Sydney ODI abandoned due to rain, wet outfield

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Rain and a wet outfield brought a premature end to the fourth one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka on Sunday but not before the hosts’ batting frailties had been exposed again. Bowled out for 74 runs inside 27 overs in Friday’s match at Brisbane, Australia wobbled again before reaching 222-9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mitchell Starc hit a career-best 52 not out off 37 balls from number nine as Australia had to rally from 130-6 and Sri Lanka were 14 for no wicket from 3.2 overs before rain forced the umpires to take the players off. The match was abandoned two hours later because of a wet outfield, leaving the home side unable to win the five-match series…. Read More →

Kulasekara sparks Sri Lanka ODI victory

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Sri Lanka laboured to a four-wicket victory after right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara destroyed Australia with a fine display of swing bowling in the third one-day international in Brisbane on Friday. Australia’s top and middle order batsmen capitulated before Kulasekara’s inswing while Lasith Malinga (3-22) polished off the tail to bowl out the hosts for 74 in 26.4 overs. The win, though not as convincing as it should have been, puts Sri Lanka 2-1 up in the five-match series. Sydney hosts the fourth one-dayer on Sunday. For Australia, only Mitchell Starc (22 not out) and Xavier Doherty (15) managed double digits, adding 34 runs for the last wicket to take the home side past their lowest ODI total ever. On a… Read More →

Thirimanne stars in Sri Lanka win

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Lahiru Thirimanne struck his first one-day century as Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series against Australia with a convincing eight-wicket win on Sunday. Sri Lanka put the hosts in to bat after rain delayed the start at the Adelaide Oval and the bowlers capitalised on cloud cover and moisture in the pitch to restrict Australia to 170 all out from 46.5 overs. The tourists’ reply started poorly when Upal Thuranga was caught behind off Clint McKay without scoring but Thirimanne (102 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) dug in to help Sri Lanka reach 172-2 with almost 10 overs remaining. The series is level at 1-1 after two of the five matches, with the teams next meeting in Brisbane on… Read More →

Australia sealed a five-wicket win

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Michael Hussey ended his test career on a high when Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets with a day to spare in the third test on Sunday to sweep the series 3-0. The 37-year-old was deprived of the fairytale ending when his batting partner Mitchell Johnson scored the winning runs but Hussey, ever the team man, was not remotely concerned. “What a place to finish,” he said after being applauded off the pitch by both teams. “I couldn’t be happier. It was nice to be out there in the end. This has to be one of my top three favourite grounds in the world.” Australia, chasing 141 runs for a series sweep, lost three wickets in quick succession just… Read More →

SLC pays tribute to Tony Greig

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to express its profound shock and sadness at the passing away of legendary Cricketer and popular Commentator, Tony Greig. Tony has been a very vocal supporter of Sri Lanka Cricket over the years and his description of cricket in Sri Lanka, its Players and even the beauty and diversity of the Country itself in his lilting, powerful voice has been a rallying call and a matter of  pride to all Sri Lankans and has been instrumental in him being appointed a Tourism Ambassador for Sri Lanka, an honour he much valued. This voice has now been stilled and we mourn his passing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Tony’s family in this hour of grief and beyond. We shall miss… Read More →

Australia clinch series with big win

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Australia beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs to win the second test before tea on day three at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, and seal their three-match series 2-0. Needing 305 runs to make Australia bat again, Sri Lanka surrendered after adding only 103 in their second innings, with a top order collapse and a raft of injuries cutting the match short. After bowling Australia out for 460 in the first hour, Sri Lanka staggered to lunch at 43-4 and lasted less than 12 overs after the interval. Sri Lanka lost Kumar Sangakkara to injury after lunch when he retired hurt on 27 after being struck on the glove by a searing delivery from man-of-the-match Mitchell… Read More →

Sri Lanka look to Herath’s spin to save Australia series

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Sri Lanka will be hoping for help from wickets more suitable for spin bowling in the second two tests against Australia after losing the opener by 137 runs on a Hobart track described as a “minefield” by coach Graham Ford. Spin has always been a key weapon in Sri Lanka’s bowling armoury since they achieved test status in 1981, not least when wrist-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was taking his 800 test wickets from 1992 to 2010. Since Muralitharan’s retirement, Rangana Herath has emerged as the team’s main spin threat and the 34-year-old left arm orthodox bowler has had a stellar year. Even in defeat in Hobart, Herath took a five-wicket haul, which gave him 60 wickets for the year and ensured… Read More →

Siddle strikes to spark dramatic Australia win

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Seamers Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc shared six late wickets to give Australia a dramatic 137-run victory over Sri Lanka in the last hour of the fifth and final day of the first test on Tuesday. Siddle, who finished the match with figures of 9-104, and left-armer Starc, who took 5-63 in the second innings, caught fire in the final session to bowl the tourists out for 255 and give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-test series. Having been stymied in similar circumstances by a brilliant rearguard action from South Africa in Adelaide last month, Australia were desperate not to repeat the experience in Hobart. It looked like it might be a case of deja vu at tea, however,… Read More →

ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 – 30 Players Squad

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At a Selection Committee meeting held , the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the ICC Womens World Cup in India in 2013. The squad of the 30 players – 1. Shashikala Siriwardena 2. Sandamali Dolawatta 3. Chamani  Senevirathne 4. Sherina Ravikumar 5. Madhuri Samuddika 6. Prasadini Weerakkody 7. Dilani Manodara 8. Eshani Lokusooriya 9. Sripali Weerakkody 10.Yasoda Mendis 11. Deepika Rasangika 12. Chamari  Athapaththu 13. Udeshika Prabodani 14. Chandima Gunaratne 15. Lasanthi Madushani 16. Chamari  Polgampola 17. Oshadi Ranasinghe 18. Darshani Dharmasiri 19. Inoka  Ranaweera 20. Rangika Fernando 21. Ama Kanchana 22. Nipuni Hasika 23. Achini Kulasuriya 24. Kanchana Weerakkody 25. Nilakshi De Silva 26. Roshini Perera 27. Sanduni  Abeywickrama 28. Poojani Liyanage 29…. Read More →

SLC Coaching & Umpiring team up on ‘Suspect Bowling Actions’

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The SLC National Coaching & Umpiring departments in conjunction conducted a workshop on ‘Suspect Bowling Actions’ on 6th (Thursday) Dec. 2012 at SLC headquarters. The workshop was conducted with the intention of educating the present first class Umpires & Match Referees on suspect bowling actions which has been a common problem faced by many umpires over the recent years. During the last season the Umpiring division with the blessings of SLC clamped down on bowlers who seemed suspicious during matches with regard to illegal deliveries been delivered by bowlers during competition, once reported SLC also went to the extent of filming the reported bowler during matches & obtaining footage for further investigation by SLC. A system was introduced last year… Read More →

Sri Lanka National Team Tour to Australia – Team Departure

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Players observing religious rituals at SLC head quarters prior to departure. Sri Lanka left for Australia last night to participate in a 3 -Test series against Australia which begins on the 14th December 2012. Buddhist monks chant prayers for the success of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardena being stormed by local media, hours before their departure for a four-week tour to Australia.                                                                                     Mahela Jayawardena & Angelo Mathews Commenting on the Australian Tour just… Read More →

New Zealand wraps up famous Test victory

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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs to claim their first Test victory in the country for 14 years. After reducing the home side to 47-4 by the close of day four, New Zealand finished the job off during the final session on the final day with 27.1 overs remaining. In so doing the Kiwis avoided a sixth successive Test defeat and the victory represented a rare win against a major Test nation in recent years. Angelo Mathews (84 in just under five hours) put up stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka but he was last man out after hitting five boundaries in his previous eight deliveries in an attempt to hurry towards his second Test century. Trent Boult (3-33)… Read More →

Herath spins Sri Lanka to comfortable win

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11 wickets in the match from Rangana Herath helped Sri Lanka clinch a comfortable 10-wicket victory over New Zealand on Monday in the opening Test Match. Herath claimed 6-43 in the second innings as New Zealand collapsed on Monday morning, making just 118 all out, having slumped from 35-1 to 79-7 in another disappointing batting display. Only one batsman could get to 20, despite eight players making double figures, as Herath added to his figures of 5-65 in the first innings. Sri Lanka wasted no time in chasing down its victory target of 93, with Dimuth Karunaratne (60 not out) and Tharanga Paranavitana (31 not out) putting on an impressive undefeated stand in 18.3 overs. The teams now head to… Read More →