Match Report If there is one thing Twenty20 cricket has taught batsmen around the world it is that no target is beyond reach. At the ICC World Twenty20 2016, New Zealand has taught the cricket world a different kind of lesson, that any score is defendable. But, a rampaging England team would not let the small matter of 154 runs stand between it and a spot in the final, and lost only three wickets in booking its flight to Kolkata and a date with the Eden Gardens. When Eoin Morgan won the toss and put New Zealand in on Wednesday (March 30) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, he quickly discovered that this pitch was the best batting surface this ground had… Read More →
South Africa’s bowlers lifted themselves for one final push after Faf du Plessis won the toss in the final ICC World Twenty20 Super 10 Group 1 game on Monday (March 28) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi and put Sri Lanka in. There were no devils in the pitch, but the application of the bowlers combined with the lowered intensity of the match resulted in Sri Lanka being bowled out for only 120 in 19.3 overs. Hashim Amla then led a clinical chase, South Africa winning comfortably by eight wickets. Ironically, this was the biggest turnout at the Kotla, a crowd upwards of 16,000 desperately willing AB de Villiers to give them a pyrotechnic display. As energetically as Dale Steyn… Read More →
The final Group A match of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 between South Africa Women and Sri Lanka Women at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Monday (March 28) may have been a dead rubber, but keeping with the trend of the tournament, it went right down to the wire as both teams fought hard. Finally, Sri Lanka kept its cool better in a battle of nerves to pull off a rather spectacular ten-run win. In a match where momentum shifts were a dime a dozen, Chamari Atapattu, the Sri Lanka captain, led her team with a fantastic all-round display under pressure. Her half-century guided the team to 114 for 7 before the spinners, Atapattu included, restricted South Africa to 104 for 7. In pursuit of… Read More →
Four England cricketers took time off from their exciting routine of match-hotel-training-match-hotel to drive three hours out of New Delhi to spend a day being touched by magic at the Taj Mahal. Cricket’s gods smiled on Jos Buttler, David Willey, Joe Root and Liam Plunkett, each of whom played a vital role in England’s crunch game against Sri Lanka, helping it clinch a thrilling 10-run win over Sri Lanka, and a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2016. England’s win showed both South Africa and Sri Lanka the door. To score 171 after being 99 for 3 in 15 overs, to have the opposition reeling at 15 for 4 and yet allow it to within 10 runs of the target, takes… Read More →
The stands were almost full, and fans, many of them in knockoff West Indies team jerseys, were in fine form at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday (March 20) in the hope of ‘local boy’ Chris Gayle putting on a big show for them. ‘Welcome home, Gayle’ said more than one banner, and the ‘We want Gayle’ chorus went up again and again. But it wasn’t to be. First, Darren Sammy won the toss and opted to field, and then Gayle walked off the field after 11 overs of the Sri Lanka innings with a left hamstring twinge – and therefore couldn’t come out to bat at the start. Gayle’s absence from the batting lineup didn’t make a massive difference to the way the game went though…. Read More →
The Group A ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016 encounter between Sri Lanka Women and Ireland Women at the IS Bindra PCA Stadium in Mohali on Sunday (March 20) will be best remembered as the game in which Claire Polosak became only the second female umpire, after Kathy Cross, to officiate on the biggest stage. But, for those few fans who were in the stands, they will also have memories of a good fight put up by Ireland. Even though Ireland lost by 14 runs, the manner in which Ciara Metcalfe, the veteran legspinner in her 17th season of international cricket, bowled to return career-best figures of 4 for 15 was the talking point of the game. Her effort restricted Sri Lanka to 129 for 7 after it… Read More →
Media Release Upon obtaining of necessary approvals from the Hon. Minister of Sport and the Technical Committee of the ICC, Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Vandersay will be joining the Sri Lanka Team at the ICC WT20 currently underway in India. 26 year old Vandersay, a Leg spinner who first got himself noticed with an 8 wicket haul against Pakistan in a 3 day game, has been slated by some Sri Lankan greats as a potential future sensation if he stays true to the basics.
Media Release Sri Lankan Fast Bowler Lasith Malinga, who joined the Sri Lanka team in India this past week, will be returning to Sri Lanka today. Sri Lanka Team management on tour have observed that Malinga who’s niggling injury has been flaring up would be better off resting it, and have recommended he return to Colombo. Meanwhile, the practice T20 matches for the remaining players from the WT20 pool will get underway at the R. Premadasa International Stadium this evening, and the Selectors are expected to pick a suitable replacement for Malinga, to join the team.
It was always going to be a thriller, this particular clash between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. The defending champion was a team in transition. Afghanistan was the team on the rise, attempting to topple a Test-playing nation and hold alight the Associate candle. The match zigged and it zagged before Sri Lanka eventually got its ICC World Twenty20 2016 campaign off to a flier with a six-wicket victory at the Eden Gardens on Thursday (March 17). Afghanistan, opting to bat, found runs hard to come by initially, with Thisara Perera (3 for 33) and Rangana Herath (2 for 24) causing trouble. But, when needed the most, Asghar Stanikzai, the captain, unleashed an assault – starting with consecutive sixes off Milinda Siriwardana in the 13th over…. Read More →
Media Release The newly appointed selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket, headed by the legendary Aravinda de Silva have announced a well-received move to keep the players selected to the pool for the WT20, ‘in-touch’ and ‘game-ready’ in the event they are required as replacements in the ICC WT20. The pool of players from whom the final squad was picked, will be called on as replacements during the ICC WT20 currently underway in India. Chairman of Selectors Mr. Aravinda de Silva said “Since the boys here are playing 4 day cricket at the moment, we felt that a few T20 matches would help keep them in touch and ready to step up to the plate immediately when their services are required”… Read More →
Oshadi Ranasinghe’s four-wicket haul, including a hat-trick was the highlight of Sri Lanka Women’s five-wicket win over Bangladesh Women in the second warm up match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday (March 10). Ranasinghe dismissed Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh and Khadija Tul Kubra in consecutive deliveries of the 20th over to help dismiss Bangladesh for 95, before Shashikala Siriwadene wrapped up the chase with 1.5 overs to spare. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bangladesh got off to the worst possible start when Eshani Lokusuriyage and Udeshika Prabondhani combined to reduce them to 16 for 4 in the fourth over. Rumana Ahmed and Nigar Sultana tried to resurrect Bangladesh’s innings with a 40-run partnership, but they fought a lone battle. The… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala spent some quality time with the Sri Lanka Minor Districts Combined Youth Team to wish them luck as they will depart today for a cricket tour of Malaysia. The Team will play 3 One Day (50 Overs) matches and 2 T20 matches on this tour. The team comprises some bright and upcoming talent selected by the Junior National Selectors. During the 9-day tour, which commences on the 10th March 2016, the Sri Lanka Minor Districts Combined Youth Team will play its Malaysian counterpart in what is widely expected to be an exciting clash and one that will provide ample opportunity for spectators to witness some quality cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket selects as its theme ‘1 team. 1 nation’, a rallying call to spur all Sri Lankans to come together to support our national team. This campaign coincides with the departure of the Sri Lanka cricket team to participate in the ICC World Twenty20, 2016 in India. In a widely diverse country with a people from different races and religions, cricket remains the single uniting factor that brings over 20 million people together. Every Sri Lankan is fiercely proud of their team and almost fanatical about the sport that is played in every street, every field and every beach. It is this undying love and fervour for the game, this unifying ‘bokkeng’ feeling that’s the inspiration and essence… Read More →