අතර ලංකා පිල මූලික වටයේදී තරග හතකට සහභාගි වීමට නියමිතය. ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව එංගලන්තය නවසීලන්තය දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් දූපත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඉන්දියාව හා පාකිස්තානය යන කණ්ඩායම් ජුනි 24 සිට ජුලි 23 දක්වා මූලික තරග 27ක ට සහභාගි වෙති.  අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙක සහ අවසාන තරගය සමග සම්පූර්ණ තරග සංඛ්‍යාව 30 කි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම මූලික වටයේදී තරග හතකට සහභාගි වීමට නියමිතය.  එම තරග වන්නේ ජුනි 24 දා නවසීලන්තය සමග බ්‍රිස්ටල්හිදීත් ජුලි 29 වැනිදා ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව සමඟ බ්‍රිස්ටල් හි දීත් ජූලි 2 වැනිදා එංගලන්තය සමග ටෝන්ටන්හිදීත් ජුලි… Read More →

Sri Lanka throw semi final berth

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Sri Lanka must still be ruing sending asunder the semi final berth that was within sight, the villain being Thisara Perera dropping a straight forward catch at extra cover that would have swung the game Sri Lanka’s way with Pakistan on 197 for 7 in the 39th over off Lasith Malinga. In a dramatic see sawing contest that Sri Lanka had swung their way reducing Pakistan to 6 for 137 in 25.4 overs from a healthy 92 for 2 wickets, and 114 for 4 needing 237 to win, Malinga induced skipper Safraz Ahamed in a last gasp effort. But Perera momentarily held on to the catch that came at moderate pace, and let it out of his hands. With it… Read More →

අතේ තිබූ ජයග්‍රහණය ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පාකිස්තානයට පූද කරයි

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චැම්පියන්ස් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට සුදුසුකම් ලැබීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව හා පාකිස්තානය අතර කාඩ්ෆ් හි පැවැති තරගයේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට පහසුවෙන්ම යාමට තිබූ අවස්ථාව ඔවුන් විසින්ම අතහැරගත්තේ දුර්වල උඩපන්දු රැක ගැනීමකින් ජයග්‍රහණය පාකිස්තානය වෙත පූජා කරමිනි. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලබාගත් ලකුණු 236 ට පිළිතුරු ලෙස පාකිස්තානය පන්දුවට පහර දෙද්දී නුවන් ප්‍රදීප්ගේ විශිෂ්ට පන්දු යැවීම හමුවේ පසුබාමින් ලකුණු 162ක ට කඩුලු 7ක් දැවී පරාජයට පත්වෙමින් සිටියදී  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පන්දු රකින්නන් පහසු උඩ පන්දු දෙකක් සහ දුවද්දී දවා ගැනීමට තිබූ අවස්ථා මගහරවා ගැනීමෙන් අවසාන කණ්ඩායම් හතරට (අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට) යාමට යාමේ අවස්ථාව මග හරවා ගත්තේ තමන් විසින්මය.  ලකුණු 237ක් හඹා යද්දී ලසිත් මාලිග යැවූ පාකිස්තාන ඉනිමේ පළමු ඕවරයේ සිව්වන පන්දුවටම ආරම්භක පිතිකරු අසාර් අලි දුන් උඩ පන්දුව ධනුෂ්ක… Read More →

Sri Lanka v Pakistan Post-match Press Conference – Angelo Mathews

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Q. Angelo, there’s a feeling in the cricket world that Sri Lanka is the worst fielding team in the world. Given today’s performance, is there any reason why you disagree with that? ANGELO MATHEWS: Looking at today’s performance, well, I thought we were pathetic once again. If we had held those catches, it would have been a different story today, especially at very crucial times — first over, and towards the end, where we let go of Sarfraz was very crucial. Being an international team — well, I thought we’ve improved a little bit, but today was not really our day. Q. We keep hearing these talks about — you said, Asanka Gurusinha said that the fielding is improving, but… Read More →

National Women’s Team depart for WWC17 campaign

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Colombo, 12th June 2017 The Sri Lanka Women’s National Team (WNT) will depart the island tomorrow (13) to engage in a 5-day conditioning & acclimatization programme ahead of their Women’s World Cup 2017 campaign which commences with a game against New Zealand on the 24th of June. The Women’s National team, led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training schedule under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 45 days, most recently concluding a five-day residential camp at the recently opened SLC Centre of Excellence in Kandy. The WWC squad consists of; Inoka Ranaweera (Captain) Prasadani Weerakkodi (Vice Captain) Shashikala Sriwardena, Chamari Athapaththu, Eshani Lokusooriya, Dilani Manodara, Sripali Weerakkody, Udeshika Prabodani Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Oshadi… Read More →

Young guns gelling a championship positive as Sri Lanka brace for Pakistan today

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Sri Lanka carries a strong confidence optimism of getting past Pakistan in a Champions Trophy countdown at the Oval today. That is in a decimating estimation by the experts that both sides border on the erratic; that Sri Lanka, who should have beaten South Africa, registered a knee jerk win against the high riding reigning champions India. They have also analyzed the win loss ratio that has cast Sri Lanka at No. 7 in ICC rankings, and Pakistan at 8, and that it will be two of the weakest sides in the championship in a crucial battle to get in to the se mi finals. Contentions that Sri Lanka lacks a game plan, and that there are no super stars… Read More →

ආසියානු කණ්ඩායම් තුනක් අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට

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චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගවලියේ අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට ආසියානු කණ්ඩායම් තුනක් ම සුදුසකම් ලැබීම විශේෂත්වයකි.  අවසාන පූර්ව තරග දෙකට සහභාගි වන අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම වන්නේ එංගලන්තයයි. මේ තරගාවලියේ ‘ඒ’ කොටසට එංගලන්තය, ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව, නවසීලන්තය හා බංග්ලාදේශය අයත් වූ අතර එංගලන්තය ඔවුන් සභභාගි වූ තරග තුනෙන් ම ජයගෙන පහසුවෙන් ම එම කොටසේ ප්‍රථම ස්ථානයට පත්ව මුලින් ම අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට තේරිණි. ‘ඒ’ කොටසෙන් අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට තේරුණු අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම වූයේ බංග්ලාදේශයයි.  බංග්ලාදේශය තරගාවලියට සහභාගි වූ වාසනාවන්තම කණ්ඩායම ලෙස නම් කළ හැකිය.  බංග්ලදේශය ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව  වෙතින් පරාජය වීමට ආසන්නවම තිබිය දී (දෙවැනි කණ්ඩායම ඕවර 16ක් යවා තිබිය දී) වර්ෂාව මත දෙපිලටම ලකුණ බැගින් හිමි විණි. බංග්ලාදේශයට අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට ඒමට එංගලන්ත – ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා තරගයෙන් ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාව පරාජය විය යුතු විය.  සෙනසුරාදා (10) එය ද එසේ ම… Read More →

Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference – Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

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#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q.  Angelo, can you give us an update on Thisara Perera and what exactly happened to him yesterday? ANGELO MATHEWS: He’s fine. He just got hit on the head, but he’s fine. He’s feeling very good. He’s okay. Q.  Obviously, Dhananjaya de Silva has joined the squad. Can you tell us, given the way Kusal (Perera) played the last game, how big a loss it is, and what are Dhananjaya’s chances of featuring in tomorrow’s game? ANGELO MATHEWS: It’s a shame to lose Kusal. He batted extremely well. Given the fact that he was — we brought him as the third opener, but he can bat in the middle as well. So he’s always that player who… Read More →

BREAKING: All-rounder Thisara Perera takes blow to head

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Colombo, 11th June 2017 Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera was hit by a ball on the head during practice at Cardiff yesterday (10) ahead of the all important CT17 game against Pakistan tomorrow (12). In a most fortunate turn of events, there has been no serious injury and although under careful observation there is currently no complaint related to head injury, with only reports of tenderness in the area of impact. Sri Lanka Cricket will continue to keep him under strict medical observation.

Event Technical Committee approves Kusal Perera’s replacement in Sri Lanka squad

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The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has approved Dhananjaya de Silva as a replacement player for Kusal Perera in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament. Perera suffered a hamstring injury in Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at The Oval on Thursday, 8 June. He is the second Sri Lanka player after Chamara Kapugedera and fourth overall after Chris Woakes of England and Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz to withdraw from the tournament. De Silva, a 25-year-old right-handed top-order batsman and an off-spinner, has represented Sri Lanka in 16 ODIs in which he has scored 334 runs and taken four wickets. His last ODI was against South Africa at Centurion… Read More →

Mendis (89), Gunathilaka (76) pound India as Sri Lanka set up record chasing 321

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Young guns Kusal Mendis(89 off 93 balls) and Dhanushka Gunathilaka (76 off 72) fired the daylights out of 100 to 30 odds on India in blazing style as Sri Lanka smashed the championship record chasing the highest score at the Oval yesterday. The annihilation of the reigning champions came in a run blaze of a 159 alliance between 22-year old Mendis, and 26-year old Gunathilaka. If their coming together at the early dismissal of Niroshan Dickwella when the total was 11, cast a cloud over Sri Lanka’s run chase of 321for 6 wickets in 50 overs, the Indian euphoria that engulfed Mathews’ team fine edged by a majority vociferous Indian crowd ran into deafening silence in the face of the… Read More →