Luke Ronchi and Grant Elliott smashed centuries as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 108 runs in the fifth One-Day International in Dunedin on Friday (January 23) to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series. Ronchi and Elliott came into bat with New Zealand in doldrums at 93 for 5. Over the course of the next two hours, the duo shared a blistering world record sixth-wicket stand of 267 as New Zealand bludgeoned its way to 360 for 5. Sri Lanka’s openers put on 93 before Elliott sent back Lahiru Thirimanne. But that did not prevent Tillakaratne Dilshan from playing freely as he made a valiant 106-ball 116 courtesy 17 boundaries and a six. But his dismissal saw Sri… Read More →
Bangladeshi bowlers restricted Sri Lankan innings to 212 all out in the 48th over after they made 251 for six to win the third of the five-match series by 39 runs. Bangladesh by winning this must-win game kept the series alive with two more games to be played in the series on Friday and Sunday. Brief Scores: BAN U19 251-6 in 50 overs (Hossain Shanto 69, Shawan Rishwan 52, Charith Asalanka 2-33) SL U19 212 in 47.2 overs (Charith Asalanka 83, Visad Randika 26, Hasa Miraz 3-38) Bangladesh won by 39 runs. Sri Lanka Under-19s led the 5-match series 2-1.
Charith Asalanka’s 68 and Asitha Fernando’s six-for helped Sri Lanka U19 cruise to their second successive win in the five-match series when they beat Bangladesh U19 by four runs in the second One-dayer concluded in a tight finish at Colts ground this afternoon. Brief scores Sri Lanka U19 - 179-9 in 50 overs (Charith Asalanka 68, Vishad Randika 24, Hasa Miraz 3-15, Shawon Gazi 3/17) Bangladesh U19 - 175 in 47.1 overs (Mohommad Januthaddin 72, Mohommad Saffiddin 29, Asitha Fernando 6/37, Chamika Karunaratne 3/19) Sri Lanka won by 4 runs and lead the series 2-0.
Kane Williamson scored 103 to rescue an ailing New Zealand innings Tuesday and steer them to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international for a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series. Williamson returned to the line-up after a two-match absence with a shoulder injury to score his fifth one-day international century and propel New Zealand to their winning target of 277 with 11 balls to spare. New Zealand’s dependence on Brendon McCullum to ignite their innings was briefly exposed when he was out for 11 as they slumped to 63 for 3. Williamson took charge, showed composure when the run-rate seemed to lag, and left New Zealand’s last four batsmen to gather a relatively undemanding 44… Read More →
Brief Score: Bangladesh-202 in 49.5 overs (Najmul Hossain 70, Mehidi Hasan 48, Shaif Uddin 35, Charith Asalanka 4/36,Lahiru Kumara 2/29, Chamika Karunaratne 2/36) v Srì Lanka-205/3 in 44.2 overs (Lasith Lakshan 71,Charith Lakshan 63,Avishka Fernando 35 n.o., Kavin Bandara 20,Shawon Gazi 2/28) (Image Courtesy: Batsman.com)
Sri Lanka women comfortably won the third T20 against Pakistan women, chasing down 111 as they made 112-5 off just 17.5 overs in Sharjah to claim the three-match series 2-1. Pakistan struggled right from the start and only three of their batsmen managed to get into double figures, with Bismah Maroof making an impressive 46 off 38 balls. All Sri Lankan bowlers were impressive, especially Udeshika Prabodhani and Inoka Ranaweera who took two wickets apiece and only gave away 12 and 16 runs respectively in their four-over quota. Three run outs also did not help Pakistan’s cause. In reply, Chamari Atapattu’s 44 ensured that the result was never in doubt after Sana Mir dismissed Lasanthi Madushani with the first ball… Read More →
The third One-Day International between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Auckland on Saturday (January 17) was abandoned due to rain. New Zealand, put in to bat, was 145 for 3 in 28.5 overs when the players were forced off the field for the third and last time. The showers reduced after a while, but more than three hours later, the umpires decided that the conditions were not good enough for play to resume. Martin Guptill, the New Zealand opener, was unbeaten on 66, while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, starred for his side, picking up all three wickets to fall. New Zealand got off to a quick start courtesy a typically aggressive approach by Brendon McCullum, the New… Read More →
A spectacular century from Tillakaratne Dilshan led Sri Lanka to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the second One-Day International against New Zealand on Thursday (January 15), allowing it to level the seven-match series 1-1. Dilshan, who scored 116, along with Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, overhauled New Zealand’s target of 248. That New Zealand got that far was mainly courtesy Brendon McCullum’s 117, after he chose to bat. Sri Lanka struck early, dismissing Martin Guptill for 10. But McCullum took the attack to the Sri Lanka bowlers to score his second consecutive fifty in 39 balls. Herath then got an outside edge off Rangana Herath to get the wicket of Tom Latham for 5. McCullum reached his century with a… Read More →
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka star Kumar Sangakarra has returned to the top of the Reliance ICC Test Players Rankings following the completion of the second Test in Wellington, which host New Zealand won by 193 runs. Despite 2-0 series defeat, Sangakarra’s knocks of 203 and five have seen him replace South Africa’s AB de Villiers at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, where he is one point clear on 909 points. Kane Williamson of New Zealand has jumped seven places to a career-best ranking of seventh in the batting rankings following his scores of 69 and 242 not out. In achieving his highest Test score to date, Williamson also passed the 3,000 runs mark, reaching 3,034 runs in… Read More →
Brendon McCullum’s cracking half-century at the top of the order and Corey Anderson’s 81 later in the script helped New Zealand register a comfortable three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in its first One-Day International at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday (January 11). Chasing 219, Brendon McCullum’s 51 in 22 balls provided New Zealand a great start, and though there were more than a few jitters along the way, Anderson stepped up with his 96-ball effort to take New Zealand to the doorstep of victory. He fell ten runs short of the target, but Nathan McCullum and Adam Milne did the rest with seven overs left to bat. Sri Lanka, having opted to bat, posted 218 for 9 on the back of… Read More →
The National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following players for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. 1.Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.T.M Dilshan 3.Kumar Sangakkara 4.Mahela Jayawardena 5.Lahiru Thirimanne (V.Capt) 6.Dinesh Chandimal 7.Dimuth Karunaratne 8.Jeevan Mendis 9.Thisara Perera 10.Suranga Lakmal 11.Lasith Malinga (Subject to fitness) 12.Dhammika Prasad 13.Nuwan Kulasekara 14.Rangana Herath 15.Sachithra Senanayake This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.
New Zealand completed a clean sweep in the two-Test series after beating Sri Lanka by 193 runs on the final day of the second Test in Wellington on Wednesday (January 7). Sri Lanka was set a target of 390, and was bowled out for 196. Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, ran through Sri Lanka’s top order with four wickets in the morning, including that of Kumar Sangakkara after the visiting side began the day on 45 for 1. Offspinner Mark Craig then helped himself to four wickets, three coming after lunch. Dinesh Chandimal and Rangana Herath were dismissed in successive balls. Craig eventually finished with figures of 4 for 53. Boult made early inroads removing the nightwatchman Dhammika Prasad for… Read More →
Kane Williamson and BJ Watling put on a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 365 runs to help New Zealand effectively shut out Sri Lanka from the second Test in Wellington on Tuesday (January 6). Williamson remained unbeaten on 242 and Watling made 142 not out as the duo carried New Zealand from a precarious 159 for 2 to 524 for 5 declared in its second innings on the fourth day. Chasing 390 at a ground where the record for a successful fourth-innings chase is 277 set by Pakistan 11 years ago, Sri Lanka lost Dimmuth Karunaratne for 17 before Kaushal Silva (20) and Dhammika Prasad (1) held their nerve and carried the side to 45 for 1 at stumps. Sri… Read More →
An unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership between Kane Williamson and BJ Watling helped New Zealand post 253 for 5 at stumps, stretching its overall lead to 118 and keeping its hopes alive on the third day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington on Monday (January 5). Williamson scored a resilient 200-ball 80 while Watling was unbeaten on 48, nearing his ninth half-century. Sri Lanka, who lost the first Test of the series by eight wickets, will fancy its chances of winning this Test despite the Williamson-Watling show. New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who scored a magnificent 302 against India the last time he played at the Basin Reserve, fell cheaply this time, trapped lbw by Dhammika Prasad for 22. Jimmy Neesham… Read More →