Sri Lanka succumb to spin in 304-run loss

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 Sri Lanka succumbed to India by 304 runs halfway in to the final session of the fourth day at the Galle Stadium. The home team’s cause of chasing down the massive 550-run victory target fell apart after India made early inroads with the score on 22 dismissing Upul Tharanga prised out for 10 by Mohammed Sami for 10. Dhanushka Gunathilaka was again strangely sent ahead of Kusal Mendis, but lasted 2.5 balls for 2 runs. Sri Lanka had suffered two early losses for just 29 runs. Dimuth Karunaratne, who was joinred by Mendis raised some hope putting on 79 runs for the third wicket before Mendis \, who had been troubled by the spin of Jadeja and survived a caught… Read More →

Dilruwan carries bat for warrior like 92 as India take stranglehold

Dilruwan Perera

Belying age and defying bad situations took on a trademark trait of 35-year old Dilruwan Perera in a virtual lone battle with India in a savage rearguard unbeaten 92 in a lowly Sri Lanka first innings total of 291 chasing India’s 600 on the third day of the First Test match at The Galle Stadium on Friday. At the close of play, India was on 189 for 3 for a stranglehold overall lead of 498 having lost first innings centurions Dhawan and Pujara for 14 and 15 respectively, and Mokund for 81 in the third ball of the 47th over when play was called off. Kohli was on 76 following a 133-run partnership with Mokund for the third wicket. That… Read More →

For Cheer man Percy 81 not out on July 30: Recalls fond days

Percy Abeysekera

For Cheer man Percy Abeysekera, who will be 81 not out on July 30, the birthday celebrations will mark a significant cricket bonding when he launches his website www.percyabeysekera.com on his long cricket cheering odyssey. As Percy fondly says, “It will be on the final day of the Sri Lanka versus India first Test.” That the auspicious moment will be on a cricket festered day that would mark a new chapter in his life cheering the Sri Lanka cricket team is significant. “I have been cheering for the last 60 years; 30 years without the flag, and 30 with the flag,” muses a wiry Percy not dogged by age as body and limb carry him sporting the lion flag to… Read More →

ඉන්දියාව 600යි, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව 154/5යි

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ඉන්දියාව මුල් ඉනිමේදී ලබාගත් ලකුණු 600ට පිළිතුරු ලෙසින් දෙවන දින තරගය නිමවන විට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මුල් ඉනිම සඳහා කඩුලු පහක් දැවී ලකුණු 154ක් ලබා සිටියේ ඉන්දීය මුල් ඉනිමට වඩා ලකුණු 446ක් පිටුපසින් සිටිමිනි. තරගය නිමවන විට ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස් නොදැවී ලකුණු 54ක් (පන්දු 91) ලබා සිටියේ හයේ පහරක් හා හතරේ අටක් සමගිනි. ලකුණු 600ක් වැනි විශාල ලකුණු ප්‍රමාණයක් කරායාමේදී බොහෝදෙනා අපේක්ෂා කරන්නේ පිතිකරුවන් දැඩි ඉවසීමකින් හා වගකීමකින් යුතුව කඩුලු ආරක්ෂා කර ගැනීමය. තරගයක් ආරක්ෂා කර ගැනීමට නම් විශේෂයෙන්ම කණ්ඩායමේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ක්‍රීඩකයන් හා ලකුණු අතර සිටින අයවන උපුල් තරංග හා ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස් වැනි ප්‍රවීණයන් තම අත්දැකීම් ප්‍ර යෝජනයට ගෙන ඉවසිලිවන්තව ශතක වැනි දීර්ඝ ඉනිම් කරා අනිවාර්යෙන්ම යා යුතු වේ. කණිෂ්ඨ පිතිකරුවන් තමා වටා රොක්කර උනන්දු කරමින් දිගු ඉනිම් ක්‍රියාත්මක කළ යුතුවේ. ඉන්දීය… Read More →

Mathews in rearguard 54 n.o : Sri Lanka 154/5 to India’s 600

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Sri Lanka was in all sorts of trouble on 154 for 5 wickets chasing India’s mammoth 600 in the first innings on the second day of the first Test at the Galle Stadium. The most disparaging of damages was seeing the back of Upul Tharanga for 64 after a blossoming fourth-wicket repair job between the opener and Angelo Mathews had taken the total to 147 from 68 for 3 wickets. The pair had added 79 when Tharanga went out of his crease and played forward to a Saha delivery and was beaten by a direct throw to the wicket at the striker’s end. The indiscretion was an agonizing blow with Sri Lanka looking down the barrel of a mountainous opposition… Read More →

Gunaratne out for remainder of India tour

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Colombo, 27th July 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today confirmed the disappointing news that middle order batsman and all rounder Asela Gunaratne will not return to the side for the remainder of the India tour of Sri Lanka 2017. Man-of-the-Match for his match winning knock of 80* during Sri Lanka’s record breaking chase against Zimbabwe just last week, Gunaratne sustained an intra articular comminuted fracture to his left thumb whilst fielding during the first days play of the first test at Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday (26) and underwent reconstructive surgery in Colombo last evening. Medical experts have indicated Gunaratne will be out of action for a minimum of 6-8 weeks, and will be returned to full mobility under a strictly… Read More →

Nuwan Pradeep scalps three as India ride high: Dhawan, Pujara flay centuries

Nuwan Pradeep

Nuwan Pradeep’s extra pace fetched him all three India wickets to fall in India’s 399 for 3 on a docile wicket on the opening day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and India at the Galle Stadium yesterday. On a day India’s second wicket pair of Shikhar Dhawan and C. Pujara flogged centuries in a record 273-run partnership, Pradeep bowled his heart out and checked it from assuming even more dangerous proportions when he had Dhawan caught at mid off by Angelo Mathews just before tea for 190. The right arm pace man struck swift double blows when he removed star batsman skipper Virat Kohli for the addition of 6 runs beating him by extra pace as Kohli edged… Read More →

ධවාන්ගේ ප්‍රවේගකාරී පිතිහරඹයෙන් ඉන්දියාව ප්‍රබල තත්ත්වයක

Shikar Dhawan

ඉන්දියා ආරම්භක පිතිකරු ශිකර් ධවාන්ගේ ප්‍රවේගකාරී පිතිහරඹයෙන් ඉන්දියාවට ගාල්ලේ පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – ඉන්දියා ප්‍රථම ටෙස්ට් තරගයේ මුල් ඉනිමේදී විශාල ලකුණු සංඛාවක් කරායාමට අවස්ථාව උදාවිණි. එක්දින තරගයක මෙන් වේගවත් පිතිහරඹයක නියැලුණු ධවාන් පන්දු 168ක ට මුහුණුදී (මිනිත්තු 236) ද්විත්ව ශතකයට ලකුණු දහයක් අඩුව තිබියදී (190) දැවී ගියේ හතරේ පහර 31ක්ද එල්ල කරමිනි. ධවාන් සහ චෙටේස්වාර් පුජාරා දෙවන කඩුල්ලට ලකුණු 253ක් සහ පුජාරා සමග අජින්ක්‍යා රහනේ සිව්වන කඩුල්ලට ලකුණු 113 නොබිඳුණු සබඳතා දෙක මත ඉන්දීය පිලට ප්‍රථම දින තරගය නිමවන විට කඩුලු තුනකට ලකුණු 399ක දැවැන්ත සංඛ්‍යාවකට යාමට මග පෑදිණි. මේ තත්ත්වය වෙනස් කිරීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට අවස්ථාවක් උදා වුවත් එය අහිමිව ගියේ ධවාන් ලකුණු 32ක් ලබා සිටියදී ළහිරු කුමාරගේ වේගපන්දුවකට දෙවැනි ස්ලිප් ක්‍රීඩක අසේල ගුණරත්නට දුන් පහසු උඩපන්දුව ගිලිහී යාමෙනි. ධවාන්… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket launches exciting new Arena Technology

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Colombo, 26th July 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (26) in association with ITW Consulting, and Technology Frontiers Pvt Ltd. – an affiliate of Global Sports Commerce, launched the showcase of a world class technology during the first Test of the India Tour of Sri Lanka 2017. Fans attending the first Test in Galle were treated to the world-class experience of the latest in enhanced signage technology, which was placed in the ground ensuring fans attending the match didn’t miss any access to the latest statistics, celebrations and social media. The matches also witness the world’s largest sightscreen in HD along with 100% led HD quality systems, and usage of crowd facing LEDs for the first time in cricket fan engagement…. Read More →

Second- slip catch attempt fractures Gunaratne’s thumb

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Galle, 26th July 2017. Sri Lanka cricket today (26) confirmed that middle order batsman and all rounder Asela Gunaratne has fractured his left thumb during the first days play of the first test between Sri Lanka and India at the Galle International Cricket Stadium a while ago. Gunaratne, who was fielding at second slip hurt his thumb, while attempting a catch of Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Lahiru Kumara and had been rushed into Colombo for specialist evaluation. Sri Lanka Cricket will issue an update no sooner one is available.