Heroic Dhananjaya de Silva the Yul Brynner of cricket

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Coming tops in 5 wickets down for 26 dire situations that would usually simply devour a greenhorn are the type of heroics on which stars are born; What is more in such middle order situations that had progressively been Sri Lanka’s bogey in recent years. Walking to the middle with the cream of the batting back in the pavilion, it took some cricket savvy and guts to do what ton up young Dananjaya de Silva did. The 24-year old lad, who just over a fortnight ago told me with a laugh here and there that it was softball cricket that led him on a cricket career, indeed carved out an incredible innings; an innings importantly built on sheer confidence of… Read More →

Herath scalps six to restrict Australian lead

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Centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith finally gave Australia hope of victory in the final Test against Sri Lanka on Monday (August 15) but its plans of taking a big first-innings lead were thwarted by Rangana Herath. Smith and Marsh put on 246 runs for the second wicket as Australia fought gamely after restricting Sri Lanka to 355 in its first innings, but Herath then took charge of proceedings with a six-wicket haul at the Sinhalese Sports Club. Australia was eventually bowled out for 379, a 24-run lead that was reduced to just two by the end of Day 3 as Sri Lanka reached 22, having lost Dilruwan Perera along the way, trapped lbw by Mitchell Starc for eight…. Read More →

Australia hits back with Marsh, Smith fifties

Sri Lanka cricketer Dinesh Chandimal celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the third and final Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Battling half-centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith helped Australia’s fightback against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third and final Test at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday (August 14). Following David Warner’s dismissal for 11, Smith joined Marsh at the crease and the two stitched together an unbeaten 120-run stand, rallying Australia to a commanding 141 for 1 at close in response to Sri Lanka’s 355. Dhananjaya de Silva, resuming on 116, was dismissed early on Sunday for 129, but Dinesh Chandimal, who started the day at 64, held fort and went on to bring up a century for himself, thus furthering Sri Lanka’s recovery after it had been reduced to 26 for 5 on… Read More →

Fernando, Ashan lead SL to series-clinching victory

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Sri Lanka U-19s 318 for 9 (Fernando 117, Ashan 77*) beat England U-19s 315 for 8 (Hankins 98, Bartlett 85, Moores 70, Kumara 4-56) by one wicket.  Sri Lanka held their nerve and made history to claim the Royal London Under-19 one-day series with one match to spare after a tense finish in Chelmsford. The Sri Lankans, who had won the first match of the series comfortably in Wormsley last Wednesday, seemed to be cruising again at 229 for three in the 36th over, after England had posted 315 for 8. But the dismissal of their opener Avishka Fernando for an excellent 117, breathed fresh life into the contest and leaving Sri Lanka nine wickets down and still needing two to win at… Read More →

De Silva, Chandimal lead Sri Lanka recovery

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A fighting maiden Test century from Dhananjaya de Silva and an equally stubborn half-century from Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka recover from deep trouble on the first day of the third and final Test against Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Saturday (August 13). Sri Lanka was reduced to 26 for 5 within 17 overs, and was in danger of being shot out cheaply, but the sixth wicket pair of de Silva (116 not out) and Chandimal (64 not out) fought back with a stunning unbroken 188-run stand to take their side to 214 for 5 from 90 overs. Sri Lanka opted to bat first after winning the toss, but it was Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon who… Read More →

The Team will go all out for a historic clean sweep

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Aussies are no pushovers; we played better cricket than them – Mathews As history beckons Sri Lanka for a 3-nil Test series clean sweep of Australia, Sri Lankan Skipper Angelo Mathews, addressing the Media on the eve of Saturday’s final Test at the SSC, the team did step up the accelerator sounding that the course of the match would revolve around spin. “Although the SSC has been traditionally known to favour batsmen, in recent times it has proved to be spin friendly in a departure from the past,” he announced. Mathews was spot on the task ahead echoing none other than Sri Lanka’s 1996 world cup hero Aravinda De Silva’s sentiments that this was a ‘now or never’ opportunity for… Read More →

Sri Lanka Walk the Talk – Thrash Aussies

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Coming out of the woods from a recent holocaust of series losses including away in England, in cleaning up the world No. 1 Test nation Australia in the first two tests, the second at Galle in a record two and a half days by a mammoth 229 runs, has signaled Sri Lanka walking the talk. Indeed, for the Sri Lankan cricket hierarchy headed by incumbent President, Thilanga Sumathipala, Sri Lanka beginning to sing in an ominous stroll to already clinching the 3-Test series against Australia is a reflection of the goods delivered in a short time. The selection policy courtesy chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya in mainly a mixture of youth with a few available experienced players like skipper Angelo Mathews,… Read More →

Charith Asalanka leads Sri Lanka U-19 to easy victory

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Sri Lanka U-19 257 for 7 (Asalanka 70, Ashan 60*) beat England U-19 149 (Holden 40, Silva 3-28) by 108 runs  England’s Under-19s received another blow from Sri Lanka youth as they were beaten by 108 runs in the first match of the Royal London One-Day Series at Wormsley. England were dismissed for 149 after restricting the tourists to 257 for 7, losing their last eight wickets for 53 – seven of them shared by Sri Lanka’s three spinners. Sri Lanka’s captain Charith Asalanka picked up where he had left off in Northampton, striking 70 from 96 balls with eight fours. England suffered two early setbacks in their reply when George Hankins and George Bartlett, were undone by seamer Thilan Prasan. But the loss of… Read More →

Introduction to Nic Pothas – Sri Lanka National Team Fielding Coach

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Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowler Chaminda Vaas will be back with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Coaching Staff, revealed SLC President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala today. Vaas will be Sri Lanka Cricket’s Lead Fast Bowling Coach. President stated that, Vaas will be handed the responsibilities of training Sri Lanka’s fast bowling squad which will comprise fast bowlers coming through District, Provincial and Developments Squads. “We have requested Vaas to start working with us from the end of this month” said President of SLC.

VIDEO: Angelo Mathews after winning the second Test

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Not forgetting the support staff @sanath07 and all selectors and @OfficialSLC and all the fans for backing us right throughout.#grateful — Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) August 6, 2016 Massive effort by the boys.dilruwan was brilliant,@HerathRSL and all others chipped in to get this win.So proud and thankful to my boys! — Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) August 6, 2016