Welcoming the Asian Cricket Champions

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Sri Lanka Cricket has organized a Welcome to our Champion Cricket Team when they arrive today at Katunayake International Airport. They will arrive on Mihin Lanka flight at  3.45 pm 09th March 2014. SLC requests the fans of our Champion Cricket Team to line the streets and welcome them warmly. The Champion Team will be taken in a open top vehicle from Peliyagoda onwards to SLC head office. The rout will be as follows: Katunayake to Peliyagoda, Open Top bus from Peliyagoda to Kanatte junction ( on the Baseline Road) and from there to SLC head office ( through Baudhaloka Mawatha). There will be a Press Conference at SLC Conference  Room when the Team Arrives at SLC.

Clinical Sri Lanka canters to Asia Cup title

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Less than a fortnight ago, the Asia Cup got underway with Lahiru Thirimanne hitting a century and Lasith Malinga taking a five-wicket haul in a Sri Lankan win over Pakistan. On Saturday (March 8), the tournament ended with a nice touch of symmetry as the same actors reprised their roles with the same result. Malinga’s 5 for 56 ensured Pakistan was kept to a manageable total, after which Thirimanne stroked 101 in 108 balls to lead his side’s charge towards its fifth Asia Cup title – tying for the record of most trophies in the tournament with India. It also meant Sri Lanka maintained its spotless record in the tournament as well as in Bangladesh since late January, completing a… Read More →

Mathews shepherds nervy chase

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Sri Lanka dug into its reserves of batting to pull out a hard-fought three-wicket win, maintaining its unbeaten record in Bangladesh since landing here in late January. Chasing Bangladesh’s sub-par total of 204 for 9, Sri Lanka overcame an extremely wobbly start and had Angelo Mathews (74 not out off 103) to thank for a calm knock under pressure that guided his side home with an over to spare on Thursday (March 6). Bangladesh’s search for an elusive first victory in 2014 continued, with another close defeat in the final Asia Cup league match. Mathews was joined by Chaturanga de Silva (44 off 52) when the score was 75 for 5, an 82-run stand off 16.2 overs stabilising Sri Lanka…. Read More →

Sangakkara takes Sri Lanka to Asia Cup final

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Sri Lanka asserted its supremacy over Afghanistan on a sluggish surface at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, experience winning out against talent that is still raw. Sri Lanka had put on 253 for 6 after opting to bat on Monday (March 3), the initial part of the innings held together by Kumar Sangakkara’s broad blade. In the closing stages, Angelo Mathews took the fight to an inexperienced attack as the last four overs yielded 49 runs. The total proved too much for Afghanistan against an attack that used the conditions to good effect, ending in a comprehensive 129-run win. Sri Lanka thus marched into the final of the Asia Cup, collecting a bonus point after dismissing Afghanistan for 124 in 38.4 overs…. Read More →

Sangakkara ton condemns India to defeat

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In a battle of spinners at Fatullah, it was only fitting that the match turned from one extreme to the other. Above everything towered Kumar Sangakkara, with an innings of calm and class, hitting 103 in 84 balls, while Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake stole a march over R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as Sri Lanka sealed a thriller by two wickets in the final over on Friday (February 28). India had been kept to 264 for 9 at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, and Sri Lanka squeaked home in 49.2 overs, having lost Sangakkara an over before Thisara Perera struck the winning single. The win all but assured Sri Lanka of a spot in the final of the 2014… Read More →

Malinga keeps fighting Pakistan at bay

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Pakistan did what Pakistan does, turning the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 into a humdinger of a contest at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, but in the end, despite a valiant innings from Misbah-ul-Haq, it fell short of Sri Lanka’s 296 for 6, ending with 284 all out in 48.5 overs, courtesy Lasith Malinga’s 5 for 52. The 12-run defeat was marked by some typically come-from-behind moments by Pakistan, but the defending champion couldn’t its their magic and go all the way on Tuesday (February 25). While Misbah was the tragic hero, ending with 73 off 84, and Umar Akmal showcased his full array of strokes in a 72-ball 74, the day belonged to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka seals ODI series whitewash after Kusal ton

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Sri Lanka trumped Bangladesh by six wickets in their third and final One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 22) to sweep the series 3-0. Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as Bangladesh, who was sent in to bat, was restricted to 240 for 8 in its 50 overs. Kusal Perera, the opener, then hit his maiden ODI century as Sri Lanka passed the target with 15 deliveries to spare. Mominul Haque top scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim (30), gave Bangladesh its highest score of the series. But Kusal Perera made light of the target as he flayed Bangladesh’s… Read More →

Sangakkara’s ton seals one-day series for Sri Lanka

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Kumar Sangakkara continued his awesome batting form in Bangladesh as Sri Lanka won the second one-dayer by 61 runs in Dhaka on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The left-hander, who scored 319 and 105 in the second Test earlier this month after making 75 in the first Test, hit a fluent 128 off 115 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 289-6. Bangladesh, facing a must-win situation after losing the first match, caved in under pressure and were dismissed for 228 with seven overs to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 79 off 83 balls and opener Anamul Haque made 42, but none of the other batsmen settled in as Sri… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka Marches into Quarterfinals with Big Win

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Sri Lanka followed a thrilling one-wicket win over England with a comprehensive victory against the United Arab Emirates, triumphing by eight wickets in a Group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday(February 18). Sri Lanka thus ensured its entry into the quarterfinals of the event, maintaining an all-win record. Hashan Dumindu, the opener, starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 113 off 118 balls. His innings included eleven fours and one six, as Sri Lanka chased down UAE’s 205 all out with ease, taking just 43.1 overs to get to the target. Having lost the in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama for just 7 in the sixth over, Dumindu collaborated with Kusal Mendis, the captain,… Read More →

Perera leads Sri Lanka to ODI win over Bangladesh

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Thisara Perera’s brilliant counter-attack inspired Sri Lanka to a 13-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Monday, giving the tourists the lead in the three-match series. Perera smashed an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls to lift the tourists from a hopeless 67-8 in the 22nd over to 180 all out after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Sensing an opening, Sri Lanka hit back to bowl out the hosts for 167 in the 40th over of the rain-curtailed match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Bangladesh, riding on opener Shamsur Rahman’s 62 off 49 balls and 44 from Mominul Haque, were cruising at 114-2 in the 20th over when the batting came apart. Sri Lankan… Read More →

Squads for Asia Cup, ICC World T20 announced

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held , the following squad was selected by the National Selectors for the Asia Cup 2014, and the ICC World T20 2014. ICC World T20 Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) Lasith Malinga (Vice Captain) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Lahiru Thirimanne Angelo Mathews Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Rangana Herath / Chathuranga De Silva Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Seekuge Prasanna Rangana Herath will be subject to fitness Asia Cup – 2014  Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain) Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardane Lahiru Thirimanne Ashan Priyanjan Thisara Perera Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Chathuranga De Silva The above… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka scrapes past England

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On certain days, an individual’s success depends on his desire to grind it out, while others around him or her fail to get a grip over the conditions. Those who manage not to succumb to the pressure invariably prove to be the difference between winning and losing. Thilaksha Sumanasiri was that difference on Sunday (February 16) in the ICC Under-19 World Cup game between Sri Lanka and England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sumanasiri’s 42-ball 43 in a crisis situation gave Sri Lanka a thrilling one-wicket victory against England in its Group D match, and with two wins in as many matches, Sri Lanka has now placed itself in a very strong position to qualify for the quarterfinals. On the… Read More →

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win

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Sachithra Senanakaye hit a boundary off the last ball as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 match in Chittagong on Friday to win the series 2-0. Having bowled the hosts out for a paltry 120, Sri Lanka stuttered in their reply to lose six wickets for 50 runs by the 12th over at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera rebuilt for the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side with a 46-run partnership for the seventh wicket. But when Sangakkara was snapped up at point off Rubel Hossain for 37, Sri Lanka still needed 25 to win off the last 20 balls. Senanayake helped Perera (35 not out) inch closer to… Read More →

Under-19: Mendis leads Sri Lanka’s victory

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Sri Lanka got the better of New Zealand by a solid 49-run margin in a Group D game, played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday (February 14). Batting first, Sri Lanka U19 managed to score 275 for 9 in its 50 overs, mainly due to a 107-ball 91 from its captain Kusal Mendis. Losing wickets at regular intervals, New Zealand U19 fell short by 49 runs, finishing at 226 for 8. Sadeera Samarawickrama (67) and Mendis, shared a 97-run stand for the second wicket to set Sri Lanka up for a big total. Contributions and partnerships from the middle order, Priyamal Perera (37) and Thilaksha Sumanasiri (22) ensured the team was on course to post a competitive total. Kyle… Read More →