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 →

Sangakkara placed on Honours Board at Lord’s

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Kumar Sangakarra and Angelo Mathews’ names have been physically etched onto theLord’s Honours Board in the Away Dressing Room, to mark their centuries against England in the 1st Investec Test match. The milestone was one that Sangakarra was desperate to achieve having failed in his previous three Test matches at Lord’s to score a century on the famous Ground. The 36-year-old hit 147 in the first innings of the England v Sri Lanka Investec Test match to join fellow Sri Lanka great and his close friend Mahela Jayawardene on the Honours Boards. Jayawardene having scored centuries in 2002 and 2006 at the Home of Cricket. During the same innings Sri Lanka captain Mathews also passed the landmark with his gutsy 102…. Read More →

Sri Lanka clings on in Lord’s thriller

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Nuwan Pradeep survived the final five balls of the match as Sri Lanka clung on for a thrilling draw with England in the first Test at Lord’s on Monday (June 16). They will go to Headingley on Friday all square with one to play.The expected overnight declaration set the day up as one in which Sri Lanka required 390 runs and England required 10 wickets. Or, much more likely, neither requirement would be met and the docile pitch could be declared the winner. Though James Anderson beat the bat under cloudy skies during an impressive new ball spell, it was Stuart Broad who got the breakthrough, inducing Dimuth Karunaratne to pop one up to short leg where Sam Robson took a sharp… Read More →

Wayamba Women crowned provincial champions

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Wayamba Women led by dashing opening batswomen Chamari Atapattu clinched the SLC Womens Provincial Limited Overs Tournament beating Kandurata Women by 8 runs in the final played at NCC grounds on Monday. Brief Scorers: Wayamba 157 all out in 46.1 overs : Eshani Lokusuriya 52, Chamari Atapattu 28, Sherina Ravikumar 3/24. Kandurata – 149 all out in 48.2 overs : Lasanthi Madushani 59, Maduri Samudrika 20, Rangika Fernando 3/25. Match Result : Wayamba Women won the final by 8 runs and won the championship Click here for the Full Scorecard (Image Courtesy: Batsman.com)

Ballance ton tilts it England’s way

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On an unexpectedly competitive day, Angelo Mathews secured his third Test century before his bowlers, led by a brilliant Shaminda Eranga and a cunning Rangana Herath, gave Sri Lanka a sniff of a gettable fifth-day target. That possibility receded as Gary Ballance, England’s last recognised batsman, found sufficient support from Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad to take the lead out of sight by the close, posting his own maiden century. Leading by 122 on the first count, England closed the day on 267 for 8, an overall lead of 389 and well placed to force the initiative on the final day. On a cloudy fourth morning on Sunday (June 15), with the lights on, both sides achieved its immediate objectives for the day… Read More →

Sangakkara century bolsters Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka saved the follow on with a dazzling century from Kumar Sangakkara and a highly responsible undefeated 79 from Angelo Mathews, the captain, but trailed England by 160 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand and two days to play. Moeen Ali took his maiden Test wicket and Matt Prior proved his fitness with three more catches to give him four in the innings so far. On a still blameless pitch, it’ll need a collapse from one side or the other – something not beyond the realms of possibility – if a result will be forthcoming in this First Test of the two-Test series. Floodlights rather than sunlight illuminated Lord’s, as the promised clouds rolled in to greet the… Read More →

Root, Prior propel England

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A greenish Lord’s track tempted Angelo Mathews into inserting a new-look England, but Joe Root’s unbeaten century steered the home side to a formidable 344 for 5 at close on the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 12). England took toll of a tiring attack in the third session of the day. Moeen Ali’s debut 48 had shown real promise, but England will be most pleased with the recalled Matt Prior’s punchy unbeaten 76 from 103 balls, the kind of momentum-shifting innings that fuelled his career before his form fell away so dismally in 2013. With three authentic stroke-makers to come in England’s late order, the Lankan bowling will need to show… Read More →