SRI LANKA U-19 VS INDIA U-19 HOME TOUR: Both captains committed to play positive cricket

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Sri Lanka Under-19 Captain Nipun Dananjaya, speaking at yesterday’s joint pre-series media briefing held at the Jaic Hilton Residencies, announced that the squad was well balanced and he expected his players to play positive cricket against their Indian counterparts. “India is a good side and we too possess an equally strong side,” he said. Sri Lanka Under-19 and India Under-19 will play two unofficial test matches and five one-dayers. The India Under-19 Captain, Anuj Rawat said, ‘It is a pleasure to play in Sri Lanka and we look forward to play good positive cricket.” The Indian Coach W.V. Raman said, “We are looking at this tour to Sri Lanka as a learning curve to provide players experience and exposure. Anuj,… Read More →

Karunaratne achieve career-high ranking

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15 July 2018  ICC Media Release Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne and Jason Holder of the West Indies have achieved career-high positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after inspiring their sides to impressive victories in the Galle and Jamaica Tests, respectively, which concluded on Saturday.   Karunaratne, the 30-year-old left-handed opener, has been rewarded for his knocks of 158 not out and 60 in Sri Lanka’s 278-run victory over South Africa with a leap of 21 places that has put him in 10th position among batsmen, while Holder’s figures of five for 44 and six for 59 in his side’s 166-run victory over Bangladesh moved him up nine places to 13th in the latest rankings, which were released on Sunday morning.  … Read More →

Sri Lanka rout South Africa by 278 runs on Dilruwan’s 10 wicket match bag; Herath 423-wicket milestone

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Sri Lanka routed South Africa by 278 runs in record fashion wrapping up the first test by the fourth day on the back of a 10-wicket match bag by Dilruwan Perera  as the visitors, chasing 352 for victory, were shot out for 73 which is their lowest ever total and the lowest in Sri Lanka with more than a day to spare at the Galle International Stadium. If Man of the Match Dimuth Karunaratne hogged the initial limelight with his 158 and 60, the 35-year old Perera let loose the magic with the ball in a test match that had the opposition stuttering at wits end unable to read flight and turn on a Galle trajectory that Sri Lanka has… Read More →

දින දෙකහමාරක් ඉතිරිව තිබියදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ලකුණු 278ක විශිෂිට ජයක්

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ඵෙතිහාසික ගාලු පුරවරයේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ පැවැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ප්‍රථම පස්දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ තෙවන දිනය (14) වූ සෙනසුරාදා සවස 2.30ට තරගය නිමාවට පත්වූයේ තවත් දින දෙකහමාරක් තරගය ඉතිරිව තිබියදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලකුණු 278ක විශිෂ්ට ජයග්‍රහණයක් අත්කර ගනිමිනි. ජයග්‍රහණය සදහා දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවට දෙවන ඉනිමේදී ලකුණු 352ක් අවශ්‍ය වුවත් ඔවුන් ලකුණු 73කට මුළු කණ්ඩායමම දැවී ගියේ ඔවුන්ගේ ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් ඉතිහාසයේ අඩුම ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවක් ලබා ගනිමිනි. මීට පෙර ඔවුනගේ අඩුම ටෙස්ට් ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව වූයේ 2015 ඉන්දියාවේ නාග්පූර්හිදී ඉන්දීය පිල සමග ලබාගත් ලකුණු 79වේ. දිවා ආහාරයේ සිට සවස තේ පානයට මිනිත්තු දහයකට පෙර පැයයි මිනිත්තු 45ක (ඕවර 28.5) කාලයක් තුළ සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයන් දැවීයාමද විශේෂත්වයකි. ලංකා මුල් ඉනිමේදී නොදැවී ලකුණු 158ක් සහ දෙවන ඉනිමේ දී ලකුණු 60ක් රැස් කළ දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න තරගයේ… Read More →

Sri Lanka in box seat – lead by 272 with 6 wickets intact after Dilruwan strike

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Sri Lanka had worked into an impregnable box seat stranglehold against South Africa with an imposing 272-run lead with six wickets intact at the end of the second day’s play of the first test match at the Galle International Stadium on Friday. South Africa were bundled out for 126 in 54.3 overs, and Sri Lanka were 111 for 4 in 37 overs. Creating such a momentum of sniffing victory against the No.2 test team in the world were conspicuously the duo of Dimuth Karunaratne and all-rounder Dilruwan Perera. There was the 35-year old Perera taking over from where Karunaratne left yesterday as he spun a web around the opposition batsmen claiming 4 for 46 in 23 overs. He started the… Read More →

Dimuth Karunaratne a herculean unbeaten 158 in Sri Lanka’s 287; South Africa 4/1

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If herculean is the defining slogan word of tremendous performance when the chips are down particularly in the arduous grind of test cricket, indeed Sri Lankan opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne did just that in a tight rope back to the wall battle to carry his bat to a magnificent unbeaten 158 and his side out of the doldrums of 119 for 5 wickets to the respectability of 287 on the opening day of the first test versus South Africa at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday. In what proved to be a humdinger battle for survival, Sri Lanka did hit back to claim the wicket of A.K. Markram to reduce the Proteas to 4 for 1 in the wake of… Read More →

දිමුත් කරුණාරත්නගේ පිතිහරඹයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිල අසීරු තත්වයෙන් ගොඩ එයි

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ගාල්ල ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ දී බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා (12) ආරම්භවූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා – දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ප්‍රථම පස්දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ආරම්භක පිතිකරු දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න මුල් විකට්ටුවේ සිට අවසාන විකට්ටුව දක්වා නොදැවී කඩුල්ලේ රැදී අගනා මෙහෙයක් ඉටුකරමින් ලබා ගත් ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව 158යි (පන්දු 222 හතරේ 13යි හයේ 1යි) ඒ අනුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට මුල් ඉනිමේදී ලකුණු 287 ක් වැනි යහපත් ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවක් රැස් කරගැනීමට අවස්ථාව උදා විනි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිල ලකුණු 176 කට කඩුලු 8ක් දැවී අසීරු තත්වයක සිටියදී දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න නව වන කඩුල්ලට සුරංග ලක්මාල් සමග ලකුණු 48 ක්ද අවසන් කඩුල්ලට ලක්ෂාන් සදකැන් (ලකුණු 25 ක්) සමග වාර්තා ගත ලකුණු 63 ක් ලබා ඉනිමේ හොදම සබදතාව වාර්තා කරමින් ලංකා පිල ගෞරවනීය තත්වයකට ගෙනාහ.කණ්ඩායම බේරාගැනීමේ ප්‍රශංසනාත්මක පිතිහරඹයක නියැලුණු දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න ප්‍රථම ඕවරයේ සිට… Read More →

Sri Lanka A take series crushing Bangladesh A by an innings and 38 runs in third test

Sri Lanka A Team

Shehan Jayasuriya struck a superb 142 and claimed 3 wickets for 47 and 2 for 23 combining with off spinner Malinda Pushpakumara’s fantastic 6 for 46 to send Bangladesh A tumbling to an innings and 39 run annihilation in the third test at Sylhet. With this win Sri Lanka A clinched the 3-match unofficial test series versus Bangladesh A in style after the first two tests were drawn with rain putting a spoke in the first test. Sri Lanka A, skippered by Lahiru Thirimanne, batting first rattled up 312 and proceeded to dismiss Bangladesh A for 167 and for 107 on the follow on when Pushpakumara wrought havoc with the ball with his 6-wicket haul. The match proved to be… Read More →

Sri Lanka U 19 Four Day Squad for the Indian U 19 Tour of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Under 19

Media Release  The Minister of Sports Honorable Faiszer Musthapa gave his approval to the following Under 19 squad to play against the touring India under 19 team in the Four Day Games.   NAME SCHOOL 01 K. Nipun Dananjaya Perera – Captain St. Joseph’s Vass College – Wennappuwa 02 Pasindu Sanjula Sooriyabandara Royal College – Colombo 03 M. Nuwanindu Keshawa Fernando St. Sebestian’s College – Moratuwa 04 Navod Dinushree Paranavithana Mahinda College – Galle 05 K. Nishan Mathushka Fernando ( WK) Moratu Vidyalaya – Moratuwa 06 R.V.P. Kamil Mishra Royal College – Colombo 07 07  Dunith Nethmika Wellalage St. Joseph’s College – Galle 08 P.H. Sandun Tharaka Mendis Richmond College – Galle 09 P. P. Pubudu Bandara Trinity College –… Read More →

Suranga Lakmal to Captain the Test series

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Media Release 12th July, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Suranga Lakmal will captain the test series against South Africa, which commences today. This is following a voluntary undertaking given by Dinesh Chandimal, Chandika Haturusinghe and Asanka Gurusinha to the Judicial Commissioner appointed by the International Cricket Council, who conducted yesterday’s ICC Code of Conduct Hearing that they will not take part in the test series against South Africa, pending the decision of the Judicial Commissioner on the hearing. The undertaking was given in view of the fact that in any event the minimum suspension points issued for a level 3 offense is 4 points, amounting to the ban of two test matches. Tilan Samaraweera will act as… Read More →

Sri Lanka to exploit Galle spinning track vs. South Africa in 1st test

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While Sri Lanka awaits an ICC decision as to whether skipper Dinesh Chandimal will be cleared of a conduct charge to play, it will be predictably Sri Lanka’s home friendly spin advantage against South Africa’s three-pronged pace cum spin combination in the first test starting at the Galle International Stadium on the tomorrow, the 12th July, 2018. Roshen Silva, addressing the media at Galle, said that ‘we have practiced hard on the Galle track and would look to outdo South Africa through spin.’ He added that the final eleven would be decided on the morning of the match after a pitch inspection.  Indeed Galle will be the ideal stage for the Lankans to wrest the advantage against an all-round opposition… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකා දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තරගය 12 සිට ගාල්ලේ දී

Sri Lanka Team Practice session in Galle_D4W1567x

2018 ජූලි 11, බොහෝ අවස්ථාවන්හී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමට වාසි ලබා දී ඇති ගාල්ල ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා (ජූලි 12 වන දා) ඇරඹෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ප්‍රථම පස් දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ අපේක්ෂාව වී ඇත්තේ කොදෙව් සංචාරයේ අවසන් භාගයේ ලත් ජයග්‍රහන මානසිකත්වය උපයෝගී කරගෙන තරග ජයග්‍රහණය කිරීමය. ගාල්ල ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ටෙස්ට් තරග 30 කට සහභාගී වී තරග 17ක්ම ජය ගෙන තරග 5 ක් ජය පැරදුමින් තොරව අවසන් කර තරග අටක් පරාජය වී සිටී. 1993 ආරම්භ වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා -දකුණු අප්‍රිකා ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියේ ගාල්ලේ පැවැත්වෙන්නේ විසි හයවන ටෙස්ට් තරගයයි.මෙතෙක් පවත්වා ඇති තරග විසි පහෙන් දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව තරග 14 ක්ද ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තරග 5ක්ද ජයගෙන තරග හයක් ජය පැරදුමින් තොරව අවසන් කර තිබේ.ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පැවති… Read More →

‘A’ Team Tour of Bangladesh – One Day Squad

Thisara Perera

Media Release 11th July, 2018 The Minister of Sports Honorable Faiszer Musthapa gave his approval to the following ‘A’ team squad to take part in the One Day Matches, the team is set to play in Bangladesh in the ongoing tour. Thisara Perera – Captain Upul Tharanga Dasun Shanaka – Vice Captain Lahiru Thirimanne Shehan Jayasuriya Ashan Priyanjan Sadeera Samarawickrama – Wicket Keeper 1 Charith Asalanka Shammu Ashan Minod Bhanuka – Wicket Keeper 2 Malinda Pushpakumara Nishan Peiris Shehan Madushanka Asitha Fernando Isuru Udana  STANDBY Vishwa Fernando Chaturanga de Silva Chamika Karunaratne Ends. Contact: Prasanna Rodrigo – Media Manager, +94 77 3540102

Live Broadcast of Sri Lanka vs South Africa Bilateral Series

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Media Release  11th July, 2018 The Bilateral Series between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be telecasted via Channel Eye of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. The Radio commentary of the matches will be aired via Rasa FM (99.5 MHz & 99.7 MHz). The Matches will also be shown via Dialog Mobile Platform; Srilankacricket.lk; Sri Lanka Cricket YouTube and Sri Lanka Cricket’s Mobile app. Kindly see below links of the digital platforms SLC webpage: http://www.srilankacricket.lk SLC YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/srilankacricket SLC Mobile App: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.slcradiogd

School Children and Students of Cricket Academies to be given free entrance to watch the SL vs South Africa Test Series

Sri Lanka Fans

MEDIA RELEASE                       10th July, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to invite school children and the students of Cricket academies to witness the two test matches between Sri Lanka vs South Africa, free-of-charge. Accordingly, school children can witness the 01st test match, which will be played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium from 12th to 16th July, 2018 and the 02nd Test match to be played at the SSC, Colombo from 20th to 24th July, 2018. The school children will have to enter the grounds dressed in their School uniforms, while the students of Cricket academies can enter the grounds by showing proof of studentship in their respective cricket academies.