Photos: Southern Express Team departure – Champions League T20 2014

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The Southern Express cricket team led by Jehan Mubarak left for India last night (9th September) to participate in the Champions League T20 2014 tournament. The tournament commence from September 13 and will end on October 4 with all the Qualifying Stage matches are to be played in Raipur from September 13 to 16 with 12 teams. The Group stage matches will see the number of teams reduce to 10 teams battling out from September 17. Southern Express is placed in qualifying group along with Mumbai Indians (India), Lahore Lions (Pakistan) and Northern Knights (New Zealand).

Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014 – Winners List

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DIALOG Cricketer of the Year 2014 Winner: Angelo Mathews Nominations: Kumar Sangakkara, Rangana Herath DIALOG People’s Player of the Year 2014 Kumar Sangakkara Mens T20Is Awards Best Batsman Winner: Kushal Janith Perera Nominations: Mahela Jayawardene, Tissara Perera Best Bowler Winner: Lasith Malinga Nominations: Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath Mens ODI Awards Best Batsman Winner: Angelo Mathews Nominations: Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanna Best Bowler Winner: Lasith Malinga Nominations: Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake Best All-rounder ODI Winner: Angelo Mathews Nominations: T M Dilshan, Tissara Perera Emerging Cricketer of the Year Niroshan Dickwella Mens TEST Awards Best Batsman Winner: Kumar Sangakkara & Angelo Mathews Nomination s: Mahela Jayawardene, Kaushal Silva Best Bowler Winner: Rangana Herath Nominations: Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga Womens ODI Awards Best… Read More →

Sri Lanka clinches series after big win

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Thisara Perera produced a superb spell of right-arm medium pace bowling, while Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten half-century, as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the deciding third and final One-Day International to clinch the series 2-1in Dambulla on Saturday (August 30). Perera returned figures of 4 for 34 in eight overs, and was instrumental in the home side ensuring Pakistan was bundled out for only 102, its lowest total in Sri Lanka. A brief rain interruption when Pakistan was 81 for 8 meant the match was reduced to 48-overs-a-side. Sri Lanka was set a revised target of 101, and chased it down in just 18.2 overs. Dhammika Prasad did the initial damage for Sri Lanka, removing Ahmed… Read More →

Sri Lanka unchanged for final ODI

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Media Release The National Selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday named an unchanged 15-man squad for the third and final One-Day International against Pakistan in Dambulla on Saturday (August 30). Angelo Mathews – Captain T.M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Lahiru Thirimanne – Vice Captain Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Dhammika Prasad Rangana Herath Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randev Thisara Perera This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Perera helps Sri Lanka draw level

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Thisara Perera’s fine allround show, a 36-ball 65 and 3 for 19, helped Sri Lanka trounce Pakistan by 77 runs in the second One-Day International in Hambantota on Tuesday (August 26) to level the three-match series 1-1. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka was reduced to 194 for 6 but recovered well to post 310 for 9 in its 50 overs, before it bowled Pakistan out for 233 all out in 43.5 overs. Pakistan lost Sharjeel Khan (11) early but Ahmed Shehzad (56) and Mohammad Hafeez (62) added 96 for the second wicket to lift the team to 114 for 1. However, Pakistan lost its nine wickets for 119 runs from there on. Hafeez, who struck 11 boundaries, was dismissed by Seekkuge… Read More →

Pakistan clinches victory off penultimate ball

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Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam’s sixth-wicket stand of 147 was instrumental in Pakistan overcoming a top-order collapse to post a thrilling four-wicket win in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on Saturday (August 23). Pakistan’s chase of a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 275 in 50 overs received a major jolt as it was reduced to 106 for 5. But Maqsood’s temperament stood out. The 27-year old showed little to suggest he was playing in only his 15th ODI, as he rode the storm to finish unbeaten on 89 off just 73 balls when Shahid Afridi smashed the winning runs off Nuwan Kulasekara with one ball to spare. That Pakistan fought back from nowhere was also due to the efforts of… Read More →

Sachithra Senanayake returns from Perth

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Media Release SLC is pleased to inform the Media the arrival of the Sri Lankan Off Spinner Sachithra Senanayake from Perth, Australia. Sachithra was working on remodeling of his bowling action at the University of Western Australia with the aid of the University consultant coach on corrective suspect bowling actions Darryl Foster. Darryl, together with the University Bio Mechanist conducted 10 days of remedial work to remodel Sachithra’s action. SLC will be presenting Sachithra to the ICC accredited Cardiff University for clearance testing subjected to the pending report from Perth. This report is expected to reach SLC within the next fortnight. Sachithra was accompanied and assisted during this tour by SLC’s Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne.

Learn from the legends – A mini coaching camp for children (Pakistan tour)

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In support of the Sri Lanka Visually-Handicapped Cricket Team, SLC together with Standard Charted bank, organised a mini coaching camp for children where kids from different schools across the island were coached by members of the Sri Lankan and Pakistan cricket teams. The kids also had the opportunity to get their sports gear signed by the cricketing legends present at the coaching camp. All proceeds collected at the event will be forwarded to the Sri Lanka Blind Cricket Association to support the Sri Lanka Visually-Handicapped XI’s 2014 World Cup Tour in South Africa.  

Mathews and Herath achieve personal milestones

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, has achieved a career-best third position. Mathews scored 39 and 43 not out in Colombo, and was rewarded with a rise of two places that has elevated him into third position. Outside the top 20, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has finished the series in 28th position after his first innings contribution of 82 earned him four places on the table. Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed and Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga also impressed with the bat in Colombo. Sarfraz has rocketed 29 places to 51st spot after scores of 103 and 55, while Tharanga has vaulted 49 places to 52nd after scoring 92 and 45. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara holds the number-one batting position, while… Read More →

Randiv and Prasad gets Sri Lanka ODI call-up

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Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the  1st & 2nd ODI matches against Pakistan. Angelo Mathews – Captain T.M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Ashan Priyanjana Lahiru Thirimanne – Vice Captain Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Dhammika Prasad Rangana Herath Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Thisara Perera This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Mahela Jayawardena – Test Career in Numbers

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Mahela Jayawardena’s glorious Test career ended with a victory in the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. While numbers don’t always reveal the complete story, they often help in measuring the contributions of a player. A look at some of the important numbers that have defined Jayawardena’s career: 7 – Jayawardena has scored 7 double centuries in Tests. Only Don Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara and Brian Lara have scored more double tons. 34 – His 34 Test centuries rank him joint-sixth in the list of most number of Test centuries, along with Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. He is second in the list of most centuries by a Sri Lankan, behind Kumar Sangakkara…. Read More →

Perfect farewell for Jayawardena

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Mahela Jayawardena’s 17-year Test career came to an end on a winning note on Monday (August 18) as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the final Test of the two-match series by 105 runs to take the series 2-0. Pakistan, having resumed its second innings on the final day at 127 for 7 chasing 271, was bowled out for 165 before lunch after No 11 Junaid Khan was unable to bat due to injury. Rangana Herath, who claimed nine wickets in the first innings, was again the chief destroyer, picking up 5 for 57 in the second innings and thus was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Jayawardena, 37, who had retired from Twenty20 Internationals after Sri… Read More →

Herath spins Sri Lanka closer to victory

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Rangana Herath spun his magic around the Pakistan batting line-up once again, returning figures of 4 for 46, to take Sri Lanka closer to a win in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday (August 17). Needing 271 runs for victory, Pakistan ended day four on 127 for 7, still needing 144 runs to win with just three wickets in hand. Herath, who came on to bowl in the ninth over after Dhammika Prasad had dismissed openers Khurram Manzoor and Ahmed Shehzad, struck his first blow with his eighth delivery. Mahela Jayawardena held sharp catches off Herath to get rid of Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq. He then dismissed Younus Khan, trapping him lbw in the 39th over as Pakistan was reduced to 140 for… Read More →

Rangana Herath becomes first left-arm bowler to pick 9-for in a Test innings

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Rangana Herath has become the first left-arm bowler in Test history to take 09 wickets in an innings after his spectacular performance against Pakistan today (August 16). At the SSC ground today, Rangana’s nine wicket haul for 127 crippled the Pakistan batting line. Before Herath, the best performance by a left-arm bowler in a Test innings was by England’s Johnny Briggs with eight wickets conceding 11 runs against South Africa in 1889. Herath also becomes the first Sri Lankan to bag a nine wicket haul in a Test match, after Muttiah Muralitharan’s performance in 2002. Earlier on Day One, Herath became the fourth left-arm spinner after Bishan Singh Bedia, Daniel Vettori and Derek Underwood to pick 250 Test wickets. The… Read More →