Rayudu’s unbeaten 121 take India to a comprehensive win

Rayudu slams unbeaten 121 to take India to a comprehensive win

Match Report Ambati Rayudu’s unbeaten maiden ODI century fashioned India’s six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second ODI at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. Finishing off in style the batsman hit the winning boundary to attain the 275-run target with 33 balls to spare and lead the hosts to a 2-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Promoted to No.3, Rayudu rose to the challenge and scored 121 off 118 balls after coming to the crease at 18/1. He was involved in a 122-run stand with Shikhar Dhawan (79) to set-up the innings and then built a 116-run partnership with Virat Kohli to ensure the team a comfortable win. Angelo Mathews’ unbeaten 92 after coming in to bat… Read More →

Angelo Mathews named captain of ICC Test Team of the Year

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ICC Media Release The ICC today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by the ICC’s Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble. The announcement was made by Mr Kumble at a media conference at the ICC Headquarters in Dubai, where ICC Chief Executive David Richardson also announced the short-lists for the LG ICC Awards 2014. This year’s winners will be announced via a media release on 14 November, while a special TV show, which will recap the last year in world cricket and also include interviews with many nominees and winners, will be broadcast on 15 November. ICC Test Team of the Year 2014 (in batting order): David… Read More →

India register 169-run win over Sri Lanka in 1st ODI

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Match Report After Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan propelled India to 363/5, the hosts bowled Sri Lanka out for 194 to kick-off the ODI series with a 169-run win. Having outplayed the visitors in Cuttack, the home team now lead the five-match series 1-0. A magnificent 231-run opening stand by Rahane and Dhawan batted Sri Lanka out of the first game. Complementing each other, the pair scored a century each to put India in a commanding position after being asked to bat. While Rahane exquisitely compiled 111, Dhawan clobbered the bowlers en route to 113 to help the team to a mammoth total. The Indian openers got off to a quiet start with Dhammika Prasad and debutant Lahiru Gamage bowling… Read More →

Opportunity for both India and Sri Lanka to claim number-one ODI ranking

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ICC Media Release India and Sri Lanka go head to head in a five-ODI series in Cuttack on Sunday eyeing the number-one position on the Reliance ICC ODI Team Rankings. India currently sits in third position behind South Africa and Australia, and leads fourth-ranked Sri Lanka by two ratings points. However, if the home side wins the series by 4-1 or better, then it will jump to the top of the leaderboard. A 4-1 series win will put India at par with South Africa on 115 ratings points, but when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, then it will be ranked number-one. A 5-0 sweep will mean India will take a two-point lead over South Africa. In contrast, the task for… Read More →

Sri Lanka A won the rain hit game by 6 runs

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Sri Lanka A beat West Indies A by 6 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain interrupted first unofficial one-day international at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka A now lead the three match series 1-0. Summary Scores: Sri Lanka A: 245/8 (50 Overs). Lahiru Thirimanne 74, Dinesh Chandimal 60, Thilina Kandamby 58*, Kithuruwan Vithanage 29; Ronsford Beaton 10-1-40-2, Carlos Brathwaite 10-1-54-2, Nikita Miller 10-0-57-2, Shannon Gabriel 10-1-47-1. West Indies A: 71/2 (20/20 Overs; Target 78). Kraigg Brathwaite 24*, Nkrumah Bonner 21, Jermaine Blackwood 14, Jonathan Carter 1*; Lakshan Sandakan 1-0-1-1, Dushmantha Chameera 5-0-22-1, Nisala Gamage 6-1-13-0, Jeevan Mendis 4-0-12-0. Sri Lanka A won by 6 runs (D/L method)

First turf wicket in the North opened today

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Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that the 1st ever Turf Wicket built in the North of Sri Lanka was opened today at 9.30 am. at St. Patrick’s College Jaffna by Chief Guest Hon. Sanath Jayasuriya and The Guests of Honour Secretary of SLC Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga, SF Commander General Udaya Perera, and the Principal of St. Partick’s College. The Blessing of the Turf was done by Jaffna Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr.Thomas Savundaranayagam. This turf wicket was a concept of Hon. Sanath Jayasuriya MP who together with Maj Gen. Udaya Perera & Brig. Thirinawu Karasu of SL Army made this a reality for the sportsmen of the North & East. Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee unanimously approved the expenditure of Rs. 3 million on… Read More →

Sri Lanka team departure: Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

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Sri Lanka National team left the island for India last evening for a tour which will get underway on Thursday (30) with a practice game against India A in Mumbai Oct 30. The team is to play five one-day matches and Cuttack will host the opening match of the series on November 2. The matches, all of which are day-night, will be played on November 2, 6, 9, 13 and 16. Photo Credit: Nathan Shanmuganathan

First Turf Wicket in the North and East

Jaffna Turf Wicket

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that the 1st ever Turf Wicket built in the North of Sri Lanka will be opened tomorrow at 9.30 am. at St. Patrick’s College Jaffna. This turf wicket was a concept of Hon. Sanath Jayasuriya MP who together with Maj Gen. Udaya Perera & Brig. Thirinawu Karasu of SL Army made this a reality for the sportsman of the North & East. Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee unanimously approved the expenditure of Rs. 3 million on the Turf wicket & Rs. 5 million for the ground construction. SL Army played a major role by giving the manpower needed for this magnanimous venture. A T20 cricket match will be played to mark the opening… Read More →

South Africa Women seal T20I series

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South Africa Women sealed their T20 series against Sri Lanka Women 2-1 with a nine-wicket win in Colombo. Dane van Niekerk  registered an unbeaten 70 runs as South African Ladies chased down their target of 133 with 1 ball to spare. Chasing a target of 133, South Africa openers Van Niekerk and Trisha Chetty put on 94 runs partnership for the first wicket in 15.3 overs and Lizelle Lee blitzed an unbeaten 22 off 12 balls. Sri Lanka after opted to bat first had posted 132 for 6, Prasadani Weerakkody top-scoring with 48 off 45. Shabnim Ismail and Marcia Letsoalo picked up two wickets each for South Africa. South Africa Women 136 for 1 (van Niekerk 70*, Chetty 39) beat Sri Lanka Women 132… Read More →

South Africa Women level the T20I Series

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The  visiting South African women’s cricket team registered a comfortable seven wicket win in the second T20I played at the Colts grounds yesterday. An allround performance by Dane van Niekerk helped the tourist to level the three match T20 series against Sri Lanka Women. Brief Score: Sri Lanka Women 76 in 14 overs (Yasoda Mendis 21, Chamari Atapattu 16: Dane van Niekerk 4 for 17, Chloe Tryon 2 for 15) South Africa Women 77 for 3 in 17.3 overs (Dane van Niekerk 22, Lizelle Lee 18: Maduri Samuddika 2 for 18) South Africa women’s will meet host Sri Lanka in the deciding T20 scheduled to be played today at the MCA ground. Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka squad for the first three ODIs – SL tour of India 2014

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the 1st three ODIs of the Sri Lanka’s tour of India 2014 (28th October 2014 - 18th November 2014) Angelo Mathews (Capt) Kusal Janith Perera T.M Dilshan Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Ashan Priyanjan Niroshan Dickwella Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Dhammika Prasad Lahiru Gamage Chathuranga De Silva Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randeev This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Virat Kohli to lead India against touring Sri Lanka

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Virat Kohli will lead India while MS Dhoni has been rested from the first three ODIs of the five-match series against Sri Lanka to be played next month. The BCCI on Tuesday announced the venues and a 15-man squad for the series that starts from November 2. India squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, M Vijay, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel. India A squad: Manoj Tiwary (capt), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson (wk), Parveez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav. The venues for the 5 ODIs will… Read More →