Dilshan, Malinga help Sri Lanka pull level

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Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka crushed South Africa by 87 runs in the second One-Day International between the two teams on Wednesday (July 9) to bring the three-match series level at 1-1. Dilshan scored 86 off 90 balls first and then took 3 for 40 to play the lead, While Lasith Malinga also played a big part with two early wickets on the way to figures of 4 for 24 as South Africa was bowled out for 180 off 38.1 overs while chasing 267. Hashim Amla fought hard, making a 102-ball 101, but failed to find support from the other batsmen. Malinga gave Sri Lanka crucial breakthroughs when he sent back Quinton de Kock and… Read More →

Amla, de Villiers secure 75-run win

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Hashim Amla scored a composed century to take South Africa to a formidable 304 for 5 before Ryan McLaren took two wickets in three balls to restrict Sri Lanka to 229 all out in 40.3 overs in the first One Day International on Sunday (July 6). Amla struck eight boundaries and a six en route to a 130-ball 109 after AB de Villiers, the South Africa captain, elected to bat first at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Amla first put on 58 for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock to get South Africa off to a steady start, after which it lost two quick wickets. De Kock was the first to fall, when he was castled by Angelo… Read More →

ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour

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Colombo, 4th July 2014: Sri Lanka has the honour of being the first stopover on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour. The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, which is making its way around the world, was received at the airport today by Sri Lanka Cricket team’s current captain and vice-captain. Fans will have a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse and even get up close to the much coveted World Cup trophy at a special unveiling event at Galle Face Green on Saturday, 5th July.  The 2015 World Cup trophy will be unveiled amidst well known cricketing names and fans will also be able to take a picture with the trophy. A papare band and various games are… Read More →

Southern Express take Super Fours title

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Southern Express clinch the UltraTech Cement Super Fours T20 title when they defeated the Udarata Rulers by four runs in the final played in a day game at the SSC grounds today. Southern Express 161 for 8 wickets (20) (Niroshan Dickwella 26, Dilruwan Perera 28, Yasoda Lanka 24, Jehan Mubarak 34, Danushka Gunathilaka 12n.o, Sachith Pathirana 10n.o, Asela Gunaratne 3/19, Ajantha Mendis 3/27) vs Udarata Rulers Udarata Rulers 157 for 9 wickets (20) (Shehan Jayasuriya 51, Upul Tharanga 62, Kumar Sangakkara 16, Chamara Silva 17, Sachith Pathirana 3/27) Player of the Final: Sachith Pathirana Best Bowler of the Tournament: Asela Gunaratne Best Batsman of the Tournament: Upul Tharanga Player of the Tournament: Seekkuge Prasanna

Photos: Western Troopers v Udarata Rulers – UltraTech Super Fours

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Udarata Rulers 174 for 5 in 20 overs ( Shehan Jayasuriya 37, U Tharanga 36, C Silva 26, M Liyanapathiranage 2 for 26, S Lakmal 2 for 31) Western Troopers 119 in 18.2 overs (I Udana 20, B rajapaksha 19: A Mendis 3 for 28, Dilhara Lokuhettige 2 for 16, M siriwardena 2 for 14, A Gunaratne 2 for 28) Udarata Rulers won by 55 runs! Full Scorecard MoM: Shehan Jayasuriya

Angelo Mathews achieves career-best ranking

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has achieved his career-best ranking to date as England’s Moeen Ali and Sam Robson have made it to the top 100 in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen,which were released after Sri Lanka won the second Test and the series off the penultimate ball against England at Headingley. The 100 run victory is Sri Lanka’s first ever Test series win on English soil. Player of the match Angelo Mathews has climbed two places on the rankings table to occupy 11thposition following his sturdy knock of 160 in the second innings, which helped the visitors set England a target of 350, which the host fell short of by 100 runs. This performance also… Read More →

Sri Lanka takes series with thrilling win

Sri Lanka Beat England by 100 runs in the 2nd Test and seal the test Series

Sri Lanka beat England with just one ball to spare, winning the second Test by 100 runs amidst mounting tension and drama at Headingley on Tuesday (June 24), to take the two-match series 1-0. The result meant Sri Lanka won its first series of more than one Test on English soil. It had previously won the one-off Test at The Oval in 1998, a game remembered for Muttiah Muralitharan’s match haul of 16 wickets. This was also Sri Lanka’s third win in England, having won a Test at Trent Bridge in 2006. The first Test had also ended in a thrilling finish, with Sri Lanka holding on for a draw with nine wickets down. For large parts of Tuesday, it… Read More →

Mathews, Prasad put Sri Lanka in command

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Dhammika Prasad took a four-wicket burst after after Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, had hit a magnificent hundred, to leave the visitors in sight of victory at the end of the fourth day of the second Test at Headingley. England reached stumps on Monday (June 23) at 57 for 5, with nightwatchman Liam Plunkett dismissed in what what was to be the last over of the day. At close, England still needed a further 293 runs for victory with Joe Root unbeaten on 6. History is on Sri Lanka’s side. England’s highest fourth-innings chase is 332 against Australia at Melbourne in 1928-29. Interestingly, only Australia has made more in the fourth innings to win a Test at Headingley, when… Read More →

Jayawardena leads Sri Lanka’s resistance

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Mahela Jayawardena helped Sri Lanka gain a lead of more than a hundred runs in the second Test at Headingley after Moeen Ali proved his utility with the ball for England on Sunday (June 22). Sri Lanka was 214 for 4, with a lead of 106, in its second innings at stumps on Day 3. In what is only his second Test, Moeen, the occasional offspinner, took Sri Lanka by surprise with two wickets for no runs in three balls when he removed Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne. At the end of the day, Jayawardena was unbeaten on 55 while Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, was 24 not out. With two days left, all results are possible and it… Read More →

Sri Lanka strikes back after Robson hundred

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Sam Robson’s maiden Test century helped England nudge ahead, but late strikes helped Sri Lanka fight back on the second day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday (June 21). England went into stumps at 320 for 6 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 257, a lead of 63, after Robson made 127 in only his second Test. England, cruising along at 311 for 3 at one stage, suddenly lost three wickets in the space of four overs, with Shaminda Eranga, the pacer, doing bulk of the damage. Matt Prior (3 not out) and Chris Jordan (4 not out) then negotiated a tricky five-over passage, much to England’s relief. England resumed the day on 36 without loss after Sri Lanka… Read More →