If England wanted to end a winter of discontent with success in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Bangladesh, and had a choice of opposition to pick, Sri Lanka, ranked No. 1 in T20s, would be the last one on the list. Yet, this is exactly who its up against in the bid to make it to the final four of the tournament. In the last 20 games across all formats, England has managed just 4 wins, racking up 16 losses. But England’s style of play is certainly more suited to the skiddy Chittagong pitches than the slower turners on offer in Mirpur. Here is a look at some of the facts and key battles ahead of the all-important clash… Read More →
Saracens Sports Club in their march to the title beat Kalutara PCC, Sebastiantes, Kurunegala YCC, BRC, Lankan CC and Kalutara TC outright. Galle CC ended runners-up. Members of the champion Saracens Sports Club who won the Emerging Trophy pose for a ceremonial picture. Standing from left: Sachith Dias, Gamindu Kanishka, Amila Mendis, Deeshan Vimukthi, Sachin Peiris, Aravinda de Silva, Duleeka Thisakuttige, Vimukthi Ranasinghe, Ishan Nilaksha(wk), Chandana Jayasanka, Dimuth Warapitiya, Tharindu Madusanka, Mohamed Aslam and Tharushan Iddamalgoda. Seated from left: Pradeep Nishantha (fielding coach), Rohana Fernando (physio), Chanaka Ruwansiri (captain), A.S Vilcassim (secretary), Nuzki Mohamed (president), Dinesh Weerasinghe (coach), Tharanga Indika (vice captain) and Isuru Sampath (manager).
The fans cheered, the music blared, but the excitement was really only artificial as Sri Lanka overwhelmed India by 22 runs in the Group B opener at the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Monday night (March 24). It was a contest between two familiar sides ready to battle all over again after having completed a bilateral series just a month ago. Sri Lanka was marginally better then, but the side that turned up on a balmy evening in Sylhet raised its game by several notches to win quite comfortably in the end. The win was set up after Chamari Atapattu and Eshani Kaushalya played contrasting knocks to help Sri Lanka to a challenging total… Read More →
Match Report After the adrenaline high of dumping both Zimbabwe and Ireland out of the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in one of the most emphatic batting displays seen in this version of the game, the Netherlands crashed and burned to 39 all out on Monday (March 24) against a Sri Lankan team that looks destined to make the final four. This was the lowest total in T20I history, comfortably less than the 56 that Kenya was bowled out for against Afghanistan in Sharjah in September last year. The Netherlands score was also the second lowest in all competitive T20 cricket, marginally bettering the 30 that Tripura was bowled out for against Jharkhand in 2009 in the Indian domestic competition. Timm… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the National Team of South Africa be in Sri Lanka for a 3 ODI and 2 Test Series in July 2014. The Protea’s will arrive on the 30th of June 2014 and will play a 50 over Warm Up match on the 3rd of July 2014. The series will begin with the 1st ODI which will be played on the 06th of July at R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium followed by the 2nd ODI at Pallekelle on the 09th of July. The 3rd ODI will be in Hambanthota on the 12th of July. The 2 Test Series will begin on the 16th of July and the 1st Test will be in Galle followed by the 2nd Test at the SSC on… Read More →
Match Report Sri Lanka showed why it is a firm favourite in its group, following an adventurous batting performance with a skillful display with the ball in its ICC World Twenty20 2014 game against South Africa on Saturday (March 22). South Africa had many chances to shut the door on its opponent, but each time the game appeared to be slipping away, Sri Lanka found a way back. On the back of Kusal Perera’s bright 61 at the top of the order, Sri Lanka posted 165, which proved five runs too many for South Africa. South Africa felt the full force of Sri Lanka’s pocket rocket, Kusal, on a pitch where the ball skidded through and came on to the… Read More →
Fifties from Shashikala Siriwardene, the captain, and Deepika Rasangika helped Sri Lanka Women beat Ireland Women by 49 runs in its second warm-up match before the Women’s World Twenty20 2014, at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan No 4 Ground in Savar on Thursday (March 20). Put into bat, Sri Lanka batted steadily to post 170 for 5 in its 20 overs, and then Chandima Gunaratne and Inoka Ranaweera picked up two wickets each to restrict Ireland to 121 for 9. Sri Lanka lost Yasoda Mendis in the second over when she was lbw to Elena Tice. After that, Chamari Atapattu and Rasangika set the platform with a 50-run stand. Atapattu retired after making 17, one of three players to do so as… Read More →
An all-round effort from Dwayne Bravo and a four-wicket haul by Sunil Narine helped the West Indies win its second warm-up game in the ICC World Twenty20 2014. In a rematch of the 2012 final the West Indies faced Sri Lanka, and won by 33 runs in Dhaka on Wednesday (March 19). Darren Sammy’s late 30-run blitz took the West Indies to 172 for 5 in its allocated 20 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Losing wickets at regular intervals, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset to fall well short, being bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs. Defending 173, the West Indies illustrated why it is such a formidable side in the 20-over format, making early inroads to dismiss… Read More →
Sri Lanka continued with its recent run of super form in Bangladesh with a five-run win over India in the first warm-up game for both teams ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday (March 17). After it was asked to bat, Sri Lanka rode on a late blitz from Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara to reach 153 for 6 in their 20 overs. In reply, India was thwarted by Lasith Malinga, who picked up four wickets, to be bowled out for 148, the innings ending on the last ball of their 20 overs. Sri Lanka got off to a steady start and though Varun Aaron dismissed Kusal Perera after a 15-ball 21, Mahela… Read More →
The International Cricket Council’s Official Licensee in Sri Lanka, United Trading Company Pvt Ltd, has yet again made available Official ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 gear for the cricket loving public of Sri Lanka. The Official ICC World Twenty20 supporter jersey and cap for Sri Lanka have been available for purchase in many leading stores in the country since the early part of March 2014. Shafraz Mansoor, Director UTC, said: “We also have a range of Country Jerseys which include Australia, England, New Zealand, India and Pakistan. An Event based T-Shirt and Cap is also available at leading stores. We strive to become a company renowned for Official Merchandise encouraging fans to support the sport by buying only licensed products.”… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket has organized a Welcome to our Champion Cricket Team when they arrive today at Katunayake International Airport. They will arrive on Mihin Lanka flight at 3.45 pm 09th March 2014. SLC requests the fans of our Champion Cricket Team to line the streets and welcome them warmly. The Champion Team will be taken in a open top vehicle from Peliyagoda onwards to SLC head office. The rout will be as follows: Katunayake to Peliyagoda, Open Top bus from Peliyagoda to Kanatte junction ( on the Baseline Road) and from there to SLC head office ( through Baudhaloka Mawatha). There will be a Press Conference at SLC Conference Room when the Team Arrives at SLC.
Less than a fortnight ago, the Asia Cup got underway with Lahiru Thirimanne hitting a century and Lasith Malinga taking a five-wicket haul in a Sri Lankan win over Pakistan. On Saturday (March 8), the tournament ended with a nice touch of symmetry as the same actors reprised their roles with the same result. Malinga’s 5 for 56 ensured Pakistan was kept to a manageable total, after which Thirimanne stroked 101 in 108 balls to lead his side’s charge towards its fifth Asia Cup title – tying for the record of most trophies in the tournament with India. It also meant Sri Lanka maintained its spotless record in the tournament as well as in Bangladesh since late January, completing a… Read More →