Perfect farewell for Jayawardena

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Mahela Jayawardena’s 17-year Test career came to an end on a winning note on Monday (August 18) as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the final Test of the two-match series by 105 runs to take the series 2-0. Pakistan, having resumed its second innings on the final day at 127 for 7 chasing 271, was bowled out for 165 before lunch after No 11 Junaid Khan was unable to bat due to injury. Rangana Herath, who claimed nine wickets in the first innings, was again the chief destroyer, picking up 5 for 57 in the second innings and thus was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Jayawardena, 37, who had retired from Twenty20 Internationals after Sri… Read More →

Herath spins Sri Lanka closer to victory

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Rangana Herath spun his magic around the Pakistan batting line-up once again, returning figures of 4 for 46, to take Sri Lanka closer to a win in the second Test in Colombo on Sunday (August 17). Needing 271 runs for victory, Pakistan ended day four on 127 for 7, still needing 144 runs to win with just three wickets in hand. Herath, who came on to bowl in the ninth over after Dhammika Prasad had dismissed openers Khurram Manzoor and Ahmed Shehzad, struck his first blow with his eighth delivery. Mahela Jayawardena held sharp catches off Herath to get rid of Azhar Ali and Misbah-ul-Haq. He then dismissed Younus Khan, trapping him lbw in the 39th over as Pakistan was reduced to 140 for… Read More →

Rangana Herath becomes first left-arm bowler to pick 9-for in a Test innings

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Rangana Herath has become the first left-arm bowler in Test history to take 09 wickets in an innings after his spectacular performance against Pakistan today (August 16). At the SSC ground today, Rangana’s nine wicket haul for 127 crippled the Pakistan batting line. Before Herath, the best performance by a left-arm bowler in a Test innings was by England’s Johnny Briggs with eight wickets conceding 11 runs against South Africa in 1889. Herath also becomes the first Sri Lankan to bag a nine wicket haul in a Test match, after Muttiah Muralitharan’s performance in 2002. Earlier on Day One, Herath became the fourth left-arm spinner after Bishan Singh Bedia, Daniel Vettori and Derek Underwood to pick 250 Test wickets. The… Read More →

Herath five gives Sri Lanka upper hand

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Rangana Herath spun Sri Lanka into a position of strength while crossing the 250-wicket mark in Test cricket, as the home side restricted Pakistan to 244 for 6 on the second day of the second Test in Colombo on Friday (August 15). Herath, who began the innings on 246 wickets, had taken 5 for 98 in 25 overs by stumps after Sri Lanka’s first innings ended at 320. Pakistan had lost its top order to Herath, but Sarfraz Ahmed remained unbeaten on a fighting 66, with the visiting side still trailing by 76 runs. Herath, 36, did the damage as Pakistan was reduced to 140 for 5 after tea  at the Sinhalese Sports Club. The sixth-wicket pair of Asad Shafiq… Read More →

Junaid, Riaz restrict Sri Lanka

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Junaid Khan, the left-arm pacer, led Pakistan’s fightback after a strong start by Sri Lanka’s batsmen on the opening day of the second and final Test on Thursday (August 14). Junaid picked up 4 for 69 off his 21 overs to restrict Sri Lanka, cruising along at one stage, to 261 for 8 by the time stumps were drawn at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground in Colombo. Junaid was ably supported by Wahab Riaz, his new-ball partner who took 3 for 66 off 16.1 overs to pull Pakistan back into the game. Upul Tharanga and Kaushal Silva, the openers, got Sri Lanka team off to a solid start after Angelo Mathews elected to bat first. The duo put on 79… Read More →

Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014 – Press Conference

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Media Release Welcoming the guest for the Launch of the Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014, Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga said ” We are gathered here to launch the annual cricket awards which recognises and honours the nation’s cricketers both men and women, once again,  who have been  identified as  our stars – icons of the game and whose names have entered into our cricketing records.  We are also happy to recognise our young and aspiring club players. Mr. Ranatunga went on to say that “Around 65  cricketing heroes will proudly carry away their  awards  and the recipients are feted in recognition of their exceptional performances in all forms of the game during the cricketing season… Read More →

Sangakkara returns to the top of the world

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Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle Test which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets to lead Pakistan by 1-0 in a two-Test series. Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that, in turn, helped him to dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal. The South African had snatched the number-one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top. Sangakkara had first… Read More →

Saeed Ajmal reported for suspected illegal bowling action

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ICC Media Release Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side’s seven-wicket loss in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to Pakistan team manager Moin Khan on Sunday, cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect and concluded that the bowler’s action needed to be tested. Ajmal’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 21 days, and, during this period, Ajmal is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results… Read More →

Herath the hero as Sri Lanka nails thriller

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Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling seven-wicket win against Pakistan on Sunday (August 10), the final day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium, amidst threats of rain and bad light. Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, starred with a six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka. Herath’s 6 for 48 helped Sri Lanka bundle Pakistan out for 180 in its second innings. Needing 99 from a minimum of 21 overs, Sri Lanka reached home in the 17th over. In a rare move, Sri Lanka opted to open the innings with Mahela Jayawardena. The veteran batsman, who is due to retire from the format at the end of this series, top-scored with 26. Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with 21 before Angelo… Read More →

Pakistan slips after Sangakkara’s double ton

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Kumar Sangakkara stole the show on the fourth day with a sterling double century in the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle on Saturday (August 9). Sangakkara made 221, his tenth 200-plus score, as Sri Lanka declared its first innings at 533 for 9 shortly before stumps and a lead of 82 runs over Pakistan’s 451. Only Don Bradman, with 12 double centuries, has achieved more 200+ scores than Sangakkara. Sri Lanka then had Khurram Manzoor caught behind for 3 off Rangana Herath to keep Pakistan to 4 for 1 in six overs before the close of play. Ahmed Shehzad was on 1 and Saeed Ajmal, the nightwatchman, had yet to score at stumps. Sangakkara was offered… Read More →

Sangakkara, Jayawardene keep Sri Lanka on track

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Kumar Sangakkara hit his 37th Test century and combined with Mahela Jayawardene to put Sri Lanka on the path to safety on a rain-affected third day of the first Test against Pakistan. Sangakkara now sits on fourth place in the list of Test century-makers, and his unbeaten hundred underpinned Sri Lanka’s batting effort on Friday (August 8) in Galle, with the home side reaching 252 for 2 at tea before heavy rains ensured no further play was possible. Only 46 of the stipulated 90 overs were possible due to the wet weather, and a draw looked the most likely result after three days, with only 12 wickets having fallen overall. Sri Lanka had resumed on the overnight score of 99 for… Read More →

Sri Lanka off to steady start after Younus ton

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Sri Lanka got off to a steady start in reply to Pakistan’s first-innings score of 451, reaching 99 for 1 by stumps on Day 2 of the first Test in Galle on Thursday (August 7). Upul Tharanga was the batsman dismissed, trapped leg before for 19 in the fifth over from Junaid Khan. The left-hander reviewed the umpire’s decision, but TV replays revealed that the ball would have gone on to hit the leg stump. Kaushal Silva and Kumar Sangakkara then consolidated the innings, adding 75 for the second wicket. There were seven boundaries in Silva’s 94-ball 38, while Sangakkara (36 not out) was more circumspect and worked predominantly in ones and twos. Pakistan, resuming at its overnight score of… Read More →

Navy Women emerge champions

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Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club Women’s cricket team pulled off a thrilling one-run win over Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in the SLC conducted Division one 50-over tournament final played at Colts Cricket Ground, Colombo 5 yesterday. Shashikala Siriwardene took 3 wickets for 25 runs and Udeshika Prabodhini took 2 wickets for 16 runs. Navy Sports Club Women: 126 all out in 49.5 overs (Suwini de Alwis 24, Maduri Samuddika 22, Dedunu Silva 19, Deepika Rasangika 16, Chamila Peiris 2-34, Ama Kanchana 1-13, Oshadhi Ranasinghe 1-14, Chamari Polgampola 1-31) Air Force SC Women: 125 all out in 49.2 overs (Yasodha Mendis 26, Chamani Seneviratne 24, Oshadhi Ranasinghe 21, Sripali Weerakkody 15, Chamari Atapattu 10, Shashikala Siriwardene 3-25, Udeshika Prabodhani… Read More →

Younis leads Pakistan recovery in Galle

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Younis Khan hit an unbeaten 133 to steer Pakistan out of trouble on the opening day of its first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle on Wednesday (August 6). After choosing to bat, Pakistan slumped to 56 for 3 before Younis helped it recover to 261 for 4 when bad light ended play two overs early. Younis, 36, walked in with the scoreboard reading 19 for 2, and hit 11 boundaries and a six as he scored his 24th Test century. Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, made a determined 31 while putting on 100 for the fourth wicket with Younis before he was caught behind off Rangana Herath. Asad Shafiq then saw off the second new ball to help Younis add 105… Read More →