Sri Lanka puts No 1 T20I position on the line


Sri Lanka will begin a two-match T20I series against host Bangladesh from 12 February in Chittagong by putting its number one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Tableon the line. Sri Lanka enters the series as the number-one ranked side with 129 ratings points, leading 10th ranked Bangladesh by 57 ratings points. Only eight ratings points separate the top four sides, with India (123 points), South Africa (123 points) and Pakistan (121 points) close on the heels of the number-one ranked side. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Sri Lanka will lose its top position if it loses both matches in the series. In such a scenario, Sri Lanka will drop nine ratings points and… Read More →

Haque century helps salvage draw


Mominul Haque scored an unbeaten century to help Bangladesh pull off a draw in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka, in Chittagong, on Saturday (February 8). Haque remained unbeaten on 100, sharing an unbroken 120-run stand for the fourth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan, as stumps were called with Bangladesh 271 for 3 at the Zahur Ahmed Choudhury Stadium. Bangladesh had been set a target of 467 on the final day for a series-levelling win, and while victory was improbable, the batsmen did well to resist. Shakib remained unbeaten on 43. Sri Lanka took the series by a 1-0 margin by virtue of its innings and 248-run win in Dhaka in the first Test. Bangladesh, who resumed on… Read More →

Sri Lanka rides on Sangakkara magic


Kumar Sangakkara became only the second batsman in history to score a triple-century and a century in the same match as Sri Lanka pressed for victory in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Friday (February 7). Sri Lanka, who had taken a 161-run first-innings lead, declared its second knock at 305-4 in the final session of the fourth day’s play at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Bangladesh, set an improbable target of 467 to record a series-levelling win, were 12-0 at stumps. Sri Lanka will need to take all ten wickets to sweep the two-match series, while Bangladesh requires another 455 runs in a minimum of 90 overs. Sangakkara followed his 319 in the first innings with 105… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19s ready to conquer the World

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Written by Damith Weerasinghe Every two years under 19s around the world battle it out for the ICC Youth World Cup and this time the Sri Lanka under 19s are stealthily gearing themselves to take on U 19s of the world at the ICC U 19 World cup in the UAE from the 14th February – 1st March 2014. The Under 19 World Cup has functioned as a foundation stone to many a great cricketer such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Mike Atherton, Brian Lara, Inzamam Ul-Haq and rising stars such as Virat Kohli, Dinesh Chandimal, Darren Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan and many more. Most of the International players have begun their journey through the Under 19 World Cup and the exposure… Read More →

Rahman, Kayes rescue Bangladesh


Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes struck maiden Test tons to help Bangladesh avoid the follow-on in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong on Thursday (February 6). Facing a monumental task after Kumar Sangakkara’s 319 had powered Sri Lanka to 587, the duo put together a record 232-run stand for the second wicket as Bangladesh added 325 runs to its overnight total to finish on 409 for 8 at stumps on the third day at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. It was a remarkable comeback by Bangladesh after an innings and 248-run thrashing in the first Test in Dhaka last week, its 14th loss in 15 Tests against Sri Lanka. However, Bangladesh missed out on an opportunity… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka blanks Australia 3-0


Anuk Fernando’s four-wicket haul and a vital unbeaten 25, helped Sri Lanka U-19 wrap up the Youth One Day series against Australia 3-0 with a thrilling win in R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today (6). Australia who elected to bat first were restricted to 202 runs and Future Lions reached the target losing eight wickets and with four deliveries to spare. Chasing 202 runs to win, Sri Lanka got off to a bad start, they were 41 for 4 before Priyamal Perera(32) and Thilaksha Sumanasiri helped them recover with a 47-run fifth-wicket partnership. Sumanasiri top scored with 50 runs facing 78 deliveries and put on a partnership of 61 runs for the sixth wicket with Harsha Rajapksha, who made 36 runs from 47 balls inclusive of  two… Read More →

Sri Lanka in command after Sangakkara triple


Kumar Sangakkara became the fastest player to reach 11,000 runs in Test cricket en route a career-best 319, as Sri Lanka ended Day 2 of the second Test against Bangladesh in a commanding position at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Wednesday (February 5). Sangakkara’s knock helped Sri Lanka post an imposing 587. In reply, Bangladesh was at 86 for 1 when stumps were drawn, still staring at a massive 501-run deficit. Sangakkara’s maiden triple ton also marked his 9th score of 200 plus in Tests, with only Sir Don Bradman having more scores of 200 plus (12). The former Sri Lankan captain, playing in his 122nd Test, also became the ninth batsman to reach the 11,000-run mark,… Read More →

Sangakkara ton puts Sri Lanka on top


Kumar Sangakkara’s unbeaten 160 helped Sri Lanka recover from a shaky start and post 314 for 5 on the opening day of the second Test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdury Stadium in Chittagong. This was Sangakkara’s 34th Test century, equalling the tally of Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara. Sangakkara, who is playing in his 122nd Test, now has the most number of Test hundreds among active players, and on the all-time list, only Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (45), Ricky Ponting (41) and Rahul Dravid (36) are ahead of him. Sangakkara resurrected Sri Lanka’s innings with Mahela Jayawardene after it had been reduced to 49 for 2, with both openers dismissed. Both Sangakkara and Jayawardene came into this… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardena on the move

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Mahela Jayawardena has jumped five places to 13th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his unbeaten knock of 203, against Bangladesh in the first Test at Mirpur. Jayawardena’s seventh career double hundred helped Sri Lanka register an innings and 248 runs win, to thereby take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series on Thursday. Jayawardena, named player of the match, is now on 714 ratings points, just two behind Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, who is in 12th place with 716 ratings points. Of the other centurions in the Mirpur Test, Kaushal Silva has jumped 12 places to a career-best 48th following his knock of 139, while Kithuruwan Vithanage’s maiden Test hundred (103 not out) has seen him rocket 52… Read More →

SLC Official Dinner in Dubai to raise funds for development


Sri Lanka Cricketers attended the Sri Lanka Cricket official dinner in Dubai,  to raise funds for development of the game in rural areas of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket, together with SLC committee in the United Arab Emirates, organised an official dinner to raise funds for infrastructure development of school cricket in rural areas of Sri Lanka. SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga speaking at this event said “Spreading the game throughout our beautiful country is something that is absolutely vital to the long-term health of cricket in Sri Lanka and this initiative is designed to help us do exactly that”. “The funds raised from this event in Dubai will allow Sri Lanka Cricket to provide facilities for youngsters to learn the… Read More →

Perera spins Sri Lanka to massive innings win over Bangladesh


Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera picked up five wickets as Sri Lanka thumped fragile Bangladesh by an innings and 248 runs in the first Test in Dhaka on Thursday. Bangladesh, trailing by a huge 498-run margin on first innings, were bowled out for 250 in their second knock after lunch on the fourth day at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Perera, a 31-year-old playing in his second Test, finished with five for 109 while seamer Suranga Lakmal took three as the hosts were dismissed in 51.5 overs with a day to spare. Bangladesh, who resumed the day at 35-1, failed to cope with Sri Lanka’s pace and spin assault and lost their last nine wickets for 215 runs despite the even-paced pitch. The hosts… Read More →

Jayawardena leads Sri Lankan run fest

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Mahela Jayawardena became the sixth-highest run getter in Test cricket with an unbeaten double century as Sri Lanka compounded Bangladesh’s misery on the third day of the first Test in Mirpur on Wednesday (January 29). Jayawardena made a 272-ball 203, his seventh double century in 33 three-figure knocks, as Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 730 for 6 at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. That gave Sri Lanka a lead of 498 runs and Bangladesh had managed to get only 35 of those for the loss of one wicket by close of play. Rangana Herath, brought on after just three overs, struck with his third delivery when he forced Tamim Iqbal to mistime a catch to point. When play was called off,… Read More →

ICC Board Meeting held on 28th January 2014

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This is to inform the general public and the media pertaining to the discussions taken place at the ICC Board Meeting held at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai on 28th January 2014. At the meeting revised position papers were forwarded taking in to deliberation the concerns faced by the member nations, for the consideration of ICC as opposed to the original position paper circulated among the full member nations. SLC representative Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa (President) informed the ICC the need for further discussions on the matter pertaining to the revised position papers with the Executive Committee prior to arriving at a decision in this regard. The ICC Board consists of the chairman or president from each of the 10 Full… Read More →

Sri Lanka women clinch Twenty20 series against India


Shashikala Siriwardene played a captain’s knock to help Sri Lanka Women win the Twenty20 International series against India Women, with a six-wicket win in the third and final match on Tuesday (January 28). Siriwardene, just 17 days shy of her 29th birthday, made an unbeaten 46 off 42 balls at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam as Sri Lanka took only 18.5 overs to chase down India’s 117 for 8. Having won the first T20I, Sri Lanka wrapped up its India tour on a happy note. India elected to bat first, but none of the batters except for Poonam Raut and Jhulan Goswami could get going. India’s faced problems very early in its innings, losing four wickets within the first… Read More →