South Africa’s tailenders put on a gritty effort that was led by Vernon Philander to fight off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a thrilling draw in the second Test and seal a 1-0 series win at Colombo on Monday (July 28). The series victory ended South Africa’s jinx of 21 years in Sri Lanka, after winning a series in the island in its first tour in 1993. South Africa won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs. Chasing 369 for a win, South Africa was struggling at 148 for 8 in the final session of the Test, but Philander (27 not out) and Imran Tahir (4 not out) hung on in the final nine overs to finish at 159… Read More →
Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, struck half-centuries as Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 229 for 8 to set South Africa a target of 369 on Sunday (July 27), the fourth day of the series-deciding second Test at Colombo. Sangakkara scored 72, his tenth score in excess of 50 this year, while Mathews remained unbeaten on 63. In reply, South Africa lost Alviro Petersen, who fell for a duck, early, when he was caught off Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner before reaching 38 for 1 after 17 overs when stumps were drawn. The visitor now needs 331 more runs off a minimum of 98 overs to be bowled on the final day. Sri Lanka started… Read More →
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee and also received an official reprimand after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident on day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Cricket Club (SSC) in Colombo. Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. Through his admission, Dickwella was found to have breached Level 1 Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the… Read More →
Hashim Amla played a captain’s knock and was unbeaten on 139 but Sri Lanka was the one in the driver’s sear at the second and final Test against South Africa in Colombo on Saturday (July 26). Sri Lanka bowled out South Africa for 282 in its first innings, but Amla did well to keep the hosts at bay for nearly eight hours. It was Sri Lanka’s dynamic spin duo of Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath that left the visitors in a tangle. While Perera took 5 for 69, his second five-for in Tests, Herath finished with figures of 4 for 71. South Africa’s struggles against spin was made more apparent by the fact that aside from Amla, none of the… Read More →
Sri Lankan skipper Ashan Priyanjana top scored with 111, and received excellent support from Chathuranga de Silva, Mahela Udawatte, and Danushka Gunatilleke. The trio all scored half centuries as their side compiled an imposing 329 for 8 in their 50 overs, benefitting from an excellent pitch and a lightning fast outfield, which offered full value for their strokes. The Sri Lanka top order punished anything remotely loose, striking a total of 49 boundaries, which the Irish attack found difficult to stem. Andrew White showed all his experience to take 1-29 in his 10 overs, while Craig Young bowled excellently to finish with 4 for 44. The Irish reply got off to to the worst possible start as Wednesday’s centurion Stuart… Read More →
South Africa was left facing an uphill task after losing three wickets on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, with the home side dominating the day’s play on Friday (July 25) at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. At stumps, South Africa was 98 for 3, still trailing Sri Lanka by 323 runs. The spin-heavy Sri Lankan bowling attack kept the batsmen quiet, and South Africa will now look to its experienced duo of Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers to retrieve the situation. Amla, the captain, was batting on 46 off 134 balls with de Villiers unbeaten on 11. Sri Lanka’s spinners gave their side an early advantage after the batsmen, led by Mahela Jayawardena’s… Read More →
Mahela Jayawardene smashed an unbeaten 140 as Sri Lanka regrouped after early strikes to post 305 for 5 on the first day of the series-deciding second Test against South Africa on Thursday (July 24). Jayawardene spent nearly six hours at the crease, coming in early after Sri Lanka was on a shaky 16 for 2, having opted to bat first at the SSC ground. In all, Jayawardene hit 16 fours and a six during his 11th century at the SSC, the most by any batsman at a single venue. This was also the 37-year-old batsman’s 34th Test century, and he joined Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara at tied fifth on the list of highest Test century makers. He shared two… Read More →
Sri Lanka A won Wednesday’s One-Day game at Stormont by 28 runs in the first of three one day matches. Set 284 to win the Ireland innings ended in the final over when Stuart Poynter was caught at short fine leg for a magnificent 109. Ireland finished on 255 all out chasing Sri Lanka A’s total of 283. Poynter shepherded the tail quite magnificently, sharing stands of 61 with Craig Young (26), and 87 with Peter Chase (22*), after Ireland had been reduced to 107 for 7. It was in effect 107 for 8, with Eddie Richardson hors de combat after being struck by a Dushmantha Chameera bouncer. Ireland gave first caps to Peter Chase, Chris Dougherty and Nick Larkin,… Read More →
Under 17 SLC INTER PROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT 2014 – FINAL 2-Day Match – At MCA Grounds (Toss was won by Central Province) MATCH DRAWN (WESTERN SOUTH WON ON 1st Innings) Central Province 242 (79.4) Raveen Sayer 85, Naveen Ekanayake 42,Shenal De Silva 3/31, Ravindu Thilakarathne 2/47, Thilan Nimesh 2/49 vs Western Province South 389 (88.5) Kusal Lakthilina 90, Manelka De Silva 84, Himasha Liyanage 72, Rashmika Opatha 36, Ravin Sayer 4/84, Wenuka Galahitiyawa 4/85
Interactive session between ICC Umpires and Sri Lankan domestic umpires and match referees, held at SLC headquarters.
Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year’s World Cup in South Africa in November. Sanjeewani de Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing, Standard Chartered speaking of the Bank’s support of the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI said: “Standard Chartered has already contributed USD 1 million towards the national Vision 2020 Secretariat’s efforts to address avoidable blindness by funding eye screenings, spectacles distributions, cataract surgeries and other similar activities for young and old. But we thought that our Seeing is Believing global initiative which has raised over USD 32 million to date could also focus a light… Read More →
Sri Lankan and South African cricketers raise funds for the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year’s World Cup in South Africa in November. The money-can’t-buy experience fund raising activity was held at Taj Samudra, Colombo on 21st July which provided a meet and greet opportunity for avid fans and the chance to bid for memorabilia at an exclusive event attended by members of both the South Africa and Sri Lanka teams.
Dale Steyn grabbed a match haul of 9-99 as South Africa won the first Test by 153 runs on the fifth and final day in Galle on Sunday. South Africa, currently the world No.2, can reclaim the top world ranking from Australia if they win the second and final Test in Colombo from July 24-28. Steyn’s figures, the best by a quick at the Galle ground, helped the visitors bowl Sri Lanka out twice despite a wicket which offered little help. It was only South Africa’s third win on the island and their first since 2000. Steyn was well supported by seamer Morne Morkel, who picked up four wickets as Sri Lanka’s second innings ended on 216 shortly into the… Read More →
An unbeaten 89-ball 58 from Kumar Sangakkara kept Sri Lanka on track for an impressive win as it reached 110 for 1 at stumps on day four against South Africa on Saturday (July 19). Sangakkara, who scored his 49th half-century, shared an unbeaten 96-run stand for the second wicket with Kaushal Silva (37) after Dale Steyn, the right-arm pacer, dismissed Upul Tharanga, the opener, for 14. Sri Lanka still need 260 runs to pull off a win. Sri Lanka had been forced on the back foot after it was bowled out for 292 to concede a huge 163-run lead in the first innings. But the declaration from Hashim Amla with South Africa at 206 for 6 in its second innings, changed the picture. Although… Read More →
ICC Media Release South Africa’s Vernon Philander has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”. The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday’s play and after viewing television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires,… Read More →