Sri Lanka name Under 19 squads against South Africa

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Sri Lanka Under 19 3 Day Team for the Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Bilateral series 2016 for the Gamini Dissanayaka Challenge Trophy. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following team for the above tournament. 1. Avishka Fernando – Captain 2. Vishva Chathuranga 3. Shammu Ashan 4. Vishad Randhika 5. Pathum Nissanka 6. Navindu Nirmal 7. Sanjula Abeywickreme 8. Ashen Bandara 9. Wanitha Wanninayaka 10. Thisaru Rashmika 11. Thilan Prasan 12. Thilanga Udeshana 13. Damitha Silva 14. Hasitha Boyagoda 15. P. Jayawickrama   Sri Lanka Under 19 ODI Team for the Sri Lanka vs. South Africa Bilateral series 2016 for the Gamini Dissanayaka Challenge Trophy. 1. Avishka Fernando – Captain 2. Shanogeeth Shanmuganathan 3. Shammu Ashan 4. Vishad… Read More →

Team Departure – Sri Lanka ‘A’ Tour of England 2016

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  The Sri Lanka A Team led by Ashan Priyanjan left the island today, for their month long tour of England . Sri Lanka A tour of UK 2016 – Itinerary Date Match Venue 26-29 June SL A 4-day v Durham Emirates ICG, Durham 3-6 July PAK A v SL A – Test 1 Grace Rd, Leicester 10-13 July PAK A v SL A – Test 2 New Rd, Worcester 15 July SL A 1-Day v Derbyshire (D/N) Derby 18 July PAK A v SL A Cheltenham 19 July ENG Lions v PAK A Cheltenham 21 July ENG Lions v SL A (D/N) Northampton 22 July PAK A v SL A (D/N) Northampton 24 July ENG Lions v PAK A Canterbury 25… Read More →

Plunkett six secures dramatic tie

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Liam Plunkett smashed Nuwan Pradeep for a massive six over long-off off the final delivery of the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge to help England secure a dramatic tie on Tuesday (June 21). This was the 33rd instance of a tie in ODIs. After Angelo Mathews’ 73 and Seekkuge Prasanna’s 59 had powered Sri Lanka to 286 for 9 from 50 overs, England stuttered to 82 for 6 with hopes of a comeback all but dashed. But a 138-run between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler revived its chances, and eventually it was Plunkett who took it to the line with his unbeaten 22 as England reached 286 for 8 from 50 overs. Woakes finished on an… Read More →

Dasun Shanaka – New Whiz Kid on the blocks

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Badly bruised in the Test series, Sri Lanka could well be pleased that there are a couple of candidates for the whiz kid job to bleed England come the 5-match ODI series that kicks off tomorrow June 21 at Trent Bridge. That this fermenting hope to Sri Lankans comes from the young larder the national selectors have pinned faith on is indeed a morale boosting factor to the island  nation questing for the ideal gel in a team rebuilding voyage. With several freshers on the line of duty in the lost test series, seemingly  the Sri Lankan juggernaut of raw talent found the harsh cold English climes too much to cope with. It has been a gradual acclimatization that has… Read More →

ICC confirms Eranga suspended: Eranga hospitalized but out of danger

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The International Cricket Council has informed Sri Lanka Cricket that Shaminda Eranga has been suspended from International Cricket with immediate effect due to an illegal bowling action. Eranga was tested on the 6 th of June at Loughborough, and the report has confirmed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations and requires corrective measures. The ICC has informed SLC that Eranga may however be permitted to play domestically at the discretion of Sri Lanka Cricket which may be beneficial in the process of monitoring his corrective measures. Meanwhile, SLC is pleased to confirm that Eranga who was hospitalized on Saturday (18th) following a detection of an elevated heart-rate is out of danger and… Read More →

Shaminda Eranga’s bowling action found to be illegal

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ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga to be illegal and, as such, the fast bowler has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The assessment revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. Eranga was reported after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on 31 May 2016. In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Eranga’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Sri Lanka Cricket, Eranga may be able to… Read More →

Sri Lanka yearn for champagne streak of 2014

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If 2014 was a champagne year for in English climes sweeping the boards in a historic 1–0 Test series triumph, 3–2 ODI and one-off T20 success, 2016 evidently sees a back to the wall hurdle. With the Test series lost at 2-nil, the herculean doers of that golden year 2 years ago when the islanders captured the English in their own den, will be in search of a combinative formula to upset a highly revitalised England. come the June 21 ODI opener of the 5-match series.  With the exception of skipper Angelo Mathews, out of the ranks are stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Dhammika Prasad and Lasith Malinga. While the first two have bowed out of the game,… Read More →

Prasanna, Perera make it 2-0 for Sri Lanka

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Kusal Perera’s century and Seekuge Prasanna’s 95 off just 46 balls propelled Sri Lanka to a commanding 136-run win in the second One-Day International against Ireland at Malahide on Saturday (June 18), giving the visiting side a 2-0 series win, after winning the first match by 76 runs. Perera hit 135 off 128, his highest ODI score, at the top of the order, while Prasanna blazed away at No.3 to also register a personal ODI best as Sri Lanka powered to 377 for 8. Ireland’s reply ended at 241 all out in 45 overs, with Suranga Lakmal netting 4 for 38. Sri Lanka had been sent in to bat by William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, and each of the top… Read More →

Chandimal, Shanaka set up easy Sri Lankan win

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Dinesh Chandimal scored his first One-Day International century in nearly five years and Dasun Shanaka made a memorable debut as Sri Lanka cruised to a 76-run victory over Ireland on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the first game of a two-match series in Malahide on Thursday (June 16). Put in to bat by William Porterfield, Sri Lanka powered to 303 for 7 from its 50 overs, a formidable total that indicated the improvement it has made as its tour of England and Ireland has progressed. Porterfield led a spirited Irish chase by making 73 off 88 deliveries, but was dismissed caught at mid-off just before play was interrupted by rain, with Ireland on 164 for 4 in 32.3 overs and Kevin… Read More →

Umpire Tucker’s wrong call creates can of worms

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The controversy surrounding Australian umpire Tucker’s wrong no ball call when Nuwan Pradeep had well and truly clean bowled Alex Hales when on 58 in England’s second innings of the third Test at Lords, and the request for Sri Lanka to take off the national flag from the Lord’s balcony, have been two bad calls. For one, Tucker’s inability to comprehend that Pradeep’s foot was behind the line on first impact does go to raise serious concerns as to the compatibility of neutral umpires. Wrong calls by umpires have become a continuing worrying trend that has affected the results of matches while causing heartburn to the affected teams. In fact, the problem has also led to the ICC anti corruption… Read More →

Rain has final say at Lord’s as England wins series 2-0

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Rain ensured England and Sri Lanka drew their third and final Test at Lord’s on Monday (June 13), a result that gave England a 2-0 win in the series. Sri Lanka, set 362 to win, finished on 78 for 1 after rain, which had prevented any play before lunch on the final day, forced the umpires to abandon the match as a draw at 5.12pm local time (1612 GMT). Dimuth Karunaratne was 37 not out and Kusal Mendis 17 not out at the time. Only 22 balls were possible between lunch and tea after rain washed out the first session, but that was long enough for Sri Lanka to lose opener Kaushal Silva. Sri Lanka resumed Monday on 32 without loss, and the first over had… Read More →