29 August 2015 By R Kaushik in Colombo In searing heat and with the humidity stifling, this was a classic confrontation between fire and ice. Inevitably, given the conditions, the fire would lose its sting; also inevitably, you would think, the ice would melt at some stage. Fortunately from an Indian perspective, while the heat and the workload gradually took the sting out of from Dhammika Prasad, Cheteshwar Pujara was not to be halted at the SSC ground. Pujara, only playing the final Test because of the injuries that have laid first-choice openers M Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan low, produced the most courageous and laudable of his seven hundreds, an innings of outstanding concentration and great skill on a most… Read More →
It took until the tenth match day of the Test series for the Sri Lankan rain to make its first telling arrival. There is no such thing as a timely interruption, but if there was any break that was most inopportune, then it was on day one of the final Test at the SSC ground. Friday’s (August 28) opening session was unfolding beautifully. A green pitch full of live grass, heavy overhead conditions that facilitated swing, batsmen unaccustomed to such conditions. It was classic Test match cricket with only the stage subcontinental. Angelo Mathews did something that few captains in this part of the world dare to do – stick the opposition in on winning the toss. Virat Kohli said he… Read More →
The Prima Champion’s cup under 15 Inter District/Provincial Cricket tournament will be held for the 9th consecutive year commencing on the 01st of September 2015. A press conference was held today at the Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters to brief the media on the event to take place.
BCCI Media Release The BCCI medical team confirms that Wriddhiman Saha & Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s tour of Sri Lanka due to an injury. Saha has sustained a strain in his lower right hamstring and would require rehabilitation and strength training to recover completely. Vijay has sustained mild reoccurrence on his pre existing injury in his right hamstring and would need further strength training to recover completely. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket keeper Naman Ojha and Karun Nair as their replacements to join the team
In the first Test in Galle, Sri Lanka escaped from near-certain defeat to one of its more famous home victories. At the conclusion of the fourth day’s proceedings at the P Sara Oval, there was to be no second strike of lightning in the same series, Kohli tasting his first Test win as skipper and ruining Kumar Sangakkara’s last hurrah in international cricket. At 72 for 2 overnight upon being set 413 for a remarkable, series-clinching victory, Sri Lanka needed to bat out of its skins on the final day on Monday (August 24). Scaling the target down looked very difficult, but a slightly more realistic prospect was batting out time in arguably difficult conditions, with the pitch playing a… Read More →
In 2007, Sangakkara became the first player to make scores of 150 or more in four successive Test matches, and in February 2014, he became just the second player (after Graham Gooch) to score a triple century and a century in the same Test. “In stepping off the field of play for the last time we wish Kumar and his family well and thank him for his enormous contribution to the game.” – D Richardson The Chief Executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has paid tribute to former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from international cricket today.Sangakkara was one of the leading cricketers in world cricket for the last 15 years during which played in… Read More →
Kumar Sangakkara, who got out for 18 in his final Test innings, ends as the fifth-highest run-getter in the Test Cricket format. Sangakkara played from 2000 till 2015 and scored 12,400 runs in 134 Tests with 38 Hundreds and 52 Fifties with the highest score at 319. He scored at an average of 57.40. He also took 131 catches and did 20 stumping. The Sri Lankan great follows Sachin Tendulkar of India, Ricky Ponting of Australia, Jacques Kallis of South Africa and Rahul Dravid of India in the all-time list of leading Test scorers. Sangakkara had already taken retirement from the ODIs. He scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs with 25 Hundreds and 93 Fifties at an average of 41.98. He… Read More →