Sachith Pathirana joins the ODI squad in place of TM Dilshan

Sri Lankan cricketer Sachith Pathirana delivers a ball during a practice session at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium in Dambulla on August 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Sachith Pathirana has been drafted into the ODI squad in place of T.M. Dilshan. Sachith joins the squad for the 4 th ODI match to be played in Dambulla. The rest of the squad remains the same as given below: 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kusal Mendis 3. Dinesh Chandimal – Vice Captain 4. Angelo Mathews – Captain 5. Danajaya De Silva 6. Angelo Perera 7. Avishka Fernando 8. Danushka Gunathilaka 9. Suranga Lakmal 10.Thisara Perera 11.DilruwanPerera 12.Seekuge Prasanna 13.Lakshan Sandakan 14. Amila Aponso 15. Lahiru Kumara 16. Sachith Pathirana

The Aussies won, but retiring Dilshan the Larger Hero


Dambulla turned out to be the farewell ground Sunday to veteran all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan before a sell out crowd on an emotional day to the 39-year old capping his 333rd ODI. Australia won the match by two wickets with 24 balls to spare, but the day belonged to the big made Sri Lankan who could not hide the tears as he swivelled around bat upraised in a salute to the crowd after his final innings in a final look at his farewell venue before heading for the pavilion. The moment typified how much the game means to a player for whom it all begins as a schoolboy’s ‘First Love’ dream of playing for his country. The start to the proceedings… Read More →

3rd ODI in Dambulla – Press Release


Sri Lanka Cricket sincerely wishes to announce that it regrets the inconvenience caused to the ticket holders and cricket fans who could not get to their allocated seats at yesterday’s 3rd ODI match played in Dambulla. Having the capacity of accommodating 18,000 spectators, over 45,000 cricket fans attended the match as per the SLC security estimates. Therefore the security staff and the ushering teams lost the crowd control systems which was in place to assist the spectators as usual. Due to the above situation contingency measures were taken to protect the playing area and the 2 teams, which was considered as a priority for the continuation of the game. SLC wishes to state that it will take adequate measures to… Read More →

Bailey steers chase as Australia goes 2-1 up


George Bailey’s 99-ball 70, and his fifth-wicket partnership of 81 runs with Matthew Wade (42 off 46 balls), stood out in Australia’s tricky chase of 227 in the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday (August 28). It overshadowed Tillakaratne Dilshan’s last ODI and Dinesh Chandimal’s century, as Australia’s thrilling two-wicket win with four overs to spare helped the visiting side take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. On a pitch where the ball stopped and turned, Sri Lanka bowled well to remove David Warner, the stand-in captain, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh in the first 8.5 overs. The home team had a good grip on the context, but Bailey used all… Read More →

ක්‍රිකට්‌ හැදෙන අලුත් ක්‍රමය ගැන සභාපති කියයි

Thilanga Sumathipala

* “පරණ නම් වලට 11 ට ගහන්න දෙන්නෙ නැහැ. දක්‍ෂතම එකොළහ මැදට ගෙනාවා” * “ජයන්ත සමග මගේ ප්‍රශ්නයක්‌ නැහැ. මෙතනට එන්න ඉන්න අය තමයි ඔය ප්‍රචාර කරන්නෙ” * “මට අයි.සී.සී. යන්න බැහැ කියල පට්‌ටපල් බොරු කිව්වා. කුසල්ව නිදහස්‌ කරගෙන වන්දිත් ගත්තෙ මම. ලෝකයේ කවුරුත් එහෙම කරල නැහැ.” ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රීඩාවේ කොඳුනාරටිය බඳු ක්‍රිකට්‌ ක්‍රීඩාවට ජවය දීමේ ප්‍රධාන සුක්‌කානම තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ අතට පත්ව අට මසක්‌ ගෙවී ගොස්‌ය. ක්‍රිකට්‌ පරිපාලනය විටෙක නොයෙකුත් විවේචනයන්ට භාජන වෙද්දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට්‌ කණ්‌ඩායමද පරාජයේ කුණාටුවකට හසු විය. නමුත් දැන් යළිත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට්‌ අළු ගසා නැගිටිමින් තිබේ. එබැවින් තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ පරිපාලන ව්‍යqහය සංකල්පය මොන වගේදැයි දැන ගැනීමට “දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය” ඔහු සොයා ගියෙමු. සුමතිපාල මහතා අධික රාජකාරී වලින් හෙම්බත් වන චරිතයකි. ඔහු නියෝජ්‍ය කථානායකවරයාය…. Read More →

Tillakaratne Dilshan : Saluting the Cricketing Gladiator

Tillakaratne Dilshan Catch

Sri Lanka’s hawk eyed cricketing eagle, Tillakaratne Dilshan will call it a day on his ODI career on Sunday, September 3 when he will make his farewell appearance against Australia in the third ODI at Pallekelle. The bearded cricketer from Kalutara, Dilshan, who turns 40 on October 14, has been a tremendous servant to the game. What transcended him to a valiant warrior was the uncanny all-round trait of a player gifted with the ability to perform the ‘out of the word’ deeds that stood him out as a great all-rounder on the international firmament. As a batsman, he could take the game away from the opposition, and as a stock bowler give his captain the vital breakthrough. Perhaps more… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 3rd ODI against Australia


The National Selectors have drafted Under 19 youth player Lahiru Kumara into the National squad for the 3rd ODI to be played at RDICS, Dambulla. Left Hand batsman & Right-arm medium-fast bowler Lahiru Kumara who is from Kandy replaces Milinda Siriwardena. The rest of the squad remains the same as given below: 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kusal Mendis 3. T.M. Dilshan 4. Dinesh Chandimal – Vice Captain 5. Angelo Mathews – Captain 6. Danajaya De Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Avishka Fernando 9. Danushka Gunathilaka 10. Suranga Lakmal 11. Thisara Perera 12. DilruwanPerera 13. Seekuge Prasanna 14. Lakshan Sandakan 15. Amila Aponso 16. Lahiru Kumara

Kusal Mendis the backbone; Heralds new order

Kusal Mendis Fifty against Australia

His small made disposition that gives a boyish air being the baby of the side is so conspicuous in the action in the middle. The opposing big made Australians is comparatively dwarfing when you pitch the young Sri Lankan against them. But in a matter of minutes when he clicks as he swishes the ball around the connoisseur realizes just exactly why Kusal Mendis is in business, an expert in his chosen trade. Indeed, the 21-year old find from Moratuwa belies both age and size. The wonderment about him is the dexterous stroke play the lad reels out in consummate ease. The challenge ahead as he strolls to the crease more often than not looks enormous coming in at the… Read More →

T.M Dilshan to retire from ODI Cricket


Sri Lanka’s Opening batsman T.M. Dilshan has decided to retire from One Day Cricket after the 3rd ODI in Dambulla. Born on 14th October 1976, the former ODI Captain Dilshan made his debut to the one day team on 11th December 1999 against Zimbabwe. He has played 329 matches scoring 10,248 runs and is the fourth Sri Lankan and the 11th overall to pass 10,000 ODI runs. He is the second Sri Lankan to have 3 ODI centuries above 150, with 4 scores above 150 in ODIs. Dilshan who is an effective spinner of the team, has 106 wickets under his name. TM Dilshan has the distinction of being the only player in the world to have a cricket shot… Read More →

All-round Mathews stars in 82-run Sri Lankan victory


Angelo Mathews led from the front with an all-round display to help Sri Lanka register an 82-run win over Australia in the second One-Day International between the two sides on Wednesday (August 24) at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The result helped Sri Lanka level the series at 1-1 after Australia had won the first game by three wickets. Australia, which was chasing a record 289 for victory, was bowled out for 206 in 47.2 overs with Matthew Wade top-scoring with 76 in 88 balls. Amila Aponso, the left-arm spinner playing only his second match at this level, claimed four wickets while Thisara Perera took three wickets to choke the Australian run chase. But it was Mathews’s two wickets and… Read More →