Sri Lanka win by seven wickets to level series


With the threat of rain looming on the final day of their second Test against Pakistan on Monday (June 29), Sri Lanka came out intent on polishing off the 153-run chase as soon as it could and level the three-Test series 1-1 at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. It did just that, Dimuth Karunaratne (50 in 57 balls) and Angelo Mathews (43 not out in 57 balls) playing lead roles as the hosts completed the chase in 26.3 overs to record a seven-wicket win. Start of play was delayed by half an hour because of a wet outfield following overnight rain, and Sri Lanka decided to open with Karunaratne and Kithuruwan Vithanage, and not Kaushal Silva, in a bid… Read More →

Sri Lanka set 153 to win after patient Azhar ton


A patient century by Azhar Ali kept up Pakistan’s fight but Sri Lanka’s pacers struck at regular intervals on the fourth day to restrict the lead to 152 in the second Test in Colombo. Pakistan was bowled out for 329 on Sunday (June 28), with Dhammika Prasad (4 for 92) being the protagonist for Sri Lanka. He was ably supported by Dushmant Chameera, the debutant, who ended with 3 for 53. Sri Lanka was set a modest target of 153 to square the three-match series before rain washed out the final session. A number of Pakistani batsmen got starts but it was only Azhar (117 off 308 balls) who converted it into something substantial. The right-handed batsman, put down by… Read More →

Kumar Sangakkara set to retire


Sri Lanka’s batting great Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday ended speculation about his future, saying he will retire during the home series against India in August. “This is my time to call it a day,” Sangakkara, 37, told reporters on the sidelines of the second Test against Pakistan at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo. The left-hander said he will play two of the three Tests against India that will take place in Sri Lanka in August. The exact dates and venues have not yet been announced. Sangakkara, the current world leading Test run-getter, said he will also skip the third and final Test of the ongoing series against Pakistan starting in Pallekele on July 3. “I wanted to retire after… Read More →

Pakistan fights back with Shehzad, Azhar fifties


Sri Lanka struck once in a curtailed final session even as Pakistan continued to fight in its second innings as it sought to eat into the first-innings deficit on Saturday (June 27), the third day of the second Test at P Sara Oval in Colombo. In the 12 overs that were possible after tea, Pakistan collected 42 runs for the loss of Ahmed Shehzad for 69. When stumps were drawn after bad light forced an early finish, Pakistan was 171 for 2, still trailing by six runs. Azhar Ali, on 64, was at the crease, with Younus Khan (23 not out) giving him company. Pakistan lost Shehzad off the very first ball of the session when the opener misread the… Read More →

ICC Annual Conference concludes in Barbados


The ICC Annual Conference concluded in Barbados with the ICC, IDI and IBC Board meetings, which were held under the chairmanship of Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Among the discussions held, decisions made and reports received were: ICC Cricket Committee recommendations The ICC Board noted amendments to the ICC playing conditions, which were approved by the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee on Monday and Tuesday. These playing conditions will come into effect for series starting on or after 5 July 2015. The key changes were: o No compulsory catchers in overs 1-10 (ODIs) o No batting Powerplay between overs 15-40 (ODIs) o Five fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle in overs 41-50 (ODIs) o All “no balls”, not just “foot faults”, to result… Read More →

Sri Lanka go 166 ahead despite Yasir five-for


Well disciplined bowling from Pakistan meant Sri Lanka undid much of the good work from the first day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, ending Day 2 on 304 for 9. Kaushal Silva was the highest scorer, his 80 and Angelo Mathews’s 77 standing out as Sri Lanka went from 191 for 3 to 231 for 6 by tea, and then lost three more wickets by close of play on Friday (June 26). At stumps, Sri Lanka was only 166 ahead of Pakistan’s first-innings total of 138. Pakistan, which was without the services of Wahab Riaz – ruled out of the series with a fractured knuckle in his left hand – could have had to… Read More →

Sri Lanka comfortable after Kaushal five-for


Sri Lanka put up a solid show with the bat to extend its advantage over Pakistan after an impressive show with the ball on the opening day of the second Test at the P Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday (June 25). After bowling Pakistan out for 138, courtesy Tharindu Kaushal and Dhammika Prasad, Sri Lanka reached 70 for 1 from 32 overs at stumps, trailing Pakistan by 68 runs. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara were unbeaten on 21 and 18 respectively to steady the ship after Junaid Khan got rid of Dimuth Karunaratne for 28. After Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat, Prasad, Angelo Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera – the debutant paceman – all found appreciable bounce… Read More →